Infinity

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Quasar Returns In Avengers Infinity #18!

The Cosmic Avenger is back with his fellow Assemblers!

At least on the variant cover to Avengers #18, an official Infinity tie-in.

Marvel released preview pages where we see Quasar on the Daniel Acuna cover.

As the event is cosmic and dubbed “Infinity,” it makes sense for the Protector of the Universe to appear.

Previously Tom Brevoort remarked that there had been talk about using Quasar.

Jonathan Hickman, don’t fail us now (gulp)!

Issue hits August 21st.

Update: Cover is a 50th Anniversary variant, which may mean it’s just for the anniversary. Attempting to find out more.

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Major Marvel Cosmic Death In New Avengers #8 (Spoilers)

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Spoiler pic below for New Avengers #8 that features the death of a major Marvel Cosmic character.

Spoilers follow.

NEW AVENGERS #8 (Solicit)
JONATHAN HICKMAN (W) • MIKE DEODATO (A/C)
“LORDS OF CHAOS”
• As casualties pile up in the ongoing war between Wakanda and Atlantis, an Illuminati member is forced to make a hard choice.
• An Inhuman learns of the Illuminati’s plans.
• Prelude to INFINITY: Everything falls apart.
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

 

This week’s New Avengers #8 sees the death of – the Living Tribunal!

Correct me if I’m wrong, but the Living Tribunal overseas the multiverse, the most powerful Marvel Comics character sans The One Above All i.e. the Editor.

So who could have done this to The Living Tribunal?!

Gotta be someone outside the Multiverse, from the Omniverse?

Unless LT took its own life.

This perhaps also explains what is currently going on in Marvel 616 with the return of the Star Brand (LT Banned it) as well as Galactus invading the Ultimate Universe (The Hunger).

Theories anyone?

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Marvel Comics Infinity Panel: Follow Along Live & Art

Marvel Comics is holding their Infinity panel at the Comic-Con, and you can follow along live below.

The panel kicks off at 4:35pm ET.

Updated with art:

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Marvel’s INFINITY Panel

It’s the Avengers versus their greatest galactic foe, Thanos! Get the lowdown on Jonathan Hickman’s six-issue event that pulls in your favorite heroes from all corners of the Marvel Universe. Plus, get the 411 on all our other great Avengers titles! Featuring Editor in Chief Axel Alonso, Sam Humphries (AVENGERS A.I.), Rick Remender (UNCANNY AVENGERS),Charles Soule (THUNDERBOLTS), and Nick Spencer (SECRET AVENGERS)! 

1:45 p.m.–2:45 p.m. PDT
Room 6A

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Review: Avengers #16 (Hickman and Spencer)

Finally, Captain America screams “Avengers Assemble” and a mighty battle, albeit a brief one, is on, with the Avengers — including Hyperion and Thor — fighting an unknown alien entity summoned by the ever-frequent signal.

Jonathan Hickman and Nick Spencer continue Hickman’s long-term work of cosmic delight leading somehow into Infinity.

It was nice to see Adam teaching the new Starbrand, reminding this longtime reader of early Dr Strange tales when the Ancient One was still in charge.

I was sure last issue when Captain Universe mentioned “knights” that she and Eden might have teleported to Rom’s Galador, and it seems to be the case. We see the Galadorian Spaceknights, including Ikon who replaced the Silver Surfer in Annihilators. (I believe that is her front and center in the last panel on that page.)

And as we saw last issue, Dr. Banner finally Hulks Out! Cool!

Stefano Caselli is holding up the tradition of excellent art on this Marvel NOW title, and I hope that is something which continues long after these mysteries are solved. Kudos to colorist Frank Martin as well, whose work only embellishes Caselli’s fine art. 

Where all this enjoyable space opera is heading and how it ties in with Thanos and Infinity are still mysteries to me, but I am enjoying the heck out of it.

I’m in for the long haul! Hope you are too.

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Marvel Reveals Infinity Variant Covers & Details

Marvel held a live blog revealing details for the upcoming Infinity event as well as some covers and artwork.

You can catch the recap below.

