CONAN THE BARBARIAN #193

“Shedu”

Writer: James C. Owsley

Artists: Val Semeiks and Geof Isherwood

Conan and Anneke are having a brief moment of happiness as they frolic in a pond. Yet they have to go check on their outposts. Meanwhile the prince they work for is conspiring with the Devourer of Souls. He summons a demon named Shedu. In the village of Bhoraji Kabel comes with his daughter to get the local garrison ready for Conan. After beating them into submission he sees the Devourer of Souls. The Devourer releases Shedu who goes and possesses some old farmer. The possessed farmer then possesses Conan’s soldiers. They drive their horses over a cliff. Then they possess Anneke. She runs away and Conan then faces possessed boars. He kills them and Shedu goes into a hill. Kaleb barracades himself with his daughter in a Temple of Mitra. Only the Devourer gets in and Kaleb gets ready to fight. Conan at the end faces Shedu who now has animated the hill into a hill monster.

This was a fascinating story. We have a brief moment between Conan and Anneke. She wants Conan to say he loves her, but he expertly avoids that. We find out later that Conan has a fear that every woman who ever falls in love with him ends up dead. There is clearly a bond forming between them. Another reveal is that Kaleb is not quite human. Along with his daughter who we already found out has special powers. The next issue should give us a lot of answers.

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