Geek And Sundryhave just launched the Conan the Barbarian: Queen of the Black Coastmotion comic. Watch Brian Wood’s take of Robert E. Howard’s fan-favorite “Queen of the Black Coast”. As Conan turns his back on the civilized world and takes to the high seas alongside the pirate queen Bêlit, setting the stage for an epic of romance, terror, and swashbuckling.
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…..
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.
Writer: Brian Wood
Artist: Becky Cloonan
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Artist: Leandro Fernandez
Published by: Dark Horse Comics
Bow in hand, Conan and Tito are closing on Belit’s ship, Conan begins to fire upon the ship with great accuracy and strength. He strikes many of the Black queens men, with faith that Crom will decide his fate, Conan tells Tito to order the men to arms with no reply. He turns to see a fatality wounded Tito with an arrow in his throat, With Tito dead Conan tries to rally the men and prepares them to board Belit’s ship. Once on the ship and greatly outnumbered, Conan fights his way towards Belit with no fear of death. He strikes down many of the men, he even jumped into the black sea after some of them. With only a handful of crew left and still outnumbered, Conan calls out the rest of them saying ”Who’s next or is cowardice gripping your hearts?” Covered in blood of enemies and a thirst to spill more, Conan ready’s himself and just when it looks as if his wish for a battle would once be fulfilled, Belit herself steps in….
Not much to say just Queen of the Black Coast Part 2 has a nice little twist at the end that most should like!
Final Thoughts: Action, Action should be the title for this issue, Once again Conan throws himself into outrageous situations like always and fights his way, when it comes to Conan you can never go wrong with a lot of action, Most of the issue is written as if a narrator is telling the story about the battle. Although I’m not feeling Becky Cloonan art style for this series it’s not bad, I just don’t think it fits.
Script: Brian Wood
Art: Becky Cloonan
Colors: Dave Stewart
Cover Art: Massimo Carnevale
Alternate Cover Art: Becky Cloonan
Published By: Darkhorse
This Adventure starts with a horse bound Conan on the run from Court Guardsmen as they race through the dark alley ways and merchant villas of Massantia. As the chase continues, Conan makes way towards the shipping docks and jumps aboard a trading ship headed to Kush. Once aboard he is greeted by Tito, the master of the ship who ask’s the cimmerian the reason he’s on the run from the Massantia guards, as Conan tells him the story of how he was accused of killing one of the officers inside the bone in throat Inn located on The Old Wharf Road. He see’s the kings guards mistreating a young lady who was the sweet heart of a soldier that he didn’t approve of and ran his sword through the captain in middle of the tavern. As more guardsmen show up he is too dunk to make a run for it, he is captured and put in jail for the murder of the captain as they assumed he was friends of the man who actually committed the crime.
He is brought forward to the judge who sentences him to the dungeon for contempt of court, he breaks free and kills the judge and everyone else present in the court room to which leads to a chase and him jumping on the ship. As the night looms in Conan and Tito continue to talk with Tito expressing his concerns for his crew and tells Conan that they are not warriors, understanding, Conan informs him that will be the reason they will need him and pledges his sword to Tito and his crew. Tito then beings to tell him about the The
River Styx and the Black Castles of Khemi where the sorcerers practice dark arts, and of Belit the captain of the Tigress who many call the Queen Of The Black Coast. He then tells Conan how the master steersman describes her as a plague of the open seas, Conan on the other hand heard differently he heard of a fierce woman of unrelenting violence with no mercy or empathy, Intrigued by the stories of Belit.
As they reached Kush to make trade they spot the tigress the ship of Belit, worried that his trade route north is now in jeopardy Tito express his concerns but Conan once again informs him that he’ll lay his life on the line for him and his crew, and with his aid him and his crew should not worry about Belit because he will take care of her should they run into her. Back on the sea, one of the scouts see’s a ship coming northeast as it closes in Tito is shocked and thinks its Belit’s ship, as Conan jumps ship and makes his way to what he thinks is Belit’s ship. Once aboard the ship, he finds every man has been killed with no one alive, Conan leaves the ship and starts to swim back, only to be surprised by Belit herself who arises from the water in front of Conan while still in the water. She starts to seduce Conan by kissing and hugging him then she quickly pulls him under water. It switches back to the ship and we see a bewildered Conan surrounded by white fog, he was under an illusion the whole time as he had never left the ship. As the fog thickens Conan makes his way to the front of ship as the fog starts to clear up he see’s a half-naked lady standing on top of a ship as ship turns around and makes contact with him he realizes that it’s Belit and alarms the men…
Let me say this, I have noticed that all of the ongoing Conan stories such as Road of Kings and King Conan make references towards one another’s adventures making them similar. For example in this issue, it starts with Conan jumping upon a ship after escaping the Massantia court guards. what’s cool is that in Roy Thomas’s Conan: Road Of Kings #12, Conan breaks free of his chains and kills everyone inside the court room he then steals a horse and makes his way to the docks. This issue, Conan talks to Tito about being captured and brought before the same judge for the same exact crime as in Road Of Kings #12. The only difference is Conan doesn’t know the man who killed the guard. Like I said the writing is so similar to one another that I thought maybe the writers all agreed to make their adventures correspond to one another.
Final thoughts: With the writing being so similar and identical to Road of Kings #12 in the beginning that i found myself looking to see if i was reading the Queen Of The Black Coast or if I was reading Road Of Kings#13, writer Brian Wood’s version will be unoriginal to some of the more serious readers, as for me… I don’t mind it at all. As for the art, Becky Cloonan ( The Guild: Zaboo, WOLVES, Channel Zero) gives it a more cartoonish style…