Making suggestions: King Conan

Recently, Dark Horse social media guru Spencer Newlin-Cushing asked me to write up a staff pick for the newly-launched Dark Horse Digital Store. I was more than happy to oblige and wrote up this recommendation for King Conan: The Scarlet Citadel

“Grab a cup, boy. If it’s a tale you want, then, by Crom, a tale I’ll give you.”

From a face rife with deep grooves, either of wrinkles brought on by age or sword scars of battles long past, a graying Conan’s words to a Nemedian chronicler in search of the barbarian king’s most intense exploits acts as the perfect introduction for this action-packed series. Less the bar-brawling warrior now, but no less formidable, King Conan recounts a tale that focuses on a time when his army had been decimated and, cutting down swordsmen left and right, the brawny ruler is eventually taken captive by a power-hungry wizard—and that’s when the fun really starts!

King Conan: The Scarlet Citadel is the quintessential tale of the young Cimmerian thief, mercenary and pirate who grew to be a leader of men. With bloodshed and beheadings, monsters and mayhem, Tim Truman adapts a tale from legendary pulp scribe Robert E. Howard that’s the perfect introduction for a new reader to Conan’s exciting adventures and another thrilling chapter for longtime fans to read. And with art from Tomás Giorello that caused to exclaim “Giorello gets a lifetime pass to draw this character and his world because he does it with such texture and poise,” what more could you want?!

—Jim Gibbons, Assistant Editor