Marvel Comics News Digest 1/25-1/29/16

Marvel has some exciting things coming down the pipe!  Rebel Jail will be an interesting story arc for the Star Wars comics.  Venom: Space Knight will have a storyline highlighting disabled veterans.  I applaud Marvel for attempting to tell such a storyline.  A preview of the game changing Avengers: Standoff story is here, as well as Luke Cage and Iron Fist teaming up again.  All of these are some fun stories that I’m looking forward to!  Oh, and one more very cryptic announcement in the form of the “Dead No More” campaign.  First it seems like it was only pointing to that Steve Rogers would become Captain America again, but now with red and webs in the background of this image it seems also tied to Spider-Man.  Hopefully it’s not Uncle Ben because all comics will spontaneously combust as it goes against the unofficially official rule of no one stays dead except Uncle Ben.  My money’s on it being Dr. Octopus.  We’ve seen in the comics that his consciousness is in a robot, though everyone believes him to be completely dead.  I think he’s the one that’s coming back.

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“Rebel Jail” Starts Now! Your
First Look at STAR WARS #16!

A Brand New Arc of the Hit Series Stars Here!

New York, NY—January 21st, 2016 — The blockbuster Vader Down crossover may be over, but the Rebel Alliance is not out of the woods just yet! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look atSTAR WARS #16 – the first chapter of “Rebel Jail”! Chart topping writer Jason Aaron and incoming artist Leinil Yu bring you the exciting next adventure in the hit series! Following the events of Vader Down, the Rebels travel to a prison base with their high-value detainee Doctor Aphra in tow. Unfortunately, they aren’t the only ones with eyes on the prison! With the base under siege by mysterious foes, can Luke, Han, Leia, Chewie and the Droids prevent a mass breakout? Be there as the exciting new story arc begins this February in STAR WARS #16!

STAR WARS #16 (DEC150866)

Written by JASON AARON

Art by LEINIL YU

Cover by TERRY DODSON

Variant Covers by STUART IMMONEN (DEC150868) & LEINIL YU (OCT158415)

Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (DEC150869)

Sketch Variant Also Available (DEC150867)

FOC – 1/25/16, On-Sale – 02/17/16

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Marvel Joins Forces with Wounded Warrior Project for

VENOM: SPACE KNIGHT Storyline

 

New York, NY—January 26, 2016— This spring, a special Marvel Comics storyline will delve into the trials, perseverance, and eventual triumph of wounded veterans aided and informed by one of the leading non-profit organizations dedicated to these wounded service members – Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). The upcoming arc of Marvel Comics’ VENOM: SPACE KNIGHT will take readers through a powerful story that sees Flash Thompson abandon the alien suit, which has afforded him the ability to walk, to receive prosthetic legs.  Writer Robbie Thompson consulted with WWP spokesperson and double amputee Dan Nevins to portray an eye-opening look at the everyday struggles and incremental victories that wounded veterans face as depicted through Flash Thompson’s rehabilitation process in the story.

“Working with Wounded Warrior Project has been an invaluable part of the process of writing Venom: Space Knight,” says writer Robbie Thompson. “Dan Nevins’ insight was inspiring, generous and deeply moving, allowing us to create a more realistic character and story for the book. I’m forever grateful for their ongoing help and guidance.”

Venom fights the most dangerous threats to the universe alongside Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, but now host Flash Thompson is about to encounter his greatest personal challenge to date. He’s breaking free from the alien suit that provides him with not only immense power, but the ability to walk, despite the loss of his legs during the war in Iraq. Flash will face major physical and mental adjustments during the rehabilitation process that other veterans and service members like him go through every day in the real world.

“Marvel’s team has put so much time and consideration into the development of the Flash Thompson character as he faces this physical and emotional battle that many combat veterans have faced and are facing right now,” says Dan Nevins, WWP spokesperson, who consulted on the Venom: Space Knight script. “While the story itself is clearly sci-fi/fantasy, this storyline will bring awareness to the very real struggle of the obvious and not-so-obvious challenges in having lost limbs in combat, and to ultimately showcase the fortitude and resilience of the warriors Flash Thompson represents.”

