Announced: David Pepose to write Savage Avengers for Marvel Comics!

Armed with a new creative team and a bold lineup, the most dangerous group of Avengers returns more savage than ever this May! 

Ringo Award-winning writer David Pepose (SPENCER & LOCKE, SCOUT’S HONOR) will make his Marvel Comics debut alongside superstar artist Carlos Magno (KANG THE CONQUEROR, ROBOCOP: DEAD OR ALIVE) in a new SAVAGE AVENGERS run. The series will introduce an all-new, all different team of Marvel’s fiercest warriors that will resonate across every era of the House of Ideas! Revealed today on Marvel’s official Twitter account, assembling by Conan’s side will be Daredevil (Elektra), Anti-VenomBlack KnightCloak & Dagger, and Weapon H. Together, they’ll fight their way through the Hyborian Age with an evil Deathlok hot on their trail!

Since his exile from the Hyborian Age, Conan the Barbarian has conquered the most dangerous foes the modern Marvel Universe has to offer—but what happens when this hard-edged Cimmerian finds himself on the run from the cybernetic soldier of the future known as Deathlok? Outgunned and outmatched, Conan must turn to an unlikely group of loners, berserkers and killers if he hopes to survive the night—but can these Savage Avengers defy Deathlok’s murderous manhunt, or will they become the next targets in the crosshairs of tomorrow? 

“Making my Marvel debut with SAVAGE AVENGERS is like getting drafted to the Yankees and then being told you also get to play for the Rangers on the weekend—not only do I get to write Conan the Barbarian, one of the most iconic characters in sword and sorcery, but I get to throw him into the wildest adventures imaginable alongside a brand-new crew of Marvel fan-favorites!” Pepose said. “Teaming up Conan with Daredevil, Anti-Venom, Weapon H, Black Knight, and Cloak and Dagger allows so much personality and potential to this series, and artist Carlos Magno delivers showstopper after showstopper as he brings these characters to life—I can’t wait for readers to see what sparks fly when Conan and company are pitted against the most dangerous Deathlok of them all. Get ready to experience an epic battle of Cyborg versus Cimmerian, because this May, only the Savage will survive…” (Feb 3rd, 2022)

Pretty cool news to some who’ve been following the indie comic career of David Pepose over the last few years. Having met & spoken to him once or twice, both at conventions and through emails, this is a great thing for a hard-working writer. I personally don’t look at it as a step up, believing firmly that indie comics is where the most creative people are working & pushing the envelope with new ideas, but it is a pretty impressive achievement.

Without a doubt, David Pepose is stepping onto a larger playground, will be playing with some pretty cool kids, & will be getting a little more exposure in the world of comic writers. It’s well deserved, so let’s have a round of applause for the guy!

Meanwhile, not one to let the dust settle, Pepose has announced another project in the works as he’s contributed to an upcoming anthology…

Antsy for a new comic while you’re waiting? You can sign up for Cthulhu Is Hard To Spell Vol. 3, launching on Kickstarter on February 22 — I’ve got an awesome story ready with my pal Maan House that you won’t want to miss!

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