The Glee star and best-selling author opens up on his love for the X-Men and much more!

“Glee” star, author and diehard X-Men fan Chris Colfer dropped by Marvel to speak with Blake about why he digs Jean Grey, his new book “The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning” and lots more!

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This Week in Marvel #140.5 - Chris Colfer

This Week in Marvel #140.5 – Chris Colfer

This Week in Marvel will focus on delivering all the Marvel info on news and new releases–from comics to video games to toys to TV to film and beyond! New episodes will be released every Tuesday and Thursday (or so) and TWiM is co-hosted by Marvel Digital Media Group Executive Editorial Director Ryan “Agent M” Penagos and Marvel.com Editor Ben Morse with Manager, Video & Content Production Blake Garris and Editor Marc Strom.
 
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Flip through the covers for the final issues as the hunt concludes!

This August, the final issue for each HUNT FOR WOLVERINE limited series will hit stands, concluding this breathless chapter in the frantic search for one of the most fearsome super heroes in history.

In WEAPON LOST #4, ADAMANTIUM AGENDA #4, CLAWS OF A KILLER #4, and MYSTERY IN MADRIPOOR #4, the long Logan labyrinth will finally be unraveled, leaving those who seek Wolverine reeling as they contend with the past, present, and future of the Weapon X.

Get an exclusive first look at the covers for each series’ issue #4 below, along with editor Jordan D. White‘s take on what to expect as we uncover more in the deadly puzzle that is HUNT FOR WOLVERINE.

HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: WEAPON LOST #4 cover by Giuseppe Camuncoli, Roberto Poggi, and Federico Blee

Charles Soule has cooked up a fun detective story for this series, with Daredevil and his investigative team on Logan’s trail. They definitely find something interesting…but not something they’re gonna like.”

HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: THE ADAMANTIUM AGENDA #4 cover by Giuseppe Camuncoli, Roberto Poggi, and Val Staples

“Logan’s new Avengers pals made him a promise that now they’re being called on keep. Tom Taylor really came up with a super hero adventure with some great twists and turns—I don’t know that anyone would guess where this series would end up! But it’s a helluva ride!”

HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: THE CLAWS OF A KILLER #4 cover by Giuseppe Camuncoli, Roberto Poggi, and Carlos Lopez

“Killers versus zombies—what a fun concept! No matter who wins…well, we win for getting to watch it! You can tell Mariko Tamaki is having fun torturing these guys!”

HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: MYSTERY IN MADRIPOOR #4 cover by Giuseppe Camuncoli, Roberto Poggi, and Morry Hollowell

“With this series shining a spotlight on the ladies of the X-Men it probably won’t shock you to learn that it will have a huge impact on the X-Men at-large…but it will shock you what that impact is! Jim Zub is doing something I’ve been hoping for for a long time…”

This August, secrets are revealed in HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: WEAPON LOST #4, HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: THE ADAMANTIUM AGENDA #4, HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: THE CLAWS OF A KILLER #4, and HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: MYSTERY IN MADRIPOOR #4!

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Ahmed shared some process art from Kamala Khan's 50th issue!

Writer Saladin Ahmed is ready to get you excited for MS. MARVEL #31! This marks the 50th issue featuring Kamala Khan as the stretchy Super Hero, and this jam issue will be written by Ahmed, G. Willow Wilson, Rainbow Rowell, and more. That roster of writers will be joined by a pack of excellent artists including Nico Leon and Gustavo Duarte, plus a great cover by Valerio Schiti and a variant cover by Stephanie Hans!

MS. MARVEL #31, which will hit stores on June 27th, is just as big as its gang of creators and will feature a slumber party for the ages — Kamala will host a sleepover with her best friends Nakia, Zoe, and Mike. But the party is rudely interrupted when calamity strikes Jersey City. Can Kamala save the day and keep her party going at the same time? You’ll have to get the issue to find out, but in the meantime, Ahmed shared previews of some of Duarte’s artwork on Twitter! You’ll find even more familiar face, including your favorite teleporting pooch Lockjaw!

Here are the cover and the panels:

MS. MARVEL #31 will be available June 27th! Be sure to pre-order your copy with your your local comic book store!

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Need more Wade Wilson in your life? Look no further!

Can’t get enough of the Merc with a Mouth? With his superhuman healing ability, Deadpool’s physical attributes have naturally been enhanced but so has his gift of gab. This is one loquacious, fast-talking fella. Oh and he’s deadly—like, deliriously blood-thirsty, in a charming but extremely terrifying sort of way.

