Conan the Barbarian #13
Written by Jim Zub
Art by Roge Antonio
Colors by Israel Silva
Letters by Travis Lanham
The Rundown: A new arc for Conan begins as the Cimmerian finds himself in a maze with death around every corner.
Conan is celebrating along with a crowd in a small village when he decides to compete in a test of strength. After besting the competition, the leader of the village and his interpreter tell the warrior that he has been chosen to enter a maze and he is thrown into it against his will.
After finding himself in a group of other warriors, Conan and the group discover quickly that the maze is filled with deadly traps. Conan will have to find a way to survive and escape, but a poor choice might doom the Cimmerian.
The Story: Jim Zub begins an arc that is quintessentially Conan. In both plot and dialogue, Zub captures what makes Conan such and endearing and interesting character. The story is entertaining and the stakes are laid out in a way that increases the tension of each moment. Not only is the story gripping, but the climax is sufficiently jarring enough to make me want to see what happens next.
The Art: Roge Antonio delivers some beautiful art in this issue. Not only does he capture Conan perfectly, but the action and brutality are engaging. A perfect complement to the story and both meld together brilliantly.