The big space epic War of Kings is set to arrive in comic book shops on March 4, 2009, and Marvel has sent Major Spoilers a sneak peek of the Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning series.

WAR OF KINGS #1 (of 6) (JAN092531)
50/50 Variant Cover by RON LIM
Variant Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU

Black Bolt and the Inhumans attempt to restore their strength and security only to find themselves in a face-to-face confrontation with the Shi’Ar Empire led by X-Men nemesis Vulcan. All your favorite sci-fi characters are on a collision course and the war starts NOW!


This is a $3.99 issue.

via Marvel


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  1. My main issue with War of Kings is in the title and the concept… I’m unclear on the whole thing, and the title of the crossover is a bit too “on the nose.” It’s as if Secret Invasion were called “Skrulls In Your Face,” or Final Crisis called “Ha Ha Batman Won’t Die, And You Should Know Better, Stephen.”

    Also important: elevating Blastaar and Vulcan to the title of King/Emperor doesn’t make them epic opponents. Sure, they’ve done some stuff that’s nasty and all, but as of yet, neither is really the top-drawer epic bad guy that a series like this warrants. Granted, they could come out the other side as legit big bads, but right now their putative status as giant threats remains somewhat “meh.”

    And Black Bolt, to be frank, was kinda more likable when he was a Skrull… :)

  2. Agreed. While I have thoroughly enjoyed Marvel’s Cosmic line in recent years, I have very little interest in the Inhumans (who I feel have had way too much attention lately) or the Shi’ar under Vulcan’s leadership. I also see no reason why the Guardians or Nova (legitimately interesting characters) should be involved except to add more cross-overs.

    I’m still on the fence about this boo: yet another in a non-stop string of grand Marvel events.

  3. FYI: to my surprise, these preview pages (with dialogue! LOL!) are available in the 1st issue of “X-Men: First Class Finals” that I just bought today. The brief prequel was titled “Asunder”—and it was not only great to look at, but a very enjoyable read!

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