In the spirit of a good ol’ superhero team-up, Marvel Comics and Marvel Animation are joining forces to introduce the next evolution of motion comics. On the Disney XD YouTube Channel, and on their app, they have released two animated comic books featuring original stories and art. Marvel has coined the term “video comics” to usher in its next attempt to merge paper stories with the socially media-minded.
“Black Panther in… The Visitor” has Black Panther (Omari Newton) defending Wakanda from outsiders, both friendly — Everett K. Ross (Brian Drummond) — and nefarious — Ghost (Marc Oliver). The video comic is closer to animation than comic, but the influence of the story-telling through sequential art remains. The story was written by frequent collaborators in the Marvel Animation Universe, Kevin Burke and Chris “Doc” Wyatt. The art was done by “Legendary Star-Lord” artist Javier Garron.
Iron Man and Spider-Man star in “Training Day,” a story that sees Spider-Man (Cole Howard) on the receiving end of Tony Stark’s (Brian Drummond) tough love. The story could be an episode straight from the “Ultimate Spider-man” animated series, also on Disney XD. The tale is separated into three parts, each running less than four minutes. The screenplay was written by Robbie Thompson (“Supernatural”), with the same art team as the Black Panther video comic.
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