Marvel Comics – NEWS WEEK (January 14th, 2019)

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In this week’s installment of Marvel news comes a preview of a new cover for FANTASTIC FOUR #9, new stories from the world of STAR WARS, and new titles from the Spider-Man universe, and more.

This past Tuesday, Marvel revealed a new cover for their upcoming ninth issue of Fantastic Four.

The issue is the final part of the “Herald of Doom” story arc from writer Dan Slott and artist Aaron Kuder and will feature cover art from Esad Ribic and will be released on April 24th.

As the story arc comes to an end, it will see the the fate of Doctor Doom’s home (along with the rest of the world) come down to a decision…one that will change the relationship between the Fantastic Four and Doom.

Cover of Marvel's Fantastic Four #9 with art by Esad Ribic

The news continued with the announcement on Wednesday of new stories from the Star Wars universe.

Coming in April will be new one shots from writer Greg Pak and artist Chris Sprouse who will team up for stories about some of the most famous heroes from the Star Wars universe, and artist Marc Laming handling the tales from the villain side of the universe.

That wasn’t the only news on the Star Wars front, as AGE OF REBELLION SPECIAL #1 was also announced for April.

All issues will have cover art from the team of Terry and Rachel Dodson.

The title will be from the team of writers Marc Guggenheim, Jon Adams, and Si Spurrier with art by Adams, Caspar Wijngaard, and Andrea Broccardo will feature cover art by Giuseppe Camuncoli and GurueFX.

Marvel’s THE WAR OF THE REALMS from Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman kicks off in April, and this week a preview of the cover art for the second issue of the six part series was released.

The issue will feature art from Arthur Adams and Matthew Wilson.

Cover art of Marvel's War of the Realms #2 from Arthur Adams and Matthew Wilson

On Friday, came 2 announcements from Marvel’s Spider-Man universe. The first was a new series titled WEB OF VENOM: CULT OF CARNAGE from writer Frank Tieri and artist Danilo S. Beyruth.

The series will see the return of Carnage, as he wreaks havoc on the Marvel Universe. Look for the first issue in April with a cover by Josh Cassara.

Cover of Marvel's WEB OF VENOM: CULT OF CARNAGE #1!

Also on Friday was an announcement that the black suit that Spider-Man got way back in 1984’s MARVEL SUPER HEROES SECRET WARS #8 will return in SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN #1.

The five part series from Peter David and artist Greg Land will be set in the time before Peter Parker discovered that his new suit was really a symbiote.

Look for the first issue in April with a cover by Land.

Cover of Marvel's SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN #1 by Greg Land

As the news continued on Friday, was an announcement that Rob Liefeld will return to Marvel with a new creation, Major X, in April.

The six part series introduces Major X from a different existence known as X-istence, where mutants live in peace, until a tragedy occured which caused him to come to the main Marvel Universe.

The first 2 issues are due out in April with Liefeld handling cover art for the first and Brent Peebles on the second.

Cover of Marvel's Major X by Rob Liefeld

More Star Wars news from Marvel came out on Friday with the announcement of TIE FIGHTER #1 from writer Jody Houser and various artists including Roge Antonio.

The first part of the five part series will be released in April with cover art by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Elia Bonetti.

Full press releases for all this week’s news are below. All artwork courtesy of Marvel.

FANTASTIC FOUR #9: The Final Chapter of “Herald of Doom”!

New York, NY—January 15, 2019—This April, the fate of Latveria, the world, and the balance of Cosmic Power in the Marvel Universe all rests on one big decision – and one cruel act will forever change the relationship between the Fantastic Four and Victor Von Doom! It’s the terrifying, epic, and final chapter of “Herald of Doom,” coming this April, and Marvel is excited to reveal a brand-new cover from series artist Esad Ribic!

“This isn’t about heroes or villains,” teases series writer Dan Slott. “This is about justice. Reed Richards and his team were warned what would happen if they illegally entered Latveria. The word of Doom is final. This is out of his hands. For their crimes against this sovereign state, the sentence is…DEATH TO THE FANTASTIC FOUR!”

FANTASTIC FOUR #9

Written by DAN SLOTT

Art by AARON KUDER

Cover by ESAD RIBIC

On Sale 4/24/19

This is the AGE OF REBELLION! 

