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Published April 14, 2023

The New Marvel Books Hitting Stores in April

The ultimate guide to the Guardians of the Galaxy, the inside story behind historic Hulk comics, plus Midgard ‘Family Mahem’ with Thor and Loki.

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Readers and Marvel fans of all ages—pick up these new and upcoming books in stores near you.

This April, top off your spring reading with incredible new novels, specialty guides, art books and more, spanning the entire Marvel Universe! Uncover the full story of the Guardians of the Galaxy, the most heroic band of misfits in the cosmos, take a deep dive into the Hulk and pop-culture, celebrate the work of artist Kevin Nowlan, or get up to Midgard mayhem with Asgard’s own Thor and Loki. Here’s our complete roundup of the Marvel novels, books, and stories hitting shelves this month.

THE INCREDIBLE HULK: WORLDBREAKER, HERO, ICON (ON SALE NOW!)

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From Rizzoli Universe: A nerdy insider’s accessible celebration of Hulk’s seminal comic book stories over the comic’s run, including all things Hulk: Bruce Banner—various significant story lines over the decades and his presence as a pop-culture icon today.

The Incredible Hulk explores the phenomenon of one of Marvel Comics’ most popular Super Heroes, looks at the most significant and influential Hulk stories, and includes relevant spin-offs and ancillary comic book characters and events.

Framed by longtime comic book industry insider Rich Johnson and told using countless comic book images, variant covers, and Marvel Cinematic Universe concept art of both the Hulk and She-Hulk, the book covers how Bruce Banner/Hulk’s origin story began with his inception in the early 1960s to present-day treatments today.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE NEW EDITION (ON SALE NOW!)

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Uncover the full story of the galaxy's most heroic band of misfits in this ultimate Guardians of the Galaxy guide from DK Books!

Even since the 2000s, Marvel's greatest band of intergalactic outlaws have become ever more crucial to the comic book Marvel Universe and its key story lines, ultimately inspiring their inclusion in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy movies. Fans all over the world have enjoyed their comics and movie adventures, and many will be wondering how the Guardians came to be the galaxy's most wanted crew of cosmic rogues.

This new, updated, and expanded edition of the Guardians of the Galaxy Ultimate Guide gives the lowdown on the motley team's entire story, from their earliest incarnations to their latest story lines and future legacy. Chronicled by Marvel-approved comics experts and illustrated with stellar comic artwork, this is a must-have guide for die-hard fans and newcomers.

MARVEL STUDIOS: BE MORE SPIDER-MAN (ON SALE NOW!)

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Be More Spider-Man is the ideal gift for your family, friends, colleagues—in fact, your whole neighborhood!

Spider-Man is the most relatable hero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe—he’s the hero who could be you! Be inspired by Spider-Man, the neighborhood hero who balances his great powers with great responsibility, in this all-new story from DK Books.

This web-swinging Avenger will stop at nothing to save those in need and is hugely loyal to friends and family. In the pages of this book, learn to think on your feet and, like Spider-Man, always have a witty comeback at the ready, even when backed into a corner.

KEVIN NOWLAN’S MARVEL HEROES ARTIST’S EDITION (ON SALE NOW!)

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From IDW: Explore the work of an artist who is recognized as one of the most talented and lauded currently working in comics.

Kevin Nowlan is a true “artist’s artist.” He has won the coveted Eisner Award for his art on Jack B. Quick, in collaboration with Alan Moore, as well for inking Batman: Sword of Azrael. This volume will contain a selection of Nowlan’s best works for Marvel comics—covers, pages, and two complete stories, most notably his fully painted, 62-page Man-Thing graphic novel, written by Howard the Duck creator Steve Gerber. A true labor of love, the graphic novel took Nowlan 25 years to complete.

An Artist's Edition collects stories, covers and pages that have been reproduced from the original art. While appearing to be in black and white, these images have been scanned in color, allowing the reader to view them as closely as possible to the original art. Ink gradients, blue pencil, corrections, and more are all clearly visible, all the wonderful subtle nuances that make original art so special. The only way to better view these pages if you were standing over the artist’s shoulder as they were drawn.

