Marvel's Conan the Barbarian-centric Savage Avengers comic is ending

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Savage Avengers #28 cover (Image credit: Marvel Comics)

Marvel Comics will be ending its current Savage Avengers ongoing series in January 2022. January 12's Savage Avengers #28 will be the final issue of this Conan the Barbarian-centric Avengers squad, as speculated by Newsarama back in September.

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Launched in May 2019 as the second step in Marvel Entertainment's licensing deal with Conan Properties International, Savage Avengers put the non-Marvel owned Conan the Barbarian in the thick of the Marvel Universe alongside a cast of Avengers that includes Wolverine, Captain America, Doctor Strange, and more.

Savage Avengers #28 will be a coda for the series as well as the current 'Kulan Gath Saga' that has seen the titular Hyborean villain take over the Earth. According to Marvel Comics' December 2021 solicitations, the 'Kulan Gath Saga' ends in December's Savage Avengers #27 (opens in new tab) with Savage Avengers #28 to feature "a good old-fashioned stabbing."

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There's been a lot of stabbing in Savage Avengers given Conan's sword-wielding ways and his teammate Wolverine's claws, including Conan stabbing Wolverine all the way back in Savage Avengers #1 (opens in new tab).

Savage Avengers' end comes on the three-year anniversary of Conan's return to Marvel as a licensed character and follows the quiet discontinuation of the main Conan the Barbarian series ended in September. September is when Conan's parent company was acquired by the Norwegian game developer Funcom (producer of the Age of Conan game). It isn't clear if the discontinuation of Marvel Comics' Conan the Barbarian and Savage Avengers titles is a result of that business deal.

Marvel has one upcoming Conan comic on the horizon though - the six-issue King Conan series by Jason Aaron and Mahmud Asrar, the long-promised finale to the story which launched Marvel's current Conan license, is scheduled to debut December 15. 

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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)