This week in Marvel Comics had announcements many of which includes more on Secret Wars and a look at the first issue of Battleworlds. A maybe bigger announcement was with Ant Man, where the annual will have both Scott Lang and Hank Pym in it. Below are the press releases with the information. Finally, there is information on Marvel being at the Atlantic City comic con.
Fists Will Fly on Battleworld! Your New Look at MASTER OF KUNG-FU #1!
Can one man stand against the might of an entire empire? Find out this May, as Shang-Chi is unleashed in MASTER OF KUNG-FU #1, a new 4-issue Secret Wars limited series! Creators Haden Blackman (Elektra) and Dalibor Talajic (Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe) take you on a wild martial arts thrill ride through the mystical land of K’un Lun. Once the most prized student in all of K’un Lun, Shang-Chi now wanders the streets as a derelict. Cast out and forsaken, Shang-Chi and others shunned like him will rise up to dethrone the evil Emperor Zu. One problem – Zu is Shang-Chi’s father! Things are going to get messy. Can one beaten-down man become a MASTER? As the Secret Wars begin, step into the arena and find out who will be…MASTER OF KUNG-FU! The story begins this May!
MASTER OF KUNG-FU #1 (MAR150636)
Written by HADEN BLACKMAN
Art by DALIBOR TALAJIC
Cover by FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA
Variant Cover by BUTCH GUICE (MAR150637)
FOC – 04/27/15, On Sale – 05/20/15
This May, embark on a desperate mission into uncharted territory as PLANET HULK #1 smashes its way into the WARZONES! Be there when Sam Humphries and Mark Lamming take you Greenland – Battleworld’s inhospitable northernmost territory. Teeming with an unchecked population of raging Hulks – their unparalleled destruction is the stuff of legend. Now, a battle-worn gladiator named Steve Rogers and his steadfast companion Devil Dinosaur must venture deep within Greenland’s borders in hopes of rescuing a friend. Only an army of Hulks now stand between them and their goal!
Plus – don’t miss a special back-up story this issue from fan-favorite creators Greg Pak (Incredible Hulk, Storm) and Takeshi Miyazawa (Ms. Marvel, Runaways)! Explore the untold history of Greenland. What secrets does it hold? What caused this untold outbreak of Hulks? Those answers and more lie in the pages of PLANET HULK #1 this May!
PLANET HULK #1 (MAR150672)
Written by SAM HUMPHRIES & GREG PAK
Art by MARK LAMMING & TAKESHI MIYAZAWA
Cover by MIKE DEL MUNDO
Variant Covers by MUKESH SINGH (MAR150673) & SKOTTIE YOUNG (MAR150675)
Blank Variant Also Available (MAR150674)
FOC – 04/27/15, On-Sale – 05/20/15
New York, NY—April 21st, 2015 — The battles in Secret Wars are so big, we had to launch an entirely new title just to contain them! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your new look inside SECRET WARS: BATTLEWORLD #1 – a new 4-issue Secret Wars limited series of wall-to-wall action across the surface of Battleworld! Bursting with epic action, each issue of SECRET WARS: BATTLEWORLD features two all-new high-octane stories ripped from the pages of the biggest event of the year!
This issue – what happens when Dr. Strange possesses the Punisher? Meet the Sorcerer EXTREME! Only Spider-Man, Wolverine, the Hulk and Ghost Rider of this land can track this terrible two-in-one down. And things are going to get messy! Then, what happens when M.O.D.O.K. recruits every M.O.D.O.K. ever from across Battleworld for his evil scheme. We’ll give you a hint – F.I.G.H.T.!
Each issue – cover-to-cover action, pulse-pounding battles and can’t miss creators. You want action? Look no further than SECRET WARS: BATTLEWORLD #1 when it explodes in to comic shops and on to digital devices this May!
SECRET WARS: BATTLEWORLD #1 (of 4) (MAR150638)
Written by JOSH WILLIAMSON & ED BRISSON
Art by MIKE HENDERSON & SCOTT HEPBURN
Cover by PACO MEDINA
Variant Cover by JAMES STOKOE (MAR150639)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (MAR150640)
FOC – 04/27/15, On-Sale – 05/20/15
New York, NY—April 22, 2015 — The biggest Spider-Man event of all time was just the beginning! This May, writer Mike Costa (Scarlet Spiders) and artist Andre Lima Araujo (Inhuman) wallcrawl and webswing through Secret Wars in the pages of SPIDER-VERSE #1! And they’re bringing along a team of some of the most popular Spider-Men and Spider-Women! The battle with Morlun and the Inheriors may be over, but the battle is just heating up! Stranded on Battleworld, a small band of universe-hopping heroes – Spider-Gwen, Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Man: India, Spider-Girl, Spider-UK and Spider-Ham – will find themselves face to face with the worst Secret Wars has to offer. How did they get here? What happened to their homes? What tragedy has befallen this region of Battleworld and how will this team of spiders cope? Amidst the horror and the fury of this strange new planet, six spider powered heroes stand alone. United as one, is this a new beginning, or a grisly end? Find out this May in the can’t miss pages of SPIDER-VERSE #1!
