Ethan Sacks gives a behind-the-scenes look at the issue!

In our Creator Commentary series, we give the floor to our storytellers as they present behind-the-scenes looks at the decisions that go into every last panel and page—in their very own words. Today we prepare for this week’s release of OLD MAN HAWKEYE #3 by taking a closer look at issue #2 with writer Ethan Sacks. Read up on our coverage of issue #1, then dive into #2 below. 

Ethan, over to you…

Hunter and Hunted

In issue #2, Jebediah Hammer, a descendant of Justin Hammer, (and the merchant that was with Hawkeye when the Madrox gang first attacked) is frantically packing because he knows there will be consequences after the events of last issue. So he’s trying to get his family out of there. His wife thinks he’s totally overreacting but of course he’s not, spoiler alert, because on page 2, my favorite page so far in the series that Marco is an absolute wizard at, we see that Bullseye’s found them.

What I wanted to do for this scene is capture the vibe of “Inglorious Basterds,” the very opening with Christoph Waltz, where he plays this Nazi and he’s in this farmhouse and it’s this really tense scene because on the surface it’s just a conversation but you know it’s going to end badly at some pointyou just don’t know when. So I was trying to sort of capture that vibe a little bit. I really like how the scene came out, not patting myself on the back or whatever, but between the art and the conversation I think it’s pretty cool.

But meanwhile, we have Hawkeye who’s started his quest and the first thing he does is search for one of the Wastelands purveyors of information. So who sees everything? A guy with a giant eyeball for his head. I just love the visual for the Orb. So he goes and of course the Orb would have a club called Eye Candy—an exotic dancer joint.

Light and Dark

Apart from the mob drama scene, I also wanted to show one of the most heartbreaking things about this world is how these heroes are totally debased and how generations are going to grow up not knowing what a hero is. I thought the idea that these people would be watching women and men scantily clad as heroes and sort of the voyeuristic thing of that would be heartbreaking so there was a little bit of a visual I was hoping to get here.

From page 5, I just want to say every day should be colorist appreciation day and I want to give a shout-out to Andres Mossa. So what he did here is, you look at this club and if you notice every panel is alternating with shades of blue and shades of purple because of the strobe effect of the lights of the pulsing dance vibe. So that is just an example of how you may not notice it the first time you see it but that is a skilled colorist right there, basically makes the story better.

Related to the color, you’ll see the flashbacks have this fiery red, it looks like a hell, so that’s just the mark of a great colorist, bringing you in and out of different locales with the palette.

We see a couple pages later, Bullseye has this computer interface which gives an advantage to him, so you’ll see that through the book a little bit.

Targets

One little subplot (that’s a very small subplot in this issue), with Jebediah Hammer and his wife Susannah, there’s actually kind of a love story. They clearly love each other because when, spoiler alert, Jebediah Hammer basically has his artery cut by a playing card and he’s dying, his last act is drawing out a clue in his own blood because basically he’s warned by Bullseye, “You better come through before you die or I’m going to kill your wife.” So he saves her and she, spoiler alert, lives no matter what the last page seems to indicate. I just wanted a little bit of love in this horrible, horrible existence to actually mean something.

You’ll notice too that Hawkeye is starting to miss more frequently. Throughout the book we’re going to see the consequences of his diminishing eyesight, so during the big action scene in this book, which Marco rendered amazingly, we’ll start to see some more of that.

The most damning two-page spread is a flashback scene. We parse out a little bit about the horrible event, 45 years ago, that’s driving Hawkeye now. We know from a line in “Old Man Logan” that he kind of was upset that he was left alive. We kind of wanted to show that, so we get to see a lot of dead Avengers. I felt a little bit like a serial killer, just choosing who would be on this page and how they died and why they were included in this team. But the thought that I had was that there would be several Avengers teams, all of a sudden imagine you’re getting an alert that all these super villains are attacking out of nowhere so they send teams to various locations—and Hawkeye was in charge of one of them. Captain Marvel would have been in charge of one of them, Black Panther would have been in charge of one of them, Captain American, certainly—and we know from “Old Man Logan” how he died and where he died.

So this was a team that was sent to Las Vegas, and we know it’s Las Vegas because Thor’s hammer is there, and the city is now called Hammer Falls. So we’re telegraphing stuff that we will learn later in more detail. I will say this, there is a clue on this page as to the identity of the people he’s hunting but you have to be really, really eagle-eyed to figure it out.

Coming out of the flashback to the present, Hawkeye takes a swig of bourbon, and it’s Marcus Daniels…which is the name of a minor super villain called Blackout. You can keep an eye out, there are going to be little tweaks here and there or little visuals here and there that kind of allude to the super villains who weren’t so super that they earned monuments or anything.

