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Piecing Together Marvel Puzzle Quest: Star-Lord (Tue, 27 Jan 2015)
Star-Lord in Marvel Puzzle Quest Fresh off his galactic crusading, Star-Lord joins the ever-growing roster of incredible combatants in “Marvel Puzzle Quest”! D3Publisher Producer Joe Fletcher is here to give us the lowdown on the incorrigible cosmic cowboy and all the tricks he’s bringing to battle, plus Sam Humphries, writer extraordinaire of LEGENDARY STAR-LORD, drops by to talk about piloting the hero through digital space! Marvel.com: Sam, as somebody who has both written Star-Lord and worked in the realm of Marvel Games yourself, what’s the key to translating Peter Quill to this medium? Sam Humphries: When porting Peter Quill to another medium, the key is to lead with his humor. A good sense of humor translates well in any medium, from comics, to video games, to bad first dates. Marvel.com: What’s it like to see a character like Peter blow up not just in the comics and in the movies, but now in multiple Marvel games? Sam Humphries: It’s incredible watching Star-Lord Fever spread so rapidly across the globe. It really is astonishing. If you experience symptoms of Star-Lord Fever, please quarantine yourself immediately with comics, video games, and movies. If you see something, say something. Everyone is at risk. Marvel.com: And Joe, you’re one of the guys helping Peter blow up! Why has he decided to grace “Puzzle Quest” terra firma with his presence? Joe Fletcher: I could say to mostly to pick up some new jams for another mix tape.  He’s heard rumors around the galaxy about a song that is supposed to have unintelligible lyrics about a “casbah” and he wants to track it down.  Besides, Rocket just came back from a recent vacation there and said that the pizza was great, so Peter wants to check it out too.  Groot also said “I Am Groot,” but he’s not quite so sure that information is reliable. All the fun scenarios put aside, in short, nothing nefarious, just Peter stopping in for a bit before jetting off to face the next galaxy—or universe—wide crisis. Marvel.com: How legendary is Star-Lord in the “Puzzle Quest” Universe? Is he relatively unknown, or does everyone know his name? Joe Fletcher: After the recent debacle in Latveria and Madripoor when Rocket and Groot came to visit—See: MPQ’s Meet Rocket & Groot Event—everyone’s done a bit of reading on the Guardians of the Galaxy. So those not “in the know” like Bullseye may only know that Star-Lord exists as some dude in space, but people like Doom are well versed in his escapades.  Especially after Quill’s friends just trashed Doom’s castle. Marvel.com: Quill might have missed out on all the Doombot destroying fun, but now he’s here looking for a fight. What can the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy do? Joe Fletcher: Star-Lord is a leader, but not your normal one. He doesn’t lead from the front, nor does he play Armchair General from behind the lines. Instead, he sort of entices his team into doing what needs to be done and does his part in whatever plan is enacted—which usually involves a bit of stealthy thievery, suicidal charges, and outright deviousness as the case may be. Given the puzzle board feel of “Marvel Puzzle Quest,” outright deviousness works like a treat for Peter. Quill is a 4* (Legendary) Purple/Yellow/Red character and has the moves to go along with it. His first ability, Sleight of Hand, exemplifies his talent for messing with his opponent in some potentially lethal ways. Here Peter replaces a tile on the board with an explosive surprise that goes off in a few turns. This deals an unhealthy amount of damage to the target when it goes off as the unwitting dupe gets in the way of the booby trap.  At higher levels, Star-Lord can even replace Countdown tiles with this, allowing for a good amount of board control ability at a respectable 10 Purple AP per use. His Yellow ability shows off Peter’s unique style of leadership with Everyone With Me. Here, Peter puts together the bare minimum of a plan, enabling his team to enact their own flourishes a bit more easily. What this accomplishes in game terms is he places a Countdown tile on the board that reduces the AP cost of ability uses in certain colors while it’s out. Raising the level of this ability gives Peter’s plans a bit more polish, increasing both the colors it affects and the amount of AP it reduces. At max level, it reduces the AP cost of all friendly abilities except Black—Quill’s not into helping out the vindictive side of his friends—which can have a noticeable effect on the battle. Lastly, Star-Lord uses the “Oldest Trick in the Book” to keep his enemies on their toes.  While distracted, enemies have a harder time getting their abilities to work and giving Star-Lord and his team a bit of breathing space. In a flip on Everyone With Me, Oldest Trick increases the AP cost of enemy abilities while the Countdown tile is on the board.  In addition, when the Countdown tile finally goes off, Peter gently taps the poor victim on the shoulder before belting them in the face—assuming they have one—with a smashing right hook. Damage and AP increases in one Countdown tile! At higher levels, the tile increases all but Purple abilities, as he has a hard time hindering other sneaky type attacks with his own sneakiness. Marvel.com: Obviously you built Star-Lord to work well in a variety of team compositions, but was any special consideration given to how he would work teamed with the other Guardians? Joe Fletcher: Definitely. Everyone With Me works extremely well with Gamora’s Razor’s Edge, allowing her to slice up the competition extremely quickly. It also reduces the cost on Rocket’s I Got A Plan, allowing for those strong Strike tiles to be placed more quickly. Meanwhile, his Sleight of Hand can be used to change an adjacent tile to Purple, quite possibly preventing a match on that Plan Countdown tile or one of Gamora’s Yellow Bad Reputation tiles.  While Peter’s abilities will generally help everyone else too—who doesn't want a Captain America shield throw that gains AP?—we specifically thought about how his abilities would help his allies in their pursuit of their goals. Marvel.com: And how do you see him working with non-cosmic contenders? Joe Fletcher: With his ability to get people to do what he needs them to do while making them think it was their own idea, Star-Lord can even get stubborn heroes like Thor and Hulk moving in the right direction. They benefit the same from the AP reduction, but their skills weren’t designed to take advantage of the change like Gamora’s is. Still, a single Countdown tile on the board enabling Ragnarok to Thunderclap at only 4 AP can create some pretty insane cascades! Marvel.com: When do we get to play Star-Lord? And did I hear a little something about a Double Iso-8 event happening in the near future? Joe Fletcher: Star-Lord will be the reward for the next run of Thick As Thieves, which is actually running right now! So people interested in putting Peter Quill into their party should check out the game and push their way up the leader boards. Naturally, he’ll also be available as high-ranking prizes for Versus matches in the future and be included in Comic Packs down the road.  As for Double Iso-8, that's also live as we speak with the Coversquirrel Versus tourney, which uses some wonderful custom art by the talented Erica Henderson. The upcoming Blade and Modern Thor Versus tourneys will also be running a Double Iso-8 bonus, so for anyone needing a little more scratch to level their characters, get into the arena! Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more awesome “Marvel Puzzle Quest” news and interviews.
