February sure has started out in full force and it feels like all of the Scandinavian bands that we cover on the website have send some of their homelands weather our way. It’s super cold today for sure with below zero temperatures and nasty winds. I got a taste of this last night as I walked from the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC to the subway home after the Bring Me The Horizon concert. The venue was an inferno, but the outside felt like Antarctica. When I checked my mobile it showed that the temperature outside was five below zero. Yikes. Since today is colder, it’s a good day to sit down and peruse some of the brand new titles that are coming out this month from Marvel Comics. Sure some have already hit the racks since yesterday was New Comic Book Day but the rest are forthcoming. As always the copy and images come from official Marvel resources and the closing editorial notes are all mine. Here we go.
MARVELS ANNOTATED #1 (OF 4): Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the series that changed the way we look at super heroes, the landmark MARVELS is back! In the year 1939, young photojournalist Phil Sheldon attends the sensational unveiling of the fiery android Human Torch — little knowing he is witnessing the dawn of the Age of Marvels! Prepare to relive Marvel’s Golden Age from a whole new point of view as Phil covers the superhuman sightings of the 1930s and 1940s — from the terror caused by the Human Torch’s epic clash with the Sub-Mariner to the patriotism stirred by the debut of Captain America and more! Packed with extras and completely remastered, you don’t want to miss this unique look back at the MARVELS phenomenon! Collecting MARVELS #0-1.
ALEX ROSS & KURT BUSIEK (W) • ALEX ROSS (A/C)
SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN #1: THE ANCIENT CULT OF KOGA THUN. A MYSTICAL TREASURE. AND THE ONLY MAN WHO CAN SAVE THE HYBORIAN AGE! Adrift at sea. No food. No weapons. Death surely awaits him. But the lionhearted CONAN is not so easily subdued, by Crom! When Conan finds himself captured, he unleashes his might on an unsuspecting pirate crew…one whose dark secrets will plunge Conan on the trail of an ancient treasure that may prove to be his undoing! An all-new age of SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN begins with a five-part tale of swords and sorcery by Gerry Duggan (DEADPOOL, INFINITY WARS) and illustrated by legendary artist Ron Garney (DAREDEVIL, THOR: GOD OF THUNDER) with covers by the incomparable Alex Ross, and breathtaking variant covers by Garney, Rahzzah, comics legend George Perez, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman! Welcome to the deadly Hyborian Age—hope you survive the experience!
GERRY DUGGAN (W) • RON GARNEY (A); Cover by ALEX ROSS
AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME #1 (OF 10): The team that brought you AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER REUNITES for an all-new weekly AVENGERS adventure! Night has fallen across the universe. Now seven Avengers — and one new addition — journey forth to bring back the light. But when the threat they face has destroyed even the gods…will anyone make it home? LEGACY #708
AL EWING, JIM ZUB & MARK WAID (W) • PACO MEDINA (A); Cover by YASMINE PUTRI
DAREDEVIL #1 & #2:
CHIP ZDARSKY (W) • MARCO CHECCHETTO (A); CoverS by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO
DAZZLER #1 FACSIMILE EDITION: She’s a singer, not a fighter — but Dazzler was always destined to be one of comics’ brightest stars! Journey back to the days of disco to join Spider-Man, the Avengers and the X-Men in welcoming Alison Blaire to the Mighty Marvel firmament with this impeccable facsimile of the first issue of Dazzler’s sparkling solo series! Alison’s mutant powers place her at a career crossroads. Can she be a singing sensation? A stellar super hero? Or both? But when Alison dons her iconic roller skates to make an important audition, will she dazzle everyone — or will the Asgardian Enchantress steal the show?! It’s a landmark issue of the 1980s, re-presented in its original form, ads and all!
