Long time, no see everyone, but I’m back now and ready to get stuck into all things Marvel Comics again, so why not start with the first comic releases of the year?
There’s not very many single issues this week, but there are a TONNE of bind ups!
Go back in black with Spider-Man and his symbiotic suit as we celebrate the legacy of the House of Ideas with MARVEL TALES! This anthology series shines a spotlight on fan-favorite characters, features timeless stories and highlights some of Marvel’s most impressive talent from the past eight decades. First, amid the chaos of Secret Wars, there comes a costume in MARVEL SUPER HEROES SECRET WARS #8 from the titanic team of Jim Shooter and Mike Zeck! But there’s more to the outfit than meets the eye – as Spider-Man, the ferocious Puma and the Fantastic Four all discover in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #256-258 by Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz! Plus: A mighty Marvel team-up of legendary Spidey creators Dan Slott and Mark Bagley results in a poignant tale featuring the late, lamented police captain Jean DeWolff, from VENOM SUPER SPECIAL #1!
The next in the Marvel Tales series! You’ll want to have read the Secret Wars event and the Venom Super Special first, to get some context! You can also try to find Amazing Spider-Man from 1963, but it may be a bit difficult to get hold of – it’s entirely up to you whether or not you want to find it!
JANE FOSTER RETURNS!
Once there was an entire army of Valkyries, but now Jane Foster is the only one. When the King in Black comes to Midgard, Jane must rebuild the Valkyries to help stop him -starting with Hildegarde, a warrior from Asgard’s own hallowed halls, and X-Man Dani Moonstar, a former Valkyrie herself. But what Jane doesn’t know…is that she never was the only Valkyrie after all. Who is the fourth warrior?
The next in the King In Black event – you’ll want to read the previous issues under this title (both released in November/December time), and you’ll definitely want to read Jason Aaron’s Thor run, and the Jane Foster Valkyrie series first, to get context as to just why Jane is a Valkyrie in the first place!
NEVER DIE. NEVER WIN. ETERNALS.
What’s the point of an eternal battle?
For millions of years, one hundred Eternals have roamed the Earth, secret protectors of humanity. Without them, we’d be smears between the teeth of the demon-like Deviants. Their war has waged for all time, echoing in our myths and nightmares.
But today, Eternals face something new: change. Can they – or anyone on Earth – survive their discovery?
This is the perfect thing to start collecting, as it’s focusing on the Eternals and the Deviants – the main heroes/villains of the new Eternals movie! Obviously, it’s entirely possible that the film will not be airing this year, but it doesn’t hurt to start reading up on them now!
Discover the many faces of the Moon Knight! Mercenary. Werewolf hunter. Millionaire playboy. Cab driver. Super hero? Moon Knight is many things to many people, and he has the multiple personalities to match! Follow Marc Spector, the earthly Fist of Khonshu, as he battles to find his place in the Marvel Universe – and builds the strangest rogues’ gallery in all of comics. Prepare yourself for the deadly Bushmaster! Arsenal, the one-man army! Stained Glass Scarlet, the nun with a crossbow! And more!
This features stories between 1963-1976, so you’ll be getting some old school Moon Knight stories in this bind up!
After an awe-inspiring origin retelling by comics legend Roy Thomas, Cap comes face-to-face with a twisted twelve-foot version of himself: Behold the Ameridroid! And if that wasn’t unusual enough, wait until you see Cap squaring off against…the Lincoln Memorial?! It’s a good thing Cap’s got Nick Fury and the Super Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on his side – because the Red Skull is back, and he’s out for blood! And don’t miss a showdown with the Hulk that pits the green-skinned Goliath’s brute strength against nothing but Cap’s trusty shield and battle-hardened tactical skill! It’s a can’t-miss Marvel classic!
This is volume 12, so you’ll want to get the previous 11 first, to get full context for this volume.
Donny Cates’ complete Guardians saga in one stellar hardcover! Hundreds of worlds are at war. More than ever, the galaxy needs the Guardians – but in the aftermath of the Infinity Wars, who is left to answer the call? Thanos is dead, but the search for his successor has just begun. Who will it be? And who are the Dark Guardians? Cosmic chaos commences when the new Guardians take on Thanos’ Black Order – but could the Mad Titan be fighting his way back from the grave?! Plus: The Universal Church of Truth returns at the worst possible time – because Rocket Raccoon is dying! He’s still got some fight left in him, but his allies are few and the odds are slim. Can Rocket hold on long enough to make a difference?
Definitely one to read after the Infinity War saga!
