Marvel Comics News Digest 1/9 – 1/13/17 Featuring Darth Maul

A few big items in this week’s Marvel news digest.  The Defenders are back and match the upcoming Netflix series.  Captain America seems to be gaining some allies for his Secret Empire.  Kingpin gets his own series.  Monsters Unleashed gets more previews.  One of my favorites, Ben Reilly AKA Scarlet Spider returns.  And, of course, there’s Darth Maul.

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A Sith Unleashed in Your First Look at STAR WARS: DARTH MAUL #1!

On Sale February 1st! 

New York, NY – January 9th, 2016 – This February, hatred has a new face. But first, Marvel Entertainment & Lucasfilm Ltd. are pleased to present your first look inside STAR WARS: DARTH MAUL #1 – the next thrilling Star Wars limited series comes to comic shops and digital devices everywhere! Blockbuster writer Cullen Bunn (Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, Monsters Unleashed) and artist Luke Ross (Star Wars: The Force Awakens Adaptation) take you inside the mind of Darth Sidious’ star pupil as he embarks on a personal quest – with deadly consequences!


Bred on hate, fear, and anger. Steeped in the ways of darkness…trained to kill. Darth Maul’s time as an apprentice to Darth Sidious has long been cloaked in shadows, but at last we will reveal his tale of revenge. His master tells him to embrace his anger, but to stay hidden and bide his time. Maul has waited long enough – his patience growing ever thinner. His moment to step into the light has finally come. Prepare for a tale of unbridled rage as Darth Maul readies one of his first encounters with his mortal enemy…with the Jedi.


Go inside the mind of the fan-favorite character as Bunn and Ross bring you the highly anticipated STAR WARS: DARTH MAUL #1 – available February 1st!


For more info, visit for a full interview with writer Cullen Bunn.


STAR WARS: DARTH MAUL #1 (of 5) (DEC161069)

Written by CULLEN BUNN


Cover by ROD REIS

Variant Covers by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE (DEC161071)


Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (DEC161073)

Star Wars 40th Anniversary Variant by TERRY DODSON (DEC161074)

Movie Variant (DEC161076) and Animation Variant (DEC161075) Also Available

Reis Sketch Variant Also Available (DEC161070)

FOC – 1/9/17, On-Sale – 2/1/17


The Fan-Favorite Character Goes Solo in April


New York, NY—January 9th, 2017 — This April, one of the most controversial characters in Marvel history returns to don the mask (and hoodie!) once more. Today, Marvel is pleased to announce BEN REILLY: THE SCARLET SPIDER #1 – the new series from New York Times Bestselling creators Peter David (Amazing Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2099) and Mark Bagley (Ultimate Spider-Man, All-New X-Men)! That’s right, Ben Reilly is webslinging his way back into comic shops everywhere later this year and he’s bringing two of the most accomplished & beloved Spider-Man creators of all-time with him! Only question is – will it be as a hero…or a villain?


It was the twist that shocked the world. Ben Reilly had returned, but not as he once was. Twisted and manipulated by the villainous Jackal, the fallen clone is out to break the cycle, and reclaim his destiny. Not as Peter Parker’s clone – but as his own man. Will suiting up once more as the Scarlet Spider be enough to outrun his personal demons? All while being able to stay one step ahead of the man hunting him – Kaine Parker – the former Scarlet Spider?!


“This book is not your usual Spider-Fare,” says Executive Editor, VP of Content & Digital Publishing Nick Lowe. “Peter David and Mark Bagley are taking this character into uncharted territory that’s both rip-roaring and troubling.”


His old life is over. It’s time for a new beginning. But can you ever truly outrun your past? Find out as the iconic fan-favorite character returns to the fore once again in BEN REILLY: THE SCARLET SPIDER #1 – coming this April!



Written by PETER DAVID

Art & Cover by MARK BAGLEY

On-Sale in April!

A New Era Begins for the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY!


New York, NY—January 10th, 2017 — This summer, your favorite ragtag group of spacefaring heroes are blasting off with a historic new beginning! New adventures, new creative team, high adventure in deep space! Marvel is pleased to announce ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1 – a new ongoing series launching this May from blockbuster creators Gerry Duggan (Deadpool, Uncanny Avengers) and Aaron Kuder (Death of X)!


Star-Lord. Gamora. Drax. Rocket Raccoon. Groot. Reunited and it feels so good! After an extended stay on this mudball we call Earth, the Guardians of the Galaxy return to the stars! Yet, as this band of misfits reunites, they’ll find they’ve undergone some…changes. Drax the Destroyer has sworn off violence. Groot isn’t regenerating as he once was. This team better get it together, because it won’t be long before they find themselves in a war between the Elders of the Universe. One that will force them to pull off the biggest heist they’ve ever attempted – literally!


