Earlier this week, Marvel Comics announced "the Architects," a group of five writers billed as shaping the future of the pubisher's content. The company announced another group of five at midday Wednesday, but it's one decidedly more fictional — 5 Ronin, consisting of Wolverine, Psylocke, The Punisher, Hulk and Deadpool.5 Ronin is a five-issue March miniseries starring those characters and billed as the "ultimate samurai super hero epic" in Marvel's official statement. Like the recent One Month to Live, all five issues will be released weekly, within a single month. Writing all five parts will be former X-Statix writer Peter Milligan, marking his first Marvel work since the Marvel Knights miniseries Sub-Mariner: The Depths. Art will be provided by Tomm Coker, Dalibor Talajic, Laurence Campbell, Goran Parlov and Lenadro Fernandez. Three members of the main cast of 5 Ronin — Wolverine, Psylocke and Deadpool — are also three-fifths of the current Uncanny X-Force lineup. The series seems unrelated to Ronin, a guise used in the past by Clint Barton and Echo in the pages of New Avengers, and part of the Widowmaker miniseries that starts this week. Marvel's full press release follows: Wolverine. Psylocke. The Punisher. Hulk. Deadpool. Five of Marvel's deadliest heroes will come to the fore this March for a series unlike any other in 5 RONIN. Bound together by the same fate, yet alone in their existence, they are forced to walk the lonely path of the masterless samurai in the violent and tumultuous world of feudal Japan.
Crafted by acclaimed writer Peter Milligan and a rotating cast of today's hottest artists, 5 RONIN #1-5 is a month-long event with covers from some of the biggest names in the industry. To celebrate the release of this series, retailers will have the opportunity to order two different covers per issue – one by superstar artist David Aja and one by another industry favorite.“What would the ultimate samurai super hero epic look like? The answer is 5 RONIN” explains Editor Sebastian Girner. “When we came up with the idea of taking our biggest heroes and setting them in this time period, writer Peter Milligan and the amazingly talented cast of artists immediately jumped on board. This is easily one of the most beautiful comics you will read this year.”
Each of the 5 seeks revenge, but against whom? And what powerful secret connects these lone warriors? 5 RONIN will examine the true face of Marvel's most solitary characters against a majestic -- and bloodstained -- backdrop.
5 RONIN #1 - #5
Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Penciled by TOMM COKER, DALIBOR TALAJIC, LAURENCE CAMPBELL, GORAN PARLOV & LEANDRO FERNANDEZ
Covers by JOHN CASSADAY, MARK BROOKS, GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI, DAVID MACK, ED MCGUINESS & DAVID AJA
Parental Advisory …$2.99 (each)
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