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The Beyonder Changes Things Up in 80's By The Numbers (Tue, 27 Jan 2015)
80s By The Numbers: Secret Wars II #6 It's time to face facts, true believers – the 80's were awesome. The shoulders were padded, the costumes were colorful, and Marvel Universe hairstylists made a fortune giving perms to cosmic beings. 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 radical fact at a time! This week we're singling out SECRET WARS II #6 by Jim Shooter and Al Milgrom. Here's "Life Rules!" by the numbers! 27 cars, 11 planes and 10 pillows on 2 couches in the Beyonder's home   10 heroes playing second fiddle to the Beyonder   8 cosmic beings on the Beyonder's computer screen   5 panels recounting the Beyonder's origin   4 costume changes   1 unexpected houseguest   Get ready for the new Secret Wars launching this May!
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Laugh It Up with Iliza Shlesinger on Episode 169.5 of This Week in Marvel (Tue, 27 Jan 2015)
This Week in Marvel Episode 169.5 Comedian Iliza Shlesinger visits the Marvel offices to speak with Blake about "Guardians of the Galaxy," her new Netflix special "Freezing Hot," and much more! Download episode #169.5 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. 40 (Mon, 26 Jan 2015)
The History of Daredevil Pt. 40 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! The new millennium continued to deliver the beat down to Daredevil as 2003 brought him an unexpected new love, but also a clutch of old foes all itching for revenge on the Man Without Fear. DAREDEVIL #39 illustrated one of Nelson & Murdock’s greatest legal challenges, defending the White Tiger from a trumped-up murder charge. Despite their best efforts, Foggy and Matt heard the dreaded verdict of guilty in DAREDEVIL #40 and stood helpless as the Tiger lost his life in a desperate attempt at escape from authorities. When Matt saved Milla Donovan, a young blind woman, from an oncoming truck in DAREDEVIL #41, he never expected to receive an invitation to a date from it. With the Owl’s rise to power in the vacuum left by the Kingpin’s prison sentence weighing heavily on him, he reluctantly accepted the intriguing invitation in DAREDEVIL #42, though his friends thought it questionable in DAREDEVIL #43. As these things normally transpired for our hero, the police interrupted his night out with Milla in DAREDEVIL #44 to question Matt concerning the strange death of the owner of the newspaper he’d sued over the public outing of his secret identity as Daredevil. The Owl got knocked off his perch the hard way in DAREDEVIL #45, but before the Man Without Fear could take a relieved breath, the Kingpin blew back in town and, in DAREDEVIL #46, brought Typhoid Mary out of her humdrum life to send her to interrupt another date of Matt’s and Milla’s. In DAREDEVIL #47, the former crime lord began in earnest to rebuild his empire in the city. DD accepted aide from Luke Cage and Jessica Jones in DAREDEVIL #48 to take down Typhoid Mary, while across town Bullseye approached his old boss the Kingpin about new assignments. In DAREDEVIL #49, the master assassin tried to add Milla to his bloody list of murdering Matt Murdock’s girlfriends, but suffered not only a fresh, new defeat at the hero’s hands, but the indignity of a crosshair carved into his forehead. Fully frustrated and beyond anger at the shambles of his life, Daredevil took his righteous indignation to the Kingpin in DAREDEVIL #50, and after the mother of all thrashings on the whale of a man, declared himself the new Kingpin. Maya Lopez, the deaf woman known as Echo, returned in DAREDEVIL #51 to retrace her history and in DAREDEVIL #52 to confront Matt over their past relationship. Rebuffed by Murdock, Echo sought out Kingpin in his new prison cell for some closure, but when she found none, took on a vision quest in DAREDEVIL #53 from a family friend called simply the Chief. Daredevil teamed with Spider-Man and Wolverine to take down Frank Castle once and for all in THE PUNISHER #33. Stubborn and single-minded, Frank fooled the titanic trio into squabbling among themselves while he continued his mission against the mob in THE PUNISHER #34. Read more DAREDEVIL (1998) on Marvel Unlimited
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Secret Wars Surprise Live Chat (Mon, 26 Jan 2015)
Secret Wars In May 2015, Time Runs Out and the Secret Wars begin! This Wednesday, January 28, at 3 PM ET, join a special live chat with big time mystery guests as they unveil another layer of this monumental event! Sign up below! Live Blog Secret Wars Surprise Chat
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Subscribe to All Three New Star Wars Series from Marvel Today (Fri, 23 Jan 2015)
Star Wars #1 Star Wars has finally returned to Marvel, and what better way to get caught up on your favorite heroes than through Marvel Subscriptions? The force kicks off this January with STAR WARS, a new series from Jason Aaron and John Cassaday. This series follows the events of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, with Luke Skywalker and Rebel Alliance fighting against the Galactic Empire fresh off the destruction of the Death Star. Join Luke along with Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, the droids, and more of your favorite characters! If you're looking to join a darker side of the force, subscribe to DARTH VADER, a new series from Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca. Follow the toll on the man behind the mask after the destruction of the Death Star, and find out just what it takes to be the Dark Lord of the Sith! Subscribe to this ongoing series beginning in February. Finally, coming this March is a new series that follows the toughest princess in a galaxy far, far away — Subscribe to PRINCESS LEIA from Mark Waid and Terry Dodson! The series promises a look at Leia like never before, focusing on the personal strength that saw her through her terrible trials after the destruction of her home planet Alderaan at the hands of the Galactic Empire. For those looking to subscribe to all three series, Marvel is offering a special bulk discount on three 12-issue subscriptions here! Save over 40% cover price when you subscribe to all three current Marvel Star Wars series!* You should give them a try! Actually, as Yoda would say, "Do. Or do not. There is no try." Subscribe today! *Offer expires 1/1/16
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Free Comic Book Day 2015 Unleashes Secret Wars #0 & All-New, All-Different Avengers (Fri, 23 Jan 2015)
All-New All-Different Avengers FCBD The biggest heroes, the biggest creators and the biggest stories in comics today are coming to FREE COMIC BOOK DAY this year! Today, Marvel is proud to officially unveil its two stellar, can’t-miss Free Comic Book Day offerings for 2015! This May, prepare yourself for the kickoff of the biggest comic event in Marvel history, and a special preview of Marvel’s future in SECRET WARS #0 and ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT AVENGERS FCBD! First, SECRET WARS #0 brings you a prologue to the most important comic series of 2015! From the all-star creative team of Jonathan Hickman and Paul Renaud, get caught up with the perfect primer for the mega-event of the year, just in time for SECRET WARS #1 to hit comic shops the very next Wednesday! As a bonus, SECRET WARS #0 will also contain a special presentation of “Attack on Avengers”, the sought after eight-page Avengers and Attack on Titan crossover, never-before-released in the United States by Attack on Titan creator Hajime Isayama with art by Gerardo Sandoval! Then, get ready for a look into the world that’s coming with ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT AVENGERS FCBD! It’s your first taste of the all-new Marvel Universe as a blockbuster top secret Avengers creative team sets out on a new adventure that will have fans begging for more! Who will be Earth’s Mightiest Heroes when the dust settles from Secret Wars?  Find out here! This special issue also includes a brand new bonus story by blockbuster writer Charles Soule that previews one of the biggest new titles of 2015 – UNCANNY INHUMANS! “Free Comic Book Day is a day to showcase the amazing world of comic books we all live and play in,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “What a spectacular opportunity to reach new fans as FCBD coincides with the release of 'Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.' There’s no better time for fans to jump in to the Marvel comics universe with new titles featuring the Avengers, the Inhumans and Secret Wars. Support your local retailers and head to a comic shop that weekend for some stellar offerings from all-star creators. We can’t wait for fans to get their hands on them.” This May, the opening salvo of SECRET WARS is fired and the Avengers of tomorrow take shape. No fan can afford to miss this year’s FREE COMIC BOOK DAY – May 2 at participating comic shops nationwide! SECRET WARS #0 Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN & HAJIME ISAYAMA Art by PAUL RENAUD & GERARDO SANDOVAL Cover by ALEX ROSS Coming Free Comic Book Day! ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT AVENGERS FCBD Written by TOP SECRET & CHARLES SOULE Art & Cover by TOP SECRET Coming Free Comic Book Day!
