See What's New in Marvel AR 12/4/13
Have you taken the next step in your comics reading experience by experiencing Augmented Reality via the Marvel AR App for iOS and Android devices? If not, you’re missing out! Here’s Marvel Content Producer & Manager of the AR App Judy Stephens to give you the overview:
“The Marvel AR App brings new, exciting and free content to your print comics by using an iOS or Android device. To access any of the content, all you need is your phone/tablet, the app and an internet connection. Hold your device over the panel with the AR icon and watch the future unfold! With Marvel NOW!, we're kicking off a schedule of even more Marvel goodness for your eyes and ears! Each week stay tuned for bonus content including videos from the creators, original sketches & pencils, art evolutions, surprise celebrity appearances and more!
Got an idea for a Marvel AR video or bonus content? Let us know on twitter @Marvel!”
Have you got your Marvel AR App downloaded and your iOS and Android ready to go? Then check out the exciting AR content available this week!
It’s another far out flashback tale from Gerry Duggan, Brian Posehn and Scott Koblish! Meet Wade Wilson’s newest villains.
Brian Michael Bendis and Francesco Francavilla guide Star-Lord and Rocket Raccoon through the conclusion of their Infinity adventure! Check out an Art Evolution featuring Francavilla.
Tony Stark scouts locations for Iron Metropolitan alongside Kieron Gillen and Joe Bennett! Gillen shares what’s next for Iron Man.
Dan Slott, Christos Gage and Humberto Ramos butt Spidey up against Venom! Our own Judy Stephens guests on Marvel Behind the Scenes.
Also! Continue following our new weekly web series, As the Page Turns via AR! You can catch the latest installment in all the titles mentioned above as well as FEARLESS DEFENDERS #12!
To see Marvel AR video executions from this week and more, visit our YouTube playlist and keep checking back for new additions!
Each Marvel NOW! comic with Marvel AR also features a special look at what’s led up to the issue and what to expect within that you can access just by aiming your device at the cover.
Enjoy this week’s AR, and we’ll see you next week for another round!
Select All-New Marvel NOW! Titles to Include Free Digital Collection
The most popular characters. The most acclaimed creators. The most ambitious stories. This is the recharged All-New Marvel NOW!.
Featuring all-new ongoing series and must read .NOW entry issues for new readers, All-New Marvel NOW! takes the Marvel Universe in exciting new directions this Winter. With exciting new stories from the industry’s top creators like Brian Michael Bendis, Jonathan Hickman, Rick Remender, Dan Slott, Warren Ellis, Jason Aaron, Kieron Gillen and more, All-New Marvel NOW! is set to deliver some of the best comics on the market.
But that’s not all! In addition to a free digital copy of that same comic on the Marvel Comics app for iOS and Android devices, select .NOW titles also include a digital code for the entire first collection of that series ABSOLUTELY FREE!
"The .NOW issues provide a great first issue entry point for new and existing readers alike," said David Gabriel, SVP of Print & Digital Publishing, Marvel Entertainment. "But by offering free digital collections with print issues, we’re offering fans who may not have experienced these exciting series a great chance to jump into the full story all at once, taking advantage of both the print and digital formats in a manner no other publisher has attempted!"
All-New Marvel NOW! titles that include a Free Digital Collection:
- Avengers #24.NOW – On-Sale 12/24/13
- Savage Wolverine #14.NOW – On-Sale 1/08/14
- All-New X-Men #22.NOW – On-Sale 1/22/14
- Guardians of the Galaxy #11.NOW – On-Sale 1/29/14
- Captain America #16.NOW – On-Sale 02/05/14
- Thor: God of Thunder #19.NOW – On-Sale 02/12/14
- Nova #13.NOW – On-Sale 02/19/14
- Iron Man #23.NOW – On-Sale 03/19/14
- Uncanny X-Men #19.NOW – On-Sale 03/19/14
- Uncanny Avengers #18.NOW – On-Sale 3/26/14
Once again, the biggest creators bring you the biggest characters in the biggest stories…and it’s happening NOW!
For more on All-New Marvel NOW!, please visit now.marvel.com and join the conversation on Twitter with #MarvelNOW.
All-New Marvel NOW! Q&A: Wolverine & The X-Men
By Brett White
Summer has arrived at the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning, bringing with it new students, new teachers, new threats, and a new creative team. As part of All-New Marvel NOW!, writer Jason Latour and artist Mahmud Asrar have enrolled with WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN, and life at the Marvel Universe's premier mutant school will never be the same!
