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Heroes & Villains Receive a Major Upgrade in Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex!

Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. What would you give up in your quest for power? What if it cost you your very soul? This February, those questions and more will be answered in the pages Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex, the epic crossover taking place in the pages of Guardians of the Galaxy, All-New X-Men, Legendary Star-Lord, Cyclops, Captain Marvel, Nova and Guardians Team-Up!

But before this epic even blasts off in 2015, Marvel is pleased to present your very first look at a selection of Cosmically Enhanced Variant Covers, all by blockbuster artist Andrea Sorrentino! With the power to unlock the user’s true cosmic potential, The Black Vortex, an ancient artifact of limitless power has been unleashed upon the universe. Now, get your first look at some of the Guardians and the X-Men in their new, supercharged forms!

In an interview with Marvel.com, Sam Humphries said:

What happens when one person submits to the Black Vortex and becomes a titan of the cosmos? What happens when a whole team does it? Or a whole planet?” says Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex Alpha #1 writer Sam Humphries in an interview with Marvel.com. “Imagine the metamorphosis that turned Norin Radd into the Silver Surfer, or Jean Grey into Dark Phoenix, available to anyone in the Marvel Universe.

But of course, no amount of power comes without a cost.

Billions of lives are at stake, the heroes of the Marvel Universe will have to face the darkness inside themselves if they hope to succeed. But will they be the ones to save the galaxy, or will they be seduced by the Black Vortex’s power?

Don’t miss these epic variants as they grace the covers of each chapter of the epic crossover and don’t miss one moment of the action as it all begins this February in Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex Alpha #1!

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY & X-MEN: THE BLACK VORTEX ALPHA #1 (DEC140820)
Written by SAM HUMPHRIES
Art & Cover by ED MCGUINNESS
Cosmically Enhanced Variant by ANDREA SORRENTINO (DEC140822)
FOC – 01/12/15, On-Sale – 02/04/15

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Marvelkids.com Launches Avengers Destination

Avengers_Assemble_Combined-Strike-gameMarvel continues to expand marvelkids.com with its latest destination dedicated to the mightiest Marvel Super Heroes – The Avengers!  The Avengers destination is designed to captivate the next generation of Marvel fans with things that younger kids will love, featuring games and immersive activities assembling Marvel’s greatest Super Hero team.

At avengers.marvelkids.com younger Marvel fans can take on the role of Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow and more in a variety of interactive games including:

  • Black Widow – The Black Widow undertakes a difficult mission for Nick Fury

The site has all of the games above and several more!

The site also features Avengers downloadable coloring pages, mazes and word searches.

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Preview: A Bold New Direction Begins in Powers #1!

This January, hot off the heels of the highly anticipated debut of the Powers TV series comes Powers #1 – the recharged and reborn ongoing series from Marvel’s creator owned ICON imprint. A perfect jumping on point for fans old and new, creators Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming are back with a double-sized debut issue for regular price! Now is your chance to jump on board the hit series in time for its television debut!

Hardened homicide detectives Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim are back, investigating the crimes and solving the murders involving superpowered criminals. If a superhero falls dead from the sky, they’re there. If a super villain winds up dead in the gutter, they’re the first on the scene. But having barely survived the most harrowing case of their careers, Walker and Pilgrim are faced with the toughest decision they’ve ever had to face. The discovery of a power no one has ever seen before will lead Walker and Pilgrim down a new path.

This double-sized issue also includes an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the making of the Powers TV series with never-before-seen pictures from the set!

POWERS #1 (OCT140904)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art & Cover by MICHAEL AVON OEMING
Variant Covers by DAVID MACK (OCT140905) & DAVID MARQUEZ (OCT140906)
Photo Variant Also Available (OCT140907)
FOC – 12/15/14, On Sale – 01/14/15
48 pgs./Mature Content…$3.99

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Review: Storm #6

storm 006So far in this series, there has a been a lack of success in finding a defining direction for the character.  Although at times the character of Storm has been captured correctly, at others it has been muddled and muddied by outside developments which halt any interior development in this title.  This most recent issue is perhaps a chance to look at what has come before to put it behind as well as to highlight both the successes of the series so far as well as the strength of the character that has been built up over her many years of publication history.

As Storm leaves Yukio behind, she finds herself on a plane headed to La Guardia, but no plane ride it can seem can ever be normal for any superhero.  Instead of dealing with boring in-flight movies and stale pretzels, Storm has to deal with unruly passengers who are unhappy with a mutant flying on board.  While these are interjected in a forced way, there are also some nicer moments, specifically with a nurse escorting an organ for donation, who has recognized what Storm did in the first issue of this series by stopping the tidal wave.  As this ties into the other stories so far in this series, Storm is unable to escape from the unfortunate two part story arc that preceded this one, as some soldiers from one of the warring clans come looking for payback.  This sets up a good action sequence but it is equally forced in other ways specifically in the resolution.