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Secret Wars: Warzones (Fri, 23 Jan 2015)
Secret Wars: Warzones The future begins here! When everything ends, there is only Secret Wars. Today, Marvel is proud to announce WARZONES!, the final umbrella of titles launching during Secret Wars! WARZONES joins LAST DAYS and BATTLEWORLD as the three different categories of titles launching throughout Secret Wars, each with their own unique type of story to tell! “If you want a glimpse of what the future holds, you’ll find it in the WARZONES titles,” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. “Our creators let their imaginations run wild as they lay down the foundations for the future. Whether we’re revisiting the most popular events from Marvel’s past or telling completely new stories, you won’t believe what we’ve got in store for you.” All that remains in the cosmos is Battleworld, the strange, patchwork realm playing host to countless realities, all existing side-by-side, fused into a single planet! Titles carrying the WARZONES! banner tell stories of the individual dominions of Battleworld. What happens within their borders? What heroes guard their skies? What villains conspire within? How does over 75 years of Marvel’s epic history play out now that Battleworld is all there is? “To be clear, WARZONES! titles are not fill-ins. These are the event caliber books, magnified to the Nth degree,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “Secret Wars has afforded us a completely unique opportunity to tell huge, epic, event-sized stories within the framework of this new, patchwork planet – events within events. These titles will lay the building blocks and groundwork for what’s next, if that gives any indication of how important they are!” While the Secret Wars rage on, the foundation of a new Marvel Universe take shape within the war-torn domains across Battleworld. The future of Marvel begins in the WARZONES!
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The Women of Marvel Predict the Eisners (Fri, 23 Jan 2015)
The Women of Marvel Podcast Episode 29 It's the latest Women of Marvel podcast! New host Emily Shaw join Sana and Judy to predict who will be nominated for the 2015 Eisner Awards! Listen to Women of Marvel - Episode 29 now! 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 Comic Editor Sana Amanat. 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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Enter the Marvel Universe This April - Introducing True Believers (Thu, 22 Jan 2015)
True Believers What can you get for a dollar? How about the Marvel Universe? Today, Marvel is proud to present TRUE BELIEVERS – a new line of comics debuting exclusively in comic shops this April. Printing the first chapter of popular series for the suggested retail price of $1 – TRUE BELIEVERS is the perfect way for readers interested in trying out some of Marvel’s most popular titles in history without breaking the bank. Just in time for 2015’s SECRET WARS, catch up on some of the most celebrated stories in Marvel history before their appearance in the biggest comic event of 2015! Enter the world of CIVIL WAR, AGE OF APOCALYPSE, OLD MAN LOGAN, PLANET HULK, the critically-acclaimed ICON series POWERS and many more with the first chapters of these top-selling collections – each for the suggested retail price of $1! “These are some of the most popular stories in recent memory,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “We’re proud to bring them to fans in a new format that will allow them to sample some of Marvel’s best and brightest gems. Each of these issues are the perfect place to start for fans curious about Miles Morales, the Age of Apocalypse, Civil War and everything in between.” Your window into the biggest stories in Marvel history costs a buck! Don’t miss these exciting TRUE BELEIVERS issues, on sale throughout the month of April in comic shops! TRUE BELIEVERS: INFINITY GAUNTLET #1 Reprinting material from INFINITY GAUNTLET #1. 32 PGS./Rated T …$1.00 MSRP TRUE BELIEVERS: MARVEL ZOMBIES #1 Reprinting MARVEL ZOMBIES #1. 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$1.00 MSRP TRUE BELIEVERS: AGE OF APOCALYPSE #1 Reprinting material from X-MEN ALPHA. 32 PGS./Rated T …$1.00 MSRP TRUE BELIEVERS: CIVIL WAR #1 Reprinting material from CIVIL WAR #1. 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$1.00 MSRP TRUE BELIEVERS: PLANET HULK #1 Reprinting INCREDIBLE HULK (2000) #92. 32 PGS./Rated T …$1.00 MSRP TRUE BELIEVERS: HOUSE OF M #1 Reprinting HOUSE OF M #1. 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$1.00 MSRP TRUE BELIEVERS: OLD MAN LOGAN #1 Reprinting WOLVERINE (2003) #66. 32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$1.00 MSRP TRUE BELIEVERS: ARMOR WARS #1 Reprinting material from IRON MAN (1968) #225. 32 PGS./Rated T …$1.00 MSRP TRUE BELIEVERS: MILES MORALES #1 Reprinting ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN (2011) #1. 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$1.00 MSRP TRUE BELIEVERS: AGE OF ULTRON #1 Reprinting AGE OF ULTRON #1. 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$1.00 MSRP POWERS FIRSTS #1 Reprinting POWERS #1. 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$1.00 MSRP
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Download Episode 169 of This Week in Marvel (Thu, 22 Jan 2015)
This Week in Marvel Episode 169 Episode #169 of This Week in Marvel comes your way with Ryan and Ben talking about the new print and digital releases of the week, including AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #13, BLACK WIDOW #14, BUCKY BARNES: THE WINTER SOLDIER #4, DEADPOOL'S ART OF WAR #4, LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD #10, and more! Marc and Patricks provide breaking news on Marvel movies and TV! Plus your comments and questions! Read AVENGERS: NIGHTS OF WUNDAGORE for the next This Week in Marvel Unlimited Reading Club and share your thoughts using the hash tag #TWIMURC! Download episode #169 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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Secret Wars: Battleworld (Thu, 22 Jan 2015)
Secret Wars: Battleworld The Marvel Universe has been destroyed! One by one, each and every universe across the cosmos has been eliminated. All that exists is a new, patchwork planet made up of the remains of decimated universes. Today, Marvel is proud to announce BATTLEWORLD, which joins LAST DAYS as two of the three unique umbrella brands of titles launching during Secret Wars! “If you want the full story of what’s happening across the surface of this new planet, BATTLEWORLD branded titles are for you,” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. “Who polices Battleworld? How do the various domains interact? What happens when those domains go to war?  What strange, never-before-seen creatures inhabit this world? What familiar faces will make appearances? Fans who want to fully understand how each sector interacts with the others can’t miss out on these books!” Titles carrying the BATTLEWORLD banner will focus on the interworking and interaction of all the domains now fused together throughout the one and only remaining planet! The Secret Wars are waged as the last remaining fragments of dead universes fight for survival. Who rules these domains? Who comes out on top? Who lives? Who dies? “The inner machinations of Secret Wars happen here,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “BATTLEWORLD branded titles will be clearly marked through the Marvel Previews solicits as well as with well distinguished cover trade dress, this way both retailers and fans will know what they’re getting. Think of these as the new core monthly titles. “ What secrets are about to be revealed? Find out this may as Secret Wars enters BATTLEWORLD!
