Secret Wars and Miracle Man – Marvel Comics News April 27-May1 2015

This week in Marvel news mostly contained more on Secret Wars – the huge event that will reset the Marvel Comics universe, including a look at the all Marvel women A-Force, and Inhumans: Attilan Rising.  S.H.I.E.L.D. will have a celebration of its 50th year in comics.  Finally, a look at the Neil Gaiman Miracle Man book is here as well.

Celebrate 50 Years of S.H.I.E.L.D. With Marvel Comics in 2015!                                                                                  

New York, NY – April 28th, 2015 – Celebrate half a century of Marvel’s premier intelligence agency in 2015 as we proudly commemorate the S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary! When Stan Lee and Jack Kirby first introduced S.H.I.E.L.D. in the pages of 1965’s Strange Tales #135, boldly proclaiming it “The Greatest Action-Thriller of All Time!” – the landscape of the Marvel Universe would be changed forever. Now, half a century later, S.H.I.E.L.D. has made the jump beyond the comic page – bringing us some of the most iconic stories and memorable characters in all of popular culture. Join us as we celebrate this monumental legacy with exciting new projects throughout 2015!

First, this August, S.H.I.E.L.D. #9 answers a question half a century in the making. A mystery that lies at the heart of the origins of S.H.I.E.L.D. – who is the “Man Called D.E.A.T.H.”?! Written by Mark Waid with art by Lee Ferguson – this special, oversized anniversary issue features a never before published S.H.I.E.L.D. sequence penciled by Jack Kirby and inked by Jim Steranko! Plus – Al Ewing brings you a second story featuring the return of Dum Dum Dugan and the birth of the new Howling Commandos! Along with the very first S.H.I.E.L.D. story from 1965 and the original sequence that inspired S.H.I.E.L.D.’s creation – this is not one to miss!                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Then in September – find out what S.H.I.E.L.D. means to the Marvel Universe with the S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary Specials. Five weekly one shots about the men and women who stand on the front lines, shoulder to shoulder, ready to take on Hydra, A.I.M. and the worst the Marvel Universe has to offer! From some of the best and brightest talent in the comic industry comes action packed new specials starring Nick Fury, Agent Melinda May, Mockingbird, Quake and Agent Peggy Carter! Featuring writers David Walker, Jody Houser, Chelsea Cain, Kathryn Immonen, Matt Rosenberg and Patrick Kindlon – prepare to see S.H.I.E.L.D. in a completely new way!

Plus don’t miss these other exciting projects later this year celebrating the legacy of S.H.I.E.L.D.! This June, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. comes to your favorite Marvel Comics for The Art of Evolution Variants. Featuring stunning artwork commemorating episodes from the show’s second season, these gorgeous pieces covers will be coming to these twelve titles:

                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies #1

Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1

Armor Wars #1

Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps #1

Civil War #1

Guardians of Knowhere #1

Hail Hydra #1

S.H.I.E.L.D. #7

Siege #1

Squadron Sinister #1

Thors #1

Weridworld #1

Then, experience the original groundbreaking espionage adventures as Marvel proudly presents S.H.I.E.L.D. by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby: The Complete Collection TPB and S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Complete Collection Omnibus. You’ve been granted Priority A-1 Clearance, so get ready to dive into the world of S.H.I.E.L.D. with these two can’t miss collections in September!

For more information on the SHIELD 50th Anniversary, visit Marvel.com and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @Marvel.

Marvel’s Mightiest Women Assemble! Your New Look at A-FORCE #1!

A New Team of Avengers Assembles During SECRET WARS

New York, NY – April 27th, 2015 – An all-new era begins this May as Marvel’s Mightiest Mavens assemble for an explosive new series launching during Secret Wars! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your new look inside the blockbuster A-FORCE #1 – from the creative team of G. Willow Wilson (Ms. Marvel), Marguerite Bennett (Angela: Asgard’s Assassin, James Patterson’s Max Ride: First Flight) and Jorge Molina (X-Men)!

As the Secret Wars begin, the Avengers as you know them are no more – and a new team will lead the way! In a secluded corner of Battleworld lies Arcadia, an island nation fiercely protected by a team of Avengers the likes of which has never been seen before!

So who are the Marvel powerhouses taking center stage? “She-Hulk, Dazzler, Medusa, Nico Minoru and other fan favorites, will take charge,” says series co-writer G. Willow Wilson. “We’ve purposefully assembled a team composed of different characters from disparate parts of the Marvel U, with very different power sets, identities and ideologies.”

