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Download Episode 181 of This Week in Marvel (Fri, 17 Apr 2015)
This Week in Marvel Episode 181 Things get crazy on a new episode of This Week in Marvel! Ryan and Ben flip the script and bring in Senior Editor Nick Lowe to start off the show with a rousing discussion of NEXTWAVE in #TWIMURC! Then it's over to Hollywood with Marc and Patrick, along with Marvel VP - Current Animation Stephen Wacker, to check in on the latest movie and TV happenings! Plus thoughts on this week's digital and print comic book releases, including LEGENDARY STAR-LORD #11, LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD #13, MS. MARVEL #14, THOR #7, and UNCANNY X-MEN #33! Read ULTRON UNLIMITED for the next This Week in Marvel Unlimited Reading Club and share your thoughts using the hash tag #TWIMURC! Download episode #181 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 Senior Editor Ben Morse, along with Marvel.com Editor Marc Strom and Manager, Marvel.com Assistant Editor Patrick Cavanaugh, and 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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Marvel's Shattered Empire by Greg Rucka & Marco Checchetto (Fri, 17 Apr 2015)
Marvel's Shattered Empire The Empire has fallen. It is now a time for resurgence. It is a time for new beginnings. This September, Marvel Comics and Lucasfilm are excited to present the newest chapter of the Star Wars mythos with STAR WARS: JOURNEY TO THE FORCE AWAKENS - THE SHATTERED EMPIRE, written by comic book legend Greg Rucka with art by Marco Checchetto. Created in close partnership with Lucasfilm, this new Marvel Comics limited series will exist as part of the canon for the Star Wars universe and will offer a glimpse into December’s "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"! “The world has been wondering what happened after the fall of the Empire since the credits first rolled on ‘Return of the Jedi’ in 1983,” says series editor Jordan D. White. “Now, on the dawn of the next chapter of the saga, we’re incredibly proud to be involved in revealing the events that happen immediately following the end of ‘Return of the Jedi’!” Once again, Marvel brings the biggest creators in the industry to the biggest characters in a galaxy far, far away. Be there when the Star Wars line expands this September in STAR WARS: JOURNEY TO THE FORCE AWAKENS - THE SHATTERED EMPIRE #1! STAR WARS: JOURNEY TO THE FORCE AWAKENS - THE SHATTERED EMPIRE #1 Written by GREG RUCKA Art & Cover by MARCO CHECHETTO On Sale in September!
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Secret Wars Live Chat: Cullen Bunn (Fri, 17 Apr 2015)
Secret Wars Live Chat: Cullen Bunn The next Secret Wars live chat brings writer Cullen Bunn to you, and he will answer your questions about the Last Days of MAGNETO, DEADPOOL'S SECRET SECRET WARS, and more! Sign up below and join us at 1:30 PM ET on Monday, April 20! Live Blog Secret Wars Live Chat with Cullen Bunn
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Lando Calrissian Makes His Way to Marvel (Fri, 17 Apr 2015)
Lando #1 cover by Alex Maleev This summer, another familiar face from a galaxy far, far away comes home to Marvel as Star Wars stalwart Lando Calrissian seizes the spotlight. Writer Charles Soule and artist Alex Maleev present LANDO, a limited series digging into the past of Han Solo’s silver-tongued buddy kicking off in July. We spoke with Soule about the origins of the project, his plans for the character, working with Maleev and much more! Marvel.com: Why Lando Calrissian as the next character from the Star Wars galaxy to get some spotlight through Marvel? Charles Soule: We actually spent a bunch of time talking about the next character to focus on, and Lando rose to the top of the list very quickly. I mean, based on what we see in the films, he seems to have a fascinating backstory—history with Han, he used to own the Millennium Falcon, etc.—but we never see any of it. He just appeared in an episode of “Rebels,” but beyond that, he’s really unexplored. Another thing I like about him is that he gets a hero’s journey of his own in the movies. When we first see him in “The Empire Strikes Back,” he’s not exactly a shining knight. He sells his friends out to the Empire. Now, it’s all somewhat understandable, and he does his best to make things right, but still. He’s no Luke Skywalker. But by the end of “Return of the Jedi,” he’s put all that behind him. He’s finally picked a side, and ends up destroying the second Death Star. I could also have skipped all that explanation and given you a two-word answer that would have been equally true: Lando’s cool. Marvel.com: Where do we find Lando in this story and what kind of tale will you be telling? Charles Soule: The story is set before “The Empire Strikes Back.” Lando’s already lost the Falcon, and he’s sort of scrambling around, trying to figure out what he’s going to do with his life. Ultimately, it’s sort of a heist tale. Lando assembles a crew and goes on a mission that he hopes will put him on top. Note that I don’t say “back on top,” because Lando’s never been on top, at least as I’m writing him. But this time…this one last score…you know how it goes. Marvel.com: What kind of insight into Lando beyond what we already know from the films will be on hand here? Charles Soule: I focused on the whole gambler archetype for Lando; more specifically, the sort of lifelong card player who never really knows when to walk away from the table. He’s always chasing his losses, hoping that if he makes a big enough bet, he can get ahead with just one good hand. It’s tweaked a bit here—the idea is that Lando had something happen to him in his past that put him way behind, and now he’s just trying to get back to even. This isn’t really a financial thing, although that’s part of it—it’s more like a moral thing. Like a life debt. I don’t hit it too hard in this story—it’s all background—but the shading is there. Lando gets into crazy, extreme situations because they’re his version of making big bets at the card table. If he can make it through his next adventure, maybe he can just retire and live a quiet life. It never really works out, though. One step forward, two steps back. That’s Lando Calrissian. Marvel.com: Can we expect to see any other familiar faces popping up? Charles Soule: Yup! There are plenty, but I’ll give you one for free: everyone’s favorite action figure…he’s bald…he’s got weird implant things in his head…he’s…LOBOT. Yup. Marvel.com: What was your reaction upon being approached for this project? Charles Soule: Imagine someone comes to you and says “You know the fictional universe you spent almost all your time thinking about from about age five to older than I’m willing to admit…the one your dad made up bedtime stories about...the one with lightsabers in it…you want to write a comic set there? That’s pretty much how I felt. Marvel.com: What’s your working experience with Alex Maleev been like thus far? Charles Soule: Alex has been amazing so far. Star Wars is ultimately a realistic fantasy universe, which gives him a chance to design all new creatures, vehicles, etc., while still being very grounded and making it all feel lived-in. That was one of the hallmarks of the Original Trilogy, and it’s always been part of Alex’s style as well, so it meshes really well. He’s also great with likenesses, which is important for a book like this. Lando looks like Lando, you know?  Mr. Maleev is doing a hell of a job, and I’m lucky to be working with him. Marvel.com: For Star Wars fans and newbies alike, what about this book and Lando will appeal across the board? Charles Soule: It’s a story about a hyper-charismatic, ultra-smooth guy who gets into huge jams constantly, and tends to get out of them through a combination of luck and charm. He’d never punch his way out of a fight; he’d rather buy everyone a few drinks and leave on good terms. Assuming he hasn’t gambled away all his money, that is. More specifically in this story, we’ve got a big, swashbuckly adventure with some serious twists and even some slight horror overtones. It’s definitely a Star Wars story, and it feels like one, but we’re trying to do some things that you might not be expecting. It feels like it fits the universe, but it’s definitely its own thing. I think you’re all going to dig it. For all the latest news on Star Wars at Marvel, visit our hub page and also check out StarWars.com!
