Is it just me or did the month of May go really, really fast? I guess it was just me and it was likely based on my having to knock out a few conventions straight in a row along with one of the closing Slayer tours. I am actually finishing up with Book Expo today and that Slayer show is on Monday. Coverage of the whole gamut will be online ASAP. Time surely flies when you’re having fun. So back to the agenda at hand which is the Marvel Comics first issues and special editions that are hitting the racks this month. There’s a lot of them to enjoy so you might want to work a few extra hours during the week. As usual the press copy from the House Of Ideas is below along with the images. I will close out with my own thoughts as expected.
WAKANDA FOREVER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1: PART ONE OF A THREE-PART STORY THAT SEES THE DORA MILAJE TEAM UP WITH THE MARVEL U! The blockbuster Black Panther film has everyone talking about Wakanda’s best warriors, the fierce Dora Milaje! Now witness the Dora outside of Wakanda – and in Spider-Man’s world! When the Dora catch wind of a Wakandan threat causing trouble in New York, they’ll leap into action – with or without their king. Don’t miss Okoye, Ayo and Aneka on a globe-trotting mission to protect the realm at any cost. WAKANDA FOREVER starts here! One-shot.
Nnedi Okorafor (W) • ALBERTO JIMÉNEZ ALBURQUERQUE (A); Cover by Terry Dodson
THOR #1: JASON AARON & MIKE DEL MUNDO TAKE THE PRINCE OF ASGARD IN A WHOLE NEW DIRECTION! Thor Odinson has regained his mantle – and with it, a wild new world of trouble on his mighty hands! The artifacts of Asgard have been scattered across the earth, and to reclaim them, Thor will have to face some ugly truths. Like the production cost of hundreds of new hammers! And the Thunder God is going to need every last one of them if he’s going to stop the unstoppable Juggernaut. Jason Aaron takes the Prince of Asgard in a whole new direction with YOUNG GUN artist Mike Del Mundo joining him at the helm! And don’t miss the latest chapter of the King Thor saga with acclaimed BLACK BOLT artist Christian Ward, as the Thor of the far future encounters an old friend who’s undergone some startling changes.
JASON AARON (W) MIKE DEL MUNDO & CHRISTIAN WARD (A); Cover by MIKE DEL MUNDO
THOR #2: REUNION FROM HEL! The sons of Odin ride again! In the land of the dead, Thor is reunited with his long-lost brother, Balder, the King of Hel, just in time to face the Fire Goblin armies of the Queen of Cinders, as the War of the Realms continues to burn its way across all creation. Plus Loki! Thori the Hel-hound! Skurge with a really big gun! Monster trucks! And more!
JASON AARON (W) • MIKE DEL MUNDO (A/C)
TONY STARK: IRON MAN #1: TAKE FLIGHT WITH DAN SLOTT & VALERIO SCHITI! From the cusp of tomorrow’s dreams to the forefront of imagination, one man always soars on the cutting edge of adventure! You know his name. Tony Stark is Iron Man. And Iron Man…is an idea. Always changing. Always evolving. An idea without limit! Take wing with DAN SLOTT (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN) and Valerio Schiti (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY) as they propel the ultimate Self-Made Hero to new heights of inventiveness! Tony Stark is Iron Man. The future is now. Strap in!
DAN SLOTT (W) • VALERIO SCHITI (A); Cover by ALEXANDER LOZANO
IMMORTAL HULK #1: HORROR HAS A NAME. You’d never notice the man. He doesn’t like to be noticed. He’s quiet. Calm. Never complains. If someone were to walk up and shoot him in the head… all he’d do is die. Until night falls. And someone else gets up again. The man’s name is Banner.
The horror is THE IMMORTAL HULK.
