Conan the Barbarian #4
Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Gerardo Zaffino
Colors by Matthew Wilson
Letters by Travis Lanham
Conan the Barbarian has been defeated by the most insidious force he can imagine, civilization.
The Cimmerian has justly taken the throne of Aquilonia from a cruel and jealous king and has brought peace to the world. A peace that is slowly killing both his spirit and his body.
Endless meetings and decisions plague his mind and the lack of action is making him sick. Even the presence of a wild lion captured and given to Conan as a gift offers no sport because the creature is as broken as he is.
When Conan hears of bandits and criminals roaming the land with his elite troops in pursuit, the king decides to slough off his mantle, disguise himself and take to the streets. His first night out is rough, but successful. He slaughters a group of pirates and the rush and thrill of battle force him to make more clandestine escapes from the confines of the castle to fight as a disguised warrior.
Throughout the country, tales of a mystery warrior begin to be told and soon the warrior is joined by a savage beast that tears out the throats of villains. Conan has found purpose and freedom again. Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever.
This is a brilliant issue. Taking the reader through different points in the life of Conan is a great idea and Jason Aaron builds on the myth and legend of the character in amazing ways that push the character’s story forward without losing what is essentially Conan. The dialogue is great and the pace of the story is thrilling and reflective at different points, which I enjoyed.
Gerardo Zaffino’s art is detailed, beautiful and brutal. There are so many amazing action panels throughout that the savagery of the character is brought forth for the reader.