2019 is shaping up to be the Year of Conan for Marvel. Along with a new ongoing series for the character in January, the publisher has announced a new Age of Conan miniseries to debut in March. Age of Conan: Bêlit will be written by Tini Howard, with art by Kate Niemczyk. The five-issue miniseries will detail an origin story for Bêlit, a companion of Conan’s and Queen of the Black Coast.

The news of the companion miniseries for the ongoing Conan the Barbarian series comes hot on the heels of today’s other big Conan announcement, that of his upcoming crossover with The Avengers in the forthcoming Avengers: No Road Home weekly miniseries. At least it’s clear that Marvel’s going to put the license to good use in the new year.

Check out the cover art for the first issue, as well as the official press from Marvel, below, and look for Age of Conan: Bêlit in stores in March.

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The Pirate Queen Returns in AGE OF CONAN: BÊLIT! 
Featuring a story by Tini Howard and art by Kate Niemczyk!

New York, NY—December 7, 2018—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 (Marvel Knights 20th, Captain America Annual #1) and artist Kate Niemczyk (Mockingbird, Invincible Iron Man), 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!

Witness the She-Devil of the Sea in all her glory when AGE OF CONAN: BÊLIT #1 arrives in comic shops this March!

AGE OF CONAN: BÊLIT #1 (of 5)
Written by TINI HOWARD
Art by KATE NIEMCZYK
Cover by SANA TAKEDA
Variant Cover by AFU CHAN

On Sale 3/13/19

4 COMMENTS

  1. whoever did this cover has no idea whatsoever of what belit is all about. the fact that marvel approved this nonsense shows they are f***ing clueless as well

  2. 100% after with the other commenter. Belit was never like that cover. She was sexy, sure, and like most people in hyborea, often naked to some extent, but she demanded fear and respect because she was fierce and capable. This cover makes her look like some kind of fairy space princess.

  3. “whoever did this cover has no idea whatsoever of what Belit is all about”

    I do agree that I wouldn’t know it’s Belit just looking at the painting. Yet, this is exactly what I would expect from a Sana Takeda take on the character.

    As a long time reader, I’m familiar with Howard’s, Marvel’s and Dark Horse’s representation of the character and I have no problems with this. Maybe that’s influenced by my love for Liu’s & Takeda’s Monstress.

    Howard’s Belith’s clothing ranged from naked with a girdle to naked with jewels, so the clothing isn’t really out of character.

    The facial features are typical Takeda. Might look out of place on a cover (even if even Belit might have had her dreamy moments, I guess) but in actual comic interiors Takeda can very effectively and disturbingly mix beautiful with feral.

    Let’s see how interior artist Kate Niemczyk will handle that. She is a capable illustrator and if she studied the sources she can certainly do a great job. Looking forward to see it.

    I find it intriguing to have a 100% female team on a Belit book and even if three (three!) Conan books feels cash-cow overkill, I’m really looking forward to this one.

    Long story short: probably not the most representative choice for a Belit #1 cover – I could agree with that – but personally, I love it.

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