MARVEL COMICS – NEWS WEEK (December 17th, 2018)

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Marvel this week announced a new Spider-Man series, details on four titles that lead up to War of the Realms crossover event, a teaser image for the War of the Realms event, and more.

On Monday, Marvel announced a new 6 part series MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN: CITY OF WAR, based on the hit video game MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN. 

The mini-series sees Spider-Man putting Kingpin away, but doing so creates a hole in the criminal underworld…one that is filled by Mister Negative. The new villain quickly threatens two of the closest women in Peter’s life, Aunt May and Mary Jane

Look for the first issue of the series this March from writer Dennis Hopeless, artist Michele Bandini and main cover artwork by Clayton Crain

In addition to the main cover there will be four variant cover editions from Tim Tsang (Marvel Games cover), David Nakayama (Sinister Six cover), Gerardo Sandoval, and Adi Granov.

On Tuesday, Marvel released more information on their upcoming War of the Realms crossover event. The event will kick off in April from the 
creative team of Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, and Matthew Wilson but before it does there are 4 titles in March that lead up to the event.

AVENGERS #16 and #17 from the team of writer Jason Aaron and interior and cover art by David MarquezASGARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #7 with  writing by Cullen Bunn, interior art by Matteo Buffagni, and cover art from Jamal Campbell, and THOR #11 from Jason Aaron with Lee Garbett handling interior art and Mike Del Mundo taking care of cover art. 

To celebrate the HUNTED storyline that will kick off in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #17 in March, Marvel announced 20 different variant covers across a wide variety of titles in March, and released previews for 8 of them.

Some of the artist who will be contributing cover art include Greg HildebrandtJen BartelHumberto RamosRon Lim, and more. 

On Wednesday, Marvel announced one of the more interesting (in my opinion) new releases in a while. 

They will be collecting some issues of various titles that dealt with real world issues including “addiction, terrorism, HIV, school shootings, and more” in a new hardcover collection titled MARVEL COMICS: THE WORLD OUTSIDE YOUR WINDOW.

Some of the issues that will be part of it including the 9/11 issue of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (#36), NEW MUTANTS  #45 which dealt with suicide and bullying, ALPHA FLIGHT #106 which saw a character come out as gay, and a lot of more storylines that had real life issues in them.

In addition to all the other news for Marvel’s upcoming War of the Realms event in April, came a teaser image showing runes from each of the realms, along with a quote from writer Jason Aaron.

For six years now in my run on THOR, I’ve been using Malekith’s war to explore the different realms that are strung along the World Tree. We’ve been to each and every one of them and seen how the people there have been touched by this war to end all wars. Now, as the war finally comes to the last realm standing, Midgard, where the heroes of Earth are waiting, those other realms will still have a pivotal part to play. Whether for good or ill remains to be seen…

Full press releases for all the news the week is below. All artwork courtesy of Marvel. 

MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN Swings Into The Pages of Marvel Comics!

Marvel’s Spider-Man: City of War to debut this March!

New York, NY—December 17, 2018—The fan-favorite and critically acclaimed Marvel’s Spider-Man has taken the world by storm – and now the video game’s web-slinger is leaping into the pages of Marvel comics! Starting this March, all your favorite Spidey characters are presented in new and surprising scenarios as Peter Parker’s civilian and superhuman worlds collide in the game’s original, action-packed story!

After protecting his beloved New York City for eight years, Spidey finally has the opportunity to put Wilson Fisk behind bars for good. But removing the Kingpin from the mean streets of Manhattan has its own repercussions…as a new threat, the mysterious crime lord called Mister Negative, rises to fill the vacuum and threaten all that Peter holds dear, including the lives of not only his beloved Aunt May but also his former girlfriend, and current Daily Bugle investigative reporter, Mary Jane Watson.

“While creating the game, the writing team’s goal was to pay homage to Spider-Man’s rich history while also shaking things up to keep players on the edge of their seats,” said Marvel Games executive creative director Bill Rosemann. “Now we’re thrilled to see our game’s original story swing full circle and come to life in the pages of this all-new comic book series in the Mighty Marvel Manner!”

Including all-new story moments never before seen in the game as well as bonus behind the scenes content, MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN: CITY OF WAR #1 is the first in a series of new stories from the growing Marvel Gamerverse as we press start on a brand-new Marvel Universe this March!

MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN: CITY AT WAR #1 (of 6)

Written by DENNIS HOPELESS

Art by MICHELE BANDINI

Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN

Marvel Games Variant Cover by TIM TSANG

Sinister Six Variant Cover by DAVID NAKAYAMA

Variant Cover by GERARDO SANDOVAL

Variant Cover by ADI GRANOV

Prepare for WAR OF THE REALMS this April! 

