Posted 05 April 2012 - 10:24 AM
So because a single paragraph/scene is gone, the whole series should be canceled? This is getting pretty ridiculous.
I get why the mating dance is important, and every time I read REH's Queen of the Black Coast I am struck by how little of Bêlit we actually see. The scene is vital because it tells us a lot about the character and sets up her and Conan's relationship.
However, this version that Wood is writing is going to take place over 2 years, and that is a lot of time for the characters and their relationships to develop and evolve. They don't have to just come out of the gate firing on all cylinders like in the original, because here there is more space and time to tell the story. I obviously prefer the original and am not implying that Wood is changing what he is changing to make it better, but if REH had expanded the story himself, who knows what he might have done differently?
For me personally, the two most important scenes that they CANNOT leave out are Conan and Bêlit discussing the gods, and the final scene/ending. The mating dance is just as important, but mostly because it tells us a lot about Bêlit and her hold on Conan, which again, now has more time to develop. REH did it in a single dramatic scene, and it worked great in a short story, but this version is expanded, and things will be different.
Wood is not going to tell us everything we need to know about Bêlit in the first 3 issues because that would make the rest of the expanded story more boring. My guess is he wants to keep her more mysterious for now, and I will try and keep an open mind and see where he's going with it, since I would rather see Conan and Bêlit develop slowly and more naturally over the course of this story arc than see them completely fleshed out in a few pages and then have the next 2 years just be different pastiche stories wherein the characters hardly grow at all. Character development is important. If we don't see the characters grow then we don't care what happens to them. It's basic story telling.
Of course I could be completely wrong, and Wood's intent may indeed be to turn Bêlit into just another submissive babe pining for Conan's affection. If that's the case then I too will rage and cry bloody murder, but whining and wailing that all is lost after only 2 issues is as ridiculous as walking out of a movie in the first 10 minutes and then ranting about how the whole movie sucks. Give it a chance, and if you can't do that then just don't read the comic.