“This is an unsanctioned team of heroes,” Gerry Duggan told Entertainment Weekly. “It has to be something that visually makes sense to you, and I think it does. [Artist] Mike Deodato Jr. is illustrating this book in both worlds. We envisioned a threat, a magical green zone where the evil wizards of Conan’s world are trading spells with the Hand in Japan. Conan is on a very Conan-like mission; he’s heard a tale of an amulet so he’s chasing it, and the evil magic sorcerers are doing something that would be a Marvel Avengers problem. It feels like we have found some very fertile ground that is a Venn diagram between those two worlds.”
Aside from Conan starring in a Savage Sword of Conan series, which debuted this week and also written by Duggan, another reason the comic is titled Savage Avengers is that the team’s first mission takes them to the prehistoric locale known as the Savage Land.
“The Marvel heroes have not quite seen the likes of Conan before, but when you turn it around and look at Conan viewing this, he’s very skeptical of a lot of it because he’s so magic-averse,” Duggan said. “His interpretation of the Venom symbiote, when he first sees it, is that it must be an evil genie. There’s real fun to be had there. At one point Conan believes that Logan hails from somewhere called Pabst, and that’s a well-earned miscommunication. That’s where a lot of fun comes from. Conan is a fish out of water, but everyone will come to respect the skills they’re all bringing to the fight.”
It will be interesting to see if certain members of the Savage Avengers will be able to work peacefully together. Wolverine and Elektra have worked together many times, but Punisher and Elektra were teammates on writer Charles Soule’s Thunderbolts series with a romance developing between the two. Things fell apart, however, with Punisher attempting to kill his teammates in the process. Venom was also on the Thunderbolts, but it was Flash Thompson’s Agent Venom instead of Eddie Brock.
Savage Avengers #1 by Gerry Duggan and Mike Deodato, with a cover by David Finch, goes on sale in May from Marvel Comics.