Marvel Comics News Digest 9/5 – 9/9/16

Alias Investigations is Reopened in Your First Look at JESSICA JONES #1!

New York, NY—September 7th, 2016 —That’s right, she’s back after a decade! This October, she returns to the fold for an all-new ongoing series as the highly anticipated JESSICA JONES #1 explodes onto the scene as part of Marvel NOW! From the original creative team of Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Gaydos and David Mack comes a brand new series that drags Jessica to the center of the Marvel Universe! There are still many secrets hiding in the shadows. Secrets only a special woman with talents like Jessica Jones can uncover. But when secrets from Jessica’s own past resurface, her caseload is about to get a whole lot heavier. Plus – just how did Jessica Jones wind up incarcerated in The Cellar – a prison designed to hold only the deadliest super villains? Find out in this blistering first issue when the eponymous heroine makes her triumphant return to comics in JESSICA JONES #1 – on-sale this October!


Variant Covers by ALEX MALEEV (
AUG160843) and DAVID AJA (AUG160844)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (
Teaser Variant by MIKE DEODATO (
Black Panther 50
th Anniversary Variant by JEFFREY VEREGGE (AUG160847)
Hip-Hop Variant by JEFF DEKAL (

Champions Variant Also Available (AUG160848)
FOC – 09/19/16, On-Sale – 10/12/16

Genndy Tartakovsky Brings CAGE! #1 to Marvel NOW! This October!
Animation Superstar Takes on Luke Cage for New Series!

New York, NY—September 6th, 2016 — The wait is finally over! Award-winning animator Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Hotel Transylvania) charges headlong into Marvel NOW! to bring his long-awaited Luke Cage tale to life! Written by Tartakovsky with art by Tartakovsky & inker Stephen DeStefano, Marvel is pleased present a new look at the hard-hitting, action-packed CAGE! #1 – coming to comic shops and digital devices this October!

Welcome to the mean streets of New York City – shoes are big, bottoms are belled and crime is rampant! But in the heart of the city, the world’s hardest-working, smack-talking, chain-wearing, tiara-sporting super hero is hitting the streets hard and hitting the bad guys harder. This Hero for Hire is on the case, and his rates are reasonable! He’s Luke Cage, and he’ll save your ass. Dig it! 

At long last, the eagerly anticipated series returns! Be there when CAGE! #1 comes to comic shops and digital devices on October 5th!

CAGE! #1 (of 4) (AUG160854)



Hip-Hop Variant by MARCO D’ALFONSO (AUG160855)

Run the Jewels Variant by DAMION SCOTT (AUG160856)

Classic Variant by TREVOR VON EEDEN (AUG160857)

Variant Cover by JOE QUESADA (JUL168645)

FOC – 09/12/16, On-Sale – 10/05/16

DEATH OF X #1 Prepares Mutants & Inhumans For War!

New York, NY—September 8th, 2016 — The X-Men and the Inhumans are on a collision course. Cyclops is missing and presumed dead. But the question on everyone’s lips is “why”? That question and more will be answered in DEATH OF X #1 – a new 4-issue series launching October 5th! Superstar creators Jeff Lemire (Extraordinary X-Men) and Charles Soule (Uncanny Inhumans) are joined by fan-favorite artist Aaron Kuder (Action Comics) for an incendiary tale that will change the course of Mutantkind and Inhumanity alike!

As the Terrigen Mists roll across the Earth, it’s transformative properties are birthing new Inhumans across the Marvel Universe. But while the mists bring life to the Inhumans, they spell only doom for the X-Men, leaving dead or sickly mutants in their wake. As the Inhumans travel to Japan where the Terrigen Cloud has created a shocking new Inhuman, the X-Men travel to Muir Island where the cloud has caused something truly terrible. For the sake of his people, Cyclops must take action or face extinction. But how?

As war looms on the horizon, be there for the shocking beginning to the conflict. The fuse is lit, how long before this powder keg explodes? Find out when the highly anticipated DEATH OF X #1 comes to comic shops and digital devices everywhere on October 5th!

DEATH OF X #1 (AUG160922)


Art & Cover by AARON KUDER

Classic Variant by BUTCH GUICE (AUG160926)

Wraparound Teaser Variant by AARON KUDER (AUG160923)

Connecting Variant A by MIKE CHOI (AUG160925)

Kuder Wraparound Sketch Variant Also Available (AUG160924)

FOC – 09/12/16 On-Sale – 10/05/16

DEADPOOL: BACK IN BLACK #1 Combines Mouthy Merc With Sinister Symbiote!

