Judgment Day is almost upon us! The next Marvel Comics crossover epic, A.X.E.: JUDGMENT DAY will see the Avengers, the X-Men, the Eternals, and more will face judgment on a cosmic scale with the very fate of the Marvel Universe hanging in the balance. Expertly crafted by comics mastermind Kieron Gillen and acclaimed artist Valerio Schiti, the saga kicks off when the Eternals target mutantkind and the Avengers find themselves struggling to prevent an apocalyptic war between two of the strongest factions on the planet. As the event continues, the Celestial known as the PROGENITOR will rise and various heroes and villains will defend their past actions in order to save Earth from a fatal judgment. Unfortunately, from the looks of the cover of A.X.E.: JUDGMENT DAY #5, it may be too late…
Check out the cover and checklist now and say tuned for more A.X.E.: JUDGMENT DAY announcements, including a final event checklist, additional tie-ins, and more! For more information, visit Marvel.com.
Years of tension and secrets between the heroes of the Marvel Universe will erupt into an emotional and apocalyptic war in A.X.E.: JUDGMENT DAY, the latest Marvel Comics crossover event coming this summer. Written by mastermind talent Kieron Gillen and featuring the grand-scale artwork of Valerio Schiti and color artist Marte Gracia, A.X.E.: JUDGMENT DAY will be a six-issue series that will spin out into multiple limited series, one-shots, and tie-in issues of your favorite ongoing series. The extraordinary odyssey will tie together radical plot developments that have been brewing in the pages of AVENGERS, ETERNALS, and X-MEN titles and leave a monumental impact on these three factions and their relationships with eachother moving forward.
The Avengers have become a more powerful global force than ever from their base inside a long-dead Celestial. The X-Men have achieved a form of immortality on their utopian island nation of Krakoa. And the Eternals have begun a new cycle of life as they continue their sworn mission to eliminate the Deviants. But when the Eternals learn that mutantkind itself is a form of excess deviation, a vicious assault on Krakoa ensues – with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes trapped in the middle. Get your glimpse at the opening battles in the all-new A.X.E.: JUGDMENT DAY #1 trailer, featuring never-before-seen artwork.
“Honestly, for me, speaking as a reader as much as a writer, there’s nothing worse than an event that comes out of nowhere,” Gillen said in a recent interview with Popverse. “It had to come from the books. So yeah, I was looking at the Avengers, what Jason [Aaron] has built in the mythology there. I was looking at the X-Books, the secrets of Krakoa coming to light, and I was looking at what I was doing in Eternals, which dances with both of them, the various tensions in Eternal society there. And now, that’s stuff going to blow up. It’s just that kind of ‘Oh, look, these are three logical strains that are intersecting, let’s then bring them forth and see what happens with them.'”
Check out the new trailer now and be there for the latest Marvel Comics epic when A.X.E.: JUDGMENT DAY #1 arrives on July 20. And don’t miss the exciting buildup in a special prelude issue, A.X.E.: EVE OF JUDGMENT #1, as well as current issues of AVENGERS, ETERNALS, IMMORTAL X-MEN, and X-MEN.
The next era of X-Men is on the horizon! With fresh new titles, exciting creative team changes, and cast shakeups, DESTINY OF X will be a season of radical transformation for the X-Men line and its characters. The possibilities are endless as the second Krakoan age begins over the next few months. And right now, fans can discover more about what’s to come this May in their favorite and most anticipated X-Men ongoing series!
JUDGMENT DAY IS COMING! Tying together current story threads in AVENGERS, X-MEN, and ETERNALS, writer Kieron Gillen and artist Valerio Schiti bring you the next Marvel Comics epic this summer. See the first seeds planted for this upcoming saga in issues of Kieron Gillen and Lucas Werneck‘s IMMORTAL X-MEN! May’s “IMMORTAL X-MEN #3” will dive into one of the most fascinating objects in the X-Men mythos: Destiny’s diaries! Over one hundred years ago, Irene Adler wrote twelve books. A sequel is long overdue.
