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Explore the Universe of Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’ in a New Preview

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Marvel NOW! Hear This: Power Man & Iron Fist

Power Man and Iron Fist by Sanford Greene

What do Power Man and Iron Fist do when an enemy places a target not on them, but on Harlem itself?

Luke Cage and Danny Rand go up against a former hero, Alex Wilder—formerly of RUNAWAYS—in the new “Harlem Burns” arc beginning in December’s POWER MAN & IRON FIST #10. Wilder’s time in hell has changed him, and with a mix of technology and magic he plans to depose all other crime bosses of Harlem and take the neighborhood for himself.

We sat down with the masterminds behind this story—writer David Walker and artist Sanford Greene—to get the lowdown on everything we’ll see as Luke and Danny attempt to stop Harlem from burning.

Marvel.com: “Harlem Burns” is a title with real power behind it. What feelings are you trying to instill in your readers? What are your goals with this story?

David Walker: There are multiple connotations with the word “burns.” First of all, Sanford and I are bringing the heat with this story—we’re setting the whole place on fire. We are giving the readers a sense of character and an emotional resonance that we hope will stay with them a long time.

Sanford Greene: This arc is influenced by some of my favorite movies coming up like “New Jack City” and “Juice”—with super powered characters!

Marvel.com: Alex Wilder hasn’t been seen since AVENGERS UNDERCOVER over two years ago. What has he been up to since then, and why is he coming for Luke, Danny, and Harlem itself now?

David Walker: Alex isn’t coming for Luke and Danny; they just happen to be in his way. It isn’t so much about what he’s been doing since we last saw him, it’s about what he was doing when he was dead. We’re going to give just a glimpse of what Alex is fully capable of as we build him up to be a major player in the Marvel Universe; this storyline is just the beginning for him.

Marvel.com: There are already a lot of big names vying for control of Harlem like Black Mariah, Cottonmouth, and Tombstone just to name a few; how will Alex’s sudden appearance affect their plans?

David Walker: Alex is a new generation of villain—a new kind of gangster. Old school guys like Tombstone and Cottonmouth don’t know what to make of him. What people are going to soon realize is that Alex is as dangerous as it gets. He is this generation’s Doctor Doom.

Marvel.com: What’s been different about bringing to life this villainous turn for Alex? Is he sporting a whole new look? Or are the changes subtler?

David Walker: Sanford has played around with the look, but he’s still very much the Alex Wilder we all know and love, at least physically. The thing everyone needs to keep in mind is that Alex was pretty much a bad guy from the beginning, all the way back in the Runaways. The difference now is that he’s back from the dead, after doing time in hell, and he’s not hiding his agenda; he wants to be Nino Brown meets Childish Gambino.

Sanford Greene: Like David said, when we talk we discuss something similar to what we do for all the characters. For me to take the basic classic information on the character and modernize them.

Marvel.com: You’re nearing a year working together on POWER MAN & IRON FIST. Have your ideas of Luke and Danny as characters changed as you’ve lived in these stories? How do you think their relationship has changed over the course of these first nine issues?

David Walker: Their relationship has grown stronger, and they’ve become closer. My personal ideas of the character [haven’t] really changed, but I think the readers are starting to better understand my take on Luke and Danny, and it was always my goal to build them slowly—to let them evolve.

Sanford Greene: Yes, Luke and Danny’s friendship has been refined by fire, thus making them that much more appreciative of one another. They are family.

Marvel.com: How has your own relationship working together changed? What was it like kicking off the series in issue #1 vs. starting this new wide-reaching arc in issue #10?

David Walker: I have to say that working with Sanford has been a blast. We knew each other going into the series, but it was casual. We have a great collaborative relationship, but we’ve also become friends. I’ve loved every issue Sanford has drawn, but #10 is some next level work; it is him at a level he’s never been before. I apologized to him when I turned in #10, because creatively I knew I was asking for a lot. I was pushing for more knowing it would be difficult, but also knowing he could deliver.

Sanford Greene: David has been open to every idea I’ve presented to him. That has been the greatest thing about our partnership. I can’t think of anyone I would rather work with on this project. He’s alright in my book, even though he was trying to bring me to my knees with issue #10.

Alex Wilder invades POWER MAN & IRON FIST with issue #10 in November from David Walker and Sanford Greene!

