An older, grizzled (well, more grizzled) Conan takes up his sword for one more adventure in King Conan: Hour of the Dragon
Conan, and in particular the Dark Horse series, has been a favorite of mine since I saw the horrifically inaccurate Arnold Schwarzenegger flick of the same name years ago. While the movies was pretty awesome for its day, it wasn’t anywhere near as cool as the fiction that author Robert E Howard created back in the 1930′s.
And that universe has been quietly playing out in some of the best sword & sorcery comics around published by Dark Horse Comics. Spanning a few different titles, the Conan in the Dark Horse books is every bit the legendary barbarian that Howard intended him to be.
Dark Horse’s newest, King Conan: Hour of the Dragon is actually an adaptation of the only full-length novel that Howard penned featuring the son of Cimmeria and features him in his later years, after he became King Conan of Aquilonia. In the new miniseries, the sorcerer Xaltotun has been raised from the dead to threaten the world and it’ll take none other than the King himself to put him back in the grave.
King Conan: Hour of the Dragon will be split up into two six issue miniseries’ and will start off with the first issue by Timothy Truman and Tomas Giorello hitting stands at the end of this month – May 29th. Check out the thumbnail above for a special seven page comic strip-style preview, courtesy of Dark Horse Comics.
Speaking as a Conan fan, from the looks of the first few pages, I can’t wait to get my hands on the full tale.