Marvel Comics News Digest 2/13 – 2/17/17 Featuring Secret Empire and Spider-Man

SECRET EMPIRE #0 Kicks Off The Next Great Marvel Epic This April!

New York, NY—February 13th, 2017 — What if your greatest ally was secretly your greatest enemy? What if the most trustworthy, stalwart hero history has ever known has been planning in secret a massive betrayal? That time is now. And you won’t be ready for…SECRET EMPIRE! Before the premier comic launch of 2017, superstar creators Nick Spencer and Daniel Acuña toss the every hero of the Marvel Universe into a fiery crucible as Captain America’s master plan is cast into action with April’s SECRET EMPIRE #0!

 

The Marvel Universe is under siege from within! Captain America, secretly a true believer in the cause of Hydra, has turned his back on the Super Hero community. Using the trust and respect he has gained over the years he has ascended to a position where he can enacts Hydra’s ideals. The death of Jack Flag, the trial of Maria Hill, the second Civil War, the alien Chitauri Queen. All of the dominos of Captain America’s plan have been laid out – and it will take only the slightest push to set them into action!

 

“Wherever you find favor within the Marvel Universe, SECRET EMPIRE is a story for you,” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso.  “When the world’s most respected and trusted super hero, Captain America, assumes ultimate power and goes bad, it serves as a rallying cry for all the heroes.  Avengers, X-Men, Guardians, Inhumans and street-level heroes unite to fight for the fate – and soul – of the Marvel Universe.”

 

Now, the Avengers, the Champions, the Defenders, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the X-Men and more will be tested. As Hydra’s grip tightens around the Marvel Universe, the heroes stand at the precipice of an unprecedented challenge. How will they Marvel Universe cope with this shattering betrayal by the most trusted among them? The secret is out this April in SECRET EMPIRE #0!

 

SECRET EMPIRE #0

Written by NICK SPENCER

Art by DANIEL ACUÑA

Cover by MARK BROOKS

On Sale in April!

 

SECRET EMPIRE #1 (of 9)

Written by NICK SPENCER

Art by STEVE MCNIVEN

Cover by MARK BROOKS

On Sale in May!

Get Caught Up With The SECRET EMPIRE PRELUDE Collection!

UNITED WE STAND!

New York, NY—February 15th, 2017 — The dominoes of Hydra’s master plan are about to be set into motion. Before the explosive debut of Marvel’s upcoming epic Secret Empire, now is your chance to get caught up on everything you need to know! Today, Marvel is pleased to announce the SECRET EMPIRE PRELUDE TPB – a new collected edition available this April! Full of edge-of-your-seat thrills, The Secret Empire Prelude TPB is specially designed to get fans everywhere caught up just in time for Secret Empire!

 

Captain America, due to the manipulations of the Red Skull, is secretly a true believer in the cause of Hydra and has turned his back on the Super Hero community. Using the trust and respect he has gained over the years he has ascended to a position where he can strike without warning. Should they hope for any chance of victory, the entire Marvel Universe must band together as never before. UNITED THEY STAND against their common foe – the Avengers, the Defenders, the Champions, the X-Men, and more must hold together. Yet even they may not be enough!

 

Before the can’t-miss first issue of Secret Empire, experience for the first time or relive the moments that led to this shocking turn of events! Steve Rogers sacrifices all to defeat the Iron Nail! Falcon takes over as the high-flying Sentinel of Liberty! A Standoff in the shadowy town of Pleasant Hill rejuvenates Steve Rogers…but at what cost? And finally, relive the twist ending that sent shockwaves reverberating across the world. Captain America is secretly…a Hydra operative?!

 

SECRET EMPIRE PRELUDE TPB collects Captain America (2012) #21 & #25; material from Captain America: Sam Wilson #7 & #8; Avengers Standoff: Assault on Pleasant Hill Alpha, Avengers Standoff: Assault on Pleasant Hill Omega; Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 & #2. Available in comic shops or wherever books are sold this April.

 

SECRET EMPIRE PRELUDE TPB (JAN171105)

Written by NICK SPENCER & RICK REMENDER

Art by NIC KLEIN, STUART IMMONEN, CARLOS PACHECO, DANIEL ACUNA,

ANGEL UNZUETA, PAUL RENAUD and JESUS SAIZ

FOC – 03/06/17, On-Sale – 04/26/17

ISBN: 978-1-302-90717-4

SECRET EMPIRE & PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN
Come To Free Comic Book Day!

Details of Marvel’s Gold Tier FCBD Title Revealed!

New York, NY—February 14th, 2017 — The biggest heroes, the biggest creators and the biggest stories are coming to FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2017! Featuring blockbuster lead-in stories for the premier comic event of 2017 and a thrilling new beginning for your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, SECRET EMPIRE FCBD #1 is your entry into two of the year’s biggest titles!

