For their respective 60th anniversaries, writer Donny Cates pits the Hulk and Thor against each other in Hulk vs. Thor: Banner of War Alpha # 1.
The strongest Avengers go to war in this week’s releases from Marvel Comics.
Kicking off Thor and Hulk’s latest spat is Hulk Vs. Thor: Banner of War Alpha # 1. The new event features a crossover between the two ongoing series led by writer Donny Cates, Hulk spirit Thor, which have taken the characters down new paths. Thor is now the King of Asgard, instilled with the full power granted to the All-Father and once held by his father Odin (who died, his spirit now lingering within the hammer Mjölnir). If that does not sound different enough from the typical status quo for readers, the Hulk has been transformed into a cyborg and traveling other universes as the “Starship Hulk.” So, there’s that. The “Banner of War” crossover event will run for five issues total and arrives in time for the two characters’ 60th anniversaries.
There is more available for Marvel readers this Wednesday though. One of two new Captain America titles, Captain America: Symbol of Truthis also out this week. Symbol of Truth will focus on Sam Wilson, coinciding with the character’s evolution in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier in 2021. The series spins out of Captain America # 0 (now available), and arrives a whole month before Captain America: Sentinel of Libertythe book starring Steve Rogers.
Other notable releases for this week include the debut of Moon Knight: Black, White, & Blooda new What If … Miles Morales that turns the hero into a Hulk and more. The full list of releases can be found alphabetically below, covers and solicitations included.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: SYMBOL OF TRUTH # 1
- TOCHI ONYEBUCHI (W) • RB SILVA (A / C)
- VARIANT COVER BY OLIVIER COIPEL
- VIRGIN VARIANT COVER BY OLIVIER COIPEL
- VARIANT COVER BY TAURIN CLARKE
- VARIANT COVER BY SKOTTIE YOUNG
- STORMBREAKERS VARIANT COVER BY NATACHA BUSTOS
- CAPTAIN AMERICA SOARS AGAIN!
- Sam Wilson picks up the shield once more – and enters a world of trouble! Following a lead from Misty Knight, Sam intercepts a mysterious group hijacking what appears to be an empty train. As he digs deeper, he discovers that the plot may be connected to a crucial piece of Captain America history… and, surprisingly, Wakanda. The world is ready for two Captain Americas – but is Sam Wilson ready for what comes next?
- Acclaimed writer Tochi Onyebuchi (BLACK PANTHER LEGENDS, Riot Baby) teams up with Stormbreaker RB Silva (POWERS OF X, INFERNO, FANTASTIC FOUR) to open a thrilling new chapter of CAPTAIN AMERICA history!
- 40 PGS./Rated T +… $ 4.99
HULK VS. THOR: BANNER OF WAR ALPHA # 1
- DONNY CATES (W) • MARTIN COCCOLO (A) • Cover by GARY FRANK
- Variant Cover by MARTIN COCCOLO
- Variant Cover by RON LIM
- Hulk Smash variant by Trevor Von Eeden
- Mjolnir Crash variant by Trevor Von Eeden
- Variant Cover by RYAN STEGMAN
- Wraparound Connecting Variant Cover by GEOFF SHAW
- Hulk and Thor have both undergone massive changes recently, but one thing remains constant – their heated rivalry! When mysterious circumstances bring them into conflict once more, will the God of Thunder be able to triumph against a Bruce Banner who can now control his rage?
- Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of both characters, this epic five-part crossover between the THOR and HULK series starts here in this oversized Alpha issue, brought to you by creators Donny Cates and Martin Coccolo! Key mysteries from both series will be revealed, as well as shocking consequences for the future of both characters! (Continued in May’s THOR # 25 and HULK # 7!)
- 40 PGS./ONE-SHOT/Rated T +… $ 4.99
KING CONAN # 4 (OF 6)
- JASON AARON (W) • MAHMUD ASRAR (A / C)
- Variant Cover by DECLAN SHALVEY
- FATHER VS. SON!
- CONAN fought his way to the crown of Aquilonia… but the most difficult battle is yet to come!