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Her Shocking Secret Identity Revealed at Last in Thor #8 (Thu, 16 Apr 2015)
Thor #8 This is it! The answer you’ve all been waiting for! The identity of Thor, Goddess of Thunder, finally revealed! Who is this mysterious heroine with the might of Mjolnir in her hands? The question will finally be answered this May in the blockbuster THOR #8 from the critically acclaimed creative team of Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman! As the final battle with the Destroyer reaches its climax, Thor and Odinson call in a little backup. Amid the fire and the fury of battle, questions will be answered. A surprising return! Guest stars galore! And a last page that will send shockwaves through the Marvel Universe! Don’t miss the comic that will have the world talking when THOR #8 comes to comic shops and digital devices this May! THOR #8 (MAR150723)Written by JASON AARONArt & Cover by RUSSELL DAUTERMANNYC Variant by MIKE MAYHEW (MAR150724)FOC 04/20/15, ON-SALE 5/13/15
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Follow the History of Daredevil Pt. 51 (Thu, 16 Apr 2015)
The History of Daredevil Pt. 51 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, over 50 years of the Man Without Fear and the debut of “Marvel’s Daredevil,” now available on Netflix, we look back on the hero of Hell’s Kitchen’s remarkable history! A new life in another city presented the Man Without Fear with another chance at happiness, yet it came at a cost of new enemies, new challenges, and the sacrifice of his oldest and best friend’s life… While in Kentucky searching for an evil tome called the Darkhold, DD joined with a group of monstrous do-gooders in DAREDEVIL #33 to stop the Sons of the Serpent from acquiring empowering pages. In the end, our hero set the torch to the arcane library of the evil Lucien Sinclair to ensure that no one would ever access its malevolence again. Back in New York City, the Jester continued to stir up trouble with the Sons in DAREDEVIL #34 until Matt and Assistant D.A. Kirsten McDuffie made a city-wide broadcast to drag the snakes from their holes. In turn the racist hate-mongers tried to blackmail Murdock in DAREDEVIL #35, but the blind attorney called their bluff by revealing his secret identity once and for all while on the stand in a public courtroom during DAREDEVIL #36. For that selfless act, Matt found himself disbarred and no longer welcome as a lawyer in the state of New York. In the meantime, Daredevil joined with the Punisher to help Spider-Man stem the tide of the Goblin Nation in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP #9 & #10, but when night fell at the end of his long day, he decided to pull up stakes and move to San Francisco with Kirsten. Along the way, our road-tripping crusader faced off against both the Adaptoid and the Mad Thinker in DAREDEVIL #0.1. With a new west coast law practice in DAREDEVIL #1, Matt settled in and worked to make Daredevil as much a part of San Francisco as New York, though it seemed he’d lost his friend Foggy to cancer. The city’s resident crimebuster, the Shroud, took umbrage to DD’s arrival in DAREDEVIL #2, and warned him to leave town post haste. Matt worried that the Shroud also doubled as the city’s new mob boss, but together the two heroes invaded the Owl’s fortified compound in DAREDEVIL #3. There, Matt faced immense danger until the Owl reminded the Shroud of what he held over the dark avenger: the whereabouts of his lost love. Daredevil escaped the Owl’s fortress, confused over his foe’s plans. Owl, with the Shroud’s reticent help, acquired a device to gift the criminal with electronic omniscience in DAREDEVIL #4, but the Man Without Fear gummed up his works once again. Foggy Nelson, still alive, reflected on his faked death in DAREDEVIL #5, a necessary precaution to keep him safe from criminal elements. Exposed to the Watcher’s eye by the Orb, Matt relived a horrible childhood event concerning his father in DAREDEVIL #6. He sought out his mother, now a nun in a convent, for answers, only to discover her in prison for trying to stir up action against a military base for harboring chemical weapons. The trail led to the African nation of Wakanda in DAREDEVIL #7, where its queen finally saw the light from Daredevil’s probing and released her prisoners, including Matt’s mother. In a quiet moment, she revealed that she had suffered from violent traumatic post-partum depression. The honey-tongued Purple Man returned in DAREDEVIL #8 to gather up his children from their birth mothers and attempt to create a “family” for himself. When the kids, all with their father’s powers of persuasion, turned on him and forced him to step in front of a trolley car, Daredevil took a hand in halting their unchecked flight. Our hero failed to stop the kids in DAREDEVIL #9, but the uncanny appearance of a still-alive Purple Man seemed to give him hope that they could be stopped… Matt Murdock’s adventures continue in every issue of DAREDEVIL! Catch up on Marvel Unlimited!
