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  1. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    This volume includes Conan the Barbarian 23 - 26 and the Savage Tales adaption of Howard's "Red Nails". Truth to tell, I was never enamored with the story line of Conan's time as a soldier fighting with Yezdigerd and all that jazz. I felt this story dragged and than Thomas adapts a non-Conan Howard story to fit in with this and it felt jagged to me and just not "Conan" enough for me though the best part was the introduction of the She-devil with a sword, Red Sonja. Easily the best part of this This volume includes Conan the Barbarian 23 - 26 and the Savage Tales adaption of Howard's "Red Nails". Truth to tell, I was never enamored with the story line of Conan's time as a soldier fighting with Yezdigerd and all that jazz. I felt this story dragged and than Thomas adapts a non-Conan Howard story to fit in with this and it felt jagged to me and just not "Conan" enough for me though the best part was the introduction of the She-devil with a sword, Red Sonja. Easily the best part of this volume was the amazing adaptation of Howard's "Red Nails" with fantastically detailed artwork by Barry Smith ( with additional help from Pablo Marcos ) and the best artwork, in my opinion, if not the best Howard Conan story ever. A story with pretty much everything and anything one would want in a Conan tale from a beautiful fighting female in Valeria to a giant lizard ( called a dragon in the story and some villainous antagonists along with a smattering of sorcery to boot. Last of all a whole lot of violence. Stuck in between is John Buscema's first Conan work which I hate to say was rather underwhelming. According to Roy Thomas, Buscema never liked Chan's inks on his pencils, but I always felt that Buscema's pencils with Chan's inks were the best artwork on the Conan series bar none. So although this collection was great with the addition of "Red Nails" I felt it suffered a bit with the klunky and sprawling Turanian war bit.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Quinton Baran

    A fine collection of tales, with the introduction of Red Sonja to the Conan book, a several issue long story (continued from volume 3), and an adaptation of Robert E. Howard's Red Nails to finish up the volume. Two fine artists penciled this book, and I enjoyed both of their work. The essay at the end by Roy Thomas continues to be satisfying, and informative of the behind the scenes work of creating a comic, and the plans and ideas that made the book just read. A fine collection of tales, with the introduction of Red Sonja to the Conan book, a several issue long story (continued from volume 3), and an adaptation of Robert E. Howard's Red Nails to finish up the volume. Two fine artists penciled this book, and I enjoyed both of their work. The essay at the end by Roy Thomas continues to be satisfying, and informative of the behind the scenes work of creating a comic, and the plans and ideas that made the book just read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Quentin Wallace

    Another great Conan volume. I think this volume is the last to feature Barry Windsor-Smith but on the plus side we got the adaptation of Red Nails in full color. We also got the first appearance of Red Sonja. So while it's not good to see Smith leave, on the plus side John Buscema is coming onboard and I always thought his best work was on the Conan series. Marvel was a superhero company so it stands as a testament to this series that it was able to not only survive but thrive as a different gen Another great Conan volume. I think this volume is the last to feature Barry Windsor-Smith but on the plus side we got the adaptation of Red Nails in full color. We also got the first appearance of Red Sonja. So while it's not good to see Smith leave, on the plus side John Buscema is coming onboard and I always thought his best work was on the Conan series. Marvel was a superhero company so it stands as a testament to this series that it was able to not only survive but thrive as a different genre.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Steven

    Great tales of Conan and one of the few writers to ever get Conan right other than REH.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Ryan

    Great collection featuring the best work Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor Smith did together: Red Nails.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Matthew J.

