Marvel Comics News Digest 8/1 – 8/5/16

It was a low announcement week for Marvel, but some exciting things coming up.  Darth Vader will have an epic final issue.  Champions will have some launch parties.  A special digital edition of Civil War II #1 is out.  And Aaron Kuder has exclusively signed on to Marvel Comics.

Superstar Artists Cover DARTH VADER #25 – The Epic Finale!
Marvel CCO Joe Quesada & More to Contribute Variant Covers!

New York, NY—August 5th, 2016 — It has all been building to this! The epic conclusion to the blockbuster ongoing series! Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca’s critically acclaimed Darth Vader comes to a close later this year in the oversized DARTH VADER #25. To commemorate this monumental issue, Marvel is rolling out the red carpet with covers from some of the best and brightest artists in the industry.

In addition to a main cover by legendary artist Juan Gimenez, DARTH VADER #25 will also include a stunning array variant covers rendered by the industry’s best. Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, Chris Samnee, Michael Cho, Sara Pichelli, Cliff Chiang and more lend their artistic prowess to the Dark Lord of the Sith!

Who lives? Who dies? Find out as it all comes crashing down later this year in the highly anticipated DARTH VADER #25!

DARTH VADER #25 (JUN160929)
Written by KIERON GILLEN
Art by SALVADOR LARROCA
Cover by JUAN GIMENEZ
Variant Covers by
ADI GRANOV (
JUN160930), JAMIE MCKELVIE (JUN160931),
MICHAEL CHO (
JUN160932), KAMOME SHIRAHAMA (JUN160933),
JOE QUESADA (
JUN160935), CHRIS SAMNEE (JUN160936),
SARA PICHELLI (
JUN160937), CLIFF CHIANG (JUN160938),
And SALVADOR LARROCA (
JUN160939)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (
JUN160940)
Quesada Sketch Variant Also Available (
JUN160934)

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Don’t Miss The Digital Exclusive CIVIL WAR II #1 SPECIAL EDITION!
Get One of the Biggest Books of the Year – Now With Special Bonus Features!

New York, NY—August 4th, 2016 — One of the biggest books of the year just got bigger! Starting today, fans can go deeper into the blockbuster Civil War II event with CIVIL WAR II #1 SPECIAL EDITON – available exclusively on digital platforms. Go behind the scenes of one of the biggest events in Marvel history and see how blockbuster creators Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez and Justin Ponsor created this high-octane first issue.

Clocking in at over 200 pages, the CIVIL WAR II #1 SPECIAL EDITION contains the entire, explosive first issue along with never-before-seen extras. See the process that went into making this landmark issue as you go from script to layouts to inked pages to final colors. Read Brian Michael Bendis’ entire script to CIVIL WAR II #1 and see how artist David Marquez and colorist Justin Ponsor brought each page to life in vivid detail. A must see for comic fans and art enthusiasts!

Then, feast your eyes on an exciting Civil War II #1 variant cover gallery. Featuring the talents of Steve McNiven, Phil Noto, Michael Cho, Kim Jung Ji, Yasmine Putri and more – witness some of the greatest artists in the industry take on Civil War II in style!  

With Civil War II lighting up the charts and taking the world by storm, no fan should miss this blockbuster Marvel Universe event! Get caught up with the CIVIL WAR II #1 SPECIAL EDITION – available digitally today!

CIVIL WAR II #1 SPECIAL EDITION DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art by DAVID MARQUEZ & JUSTIN PONSOR
Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC

ON SALE NOW!

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MARVEL ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE AGREEMENT WITH ARTIST

AARON KUDER!

New York, NY – August 3rd, 2016 – Marvel Entertainment is excited to announce that Aaron Kuder is exclusive to Marvel!

Reflecting on bringing his talents to Marvel, Kuder exclaimed “I’m completely stoked to be working at the House of Ideas again. I grew up as a Marvel kid (no really, my 7th birthday wish: grow up to be Spider-Man. But don’t tell anyone. Otherwise it won’t come true.)”

Kuder’s first assignment is teaming up with comic superstars Charles Soule and Jeff Lemire for the highly anticipated 4-issue DEATH OF X series, beginning in October. Set after the events of Secret Wars, DEATH OF X chronicles the previously untold story of rising tensions between two of Marvel’s most iconic groups – and sets the stage for the blockbuster Inhumans vs. X-Men event later this year.

