One of Marvel’s newest heroes encounters his first super villain!

For Mosaic, it seems the world has no interest in giving him a break. While the shock of his life and plans being dashed by Terrigen Mists has faded somewhat, solid ground cannot be found as he first encounters the Inhumans and gets sucked up into their conflict with the X-Men, and then, in MOSAIC #7—available April 12—finds himself in his first super powered clash. Not only have the past few months given him a figurative gut punch, but now he will literally experience that at the hands of a character with bad designs and the powers to back them up.

MOSAIC writer Geoffrey Thorne explained to us why good and evil do not tell the story when it comes to our hero and why he thinks a character’s lowest point marks just the right time to hit him with his first real fight.

Marvel.com: Now that Mosaic the character and MOSAIC the series have caught up to the real world, what creative opportunities does that open up to you as a storyteller?

Geoffrey Thorne: Well, it means a larger world for him to play in and, potentially, more ways he can screw up his life. Which means drama. Which means fun.

Marvel.com: Having experienced his first brush with what his biology connects him with—the Inhumans—and the larger super powered Marvel Universe, how changed has Morris Sackett been by the experience? How much, if at all, do those worlds appeal to him as the possibility of him returning to his own physical body—and the basketball court—becomes more remote?

Geoffrey Thorne: I think Morris is pretty shaken up. He has seen his real body by now and been back in it. It [is] not a TV friendly body. Although he wants to return to it, he knows his career in sports is over; his whole life is, really, because he’s been declared dead. As far as the public is concerned, Morris Sackett is history.

Marvel.com: How are Sackett’s feelings regarding super heroes and villains and their place in the world evolving as he becomes more a part of it? When we last spoke about this sort of thing, you characterized him as generally disconnected and unaware of it before, but now that it is very much his community, how has that either allowed him or forced him to consider it more deeply?

Geoffrey Thorne: Morris is trying to work out his place in the world. He’s not the biggest fan of super heroes and villains battling each other, sometimes to the death. The assumption that he is on track to become either a hero or a villain is misguided. Morris still hasn’t figured out who Morris is.

Marvel.com: In the opening arc, Mosaic was largely reactive, understandably, and primarily focused on trying to get back to his body and his life. While more “present” for the Inhumans arc, there was still a sense that he hadn’t quite gotten his feel under himself set. Entering this arc, how has Sackett’s intentionality regard his powers changed? If we were to ask him, how clear would he be about choosing to use his new gift/curse to heroic ends?

Geoffrey Thorne: Morris is not a super hero. He is not a villain. From time to time he will do things that fall out on the heroic side and from time to time he will be a selfish jerk. He is not evil, just self-centered.

I’d say he’s a basically good guy but he’s been raised in a toxic social environment and taught a lot of the wrong lessons about life. Which he now recognizes. What will he do about that recognition? Well, that’s the book.

Marvel.com: MOSAIC #7 is introducing Morris to his first super villain foe. As a writer what makes this moment the right time to bring MOSAIC up against a super powered antagonist?

Geoffrey Thorne: Some things are said in #7 and something pretty big happens which sort of [rocks] Morris to his foundation. I think the best time for a super villain to appear is when we’re at our lowest ebb, right? Isn’t that how it works for everybody? Just me? Hm.

Marvel.com: How intentional is the villain’s encounter with Morris? Is he or she setting out to oppose Mosaic or is Mosaic’s involvement an un-counted on complication?

Geoffrey Thorne: The villain is not targeting Mosaic specifically. The nature of Mosaic’s powers makes him aware of the villain’s activities when no one else is.

Marvel.com: What can you reveal about the villain at this time?

Geoffrey Thorne: The villain is someone we’ve seen before but don’t see often, with a power set that should give our Morris a bit of trouble.

Marvel.com: What went into selecting the character for you? What was important to you that this villain be like?

Geoffrey Thorne: I’ve always had a fondness for this villain and I’ve never felt anyone has ever used him to his full potential. Not that I am either but, as arch-enemies go, Morris could do worse.