    Probably the best volume to this point, this features the introduction of Red Sonja, wearing a slightly less stupid costume than she'd have in her own spin-off. It also features an OK adaptation of my favorite Conan story, Red Nails. There's some cool art. The wordiness swings from one extreme to another, with some sections letting the art tell the story, while other parts are jammed with captions and word balloons. This is the last volume I bought back when they were first coming out, and it's Probably the best volume to this point, this features the introduction of Red Sonja, wearing a slightly less stupid costume than she'd have in her own spin-off. It also features an OK adaptation of my favorite Conan story, Red Nails. There's some cool art. The wordiness swings from one extreme to another, with some sections letting the art tell the story, while other parts are jammed with captions and word balloons. This is the last volume I bought back when they were first coming out, and it's where I'm going to stop reading. Conan is one of my favorite characters. Robert E. Howard is one of my favorite writers. The idea of a great Conan comic based on Howard's work is very exciting. This ain't it. I really liked when Kurt Busiek started writing with Cary Nord doing art for Dark Horse Comics. Alas, Nord's work became inconsistent and Busiek left the line. After that, it slid back into this style of all-weather loincloth wearing silliness. Ah, well...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The Chronicles of Conan, Volume 4: The Song of Red Sonja and Other Stories Continues the plot from the previous book as well as introducing Red Sonya and Valeria we also get more world building! :D As ever The humour runs throughout with Conan showing up who is the real barbarian as every turn! :D Plots are set up particularly with Red Sonja and Valeria that are bound to have have comeback for Conan later in a rip cracking way! :D The art is crisp and sharp and the recolouring is brilliant really The Chronicles of Conan, Volume 4: The Song of Red Sonja and Other Stories Continues the plot from the previous book as well as introducing Red Sonya and Valeria we also get more world building! :D As ever The humour runs throughout with Conan showing up who is the real barbarian as every turn! :D Plots are set up particularly with Red Sonja and Valeria that are bound to have have comeback for Conan later in a rip cracking way! :D The art is crisp and sharp and the recolouring is brilliant really making all the scenes pop! :D The artwork really conveys what the characters are feeling and really makes their expressions in scenes and the action be conveyed at a frenetic roller-coaster pace! :D The Chronicles of Conan, Volume 4: The Song of Red Sonja and Other Stories is brilliant, funny, fast-paced and action-packed! :D Brilliant and highly recommended! :D

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jim Thompson

    Yeah, I know. I'm aware of the many faults. But I just love this stuff. This is the best volume so far. The stories have a little more of a message. Not incredibly deep or life changing, but some mild social statement. Also, sword fights. Yeah, I know. I'm aware of the many faults. But I just love this stuff. This is the best volume so far. The stories have a little more of a message. Not incredibly deep or life changing, but some mild social statement. Also, sword fights.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Majasaari

    Red Nails <3 One of the most best graphic tales of Conan ever.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Todd Glaeser

    It's good to see Red Sonja dressed somewhat practically and it's fun to read "Red Nails" whenever you get the chance. Again the coloring is too dark, especially on "Red Nails." It's good to see Red Sonja dressed somewhat practically and it's fun to read "Red Nails" whenever you get the chance. Again the coloring is too dark, especially on "Red Nails."

  11. 4 out of 5

    Helmut

    Windsor-Smiths Meisterwerk Ganz ehrlich - so ein Riesenfan von Barry Windsor-Smiths Conan war ich nie. Seine Gesichter, seine manchmal seltsame Anatomie, seine Jugendstil-Fixierung waren irgendwie immer interessant, aber passten nicht so wirklich zum Bild, das ich vom Cimmerier hatte, nachdem ich die Kurzgeschichten Howards gelesen hatte. Er verlässt nun als Zeichner die Bühne, und macht Platz für den, der dem Barbaren sein wohl bekanntestes Gesicht gab: John Buscema. Über diesen einzigartigen Kün Windsor-Smiths Meisterwerk Ganz ehrlich - so ein Riesenfan von Barry Windsor-Smiths Conan war ich nie. Seine Gesichter, seine manchmal seltsame Anatomie, seine Jugendstil-Fixierung waren irgendwie immer interessant, aber passten nicht so wirklich zum Bild, das ich vom Cimmerier hatte, nachdem ich die Kurzgeschichten Howards gelesen hatte. Er verlässt nun als Zeichner die Bühne, und macht Platz für den, der dem Barbaren sein wohl bekanntestes Gesicht gab: John Buscema. Über diesen einzigartigen Künstler muss ich nicht mehr sagen; für mich ist er DER Comiczeichner schlechthin, und er schafft es, jedem noch so schwachen Storybogen eine dichte Atmosphäre zu zaubern. In Kombination mit einem guten Tuscher, wie Ernie Chua, oder später Alfredo Alcala, definierte er so den Conan, wie wir ihn kennen. Windsor-Smith lässt uns aber noch einen Happen von ihm da, und zwar einen, der jedem Comicfan das Wasser im Munde zusammenlaufen lässt: Seine Adaption von "Red Nails" gehört mit zum Besten, was der Fantasycomic überhaupt je hervorgebracht hat. Die Neukolorierung lässt dieses Werk in neuer Pracht erstrahlen und ist extrem spektakulär und sehenswert. Über ein Drittel des Bandes wird von dieser Geschichte eingenommen. Die Reihe "Chronicles of Conan" hält ihren hohen Standard weiter durch: Dickes Papier, Hochglanzdruck, tolle Neukolorierung, fantastische Nachwörter von Roy Thomas.