“Working on Death of X is a monster!” Kuder explains. “This is easily the largest cast of characters I’ve had to work with to date. All the Inhumans, all the X-Men…it’s a crazy amount to draw. All that grunt work is made better by the fact that Charles and Jeff are scribing it. Both these guys are amazing storytellers. It’s really an honor to be working with them.”

“I couldn’t be more ecstatic about Aaron coming to Marvel,” says Marvel Executive Editor Nick Lowe. “I’ve been trying to get him over to Marvel for a few years now, but when this momentous story came up I knew we needed an artist capable of bringing it to life, and Aaron hasn’t disappointed. In fact, he’s turning in the best work of his career!”

Fans can look forward to the first of Aaron’s first new interior work when DEATH OF X #1 comes to comic shops and digital devices in October. Be on the lookout for announcements of future projects featuring this rising comic superstar. Once again, we’re pleased to welcome Kuder’s unique and energetic style exclusively to the Marvel Universe.

For more information on Aaron Kuder and Death of X, please visit Marvel.com.

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CHAMPIONS #1 Launch Parties
Bring Marvel’s Newest Super Team to Comic Shops!

New York, NY—August 4th, 2016 — The Marvel Universe is fractured. Heroes, who once stood together, now position themselves in opposition to one another. The next generation of heroes are fed up! It’s time for a change. It’s time for a brighter tomorrow. Enter…the CHAMPIONS! Six determined young heroes out to change the world They’re coming to you in Marvel’s CHAMPIONS #1 – a brand-new ongoing series launching this October as the flagship title of Marvel NOW!

 

To ensure Marvel NOW! kicks off with a bang, each retailer opting in to the event will receive a Champions #1 Party Kit, containing exclusive promotional materials. Retailers are encouraged to check their Marvel Mailer for information on how to opt-in by 9/5, ensuring stores have access to these items.

 

“The next chapter of the Marvel Universe is about to begin and it all starts with the Champions,” says Marvel SVP, Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “CHAMPIONS #1 sees Marvel’s top characters striking out on their own for a thrilling new series and we’re helping retailers support this launch in a huge way. In addition to huge incentives, limited edition variants and lithographs – we’ll be offering can’t miss promotional items for fans including Action Figure standees for each of the team members and Champions pins.”

 

All retailers who opt-in and qualify will receive the following as part of the Champions #1 Party Kit:

 

Champions #1 Invitational Postcards

Champions #1 Skottie Young Lithographs

Champions #1 Jay Fosgit Gwenpool Party Sketch Variant

Champions #1 Premiere Variant

Champions #1 Pins

Champions #1 Action Figure Standees (Second Standee Sheet Available w/ Issue #2)

 

But that’s not all! Retailers who qualify will also be eligible to order a variety of variant covers to Champions #1 – including the Champions #1 Gwenpool Party Variant. Artist Jay Fosgitt brings Gwenpool face-to-face with the Marvel Universe’s newest super team – all as part of a hearty and nutritious breakfast. This one-of-a-kind variant is only available at Marvel’s Champions #1 Launch Parties and should not be missed!

 

Retailers are encourages to check their Marvel Mailer or Diamond Daily for more information about Champions and Champions Launch Parties.

 

Eisner Award winning writer Mark Waid and Eisner Award nominated artist Humberto Ramos join forces to bring you a teen team supreme that refuses to adhere to the antiquated ways of old. It’s time to be heroes again, and Ms. Marvel, Miles Morales, Nova, Cyclops, Viv Vision and the Totally Awesome Hulk are ready to answer the call. All it takes is six young heroes and you can change the world. They are the Champions – and they’re just getting started! Don’t miss CHAMPIONS #1 when it comes to comic shops on October 5th!

 

CHAMPIONS #1 (AUG160733)

CHAMPIONS #1 LAUNCH PARTY OPT-IN (AUG160742)
Written by MARK WAID
Art & Cover by HUMBERTO RAMOS

Party Variant by JAY FOSGITT (AUG160748)
Variant Covers by ALEX ROSS (
AUG160734) & SKOTTIE YOUNG (AUG160735)

Champions Variant by MARK BROOKS (AUG160739)

Classic Ghost Rider Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (AUG160737)
Miles & Hulk Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (
AUG160736)
Hip-Hop Variant by RAHZZAH (
AUG160740)
Captain America 75
th Anniversary Variant Also Available (AUG160738)
FOC – 09/05/16, On-Sale – 10/05/16

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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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