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Tuesday, August 28, 2018 

Could Jason Aaron's planned Conan run be filled with political correctness?

Don't be surprised if Robert E. Howard's famous fantasy creation, whose license is now back at Marvel after a dozen years or so at Dark Horse, suffers from the very social justice propaganda even Jason Aaron, now assigned to script new Conan books, had a hand in contributing to:
Ahead of its January 2019 launch, Marvel Entertainment has announced the creative team for its new Conan the Barbarian comic book series — and the company’s adherence to its successful formula for Star Wars is being followed so closely that the series will be written by the original writer of Marvel’s current Star Wars series. [...]

In a statement, Aaron said, “I've literally been preparing for this job since I was 13 and discovered my first Robert E. Howard Conan paperback in a used bookstore in my little hometown of Jasper, Alabama. I devoured every Howard book I could find after that, and I've been making up Conan stories in my head ever since. Now I finally get to do that for real, alongside the amazing Mahmud Asrar. So this opportunity means an awful lot to me, and I'm cherishing every blood-splattered, spider-haunted second of it.”
So this is going to be quite a bloody adventure, is it? Okay, I'm sure that was expected. What's less certain is what it's attitudes will be like regarding sex and sexuality. Will it adhere to more politically correct standards than the 1970-93 series from Marvel ever did? Come to think of it, what if the stories also wind up as tasteless metaphors for leftist politics? The problem already plagued the Star Wars franchise, whose comic adaptations Aaron's already contributed to, and if they've come within even miles of applying the very social justice elements that have toppled Star Wars from its once far more successful position, then there's not much point in reading their SW comics, or the new Conan stories either.

The main problem is that Aaron's one of the "brain[-less]trust" at Marvel who've been kept around even under Cebulski, replaced Thor with Jane Foster under the same name, and was active in several of their crossovers as well, one more reason his attachment doesn't inspire confidence, not even on projects unrelated to the MCU proper. I dread the day we'll discover they acquired the license for GI Joe again, because there's every chance they'd botch that too, all at the expense of the Joe fans as well.

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