Marvel released another special edition edition of The Pull List with hosts Ryan “Agent M” Penagos and Tucker Markus on Tuesday, this time featuring details about upcoming April titles from the publisher. In addition to the debut of a new Black Widow story, a Taskmaster series and a new look at the Red Room (just in time for the Black Widow theatrical release on May 1), Jonathan Hickman and Alan Davis are teaming up for Giant-Size X-Men: Nightcrawler #1, and Christopher Hastings and Scott Koblish will become your go-to guides for reading comics the Marvel way.
Check out creative teams, solicit info, and covers for titles discussed on The Pull List below.
HOW TO READ COMICS THE MARVEL WAY #1 (of 4)
Written by CHRISTOPHER HASTINGS
Art by SCOTT KOBLISH
Cover by DAVID NAKAYAMA
THE UNIVERSAL GATEWAY TO THE HOUSE OF IDEAS!
“I tried to read it, but I just got lost.”
This HAS happened to you, True Believer! You hand your intelligent friend a comic book, eagerly anticipating future conversation, only to have it returned months later, half read.
What went wrong?
Comics can be like a foreign language – if you don’t learn them young, you might need extra help and motivation to catch on. Other clever cartoonists and scribes have shared their theories of the grammar of comics, but it’s never before been done in the Mighty Marvel Manner!
Well, get ready, because Mysterio has trapped your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man in a comic book, and he’s going to help you navigate through the gutters, balloons, panels, pencils and more so you can follow along while he figures out how to escape and save the day!
From writer Christopher Hastings (UNBELIEVABLE GWENPOOL) and artist Scott Koblish (DEADPOOL), two artists who know the rules well enough to break them, comes your all-purpose guide to reading comics AND understanding how they work, hidden in an in-universe story you won’t want to miss! For the totally green, it’s a welcome mat; for the seasoned reader, a peek under the hood. Can we pull it off?! There’s only one way to find out!
GIANT–SIZE X–MEN: NIGHTCRAWLER #1
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art and Cover by ALAN DAVIS
HICKMAN AND DAVIS HAUNT THE XAVIER SCHOOL!
Superstar writer Jonathan Hickman teams with legendary artist Alan Davis (X–MEN, EXCALIBUR, AVENGERS) for an eerie tale of adventure! When the X–Men lose contact with the Greymalkin Habitat, it falls to Nightcrawler to lead a mission into the unknown!
BLACK WIDOW: WIDOW’S STING #1
Written by RALPH MACCHIO
Art by SIMONE BUONFANTINO
Cover by EMA LUPPACHINO
Something’s stirring in the criminal underworld. Maggia boss SILVERMANE is making his move. S.H.I.E.L.D. has sent an agent in to investigate, but they’ve disappeared. It’s time to call in the heavy hitters. It’s time to call in the BLACK WIDOW. And the plan NATASHA ROMANOFF will uncover is far deadlier than any of them realized. Don’t miss this all–new tale from the dangerous, deep–cover days of the Black Widow!
Written by JED MACKAY
Art by ALESSANDRO VITTI
Cover by VALERIO GIANGIORDANO
TASKMASTER HAS MURDERED MARIA HILL!
Or at least that’s what the whole world thinks. Now the greatest spies in the business are hunting him down and won’t stop until Taskmaster is dead or clears his own name! Follow JED MACKAY (BLACK CAT) and ALESSANDRO VITTI (SECRET WARRIORS) on a globe–spanning adventure that will send ripples through every corner of the Marvel Universe’s espionage community!
WIDOWMAKERS: RED GUARDIAN AND YELENA BELOVA #1
Written by DEVIN GRAYSON
Art by MICHELE BANDINI
Cover by MIKE MCKONE
Devin Grayson, one of the creators of Yelena Belova — the Red Room recruit who once nearly killed Natasha Romanoff — returns with a brand–new story drawn by rising star Michele Bandini! Yelena has spent years trying to figure out who she is. Once she thought the Black Widow mantle was her destiny, but fate had other plans. Now the past is catching up with her — and with Alexi Shostakov, a.k.a. the Red Guardian! Alexi has worn many titles, including husband to Natasha, but while the Widow played her avenging games, the Red Guardian waited in the shadows. Now a new day is dawning — and this time, no one will stand in his way.
Written by KELLY THOMPSON
Art by KEVIN LIBRANDA
Cover by GREG LAND
DEADPOOL INVADES THE X-MEN!
When the X-Men won’t return Deadpool’s calls for a Krakoa portal on Monster Island, Wade decides to drop by for a visit. Apparently, the new X-Men home isn’t taking visitors. RUDE. It’s an entire nation of biological weapons and mutant warriors versus a merc with a mouth. GAME ON!
Written by RAINBOW ROWELL
Art by NATACHA BUSTOS
Cover by KRIS ANKA
The most battle-heavy issue of RUNAWAYS (and possibly ANY COMIC EVER) is here, and you won’t believe your eyes. Doc Justice and the J-Team (i.e. the Runaways) has their most dangerous mission, and it does not end well for anyone. The Runaways end this issue very, very different from where they started it.
In case you missed it, you can also watch the full episode of The Pull List on YouTube: