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Preview: S.W.O.R.D. #8

S.W.O.R.D. #8

(W) Al Ewing (A) Guiu Vilanova (CA) Stefano Caselli
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 29, 2021
SRP: $3.99

By the time you’re reading this, you know. You know who sits in the central seat of Arakko. You know who speaks for Sol. Storm rules. But when you have to prove to your people who you are, every single day without fail…What becomes of who you were?

S.W.O.R.D. #8

Symbiote Terror is Unleashed in the Venom #1 Trailer

The next era of Venom is here. Following Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman’s character-redefining run, Marvel’s resident master of horror, Al Ewing, and titan of terror Ram V will be team up with superstar artist Bryan Hitch for an all-new saga in Venom #1. This mastermind team will bring readers a mind-bending and gut-wrenching tale of symbiosis that chronicles two journeys: Eddie Brock’s into space to fulfill his new duties as King in Black, and his son Dylan Brock’s while he tackles his new role as a Marvel super hero.

These two adventures will intertwine and impact one another to create a singular and epic new vision, and fans can get their first taste at what’s to come in the all-new Venom #1 trailer, featuring never-before-seen artwork.

Twice the terrifying symbiotes. Twice the terrific writers. One amazing artist. Be there when Venom #1 hits stands on October 27.

Preview: Guardians of the Galaxy #18

Guardians of the Galaxy #18

(W) Al Ewing (A) Juan Frigeri (CA) Brett Booth
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 22, 2021
SRP: $3.99

• The Guardians and their allies are being overrun on all fronts by the Mindless Armies of Dormammu. There’s only one hope for the galaxy as we know it.
• ROCKET RACCOON has a plan. All he needs to know is Dormammu’s weak spot.
• Dormammu doesn’t have a weak spot.
• Uh-oh.

Guardians of the Galaxy #18

Preview: Gamma Flight #4 (of 5)

Gamma Flight #4 (of 5)

(W) Al Ewing, Crystal Frasier (A) Lan Medina (CA) Leinil Francis Yu
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 22, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Skaar, the son of Hulk, and Dionne, daughter of [REDACTED]. Get the origin story of the Marvel Universe’s newest, deadliest gamma mutate! Plus: Absorbing Man pushes his abilities to the max – and it goes badly. Rick Jones and Del Frye make a desperate move – that grants them new, horrifying abilities. This team of Hulk hunters is breaking apart… and their enemy knows it. Don’t miss this issue’s immortal revelations!

Gamma Flight #4 (of 5)

The Immortal Hulk #50 Captures Immortal Moments in Variant Covers

The end of one of the most critically-acclaimed comic runs in recent history arrives next month with Immortal Hulk #50, a special giant-sized issue that will present the epic conclusion to years of buildup, mystery, and Gamma-powered additions to the Hulk mythology. To celebrate the end of this groundbreaking journey, some of the industry’s top artists have delivered outstanding ‘Immortal Moments’ variant covers that depict some of the highlights of the last 49 issues.

These eight covers will allow readers to relive the following breathtaking moments from throughout this incredible saga:

  • Ron Lim and Israel Silva immortalizes Hulk’s discovery of the gamma-irradiated father of Del Frye from IMMORTAL HULK #2
  • Ed McGuinness and Laura Martin immortalizes the brutal brawl between the red Absorbing Man and Hulk from IMMORTAL HULK #9
  • Gary Frank and Brad Anderson immortalizes the climactic moment of the “Hulk in Hell” arc where Devil Hulk lets Bruce know he’ll always protect him from IMMORTAL HULK #13
  • Carlos Pacheco, Rafael Fonteriz, and Marcio Menyz immortalizes the debut of the Rick Jones/Abomination hybrid from IMMORTAL HULK #17
  • Creees Lee and Jesus Aburtov immortalizes Hulk’s initial confrontation with Betty’s new manifestation of her Red Harpy persona from IMMORTAL HULK #19
  • Sanford Greene immortalizes the glimpse of Hulk’s potential future as the Breaker of Worlds from IMMORTAL HULK #25.
  • InHyuk Lee immortalizes Hulk squaring off against his Roxxon-backed replacement, Xemnu, from IMMORTAL HULK #31
  • Jen Bartel immortalizes the reveal of the Devil Hulk’s true look from IMMORTAL HULK #38

Check out all eight now and be there for the end to this historic run when Immortal Hulk #50 hits stands on October 13!

Preview: Defenders #2 (of 5)

Defenders #2 (of 5)

(W) Al Ewing (A/CA) Javier Rodriguez
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 08, 2021
SRP: $3.99

The Defenders find themselves in the birthplace of Galactus – but the Devourer is not the man they remember. Meet Taaia, Omnimax and more as Al Ewing and Javier Rodr guez expand the cosmos – and put Doctor Strange’s makeshift magical team in extreme jeopardy!

