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Def Jam Collaborates with Marvel to Celebrate Black Panther

Def Jam Recordings and Marvel Comics – two iconic brands who have left an indelible stamp on popular culture the world over – have announced a special collaboration designed to integrate the voices of young Black creatives with one of the most transformative characters and storylines in graphic arts history: Black Panther. Three of Def Jam’s rising stars – Saint BodhiBobby Sessions, and Kaash Paige – will each contribute character-driven short stories in Black Panther #23, #24, and #25, the last three issues of the “Intergalactic Empire” saga from the acclaimed creative team featuring writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and artist Daniel Acuña.

In celebration of Black History Month, arriving February 24th, Black Panther #23 will see buzzing South-Central-LA singer/songwriter Saint Bodhi share her take on Storm for an emotional story grounded in tragedy and acceptance.  One month later in issue #24, Dallas-native, revolutionary rapper Bobby Sessions will tell a story about the King of Wakanda Black Panther himself.  And in the series finale issue #25 in April, “Toxic R&B” breakout star Kaash Paige will forge a tale about Wakandan Princess Shuri and the power of knowledge. Aligned with the Def Jam Forward initiative to promote social, economic, and educational equality, each three-page story will also feature an exclusive one-page Def Jam artist profile.

BodhiSessions and Paige are stepping into comics for the first time within these highly anticipated issues, but each of the Def Jam artists have a long-standing passion for Marvel and the world of comics and graphic arts in general. And like the inspirations behind their latest albums, the challenges faced by Marvel’s heroes are not so far removed from their own.

Bodhi, Sessions, and Paige will bring their short stories to life alongside some of Marvel’s most talented comic book writers and artists. Kicking off with her Storm story in Black Panther #23, Bodhi will be joined by co-writer Danny Lore, artist Alitha Martinez, and colorist Rachelle Rosenberg. Don’t miss this iconic new issue of Black Panther and Bodhi’s Marvel Comics debut, on stands in comic shops everywhere February 24th! As a bonus, Bodhi’s debut story will also be included in Marvel’s Voices: Legacy #1, a celebration of Black voices and artists, on sale the same day.

Preview: Black Panther #23

Black Panther #23

(W) Ta-Nehisi Coates (A) Daniel Acuña (CA) Daniel Acuña
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 24, 2021
SRP: $3.99

THE POWER OF THE NAMELESS!
The Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda turned their legendary king into a slave. Now the king is restored – and after years of effort, the gates of the Empire will swing wide open as the Black Panther makes one final attempt to free the ranks of the Nameless across the five galaxies.

Black Panther #23

Black Panther #25 Gets Variants from Marvel’s Stormbreakers

Since being announced last year, the inaugural class of Marvel’s Stormbreakers have showcased their incredible artistic visions not only in the pages of Marvel’s hottest titles but also on stunning cover artwork. Revealed earlier today in a special message to ComicsPro, the association for direct-market comic book retailers, a new collection of variant covers by these elite artists will debut in April. This series of covers will grace Black Panther #25, the final issue of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ revolutionary run on the title.

Paying homage to famous art movements in history, these Fine Arts Variant Covers bring the world of Black Panther to life in unique depictions that highlight exactly why these eight artists represent the next generation of comic book excellence! With each artist inspired by a different style, the results are unlike any variant cover collection Marvel Comics has ever put out.

  • Natacha Bustos: Art Brut-African
  • Juann Cabal: Flemish Renaissance
  • Carmen Carnero: Art Nouveau
  • Joshua Cassara: Byzantine
  • Iban Coello: Art Deco
  • Patrick Gleason: Minimalism
  • Peach Momoko: Nihonga
  • R.B. Silva: Pop Art

The Black Panther #25 Fine Arts variant cover program is just the latest way Marvel Comics is spotlighting this outstanding group of talent. Their drive to consistently push the boundaries of comic book art is on full display in these incredible pieces of artwork. Be sure to collect all eight when Black Panther #25 hits stands on April 28th.

Earth’s Mightiest Heroes: An Avengers Retrospective Part 5: Did You Hear the One About Scorpio? (Issues 72-88)

The Avengers #72

Guest contributor Gene Selassie is back with his latest retrospective of Marvel‘s The Avengers. He started at the beginning and he’s back discussing issues #72 to #88!


Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night (legitimately no power or water for a few days here in this Texas blizzard) was able to keep me from this next leg of my journey, re-reading every issue of Avengers from the beginning. This series of issues features the first appearance of villains who become staples in Avengers lore. We also see this book truly be the hub of the goings-on of the Marvel U, with guest stars coming in and out of the book fast and furiously. The personalities of some of Earth’s Mightiest begin to resemble how we know them in the modern era. Finally, we highlight several members of the team, who come to an impasse when it comes to balancing Avenging with their responsibilities outside of the team.

When you mention “Avengers villains”, the first three names that should come to mind are Kang, Ultron, and the Masters of Evil. However, the next tier of villains proved, without the shadow of the doubt, to be “Avengers level threats”.

  • Issue 72 opens with an Avengers meeting (sans Black Panther, Iron Man and Thor, who are missing due to personal reasons). They’re interrupted by a communiqué from SHIELD. The investigation that the Avengers are working on is in regards to Scorpio. Fury was hunting him, but was shot by an assassin named Bulls’ Eye (no relation to the popular Daredevil villain) in SHIELD issue 15 and is believed to be dead. Scorpio somehow hacked into the Avengers communications system, later causing it to explode. When they woke up, the Avengers were all restrained. The combined numbers of the secret cabal known as the Zodiac arrive to watch the execution of the Avengers.
  • Quicksilver also makes his return in issue 75. Wanda’s powers were lost, so the siblings scoured most of Europe to find some way of jump-starting them. It appears this is where Wanda first started delving into the world of magic. In her haste, Wanda accidentally opened a portal to another universe. We get the first appearance of the warlord known as Arkon, who, somehow, knew everything there is to know about Wanda and Pietro. He seeks a bride and Wanda fit the bill. His other reason for coming here was to find a way to reignite the energy ring, which functions like a sun, surrounding his world. Flashes of light from our world flickered on his…those flashes occurred every time an atomic weapon was detonated on our world. Arkon’s final stop here was a meeting of the top nuclear scientists on Earth. He kidnaps several of them and disappears, obviously wanting to use their knowledge to create a cataclysm here that will light Arkon’s world indefinitely.
  • Issue 76 hails the return of John Buscema to art duties. It also features Black Panther and, for some reason Captain America, designing a machine that could breach dimensions to Arkon’s realm, which they haven’t referred to as Polemachus yet. As the Avengers work on this (and Quicksilver’s impetuousness goes into overdrive), Hawkeye gets a visit from Black Widow, who says they can never see each other again. She has to say “I never loved you” to get him to buy it, even though she does a horrible job at selling it. The relationship drama between them isn’t working for me, primarily because Natasha only shows up once every 8-10 issues. Arkon uses a machine to draw the knowledge of nuclear physics from each of the scientist, creating a weapon that could detonate the Earth’s core. Before he can move forward with his plan, the united Avengers, including Iron Man and Thor, arrive. Thor is finally using his hammer to traverse dimensions, as is used in the modern era. After Arkon falsely told Scarlet Witch he’d spare Earth, Wanda is disappointed to find out he lied. When the Avengers move in for the rescue, Clint utters the cringe line of “Don’t let it get you down, Witchie! After all, yer only a female.” Ugggh. The fight moves back to Earth, where Arkon attempts to drop his weapon from the top of the Empire State building. In the end, Arkon’s Vizier contacts him to let him know that Iron Man stayed behind and, with Thor’s help, created a generator to reenergize the ring around Arkon’s home, so they no longer need to destroy Earth. Also, all of the trans-dimensional travel seems to have kickstarted Wanda’s powers again. That ending felt a bit like a deus ex machina since there was no building towards it. This was made worse by the fact that Arkon suddenly no longer wanted to force Wanda into marriage against her will. Overall, a good story slightly marred by the abrupt ending.
