Editor Alanna Smith interviews the writer about Quicksilver: No Surrender!

On May 16, writer Saladin Ahmed and artist Eric Nguyen team up for a psychedelic sprint alongside Pietro Maximoff in QUICKSILVER: NO SURRENDER #1!

Quicksilver’s super-speed and abrasive personality have always isolated him, but he’s never been truly alone…until now. Spinning out of the pages of AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER, Pietro finds himself trapped beyond the perception of friends, family and allies, waging a one-man guerrilla war against a monster that he’s not even sure is real in order to save a world that he may never be a part of again.

To prepare for this new adventure, we called upon series editor Alanna Smith to join Saladin for a deep dive into their shared love for Marvel’s greatest speedster.

Alanna Smith: In the first phone call we had about this project, I remember you asking me what I liked so much about Quicksilver. Now that we’re further along, I’d be curious to hear your answer to that question—what do you like so much about Quicksilver?

Saladin Ahmed: I think the things I’ve come to love about Pietro in writing him are sort of flip sides to the things that readers have long hated about him. I’ve come to see his standoffishness as a powerful story about living out of pace with other people. I’ve come to see his arrogance as a sort of dry old-world skepticism toward American super hero pluck.

Alanna: Coming off a book with a more straight-laced character like Black Bolt, is a bit liberating to be writing someone who’s, uh…kind of a tool?

Saladin: Well, a big part of BLACK BOLT was his coming to terms with what a tool he’s been! Pietro has a rep as one of the Marvel Universe’s hero-jerks, but honestly most Marvel heroes have deeply jerky sides. What is immensely fun after BLACK BOLT is writing an iconic character who likes the sound of his own voice.

Alanna: When we were still brainstorming, you called me up to say that the more you thought about Quicksilver’s impatience with the world and other people, it felt more like anxiety than anything else (which made me think, “Dang, guess I picked the right writer!”). How has that realization played into the story you’re telling here?

Saladin: Many of us who’ve suffered from serious, weapons-grade anxiety or manic episodes know this set of familiar physical & mental symptoms—racing heartbeat, sleeplessness, racing thoughts. Fury at everything moving so slowly around you. Having to stand in line or sit to get your hair cut can fill you with this surging terror but also this absolute rage at the tiniest inconvenience. Peter David touched on a version of this 25 years ago in a incredible bit where Pietro’s being analyzed by Doc Sampson. But where David saw super-speed breeding a contempt for other people in Pietro, I see it as having bred a fear of them.

Alanna: One of the things I love about Quicksilver is that his temperament really isn’t suited to being a super hero, but he does it anyway. Have you formed any theories about why that is?

Saladin: Well, one thing I hope to show in this series is that Pietro’s temperament might not be quite what we think it is. Pietro will spend a lot of time alone in this book and we’ll get deeper into his head than we’ve been in decades. What readers will find is not a cruel man. They’ll meet a man who literally rescued a kitten from other boys when he was a kid, but was then made hard by life.

Alanna: And most importantly—how do you think his hair does that thing? Does he sculpt those antenna bits with gel or is it some secondary super power? How?

Saladin: Gel. Lots of gel.

Read QUICKSILVER: NO SURRENDER, by Saladin Ahmed and Eric Nguyen, on May 16!

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Black Panther: World of Wakanda was one of three Marvel finalists!

On Thursday, fans of Marvel Comics’ BLACK PANTHER: WORLD OF WAKANDA continued to celebrate its inclusivity and impact in pop culture! As one of ten nominees for Outstanding Comic Book at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, the book was announced as the winning recipient of the award. Two other Marvel books, AMERICA and ICEMAN, were also nominated for their stories and contributions to inclusive representation

Here is the full list of credits including Marvel’s winner and nominees:

  • BLACK PANTHER: WORLD OF WAKANDA, by Roxane Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Yona Harvey, Rembert BrowneAlitha E. Martinez, Manny Mederos, Joe Bennett, Afua Richardson, Roberto Poggi, Tamra Bonvillain, Rachelle Rosenberg, Virtual Calligraphy, Joe Sabino (WINNER)
  • AMERICAby Gabby Rivera, Joe Quinones, Ming Doyle, Stacey Lee, Ramon Villalobos, Walden Wong, Jen Bartel, Annie Wu, Aud Koch, Flaviano, Joe Rivera, Paolo Rivera, José Villarrubia, Jordan Gibson, Tamra Bonvillain, Brittany Peer, Rachelle Rosenberg, Travis Lanham
  • ICEMAN, by Sina Grace, Alessandro Vitti, Ibraim Roberson, Edgar Salazar, Edgar E. Tadeo, Robert Gill, Rachelle Rosenberg, Joe Sabino

To find out more about how BLACK PANTHER: WORLD OF WAKANDA came to be created, listen to winner Roxane Gay’s 2016 appearance on Women of Marvel here!

