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Marvel Comics taps Daniel Warren Johnson for 'Beta Ray Bill' series in 2021
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Marvel Comics taps Daniel Warren Johnson for ‘Beta Ray Bill’ series in 2021

Spinning out of ‘King in Black’ Daniel Warren Johnson is kicking off ‘Beta Ray Bill’ miniseries.

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Marvel Comics has announced a new Beta Ray Bill miniseries on the way and it will be written and drawn by Daniel Warren Johnson. Fans of Johnson will note he just came off one of the best series of 2020–according to AIPT–with Wonder Woman Dead Earth. The five-part miniseries will spin out of King in Black.

“Beta Ray Bill is literally my favorite Marvel character, so it’s a dream come true, and there are images in this book I’ve been wanting to illustrate for years. It’s even more exciting that I get to write this series in the context of the current Thor universe,” Johnson said in a press release sent to AIPT. “There’s a lot to unpack with Beta Ray and I can’t wait to share my story with you all.”

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So what’s it about?

Beta Ray Bill is tired of playing second fiddle to Thor – and with Beta Ray’s famous hammer, Stormbreaker, recently destroyed at the new All-Father’s hands, tensions are higher than ever. The mighty Korbinite must strike out in search of a new weapon…and a new destiny. Assuming he can first defeat a Knullified Fin Fang Foom! Joined by colorist Mike Spicer, Daniel Warren Johnson will take Beta Ray Bill on a journey beyond the shadow of a god!

King in Black writer Donny Cates couldn’t be more excited. “Dan is brilliant. Pure and simple. He’s just built differently. He’s not the same species as the rest of us mere mortals. And if you went back in time and told me that Dan and I were both now playing in the world of Thor like this, the only thing that would surprise me is that they let me in to play as well. This Beta Ray Bill book that Dan has built is special.  And beautiful and heartfelt and chainsaw-razorblade-guitar-riff-to-your-bones metal. It is, in fact, what I always knew Dan would be doing. I couldn’t be more proud, and more excited, for him to unleash this book on you. You aren’t ready.”

Get a look at Johnson’s incredible cover below.

Daniel Warren Johnson for 'Beta Ray Bill' series in 2021

The first issue is oversized and is set to debut in March 2021.

Feast your eyes on Ryan Stegman’s variant cover for the upcoming title below.

Ryan Stegman Variant cover Beta Ray Bill #1

For more on Beta Ray Bill read the official Marvel press release below.

New York, NY— December 16, 2020 — Beta Ray Bill recently made a thunderous appearance in the pages of Donny Cates and Nic Klein’s epic run on Thor. Now, the former Mjolnir wielder will get a brand-new limited series written and drawn by superstar creator Daniel Warren Johnson (Wonder-Woman: Dead Earth, Murder Falcon, Extremity)! BETA RAY BILL will begin a new saga for the worthy alien hero, spinning directly out of the events of Thor and King in Black.

“I have known Dan for almost a decade now,” Cates said. “We both got our start together a long time ago on a crazy little book called Ghost Fleet, and I knew all those years ago that I was absolutely “marrying up” in regards to an artistic partner on a book. Dan is brilliant. Pure and simple. He’s just built differently. He’s not the same species as the rest of us mere mortals. And if you went back in time and told me that Dan and I were both now playing in the world of Thor like this, the only thing that would surprise me is that they let me in to play as well. This Beta Ray Bill book that Dan has built is special.  And beautiful and heartfelt and chainsaw-razorblade-guitar-riff-to-your-bones metal. It is, in fact, what I always knew Dan would be doing. I couldn’t be more proud, and more excited, for him to unleash this book on you. You aren’t ready.”

Beta Ray Bill is tired of playing second fiddle to Thor – and with Beta Ray’s famous hammer, Stormbreaker, recently destroyed at the new All-Father’s hands, tensions are higher than ever. The mighty Korbinite must strike out in search of a new weapon…and a new destiny. Assuming he can first defeat a Knullified Fin Fang Foom! Joined by colorist Mike Spicer, Daniel Warren Johnson will take Beta Ray Bill on a journey beyond the shadow of a god!

“Beta Ray Bill is literally my favorite Marvel character, so it’s a dream come true, and there are images in this book I’ve been wanting to illustrate for years. It’s even more exciting that I get to write this series in the context of the current Thor universe,” Johnson said. “There’s a lot to unpack with Beta Ray and I can’t wait to share my story with you all.”

The special oversized debut issue also contains an exclusive conversation between Johnson and Beta Ray Bill’s creator, the legendary Walter Simonson! Don’t miss this exciting new era for one of comic book’s most beloved warriors when BETA RAY BILL #1 hits stands this March! For more information, visit Marvel.com.

BETA RAY BILL #1 (OF 5)

Written by DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON

Art and Cover by DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON

Colors by MIKE SPICER

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