Marvel's going one step further from same-day digital with the release of Magician: Master, and is debuting the comic book adaptation of the Raymond E. Feist fantasy novel on their iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch apps before it appears in print. The first of five installments is available today, with future chapters released weekly.
The adaptation is written by Bryan J.L. Glass (Mice Templar, Thor: First Thunder), with art from Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash) and Hugo Petrus (Pride and Prejudice). Glass worked on an adaptation of Magician: Apprentice, the preceding novel in the Feist series, for Marvel in 2006 as part of their now-ended deal with Dabel Brothers Productions.
No print release date has been announced from Marvel. Amazon has listed a hardcover release for January 2012, though their track record with such things is shaky.
Marvel's full press release follows:
New York, NY – June 7, 2011—Marvel is proud to announce that the anticipated Magician: Master makes its debut exclusively on the Marvel Comics app today! Harvey Award-winning writer Bryan J. Glass, along with breakout artists Tim Seeley and Hugo Petrus, adapts the epic story from master novelist Raymond E. Feist as the fate of Midkemia hangs in the balance. Now three distant friends—a magician, a warrior and a prince—must reunite for the greatest battle of their lives and possibly make the ultimate sacrifice! This five part limited series will be released weekly on the Marvel Comics app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch beginning today.
“Magician: Master is the first full-length series from Marvel to be published on the Marvel Comics app before arriving in stores,” explained David Gabriel, Senior Vice-President of Sales. “Given both Raymond E. Feist’s worldwide popularity and success of Magician: Apprentice and Riftwar, Magician: Master seemed a natural choice for our first app-exclusive series.”
Feist said, “I am both pleased and excited at having Magician: Master selected to be the first full digital exclusive series chosen by Marvel to be available on the Marvel Comics app worldwide. The creative talent involved makes me proud to see what other creative forces can do with my imaginings.”
Can Pug, Tomas and Arutha come together to save Crydee one more time? Or will the mighty kingdom fall? Find out in Magician: Master, available now on the Marvel Comics app and with new chapters on-sale weekly!
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