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Underrated: Thrud the Barbarian

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week:  Thrud the Barbarian



thrud.jpgAnother week, and yet another case of “Alex bought something for Underrated without knowing anything about it beforehand,” or it would be had Alex not received Carl Critchlow‘s Thrud the Barbarian  a few years  ago from the now defunct Comic Bento. Published by Titan Comics, the trade paperback collects the original Thrud the Barbarian five issue miniseries, as well as a couple of single page shorts from White Dwarf magazine, and was originally published in 2013. If you missed this when it first came out, don’t be surprised – I’m not sure it was ever released on a large scale outside Britain.

Thrud the Barbarian is what I’d consider a quintessentially British comic; it blends in equal parts the violence , chaos and destruction that one would expect from a Conan parody with the silliness and tongue in cheek humour that wouldn’t feel out of place in a Monty Python skit. But with a lot more smashed heads and limbs flying free of bodies. The Titan Comics collection consists of five stories that can be read independently of each other (seven if you’re counting the bonus strips), or in one go – which is what I did when rereading it recently.

Honestly, I reread it because I was reorganizing my bookcase and saw the cover again and wanted something fun, easy and not too deep or involved to read. Thrud was certainly that, and I loved every irreverent thought, every stunningly painted cover, and the computer coloured artwork. It was exactly the kind of book that I needed to read after a busy week, a book that I am glad I own, and one I am even happier that I noticed on the shelf.

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As a fan of heroic fantasy books, I loved Critchlow’s send up of the genre; the visualization and sight gags and some brilliant punchlines across all the stories in in the collection. I loved every aspect of this book; the sound effects, the dumb-as-a-post hero just wants his beer and the cartoon-like hyper violence that ties it all together in such a lovely package.

Without a doubt this is one of my favourite books I’ve ever written about for this column, even if I did forget I owned it for a little while.

And yet, had it not been for the Bento box, I would never have heard of this book. Which is easily one of the best aspects of the online blind box subscription thingies – the introduction to new and exciting books and comics you otherwise would never have been exposed to. Consequently, this is a book I don’t see getting the love it deserves – that’s why the book is Underrated.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Pick(s) of the Week: Trillium #3 and Many More

TRILL_Cv3_5r93f8kfby_This week, comic book fans are overwhelmed with numerous excellent choices to pick up at their local comic book shops this Wednesday. It wasn’t just difficult for myself and the team to narrow down the long list of releases to five choices a piece, but also choose the top comic of the bunch. After long deliberation, I went with Trillium #3, the newish Vertigo series from the brilliant mind of Jeff Lemire.

After her mind-altering encounter with William, the wounded soldier from 1921, Nika is flung back to the far future, where she must face the repercussions of her actions. But will she be able to make sense of what’s happening to her in time to stop Earthlab’s genocide of the indigenous alien tribe? And can she find her way back to William?

The first two issues knocked it out of the park with amazing writing and visuals, showing off why Lemire is considered one of the best creators out there right now. The love story across the ages is beautiful in so many ways, it’ll keep you lingering slowly on each page. There’s a good chance you’ll see this series on numerous “best of” lists when the year wraps up.

Find out other choices from the team below:

Brett:

Top Pick: Trillium #3 (Vertigo) – See above as to why I think this is a top pick this week and a top series this year. Each issue so far has nailed it and exceeded already high expectations.

All New X-Men #17 (Marvel) – The last issue of the Battle of the Atom event was a bit of a shocker casting into doubt everything we’ve been told. The second half of this event should be one hell of a ride.

God is Dead #2 (Avatar Press) – The gods have returned and decided to carve up the world. Jonathan Hickman’s new series from Avatar blew me away with its first issue.

Mighty Avengers #2 (Marvel) – I thought it’d be gimmicky, but the first issue of this new series was a solid read. I wish it wasn’t part of an event, but this new Avengers team is a welcomed addition so far.

Superior Foes of Spider-Man #4 (Marvel) – Talk about a series that caught me off guard. The “Superior” line has been solid and along with the main Spider-Man title this is at the top of the group. Each issue has gotten me to laugh, a lot, and appreciate the villains of the Marvel U a bit more.

TPB/Graphic Novel of the Week: Thrud the Barbarian HC (Titan Books) – The classic comics are reprinted in this fantastic collection.