Family Fortunes

Speaking of which, when Bullseye has tracked Hawkeye’s trail to Tanya’s garage on page 17, panel 2, he confronts Clint’s daughter Ashley about his whereabouts, and she’s wearing an “Angar and the Screamers” t-shirt. That’s another little Easter egg—kind of figured she’d be into punk and that sounded as punk a band as there would be in the Wastelands. I really like her character, and I wanted her to stand up to Bullseye and Bullseye to be impressed enough that he doesn’t kill her right where she stands. I like that exchange where she’s not intimidated at all by him. Possibly because she’s so young that she doesn’t know who he is, but she clearly doesn’t care one way or the other, so I like that about her.

Then we have the second to last page, Hawkeye reaches the location where he’s going to have his first major fight next issue with one of the people he’s looking for. Especially because I have such a gifted art team working on this, I wanted to explore a new type of setting. What would an amusement park look like in this world? We’ll see more of it in next issue but of course it’s Arcade’s Murderworld because who else would have started a theme park?

There’s another little clue as to who his first opponent is on the bottom of that page.

Then finally, we see—this is the big cliff hanger in this issue on page 20—we see, as poor Susannah is burying her husband and kids and confessing her love for her family, she is disturbed by three Venoms.

So basically what we find out is the Madroxs can of course keep replicating themselves, but also duplicate the symbiote, which is going to be a big headache for Hawkeye later in this series. So it’s Venoms—plural—and his troubles are just beginning.

Continue the story by reading OLD MAN HAWKEYE #3, from Ethan Sacks and artist Marco Checchetto, on March 28!

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

Travel to a galaxy far, far away with Marvel’s The Pull List!

On the podcast, Ryan and Tucker preview May 23’s new comic releases, including BLACK PANTHER, DOCTOR STRANGE, MOON KNIGHT, STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI, and all the other books that are waiting for you in stores right now!

Watch the video version above as the two dive into all the Star Wars books on offer this week, then dive into the full audio episode below.

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

MARVEL PRINT COMICS ON-SALE (5/23/18)

  • BLACK PANTHER #1
  • CHAMPIONS #20
  • DOCTOR STRANGE #390
  • FALCON #8
  • HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: MYSTERY IN MADRIPOOR #1
  • INCREDIBLE HULK #717
  • INFINITY COUNTDOWN: DARKHAWK #1
  • INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #600
  • LEGION #5
  • MOON KNIGHT #195
  • OLD MAN HAWKEYE #5
  • OLD MAN LOGAN #40
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. BY HICKMAN & WEAVER #5
  • SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #33
  • STAR WARS #48
  • STAR WARS ANNUAL #4
  • STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #20
  • STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI ADAPTATION #2
  • WEAPON X #18
  • X-MEN: GOLD #28
  • YOU ARE DEADPOOL #4

COLLECTIONS

  • BLACK PANTHER: LONG LIVE THE KING
  • FANTASTIC FOUR VISIONARIES: JOHN BYRNE VOL. 7
  • FANTASTIC FOUR VISIONARIES: JOHN BYRNE VOL. 8
  • GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: EARTH SHALL OVERCOME
  • GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: THE POWER OF STARHAWK
  • MONSTERS UNLEASHED VOL. 2: LEARNING CURVE
  • STAR WARS LEGENDS EPIC COLLECTION: THE EMPIRE VOL. 4
  • THE MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL VOL. 3: DARK ORIGINS
  • VENOM & X-MEN: POISON-X

ON THE MARVEL APP

  • MASTER OF KUNG FU (1974) #90-109
  • QUASAR (1989) #13-16, 51-52
  • MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE (1974) #83-84
  • WHAT IF? (1977) #16

DIGITAL COLLECTIONS

  • LEGION: SON OF X VOL. 4 – FOR WE ARE MANY
  • WOLVERINE BY DANIEL WAY: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL. 4

FRESHLY DIGITIZED COMICS ON MARVEL UNLIMITED

  • BEN REILLY: SCARLET SPIDER #10
  • CHAMPIONS #14
  • DARTH VADER #8
  • DEADPOOL VS. OLD MAN LOGAN #2
  • DEFENDERS #7
  • DOCTOR STRANGE #381
  • FREE COMIC BOOK DAY #1
  • GIANT-SIZE SPIDER-MAN #3
  • GIANT-SIZE WEREWOLF BY NIGHT #5
  • GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #147
  • HAWKEYE #12
  • INCREDIBLE HULK #710
  • MARVEL TEAM-UP #23-26, 28-30
  • MARVEL’S BLACK PANTHER PRELUDE #2
  • MIGHTY THOR #701
  • NOT BRAND ECHH #14
  • PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #297
  • SECRET WARRIORS #8
  • SPIDER-MEN II #4
  • STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #14
  • THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #791
  • THE PUNISHER #218
  • THOR VS. HULK – CHAMPIONS OF THE UNIVERSE #6
  • WEAPON X #11
  • WEREWOLF BY NIGHT #34-43
  • X-MEN: BLUE #15

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

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Peter joins a new Avengers team, only to be replaced by Doctor Octopus' Superior plan.

