Hey there readers and welcome to our Media Month of May. I generally say “Metal Month Of May” but that is for the musical reports and not the Pop Culture stuff. So before I get started I need to ask you readers if you have seen “Avengers: Endgame” yet or not. I just saw it this past Monday and was blown away by the spectacle and how they closed up the first chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I will not spoil it for any of you of course but do your best to avoid the social networks and pretty much anything that shares news because there are spoilers everywhere. Now let’s get down to business with the May first issues and special editions coming from the Marvel Comics side of the fence.
SAVAGE AVENGERS #1: The most savage, most unkillable team of characters in the Marvel Universe is assembled! Wolverine! Venom! Elektra! Punisher! And in their midst – Conan the Barbarian! Conan has returned to the Marvel Universe and his new adventures begin here. What is the City of Sickles? Who is the Marrow God? How is the Hand involved? The roughest and most dangerous characters rumble through this new title starting with…Conan vs. Wolverine? ’Nuff said.
GERRY DUGGAN (W) • MIKE DEODATO JR. (A); Cover by DAVID FINCH
WAR OF THE REALMS STRIKEFORCE: THE DARK ELF REALM #1: THE PUNISHER LEADS THE CHARGE TO SHUT DOWN THE BLACK BIFROST! Deep in the swamps of Svartalfheim stands the Black Bifrost, Malekith’s corrupted Rainbow Bridge and the only reliable means of travel between the realms with the true Bifrost in pieces. If the gods are going to stop Malekith’s invasion, the Black Bridge must fall. With her son missing and husband injured, Lady Freyja must take up the challenge herself. But she won’t go alone. Hulk (Jen Walters), the Punisher, Blade and Ghost Rider follow the All-Mother of Asgard straight into Malekith’s home territory!
BRYAN HILL (W) • LEINIL FRANCIS YU (A/C)
WAR OF THE REALMS STRIKEFORCE: THE WAR AVENGERS #1: CAPTAIN MARVEL AND HER WAR AVENGERS HOLD THE FRONTLINE! While two other Strikeforce teams head out to other realms, Captain Marvel leads the fight to reclaim the Earth! But even with a crew of heavy hitters (Weapon H, Captain Britain, Venom, Deadpool) and two of the best spies on the planet (the Winter Soldier and the Black Widow), Carol’s fighting a losing game. Malekith’s allies are without number — and the battlefield bigger than any Carol’s commanded before. Time to lay it all out on the line — and fight for a miracle.
DENNIS “HOPELESS” HALLUM (W) • KIM JACINTO (A/C)
WAR OF THE REALMS STRIKEFORCE: THE LAND OF GIANTS #1: THE GOD OF THUNDER IS TRAPPED IN THE LAND OF ICE AND SNOW…And it’s up to Captain America to rescue him before all is lost! Taking up Thor’s ax, Jarnbjorn, Cap and his team—Spider-Man, Wolverine, Luke Cage and Iron Fist—invade the Frost Giant realm in search of their fellow Avenger. But this rescue mission will cost far more than they expect.
TOM TAYLOR (W) • JORGE MOLINA (A/C)
WAR OF THE REALMS: SPIDER-MAN & THE LEAGUE OF REALMS #1 & #2 (of 3): WAR OF THE REALMS TIE-IN! In order to win the War of the Realms, we need a LEAGUE OF REALMS! Thor once led this team with one representive from each fantastical realm, but the League has a NEW leader and representative of Midgard- SPIDER-MAN! Spider-Man must Frodo-Up and lead this ragtag group of SCREWBEARD THE DWARF, UD THE TROLL, RO BLOODROOT THE WIZARD, SIR IVORY HONEYSHOT THE LIGHT ELF and TITANYA THE MOUNTAIN GIANT! But who will represent ASGARD?! And, as Spidey is a terrible leader, could this team possibly achieve ANYTHING?!
SEAN RYAN (W) • NICO LEON (A) • Covers by KEN LASHLEY
WAR OF THE REALMS: NEW AGENTS OF ATLAS #1 & #2 (of 4): FEATURING MARVEL’S NEWEST HEROES WAVE, AERO & SWORD MASTER!
GREG PAK (W) • GANG-HYUK LIM (A) • COVER BY BILLY TAN
ISSUE #2 – COVER BY WOO DAE SHIM
ISSUE #1 – A “War of the Realms” tie-in series! As Sindr, Immortal Queen of Muspelheim, and her legions of Fire Demons march on Asia, it’s time for a new band of heroes to unite to protect the Pacific Rim. Having brought together a ragtag team of heroes to defend the Earth from an alien invasion in the past, can Amadeus Cho reassemble his “protectors” — Shang-Chi, Silk and Jimmy Woo to save the world from incineration? And where is Kamala Khan? And just who are Crescent, Io and Luna Snow??? Featuring Marvel’s newest heroes from China, Aero and Sword Master, and a mysterious new Filipino heroine named WAVE!
ISSUE #2 – The Queen of Cinders has conquered Korea — and the rest of Asia! And only Amadeus Cho and a battered band of international superheroes stand between her and her ultimate goal — to melt the polar ice caps and turn all of Midgard into a sweltering new Muspelheim! With the ice-wielding superhero Luna Snow down for the count, Amadeus and his team must find a new way to fight fire.
GIANT-MAN #1 & #2 (of 3): WAR OF THE REALMS TIE-IN! ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS!
Issue #1 – At the behest of All-Mother Freyja, four men must rise to monstrous heights and infiltrate the most savage territory of New Jotunheim: Florida!
Issue #2 – Four of the biggest men in the Marvel Universe are on a mission in Frost Giant territory: kill the patriarch of all Frost Giants himself, Ymir, on behalf of Lady Freyja. But how exactly will they penetrate Laufey’s forces? By becoming masters of disguise!
LEAH WILLIAMS (W) • MARCO CASTIELLO (A) • Cover by WOO CHEOL
MARVEL TALES: IRON MAN #1: The gleaming Golden Avenger steals the show as we celebrate the 80th anniversary of the House of Ideas with the era-spanning MARVEL TALES! This anthology series shines a spotlight on fan-favorite characters, features timeless stories and highlights some of our most impressive talent from the past eight decades. First, Iron Man is born in the incredible origin story of Tony Stark, as told by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Don Heck in TALES OF SUSPENSE (1959) #39! Then, the unforgettable Pepper Potts enters Tony’s life as his hard-working assistant in TALES OF SUSPENSE (1959) #45! And, in IRON MAN (1968) #150, the team supreme of Bob Layton, David Michelinie and John Romita Jr. tell a Shell-Head story for the ages! Trapped in the time-lost land of King Arthur, Iron Man battles Doctor Doom!
STAN LEE, LARRY LIEBER, ROBERT BERNSTEIN, BOB LAYTON & DAVID MICHELINIE (W)
DON HECK & JOHN ROMITA JR. (A); Cover by JEN BARTEL
MARVEL TALES: AVENGERS #1: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes charge into action as we celebrate the 80th anniversary of the House of Ideas with the era-spanning MARVEL TALES! This anthology series shines a spotlight on fan-favorite characters, features timeless stories and highlights some of our most impressive talent from the past eight decades. First, the old order changeth for the very first time in AVENGERS (1963) #16, as the original team gives way — and Stan Lee and Jack Kirby assemble Captain America, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver as Cap’s Kooky Quartet! Then, in one of the greatest comic stories ever told, Roy Thomas and John Buscema introduce the most enigmatic android of all in AVENGERS (1963) #57 — behold, the Vision! Finally, in AVENGERS (1963) #264, crafted by Roger Stern and Buscema, meet the new Yellowjacket — who’s about to feel the full sting of the wondrous Wasp!
STAN LEE, ROY THOMAS & ROGER STERN (W); JACK KIRBY & JOHN BUSCEMA (A)
Cover by JEN BARTEL
SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #50: THE BIGGEST CLIMAX OF THE BIGGEST MARVEL EVENT OF ALL TIME! An epic 50th issue — guaranteed to blow your socks off! READ WITH EXTRA SOCKS! Spider-Man and Deadpool fight the Manipulator for the fate of the entire Marvel Universe! I HOPE THEY PULL IT OFF! I REALLY LIKE THIS UNIVERSE! I’M SO WORRIED!
ROBBIE THOMPSON (W); JIM TOWE & MATT HORAK (A); Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
DEFENDERS: MARVEL FEATURE #1 FACSIMILE EDITION: When Doctor Strange faces a threat to Earth so big the Sorcerer Supreme can’t handle it alone, he calls on two allies from his past: Namor, the Sub-Mariner, and the Incredible Hulk! Can these three powerful individuals find a way to work together to thwart…the Omegatron?! Or will their forceful personalities get in the way of victory? And assuming they survive, is there any chance they’d be willing to make a habit of this? Relive the issue that united three titans as the Marvel Universe’s greatest non-team — one Doctor Strange would name the Defenders! It’s one of the all-time great Marvel comic books, boldly re-presented in its original form, ads and all! Reprinting MARVEL FEATURE (1971) #1.
