Marvel and Aconyte Books Team Up For New Line of Prose Novels
Some of your favorite Marvel heroes and villains, as well as a few lesser-known characters, are about to hit the books. Last fall, Marvel announced a partnership with Aconyte Books to release new novels starring a multitude of costumed creations. Now, via Newsarama, Aconyte has revealed details about their first batch of Marvel-themed stories.
Marvel and Aconyte with kick off their partnership with five novels set in different corners of the Marvel Universe. The books will hit stores under one of four different banners, or “strands”: Legends of Asgard, Marvel Heroines, Xavier’s Institute, and Marvel Untold. Naturally, the Legends of Asgard and Xavier’s Institute strands will feature characters associated with Thor and the X-Men, respectively; while Marvel Heroines spotlights the House of Ideas’ most standout female adventurers. Meanwhile, Marvel Untold concentrates on “the best villains, magic-wielding heroes, and more from the furthest corners of the Marvel Universe.”
Domino, best known for her association with Cable and Deadpool, stars in the first Marvel Heroines installment. Additionally, two obscure mutants, Triage and Tempus, will launch the Xavier’s Institute line. Doctor Doom stars in the first Marvel Untold title with a story that follows his quest to reclaim his mother’s soul from Hell. Finally, Legends of Asgard will get underway with Heimdall and Tyr headlining two different novels. You can also read synopses for each book below.
Domino: Strays by Tristan Palmgren (October)
“Sharp-witted, luck-wrangling mercenary Domino takes on both a dangerous cult and her own dark past, in this explosive introduction to the new series of Marvel prose novels. The job: infiltrate a Chicago conman’s cult to liberate some brainwashed twins. For former X-Force operative Domino, that’s a “hell no”. Fanatics are bad news. She still has nightmares about Project Armageddon, the super-soldier program that wrecked her life and destroyed her family. If only she’d had someone to help her back then, someone… like her. It’s a total pain in the ass, but maybe it is time to finally face those demons. With her probability manipulating superpowers she can turn even the worst of situations to her advantage.”
The Head of Mimir by Richard Lee Byers (October)
“The young Heimdall must undertake a mighty quest to save Odin – and all of Asgard – in the first heroic fantasy novel set in Marvel’s incredible Legends of Asgard. It is a dark time for Asgard. The Allfather is trapped in a bewitched Odinsleep, inspiring an all-out assault from the Frost Giants. They evade the gods’ defenses with uncommon ease as if guided by augury. Heimdall, a quick-witted young warrior still finding his place amongst Asgard’s defenders, believes it no coincidence that Odin lies enchanted and that the Giants are so well-informed. Sneaking into Odin’s inner chambers, he discovers that the severed head of Mimir, a great source of wisdom, is missing. Accompanied by his sister, Lady Sif, Heimdall must quest across the Ten Realms to retrieve it, lest mighty Asgard fall.”
Liberty & Justice For All by Carrie Harris (November)
“Two exceptional students face their ultimate test when they answer a call for help, in the first thrilling Xavier’s Institute novel, focused on the daring exploits of Marvel’s mutant heroes. As part of their training at the New Charles Xavier Institute, Triage and Tempus are allowed to attempt their first solo flying mission. Some way into their mission, they pick up an urgent SOS message – Sentinels are attacking a superpowered mutant, who is struggling to protect an injured politician. When they abandon their lesson and answer the call, however, the identity of both will cause the two young X-Men far more problems than they bargained for.”
The Harrowing of Doom by David Annandale (December)
“Our thrilling new line bringing new tales of Marvel’s Super Heroes and villains begins with the infamous Doctor Doom risking all to steal his heart’s desire from the very depths of Hell. Notorious villain Doctor Victor von Doom has finally found a solution for his oldest obsession: rescuing his mother’s soul from the clutches of Hell. An alliance with the reclusive sage, Maria von Helm, has provided the key to Doom’s latest invention. Fusing their super-science and sorcery, Doom has created the Harrower, a device that will open a rift and wrench his mother’s soul from the netherworld. Back in the human world, however, rebel forces threaten to overrun Latveria and topple its dark leader – and revolution couldn’t come at a more dangerous time than when the gates of Hell itself have been unlocked.”
The Sword of Surtur by C L Werner (December)
“The God of War must explore a terrifying realm of eternal fire to reclaim his glory, in this epic fantasy novel of one of Odin’s greatest heroes. Tyr, God of War and elder brother of Thor, embarks on a quest to seal his place at Odin’s side. Spurred on by loyal young Bjorn Wolfbane and the bewitching Lorelai, the trio set out to steal a sliver of Twilight, the sword of the fire giant Surtur, who will one day bring about Ragnarok and destroy Asgard. But the fiery realm of Muspelheim is fraught with volcanic trolls, lava Kraken, and Surtur’s brood of murderous warriors. Tyr must overcome both his own feelings and the motives of his allies, or risk triggering the apocalypse and cursing his name forever.”
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