Marvel Comics News Digest 10/3 – 10/7/16 Featuring Marvel NOW, Unworthy Thor, and more

THE UNWORTHY THOR #1 Brings the Original Thunder God to Marvel NOW!

New York, NY—October 3rd, 2016 — This November, superstar creators Jason Aaron and Olivier Coipel bring the thunder and the lightning to Marvel NOW!. Marvel is pleased to present your first look inside THE UNWORTHY THOR #1 – the first issue in the highly anticipated new series! Once, he wielded the mighty hammer Mjolnir, but has since been deemed unworthy. Now, his desperate quest for redemption will take him to the far reaches of space, where whispers tell of a mysterious other Mjolnir – another weapon of unimaginable power. Perhaps this relic of a dead universe holds the key to the Odinson’s return to glory. Yet he is not the only one who would seek such a prize. Some of the greatest villains in the Marvel Universe are anxious to get their hands on it as well. Can the Odinson regain his honor or will the power of the thunder be wielded for evil? The explosive quest for the hammer begins here when THE UNWORTY THOR #1 crashes into comic shops on November 2nd!



Written by JASON AARON


Variant Covers by BRYAN HITCH (SEP160901) & JOHN CASSADAY (SEP160902)

Hip-Hop Variant by STONEHOUSE (SEP160903)

Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (SEP160904)

Divided We Stand Variant by PASQUAL FERRY (SEP160905)

Blank Variant Also Available (SEP160906)

FOC – 10/10/16, On-Sale – 11/02/16

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AVENGERS #1 Assembles for Marvel NOW!

New York, NY—October 4th, 2016 — Their ranks shattered by war, their spirits weighed down by tolls both personal and spiritual, what’s left of the Avengers must find the resolve to stand together once more. Today, Marvel is pleased to present a new beginning for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and your first look inside the highly-anticipated AVENGERS #1! Eisner Award-winning writer Mark Waid joins rising comics superstar Mike Del Mundo to bring Marvel’s mightiest into Marvel NOW! and face-to-face with their greatest villain! Now, Captain America, Thor, The Vision, The Wasp, Hercules and the Amazing Spider-Man leap into the time stream to confront Kang the Conqueror! But when the dust settles, not a one of these valiant heroes will make it to the final page alive. Welcome to…KANG WAR ONE! It all kicks off on November 2nd when Earth’s Mightiest Heroes charge forward into Marvel NOW! in AVENGERS #1 – coming to comic shops and digital devices everywhere!


AVENGERS #1 (SEP160885)

Written by MARK WAID


Cover by ALEX ROSS

Variant Covers by ADAM KUBERT (SEP160886);


Hip-Hop Variant by DANIEL ACUNA (SEP160889)

Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (SEP160890)

Divided We Stand Variant by BUTCH GUICE (SEP160891)

Captain America 75th Anniversary Variant by ALEX MALEEV (SEP160888)

Blank Variant Also Available (SEP160892)

FOC – 10/10/16, On-Sale – 11/02/16

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Take Back Justice! Your First Look at OCCUPY AVENGERS #1!
Hawkeye, Red Wolf and More Form a Team of Avengers Unlike Any Other!

New York, NY—October 6th, 2016 — Super heroes – they’re a privileged class. Doing what they want, when they want and suffering none of the consequences. They have no regard for the ordinary people who are left behind to suffer in their wake. Something has to change. Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look at OCCUPY AVENGERS #1 – the brand-new series launching this November from critically acclaimed creators David F. Walker (Power Man and Iron Fist, Nighthawk) and Carlos Pacheco (Captain America, Uncanny Inhumans)! The question remains – who will stand up for the little guy? There is a man. If you can find him, and if he believes in your cause – he and his friends will put things right. Some call them outlaws, rebels, vigilantes. To others, they’re heroes, through and through.


No powers to speak of – just skills, smarts and a burning desire to do what’s right. His name is Clint Barton, Hawkeye. And it’s time to take back justice! Don’t miss the thrilling debut of Hawkeye’s new team of heroes on November 2nd when OCCUPY AVENGER #1 comes to comic shops and digital devices everywhere!



Written by DAVID F. WALKER



Variant Cover by MICHAEL CHO (SEP160933)

Hip-Hop Variant by MARCO D’ALFONSO (SEP160934)

Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (SEP160935)

Divided We Stand Variant by KEVIN NOWLAN (SEP160936)

FOC – 10/10/16, On-Sale – 11/02/16

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Get Well Soon – Or Else! Your First Look at FOOLKILLER #1!

New York, NY—October 5th, 2016 — Greg Salinger was your typical merc for hire – the Foolkiller – putting an end to those he deemed “foolish”. But that life is behind him now. It’s time to turn over a new leaf this November in FOOLKILLER #1 – the new ongoing series from writer/musician Max Bemis (X-Men: Worst X-Man Ever) and artist Dalibor Talajic (Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe)! Yes, Greg Salinger’s days of killing fools are over. Today, he’s a psychiatrist, using his skills to help people instead of killing them for pay. But when he’s drafted by S.H.I.E.L.D. with a very special mission, it might be time for a return to his mercenary ways. Time for the once and future Foolkiller to put his psychiatric skills to the test…rehabilitating super villains! The catch? If these “patients” don’t make enough progress, the Foolkiller might just have to kill them! It all starts on November 2nd when FOOLKILLER #1 comes to comic shops and digital devices everywhere!



