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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.”

Deadpool Number 250 Puts the DEAD in DEADPOOL!

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New York, NY—January 9th, 2014— That’s right – if you add together all the Deadpool series (creatively), April’s DEADPOOL #45 marks Wade Wilson’s landmark 250th issue! How will he be celebrating? DEATH! No, really. Wade’s about to reach the end of the line, but he’s not gone yet. Prepare for a colossal-sized series finale the likes of which you’ve never seen before as Gerry Duggan, Brian Posehn and more bid the Merc With a Mouth adieu, and explore the legacy he leaves behind.

The End is FOURever Begins in FANTASTIC FOUR #642!

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This January, the countdown begins…and the end of Marvel’s first family is upon us in FANTASTIC FOUR #642 – the first chapter in The End is FOURever! Blockbuster writer James Robinson and artist Leonard Kirk’s epic endgame begins as the Invaders crash headlong into the Fantastic Four and the hunt for Reed Richards and the missing Future Foundation kids takes a dangerous turn! Meanwhile, the mastermind behind the systematic dismantling of the Fantastic Four reveals his ultimate plan. But how does Franklin Richards and his unchecked powers factor in? And why are Jim Hammond, Namor, All-New Captain America and Doc Green hunting the remaining members of the Fantastic Four? Nothing lasts forever. Don’t miss the beginning of the end this January in FANTASTIC FOUR #642!

The Apocalypse Has Begun – Your First Look at AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #6!

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This November, the X-Men are finished cowering in fear. The noble mutant nation is proud to rise up and take their rightful place as Homo Superior in the name of their new leader – Apocalypse! And they’ll put an end to anyone who stands in their way! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look at AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #6 from blockbuster creators Rick Remender and Terry Dodson! Prepare for the senses shattering end to Act II: Inversion as the Marvel Universe descends into Act III: New World Disorder!

New York City now belongs to the mutants, taken over by those who once protected a world that hated and feared them. The Avengers as we know them are gone, twisted and corrupted. Battle lines will be drawn as friend and foe alike choose sides – and the battle for the survival begins. No fan can afford to miss this epic clash as sparks fly this November in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN: AXIS #6!