‘Weapon Plus’ explores Wolverine, Captain America’s shared history

New series debuts in July.

The secret connections between Wolverine and Captain America will be explored in a new series by writer Ethan Sacks, artist Diogenes Neves, colorist Federico Blee and inker Adriano Di Benedetto.

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“It all ends with ‘King Thor’”

Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic go back to the future for their final ‘Thor’ story.

Jason Aaron’s epic run on Thor is heading toward the finish line, as revealed in Marvel’s early solicits for September.

King Thor, the writer says, is where it all ends. Aaron is once again teaming up with Esad Ribic to bring his run to an end.

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Roger Stern returns to the Avengers with ‘Avengers: Loki Unleashed’

Artist Ron Lim joins the legendary Avengers writer for a new one-shot.

Longtime Avengers scribe Roger Stern, who put the team through its paces back in the 1980s, will return to comics for a one-shot pitting his era of the team against Loki.

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Houser + Mooney weave ‘The Web of Black Widow’

New series starts in September.

The Black Widow will get another series in September, this time by the team of Jody Houser and Stephen Mooney. The Web of Black Widow “finds a mysterious figure exploiting the hero’s past. And in response, the Widow may have to go off the grid.”

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Marvel reveals ‘Strikeforce’ for September

New title by Tini Howard and German Peralta features “ruthless” heroes.

After teasing a new “ruthless” super team last week — perhaps one to compete with the Savage Avengers at the Ruthless Olympics — Marvel’s The Pull List program has unveiled a new title, Strikeforce.

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Comics Lowdown: Who owns Atlas Comics?

Plus: Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award recipients, Paige Braddock, Frank Santoro, Dr. Gene Luen Yang and more!

Who exactly owns Atlas Comics? That seems to be the question raised in two articles from The Hollywood Reporter. Earlier this month Steven Paul, producer of the Ghost Rider film, announced via a press conference that he had bought the rights to the Atlas Comics and planned to work with Paramount to turn the properties into movies. Not so fast, said Dynamite Entertainment, who followed up by telling THR that they own the name “Atlas Comics.”

Many of you may be wondering “What the heck was Atlas Comics?” while others might be thinking, “Wait, wasn’t Atlas the company that eventually evolved into Marvel Comics in the 1960s?” And still others are wondering, “Didn’t he learn his lesson after Ghost Rider?”

But getting back to Atlas, yes, there was an Atlas Comics in the 1950s that grew out of Timely Comics and eventually became Marvel Comics. It was owned by publisher Martin Goodman, and it put out comics in a variety of genres like horror, crime, espionage and even a few superhero titles featuring characters like Captain America and the Human Torch, who had previously been published under the Timely banner. However, this isn’t that Atlas Comics.

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Captain Marvel flies over to IDW’s Marvel Action line

Sam Maggs, Sweeney Boo and Brittany Peer create new Captain Marvel stories aimed at middle grade readers.

Captain Marvel will join IDW Publishing’s Marvel Action line in August. The line of comics is aimed at middle grade readers and already includes comics starring the Avengers, Black Panther and Spider-Man.

The comic will feature Captain Marvel, Spider-Woman and the Flerkens, the race of aliens who look like cats but are so much more.

“I feel so privileged to help launch Captain Marvel’s solo title for Marvel Action,” said writer Sam Maggs. “Carol has always been my favorite super hero; I love how she’s truly come into her own, culturally, and is finally being widely-recognized as the star that she is. Being able to write for Carol is the most exciting and terrifying thing that’s ever happened to me. I can’t wait to share this arc with everyone!”

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‘Ghost Spider’ relaunches in August

Seanan McGuire and Takeshi Miyazawa bring Spider-Gwen over to the 616.

While she’ll always be Spider-Gwen in our hearts, the character now known as Ghost Spider (which is a pretty cool name, too) is getting another reboot in August. This time around she’ll be spending more time in the 616, as she enrolls at Empire State University, where Peter Parker has spent a few semesters over the course of the last five decades.

“After dipping her toes into the main Marvel Universe, Gwen Stacy is finally taking the leap part-time as she enrolls in Empire State University,” Assistant Editor Danny Khazem told Marvel.com. “But Gwen’s going to need to do her Spider-History research if she’s going to figure out just who from Spider’s past is keeping tabs on her!”

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New Punisher, Loki titles to follow ‘War of the Realms’

Both titles kick off in July.

Marvel’s latest crossover event, the Thor-themed War of the Realms, just kicked off last week, but the publisher is already revealing its plans for what comes after the event ends.

Announced on the company’s website are two new titles spinning out of the War — a new Loki title by Daniel Kibblesmith and Oscar Bazaldua, and Punisher Kill Krew by Gerry Dugan and Juan Ferreyra.

Covers and descriptions (and spoilers for WotR) are below.

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