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  • Writer's pictureTrusty Henchman

Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Superheroes (Marvel)

I'm going to start splitting up the superhero solicits a bit more going forward because I've fallen pretty behind in them. Splitting it up should hopefully allow for some more timely spotlights, so let's get started with what Marvel has in the works.

You'll see that I'll try to include a little order code with most items (ex:FEB211476). Show some love to your retailer and use those codes when you can, it saves a lot of time on the data entry end of things.



(W) Stan Lee (A) Jack Kirby (CA) Michael Cho

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 testing an experimental spacecraft, scientist Reed Richards, pilot Ben Grimm and siblings Sue and Johnny Storm were bombarded by mysterious cosmic rays. Upon their return to Earth, they found that they'd gained fantastic new abilities!

From the boundless imaginations of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, witness Mister Fantastic, the Thing, the Invisible Girl and the Human Torch overcome their differences and band together as the Fantastic Four - and thrill to their first battles with the Mole Man, the Skrulls, the Puppet Master, the Sub-Mariner and Doctor Doom! Discover why they call it "the World's Greatest Comic Magazine!"

Collecting FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #1-10.

272 PGS./Ages 10 & Up


Why this caught my eye:

It's about friggin' time. I don't know why it took so long for someone to finally figure out they should reprint the classic lines in color and at affordable prices ($16!) for kids, retailers have only been telling Marvel and DC it would be a good idea for the past few decades. And this is a confirmed thing as X-Men and Avengers series have been solicited as well. Now the only problem is these all have variants to choose from, and while the Kirby covers seem like the no brainer the Cho covers are incredibly nice.



(W) Al Ewing, Crystal Frasier (A) Lan Medina (CA) Leinil Francis Yu

SPINNING OUT OF IMMORTAL HULK, BRUCE BANNER'S GAMMA-POWERED ALLIES GO ON THE RUN! Gamma Flight had one job: Find and stop the Hulk. But when push came to smash, they sided with the Green Goliath-and the human world intends to make them regret it. Puck, Absorbing Man, Titania, Doc Sasquatch, Dr. Charlene McGowan and a horribly changed Rick Jones are fugitives from every known authority-but a team that full of gamma is bound to break before long. Al Ewing, Crystal Frasier and Lan Medina mastermind a whole new world of gamma!

32 PGS./Rated T+


Why this caught my eye:

If you're into the Immortal Hulk this is just going to be worth checking out. I also really like this cast of characters in Immortal Hulk and I'm glad their maintaining a spotlight on Dr McGowan.



(W) Scott Lobdell, More (A) Joe Madureira, More (CA) Chris Bachalo

Meet the new class! The techno-organic aliens known as the Phalanx have targeted the next generation of mutants - and now Banshee, Jubilee and the White Queen must rescue Synch, Husk, M, Skin and Blink! But will all of them survive to attend the newly reopened Xavier's School? The sullen Chamber and mysterious Penance enroll as well - but who is the marrow-sucking monster called Emplate and what is his connection to one of the students? As the Gen X kids adjust to their new lives, romance blossoms and rivalries form even as they battle Orphan-Maker, Gene Nation and more! But what can their mutant powers do against...magic? Scott Lobdell and Chris Bachalo's '90s sensation begins here!

Collecting UNCANNY X-MEN (1981) #316-318, X-MEN (1991) #36-37, GENERATION X (1994) #1-9, WOLVERINE (1988) #94, GENERATION X COLLECTORS' PREVIEW and GENERATION X ASHCAN EDITION.

Rated T


Why this caught my eye:

Listen, I'm not going to say any of this is good. I'm just saying it was 12 year old Chris' jam back in the day, plus there's some really nice Bachalo artwork at this point. In fact, I'm pretty sure I like this period of his work more than his older stuff because he took his experimentation off the rails a bit too much. I'm also just glad that it's in this format because the Epic collections are well done and worth the price, especially for a lot of the extra material they cram at the end of the books.



(W) Kieron Gillen, More (A) Javi Garron, More (CA) Luciano Vecchio


Marvel Comics is proud to present its first ever queer-centered anthology! Ring in Pride Month with an amazing assembly of writers and artists from all walks of life. Wiccan and Hulkling! Iceman! Mystique and Destiny! Karma! Akihiro! Nico Minoru and Karolina Dean! Celebrate these and so many more legendary characters from across the Marvel archive! New and fan-favorite creators tell their Pride stories - stories of inspiration and empowerment, stories that illustrate "the world outside your window" in full color. Plus, some of Marvel's biggest LGBTQ+ moments get a special reprinting. Don't miss an extraordinary new chapter in Marvel history!

88 pages/ONE-SHOT/Rated T+


Why this caught my eye:

This sounded like a lot of fun to begin with, but I'm especially interested in the intro to Somnus that they've been pushing as of late.



(W) Al Ewing (A) More (A/CA) Kenneth Rocafort

Black Panther! Captain Marvel! Ms. America! Spectrum! Blue Marvel! Together, they form the ultimate super-team, finding and fixing problems beyond the limits of the infinite! From cosmic forces lurking on Earth to whatever waits beyond the Omniverse, the Ultimates start with the impossible - and take it from there! Their first task: ending the planet-eating threat of Galactus...forever! But space-time is broken - and to solve that, the Ultimates can't just think within the box. They need to go outside reality! But when they learn Eternity itself has been chained, the team discovers a threat far larger and older than everything that exists! Can the Ultimates rise to the ultimate challenge and save the very concept of reality from being absorbed and rewritten?

Collecting ULTIMATES (2015) #1-12, ULTIMATES 2 (2016) #1-9 and #100 and material from AVENGERS (2015) #0.

512 PGS./Rated T+


Why this caught my eye:

If you've never read these runs I can't recommend them enough if you just want a fun sci-fi/superhero series with a great cast. And it's just really nice to get them all in one decently priced package ($45 is like $2 an issue so for Marvel not too shabby), so get to it.



(W) Josh Trujillo, Christopher Cantwell (A) Dale Eaglesham, Jan Bazaldua (CA) Alex Ross

The shield has been stolen! No one understands the value of the shield like those who've wielded it, so Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson set out on a road trip across America to chase down the thief.

But instead, they find the Captains, everyday people from all walks of life who've taken up the mantle of Captain America to defend their communities. And for some reason, the shield thief wants them all dead. Can Sam and Steve get to them first?

Christopher Cantwell and Dale Eaglesham lead a can't-miss miniseries to celebrate Captain America's 80th Anniversary, joined by a rotating series of creative teams to tell the stories of each new Captain-starting with Aaron Fischer, the Captain America of the railways, brought to life by Josh Trujillo and Jan Bazaldua!

40 PGS./Rated T+


Why this caught my eye:

While the idea itself doesn't seem too new, the focus on representation and execution do sound like a great opportunity for something really good. And early previews featuring Aaron Fischer, Joe Gomez, and Ari Agbayani are looking great so far, so here's to hoping.


That does it for this chunk, we'll hit DC next!

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