August sure looks like it’s going to be a big month with “Absolute Carnage” beginning and also launching a number of titles that are connected to it. With such a lengthy list to share with you comic book mavens, I will just get down to business and remind you that the images and overviews come from Marvel Entertainment provisions and the closing editorial will be all me. Here we go.
ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #1 (of 4): After turning Venom’s world upside down a year ago, DONNY CATES and RYAN STEGMAN are about to put the Sinister Symbiote through hell again, only this time CARNAGE has come calling, and everyone who’s ever worn a symbiote is dead in his sights! He’s skirted the periphery of the Marvel Universe for months, but Cletus Kasady at last stands poised to make his grand return to New York in a blistering 60-PAGE story… and he wants to paint the town red!
DONNY CATES (W) • RYAN STEGMAN (A/C)
ABSOLUTE CARNAGE VS. DEADPOOL #1 (of 3): LET’S GET CRAZY! At long last, Deadpool is ready to get his head straight and checks himself into Ravencroft Institute. Unfortunately, there’s another new arrival: CARNAGE! But I don’t think he’s here for a group therapy session…Madness and mayhem abound in the can’t-miss showdown of the year!
FRANK TIERI (W) • MARCELO FERREIRA (A) • Cover by TYLER KIRKHAM
ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: LETHAL PROTECTORS #1 (of 3): THE CULT OF CARNAGE COMES TO NEW YORK CITY! When he was last seen, John Jameson was being recovered from the scene of a massacre in Doverton, Colorado, by Misty Knight. Since then, they’ve both been MIA. So how, then, are they the only two people poised to prevent chaos as a mysterious foe of Spider-Man’s is RESURRECTED in the basements of RAVENCROFT INSTITUTE FOR THE CRIMINALLY INSANE?!
FRANK TIERI (W) • Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque (A) • COVER BY BENGAL
ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: MILES MORALES #1 (of 3): TARGET: SCORPION! It’s business as usual for Miles Morales as he finds himself squaring off with Mac Gargan, A.K.A. THE SCORPION! But as a cult of Carnage’s bloodthirsty acolytes swarms New York, Miles will learn the hard way that Scorpion has a history with Venom and the other symbiotes of the Marvel Universe! If he can survive this issue, that is.
SALADIN AHMED (W) • Federico Vincentini (A); Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN
ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: SCREAM #1 (of 3): THE RETURN OF A CLASSIC SYMBIOTE…AND IT’LL BE A SCREAM! Years ago, Patricia Robertson was unwillingly bonded to the clone of Venom that eventually became Mania, and she’s been living in fear of symbiotes ever since. But she’s also been living with a secret, and with the coming of Carnage, Patricia must take a stand — and will have no choice but to confront her demons head-on!
CULLEN BUNN (W) • GERARDO SANDOVAL (A/C)
ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: SEPARATION ANXIETY #1: HELLISH HORROR IN THE MIGHTY MARVEL MANNER! Since the conclusion of DEADPOOL VS. CARNAGE, four of the five LIFE FOUNDATION SYMBIOTES – Riot, Phage, Agony and Lasher – have been bonded to a stray dog, wandering the Midwest. But as Carnage descends on New York, its siblings will find it impossible to resist the siren song of KNULL…
CLAY CHAPMAN (W) • BRIAN LEVEL (A) • Cover by PHILIP TAN
MARVEL COMICS #1000: THE GREATEST TALENT EVER ASSEMBLED FOR ONE STORY! THIS IS THE BIG ONE! In celebration of Marvel’s 80th Anniversary, we have gathered together the greatest array of talent ever to be assembled between the covers of a single comic book! Names from the past, from the present, and even the future! Every page is filled with all-new work from this cavalcade of comic book luminaries! There is a mystery that threads throughout the Marvel Universe — one that has its origins in MARVEL COMICS #1 and which unites a disparate array of heroes and villains throughout the decades! What is the Eternity Mask, and who is responsible for the conspiracy to keep it hidden? And what new player will make their startling debut as these secrets are peeled away? Featuring the entirety of the Marvel Universe of characters! One-shot.