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Who's Who in the Star Wars Galaxy: R2-D2 (Thu, 22 Jan 2015)
R2-D2 (photo copyright Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved) All photos copyright Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved With the Star Wars franchise back at Marvel, it’s time to get up to speed on the galaxy far, far away with a look back at the story from the classic films! With each installment of the Who’s Who in the Star Wars Galaxy, we’ll cover another key player in one of the greatest adventures of all time! Fiesty and headstrong, the astromech droid designated R2-D2 rose up from a menial position in the droid pool of Queen Padmé Amidala of Naboo to impress two Jedi Knights and enter a world of adventure. With the Jedi, R2-D2 met Anakin Skywalker, a youth strong in the Force, and became his almost-constant companion. At that same time, Artoo also made the acquaintance of protocol droid C-3PO, a creation of Anakin’s who’d loom large in his future. After a series of adventures with Jedi-in-training Anakin, R2-D2 found himself back on the boy’s home planet of Tatooine and forming a symbiotic bond with C-3PO. When Anakin and Artoo left the desert world, Threepio came along to offer his services to the young Jedi and his beloved Padmé Amidala. The astromech witnessed many pivotal events in galactic history, including the secret wedding of Anakin and Padmé, the beginning of the Clone Wars, and the rescue of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine from Separatist forces. Though only able to communicate through a series of electronic sounds or through Threepio’s translations, R2-D2 nevertheless provided incredible support to Anakin and his allies throughout the years of the Clone Wars and the rise of the tyrannical Galactic Empire. When Anakin fell to the dark side of the Force and became the Sith Lord Darth Vader, Artoo ended up with Threepio on Alderaan Senator Bail Organa’s blockade runner, the Tantive IV. There, the two stalwart droids joined the crew and remained in that position for nearly 20 years. When Anakin’s daughter, Leia Organa, approached R2-D2 to request he deliver stolen data plans of the Empire’s Death Star battle station to self-exiled Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi on Tatooine, the little droid made his way across the arid planet to find none other than Anakin’s son, Luke Skywalker. Artoo and Threepio joined Luke and Obi-Wan to rescue Leia and deliver the plans to the Rebel Alliance. Artoo took on serious damage, much to C-3PO’s dismay, during the Rebel’s daring starfighter raid on the Death Star, ironically due to a stray shot from his former master Anakin, now Darth Vader. Once repaired, the plucky astromech joined in the celebration that followed the destruction of the Death Star with C-3PO at his side, and determined to be true and helpful to his new master, Luke Skywalker, wherever that service may take him. Continue to learn Who’s Who in the Star Wars Galaxy on Marvel.com, and pick up STAR WARS #1, on sale now! R2-D2 (photo copyright Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved)
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Assemble Your Own Avengers with Epic Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron Movie Variants (Wed, 21 Jan 2015)
Avengers: Age of Ultron Movie Variants Before Earth’s Mightiest Heroes do battle against Ultron in Marvel’s "Avengers: Age of Ultron" on May 1 2015, don’t miss your chance to own a piece of the action with these epic Avengers: Age of Ultron Movie Variants in April. Originally debuting at Comic-Con International 2014, these epic pieces of theatrical concept art by Ryan Meinerding, Charlie Wen, and Andy Park combine to form one stunning image of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes locked in combat against Ultron’s massive army. Coming to eight Marvel comics in the month of April, these covers are just like the Avengers – better when assembled! Don’t miss a single variant when they come to these exciting Marvel comics in April! AVENGERS: ULTRON FOREVER #1 Variant Cover A AVENGERS: ULTRON FOREVER #1 Variant Cover B NEW AVENGERS: ULTRON FOREVER #1 Variant Cover A NEW AVENGERS: ULTRON FOREVER #1 Variant Cover B AVENGERS #44 UNCANNY AVENGERS: ULTRON FOREVER #1 Variant Cover A UNCANNY AVENGERS: ULTRON FOREVER #1 Variant Cover B NEW AVENGERS #33   “These epic posters were really the hit of last year’s San Diego Comic-Con,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “We’re glad that fans who attended the convention were able to get their hands on them but we’re even more excited to bring thousands of fans who may have missed this stunning image.” Marvel urges retailers to check their orders on these hotly anticipated variant covers as they hit comic shelves through the month of April. No fan will want to miss the chance to own this stunning, epic image when the Avengers: Age of Ultron Movie Variants hit comic shops this coming April!
