An Amazon.com product listing and description has tipped the hand of Marvel Comics, announcing a new product in their continuing line of original graphic novels. “Avengers: Endless Wartime” is an original graphic novel featuring the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, by the creative team of Warren Ellis and Mike McKone.
Yes that’s right; Warren Ellis!
The book comes after years of talk from the publisher that long form comics released without serialization didn’t fit their business plan. Marvel has in recent years released OGNs under the “Season One” banner, though those continuity-light origin tales were often cited as an exception to the rule as the publisher planned to gain extra revenue from non-traditional sales outlets on those releases (the particulars of which have not fully taken shape).
“Endless Wartime” seems to be a different sort of project: a major story told by name creators and wrapped in a package that may strike a chord with fans of the “Avengers” film franchise.
“An abomination, long thought buried, has resurfaced in a war-torn land. But now it wears an American flag. Faced with another nightmare reborn, Captain America will not stand for yet more death at the hands of a ghost from his past. Haunted by his greatest shame, Thor must renew the hunt for a familiar beast. At their side, an assemblage of allies united to end the threats no one of them could face alone. They are soldiers. Warriors. Comrades-in-arms. Mighty heroes led by a living legend, stronger together than apart. They are the Avengers.”
Avengers: Endless Wartime features special augmented reality content available exclusive through the Marvel AR app – including cover recaps, behind the scenes features and more, as well as a bonus digital edition redeemable for reading via the Marvel Comics app and online in the Marvel Digital Comics Shop, all at no additional cost!
Amazon lists the release date as October 1, 2013 and the price at $24.99.