Marvel Comics News Digest 5/15 – 5/19/17 Featuring Rogue One and Mace Windu

This Is The Droid You’re Looking For: Announcing STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE – CASSIAN & K-2SO SPECIAL #1!
Duane Swierczynski and Fernando Blanco bring you the epic adventures of Cassian Andor and K-2SO

 

New York, NY—May 19, 2017—Cassian Andor and his reprogrammed Imperial security droid K-2SO have a partnership that rivals the closeness of Luke Skywalker and R2-D2. But like all great stories, that wasn’t always the case. So how did the great partnership of human and droid come to be? This August, find out the real history between the two characters when Marvel releases STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE – CASSIAN & K-2SO SPECIAL #1, written by acclaimed author Duane Swierczynski (Cable, Punisher: Frank Castle) with art by Fernando Blanco (Marvel Zombies, Thunderbolts).

 

Despite fighting to protect the galaxy, Cassian Andor and K-2SO haven’t always been on the same side of the Galactic Civil War – and readers will find out why in this new story, which includes the two characters meeting each other for the very first time!

 

“When I first heard about ROGUE ONE, I was thrilled,” said series writer Duane Swierczynski. “A heist movie set in the Star Wars universe? Are you kidding? Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be invited to tell a small piece of that story. And it was even cooler that I was asked to write about the first meeting of Cassian and K-2SO — easily my two favorite characters in the movie. What can I say? I love bad-asses and robots.”

 

Without spoiling anything, we can confirm that this IS the droid you are looking for this August, when Marvel releases STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE – CASSIAN & K-2SO SPECIAL #1, available wherever comics are sold this August!

 

 

STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE – CASSIAN & K-2SO SPECIAL #1

Written by DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI
Art by FERNANDO BLANCO
Cover by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO

 

VARIANT COVER BY CHRIS SAMNEE

JTS EXCLUSIVE VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE
FOC – 07/17/17, On-Sale – 08/09/17

The Jedi’s Greatest Warrior Charges Into Battle – Marvel Comics Announces STAR WARS: JEDI OF THE REPUBLIC – MACE WINDU #1!
Matt Owens and Denys Cowan bring you an all-new tale about Mace Windu

 

New York, NY—May 18, 2017—The Jedi have always been the galaxy’s peacekeepers…but with the Clone Wars on the horizon, all that is about to change. This August, writer Matt Owens (Elektra) will team with artist Denys Cowan (Nighthawk, Captain America/Black Panther: Flags of Our Fathers) to unveil the exciting story of one of the Jedi’s greatest warriors in STAR WARS: JEDI OF THE REPUBLIC – MACE WINDU #1!

 

One of the most accomplished and storied members of the Jedi High Council, his wisdom and combat prowess are legendary. Now, in this new story, readers will get to see Mace Windu lead his Jedi into battle…and face the ultimate test of leadership!

 

“No matter how well trained for battle the Jedi are, having to actually put those skills to use is another thing entirely. The preferred tools of the Jedi are diplomacy, harmony, education, peace. Now they find themselves leading troops on battlefields across the galaxy,” said series writer Matt Owens. “They’re going to have a lot of thoughts about this. Is this really the way to peace? Is this the position I should be taking? Is this really the path the Jedi should be walking down. Doubt is understandable, but what each individual does with that doubt is very telling of who they are and where they will end up.”

 

Don’t be surprised if you see familiar faces of fan favorites, which Owens promises “will feel like an organic part of the tapestry of the Star Wars universe.” This August, May the Force Be With You when Marvel releases STAR WARS: JEDI OF THE REPUBLIC – MACE WINDU #1, available wherever comics are sold!

 

 

 

STAR WARS: JEDI OF THE REPUBLIC: MACE WINDU #1 (of 5)

Written by MATT OWENS
Art by DENYS COWAN
Cover by JESUS SAIZ

 

HOMAGE VARIANT COVER BY JAVIER RODRIGUEZ

VARIANT COVER BY RAHZZAH

STAR WARS 40th ANNIVERSARY VARIANT COVER BY RUSSELL DAUTERMAN

ANIMNATION AND MOVIE VARIANT COVERS ALSO AVAILABLE
FOC – 07/31/17, On-Sale – 08/23/17 

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite Goes Head To Head With New Variant Covers!
Marvel Artists Tag Team With Capcom For Covers Inspired By Game Characters

 

New York, NY—May 17, 2017— It’s time for heroes and villains to collide as one of gameplay’s most epic team-ups brings its characters to the front lines – of comic books. Marvel is pleased to announce a series of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite Variant Covers, inspired by and featuring characters from the popular game. Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite will be released on September 19th, but you can find these variants in comic stores throughout the month of August.

 

“Fight fans, if you can’t wait until September 19th to see heroes from two awesome universes collide in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, we’re bringing you a sneak peek one month earlier when the battle explodes onto the covers of your favorite comics,” said Marvel Games executive creative director Bill Rosemann. “The game makers at Capcom and Marvel are working closely with a team of the industry’s top talent to deliver all the over the top intensity you’ve come to expect from this fan favorite franchise.”

 

This summer, the popular Marvel vs. Capcom series is brought to life in comics. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the action with these awesome and stunning variant covers – enhance your collection with all 20 covers coming to comic shops this August.