New York, NY—September 7th, 2016 —What happens when Deadpool bonds with Venom? Pure mayhem! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look inside DEADPOOL: BACK IN BLACK #1 – a brand-new series debuting this October! Fan-favorite creators Cullen Bunn and Salva Espin are back with a brand-new Deadpool tale that ratchets up the chaos to completely new heights! Remember when Spider-Man rejected the alien symbiote way back in the day? Did you know that for a period of time, the symbiote went slinking back to Deadpool on the rebound? No? Well you do now! And you won’t believe the damage Deadpool can cause when he’s packing a nigh invulnerable alien symbiote. The fireworks begin this October when DEADPOOL: BACK IN BLACK #1 comes crashing in to comic shops and digital devices everywhere!


DEADPOOL: BACK IN BLACK #1 (of 5) (AUG160931)

Written by CULLEN BUNN

Art & Cover by SALVA ESPIN

Variant Covers by ROB LIEFELD (AUG160932) & RON LIM (AUG160934)

Contest of Champions Game Variant Also Available (AUG160935)

Rob Liefeld Sketch Variant Also Available (AUG160933)

FOC – 09/12/16, On-Sale – 10/05/16

Mercenaries, Monkeys & More – Your First Look at

New York, NY—September 8th, 2016 — Get ready to meet the all-new Mercs for Money this October! Wait, a new team already? Guess that’s what happens when the old team quits and goes solo. Today, get your first look inside DEADPOOL AND THE MERCS FOR MONEY #4 – the first chapter of “New Crew, New Rules”. The Mercs crash headlong into Marvel NOW! as a brand new team leader steps into the fore. Wait, isn’t Deadpool’s name on the cover? What gives? That’s right, new team leader Domino is here and she’s packing a brand-new team of highly trained mercenaries – Masacre, Machine Man, Hit-Monkey, Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Gorilla-Man. You’re going to “go bananas” for this new team, True Believer! We promise it’s not because their ranks include two monkeys. Yes we know Gorilla-Man is technically an ape. Stop writing us letters. Get your first look at this new team this October when they come to comic shops and digital devices in DEADPOOL AND THE MERCS FOR MONEY #4!


Written by CULLEN BUNN


Variant Cover by MIKE MCKONE (AUG160851)

Character Variant by ROD REIS (AUG160853)

Story Thus Far Variant by DAVE JOHNSON (AUG160852)

FOC – 09/12/16, On-Sale – 10/05/16

“Blood in the Aether” Starts NOW! – Your First Look at DOCTOR STRANGE #12!

New York, NY—September 9th, 2016 —The Last Days of Magic were just the beginning. This October, the Sorcerer Supreme begins a deadly gauntlet of his greatest foes as “Blood in the Aether” kicks off in DOCTOR STRANGE #12! Blockbuster creators Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo begin the next phase of their critically-acclaimed series – beginning with a Stephen Strange on the brink of death! His magic has been depleted, all but lost. Sensing him at his absolute weakest, his enemies see their greatest opportunity yet – destroy him once and for all! Baron Mordo, Dormammu, Satana, Master Pandemonium, Nightmare, Kaecilius and more are all ready to take their shot. If Doctor Strange is to survive, he’ll have to learn to defeat them without the help of his magical abilities. The rules of magic in the Marvel Universe have been reshaped. Can Doctor Strange adapt in time…or is it too late? Don’t miss out on the kickoff to the next explosive story arc when “Blood in the Aether” kicks off in DOCTOR STRANGE #12!


Written by JASON AARON
Art & Cover by CHRIS BACHALO
Classic Variant by PAUL SMITH (
Champions Variant by JOYCE CHIN (
Defenders Variant by BUTCH GUICE (
Story Thus Far Variant by MICHAEL WALSH (
FOC – 09/12/16, On-Sale – 10/05/16

Custom CHAMPIONS #1 Variant Covers Bring Marvel’s Newest
Team to Your Local Comic Book Store!

New York, NY—September 9th, 2016 — Ms. Marvel, Viv Vision, Cyclops, Miles Morales, Nova and the Totally Awesome Hulk are exploding onto the scene this October as Marvel’s newest teen team supreme. And they’re coming at you in the highly anticipated new series CHAMPIONS #1 – from Eisner Award winning writer Mark Waid and Eisner Award nominated artist Humberto Ramos!

To celebrate the release of this historic 1st issue and the kickoff to the brand-new Marvel NOW! initiative, Marvel has partnered with valued retail partners across the globe to produce custom Champions #1 variant covers! Participating retailers have the opportunity to showcase Marvel’s newest super team on covers that are exclusive to their stores.

Want to know more? Fans are encouraged to check with their local comic book retailers for more information about availability of these can’t-miss variant covers. Plus, look for more exclusive covers to be revealed soon! All it takes is six young heroes and you can change the world. They are the Champions – and they’re just getting started! Don’t miss the launch to the highly anticipated new series when CHAMPIONS #1 explodes onto the scene this October. Inquire with your comic shop about Champions #1 Launch Parties!


Written by MARK WAID


On-Sale October 5!

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