AL EWING (W) • JOE BENNETT (A); Cover by ALEX ROSS
DEADPOOL #1: MERCIN’ FOR A LIVING! Skottie Young and Nic Klein bring you the craziest tales of the Regeneratin’ Degenerate yet! It’s been a while since Deadpool’s had to merc to make ends meet, but things are tough all over. While Deadpool tries to get his humble mercenary-for-hire business back off the ground, a catastrophic threat so unfathomably huge, so mind-breakingly cataclysmic it defies description, is heading toward Earth, and there’s only ONE PERSON WHO CAN STOP IT!!!
Oh no, wait…it’s not Wade, is it? Oh, %$@#. It’s Wade.
SKOTTIE YOUNG (W) • NIC KLEIN (A/C)
ANT-MAN & THE WASP #1 & 2 (of 5): Wasp was just trying to help Ant-Man get home to Earth to see his daughter…but a little problem got in the way. Very little. Subatomic, in fact, as Scott Lang was lost in the vast spaces between atoms! Now, Nadia is his only hope of rescue…if only he would listen long enough for her to save them! From master storyteller Mark Waid (CAPTAIN AMERICA, CHAMPIONS) and Marvel Young Gun artist Javier Garrón (SECRET WARRIORS, STAR-LORD) comes a story of a big journey getting smaller all the time!
MARK WAID (W) • JAVIER GARRON (A); CoverS by DAVID NAKAYAMA
MULTIPLE MAN #1 (OF 5): MATTHEW ROSENBERG & ANDY MACDONALD BRING MULTIPLE MAN BACK FROM THE DEAD…SORT OF…MAYBE? A handful of people’s favorite X-Man – Jamie Madrox – was alive for a while. Then he was dead. Now he’s not. But he will be again if he doesn’t kill himself trying to make sure he doesn’t die. It makes sense when you read it. Trust us. In his fight to not die, Jamie has stumbled across a threat even greater than his own death, but fixing it might make it worse. Can he save the world from himself? On top of all that, the X-Men are mad at him now, and a mysterious new group of foes is after him, too. We can’t tell you who they are, but they’re pretty great.
MATTHEW ROSENBERG (W) • ANDY MACDONALD (A); Cover by MARCOS MARTIN
DEADPOOL: ASSASSIN #1 (of 6): The Regeneratin’ Degenerate and his old pal Weasel are back, and they’re imposing their special brand of justice on any other killers for hire who don’t live up to their moral code — starting with a dangerous operation that’ll take Deadpool into the heart of a castle filled with ninja…WHO WILL STAB DEADPOOL MULTIPLE TIMES IN THIS ISSUE! Ouch! And that says nothing of the emotional damage the Merc with the Mouth is constantly grappling with… Leave the kiddos at home, True Believers, ’cause “Killer” Cullen Bunn and “Never Misses His” Mark Bagley are bringing you mercenary action as you like it — bombastic, badass, and, of course, bloody!
CULLEN BUNN (W) • MARK BAGLEY (A/C)
DEADPOOL: ASSASSIN #2 (of 6): Deadpool’s quest to beat the rest continues, and this time he’s squaring off against the Assassins Guild in the Big Easy! The Merc with the Mouth’s healing factor will get put to the ultimate test when he’s pitted against the knife-wielding speedster called HARVESTER! But even if he’s lucky enough to survive that encounter, Deadpool’s actions in this very comics mag will align more than one ne’er-do-well against him…and Harvester’ll look like a walk in the park!
CULLEN BUNN (W) • MARK BAGLEY (A/C)
MARVEL RISING: ALPHA #1: This summer, SQUIRREL GIRL meets MS. MARVEL – for the very first time! When Doreen Green (also known as the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl) volunteers as head counselor for an extracurricular computer programming class, little does she know that junior counselor Kamala Khan moonlights as crimefighting super hero Ms. Marvel! But this coding configuration is more than just ones and zeros when a mysterious new super villain shows her face! Will our heroes be able to save the day without blowing their secret identities? Join Ms. Marvel and Squirrel Girl (with some special guest appearances) as they learn what it truly takes to become the next generation of Marvel heroes!
