Not too many things are being released this week, but there is still a lot to get excited about!
• A deep dive into Dracula’s new kingdom as established in AVENGERS. Starring BLADE, the sheriff of Vampire Nation!
• An assassination threatens to unravel the fledgling country and spread chaos throughout the world. But is getting rid of a nation full of
bloodsuckers really all that bad of an idea? Blade himself isn’t too sure…
I’d read the latest Avengers run first and made sure I knew a fair amount about Blade too.
Power. Money. Machine. Love. Revolution. The 20th century progressed at a more rapid pace than any other in history but not without help from the shadows. Kev Walker joins CAPTAIN AMERICA: SENTINEL OF LIBERTY writers Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing to explore the origin of Captain America’s newest foe – and what the Outer Circle’s next play means for the status of the Winter Soldier.
You’ll need to have read Captain America: Sentinel Of Liberty, and have a knowledge of Captain America and The Winter Soldier too.
IRON SAMURAI VS. SHIELD OF JUSTICE!
Mariko Yashida is torn between two worlds: the human world and the yokai dimensionstrange world filled with stranger creatures. The denizens of the yokai dimension need Mariko’s help to stop a war that’s brewing between two factions, one led by the Iron Samurai and his spider-like ally, and the other by a shield-wielding warrior and his panther-like right hand. The clash between them could have cataclysmic consequences for both worlds! Dive deeper into the magic, mystery, and mayhem of DEMON WARS by Peach Momoko!
Definitely make sure to have read Demon Wars first – I’ll be doing a guide to Demon Wars soon, so watch this space!
A new Ghost Rider hits the road! Danny Ketch takes on the classic flaming-skulled mantle – and becomes a comic book icon of the 1990s! In GHOST RIDER (1990) #1-3, when Danny and his sister, Barbara, are caught in the crossfire of a gang war between the Kingpin’s men and the deadly Deathwatch, Danny finds a mysterious and familiar motorcycle that will save his life – and change it forever! Evildoers beware, be the Spirit of Vengeance is coming for you – and if his chains don’t get you, his penance stare will! But will Deathwatch and his vampiric ally Blackout provide a violent end to Danny’s heroic journey before it even truly begins? The ’90s Ghost Rider’s adventures through hellfire start here!
I’d make sure to know at least a bit of the legend of the Ghost Rider before reading this, as Danny isn’t the first to hold the mantel!
IT’S NOT EASY BEING…GOLD?
Norman Osborn’s sins may have been cleansed, but his memories weren’t and he’s done plenty of horrific things to remember. Norman’s worked hard to avoid all things “Goblin” and to stay on the straight and narrow. Consequences in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN pushed him to try super-heroing, and he liked it. But when the media dub him the Gold Goblin, he has to start wondering-can he ever get away from the Goblin inside?
You’ll need to read Nick Spencer’s Amazing Spider-Man first!
READY. SET. DIE!
• Hundreds are killed every year in an elaborate secret tournament run by a sadistic man with nearly limitless resources at his fingertips.
• It’s not an urban legend. It’s not a myth – MURDERWORLD is real! It’s online, and the gruesome truth has been hidden from everyone except its victims – until NOW.
• Meet Paul Pastor, the extraordinary young documentarian who’s going to expose it all… with some super-powered help. The Black Widow has a personal grudge to settle with Murderworld mastermind Arcade – but can she stop this game before it kills again?
MURDERWORLD is the wildly violent ride you’ve been waiting for. Gut-wrenching twists, unbelievable deaths, the Avengers bloodier than you’ve ever seen them before – the tormented minds of Jim Zub (Conan the Barbarbian, AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER), Ray Fawkes (One Soul, Constantine) and Jethro Morales kick off the must-have miniseries of the year!
Definitely make sure you know about Arcade before reading this!
The Sub-Mariner was one of the first heroes in the Marvel pantheon. While Namor is a volatile monarch, his temper is second only to his desire to serve the people of the mighty undersea kingdom of Atlantis. In this debut Mighty Marvel Masterworks edition, Stan Lee and Gene Colan send the subsea scion on a great quest for the Trident of Neptune. Only by obtaining that mythic object can Namor put an end to the warlord Krang’s attempt to ursurp the throne and thereby prove his status as rightful ruler Atlantis. Along the way, you’ll experience a whole new realm of the Marvel Universe, meet Lady Dorma and witness Namor’s iconic battle with Daredevil!
Thor Corps unite! Eric Masterson is still settling into his role as the replacement Thor – and Hercules’ “training” isn’t much help. Will Eric be able to keep up when he joins forces with Beta Ray Bill and Dargo Ktor, the 26th-century Thunder God? Zarrko the Tomorrow Man may be more than even they can handle when he plucks a cadre of classic Thor villains out of the timestream to join him – including the scheming Loki! Meanwhile, Balder and Sif search for the real Odinson. When Dr. Donald Blake returns, could it be a clue? And why is Eric Masterson heading into Hell itself? Plus: Operation Galactic Storm takes Thor into space! Dargo meets the Guardians of the Galaxy! Thor battles Absorbing Man, Titania and?Spider-Man?! And the deadly debut of Bloodaxe!
Previous Thor volumes are called: The God Of Thunder, When Titans Clash, The Wrath Of Odin, The Wake Of Mangog, The Fall Of Asgard, Into The Dark Nebula, Ulik Unchained, War Of The Gods, A Kingdom Lost, Runequest, War Of The Pantheons, In Mortal Flesh and The Black Galaxy. As always with Epic Collections, there are a few bind ups missing, but they’re slowly being published.
New beginnings in the Reign of X! The old Cable is back – locked, loaded and landing on the deadliest planet in X-history to steal the ultimate weapon…and stop the Last Annihilation! The investigation into Scarlet Witch’s death takes a very unexpected turn as the Avengers and X-Men unite to face monster attacks on Krakoa! And what act of redemption will trigger the latest massive step forward for mutantkind in the Krakoan era? Meanwhile, Wolverine is on the hunt for a missing sword – and his deadly new nemesis, Solem, is playing mind games!
Venom co-creator David Michelinie returns to tell an untold tale of the Lethal Protector! Before Carnage and space gods, clones and toxins and the revelation he was a father, Eddie Brock was a down-on-his-luck reporter who had tried to take his own life and been saved by an extraterrestrial alien. This new story set during Venom’s earliest days welcomes Michelinie back into the symbiote hive with open arms as he and rising star Ivan Fiorelli unite to tell a horrifying story that not only revisits the wicked web-slinger’s past, but also hints at what’s to come in his future! Featuring Venom vs. Hydro-Man! The love of Eddie’s life in the arms of another man! And a bounty on the Lethal Protector’s head that attracts a gauntlet of deadly foes – including the Taskmaster!
Set during the earliest days of Venom, so you should probably just need the bare minimum of knowledge to read this.
And that’s everything coming out this week! Who else is putting Murderworld and Captain America And The Winter Soldier on their pull list? Tell me in the comments below!