We are here in July my comic collecting friends and today is actually the fourth of July so I am glad to see a couple of this months first issue offerings are connected to the Captain America mythos. So not only is it the 2015 years halfway point, but its also the continuing presentation of the brand new “Secret Wars” storyline and this is going to change the very fabric of the Marvel Universe for years to come. Check out all of the new first issues that are coming out this month. Some are on the stands already for you to purchase while the rest are coming soon. With this month I also added a couple of second issues since they had the premise and artwork for me to share. Thanks Marvel. Let’s go.
Age of Apocalypse #1: His war has been won. The few humans left alive are enslaved, the mutant rebellion crushed. EN SABAH NUR, the APOCALYPSE, rules his BATTLEWORLD kingdom without mercy, but the terrorist X-MEN plan to end his reign. Success means finding one very special mutant named CYPHER and unleashing a weapon that will kill Apocalypse — and possibly all mutants, too!
FABIAN NICIEZA (w) • GERARDO SANDOVAL (a/C)
Age Of Apocalypse #2: The hunt for CYPHER brings MAGNETO’s X-MEN into confrontation with CYCLOPS & HAVOK’s ELITE MUTANT FORCE! Meanwhile, ANGEL has to protect a “flatscan” named JEAN GREY and DR. NEMESIS plans to sabotage DARK BEAST’s quest to become APOCALYPSE’s newest HORSEMAN.
FABIAN NICIEZA (w) • GERARDO SANDOVAL (a/C)
Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders #1: Welcome to Battleworld – where, in what’s left of Mondo-City One, Boss Cage is the law! When the fascist futuropolis annexes neighboring Yinsen City, who’ll stand up for Ho Yinsen’s dream of universal peace? If you liked the Mighty Avengers — you’ll love the Mighty Defenders!
AL EWING (w) • ALAN DAVIS (a/C)
Civil War #1: The Civil War never ended. Welcome to the Warzone, where six years of non-stop battle between the forces of the Blue and the Iron have split the nation down its center, utterly transforming it. In a world of new alliances and strange enemies, President Tony Stark and General Steve Rogers meet to make one last attempt at peace.
CHARLES SOULE (w) LEINIL FRANCIS YU (a/C)
Civil War #2: Skirmishes between each side continue in the wake of a failed attempt at peace. General Rogers and his forces in the Blue continue development of Project Bellcurve, the top-secret effort to win the war in one epic stroke, while Iron President Stark discovers deeply troubling data about the course of the nation’s history since its division.
CHARLES SOULE (w); LEINIL FRANCIS YU (a/C)
Hail Hydra #1: Peace Through Strength! Honor Through Obedience! Continuance Through Conformity! Hail Hydra! Immortal Hydra! We shall never be destroyed! Cut off one limb, and two shall take its place! We serve none but the Master—as the world shall soon serve us! It is a beautiful Utopia that Hydra has created. But when a lone figure from outside the Regime appears, could his very presence be enough to bring this perfect society to its ruin?
RICK REMENDER (w); ROLAND BOSCHI (a/C)
Hail Hydra #2: Can Ian Rogers, Nomad, survive a land ruled by Hydra? Can he survive the rage of Eddie Brock, prime assassin to the regime? The secrets within Nomad’s head are priceless, holding the key to Hydra’s future, and someone’s going to crack him open and dig them out.
RICK REMENDER (w); ROLAND BOSCHI (a/C)
Red Skull #1: One of the most vile villains of the Marvel Universe gets his very own twisted Secret Wars series! Red Skull should be dead but his legend grows, so a team of villains that includes Winter Soldier, Magneto and Lady Deathstrike are sent on a dangerous odyssey to the Deadlands to prove it…but no one ever comes back alive from the Deadlands! Forced to overcome zombies, Ultron drones and the Annihilation Wave, the rag-tag team of villains will find that they may bitten off more than they can chew…
JOSHUA WILLIAMS (w) • LUCA PIZZARI (a)
Secret Wars: Official Guide to the Multiverse #1: Worlds are colliding! Both on Battleworld, and in the SECRET WARS OFFICIAL GUIDE TO THE MARVEL MULTIVERSE #1 – a collection of all-new Profiles! Journey through Marvel’s multiverse: Old Man Logan! The Ultimate Universe’s Spider-Man (Miles Morales)! The Age of Ultron! Weirdworld! The Spider-Verse event! The Age of Apocalypse’s Nightcrawler! Plus: profiles of the characters and events at the core of the Secret Wars: the Incursions of Earths, Namor’s Cabal, the Future Foundation kids and more! Also featuring key participants in previous Secret Wars: Volcana (Marsha Rosenberg), Thunderball (Eliot Franklin), the healer Zsaji, the Dark Elf Kurse, original Battleworld refugee Puff the dragon, and the Secret Wars II event itself! And because we love you: the Pet Avengers’ Throg, Lady Deadpool, Teen Hulk…and Obnoxio the Clown?!
