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Marvel Releases Weapon H Series Details, Cover Art

Marvel Releases Weapon H Series Details, Cover Art

A new ongoing series starring Weapon H, the breakout character from the Weapon X/Totally Awesome Hulk “Weapon of Mutant Destruction” crossover, was announced at New York Comic Con, but details on its creative team and release date were held back at the time. Marvel Comics has now revealed writer Greg Pak (Weapon X, Totally Awesome Hulk) and artist Cory Smith (X-Men Blue) will helm the series, which is set for release in March. The series’ first cover is illustrated by Leinil Yu.

RELATED: Weapon H Series Spinning Out of Weapon X/Hulk Crossover

“Greg Pak wrote one of the biggest and most action packed Hulk stories ever in Planet Hulk…so it only made sense that he brought those same sensibilities to Weapon H,” editor Darren Shan said in a statement. “We’re going to pit him against the biggest threats of the Marvel Universe that you can imagine, starting with a new kind of Wendigo! And then Cory Smith is going to multiply that times ten and smash the hell out of it with his incredible art! Whether you read his first appearance in Weapon X: The Hunt for Weapon H or not, you’re going to find that we only scratched the surface of this bombastic new character!”

What would happen if scientists manufactured a Wolverine/Hulk hybrid was the premise behind the Weapon X/Hulk crossover event. In the storyline, a resurrected Weapon X Project somehow mixed Wolverine and Hulk’s DNA to create a Hulk with adamantium claws. The resulting Weapon X character debuted in Totally Awesome Hulk #22.

Weapon H #1, from Greg Pak and Cory Smith, arrives in March.

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Millar Announces Ongoing Hit-Girl Series, Kevin Smith to Write Second Arc

Millar Announces Ongoing Hit-Girl Series, Kevin Smith to Write Second Arc

Teen vigilante Hit-Girl is returning in a self-titled ongoing comic series, with co-creator Mark Millar writing the first arc, illustrated by artist Ricardo Lopez Ortiz. Kevin Smith will script the series’ second arc.

RELATED: Millar’s New Kick-Ass Is a Black, Female Military Veteran

“I’ve written the first big storyline, and this of course will also be the first graphic novel,” Millar told Comicbook.com. “But just like [Kick-Ass] this is an ongoing monthly we’re launching, and every big arc has a superstar creative team. I’m being followed by someone better by the name of Kevin Smith, and his idea is just so unique. Mine takes place in Colombia, his in LA, and every arc will be in a different country. Other creators lined up are Frank Quitely, Rafael Albuquerque, Pete Milligan, Eduardo Risso, Daniel Way. There’s an Asian artist I’m in love with called Kim Jung Gi, and he’s doing a big arc. It’s very high end. We’re spending a lot of money and just hiring people [I’m] obsessed with.”

Earlier this month Millar announced a new Kick-Ass series, putting the spotlight on a new Black female protagonist who is a military veteran. Millar was asked if there are any plans for a Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl crossover in the future.

“No, not the new one,” he said. “That’s entirely self contained. But we pick up exactly from the last page of [Kick-Ass] 3 and the wee guy Mindy’s taking on and training to be her new [Kick-Ass]. It’s very fun. I’ve actually enjoyed having [Kick-Ass] and [Hit-Girl] in separate books as they’re very different characters who need different types of stories. [Kick-Ass] is very grounded with a tremendous confidence. The character plays by superhero rules because the character is a comic fan. But [Hit-Girl] is basically tiny Frank Castle, so you can’t do that every month, where one is knocking people out and their partner is shooting them in the face.”

HIT-GIRL IS BACK! The pint-sized Punisher-meets-Polly-Pocket has left America behind and set off to serve justice around the world. First stop: Colombia. A mother seeking vengeance for the murder of her child enlists Hit-Girl to destroy his killer, but Mindy has bigger plans for Colombia’s most-feared hitman.

Hit-Girl, from writer Mark Millar and artist Ricardo Lopez Ortiz, goes on sale Feb. 21.

