Marvel and Disney Come Together Under the “Disney Kingdoms” Banner!

Disney_Kingdoms_Seekers_of_the_Weird_Coverby Aaron Einhorn
I am not one of those fans who was scared by the Disney acquisition of Marvel. Why? Well, because I had already lived through the full integration of Pixar under the Mouse. I never thought that Disney would do any harm to Marvel, and that we would in fact see Marvel able to benefit from the increased marketing dollars from their new owners.

I did, however, figure that there would be some changes with licensed properties, both for the good and for the bad. And there was some bad. I still mourn the death of Spectacular Spider-Man from the airwaves. Similarly, I suspect that the day is not too far off when Universal Orlando will have to rebrand their Marvel Adventure Island as Disney World opens their own Marvel attractions.

(Especially in light of this news.)

What I was not expecting, but am really excited to see, is Marvel comics based on Disney attractions. But not necessarily the ones you would expect.

It turns out that Disney and Marvel are creating a new line “Disney Kingdoms,” which promises “new and exciting adventures expanding upon already beloved lands, attractions, characters and worlds of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.”
This is an interesting idea, and something Disney has certainly played with before, but not quite like this. We’ve seen movies based on Disney attractions already (some successful, and some less so). Similarly, we’ve seen Ridley Parson’s Kingdom Keepers novels, which take us into a world where the Disney attractions come to life at night, and a gang of teenagers are responsible for protecting the magic. (I began reading them with Cordy, and they’re quite enjoyable.)

So, what will the first comic under this imprint be? Will it be based on Expedition: Everest? How about an intergalactic adventure based around Mission: Space?

Well, no. Instead it will be based on an attraction that was never constructed. But what an attraction they picked.
Famed Imagineer Rolly Crump envisioned the Museum of the Weird back in 1965, designed to be a collection of mystical curiosities unearthed from all around the globe. This was conceived as a spooky walk-through attraction to be connected to the Haunted Mansion, but was left unrealized following Walt’s passing.

Using the concepts behind this attraction, Marvel and Disney will be bringing us Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird. Written by Brandon Seifert (Witch Doctor) and illustrated by Karl Moline (Avengers Arena), Seekers of the Weird will focus on teens Maxwell and Melody who find themselves working alongside their strange uncle as they race through the world’s strangest and most dangerous museum following the kidnapping of their parents. An evil secret society opposes them, and the teens will discover their “wild and weird” destiny along the way.

Seekers of the Weird will be a five-issue miniseries, and I hope it does well, because this sounds like it could be a lot of fun. I’ve been disappointed that we never saw more of Marvel’s last experimental line of mini-series in the form of the Crossgen titles, so I’d love to see this one do well.

Fans at this weekend’s New York Comic Con will be able to see a preview of Seekers of the Weird at the Saturday “Cup of Joe” panel. In the meantime, you can read Marvel’s press release. Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird #1 will hit shelves in January of 2014.

MARVEL AND WALT DISNEY IMAGINEERING PRESENT DISNEY KINGDOMS!
All-New Comic Series Starting With “SEEKERS OF THE WEIRD”

Marvel & Disney are proud to present your first look at Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird #1, the first comic series published under the all-new Disney Kingdoms banner! Created in close partnership with designers, producers, and creative directors from Walt Disney Imagineering, the Disney Kingdoms line promises new and exciting adventures expanding upon already beloved lands, attractions, characters, and worlds of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

This January, experience the first all-new adventure inspired by Disney’s legendary – but never constructed – Museum of the Weird! Dreamed up by famous Imagineer Rolly Crump in 1965, the Museum of the Weird was home to a collection of mystical curiosities said to have been unearthed from all corners of the globe. Originally conceived as a spooky walk-through attraction connected to the Haunted Mansion, Crump’s innovative designs were left on the drawing board following the passing of Walt Disney….until now!

“We’re thrilled to be part of this historic launch that taps into the immense creativity of Walt Disney Imagineering to create background stories for so many beloved attractions,” said SVP of Marvel Publishing David Gabriel. “Grounded in rich Disney history, Disney Kingdoms is a great way to link Disney fans and Marvel fans!”

Disney Kingdoms is the ultimate team-up for fans of Disney and Marvel,” said Editor Bill Rosemann. “Working hand-in-hand with the world-famous Walt Disney Imagineers, Marvel’s best and brightest creators will unleash entire worlds inspired by and built around the attractions and characters that you’ve always known—but will experience for the very first time!”

Written by Brandon Seifert (Witch Doctor) and drawn by Karl Moline (Avengers Arena) – when their parents are kidnapped, teens Maxwell and Melody are thrust into a thrilling race through the world’s strangest – and most dangerous museum! Together, they must join forces with their mysterious and swashbuckling uncle as they attempt to rescue their family and save the world from an evil secret society! And they just might discover the truth behind their wild and weird destiny along the way!

What terrifying secrets lie inside the mysterious Museum of the Weird? Find out this January as the harrowing journey begins in Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird #1!

Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird #1 (of 5)
Written by BRANDON SEIFERT
Art by KARL MOLINE
Cover by MIKE DEL MUNDO
Variant Cover by WALT DISNEY IMAGINEER BRIAN CROSBY
On-Sale In Print & Digital This January!

Comments

  1. This could have a great vibe. It fondly reminds me of some 80’s cartoons.