Review – King Conan #4: The Phoenix On The Sword Part 4 of 4
Writer: Timothy Truman
Artist: Tomas Giorello
Color: Jose Villarrubia
Cover Art: Andrew Robinson
The Rebel Four spring their trap on King Conan, sending assassins to slay the king in his sleep! After waking from a strange vision, Conan has his back up against a wall with his enemies in front of him–right where he wants them. If these traitors want his crown, they’ll have to take it! But even if Conan survives the assassination attempt, the evil wizard Thoth-Amon is back at full power and waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike and take the throne for himself!
As the four traitors and their assassins rush to attack Conan while he sleeps, they are taken by surprise when they find Conan standing ready. Enraged that such coward’s would attack a man in his sleep he lunges toward them and strikes violently. Badly out numbered and with his back against the wall, Conan finds himself on the defense and searching for his resolve. Again he lunges forward at them, continuing to bash and slash, leaving only Rinaldo and Ascalante. Rinaldo is the first of the two to attack, with his dagger in hand he lands his one and only blow to Conan’s side before getting cut down quickly. With Rinaldo dead there only stood the power-hungry traitor Ascalante the main conspirer.
Meanwhile, Thoth-Amon uses his black ring to summon a creature form the Outer world to attack his enemies. We skip back and see Ascalante and his assassins ready for an attack, out of nowhere white smoke appears and a baboon/wolf creature walks out and attacks Ascalante and rips his head off. Quickly it turns its attention to a wounded Conan…
Final Thoughts: Classic Conan issue when it comes to action, King Conan #4 has action from beginning to end. Conan puts in some serious work in this issue, one word comes to mind when I think of damage he does and that’s “annihilate”. Tomas Giorello illustrated some of the most brutal kills in a Conan comic that I’ve seen thus far. The only bad thing for me is the story fell short to me and here’s why.
In the beginning of the story you knew that Conan was going to have it out with Ascalante and his crew at end, so you would think later on when the story moves and develops with any plot twist’s there would be some showdown. While twists did happen when Thoth-Amon found his ring and claimed his own revenge, there was some expectation that he would appear more in the future issues. That’s not the case, he is shown one time at the end of this story and that’s just to summon some creature, he has no real presence in the end of this story. With that said, King Conan: The Phoenix On The Sword was a nice side adventure and worked to hold readers over until his next major adventure is written.
Release Date: April 25, 2012
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