In “Black Altar,” the relentless final chapter in the “Black Colossus” adaptation, Natohk’s desert hordes surge up the narrow Shamla Pass, and Conan’s ragged army desperately attempts to hold their high ground. Outnumbered and facing an army fueled by a zealous, reborn Stygian wizard, simply surviving may be the greatest victory Conan can hope for. Any triumph will ring hollow, though, if Conan can’t protect Khoraja’s current sovereign, the beautiful Princess Yasmela — whom Natohk has vowed to capture! Tim Truman, TomÃ¡s Giorello, and Jose Villarrubia bring the gripping, blood-filled Battle of Shamla Pass to life! Smartly written and flawlessly rendered, don’t miss the epic finale to a Robert E. Howard classic.
“TomÃ¡s Giorello and Jose Villarrubia’s art is so great here that it’s the ultimate selling point. From the massive war that rages . . . to the images of scorpions and vultures amidst the desolation, it’s just beautiful. Some of the scenes remind me a lot of collaborations by P. Craig Russell and Lovern Kindzierski, and that’s no small feat.” -Comic Book Resources