JASON AARON, KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR, DANIEL ACUÑA, SALADIN AHMED, MICHAEL ALLRED, KRIS ANKA, KIA ASAMIYA, JEN BARTEL, JOE BENNETT, NICK BRADSHAW, DOUG BRAITHWAITE, MARK BRIGHT, ED BRISSON, MARK BUCKINGHAM, KURT BUSIEK, JUANN CABAL, CAFU, JOHN CASSADAY, JOSHUA CASSARA, DONNY CATES, JIM CHEUNG, CHRIS CLAREMONT, GERRY CONWAY, PETER DAVID, ALAN DAVIS, KELLY SUE DECONNICK, TOM DEFALCO, MATTIA DE IULIS, MIKE DEODATO, GERRY DUGGAN, STEVE EPTING, AL EWING, EVE L. EWING, JORGE FORNÉS, RON FRENZ, NEIL GAIMAN, RON GARNEY, KIERON GILLEN, PATRICK GLEASON, GLEN DAVID GOLD, ADAM F. GOLDBERG, BUTCH GUICE, GABRIEL HARDMAN, JAMES HARREN, ALLAN HEINBERG, JONATHAN HICKMAN, JOE HILL, TINI HOWARD, JAMES MONROE IGLEHART, KATHRYN IMMONEN, STUART IMMONEN, J.J. KIRBY, LEONARD KIRK, IRENE KOH, ADAM KUBERT, DEREK LANDY, PEPE LARRAZ, SALVADOR LARROCA, ERIK LARSEN, JASON LATOUR, JEFF LEMIRE, ROB LIEFELD, JEPH LOEB, DAVID LOPEZ, PHIL LORD, DAVID MANDEL, MARCOS MARTIN, OSCAR MARTIN, ED MCGUINNESS, STEVE MCNIVEN, PACO MEDINA, BRAD MELTZER, CHRISTOPHER MILLER, TAKESHI MIYAZAWA, CHRIS MOONEYHAM, RYAN NORTH, PHIL NOTO, RAYMOND OBSTFELD, CARLOS PACHECO, GREG PAK, GORAN PARLOV, GEORGE PÉREZ, PRIEST, JOE QUESADA, ROD REIS, JASON REYNOLDS, ADAM RICHES, EDUARDO RISSO, JAVIER RODRÍGUEZ, LEONARDO ROMERO, MATTHEW ROSENBERG, ALEX ROSS, RAINBOW ROWELL, STEVE RUDE, JESÚS SAIZ, TIM SALE, CHRIS SAMNEE, GEOFF SHAW, GAIL SIMONE, WALTER SIMONSON, DAN SLOTT, CORY SMITH, CHARLES SOULE, CAMERON STEWART, J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI, TABOO, TOM TAYLOR, JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO, ROY THOMAS, KELLY THOMPSON, JEFFREY VEREGGE, MARK WAID, DAVID F. WALKER, CHRISTIAN WARD, DUSTIN WEAVER, CHRIS WESTON, TOBY WHITHOUSE, JEREMY WHITLEY, LEINIL FRANCIS YU, CHIP ZDARSKY, PATCH ZIRCHER, JIM ZUB • & MANY MORE!
FANTASTIC FOUR: 4 YANCY STREET #1: The first of a series of regular essential releases expanding on the ongoing legend of the Fantastic Four and their world! The FF are now living on Yancy Street, but not all of their neighbors are happy about that. The Thing investigates a nasty piece of vandalism that conjures up painful old memories as he takes a trip down memory lane through the Lower East Side and it’s made all the more dangerous by…THE TERRIBLE TRIO!
GERRY DUGGAN (W) • GREG SMALLWOOD (A/C)
SILVER SURFER: THE PRODIGAL SUN #1: CHAPTER 2 OF 3! Continuing Prodigal’s journey home from FANTASTIC FOUR: THE PRODIGAL SUN #1, the one individual who can aid him in accomplishing it is the Silver Surfer. But Prodigal has a history with the Surfer. Witness that now as we see the Surfer, back when he was still the herald to Galactus, as Prodigal battles him to prevent Galactus from destroying an entire world because of his unending appetite. One-shot.
PETER DAVID (W) • FRANCESCO MANNA (A); Cover by MICO SUAYAN
GHOST-SPIDER #1: GWEN STACY MAKES HER WAY TO THE MARVEL UNIVERSE! With a cloud of infamy hanging over her head on Earth-65, GWEN STACY now travels to Earth-616 for super hero action…and school?! The newest student at ESU is about to get a crash course in multiversity as she splits her time between the world she loves and the world she’s just getting to know! But what devious villain has eyes on Gwen’s travels? Is Gwen ready for what comes next?
SEANAN MCGUIRE (W) • TAKESHI MIYAZAWA(A); Cover by JORGE MOLINA
GWENPOOL STRIKES BACK #1 (of 5): POOL’S OUT FOR SUMMER! That’s right — everyone’s favorite comics-fan-turned-comics character is back, and this time, she’s playing for keeps! Gwen Poole is desperate not to disappear into comic book limbo, so she’s going to make an impact on the Marvel Universe! First up: Unmask Spider-Man! And heck, maybe see if she can get some real super-powers while she’s at it!