And there came a day unlike any other, when Earth’s Mightiest Heroines found themselves united against a common threat. Fighting to protect the small sliver of their world that’s left, they stand tall, shoulder-to-shoulder, ready to take on the horde. Ushering in a new day with a rallying cry heard across Battleworld – A-FORCE ASSEMBLE!

Heed the call, and don’t miss the start of a comic series that will have the world talking when A-FORCE #1 hits comic shops and digital devices this May! 

 

A-FORCE #1 (MAR150665)

Written by G. WILLOW WILSON & MARGUERITE BENNETT
Art by JORGE MOLINA
Inhumans 50
th Anniversary Variant by ADAM HUGES (MAR150666)
Variant Covers by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN (
MAR150667) STEPHANIE HANS (MAR150668)

JORGE MOLINA (MAR150669) and SKOTTIE YOUNG (MAR150670)
Blank Variant Also Available (
MAR150671)

FOC – 04/27/15, On-Sale – 05/20/15

Battleworld’s Rebellion Begins! Your New Look at
INHUMANS: ATTILAN RISING #1!

New York, NY – May 1st, 2015 – There’s a revolution brewing. The fires of rebellion burn brightly on Battleworld if you know where to look. Stretching far and wide into every domain of this new patchwork realm, revolutionaries prepare for war in INHUMANS: ATTILAN RISING #1 – from New York Times Bestselling writer Charles Soule (Death of Wolverine, Inhuman) and artist John Timms (Nova, Harley Quinn)! Medusa, ruler of Attilan and Queen of the Inhumans has been tasked with rooting out the rebels, and crushing the resistance once and for all! The man at the center of the resistance? Her husband Black Bolt. Uh-oh. Things are about to get complicated. Huge drama, spies, action, betrayal and sabotage await True Believer. When the dust settles, who will rise? Find out as the drums of war beat in the Inhuman nation this May in INHUMANS: ATTILAN RISING #1!

INHUMANS: ATTILAN RISING #1 (MAR150627)
Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art by JOHN TIMMS
Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
Variant Cover by W. SCOTT FORBES (
MAR150629)
Young Variant by SKOTTIE YOUNG (
MAR150630)

Design Variant by DAVE JOHNSON (MAR150628)

Blank Variant Also Available (MAR150631)

FOC – 05/04/15, On-Sale – 05/27/15

MARVEL CUSTOM SOLUTIONS TO LAUNCH SECRET WARS: ARMOR WARS #1/2,

PREQUEL TO EPIC SECRET WARS COMIC EVENT, EXCLUSIVELY AT TOYS“R”US® FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY

 

Beginning May 3, Toys“R”Us Customers Can Receive SECRET WARS: ARMOR WARS #1/2 as a FREE Gift with Purchase as Part of the Company’s Immersive Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Retail Program

New York, NY – May 1, 2015 – This May, the most anticipated comic event of the year will officially unleash as Marvel Comics launches its epic event, Secret Wars. An initiative that shakes the foundation of the entire Marvel Universe, Secret Wars presents a gripping original series that features new incarnations of Marvel’s iconic heroes and villains, intense battles and the emergence of new worlds. One of the hottest and most anticipated Secret Wars storylines ARMOR WARS centers on a civil war in a city of iron men and iron women that threatens to destroy the Stark dynasty. But the origins of this cataclysm all lay within the pages of SECRET WARS: ARMOR WARS #½, which will be released as a free gift with purchase exclusively at Toys“R”Us® stores nationwide and online at Toysrus.com. As part of the company’s massive Marvel’s Avengers: The Age of Ultron retail program, Toys“R”Us customers will receive a complimentary SECRET WARS: ARMOR WARS #½ comic with any Marvel purchase of $25 or more from Sunday, May 3 through Saturday, May 9, while supplies last.*

In this directly connected Secret Wars comic, Eisner Award-winning writer James Robinson (Armor Wars, All-New Invaders) and artist Mark Bagley (Ultimate Spider-Man, Hulk) treat readers to a heart-pounding look at the events that lead to ARMOR WARS.

“This is a really cool prelude that sets the stage for Eisner award-winning writer James Robinson’s SECRET WARS: ARMOR WARS techno-noir thriller. And you’ll love the detail, mood and action that superstar artist Mark Bagley delivers,” says series editor Mark Paniccia. “It’s a great introduction to TECHNOPOLIS and the earth-shattering mystery that’s at its center.”

In the retro-future city of Technopolis, the population is now in the clutches of a disease that makes it impossible for anyone to survive without a suit of armor. Rival brothers Tony and Arno Stark provide the technology that keeps the city alive.