 

“Free Comic Book Day is one of the best opportunities available to bring in both new and lapsed fans,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “It’s a chance to set up new stories and status quos, as well as show off new and exciting titles. With that in mind, we’re thrilled to bring two additional original stories to Free Comic Book Day this year. Secret Empire and Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man are poised to be two of the year’s biggest books, and we can’t wait for fans to get a sneak peek at both.

 

First, the Marvel Universe is under siege from the greatest threat it has ever known! Everything has been leading to this as Nick Spencer and Andrea Sorrentino bring the entire Marvel Universe together for the highly-anticipated SECRET EMPIRE series! UNITED THEY STAND against a common foe, the Avengers, the X-Men, the Defenders, the Champions, the Inhumans, Spider-Man and more must hold together as an unwavering front! Yet even their combined might may not be enough to withstand the awesome power of Hydra!

 

Then, after his globetrotting adventures Spider-Man has returned to his friendly neighborhood as Chip Zdarsky and Paulo Siqueira present a sneak peek at PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN! A new companion series to the best-selling Amazing Spider-Man, Peter Parker is back in the Big Apple he’s brought the Ol’ Parker Luck with him! Don’t miss your first taste of this back-to-basics and high-flying ongoing series! 

 

SECRET EMPIRE FCBD #1 joins ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY FCBD #1 on Free Comic Book Day to bring you four completely original, can’t-miss tales that will have fans everywhere captivated and talking! Whether it’s the swinging into action with the one-and-only Spider-Man, or getting your first taste of Hydra’s sinister secret plot – no fan can afford to miss this year’s Free Comic Book Day titles – available May 6th at participating comic shops!

 

Retailers Please Note: FOC on Marvel FCBD titles is Monday, February 20th.

 

SECRET EMPIRE FCBD #1 (JAN170008)

Written by NICK SPENCER & CHIP ZDARSKY

Art by ANDREA SORRENTINO & PAULO SIQUEIRA

Cover by MARK BROOKS

FOC – 2/20/17, On-Sale – 05/06/17

 

ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY FCBD #1  (JAN170036)

Written by GERRY DUGGAN & BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art by AARON KUDER/IVE SVORCINA & DAVID MARQUEZ/JUSTIN PONSOR

Cover by AARON KUDER & IVE SVORCINA

FOC – 2/20/17, On-Sale – 05/06/17

Free Comic Book Day Brings The Marvel Universe to Your Local Comic Shop!

Featuring Secret Empire, All-New Guardians of the Galaxy,

The Defenders & Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man

New York, NY—February 16th, 2017 — The biggest heroes, the biggest creators and the biggest stories are coming to FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2017! Featuring blockbuster lead-ins to some of Marvel’s biggest upcoming titles, it’s never been a better time to jump headfirst into the Marvel Universe! But you won’t have to wait till May 6th to get a taste of what’s in store, because Marvel is pleased to present the first interior pages from this year’s Free Comic Book Day titles – SECRET EMPIRE FCBD #1 and ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY FCBD #1!

 

First up, the stage is set for a blockbuster comic event unlike any other as heroes must unite in SECRET EMPIRE FCBD #1. As Hydra puts their plans into action, Nick Spencer and Andrea Sorrentino bring you the opening salvo in a story that will rock the Marvel Universe and leave fans jaws on the floor! After your head stops spinning, get a sneak peek at the highly-anticipated PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN, as writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Paulo Siqueira return the titular hero to his friendly neighborhood of NYC for a thrilling new ongoing series!

 

Then, blast off as Gerry Duggan, Aaron Kuder and Ive Svorcina bring you over-the-top action and out-of-this-world adventure in ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1 FCBD! Star-Lord, Drax, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon and Groot head back to the stars just in time for their new ongoing series! That is, if they survive a run in with the new Nova Corps! Finally, head  back down to the mean streets of Hell’s Kitchen as Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez and Justin Ponsor bring you a look inside THE DEFENDERS! Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist unite as they go head-to-head with a new criminal element in the Marvel Universe!

 

The only place to get these highly-anticipated stories is at your local comic shop! Be there on May 6th for 40 pages of super hero thrills in the mighty Marvel manner! Run don’t, walk to your local comic shop on Free Comic Book Day to get your hands on ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY FCBD #1 and SECRET EMPIRE #1 FCBD! To find a comic shop near you, visit comicshoplocator.com!

 

Retailers Please Note: FOC on Marvel FCBD titles is Monday, February 20th.

