In the two years since its debut, Peach Momoko’s alternate take on the Marvel Universe has exploded in popularity. The second phase of the story debuted recently in Demon Wars: The Iron Samurai and the second chapter, Demon Wars: Shield of Justice, is scheduled for November 16th.
Now we know the focus of the third chapter, set to debut on February 1, 2023, titled Demon Wars: Down in Flames. Momoko returns to write and draw the one-shot with scripter Zack Davisson. As the wars for this Yokai filled world continue, two powerful forces clash- the Phoenix and Magik!
The spirit world is divided. Its inhabitants, strange creatures called yokai, have chosen sides, and the two factions are on the brink of all-out war. A bird-like yokai who wields some serious firepower faces off against a club-wielding demon. Mariko Yashida finds herself right in the middle of it. No matter which side she chooses, there will be consequences not only for the spirit world, but for the human world too.
“I always write the story as I think of Marvel characters to fit the Yokai role. And for this issue I wanted to introduce Hi No Tori (Fire Bird) because it represents life and destruction (one of the themes of Demon Wars) and felt Jean Grey (Phoenix) was the perfect fit for the role,” Momoko explained. “Magik also had the perfect characteristics of a particular punkish oni so that is why I chose Magik to be in my Momoko-verse as well. I really enjoyed illustrating Phoenix and Magik’s relationship and using mainly fire for them to communicate. I actually wasn’t familiar with the Phoenix Force stories so it was interesting finding out more as I researched.”
Watch for more about Demon Wars: Down in Flames here, and pick up the oversized issue on February 1, 2023!