You know the drill; full solicits here.
AGE OF HEROES #4 (of 4)
Written by JONATHAN MABERRY, ELLIOTT KALAN, JOE CASEY & DAN SLOTT
Penciled by GIANLUCA GUGLIOTTA, NATHAN FOX, TY TEMPLETON & MORE!
Cover by JAE LEE
The Heroic Age continues with more titantic tales from across the mighty Marvel U! Follow Shuri, the deadly Black Panther, as she sets the world on fire crossing paths, and claws, with the rest of MU! Find out the truth behind Captain America’s time on ice and the native peoples who stumbled across his frosty tomb! PLUS: Zodiac's back and ready for the Age of Villains to begin...and Steve Rogers: Super-Soldier has an all-new assignment for Initiative cadet Cloud 9!
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99
You know, I bet this will end up being a decent state-of-the-Marvel Universe-in-2010 collection, as it seems like the series has featured characters—many of them rather minor—from all over the Marvel Universe, starring in stories by a lot of interesting creators. This issue sounds like it will have a short follow-up to that weird-looking Joe Casey and Nathan Fox Dark Reign: Zodiac miniseries, for example, and look, there’s some Ty Templeton art, too! I love Ty Templeton art!
AVENGERS & THE INFINITY GAUNTLET #1 (of 4)
Written by BRIAN CLEVINGER
Penciled by BRIAN CHURILLA
Cover by HUMBERTO RAMOS
The evil THANOS has acquired the Infinity Gems, granting him control over the entire universe. He’s destroyed half the population of all worlds. The only force standing in his way? THE AVENGERS! But how can a ragtag group of heroes and villains (!) overpower the unstoppable? Check out the non-stop, pulse-pounding, white-knuckling action brought to you by Brian Clevinger (Atomic Robo) and Brian Churilla (Rex Mundi, The Anchor)!
40 PGS./Rated A ...$2.99
Well here’s an interesting project. A presumably all-ages and new reader-friendly retelling of the Infinity Gauntlet story by the guy who writes Atomic Robo and the guy who draws The Anchor. And it’s oversized, with a $3 price tag? Weird.
DARKSTAR AND THE WINTER GUARD #3 (of 3)
Written by DAVID GALLAHER
Penciled by STEVE ELLIS
Cover by CLAYTON HENRY
Betrayed by one of their own, The Winter Guard now must confront a new threat that could mean the end of Russia as we know it! If you thought last issue's surprise was amazing, just wait until you see what the Presence has in store! The Harvey Award winning team behind “High Moon” brings you the conclusion to the miniseries that will leave you speechless. And, by the time this issue is over, you will believe a bear can fly!
40 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99
I think I expressed some interest in this book when the earlier issues were solicited, but that was before I realized that writer David Gallaher is apparently an extremely unpleasant person. Here he is Twittering something mean toward a prominent comics blogger, and here he is doing it again. What was his beef with her? Well, Gallaher’s ever-volatile girlfriend had one of her semi-regular conflicts with someone else in the comics blogosphere. I’d post links for those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about but a) I don’t really wanna talk about or hear anyone else talk about any more of that psychodrama and b) one of the participants in the conflict recently announced that she was closing her blog and has since made it invite-only, so I can't link to her reactions to the person Gallaher told to go fuck herself.
At any rate, the point here is that if you’re a comics writer, particularly one writing for the Big Two, and a large part of your job is trying to convince comics readers to buy your comics, it may not be a good idea to take to Twitter and tell comics critics, bloggers and fans to fuck off.
I know I’m not going to want to drop a couple dollars on anything that’s going in the direction of someone telling my peers to fuck off because that writer's girlfriend got mad at them for some never-explained reason.
Written by DAVE LAPHAM, PETER BAGGE, ADAM GLASS, HOWARD CHAYKIN, FRED VAN LENTE, ROB WILLIAMS & MORE!
Penciled by JEROME OPENA, PACO MEDINA & PHILP BOND, DAVE LAPHAM, PETER BAGGE, HOWARD CHAYKIN & MORE!
Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
Has it really been 100 issues since Deadpool #900? Who cares! Some of comics’ top creators take aim at the Merc with a Mouth in this massive 104-page special that pits the Deadpool against a cavalcade of baddies – including urban cannibals...underage hit men...mimes from outer space...and Lady Luck herself.
104 PGS./Parental Advisory ...$4.99
There’s a whole lot of talent involved with this book, but I think the solicit can be boiled down thusly to highlight the most fascinating aspect: “DEADPOOL…Written by…PETER BAGGE…Penciled by…PETER BAGGE.”
The cover of Essential Captain America Vol. 1 makes it look like Steve Rogers got caught in a Gamma Bomb explosion and has transformed into a giant, monstrous Captain America, doesn’t it?
I recently started reading Cromartie High School, and I’m afraid that after meeting the original gorilla that is maybe a high school student of some kind there, Ken “Gorilla-Man” Hale is no longer my favorite gorilla in comics.
However I’ll still be reading the three-issue Gorilla-Man miniseries, of which this is the cover of the second issue.
Wow, nice cover Salva Espin!
Written by JEPH LOEB
Pencils & Wraparound Cover by ED MCGUINNESS
Variant Cover by DALE KEOWN
THIS IS IT. THE END OF WORLD WAR HULKS! WHO WILL LIVE?
