The past two issues of Conan the Barbarian have been a slight downturn in the series. This is partly due to Lolos art (action scenes were good, but facial expressions were....a bit off), but also due to Wood's writing as well. While this 3 issue arc did explore a bit of Conan's history, it lacked the suave adventuresque wonderfulness of the first 6 issues; that feeling of something new, fresh, and wildly enjoyable. And let's be honest: the lack of action and wild violence left something to be had with this arc, whereas the previous two gave readers their fill of gore and bloodshed. While the arc was in no way bad, Wood was definitely not at his best, a fact that could have easily been glossed over had Cloonan or a better artist performed the artwork. However, with artist Declan Shalvey coming fully slated for the next 3 issues, I fully expect the series to get a 'bump' back to the quality at which it started.