This week’s New Comic Book Day is giving us a bumper crop of bind ups, but only one single issue, so let’s get going!
THE KING OF DEATH!
Are you fanged, or are you food? The world is divided into humans and vampires – and Blade, the one who walks between them both… and kills with equal impunity. After reading from the cursed Darkhold, Blade and a cadre of other heroes were meant to enter Chthon’s
dimension and stop the ancient god from destroying the Multiverse. But reading the book has changed all their lives and histories… and for Blade, the consequences are far-reaching. Vampires rule the world, and he rules over them all. But there are some heroes left – and Blade is not as omniscient as he thinks.
Part of the Darkhold saga, so make sure you’re caught up with all the Darkhold goings on!
The story that gives new meaning to the phrase “Avengers Assemble!” Earth’s Mightiest Heroes find themselves confronted with an unstoppable new menace: monstrous Biomechanoids seemingly impervious to every attack! But the Avengers aren’t so easily beaten – and when new threats arise, powerful new tools must be brought to bear! Suiting up in high-tech individualised armour, the Avengers stand ready for one of their greatest battles yet as a shadowy mastermind makes the first moves in a deadly game of chess! While the team battles Biomechanoids across the globe, Iron Man and Black Panther try desperately to uncover their hidden enemy – and discover that the threat is far greater than they had previously imagined. The fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, and an Avenger will fall!
As far as I can tell, this is the start of a series that currently does not tie into anything else, so you should be able to read it straight off the stand.
The Black Widow wraps her web around the Golden Gate! Natasha Romanoff has just been through the most emotional adventure of her long life, and the experience has left her looking to do things differently. Now allies new and old will come to her aid as the Widow returns to San Francisco! With a new suit, a new base of operations and a new perspective, Natasha sets her sights on a mysterious emerging threat in the city by the bay – a villain known only as Apogee. But Natasha might not be as ahead of the game as she thought, and not everyone in her orbit is exactly what they seem! San Francisco desperately needs the Black Widow – it just doesn’t quite know it yet. Guest-starring the White Widow and Anya Corazon – but who is Lucy?
The second volume in Kelly Thompson’s Black Widow series, the first being The Ties That Bind.
When did the X-Men get sidekicks?! Now! Don’t miss the debut of the greatest teenage super hero team of all time! They’ve learned from the best, now they’re ready to be put to the test! But who the heck are these kids, where did they come from and why are their powers so similar to the X-Men’s? The Children of the Atom soon get a chance to prove their credentials when a local prison riot quickly turns into an escape. The strangest teens of all are on the case – but so are the Avengers! Meanwhile, a brand-new alternative medicine is changing lives at school, but who’s recruiting the victims…we mean patients?! Plus: an amazing race between the mutant inventor Forge, the brilliant Wakandan princess Shuri and more!
I’d recommend being up to date with all things X-Men before reading this, just in case.
Matt Fraction and David Aja’s complete, acclaimed run in a single sharpshooting volume! With Young Avenger Kate Bishop by his side, Clint Barton continues his fight for justice – and good rooftop BBQs! He’s hoping for some downtime from being one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes – but when the apartment building he’s moved into, and the neighbours he’s befriended, are threatened by a tracksuit-wearing, dog-abusing gang of Eastern European mobsters who say “bro” an awful lot, Clint must stand up and defend his new adopted family – any way he can. It’s Hawkguy, Katie-Kate, Pizza Dog and friends against the Clown, Madame Masque, the Tracksuit Draculas and more in a fantastic, Eisner Award-winning reinvention of the arrowed Avenger! Bro, you read this book. Okay, bro?
A huge bind up of the entire Matt Fraction Hawkeye run – perfect if you want to read it before the Hawkeye TV show airs next month!
