“There will be an island—not the first, but the last…” Destiny’s foreboding words have stuck with Mystique—and fans—since the very beginning of the age of Krakoa. Now, a day of reckoning is upon mutantkind’s leaders, and the shocking payoff to seeds planted in House of X and Powers of X arrives in mastermind writer Jonathan Hickman’s brand-new X-Men series: Inferno!
Promises were made and broken. The rulers of Krakoa have been playing a dangerous game with a dangerous woman, and they are about to see how badly that can burn them. Having been denied her wishes yet again, Mystique is ready to follow through on her promise to burn the nation of Krakoa to the ground. Mutantkind’s bright future is threatened like never before as Hickman brings his game-changing plans to a head. Fans can expect more revelations from the lives of Moira MacTaggert, Nimrod’s revenge, vicious power plays, and more in this pivotal chapter in X-Men history. Throughout this four-issue limited series, Hickman will be joined by an incredible lineup of artists beginning with acclaimed illustrator Valerio Schiti and also including R.B. Silva, and Stefano Caselli. Known for masterfully depicting large-scale action alongside intense human drama, the S.W.O.R.D. and Empyre artist is perfect for bringing this heartbreaking saga to life.
In what is now an X-Men tradition, superstar artist Mark Brooks has delivered another stunning piece of teaser artwork for this latest X-Men milestone. An homage to his earlier House of X/Powers of X piece, it depicts all the major players of Krakoa as they brace themselves for their biggest shakeup yet. Check it out below and be there in September when the biggest secrets of Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men run burn away in Inferno #1.
Marvel has teased the next big series for Jonathan Hickman‘s X-Men. More info is coming and Inferno begins in September.
Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors debuts Sunday, September 30 on Disney and Disney XD and you’ll be able to recreate the show yourself with figures from Hasbro.
The figures are 11-inch scale and not only sport the outfits of the characters but also 15 points of articulation.
Figures include Ms. Marvel, Squirrel Girl, America Chavez, Ghost-Spider, Quake, Inferno, and Patriot. Each has their own accessories and Tippy-Toe is included too!
The figures are out this October first at Target, followed by Disney Stores and the Hasbro shop.
Tyler Perry‘s Boo! A Madea Halloween was the top movie at the domestic box office earning an estimated $16.68 million in its second week out. That’s two weeks in a row the film has led the weekend box office and has earned $52 million after two weeks with a budget of $20 million. The film dropped a bit more than expected in its second week but considering the positive reviews from audiences, it’s no surprise it did well.
But, that film’s being the top film for the weekend was also due to Inferno falling short of expectations. The film earned just $15 million. That’s about $10 million shy of predictions and is a miss for Sony and Tom Hanks. The third film in the series was short of Angels & Demons $46.2 million opening seven years ago and The Da Vinci Code‘s $77 million ten years ago. Inferno has had some success overseas though having earned $132.7 million already to bringing its worldwide total to $147.7 million
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back dropped to third from second in its second week. The film added $9.55 million to its total bringing it to $39.7 million domestically and so far $93.9 million worldwide.
In comic movie news, Doctor Strange opened in foreign markets earning $86 million so far. That debut was in 33 territories which is about 45% of the international marketplace. The film opened ahead of Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: Winter Solider, and Thor: The Dark World. The film will open domestically this coming weekend in about 3,800 theaters as well as Russia, Brazil, China, Colombia, and a few other foreign markets.
Come back in an hour and we’ll have our comic film 2016 roundup!
Inferno was one of the first releases under the Secret Wars banner, and while it might have been overshadowed by some other titles by this point into what is becoming a pretty big crossover, it still has its fans. The first issue was received pretty well, despite the fact that the readers didn’t exactly know what they were getting into with the series. The series was inspired by the original crossover, and featured Colossus as he ventured into a demon infested New York City while he tries to rescue his sister, Magik, who was captured there by demons and who seemed happy enough to stay that way. Occurring on the anniversary of her abduction, Colossus leads a strike team into the city to free her, but not yet having succeeded he launches one last mission despite the protests of Scott Summers.
If there are any armchair generals that have been following along with the plot, then they would know that letting your enemy know the general timing of an attack is a bad idea, and that is the case here. After all it is easier to defend than attack, and Magik is more than aware of that as she has successfully manipulated the situation over the course of the first two issues. At the end of the last issue she managed to both imprison and corrupt Nightcrawler, and he now becomes her teleporting demon-mount. With no place that she can’t go, she is now under less restrictions and launches a full-on assault on the X-Men, hoping to defeat them once and for all.
The interesting part about this series is that there are a lot more question marks than usual for its resolution. As has been shown elsewhere in the Marvel Universe, there are less restrictions across the board on wiping characters off the roster. Numerous big names have already died in various tie-ins across the Secret crossover, though of course there are several versions of each character. This adds to the tension here, as readers are used to the heroes usually winning, but that might not be the case here at all. As it stands the odds are against the heroes, and it makes this easier to enjoy. It continues its solid performance as a less noteworthy but equally good entry into the Secret Wars world.