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Watch Marvel's The Watcher 2015 - Episode 14 (Wed, 15 Apr 2015)
Marvel's The Watcher 2015 - Episode 14 Lorraine Cink declassifies Secret Wars, breaking down Last Days, Battleworld, and Warzones! 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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A Galaxy of Over 500 Star Wars Digital Comics Now Available Within Marvel Unlimited (Wed, 15 Apr 2015)
Star Wars joins Marvel Unlimited Marvel Unlimited is welcoming the STAR WARS Legends universe of digital comic books into Marvel Unlimited and to celebrate this, for a limited time, Marvel Unlimited is offering new and returning subscribers their first month free. For the first month of a Marvel Unlimited monthly subscription, new and returning subscribers will be able to enjoy free access to over 500 STAR WARS Legends digital comic books along with over 15,000 digital Marvel comics!* Unlock a galaxy far, far away by using the Promo Code STAR WARS at Marvel Unlimited Checkout and prepare for some of the greatest Star Wars comics featuring Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Rogue Squadron, and many more! Marvel Unlimited is accessible on the web and through the Marvel Unlimited app on iPhone®, iPad® and Android™ devices. New to the STAR WARS and Marvel Universe and don’t know where to start? No need to worry! Marvel Unlimited subscribers have access to the DISCOVER section of Marvel Unlimited. Subscribers are now able to discover easy to follow avenues into the Star Wars and Marvel Universes by being able to search by their favorite storylines, characters or creators.  With STAR WARS Legends joining Marvel Unlimited, our DISCOVER section will be regularly updated to guide you through the vast history of the Star Wars Legends universe beginning with the following Star Wars DISCOVERS: Character Spotlight: Boba Fett Rise of the Rebels Character Spotlight: Darth Vader Rogue Squadron The Dark Force Rises Additional STAR WARS Legends digital comics will be added to Marvel Unlimited on a regular basis and beginning this summer, the next generation of STAR WARS comics comes to Marvel Unlimited beginning with the critically acclaimed and record breaking STAR WARS #1 by Jason Aaron and John Cassaday. With a Death Star-sized catalogue of Star Wars content now available in Marvel Unlimited, there is no doubt that the Force is strong with this deal!   *Offer valid 4/15/14 12:01 AM EST to 5/5/15 11:59 PM EST.  Offer available only for new and former (now-cancelled) Marvel Unlimited members.  Valid only on monthly Marvel Unlimited subscriptions only.  Valid payment card required to redeem offer. Subsequent months billed at then-current monthly subscription fee (currently $9.99/month) unless and until cancelled. Cancel anytime through My Account following registration.  Auto-renewal and other terms and conditions apply; please see Marvel Unlimited Terms of Use for terms and Marvel.com/Unlimited for further details.
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Secret Wars Live Chat: Al Ewing (Wed, 15 Apr 2015)
Captain Britain & The Mighty Defenders by Alan Davis If you're looking to get some answers with the advent of Secret Wars, start with writer Al Ewing! Responsible for plunging CAPTAIN AMERICA & THE MIGHTY AVENGERS and LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD into their Last Days as well as delving into the Warzones! with CAPTAIN BRITAIN & THE MIGHTY DEFENDERS, Ewing answered your questions in a very special interactive opportunity. Replay the event below and also see exclusive upcoming LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD art from Lee Garbett! Live Blog Secret Wars Live Chat: Al Ewing
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Marvel Remembers Herb Trimpe (Wed, 15 Apr 2015)
Marvel Remembers Herb Trimpe (photo by Luigi Novi) Photo by Luigi Novi Marvel Comics pauses to reflect upon the life and career of artist Herb Trimpe, the man who once took on the Hulk and Wolverine simultaneously, and endowed his work with both strength and pathos. An early devotee of the “funny animal” line of comic characters, Trimpe, as many of his contemporaries and a generation of artists who preceded him, wanted to get into comic strips, rather than comic books, during his formative years. A native of Peekskill, New York, Trimpe attended the prestigious School of Visual Arts and took a position with Dell Comics inking backgrounds and the like for one of his instructors, illustrator Tom Gill. After a stint in the United States Air Force from 1962 to 1966, during the Viet Nam War, he followed friend John Verpoorten to the doors of Marvel Comics, and there carved out a career for himself. A position on the production staff in 1967 meant being witness to the comics and goings on of some of the Silver Age’s greatest creators, an opportunity that Trimpe quickly parlayed into freelance inking work at the company. He marked his first professional sale on two issues of KID COLT, OUTLAW in 1967, and worked up the character of World War I pilot the Phantom Eagle with young writer Gary Friedrich. The next year, Trimpe met a green-skinned giant who put the artist on the map and endeared him to a legion of fans. INCREDIBLE HULK #102 kicked off Trimpe’s time with the character, leading to a phenomenal run of more than seven years at the behemoth’s side. Often times, he’d take a brief, verbal plot from an editor and work it into a full story to be dialogued later by the writer, a set-up he reportedly enjoyed and with which he felt creatively fulfilled. Trimpe helped usher in such members of the Hulk’s cast as Jim Wilson, Doc Samson, the Hulkbusters, and, of course, a certain scrappy Canadian mutant. Taking a sketched idea from John Romita Sr., Trimpe drew the first appearance of Wolverine in INCREDIBLE HULK #180 in 1974, a moment in comics history that pleasantly surprised the artist by living on and flourishing past his initial battle with the gamma-spawned monster. Through 1996, Trimpe worked on a vast array of Marvel Universe heroes and villains, including Spider-Man, Captain America, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Nick Fury, and Thor. Trimpe collaborated with writers on the creation of such characters as the Shroud in SUPER-VILLAIN TEAM-UP and