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Conan Volume 1: The Frost-Giant's Daughter and Other Stories

(Conan: Dark Horse Comics #1)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  2,880 ratings  ·  129 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
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published April 12th 2005 by Dark Horse Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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Another example where visuals ruined my experience. Writing itself is good, maybe deserving 4 stars. This time instead of Mesopotamia and Persia main inspiration for this reboot is old Scandinavian myths and landscape. Story is what you would expect, pulpy action with badass hero. Unfortunately experience was largely ruined for me by illustrations. They somewhat remind me of paintings done in watercolors without clear outlines and with very little details. Faces look very awkward and action sequ ...more
Jan Philipzig
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
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Conan heads North fighting the Aesir before making it to Hyperborea. I was surprised Conan visited Hyperborea so early in his life. I remembered it as the mythical kingdom Conan was always searching for. Busiek really captures the tone and feel of Robert E. Howard. The art in this one is great. Cary Nord and Thomas Yates give the book a real Frazetta vibe.
Jim Ef
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first time I read anything about Conan and it will not be the last.

Conan the Cimmerian is in search of the mythical city of Hyperborea, a place he have heard great stories. In his way there, he will meet many people, some he will call friends and some will turn to foes.

It’s a very nice story about the legendary warrior’s early adventures. Well written and beautifully illustrated. I must say that if you don’t like violence than you should skip this one.
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, good-stuff
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
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People Who Occasionally Shout "Crom!"
Shelves: hoopla, conan
This was indeed AMAZING, both for the on-point Hyborean writing by Busiek and some eye-popping, Franzetta-esque panels by the artists. I mean, take a look at just TWO of the more memorable ones:

Conan is always interesting as he isn't a particularly good guy, he just consistently runs into ones who are far worse. This comic probably wouldn't get published in this form even nowadays, frankly, due to the protagonists unreconstructed barbaric ways, so it's definitely worth seeking out.
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
The art is quite good, and the writer and artist do a really good job of making it feel like you are reading a Conan novel.
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
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
I once read that the opening lines or paragraph of a book are the most important words in the story. They draw the reader in and give him an idea of where the book is going. There are many examples of this; Jane Austens inspired 'It is a truth universally acknowledged...' from Pride and Prejudice, Dickens dour 'It was the worst of times. It was the best of times...' and what is probably the most concise and impactful line from all literature 'Call me Ismael.' from Moby Dick. Another one I would ...more
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...
-The Nemedian Chronicles
I admit, I got chills when I read the intro of this comic, where a wandering prince surveys a ruined land and finds a treasure horde watched over by the statue of a long-dead man. He reads the inscription and asks
anthony e.
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
GORGEOUS art by Cary Nord, Kurt Busiek at the top of his game (as usual), and CONAN. Sheer perfection. These boys do Mr. Howard proud.
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great read. Nice beginning to the Dark Horse Conan series. Busiek, Nord, and Stewart really knock this one out of the park.
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good art and strong storytelling
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first glance into this epic hero, called Conan...
And I was definitely intrigued, with this marvelous storytelling, character building and amazing artwork..
I'm sure the following stories will definitely develop into some tremendous adventures..
Oct 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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
Dec 09, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jon Schafle
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, fantasy, favorites
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
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Timothy Boyd
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The new Conan comic series does good justice to the Robert E. Howard stories. While the art does come and go in quality at time, overall it is a good. The adaptations of the original stories is well done. The fill in stories are also well done and follow the flow of the Character's life as written by Howard. Recommended to comic fans and Very recommended to Howard and Conan fans.
Γιώργος Μπελαούρης
frost giant s daughter is one of my favourite arcs from dark horses conan
i remember how anxious i was for the next instalment
it was coming out monthly in greece and from issue to issue i was just dying to find out what happens next
awesome artwork -as always
This is how you adapt Robert Howard's Conan to comics. In fact, this is probably a better medium for Conan stories. I love Howard, but this is much more digestible.
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Barbarians, sorcerers, castles, dirt and mud, and in the middle of all the anti-hero himself Conan the Cimmerian!

Loved every page of it, but none of the twists surpised me.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't grow up a fan of fantasy, but I was vaguely aware of Conan the Barbarian. That's because I grew up in Austin, where we have Conan's Pizza. This very Austiny pizza place, which started in the '70s, features a lot of Frank Frazetta-style Conan the Barbarian art in its decor. (Also Tomb Raider art, but that's best saved for another post.) So, I growing up I was aware of the loin-clothed beefy man battling bad guys and holding onto ladies, if I was not exactly a fan. 

Conan's creator, Robert
Chris Robertson
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These days, most of us have been jaded and numbed by reboots. We have watched as our treasured stories and characters have been gutted for cheap shock value, yet we keep going to see if somehow the reboot actually pulls off an improvement. Unfortunately, for every Planet of the Apes, there are seven Total Recall/Tarzan/Dirty Dancing/so many others (not even gonna touch Star Trek/Star Wars).

It would have been all too easy for Busiek to push hard change with a cherished character like Conan, but h
I was surprised to encounter one of the few Howard Conan stories redone as part of this collection of comics. I haven't read very many of the original short stories, so honestly, there may be more than just the one I remembered in here. And while it was a little bit of a sidetrack to the main story line, it was nicely woven into what was going on.

My big complaint was with the formatting for digital. There seemed to be one big "turn the comic sideways" panel/page per issue in the collection. When
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Conan. When you see that name the first thing that comes to mind is Arnold Schwarzenegger beheading James Earl Jones.

A hulk of a man whom overpowers and kills everyone easily -- that last part remains true but I admit I expected the stories to be a lot thinner than what I got.

Despite all the violence, there is honour, betrayal, love, whimsy, philosophy and picked this up only as a pastime but I throughly enjoyed it and will most likely be picking up the original material once I have finished t
George Eraclides
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
Well realised graphic adventure featuring Conan the increasingly less Barbarian. Writing is quite good and complemented by the artwork. It is an interesting question as to whether the graphic novels or the original Howard stories are more fulfilling adventures. If Marvel had never taken on Conan and Barry Windsor Smith was never employed as the artist maybe no one would care any more these days about the 'age of high adventure'. Conan saga has its own subculture which has maintained the characte ...more
Ricky Ganci
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Busiek is true-to-form with this visual and linear adaptation of Conan's adventures in Asgard and Hyperborea here, and all the visceral energy that infuses Howard's writing carries through into this comic version of THE FROST GIANT'S DAUGHTER. That tale is nestled in between six other chapters of Conan's adventures, told sequentially into a comic-friendly story arc, but all the tenets and linchpins are here. Highly recommended for anyone looking to get into Conan stories, and even more so who ar ...more
Aleksandar Kostic
I was so excited to read this one due to many recommendations online, however, I was utterly disappointed. The art is just terrible, feels lazy, and above all, not interesting to look at (except for a few panels). The writing is so-so; very formulaic and to some extent boring. Everything to me felt like a steroid driven fever dream, all is made to look cool and strong, but it fails to deliver. Not very fond of this issue. I do not understand why does this comic deserve such praise.
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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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