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Moon Knight Teams Up with Spider-Man in 90's By the Numbers (Wed, 21 Jan 2015)
90's By the Numbers: Moon Knight 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 righteous fact at a time! This week we're singling out AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #355 by Al Milgrom, Mark Bagley, and Randy Emberlin. Here's "Total Eclipse of the Moon… Knight!" by the numbers! 16 Secret Empire goons surrounding Moon Knight and pals   6 Secret Empire henchmen punched out by Moon Knight and Night Thrasher in 2 panels   6 crescent moons on Moon Knight’s costume   5 instances of Moon Knight using the nickname Frenchie   4 heroes on the cover: Moon Knight, Spider-Man, Night Thrasher and Punisher   3 armored super villains with monosyllabic names: Chain, Sonic and Grasp   1 rocket-powered water tower   Follow Marc Spector's latest adventures in MOON KNIGHT on Marvel Unlimited!
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Watch Marvel's The Watcher 2015 - Episode 2 (Wed, 21 Jan 2015)
Marvel's The Watcher 2015 - Episode 2 Deadpool dying?! Lorraine Cink grills editor Jordan D. White to get to the bottom of this atrocity! 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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Secret Wars: Last Days (Wed, 21 Jan 2015)
Secret Wars: Last Days The skies go dark and the world begins to fracture. Secret Wars is coming, and with it the destruction of the Marvel Universe as we know it. Today, Marvel is proud to announce LAST DAYS, the first of three different types of series taking place during the upcoming, highly anticipated Secret Wars! “What would you do if you learned today was your last day on Earth?” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. “That’s the question your favorite Marvel heroes are going to ask themselves in their LAST DAYS story lines as they brace for Secret Wars and the end of the Marvel Universe.” Battleworld is set to transform the Marvel Universe as you know it. But before Secret Wars can begin, this chapter may come to a close. What will our heroes do with their final hours? What secrets will be unearthed? Who will they want to spend their LAST DAYS with? “LAST DAYS is the first of three new brandings for series unique to Secret Wars,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “Each branding will bear its own unique trade dress and logo treatment, clearly defining its relationship to the main Secret Wars story. This will make it easier for fans to experience the full scope of Secret Wars. Don’t dare miss these epic tales as our heroes face their impending obliteration!” Before Secret Wars can begin, the Marvel Universe must end. And it all starts this May as the entire planet faces their LAST DAYS!
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An Exclusive Look at Venom's All-New Costume (Wed, 21 Jan 2015)
Venom by Valerio Schiti Today in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #23, the team’s journey to the “Planet of the Symbiotes” comes to an impactful conclusion that leaves more than a lasting impression on Flash Thompson, aka Venom. In addition to a new look that combines aspects of the character’s classic incarnation with the most recent, the Symbiote Soldier has a more defined place in the Marvel Universe based on revelations regarding his living costume and its legacy. Read GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #23 for the full story on the all-new Venom, but we’ve got exclusive commentary and sketches from artist Valerio Schiti on coming up with the characters reinvigorated appearance! Marvel.com: Why a new look for Venom? What brings it on? Valerio Schiti: I suppose that the main reason for this change is the new readers—at least that’s what [GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY writer] Brian Bendis said! The new generations of readers have a totally different idea of Venom; most of them don’t even know that once he was a bad guy. In this moment nobody perceives him like a monster, everybody knows that he’s a hero, a good guy with a super cool costume that can do amazing things so why don’t we concentrate on them? Brian noticed that new way of thinking about the character and imagined this totally different version. And everybody knows that if there’s someone with a great intuition for what is cool, that man is Brian Michael Bendis. Marvel.com: What directions were you given in designing this? Valerio Schiti: As I said he must be cool. They wanted a modern version of the character: he should be strong and sleek and powerful; a perfect version of the character, with a new set of super powers. Brian showed me a picture of the version of Venom [from “Disney Infinity”] and said: “Something like this. Cool. Sleek. Big.” Marvel.com: Once you started, how did you make it your own? Valerio Schiti: I wanted to do give him a brand-new look but somehow classic. My idea was that he should look more like he was in his first appearance. In effect I tried to make “my” Venom closer to the first Venom than to Agent Venom; ironically the new version should look like the oldest version. There are two reasons for this choice. The first reason is logical: I supposed that when we saw Venom for the first time, in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #299, the symbiote suit was still a bit functioning. So, if I had to do imagine a “healthy” version of the costume, why not use that first and powerful image as reference? The second reason is a sentimental one: I started reading Spider-Man more or less when they published that run here in Italy in 1992, so it was some kind of homage to what I used to love when I was a kid. Marvel.com: Were there any big influences on your work here? Valerio Schiti: The design of the first appearances of Venom, of course. I looked at the work of Mike Zeck and Todd McFarlane mostly for the size and the main idea: a big guy with a white spider on the chest. That was a perfect and powerful design indeed and I wanted to keep the final design as close as possible to that look. I also added some details coming from sci-fi anime and movies like “Ghost in the Shell” or “Tron” because this time we wanted to show a “space Venom,”  a proper member of the Guardians of the Galaxy. But these are small details; the main thing is still the white spider. There’s also a uniform for Flash Thompson. It should seem like the everyday look of the new Venom-armor; the details are mostly the same but this should look like a normal space suit. Oh, Flash will also have a new haircut, a crew cut actually. After all he’s still a military man! Read GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #23 for your first glimpse of the all-new Venom!