This storyline continues a tradition of Marvel characters facing real-life obstacles and adversity. In collaboration with Wounded Warrior Project, VENOM: SPACE KNIGHT’s Flash Thompson will overcome co-dependency in the cosmos and navigate through his mobility limitations beginning within VENOM: SPACE KNIGHT #3.

Marvel Comics, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is proud to continue the efforts that Disney has been tirelessly contributing towards to recognize and support those who have provided military service. Disney has hired more than 6,500 veterans since the launch of Disney’s Heroes Work Here program, and an additional 10,000 veterans have found jobs with companies who have attended Disney’s Veterans Institute, a one day no-cost program that helps companies build their own veteran hiring initiatives.

Join Flash Thompson as he sets foot on new and foreign ground, the Marvel Universe’s first ever collaboration with Wounded Warrior Project with VENOM: SPACE KNIGHT #3!

VENOM: SPACE KNIGHT #3

Written by ROBBIE THOMPSON
Art & Cover by ARIEL OLIVETTI
On sale January 27, 2016

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POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #1 Unites
Luke Cage and Danny Rand This February! 

New York, NY—January 25th, 2016 — The original Heroes for Hire are back on the clock this February! That’s right, Luke Cage and Danny Rand, Marvel’s original bromance are back and they’re coming at you in the highly anticipated POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #1! Writer David Walker and artist Sanford Greene team up to bring you a brand new tale of the brawler with unbreakable skin and the kung fu fighter. The years may have caused this titanic twosome to drift apart, but when an old friend comes to them in need, the boys are back! Old friends, new enemies, hired goons, crime lords, weird magic, plenty of power, a flurry of fists and more bromance than you can handle await inside, True Believer! Run, don’t walk to your comic shop this February to get your hands on POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #1!

POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #1 (DEC150732)

Written by DAVID WALKER

Art & Cover by SANFORD GREENE

Black Panther 50th Anniversary Variant by SANFORD GREENE (DEC150734)

Hip-Hop Variant by THEOTIS JONES (DEC150733)

Iron Fist Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (DEC150738)

Power Man Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (DEC150739)

Variant Covers by CHRIS VISIONS (DEC150735), TREVOR VON EEDEN (DEC150736)

And SKOTTIE YOUNG (DEC150737)

Blank Variant Also Available (DEC150740)

FOC – 1/25/16, On-Sale – 02/17/16

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Earth’s Mightiest Heroes Unite in
AVENGERS STANDOFF: ASSAULT ON PLEASANT HILL ALPHA #1!

New York, NY—January 29th, 2016— The Spring’s blockbuster Avengers crossover begins here! And it’ll take all the Avengers to uncover the secrets behind Pleasant Hill. Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look at AVENGERS STANDOFF: ASSAULT ON PLEASANT HILL ALPHA! Written by blockbuster writer Nick Spencer with art by Marvel newcomer Jesus Saiz celebrate the 75thanniversary of Captain America with a bang as heroes from across the Marvel Universe strap in for an explosive ride! From the outside, Pleasant Hill looks like the perfect small town community. But this gated community has more than its fair share of secrets. Secrets so explosive it will draw estranged allies Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson back together to save a friend in danger and put things right. But when the combined might of two Captain America’s isn’t enough, who do you call? In the face of unspeakable evil, Avengers teams from across the Marvel Universe will assemble like never before! But what’s hidden in Pleasant Hill might even be too much for them to handle…

Don’t miss the exciting kickoff this March in AVENGERS STANDOFF: ASSAULT ON PLEASANT HILL #1. Then, follow along as the story continues in the pages of All-New, All-Different Avengers, Uncanny Avengers, New Avengers, Captain America: Sam Wilson, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Illuminati and Ultimates!

AVENGERS STANDOFF: ASSAULT ON PLEASANT HILL #1 (JAN160762)

Written by NICK SPENCER

Art & Cover by JESUS SAIZ

Connecting Variant A by ART ADAMS (JAN160763)

Party Variant by JAY FOSGITT (JAN160773)

Party Sketch Variant Also Available (NOV158115)

FOC – 02/01/16, On-Sale – 03/02/16

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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.
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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