After officially joining the Marvel Universe, Conan the Barbarian will headline a new four-part event series titled Conan: Serpent War by writer Jim Zub and artists Scot Eaton and Stephen Segovia. Coming along for the ride will be two additional Robert E. Howard creations, Dark Agnes and Solomon Kane, as well as the mysterious Moon Knight.
Marvel previously announced plans to bring even more Conan Properties International characters into the comics, naming Dark Agnes and Solomon Kane specifically.
"Conan is the original brooding anti-hero," Zub told ComicBook.com. "He's the template for every Wolverine, Punisher, Elektra, or Winter Soldier-style character in books, films, and comics. He's absolutely iconic and getting the chance to build new Conan stories is an absolute dream project for me."
"Serpent War is a sprawling cross-dimensional epic bringing together legendary characters from the mind of Robert E. Howard with a bit of Marvel mayhem added in for good measure," Zub said. "The story I told in Savage Sword was a straight forward sword & sorcery tale. This one is big, ambitious, and adventurous on a bigger stage. I hope Serpent War engages long-time Conan fans and also brings new readers on board to see what all the excitement is about."
And if you haven't been keeping up with Conan's adventures in his various titles and appearances in the Marvel U, Serpent War is intended to be new-reader friendly.
"Conan's motivations and personality are easy to understand here and everyone else who's a part of this adventure gets a proper introduction so readers can crack open issue #1 and enjoy. There are some really cool callbacks to earlier stories and Marvel continuity, but those are Easter eggs for fervent readers, not knowledge you need when you dive into Conan: Serpent War #1."
The four-part event series will also serve as the Marvel debuts for Dark Agnes and Solomon Kane.
"Agnes is Robert E. Howard's original sword woman, an uncompromising rebel in 16th Century France who fought for her freedom and calls upon bouts of intense fury in combat to overwhelm her foes," the writer said. "She's quite different from many of the women Conan has interacted with and the way their personalities clash in this story creates some really memorable scenes between them."
"Solomon Kane is a puritan monster hunter and explorer in the late 16th-early 17th Century whose fighting abilities are as battle-hardened as his faith," Zub added. "I absolutely love the intensity he brings to every scene he's in and the way he pushes himself and his allies to commit to their mission, no matter the cost. In a world of sell-swords and morally-compromised mercenaries, he's a paladin."
You can find the solicitation and covers for Conan: Serpent War #1-2 below, along with variant covers by Neal Adams and Luke Ross.
CONAN: SERPENT WAR #1 & #2 (OF 4)
- JIM ZUB (W)
- ISSUE #1 - SCOT EATON (A)
- ISSUE #2 - STEPHEN SEGOVIA (A)
- COVERS BY CARLOS PACHECO
- ISSUE #1 VARIANT COVER BY NEAL ADAMS
- ISSUE #1 VARIANT COVER BY INHYUK LEE
- ISSUE #1 VIRGIN CONNECTING VARIANT COVER BY GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI (1 OF 4)
- ISSUE #1 VARIANT COVER BY DAVID FINCH
- ISSUE #1 STONE VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE
- ISSUE #2 VARIANT COVER BY LUKE ROSS
- ISSUE #2 VARIANT COVER BY JUNGGEUN YOON
- ISSUE #2 VIRGIN CONNECTING VARIANT COVER BY GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI (2 OF 4)
- You can find the official description for Conan: Serpent War below.
- "WARRIORS ACROSS TIME DEFY THE ELDER GODS!
JAMES ALLISON will soon die. But it’s not his first death. He’s lived many lives, in many places - lives he can recall in vivid detail. But when an Elder God called the WYRM reaches across time to James, an ages-spanning quest begins! The serpent god SET plans to usher in an eternity of darkness, and only the chosen warriors across time and space have a hope of stopping him: CONAN THE BARBARIAN, SOLOMON KANE, DARK AGNES, and the man known as MOON KNIGHT!