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All-New Marvel NOW! is set to deliver some of the best and most exciting comics on the market from some of the industry’s most acclaimed creators. Don’t believe us? See for yourself!
Starting today, Marvel is proud to offer ALL-NEW MARVEL NOW! PREVIEWS #1 as a completely free download available now in the Marvel Comics app for iOS and Android devices and in the Marvel Comics webstore!
Featuring sneak peeks of AVENGERS WORLD #1, ALL-NEW INVADERS #1, BLACK WIDOW #1, ALL-NEW X-FACTOR #1, THUNDERBOLTS #20.NOW, ALL-NEW X-MEN #22.NOW and SAVAGE WOLVERINE #14.NOW, ALL-NEW MARVEL NOW! PREVIEWS #1 features some of the industry’s top creators tackling some of the Marvel Universe’s biggest characters!
ALL-NEW MARVEL NOW! PREVIEWS #1 will also be offered in print for free at local comic shops nationwide starting on 12/18.
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.
Return to Marvel UK with Revolutionary War
In 2014, Marvel readers should prepare for the next British Invasion. Starting in January, cult favorite Marvel UK characters return for an eight-issue limited series kicking off in REVOLUTIONARY WAR: ALPHA #1! Marvel is excited to present your first look at that exciting first issue from the creative team of writers Andy Lanning and Alan Cowsill and artist Richard Elson!
Long ago, Captain Britain, Dark Angel, Motormouth and the pantheon of Marvel UK heroes believed they had defeated the shadowy Mys-Tech organization in one Earth-shattering climactic battle. But they were wrong. Mys-Tech has returned, and their presence threatens not only the world – but the entire universe!
Now, Marvel UK’s greatest heroes must band together for the first time in 20 years to stop a long forgotten enemy. But are they too late? The battle begins this January in REVOLUTIONARY WAR: ALPHA #1 and continues one week later in REVOLUTIONARY WAR: DARK ANGEL #1 and various one-shots on-sale through February and March!
Revolutionary War: Alpha #1 cover by Mark Brooks
Written by ANDY LANNING & ALAN COWSILL
Art by RICHARD ELSON
Cover by MARK BROOKS
FOC – 12/09/14 On-Sale – 1/08/14
REVOLUTIONARY WAR: DARK ANGEL #1 (NOV130644)
Written by KIERON GILLEN
Art by DIETRICH SMITH
Cover by MARK BROOKS
FOC – 12/16/13 On-Sale – 1/15/14
See What's Freshly Digitized for 12/9/13
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!
ALPHA (2013) #5
ASTONISHING X-MEN (2004) #63
AVENGERS ASSEMBLE (2012) #16
AVENGING SPIDER-MAN (2011) #22
DEADPOOL (2012) #11
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2013) #3
MARVEL UNIVERSE AVENGERS: EARTH'S MIGHTIEST HEROES (2012) #15
SAVAGE WOLVERINE (2013) #6
THOR: GOD OF THUNDER (2012) #9
ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES (2011) #25
UNCANNY X-FORCE (2013) #6
VENOM (2011) #36
WINTER SOLDIER (2012) #19
X-FACTOR (2005) #257
Check out the full Marvel Unlimited library today!
Watch the Watch List for 12/11/13
Lorraine Cink previews a small sampling of the Marvel Comics offerings available for your enjoyment!
This time, Lorraine covers AVENGERS A.I. #7, INHUMANITY: THE AWAKENING #1, MARVEL KNIGHTS: HULK #1 and UNCANNY X-MEN #15!
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Uncanny X-Men #17 cover by Chris Bachalo
By Brett White
Cyclops’ revolution has evolved.
With mutant hunting Sentinel robots threatening the lives of his X-Men and the entire population of newly super-powered teens, Scott Summers must kick his plan into high gear to preserve the future of the mutant race. After spending the first action-packed year of UNCANNY X-MEN gathering the troops, writer Brian Michael Bendis plots to take the book to the next level.