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Marvel Teases Original Wolverine’s Return, More Infinity Stone Revelations

Marvel Teases Original Wolverine’s Return, More Infinity Stone Revelations

The Infinity Stones are a pretty big deal in the Marvel Universe at the moment. While Thanos is in pursuit of them in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the comics have been shining a light on the objects after a resurrected Wolverine was shown in possession of one in Marvel Legacy #1.

Today, Marvel Comics has released a teaser image for an upcoming “Infinity” saga, showing three of the stones floating above the outstretched hands of Logan, Guardians of the Galaxy’s Star-Lord and Captain Marvel with the message, “They hold Infinity! The countdown begins in February.”

RELATED: Guardians of the Galaxy’s Latest Infinity Stone Revelation is HUGE

The press release for the teaser identifies the three stones as the Power Stone (revealed as a monstrous piece of rock in Guardians of the Galaxy #147), Space Stone and Reality Stone. Seeing as how the Power Stone is back to its more recognizable shrunken state in the artwork above, it must go through quite an adventure between now and February. The color of the Space Stone matches the one Wolverine has in Marvel Legacy #1, which still begs the question of what a non-cosmic figure would be doing with it. As for Captain Marvel, we don’t know how she’ll come into possession of the Reality Stone, which so far, hasn’t re-surfaced.

RELATED: Marvel’s Infinity Stones Reinvention (And Renaming), Explained 

Guardians of the Galaxy writer Gerry Duggan recently pulled back the curtain on the reinvention of the Infinity Stones, and why the Power Stone is so drastically different than it was prior to Secret Wars.

“The Power Stone is the first example of the high shelf that these stones have been put on, seemingly out of reach of even Cosmic Elder hands,” he said. “The Reality Stone might not be in this reality, and the Time Stone may be not in our particular timeline right now. And so, there is a real sense that, in order to gather them, you would have to do some really heavy lifting. That is, in and of itself, gonna be a blast to be able to show everyone, to reveal where that stuff is. I don’t necessarily want to go too into where they are, but in the next year, all will be revealed pretty quickly.”

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Marvel’s Infinity Stones’ Reinvention (And Renaming), Explained

Marvel’s Infinity Stones’ Reinvention (And Renaming), Explained

Marvel’s ragtag team of cosmic heroes are currently hunting for the Infinity Stones in Guardians of the Galaxy, with Star-Lord and a revived Richard Rider discovering the Power Stone in this week’s Issue #147. However, instead of the artifact being small in stature, it’s the size of a large building, a new development we can blame on 2015’s Secret Wars, according to current GotG writer Gerry Duggan.

RELATED: Guardians of the Galaxy’s Latest Infinity Stone Revelation is HUGE

“The universe has been reordered after Secret Wars,” Duggan told IGN. “There’s no reason that we would see the Stones as they once were. So the Power Stone is uncompressed information right now, and whether or not it could be compressed into something more manageable, is something we’ll have to wait and see.”

Of course, the Power Stone is only the one way Duggan is reimagining the cosmic items, with the other stones destined to reappear in interesting ways and locations.

RELATED: Where Are the MCU’s Six Infinity Stones Now?

“The Power Stone is the first example of the high shelf that these stones have been put on, seemingly out of reach of even Cosmic Elder hands,” he said. “The Reality Stone might not be in this reality, and the Time Stone may be not in our particular timeline right now. And so, there is a real sense that, in order to gather them, you would have to do some really heavy lifting. That is, in and of itself, gonna be a blast to be able to show everyone, to reveal where that stuff is. I don’t necessarily want to go too into where they are, but in the next year, all will be revealed pretty quickly.

“It’s not a Thanos story yet,” Duggan added, addressing the purple-hued elegant in the room. “But, if the Stones are being gathered, I would think that he would have something to say about that. At the moment, [Thanos ongoing series writer Donny Cates] is collaborating on a really great story of Thanos and the Chitauri. And how that all will get together remains to be seen. But I haven’t forgotten about Thanos. But right now I’m interested in telling some Stone stories before I get to Thanos.”

