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Get the Marvel Comics App Update for 9/17/14 (Wed, 17 Sep 2014)
Marvel Comics App Update for 9/17/14 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 ALL-NEW X-FACTOR (2014) #14 ALL-NEW X-MEN (2012) #32 AVENGERS (2012) #35 AVENGERS WORLD (2014) #13 DAREDEVIL (2014) #8 DEADPOOL BI-ANNUAL (2014) #1 EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE (2014) #2 ELEKTRA (2014) #6 HULK (2014) #6 HULK ANNUAL (2014) #1 MILES MORALES: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN (2014) #5 NOVA (2013) #21 ORIGINAL SIN: THOR & LOKI (2014) #5 SAVAGE HULK (2014) #4 SECRET AVENGERS (2014) #8 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN (2013) #33 THOR: GOD OF THUNDER (2012) #25 UNCANNY AVENGERS (2012) #24 UNCANNY X-MEN (2013) #26 WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN (2014) #9 Also On Sale ADVENTURES OF CYCLOPS & PHOENIX (1994) #1-4 AVENGERS (1963) #124, #126-140, #145-146, #150-151    X-MEN: PHOENIX (1999) #1-3       Collections On-Sale This Week X-MEN: THE ADVENTURES OF CYCLOPS & PHOENIX NEW MUTANTS VOL. 7: FIGHT THE FUTURE RUNAWAYS VOL. 11: HOMESCHOOLING UNCANNY X-MEN VOL. 4: VS. S.H.I.E.L.D. UNCANNY X-MEN VOL. 4: THE DRACO X-FACTOR VOL. 17: THE ROAD TO REDEMPTION X-MEN MASTERWORKS VOL. 6 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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Follow Valerio Schiti on This Week in Marvel NOW! (Wed, 17 Sep 2014)
This Week in Marvel NOW! - Valerio Schiti Each week on This Week in Marvel NOW!, we'll speak with the creative minds behind the top characters and hottest books in comics! In the latest podcast chronicling the All-New Young Guns, Ben and Ryan speak with Valerio Schiti! The upcoming GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY artist gets into detail about coming up in Italy, his initial foray into architecture, breaking into Marvel and much more. Download This Week in Marvel NOW! - Valerio Schiti from Marvel.com! This Week in Marvel NOW! focuses on delivering all the info on the latest comics being produced by Marvel! New episodes will be released every Wednesday co-hosted by Marvel Digital Media Group Executive Editorial Director Ryan "Agent M" Penagos and Marvel.com Editor Ben Morse.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 #TWiMMarvelNOW!
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Costoberfest 2014 (Wed, 17 Sep 2014)
Costoberfest 2014 - Story Bannwe Cosplayers & Costumers, we here at Marvel.com are always super appreciative and constantly in awe of your costumes, time and time again! As is now tradition, we would like to honor the costuming and cosplay community for the time and effort you’ve put toward the Marvel fandom throughout the month of October. For 31 days, we will highlight cosplayers & costumers through profiles, news articles, events and more! Plus you all get your chance to participate! Here’s how: Every day, starting October 1, we will pick a cosplayer or costumer to profile on Marvel’s Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter. If you’re interested in possibly being spotlighted, send in the photographs* of yourself in costume to: cosplay@marvel.com Feel free to submit as an individual or group, but remember only Marvel cosplay & costumes will be accepted. Marvel’s use of all photos are governed by the Marvel.com Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. All photos must be of cosplayers 13 years of age or older. Plus, all throughout the week of New York Comic Con, we’ll have tons more cool things for you! So remember to stop by Marvel.com, plus Marvel’s Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter every day for the month of October to celebrate in everything cosplay & costuming! --- *We will need a signed release (to be provided by Marvel) from the model and approval from the photographer of each photo.  All photos must be of cosplayers 13 years of age or older. Costoberfest 2014 - Master
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Living the Logan Legacy: Tim Seeley & X-23 (Wed, 17 Sep 2014)
Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy #2 preview art by Ariela Kristantina A world without Wolverine leaves everyone in the Marvel Universe reeling. Of all those impacted, however, X-23 wonders if his death defines her fate as well, something writer Tim Seeley explores in October’s DEATH OF WOLVERINE: THE LOGAN LEGACY #2. Seeley tells Marvel.com where he and artist Ariela Kristantina plan to take the former assassin berserker as she copes with the loss of her genetic kin. Marvel.com: What interested you most about getting to write an installment in this critical post-Death of Wolverine limited series, THE LOGAN LEGACY? Tim Seeley: Mostly it was the chance to work with [editors] Mike [Marts] and Katie [Kubert] again, as well as the crew I work with on Batman Eternal, James [Tynion IV], Ray [Fawkes], Kyle [Higgins], and the bonus Marguerite [Bennett]! Plus, I thought it’d be interesting to deal with a Marvel U without Wolverine, since he’s been so prominently in the forefront of comics since I started reading them. Marvel.com: From your perspective, what makes X-23 such an engaging character to write and also so critical to the legacy concept? Tim Seeley: Well, she’s actually part Wolverine, in that she shares a lot of his DNA, but she’s never been his daughter. So that makes for some interesting conflicts for her to deal with. Honestly I was never really very into X-23, I think the clone thing turned me off, but [I’m interested in] having her have to deal with the death of a guy whose life could determine her future appealed to me; the idea of nature vs. nurture, and if she’s predestined to live Logan's life. Marvel.com: Without giving too much away, how does she react to Logan’s death? Tim Seeley: At first, I think she sees it as very fatalistic. She sees her end in the way he died. She thinks her future is written. Marvel.com: How satisfying is it to work with this editorial and creative team? Tim Seeley: I've gotten pretty used to working with Mike, Ray, James and Kyle, so that was a breeze. And Charles Soule is a frightening story-making machine, who really added a lot to the conversation. I’d gladly work with all these people again. Marvel.com: Can you give a hint of the kind of action and tone you hope to give readers in a story that has you working with artist Ariela Kristantina? Tim Seeley: I wanted the story to be kind of quiet and melancholy, but this is a Marvel comic, so instead it’s full of epic fights, capes, and explosions. It was interesting to work with Ariela. This was her first “mainstream,” comic work—she's still in college after all. So, I got to see her grow and develop on the page. I’m always pretty hesitant to work with new artists actually; I’ve been one. I know what kind of pressure it is, and how easy it is to freeze. But I think she brought a pretty interesting new look and technique to the table, and I dug it. Marvel.com: The Marvel Universe is vast and nuanced, but those connected to Logan, be it genetically as with X-23 or otherwise, are part of an even more unique part of Marvel’s dynamic family. What are some of the creative opportunities afforded you writing in this unique corner of the Marvel landscape? Tim Seeley: The Wolverine side of the Marvel Universe tends to be full of the more “morally flexible” characters. Just by virtue of who he is, Logan attracted a lot of shady characters. In fact, of all the characters featured in the LEGACY story, X-23 is the most “good” of all of them, and she’s an ex-assassin berserker. Marvel.com: While this story is focused on X-23, am I right in thinking it is also a story that aims to pay respects on some level to Logan? Tim Seeley: For sure. In fact, each story pays homage to a different aspect of Logan. Marvel.com: In what ways do you this limited series will resonate with fans of Logan? Tim Seeley: I think it reads as a eulogy to a much beloved character, and readers will get to see what the people closest to him thought of him, which allows for some revealing history and personality traits we've never seen before. Follow DEATH OF WOLVERINE, on sale now, and pick up THE LOGAN LEGACY beginning in October!
