Marvel set to return to comic book stores later in May

Marvel Entertainment has confirmed that it will return to comic book stores at the end of this month. Marvel would release some new comics to stores on 27 May, and has set a release schedule for the following weeks through 8 July. Although Diamond Comic Distributors has announced plans to begin shipping new product to stores on 20 May, Marvel product won’t arrive in stores until the following week, with five titles shipping 27 May: new issues of Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers, Marauders, Star Wars: Doctor Aphra and Venom. The following week will see no single issues released, but eight book collections, with the subsequent two weeks again alternating single issues and collected editions. The publisher has announced plans for some of its titles to switch to digital-only starting 13 May via Marvel Digital and comiXology. Seven current titles, as well as one upcoming new launch title, will now go digital-first for serialization – with Marvel planning to compile the digital editions in print collections later. The eight titles going digital-first are the ongoing Ghost-Spider, and the limited series Ant-Man, Avengers of the Wastelands, Ravencroft, Star, Marvel’s Spider-Man: The Black Cat Strikes, Hawkeye: Freefall, and 2020: Ironheart.