Back Morris up in his first super villain fight when MOSAIC #7 hits on April 12!

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Declan Shalvey breaks down the Canadian combatants' deadly dynamic!

Everyone’s favorite immortal Marvel characters tear each other to pieces in writer Declan Shalvey and artist Mike Henderson’s limited series DEADPOOL VS. OLD MAN LOGAN!

But the fighting between big mouth Wade Wilson and crotchety old James Howlett only teases at the larger game at play in this five issue event. With a new Omega-level mutant named Maddie on the run, the two heroes will have to fight a mystery organization—and each other—to keep her safe. And on November 15, issue #2 claws deeper into the battle and its surrounding secrets.

We spoke with Declan about writing and drawing comics—and what makes this team-up unlike any other.

Marvel.com: You’ve made the transition from artist to writer for this series. What’s that switch been like?

Declan Shalvey: With writing, I’ve gotten to dip my toe a bit, with the Nick Fury CIVIL WAR II: CHOOSING SIDES serial from last year and the VENOMVERSE story I did this year. In both cases though, I drew those stories as well. Writing an actual Marvel limited series for another artist seemed pretty intimidating, but a challenge I felt up to. I had just written a creator-owned graphic novel for another artist that ended up being roughly the same page count, so between that and the previously mentioned shorts, I think I’d built up enough confidence to do something as ambitious as DEADPOOL VS. OLD MAN LOGAN.

Marvel.com: As an artist, do you automatically illustrate the story in your head while writing a story? If so, does it make writing easier?

Declan Shalvey: In a way—I’ve heard some writers tend to draw layouts when they’re writing, but I feel I have a good sense of how much I can fit into a page as I’m writing. My brain has some visuals in mind, so I’ll structure a lot of the other moments around the bigger moments. Because of that, I know where to dole out the appropriate real estate—I know to have some moments with more space on the page more than others.

I’ve been fortunate to work with Mike Henderson on this project, as I feel we have a large overlap in our visual sensibilities. There’s a few pages that look just like what I had in my head. Others look very different, but in interesting ways that feel very like Mike, so I respect his choices.

As an artist, I have a similar relationship with my colorist Jordie Bellaire. I tell her what I’m thinking and she’ll deliver on that—or do something different that’s better than what I would do. I’ve learned to embrace those opportunities as an artist, so I try do the same with my writing; I leave the artist the space to bring something of their own to the book. It can only result in more good ideas being available.

Deadpool Vs. Old Man Logan (2017) #1

Deadpool Vs. Old Man Logan (2017) #1

Marvel.com: Have you found an element of the writing process that you enjoy more than the illustration process? How about vice versa?

Declan Shalvey: The writing process can be a lot more frustrating than the illustration process…probably because I have so much to learn. But also with illustration, I want to lock everything down before I start drawing in order to be more productive overall. With writing, results end up being more nebulous—it’s harder to pin things down and say they’re “done,” but that’s been the great thing about working with Heather Antos as my Editor. She’s been great to push me to do my best on the book, and to point out where I might need to spend more time developing the story.

I will say that writing takes up a very different part of my brain, so it can be difficult to focus. My natural state has always been drawing—I can pick up a pencil and get to work instinctively. Writing means I have to force myself to sit in the chair more and get words on the page. My favorite part of both disciplines, though, is the problem-solving. Taking words and making them into a visual narrative feels like solving a puzzle that I find very satisfying. Similarly, breaking down a story and figuring out story problems can be hugely rewarding.

Marvel.com: You did the cover art for another “DEADPOOL VS.” series in DEADPOOL VS. THE PUNISHER with Fred Van Lente and Pere Perez. Did drawing the covers for this run feel different since you’re also writing?

