Marvel, short in sweet for August, but don’t think nothing’s going on.  Infinity is the buzz for Marvel from August onwards.  Thanos is back and that means only bad news for the Marvel universe.  Aside from this Avenger$ themed event, I’d take a look at some quieter Marvel successes.  Deadpool continues to be a critical winner telling some very bizarre but entertaining stories, not quite of the normal Marvel mould.  Also, Mark Waid has been having a very popular run over the last couple of years on Daredevil, and his run on Indestructible Hulk appears to be worth catching hold of too.  Check out all the Marvel releases for August here at CBR.

 

INFINITY #1 (of 6) – This is it, the start of Marvel’s 2013 event, staring none other than… of course, Thanos!  Since he’ll be no doubt a major player in Avengers 2 (having made his cameo in the first movie) it makes sense they’ll be pushing his back to the forefront of the current Marvel story lines.  This storyline actually kicked off in the recent Marvel Free Comic Book Day effort, and doesn’t actually seem to bad at all.

 

 

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #6 – The second issue with Neil Gaiman co-writing it as his creation from waaaaaay back in Spawn #9 fights Gamora (nope, i’ve no idea who that is) which has me interested.  Well played Marvel.  There’s still time to re-order issue #5 too for July if you want to catch Gaiman’s first co-credited Guardian’s début.

Lots more new (NOW!) titles are coming this January. Marvel really isn’t holding back on refreshing almost everything on their roster and bringing back some old favourites (Morbius!)  There is some real promise with these January releases.  If nothing else, make sure you pick up the crazy Deadpool mini-series, purely for its irreverence! J

Check out the full listings here at CBR and drop your orders back to me.

 

UNCANNY X-FORCE #1 – The team that’s going to do the dirty work the X-Men don’t want to (or can’t!).  This team will feature Psylocke and Storm plus some newer faces with Spiral, Cluster and Puck.  This is not your daddy’s X-Force but he may just want it to be as their first encounter is supposedly Bishop.

 

 

 

NEW AVENGERS #1 – Roll call! Black Panther, Mr Fantastic, Iron Man, Black Bolt, Doctor Strange, Namor, eh… Beast…. hmmm not the Avengers we’re used to.  Guess that’s what the ‘New’ bit is about.  This team is however rather powerful so what’s Marvel thinking their roll will be?  Apparently battling alternative reality threats is beyond them …Avengers!….  Assembl…. what? no, not you lot, the other ones… no Thor you can’t come out this isn’t your team…… right, where were we…..Assemble!

 

 

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #1 – The title replacing Amazing Spider-Man.  To be honest, not sure I like it but let’s give it a try.  It’s still Dan Slott at the writing desk so it should be good.  Depending on your point of view, you may enjoy this as they’ll be able to disentangle Spidey from any storylines that have gone before that didn’t mess, perhaps even the whole One More Day hangovers (small as they may now be).    Smarter, Stronger, Superior (there ya go!), this is the Now! version of Spider-Man so grab a line and swing along for the ride.

 

 

SAVAGE WOLVERINE #1 – Savage Wolverine in the Savage Land.  You can’t have a new lick of paint and not invite a new Wolverine title to the party.  What makes this attractive is that Frank Cho (Liberty Meadows) is writing and drawing this so it may well have some sensibilities you haven’t seen in a Wolverine title before.  Oh, and it will probably have the odd dinosaur or two along the way which wouldn’t hurt.

 

 

YOUNG AVENGERS #1 – Dear lord, another Avengers…. but with a twist.  It’s a new gen Avengers and it’s written by Kieron Gillen who’s no slouch.  I remember in the 90’s, DC had a minor hit with Young Heroes in Love which has become a cult favourite.  Setting up situations with a bunch of super-powered young’ns grappling with youth as well as cosmic menaces can be a winning combo.  Could be a sleeper hit out of the Now! titles.

 

 

 THE LIVING VAMPIRE #1 – Late to the Vampire party the world has been enjoying the past decade, Morbius is back.  He was last seen in Amazing Spider-Man #699.1 so there must be some connection between the old Marvel and Marvel Now! me thinks.  This should be your ticket to the darker side of Marvel with a slice of tragedy to boot.