Experience the Eternals like never before in this super-sized edition! The limitless imagination of Jack “King” Kirby unleashed countless creations into the world of comics. Captain America. The Fantastic Four. The Avengers. The X-Men. Each timeless creation was imbued with Kirby’s inescapable graphic power, his boundless capacity for capturing the human condition and his eternal search for meaning in the cosmos. And Kirby’s The Eternals revealed an entire new realm of heroes! Once worshipped as gods, this fantastic group left Earth to explore the stars after warring with the Greek, Roman and Norse pantheons for supremacy over humankind. But the Eternals are just one part of a cosmic mythology. Their opposites – the Deviants – also secretly populate Earth. And the towering cosmic entities that created both – the Celestials – are fated to return and judge us all!
If you’re looking for the origins of the Eternals, then look no further! This hardcover edition covers the original Kirby-written Eternals story, so there’s no better time to jump in, especially with a new series also starting this week!
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! Wade Wilson steps into the spotlight! He’s the Merc with a Mouth, the Regeneratin’ Degenerate, the Sassin’ Assassin – now get to know the irrepressible Deadpool all over again in this collection of his earliest solo sagas! From his first appearance as a wisecracking thorn in the side of Cable and the New Mutants, Deadpool sets out on a quest for romance, money and mayhem – not necessarily in that order! Can he solve the riddle of Tolliver’s will? Will he find love with X-Force’s Siryn? And can he survive not one but two run-ins with the Juggernaut? Plus: Meet Weasel (the weapons guy) and Blind Al (Wade’s roommate…and prisoner?!) as Deadpool considers becoming – a hero!
Another introduction bind up, so if you’ve been wondering just how Deadpool appeared in the Marvel Universe, this is the book you need!
The tension-torn adventures of comics’ most put-upon super hero, the Amazing Spider-Man, continue! Stan Lee, John Romita Sr., Gil Kane and Gerry Conway bring you new creations like the Gibbon and the return of iconic adversaries like Doctor Octopus and Kraven the Hunter! It’s enough excitement to give a hero an ulcer – and it does! Spidey also teams up with Doctor Strange against a mystic threat, goes toe-to-toe in a fight against the Incredible Hulk and faces Hammerhead – the only gangster with more steel in his dome than in his gun! The drama reaches its peak when the Green Goblin kidnaps Gwen Stacy in the story that shocked a generation and cemented the Goblin’s name as the definition of evil. Don’t miss this seminal chapter in Spidey’s history!
This is volume 7, so you’ll want: Great Power, Great Responsibility, Spider-Man No More, The Goblin Lives and The Secret Of The Petrified Tablet, for some reason, there is no volume 6, but hopefully will be released soon.
Aero finally faces the menacing and mysterious Madame Huang! But who is she – and will her experience and power stop Aero in her tracks? Huang’s deadly plans threaten not only Shanghai but the whole world! Now, Lei Ling must try to unravel the mystery of the crystal towers and the monstrous creatures infiltrating Shanghai – but saving the city from certain doom may come at the cost of her secret identity! Plus: Aero meets one of the Marvel Universe’s best and brightest when Iron Man makes a surprise visit!
You’ll want volume 1: Before The Storm, for Aero’s introduction!
The Hulk is back – and ready to smash his way through more villains than you can throw a tank at! Watch out, Sandman and Leader, you’re in the path of the Green Goliath! But when the Hulk journeys into the subatomic world of the Psyklop, he will meet his true love – the princess named Jarella! Then, don’t miss the debut of the Hulk’s longtime enemy and ally, the gamma-powered psychiatrist Doc Samson! And in the aftermath of a battle with another doctor (Doom, that is), the Hulk finds himself in the sights of the military’s Project: Greenskin. Objective? Destroy the Hulk! Finally, with Ant-Man’s help, Hulk will reunite with Jarella – but not before the Marvel Universe’s greatest heroes put him on trial!
This is the fifth volume, so you’ll want: Man Or Monster? The Hulk Must Die, The Leader Lives and In The Hands Of Hydra first!
From the dawn of time…to the end of the world? Trapped in an icy cave millennia in the past, Tony Stark has lost most of his armour and a good chunk of his mind. And tonight when the sun goes down and the devil comes around again, will Iron Man lose what is left of his soul? Back in the present, Earth’s mightiest villains unite against a common threat: the Avengers! But even as the team faces a villainous uprising like no other, they come under attack from one of their own! Mummies are rising from their graves. Secret armies march by moonlight from K’un-Lun to Wakanda to Greenwich Village. A dark god invades Asgard. And the Moon Knight is unleashed as never before! So begins the Age of Khonshu. So fall the Avengers.
There’s seven volumes before this one: The Final Host, World Tour, War Of The Vampires, No Road Home, War of The Realms, Challenge Of The Ghost Riders and Starbrand Reborn.
With that, that’s everything coming out this week! What’s going on your first pull list of the year? I’ve definitely got my eye on all the Eternals releases!