This omnibus collects a series that claims to be a fresh retelling of classic Conan the Barbarian tales. A concept I was a little apprehensive about at first. I think my recollection of Conan was like anyone else’s: muscles, blood, swords, chainmail bikinis, evil sorcerers, more muscles, and maybe a bloody ax if it happens to be nearby.
Do we need more of this? I wondered as I lifted the cinderblock of a book. Are there no lawyers left in the world?
But on the other hand, if you cleaned up Conan, what would be left? What if gratuity is all that made it fun? The truth is, we’ll never know these answers, because “cleaning up” was not their approach here. And neither was making the thing I remembered. [Read more…] about “I live, I burn with life” | Reviewing Conan the Barbarian by Kurt Busiek & Cary Nord Omnibus