Welcome to October my comic book loving friends, there is certainly a lot of awesome stuff coming out this month. We’re going to get a new version of The Champions which should be interesting to read based on who forms the roster along with some Spider-Man related stuff that deals with the clone stuff from years ago in a few titles. Let’s see how that works out. As usual the press copy comes from their resources along with the artwork but I will chime in at the close. Almost all of these titles come with numerous variant covers if you collect them and a focus on this group is that of “Champions” and the still being done “Hip Hop” covers. Hey Marvel, how about some Rock and Roll covers for the fans of that stuff. Let’s go.
CAGE! #1 (of 4): From the Award-Winning creator of Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack and Hotel Transylvania! On the mean streets of Harlem, shoes are big, shirts are large, bottoms are belled and crime is rampant! But in the heart of the city, the world’s hardest-working, smack-talking, chain-wearing super hero is on the street and on the case! And his rates are reasonable! He’s CAGE! and he’ll save your behind. Dig it!
Genndy Tartakovsky (W) • Genndy Tartakovsky (A/C)
CIVIL WAR II: THE OATH #1: The epilogue to the blockbuster event CIVIL WAR II! In the aftermath of war, Tony Stark and Carol Danvers both turn to the one person they can trust…Steve Rogers, Captain America. Uh-oh…
Nick Spencer (W) • Rod Reis (A); Cover By Jeff Dekal
CHAMPIONS #1: Following the fallout of CIVIL WAR II, Avengers Ms. Marvel, Nova and Spider-Man strike out on their own — joined by Cyclops, Viv Vision and the Totally Awesome Hulk! Six young heroes determined to change the world — and they’re only the beginning!
Mark Waid (W) • Humberto Ramos (A/C)
CHAMPIONS: NO TIME FOR LOSERS #1: When fate calls, a sensational super-team answers! The avenging Angel! Hercules, Prince of Power! The deadly Black Widow! Ghost Rider, Spirit of Vengeance! And the amazing Iceman! When the Champions come together, it is legendary! So much so they’ll face the mythological might of Cerberus, harpies, Amazons and Greek gods — all culminating in a wedding-stopping assault on Olympus! This mixed-up band might just be the heroes Los Angeles needs. And with the best headquarters Warren Worthington III’s money can buy, and Darkstar added to the ranks, they’ll be ready for the most uncanny of evils — like Swarm, Nazi scientist turned lord of killer bees! Only one group can stop the City of Angels from feeling his sting. They are the Champions — and they’ll keep on fighting ‘til the end! Collecting CHAMPIONS #1-3 and #14-15.
Written by Tony Isabella & Bill Mantlo; Penciled by Don Heck, George Tuska & John Byrne
THE CLONE CONSPIRACY #1 (OF 5): “DEAD NO MORE”: The Jackal is back and has conquered death. The Amazing Spider-Man is outmatched by his classic enemy’s army. Does the wall-crawler stand a chance? SHOULD he stand in The Jackal’s way if he’s found the key to eternal life?
Dan Slott (W) • Jim Cheung (A); Cover by Gabriele Dell’otto
DEATH OF X #1 (of 4): What happened eight months ago that set the Inhumans and X-Men on a collision course? Find out here! The Inhumans travel to Japan where one of the Terrigen Clouds creates a shocking new Inhuman. The X-Men travel to Muir Island where the second Terrigen Cloud causes something truly terrible. When these two events collide, a war of catastrophic proportions explodes!
Jeff Lemire & Charles Soule (W) • Aaron Kuder (A/C)
DEATH OF X #2 (of 4): After the events on Muir Island, Cyclops and Emma Frost put their plans into motion. Storm and Medusa come together to find a solution for the deadly effects the Terrigen has on mutants. One of the clouds heads to Madrid, the site of the first skirmish between mutants and Inhumans.
