We’re a little low on single issues this week, but there’s a bumper crop of bind ups!
EXPERIENCE THESE HEROES LIKE NEVER BEFORE!
Red Room Black Widow, teenage Spider-Man, World War II Captain America – the most iconic versions of your favorite Marvel characters from across time and space all wake up on an island of intrigue, darkness and…Amazing Fantasy. Are they dead? Are they dreaming? Or have they truly been transported to another fantastical realm? And is there any way for them to return home?
This isn’t just a love letter to your favorite Marvel eras, it’s a reinvestment in the seminal characters you’ve always loved, plucked from their quintessential timelines. Brought to you by KAARE ANDREWS, this is the one you’ve been waiting for, True Believers… It’s one Amazing Fantasy for the ages!
I’d recommend having at least a little knowledge on the character’s mentioned and the era’s they’re plucked from, just in case!
PETER DAVID AND GREG LAND DO THE TIME WARP AGAIN!
After three sense-shattering series, Peter David, Greg Land, Jay Leisten and Frank D’Armata – the entire SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN crew – RETURN! This time, they’re taking Spider-Man down the road less traveled to the supremely psychedelic CROSSROADS DIMENSION! In their most ambitious series yet, the SYMBIOTE team puts Peter Parker and his alien costume on a collision course with none other than THE INCREDIBLE HULK, in a story set just before Peter David’s landmark run on the Hulk series!
This limited run is reliant on previous Spider-Man and Hulk knowledge – you’ll need to read Symbiote Spider-Man, Absolute Carnage: Symbiote Spider-Man, Symbiote Spider-Man: Alien Reality, Spider-Man: King In Black and Incredible Hulk: Crossroads.
CAPTAIN AMERICA OMNIBUS HC VOL 03 by Steve Englehart, More
The early ’70s were interesting times for America – and adventurous ones for Captain America! Featuring more than 40 issues of Cap action, this oversized omnibus collects writer Steve Englehart and artist Sal Buscema’s iconic run on the Star-Spangled Avenger! Cap battles enemies – and allies – including Doctor Faustus, S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Captain America and Bucky of the 1950s. And that’s just the beginning! The Falcon co-stars throughout, and only the combined efforts of Cap, the Falcon, S.H.I.E.L.D. and the X-Men can hope to topple the Secret Empire! Prepare to relive a shocking saga that defined Captain America for a generation. But what happens when Cap quits – and becomes the Nomad?! Each issue has been beautifully restored, including the original letters pages!
The previous two omnibus’ are simply called volumes 1 and 2!
The exciting, action-packed era continues! Revelation, Arizona, is the start line for an adventure through time featuring Golden Age hero Kid Colt! Then, the Fantastic Four face two of their greatest foes, now deadlier than ever: Diablo and the Super-Skrull! But will the Grey Gargoyle turn Marvel’s First Family to stone? When three-quarters of the team venture into the Negative Zone, who gets left behind? And can Spider-Man help reunite them – or will Ant-Man, She-Hulk and Namorita form a new FF? Plus: The Human Torch vs. the Sub-Mariner! A startling new status quo for the Thing! The Inhumans at the center of an intergalactic war in a story drawn by the incomparable Ladrönn! And the FF sail the high seas with…Sinbad?!
Again, the two previous volumes are simply called volumes 1 and 2. You’ll also probably want to read Heroes Reborn from 1996 before going anywhere near this series, as it’ll explain just what happened to Marvel’s First Family!
Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s first 30 issues of FANTASTIC FOUR were just the warm-up – here’s where they really turn up the heat! Experience the boundless energy of two creators at the top of their game: the origin of Dr. Doom; the Frightful Four; the wedding of Reed Richards and Sue Storm; the Inhumans; the Silver Surfer; the Galactus Saga; the debut of the world’s first black super hero, the Black Panther; the cosmic clash between the FF, Silver Surfer and Dr. Doom; and, of course, “This Man, This Monster!” – widely regarded as the greatest FF tale of all! This massive collector’s edition, painstakingly restored from the sharpest material in the Marvel Archives and packed with critical essays and bonus features aplenty, is nothing short of a cornerstone of the Marvel Universe!