As with any comic series, the stories here would benefit from a lack of influence of outside factors, but more so, it would seem that for all of the solo X-Men titles that they are lacking in the absence of other X-Men.  Storm is easily a compelling enough hero to hold her own book, but as a character she is not being able to let loose and carve out her own niche.  Until that time, this series is going to be searching for an identity, but at least in this issue there seems to be some promise that the series is heading that way.

Story: Greg Pak Art: Al Barrionuevo
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Pass

Review: Inhuman #10

Inhuman 010The latest issue of Inhumans is one of two stories, and it is two stories which are cleverly balanced against one another, despite not directly dealing with each other.  Since its relaunch Inhumans has been one of the most interesting series in Marvel.  It is a fairly common theme in comics to have a group of outsiders and to have them desire some kind of assembly to make them feel more comfortable amongst themselves.  This is the case with the X-Men but it is also the case with the Inhumans, though the approach here seems to be more that of a true diaspora.  Instead of people finding out that there are others like them and seeking some acceptance, the people here already knew that there were others like them, only they can’t figure out how to get back together.

So far in this series, Medusa has been undoubtedly the breakout star.  As she struggles to find acceptance for new Attilan, she takes center stage both inside and outside of the comic.  While she is central figure here, the role that Axis played upon her is also not used as a detraction, but rather as an attraction.  The past two issues could have turned into an all-out slugfest but it did not.  What this series really needs is a pull to keep the stories interesting, and it has that in the Reader and Xiaoyi, the only problem being that they are not enough of a draw to keep most fans coming back.  What is enough of a draw though is a battle of Medusa versus Spider-Man, and so this is where the balance comes in.  The battle between the two heroes is a bit artificial and out of place, but it still provides the draw for the reader to be introduced to the more compelling story behind the scenes.

This issue does what it must.  It provides a bit of fluff to draw in the reader but also keeps the main story going in the background.  This duplicitous approach is perhaps needed, but is also indicative of what some comics need to do to survive.  Evidently though, Marvel is very interested in the concept of the Inhumans, and they will be doing everything that they can to keep the idea alive and relevant.  This issue does that at the very least, providing both some mostly meaningless fun but also the necessary gravity for the series to keep going strong.

Story: Charles Soule Art: Ryan Stegman
Story: 8.1 Art: 8.1 Overall: 8.1 Recommendation: Read

Spider-Woman Goes Batgirl, Gets a New Look

Out are spandex outfits. In are jackets, leather, leggings, and more realistic costumes. Marvel revealed today a new design for Jessica Drew, aka Spider-Woman. The design by artist Kris Anka, debuts today in the Spider-Man Unlimited mobile game, but will be seen in comics in March, when the Spider-Woman series goes in a new direction (the second issue came out yesterday).

This design is the latest o walk that line between real world and super hero. It also parrots the recent change by DC as far as the look for Batgirl, which breathed new life into the character and series. That redesign too had a more practical feel about it.

The new look debuts in Spider-Woman #5 which finds Jessica focusing on helping people in New York City at a more street-level way. That issue will be drawn by Javier Rodriguez.

Kris Anka's design

Kris Anka’s design

Javrier Rodriguez's take

Javrier Rodriguez’s take

 

Hail to the King With the King-Size Kirby Collection!

He’s the King of Comics. A man who left an indelible mark upon the medium, using his peerless imagination to create some of the greatest stories and characters ever told. In 2015, celebrate Jack “King” Kirby’s incredible contribution to comic book history in the monumental, decades-spanning King-Size Kirby Hardcover collection!

Presented in Marvel’s Adamantium-sized format, this titanic tome clocks in at more than 800 pages of Kirby’s finest stories and stands more than a foot tall! For the first time ever, fans will be able to experience these truly genre-defining stories in a format that complements Jack Kirby’s unsurpassed art and storytelling abilities.

Whether it was westerns, romance, war, horror, sci-fi, humor or super heroes – Jack Kirby could do it all! From Captain America punching Adolf Hitler to the super heroic creation of the Fantastic Four, X-Men and Avengers on to the far-out space opera of the Eternals, savor Jack Kirby’s most iconic comics in this one, unforgettable collection.

This summer, experience the work of Jack Kirby brought to life like never before. A collection for the ages, experience the groundbreaking storytelling of one of the medium’s greatest pioneers when the King-Size Kirby Hardcover hits stores in July! Hail to the King.