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Gwen Stacy Gets Cloned in 90's By the Numbers (Wed, 17 Sep 2014)
90's By The Numbers: Web of Spider-Man #125 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 gnarly fact at a time! This week we're singling out WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #125 by Terry Kavanagh and Steven Butler. Here's "Lives Unlived" by the numbers! 13 wrist compartments, 4 belt capsules, and 2 ankle pouches on Scarlet Spider's costume   10 shots fired by the clone of Miles Warren in 3 panels   6 thwips   5 spider-sense tingles   4 computers in the Daily Bugle morgue—morgue for back issues, not dead bodies   3 trails of smoke coming off of Peter Parker's freshly tasered body   2 names for one clone—Gwen Stacy and Joyce Delaney   1 3-D Live Action Scarlet Spider Holodisk…? Gwen Stacy becomes Spider-Woman in EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2, on sale now!
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Follow the History of Elektra Pt. 4 (Tue, 16 Sep 2014)
The History of Elektra Pt. 4 From her introduction in 1981, Elektra stood out as a different kind of character. Beautiful yet lethal, she possessed a violence and skill sufficient to challenge the deadliest men in the Marvel Universe, yet a more complex persona lay beneath her sharp exterior. Elektra became in many ways the avatar of Frank Miller’s acclaimed run on DAREDEVIL, and remains an integral part of the Marvel Universe to this day. As part of the 75th anniversary of Marvel, we look back on her tumultuous saga. The past few years rank as some of Elektra’s most challenging, imparting important lessons to the world’s deadliest assassin of teamwork, the truth, and the price one pays from running from their past. During the Skrull invasion of Earth, an incredible secret stood revealed: several of Earth’s greatest heroes had been kidnapped by the shapeshifting aliens and replaced by duplicates. In SECRET INVASION #8, some of the remaining champions learned of Elektra’s own duplication. Back on Earth and still spinning from the truth, Elektra found herself taken in by H.A.M.M.E.R., the replacement for S.H.I.E.L.D., and subjected to experiments by Norman Osborn in DARK REIGN: ELEKTRA #1. Osborn put Bullseye on her trail after she escaped, but the wily killer received the beat-down of his life from his old foe in DARK REIGN: ELEKTRA #4. Eventually, Elektra, with the help of Wolverine, tracked down a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who hungered for revenge on her. Hired by the Red Hulk to join with others to protect his secret identity in HULK #14, Elektra tracked the mutant Domino, but ran up against X-Force instead. In HULK #17, she actually proved instrumental in parlaying a truce of sorts between the interested parties. Elektra resisted the urge to fly to Matt Murdock’s side when, as Daredevil, he killed Bullseye and set himself up in Hell’s Kitchen as its overlord. Finally though, she traveled to New York to investigate the situation herself in SHADOWLAND: ELEKTRA #1, and uncovered the truth of Matt’s dark new path. In THUNDERBOLTS #1, the Red Hulk came calling once again to invite Elektra to join a new incarnation of the team, one that would respond to global situations in his own forthright manner. Alongside Venom, the Punisher, Mercy, and Deadpool, Elektra took on missions for the Red Hulk until the group insisted that on alternate occasions they would focus on individual team member’s personal missions. While on her own time, Elektra once more sought a new beginning in ELEKTRA #1. She accepted an assignment to bring in the assassin Cape Crow for a large bounty in ELEKTRA #2, which lead to a confrontation with the killer called Bloody Lips and a strange journey to Monster Island. Recently, she’s decided to go up against the entire Assassin’s Guild, a huge undertaking that’s outcome still rests in the mists surrounding the future… Read more on Marvel Unlimited
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30 Days of AXIS (Tue, 16 Sep 2014)
30 Days of AXIS The simmering flame first brought to bear in UNCANNY AVENGERS #1 over two years ago will at last burst into an out of control inferno on October 8 with the release of AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #1! The Red Skull has declared World War Hate, using the potent telepathic abilities he pilfered from the deceased Charles Xavier to establish a “Red Supremacy” in the former mutant haven of Genosha, capturing and tormenting the Children of the Atom. In order to defeat this madman, the two teams that battled one another during AVENGERS VS. X-MEN will have to put their differences aside and unite. Every day between now and October 8, Marvel.com and our social channels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Google+ will release a new exclusive piece of AXIS content, from writer Rick Remender providing insight into the featured characters, first look art by Adam Kubert, and excerpts of dialogue from Remender’s scripts. Watch the video below to get caught up on the story so far, and then see what the latest day has revealed about AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS! Day 10 Today's glimpse at Rick Remender's AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS script shows that somebody may have lost faith in one of mutantkind's foremost champions...but who? Day 9 Over the course of LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD to date, the Trickster has flirted with the concept of heroism; in AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS, events force him to embrace the good within him perhaps faster than he may have hoped. "Loki is in a redemption arc already, and has found himself faced with the challenge of proving himself capable of being a hero, but of course the person who doubts him the most is himself," notes Rick Remender. "And deep down, in the recesses of his mind, there is his future self cackling at him, pulling him into despair, convincing him that there is no other road for him. And AXIS will allow him to answer that question once and for all for himself, as to what the true fiber and makeup of his character is and whether or not he is inferior to his half-brother Thor." Day 8 Avengers Quinjets may be pretty durable, but as shown in a panel from AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #1 by Adam Kubert, they can't stand up to everything... Day 7 With the DEATH OF WOLVERINE currently playing out, Sabretooth stands poised to be at loose ends with the absence of his archnemesis. AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS will provide a surprising new role for Victor Creed. However, will the bestial mutant rise to the occasion or be ground down by an unfamiliar challenge? "Creed is drawn into this for reasons that are at first entirely selfish, but finds himself in a situation much like the situation that Logan was in years ago where the blood on his hands and the memories of what he has done are no longer sitting well," says Rick Remender. "And he is now faced with seeing the world in a different light and also seeing what he has done in a different light, and desperately wanting to erase the past but seeing that the only way he has to do that is to try and do something positive moving forward. Whether or not he succeeds, of course, will remain to be seen." Day 6 The Red Skull will unleash "World War Hate" in AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS, and as Rick Remender's script shows, nobody will be immune...Day 5 He may not be "Worthy" anymore, but that doesn't stop the Odinson from preparing to join the fray in this AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #1 panel by Adam Kubert... Day 4 Most major events in the Marvel Universe in recent memory have proved taxing to The Scarlet Witch, and AXIS will prove no exception. After suffering at the hands of manipulations and her own instability, Wanda Maximoff has finally seemed to gain some semblance of redemption and sanity in UNCANNY AVENGERS. The Red Skull will attempt to rip this away and utilize the powerful mutant for his own purposes. "Wanda has a number of large revelations in AXIS, and she’s a character who, because of her power set and what she's capable of, has turned into a prize to be sought by numerous evil beings throughout her history," says Rick Remender. "As we saw in UNCANNY AVENGERS, the Red Skull wants to use Wanda and her reality warping abilities to accomplish something. And now that he has also transcended the physical form and become something different, he has the power to make that happen. "Wanda will have had enough. And this is when she finally will have the opportunity to stand up and look at the people who have most recently manipulated her and taken advantage of her, and she will set out on a course to acquire sweet revenge. That list would probably include Doctor Doom and Magneto starting off on the top, so we will definitely have some big moments for Wanda in this, and a large revelation that will change her life quite a bit moving forward." Day 3 In AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS, even close allies will find themselves butting heads when the tension rises, as can be seen by this piece of dialogue from Rick Remender's script... Day 2 Iron Man, The Wasp and The Vision prepare for battle in this exclusive Adam Kubert preview art from AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #1... Day 1 Every time The Red Skull has risen up, Captain America has been there to stop him, but in AXIS, the playing field has changed. Steve Rogers, the original Cap, has been aged due to recent events, and handed his shield and mantel off to Sam Wilson, the former Falcon. The latter will experience a harsh trial by fire, while the former attempts to adjust to a new role. "Both [Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson] have a large role in this. Steve is more ‘eye in the sky’ and helping run operations, and Sam is on the ground and he’s the field leader," explains Rick Remender. "But Sam finds himself in a situation unlike anything that he’s ever been through before, and how he maneuvers through that will then lead him on a collision course with Steve Rogers—not just a physical one, but an ideological one. And we will see Sam and Steve at incredible odds." AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #1 begins “The Red Supremacy” on October 8! Keep checking Marvel.com and our social channels, plus visit the AXIS hub page daily for more!
