Marvel Comics News Digest 9/19 – 9/23/16

This week’s Marvel Comics news takes a look at the future of the Marvel Universe with multiple versions of the same characters.

“Take Back the Shield” Starts NOW! Your First
Look at CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON #14!

New York, NY—September 22nd, 2016 — Steve Rogers has returned. Then why won’t Sam Wilson give up the shield? Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look inside CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON #14, the first chapter in the new story arc “Take Back the Shield”! Sam Wilson stands at the crossroads of a divided nation. When the terrorist organization Ultimatum and their leader the Flag-Smasher begin to wreak havoc, Sam Wilson is the first to dive headlong into the fray. Yet as cries of #TakeBacktheShield trend worldwide, can Sam continue to uphold the ideals of Captain America? As he teams with Steve Rogers to take down Ultimatum, is there room in the Marvel Universe for two Captain Americas? Only…Steve has a secret. Be there when “Take Back the Shield” begins in CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON #14 – on-sale October 19th!

 

CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON #14 (AUG160828)
Written by NICK SPENCER

Art by PAUL RENAUD
Cover by MARCOS MARTIN
Champions Variant by MIKE DEODATO (
AUG160829)
Classic Variant by PAT BRODERICK (
AUG160830)

Story Thus Far Variant by PAUL RENAUD (AUG160831)

FOC – 09/26/16, On-Sale – 10/19/16

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INFAMOUS IRON MAN #1 Puts Doctor Doom
in to Iron Man’s Boots this October!

Bendis & Maleev Reunite For New Ongoing Series!

New York, NY—September 22nd, 2016 — Victor Von Doom has ascended to greater heights than ever before, as…IRON MAN?! Your eyes do not deceive you! There’s a new Iron Man in town, and he’s coming your way in INFAMOUS IRON MAN #1 – the all-new ongoing series from the blockbuster, Eisner Award-winning creative team of Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev! It’s time for the greatest villain in the Marvel Universe to try something…new. Where Tony Stark failed, Victor Von Doom will succeed! Only, how will the rest of the world’s heroes take to their deadliest foe masquerading as their greatest champion? The question remains – has the one-time Doctor Doom truly turned over a new leaf, or is this just the next step in his master plan? The answers begin as Bendis and Maleev bring you their next can’t-miss collaboration in INFAMOUS IRON MAN #1 – coming October 19th!

 

INFAMOUS IRON MAN #1 (AUG160767)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art & Cover by ALEX MALEEV

Variant Covers by ESAD RIBIC (AUG160768) and SKOTTIE YOUNG (AUG160770)

Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (AUG160769)

Teaser Variant by MIKE DEODATO (AUG160771)

Champions Variant by MIKE MCKONE (AUG160772)

Hip-Hop Variant by ANTHONY PIPER (AUG160773)

FOC – 09/26/16, On-Sale – 10/19/16

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MARVEL INTRODUCES U.S.AVENGERS #1 STATE VARIANTS

New York, NY—September 21, 2016 — The security of the Marvel Universe is fractured. The world’s first line of defense, S.H.I.E.L.D., can no longer be trusted. The United States no longer has a super-spy agency with its best interests at heart – until now. Prepare for the U.S.AVENGERS!

 

They’re the team you can trust!

 

For the launch of this all-new series, U.S.AVENGERS #1 will feature over 50 unique variants assigning one Avengers to that state! Sam Wilson soars high over Maryland, Iron Man rockets across the Golden State of California, Black Widow defends the Constitution State of Connecticut, and Spectrum shines a light on evil in Louisiana. With more state variants to be revealed in the upcoming days, which Avenger will be protecting you?

 

“Marvel’s U.S.AVENGERS State Variants are a chance for our fans and retailers to show their home town patriotism paired with some of the biggest Avengers from the Marvel Universe,” says SVP Sales & Marketing for Marvel, David Gabriel. “We knew that a series with the name U.S.AVENGERS would evoke a sense of honor with all of our fans and we really wanted to go that extra step and offer a variant campaign that would allow our readers to show their hometown pride across this great nation – even our neighbors Canada and Puerto Rico! Expect their own variants as well.”

Action, adventure and intrigue draped in the red, white and blue! The U.S.AVENGERS are here and bringing along Avengers for every state.  And eagle-eye readers may notice that all 50 variants will connect to form Old Glory herself, the flag of the United States of America.

Show you pride by tracking down the variants that speak the most you. Which of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes do you want protecting your home state? #USAvengers

U.S.AVENGERS #1

Written by AL EWING

Art by PACO MEDINA

State Variant Cover Art by ROD REIS

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HULK #1 Smashes Into Marvel NOW! This December!

