Take a lethal look back at the several ways Craig Hollis has met his end!

Mr. Immortal, founding member of the Great Lakes Avengers, has the uncanny ability to resurrect and recover from any mortal injury. Over the years, he’s perished more times than we can count. But we’ve collected some of his most important—or, in some cases, most ridiculous—deaths to catch you up as Craig Hollis returns from the grave once again in GREAT LAKES AVENGERS #3, out December 14!

Birth of a Hero
Craig Hollis’ mother died giving birth to him. Her final wish? That the cosmic entity Deathurge look after her son. The living embodiment of humanity’s self-destructive urges, Deathurge guides Hollis through life, until he discovers his latent power of self-resurrection. Craig decides to use his ability to become the hero Mr. Immortal.

A Strong Beginning
During Craig’s first attempt to stop a crime, he’s shot and killed. In the time it takes him to recover and resurrect, the criminal escapes. He decides then that Mr. Immortal will need a team around him if he wants to succeed. So, naturally, he places a personal ad and soon the Great Lakes Avengers are founded.

New Love
Craig eventually falls in love with another member of the GLA, the being known as Dinah Soar. She uses her empathic powers to calm Craig when he revives, soothing his usual state of stress and rage upon coming back to life. However, in the team’s battle against Maelstrom, Mr. Immortal dies and as Dinah helps him recover, she’s killed by an energy blast from their enemy.

Great Lakes Avengers #3 cover by Will Robson

Great Lakes Avengers #3 cover by Will Robson

The Urge to Die
Craig becomes inconsolable, and attempts to kill himself a number of times, to no avail. Soon after, when Deathurge appears as a squirrel to take Monkey Joe to the afterlife, Craig traps him and the cosmic rodent reveals his destiny: to live to the end of the universe and learn the grand secret that only then will come to light.

Defeating Maelstrom
Craig leads the team against Maelstrom, and upon learning their enemy has worked with Deathurge, he preys on the suicidal tendencies that come with that. Mr. Immortal convinces the villain that leaving himself alone in the universe is an awful plan, and coaxes him into a shared suicide. After they both shoot themselves, Craig recovers in time to shut off Maelstrom’s machine and save the universe.

Death by Deadpool
Outside of these greatly affecting deaths, Mr. Immortal has died a number of times. In fact, he’s been killed no less than three times just by Deadpool. He was holding a bandolier of grenades when the merc hit detonate, he was straight-up shot and killed, and Deadpool even decapitated him once. Needless to say, the two aren’t exactly friends.

Crushing
Some of Craig’s worst deaths have come at the hands of villains wielding some weight with their powers. He got squished like a bug by Terminus in battle alongside the GLA, and he found himself crushed between two walls when fighting him alongside the Thunderbolts. Hollis has since become slightly averse to fighting giant and/or gravity-controlling villains.

See if Mr. Immortal survives GREAT LAKES AVENGERS #3 by Zac Gorman and Will Robson on December 14!

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Marvel NOW! hits the Midwest!

Because the Midwest needs Avenging too!

Marvel is pleased to present GREAT LAKES AVENGERS, a brand-new series launching as part of Marvel NOW!. Marvel newcomers Zac Gorman and Will Robson look to put their stamp on the House of Ideas this October with a new series starring the world’s least favorite super team! But when the GLA gets reinstated as permanent members of the Avengers, it’s time for them to turn it all around and restore themselves to their former super hero glory. Their mission? Cleaning up the mean streets of Detroit!

That’s right, Mr. Immortal, Flatman, Doorman, Big Bertha and newcomer Good Boy are leading the charge to make Detroit a better place. But can they answer the call? Or will the Motor City prove too much for the GLA? Find out next month when GREAT LAKES AVENGERS #1 comes to comic shops and digital devices on October 12!
 
For more information on GREAT LAKES AVENGERS, visit Marvel.com for an interview with Zac Gorman and Will Robson.


GREAT LAKES AVENGERS #1 (AUG160782)
Written by ZAC GORMAN
Art & Cover by WILL ROBSON
Variant Cover by MIKE ALLRED (AUG160783)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (AUG160784)
Champions Variant by DALE KEOWN (AUG160786)
Hip-Hop Variant by DAMION SCOTT (AUG160785)
Blank Variant Also Available (AUG160787)
FOC – 09/19/16, On-Sale – 10/12/16

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Zac Gorman and Will Robson bring the Midwest's premiere team to Detroit!

Mr. Immortal. Big Bertha. Flatman. Doorman.

These names might not strike fear into the hearts of criminals everywhere, but they do excite fans’ funny bones. As part of the new Marvel NOW! initiative, the Great Lakes Avengers will unite once again in their own series thanks to writer Zac Gorman and artist Will Robson.

