Marvel Comics News Digest Featuring Wakanda Forever

The Black Panther’s Dora Milaje Meet The Marvel Universe in WAKANDA FOREVER!
Hugo and Nebula Award winner Nnedi Okorafor brings Wakanda’s most fearless warriors to Marvel!

 

New York, NY—March 16, 2018— After their scene-stealing theatrical debut in Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, Wakanda’s fiercest warriors are traveling outside of their country to fight new threats and new troubles, in an all-new story by award-winning science-fiction and fantasy author Nnedi Okorafor.

 

A Hugo and Nebula Award winner whose best-selling books include the Binti trilogy, Who Fears Death and Akaka Witch, Nnedi first brought her storytelling to Marvel in the digital comic series Black Panther: Long Live The King and in the Vernomverse anthology story “Blessing In Disguise.” With art by Alberto Jimenez Alqurquerque (Jean Grey), WAKANDA FOREVER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 brings the Dora Milaje out of their vibranium city and into New York in the first of a three-part story when a Wakandan threat falls upon Manhattan – and they meet webslinger Peter Parker! The Dora Milaje’s adventures continue in WAKANDA FOREVER: X-MEN and WAKANDA FOREVER: AVENGERS in July and August.

 

Learn more about WAKANDA FOREVER #1 and view exclusive character design sketches from Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque in Okorafor’s interview with Vogue Magazine.

 

“I’m super excited about writing this storyline. Powerful disciplined African women with futuristic spears who faced their shortcomings and changed a nation? Oh heck yeah, I’m so there,” shared Okorafor. “Fans of the Dora Milaje can look forward to seeing them out in the world beyond T’Challa and the Wakandan throne’s shadow. They’ll get to see the Dora Milaje come into their own, while teaming up with the unexpected.”

 

“As millions of moviegoers now know (and as comic readers already knew!), the Dora Milaje are the absolute coolest. And the rest of the Marvel Universe is about to learn this too when Okoye, Ayo and Aneka leave Wakanda on an adventure that will see them team up with Spider-Man, the X-Men and the Avengers,” teased series editor Wil Moss. “Nnedi Okorafor and a talented team of artists will be telling one Dora Milaje story that runs through these three separate WAKANDA FOREVER one-shots. We’re lucky to have Nnedi on board for this — she’s an incredible novelist, and her recent BLACK PANTHER: LONG LIVE THE KING digital series proved that she’s a great comic book writer too. She’s come up with a crazy-tough problem for the Dora Milaje to solve — but if anyone can, it’s these crazy-tough women.”

 

Join the fearless trio of Okoye, Ayo and Aneka in all-new stories as they travel the globe to protect the country – for Wakanda!

 

 

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: WAKANDA FOREVER #1

Written by Nnedi Okorafor

Art by Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque

Cover by Terry Dodson

On-Sale 6/27/18

THOR! CAPTAIN AMERICA! IRON MAN! EARTH’S MIGHTIEST HEROES FIGHT AS ONE in AVENGERS #1!

Launch parties and promotions come together to create an epic Avengers event for all fans!

 

New York, NY—March 16, 2018—In the wake of AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER, a new AVENGERS team will rise to save the day…and a new exciting story by Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness will begin!

 

Along with Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Ghost Rider (Robbie Reyes), Hulk (Jennifer Walters) and Doctor Strange, AVENGERS #1 will reunite the powerful Big Three, as Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man work together to save the world from one of their most powerful enemies yet: the 2000-foot-tall space gods known as the Dark Celestials!

 

As the Avengers invade pop culture in their theatrical release just prior to the debut of AVENGERS #1, Marvel will partner with participating retail stores to host AVENGERS #1 LAUNCH PARTIES. Retailers should be advised to increase their orders to meet the high demand for AVENGERS #1, which will be supported by a robust marketing campaign including web banner promotion, promotions on Marvel & retailer social media, a Marvel Insider purchase incentive program with ways to earn points and get rewards through print purchases, a prominent feature in Comic Shop News out on April 25th…and Marvel is working on a nationwide television spot, and more!