Scott:

Top Pick: Lazarus #4 (Image Comics) – Issue #3 left us with a huge cliffhanger, and while I have no doubt that Forever has the wherewithal to survive, I’m really looking forward to seeing how she does it. Plus, its the conclusion of the first arc, so you just know some crazy stuff is going to go down.

Batman: Black and White #2 (DC Comics) – One of the best anthologies is back for #2, and I’m so excited. The short story is such a difficult format, but with such an impressive list of contributors, I’m sure this issue will be amazing.

Bushido #1 (Image Comics) – Feudal Japan, samurai, vampires. Even if it turns out to be a terrible book, the setting is just too much fun to pass up.

TPB/Graphic Novel of the Week: Batman: Odyssey (DC Comics) – So I’ve never read this story, but I’ve heard that it’s just absolutely ridiculous. Batman rides dinosaurs and kidnaps guys and monologues while shirtless. I think I’m going to have to pick this up just to enjoy the sheer insanity. You should too!

 

Preview: Thrud the Barbarian

Thrud The Barbarian

Writer/Artist: Carl Critchlow
144pp
Teen
FC
Price: $19.99
Release: 09/24/2013

The Eagle-Award-winning barbarian parody series is collected at last! 

Thrud the Barbarian leads a simple life, one of popping down to his local pub, quaffing a few tankards of ale and starting a fight in which everyone else is beaten senseless. After which comes the wenches! Hurrah!

Trouble is, there always seems to be someone with a quest to interrupt his peace, quiet and packet of crisps…

In his first-ever collection, Thrud faces down a necromancer (FWAP! SPLATT! THWOK!), protects his beer against fierce Frost Giants (THWOP! KER-THUNK!), faces his arch-nemesis (MASH! THWACK! THUNKTHUNKTHUNK!), assumes the role of the king he accidentally killed (POK!) and gets his pint spilled on a mission into the depths of the jungle (SPLUTCH!)!

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SDCC 2013: Titan’s New Projects

At San Diego Comic-Con, Titan Comics, the new venture from publishing giant, Titan, announced a brand-new wave of creator-owned titles set for 2014! The new titles span a mix of established comics and novelist talent, as well as up-and-coming creators and artists from whom you’ll soon be hearing much more – such as Victor Gischler, Tazio Bettin, Pat Mills, Carl Potts, Larry Stroman, Lavie Tidhar, Paul McCaffrey and Des Taylor!

The new wave of titles includes assassin black-comedy Accident Man co-created by 2000AD legend Pat Mills with a cover by the incomparable Howard Chaykin; a brand-new chapter of long-running science-fiction gem Alien Legion, by fan-favorite creative team Carl Potts and Larry Stroman; ladies of literature action-adventure Adler by novelist Lavie Tidhar and artist Paul McCaffrey; adrenal grindhouse-flick Sally Of The Wasteland by Victor Gischler and artist Tazio Bettin, with cover by blazing Image stalwart Tim Seeley; and femme-fatale espionage caper Scarlett Couture by famed good-girl artist Des Taylor.

At SDCC, Titan Comics made a splash with numerous launches including fantasy The First Kingdom Vol.1: The Birth of Tundran by comics legend Jack Katz; new horror fantasy collection Razorjack by Watchmen colorist John Higgins; the Eagle-Award-winning comedy Thrud the Barbarian by writer/artist Carl Critchlow; afterlife thriller Numbercruncher by Si Spurrier, artist P.J. Holden and colorist Jordie Bellaire; SF and fantasy anthology Monster Massacre; genre-mashing hormonal superhero Sharky by Dave Elliott and Alex Horley; and videogame tie-in Devil May Cry: The Chronicles of Vergil.

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SDCC 2013: Titan Comics Launches in July With New Line Rolling Out!

PrintTitan Comics, the new venture from publishing giant, Titan, launches in July 2013 – with new titles released throughout the rest of the year and beyond!

The first wave comprises debut dinosaur spectacular Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol by writer/artist Stuart Jennett; afterlife thriller Numbercruncher, by writer Si Spurrier, artist P.J. Holden and colorist Jordie Bellaire; B-movie comedy IT CAME! by Dan Boultwood; high-fantasy comedy Thrud the Barbarian by writer/artist Carl Critchlow, new horror fantasy collection Razorjack by Watchmen colorist John Higgins – plus the completely remastered and relettered library of The First Kingdom by comics legend Jack Katz!