- Yes, it’s KING CONAN versus CONAN II, AKA CONN, in a duel that will change the course of the Hyborian Age!
- Plus: The sinister hand of THOTH-AMON enters the fray – is he truly the foe Conan has believed him to be all these decades?
- 32 PGS./Parental Advisory… $ 3.99
MOON KNIGHT: BLACK, WHITE & BLOOD # 1 (OF 4)
- JONATHAN HICKMAN, MARC GUGGENHEIM, MUREWA AYODELE (W)
- CHRIS BACHALO, JORGE FORNÉS & DOTUN AKANDE (A)
- Cover by BILL SIENKIEWICZ • VARIANT COVER BY ALEXANDER LOZANO
- VARIANT COVER BY JEFF DECAL • VARIANT COVER BY STAN SAKAI
- A BLOOD MOON RISES – AND ITS CONTENTS ARE BLACK, WHITE & RED!
- A bevy of comicdom’s finest creators put their mark upon the Fist of Khonshu in stories depicted in stark black, white and blood-red! Jonathan Hickman and Chris Bachalo introduce the all-different Moon Knight of the future! Marc Guggenheim and Jorge Fornés tell a Moon Knight adventure in reverse! And Murewa Ayodele and Dotun Akande team the white-clad crusader up with the Amazing Spider-Man for a harrowing night of adventure!
- 40 PGS./Parental Advisory… $ 4.99
SHANG-CHI # 12
- GENE LUEN YANG (W) • MARCUS TO (A) Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
- SCROLL VARIANT COVER BY RON LIM • AAPI HERITAGE VARIANT COVER BY DIKE RUAN
- VARIANT COVER BY TBA
- THE POWER OF THE TEN RINGS UNLEASHED!
- Earth is under attack from Shang-Chi’s grandfather and the forces of Ta Lo!
- To save his world, Shang-Chi must succumb to his late father’s wishes and inherit the deadly Ten Rings.
- But will he be able to wield its power, or will its temptations be too much?
- 32 PGS./Rated T +… $ 3.99
STAR WARS: THE HALCYON LEGACY # 3 (OF 5)
- ETHAN SACKS (W) • WILL SLINEY (A) • Cover by EM GIST
- Variant Cover by ANNIE WU
- Connecting Variant Cover by WILL SLINEY
- SPY INTRIGUE IN THE CLONE WARS ERA!
- ANAKIN and PADME are in disguise aboard the HALCYON tracking a senator suspected of having separatist ties!
- But their secret mission will put them on a collision course with ASAJJ VENTRESS!
- And, fifty years later, the ship’s crew risks a desperate escape through a deadly solar storm!
- 32 PGS./Rated T… $ 3.99
- Star Wars © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All rights reserved. Used under authorization. Text and illustrations for Star Wars are © 2021 Lucasfilm Ltd.
WHAT IF… MILES MORALES # 3 (OF 5)
- ANTHONY PIPER (W) • EDGAR SALAZAR (A) • Cover by PACO MEDINA
- Design Variant Cover by PACO MEDINA • VARIANT COVER BY CARLO PAGULAYAN
- DON’T MAKE HIM ANGRY …
- What if… instead of being bitten by a genetically enhanced spider, Miles Morales was blasted by gamma radiation and transformed into THE INCREDIBLE HULK ?! Is Miles man or monster? Or maybe he’s just a kid trying to live a normal life… school, dates, a rampaging ABOMINATION… Miles may be the strongest there is, but that does not mean growing up will be easy.
- 32 PGS./Rated T… $ 3.99
X-MEN # 11
- GERRY DUGGAN (W) • PEPE LARRAZ (A / C)
- STORMBREAKERS VARIANT COVER BY CARMEN CARNERO
- TRADING CARD VARIANT COVER BY RUSSELL DAUTERMAN
- SCROLL VARIANT COVER BY
- HIGH ROLLERS!
- 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…
- 32 PGS./Rated T +… $ 3.99
All of these issues go on sale May 11 from Marvel Comics.
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