Infinity will run August to November; #1 is 45 pages and #6 is over-sized as well.

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Thanos Triumphant Standing Over The Bones of The Avengers In Infinity Phil Jimenez Variant Cover

I’m liking Hickman’s Infinity already, as a new Infinity #1 variant cover by artist Phil Jimenez reveals the Mad Titan Thanos standing triumphant over the bodies and bones of The Avengers.

I’m also wondering who in the heck is going to stop Thanos, when last time, it took a cosmic cube, Nova Prime Richard Rider and Star-Lord of the Guardians of the Galaxy to stop him.

Luke Cage?

However, out of the blue Bendis somehow brought Thanos and Star-Lord back, but not Nova.

Will we ever get answers, or does Brevoort and Alonso just expect us to forget?

Also, lets hope Infinity is light years beyond Age of Ultron as well as Hickman’s slow-moving Avengers series.

Regarding the Hulk wearing armor, I think it’s some sort of time displacement protection.

Yeah, really no idea, either.

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Review: Avengers #14 (Hickman and Spencer)

Jonathan Hickman continues writing his long form living saga of cosmic greatness and Avengers #14 this week is another tale of world-breakers, broken systems and false codes.
 
One really has to appreciate the work Hickman is doing, all the while carrying on a continuing story while also jamming in the summer “event” of Infinity.
 
It is to Hickman’s credit as a writer that he has been able to do this and keep his characters, while sometimes just faces in the crowd, basically interesting and in-voice for the most part.
 
The down side of that example is also in this issue of Avengers where all the new crew is on deck and, with the exceptions of Bruce Banner and Captain America, are only background players rather than the characters that we want them to be at crucial times like these.
 
The art by Stefano Casselli  is beautiful and totally alien-looking, as it has been on the artist rotation system since #1. Just gorgeous, adding to the script of Hickman and his current cohort, Nick Spencer.
 
Kudos also to colorist Frank Martin for a wonderful pallette.
 
We are building, it seems, not to a climax but to a first crescendo. Hickman’s song, with or without Infinity, is certainly one worth listening to.
 
Another cosmic need-to-read!
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Jeph Loeb’s Nova Falls Under 40,000; Selling Less Than DnA Again

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Nova #4 is listed at selling 38,151 on the ICv2 sales charts.

Nova #4 comes in at #57 for the month of May, down 6 spots from April where it landed at #51.

This is also the first time that Loeb’s Nova has sold under the 40K mark as April’s third issue sold 40,548.

This also marks the second consecutive month that Loeb’s Nova (dubbed “Nova In Name Only” – NINO – by the fans) has under performed compared to the previous run by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning.

DnA’s Nova #4 sold 40,159 back in 2007 coming off the hit Marvel Comics event Annihilation.

As of the second issue’s publication it was announced that both Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness were replaced by Zeb Wells and Paco Medina with July’s #6.

This can’t be looked at as anything but a major failure by Marvel who promoted the new Sam Alexander with two of their biggest creators, Loeb and McGuinness, in addition to the special Marvel Point One issue, the first ever Marvel Infinite comic book by superstar writer Mark Waid and artist Stuart Immonen, and the inclusion in Avengers Vs. X-Men, not to mention the Disney XD Ultimate Spider-Man animated show.

Marvel will attempt to give “NINO” a boost yet again with September’s Infinity.

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Marvel Reveals Infinity #3 Black Bolt Cover By Adam Kubert

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New Mighty Avengers Announced From Al Ewing & Greg Land

Marvel finished off their week long promotion with the announcement of a new Mighty Avengers book.

Making up the team are Luke Cage, Superior Spider-Man, She-Hulk, Blue Marvel, the younger Power Man, White Tiger, Monica Rambeau as Spectrum, Falcon, and new version of Ronin.

The series will be written by Al Ewing and drawn by Greg Land.

It’s no coincidence that the team is mostly black as Tom Brevoort let it be known (via CBR) the idea started brewing during Black History Month.

