Marvel Comics' Darkhold event is finally coming back off the proverbial shelf and into comic stores this September.
Originally announced to debut in the summer of 2020 in advance of Disney Plus' WandaVision, Steve Orlando and Cian Tormey's Darkhold Alpha #1 has now been re-scheduled to debut September 22.
"In a story that will delight and terrify, the infamous Darkhold text has resurfaced, and the Scarlet Witch is the only hero who can prevent the dreadful havoc it's set to unleash," reads Marvel's description of Darkhold Alpha #1.
That's right, the same Darkhold which appeared in WandaVision - and ended up in Wanda's hands by the end of the show.
In comic books, this book of black magic hasn't made it into Wanda's hands (yet) but rather into the possession of Doctor Doom. In an attempt to stave off this disaster waiting to happen, the Scarlet Witch will recruit an unlikely group of heroes - Iron Man, Wasp (Janet Van Dyne), Black Bolt, Blade, and Spider-Man - to stop him. But there's a hitch - Doctor Doom is working with the Darkhold's original author, Chthon, who exists in a dimension all his own.
"But in order to enter Chthon's dimension and fight him, the heroes must read from the legendary Darkhold, which drives them utterly insane," Marvel's description continues. "Together, they'll have to confront their inner darkness to overcome one of the most powerful mystical threats the Marvel Universe has ever faced."
Marvel's original 2020 plans for Darkhold was for Darkhold Alpha #1 to be followed by five character-specific one-shots with each of Wanda's recruited heroes (Iron Man, Wasp, Black Bolt, Spider-Man, and Blade), then wrapping up with Darkhold Omega #1. In Marvel's rescheduling announcement, it says Darkhold will be told "across a series of one-shots, each focusing on a different hero", so it seems the same plan is in place.
"At last, we're ready to open the Darkhold together," Orlando says in the announcement of a new release date. "Scarlet Witch and Doctor Doom are two of Marvel's most intimidating icons! And I am so excited for you all to get on board with this journey that pushes Wanda to the limit, as five of Marvel's biggest heroes must overcome the nightmares held by the Darkhold's pages, to stand with Wanda against one of her oldest enemies."
Somewhat conveniently, this Darkhold event series will run concurrent to the just-announced The Death of Doctor Strange limited series. There's been no public notice that the two books are connected, but if The Death of Doctor Strange lives up to its title then the Marvel Universe will have an opening for a new Sorcerer Supreme, and Wanda might be just the right person for the job.
Original story follows...
After the dark magic spellbook Darkhold appeared in Disney Plus' WandaVision (spoilers, especially for that last WandaVision episode), an obvious question is… hey, what happened to Marvel Comics' planned Darkhold event starring the Scarlet Witch?
Originally announced to begin last summer, Darkhold would've been an ideal comic for fans of WandaVision to turn to between each episode - and now as fans are ravenous for more. We'll leave the Monday morning quarterbacking to others; instead, we've looked for answers, and found some that point to Marvel Comics' Darkhold event coming out later this year.