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Follow the History of Daredevil Pt. 39 (Wed, 21 Jan 2015)
The History of Daredevil Pt. 39 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! It finally happened in 2002: Matt Murdock’s well-kept secret of his dual identity as Daredevil, Man Without Fear, outed for all the world’s consumption. What did he do? Kept on fighting the good fight, that’s what! While our hero investigated a recent assassination attempt by the explosive criminal Nitro in DAREDEVIL #27, reporter Ben Urich received the monumental news of the Kingpin’s alleged death from a stabbing. Before DD could look into it, he held off another would-be killing, this time by Shotgun and Boomerang in DAREDEVIL #28. Fortunately for him, Kingpin survived his attack in DAREDEVIL #29, one brought about by the machinations of one of his employees, Sammy, who also lurked behind the attempts on Matt Murdock’s life. Matt headed off to chit-chat with Urich in DAREDEVIL #30, while Kingpin’s wife Vanessa placed her ailing husband on a flight out of New York City, but stayed behind herself to take care of some “family business.” The traitors in Kingpin’s employ, including his own son Richard, met their own demises in DAREDEVIL #31, courtesy of Vanessa. Meanwhile, Sammy, in a vindictive mood, trotted off to the FBI to clue them in on a little secret he held: Daredevil’s true identity as Matt Murdock. The feds opened up a file on the blind attorney, which somehow made its way to the Daily Globe, which in turn plastered the big news all across their front page in DAREDEVIL #32. Matt met with his law partner Foggy Nelson in DAREDEVIL #33 to ruminate over some damage control. Though carrying a heavy burden, Daredevil gathered together with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in THE ORDER #5 to address the global crisis swirling around Doctor Strange, Silver Surfer, Hulk, and Sub-Mariner, a situation which came to a head in a sprawling battle in THE ORDER #6. Peter Parker, secretly Spider-Man and a longtime friend of Matt’s, joined forces with Ben Urich in DAREDEVIL #34 to convince newspaper publisher J. Jonah Jameson that the Matt Murdock story could only be a hoax. Elsewhere, Foggy tried in vain to get Matt to give up his life as a super hero. Later, as Daredevil, Matt helped Spidey clobber Mr. Hyde, and then called a big press conference to address the identity issue in DAREDEVIL #35. In front of a multitude of reporters and flashing cameras, Matt Murdock officially denied his other life as the Man Without Fear in DAREDEVIL #36. Following that, he received the news from the Kingpin’s wife that she’d sold her husband’s “business” to an undisclosed person. Elektra appeared in DAREDEVIL #37 to hear about the news from Matt’s own lips, but our hero’s attention focused on the Daily Globe’s insistence on moving ahead with their lawsuit against him. Beleaguered and surrounded on all sides, DD tried to bury his troubles in a request from Power Man and Iron Fist in DAREDEVIL #38 to come to their friend the White Tiger’s defense in a trumped-up murder accusation. Read more DAREDEVIL (1998) on Marvel Unlimited
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It's an Audio Slobberknocker with Jim Ross on Episode 168.5 of This Week in Marvel (Tue, 20 Jan 2015)
This Week in Marvel Episode 168.5 The one and only "Good Ol' JR" Jim Ross, arguably the greatest pro wrestling announcer of all-time, stops by the show to share his memories of 1990's WCW comics, the recent WrestleKingdom event, his upcoming schedule, and more with Ben! Download episode #168.5 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! Visit AXS.com for tickets and info on Jim Ross' upcoming shows 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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The Hunt For the Black Vortex Continues in Guardians of the Galaxy #24 (Tue, 20 Jan 2015)
Guardians of the Galaxy #24 This February, the hunt is on as the Guardians of the Galaxy and the X-Men square off against hordes of cosmic foes in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #24 – chapter two of the highly anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex crossover! Writer Brian Michael Bendis and All-New Young Gun artist Valerio Schiti bring you the next out-of-this-world chapter in the highly anticipated crossover event! The Guardians have successfully recovered the Black Vortex – the ancient and powerful artifact able to imbue its users with untold cosmic power. But with Mr. Knife, Thane and Knife’s Slaughter Squad hot on their tail, their only option for gaining the upper hand may be to use the Black Vortex itself! But no power comes without a price – and the cost of the using the Black Vortex is steep. Will the temptation of its power be too much for the Guardians and the X-Men to handle? Find out as the Black Vortex crossover continues in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #24! GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #24 (DEC140823) Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS Art & Cover by VALERIO SCHITI Cosmically Enhanced Variant by ANDREA SORRENTINO (DEC140824) Variant Cover by PHIL NOTO (DEC140825) On-Sale – 02/11/15
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All-New All-Different Avengers (Fri, 16 Jan 2015)
All-New All-Different Avengers
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Who's Who in the Star Wars Galaxy: Obi-Wan Kenobi (Fri, 16 Jan 2015)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (photo copyright Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved) With the Star Wars franchise back at Marvel, it’s time to get up to speed on the galaxy far, far away with a look back at the story from the classic films! With each installment of the Who’s Who in the Star Wars Galaxy, we’ll cover another key player in one of the greatest adventures of all time! NOTE: This profile covers characters up to the conclusion of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, where the Marvel comics pick up Trained in the magnificent Jedi Temple on Coruscant, the seat of the Galactic Republic, Obi-Wan Kenobi benefitted from lessons in the Force by the wizened Jedi Master Yoda and an expansive apprenticeship under maverick Qui-Gon Jinn. With Qui-Gon, the reckless yet thoughtful Obi-Wan learned to be mindful of the ways of the Force and of his own unique place within it. When Qui-Gon rescued a Force adept youth named Anakin Skywalker from a life of slavery on Tatooine, Obi-Wan’s destiny became clear. He took Anakin as his own Padawan learner following the death of Qui-Gon by a Sith warrior and began to train him in the ways of the Force. Anakin proved as reckless as Obi-Wan in his younger days, but the two men bonded like brothers, a friendship that saw them through Anakin’s graduation to Jedi Knight and the arduous years of the galaxy-wide Clone Wars. Obi-Wan himself became a general in the Republic Army, leading squads of clone troopers against Separatist forces in a military effort the Jedi soon became wary of. The Clone Wars ended with the startling revelation that Supreme Chancellor Palpatine was a Sith Lord and had appointed himself Emperor, with Anakin Skywalker as his new Sith apprentice. While Yoda and Obi-Wan banded together to confront this new threat to the galaxy, Yoda was ultimately unable to defeat Palpatine; further, Obi-Wan could not turn Anakin back from the dark side and was forced to nearly kill him on the fiery world of Mustafar. Taking Anakin’s lightsaber, Obi-Wan moved to hide his former Padawan’s twin children, Luke and Leia, from the Emperor. He hoped one day they might become strong in the Force and restore peace and justice to the galaxy. Obi-Wan sped the infant Luke to Tatooine and placed him in the care of his aunt and uncle, Owen and Beru Lars. For the next 20 years, the Jedi Master lived as a hermit in the arid wastes of the planet, watching over Luke and waiting for the right moment to reveal himself. That day came when Leia, now a princess of Alderaan, requested Obi-Wan’s help in the rebellion against the Empire, drawing Luke into an adventure that would begin his journey as a Jedi Knight. While trying to rescue Leia from the Empire’s Death Star battle station, Obi-Wan came face to face with Anakin Skywalker, now the dreaded Sith Lord Darth Vader. As the two dueled with lightsabers, Obi-Wan came to realize that sacrificing himself was the only way Luke and Leia would have time to escape, and so offered Vader an opening to cut him down. Through a discipline he learned during his time in the desert, Obi-Wan was able to retain his consciousness after death, and returned to aid Luke in destroying the Death Star. Continue to learn Who’s Who in the Star Wars Galaxy on Marvel.com, and pick up STAR WARS #1, on sale now! Obi-Wan Kenobi (photo copyright Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved) Obi-Wan Kenobi (photo copyright Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved)
