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Upcoming comic book solicitations and reviews of key titles along with comic book publishing industry news.

Marvel Reveals “Hulk” Variant Covers For February 2018

For many years, “The Incredible Hulk” was one of my very favorite Marvel Comics titles to read and this might have been helped by the Lou Ferrigno television show but I digress. This February Marvel celebrates the Jade Giant with a series of variant covers. I’ve shared the ones that were released to press for you below along with the brief statement about them. Check it out.

The Press Release:
He’s back. He’s mad as hell. And you’ve never seen a Hulk this angry before. This February, Marvel will help appease the green goliath’s anger by introducing the HULK VARIANT COVER PROGRAM. Showcasing key moments in the Hulk’s past life, these covers will feature art by some of the industry’s top creators and rising stars, including Mike McKone, Marco Checchetto, Stephanie Hans, Dale Keown, Ron Lim, and more. Look for Marvel’s Hulk variant covers on these select titles:

1. ALL-NEW WOLVERINE by MIKE PERKINS

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“All-New Wolverine” #31 (Hulk Variant Cover)

2. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #795 by DALE KEOWN

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“Amazing Spider-Man” #795 (Hulk Variant Cover)

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Marvel Comics Presents A “Black Panther: Start Here” Freebie This Month

As the excitement gets more amped up for the upcoming “Black Panther” film, it was not a surprise to learn that Marvel Comics would be releasing a special free issue in honor of the film. Check out the recently released press details and images. I’ll return at the close as I usually do.

The Press Release:
Just in time for the leader of Wakanda to stage center stage in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel is excited to announce the release of BLACK PANTHER – START HERE, a FREE sampler celebrating Black Panther stories across the Marvel Universe. Featuring excerpts from Marvel’s current Black Panther ongoing series, as well as World of Wakanda, Black Panther and the Crew, and portions from Reginald Hudlin and John Romita Jr.’s Black Panther run, BLACK PANTHER – START HERE serves to introduce brand new readers to the character’s expansive 50-year Marvel history, while long-time fans will be able to relive some of T’Challa’s most epic adventures. THE FREE BLACK PANTHER – START HERE sampler will be available to retailers on January 31st in local comic shops!

PiercingMetal Thoughts: One of the main things that I enjoy about all of our comic book posts is the chance to direct you to the one-dollar comics and the various freebie issues that are hitting the racks on a semi-regular basis. Adding the great Black Panther to the mix of these free offerings is simply awesome. Remember that you’re not going to find this at any old location and you must go to your local comic shop retailer and hope that they will be participating in the freebie offering. I’m sure that most retailers will have it and you have time to ask around since it will be available at the end of the month. When you get your copy be sure to give back some thanks to the retailer by purchasing a couple of other titles or perhaps even some bags and backing boards. Are you excited for the “Black Panther” movie and the freebie issue? Let me know down in the comments section below. Till next time.

Official Website: http://www.marvel.com

DC Comics First Issues Coming January 2018

Boy oh boy, I can only imagine what kind of a reading year this is going to be with the great stack of DC Comics first go rounds that are hitting the racks this month. We’ve already digested the Marvel Comics stuff so now let’s see what is happening on the DC Comics side of the fence. As always the copy and any images come from official provisions, and I’ll return with some editorial opinion. Here we go.

SIDEWAYS #1: During the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL, high school junior Derek James accidentally fell through a rift into the dark matter dimension! Now, as Sideways, he can create rifts in midair to leap through dimensions at will! But with that much power comes great liability—and cracks are starting to form in the fabric of the space-time continuum…

Written by DAN DiDIO and JUSTIN JORDAN; Art and cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT

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“Sideways” #1

THE TERRIFICS #1: Bound together by fate, united by the spirit of exploration and hope for tomorrow, the Terrifics are bound from the Dark Multiverse of Metal! When Mr. Terrific, Metamorpho, Plastic Man and Phantom Girl find themselves literally bound together by a tragic accident, our team of unlikely allies must rely on one another to make their way back home. But a startling revelation on their return trip brings them face to face with a new mystery: Where in the universe is Tom Strong?

Written by JEFF LEMIRE; Art by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO; Cover by IVAN REIS

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“The Terrifics” #1

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Marvel Comics First Issues Coming January 2018

If for some reason you are just joining us here as 2018 kicks into gear with its second day, let me wish you and yours a very “Happy New Year”. I’m already raring to go and have this and some other posts ready to launch when appropriate and that means it’s the monthly comic book solicitations which we shall start with the Marvel Comics stuff this time around. There are a number of first go-round launches and a special edition or two. I’ve made sure to list those for you so let’s take a gander.

AVENGERS #675: NO SURRENDER Part 1: AVENGERS goes WEEKLY for the stunning sixteen-part saga that will write the end of an era! The Earth has been STOLEN! The sky burns while mysterious cosmic objects crash down from above, wreaking havoc across the world! The Avengers are the last line of defense between Earth and the mysterious forces threatening to tear it apart. It’s time to ASSEMBLE! The teams you know and love from AVENGERS, UNCANNY AVENGERS, U.S.AVENGERS and OCCUPY AVENGERS come together to face a threat beyond any they’ve faced before in a weekly epic adventure that will define the future of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!

MARK WAID, AL EWING & JIM ZUB (W) • PEPE LARRAZ (A); OCT170809 WRAPAROUND COVER BY MARK BROOKS

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“Avengers” #675

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #150 & 151: THE RETURN OF ADAM WARLOCK Parts 1 & 2: Issue #150 – That’s right – as more and more parties take an interest in the Infinity Stones, a man with serious Infinity experience joins the fray! Plus: Nova Rocket leads the charge against the Raptors! Issue #151 – Adam Warlock is back! But how? And why? Has he come as a savior? Or is he here to take the Infinity Stones for himself? Find out as the galactic tale of the Infinity Stones’ return enters the next exciting phase!

ISSUE #150 – GERRY DUGGAN (W) • MARCUS TO & AARON KUDER (A)
ISSUE #151 – GERRY DUGGAN (W) • Mike Allred (A); Cover by AARON KUDER
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DC Comics First Issues Coming December 2017

So here we are in December my friends and ready to stockpile on a handful of interesting DC Comics titles. It’s already proving to be a busy month to come in my media adventuring so let’s just get right on down to business shall we. Here are the first issues and notable specials.

THE IMMORTAL MEN #1: “THE END OF FOREVER” part one! There is a secret history to the DC Universe of heroes who have protected humanity from the shadows since the dawn of time…and who can live forever. Enter the Immortal Men! The team, headed by the Immortal Man, has waged a secret war against the House of Conquest for countless years—but Conquest has dealt a devastating blow. When their base of operations, known as the Campus, is savagely attacked, the Immortal Men must seek out their last hope—an emerging metahuman known as Caden Park! Caden’s emerging powers may be able to ensure the Immortal Men’s survival—but will Conquest get to him first?

Written by JAMES TYNION IV • Art and cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS

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“The Immortal Men” #1

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