Conan Volume 12: Throne of Aquiloniaby Roy Thomas, Mike Hawthorne, John Lucas (Inker), Dan Panosian (Artist)
Conan finds himself wrapped up in a plot to unseat the king of Aquilonia as his journey down the Road of Kings concludes. But when everything goes wrong, the Cimmerian and his co-conspirators become lost in the catacombs beneath the city, surrounded by zombies and monstrous insects, all while a civil war brews above their heads! Also in this volume, an encounter at a tavern lands Conan at the end of every sword in a small port city, in a story leading directly into Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan's acclaimed Conan the Barbarian!
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Throne of Aquilonia is a big improvement over the previous volume, Road of Kings. Conan retrieves some of the weight and maturity that he had developed over the course of Tim Truman's fantastic turn as series writer. Mike Hawthorne's art has never quite felt right for Conan and the color palette also feels too bright, too clean when compared to the earlier issues of Dark Horse's Conan anthology. All in all, Throne of Aquilonia wraps up some loose ends and dangles some new ones in an efficient and very Conan-like manner.