LEAH WILLIAMS (W) • DAVID BALDEON (A); COVER BY TERRY DODSON
MARVEL MONSTERS #1: THE MONSTERS ARE COMING!!! Someone is doing terrible things to the Marvel Monsters, and only Kid Kaiju can stop it! But that’s not all! A murderers’ row of artists like Becky Cloonan, Gerardo Zaffino and others are on hand to provide awesome monster splash pages, accompanied by cross sections from superstar artist Superlog! It’s the big, bold, beautiful celebration of all things Monstrously Marvel that you won’t want to miss! One-shot.
CULLEN BUNN (W) • SCOTT HEPBURN, SUPERLOG, Becky Cloonan, Gerardo Zaffino & MORE! (A)
Cover by NICK BRADSHAW
AGENTS OF ATLAS #1 (of 5): PROTECTING EVERY CORNER OF THE MARVEL U.! By popular demand, ATLAS debut in their own series as AMADEUS CHO, SILK, SHANG-CHI, WAVE, JIMMY WOO and all your favorites defend the cross-Asian portal city of Pan against the science-magic threat of one of Marvel’s classic villains! Classic science-magic super hero fun combined with young and old heroes from multiple lands clashing with one another, fighting monsters and maybe saving the world along the way! And who is ISAAC IKEDA, the Protector of Pan? PLUS: Where are the original AGENTS OF ATLAS? Namora, M-11, Gorilla Man and Marvel Boy in an all-new top-secret mission!
GREG PAK & JEFF PARKER (W) • GANG HYUK LIM & CARLO PAGULAYAN (A); Cover by JUNG-GEUN YOON
MAJOR X #0: Representing the classic Wolverine (1988) #154-155 with an all-new Major X frame short story written & drawn by Rob Liefeld! Deadpool accepts a hit from a mysterious group of overzealous techies called the Watchtower. His intended target? Wolverine! There’s a bounty on Logan’s head, and Deadpool plans to collect! But will the Watchtower prove too morally questionable for even the Merc? The beginnings of the hit Major X series can be found in these classic stories! One-shot.
Rob Liefeld with Eric Stephenson (W) • Rob Liefeld (A/C)
FUTURE FOUNDATION #1: A BRAND-NEW SERIES STRAIGHT FROM THE PAGES OF FANTASTIC FOUR! When the Richards family is called back to Earth to be the Fantastic Four again, they left behind the Future Foundation — a think tank of the most brilliant young minds in the universe — with one mission: to find the pieces of and rebuild their friend Molecule Man. But that’s proved harder than imagined as this crew of young geniuses, Atlanteans, Mutants, Moloids and androids have run into every problem in the Multiverse. Now, with the leadership of Alex and Julie Power and a little extra firepower from guest professor Yondu Udonta, the team will undergo their most dangerous mission yet — a PRISON BREAK! Jeremy Whitley (UNSTOPPABLE WASP) and Will Robson (GREAT LAKES AVENGERS; Spawn) take the Future Foundation on a heart-pounding journey across time and space!
JEREMY WHITLEY (W) • WILL ROBSON (A) • Cover by CARLOS PACHECO
POWER PACK: GROW UP! #1: BELOVED POWER PACK CREATORS LOUISE SIMONSON AND JUNE BRIGMAN GET THE GANG BACK TOGETHER FOR A SPECIAL 80TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE!
For more than 60 issues, Louise Simonson and June Brigman brought a light and youthfulness to Marvel Comics that had rarely been seen before — or since. Alex, Julie, Katie and Jack Power — four ordinary children granted incredible alien abilities — soared into our hearts with amazing adventures from the Morlocks’ sewers to the depths of space. Now Louise and June return for a blast into the past — with a bonus helping of Wolverine and Kitty Pryde! When the Brood crash a Lila Cheney concert, Power Pack jumps into action. But can they fight past their own anxieties — and each other — fast enough to drive off the invasion? Plus: Fan-favorite artist Gurihuri teams up with Louise Simonson for the first time in a special short story! One-shot.
