“Chapter One Child of War”
Writer: Meredith Finch
Valeria was born on a battlefield in Aquilonia. Later as a young child her parents were killed by Zingaran pirates that raider her village. So she than goes to live with her brother Cassian a knight of Mitra. Her brother is killed so young Valeria grows up training to be the best swordwoman in all of Aquilonia. She still seeks her brother’s killer and the search leads her to a blacksmith. At night as she sleeps she wakes to find a knife at her throat. The man demands to know how she has a sword of a knight of Mitra.
“The Fall of Thoth-Amon Part 1”
By Matt Forbeck
Thoth-Amon is pissed as a servant has managed to steal his Crown of Set and staff. He takes it out on the guy who was training the thief and left him alone so he could steal. His punishment is to be thrown into a pit of snakes. As Thoth-Amon goes to his chambers to relax he notices that his Ring of Set is phony. The real one is also stolen and with it the power that he welds.
So the next Age of Conan is the origin of Valeria. She is one of my favorites that Howard created and I always loved her appearances in the Conan titles. Finally she gets her origin told and so far I like what I am reading. This is much better than the Belit origin. The artist is also quite talented as Valeria has never looked more beautiful.
The backup story is how Thoth-Amon fell from power. Thoth-Amon appeared in the very first Conan story ever written as a wizard who lost his ring and forced to be a slave to an Aquilonian nobleman. Now we get the origin to his story. Surprised they didn’t choose a Valeria story as they did in Belit’s series. Not that I have any complaints as the Thoth-Amon story is quite good and interesting so far. I have good feeling for this series.