Marvel Comics News Digest 4/11 – 4/15/16

Much news this week about Civil War II and even a launch party that will be happening.  Take a look at the new Wasp.  Deadpool gets a merc team.  The Apocalypse Wars rises up.  And the A-Force steps up.  All this is below in the weekly Marvel News Digest!

Choose Your Side! Your Look Inside CIVIL WAR II #1!
The Battle Begins This June!

New York, NY—April 15th, 2016 — This is it! War comes to the Marvel Universe this June as the Earth-shattering comics event of 2016 comes to comic shops with a jam-packed double-size issue! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your exciting look inside CIVIL WAR II #1 – from chartbusting creators Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez! The fan-fave creative team that brought you Invincible Iron Man join forces once more to bring you a tale of hero against hero – and a Marvel Universe divided in two!

Ulysses – a young Inhuman with the power to profile the future has emerged. His new abilities send shockwaves through the superhuman community. Divided amongst themselves, will they use Ulysses to prevent danger before it happens? Or should they allow the future to unfold unaltered? As his new powers send shockwaves rippling across the Marvel Universe – battle lines will be drawn. Do you stand with Iron Man? Or will you side with Captain Marvel?

Will the heroes of the Marvel Universe wield the power of “predictive justice” to change the future or battle to protect tomorrow? Battle lines will be drawn. Lives will be changed. Heroes will fall. The comic book event that will have the world talking kicks off on June 1st in the double-sized CIVIL WAR II #1!

Plus – don’t miss two opening salvos of CIVIL WAR II this May! Head to your local comic shop on Free Comic Book Day for an exciting prologue to Civil War II by Brian Michael Bendis & Jim Cheung. Then, pick up CIVIL WAR II #0 by Brian Michael Bendis and Olivier Coipel – on sale later that month!

For more information on CIVIL WAR II, visit Marvel.com, and join in on the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #CivilWar2!

CIVIL WAR II #1 (MAR160703)

CIVIL WAR II #1 LAUNCH PARTY OPT-IN (MAR160715)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art by DAVID MARQUEZ

Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC

Variant Covers by DAVID MARQUEZ (MAR160711), STEVE MCNIVEN (MAR160709)

and MICHAEL CHO (MAR160708)

Team Iron Man Hip-Hop Variant by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE (MAR160706)
Team Cap Hip-Hop Variant by TERRY DODSON (MAR160713)

Character Variant by PHIL NOTO (MAR160707)

Virgin Black & White Connecting Variant B by KIM JUNG GI (MAR160712)

Battle Variant by CHRIS SPROUSE (MAR160704)

Party Variant by YASMINE PUTRI (MAR160719)

Hot Wheels Variant by MANUEL GARCIA (MAR160705)

Sketch Variants by STEVE MCNIVEN (MAR160710)
& YASMINE PUTRI (JAN168403) also Available
FOC – 04/18/16, On-Sale – 06/01/16

CIVIL WAR II Gets Epic Deluxe Cover Treatment on Each Issue!
All Seven Issues to Feature “Power Metallic Gloss” Covers

New York, NY—April 11th, 2016 — The battle begins this June at your local comic shop. Which side will you choose? Do you stand with Captain Marvel or will you side with Iron Man? Civil War II #1 is already one of the most anticipated comic books of the year, and we’re aiming to make it even more special by giving this oversized first issue and each issue of the event series a deluxe cover treatment!

Dubbed Power Metallic Gloss covers, each main cover to Civil War II #1 through Civil War II #7 will be printed on heavier stock using metallic ink, adding a glossy shine and sleek finish, enhancing Marko Djurdjevic’s already dynamic artwork.

Civil War II is poised to be the biggest comic book of 2016 and we wanted to give retailers covers that really popped off the shelves,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “Much like what readers saw with the deluxe cover treatments on Secret Wars #1 and Invincible Iron Man #1, you can bet this cover will look like nothing else on the rack!”

While this extra vibrant Power Metallic Gloss cover is sure to leap off the shelf and provide an exciting lure, fans picking up Civil War II #1 this June will be treated to an explosive thrill ride, as this oversized issue kicks off the can’t-miss comic book event of the year!