Written by THE OHOTMU TEAM, LED BY MIKE O’SULLIVAN & JEFF CHRISTIANSEN
Siege #1-2: THEY CAN’T EVER WIN. THEY CAN’T AFFORD TO LOSE. The SHIELD is the only thing that protects the more civilized areas of Battleworld from the ZOMBIE HORDES, DEATH MACHINES, AND ANNIHILATION WAVES. Anyone who annoys Doom gets sent to The Shield. Anyone who gets sent to the Shield deals with ABIGAIL BRAND. Miss America, Lady Katherine, Kang the Conqueror, Leah Shieldmen, the Endless Summers Company, Leonardo Da Vinci and a cast of thousands will fight to the death to keep Battleworld safe. But don’t worry, Kieron Gillen is writing this book, so I’m sure everything will end happily for everyone. “Imagine NextWave as a tragedy,” says Kieron, if anyone asks him about it.
KIERON GILLEN (w) • FILIPE ANDRADE (a)
Spider-Island #1-2: The Spider-Queen has turned Manhattan into an island of Spider-Madness and Peter Parker has lost, thanks to Spider-Scribe CHRISTOS GAGE (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN) & rising star artist PACO DIAZ (WOLVERINE, SCARLET SPIDERS). With Spider-Man defeated and captive, does Flash Thompson, A.K.A. VENOM stand a chance? All this, plus visit the MC2 patch of BATTLEWORLD! Mayday Parker and her Spider-Family are back courtesy of classic Spider-Girl team TOM DEFALCO, RON FRENZ & SAL BUSCEMA!
CHRISTOS GAGE & TOM DEFALCO (w); PACO DIAZ & RON FRENZ (a); Cover by HUMBERTO RAMOS
Star Wars: Lando #1-2: You know him…you love him…now, join him for his biggest caper as master of charm Lando Calrissian gets his very own comic book! Before he joined the rebellion, before he ran Cloud City, Lando made his way in the galaxy getting by on some swindles, some swagger, and a smile. Lobot at his side, Lando has a plan to steal a very valuable ship…but has he bitten off more than he can chew? Writer Charles Soule (DEATH OF WOLVERINE, INHUMAN, SHE-HULK) and artist Alex Maleev (DAREDEVIL, SPIDER-WOMAN, MOON KNIGHT) bring us the tale of a scoundrel in his natural element—trouble!
CHARLES SOULE (W) • ALEX MALEEV (A)
Ant-Man Annual #1: Just in time for the ANT-MAN movie (funny, that), it’s the team-up you’ve been waiting for: Scott Lang and Hank Pym, together again! Ant-bros! A classic villain makes his dreaded return! And a new hero is born! Well, not born, really — he’s already an adult. Nobody wants to read about a super-baby. (Or do they?)
NICK SPENCER (W); RAMON ROSASNAS & Brent Schoonover (A); Cover by DAVID MARQUEZ
Marvel Masterworks – Spider-Woman Vol. 1: Jessica Drew debuts as Spider-Woman in her inaugural Marvel Masterworks! Raised within the arms of the terrorist group Hydra, Jessica was taught to see the world from their twisted point of view and became a top agent in their international criminal network. But she began to break the bonds of her indoctrination when she crossed paths with Nick Fury and the Thing, becoming her own woman — and soon, an incomparable Marvel hero! Join us as Jessica Drew sets out to uncover her true origins, her identity and her place in the world. She’ll employ both her spider-powers and her spy craft in battles with enemies mystical and macabre — and you’ll soon see why Spider-Woman earned a reputation as one of Marvel’s most unique series! Collecting MARVEL SPOTLIGHT (1971) #32, MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #29-33 and SPIDER-WOMAN (1978) #1-8.
Written by MARV WOLFMAN with ARCHIE GOODWIN; Penciled by CARMINE INFANTINO with SAL BUSCEMA, RON WILSON & JOHN BUSCEMA; Cover by GIL KANE
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Whew this is getting a little tricky to follow and of course a little pricy based on just how many titles that are coming out. Hopefully its not killing your pocket all that much because you sure don’t want to miss a chapter. So far I am finding the “Armor Wars” and “Spider-Island” title to be to my liking the most from this and I have always had some appreciation for Captain Britain. I wonder if we shall ever see him or Union Jack in the films. One can only hope. I am also looking very forward to the Ant-Man annual since that film cannot open fast enough for me. Remember that this film ends the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Two films and we have almost a year to wait until the Third Phase begins. The Marvel Masterworks for Spider-Woman should be a hot seller as well since this title was pretty good. The original Spider-Woman was not as connected to Spider-Man as you younger readers might think and I loved that outfit. Surprised we don’t see more Cosplayers doing that one at the Comic Con. Wake up ladies, this is classic stuff. Okay that is all we have for Marvel for this month. More comic stuff in a couple of days but after some music review posts first.
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