|Created by||Doug Moench|
Weirdworld was a fantasy series created by Doug Moench and Mike Ploog for American company Marvel Comics, set in a dimension of magic. A comic book series titled Weirdworld debuted in 2015 as a tie-in to the Secret Wars storyline, followed by a six-issue series as a part of the All-New, All-Different Marvel branding.
1970s and 1980s appearances
"Weirdworld" debuted in the first issue of the black-and-white magazine Marvel Super Action. It then was featured in the color comic book Marvel Premiere #38 (Oct. 1977). In late 1977 or early 1978, co-creator Ploog left Marvel in a contract dispute while in the midst of drawing a 60-page "Weirdworld" story, written by Moench, that the company had planned to publish as one of its Marvel Comics Super Special series of one-shots. Ploog recalled in 1998 that he had "a disagreement with [editor-in-chief] Jim Shooter. I had moved to a farm in Minnesota, and agreed to do a hand-colored 'Weirdworld' story. Marvel backed out of the deal after I had started. I can't remember the details, but it doesn't matter. I think I was ready to move on. Marvel and I were both changing." Rick Marschall, the story's editor, said in 1978 that Ploog had been given four months to complete the art, and when it became evident that the deadline would not be met, arranged to publish the story in two 30-page installments, giving Ploog two more months. Ploog sent Marvel photocopies of the first 31 pages, and was paid for them. During this time, Marvel had given work-for-hire contracts to its freelancers, many of whom, including Ploog, refused to sign, resulting in cessation of work for Marvel. Ploog "took himself off the project", said Marschall, and retained his original artwork. Moench's script was eventually published as a 106-page story illustrated by penciler John Buscema, inker Rudy Nebres, and airbrush colorist Peter Ledger as the three-part "Warriors of the Shadow Realm" in Marvel Super Special #11–13 (Spring–Fall 1979). Additional Weirdworld stories were published in several issues of Epic Illustrated in 1981 and 1982.
The protagonists were the Elves Tyndall and Velanna, both from the floating ring-shaped island of Klarn, and an irascible Dwarf dubbed Mud-Butt because he tended to land on his backside in a quarrel.
As part of the 2015 Secret Wars storyline, a miniseries titled Weirdworld starring Arkon was released in June 2015 which featured other characters like Morgan le Fay of Earth-15238, Skull the Slayer, a variation of Jennifer Kale from Earth-11234 that is the Queen of Weirdworld's Man-Things, and characters from The Saga of Crystar. Weirdworld is featured on the map of the storyline's version of Battleworld as a floating island composed of fragments from many alternate reality magical realms like Polemachus, Crystalium, Klarn, and the original Weirdworld. By the end of the miniseries, Weirdworld manifested on Earth-616 in the Bermuda Triangle.
Weirdworld (vol. 2)
In August 2015, it was announced that Weirdworld would remain part of the Marvel Universe post-Secret Wars and become the setting of a new volume of Weirdworld.
Rebecca "Becca" Rodriguez was an American teenager who was flying from the United States of America to Mexico on board Flight 789. While traveling through the Bermuda Triangle, the Boeing 747 crashed into Weirdworld where its surviving occupants were rescued by Arkon. Rebecca encountered the Ogeode who stated that he caused the plane to crash with the artifact called the Wuxian Seed. Ogeode was then killed by Goleta the Wizardslayer and the Wuxian Seed falling into Rebecca's possession. Alone in Weirdworld, Rebecca agreed to become Goleta's squire and the two set off together, unknowingly being tracked by the Catbeast that had emerged from Ogeode's corpse. While traveling around Weirdworld, Rebecca and Goleta are startled by the Catbeast's sudden appearance and drove off the road. Upon reaching safety, the Catbeast caught up to them and revealed himself to be Ogeode. This forces Becca to step between him and Goleta's ax lest he be killed again before he could send her back to Earth. Ogeode's Catbeast form then explains to get Rebecca back to Earth, they need to travel across the Fang Mountains to retrieve a spare wizard body. Rebecca met Eta the Watcher who urged her not to go to the Fang Mountains or else it would bring a full scale war to all of Weirdworld.
