Based on how the day started I am wondering if March will come in like a lamb and go out like a lion since usually the scenario is reversed but whatever will be the case welcome to our first installment in our “March Media Madness” posts. Yeah with a Metal report I cite “March Metal Madness” but that is only for the show narratives and with the comic book stuff we need something else but I digress. March is indeed here and on this balmy day a whole bevy of cool Marvel Comics first issues are coming down the pike. Today is also New Comic Book Day so you want to get to or call your shop to reserve what you prefer to not miss out on a copy. Here we go and oh yeah before I forget, in March a whole lot of titles will have their covers “VENOMIZED” to celebrate the return of Eddie Brock with the dreaded symbiote. If you want to see all of those covers just click on THIS LINK.
AMERICA #1: At last! Everyone’s favorite no-nonsense powerhouse, America Chavez, gets her own series! Written by critically-acclaimed YA novelist Gabby Rivera (Juliet Takes A Breath) and drawn by all-star artist Joe Quinones (HOWARD THE DUCK), Marvel Comics’ brand new AMERICA series shines a solo spotlight on the high-octane and hard-hitting adventures of the one and only America Chavez! America has always been uncontestably awesome, and as the newly appointed leader of the Ultimates, she’s now officially claimed her place as the preeminent butt-kicker of the Marvel Universe! But while leading a team of heroes and punching out big bads is great and all, it doesn’t really leave much time for self-discovery… So what’s a super-powered teenager do when she’s looking for a little fulfillment? She goes to college! She just has to stop an interdimensional monster or two first, plus shut down a pesky alien cult that’s begun worshipping her exploits!
Gabby Rivera (W) • Joe Quinones (A/C)
THE TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #1.MU: A MONSTERS UNLEASHED TIE-IN! FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO PUNCH THEM! Amadeus Cho is summoned to South Korea to assist White Fox’s investigation into the mysterious disturbances across Seoul. Their first clue? The GIANT FOOTPRINTS all over the country! PLUS: Maddy Cho doesn’t trust her brother to get anything done right these days, so she’s turning to an unlikely ally: THE INTERGALACTIC MONSTER HUNTER THEY CALL LADY HELLBENDER!
Bryan Edward Hill & Leah Williams (W) • Ty Templeton (A) Cover by Rahzzah
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1.MU: A MONSTERS UNLEASHED TIE-IN! The Guardians reunite for a special Monsters Unleashed mission! Groot has been kidnapped by a Leviathon. It’s up to the Guardians to set aside their differences and save their friend!
Chad Bowers & Chris Sims (W) • David Baldeon (A); Cover by Michael Walsh
MAN-THING #1 (of 5): Beloved writer R.L. STINE (Goosebumps, Fear Street) brings his special brand of horror to MAN-THING! After working for years, MAN-THING has regained his ability to speak and has taken Hollywood by storm…But when an ancient and mysterious danger threatens the swamp, Man-Thing is going to have to choose between his new life and celebrity, and the world he used to call home… PLUS! A bone-chilling new horror story, written by the master himself, R.L. STINE, and illustrated by the incomparable Daniel Warren Johnson!
R.L. Stine (W) • German Peralta & Daniel Johnson (A); Cover by Tyler Crook
MAN-THING #2 (of 5): The Muck Run Amuck! Back in his old swamp, MAN-THING is visited by an ally from his past, while struggling with his new status in life. But the swamp is less than welcoming, with every creature seemingly out to get him! Crocodiles, bats and mosquitoes – oh my! Will Man-Thing be able to restore the balance of the swamp and the cause of this calamity? Or will the forces that are affecting the swamp prove to be beyond his control? • PLUS! Even more horror for your dollar! A terrible tale of ROAD RAGE, as told by R.L. STINE and CHRISTOPHER MITTEN.
R.L. Stine (W) • German Peralta & Christopher Mitten (A)
X-MEN PRIME #1: RESURRXION BEGINS HERE! In the wake of their war with the Inhumans, the X-MEN are at a crossroads. Where do they go from here? Luckily, one beloved X-Men has the answer to that question: Xavier’s dream comes full circle as KITTY PRYDE returns to the X-Men, ready to lead them in their mission to protect a world that hates and fears them. The next chapter of the X-Men’s saga starts here!
Marc Guggenheim (W) • Ken Lashley (A); Cover By Ardian Syaf
INHUMANS PRIME #1: RESURRXION BEGINS HERE! In the wake of the awesome events of IVX — what will become of the Inhumans? In this oversized special issue — the trial of Maximus! The coming of Marvel Boy! And what is the dark secret of Black Bolt? A special bridging issue between the past of the Inhumans and their future — on Earth and in the stars!
Al Ewing (W) • Ryan Sook (A); Cover By Jonboy Meyers
IRON FIST #1: THE GAUNTLET STARTS HERE! K’un Lun is in ruins. The chi fueling Danny’s fists is wavering. Is there a future for the Iron Fist? Danny Rand pushes himself to the breaking point, finding fights to prove his worth. But a bigger fight than he can handle may have found him…
Ed Brisson (W) • Mike Perkins (A); Cover By Jeff Dekal
THE CLONE CONSPIRACY: OMEGA: THE CLONE CONSPIRACY is finished, but the impacts on Spider-Man’s life is HUGE. The Rhino comes at Spider-Man with an intense fury and aims to pin the spider to the wall… Permanently. What was the final fate of Ben Reilly? Or the Lizard? Witness the first chapter of the next big Spider-Book by Peter David & Mark Bagley!
Dan Slott & Christos Gage, Peter David (W); Cory Smith, Mark Bagley, Stuart Immonen (A); Cover By James Harren
SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING PRELUDE #1: YOUR FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN SWINGS INTO THE MCU! PETER PARKER is just your average, nerdy, tech-loving teenager…until an unexpected turn of events lands him with the power to cling to walls and the proportionate strength of a spider! SPIDER-MAN’s foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe begins here, with part one of an adaptation of the blockbuster Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, which sees a rift between CAPTAIN AMERICA and IRON MAN rend a schism between the Avengers…with Spider-Man in the middle of it all!
Will Corona Pilgrim (W) • Todd Nauck (a)
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Looking over the list I will quickly say that I will be most interested in the “Man-Thing” title but I am not too sure about having him speak at all since I grew up with the character being silent and mysterious. Let’s see how that pans out. I didn’t read “The Clone Conspiracy” storyline so I might just leaf through that one on the stands but the “Monsters Unleashed” stuff has been fun along with its One-Shot issues. I’ll give a glance also to the “Prime” titles that were unveiled for the month as well. It will be interesting to see where these go. Lastly, with the “Iron Fist” Netflix series coming up very soon I will give a glance into the pages of that title. I loved “Powerman and Iron Fist” back in the original day. So what about you readers? Is there anything on this month’s Marvel Comics list that suits your fancy? Let me know in the comments section below.
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