The Next Chapter Of The Marvel Universe Begins in ‘SWORD’ #1 This December

by Tony Thornley

After last week’s Marvel solicitations, a mysterious new #1 was added to the Previews World website. Now, thanks Marvel’s Previews magazine we know what that exciting new series is.

Spinning out of the events of Empyre and X of Swords, Abigail Brand leads the newest incarnation of SWORD!

The series was first teased in Empyre Avengers Aftermath, when Brand warned Hulkling and Captain Marvel they would need her in the future. Moments later, the story flashed forward to a broken Hulkling being rescued by Brand, former Secret Warrior and Avenger Manifold, and three shadowed figures.

Now, we know who the new SWORD is, and the creative team of their new series. Premiering in December, Al Ewing, and Valerio Schiti launch readers into the great unknown. Led by Abigail Brand and Magneto, the team consists of Cable, Manifold, Wiz Kid, Frenzy, and Fabian Cortez.

“It’s an absolute blast to be working with the X-team, and to bring Marvel’s merry mutants into the new Age of Space—and introduce space to the new age of Krakoa!” Ewing said in an interview with Marvel.com. “And it’s not just X-readers and space explorers who get what they want—fans of my more cosmic Marvel work will have plenty to digest as well, as mutantkind thinks even bigger and takes it even further, into realms I’m almost surprised they let me get away with. After conquering death, what’s next—and will we survive the experience?”

Talking about the series, Schiti said “I really love Al’s books, so I’m very happy to have the chance to be on his side in this new adventure. We already had the chance to work together, a few years ago on Mighty Avengers and more recently on Empyre, so now we trust each other and we can use a more ‘flexible’ working method. He can switch from full script to ‘Marvel style’ when needed, and I can change panels or layouts when I think that could work better. This is definitely one the best working partnerships I’ve ever had.”

“I can’t say much about what S.W.O.R.D. does,” he continued, “but I can say that every team member will have a peculiar role to play. That’s why I designed their uniforms with technical clothing, urban outfits, and even ceremonial uniforms: every role needed a different reference and a different starting point. The space outfits are inspired by trekking or hiking clothes, far from the typical space suit because these characters are explorers, not astronauts.”

Check out SWORD #1 when it debuts this December from Marvel Comics!

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