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CBS HAS FOUND ITS SUPERGIRL

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CBS has found the actress who will play Supergirl in a new series that has already been given a commitment by the network, and should premiere next fall.  Melissa Benoist, who was featured in Glee and co-starred in the critically acclaimed, Oscar-nominated film Whiplash, will play Superman’s cousin Kara Zor-El in the new Supergirl series from Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. television.  According to Variety, Benoist will make her Supergirl debut in an hour-long pilot written by Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler.

The comic book invasion of the small screen is nearing the success that the four-color medium has earned on the big screen.  The success of Arrow, The Flash, and Gotham has got TV network execs fast-tracking the development of superhero shows.

Relive 50 Years Without Fear This April in DAREDEVIL #15.1!

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Experience the life and times of Matt Murdock as told by his Eisner-award winning creative team as well as a few guest creators in DAREDEVIL #15.1 – an oversized special featuring superstar talents Mark Waid, Chris Samnee, Marc Guggenheim and Peter Krause!

Matt Murdock, now publically revealed as the man behind the Daredevil mask, has begun working on his highly anticipated autobiography! As the Man Without Fear begins to dust off the cobwebs of his past adventures, who knows what untold stories might shake loose!

What happens when Daredevil catches a murderer while out on patrol, only to have to defend him in court the very next day? Marc Guggenheim (Amazing Spider-Man) and Peter Krause (Daredevil: Road Warrior) have the answer as Matt’s double life leads to some hard choices!

MARVEL UNVEILS ‘LAST DAYS’ BRAND OF ‘SECRET WARS’ COMICS

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Today Marvel Comics announced “Last Days,” one of three different brandings for series that will be unique to Secret Wars. The various Last Days comic book series will follow Marvel heroes in the “last hours” as the countdown to the destruction of the Marvel Universe as we know it continues (see “‘Secret Wars’ Will End the Marvel Universe“). Each branding will bear its own unique trade dress and logo treatment, clearly defining its relationship to the main Secret Wars story, making it easier for fans to see how these books fit into the Secret Wars event.

As Marvel EIC Axel Alonzo put it, “What would you do if you learned today was your last day on Earth? That’s the question your favorite Marvel heroes are going to ask themselves in their Last Days story lines as they brace for Secret Wars and the end of the Marvel Universe.”

Marvel assures retailers that upcoming issues of Marvel Previews will have clearly marked branding on all Secret Wars pages.

‘SECRET WARS’ WILL END THE MARVEL UNIVERSE

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During a “Secret Wars Kick-Off Event” that was held this afternoon at Midtown Comics in New York City, Marvel EIC Axel Alonso and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort proclaimed the end of the Marvel Universe as we know it. In fact the Secret Wars event will also mark the end of the Ultimate Universe, which will collide with the mainstream Marvel Universe. Alonso put it this way: “The Ultimate Universe and the Marvel Universe, they are gone to slap together. Imagine two pizzas, they’re going to combine toppings, some toppings are going to drop off–and this is the Marvel Universe going forward. It’s more than the Marvel Universe and Ultimate Universe, it’s all the universes you can imagine.”

Once the Ultimate and Marvel Universes start to intersect in what Marvel calls an “incursion,” which will happen in issue #1 of Secret Wars, the heroes of the two worlds will have about 8 hours to figure out what do about it before both universes are destroyed–and according to Brevoort, “They won’t.” Brevoort explained the resulting chaos from the intersection will be known as “Battleworld, the detritus, the melting world from which the new Marvel Universe will be fermented… Once you hit Secret Wars #1, there’s no Marvel Universe, there’s no Ultimate Universe, it’s all Battleworld.”

The end of the Ultimate Universe has been widely forecast–the only ongoing Ultimate title after February will be the Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man book, and the way Marvel has been treating Miles, don’t be surprised if he makes the cut and becomes part of the post-Battleworld, newly reconstituted Marvel Universe.

At the press conference Marvel revealed an interactive map of Battleworld, revealing the different “countries” where surviving characters exist. The teasers released by Marvel so far only account for a portion of the Battleworld landscape and characters, so expect a series of major announcements over the next few weeks, since only “the tip of the iceberg” has been revealed so far. Marvel’s Chris D’Lando, who moderated the proceedings, noted that more tie-ins to the massive crossover event were in the works, stating “we haven’t even announced half of the titles yet.”

The question that naturally springs to mind is whether or not Marvel is rebooting all of its titles and essentially destroying 54 years of continuity that has marked the Marvel Universe since its creation by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, et al in 1961? Alonzo described Secret Wars “putting an endcap to decades of stories, and starting a new era.” There will certainly be opportunities for change–as Alonzo put it, “If we wanted to resurrect Gwen Stacy, this would be the place to do it.” As if to highlight the changes Alonzo pointed to a cover image showing a married Peter Parker with Mary Jane and baby daughter in tow, and said “If you’re an Amazing Spider-Man reader, this is going to be your book,” and adding “We’re launching a wealth of new series, both ongoing and minis, during Secret Wars.”

The Hunt For the Black Vortex Continues in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #24!

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This February, the hunt is on a the Guardians of the Galaxy and the X-Men square off against hordes of cosmic foes in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #24 – chapter 2 of the highly anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex crossover! Superstar writer Brian Michael Bendis and All-New Young Gun artist Valerio Schiti bring you the next out-of-this-world chapter in the highly anticipated crossover event! The Guardians have successfully recovered the Black Vortex – the ancient and powerful artifact able to imbue its users with untold cosmic power. But with Mr. Knife, Thane and Knife’s Slaughter Squad hot on their tail, their only option for gaining the upper hand may be to use the Black Vortex itself! But no power comes without a price – and the cost of the using the Black Vortex is steep. Will the temptation of its power be too much for the Guardians and the X-Men to handle? Find out as the Black Vortex crossover continues in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #24!