If you thought you were being given a breather after the Marvel Comics first issue assault that came in November, then I suggest you close this posting or hit back and look at something else because there are a lot of new titles launching this month as well. The only upside is that there are not as many as we found in November since that was one expensive month. Below you’ll find the covers and some insight along with the creative teams involved which all comes from the Marvel Comics press side. As always I will return at the close to let you know what I think about this months run of titles. Here we go.
A-Force #1: A-Force, Assemble! From the ashes of Battleworld, Marvel’s newest hero Singularity has risen and entered the Marvel Universe. But she didn’t make the journey alone. To combat the most fearsome threats from across the multiverse, Singularity will summon the world’s mightiest team of Avengers to her side: She-Hulk. Captain Marvel. Dazzler. Medusa. Nico Minoru. Together, they are A FORCE to be reckoned with!
G. Willow Wilson (W) • Jorge Molina (A/C)
All-New Inhumans #1-2: As the Terrigen Clouds move around the world they leave in their wake the wrecked lives of the Inhumanized. Crystal and her team are tasked to help as many of these NuHumans as possible, but it’s not going to be easy. Not only are views of these new super-powered people varied (from fear to anger to amazement) but even those who get the powers aren’t always glad to get them. Add to that the nineteen mysterious Skyspears that recently crashed into the Earth, and the Inhuman world just got a lot more complicated.
Charles Soule & James Asmus (W) • Stefano Caselli (a/C)
Daredevil #1-2: Back in black and on his home turf, Daredevil begins again in New York City as a new enemy emerges. Meanwhile his alter ego, Matt Murdock, is on a new side of the law in the District Attorney’s office. Fighting crime in the shadows, prosecuting bad guys in the light, it’s a whole new chapter for our man without fear—including the arrival of the devil’s advocate. Welcome to Hell, Blindspot.
Charles Soule (W) • Ron Garney (a/C)
Deadpool & Cable: Split Second #1: Call them a duo with a special kind of dynamics…call them the odd couple but with guns…call them 90s comics distilled down into two characters—DEADPOOL AND CABLE ARE BACK, BABY! That’s right—The Merc with the Mouth and the Soldier with the Scowl are together again in this all-new series! When Cable gets a vision of a terrible future set off by the death of one man, he knows he must protect him no matter what! I’ll get you three guesses who’s been hired to kill that guy. Go on, guess. The fan favorite team of Fabian Nicieza & Reilly Brown have reunited to get the gang back together—and it feels so good!
Fabien Nicieza (W) Reilly Brown (A/C)
Guardians of Infinity #1: Who Are The Guardians 1000?! Defending the galaxy is a good gig, but Drax isn’t thrilled with the combat hours (not enough of them) and Rocket isn’t thrilled with the compensation (not enough of it). They’re off on an adventure to supplement both, and Groot is happy to come along. But instead of the perks they want, they’re about to get more trouble than they can handle. Good thing the Guardians 3000 are on hand to help! But what about…THE GUARDIANS 1000??!! Also in this issue, Latour and Cheung tell a one-off story of Ben Grimm and Rocket Raccoon, stuck on a planet where culture is based on Earth-style professional wrestling…but the stakes are life and death! THIS AIN’T KAYFABE, BROTHER!
Dan Abnett & Jason Latour (W); Carlo Barberi & Jim Cheung (a)
Gwenpool Special #1: An All-New, All-Different Marvel Holiday Special! She-Hulk throws a holiday party and invites the entire Marvel U! Deadpool teams up with both Hawkeyes – Kate and Clint – to…stop a pickpocket?! Ms. Marvel takes on her most dangerous threat yet: the holiday blues! And then there’s the reason for the season(al special): GWENPOOL! Yup, you read that right – Gwen. Pool. C’mon, you know you’re curious.
Gerry Duggan, Charles Soule, Christopher Hastings, Various (W); Danilo Beyruth, Langdon Foss, Gurihiru, Various (A)
Totally Awesome Hulk #1: There’s A Brand New Hulk In Town, And His Name Is Amadeus Cho! Get ready for the craziest Hulk story of the millennium as a kid genius decides he’s gonna be the best Hulk ever — and just possibly brings the entire Marvel Universe crashing down into chaos! Totally awesome beach day! Massive monster mayhem! She-Hulk and Lady Hellbender! Massive heart and ridiculous action brought to you by PLANET HULK writer Greg Pak and superstar artist Frank Cho! Is it possible for us to fit in one more exclamation point? YES!
Greg Pak (W) • Frank Cho (a/C)
Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat #1: Patsy Walker has managed to escape her past, her enemies and Hell itself (literally), but nothing compares to job hunting in New York City! Between trying to make rent and dodging (literal) bullets, Patsy barely has time to deal with her mother’s exploitative romance comics about her childhood resurfacing, much less how they start to interfere with her work and dating life. As she goes from living a double life to a triple, what the Hell is Patsy Walker supposed to do? Raise your (literal) claws for PATSY WALKER, AKA HELLCAT!
Kate Leth (W) • Brittney Williams (A/C)
Red Wolf #1: Once Upon A Timely In The West…Frontier boomtown Timely has more than its share of scoundrels: it takes a hero to keep them in line. Red Wolf—the Cheyenne who crossed the desert and stood up to Mayor Wilson Fisk in Secret Wars’ 1872—is the only man who can fill fallen Sheriff Steve Rogers’ boots. As an outsider and an honest man, Red is going to need all his wits, and both his fists, to serve and protect. The tale of how Red Wolf wins the West starts in 1872, and will take him farther than he could ever imagine!
