Marvel Comics just dropped their December 2013 Solicitations. Here are my Top 5 most intriguing picks.
(5) Warren Ellis & Kevin Maguire Make Theirs Marvel
Warren Ellis ‘venging.
AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #22.INH
KELLY SUE DECONNICK & WARREN ELLIS (W)
MATTEO BUFFAGNI (A)
Cover by JORGE MOLINA
• Spider-Woman and the Hulk — Team Sad! — are Back in Black… and red. And yellow. And purple and green. A lot of green.
• Speaking of green… Spider-Girl follows in the footsteps of her investigative reporter Dad and follows the money.
• The Toxic Doxie has her very own Inhuman… All that a homicidal maniac could ask for.
Kevin Magire switches galaxies after the DC Comics New 52 Justice League 3000 artist switcheroo debacale.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #10
Brian Michael Bendis (W) • Kevin Maguire (A/C)
• Angela and Gamora go hunting.
• Special guest artist Kevin Maguire (Justice League, Batman Confidential, X-Men)
(4) Joe Quesada and Jimmy Palmotti’s Painkiller Jane at Marvel
Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer’s Joe Quesada’s co-creation Painkiller Jane is shepherded by co-creator Jimmy Palmotti.
PAINKILLER JANE: THE PRICE OF FREEDOM #2 (OF 4)
JIMMY PALMIOTTI (W)
JUAN SANTACRUZ & SAM LOFTI (A)
Cover by AMANDA CONNER
PAINKILLER JANE is back in action as a bizarre group of killers hired by a mysterious boss have been sent to track down and Kill both Jane and the princess she is protecting out in the middle of a vacation town in Long Island. Problem is, they have no idea who they are messing with as Jane strikes back with a bloody vengeance!
(3) Marvel Now’s New Now Math
When does 24 equal 1? When Avengers #24 marks Marvel New Now’s Avengers #1…. Wha? I am confused yet intrigued.
JONATHAN HICKMAN (W) • ESAD RIBIC (A/C)
Variant cover by Simone Bianchi
Variant cover by Agustin Alessio
MEGA FOLDOUT VARIANT by DANIEL ACUÑA
DEAPOOL VARIANT BY TBA
MARVEL MEOW VARIANT by TBA
BLANK VARIANT ALSO AVAILABLE
“ROGUE PLANET” – Part 1 of 5
• Captain America and Iron Man plan for the next version of the Avengers.
• A runaway planet is on a collision course with Earth.
• A visitor from the future helps save the day.
• AVENGERS #24.NOW = AVENGERS #1 IN ALL-NEW MARVEL NOW!
(2) What Is A Two-Layer Acetate Cover?
Two covers that together make one! See how it works below. This seems to be Marvel’s smaller-scale December answer to the current September 3D craze. Gimmick aside, I enjoyed the first Origin mini and even the Origins ongoing-series. This should be interesting. I love period pieces.
ORIGIN II #1 (OF 5)
KIERON GILLEN (W) • ADAM KUBERT (A/C)
Sketch Variant by Adam Kubert
Variant Cover by SALVADOR LARROCA
Deadpool Variant by TBA
Variant Cover by Skottie Young
Blank Variant Also Available
Special Digital Edition Offer! Each copy comes with a FREE digital edition download of ORIGIN II #1, ORIGIN #1, & WOLVERINE: JAPAN’S MOST WANTED INFINITE COMIC #1!
Featuring a special Collector’s Edition Acetate Cover!
Part 1 of 5! A few years after the events of ORIGIN finds James Howlett running with the wolves…until something unexpected brings him back into the world of Follow the first “X-Man” as he finds his way back to civilization and falls afoul of someone Sinister, who’s just discovering mutantkind and the horrors he can visit on them. Plus, discover the secret behind James’ greatest enemy! At some point, the mutant who will become The Wolverine must choose: is he man or is he beast? An all-new chapter in the secret origin of one of Marvel’s most mysterious characters is revealed starting this November, by superstars Kieron Gillen (YOUNG AVENGERS, IRON MAN) and Adam Kubert (AVENGERS, UNCANNY X-MEN, WOLVERINE)!
(1) Spider-Men. Spider-Men. Does Whatever A Spider Can…
If Doctor Octopus a.k.a. Otto Octavious is using Peter Parker’s body, did Peter ever leave the Marvel Universe? Well, Marvel is hyping the return of Peter Parker and his Amazing Spider-Man persona in December. There will be five issue #700 comic books, #700.1 to #700.5 by various creative teams. So, is Peter back, body and soul? You decide. I’ve included the first two solicits below.
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700.1 and #700.2
DAVID MORRELL (w) • KLAUS JANSON (a)
Covers by PASQUAL FERRY
Variant Covers by KLAUS JANSON
• One year after his death at the hands of the Superior Spider-Man – PETER PARKER IS BACK!
• Acclaimed novelist David Morrell (First Blood) and legendary comics icon Klaus Janson (DAREDEVIL: END OF DAYS) team up to kick off this celebration of the world’s greatest super hero!
• With a blizzard crippling New York City, Spider-Man must protect the city – but Aunt May’s life is in danger!
So, if the real Peter Parker is back as the Amazing Spider-Man, why do we still get Doctor Octopus as the Superior Spider-Man. Ah, Amazing Spider-Man #700 is an anniversary celebration whereas Superior Spider-Man remains the status quo?! Maybe? However, the opening line of the preceding solicit makes it seem this takes place “now”. Interesting. Check out one December’s Superior Spider-Man solicitations below. Which Spider-Man is on first as it were? Well, I’m intrigued enough to want to find out.
SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #23
Dan Slott and Chris Gage (W)
Humberto Ramos (A/C)
Variant cover BY Skottie Young
DARKEST HOURS Part 2 of 4: “Complications”
• As Otto Octavius takes another big step in his life as Peter Parker… could a big part of Flash Thompson’s life be coming to a close? Will he be… VENOM NO MORE?!
• More with MJ! More with Carlie! More with the Green Goblin! And, after half a century, one of the most cringe-worthy moments in ALL of Spidey-history! You do NOT want to miss this one!
(BONUS) Infinity Spawns Inhumanity
You’re probably interested in how the Infinity mini-event for Marvel ends. Well, it spawns Inhumanity.
MATT FRACTION (W)
OLIVIER COIPEL (A/C)
• After INFINITY, the Marvel Universe has changed.
• The Avengers find themselves face to face with Karnak who has discovered the secret of the Inhumans that will shake the Marvel U to its core.
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