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Lies, Mindwipes & More: The Illuminati's 5 Dirtiest Deeds (Tue, 16 Sep 2014)
Illuminati's Dirtiest Deeds Most super heroes have to keep a secret identity intact, but a select handful of Marvel's most powerful individuals have chosen to add another layer of secrecy on top of their already complicated lives. The members of the Illuminati—originally Iron Man, Mr. Fantastic, Doctor Strange, Namor, Black Bolt, and Professor X—all chosen to keep their involvement in the covert group of movers and shakers a secret from their super hero allies. But what could these good guys possibly want to hide? They still have Earth's safety in mind, but—as you'll see—that safety comes with a heavy moral price. Here are five of the most controversial actions taken by the Illuminati, presented in chronological order! 1. Secret Skrull War Soon after the Illuminati's formation (which can be seen in flashback in NEW AVENGERS: ILLUMINATI), the Avengers found themselves caught between the warring Skrull and Kree empires. When the dust settled, the members of the Illuminati wanted to say "get out and stay out!" directly to the Skrull empire. Their small raid on the throne world didn't go as smoothly as planned, and the Illuminati left behind enough genetic material to give the Skrulls the scientific advantage they would need to make SECRET INVASION possible. 2. Nothing's Wrong With S.H.I.E.L.D. Readers learned of the Illuminati's existence in the second arc of NEW AVENGERS, when Iron Man confronted the rest of the secret society with the existence of a mysterious man called the Sentry. Most of the gathered Illuminati members gave Tony Stark their blessing for forming the new Avengers team, and they trusted the billionaire to keep a close eye on the Sentry as well. Tony flinched, though, when asked about the super spy agency's increasing shadiness. Iron Man lied about what he knew, as he had encountered rogue S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in the Savage Land just a few days earlier. 3. Bye Bye Hulk After the jade giant destroyed Las Vegas, Iron Man had to come up with a hard solution to the planet's Hulk problem. That fix: blasting Bruce Banner into space towards an uninhabited planet. Stark brought the solution to his Illuminati teammates, receiving votes of approval from all of them except for Namor. This one decision set the stage for Planet Hulk and—much to the Earth's dismay—World War Hulk. 4. Playing Infinity Gem Keep Away Mr. Fantastic thought he had figured out the perfect way to destroy the incredibly dangerous Infinity Gems once and for all. With the help of the Illuminati, Reed Richards gathered all six Gems together and tried to use their combined power to erase the objects from existence. The plan backfired and forced Richards to reconsider his options. He gave the members of the Illuminati one Gem each to protect, but that decision just made them easier for The Hood to later steal. 5. Mind Wiping Captain America Faced with the threat of incursions—contractions within the Multiverse that causes parallel Earths to collide—literally hanging over their heads, the Illuminati reformed to save the planet once again. This time, though, they would have to destroy the alternate Earth in order to save their world. Captain America would not condone this course of action, even as the rest of the team began constructing a planet-destroying weapon. Illuminati member Doctor Strange then used a spell to erase Cap's memories of his time with the covert group. The Illuminati make even more extreme decisions in October's NEW AVENGERS #25! New Avengers (2013) #3 Cover New Avengers (2004) #10
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Brute Forces Returns in Deadpool Bi-Annual (Tue, 16 Sep 2014)
Deadpool Bi-Annual #1 preview art by Salva Espin Have you ever wanted to see the Merc With a Mouth throw down with a team of cybernetic, anthropomorphic animals? Well you've come to the right place because the gone (and also forgotten) 90's team of Brute Force makes their triumphant return to the Marvel fold this week in DEADPOOL BI-ANNUAL #1! Written by Paul Scheer--star of "The League" and "NTSF:SD:SUV--and Nick Giovannetti with art by Salva Espin, Deadpool is going to come face-to-snout with the some of the toughest and most absurd enemies he's ever faced! When the Merc With a Mouth is hired by WaterWorld to protect their theme park from environmental activists, he had no idea that meant a heavily armed team of armored-up talking animals! A mechanized kangaroo with a machine gun is just the beginning! Don’t miss it when Scheer & Giovannetti take the Merc With a Mouth for a spin when DEADPOOL BI-ANNUAL #1 hits comic shops and digital devices this week! DEADPOOL BI-ANNUAL #1 (JUL140685) Written by PAUL SCHEER & NICK GIOVANNETTI Art by SALVA ESPIN Cover by DAVID NAKAYAMA On-Sale – 09/17/14
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Face to Face With Miles Morales in All-New X-Men #32 (Tue, 16 Sep 2014)
Your First Look at All-New X-Men #32 Guest Starring Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man Welcome to the All-New X-Men, Miles Morales – hope you survive the experience! Marvel is proud to offer an advance look at ALL-NEW X-MEN #32, from superstar writer Brian Michael Bendis and new ongoing artist and Marvel All-New Young Gun Mahmud Asrar! Dimension hopping has become a rite of passage for the X-Men and the All-New X-Men are no exception! Stranded and scattered across the Ultimate Universe, the All-New X-Men must find their way back to each other if they have any hope of finding their way back home! Thankfully, they might get a little help from the one and only Ultimate Spider-Man, Miles Morales! But some of the Ultimate Universe’s heaviest hitting villains might have a thing or two to say about that! Don’t miss the story that will have everyone talking when ALL-NEW X-MEN #32 swings into comic shops this week! ALL-NEW X-MEN #32 (JUL140694)                            Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDISArt by MAHMUD ASRARCover by SARA PICHELLION-SALE 09/17/14
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Go Back To Work With Magneto, A Mutant Of Many Talents! (Mon, 15 Sep 2014)
Back To Work With Magneto It's Monday, and that means that you've had to find the strength to shake off the after-effects of a weekend well spent just to get back into shape for the weekday work-athon. It's tough, sure, but it's a fact of life – one that isn't lost on super humans either. Yep, Mondays mean back to work for super heroes too, as they trade in their uniforms for something more business casual. Don't lump Magneto in with all the other Marvel bad guys that just have eyes on world domination. The Master of Magnetism has developed quite a diverse set of skills over the years, most of which have nothing to do with putting the X-Men in their place. Sure, he's currently using his powers to seek vengeance/justice as a pro-mutant vigilante, but that's just the gig he has right now. Magneto first met Charles Xavier while working at a hospital and rehabilitating war survivors. Magneto bonded with Xavier while they helped a patient named Gabrielle Haller, but the two reacted in drastically different ways when HYDRA kidnapped the woman. Magneto lashed out, setting himself on the path to becoming Xavier's archenemy. With Xavier off in outer space and all criminal charges against him dropped, Magneto rehabilitated himself by becoming both a member of the X-Men and headmaster of the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters. The New Mutants didn't get along with their new professor, and Magneto had a lot to learn about being a patient and caring instructor. After leaving the X-Men and experiencing a few deaths and rebirths, Magneto finally got what he had always wanted—a sovereign mutant nation. He took control of Genosha, an island off the coast of Africa that had previously been synonymous with mutant slavery, and turned it into a thriving metropolitan home for millions of lost mutants. His dream of a mutant paradise came to an end, however, when the mad Cassandra Nova dropped a fleet of vicious Sentinel robots on the island, killing nearly every mutant present. The Master of Magnetism marches towards AXIS in MAGNETO!
