Marvel has released a new map of Battleworld, the patchwork planet comprised of dozens of alternate Marvel universes that will play host to this summer's massive "Secret Wars" event. The image, called the Secret Wars Battleboard, will be available as a premium, foldout map printed on laminated card stock at participating comic shops and retailers along with the release of "Secret Wars" #1.
The Battleboard will be of interest to fans eagerly awaiting the complete reveal of Marvel's entire "Secret Wars" line of comics. The complete list of titles has been shrouded in mystery since the event was first announced and Marvel has been slowly revealing new series on a near daily basis ever since. Marvel stated in the release that the Battleboard contains the covers for every "Secret Wars" series released in May and June. All 35 previously announced series, including recent announcements "Guardians of Knowhere" and "E Is For Extinction" -- stand revealed on the Battleboard while 9 slots remain "classified."
When compared with the initial set of 15 teasers released last fall, it's possible that as many as eight of these slots have already been revealed. So far Marvel has not announced series tied to the teasers for "Civil War," "Years of Future Past," "Armor Wars," "House of M," "Age of Apocalypse," "Renew Your Vows," "A vs. X" and "X-Men '92." The other seven teasers -- including series like "Old Man Logan," "Planet Hulk" and "Infinity Gauntlet" -- have all received official series announcements.
It's also possible that these eight series are not scheduled to be released in May or June, thus leaving them for possible inclusion on a future Battleboard. Keep checking with CBR for more news regarding Marvel's new "Secret Wars" series.
Official Press Release
Behold the SECRET WARS BATTLEBOARD!
New York, NY—March 6th, 2015— The release of SECRET WARS #1 is just around the corner! But before fans everywhere sink their teeth into the biggest comic event of the year, Marvel is proud to present your first look at the Secret Wars Battleboard! A brand-new promo item available at participating comic shops and retailers, the Battleboard will be released in conjunction with the highly anticipated SECRET WARS #1.
A premium, foldout map printed on laminated cardstock, the Battleboard is your guide to the new patchwork planet of Secret Wars. From the untamed wilds the North to the festering wastes in the South – explore every corner of this strange new realm with this oversized, 13.25 x 20.375 map! The Battleboard also features cover images for every exciting Secret Wars title launching throughout May and June!
In addition to the Secret Wars Battleboard, qualifying retailers will have access to exclusive launch party items including lithographs, special variant covers and more! Retailers are encouraged to inquire with your Diamond representative and check upcoming Marvel Mailers for more information.
SECRET WARS #1 LAUNCH PARTY OPT-IN (FEB150659)
SECRET WARS #1
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN (FEB150650)
Art by ESAD RIBIC
Cover by ALEX ROSS
Variant Cover by ESAD RIBIC (FEB150656)
Variant Cover by AMANDA CONNOR (FEB150655)
Variant Cover by Jim Cheung (FEB150651)
Party Variant by CHIP ZDARSKY (FEB150663)
Connecting Variant by SIMONE BIANCHI (FEB150653)
Classic Variant by BUTCH GUICE (FEB150652)
Young Variant by SKOTTIE YOUNG (FEB150657)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (FEB150654)
Blank Variant Also Available (FEB150658)
FOC – 03/09/15, On-Sale – 05/06/15