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Witness the Birth of the Marvel Universe in the History of the Marvel Universe Trailer

The secrets of the Marvel Universe are revealed! The entire history of the MU from the big bang to the heat death of the universe will be chronicled in this incredible series! Learn all about this record-breaking issue in a new trailer featuring Executive Editor Tom Brevoort and writer Mark Waid!

From the dawn of time to the end of the world, an innumerable amount of stories have been told in the Marvel Universe – and there are still countless more to tell! Gods, Eternals, cowboys, mutants, monsters, heroes, and villains – all will get their due and more in this millennia-spanning saga! Plus – the story of Galactus and Franklin Richards in the twilight of reality!

History of the Marvel Universe is available July 24, 2019.

Three Comics Enter, One Comic Leaves in AHOY’s Steel Cage Match. The Winner is…

AHOY Comics has been shaking the comic industry up by having fans “expecting more” and getting it in lots of content in a single issue. Recently, the publisher released Steel Cage, a comic featuring three stories from three creative teams. Fans were then encouraged to vote as to their favorite who would then get its own series.

And now we know who the winner is…. Tom Peyer, AHOY Comics Editor-in-Chief, released the below statement:

AHOY Comics’ election to determine which STEEL CAGE feature is to be awarded its own series has ended. The deadline for online voting has passed. The ballots have been counted.

Three deserving candidates vied for this important honor: Noah Zark by Mark Waid & Lanna Souvanny; Bright Boy by Stuart Moore and Peter Gross; and True Identity by artist Alan Robinson and myself.

As editor-in-chief of AHOY Comics I must now inform you, with deep regret, that evidence exists of serious voting irregularities. The total number of ballots cast bears no discernible relation to STEEL CAGE’s circulation figures. One feature, which trailed significantly over the first week, gained a huge majority in one day, perhaps in minutes–an insurmountable lead it maintained to the end.

Our technicians inform me that this could have been the work of a few quick keystrokes, perpetrated by almost anyone–from the despicable agent of a rogue government to a lonely, misguided teenager.

Make no mistake. No one at AHOY is accusing any STEEL CAGE creators of wrongdoing. Every one of our writers, artists, colorists, letterers, designers, and production staff comported themselves honorably and with dignity throughout this process. We respectfully salute one and all.

Nevertheless, due to the alarming evidence of tampering–I do not, I will not, I cannot certify this election.

Instead, in fairness to the creators and to the readers who voted for them, all three candidates will be awarded their own series. Beginning next year, watch for the announcements of NOAH ZARK #1, BRIGHT BOY #1, and TRUE IDENTITY #1, worthy comics all.

We launched this effort with every intention of carrying out the will of the majority. It is the precious right of all comic book fans to go about their work, pursue their studies, and tuck their children in at night secure in the knowledge that their votes have been counted. AHOY’s commitment to the democratic system of comics remains unshakable. With the support of our publisher, Hart Seely, and our entire staff, I call upon all relevant authorities to investigate this unspeakable outrage and bring the offenders to justice.

Thank you, and God bless comics.

–Tom Peyer, AHOY Comics Editor-in-Chief

Preview: History of the Marvel Universe #1 (of 6)

History of the Marvel Universe #1 (of 6)

(W) Mark Waid (A) Javier Rodriguez (CA) Steve McNiven
Rated T
In Shops: Jul 24, 2019
SRP: $4.99

ALL-NEW STORY BY LEGENDARY CREATOR MARK WAID! Everything you ever wanted to know about the Marvel Universe – in one lavishly illustrated series! From the Big Bang to the twilight of existence, HISTORY OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE chronicles completely, for the first time, everything that was, is or will be! Lushly illustrated text tells the complete story of the Marvel Universe, revealing previously unknown secrets and serving as the ultimate reference book for Marvel fans! Witness the greatest tale ever told – and be prepared for some shocking revelations!

History of the Marvel Universe #1 (of 6)

Preview: Doctor Strange #16

Doctor Strange #16

(W) Mark Waid, Barry Kitson (A) Barry Kitson, Scott Koblish (CA) Jesus Saiz
Rated T+
In Shops: Jul 24, 2019
SRP: $3.99

• The only good thing about Galactus sating his hunger in another dimension was that the Marvel Universe was safe.
• Well, he’s powered up and back in the Marvel Universe and all of space and time is in dreadful danger!

Doctor Strange #16

SDCC 2019: Humanoids Announces its Exclusives and Panels

Humanoids have revealed their San Diego Comic-Con 2019 exclusives and details for their SDCC panel, in advance of the convention. 

Humanoids will be selling an SDCC Limited exclusive edition of Ignited #1, featuring an all new cover by superstar artist and Humanoids’ new Chief Creative Officer John Cassaday, by co-writers Mark Waid and Kwanza Osajefo, artist Phil Briones, and colorist Andrew Crossley.

