Another problem with this issue is its' treatment of Belit, reducing her to a damsel in distress role and only allowing her true personality to emerge in the final pages. Even then she has no dialogue! The only sequence that truly works depicts Conan escaping his pursers by showcasing the Cimmerian's hereunto seen ability to make friends with wolves.
The artwork of Paul Azaceta and Dave Stewart continues to be this book's weakest point. The sequences in the wolf caves are quite effective and Azaceta's tendency to over-ink and Stewart's dark palette work well in this context. The rest of the book, however, looks dark, dull, drab and lifeless.