Declan Shalvey: The DEADPOOL VS. THE PUNISHER covers got assigned so far ahead of time, I didn’t have much story material to work from so I just had to come up with random visuals to help sell the book. The covers on DEADPOOL VS. OLD MAN LOGAN on the other hand…I had the advantage of knowing all the story…but I don’t want to incorporate too many story elements from the book. I tried to create a more unified design look to the whole series, so it always has the two title characters, generally fighting, with a limited color palette and a strong, bold design approach too.

I didn’t tie in anything about Maddie or the mysterious baddies. I’m hoping every cover of DEADPOOL VS. OLD MAN LOGAN will be recognizable as part of a unique and identifiable limited run. That’s what I tried to do anyway—and again, Editors Heather Antos and Jordan D. White were really accommodating by letting me try to do so.

Marvel.com: It’s so cool to pit two immortal characters against one another. How did you want their invincibility to come across in the story and art?

Declan Shalvey: Oh I just had to try and rip both these guys to pieces; this book allowed us to push things as far as we possibly could. There had to be a “Parental Advisory” tag on this book, otherwise what would be the point in doing it? It’s been brilliant fun to bang these characters heads together…figuratively and literally.

The violence has been a lot of fun to write, and from what I can tell, Mike loves drawing it. Getting to the heart of the matter though—the violence ends up being trivial because both these characters have invincibility. Swords and claws won’t really hurt these two…what really affects them will be mistakes from their past. And the young mutant that they meet in issue #1 brings a lot of that stuff to the surface as the series progresses.

Grab DEADPOOL VS. OLD MAN LOGAN #2, by Declan Shalvey and artist Mike Henderson, on November 15!

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See what happens as Frank Castle gets his hands on heavy duty weaponry!

Frank Castle’s always been something of a battle automaton, but with November’s PUNISHER #218, he’ll become a true war machine!

Writer Matthew Rosenberg and artist Guiu Vilanova’s Marvel Legacy series will kick off with an idea planted at the end of Secret Empire: Punisher wants to do more and S.H.I.E.L.D. wants to help him. Feeling the need to make up for following the false Steve Rogers, Castle agrees to armor up in a modified version of the War Machine suit to tackle evil on a whole new level.

We talked with Vilanova about ratcheting up the violence, designing the armor, and working with one of Marvel’s busiest writers!

Marvel.com: How was it mixing elements of the previous War Machine armors with the iconography of The Punisher to come up with something new?

Guiu Vilanova: The creative process always means good fun to me. And to mix two huge iconic elements like the Punisher’s skull and the Iron Man armor is great!

Marvel.com: Has it been difficult retaining Frank Castle’s look as he’s outfitted in this new armor?

Guiu Vilanova: Sure. It’s always difficult to keep the resemblance of a character in each and every page. But I can’t complain, it comes with the job!

Marvel.com: What’s it been like working with Matthew to create or redesign a new supporting cast around Frank?

Guiu Vilanova: To work with great artists such as Matthew is always a pleasure. It makes my job way more easy and enjoyable!

Marvel.com: Punisher’s always been violent, but with this new set of weapons, he can do that on a whole different level. How has it been working in that realm?

Guiu Vilanova: Well, it’s basically the same guy but with a “bigger gun.” But Frank’s still being Frank.

Marvel.com: Does sending Frank in with this armor mean you’ve been working on even more dangerous threats for him to face?

Guiu Vilanova: That’s top secret. You’ll have to buy the book if you want to know it. But he’s not wearing the war machine armor to fry an egg, I can tell you that.

Matthew Rosenberg and Guiu Vilanova’s PUNISHER #218 ships in on November 15!

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The on-the-run Wallcrawler joins Marvel Legacy!

On November 15, Spider-Man finds himself on the wrong side of the law once again…as the Web-Head joins the Marvel Legacy era in PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #297!

Writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Adam Kubert get the blame for Spidey’s latest woes—they instigated the emergence of his “sister” Teresa, his run-in with Kingpin and The Tinkerer, and his failing attempts to maintain a normal life. And now Parker has to deal with the NYPD heading up a spider-hunt for the so-called “A-Wreck-Nid.”