Grab your chimichangas and check out some essential reads that highlight the best of the fourth-wall-breaking, spirited anti-hero.

THE NEW MUTANTS #98 (1991)
Rob Liefeld, Fabian Nicieza

New Mutants (1983) #98

New Mutants (1983) #98

What is Marvel Unlimited?

You can’t discuss the merc with a mouth without talking about his very first appearance where Deadpool arrived to collect the bounty on Cable’s head. This issue is iconic because it also includes the first appearance of the very lucky Domino.

DEADPOOL #1519 – “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (2012)
Gerry Duggan, Brian Posehn, Declan Shalvey 

Deadpool (2012) #15

Deadpool (2012) #15

What is Marvel Unlimited?

This fan favorite series has the merc doing everything from fighting zombie presidents to going to North Korea to teaming up with Wolverine and Captain America. This book deep dives into Wade’s psyche and makes you have all the feels while still laughing at his antics. Now that’s the kind of destructive emotional roller coaster ride that only Deadpool can give.

DEADPOOL KILLS THE UNIVERSE (2013)
Cullen Bunn, Dalibor Talajic 

Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe (2011) #1

Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe (2011) #1

What is Marvel Unlimited?

Just as the title says, this is Deadpool’s attack on his maker. This twisted horror comic isn’t for everyone, but if you love Wade’s sadistic sense of humor more than the average Deadpool fan, this is the comic for you. Deadpool goes around attacking every hero and villain while being under the mind control of Psycho Man.

YOU ARE DEADPOOL (2018)
Al Ewing, Salva Espin, Paco Diaz 

You Are Deadpool (2018) #1

You Are Deadpool (2018) #1

The Choose-Your-Own-Adventure of Deadpool stories, RPGers will love reading You Are Deadpool, a book that gets you involved in the story. Readers will have to roll dice, make decisions that alter the outcome, and have a whole lot of fun along the way.

DESPICABLE DEADPOOL (2017)
Gerry Duggan, Scott Koblish 

Despicable Deadpool (2017) #287

Despicable Deadpool (2017) #287

What is Marvel Unlimited?

Deadpool in a new role doing what he does best: killing people. DESPICABLE DEADPOOL hit a finale milestone this month with issue #300, and it’s a doozy. Deadpool will face off with the biggest villains and heroes in the Marvel Universe until he realizes he’s having an internal crisis and the problem is actually himself. It all ends in a mind wipe, but that’s just the set up for a brand new Deadpool comic. You can’t ever really kill the Regenerating Degenerate.

Can’t get enough Wade Wilson and want to read all these digital comics? Check out Marvel Unlimited!

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Will The Odds Be In Your Favor? Read On To Find Out!

Sure, you could say Deadpool is having a huge summer. Don’t underestimate Neena Thurman, and don’t think of her as only Deadpool’s teammate.

Imagine being able to control your fate, just by participating in the cause and effect of a situation. That’s the life of X-Force’s own Domino. The psionic mutant flips the odds in her favor with telekinesis resulting in good luck for her, bad luck for her foes. Not a bad ability to have in tough situations.

While her real name is Neena Thurman, here she goes as Beatrice, seeing as how her existence is the result of a government breeding program called Project: Armageddon that used the precognitive mutant named Beatrice. The name Beatrice is an offshoot of the Latin “beatus” which means fortunate, and that is an apt description of Domino’s powers.

Read up on the what makes Lady Luck’s fate always err on the side of good fortune.

THE NEW MUTANTS #98 (1991)
Rob Liefeld, Fabian Nicieza

New Mutants (1983) #98

New Mutants (1983) #98

What is Marvel Unlimited?

Just like her ol’ pal Wade Wilson, Domino’s first appearance was in THE NEW MUTANTS back in 1991. Or was it? Turns out she was actually a shape-shifter named Copycat but for the sake of argument, this is the first time readers get a glimpse of fortuitous mutant.

DOMINO (1997)
Ben Raab, David Perrin

Domino (1997) #1

Domino (1997) #1

What is Marvel Unlimited?

In her very first series, we get a look at Domino’s origin story while she is on the warpath to save ex-husband Milo Thurman. Wolverine’s old foe Lady Deathstrike plays a big part in this series.

X-FORCE (2008)
Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost, Clayton Crain

X-Force (2008) #1

X-Force (2008) #1

What is Marvel Unlimited?

Cyclops calls upon Wolverine to lead a team called X-Force, made up of X-23, Warpath, Wolfsbane, Archangel and Domino. This violent alternative X-Men team goes up against the Marauders, pitting villains and heroes in a battle of epic proportions.

