Hey there my comic loving friends, I can hardly believe that I am saying this but “Welcome To December!!!” – Yeah we are here and that means that 2016 will soon be making its exit and opening up the door to a brand new year. I’m starting off the month in the usual fashion with our comic book first issue narratives and am going to do the Marvel Comics stuff first this time because there are more new titles launching this month and I want you to have a jump on them for your weekly pull list. As always there are numerous different variant covers available for these titles but some you might have to special request from your shop since I know many don’t stock them all. Other titles are currently running but we are only showcasing the first issues with help from the Marvel Entertainment publicity team. Here we go.
IVX #1 (of 6): THIS IS IT! The X-Men and Inhumans have been on a collision course since the link was proven between the Inhumans’ precious Terrigen Mist and the sickness and death of many mutants. When Beast discovers that the mutants have only two weeks before the planet is uninhabitable for them, an Inhuman/mutant war is unavoidable. Co-written by Charles Soule (Uncanny Inhumans, Daredevil) and Jeff Lemire (Extraordinary X-Men, Moon Knight), IVX delivers sensational set pieces, gargantuan grudge matches, all drawn by the sensational Leinil Francis Yu! Whether you’re for the X-MEN or the INHUMANS, IVX promises to shatter the Marvel Universe as you know it!
Charles Soule & Jeff Lemire (W) • Leinil Francis Yu (A/C)
U.S.AVENGERS #1: In a world beset by danger, the United States of America needs a team of heroes they can rely on. Welcome to… American Intelligence Mechanics! A.I.M. will dare any danger – no matter how awesome that danger might be – to save their nation from the wildest, weirdest threats of all! The most patriotic super-group ever is here to save the day. And they’ll do it all looking tried and true in the red, white & blue! Can you live without… the U.S.Avengers?
Al Ewing (W) • Paco Medina (A/C)
THE MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL #0: Behold the mightiest, fightiest super hero there is! Captain Marvel returns to her helm as Alpha Flight commander with the world cheering her on. She’s the biggest hero in the world – but has Captain Marvel become someone Carol Danvers no longer recognizes? New York Times bestselling author Margaret Stohl (Beautiful Creatures, Black Widow: Forever Red) makes her comics series debut in a blockbuster Marvel story decades in the making.
Margaret Stohl (W) • Ramon Rosanas (A); Cover by Elizabeth Torque
HULK #1: JENNIFER WALTERS has survived the Civil War…barely…and having risen from the rubble, she re-enters the world a different kind of hero. Fueled by a quiet rage, she is determined to move forward, to go on with her life, but the pain of the past and all she’s lost is always there – an undercurrent, a pulse, waiting to quicken and trigger Jen’s transformation into the one thing she doesn’t have control over…
Mariko Tamaki (W) • Nico Leon (A) • Cover By Jeff Dekal
HAWKEYE #1: Remember Hawkeye? No not that Hawkeye, our favorite Hawkeye, the chick who puts the hawk in Hawkeye, the butt-kicking hero who had to save the other Hawkeye’s butt all the time. Yup, you know her, it’s the dazzling Kate Bishop making her solo comics debut! Kate is heading west and returning to Los Angeles, with her bow and arrow and P.I. badge in tow. There are crimes to solve and she’s the best archer to handle ‘em! The City of Angels has a new guardian angel. The talented duo of Kelly Thompson (A-Force, Jem) and Leonardo Romero (Squadron Supreme, Doctor Strange) bring you a Kate Bishop like you’ve never seen her before, in a brand-new ongoing series that really hits the mark!
Kelly Thompson (W) • Leonardo Romero (A); Cover By Julian Totino Tedesco
SLAPSTICK #1: Steve Harmon was an average teenager who had an average job as your average clown, living in average New Jersey. But after being zapped by weird and mysterious extradimensional energy, Steve became Slapstick, a living, breathing cartoon! Now, after joining, and then quitting, Deadpool’s Mercs for Money, Slapstick is striking it out on his own terms! Sure he’s gotta move back in with his parents, but these new business ventures take time. And anyways, he gets to team-up with the Amazing Spider-Man in his first issue. That seems like he’s doing pretty well to me!
