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Marvel 75: The British Invasion (Sat, 22 Nov 2014)
Marvel 75: The British Invasion Though launched in 1972 to reprint the House of Ideas’ American comics in England, by the 1990’s Marvel UK grew into not only a publishing to be reckoned with, but a jumping off point for many British creators to make their mark in the United States. Marvel UK titles enjoyed the playground of the established Marvel Universe with an edgier tone, many times featuring cyber-punk themes and the like in such series as WARHEADS, MOTORMOUTH, and the popular KNIGHTS OF PENDRAGON. Early UK creators who made the leap to American comics included Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons, Grant Morrison, and Steve Dillon. Warren Ellis, one of the first British writers to prove prolific at Marvel stateside, dove into the Marvel Universe with gusto. After crafting a 1994 run on HELLSTROM: PRINCE OF LIES, starring the so-called “Son of Satan,” Ellis became immersed in Marvel’s futuristic 2099 line with work on 2099 UNLIMITED in 1994 and 1995, as well as directing DOOM 2099 at the same time. Ellis then took over EXCALIBUR with issue #83 in 1994, a book originally kicked off by fellow British creators Chris Claremont and Alan Davis. In 1995, Ellis also stepped in on STARJAMMERS, as well as the X-CALIBRE limited series the same year, then a STORM four-issue title in 1996, and finally the WOLVERINE ongoing with issue #119 in 1998. While much of Grant Morrison’s 1990’s work in the United States landed with DC Comics, he joined with fellow Scottish scribe Mark Millar in 1995 to produce the infamous SKRULL KILL KREW book. In it, humans infected by Skrull DNA formed a group to hunt down the shape-shifting aliens. Editor Tom Brevoort saw something in the idea, likening it to the popular British 2000AD comic, and gave the two Marvel UK veterans the green light. Another fan-favorite team to come out of Marvel UK became known by the tag “DnA.” Writer Dan Abnett and writer/inker Andy Lanning crafted titles for both sides of the pond simultaneously throughout the 1990’s. Together they wrote PUNISHER #64-75 in 1992-1993, while at the same time producing BATTLETIDE for the UK version of Marvel. In 1994, the duo gifted the Scarlet Witch with her own solo limited series, as well as THE PUNISHER: YEAR ONE four-issue limited series. FORCE WORKS, a post Avengers West Coast team led by Iron Man, arrived in 1994, also, and ran for 22 issues until 1996. Since the 90’s, Abnett and Lanning have gone on to make a name for themselves as the architects of much of Marvel’s present cosmic universe. Last, but not least, mention should be made of British writer Peter Milligan’s 1996 launch of ELEKTRA, which followed the adventures of the deadly ninja assassin and her attempts to find herself. Milligan later went on to write MAGNETO in 1996, an Archangel one-shot the same year, and a Cyclops and Phoenix limited series in 1997. When the decade ended, Milligan would be primed and ready to take over X-FORCE and create X-STATIX. For more on Marvel’s 75th anniversary, visit marvel.com/75
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Who's Who in the Star Wars Galaxy: Luke Skywalker (Fri, 21 Nov 2014)
Who's Who in the Star Wars Galaxy (photo copyright Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved) All photos © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved. With the Star Wars franchise returning to Marvel beginning in January 2015, it’s time to get up to speed on the galaxy far, far away with a look back at the story from the classic films! With each installment of the Who’s Who in the Star Wars Galaxy, we’ll cover another key player in one of the greatest adventures of all-time! NOTE: These profile covers characters up to the conclusion of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, where the Marvel comics will pick up Born alongside his twin sister Leia in complete secrecy on the asteroid colony of Polis Massa, Luke Skywalker grew up never imagining his parents, fallen Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and the late Naboo senator Padmé Amidala, once shaped galactic events during the Clone Wars. Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi spirited the infant Luke away to hide him from Anakin, now the terrible Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Vader, and placed him in the care of the boy’s uncle and aunt on his father’s boyhood planet of Tatooine. Young Luke’s amazing piloting skills and mechanical acumen, inherited from Anakin, served him well while working on his uncle’s moisture farm. But his parents’ adventurous spirits spoke silently to him of greater things, far from Tatooine. Kenobi, who had kept a watchful eye over Luke, whisked him away from Tatooine following the murder of his aunt and uncle by agents of the Empire. Stealing away aboard a space freighter owned by smuggler Han Solo, Obi-wan began teaching Luke in the ways of the Force -- the mystical energy field that served Kenobi, Anakin, and the ranks of Jedi Knights for thousands of years. On a mission to rescue Leia, now a princess of Alderaan, Kenobi sacrificed himself on the Empire’s Death Star battle station and became one with the Force. Grieved by the loss, Luke accompanied Leia to a secret base on Yavin IV, where the Rebel Alliance -- a rag-tag band of freedom fighters who oppose the Empire – was preparing to attack the Death Star. Joining other star pilots, Luke, with the help of the Force, fired the near-impossible shot that utterly destroyed the giant battle station. At that moment, Luke took his first real step toward his destiny as the last, best hope for the galaxy. Boyishly handsome and moderately skilled with a blaster, Luke Skywalker struggles to balance his reckless tendencies with his desire to do good. Without a Jedi Master to teach him, he makes due with his natural abilities with the Force and continues to practice with his lightsaber, the weapon of the Jedi. In this way, Luke feels as if he’s contributing to the Alliance’s ultimate goal, to topple the Galactic Empire once and for all. Continue to learn Who’s Who in the Star Wars Galaxy on Marvel.com, and get ready for STAR WARS #1 in January 2015!
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Watch 3 Course Comics with CB Cebulski: Spider-Verse Course 2 (Fri, 21 Nov 2014)
3 Course Comics with CB Cebulski Continuing the Spider-Verse meal started in Episode 1, CB Cebulski serves up the main course, "Web of Fate" pasta, focusing on local ingredients a New Yorker like Peter Parker would be proud to eat. Marvel Editor Sana Amanat, Spider-Writer Dan Slott and Spider-Man Senior Editor Nick Lowe to give us a roll call of some of the amazing multi-dimensional characters we’ll be seeing pop up in upcoming issues of Marvel's big event, Spider-Verse!
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Deadpool Gets Wordy for His Own Original Prose Novel Coming in 2015 (Fri, 21 Nov 2014)
Deadpool: PAWS Sure, he’s got his own comic series. Sure, he’s one of the world’s most popular super heroes. But you know what he’s not? Fine literature. Well, let’s fix that! That’s right: In 2015, the Merc With a Mouth is conquering the world of prose fiction with DEADPOOL: PAWS, an all-new original story penned by novelist and comic-book writer Stefan Petrucha ("Teen, Inc.," "X-Files"). Something is turning the city’s dogs into giant, bloodthirsty killing machines. And Deadpool is charged with taking care of business. Only thing is – Deadpool likes dogs. He doesn’t want to kill them. Now, people – that’s a different story. He can kill loads of people. At least the ones who deserve it. So what we’ve got here is a genuine character dilemma. “Deadpool is such a fun character that transcends the comics themselves,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “When we were discussing which characters should get the prose treatment, Wade Wilson was always right near the top. From the first chapter, the book has everything you love about Deadpool, and I can’t wait for fans to get their hands on it.” In 2015, be there when the Merc With a Mouth conquers the brave new world of prose. DEADPOOL: PAWS brings you a disturbing tale of mutated canines…and the regenerating, loudmouthed mercenaries who love them. DEADPOOL: PAWS PROSE NOVEL HC Written by STEFAN PETRUCHA On Sale 08/05/2015!
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The Women of Marvel 2014 Holiday Gift Guide (Fri, 21 Nov 2014)
The Women of Marvel 2014 Holiday Gift Guide The hosts of the Women of Marvel podcast round up a few of their favorite things to help make your holiday gift giving extra Marvel-ous! Check out the special extended Women of Marvel Holiday Gift Guide episode to hear the ladies talk all about their picks. The Women of Marvel podcast will assemble to chat all things Marvel and more! New episodes will be released monthly, every third Friday (or so), co-hosted by Marvel Digital Media Group Social Media Manager Adri Cowan and Marvel.com Associate Producer Judy Stephens, along with Marvel Comic Editors Sana Amanat and Jeanine Schaefer. We also want your feedback, as well as questions for us to answer on future episodes! Tweet your questions, comments and thoughts about Women of Marvel to @AdriCowan, @Omg_Dj_Judy, @MiniB622, @J9Schaefer or @Marvel with the hashtag #WomenOfMarvel! Judy’s Picks To Read: Marvel Unlimited Plus, $99 annual MU Plus is the closest thing you can get to a VIP comic reader, and it gets you access to over 15,000 comics, exclusive events and gifts. As an almost-decader here at Marvel, I’ve seen this subscription service bloom and grow, plus have a read a good portion of the comics myself. To Wear: Iron Man Wearable Sleeping Bag from Selk’Bag, $150 What’s better than wearing an actual sleeping bag with removable booties that’s also a Marvel character?! As someone who proudly wears their Marvel onesie, I will also warmly and proudly wear my Iron Man Sleeping Bag! To Play: Jubilee Kotobukiya Bishoujo, $69.99 I seriously own almost every Marvel Kotobukiya Bishoujo figure, and I’m super excited for the new Jubilee figure to add to my collection! She’s super cute with shorts, yellow jacket and blue high tops—not to mention the interchangeable pink glasses! To Watch: Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” on Blu-ray, $19.95 Two words: Blooper Reel. Not to mention Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is an action-packed, good humor, heartwarming two hours of movie magic! Adri’s Picks To Read: MS. MARVEL: NO NORMAL Trade Paperback, $16 Not that it needs much explanation, but MS. MARVEL is not only just an awesome story, it’s an important book for all of us; I especially loved seeing the reaction of fans on social media. Because of this series, I got to watch so many young women get interested in comics; and that, to me, is priceless. To Wear: Deadpool Leggings from WeLoveFine.com, $26.50 Oh, Deadpool, you’re so sassy. And now I can be just like you! To Watch: Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” on Blu-Ray, $21.95 Three words: WE ARE GROOT. It’s my favorite Marvel movie—I laughed, I cried, I laughed again. I cried again. I cried a lot, actually. Is that normal? To Play: Funko Pop! Baby Dancing Groot, $10 Who isn’t obsessed with dancing Baby Groot? This Funko Pop! Bobblehead has made itself a permanent fixture on my desk and cheers me up with every wiggle. Sometimes I pump up the GOTG soundtrack and shake him around… Lorraine’s Picks To Read: MARVEL 75TH ANNIVERSARY OMNIBUS, $99.99 I’m loving all of the awesome things we’ve been doing to celebrate our big 75th Anniversary! Get 75 of the greatest comics of all times chosen by the greatest fans in the world—Marvel fans, duh! I really think this is a perfect gift for major collectors and noobs alike! To Wear: Her Universe Captain America Fair Isle Holiday Dress, $40 I’m obsessed with everything HerUniverse.com. Finally, geek clothes for women that are well made, stylish, and feminine! Plus, they range from XS-3XL so you can find something for most everyone. This new holiday dress is so cute and distinct! Can’t wait to wear mine for “The Watcher” holiday episode.   