X-FORCE: SEX AND VIOLENCE (2010)
Christopher Yost, Craig Kyle, Gabriele Dell’Otto

X-Force: Sex and Violence (2010) #1

X-Force: Sex and Violence (2010) #1

What is Marvel Unlimited?

A team-up for the ages, Domino and Wolverine head out against all odds when the Assassins Guild puts out a hit on Neena. The title says it all–this book is filled with a lot of both. When you think about it, they’re a perfect match–Domino’s good fortune, Wolverine’s healing factor. Add in a whole lot of bloodshed and you’ve got a dynamic duo.

DOMINO (2018)
Gail Simone, David Baldeon

Domino (2018) #1

Domino (2018) #1

Not only is Domino back in featured in her own solo series, but she’s also solo in the sense that now she finds herself on the wrong side of the mercenary community and having to fight for her life. This series explores a stripped down version of Domino, but will her legendary luck see her through?

Can’t get enough Domino and want to read all these digital comics? Check out Marvel Unlimited!

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From Domino to Wolverine, these are Wade Wilson's finest duos!

In celebration of Deadpool’s big summer, which sees him kick off a new series with Skottie Young and Nic Klein’s DEADPOOL #1 on June 6, we thought we’d look back at the rare moments when Wade Wilson wasn’t being an unshowered good-for-nothing selfish jerk. Instead, we found a few favorite moments when he was just being an unshowered good-for-nothing only slightly selfish jerk.

Here are the greatest Deadpool team-ups in history.

Child Bullseye

Child Bullseye? More like Calfseye, right? No? Okay. Please keep reading.

Starting off small, we have adolescent Bullseye, who teamed up with Deadpool in a rebellion against academia. In the pages of Daniel Way and Paco Medina’s DEADPOOL, a young, downtrodden Bullseye was being bullied at school. But don’t worry, weirdo pimple-faced nerds! Cousin DP came to the rescue by just straight up burning down the entire building.

This whole event may have been a hallucination, but with Deadpool you never know. What we do know is that these two eventual frenemies delightfully took things way too far in this (potential) first ever team-up. Arson rules! *

Wolverine/Old Man Logan

These two just can’t seem to get away from each other. Or at least Wolverine can’t get away from Deadpool.

Much like any relationship founded in love (of stabbing bad guys) and understanding (their boiling, uncontrollable rage), these two crazy kids have endured a lot together: multiple murder attempts, poorly thought-out heroics, and the 1990s. But, as perfectly exemplified in DEADPOOL VS. OLD MAN LOGAN, they continue to grin and bear it (Deadpool grins and Wolverine bears it).

Official ‘ship name: Poolverine. Don’t look up the “fan art.”

Hellcow

Once a prized dairy cow named Bessie, Hellcow’s idyllic life was cut short—sort of—when a bite from Dracula himself turned her into an undead blood sucking bovine. Roughly 300 years later, in DEADPOOL TEAM-UP #885, Hellcow was serving as the captive mutant milk machine for Dr. Killgore, a mad scientist who was also holding the Regenerating Degenerate under lock and key.

After Deadpool convinced Hellcow to band together for a daring escape, the duo endured a range of bodily function mishaps before succeeding in taking down Killgore. They’re not saying “Moo,” they’re saying “Bruuuce!”

Domino

Just like a group of old men sitting around a folding table, Deadpool loves dominoes. And one in particular.

A hired gun herself, Neena Thurman knows all about the #MercLife, not to mention the #MutatedExperimentLife. And after a rocky introduction in Deadpool’s debut comic NEW MUTANTS #98, Domino has grown to understand Wade more than most. It’s likely for this reason that she usually treats him like an adult. She gets it—jokes hide the pain, people!

Her ability to call Deadpool out on any shenanigans he pulls makes her a great foil for the old ‘Pool Man. And, at times, she adds a little family-approved flirtation to Deadpool’s traditionally risqué banter.

Bob, Agent of Hydra

Bob wanted to live a normal existence—eat chips, mow the lawn, watch TV with his wife. And what did his wife want? Dental insurance. So Bob got himself an average nine-to-five working at the local criminal organization, Hydra.

Deadpool wanted a friend—someone to boss around, blame the voices on, eat chips with. And what did his friends want? Um…what friends? Wade Wilson has never had any friends, so he went looking for a buddy to team-up with during his anti-heroic adventures.

