Marvel Comics News Digest 4/17 – 4/21 Featuring Star Wars & Generations

STAR WARS: THE SCREAMING CITADEL #1 – Your First Look At The New Epic Crossover!
“Star Wars” & “Doctor Aphra” Collide For All-New Story
New York, NY—April 13th 2017 — Two of the biggest comics in the industry collide as Star Wars and Star Wars: Doctor Aphra cross over for the first time! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look inside STAR WARS: THE SCREAMING CITADEL #1 – the first chapter in a blockbuster five-part story kicking off May 10th! Superstar writers Jason Aaron (Star Wars, The Mighty Thor) and Kieron Gillen (Star Wars: Darth Vader, Star Wars: Doctor Aphra) join forces once again to combine their two hit series for an epic crossover in the mighty Marvel manner!

 

“We’re so excited for The Screaming Citadel because it brings a whole new tone and feel to the Star Wars characters we know and love,” says series Editor Jordan D. White. “The titular citadel is our version of the dark and mysterious castle on the hill, and our cast of rebels and rogues are the adventurers who face a stormy night exploring the darkness. Kieron and Jason write these characters so vibrantly, it’s awesome to see them thrown into a new situation like this…get ready for a good one!”

 

Rebel pilot and rogue archaeologist wander side-by-side into the darkest corners of the galaxy as Luke Skywalker reluctantly teams with Doctor Aphra! The good Doctor has an offer for this flyboy farm boy – help her, and she’ll provide him with information crucial on his quest to become a Jedi. With an offer he can’t refuse on the table, this unlikely duo finds themselves deep into the heart of the infamous Screaming Citadel! Can Luke find what he’s looking for? Can Aphra be trusted? Or will the Citadel’s Queen and the dark forces lurking within make their journey a one-way trip?!

 

Kicking off in this oversized one-shot, Kieron Gillen & Marco Checchetto kick this epic story off in grand style! Then, the adventure continues later that month in the pages of Star Wars and Star Wars: Doctor Aphra! Don’t miss the thrilling kickoff in STAR WARS: THE SCREAMING CITADEL #1 – available May 10th!

 

STAR WARS: THE SCREAMING CITADEL #1 (MAR171106)

Written by KIERON GILLEN

Art & Cover by MARCO CHECCHETTO

World Variant by MARCO CHECCHETTO (MAR171110)

Variant Covers by ROD REIS (MAR171108), CHRIS SAMNEE (MAR171107)

And MICHAEL WALSH (MAR171109)
FOC – 04/17/17, On-Sale – 05/10/17

The Biggest and Best Heroes Team-up for a Titanic Tale

Marvel Comics Presents GENERATIONS


The industry’s top creators forge the future of the Marvel Universe this August

 

New York, NY—April 20, 2017— Once upon a time, a kid from New York City picked up a shield and charged into battle…A prodigal son lifted a sacred hammer and proved himself worthy…And an arrogant genius forged an armor that would harness his true potential. Together, they became some of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and ushered in the age of marvels! Today, Marvel Comics is proud to present an exciting new series, done in the mighty Marvel manner uniting Marvel’s iconic heroes with their modern-day torchbearers for a fun and fast-paced adventure fans have been waiting for! This August, prepare for Marvel’s GENERATIONS!

 

GENERATIONS brings together Miles Morales and Peter Parker, Laura Kinney and Logan, Amadeus Cho and Bruce Banner, plus more, and illuminates the path that all these heroes will take into the future for a thrilling quest unlike anything seen in the Marvel Universe before.

 

A colossal collaboration of today’s greatest creators, Marvel’s GENERATIONS continues the evolution of the Marvel Universe as the new class of heroes stand shoulder to shoulder with those who have trail blazed their legacy.

 

“Marvel’s greatest icons return to the page this August, paired with the next generation of the Marvel Universe,” said Marvel EIC, Axel Alonso. “However, do all our heroes emerge from GENERATIONS as they entered, or become something greater? If you want to know where Marvel is headed in the future, you don’t want to miss GENERATIONS.”

 

Running August to September, this 10-issue maxi-series put to the test in this universe-wide team-up that will shed light on the most pressing questions about the future of the Marvel Universe, and the fate of everyone’s favorite heroes.

