Writer: Charles Dixon
Artist: Jorge Zaffino
The king of a city-state in Brythunia has trouble producing an heir. His advisors decide that they need the horn of a unicorn to give him the virility to produce one. Conan gets hired to lead the expedition into the savage wilderness of Hyperborea. They have to fight the savage hillmen and Conan starts a romance with the sister of the king. They find the valley, but the unicorn is not the peaceful creature they expected. It is a fearsome carnivore. One of the leaders knocks Conan out as the men flee and takes the princess. He hopes to use her as bait since it is rumored that unicorns love the taste of virgin blood. Only it is too late because thanks to Conan, she isn’t a virgin. Just then Conan arrives and is pissed off. He easily takes out the cowardly guy. Seems the unicorn decided to leave Conan alone when he was unconscious, and Conan will return the favor and not kill it. Instead, they will find a goat’s horn to pass off as a unicorn horn.
“Solomon Kane’s Homecoming”
Writer: Robert E. Howard adapted from his poem. Adapted by Steve Carr
Artists: Steve Carr and Al Williamson
Solomon Kane comes home to Devon after his world travels. At a tavern he talks about his many adventures. How he fought the Spanish and was imprisoned by them. His later travels to Africa battling vampires, ghouls, spirits, slavers and a mad witch queen of a lost city. He then leaves to continue his wandering ways.
This was an interesting issue. The unicorn idea had a cool twist in that the unicorn was this bad ass carnivore with huge teeth. Otherwise, a fairly standard quest epic. Didn’t really care for the art. Zaffino has a sketchy style that uses way too much shadowing. There were whole panels that had way too much blackness to them.
The Solomon Kane story was beautiful. I love Howard’s poem and they did a great job of putting it to a visual image. There were whole pages devoted to some of Kane’s most famous adventures. So an interesting if somewhat flawed issue.