WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Savage Avengers #6 by Gerry Duggan, Kim Jacinto, Tamra Bonvillain and VC's Travis Lanham, on sale Wednesday, Oct. 2.
The Avengers are known as Earth's Mightiest Heroes, but a recent collection of characters are putting their own bloody spin on the title. Savage Avengers assembles Wolverine, Punisher, Elektra, Doctor Voodoo, Venom and Conan the Barbarian together in what may be the bloodiest comic published by Marvel Comics.
The ragtag team came together to thwart the evil sorcerer Kulan Gath and Jhoatun Lau, the Marrow God, and just as quickly disassembled to embark on separate missions. With Doctor Strange the new target of Kulan Gath, Wolverine, Elektra and Venom left to warn the Sorcerer Supreme, while Doctor Voodoo is in search of Kulan Gath. That leaves the unlikely pairing of Punisher and Conan to find their own way home together, starting with a trek through the dangerous Savage Land.
Punisher has come to appreciate Conan's skills as a warrior, along with showing an interest in the deity Crom. The dynamic duo of the street vigilante and barbarian would typically be enough to intimidate any threat that dares step to them -- unless you're one of the many beasts that call the Savage Land home. However, as a preview of Savage Avengers #6 reveals, Punisher and Conan are the deadliest Avengers to ever live.
With gun and sword in hand, the Savage Avengers cut down any and every dinosaur that roams the land. They even manage to eat their kill, showing that Frank Castle can survive in any environment you put him in. Just as they are beginning to savor their meal, a dinosaur tries to take them by surprise. Luckily, Conan is quick with his sword, sending it flying through the beast's open jaw.
Punisher recognizes them as pack animals, and begins firing his assault rifle to mow them down. However, one uses the element of surprise to strike Castle from behind, knocking him to the ground. Now, the preview could choose to end here, leaving the reader to wonder what The Punisher's fate is. Instead, it's more fun to show Conan the Barbarian wielding a piece of heavy metal.
"Conan was curious about The Punisher's weapon," the caption at the bottom of the page reads. "He had seen repeating crossbows, but never anything like this." It would be ironic if a time came when Conan has a sword in one hand and a gun in the other, but these are the type of scenes one can come to expect in the Marvel Universe. Conan may be new to the Marvel U after debuting in the "Avengers: No Road Home" weekly event, but he is quickly being introduced to many of its main players. For example, Conan: Serpent War by writer Jim Zub and artists Scot Eaton and Stephen Segovia will team Conan with Moon Knight, along with two additional Robert E. Howard creations, Dark Agnes and Solomon Kane.
As Savage Avengers #6 continues, there is no telling what kind of dangers Conan and Punisher will experience. And knowing them, they wouldn't have it any other way.