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Conan: The Frost Giant's Daughter & Other Stories (Conan Ongoing Series #1)

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  1,914 ratings  ·  65 reviews
When the internationally famous barbarian hero returned to comics, with an all-new fresh start by award-winning writer Kurt Busiek (JLA/Avengers, Astro City) and dynamic artists Cary Nord, Thomas Yeates, and Dave Stewart, the result was instant sell-outs and multiple printings to keep up with the demand. Now Conan's earliest adventures are collected in a handsome 192-page ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published June 24th 2005 by Dark Horse Comics (first published January 1st 2005)
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Jan
I like the 1970s Conan comics by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith and the 1982 movie starring Arnold, but this series by Kurt Busiek, Cary Nord, and Dave Stewart is arguably the ultimate adaptation of Robert E. Howard's legendary Depression-era character. Busiek keeps his tendency to overwrite in check here and delivers his best work to date, brilliantly capturing the material's pulpy spirit while adjusting the content to the requirements of the comic-book format. Nord's pencils and Stewart's ...more
Patrick
Liked it. Good art. Very true to the spirit of Howard's stories. Good mix of shorter stand-alone stories and overarching character arc.

There. A short, to-the-point review, just to prove I can do it.

Andrew
By Crom, if I could give this scribe 10 stars, then by the halls of Valhalla I would make it so! For a nerd such as myself, it really doesn't get much better. If I try and get into the psycho-analysis behind such a ridiculous, over the top character like Conan, I start thinking about how he's probably a latent manifestation of modern man's suppressed bestial side - the man who uses his strength, cunning and shear brutality to impose his will on the beasts, backstabbers and women he encounters. A ...more
Jesse
Dec 17, 2007 Jesse rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Conan and Heroic Fantasy
This is a fantastic start to a new Conan series. The art is very well done. The cimmerian is in fine form, killing, loving, and holding true to his code of honor. The story starts with Conan trying to find Hyperborea, and ends with him getting the hell away from it and on to the next land. I am far from and expert on Conan but what I have read is very much in line with this book. I'm definitely picking up the next volume in the series, and am now very interested in reading Robert E. Howards othe ...more
Rick
Most readers of my generation first learned of Conan and Robert E. Howard from the popular 70s Marvel comic book Conan the Barbarian and its companion magazine The Savage Sword of Conan. Initially written by Roy Thomas with elaborate art by Barry Windsor-Smith (and later John Buscema), the series ran until the mid-90s, when Marvel dropped the property due to lagging sales.

With Del Rey's recent best-selling, definitive reprint volumes of Howard's works (the fourth is due this summer), persistent
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Paul
Kurt Busiek + Gary Nord.
I'd heard about this Busiek fellow, but wasn't aware of this Nord guy.
Still, I'd always been a fan of the Thomas/Smith/Buscema era (especially the Savage Sword version) of the comic book over at Marvel and decided to give it a new try.
I was very pleasantly surprised. The stories were good, but the artwork was what really sold me, this Nord guy is GOOD!
No longer is Conan wearing a simple furry rag as clothing, but he actually wears armor and dresses for the weather.
Jon Schafle
I had read bits and pieces of Conan for years and finally settled in to read this adaptation of Conan's early stories...I finally understand why everything I've read has always started with "know ye, oh prince..."! Conan has a timeless quality that seems to appeal to our baser instincts, Robert E. Howard once said that "My characters are more like men than these real men are, see. They're rough and rude, they got hands and they got bellies. They hate and they lust; break the skin of civilization ...more
Logan
Out of all the adaptations of Robert E. Howard's work, supposedly Dark Horse's Conan is the most faithful to the spirit, tone, and character of the adventures of the Cimmerian. This one has been on my to read list for a while, and I finally just finished it. And you know what? I really enjoyed it!

