Writer: Jim Owsley
Artist: John Buscema
Colorist: George Roussos
Letters: Janice Chiang
Publisher: Marvel Comics Group
Cover Price: $.75 (Current Near Mint Price $2.00-4.00)
General Sotto arrives just in time to get a full dose of Imhoteps power. The annihilation of Soto and his troops is comparable to the opening of the Lost Ark. The medallion Conan holds, words off Imhotep. Though Conan yet draws breath, we are left with no clue as to Keiv’s current state. Tetra arrives on scene whispers sweet nothings into Conan’s semi conscious ear and takes the Witch Queen’s head as well as her title. The Witch Queen Tetra, has a nice ring to it, wouldn’t you agree?
Though I find Keiv, the giant, green, man-thing who looks much like an illegitimate love child of Uncle Fester and The Incredible Hulk a bit hokey, I did enjoy the story. My favorite part is when one of Sotto’s captains calls off his men who are mistakenly attacking Conan. He asks Conan if he might inspect his papers and Conan says “My bloody sword is all the papers I need captain” At the risk and glee of sounding like the great REH, I nearly ejaculated in excitement. It was a classic Conan moment. I found Rhen’s dissemination of false information particularly interesting as well. The only other complaints I had was; look as hard as I may I could draw no correlation between the story and the cover art. Not only was there no correlation between the two, but the cover art wasn’t very good either.
Review by: Crom’s Fist