 

SECRET EMPIRE FCBD #1 (JAN170008)

Written by NICK SPENCER & CHIP ZDARSKY

Art by ANDREA SORRENTINO & PAULO SIQUEIRA

Cover by MARK BROOKS

FOC – 2/20/17, On-Sale – 05/06/17

 

ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY FCBD #1  (JAN170036)

Written by GERRY DUGGAN & BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art by AARON KUDER/IVE SVORCINA & DAVID MARQUEZ/JUSTIN PONSOR

Cover by AARON KUDER & IVE SVORCINA

FOC – 2/20/17, On-Sale – 05/06/17

 

PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN – The
New Ongoing Series Debuting This June!
Zdarsky & Kubert Bring Peter Parker Back to NYC!

New York, NY—February 14th, 2017 — This summer, the one-and-only Spider-Man returns to his friendly neighborhood! Today, Marvel is pleased to announce PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN, the new ongoing series from superstar writer Chip Zdarsky (Star-Lord, Howard the Duck) and legendary artist Adam Kubert (Avengers, X-Men)! A companion to the best-selling Amazing Spider-Man series, these two blockbuster creators are taking Peter Parker back-to-basics in a new series bursting at the seams with heart, humor and over-the-top action!

 

“With [Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man] we’re using the same Spider-Man continuity, but shifting the spotlight back to his NYC environment and supporting cast,” says series writer Chip Zdarsky speaking with Entertainment Weekly. “But even though we’re pushing to make it a more personal book, we’re still going to have big adventures with ramifications that’ll be felt in other books. If I had a true mission statement for the book it would be: ‘Have fun, have heart, have stakes.’”

 

He’s a webslinging, wallcrawling wonder. He’s the world’s greatest super hero. He’s the unluckiest guy on the planet. He’s Spider-Man! Following his globetrotting adventures, it’s big heroics in the Big Apple as Peter Parker returns to the city that never sleeps! Be there as he swings between giant skyscrapers, squares off against his iconic rogues gallery and still manages to be late for that date he had planned!

 

Fans can swing into action this June when Zdarsky and Kubert bring you PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #1 – available wherever comics are sold. Can’t wait that long? Don’t’ miss your first taste of this highly anticipated series on Free Comic Book Day (May 6th) with a special 10-page story from Chip Zdarsky and Paulo Siqueira!

 

PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #1

Written by CHIP ZDARSKY

Art & Cover by ADAM KUBERT

On Sale in June

“The Osborn Identity” Begins – Your New Look at AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #25!
Superstar Artist Stuart Immonen Joins Massive Oversized Issue!

New York, NY—February 17th, 2017 — Strap in, hold on and get ready, True Believers – because your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is rocketing out of The Clone Conspiracy and into a brand-new story arc! Today – Marvel is pleased to present your latest look inside the mammoth 96-page AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #25! Chart topping writer Dan Slott kicks off the next thrilling story– “The Osborn Identity” – and he’s bringing superstar artist Stuart Immonen along for the ride! Norman Osborn is back and he’s deadlier than ever! But with the might of his multinational corporation at his back, Peter Parker is ready to take the fight to his old foe. Will it be enough to stop the former Green Goblin? Or has the power Norman has amassed in secret be enough to destroy the wallcrawler once and for all?

 

But that’s just the beginning! After a 40-page main story, fans will be treated to a cavalcade of can’t-miss creators! Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncoli bring you a top secret story that will have fans everywhere talking! Hannah Blumenreich makes hers Marvel with her Spider-Debut! Cale Atkinson brings you another installment of the A-May-Zing Spider Aunt! The villainous Clash returns courtesy of Christos Gage and Todd Nauck! Jacob Chabot and Ray Anthony Height bring you an all-new Marvel Tsum Tsum tale. And finally, James Asmus and Tana Ford take the webslinging wonder back to Shanghai for a sneak peek at some cutting edge Spider-Tech!

 

You won’t want to miss this blockbuster jumping on point when the colossal AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #25 comes to comic shops and digital devices everywhere on March 15th!

 

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #25 (JAN170988)

Written by DAN SLOTT, CHRISTOS GAGE, HANNAH BLUMENREICH,

CALE ATKINSON, JACOB CHABOT, JAMES ASMUS

Art by STUART IMMONEN, GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI, TODD NAUCK, HANNAH BLUMENREICH,

CALE ATKINSON, RAY ANTHONY HEIGHT, TANA FORD

Cover by ALEX ROSS

Variant Covers by STUART IMMONEN (JAN170989), JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (JAN170991)

Venomized Variant by DAVE JOHNSON (JAN170990)

Classic Variant by RON LIM (JAN170992)

Remastered Variant by GIL KANE, JOHN ROMITA SR. & JASON KEITH (JAN170993)

FOC – 02/13/17, On-Sale – 03/08/17

Marvel Entertainment and Archie Comics Announce Collaboration with MARVEL COMICS DIGEST

 

All-new Marvel digest collections increases exposure of Marvel’s favorite Super Heroes with new digest format within large chain retailers and in comic shop markets nationwide

 

New York, NY—Feb 16, 2017—  Marvel Entertainment and Archie Comics, two of the leading pop culture and entertainment brands in the world, announced plans to create and distribute a new MARVEL COMICS DIGEST for “big box retailers,” newsstand, and comic shops, packaged and distributed by Archie. The digest format, long the specialty of Archie, will spotlight some of the best-loved Marvel Comics tales for new and young readers in a captivating way that will create new direct comic book market customers.