To Watch: “Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 1, $45.99 I’ve interviewed the cast so many times, and they might even be more awesome off screen. Get classified behind the scenes, hilarious bloopers and so much butt-kicking MCU action! If you’re not watching “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” you’re missing out on a huge slice of the MCU. It’s all connected!!! To Play: Marvel Dice Masters Avengers Vs. X-Men, $40 I’m a big tabletop gamer, and Marvel Dice Masters are doing some really cool stuff with dice and card play elements in this PvP game. This is such a perfect game for kids and adults to get you through those snowy days! Jeanine’s Picks To Read: YOUNG AVENGERS OMNIBUS, $49.99 YOUNG AVENGERS is one of my favorite super hero series of the last five years. From the opening scene soundtracked by the Ronettes to the blow-out going away party, there’s real passion in every page of this series. It also fleshed out one of my favorite super heroes ever, America Chavez. Loving her makes me feel like I’m 14 again and discovering Rogue for the first time—changed my life! To Wear: Marvel Vans, $64.99 I’m basically obsessed with Vans. They’re the most comfortable sneaker I’ve ever worn, and I can’t stop buying them in every color and pattern. The Marvel Vans are the perfect combination of two things I love, with a retro-cool design. To Watch: Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” on Blu-ray, $19.95 I have two words for you: Darcy Lewis. And two more: Meow Meow. The Thor vs. Malekith Action-Benny-Hill portal sequence was one of my favorite things in my eyeballs last year. To Play: Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” Rocket Plush, $24.95 My daughter loves Rocket and toddles around the living room with her walker, pulling him along by his ultra-soft tail. Rocket will never admit this, but her drooly kisses are the best part of his day. Sana’s Picks To Read: ROCKET RACCOON #1, $3.99 We all knew Skottie Young could draw, but Skottie writing and drawing is a whole other level. That paired with a story about one of our favorite Guardians, makes for one hilariously amazing adventure. To Wear: Marvel at Forever 21, $12 and up I love my minis, but I also hate dressing up, so this skirt is a great way to get dolled up for a night out, without sacrificing your principles. Forever 21 has a great line of Marvel stuff, for whether you want casual or a little fancier. To Watch: Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One Set, $149.95 This is the ultimate of all Marvel movie gifts–plus you get to pretend you’re an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. with the awesome briefcase it comes in, complete with glowing tesseract—it’s real—and character files. To Play: Captain Marvel Legends Action Figure, Coming Soon! It’s Carol Danvers in all her toy glory! Finally! Though it won’t be out in time for the holidays, get on the waitlist for this toy ASAP and print out a photo to give to your recipient—they’ll flip. Head to the Marvel Pinterest Board for tons of other gifts! And join in on the Women of Marvel podcast's book club! Each episode, the hosts will chat about a current female-led book and answer the Qs you send via Twitter (with the hashtag #WOMReads) and email – and ask you to join in on the talk with them. 25 first come, first served digital codes for each comic will be given away per episode, so make sure to listen to find out how to get yours and join in on the discussion! Visit the Women of Marvel Podcasts' Tumblr page, where they'll post extra info and more:  http://thewomenofmarvelcomics.tumblr.com Marvel 75th Anniversary Omnibus
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New World Disorder Begins in Avengers & X-Men: Axis #7 (Fri, 21 Nov 2014)
Avengers & X-Men: Axis #7 This December, heroes and villains clash like you’ve never seen before as Act III: New World Disorder kicks off in AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #7! This is it! Rick Remender and Adam Kubert bring all-out war to the streets of Manhattan as Avengers, X-Men, the deadliest villains and more battle for Manhattan – and their very souls! Apocalypse has risen, an army of X-Men at his side. The Avengers have been inverted – their moral compass spinning hopelessly on its axis. And the world’s most vile villains now stand as the Marvel Universe’s only hope. Yet amidst the chaos the Red Skull, coupled with the awesome psychic powers of Charles Xavier has escaped his prison cell. Where has he gone? Who aided him? And what will he do now that he’s been set free? The pieces are on the board and the final battle is about to begin. Be there when chaos and disorder washes over the Marvel Universe in AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #7! For more on Avengers & X-Men: AXIS, please visit www.marvel.com. Join the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #MarvelAXIS and don’t forget to follow us at @Marvel [www.twitter.com/Marvel]! AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #7 (OCT140781) Written by RICK REMENDER Art by ADAM KUBERT Cover by JIM CHEUNG Inversion Variant by GREG LAND (OCT140782) Young Guns Variant by RYAN STEGMAN (OCT140783) On-Sale – 12/10/14
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Brother Vs. Brother: The Greatest Thor/Loki Battles (Thu, 20 Nov 2014)
The Greatest Thor/Loki Battles When things get personal, the battle’s way better. Through the ages, a ton of notable heroes and villains have gone toe-to-toe, but none with the complex ferocity of Thor and his wicked brother Loki. The two Asgardian heavy hitters have squared off on dozens of occasions and they’re ready to do it all over in the pages of LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD #9. Before they come to further blows, let’s help out the Vegas odds makers and take a retrospect on some past encounters. We, as a whole, can actually thank Loki for being such a jerk, because without his scheming the Avengers may not have ever assembled. Sparking a plot involving manipulation, astral projection, and hardcore illusions, Loki crafted a web of mischief that pulled together some of Earth’s mightiest to stand beside the God of Thunder. The one-on-one face off came on the Isle of Silence, where the Trickster sat as a prisoner. Summoning a throng of trolls, the god of mischief nearly stopped Thor, until the Thunderer unofficially declared “hammer-time.” Loki would be defeated by the combined efforts of the newly formed mega team, but it all stemmed from some bad blood with his bro. Loki’s first modern appearance started serenely enough, though this peace wouldn’t last long.  Freed from his tree prison—yes, you read that correctly—Loki whisked himself off to the magical land of New York for a showdown with his long lost brother. Causing a panic in the streets, chaos in a zoo, and eventually a citywide battle, the god of evil saw his campaign come to an end when Thor trapped him in a pipe and unceremoniously tossed him into the bay. Thor would take that round by a unanimous decision. In this fabled encounter, Loki once again threw caution to the wind—and tossed Jane Foster into Limbo for good measure. Using his typical bag of tricks, the wayward son of Asgard used his magic to capture Jane, royally tick off Dr. Strange, and gain the full attention of his big brother. Following a series of events, Thor accosted Loki in the Adirondack Mountains, though he couldn’t fully act with Foster as a pricey bargaining chip. Good thing Stephen Strange backed up Thor, because he rescued Ms. Foster from Loki’s grasp, allowing Goldilocks to send his bro back to Odin’s watch. Ok, so Loki hasn’t exactly been coming out on top when he tangles with Odin’s first born. However, we cannot forget the frog incident. During the heyday of Walt Simonson’s epic THOR run, Loki concocted a scheme less cerebral and more hilarious. Turning Thor into a frog wasn’t didn’t serve a physical power play, but it most definitely gave Loki a much-needed W—of course he would soon after get his comeuppance. Loki wears the mantle “God of Mischief” very proudly. With that prestigious title comes a few perks, like being able to fight dirty. No stranger to getting other folks to do his work for him, Loki and his partner in crime/adversary Dormammu pitted the Avengers against the Defenders in a nasty scheme to eliminate them all and collect the assembled Evil Eye. The Trickster’s reasons varied from “making himself feel good,” “because he could,” and of course, “to stick it to Thor.” Like many Loki ploys, this one didn’t quite work out. Perhaps messing with the combined might of most of earth’s greatest heroes, as well as the virtual demon lord Dormammu, played a part in that. We’re leaning towards “yes.” Fists will fly and hammers will hammer when the God of Thunder tangles with his half brother. Don’t miss the latest rumble in LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD #9!
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Psych Ward: Nightcrawler & Sabretooth (Thu, 20 Nov 2014)
Psych Ward: Nightcrawler & Sabretooth As reports of erratic nearly opposite behavior spreads amongst the super powered community, I am continuing to monitor the situation and report observations as it becomes possible. As noted previously, these reports are based on observations and meta-reviews of eyewitness reports, news articles, and so on. Unless noted, there have been no face-to-face evaluations at this time. Nightcrawler Kurt Wagner has long been known amongst mutants—and often super heroes in general—as a beacon of morality and hope in the community. This writer has had an opportunity to work with Wagner in the past, following his resurrection, and found that reputation to be particularly accurate. That is why I write this report with such a heavy heart. Wagner has engaged in multiple, aggressive violent attacks on individuals, including Mystique and Victor Creed. While both are long time criminals and known for their own extensive violent incidents, Wagner’s assaults are noteworthy as they seem unprovoked. Additionally, there is a savage cruelty to them; Wagner using his abilities in ways he never has before to create maximum pain and fear. Lastly, it has been clear both times, from eyewitness accounts and dialogue caught by bystanders recording with their phones, that it was his intent to murder his victims. This called to mind the alternate dimension Nightcrawler (who identified himself as Kurt Darkholme) who I also have seen as a client, briefly, who did view murder as a solution. However, Darkholme was no sadist and would have no particular grudges against either of these people to motivate such unusual behavior. Thus, unfortunately, this writer feels that I have to conclude this is Wagner infected, if you will, with whatever strange phenomenon is bringing about this vast personality shifts. Sabretooth While I never worked directly with Creed, I have studied him extensively. Therefore I feel a strong level of certainty in asserting that recent reports of him doing things like helping out strangers on the street and passing up an opportunity to kill someone he gained the upper hand on are so wildly out of character as to almost not be possible. There have been external superficial indications that Creed has been altered in some way too. He has been recently photographed looking far more kempt, with tightly cut hair and clothes that could, perhaps, be best described as a super hero uniform. Additionally, he has been spotted associating with several heroes, like Spider-Man, who still seem to be acting in line with their usual presentation Unlike Carnage before him, Creed is not being nearly as splashy in demonstrating his new “heroic” outlook on life, but there are nonetheless signs that he too has undergone whatever process this is. Conclusion With each passing day, it is becoming increasingly clear that whatever happened was not an isolated incident. Beyond careers committing crimes or helping the innocent in costume, these “victims” (for lack of a better term) do not share much in common. I have looked at two mutants and a man merged with an alien symbiote, but there are reports of others without DNA that has been altered in the least. They come from a variety of socioeconomic categorization, different affiliations, and different regions of the world. And yet, there are the reports, indicating dramatic changes in personalities. This writer does not feel comfortable speculating at this time, but one must at least consider the possibility that the number of the affected will continue to grow. Those interested in these cases and others similar to it recently reported should read the assessments of Doctors Rick Remender & Terry Dodson—AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #6—Doctors Frank Tieri & Paul Davidson—AXIS: REVOLUTIONS #2—both available now. Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Dialectical Behavior Therapy Consultant who expects he’d have some pretty sweet hair is he could just get inverted.
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Download Episode 160 of This Week in Marvel (Thu, 20 Nov 2014)
This Week in Marvel Episode 160 It's episode #160 of This Week in Marvel! Ryan and Ben look at new print and digital releases including AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #10, AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #6, DAREDEVIL #10, INHUMAN #8, SPIDER-WOMAN #1, and more! Plus, the latest news, including movies and TV from Marc and Patrick! Then it's the return of the Unlimited Reading Club, featuring HOUSE OF M! Read IRON MAN: ARMOR WARS for the next This Week in Marvel Unlimited Reading Club and share your thoughts using the hash tag #TWIMURC! Download episode #160 of This Week in Marvel from Marvel.com, check out Marvel Podcast Centralgrab the TWiM RSS feed and subscribe to This Week in Marvel on iTunes, so you never miss an episode!This Week in Marvel will focus on delivering all the Marvel info on news and new releases--from comics to video games to toys to TV to film and beyond! New episodes will be released every Thursday (or so) and TWiM is co-hosted by Marvel Digital Media Group Executive Editorial Director Ryan "Agent M" Penagos and Marvel.com Editor Ben Morse, along with Marvel.com Editor Marc Strom and Manager, Video & Content Production Blake Garris.We also want your feedback, as well as questions for us to answer on future episodes! Tweet your questions, comments and thoughts about TWiM to @Agent_M@BenJMorse or @Marvel with the hashtag #ThisWeekinMarvel!