Wolverine & The X-Men #1 cover by Mahmud Asrar
Battle of the Atom's cataclysmic climax coincided with the school barely surviving its first academic year. There's no time for post-finals relaxation, though, because Latour and Asrar kick off WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN's summer semester with a bang.
We spoke to with Latour and Asrar about their curriculum.
Marvel.com: The previous WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN run contained as much comedy as it did action. What tone will this volume go for?
Jason Latour: In a book with kids as a big part of the cast, there’s always a certain underlying hope to the future. But as we’ve seen in Battle of the Atom, there’s finally proof that a lot of their futures are probably inescapably bleak. It’s a pretty stark reminder of just where being a mutant and one of the X-Men tends to lead. So the biggest tonal shift will be that a lot of these characters are trying to find those lighter moments in the face of what seems like certain darkness. To stay kids. Or in the adults’ case, to remind themselves of what it meant to be a kid.
There’s going to be a lot of world-shaking pathos and romance, doomed and otherwise, a lot of action and, hopefully at the end of the day, some hard earned belly laughs. The challenge for [me and] Mahmud is to try and find the heart of the book that Jason Aaron and company created, and keep it pumping as we travel down new roads.
Mahmud Asrar: This won't be a huge departure from what has come before but we're definitely looking forward to doing our own thing. After all, that should be the point of a new start and a new creative team. As for what I'm looking forward to in the book in terms of tone [with the art] is probably the social aspect of the characters. Growing up reading the original X-Men as students resonated with me, so this is a good opportunity for me to do that, but with a new generation. This time it'll be like I'll be bringing up my own batch of X-Men kids.
Marvel.com: So far, WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN has had a huge ensemble cast, but it seems like this series will take the opposite approach. Which characters are you focusing on, and how did you choose them?
Wolverine & The X-Men #2 cover by Mahmud Asrar
Jason Latour: As we’ve seen, this first year or so of the Jean Grey School has been a hard road. As a result we’ll begin with a lot of the teachers and students sitting on the edge of their seats just waiting for the bell to ring; for a break, for a reprieve. Some of them even want to quit. With summer in session many of them have.
Those that are left are the ones who basically have nowhere to go. So with that in mind, at the center of it all are Quire and Evan and Idie—kids who are among the most potentially powerful and dangerous mutants alive. In them we could be witnessing the growth of the next great team of X-Men, or the creation of the biggest threats the Marvel U will ever see. These kids are Logan’s legacy, but as we’ve seen up to this point he didn’t have such a great track record with that stuff even when he was at his best.
Marvel.com: Which members of the teaching staff will you be focusing on?
Jason Latour: If anyone knows what Xavier’s legacy means, it’s Storm, and she will stay on as headmistress. But with Logan weakened, Ororo finds herself in a position that we’ve seen break past X-Men leaders. The lengths she’ll go to in order to protect the school is a fear she and Logan share, and it will bring out possibly the best and worst of her. Also lurking around, seemingly usurping all authority at every turn, and playing the role of “drunk European Uncle” is Fantomex. His stake in raising Evan, his begrudged bond to Logan and his relationship to his violent past will be a big part of how our story plays out.
In addition to these familiar faces we’ll see some new characters. New kids. A new villain. This is the X-Men after all—fresh blood is always in the water.
Marvel.com: Quentin Quire was a breakout character from the previous book, thanks to his rebellious nature. Now it looks like he's ready to take on more responsibility at the Jean Grey School. What brought about that change?
Jason Latour: It’s pretty clear from the jump that Quire’s experiences with the future X-Men during Battle of the Atom have shaken him up a little bit. Most people would probably take the knowledge that they become the Phoenix and a full fledged member of the X-Men as positive signs, but it’s slowly but surely forming cracks in Quentin’s self image. He’ll be doing his best to deny it, but it’s really difficult for him to admit that his future seems to see him end up as one of the flock, and to do so with such power at his fingertips.
But even worse, the opinion of the people around him seems to have changed. Where they once hoped for better of him, they now expect it, and a driving force of the book moving forward will be those expectations and just how Quentin lives up or down to them. Our first villain will have a particular interest in Quentin’s future, a tomorrow that we’ll soon learn Quire knows quite a bit more about than he’s letting on—a secret that threatens the folks Quentin is growing to love.
Mahmud Asrar: Quentin's got a new position at the school. Now that the tables have turned for him, it will result in a visual impact. So the way he dresses is different now, but we're intending on keeping that iconic t-shirt quote idea in other means. The statements he makes with those t-shirts is a reflection of his character so it's gotta be there. Now that he's a teacher, he'll have to restrain himself in a way, which will result in him wearing more acceptable clothing. We'll have to see how the students react to that though.