Brevoort said it was “no accident” that this team is very diverse in its makeup saying that he’s used to fielding questions about Marvel doing a team of “Black Avengers” or any other group with a minority focus. He said that he’d always felt the concept was fake and forced, but “The reality is that he people who are interested in these characters and want to see heroes that reflect them have a genuine point. We first started conceptualizing this book in February around Black History Month, so there was a lot of talk around that.” He said particularly a huge inspiration for the book was the late writer Dwayne McDuffie. Brevoort said he wanted to make a book that McDuffie would have made in terms of there being at least 50% non-white, non-male characters. And as it turns out, the final balance is more than 50%. Brevoort promised the series didn’t mean that more diverse characters won’t show up in other titles, but this series needed that as an anchor thanks to the guiding presence of Luke Cage.

Mighty Avengers #1 hits in September.

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Dear Tom Brevoort: Where Is The Cosmic Avenger Wendell Vaughn Quasar For Infinity?

Let’s see, the Avengers will be off planet when Thanos and his cosmic goons attack the Earth during Infinity.

Marvel’s answer is Luke Cage, Superior Spider-Man, She-Hulk, Blue Marvel, kid Power Man and Ultimate Spidey White Tiger?

I think it’s also been said that Daredevil will be thrown into the mix as part of Earth’s last line of defense as well as Loeb’s NINO Nova.

So is Marvel saying then that the Earth is doomed?

How about getting the Cosmic Avenger – the Avatar of Infinity – Wendell Vaughn Quasar into the loop?

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White Tiger & Power Man Join The Infinity “Mighty” Avengers Team

Marvel released the final “Mighty” Infinity teaser which reveals the addition of White Tiger from Avengers Acacemy (and Ultimate Spider-Man toon) and the younger Power Man from Shadowland.

They join Luke Cage, Superior Spider-Man, Blue Marvel and She-Hulk.

Using the Marvel AR App reveals Tom Brevoort stating the following:

White Tiger, a character that some have seen on the ‘Ultimate Spider-Man’ cartoon and who others know from ‘Avengers Academy’ is ready to step up and take her place as a full-fledged individual hero and not just a hero in training or somebody that’s trying to live up to the reputation of their sibling but becomes a full hero in her own right. Similarly, our other character, Power Man — Victor Alvarez — a young character who first appeared during ‘Shadowland,’ a protege of both Luke Cage and Iron Fist, he too is going to going to get the chance to show what he’s made of in a big way as these characters come together and ‘Infinity’ washes over the face of the Earth.

Full details on the new team and series have yet to be released.

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Infinity Mighty Teaser Reveals Blue Marvel & She-Hulk

Marvel released the latest Infinity “Mighty” teaser which reveals the Blue Marvel and She-Hulk will be joining the team.

The two powerhouses join Luke Cage and Superior Spider-Man.

Using the Marvel AR App, Tom Brevoot says:

Adam the Blue Marvel, a character that garnered a lot of attention from the one little limited series he was in. He’s a phenomenally powerful character, a man who his conscience told him he had to stand down at the command of his president, and ever since he has regretted the action. He’s got some ambivalence about what he should be doing, his place in the world, whether everything has passed him by and he’s viewed in different ways by different members of the public. The time has come again for him to step into the world in a big way because the events of infinity are such that he can no longer sit on the sidelines. He has to get involved in the middle of the action.

She’s [She-Hulk] been a lawyer, she’s been a member of the Future Foundation right now, she’s juggled a lot of things. In the past, she’s served with the Avengers, she’s been with the Fantastic Four and the Defenders a little bit. She’s a good team player, so when a band of characters is pulled together, she’s an essential piece in keeping the gears moving.

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Marvel Infinity Mighty Teaser Reveals Superior Spider-Man

The new Avengers team set to take on Thanos while the regular crew are off in space will feature Luke Cage and Superior Spider-Man.

The fist below could also suggest Iron Fist, but maybe it’s just “power man.”

Using the Marvel AR App unlocks Tom Brevoort announcing the involvement of Superior Spider-Man as the events that go down in Infinity are essentially on his turf.

Marvel also released yesterday’s video announcing Luke Cage.

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Adam Kubert Captain America Infinity #2 Cover Revealed

Marvel released the Adam Kubert cover to Infinity #2 where we see Captain America leading the “intergalactic charge.”

