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New Creators. New Crew. Same Mission. The Next Era for the Marauders Begins in Marauders Annual #1

A brand new era of X-Men is upon us! Following Jonathan Hickman’s limited comic series Inferno, many of your favorite ongoing X-titles will be undergoing thrilling changes including the hit mutant seafaring series Marauders! Taking over writing duties from Gerry Duggan will be writer Steve Orlando, known for his critically acclaimed work on books like Wonder Woman and Curse of the Man-Thing. Bringing new energy to the mutant mythos, Orlando will launch the book with an exciting cast shakeup and a threat that strikes at the heart of the mutant nation of Krakoa. The first adventure in Orlando’s new run will kick off in January’s Marauders Annual #1 where he’ll be joined by artist Crees Lee.

The Marauders are ready to renew their mission of mutant rescue! Kate Pryde’s got the mission — all she needs now is a new boat and a fresh crew to match. Alongside Bishop, Pryde will recruit a team of mutants, new and old, including Psylocke, Daken, Aurora, Tempo, and Somnus, the new mutant hero who debuted earlier this year in Marvel’s Voices: Pride #1! They’ll unite to spring Daken from imprisonment at the hands of a leader who’s as cruel as he is charismatic: the primal provocateur known as Brimstone Love, a fan-favorite villain from the 2099 timeline making his present day debut! It’s the Marauders versus the Theater of Pain, a torture troupe that’s set up shop in Xavier’s School’s old backyard!

Come aboard for a new age of Marauders when Marauders Annual #1 hits stands on January 12.

Marauders Annual #1

Preview: Marauders #23

Marauders #23

(W) Gerry Duggan (A) Ivan Fiorelli (CA) Russell Dauterman
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 18, 2021
SRP: $3.99

SCREAMING INTO BATTLE!
As new problems face mutantkind in Ireland, the Marauders bring in Banshee for some assistance. Meanwhile…one prominent member of Verendi has their mind changed.

Marauders #23

Preview: Marauders #22

Marauders #22

(W) Gerry Duggan (A) Matteo Lolli, Klaus Janson (CA) Russell Dauterman
Rated T+
In Shops: Jul 21, 2021
SRP: $3.99

THE PAST CAN STILL BURN YOU!
The Hellfire Gala may be over, but the flames of Hellfire past come licking at the heels of the Inner Circle…

Marauders #22

Joe Jusko’s Marvel Masterpieces Grace New Marvel Covers

Acclaimed artist Joe Jusko’s iconic Marvel Masterpieces trading card illustrations are cemented into the hearts of every Marvel fan who grew up in the 90s, and now readers can treasure them all over again in a brand-new collection of variant covers!

Jusko’s beautiful depictions of your favorite Marvel characters will grace the covers of your favorite titles throughout the month of October. Masterfully capturing the power of the Avengers, the horror of Spider-Man’s rogues gallery, and the allure of the X-Men, Jusko’s painted artwork has mesmerized fans for decades and ushered in the trading card boom of the 90s. Now, the Marvel Masterpieces Variant Cover series will give fans a chance to own a piece of Marvel Comics history in an exciting new way!

Check out all 23 of Joe Jusko’s Marvel Masterpieces covers now, and collect them all beginning on October 6th!

  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #75 MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER by JOE JUSKO
  • CAPTAIN MARVEL #33 MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER by JOE JUSKO
  • EXCALIBUR #24 MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER by JOE JUSKO
  • HELLIONS #16 MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER by JOE JUSKO
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #76 MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER by JOE JUSKO
  • AVENGERS #49 MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER by JOE JUSKO
  • IMMORTAL HULK #50 MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER by JOE JUSKO
  • IRON MAN #13 MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER by JOE JUSKO
  • X-FORCE #24 MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER by JOE JUSKO
  • X-MEN #4 MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER by JOE JUSKO
  • DEATH OF DOCTOR STRANGE #2 MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER by JOE JUSKO
  • FANTASTIC FOUR #37 MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER by JOE JUSKO
  • S.W.O.R.D. #9 MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER by JOE JUSKO
  • THOR #18 MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER by JOE JUSKO
  • WOLVERINE #17 MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER by JOE JUSKO
  • X-MEN: THE TRIAL OF MAGNETO #3MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER by JOE JUSKO
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #77 MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER by JOE JUSKO
  • BLACK WIDOW #12 MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER by JOE JUSKO
  • DAREDEVIL #35 MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER by JOE JUSKO
  • INFERNO #2 MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER by JOE JUSKO
  • MARAUDERS #25 MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER A by JOE JUSKO
  • MARAUDERS #25 MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER B by JOE JUSKO
  • BLACK PANTHER #3 MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER by JOE JUSKO

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It’s one of two new comic book days! What’s everyone getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and a review from around the web.

Sequart Organization – Judge Dredd: America as a Critique of Unethical Police Practises – This is one we definitely want to read.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: TALES OF GREED reminds you to be careful what you wish for – Free comics!

Review

CBR – Marauders #21

Marauders #21

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Marauders #21

It’s a new week and we have a busy one! Lots of reviews, previews, news, and more to come! While we get things rolling, start your day with some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Smash Pages – Peow Studios will close down this year – The last releases in 2021 with the webstore shutting down at some point in 2022.