Captain Britain for the Marvel UK line, as became known for his efforts on several high-profile licensed comics like GODZILLA, SHOGUN WARRIORS, G.I. JOE, and TRANSFORMERS. Trimpe headed back to college in 1997 to gain a bachelor’s degree in Art, something that he long wanted to do, as well as earn a master’s degree and even become an instructor himself. In this way, he returned the favor that Tom Gill gifted to him early in his career. In 2008, he returned to the character he became most associated with by illustrating a story for KING-SIZE HULK #1. “To me, no artist is as synonymous with the Incredible Hulk as Herb Trimpe, who gave the Jade Giant a sense of pathos and scale that set the bar for every artist that followed him,” says Axel Alonso, Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief. “Like a Hulk-punch, Trimpe’s art truly exploded off the page. Comics lost a giant." “Herb Trimpe is one of my heroes,” says writer and Marvel's Head of Television Jeph Loeb, who worked with the artist on KING-SIZE HULK #1. “He was a gentleman in every sense of the word—a gentle man who drew images of great emotion and high octane action. My love for the Hulk started with Herb and his ability to make the Jade Giant both powerful and heartbreaking. I had the pleasure of working with Herb on the Hulk and he graciously sent me one of his pages which I treasure. He will be missed!” Kid Colt, Outlaw by Werner Roth & Herb Trimpe
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Gwen Takes Over (Tue, 14 Apr 2015)
Gwen Variants She’s smart, charming and she can lift a car! She’s Gwen Stacy, the Spectacular Spider-Woman and she comes to you each month in the pages of the critically acclaimed SPIDER-GWEN series! But what if Gwen Stacy had lifted Mjolnir to become Thor: Gwen of Thunder? What if she had been awarded the Eye of Agamotto, and battled the forces of the supernatural as Dr. Gwenge? Find out as she powers up for June’s can’t miss GWEN VARIANTS, as the industry’s top artist show you a side of Gwen Stacy you’ve never seen before! “Gwenom? The InGwenible Hulk? The Mighty AGwengers? What about G.W.E.N.D.O.K.?,” asks Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “The possibilities are endless. As soon as the idea came together to portray Gwen as a variety of Marvel heroes, our artists couldn’t sign up fast enough. They’re having a ton of fun putting these together and it shows.” “Just wait till you see Chip Zdarsky’s ‘Brian Michael Gwendis’ cover,” continued Gabriel. Gwen Stacy Variants will be available throughout the month of June, coming to these 20 exciting titles: · 1602 WITCH HUNTER ANGELA #1 by John Tyler Christopher · ARMOR WARS #1 by David Lafuente · BLACK WIDOW #19 by Dan Hipp · CAPTAIN AMERICA & THE MIGHTY AVENGERS #9 by Jake Wyatt · DEADPOOL’s SECRET SECRET WARS #2 by Chris Bachalo · FUTURE IMPERFECT #1 by Nick Bradshaw · GROOT #1 by Giuseppe Camuncoli · GUARDIANS OF KNOWHERE #1 by Rob Guillory · HOWARD THE DUCK #4 by Jason Latour · INHUMANS: ATTILAN RISING #2 by James Stokoe · MAGNETO #19 by Declan Shalvey · OLD MAN LOGAN #3 by Chris Samnee · S.H.I.E.L.D. #7 by Robbi Rodriguez · SECRET WARS #3 by Nick Bradshaw · SECRET WARS #4 by Chris Samnee · SECRET WARS 2099 #2 by Jason Latour · SQUADRON SINISTER #1 by Greg Smallwood · THORS #1 by Kris Anka · ULTIMATE END #2 by Chip Zdarsky · X-MEN ’92 #1 by Ryan Stegman Featuring artwork by some of the top talent in the industry, Marvel urges retailers to check their orders on these hotly anticipated variant covers. No fan will want to miss the chance to see the incomparable Gwen Stacy as she transforms into some of Marvel’s biggest characters when the GWEN VARIANTS come to comic shops this June!
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Miles Morales Faces the Death of a Universe for Ultimate End #1 Variant (Mon, 13 Apr 2015)
Ultimate End #1 Bagley Spider-Man Variant Cover He was the artist that started it all – and now he’s going to finish it! Marvel is pleased to unveil Mark Bagley’s exciting variant cover to ULTIMATE END #1! In a stunning homage to the very first ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN cover, Bagley brings his inimitable style to a now classic image! The wheels are in motion, and the Ultimate Universe is set to crash headlong into the monumental Secret Wars. The end is nigh…but is there any hope for the Ultimate Universe or its most beloved hero?  No fan should miss out on this iconic, can’t-miss variant cover – only in comic shops this May! ULTIMATE END #1 BAGLEY SPIDER-MAN VARIANT (FEB158574)Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDISArt & Cover by MARK BAGLEYFOC – 04/27/15, On-Sale – 05/20/15
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Adi Granov Covers Two Classic Star Wars Adaptations (Mon, 13 Apr 2015)
Star Wars OGN This May, Marvel and Lucasfilm Ltd. are set to return you to the story that started it all with the STAR WARS™: EPISODE IV - A NEW HOPE OGN. Completely remastered for the modern age, this iconic story now comes to an entire new generation of fans. But before that can’t miss graphic novel hits shelves this May – Marvel is pleased to present your first look at the covers to STAR WARS™: EPISODE V - THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK OGN and STAR WARS™: EPISODE VI - RETURN OF THE JEDI OGN! Brought to life by famed artist Adi Granov, these stunning images will grace the covers of the original Marvel adaptations of these iconic films. Also remastered and recolored,  don’t miss your chance to relive these iconic stories when the oversized STAR WARS™: EPISODE V - THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK OGN and STAR WARS™: EPISODE VI - RETURN OF THE JEDI OGN come to comic shops and book stores in 2015! Pre-Order Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back OGN on Amazon!  Pre-Order Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi OGN on Amazon!  STAR WARS: EPISODE V - THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK OGN-HC (APR150894) Written by ARCHIE GOODWIN Art by AL WILLIAMSON & CARLOS GARZON Colored by CHRIS SOTOMAYOR Pre-Order on Amazon On Sale August 2015! STAR WARS: EPISODE VI - RETURN OF THE JEDI OGN-HC Written by ARCHIE GOODWIN Art by AL WILLIAMSON & CARLOS GARZON Colored by CHRIS SOTOMAYOR Pre-Order on AmazonOn Sale November 2015!
