CONAN THE SLAYER #6 [Advanced Review]

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CONAN THE SLAYER #6/ Written by CULLEN BUNN/ Pencils by SERGIO DAVILA/ Colors by MICHAEL ATIYEH/ Letters by RICHARD STARKINGS & COMICRAFT/ Published by DARK HORSE COMICS

Conan of Cimmeria is not unused to dealing with death. Or dealing-out death, come to that. Still, his heart is heavier than usual after his latest adventure and the gigantic melancholies common to his people have set upon him.

Taken in by a Kozaki tribe after surviving the destruction of his mercenary band at the hands of the Turan army and just barely surviving the desert, Conan was more than willing to offer his service to the Kozaki chieftain. He soon won the respect of the chieftain and his warriors as well as the admiration of the Chieftan’s spirited yet inexperienced heir.  He also earned the enmity of the Chieftan’s youngest son, who had already begun conspiring with dark powers to take his father’s throne for himself.

Now, the entire family lies dead, despite Conan’s best efforts. Their funeral rites are being prepared as the barbarian weighs his options and considers whether or not he should stay with this band of warriors. Assuming they even allow him to stay!

Unfortunately, the dark powers responsible for harrowing the tribe are not done with them yet. Nor is the Turan army, who send a special team of assassins to deal with the tribe and the mysterious Northern warrior who now seems to lead them, according to the latest reports of their spies…

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This issue proves a worthy conclusion to what has easily been the best saga in the monthly Conan comic in over five years. Cullen Bunn writes Conan with a wit and cunning few writers have equaled. The artwork by Sergio Davila, coupled with the colors of Michael Atiyeh, brings the visceral world of Hyboria to life wonderfully.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – this is how sword-and-sorcery should be done, by Crom!

Conan The Slayer #6 will be available for purchase on January 25, 2017.

 

Rating 5

About Matt Morrison

Matt has been writing about comics on-line since before the word "blogging" was coined. When he's not busy being the World's Finest Teen Librarian, he enjoys acting, role-playing, movie-riffing and sarcasm. He also writes for NoFlyingNoTights.com and MyGeekyGeekyWays.com. You can follow his adventures on Twitter, @GeekyGeekyWays.

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