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

Stuck in the middle of an eldritch battle between Doctor Strange and Daniel Drumm in NEW AVENGERS #32, Spider-Man made the best of it while Drumm possessed his fellow heroes in NEW AVENGERS #33 and witnessed Strange’s reinstatement as Sorcerer Supreme in NEW AVENGERS #34. Over with his other team, he waited out the original Avengers’ trip to the Microverse in AVENGERS #33, and welcomed Janet Van Dyne back to full member status in AVENGERS #34.

New Avengers (2010) #32

New Avengers (2010) #32

What is Marvel Unlimited?

After the violent clash between two Hobgoblins in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #697, our hero accepted membership on a new team in AVENGERS #1 and joined Captain America and others on a terraformed Mars to confront alien invaders in AVENGERS #2.

Later, the webslinger swung out to the prison holding the dying Doctor Octopus in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #698 — or did he? Seems that Ock already switched bodies with Spidey, leaving Peter Parker adrift in Otto Octavius’ rapidly failing form. In AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #699, Peter managed an escape from prison with the help of some super villains, but when he confronted Ock in his body in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700, the doctor’s body finally failed for good…with Peter’s mind in it.

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #700

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #700

What is Marvel Unlimited?

Otto Octavius swore to become a better Spider-Man than Peter Parker, so in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #1 he took on a new Sinister Six with brutal will, not realizing Peter’s spirit still resided within him. He also created an deployed an army of “spiderbots” to help him in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #2, while Carlie Cooper became suspicious of him. Back with the Avengers, he taunted Sunspot and Cannonball in AVENGERS #6 and witnessed the “White Event” that signaled the arrival of the Starbrand on Earth in AVENGERS #7.

When the Vulture started using children to commit crimes in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #3, Otto viciously attacked him and angered Carlie further. Massacre escaped incarceration in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #4, and after Otto applied at Empire State University to complete Peter’s doctorate studies, he tracked Massacre down and shot him dead in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #5. Afterward, the Avengers concerns over his behavior increased while Peter’s spirit grew stronger within Otto in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #6.

Superior Spider-Man (2013) #7

Superior Spider-Man (2013) #7

  • Published: April 03, 2013
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: October 07, 2013
  • Rating: Rated T
  • Writer: Dan Slott
  • Cover Artist: Humberto Ramos
What is Marvel Unlimited?

As Spidey, Otto joined with his teammates to search for the Starbrand in AVENGERS #9, then clashed with Captain America in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #7. Cap subdued him in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #8, but when a scan showed no obvious anomalies, the hero placed Spider-Man on probation. Later, Otto used the scan data to discover Peter’s consciousness still residing in his brain and moved to purge him once and for all in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #9.

Otto traveled to the Savage Land in AVENGERS #12 to investigate a new sentient species there, but when the High Evolutionary also took an interest in the young race, Spider-Man and his teammates raised an argument against it in AVENGERS #13. The Goblin King gained more strength in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #10, and Alastair Smythe enhanced several villains to kill the wallcrawler in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #11. Otto took them all on after receiving permission from Mayor Jameson in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #12 to execute Smythe, and later blackmailed Jameson to give him the Raft prison as a headquarters in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #13.

Superior Spider-Man Team-Up (2013) #1

Superior Spider-Man Team-Up (2013) #1

What is Marvel Unlimited?

After joining the Avengers in Australia to block an alien infestation and a robot assault in AVENGERS #14, AVENGERS #15, and AVENGERS #16, Otto helped his team convince the Mars terraformers to stand with them to battle an even greater threat heading to Earth in AVENGERS #17. Debuting a new Spidey costume and a giant robot-mech in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #14, he saved all his fellow heroes from a virus in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP #1 and fought alongside Peter’s clone Kaine against the Jackal in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP #2.

Carlie Cooper followed up on her suspicions of “Peter” in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #15, while Otto publicly outed Phil Urich as the Hobgoblin. Urich lost his subsequent battle against Spider-Man in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #16, but won a spot as a Goblin Knight with the underground Goblin King. Otto joined with Luke Cage and others to clash with Proxima Midnight in MIGHTY AVENGERS #1 and MIGHTY AVENGERS #2, then met a new powered individual called Fulmina who wanted to bring about a new Middle Ages in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP #3 and SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP #4.

Mighty Avengers (2013) #1

Mighty Avengers (2013) #1

  • Published: September 11, 2013
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: March 09, 2014
  • Rating: Rated T+
  • Writer: Al Ewing
  • Cover Artist: Greg Land
What is Marvel Unlimited?

Peter’s boss Max Modell found himself arrested by authorities in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #17, and Miguel O’Hara, the Spider-Man of 2099, appeared in the present to try and stop an event that led to his own timeline and its dark future in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #18. Carlie discovered Otto’s hidden bank accounts in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #19, and Peter Parker’s memories resurfaced once more. The Black Cat suffered an ignoble attack from the webslinger in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #20, and Otto later used the Sinister Six to battle the Wrecking Crew in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP #5.

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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!

From Bob Quinn, who also worked on the issue:

And from Rainbow Rowell:

Here are all the panels plus the cover:

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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