“All of the groundwork has been laid out and now it’s time to blow the roof off the place,” Bendis reveals. “All of the characters have been introduced, all of the relationships have been cemented, the new status quo is locked and loaded—now it’s time to deliver on the promise."
But there's a wrinkle in Cyclops’ plans: a Helicarrier-sized one.
Uncanny X-Men #18 cover by Alexander Lozano
The climactic Battle of the Atom throw down revealed that the international peacekeeping agency S.H.I.E.L.D. has their very own Sentinels at their disposal, meaning that the X-Men's enemies might be less outright evil than they thought. With Scott Summers now an outspoken icon for mutant rights and peace rallies popping up on college campuses across America, can he risk going head to head with an agency perceived by many to be on the side of good?
“I think it’s a bigger risk for him at this point not to take on S.H.I.E.L.D.,” explains Bendis. “Something’s wrong over there and their lives are in danger. He made a promise both publicly and privately to his people that he would fight for them and protect them. Something is going on [at S.H.I.E.L.D.] that is putting mutant lives in danger. One would have to imagine that it’s better to be alive than have goodwill.”
As UNCANNY X-MEN progresses into 2014, Bendis says that this new mission statement will be the impetus for many stories:
“Many people have asked in what form Cyclops’s revolution will take. This is it.”
Uncanny X-Men #19.NOW! cover by Chris Bachalo
By Cyclops’ side will be his team of revolutionaries, which now include Kitty Pryde and her students, the time-displaced original teenage X-Men who made their debut in the pages of ALL-NEW X-MEN. But even with heavy-hitters like Magik and Emma Frost around, Bendis assures readers that new additions Tempus, Triage, Goldballs, Hijack, and Morph will play a major role in the future.
“[They'll have] big-time prominence,” he promises. “This is their bar mitzvah. It is time to find out if these characters, including the all-new X-Men, have what it takes to fight the fight. I hope everybody makes it out of this teenager storyline alive. I hate when young mutants die for the cause.”
UNCANNY X-MEN enters All-New Marvel NOW! this March with issue #19.NOW! by Brian Michael Bendis and Chris Bachalo
Follow the History of Captain America Pt. 23
By Jim Beard
Over seven decades ago, history occurred with the debut of Captain America in 1941. 70 years later, Steve Rogers and his star-spangled alter ego have grown to iconic status, remaining a mainstay of the Marvel Universe while also expanding into the realms of television, film and more.
On April 4, 2014, the Sentinel of Liberty returns to the big screen in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" from Marvel Studios. As the countdown to Chris Evans picking up the shield once more heats up, we present the definitive comics history of Cap, from his debut to the modern day.
What a way to end a decade: In 1989 our hero regained his title and his most hated foe, reverted back to childhood, traveled the globe, and found a new love.
In CAPTAIN AMERICA #349, Steve Rogers—temporarily “The Captain”—tracked down his replacement, John Walker, in the clutches of Flag Smasher, an adventure that almost cost the life of Steve’s friend, D-Man. Then, with Earth’s usual Mightiest Heroes out of the picture, Rogers founded a new team in AVENGERS #300, consisting of himself, Sue and Reed Richards from the Fantastic Four, Thor, and the mysterious Gilgamesh.
Many things finally came to a head in CAPTAIN AMERICA #350 when our hero clashed with Walker for the right to be Captain America. Rogers won and regained the title, costume, and shield, but in the wings waited the Red Skull, resurrected in a body cloned from Steve himself and a face permanently shriveled to look like a skull courtesy of the villain’s own devilish poison gas. Walker handed over his ill-gotten role as Cap in a televised ceremony in CAPTAIN AMERICA #351, then fell to an assassin’s bullet.
The real Cap tested some young heroes for Avengers-suitability in CAPTAIN AMERICA #352, then heard a request for asylum from three Soviet Super-Soldiers. Those Russian heroes found defeat at the hands of their own countrymen, the Soviet Supreme, in CAPTAIN AMERICA #353. So Cap flew to Russia to demand answers, only to involve himself in a mystery concerning a supernatural bear.