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Dive Into David Lopez' Captain Marvel Sketchbook (Thu, 20 Nov 2014)
David Lopez' Captain Marvel Sketchbook Fresh on the heels of the last week’s CAPTAIN MARVEL #9 release, artist David López shares with Marvel.com his love of fashion and character design, as reflected in the unforgettable royal court that Carol Danvers and Lila Cheney encountered. He also confides how much he enjoys collaborating with series writer Kelly Sue DeConnick and more as part of this new Captain Marvel Sketchbook! Marvel.com: First off, it is spectacular how you enrich this scene with the musical notes; can you talk about how you decided to convey this? David López: It was in the script, [so to be honest, it was] Kelly Sue’s idea. I only tried to make it work. Everything in this issue is strongly related to rock and roll music as well its legends, I used a hugely successful song score as reference—there are lots of Easter eggs in this issue. Marvel.com: Also, one must admire your gift for conveying emotions in scenes—what do you think is the key in your work to capturing the mood of a scene so effectively. David López: Thank you. Well, what I try to do is to have clear in my mind who those people are, why they do what they do and then I only have to try to tell it to the reader; once you start working that way it only gets easier. I tend to over-caricature the characters so I have to be careful and not going to far that characters look absurdly exaggerated or we lose the drama. The emotion, the drama is what I pay for when I buy a comic, or a book, or when we see a movie—I want my works of fiction to feel real. Marvel.com: When you first start laying out pages, one notices you make sure to utilize word balloon placeholders—do you and Kelly Sue ever discuss in the early planning stages what she hopes to pull off in terms of dialogue, so you two avoid stepping on each other's creative toes? Or is your creative rapport so strong, you trust each other's ability to do what it takes to service the story in the best way possible? David López: Kelly Sue is heaven [to work with]; she respects my work very much, she lets me do what I want and is always very supportive. Her scripts have the final dialogue so I know how much space the letterer will need, [and] I have to keep that in mind in terms of composition. The dialogue placement is very important—I mean, very important. Most of the times when you read a comic you only read the text in the balloons and don’t pay conscious attention to the art; the composition of balloons and images must work perfectly together so the reader can get all the information he or she needs without the need of second looks. Marvel.com: Can you explain your approach on this scene’s POV--did you ever consider having Captain Marvel looking to out to the reader rather than having her back turned to the reader when she arrives? David López: In this series we are used to seeing the action through Captain Marvel’s eyes so when we arrive somewhere new we see it from her POV. Here that’s more important than her [facial] reaction—I show her shock through body language. What’s important in this panel is that we have a radical change in her surroundings. Marvel.com: You clearly loved getting to draw Lila Cheney in this issue. What is about getting to use the character and create these designs that clearly resonated with you? David López: Lila is great, I loved her since I first saw her in NEW MUTANTS back in the day. The concept is so very strong: she’s an intergalactic rock star, she’s a world class teleporter and a thief! Kelly Sue took special care in the way she talks—that’s very important, not just her accent but how she communicates; again it’s very easy for me to build a character with that much information. For her look I thought of a glam rocker with some post punk attitude—well, that’s what I thought of, but at some point through the story she began to be herself; I’m very happy with the result. I love the character. Marvel.com: Also, how much did you love experimenting with her hairstyles? David López: Very much. Hairstyle is often a rock and roll common factor, just remember [the musical] “Hair.” [Laughs] Marvel.com: With Queen Aladna, at one point you considered a major shift in style from her apparel upon arrival versus what you temporarily considered for the wedding. What was your thinking with the spectacular and drastic difference between the Queen’s shift from 1980’s fishnets to 1950’s sock hop? David López: These designs worked better before I did the final layouts; there I saw that her look wasn't regal enough [so] I changed them pretty substantially. The first ones were very much Madonna which works well in a 1980’s mindset, but this Lila is not the one I read back in the 1980’s; this one must be more like the present day. Marvel.com: Do you love doing fashion design with characters when you get the chance—say as here with the Prince? David López: Of course I do, isn’t it obvious? What a character wears tell you a lot about who he is, in fiction the suit does make the man. Marvel.com: With Princess Marlo’s hairline, it really gives a unique beauty to her face. How did you arrive at attempting that look for her? David López: She is tough, she’s mean and dangerous. The final scene with her has lots of movement so I finally added a hairy jacket so the movement would work better. Sometimes it’s a shame to have some good designs that won’t see the light of day because the character doesn’t have much “screen” time or because once you have to make the final work you see that you needed something different. You can read CAPTAIN MARVEL #9 right now, and pick up Carol’s landmark 100th solo series issue on December 17!
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Marvel 75: Untold Tales of Kurt Busiek (Thu, 20 Nov 2014)
Marvel 75: Untold Tales of Kurt Busiek The 90’s turned out to be one heck of a decade for Kurt Busiek. During that time he went from Marvel’s Direct Sales Manager and writer of POWER MAN & IRON FIST to the captain of one of the company’s flagship titles in AVENGERS. That would be enough for many, but Busiek also helped bring Alex Ross to the mainstream with the four issue limited series MARVELS, chronicled Peter Parker’s younger days in UNTOLD TALES OF SPIDER-MAN, created THUNDERBOLTS and ushered in Heroes Return. Through these projects, Busiek elevated Earth’s Mightiest Heroes back to prominence, surprised the world with a batch of villains posing as heroes, and rejuvenated interest in Marvel’s long, rich history. With all that in mind, it just made sense to catch up with Kurt Busiek and reflect on a decade of quality work. Marvel.com: Before the 90’s, you'd worked on POWER MAN & IRON FIST and MARVEL AGE at Marvel. Did you have a sense going into the decade that your career would ramp up the way it did? Kurt Busiek: Not at all. I had moved from the East Coast to the Pacific Northwest, and was convinced I’d be awake nights trying to figure out how to pay the rent each month. Instead, luckily, I had nights where I was awake trying to figure out how to meet all the deadlines; I managed to keep picking up work, but nothing regular or long-term. But at the time, my yardstick for a successful career was that maybe someday I’d get to write a long run on IRON MAN or some other second-tier title I liked. Not that I’d get to write the big ones, or to create my own material. So no, I didn’t have a clue. Marvel.com: MARVELS is 20 years old this year. What do you see as that book’s legacy? Kurt Busiek: I’m not sure I’m the right person to talk about legacy; I may be too close to the material, and can’t see it. But when MARVELS came out, we were in the middle of a wave of dark, action-packed books that were all about making the action louder, more shocking, more extreme. I think what MARVELS did was make it okay for stories to step back, to pause to think a little bit in between the action scenes; to have stories about characters dealing with something internal. And of course MARVELS embraced Marvel’s long history in a way that editors, for years, had been saying the fans didn’t like and didn’t want. So it opened things up somewhat for books to involve their history, beyond the origin story and three or four top villains. That’s on a story front; on the art front, it created an opportunity for painted books that’s never really slowed down. Fans loved Alex’s work, and they wanted to see that kind of stunning realism from other artists, on other series. Marvel.com: MARVELS came out early in the decade and blew plenty of fans away thanks to your down-to-earth tour of the Marvel U’s history and Alex’s painting style. How did the two of you team up for the story? Kurt Busiek: I first worked with Alex when I was a Direct Sales Manager at Marvel in the late Eighties, and in my spare time I was editing a science-fiction anthology called Open Space. After seeing Alex’s work in Terminator: The Burning Earth, we tracked [him] down and offered him an Open Space story. That story, in the end, didn’t come out until years later; “Wizard” finally published it as part of an Alex Ross special. But Alex and I got to work together, at least. And then a year or two later, he contacted me again, because he was ready to take another run at getting into comics. He’d done Terminator, which came out but he’d had problems getting paid, and he’d done Open Space, which didn’t come out but he got paid just fine, so he figured he’d start in with the guy who’d paid him—which makes perfect sense to me. By then, I was living out west and freelancing. But he showed me all these samples of various Marvel characters through history, and told me how he wanted to start an anthology called “Marvel,” which would just be painted stories of Marvel heroes, by various artists. I suggested that he’d have a much easier time selling a project that was a limited-run series he could do all the art for, that had a clear, dramatic story to it, and we started batting around ideas on how to do that. Eventually, editor Marc McLaurin saw Alex’s samples, and asked if there was a project there, so Alex and I put together a pitch to send him. It got rejected, revised a couple of times, and finally approved—and that’s how we wound up doing it. Marvel.com: Early in the decade you started writing Spider-Man in the pages of SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN and WEB OF SPIDER-MAN. Did that plus your work on MARVELS lead into UNTOLD TALES OF SPIDER-MAN? Kurt Busiek: I don’t think those previous Spidey stories had anything to do with me getting UNTOLD TALES, other than being decently-written comics. They were fill-in jobs I was getting just to keep working and keep the rent paid. But they were fun to do, because hey, Spider-Man.  What happened was, after MARVELS, I wound up working with [editor] Tom Brevoort on NIGHT THRASHER, and I think we might have also been working on SPIDER-MAN: LEGACY OF EVIL. Tom knew I was a guy who knew Marvel history and could write a good story, so when the first few people they offered UNTOLD TALES to said no, he asked me if I’d be interested. I wrote up a pitch, misunderstanding the premise slightly; the idea had been for it to be tales of the college-age Peter Parker, but I didn’t know that, so I went back to near the very beginning, picking up early enough so that I could do a storyline involving Aunt May freaking out that Peter’s stopped wearing his glasses. And Tom and his bosses liked it, so they hired me and changed the concept to do it my way. Since my series ran almost up to Peter’s high-school graduation, they could do the idea again these days and go with their original plan! Marvel.com: From looking at your work, you seem to have a big interest in the every-person as he or she looks at the hero community. Spider-Man is basically that person thrust into this wild world of super-powers. Was that an important idea for you to explore in UNTOLD? Kurt Busiek: I hadn’t ever thought about it that way, but that may be one reason I find a real resonance in Spider-Man that makes it fun for me to write him. I don’t really think of scientific-genius Peter Parker as an everyman—he’s a nerd, an orphan, a super-smart guy, all things that tend to set people apart. But he’s definitely a character that most any outsider kid can sympathize with, because he’s set apart, he’s not one of the normal crowd, and the Spider-powers only make him moreso. So he ends up with an interesting perspective on both his lives: he’s not fully immersed in the hero world, like the FF or Cap or Iron Man, so he has a refreshingly human-level perspective on all that. But he’s also not fully immersed in the life of a teenage kid, so his powers and responsibilities as Spider-Man make him look at all that from a somewhat distanced eye, too. He becomes an outsider wherever he goes, with an outsider perspective. And me, I like outsider perspectives. So that probably fed into the fun of doing that book, you bet. Marvel.com: In 1997 the Marvel Universe found itself with a major hero vacuum in the wake of Onslaught. You launched THUNDERBOLTS then, to help fill the void with a group of masquerading villains. How did that evolve from idea to comic? Kurt Busiek: I’d had the idea years ago, as an idle thought on a long car drive. I imagined I was writing AVENGERS, a gig I thought I’d never actually get in real life—ha!—and thought up a story where, over the course of a year or so, established heroes leave and new heroes join, and at the end of the year the roster is just Captain America and a mess of new characters—and that’s when we find out that the new characters are all the Masters of Evil in disguise, and they’ve successfully infiltrated and taken over the team. When Tom Brevoort asked me if I had any ideas for stuff Marvel could do in the wake of Onslaught, with most of the big, bold, well-respected heroes missing and presumed dead, I thought of that idea again, and realized it could be rejiggered to work in this new context. What if, instead of infiltrating the Avengers, they stepped up as heroes when the world was desperately wishing for heroes, and made their move that way? Tom liked the idea, and when I attended a Marvel creative retreat to talk about the post-Onslaught Marvel Universe, he and I buttonholed Editor-in-Chief Bob Harras in the facility bar one evening and pitched him the idea. He thought about it for about 20 seconds, and said, "Yeah, okay. Let’s do that." From there on, it was just a matter of fleshing out the idea and making it concrete—picking which Masters of Evil we’d use, coming up with a name for the team, bringing [artist] Mark Bagley in, designing new costumes and codenames, that sort of thing. It was a lot of fun. Marvel.com: How does it feel to have created a concept in THUNDERBOLTS that continues to find success? Kurt Busiek: I think the series just finally ended, didn’t it? But it had a very long run, over 150 issues. And it was a real thrill to do something that defied the odds and lasted that long. When we started, there were people who said we wouldn’t last eight issues. And then when we were still going, they said we would last 12 issues. Then 18. Then 25. After a while, that kind of thing loses its teeth; if someone’s saying, “Yaah, you won’t last 50 issues,” you have to think, “Well, almost no new series does. So if we only lasted 50 issues, that’d still be an impressive run for a book that launched in the 90’s.” But we went well beyond that. And I expect the T-Bolts will be back in some form—how many books has Marvel published that ran for over 150 issues and no one brings them back? Plus, we influenced the Marvel Universe in other ways—DARK AVENGERS, and other books like that. I doubt we’ve seen the last of the series. And yeah, it feels great to have created something that can last so long, become a part of the Marvel Universe that way. For all the other books I’ve written, THUNDERBOLTS may be the one that’s had the greatest impact on Marvel history. Marvel.com: Your run on AVENGERS felt like a return to that book's classic roots while also featuring plenty of updates. Was striking that balance difficult? Kurt Busiek: Not really, because I wasn’t consciously trying to balance anything. For a long time, the Avengers hadn’t really felt like the Avengers to me; it felt like the book had been following in the footsteps of whatever was trendier at the time, whether it was X-Men or the Image books or whatever. So what I wanted to do was do AVENGERS, straight up and pedal-to-the-metal. Not try to make it a second-rate version of anything else, just a first-rate Avengers, and