The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community and the issues that affect their lives. 

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T'Challa faces the challenges of both Secret Wars and the second Super Hero Civil War!

For more than 50 years, the Black Panther has stood at the forefront on the Marvel Universe. With T’Challa appearing on the big screen again this year in both Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther”and “Avengers: Infinity War,” take a look back at over five decades worth of comic book adventures for the King of Wakanda!

The Panther explained to all assembled in NEW AVENGERS #29 that the final incursion drew nearer and the Illuminati felt stymied to stop it. Just then, Hank Pym appeared and in NEW AVENGERS #30 related his tale of discovering a group of near-omnipotent beings called the Beyonders stood behind the incursions. Together with Black Bolt of the Inhumans, T’Challa confronted Namor in AVENGERS #41 and believed he and his villainous Cabal perished.

The Black Panther and the Illuminati began to construct a lifeboat in AVENGERS #42, a way to save individuals to rebuild after the final incursion. The Galactic Council arrived at Earth in AVENGERS #43, announcing their intention to destroy the planet and halt the incursion. T’Challa met with the President of the United States in AVENGERS #44 to tell him that the Earth would be gone in six hours.

Avengers (2012) #43

Avengers (2012) #43

  • Published: April 01, 2015
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: September 21, 2015
  • Rating: Rated T+
  • Writer: Jonathan Hickman
  • Cover Artist: Adam Kubert
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Reed Richards and the Panther piloted the lifeboat with their assembled braintrust aboard in SECRET WARS #1, but when they headed toward the point of collision between universes, a breach occurred that tore the craft in two. The mask of Doctor Doom appeared for a moment before them, but in an explosion of light they lost consciousness.

T’Challa awoke from stasis in SECRET WARS #3 to hear his old friend Doctor Strange explain that he and others slumbered for eight years and that Doom now ruled the world as its god-king. In SECRET WARS #4, Strange took the Panther to a battle between Doom and the Cabal, but when things turned sour, the magician teleported everyone away to save them from the god-king’s wrath.

The Panther and his old rival Namor found themselves in a land called Egyptia in SECRET WARS #5, but in SECRET WARS #6 they traveled to another area of Doom’s world to uncover a cache of powerful artifacts—including an Infinity Gauntlet—hidden from Doom by Doctor Strange.

On Doctor Doom’s artificial Battleworld, The Black Panther organized the legions of the dead in SECRET WARS #7 to go with him to fight the god-king. They arrived together in the middle of the final battle between Doom and his opponents in SECRET WARS #8, and T’Challa used an Infinity Gauntlet to attempt to take the tyrant down. Having distracted the demigod, the Panther stood back while Reed Richards confronted Doom for the last time in SECRET WARS #9.

Ultimates (2015) #1

Ultimates (2015) #1

  • Published: November 11, 2015
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: May 16, 2016
  • Rating: Rated T+
  • Writer: Al Ewing
  • Cover Artist: Kenneth Rocafort
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On the newly recreated Prime Earth, T’Challa joined with a band of heroes in ULTIMATES #1 to address larger cosmic concerns, such as the threat of the world-devourer Galactus and out-of-control time travel. After aiding the world’s champions versus a celestial destructor in CIVIL WAR II #1, the Panther learned of a new Inhuman named Ulysses who possessed the power of future-visions, and the death of Tony Stark’s dearest friend James Rhodes.

The Ultimates tried to stand between the Inhumans and Iron Man in CIVIL WAR II #2 when Tony’s rage over Rhodey’s death brought him to blows with the royal family. T’Challa aided in the tracking of Stark after he kidnapped Ulysses, but when confronting Iron Man, the young Inhuman revealed a terrifying new vision of The Hulk killing all the super heroes. Hawkeye assassinated Bruce Banner shortly thereafter, and the Panther watched the archer’s trial from Ultimates headquarters in CIVIL WAR II #3.