The main team of Krakoan X-Men won’t be safe from the effects of Judgment Day either! Creative powerhouses Gerry Duggan and Pepe Larraz continue their hit run in “X-Men #11”. The women of the X-Men are heading for the hottest action in the galaxy… Gameworld! But if it’s true that the house always wins, our X-Ladies might be in over their heads.
The quest is revealed in Tini Howard and Bob Quinn‘s “KNIGHTS OF X #2!” Betsy Braddock has assembled her Knights! Their mission: to save Otherworld from Merlyn and his powerful henchmen… by finding the holy grail of mutantkind. But Otherworld is vast, and innumerable armies stand in their way. When Merlyn targets the Crooked Market, a safe haven for mutantkind, the Knights must split up. Will Captain Britain find the grail? Will Gambit lead the others into a deadly trap? Death looms over the Knights—in more ways than one.
Meet Mother Righteous in Si Spurrier and Jan Bazaldua‘s “LEGION OF X #2!” Legion is offered an unholy deal by this major new character, the self-proclaimed wheeler-dealer of the astral plane. But is the price worth the prize for a young man stuck in his father’s shadow? Meanwhile, the Skinjacker grows bold. Not content with stealing identities of other mutants, he turns his powers on the Legion of X… And while newly arrived Arakki badass Weaponless Zsen has a beastly clash with a dangerous X-Man, her chaperone Nightcrawler is otherwise engaged–giving a massage…?
Launched in last month’s hit MARAUDERS ANNUAL #1, Steve Orlando continues his new run alongside artist Eleonora Carlini in “MARAUDERS #3.” Panic in Shi’ar space! The Marauders are prisoners of the Kin Crimson, a secret society stretching back billions of years, who outrank even the Shi’ar Majestrix… or so they think. But Captain Pryde and the Marauders aren’t giving up, not with the Shi’ar holding the last survivors of mutantkind’s first generation hostage. With the weight of history looming like a nuclear threat, can Kate Pryde convince Xandra to side with mutantkind against her kingdom?
Vita Ayala and Rod Reis‘s acclaimed run heats up in “NEW MUTANTS #26.” While the queen is away, demons will play! A new queen has taken the throne of Limbo—Madelyne Pryor, A.K.A. the Goblin Queen! Meanwhile, separated from Limbo, Magik faces an enemy she thought she had banished long ago.
Wolverine masters Benjamin Percy and Adam Kubert take Logan deeper and deeper into DANGER in “WOLVERINE #21!” Outnumbered and surrounded, Wolverine unleashes his berserker rage, and Deadpool embraces his deadly fighting skills in a last ditch effort to save mutant lives. But what’s with all the Robot X-Men, and what do they have to do with the X-Desk?
And over in Percy and Robert Gill‘s “X-FORCE #28,” Cerebrax stalks the island of Krakoa, and no one is safe! Its hunger for minds is insatiable…but what happens when it absorbs the minds—and powers—of the most powerful mutants?! X-Force will have to step it up—and Kid Omega leads the way!And expect planet-size power grabs and enormous omega-level feats in Al Ewing and Stefano Caselli‘s “X-MEN RED #3.” Tarn the Uncaring waged war and torture on Arakko for centuries. He’s the most hated being on Mars… and he sits on their ruling council. Abigail Brand has a plan to remedy that—and reap the rewards. So does Roberto Da Costa. But only one of them can win… and Tarn’s going to make at least one mutant pay the price for it!
Working on projects such as ETERNALS and IMMORTAL X-MEN, we see Gillen defining a brand-new storyline with the addition of Jason Aaron and Javier Garron’s AVENGERS. These three iconic Marvel sets come together to create intense expansions. Schiti, master narrator in the likes of EMPYRE and INFERNO, generates a new era of adventure in the Marvel universe when these Super Hero icons meet. JUDGMENT DAY serves as a fresh experience in the realm of Marvel Comics.