DEVIN GRAYSON (W) • MARCO FAILLA (A); Cover by GURIHIRU
THE SENTRY #1: THE GOLDEN GUARDIAN IS BACK! FRESH FROM THE PAGES OF DOCTOR STRANGE…but is that really such a good thing? The greatest hero that the Marvel Universe ever forgot has returned! The Sentry – shining sentinel with the power of a thousand exploding suns – is back from the dead, but his troubled mind is far from finding peace. By day, he trudges through a mundane life as Bob Reynolds; at night, the Sentry soars across a gleaming, perfect skyline. But how much of the Sentry’s dual existence is real? And what of his dark other self, the Void? Jeff Lemire (MOON KNIGHT, Black Hammer) returns to Marvel and unites with Kim Jacinto (AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER) for this mind-bending series that will shake the Sentry, and the Marvel Universe, to its foundations.
JEFF LEMIRE (W) • KIM JACINTO (A); Cover by BRYAN HITCH
DOCTOR STRANGE #1: NEW SPELLS, ALLIES & ENEMIES IN THIS NEW SERIES. SORCERER SUPREME…OF THE GALAXY! The Eye of Agamotto is closed! Doctor Stephen Strange has lost his connection to the Earth’s arcane power, and he can’t wait to recover while nightmares press against the seams of our reality. Tony Stark offers a 21st-century solution: When astral travel fails, try astronautical travel. Enter Doctor Strange: Space-Explorer Supreme! New spells, allies and enemies – new and old – await Strange beyond the stars, along with corners and secrets of the Marvel Universe seen here for the first time! Space is endless, but time is short. After years of threats, Stephen’s bill for magic use is coming due – who will come to collect?!
MARK WAID (W) • JESúS SAIZ (A/C)
DOCTOR STRANGE #2: IN SPACE, EVEN THE HOARY HOSTS OF HOGGOTH CAN’T HEAR YOU SCREAM…Stephen Strange is a little out of his element traveling the galaxy – and it shows! Powerless, friendless and far from home, Doctor Strange is just an Earthling who needs to convince a stranger that he’s worth saving. Meanwhile, a hostile civilization discovers Earth’s existence, and a new adversary to his wanton, unpaid spell-casting.
MARK WAID (W) • JESúS SAIZ (A/C)
INFINITY COUNTDOWN: BLACK WIDOW #1: Given the incredibly powerful Space Stone to look after by an old friend, Black Widow has no intention of letting it fall into the wrong hands…but is even the top espionage agent in the world ready to handle cosmic responsibility? One-shot.
GERRY DUGGAN (W) • Nik Virella (A); Cover by YASMINE PUTRI
INFINITY COUNTDOWN: CHAMPIONS #1 (OF 2): Spinning out from the fallout of the battle for the Power Stone in the pages of Infinity Countdown! The Champions head to space to save the Nova Corps and stop Warbringer, but other forces are moving against them… These young heroes are in for the fight of their lives!
JIM ZUB (W) • EMILIO LAISO (A); Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN
PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1: J. JONAH JAMESON is armed with one of the world’s greatest secrets: the identity of SPIDER-MAN! Now SPIDEY has to suffer the consequences as JONAH infiltrates his life! But JONAH’s past threatens to unravel everything as he fights for his life against … THE JONAH SLAYER! PLUS – A special short story by MIKE DRUCKER (TV’s Full Frontal) and CHRIS BACHALO (DOCTOR STRANGE, SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL)!
CHIP ZDARSKY (W) • MIKE ALLRED (A/C)
MARVEL 2-IN-ONE ANNUAL #1: THE THING AND THE INFAMOUS IRON MAN – UNRAVELING THE SECRETS OF SECRET WARS! There is but one place in the Multiverse where VICTOR VON DOOM holds no sway. A spot where even DOOM can be judged and tamed. A place that houses…THE COUNCIL OF REEDS. Can Doom escape with his life in order to save BEN & JOHNNY?
