If you thought my post on DC's October solicits was late then you ain't seen nothing yet! Here's the even later post on Marvel's October solicits, which you can find in full here.
Let's get right to it, as it's Thursday night, about a week since these were originally released for public consumption, and everyone interested in comic books who isn't in San Diego right now is probably eyeballs deep in comics news anyway...
MARK WAID (W) • CHRIS SAMNEE (A/C)
THOR BATTLE VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE
• The Man Without Fear--trapped in a nightmare situation!
• Something final is building in Daredevil’s life--and building fast!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99
Thor Battle Variant Cover Also Available? Who would want a Thor battle variant cover when the regular cover has all of Marvel's Universal monster analogues on it?
Ooh, unless the Thor Battle variant cover has Thor battling Daredevil and all those monsters on this cover...?
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (W) • FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA (A/C)
• What will it take for Peter Quill to betray the entire Marvel Universe?
• And if you don’t know Eisner award winning artist Francesco Francavilla yet, you will after this comic!
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99
Oh come on now, do any of you really not know who Francavilla is yet? Shame on you. Shame on you.
JONATHAN HICKMAN (W) • JEROME OPEñA & DUSTIN WEAVER (A)
Cover BY ADAM KUBERT
• The Avengers Universe.
• The Heroes of Earth rally to defeat Thanos.
• The war for Earth begins.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
"Begins"...? In the fifth issue of a six-issue series? Man, that's gonna be a pretty short war. What have they been doing the last four issues, if not fighting...? It has Hickman's name in front of the W, afterall, not Bendis'...
MARVEL FIRSTS: THE 1980S VOL. 1 TPB
Written by HOWARD CHAYKIN, DENNY O’NEIL, BILL MANTLO, TOM DEFALCO, BRUCE JONES, STEVEN GRANT, MARK GRUENWALD, BOB LAYTON, CHRIS CLAREMONT, JO DUFFY, JOHN BYRNE, JIM OWSLEY & LOUISE SIMONSON
Penciled by HOWARD CHAYKIN, STEVE DITKO, JOHN ROMITA JR., GIL KANE, BOB LAYTON, FRANK MILLER, RICK LEONARDI, BOB MCLEOD, BRET BLEVINS, JOHN BYRNE, MARK GRUENWALD, PAUL SMITH, JOHN BUSCEMA, GEORGE FREEMAN & JUNE BRIGMAN
Cover by VARIOUS
Roll up your jacket sleeves, and dust off your Rubik’s Cube as Marvel heads back to the eighties! From Alpha Flight to Zabu, heroes old and new grab the spotlight in their own titles in this first classic collection of the decade’s most dazzling debuts! All your favorites are here — including Dominic Fortune, Captain Universe and the New Mutants — plus Marvel’s first “event” miniseries! Collecting material from HULK (1978) #21, MARVEL SPOTLIGHT (1979) #9, DAZZLER #1, material from KA-ZAR THE SAVAGE #11, MARVEL SUPER HERO CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS #1, HERCULES (1982) #1, WOLVERINE (1982) #1, VISION AND THE SCARLET WITCH (1982) #1, MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVEL #4, SAGA OF CRYSTAR: CRYSTAL WARRIOR #1, ALPHA FLIGHT (1983) #1, HAWKEYE (1983) #1, CLOAK AND DAGGER (1983) #1, FALCON #1, MAGIK (1983) #1, JACK OF HEARTS #1 and POWER PACK (1984) #1.
472 PGS./Rated T+ …$34.99
Collecting all the first issues of a bunch of comics from a certain time period strikes me as a pretty cool idea (Although, hey, some of those numbers aren't 1s!), even though I'm not really interested in this particular book.
DAN SLOTT (W) • GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI (A/C)
VARIANT COVER BY Milo Manara
• From the fallout of NECESSARY EVIL, comes new beginnings and new twists that will be felt in the pages of Spider-Man for years to come! SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #20 is where it all starts! Do NOT miss this one!
• It’s the first ever adventure for the Superior Spider-Man and the Black Cat. Felicia Hardy always cared for the Spider more than the man. But what happens when that man is Otto Octavius?
• Plus: A day Otto has been waiting for is finally here. Is the world ready for “Dr. Peter Parker”... and what he plans to do next?
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99
I didn't think of it until seeing that cover image, but it really makes sense that if Doc Ock was in Spidey's body these days, he would augment it with four-more mechanical limbs. Nice to see he built four of 'em too, instead of three, as Tony Stark built for Spider-Man during the pre-Civil War (antebellum?) period in which Spidey was wearing the maroon and gold "Iron Spidey" suit, with its three spider-legs, giving him seven limbs total.
I know there was a whole story arc during Matt Fraction's Invincible Iron Man run about whether Doctor Otto "Doctor Octopus" Octavius was smarter than Tony "Iron Man" Stark or not, but based on their ability to count the number of limbs on a spider, I'd say Doc Ock's got the bigger brain.
THOR: THE CROWN OF FOOLS
THOR & THE MIGHTY AVENGERS
MARVEL UNIVERSE THOR DIGEST
MARVEL UNIVERSE THOR COMIC READER #2
THOR VS. THANOS TPB
THOR: THE WARRIORS THREE — THE COMPLETE COLLECTION TPB
THOR: SUNLIGHT & SHADOWS TPB
JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY FEATURING SIF VOL. 2: SEEDS OF DESTRUCTION TPB
That's an awful lot of Thor collections being released in October. What, is there some sort of movie or something coming out...?
THUNDERBOLTS #16 & 17
CHARLES SOULE (W)
JEFTE PALO (A)
Cover by JULIAN TOTINO
• The ’Bolts’ “Perfect Plan” is going off the rails in Thanos’ wake!
• One of the Black Order sets her sights on the Red Leader!
32 PGS. (EACH)/Parental Advisory …$2.99 (EACH)
To be honest, I'm a little surprised they haven't retitled this book The Avengerbolts yet (Similarly, that Fearless Defenders isn't Fearless Avenders yet).
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #28
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (W)
DAVID MARQUEZ (A/C)
“SPIDER-MAN NO MORE” CONCLUDES
• The end of the first chapter of the MILES MORALES saga
• Miles discovers one of the big secrets of his origin.
• Guest starring CLOAK AND DAGGER and SPIDER-WOMAN
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
Woah, woah, woah—the twenty-eighth issue of this series is the end of the first chapter?! Not content with being the king of decompression, Bendis is apparently making a bid to become the god of decompression.