 

Archie Comics will publish six Marvel digests a year, with four hitting in 2017. The collections will feature various eras and stories including many of Marvel’s most recognizable heroes, with the Amazing Spider-Man and the Avengers hitting first. MARVEL COMICS DIGEST: Starring The Amazing Spider-Man, hits in June. Future MARVEL COMICS DIGEST will feature Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, Spider-Man, Wolverine, and the X-Men!

 

“The Marvel brand, for decades, has been cultivating a popularity that has recently exploded worldwide,” said David Gabriel, SVP Sales & Marketing, Marvel Entertainment. “Working closely with Archie, Marvel is beyond excited to continue its reach and exposure level as we offer our retailer partners, local comic shops and large chain retailers, a new, fun, and easily digestible way to dive into the Marvel Comics Universe and produce life-long fans.”

 

“For years, Archie has made the digest format our bread and butter. We are supremely excited to spotlight iconic characters like Spider-Man and the Avengers through this major partnership with Marvel,” said Jon Goldwater, Publisher/CEO of Archie Comics. “These books will serve as a great introduction to the Marvel Universe for new readers and a very special, curated selection of stories for existing fans. It’s a win-win!”

MARVEL UNLIMITED: DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE HITS 20,000 COMICS!

 

The Marvel Unlimited library reaches a new milestone…of over 20,000 digitized comics!

 

New York, NY— February 17th, 2017— 20,000 comics in 2017! Marvel Unlimited, Marvel’s digital comics subscription service, is thrilled to announce that Unlimited members now have access to over 20,000 issues of Marvel’s classic and newer titles, delivered digitally through your desktop web browser and the Marvel Unlimited mobile app. With a library of titles spanning 75+ years of Marvel history, Marvel Unlimited continues to grow weekly, with newer titles added as early as six months after they’re in stores.

 

To celebrate its 20,000 comics milestone, existing Marvel Unlimited subscribers will receive two gifts – a digital redemption code good for 3 free digital comics1, and a code for a free month of Marvel Unlimited they can give to a friend!2

 

With our 10-year Anniversary fast approaching, and more surprises around the corner, now’s the perfect time to become a Marvel Unlimited member. Join today!

 

New to the Marvel Universe, and don’t know where to start? Don’t worry! Marvel Unlimited subscribers have access to the DISCOVER section! Subscribers are able to discover new pathways into the Marvel Universe by being able to search by their favorite storylines, characters and creators.

 

And Marvel Unlimited is perfect for on-the-go reading! This amazing service is accessible on the web and through the Marvel Unlimited app on iPhone®, iPad® and Android™ devices. Binge read hit series like ALL-NEW WOLVERINE (2016), STAR WARS (2015) and EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN (2016), and classic series in full like AVENGERS (1963), AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963), and UNCANNY X-MEN (1963)!

 

An unlimited universe of 20,000+ comics await! Subscribe today for the low monthly rate of $9.99!*

 

 

*Offer valid February 14th, 2017 12:01AM ET to February 21st, 2017 11:59PM EST on monthly memberships only.  Offer is open to new and former (now-cancelled, not active on or after 10/1/2016) Marvel Unlimited members. Offer not valid on gift, annual or Annual Plus memberships.  Valid payment card required to redeem offer. Auto-renewal and other terms and conditions apply. First month billed at $0; subsequent months billed [monthly to the payment card on file at the then-current monthly subscription fee (currently $9.99 per month) unless and until cancelled. Cancel anytime through My Account following registration or by e-mailing onlinesupport@marvel.com. All subscription fees are nonrefundable. No refunds or credits for partial subscription terms.  Marvel Unlimited subscription, Marvel user account and internet access required to access digital comics.

 

1: Code Expires on February 21, 2017 at 11:59PM EST. Distributed by email to subscribers only. Each (1) code (“Code”) is redeemable for one (1) download on marvel.com of digital copies of CHAMPIONS #1, JESSICA JONES #1 and AVENGERS #1. One Code per transaction.. The Code is a promotional code and is not to be shared, is not for resale, has no cash value and will not be replaced if lost or stolen. This offer is nontransferable.

 

2: Code Expires on February 21, 2017 at 11:59PM  EST. Distributed by email to subscribers only.   The Code is a promotional code and is not for resale, has no cash value and will not be replaced if lost or stolen.

GENERATIONS – Coming Summer 2017

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