WHO WILL DIE? CAN THE MARVEL UNIVERSE SURVIVE WITH A GREEN HULK AND A RED HULK? BE HERE FOR THE FINAL CHAPTER IN THE RED HULK SAGA AS THE SUPERSTAR TEAM OF JEPH LOEB AND ED MCGUINNESS REVEAL THE FINAL FATE OF THE RED HULK!
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99
Huh? They’re going to reveal the Red Hulk’s final fate before they reveal his (or her) identity?
INVADERS: THE EVE OF DESTRUCTION TPB
Written by ROGER STERN
Penciled by STEVE EPTING, MIKE MANLEY, BRETT BLEVINS & JASON ARMSTRONG
Cover by CARLOS PACHECO
It's 1945, and World War II is almost over – but Hydra founder Baron Wolfgang von Strucker is already planning the next one with insider information from the future! It's up to the Invaders to re-write Strucker's history books and drive down his Dragon of Death! Then, more than ten years later, Doctor Druid forms the Monster Hunters to face another pivotal enemy, one whose schemes date back centuries! Collecting MARVEL UNIVERSE #1-7.
184 PGS./Rated A ...$19.99
Hey, can anyone recommend or warn against these comics? I would like to read some old Invaders comics at some point…is t his a good place to start?
MARVEL UNIVERSE VS. THE PUNISHER #1 & 2 (of 4)
Written by JONATHAN MABERRY
Pencils & Cover by GORAN PARLOV
The creative team of Jonathan Maberry and Goran Parlov take you on a journey into the darkest territory in this Marvel Knights limited series.
A terrible plague has swept the Earth, turning everyone – human, hero, villain, god and monster — into sadistic cannibal predators. As Spider-Man, the Hulk, the Thing and other infected start a feeding frenzy, the world falls in a wave of insatiable violence. Now, five years later, one man hunts the wasteland that was New York City. One man stands against the hordes of monsters who hunt the night. He is the Punisher, the Last Gun on Earth. And he has an endless supply of ammunition.
32 PGS.(each)/Parental Advisory ...$3.99 (each)
This may be a stupid question, but is there a difference between “sadistic cannibal predators” in a post-apocalyptic Marvel Universe and Marvel “zombies” in a post-apocaplyptic Marvel Universe…?
NAMOR: THE FIRST MUTANT #1
Written by STUART MOORE
Penciled by ARIEL OLIVETTI
Cover by JAE LEE
Spinning out of the pages of X-MEN #1, comes an all-new series starring the world’s first mutant, NAMOR THE SUB-MARINER. When the X-Men are confronted with a deadly vampire threat, Namor takes matters into his own hands on a mission that might bring down the entire might of the vampires on their heads...and in the process, destroy Atlantis! What lurks down below the ocean where the sun can’t reach? What he thought was a fable to scare the children of Atlantis comes to terrifying life in the form of a newly-discovered race of Atlantean Vampires. Namor’s choice, to stand with Atlantis or the X-Men, will define a new chapter in his life...or death.
40 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99
Oh no! I’ve been trying not to start any new series and stick with trade collections moving forward, but I wasn’t counting on a new Namor series about Namor fighting vampires…! What will I do?!
Hmm, well Olivetti’s drawing it, and I kinda hated his work on that Hercules two-parter, so maybe I’ll be able to resist the siren call of Namor beating up vampires after all. I guess I still have a few months to steel myself.
Hmmm…you know, I think I kinda like Daredevil’s new costume. Not crazy about the font on the DD, but the DD was always my least favorite part of his costume
I think this “Shadowland” event/crossover story is sort of interesting simply because usually when Marvel or DC do event/crossovers, they are always somewhat cosmic in scale, due to the fact that they have to involve conflicts and threats that would necessitate the attention of a whole bunch of superheroes. But with Shadowland, it looks like they’re just going to use all of their street-level heroes, plus some Spider-Man and Wolverine types for sales.
So I guess in scale, scope and tone, this is going to end up being more like one of the Bat-crossovers of the ‘90s than the typical Marvel crossover event/story (Even the franchise specific ones, like Fall of the Hulks and Annihilation usually involve a ton of superpowers and a world or worlds in danger, where this looks more city-focused).
It’s kind of surprising that Brian Michael Bendis never wrote an “all the street-level heroes fight” event like this, but I guess he was sort of finishing saying everything he had to say about Daredevil before he got into the business of cranking out a big Marvel crossover every year or two…
SPIDER-GIRL: THE END! #1
Written by TOM DEFALCO
Pencils & Cover by RON FRENZ
THIS IS IT! In a story spanning the history of the MC2 Universe, witness the battle you've been waiting for as Mayday Parker takes on her own clone, April! The fate of the Parker family hangs in the balance -- and so does an entire universe! The last stand of the Amazing Spider-Girl is here!
40 PGS./One-Shot/Rated A ...$3.99
Yeah, but doesn’t Spider-Girl reach the end like every three or four months?
ULTIMATE COMICS MYSTERY #2 (of 4)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Penciled by RAFA SANDOVAL
Cover by J. SCOTT CAMPBELL
Spider-Man and Spider-Woman infiltrate Roxxon, while Captain Marvel and Nova protect the magical artifacts of Project Pegasus. Meanwhile the Fantastic Three take on their first assignment as agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. All this and the countdown to the reveal of the mystery villain of the Ultimate Universe begins! BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (Siege) and RAFA SANDOVAL (Avengers: The Initiative) continue to thrill in this thriller that’s sure to shock!
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99
I didn’t realize they introduced an Ultimate Nova already. I’m way out of the Ultimate Universe loop, I guess. Is that him on the cover there?