show readers who’d never seen that what they were missing. I wanted to do a book that other people would want to imitate, not an imitation of some other book. So I guess that takes care of the “classic roots” thing. At the same time, we were writing and drawing it for the present day, so we wanted it to feel modern. To brush up the characters and make them compelling for the era at hand, just as the classic writers and artists had done for their era. So I didn’t see the two ideas as in conflict. We wanted to do an Avengers that might be very traditional at core, but had a fresh, zingy coat of paint, as it were. Marvel.com: During your run on AVENGERS you brought in existing heroes like Firestar and Justice up to the big leagues. What attracted you to those characters in particular? Kurt Busiek: I wanted the Avengers to feel like the varsity, like the big leagues, and I figure one good way to establish that was to bring in some new heroes who’d be able to vocalize that, who’d have an attitude toward the established Avengers that told us yes, they were the varsity, they were the big names, they were the star players. I looked around for who might be available to do that—young heroes who’d had enough experience so that they weren’t rookies to the world of superheroing, but who could still feel like rookies in the context of the Avengers. Vance and Angelica fit the bill, all the moreso because Vance was excited about being on the team and Angel didn’t really want to be a big leaguer. So we got two newcomer viewpoints all in one couple. Marvel.com: With this comic, you got to work with the legendary George Perez. What was that working relationship like and what new avenues did working with him open up for your writing? Kurt Busiek: George is great. He’s enthusiastic, upbeat and endlessly inventive. And for all that he was a big name in Avengers history and I was the Avengers rookie, he was never anything less than accommodating. He just wanted to do good, exciting stories, and blow the readers away. So I plotted stories that looked, in my head anyway, like normal straightforward comics. And I sent the plots to George, and what came back was these explosive, dynamic, endlessly surprising pages that took my story and just transformed it, put it on a whole new level. It wasn’t always easy to dialogue them, because George would re-pace and re-conceptualize the scenes, and I’d have to figure out how to make the script flow naturally through it, but the story was always there, and the energy of it was off the charts. So I learned to let go and let the artist do something amazing, and then bring it back to what I’d had in mind with a whole new energy. It was an absolute blast. Marvel.com: The version of AVENGERS you put together turned out to be one of the most popular runs of all time. What do you think clicked so well with fans? Kurt Busiek: I’m absolutely not the guy to ask. I’m too close to the material, and can’t see it through a reader’s eyes. But if I had to guess, I think we did what we set out to. We showed readers what the Avengers were at their best. Big, bold, over the top adventure combined with engaging soap opera character stuff, with stone-gorgeous art. It’s a mix that enchanted me when I was a teenager, and I think it can enchant new generations any time. Give them a version of that tailored to them, and they’ll embrace it. Or at least, I hope so. Kurt Busiek’s MARVELS, UNTOLD TALES OF SPIDER-MAN, AVENGERS, and THUNDERBOLTS runs are available on Marvel Unlimited. For more on Marvel’s 75th anniversary, got to marvel.com/75
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Get the Marvel Comics App Update for 11/19/14 (Wed, 19 Nov 2014)
Marvel Comics App Update for 11/19/14 Want more comics in the Marvel Comics App for iOS and Android? Your search is over! Check out these comics that just hit the Marvel Comics App and keep coming back every week for new additions to the growing library! That's right, we add new books every week to feed your need for super-heroic entertainment! Don't have the Marvel Comics App? What are you waiting for?! Download it for iOS and Android! Here's your official list of comic books hitting the Marvel Comics app today! Digital Comics On-Sale This Week AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (2014) #10 AVENGERS (2012) #38 AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS (2014) #6 AVENGERS WORLD (2014) #15 AXIS: CARNAGE (2014) #2 AXIS: REVOLUTIONS (2014) #2 BLACK WIDOW (2014) #12 DAREDEVIL (2014) #10 DEADPOOL (2012) #37 DEATH OF WOLVERINE: THE WEAPON X PROGRAM (2014) #2 ELEKTRA (2014) #8 FANTASTIC FOUR (2014) #13 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2013) #21 INHUMAN (2014) #8 LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD (2014) #8 MAGNETO (2014) #12 MOON KNIGHT (2014) #9 NEW AVENGERS (2013) #26 THE PUNISHER (2014) #12 SPIDER-WOMAN (2014) #1 STORM (2014) #5 UNCANNY X-MEN (2013) #28 X-FORCE (2014) #12 Also On Sale INVADERS (1975) #9-22 UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #327-328 X-MEN (1991) #42-49 X-MEN/CLANDESTINE (1996) #1-2 Collections On-Sale This Week AMAZING X-MEN VOL. 1: THE QUEST FOR NIGHTCRAWLER INVADERS CLASSIC: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL. 1 THUNDERBOLTS VOL. 3: INFINITY THUNDERBOLTS VOL. 4: NO MERCY X-MEN: THE ROAD TO ONSLAUGHT VOL. 1 X-MEN: THE ROAD TO ONSLAUGHT VOL. 2 WOLVERINE: THREE MONTHS TO DIE BOOK 2 THOR: GOD OF THUNDER VOL. 4 - THE LAST DAYS OF MIDGARD IRON FIST: THE LIVING WEAPON VOL. 1 - RAGE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3: GUARDIANS DISASSEMBLED The Marvel Comics App is available for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and all Android devices, and is available for free on iTunes and Google Play.
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Watch Marvel's The Watcher 2014 - Episode 41 (Wed, 19 Nov 2014)
Marvel's The Watcher 2014 - Episode 41 Join your faithful Spider-Host, Lorraine Cink, as she takes you inside Spider-Verse, the comic book event that is bringing together every Spider-Hero in the galaxy! Learn all about SPIDER-WOMAN #1, "Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors," and "Spider-Man Unlimited," the mobile game game from Gameloft that is connecting with Spider-Verse in a historic platform crossing first! The newest edition of The Watcher is here!The Watcher is Marvel.com's official news and comedy video series covering comics, movies, TV, games, gear and all things Marvel. Tune in weekly for new episodes.
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Carol Danvers Gets Fired Up in 90's By The Numbers with Binary (Wed, 19 Nov 2014)
90s By The Numbers: Avengers #351 It's time to face facts, true believers – the '90s were awesome. The pouches were plentiful, the costumes were impractical, and Marvel Universe dentists made a fortune correcting damages caused by perpetually gritted teeth. Thanks to the power of nostalgia, though, what would once be considered extremely embarrassing can now be called extremely awesome! With that in mind, we've pulled a Marvel comic from the not-so-modern era and broken it down, one tubular fact at a time! This week we're singling out AVENGERS #351 by Bob Harras and Kevin West. Here's "Retribution!" by the numbers! 61 teeth in Ch'od's mouth   36 studs on Raza's costume   6 Z's in the sound effect caused by Binary destroying Raza's medalion   5 heroes – 3 Avengers, 1 X-Man and 1 Starjammer – shoved aside by Ch'od   3 points protruding from Raza's medallion   2 teams vying for Carol Danvers' membership   1 dramatic entrance from Binary – and her 2 fiery fists   Carol Danvers celebrates her 100th solo issue this December in CAPTAIN MARVEL #10!
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The History of Star Wars Pt. 1: The Phantom Menace (Wed, 19 Nov 2014)
The History of Star Wars Pt. 1 (photo copyright Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved) All photos © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved. With the Star Wars franchise returning to Marvel beginning in January 2015, it’s time to get up to speed on the galaxy far, far away with a look back at the story from the classic films! With each installment of the History of Star Wars, we’ll cover another chapter in one of the greatest adventures of all-time! In the final days of the Galactic Republic, the Jedi Knights, wielders of the mysterious power of the Force, remained stalwart defenders of the galaxy, though their ordered world was crumbling around them. Operating from their temple on the city-planet of Coruscant, seat of the Galactic Senate, the Jedi High Council answered calls for aid from the thousands of planets that made up the Republic. One such call placed Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his Padawan apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi, between the peaceful yet beleaguered world of Naboo and the tight-fisted Trade Federation. Little did the two Jedi realize that Darth Sidious, a devotee of the ancient Sith cult and master of the dark side of the Force, had begun to set his schemes of galactic domination in motion. On Naboo, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan uncovered a Trade Federation invasion force, and despite help from the indigenous, Gungan people, they failed to prevent its takeover of the planet. With Queen Amidala of Naboo under their protection, the Jedi escaped the Trade Federation and made their way to the far-off desert world of Tatooine, to seek temporary refuge andto make repairs to a damaged hyperdrive. While there, Qui-Gon discovered, nine-year-old Anakin Skywalker, a slave boy who was a mechanical wizard and, an amazing pilot. Recognizing that Anakin was very strong in the Force, the Jedi Master won the boy’s freedom in a lightning-fast podrace and whisked him away to Coruscant. Upon reaching the city-planet, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan learned the Jedi Council would not permit Anakin to receive training in the ways of the Force. The Council sensed fear in young Anakin, and felt training him as a Jedi would be too dangerous. Returning with Amidala to Naboo, the two Jedi attempted to break the Trade Federation’s stranglehold on the planet by mounting their own invasion of the royal palace. During the assault, Anakin accidentally launched himself into orbit, and managed to blow up the Trade Federation ship that controlled the robotic army on the ground. Simultaneously, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan fought against Darth Maul, Sith apprentice to Sidious, in a duel which tragically left Qui-Gon mortally wounded. Surged with anguish, Obi-Wan overpowered the Sith Lord and vanquished him into the depths of a melting pit. Although this battle against the Trade Federation had been won, the victory rang hollow for some: the Jedi Council, led by Mace Windu and Yoda, realized that the Sith menace once again presented a singular danger to the Republic. For his part, Anakin Skywalker beamed with pleasure, for he found himself apprenticed to Obi-Wan Kenobi, enamored with Padmé Amidala, and destined for a path filled with adventure and excitement… Continue to follow the History of Star Wars on Marvel.com, and get ready for STAR WARS #1 in January 2015! Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (photo © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved) Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (photo © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved) Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (photo © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved) Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (photo © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved)
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Jim Starlin Returns with Thanos: The Infinity Relativity (Wed, 19 Nov 2014)
Thanos: The Infinity Relativity cover by Jim Starlin Over 40 years after his creation, Thanos still seeks answers to the nature of existence and the universe’s deeper questions, and the man who brought him to life, writer and artist Jim Starlin, continues to prod his prodigal son forward. With the Mad Titan’s exposure burgeoning on the page and silver screen, June 2015 will see the release of a new Marvel original graphic novel written and drawn by Starlin in THANOS: THE INFINITY RELATIVITY. The story picks up on this year’s hit THANOS: THE INFINITY REVELATION OGN while also weaving in elements from Starlin’s THANOS VS. HULK and more. Adam Warlock, the Guardians of the Galaxy, The Silver Surfer, Gladiator and the reunited Infinity Watch all play into an effort to thwart the threat of Annihilus. Starlin spoke to us for the first time about this new story, what he’s looking to explore, why Thanos still intrigues him after all these years, and much more. Marvel.com: THE INFINITY REVELATION answered some questions and ended one era, but also posited a lot more and opened another—where does THE INFINITY RELATIVITY pick up? Jim Starlin: Both the THANOS ANNUAL and THANOS VS. HULK take place before THANOS: THE INFINITY REVELATION. THANOS: THE INFINITY RELATIVITY starts up a few months after the first graphic novel. All the main characters have had time to adjust, somewhat, to their new circumstances: Thanos in his revitalized relationship with Mistress Death, Adam Warlock with his new existence, and Annihilus with the changes that occurred in THANOS VS. HULK. Marvel.com: With all the work you’ve done with Thanos over the decades, what sides of the character do you still enjoy exploring?  Jim Starlin: Mostly the way his mind works. He’s not like other Marvel characters: more complex and with a unique perspective on all things. The Titan describes Warlock and himself as being out of the astral norm. They’re oddballs in a universe of odd characters. This tale is basically about bringing Annihilus, Thanos, Adam Warlock, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Silver Surfer, Gladiator, and Pip the Troll together and letting all Hell break loose. Things happened in THE INFINITY REVELATION that are not clearly apparent. One character in particular went through a much more radical alteration than the others. That leads to this story. Marvel.com: Does Adam Warlock figure as heavily into INFINITY RELATIVITY as he did INFINITY REVELATION? Jim Starlin: Yes. Annihilus is after something in RELATIVITY and Thanos wants to keep him from getting it. The trouble is the Titan will need Warlock to thwart Annihilus’ ambitions. But, as you may recall, the Titan and Adam didn’t part on the best of terms: something about Thanos destroying everything Warlock held dear. So there may be a bit of cosmic groveling in this tale. Marvel.com: Where do you see Thanos’ place in the Marvel Universe? How will this story reinforce or expand that? Jim Starlin: In my biased opinion, Thanos is the most unpredictable and half-a-bubble-off-center of all the Marvel characters. He deals in big concepts and abstracts. He’s going to do the same in THE INFINITY RELATIVITY. The tale’s ending is quite literally a mindblower. Marvel.com: What are the big themes you’re looking to explore in INFINITY RELATIVITY? What sums up this story? Jim Starlin: Sometimes big things come in little packages? But seriously, this is going to be a much more reality based story than REVELATION was. Annihilus is in the tale and he likes breaking things. He’s bigger and badder than he’s ever been before, so expect the carnage level to be high. Expect the Titan to be double dealing. Expect Warlock to be confused. Expect the Guardians to be humorous. And expect the unexpected from Pip. I can say no more. Marvel.com: As you’ve been doing both over the past couple years, what do you prefer about working on original graphic novels vs. monthly comics and what are the unique challenges? Jim Starlin: To tell the truth, I handle and think of them both in the same manner. [The monthly comics] and the graphic novels are merely installments in the grander epic I’m trying to tell. It’s just that some of the episodes are 40 pages long and others 80 and some 100. You’re not going to get the whole story until my third Thanos novel comes out. Think of it as watching a TV show over a broadcast or cable network. You keep coming back to see what happens next. When the entire tale is out there, you can then gather up all the books and binge watch it. That’ll be fun also, in its own way. But you’ll be missing out on the anticipation part of the equation; when I was a young comic reader that was always my favorite part. THANOS: THE INFINITY RELATIVITY tells the next chapter of Jim Starlin’s epic in June 2015!