The Immortal Hulk stars in tales to astonish from some of the most incredible talents in comics! When Bruce Banner wakes up as himself in the dead of night, he thinks he’s finally free. But the Hulk is immortal, and he has a new alter ego: Peter Parker! Then, after a young girl goes missing on a Kansas farm, Banner searches for answers. But this town doesn’t take kindly to strangers – especially the big, green, violent kind. When a new gamma-powered villain shows up in a small New Mexico town, Bruce is forced to confront the source of his anger – and it’s not what you expect! And 10,000 years ago, who was the first to open the immortal Green Door?!
I recommend reading Al Ewing’s Immortal Hulk first, as this is a tie-in to that series.
Hawkeye is the best shot in the entire Marvel-Verse – watch him hit the bull’s-eye in these action-packed adventures! Hawkeye proves his worth to the Avengers in a battle with the Masters of Evil and shares a team-up with Iron Man when the Mad Thinker wreaks havoc! Clint Barton’s past collides with his future in his momentous first meeting with Mockingbird! But will the Avenging Archer and Ant-Man be enough to tackle the Taskmaster? We bet you one tiny super hero on a speeding arrow they will! And on an island of sharpshooters, Clint is joined by his fellow Hawkeye – the wonderful Kate Bishop – for an intergenerational battle for survival!
A trip through some of Hawkeye’s earliest adventures, so again, it’s perfect if you’re looking to read some Clint Barton adventures before Hawkeye lands on Disney+!
Who is the mysterious old man who lies on his deathbed in a hospital in 1939, and how does his passing mark the beginning of the first heroic age of the Marvel Universe? Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting unveil the defining story of the rise of the superhumans – revealing the hidden connections that unite the earliest costumed champions, the reverberations of which are felt dramatically into the present day! In a world on the brink of war, the race is on to create the first Super-Soldier! Witness the earliest days of the Human Torch, the Sub-Mariner and more – how they shaped the world to come and how the future they would create in turn shaped them! A must-read saga for any Marvel fan from the award-winning creators who redefined Captain America!
A sort-of retelling of Captain America’s origins, with the help of the Human Torch, Namor the Sub-Mariner, Nick Fury, Bucky Barnes and more. I’d recommend looking up all the characters first, especially Namor and the Human Torch (not Johnny Storm, but the original Human Torch!) before going into this, just to avoid confusion.
Ghost Rider blazes a trail of vengeance into his third Marvel Masterworks edition! The demon biker faces a myriad of enemies, from Gladiator and the Eel to the Enforcer and the Water Wizard. His travels across America’s back roads and the supernatural worlds beyond bring him into the orbit of the mystical Doctor Druid, Dormammu and Doctor Strange – while a road trip to the Mojave Desert finds him in a team-up with Hawkeye and Two-Gun Kid against the fearsome Manticore! And just wait’ll you see the truly offbeat Death-Riders from Beyond! This Masterworks finishes things up with a tale by the great Jim Starlin – and a fearsome joining of Ghost Rider, Man-Thing, Morbius and Werewolf by Night as the Legion of Monsters!
The first two volumes are called Volumes 1 and 2.
A tragic tale of three Thors! Jane Foster, mighty wielder of Mjolnir. The fallen and unworthy Odinson. But who will be the War Thor? No longer fit to lift his hammer, the Odinson embarks on a desperate quest for redemption that takes him into the cosmos – where the ultimate weapon awaits! But he isn’t the only one vying for it. The new War Thor must be ready for battle when the Queen of Cinders sets the Ten Worlds ablaze – and even the combined might of all three heroes may not be enough when final judgment arrives in the form of the Mangog! Meanwhile, what of Jane Foster’s cancer? The heroic story of the Goddess of Thunder reaches its heart-rending zenith!
These complete collections are the huge bind up versions, so if you have any of the volumes listed here, then you don’t need to also buy this. But, if you’re getting the Complete Collections instead, make sure you have Volumes 1-3 first.
And that’s everything coming out this week! What’s on your pull list? I’m certainly picking up Black Widow!