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Wish Red She-Hulk a Happy 5th Birthday (Fri, 12 Sep 2014)
Happy Birthday Red She-Hulk Don't let the number of metaphorical candles on the metaphorical cake fool you, because Red She-Hulk's actually been kicking around the Marvel Universe for a lot longer than five years. Betty Ross first appeared as the human daughter of General "Thunderbolt" Ross over 52 years ago in INCREDIBLE HULK #1. She became Bruce Banner's closest ally, and on-again off-again girlfriend, for the next few decades. She flirted with becoming a super powered individual back in 1973's INCREDIBLE HULK #168 when M.O.D.O.K. transformed her into the green monster called Harpy, but she reverted back to humanity a few issues later. As it turns out, her real—and seemingly permanent—super hero role would involve a totally different color. Betty Ross first appeared as Red She-Hulk five years ago this month in HULK #15 by Jeph Loeb and Ian Churchill. She debuted on the last page of the issue, following Red Hulk's vicious battle with Wolverine and X-Force. Red She-Hulk held in her hands both Elektra's sai and Domino's laser gun, thus inferring that the savage new She-Hulk had defeated the two characters off-panel. When the action picked up in HULK #16, Wolverine got the upper hand—or claw—immediately. The new Hulk on the block made short work of Wolverine, Deadpool, and the rest of her attackers. She escaped with the recently blinded Red Hulk by diving into the sewers. The two tried to feel each other out, which proved to be a hard task as both Red Hulk and Red She-Hulk refused to reveal their secret identities to each other—or the audience. Red She-Hulk's knowledge of war strategies surprised Red Hulk, and the newcomer also revealed that she had heard some of the elder Hulk's anecdotes before. Before they could figure each other's identities, the She-Hulk turned on the He-Hulk. Red She-Hulk turned the anti-hero over to Thundra, Punisher, and Deadpool—three vigilantes that he had hired to hunt down X-Force and neglected to pay. HULK #17 started with the tables getting turned in a big way, as the Red Hulk revealed that his vision had returned. The Red Hulk escaped with Red She-Hulk in hot pursuit. Their cat and mouse game led them to the top of the Empire State Building, where Red Hulk showed mercy by not throwing the other Hulk to her possible demise. Red She-Hulk appreciated the gesture, but did not reciprocate. Red She-Hulk's true identity would not be revealed until a year later in INCREDIBLE HULKS #609. With her big secret out in the open, Betty got involved with the wider Marvel Universe by serving as a member of the Defenders. You can read Betty's solo adventures in RED SHE-HULK on Marvel Unlimited!
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Marvel 75: Frank Miller's Daredevil (Fri, 12 Sep 2014)
Frank Miller's Daredevil By Kiel Phegley Marvel’s Man Without Fear, the blind hero known as Daredevil, may be on a creative upswing today, but ask anyone in comics where Matt Murdock became a legend, and they’ll point you in one direction. “Frank Miller is the most important thing,” says writer Brian Michael Bendis. “[His] Daredevil story is the greatest Daredevil story ever written.” It may be hard to overstate it today, but writer/artist Miller’s long run with Daredevil not only served as a revolutionary act in the Marvel Universe but a defining moment for comics as a medium throughout the 1980’s. Miller came onto DAREDEVIL as a penciler in the late 70’s, but it wasn't until issue #165 when he began writing as well that the book turned to the more dangerous, inventive and personal stories that would help define comics for decades to come. “It was stuff that I kept to look at and kept on looking at it,” recalls John Romita, Jr. who was on staff at Marvel when Miller would bring in his DAREDEVIL art. “I thought Frank was a genius from the get-go, and I still think that. Everybody knew what Frank was and the quality of his work. When a talent like that comes along as an artist, it’s glaring. Writers might take a little bit of time, but Frank hit the ground running immediately.” Miller’s DAREDEVIL combined his interest in noir crime stories, ninja epics and his own personal connection to his history with Catholicism and the underbelly of the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York where he lived. During his initial stretch with Matt Murdock, the artist redefined the character as a tortured anti-hero, rebuilt his rogues gallery with a more deranged and dangerous Bullseye and a malevolent mastermind in the Kingpin and introduced Elektra, one of Marvel's greatest female warriors. Introduced in DAREDEVIL #168, Elektra Natchios became much more than Murdock’s college girlfriend. After parting ways with the future Man Without Fear, she became an assassin under the tutelage of ninja clan the Hand. This led her not only to conflict with Daredevil and Kingpin but also to her surprising death at Bullseye’s hands in DAREDEVIL #181. That moment served one of the most shocking comic events of the time, recalls Bendis who himself followed Miller with an award-winning DAREDEVIL run decades later: “Today you hear about these things weeks or months in advance, but we all just showed up to the comic shop one Wednesday, and it was like, ‘Elektra is dead?!?’ It was traumatic!” Bendis notes that while Miller’s DAREDEVIL became quickly established as the premier comic book on the stands, reading new issues would be a revelation to a generation of aspiring creators. “The hype was there, but you didn't know what you were getting,” he explains. “It was the cinematics of it and the much more mature themes than you were used to seeing in the genre. These things got to us on a profound level. We all grew up, and what we’ve taken from [books like that] is ‘I'm going to put my own world view into my story.’ “The other thing we saw then was that the page seemed too small to hold the story. It looked like just beyond the edges of the pages was more story, and that's something I've tried to put into my comics as well.” While Miller left DAREDEVIL for a short while, his connection to the character hardly severed, and his time innovating was far from over. The artist returned to the book with issue #226 in order to set up probably his best-known and most shocking Daredevil saga with “Born Again.” Written by Miller and drawn by David Mazzucchelli, the seven-part story chronicled the Kingpin’s revenge again Daredevil after the mob boss discovered the hero’s secret identity from his broken ex-girlfriend Karen Paige. A scheme to systematically break down Matt Murdock both personally and physically followed with a visual style every bit as cinematic as Miller's original run. “It’s about what the ideal of the [crime] genre is, and a lot of what it’s about is cost—the cost of being Daredevil,” Bendis says of “Born Again.” “He always veers away from the main character’s point of view to show how this action has affected other people.” Bendis feels what set Miller’s work with Daredevil apart was how he was able to totally redefine what people thought of the character: “[Miller’s] DAREDEVIL is so subversive because he’s using this icon. I mean, Daredevil literally goes insane in that book! It’s sheer madness that he dives into, and you’d never seen that happen in a book before. What's amazing is that Miller kind of ends the book with ‘Born Again.’ It’s over. That was the last Daredevil story, and good luck to the next guy. If you ask him today, I bet he’d genuinely be surprised the book is still being published." That sentiment aside, Miller did have one more major Daredevil story in him, a tale that came out of Romita Jr.’s desire to work with him. “When I contacted him, I wanted to do a Wolverine graphic novel,” Romita recalls today. “Frank said, ‘Nah, everyone’s doing that. Let’s do something different. I have an idea. I love your stuff on DAREDEVIL. Let’s try this.’” “This” became DAREDEVIL: THE MAN WITHOUT FEAR, a 1993 limited series that dug even deeper into Miller’s DD canon and expanded the origin of the hero in many ways. “Until I worked with him, I didn't know the breadth of his ability,” Romita confesses. “As it was when I worked with John Byrne, a writer who is also an artist knows what to ask for and what not to ask for; the plot that he sent me—it had some dialogue in it for nuances and acting, but he did most of that later—was worth reading over and over again. “There was an addendum in there that was supposed to be a couple of pages long—and it ended up being 80 pages!” laughs Romita who also collaborated with late, great inker Al Williamson on the story. “Frank had more that he wanted to say. It was special. If I had to say the highlight of my career overall, I would probably mention MAN WITHOUT FEAR first. Frank would ask for something in two sentences that would go on for four pages. And with that run of pages, I think I had more success with visual storytelling than anything I’ve done since. And that includes the KICK-ASS stuff. I remember drawing that and feeling like I was watching a movie. I read those plots as if they were the screenplay to a great film from a great director. “I hope it has a long shelf life and that people keep coming back to it. The size of it is amazing as a complete novel. The hardcover has a very impressive appearance, and I'm very proud of it. Working on it took several years—four years, I think. I will never, ever forget working on those pages. I still have the photocopies of the pencil, and I look at them and say, ‘Damn. I put a lot of detail into those.’ And that's all because I loved doing it.” And while creators from Bendis and Alex Maleev to Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark on through to the current team of Mark Waid and Chris Samnee have continued to make DAREDEVIL a hit, no one can doubt the impact Miller had at Marvel and beyond. Though for Romita’s part, he hopes there’s at least one more Frank Miller Daredevil moment to come: “I've never gotten to sit down with Frank on a panel at a convention and tell him how much I enjoyed reading that plot. He’s probably got other things on his plate right now.” For more of Marvel's 75th anniversary celebration, vist marvel.com/75
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Titans Collide in Hulk Vs. Thanos (Fri, 12 Sep 2014)
Thanos Vs. Hulk art by Jim Starlin Jim Starlin’s got his hands and plate full with his new four-issue limited series, THANOS VS. HULK, out later this year. The story, if you’ve already guessed, pits our favorite green giant against the cosmos’ greatest villain in a winner-takes-all contest—who wins? Who loses? Who survives? We sidled up to Starlin for a few clues. Marvel.com: Jim, does THANOS VS. HULK lead off from any previous tales of yours? Can an interested reader come in cold? Jim Starlin: A reader only has to know who the Hulk and Thanos are—which is just about anyone who knows the name Marvel these days. The story is self contained, even though it is part of the tale begun in THANOS ANNUAL and the INFINITY REVELATION original graphic novel. Strangely enough, though, this story takes place before INFINITY REVELATION, as did THANOS ANNUAL. Marvel.com: Inquiring minds want to know: which version of the Hulk are you using in the series? Jim Starlin: I based this story’s Hulk on the version Mark Waid was writing in INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK. That's what editorial sent me to read, in order to catch up on what Mean & Green has been up to. The only thing I changed was giving him longer hair than that series had. Marvel.com: We heard that things kick off with Pip the Troll abducting Hulk—why would he do that? Jim Starlin: Annihilus has something Pip terribly wants and so he kidnaps Bruce Banner to trade for that something. Buyer’s regret sets in and the story continues onward. Marvel.com: Wait—Annihilus? How big of a part does he play in the story? Why is he a great villain to use? Jim Starlin: Annihilus is throughout the series. He wants the Hulk/Banner for his own nefarious reasons. Telling you any more than that would prove a spoiler. I'm using him in the story because he’s already a great villain that could be even scarier than he already is. Marvel.com: What are some of the places we'll travel to in THANOS VS. HULK? Jim Starlin: Starts on Earth, goes to Starlin’s Bar, then onto the Negative Zone and ends back on Earth. There’s also a little spell where we hang in what may or not be Bruce Banner’s psyche. So the scope is rather large and diverse. Marvel.com: How will you bring Thanos into it? What kind of past history does he have with the Hulk?Jim Starlin: It's not his history with the Hulk that brings Thanos into the tale. Long-time readers will recall that the Titan and a certain troll have a past affiliation. The fact of the matter is that Pip plays as big a role in this tale as any of the other characters, including the Hulk. So some unusual twists and turns should be expected. Marvel.com: What other characters will guest-star? Jim Starlin: Iron Man makes an appearance along with certain members of S.H.I.E.L.D. You’ll also find many of the usual suspects hanging around Starlin’s Bar. Yes, it’s pure ego that drives me to add that location to the story. Marvel.com: Hey, who could blame you? So, for a project like this, what's the biggest advantage for you to both write and draw? What if any are the challenges?Jim Starlin: The advantages of this arrangement keep fights between the writer and artist down to a minimum. The challenges?  When a fight does break out between the writer and artist it gets very bloody very fast. Still healing from the final issue. Look for HULK VS. THANOS by Jim Starlin later this year!
