I’m going to start off with the Marvel Comics stuff for our monthly comic book solicitations posts because the recent film “Captain America: Civil War” has just achieved a box office take of $1.11 billion dollars. That makes this the highest grossing film of the year and according to its Wiki entry it’s the fourth highest super-hero film of all time. Let’s remember this is still climbing. That said, another reason to rally behind the Marvel side first is because the “Civil War II” storyline begins this month. I’ve culled together all of the first issues along with various press insight and creative teams so let’s go.
CIVIL WAR II #1: IT’S HERE! The explosive first chapter in the comic event EVERYONE will be talking about. And we come out swinging with a blistering double-sized first issue from the creative team behind last year’s best-selling debut of INVINCIBLE IRON MAN and Miles Morales. A new Inhuman, with the ability to profile the future, emerges and the ramifications ripple into every corner of the Marvel Universe. Lines are drawn, bodies fall, and the Marvel Universe will be rocked to it’s very core. The action starts here!
Brian Michael Bendis (W) • David Marquez (A) Cover by Marko Djurdjevic
CIVIL WAR II: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 (OF 4): THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN GETS CAUGHT UP IN CIVIL WAR II! There’s a new Inhuman with the ability to seemingly predict the future, and as the heroes of the Marvel Universe continue to grapple with their feelings about his very existence one thing almost everyone can agree on is that he bears a tremendous responsibility to use his powers safely. Peter Parker, aka THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, knows a thing or two about that — too bad he’s also got the ol’ Parker luck working against him.
Christos Gage (W) • Travel Foreman (A) Cover By Khary Randolph
CIVIL WAR II: CHOOSING SIDES #1 (OF 6): If you knew something bad was about to happen, would you stop it? How far would you go? The line is drawn. Everyone in the Marvel Universe has to ask themselves: are you with Captain Marvel or Iron Man? Kicking off an all-new series, this first issue features Nick Fury, Damage Control and Night Thrasher!
Declan Shalvey, Brandon Easton, Chad Bowers & Chris Sims (W); Declan Shalvey, Goran Sudzuka & Leonardo Romero (A) Cover by Jim Cheung
CIVIL WAR II: GODS OF WAR #1 (OF 4): The world is on the brink of chaos, with heroes on all sides of the war… but when only the best are called into action, where will the world’s first super hero land? Join us for an all-new epic Civil War II series that takes Hercules right to the front lines! As a God, is he responsible for a larger roll in the potential destruction of the Marvel Universe? Or does he have the power to alter fate?!
Dan Abnett (W) • Emilio Laiso (A) Cover by Jay Anacleto
CIVIL WAR II: X-MEN #1 (OF 4): Terrigen Mists circle the globe, igniting the Inhuman race while crippling mutantkind, pitting the two nations against one another. But when a new Inhuman with the ability to profile the future emerges, the X-Men fear that he may tip the scales in the Inhumans’ favor, spelling doom for their kind. And one mutant is willing to wage war with the Inhumans AND his own people to prevent that from coming to pass… The X-Men enter the fray of CIVIL WAR II when the world’s most terrifying mutant, MAGNETO, takes mutantkind’s fate into his own hands!
Cullen Bunn (W) • Andrea Broccardo (A) Cover by David Yardin
SPIDER-GWEN ANNUAL #1: The first ever SPIDER-GWEN ANNUAL is here and it’s huge. Threads for the next year of SPIDER-GWEN are laid down here in these stories: SPIDER-GWEN and CAPTAIN AMERICA go on a secret mission! THE MARY JANES get loud! CAPTAIN STACY and GWEN meet SHE-HULK?! SPIDER-HAM!!!
Jason Latour (w) • Chris Brunner, Chris Visions & Jason Latour (a) Cover by Robbi Rodriguez
VOTE LOKI #1: Loki is many things — god, trickster, brother, liar, son, villain, even hero. Now he wants to add one more thing to the list: President of the United States. That’s right, the God of Lies has set his sights on becoming the ruler of the free world, but is this just another scheme? One thing’s for certain — with Loki’s winning smile and silver tongue on the campaign trail, this election just got a lot more interesting…
Christopher Hastings (W) • Langdon Foss (A) Cover by Tradd Moore
GUIDEBOOK TO THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE – MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. SEASON ONE: Level 7 access granted! The MCU Guidebooks reach a new milestone as Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the first Cinematic Universe TV series, takes center stage! Our comprehensive coverage of the fan-favorite Marvel Studios films and Marvel Television shows continues as we reveal everything you need to know about the worldwide peacekeeping organization and Agent Coulson’s elite team!! Featuring fact sheets, movie-to-comic comparisons, behind-the-scenes artwork and production stills, this issue is packed with profiles and updates on agents including Phil Coulson, Skye, Melinda May, Leo Fitz, Jemma Simmons, Antoine Triplett and the Koenigs; and foes including Grant Ward, John Garrett, Raina and Ian Quinn!
Plus: Deathlok! Sif! Victoria Hand! And Hydra! Relive the thrills of 2013-2014’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season One right here, and continue building your indispensable library of Cinematic Universe reference books!
Written by Mike O’sullivan & The Ohotmu Team; Cover by Mike Del Mundo
A YEAR OF MARVELS: THE INCREDIBLE #1: AT LAST! The Infinite Comic that had everyone talking makes it to print! Full of fun, heart, and pranks, this is one folks’ll be talking about for years! Presenting: a Mother’s Day story to curdle the blood! Meet the sinister Wendigo Sisters! Will the combined might of She-Hulk and Wolverine be enough to stop them from murdering their OWN MOTHER? Could there be more to this story than we’re telling you? Probably! Read and find out!
Dennis Culver & TBA (W) • Leonardo Romero & TBA (A); Cover by Jamal Campbell
DEADPOOL VS GAMBIT #1: Gambit—one of the smoothest, best-looking operators in the world of the X-Men. Deadpool—one of the most annoying, ugliest dirtbags in the world of everything. Naturally, these guys got beef. But do you know what they have in common? A secret history of working together to pull con-jobs. That’s right—the grift is on as the Regeneratin’ Degenerate and the Ragin’ Cajun begrudgingly take on one last job together. Writers Ben Acker & Ben Blacker (THUNDERBOLTS, The Thrilling Adventure Hour) and artist Danilo Beyruth (GWENPOOL) lead us into the dirty underbelly of Deadpool and the squeaky-clean abs of Gambit!
Ben Acker & Ben Blacker (W) • Danilo Beyruth (A); Cover by Kevin Wada
PiercingMetal Thoughts: My plan is to grab these first issues on the whole and then see which ones I like to continue along with the “Civil War II” storyline. Like the previous “Civil War” this will likely be collected into uniform trade paperback editions and let’s face it that is so much easier on the casual collector nowadays. I’ve also been enjoying these guidebooks which speak to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and if you are a fan of these films then you must grab these for your collection as they really line out the details about the films and even teach you stuff about the comics where they first appeared. What do you think of this months Marvelous offerings? Let me know in the comments section below. Oh yeah and before I forget, Marvel Comics is releasing a group of issues under the Timely Comics banner and those will be given an overview in a post of their own. Stay tuned.
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