32 PGS./ ONE-SHOT
Written by TOM DEFALCO; Penciled by JOHN ROMITA JR.; Cover by BOB LARKIN
ZIGGY PIG – SILLY SEAL COMICS #1: NOT SO FUNNY WHEN IT HAPPENS TO YOU? Once they were superstars of the Funny Animal Comedy circuit! Now money and fame have ruined their friendship. Will it ruin their lives?
RANK TIERI (W) • JACOB CHABOT (A); COVER BY NIC KLEIN
THE GUNHAWKS #1: For Marvel’s 80th anniversary we’ve set our sights on bringing some old titles back into the herd, and we’ve brought in Stray Bullets” David & Maria Lapham for a bullet-riddled saga of violence, vengeance and Western justice. In the days of the Old West there were plenty of fearsome folk… cowboys, rustlers, lawmen and outlaws…but few were as fearsome as THE GUNHAWKS!
32 PGS./ ONE-SHOT/Rated T+
DAVID & MARIA LAPHAM (W) • LUCA PIZZARI (A); Cover by GERARDO ZAFFINO
LOVE ROMANCES #1: LOVE STORIES THAT CAN ONLY BE TOLD IN A COMIC BOOK! Can robots fall in love? Is romance just a fantasy? Can love breach the corridor of death?
DENNIS HOPELESS, GAIL SIMONE, JON ADAMS & MORE (W) • VARIOUS (A); Cover by PYEONG-JUN PARK
WOLVERINE: INFINITY WATCH #1 (of 5): Wolverine has finally returned, disentwined from the evil clutches of Soteira…but hang on, didn’t he have an Infinity Stone? How did THAT happen?! And wasn’t he popping up all over the place for a little while? The answers you seek are finally revealed as Logan goes cosmic alongside everyone’s favorite god of lies and stories, Loki Laufeyson!
GERRY DUGGAN (W) • ANDY MACDONALD (A); Cover by Giuseppe Camuncoli
OLD MAN QUILL #1 (of 12): THE FAR-FLUNG SAGA OF THE ONCE AND FUTURE STAR-LORD BEGINS! Meet Peter Quill. He used to be Star-Lord – you know, the legendary outlaw – but it’s been quite some time since he’s gone by that name. Taking over for his father as the Emperor of Spartax, Quill put the life of spacefaring adventure behind him for one of leadership and responsibility. Quill grew up. But things didn’t go as planned. Decades have passed, and Peter is haunted by tragedy. Down and out, Quill’s existence means nothing…until the former GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY drag Peter out of his funk for one last mission! The heist of a lifetime – and Quill’s harrowing quest for redemption – begins here!
ETHAN SACKS (W) • ROBERT GILL (A); Cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
AGE OF X-MAN: THE MARVELOUS X-MEN #1 (of 5): ENTER THE AGE OF X-MAN! The perfect heroes for a perfect world! The X-Men have helped make the world into a utopia where living in fear and hatred is a thing of the past. All people are united under the banner of mutantkind, and all of mutantkind idolizes the X-Men. Jean Grey! Colossus! Storm! X-23! X-Man! Nature Girl! Magneto! And of course, the amazing Nightcrawler! When danger threatens the world, the Marvelous X-Men set things right for the good of all. And no one dares say otherwise.
LONNIE NADLER & ZAC THOMPSON (W) • MARCO FAILLA (A); Cover by PHIL NOTO
AGE OF X-MAN: NEXTGEN #1 (of 5): ENTER THE AGE OF X-MAN! In an age of utopia, the Summers Institute for Higher Learning is the premiere school for the mutant community across the globe. Attendance is mandatory for all mutant children, as they learn to become the next generation of marvelous X-Men. But even in a utopian society, teenagers will always find a way to rebel… Follow Glob, Armor, Anole and Rockslide as they discover what it really means to live in an age of peace and harmony!