The next wave, beginning in October begins with game-changing post-superheroic statement Death Sentence, by writer Monty Nero and artist Mike Dowling and classic fantasy epic Marada The She-Wolf by Chris Claremont and John Bolton.

Titan Comics kicks everything off at this year’s San Diego Comic Con, showcasing brand-new comics and collections available for the first time exclusively at the show. You can find them at the Titan booth #5537 and at special events programming of which you can find out below.

A number of new collections will be available for the first time at SDCC, with creator signings to support:

  • Jack Katz will be signing copies of The First Kingdom Vol.1: The Birth of Tundran on Friday at 3:00PM
  • John Higgins will be signing copies of Razorjack on Friday at 4:00PM
  • Dave Elliott, Dave Dorman, Alex Horley and Andy Kuhn will be signing copies of Monster Massacre, Sharky and A1 on Friday at 1:30PM
  • Roman Dirge will be signing copies of Lenore: Purple Nurples on Thursday at 4:30PM

Other collections available for the first time at SDCC include the Eagle-Award-Winning Barbarian comedy series Thrud the Barbarian, by Carl Critchlow, and Devil May Cry: The Chronicles of Vergil.

With the hotly anticipated first issue of Numbercruncher hitting stores on July 17, Titan Comics is offering SDCC attendees a FREE exclusive art card signed by Si Spurrier with every copy of Numbercruncher #1 purchased – only available at Titan booth #5537.

The full schedule of Titan Comics SDCC activity includes:

THURSDAY JULY 18, 2013

Portfolio Review: Titan Comics

Thursday July 18, 10:00AM – 12:30PM, PR B

Steve White, Titan Comics Senior Editor will be holding portfolio reviews on Friday at 10:00AM – 12:30PM, PR B.

Panel: Roman Dirge REBUILT

Thursday July 18, 3:00PM – 4:00PM, Room: 28DE

Earlier this year, Lenore creator Roman Dirge was almost killed in a Sunset Boulevard hit-and-run that left him lying in hospital with a shattered leg. After months of painful physical therapy, Roman is back – better, stronger… but not necessarily faster… – and is here to discuss his long road to recovery, his return to the drawing board with Lenore issue #8 and his fourth Titan Lenore collection:  Purples Nurples (which will be debuting at the show).

Signing: Lenore – Roman Dirge

Thursday July 18, 4:30PM – 5:30PM, Autograph Alley AA04

Lenore: Purples Nurples – available for the first time at SDCC!

Creator Roman Dirge will be signing copies of his fourth Titan Lenore collection: Purples Nurples on Thursday at 4:30PM – 5:30PM in Autograph Alley AA04.

FRIDAY JULY 19, 2013

Panel: Titan Comics – Launching at SDCC and Beyond!

Friday July 19, 12:00PM – 1:00PM, Room: 32AB

Titan Comics, the new venture from publishing giant, Titan, offering the best original creator-owned comics, alongside new and classic graphic novels, launches this year at SDCC! With all the buzz that’s been generated by first-wave titles like Numbercruncher by Si Spurrier (X-Men Legacy) and The First Kingdom by comics legend Jack Katz, 2013 looks set to be the year of Titan Comics!

Meet the key players behind the new line, go behind-the-scenes of new titles with creators, see exclusive preview art and hear exclusive announcements about brand-new originated titles by new and world-renowned talent!

Guests include: Jack Katz (First Kingdom), John Higgins (Razorjack), Dave Elliott (A1, Monster Massacre, Sharky), Steve White (Titan Comics, Senior Editor) and more!

All attendees to the panel will receive a special limited edition double-sided poster: an IT CAME! 1950s themed cinema style poster, signed by creator Dan Boultwood, and a fantastic Numbercruncher image by artist P.J. Holden. (This limited edition poster is only available to panel attendees).

Signing: Monster Massacre – Dave Elliott, Dave Dorman, Alex Horley and Andy Kuhn

Friday July 19, 1:30PM – 2:30PM, Autograph Alley AA02

Monster Massacre Vol.1 & Sharky – available for the first time at SDCC!

