As the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions ease enough for publishers to start shipping comics again, Marvel Comics has announced their breakout books, AERO and SWORD MASTER, will be returning to digital and print starting this August. Eager to capitalize on the skyrocketing popularity of Manga, these two books represent a strong entry from Marvel in the Western Manga sub-genre and could bode well for Marvel’s expansion into previously untapped markets.
Aero first appeared on the scene as a government agent from Shanghai who developed Aerokinesis (wind manipulation powers) to combat demons. Sword Master follows the exploits of a young man wielding a magical sword left to him by his father. In both instances, the story narrative and art have heavy Manga/Anime influences.
The first book to return is AERO on August 26th. You can read all about it in the official Marvel press release below.
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New York, NY— July 7, 2020 — The action-packed stories of Aero and Sword Master, Marvel’s breakout heroes, will continue in the coming months with AERO #10-12 and SWORD MASTER #10-12. These previously announced issues will be available both in print and digitally so readers everywhere can see the startling climax of these beloved new heroes’ first solo adventures. Don’t miss the exciting return of AERO and SWORD MASTER and be on the lookout for more news about these beloved new heroes as they take their place in the greater Marvel Universe!
“From the day they debuted, Aero and Sword Master instantly resonated with readers and have seen their popularity grow as their adventures have brought them deeper into the Marvel mythos,” Editor in Chief C.B. Cebulski said. “I’m thrilled that their comics will be coming back and setting up the next chapter of the wind walker and blade bearer’s heroic journeys.”
Brought to you by an all- star lineup of local creators, writers Zhou Liefen and Shuizhu with artists Keng and Gunji, AERO and SWORD MASTER blend treasured elements of Chinese culture with the beloved storytelling Marvel is known for. These hit series have garnered millions of readers, making the wind manipulating Aero and the mystical sword-wielding Sword Master two of Marvel’s most promising heroes. See below for new on-sale dates for future issues of their debut series and keep your eye out for big news about upcoming Aero and Sword Master adventures!
Wednesday, August 26:
- AERO #10 FEB201008
Wednesday, September 2:
- SWORD MASTER #10 FEB201009
Wednesday, September 16:
- AERO #11 MAR201054
Wednesday, October 7:
- SWORD MASTER #11 MAR201055
Wednesday, October 21:
- AERO #12 APR201036
- SWORD MASTER #12
To learn more about Marvel’s comic book release schedule, visit Marvel.com, and be sure to ask your local comic book shop about their current business policies to observe social distancing or other services they may offer, including holding or creating pull lists, curbside pick-ups, special deliveries and other options to accommodate. Find and support your local comic book shop at comicshoplocator.com or by visiting marvel.com/lovecomicshops.