KING-SIZE KIRBY collects material from RED RAVEN #1; MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS #13; CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS (1941) #1, 7; TALES TO ASTONISH #5; RAWHIDE KID #17; AMAZING ADVENTURES (1961) #1, STRANGE TALES #89, #94 and #114; TEEN-AGE ROMANCE #84; FANTASTIC FOUR #1, #48-51, #57-60 and ANNUAL #5; INCREDIBLE HULK #3; TWO-GUN KID #60; LOVE ROMANCES #103; AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #8; SGT. FURY #6 and #13; AVENGERS #4; TALES OF SUSPENSE #59; X-MEN #9; THOR #134-136 and #155-157; NOT BRAND ECHH #1; AMAZING ADVENTURES (1970) #1-2; CAPTAIN AMERICA’S BICENTENNIAL BATTLES; CAPTAIN AMERICA (1968) #200; ETERNALS #7; DEVIL DINOSAUR #1; and WHAT IF? #11

KING-SIZE KIRBY HC
Written by JACK KIRBY, MARTIN BURNSTEIN, JOE SIMON & STAN LEE
Penciled by JACK KIRBY
Cover by JACK KIRBY
On Sale JULY 2015!

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Writer G. Willow Wilson Goes Exclusive With Marvel

Ms_Marvel_1_CoverMarvel has announced that Ms. Marvel and X-Men writer G. Willow Wilson has signed an exclusive agreement with the publisher.

After finding critical acclaim with her previous works Cairo and the Eisner Award nominated series Air, Wilson dove into the Marvel Universe, and the international spotlight, with the debut of Marvel’s first solo series featuring a teenaged Pakistani-American Muslim, Ms. Marvel. The series is groundbreaking and one of our favorites here.

She has followed up that ground breaking run on Ms. Marvel by taking over Marvel’s all-female X-Men team in X-Men.

In a release she said:

Writing the X-Men has been a unique challenge–it’s the team book that got me into comics as a kid, and they have so much history. I wanted to get them out of their element–quite literally–and tell a story that was unexpected and fresh. How do you challenge some of the most powerful mutants on the planet? Put them up against the planet itself. That was the genesis of my upcoming arc on X-Men, ‘The Burning World.’

Congrats to both!

Marvel’s Original Star Wars Adaptations Return in 2015 With Remastered Graphic Novels

Next year, the original Marvel Comic adaptations of the iconic Star Wars trilogy return for new, oversized graphic novels with remastered coloring! It all starts this March as the first original comic adaptation of the greatest space-fantasy film of all time is reborn for the modern age as Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope makes it’s triumphant return to comic shops!

Weeks before George Lucas’ first Star Wars film hit theaters, Marvel gave eager fans their very first look at Luke Skywalker, boldly asking “Will he save the galaxy, or destroy it?” Over 30 years later, you know the answer, but that doesn’t spoil the excitement of reliving this now classic adaptation like you’ve never seen it before – including scenes that never made it to the silver screen! Written by Roy Thomas with art by Howard Chaykin, this iconic story has been remastered for the modern age all-new coloring by Chris Sotomayor.

Debuting in an oversized hardcover format with sophisticated packaging and a new cover by famed artist Adi Granov, relive the original Marvel Comics adventure of Luke, Han, Leia, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2 and the villainous Darth Vader again – or for the very first time. It’s six against an entire galaxy – one that’s far, far away and a long time ago!

STAR WARS: EPISODE IV  A NEW HOPE OGN-HC
Written by ROY THOMAS
Pencilled by HOWARD CHAYKIN
Colored by CHRIS SOTOMAYOR
Cover by ADI GRANOV
On Sale May 2015!

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A First Look at the Lego Age of Ultron Sets

lego age of ultronFrom the German version of the Lego catalog we get a look at what we can expect for the Lego Marvel Avengers: Age of Ultron sets. There’ll be six sets that’ll hit shelves around April.

The sets are below with what figures they include:

  • 76029 Iron Man vs Ultron – Iron Man MK45, Ultron Officer Drone, Drone Ultron x 2
  • 76030 Hydra Avengers Showdown  – Thor, Hawkeye, Hydra Agent
  • 76031 The Hulkbuster Rescue Mission  – MK43 Iron Man, Hulk, Scarlet Witch, Ultron Prime
  • 76032 Avengers Quinjet Chase  – Captain America, Vision, Black Widow, Ultimate Ultron, Iron Man MK43
  • 76038 Attack on Avengers Tower  – MK45 Iron Man, Thor, Ultron, Iron Legion Drone x 2
  • 76041 Fortress Attack on Hydra  – Quicksilver, Hydra Agent, Baron Von Strucker, Hulk, Captain America
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