 

 

 

DEADPOOL: KILLUSTRATED #1 (OF 4) Yes, that’s Deadpool riding Moby Dick on the cover!  If there’s one Marvel title to by this year (that’s guaranteed to damn your soul), this is it.  I’ll let the blurb do the selling:

• Deadpool has already killed every hero in the Marvel Universe.
• He isn’t through.
• This time…Deadpool’s gonna take most famous characters in classic literature!
• YOU NEVER KNEW HOW BADLY YOU NEEDED THIS SERIES!

 

All these are available to order now and will be in the November Previews.

More Marvel Now! releases for the end of the year.  Marvel really are setting their relaunch up well and you can tell there is genuine excitement building around the titles they’re kicking off with in November and December.  Make sure you check out the full listings, especially the titles hitting their 2 and 3rd issues as Marvel Now! looks to be one of Marvel’s best moves in a while and there is still plenty of time to get your orders in for the November #1 issues.  In addition to those titles highlighted below, check out Deadpool, Ultimate Comics Ultimates (where Cap has become President!), and a adaption of TV’s Castle by Peter David.  Full December listings over here at CBR.

THUNDERBOLTS #1 – Red Hulk, Venom(!), Elektra, Deadpool, The Punisher – what matter of madness is this!  This is NOT the Thunderbolts of the 90’s.  This is a super team on some wacked out super hero hash.  It stands to reason that unless this the writer is a lifeless stick, these characters, thrown together as a dark version of a super team, should provide ample opportunity for some gritty, if not amusing story telling.  Deadpool?!  Venom?!  Brill.

AVENGERS #1 and 2 – I’d expect this to be the cornerstone of the relaunch, complementing Uncanny Avengers, Avengers will be a showcase titles and obviously Marvel want to build on the success of the movie.  Promising a large ensemble cast, this is where I’d be looking for the big story lines to begin, build and converge for the Marvel Now! universe.   Budget well though as Marvel are going to deliver two issues per month!  I guess if you’re going for it, you may as well with your flagship title.

CABLE AND X-FORCE #1 AND 2 – Cable is the guy Marvel send in when no one else can do the job, or even know the job exists.  He’s being brought back for Marvel Now!  with a new X-Force team.  The first storyline will set up this teams position in the Marvel Now! universe well by having them hunted by the Uncanny Avengers.  Guess not all teams are going to be on the same page.  With the right creative team, this could be one of the sleeper hits of the Marvel Now! titles.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #699 AND 700 (FINAL ISSUES!) So, storyline wise Doc Ock is on his death bed, he has nothing left but a burning desire to do Spidey in, and rally the troops he will for a taste of vengeance before he waves goodbye eight times and sods off.  Morbius the Living Vampire will make an appearance (he’s getting a new series next year).  But the biggest news is Marvel say this is the final issues of this title.  I suspect Spider-Man (and his titles) have a role in Marvel Now! but they couldn’t not let Amazing get to issue #700 first.  So, for you Spidey fans and those of you who love anniversary issues, make sure you get your orders in for this finale.

So the word is that Avengers vs. X-Men has sold out before it’s even on sale.  Guess this really is a big year for Marvel true believers!  Seriously, that is pretty cool that they can generate this much excitement and hopefully get some extra readers into the industry and let them discover how much other great stuff is available.  Some might fairly say these events aren’t the best we have to offer but they undoubtedly are what a lot of people still enjoy so for all these reasons, it’s good to see them happen.  And, for what they are, I really believe Marvel are putting a lot of effort into this one to make it as good as it can be.  As I’ve said before, I think it will have a few more twists and more depth than perhaps we’re expecting.  But, there’s a few other Marvel treats to look at beside this juggernaut event.  Check out the full listings here at CBR.

SPIDER-MEN #1 & 2 (of 5) Tough to say exactly what to expect here but the rumour is this will be the meeting of the regular Marvel Universe’s Amazing Spider-Man and the Ultimate Marvel Universe Spider-Man.  Why?  No idea, but sound’s kinda fun so might be worth swinging over for.