John Walker returned in CAPTAIN AMERICA #354, explaining his murder as a staged production and his new costumed identity as the government’s U.S. Agent. Cap heard Bernie Rosenthal’s plea to find her missing little sister in CAPTAIN AMERICA #355, he asked fellow Avenger Sersi to use her powers to de-age him for an infiltration of a camp of runaways. Mother Night ran the compound, as seen in CAPTAIN AMERICA #356, and she and Sin, the daughter of the Red Skull, easily defeated the teenage Cap. Rogers gained the upper hand in CAPTAIN AMERICA #357, but elsewhere Baron Zemo and Batroc’s Brigade began their hunt for the shattered pieces of the mystical Bloodstone.
With Diamondback as his ally, Cap headed to South America and an Incan temple in CAPTAIN AMERICA #358 to try and recover a piece of the stone ahead of the bad guys. Things turned topsy-turvy for everyone with an attack by a lost tribe in CAPTAIN AMERICA #359. From Bermuda, Cap and Diamondback flew to Egypt in CAPTAIN AMERICA #360 to hunt for more shards of the stone, but gained a new enemy in the hulking Crossbones.
The Living Mummy shook things up in Egypt for our heroes in CAPTAIN AMERICA #361, but when Zemo used the energies of the artifact—the Hellfire Helix—to try and bring the original Baron Zemo back from the dead in CAPTAIN AMERICA #362, Cap objected vociferously.
Crossbones nabbed Diamondback in Madripoor in CAPTAIN AMERICA #363, while Cap wondered if romance might be in the cards between him and his new partner. After being trapped with a bomb in an abandoned building in CAPTAIN AMERICA #364, Cap reluctantly fought his old Invaders teammate Namor the Sub-Mariner in CAPTAIN AMERICA #365, the sea king hypnotized by the Red Skull.
Steve Rogers capped off his year by witnessing the destruction of Hydrobase, the Avengers’ new headquarters, in AVENGERS #311, a preamble to the Acts of Vengeance.
All-New Marvel NOW! Q&A: Iron Man
By Ryan Haupt
Tony Stark must be exhausted after everything he’s been through these past few months, but writer Kieron Gillen has no intention of letting up.
Still reeling from the discovery of his own adoption and his long-lost brother Arno Stark, Tony must make plans for the future of the Iron Man legacy while confronting new villains coming out of the woodwork. With the 10 rings of the his old foe the Mandarin now being sported by 10 new threats, including the deadly dark elf Malekith, Tony will have his work cut out for him in if he hopes to survive, let alone thrive beginning with IRON MAN #23.NOW! in March.
Gillen shares some details about just how he plans to make life miserable for everyone’s favorite Iron-clad Avenger!
Marvel.com: What you want the people to know about the Mandarin as a character coming in to this new arc?
Kieron Gillen: The Mandarin is probably Iron Man’s greatest villain, and he was used repeatedly in the big arcs. He was the main villain in Matt Fraction’s run [on INVINCIBLE IRON MAN].
Iron Man #23.NOW! cover by Mike Del Mundo
For “Iron Metropolitan” we were thinking about what areas we’d want to explore and basically I've done completely new stuff for the first 18 issues. I wanted to do something a bit more familiar, playing with some parts of the Iron Man iconography. The idea that this is a book about essentially coming from the idea that this is Mandarin City, let’s play with the concept of legacy. And we’ve got these rings.
Matt did little things about the rings being alien [entities], I thought I could build on that enormously and then I thought “What would happen if you just gave the rings to 10 different people?” And then we could have each one of these people have a grudge against Tony Stark and they all have different motivations that don’t all agree with each other. The bearers don’t get on at all. It’s like a war of the rings. I’m completely mashing up my references, but obviously there’s a bit of playfulness with a certain ring-based choosing bearer theme.
I also always thought this scenario would be creepy, an alien dropping a powerful weapon on our planet and saying, “Right now you have to protect this place.” That’s weird. I thought that this is basically an alien culture interfering with the native culture for reasons of their own interest.
