Hello there my readers and “Welcome To February”!!! How are you doing so far in 2018? I hope that the New Year is treating you alright. If you’ve been following us since the bell first tolled on this one, then you know it’s been very, very busy here. So with the upcoming “Black Panther” movie opening up in a couple of weeks, I’ve given Marvel Comics the chance to be our first comic book report of the month. As you’ll see there are a great bunch of first issues, one-shots and special editions coming. We did hit an anniversary for one of the “Spider-Man” titles so I’ve featured that as well. As expected, the copy below comes from their official resources along with the images but the closing editorial is all me. Let’s take a look at what will be on the stands this month.
X-MEN RED #1: The Hate Machine Part 1. THE FIRST SENSATIONAL ARC OF AN ALL-NEW TEAM OF X-MEN STARTS HERE! JEAN GREY is back! Returned to a world she doesn’t recognize, the First Lady of the X-MEN gathers an unlikely team — NIGHTCRAWLER, NAMOR and LAURA KINNEY (A.K.A. ALL-NEW WOLVERINE) — to face an evil that threatens to tear down XAVIER’s dream by any means necessary!
TOM TAYLOR (W) • MAHMUD ASRAR (A); Cover by TRAVIS CHAREST
DOCTOR STRANGE: DAMNATION #1 (OF 5): The city of sin gets its biggest sinner yet. When Doctor Strange raises Las Vegas up from its destruction during SECRET EMPIRE, he inadvertently opens a big door for the embodiment of evil, MEPHISTO! The devilish villain takes the city for himself and sets his sights on the rest of the world. It’s going to take heroes from all over the Marvel Universe to defeat him, but there’s nothing simple about fighting the lord of Hell.
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.
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
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!
Happy December my friends. Let’s start off the first issue comic book solicitations with the Marvel titles this month as there are a few of them that I am psyched about for sure. Let’s take a look.
PHOENIX RESURRECTION: THE RETURN OF (ADULT) JEAN GREY #1: THE RETURN OF JEAN GREY Part 1. She will return, like a Phoenix from the ashes. Years ago, Jean Grey died and the X-Men mourned her. Since then, the world has changed, her teammates have lived without her and died without her. And now, when strange events start happening all over the world, those teammates can only come to one conclusion – the one true Jean Grey is back!
MATTHEW ROSENBERG (W) • Leinil Yu (A/C)
MARVEL 2-IN-ONE #1: The Fate of the Four Part 1. THE FOUR ARE NO MORE, SO TWO MUST DO! Something is very wrong with THE HUMAN TORCH and only THE THING can help him! It’s the Marvel Universe reunion you’ve all been waiting for (well, HALF of it, at least!). Plus: What monumental secret has DOOM been hiding since the end of SECRET WARS, and how will it completely change the lives of Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm? PLUS: Includes 3 bonus MARVEL PRIMER PAGES!
The news about these issues began making the rounds a short time ago but I waited to let the excitement about the opening “Thor: Ragnarok” movie to settle in before I called your attention to any big comic book initiative. We recently discussed the return of Jean Grey who Marvel Comics fans know full well is the mighty Phoenix and in honor of the return the next round of “True Believers” titles will center around the massively powerful mutant. Read on.
The Press Release:
Ten $1 Comics Starring One of X-Men’s Most Beloved Mutants! The celebration of Jean Grey’s return continues! This winter, fans can relive some of their favorite Phoenix classics with a line of Phoenix-themed TRUE BELIEVERS comics, available only at your local comic book shops. Reproducing some of the most iconic Phoenix stories of all time at the suggested retail price of $1, TRUE BELIEVERS are the perfect way for readers new and old to get caught up in the Phoenix phenomenon! Whether it’s your first time reading these memorable tales or your hundredth, you won’t want to miss this special celebration. Look for your favorite classic stories with new and colorful re-printings, including Phoenix Bizarre Adventures #27, which will be available to fans in color for the first time.