Sandbox: MARVEL COMICS – NEWS WEEK (November 19, 2018

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The Marvel news for the week includes a partnership between Marvel and Riot Games, an announcement that some classic X-Men stories will be collected in trade paperback form, details on a special “Director’s Cut” of the upcoming UNCANNY X-MEN #1, and more.

Marvel and Riot Games announced on Monday that they will be teaming up to publish a LEAGUE OF LEGENDS inspired series of graphic novels.

The first one announced is LEAGUE OF LEGENDS: ASHE: WARMOTHER and will be released in May from writer Odin Austin Shafer, and artist Nina Vakueva.

Also on Monday, Marvel announced the first set of classic X-Men stories that will be collected in trade paperback form.

The first 3 story arcs announced are the Dark Phoenix Saga from Chris Claremont and John Byrne, Fall of the Mutants by Chris Claremont, Louise Simonson, Marc Silvestri, Bret Blevins, and Walter Simonson and lastly the Mutant Massacre story from Chris Claremont, Louise Simonson, Walter Simonson, Ann Nocenti, John Romita Jr., Bret Blevins, Rick Leonardi, Alan Davis, Barry Windsor-Smith, Terry Shoemaker, Butch Guice, Sal Buscema, and Jon Bogdanove.  

No release date was announced yet, but Marvel did say stay tuned for more info. 

Marvel continued their X-Men related news with details on a “Director’s cut” version of Uncanny X-Men #1. The issue from writers Ed Brisson, Matthew Rosenberg and Kelly Thompson, and artists Mahmud Asrar, R.B. Silva, Yildiray Cinar, and Pere Pérez is now on sale. 

Among the extras in the special edition of the first issue are a draft script,character designs, pencil and color pages, and lots more.

Full press releases are below. All artwork courtesy of Marvel.

Marvel and Riot Games Team Up to Publish League of Legends Graphic Novels!

LEAGUE OF LEGENDS: ASHE: WARMOTHER graphic novel to go on sale this May!

New York, NY – November 19, 2018 – Marvel Entertainment and Riot Games are excited to announce a collaboration that will bring League of Legends stories to comics and graphic novels!

Kicking off with League of Legends: Ashe: Warmother – an origin story of one of the first League of Legends champions – players and comic fans alike will explore the world of Runeterra and dive into stories about their favorite characters. League of Legends: Ashe: Warmother issues will be released monthly on digital platforms beginning December 19, followed by a graphic novel published by Marvel and Riot in May 2019.

“Many fans of the Marvel Universe and comics share their interests and passion for storytelling with the gaming community,” said C.B. Cebulski, Editor-in-Chief of Marvel. “League of Legends is one of the most well-known games in the industry, and their unique world and extensive roster of rich characters and are a perfect fit for comic books. We’re excited to partner with Riot and help build the League of Legends Universe for fans and players around the world.”

“We love comics as a way to tell stories because it gives League of Legends fans an opportunity to see the world of Runeterra and not just read about it,” said Greg Street, Head of Creative Development at Riot Games. “We see similarities between the League of Legends Universe and the Marvel Universe, as both of them feature an array of characters with compelling and diverse backgrounds. Marvel’s success at developing a world through comics and creating great stories is industry-defining, and we’re thrilled to be working with them to bring our own stories to life.”

League of Legends: Ashe: Warmother will feature the comics debut of Riot Games writer Odin Austin Shafer, along with stunning artwork by The Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award-nominee Nina Vakueva (HEAVY VINYL).

Additional details on future titles and creative teams will be shared at a later date.

Don’t miss the graphic novel, LEAGUE OF LEGENDS: ASHE: WARMOTHER, available where books are sold this May!

LEAGUE OF LEGENDS: ASHE: WARMOTHER TPB

Written by Odin Austin Shafer

Art by Nina Vakueva

Letters by Cardinal Rae

The first full-length comic series in the League of Legends universe, delivering an epic journey through the Freljord!

Raised in the savage wilds of the north, Ashe is an Iceborn, a warrior gifted with a magical connection to her frozen homeland–and burdened by her mother’s fanatical expectations. When they set out on a dangerous quest for the truth behind an ancient myth, bonds are broken, secrets come to light, and Runeterra is forever changed. Will young Ashe become the leader her people need? Or is destiny merely an empty dream?

Collects League of Legends: Ashe: Warmother

ISBN: 978-1-302-91856-9

On sale: May 2019

The Biggest and Best Adventures of Marvel’s Merry Mutants…These Are the X-MEN MILESTONES!

