Where was Valeria before the fan-favorite “Red Nails” Conan story? This August, writer Meredith Finch (Wonder Woman, Savage Sword of Conan) and artist Aneke (Red Sonja, DC’s Bombshells) will chronicle a young, formidable, revenge-seeking Valeria as she traverses the kingdoms in the Hyborian Age for Age of Conan: Valeria #1. The mini-series will be comprised of five issues that tell an original tale with Robert E. Howard’s classic characters.
“Robert E. Howard and the Conan universe have always been ahead of their time in terms of creating strong, empowered female characters, and Valeria is certainly no exception,” Finch said in a statement. “It was my privilege to craft the origin story of such a formidable woman, even by today’s standards. When combined with the fantastical storytelling of Aneke, this is sure to be a book Conan fans new and old won’t be able to put down.”
Editor Mark Basso said, “Meredith’s crafted a gripping tale, brought to life on the page under the wonderful pen of Aneke, that’s going to pull you deep into a Hyborian Age mystery as Valeria confronts her past to forge her path to the future. It’s going to be like nothing you’ve seen yet from Marvel’s Conan comics.”
Check out the cover art for Age of Conan: Valeria #1 below and grab a copy this August from your LCS.
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