“Brian [Bendis], David [Marquez] and Justin [Ponsor] have crafted an event story that sends shockwaves through the Marvel Universe and says something about the world in which we live,” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso.  “To greet fans that run into stores looking for ‘Civil War II,’ we are proud to deliver a deluxe cover treatment to each issue of the series.”

As Civil War II begins and battle lines are drawn, the heroes of the Marvel Universe are faced with a choice: wield the power of “predictive justice” to change the future as they see fit, or reject it and allow tomorrow to unfold unaltered. Find out as heroes clash in Civil War II #1 – coming this June!

CIVIL WAR II #1 (MAR160703)

CIVIL WAR II #1 LAUNCH PARTY OPT-IN (MAR160715)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art by DAVID MARQUEZ

Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
FOC – 04/18/16, On-Sale – 06/01/16

CIVIL WAR II #2 (APR160857)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art by DAVID MARQUEZ

Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC

FOC – 05/09/15, On-Sale – 06/15/16

Michael Cho Steps Into The Ring For CIVIL WAR II Variants And Lithographs!

New York, NY—April 13th, 2016 — You already saw his striking variant covers to your favorite Marvel titles in February. But now, acclaimed illustrator Michael Cho looks to put his iconic stamp on the comic event of 2016! Marvel is pleased to announce that each issue of CIVIL WAR II will feature Michael Cho variant covers and lithographs. Throughout the event, Cho’s seven images are set to feature two of your favorite Marvel heroes ready to go toe-to-toe – all done in the artist’s unique style.

“If anyone proves that ‘less is more,’ it’s Michael Cho,” says Marvel Editor In Chief, Axel Alonso.  “Rest assured that not a single brushstroke will be wasted in any of his propaganda-influenced Civil War II covers, each of them a call to arms.  Who’s side are you on?”

But that’s not all! All seven of these striking images will also be available as promotional lithographs coinciding with the release of each issue! As the Marvel Universe prepares for war – don’t miss out on a single one of these vibrant variant covers and lush lithographs! Be sure to head over to your local comic shop and tell your retailers to reserve your copies today. Get in on the action when the explosive CIVIL WAR II #1 hits on June 1st!

 CIVIL WAR II #1 (MAR160703)

CIVIL WAR II #1 LAUNCH PARTY OPT-IN (MAR160715)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art by DAVID MARQUEZ

Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC

Variant Cover by MICHAEL CHO (MAR160708)
FOC – 04/18/16, On Sale – 06/01/16

CIVIL WAR II #2 (APR160857)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art by DAVID MARQUEZ

Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC

Variant Cover by MICHAEL CHO (APR160860)

FOC – 5/23/16, On Sale – 06/15/16

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Who is the New Wasp? Answers Revealed in
ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT AVENGERS #9!
All-New Story Arc “Family Business” Begins Here!

New York, NY—April 14th, 2016 — Who is this mysterious new player in the Marvel Universe? You won’t have to wait long to find out! This May, critically-acclaimed creators Mark Waid and Mahmud Asrar bring you ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT AVENGERS #9 – kicking off a brand-new story arc featuring the all-new Wasp! Hot off her highly anticipated first appearance on Free Comic Book Day, this mysterious new character makes a bee line for the center of the Marvel Universe. Her first stop? Colliding head on with the All-New, All-Different Avengers! But is she friend or foe? And what does she plan to do about Earth’s Mightiest Heroes? The answers begin as she buzzes her way into comic shops this May in ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT AVENGERS #9!

ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT AVENGERS #9 (MAR160762)

Written by MARK WAID

Art by MAHMUD ASRAR
Cover by ALEX ROSS

Variant Cover by ALEX ROSS (MAR160763)

Age of Apocalypse Variant by KHOI PHAM (MAR160764)
FOC – 04/18/16, On-Sale – 05/11/15

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Dragons! Destruction! Deception! Your First Look at A-FORCE #5!
All-New Story Arc Begins Here!