 

In addition, fans and retailers will be able to get their hands on MARVEL UNIVERSE, a FREE magazine containing comic previews, articles on all of Marvel’s exciting new #1s such as Avengers, Tony Stark: Iron Man, Spider-Man, Immortal Hulk and more, behind-the-scenes content and concept art, and spotlights on Marvel’s 2018 Young Guns. Parties will also feature promotional items including FIGHT AS ONE character lithos featuring renditions of the new Avengers team drawn by celebrated 2018 Young Gun Pepe Larraz, special variant party covers by Greg Land, as well as the following FREE variants:

 

  • AVENGERS #1 BLANK VARIANT (MAR180782)
  • AVENGERS #1 KUDER YOUNG GUN VARIANT (MAR180781)
  • AVENGERS #1 LAND PARTY VARIANT (MAR180779)
  • AVENGERS #1 MCGUINNESS VIRGIN VARIANT (MAR180777)
  • AVENGERS #1 RIBIC VARIANT (MAR180778)
  • AVENGERS #1 MCGUINNESS PREMIERE VARIANT (MAR180780)

And don’t forget to stop by your local comic shop on May 5th to pick up your copy of FREE COMIC BOOK DAY AVENGERS #1, the prelude to the groundbreaking first issue!

 

As the Avengers are torn apart in AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER, prepare to blast off with a brand-new team in a daring, earth-shattering story that only the masterminds known as Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness can pull off! Head to your local comic shop on May 2nd to get your hands on AVENGERS #1and stay tuned for more exciting promotional announcements as excitement ramps up for this epic title!

 

AVENGERS #1 (MAR180776)

Written by JASON AARON

Art and Cover by ED MCGUINNESS

On Sale 5/2/18

MARVEL DIGITAL COMICS SHOP: STOREWIDE BUY ONE GET ONE SALE!

 

TRY A NEW DIGITAL SERIES OR COLLECTION TODAY…WITH THIS BUY ONE GET ONE FREE DEAL!

 

New York, NY—March 16th, 2018— Now’s the time to shop digital! Through 3/22 11 PM EDT, Marvel Digital Comics Shop is holding a storewide Buy One Get One Free Sale! With the purchase of select digital comics or collections, you’ll get another digital title — for free! Just use Code MARVEL18during checkout! See below for details.

 

Did you enjoy Marvel Studios’ Black Panther? Why not read the comics that inspired the movie? Start with A Nation Under Our Feet, T’Challa’s stylish current series by MacArthur Genius and National Book Award winner Ta-Nehisi Coates! Maybe you’d like to see the King of Wakanda’s first ever battle with Killmonger? Read the iconic Panther’s Rage story today! Or, dive in with Black Panther’s Revamped Origin from creators Reginald Hudlin and John Romita Jr.! Tuning into season two of Netflix’s Jessica Jones? Then you’ll definitely want to read her Current Crime Noir Series!

 

Our Buy One Get One Free Sale is also a great opportunity to try out a new series or buzzed about book! What better place to start than THANOS’ critically acclaimed current arc? Rising talents Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw present Thanos Wins, an alternate timeline tale where the Mad Titan battles his past and future selves to become Galactic Overlord Supreme! Looking to galaxies far away? Try hit series STAR WARS: POE DAMERON, following the adventures of the brash Rebel pilot you fell in love with from Star Wars: The Force Awakens! A fan of Marvel’s mutants? Check out the debut of Jean Grey’s own X-team in X-MEN RED!

 

Already a comics fan and looking for a place to discover even more to read? Or brand new to comics and unsure of where to begin? Visit the Digital Comics Shop’s DISCOVER Section, and explore themed lists based off your favorite characters, creators, events and more! Get started by reading our picks for super powered sleuth Jessica Jones!

 

Best of all, digital trades and comics are perfect for on-the-go reading! All purchases in the Marvel Digital Comics Shop are added to your personal library, and can be read in the Marvel Comics app on iPhone®, iPad® and select Android™ devices!

 

An added bonus? Marvel Insiders get 2,500 Insider points when they shop the Buy One Get One! Not a Marvel Insider?** Sign up today and earn points to redeem for exclusive prizes just by being a Marvel fan!

 

Don’t miss out on the perfect opportunity to expand your reading! Take part in the Buy One Get One Free Sale, running from 3/16 10:00 AM EDT until 3/22 11:00 PM EDT!

Blink Returns! Your First Look at EXILES #1 from Saladin Ahmed and Javier Rodriguez!
A new creative team brings together a misfit team in this all-new story!

 

New York, NY—March 15, 2018—This April, join Blink, Khan, Iron Lad, Wolvie, and Valkyrie in a tale of misfit fun and adventure from acclaimed Black Bolt writer Saladin Ahmed, artist Javier Rodriguez (Spider-Woman), Alvaro Lopez, and Jordie Bellaire.

