Alright then my dear comic book maniacs we are into June which I’ve already noted as feeling like one hell of a fast surprise in another “Insights” narrative just days ago. Here we go with the Marvel Comics offerings in terms of the first issues and as we’ve also previously noted, they are in the beginning stages of the massive “Secret Wars” initiative and that is combining all of the various worlds of their stories and bringing them together for one big (dare I say it) New Universe. As we found with last month there are a lot of titles making this up and instead of parsing it into chapters I have instead alphabetized the month’s releases. Feel free to use this as a checklist when you hit the shops during June. Here we go.
Age Of Ultron Vs. Marvel Zombies #1: THE ULTIMATE DEATH SENTENCE IN BATTLEWORLD. There’s a place that’s so dangerous it’s walled off from the rest of BATTLEWORLD……where WILD ZOMBIES feast on those who’ve been banished for crimes against the state. where cold, mechanical ULTRONS destroy anything that’s human. Pity those who get caught between the two, for their death WON’T be fast and painless!
Welcome my friends to our Metal Month of May and (oops, a slight mistake here because this is our “Media Month of May” since we are talking about the comic book stuff in this post). There is a lot to digest because not only is DC Comics getting their “Convergence” tale into place, but Marvel Comics has a lot of first issues as well as a part of their “Secret Wars” initiative. There are a lot of titles to showcase based on this so let’s get down to business shall we.
Deadpool’s Secret Wars #1 (OF 4): NOT A SECRET WARS TIE-IN! Well…it is…but not THAT Secret Wars. Remember the original Secret Wars from 1984? And remember how Deadpool played a huge important role in it? Wait…you DON’T? Then you need to read this series immediately and be educated! From the team that brought you DEADPOOL KILLUSTRATED comes the most Secretest War of all! Plus: a bonus Deadpool Contest of Champions tale!
CULLEN BUNN (w) • MATTEO LOLLI & JACOPO CAMAGNI (a) Cover by TONY HARRIS
Inhumans: Attilan Rising #1: There is a rebellion brewing on Battleworld and it stretches far and wide into every domain. Medusa, ruler of Attilan, is tasked with uncovering the leader of this uprising and scuttling it with extreme prejudice. When she discovers the leader of this rebellion is Black Bolt, however, things get complicated.
CHARLES SOULE (w) • JOHN TIMMS (a)
Ultimate End #1: Miles Morales and the rest of the heroes of the Ultimate Universe face final extinction. As the end of their world becomes inevitable, will the heroes’ heartbreaking sacrifices make any difference? The dramatic end of an era begins here!
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (w) • MARK BAGLEY (a/C)
Star Wars: A New Hope – The original comic adaptation of the greatest space-fantasy film of all is remastered for the modern age with all-new coloring by Chris Sotomayor! Weeks before George Lucas’ first STAR WARS film hit theatres, Marvel gave fans their first look at Luke Skywalker, boldly asking: “Will he save the galaxy, or destroy it?” You may know the answer, but that doesn’t spoil the fun of seeing STAR WARS: EPISODE IV — A NEW HOPE like never before…including scenes that never made the silver screen! When Princess Leia is taken prisoner, Luke, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2 ride to the rescue and take on Darth Vader in his awesome Death Star. It’s six against a galaxy — one that’s far, far away and a long time ago! May the Force be with you, in the mighty Marvel manner! Collecting STAR WARS (1977) #1-6. Written by ROY THOMAS. Penciled by HOWARD CHAYKIN w Cover by ADI GRANOV.
Inhuman Annual #1: All the threads of the first year come to a head in this epic oversized Annual! Medusa! Lash! Ennilux! Reader! Lineage! What will be left standing before Secret Wars pulls it all crashing to the floor?!?!?
CHARLES SOULE (w) • RYAN STEGMAN (a/C)
A-Force #1: Marvel’s Mightiest Women finally get their own explosive series! In a secluded corner of the Battleworld, an island nation is fiercely protected by a team of Avengers the likes of which has only ever been glimpsed before… Fighting to protect the small sliver of their world that’s left, the Amazing A-FORCE stands shoulder-to-shoulder, ready to take on the horde!
G. WILLOW WILSON & MARGUERITE BENNETT (w) • JORGE MOLINA (a) Cover by JIM CHEUNG
Secret Wars: Battleworld #1 (OF 4): When the Marvel Universe and the Ultimate Universe collide, there is only…Battleworld! Featuring the fights, battles and blow-ups that are just TOO BIG for Secret Wars! When a Dr. Strange-possessed Punisher goes on the run, only Spider-Man, Wolverine, Hulk and Ghost Rider can track him down! Question: What happens when M.O.D.O.K. recruits every single M.O.D.O.K. ever for his evil schemes? Answer: M.O.D.O.K. M.A.D.N.E.S.S.!
