Our April adventures into Comic Book mania continues with the first issue offerings from Marvel Comics and I am not going to dance around on this any further and instead get us right into the coolness. Check out the cover art and press that we received from Marvel Comics resources and then I will add some thoughts onto this month’s stuff. Go.
BLACK PANTHER #1: A new era for the Black Panther starts here! Written by MacArthur Genius and National Book Award winner Ta-Nehisi Coates (Between the World and Me) and illustrated by living legend BRIAN STELFREEZE, “A Nation Under Our Feet” is a story about dramatic upheaval in Wakanda and the Black Panther’s struggle to do right by his people as their ruler. The indomitable will of Wakanda — the famed African nation known for its vast wealth, advanced technology and warrior traditions — has long been reflected in the will of its monarchs, the Black Panthers. But now the current Black Panther, T’Challa, finds that will tested by a superhuman terrorist group called The People that has sparked a violent uprising among the citizens of Wakanda. T’Challa knows the country must change to survive — the question is, will the Black Panther survive the change?
Ta-Nehisi Coates (W) • Brian Stelfreeze (A/C)
CAPTAIN AMERICA: ROAD TO WAR #1: CAPTAIN AMERICA and BLACK WIDOW must train the new Avengers recruits to work together as a team. Their first mission: stop the giant robot, ULTIMO! Featuring SCARLET WITCH, VISION, FALCON and WAR MACHINE! Bonus TALES OF SUSPENSE #58 included.
Will Corona Pilgrim (W) • Andrea Di Vito (A) Cover By Ron Lim
GWENPOOL #1: 2015’s overnight internet sensation takes center stage in her own ongoing series! Gwen Poole used to be a comic book reader just like you…until she woke up in a world where the characters she read about seemed to be real! But they can’t be, right? This must all be fake, or a dream or something, right? And you know what that means…NO CONSEQUENCES! Could Gwenpool truly be Marvel’s least responsible and least role-modely character to date? She can if she tries!
Christopher Hastings (W) • Gurihiru (A/C)
MOON KNIGHT #1: THE BOOK YOU’D BE INSANE TO MISS! Marc Spector (a.k.a. Moon Knight/Jake Lockley/Steven Grant) has been fighting criminals and keeping New York City safe for years… or has he? When he wakes up in an insane asylum with no powers and a lifetime’s worth of medical records, his whole identity (indentities) are called into question. Something is wrong, but is that something Marc Spector himself? Jeff Lemire (EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN) and rising star Greg Smallwood are calling everything you know about Moon Knight into question.
Jeff Lemire (W) • Greg Smallwood (A/C)
SPIDER-WOMEN ALPHA #1: The Spider-Event of 2016 is here, bringing SPIDER-GWEN, SILK and SPIDER-WOMAN together for a story too big for any one of their books! Spider-Woman is taking a mentor-role with Silk and Spider-Gwen, and the three spider-heroes take a brunch break on Gwen’s Earth-65. But when the nefarious spy organization S.I.L.K. and their leader (Earth-65’s Cindy Moon) notice the interdimensional interlopers, all of Jessica Drew’s plans go wrong.
Story by Jason Latour, Dennis Hopeless & Robbie Thompson; Robbie Thompson (W) • Vanesa Del Rey (A); Cover by Yasmine Putri
STAR WARS: POE DAMERON #1: AN ALL-NEW ONGOING SERIES SPINNING OUT OF STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS! Poe Dameron, former Republic flyer turned Resistance fighter, is the best pilot in the galaxy. Hand-picked for the resistance by General Leia Organa to lead a squadron on a top secret and vital mission…Poe sets off investigating sites of historical importance to the Force. Revealing backstory leading directly into the holidays’ greatest adventure, follow Poe and his X-Wing squadron on covert missions against the First Order brought to you by writer Charles Soule (Star Wars: Lando, Daredevil) and artist Phil Noto (Star Wars: Chewbacca, Black Widow)!
Charles Soule (W) • Phil Noto (A/C)
PiercingMetal Thoughts: I’m sure excited about a few of these titles and while I think it’s awesome that a new Black Panther title is being offered up, I never really followed the character outside of his participation in The Avengers. I’m probably going to wait for the first few issues to hit a collected edition for this one and stick to the oddball Gwenpool title and the new Moon Knight series. With Spider-Gwen and Deadpool making serious waves in their own titles in the Marvel Universe, I am sure that the light hearted insanity found in Gwenpool is going to be a hit as well. Moon Knight is a character I always enjoyed and this is ever since his appearance in “Werewolf By Night”. I remembered how excited the other fans were when his first issue came out so many years ago. Welcome back to the racks Mr. Spector and hopefully we shall see you somewhere in the Marvel Cinematic Universe soon. This also goes for the Spider-Women title because it will bring together a few interesting characters and maybe we shall also find them in an upcoming film someday. Let’s hope because Disney has announced that we shall be seeing Marvel and Star Wars films for as long as they can release them. Speaking of Star Wars, I’m not really following all of the “Star Wars” titles so will likely pass on the Poe Dameron series as well. For me personally these are easier enjoyed in a trade volume. So that is all I have and its almost time for PiercingMetal’s 11th Anniversary (it’s tomorrow actually for those who are new to the presentation). Let me know what you think of these first issue Marvel Comics in the comments section and I will see you again soon with more of this stuff.
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