Conan #3, April 2004
Kurt Busiek and Cary Nord continue to impress me with
their take on the nearly feral Conan of Cimmeria. While travelling
with the men of Aesir, a people who Conan first treated with ambivalence
but now rides with in camaraderie, danger shows itself both from outside
and within. We also learn the history of the funny horned skull-cap
Conan has been wearing for the first part of this story arc and it makes
the last page rather poignant as the helmet is left behind after some
Hyborian raiders konk Conan on the neck and drag him off for dinner.
First of all, I'm a Kurt Busiek fan... I think that he is the most skilled
super hero writer producing comics right now and I loved his recent work
on Avengers and Astro City. But aside from that, I am very pleased
with the painted artwork inside the comic, which is a departure from the
usual pen/ink/color combination, and the fact that it's an ancient fantasy
story, which is also a departure from my core super-hero reading. I
also like the fact that it's a Dark Horse comic, which once again is a
departure from my normal Marvel and DC pull list. It's departure-iffic!!
You should go pick up a copy at your local comic book store.