Tony Stark threw himself into identifying the exact nature of Ulysses’ power in CIVIL WAR II #4, while The Black Panther worked with Captain Marvel in arresting a suspect from one of the Inhuman’s visions. Stark confronted the Ultimates and Marvel with his theories, but tempers soared when he and the captain angrily disagreed on the matter. Ultimately, T’Challa stood alongside Captain Marvel, the Inhumans, and the Guardians of the Galaxy in CIVIL WAR II #5 to battle Iron Man, the Avengers, and the X-Men.

Black Panther (2016) #1

Black Panther (2016) #1

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Back in Wakanda, unrest among the populace grew in BLACK PANTHER #1, and an anarchist named Tetu fomented insurrection. Furthermore, two of T’Challa’s loyal guard betrayed him and flew off to start their own resistance movement.

The Black Panther traveled to Wakanda’s border with Niganda in BLACK PANTHER #2 to confront Tetu’s associate Zenzi. There, he battled against her power to influence men’s minds, and withdrew when she amplified his guilt over his lost sister Shuri. In BLACK PANTHER #3, T’Challa faced off against Tetu himself, but the rebel leader escaped the monarch’s wrath.

In BLACK PANTHER #4, the Panther’s council announced the troubles as revolution, and after he consulted his mother Ramonda on what to do, a terrorist bombing raid on the capital city nearly killed the woman. Angered, T’Challa called in help from former Avenger Manifold in BLACK PANTHER #5, as well as sought advice from a collection of wily members of the world’s various intelligence leaders. Tetu enlisted Zeke Stane to help him in BLACK PANTHER #6, and together with the Fenris Twins, the villain captured the Panther during a raid on Tetu’s base. In BLACK PANTHER #7, T’Challa’s friends the Crew rescued him and helped him break through his enemy’s troops.

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Watch a clip of the mutant reveal in this very special episode!

The latest installment of This Week in Marvel has no shortage of huge announcements!

Watch the clip above for some exciting X-Men news, then listen to the full episode below to get the scoop on a big update to the podcast, as well as the usual news on the latest comics, TV, movies, games, events, and everything else Marvel!

That’s right—on July 4, the Reavers are back, and they have a new weapon that only Havok knows about. It’s going to take a ragtag group of X-Men to save a world that hates and fears them! But after his villainous turn, can any of the X-Men really trust him? Can he blame them? Havok! Beast! Dazzler! Warpath! Colossus! It’s an all-new, all-different kind of ASTONISHING X-MEN story from the minds of writer Matthew Rosenberg and artist Greg Land!

Subscribe to This Week in Marvel on Apple Podcasts or download the episode from Marvel.com/podcasts!

With new episodes every Friday, This Week in Marvel delivers all the latest Marvel discussion and news about comics, TV, movies, games, toys, and beyond! Tweet your questions and comments about the show to @AgentM, @jamiefrevele, or @Marvel with the hashtag #ThisWeekinMarvel!

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It was a Brand New Day for Spidey, as he faced new foes like Mister Negative.

For over 50 years, Spider-Man has been a sensational standout in the Marvel Universe and the web-slinger will swing onto the silver screen once again in Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” this May! In celebration of his memorable history, we present Spidey’s spectacular step-by-step story…

Peter and Mary Jane Parker weighed the demon Mephisto’s offer to save Aunt May’s life but wipe away their marriage in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #545, finally deciding to accept it, and when Peter awoke the next morning he found himself single and poor again, and his aunt very much alive and well.

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #545

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #545

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A crook in a Spider-Man mask mugged Peter in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #546, and he later literally gave J. Jonah Jameson a heart attack when he told his boss off. A new villain called Mister Negative appeared in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #547 while Jameson’s wife Marla accepted an offer to buy The Daily Bugle. Later, Negative killed off a rival crime family in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #548, and Dexter Bennett took possession of Jameson’s precious newspaper business and building without his knowledge.

A new, officially registered heroine called Jackpot hit the scene in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #549 and battled a new menace who looked a lot like the Green Goblin. Spidey and Jackpot teamed up in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #550 to clash with Menace, while across town a serial killer began leaving the webslinger’s spider-tracers on his victims. Back at the super hero battle, Jackpot accidentally caused a civilian’s death in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #551, and later the Daily Bugle accused Spidey of being the Spider-Tracer Killer.