INFINITY #2 (of 6) 
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN 
Art by JEROME OPENA & DUSTIN WEAVER 
Cover by ADAM KUBERT 
• The Inhumans pay the tribute. 
• Victory in deep space. 
• The secrets of Thanos. 
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99 
On Sale in September

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Marvel Reveals Infinity “Mighty” Teaser With Luke Cage & Iron Fist: New Avengers Team

In response to the Avengers heading off to space during Infinity to recruit help to take down the Builders, Luke Cage will be forming a new team of Assemblers to take on the threat that is the Mad Titan, Thanos.

Marvel released the following Infinity “Mighty” teaser featuring a gold fist, which is most likely Iron Fist, and using the Marvel AR app revealed the involvement of Luke Cage.

Maybe the return of The Mighty Avengers?

We see five more will be joining the team.

Tom Brevoort is unlocked and offers:

Welcome to our first Mighty teaser, the first teaser about this new project coming up, that we’ll be telling you about all week. During his tenure with the New Avengers, Luke Cage became the moral center of the team. While he’s now retired from being an active Avenger because of the need to raise his daughter in a safer environment, the call to arms, and the catastrophe that is Infinity forces him to get back up off the bench and pull together a bunch of other characters to be the Avengers when no one else can. Luke’s the one character with the gravitas and the wherewithal to make this happen.

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Exclusive Interview: Charles Soule guides Marvel’s Thunderbolts through Infinity

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Writer Charles Soule begins a new gig in June chronicling the adventures of the Red Lanterns. Two months later, the scribe begins his first Marvel assignment by recording the derring-do of the Thunderbolts … just as this summer’s Infinity event hits!

To find out his plans for Ross & Co., Cosmic Book News Managing Editor Byron Brewer sat down with Soule and exclusively dissected the writer’s plans for these heroes gone wrong (or is that villains gone right?).

Cosmic Book News: You just began writing Red Lanterns which takes place in outer space and now you are arriving just in time to take the Thunderbolts into Infinity, Marvel’s summer blockbuster! What role will these anti-heroes play in the event?

Charles Soule: The Tbolts happen to be in the midst of a mission in New York City when the Infinity event comes down on the Big Apple like a ton of bricks. They need to navigate the crazy happenings in the city while still trying to complete their mission — more on that below. It’s been really fun to write this team going up against a cosmic threat. They’re all pretty much street-level characters, and throwing them up against aliens (spoiler: there are aliens) and other strange beasties is undeniably cool.

CBN: The Thunderbolts have a rich history going back to the 1990s, but they have undergone many changes. For newbies, can you run us down the roster and tell us the team’s mission?

Charles Soule: The current Thunderbolts team doesn’t have a direct association with the prior versions, but it has a lot of thematic similarities. Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross (get it?) aka Red Hulk is the leader. The rest of the team includes Punisher, Elektra, Deadpool, Venom, and a crimsonized version of Sam Sterns known as Red Leader. A cool Hulk villain from the ‘90s named Mercy is floating around as well, although her role on the team has been left a bit purposely vague. You’ll learn much more about what Mercy’s up to in Issue #13, the second issue of my run.

There are two sides to the team’s mission: first, Thunderbolt Ross brought them all together so they could help him clean up messes from his past decades hunting the Hulk. There are a bunch of old weapons programs, gamma-infused creatures and so on that he had a direct hand in creating that he wants to deal with. Now, you’re probably wondering why the Punisher, or any of the others, would care even a tiny bit about Ross’ problems. You’d be right. But Issue #14 will address this directly. It seems that Ross got all of these people who don’t play well with others to join the team by making them all the same promise: “Do a few gamma-related missions for me, and then the team will undertake a mission for you. Anything you want, no questions asked.” The team will take turns, basically drawing names out of a hat. Since each member has something they can’t handle on their own, they see it as a good deal. The Punisher’s mission is the first one picked, and that’s why they head to NYC.

CBN: Will the Thunderbolts face Thanos during Infinity?