CHIP ZDARSKY (W) • Declan Shalvey (A); Cover by CHIP ZDARSKY
ANT-MAN & THE WASP: LIVING LEGENDS #1: SCOTT LANG MUST PICK UP WHERE HANK PYM LEFT OFF! When the leader of an interdimensional force is captured by a brutal dictator, they reach out to their old friends ANT-MAN & THE WASP! But…uh…you see, SCOTT LANG is not exactly the Ant-Man who helped them all those years ago…he’s AN Ant-Man, but not THAT Ant-Man…but when the fate of freedom hangs in the balance, Scott Lang has no choice but to try and fill the shoes of his mentor, Hank Pym, as Ant-Man and the Wasp fly once again! Written and drawn by comics legends RALPH MACCHIO and ANDREA DI VITO, you won’t want to miss the epic intergalactic conflict…or the return of the LIVING ERASER!
RALPH MACCHIO (W); ANDREA DI VITO (A/C);
DAZZLER: X SONG #1: DAZZLER ROCKS ON! The Brooklyn punk scene has never been cooler with DAZZLER’s new band taking center stage. But while she’s trying to find herself and reconnect to the one thing she’s always loved, Dazzler stumbles upon a truly toxic part of the underground punk scene. When a new and violent gang threatens the young Inhuman fans that follow her from venue to venue, Dazzler may have to turn to her own past to provide some guidance–and butt kicking. Written by the Eisner-nominated Magdalene Visaggio, and drawn by the incredible Laura Braga, DAZZLER: X SONG is an energetic epic that you won’t want to miss. One shot.
MAGDALENE VISAGGIO (W) • LAURA BRAGA (A); Cover by ELIZABETH TORQUE
MARVEL SUPER HERO ADVENTURES #1: WEBS AND ARROWS AND ANTS, OH MY! HEROES OF ALL SIZES – TO THE RESCUE! The astonishing Ant-Man is in trouble! But when his daughter Cassie calls Spider-Man for help, Spidey finds out he’s not the only hero in town! West Coast bigshot Hawkeye, A.K.A. Kate Bishop, is already on the case. They’ll soon discover that two shots are better than one – especially when you’re facing Taskmaster, the villain who can mirror any fighting move! It’s a triple dose of heroes in Marvel’s latest all-ages adventure!
JIM MCCANN (W) • DARIO BRIZUELA (A); Cover by JACOB CHABOT
THE WEEKND PRESENTS: STARBOY – Vol. I – Issue 1: Based on the chart-topping song from the double-platinum album STARBOY by THE WEEKND. The city of Alphatron is in the grip of a crime wave, as the terrifying Jack “The Chef” Smiley has unified all criminal organizations with his ruthlessness and strategic genius. Not content with brutally murdering his victims, Smiley also feasts upon their flesh. The citizens live in fear and the police have been directly targeted. The city is in dire need of a hero. It will not get on…but it will get what it deserves. STARBOY.
Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye, La Mar Taylor & Christos Gage (W); Eric Nguyen & Guru-eFX (A)
Cover by Eric Nguyen
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Before I get into my personal picks from this list, let me remind you readers that in honor of the new “Tony Stark: Iron Man” #1 they will be releasing a number of variants under the “Many Armors Of Iron Man” which I showcased HERE if you didn’t see it. Then there is the next batch of “True Believers” titles which are themed at the Ant-Man and The Wasp. The full rundown was given a spotlight HERE for those just joining us. Now onto the bunch of stuff that is hitting this month. It’s fair to say that I will be perusing all of this stuff and probably snagging most of the first issues that you see discussed above. I am really looking forward to “Immortal Hulk”, “Doctor Strange” and “Deadpool” for sure. What about you? Which issues are you planning on bringing into your collection. Chime in down below.
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