Power Man and Iron Fist (2016) #11 cover by Sanford GreenePower Man and Iron Fist (2016) #10 cover by Sanford GreenePower Man and Iron Fist (2016) #10 preview art by Sanford Greene

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Marvel NOW! Hear This: Nova

Nova by Ramon Perez

About five years have passed since fans last saw Richard Rider, fka the original Nova, as he and Star-Lord stayed behind in the alternative universe known as the Cancerverse to keep Thanos from returning to this reality. With both Peter Quill and the Mad Titan having since returned to the Marvel Universe, the question became whether or not Rider would follow suit.

Wonder no more, as Rider returned in the last issue of the most recent NOVA title, and November will see the original Human Rocket share a book with his successor, Sam Alexander, as NOVA #1 debuts. We caught up with the book’s creative team, Jeff Loveness and Ramón Perez, to discuss the new title and what fans can expect when two generations of Novas team up!

Marvel.com: So Richard Rider is back. A lot of people have been waiting for this moment; is there any added pressure on you guys knowing how much fans have been anticipating his return?

Jeff Loveness: Rich has a ton of fans and such a huge legacy in the cosmic universe, so there’s a lot of pressure. But I’m excited to portray another side to Rich. He saved the universe from the Annihilation Wave, he gave his life in the Cancerverse, and now he’s been violently thrust back into life. That takes a toll on a person—no matter how bulletproof they think they may be. Rich feels detached from the world he thought he knew so well. And maybe the world feels detached from him. Rich has been out of the game for a while. I think we’ve got a very unique take to build him back up from the bottom and see what makes him such a resilient hero. 

Ramón Perez: Returning back from the dead is not an uncommon thing in comics, but it’s definitely fun to play with. A lot has happened in the Marvel Universe since Rich “died,” and a lot has changed from who some of the heroes are and their playing field. Rich will be interesting in the sense of dissecting a hero, and what makes an individual choose to be one. Rich did the greatest thing he could have done as a hero; he saved the universe and died heroically in doing so. How does one return from that, and do they once again choose to don that mantle? 

But is there pressure bringing him back? Of course there’s a little, but expectation can be a fan’s worst enemy. We’re not bringing back the old Rich; he’s come and gone. This is a changed man, and we’re telling his story. The new chapter in Rich’s life. So I hope fans like what we put forward.

Marvel.com: What drew you guys to the book? Were you fans of the character before taking the assignment?

Jeff Loveness: I grew up a die-hard X-Men fan, so most of my cosmic knowledge came from their perspective. Trust me, I’m sure Ramón is tired of hearing my Cyclops rants. I will live and die for Scott Summers.

Nova’s obviously a huge power-player in the cosmic scheme of things. [I’m] catching up on all the lore, while still focusing on making it accessible for readers just picking up the book. The best characters feel timeless and modern at the same time. Hopefully we’ll hit that balance with Rich and Sam. 

I'm a big fan of Sam Alexander, especially Gerry Duggan’s take. There’s an earnestness and optimism to Sam that I love in my Marvel Comics. Doing the right thing and being punished for it is, to me, the bedrock of Marvel storytelling. Sam’s the best example of that in the current books that I know. 

Plus, I was a horrifyingly awkward, lonely teenage boy—and current man, I suppose—so writing Sam’s high school anxieties is an excellent substitute for therapy. Believe me, I was a teenager who worked in the snack bar and loved Cyclops more than Wolverine. High school did not go well. 

Ramón Perez: I knew of Nova, both Rich and Sam, but really knew very little of the character. I was approached by Marvel with various options as to what my next project might be. For me it’s the story, and not the character in particular, that draws me to a project. Nova stood out as a rare opportunity, especially with the return of Rich, and the combined dynamic of him and Sam. Here you have two heroes with the same abilities, name, and mantle, but they are at opposite ends of the spectrum: one experienced, one inexperienced. Plus, it’s a cosmic book, which is a genre I love and grew up on. So it all added up as the right opportunity. 

Marvel.com: Richard’s been gone from Earth for a while. How will he react to all the changes and events that have occurred since he was last there? Anyone in particular from his past you’re planning or just hoping to use in the book?

Jeff Loveness: Ramón and I definitely have some fun cameos lined up from Rich’s past, but I don’t know how much you guys want spoiled. 

My favorite part of Marvel Comics—especially the cosmic side of things—is the wild stable of fun, outlandish side characters. I tried reviving a few in GROOT and making some of my own with [artist] Brian Kesinger, and I’d love to do the same here. Ramon’s been pouring through the back catalog. We’ve got some fun creatures on the way. 