New York, NY—November 19, 2018—They are the tales of triumph and tragedy that changed Marvel’s mutants forever…and now, fans everywhere can relive these stories in a new series of trade paperbacks designed to form one complete library of X-Men events!

To start, dive into history with the tragic Jean Grey story that rocked the X-Men and the Marvel Universe in Dark Phoenix Saga by Chris Claremont and John Byrne! Brace yourself as the specter of death looms over three X-teams in Fall of the Mutants by Claremont, Louise Simonson, Marc Silvestri, Bret Blevins and Walter Simonson! And charge into the epic battle between the Morlocks and the Marauders in Mutant Massacre by Claremont, Louise Simonson, Walter Simonson, Ann Nocenti, John Romita Jr., Blevins, Rick Leonardi, Alan Davis, Barry Windsor-Smith, Terry Shoemaker, Butch Guice, Sal Buscema and Jon Bogdanove!

With this new collection, relive the X-Men’s best and the biggest storylines as their adventures remind you why the X-Men have been a cornerstone of the Marvel Universe for decades!

What other earth-shattering events will follow? Stay tuned to Marvel for more…

X-MEN MILESTONES: DARK PHOENIX SAGA

By Chris Claremont and John Byrne

X-MEN MILESTONES: FALL OF THE MUTANTS

By Chris Claremont, Louise Simonson, Marc Silvestri, Bret Blevins and Walter Simonson

X-MEN MILESTONES: MUTANT MASSACRE

By Chris Claremont, Louise Simonson, Walter Simonson, Ann Nocenti, John Romita Jr., Blevins, Rick Leonardi, Alan Davis, Barry Windsor-Smith, Terry Shoemaker, Butch Guice, Sal Buscema and Jon Bogdanove!

Celebrate the return of the UNCANNY X-MEN with a limited-time Director’s Cut #1!

Buy Uncanny X-Men #1 in the Marvel Comics App or Digital Comics Shop Today to Unlock a Behind-the-Scenes Director’s Cut!

New York, NY—November 19th 2018— THE CHILDREN OF THE ATOM ARE BACK! Marvel’s mutants return with a new ongoing series, soon to kick off as a 10-part weekly epic with X-Men: Disassembled! Pick up #1 of this new flagship series…back and better than ever! Starting with a mysterious and tragic disappearance, the X-Men are drawn into what might be their final adventure! Fan favorite writers Ed Brisson (EXTERMINATION), Matthew Rosenberg (PHOENIX RESURRECTION) and Kelly Thompson (MR. & MRS. X) and all-star artists Mahmud Asrar (X-MEN RED), R.B. Silva (X-MEN BLUE), Yildiray Cinar (WEAPON X) and Pere Pérez (ROGUE AND GAMBIT) join forces to bring you…X-MEN DISASSEMBLED! Available wherever Marvel comics are sold!

For a limited time, you can get a behind-the-scenes peek at this can’t-miss 10-part epic…by purchasing #1! Those who have preordered or purchased a digital copy of UNCANNY X-MEN #1 or subscribed to the series via the Digital Comics Shop or Marvel Comics App before 12/4, 11:59  PM ET, will receive the DIRECTOR’S CUT edition of UNCANNY X-MEN (2018-) #1!*

This exclusive content will feature: a draft of #1’s script (including a script to #1’s back-up bonus story!), pencil pages, color pages, a variant cover gallery, never-before-seen character designs and MORE! Preview an all-new chapter for the strangest heroes of them all…who are about to challenge a new status quo! Limited time offer, act now!

UNCANNY X-MEN (2018-) #1 DIRECTOR’S CUT

Written by ED BRISSON, MATTHEW ROSENBERG, KELLY THOMPSON

Art by MAHMUD ASRAR, R.B. SILVA, YILDIRAY CINAR, PERE PÉREZ, VARIOUS

Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU

On Sale NOW!

Offer Details

* Limited time offer. You must purchase or pre-order a digital copy of Uncanny X-Men (2018-) #1 or subscribe to the series via the Digital Comics Shop or Marvel Comics App before 11:59 p.m. (ET) December 4th, 2018 to be eligible to receive a copy of Uncanny X-Men (2018-) #1 Director’s Cut. Offer is limited to one per account. The offer expires on 12/5/18. ComiXology reserves the right to modify or cancel the offer at any time. Offer is valid for one-time use only, is non-transferable and may not be resold. If any of the products or content related to this offer are returned, your refund will equal the amount you paid for the product or content, subject to applicable refund policies. If you violate any of these terms, the offer will be invalid.

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