Weirdworld is also the setting for a new series starring Dane Whitman, the Black Knight. Black Knight fled to Weirdworld after using the Ebony Blade to kill Carnivore. Upon arriving on Weirdworld, he killed King Zaltin Tar to establish New Avalon and built an army with the help of Shield and Spear. Black Knight has the army built in anticipation of the arrival of the Avengers Unity Division who are seeking to bring him to justice.
Spider-Man and Deadpool hid from Itsy Bitsy in Weirdworld, where they helped the Bogswaggers escape from the Witch Queen le Fay and reclaim their land of Bathsalthia from the Kingslayers, as well as fighting the creature Sl'Ur'Boroth, whose arrival was heralded by the local Moloids.
After Sam Alexander and Nadia van Dyne were abducted by the Man-Thing of Earth-11234, the rest of the Champions followed them to Weirdworld. Upon arrival, they were scattered through Weirdworld with false memories and identities. For instance, Amadeus Cho became an orc known as Brawnhammer, Ironheart became Lady Ironheart, Ms. Marvel became Mystic Marvel, Miles Morales became a rouge named Shadow-Spider, and Snowguard became Snowgore. Only Riri Williams remembered the truth, accompanying Miles Morales. The Master of the World pursued them there, and after finding and adopting the amnesiac Nadia and Sam conquered much of Weirdworld with his technology. Riri led an underground resistance movement with Snowguard and Ms. Marvel, and over threw the Master. In the process, the Champions regained their true identities, and left with the Master.
Roxxon was revealed to have made a portal to Weirdworld in order to harness its limitless energy, only for Weirdworld's different monsters to travel to Earth wanting to kill every human. This includes the shapeshifting Skrullduggers when they emerge from the portal following an explosion at Roxxon. Weapon H, the Brood-infected human Blake, and Roxxon's Man-Thing fight the Skrullduggers as Captain America arrives to join the fight. When Weapon H, Blake, Man-Thing, Titania, Korg, and a disguised Black Widow travel to Weirdworld on Dario Agger's behalf, he finds that Roxxon had managed to capture Morgan le Fay in order to harness her power source. Thanks to a spell, Morgan le Fay takes control of Weapon H and reclaims control over the Skrullduggers with her magic as she is the only one who can control the Skrullduggers. It was revealed that Morgan le Fay is considered to be a queen to a displaced alien race called the Inaku. The group was able to escape through the portal back to Roxxon.
- Weirdworld collects Marvel Premiere #38, Marvel Super Action #1, Marvel Fanfare #24-26, Marvel Super Special #11-13, and Epic Illustrated #9, 11-13, 312 pages, April 2015, ISBN 978-0785162889
- Weirdworld Vol. 0: Warzones! collects Weirdworld (vol. 1) #1–5, December 29, 2015, ISBN 978-0785198918
- Weirdworld Vol. 1: Where Lost Things Go collects Weirdworld (vol. 2) #1–6, August 9, 2016, ISBN 978-1302900434
In other media
Weirdworld appears in its self-titled Avengers Assemble episode. Black Widow and Captain Marvel find Bruce Banner pursuing Hulk here after they were separated by Beyonder. The two of them stumble upon a plot by Morgan le Fay to trick Bruce Banner into capturing Hulk so that she can harness his powers and take over Battleworld. After Bruce Banner and Hulk reunited in the same body, Hulk helps Black Widow and Captain Marvel fight off Morgan le Fay and her horsemen before returning to Avengers Tower.
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In the tradition of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, the prolific writer Doug Moench and artist Mike Ploog created 'Weirdworld'.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
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- "Weirdworld". Avengers Assemble. Season 4. Episode 21. March 4, 2018. Disney XD.