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Marvel Coming to Star Wars Celebration 2015 (Mon, 13 Apr 2015)
Star Wars Celebration Images courtesy of StarWarsCelebration.com The world’s largest gathering of STAR WARS fans comes to California this month, as STAR WARS Celebration Anaheim 2015 takes place April 16-19, 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center. With under a week until the show, the schedule of events reveals a number of events that fans of Marvel STAR WARS comics won’t want to miss! Comic book fans know all about conventions, but STAR WARS Celebration stands out as unique with its focus on one franchise. It has become the destination for all things STAR WARS, for devotees of the classic films, new fiction, or those who want to learn more about the future of the mythology. Celebration has long been the convention where creators bring exclusive reveals, never-before-seen content, and more than a few surprises. The show features four days of panels and special events, kicked off on Thursday morning by “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, and some very special guests. Fans of Marvel STAR WARS comics will be especially interested in these events, happening throughout the show: STAR WARS Comic Art (Thursday, 4:30 PM, Collectors Stage) Just one of many authoritative collecting panels throughout the show, STAR WARS comic art collector and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” writer/director David Mandel gives you an expert perspective on collecting original comic art. One Big Story: Working Within the STAR WARS Canon (Friday, 3:30 PM, Fan Stage) Last year’s announcement of an interconnected STAR WARS canon means that publishers, including Marvel, are telling stories within an intricately connected galaxy. A full panel of guests includes Marvel’s VP of International Development C.B. Cebulski and editor Jordan D. White. STAR WARS Comes Home to Marvel (Saturday, 1:00 PM, Behind-The-Scenes Stage) C.B. Cebulski, Jordan D. White, and Lucasfilm Senior Editor Jennifer Heddle will discuss Marvel’s new STAR WARS series. Fans won’t want to miss this panel that promises not one but two exciting announcements about the future of STAR WARS at Marvel!  The STAR WARS Celebration Tattoo Competition (Sunday, 1:00 PM, Behind-The-Scenes Stage) Tattoo author Shane Turgeon (“The Force in the Flesh”) and celebrity judge C.B. Cebulski host a Tattoo competition that art and body art fans won’t want to miss. This provides just a sampling of the events held at Celebration. Photo opportunities, a massive exhibition hall, and fan-built props from around the world will be on display all weekend! STAR WARS Celebration is April 16-19, 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. Tickets are available now at StarWarsCelebration.com, where you can also find the complete schedule, hotel, and travel information.
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The Women of Marvel Daredevil Crash Course (Fri, 10 Apr 2015)
The Women of Marvel Podcast Episode 40 The Women of Marvel provide an intro course on the Man Without Fear, just in time for "Marvel's Daredevil" on Netflix! Plus, Lorraine Cink and Tamara Krinsky drop by to preview the "Avengers: Age of Ultron" World Premiere and Red Carpet coming to Marvel.com on April 13! Listen to Women of Marvel - Episode 40 now! Check out the Daredevil Must-Reads List mentioned in the podcast here! Plus, don't miss the World Premiere of Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron," LIVE from Hollywood. On April 13, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. PT/9:30 p.m. ET visit marvel.com/AvengersPremiere and watch as your favorite stars arrive at the legendary Dolby Theater! Have questions for the cast and crew, then make sure to tweet them to @LorraineCink and @TamaraKrinsky! The Women of Marvel podcast will assemble to chat all things Marvel and more! New episodes will be released every Friday, co-hosted by Marvel Digital Media Group Social Media Manager Adri Cowan and Marvel.com Producer Judy Stephens, along with Marvel Director, Content & Character Development Sana Amanat and Marvel Comics Editor Emily Shaw. 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,@Emily_ShawShaw or @Marvel with the hashtag #WomenOfMarvel! Make sure to visit and follow the Women of Marvel Tumblr page: http://thewomenofmarvelcomics.tumblr.com And Instagram at Instagram.com/TheWomenOfMarvel
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Daredevil Spotlight: The Modern Day (Thu, 09 Apr 2015)
Daredevil by Chris Samnee 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 prepare the upcoming debut of “Marvel’s Daredevil” on Netflix on April 10, 2015, we present a series of features exploring the writers, artists and more who have brought the Man Without Fear to life over his 50-plus year history! Sometimes, a character can only fall so far down before they crash and burn, embrace the darkness, or say “Enough is enough.” For Matt Murdock, we saw that crossroads reached in advance of the most recent volumes of DAREDEVIL. Mark Waid, Paolo Rivera and Marcos Martin initially led the charge, later joined by current artist, Chris Samnee; all sought to bring out the character’s swashbuckling namesake more than had previous creators all the while emphasizing his other defining characteristics, namely his skills as a lawyer and the nature of his blindness. Prior to Waid taking over as DAREDEVIL writer, the series saw the hero reach all-new lows in his life: the demonic Beast of the Hand possessed him, he brutally attacked his fellow super heroes, and finally, he seemed to kill himself the story’s conclusion. In spite of the strengths of those previous, darker storylines, then-editor Stephen Wacker felt Matt Murdock needed a fresh lease on life, and what better way to kick off the third DAREDEVIL ongoing series than to bring on a new team with a new sense of vision for the character. Looking back on the decision to change Daredevil’s status quo, Wacker remarks how “[c]oming out of [the Shadowland event], I wanted a book where the sun would shine a bit more. I felt that over the previous decade, we had pushed the book about as dark as it could go with the amazing runs by [Brian] Bendis, [Ed] Brubaker, [Greg] Rucka, and [Andy] Diggle that couldn’t be topped.” While Marvel has proven the ability to push the envelope in terms of telling stories that show its heroes being physical, mentally, and spiritually broken, Wacker understood that after such an extended time in the wilderness, the time had come to rebuild Matt Murdock. “For no other reason than variety, I wanted to try something new,” he shares. “I especially was drawn to the [Jeph] Loeb/[Tim] Sale DAREDEVIL: YELLOW series, which I thought was a very strong distillation of the early Daredevil days. Plus, I had very fond memories of the Frank Miller and [Karl] Kesel/[Cary] Nord runs, which also did a terrific job of marrying the dark nature of the character with moments of humor.” However, finding the right person to steer the wheel into this new territory would prove essential. “Going to Mark was a no-brainer since we’ve worked on so many projects together at two comic companies,” Wacker explains. “Waid excels when he’s working on a character who’s a bit of ‘wish fulfillment’ for him—and I believe Mark would sell his soul to be as cool as Matt Murdock for 10 seconds.” While Mark Waid’s name has been the most consistent on the series since volume three, even he admits that the comic would be nowhere near so successful without his creative partners: artists Paolo Rivera, Marcos Martin, Marco Checchetto, Javier Rodriguez, and most enduring of all, Chris Samnee. Although fans often criticize a series with a steady changeover in artists, Wacker managed to not only avoid this but grow the audience of fans and critics. “As much as it’s an easy target for some readers to complain