MARVEL CRISIS PROTOCOL: INTO THE DARK DIMENSION (ON SALE APRIL 18)

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The world’s greatest heroes must defeat the evil Dormammu and free the planet from his insidious mind control in the ultimate team-up action from Marvel Crisis Protocol from Aconyte Books!

Dormammu, Lord of the Dark Dimension has almost completed his conquest of Earth, with a stranglehold on the minds of its citizens. Only a few have managed to resist him… To free the world, Doctor Strange must reassemble his Shadow Avengers, while Tony Stark and a team of amoral tech geniuses cook up a tech defense to break the mind control. As the Shadow Avengers defend Earth, even against those heroes under Dormammu’s influence, Ms. Marvel must enlist an unlikely ally to destroy the evil lurking within the Dark Dimension.

MARVEL UNOLD: THE TYRANT SKIES (ON SALE APRIL 18)

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Also from Aconyte Books! The infamous Doctor Doom must face his deadliest enemy, the evil Red Skull, to save his people and himself in this thrilling conclusion to David Annandale’s Marvel: Untold trilogy.

Victor Von Doom has many enemies, but he has a special loathing for the Red Skull. When the Red Skull creates a flying haven for the billionaire elite who share his deplorable values, Doom prepares himself for the worst. When Latveria is beset by a rash of terrorist attacks, his suspicions are confirmed: the Red Skull is coming for Doom’s homeland. Now he must infiltrate the shielded microstate drifting in the skies above Latveria to save his people from annihilation. But finding a way on board the floating city is just the first in a series of trials that will test Doctor Doom to the limits of his beliefs, his strength and his powers.

THOR AND LOKI: MIDGARD FAMILY MAYHEM (ON SALE APRIL 18)

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From Chronicle Books: Jeffrey Brown's irresistible comic spin comes to Marvel!

Young Thor and Loki have traveled with their parents Odin and Frigga across the ten realms to their favorite world, and Midgard (AKA Earth) may never be the same. From the creator of the beloved and bestselling Darth Vader and Son series, this sweetly funny comic collection finds the kid gods of thunder and mischief suffering helmet hair (Thor), trying to ride the school bus as an alligator (Loki), playing freeze tag with the Avengers, crafting Odin an All-Father's Day present, discovering a mysteriously delicious food Midgardians call “mac and cheese,” and much more. Jeffrey Brown's Eisner Award-winning humor, inventive colorful artwork, and playful approach to the characters make this a must-have for Marvel fans of all ages.

AVENGERS: 100 COLLECTIBLE COMIC BOOK COVER POSTCARDS (ON SALE APRIL 18)

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Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Avengers, this postcard set from Chronicle Books features iconic cover art from the 1960s to modern-day classics, including team members and villains from across their heroic history, and covers by the greatest Marvel artists such as Jack Kirby, John Buscema, George Pérez, Phil Noto, Mike Allred, Paolo Rivera, Tradd Moore, Jim Cheung, Alex Ross, and many more.

MARVEL'S MIDNIGHT SUNS: THE ART OF THE GAME (ON SALE APRIL 18)

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From Titan Books: The official art book of the Marvel’s Midnight Suns video game, packed with interviews with the creative team behind the game, as well as stunning concept art created during the development process.

When the demonic Lilith and her fearsome horde unite with the evil armies of Hydra, it’s time to unleash Marvel’s dark side. As The Hunter, your mission is to lead an unlikely team of seasoned Super Heroes and dangerous supernatural warriors to victory. Can legends such as Doctor Strange, Iron Man, and Blade put aside their differences in the face of a growing apocalyptic threat? If you’re going to save the world, you’ll have to forge alliances and lead the team into battle as the legendary Midnight Suns—Earth’s last line of defense against the underworld.

Marvel’s Midnight Suns: The Art of the Game captures the creative process of this much-anticipated game. The exclusive concept art and in-game renderings created by the talented development team—creating the game in collaboration with Marvel—are shown in glorious detail in this lush, hardback volume. Characters, locations, gadgets, weapons, monsters, enemies, and much more are all accompanied by unique insights from the artists and developers behind the game. So, step into the world of Marvel’s Midnight Suns—and rise up against the darkness!

Head to your nearest book store this month to pick up any of these new releases!

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