Writer Jason Aaron, artist Mahmud Asrar, and colorist Matthew Wilson will be the first creative team on Marvel Comics' upcoming Conan the Barbarian series. As announced on Marvel.com, the series is scheduled to launch in January 2019.
"I've literally been preparing for this job since I was 13 and discovered my first Robert E. Howard Conan paperback in a used bookstore in my little hometown of Jasper, Alabama," said Aaron. "I devoured every Howard book I could find after that, and I've been making up Conan stories in my head ever since. Now I finally get to do that for real, alongside the amazing Mahmud Asrar. So this opportunity means an awful lot to me, and I'm cherishing every blood-splattered, spider-haunted second of it."
This will be Marvel's first Conan the Barbarian ongoing title in 25 years. Dark Horse obtained the Conan license in 2003, and published comics through 2018.
"The big initial arc we're doing in this new series is very much done in reverence to Robert E. Howard and those original stories," the witer said. "One of the things that initially pulled me into the character was the fact that with each story, Howard jumped to a different point in Conan's life, where he was in a different setting, interacting with different characters and living a very different life. I loved the grand and epic scope of Conan's overall journey, and so for this new series, instead of picking just one period from Conan's life and doing stories set only within that, our opening 12-issue arc will thread together many different periods and aspects of Conan's journey, from Cimmeria to Aquilonia and beyond. That's why this story is called 'The Life and Death of Conan.'"
Aaron is joined by Mahmud Asrar, who worked with him on the Generations: The Unworthy Thor & The Mighty Thor one-shot.
"Conan is the epitome of an indomitable barbarian and that has fascinated me as a kid growing up reading his stories. What made me stay for the ride was the amazing art on the Conan books throughout the years," said Asrar. "So many great artists to name but I can't tell you how influential John Buscema and his Conan art was for me. It was the first artist I knew the name of as a kid and started intentionally seeking out. Now, years later, I get the chance to draw the book myself and do it with the amazing Jason Aaron. I couldn't be happier to tell epic new tales of the Cimmerian - to continue the legacy that will hopefully make a mark on readers, just like the original comics did for me."
Esad Ribic is scheduled to draw the primary covers for the series, with editor Mark Basso overseeing the project.