Marvel Announces a New Murderworld Series

Marvel announced a new Murder World: Avengers series which may lead to the death of some major superheroes.

Murderworld is a new five-part series coming from writers Jim Zub and Ray Fawkes and artist Jethro Morales. Launching in November, Murder World: Avengers will throw Earth’s Mightiest Heroes into the iconic locale run by the villainous Arcade. Marvel teased the new series is “overloaded with gut-wrenching twists, unbelievable deaths, and bloodied and bruised Marvel heroes,” implying not all of the Avengers may make it out of the series alive.

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The series kicks off with Murder World: Avengers #1 in November before continuing into a handful of one-shots featuring Spider-Man, Wolverine and Moon Knight. The synopsis for the first issue reads, “READY. SET. DIE! Hundreds are killed every year in an elaborate secret tournament run by a sadistic man with nearly limitless resources at his fingertips. It’s not an urban legend. It’s not a myth – MURDERWORLD is real! It’s online, and the gruesome truth has been hidden from everyone except its victims – until NOW.Meet Paul Pastor, the extraordinary young documentarian who’s going to expose it all…with some super-powered help, starting with the Avengers! MURDERWORLD: AVENGERS, the Black Widow has a personal grudge to settle with Murderworld mastermind Arcade – but can she stop this game before it kills again?”

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“When I first saw Murderworld in an issue of Uncanny X-Men, I was fascinated by its colorful corniness mixed with deception and violence,” Zub said. “Many years ago, Ray and I chatted about a twisted thriller-survival story set in Arcade’s deadly playground and now, starting with Murder World: Avengers, we’re finally getting the chance to unleash it!” Fawkes added, “Murderworld is one of those stealthy, ultra-compelling concepts that always made the Marvel Universe so fascinating to me – the gaudy, family-fun veneer slapped over a deadly threat. When Jim and I were discussing it, ideas to make it more and more frightening and exciting just kept coming to us. I’m thrilled to bring them to readers in all their horrible glory!”

What is Murder World?

Created by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, Murderworld first appeared in 1977’s Marvel Team Up #66. Arcade, a hitman who has taken out a number of heroes across the Marvel Universe, built the first Murderworld in New York City and filled the space with traps and mazes to ensnare whoever is unfortunate enough to be trapped within the arena. Arcade has since built separate Murderworlds in numerous other places, including Bagalia and Antarctica. Over the years, Arcade has trapped many Marvel heroes in Murderworld, including Ghost-Spider, the X-Men, the Human Torch and more.

Murder World: Avengers #1 features cover art by Paco Medina. The issue releases Nov. 16 from Marvel.

Source: Marvel

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