 

Generations: The Best starring Wolverine and All-New Wolverine

Written by Tom Taylor

Art by Ramon Rosanas

 

Generations: The Americas starring Steve Rogers: Captain America and Sam Wilson: Captain America

Written by Nick Spencer

Art by Paul Renaud

 

Generations: The Bravest starring Captain Mar-Vell and Captain Marvel

Written by Margie Stohl

Art by Brent Schoonover

 

Generations: The Thunder starring The Mighty Thor and The Unworthy Thor

Written by Jason Aaron

Art by Mahmud Asrar

 

Generations: The Strongest starring Bruce Banner and Amadeus Cho, the Totally Awesome Hulk

Written by Greg Pak

 

Generations: The Archers starring Hawkeyes, Clint Barton and Kate Bishop

Written by Kelly Thompson

 

Generations: The Iron starring Iron Man and Ironheart

Written by Brian Michael Bendis

Art by Marco Rudy

 

Generations: The Marvels starring Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel

Written by G. Willow Wilson

 

Generations: The Spiders starring Peter Parker: Spider-Man and Miles Morales: Spider-Man

Written by Brian Michael Bendis

Art by Ramon Perez

 

Generations: The Phoenix starring The Phoenix and Jean Grey

Written by Cullen Bunn

 

 

No corner of the Marvel Universe will be left unaffected as all the heroes of the Marvel Universe collide and set the stage for a bright bold future! This is GENERATIONS!

Bendis & Pichelli Reunite This July For SPIDER-MEN II!

What Is The Secret Of The Other Miles Morales?
New York, NY—April 18th, 2017 — The wait is finally over! The sensational sequel to this spectacular spider saga has arrived! And the mystery hanging on the lips of comic fans the world over will finally be revealed! Who is the Miles Morales of the Marvel Universe?! It’s all happening this July as superstar creators Brian Michael Bendis & Sara Pichelli reunite to bring you their blockbuster follow-up in SPIDER-MEN II #1!

Following the shocking cliffhanger of the of the original Spider-Men, the question will finally be answered – who is the other Miles Morales?! Though the Miles you know and love now lives comfortably in the Marvel Universe, he’s not the only one! What is the secret of the Miles Morales who existed before him? The answers will shock you! And that’s just the tip of the iceberg as Peter Parker and Miles Morales collide for another heart-stopping adventure!

 

“It’s exciting just because this series is the one I’m asked the most about,” says writer Brian Michael Bendis in an interview with Marvel.com. “’When are you gonna follow up on this?’ and there just wasn’t a good time to do it until now, and all the stuff that’s happened since then has made the story that much more potent.”

 

The adventure is just beginning! Miles Morales and Peter Parker are back together again, to uncover a mystery that will shake them down to their very core! Be there when the can’t-miss SPIDER-MEN II #1 comes to comic shops and digital devices everywhere this July!

 

Missed the first Spider-Men? Don’t worry! To celebrate the announcement and upcoming release of Spider-Men II, read the first issue of the modern classic absolutely FREE. SPIDER-MEN #1 is free through the Marvel App and Marvel Digital Comics Store right now! What are you waiting for? Offer valid until Thursday April 27th at 9:59 AM EST on one (1) digital copy of Spider-Men #1 only. Marvel user account and internet connection required.

 

SPIDER-MEN II #1

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art & Cover by SARA PICHELLI & JUSTIN PONSOR
On Sale This July!

PRESENTING THE LATEST MARVEL MUSIC VIDEO SERIES SPOTLIGHTING “MONSTERS UNLEASHED” FEATURING THE BLACK EYED PEAS

 

Spotlight Video Series Expands Exposure of Marvel’s Monsters Unleashed Comic Book Series 

Paired with Today’s Top Musical Acts

 

New York, NY—April 20, 2017 — Marvel Comics is proud to present an all-new approach in introducing the world to Marvel Comics and the next great Marvel Super Hero series – MONSTERS UNLEASHED! Masterfully mixing animated comics with in-depth narration and commentary, this new video series is designed to present a whole new audience to the world of Marvel’s gargantuan monsters, timed with the debut of the brand new comic book series MONSTERS UNLEASHED, available now in all local comic retailers.

 

Brought to you by superstar creators Cullen Bunn (Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, Uncanny X-Men) and David Baldeon (Guardians of the Galaxy) MONSTERS UNLEASHED  is a brand new high-action sci-fi series centered on a team of monstrous and monstrously massive do-gooders including KID KAIJU, AEGIS, SLIZZIK, SCRAGG, HI-VO AND MEKARA.  Now teaming up with vampire-hunter ELSA BLOODSTONE, the series unfolds as the team takes on gargantuan creatures and protects the planet from ruin and disaster. However, can they be accepted by the rest of the Marvel Universe and allowed to help, or will they be deemed too dangerous?!

 

Continuing the excitement surrounding the massive monster mayhem in MONSTERS UNLEASHED , Marvel has worked with The Black Eyed Peas, to incorporate the track “Do It Like This” into its latest Marvel Music Spotlight Video.