This adaptation comes courtesy of Kurt Busiek. That alone should be a sign that the source material will be treated with a level of respect and understanding that few other writers in comic books can ac
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FantasyWereld
De barbaar Conan de Cimmeriër is misschien het prototype van sword and sorcery-verhalen is geworden. Heldhaftigheid, bruutheid, soms wat vulgariteit… het ontbreekt Conan allemaal niet! In De Dochter van de IJsreus, dat overigens het eerste Conan-verhaal is dat door uitgeverij Dark Dragon Books is uitgegeven, beginnen we met een proloog die ons naar een volk, die sterk beïnvloed is door de Arabische cultuur van onze wereld. Wazir, raadgever van een prins moet na het vinden van een bijzonder kostb ...more
Derrick
Been meaning to read this Dark Horse Conan run for years, and now I am finally starting to dig into it. The first half of this book adapts "The Frost Giant's Daughter", and it's well worth the price of admission. Conan is tough and grumpy, but he makes friends easily when he finds men of strength and honor. The Daughter herself is rendered with such ethereal beauty that I wish this story could be reprinted in an oversized hardcover.

The second story follows Conan and his new friends into Hyperbo
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Aaron
The first of Kurt Busiek's Conan tales for Dark Horse, this short collection definitely keeps the spirit of Robert E Howard's best known character alive. Full of blood, lusty women, strange creatures, and dark magic, I greatly enjoyed reading this tale. I think part of the appeal of Conan is that he acts on all the baser instincts that many of us cover up in civilized society - violence/rage, lust, and gluttony. However, this is balanced by Conan's "barbarian honor;" he has a code that he follow ...more
Jordan
"Know, O Prince, that between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the gleaming cities, and the years of the rise of the sons of Aryas, there was an age undreamed of, when shining kingdoms lay spread across the world like blue mantles beneath the stars....Hither came Conan the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of Earth under his sandaled feet...."

Thus the world was
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Jeremy
This first installment in Dark Horse's new Conan series really leaps out at you like an enraged Cimmerian. The pages are crammed full of action with very little dead space. The art is fantastic...the shading wonderfully done and the colors vibrant. Surprisingly, the story is really well done as well. What the authors are doing is clever, indeed, which is tying individual short stories originally conceived by Robert E. Howard together through a continuous and coherent plot line that loosely, but ...more
Melani
As far as comics about barbarian warriors who travel into mythic, daring new worlds go, I think Conan's is on top. This graphic novel has amazing, vivid illustrations that really express the violence and emotions of the stories within it's pages. With its numerous drawings of the "tasteful exposure of women" and insinuated sexy times, this isn't a book you pick for your 8 year old nephew, unless you want to expose them to the truth of baby-making. Conan, The Frost-Giant's Daughter, and Other Sto ...more
Angel
Jun 22, 2008 Angel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Conan fans, fantasy readers
This definitely catches the spirit of Robert E. Howard. If you are expecting the Conan of the films, this is not it (although it is said the films do catch a bit of the ambiance, but I digress). The compilation is divided in short chapters, which make it very easy to read, and the art just works well to bring Conan's world to life. The main story is Conan's search for the land of Hyperborea, which his grandfather told him about, describing it as a paradise on Earth. Of course, as often happens, ...more
Jenn Myers
Mar 16, 2007 Jenn Myers rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy fans/Comic book fans
As Conan stories go, once you've read one, you've read them all.

Still, Busiek writes fun stories, and Cary Nord, the artist, is perfect for this project. Nord's work is sketchy but expressive, and the colourist, Dave Stewart, really brings a painterly feel to the whole book. Conan isn't just some glowering one dimensional thug; Busiek, Nord, and Stewart really bring him to life in this series.

In this particular collection, we join Conan as he first sets out on his adventures. He does a lot of f
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Shawn Mccarthy
The writing feels very true to the stories of Howard's original Conan. The art complements this - in conflict the panels capture the joy of battle; in quiet times, both Conan's seriousness and his joviality are clear.
Heath Lowrance
Very solid story-telling. Only one chapter of this collection is based on an original REH tale, but writer Kurt Busiek does an admirable job of creating the circumstances that lead our barbarian hero into the adventure related in "The Frost-Giant's Daughter". And he follows that with an excellent tale that explains Conan's later disdain for the Hyperboreans.

