I’m a bit of a Jim Zub fan and when I found out he was working on Conan, I had to grab Conan the Barbarian #15 for a review. I’ve loved what he’s done with IDW’s Dungeons & Dragons comics and Dynamite’s Pathfinder. He knows this type of fantasy world really well and I was curious to see what he brings to the Cimmerian, even if this was chapter 3 of the storyline.
Conan and his small party are trapped underground maze known as the Crucible, all for those who worship the God of Many-Deaths. Sadly, they awake to one member murdered while they all slept. As there are no answers at first to the killing, they make their way through the Crucible, dining on rats and all the other expected things that happen when trapped in a death maze. After Conan slays a great underwater beast, they find their way out of the Crucible and into an arena, where Conan will once again have to do battle to save what remains of his compatriots.
This was the third issue in the story but Zub does a splendid job with catching the reader up on what has happened earlier. The narration that accompanies this issue really sends me back to reading Conan when I was younger and it’s an element that I miss a lot with newer books. There was a couple of great action sequences inside this issue, one adorned with a pretty rad splash page. Look, it’s straight-forward and it’s not like the wheel was reinvented but I just thought this was a fun issue to read.
Let’s talk the art of Conan for a moment. Rogé António is a fine artist for this book. I liked the look of this issue very much. Not too much detail but not lacking in any areas. I’m pretty easy to please. With Israel Silva coloring his art, I thought the both of them made for a good art team. Travis Lanham deserves a lot of credit on lettering because not only is he having to work on word balloon placement but Conan has its fair share of narration boxes to place and the art isn’t obscured by anything.
I thought Conan the Barbarian #15 was an easy issue to follow and I wasn’t confused much at all picking this one up in the middle of the storyline. It brought me back to how I felt as a kid reading Conan’s adventures. I’m glad that I continue to enjoy Jim Zub’s work as much as I do. He’s an underrated writer in comics and doesn’t get the credit he deserves. With a quality art team, this issue is definitely worth a read for someone looking to venture out to something different in comics.
Story: Jim Zub Art: Rogé António
Colors: Israel Silva Letterer: Travis Lanham
Story: 8.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read
Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review