Savage Sword of Conan started as a treasure hunt. This first arc draws to a conclusion as a bitter reminder to Conan that everything comes at a cost.
Gerry Duggan, Ron Garney, Richard Isanove, and Travis Lanham bring the first arc of this anthology to a violent close.
Suty has been turned by Koga Thun. His cultists have him surrounded. Conan is in grave danger. Will he be able to survive and turn the tide, or will this be the end of the mighty Cimmerian?
Duggan’s story wraps up nicely here, but not cleanly. Conan is clearly shaken by the events of this story, which may come back to haunt him, given Duggan’s story in Savage Avengers. It’s also a sharp fantasy actioner, with many of the classic Conan hallmarks in it.
Garney and Isanove’s work is fantastic. Garney’s layouts are a bit more conventional than the last few issues, but he uses close-ups and changing perspectives to put emphasis on small, important moments. He also continues to have some of the best action chops in the business, with fight scenes that are excellent in pacing and choreography. Isanove’s colors are a bit brighter in this issue, but is still a fantastic companion to the line work, adding a lot of mood and atmosphere to the issue.
I’m disappointed to see this arc end, but this set a high standard for what’s the come.
Savage Sword of Conan #5 is available now from Marvel Comics.