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Conan, Vol. 5: Rogues in the House

by Tim Truman

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Conan, Vol.5: Rogues in the House and Other Stories by Timothy Truman, Cory Nord, Tomas Giorello is a graphic novel that is part of Dark Horse Books Conan series. I first read Conan novels by Robert E. Howard when I was a teenager in the late 1960s. Howard’s stories of the noble Cimmerian were filled with ruthless action from the fierce warrior, explorer, thief, and barbarian. Conan was indeed a barbarian, but he followed an unwritten code of conduct (honor among thieves) and although he acquired the company of women wherever he went, he did not abuse them unless they betrayed him. Howard’s Conan books are full of primitive men and women, who believe in magic and witchcraft, potions and talismans, and monsters of all types. They live hard in a very dangerous environment and often die young. Yet Conan moves through the exotic territories from adventure to adventure with a cavalier attitude. Truman, Nord and Giorello do a great job of capturing the wonderful ambiance of Howard’s barbarian and the world he dominated. Truman’s writing presents a rich and accurate story and an authentic Conan to the reader. The beautiful color art work of Nord and Giorello is a complement to the story and shows the reader what a powerful barbarian Conan was and how savage his enemies and environment were. Rogues in the House, originally published in 1933, is certainly one of Howard’s best Conan stories, and this graphic novel does a great job of presenting it to today’s reader. ( )
  clark.hallman | Jun 18, 2011 |
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The comics form is especially kind to Conan. The artists are able to do the heavy lifting of setting the scene and depicting the action, whittling away Howard's prose to the unselfconsciously heroic dialog: blood oaths, curses, seductive grunts, defiant yells.
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The Cimmerian finds himself ensnared in the dark intrigues of a city-state where the powerful will stoop to any depths to keep what they have stolen. When a young, idealistic noble offers Conan a ticket to freedom in exchange for a favor, Conan leaps at the opportunity-and into a labyrinth where he must fight to keep not only his word, but his very life. A favorite of fans and critics alike, the seminal Conan story "Rogues in the House" first appeared in Weird Tales. Now, writer Timothy Truman and artist Cary Nord bring you the tale of the Red Priest, as you've never seen it before. Collects Conan issues #37-38 and #41-44.… (more)

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