Reilly Brown & Fred Van Lente (W) • Diego Olortegui (A); Cover by DAVID NAKAYAMA
NOVA #1: CLASSIFIED IS BACK! CLASSIFIED makes his roaring return to the Marvel Universe! How will Sam Alexander cope with this unfathomable homecoming? It’s the return you’ve all been waiting for. Or is something…else? Strap in True Believer, you’ve never seen a NOVA book like this before!
Jeff Loveness & Ramón Pérez (W) • Ramón Pérez (A/C)
ROCKET RACCOON #1: GROUNDED! From the pages of Guardians of the Galaxy, Rocket has found himself stuck in the LAST place he wants to be—the backwards, no-class, pit of a planet called Earth. It’s where those dumb furry things people say he looks like are from! One thing is clear—it doesn’t matter who or what gets in his way…he’s gotta get off this mudball, NOW. Easier said than done.
Matthew Rosenberg (W) • Jorge Coelho (A); Cover by David Nakayama
STAR-LORD #1: GROUNDED! Peter Quill might have been born on Earth, but he’s been away a LONG time. How does a man go from soaring through the stars as the legendary Star-Lord to living with his feet planted firmly on the ground? What kind of job options are available for a guy whose CV mostly consists of “guarding the galaxy”? One thing is certain, Earth has a new guardian. Also, a new bartender.
Chip Zdarsky (W) • Kris Anka (A/C)
GAMORA #1: Before the Guardians…there was Gamora! From screenwriter Nicole Perlman—co-writer of the Guardians of the Galaxy screenplay—and Marvel superstar artist Marco Checchetto comes a killer new ongoing series! Once upon a time she was Thanos’ heartless pet assassin and favorite daughter. Today, she is the backbone of the Guardians of the Galaxy, putting her life on the line to defend the innocent. What was it that transformed her from being used as a tool of her oppressor, to a champion of the powerless? Embark on a journey of revenge and redemption, and witness how Gamora earned her reputation as the Deadliest Woman in the Galaxy.
Nicole Perlman (W) • Marco Checchetto (A); Cover By Esad Ribic
POWER MAN AND IRON FIST: SWEET CHRISTMAS ANNUAL #1: YOU BETTER NOT POUT, YOU BETTER NOT CRY! Cause you’re getting an extra helping of POWER MAN AND IRON FIST! This Christmas will be sweet, indeed! But not for Luke Cage, who is feeling neither holly nor jolly. Surely Danny can change that! Or maybe these demonic toys will! Wait, demonic toys?! OH, NO!
David F. Walker (W) • Scott Hepburn (A); Cover By Jamal Campbell
DOCTOR STRANGE/PUNISHER: MAGIC BULLETS #1 (of 4): The team-up to end all team-ups is here, as two of the most different Marvel characters worlds’ collide! What new mafia threat is so great that the Punisher needs Doctor Strange’s help? Find out as the Sorcerer Supreme teams with the One Man War on Crime!
John Barber (W) • Andrea Broccardo & Jason Muhr (A); Cover By Michael Walsh
GWENPOOL HOLIDAY SPECIAL: MERRY MIX-UP #1: It’s the holidays yet again, and that means it’s time to join EVERYONE’S FAVORITE GWEN (take that, Stacy!) and celebrate good times, come on! Only problem is…somehow this year’s festive traditions seem to be a little…off…and Gwen’s the only one who notices. FEATURING: Gwenpool (duh), Spider-Man, Red Skull, Punisher and even Deadpool! This is one present you know you gotta buy yourself!
Christopher Hastings, Ryan North, Nick Kocher, Karla Pacheco, Chynna Clugston-Flores (W) Chynna Clugston-Flores, Myisha Haynes, Nathan Stockman & More (A) Cover By Salva Espin
PiercingMetal Thoughts: As I glanced over this list I had to say that I found the titles featuring the Guardians Of The Galaxy to be high on my interest plate and I guess this is because we recently saw the trailer for the second film featuring the rag tag group of heroes. The new Hulk title and US Avengers are also interesting to me but I think I will be perusing them on the shelves first. Lately I’ve been doing that and determining whether I wish to follow the series in single issue format or trade paperback collection. What do you Marvel Comics fans think of these new offerings? Are you adding any of them to your monthly list based on the premise? Let me know in the comments section.
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