A chance violent encounter in Shadizar lands young CONAN a position as a bodyguard for a wealthy merchant. But a twist of fate will put Conan in the hot seat - and no choice but to play the hand he's dealt in a deadly game of SERPENT'S BLUFF! Conan will rely on his sword - and his wits - while navigating the seedy underworld of ""civilized"" gambling while making sure he stays clear of the deadly ""Debtors Lounge""! Magic, mystery and action abound when writer Jim Zub (CHAMPIONS, AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME) joins forces with artist Patch Zircher (HULK; TERROR, INC.) for the first of a three-part epic - CONAN THE GAMBLER! PLUS: The next chapter in the all-new CONAN novella ""THE SHADOW OF VENGEANCE""!