Marvel Avengers Kree-Skrull War

The Upper Deck Company, in conjunction with Marvel Entertainment, Inc., is announcing plans to produce and distribute a very unique trading card project called "The Avengers: Kree-Skrull War." Resurrecting a previously published story arc around popular Marvel characters including Thor, Captain America, Iron Man and Vision, the 190-card set will boast one original main story and four original side stories that will share with Marvel fans untold tales from the Kree-Skrull War.

In the early '70s, the Marvel Universe released a story arc of nine original comics called "The Avengers" (issues 89 through 97) that followed The Avengers in their daily struggles to safeguard the world against any threat beyond the power that conventional peacekeeping forces could handle. Now Upper Deck is reintroducing some of those characters with an all-new story line complete with original artwork that will be delivered via trading cards. The main story, entitled "Sacrifice" and featuring Thor, Iron Man, Captain America and Vision, will consist of 20 pages that will take Marvel fans and collectors on a unique journey authored by renowned comic book writer Sean McKeever. Story pages turn front to back just like a standard comic book and will consist of nine cards per page. In addition to the riveting main story, four side stories will be launched simultaneously within the same set. Eager fans can read an eight-page story titled "The Debt," following Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch; an intense six-page story called "The Fall," following Nick Fury; and two four-page stories titled "Power" and "Soldiers' Honor" featuring Super-Skrull and Captain America, respectively.

"This is truly a unique comic book story from Upper Deck," said Bubby Johanson, Upper Deck's product manager for Marvel. "Never before has a trading card company produced a unique Marvel comic book story line that is delivered via trading cards. Collectors can seek out the entire set and literally put together the comic book pages, including the cover, to capture a very cool collectible."

According to Johanson, as much as 95% of the cards will be self-contained, which means that the text and art shown on the particular cards could stand alone. But the remaining balance of the cards will be pieces to the overall puzzle which collectors will need to put together in order to complete the full story line.

The product will be packaged in boxes of 24 packs apiece, with nine cards falling in every pack. The nine-card packs, on average, will be comprised of four main story cards, two-to-three character cards, one-to-two side story cards and one cover card. Collectors will receive the entire main story inside a single box, on average, "with approximately one-third of the side story cards falling in every box," according to Johanson.

Not to be outdone by the original stories alone, additional insert cards will be sprinkled into the mix consisting of the cover art: the main cover; a black-and-white variant; and a special art variant version will all be collectible within the set. "The Avengers: Kree-Skrull War" set is slated to hit hobby store shelves in July. Stay tuned for additional information during the coming months.

CONTENT HIGHLIGHTS: (All content listed is an average based on the entire production run)
  • Put together an entirely new comic book complete with original artwork chronicling untold tales of the Kree-Skrull War from Marvel's popular Avengers comic books!
    • Story pages turn front to back just like a standard comic book and are made up of 9 cards per page!
    • Will be the only way for Marvel fans to read new stories from the Kree-Skrull War, which took place between Avengers #89-#97.
    • Stories written by Sean McKeever (Captain America/Sentinel)
    • Original Art by artists including Manuel Garcia (Iron Man Noir) and Bob McLeod (Amazing Spider-Man)
    • Cover art by Harvey Tolibao (Heroes for Hire)
    • Variant cover art by Paul Renaud (Hawkeye and Mockingbird)
  • Collect all 190 cards that form the comic book featuring 5 action-packed stories!
    • 20-Page Main Story
      • Titled "Sacrifice"
      • Features Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, and Vision in a great space epic where our heroes battle the entire Skrull Armada without a ship of their own all while racing against a deadly ticking clock!
      • Begins right after Avengers #96, page 14
    • 8-page Side Story
      • Titled "The Debt"
      • Features Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch battling a squadron of Skrull Soldiers in an attempt to escape from their captors on the Skrull Homeworld!
      • Takes place between Avengers #96, page 12 and Avengers #97, page 5
    • 6-page Side Story
      • Titled "The Fall"
      • Follows Nick Fury as he infiltrates an underground bunker loaded with traps in an attempt to rescue a kidnapped U.S. Senator that has been replaced by a Skrull!
      • From Avengers #96, page 2
    • 4-page Side Story
      • Titled "Power"
      • The renowned warrior known as Super-Skrull makes a desperate attempt at dethroning the Skrull Emperor permanently!
      • Takes place after Avengers #94, page 16.
    • 4-page Side Story
      • Titled "Soldiers' Honor"
      • An uplifting and action-packed story taking place during the main story ("Sacrifice") featuring Captain America who happens upon a group of Skrull soldiers trying to save some of their brothers-in-arms from imminent death. Will Captain America put himself in the face of danger to lend a hand?
  • Every box will, on average, deliver the entire 20-page main story and at least 1/3 of the side stories!
    • Each 9-card pack will include 4 main story cards, 2-3 character cards, 1-2 side story card, and 1 cover card
  • Collect the Cover Art!
    • Including short printed black and white and variant art cover versions!
  • Rare sketch cards and 1-of-1 printing plates will provide great added chase elements for collectors!
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