Looks like Peter will need more than a few cool gadgets and a quick Thwip-quip to keep his web from unraveling this time…

United States District Court – Warrant of Arrest

Case: The State of New York vs. Spider-Man
Date: Nov. 15, 2017
Case Number: 297 

Defendant: Spider-Man
Known affiliates: Teresa Durand, The Human Torch, Chip Zdarsky, Adam Kubert

Description: Suspect stands at approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs 160 pounds. Age unknown—though his attempts at humor, which might suggest a boy in his teens, likely put him in his mid to late 20s.

Known to swing from trees, streetlights, and other city dwellings wearing a red and blue spider-suit. Officers should keep their ears tuned in for the distinguishing “Thwip” sound created by his web shooters. Gunshots, explosions, and destruction of property act as a likely signal of his presence. Suspect has no problem leaving cops hanging; approach with caution.

Cause for arrest: This warrant has been issued in response to the widespread local terror and property damage caused by the well-known Wallcrawler. Damages to the city during his acts of “heroism” have been measured in millions of dollars.

This masked-mayhem has also been photographed cavorting with a known enemy of the state, Teresa Durand—believed to have stolen top-secret information from S.H.I.E.L.D.

Suspect faces charges of breaking and entering, as well as assault, pending against him by respected New York businessman Wilson Fisk. The mouthy menace also seems to be wanted for questioning by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This section will remain open for the addition of inevitable future infractions.

Witness the action on November 15 in writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Adam Kubert’s PETER PARKER: SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #297!

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Christopher Priest discusses the Inhumans' trip to NYC!

Whenever the Inhumans find themselves in The City That Never Sleeps, they just can’t seem to keep themselves out of trouble.

And on November 1, writer Christopher Priest and artist Phil Noto unleash the gang on NYC once again in INHUMANS: ONCE AND FUTURE KINGS #4!

The Royals hit the streets—and battle Spider-Man—in a wild tale that weaves in The Wizard, The Seeker, and all the local dangers of the city. With the wrath of Attilan on their tail, how will the Inhumans respond?

We caught up with Priest to find out.

Marvel.com: Tell us a little bit about the events leading up to this story…

Christopher Priest: This storyline has been based on a series of misunderstandings and misinterpretations of observed actions. The young Royals believe the King (whose name is now Unspoken) intends to kill them. He does not. Medusa believes the King wants to force her into marrying him. He does not. Some of these misunderstandings relate to their biases—for example, an Alpha Primitive develops his inaccurate assumptions as a result of the Inhumans’ caste system and how his people have been oppressed for generations.

But with all of that going on, it comes as no surprise when, at the climax of issue #3, a young Black Bolt mistakes a Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man for one of the King’s agents and presumes the Alpha Primitive’s incorrect assumption—that the King wants to kill them—to be correct.

Inhumans: Once and Future Kings (2017) #1

Inhumans: Once and Future Kings (2017) #1

Marvel.com: How did it feel to write Spider-Man again? You two have a bit of history!

Christopher Priest: I began my career way back in the 1900s as the Spider-Man Editor at Marvel—and later went on to write the character in a couple of series. My bigger struggle here became keeping him from sounding too much like Deadpool, whom I have also written! (Of course, Deadpool’s speech pattern is largely derivative of Spider-Man’s, so it could be a little tough.)

Marvel.com: Did it prove difficult to imagine these characters so far back in their own personal histories? How do the Royals differ here from how we see them as adults?

Christopher Priest: Well, I want to be careful because I have so much admiration and respect for the writers handling the current series. I personally have always thought the Inhumans have been handled with just a bit too much reverence—a bit stiff, taken too seriously—and that the characters became too far removed from what Stan Lee called “The World Outside My Window.” I’ve had similar problems with Asgard and Wakanda! These can be great places to explore, but in terms of my personal interest, I prefer my super heroes grounded in as much reality as we can muster—so that the fantastic elements “pop” from the world we actually know.

