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Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Superheroes (Marvel)

On this batch of Marvel spotlights we have multiversal Avengers, one of the best Marvel events ever, B&W&R Elektra action, Kang the Conqueror shenanigans, some classic Kirby Thor, a Zdarsky driven Daredevil crossover event.

AVENGERS FOREVER #1

(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Aaron Kuder


AN ALL-NEW SERIES STARRING THE AVENGERS OF THE MULTIVERSE!


On a quest for cosmic vengeance, Ghost Rider finds himself roaring through the wasteland on a ruined Earth, where the great age of heroes never came to be, where hope is a four-letter word and where his only ally in the coming battle against the greatest villains any universe has ever seen is the world's most wanted archaeologist, Tony Stark...the Invincible Ant-Man. Spinning out of the cataclysmic events of AVENGERS #750 and operating in lockstep with the prime AVENGERS series, the next great Avengers saga begins here, as the Mightiest Heroes of every Earth begin to assemble.

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Why this caught my eye:

I do love me some multiversal shenanigans, and this feels like the right team to play with some crazy ideas.

ANNIHILATION OMNIBUS HC DELLOTTO CVR

(W) Keith Giffen, More (A) Mitch Breitweiser, More (CA) Gabriele Dell'Otto


Marvel's cosmic superstars return in explosive, widescreen sci-fi style! Annihilus, lord of the Negative Zone, has declared war! And as his unstoppable Annihilation Wave swarms into the Marvel Universe, demolishing all in its path, only a handful of heroes can resist the destruction! Nova learns the ways of war from Drax the Destroyer; the Silver Surfer seeks out his former master, Galactus, for aid; the Super-Skrull fights for his son's life; and Ronan the Accuser faces Gamora and her women warriors! Nova and Quasar's army leads the charge - but as heroes fall and Annihilus rises, the universe's one remaining hope may be Thanos, the Mad Titan!


Collecting DRAX THE DESTROYER #1-4, ANNIHILATION PROLOGUE, ANNIHILATION: NOVA #1-4, ANNIHILATION: SILVER SURFER #1-4, ANNIHILATION: SUPERSKRULL #1-4, ANNIHILATION: RONAN #1-4, ANNIHILATION #1-6, ANNIHILATION: HERALDS OF GALACTUS #1-2 and ANNIHILATION: NOVA CORPS FILES.

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Why this caught my eye:

I will always push this as the greatest modern Marvel event storyline, if not of all time. I always felt it was overshadowed by the timing as Civil War was running when it came out, and it's definitely better than that flaming garbage pile. If you've never dabbled in cosmic Marvel, do yourself a favor and give this a shot.

ELEKTRA BLACK WHITE BLOOD #1

Fact • noun • fakt - Definition of Fact 1 a: something that has actual existence b: an actual occurrence c: ELEKTRA NATCHIOS IS THE BEST ASSASSIN IN THE MARVEL UNIVERSE!

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Why this caught my eye:

Well, that's about the worst solicit I've ever read. Almost worse than when Marvel just says 'CLASSIFIED', except this reads a bit stupider. I digress though. I don't really care much about Elektra overall, but B&W(&insert color) series are generally always fun as great artists experimental grounds. And while I can't find a full list of contributors, it does appear that Leonardo Romero may be in the first issue and we do enjoy his work.

TIMELESS #1

(W) Jed MacKay (A) Kev Walker, More (CA) Kael Ngu


HOW DO YOU WIN A WAR AGAINST TIME?


A special year-ending adventure that gives portents as to what is to come in the Marvel Universe over the next twelve months! Kang the Conqueror is a warrior, a destroyer, a subjugator-but even he is subject to the whims and vicissitudes of time itself. So when a parallel timeline threatens to overwrite the future that Kang has fought so long and so hard to control, the master of the ages has no choice but to go to war with time itself, battling through days of tomorrow as he struggles to prevent the end of what is to come! Featuring all the major players in the Marvel pantheon! OCT210773


Why this caught my eye:

I'm generally not much for Kang stories but Marvel is getting behind this event and early solicits and other preview images do seem interesting. Considering Kang will be an important part of the next MCU phase I'll just hope Marvel places an emphasis on good time travel storytelling going forward.

THOR EPIC COLL TP TO WAKE MANGOG

(W) Stan Lee (A/CA) Jack Kirby


From the darkened depths rises a peril greater than any Thor has ever faced. Mangog threatens to unsheathe the Odinsword and bring Ragnarok upon the Norse gods in this collection of Asgardian classics! And that's just the beginning - because in Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's THOR, there's always another cosmic adventure around the corner! Case in point: a cosmic battle between Galactus and Ego the Living Planet; the return of "Him," the man who would come to be known as Adam Warlock; and the universe-shaking origin of Galactus! And Thor's adventures get personal with a surprising revelation regarding Donald Blake, the return of Jane Foster and the dramatic dance between Balder and the Norn queen Karnilla!


Collecting THOR (1966) #154-174.

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Why this caught my eye:

This is some great Kirby material so it's worth it for that baseline. But if you don't know the majesty of Mangog then you need to check this out because, and I love this so much, Mangog is the physical manifestation and sum total of the hatred of a billion beings from a race that was slaughtered by the ruler of Asgard and the Norse Gods.


And this is why comics are great.

DEVILS REIGN #1

(W) Chip Zdarsky (A/CA) Marco Checchetto


The story that's been building for years is here! Wilson Fisk went from Kingpin to Mayor of the biggest city in America and is going to bring his full criminal and political power to bear on the super heroes who call NYC home. The man who once destroyed Daredevil has set his sights on The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Captain America, Spider-Man, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and more. And since it's Fisk, once he takes them all down, you know he's going to sign it.


CROSSBONES! TASKMASTER! TYPHOID MARY! SHOCKER! WHIPLASH! RHINO! KRAVEN! Fisk has an ARMY of super villains at his command - and this is just his opening salvo. For years, Fisk has waited for his time to strike, and YOU WON'T BELIEVE the aces he's got up his sleeves! OCT210762


Why this caught my eye:

Daredevil centric events tend to fall a little short for me (Looking at you, Shadowland), but this is Zdarsky's first major Marvel event and I'm here for that.

That's it for this batch, we'll look at some DC superhero material on the next run!

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