Ignited #1 SDCC exclusive variant

Welcome to the H1 Universe and Ignited, Humanoids’ first ever ongoing super-powered series-brought to you by an explosive team: writers Mark Waid (Kingdom Come) and Kwanza Osajyefo (Black AF), and artist Phil Briones (Aquaman), with covers by John Cassaday and Yanick Paquette. It’s the first day back at Phoenix Academy High, but this year there’s no back-to-school excitement in the air as returning students and faculty are haunted by memories of last year’s horrific attack. So many friends and colleagues were lost, and some of those who survived underwent changes; they Ignited, gaining supernatural abilities they barely understand. Little do they know this is just the beginning.

Humanoids will also be giving away a Limited Edition Ignited print by John Cassaday during the John Cassaday/Mark Waid signing at the Humanoids Booth #2021 at 7 pm on Preview Night, Wednesday, July 17th. Humanoids will also be giving the print to all the attendees of the H1 panel at 5:30 pm in Room 8 on Saturday, July 20th, while supplies last 

Limited Edition Ignited print by John Cassaday

Fans are also invited to the “Ignite with Humanoid’s H1 Stars” at the Humanoids SDCC panel, Saturday, 5:30-6:30 Room 8

Controversial, political and timely, Humanoids’ new shared universe H1 has the comic book industry talking. Join moderator Hector Navarro (Nerdist, Geek and Sundry), Humanoids Chief Creative Officer John Cassaday, Director of Creative Development Mark Waid (Ignited), and some of the most exciting creators in comics — including Ignited co-writer Kwanza Osajyefo and artist Phil Briones, The Big Country writer Quinton Peeples and artist Dennis Calero, Meyer writer Jonathan Lang, Strangelands co-writer Magdalene Visaggio and Omni artist Alitha Martinez — for a candid conversation about breaking the status quo and telling new stories with H1. An exclusive  John Cassaday Ignited print will be given out at the panel. 

Review: Invisible Woman #1

Invisible Woman #1

Invisible Woman #1 puts the spotlight on Sue Storm. The story takes her out of the Fantastic Four and into S.H.I.E.L.D. Written by Mark Waid, the debut touches upon a role she’s had in the past but not one that’s been used a lot.

Beginning with a past mission, the debut issue has a friend from the past in need of help and kids in need of rescue. It forces Sue to take matters into her own hands to do what’s right and help a friend in need.

The first issue is a fun start. Waid uses Sue’s powers well in the situations she’s put in. It has you questioning why this hasn’t been done before as it’s such a natural fit. Waid also has Sue stand out from other spy characters like Black Widow by focusing on her unwillingness to kill. Those two things make Invisible Woman #1 feel a bit differently than a Black Widow story but beyond that, it’s a pretty standard spy tale.

Where things stumble a bit is the focus on the many roles Sue has. She’s been a spy, she is a mother, a wife, and a member of the Fantastic Four. That’s a lot of hats for one person. She slips from one to the other a bit too easy though. I didn’t get a sense of her running off on this adventure impacting the rest of those responsibilities. A bit more focus on that would add a depth to the story that would make it really stand out. It’d also differentiate Sue from Black Widow beyond the invisibility and unwillingness to kill.

The art by Mattia De Iulis is interesting and rather unique. I’m not quite sure how to describe it but it’s a style that stands out from the rest of the comics on the shelf.

Invisible Woman #1 is a unique take on the character. It makes her more than the Fantastic Four though doesn’t use that to make the comic stand out from other spy adventures. Still, this is a start that seems like it’ll be a fun ride. Waid has shown he can use Sue’s powers to make the action more interesting and the art by De Iulis brings that all to life in a dynamic fashion.

The first issue didn’t blow me away. But, this is a miniseries I want to read and see where it goes. Whether that’s as single issues or together as a trade is unknown. Invisible Woman brings a unique story to the shelves that’s worth checking out.

Story: Mark Waid Art: Mattia De Iulis
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.5 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.85 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Invisible Woman #1

Invisible Woman… Agent of SHIELD? A past mission has impacted Sue Storm’s present in this new miniseries!

Story: Mark Waid
Art: Mattia De Iulis
Letters: Joe Caramagna

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Preview: Invisible Woman #1 (of 5)

Invisible Woman #1 (of 5)

(W) Mark Waid (A) Mattia De Iulis (CA) Adam Hughes
Rated T
In Shops: Jul 10, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Fresh from the pages of FANTASTIC FOUR, for the first time Susan Storm-Richards stars in her own limited series – and the secrets about her past revealed therein will shake readers’ perceptions of the Invisible Woman forevermore! Years ago, she undertook an espionage mission for S.H.I.E.L.D. – and now it’s up to her to save her former partner from death at the hands of international terrorists!

Invisible Woman #1 (of 5)

Preview: Secret Warps: Soldier Supreme Annual #1

Secret Warps: Soldier Supreme Annual #1

(W) Al Ewing, Mark Waid (A) Alex Lins (A/CA) Carlos E. Gomez
Rated T+
In Shops: Jul 03, 2019
SRP: $4.99

“SECRET WARPS,” PART 1 – ACTS OF WAR! As the villains of Warp World trade foes, it begins a rift between Soldier Supreme and Iron Hammer that could tear the super hero community in half! But could this criminal conspiracy be the portent of a much bigger cosmic calamity? PLUS: A bonus tale of Soldier Supreme versus Baroness Umar for the fate of our nation!