But yes, Rich’s readjustment to Earth and a universe that’s maybe moved on without him will be central to his arc. I grew up in a very rural area of the country. Many of my friends went to war. Some didn’t make it back. The ones who did weren’t the same. They always felt a distance—even back at home. I think there’s an interesting notion worthy of exploration there. While Rich was up there saving the universe, the Marvel heroes were down on Earth squabbling over Civil Wars and how to stop The Shocker from robbing a bank. Rich can’t help but feel disconnected from that. 

Plus, you can’t just come back from death in the Cancerverse and expect everything to be fine. Death doesn’t let go that easily. 

Ramón Perez: I’ll echo Jeff’s sentiments on this. There’s nothing more I enjoy doing in comics than bringing back and redefining B and C list characters. So I’m going out of my way exploring Nova’s back catalog, his rogues gallery, the Marvel array of cosmic characters dating back to the beginning of time, and doing my best to find some gems to play with.

Marvel.com: What’s the relationship like between Sam Alexander and Richard? 

Jeff Loveness: To Sam, Rich is the super hero. He’s the Nova all other Novas try and fail to be. Remember when you were 15 and there was that older guy who just had it figured out? You idolized him, even his faults. Rich is that for Sam. 

On the other hand, Sam is gonna be the one who helps Rich find his humanity and purpose again. The optimism and drive and wonder of it all are still so fresh to Sam. He’s naive and inexperienced, but his heart is in the right place. Sam’s the kind of person Rich needs in his life right now. I think they both balance each other off nicely. 

Co-writing this with Ramón has been a great opportunity to really bring out the best in both characters. Ramón’s also on the art and knocking it out of the park. I can’t wait for you guys to see what he's bringing to the table. 

Ramón Perez: I touched upon this earlier, and Jeff sums it up nicely here, so ‘nuff said.

Marvel.com: Rich wasn’t the only big return in NOVA #11, as the main story centered on Sam encountering the Worldmind. Do you guys have plans to play with the themes and concepts from previous Nova stories—for instance, the Nova Corps—in the new title? 

Jeff Loveness: Not a whole lot we can say without spoilers...but... uh...they’ll go into space and...do space stuff? Lasers will be shot. Helmets will be worn. Maybe Thanos will be there. Who’s to say? Thanos seems bad. Maybe they'll fight. They’ll definitely run into Cyclops and compliment him for being such a dependable, battle-worn leader who gives his all for his family. That, I can guarantee.

Ramón Perez: Oooooh we’ve got some fun stuff planned. Will the Worldmind be a part of it? Who can say? I'm just really thinking Doctor Sun needs to make a return.

Marvel.com: Ramón, you’ve got two different Novas from two different eras in the book. Can you talk about your approach to the characters, and to the look and feel of the comic in general? Will most of the action be Earthbound, or will you get to cut loose with some space action as well?

Ramón Perez: With this series Jeff and I are trying to achieve a balance between Sam and Rich’s home life and the grander Marvel cosmos. With the characters in general, we have the brash and bravado of Rich, balanced with Sam’s old-school, youthful, Peter Parker-like awkwardness, and I’ll definitely be going out of my way to exemplify this in the art. For the overall visual mood and feel, I’m riffing off things I played with in my run on JOHN CARTER: THE GODS OF MARS, alongside a healthy dose of things like Akira, Astro Boy, and NEXTWAVE. I’m really trying to separate this series visually from its two recent predecessors, giving it a real kinetic flow with a diverse color palette to bring it to life.

Human Rockets ride together in NOVA from Jeff Loveness and Ramón Perez, coming this December!

Nova designs by Ramon PerezNova designs by Ramon PerezNova (2016) #2 cover by Ramon PerezNova (2016) #1 cover by Ramon Perez

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‘Fraggle Rock’ will return to dancing its cares away over at HBO

Get ready to dance — or work — your cares away because Jim Henson’s classic Muppet TV series “Fraggle Rock” is headed back to HBO in HD. 

“Fraggle Rock,” which aired from 1983 to 1987 on HBO, features a cast of puppet creatures called Fraggles, Doozers and Gorgs. The carefree Fraggles spend most...

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Brilliant cosplay from this year’s New York Comic-Con

The great gathering of genre fans in the city that never sleeps is officially over. New York Comic-Con has closed its doors after a weekend of surprise comic book cameos, never-before-seen TV premieres and geeky celebrations. But the pictures of the cosplay at NYCC will live on forever, because...

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