The story starts when the X-Men have gained full immortality, with mutants overlooking everyone on the globe. We find the Eternals uncovering information about their own species, with some shocking and destructive information uncovered about mutants. The Avengers face encounters with the Celestials as they use a plunged Celestial to discover more secrets of the kind. While the Eternals go after the mutant nation of Krakoa, the Avengers work to stop a possible apocalyptic war. The dispute turns out to be anything but easy, as new characters emerge on all sides as the people of the Marvel Universe are judged for what they must face.
Gillen spoke on JUDGMENT DAY, stating, “There’s a classic metaphor to describe the Marvel Universe – a toybox, which creators take toys out of, play with and put back. I get it, but it’s never quite how I’ve seen it – I think ‘play’ in another way. I think of a music shop, with all these instruments with their different qualities suggesting different songs, different stories. For all the Marvel instruments I’ve played, I’ve never written an event. Writing an event is something different. It’s not like playing an instrument. It’s having all the instruments in the Marvel music shop. That’s not like writing a song. That’s like writing a symphony.
“I looked at everything in ETERNALS and IMMORTAL X-MEN and everything else all the X and Avengers writers have done and thought… yeah, this is an event. In fact, an event is the only way to do justice to this. The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson described the music he was reaching for as Teenage Symphonies to God. I think that’s what the best Marvel Events aspire to be, and it’s what we’re aspiring to here. I want the scale. I want the heartbreak . I want a book that wears its heart on its sleeve even as it puts a fist in your face. I want something Wagnerian in its volume as emotional as God Only Knows.”
Schiti, too, added to the conversation, while stating, “It is great to have the opportunity to draw another Marvel event after Empyre. The difference is that last time I was just excited, but now I know how high the expectations are, so now I am both excited and a bit scared! Luckily for me I have the great Kieron Gillen and Marte Gracia watching my back and together we can face any cosmic threat!”
Make sure you take full advantage of FREE COMIC BOOK DAY: AVENGERS/X-MEN #1 on May 7 to get your first glimpse on the hit. Get ready for more news surrounding JUDGMENT day and upcoming issues of ETERNALS, IMMORTAL X-MEN, X-MEN and AVENDERS in the new few weeks. For more info, visit Marvel.com.
Marvel Comics will celebrate Free Comic Book Day this year with three separate Free Comic one-shots including “FREE COMIC BOOK DAY: AVENGERS/X-MEN #1”. Packed with three stories, “FREE COMIC BOOK DAY: AVENGERS/X-MEN” will offer fans new and old an exciting entry point into some of Marvel’s biggest upcoming stories and characters!
Announced earlier, the next Marvel Comics event will arrive this summer! Written by Kieron Gillen with art by Valerio Schiti, JUDGMENT DAY will see the Avengers try desperately to avert a war between the Eternals and the X-Men. Fans will get their first glimpse at the conflict in “FREE COMIC BOOK DAY: AVENGERS/X-MEN” with a prelude story by Gillen and artist Dustin Weaver.
Also coming this summer will be the X-Men’s second annual HELLFIRE GALA! Last year, mutant-kind terraformed Mars and announced a new team of X-Men… what do they have in store for the Marvel Universe this time around? Find out in a lead-in story by X-MEN scribe Gerry Duggan and artist Matteo Lolli!
“FREE COMIC BOOK DAY: AVENGERS/X-MEN #1” will also mark the exciting debut of a new hero that Marvel has big plans for this year! Meet BLOODLINE in an introduction story by writer Danny Lore and artist Karen Darboe!
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THE X-MEN CONFRONT THE SWORDBEARERS OF ARAKKO IN THE NEW X OF SWORDS: STASIS TRAILER!
X OF SWORDS, the epic X-Men crossover that represents the next chapter in Jonathan Hickman’s bold new vision for mutantkind, is now underway. In the action-packed beginning of the biggest X-Men story since HOUSE OFX, fans everywhere finally learned about the deadly conflict that lies at the center of this mutant milestone.