Secret Warps: Soldier Supreme Annual #1

Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn Talk Taking Archie to War in Archie 1941

Archie 1941

Archie has been around for decades and while we might know the Riverdale kids for their high school hijinks they’ve also seen unique and interesting takes.

Archie 1941, recently released in trade, is a tale set in Riverdale during World War II. It finds Riverdale dealing with the impact of the impending conflict on the small town and in the personal lives of Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and Reggie.

We got a chance to talk to writers Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn about the research that went into the series and its honest look at the homefront during that time.

Graphic Policy: Where’d the concept for Archie: 1941 come from? Was that something you pitched to Archie or did they come to you?

Mark Waid: That was cooked up by the home office and was a great idea.

Brian Augustyn: The front office at Archie came up with that, 1941 being the year Archie made his debut in Pep Comics. Great inspiration.

Archie 1941

GP: What type of research did you do for it? There seems to be an eye for the design and detail of the time.

MW: Both Brian and I dug in deep. We wanted to get it all right — the language, the homefront shortages, the hints of an isolationist, “keep us out of this” movement — we hit every internet resource we could.

BA: We lived on the internet, of course, and a trip or two to libraries. Movies from the time helped, too. Also, my parents and grandparents lived through that time and I, fortunately, remembered a lot. Alas, they’re gone now, so I hope Diamond ships to the great beyond.

GP: Some of the scenes, especially in the fourth issue are very cinematic. Were there any influences in the war sequences as far as the visuals and pacing?

BA: Pete brought his dedication and talent to capture the period and the combat scenes brilliantly.

Archie 1941

GP: The series really stands out in the beginning as it doesn’t have everyone completely on board with the war. You could easily have fallen into a jingoistic trap but you didn’t. Why was it necessary to show this side of history?

MW: Again, accuracy. In today’s era of instant global information, where worldwide news is delivered to us 24/7, we forget that in 1941 most people got their news from the local daily newspaper or occasionally from radio, neither of which was in a position to really, truly convey the drama happening in Europe.

BA: I don’t think either Mark or I are jingoists anyway, but especially when working with history, there’s no need to impose opinions over the true drama. Also, that period and the war presented us with great real-life stories. We found some really awesome true events and personal stories.

Archie 1941

GP: Is there anything particular about Archie and his friends that makes it a bit easier to explore history with them?

MW: They’re elastic characters, as proven by the fact that they’ve been around, vital, and a recognized part of pop culture for 80 years. They can adapt to any circumstance, any era.

BA: We all know them so well after all these eras, and because they’re such everypeople they are perfect in any kind of story.

GP: There’s a death of a well-known character in this. How freeing is it for you as writers to be able to do that sort of thing?

MW: Tremendously. The flip side to the characters having been around and vital for 80 years is that it’s dangerous to shake up the status quo too much — you never know what you might accidentally break.

BA: It was driven by the story, and layered the last chapter with tragedy over the layers of joy and relief. It was a fitting turn of events.

Archie 1941

GP: Visually for that sequence, and the battles as a whole, you all shied away from blood and gore when you could have easily gone that route. What went in to the thinking about going that way?

BA: We don’t need gore, and anyway, the combat played out to be mostly seen from a distance, with planes buzz bombing the scattering troops.

GP: So many stories surrounding the war focus on the battles themselves. In Archie: 1941 there’s also a focus on the impact at home. Did you have a more war focused take at one point? Why was it important to show the impact on the home front?

BA: Not at all; it was always going to be Riverdale-centric. The war’s effect on the families at home was ultimately our favorite part.

Archie 1941

MW: It was always largely — at first, exclusively — about the homefront. Riverdale is as much a “character” in the Archieverse as are the kids. It was Brian who suggested we follow Archie overseas, and it was a good call.

GP: On the home front aspect, you also dive into topics like profiteering and cooperation with Germany and Nazis by some Americans. This is a pretty brutally honest and truthful take on the war you don’t hear in school. Thoughts on that?

BA: Those were realities of the period and added texture to our historical tale.

MW: Again, historical accuracy. That, second only to telling a good story, was of great importance to us. Getting back to what I said earlier, not every average American had a true perspective on what was really happening overseas. Veronica’s father, Mr. Lodge, would certainly have been doing business with the Germans prior to Hitler’s declaration of war — he was wealthy because he was a globalist when many millionaires were nationalists.

Archie 1941

GP: It’s interesting to explore history through comics. Is there anything to the medium that benefits those sort of lessons?

BA: Any entertainment that uses history as the spine of the narrative both gains depth and is made palatable to a consumer who might not want a “history lesson.”

MW: It’s a vital storytelling medium. By that, I mean it’s more visceral than simply words on the page of a history book. And unlike a TV documentary, comics allows the reader to take his or her time reading the story, absorbing it at their own pace and being given the luxury to dwell on — and really think about — the parts that move them.

GP: Thanks so much and look forward to seeing what you do with the next decade in Archie 1955!

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