Marvel.com: Mahmud, are there any characters that you're particularly excited to work with?
Mahmud Asrar: Foremost it's Wolverine. I've been itching to work on the character, so this was a good opportunity. Quentin, however, will be a favorite it seems with him being such an interesting character, especially now with his new position at the school. Now he's not merely a student but instead he's got responsibilities, which kind of scare him. Can't move on without mentioning the Bamfs though; I feel they are very visually stimulating.
Marvel.com: What role does Wolverine play in this series, and how has his relationship with the Jean Grey School changed?
Jason Latour: Well to this point it’s all began and ended with Logan. It’s his strength that this school is built on the back of. His reputation for being the un-killable badass has been their insurance policy against threats inside and out. It’s been his desire to see Xavier’s dream continued, to see his own past atoned for that’s kept them driving forward.
But now Logan is mortal and for the first time he’s being forced to take stock of what he’s built. He’s realizing that what he saw as a school could, in the wrong hands, become a factory for the next Cyclops or Dark Phoenix or Apocalypse or Weapon X. That though people like Storm are ready and willing to take the mantle, he’s not sure that he wants to subject them to the price of that duty. So a big question we’ll be asking is who can he trust to guide the next generation of X-Men? To protect and mold them into the heroes they need to be? Do they even want that guidance? Is that even possible given what they know about tomorrow?
Marvel.com: With a new volume and a new creative team on board, how will the overall look and aesthetic of the Jean Grey School change?
Mahmud Asrar: The school itself won't change much but we'll see some variation with the look of the students. What we're intending on doing is to have a look which is essentially the same as before but with elements that are throwbacks to the familiar X-Men visual themes. It'll be more distinctive when the kids are out on missions. Most noticeable changes will be with the students who now have a new status at the school.
Marvel.com: After years spent over in the dark UNCANNY X-FORCE series, Fantomex is joining the staff. What roles will he play in the series and why does Wolverine want him on board?
Jason Latour: Well, with the mass exodus of teachers, Fantomex is, maybe somewhat surprisingly, Logan’s first choice to step into an open position. One of Logan’s greatest fears is leaving his school in the hands of men like Cyclops. Fantomex is a man who sees the world in grey, who understands what it means to be raised a weapon. As violent as he’s been, he’s shown again and again that he does know its cost. That stands in stark contrast to Cyclops and the puritanical fervor of Xavier’s dream turned toxic. It gives Logan hope that in his absence there will be someone who can do the dirty work and leave it at the office.
Mahmud Asrar: Fantomex has a unique look with the white outfit. I especially like the black zigzag pattern that adorns his all-white image. He'll play an essential role in to book, especially with Kid Apocalypse being there as a student. He will keep his looks and it will be a strong visual, as it will stand out distinctly among the group.
Jason Latour: But [Logan trusting Fantomex] doesn’t change the fact that this is a thief and an assassin we’re talking about; a man who once killed an adolescent Apocalypse as a member of X-Force. This guy is gasoline and the school doesn’t need help burning, that’s for sure.
WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN begins anew in March by Jason Latour and Mahmud Asrar!
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The Marvel Life: Minor Alps
By Blake Garris
We recently sat down with solo artist Juliana Hatfield and front man of Nada Surf Matthew Caws to talk about their new musical collaboration, Minor Alps, how Juliana’s art resembles the Hulk and much more!
Marvel.com: To begin, you guys have known each other; since 1990, I believe?
Juliana Hatfield: I don’t think we’ve known each other that long.
Juliana Hatfield and Matthew Caws
Matthew Caws: I think that was around the time I first saw Juliana on stage. I think we’ve known each other through each other’s records for that long, maybe. In my case, because Juliana was putting out records before I was, but we’ve known each other in person, by acquaintance, for at least 10 years, maybe a little longer. We don’t know if we first met in Boston or in Austin; one of the two. But eventually enough so that we were occasional friends and Juliana asked me to sing on her record and that was a really wonderful experience and I asked her to sing on a Nada Surf record and also really enjoyed it.
Marvel.com: What made this time the right time to put out this record?
Matthew Caws: Just on a practical level that it was a good time for them to take a break so that I’d be really free to devote some full on, “let’s make a band” kind of attention to it, which we’ve been doing and it’s really been a full time thing for a while.
Juliana Hatfield: And I’ve been feeling really grateful that I was able to use Matthew’s time off. I feel lucky that he was able to take that much time off his main band to do this. That’s great.
Marvel.com: You’re both extremely established artists. How have the fans of your other work taken to this new music?
