Avengers and X-Men put aside their differences for a team-up in Savage Avengers #24 preview

Savage Avengers #24
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It takes a lot to get the Avengers and the X-Men on the same page. They've feuded for decades, and right now we're in the middle of an investigation on the death of an Avenger by one of mutantkind's top figures in The Trial of Magneto. But an exception will be made for Kulan Gath.

The iconic sorcerer Kulan Gath returns in September 8's Savage Avengers #24, fresh off making a meal out of Shuma-Gorath. No matter how 'savage' the Savage Avengers are, they know when they need help - so in comes the cavalry.

Check out this preview of Savage Avengers #24 by writer Gerry Duggan, artist Patch Zircher, color artist Java Tartaglia, and letterer Travis Lanham:

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If you're wondering what the big deal is with Kulan Gath, we're here to help. Although strongly connected to Conan the Barbarian, he actually wasn't created by Robert E. Howard - he was created by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith as a Marvel villain for Conan during their '70s Conan the Barbarian run.

Working as a sort of precursor to the Harry Potter franchise's chief villain Lord Voldemort, Kulan Gath is an unkillable magician sometimes nicknamed 'The Cannibal-Sorcerer,' who is known to come back from even the harshest of deaths in a mad pursuit to rule Earth. Although created in Marvel's Conan comics, he eventually branched out to face the Avengers and the X-Men both in their own titles. Now he seems to be on the cusp of his biggest attempt at world domination yet in Savage Avengers #24.

Savage Avengers #24 goes on sale on September 8.

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Chris Arrant

Chris Arrant covered comic book news for Newsarama from 2003 to 2022 (and as editor/senior editor from 2015 to 2022) and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)