Bob and Deadpool got together in CABLE AND DEADPOOL #38 and, ever since, have done everything that best friends do. They’ve gotten scurvy, time traveled with dinosaurs, been severely injured, battled Dracula, and eaten chips. Chips rule! And also arson rules too! **

Spider-Man

This one-sided bromance is what comic book dreams are made of.

Sure, Peter Parker might be a morally upstanding super hero, and sure, Deadpool generally doesn’t care about which civilian the Hulk accidentally sits on. But what matters here is the beautifully juxtaposed powers and sensibilities that these two bring to the table. And though they’ve had their ups and downs, these resident jokesters have developed a vaguely mutual respect for one another over the years. And that relationship is perfectly displayed in their ongoing joint series SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL. The third star of the book? That gorgeous forward slash.

Cable

Of course, the top spot on this ultimate team-up list goes to none other than Cable.

Nathan Summers’ explosive relationship with Deadpool has been the basis for many, many, many, many series over the years. Whether the two are allies or actively trying to kill each other is more or less a 50/50 toss-up, but regardless, the chemistry between these two can’t be denied. Cable’s time traveling stoicism perfectly compliments Deadpool’s gross face, and it all adds up to the best buddy cop throwdown anybody could ask for. If you love bulging old man pecs and giant belts, this team-up is for you.

* Editor’s note: arson does not rule
** Editor’s note: arson still does not rule

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Hawkeye is getting the band back together -- but who's on the team this time?

Kelly Thompson—writer of HAWKEYE, ROGUE & GAMBIT, CAPTAIN PHASMA, and more—is getting ready to reassemble a Marvel team from decades past! This week, we’re excited to announce WEST COAST AVENGERS, written by Thompson with art by Stefano Caselli! The ’80s book is back for an ongoing series run with another super group of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, and this time it has not one but two Hawkeyes!

The original West Coast Avengers was started by Clint Barton’s Hawkeye. This time around, Clint is joined by the current Hawkeye Kate Bishop and a few of their super powered friends! We talked with Kelly Thompson about what we can expect from the new WEST COAST AVENGERS and she had a lot to say about this wacky, disparate group finding a common thread:

“They all need and want something from being on that team together. Kate needs to help save LA, and she needs help to do that because villains have taken notice that there are no Super Heroes out there. I think there’s part of her that misses [being on a team] too. She’s been doing her own thing, on her own, and that’s cool. But she was the one, who, with no powers, was like ‘I’m leading the Young Avengers, I’m the boss.’”

As far as the original Hawkeye goes, Thompson says Clint is “trying to help Kate” but “doesn’t want to admit how much it’s fun for him to mentor.”

Other characters joining the West Coast fun are Gwenpool, whom Thompson describes as “a really weird X-factor” who will be going through some “really interesting” relationship developments; Quentin Quire, who is “always trouble,” but “clearly wants a family”; and Kate’s boyfriend Johnny, who is in “way over his head,” a situation that Thompson is very eager to explore.

But with every super group is a wild card, and according to Thompson, that wild card is America Chavez:

“I think America is the biggest question mark, and I think that’s something we’re excited to explore: Why does she come back to LA? Why does she come back to be with Kate? Does she miss [the group dynamic] too? Because America, she likes to play things a little close to the vest.”

Like the original West Coast Avengers, the team will be living together—but it’s not quite the same Tony Stark-funded flat that we saw in the ‘80s. Instead, to get funding, the team will be part of a reality show while living together under the same roof.

Will things stop being polite and start getting real? The new, ongoing series starts when WEST COAST AVENGERS #1 hits stores on Wednesday, August 22 so you can find out then! Make sure to visit your local comic book store and pre-order today!

Check out the full description of the first issue:

HAWKEYE (KATE BISHOP). HAWKEYE (CLINT BARTON). A guy named FUSE. Never have they ever been called “the big three” of…anything. And now here they are, reunited for, okay, well, it’s only the second time ever. Thank god they also brought AMERICA CHAVEZ, GWENPOOL and KID OMEGA. Wait. What? That’s right, it’s the new West Coast Avengers, son. And you better hope they can figure out how to save the world because BIG things are headed for the West Coast.

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Watch the all-new video version to preview this week's Marvel Comics!

Celebrate New Comic Book Day with Marvel’s The Pull List!

On this episode, Ryan and Tucker preview May 16’s new comic releases, including ALL-NEW WOLVERINE, CABLE, CAPTAIN AMERICA, STAR WARS: POE DAMERON, and all the other books that are waiting for you in stores right now! Watch the brand-new, bite-sized video version above, then dive into the full podcast below.