Jeff Lemire & Charles Soule (W) • Aaron Kuder (A/C)
DEADPOOL: BACK IN BLACK #1 & 2 (OF 5): During 1984’s SECRET WARS, Deadpool was introduced to an alien symbiote who went on to become Spider-Man’s black costume and, eventually, Venom. Okay, okay, maybe that really happened in DEADPOOL’S SECRET SECRET WARS. Point is, did you know that after Spider-Man rejected the costume…it went slinking back to Deadpool on the rebound? And they went on adventures together? You didn’t? Well, you will, now, thanks to this series by Cullen Bunn (The DEADPOOL KILLOGY) & Salva Espin (DEADPOOL & THE MERCS FOR MONEY)!
Cullen Bunn (W) • Salvador Espin (A/C)
DEADPOOL: TOO SOON? #1 (OF 4): Someone Has Murdered Forbush Man! Could someone be targeting all of Marvel’s funniest characters for death? That’s what Deadpool thinks, and now he’s gotta act before someone bumps off SQUIRREL GIRL, ROCKET RACCOON, GROOT, ANT-MAN, HOWARD THE DUCK and THE PUNISHER! (Like we said, the funny characters.) Good thing Deadpool is renowned for his investigative skills!
Joshua Corin (W) • Todd Nauck (A); Cover by Pepe Larraz
DOCTOR STRANGE: MYSTIC APPRENTICE #1: BEFORE HE WAS THE SORCERER SUPREME…STRANGE MASTERED THE MYSTIC ARTS! A master of delicate surgery, DR. STEPHEN STRANGE had no equal…until a freak accident shattered his hands! Now a student of the MYSTIC ARTS, Strange must find a way to master his magical assignment…or throw in his cape and robes for good! Don’t miss this all-new story, as Strange finds that the road to Sorcerer Supreme can be a real pain in the…astral form! ALSO: reprinting the original first appearance and origin stories of Doctor Strange from STRANGE TALES #110 and #115!
Will Corona Pilgrim (W) • Andrea Di Vito (A); Cover By Michael Ryan
DOCTOR STRANGE & THE SORCERERS SUPREME #1: An ancient evil threatens to unravel the fabric of reality, and one Sorcerer Supreme may not be enough. Doctor Strange must unite past, present and future Sorcerers Supremes to stem the coming darkness – Merlin, the Ancient One, Wiccan, and more! But Strange should watch his back, not all of these Sorcerers have his best interests in mind…
Robbie Thompson (W) • Javier Rodriguez (A); Cover by Rafael Albuquerque
PROWLER #1: “CLONE CONSPIRACY” TIE-IN! Even a super hero’s life can get boring. Double-check your gear. Patrol the city. Save the innocent. Report back to your boss, The Jackal. Wait, what? Why is Prowler working for The Jackal? What does the resurrected Madame Web have to do with him? And what has Prowler already done that may have compromised him?!
Sean Ryan (W) • Jamal Campbell (A); Cover by Travel Foreman
INFAMOUS IRON MAN #1: There is a new Iron Man in town and his name is VICTOR VON DOOM. The greatest villain of the Marvel Universe will try something new. Where Tony Stark failed, Doom will succeed. What is Doom’s Master Plan?
Brian Michael Bendis (W) • Alex Maleev (A/C)
GREAT LAKES AVENGERS #1: “All New, All Different?” No, thank you! New things are bad and different things are scary! Instead, why not join everybody’s least favorite super-hero team, the Great Lakes Avengers in their brand new — but not too brand new — ongoing series, Same Old, Same Old, Great Lakes Avengers! When the team gets reinstated as permanent members of the Avengers and uprooted to Detroit, the GLA has one more shot at super hero glory…but can they answer the call? Do they even have 4G coverage here? Find out!
Zac Gorman (W) • Will Robson (A/C)
SOLO #1: The “One Man War on Terror” will get the job done! That’s right — James Bourne, A.K.A. Solo, is on his own, right where he belongs! Deadly alien weapons are making their way into the hands of ordinary thugs – and Solo is going undercover to locate the source. Things are heating up, and Solo might just wish he had some backup! Deadpool was just the beginning. You haven’t seen anything till you’ve met Solo!