  • In issue 77, the Avengers essentially become “Heroes for Hire” as they have to take on odd demolition gigs to cover rent for Avengers mansion. Tony Stark lets them know that Stark Industries is fighting off a power play by wealthy tycoon Cornelius Van Lunt, the same man who hired the team for their demolition job uptown. Panther, who’s restricted from funding the team, even gets a job (under the alias of Luke Charles) as a teacher. The team deals with a misfit mob of bank robbers this issue. These are some of my least favorite adventures as it feels like a waste of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Van Lunt offered to back off from his hostile takeover of Stark Enterprises if the Avengers agreed to work on some pet projects of his.  Later, it’s revealed that Van Lunt was involved in both the incidents with forcibly removing some Native Americans from their land as well as funding a full-scale assault on Manhattan.
  • In issue 78, the Man-Ape returns, luring Captain America into a trap. Had it not been for the intervention of the other Avengers, Cap would’ve been street pizza. T’Challa goes it alone, tracking M’Baku to a giant jet copter over the city. Their confrontation is fierce. Before Panther can put away his foe, he’s lured into a trap. M’Baku stated he’s only the first to fall. It is here that we see the first team-up of Man-Ape, Living Laser, Power Man, the Swordsman, and Grim Reaper; the Lethal Legion. Thor and Iron Man are called in to assist with the search for Black Panther. However, this plays right into the Lethal Legion’s hands as they want to kill all of the Avengers. Panther sneaks out of his confinement, in very Batman-like fashion, to get a message to the other Avengers that an ambush awaits them. It turns out that Reaper wanted him to get the message out. He still wants revenge against the team for the death of his brother, Simon (Wonder Man), even though the Avengers had nothing to do with it. Clint was even more of a dick than usual, completely demeaning Wanda as they searched the tunnels underneath Manhattan. They would be joined in battle by Clint’s old mentor, Swordsman, who was accompanied by Power Man. At one point during the fight, Clint shouts “Go ahead, tough guy. I’m from Missouri!” I thought he was from Iowa? Cap and Quicksilver are blindsided at a power plant down the block from the Avengers mansion. Man-Ape and Living Laser get the best of them, capturing them. Power Man went to the mansion to steal personal files and he captured Vision in the process (though I’m not sure how he could have possibly done so). Once Grim Reaper reads Vision’s file, he realizes that Simon’s brain patterns are what was used to create Vision’s mind. Reaper smashes his death trap (though also not sure how poison gas would work on Vision). It turns out that Vision was Power Man? Vision was phased into Power Man’s body…but still looked like Vision? This one caused me quite a headache. As the story concludes, the team defeats the Lethal Legion. Be that as it may, the constant mentioning of Wonder Man was too much for the Vision, so he leaves the Avengers…only to return the next issue.
  • Issue 82 features the return of the Zodiac, as their troops launch a full-scale assault on Manhattan. They have a nerve paralyzing force field around the island, knocking anyone who comes a calling out cold. This even affects the Avengers at the mansion (Captain America, Quicksilver, Iron Man, and Thor). Goliath, Scarlet Witch and Vision are across the river in New Jersey as they plan a rescue. The Fantastic Four are out of town. Despite this, a few heroes, who weren’t in costume at the time of the assault, plan their own counterattack. These are in the form of Black Panther and this issue’s guest star, Daredevil, the man without fear. Matt Murdock is being taken into custody, when, during a power failure, Matt unleashes hell on them. Peter Parker is about to join the fray as Spider-Man, but he’s visiting his Aunt May, who’s having heart issues and he doesn’t want the news from Manhattan to frighten her. It’s noticeable how, despite the occasional death in this era, writers would have the villains use non-lethal measures as much as possible. I didn’t mind it