The art by Carey Nord is really gorgeous, even if at some points it looks a little bit sketchy and rushed. For the most part, it's beautifu
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Eric
"the man's man reborn"

art: awesome --> a real aspect which this current conan take shines, the watercolor-ish art direction helps mix aspects of the gritty world of conan and traditional comic book art

story: pretty good --> this story arc is a great opening to this most current run of conan in comics and really provides a number of different storylines, all joined together in a great linear fashion

protagonist(s): awesome --> he is everything you would expect: badass savage that dont tak
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Molly
Great adaptation. Lots of swords, blood, weird shit. Typical unfortunate "Conan is a jerk to girls and then they spread for him" biz, but that's kind of to be expected I guess.
Matthew Godlewski
Great graphic novel. Kurt Busiek catches the essence of Conan well and like how he tries to frame the actual Robert E. Howard stories within a running plotline. Loved the art. Going to continue on with the other volumes.
Vojtěch
Reakce po přečtení: Epické. Z obou dvou cest trolejbusem (do školy a zpátky domů) se rázem stalo jedno velké a drsné dobrodružství...!

RECENZE:
I když se to na první pohled nemusí zdát, komiksový Conan po čtenářích vyžaduje obrovskou dávku pozornosti a soustředění. Pouze tak pak dokáže zachytit všechny aspekty, který komiks obsahuje, všechny nuance a maličkosti. S nimi přichází to pravé potěšení z četby. Do rukou se člověku totiž dostává 190 stran nefalšované, ryzí epičnosti, jež jej odnese do zce
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Wayne
Another great early Conan story.Love the art,especially the Vanir,& the Aesir.
Frank Lanza
As loathe as I am to admit it, this is the first Conan book/comic I've ever read. I'm very glad I took the chance and have been introduced to our Cimmerian through the more than able hands of Busiek and Nord. Both story and art are enthralling and rich, they meld with each other perfectly. I've read many other books from Busiek and I enjoyed this more than any of his other works from recent memory. I'm ready make my way through the rest of this series and then backtrack to where it all started w ...more
Julien V
Really good, about as far as the subject material allows!
Devon  Start
I have a lot of Conan books, both comic and novel, this is the latest series started a few years back when Dark Horse acquired the rights to the Conan property. I have now read the frost giants daughter in three variations, howards original and both the comic versions. I like seeing how different people interpret the beings in Conans world, and this is no exception.

the art work is more, well "art" than your usual comics, lush paintings underscore the violence and beauty of the Hyborean age.

Wort
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Anthony
This is a great comic adaptation of Conan's stories! It uses the original stories from Robert E. Howard as a framework and builds around them, expanding the old tales and giving them more depth. The artwork is appropriately visceral, very similar to the famous Frazetta paintings. The dialogue is sometimes a bit sparse, but has enough of the flavor of Howard's prose to be still palatable. All in all, a great modern presentation of the Conan legend...and this is just the first trade paperback for ...more
Scott Lee
I liked this volume even better than the last I read (vol. 2), although I gave it four stars as volume 2 is probably a 3.5-4, this one is a 4-4.5, but one that rounds down rather than up. Short of amazing, it didn't do anything new or mind blowing, but it was very, very good. I love Cary Nord's artwork. And once again I thoroughly enjoyed the essay at the end of the volume.

Story was stronger in this one I think, more coherent and thoroughly connected. Good stuff.
Alex
This is a good way to ease into the works of Robert E. Howard. The adaptations seem to be pretty faithful while not being slavish. The comic book form is fully invested.
W.T.
I remember being a kid and seeing all the old Conan the Barbarian books my dad had and the movies where Conan was portrayed by the now California Governator. I never read the books but marveled at the art work. THis was my reintroduction to Cimmerian and it was so good I killed it in nearly a sitting (if it weren't for school and work getting in the way). I am now addicted and the stories go on for, I think, seven volumes. Working on Vol. 2.
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Kurt Busiek is an American comic book writer notable for his work on the Marvels limited series, his own title Astro City, and his four-year run on Avengers.

Busiek did not read comics as a youngster, as his parents disapproved of them. He began to read them regularly around the age of 14, when he picked up a copy of Daredevil #120. This was the first part of a continuity-heavy four-part story arc;
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