The team first debuted in WEST COAST AVENGERS #46 by John Byrne, who soon after sent Hawkeye and Mockingbird to serve as their mentors. Over the next 25 years, the team would make several cameos in comics like AVENGERS and THUNDERBOLTS, as they underwent several name changes and saw members come and go. 

Gorman and Robson shared details on the next chapter in the team’s history, as the GLA become legitimate Avengers and prepare to move to a new location: Detroit!

Marvel.com: How did each of you end up working on GREAT LAKES AVENGERS? Were you familiar with the team before you took this assignment?

Zac Gorman: I was familiar with them! Although, I’m pretty sure I would’ve never remembered Doorman’s name, which is funny since he’s quickly becoming my favorite. I’d write a Doorman spin-off series, I swear! I was actually working on another pitch for a Marvel project that didn’t pan out and so I was put in touch with [editor] Tom Brevoort, who mentioned to me that they were trying to get a new GLA series going. And weirdo, C-list super heroes are kinda my thing, so it seemed like a perfect match!

Will Robson: It’s all happening so fast! I was on STAR-LORD before this, which just ended its run, and was looking for new work. I sent emails out to a bunch of editors, and luckily Tom came back within a few hours with a whole bloody series for me to do! Both me and Zac are really keen, as we are both new to Marvel. It’s been a lifelong goal for me to get here, and I’m so ready to jump in head first on a monthly title. I really enjoy the whole process of making comics! 

As for the GLA, I read the Dan Slott run from 2005 and instantly fell in love with the characters. I think Mr. Immortal is one of the most interesting characters that Marvel has. He literally will be the last human alive; he’ll see the end of our race and our planet. That’s incredible! Although the team is very tongue-in-cheek, I think there’s still a lot of potential to rejuvenate them and bring them into a better spotlight for a modern day audience. 

Marvel.com: The team will relocate to Detroit; what brings them to the Motor City? And how on Earth do they get reinstated as members of the Avengers? 

Zac Gorman: Those are actually sort of two sides of the same coin! It’s total luck that the GLA manages to get signed on as full-time Avengers, and you get the impression that Detroit is exactly the sort of minor, unglamorous job that the “real” Avengers feel comfortable giving a team like the GLA.

Marvel.com: What sorts of threats and challenges will they face as they move to Detroit?

Zac Gorman: I’ve spent the vast majority of my life living in the Detroit metro area, so the reason I moved them to the city was because I really wanted to work some of the reality of the city into the plot. So aside from the ridiculous super villain stuff, you have this background of real world, everyday problems like gentrification, political corruption, etc., which are all things Detroiters are intimately familiar with. That might sound strange, but there’s something about the tension between taking these ridiculous characters and peppering in this kinda heavy real world stuff that’s actually pretty funny in an absurd way. I think absurdity always works a little better if you give it something to contrast.

Marvel.com: The roster of the GLA has been pretty consistent over the years, with a few changes here and there. Who’s on the team in this incarnation? And who have been your favorite members to write and draw thus far?

Zac Gorman: All of the surviving members make an appearance, although not all of them are on the roster! The “big four” of the GLA are definitely back: Flatman, Mr. Immortal, Big Bertha and Doorman, but there are also some new members. I like them all, but Doorman’s dialogue is my favorite. In this book, he’s on the run from his responsibilities—which happen to be on this very important cosmic level—but he treats it just like we’d treat any job we hate. He’s lazy and self-involved and sarcastic; it’s just fun to write.

Will Robson: I love drawing Big Bertha; she’s real fun. I’m a big supporter of plus-size fashion and have friends in that world, and I’m loving the changes Zac has brought to the character. I also like drawing Flatman, as I don’t have to worry about anatomy! 

Marvel.com: A book like GLA gives you the opportunity to look at the more humorous side of super heroes. What are some of your influences, both inside and outside of comics, as you approach the humor in the book?

Zac Gorman: It’s not surprising, but I watch a lot of cartoons. I’m a huge Matt Groening fan. I don’t think there’s any person more singularly responsible for shaping my sense of humor. I find influence all over, though. I still think NEXTWAVE: AGENTS OF H.A.T.E. is the funniest super hero book I’ve ever read. The GLA is a team of inherently absurd characters, created as more or less a parody of other super hero teams, but what I’m trying to do with the book is to take all that absurdity and contrast it with this background of mundane, grounded stuff. It’s that tension that I think is really funny.

Will Robson: In terms of art, I’m a very cartoony artist. The thing I focus on the most is my characters’ facial expressions and hands. There’s a video somewhere of Stan Lee and John Romita, Jr. chatting about “all you need in comics is good faces and good hands,” and I took that to heart. I’m always trying to draw a face where the audience can know exactly what that character is thinking without having to read a speech bubble. There’s a million ways to draw a smile, but the variables can change an expression in an instant. It’s what makes comedy so fun! It’s easy to draw the typical brooding hero, but the cheeky ones are a challenge, and a challenge I like!

