Writer: Brian Wood
Artist: Paul Azaceta
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Artist: Massimo Carnevale
Published by: Dark Horse Comics
A twisted religious order targets the heathens Conan and Bêlit, who flee with a relic of immeasurable value. Mad warrior monks pursue the couple across a maze like landscape, cutting off every avenue of escape. With no other options, Bêlit looks to the mysterious item, hoping to find some salvation within.
After twenty- one issues Brian wood’s Conan the Barabarian run has seemed to come at its end, we has taken us all over Robert E. Howards world and its original stories. Form Queen of the Black Coast to The Black Stones, Woods has brought us quality writing since starting his run, but some how The Black Stones Part 3 seems like its missing something, I’m not saying the issue is bad, just that it’s missing something.
The ending was a letdown of sorts for me, only because it seem rushed, like woods wanted to just get this arc out of the way finally, that may not have been the case but that’s the impression I got after reading this issue. Don’t get me wrong the issue is great it shows the love and bond between Belit and Conan at its strongest in this issue. And in the end that’s what these arcs or about Conan and Belit bond for one another as they travel together.
Artist Paul Azaceta work is good for the most part, although at times character faces look distorted in some panels. I’ve mention in the past that some artist do an exceptional job bring the world and crucial moments to life, Becky Cloonan and Davide Gianfelice are the ones that come to mind. Again I’m not saying is art is bad it just his artwork doesn’t appeal to me like the others do.
Final thoughts: This may sound like a bad review but it’s not, there’s a lot of good things going on with the issue, a lot of which I’ve talked about in past issues. In the end Conan The Barbarian: Black Stones arc turn out to be an okay arc, but had the makings of being a great one