Written by ROY THOMAS & BILL EVERETT; Penciled by ROSS ANDRU, BILL EVERETT & DON HECK
Cover by NEAL ADAMS
ALPHA FLIGHT #1 FACSIMILE EDITION: In 1983, exploding from the pages of UNCANNY X-MEN, came Canada’s premier super-team: Alpha Flight! Vindicator, Northstar, Aurora, Sasquatch, Snowbird and Shaman — together with new recruits Marrina and Puck — took center stage in an always-surprising series, written and drawn by John Byrne at the peak of his powers! Alpha Flight may have been officially shut down by Department H, but they’re still Canada’s first line of defense when the giant Tundra wreaks havoc! Relive the issue that made stars of Alpha Flight — one of the all-time great Marvel comic books, boldly re-presented in its original form, ads and all! Reprinting ALPHA FLIGHT (1983) #1.
Written by JOHN BYRNE • Penciled by JOHN BYRNE; Cover by JOHN BYRNE
X-MEN: GRAND DESIGN – X-TINCTION #1 (of 2): The series that has critics and fans raving returns for its final installment! The ruination of the X-Men revisited! Re-live the now-classic storylines like Mutant Massacre and The Fall of the Mutants. With appearances by Longshot, Cable, and The Marauders! Created soup to nuts by comic book superstar Ed Piskor in the Mighty Marvel Manner!
ED PISKOR (W) • ED PISKOR (A/C)
STAR WARS: AGE OF REBELLION – BOBA FETT #1: THE HUNTER’S HEART! As the implacable bounty hunter who tracked down HAN SOLO, BOBA FETT earned his reputation as one of the greatest villains in the galaxy. But what happens when Boba Fett picks up the trail of an actual villain? Find out what kind of heart — if any — beats under that MANDALORIAN armor!
GREG PAK (W) • MARC LAMING (A); COVER BY TERRY AND RACHEL DODSON
STAR WARS: AGE OF REBELLION – HAN SOLO #1: THE SCOUNDREL’S CODE! After helping destroy the DEATH STAR, HAN SOLO’s ready to cash in his reward and return to life as a scoundrel. But when LUKE SKYWALKER asks for one last favor, Han gets pulled into a rebel mission that might wreck all of his plans. Co-starring CHEWBACCA and introducing AKKO, an old friend who might actually out-scoundrel Han himself!
GREG PAK (W) • CHRIS SPROUSE (A); COVER BY TERRY AND RACHEL DODSON
STAR WARS: AGE OF REBELLION – JABBA THE HUTT #1: IT’S GREAT TO BE JABBA! Across the galaxy, Imperials, rebels and scoundrels alike speak in hushed tones of JABBA THE HUTT, the greatest gangster in the OUTER RIM. Discover what makes the name of Jabba so feared, in a crime story that stretches from the casinos of CANTO BIGHT to the deserts of TATOOINE!
GREG PAK (W) • MARC LAMING (A) • COVER BY TERRY AND RACHEL DODSON
STAR WARS: AGE OF REBELLION – LANDO CALRISSIAN #1: CLOUD CITY BLUES! Former smuggler LANDO CALRISSIAN has a beautiful dream: a life of leisure and luxury as the totally legitimate BARON ADMINISTRATOR of CLOUD CITY. All he needs to do is take care of his money troubles with one last, big scam. But what will get in his way the most — his bad luck or this annoying sense of ethics he seems to be developing? Co-starring LOBOT!
GREG PAK (W) • CHRIS SPROUSE (A) • COVER BY TERRY AND RACHEL DODSON
TRUE BELIEVERS: “Marvel’s Greatest Creators” – This run of the latest one dollar comics pays homage to some of the greatest Marvel creators and all “10” issues are available for $1 each. The full press release and images about these issues can be perused HERE.
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Since May is generally a hectic financial month for me with birthdays and anniversaries I’m probably only going to be picking up the first issue of “Savage Avengers” and the facsimile editions while perusing the rest to see if I want to add them to my collection. Which titles excite you the most from the list and which are you calling the local shop and say add to your pull list? Chime in down below and don’t forget that “Free Comic Book Day” is coming up this Saturday. You’ll want to head to your local shop and get some freebies while at the same time helping them to stay in business. See you next time.
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