Early on in Marvel Comics' history, the iconic Stan Lee described its stories as depicting "the world outside your window," referring to being more realistic and in touch with humanity. A surprise new comic book series is taking that approach directly while flipping it to showing the world inside your window.
Marvel Comics has launched a new comic book series that is not only digital-first but is exclusive (for a limited time) to the publisher's social media channels. It will showcase some of Marvel's top heroes as homebodies, so to speak, in reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Baking can be a pretty...sticky situation. #HeroesAtHome" reads the text accompanying the debut installment.
According to ComicBook, the one-shot comics will be re-purposed as variant covers to upcoming Marvel books.
And Spider-Man isn't the only character that will be in the comic book; Wolverine, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Hulk, and Black Panther are confirmed to have their own one-off social media comics as well.
Here is a schedule provided by Marvel (via ComicBook):
- July 26: Spider-Man story, to be printed as a Amazing Spider-Man #48 variant on-sale September 9
- August 2: Wolverine story, to be printed as a Wolverine #5 variant on-sale September 2
- August 9: Captain Marvel story, to be printed as a Captain Marvel #21 variant on-sale September 9
- August 16: Captain America story, to be printed as a Captain America #23 variant on-sale September 16
- August 23: Hulk story, to be printed as a Immortal Hulk #37 variant on-sale September 16
- August 30: Black Panther story, to be printed as a Avengers #36 variant on-sale September 30
“It was fun imagining how our current circumstances would affect the merry Marvel heroes," Wells tells ComicBook. "When Nick [Lowe, Marvel editor] said he wanted to do some strips about being stuck inside in the middle of a pandemic, I shouted ‘How would I possibly know what that's like?!' Then I cried. Then I got to work.”