In terms of influence, I love people like Ryan Stegman who never draw the same face. Same with JR, Greg Capullo, and J. Scott Campbell. These guys tell stories through their facial expressions, which makes the comic very exciting to read. 

Zac Gorman and Will Robson assemble GREAT LAKES AVENGERS later this year! Stay tuned to Marvel.com and our social channels for all the latest news on Marvel NOW!

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Dan Slott teams with an all-star team of artists to showcase holiday hijinks with the former Great Lakes Avengers!

Celebrate 12 Days of Marvel with a showcase of holiday-themed comic books ready to read on Marvel Unlimited!

Way back in the halcyon days of 2005, before he crafted adventures for the likes of Spider-Man and Silver Surfer, Dan Slott worked on Marvel’s most maligned team: the Great Lakes Avengers—or the Great Lakes X-Men as they became known for a time.

The group—consisting of Mr. Immortal, Flatman, Big Bertha, Doorman, Grasshopper, Squirrel Girl, and her sidekick Tippy-Toe—came back into the spotlight with GLA: MISASSEMBLED before ringing in the holidays with the GLX-MAS SPECIAL.

The festive offering featured a series of short stories with artwork by Mike Wieringo, Paul Grist, Ty Templeton, Matt Haley, Mike Kazaleh, and Georges Jeanty. While each entry comes packed with Slott’s brand of humor, they also include heart-warming and -breaking moments that will hit a nerve or two around the holidays.

Squirrel Girl continues to take on bad guys like M.O.D.O.K., Thanos, and Terrax while passing on offers from Dum Dum Dugan to join S.H.I.E.L.D. Meanwhile, the latest Grasshopper fails colossally at his new job, Mr. Immortal remembers Dinah Soar while fighting off killer Christmas trees and wreaths, Doorman finds himself on a very personal mission as the angel of death, and the squirrel-ified Deathurge tries to make good with Oblivion by killing Tippy-Toe.

Glx-Mas (2006) #1

Glx-Mas (2006) #1

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Of all the tales, “Doorman in: Working Holiday” by Slott and Grist packs the most punch as the hero heads home for the holidays. While there, Demarr’s father, who never approved of his heroic career levels insults and disappointment on his son, not knowing that he died saving the universe only to return as an angel of death. In the kind of twist you might expect from the horror comics of yesteryear, Doorman earns his dad’s respect, but only after fatal information makes itself known.

This collection of stories not only reminds readers of how versatile Slott can be in a single issue, but also perfectly reflects the variety of emotions and feelings that can take over during the holiday season. Sometimes you just need to sit back and enjoy the burning corpse of an ally returning from space masquerading as a shooting star.

On the third day of X-Mas my True Believer gave to me three killer trees, two Doom Bots and a demon in the X-Mansion.

Come back tomorrow for another Holiday Grab Bag featuring DAREDEVIL #229!

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A bold new era begins with the latest Spec Op!

A time of great change is upon us, when a team must step out of the shadows and into the spotlight. A group of unique heroes will be put to the ultimate test, their skills pushed beyond all limits. From Milwaukee, Wisconsin the Great Lakes Avengers are coming soon to “Marvel: Avengers Alliance”!

New Character: Mr. Immortal

  • ·Passive: Homo Supreme
    • o    Returns to life, no matter how he dies
    • o    Immune to Brutal Strike and Fatal Blow

New Character: Flatman

  • ·         Passive: 2D Avenger
    • o    50% chance to dodge incoming attacks
    • o    Applies Distraction to attacks that are dodged
    • o    Cannot be targeted

New Character: Big Bertha

  • ·         Passive: Supermodel
    • o    Immune to Bleeding, Burning, Chilled, Poisoned, and Radiation
    • o    Very high crit resistance
    • o    Allies have a chance to gain Funding each turn
      • §  Provides Allies with Financial Stability for 1 round

New Character: Dinah Soar

  • ·         Passive: Flying
    • o    Immune to ground attacks
  • ·         Passive: Calming Effect
    • o   
    • o    Gains an Extra Turn when protecting

Coinciding with the Great Lakes Avengers content there will be a branding change for “Marvel: Avengers Alliance,” the game will be re-launched as “Marvel: Great Lakes Avengers Alliance,” despite Hawkeye’s objection.

“We have no choice, we ran out of Avengers,” says Senior Producer Justin Woods.

With these great changes comes great new Agent Uniforms that will allow the Agent to become a Test Subject! Further Iso-8 augmentation has enhanced the Agent, giving them telekinetic powers capable of empowering allies and devastating enemies. Be careful this increased power leads to an instability that can blow up a city block.