I thought, and Marvel agreed, that their adolescent selves might be a lot more flexible and knowable, with universal conflicts and coming-of-age stories present. That’s the big difference between Teenhumans and the current-day version: we allow ourselves to treat the characters a little less like glass and drop much of the formality. They’re kids. They look like kids, they act like kids, they make mistakes the way kids do. We have copious amounts of humor and warmth, which can be much harder to do with the, at times, way-too-serious adult versions of these characters.

Inhumans: Once and Future Kings (2017) #2

Inhumans: Once and Future Kings (2017) #2

Marvel.com: How does this origin story stand as unique from others that have been told?

Christopher Priest: We’re just kind of filling in the blanks and, at times, walking in-between known events of the early Marvel Universe. Some outright changes needed to be made only because of the inevitable knots in Marvel continuity over the years. I also believe that a lot of the origin stuff—specifically as presented in back-up stories or one-off features—emerged without a lot of consideration for “canon,” or the big picture.

In those days, Stan, Roy Thomas, and others just winged it. Now we have to be accountable to decisions made on the fly 40 years ago and somehow make it all fit! We tried hard to respect that work, but, inevitably, some choices had to be made.

Marvel.com: Tell us about Bentley Wittman, A.K.A. The Wizard. What has his presence done to the dynamic of the group?

Christopher Priest: Well, as most every fan knows, Medusa ultimately joins Wittman’s Frightful Four villains group—which could be the subject of a sequel if this series finds an audience… I thought engaging The Wizard without ever actually calling him that felt consistent with Marvel’s cinematic and Netflix universe approaches—and I think it works really well here; playing off of things the audience already knows about that character and history. The fact that one of the first humans the young Royals encounter turns out to be a menace adds to the Inhumans versus humans paranoia we see later on.

Inhumans: Once and Future Kings (2017) #3

Inhumans: Once and Future Kings (2017) #3

Marvel.com: Phil Noto—what a wonderful artist. How does his distinct style add to the tone of the story you set out to tell? By the way, aren’t you an artist yourself?

Christopher Priest: Nah, I’m a pretty good visual storyteller but way too lazy to draw my own thumbnail layouts the way Keith Giffen does. Inker Josef Rubinstein advised me kindly to stick to writing—I believe “you suck” were the words.

Phil Noto, on the other hand, is a revolutionary artist; a kinder, gentler Moebius. His work here presents a clear break from the typical Marvel house style, which may require some small adjustment from readers expecting Jim Lee-style dynamics. Noto’s stuff looks more like fine art—which it absolutely is; it feels very grounded in reality. Every page has been unexpected but wonderful—he delivers exactly what I asked for but not what I expected. His storytelling lands on-point and he breathes an amazing humanity into his characters’ expressions, drilling right into their eyes. I could not be more thrilled by this choice of artist and eagerly look forward to another project we can tackle together.

Marvel.com: How do you manage the stakes of a prequel story? Considering readers might already know the characters’ future.

Christopher Priest: Well, there’s more to personal conflict than life and death, and even knowing the end of the story doesn’t prevent the piece from being suspenseful. In the case of ONCE AND FUTURE KINGS, it has always been all about the journey—a fresh look at these characters and their history, while unearthing new conflicts and new possibilities along the way.

It’s been great fun—way more than I ever could have expected! And I believe there remains a lot more to say with these characters set in this exciting time of their lives.

INHUMANS: ONCE AND FUTURE KINGS #4, by Christopher Priest and artist Phil Noto, heads to the Big Apple on November 1!

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The King gives Black Panther a new series, introduces Machine Man, and more.

In celebration of Jack “King” Kirby’s 100th birthday, we’re reviewing the man’s legendary creations with a year-by-year examination of his unparalleled career at Marvel Comics. Read on and witness the work that made him comic book royalty.

As the world grooved to the space opera glories of a little film called “Star Wars” in 1977, on the comics scene Marvel reminded readers that one of the original creators of “cosmic” worked under their roof. In the Second Marvel Age of Kirby, Jack added another title to his repertoire, bringing the count up to four ongoing books that year.