Charles Soule: That would be telling! I will say that the actions Thanos takes during the Infinity event, and the repercussions that spill out from them, will have a direct, permanent effect on the ‘Bolts.

CBN: Who among the current roster are your favorites to handle thus far? Are there plans yet for new members?

Charles Soule: I have to say, I love writing Punisher and Elektra. I like them all, but I’m having a blast with those two. You can go really dark with them, but somehow they’re still accessible. I do have some plans for new members, including one character I’ve wanted to write since I was about nine, but that won’t happen for a little bit yet. Here’s a hint: the letters E and H are in the character’s name and a prominent part of their backstory. (Yes, I realize that’s a terrible hint.)

CBN: Along those lines, can you tell us if all our cast makes it through their part of Infinity alive?

Charles Soule: Certainly. My pleasure. (laughs) Thunderbolt Ross dies on page seven of Issue #14. Elektra takes a spike to the eye in Issue #15. Punisher gets eaten by this alien dragon thing on the last page of #16. Venom and Deadpool kill each other in a suicide pact in #17. Mercy and Red Leader get married in #18 (I didn’t want to kill off the entire cast.) That’ll be really cool. The Maestro will be the officiant. (laughs)

No, I’m not going to tell you if anyone dies in the Infinity arc! Or gets married! (laughs)

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CBN: Uh eroookay. Red Hulk — Thunderbolt Ross — is a powerful and interesting character. Anything new coming for the General?

Charles Soule: First of all, he really doesn’t want you to call him “The General.” Ross (at this point) feels like he’s lost his way. He let his hatred of the Hulk bring him to do some fairly terrible things, and he’s doing what he can to atone for those actions. And of course, he’s become the thing he hates the most: a gamma-irradiated freak. The neat thing about the “rotating missions” concept is that Ross has to give up control of the team from time to time, and giving up control isn’t something he’s particularly fond of. He’ll work out his frustrations by smashing a whole bunch of stuff, though.

CBN: What’s up with Red Leader?

Charles Soule: Red Leader has a LOT going on, which you’ll see pretty early on in the Infinity arc. I like writing super-geniuses, and even though poor Sam Sterns has been through a lot (including getting a bullet to the dome courtesy of Frank Castle), he’s still one of the sharpest guys in the entire Marvel U.I want to keep him ambiguous for a while yet, but you’ll get a lot of clues as to what he’s up to in the next bunch of issues.

CBN: Any particular stories or plot threads from the Thunderbolts’ past you plan on revisiting?

Charles Soule: I want to get the current team through the first few adventures before I start spinning older continuity into the setup, but it’s definitely on my to-do list. If nothing else, it will give me a chance to read those stories again. Any excuse to dig into the back issues is fine by me!

CBN: So this is your first Marvel gig! How does it feel writing at the House of Ideas?

Charles Soule: It’s just a blast, as you might expect. I love playing in the Marvel sandbox, especially with this particular set of characters. It’s a great fit for my particular sensibilities, and I have a lot of ideas for where I can take the team. I hope my run goes on for a good, long time — so buy the book!

CBN: Any projects current or future you would like to discuss?

Charles Soule: 2013 is the busiest year in comics I’ve ever had. Beyond Thunderbolts, I’m writing Swamp Thing and Red Lanterns for DC Comics. I also have a beautiful hardcover OGN that was just released by Archaia called Strange Attractors, about two genius mathematicians who turn New York City into an engine using high-level applications of the Butterfly Effect. I have another ongoing creator-owned sci-fi series for Oni called Letter 44 that will start in October. It’s pretty amazing, and I wouldn’t trade it, but it’s definitely keeping me on my toes! If you want to keep up with my upcoming projects, the best way is probably to follow me on Twitter @charlessoule, friend me on Facebook or check out my site/blog. If you think you might like to read Strange Attractors, you can pick it up at your local comic shop, via Amazon or digitally for ipad and so on from Comixology. Thanks for reading!

Cosmic Book News would like to thank Charles Soule for taking the time to answer our questions. We would also like to thank Marvel’s own Arune Singh and James Viscardi who helped make this interview possible.

“Thunderbolts” #12, Soule’s first issue, hits shelves in July!