Guardians of the Galaxy #147, from writer Gerry Duggan and artist Marcus To, is on sale now.

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Batman, Wonder Woman Team in Liam Sharp’s Brave and the Bold

Batman, Wonder Woman Team in Liam Sharp’s Brave and the Bold

Two DC Comics icons will headline a relaunched The Brave and the Bold from Liam Sharp, who will write and illustrate the title. Titled Brave and the Bold: Batman and Wonder Woman, the six-issue miniseries will see Wonder Woman recruit Batman to investigate the death of an Irish god.

RELATED: Liam Sharp Teases Mystery DC Comics Project

“The fact that they’ve pegged it to The Brave and the Bold makes so much sense,” Sharp told The Washington Post. “It’s thrilling. It kind of gave it even more gravitas and gave it a real reason for being. It just seemed like perfect timing. There’s an element of classicness to the whole concept as well. It just gives it more weight.”

Sharp added that the miniseries will be a continuation of his Wonder Woman run with writer Greg Rucka, and will follow up on the relationship established between Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor, while alluding to a spark between Batman and the iconic heroine in other media.

“There’s a moment [between Batman and Wonder Woman] in it. It’s more of a nod than anything else,” he said. “I fell very much in love with the Steve and Diana story during the series with Greg. We felt like we gave him a certain richness to his personality that perhaps he’d lacked somewhat previously. There was a sense that the fanbase said this is right and this is how it should be. So I don’t want to spoil that. That’s the [Wonder Woman] that we created and that’s the dynamic that we created, but at the same time there is a [romantic] nod [to Batman].”

Brave and the Bold: Batman and Wonder Woman goes on sale Feb. 21.

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Millar’s New Kick-Ass Is a Black, Female Military Veteran

Millar’s New Kick-Ass Is a Black, Female Military Veteran

When Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.’s Kick-Ass returns next year, the series will see a couple of changes. Along with the comic switching publishers from Marvel’s Icon imprint to Image Comics, series star Dave Lizewski will pass the mantle of Kick-Ass to a black female army veteran named Patience Lee, who is also the mother of young children.

What prompted Millar to create a new character to headline the comic was his interest in legacy characters and the type of inspiration that comes with passing the torch from one generation to another. “The original four volumes of Kick-Ass, the Dave Lizewski story, got tied up a couple of years ago and this is a brand new character,” he explained to Entertainment Weekly. “I’d always wanted to do what Doctor Who or The Flash does and create a legacy character, Kick-Ass being designed for that. The idea is that he inspires other people to do what he did, just putting on a costume and cleaning up their neighborhood, and that’s what happens here.”

RELATED: Millar & Romita’s Kick-Ass Relaunches with Black, Female Lead

With a change in character comes a change in location, taking the central story from New York to New Mexico. “I wanted to shake up the setting a little and shifted the whole thing to New Mexico,” he revealed. “The lead is a woman this time, a mother in her early 30s with two young kids. She’s also a military vet who came home to find her life in a completely different setting from the way it was when she went to Afghanistan so the actual dynamic of the book is really different, but at the same time the flavor is identical.”

Netflix recently acquired Millarworld, the comics imprint founded in 2013 by Millar, the co-creator of Kick-Ass, Kingsman and Wanted. Under the terms of the deal, Millar will develop properties for television and film and publish new comics under the Netflix banner. Kick-Ass and Kingsman were not a part of the Netflix deal.

Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.’s Kick-Ass #1 will go on sale February 24, 2018, marking the 10-year anniversary of the series.

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Who’s Getting Hitched in the Marvel Comics Universe?

Who’s Getting Hitched in the Marvel Comics Universe?

Wedding bells will be ringing in the Marvel Universe in 2018 — but the question is, for whom?

Though Marvel has decided to put a halt to its yearly summer blockbuster event series with the launch of the Marvel Legacy initiative, that won’t stop the company from generating buzz with other marketing tactics. For example, earlier this week, the publisher released a teaser image by artist Phil Noto for a Save the Date wedding invitation on June 20, 2018, promising the “wedding of the century.”