Nathan Edmondson (W) • Dalibor Talajic (A); Cover By Jeffrey Veregge
Scarlet Witch #1: Witchcraft is broken – and the Scarlet Witch is on a journey across the globe to fix it. From the back alleys of Manhattan, to the serene Greek Isles, to the bustling streets of Hong Kong, Wanda will have to face down her foes and find out who her true friends are. But as Wanda solves magical crimes and pieces witchcraft back together, the most important question remains: Who is the mastermind that broke it in the first place? Written by Eisner Award winner James Robinson, with covers by Eisner Award winner David Aja with the first issue drawn by fan-favorite Vanesa Del Rey!
James Robinson (W) • Vanesa Del Rey (A)
Spidey #1: Think you know everything about Peter Parker’s early days? Think again. It’s action, adventure and a rip-roaring romp in classic Marvel style as SPIDEY swings onto shelves this winter! Featuring adventures from throughout the web-slinging wonder’s younger years, it’s a return to the days of overdue homework, not knowing how to talk to girls (or anybody, really) and just a plenty of danger. Witness some of Spidey’s earliest tangles with the likes of DOC OCK, SANDMAN and a host of other unexpected guests!
Robbie Thompson (W) • Nick Bradshaw (a/C)
Squadron Supreme #1 #2: They’re each the sole survivor of a lost Earth and they’ll do anything to protect this one, whether you like it or not. The Squadron Supreme — comprising Hyperion (Avengers), Nighthawk (Supreme Power), Dr. Spectrum (the Great Society), Blur (DP7) and Power Princess — are a team that doesn’t ask permission or what the rules are. To them all that matters is the safety of Earth and if you stand in the way…that’s your problem! Tell that to the Squadron’s first target — Namor, destroyer of Dr. Spectrum’s homeworld, who will have to pay for his crimes…but at what cost to the people of Atlantis.
James Robinson (W) • Leonard Kirk (a)
Star Brand and Nightmask #1: Two former Avengers with tremendous power – and almost zero life experience – are on their own, trying to find their place as HEROES, COSMIC ENTITIES and…COLLEGE STUDENTS? What meal plan will cover a cosmic metabolism? Can two all-powerful entities share a dorm room the size of roach motel? Can you safely teleport to Mars after partying all night long at your first kegger? Find out in Starbrand & Nightmask!
Greg Weisman (W) • Domo Stanton (A)
Star Wars Special: C-3PO #1: Follow everyone’s favorite protocol droid as he Journeys to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in this special one-shot leading up to his appearance in the film! Just how did Threepio get a red arm, anyway? Find out here as the blockbuster creative team of James Robinson and Tony Harris of DC’s Starman reunite for the first time in nearly two decades! You may be fluent in over six million forms of communication…but this book is a must have in any language!
James Robinson (W) • Tony Harris (A/C)
Star Wars Darth Vader Annual #1: The planet Shu-Torin has gone against the will of the Empire. It’s time for Vader to bring them in line. A great, evil jumping-on point for fans of the Dark Lord!
Kieron Gillen (W) • Leinil Yu (A/C)
Star Wars Annual #1: Galactic espionage hits the Empire—hard! Haarkon Dak has been undercover in the Imperial bureaucracy for years…but now, he’s the only chance to save Rebel sympathetic senators!
Kieron Gillen (W) • Angel Unzueta (A)
Uncanny X-Men #1-2: In a world that’s never hated or feared mutants more, there is only one constant: BIGGER THREATS REQUIRE MORE THREATENING X-MEN. Refusing to accept one more mutant death, the most ruthless mutants on Earth have banded together to proactively mow down their enemies. But with a team populated by relentless killers, one question applies above all others: Can they stay away from each other’s throats long enough to sever their targets’?
Cullen Bunn (W) • Greg Land (a/C)
Weirdworld #1: From the pages of Secret Wars, now in the All-New Marvel U! Imagine, being trapped in a world of sword and sorcery. With no sword and sorcery experience to speak of. This is the story of Becca, a girl stuck in Weirdworld, with only one mission: get home alive! Marvel’s own twisted fantasy realm comes alive before your eyes! Barbarians! Wizards! And tricked out sports cars!
Sam Humphries (W) Mike Del Mundo (A/C)
PiercingMetal Thoughts: I’ve been needing a smaller piggy bank these days based on all the titles that Marvel keeps putting out as I am one of those “number one” guys who loved snagging almost every first issue that comes out for the collection. There are some really cool titles this month and I think I am most interested in Spidey, A-Force, Scarlet Witch, Deadpool/Cable and Gwenpool (which sounds like a whole lot of weird). The shifting around of the Marvel Universe thanks to Secret Wars was a bit confusing to me in the end but oh well, these changes were bound to happen and I always have the legacy trade editions to keep me up on what happened before. What issues do you think you will be investigating? Anything on this list spark your own immediate interest or were you locked in good enough with the DC Comics offerings that I brought up yesterday? Let me know in the comments section because it’s always great to geek out with you readers there.
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