Marvel took over the main stage at New York Comic-Con to announce new projects big and small in their annual Marvel’s Next Big Thing panel, lead by editor-in-chief C.B. Cebulski alongside a revolving door of Marvel talent. The projects announced were scattered across the board from new IP acquisitions to weekly event stories.
Conan The Barbarian
Writer Jason Aaron announced he would be working on a brand new Conan The Barbarian series alongside artist Mahmud Asrar with covers by Esad Ribic. Marvel reacquired the Conan licence after its 15-year tenure with Dark Horse back in January, but Aaron’s book marks the first Marvel produced content for the IP. “This is basically the book I’ve wanted to do since I was 12-years-old,” Aaron said at the panel before detailing out his childhood obsession with Conan novels and explaining that the deal prompted him to send a photo of his Conan collection to Cebulski to campaign for the job.
Aaron’s explained that his story will kick off with a 12 issue arc titled “The Life and Death of Conan.” Issue #1 is scheduled for release in January of 2019.
The Savage Sword of Conan
Joining Aaron and Asrar, writer Gerry Duggan announced that he would also be taking a stab at the barbaric hero with The Savage Sword of Conan, with artist Ron Garney and covers by Alex Ross. Duggan, too, professed his childhood love for the character and his excitement to work with Garney for the first time. He teased that his story will focus around Conan “hunting for treasure” but warned that what he finds won’t be “what we expect.”
Savage Sword of Conan #1 is scheduled to hit shelves in February of 2019.
Avengers: No Road Home
On the more superheroic side, a sequel to this year’s weekly event Avengers: No Surrender was announced, titled Avengers: No Road Home. The No Surrender team is reuniting for the follow up, bringing writers Jim Zub, Mark Waid and Al Ewing together with artist Paco Medina. Zub was on stage to talk their ideas, calling No Road Home “the biggest, craziest Avengers story” they could tell.
Zub also teased that No Road Home would feature a “crazy thing” in the middle of the event, comparing it to No Surrender’s resurrection of of Bruce Banner as The Hulk. “We didn’t think we’d be able to do it but we figured out how to do it. There’s a huge bomb that goes off in the middle of this, that has massive ripple that go out into the Marvel universe that is going to shock you,” he said.
Avengers: No Road Home is a 10-issue weekly event set to debut in February of 2019.
Cebulski then announced a brand new Captain Marvel #1, written by Kelly Thompson with artist Carmen Carnero — who recently signed an exclusive agreement with Marvel. Editor Sarah Brunstad explained that the new series would focus on Carol Danvers trying to refocus and reorient herself in a team environment.
Brunstad said, “It’s a new landmark moment for her. In this first issue she’s coming back she’s having conversations with Tony Stark to re-join the Avengers and get back on the front lines.” She continued, teasing that Carol would also be looking to reconnect with old friends, and specifically name-dropped Spider-Woman as an immediate relationship that would be re-established.
Captain Marvel #1 is launching in January of 2019, well ahead of Carol’s big screen debut in Captain Marvel in March.
Cebulski continued by announcing selection of eclectic announcements for Marvel’s 80th anniversary in 2019. The publisher will be debuting a series of retro genre books like War Is Hell by Howard Chaykin and Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Journey into Unknown Worlds by Cullen Bunn and Clay McLeod Chapman, and Crypt of Shadows by Al Ewing and Garry Brown.
A special 25th anniversary edition of Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross’ Marvels will also be released, which prompted Cebulski to tease that “Kurt and Alex are returning to Marvel for all sorts of projects.” But he quickly clarified that he “couldn’t talk about them yet.”
War of the Realms
The panel concluded with a surprise announcement for Marvel’s next big event, called War of the Realms written by Jason Aaron and drawn by Russell Dauterman. Editor Tom Brevort called the story “sword and sorcery” in genre and Brunstad teased a featured role for former wielder of Mjolnir Jane Foster.