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Taking Daredevil to Court (Fri, 16 Jan 2015)
Daredevil #15.1 cover by Chris Samnee As a former lawyer—not to mention a hugely successful writer in comics as well as television—Marc Guggenheim made the perfect candidate to write DAREDEVIL #15.1. As he and artist Peter Krause explain to Marvel.com, despite Matt Murdock’s vast experience as a lawyer, readers rarely have gotten a glimpse into his courtroom adventures. This issue changes that as Guggenheim and Krause revisit Daredevil’s early days of pursuing justice on two fronts—both on the streets and in the judicial system. In addition to discussing some of what they have planned, the creators also reveal why they think Mark Waid and Chris Samnee’s current run so strongly resonates with fans as well as revisiting the creative highlights of Daredevil’s rich 50-year history! Marvel.com: How challenging is it to tackle an engaging Daredevil story, but as a done-in-one issue? Marc Guggenheim: I think there is an art and definitely a challenge to doing any story as a done-in-one, but particularly now that most books are 20 pages instead of the standard 22—they were hard in 22’s day and age, but 20 makes it a little bit harder—there’s that involved. And exactly how much harder has something to do with the percentage of two out of 22. But I think, for me, that’s part of the fun, which is I think there’s something beautiful about a really tightly-plotted done-in-one issue with a beginning, middle, and an end. You know, the chance to do it with Daredevil, I just jumped at. I’m a huge super hero fan but I’m also a big fan of legal dramas, and a former attorney—Daredevil combines my two great loves in a way that very few characters do. Peter Krause: It is a fairly dense script from Marc—there is quite a bit going on; that is always a bit of a challenge. We’ve got five to six panels a page. Also, for me, the last three and a half years I’ve been working with a landscape format for digital, which is basically half of a comic’s page; even when I did DAREDEVIL: ROAD WARRIOR, we were still using the same format. Suddenly I’m doing a 20-page story with a lot going on and we’re back to a traditional comics format; it definitely has been a challenge in that respect. But it’s a really fun story! I’m really enjoying it. Marvel.com: What interested you in doing this story in particular? Marc Guggenheim: Well, you know, certainly it was an opportunity to write Daredevil—to develop a story set during Daredevil’s earliest days. I thought that was really intriguing because I felt that those days aren’t as well chronicled as the early days for a lot of super heroes. Peter Parker’s earliest days as Spider-Man are incredibly well documented. Not just through the original issues of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, but in a variety of different stories like UNTOLD TALES OF SPIDER-MAN or LEARNING TO CRAWL. Daredevil, apart from DAREDEVIL: YELLOW and DAREDEVIL: MAN WITHOUT FEAR, there’s really not a lot of ground that’s been covered—particularly the pre-Nelson and Murdock days. I really wanted to set something back during Matt’s law firm days—that was very intriguing. I always had this particular idea for a Daredevil story up my sleeve for years. When I thought about this time period, I thought: “This story works particularly well for Matt’s earliest days as a vigilante.” Peter Krause: Well, it’s Daredevil! I mean, Daredevil is my favorite Marvel character, and I was very happy to get the opportunity to do the [Daredevil Infinite Comic]. I’m sure that was because of Mark Waid, who I’ve worked with on a regular basis, and Marvel contacted me about doing another Daredevil story. I always like to draw Daredevil. It brings out the 12-year-old boy in me. Marvel.com: This project marks the first time that you two have worked together? Marc Guggenheim: Yeah, actually! I’m a huge fan of Peter’s work from Irredeemable and he’s really terrific. He’s also perfect for this story because his “acting” is so good. His characters emote on the page really well. And given the fact that there is a legal component to this story, Matt being an attorney and all, he’s the ideal choice. Peter Krause: It’s really fun. It’s a great story. It throws off the reader’s perceptions a little bit. Starts off with what I think readers would find to be a very over-used trope for an opening, but it’s not what you think it is. It’s very clever, a lot of fun, and very dense. I get to draw a little bit of all the stuff: courtroom, the civilian Matt Murdock, as well as some of the Daredevil action. The other thing is we’re going back to the yellow and dark red costume. From the visual side of things, I’m drawing a character in a different costume. I’ve never drawn him in the yellow costume. It’s always little things to play with there that are a little bit different — “How does that vest fit over the shoulders? How do you draw that?” A lot of times with the red costume, you’re just thinking, “Okay, let’s just rim light that and draw a lot of black.” And with the yellow costume, it’s a little bit different. I looked through the original stories, through my Marvel Masterworks, of the ones that Bill Everett and Wally Wood and Joe Orlando drew, and they kept that yellow pretty bright yellow. There [are] times here where I said, “I don’t care. I’m gonna put a dark shadow on that yellow, so we see a little bit of the outside.” Because a lot of the action sequences in the beginning take place at night, and I like to do those shadows. They’re fun to do. Visually, yeah, it’s a little bit different, and I go, “Okay, this is cool. It is Daredevil.”  But it’s a little bit different on my end than drawing the all red costume, which is one of the best costumes in comics, as far as I’m concerned. Marvel.com: Were there certain things that you picked up from looking at Everett, Wood and Orlando that you thought: “Oh! I want to try and do something along those lines”? Peter Krause: Yes, basically for the most part when it’s a black part of the costume—I still think of it as a really dark red, but I guess it’s black for printing purposes—the thing that they did was they kept it pretty flat. No highlights and that sort of stuff; you’re not drawing the texturals and the abs. You keep that pretty flat. I like that. That was definitely the approach I did as well with that. Everett only drew that first issue, and I have an appreciation after looking at that story how good he was at telling a story and expressions. The Wally Wood stuff is incredibly dense! He uses a whole figure almost all the time! I said, “Well I’m just not going to be able to do that.” Even the small panels for a fight scene—he’ll pull that visual camera so far back and get all those characters in there, and certainly I think “Well, I’ve got to go in closer than that.” I have an appreciation for those guys. My first job for DC way back when was when they were infusing new talent. I had to submit layouts and everything. Orlando was working for them at the time. I never got to meet him in person, but I got this huge package back from him where he had taken tracing paper and gone over my layouts and then his suggested layouts. I still have all those Joe Orlando layouts over my old pencils! The funny thing was that I ran into DC’s Jenette Kahn at a show, and introduced myself. I told her about Joe Orlando sending those layouts, and she said, “Oh yeah. Joe worked hard on those layouts!” I