From The Comic Hold: Conan #11
Conan, King of the Western Ocean faces a dilemma, leave his queen and crew, who are sick with The Death or stay with an unknown future.
This issue has shown me a side of Conan that I’ve never really seen before, his love for Belit and the crew of The Tigress has led him to desperation in finding a cure. How desperate? When someone puts a blade to Conan’s neck over a silver pendant that came off the guy that Conan and crew found in the ocean, leading to everyone getting sick, he doesn’t kill the guy. No, he actually held back and said he just wanted to talk. Yes, instead of killing the dude, Conan, trying to find someone to help wants to have a simple conversation instead. I actually had to stop myself for a second when I was reading and think a little, “Huh.” before I continued on. Belit, shows up at the Tavern, severely weak and barly able to stand, but she uses her position to get Conan out of the fight and desperate search. She tells him, before passing out, to leave her to die, make a new life.
Eventually, Conan does find a healer, who instead gave him a drink that lead him to a dream, a dream of him sinking in water and wearing some armor. Conan takes the armor off and floats to the surface, swims to shore and starts running. Because a great weight had been lifted off him, he runs faster than ever. The healer tells him what he already knows.
He must leave the ship, crew, and his Queen, behind. Let their fate be what it is, if they survive The Death or not.
As this great issue came to a close, I got my second moment that I don’t think I’ve ever seen before, Sad Face Conan. Seriously. It’s worth buying the comic for the last page alone in what has been a great story adaptation by Brian Wood. The artwork by Declan Shalvey is stellar as usual, I love the darkness and the tone of the scenes as they unfold. There is one more issue left in this arc, is it the end of Conan’s life on the ocean? We’ll have to find out.
Read it for yourself: Dark Horse Digital