In an announcement made this morning, Marvel promises that Battleworld will continue in a new on-going series called Contest of Champions, based on the mobile game Marvel Contest of Champions. Here are all the details on the new series:
Inspired by Marvel’s wildly popular mobile fighting game, “Marvel Contest of Champions”, the comic book series, CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS, will merge the worlds of gaming and comics into an epic journey and present a story unlike anything else from Marvel. “We’re doing something unique and exciting here by merging Kabam’s highly popular mobile game with the Marvel Universe,” says series editor Mark Paniccia. “The game has really cool elements and concepts that will become part of the Marvel Comics’ mythos, resonating in Marvel continuity in a big way. We’re working closely with the folks at Kabam to expand The Battlerealm and that organically ties into the aftermath of SECRET WARS.”
And just which heroes will take on the mantle of “champions” in order to fight for their very existence in the new Marvel Universe? “We’re going to have a whole bunch of Marvel’s finest popping up regularly – even the dead aren’t always beyond the reach of the Contest, so expect the return of an old face or two,” says series writer Al Ewing. “Some of the ‘pawns’ are there until they die, but others are beamed in, forced to fight and then returned to Earth with their memories wiped, all to add spice to the battles – in the first issue we have contestants ranging from Iron Man, Gamora and Venom to Moon Boy and Devil Dinosaur, so anyone can have a place in the Battlerealm!”
Contest of Champions #1 will be written by Al Ewing with art by Paco Medina.