A new five issue limited series written by Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing with art by Carlos Magno will unravel Kang the Conqueror’s complicated history, beginning this August from Marvel Comics.
The new series will explore the long-time Avengers foe’s time-travelling history across a number of alternate realities and forms in an attempt to tell the definitive origin of Kang.
The story begins (and ends) with an older defeated Kang sending his younger self to the past to make sense of more than one lifetime of triumph and defeat. Kelly explains that the journey will begin in “…the last days of the Cretaceous to the war-torn world of Jack Kirby’s year 4,000 – from ancient Egypt to the stars themselves- Kang the Conqueror is a story that unpacks the told – and untold – moments of Kang’s life through a human lens. Powered by his love of the enigmatic Ravonna Renslayer, and fueled by the hatred of who he will become, this is a cross-time epic for everyone who has ever rejected who they were supposed to be.”
Lanzing expressed his love for Kang by saying that “Time may mean nothing to Kang, but Kang means everything to us. This is the book we’ve been wanting to write for years. It’s a total dream come true for Collin and I to be making our Marvel debut – we’re best friends who first met through a mutual love of Young Avengers, Runaways, and Ultimate Spider-Man. But to make our first mark with a character as storied as Kang the Conqueror, on a very personal pitch we never in a million years thought would be greenlit, is a genuine honor.”
The co-writer was also sure to praise the rest of the Kang team, saying that “Carlos Magno is delivering jaw-dropping work that recalls the exacting detail and operatic emotion of Kang’s co-creator Jack Kirby. We’re genuinely stunned by every new page. Add the brilliant colors by Espen Grundetjern, letters by the Marvel master Joe Caramanga, and the insightful leadership of our editor Alanna Smith, and you’ve got a team worthy of one of Marvel’s greatest unsung characters.”
Look for Kang the Conqueror #1 at your favorite comic shop on August 18 and check out the cover by Mike Del Mundo and an interior page by Magno below.