Another one where the previous volume is called volume 1.
One comic book changed the face of Marvel Comics forever in 1975! Writer Len Wein and artist Dave Cockrum revamped the X-Men with an international cast including Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus and Wolverine! This legendary story took fans by storm and set the stage for the X-Men to become the most popular heroes in the Marvel Universe! Now, 36 of Marvel’s top artists come together to re-create this epic story, each drawing one pulse-pounding page in tribute to a true Marvel masterpiece! This all-new, all-different tribute is presented alongside Wein and Cockrum’s inimitable original – together with behind-the-scenes artwork and more special features – and all on oversized pages that give new meaning to the title “Giant-Size X-Men”!
As this is more of a tribute edition, I’d recommend having a little bit of previous knowledge of the X-Men, pre-1975, or at least an idea of the original Len Wein run.
Knull’s invasion tests Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to their limits! T’Challa’s most treasured allies have been lost – and once again, the Black Panther must choose between his role as a king and the yearnings of his heart! Captain America, aided by the Falcon and the Winter Soldier, faces a brutal battle against darkness! Knull raises fresh hell for Ghost Rider! Joe Fixit is out to make sure this is the best holiday the Hulk’s ever had – he just has to fight his way through a planet of symbiotes first! Iron Man and Doctor Doom are forced together to battle an all-too-familiar specter of the festive season! And on vacation in the Shi’ar galaxy, newlyweds Wiccan and Hulkling face a honeymoon to die for!
For my King In Black reading guide, click here for part one.
The King in Black invades Earth-65! Bonded to a synthetic symbiote from another reality, Ghost-Spider, A.K.A. Gwen Stacy, is unique among the web-slingers of the Multiverse! But when Knull descends on her adopted home, his gravity well of dark psychic energy unleashes unforeseen consequences on Gwen! And her bandmate Mary Jane Watson is about to be pulled into this ordeal with a symbiote of her own. The ensuing madness can only be described as Gwenom vs. Carnage! They’ve been at each other’s throats in the Mary Janes for years, but this battle of the bands will really shred! Plus: Andi Benton returns, but does Scream have what it takes to put a dent in Knull’s armor? And what does this latest symbiotic nightmare mean for Spider-Man?!
Here’s part two.
Knull’s army of space dragons has arrived to attack Earth – starting with New York City! But Mayor Wilson Fisk has a plan: Bring back the Thunderbolts! To take on the unkillable, Fisk assembles a group of killers and mercenaries – including Taskmaster, Rhino, Star, Mister Fear and Batroc the Leaper! They have just one job: save the city or die trying. But the secret to doing so means that some of the worst people in the Marvel Universe must head inside the nightmarish Ravencroft Institute! What could go wrong? Plus: The Red Queen Kate Pryde and her crew of mutant Marauders set sail against the forces of Knull! Captain Kate has pledged to fight for the needy, and a global disaster like Knull’s invasion will mean plenty of folks in need!
And finally, part three. These guides will give you everything you need to know about these three bind ups and when to read them, in terms of the King In Black event.
Deadly dangers threaten the Reign of X! The New Mutants are on the loose in the Wild Hunt. Meanwhile, the Marauders deal with a murderous mutiny! The shocking events of X OF SWORDS have forever changed, and some things that were lost cannot be replaced. Omega Red is harbouring a deadly secret, and X-Force must brave the depths of the sea – where a deadly discovery reveals a dark side of Krakoa! And when the Shi’ar Empire asks the X-Men for help, Cyclops, Storm and Marvel Girl will answer the interstellar call to battle!
My Dawn Of X guide part one blog post is here, I’ll be doing a part two soon, and will be including Reign Of X in that list.