There’s a mother-load to discuss from Marvel’s June releases, lots of Fear Itself tie-ins as well as a number of other releases that look promising.  They’re obviously priming up for their two big movie releases this year but they have lots to offer everyone, there’s tales of crime, adventure, war and even stuff for the kids/kids at heart. 

 My pick is all this great stuff is to counter DC’s mammoth Flashpoint event.  Marvel want to remind you that they have a lot of great stuff to compete for your comic budget.  Check out the full listing detail for Marvel’s June releases here at CBR. 


ALPHA FLIGHT #1 (of 8 ) – Out of the chaos of Fear Itself, Marvel are reuniting the original Alpha Flight!  However, due to issues that will come to pass with Fear Itself, it won’t be surprising if not all the members are there at the end of the mini-series.  Alpha Flight were  pretty popular team back in the day, it’ll be interesting to see whether the fans, new and old, come back for this. 


CAPTAIN AMERICA CORPS #1 (of 5) – A team with two Captain Americas as well as the other ‘Cap’-like heroes.  Veteran writer Roger Stern is writing this mini-series as Marvel continues to pump out the Captain America products to ride the wave they hope the release of the Captain America film will bring.  There are a couple of other Cap releases this month but they are reprints (not that that’s a bad thing if you don’t have the originals) but what makes this noteworthy is Stern’s involvement as he’s capable of spinning a good tale.


HULK-SIZED MINI-HULKS #1 – Like your comics ‘cute’?  If you’ve every enjoyed those funny strips Marvel and DC run from time to time (e.g. Mini Marvels), on their editorial pages, this may be your thing.  This round it’s a humorous look at the adventures of the Hulks-of-many-colours.   Great one for the kids, or the kid in us.  Now, if they’d only do a cross-over with Milk and Cheese….



All-Winners Squad: Band of Heroes #1 (of 8 ) – Hmmm, Band of Brother’s comes to Marvel?  Maybe, but with a spandex twist that looks promising.  Paul Jenkins is no slouch so I’d expect this to be a good WWII yarn.



KA-ZAR #1 (of 5) – Return to the Savage Land.  Ka-Zar has been good go-to book for anyone wanting a bit of the old style and flavour of adventure yet with the ability to link to the wider Marvel Universe from time to time.  So, if you’re looking for some time out from conventional hero fare, have a closer look at this.



GHOST RIDER #0.1 – Marketed as the precursor to the upcoming new Ghost Rider series, this is effectively the start.  Check out the cover, it’s a nice piece of work.  For me, Ghost Rider is one of those character’s who was born out of an era when ‘Easy Riding’ on two wheels really started to catch the public’s imagination (not unlike the Silver Surfer when Surfing became a culture into itself in the 60’s).  Ghost Rider still resonates with that culture of biking though he’s been developed enough to be  an interesting character in his own right (not that I personally think Nicholas Cage did much to help).  I’ll be interested to see what direction they take, they’re promising to shake things up a bit.


MARVEL UNIVERSE VS. WOLVERINE #1 (of 4) – This follows on from Marvel Universe vs The Punisher which came out last year.  Basically, the world is going to hell in a hand basket, a plague has zombie-fied nearly everyone, and guess who’s going to stand up for those left needing protection.  Yes, that’s right little Johnny, Wolverine.   Should be fun.



 MYSTERY MEN #1 & 2 (of 5) – No idea what to discuss as they’re not telling us anything (it’s mysteriously ‘classified’) but my first thought is it will be a hark back to the heroes of yesteryear.  I like the vibe the cover gives so this’ll be worth keeping an eye on as more info is released.



CRIMINAL: The Last of the Innocent #1 – Ed Brubaker has carved out  reputation as an excellent crime writer and to find out why, check out his latest Criminal series.  You want gritty, you want noir, you want down in the dirt nasty?  Brubaker is your go to guy.