Review – Conan The Barbarian #3: Queen Of The Black Coast – Part 3

Massimo Carnevale

Writer: Brian Wood
Artist: Becky Cloonan
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Artist: John Paul Leon
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

With his fellow crewmen killed and stuck upon the Black Queens ship Conan stands alone fearless and ready to take anyone who dares approaches, But to his surprise he is given an unexpected proposition which leaves the Chimmerian bewilder…..

John Paul Leon Variant cover

Massimo Carnevale

Conan The Barbarian #3: Queen Of The Black Coast – Part 3 starts with a flash back of  Conan stalking in a wolf pelt in the woods after killing it. The story moves to present time to him and Belit, as she waits for answer to the question she had asked the Chimmerian warrior,”Will he take her as his lover!” Conan looks around the ship and its crew to see if any of her men would have resentment towards him, and the offer she had made, but to his surprise not one man had shown any jealousy. So he agrees to the proposition the beautiful Belit had proposed to him.

As the men dispose of the rest of the body’s of the trader ship, Conan is seen talking to a shaman, he expresses his uneasiness of not being able to keep the promise he made to Tito and his crew, the shaman tells him that the seas is a brutal place and that he should be glad the Queen spared his life. The two men talk some more about Belit and how the crew are completely devoted to her, believing she is a goddess, the shaman also tells him that fate has brought him here and now Conan and Belit’s fate is now joined. Night time comes and Conan and his new founded crew continue sail across the Stygian border off of Kush, Conan stands outside the bed room balcony looking towards the sea as  Belit calls out to him and joins him outside.

The two begin to talk and she tells Conan that she can see his future and she sees the same fierce fighting spirit of her descendants in him, the two of them share a moment together following the moment. When Conan wakes up he leaves the room and finds N’Gora, one of Belit’s trusted second in command and they being to talk about Belit’s knowledge of the seas and nearby provinces.  N’Gora also tells him of past before he met up with the Black Queen when he was once a captain of a timber barge out of Abomb. Local raiders tailed them and were taking his ship when out of nowhere Belit appeared and offered assistance, she took him and the rest of his crew in and the next day she took them to the raiders village and they burned it to the ground. They took revenge for what had happened to them the day before with her aid, N’Gora tells Conan that she liberated them and delivered them, as the conversation ends N’Gora asks Conan the new destination to which Conan tells him North Argos the port city of Messantia.

Final Thoughts: To be honest I was a little disappointed in this issue for one reason, in the first 2 issues Brian Wood makes Belit and her crew out to be this blood thirsty pirates and Belit as a she-devil that destroys everything that crosses her path. Becky Cloonan’s illustration contributes to that by making Belit and her crew very dark and mysterious. But when Conan agrees to join her you see that’s not the case they aren’t blood thirsty pirates they’re just good regular seaman who are thankful to her so they fight for her. I had my hopes up thinking maybe now since he joined such a dangerous crew he’ll be more like a villain but with one issue left it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen, besides that it’s a good issue.

Release Date: April 11, 2012

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★½☆ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