When Marvel Comics Were Publishing a Scarlet Witch Event, Darkhold

Marvel Comics originally for their mini-Darkhold event to begin in June, with Darkhold Alpha #1 by Steve Orlando and Clan Tormey. The solicitation read:

When Marvel Comics Were Publishing a Scarlet Witch Event, Darkhold,
When Marvel Comics Were Publishing a Scarlet Witch Event, Darkhold,

ENTER THE PAGES OF THE DARKHOLD… IF YOU DARE! Critically acclaimed writer Steve Orlando (Martian Manhunter, Batman, Wonder Woman) makes his Marvel debut with a story that will delight and terrify! For hundreds of years, scholars and heroes alike have searched for the complete text of the Darkhold — A.K.A. the Book of the Damned, written by the elder god Chthon. Now one of the greatest sorcerers in the Multiverse has found it — and Chthon has found him. To save them all, the Scarlet Witch must gather the world's greatest heroes…and unleash their inner darkness. Witness the Marvel Universe's descent into chaos! 40 PGS./ONE-SHOT/Rated T+ …$4.99

Well, then someone read the actual Darkhold in real life, or at least it feels that way, as the world basically fell over. And it hasn't been rescheduled or resolicited since. But bookstores have just had a look at what would have been the eventual collection, scheduled to be published on 22nd December, 232 pages long, lined up alongside the release of the WandaVision TV show. This was, at least the plan – with Wanda now on the cover.

When Marvel Comics Were Publishing a Scarlet Witch Event, Darkhold,
When Marvel Comics Were Publishing a Scarlet Witch Event, Darkhold,

DARKHOLD sees Doctor Doom unearth the ancient Darkhold, a text written by the elder god Chthon, and unintentionally opening a passageway for Chthon to return to our dimension. To stop him, the Scarlet Witch recruits five heroes-Iron Man, Wasp (Janet), Black Bolt, Spider-Man (Peter), and Blade. To enter Chthon's dimension and fight him, the heroes must read from the Darkhold, which drives them insane. COLLECTING: DARKHOLD ALPHA (2020) 1, THE DARKHOLD: TBD A (2020) 1-E (2020) 1, THE DARKHOLD OMEGA (2020) 1

So we know who the cast would have been, it looks as if we would originally have had five issues in July, each featuring a different character, Iron Man, Wasp, Black Bolt, Spider-Man, and Blade with a final issue to close. And now? Who knows?

 

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