All-new stories from the original Star Wars trilogy, starting this April!

New York, NY—January 16, 2019—Marvel’s celebration of Star Wars characters continues this April, with epic one-shots of heroes and villains of the original film trilogy in AGE OF REBELLION!

Following the legendary sagas of the Jedi, the Sith, and more from AGE OF THE REPUBLIC, join writer Greg Pak (The Incredible Hulk, Weapon H) and artist Chris Sprouse (Black Panther) for new tales about some of the most iconic Star Wars heroes and artist Marc Laming (Beckett, Star Wars Annual) for new stories about the galaxy’s most dangerous villains. With covers by Terry and Rachel Dodson, these are stories you don’t want to miss!

Also in April, discover brand new sides of some of your favorite – and deadly – heroes and villains in AGE OF REBELLION SPECIAL #1, written by superstar team Marc Guggenheim (X-Men Gold), Jon Adams (The New Yorker, Love Romances), and Si Spurrier (Doctor Aphra), and drawn by Adams, Caspar Wijngaard (Doctor Aphra Annual), and Andrea Broccardo (Star Wars), with cover art by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Guru-eFX!

For more information, visit StarWars.com.

It all starts in April at your local comic shop!

WAR OF THE REALMS #2: THE WORLD AT WAR!

New York, NY—January 15, 2019—The War of the Realms has come! All ten realms have fallen to Malekith and his army…except one!

Midgard still stands, but Earth is missing a pivotal Avenger – and trapped in the land of the Frost Giants, Thor’s absence may cost New York City everything! Meanwhile, all the heroes of the Marvel Universe have assembled to take on the fight…and it still might not be enough to stop Malekith’s endless war.

“In April’s WAR OF THE REALMS #1, Malekith’s invasion starts in Manhattan, but he doesn’t just want to conquer part of Earth — he wants the whole realm!” teases editor Wil Moss. “The heroes will have a hard enough time just defending New York from Malekith’s forces — but when they realize the full scope of his attack in April’s WAR OF THE REALMS #2, they’ll have to make some daring and surprising moves in order to stop Malekith and his army of Frost Giants, Fire Goblins, Trolls and more from taking over the entire planet! And as with any war, this world at war will have some casualties…”

This April, all hell will break loose as the award-winning creative team of Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, and Matthew Wilson ushers in an event of unparalleled scale! Plus, don’t miss a special midnight release of WAR OF THE REALMS #1 for retailers – be sure to check future Marvel mailers for details!

WAR OF THE REALMS #2 (of 6)

Written by JASON AARON

Art by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN

Cover by ARTHUR ADAMS & MATTHEW WILSON

A Terror Rises in WEB OF VENOM: CULT OF CARNAGE #1!

New York, NY—January 18, 2019—A new terror rises on the fringes of the Marvel Universe, stirring in the depths of space…and on Earth, evil is rising in the name of the killer called Carnage! From the superstar team of Frank Tieri (Black Knight) and Danilo S. Beyruth (Man Without Fear, Web of Venom: Carnage Born) comes a new and deadly tale…WEB OF VENOM: CULT OF CARNAGE #1!

“CARNAGE, one of the scariest villains in the Marvel Universe, is back and bringing his special brand of mayhem with him!” teased series editor Devin Lewis. “For weeks, he’s been working in the shadows, but now, he and his cult of psychotic, devoted acolytes will make their presence known in the biggest, baddest, and scariest way you’ve ever seen.”

“WEB OF VENOM: CULT OF CARNAGE is a big puzzle piece in the overall conspiracy we’ve been building since VENOM #1,” teased Venom writer Donny Cates. “As much as CARNAGE BORN was the rebirth of Cletus Kasady, CULT OF CARNAGE will give readers a larger look at our favorite serial killer’s overarching plan. Big, BIG things are coming for Venom, folks, and it begins here, in CULT OF CARNAGE! #GodIsComing!”

WEB OF VENOM: CULT OF CARNAGE #1 arrives in local comic shops this April!

WEB OF VENOM: CULT OF CARNAGE #1

Written by FRANK TIERI

Art by DANILO S. BEYRUTH

Cover by JOSH CASSARA

The BLACK COSTUME IS BACK in SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN #1!