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Small in Stature. Large in Word Count. Get Ready for the Ant-Man Original Prose Novel (Wed, 19 Nov 2014)
Ant-Man: Natural Enemy Just in time for his silver-screen debut, the Astonishing Ant-Man is making the leap to prose fiction! Prepare for Marvel’s smallest hero in his biggest story yet as he breaks new ground and charts new territory in ANT-MAN: NATURAL ENEMY, an all-new, full length prose novel! Debuting in 2015 from critically acclaimed crime writer Jason Starr, ANT-MAN: NATURAL ENEMY brings all the action of Marvel Comics to the exciting new world of prose fiction! Meet Scott Lang: ex con, single parent and part-time super hero. Settling in to a new city with his teenage daughter, Cassie, can be hard enough. Yet when a criminal from Scott’s past comes gunning for them, his new beginning is in serious jeopardy. But is the killer after Scott — or the secrets of the Ant-Man technology? “Marvel’s exciting line of prose novels offer a completely new window into the Marvel Universe,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “Whether you’re an Ant-Man fan, or looking to experience a new story featuring the breakout character of 2015, this novel is going to be an exciting thrill ride from cover to cover.” Pushed to the brink, how far would Scott Lang go to protect his only child? Strap in as the Astonishing Ant-Man embarks on a twisted journey of desperation, secrets and adventure at a microscopic level in ANT-MAN: NATURAL ENEMY – coming in 2015! ANT-MAN: NATURAL ENEMY PROSE NOVEL HC Written by JASON STARR On Sale 06/03/2015! Just in time for his silver-screen debut, the Astonishing Ant-Man is making the leap to prose fiction! Prepare for Marvel’s smallest hero in his biggest story yet as he breaks new ground and charts new territory in ANT-MAN: NATURAL ENEMY – an all-new, full length prose novel! Debuting in 2015 from critically acclaimed crime writer Jason Starr (Twisted City, Wolverine MAX), ANT-MAN: NATURAL ENEMY brings all the action of Marvel Comics to the exciting new world of prose fiction!   Meet Scott Lang: ex con, single parent and part-time super hero. Settling in to a new city with his teenage daughter, Cassie, can be hard enough. Yet when a criminal from Scott’s past comes gunning for them, his new beginning is in serious jeopardy. But is the killer after Scott —                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                or the secrets of the Ant-Man technology?   “Marvel’s exciting line of prose novels offer a completely new window into the Marvel Universe,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “Whether you’re an Ant-Man fan, or looking to experience a new story featuring the breakout character of 2015, this novel is going to be an exciting thrill ride from cover to cover.”   Pushed to the brink, how far would Scott Lang go to protect his only child? Strap in as the Astonishing Ant-Man embarks on a twisted journey of desperation, secrets and adventure at a microscopic level in ANT-MAN: NATURAL ENEMY – coming in 2015!   ANT-MAN: NATURAL ENEMY PROSE NOVEL HC Written by JASON STARR On Sale 06/03/2015! Just in time for his silver-screen debut, the Astonishing Ant-Man is making the leap to prose fiction! Prepare for Marvel’s smallest hero in his biggest story yet as he breaks new ground and charts new territory in ANT-MAN: NATURAL ENEMY – an all-new, full length prose novel! Debuting in 2015 from critically acclaimed crime writer Jason Starr (Twisted City, Wolverine MAX), ANT-MAN: NATURAL ENEMY brings all the action of Marvel Comics to the exciting new world of prose fiction! Meet Scott Lang: ex con, single parent and part-time super hero. Settling in to a new city with his teenage daughter, Cassie, can be hard enough. Yet when a criminal from Scott’s past comes gunning for them, his new beginning is in serious jeopardy. But is the killer after Scott — or the secrets of the Ant-Man technology? “Marvel’s exciting line of prose novels offer a completely new window into the Marvel Universe,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “Whether you’re an Ant-Man fan, or looking to experience a new story featuring the breakout character of 2015, this novel is going to be an exciting thrill ride from cover to cover.” Pushed to the brink, how far would Scott Lang go to protect his only child? Strap in as the Astonishing Ant-Man embarks on a twisted journey of desperation, secrets and adventure at a microscopic level in ANT-MAN: NATURAL ENEMY – coming in 2015! ANT-MAN: NATURAL ENEMY PROSE NOVEL HC Written by JASON STARR On Sale 06/03/2015! Just in time for his silver-screen debut, the Astonishing Ant-Man is making the leap to prose fiction! Prepare for Marvel’s smallest hero in his biggest story yet as he breaks new ground and charts new territory in ANT-MAN: NATURAL ENEMY – an all-new, full length prose novel! Debuting in 2015 from critically acclaimed crime writer Jason Starr (Twisted City, Wolverine MAX), ANT-MAN: NATURAL ENEMY brings all the action of Marvel Comics to the exciting new world of prose fiction! Meet Scott Lang: ex con, single parent and part-time super hero. Settling in to a new city with his teenage daughter, Cassie, can be hard enough. Yet when a criminal from Scott’s past comes gunning for them, his new beginning is in serious jeopardy. But is the killer after Scott — or the secrets of the Ant-Man technology? “Marvel’s exciting line of prose novels offer a completely new window into the Marvel Universe,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “Whether you’re an Ant-Man fan, or looking to experience a new story featuring the breakout character of 2015, this novel is going to be an exciting thrill ride from cover to cover.” Pushed to the brink, how far would Scott Lang go to protect his only child? Strap in as the Astonishing Ant-Man embarks on a twisted journey of desperation, secrets and adventure at a microscopic level in ANT-MAN: NATURAL ENEMY – coming in 2015! ANT-MAN: NATURAL ENEMY PROSE NOVEL HC Written by JASON STARR On Sale 06/03/2015!
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Follow the History of Daredevil Pt. 31 (Wed, 19 Nov 2014)
The History of Daredevil Pt. 31 In 1964, Marvel premiered one of its enduring and exciting super heroes, Daredevil. Whether in his secret identity as blind lawyer Matt Murdock or using his enhanced radar senses, DD stood out from the crowd as an unrelenting crusader for justice. To celebrate 75 years of Marvel, 50 years of the Man Without Fear and the upcoming debut of “Marvel’s Daredevil” on Netflix in 2015, we look back on the hero of Hell’s Kitchen’s remarkable history! Life remained complicated for Daredevil in 1994 as he continued to dive deep into the mystery of his and Elektra’s dark duplicates, a cyber-scheme involving myriad menaces, and a trial in the tunnels beneath New York City, all the while sporting his new costume. Things heated up in DAREDEVIL #324 with the Snakeroot Cult and the doppelganger of Elektra they’d created, Erynys. In fact, our hero could barely catch his breath after Morbius the Living Vampire got involved and the newspaper story came out identifying Daredevil as Matt Murdock. Elektra arrived in DAREDEVIL #325 to help DD confront his own clone, Hellspawn, and managed to defeat and kill Erynys. When Daredevil used the About Face virus to change Hellspawn into a normal human, albeit a double of Matt, he decided to hijack the situation to fake his own death, complete with a faux funeral in DAREDEVIL #326. Afterward, the Man Without Fear put his new armored costume to good use to investigate a cyber-plot by Knowbot, while Baron Strucker schemed to return HYDRA to prominence. When the Staten Island Ferry exploded in DAREDEVIL #327, Matt, now using the name “Jack Batlin,” teamed with Captain America to further investigate the cyber-crimes popping up all around them. It appeared that a group known as “System Crash” stood behind the activity, but they operated as HYDRA in reality. When Wirehead and his band of terrorists seized the Empire State Building in DAREDEVIL #328, DD found himself in competition with Silver Sable and her Wild Pack to spring into action against them. Strucker advanced his plot in DAREDEVIL #329, involving the criminal Techno-Spike and the martial arts hero Iron Fist. The mutant Gambit tried to offer aid in DAREDEVIL #330 in a battle against Steel Collar and Killobyte, and Matt resisted Elektra’s strong suggestion to renew their relationship. HYDRA’s plan to plunge the country into anarchy via cyber-control in DAREDEVIL #331 meant one more headache for Matt, who debated his continuing mission as Daredevil and failed to stop System Crash from beating Captain America and taking him captive. DD rescued Cap in DAREDEVIL #332 and the two subsequently squared off against not only Steel Collar and Wirehead, but Infomorph, too. Meanwhile, Elektra turned up again to complicate matters for our hero. A series of scenarios involving the homeless led Daredevil into the subway tunnels in DAREDEVIL #333 and into direct conflict with the towering albino The King. In the background lurked the Kingpin, who seemed to be in cahoots with the tunnel people’s leader Joshua in DAREDEVIL #334, but Matt had his hands full with a score of bombings around the cities and an attack upon the homeless by Bushwacker. At a Mayan altar deep within the tunnels, Bushwacker created a new Devourer entity in DAREDEVIL #335, which attracted the attention not only Daredevil, but also that of the cyborg Deathlok. Read more DAREDEVIL (1964) on Marvel Unlimited
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Doom the Diva (Wed, 19 Nov 2014)
Doom the Diva Ruthless ruler of Latveria, Victor Von Doom has a lengthy history of power, black magic, cruelty, and being a proverbial thorn in the side of the Marvel Universe. Humility, however, certainly does not factor into the mix. When not being a key player in the pages of comics like AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS, Doom spends his time being quite the prima donna. This immensely quotable baddy has little regard for anyone not named “Doom,” and he’s more than happy to let you know that—typically while referring to himself in the third person. We’re not gonna bet the house that he’ll kick this habit before squaring off against his old flame, The Scarlet Witch, in this week’s AXIS installment, but in the meantime, let’s look back at five times where Doom embraced his superstar tendencies. Doom has no use for “humility.”SECRET WARS #11 Doom, like any good diva, radiates an aura of being too cool for school. After receiving the power of The Beyonder during Secret Wars, Doom had all the tools he needed to vanquish the heroes in Battleworld; so there couldn’t have been a better time to show all the ladies that Doom’s not just almighty, but also quite the looker by restoring his handsome face. Like anyone who succumbs to narcissism, Doom would be defeated by the combined efforts of some heroes and villains, and his own hubris. At least he got to destroy everyone and later resurrect them—an accomplishment in itself. Doom has little respect for the performing arts.FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #39 Hypnotists—and presumably magicians—may not impress Doctor Doom, but he does have the common courtesy to let them finish their act, only after insulting them and their craft, of course. However, Doom would find some merit in a particular performer after he realized Reed Richards had pulled a fast one and still lives. Enraged at the parlor tricks by the would-be entertainer and the news of Mr. Fantastic’s good health, Doom traveled to New York to conquer the Baxter Building and use the Fantastic Four’s own toys against them. Doom does NOT repeat himself.FANTASTIC FOUR #246 The Thing went toe-to-toe with Doom on countless occasions, so you’d think that he would have learned that Doom says things once—and only once. When the Puppet Master thought he could make a dummy out of the good doctor, Doom made sure to take serious exception—and by that we mean, “Destroy the Puppet Master for making a lame doll of Doom.” As par for the course, the Fantastic Four would receive a bit of Doom’s wrath for good measure. After a gaggle of Doombots assaulted the FF, the real Doom showed up and swept the heroic quartet away to sunny Latveria—which can be quite nice this time of year. Do NOT attempt to suggest a prenuptial agreement. AVENGERS: THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE #3 Doom has a solid “go big or go home” mentality that’s severely lacking in a lot of super villains. This pertains to the way he carries himself, how he conducts plots and schemes, battles his adversaries, and enters into the bounds of holy matrimony. Not exactly the get-down-on-one-knee type, when Doom “engaged” The Scarlet Witch, he used everything from powerful magic to Doombot impersonators. Wiccan infiltrated Latveria in hopes of finding Wanda Maximoff himself. He found her all right, and also her new fiancé—Doctor Doom—who of course, dramatically entered on cue. It’s not going to be a sweet reunion when Doom clashes with The Scarlet Witch. Watch the tale of the tape unfold in AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #6!