Story: Dennis Hopeless Art: Javier Garron
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy
Setting a comic inside a post-apocalyptic world run by demons inside another mini-dimension run by a powerful overlord might seem like one of the strangest concepts for a superhero book, but it is the basis for the Inferno series which is tying into Secret Wars. The first issue was a solid introduction to this universe, where the X-Men patrol what is left of New York City against a demon horde, while the same horde led by Colossus’ sister does pretty much as they want inside their own domain. Once per year Colossus leads a strike team to try to rescue his sister, and the first issue focused on the most recent attempt to do so. Previous attempts resulted in tragedies of one kind or another, and this attempt seemed equally doomed from the onset.
It should be said that even for someone following along that this setting is pretty weird and confusing. Domino and Colossus were separated and thrust into two different sub-plots involving the Goblin Queen, Madelyne Pryor. As the characters try to regain a stronger foothold, the development of the story takes some strange twists as the strike team is fractured and then almost reunited. Meanwhile Magik and Nightcrawler face off against each other, with Nightcrawler at a distinct disadvantage being her prisoner.
There is a general lack of description in this issue, as the reader is seemingly supposed to let go of trying to make sense of what is happening in the interest of allowing the demon world to exist. While this is a bit of a letdown in terms of the pacing the issue is saved by the well written characters, as specifically the interaction between Colossus and Madelyne, and also between Domino and Madelyne’s son save this issue from going off the tracks. Heading into the next issue it would seem as though there is a stronger direction for this series, and while the setting is bizarre, that the creative team is making it work.
Story: Dennis Hopeless Art: Javier Garron
Story: 8.3 Art: 8.3 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Read
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In the history of the comic book medium, and especially the part that focuses on superheroes, there has certainly never been a period with as much hero vs. hero action as the past three months at DC and Marvel. DC got things started with Convergence and Marvel followed with Secret Wars. The concept between the two companies has been strikingly similar almost as though the two companies are trying to compete with each other directly for the same exact market with the exact same concept. The Convergence world At DC created by Brainiac has obvious parallels to the Battleworld at Marvel created by Doctor Doom.
Inferno finds itself in the middle of this mess, but as opposed to so many others of the past few months, this one at least makes an effort to weave a more inspired story into the hero vs. hero concept. This one involves many of the X-Men trapped inside a hellish version of New York City. Overrun by demons, the X-Men have established themselves as something closer to police, save for one specific instance. Once per year Colossus is allowed to lead a strike team to try to rescue his sister Illyana (also known as Magik) from the clutches of the demons, although his actions have not come without a heavy price. This issue focuses on two subsequent missions and what they meant to the fabric of the team, and the price that one man will pay to rescue a loved one.
The issue is not as gripping as might be hoped for, but there is nonetheless still something here which is better than what has been seen elsewhere in the past few months. The X-Men generally rely on science for their stories in one way or another, so the supernatural element feels a little bit out of place, but equally so too does the entire Battleworld, so this still comes off feeling logical enough of a story. It does so by mostly avoiding the focus on the specific aspects of the Battleworld setting, which incidentally serve the story better overall.
Story: Dennis Hopeless Art: Javier Garron
Story: 8.1 Art: 8.1 Overall: 8.1 Recommendation: Read
This May, the world of Secret Wars takes you back to the fiery wastes of Manhattan as the X-Men delve back into…INFERNO! Today, Marvel has released a new look at Inferno #1 – from writer Dennis Hopeless and artist Javier Garron! Welcome to the ruins of Manhattan, now ablaze with fire and brimstone. Five years ago, a band of demons rose up out of those fiery depths and turned the world to Hell on Earth. The X-Men were all that stood in the way of complete obliteration. The X-Men fought for survival. The X-Men failed…
Now, on this the fifth anniversary of the fall of the world, Colossus is leading a surviving team of X-Men back into the Inferno. None of them know what lies on the other side, but one thing is certain, they’re not coming back without his sister! Now, amidst the fire and the fury lies demons, ghouls, and the Goblin Queen herself. Colossus and his team of Nightcrawler, Boom Boom and Domino will face them all in an effort to save Illyana. But can she be saved? Or has she already been lost? The answer lies beyond the fires True Believer!
INFERNO #1 (MAR150650)
Written by DENNIS HOPELESS
Art & Cover by JAVIER GARRON
Variant Cover by ADI GRANOV (MAR150651)
FOC – 05/04/15, On-Sale 05/27/15
Zenescope Entertainment has announced plans for a new event that will become part of the long running hit comic book series, Grimm Fairy Tales. The event is called Age of Darkness and will involve most of Zenescope’s Grimm Universe spinoff series as well as its flagship title, Grimm Fairy Tales as it approaches its landmark 100th issue, due out July 2014.
“Everything we’ve ever done in the Grimm Fairy Tales has led up to this event and the Grimm Universe will be forever changed by this.” states Zenescope President, Joe Brusha. “We’re thrilled that this series has lasted so long and we’re even more excited to see it evolve into something bigger now with the Age of Darkness event.”
Age of Darkness will first hit the Grimm Universe starting in two spinoff titles: Quest and Code Red. But 2014 will get more intense as the Age of Darkness descends upon multiple Grimm Fairy Tales series including Robyn Hood, Neverland, Inferno and Wonderland: Clash of Queens.
“We’re definitely going to shock some fans as we lead up to #100.” says Editor-in-Chief Ralph Tedesco “But Age of Darkness is not being done simply for shock value, we want this ride that our fans have taken with us for the past eight years to really pay off.”
Upcoming Age of Darkenss titles are currently available for pre-order in Diamond Previews, which is out now.