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Meet Marvel's Female Editors on the Women of Marvel Podcast (Fri, 12 Sep 2014)
The Women of Marvel Podcast Episode 12 It's the latest episode of the Women of Marvel podcast! Want to hear about being a Marvel editor from the female perspective? You've come to the right place! Judy, Adri, Sana and Jeanine welcome Katie Kubert, Ellie Pyle, Emily Shaw, and Jen Grunwald to the show! Listen to Women of Marvel - Episode 12 now! The Women of Marvel podcast will assemble to chat all things Marvel and more! New episodes will be released weekly, 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! 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
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Sins of the Father Revealed in Thanos: A God Up There Listening (Fri, 12 Sep 2014)
Thanos: A God Up There Listening In the aftermath of the universe shaking INFINITY event, Thane, Son of Thanos will rise. But will he be hero, or villain? Marvel is proud to bring you a first look at THANOS: A GOD UP THERE LISTENING #1, representing the hit Infinite Comics series in print for the first time. Shipping weekly in October, writer Rob Williams along with artists Paco Diaz, Iban Coello and Neil Edwards explore Thane’s tragic journey following the events of INFINITY. Under the watchful eye of Thanos’ advisor, the Ebony Maw, Thane has travelled the galaxy in search of answers. Is he truly the son of the Mad Titan? And is he destined to follow in his father’s evil footsteps? The lost biography of Thanos’ black deeds has been uncovered. As Thane begins to explore his father’s legacy, he’ll discover not everything is as it seems. Meanwhile in the past, two titans clash as the cosmic war between Thanos and Ego the Living Planet sends shockwaves across the heavens. As the story of their bloody battle in the cold depths of space is revealed, Thane will learn a devastating secret that will haunt him in the present day! Can a man fight his own destiny? The time has come where Thane must choose what man he will become. A force for good…or for evil? Don’t miss the start of a new 4-issue limited series set to expand on the story of Thanos and Thane like never before when THANOS: A GOD UP THERE LISTENING #1 hits comic shops in October! THANOS: A GOD UP THERE LISTENING #1 (of 4) (AUG140767) Written by ROB WILLIAMS Art by IBAN COELLO Layouts by MAST & GEOFFO Cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN FOC – 09/15/14, On-Sale – 10/08/14
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Follow the History of Daredevil Pt. 21 (Fri, 12 Sep 2014)
History of Daredevil Pt. 21 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! Things got personal—very personal—for Daredevil in 1984 as a new adversary challenged the blind hero at every turn, and old enemies made life even more difficult for him, one of them from beyond the grave. King Micah Synn, an Eastern African chief, arrived in New York City with his two wives in DAREDEVIL #202, and things changed immediately for Matt Murdock. First, though, he needed to break up the Trump’s gang and address the problem of an old tormentor from his childhood in DAREDEVIL #203, freeing him up then for the next set of problems. An assassin called Crossbow hit the scene in DAREDEVIL #204, hired by Micah’s relative, Lord Barrington Synn, to cut the chief’s life short. DD saved the day, but Micah himself would soon become an even bigger thorn in our hero’s side. Later, a niece of Foggy Nelson’s wife Debbie came calling from Ireland in DAREDEVIL #205, and with an Irish Republican Army killer known as the Gael on the hunt for her. At Matt’s Christmas party in DAREDEVIL #206, Debbie dared to boogie with Micah, and when the chief tried to abduct her, Daredevil turned to the Kingpin for help. With no time to rest, he investigated the murder of a pawnshop owner in MARVEL TEAM-UP #141, a situation which not only demanded Spider-Man’s involvement, but the once again the Kingpin’s, too. HYDRA captured the Black Widow in DAREDEVIL #207, forcing the Man Without Fear into a quest for a Russian defector and a stolen KGB microchip. After that, Matt found himself lured by a little girl—in reality a robot-bomb—to a strange mansion in DAREDEVIL #208, but found not only a deadly maze there, but the vengeance-seeking mother of the late Death-Stalker. Daredevil narrowly escaped that explosive situation, only to be followed by more little girl robot-bombs in DAREDEVIL #209. King Micah broke Crossbow out of prison in DAREDEVIL #210, and DD received an arrow through the arm for his troubles. When the chief trotted out a restraining order on Daredevil, a chance clue revealed the hero’s secret identity to the wily instigator. Leading off from that, Matt almost got in the way of a rampaging Hulk in INCREDIBLE HULK #300, then witnessed Dr. Strange’s spell of exile upon the near-mindless green behemoth. Micah kidnapped an actress posing as the Kingpin’s wife in DAREDEVIL #211, which forced Daredevil to once more team with the crime boss to attempt to bring him down in DAREDEVIL #212. Foggy Nelson, angered over Micah’s treatment of his wife Debbie, through his hat into the ring in DAREDEVIL #213 to aid Matt and the Kingpin in their mission. Read more DAREDEVIL (1964) on Marvel Unlimited
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Of Mutants And Aliens: The 6 Most Unlikely Avengers Ever (Thu, 11 Sep 2014)
Most Unlikely Avengers Ever As Marvel's biggest super hero team heads into the Avengers NOW! initiative this fall, the halls of Avengers mansion will be populated with a number of fresh faces. An ever-changing and expanding roster has become the norm for the Avengers over the past 50 years, as heroes—and sometimes villains—from all walks of life have added an official Avengers membership ID card to their super-wallets. But no matter how odd you might think some of the incoming members might be, just remember that making Avengers out of the most unexpected and unlikely heroes around has kinda become the team's thing. Here are six of the most unlikely Avengers of all time, presented in chronological order! 1. HAWKEYE Before you get up in arms about the inclusion of the Avenging Archer on this list, you have to put his addition to the team in context. At the time, Hawkeye was a carny-turned-criminal who used trick arrows to annoy Iron Man and pined away for the Black Widow's affection. His induction to the Avengers, the team that previously included every one of Marvel's powerhouse heroes, seemed like a real head-scratcher at the time. Hawkeye came into his own and not only became a definitive member of the team, but an inspiration to human heroes everywhere. 2. DOCTOR DRUID There's only room for one mystical wizard in the Avengers' ranks, and that spot most definitely has to go to Doctor Strange. If you're not gonna get Strange on the team, which the Avengers tried to do for decades, then the mystical telepath Anthony Druid would make for a fine substitute. Unfortunately for Doctor Druid, he spent most of his time as an Avenger as a mind controlled operative of the super villain Ravonna. He eventually broke free of the brainwashing, but his reputation had been tarnished. 3. SANDMAN Yeah, Sandman. The Spider-Man villain attempted to turn over a new leaf in AVENGERS #329 when he became a reserve member of the Marvel Universe's most prominent super hero team. Sandman's good intentions didn't pan out, though, when he stopped a street-level crime—an offense that did not meet the world-threatening criteria specified in the team's charter. Sandman quit, assuming (incorrectly, as it turned out) that Captain America would fire him over the mistake. 4. DEATHCRY Every super hero team in the 90's needed an animalistic bad girl on their roster, and the angry avian alien Deathcry provided just that for the Avengers. As the Avengers' Shi'ar-appointed protector, Deathcry prioritized defending the team from the Kree over all else. Because of this, the warrior never achieved more than just probationary membership with the team—even though she stood by their side for three years. 5. WOLVERINE The clawed Canadian called Wolverine might just be the most recognizable X-Man of all time, so rebranding the mutant as one of the new Avengers took a lot of time—and convincing. Wolverine's on this list mainly because Captain America himself considered Logan to be an unlikely Avenger. He fought Iron Man's decision to allow Wolverine on the team, pointing out the X-Man's murder-filled past. Iron Man convinced Cap, and Wolverine's heroism eventually earned him a seemingly permanent spot on the team. 6. EX NIHILO Sometimes bad guys take the "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" approach. Ex Nihilo made his grand debut as a major threat to the expanded Avengers roster; he threatened to remake the Earth from scratch by destroying everything on it. Then, with the threat of the even more merciless Builders fast approaching, Steve Rogers extended membership to Ex Nihilo and his sister Abyss. For the further adventures of unlikely Avengers, check out AVENGERS WORLD!