as a kid. In my twenties, I found it lame. However, the body count has gotten so out of hand in Big Two comics that I revel in the restraint from the writers of yesteryear. T’Challa and Matt attempt to rescue the captive Avengers, but they spring a trap, set by Aries, to lure Panther there for capture. The two barely escape with their lives. When the invaders round up civilians to witness the execution of the Avengers, Matt, in his civilian garb, allows himself to be taken. It’s he who starts a civilian uprising and, unbeknownst to his captors, uses his billy club to sabotage the machine imprisoning the Avengers. Aries uses a device to shrink the force field, intensifying it enough to kill everyone on Manhattan. Thor is forced to destroy Aries’ escape craft, and Aries as well, to stop it.
  • Issues 85-86 see Thor transport himself, his teammates, and the mansion back to Earth after a mission. While Black Knight returns to England and Thor and T’Challa return to Manhattan to meet with Captain America & Spider-Man for a Toys for Tots charity toy giveaway, Goliath, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, and Vision seem to have been pulled to an Earth several days in the future, one in which everyone is dying due to intensely hotter than usual solar rays. Wanda uses her hex power to try to pull them home. They arrive back on the correct date. However, it’s apparent that the team is not on their Earth, but that of the Squadron Supreme, not the Squadron Sinister they faced several issues ago. Nighthawk, Hyperion, Doctor Spectrum, and Whizzer are joined by American Eagle, Lady Lark, Tom Thumb, and their own Hawkeye (obvious analogs for Mr. America, Black Canary, The Atom, and Green Arrow). Doctor Spectrum, Whizzer, and Hyperion are at a rocket launch site. Somehow, this rocket, the Avengers believe, causes the cataclysm they witnessed just days from now. From my experience, Roy Thomas is the only writer who used Quicksilver like a human pinball, much like that of Speedball from the New Warriors. Nighthawk believes the Avengers and tries to help them stop the rocket. However, all are being watched by a mysterious presence. Another fight breaks out between the teams. Wanda desperately uses a hex sphere to hold the rocket in place until Nighthawk can explain to his teammates. The rocket, named Brainchild-One, was named after its creator, who makes his Marvel debut (he was the mysterious presence watching everything unfold). We see the origin of this Earth’s version of Brainchild. He’s a genius whose deformed cranium earned him scorn, despite his work for the U.S. military. He planned to use Brainchild-One to eradicate all life on Earth in revenge. Quicksilver seemed to empathize with him as Brainchild is essentially an ostracized mutant. Back on their home Earth, Iron Man, Thor, and Black Panther use a dimensional scanner, designed by Tony Stark, to try to locate their missing teammates (didn’t Panther and Cap create one earlier?). Quite noteworthy is the fact that the book is nearly a hundred issues in and both Iron Man and Thor still keep their alter egos secret from the other Avengers. The combined Squadron and Avengers confront Brainchild and his deadly advanced technology. The first classic “team-up/splitting off into smaller groups to take on the villain” warms my heart in issue 86. Quicksilver and The Whizzer are blindsided by hundreds of flying boulders. Scarlet Witch and Nighthawk take on a giant humanoid creature. Vision and Doctor Spectrum are attacked by an enormous amoeba-like creature. Goliath and Hyperion tackle Brainchild head on. Despite Brainchild’s psychic brain bolts, the two powerhouses fight on. Clint uses brains, not brawn, to outsmart him (he grows giant-sized, then throws Hyperion, like a lawn dart, at their foe’s protective chair. All of the threats were psychic manifestations of Brainchild. Once defeated, his mind reverted to that of a child. I found this somewhat baffling. To say nothing of Doctor Spectrum’s power prism being able to transform Brainchild’s body into that of a normal child. WTF? The Avengers are pulled back to their Earth by Thor, who locates them. In the end, Vision ponders something quite unsettling; what if the Earth they were brought back to was yet a different Earth, who also happened to have those four Avengers go missing? They would never even know.