New York, NY—April 11th, 2016 — A-Force is back with a brand new story arc and they’re bringing a brand new creative team along for the ride! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your  first look at A-FORCE #5 – the first chapter of “Rage, Rage Against The Dying of the Light”! Fan-favorite creators Kelly Thompson and Ben Caldwell join forces to bring you the next chapter of Marvel’s mightiest women! The battle with Antimatter may be over but A-Force is just getting started. When a massive dragon attacks a small coastal town – She-Hulk, Captain Marvel , Medusa, Dazzler, Nico Minoru and new member Singularity spring into action! But this giant beast is more than she seems and she’s got her sights set squarely on A-Force! Oh – did we mention one of the team is keeping a secret? One that might tear A-Force apart? Now is the perfect time to jump on board the smash hit series that is a force to be reckoned with! Be there as Thompson and Caldwell take the reins when A-FORCE #5 comes to comic shops and digital devices this May!

A-FORCE #5 (MAR160757)

Written by KELLY THOMPSON

Art & Cover by BEN CALDWELL

Variant Cover by KRIS ANKA (MAR160758)

Story Thus Far Variant by MEGHAN HETRICK (MAR160759)

Classic Variant by COLEEN DORAN (MAR160760)
FOC – 04/11/16, On-Sale – 05/27/15

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Here Comes the Money in
DEADPOOL AND THE MERCS FOR MONEY #1!
Now An Ongoing Series!

New York, NY—April 12th, 2016 — Because YOU demanded it – now starring in their very own ongoing series! Starting this July, Wade Wilson and his lovable band of guns-for-hire are continuing their adventures in an all-new DEADPOOL AND THE MERCS FOR MONEY #1! Returning writer Cullen Bunn joins incoming artist Iban Coello for all all-out brawl-out as Deadpool, Solo, Slapstick, Foolkiller, Stingray, Terror and Masacre (and even a few surprise members!) hit Marvel Universe in search of cold hard cash!

“The fans have spoken and we’re sending these mercs on another mission,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “Response to the Marvel Universe’s newest misfit super team has been huge and we’re excited to have Cullen back to pen their ongoing exploits this July.”

Deadpool is one of the best mercenaries on the planet. He may even be a passable Avenger. But one thing is certain – he’s a terrible leader. Good thing he’s leading a team of super mercenaries, am I right? Don’t believe us? Ask them! Thankfully a big job with an even bigger payday just fell into their laps. The job? Taking out the various radioactive super villains in the Marvel Universe! Easier said than done – especially when only one of you has a healing factor. Sorry, everyone except Wade…

Mo’ mercs means mo’ money which definitely means mo’ problems. If you’ve got a pile of cash you’re not overly fond of, and you can find them – maybe you can hire these miscreant mercenaries! Strap in and hold on as they embark on their next adventure in DEADPOOL AND THE MERCS FOR MONEY #1!

For more information on DEADPOOL AND THE MERCS FOR MONEY #1 – visit Marvel.com later today for a full interview with Cullen Bunn.

DEADPOOL AND THE MERCS FOR MONEY #1
Written by CULLEN BUNN
Art & Cover by IBAN COELLO
Variant Cover by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI
On Sale This July!

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Apocalypse Wars Continues in ALL-NEW X-MEN #9!
All-New Story Arc Begins Here!

New York, NY—April 13th, 2016 — The All-New X-Men plunge headlong into Apocalypse Wars this May! Today, Marvel is please to present your first look inside ALL-NEW X-MEN #9 – coming at you from creators Dennis Hopeless and Mark Bagley! The young mutants are on a mission to step out of the shadows of their predecessors and write their own futures. But none carry the weight of what the future may hold quite like Evan Sabahnur. Allegedly destined to one day become the genocidal villain Apocalypse, Evan’s future could spell the end of the X-Men. But now, by way of an unintentional intervention from his teammate Beast – Evan will come face-to-face with Apocalypse himself! As he stares down the twisted future that may be in store for him, he’ll also come face-to-face with the question he’s been running from – can you ever really escape your destiny? Find out as Apocalypse Wars comes to the next generation of mutantkind in ALL-NEW X-MEN #9!

ALL-NEW X-MEN #9 (MAR160849)

Written by DENNIS HOPELESS

Art & Cover by MARK BAGLEY
Connecting Variant C by KEN LASHLEY (MAR160850)
Age of Apocalypse Variant by PASQUAL FERRY (MAR160851)

FOC – 04/18/16, On-Sale – 05/11/15

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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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