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King Conan: The Conqueror #5 (of 6)

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  • King Conan: The Conqueror #5 (of 6)

    Published by: Dark Horse Comics
    Released on: June 25, 2014
    Writer: Timothy Truman
    Artist: Tomí¡s Giorello
    Cover: Tomí¡s Giorello
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    After the exiled King Conan dispatched Thutothmes and his cronies, as well as the new king's thugs, he's faced with the re-animated and dusty corpse of the one holding the sacred jewel, the Heart of Ahriman. In a surprise to Conan, the corpse, who identifies itself as Thoth-Mekri, hands over the jewel and leads the bulging barbarian out of the labyrinth and to the open air. Armed with the Heart, he heads back to Aquilonia to fulfill a promise and to reclaim what was taken from him.

    Usurper King Valerius has made the role of king one of nothing more than fornication and drunken living, and the people of the land love Conan and will stand by him in his quest to reclaim the throne. That right there should scare the good king but he has the very powerful wizard Xaltotun at his side. Or rather, it's Valerius at the side of Xaltotun who is clearly in charge. Conan knows this of course, and he leads the charge of a legion of men to wage battle against the wizard and finish him once and for all. This issue is a lot of talk and minimal in the action department, but it provides the required build up before the guts start splattering. And this one's got some boobies in it too right in the middle of all those word squares and balloons, so it still meets the requirements for a Conan comic, despite the lack of violence. There's still some, but…wait until next issue.

    Tim Truman and Tomas Giorello know exactly how to please this reader with their rendition of Conan and the material, and this series delivers one great moment after another. Giorello draws the Cimmerian with power and monolithic stature, just as the hero should be drawn. And this issue has plenty of hero shots and one-pagers with Mr. Giorello showing exactly how things should be done. Take note! The story cooks along quickly but not too fast, holding the interest level at a high setting throughout. This series (and the one preceding it) is an absolute must for even passive fans of the character, as it's certainly up there with the best that Dark Horse has produced in the 10+ years of their Conan output.

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