Happy New Comic Book Day everyone!
SHANG-CHI #1 (OF 5) by Gene Luen Yang
THE MASTER RETURNS! An ancient and evil secret society has stayed in hiding since the death of their leader, Zheng Zhu. But now his successor has been chosen to shift the balance of power in the world…Zheng Zhu’s son, Shang-Chi! Witness the Marvel Universe’s greatest fighter return to a world of death and destruction he thought he left behind long ago…and discover the secrets to Shang-Chi’s past that will change his world forever.
Don’t miss out on this epic tale of family, betrayal and justice as the incredible team of Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese), Dike Ruan (SPIDER-VERSE, BLACK CAT) and Philip Tan (UNCANNY X-MEN) launch a new chapter in the legend of Shang-Ch!
This was probably set to release at the same time as the Shang-Chi movie, but, alas, that’s not happening this year. Doesn’t stop you (and me!) buying this now though! I would say though, that you will probably need to read up on Shang-Chi first, this sounds like a comic run for those who are already fans of the character.
IMMORTAL HULK THRESHING PLACE by Jeff Lemire
TWO OF COMICS’ MOST IMAGINATIVE TALENTS UNITE FOR A HULK TALE LIKE NONE OTHER!
There’s a monster raging in America’s heartland – and it’s not the Hulk. When a young girl goes missing on a Kansas farm, Bruce Banner gets the itch – the one that tells him gamma is on the loose. But this town doesn’t take kindly to strangers – especially the big, green, violent kind. Can the Hulk save a child before it’s too late, or is he about to take the blame for another massacre?
I’m pretty sure you should be fine reading this one without prior comics!
GIANT SIZE X-MEN TRIBUTE WEIN & COCKRUM by Len Wein
CELEBRATING THE CLASSIC’S 45TH ANNIVERSARY!
Forty-five years ago, a comic book came out that would change the face of Marvel Comics forever. Writer Len Wein and artist Dave Cockrum revamped the X-Men completely, replacing the bulk of the teen heroes with a completely new international cast! The legendary one-shot took comic fans by storm and set the series off in a new direction, setting the stage for the legendary X-scribe Chris Claremont to make them the most popular heroes in the Marvel Universe! Now, 37 of Marvel’s top artists come together to re-create this epic story, each re-drawing one pulse-pounding page in tribute to this Marvel masterpiece!
Perfect for anyone looking for classic X-Men comics, or anyone looking for a jumping off point for the X-Men! You won’t get the original artwork, obviously, but you will get the storyline!
X-MEN AVENGERS ONSLAUGHT VOL 02 by Jeff Loeb
The shocking saga continues as Onslaught’s unnerving origin is revealed! How can the X-Men defeat a threat that strikes from their very heart? As X-Factor battles Havok to save Beast, X-Force defends X-Man from the manipulative Mister Sinister! And Cable and Storm must reckon with Onslaught’s most incredible pawn of all: the Hulk! But can the X-Men, Avengers and Fantastic Four find a way to free Franklin Richards from the deadly Onslaught’s grasp? Plus: As Sentinels take Manhattan, the shock waves are felt by the teenage Tony Stark; the new Spider-Man, Ben Reilly; and the heroic Green Goblin!
This is a reprint of the original Onslaught story, collecting issues from 1963-1991, so if you missed it the first time round, or are just interested in it in general, then there’s no better time to pick this up! Obviously though, check out volume 1 first!
VENOM REX: MARVEL SELECT by Donny Cates
Continuing the series of graphic novels handpicked by Marvel Editorial to showcase pivotal storylines written and drawn by some of Marvel’s most acclaimed creators! Beneath the streets of New York, an ancient and primordial evil has been awakened. With it, something equally evil has been awakened in that most wicked of web-slingers: Venom! The symbiote may still be a Lethal Protector of innocents in New York, but this never-before-seen threat could possibly force Venom to relinquish everything it holds dear – including its human host, Eddie Brock! As Eddie and Venom summon the strength to defend New York against the most powerful foe they’ve ever faced, there’s one more thing standing in their way: Miles Morales, Spider-Man! Two of the hottest creators in comics today, Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman, join forces to put Venom through a nightmare a thousand years in the making!
If you’re looking to get into Venom comics, this is a brilliant way to start!
SPIDER-MAN LOVES MARY JANE: SECRET THING by Sean McKeever and terry Moore
In the wake of shocking revelations, just what is the story between Mary Jane and Peter Parker? How about between Mary Jane and Spider-Man? Peter and Gwen Stacy? Spider-Man and…Firestar?! Things are getting complicated in the life of your favorite teen, Mary Jane Watson, and her classmates, including the irrepressible Liz Allan – but will true love finally run smooth for MJ? Face it, Tiger, you can’t wait to find out! As a new school year begins, MJ finally begins to feel like she might have things in order. Good friends, good classes and a good relationship with a certain wall-crawler – but is there someone behind the scenes who’s got it in for our rambunctious redhead? The sophomore jinx strikes for Mary Jane!
Before getting to this, you’ll need to read Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane volumes 1 and 2 first before picking this up.
DAREDEVIL BY CHIP ZDARSKY VOL 04: END OF HELL by Chip Zdarsky
Will the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen make his return? As Matt Murdock rekindles his alliance – and possibly more – with Elektra, New York Mayor Wilson Fisk works on some deadly allegiances of his own. But a war is building in Hell’s Kitchen as Hammerhead makes his move, and the Owl takes a stab at the Kingpin! Matt Murdock must come to terms with what being Daredevil truly means. And he had better do it soon, as a new and deadly foe has arrived on the scene with a decisive strike – and all hell is about to break loose. As the streets burn, a gang of lethal super villains runs riot, and the Kitchen is left hanging by a thread. That thread…is Daredevil.
You’ll need the three previous volumes, 1: Know Fear, 2: No Devils, Only God, and 3: Through Hell, before you get to this one!
DITKO IS STRANGE KING-SIZE by Stan Lee
Steve Ditko is an inimitable talent dedicated to a singular vision. Steve Ditko is one of the greatest storytellers of all time. Steve Ditko is the visual master who created dimensions beyond imagining and worlds beyond compare. Steve Ditko is strange…Doctor Strange! Dr. Stephen Strange was a world-renowned surgeon until an accident crippled his hands. Broken and destitute, he journeyed to Tibet in search of a legendary healer. There, he found not a man of medicine – but the path to the mystic arts! This King-Size edition presents Steve Ditko and Stan Lee’s complete Doctor Strange stories at a massive size – so big that each page is like falling into another dimension! Lose yourself in the debuts of iconic characters like Baron Mordo, Wong, Eternity, Clea, Dormammu, the Mindless Ones and more!
Not going to lie, I’m a massive fan of Doctor Strange, and, if you’re like me, you love the psychedelic effects of the film – and Steve Ditko’s artwork is where it all started! So, if you want to see those origins, while also reading some classic Doctor Strange adventures, this is perfect!
And that’s everything coming out this week, what’s the comic you’re most excited for?