Here’s the full list of what’s available from Marvel this week:

MARVEL PRINT COMICS ON-SALE (5/16/18)

  • ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #35
  • AVENGERS #2
  • BEN REILLY: SCARLET SPIDER #18
  • CABLE #157
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA #702
  • DAREDEVIL #602
  • HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: CLAWS OF A KILLER #1
  • INFINITY COUNTDOWN: DAREDEVIL #1
  • MIGHTY THOR: AT THE GATES OF VALHALLA #1
  • QUICKSILVER: NO SURRENDER #1
  • STAR WARS: POE DAMERON #27
  • THE PUNISHER #224
  • WEAPON H #3
  • X-MEN: RED #4
  • X-MEN: THE WEDDING SPECIAL #1
  • YOU ARE DEADPOOL #3

COLLECTIONS

  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN EPIC COLLECTION: SPIDER-MAN NO MORE
  • BEN REILLY: SCARLET SPIDER VOL. 3 – THE SLINGERS RETURN
  • DEADPOOL CLASSIC VOL. 22: MURDER MOST FOWL
  • DEFENDERS MASTERWORKS VOL. 6
  • FANTASTIC FOUR VISIONARIES: JOHN BYRNE VOL. 2 – 6
  • HULK: RETURN TO PLANET HULK
  • MOON KNIGHT: LEGACY VOL. 1 – CRAZY RUNS IN THE FAMILY
  • PUNISHER INVADES THE ‘NAM
  • STAR WARS: POE DAMERON VOL. 4 – LEGEND FOUND

DIGITAL COMICS

  • AVENGERS: BACK TO BASICS #6

ON THE MARVEL APP

  • DEFENDERS (1972) #42-46, 51-57
  • MASTER OF KUNG FU (1974) #75-89
  • PUNISHER INVADES THE ‘NAM: FINAL INVASION (1994) #1
  • THE ‘NAM (1986) #52-53, 67-69

DIGITAL COLLECTIONS

  • MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE DEFENDERS VOL. 6 (HC)

FRESHLY DIGITIZED COMICS ON MARVEL UNLIMITED

  • CABLE #80-86, 88-96
  • DAREDEVIL #595
  • DESPICABLE DEADPOOL #289
  • FALCON #2
  • GENERATION X #8
  • HAWKEYE #1-4
  • JESSICA JONES #14
  • MASTER OF KUNG FU #126
  • MOON KNIGHT #188
  • MS. MARVEL #24
  • ROYALS #10
  • RUNAWAYS #3
  • SHE-HULK #159
  • SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #23
  • SPIRITS OF VENGEANCE #2
  • STAR WARS #38
  • THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #26
  • THE UNBELIEVABLE GWENPOOL #22
  • THOR CORPS #1-4
  • THOR: GODSTORM #1-3
  • UNCANNY AVENGERS #29
  • VENOM #157
  • VISION: DIRECTOR’S CUT #6
  • X-MEN: GOLD #15
  • ZOMBIES ASSEMBLE 2 #4

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Plus check out our reading list for the Dread one!

A notably powerful and persistent threat, Dormammu has been a dread presence for Doctor Strange since the Master of the Mystic Arts’ early adventures.

Watch the new installment of Marvel 101 above to learn the important info on Dormammu and why he’s such a dangerous foe for Doctor Strange – and indeed for all of mankind.

For more on Dormammu, check out our Marvel.com reading guide focusing on some of the key appearances for the character, beginning with his debut in STRANGE TALES #126, as Doctor Strange trespasses unto the Dark One’s realm after The Ancient One asks him to deliver a message – but of what nature?

Click here for the Dormammu reading guide!

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Watch as the acclaimed writer goes inside the tortured mind of Eddie Brock!

A primordial evil has been awakened beneath the streets of New York City, and with it, something equally evil has awakened in that most Wicked of Webslingers. On stands now, writer Donny Cates and artist Ryan Stegman‘s VENOM #1 has launched a groundbreaking new era for the symbiote.

Watch the exclusive interview above, as Cates teases this strange and exceptionally toxic chapter for Venom and Eddie Brock. “Something’s happening to the symbiote that terrifies him. It’s starting to speak in this other language that Eddie can’t understand and it’s driving him insane,” he explains. “The symbiote is starting to be very cruel and it’s starting to kind of operate without Eddie’s consent.”

Much like Eddie Brock, the writer himself has been empowered by the vicious might of the symbiote. “I’ve been let off the leash on this thing,” he says, “and I’m kind of going ballistic.”

Get VENOM #1, by Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman, at your local comic shop or online right now!

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