New York, NY—September 20th, 2016 —Jennifer Walters has survived the Civil War, but not unscathed. This December, she rises from the rubble, re-entering the world as a different kind of hero in the all-new HULK #1! Eisner Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer) makes her Marvel debut alongside rising star artist Nico Leon (Spider-Man) to chronicle the ongoing adventures of Jennifer Walters – and bring you a Hulk book for Marvel NOW! the likes of which you’ve never seen before!

Following the traumatic events of Civil War II, Jen is determined to move forward, to go on with her life. But there is something bubbling under the surface. A quiet rage. The physical and mental wounds are still fresh. The pain of the past and all she’s lost is always there – an undercurrent, a pulse, waiting to quicken and trigger her transformation into the one thing she doesn’t have control over…the HULK!

“The title Hulk implies all of the baggage that comes with that comic’s 50+ year history – the ongoing battle with the monster within – and that’s why it’s more appropriate for this series,” says Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso, speaking with The AV Club. “Jen went through major trauma in Civil War II, and Mariko and Nico’s story will deal with the fallout of that trauma – the anxiety and anger, sometimes self-destructive, that comes along with it. If there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, Jen is going to have to search hard for it, and she’s going to have to battle with some pretty big monsters – including the one within – to find herself again.”

Jennifer Walters’ greatest battle is about to begin. One that will pit her against the monster inside. Can she control the rage that consumed her cousin Bruce for so long? Or will she succumb to it? Find out when Tamaki and Leon bring you the can’t-miss HULK #1 this December!

HULK #1

Written by MARIKO TAMAKI

Art by NICO LEON

Cover by JEFF DEKAL

On-Sale This December!

MONSTERS UNLEASHED PRELUDE Sets The Stage For
Marvel’s Monstrous New Series!

New York, NY—September 21st, 2016 — Long before Super Heroes patrolled the skies, mammoth monsters roamed the Marvel Universe – leaving wanton destruction in their wake. Now, they have returned! Before their explosive re-emergence in the all new spectacular MONSTERS UNLEASHED #1 – catch up on the rich history of these marvelous monsters with the MONSTERS UNLEASHED PRELUDE TPB coming to comic shops and bookstores everywhere in January! Peel back this brand-new cover from artist Greg Land and you’ll find a treasure trove of iconic stories and first appearances! Titanic tales from the past and present designed to get fans everywhere prepared for MONSTERS UNLEASHED!

Before the can’t-miss first issue of Monsters Unleashed in January, meet a menacing menagerie of unforgettable monsters, Marvel mainstays, and some major players in Monsters Unleashed! Featuring Monstrom, Grottu, Moomba, Bruttu, Orrgo, Elsa Bloodstone, Lady Hellbender, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur and many more!

MONSTERS UNLEASHED PRELUDE TPB collects FEARLESS DEFENDERS #8, MARVEL ZOMBIES (2015) #1, MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #1, TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #2-3 and material from STRANGE TALES (1951) #73 & #90, TALES TO ASTONISH (1959) #11-13, #15, #17, #19 and #23; and TALES OF SUSPENSE #15, #17, #19 and #22.

MONSTERS UNLEASHED PRELUDE (OCT161023)

ISBN: 978-1-302-90089-2

Written by STAN LEE, LARRY LIEBER, CULLEN BUNN, SIMON SPURRIER,

AMY REEDER, BRANDON MONTCLARE and GREG PAK

Art by JACK KIRBY, WILL SLINEY, KEV WALKER, NATACHA BUSTOS & FRANK CHO

New Cover by GREG LAND

264 pgs…$34.99

FOC – 11/14/16, On-Sale – 01/04/17

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“Don’t Stop Me-Ow” Starts NOW! Your First Look at
PATSY WALKER, A.K.A. HELLCAT! #11!

New York, NY—September 23rd, 2016 — Sharpen your claws, True Believers, because Patsy Walker is exploding into Marvel NOW! with a brand-new story arc! Are you ready for a no-holds-barred, knock down drag out CAT FIGHT! Literally! That’s right, Black Cat is coming to town and she’s got her sights set on Hellcat in PATSY WALKER, A.K.A. HELLCAT! #11! Kate Leth and Brittney Williams bring the fan-favorite series into Marvel NOW! with a CLAW-some new arc full of ferocious feline action! Felicia Hardy wants to use Patsy Walker as her own personal scratching post, but that ain’t gonna happen! Not while everyone’s favorite teenaged vampire Jubilee is around. But who’s side is she on? Let the fur fly when PATSY WALKER, A.K.A. HELLCAT! #11 comes to comic shops and digital devices on October 19th!

 

PATSY WALKER, A.K.A. HELLCAT! #11 (AUG160807)

Written by KATE LETH

Art & Cover by BRITTNEY WILLIAMS

Variant Cover by SANDY JARRELL (AUG160808)

Champions Variant by TODD NAUCK (AUG160809)

Cosplay Variant by DJ SPIDER (AUG160810)

FOC – 09/26/16, On-Sale – 10/19/16

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BLACK PANTHER by Ta-Nehisi Coates & Brian Stelfreeze is #1!