LOUISE SIMONSON (W) • JUNE BRIGMAN & Gurihuri (A); COVER BY June Brigman
IMMORTAL HULK DIRECTOR’S CUT #1 & 2 (of 6): The horror has a name — and now it is unleashed in full graphic detail! You’d never notice the man. He doesn’t like to be noticed. He’s quiet. Calm. Never complains. If someone were to walk up and shoot him in the head…all he’d do is die. Until night falls. And someone else gets up again. The man’s name is Banner. The horror is the Immortal Hulk. And trouble has a way of finding them both! As reporter Jackie McGee tries to put together the pieces, Banner treads a lonely path from town to town — unearthing murder, mystery and tragedy as he goes. And what Banner discovers, the Hulk smashes! The critically acclaimed reinvention of one of Marvel’s biggest icons is re-presented in Director’s Cut form, complete with Joe Bennett’s savage pencils and more incredible bonus features!
AL EWING (W) • JOE BENNETT (A) • Cover by ALEX ROSS
MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN: VELOCITY #1 (of 5): THE FIRST ALL-ORIGINAL STORY SET IN THE GAMERVERSE STARTS HERE! Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum continues the saga of the spectacular SPIDER-MAN with an ALL-NEW story set in the Gamerverse! How and why did PETER PARKER build the armored VELOCITY SUIT seen in the Marvel’s Spider-Man video game? Find out here! After the events of CITY AT WAR, SPIDER-MAN continues to balance his colliding worlds as he attempts to protect New York City against super villains like SWARM, while reporter MARY JANE WATSON delves deep into an investigation with legendary Daily Bugle journalist BEN URICH. Learn the never-before-told backstory behind the popular VELOCITY SUIT as unexplainable occurrences bedevil the city and our heroes come face-to-face with…a poltergeist?! Illustrated by Emilio Laiso (CHAMPIONS, STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA), with eye-popping covers by the inimitable SKAN, you won’t want to miss a panel of the first all-original story following up the worldwide hit video game!
DENNIS “HOPELESS” HALLUM (W) • EMILIO LAISO (A); Cover by SKAN
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: VENOM 3D #1 (POLYBAGGED): Spider-Man’s first encounter with his deadliest foe leaps off the page like never before! The lethal Venom looks a lot like Spidey’s black costume — only bigger, stronger and with a killer smile! Worse still, thanks to the symbiotic suit, Eddie Brock knows all of Peter Parker’s secrets! Venom has already terrorized Mary Jane — so it’s just a matter of time before he comes face-to-face with Spidey. And Eddie knows just the right place to battle the wall-crawler! Can Peter figure out a way to survive? And if he does, maybe it’s time to go back to a more friendly neighborhood outfit! It’s one of the greatest issues of David Michelinie and Todd McFarlane’s fan-favorite run, with the superstar artist’s stunning pages presented for the first time in eye-popping 3D! Reprinting AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #300.
Written by DAVID MICHELINIE • Penciled by TODD MCFARLANE; Cover by TODD MCFARLANE
SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN: SELF-IMPROVEMENT #1: In honor of Marvel’s 80th Anniversary, we’ve uncovered a hidden gem! Fan Randy Scheuller submitted an idea of Spider-Man donning a black suit before SECRET WARS, but his story was never printed. So we tasked SPIDER-MAN legends PETER DAVID and RICK LEONARDI with bringing it into the light! Then read a story by two of the creators who told the first printed stories of the black costume, TOM DEFALCO and RON FRENZ!
PETER DAVID WITH RANDY SCHUELLER & TOM DEFALCO (W); RICK LEONARDI & RON FRENZ (A); Cover by MARK BAGLEY
SHE-HULK ANNUAL #1: ACTS OF EVIL! Bullseye being hired for an assassination? Just another Tuesday. But when he decides to pin it on She-Hulk? Bad idea. Strap in as everyone’s favorite lawyer-slash-Hulk, Jennifer Walters, takes on the mad marksman in a classic case of character defamation…with a heaping helping of SMASH. Plus: Robots! Why? Well, you’ll just have to wait and see…
ALEXANDRA PETRI (W) • ANDY MACDONALD (A) • Cover by MIRKA ANDOLFO
DEADPOOL ANNUAL #1: ACTS OF EVIL! Eight-year-old Peter Quincy is willing to pay seven dollars to the person who can kill his bad dreams, and the Merc with a Mouth is on the case! But if Deadpool wants to earn that sweet, sweet paper, he’s going to have to throw down with Nightmare himself!