Juliana Hatfield: I think Nada Surf fans have taken it really hard. [Laughs] I’m just kidding.
Matthew Caws: They’re really into it.
Juliana Hatfield: I think so. I know there are some fans of mine who had never heard of Nada Surf and so they went and listened and they loved it. So maybe there are a couple of Nada Surf fans who never heard me and maybe they are starting to appreciate some of my stuff.
Matthew Caws: Yeah, we’re sort of hoping, and I think it’s true by extension. I feel such a common sensibility in Juliana’s way and musical mind, melodies and approach to lyrics that I’m positive that people who are Nada Surf fans will find that her stuff resonates with them. It makes sense because we each have so much in common with our audiences, obviously, and that we find so much in common with each other it just makes sense that there’d be some crossover appreciation. Which is great, but it’s not why we did it. It wasn’t like, “Let’s get our fans together.” It’s purely because it feels right to us personally.
Marvel.com: How did you decide on making this kind of sound initially?
Juliana Hatfield: I don’t think it was really a conscious decision. First, we just made sure that we had solid songs and then I don’t remember there being any big conceptual idea. It was more like, let’s take some songs, let’s get some studio time, make some demos, and then we just started to give each song what each song needed. There was a decision at some point to not really bring in any other musicians but to do everything we could do ourselves and then use a couple of drummers. And then we just started adding stuff on top of beats and with drums and things.
Marvel.com: What’s the future hold for Nada Surf, your solo work, and Minor Alps?
Matthew Caws: Well, Nada Surf is going to kick off again some point after Christmas. We’re going to start kicking ideas around and start making a record as soon as we can. Solo stuff, mine, I don’t have any. This is my only other thing.
Juliana Hatfield: What’s really strange for me is that I realized I have absolutely nothing planned for after tour. I guess I’m just going to rest for a little while and then start writing again. I’ve been painting and writing and that’s all I have planned.
Marvel.com: You’re in Spider-Man’s hometown, New York, playing a show tonight. What do you think about when you think of Spider-Man?
Juliana Hatfield: I think, (singing) Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can. That’s all I remember. When I was a kid I used to get an allowance, which was like 25 to 50 cents and I used to go down to the store and get the new Archie comics. But anyway, I remember the Spider-Man song.
Matthew Caws: A loner. I think New York. I always thought it was always moody in a way, but not like a difficult way, but moody in a way that I can identify with. He seems conflicted and it’s almost like a guy you know compared to other super heroes. He seems like the guy who would be your weird cool friend.
Marvel.com: Juliana, you make art. What’s your process behind that?
Juliana Hatfield: Well, it’s funny because when I think of my memories of what the Hulk looks like, it’s kind of related to what I’ve been painting. I like to do really repetitive shapes. I even have some that are rectangles. Just tons and tons of rectangles or like little spheres that go in a circular pattern. I do them in different colors and then I outline each one and I go over and over them until it’s this mass of swirling things and it’s sort of related to the Hulk’s body. Sort of.
See What's Freshly Digitized for 12/2/13
Marvel Unlimited? Fret not, Marvelites! We add new books into the collection every week to keep you up to your neck in digitized comics! Now, you can expect an array of new issues every Monday, along with a sneak peek of what's to come the following week. Stay abreast of all Unlimited releases by checking out the Marvel Unlimited Calendar!
AGE OF ULTRON (2013) #9
AVENGERS (2012) #13
AVENGERS ARENA (2012) #10
CABLE & X-FORCE (2012) #9
DAREDEVIL: DARK NIGHTS (2013) #1
DAREDEVIL: END OF DAYS (2012) #8
FEARLESS DEFENDERS (2013) #5
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2013) #9
IRON MAN (2012) #11
MARVEL'S THOR: THE DARK WORLD PRELUDE (2012) #1
RED SHE-HULK (2012) #66
SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN (2013) #11
THANOS RISING (2013) #3
THUNDERBOLTS (2012) #10
Check out the full Marvel Unlimited library today!
Watch the Watch List for 12/4/13
Every week on The Watch List, host Lorraine Cink previews a small sampling of the Marvel Comics offerings available for your enjoyment!
This time, Lorraine covers AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700.1, AVENGERS ANNUAL #1, FEARLESS DEFENDERS #12 and INHUMANITY #1!
Replay the Uncanny Avengers Liveblog
UNCANNY AVENGERS #14 yet? If not, make sure you do so ASAP and then replay the special liveblog below discussing the shocking events that took place and those yet to come with writer Rick Remender and editor Tom Brevoort!
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