Reviews

The Nerd Daily – Catwoman: Soul Stealer

ICv2 – I Think Our Son is Gay Vol. 1

CBR – Marauders #21

Collected Editions – Sweet Tooth: Out of the Deep Woods

ICv2 – Yakuza Lover Vol. 1

Review: Marauders #21

Marauders #21,

The X-Books’ big summer event “Hellfire Gala” kicks off with Marauders #21, and it’s quite refreshing after the punch-ups of the last few Marvel events. Gerry Duggan, Matteo Lolli, and Edgar Delgado dive into my favorite part of the Krakoa era X-Books, and that’s the political side of things. The Hellfire Gala is an event to show that Krakoa is a country worth recognizing, but the Hellfire Trading Company also wants to go legitimate and do trade deals and not black market swaps. It’s all orchestrated by the fabulous Emma Frost, who is the throughline of the issue, playing perfect hostess. Or is she?

In the usual event comic, there may be some arguing about ideology, philosophy, or personal issues, but then the fisticuffs start. Duggan and Lolli subvert this and use the fancy gala setting plus Krakoa’s status to just focus on the conversations, whether serious, (mostly) passive aggressive, or just jokes like Thing rolling dice with some of the Marauders or Quentin Quire roasting the hell out of Tony Stark. There are visitors from space, different Earth countries (Including Latveria and Madripoor), and superhero teams like the Avengers and Fantastic Four. All have varying responses to Krakoan hospitality, which includes a telepathic violin concert and cryptically whispering in Professor X’s ear.

There are lots of characters in Marauders #21, but for the most part, Duggan connects these cameos and guest spots into gauging what the world thinks of Krakoa. Vastly different party guests make uncomfortable comparisons to Latveria (In or out of Dr. Doom’s presence), and the Shi’ar delegation acts as a tantalizing teaser for Planet-Sized X-Men. Gerry Duggan and Matteo Lolli also deal with the fallout of X-Men/Fantastic Four and the whole Franklin Richards not being a mutant incident with Kate Pryde encouraging Franklin Richards and gassing him up in some nice moments that shows they’ll still have a good relationship event if he’s not a mutant for now. As mentioned earlier, Reed Richards has a completely different reaction to this and has a chaperone vibe while the Thing almost steals the entire comic with his everyman charm and reactions to Krakoa nailed with grace and comedic timing from Lolli.

Speaking of Matteo Lolli and Edgar Delgado, the visuals of Marauders #21 do Russell Dauterman’s wonderful costume designs justice from the wardrobe swaps of Emma Frost to the golden god complex get-up of Professor X and even the smart black and white tuxes of X-Force, who are on security duty. They give everything a festive air even as ambassadors trade barbs, and awkward encounters happen. Lolli has Emma pull some hilarious faces as her perfect evening starts to go awry. I also love the ethereal color palette that Delgado gives the telepathic music performance, and the shiny touches he adds to other panels like any time Emma Frost walks into the room or a guest walks through a Krakoan gate. However, he drops these effects during the last few pages set after the party and makes it almost like staggering around with a hangover or waking up from a dream.

Not to spoil the last few pages, but Gerry Duggan structures Marauders #21 in an engaging way. It’s like Reservoir Dogs with a Cecil DeMille-sized cast starting up the players and overall mood, cutting out the big action, and wrapping up with the aftermath of the big blow-up/action/what we’ll see unfold in the other chapters of “Hellfire Gala”. Plus Duggan and Matteo Lolli don’t give up the whole game and tease us with dialogue and more great facial expressions. As a kind of cherry on top, this comic also includes a reprint of a Classic X-Men story from Chris Claremont and John Bolton showing the first Hellfire Gala that explores similar themes like mutants increasing their influence and scaring humans. It also adds context to the hollowness in wheelchair-bound Sebastian Shaw’s eye throughout the soiree.

Marauders #21 is the first chapter of a new kind of a crossover, and I, for one, welcome our fabulous mutant overlords and look forward to seeing how these powerful, flawed characters screwed it up in the upcoming issues of “Hellfire Gala”.

Story: Gerry Duggan Art: Matteo Lolli
Colors: Edgar Delgado Letters: Cory Petit
Story: 8.8 Art: 8.3 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Marauders #21

Marauders #21

(W) Gerry Duggan, Chris Claremont (A) Matteo Lolli, John Bolton (CA) Russell Dauterman
48 PGS./Rated T+
In Shops: Jun 02, 2021
SRP: $4.99

WELCOME TO THE HELLFIRE GALA!
The Hellfire Trading Company has put together the biggest event of the season – the very first HELLFIRE GALA! Everyone will be there – all your favorite mutants, their closest allies…even their worst enemies – for a night of dinner, drinks, diplomacy and deceit. Fireworks to follow. Plus: From the archives, a classic X-Men tale with our very first look at a Hellfire Gala by Chris Claremont and John Bolton!

Marauders #21

Early Preview: Marauders #21

Marauders #21

(W) Gerry Duggan, Chris Claremont (A) Matteo Lolli, John Bolton (CA) Russell Dauterman (VCA) Russell Dauterman, Matteo Lolli, Phil Jimenez
48 PGS./Rated T+
In Shops: Jun 02, 2021
SRP: $4.99

WELCOME TO THE HELLFIRE GALA!
The Hellfire Trading Company has put together the biggest event of the season – the very first HELLFIRE GALA! Everyone will be there – all your favorite mutants, their closest allies…even their worst enemies – for a night of dinner, drinks, diplomacy and deceit. Fireworks to follow. Plus: From the archives, a classic X-Men tale with our very first look at a Hellfire Gala by Chris Claremont and John Bolton!

Marauders #21
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