Comic Book Review – Conan the Barbarian (Vol. 4) #13

The Competition Begins in this Comic Book

Cover for Conan the Barbarian (Vol.4) #13. Depicts Conan with his sword out.
Cover for Conan the Barbarian (Vol. 4) #13. Comic book cover by E.M. Gist.

Where to buy this comic book:


  • Jim Zub – Writer
  • Rogê Antônio – Artist
  • Israel Silva – Colorist
  • VC’s Travis Lanham – Letterer
  • E.M. Gist – Cover Artist
  • Toni Infante – Variant Cover Artist
  • Anthony Gambino – Production Design
  • Jay Bowen – Additional Logo Design
  • Mark Basso – Editor
  • Ralph Macchio – Consulting Editor
  • C.B. Cebulski – Editor-in-Chief
  • Brian Overton – Special Thanks
  • Fred Malmberg – Treasurer of Tranicos
  • Jay Zetterberg – Royal Librarian of Aquilonia
  • Steve Booth – Commander of the Black Dragons
  • Mike Jacobsen – The Frost Giant’s Son-in-Law
  • Conan created by Robert E. Howard


I’ve already reviewed #1 in this series. So why, you ask, am I skipping all the way to #13? Well, I didn’t. I read #’s 1-12 and they are GREAT. You should totally read those. But #13 is special not only because it begins a new story, but Jim Zub is taking over as writer. Mr. Zub personally promoted this comic book on Reddit, and I think that shows just how committed he is to bringing us an excellent product. He said that he is “hoping to have a long and fruitful run on the series”. So I feel it wouldn’t hurt to at least review the 1st book in his first run on Conan.

Of course, you need to be able to deal with my biases. In recent years I’ve grown very fond of material based on Robert E. Howard’s Hyborian Age. But I deal with my own biases, and as always guarantee that I will be 100% honest in my reviews. I can tell you right now that this comic book is worth buying. Under Jim Zub’s writing, Conan still feels like Conan. He cares not for anything but combat, grog, and women. The art is fantastic also. There’s no holding back in this new story. Prepare yourself for Into the Crucible!


You are now exiting the spoiler-free zone. Do yourself a favor and stop reading if you don’t want any spoilers.

Conan starts this comic book in the city of Garchall, in Uttara Kuru. They’re holding festivities and Conan is not one to shy away from liquor and women. While enjoying his time amongst the people, he finds himself caught-up in a feat-of-strength competition. Of course, he wins, but he is not aware of these people’s customs. His winning of the strength competition won him the privilege of taking part in The Crucible. And he has no choice in the matter.

Conan gets thrown into a hole, which is the beginning of the “…maze of traps and horrors…” that is The Crucible. Down in the hole, he comes across eight other warriors also participating in The Crucible. They don’t know if they need to work together or fight each other. But one thing is very clear: None of them have any weapons. For the time being they decide to stay together.

I don’t really want to spoil the rest of the comic book for you. I’ll say this much: “traps and horrors” are exactly what they find in The Crucible. Conan and the other warriors are in very real danger while down there. Buy this comic today and find out how, or if, Conan survives this new challenge!

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