Marvel Comics this week made a few announcements for their line of comic books.
First up is the cover for ICEMAN #3 which brought back memories for me of the early 1980’s cartoon SPIDER-MAN and his AMAZING FRIENDS which is what the writer of the issue Sina Grace wanted “As a lifelong Spider-Man and X-Fan, I forced C.B. Cebulski to swear he wasn’t kidding when the opportunity to write a Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends team-up happened“. The issue will hit shelves on November 7th with art by Nathan Stockman and a cover by W. Scott Forbes.
The next piece of news this week is that Riri Williams aka Ironheart will get an ongoing series starting this November. The first issue will be released on November 7th from the creative team of writer Eve Ewing (who is making her Marvel debut), and art by Kevin Libranda.
The editor of this site (Leonard Sultana) was very excited when he found out about this news series having said “Yay!! One of the best new characters in recent years is back! Sign me up! #TeamRiRi”
The issue will have a total of 7 covers, the main cover from Amy Reeder, with variant covers from some well known artists including Humberto Ramos, Stephanie Hans, Luciano Vecchio, Jamal Campbell, Skottie Young, and Jen Bartel.
The next piece of news this week is about a new 2 part series coming this November. INFINITY WARS: INFINITY WARPS will feature stories from quite a few writers including Ryan North, Mariko Tamaki, Jim Zub, Natacha Bustos and more along with art from Natacha Bustos, Francisco Herrera, and Ozgur Yildirim.
The first issue will be released on November 14th will a cover from Francisco Herrera.
Next up is the latest news on the Conan The Barbarian title that Marvel announced back in January. The creative team of Jason Aaron, Mahmud Asrar, and Esad Ribic will be in charge of the latest chapter in the tales of the Robert E. Howard created Cimmerian.
No release date has been announced aside from January 2019 for the new ongoing series.
The last piece of news for this week started out with Marvel sending out four different emails throughout the day that just said “The Best Defense” along with a piece of art featuring a character. The four characters featured in the emails were The Incredible Hulk, Dr. Strange, Namor, and Silver Surfer.
About an hour after the last email was sent, they sent out an announcement that the original Defenders will return in five new specials that are all connected this December. Some of the creative teams for these projects include Chip Zdarsky, Gerry Duggan, Jason Latour, Simone Di Meo, Carlos Magno, Greg Smallwood, Al Ewing, and Joe Bennett.
More information on the projects including exact release dates will be coming later Marvel said.
Full press releases for all of the stories this week are below. All artwork courtesy of Marvel.
Iceman #3: Bobby Drake Fights Mr. Sinister…And Gets A Little Help From Some “Amazing” Friends!
New York, NY—August 20, 2018—This November, Iceman’s adventures intensify! Not only does Bobby Drake get to go on a blind date, he also gets to deal with a mad villain…none other than the evil Mr. Sinister! Fortunately, Bobby isn’t alone – he’s getting a little help from his friends. And not just any friends. Some might say these friends are amazing. “As a lifelong Spider-Man and X-Fan, I forced C.B. Cebulski to swear he wasn’t kidding when the opportunity to write a Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends team-up happened,” shared Grace. “Expect me to one-up Chip Zdarsky on quips and dynamic action!” Join Iceman, Spider-Man, Firestar and more in this extra special, extra amazing issue of ICEMAN #3, hitting comic shops on November ICEMAN #3 hits comic shops on November 7th! ICEMAN #3 (of 5) Written by SINA GRACE Art by NATHAN STOCKMAN Cover by W. SCOTT FORBES On Sale 11/7/18
Marvel Announces Ongoing IRONHEART Series!
Award-winning author Eve L. Ewing makes her Marvel debut along with artist Kevin Libranda!
New York, NY—August 20, 2018—This November, Riri Williams is forging her own path…into a brand-new ongoing series! Announced today on The Chicago Tribune and Marvel.com, Riri’s new story will bring out her hometown roots with Eve L. Ewing at the helm, as the award-winning author of Electric Arches makes her Marvel debut! A poet, scholar and artist whose work has appeared in the New York Times and The Atlantic, Eve will be joined on the series by Champions artist Kevin Libranda. “People don’t just gravitate toward Hulk or Captain America or Spider-Man because of their powers, the reason they say so-and-so is my favorite superhero is because of who they are as people and about what they stand for,” Ewing told The Chicago Tribune in an interview. “So I think the really exciting thing is really building out Riri, not as just Ironheart, but who is she as a person?” First created by Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Deodato Jr., Riri made her Marvel Universe debut following the events ofCivil War II, when she used her own teenage genius smarts to suit up in the wake of Tony Stark’s absence. For more information, visit today’s articles at The Chicago Tribune and Marvel.com, and stay tuned for all of Riri’s new adventures, coming this November! IRONHEART #1 Written by EVE EWING Art by KEVIN LIBRANDA Cover by AMY REEDER Variant Cover by HUMBERTO RAMOS Variant Cover by STEPHANIE HANS Variant Cover by LUCIANO VECCHIO Variant Cover by JAMAL CAMPBELL Variant Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG Variant Cover by JEN BARTEL On Sale 11/7/18
From The Dangers of the Infinity Stones, New Heroes Will Emerge…THE INFINITY WARPS!
