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Preview: Age of Conan: Belit #5 (of 5)

Age of Conan: Belit #5 (of 5)

(W) Tini Howard (A) Kate Niemczyk (CA) Sana Takeda
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Jul 24, 2019
SRP: $3.99

ALL HAIL THE QUEEN OF THE BLACK COAST! BÊLIT undergoes a harrowing experience… but will she emerge stronger or forever broken by the ordeal? And: N’Yaga’s greatest challenge! PLUS: The conclusion of the all-new BÊLIT novella, “BONE WHISPERS”!

Age of Conan Belit #5

Exclusive Preview: Age of Conan: Bêlit #4 (of 5)

Age of Conan: Bêlit #4 (of 5)

(W) Tini Howard (A) Kate Niemczyk (CA) Sana Takeda
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Jun 12, 2019
SRP: $3.99

INTO THE DEPTHS OF STYGIA!
• BÊLIT’s mad quest takes her on a new course…
• But will the sea monsters she’s been hunting prove to have a deeper connection to her future?
• N’YAGA returns! But what has he been up to since Bêlit last encountered him?
• PLUS: The next chapter in the all-new BÊLIT novella, “Bone Whispers” as Bêlit learns the truth behind the mysterious King’s treasure!

Preview: Amazing Spider-Man #19

Amazing Spider-Man #19

(W) Nick Spencer (A) Gerardo Sandoval (CA) Humberto Ramos
Rated T
In Shops: Apr 10, 2019
SRP: $3.99

“HUNTED” PART 3
• Something horrible happened last issue that’s galvanized all the villains!
• Spidey desperately needs to get out of this horrible situation, but there are lives (innocent and otherwise) at stake and…well…he’s Spider-Man.

Amazing Spider-Man #19

Preview: Age of Conan: Belit #2 (of 5)

Age of Conan: Belit #2 (of 5)

(W) Tini Howard (A) Kate Niemczyk (CA) Sana Takeda
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Apr 10, 2019
SRP: $3.99

FIRST BLOOD ON THE HIGH SEAS!
• BÊLIT finds her first battle at sea!
• But will her impetuous nature lead the crew to victory, or sink her ambitions before they’ve begun?
• Either way, CAPTAIN SATURNINUS will need a new ship!
• PLUS: The next chapter in the all-new BÊLIT prose novella!

Age of Conan: Belit #2

Tini Howard is Now Exclusive with Marvel

Announced at the “Women of Marvel” panel at C2E2, Tini Howard has signed an exclusive agreement with Marvel.

Howard is writing the current Age Of Conan: Belit, Queen Of The Black Coast limited series, the Thanos six-issue series beginning in April, and also has a story in June’s Guardians of the Galaxy Annual #1. She will also be writing the new Death’s Head series teaming up with artist Kei Zama.

She made her Marvel debut with September’s Captain America Annual #1. You can hear her talk with us on Graphic Policy Radio.

Howard broke in to comics with 2014’s Magdalena: Seventh Sacrament after winning Top Cow’s talent hunt. She also current writes Glow from IDW, The Forgotten Queen for Valiant, and Euthanauts for IDW’s Black Crown imprint.

Review: Age of Conan Belit #1

In a breath of fresh air, Marvel Comics has used its newly reacquired Conan license not just to tell stories about the titular barbarian, but also about members of his supporting cast. First up is Belit, the pirate queen, who first appeared in the 1934 “Queen of the Black Coast” story, also popped up in previous Conan stories for both Marvel and Dark Horse, and taught Conan everything about piracy. Writer Tini Howard (Euthanauts), artist Kate Niemczyk (Mockingbird), and colorist Jason Keith (Uncanny X-Men) tell her origin story in a rousing saga of action, heartbreak, and searching for mythical sea monsters.

Having a real cartoonist like Niemczyk on Belit #1 instead of some Frank Frazetta wannabe painter is a real treat and gives the comic a tone never ending activity. She can tell a story in both the foreground and background, which is showcased in the one page sequence where Belit’s father, the former Dread Admiral Atrahasis is jumped by some mercenaries, who he pissed off back in his seafaring days. With a light stroke and blue sky from Keith, Niemczyk makes it seem like the men grabbing Atrahasis are just a mirage to Belit. However, by the end of the page, Belit’s life will never be the same.

Howard and Niemczyk do pull off some great father/daughter moments in Belit #1 as she is taught to be a great fighter, sailor, and leader. Their relationship reminds me a lot of Ned and Arya Stark’s in the best way with Atrahasis telling his daughter realistic truths about the perils of leading an army of killers while she wants to sail and fight sea monsters. It is the emotional crux of this first issue, and Belit learns many harsh truths about honor and revenge, power vacuums and politics when her father is marooned on a sandbar by rival pirates.