Gerry Duggan & Geoffrey Thorne (W) • Paco Diaz (A/C)
MOSAIC #1: Professional basketball player and world renowned celebrity, Morris Sackett, gains extraordinary abilities, at the grave cost of his own mortal body. Imbued with the ability to jump from person to person like a ghost, he controls the bodies and memories of those he inhabits. With his own body destroyed, the one-time superstar athlete must rely on others to survive. The saga of the newest Marvel Inhuman MOSAIC begins here!
Geoffrey Thorne (W) • Khary Randolph (A); Cover by Stuart Immonen
JESSICA JONES #1: She is back after a decade! A lot has changed in the Marvel Universe and there are still many secrets hiding in the shadows. Secrets only a special woman like Jessica Jones can hope to uncover. Discover the haunting secrets from Jessica’s past in this blistering new series. Alias Investigations is open for business.
Brian Michael Bendis (W) • Michael Gaydos (A); Cover By David Mack
THE PUNISHER ANNUAL #1: OUR TREAT: FRANK’S UP TO HIS OLD TRICKS! There are ghouls everywhere on Halloween night, but real monsters don’t wear costumes! The Punisher is searching for a killer, but he’s also being watched…Let’s hope Frank’s quarry doesn’t put costumed civvies in the line of fire!
Gerry Conway (W) • Felix Ruiz (A)
A YEAR OF MARVELS: THE UNBEATABLE #1: It’s August, and Nick Fury is just in time to attend Japan’s Bon Festival…but he’s not here to celebrate. Not when an illegal weapons auction is about to begin! From Chad Bowers & Chris Sims (X-MEN ’92) and Brian Level! And in September, TIPPY-TOE is flying SOLO (until Squirrel Girl is done studying)! But when a villain threatens Central Park, she’s gotta call in the big guns. Enormous guns, relatively speaking (because Tippy and ROCKET RACCOON are small)! It’s the team-up — written by Nilah Magruder (M.F.K.) — you would have demanded if you knew your worth! You’re wonderful, and you deserve beautiful things!
Chad Bowers, Chris Sims; And Nilah Magruder (W); Brian Level & Siya Oum (A) Cover By Jamal Campbell
GUIDEBOOK TO THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE — MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. SEASON TWO/MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER SEASON ONE #1: The MCU guidebooks delve into the past and present of S.H.I.E.L.D.! Our comprehensive coverage of the fan-favorite Marvel Studios films and Marvel Television shows continues as we profile Director Phil Coulson’s elite team — and Agent Peggy Carter’s 1940s organization, the SSR! Featuring fact sheets, show-to-comic comparisons, and behind-the-scenes production art and stills, this fantastic flip book is packed with profiles and updates on Director Coulson, Skye, Agent Melinda May, Agent Leo Fitz, Agent Jemma Simmons, Agent Antoine Triplett, Lance Hunter, Agent Bobbi Morse, Agent Alphonso Mackenzie, Grant Ward, Daniel Whitehall, Cal, Jiaying and the Inhumans! And on the flip side, Agent Carter, Edwin Jarvis, Chief Roger Dooley, Agent Daniel Sousa, Agent Jack Thompson, the Howling Commandos, Angie Martinelli, Dottie Underwood, Johann Fennhoff, Leviathan, Howard Stark and more! Relive the thrills of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Two and Marvel’s Agent Carter Season One right here, and continue building your indispensable library of Marvel Cinematic Universe reference books!
Written by Mike O’sullivan & The Ohotmu Team; Covers By Marcos Martin
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Skimming through the list there are a few things that I am interested in and a few that I am not. I’m definitely snagging copies of the Deadpool and Doctor Strange stuff along with the latest Guidebook since I love those things. I’m excited to see The Champions returning even if it’s not the original team that I knew some years ago. We get the reprint at least which I will surely pick up. The rest I will peruse on the shelves to see if I like them or not before purchasing. What do you readers think of this month’s crop of first issue offerings and special editions? Will you be picking anything up in particular? Fill me in down in those comments so I know. Oh yeah and just in case you forgot for some reason, “Luke Cage” is currently available on Netflix and that is the full series of the show. It’s the third superhero show on the streaming service and actually the fourth series since “Daredevil” has had two seasons. These shows are great and I cannot wait until “Iron Fist”.
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