Hey there readers I’m back again with some more comic book first issues and its Marvel Comics turn with this one. Truth be told, and I am sure that I have said this on many occasions already, I am a diehard of the Marvel side of the superhero fence in terms of overall preference and damned proud to say it. Based on what is heading our way this month I might have to coin the phrase “May Is For Marvel” as not only do we get a nice crop of first issues in addition to the currently running titles but there is also a “Star Wars” focused bunch of “True Believers” titles as well. I’ll have a post going live tomorrow about those but for now check out the provided press copy and covers of this month’s Marvel first go rounds.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #1: He’s back! The original Sentinel of Liberty returns, with a new shield, a new team, and a new mission! And he’s not the only one who’s back! Like the saying goes– cut off one LIMB, two more will take its place! HAIL HYDRA!
Nick Spencer (W) • Jesus Saiz (A/C) Cover by Jesus Saiz
THE PUNISHER #1: FRANK CASTLE LOSES CONTROL! A by-the-numbers drug bust is about to take Frank Castle by surprise…and he HATES surprises. The horrible fallout threatens to send The Punisher into the heart of darkness, but Castle won’t make that journey alone: A DEA agent is on his trail and attempting to get into his head…but what horrors will she find there, and will she survive the experience? First-time Punisher writer Becky Cloonan and quintessential Punisher artist Steve Dillon are forcing Frank Castle out of his comfort zone and taking him to the edge of the world he thought he knew!
Becky Cloonan (W) • Steve Dillon (A) Cover by Declan Shalvey
THUNDERBOLTS #1: FROM THE ASHES OF AVENGERS: STANDOFF! They’re a renegade team rampaging across the Marvel Universe under the direction of the Winter Soldier! But are the Thunderbolts heroes or villains—and do even they know for sure?
Jim Zub (W) • Jon Malin (A/C)
NIGHTHAWK #1: Straight from the pages of SQUADRON SUPREME comes one of the most brutal super heroes of the Marvel Universe. Nighthawk is Chicago’s dark protector, dispensing swift, decisive justice to those that truly deserve it. When the city’s shadiest power brokers turn up murdered in gristly ways, the apparent work of an inventive serial killer, Nighthawk must ask himself, Does this predator deserve to be caught? Who is the killer? What is he after? What does he want from Nighthawk? To answer these questions, Nighthawk must first look in the mirror.
David Walker (W) • Ramon Villalobos (A); Cover by Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz
CIVIL WAR II #0: From the creative team that brought you House of M and Siege comes a blistering first chapter in Marvel’s new explosive event. Watch as the players are introduced and the table is set for a storyline that fans will be talking about for years.
Brian Michael Bendis (W) • Olivier Coipel (A/C)
SPIDER-WOMEN OMEGA #1: THE TITANTIC CONCLUSION TO THE SPIDER-EVENT OF 2016! Silk is out of commission and Spider-Woman and Spider-Gwen return to Earth-65 for an impossible final battle. They are out-gunned, out-manned, out-numbered and out-planned. But it’s a fight they have to fight. Don’t miss this conclusion that will shake all three Spider-Women to the core!
Jason Latour, Dennis Hopeless, Robbie Thompson (w) • Nico Leon (a) COVER BY Yasmine Putri
GWENPOOL #0: “Who is Gwenpool, and where did she come from?” Ever since she made a splash in her first cover appearance, those have been the questions on everyone’s lips as they lounge about, sipping from a tropical beverage! Now, get all three of the original Gwenpool backup stories from HOWARD THE DUCK #1-3 featuring Ms. Poole’s first appearance and her battle alongside our favorite private duck in one convenient package! Plus: See Gwen’s first Xmas in the Marvel Universe, and the guy she killed to mark the occasion!
