More unexpected badassery from Brian Wood, he really is giving his artists some excellent action and gore to draw. This issue features Belit’s adjusted plan to rob Messantia and save Conan, as she changes Conan’s execution from a straight-up hanging, to a battle to the death. It’s not a new idea, Tyrion from Game Of Thrones has used it twice (it worked once, the second time… not so much), but it’s a good one, and it allowed Conan to have an awesome fight with a massive bald dude. That fight was hardcore, especially the end, and I continue to really like the contrast between the violent, gritty artwork used in the action sequences, and the rather florid descriptions, which really read like an ancient myth being retold. James Harren really came into his own with this issue, I liked #4, but this was even better, dare I say it, could he be better than Becky Cloonan? It’s a close run thing, but I think I’d still have to give it to Cloonan. But Harren is awesome too. Conan is just blessed with great artists at the moment.