Alright, I want to start this month’s first offering with the exclamation that I am so glad that January is over because it was a rough month for music fans. Now with February here I am pretty stoked to be discussing the new comics that are coming out with these first go rounds from Marvel Comics. Some good stuff for sure and a couple of them will get you prepared for some television and big screen presentations. There will be some variant covers to these titles with the continuing “Hip Hop” cover and some will even have a 50th Anniversary Black Panther cover variant but I didn’t have access to those for the purposes of this presentation. Let’s have a look shall we.
SPIDER-MAN #1: Miles Morales has been doing the super hero thing for a while, now, but after SECRET WARS, he’ll be a full-fledged member of the Marvel Universe. Swinging next to The Invincible Iron Man, The Mighty Thor and the All-New Captain America as a card-carrying member of the Avengers is an adventure, but it’s not all fun and games for New York City’s main Spider-MAN! What happened in the eight month gap? It all starts in SPIDER-MAN #1!
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (w) • SARA PICHELLI (a/C)
AVENGERS STANDOFF: WELCOME TO PLEASANT HILL #1: The prelude to the Spring’s blockbuster AVENGERS event! Hello there and welcome, new resident. You’ve sure made the right choice in moving to Pleasant Hill– a friendly small town where burdens are lifted and the sun is always bright… so hide your eyes. Don’t let it see you looking its way. Hide if you must. Otherwise it will burn right through you. Pleasant Hill is the kind of place where folks look out for one another. Everyone knows who their neighbors are. But who are you, neighbor?
NICK SPENCER (w) • MARK BAGLEY (a); COVER BY DANIEL ACUNA
POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #1: The Original Heroes For Hire, Back On The Clock! We KNOW you’ve been waiting to see LUKE CAGE and DANNY RAND back together and back to STREET-STOMPING basics! POWER MAN and IRON FIST are tracking a mystery with all the ingredients of a classic Heroes-for-Hire tale. Expect old friends, hired goons, crime lords, weird magic, plenty of power, a flurry of fists and as much bromance as you can handle! It’s Power Man and Iron Fist reunited, and writer DAVID WALKER and artist SANFORD GREENE are making it feel so GOOD!
DAVID WALKER (w) • SANFORD GREENE (a/C)
DEADPOOL & THE MERCS FOR MONEY #1 (of 5): Deadpool might be an Avenger now, but he’s also got his own private team of mercenaries…the legally-cleared-to-be-called MERCS FOR MONEY! Got a problem you can’t solve on your own and a pile of money you’d like to be rid of? Just call Deadpool, Stingray, Massacre, Solo, Foolkiller, Terror and Slapstick and watch as that problem is shot, stabbed, eviscerated, pulverized and generally made bloody!
Cullen Bunn (w) • Salvador Espin (a); Cover by DECLAN SHALVEY
X-MEN: WORST X-MAN EVER #1 (OF 5): Bailey Hoskins has just discovered he’s a mutant. For someone who’s never been special, never stood out, discovering he’s “gifted” is truly a gift—entry into the halls of Xavier’s School for Gifted Children and into the ranks of the world-famous X-Men! Unfortunately…Bailey might just be the worst X-Man ever. Max Bemis, frontman of the band Say Anything, kicks off his first Marvel miniseries by teaming with stellar artist Michael Walsh (SECRET AVENGERS, HANK JOHNSON) to bring us the story of a misfit among misfits.
MAX BEMIS (W) MICHAEL WALSH (A/C)
PiercingMetal Thoughts: I’m pretty psyched about this month and it’s not just for the comic books that are coming out but because it’s almost time for “Deadpool” which opens up on the 12th of this month and looks like a lot of fun. It’s also Toy Fair for me and longtime readers know that this means I’ll be showcasing lots of cool action figures and items that will keep the collectors money busy. Now about these issues, I am pretty psyched to see “Power Man and Iron Fist” coming back out as this was a title I greatly enjoyed years ago. The “Deadpool” title will surely be a continued ride into the assassin’s absurd life and though I’ve very little background in Miles Morales as Spider-Man I am willing to check out a couple of issues to see if I like where it’s going. What do you readers think of these Marvel offerings?
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