Christopher Hastings (W); Danilo Beyruth & Gurihiru (A); Cover by Danilo Beyruth
DAREDEVIL/PUNISHER #1 (OF 4): A simple change of venues for one of Matt Murdock’s cases becomes more complicated when THE PUNISHER attempts to send the defendant away…permanently! If DAREDEVIL and BLINDSPOT want to get this mobster his day in court, it will take every ounce of wit and wile they have. All Frank needs to get what he wants is a bullet. The race is on!
Charles Soule (W); Szymon Kudranski (A); Cover by Reilly Brown
DEADPOOL: LAST DAYS OF MAGIC #1: From the pages of Doctor Strange…the Empirikul are waging a war on magic with the goal of wiping the fantastical from the pages of existence. This concerns Deadpool, because some of his best friends are magic. As the Empirikul forces batter the defenses of the Monster Metropolis ruled by his demonic wife, Deadpool wades into battle alongside his most spell-casting-est friends. And you know the old saying “Nothing ever goes wrong in a war.” That’s a saying, right?
Gerry Duggan (W) • Scott Koblish (A); Cover By Humberto Ramos
DEADPOOL: MASACRE #1: Months ago, we were proud to bring you DEADPOOL TRES PUNTO UNO — a tale told all in Spanish, revealing MASACRE, the Deadpool of Mexico! Due to popular demand (because apparently you were too lazy to translate it for yourself) Marvel has taken to an unspecified Internet translation site and is re-presenting the comic in POORLY TRANSLATED ENGLISH! Just in time for the “Fifth of May!”
Gerry Duggan & Brian Posehn (W); Scott Koblish (A); Cover by Francisco Herrera
GUIDEBOOK TO THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE — MARVEL’S CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER/MARVEL’S ANT-MAN: Captain America returns to the spotlight — and Ant-Man steals it — as the MCU Guidebooks’ comprehensive coverage of the fan-favorite Marvel Studios films and Marvel Television shows continues! Featuring fact sheets, screen-to-comic comparisons and production stills, this issue is packed with profiles and updates on Winter Soldier characters and organizations including Cap, Falcon, Black Widow, Nick Fury, S.H.I.E.L.D., Winter Soldier, Arnim Zola, Brock Rumlow, Batroc, Alexander Pierce, Hydra and the World Security Council! Then, get small with profiles and updates on Ant-Man characters and organizations including Scott Lang, Hank Pym, Hope van Dyne, Darren Cross, Antony, Mitchell Carson, Falcon, Peggy Carter and Howard Stark! Relive the thrills of 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier and 2015’s Ant-Man, and continue building your indispensable library of Cinematic Universe reference books!
Written by Mike O’Sullivan & The OHOTMU Team; Covers by Mike Del Mundo
PiercingMetal Thoughts: I’m going to have to break open a couple of piggy banks with this month’s Marvel offerings because I am rather interested in all of them this time around. How can we not celebrate all that is Captain America when Steve Rogers is back in action and wow with a different shield as well. I’ve long been a fan of the Thunderbolts so am interested in seeing where this new team is headed. Would love a proper live action film using the same original premise but that is wishful thinking. Marvel’s own “Suicide Squad” for lack of a better comparison. The Deadpool stuff will likely fly off the shelves which is to be expected after the hit movie (which is coming out on home video in a few more days in case you wondered) and something else I am very interested in is the “Guidebook issue. I used to study the old “Handbook Of The Marvel Universe” issues like they were religious texts to have the most information on hand for heroic discussion with friends and this new series offers up in-depth analysis of the film universe which is wonderful. Before I go let me remind you that the “True Believers” post goes live tomorrow at this very same time and that the “Captain America: Civil War” film opens up on Friday so if you plan on seeing it over the weekend or on opening night you better order your tickets now. Last but not least at all is that this coming Saturday is “Free Comic Book Day” so you want to pass by your local retailer to enjoy that and also participate in some sales. Now it’s time for me to go but let me know what you think of these offerings in the comments below.
Official Website: http://www.marvel.com