Marvel Comics publishing is capitalizing on Marvel Studios films in a big way, with the release of a Captain America: The First Avenger digital comic prequel, titled Captain America: First Vengeance. The series was originally announced in an article on USA Today.
The first issue will debut for free on captainamerica.com — which currently redirects to the homepage of Viacom, the owner of First Avenger distributor Paramount — this Sunday, coinciding with the trailer’s debut during Super Bowl XLV. The comic will then be available on the Marvel digital apps starting starting a week from today on Feb. 8, and each subsequent issue will cost 99 cents. Each issue of First Vengeance — eight in total, 11 pages each — will focus on a different character (heroes and villains), showing events leading up to the start of the film.
The series is written by Fred Van Lente and illustrated in alternating issues by Luke Ross and Neil Edwards; the latter artist is also working with Van Lente and co-writer Greg Pak in the recently announced April-debuting series Herc.
Captain America: The First Avenger is in theaters on July 22. Look for more on the series on Newsarama in the coming days. In the meantime, the first cover and two interior pages of issue #1 follow after the jump.