Dana Schwartz (W) • Reilly Brown (A) • Cover by Aaron Kuder
X-FACTOR #87 FACSIMILE EDITION: Get inside the heads of one of the most uncanny mutant teams of all in an acclaimed classic from the stellar creative team of Peter David and Joe Quesada! Havok, Polaris, Quicksilver, Wolfsbane, Multiple Man and Strong Guy — plus X-Factor’s government liaison, Val Cooper — are all under “X-amination” by super hero psychiatrist Doc Samson! And the revelations are hilarious, heartbreaking and character-defining! Learn how frustrating it is for the super-fast Pietro Maximoff to live in a normal-paced world! Discover Guido Carosella’s hidden pain! Explore Alex Summers’ insecurities! And join Rahne Sinclair in confronting her deepest feelings! Plus: More secrets from the psychiatric couch! It’s one of the all-time great Marvel comic books, boldly re-presented in its original form, ads and all! Reprinting X-FACTOR (1986) #87.
Written by PETER DAVID; Penciled by JOE QUESADA; Cover by JOE QUESADA
MARVEL TALES: X-MEN #1: The X-Men join the celebration of the House of Ideas’ 80th anniversary with the latest issue of the era-spanning MARVEL TALES! This anthology shines a spotlight on fan-favorite characters, features timeless stories and highlights some of Marvel’s most impressive talent from the past eight decades. First, Alex Summers suits up as the man called Havok in X-MEN (1963) #58 — a classic tale of the original X-Men by the legendary team of Roy Thomas and Neal Adams! Then, New Mutants’ Sunspot and Warlock join a ragtag group of teen heroes — plus the mutant lobsters known as Bill and Don — in FALLEN ANGELS #2 by classic creators Jo Duffy and Kerry Gammill! And finally, Storm powerfully reasserts herself as the captured X-Men face execution in Genosha in UNCANNY X-MEN (1981) #272 by the superstar team of Chris Claremont and Jim Lee!
Written by ROY THOMAS, JO DUFFY & CHRIS CLAREMONT; Penciled by NEAL ADAMS, KERRY GAMMILL & JIM LEE; Cover by JEN BARTEL
CONAN THE BARBARIAN: EXODUS #1: MAN VS. NATURE IN THE NEVER-BEFORE-TOLD STORY OF CONAN’S FIRST JOURNEY FROM CIMMERIA! Long have the stories told of CONAN, who came from the frozen hills of his homeland, Cimmeria, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth in the Hyborian Age – but now you will witness the epic tale of the young barbarian’s first journey from home from visionary creator Esad Ribic! Fifteen winters in Cimmeria have toughened the young Conan, but his greatest challenge lies ahead. Braving the elements, without food, without shelter, without weapons, Conan must learn to survive even as nature itself conspires to stop him. The snow freezes his bones. The wolves smell his blood. But if he can reach civilization, will his wounds heal…or will his troubles just begin? With a majestic scope underscored by the completely visual narrative, don’t miss this truly special moment in Conan’s story and an unprecedented issue in Marvel Comics publication history! One-shot.
ESAD RIBIC (W) • ESAD RIBIC (A/C)
AGE OF CONAN: VALERIA #1 (of 5): AN ALL-NEW QUEST FOR ROBERT E. HOWARD’S VALERIA AS SHE SEEKS TRUTH – AND REVENGE! Journey into the Hyborian Age with Valeria, the hero from Robert E. Howard’s classic CONAN story “Red Nails,” on an all-new quest set before the fan-favorite tale!
Before her careers as a pirate and mercenary and before she crossed paths with the Red Brotherhood and the likes of Conan of Cimmeria, Valeria was a young woman from Aquilonia, seeking justice for a crime gone unpunished. But as the formidable Valeria makes her way in this world, proving her capability against those who doubt her abilities as a young woman, she will find more than she bargained for in her thirst for revenge. Her deadly fighting skills will be put to the test and her trust will be shaken as she hunts her brother’s killer and comes into her own as a force to be reckoned with in the Hyborian Age! Don’t miss the start of an all-new classic, from Meredith Finch (Wonder Woman, SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN) and Aneke (Red Sonja, DC’s Bombshells)! Plus: The first chapter of an all-new novella featuring one of CONAN’s greatest nemeses — the wizard THOTH-AMON!
MEREDITH FINCH (W) • ANEKE (A); Cover by JAY ANACLETO
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Sounds like some great stuff for sure. Don’t forget to tell your local comic book retailer to add the items that you are most interested in purchasing to your weekly pull list. For me, I am mostly going to stick with the one-shots and peruse the other items on the shelves to see if I’d like to add them to the collection. What about you readers? Which of these are you thinking are going to be the most compelling reads? Chime in down below in the comments section and I will see you next time around.
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