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ALL-NEW X-MEN #20
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (W) • BRANDON PETERSON (A/C)
• The fallout of X-MEN: BATTLE OF THE ATOM continues!
• X-23 is back and kissing… WHO IS THE MYSTERY MAN??!
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99
Well it's only funny/weird if it's the time-lost, teenage Scott "Cyclops" Summers.
ALL-NEW X-MEN/INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK/SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN: THE ARMS OF THE OCTOPUS TPB
Written by MICHAEL COSTA & CHRIS COSENTINO
Penciled by KRIS ANKA & DALIBOR TALAJIC
Cover by ALEXANDER LOZANO
The All-New X-Men meet the Indestructible Hulk and the Superior Spider-Man! Dr. Octopus confronts the time-displaced young X-Men, but how is he alive?! Ock’s appearance gets the immediate attention of the Superior Spider-Man (who we all know is Doc Ock’s mind in Spider-Man’s body), and Bruce Banner helps Spidey and the young X-Men investigate the mysterious paradox — but before they learn the truth, they’re shocked by the return of the believed-dead Abomination! Who is in league with these returned villains, and how can our heroes defeat them? And can the Superior Spider-Man maintain his sanity while facing his doppelganger? Plus: Steel kitchen knives meet Adamantium claws as reality-TV star Chris Cosentino spins a culinary caper featuring Wolverine! Collecting ALL-NEW X-MEN SPECIAL #1, SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP SPECIAL #1, INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK SPECIAL #1 and WOLVERINE: IN THE FLESH #1.
120 PGS./Rated T+ …$14.99
That's...that's not really the title, is it...?
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700.1 & #700. 2
DAVID MORRELL (w) • KLAUS JANSON (a)
Covers by PASQUAL FERRY
40 PGS. (EACH)/Rated T …$3.99 (EACH)
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700.3 & #700.4
JOE CASEY, JEN VAN METER & CLAY CHAPMAN (W)
TIM GREEN, EMMA RIOS & JAVIER RODRIGUEZ (a)
Covers by PASQUAL FERRY
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700.5
BRIAN REED & KEVIN GRIEVIOUX (W)
SEAN CHEN & LEE WEEKS (a)
Well this is utterly perplexing. They're publishing 5 #700 issues...? But wait, didn't they just publish a 700th issue a year or so ago, before the Superior Spider-Man hoo-har? So is it six now? And Superior Spider-Man is still being published, with two issues this month...?
I don't get or like this at all, and the decimal points seem like cheating to me.
MATT FRACTION (W)
OLIVIER COIPEL (A/C)
• After INFINITY, the Marvel Universe has changed.
• The Avengers find themselves face to face with Karnak who has discovered the secret of the Inhumans that will shake the Marvel U to its core.
40 PGS./ONE SHOT/Rated T …$3.99
Karnak's the kicking guy, kicking through that cover, right? He's a pretty good example of a character who looks fine when Jack Kirby draws him, but looks a little off when just about anyone else attempts to draw him.
Anyway, after years spent building up the Avengers, and a recent return of attention to the X-Men franchise, is Marvel casting about for other potential franchises among all their super-team IP? Or are the Inhumans merely looked at as the next potential Guardians of the Galaxy?
Ooh, I wonder who will be next? Will it be The Defenders? I hope it's The Defenders. Oh wait, Marvel just tried a Defenders revival, written by Matt Fraction, and even that didn't work, so I suppose a new Defenders title is out of the question. We're probably more likely to see a new Invaders book before we see a new Defenders book...
Avengers Annual #1
KATHRYN IMMONEN (W) • DAVID LAFUENTE (A/C)
• It’s Christmas Eve in Avengers Tower. Everybody’s got somewhere better to be and Cap’s all alone on Tower-sitting duty. Or is he?
• Outside all is calm, all is quiet, but inside it’s an avalanche of mayhem as an intruder turns the Avengers’ own tower against them!
• And introducing Zamira! She’s Meryl Streep with a vengeance! Or maybe just a hormonal teenager...WITH OUT OF CONTROL SUPER POWERS!
40 PGS./ONE SHOT/Rated T+…$4.99
Er, are those superheroes supposed to be pulling the sleigh...? Because while I get the sense of motion and direction, I don't really get a sense of how they're attached to it or how it's working exactly.
I like the idea of Christmas specials in general, and that's a great creative team, but the main reason I would want to check this out is to figure out what exactly a character who is "Meryl Streep with a vengeance...or maybe just a hormonal teenager" means, exactly. Those two things don't sound very much like one another.
AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #22.INH
KELLY SUE DECONNICK & WARREN ELLIS (W)
MATTEO BUFFAGNI (A)
Cover by JORGE MOLINA
• Spider-Woman and the Hulk -- Team Sad! -- are Back in Black… and red. And yellow. And purple and green. A lot of green.
• Speaking of green… Spider-Girl follows in the footsteps of her investigative reporter Dad and follows the money.
• The Toxic Doxie has her very own Inhuman… All that a homicidal maniac could ask for.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
I kind of like the fact that I don't understand any of the words in this after the word "Hulk," but it still sounds pretty exciting. Note the name of DeConnick's co-writer, too. That's...unexpected.
Here's a good example of the weird numbering many of the books apparently having something to do with the Inhumans this month have in place of, you know, numbers. Looks like a measurement of some industrial tool, or something on an invoice, maybe.
