May 28, 2007 | Trades
Conan Vol. 4: The Hall Of The Dead And Other Stories
Kurt Busiek, Mike Mignola, Timothy Truman, Cary Nord
Dark Horse Books
$24.95 US (Hardcover)
**** (out of five)
After just three years as the artist of the monthly adventures of Conan, it’s hard to envision anyone but Calgary’s Cary Nord working on the series.
Nord’s gift for capturing the roughness of the Cimmerian’s sword-wielding brutality, the softness of the lovely maidens he regularly beds and everything in between makes it easy to understand why he’s nominated for the 2007 Joe Shuster Award for outstanding Canadian artist (the JSAs are being held June 9 at 8 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 370 King St. W. in conjunction with the Comicon).
The Hall Of The Dead, which sees Conan on the lam after bedding the young wife of a city official, brings an end to Nord’s highly successful partnership with writer Kurt Busiek, who left the series that earned the pair a Will Eisner Award — comics’ top honour — for best single issue in 2004.
Following in Busiek’s big footsteps in this volume are Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, with three fill-in issues, and the debut of Conan And The Songs Of The Dead artist Timothy Truman, now the monthly series regular writer.