Marvel Comics news briefs April 16th – Conan TPB, and Heroes vs. Villains: Epic Battles announced

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Today, Marvel Comics had some interesting pieces of news.

The first was that coming in October will be SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN: THE CULT OF KOGA THUN BLACK AND WHITE TPB. The release will
collect the “The Cult of Koga Thun” from the new SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN series, and to go along with the announcement a preview of some of the pages was released.

Look for from writer Gerry Duggan, with interior and cover art by Ron Garney when it goes on sale this October.

The next piece of news really got my attention. Coming this July will be the first three titles that will see “iconic heroes meet their match against some of Marvel’s most vicious villains”.

The first of the titles announced are MS. MARVEL ANNUAL #1: MS. MARVEL VS. SUPER SKRULL from the team of Magdalene Visaggio, Jon Lam, and Stefano Casseli. Next up is PUNISHER ANNUAL #1: PUNISHER VS. BROOD QUEEN from writer Karla Pacheco, interior art by Adam Gorham, and cover art by Dustin Weaver. Lastly in the announcements today was VENOM ANNUAL #1: VENOM VS. LADY HELLBENDER by writer Ryan Cady, artist Simone Di Meo, with cover art from Woo Dae Shim. Cover art for all three issues was also released alongside the announcement.

Look for more of their news ACTS OF EVIL titles this August and September.

Full press releases are below. All artwork courtesy of Marvel.

Conan Reigns In SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN: THE CULT OF KOGA THUN BLACK AND WHITE TPB

New York, NY—April 16, 2019—By Crom! This October, Marvel is proud to bring you the saga of the death cult of Koga Thun, presented for the first time in stunning black and white! Bringing the famed sword-and sorcery epic to life through brutally sharp storytelling, Ron Garney’s epic inked pages take an extra-special spotlight in this brand-new trade paperback that collects the opening arc of the most recent run of SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN #1, “The Cult of Koga Thun,” written by Gerry Duggan.

“When Ron and I first discussed him illustrating this story, we knew we wanted to approach it in a style that would feel at home in the original SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN, letting the final inked work contain all of the texture and detail and lighting cues to read standalone as well as it would in color,” said editor Mark Basso. “Ron’s extremely evocative ink work is second-to-none, and seeing it presented here in black-and-white makes for a distinct reading experience…a throwback to the original series in the best possible way and a showcase for Ron’s incredible talent.”

“I’m truly honored to have my work presented in this black and white format, in the greatest tradition ofand Conan and the artistic greats that fueled our imaginations for so long,” added Garney. “It’s been a hope of mine for a while now — since I was illustrating Daredevil even — to see it shown this way, as I’ve felt this style I’ve developed is probably best represented in black and white. I’d like to thank Mark Basso and Marvel for making it happen, Gerry Duggan, Richard Isanove and Conan properties as well, and huge thanks to the fans who have shown me so much support for SAVAGE SWORD and my work in general. I hope you really dig it!”

SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN: THE CULT OF KOGA THUN BLACK AND WHITE TPB

Written by GERRY DUGGAN

Art and Cover by RON GARNEY

On Sale October 2019

Heroes vs. Villains: Epic Battles Will Begin in ACTS OF EVIL!

New York, NY—April 16, 2019—Marvel’s most iconic heroes meet their match against some of Marvel’s most vicious villains in a fight that can only be known as ACTS OF EVIL! From Ms. Marvel to Venom, epic encounters will ensue as Marvel’s greatest heroes battle against enemies they have never faced before – leading to an outcome that no one will expect!

“You know what everyone says is worse than the devil? The devil you don’t know!” teases editor Kathleen Wisneski. “For ACTS OF EVIL, Marvel is pitting our heroes against villains they’ll never see coming, and we’ve lined up creative teams with fresh takes on these characters to make sure our fans are just as blindsided. So readers should steel themselves! And make sure they don’t miss the launch of the next legendary rivalry, or hints at a supervillain’s next masterstroke…”

Check out the first three books debuting in July, along with the first three covers!

MS. MARVEL ANNUAL #1: MS. MARVEL VS. SUPER SKRULL

Written by MAGDALENE VISAGGIO

Art by JON LAM

Cover by STEFANO CASELLI

PUNISHER ANNUAL #1: PUNISHER VS. BROOD QUEEN

Written by KARLA PACHECO

Art by ADAM GORHAM

Cover by DUSTIN WEAVER


VENOM ANNUAL #1: VENOM VS. LADY HELLBENDER

Written by RYAN CADY

Art by SIMONE DI MEO

Cover by WOO DAE SHIM

Look for more ACTS OF EVIL titles to come in August and September!

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