CATACLYSM: ULTIMATES #2 (of 3)
JOSH HALE FIALKOV (W) • CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO (A)
Cover by MUKESH SINGH
• HULK ORGANISM DESIGNED ONLY FOR KILLING VS. HERCULES!
• MODOK PREPARES THE WORLD FOR THE END.
• REED RICHARDS’ city is the key to GALACTUS’S FINAL SOLUTION.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
Hey, I didn't know there was an Ultimate Hercules...!
MATT FRACTION & LEE ALLRED (W) • MICHAEL ALLRED (A/C)
• Invasion Latveria: the Video Game!
• Four stand-in replacement heroes and a dozen kids versus Dr. Doom, now transformed into the ultimate power in the universe: Doom the Annihilating Conqueror! What a time to run out of quarters!
• Game over, man! Game over!
32 PGS./Rated T …$2.99
F Yeah, FF!
Guardians of the Galaxy #10
Brian Michael Bendis (W) • Kevin Maguire (A/C)
• Angela and Gamora go hunting.
• Special guest artist Kevin Maguire (Justice League, Batman Confidential, X-Men)
32 PGS./Rated T…$3.99
Glad to see Maguire getting such a high-profile gig so soon after the mess with Justice League 3000. Probably more money and cred working with Bendis at Marvel at the moment, anyway. And hey, given how many comics Benids writes, it shouldn't be too hard for Marvel and Bendis to find one to keep Maguire on.
MIGHTY AVENGERS #4.INH
AL EWING (W) • GREG LAND (A/C)
• In the aftermath of Infinity, Luke Cage brings his Mighty Avengers together! And a certain Superior someone is not happy about it!
• Plus: The birth of the new Ronin!
• This solicit sponsored by CORTEX Incorporated. CORTEX. Tomorrow is in our hands.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
I hope they mean the birth of the new Ronin in a metaphorical sense, otherwise it's gonna be years before he or she is ready to put on a costume and start fighting crime with the rest of these guys.
Written by ROGER LANGRIDGE
Penciled by ROGER LANGRIDGE, SHELLI PAROLINE & AMY MEBBERSON
Covers by ROGER LANGRIDGE & PHIL NOTO
It’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights! It’s time to turn the pages of this Omnibus tonight! The Muppets take Marvel in this zany collection of Roger Langridge’s award-winning, gag-filled adventures of Kermit and the gang. From Bunsen and Beaker to Piiiigs In Spaaaace, all your favorites are here in a volume as hilarious as it is compendious — one even Statler and Waldorf wouldn’t hate! It’s time to get things started with the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, muppetational book of all! Collecting THE MUPPET SHOW (2009) #1-4, THE MUPPET SHOW COMIC BOOK: THE TREASURE OF PEG-LEG WILSON #1-4, THE MUPPET SHOW COMIC BOOK #0-11 and THE MUPPETS (2012) #1-4.
1296 PGS./All Ages …$49.99
Trim size: oversized
THE MUPPETS OMNIBUS HC NOTO COVER (DM ONLY)
1296 PGS./All Ages …$49.99
When Disney first bought Marvel, I started worrying about Boom's Langridge-written (and often Langridge-drawn) Muppets comics, and when I learned Boom was losing the license, I bought all these collections from an online retailer while I still could, for fear of how Marvel might package collections.
I'm glad I did. I probably spent more than $50 on them, and this may actually be a great value, but I don't know, $50 just seems like a lot of money to spend on a single book of Muppets comics, no matter how thick that book is.
These are all excellent comics, and while the art is strong on all of 'em, I think Langridge's best comics are the ones he draws as well as writes. The cover above is the Phil Noto one, which I think may be new, but I'm not positive (there were variants on many of these Muppets comics, naturally).
I do wonder why Marvel doesn't seem to be doing anything with their Disney-related licenses, other than reprinting stuff other publishers commissioned and created.
Nick Spencer (W) • Steve Lieber (A)
Cover by In-Hyuk-Lee
• The Sleeper hit of the year continues!
• Can’t do the time? Speed Demon shouldn’t have done the crime.
• Spencer, Lieber, Rosenberg, Caramagna, and a group of Foes on the brink!
32 PGS./Rated T…$2.99
Hey, is this an ongoing or a miniseries? Because a seventh issue seems a little long for a miniseries, which I assumed this was going to be.
That's not a very good cover for this series, compared to some of the ones we've seen so far.
ULTIMATES 3: WHO KILLED THE SCARLET WITCH? TPB (NEW PRINTING)
Written by JEPH LOEB
Penciled by JOE MADUREIRA
Cover by JOE MADUREIRA
When the Scarlet Witch is shot down in broad daylight, everyone is a suspect! What secret is exposed that ruins Iron Man? Who is hiding behind The Black Panther’s mask? Can the murderer be Hawkeye The Marksman? It’s a race against time as The Ultimates — Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Captain America and Thor — face off against Venom, Magneto and Sabretooth! This action-packed murder mystery also features The Hulk, Spider-Man and Wolverine as well as the first appearance of the Black Panther. Written by Emmy and Eisner-winner Jeph Loeb (TV’s HEROES and LOST) with artwork featuring the trimphant return of JOE MADUREIRA (THE UNCANNY X-MEN) with glorious color painting by CHRISTIAN LICHTNER (BATTLE CHASERS).
128 PGS./Parental Advisory …$19.99
Reminder: This is may be the worst comic book of all time.
Anyway, cool cover.