Acts of Evil: Your Guide To Marvel's Villain Swapping Annuals

Acts of Evil: Your Guide To Marvel’s Villain Swapping Annuals

The Marvel Universe is full of fascinating and exciting villains. Most villains are associated with a hero, such as Kang the Conqueror with the Avengers or Nightmare with Doctor Strange. While it’s great to see heroes defeating their archnemesis, sometimes you want to see heroes taking on villains that they haven’t encountered before.

Marvel has decided to mix things up with specially branded stories known as Acts of Evil. Between July and September Marvel will be publishing a range of annuals starring heroes of all kinds taking on villains that they have never taken on before.

The Acts of Evil annuals offer up unexpected match-ups which will throw our heroes into wild situations that they haven’t encountered before.

Read on to find out more about Acts of Evil, including all the comics involved, how to read them, and more.

Acts of Vengeance promotional image.
Acts of Vengeance promotional image.

This sounds a lot like Acts of Vengeance…

For those unfamiliar, Acts of Vengeance was a comic book event from all the way back in the Winter of 1989/1990. In it, Loki convinces Marvel’s super-villains to attack the heroes but with a twist. Instead of going after the same heroes they usually fight, they target heroes that they’ve never gone against to throw them off guard.

It also mixed things up for the reader too and there are some great match-ups, including:

  • Spider-Man vs Magneto
  • Thor vs The Juggernaut
  • Daredevil vs Ultron
  • The Punisher Vs Doctor Doom
  • And dozens of others.

With 2019 being the 30th anniversary of Acts of Vengeance, Marvel has decided to revisit the concept.

Ms Marvel Annual #1 cover by Stefano Caselli. Ms Marvel vs Super-Skrull  - Acts of Evil.
Ms Marvel Annual #1 cover by Stefano Caselli.

Is there a reading order to these comics?

Unlike the Acts of Vengeance, which had connective tissue and a larger story with each issue, Acts of Evil is far more self-contained. There doesn’t appear to be an overall story with these issues but they thematically tie together by sharing a premise.

Because of all of this, you are free to read as many of these issues as you like and in whatever order you wish.

Deadpool Annual #1 cover by Aaron Kuder. Deadpool vs Nightmare - Acts of Evil.
Deadpool Annual #1 cover by Aaron Kuder.

Which comics are part of Acts of Evil?

The below are all of the comics which are part of the Acts of Evil banner. As you’ll see, all of the comics are annuals so there is no worry about having to jump into an existing comic book series to check these out.

Ms. Marvel Annual #1
Written by Magdalene Visaggio. Art by Jon Lam.
Available July 3rd.
Villain involved: Super-Skrull

Punisher Annual #1
Written by Karla Pacheco. Art by Adam Gorham.
Available July 17th.
Villain involved: Brood Queen

Venom Annual #1
Written by Ryan Cady. Art by Simone Di Meo.
Available July 31st.
Villain involved: Lady Hellbender

Deadpool Annual #1
Written by Dana Schwartz. Art by Reilly Brown.
Available August 14th.
Villain involved: Nightmare

She-Hulk Annual #1
Written by Alexandra Petri. Art by Andy MacDonald.
Available August 28th.
Villain involved: Bullseye

Ghost Spider Annual #1
Written by Vita Ayala. Art by Pere Perez.
Available September.
Villain involved: Arcade

Moon Knight Annual #1
Written by Cullen Bunn. Art by Ibrahim Moustafa.
Available September.
Villain involved: Kang

Wolverine Annual #1
Written by Jody Houser. Art by TBC.
Available September.
Villain involved: Morgan Le Fay

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