In Savage Avengers, Deadpool and Conan the Barbarian tried to pull off the ultimate heist against the richest mutants in the Marvel Universe.
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King in Black has changed the landscape of the Marvel Universe in some truly terrifying ways. With the entire planet surrounded by and teeming with Knull’s symbiotes, almost every hero left in fighting shape has set out to do their part in taking back their home. However, Conan the Barbarian and Deadpool are no heroes, and they’ve decided to make the most of the situation by pulling off a daring heist while everyone else is focused on the symbiote invasion.
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And in Savage Avengers #18, Conan, Deadpool and their new ally Night-Flyer break into a mansion that belongs to the old Hellfire Club.
After breaking out of prison on Ryker’s Island, Conan rejoined the symbiote that he had bonded to back in the Savage Land. Both Conan and the living darkness have a grudge against the evil sorcerer Kulan Gath, and together they have another chance to take revenge on all that he put them through. Enroute, they stopped at the Hellfire Club Mansion, which is empty and an ideal target on account of the general state of the world. It sounds like the perfect mark, though Deadpool does have some objections on account of his personal experience with the X-Men.
The Hellfire Club has been around for a long time, having made their first appearance all the way back in 1976’s X-Men #100 by Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum. Founded in England during the 1700s, the Hellfire Club operated as a private organization for the social elite, dedicated to helping its members amass more wealth and power than they already had. Its secret Inner Circle has long been comprised of wealthy mutants, but that didn’t stop them from offering their support to the Sentinel program designed to hunt their own kind. As the world’s mutants coalesced around the island nation Krakoa, Emma Frost, Kate Pryde and Sebastian Shaw reformed the Hellfire Club as an international corporation that serves as the nation’s chief exporters.
Still, this old Hellfire Mansion in New York holds a veritable treasure trove, and it looks like the perfect heist to these three ne’er-do-wells. At least, it does until the arrival of three X veterans, it would have been the perfect heist.
As the trio begins rifling through the stacks of cash, art and antiques that the mansion holds, Iceman, Callisto and Bishop step through a Krakoan portal at just the wrong time. The three recognize Deadpool, but they don’t know who Conan or Night Flyer is, and they don’t particularly seem to care. Although these X-Men initially seem to dominate the thieves, they quickly found themselves unprepared for the raw strength and savagery of Conan.
While the site of several X-Men defending a building that once housed their foes is still odd, it highlights how much has changed for the X-Men and the rest of Marvel’s mutants over the past few years. And this whole incident validates Deadpool’s hesitation for undertaking the endeavor.
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