 

Watch “MONSTERS UNLEASHED” Music Spotlight Video featuring The Black Eyed Peas now!

 

With Marvel’s first Spotlight video series, “Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet”  and “Captain Marvel: Alien Nation,” Marvel coupled some of today’s top hip-hop and female-led musical acts with Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Black Panther, Margaret Stohl’s The Mighty Captain Marvel, and now, Marvel continues building excitement around some of its iconic heroes fighting shoulder to shoulder with a brand new team of colossal creatures. Be sure to join the adventure within the pages of Marvel Comics’ MONSTERS UNLEASHEDavailable now in local comic shops and online now!

MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS “MARVEL PLAYBACK” FEATURING SKILLET

 

New Video Series Offers Intimate Interviews with some of Today’s Top Musical Acts as they Exhibit their Marvel Fandom

 

New York, NY—April 21, 2017 — Marvel Entertainment has been on the forefront of merging the worlds of comics and music, and starting today, Marvel is proud to introduce MARVEL PLAYBACK. Debuting exclusively with Marvel.com, MARVEL PLAYBACK sits down with some of the biggest names in music as they present and showoff their love of the comic book industry and all things Marvel.

 

MARVEL PLAYBACK was offered the chance to speak with John Cooper, lead singer from Skillet, about the synergy between music and comics, the lessons he’s learned from comics, who he related to the most from Marvel Comics, and what makes the best hero, “What makes a hero is someone who does something selfless…Someone who stands up for someone who is weak. Working in rock in roll is good, but being a hero is better.”

 

 

Watch MARVEL PLAYBACK now featuring John Cooper from Skillet

 

 

A companion video series to the Marvel Music Spotlight Series, MARVEL PLAYBACK, will continue to offers fans behind-the-scenes interviews available nowhere else that. Available only on Marvel.com, MARVEL PLAYBACK will be released in conjunction with future Marvel Music Spotlight Videos and will further emphasize the natural connectivity between music and comics through the personal stories and anecdotes from some of the biggest names in music and how Marvel comics have helped shaped their unique sound.

Meet the Next Class of X-Men – Your First Look at GENERATION X #1!

New Series Launching as Part of ResurrXion
New York, NY—April 18th, 2017 — For the first time in years, the Xavier Institute for Mutant Education and Outreach throws open its doors once again – ready to foster the next generation of mutant heroes and diplomats! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look inside those hallowed halls with GENERATION X #1 – the new series launching as part of ResurrXion! Join writer Christina Strain (Runaways, Civil War II: Choosing Sides) and artist Amilcar Pinna (Astonishing X-Men, All-New Ultimates) as they join forces to bring fans the next generation of mutantkind – if the students survive!

 

A shining beacon and safe haven for young mutants everywhere, the next class of X-Men begin their long journey right here at the Xavier Institute. But let’s face it: not all mutants are created equal. Some young mutants aren’t cut out to be the next X-Men. For some, you just hope they will survive their first run-in with a Sentinel. But Jubilee isn’t about to sell her class of underdogs short. Under her instruction and mentorship, she hopes to navigate them through growing pains and dangers that would put even the most seasoned X-Men to the test!

 

What do you do when you’re the outcasts among the outcasts? When you don’t fit in – even at the school you were promised you’d belong? Forge your own path. Welcome to Generation X; hope you survive the experience! Be there for the exciting kickoff when GENERATION X #1 comes to comic shops and digital devices on May 17th!

 

GENERATION X #1 (MAR170967)

Written by CHRISTINA STRAIN

Art by AMILCAR PINNA

Cover by TERRY DODSON

Variant Covers by RAHZZAH (MAR170971) & JUNE BRIGMAN (MAR170973)

Hip-Hop Variant by KEVIN WADA (MAR170968)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (MAR170969)
Corner Box Variant by LEONARD KIRK (MAR170970)

Remastered Variant by BRYAN HITCH (MAR170972)

FOC – 4/24/17, On-Sale – 5/17/17

Caged Vengeance – Your First Look Inside LUKE CAGE #1!
Luke Cage Stars in New Solo Series Kicking Off May 17th!
New York, NY—April 19th, 2017 — Harlem’s Hero for Hire is going solo once again this May, and the unbreakable hero is off to New Orleans to uncover a mystery stretching back to his very origins! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look inside LUKE CAGE #1 – the hard-hitting new series coming from critically-acclaimed writer David F. Walker (Power Man and Iron Fist, Occupy Avengers) and rising star artist Nelson Blake II (Romulus)!

