In anticipation of the first trailer for Marvel Studios Captain America: The First Avenger, which will air this Sunday during Super Bowl XLV, Marvel Comics is releasing an eight-part comic book prequel series.

The first issue of this movie tie-in, titled Captain America: First Vengeance, will be free of charge this Sunday only at captainamerica.com. A formal release will follow on Monday, with all issues available through Marvel's iPad app store.

The eight-issue storyline will set up the events seen in this summer's blockbuster adventure. Each of the eight issues will focus on one main character seen in the film, and will tell their story leading up to the opening moments of Captain America: The First Avenger.

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The subject of the first issue will be Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), with later issues focusing on The Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) and James "Bucky" Barnes (Sebastian Stan).

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