Black Panther (1977) #1

Black Panther (1977) #1

  • Published: January 10, 1977
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Writer: Jack Kirby
  • Penciller: Jack Kirby
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Returning to one of his most important co-creations, Jack launched BLACK PANTHER to spotlight the amazing character of the same name he introduced with writer Stan Lee back in the halcyon days of FANTASTIC FOUR. Wasting no time, Jack tossed fans down the rabbit hole for a wild ride alongside T’Challa with the mystery of the Brass Frogs beginning in BLACK PANTHER #1 and a subsequent visit to King Solomon’s tomb in BLACK PANTHER #2, a fight with a yeti in BLACK PANTHER #5, and a the revelation of the first Panther and the origin of Wakanda’s vibranium in BLACK PANTHER #7.

Jack flew his patriotic hero down to a small South American nation in CAPTAIN AMERICA #206 and a battle with its dictator the Swine. One of the craziest Kirby designs ever reared its strange head in CAPTAIN AMERICA #208 with the debut of the evil Arnim Zola, and Jack came full circle with the return of the Red Skull in CAPTAIN AMERICA #210. Alas, despite these successes, he wrapped up his third tenure with Steve Rogers in CAPTAIN AMERICA #214.

Captain America (1968) #214

Captain America (1968) #214

  • Published: October 10, 1977
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: September 17, 2008
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Over in Jack’s ode to “ancient astronauts, ETERNALS, he continued to roll out some of his most incredible, mind-blowing concepts, such as the space-spanning Celestials, the devious Deviants, the thought-provoking Uni-Mind, and even a combat-ready Hulk robot in ETERNALS #14.

Though 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY closed its pages for good with issue #10, Jack still managed to introduce a character in the series that transcended his first story and went on to become a star, Machine Man.

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Treat yourself to this tricky lupine tale!

Every day this month, a new supernatural character or story from the Marvel Universe gets a spooky spotlight leading up to Halloween!

Sam Wilson and Steve Rogers have a lot in common.

Friends and comrades, they both fight for the rights and ideals of all people in their roles as super heroes. Both have worn the mantle of Captain America and slung the shield.

And both have been turned into wolf-men!

The original Capwolf story took place in CAPTAIN AMERICA #402#408 by writer Mark Gruenwald and artist Rik Levins, while Sam experienced something similar in CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON #3#6.

Captain America (1968) #402

Captain America (1968) #402

  • Published: July 10, 1992
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: June 10, 2013
  • Cover Artist: Rik Levins
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The Wilson series began with more than a little turmoil for the new Cap as he took a stand on issues that his predecessor might’ve remained silent on. Having gone rogue from the supervision of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the U.S. government, Sam restarted the legendary Captain America hotline, which allowed citizens to contact him directly. Though the line largely got flooded with nonsense, Wilson did hear about some trouble with the Sons of the Serpent in Arizona.

When he looked into the matter, Cap discovered the Sons kidnapping immigrants and selling them to a mystery man in New York City. As the case unraveled, Sam discovered the anonymous buyer to be Dr. Karl Malus.

In CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON #3, the Star-Spangled Avenger made his move, ambushing the Doctor at his secret lab. Wilson expected to arrest the criminal with relative ease, though, upon arrival, he encountered a symbiote-enhanced Malus, who knocked the hero unconscious. While in this state, the Doctor used Cap in another twisted experiment—and turned Sam Wilson into a half-wolf, half-man!

Captain America: Sam Wilson (2015) #3

Captain America: Sam Wilson (2015) #3

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Now a lupine beast, Sam escaped before teaming up with Misty Knight to confront the mad scientist once more. Though this time, Malus had gathered an army of human-animal hybrids to enter the fight on his behalf! Despite the challenge, Capwolf and Misty managed to subdue Dr. Malus before turning him over to the authorities. The villain got his due, but Cap remained in his doglike state.