“We really felt like Test Subjects were under-represented in the game. We wanted to give them a champion, a hero to look up to.” says Senior Designer CJ Heine

New Abilities

Blasters: Ignition, Thermal Cannon, Highlight, Spontaneous Combustion, and Flare Burst

Bruisers: Static Cling, Press Charges, System Shocker, Shock Treatment, and Crush

Scrappers: Radiant Mending, Close Proximity, Atom Splitter, Radiation Razors, and Ultraviolent Radiation

Infiltrators: Stepping Up, Blurred Blows, Quick and Dirty, Speedy Delivery, and Making Time

Tacticians: Clarity of Mind, Empathic Warding, Shared Thoughts, Mind Meld, and Casting Doubt

Coming soon to “Marvel: Great Lakes Avengers Alliance,” Spec Op 26: The Great Lakes Avengers Initiative! 

Start playing “Marvel: Great Lakes Avengers Alliance” today, on April 1!

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Read up on the merc's most unlikely buds before he meets Brute Force in Deadpool Bi-Annual #1!

When you’re a fast-talking, gun-toting, irreverent, slapstick mercenary like Deadpool, you’re bound to keep pretty odd company. Wade Wilson’s ability to attract heroes from the strangest corners of the Marvel Universe will fire up once again when he encounters the animals of Brute Force in DEADPOOL BI-ANNUAL #1! Writers Paul Scheer and Nick Giovannetti have teamed up with artist Salva Espin to reunite the brutiest and forciest team of weaponized critters ever assembled in a Marvel comic.

But before you decide if this BI-ANNUAL contains DP’s weirdest team-up to date, familiarize yourself with these five other wacky romps.

1. Deadpool & The Great Lakes Avengers

Deadpool (1997) #10

Deadpool (1997) #10

  • Published: November 10, 1997
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: April 22, 2011
  • Writer: Joe Kelly
  • Penciller: Shannon Denton
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Cities in the middle of America need protection just as much as New York City and Los Angeles. Thankfully—we think?—for Americans in the center of the country, the Great Lakes Avengers can answer your call for help! Okay, just because their codenames are Mr. Immortal, Dinah Soar, Big Bertha, Flatman, and Doorman does not mean you should dismiss them! Probably. Wilson would go on to become a reserve member of the team after the events of the DEADPOOL/GLI – SUMMER FUN SPECTACULAR.

2. Deadpool & Spider-Man

Deadpool (1997) #11

Deadpool (1997) #11

What is Marvel Unlimited?

After tripping through the Great Lakes Avenger Doorman, Deadpool found himself stuck in Marvel’s Silver Age in the weirdest one-sided team-up of all time. No, Spider-Man’s not a really odd character—but he is when Deadpool’s wearing his face! The merc used his camouflage tech to disguise himself as Peter Parker, offending pretty much everyone in the wall-crawler’s life along the way. 

3. Deadpool & Dr. Bong

Deadpool (2008) #29

Deadpool (2008) #29

  • Published: November 24, 2010
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 16, 2011
  • Rating: Parental Advisory
  • Writer: Daniel Way
  • Penciller: Carlo Barberi
What is Marvel Unlimited?

Wade Wilson finally sought help back in DEADPOOL #27. Deadpool being Deadpool, he of course picked ex-super villain Dr. Bong as his psychiatrist. Bong’s career change didn’t hold and he went back to pursuing his original passion: concocting ridiculous schemes. Wade and the Secret Avengers joined forces to stop the mad doctor, resulting in another weird team-up. 

4. Deadpool & Gorilla-Man

Deadpool Team-Up (2009) #889

Deadpool Team-Up (2009) #889

  • Published: September 22, 2010
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: September 28, 2011
  • Rating: Parental Advisory
  • Writer: Jeff Parker
  • Penciller: Steve Sadowski
What is Marvel Unlimited?

Ken Hale turned his curse to live as the Gorilla-Man into a plus when he decided to use his newfound ape strength as a member of the super team called the Agents of Atlas. He also had to put up with Deadpool’s antics during a mission on a remote island. Yeah, Deadpool’s so weird that the heavily armed super smart gorilla seems normal by comparison. Watch these two kooky characters lasso prehistoric animals in this adventure!

5. Deadpool & Galactus

Deadpool Team-Up (2009) #883

Deadpool Team-Up (2009) #883

  • Published: March 30, 2011
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: April 08, 2013
  • Rating: Parental Advisory
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If there’s one person you don’t want guiding the cosmically hungry Galactus to the buffet, it’s the cosmically amoral Deadpool. But after trying to get a job with every super criminal in town, Deadpool finally found a gig with Galactus—one that took him across multiple galaxies and pit him against the Silver Surfer.

Check out the return of Brute Force in DEADPOOL BI-ANNUAL #1, on sale this September!

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