Several famous Marvel characters popped in and out of the book in quite the hurry in these issues.

The Avengers #75
  • Rick Jones has returned to the team in issue 72. He states that he was spying around Fury’s apartment and was knocked out by Scorpio, who was also snooping around. This is also around the time that Rick Jones wore the Kree Nega Bands. When he clanged them together he would swap bodies with the Kree warrior and superhero, Captain Mar-Vell, which he’s kept a secret from the rest of the team, even Steve. Rick grew frustrated with the swap and at one point in the action, refused to allow Mar-Vell to come out during the fight.
  • Issue 73 features the first appearance of jazz singer, Monica Lynne. I can understand someone not wanting to get involved in politics. Yet as a Black woman in 1970, Lynne came off as someone who likes to stick their head in the ground whenever tough issues are brought up. The Sons of the Serpent attempt to kidnap Lynne. Black Panther rushes in to save the day. The Supreme Serpent, to prevent his minions from being interrogated, kills them remotely. Lynne noticed how the police took their time because the victim was Black. She becomes more socially conscious after this incident.
  • Issue 80 is the first appearance of the character Red Wolf. While he pursues an armed man that fires at him, Vision decides to investigate. It’s interesting seeing Vision pre “image inducer technology”, where he had to wear a fake human mask and clothing. Vision defeats Red Wolf and takes him to the Avengers, even though he quit the previous issue. The team is already in a heated debate over whether to start a worldwide manhunt for the still at large Zodiac, or something about crime on a local level. It’s odd, yet welcoming, to see a big picture guy like Black Panther more concerned with the youth in the streets of New York. Red Wolf did come across as one of the bigger clichés of that era. However, he became a personal favorite of mine in later years. Apparently, Cornelius Van Lunt tried to strong-arm the land of his reservation away from the people. When they wouldn’t budge, Van Lunt used violence as his next step. When the grandfather of a young boy is murdered, he engages in the ritual to become the warrior of justice for his people, the Red Wolf.  The gunman that Red Wolf was after was an enforcer for Van Lunt. Long before Occupy Avengers was ever a thing, we see Clint and Red Wolf developing a kinship.
  • Issue 88 features a story that Roy Thomas adapted from a plot by famed novelist, Harlan Ellison. Three decades before there was an Illuminati in the Marvel Universe, Reed Richards (leader of the Fantastic Four), Charles Xavier (headmaster of the X-Men) and Tony Stark (Iron Man, founder of the Avengers) combined resources and built a device that could finally contain the Hulk for the U.S. government. Reed mentions that “Perhaps they could even rescue Bruce Banner one day from his living coffin of flesh”, revealing that everyone knows Banner is the Hulk now. This is the first issue of Avengers featuring Sam Wilson, aka the Falcon. One of Falcon’s friends from New Orleans goes missing. His and Captain America’s investigation leads them to a voodoo ritual in the bayou. It turns out that the Vodou priest running things was Sam’s missing friend. He appeared to be in a trance once unmasked, babbling a set of coordinates in the South Pacific. Steve and Sam took Goliath, Iron Man and Thor with them to investigate. They find, what appears to be a giant monster, instead turns out to be the entrance to a temple. While Reed went about transferring the Hulk’s unconscious body to a containment unit, he was mysteriously teleported away, away to the underground lair of the creature known as Psyklop. He is a member of an underground race that predates humankind, going back to when the dark gods roamed the Earth.

Many of the characters, who had less defined traits in the Silver Age, begin to develop the personalities we all know and love to this day.

  • When Quicksilver returns, his temperament seems much more in line with the modern interpretation. He is quite the impatient jerk. You’d think someone needing the Avengers’ help wouldn’t initiate a fight with them first.
  • Goliath also spouting “I never liked him much anyway” felt like Clint didn’t want Pietro to win douche of the year by a landslide.
  • Wanda’s brief foray into the world of magic would be a prelude of things to come.
  • Issue 87 features the first time that we’ve seen Black Panther’s origin in the pages of Avengers. T’Challa uses much less American slang and speaks more formally as time goes on.
  • Iron Man is starting to come off a bit cockier here, not unlike his rendition in the modern era.

The most noticeable aspect of this run is how, unlike the “resident” Avengers (Clint, Wanda, Pietro, Vision), the other Avengers really struggle to balance their duties elsewhere with their duties to the team.

  • Issue 75 opens with Hank and Jan departing from the team as Pym is requested by the U.S. government to look into the effects of oil fields on Alaskan wildlife. On the one hand, Hank is confident the team will do fine without them. On the other hand, Jan sure is mopey about being away from the action.
  • Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and even Rick Jones randomly enter and exit the book due to the goings on of their own series.
  • T’Challa tells his origin story to the team because the temporary chieftain of Wakanda, N’Baza, passed away. This forces T’Challa to have to now choose between being an Avenger and a teacher in New York, or returning to Wakanda as its true chieftain.