Belit #1 walks a delicate line between the romance of adventure fantasy and the reality of the consequences of war. A man who is responsible for killing and plundering so many people doesn’t get to retire and play the Hyborian Age equivalent of nine hole golf. Howard shows this sentiment through beautiful, yet not too flowery speeches along with Niemczyk’s resigned facial expressions and a gorgeous, yet tragic orange sunset palette from Jason Keith.

Belit #1 has a fantastic visual and verbal synergy with Howard using dialogue to build character traits like Belit’s ferocity and her old teacher N’yaga’s dark pragmatism, and Niemczyk choosing the right moment for close-up to show Belit’s emotional state. Niemczyk also has the flair for the dramatic by tipping the page vertically during a big ship boarding scene that turns the tables of the story so far. It lays the foundation for an environment where Belit can truly become a pirate queen before ending on an atmospheric final page.

Age of Conan: Belit #1 sheds some insight on the dark, yet adventurous early days of the woman who would become the Queen of the Black Coast. Tini Howard, Kate Niemczyk, and Jason Keith work in tandem to construct a character arc for Belit as well as a fast moving, swashbuckling plot that isn’t bogged down in thees, thous, and world building. Belit is fierce as hell, and I can’t wait to learn more about her journey to become one of the deadliest fictional pirates in this series.

Story: Tini Howard Art: Kate Niemczyk
Colors: Jason Keith Letters: Travis Lanham
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Age of Conan: Bêlit #1

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Age of Conan: Bêlit #1 (Marvel) – The she-devil of the sea who would be Queen gets her own series! Follow a teenage Bêlit on her own journey and adventure.

Assassin Nation #1 (Image Comics) – The world’s former greatest hitman hires the 20 best assassins to be his bodyguards to not just protect him but figure out who’s trying to kill him.

Batman Who Laughs: The Grim Knight #1 (DC Comics) – The breakout character gets the spotlight! Imagine Batman crossed with the Punisher.

Calamity Kate #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – Kate Strand reboots her destructive life and moves to LA to be the superhero she always wanted to be-Calamity Kate: gun-toting monster killer. Sounds like fun to us.

The Goon #1 (Albatross Funnybooks) – The Goon is back in a brand new series! We’re fans of this character and can’t wait to see where this new series goes.

Iliad (Candlewick Press) – The classic story gets a graphic novel adaptation.

Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1 (Marvel) – Ms. Marvel had a hell of a run and we’re expecting the same with a brand new creative team. We’re interested in seeing what the new team will deliver.

Marvel Action: Spider-Man #2 (IDW Publishing) – All-ages Spider-Man fun.

Riverdale Season 3 #1 (Archie Comics) – If you’re in to the CW television show, you want to get this issue which ties directly into the series.

Transformers #1 (IDW Publishing) – A new direction for Transformers comics exploring Cybertron before the war broke out.

Preview: Age of Conan: Bêlit #1

Age of Conan: Bêlit #1

(W) Tini Howard (A) Kate Niemczyk (CA) Sana Takeda
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Mar 13, 2019
SRP: $3.99

THE SHE-DEVIL OF THE SEA WHO WOULD BE QUEEN!

BÊLIT. The name alone conjures fear up and down the coasts of the Hyborian Age. And the sight of her ship, the Tigress, is an omen of despair for any town in the pirate queen’s path!

The AGE OF CONAN kicks off with one of Conan’s most formidable – and memorable – female compatriots, in an all-new story revealing how she became the undisputed QUEEN OF THE BLACK COAST!

The teenage Bêlit, obsessed with the sea – as well as the monsters and treasures she thinks are summoning her there – stows away on the ship of the dread Admiral ATRAHASIS into a deadly adventure even she could not predict!

PLUS: The first chapter in an all-new BÊLIT prose novella, presented here for the first time!

Age of Conan: Bêlit #1

The Pirate Queen Returns in Age of Conan: Bêlit!

Those who know her fear her…and those who know the sea have felt her wrath. This March, the Age of Conan will showcase one of Conan’s most formidable and memorable companions: the one and only Bêlit, Queen of the Black Coast!

In an all-new story from rising star Tini Howard and artist Kate Niemczyk, learn how the most formidable pirate queen came to be, as a teenage Bêlit stows away on the ship of the Dread Admiral Atrahasis…her adventures leading her down a dangerous and deadly road, one that will change her life and the lives of all who roam the seas of the Hyborian Age!

Plus, don’t miss the first chapter in an all-new Bêlit prose novella, presented here for the first time!

Age of Conan: Bêlit #1 features a main cover by Sana Takeda and variant by Afu Chan. It goes on sale March 13, 2019.