The Bestselling Series is Now a Bestselling Collection

New York, NY—September 23rd, 2016 — A new era has begun for the Black Panther – and the critics are hailing it as a hit! Now, the series that’s being called “important” (The Daily Beast), “the year’s biggest comic news” (Vulture) and “the best reason in years to start reading comics” (GQ) is being collected for the first time! BLACK PANTHER: A NATION UNDER OUR FEET BOOK ONE – the thrilling new series from MacArthur Genius and National Book Award Winner Ta-Nehisi Coates and acclaimed artist Brian Stelfreeze is available now wherever comics or books are sold!

 

[Watch BLACK PANTHER: A NATION UNDER OUR FEET BOOK ONE Trailer]

 

Marvel is proud to announce that the recently released collection has debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List, reached #1 on Nielsen BookScan and Amazon and continues to burn up the charts of Diamond Comic Distributors! If you haven’t read the series that everyone is talking about, now is the perfect chance to get caught up! This exciting volume collects Black Panther #1 – #4 along with a reprinting of the Panther’s very first appearance! Don’t miss BLACK PANTHER: A NATION UNDER OUR FEET BOOK ONE – available now!

 

BLACK PANTHER: A NATION UNDER OUR FEET BOOK ONE

Written by TA-NEHISI COATES

Art & Cover by BRIAN STELFREEZE

On-Sale Now!

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Protect Your Collection With New MARVEL GRAPHIC COMIC BOXES!

New York, NY—September 21st, 2016 —Face front True Believers! Welcome to the Marvel Age of Comic Boxes! Yes, you heard that right. Marvel is already bringing you some of the best comic characters in the world and now, you can even get a box to store them all! Starting this December, store your treasured collection in the first ever MARVEL GRAPHIC COMIC BOXES. Featuring characters you know and love, these sturdy boxes feature artwork by some of the industry’s finest artists. Kicking off this bold new initiative? Marvel’s newest teen team supreme – the CHAMPIONS! Measuring in at 15-1/2” x 7-5/8” x 10-7/8” – these beautifully rendered boxed hold anywhere from 150 to 200 of your favorite Marvel comics! The Champions are out to “Change the World”, and they’re starting with the way you store your comics! Look for the first ever MARVEL GRAPHIC COMIC BOXES in stores December 2016! Plus, be on the lookout for other designs coming soon!

MARVEL GRAPHIC COMIC BOXES (AUG168477)

MSRP: $5.00 each

Available December 2016!

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Ilex Press Partners with Marvel for

1000 Dot-To-Dot Book titles

Ilex Press (part of the Octopus Publishing Group) have partnered with Marvel to produce a collection of exciting new ‘adult activity’ books.  Marvel’s Amazing 1000 Dot-To-Dot Book will release in the US/UK this October and Marvel’s Spider-Man 1000 Dot-To-Dot Book will soon follow.   Expect more Dot-To-Dot Books based on major Marvel characters throughout next year as well.  All will have foreign translations for worldwide release. 

 

[Click Here for the Launch Video and Pre-order details]

 

Marvel’s Amazing 1000 Dot-To-Dot Book – will include 20 satisfyingly complex Dot-To-Dots including Iron Man, Hawkeye, Thor, Ant Man and Captain America, among other favorite faces from Marvel’s universe of Super Heroes. Marvel’s Spider-Man 1000 Dot-To-Dot Book will feature 20 characters connected to the web-slinger, including Jonah Jameson and Doctor Octopus.

 

Ilex’s oversized 1000 Dot-To-Dot Books by illustrator Thomas Pavitte have led the way in the activity book craze. His first five titles have taken the world by storm and been published into 25 languages, with over 1.5 million copies sold.

 

“It’s an exciting feeling to witness your favorite Marvel Super Heroes come to life as you follow the numbered path and connect the dots,” said Marvel’s SVP Sales & Marketing, David Gabriel. “With each number, a piece of the puzzle is uncovered until one of Marvel’s greatest heroes is revealed!”

 

Ilex’s Roly Allen said, “It’s been amazing to be able to step into Marvel’s universe of characters for this project. Their editors, our team, and Thomas Pavitte have worked incredibly closely to create puzzles that will delight Marvel aficionados and bring their favorite characters to life in an exciting new way.” This is Ilex’s first foray into licensed publishing.

 

Marvel: The Amazing 1000 Dot-to-Dot Book

Paperback – $14.99

October 11, 2016 publication (US release)

https://www.amazon.com/Marvel-Amazing-1000-Dot-Dot/dp/1626867844

 

Marvel: The Amazing 1000 Dot-to-Dot Book

Paperback – £9.99

October 1, 2016 publication (UK release)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Marvel-Dot-Dot-Characters-Complete/dp/1781573506

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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 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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