With stories by Ryan North, Mariko Tamaki, Jim Zub, Natacha Bustos and more
New York, NY—August 21, 2018—What happens when you look into the warp? You find some of the most exciting and unique Two-In-One heroes that the Marvel Universe has ever seen! A little scary, a little intriguing…just what are the secrets behind their stories? This November, superstar writers Ryan North (Unbeatable Squirrel Girl), Mariko Tamaki (X-23, She-Hulk) and Jim Zub (Champions, Avengers: No Surrender) bring their game to a whole new level along with the art talents of Natacha Bustos (Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur), Francisco Herrera (Venom) and Ozgur Yildirim in INFINITY WARS: INFINITY WARPS #1! How did a covert program of the Green Room create the gamma-powered Green Widow? What are the secrets of the siblings Mister Invisible and Hot Rocks, the Terrific Two? And can Moon Squirrel and Tippysaur save the planet from its most dangerous threat ever? You’ll have to pick it up to find out! Don’t miss INFINITY WARS: INFINITY WARPS: #1, on sale this November in local comic shops!
INFINITY WARS: INFINITY WARPS #1 (of 2) Written by RYAN NORTH, MARIKO TAMAKI and JIM ZUB Art by NATACHA BUSTOS, FRANCISCO HERRERA and OZGUR YILDIRIM Cover by FRANCISCO HERRERA On Sale 11/14/18
Jason Aaron, Mahmud Asrar and Esad Ribic Lead New CONAN THE BARBARIAN Series!
The new adventures begin this January!
New York, NY—August 24, 2018—This January, Conan makes his triumphant return to Marvel Comics in the all-new CONAN THE BARBARIAN! And today, Marvel is excited to announce the new creative team of the first series – the acclaimed team who will lead the famed barbarian into his new adventures!
Superstar writer Jason Aaron will helm the new tales of the sword-slashing hero, bringing him to life alongside star artist Mahmud Asrar (X-Men Red, Cloak and Dagger). Aaron and Asrar will be joined by cover artist Esad Ribic (Fantastic Four, Secret Wars, Marvel Legacy) and Eisner Award-winning colorist Matt Wilson (Runaways, The Mighty Thor.)
“I’ve literally been preparing for this job since I was 13 and discovered my first Robert E. Howard Conan paperback in a used bookstore in my little hometown of Jasper, Alabama,” said Aaron. “I devoured every Howard book I could find after that, and I’ve been making up Conan stories in my head ever since. Now I finally get to do that for real, alongside the amazing Mahmud Asrar. So this opportunity means an awful lot to me, and I’m cherishing every blood-splattered, spider-haunted second of it.”
“Growing up, Conan was one of the first comic books I’ve read. It’s partly responsible in making me a lifelong comic book reader,” said Asrar. “In fact, it’s the first book where I’ve noticed the names of the creators and that being a comic book artist was something I could do for a living. Now, years later, I get the chance to draw the book myself and do it with the amazing Jason Aaron. I couldn’t be happier to tell epic new tales of the Cimmerian – to continue the legacy that will hopefully make a mark on readers, just like the original comics did for me.”
“I can’t wait for readers to see the epic scope of the first story lined up for CONAN,” shared editor Mark Basso. “Like our illustrious writer and artist, my intro to Conan came in the form of an old paperback that magically found its way to me as a kid, and this team is harnessing all of that love and respect for the character’s history while expanding the Hyborian mythos in a way that’s really never been done before.”
“These past months have been an exciting whirlwind for us and the folks at Marvel, going through creative teams with passion for the Cimmerian,” added Fredrik Malmberg, President & CEO of Cabinet Entertainment. “Jason and Mahmud are crafting a really strong story, it’s amazing to see the process and pages coming through. Esad Ribic’s covers evoke the classic Conan, yet with his own distinct and personal freshness. Crom!”
This January, be prepared to witness Conan’s exploits, magic, and mayhem in an all-new series, starting with CONAN THE BARBARIAN #1!
The Original Defenders Return with DEFENDERS: THE BEST DEFENSE!
Featuring all-star creative teams and brand new stories of the non-team, coming this December!
New York, NY—August 24, 2018—Doctor Strange. The Immortal Hulk. Namor the Sub-Mariner. The Silver Surfer. You know their names and you know their powers…and you know them as the DEFENDERS! This December, Marvel’s favorite non-team – the original Defenders – return in all-new stories!
With an assembly of stellar creative teams, writers and artists such as Chip Zdarsky (Marvel 2-In-One), Gerry Duggan (Deadpool), Jason Latour (Spider-Gwen), Simone Di Meo (Old Man Logan Annual), Carlos Magno (Thunderbolts), Greg Smallwood (Moon Knight), Al Ewing (The Immortal Hulk) and Joe Bennett (The Immortal Hulk) will spin five interconnected specials that tell a unique and captivating story for each original Defender.
See below for the full creative teams, and stay tuned to Marvel for more information, coming soon!
IMMORTAL HULK: THE BEST DEFENSE
Written by AL EWING
Art by SIMONE DI MEO
NAMOR: THE BEST DEFENSE
Written by CHIP ZDARSKY
Art by CARLOS MAGNO
DOCTOR STRANGE: THE BEST DEFENSE
Written by GERRY DUGGAN
Art by GREG SMALLWOOD
SILVER SURFER: THE BEST DEFENSE
Written by JASON LATOUR
Art by JASON LATOUR
THE DEFENDERS: THE BEST DEFENSE
Written by AL EWING
Art by JOE BENNETT