SPIDER-VERSE #1 (MAR150676)
Written by MIKE COSTA
Art by ANDRE LIMA ARAUJO
Cover by NICK BRADSHAW
Variant Cover by ROBBI RODRIGUEZ (MAR150677)
FOC – 04/27/15, On-Sale – 05/20/15
New York, NY – April 23rd, 2015 – As the Secret Wars begin, the Ultimate Universe reaches its end! This May, experience it’s heartbreaking curtain call in ULTIMATE END #1! Blockbuster creators Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley – the creative team that helped start it all – will end it with one last, epic story! Miles Morales and the rest of the heroes of the Ultimate Universe face their final extinction. Judgement Day is here and the end is nigh. Yet as they come to terms with the end of all they’ve ever known and all they hold dear – will their gut-wrenching sacrifices make any difference? Is there any hope for the Ultimate Universe or it’s beloved heroes? Find out this May, as an entire universe experiences its final moments in ULTIMATE END #1!
ULTIMATE END #1 (MAR150632)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art & Cover by MARK BAGLEY
Variant Covers by DAVID MARQUEZ (MAR150633) & SKOTTIE YOUNG (MAR150635)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (MAR150634)
Spider-Man Variant by MARK BAGLEY (FEB158574)
FOC – 04/27/15, On-Sale – 05/20/15
New York, NY – April 22nd, 2015 – It’s the team-up you’ve been waiting for! Just in time for the release of Marvel’s Ant-Man movie, it’s Hank Pym & Scott Lang together again this July in the pages of ANT-MAN ANNUAL #1! Blockbuster Ant-Man creative team Nick Spencer & Ramon Rosanas along with guest artist Brett Schoonover bring you an oversized Ant-Man tale that is ANYTHING but small!
Following the shocking climax of the Avengers: Rage of Ultron OGN, Scott Lang has a new mission. Hank Pym left something behind, something so microscopic only another Ant-Man would be able find it! Now Scott must relive a past adventure he had with the original Ant-Man in San Francisco in order to piece together the puzzle of the secret Hank left for him!
“This is a story that manages to be not only perfectly welcoming to new readers who just saw Marvel’s Ant-Manon the big screen (it’ll be on sale two days before the movie’s release!), but it’s also integral to the larger Scott Lang story that Nick and Ramon have been telling in the ANT-MAN comic series,” says series editor Wil Moss. “With Ramon on the present day story and the great Brent Schoonover on the flashback to the San Francisco team-up, Nick tells a story that explores the importance of the Ant-Man legacy — both by looking into the past AND into the future!”
Plus – don’t miss the long awaited return of a classic Ant-Man villain! Not to mention the debut of a brand-new hero! It’s all happening this July in the oversized ANT-MAN ANNUAL #1!
ANT-MAN ANNUAL #1
Written by NICK SPENCER
Art by RAMON ROSANAS & BRENT SCHOONOVER
Cover by DAVID MARQUEZ
On Sale 07/15!
MARVEL Comes to ATLANTIC CITY BOARDWALK CON
May 14th to May 17th!
Join Marvel at ACBC as they Reveal what is Next from the House of Ideas!
New York, NY— April 22, 2015— This spring, Marvel brings its A-game to a truly unique show that puts the fans center stage – the Atlantic City Boardwalk Con. Every turn at ACBC will offer fans, both old and new, an experience that has been designed to capture your attention and excite your senses and Marvel Comics will be there to headline this all-new pop culture event. From May 14th to May 17th, ACBC will be gathering some of the largest names across film, television and the comic book industry and presenting them for those who truly matter – the fans!
Guests who attend the first year of ACBC will be the first to witness as Marvel Comics takes center stage and introduce the building blocks for what comes next within the Marvel Universe at the Marvel Booth and ACBC exclusive Marvel panels.
“Being able to host Marvel Comics at Atlantic City Boardwalk Con during this amazingly exciting time in their history is an honor,” says ACBC’s CEO Michael D’Alessio. “We know the ACBC fans are anxiously awaiting the happenings on the Marvel stage and at Marvel panels.”
“With great fans, comes great responsibility! Marvel is honored to be invited to ACBC and we plan to bring some bold announcements and big names to this new and exciting convention,” says David Gabriel, Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing.
Also scheduled to appear at ACBC: Stan Lee (Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron), Michael Rooker (Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy), Kevin Smith (Comic Book Men), William Shatner (Star Trek), Georgina Haig (Once Upon A Time), Elizabeth Lail (Once Upon A Time), Rebecca Mader (Once Upon A Time), Sean Maguire (Once Upon A Time), Tom Cavanagh (The Flash), Manu Bennett (Arrow), Willa Holland (Arrow), many more and several yet to have been announced!
Looking to attend ACBC? Fans who share a tagged photo of the ACBC print ad, found within Marvel Comics on sale now, with #AmazeACBC will be automatically entered to win two free passes and airfare to attend the inaugural year of ACBC in Atlantic City, NJ from ACBC. Please visit DoACBC.com/Contest for full terms and conditions.
Again, Marvel is excited to kick off the very first year of ACBC. Join us as we discuss the continuing cataclysm of Secret Wars and tee up some game changing announcements from the House of Ideas coming this fall.
Can’t make it to the convention? Follow along on Marvel.com and @Marvel on Twitter, the best way to get real-time announcements from the convention floor and up-to-the-minute panel, in-booth, and signing schedules of all your favorite Marvel creators!