 

It’s big trouble in the Big Easy! Dr. Noah Burstein, the man who made Luke Cage into the unbreakable hero he is today, is dead. So when Luke heads to New Orleans for the funeral of his mentor and father figure, he’s looking for answers. Mysterious billionaires, a woman with a secret, super-powered gangs and more than a few shadowy figures lead Luke to the conclusion that there’s more to this death than meets the eye. This Hero for Hire is on the case for free, and so help anyone who stands in his way!

 

Cage is out for answers – and he’s not above using a little force to get them! The underworld of New Orleans won’t know what hit them when Luke Cage comes to town! Don’t miss the explosive first issue when LUKE CAGE #1 comes to comics shops everywhere on May 17th!

 

LUKE CAGE #1 (MAR170990)
Written by DAVID F. WALKER

Art by NELSON BLAKE II
Cover by RAHZZAH

Variant Covers by ANDRE LEROY DAVIS (MAR170992) & MIKE DEODATO (MAR170991)

Hip Hop Variant by TIM BRADSTREET (MAR170993)

Classic Variant by NEAL ADAMS (MAR170994)

FOC – 4/24/17, On-Sale – 05/17/17

Marvel Returns to C2E2 with Signings, Panels, Giveaways and More!

 

New York, NY—April 20, 2017 —This weekend, the House of Ideas takes the Windy City by storm as we prepare for C2E2 and non-stop excitement! We’re bringing the hottest creators, breaking news plus signings, giveaways and more! Your central hub for all the excitement is the Marvel Booth (Booth #327) so be sure to stop by for your chance to get in on all the fun!

 

Want to know more about the blockbuster Secret Empire event? Or about what ResurrXion has in store for your favorite mutants? What about top secret announcements for some upcoming Marvel comics? Then you won’t want to miss this year’s panel lineup chock full of breaking news! And that’s not all because this year’s show features an all-star lineup of your favorite Marvel creators and stars who will be appearing throughout the show. Swing by for scheduled appearances by Jason Aaron, Nick Spencer, Jordie Bellaire, Declan Shalvey, Margaret Stohl and many more! See the official signing schedule for more info.

 

Can’t make it to the convention? Follow along on Marvel.com and Marvel social channels, the best way to get announcements from the convention floor and up-to-the-minute panel, in-booth, and signing schedules of all your favorite Marvel creators!

Marvel Comics’ Chatbot Allows Fans to Converse with some of their Favorite Marvel Super Heroes and Become Part of the Story

 

Marvel’s chatbot offers quizzes, puzzles, first-looks, exclusive content,

and helps you find your local comic shop through Facebook Messenger and Twitter DM

 

New York, NY—April 20, 2017— Today, Marvel is excited to announce, an all-new way to interact directly with the Marvel Universe, with Marvel’s first chatbot. Timed with the release of Marvel Comics’ SECRET EMPIRE fans will have the ability to directly chat with some of their favorite Marvel Super Heroes and be a part of the Marvel Universe through Facebook Messengerand Twitter DM. Powered by Conversable, this new chatbot experience presents a bold and exciting new way for fans to interact with some of Marvel’s most popular heroes who are directly in the throes of Marvel Comics’ SECRET EMPIRE!

 

At launch, in support of Marvel Comics’ SECRET EMPIRE event, the Marvel chatbot will allow fans the ability to converse with everyone’s favorite neighborhood wall-crawler, Spider-Man!  Fans will also be able to engage in fun quizzes & puzzles, receive exclusive first-looks, and find their local comic shops.

 

“Marvel will always be on the forefront of exciting new ways for fans to experience the Marvel Universe,” said Julie Gerola, VP/GM Marketing & Digital Operations. “We are so excited to debut a brand new way for our fans to engage directly with some of the Marvel characters during the events of SECRET EMPIRE and have the added ability to have their local comic shop’s location sent directly to fans so that they can further explore the entire Marvel Universe.”

 

The chatbot, produced in partnership with Conversable Inc., leverages natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning to engage users with an entirely unique adventure written by Eisner Award-winning author, Jim McCann.

 

“When it comes to loyalty and engagement, Marvel stands out as a leader. As consumers move to new platforms, it’s more important than ever for brands to meet their audience where they are,” said Ben Lamm, CEO of Conversable. “What Marvel is doing is a truly original way for such a creative organization to engage customers and tell stories through new mediums. Through the power of conversational intelligence, fans can go from bystander to fully immersed in the Marvel Universe and become part of the story.”

 

All of this, plus much more, will be delivered directly to fans’ mobile devices and desktops through Facebook Messenger and Twitter DM. What will you say to Spider-Man? What kind of Easter eggs will you be able to find? Find out this spring from Marvel Comics during the launch of SECRET EMPIRE in comic shops May 3rd.

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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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