By Crom, they’ve done it! Marvel Comics has just announced the creative team for the upcoming Conan the Barbarian book. Back in January of this year we learned that Marvel had regained the rights to Robert E. Howard’s much-loved character. For the past fifteen years, the rights have been with Dark Horse Comics but Marvel was able to re-negotiate with Conan Properties, Int. for the new deal. In this latest of bit of news from the House of Idea, we now finally know who the creative team will be on this book: Jason Aaron, Mahmud Asrar, Esad Ribic and Matt Wilson.
This team is a perfect pairing that would make any Cimmerian proud.
In the press release (which you can read below) both Jason Aaron and Mahmud Asrar voiced their elation and described just how long they’ve been wanting to apply their respective art to the character and to Conan’s world. “I’ve literally been preparing for this job since I was 13…” said Jason Aaron. “Conan is the epitome of an indomitable barbarian and that has fascinated me as a kid growing up reading his stories.” Was what Mahmud Asrar had to say.
Jason Aaron later confirmed that he will continue to work on Avengers and on Thor. On Twitter, he teased “There’s also one other secret project for next year that I’m already working on.”
As a long-time fan of Conan and as a fan of each of the individuals on this creative team, I can tell you that I am quite excited to see what they bring to the mythos and to the world of Cimmeria (well, really, Hyboria but specifically Cimmeria)!
FULL MARVEL COMICS PRESS RELEASE:
New York, NY – August 24, 2018 – This January, Conan makes his triumphant return to Marvel Comics in the all-new CONAN THE BARBARIAN! And today, Marvel is excited to announce the new creative team of the first series—the acclaimed team who will lead the famed barbarian into his new adventures!
Superstar writer Jason Aaron will helm the new tales of the sword-slashing hero, bringing him to life alongside star artist Mahmud Asrar (X-Men Red, Cloak and Dagger). Aaron and Asrar will be joined by cover artist Esad Ribic (Fantastic Four, Secret Wars, Marvel Legacy) and Eisner Award-Winning colorist Matt Wilson (Runaways, The Mighty Thor)
“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,” notes 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.”
“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,” explains the writer. “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.'”
“Epic tales of fantasy about one tough and mean warrior“—that’s how Mahmud Asrar describes the eponymous hero. “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. 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,” says Asrar. “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.”
“I can’t wait for readers to see the epic scope of the first story lined up for CONAN,” shares editor Mark Basso. “Like our illustrious writer and artist, my intro to Conan came in the form of an old paperback that magically found its way to me as a kid, and this team is harnessing all of that love and respect for the character’s history while expanding the Hyborian mythos in a way that’s really never been done before.”
“These past months have been an exciting whirlwind for us and the folks at Marvel, going through creative teams with passion for the Cimmerian,” adds Fredrik Malmberg, President & CEO of Cabinet Entertainment. “Jason and Mahmud are crafting a really strong story, it’s amazing to see the process and pages coming through. Esad Ribic’s covers evoke the classic Conan, yet with his own distinct and personal freshness. Crom!”