about, I think our books can easily survive changes in artists as long as it looks like there’s a plan and we aren’t just throwing bodies at problems,” he says. Keeping books delivered on time to retailers required a plan to bring together both the desired aesthetic of Martin and Rivera alongside the more practical demands of comic publishing. “I knew that neither of them could handle a monthly book on their own, but I felt like their styles would complement each other well and that with the right set of circumstances, they could do enough work in tandem to fool the calendar,” Wacked explains. “So, Waid and I worked out a plan where each of them had stories big enough that they both felt ‘important’ to building Daredevil’s world. My job from there was making sure the dates all worked. There was a lot of stress-eating on some days, but it all worked out.” The shift in tone—both visually and narratively—continued to help open the character and story to more possibilities than just the crime noir that had characterized Daredevil for decades. “Just the reminder that it’s okay for Daredevil to crack a smile once in a while may be Waid and Samnee’s greatest contribution to the character,” notes Wacker. “[Daredevil] may hate what he has to do, but he sure loves doing it.” Waid’s desire to tell stories un-beholden to canon and continuity also served to allow the writer to focus more on Matt’s day-to-day experiences along with more stand-alone stories with new villains. Undoubtedly, the visual representations of Matt Murdock’s blindness through the world of sound, which Rivera and Martin brought to DAREDEVIL in a new way, made it stand out not only from other runs, but also any other super hero comic. Two years later, Chris Samnee would pick up this aesthetic of the senses and evolve it even further. “Finding Samnee thanks to his great work with Waid on The Rocketeer over at IDW changed the book for sure, but in a very profound way if only because he was there month after month and Mark could settle in a little as well,” says Wacker. “I think Chris has become one of the more popular artists working for Marvel now and that could not make me happier.” Samnee’s animated style and clean cut knack for storytelling—combined with the nuanced colors of Javier Rodriguez—helped carry forward the tone Waid and Wacker sought to bring to Daredevil and his legion of fans. Then came the move to San Francisco in 2014 with the advent of DAREDEVIL volume four, a dramatic shift considering how closely tied Matt Murdock and Daredevil had become to Hell’s Kitchen and NYC in general. “I think the relocation to another part of the city was probably one of the initial changes I pushed for simply because I’d been talking about it for years—Hell’s Kitchen is a pretty nice part of town!” Wacker contends. “New York has changed so much the past couple decades that I wanted to explore more of it in the same way we tried to do in [Spider-Man]. Getting New York right has always been important to me. I grew up far away from NYC, but I always felt like I knew the city’s pulse thanks to growing up in Marvel Comics.” Again, freeing themselves from the continuity of the past opened a whole new narrative pasture with new supporting cast members for Waid and Samnee to explore and meet alongside Daredevil. The current volume of DAREDEVIL provides an amalgam of all that came before from the classic bravado of the 1960’s, the introduction of the crime-noir of the 1970’s and 80’s, and the ultra-real crime-ridden stories of the 2000s. Yet, the aspirational desire to say “enough,” this desire for hope and the ability to keep smiling even during the most difficult trials, that continues to keep readers coming back for more from the Man Without Fear. Watch “Marvel’s Daredevil” on Netflix coming April 10!
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Download Episode 180 of This Week in Marvel (Thu, 09 Apr 2015)
This Week in Marvel Episode 180 Hide the kids, a new episode of This Week in Marvel has been unleashed! Ryan and Ben run wild over the new print and digital releases of the week--with special guest Patrick--including ANT-MAN #4, DEADPOOL #45, HOWARD THE DUCK #2, MILES MORALES: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #12, SPIDER-WOMAN #6, and more! Marc and Patrick, along with Marvel VP - Current Animation Stephen Wacker, check in with the latest movie and TV happenings from the west coast! Plus: answers to your questions! Read NEXTWAVE for the next This Week in Marvel Unlimited Reading Club and share your thoughts using the hash tag #TWIMURC! Download episode #180 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 Senior Editor Ben Morse, along with Marvel.com Editor Marc Strom and Manager, Marvel.com Assistant Editor Patrick Cavanaugh, and 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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The End is FOURever in Fantastic Four #645 (Thu, 09 Apr 2015)
Fantastic Four #645 This April, four will stand together…one last time! Marvel proudly presents FANTASTIC FOUR #645, the oversized, senses shattering final issue! James Robinson and Leonard Kirk are joined by a murderers row of fantastic talent to give the First Family the grandest sendoff of them all! Will the Fantastic Four defeat the Quiet Man and the corrupted forces of the Heroes Reborn universe? Will Johnny Storm get his powers back? Will Reed and Sue be a family again or will it all be torn asunder? Questions will be answered in this main feature story! Then, special guests bring you four brand new stories featuring Marvel’s quintessential quartet! With heartfelt tales from Karl Kesel, Louise Simonson, Tom DeFalco and Jeff Parker and art by David Marquez, Joe Bennett, Tom Grummet and Pascal Campion – you can’t afford to miss this one! Plus, iconic creators from across the Fantastic Four’s history share their all-time favorite covers! Hear from Stan Lee, John Byrne, Roger Stern, Mark Millar, Roy Thomas, Chris Claremont, John Romita Sr., Walt Simonson and more! This is the end of the Fantastic Four – 4ever! Be there when the most controversial Fantastic Four story concludes in the extra-sized FANTASTIC FOUR #645! Pre-Order Fantastic Four Volume 4: The End is Fourever on Amazon FANTASTIC FOUR #645 (FEB150796) Written by JAMES ROBINSON, KARL KESEL, LOUISE SIMONSON,TOM DEFALCO & JEFF PARKERArt by LEONARD KIRK, JOE BENNETT, DAVID MARQUEZ, TOM GRUMMET & PASCAL CAMPIONCover by LEONARD KIRKConnecting Variant by MICHAEL GOLDEN (FEB150797)Spotlight Variant by MICHAEL KOMARK (FEB150798)Avengers Variant by PASQUAL FERRY (FEB150799)Pre-Order on AmazonOn-Sale – 04/29/15
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Listen to This Week in Marvel 179.5 (Thu, 09 Apr 2015)
This Week in Marvel Episode 179.5 The latest episode of This Week in Marvel comes to you live from Isotope Comics in San Francisco, as writer Fred Van Lente and Pixar's Bobby Rubio join Agent M and Patrick! Download episode #179.5 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 Senior Editor Ben Morse with Manager, Video & Content Production Blake Garris, Editor Marc Strom, and Assistant Editor Patrick Cavanaugh. 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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Follow the History of Daredevil Pt. 50 (Wed, 08 Apr 2015)
