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Solomon Kane: The Castle of the Devil (Solomon Kane)

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Graphic Novel. Robert E. Howard's vengeance-obsessed puritan hero begins his supernatural adventures in the haunted Black Forest of Germany in this adaptation of Howard's "The Castle of the Devil."
Paperback, 112 pages
Published July 14th 2009 by Dark Horse (first published June 30th 2005)
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colleen the convivial curmudgeon

I only recently became aware of the character of Solomon Kane, and I've never read any of the books - so I can't compare on that front.

The story itself is ok, but on the standard side. Granted, it is based on a snippet of a story older than I am, so I can make certain allowances in that regard. I was interested in this idea of a warrior Puritan - it reminded me a bit of the Priest manga.

But the writing was very choppy. Neither narrative nor conversations moved in an organic fashion, and the
Jul 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Following their success with their new Conan comics, Dark Horse recently tackled the avenging Puritan. Writer Scott Allie and artist Mario Guevara expanded a Robert E. Howard story fragment into the enjoyable graphic novel The Castle of the Devil. Allie successfully managed the subtle nuances of Kane's stoicism and world view. Guevara's art, while at first glance presenting a fresh approach to the character, actually hinders the tale with inferior storytelling and lack of character definition. U ...more
Orrin Grey
May 04, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Now this is more like it.

Those of you following along at home will recall my recent disappointment with the Saga of Solomon Kane. This is definitely an improvement over that.

Scott Allie, perhaps best known to me as Mike Mignola's editor, knows from a good supernatural story (for further proof, I recommend his really excellent comic The Devil's Footprints), and he turns in a story here that's at once much closer to what was great about the original Solomon Kane stories and also still very much it
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
This book promised so much more than it delivered. With stories adapted from the works Ron E. Howard and after the success of the Conan series I was expected a accurate and compelling adaptation but instead I was presented with a book that was unfocused, jumpy and lacking in tension. The events in the story is predictable and the characters are not fleshed out. The tone is dark and brooding but lacks in menace and the pace is choppy. The story itself concerning demons and Werewolfs and satanic w ...more
Dec 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Howard's Solomon Kane
Shelves: graphic-novels
I immensely enjoyed this adaptation of Howard's Solomon Kane. I felt that the authors were very true to the character, they didn't try to beef him up and give him "cool" dialogue. Kane was very judgmental of others and a zealot, and they didn't change that.
I appreciated that they used a Howard fragment rather than an established story, I'm sure it gave them more artistic license with the story. It also kept me from being critical of a story I had already read.
The artwork is beautiful and fits t
Mar 18, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm on a bit of a early-modern era fantasy-horror kick because of a tabletop rpg I am running so I thought I'd dip into this for some flavour. It hit the spot. The twists and turns as well as the ruthlessness seem quite true to the source material and the monster design is quite memorable as well.
Mar 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrow-ed, cmx
Toto mi moc nesadlo, neviem či to je hrdinom, grafikou alebo príbehom.
Feb 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic_novels

I read this in French, with a so-so cover by John Cassady, which is at least better than Mike Mignola, whose art I generally dislike.

Part two of a series of resurrected graphic novel stories on Solomon Kane, originally created by Robert E. Howard (of Conan fame), this one features Kane wandering in the Black Forest of Germany, where he encounters a fellow Englishman and arrives at 'The Castle of the Devil,' the seat of the local baron. Mystery, violence and the arcane ensue.

Overall I like the
Andy Zeigert
May 11, 2010 rated it liked it
I've enjoyed reading Hellboy and most things Dark Horse for some time, and Scott Allie's Hellmail column in the back of each Hellboy issue is always fun to read. (Editor responses, anyway; Fanboy fawning gets old quick.)

When I saw this cover and Allie as the writer, I thought it was a sure winner. The story itself is a fascinating tale about a 17th Century baron in Germany with a few dark secrets hanging around his castle. That the titular character stumbles upon this and shakes things up was a
Paul Mirek
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Nathaniel Hawthorne meets Lovecraft in this eerie adaptation of one of Robert E. Howard's lesser-known heroes. What I love about the gunslinging Puritan Kane here--just as I feel about Conan--is that he's so stubbornly human, drawn along by his emotions and distraught at his mistakes. In an age when so many characters on the page are either angsty idols or cold anti-heroes, it's refreshing to see a character who seems more focused on getting through life with no regrets.

It's easy to see the root
Aug 16, 2009 rated it liked it
After the surprisingly well-received audience reaction to selected clips from the upcoming Solomon Kane film while I was at Comic-Con in San Diego last month, I’ve been snooping my nose in the world of Robert E. Howard’s lesser known dark fantasy Puritan avenger. (And I don’t mean Conan. He is by no means puritanical, what with all his booty-calls and all.) Although I have yet to pick up a Howard Cane story, I didn’t hesitate to pick up Allie and Guevara’s comic-book treatment a week back while ...more
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
This is a rather ambiguous book, both in the design & the narrative; however, some of this comes at the cost of the story's visual clarity.
I very much enjoyed the pencil work and the blurry colours. Red gore popped against the dark/sepia backgrounds. The panel layout also enhances the subtle storytelling, opted to focus on Kane's POV, rather than the characters speaking. Each panel is clear, on its own, yet some of the transitions leave the reader re-reading moments in order to keep track o
Jared Millet
Here's a nice little offering from Dark Horse as they continue their Robert E. Howard revival. I've heard it argued that Solomon Kane, Puritan bad-ass, was Howard's most original creation and I can see their point. This graphic novel, based on one of Howard's unfinished fragments, has some gorgeous artwork that actually makes me wish they *hadn't* used Mike Mignola for the cover. The story starts well enough and has all the feel of a good old Hammer Horror movie. Like most horror flicks, though, ...more
Mar 15, 2015 rated it liked it
I've always been a fan of Solomon Kane. Something about the pistol packing puritan makes me want to read more stories featuring him.
Scott Allie does a great job of fleshing this story out and keeps true to the character of Kane, as developed by Robert E Howard.
Moody, annoying and never one to back down, Kane is a great character to be used to tell stories with that focus on the moral code of the individuals involved.
While the page layouts are standard grid format, nothing groundbreaking, the ar
Aug 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Let me start by saying, I don't like Robert Howard. At all. Give me John Carter of Mars over Conan the Barbarian any day. So I wasn't sure that I would like this comic book, based on one of the first fragments that Howard wrote about Solomon Kane, his Puritan adventurer character. Basically, Kane is Conan, except Conan is different/exceptional because he is (duh) a barbarian, while Kane's differences are attributed to his...let's say fervent religiosity. However, they both roam their respective ...more
Mar 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, graphic-novels
Solomon Kane.