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #549

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #549

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A lowlife criminal named Freak transformed into a real freak from a stolen, experimental drug in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #552 and invaded a mayoral election event in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #553 to cause trouble for the wallcrawler. Spidey managed to swing candidate Randall Crowne to safety, though, in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #554 and gifted Jameson with another heart attack by telling him about Marla’s sale of the Bugle.

A snowstorm hit New York in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #555, making it difficult for Spidey and Wolverine to fight the Mayan warriors who haunted the streets. The webslinger moved fast to save a doctor and his coworkers from a strange, godlike creature in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #556, but when it tried to bond with the doctor and make a sacrifice out of Peter’s new friend Carlie Cooper in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #557, he moved even faster.

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #557

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #557

  • Published: April 16, 2008
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: October 10, 2008
  • Rating: T+
  • Writer: Zeb Wells
  • Cover Artist: Chris Bachalo
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Menace reappeared in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #558 to attack a press conference, and Spidey got help from Dr. Curt Connors to hold off Freak. An internet-addicted crook named Screwball took Spidey for a wild ride in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #559, and Peter accepted a well-paying gig from his new boss to take paparazzi pics of actor Bobby Carr. What he received instead in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #560 answered to the name Paperdoll, an obsessed fan of Carr’s with weird powers who got even weirder in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #561 when she tried to kill the actor’s latest girlfriend, Mary Jane Watson.

Peter wound up on Dexter Bennett’s “list” as unreliable in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #562, swung off to Coney Island in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #563, and threw down again with Overdrive, a crook on Mister Negative’s payroll in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #564. Daredevil lent a hand to Spidey in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #565 versus Fracture, while back at Peter’s apartment Ana Kravinoff kidnapped his roommate Vin believing him to be Spider-Man.

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #565

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #565

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The wallcrawler borrowed a Daredevil costume from the Man Without Fear in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #566 to track down Ana and Vin, and wound up fighting Vermin instead. Incredibly, Vermin then attacked Ana and defeated her in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #567 to send her running back to her mother with her tail tucked between her legs. Menace kept right on menacing candidate Crowne, so in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #568 he asked Norman Osborn and the Thunderbolts to address the situation. Meanwhile, Aunt May’s mysterious food kitchen partner Li laid his “healing” hands on former Venom host Eddie Brock.

The Thunderbolts roughed Peter up in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #569, Eddie became Anti-Venom, and Spidey confronted Osborn. Venom, using Mac Gargan as a host, tussled with Eddie in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #570, and Spidey and the Thunderbolts entered the fray soon after. At the same time, Osborn discovered Peter’s camera and figured out a way to use it to track the webslinger in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #571. Later, using a captured Venom, Osborn recreated the Scorpion using Gargan and donned the costume of the Green Goblin himself in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #572 to kickoff a sprawling brouhaha with Spidey, the Thunderbolts, and Anti-Venom in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #573.

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #573

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #573

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Flash Thompson prepared to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #574, and Hammerhead became one of Mister Negative’s new enforcers in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #575.

Spidey jetted off to the Savage Land with the Avengers to investigate a downed Skrull spaceship in SECRET INVASION #1, battled Super Hero Skrull look-alikes in SECRET INVASION #2, met up with Ka-Zar and Shanna in NEW AVENGERS #41, returned to his teammates in SECRET INVASION #5, returned with them to New York in SECRET INVASION #6, and entered into one of the biggest alien wars the city had ever seen in SECRET INVASION #7.

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Learn how to create comics in the latest episode!

Live from last weekend’s C2E2, Judy is joined by Marvel Comics Senior Editor Jen Grünwald as well as comic creators Jen Bartel, Katie Cook, and Rachelle Rosenberg to share how they stay true to their personal styles when creating comics!

Look through the full slideshow from the show below!

The Women of Marvel podcast assemble to chat all things Marvel and more! New episodes will be released every other Thursday, co-hosted by Marvel VP, Content and Character Development Sana Amanat, Marvel.com Producer Judy Stephens, along with Talent & Senior Creative Producer Lorraine Cink.