The History of Daredevil Pt. 50 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! While trying to keep a smile on his face, a troubled Matt Murdock swung through 2013 as a costumed hero hunted by foes at every juncture and a man whose best friend entered the biggest fight of his life. Captured by the enigmatic Coyote and separated from his body in DAREDEVIL #20, Matt managed to free the trickster’s captives and turn them loose on their jailer. Escaping himself in DAREDEVIL #21, the Man Without Fear destroyed Coyote’s device, freeing its power source, the Spot, and awakening to the even deeper mystery of the shadowy figure behind it all. Meanwhile, Foggy Nelson expressed the deep divide between the two men, and his concern for Matt’s sanity. Assistant District Attorney Kristen McDuffie sent the Superior Spider-Man after DD in DAREDEVIL #22, but the Stilt-Man’s latest rampage drew the two costumed crimebusters to work together. Matt’s mystery menace tried to recreate the chemical stew that granted our hero his radar sense in DAREDEVIL #23, while Foggy underwent testing for cancer and heard the dire prognosis. Matt anguished over the mystery schemer in DAREDEVIL #24, but help from an escapee from the horrible chemical experiments led Daredevil into a confrontation with Ikari, the ninja warrior with a radar sense that matched or exceeded his own, in DAREDEVIL #25. Ikari thrashed Matt within an inch of his life, but before he delivered the killing blow, the mysterious foe explained that death would not come immediately. Daredevil would not know when the hammer might really fall. Ikari dogged Matt’s steps throughout DAREDEVIL #26, until the blind attorney pieced it all together and took the fight to his torturer’s doorstep. Locked in an iron lung, Bullseye, the man DD thought he killed long before, stood revealed in DAREDEVIL #27. Bullseye sent Ikari and Lady Bullseye to fight Daredevil, which literally brought the house down around them and ended the villain’s lust for revenge once and for all. Matt checked in on his friend Bruce Banner in INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #9 to find that Banner’s S.H.I.E.L.D. handler, Maria Hill, lacked a sense of proportion with her emerald agent. Daredevil aided the Green Goliath in a search for a dangerous weapon in INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #10, which led to a clash with Baron Zemo and HYDRA, as well as a blinded Hulk with a mad-on for our hero. A childhood tormentor of Matt’s came calling for help in DAREDEVIL #28, as he explained that the “club” he once belonged to turned out to be the racist Sons of the Serpent. When the ex-bully’s case went to trial, the judge revealed himself as one of the Serpents, and Matt found himself trapped in the courthouse, surrounded by snakes in DAREDEVIL #29. Kirsten offered to fill in for Foggy while he underwent chemotherapy in DAREDEVIL #30, but Matt had other things on his mind when a space alien requested asylum from the wrath of the Silver Surfer. A popular prosecutor handed out the names and home addresses of an entire jury in DAREDEVIL #31, prompting a riot that Daredevil launched himself into the middle of. His old foe the Jester worked behind the scenes for the Sons of the Serpent, who sought the evil Darkhold tome, a situation that sent Matt to the backwoods of Kentucky in DAREDEVIL #32, and a fateful meeting with a pack of marvelous monsters! Read more DAREDEVIL (2011) on Marvel Unlimited
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Daredevil Spotlight: Ed Brubaker (Mon, 06 Apr 2015)
Daredevil by Marko Djurdjevic 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 prepare the upcoming debut of “Marvel’s Daredevil” on Netflix on April 10, 2015, we present a series of features exploring the writers, artists and more who have brought the Man Without Fear to life over his 50-plus year history! At the end of Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev’s run on DAREDEVIL, many thought things could not get worse for the Man Without Fear. Stripped of his secret identity and his freedom, Matt Murdock seemed to have nothing left but a very long stint behind bars. Writer Ed Brubaker and artists Michael Lark and Stefano Gaudiano, however, realized Hornhead could fall even farther…and saw to it that he did. “This run is perhaps the most depressing Daredevil run ever,” Christine Hanefalk of The Other Murdock Papers opines. “It has Matt Murdock face nightmarish circumstances, the worst of which is the loss of his wife Milla to the machinations of Mister Fear.” “Having said that, it’s also one of my very favorite runs,” she adds. “Brubaker and Lark make you care about the characters, and you feel their heartache and despair. I suppose this was the run that really taught Matt Murdock that he could survive anything.” The first obstacle Murdock needed to overcome: the bars and walls of a maximum security prison, a “home” that found him surrounded by vanquished enemies like the Owl and the Kingpin, and low-level criminals aching to be the one to take down Daredevil. “Brubaker’s first story arc, ‘The Devil in Cell Block D,’ is one of the very best of the entire run, and a perfect next step for the character, after the events of the Bendis/Maleev run,” Hanefalk asserts. “Obviously following such a critically-acclaimed Bendis/Maleev run and then [to] have to deal with Matt in prison, it had to be quite the challenge for Brubaker,” Kuljit Mithra of Manwithoutfear.com echoes. “I think he did well, and I especially enjoyed the ‘Matt in prison’ story;’ how well the Punisher was written in the arc.” Mithra’s statement points to a strong part of Brubaker’s run: the deep, rich characterization that sprang from a willingness to unearth past gems from Daredevil’s—and Marvel’s—past. “The supporting cast really shone with Brubaker,” he explains. “Dakota North became such an integral part of the comic.” “Another fantastic addition to this run was Dakota North, who is a perfect fit for the Nelson and Murdock law offices,” concurs Hanefalk. “The decision to bring back Becky Blake, who hadn't been seen in two decades, was great.” The book also took the time to add layers to characters that had long haunted the pages, like Matt or Wilson Fisk. “I think the Kingpin was put to really good use during this run,” recalls Hanefalk. “There’s a stand-alone issue—DAREDEVIL #116—that really adds some depth to Fisk’s character and sets up his return to New York.” Artist Michael Lark—with assists from several others—joined Brubaker on the title at this time to further the book’s strong sense of atmosphere. “The thing I remember most about the art was how in tune everyone was,” Mithra remembers. “Lark, Stefano Gaudiano and [colorist] Matt Hollingsworth—you can tell when everyone knows what each other’s strengths are. The characters looked like real people, and the inking [and] colors always made everything more menacing, like when Mr. Fear is finally revealed, or when Vanessa Fisk sits in her chair with all that anger directed at Matt Murdock. It just comes off the page.” “I’m a big fan of Michael Lark’s art,” agrees Hanefalk. “Lark is fantastic at bringing real-world sensibilities to the stories he's illustrating, and few artists can nail a panel of Daredevil in a dark alley—in the rain— like Michael Lark. I also have to give some major kudos to colorist Matt Hollingsworth for the overall look of this era.” “That first issue with Lady Bullseye drawn by Clay Mann was awesome.” Mithra continues. “The Kingpin story with David Aja is so good. Also the cover artists: [Tommy Lee] Edwards, [Lee] Bermejo, [Marko] Djurdjevic.” In the end, the run made an impact on DAREDEVIL and the characters. “While Brubaker and Bendis have different writing styles, the overall tone of the book remained consistent,” Hanefalk explains. “I think [the outing] was handled really well. It restored the secret identity, in the eyes of the law, at least, without undoing what had been done before. And, it set the stage for the new creative team to tell their own stories after that.” “I think it’s equally as good [as Bendis’s],” argues Mithra. “The anniversary issues, the interlude issues, the overall arc—gems with lots of talented people. I do remember being quite anxious about where the ‘DD as leader of the Hand’ was headed, but credit to the team, they convinced me by their final issue that it would work.” Look for more editions of Daredevil Spotlight coming soon to Marvel.com, and watch “Marvel’s Daredevil” on Netflix coming April 10!