Written by MAX BEMIS



Variant Covers by ROB LIEFELD (SEP160973)

And RON LIM (SEP160972)

Hip-Hop Variant by JEFFREY VEREGGE (SEP160975)

Divided We Stand Variant by DALE KEOWN (SEP160976)

Liefeld Sketch Variant Available (SEP160974)

FOC – 10/10n/16, On-Sale – 11/02/16

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The Marvel Universe Stands Divided in November Variant Covers
New York, NY—October 4th, 2016 — The Marvel Universe stands fractured. Heroes who once stood together now stand apart. Wars end, but some wounds never heal. As Civil War II continues to widen the gulf between former allies, the Marvel Universe charges into MARVEL NOW! with some of its greatest heroes at odds. Today, Marvel is pleased to announce DIVIDED WE STAND VARIANTS coming to over twenty select titles throughout the month of November!
Deadpool battles Domino for control of the Mercs for Money! Hammer meets axe as the Mighty Thor clashes with the Mjolnir’s former wielder Odinson! Microscopic titans do battle as Ant-Man goes head-to-head with the new Wasp! And those are just the ones we can show you! Are these a window into the Marvel Universe of tomorrow?
“As Marvel NOW! begins to take shape and the dust settles from Civil War II, you’re going to see a schism between many of our heroes,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “The war may have come to an end but the wounds are still fresh, and that’s what the DIVIDED WE STAND status quo is all about. Perhaps the images on these covers signify some things to come?”
Look for these exciting DIVIDED WE STAND VARIANTS coming to your favorite Marvel titles and brand new launches in November:
1. All-New Wolverine #14
2. Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1
3. Avengers #1 by Butch Guice
4. Black Panther: World of Wakanda #1
5. Captain America: Steve Rogers #7
6. Champions #2 by Mike McKone
7. Daredevil #13
8. Deadpool & The Mercs For Money #5 by Chris Stevens
9. Foolkiller #1 by Dale Keown
10. Infamous Iron Man #2
11. Invincible Iron Man #1
12. Ms. Marvel #13
13. Occupy Avengers #1
14. Power Man and Iron Fist #10
15. Prowler #2
16. Slapstick #1
17. Solo #2 by Khoi Pham
18. Spider-Gwen #14
19. The Totally Awesome Hulk #13
20. The Unbelievable Gwenpool #8 by Pasqual Ferry
21. The Unworthy Thor #1 by Pasqual Ferry
Be there as the second month of Marvel NOW! kicks off and “Divided We Stand” takes on new meaning! Don’t miss out on these exciting variant covers, coming to your local comic shops throughout the month of November!

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Introducing MARVEL WEEKLY FLIP for Retailers, Sites, and Fans

Marvel NOW! Ignites with All-New Titles in Comic Shops this October



New York, NY—October 3, 2016 — Blockbuster new titles. Shocking new status quos. Top-tier creators. This is Marvel NOW! It’s all starting October 5th with a jam-packed week full of can’t miss issues straight from the House of Ideas!


To celebrate the launch of Marvel NOW! Marvel is adding a visually exciting new way for fan sites and retailers to engage their customers and fans with the debut of the “Marvel Weekly Flip” spotlighting all of the upcoming titles arriving in stores from Marvel Comics week to week. Released in advance of their on-sale, “Marvel Weekly Flip” provides retailers, sites, and fans with a quick and sensational way to spotlight all of the brand new titles coming to stores beginning this fall. Display in-store, post on your site, or share it with friends!


Watch MARVEL WEEKLY FLIP For October 5th


Change the world as Marvel’s new teen-team supreme makes their debut in CHAMPIONS #1. Re-open Alias Investigations as JESSICA JONES #1 headlines her first series in over a decade. Uncover the secrets of the X-Men and Inhumans cold war in DEATH OF X #1. Plus, the hard-hitting, action-packed, and eagerly anticipated CAGE! #1 finally arrives along with a cavalcade of new Marvel titles! Did we mention that’s just in the first week?


Marvel NOW! is just heating up, and you can get in on all the action at your local comic book store.


ABC News & Marvel Comics Announce Collaboration with MADAYA MOM


 All-New Digital Comic Tells the True Story of a Family’s Fight for Survival Inside Syria


ABC News and Marvel today announced MADAYA MOM, an original digital comic detailing the harrowing true story of one family’s struggle to survive in the besieged Syrian town of Madaya. An extraordinary tale of courage and resilience, the heroic MADAYA MOM shows strength in the midst of tragedy, turning an incredibly difficult situation into an opportunity to give a voice to her people.  


In January 2016, ABC News profiled a family trapped inside Madaya, communicating with a mother of five through texts and phone conversations to capture the bleak outlook that she and her family faced every day. ABC News posted daily updates from the mother, detailing her descent into anger and despair as she was reduced to breaking apart their furniture for firewood and boiling leaves for food. Since Madaya has been besieged by forces loyal to the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad, the family has been trapped there for over 14 months and has struggled to stay alive as many starve to death in what is effectively an open-air prison.


Using her own words, ABC News and Marvel created a wholly original digital comic book and produced a graphic documentary to bring the story to life.ABC News has concealed the identity of the family for their own protection. 


ABC News Presents: MADAYA MOM 


“(The Mother) agreed to speak with ABC because she wanted her story – and the story of her neighbors — to be known; however, with no visuals coming out of Madaya, our team spent a considerable amount of time imagining the ways we could illustrate her powerful journey,” said ABC News Digital Executive Producer Dan Silver. “With their storied history of innovative and emotional storytelling, we knew that our colleagues at Marvel would bring this story to life in a truly unique and expressive way.”


“This meticulously researched collaboration between ABC and Marvel goes where cameras can’t and provides visuals to the true story of Madaya Mom — a story that needs to be seen and told,” said Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. 


WATCH: The Making of Madaya Mom

WATCH: Meet the Famed Comic Book Artist Behind Madaya Mom

MADAYA MOM is available on and ABC News’ apps on mobile and OTT.

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