This is the moment every epic poem has, where the hero turns and faces the enemy. In this case, Conan has two of them to face off against in one issue: the villain trying to use his wit and cleverness to undo Conan, and the demon who is an unbeatable killing machine. And he does it while throwing insults and talking trash. It’s amazing. You cheer him on.
Sergio Dávila’s artwork is insanely good and appropriate. He captures the unfettered lust for victory that Conan has when obliterating his opponents. He brings you into every sword clash and gruesome moment. A few issues ago, Conan perched over the ghost city that he’s been stuck in like an eagle. Now, that hunter-like foreshadowing has paid off.
The colors are vibrant as hell thanks to Michael Atiyeh, and the lettering really plays a part in this issue, setting the tone and rhythm of the action. You have Richard Starkings and Comicraft to thank for that. The great classic feel to the cover by Thomas Grindberg is tough to ignore. This is all the Conan you’ll ever need, and I can’t wait for the next issue.