Azriel’s infinite bookshelf, Age of Conan: Bêlit

Welcome to the first post of my new section, Azriel’s infinite bookshelf .

We have for this inaugural post a graphic novel of the return to it’s original publishing house, Marvel Comics, of the famous Cimmerian, Conan.

For this triumphant return there are two series focusing on the heroines that crossed paths with the Cimmerian, Valeria and Bêlit.

Bêlit, the pirate queen of the Black Coast, was first introduced by R.E. Howard in the issue of Weird Tales of May 1934.

This enigmatic character has seen two comic-book adaptations the first, was in charge of the now legendary team of Roy Thomas and John Buscema making its appearance back in 1976 in Marvel Comics.

Image taken from Conan: The Ultimate Guide to the World’s Savage Barbarian by Roy Thomas

The second was back in 2012 in the hands of Brian Wood and artist Becky Cloonan, sorry no picture, for Dark Horse Comics.

For this third appearance, in 2019, it has its own series with the amazing team of writer Tini Howard and artist Kate Niemczyk, with the beautiful covers by Sana Takeda.

The stories follows Bêlit’s rise to fearful pirate queen, this after the death of her father, from mutiny to facing the wrath of the serpent God Set, she becomes the one true captain of the ship Tigress.

In all, this is a really enjoyable story, and for fans of the world of the Savage Barbarian its a must volume to add to the mythology.

Now off I go to look for my next adventure.

azr.

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