JOSH WILLIAMSON & ED BRISSON (w) MIKE HENDERSON & SCOTT HEPBURN (a)
Inferno #1: Spinning out of the universe-shattering events of Secret Wars comes a new twist on the X-Men classic that’s a whole hell of a lot hotter than you remember. 5 years ago a band of demons rose up out of the fiery depths and turned Manhattan into Hell on Earth. The X-Men fought to vanquish the demon horde and… The X-Men failed. Welcome back to the Inferno. On this the fifth anniversary of Manhattan’s fall, Piotr Rasputin is leading a small band of mutants back into the Inferno. Colossus doesn’t know what they’ll find on the other side of those flames but he knows for certain… They’re not coming back without his sister.
DENNIS HOPELESS (w) • JAVIER GARRON (a/C)
Infinity Gauntlet #1: Think your life is hard? Anwen Bakian’s family lives in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, scrounging for food and avoiding giant bugs intent on eating them. Mom left years ago to join the Nova force and never came back. So it’s just Anwen, her dad, her sister and her grandpa against the huge insects. That is, until she finds a mysterious stone that may or may not hold incredible cosmic power. Don’t miss this incredible new series by DEADPOOL writer Gerry Duggan and EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE writer/artist Dustin Weaver that will set the cosmic table for the Marvel Universe for years to come!
Master Of Kung-Fu #1: KICK-BUTT KUNG-FU ACTION! Welcome to the mystical land of K’UN LUN, where the study of martial arts reigns supreme! In a world where everyone is well-trained in at least some form of deadly combat, what becomes of a drunken, drop-out failure? If anyone speaks out against Emperor Zu, the price is their head! Good thing Shang-Chi’s a man of discretion and…oh, who are we kidding. This is going to get nasty.
Haden Blackman (w) Dalibor Talajic (a)
M.O.D.O.K. ASSASSIN #1 (of 5): In a world populated by the most fearsome thieves, murderers and ne’er-do-wells, there is one who is a HEAD above the rest…Enter, M.O.D.O.K.: The Mental Organism Designed Only for KILLING! Killville’s very own Merc with a Maw is open for business! But his next job may be biting off more than he can chew…
CHRIS YOST (w) • AMILCAR PINNA (a) Cover by DAVID LAFUENTE
Old Man Logan #1: Enter the Wastelands…a realm where all heroes have been murdered by their arch-enemies, villains who now rule over the land with an iron fist. In the midst of this dystopian chaos, one man may make a difference…a reluctant warrior who was once the greatest mutant of all…a man known as OLD MAN LOGAN.
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (w) • ANDREA SORRENTINO (a/C)
Planet Hulk #1: A forbidden zone of wild HULKS. A battle-worn gladiator named STEVE ROGERS. A journey that could break the spirit of a world’s greatest freedom fighter. PLUS: A back up story by a surprise creative team!
SAM HUMPHRIES (w) • MARC LAMING (a) Cover by MICHAEL DEL MUNDO
Spider-Verse #1: Spinning out of the SPIDER-VERSE event, a team of Spiders finds themselves face-to-face with Battleworld! Starring SPIDER-GWEN, SPIDER-MAN NOIR, SPIDER-MAN: INDIA, MAYDAY PARKER, SPIDER-UK and SPIDER-HAM!
MIKE COSTA (w) • ANDRE ARUAJO (a) Cover by NICK BRADSHAW
Secret Wars 2099 #1 (of 5): When everything ends, it’s time to go back to the future. Revisit the world of 2099 and see it a whole new light, as characters who have never been seen before make their first appearances – including the AVENGERS 2099. Can the ideal of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes survive in a world where megacorporations rule with an iron fist?
PETER DAVID (w) • WILL SLINEY (a) Cover by Dave Rapoza
Where Monsters Dwell #1 (of 5): GARTH ENNIS returns to Marvel Comics proper and he’s bringing his The Boys collaborator Russ Braun along with him! Fighter planes and dinosaurs collide in this raucous tale that starts with the classic Marvel character Phantom Eagle and digs much deeper!
GARTH ENNIS (w) • RUSS BRAUN (a) Cover by FRANK CHO