 

 

HULK #53 & 54 – The storyline will pit the Hulk up against the Mayan prophecy that some think spells doom for the world in 2012.  Lucky for us, Hulk is going to smash silly notion and give us a good story at the same time.  I think the cover for this show’s some nice imagination and is one of the better covers period for some time in comics.

 

 

INFERNAL MAN-THING #1 (of 3) – If you don’t know the thing that is the Man-Thing, check out here for a recap.  The most important thing about this Thing story is that it is written by Steve Gerber who has a cult-like following on the 39 issues he guided ol’ Thing through the Florida everglades.

 

 

HIT-GIRL #1 (of 5) – Want something Kick-Ass in your reading pile?  This mini-series sits between Kick-Ass vol. 1 and 2 and deals specifically wit Hit-Girl and the changes to her life after losing her father and taking on Kick-Arse as a side kick.  Mad arse Mark Millar is writing this so you know what to expect!

 

 

All these and more will be available to order from the April Previews out next week.  Excelsior y’all!

Come April, Marvel will prove they’re no fools.  With two big Marvel movies lining up this year (Avengers and the Spider-Man franchise reboot), this should be a stellar year for the ‘house of ideas’.  Not surprisingly, Marvel are heavily targeting Avenger based books and what better way to amp it up than have the Avengers square off against the ‘other’ alpha team of Marvel, the X-Men.

April sees Avengers vs X-Men hit overdrive, lots of tie-ins to lighten you of your $, I mean, help you further enjoy the core 12 part series 🙂  It actually looks like a whole lot of fun, and given the classy creative team, I think there will be some decent story content in amongst the biff, bam and ka-poweys.   So, accept it for what it is, Marvel’s super-hero storytelling muscle ultra-flexing to bring us some unashamable fun! See all the details over here at CBR.

Avx: Vs #1 (Of 6) – Of all the tie ins, this could be the best/worst, depending on your taste.  I read the blurb and this reminds me of a DVD feature.  Essentially, of the shake-downs that will occur between various characters in the main series, this will expand those encounters a bit more, a bit like an extended cut.  Sure, it’s a shameless tie-in, but if you’re really into the story, this will sit nicely with it.

 

Avengers Vs. X-Men #1 and 2 (Of 12) That’s right, two issues per month, which is probably a good thing as a year to tell the story would drag just a bit too long (as well as it will be hitting its climax right around the time Avengers hit’ the big screen).  There’s not much more to add.  Back in the 90’s, DC vs Marvel was a silly but fun event and was worth the ride.  This reminds us of a large part of what comics are all about.  Escapism, larger than life characters, epic battles, and a chance to be in on something ‘cool’.  If you think you might enjoy it, give it a go.

Daredevil #11 – This issue is notable as it’ll feature Spider-Man and the Punisher which, mixed with ol’ Horn Head, should be a nice cocktail ready to explode.  I’m pointing out Daredevil this month as it is constantly being held up as one of Marvel’s best ongoing series at the moment.  Mark Waid (Kingdom Come, Invincible, Marvels) is hardly ever a slouch at crafting a good story.  Some might argue this is his best work at Marvel to date and helping keep Daredevil as one of Marvel’s premiere characters, which it deserves to be.

Incredible Hulk #7 – Not really a title I’d normally go out of my way to highlight, but check out the cover (go to the CBR site and you can expand it to see it better).  That’s a cool cover.  Hopefully it’ll be orderable and not a 1 per 50 ordered deal.  Also, Marvel are suggesting something big will happen in this issue so if you want to see what the Hulk is up to (he has been on the Avengers roster in the past) this is a good opportunity.

 

Ultimate Spider-Man Adventures #1 – For those of you who enjoy your animated adaptions, this is one to note.  Marvel’s animated series of the same name debuts this year.  What I like about this is that the writers (who will be writing for the show) also worked on the various Batman animated series comics over at DC and crafted some brilliant stories in this appealing art style.  That Spider-Man on the cover is one of the best I’ve seen in a while.

 

Avengers: The Art Of The Avengers Hc & Slipcase – If you think there’s no way you won’t enjoy Avengers (and who won’t?), then this could be a very sweet book, looking behind the scenes at the design concepts and skilled artists’ works.  If interested, contact me for pricing.

All this and much more will be available to order from the February Previews which I’ll email out in around a week.