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Occupy Avengers: Nighthawk Falls

Nighthawk will join Clint Barton and Red Wolf’s efforts in OCCUPY AVENGERS #3 due out on January 11.

Maybe.

Sort of.

It’s…complicated.

To find out exactly what it means for the team and what Nighthawk’s memberships status will be, we caught up with writer David Walker as he crisscrossed America righting wrongs and asked him.

Marvel.com: First question is what would be good about Nighthawk becoming part of the Occupy Avengers squad?

David Walker: I think the first thing I like to point out to people is that I’m not saying for sure he’s a full-time member or not. He’s definitely making an appearance and he’s going to play a role.

Part of it was I hadn’t even really given him too much consideration and then editorial was like, “Hey, you wanna do something with Nighthawk?” And I was like, “Yeah, sure, why not? There were some storylines that I was thinking about wrapping up.”

I thought what would be cool about it would be to put someone in the book who just absolutely hates Clint. Everybody else, they get annoyed with Clint and I am writing him a very specific way. He’s the sort of loveable rogue. But Nighthawk doesn’t see him that way. So it was a nice fit.

In the beginning when it was first floated across the editorial brainstorming machine, I thought to myself, “Oh, I don’t know.”  Then the more I sat down and thought about it, the more fun I realized it could have. So it is a question of, you know, how often does he appear in the book and how active is he going to be, which I’m not going to answer right now.

Marvel.com: Fair.

David Walker: But what I also think is really interesting is that one of the things, one of the decisions that I made was that OCCUPY AVENGERS is a team made up of nothing but leaders. That in and of itself creates an interesting dynamic because most teams, they have that natural leader. Clint Barton isn’t necessarily the most natural leader of the team. There’s going to be other people there who are more qualified and so part of it is following that dynamic of “Is this a team of nothing but leaders or is it a team of nothing but—for lack of a better term—misfits who found this place where they can just sort of follow each other.

Marvel.com: Ok. Well, then I guess we’ll take it from the hypothetical perspective then. What would Nighthawk add to the team? What advantages would he bring?

David Walker: I think, aside from being the tactical very analytical character, he’s very mission driven, very goal oriented, to the point of obsession.

Clint is very much, “hey, I just happened to be driving down the street and saw someone needed rescuing,” whereas Nighthawk is all about picking his target, finding the best strategy to take that target out, and then going for it. He’s very very active. So there’s some of that in play.

I think every team needs a member who’s a little dangerous and who presents a threat to the team itself simply by virtue of the fact that you can have a few people who play by their own rules but even they have lines that they won’t cross. Nighthawk, there’s no such thing as a line Nighthawk won’t cross. At least, at this point, we haven’t found where it is he won’t go yet.

Marvel.com: You are kind of touching on it already but just to dig in specifically, what would make him not a great teammate? What would make him a disadvantage for a team like the Occupy Avengers?

Occupy Avengers #3 cover by Agustin Alessio

Occupy Avengers #3 cover by Agustin Alessio

David Walker: Oh, you know, something like killing Clint would be a really bad move. [Laughs] And he genuinely, Nighthawk genuinely hates Clint Barton and part of, I guess we’ll say [the] joke, is that Clint can’t quite figure out why and Nighthawk is never gonna come out and say why. He’ll just say, “I hate you.” At some point, they’ll bury the hatchet. The question is will that hatchet be buried in Clint’s head?

Some of the best stories come from that tension between two or three characters; they might not be the best support for one another on a personal level, but they’re the best at what they do. In Sam Peckinpah’s movie “The Wild Bunch” the thing I love—one of the things I love about that movie is Warren Oates and [Ben Johnson], they play the Gorch brothers, and they are like the crazy ones on the team, unstable, unbalanced, and frustrated. But at the same time, if I’m going to go into a gun fight with the entire Mexican Army, these are the guys I want on my side.

Marvel.com: We’ve talked about the relationship between Clint and Nighthawk, but what’s the dynamic between Nighthawk and Red Wolf and Clint and Red Wolf? What’s their interplay like?

David Walker: In the beginning there’s…I’m worried I’ll spoil stuff.

Let’s just say in a three-way death match, Red Wolf is the one who’s going to win. He’ll be the last to jump into the fight but he’ll also be the last one standing. I think that Nighthawk recognizes how dangerous Red Wolf really can be and he actually respects that.

