In Review: Conan The Barbarian #5 – WARRIOR. THIEF. PIRATE…



After adventures on the high seas, Conan returns to shore to find himself haunted by his memories of Belit, captain of the Tigress and Queen of the Black Coast. Can a high-stakes heist draw him out of his tortured past, or will it plunge him deeper into the chaos that has always been waiting for him?


The Story

Set a number of years after the last story arc. Conan is grieving the loss of a Pirate Captain he’d gotten involved with for a time. However, her time ran out and once again Conan is drinking away his sorrows at a bar in a city that is occupied by thieves. Indeed this city celebrates thieves as it even has a diety dedicated to thieves and pirates. Pretty soon Conan is recruited to help in a job to steal an ancient relic called Tarims Touch, which is a fine-cut black stone. It is a dangerous job that needs a Warrior, a Thief, and a Master safe cracker.


The Artwork

 Doug Braithwaite and Diego Rodriguez do some brilliant artwork for this issue. I loved the opening few pages where we see Conan live a whole life as a pirate up until his lover, the Captain of his ship dies a horrible death.

I also loved the dramatic reveal at the close of the issue where we see just what Tarims Touch actually is. Its a brilliantly drawn moment.



Jim Zub continues to deliver what feels like the kind of Conan Stories that are very true to the stories that were written by the character’s late creator Robert E. Howard.  He manages to tie this story in with the opening story arc via the revealed true nature of Tarims Touch. This sets things up brilliantly for the forthcoming books and I can’t wait to read them.

Conan The Barbarian #5 - WARRIOR. THIEF. PIRATE…
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2 Comments on this post.
  • Terry Allen
    2 December 2023 at 6:17 am -

    The art is by Doug Braithwaite and Diego Rodriguez

    • Ian Cullen
      2 December 2023 at 4:13 pm -


      I guess Amazon did not update their page for it. Will have to try and recheck against whats in front of the book for future issues.