Have feedback or questions? Email us at WomenOf@marvel.com, or tweet your questions and comments to @Marvel with the hashtag #WomenOfMarvel!

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Mark Waid tells a new story with original artwork from Jack Kirby!

The main story in CAPTAIN AMERICA #700, by storytellers Mark Waid and Chris Samnee, colorist Matthew Wilson, and letterer Joe Caramagna, serves as a powerful culmination of this creative team’s run alongside the Sentinel of Liberty. But these all-star artists aren’t the only ones getting in on the landmark issue action! The Cap’s co-creator, Jack “King” Kirby himself, contributes to the action as well in a special bonus story written by Waid with colors by Wilson!

In the back of issue #700, Mark Waid took on the mammoth task of repurposing original Jack Kirby and Frank Giacoia art from TALES OF SUSPENSE with a brand-new Steve Rogers story. To get the all the details, we caught up with the writer to ask how he went about creating this cross-generational collaboration.

Marvel.com: How did you come up with the idea for this one-of-a-kind story?

Mark Waid: I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a long, long time. In the earliest days of the MARVEL ESSENTIALS black-and-white volumes, I came to realize just how many Silver Age and Bronze Age comics artists produced consistent and reliable work in an old-fashioned six-panel grid. To be honest, there weren’t that many who did huge, long, hundreds-of-pages uninterrupted runs in the 1960s and 1970s—John Buscema, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Gene Colan, a few others. But I’d always wondered what it would be like to redialogue their material to create new stories—especially if I could pick-and-choose specific panels to build brand-new pages.

Marvel.com: Can you tell us what your process was like?

Mark Waid: Way more complicated than you’d think.

STEP ONE: I had to pick a character, but that was a gimme seeing as how this was going to be for CAPTAIN AMERICA #700.

STEP TWO: Before I even began choosing the artwork, I had to settle on one and only one penciller/inker team for visual consistency. This immediately winnowed down the number of available Captain America pages pretty substantially—inkers like Syd Shores and Dick Ayers were fine craftsmen, but their work was either too sparse (comparatively) or too centered on very specific scenes (say, World War II battle scenes) that would be difficult to weave into a modern narrative. In the end, based on the volume of collaboration as much as anything, I opted to pull from the Jack Kirby and Frank Giacoia stories from TALES OF SUSPENSE.

STEP THREE: I had to narrow the available Kirby/Giacoia artwork down even further, in search of panels that had word balloons and captions that didn’t hide important background art and thus wouldn’t require much if any retouching by the production department. I didn’t want to simply “white out” existing balloons and replace that dialogue—that would mean having not only to write dialogue but then to fit it within specific spaces on the page, with almost no margin for error. What I’d already set out to do would be hard enough. Moreover, I needed panels that would fit into a Silver Age-style six-panel grid—panels of wildly differing sizes would be impossible to jigsaw-puzzle together.

STEP FOUR: I had to look over all the existing pages and, while making detailed notes, get a sense of what kind of story might be told with the artwork at hand. There were a lot of pages of Cap simply fighting modern-day villains in the streets and buildings of New York City. Suppose Cap were racing across Manhattan, facing some sort of gantlet put before him by the Red Skull? If so, why? There were some panels I could use of scientists in a lab. Perhaps Cap was struggling to get something to them? How would the menaces he’d face connect to be part of a cohesive story?

STEP FIVE: All of this left me with roughly 150 pages of artwork from which I could choose panels. I’m pretty versatile in Photoshop and could have begun cutting and pasting on the computer—but at this stage, it was just easier and faster to stay old-school. I printed every page out with my inkjet printer, got out scissors, X-Acto knives, and a cutting mat and built a deck of panels to play with, moving them around constantly in search of building some continuity.

STEP SIX: A rough narrative began to take shape. Here’s a good sequence with Cap fighting the Super-Adaptoid, but I can’t imagine a way to put that villain in the middle of a story and not see him defeated; out it goes. Here’s a run of panels showing Cap fighting a soldier with a raygun back in World War II—is there anything specific in the artwork that locked it into the 1940s? No? Can those panels be incorporated and juggled?

