In the latest issue of Jason Aaron's Beard Missives, the author's regular newsletter, he talks about his return to writing Conan The Cimmerian for Marvel and previews the forthcoming King Conan mini-series.
"In interviews I’ve always said that I haven’t gone through my career with a list of characters I wanted to write, which is true. I’ve always just gone with what situation or series or story felt right in the moment.He shared a couple of textless interior pages of Mahmud Asrar and Matt Wilson's artwork from the first issue of this new series.
But if I did have such a list, Conan would be one of the only names on it, and he’d be right near the top.
I’ve had Conan stories growing in my brain ever since I first discovered his adventures as a kid prowling the dusty back corners of a used bookstore in Jasper, Alabama.
So just one run on Conan The Barbarian was never gonna be enough for me."
Of King Conan, Jason wrote:
"... we meet up with a Conan whose beard is greying and whose spirit is restless, as a king, as a barbarian born to wander and as a father.The first issue of the six-part King Conan mini-series is due to sail into stores on December 15.
All three of those roles come crashing together into one tale that takes us from the throne of Aquilonia to an island of vultures and dark magic at the very edge of the known world.
Along the way, King Conan runs up against the Serpent ring of Set, a curse as old as Acheron, red apes from the lava hills of Khitai, and a horde of undead sailors with salt-cured skin hard as barnacled chain mail.
Not to mention the confrontation that King Conan himself will come to call the toughest, most gut-wrenching battle he’s ever fought."