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Marvel 75: New Warriors, Heroes for the 90's (Tue, 18 Nov 2014)
Marvel 75: New Warriors, Heroes for the 90's Every era of Marvel has had characters that defined it. Captain America served as figurehead for the Golden Age; Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four ushered in the 60’s; the all-new, all-different X-Men dominated the 1970’s; Daredevil cast a dark shadow over the 80’s. And of course in each of these periods, a veritable universe also made Marvel pop, but unquestionably, avatars emerged. At the conclusion of 1989 in THOR #411, a team of familiar teenage heroes—with one new addition—and within months would be proclaimed “the Heroes for the 90’s.” It fell to writer Fabian Nicieza to make sure these New Warriors lived up to their billing. As the driving creative force behind NEW WARRIORS for the first 53 issues—and then some—of its initial volume, Nicieza teamed with artists including Mark Bagley and Darick Robertson to chronicle the ups and downs of Nova, Firestar, Speedball, Namorita, Marvel Boy, and Night Thrasher. The series tackled not only classic Marvel action, but also pressing issues of the day like child abuse, pollution, and foreign policy. While NEW WARRIORS drew to an end after six years in publication, numerous attempts have been made to revive the concept in the ensuing decade and a half-plus, as the original run remains fondly remembered and highly regarded. Nicieza spoke at great length about his experiences putting together and working on the New Warriors, plus shared sketches and more from his own personal collection which you can find at the bottom of this article! Marvel.com: The New Warriors were introduced as the “Heroes for the 90’s” as part of a larger initiative—what did this mean to you?  Fabian Nicieza: It meant I had to figure out how to shoehorn six new title releases into an integrated marketing banner! I was Marvel’s Advertising Manager at the time and it was my job to promote my own new book! Considering three of the titles during that launch were older or revamped characters like [Todd] McFarlane’s Spider-Man, [John] Byrne’s Namor and Ghost Rider, NEW WARRIORS was, just based on its premise, one of the easiest of those new title releases to slot into the marketing campaign! Marvel.com: Did it evolve beyond a marketing slogan and become something you tried to embody in the series? Fabian Nicieza: I never approached it as a marketing slogan. It was very easy for me to separate my “day job” responsibilities from my “night job” writing responsibilities. An advertising hook or a marketing campaign was meant to help elevate the visibility of a new title and, hopefully, accurately present it to the public on a pure surface level before it comes out. When you’re writing a book, you’re thinking on a much deeper level than skimming a rock across a pond, so I separated the two pretty easily. If anything, that many people from our own company were misrepresenting or perceiving the book on a surface level only fueled my passion to “prove them wrong.” We had our head of sales describing New Warriors as “the Police Academy for young heroes—like Avengers Academy,” and I'm sitting next to her grinding my teeth as she says that to a dozen retailers then politely having to say, “Noooo… it's not quite that…” So everything I did, from the “Heroes for the 90’s” marketing banner to the “All They Want to Do is Change the World” ad copy was meant to try and present the tone and feel in a way that was accurate to the book, but different than how people were initially perceiving it. Marvel.com: How did the characters in and tenor of New Warriors represent the decade they were representing? Fabian Nicieza: I think coming off 10 years of a Reagan presidency, a rising perception of corporate control of government, and a return to a more militaristic presentation of our foreign policy all led to the perception that a younger generation—most of the Warriors characters were about 10 years younger than I was at the time—always does the opposite of that the establishment does, which meant becoming more influenced by a progressive, socially-pro-active set of causes. For a lot of readers, who were the same age as the Warriors, the characters’ search for the right answers amid conflicting information resonated strongly. That evolved during the course of the first year so that the characters represented a post-Watergate, post-Iran Contra, post-Republican vs. Democrat philosophy to thematically represent a search for the truth—pure truth whenever it could be found. That colored a lot of the stories and helped create a lot of fun moral conflict for the characters. Marvel.com: The characters made their first appearance as a team in an issue of THOR and then you and Mark Bagley told their origin in the first issue of their ongoing series; what was yours and Mark’s role in creating the team, choosing the characters, etc.? Fabian Nicieza: Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz put the team together by, not to sound dismissive about it, flipping through a Marvel Universe Handbook and seeing which characters might work best together. They also created Night Thrasher and his initial back story. That was all part of a series bible received by the various writers who were pitching to get the gig. I followed Tom and Ron’s foundation, but from my very first proposals, I was already spinning it in ways I thought would work best. They had some character personality traits and dynamics I didn’t agree with, so I wasn't shy about really pushing to make it the book I thought it should be from before I even had the assignment! Anything that happened from page one of issue #1 was all Mark and I, along with the very underrated help of editor Danny Fingeroth. Tom wholeheartedly supported what we were doing from the very beginning and was a huge advocate for the book both internally and externally. Marvel.com: What was the initial reaction, both critically and commercially, to the book? Fabian Nicieza: The critical response was very positive, but it was almost all predicated on a central premise: “It doesn't suck like we thought it was going to.” And we played that to the hilt. I would say that to fans at conventions and store appearances, in interviews all the time. “It doesn't suck like you thought it was going to!” That became a positive mantra for us. From an advertising manager standpoint, I was initially worried about our sales. Our first issue sold 126,000 copies in the direct market and that made it the lowest #1 issue of the “Heroes for the 90’s” launches. Back then, newsstand sales could add anywhere from 40,000 to 200,000 copies in sales, but we wouldn’t know those sales figures for many more months. Then, word of mouth in comic shops picked up, the convention circuit helped us to push the book in front of a lot of people, and our sales kept going up! Unlike the average title, our sales in the direct market were substantially higher by the end of our first year than at the beginning. Issue #12 sold around 185,000 copies in the direct market, so that was very gratifying, because it meant people were liking it and talking about it. Marvel.com: Which of particularly the original line-up of characters did you feel were most central to the book? Which ones became more so as time went on? Fabian Nicieza: I initially approached the title as two triangles that would form the two sides of the same coin: Thrash, Nova and Marvel Boy would be the aggressive, rah-rah let’s kick some bad-guy butt and prove everyone wrong, while Namorita, Firestar and Speedball would form the conscience of the team, doing the right thing for the right reasons. I think as time went on, that dynamic became a strong foundation for the stories, but little aspects of the different characters began to blend together a bit. I think that’s also very natural for a group dynamic, like the bigot who befriends someone of a different race when they are forced to work together. These were high school and college age characters who were all in the process of discovering who they wanted to be, so naturally they would evolve their personalities and beliefs based on the things and people they were being exposed to. Marvel.com: How did the type of villains and threats the New Warriors faced define them? Fabian Nicieza: Outside of the obligatory “big threat to draw the team together” in #1 with Terrax, I wanted the Warriors to confront villains that would be personal to them, either in terms of physical or thematic duality. So Midnight's Fire in #2 is a reflection of what Thrash could have become, the Mad Thinker in #3 helps the characters think about what kind of heroes they want to become and Psionex in #4 were clearly meant to be a fractured reflection to the Warriors themselves. After that, in the first couple years, it was about trying to juggle “big picture powerful threats” like Star Thief, Sphinx or Terrax against more “grounded” opponents like the Bengal, Punisher, Sea Urchin and the Hellions.  Marvel.com: A lot of the plots you told would slowly unfurl over 25 or even more issues; how early on did you begin “playing the long game”? Fabian Nicieza: Honestly, I planned it from the very beginning, from my very first proposal. I had a lot of time to think about what I would do with the book before I was given the assignment. Though it made for a very frustrating time professionally, it also helped me tremendously in that by the time I got the assignment and started plotting issues, I had thought about it so much that I had a lot of the title, even down to specific scenes, thought through way in advance. We worked differently back then and on-going sub-plots that spread over 6-12 issues were very common. I haven’t had the luxury of having as much lead time in starting a new assignment as I did with New Warriors, so it’s hard to compare it to anything else I’ve done since. Marvel.com: Was it important to you to tell stories involving “real world” issues like the environment and child abuse in New Warriors? Fabian Nicieza: I don't know if I’d use the word “important,” but to me, it was part and parcel of telling a Marvel Comics story. I’d bought AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #96 off a newsstand when I was nine years old and I noticed almost immediately it was missing the Comics Code seal. I had no idea why or what that meant, but in the comic, Harry Osborn was taking drugs and that was a pretty big deal. So I grew up thinking comics should tell stories of the human—and superhuman—condition, and that meant integrating “real world” issues in the stories as often and as smartly as possible. I try very hard as a writer not to make a story’s message “my own” but rather what would be right for the characters. Ironically, NEW WARRIORS is a good example of this, as many readers thought issues #5-6 with the Star Thief was an "anti-space exploration" message and they thought that meant I was against spending money on space exploration, when I am on the absolute opposite spectrum in terms of what I believe. Marvel.com: How did the series change for you after Mark Bagley left and Darick Robertson came in? Did you consider leaving around this time? Fabian Nicieza: Considering leaving? No, I still thought I had too many stories I wanted to tell. We knew Mark was going to leave around issue #17 so it was a long leash he gave us. Mark was fantastic, his storytelling has always been flawless; he could draw big battles and humorous sequences with equal skill. His characters had great fluidity to him and the book would have crashed and burned on launch if he hadn't been drawing it. His popularity grew as a result of his constantly improving work, so getting the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN title was too great an opportunity to pass on. So as much as I loved working with Mark, I also wished him nothing but the best. I was nervous about the art change as any writer would be, but was excited to have Darick come aboard. We had become great “convention friends” and got to know each other before we worked together, so it was a great personal connection. He gave the book a fresh new dynamic, a little more of a powerful, bombastic approach but a real subtly to his characterization and his ability to portray emotion.   Marvel.com: In those second 25 issues with Darick, what different approaches did you take with NEW WARRIORS? Fabian Nicieza: I think the first two years were about the characters figuring out why they wanted to be a team and what they would stand for and the second two years were about dealing with the hard realities of the choices they had made. I think it got a little darker while the moral grays were explored in greater depth and while the ramifications for their choices and actions came home to roost. They were very rewarding stories for me in a very different way than issues #1-25 were, but I think—some overly bombastic dialogue of the time aside—those issues hold up very well. Marvel.com: Ultimately, why did you leave the book? Were there things you still wanted to do? Fabian Nicieza: That’s a tough question to answer. From around issue #15 or so, I'd been planning a Warriors expansion, spin-offs, limited series, spin-off solo titles and hopefully a second ongoing team book, but by the time we got to most of that story and scheduling wise, sales had plateaued across the entire industry and the artistic talent pool had gotten thinner, so I didn’t feel as enthusiastic about the creative partnerships.   I felt a bit burned out by my workload and disillusioned that the amount of creative and promotional energy I was still putting into the title wasn’t being matched by the company. I know I still had at least another 50 issues in me from a story standpoint, but from an enthusiasm standpoint, I felt it was time to walk away. In hindsight, maybe I should have stuck with it longer? Although it was targeted by that editorial regime as much for its premise as it ever was for its sales, maybe if I had stayed on, it wouldn’t have been canceled at #75? Now that I'm older and I can look back on my career, it would have meant something rewarding to have a one hundred issue run on a book. Very few people have that opportunity. I wrote 75 issues of THUNDERBOLTS, but I was fired a few times in between during that run and it was always rightfully more Kurt Busiek’s book than “mine.” So if I die five minutes after answering these questions, NEW WARRIORS is probably going to stand as the most honest presentation of my “legacy” in comics and you know what, I’ll happily put that on the tombstone. Marvel.com: Looking back, which of the stories you did over 50+ issues of New Warriors stick with you the most? What character moments and arcs are you most proud of? Fabian Nicieza: Big things and little things. I loved having Speedball jump in front of an Amtrak bullet train in Connecticut so he wouldn’t be late to another Warriors meeting in New York. I loved introducing a physically challenged on-going team member in Silhouette. I loved the cultural and gender diversity of the team before it was a politically correct thing to do. Though I really enjoyed the moral and visual complexity of the “Forever Yesterday” alternate Earth story in issues #11-13, the “Nothing But The Truth” storyline from #18-25 with Thrash learning about his origins and Marvel Boy on trial for the death of his father holds up for me as one of the best runs I’ve had as a writer.  Marvel.com: What do you think made NEW WARRIORS a special book? 20 years later, why do these characters still resonate? Fabian Nicieza: I think there was a very loyal readership [that] “grew up” with the title and were able to call it their own. It combined the strengths of the entire Marvel Universe while still standing pretty firmly as its own thing. It wasn’t an X-book though it had thematic aspects similar to those titles. It wasn’t an Avengers book though it had a sense of weight and consequence to the stories. It wasn’t the Fantastic Four but it featured exploration into the unknown corners of the Marvel Universe. It wasn’t Spider-Man but it had young characters trying to figure out their way in the world. Others have tried to replicate that spark with many of these characters or new versions of the title, but I strongly feel there was a reason this title succeeded beyond the expectations of anyone at Marvel. It was a perfect combination of a creative team hungry to make a name for themselves on characters hungry for the same exact thing. It was a book that was infused with the passion, energy, humor and anger I had at the time about questioning society while trying to be a part of society and about the very grey areas between truths and lies in our world. I think that it still offers a lot for readers who will find a book that bridged the gap between classic Silver Age Marvel and today’s comics. NEW WARRIORS had a lot of everything that makes comics fun: adventure, character conflict, humor, and big ideas. Celebrate the 75th anniversary of Marvel at marvel.com/75
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The Deadly Dance of Elektra (Tue, 18 Nov 2014)