STEP SEVEN: The selection of potential panels grows smaller. Repetitive action poses? Out. Random gunmen just appearing and then disappearing? Out. But I’m finally zooming in on around 50 panels that could tell a story about Cap racing across New York to get to an injured S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in a lab. Hey, look! Here’s the only usable panel that might show such an agent. It’s from much later in the Captain America run, meaning the linework was a little bolder but not uncomfortably so, that’ll fit nicely. Huh—I have a dozen Red Skull panels here—which two or three would make him a presence in the story without having to have him confront Cap directly?

STEP EIGHT: The rough-draft paste-up was done with scissors and tape to arrange the panels into a Silver Age-style grid. I scanned the pages for the Marvel production offices to use as a guide, providing them also with identification as to where each and every panel came from, specifically.

STEP NINE: Production’s ten dialogue-and-caption-free pages come back for dialoguing, and I finally get to work with The King.

Overall, the project took about three days—one to go over the material, one to think up a story, and one to do the actual physical production. It was much more difficult to do than I’d dreamed—but with the right artist (Steve Ditko? Jim Aparo?), it might be fun to take another swing at it down the road.

Read the full story in CAPTAIN AMERICA #700, by Mark Waid and Chris Samnee—out today!

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Check out the bite-sized podcast preview of this week's new Marvel Comics!

Sound the horns—it’s New Comic Book Day! Get ready for today’s new comics with Marvel’s The Pull List!

In this episode, Ryan and Tucker give you bite-sized previews of April 11’s new comic releases, including AVENGERS, CHAMPIONS, DARTH VADER, THANOS, and all the other books that are waiting for you in stores right now!

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


  • AVENGERS #688
  • DOMINO #1
  • EXILES #1
  • FALCON #7
  • THANOS #18
  • X-MEN BLUE #25
  • X-MEN RED #3




  • MASTER OF KUNG FU (1979) #29-39
  • WEB OF SPIDER-MAN (1985) #64-65
  • PUNISHER (1987) #28-29




  • AVENGERS #672
  • HAWKEYE #11
  • ICEMAN #6
  • IRON FIST #73
  • ROYALS #9
  • SPIDER-MAN #21
  • STAR WARS #37
  • VENOM #155
  • WOLVERINE #150-153, #156-158
  • X-MEN #71-79
  • X-MEN: GOLD #13

Subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts, download the episode from Marvel.com/podcasts, or tune in on SoundCloud!

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T’Challa joins the Illuminati in an attempt to protect the multiverse!

For more than 50 years, the Black Panther has stood at the forefront on the Marvel Universe. With T’Challa appearing on the big screen again this year in both Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther”and “Avengers: Infinity War,” take a look back at over five decades worth of comic book adventures for the King of Wakanda!

The Black Panther discovered something incredible in NEW AVENGERS #1: the incursion of an entire universe upon his own, and a woman named Black Swan who seemed to be facilitating the event.

New Avengers (2013) #1

New Avengers (2013) #1

  • Published: January 02, 2013
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: July 08, 2013
  • Writer: Jonathan Hickman
  • Cover Artist: Jock
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In NEW AVENGERS #2, T’Challa played host to members of the so-called “Illuminati,” high-profile heroes self-tasked to protect their world. He relayed his findings of the incursions to them, and they in turn suggested gathering the Infinity Stones to stop their progress. Despite his desire to kill Namor, a member of the Illuminati who was also responsible for past destruction in Wakanda, the Panther joined with his fellows to hunt for the Stones in NEW AVENGERS #3. Once assembled into the Infinity Gauntlet, Captain America used them to halt an incursion, and in doing so, shattered the Stones.

T’Challa and the others decided to seek more Infinity Stones in alternate universes in NEW AVENGERS #4, but ran afoul of a variant Galactus and his herald, Terrax. The Black Panther disagreed mightily with his companions in NEW AVENGERS #5 over their willingness to work with Black Swan, a decision that led them to Latveria to stop another incursion.

New Avengers (2013) #4

New Avengers (2013) #4

  • Published: March 20, 2013
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: September 23, 2013
  • Writer: Jonathan Hickman
  • Cover Artist: Jock
What is Marvel Unlimited?

Strange blue skies met the Illuminati in NEW AVENGERS #6, and T’Challa mourned the loss of the man he used to be as he himself pulled the trigger on the death of another universe. Back in Wakanda, Namor asked for peace between his Atlantis and the African nation in NEW AVENGERS #7, and T’Challa sought advice from his friend Reed Richards before his sister Shuri officially refused Namor’s entreaty and declared war.