 

“EXILES is my take on a classic Marvel ‘misfit’ team book, powered by the endless possibilities of alternate timeline craziness. Sort of WHAT IF? meets classic X-MEN, with a bit of QUANTUM LEAP tossed in for good measure,” said Ahmed. “It’s a dream of a book to be working on for a Marvel fanboy such as myself, full of deep-cut guest stars and mind-blowing easter eggs. But it’s also the human story of a group of misfits coming together, learning to trust each other, and, if they’re lucky, saving the world(s).”

 

Get ready for a wild ride full of twists and new adventures when EXILES returns to comic shops with a brand-new story this April!

 

EXILES #1

Written by SALADIN AHMED

Art by JAVIER RODRIGUEZ

Covers by DAVID MARQUEZ, JAVIER RODRIGUEZ, MIKE MCKONE, & JESUS SAIZ

FOC – 3/19/18, On-Sale 4/11/18

THE HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: Four Stellar Creative Teams Take On Four Epic Tales!

Featuring your first look at the second issue covers!

 

New York, NY—March 16, 2018— Logan’s return was just the beginning – the opening chapter of a story that will touch all corners and all characters of the Marvel Universe! Dive into all the excitement in the HUNT FOR WOLVERINE one-shot this April, and then be sure to follow all of the action with WEAPON LOST, ADAMANTIUM AGENDA, CLAWS OF A KILLER and MYSTERY IN MADRIPOOR.

 

Featuring thrills and chills for all X-Men fans as Wolverine’s past comes back to haunt all our merry mutants, each unique story harkens back to their old school adventures – with each featuring a different shocking X-Men moment that no fan will want to miss!

 

This week, Marvel spotlighted all four stellar creative teams of the HUNT FOR WOLVERINE one-shot stories along with their second issue covers. For more information, check them out at the following websites:

 

HUNT FOR WOLVEINE #1 by Charles Soule and David Marquez: Marvel.com

WEAPON LOST by Charles Soule and Matteo Buffagni: Comicbook.com

ADAMANTIUM AGENDA by Tom Taylor and R.B. Silva: Newsarama

CLAWS OF A KILLER by Mariko Tamaki and Butch Guice: The A.V. Club

MYSTERY IN MADRIPOOR by Jim Zub and Thony Silas: ComicBookResources.com

 

Plus, check out Marvel’s handy infographic for a guide on how these four stories form a crucial piece of the puzzle in the HUNT FOR WOLVERINE!

 

 

HUNT FOR WOLVERINE #1

Written by CHARLES SOULE

Art by DAVID MARQUEZ

Cover by STEVE MCNIVEN

On Sale 4/25/18

 

HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: WEAPON LOST (#1-4)

Written by CHARLES SOULE

Art by MATTEO BUFFAGNI

Cover by GREG LAND

On Sale 5/2/18

 

HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: ADAMANTIUM AGENDA (#1-4)

Written by TOM TAYLOR

Art by R.B. SILVA

Cover by GREG LAND

On Sale 5/9/18

 

HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: CLAWS OF A KILLER (#1-4)

Written by MARIKO TAMAKI

Art by BUTCH GUICE

Cover by GREG LAND

On Sale 5/16/18

 

HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: MYSTERY IN MADRIPOOR (#1-4)

Written by JIM ZUB

Art by THONY SILAS

Cover by GREG LAND

On Sale 5/23/18

Marvel Announces Exclusive Agreement with Chip Zdarsky!
The multi-talented Chip Zdarsky exclusively joins the House of Ideas and releases two new Annuals this June!

 

New York, NY—March 14, 2018—Marvel Entertainment is excited to announce that writer Chip Zdarsky will continue to bring his distinctive storytelling and ideas to Marvel in an exclusive agreement.

 

One of the most versatile creators in the comic industry, Zdarsky made his mark at Marvel with his series debut of Howard The Duck, featuring art by Joe Quinones. The series found sales acclaim debuting as the seventh best-selling comic in March 2015, and critical acclaim thanks to Zdarsky’s ability to create a unique new world filled with memorable and fan-favorite guest stars. Last February, Zdarsky began helming Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man with Adam Kubert, his take on the timeless character – quirky but also full of heart – propelling the series to a chart-topping debut as the best-selling comic book of June.