This is it, Avengers fans. When next we meet, it will be to discuss, what could essentially be called the first “event story” of the Avengers; the Kree-Skrull War. Yes, part six of this journey will be dedicated entirely to the retelling of the massive conflict between two alien empires, with Earth (in general) and the Avengers (in particular), caught in the crossfire. Until next time, AVENGERS ASSEMBLE!

Marvel Reveals More Jen Bartel Women’s History Month Covers featuring Spider-Woman, Black Cat, Shuri, and Demon Rider!

Debuting next month, Jen Bartel’s Women’s History Month variant covers have already captivated fans with their incredible depictions of Marvel’s most popular female heroes. Now, check out the remaining four covers in this extraordinary collection that will adorn issues of your favorite ongoing series throughout March. In the Eisner award-winning artist’s signature style, Black Cat, Spider-Woman, Shuri, and Kushala AKA the Demon Rider are stylishly showcased in original designs inspired by the year of their creation.

Celebrate Women’s History Month by collecting all eight covers when they debut next month!

  • AVENGERS #43 WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH VARIANT COVER by JEN BARTEL
  • IRON MAN #7 WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH VARIANT COVER by JEN BARTEL (JAN210678)
  • SPIDER-WOMAN #10 WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH VARIANT COVER by JEN BARTEL (JAN210658)
  • BLACK PANTHER #24 WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH VARIANT COVER by JEN BARTEL (JAN210682)
  • BLACK CAT #4 WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH VARIANT COVER by JEN BARTEL (JAN210661)
  • KING IN BLACK: GHOST RIDER #1 WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH VARIANT COVER by JEN BARTEL (JAN210531)
  • SILK #1 WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH VARIANT COVER by JEN BARTEL (JAN210610)
  • X-MEN #19 WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH VARIANT COVER by JEN BARTEL (JAN210629)

Around the Tubes

The Legend of Shang-Chi #1

It’s a new week and we have lots coming at you! Get ready for an exciting week and as it kicks off we’ve got news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup!

The New York Times – Beyond ‘Black Panther’: Afrofuturism Is Booming in Comics – Nice to see this in the Times.

Arab News – New exhibition explores how Arabic comic books have reflected the socio-political culture of the region – This could be really interesting.

FIU News – The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU presents exhibition on the work of an illustration genius and father of the graphic novel – But… Florida.

The Mary Sue – Wynonna Earp Cancelled by Syfy, Final Six Episodes Air March 5th– This isn’t too surprising.

Chatham House – United States: Superhero politics – An interesting read.

Reviews

Collected Editions – Doctor Fate Vol. 3: Fateful Threads
Geek Vibes Nation – Freiheit!: The White Rose Graphic Novel
CBR – The Hostage
Talking Comics – The Legend of Shang-Chi #1

Explore Wakanda in a new Disney+ Series as Ryan Coogler Goes Exclusive with Disney Television Deal

Ryan Coogler will expand his vision for Black Panther and the World of Wakanda taking it from big screen to television screen. The Black Panther director and co-writer has signed a five-year exclusive television deal between his Proximity Media and Disney. Coogler runs Proximity Media with principals Zinzi Coogler, Sev Ohanian, Ludwig Göransson, Archie Davis, and Peter Nicks. Coogler is in the process of working on the sequel to Black Panther and is developing his first series which will spin out of the film series. The television series will be a drama based in the Kingdom of Wakanda for Disney+.

In the announcement, Coogler said:

It’s an honor to be partnering with The Walt Disney Company. Working with them on Black Panther was a dream come true. As avid consumers of television, we couldn’t be happier to be launching our television business with Bob Iger, Dana Walden and all the amazing studios under the Disney umbrella. We look forward to learning, growing, and building a relationship with audiences all over the world through the Disney platforms. We are especially excited that we will be taking our first leap with Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso and their partners at Marvel Studios where we will be working closely with them on select MCU shows for Disney+. We’re already in the mix on some projects that we can’t wait to share,” stated Ryan Coogler on behalf of Proximity Media.

Coogler first came on the radar with Fruitvale Station which he then reunited with that film’s star Michael B Jordan on Creed. Creed, spun out of Rocky, has spun out its own franchise. Black Panther grossed over $1.3 billion globally and was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. Star Chadwick Boseman died last year, and Coogler and Disney are moving forward with a sequel Coogler has written that will not recast that role.