But, there are secrets on the street about the origin of the disease that confine the citizens of Technopolis…and key players begin to make their moves based on data that could take down the protectors of the city Tony Stark (IRON MAN) and Jim Rhodes (THOR).

Who has learned a revelation so stunning it will lead to their end? Find out as Marvel teams up with Toys“R”Us to release this epic 12-page prequel comic book, available for a limited time only through the retailer’s exclusive ARMOR WARS free gift with purchase program. Customers visiting Toysrus.com can also discover the secrets of ARMOR WARS and receive a complimentary comic with their online Marvel purchase of $25 or more from Sunday, May 3 through Saturday, May 9, while supplies last.*

Additionally, fans can now shop a broad assortment of must-have Marvel’s Avengers: The Age of Ultron merchandise at dedicated, front-of-store feature shops in Toys“R”Us stores nationwide, including exclusive products from Hasbro®, such as Marvel’s Avengers Titan Hero Series 3-Pack Iron Man, Quicksilver and Marvel’s War Machine, Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Cycle Blast Quinjet, Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Avengers HQ Hulk Buster Breakout Playset and Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Avengers HQ Captain America Tower Defense Playset.     

“We are thrilled to be the first retailer to bring SECRET WARS: ARMOR WARS #½ to Marvel Universe fans and collectors nationwide, and to offer them the opportunity to receive this special Secret Wars comic book as a complimentary gift with purchase only at Toys“R”Us,” says Richard Barry, Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc. “Not only can customers experience the secret ARMOR WARS world, they can shop our unparalleled assortment of Marvel products and exclusives, just in time for the upcoming debut of Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

Stay tuned to Marvel.com/secretwars as the new Marvel Universe continues to be forged. Follow Marvel on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/marvel and be sure to join the conversation on Twitter with #Marvel, #SecretWars, and don’t forget to follow us @Marvel.

*Quantities limited; no rain checks. Limit one per customer. Not valid on prior purchases. Offer valid 5/3/15-5/9/15.

SECRET WARS: ARMOR WARS #1/2

Written by JAMES ROBINSON

Art by MARK BAGLEY

Cover by PAUL RIVOCHE & ESTHER SANZ

Thanos vs. Nova in the WARZONES! Your New Look at INFINITY GAUNTLET #1!                                                                                                                                                              

New York, NY—April 30th, 2015— The stones are calling to one another, and the most powerful artifact in the Marvel Universe will be re-assembled in INFINITY GAUNTLET #1! From blockbuster creators Gerry Duggan (Deadpool, Nova) and Dustin Weaver (Edge of Spider-Verse) comes an explosive cosmic tale of life, death, family and the things we do for survival. Welcome to New Xandar to the south of Battleworld. Once a beautiful city-state, an invasion from a neighboring zone has left it a barren post-apocalyptic mess. In this hellish wasteland, Anwen Bakian and her family struggle and claw to survive. Mom left years ago to join the Nova Force, only she never came back. Now it’s just Anwen, her dad, sister and grandfather – all alone in a realm dominated by giant killer insects. Until she finds a mysterious stone that may or may not unlocks incredible cosmic power! Only, now she’ll find herself begin hunted by those who seek the stone for their own – including the madman known as Thanos! Witness the beginning of a hero’s journey as a Duggan and Weaver flip the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe on its ear when the gauntlet is thrown in INFINITY GAUNTLET #1 – coming to comic shops and digital devices this May!

 

INFINITY GAUNTLET #1 (MAR150652)

Written by DUSTIN WEAVER & GERRY DUGGAN

Art & Cover by DUSTIN WEAVER
Variant Covers by ADI GRANOV (
MAR150653) & SKOTTIE YOUNG (MAR150654)

Blank Variant Also Available (MAR150655)

FOC – 05/04/15, On-Sale – 05/27/15

M.O.D.O.K. ASSASSIN #1 Takes Aim at the WARZONES! This May!

                                                                                                                                                                           

New York, NY—April 30th, 2015— There’s a new killer in town, and he’s taking the Secret Wars by storm. Evil has a new face. A giant face with no body. Prepare to meet the deadliest hitman on Battleworld in M.O.D.O.K. ASSASSIN #1 – a brand new Secret Wars limited series coming this May! Writer Christopher Yost (co-writer Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, Amazing X-Men) and artist Amilcar Pinna (All-New Ultimates) take you inside Battleworld’s wildest domain! Enter Killville, the only place on all of Battleworld where murder is always the correct answer. If you’ve got a problem – kill it! In a world populated by fearsome thieves, mercenaries and ne’er do wells – there is one who is a HEAD above the rest. M.O.D.O.K.! The Mental Organism Designed Only for KILLING! And when he’s got you in his sights you’re dust. But his next job may just put him in over his head. A job that will force him to go toe-to-toe with Doc Ock, Bullseye, Baron Mordo and more – and that’s just the first issue! Believe us, bullets will fly and heads will roll this May when M.O.D.O.K. ASSASSIN #1 comes to town!

