20th January Marvel Comic Releases

A small release day this week, but it’s filled with great things!

Single Issues:

Iron Fist: Heart Of The Dragon by Larry Hama

Someone is killing the ancient dragons that power the HEAVENLY CITIES, and only IRON FIST and the DEADLY WEAPONS can stop them…if they can discover who they are in time! Zombie armies, mystical portals, dragon hearts, some of the Marvel Universe’s deadliest fighters all converge in one action-packed extravaganza, and the fate of all worlds hangs in the balance! LARRY HAMA and DAVID WACHTER are building a story that hits as hard as the Iron Fist itself!

I would not say that this is a comic for those new to Iron Fist, it seems to be relying on at least a bit of background knowledge.

Maestro: War and Pax by Peter David

The man once known as the Hulk is now neither man, nor Hulk – call him only THE MAESTRO! After deposing Dystopia’s ancient ruler, the Maestro sets his sights even bigger. It’s time the entire planet Earth recognised their one true god! But the Maestro isn’t the only immortal left…and if he wants to truly dominate the planet, he’ll have to face the most powerful beings in creation! PETER DAVID continues the tale that began decades ago in the legendary Future Imperfect!

Seeing as this is continuing on the Future Imperfect storyline, I’d definitely check it out first. It’s over 30 years old though, so you may have trouble getting hold of it in physical format, but it is currently on sale on Comixology if you don’t mind reading on kindle! But, once you have, you will also want to look up the Maestro (handily named ‘Maestro’) comic published in 2020.

Bind Ups:

Eternals: Cosmic Origins by Jack Kirby, Danny Fingeroth, Bob Harras, Mark Gruenwald and Raplh Machhio

When gods walk the Earth! Get to know the enigmatic Eternals – beginning with their introductory adventure by none other than Jack Kirby! The “King” introduced a new mythology for the Marvel Universe with the revelation that humankind is not alone. Thanks to the manipulations of the cosmic giants known as the Celestials, we unknowingly share Earth with the godlike Eternals – and their sworn enemies, the misshapen Deviants! Meet Ikaris, Sersi, Ajak and more, and learn the secret origin of their incredible race! Then thrill to a forgotten tale of the mighty hero Gilgamesh – and the thorn in his side called Sprite! And see the sorceress Sersi in a life-changing adventure with the Avengers – and her reluctant soul mate, the Black Knight!

There’s been a lot of new Eternals comics being published, or republished, in the last few weeks, so you’ve definitely got a good selection to choose from! All are good options, as they all feature introductory stories to the characters and the world of the Eternals, so my advice would be to go with whichever one interests you most.

X-Men: Days Of Future Past by Chris Claremont and John Byrne

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. The sensational creative team of Chris Claremont and John Byrne followed their industry-changing “Dark Phoenix Saga” with the equally revolutionary “Days of Future Past”! Relive the legendary first journey into the then far-off dystopian future of 2013 – where Sentinels stalk the Earth, and the X-Men were mutantkind’s only hope…until they died! This all-time classic is collected alongside more unforgettable tales from the climax of the Claremont/Byrne run, including the funeral of Jean Grey! The return of Alpha Flight, in deadly battle with the Wendigo! And Kitty Pryde getting a demon for Christmas?! Plus: Future star John Romita Jr. shows his artistic chops when the sorceress Margali Szardos sends the X-Men to hell! 

As this is the end of Claremont’s run, I’d try to at least read The Dark Phoenix Saga before reading this, if not just to get a better idea of what the characters have been through previously.

Immortal Hulk: Keeper Of The Door by Al Ewing

Follow the Leader! The Hulk’s archenemy has set his sights on infiltrating the green behemoth’s friend group in preparation to enact his nefarious, long-fomenting plans. But can the Leader push the immortal Hulk beyond his breaking point? Meanwhile, when Bruce Banner first came to Shadow Base, he was cut up into pieces and stored in jars – but he was only the second test subject. The first subject has just been freed! Plus: Some time ago, an outside force entered Bruce Banner’s system. The Devil Hulk says it’s the Green Scar. The Green Scar says it’s the Devil Hulk. They might both be wrong! But now, deep in Banner’s mind, something is reaching through the Green Door – and it wants to hurt Banner badly. And the Devil Hulk takes that personally.

This is volume 8, so you’ll need: Or Is He Both?, The Green Door, Hulk In Hell, Abomination, Breaker Of Worlds, We Believe In Bruce Banner and Hulk Is Hulk.

Dawn Of X Volume 11 by Ed Brisson, Zeb Wells, Ben Percy and Tini Howard

Chaos reigns in the Dawn of X! The New Mutants know it’s tough adjusting to gaining mutant powers – they’ve been there – and they’re ready to help, no matter how weird and dangerous things may get! But what if a new mutant’s awakening is downright nightmarish? Elsewhere, London is burning, and Captain Britain is torn as the country of her birth goes to war with Krakoa! Can Excalibur survive being caught between two worlds? Meanwhile, the Hellions can barely keep from killing one another, let alone take on deadly threats – which is bad news when the Goblin Queen herself, Madelyne Pryor, returns. And she’s mad as hell! Plus: When Omega Red seeks amnesty on Krakoa, Wolverine investigates his bitter foe’s motives – and what he discovers is pure horror!

Apologies for the bad picture, I couldn’t seem to find a decent one anywhere, but you get the idea of what it looks like!

The 11th in the Dawn Of X series, if you’re looking for the reading order, I have it in full here.

And that’s everything being released today – what is on your pull list? I’ll definitely be picking up Dawn Of X volume 11!

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