Conan the Barbarian #22 – Comic Review
Ah, the Song of Belit isn’t it beautiful to behold upon your ears? Oh, wait, it’s not actually, it’ll basically kill you. It is so worth the sweet embrace of death, just to hear it’s words sung. My favorite comic book run of the year is about to end, and this beginning off the final arc starts of beautifully.
The Song of Belit is beginning. It is also the end for ‘Queen of the Black Coast’ which is about as close to a love story within the Conan universe as you’ll get.
Belit wants to sail up a dark river, full of serpents and vile creatures that rise up to eat a man whole. Into an even darker forest, in which she believes a city lies up river and untold riches to fill their boat with. While most of the crew, including Conan is a little apprehensive, they all obey their Queen. Conan gets a little philosophical about gods, all gods and by Crom he’s right. As you can tell from the cover photo, they encounter a giant winged ape that clearly has a sense of intelligence. From what hellspawn is was born out of and how it ties into the final issues of this tremendous run by writer Brian Wood I don’t know. Ok, I have an idea because I’m a Robert E Howard dork, but Brian Wood has been impressing me with his story telling on this adaption. While the artwork has been up and down through this series as they change from Arc to Arc. I’ll have to say that Riccardo Burchielli is my favorite with his work in Song of Belit.
Yes, you could jump into this storyline at this point. Why would you though? Honestly you should do yourself a service and start reading from the beginning. Brian Wood has been outright tremendous through this whole run. It is well worth the time and money getting caught up until you reach Song of Belit.
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I give this issue 4 out of 5 Crom does not care what you think