Don’t miss lead-in titles from Avengers, Thor, and Asgardians of the Galaxy

New York, NY—December 18, 2018—The War Of The Realms is coming…and no corner of the Marvel Universe will be untouched! But before the award-winning creative team of Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman and Matthew Wilson ushers in this epic event, Marvel invites you to journey on the road to the War of the Realms with some of the universe’s biggest heroes!

Join the Avengers as they battle the undead, who are vying for the title of the new Lord of the Damned! Hop into space with the Asgardians of the Galaxy as they encounter Ego the Living Planet! And in the final prelude to the War of the Realms, prepare for an invasion with Thor and Lady Freyja as they fight to keep Midgard safe from an initial strike by the Dark Elves…

THE WAR OF THE REALMS is coming, and it starts in March with these stories! Look for Marvel’s special “Road To” branding on the covers of these select issues.

AVENGERS #16

Written by JASON AARON

Art and Cover by DAVID MARQUEZ

AVENGERS #17

Written by JASON AARON

Art and Cover by DAVID MARQUEZ

ASGARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #7

Written by CULLEN BUNN

Art by MATTEO BUFFAGNI

Cover by JAMAL CAMPBELL

THOR #11

Written by JASON AARON

Art by LEE GARBETT

Cover by MIKE DEL MUNDO

Celebrate AMAZING SPIDER-MAN’s Villainous New Arc “Hunted” with Special Covers!

Featuring art from Mark Brooks, Lee Garbett, Jen Bartel, Humberto Ramos and more!

New York, NY—December 18, 2018—This March, Spider-Man becomes the hunted in a tale inspired by one of Marvel’s most iconic storylines! To celebrate the villain-centric story that starts with part one of “Hunted” in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #17, Marvel is releasing a series of variant covers celebrating some of the webcrawlers’ best antiheroes!

1.       AVENGERS #16 by Greg Hildebrandt

2.       AVENGERS #17 by Lee Garbett

3.       BLACK PANTHER #10 by Jen Bartel

4.       CAPTAIN AMERICA #9 by Pasqual Ferry

5.       CHAMPIONS #3 by Mike McKone

6.       CONAN THE BARBARIAN #4 by Mark Brooks

7.       DEADPOOL #10 by Nick Bradshaw

8.       DOCTOR STRANGE #12 by Greg Land

9.       FANTASTIC FOUR #8 by Humberto Ramos

10.   IMMORTAL HULK #14 by Chris Stevens

11.   SPIDER-MAN: CITY AT WAR #1 by TBA

12.   SPIDER-GWEN: GHOST SPIDER #6 by Jorge Molina

13.   SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #4 by Iban Coello

14.   TONY STARK: IRON MAN #10 by TBA

15.   UNCANNY X-MEN #13 by Adi Granov

16.   UNCANNY X-MEN #14 by Paolo Rivera

17.   VENOM #12 by Ryan Stegman

18.   X-23 #10 by Inhyuk Lee

19.   X-FORCE #4 by Ron Lim

20.   X-FORCE #5 by TBA

Don’t miss your chance to collect all 20 variant covers, coming to comic shops this March!

Marvel Announces MARVEL COMICS: THE WORLD OUTSIDE YOUR WINDOW 

A new hardcover collection coming June 2019!

New York, NY—December 19, 2018—Since its inception, the Marvel Universe has been creating stories to reflect the world outside your window—and now, some of the most powerful tales from Marvel’s 80-year history are being collected into one larger-than-life volume!

Collecting stories from 1963’s Amazing Spider-Man to 2016’s Champions, each story showcases iconic Marvel characters tackling important and poignant real-life issues such as addiction, terrorism, HIV, school shootings, and more, alongside their extraordinary and high-flying adventures. Look below for the full list of stories included in this collection, on sale at your local comic shops in June.

·         AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #97

·         HOWARD THE DUCK (1976) #8

·         IRON MAN (1968) #128

·         NEW MUTANTS (1983) #45

·         ALPHA FLIGHT (1983) #106

·         UNCANNY X-MEN (1981) #303

·         INCREDIBLE HULK (1968) #420

·         AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1999) #36

·         CAPTAIN AMERICA (2002) #1

·         ASTONISHING X-MEN (2004) #51

·         MS. MARVEL (2015) #13

·         CHAMPIONS (2016) #24

·         Material from CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #2 and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1999) #583

THE WAR OF THE REALMS

JASON AARON – RUSSELL DAUTERMAN – MATTHEW WILSON APRIL 2019

“For six years now in my run on THOR, I’ve been using Malekith’s war to explore the different realms that are strung along the World Tree. We’ve been to each and every one of them and seen how the people there have been touched by this war to end all wars. Now, as the war finally comes to the last realm standing, Midgard, where the heroes of Earth are waiting, those other realms will still have a pivotal part to play. Whether for good or ill remains to be seen…” – Jason Aaron


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