ED BRISSON (W) • MARCUS TO (A); Cover by CHRIS BACHALO
AGE OF X-MAN: THE AMAZING NIGHTCRAWLER #1 (of 5): ENTER THE AGE OF X-MAN! From the Munich circus to Hollywood Boulevard, Nightcrawler is starring in his own solo series! Kurt Wagner is the biggest celebrity slash super hero since Dwayne Johnson! Juggling Kurt’s responsibilities as one of the X-Men and a slate of summer blockbusters would be tough without the best support staff in the business: Stunt coordinator Magma! Personal trainer Kylun! And of course, his leading lady Meggan! But there’s something rotten in Tinseltown…
SEAN MCGUIRE (W) • JUAN FRIGERI (A); COVER BY SHANE DAVIS, MICHELLE DELECKI & FEDERICO BLEE.
AGE OF X-MAN: THE X-TREMISTS #1 (of 5): ENTER THE AGE OF X-MAN! A perfect world doesn’t just…happen. It needs to be cultivated. That’s where the X-Tremists come in. Psylocke, Iceman, Northstar, Blob, Jubilee and Moneta protect people from threats they won’t even know existed, including the most insidious threat of all — love.
LEAH WILLIAMS (W) • GEORGES JEANTY (A); Cover by RAHZZAH
HULKVERINES #1 (of 3): THE CLASH YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR! At last! It’s Weapon H versus his predecessors—Wolverine and the Hulk! Once, the Weapon X program sought to recreate the world’s two greatest hunters. They ended up with Weapon H, a man of Adamantium claws and gamma-juiced blood. Now, Wolverine and the Hulk are back in action — and coming after the dangerous creation made in their name!
GREG PAK (W) • Ario Anindito (A); Cover by Greg Land & Frank D’Armata
CAPTAIN MARVEL: BRAVER & MIGHTIER #1: HERO FOR A DAY, HERO FOR A PLANET! It’s CAROL DANVERS Day! Air Force Pilot Carol Danvers is a hero to many…so what could possibly delay her to her own celebration? Only her other job—as Earth’s Mightiest Hero, CAPTAIN MARVEL! Stuck between her duty to her community and her responsibility to the wider world, Carol will have to make a tough decision, and muster all of her power to fend off an invasion force! Don’t miss the excitement of the STRONGEST & MIGHTIEST hero of all in her latest adventure!
JODY HOUSER (W) • SIMONE BUONFANTINO (A) • Cover by VALERIO SCHITI
MARVEL TALES: BLACK WIDOW #1: Relive exciting espionage adventures alongside the Black Widow and celebrate Marvel’s 80th anniversary with the return of MARVEL TALES! This anthology series shines a spotlight on fan-favorite characters, features timeless stories and highlights some of Marvel’s most impressive talent from the past eight decades. Featuring the debut of the Golden Age Black Widow from MYSTIC COMICS (1940) #4, the first appearance of the incomparable Natasha Romanoff as a femme fatale targeting Iron Man in TALES OF SUSPENSE (1959) #52 and the dazzling introduction of Natasha’s iconic modern look in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #86! Plus: Criminals everywhere will feel the Widow’s bite when she goes solo in AMAZING ADVENTURES (1970) #1, and Natasha undertakes a superspy mission in MARVEL FANFARE (1982) #10. And meet an all-new undercover agent in RED WIDOW: FIRST STRIKE #1! 80 PGS./ONE-SHOT/Rated T.
Written by GEORGE KAPITAN, STAN LEE, GARY FRIEDRICH, RALPH MACCHIO, MARGARET STOHL & MORE; Penciled by HARRY SAHLE, DON HECK, JOHN ROMITA SR., JOHN BUSCEMA, GEORGE PEREZ & NICO LEON; COVER BY JEN BARTEL
UNCANNY X-MEN: WINTER’S END #1: Iceman and the X-Men get a special visitor from the future! An older Bobby Drake has come to the present to tell him to give up being a super hero. But what could have happened that would change Bobby Drake from the X-Men’s resident jokester to a morose mutant?