 

MODOK ASSASIN #1 (of 5) (MAR150678)

Written by CHRISTOPHER YOST

Art by AMILCAR PINNA
Cover by DAVID LAFUENTE

Variant Cover by GABRIEL HERNANDEZ WALTA (MAR150679)

FOC – 05/04/15, On-Sale – 05/27/15

Untold Tales of Battleworld – Your New Look at SECRET WARS: JOURNAL #1!

                                                                                                                                                                           

New York, NY—May 1st, 2015— This May, witness the strangest Battleworld has to offer as untold tales of this new, patchwork planet unfold in SECRET WARS JOURNAL #1! Jam packed with two explosive stories each issue, experience the Secret Wars from a completely new side as rising star creators bring you high octane adventure! This issue, writer Prudence Shen and artist Ramon Bachs bring you the Young Avengers of 1602! Is Lady Kate the nefarious Arrowhead Bandit who robs from the rich and gives to the poor using her hawk-like eyes? Then, writer Michael Rosenberg and artist Luca Pizzari take you to the realm of Egyptia. Can the enslaved X-Men there overthrow their tyrannical overlord Khonshu? Find out this May as two tales of the Secret Wars come to comic shops and digital devices in SECRET WARS JOURNAL #1!

                    

SECRET WARS JOURNAL #1 (of 5) (MAR150641)

Written by PRUDENCE SHEN & MICHAEL ROSENBERG

Art by RAMON BACHS & LUCA PIZZARI
Cover by KEVIN WADA

Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (MAR150643)

Variant Cover by ERIC NGUYEN (MAR150642)

FOC – 05/04/15, On-Sale – 05/27/15

The WARZONES! Erupt in Your New Look at INFERNO #1!

 

New York, NY – April 28th, 2015 – This May, the world of Secret Wars takes you back to the fiery wastes of Manhattan as the X-Men delve back into…INFERNO! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your new look at INFERNO #1 – from writer Dennis Hopeless (Spider-Woman, Avengers Arena) and artist Javier Garron (Cyclops)! Welcome to the ruins of Manhattan, now ablaze with fire and brimstone. Five years ago, a band of demons rose up out of those fiery depths and turned the world to Hell on Earth. The X-Men were all that stood in the way of complete obliteration. The X-Men fought for survival. The X-Men failed…

 

Now, on this the fifth anniversary of the fall of the world, Colossus is leading a surviving team of X-Men back into the Inferno. None of them know what lies on the other side, but one thing is certain, they’re not coming back without his sister! Now, amidst the fire and the fury lies demons, ghouls, and the Goblin Queen herself. Colossus and his team of Nightcrawler, Boom Boom and Domino will face them all in an effort to save Illyana. But can she be saved? Or has she already been lost? The answer lies beyond the fires True Believer as INFERNO #1 is set to burn up the comic stands this May!

 

INFERNO #1 (MAR150650)

Written by DENNIS HOPELESS

Art & Cover by JAVIER GARRON

Variant Cover by ADI GRANOV (MAR150651)

FOC – 05/04/15, On-Sale 05/27/15

Phantom Eagle Flies Again! Your First Look at WHERE MONSTERS DWELL#1!
Garth Ennis & Russ Braun Bring Phantom Eagle to the WARZONES! for Secret Wars!

                                                                                                                                                  

New York, NY – April 29th, 2015 – This May, legendary comic writer Garth Ennis is joined by his The Boys collaborator Russ Braun for a Secret Wars series unlike any you’ve seen before! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look at WHERE MONSTERS DWELL #1! Dinosaurs! Dogfights! Dames! Danger! This book has it all! Enter the Valley of Flame, Battleworld’s home to prehistoric monstrosities and many other deadly creatures. Stranded amidst its Pterodactyl-filled skies? Karl Kaufmann, the high-flying aerial ace known as the Phantom Eagle! Marooned in this new world alongside socialite Clementine Franklin-Cox, he’ll face down dinosaurs, cannibals, and the worst that Secret Wars has to offer from inside the cockpit of his biplane! You won’t want to miss the most racous tale on Battleworld when WHERE MONSTERS DWELL #1 soars into comic shops this May!