That is the logic of these really creepy alien weapons being delivered to a people on a planet being told now you’ve got this mission. So who’d they give it to, why do they give it to; who could have an oversight on that? I thought I’d play with that. I’ve given out these rings, and it’s immediately a really fun mystery: who gets the rings? And a lot of these characters are as we’ve seen so far all in our “Iron Metropolitan” arc, all-new characters. I gave one to Abigail Burns, who got the fire ring, the incandescence ring. She’s like a liberal political journalist loosely based on Laurie Penny, a British politician, political journalist friend of mine. Because you know, a radical journalist is going to hate Tony Stark.
Marvel.com: He is kind of a weapons dude.
Kieron Gillen: Exactly. That’s an interesting way you can give to somebody who isn’t completely unsympathetic, and shall we say some of the other people are less sympathetic than Abigail. I want to give some of these the rings to people who we know. That’s kind of where we’re heading in the second arc, where it turns out that Malekith has one of these rings. And Malekith, shall we say being a major player, is a little bit more proactive than someone like Abigail is.
Right in the first scene, Malekith drops the line pretty much as he meets one of the rings: insufficiently advanced magic is indistinguishable from technology.
Marvel.com: Yeah, the reverse of the Arthur C. Clark quote?
Kieron Gillen: Exactly; the thing about the Clark line, it’s very much the thought of science fiction, from a science guy, looking at magic through his ideological prison. With Malekith, I kind of invert that, and with how the magic people look at technology.
Marvel.com: Which is very much what you’ve done with Phonogram and Loki, and other magical characters you’ve written. You’ve given them a set of rules to play with that are pretty rigid, you know.
Iron Man #19 cover by Paul Rivoche
Kieron Gillen: Yes, as you’ve said, this is not untested ground for me. I kind of introduced this idea in issue #4 in my run, with the bride of the abyss. The Bride is normally the short way of basically mashing together the technology and magic and trying to play games with that a little. And this arc is going to be coming back to that a bit, especially with Malekith, and being the main sort of ring bearer involved in the plot.
I’ve reworked the rings a little; you know traditionally the rings haven’t been flying around and taking over people, presenting themselves to the people as weapons. I’ve played games [with] the power sets, in some ways. The incandescence ring is the heart of a star on your finger, and okay what can you do with that? As opposed to blasting stuff with fire.
Marvel.com: There’s a lot if you really mentally flex that muscle to see where you can actually take this power
Kieron Gillen: Exactly, just playing a little bit. Part of the fun for me is, kind of refreshing this stuff. Okay what else could we do with this? How else could we make the Mandarin rings feel like their own things? These are very much alien intelligences, we’ve seen some of that in the first two issues, but later on, we see that the rings [are] all sort of talking to each other as well. There’s also something they do, essentially dilating the perception of time for the users so they [get] the time to teach the basics to someone like Abigail. We have this bit where we slow down the perception of time and the ring will talk and they will choose what attacks they will do.
Marvel.com: It’s like a comic’s version of a training montage
Kieron Gillen: Yes, or like a turn-based strategy game. They pretty much pause time, and then they select which attack next from the menu, and then they go.
I’m really trying to make these rings interesting weapons; the idea that they are weapons from a culture beyond ours. Primitive but yet robust technology is how the rings describe Iron Man suits at some point.
Marvel.com: You said the rings were going to people who have a problem with Tony Stark. I didn’t realize that Tony and Malekith had much history.
Kieron Gillen: They don’t. The rings also come to the right personality. The Nightbringer is a very particularly picky one. Some of the rings are slightly less particular shall we say? But there’s a reason why they went to Malekith. Pretty much the joke that’s been said: The ring goes and makes an offer. And Malekith says: Are you seriously asking an elf if you have a problem with a man of iron?
Marvel.com: I get it.
Kieron Gillen: Malekith’s an incredible alien sadist. I’m trying to make elves not just like humanity and this is very much like the older sorts of elves. These guys are really scary. And they’re scary because they don’t really think like us. And they [are] not very good at things like empathy. And what amuses them is not really what amuses us.
Marvel.com: Which I feel like plays into very old archetypes of what elves and fairies were. They were malevolent. You know?