Elektra #9 preview art by Michael Del Mundo One thing becomes eminently clear when considering W. Haden Blackman’s run to date on ELEKTRA: he possesses a deep and abiding respect for the assassin’s wealth of untapped potential as a character. From the start of Blackman’s collaboration with the artist Michael Del Mundo, the two set out to define and expand the possibilities for the series via a mixture of “bigger battles, more surreal locations, more dangerous foes.” As Blackman also confesses to us, ELEKTRA might be the most challenging project of his to write. Marvel.com: Judging by the first seven issues, it seems that you set out to partially provide a glimpse inside Elektra's head, while giving a new level of depth to the character—defining her. Have you accomplished what you'd hoped to so far? W. Haden Blackman: I don't know, honestly. That's really for the readers to decide. My goal was to humanize Elektra without taking away her edge and everything that makes her so cool and compelling. To do that, I tried to create a contrast between how Elektra presents herself to the world and what goes on in her head. On the surface, she is collected, focused, determined. But internally, she wrestles with doubt, guilt, regret, just like the rest of us. If the readers feel like they can relate to her on some level, then I guess I succeeded. Marvel.com: How much have you enjoyed exploring different corners of the Marvel universe through Elektra's adventures? W. Haden Blackman: More than I can convey. When I was a kid trying to fall asleep, I would wish—maybe even pray—that I would wake up in the Marvel Universe, join the New Mutants or the Inhumans; explore the Savage Land, Monster Island, Asgard. Now, I actually get to do it, and through a much more interesting character than I would have ever been. Marvel.com: What was the most creatively rewarding aspect of creating a new nemesis in Bloody Lips for Elektra in the first arc? W. Haden Blackman: Bloody Lips really was a character that I discovered as I went. The big “aha” moment for me was when I realized that, at his core, he’s a classic serial killer. Like other serial killers, he needs to relive his kills again and again, so he takes trophies to help him connect with those memories. In his case, the trophies aren’t just the victim's flesh or organs, but the victim’s own memories, abilities, and skills. Having these coursing through him allows him to revel in his kills whenever he wants. And he’s so addicted to that rush that he’s now after other assassins, hoping that by eating them, he’ll also get the memories of all their kills to relive as if they were his own. Marvel.com: How critical is artist Michael Del Mundo to your character study of Elektra? W. Haden Blackman: Vital. It was Mike who first proposed the connection between martial arts and dance, and we’ve carried that theme throughout the entire series. His work, especially his panel design, allows me to basically go nuts with the scripts. I feel like I can send Elektra anywhere, put her up against anyone, and Mike will deliver. Things only get wilder in the second arc—bigger battles, more surreal locations, more dangerous foes. Marvel.com: In the most recent arc, you dabbled with Lady Bullseye’s newfound intangibility; which came first in your development, the idea for her to be intangible or the idea to have her susceptible to being inhaled by an opponent? W. Haden Blackman: Definitely her intangibility. When I wrote that, I was just trying to give her a power that would neutralize Elektra’s standard attacks. I had absolutely no idea how Elektra was going to defeat her until I wrote the fight, though I did know I wanted Elektra to outsmart her in some way. I think that Elektra’s intelligence and cunning are sometimes overlooked or downplayed. Marvel.com: With issue #8, Elektra takes on an entire S.H.I.E.L.D. facility; how much do you relish exploring a storytelling dynamic like that, where the odds seem overwhelming for her? W. Haden Blackman: I was really trying to do a few things with the raid on the S.H.I.E.L.D. facility. First, I wanted to show that Elektra is stealthy and surgical when necessary. I also wanted to highlight that she’s fearless and confident, but not suicidal—she doesn't go in without a plan, and when the odds are clearly against her, she revises her plan. Finally, I’ve been steadily working to establish Elektra’s moral boundaries. What lines won’t she cross? In my mind, she’s not a casual killer and she knows that wanton killing of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents would have ramifications, so she finds creative ways to neutralize them instead. Marvel.com: With a character like Elektra, how hard is it to convey the internal conflicts she has, while still keeping the intense action pace the series is known for? W. Haden Blackman: It’s tough, for sure. I tried to develop a few loose guidelines though. I try to keep the combat sequences flowing and give them a sense of immediacy by keeping the monologue sparse. They are largely focused on what is happening in that moment. She’ll only really comment on what she sees, hears, physically feels, or even smells—it’s all very visceral. Mike and I are also trying to do more and more in the art itself. In the second arc, Elektra is forced to confront one of her most painful memories, and while there’s some text to convey what Elektra is feeling as she relives this moment, a lot of her emotional and mental state is captured in the art, including the panel design and color palette. Marvel.com: What are you most proud of in terms of the series to date, and what can fans look forward to in the coming issues? W. Haden Blackman: Elektra might be the most challenging thing I’ve ever written, so I’m proud of the fact that I've just gotten through two full arcs. Beyond that, I set out to combine my two favorite versions of Elektra—the trippy, almost psychedelic ELEKTRA ASSASSIN and the brutal, sparse DARK REIGN: ELEKTRA—in order to create something that felt true to the character, but also wholly new and decidedly “ours.” I think we've done that as well. Grab ELEKTRA #8 by Haden Blackman and Michael Del Mundo, on sale this week!
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Enter a Comics Gateway with Guardians Team-Up (Tue, 18 Nov 2014)
Guardians Team-Up #1 variant cover by Pasqual Ferry A lasting memory from writer Brian Michael Bendis’ childhood remains how the first Marvel comics he read—such as the 1970’s era MARVEL TEAM-UP—made him want to explore even more of the richly diverse Marvel Universe. Now in February 2015 with the new GUARDIANS TEAM-UP ongoing, he and a rotating collection of top creators aim to spark new interests and comics memories. As he tells Marvel.com, to launch the series, the writer gets to team with one of the creators on his bucket list—artist Arthur Adams—as the collaborators team the Guardians of the Galaxy with the Avengers in a must-read cosmic battle! Marvel.com: Writing the Avengers is something you did to great success for several years; what is it like to return to these characters but also getting to use your Guardians cast as well? Brian Michael Bendis: Actually one of the reasons I made this choice was the [current] Avengers don’t resemble my era Avengers, if I’m going to refer to them that way, at all. I thought “that’s fun, let’s do that.” The last time the Guardians saw the Avengers, it was during Infinity and during AVENGERS ASSEMBLE. A lot has happened [since then] and I think that’s always interesting stuff. I was not desperate to return to my [era Avengers]—but rather to [explore] “oh let’s take a little spin on what’s going on now”. Marvel.com: Not wanting to spoil anything for the first issue, but how do you develop a cosmic threat so large it takes both the Avengers and Guardians to stop it? Brian Michael Bendis: You make a giant space gun and you point it at the Earth. [Laughs] No honestly, we open the story way into it, which I’ve been doing more and more—skipping the build and getting right to the good stuff. That’s what we do here: when we come into the story, the Guardians are already up the creek and headed right toward Earth. Marvel.com: Creatively what kind of storytelling opportunities are at your disposal writing GUARDIANS TEAM-UP series as compared to the main GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY ongoing series? Brian Michael Bendis: Well, number one, it’s getting to work with Arthur Adams, who is one of my heroes and someone I admire tremendously and was certain on the bucket list that—thanks to our dear friends at Marvel—has been shortened over the years. I’ve gotten to work with so many amazing artists from my list of heroes. Arthur is a very specific talent and you want to make sure that you’re offering something that was as fun for him as it will be for everybody else. As far back as three months ago when he showed us the ORIGINAL SIN covers, he excels at multiple character scenarios like George Pérez in his heyday. I got a hold of Arthur and said: “Listen I know you doing interiors is a few and far between situation but listen here’s the good stuff. Here’s all the movie stuff. Here’s one big hootenanny.” He said yes and I was thrilled. That was number one. Number two: [an opportunity to tell a story] that will help new readers discover things about the Marvel Universe or readers who have been reading [the GUARDIANS ongoing] will get to say “Oh I wonder what Rocket Raccoon’s going to think of [the new Thor]?” There’s all kinds of stuff like that that I love doing. If I could get away with them just showing up at Avengers Tower and goofing on each other for 20 pages I certainly would do so. And I’m not saying I won’t, by the way! When I was a young child, one of the first comic books that I read was MARVEL TEAM-UP. One of the first books I remember reading: Spider-Man was on the moon in [MARVEL TEAM-UP #55]. He wakes up on the moon; he’s hallucinating. [Back in the 1970’s] you couldn’t just run back to the comic store and find the back issues. You were [left wondering] “What? How? What happened? Spider-Man on the moon?!” All these new characters, new concepts and new artwork really got under my skin in the best way. I may have been hooked for life because of that book. I remember that feeling and when Marvel called me and said “We’re thinking about doing GUARDIANS TEAM-UP” I said: “Yeah, let me be as much a part of this as possible.” Because who wouldn’t want to [create] that gateway book for some young reader or some new reader? That MARVEL TEAM-UP issue was a very important book to me. So was MARVEL FANFARE, which was a book that opened my eyes to all the artistic possibilities of comics within the confines of the mainstream. I think and hope that this book will become a mixture of those two things. It’s MARVEL TEAM-UP in the best way and the experience of “look how good comics are, look what we can do that no one else can do.” And you know who we have that no one else has? We have Arthur Adams and a list of other artists that are coming our way. Marvel.com: You clearly love the 1970’s MARVEL TEAM-UP; are there other stories from that era that you still remember? Brian Michael Bendis: [The issue with] the Super Skrull, Ms. Marvel, and Spider-Man on the Queen Elizabeth 2 boat [MARVEL TEAM-UP #62]. Things really got under my skin in a big way. I think that with the Guardians being giant movie stars and for that audience that’s just discovered them which, by the way includes a lot of comic book readers who are still pretty new to these characters, it gives us a lot of opportunity to use that to expose them to all other kinds of things. Marvel.com: What kind of objectives or story beats do you set for a story when teaming with a legendary artist like Arthur Adams? Brian Michael Bendis: What I do is—and I do this with everybody I work with whether they are brand-new or someone who I worship—I study their work or restudy; obviously I know Arthur’s work pretty well. He did some really good work on ULTIMATE COMICS X with Jeph Loeb. I think that was the last real interiors he’s done. Just go look at it. You see how many panels are on the page. How he was able to make certain moments land so dramatically and then I try to write into that. Then in the script, and I do this for everybody as well, I say: “Listen, I’m writing full script and you’ll have a very strong blueprint to work from but please do whatever you want. I’ll get us there. But you draw whatever makes you happy.” Because I try to imagine the world according to [that specific creator] and a lot of times I do pretty well by that. My true desire for collaboration is to get the most out of it. Just [an artist] saying yes has already made me get the most out of [the collaboration]. I would like them to just draw their ass off and bring it on home. I think that one of the things that I’ve had in my life over the last few years is being able to show off so many different types of artists from so many different parts of the world. I don’t try to get them to create what I want; I try to write what I think they would want. Sometimes I try to push them in different directions. Sometimes I think: “You know what? I bet he’s much better at intimate moments than people are allowing him to do.” My run with Mark Bagley on ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN showed that I was right on the money. He was dying to do that stuff just no one was giving him the opportunity. I think about that, too: “What isn’t anyone letting him do?” I look at the covers and consider: “I bet he likes this character because they keep popping up.” And then whatever you can deliver that still makes a coherent story, you try to do so. Collaboration is literally 99% of why I write so many books. I’m completely addicted to it. I love it love it love it! This is just one of the rewards. Every once in a while you get to work with someone whose work is why you make comics in the first place. Marvel.com: It’s great to hear that your bucket list of potential collaborators is just getting shorter. Brian Michael Bendis: Believe me, there’s plenty on it still but if you would have told me even five years ago that I would get to work with Alan Davis and Neal Adams and Art Adams, I would have said: “Get out of here.” I have been able to do that and it’s been quite wonderful. What’s cool too is this generational thing that every once in a while, that introduction to somebody whose work matters to me. For instance, someone who is just getting into college and they don't know their history of comics yet and you go: “Here’s Bill Sienkiewicz.” Then they respond” “Oh my god! Who’s this?” Then they go back and find all their stuff and they’re blown away. I love being the gateway. Love it. Nothing makes me happier. When I was a kid, that’s what Frank Miller did to me. Frank Miller is why I know who Will Eisner is. I think about that when I write these stories. Marvel.com: When you learned you would be doing GUARDIANS TEAM-UP, how quickly did you make a wish list of folks you would like to see the Guardians work with? Or were you more partial to making a wish list of artists you wanted as collaborators? Brian Michael Bendis: I went to artists first. I literally have a long list of Guardians stories. I have this for every book that I’m on. And every time you think of a story idea you just write it down. Even if you think “I’m not going to get this for a year but I’d love to do this,” then you write them all down. I had this one idea that I wanted to get to but because of “Planet of the Symbiotes” and what I have coming up afterwards, I knew I’m not going to get to it for a while. When they [offered] GUARDIANS TEAM-UP, I realized: “Oh, I can do it there! Yes! Thank you!” It’s easily crossing stuff off the list while at the same time thinking “Well, I’ll do it if we can get someone really special.” And Art Adams was exactly the someone special that I was looking for! Marvel.com: While you are writing this first two-part arc, in a sense isn’t GUARDIANS TEAM-UP as much about teaming different collaborators as well as characters teamed with the Guardians? Brian Michael Bendis: I think the one thing that’s missing for people that only read headlines and of course, if someone is reading this far down it assumes that you are not one of those people but some people think that I’ve added yet another book when I’m popping in and out of this book. This is not going to be my book. It’s going to start with a couple of issues by me. Then it’s going to go right to Sam Humphries as one of the chapters of “Black Vortex” and other creators will be bouncing in and off of this thing, letting them have an opportunity to shine and do their thing as well. Every time that I have the time and a cool story to tell I’ll be bouncing back in with something cool. Marvel.com: It’s almost like an anthology format? Brian Michael Bendis: Yeah and I think that’s awesome. I know some people think “you’re doing two Guardians books?!” and I respond: “No no no. I’m just doing the main one but with [GUARDIANS TEAM-UP] I will pop in every once in a while.” The [other] cool thing is that the stories will be in continuity and that sometimes gets lost in the shuffle as well. People are confused by that. But even showing that GUARDIANS TEAM-UP #3 is “Black Vortex” shows you that we’re right into it. GUARDIANS TEAM-UP kicks off in February 2015 as Brian Michael Bendis and Arthur Adams pair the Guardians of the Galaxy with the Avengers!