 

In 2017, a sketch from Zdarsky on the back of Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man inspired 20 “How To Draw” variant covers, each one featuring advice on how to draw some of Marvel’s most recognizable characters – all infused with Zdarsky’s trademark creativity and humor. Zdarsky continues to display his talents as the current writer of Marvel 2-In-One, where his emotional and skillfully told stories about Ben Grimm and Johnny Storm have led Vulture to claim that “history will show that the book stood on its own as a funny and empathic story about legacy, grief, and (this being Zdarsky) zingers.”

 

Zdarsky’s resume at Marvel includes Star-Lord as well as featured stories in books such as The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Civil War II: Choosing Sides, and Not Brand Ecch. This June, Zdarsky will continue to share new stories of classic Marvel characters, teaming up with Mike Allred for Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #1 and Declan Shalvey for Marvel 2-In-1 Annual #1. Take a first look at both covers featuring Allred’s work on Peter Parker and Zdarsky’s own handiwork on Marvel 2-In-One!

 

“I’m thrilled to be with Marvel,” Zdarsky shared. “This deal means I get to do whatever I want with whatever characters I want and nobody can stop me, which is great. I feel reinvigorated, like someone slapped a new #1 on me and, honestly? I couldn’t be happier.”

 

“What more can be said about Chip Zdarsky that he hasn’t already said about himself?” added editor-in-chief C.B. Cebulski. “But seriously, in the time he’s been at Marvel, Chip’s shown us all the most amazing range of skills as a writer, from his biting humor on Howard the Duck, to the way he approaches Marvel continuity in original ways in Peter Parker, to the heart and humanity he brings to Marvel 2-in-One. We’re proud to have him as part of the Marvel family and to let him do whatever he wants with whatever characters he wants. Maybe.”

The Femme Fatale Has Arrived: Your First Look at DOMINO#1!
Gail Simone and David Baldeon bring you an epic adventure in this new ongoing series!

 

New York, NY—March 13, 2018—Marvel’s femme fatale returns to comic books this spring with the superstar team of Gail Simone and David Baldeon! DOMINO will unleash her risqué, hard-core action on the Marvel Universe in an all-new story — and Marvel has your first look at the issue that will kick it all off.

 

“It’s just a huge pleasure having DOMINO be my comeback to Marvel,” said Simone. “She’s everything I love about comics: a kickass female adventurer who lives life at maximum volume. I just adore her. I love writing mercs and mutants again, I love digging deep into what being those things means in a world where nobody trusts them, not even other mercs and mutants.”

 

“The tale of Domino, as we’re telling it, feels very much like what people will think of when they think of Neena in the future. And the voice! Ever since page one of the first script, Gail nails Neena’s voice,” said Baldeon. “It’s sexy, it has some of the best action I’ve been lucky enough to draw, it has drama and humor, and it takes you on one of the most exciting rides out there today.”

 

DOMINO brings you action, adventure, and antics like you’ve never seen before – don’t miss your chance to jump on board when DOMINO #1 arrives in comic shops this April!

 

DOMINO #1

Written by GAIL SIMONE

Art by DAVID BALDEON

Cover by GREG LAND & FRANK D’ARMATA

FOC – 3/19/18, On-Sale 4/11/18

Tales To Astonish! Specially Priced TRUE BELIEVERS: ANT-MAN/GIANT-MAN, WASP Comics!
$1 Comics Starring Marvel’s upcoming cinematic superstars!

 

New York, NY—March 13, 2018—This summer, the fans can relive some of their favorite Ant-Man/Giant-Man and Wasp classics with a line of Ant-Man themed TRUE BELIEVERS comics, available only at your local comic book shops.

 

Reproducing some of the most iconic Ant-Man/Giant-Man and Wasp stories of all time at the suggested retail price of $1, TRUE BELIEVERS are perfect for readers new and old. Whether it’s your first time reading these memorable tales or your hundredth – you won’t want to miss this special celebration. Look for your favorite classic stories with new and colorful re-printings!