(via Deadline)

Celebrate Black History Month with Covers by Ernanda Souza

Marvel Comics will honor Black History Month with a series of variant covers depicting their most prominent Black heroes. Today, Marvel is proud to present the additional covers that will make up February’s collection. A celebration of the legacy of Black heroes in Marvel Comics’ storytelling, these beautiful pieces of art will grace the covers of our most popular ongoing titles throughout the month of February and feature depictions of Storm, Black Panther, Miles Morales, Falcon, War Machine, Blade, Ironheart, and the new Valkyrie who recently appeared in King in Black: Return of the Valkyries #1. These beloved characters will be brought to life in the distinct, electrifying style of rising star artist Ernanda Souza in her Marvel Comics debut.

See below for a complete list of Souza’s Black History Month variant covers and be sure to pick them at your local comic shop throughout the month of February.

  • AVENGERS #42 BLACK HISTORY MONTH VARIANT COVER by ERNANDA SOUZA
  • BLACK PANTHER #23 BLACK HISTORY MONTH VARIANT COVER by ERNANDA SOUZA
  • KING IN BLACK: CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 BLACK HISTORY MONTH VARIANT COVER by ERNANDA SOUZA
  • CHAMPIONS #4 BLACK HISTORY MONTH VARIANT COVER by ERNANDA SOUZA
  • IRON MAN #6 BLACK HISTORY MONTH VARIANT COVER by ERNANDA SOUZA
  • KING IN BLACK: RETURN OF THE VALKYRIES #3 BLACK HISTORY MONTH VARIANT COVER by ERNANDA SOUZA
  • MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #23 BLACK HISTORY MONTH VARIANT COVER by ERNANDA SOUZA
  • X-MEN #18 BLACK HISTORY MONTH VARIANT COVER by ERNANDA SOUZA

Marvel Honors Women’s History Month with Stylish Variant Covers by Jen Bartel

In honor of Women’s History Month, the women of Marvel will be celebrated in an all-new variant cover collection by superstar artist Jen Bartel. The Eisner award-winning artist has crafted eight gorgeous covers that will adorn issues of your favorite ongoing series throughout March. These stunning pieces of artwork will depict Marvel’s most popular female heroes in Bartel’s signature style and showcase why she’s one of today’s bestselling cover artists.

Serving incredible fashion inspired by the year of their creation, Marvel’s leading ladies have never looked better. She-Hulk rocks her best 1980s power suit, the timeless Patsy Walker puts her claws away for a chic dress, the always glamorous Emma Frost is dripping in diamonds, and Silk puts a modern spin on the traditional. And there’s even more brilliant Women’s History Month Variant Covers by Jen Bartel coming your way, including ones featuring Black Cat, Shuri, and Spider-Woman!

  • AVENGERS #43 WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH VARIANT COVER by JEN BARTEL (JAN210675)
  • BLACK CAT #4 WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH VARIANT COVER by JEN BARTEL (JAN210661)
  • BLACK PANTHER #24 WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH VARIANT COVER by JEN BARTEL (JAN210682)
  • IRON MAN #7 WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH VARIANT COVER by JEN BARTEL (JAN210678)
  • KING IN BLACK: GHOST RIDER #1 WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH VARIANT COVER by JEN BARTEL (JAN210531)
  • SILK #1 WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH VARIANT COVER by JEN BARTEL (JAN210610)
  • SPIDER-WOMAN #10 WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH VARIANT COVER by JEN BARTEL (JAN210658)
  • X-MEN #19 WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH VARIANT COVER by JEN BARTEL (JAN210629)

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Future State: Suicide Squad #2

It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below. While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

CBR – Black Panther: Wakanda’s Designer Spent $12K to Land Her Job – Wow!

ICv2 – Q4 Sales at IDW Publishing the Highest in Four Years – That’s a good thing.

Reviews

Geek Dad – Future State: Suicide Squad #2
Talking Comics – Killadelphia #12
Monkeys Fighting Robots – Monsters
Talking Comics – Scout’s Honor #1

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