SINA GRACE (W) • NATHAN STOCKMAN (A) • Cover by JAVIER GARRON
STAR WARS: AGE OF REPUBLIC – ANAKIN SKYWALKER #1: AN UNTOLD ANAKIN ADVENTURE FROM THE HEART OF THE CLONE WARS! A chance to strike a devastating blow to the SEPARATIST cause comes with a high cost. Will ANAKIN choose the darker path, or hold true to the CODE OF THE JEDI? Guest-starring OBI-WAN KENOBI!
JODY HOUSER (W) • CORY SMITH (A) • Cover by PAOLO RIVERA
STAR WARS: AGE OF REPUBLIC – COUNT DOOKU #1: THE FORMER JEDI BEGINS LAYING THE GROUNDWORK FOR HIS SITH MASTER! However, an unexpected encounter with an old student threatens his plans. Caught between his old life and his new, will DOOKU be able to protect the secrets of the SITH? And does he control the DARK SIDE, or is he merely its tool?
JODY HOUSER (W) • LUKE ROSS (A) • Cover by PAOLO RIVERA
MARVEL SUPER HERO ADVENTURES: SPIDER-MAN – WEB OF INTRIGUE #1: Power is a great responsibility but it’s a weight easier carried with friends! So, what happens when your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man meets up with his favorite Spider-Pals, Miles, Gwen and Anya? Hijinks, hilarity and heroism of course!
JEFF LOVENESS AND MORE! (W) MARIO DELPENNINO AND MORE! (A); Cover by JACOB CHABOT
MARVEL: UNIVERSE OF SUPER HEROES – MUSEUM EXHIBIT GUIDE TPB: ONLY AVAILABLE THROUGH THE DIRECT MARKET AND AT THE MUSEUM EXHIBIT! Marvel Comics and Marvel Studios films are not only the enduring voices of the Super Heroes themselves, but also the diverse visions of Marvel’s writers, artists, actors and filmmakers. The MARVEL: UNIVERSE OF SUPER HEROES catalog spotlights legendary comics creators, up-and-coming talent, editors, executives, artists, art collectors, actors and showrunners, along with articles about the history and power of Marvel fans, with stories that stretch the mind regarding how we think about heroes—be it through personal history, fandom or fashion. Featuring interviews with and articles by some of the legends and stars in the field—including Stan Lee, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Clark Gregg, Joe Quesada, G. Willow Wilson, Chris Claremont, Jeph Loeb, Cheo Hodari Coker and James Marsters. 248 PGS./All Ages …$34.99
February is also the month that a whole crop of Captain Marvel “True Believers” issues hit the stands and you know we love these one-dollar comics quite a bit. I’ve discussed them and lined out all of their covers in a post that you can examine by clicking the logo below this section. With two trailers available already, one has to wonder if we shall see a third during The Big Game on Sunday. Let’s see…
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: So as you can see there are a LOT of titles and mini-series and special editions hitting the racks this month along with the previously mentioned “True Believers” titles. Based on the months budget, I will be looking at all of them on the stands first before deciding what is coming into the collection against what is not. Most of the minis I will wait for a collected edition but I am super curious about the “Dazzler” facsimile edition and the “Marvels” issue for sure. I have the original runs of these characters somewhere in the collection. Good stuff. I’m also rather interested in the museum exhibit guide but its a tad pricey at the moment. My real hope is that this presentation finds its way to NYC so I can wander it in person and document the findings for our worldwide readership. Those who have been following the Piercing Ken website know full well that I love hitting a museum every now and again. So tell me dear friends which of these are you most interested in? Please do chime in down below in the comments section since its much better when you are talking to us about this stuff. I will be back in the coming days with the DC Comics side of the fence and then its time to start preparing for the annual Toy Fair which I will once again be exploring as a member of the press. I love that event and sharing all of the collector coolness with our Pop Culture fans. See you next time.
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