 

  • TRUE BELIEVERS: ANT-MAN AND THE WASP – THE BIRTH OF GIANT-MAN 1: Reprinting material from Tales to Astonish (1959) #35, #49
  • TRUE BELIEVERS: ANT-MAN AND THE WASP – ON THE TRAIL OF SPIDER-MAN 1: Reprinting Tales to Astonish (1959) #57
  • TRUE BELIEVERS: ANT-MAN AND THE WASP – ‘TIL DEATH DO US PART 1: Reprinting Avengers (1963) #60
  • TRUE BELIEVERS: ANT-MAN – THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING DOOM 1: Reprinting Marvel Feature (1971) #4
  • TRUE BELIEVERS: SCOTT LANG, THE ASTONISHING ANT-MAN 1: Reprinting Marvel Premiere #47
  • TRUE BELIEVERS: ANT-MAN AND HAWKEYE – AVENGERS ASSEMBLE 1: Reprinting Avengers (1963) #223
  • TRUE BELIEVERS: ANT-MAN PRESENTS IRON MAN – THE GHOST AND THE MACHINE 1: Reprinting Iron Man (1968) #219

 

Be there this June when these exciting TRUE BELIEVERS issues come to comic shops!

Marvel and Stitcher launch first scripted podcast, ‘Wolverine: The Long Night’

 

On its debut, the show has been called “compelling” and “a bold experiment” in early reviews.

 

NEW YORK CITY – March 12, 2018 – Marvel and top podcast listening service and content network Stitcher (“Heaven’s Gate,” “Katie Couric,” “The Paris Review”) released the first two episodes of “Wolverine: The Long Night,” Marvel’s highly anticipated first-ever scripted podcast exclusively on Stitcher Premium today. The 10-episode series will continue to air weekly on Stitcher Premium and see a wide release across allpodcast platforms in fall 2018.

Early praise for the show highlights its “shrewd sound design” and “clear and compelling” action. Vulture.com calls it “a bold experiment for Marvel,” and Wired says “sound design has never mattered more” and that the show successfully “manages to place the listener truly within the story…”

The “Wolverine: The Long Night” story is a captivating hybrid of mystery and the larger-scale fantasy of the Marvel Universe. It follows agents SallyPierce (Celia Keenan-Bolger) and Tad Marshall (Ato Essandoh) as they arrive in the fictional town of Burns, Alaska, to investigate a series ofmurders and quickly discover the town lives in fear of a serial killer. The agents team up with deputy Bobby Reid (Andrew Keenan-Bolger) toinvestigate their main suspect, Logan (Richard Armitage). Their search leads them on a fox hunt through the mysterious and corrupt town.

 

“This is a story about deception, unreliability, identity, atonement, and man in the wild and the wild in man,” said Ben Percy (“The Wilding,” “Red Moon”), show writer and award-winning comic book author. “Every character has a secret. Every scene has a question mark at the end of it. And I can’t wait for you to hear the phenomenal actors who have brought the story to life — and the next-level sound design that make this audio drama like nothing you’ve ever heard. SNIKT!”

 

In addition to Percy, Stitcher and Marvel have assembled a production team of veterans from both the comic world and podcasting industry, including director Brendan Baker (formerly a producer for Radiotopia’s “Love & Radio”), and sound designer Chloe Prasinos (formerly a producer forGimlet’s “Reply All”). The series is produced by Daniel Fink of Marvel and Jenny Radelet of Stitcher.

 

“It’s been an honor to work with Marvel, Stitcher, and our entire cast and production crew to bring Wolverine’s story into audio,” said Baker. “I’m so proud of what we’ve made together, and can’t wait to finally share it—with Marvel fans and podcast fans alike. So put on a nice pair of headphones, close your eyes, and experience this Marvel story where you create the pictures in your mind.”

 

The process behind the making of “Wolverine: The Long Night” brings Marvel’s storytelling expertise into the podcasting world, breaking new ground for the medium. To provide listeners a sense of immersion into the story, outdoor scenes were recorded in realistic-sounding locationsincluding forests and a cabin. In the studio, actors were recorded in an ambisonic — or fully surround-sound — environment, allowing them to move,interact with one another and fully inhabit their characters.

 

“We are excited to officially launch ’Wolverine: The Long Night’ and bring a truly unique storytelling experience to our fans,” said Dan Silver, vice president, head of platforms and content for Marvel New Media. “We are thrilled with the enthusiasm for this project from our fans and the podcast community, and look forward to exploring the medium in the future.”

 

In addition to Armitage, the show’s cast includes notable actors Scott Adsit (“30 Rock”), Bob Balaban (“Moonrise Kingdom”) and Brian StokesMitchell (“Mr. Robot”).

 

Also cast in the series are actors Zoe Chao, Chaske Spencer, Jordan Bridges, David Call, Michael J. Burg and Lannon Killea. Chris Gethard, host ofthe popular “Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People” podcast, will also make a cameo appearance.

 

For more information, visit www.wolverinepodcast.com.

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