Marvel Comics took another step closer to day-and-date digital distribution of their products with Friday afternoon's announcement that each issue of the September-debuting Heroic Age: One Month to Live miniseries will be available on their Marvel Comics iPhone and iPad app one week after being released in print.Typically, the gap between print and digital releases is much wider, with the bulk of Marvel's titles still not available through the app. Last month's Invincible Iron Man Annual #1 was the first (and to date, only) Marvel comic to see a simultaneous release in both formats. Heroic Age: One Month to Live is a weekly five-issue miniseries unfolding over the month of September written and drawn by several different writers and artists, including Rick Remender, Stuart Moore, John Ostrander and Andrea Mutti. Issues wil be $2.99 in print, and the price point for the digital release is not yet known — the Invincible Iron Man Annual was $4.99 in print, and separated into three installments costing $6 total on the app. Marvel's closest competitor, DC Comics, has been simultaneously releasing biweekly miniseries Justice League: Generation Lost digitally and in print since the debut of their app in June. The full release from Marvel Comics follows: Heroic Age: One Month To Live Arrives In Stores & On the Marvel Comics App In a world of unlikely heroes, Dennis Sykes is about to become Marvel’s unlikeliest, in an event that brings together the entire Marvel Universe! This September, Heroic Age: One Month To Live #1 begins a five-issue weekly event and each issue will debut the following week on the Marvel Comics app! An all-star creative team—including Rick Remender, Stuart Moore, Rob Williams, John Ostrander and more—brings you the story of an accident which gives Sykes incredible super powers…and a 30-day death sentence. Now, Sykes will leave his mark on the world, and he’s prepared to go through Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and Avengers to complete his final journey! “From the moment we read the script and saw the first pencils, we knew we had a special book in Heroic Age: One Month To Live,” said David Gabriel, Marvel Senior Vice President of Sales & Circulation. “With so many major Marvel heroes guest-starring, this is the perfect book for current fans and new readers, which made it a natural to fit on the Marvel Comics app shortly after it hits stores.” Everyone is the hero of their own story…but not every hero is a good guy. Don’t miss a single issue of the gripping Heroic Age: One Month To Live, on-sale in September at comic shops and on the Marvel Comics app. HEROIC AGE: ONE MONTH TO LIVE #1 (JUL100583)
Written by RICK REMENDER
Penciled by ANDREA MUTTI
Covers by MIKE FYLES
Rated T+ …$2.99
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