“I cannot tell you how excited I am for this book!,” exclaims series Editor Jordan D. White. “Gerry and Aaron have been working on this puppy in secret for months, and they’ve cooked up a series that will be the spine of the Marvel cosmic universe, while still being rooted in the great Guardians characters we love. And maybe even a surprise addition to the team eventually, too…”


Exciting alien worlds! Thrilling action! The mysteries of deep space! Blast off with Duggan and Kuder as they explore the furthest corners of the Marvel Universe! This May, it’s a fresh start, and it’s coming at you in ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1!





Launching this May!



All-New Marvel Comic Series Teams-up Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist

New York, NY—January 11, 2017— The streets of New York’s Hell’s Kitchen have become over run with crime and corruption, and there is only one group of Super Heroes – Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist – who are willing to unshackle themselves from the constraints of the rest of the Marvel Super Hero community and fight the villains no one else is willing to take on. Written by EISNER award-winning writer, Brian Michael Bendis (Civil War II, Jessica Jones, Invincible Iron Man) with artwork by New York Times best-selling artist, David Marquez (Civil War II, Invincible Iron Man), prepare for THE DEFENDERS!

The toughest hard-hitting heroes of the Marvel Universe stand together as a brand new team ready to take down one of the most dominating criminal empires ever to shadow over New York City. But in a city where leaders of violence and death are all vying for dominance, who is the one criminal despot powerful enough to challenge the saviors of Hell’s Kitchen?

“As opposed to other more global or galactic Super Hero groups, the Defenders are very much focused on the streets, on the neighborhoods, on the community,” says SVP, Executive Editor, Tom Brevoort. “Their battles are no less fiercely fought or consequential, but the arena is a very different one, and the stakes more personal. Brian will be building upon the relationships that he established years ago in NEW AVENGERS to create something unique and primary within the Marvel Universe.”


“[THE DEFENDERS] is a smorgasbord of everything I truly love about Marvel Comics,” continues Bendis. “And to keep the team of David [Marquez], Justin [Ponsor], and myself together for another creative challenge is so exciting!  We’ve been planning this book for well over a year and we’re so excited to show you what we think the next phase of the gritty marvel streets will have to offer.”

Some of the darkest days await Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist, but THE DEFENDERS are ready to plant their feet, and fight back-to-back against one of the most epic wars the streets of NYC have ever encountered and stand resolute against an attack so personal that it will challenge our heroes at their very core and everyone they have ever cared about.

This June, the five boroughs have a new front line of defense. But can the collective strength of Daredevil, Luke, Jess, and Iron Fist have what it takes to protect the “Big Apple?” Find out this summer from Marvel Comics’ THE DEFENDERS!






On-Sale in June!

Wilson Fisk Builds His New Empire in KINGPIN #1!

New York, NY—January 12th, 2017 — They say that every villain is the hero of their own story. Yes, Wilson Fisk has done some bad things. Deplorable things. He has cheated the law. He has blackmailed rivals. He has killed. But that’s all in the past now. It’s time for a new beginning. And it begins this February in KINGPIN #1 – the new ongoing series from breakout writer Matthew Rosenberg and Marvel newcomer Ben Torres!


The Kingpin is out for a clean start. Wilson Fisk returns to the city he loves with a new goal in mind—to make his mark as a titan of legitimate industry. First things first though, he’ll need to repair his public image. When Wilson Fisk makes a disgraced journalist an offer she can’t refuse, the spiraling saga of crime and betrayal begins anew. Sure, he’s out for a clean start. How long before his hands get dirty again?


Manhattan’s criminal mastermind returns to the Big Apple with honorable intentions, but no one will remain pure on his climb back to the top! Don’t miss the thrilling crime-noir debut of 2017, when KINGPIN #1 comes to comic shops and digital devices everywhere on February 8th!


KINGPIN #1 (DEC160863)




Variant Covers by BILL SIENKIEWICZ (DEC160864),


Connecting Variant by MARCO CHECCHETTO (DEC160865)

Hip-Hop Variant by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO (DEC160867)

Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (DEC160869)

FOC – 1/16/17, On-Sale – 02/08/17

Read a Monster-Sized Preview of MONSTERS UNLEASHED #1 Before It Hits Stores!

Free 11-Page Preview of Issue #1 Available Now


New York, NY—January 10th, 2017 — Next week…monsters invade the Marvel Universe! That’s right, the can’t-miss MONSTERS UNLEASHED #1 is set to rampage across your local comic shop on January 18th, and with a story this big – we needed a bigger book! Superstar creators Cullen Bunn (Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe) and Steve McNiven (Civil War) are bringing you a colossal first issue full of wall-to-wall action as heroes of the Marvel Universe go toe-to-toe with towering beasts the size of skyscrapers!


