Conan the Barbarian #14
Written by Jim Zub
Art by Roge Antonio
Coplors by Israel Silva
Letters by Travis Lanham
The Rundown: Conan will have to trust a group of strangers if he has any chance of surviving the Crucible, but that trust will come at a cost.
Conan is confronted by one of the many traps located in the Crucible and we learn more about the history of the city, the demands of its god and the purpose of the Crucible. As Conan overcomes the creature dragging him through his past, he makes allies with an assassin trapped in the maze with him and rescues more potential allies from a giant menace.
As the group finds time to rest, they learn from a previous champion that assassins are brought in to cheat the competition and this causes distrust among the new allies. When Conan awakens to find one of his allies dead, not only does he wonder who the killer is, but also how he will defend himself against their accusations.
The Story: Jim Zub adds an element of intrigue to an already engrossing story for the Cimmerian. Conan is placed in a situation that challenges him on all sides and Zub makes the journey engaging to the reader while also recalling the history of the character himself. The plot is well laid out and the story moves with a sense of foreboding and mystery as the dialogue makes the characters stand out and capture the interest of the reader. This is an entertaining issue that is leading to some interesting story to come.
The Art: Roge Antonio delivers some beautiful art throughout this issue. The use of shadow in the darkness of the maze is perfectly executed and the characters are beautifully drawn. The action is fantastic and I can’t wait to see how this mystery unfolds.