The following issue, Wilson’s enhanced sense of smell, wolfish temper, and tendency to dine from trash cans proved difficult for the hero to contain—and often made life difficult given his already-rocky reputation with the public.

The condition continued for Cap over the next several issues, even as he came head-to-head with Steve’s old flame Diamondback and fought the newly formed Serpent Solutions. Eventually, however, Sam Wilson returned to his usual form—as Cap, no longer Capwolf.

Fright Fact

In another thread of this story, Dr. Malus wove the DNA of Sam’s avian companion Redwing into the body of a young man named Joaquin Torres. Torres emerged from the process as a bird man, though utilized his hybrid condition for good, taking on the Falcon mantle. Redwing’s innate healing ability, though, meant that—unlike Cap’s hybridity—Joaquin would never revert back to his initial form.

Redwing, Sam’s longtime partner in the skies, actually had another monstrous encounter in ALL-NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA #5. In that issue, Baron Blood bit the bird, seemingly killing him. This proved to be misleading, however, as in the next issue, Redwing emerged anew—as a vampire falcon!

Tomorrow, witness cosmic power go up against the demonry of Mephisto in the pages of SILVER SURFER!

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Johnny Storm tries a secret identity in another classic from The King!

1917 to 2017: 100 years of Kirby.

Join us to celebrate Jack “King” Kirby’s 100th birthday by learning about the characters and stories he created that changed comics forever. To commemorate Jack’s centennial, we’ve sat down with the modern-day creators he influenced—and the decades of work he gifted us all.

Stan Lee and Jack Kirby broke a lot of super hero molds when they debuted the Fantastic Four in 1961. It didn’t take long for the team of super adventurers to become so popular that people wanted more and more out of the team. So, with STRANGE TALES #101, the duo decided to give the FF’s young heartthrob his own solo adventures!

Human Torch began anchoring the series in 1962; at that time, Johnny Storm didn’t want his Long Island neighbors knowing he moonlighted as the Torch, so he took traditional precautions to keep his alternate identity a secret. And yet, he still lived with his sister, Sue Storm, whose super hero identity remained public knowledge. To help Johnny live in suburbia, Reed Richards outfitted their house with a variety of Torch-specific additions like asbestos furniture and a room for him to work on his hot rods.

Following a nice, concise recap of the Fantastic Four’s origins, we met the villain of the piece: a green and yellow clad individual calling himself Destroyer who looked out over the local amusement park.

Strange Tales (1951) #101

Strange Tales (1951) #101

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Later, while walking to school, Johnny used the smoke from a nearby lighter and cigarette to cloud his own transformation into The Human Torch so he could save a man trapped on a runaway roller coaster at the same park. Storm saved the hapless victim, but the ride still broke in the process. The next day, something similar happened with the parachute drop ride. This time, Johnny shot out small fire pellets into the sky to distract the people around him so he could run into the fun house to transform.

With two of his schemes broken up by the young hero, Destroyer publicly challenged the Torch to a battle in the newspaper. Seeing this, The Thing showed up to back his little buddy, but Torch told him to kick rocks. Though Destroyer played Torch with this ruse, Johnny did eventually return to the amusement park and realize the villain’s game. Though it seemed like he wanted to simply destroy a fun place, Destroyer actually intended to take out the higher points of the park in an effort to keep prying eyes away from his dealings with a ring of Communist subs not far away!

Under the mask, Destroyer turned out to be local newspaper publisher Charles Stanton. With this first solo mission behind him, Johnny would go on to continue trying his hand as a secret identity-sporting hero for a while.

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more throughout Kirby Month and beyond! And join the conversation on all of our social channels with the hashtag #Kirby100.

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Gerry Duggan drops hints on the team's future—and Adam's return!

This January, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY reaches its landmark issue #150!

Just in time too, as the Guardians will have to contend with a big player reentering the scene: Adam Warlock.