Red Wolf is also very quiet and doesn’t crack jokes or that sort of thing and that’s part of why Clint is one of those guys that never seems like he’s serious and that’s the way I’m writing him. To Red Wolf, Clint is like, “Where is this guy gonna take me, what kind of adventure is this going to be? I have no idea but I’m gonna go for it.”

There’s definitely some stuff that I am planning out for later in the series. All the pieces aren’t in play yet so I haven’t quite figured it out yet but I think one of those issues, once again, where you have a team full of leaders and the person who is most level headed and probably the one that everyone trusts the most out of the group—we’re going to see there are still more members trickling in—is always going to be Red Wolf. Red Wolf is always going to be the person people turn to and say, “Well, what do you think?” And he’ll say, “Yeah, let’s go beat up Doctor Doom.”

That’s just an example. Doctor Doom is not in the book.

Marvel.com: Is it safe to assume that the Avengers have come to Chicago on a case when they encounter Nighthawk?

David Walker: No, it’s actually not a; I’m writing the book in a way where the reader is never 100% sure if [the Avengers] have stumbled on or they are actively seeking out something. Whenever possible I like to leave a bit to the imagination of the reader. And sometimes you can’t get away with that much.

But you will find out why they are in Chicago but to say anything more is spoilerish [and] then people will be yelling at me online and we don’t want to go there.

Find out what’s going on with OCCUPY AVENGERS #3 by David Walker and Carlos Pacheco, due out January 11!

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Video game characters and stories held VR at bay in 2016

This was supposed to be the year that virtual reality went mainstream, and a little game called “Pokemon Go” crashed the party. The mobile title became a sensation — albeit briefly — and brought augmented reality to the populace. That is, it used digital trickery to insert little Pokemon critters...

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See What Ulysses’ Final Premonition Holds in Civil War II #8

This is it! Captain Marvel vs. Iron Man for the fate of the Marvel Universe! We’re pleased to present CIVIL WAR II #8 – the epic final chapter! Blockbuster creators Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez go out with a seismic bang as fists fly over Washington D.C. Plus, Ulysses’ precognitive powers grow stronger with each passing moment. As they reach their peak, what horrors from the future will be unleashed? And seeds sown here will bear bitter fruit for the Marvel Universe of tomorrow. Protect the future or change the future? It all gets decided here! Don’t miss the comic that will have the whole world talking when CIVIL WAR II #8 comes to comic shops and digital devices everywhere on December 28!

Civil War II # 8 cover by Marko Djurdjevic
Civil War II # 8 variant cover by John Cassaday
Civil War II # 8 variant cover by Michael Cho

Civil War II # 8 variant cover by Phil Noto
Civil War II # 8 art by David Marquez
Civil War II # 8 art by David Marquez

Civil War II # 8 art by David Marquez

CIVIL WAR II #8 (SEP161000)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art by DAVID MARQUEZ
Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
Variant Covers by MICHAEL CHO (SEP161001), JOHN CASSADAY (SEP161004) and PHIL NOTO (SEP161002)

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Will Asgardia Fall to The Shi’Ar Army in Mighty Thor #15

Kick 2017 off with a bang as two Marvel Universe mainstays go to war – and shake the cosmos! Marvel is pleased to present MIGHTY THOR #15 – the first chapter of the “Asgard/Shi’ar War”! Chartbusting creators Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman bring you a brand-new story arc that’s sure to bring the thunder! Lately, Thor has been busy trying to stop Malekith’s ongoing assault on the various Ten Realms, but far across the galaxy, another conflict is brewing and the most powerful super-army in the cosmos is preparing a surprise attack on the city of the gods. The Shi’ar Empire will lay siege to Asgardia. Their target? Thor herself! And they’ll stop at nothing to take down the Goddess of Thunder. Be there for the opening shots in a war that will ring out across the galaxy, when MIGHTY THOR #15 comes to comic shops and digital devices everywhere on January 11!

