Marvel Comics News Digest 6/20 – 6/24/16

This week has been all about Marvel NOW! with teasers all using the word “Divided.”  What it means is unknown at this time, other than possible implications of the end of Civil War II.  Mosaic is taking center stage in comics with his own comic.  Deadpool has a whole team of mercs now.  The Defenders will have some variant covers coming up.  Finally, Marvel is bringing awareness to prostate cancer with some variant covers coming out with homage to the American Cancer Society.

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Introducing…MOSAIC!
Newest Marvel Character to Headline Ongoing Series This Fall!

New York, NY—June 21st, 2016 — Coming this fall, Marvel Comics continues to break new ground as we welcome the newest character into the Marvel fold. Launching as part of the upcoming Marvel NOW! initiative, we are pleased to announce MOSAIC #1 – a brand-new ongoing series from American screenwriter and novelist, Geoffrey Thorne (Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man) and artist extraordinaire, Khary Randolph (Deadpool: The Gauntlet, Tech Jacket)!

“To say that Morris will have a long, hard road to travel to become a hero is an understatement,” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. “One minute, Mosaic holds the world in the palm of his hand, the next, he has absolutely nothing, except for powers that will transform him into one of the Marvel Universe’s most complex characters — powers that , if not properly harnessed, will feel more like a curse.”

Mosaic centers on Morris Sackett – professional basketball player and celebrity. Loved by millions, hated by his teammates. Only Morris is secretly something else – something Inhuman. Coming into contact with the transformative Terrigen Mists has given Morris spectacular new abilities. Imbued with the ability to jump from person-to-person like a ghost, Morris can control the bodies and memories of those he inhabits. But these fantastic new abilities come at a grave cost. Recognized as an all-star athlete, Morris has worked his whole adult life to raise his body to peak physical form, but after his transformation, his living body is no more, and Morris must now rely on other bodies to survive.

“Morris goes from being one of the most famous people in the world to being no one,” says Executive Editor Nick Lowe. “Now he not only has to do time in the bodies of people he never even would have noticed, but also deep into Marvel Universe events!”

Fans eager to meet Mosaic won’t have to wait long – as the character’s highly anticipated first appearance comes to comic shops next week in UNCANNY INHUMANS #11. Plus, ahead of his ongoing series, fans can experience a 10-page Mosaic origin story from Thorne & Randolph which will be available for free on August 6th at all Barnes & Noble stores nationwide, as part of their Get Pop-Cultured event.

MOSAIC #1 comes to comic shops and digital devices everywhere this October! For more on Mosaic and Marvel NOW!, visit Marvel.com.

MOSAIC #1

Written by GEOFFREY THORNE

Art by KHARY RANDOLPH

Cover by STUART IMMONEN

Variant Cover by KHARY RANDOLPH

On Sale in October!

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DEFENDERS VARIANTS Bring Street Level Heroes to Comic Shops in September!

New York, NY—June 21st, 2015—Marvel’s street level heroes are stepping out on the town for a series of special variant covers! Marvel is pleased to announce 20 special Defenders Variants, coming to some of your favorite Marvel titles this September!

“Street Level heroes are an integral part of the DNA of the Marvel Universe,” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. “From Daredevil to Luke Cage to the Daughters of the Dragon, some of the coolest characters in the Marvel Universe operate in the shadows, and this September, we are shining the spotlight on them with twenty riveting variant covers featuring some of the best artists in comics.”

We are excited to reveal the following Defenders Variants by some of Marvel’s great cover artists:

· All-New, All-Different Avengers #14 by Paul Renaud

· Amazing Spider-Man #18 by Dale Keown

· The Astonishing Ant-Man #12 by Siya Oum

· Daredevil #11 by Alex Maleev

· Howard the Duck #11 by Jamal Campbell

· The Totally Awesome Hulk #11 by Stephanie Hans

· Uncanny X-Men #12 by Robbi Rodriguez

Look for additional Defenders Variants to grace the covers of these exciting Marvel comics throughout the month of September:

· Black Panther #6

· Captain America: Steve Rogers #6

· Captain Marvel #9

· Deadpool #18

· Doctor Strange #12

· Invincible Iron Man #13

· The Mighty Thor #11

· Moon Knight #6

· Ms. Marvel #11

· Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! #10

· Power Man And Iron Fist #8

· The Punisher #5

· Uncanny Inhumans #12

No fan can afford to miss out on these exciting variant covers featuring Marvel’s street level heroes! Run, don’t walk to your comic shops this May to get your hands on these can’t miss Defenders Variants!

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More Mercs Means More Money in Your New Look at
DEADPOOL AND THE MERCS FOR MONEY #1!

New York, NY—June 24th, 2016 — The fans have spoken and the Mercs for Money are back in business. This July, Wade Wilson and his lovable band are back in an all-new DEADPOOL AND THE MERCS FOR MONEY #1 – now an ongoing series! Coming in July, returning writer Cullen Bunn joins incoming artist Iban Coello for an all-out brawl-out as Deadpool, Solo, Slapstick, Foolkiller, Stingray, Terror and Masacre (and even a few surprises members!) hit the Marvel Universe in search of cold, hard cash! Deadpool may be one of the best mercenaries on the planet. He may even be a passable Avenger. Know what he isn’t? A good leader. Don’t believe us? Ask the Mercs for Money! But they’ll have to work as a team when a big job with an even bigger payday falls into their laps. The job? Rid the Marvel Universe of its radioactive super villains. Easier said than done – especially when only one of them has a healing factor. Sorry, everyone but Deadpool. 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. Or you catch the exciting first issue of this ongoing series when DEADPOOL AND THE MERCS FOR MONEY #1 embarks on a new adventure this July!

DEADPOOL AND THE MERCS FOR MONEY #1 (MAY160797)

Written by CULLEN BUNN

Art & Cover by IBAN COELLO

Variant Cover by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI (MAY160798)

Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (MAY160799)

Young Variant by SKOTTIE YOUNG (MAY160800)

Hip-Hop Variant by DAVID NAKAYAMA (MAY160801)

Blank Variant Also Available (MAY160802)

FOC – 06/27/16, On-Sale – 7/20/16

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MARVEL COMICS AND THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY TEAM UP FOR PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS VARIANT COVERS

September Variant Cover Campaign to Help Bring Awareness and Combat this Disease

New York, NY—June 21, 2016 — Marvel Entertainment and The American Cancer Society are proud to reveal the complete lineup of all-new variant covers to be released in September to commemorate National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.  

Throughout the month of September, the world’s most popular Marvel Super Heroes—Iron Man, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Thor, and the Avengers —will be featured on all-new variant covers with special light blue-colored costumes to bring awareness to one of the most common cancers among men. 

“Working with The American Cancer Society, we learned that more than 2 million men in the US count themselves as prostate cancer survivors and it’s an honor to continue bringing awareness to further increase the survival rate,” said David Gabriel, SVP Sales & Marketing, Marvel. “We hope that all our fans take a moment during the month of September to educate themselves, as well as their loved ones, on how they can work with their healthcare provider on how to combat this disease.” 

The following September titles from Marvel will feature special American Cancer Society Prostate Cancer Awareness variant covers:

 

• ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT AVENGERS #14

• CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #6

• CAPTAIN MARVEL #9

• INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #13

• MIGHTY THOR #11

“The American Cancer Society is honored to be invited to work with Marvel to raise awareness of prostate cancer this September,” said Dr. Richard Wender, Chief Cancer Control Officer for the American Cancer Society. “This campaign will allow us to share critical information with Marvel fans on how to take positive action to ensure better health for both themselves and their loved ones.”

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About the Author:

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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