  12. 4 out of 5

    The_Mad_Swede

    This is the fourth Dark Horse volume collecting Marvel's Conan series from 1970s and it includes issues #23–26 and "Red Nails" from Savage Tales. While Roy Thomas steadfastly pens the stories here, this volume marks the end Barry Windsor-Smith's run as artist on Conan. From issue #24, John Buscema took over the artistic reins, and while there is no doubt about the qualities Windsor-Smith brought to Conan, there is something about Buscema's sturdier barbarian that makes the latter version the one This is the fourth Dark Horse volume collecting Marvel's Conan series from 1970s and it includes issues #23–26 and "Red Nails" from Savage Tales. While Roy Thomas steadfastly pens the stories here, this volume marks the end Barry Windsor-Smith's run as artist on Conan. From issue #24, John Buscema took over the artistic reins, and while there is no doubt about the qualities Windsor-Smith brought to Conan, there is something about Buscema's sturdier barbarian that makes the latter version the one to pop up in my mind first. The stories collected are the Windsor-Smith-pencilled "The Shadow of the Vulture" and "The Song of Red Sonja", which are followed by the Buscema-pencilled "The Mirrors of Kharam Akkad" and "The Hour of the Griffin". The volume closes with Thomas and Windsor-Smith's adaptation of Howard's story "Red Nails", originally done for and published in the non-Code comic magazine Savage Tales after Windsor-Smith had handed over to Buscema. It is a fine piece and a worthy exit for BWS. All in all, another warmly recommended volume!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jerantino

    Barry Windsor-Smith rocked my world with the Lifedeath story arc in Uncanny X-Men. Imagine my delight when I discovered this reprint volume of he and Roy Thomas’ adaptation of the Conan classic “Red Nails”. I had just discovered the original Howard stories through the Berkley editions of People of the Black Circle, Hour of the Dragon, and Red Nails all featuring fantastic Ken Kelly covers. Here was a near word for word faithful adaptation of one of the greatest Conan stories, with pristine art a Barry Windsor-Smith rocked my world with the Lifedeath story arc in Uncanny X-Men. Imagine my delight when I discovered this reprint volume of he and Roy Thomas’ adaptation of the Conan classic “Red Nails”. I had just discovered the original Howard stories through the Berkley editions of People of the Black Circle, Hour of the Dragon, and Red Nails all featuring fantastic Ken Kelly covers. Here was a near word for word faithful adaptation of one of the greatest Conan stories, with pristine art and crackling pacing. When Dark Horse gained the licensing rights to the character and began reprinting the original Marvel Conan the Barbarian, Windsor-Smith’s artwork was re-colored and elevated to Masterpiece status. What little the color reprinted story lacked was made up for in spades in Vol. 4 or the reprints, plus it also features the first appearance of Red Sonja!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alvaro

  15. 4 out of 5

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  16. 4 out of 5

    Paul

  17. 4 out of 5

    Fernando

  18. 5 out of 5

    Douglas Roberts

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rick Hurley

  20. 4 out of 5

    Christian Barde

  21. 4 out of 5

    José Castel

  22. 5 out of 5

    David

  23. 5 out of 5

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  24. 4 out of 5

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  25. 5 out of 5

    Miles

  26. 5 out of 5

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  27. 5 out of 5

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  28. 5 out of 5

    Djeand

  29. 4 out of 5

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  30. 5 out of 5

    Steven

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