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The Adventure Begins in James Patterson's Max Ride: First Flight #1 (Fri, 03 Apr 2015)
James Patterson's Max Ride: First Flight #1 Next week, international best-selling author, James Patterson teams with Marvel bring his hit young-adult sensation Maximum Ride to the world of comics as only Marvel could! But first, Marvel is pleased to present a look inside the debut issue, JAMES PATTERSON’S MAX RIDE: FIRST FLIGHT #1! Written by Marguerite Bennett and illustrated by Alex Sanchez, JAMES PATTERSON’S MAX RIDE: FIRST FLIGHT brings the wonderfully imaginative world of the Maximum Ride series to the world of Marvel Comics! “At Marvel we’re always looking to create bold stories that push expectation and attract new audiences into the world of comics – and that’s what we plan to do with Max Ride,” says Marvel Director of Content & Character Development & Max Ride: First Flight Editor Sana Amanat. “It’s the familiar world of Maximum Ride told through the thrilling Marvel narrative. We’re taking a heart-pounding adventure and giving it an extra shot of adrenaline.” Perfect for new and long-time fans, readers will experience the world of Maximum Ride like never before as the rich, vibrant world of James Patterson comes to life in a whole new way! Follow the soaring adventures of teenage girl Max and the “flock” – Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel. They’re a group of ordinary teenage kids – only they are part human and part avian! The product of genetic tampering that has given them extraordinary abilities, these six teens lives quickly morph into a living nightmare as they try to escape their creators and defend themselves from the deadly ”Erasers”. As Max uncovers the truth about her origins, she’ll discover her true calling – saving the world! A whole new adventure is about to take flight. Be there as this fantastic world soars off the page in JAMES PATTERSON’S MAX RIDE: FIRST FLIGHT #1 – coming to comic shops and digital devices on April 8th! Pre-Order James Patterson’s Max Ride: First Flight on Amazon JAMES PATTERSON’S MAX RIDE: FIRST FLIGHT #1 (FEB150689) Written by MARGUERITE BENNETT Art by ALEX SANCHEZ Cover by STEPHANIE HANSVariant Cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN (FEB150690)Action Figure Variant Cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (DEC148729)Pre-Order on AmazonISBN: 978-0-7851-9742-3 On-Sale – 04/08/15
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A Modern Classic Reborn in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope OGN (Fri, 03 Apr 2015)
Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope OGN Lucasfilm Ltd. and Marvel Entertainment have already taken the industry by storm with blockbuster new stories set in the Star Wars universe. This May, we’re proud to return you to the story that started it all as the first original comic adaptation of the greatest space-fantasy film of all time is reborn as the STAR WARS™: EPISODE IV A NEW HOPE OGN! Weeks before George Lucas’ first Star Wars film hit theaters – Marvel gave eager fans their very first look at Luke Skywalker, boldly asking “Will he save the galaxy, or destroy it?” Now, 30 years later, you may know the answer, but that doesn’t spoil the excitement of reliving this now classic adaptation like you’ve never seen before – including scenes that never made it to the silver screen! Completely remastered for the modern age with new coloring by Chris Sotomayor, Roy Thomas and Howard Chaykin’s iconic story debuts this May in an oversized hardcover format with a new cover by famed artist Adi Granov! Now is your chance to relive the original Marvel Comics adaptation that started it all when STAR WARS™: EPISODE IV A NEW HOPE OGN comes to comic shops and book stores this May! Plus, don’t miss exciting remastered adaptations of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi coming later this year! Pre-Order Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope OGN on Amazon! STAR WARS: EPISODE IV A NEW HOPE OGN-HC (JAN150883)Written by ROY THOMASPenciled by HOWARD CHAYKINColored by CHRIS SOTOMAYORCover by ADI GRANOVPre-Order on Amazon!On Sale 05/06/15!
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Star Wars #1 Goes to Fifth Printing (Fri, 03 Apr 2015)
Star Wars #1 Fifth Printing "This is a comic burdened with glorious purpose, arriving with pomp and circumstance…” - Entertainment Weekly "As writer Jason Aaron steers new series, [this] million-selling comic is a Force to be reckoned with"  - Washington Post Retailers: The STAR WARS #1 Fifth Printing will be available in stores on May 6. Ordering information is copied below. STAR WARS #1 5th PRINTING VARIANT (FEB158443)Written by JASON AARONArt & Cover by JOHN CASSADAYFOC – 04/13/15, On-Sale – 05/06/15
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Download Episode 179 of This Week in Marvel (Thu, 02 Apr 2015)
This Week in Marvel Episode 179 Look out! It's a new episode of This Week in Marvel! Ryan and Ben devour the new print and digital releases of the week, including AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #17, AVENGERS: ULTRON FOREVER #1, IRON FIST: THE LIVING WEAPON #11, KANAN - THE LAST PADAWAN #1, WOLVERINES #13, and more! Marc and Patrick, along with Marvel VP - Current Animation Stephen Wacker, check in with the latest movie and TV happenings from the west coast! Plus: answers to your questions! Read NEXTWAVE for the next This Week in Marvel Unlimited Reading Club and share your thoughts using the hash tag #TWIMURC! Download episode #179 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 Senior Editor Ben Morse, along with Marvel.com Editor Marc Strom and Manager, Marvel.com Assistant Editor Patrick Cavanaugh, and 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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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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