It has been said before and I don't know what makes me point it out again. But here I go. I have loved many different takes on the character of Conan. I liked most of the Conan Marvel issues that strayed away from the well known path. I liked most of the Conan computer/video games. I liked most of the Conan movies that were made. I liked all of them because no matter how far from the original material they might have strayed, at least they got the character of Conan right.
Wood fails in both. He doesn't get the story right and most importantly he doesn't get the character right. No amount of trying to find a faint hint of Conan in his stories will ever make the plot or the character resemble anything about the iconic character of Conan. No need to make him a 21st century wuss to raise his appeal. Cause that is exactly what the character doesn't need ... any approach to civilization.
Bah. I am just about done commenting on that subject. I will keep on despising what comes from Wood and hope it might spark interest of some in the real thing ... although I don't know how the taste of a sugarfree cookie should spark any interest in a medium rare steak.
Yeah, I`m pretty much done commenting anything Wood.
Great piece, KG. I`ve always considered Steban Maroto to be a hell of an artist. Wished he had the opportunity to illustrate a whole Conan story in the old days of Savage Sword of Conan. His detailed and very rich line asks for a black and white adaptation.
RobP - I'm not sure where this teen angst angle is coming from. REH established that Conan loved Belit and Wood is expressing that emotion. If you think REH's Conan did not feel emotions then you should re-read the end of QoTBC and REH's lines on fear, guilt, revulsion etc. Conan expressing his love for Belit verbally is not teen angst - you may not like it or approve of Conan expressing such emotion verbally but it is not outside the context REH established.
And I would also support a traditional adaptation but making the point - valid as it is - that Woood's Conan is not a straight adaptation month in and month out is emoting to the extreme you are protesting against!
The teenager angst stems from him looking like a scrawny kid...him taking Belit to meet his mommy....his emotions are more suited for a teen growing up in a high school ,not the frozen, harsh and cruel lands of Cimmeria. All i can say is ,if REH wrote Conan the way wood is i would never have read more than half of one of his books....i would have laughed and thrown it away.
I think people want so desperately to read a good Conan book and to like the story and the adaptation, that they start seeing many good things about the story, that, time from now, will not be seen like positive aspects of the arch.
In the end, after the Wood phase passes, many will recognize this series to be something to be forgotten amid the real good stuff that will come as time goes by (like Hour of the Dragon, for example).