Kieron Gillen: I am 100% playing with fairy lore in here. I’m trying to get really into the dark, into the scariness and the darkness of it. Against the background of all of this is Tony Stark who’s dealing with the fact that he was adopted. He’s dealing with his issues; he’s kind of in denial, and a lot more anger. What the fairies do, they’re famous for stealing babies.
Marvel.com: I was going to make a comment about how Tony has also just recently gotten through with dealing with an alien intelligence meddling with humanity in the form of 451. So he’s really got to be getting tired of this.
Iron Man #20 cover by Paul Rivoche
Kieron Gillen: The elves’ relationship with kids is very much [feeding] into the long running Tony’s emotional plot. What I’m doing with the rings kind of does build off some of the stuff that’s going on with 451 and the rest of that. This is Tony with Iron Metropolitan taking what he learned in space and putting into practice on earth. We’ve seen GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and all these other books. There’s definitely the sense that people want to meddle with Earth but with some plausible deniability, that what these rings are up to. These guys are kind of different. This isn’t much like 451 at all. 451 had a plan. The only plan these guys have is bizarre and obtuse and pretty much doesn’t really have an end. Trying to look at what the hell these guys are up to is very much in part the fun of it.
We get new ring bearers. We get new characters to play with. We get a new spin. I like the idea of Tony fighting Malekith, which is a very different kind of person for Tony to meet.
Marvel.com: Pepper Potts just got a ring that Tony is not happy about either.
Kieron Gillen: [Laughs] Yes. Well, I wouldn’t say he's not happy.
Marvel.com: He’s doing his best.
Kieron Gillen: Pepper’s fiancé Marc ends up doing the PR for Iron Metropolitan. So they end up having to work together.
There’s lots to look forward to. Lots of villains. Lots of personal things with Tony and Marc and Pepper and Arno and the other characters. And I’ve got Tony trying to deal with these emotional issues, the fact that he’s really trying to work out how he sees himself now. Three different strands melding together.
The first year [was] the “Secret Origin of Tony Stark.” And the second year is pretty much Mandarin-related. I’m not going to give the full title yet. But it’s definitely playing with the legacy of the Mandarin. There’s a really basic fun-ness. Alright, we’ve got 10 new villains; we don’t know who they are. Some will be new characters, like Abigail, and some will be Marvel legends, like Malekith. Who else gets the rings? There’s a big pop thrill.
It’s easy to understand. A lot of my plots are fairy lore and all that kind of stuff, well on some level this is kind of here we go. Who are they? What do they want? What are they going to do? This is quite easy to grasp. Easy to grasp without reducing the possibility that the plot is going to go on.
Marvel.com: So the Mandarin wore all 10 rings, how much can a single person do with just one?
Kieron Gillen: None of the rings are weak kittens now is a good way of putting it.
The actual rings’ powers are contradictory depending on which bit of history you're reading. This is classic Mandarin stuff, so I’ve done some streamlining and generally speaking, the people who like powerful villains will be happy here. If there’s a choice of two contradictory powers of the ring, I give them both. Actually the ring I given Malekith which is the Disintegration ring, it’s basically a kind of assassin weapon. You can cloak yourself and you get one big stab and then you run. And that’s the point of that weapon, it’s the ultimate assassin.
I only made this decision fully after I watched the new Thor movie, because I was already kind of leaning that way anyway. With all the stealth stuff we got with the Malekith in the movies, this is kind of a nice way to give some soft continuity between the Marvel Universe and the [Marvel Cinematic Universe]. It makes sense, that ring is an assassin weapon. That’s conceptually solid if you see what I’m saying.
Marvel.com: Let’s talk for a minute about Luke Ross.
Kieron Gillen: Yes! Oh man that’s exciting. When I started plotting this I didn’t know who the artist was. Luke’s an incredibly exciting artist.
Marvel.com: I haven’t seen him do a ton of tech stuff. He did the Captain America book for a while; his style was so incredibly fluid in the way that he had Bucky Cap leaping and moving, and I loved watching his choreography in that. How has it been working with him?
