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1st Look at Marvel’s Contest of Champions


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Not only is today Comic Book Wednesday or New Comic Book Day (depending on how you refer to your days of the week), but another day of announcements.  Today word comes from Marvel Comics about a new, ongoing series entitled Contest of Champions.




The new “in-continuity” series is based on the mobile game, but will take place within the fabric of the Marvel Universe.  Set in a place called Battlerealm, the heroes and villains we love and hate will do battle with one another.  To the victors – a continued existence within the Marvel Universe.  The losers?  “Find out this October.”


Hip Hop variant by Denys Cowan

Set to debut after the conclusion of Secret Wars, Marvel’s Contest of Champions issue 1 will hit shelves with a healthy amount of variant covers.  Marvel’s Contest of Champions issue 1 will also include a Hip-Hop variant by Denys Cowan.  For more information on Marvel’s foray into hip-hop art and culture, please check out our previous articles on that here and here.






Let the Games Begin – Your New Look at Marvel’s CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS #1!

New York, NY—September 9th, 2015— The Secret Wars may be over, but the battle is just beginning! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look at CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS #1 – the brand-new in-continuity ongoing series inspired by the hit mobile game! Written by Al Ewing with art by Paco Medina – enter the Battlerealm, a broken section of space-time where cosmic beings gamble for the ultimate power. Where unwilling pawns from across the Marvel Universe do battle for their very lives, locked in combat with friends, foes and everything in between. Even those long dead are not immune to the Contest. As heroes and villains from various universes are mysteriously transported to Battlerealm, the war is about to begin. To the winners go the ultimate prize – their continued existence. The same cannot be said for the losers. Who will survive….the CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS? Find out this October!



Written by AL EWING Art & Cover by PACO MEDINA

  • Variant Covers by MARK BAGLEY (AUG150733)
  • LEINIL YU (AUG150735)
  • Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (AUG150732)
  • Connecting Variant by RON LIM (AUG150736)
  • Contest of Champions Game Variant by KABAM w/GABRIEL FRIZZERA (AUG150737)
  • Hip-Hop Variant by DENYS COWAN (AUG150738)
  • Kirby Monster Variant by DAN BRERETON (AUG150739)
  • Blank Variant Also Available (AUG150740)
  • FOC – 09/14/15, On-Sale 10/07/15

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Leinil Yu variant


Skottie Young variant


Ron Lim connecting variant


Kabam with Gabriel Frizzerra variant


John Tyler Christopher variant


Kirby Monster Variant by Dan Brereton


Mark Bagley variant

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Mild mannered reporter, Steven Biscotti, has an avid interest in all things comic books, movies, and music (especially pertaining to Coldplay.) Always ready, professional, and on the scene, those closest to him may suspect he's actually from another planet. @ReggieMantleIII

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