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Download Episode 150 of This Week in Marvel (Thu, 11 Sep 2014)
Episode 150 of This Week in Marvel It's the extra-sized episode #150 of This Week in Marvel! Ryan and Ben celebrate by looking at the latest print and digital releases including AVENGERS #34.1, CAPTAIN MARVEL #7, DEADPOOL #34, HAWKEYE #20, MAGNETO #9, and more, plus new additions to the Marvel Comics app and Marvel Unlimited! Also, Marc has your breaking movie and TV news! And to wrap things up, Tom Brevoort joins the guys to talk SQUADRON SUPREME in the This Week in Marvel Unlimited Reading Club and tell Mark Gruenwald stories! Download episode #150 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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Spider-Man Joins the X-Men (Thu, 11 Sep 2014)
Spider-Man & The X-Men #1 cover by Nick Bradshaw In the wake of Wolverine’s death, Spider-Man follows through on a promise to Logan to uncover a secret agenda lurking in the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. Not surprisingly, the school greets his arrival and mission with a great deal of mistrust and trepidation. Before long, in this new ongoing series which teams Emmy-winning writer Elliott Kalan from “The Daily Show” with artist Marco Failla, the investigation reveals evil machinations fueled by the first time team-up of Sauron and Stegron the Dinosaur Man! Marvel.com: How does Spider-Man end up as a guidance counselor at the Jean School? Elliott Kalan: Technically, Spider-Man is the Special Class Guidance Counselor, tasked with overseeing a very specific class of Jean Grey students. He’s there because Wolverine asked him to do it, though being a teacher isn’t the extent of the mission. Before Wolverine died, he had a suspicion that something was amiss at the school and that one of the students wasn’t what they seemed. Only he didn’t know which student. It’s Spidey's job to find the truth—though he can’t help but hope to also have a positive influence on the lives of the students. Marvel.com: Will Spider-Man be accepted by the students, or will there be pushback because he is not “one of them,” a mutant? Elliott Kalan: Not only will Spider-Man not be accepted by the students—who see him as a goofy weirdo—he isn't even accepted by the other teachers! Spider-Man’s long had a relationship with the X-Men, but he’s not a mutant and with mutant/human relations where they are, that's a big problem. As Iceman says to him in the first issue, how does it look to the outside world if a bunch of mutants need a non-mutant to come in and tell them how to behave? Spider-Man’s a friend, but now he’s acting like a member of the family, and that’s bound to create tension. One thing I want to touch on in this series is that even though Spider-Man and the X-Men are [all] heroes, they follow different concepts of what that means. For Spider-Man, it means dedicating his life to using his power to protect others. For the X-Men, it has come to mean using their abilities to make the world safe for their mutants. Both are valid, but it means Spidey sees the X-Men as cloistered, while the X-Men see Spidey as taking for granted a right to exist that they've had to struggle to maintain. Marvel.com: Can you divulge which of the X-Men will be involved with the story? Elliott Kalan: The first issue includes some of the big names on the Jean Grey faculty—Storm, Beast, Iceman—but he’ll mainly be dealing with the members of his class of younger students. And [editors] Mike Marts and Katie Kubert have been great in letting me assemble the students I think are really interesting but usually show up in the background of other characters’ stories: Rockslide, Glob Herman, Shark Girl, Eye Boy, Hellion, Ernst, and No-Girl. I’m not saying this will be the definitive take on any of those characters, but I’m going to try to give each of them a moment where they take the center stage. Marvel.com: Spider-Man and the X-Men are two parts of the Marvel Universe that do not often interact directly. Because of that rarity, how intriguing is it for you to explore such a narrative dynamic? Elliott Kalan: It’s one of the things that drew me to this idea. Spider-Man and the X-Men have been interacting and sharing the Marvel U for 50 years, but they still feel like they inhabit different planets sometimes. Part of the fun of this for me is throwing Spider-Man into X-Men scenarios and having the X-Men deal with Spider-Man villains. The excitement of smashing two narratives together and seeing what characters have an affinity for each other, or how they deal with situations they haven't experienced much before. For instance, I could be wrong but how have Sauron and Stegron not teamed up before outside of fan-fiction? Marvel.com: Are there certain writers that inform your approach to the characters? Elliott Kalan: That’s a good question. For the X-Men, Chris Claremont is still, to me, the man who made them what they are and shaped the molds they inhabit. But Jason Aaron’s recent run was amazing and managed to add new colors to that picture. They’re probably my biggest influences there, with some Peter David and possibly Grant Morrison thrown in. As for Spider-Man, all the greats, starting with Stan Lee, are an influence, but Dan Slott’s run has been perhaps my favorite single run by one writer on the character and it’s a shadow I will happily inhabit as long as I get to work on the character. Marvel.com: What sort of one-of-a-kind storytelling opportunities do you get when teaming up Sauron and Stegron the Dinosaur Man—beyond the obvious alliteration? Elliott Kalan: Mainly, a lot of drawn-out sibilant s’s when they talk. But also you get dinosaurs, the single greatest plot element any story can have; you get a seemingly natural team only disadvantaged by the fact that they don't like each other that much; and obviously you get the makings of a love triangle. Yes, you read that right! A Stegron-Sauron love triangle. Who’s the object of their affection? You'll have to pick up issue #2 to find out! Marvel.com: Given Spider-Man’s great reputation for wit in the heat of battle, how great is it to be able to use your comedy writing talents to bear on a character like Spidey? Elliott Kalan: Aside from the thrill that comes with writing for Spider-Man, a character who has served as a moral guidepost for me for 20 years and counting, the jokes are actually the single hardest part of this whole assignment. The pressure is enormous to write good jokes for Spidey, when the whole point of Spidey’s jokes is that they are not good. Ideally, they should be funny while you groan at them. Spider-Man tells his jokes off the top of his head and has a sort of borscht-belt style, and hitting that is a real “thread the needle” type situation. I’m doing my best, though, and hopefully some of them will be funny. But most of them, hopefully, will be hilariously terrible. SPIDER-MAN & THE X-MEN combines two great Marvel tastes beginning this December!
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Return to Japan with Logan and Kitty Pryde in Death of Wolverine #3 (Thu, 11 Sep 2014)
Death of Wolverine #3 preview art by Steve McNiven It’s the story that has the whole world talking, and Marvel is proud to reveal your first look inside DEATH OF WOLVERINE #3, the penultimate chapter in the blockbuster four-issue event! Experience the end of an era as creators Charles Soule and Steve McNiven take Kitty Pryde and Wolverine back to Japan for one last adventure. Bruised and beaten from his last battle, the once indestructible killing machine returns to his wandering samurai roots as he ventures back to the Japan with Kitty Pryde in tow. Only not all is as it seems in the Land of the Rising Sun. With no greater opportunity than the present an old foe emerges, ready to end the Wolverine. Ogun has returned, prepared for his revenge. Yet in the shadows moves an even deadlier threat pulling the strings. Who is behind the bounty on Wolverine’s head? Each issue of Death of Wolverine is oversized and features stunning Weapon Etched Holo Foil cover treatment. Exclusively crafted for this series, each foil-wrapped issue of DEATH OF WOLVERINE is poised to leap off comic shop shelves! Time is running out for the Wolverine. The epic end of the world’s most famous X-Man is upon us, and no fan can afford to miss out on the spectacular DEATH OF WOLVERINE #3 when it hits comic shops and digital devices this October! DEATH OF WOLVERINE #3 (JUN140602) Written by CHARLES SOULE Art & Cover by STEVE MCNIVEN Canada Variant by STEVE MCNIVEN (MAY148258) Variant Cover by ORLANDO SANTIAGO On-Sale – 10/01/2014
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Get the Marvel Comics App Update (Wed, 10 Sep 2014)
