BAD THING: The flashback framing device that has set up all of the individual parts of the previous Free Companions arc is starting to get really old. Having Conan hallucinate his former commander demanding to know how his men got killed is but one more cliche on the pile.
GOOD THING: The scenes of Conan and his men when they aren't fighting are hilarious and do help the reader to feel for the characters, despite knowing their inevitable end.
The Final Verdict: Telling the stories in flashback is starting to get a bit old. But once the story gets going, this is still the best sword-and-sorcery book on the market. Great art and epic stories worthy of the Howard tradition.