Continuing along with my announcements about Marvel Comics “War Of The Realms” mini-series and crossover issues, here is the latest from the House Of Ideas.
The Press Release:
This April, all hel will break loose as Marvel’s epic event from the award-winning creative team of Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, and Matthew Wilson usher in an event of unparalleled scale! To celebrate WAR OF THE REALMS, Marvel is releasing a series of variant covers that reimagine some of Marvel’s most iconic heroes in the style of Asgardian warriors! Look for Marvel’s ASGARDIAN variants on these select titles this April:
1. ASGARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #8 by Phil Noto
2. AVENGERS #18 by Paolo Rivera
3. BLACK PANTHER #11 by Rahzzah
4. CAPTAIN AMERICA #10 by Dave Johnson
5. CAPTAIN MARVEL #4 by Gerald Parel
6. CHAMPIONS #4 by Khoi Pham
Greetings my friends and before we get into this first issue overview from Marvel Comics let’s once again bow our heads in humble respect to the passing of the legendary Stan “The Man” Lee who we lost this past November at age 95. He has truly left an indelible mark on the comics industry and our Memorial Toast can be examined HERE in the event that you missed it. Now we continue along and let me ask you a question. Did November just blast by us or am I imagining things? Maybe its just me but I felt that the month went by super-fast and while its now a couple of days ago, I hope that those who celebrated the holiday had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We kept it mellow with some family because those kinds of days are needed more and more based on the frantic pace of my media adventures. So here we go into the mix with the provided press copy and images from the House Of Ideas. Lots of good stuff this month for sure.
X-Men: The Exterminated #1: EXTERMINATION AFTERMATH! A Death in the Family! In the aftermath of Extermination, the X-Men mourn for their fallen brother, Cable. But no one is taking it harder than his adopted daughter, Hope Summers. Will Hope be able to cope with the loss, or will she be led down a dark path that she won’t be able to return from? Only Jean Grey can save Hope from herself! Plus, celebrate the life of Nathan Summers with a story from his past by Chris Claremont! One-shot.
Zac Thompson & Lonnie Nadler and Chris Claremont (W); Neil Edwards & more (A); COVER BY Geoff Shaw
FANTASTIC FOUR: WEDDING SPECIAL #1: Come and celebrate the impending nuptials of the Thing and Alicia Masters with a Ladies Night Out as only the First Family of Comics can do it! Guest-starring She-Hulk, Medusa, Crystal and more, it’s the bachelorette party Alicia never expected—and one whose ribaldry will be interrupted by the arrival of a Surprise Super Villain! (And no, we don’t mean Johnny Storm!) Meanwhile, the Thing has an unexpected meeting with his future father-in-law, the Puppet Master! Plus, Hembeck! The Fantastic Four family tree! And more! R.S.V.P. at your local comics retailer this December, and don’t forget to kiss the bride!
The Press Release:
This January, Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw – the creative team that brought you Thanos – will bring a new GUARDIANS OF GALAXY series to readers! And to celebrate the debut of this brand-new team, Marvel is releasing a series of variant covers showcasing past and present Guardians of the Galaxy characters from superstar artists Mike McKone, Ema Lupacchino, Dale Keown, Will Sliney, and more!
Look for Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY variant covers on these select titles:
1. “AMAZING SPIDER-MAN” #14 by Gerald Parel
2. “AVENGERS” #13 by Patrick Zircher with colors by Jason Keith
December is going to get just a little bit darker as the villains that pit their horrific powers and evil genius against the mighty Fantastic Four get the chance to shine across comic book releases hitting the racks that month. Check out the press copy that we received a couple of weeks ago along with any provided artwork.
The Press Release:
This winter, Ben and Alicia will say “I do”… but it’s not a Marvel wedding without villains and mayhem, especially when it comes to the Fantastic Four! Just in time for the wedding of the half century, Marvel is celebrating over five decades of the first family with special variant covers featuring the team’s most memorable antiheroes! Look for Marvel’s FANTASTIC FOUR VILLIAN variant covers on these select titles:
Welcome to the Marvel NOW! Universe the premiere issues of “The Superior Spider-Man” which comes about a month after the cancellation of the long running “The Amazing Spider-Man” title that ended last December with issue #700.
So you all know a bit more about the premise of this new series, I have taken it from the official Wikipedia page of the title to bring you up to speed. Check it out.
“The Superior Spider-Man is an ongoing comic book series published by Marvel Comics that debuted in January 2013 as part of Marvel NOW!. The series is written by Dan Slott with artwork by Ryan Stegman, Humberto Ramos, and Giuseppe Camuncoli. It features a reformed Otto Octavius who has taken over Peter Parker’s body and, having allowed Peter to die in Octavius’ body but being affected by Peter’s memories, is determined to be a better Spider-Man than Peter ever was, and a better man than Otto Octavius. The title replaces the long running series The Amazing Spider-Man, after the conclusion of the “Dying Wish” storyline, as the core Spider-Man book.”
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Personally speaking I think that this is a wild premise for sure and since I grew up on the classic tales of the Web-Slinger and Peter Parker, I hope that his death was not exactly as it seemed and we find him back in the red and blue costume once again. I’ll likely be checking out this title when several issues are collected into a trade paperback or something but based on collecting space and time will not be able to snag each and every issue as it hits the stands in that fashion. What do you fans of Spider-Man think of this new and very different direction and the new premise? I will leave the comments open for you to offer up those views. I look forward to hearing from you about it.