In Review: Conan: Serpent War (2019-2020) #4 (of 4)

At last - AGNES, KANE, and MOON KNIGHT join CONAN in the Hyborian Age for the final showdown between SET, the WYRM, and…KHONSHU?!

Synopsis: At last – AGNES, KANE, and MOON KNIGHT join CONAN in the Hyborian Age for the final showdown between SET, the WYRM, and…KHONSHU?! JAMES ALLISON brought them together, but will KHONSHU tear them apart?

Review: Jim Zub finishes off his swords and sandals epic, but leaves things open for a possible sequel.

The Story

James Allison has awoken to the fact that he was being used by the Wyrm and we get a flashback to one of his many past lives when he did battle with the creature and believed he’d defeated it.

Meanwhile, in the Hyborian Age. Conan, Moon Knight, Agnes, and Kane must form a team and find themselves an unexpected ally in the Egyptian God Khonshu who realizes what is going on and helps them defeat their enemies. But is it all really over? For this mini-series. It may well be the end, but we end with some seeds planted for a potential future battle, which brings forth another of Robert E. Howards creations in Kull the Conquerer.

The Artwork

Ig Guara and Vanesa R. Del Rey bring some solid artwork to this issue as we see lots of swordplay and lots of snakes and wyrms and so forth. But it is one of the less frantic moments that stood out for me. There’s a brief panel where Set’s high priestess has to suck the venom out of Conan in order to return him to the fight. This is one of the best visuals in the issue. I also loved a couple of panels in the close of the issue where Khonshu and Set have a few words.

Overall

I enjoyed this final issue and liked how it concluded with the possibility of seeing another potential team up in the future. I haven’t really read any crossovers with Conan prior to this because my only experiences of the character are from having read Robert E. Howards novels as a teenager back in the last 80s. That said. I enjoyed Jim Zub’s take on the character and felt that Conan working alongside Agnes for most of the four issues worked really well. But I would have liked to have seen a bit more interaction between Conan and Solomon Kane. Hopefully, that is something we could see in the future.

Overall. This has been a pretty good mini-series that has entertained.

9.7
Conan: Serpent War (2019-2020) #4 (of 4)
  • Covers
    9.4
  • Story
    9.7
  • Artwork
    10
  • Lettering
    9.5
  • Colours
    10

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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