Defenders #2 (of 5)

Al Ewing and Ram V Push Eddie and Dylan Brock to their limits in Venom!

A new superstar creative team will take the reins of Venom starting next month. Teaming up with artist Bryan Hitch, mastermind writers Ram V and Al Ewing are set to take the symbiote mythos to the next level with thrilling new developments for father son pair Eddie and Dylan Brock. Each writer will lend their talents to a different character with Ewing taking us beyond the stars with Eddie in his new role as the “King in Black,” and Ram V bringing us back to earth penning Dylan’s beginnings as a super hero. Together, the two writer’s sagas will intertwine and impact one another to create a singular and epic new vision.

In December’s Venom #3, Ram V will spotlight the early struggles of Dylan’s burgeoning career as a Marvel super hero. As everything Dylan Brock has come to know and love unravels around him, he is beginning to realize a terrible truth: The Venom symbiote is not a harmless pet, no matter how much it pretends to be one. It’s an alien. A dangerous, violent, often bloodthirsty alien. Whatever bond it had with Dylan’s father, Eddie Brock, special as it may have been…is gone. And Dylan might be soon too.

Check out the cover for December’s Venom #3 below and be there for the beginning of a new age of symbiotes when Ram V, Al Ewing, and Bryan Hitch take over in Venom #1 on October 13th!

Venom #1

Al Ewing Speaks Out and Condemns Joe Bennett

Immortal Hulk #50

Al Ewing and Joe Bennett have been working together for the recent epic, and well reviewed, Hulk run Immortal Hulk since 2018. In recent months, Bennett’s negative behavior has begun to overshadow the collaboration for Marvel. Today, Ewing took to Twitter to speak out about Bennett and an image that has been making the rounds since 2017.

On Twitter, Ewing writes:

There’s an image doing the rounds that Joe Bennett drew back in 2017. I won’t link to it, but I have seen it, and it’s reprehensible. Thread follows.

If you’ve seen the image, you know what it is. An armoured swordsman, which I assume represents Bolsonaro given Joe’s commentary, slaughtering tiny, scurrying people, with the buck teeth and ears of rats. And big noses. One of them is cosplaying Dracula.

I’m assuming these are political enemies of some kind, but even if not, the tropes are apparent. Human beings as vermin being exterminated. Even if it’s no longer up, that it was drawn in the first place, signed, and so proudly displayed by Joe speaks volumes.

This isn’t the first issue with Joe that I’ve been made aware of. I’ve spoken behind the scenes, but that’s no comfort to people at the sharp end of this kind of brutal propaganda. My lack of public visibility on this has let people down, and I apologise.

In the interests of adding some material action to that apology, I’ve made donations to Rainbow Railroad and the Rainforest Trust. I understand if that feels like an empty or insufficient gesture for those reading this.

Immortal Hulk is done, but I won’t be working with Joe again. If people choose not to pick up my work with other artists in the future on the basis of my handling of this, I understand and accept that. If I’ve lost your trust, that’s on me.

I can’t speak for Joe on this. He can speak on it for himself. But I will say that it’s not up to him – or me – what those hurt by his behaviour in the past should be willing to accept from him now. He’s made his bed.

With all this said, I’m probably going to remain off Twitter myself for now, and not read or reply to mentions for a while. Again, if that feels insufficient, I understand. Thank you for reading.

Bennett has courted controversy within comics and out. Immortal Hulk #43 featured anti-Semitic imagery which was removed by Marvel after printing. Bennett expressed remorse over the art saying it was “wrong, offensive, and hurtful in many ways”. He also called it a “mistake”.

Bennett also has shown anti-LGBT sentiment replying with a laughing emoji to a transphobic comment as well as saying that a gay journalist should have been punched instead of slapped by a far-right journalist.

While Ewing has spoken up, Marvel has remained relatively silent. It’s clear Ewing is done working with Bennett now that the Immortal Hulk run is over but is that Marvel’s attitude as well? Time will tell.

Preview: Guardians of the Galaxy #17

Guardians of the Galaxy #17

(W) Al Ewing (A) Juan Frigeri (CA) Brett Booth
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 18, 2021
SRP: $3.99

• The Guardians are scattered to save five different planets – but it’s already too late for Chitauri Prime.
• Why those five? What are the true plans of the mysterious enemy targeting our universe? Only DOCTOR DOOM knows…
• …but with the entire Chitauri species out for his blood, he might not survive to stop them!

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