Creators Dave Elliott, Dave Dorman, Alex Horley and Andy Kuhn will be signing copies of Monster Massacre, Sharky and A1 on Friday at 1:30PM – 2:30PM in Autograph Alley AA02.

Attendees to the signing will receive a FREE limited edition signed art print by Mark A. Nelson with every copy of Monster Massacre purchased. (Limited to 50 – first come, first served)

Signing: The First Kingdom – Jack Katz

Friday July 19, 3:00PM – 5:00PM, Autograph Alley AA07

The First Kingdom Vol.1: The Birth of Tundran – available for the first time at SDCC! Creator Jack Katz will be signing copies of The First Kingdom Vol.1: The Birth of Tundran on Friday at 3:00PM – 5:00PM in Autograph Alley AA07.

Attendees to the signing will receive a FREE limited edition signed art card by Jack Katz with every copy of First Kingdom purchased. (Limited to 100 – first come, first served)

Signing: Razorjack – John Higgins

Friday July 19, 4:00PM-5:00PM, Autograph Alley AA03

Razorjack – available for the first time at SDCC!

Creator John Higgins will be signing copies of Razorjack on Friday at 4:00PM – 5:00PM in Autograph Alley AA03.

Attendees to the signing will receive a FREE limited edition Razorjack patch designed by Sally Hurst & John Higgins with every copy of Razorjack purchased. Plus, get your photo taken with Razorjack herself!

SUNDAY JULY 21, 2013

Portfolio Review: Titan Comics

Sunday July 21, 10:00AM – 12:30PM, PR B

Steve White, Titan Comics, Senior Editor will be holding portfolio reviews on Sunday at 10:00AM – 12:30PM, PR B.

Titan Comics in August 2013

DEATH SENTENCE #1

Writer(s): Monty Nero
Artist Name(s): Mike Dowling
Issue Number: 1
Number of Issues/Volumes in Series: 6
Page Count: 32pp
Retail Price: $3.99
Street Date: October 9, 2013

 

What would you do with superpowers – and six months to live? 

That’s the dilemma facing three people who’ve contracted the G+ Virus, a terrifying new STD.

What can graphic designer Verity, failing indie guitarist Weasel and roguish media personality Monty do in the time they have left? Fade away – or go out in a blaze of glory?

By turns funny, dark, sad and spectacular, Death Sentence is an emotional thrill ride through celebrity, loss, passion and creativity. It’s the jaw-dropping next stage in superpowered storytelling!

Packed with unforgettable shocks, quotable dialogue and the character finds of a generation, this is an unmissable debut by two striking and confident new voices!

Death Sentence Cover

THE FIRST KINGDOM VOL 1: THE BIRTH OF TUNDRAN

Writer(s): Jack Katz
Artist Name(s): Jack Katz
Format: Hardcover Collection
Volumes in Series: Vol.1 out of 6
Page Count: 208pp
Full Color, B&W, or partial color: B&W
Retail Price: $24.99
Street Date: September 24, 2013

An unforgettable epic, the work of a lifetime, is finally collected in an ultimate, six-part library!

Visionary. Maverick. Rebel. Master storyteller. Iconoclast. Genius. Jack Katz has been called all of these things since he began his illustrated magnum opus in 1974, creating a tale that follows in the vein of a futuristic, post-civilization The Odyssey or The Iliad!

Now, exclusively from Titan Comics, comes this long-lost treasure from a golden age in comics creation – as it’s never been seen before. Remastered and packed with exclusive features, this sumptuous volume collects the first part of a tale for which the term ‘epic’ was invented!

After nuclear armageddon devastates the Earth, the survivors become playthings of resurgent ‘gods’. As civilisations rise and fall, as loves and lives are lost, the future of humanity will be won by uncovering the secrets of the past.

The First Kingdom is presented here in a complete collectors’ library for the first time, replete with cleaned and restored art taken from high-resolution scans of the original art pages, and completely relettered throughout.

Comprising six volumes in total, each book also includes features on the history of the strip, as well as all-new introductions by Jack Katz and his many industry fans!