In NEW AVENGERS #8, Wakanda attacked Atlantis, a preamble to the mad space tyrant Thanos’ invasion of Earth to find his lost son. While the main team of Avengers made plans to travel into outer space to stop an alien invasion in INFINITY #1, Black Panther helped his people fight off the Black Order’s invasion of his beloved country in NEW AVENGERS #9.

The Inhumans’ king, Black Bolt, summoned the Panther and the Illuminati to Attilan in INFINITY #2 to inform them of Thanos’ purpose on Earth. The heroes left to seek that individual in NEW AVENGERS #10, which put T’Challa on his trail at the Caalsberg Ridge. The quest continued in INFINITY #3, while Black Bolt tried to stop Thanos by himself.

New Avengers (2013) #10

New Avengers (2013) #10

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The Black Order returned to Wakanda in NEW AVENGERS #11, while the Illuminati met the Builders, an ancient race of aliens with designs on Earth. The Black Panther witnessed Wakanda in flames in INFINITY #5, a result of the Black Order’s attack, and joined with the Illuminati to defend Necropolis and its cache of incursion-stopping bombs from Thanos’ lust for power.

When Shuri believed T’Challa to be conspiring with Namor, Wakanda’s greatest enemy, she banished him to the Necropolis in NEW AVENGERS #12. Later, the Illuminati built a device to view incoming “incursions,” invasions by other universes, in NEW AVENGERS #13, and the Panther saw the death of two alternate versions of himself.

Armed with more information about The Black Swan, gleaned in NEW AVENGERS #15, T’Challa discovered a group of champions not unlike him and his fellow Illuminati in NEW AVENGERS #16. Called the Great Society, the Panther and Namor observed the team in NEW AVENGERS #17, and realized that fate intended them to meet. The Illuminati flew off to Egypt to confront the latest incursion in NEW AVENGERS #18, but Black Panther cautioned his comrades of the evil in destroying other heroes.

New Avengers (2013) #17

New Avengers (2013) #17

What is Marvel Unlimited?

Upon the Illuminati meeting the Great Society in NEW AVENGERS #19, both groups debated their ability to work together to stop the clash of universes. Ultimately, the Society decided to battle the Illuminati, and T’Challa entered into combat with the hero called The Rider in NEW AVENGERS #20, while Doctor Strange cast a dark spell to summon a horrific creature. In the middle of it all, the ghost of the Panther’s father appeared in NEW AVENGERS #21 to urge his son to detonate the bomb to destroy the Great Society’s Earth, but when T’Challa refused, his father stripped him of his kingdom and status.

After Namor destroyed the alternate Earth, the Black Panther attacked The Sub-Mariner in NEW AVENGERS #22. Namor declared his action to be inevitable and also admitted he’d sent Thanos and his Black Order to Wakanda, which prompted T’Challa to promise to kill him. Just then, another incursion alert sounded, but the Illuminati would not rise to meet it. With the ultimate end for Earth approaching, the Panther visited his former queen Storm in NEW AVENGERS #23, but the time of incursion passed without incident, mystifying the heroes.

New Avengers (2013) #23

New Avengers (2013) #23

  • Published: August 20, 2014
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: February 16, 2015
  • Writer: Jonathan Hickman
What is Marvel Unlimited?

A shadowy figure enlisted The Black Panther to follow a trail of clues identifying the Watcher’s murderer in ORIGINAL SIN #1. Together with other heroes, T’Challa tracked the mystery to chambers below the Earth and to a satellite in orbit. There he learned of Nick Fury’s involvement in the case in ORIGINAL SIN #5, and of a secret he and Doctor Strange vowed to keep in ORIGNAL SIN #8.

Namor freed the villains held captive by the Illuminati and joined with them in NEW AVENGERS #24 to block incursions. T’Challa and Shuri attempted to seize the Illuminati’s world-destroying bombs from the Necropolis, but when the Cabal stood in their way, the Panther reluctantly left his sister behind to face certain death at their hands. In their new hideout, the Illuminati welcomed T’Challa, but the Panther brought only the bad news of Wakanda’s fall to the villains.

New Avengers (2013) #28

New Avengers (2013) #28

  • Published: December 24, 2014
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: June 29, 2015
What is Marvel Unlimited?

