Welcome to October, or as I will be referring to it for the music related posts “Rocktober”. I’d have tried “Comictober” but that just sounds stupid, so where was I — Oh yes, welcome to the Marvel Comics installment of our semi-regular series of posts that line out the upcoming first issues from some of the publishing houses that we enjoy here at the PiercingMetal Command HQ. As I have done with numerous posts like this, we are taking the official press copy or Wiki description of the titles premise and then adding some views as we close up. Let’s get this party started.
Bucky Barnes The Winter Soldier: Kot said, “Bucky Barnes has undergone self-numbing amounts of traumatic experiences. He killed for the Soviets. He killed for Americans. He had people taken away from him by rather brutal means. He had his mind wiped out. Repeatedly. To top that, he’s hyper-competent when it comes to hurting people and he barely had a childhood. So: a lot of damage. A lot of carefully developed survival mechanisms. The thing about them, though? They might have been important once, but now—well, many of them might be no longer necessary. Bucky is entering a completely new phase of his life and it is a deeply expansive one. Shedding the old and embracing the new is the core of the character and the series – traveling across galaxies as a very capable and damaged ex-mercenary, having experiences you can’t fit into your established worldview, changing in the process.”
Writer: Ales Kot; Artist: Marco Rudy
Deathlok: The series focuses on a new Deathlok named Henry Hayes. Edmondson said, “[Hayes] is a father and a medic who doesn’t know that he’s a machine, a killer behind some of the sweeping changes in geopolitics.” Edmondson described the series as The Manchurian Candidate meets RoboCop.
Writer: Nathan Edmondson; Artist: Mike Perkins
Thor: The series features a female character in the role of Thor after the classic hero is no longer able to wield Mjolnir. Aaron stated that “this is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is Thor. This is the Thor of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before.”
Writer: Jason Aaron; Artist: Russell Dauterman
PiercingMetal Thoughts: I loved the “Captain America The Winter Soldier” film so seeing how Bucky Barnes character is further developed is of big interest to me. I’m sure we shall be seeing a lot of this Winter Soldier as the movies keep coming so this title will surely have some fans. Deathlok was a favorite of mine ever since I first read about him in “Astonishing Tales” #25 when he was Luther Manning, an astronaut in an apocalyptic future and went by Deathlok The Demolisher. Cool super android cybernetic mayhem long before Arnold said “I’ll be back” as The Terminator. This new title is yet another new Deathlok but the characters appearance on “Agents Of SHIELD” should find some interest in this one. I know I will check it out. Last but not least, Thor is now female and I brought this up a few short months ago when the news broke about this taking place along with The Falcon donning the Captain America role (that book comes out in November by the way). So how do I feel about this, well, the old saying is “sometimes the best man for the job is a woman” and I am sure that this is not a permanent change but just one for the duration of whatever storyline its creatives have in mind. Let’s see what happens. What do you readers think? Does any of this interest you or are you giving it all a pass and waiting for the next offerings? Let me know in the comments which are there for you to indulge in.
Official Website: http://www.marvel.com