The Mighty Thor #15 cover by Russell Dauterman with Matthew Wilson
The Mighty Thor #15 variant cover by Mike DeoDato
The Mighty Thor #15 Story This Far variant cover by Christian Ward

The Mighty Thor #15 variant cover by Ryan Sook
The Mighty Thor #15 variant cover by Andrea Sorrentino
The Mighty Thor #15 art by Russell Dauterman with Matthew Wilson

The Mighty Thor #15 art by Russell Dauterman with Matthew Wilson
The Mighty Thor #15 art by Russell Dauterman with Matthew Wilson

MIGHTY THOR #15 (NOV160764)
Written by JASON AARON
Art & Cover by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN w/ MATTHEW WILSON
Variant Covers by RYAN SOOK (NOV160765), ANDREA SORRENTINO (NOV160766) and MIKE DEODATO (NOV160768)
Story Thus Far Variant by CHRISTIAN WARD (NOV160767)
FOC – 12/19/16, On-Sale – 01/11/16

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Smooth as Silk

Cindy Moon—aka Silk—continues to build a name for herself in the Marvel Universe. The character who first debuted in Dan Slott’s AMAZING SPIDER-MAN swung out into her own solo SILK series and now she’s knee deep in the Clone Conspiracy crossover event.

For Cindy, this means trying to fit in with her newly found family, working for J. Jonah Jameson, and dealing with the returned dead including Jameson’s wife as well as one-time Spider-Woman Mattie Franklin!

Artist Irene Strychalski joined regular series writer Robbie Thompson with SILK #14. We talk with her about diving right in with a huge crossover, sending Cindy to San Francisco in new togs, and how the two arachnid-themed heroines differ as the book swings toward issue #16 on January 11.

Marvel.com: Was it at all intimidating jumping on a book like SILK in the middle of a huge crossover like The Clone Conspiracy?

Irene Strychalski: I didn’t even think about it at first, but it really is a little intimidating! That’s not a complaint though, since I love challenges. It’s been fun tying the story into what other teams are doing.

Marvel.com: In addition to Silk, the series also recently saw Mattie Franklin’s return. What sets these two Spider-themed characters apart for you when drawing them?

Irene Strychalski: I think it’s mostly subtle things, like slightly different mannerisms and expressions. Even though they’re both spider-themed super heroes, they do have such different backgrounds.

Marvel.com: In SILK #14, Cindy dons a new costume when heading out to San Francisco. What went into designing that look?

Irene Strychalski: I actually didn’t design it. Helen Chen did! I think it looks swell though, and it’s been refreshing to draw!

Silk #16 preview inks by Irene Strychalski
Silk #16 preview inks by Irene Strychalski
Silk #16 preview inks by Irene Strychalski
Silk #16 preview inks by Irene Strychalski
Silk #16 preview inks by Irene Strychalski
Silk #16 preview inks by Irene Strychalski

Silk #16 preview inks by Irene Strychalski
Silk #16 preview inks by Irene Strychalski
Silk #16 preview inks by Irene Strychalski
Silk #16 preview inks by Irene Strychalski
Silk #16 preview art by Irene Strychalski
Silk #16 preview art by Irene Strychalski

Silk #16 preview art by Irene Strychalski
Silk #16 preview art by Irene Strychalski
Silk #16 preview art by Irene Strychalski
Silk #16 preview art by Irene Strychalski
Silk #16 preview art by Irene Strychalski
Silk #16 preview art by Irene Strychalski

Marvel.com: Another big portion of this story revolves around Cindy not being sure about J. Jonah Jameson’s recently returned family. Do you enjoy playing with those more dramatic moments as well as the big super hero stuff?

Irene Strychalski: I love the dramatic moments of character interaction. Besides, from big action scenes and explosions and all that juicy stuff, I enjoy portraying the psychological side of each arc. My hope is always that a reader can feel immersed in a characters’ emotions just from looking at the art and visual language.

Marvel.com: How has it been working with Robbie in general and the whole team more specifically when it comes to contributing to this larger epic?

Irene Strychalski: Robbie delivers a great script every time and I think he really takes into consideration what the artist would like to contribute to the story. It’s been wonderful working with him. [Colorist] Ian [Herring] and our cover artists all do beautiful work, and of course the rest of the SILK team is super professional.

Honestly, I’m still pretty new to the super hero scene so I’m more worried about delivering good work on my part! But this opportunity on SILK has been nothing but a great experience.

SILK #16 by Robbie Thompson and Irene Strychalski continues the saga of the Clone Conspiracy on January 11!

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MINISERIES SAVAGE THINGS TO JOIN THE VERTIGO SLATE IN MARCH

This March, Vertigo will unleash SAVAGE THINGS, an action-packed espionage-horror miniseries from writer Justin Jordan (The Legacy of Luther Strode) and artist Ibrahim Moustafa (High Crimes). 

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