Can’t wait till January 18th? Don’t worry, True Believer! We’re serving up a monster-sized preview of MONSTERS UNLEASHED #1 that you can read right now! Available through the Marvel App, Comixology and the Marvel Digital Comic Store, we’re giving fans a look inside the first eleven pages from MONSTERS UNLEASHED #1!


Read a Special Preview of MONSTERS UNLEASHED #1


It’s massive monster mayhem in the mighty Marvel manner! The Avengers, the Champions, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the X-Men, the Inhumans and more band together. But are the enough to fight off wave after wave of colossal beasts? Those answers and more await you! Get a sneak peek of the first issue now and don’t miss the exciting kickoff when MONSTERS UNLEASHED #1 unleashes everywhere on January 18th!



Written by CULLEN BUNN

Art & Cover by STEVE MCNIVEN

Pre-Order Issue #1 Digitally

On-Sale – 1/18/16

Superstar Artist Francesco Francavilla Covers MONSTERS UNLEASHED!

Special Monster Movie Poster Variants Coming to Each Issue

New York, NY—January 12th, 2016 — Next week…monsters invade the Marvel Universe! And they’re bringing one of the hottest artists in the comic book industry with them! Eisner Award-winning artist Francesco Francavilla lends his pen to a series of upcoming variant covers! Coming to each issue of the upcoming MONSTERS UNLEASHED series, the fan-favorite illustrator brings mighty Marvel monsters to life in the vein of classic monster movie posters! Today, Marvel is pleased to reveal all five FRANCAVILLA 50s MOVIE POSTER VARIANTS – coming to comic shops beginning next week!


1.       Monstrom, The Dweller in the Black Swamp! (Monsters Unleashed #1)

2.       It Crawls By Night! (Monsters Unleashed #2)

3.       Return of the Martian! (Monsters Unleashed #3)

4.       Zzutak! The Worst Menace The World Has Ever Known! (Monsters Unleashed #4)

5.       The Creature from the Black Bog (Monsters Unleashed #5)


Raining down from the skies, rising from the depths of the oceans and emerging from beneath the very Earth itself – monsters are invading and destroying everything in their path! The only thing that stands in their way is an army of the strongest super heroes in the Marvel Universe! But even they may not be enough to stop these towering titans! It’s all happening in MONSTERS UNLEASHED as the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Champions, the X-Men, the Inhumans and more band together to stop complete and total annihilation!


Don’t miss the oversized MONSTERS UNLEASHED #1 comes to comic shops and digital devices everywhere next Wednesday – January 18th! Read a FREE 11-page preview of the first issue before it hits stands next week.



50s Movie Poster Variant by FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA

Written by CULLEN BUNN

Art & Cover by STEVE MCNIVEN

On-Sale January 18th



50s Movie Poster Variant by FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA (DEC160886)

Written by CULLEN BUNN

Art & Cover by GREG LAND

On-Sale February 1st



50s Movie Poster Variant by FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA (DEC160894)

Written by CULLEN BUNN

Art & Cover by LEINIL YU

On Sale in February!



50s Movie Poster Variant by FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA (JAN170908)

Written by CULLEN BUNN


On Sale in March!



50s Movie Poster Variant by FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA (JAN170915)

Written by CULLEN BUNN

Art & Cover by ADAM KUBERT

On Sale in March!


Original Marvel video series presents exciting short-form educational tour of the Marvel Universe with a concentration on Marvel’s MONSTERS UNLEASHED


New York, NY—January 11, 2017— Welcome back, class. Please take your seats. Class is now in session. Since its inception, Marvel Comics has been defined by hard-hitting action, engrossing story lines and an ever-expanding library of some of the most heroic and complex characters of all time! Returning today, Marvel is excited to continue its original video series devoted to giving fans an educational deep dive into some of the most iconic Marvel characters, you may, or may not be, familiar with. Start taking notes – this is season 2 of MARVEL 101!


Starting today, with new episodes made available every Tuesday on and on Marvel’s YouTube page, fans will be introduced to one-minute episodes that offer fans a background crash course on some of the fiercest Marvel monsters all part of the gigantic Marvel series, Monsters Unleashed.

Since its launch, MARVEL 101 has provided fans with informative videos spotlighting the history of Marvel’s top heroes, and now is your chance to explore the Marvel Universe even more as MARVEL 101 enters its sophomore year and introduces Marvel fans to the mighty Marvel monsters that have be stomping through the Marvel universe since its inception.

Every Tuesday, MARVEL 101’s second season will continue to explore the history of Marvel’s greatest monsters as they rampage across the Marvel universe and battle the heroes who have sworn to protect innocents from harm.

With MARVEL 101 this is your chance to quickly explore new corners of the Marvel Universe you may be unfamiliar with, or simply take a refresher course on some of the most incredible entries within the Marvel library. Be sure to take notes – there may be a pop quiz.

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