just had this vision of him in his office, cursing these young kids that don’t know what they’re doing while he does his tracing paper layouts. I still have those. It’s fun to look at those every once in a while. Marvel.com: Marc, given your past as a lawyer, how enjoyable was that, to get to tackle that dynamic of Daredevil and Matt, and utilize your legal acumen? Marc Guggenheim: It’s a lot of fun. I feel like Daredevil is obviously one of the very few super heroes who have been an attorney. It’s him and Jennifer Walters, pretty much. That’s the only game in town. And in addition to being a former attorney, I do have a great love of legal dramas. Both as a viewer, but on “Eli Stone” [the TV show that Guggenheim co-created], and I worked on “Law & Order” and “The Practice”—I have a lot of experience writing legal drama. Fictional attorneys are somewhat in my wheelhouse. To have the chance to stretch those muscles on behalf of Matt, who I feel like doesn’t always get to see the inside of the courtroom in a lot of Daredevil comics—he doesn’t get a chance to appear in front of a judge. It’s always fun to do that. I’ve been lucky—when I was working on AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, I had a chance to write Matt a little bit. I had him defend Peter Parker in court. He’s a wonderful character to put legal jargon to because the Matt Murdock that sort of has been created or has existed in the comics for these many decades now, I hear his courtroom voice very clearly in my head, and it’s a pleasure to write. Marvel.com: As a longtime fan of Daredevil, looking back on all the writers that have tackled him, are there any that you’ve really appreciated their ability to use courtroom drama as a part of their run? Marc Guggenheim: Bob Gale actually did a Daredevil arc [2001’s “Playing to the Camera,” which ran from DAREDEVIL #20-25] that I felt really used Matt’s courtroom skills a lot more than most writers. A lot of times Matt didn’t appear in court all that much. It’s funny though, I will say I think somewhat unexpectedly, one writer that’s actually putt Matt in court or dealt with Matt’s legal side of his life very well was Frank Miller. When people think about the Frank Miller DAREDEVIL run, all they think about are Elektra and ninjas. But the truth is there was a nice legal component to some of his stories, and at least Matt being in court. I have this vivid memory in my head of this page-tall panel of Matt giving a closing argument in front of a jury. And he had a way of both writing it and drawing it that made that stuff feel every bit as vibrant as Daredevil taking on ninjas. Marvel.com: Take off your creator hat for a moment and put on your fan hat: Looking at the Mark Waid/Chris Samnee run, are there certain elements of it that have really stuck out that you appreciated the most? Marc Guggenheim: Yeah, actually. I’ll tell you two things, really. First, overall the tone was such a breath of fresh air. And don’t get me wrong—I love the grim and gritty Daredevil. Frank Miller, Brian Bendis, Ed Brubaker, those are some of the best runs of Daredevil. But what is so wonderful about Waid and Samnee is they reminded the readership that there’s another way to approach Daredevil. It’s been so long since Miller made Daredevil grim and gritty, that everyone had forgotten that there’s another side of Matt and another way to approach that character. I think any time a creative team can come in and radically go back to a tone that’s been dormant for literally decades, that’s very special. My favorite story from the Waid & Samnee run was the introduction of Ikari, the Daredevil analog who had been created by exposing this guy to the original chemicals that gave Matt his powers, but the twist on it was that he had sight in addition to his abilities. I thought that was a thing of genius. The one thing that I think gets lost in the mix of a lot of modern day comic books is the creation of a new character, and particularly a new villain. We have a tendency to try to breathe new life into old characters, but to take a brand new concept that was so visceral, in part because it was rooted in an old concept—the chemicals that gave Matt his powers; that was just a thing of genius. Peter Krause: Yeah. The first thing I have to say is, after looking at Chris’s stuff, and I’m a big fan. He’s a future Eisner Hall of Fame guy. He’s a super guy; I’ve met him. I had to put it away for a little while. Okay, Chris? You are really, really good. I love you, but I’m pushing your work a little bit to the side here, because it’s intimidating! He is so good. I looked at, obviously, the old stuff, and I always pull out the David Mazzucchelli Oversized Artist Edition for Daredevil, and looking at all those wonderful artists that have done that stuff. Chris’s art moves—not even just within the panel, but how the panels relate to each other. A lot of artists, we break down a story and think, “Here’s this scene, here’s this scene, here’s this scene.” That’s very legitimate. But with Chris’s work—each panel relates to the previous panel and the upcoming panel so well. It’s very, very cinematic. There’s a great flow to his work. God, if I could emulate that, that would be really good. Chris is great. I’m sure everybody already knows that. It’s been a great run. And Waid’s integrating Daredevil back into more of the Marvel Universe. I would never think, “Okay, you’re going to start out with Spot as your villain in the first story, when he was doing stuff with Paolo Rivera?” I asked Waid: “When are you going to bring back The Jester?”—all these characters that I remember when I was growing up. And he did! He wove those characters into the story. It’s been a really fun run and great. I like all the eras of Daredevil. I like the gritty stuff, too—the Bendis, Brubaker, Miller league. It’s pretty intimidating to draw the character after all these people that have gone before—and Gene Colan. Don’t forget Gene Colan. That’s the Daredevil I grew up with. The thing is, especially with Waid writing the story, I never know where it’s going next. He can lead a story out of Foggy getting accused of plagiarizing in college with the professor. It’s been a great run for those guys. A very human run, let’s put it. There’s a lot of humanity in the story. Marvel.com: In terms of the vibe of the Waid/Samnee run, do you think you’ve been able to inject some of that vibe that you so enjoyed about that run into your own story? Marc Guggenheim: Yeah. I think this story sits at a little bit of an odd juncture. It’s certainly not as dark as the Miller stuff, and it’s probably not as light as Waid and Samnee’s run, but in terms of the spectrum, it’s definitely closer to Waid and Samnee. And part of that is the nature of the time period with the story. The story takes place when Matt was young and innocent. This was before Karen Page, Bullseye and Elektra. He’s got a little bit more of an idealistic outlook. In fact, a good chunk of the story is emotionally anchored by the fact that Matt has a naiveté, not just as a vigilante, but as an attorney as well. It’s nice to have that lighter tone to orient you in terms of Matt’s psychology. Marvel.com: Sounds like it’s going to be a great story. Marc Guggenheim: I hope people like it. It was a joy to write! DAREDEVIL #15.1 arrives this April with a lead story by Marc Guggenheim and Peter Krause, as well as a tale written and drawn by Chris Samnee, and contributions from Mark Waid!
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The Women of Marvel Bid Jeanine Schaefer Farewell (Fri, 16 Jan 2015)
The Women of Marvel Podcast Episode 28 It's the latest Women of Marvel podcast! Marvel editors Katie Kubert and Emily Shaw join Sana and Judy for a special episode saying goodbye to Jeanine, celebrating her time at Marvel and looking to her future adventures! Listen to Women of Marvel - Episode 28 now! 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 Comic Editor Sana Amanat. 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 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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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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