The new mutant nation of Krakoa is under threat of invasion by the inhabitants of the lost land known as Arakko, and Saturnyne, the Omniversal Majestrix, has devised a delightful way to settle this ancient dispute— a thrilling tournament! Ten champions from each nation will gather mythical swords to wield in duels that will determine the very future of mutankind. Ten X-Men will rise up to defend their home. But who are the mysterious new characters that will be called to battle on behalf of Arakko? Meet the swordbearers of Arakko, a host of exciting new characters that will go on to play major roles in the X-Men saga moving forward. Get your first glimpse at Solem, Pogg Ur-Pogg, Isca the Unbeaten, and more in the exciting new trailer for X OF SWORDS: STASIS #1.
“The swordbearers had to look as dangerous as possible. They had to tell a story of fighting for survival over a millennia; a story of ancient times, deadly violence and a brutal kind of beauty,” superstar artist Pepe Larraz said about his designs for the X-Men’s deadly new enemies. “In designing them, I mixed elements inspired by Egyptian culture, Laamb (Senegalese fighting), Donga (Ethiopian spear fighting), Nuba body-paint, postmodern minimal fashion, Thierry Le Goues’ photography, Maori weaponry, and biomimicry, among other things. Well, and a giant crocodile with four arms…”
Prepare yourself for more unbelievable revelations about these new characters when X OF SWORDS: STASIS #1 arrives on October 28th.
MYSTIQUE PREPARES TO TAKE HER REVENGE IN NEW INFERNO #1 COVER BY ARTGERM!
Check out a new cover for INFERNO #1, the new series by Jonathan Hickman, on sale September 29!
The rulers of Krakoa have been playing a dangerous game with a dangerous woman, and they are about to see how badly that can burn them in INFERNO #1, the upcoming X-Men series launching in October. In a saga that will serve as the next pivotal chapter in writer Jonathan Hickman’s vision for mutantkind, Mystique is ready to follow through on her promise to burn the nation of Krakoa to the ground after having been denied her wishes to be reunited with Destiny. Fans can see the iconic Marvel character prepare for her master plan in a stunning new INFERNO #1 variant cover by superstar artist Stanley “Artgerm” Lau.
Stay tuned for more cover reveals and be ready for Mystique to change the future of mutantkind forever when INFERNO #1 hits stands on September 29!
INFERNO #1 (OF 4)
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by VALERIO SCHITI
Variant Cover by STANLEY “ARTGERM” LAU (JUL210521)
Virgin Variant Cover by STANLEY “ARTGERM” LAU (JUL210522)
The fourth issue of Marvel’s cosmic epic, EMPYRE, which pits the Kree/Skrull alliance against the Cotati, is getting a second printing after the first printing sold out.
Love prevails in the middle of an intergalactic war in this issue written by Al Ewing and Dan Slott with art by Valerio Schiti.
The first issue of EMPYRE was released in July, and second printings of the first three issues are already available, but the shocking fourth issue will hit comic shops for more fans to experience the story that Marvel said has reshaped the Marvel Universe forever.
The second printing of the fourth issue will also have a variant cover, which will be revealed by Marvel at a later date.
The story continues next week when the fifth issue hits shelves. Readers looking to catch up on EMPYRE can click right here to see every must-read issue in the run, all of which are available digitally and at local comic shops.
Marvel Announces TONY STARK: IRON MAN #1 by Dan Slott & Valerio Schiti
Featuring an all-new creative team and all-new direction!
New creative teams. New series. New directions. New beginnings. It all kicks off this June with TONY STARK: IRON MAN #1!
“As a futurist, Tony Stark thought he had all the answers. But since coming back from the dead, he now sees the Marvel Universe in a whole new light!” teased editor-in-chief C.B. Cebulski. “How does Iron Man continually evolve and stay relevant in a world where technology advances on a daily basis? Well, Dan Slott, Valerio Schiti, and Edgar Delgado are here to answer those questions as they take our Armored Avenger on adventures that push the boundaries comic storytelling and visuals! And Dan writes Tony with such heart…pun intended…we had to put his name in the title.”
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