Iron Man #21 cover by Paul Rivoche
Kieron Gillen: He gives a sense of authenticity to it, how characters move and the weight. That’s kind of what I’m looking for in the book is the duality between the elf realms and the real realm. And of course [Mike Del Mundo’s] one of the great cover artists I think of the moment. Everything he’s been doing in the last few years has been astounding. And that kind of really gives a sense of strangeness to it all.
Marvel.com: Yeah, I love the image with Malekith holding up the face-plate for the armor with the smile on IRON MAN #23.NOW!, it’s just so creepy.
Kieron Gillen: That image says a lot about the arc. I haven’t really said some of the sub-textual parts of the image out loud. It’s a really good aesthetic package. We did the kind of art deco approach in “Iron Metropolitan;” in the design, the intro pages, we’ve got a very clear lore, kind of fantasy style type of title page. Feels like a kind of talking map or something. I’m quite happy with how the book’s been with aesthetic objects at the moment.
Marvel.com: Anything else should people know as they wade into the first issue of this new arc?
Kieron Gillen: We’re expanding into a completely different way of seeing the Mandarin. And we’re still building on what we had before. Come see Iron Man fight the villain of “Thor: The Dark World.” That sounds interesting to a random person on the streets, which is a plus.
Marvel.com: I have one last very important question. You get one of the rings, only one. Which one?
Kieron Gillen: The Liar. Which is the telepathic ring. Because then I would have all the rest very shortly.
Marvel.com: That’s like wishing for more wishes. That’s not allowed.
Kieron Gillen: Totally. The Liar is the trickier one shall we say.The rings start flying in IRON MAN #19, out now! And get all the latest All-New Marvel NOW! news and more at the official event page!
Understanding Black Widow Pt. 2
Black Widow #1 preview art by Phil Noto
By Tim O’Shea
Nathan Edmondson cannot contain his enthusiasm for his All New Marvel NOW! ongoing series BLACK WIDOW. In the final installment of this two-part interview, Edmondson shines light on the hero’s operations in the shadows of the Marvel Universe and credits artist Phil Noto’s commitment to the series for amplifying the energy.
Marvel.com: The demands of her job would test some people's sanity. How does Natasha not lose her way? What does she do to blow off some steam and can someone like her have fun?
Nathan Edmondson: A glass of wine and talking to herself seems to help. Natasha is a very smart and very capable girl, and she’s driven; the greater danger she faces is not losing her mind in it all, but discerning friend from foe poorly and killing the wrong person. There are lots of blurred lines and gray areas in espionage and shadow warfare, even to the most well-intentioned.
Black Widow #1 preview art by Phil Noto
Marvel.com: What kind of qualities does Natasha look for in hiring an attorney like Isaiah, a new member of her supporting cast?
Nathan Edmondson: Beyond everything she needs someone she can trust implicitly and who is absolutely discrete. She needs someone stronger than she is in many ways. Isaiah is more than an attorney, he’s her devil’s advocate and moral support; he will keep her honest and he is capable where she is not. The last part tells us something very important about her, too: a true warrior, she’s not blind to her own weaknesses, but she does her best to manage them.
Marvel.com: How challenging is it to make a character sympathetic when because of her circumstances, she has to be a stone-cold killer in order to survive?
Black Widow #1 preview art by Phil Noto
Nathan Edmondson: I think we answer that in issue #1, partly in the final three pages, partly earlier on. I’ll leave it to the reader to discover.
Marvel.com: You would be hard pressed to find an artist who is a bigger Black Widow fan than Phil Noto. How does teaming with Phil make this project, which is already a natural fit for a writer like yourself, even more enjoyable?
Nathan Edmondson: I don’t know of a more ideal working scenario here. Phil is an incredible guy—he’s talented and easygoing and sharp and witty and thoughtful—which makes the personal side of the collaboration ideal and enjoyable. He’s also insanely, wonderfully talented, and his talents lend themselves perfectly to this book. So whatever energy I come to each issue with, it’s amplified, magnified when he puts pencil to paper, though often he’s leading the way with sketches, covers and concepts.