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Official: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, PETER PARKER To Return

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Peter Parker, fully back in the spider’s seat of his own mind, is returning to the pages of a relaunched Amazing Spider-Man #1 in April, by the creative team of Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos. The NY Daily News just officially confirmed the news

“To do that for a solid year of my life, that’s the hardest thing I’ve had to do — to look small children in the eye at a convention and lie to them," Slott told The Daily News. "Inside, part of me was dying." Slott did, however, on a set visit for Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, tell Andrew Garfield that Peter would be back in time for the film.

When Slott first discussed the storyline that would kill off Peter and see Otto Octavius, who debuted in 1963’s Amazing Spider-Man #3 as Doc Ock, one of Peter’s oldest, most nefarious villains take his place as Spidey with the executives at Marvel, the writer said he was "as cynical" as any fan would be.

Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso says that "people will appreciate him a little more after this." He added that he thought "people have been taking [Peter] for granted."

As for the return itself, the Daily News was light on details, but Dan Slott has taken to social media to tease fans that at least some hints will come as early as this coming Wednesday, January 15, 2014. In Superior Spider-Man currently, Otto/Spidey has merged with the Venom symbiote – while Dr. Strange’s magic erased Parker from the alien suit’s memory, it does recognize that something is wrong with its host. The Avengers are on the scene, and Peter’s ex-girlfriend Carlie Cooper, who has figured out the mind-swap, is currently being held captive by the Green Goblin.

"This Sunday, January 12th there will be some BIG Superior Spider-Man SPOILERS on news & comic news sites," Slott posted on his Facebook page.

"If you can, you should probably try to avoid them till after you’ve read your new comics on Weds.

"You’ve been warned."

MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES IRON FIST: THE LIVING WEAPON

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New York, NY (January 9th, 2014) – Marvel Entertainment is excited to announce an all-new on-going series, Iron Fist: THE Living Weapon by the striking talent of writer and artist, Kaare Andrews (Spider-Man: Reign, A+X).

This spring, the fiery fist of vengeance strikes once again! Masterfully orchestrated by writer/artist, Kaare Andrews, Danny Rand once again channels the power of the ancient dragon, Shou-Lao, to become Iron Fist in an all-new series. Kaare explains, “I have two intentions with this project. The first is to tell a bare bones story that does not impede itself with the layers and layers of continuity that Iron Fist has become enriched with. The second, and more important, is to reach into the core of the character and re-explore who Danny Rand is. Reinvention through core exploration.”

In the character’s early history, starting with his first appearance in 1974, Danny was on a path for revenge as he hunted down the man who murdered his father, and Andrews promises to return to how it all began, “The defining aspect of Danny Rand is the loss of a father and a quest for honor and vengeance. Yet, these are themes that haven’t been explored again since his origin story back in the 70s. We need to bring Danny back to this state of blind rage and self-destruction. Remember – this is a man who traded immortality for vengeance. And the consequences of that are what I’m most interested in.”

Kaare Andrews is not the only one within the “House of Ideas” who respects and honors the character of Iron Fist. Marvel’s Editor in Chief, Axel Alonso, reminisces, “Iron Fist first appeared in Marvel Premiere #15 May, 1974. That self-contained issue, which tells the origin of Iron Fist, remains one of my favorite comic book stories of all time!”

Alonso continues, "Iron Fist: THE Living Weapon is a project close to my heart for two reasons: the character – being the first – and the creator, writer/artist Kaare Andrews. I consider Kaare to be one of the most gifted storytellers in the medium.  Kaare has crafted a stirring and action-packed tale that cuts the very heart of who Iron Fist is.”

Through Iron Fist’s history, it has been revealed that Danny Rand is the most recent of an ancient linage of Iron Fists and Andrews promises to continue to expand on that eclectic library of characters while still keeping it a great entry point. Andrews says, “For readers who already know Iron Fist, we introduce a couple of new characters and make use of the world already established– but focus on keeping this story contained and accessible. For new readers, I’m trying to keep his condensed mythology very streamlined and fresh.”

When the mystical city of K’un-Lun comes under siege, the prodigal son, Danny Rand must come home – in more ways than one.  Is Iron Fist prepared for a threat that hearkens back to that horrible day when his father dropped to his death on a Himalayan mountaintop?  Can anything prepare him for the truth that’s waiting for him in the rubble that was once the city of K’un-Lun – the place of Iron Fist’s birth?

Marvel Announces New ‘Captain Marvel’ Series

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At the Superior Spider-Man panel at the NYCC Marvel Comics announced a new Captain Marvel comic book series debuting in March that will be written by Kelly Sue DeConnick and drawn by David Lopez.
 
DeConnick is taking Carol Danvers, who made the transition from Ms. Marvel to Captain Marvel last year, cosmic in the new Captain Marvel series as Marvel’s other “Cap” shows that she has the "right stuff" by demonstrating her skills as an American pilot in outer space.  The first arc in the new ongoing Captain Marvel series is called "Higher, Faster, Further, More," as the series takes on an outer space dimension.
 
With Captain Marvel going cosmic it didn’t take long for a fan to query whether Carol Danvers might just bump into the Guardians of the Galaxy somewhere out there, and DeConnick’s "wouldn’t that be awesome" reply doesn’t exactly inspire skepticism

George A. Romero’s ‘Empire of the Dead’

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George A. Romero’s project for Marvel has been in the works for a while, but now Romero and Marvel have finally announced the name, plot and timeframe for the anticipated miniseries via USA Today–Empire of the Dead with premiere in January.
 
Art for the 15-issue miniseries will be by Alex Maleev (best known for his frequent collaborations with Brian Michael Bendis on Sam and Twitch, Daredevil, Spider-Woman, Moon Knight, Scarlet).  The story itself is based on a 300-page screenplay set in his hometown of New York City, a few years into the zombie apocalypse.  The reason Romero turned it into a comic?  "I could never afford to shoot there," he joked.
 
The father of the zombie genre has had his undead creatures evolve since the days of the original Night of the Living Dead (remember Bub in Day of the Dead and Big Daddy in Land of the Dead?), and that’s one of the big questions this 15-issue miniseries will explore: Could zombies and human coexist if the undead showed signs of intelligence?

‘Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men

WizKids will release a new collectible dice game with Quarriors!-style mechanics in December under its new Dice Masters brand: Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men Dice Building Game.
 
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Marvel Dice Masters is a new collectible dice building tabletop game designed by Quarriors! creators Michael Elliott and Eric M. Lang.  Players collect and assemble a team of character dice (Captain America, Wolverine, Spider-Man among others) and battle head-to-head.  An average game should play in one hour.
 
The Avengers vs. X-Men Starter Set comes with 44 custom dice, 38 cards, two dice bags and a core rulebook.  The starter is labeled for "2+" players, retails for $14.99 and should street on December 4th.
 
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The Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men blind foil pack, which also releases December 4th, contains two cards and two dice (featuring Wolverine, Iron Man, Thor and others).  The gravity feed contains 60 units which retail for $0.99 each.  The Avengers vs. X-Men game will be the first WizKids dice game in a collectible format.  No rarity scheme has been revealed.