Writer Gerry Duggan joins artist Marcus To as Gamora, Drax, Star-Lord, Rocket, and Groot quest for the Soul Stone, try to contain Adam, and battle the Raptors in this epic sesquicentennial event.

We asked Gerry for some insight on what to expect from The Return of Adam Warlock, Part 1.

Marvel.com: What can you tease about Adam’s return?

Gerry Duggan: Well, he returns more than once…kind of. Pretty mysterious!

Marvel.com: Will they run into any other classic characters who’ve made recent comebacks? Maybe…Wolverine?

Gerry Duggan: The Guardians will meet Logan! Just not right now.

Marvel.com: You’ve mentioned before that Gamora will take a very personal journey with the Soul Stone. How might that come about? Will she enter the Soul World?

Gerry Duggan: Well, technically she’s been encountering it in visions in our run. Because her eyes have opened to what the Soul Stone really is. The world within presents itself as a Utopia, but is anything but. The Soul Stone hungers

Marvel.com: You’ve teased that this arc takes the Guardians to some amazing locations. What can we expect to see? How has Marcus To been in realizing these sights?

Gerry Duggan: Marcus has been so wonderful. We’re going to see the Nova’s new HQ, visit space ravaged by Ultrons, visit a new location with a big secret…lots of fun inbound!

Marvel.com: Will war still be on the table for Gamora and the Guardians as we approach #150?

Gerry Duggan: By issue #147, you’ll visit the location of a very important flashpoint in the coming war. Every issue, the drums of war get louder…

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #150, by Gerry Duggan and artist Marcus To, arrives in January!

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Elsa takes over her father's monster hunting legacy!

Every day this month, a new supernatural character or story from the Marvel Universe gets a spooky spotlight leading up to Halloween!

In 2001, Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, and Michael Lopez introduced the world to a young woman—mysteriously linked to monsters—who found herself embroiled in a war between creatures and humans. And they called that young woman Elsa Bloodstone!

The character, who has since starred in NEXTWAVE: AGENTS OF H.A.T.E. and MONSTERS UNLEASHED, first appeared in BLOODSTONE #1. The story began as Elsa and her recently widowed mother moved into her dad’s former home. Unbeknownst to Elsa, her father, Ulysses, lead a life of adventure as a globetrotting monster hunter. Living in his residence, she learned details about him, his life, and the supernatural gem that she shares a name with.

Bloodstone (2001) #1

Bloodstone (2001) #1

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She met a couple of new friends along this path of discovery, including Adam, A.K.A. Frankenstein’s Monster, and Charles Barnabus, the pureblood vampire lawyer. After coming into possession of a mystical Bloodgem, Elsa teleported across locations, encountered Dracula, and went on a mission to help a mummy create a zombie army.

These adventures proved to just be warm-ups for the real adventure, however, when the vampire Nosferatu sought to concoct a super blood by sourcing the goods from pureblood vampires like Dracula and Barnabus. Luckily for them, Elsa took to the whole monster-hunting gig pretty quickly and, with some help from her friends, took Nosferatu on head-to-head. Utilizing the Bloodgem, she cured Nosferatu of vampirism, which left the centuries-old being a quivering pile of dust.

Bloodstone (2001) #2

Bloodstone (2001) #2

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Since her initial limited series, Elsa has continued to leave her mark on the supernatural landscape of the Marvel Universe. She even joined the 50 State Initiative in the wake of Civil War.  Later, she appeared in the pages of AVENGERS UNDERCOVER.

Fright Fact

For a concise history of Ulysses, Elsa, and the Bloodgem they’ve both worn, check out MARVEL ASSISTANT-SIZED SPECTACULAR #2. Set 10,000 years in the past, a “rock possessed by a planet-conquering god” crashed into Earth before being discovered by a young Ulysses. He hunted monsters imbued with fragments of the initial gem, forging his own name that he then passed on to his daughter.

Tomorrow, remember the bloodcurdling tale of Sam Wilson as Cap-Wolf!

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