Cover: Steve McNiven | Variant Covers: Ken Niimura, Francesco Francavilla (50’s Movie Poster Variant), Jeehyung Lee (Video Game Variant), Steve McNiven (New Monster Variant), Mike Mignola (Monster v. Hero Variant), Geoff Darrow (Teaser Variant), Mike Deodato (Hip-Hop Variant)
Artist: Steve McNiven | Writers: Cullen Bunn
Release Date: January 18, 2017

Marvel has been teasing Monsters Unleashed for a few weeks and the Marvel heroes will have their hands full facing the many monsters that have graced Marvel Comics books over the last few years and those iconic monsters will be joined by 6 new ones created by a variety of talented artists. Here are the new monsters and their respective creators.

1.       SLIZZIK by Steve McNiven

2.       SCRAAG by Greg Land

3.       MEKRA by Leinil Francis Yu

4.       AEGIS by Salvador Larroca

5.       HI-VO by Adam Kubert

6.       FIRECLAW by Art Adams

My Take: This looks like a promising arc that will surely yield some awesome covers and massive splash pages. The talent assembled for the variant covers alone make this intriguing.

Show Press Release

MONSTERS UNLEASHED to Let Loose Six New Monsters in 2017!

Top Artists to Create New Marvel Monsters for Monsters Unleashed

New York, NY—October 28th, 2016 – Run if you can! Hide if you must! Nothing can prepare you for MONSTERS UNLEASHED! As massive monsters rain from the skies, rise from the seas and pour from the center of the very Earth –  the table is set epic battle fans have been waiting for! It’s all happening this January as Cullen Bunn and some of today’s biggest artists bring you the next thrilling Marvel Universe epic. Gargantuan beasts from across Marvel’s long and storied history have risen up, intent on destroying the planet. But they’re not the alone! Today, Marvel is pleased to announce six brand new creatures invading the Marvel Universe!

“Everything about this story is massive – the scope, the stakes and, of course, those incredible monsters,” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso.  “Five action-packed issues celebrate Marvel’s past, present, and future, as one new, unforgettable character and several brand-new monsters – created and designed by Cullen Bunn, the five artists and a few surprise guest artists – arrive to leave an indelible mark on the Marvel Universe.”

Look for these giants to make their grand appearance in the pages of Monsters Unleashed – and make a monster-sized footprint on the Marvel Universe to come!

  1. SLIZZIK by Steve McNiven
  2. SCRAAG by Greg Land
  3. MEKRA by Leinil Francis Yu
  4. AEGIS by Salvador Larroca
  5. HI-VO by Adam Kubert
  6. FIRECLAW by Art Adams

“Monsters Unleashed is a love letter to Marvel’s history,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “So we wanted to do something fun for our six new monsters. Being the massive Marvel fan that he is, Cullen had already come up with statistics, power rankings and factoids about all of them. We couldn’t resist the opportunity to create some fan-favorite Marvel Universe trading cards for the big reveal!”

It’s all hands on deck as the Avengers, the Champions, the Guardians, the X-Men the Inhumans and more make their desperate stand against armies of towering beasts of destruction! With 6 powerful new monsters standing in their way, do they stand a chance? Something big is coming to the Marvel Universe – and it’s happening in MONSTERS UNLEASHED #1 – smashing into comic shops everywhere on January 18th 2017!