Caught up in the impending incursions of entire universes with his own, The Black Panther and his fellow Illuminati clashed with Captain America in Spain in AVENGERS #39, but discovered it to be trap. Faced with multiple teams of Avengers, T’Challa and his comrades tried to fight their way out of the noose in NEW AVENGERS #28 until stopped by Sue Richards.

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Sprint through the hero's past with analysis from Ryan North!

What wild adventure will Doreen Green, Nancy Whitehead, Tippy-Toe, and the rest of the UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL gang go on in issue #31? The answer is obvious: Doreen and Nancy get blasted into hypertime and fight crime at super speed, of course! On April 11, writer Ryan North and artist Erica Henderson tell the tale in UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #31!

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, A.K.A. Doreen Green, has had an action-packed history dating back to the early ‘90s, but she’s evolved significantly since then. We asked Ryan North to provide some commentary on the proceedings, but he suggested we go right to the super source herself! So let’s dive in!

One doesn’t just go throwing around the title “Unbeatable” without reason; Doreen Green has beaten the likes of Galactus, Thanos, Ultron, and more!

Squirrel Girl: Hey everyone, it’s me—Squirrel Girl! I hacked into this website (it was a simple SQL injection exploit, COME ON PEOPLE, it’s not 1997 anymore) and am using my incredible hacker powers for good—by adding some commentary to this as we go!

But her long and impressive history starts with her debut takedown: Doctor Doom.

Squirrel Girl: Hah! It sure does!

In her first ever appearance, Doreen Green (then a young super hero hopeful) came to Iron Man in an attempt to impress him with her powers. At first, Tony Stark was incredulous about her powers and persona, but it didn’t take long for Doreen to win the hero over after she rescued him from Doctor Doom by siccing an army of squirrels after the notorious villain.

Squirrel Girl: To be fair, this was just my first takedown published in illustrated comic documentary format. I’d actually defeated the Abomination before then. And it’s not even the first time I took down Doctor Doom, if you’re being strictly chronological! I’VE traveled through time to beat him up in the ’60s. IT WAS AMAZING. 

In these early days, Squirrel Girl had a furry, prehensile tail, buck teeth strong enough to chew through wood, superhuman strength and agility, the ability to speak to and understand squirrels, and sharply clawed fingers with retractable “knuckle spikes”!

Squirrel Girl: Those knuckle spikes came in handy when defeating Ultron, because bone doesn’t conduct electricity! A useful property when you’re fighting a robot. Other than that they have not been THAT useful, because, um—I don’t really go around stabbing people all the time?

Later, as Squirrel Girl teamed up with the Great Lakes Avengers, she started flying a gyrocopter called a “Squirrel-A-Gig” (which was a holiday gift from her teammate Big Bertha). Doreen first used the machine to infiltrate Doctor Doom’s castle!

Squirrel Girl: The best part was Doom just sighed and pointed me towards where I wanted to go, because he didn’t want to get into a fight with me. IT WAS THE RIGHT CALL, MY DUDE.

Doreen’s personality and powers were best established and honed in THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL after the series launched in 2015. The greatest revelation in this title is best explored in the first arc—which acts as a kind of thesis statement for the rest of the series—when Doreen Green is tasked with stopping Galactus from eating the Earth. Does she punch him into submission? Does she try to destroy him? No, Doreen realizes that wouldn’t work and, instead, converses with the cosmic being, convincing him to leave her home planet alone.

Squirrel Girl: Galactus isn’t such a bad guy! Take away his hunger and he’s just a chill pal. It’s not his fault he’s so enormous! If he were tinier a handful of nuts could satisfy him, but at his scale one’s appetites also get larger. Took a full PLANET of nuts, actually!

Doreen is notable for using her compassion as one of her greatest tools—and for using butt-kicking as a last resort. Sometimes people can forget that being a super hero isn’t always about flashy super powers! She might not necessarily have the craziest abilities on the scene, but the strongest weapons in the fight to eradicate evil can often be a good heart, a strong mind, and one or two close friends!

Squirrel Girl: Aw, this was a great article! Now I feel bad about hacking in to add commentary to it, but on the plus side, YOU get slightly more words to read, so I suppose it all worked out in the end! Eat nuts and kick butts, everyone!

Read THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #31, by Ryan North and Erica Henderson, tomorrow—April 11!

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