The Press Release:
Announced today at MCM Comic Con London, Robert E. Howard’s swashbuckling heroine, Dark Agnes, will helm her very first comic series! Dark Agnes will be making her Marvel Comics debut this December in CONAN: SERPENT WAR, introducing this beloved swordswoman to a new generation of readers, before taking off on her own adventures in February’s DARK AGNES #1.
The five-issue limited series will depict the journey of Agnes de Chastillon as she frees herself from an arranged marriage to live the dangerous life of a sellsword in 16th-century France. Joined by Etienne Villers, the mercenary pair’s daring exploits will be penned by writer Becky Cloonan(THE PUNISHER) with art by Luca Pizzari(WEAPON X, BLACK KNIGHT).
“I wouldn’t be surprised if you told me you’d never heard of Dark Agnes. Well, that’s about to change,” says Cloonan. “Agnes is the unsung anti-hero of Robert E. Howard’s legendary body of work. She’s a swashbuckling, musket wielding, doublet wearing bad ass swordswoman from the early Renaissance. A fierce warrior, a stalwart friend, and a brutal, unrelenting force in a bloody, chaotic world. Agnes is just as relevant today as she was when Howard dreamed her up, and as she is in her own time: the filthy 1500’s. Join us for a tale of mystery, adventure, and revenge!”
“Considering Howard is mostly known for his male protagonists, it’s perhaps surprising to new readers of his works that the original Sword Woman story was written back in the 1930’s as a woman in first person,” says Joakim Zetterberg, Executive Vice President at Conan Properties. “It shows that Howard’s heroines equal his heroes in being whirlwind adventurers. We’re certain Becky, Luca and the Marvel team will make this series truly kick ass, befitting Agnes herself.”
Since early this year, fans have been delighted to see characters from the legendary mind of Robert E. Howard return to the Marvel Universe with titles like CONAN THE BARBARIAN, SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN, and AGE OF CONAN: BÊLIT and VALERIA, and now, Marvel Comics is honored to welcome the classic character of Dark Agnes to this amazing lineup. Follow Dark Agnes on her epic quest this February!
DARK AGNES #1 (OF 5): Written by BECKY CLOONAN; Penciled by LUCA PIZZARI; Cover by STEPHANIE HANS
ROBERT E. HOWARD’S SWORDWOMAN IN HER FIRST SOLO COMIC SERIES!
Forced into an arranged marriage, Agnes de Chastillon took matters into her own violent hands to free herself from the yoke of a life she never wanted. Now, the woman known as DARK AGNES, along with her mercenary partner ETIENNE VILLIERS, make their way through 16th century France as sellswords on their way to join the wars in Italy, where the real money is! But when Etienne is captured by the DUKE OF ALENCON’s forces and set for execution, it’s up to Dark Agnes to save the day! But what evil designs are being enacted on Agnes, and will she doom herself by saving Etienne?
An all-new story following up Robert E. Howard’s tales, the swashbuckling saga of DARK AGNES in Marvel Comics starts here!
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Since I don’t know a whole lot about this character I will leave well enough alone. At the time of this writing I am not sure I will be picking up the individual issues or waiting for a collected edition since it’s a mini-series. Let’s see how I’m feeling when I peruse it on the racks of my local comic book shop. What about you readers? Are you aware of this particular creation of the great Robert E. Howard? Chime in down below because its always great to get some interaction from you all. See you next time.
Official Website: http://www.marvel.com
Official Character Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Agnes_de_Chastillon