20th October Marvel Comic Releases

This week’s new comic book day is giving us some reprints, the start of some new series’, and some interesting bind ups!

Single Issues:

Daredevil issue 1: Halloween Comic Extravaganza 2021 by Chip Zdarsky

Matt Murdock is a killer – but while he’s serving his time as the masked vigilante called Daredevil, Hell’s Kitchen has suddenly been left without a guardian devil.
Or it was, until ELEKTRA NATCHIOS took it upon herself to protect Murdock’s neighbourhood and his legacy as the NEW DAREDEVIL!
But she’s already got her work cut out for her: WILSON FISK remains seated as New York’s mayor, with TYPHOID MARY, THE OWL, HAMMERHEAD and other lethal – and FAMILIAR – foes at his beck and call…

This is a reprint of a comic published earlier this year, and was part of the King In Black event. Personally, I’d say you’d need to be up to date with Daredevil and King In Black before you pick this up.

Miles Morales Spider-Man issue 1: Halloween Comic Extravaganza by Saladin Ahmed

Balancing his normal life, school, parents, etc…and super-heroing has never been easy, but when the Rhino and a cadre of mysterious criminals start plaguing Brooklyn, things take a dark turn. And Miles doesn’t even know the half of it yet. Eisner Award-winner Saladin Ahmed (BLACK BOLT) and Young Gun Javier Garr n (ANT-MAN & THE WASP) bring you the latest incarnation of the coolest character in the Marvel Universe!

A fantastic jumping off point for newcomers to Miles Morales! I’ve been reading this series and it has been absolutely brilliant, so I’d definitely recommend it!

Hawkeye issue 1: Halloween Comic Extravaganza by Kelly Thompson

Remember Hawkeye? No not that Hawkeye, our favourite Hawkeye, the chick who puts the hawk in Hawkeye, the butt-kicking hero who had to save the other Hawkeye’s butt all the time.  Yup, you know her, it’s the dazzling Kate Bishop making her solo comics debut!  Kate is heading west and returning to Los Angeles, with her bow and arrow and P.I. badge in tow. There are crimes to solve and she’s the best archer to handle ’em! The City of Angels has a new guardian angel.  

If you’re like me and you’re gearing up for Kate Bishop’s debut in Disney+’s Hawkeye, then look no further than this comic – this is a great jumping off point for new fans of Kate! It does refer back to her adventures with Clint Barton, but you should be fine just reading this. Either way, I’ll have guides up for Clint and Kate next month, when Hawkeye drops!

Phoenix Song: Echo by Rebecca Roanhorse

Against all odds, one of the most powerful entities in the Marvel Universe chose Maya Lopez, a deaf street fighter, as its new avatar. And the burning question on everyone’s minds is: WHY?! But Echo is the last person to answer. Still learning her new cosmic abilities – and struggling with the Phoenix’s overwhelming personality – Echo strikes out to return to her roots. But the reservation has even fewer answers. And where power goes, evil follows. Someone wants Echo to fail – and unleash a power only the greatest heroes in
history have been able to control. 

Definitely not one for anyone new to Maya Lopez, Phoenix, or the Avengers comics. Again, there will be a guide coming soon on Maya, as she is also in Hawkeye, so I’ll go into more detail about this, then.

Bind Ups:

Strange Academy: Bright Side by Skottie Young

The Strange Academy teeters on the edge of tragedy! Hearts are broken, uncanny new abilities manifest and a huge secret is revealed! The students attempt to return to some sense of normalcy with a couple of good old-fashioned field trips – but one is to outer space, to uncover a magical artifact with Rocket and Groot, and the other is to Asgard! Then, for orphan Calvin Morse, Parents’ Day at Strange Academy isn’t much fun. But while the rest of the parents tour the campus, Calvin and an unlikely friend will discover something truly terrifying! A shocking murder mystery awaits as Marvel’s smash-hit series continues into its second semester! 

The first volume is called First Class, which I admit takes a couple of read-throughs to fully grasp all the characters, but it’s definitely worth it.

Marvel Masterworks: The Tomb Of Dracula by Marv Wolfman

The Marvel Masterworks cracks open the TOMB OF DRACULA! If there was one title that ushered in the Marvel Age of Horror in the early 1970s, it was TOMB OF DRACULA, the longest running of those seminal monster classics. TOMB was the title Gene Colan was born to draw, and he and writer Marv Wolfman crafted a legacy of undead action that has become an evergreen of Marvel storytelling. The hunt is on to slay Count Dracula, and the descendants of the Van Helsings are still around to make the kill – or die trying. But a new vampire hunter is on the scene, and his name is Blade! These classics have been newly restored to look better than ever!

Your spooky Halloween comic read is sorted with this bind up – it collects the first appearances of Dracula in the Marvel Comics Universe, and features Blade too, what more could you want?

Mighty Marvel Masterworks, The Mighty Thor, Volume 1: The Vengeance Of Loki by various authors

The stories that built the Marvel Universe, from the brilliant minds of legendary creators – now available in an accessible new format the whole family can enjoy! While vacationing in Norway, Dr. Donald Blake happened upon a hidden cave. Inside, he found a strange, gnarled cane. Upon hitting the cane on a rock, the hobbled doctor was struck by a sudden bolt of lightning – and found himself transformed into the mighty Thor, God of Thunder and champion of Asgard! Now journey across the Rainbow Bridge to eternal Asgard and meet Odin, Heimdall, Balder and Thor’s evil adopted brother, Loki! Thrill to the formative adventures that put Thor on the heroic map of Midgard! And learn the mythological origins of the Norse pantheon in the fan-favourite “Tales of Asgard” backup features!

A good one to start with, if you’re looking for classic Thor comic adventures.

Iron Man Volume 2: Books Of Korvac II – Overclock by Christopher Cantwell

If he takes off his armour, Iron Man will die! After receiving a near-fatal injury from Korvac, Tony Stark lands in emergency triage with his life on the line. With Hellcat on the psychological ropes and Tony’s other allies recuperating from their own near-death experiences, can Iron Man muster the mettle he needs to chase Korvac back into space and stop the mad demigod’s quest for ultimate power? War Machine just might be the friend Tony needs! Prepare to go interstellar as an unlikely band of heroes pursues its enemy to the farthest reaches of the galaxy, where near-certain death awaits at Korvac’s hands. And as Moondragon reaches across the universe to help Hellcat reclaim her once-powerful mental abilities, Patsy Walker will have to face her demons – including the literal Son of Satan himself!

The first volume of this series is called Big Iron, and the series does have a need for prior comic knowledge, so do be wary if you’re a new Iron Man comic reader.

Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection: The Death Of Captain Stacy by Stan Lee and Roy Thomas

Spider-Man sagas don’t get more dramatic than the Death of Captain Stacy! And Peter Parker’s life is about to change forever after Gwen Stacy’s heroic father becomes collateral damage in a throwdown between Spider-Man and Doc Ock. But that’s not the only iconic moment in Spidey’s life chronicled in this amazing Epic Collection: The Black Widow makes her debut in her classic black costume, Iceman shows up to give Spidey the cold shoulder and the first appearance of Morbius the Living Vampire portends death for Peter Parker! Meanwhile, Norman Osborn descends into the private hell of drug addiction as the demonic shadow of the Green Goblin looms over the proceedings. Plus: You haven’t seen Spidey until you’ve seen him with six arms! 

The previous five volumes are called: Great Power, Great Responsibility, Spider-Man No More, The Goblin Lives and The Secret Of The Petrified Tablet, and I’d recommend reading those first.

And that’s everything coming out this week, what’s on your pull list? For me, it’s definitely Strange Academy!

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