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Comic news: Captain Marvel Prelude ties into Infinity War; Empty Man, Red Sonja, Suicide Squad return

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Aug 21, 2018

After the madness of Avengers: Infinity War, there was a huge void in the world of superheroes. if there were only half as many as before. In the comics industry, the MCU has led to a boom of characters returning to the books as they either get film adaptations or hope to generate interest in taking their stories to the cinema — and we’re even getting a one-off that picks up pre-Captain Marvel.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel’s Captain Marvel Prelude will pick up events related to the cliffhanger at the end of Infinity War. And yet somehow Nick Fury will be there, despite his total dustification. The 32-page oneshot comes from writer Will Corona Pilgrim and artist Andrea Di Vito, documenting the narrative connective tissue between the time the Avengers founder hit the button and the appearance of Captain Marvel.

The solicitation text for the comic reads, “Before CAROL DANVERS takes flight in 2019’s first Marvel Studios film, immerse yourself in this all-new adventure! Spinning out of the mysterious events of Avengers: Infinity War, NICK FURY and MARIA HILL set off on life-or-death missions that lead directly to the appearance of CAPTAIN MARVEL!” Pilgrim has created these prologues for the last few Marvel films, but few have had expectations like this hanging over it. Marvel fans will have to wait until Nov. 14 to get some answers, and we'd guess this could be one of the hottest tie-in books yet.

THR also reported on two returning comics: The Empty Man and Red Sonja. Both coming in November, these two comics are supporting properties headed for the big screen. So it makes sense that the publishers want audiences to renew their familiarity with the characters within.

That’s why co-creator Cullen Bunn is returning to write The Empty Man with artist Jesus Hervas, depicting Melissa Kerry as the hero suffering from the titular, horrifying, deadly disease. It’s spawned cults, kidnappings, and plenty of government involvement - all scary.

It’s also why creator Roy Thomas is coming back for the barbaric tale of the Conan-adjacent heroine in Red Sonja: The Ballad of the Red Goddess, an origin story that hooks Thomas back up with early Sonja artist Esteban Moroto. Dynamite Entertainment is co-publishing the latter with Planeta, releasing three hardcover variants (with different colors), a digital edition, and a limited-run signed edition.

Finally, another returning group of faces (but not after as long a time as these last two comics) is the Suicide Squad. Only, something’s a bit off about them in Suicide Squad Black Files #1. Also heading to shelves in November, this take on the Squad errs on the side of the spooky.

Tackling Scooby-Doo-esque cases of the supernatural, the comic will have two stories:  “Revenge of Kobra,” written by Mike W. Barr and drawn by Philippe Briones; and “Suicide Squad Black,” written by Jai Nitz and drawn by Scot Eaton. The first is a Katana vs. Kobra story, a tale of pursuit and revenge, while the second is a hunt for U.S. arcane operative Sebastian Faust by the otherworldly trio of El Diablo, Enchantress, and Gentleman Ghost.

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