Marvel Comics App Update for 9/10/14 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 ALL-NEW ULTIMATES (2014) #8 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (2014) #6 AVENGERS (2012) #34.1 AVENGERS UNDERCOVER (2014) #10 CAPTAIN MARVEL (2014) #7 DEADPOOL (2012) #34 DEATH OF WOLVERINE (2014) #2 EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE (2014) #1 FANTASTIC FOUR (2014) #10 GEORGE ROMERO'S EMPIRE OF THE DEAD: ACT TWO (2014) #1 HAWKEYE (2012) #20 INHUMAN (2014) #5 MAGNETO (2014) #9 MARVEL 75TH ANNIVERSARY MAGAZINE (2014) #1 MS. MARVEL (2014) #8 NEW WARRIORS (2014) #9 NIGHTCRAWLER (2014) #6 X-FORCE (2014) #9 Also On Sale AVENGERS (1963) #100-114, #119-123    Collections On-Sale This Week ALL-NEW X-MEN VOL. 5: ONE DOWN FANTASTIC FOUR EPIC COLLECTION: THE WORLD'S GREATEST COMIC MAGAZINE MARVEL ZOMBIES SUPREME MS. MARVEL VOL. 9: BEST YOU CAN BE UNCANNY AVENGERS VOL. 4: AVENGE THE EARTH UNCANNY X-MEN VOL. 3: HOLY WAR X-FACTOR VOL. 16: TOGETHER AGAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME X-MEN MASTERWORKS VOL. 5 X-MEN: PRELUDE TO SCHISM                      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 32 (Wed, 10 Sep 2014)
Marvel's The Watcher 2014 - Episode 32 Join our host, Lorraine Cink, as she talks about the social importance of the all-new Thor. Get a firsthand, sneak peek at new art from Russell Dauterman featuring Odinson, Freyja, Malekith, and of course the all-new Thor! And even find out where to catch her before THOR #1 hits stands! Stick around for the Marvel Minute for updates on "Marvel's Agent Carter" casting, comic books news, and much more! 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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Savage Hulk: Return to the Crossroads (Wed, 10 Sep 2014)
Savage Hulk #5 preview art by Gabriel Hardman The anthology format of SAVAGE HULK enables Marvel creators to explore a variety of periods in Hulk’s rich history. Starting October 8, with SAVAGE HULK #5, the writing team of Corinna S. Bechko and artist Gabriel Hardman—also wife and husband—embark on a two-issue journey that revisits the mid-1980’s Hulk banishment to the Crossroads by Dr. Strange. The two creators clearly relish the chance to revisit a unique era in which Hulk—seemingly stripped of any shred of his humanity and completely silent—instead lets his brutal actions speak for him! Marvel.com: Hulk and Dr. Strange have a rich history from their days as fellow Defenders, but in SAVAGE HULK the stakes are different as they battle each other--since this story is set in the Bill Mantlo-written/Crossroads/Banished Hulk era. How exciting was it to delve into that era of the two characters’ history? Gabriel Hardman: The Crossroads era is great story fodder for a couple of reasons. There’s a built in conflict between Dr. Strange and Hulk in this time period because Strange banished Hulk from Earth for being an uncontrollable monster. And since there is little or no Banner left in the Hulk of this era, there’s no reasoning with him. Also, Hulk has been banished to an inter-dimensional crossroads—hence the name—where he can go to endless new worlds, trying to find refuge. That kind of set-up gives you the opportunity to go anywhere. Marvel.com: What attracted you two to tackling these two characters in particular? Corinna S. Bechko: Hulk is such a tragic character, especially during the Mantlo run. He’s in every way a monster, but despite his rage and desperation he really just wants a home and a friend. Hulk may not realize it but Strange is probably the only real friend he has left—Puffball Collective not withstanding, and not a very good friend at any rate—yet he’s the one who banished Hulk from his home. There aren’t many pairings that are more dramatic than that! Marvel.com: Were you both intrigued by the anthology element of the project? Corinna S. Bechko: Definitely! I love anthology series like this. It’s great as a reader to get a range of creative teams tackling a character, and as a writer it’s fun to delve into an era that suits your strengths and sensibilities. Gabriel Hardman: Yeah, this is my favorite kind of freelance project. It’s something where we can tell a beginning, middle and end story, putting all our focus into making it a satisfying whole rather than dovetailing with active continuity. That said, I love long-form storytelling in comics too. We’ve done that on “[Betrayal of the Planet of the] Apes” and “Star Wars” but not yet on a super hero book. Marvel.com: Gabriel, you have collaborated with SAVAGE HULK editor Mark Paniccia in the past—was that part of what piqued your interest in creating this two-part arc? Gabriel Hardman: Definitely. I had a great time working with Mark on ATLAS and HULK. Corinna and I have been talking to Mark about doing a project for him for a while and it was great timing when this came together. Hope to work with him more in the future too. Marvel.com: Can the two of you talk about the challenges of writing dialogue for Animal/Monster Hulk in particular--what is the key to getting him to sound just right? Corinna S. Bechko: In this case he’s so completely an animal that he’s actually non-verbal. That meant that we couldn’t rely on dialogue to carry the mood or Hulk’s emotions. Instead, we had to craft the scenes so that Hulk could express himself through action—and through Gabriel’s masterfully expressive rendering of gesture and facial expressions.  Gabriel Hardman: I didn’t coerce her into saying that. Marvel.com: Given that it truly is a savage Hulk, how challenging was it to write the story from Dr. Strange's point of view? Corinna S. Bechko: We just kept in mind that Strange feels responsible for Banner/Hulk. No matter what, Strange wants what’s best for Hulk, and wants to honor their friendship even though at this point in their shared history Strange believes that Banner is gone for good and Hulk can’t reciprocate. As long as we didn’t lose sight of that fact, it wasn’t hard to get inside his head. Marvel.com: What is it about Jordan Boyd's coloring approach that enables him to complement your art and be someone you love to collaborate with frequently? Gabriel Hardman: Jordan has great taste and can deftly navigate my more expressive line work. My art can be deceptively difficult to color because I use a lot of texture and rough brushwork. You can’t just use flat colors but you also can’t over-render or it will get too busy. I’m very picky about the colorists I work with and when I saw the work he was doing with Marc Laming on “King’s Watch” at Dynamite, I thought our styles could match up. I had co-written “Exile on the Planet of the Apes” with Corinna that Marc drew so I knew his work well and could see what Jordan was bringing to it. They’re a great team too. I got Jordan to color my last arc of “Star Wars: Legacy” and we’ve been working together since. He’s also coloring “Invisible Republic,” our upcoming sci-fi book from Image. Marvel.com: One of my favorite things about Dr. Strange are his spells and incantations, did the two of you have a contest who could have Strange say something quirky or interesting? Gabriel Hardman: I have to admit, we didn’t really go down the “Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth” road. Somehow he just forgot to say that stuff for these two issues. Not sure how that happened…oh, wait. I know exactly how that happened. Corinna S. Bechko: [Laughs] Well, we did talk a lot about how Strange would act under these circumstances. Is there anything that would throw him for a loop? What if his extra-dimensional shrimp counterpart showed up and accused him of the worst crime imaginable? We decided that no, he’d still be Strange. Curious, maybe, but always imperious and logical. Once we agreed on that, I think we both had a good idea of his personality and a grasp on how to write him. Marvel.com: Are there certain Dr. Strange runs that inspired your take on the sorcerer? Gabriel Hardman: Not a specific run. I know I’ve always enjoyed the character and wanted to take a shot at him. In a lot of ways you have to find your own hook for a character like this and go with it. There are endless interpretations out there of any of these characters who’ve been around for 50+ years. You have to stay true to their spirit but find your own path. SAVAGE HULK revisits the Green Goliath’s history with Corinna S. Bechko and Gabriel Hardman beginning on October 8!
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Unearth the Guardians of the Galaxy's Secrets on This Week in Marvel NOW! (Wed, 10 Sep 2014)
This Week in Marvel NOW! - Guardians of the Galaxy Each week on This Week in Marvel NOW!, we'll speak with the creative minds behind the top characters and hottest books in comics! This week, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY writer Brian Michael Bendis returns to help wrap up Original Sin! He talks with Ben about saving the return of Richard Rider and secrets of the team for this story, plus getting to know his characters better and more. Plus: Ben confronts Bendis with a story over seven years in the making! Download This Week in Marvel NOW! - Guardians of the Galaxy from Marvel.com! This Week in Marvel NOW! focuses on delivering all the info on the latest comics being produced by Marvel! New episodes will be released every Wednesday co-hosted by Marvel Digital Media Group Executive Editorial Director Ryan "Agent M" Penagos and Marvel.com Editor Ben Morse.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 #TWiMMarvelNOW!
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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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