 

WHERE MONSTERS DWELL #1 (of 5) (MAR150663)

Written by GARTH ENNIS

Art by RUSS BRAUN

Cover by FRANK CHO

Variant Cover by ALEX MALEEV (MAR150664)

FOC – 05/04/15, On-Sale 05/27/15

Wolverine Lives! Your New Look at the WARZONES! of OLD MAN LOGAN #1!

 

New York, NY – April 29th, 2015 – Your eyes do not deceive you! Secret Wars has made the impossible possible and the battle-weary hero returns to the fray in OLD MAN LOGAN #1! From superstar writer Brian Michael Bendis and rising star artist Andrea Sorrentino comes a brand-new Secret Wars series returning fans to one of the most revered and iconic X-Men stories of all time! Welcome back to the Wastelands, a land dominated by victorious super villains. The heroes of this land have all perished – butchered by their arch-enemies. Tyrants, terrors and madmen rule over this dusty waste. Hope left this land long ago. But there is one man who may yet make a difference. A man with nothing to lose!

 

Now, amidst the fire and the fury, a reluctant warrior pops his claws once more! And the war for Battleworld is brewing in his own backyard. As the event of Secret Wars unfold, will he find his life’s mission to rid the world of evil more attainable – or more futile than ever before? Find as a hero is reforged in the crucible of Battleworld. The journey begins with a resounding SNIKT the X-Man formerly known as Wolverine crashes into Secret Wars in OLD MAN LOGAN #1!

                                                                                                                          

OLD MAN LOGAN #1 (MAR150656)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art & Cover by ANDREA SORRENTINO

Variant Covers by STEVE MCNIVEN (MAR150657),

ANDREA SORRENTINO (MAR150658) & SKOTTIE YOUNG (MAR150659)

Blank Variant Also Available (MAR150660)

FOC – 05/04/15, On-Sale 05/27/15

Neil Gaiman & Mark Buckingham Begin The Golden Age in 
MIRACLEMAN BY GAIMAN & BUCKINGHAM #1!
Comic Icons Neil Gaiman & Mark Buckingham Return to Their Miracleman Saga This September!

                                                                                                                                  

It was the series that changed comics forever. And at long last – it will be completed. This September, a tale that began 25 years ago will finally be told in MIRACLEMAN BY GAIMAN & BUCKINGHAM #1! Visionary comic legends Neil Gaiman (Sandman, 1602) & Mark Buckingham (Fables) bring you a new Age of Miracles and a story of epic proportions! Kicking off The Golden Age storyline and then continuing into the unfinished The Silver Age & The Dark Age arcs, Gaiman & Buckingham’s lost Miracleman story will finally see the light of day!

  

Uttering a single, long-forgotten word, Michael Moran transformed from the ordinary into the extraordinary – and Miracleman was born! Years out of print and left unfinished, Marvel Comics is pleased to bring these iconic and trailblazing stories back to print for an entirely new generation of fans. Now is the chance to jump on board one of the most groundbreaking stories in comics history before these two industry titans bring you the cataclysmic conclusion to their famously unfinished storyline!

 

“That Neil and Bucky can finally finish the story they started, is a great relief to still-gasping fans — myself among them,” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso.

 

Visit Marvel.com for an exclusive video interview with Neil Gaiman

 

Gaiman and Buckingham reunite with series colorist D’Israeli and award-winning letterer Todd Klein to create the definitive Miracleman. Each issue has been remastered directly from the original artwork and will feature extensive additional content including scripts, original art, sketches, rare promotional pieces — and more! Look for this exciting jumping on point this September 2nd when MIRACLEMAN BY GAIMAN & BUCKINGHAM #1 comes to comic shops!

 

Plus, get caught up before September with Miracleman Book One: A Dream of FlyingMiracleman Book Two: The Red King Syndrome, and Miracleman Book Three: Olympus – available digitally and wherever books are sold!

 

MIRACLEMAN BY GAIMAN & BUCKINGHAM #1

Written by NEIL GAIMAN
Art & Cover by MARK BUCKINGHAM

Variant Cover by SIMONE BIANCHI

Variant Cover by JOE QUESADA

Special Jam Variant by GARRY LEACH, ALAN DAVIS,
JOHN TOTLEBEN & RICK VEITCH
On Sale September 2nd!

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Murray the Bellhop

Murray the Bellhop covers Knott's Berry Farm, Marvel, and also helps with DAPs Magic's Disneyland coverage. He also hosts DAPscast and helps produce Geeks Corner.
Murray the Bellhop

Murray the Bellhop

Murray the Bellhop covers Knott's Berry Farm, Marvel, and also helps with DAPs Magic's Disneyland coverage. He also hosts DAPscast and helps produce Geeks Corner.

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