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Brett Dalton & Chris Lowell Visit This Week in Marvel Episode 159.5 (Tue, 18 Nov 2014)
This Week in Marvel Episode 159.5 Brett Dalton from "Marvel's Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D." stops by Marvel HQ and brings a buddy, as he and Chris Lowell talk with Blake about their new movie, "Beside Still Waters," name favorite X-Men, plus much more! Download episode #159.5 of This Week in Marvel from Marvel.com, check out Marvel Podcast Centralgrab the TWiM RSS feed and subscribe to This Week in Marvel on iTunes so you never miss an episode!This Week in Marvel will focus on delivering all the Marvel info on news and new releases--from comics to video games to toys to TV to film and beyond! New episodes will be released every Tuesday and Thursday (or so) and TWiM is co-hosted by Marvel Digital Media Group Executive Editorial Director Ryan "Agent M" Penagos and Marvel.com Editor Ben Morse with Manager, Video & Content Production Blake Garris and Editor Marc Strom.   We also want your feedback, as well as questions for us to answer on future episodes! Tweet your questions, comments and thoughts about TWiM to @AgentM@BenJMorse or @Marvel with the hashtag #ThisWeekinMarvel!
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Planet of the Symbiotes Begins in Guardians of the Galaxy #21 (Tue, 18 Nov 2014)
Guardians of the Galaxy #21 preview art by Valerio Schiti This weeke, the Guardians of the Galaxy face their worst nightmare as the new “Planet of the Symbiotes” arc kicks off in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #21! Brian Michael Bendis and Marvel Young Guns artist Valerio Schiti venture where no heroes have ever gone before – to the home planet of the deadly alien symbiotes! Ever since Flash Thompson bonded with the Venom symbiote, he has wielded it as a force for good, hoping to make the Earth a safer place. Only the far reaches of space are a little out of his depth! And with the Venom costume finally reunited with its own species – where will it’s allegiances lie? Trapped on a world full of hostile alien parasites, the Guardians of the Galaxy may begin to regret letting Flash Thompson join their team. Be there when the Guardians face a new horror in deep space as “Planet of the Symbiotes” kicks off in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #21! GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #21 (SEP140871) Art by VALERIO SCHITICover by NICK BRADSHAWRocket Raccoon & Groot Variant by DUSTIN NGUYEN (SEP140872)On-Sale – 11/19/14
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At Last! See the Cover to Secret Wars #1! (Mon, 17 Nov 2014)
Secret Wars #1 cover by Alex Ross You’ve seen Alex Ross’ spectacular promo image. You’ve seen the teasers. You’ve learned the first secrets of Battleworld, the strange, patchwork realm playing host to countless separate realities. Now, Marvel is pleased to present the first cover to next year’s game-changing SECRET WARS #1! From the chart-topping creative team of Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribid with covers by legendary painter Alex Ross, this eight-issue event brings together a legion of Marvel super heroes for an epic story the scope of which you’ve never seen before! Now, get your first look at Alex Ross’ stunning cover to the explosive first issue. Gorgeously rendered by one of the most iconic figures in the industry, this spectacular cover is just the tip of the iceberg, offering fans their first exciting look behind the curtain into the world of Secret Wars! The road to the biggest comic event of 2015 is happening right now in the pages of AVENGERS and NEW AVENGERS, so jump on board before Time Runs Out! Be there when the Secret Wars commence this May in SECRET WARS #1! SECRET WARS #1 Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN Art by ESAD RIBIC Cover by ALEX ROSS Coming May 2015!
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Follow the History of Deadpool Pt. 3 (Wed, 29 May 2013)
The History of Deadpool Pt. 3 By Brett White After making a bloody splash as an X-Force villain just over 20 years ago, Deadpool has grown from a cult favorite second banana to Marvel's most notorious leading mercenary. On June 25, 2013, comic book fans everywhere will get to experience life in the red and black tights when Deadpool's first ever video game breaks its way into stores. This marks Wade Wilson's first time headlining a game after appearing in other titles like “Marvel: Ultimate Alliance” and the Marvel vs. Capcom series. To celebrate this momentous occasion, we're giving you an in-depth look at Deadpool's history, from his humble beginnings as X-Force's snarkiest foe all the way to today. Be sure to visit the Marvel Digital Comics Shop and Marvel Digital comics Unlimited to brush up on your 'Pool history! What's a merc to do when the object of his affection needs breaking out of a mental institution? In X-FORCE #47, Deadpool answered Siryn's call for help after a failed mission landed her in the Weisman Institute for the Criminally Insane. But just as Wade busted X-Force's field leader out, he got left behind with all memory of his involvement removed from Siryn's mind by the manipulative Gamesmaster. When her memories returned in X-FORCE #56, Theresa went back to rescue Deadpool. With both halves of this odd couple finally free, 'Pool paid his rescuer back with a kiss which…didn't really please her. Better luck next time? 1997's DEADPOOL #1—kicking off DP’s first ongoing series—shoved a lot of Wilson's skeletons out of their cozy closet. The issue gave readers an unobstructed look at Deadpool's home life in a quaint San Francisco home with his elderly live-in prisoner, the cantankerous and feisty Blind Al. Wade took a mission to destroy a science outpost in Antarctica. Not a problem—until Deadpool discovered that Dr. Walter Langkowski—better known as Alpha Flight's Sasquatch—ran the outpost. The ensuing fight—because of course there was a fight—damaged the outpost's gamma core and threatened to irradiate half of Earth. Wade did the unthinkable to prevent a global catastrophe: he dove into the gamma core to fix it, saving the day and exhausting his healing factor. The intergalactic holding company Landau, Luckman and Lake claimed responsibility for DP's Antarctic mission, claiming they set him up to find out if he could be the hero their in-house prophets had said he would be. Wilson laughed off their offer to become a working good guy. With his healing factor broken, Deadpool tracked down Dr. Killebrew with Siryn's help. The former Weapon X geneticist wished to atone for the unspeakable horrors he did to Wade, so the doctor cured the merc's gamma irradiated healing factor with a healthy dose of Hulk-blood procured via impalement in DEADPOOL #4. This freed Wilson up to murder Killebrew, but Siryn convinced him otherwise, thus setting Deadpool on the heroic path that LL&L saw in his future. The path to true heroism included a few nasty pit stops. Getting involved in a bloody relationship with the deranged Typhoid Mary didn't help in DAREDEVIL/DEADPOOL ANNUAL. Temporarily posing as Spider-Man in the hero's early days and scaring Aunt May nearly to death didn't show great care for the time stream in DEADPOOL #11. Throwing Weasel and Blind Al in a dark room filled with knives, buzzsaws and razor blades just because the two communicated behind his back did demonstrate much heroism, and rushing headfirst into a battle with the psychopath T-Ray nearly got ‘Pool killed in DEADPOOL #14. All of those setbacks proved necessary to push Deadpool towards accepting LL&L's offer when agent Zoe Culloden pulled his broken body out of the snow. In DEADPOOL #17, the Merc with a Mouth learned his destiny as the Mithras with a mouth, a being charged with shepherding in the messiah. After coming to terms with his fate, Wilson prepared himself for his job, which turned out to just involve gutting an alien messiah-killer named Tiamat. The prediction became less than clear, though, as the messiah Deadpool pledged to protect turned out to be a celestial entity that robbed civilizations of their free will. After learning the truth in DEADPOOL #25, Wade turned against his mission and killed both his adversaries and the being he had been meant to safeguard. The world lost a "messiah" and gained continued free will. With his destiny destroyed and his entire support group gone, Wade fled San Francisco permanently. As far as he ran, though, his past came back in the physical form of ex-wife, Mercedes. Although he didn't initially remember being married, Deadpool’s memories of their life together and tragic end came back slowly. Mercedes had been murdered by T-Ray after the naive Wilsons took him in, an act that threatened to be repeated after T-Ray showed up again on DP's doorstep. DEADPOOL #33 dropped a bomb on the merc's backstory, as T-Ray revealed Mercedes to actually be his wife, Wade Wilson his true name, and the man who ruined their lives—Deadpool. T-Ray's magic left Wilson on the brink of death, and the reunited Wilson couple left Wade to rot and recuperate in hell. But does this revelation shake Deadpool's core sense of self? Not one bit! After all, no one should trust a psychopath with a band-aid for a nose like T-Ray! Check out DEADPOOL (1997) in the Marvel Digital Comics Shop, plus on Marvel Unlimited.
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Download 'This Week in Marvel' Episode 81.5 (Tue, 28 May 2013)
Download 'This Week in Marvel' Episode 81.5 Download episode #81.5 of This Week in Marvel from Marvel.com Ryan and Ben welcome their old pal "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels, Impact Wrestling star and one half of the tag team Bad Influence, to the show. Enjoy a free-flowing discussion of comics and wrestling, including Daniels' plans for Slammiversary, his thoughts on Marvel NOW! and much more! Download episode #81.5 of This Week in Marvel from Marvel.com, check out Marvel Podcast Centralgrab the TWiM RSS feed and subscribe to This Week in Marvel on iTunes or Zune, so you never miss an episode! This Week in Marvel will focus on delivering all the Marvel info on news and new releases--from comics to video games to toys to TV to film and beyond! New episodes will be released every Tuesday and Thursday (or so) and TWiM is co-hosted by Marvel Digital Media Group Executive Editorial Director Ryan "Agent M" Penagos and Marvel.com Editor Ben Morse with Associate Producer Blake Garris and Associate Editor Marc Strom.  We also want your feedback, as well as questions for us to answer on future episodes! Tweet your questions, comments and thoughts about TWiM to @AgentM@BenJMorse or @Marvel with the hashtag #ThisWeekinMarvel! And if your message is longer than 140 characters, send it through fans.marvel.com!
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