After missing out on the Colossal King Conan by Dark Horse, just before the rights reverted back to Marvel, I bought this first omnibus by Marvel more out of fear of missing out than anything. As up until recently, while being a long time fan of Howard's stories, I have not delved into the comics of Conan. So there was some trepidation while this was on its way from the US, would it be good? Would it be cheesy because it was written in the 70s? How would the art work stack up? Well after reading the first issue my fears were washed away. While you will have to use some imagination because these stories, unlike Dark Horse's, are light on gore. The writing and adapting by Roy Thomas is fantastic. Smith's artwork is solid for its time (thankfully Conan doesn't wear his yak helm for too many issues) and the colours are very nice, too. This omnibus also includes fan mail and responses from Marvel in between issues, which I actually loved reading. It showed how passionate people were for Howard's Conan and some were not afraid to let Marvel know what they thought if they got it wrong, and to Marvel's credit they put those on display. There is also a lot of bonus material and it includes a few issues of the Savage Sword of Conan run as well. Which I am not sure if these stories will be included once again in the Savage Sword Omnibus that is out in a few months or if these will be exclusive to this Omnibus. If you are a fan of Conan and never got into the comics, this is a great place to start. And with Marvel releasing Dark Horse's Conan run (which as I wrote this DH omnibus 1 and 3 are out of print) in Epic Collection, now is a great time to get into both worlds of comics based on the mighty thewed Cimmerian. I look forward to adding the rest to my collection as they release.