Conan and Bêlit find themselves the unlikely couriers to a mysterious and ancient religious relic. They are soon beset on all sides by the feuding factions that wish to exploit the artifact’s power. Can they reach their destination while keeping their prize—and themselves—intact?

* From Brian Wood (Star Wars, The Massive), and Paul Azaceta (Amazing Spider-Man, B.P.R.D.).

* The most-talked-about Conan comic in years!

“Wood is not afraid of going down new paths with a boldness that will benefit all readers.” –Comic Book Resources

Writer: Brian Wood
Artist: Paul Azaceta
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Artist: Massimo Carnevale

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  1. That last arc was my least favorite so far, hopefully Brian Wood gets back on track with this issue.

  2. This sounds like a return to the swashbuckling fun this book has needed for months.

    • Yeah, I hope this arc breathes a little, both plot- & character-wise.

      I am curious though… This Conan + Belit run ends at issue #25, which I’m assuming stems from a huge rift between them (I haven’t read the source books at all). That means 7 issues till we’re done (basically 2 arcs). Not a lot of time to do that kind of about-face, right?

    • I think the seeds have been planted, particularly in The Death arc. Wood has shown that at times of great personal stress the two pull away from each other rather than together. Battle, death, war they can handle, but personal turmoil, especially personal weakness, they cannot. I’m guessing it will be something like that to eventually pull them apart.

    • Yeah, I can see what you’re saying — and the characterizations are spot on. I just hope it’s played out as a ramping up of tension between them & not a sudden plot shift (like, “I have to go this way.” “Well, I want to go this other way.” “Okay, bye.”) … and I see the seeds of that dissent between them, but I’m curious what kind of catalyst we’re going to get to push them from (what is set up as) one of the all-time great loves – to a definitive break-up. Just wondering out loud… I do like that they are so young, so that kind of extreme shift is more plausible.

    • I totally agree. I hope the inevitable break comes after a build and not just as a moment. But as you say, being as young and fiery as they are the idea of a jarring moment precipitating the end isn’t out of the realm of believability.

  3. Really dug this issue. It’s not light by any means, but it gets back to a sense of action – and after thinking about it for a while, this seems like the first time Conan & Belit have really been together, acting as a team & not lost in themselves separately (or physically), since Conan left Belit to chase his impostor halfway through the second arc (in Cimmeria). It’s a good step in validating the previous arcs’ woes, & there’s a really nice mystery built into the story here. 5/5 for me.

    • I thought this was great as well. I liked the medieval-horror vibe it had with the mysterious cult guys, and the townspeople hiding in terror. This definitely ramped up the excitement, and I’m kind of bummed there is only six more issues left.

      I wasn’t crazy about the Azaceta artwork, but that’s just my preference; he did a fine job storytelling, I’m just not a fan of his inking style–too heavy.

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