First Kingdom Vol 1 cover

RAZORJACK

Writer(s):  John Higgins
Artist Name(s):  John Higgins
Format: Hardcover Collection
Page Count: 104pp
Full Color, B&W, or partial color: B&W
Retail Price: $19.95
Street Date: September 18, 2013

FULLY REMASTERED WITH RESTORED ART, ALL-NEW SCRIPT AND TWO BRAND-NEW SHORT STORIES OF JOHN HIGGINS ORIGINAL SELF PUBLISHED TALE! RAZORJACK AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE!

FROM THE COLORIST OF WATCHMEN • BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE

The Twist: an infernal dimension of molten pain, terror and screaming torment. Ruling over this dark domain is the queen of carnage: Razorjack, she who would bring extinction to the Human race!

All that stands in the path of her apocalyptic ambitions is a pair of rogue cops. Their investigations into a series of horrific serial murders uncover Razorjack’s horrific machinations, forcing the cracks ever wider between Earth and The Twist – and the death of Humanity ever closer!

This is the ultimate edition of RAZORJACK: restored, remastered and reworked for a whole new audience!

Razorjack Cover

THRUD THE BARBARIAN

Writer(s):  Carl Critchlow
Artist Name(s): Carl Critchlow
Format: Hardcover Collection
Page Count: 144pp
Full Color, B&W, or partial color: FC
Retail Price: $19.99
Street Date: September 24, 2013

The Eagle-Award-Winning Barbarian comedy series is collected at last!

Thrud: big of muscle, tiny of head, which is fine for Thrud as you only need a big brain if you need to talk your way out of trouble. Instead, he lets his axe speak for him!

In the first collected volume of this hugely popular cult, er, hero, Thrud faces down the necromancer To-Me Ku-Pa (FWAP! THWOK!); protects his beer supplies from fierce Frost Giants (KRISH! KER-THUNK!); faces his arch-nemesis (THUNKTHUNKTHUNK!); assumes the stately role of the king he accidentally killed (GAK! POK!) and gets his pint spilled on a mission into the depths of a primeval jungle (ARRGGLE! SPLUTCH!)!

A hilarious, timeless parody of Conan The Barbarian and his musclebound ilk!

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Numbercruncher #4

Writer(s): Si Spurrier
Artist Name(s): P.J. Holden
Issue Number: 4
Number of Issues/Volumes in Series: 4
Page Count: 32pp
Retail Price: $3.99
Street Date: October 16, 2013

The shock conclusion of the critically acclaimed temporal afterlife adventure! 

An epic battle of wits, wills and divine accountancy has twisted across decades and multiple lifetimes, and now the clash between Bastard Zane and the reincarnating Mathematician is coming to a head.

Who gets what they want? Who loses everything forever? And, when all the cunning plans and clever tricks have been resolved… is there still one last card to play?

Don’t miss the epic finish to the miniseries everybody is talking about!

Numbercruncher #4

Solid State Tank Girl #4

Writer(s): Alan Martin
Artist Name(s): Warwick Johnson Cadwell
Issue Number: 4
Number of Issues/Volumes in Series: 4
Page Count: 32pp
Retail Price: $3.99
Street Date: September 18, 2013

Tank Girl VS. Anti Tank Girl, for all the marbles!

Spawned in darkness, trained in secret, brewed in a bollock, Anti Tank Girl is the worst nemesis Tank Girl has ever been pitted agains!

A towering edifice of pink blondeness, she emits uncontrollable rays of rainbows, love and ponies wherever she goes – and is out to replace Tank Girl for good! There’s no way that Tank Girl and her gang of misfits are going to stand for THAT.

It’s the ultimate battle for women’s suffrage in the slam-bang, riotously unexpected conclusion to the most insane Tank Girl adventure yet!

Solid State Tank Girl #4

It Came #3

Writer(s): Dan Boultwood
Artist Name(s): Dan Boultwood
Issue Number: 3
Number of Issues/Volumes in Series: 4
Page Count: 32pp
Retail Price: $3.99
Street Date: October 2, 2013

Director Dan Boultwood’s long-lost SF B-movie ratchets towards its jaw-dropping climax!

After the terrifying discoveries made in our last astonishing issue, space scientist Dr. Boy Brett and his lady assistant Doris Night are now trapped inside an honest-to-goodness flying saucer, along with a robot that aims to capture them alive!

What role does this monstrous, monosyllabic automaton play in the extra-terrestrial invasion plan? And what do drooping upper lips have to do with the fate of Britain – AND THE WORLD?!