Brooding Hero. Check.

Fully Invested in Religion. Check.

Witch-Hunting, I-Shoot-to-Kill-And-Look-Good-While-Doing-It. Check.

Leather, Tall Hat, Boots, Long Hair. Check.

I found out it was a movie afterwards, but this is who I was picturing the whole time:


That is why I completely liked it.

I should be ashamed of myself, lolololol.


As far as the story & plot are concerned. Action packed | Redundant. Check.

I'm not sure why----but I was

Satisfied. Check.

Tim Pendry

Dark Horse's 2009 adaptation of Robert E. Howard's puritan adventurer against all things evil, demonic and papist. The story is a nice bit of horror with some decent characterisation and some atmospheric artwork. Mario Guevara excels here at autumnal gloom.

With modern graphic novels, whereas film allows the elision of things for the sake of the flow, one can run back over the imagery and text for assistance in the explanation of the immediately inexplicable although this and 'Death's Black Ride
Jack Haringa
Jun 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
The Castle of the Devil is a very fine expansion of an original Solomon Kane fragment, and Scott Allie captures the grim, unforgiving spirit and fatalistic attitude of Robert E. Howard's character. Mario Guevara's thick-lined art, complemented by Dave Stuart's muted coloring, perfectly suits both the action and the characters.

Dark Horse continues to offer excellent adaptations of Howard's classic characters, and I'd love to see this creative team tackle more Solomon Kane. This is just as high qu
I can't say if this is a good depiction of the Howard original story, but it's Solomon Kane, all right... Mr "I'm a Puritan, don't question my morals" himself.

The art is very good, action pretty good, carry-through of action from frame to frame is good in some parts, not so good in others...

I do wish there were translations of the German, though. My German is barely good enough to get the gist of the conversation. The understanding of others maybe not so much!
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
A pretty average read for me. The story was ok, though too lightweight to sustain such a large page count, and the art too murky for me. I get that they wanted to achieve a moody look, but I found it a little distracting. Characters are very basic ( moody hero, mysterious companion, secretive Lord etc). Nothing wrong with the book, just felt stretched and light.
I did enjoy the covers from the monthly issues, all great artwork, and the behind the scenes stuff. 2.5/5 seems fair.
Dec 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of pulp characters and Robert E. Howard
Excellent story of sword and sorcery. Solomon Kane is like Conan, only celibate. Dark Horse produces some awsome comics, particularly of the Robert Howard characters. I can't wait to see what hoary fiends from the nether world Solomon will encounter in Volume two. Oh, and the Cassady covers, shear nerdgasm!
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a good graphic novel, both true to the source material and a pretty good story on its own. The art was subtle and a little understated, adding flavor to the atmosphere in a good way, and the writing was both tight and effective. Kane will obviously never be Howard's top character, but this was a fun book.
Luke Zwanziger
Story taken from an unfinished Robert Howard manuscript, this story was entertaining, with great art, though I must admit, it is quite slow moving. Sometimes this is a good thing in a story, though here I found it a little off putting. Still a descent read. Besides who doesn't want to read about a vengeful violent puritan killing demons and werewolves?
Mar 30, 2010 rated it it was ok
Disappointing, if it was not for the cool concept, I would have given it a 1 star. I know most comics and graphic novels are not great literature, heck, they are not even good literature, but the writing in this graphic novel is atrocious. Utterly disappointed that such an interesting concept was mutilated by such horrible writing.
Aug 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Solomon Kane, in tegenstelling tot Kull, vind ik wél een wijs personage. De comic brengt de wereld ook helemaal zoals ik hem mij voorstelde: claustrofobisch donker, grimmig, niet zo fijn om in te vertoeven. Niet dat het meteen om extatisch over te worden is, maar ‘t zijn wel twee fijne verhaaltjes voor tussendoor.
Skut L
Mar 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
Not as dark or as engaging as I had been hoping for, a disappointment. I may give the titular character another chance with some of Howard's novels.

The artistic style was really the only upside to this rather empty graphic novel, at times reminding me of my favorite Hellboy artwork.
May 28, 2012 added it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I'm not going to give this a rating on Goodreads yet because I've agreed to do a review of it for the next issue of "The Dark Man: The Journal of Robert E. Howard Studies." After that comes out, I'll repost parts of that review here.
Russell Grant
Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
I loved the original Howard stories. This never grabbed me. It's missing the weird dread that Howard infused the originals with. The art never grabbed me and the whole thing was a bit tedious in the end.
May 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Solomon Kane has always been the least interesting hero in Howard's production for me and, unfortunately, this graphic novel could not change that fact for me. A decent read, for sure, but I don't get the 17th century vibe from these that I would like to - being a fan of the era.
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2014
I enjoyed this. I think this would be like if you added fantasy to Nathaniel Hawthorne's short stories and turned them into graphic novels.
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