Synopses & Reviews
Writers Kurt Busiek and Len Wein, creator of Wolverine
and Swamp Thing
, team up with the grandmaster of horror art, Kelley Jones, to tell the horrifying origin of Thoth-amon Conan's greatest adversary!
In the dank alleys of a decaying city, a beggar child conjures visions of a future where, instead of spitting on him in the streets, the rich and privileged cower in fear of his terrible authority. Through cunning, murderous means, he ingratiates himself into a benevolent priesthood, only to turn the church and the nation itself over to the terrible snake-god, Set!
This essential piece of the Conan mythos reveals the secrets behind the dread sorcerer Thoth-amon for the first time!
"Robert E. Howard's memorable villain finally gets an origin story of his own in this volume, which collects a four-issue miniseries of the same name. Thoth is a beggar 'in the blighted city of Memphia,' his morals slowly eroded by an abusive father and harsh life on the streets. When his friend Amon receives an invitation to apprentice in the house of the kindly priest of Ibis, Thoth kills Amon and takes his place in the priest's home. Busiek (Astro City, JLA/Avengers) and the legendary Wein (Swamp Thing) do a fine job telescoping a lifetime's worth of sinister plotting and backstabbing into relatively few pages. Narration is well-executed and evocative ('a new wind did waft through Memphia, thin and dry though it was') and the narrator's identity, revealed at the end, is a nice twist. There is much blood shed in the book, but most of it is implied; only a few scenes contain graphic violence, although virtually every page bears at least one image that is genuinely terrifying or haunting. Liberal use of shadows and wiry outlines in Kelley's solid but moody art give shape to a world where even the agents of light do not seem entirely trustworthy." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
Busiek is known for his talent for bringing humanity and realist to the larger than life heroes of the Marvel Universe. His credits include Avengers: Ultron Imperative
and Avengers: Supreme Justice
, as well as the award-winning Marvels
and Astro City
Len Wein is the co-creator of Wolverine and the New X-Men. He is a former editor in chief of Marvel Comics, Disney Comics, and Top Cow Comics, as well as a senior editor at DC Comics. His previous work includes The All-New, All-Different X-Men Masterworks; The Untold Legend of Batman; and Wonder Woman: Gods and Mortals. He lives in Woodland Hills, California.