A must-read for fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000, this is a beautifully illustrated, laugh-out-loud pastiche!

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Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol #4

Writer(s): Stuart Jennett
Artist Name(s): Stuart Jennett
Issue Number: 4
Number of Issues/Volumes in Series: 5
Page Count: 32pp
Retail Price: $3.99
Street Date: October 2, 2013

The Sarge and his team battle a vicious Nazi time squad who’ll do anything to turn the Allied heroes into fossilised raptor-chow! Plus – the rules of time travel are pushed to the limit, as Einstein crosses his own timeline in order to prevent the extinction of the universe, when a Chronosphere goes critical at the Commandos’ base!

Don’t miss the high-class, high-stakes, fully painted pulp action, as Chronos Commandos cranks up a gear!

Chronos Commandos Dawn Patrol #4

Tomorrowland #3

Writer(s): Paul Jenkins
Artist Name(s):  Alti Firmansyah, Beny Maulana of Stellar Labs
Issue Number: 3
Number of Issues/Volumes in Series: 4
Page Count: 32pp
Retail Price: $3.99
Street Date: September 18, 2013

The music-driven ride of your life continues, from Paul Jenkins, the Eisner award-winning writer of Wolverine: Origin and The Darkness!

Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, DJs at the world-renowned Tomorrowland festival, have been chosen as the Keepers of Creativity. Ranged against the Destructive forces of the Nameless One, they only have a year to come up with an event that will recharge the creative batteries of the whole universe – and with demons, monsters and the forces of Fate in the way, it’s going to be a tall order. These DJs no longer have to make just music – at this year’s festival, they need to make history!

Tomorrowland #3

A1 #5 

Writer(s): Dave Elliot, W.H. Rauf
Artist Name(s): Barnaby Bagenda, Sakti Yuwono, Garrie Gastonny, Rhoald Marcelius
Issue Number: 5
Number of Issues/Volumes in Series: On-going
Page Count: 32pp
Retail Price: $3.99
Street Date: October 2, 2013

WEIRDING WILLOWS: At last, a hint of what lies beneath the Weir. The secret of talking animals and dimensional portals revealed. Plus one of our cast dies and we promise you, they will never return.

ODYSSEY: SHARKY’s back! He leads a SWAT team against… A group of protestors on Wall Street?! Only one man dares stand in their way.

CARPEDIEM: YELLOW TIDE
When saving the world, the CARPEDIEM agents prefer to ride in their state-of-the-art, nuclear-powered, phallic-shaped-but-not- overcompensating…. by-much, copyright-infringing “Yellow Submarine”. But one day the submarine is missing. Someone stole it straight from under their noses inside their secret HQ. So join them, under a sky of blue and sea of green, as they hunt for their yellow submarine.

A1 #5 (Carpe DIEm) A1 #5 (Odyssey) A1 #5 (Weirding Willows)

Preview: NEW! Thrud the Barbarian!

THRUD THE BARBARIAN

Writer(s):  Carl Critchlow
Artist Name(s): Carl Critchlow
Format: Hardcover Collection
Page Count: 144pp
Full Color, B&W, or partial color: FC
Retail Price: $19.99
Street Date: September 24, 2013

Thrud: big of muscle, tiny of head, which is fine for Thrud as you only need a big brain if you need to talk your way out of trouble. Instead, he lets his axe speak for him!

In the first collected volume of this hugely popular cult, er, hero, Thrud faces down the necromancer To-Me Ku-Pa (FWAP! THWOK!); protects his beer supplies from fierce Frost Giants (KRISH! KER-THUNK!); faces his arch-nemesis (THUNKTHUNKTHUNK!); assumes the stately role of the king he accidentally killed (GAK! POK!) and gets his pint spilled on a mission into the depths of a primeval jungle (ARRGGLE! SPLUTCH!)!

A hilarious, timeless parody of Conan The Barbarian and his musclebound ilk!

Thrud the Barbarian hits stores on September 24, 2013.  The collection will also be available to read day and date on the iPad, iPhone, Web, Android and Kindle Fire, exclusively through the comiXology app and comiXology.com

Retailers can order Thrud the Barbarian from the June edition of Diamond PREVIEWS (order code: JUN131289)

Thrud the Barbarian cover