RELATED: EXCL. PREVIEW: Amazing Spider-Man #791 Heats Up Mockingbird Romance

So we know a wedding will take place, so the question is, who will be tying the knot? The promotional image shows us there have been many marriages over the years between Marvel superheroes, from Black Panther and Storm to Cyclops and Jean Grey, but apparently offers no clue as to who will be the next to say, “I do.” That said, we do have a few educated guesses for couples we wouldn’t be surprised to see tie the knot.

Spider-Man/Mockingbird

Spider-Man and Mockingbird both have experience walking down the aisle, albeit with different partners. In his civilian life, Peter Parker married Mary Jane Watson, while Mockingbird (Bobbi Morse) married fellow Avenger Hawkeye (Clint Barton). Though neither of these relationships withstood the test of time (the less said about the dissolution of Peter and MJ’s marriage, the better), the two superheroes recently began to gravitate towards one another during All-New, All-Different Marvel’s Amazing Spider-Man run in 2015.

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Mockingbird worked alongside Spider-Man as his S.H.I.E.L.D. liaison for Parker Industries. Some casual flirting eventually turned to Peter crashing on Bobbi’s couch after he lost Parker Industries in the fallout of Secret Empire. Peter may be relegated to the couch for now, but who’s to say he won’t graduate to sharing a bed with Bobbi in the near future? Spider-Man and Mockingbird would make a dynamic superhero couple: Bobbi already knows Peter’s secret identity, and since she’s a hero in her own right, Peter wouldn’t have to worry about putting her life in jeopardy by being Spider-Man.

Colossus/Kitty Pryde

A long-running fan-favorite pairing on the X-Men side of the Marvel Universe is between teammates Peter Rasputin and Kitty Pryde. The two lovebirds have played a game of on-again/off-again for decades, with both of their perceived deaths putting a halt to things at separate times in the past. And then, there was the time that Kitty decided to join up with the Guardians of the Galaxy to patrol the cosmos (and also fall in love with Star-Lord).

Now, Colossus and Kitty are teammates once again in X-Men Gold, where they’re quietly giving their romance another try. Since they already have this dating thing down to a science, all that remains is to take things to the next level. Another potential clue indicating that the Summer 2018 nuptials could be for Peter and Kitty is that X-Men Gold writer Marc Guggenheim recently teased some big changes in store for the two heroes following the comic’s “The Negative Zone War” arc.

“Also expect to see some major moves in terms of Rachel, Kitty and Peter’s characters,” Guggenheim told CBR. “They all come out of this Negative Zone arc fundamentally changed.” It’s difficult to imagine a more “fundamental change” than becoming engaged – save perhaps for getting pregnant…

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EXCLUSIVE: Descender #27 Cover Shows Tim-21’s Creation

EXCLUSIVE: Descender #27 Cover Shows Tim-21’s Creation

Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen’s Image Comics series Descender will travel back to the past for its next story arc. Issue 27 kicks off “Old Worlds,” which peels back the curtain on the secret history of the Harvesters, and Nguyen’s cover for the comic’s February-arriving chapter offers a glimpse at Tim-21’s creation at the hands of Dr. Jin Quon.

RELATED: Sony Hires Writer for Film Adaptation of Lemire & Nguyen’s “Descender”

Along with the new story arc finally revealing secrets introduced in the first issue, each issue will have a “Little Robot” variant cover by Nguyen.

DESCENDER #27 – NEW STORY ARC

  • STORY: JEFF LEMIRE
  • ART / COVER A / COVER B (LITTLE ROBOT VARIANT): DUSTIN NGUYEN
  • FEBRUARY 21 / 24 PAGES / FC / T / $3.99
  • BRAND-NEW STORYLINE—“OLD WORLDS,” Part One!
  • The origins of the Harvesters are finally revealed as we jump back thousands of years to see the dawn of the robotkind and the the secrets of the Ancient Robot and how it connects to Tim-21 in the present.