 

 

  1. ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #7
  2. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #31
  3. AVENGERS #10
  4. BLACK PANTHER #17
  5. CHAMPIONS #11
  6. DEFENDERS #4
  7. DOCTOR STRANGE #24
  8. GENERATIONS: BANNER HULK & THE TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #1
  9. GENERATIONS: THE UNWORTHY THOR & THE MIGHTY THOR #1
  10. HAWKEYE #9
  11. I AM GROOT #4
  12. INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #10
  13. MIGHTY THOR #22
  14. ROCKET #4
  15. SECRET EMPIRE #8
  16. SPIDER-MAN #19
  17. SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #20
  18. THANOS #10
  19. THE MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL #8
  20. VENOM #153

Mary Jane Watson Takes Center Stage In Spectacular Variant Covers
See All The Mary Jane Watson Variants Coming This June!

 

New York, NY—May 12th 2017 —One of Marvel’s most beloved heroes takes center stage next month – and you’re not going to want to miss it. Fans have already gotten a glimpse of Mary Jane Watson in the Free Comic Book Day issue of Marvel’s upcoming series, Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #1, and Marvel has enlisted some of comics’ most acclaimed artists to reimagine the fan-favorite in the shoes of iconic heroes such as Doctor Strange, Hulk, Iron Man, Wolverine and more.

 

“Both the Gwen Stacy Variant Program and this month’s Venomized Variant Program were such runaway successes, we couldn’t help but try to top ourselves,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “And with Chip Zdarsky and Adam Kubert’s new Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man book on the horizon, the timing couldn’t have been better to put the spotlight on fan-favorite Mary Jane Watson.”

 

Today, Marvel is pleased to reveal a number of the MARY JANE WATSON VARIANTS coming exclusively to comic shops throughout the month of June:

 

  1. ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #3 by Kris Anka
  2. ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #21 by David Lopez
  3. AVENGERS #8 by Mike Allred
  4. BLACK BOLT #2 by Ryan Stegman
  5. CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #18 by Paolo Rivera
  6. CHAMPIONS #9 by Helen Chen
  7. DAREDEVIL #21 by Humberto Ramos
  8. DEADPOOL #32 by Elizabeth Torque
  9. DOCTOR STRANGE #22 by Francisco Herrera
  10. GWENPOOL, THE UNBELIEVABLE #17 by David Nakayama
  11. HULK #7 by Rahzzah
  12. I AM GROOT #2 by Julian Totino Tedesco
  13. INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #8 by Marco Checchetto
  14. IRON FIST #4 by Stephanie Hans
  15. MIGHTY THOR #20 by Patrick Brown
  16. SECRET WARRIORS #3 by Javier Rodriguez
  17. SPIDER-GWEN #21 by Kevin Wada
  18. THE MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL #6 by Chris Samnee
  19. THE PUNISHER #13 by Dave Williams
  20. VENOM #151 by Francesco Mattina
  21. X-MEN BLUE #5 by TBD
  22. X-MEN GOLD #5 by Anthony Piper

Don’t miss your chance to get your hands on these covers throughout the month of June!

It’s all out Mutant Mayhem as Marvel’s WEAPONS OF MUTANT DESTRUCTION Begins this June — Your First Look at the New Crossover!
WEAPONS OF MUTANT DESTRUCTION: ALPHA #1 – In Stores June 21st!

New York, NY—May 18, 2017 —The Weapon X program is back! From writer Greg Pak (Weapon X, Totally Awesome Hulk) comes an all-new crossover between WEAPON X and TOTALLY AWESOME HULK, kicking off this June with WEAPONS OF MUTANT DESTRUCTION: ALPHA #1!

 

For years, the Weapon X Program has engineered the deadliest mutant killers on planet Earth, it was thought to be decommissioned. Now, the Weapon X program is deadlier than ever and under the leadership of its mysterious new director, has a new mission – exterminate all mutants! On their hit-list some of the deadliest mutants the Marvel Universe has ever known.  However, the key to achieving their master plan of new mutant massacre is missing one vital target — Amadeus Cho, the Totally Awesome Hulk!

 

“The heroes and villains who have come together to battle the new Weapon X include some of Marvel’s most ruthless killers, trackers, and hand-to-hand combatants with Logan, Sabretooth, Domino, Warpath, and Lady Deathstrike,” said series writer Greg Pak. “But to stop Weapon X, our team needs the brains and brawn of Amadeus Cho, a.k.a. the Totally Awesome Hulk. The trick is that Amadeus’s cocky optimism might put him on a collision course with his own ruthless teammates. The sheer visceral fun comes from the massive mayhem of the world’s most lethal X-Men cutting loose alongside the Hulk with the fate of all mutantkind in the balance.”

 

Amide the already growing body count and the devastating trail of devastation, another mystery is growing, that of Weapon X’s mysterious new “Batch H” experiment.

 

“Batch H is the final step, the big, terrifying climax of everything that Weapon X has been working towards since our series began,” continues Pak.  “And if they succeed, mutants will never face a more perfect predator or more implacable enemy!”

 

Be there on June 21st when WEAPONS OF MUTANT DESTRUCTION: ALPHA #1 kicks off and continues all summer long and be sure to pick up TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #19 and WEAPON X #4 for the prelude chapters in comic shops everywhere and don’t miss any part of this thrilling crossover!

 

June

Part 1: WEAPONS OF MUTANT DESTRUCTION: ALPHA #1

Part 2: TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #20

 

July

Part 3: WEAPON X #5

Part 4: TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #21

Part 5: WEAPON X #6

 

August

Part 6: TOTALLY AWESOME HULK# 22

 

 

WEAPONS OF MUTANT DESTRUCTION: ALPHA #1 (APR171075)
Written by GREG PAK
Art by MAHMUD ASRAR
Cover by SKAN

Variant Cover by PASQUAL FERRY (APR171077)

Variant Cover by RON LIM (APR171076)

 

FOC – 05/29/17, On-Sale – 6/21/17

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