New York, NY—January 18, 2019—Peter Parker. The black costume. The sinister secret called Venom. This April, comic legends Peter David (Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider) and Greg Land (Domino, Hunt for Wolverine) team up for an all-new tale that will explore Peter Parker just before he learned that his infamous black suit was an otherworldly evil symbiote! 

“VENOM may be my day job and favorite Spider-Villain, but my favorite fictional character of all time is the one and only SPIDER-MAN – and far and away, this is one of the most exciting projects I’ve ever had the privilege of working on in my five and a half years here at Marvel,” said editor Devin Lewis. “This is an in-continuity story of Peter Parker A.K.A. The Amazing Spider-Man set in the weeks he was wearing the alien symbiote costume that would later become one of his greatest foes! And all your favorites are there – Black Cat, Aunt May, The Bugle. This is classic Spider-Action in the Mighty Marvel Manner!”

And with SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN #1 pitting the wall-crawler against one of Spider-Man’s most enigmatic nemeses, there’s no telling what kind of epic adventure will ensue.

“What’s MYSTERIO doing on the cover?!” teased Lewis. “He never fought Symbiote Spidey! Or did he?! Now, I know a lot of y’all out there in Mighty Marveldom are going to scoff at that – that this story is in-continuity – but TRUST ME! Peter, Greg and I have all done our homework – we’ve read and reread the original ALIEN COSTUME SAGA in its entirety, revisited old stories and talked around those classics literally, for hours. This is Peter Parker as Spider-Man, wearing one of the most iconic costumes in all of comics, and we’re treating this story will the heart, seriousness and respect that that entails as a result.”

Don’t miss the Spider-Man story everyone will be talking about – SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN #1 hits comic shops this April!

SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN #1 (OF 5)

Written by PETER DAVID

Art and Cover by GREG LAND

WHO IS MAJOR X? 

A mysterious new player has joined the Marvel Universe…

New York, NY—January 18, 2019 —Who is Major X? This April, the truth will be revealed in an all-new, six issue mini-series written by the creator who introduced the world to Deadpool, Cable and X-Force: industry legend Rob Liefeld!

“To me, the X-Men have always thrived on big ideas, crazy ideas,” Liefeld said in an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly. “Major X introduces a new character who is certain to mix up everything in the X-world. He hails from another existence, which is called the ‘X-istence’ — a mutant Shangri-La, a safe haven that has been a realm where mutant kind has lived in peace and harmony. They escaped there following a tragedy that befell mutant kind, and built this community…but then a terrible event happens within the X-istence that causes Major X to cross over and land in the Marvel Universe that we know.”

C.B. Cebulski, Editor-in-Chief of Marvel, said “I still remember when Rob made his Marvel debut, and the impact his art and storytelling had on comics. The energy and enthusiasm Rob brings to comics and every page he draws is still felt to this day, and it’s a joy to have him return to his roots with the X-Men. Rob may have started developing these X-ideas 30 years ago, but his story will leave an indelible mark on our modern mutants!”

The mystery of MAJOR X begins this April! For more information on the series, head to Marvel.com.

MAJOR X #1 & #2 (of 6)

Written by ROB LIEFELD

Art by ROB LIEFELD (issue #1)

Art by BRENT PEEBLES (issue #2)

Covers by ROB LIEFELD


The Heroes of the Rebellion Are Here…TIE FIGHTER #1 Arrives This April! 

New York, NY—January 18, 2019—The war against the Rebellion has put the entire galaxy at risk, but elite squadrons of TIE fighter pilots still fight to defend the Empire and bring fury down upon the Rebel Alliance! Just how far will the Imperial SHADOW WING go to win the war? Find out this April in an all-new mini-series from Jody Houser (Thrawn, Age of Republic) and Roge Antonio (X-Men Red), as they weave a TIE fighter tale that chronicles the struggles and triumphs of the heroes of the Empire!

Look for the exciting all-new story this April, when TIE FIGHTER #1 hits comic shops, and visit StarWars.com for more details!

As for the heroes of the Rebellion? Don’t miss the first book of TIE FIGHTER’s sister novel series, STAR WARS: ALPHABET SQUAD from Del Rey books, on sale this June!

STAR WARS: TIE FIGHTER #1 (of 5)

Written by JODY HOUSER

Art by ROGE ANTONIO & More

Cover by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI & ELIA BONETTI


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