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.

So instead of a few emails for the various publishers, I thought this month since I’m running behind time a bit I’d just combine them all into one email.  I’ll still send out a June Previews email, but that probably won’t be till next week.  So, here are some highlights for what’s coming up to order from the June Previews.

There is some really nice work to look forward to.  Be sure to look at the full listings, especially Image and IDW who are putting out some interesting stuff, more than I can realistically highlight in one email.  Click this link to be taken to CBR’s page where you can see the links for all the publishers latest listings.  I have this link permanently placed on the front page of the Dunedin Comics website too, so just go there if you’re ever looking for this handy shortcut.

Enjoy browsing, and drop me a line with any questions and orders.

MICHAEL AVON OEMING’S THE VICTORIES #1 (of 5) – DARK HORSE

Looks interesting.  A ‘ensemble’ hero team (which seems to be quite popular at the moment, go figure!) but with a darker edge perhaps.  It suggests that if you like Brian Michael Bendis’ Powers, then you’ll like this.  It also boasts that its raunchiness is up there with The Boys, a bold claim indeed!  So, for a five-parter, if you want a team with a difference, take a look.

THE ROCKETEER: CARGO OF DOOM #1 (of 4) – IDW

Big one this!  Written by Mr Comics himself, Mark Waid, this’ll be a nice change of pace from the great anthology approach we’ve had with the last two Rocketeer series.  This 4 parter is one story, dealing with an exotic cargo from a far flung place which is alive!  Should be great fun in true Rocketeer tradition.  Do yourself a favour, go get the movie if you haven’t watched it in a while and you’ll soon be in the mood for this if you’re not already.

 

 

 

MICHAEL AVON OEMING’S THE VICTORIES #1 (of 5) – DARK HORSE

Looks interesting.  A ‘ensemble’ hero team (which seems to be quite popular at the moment, go figure!) but with a darker edge perhaps.  It suggests that if you like Brian Michael Bendis’ Powers, then you’ll like this.  It also boasts that its raunchiness is up there with The Boys, a bold claim indeed!  So, for a five-parter, if you want a team with a difference, take a look.

DEADWORLD: WAR OF THE DEAD #1 (of 5) – IDW

Deadworld is a classic zombie series from the late 80’s, some refer to as the forefather of all zombie comics.  This on its own should be a great yarn, basically a group of scientists are holed up from the hordes that have overrun the earth.   They create a living dead creature with flesh even a Zombie won’t eat – the Leper!  One issue released per week over the month so no waiting for ages to see how it all goes down.

 

 

 

BEFORE WATCHMEN: RORSCHACH #1 AND DR. MANHATTAN #1 – DC

Of all the mini-series making up the ‘Before Watchmen’ event, these two are probably going to be the ‘must haves’ given they focus on two of the main characters from Watchmen.  I put a link up recently on the Dunedin Comics Facebook page to a sneak-peek review CBR had of the first issues.  Overall, it was positive so we wait now to see if this event sinks like sh*t or swims like a swan….

 

 

 

SUPERMAN EARTH ONE. VOL. 2 – DC

Regardless of the change of the New 52, this alternative world for (so far) Batman and Superman continues.  Superman Earth One Vol. 1 came out last year and won largely glowing praise for its fresh take on Superman’s origin.  This chapter, released in a HC graphic novel format is again written by J. Michael Straczynski and will deal with a young Superman coming to grips with his powers, a love interest and the big target that you become when you can fly in your pyjamas.

 

 

 

BLACK KISS II #1 (of 6) – IMAGE

Howard Chaykin brings back his legitimate 80’s classic.  This will tell the story behind the story of Black Kiss.  I would expect it to be as sensational and risqué/explicit as the original – and hopefully as memorable!

 

 

 

WOLVERINE ANNUAL #1 AND DAREDEVIL ANNUAL #1 – MARVEL

I’m highlighting these for all of you who are Alan Davis fans who is both writing and drawing these.  Also, both annuals are part’s two and three of a story started in the Fantastic Four Annual #33 which was in last month’s previews and is still available for order.

 

 

 

 

GREEN LANTERN ANNUAL #1 – DC

Apparently everything, and they emphasise everything, changes here (that being within the pages of this annual, not over there by the cat/dog/tv).  Given it’s written by Geoff Johns, and his very positive history with Green Lantern, I’m likely to believe him.

 

 


AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #692 – MARVEL

This is the 50th anniversary issue of the amazing Spider-Man, that’s pretty impressive.  This will likely be a very nice, retrospective issue though Dan Slott who has been writing this title for a while has been doing some great stuff so it shouldn’t be a fluff piece.

 

 

 

 

HAWKEYE #1 – MARVEL

Well, no surprises here.  Hawkeye, with his profile being ramped up mightily with The Avengers movie, get a new series.  What’s notable about this is Matt Fraction will be writing it so we can expect good things.

 

 

 


DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE #1 (of 4) – MARVEL

Deadpool is primarily played for laughs, and some of those laughs have been very, very good.  He’s a fan favourite but never really has any involvement in the big picture stuff Marvel does.  So, this title caught my eye.  It will be a ‘what if’ type story but it appears it will be quite dark, even stating “what if everything you thought was funny about Deadpool, was just disturbing?”  A great hook.  Garth Ennis did a great job many years back with Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe which has gone on to be a classic.  Now, he’s not writing this, and I don’t know much about the author (Cullen Bunn) but this could be one of those gems that quiets comes and goes before anyone knows what happened.