The Image Comics series is about a young robot’s struggle to stay alive in a universe where all androids have been outlawed and bounty hunters lurk on every planet looking for anything with artificial intelligence. TIM-21 is the most-wanted robot in the universe because the incredibly life-like artificial boy may hold the secret to the mass death and destruction unleashed by giant robots ten years before the story of the comic begins.

Descender #27, from writer Jeff Lemire and artist Dustin Nguyen, goes on sale Feb. 21.

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Harley Quinn & Harley Quinn Share Batman: White Knight Variant Cover

Harley Quinn & Harley Quinn Share Batman: White Knight Variant Cover

A surprise to come out of this month’s Batman: White Knight #2 is the existence of two Harley Quinns in the alternate-reality miniseries that fashions Batman as the villain and Joker as the hero.

RELATED: How Batman: White Knight Brought Back The ‘Original’ Harley Quinn

Now, artist/writer Sean Gordon Murphy has shared a variant cover for December’s Batman: White Knight #3 that features the “original” Harleen Quinzel and her evil counterpart.

Murphy’s cover, featuring colors by Matt Hollingsworth, depicts both Harley’s looking larger than life inside a courtroom, with a more villainous Joker brandishing a gun from atop the bench. Each Harley has her mask removed, displaying different hair colors to go along with contrasting outfits. The more devious Harley stands to the left and has white hair with a torn T-shirt, shorts, and stockings, while the original Harleen has the classic outfit from her debut in Batman: The Animated Series.

Batman: White Knight imagines a world in which the Joker has reformed. Of course, Batman doesn’t believe his old nemesis’ story about being cured and, as Joker (who now goes by the name Jack Napier) becomes a voice for the abused lower class of Gotham, the Dark Knight becomes increasingly convinced he’s up to something.

Batman: White Knight #3 arrives Dec. 6 from DC Comics. Written and illustrated by Sean Murphy, the series was recently extended from seven issues to eight.

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DC & Telltale Games Team For Batman Comic

DC & Telltale Games Team For Batman Comic

DC Comics and Telltale Games have announced a new digital-first comic spinning out of the popular video game franchise Batman: The Telltale Series.

RELATED: Harley Quinn Arrives in Batman: The Telltale Series Clip

Batman: Sins of the Father, by writer Christos Gage (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Angel & Faith) and artist Raffaele Ienco (Black Knight), will catch readers up on the events between the first two seasons of the video game.

“I love the bold choices the Telltale Games folks made in their approach to Batman, by having Bruce Wayne discover his father was part of a criminal conspiracy” Gage told IGN. “I’m excited to contribute to this world and I can’t wait for fans to see Raffaele bring the story to life. He is a great match to the visual style of the game, while adding his unique, hard-hitting take to it.”

“I’m thrilled to be making my DC debut drawing such a high-profile character like Batman, as well as working alongside the fantastic Christos Gage and our editor, Jim Chadwick,” Ienco added. “I can’t wait to share what Gage and I have cooked up for the fans of this series.”

Batman: Sins of the Father #1 Variant Cover

Here’s the solicitation for the debut issue:

BATMAN: SINS OF THE FATHER #1

Written by CHRISTOS GAGE • Art and cover by RAFFAELE IENCO • Video game art variant cover

Based on the acclaimed video game series from Telltale Games, this new digital-first comic tells the story of events between the first and second seasons. Someone is killing people associated with Arkham Asylum during the time Thomas Wayne was forcibly committing people there. Suspicion falls on the families suing Bruce Wayne to pay for the harm caused by his father. Batman has other ideas, but his investigation leads to him becoming the target of a deadly assassin.

On sale FEBRUARY 21 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 6, $2.99 US • RATED T+ • DIGITAL FIRST

Batman: Sins of the Father #1 will be released digitally on Feb. 12, with subsequent issues following every other week. The first two chapters will be collected in print format Feb. 21.

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