The Top 10 Marvel Solicitations for November
Marvel Comics solicits over a hundred items a month, from comics to trades to posters. Wading through all of the stuff is a hassle, and it's easy for good books to slip through the cracks, so we've taken a look at the ten best and most interesting books listed in Marvel's solicits for November.
CAPTAIN AMERICA BY JACK KIRBY OMNIBUS HC
It's Jack Kirby at his finest in some of the kookiest Cap stories of all-time! During the height of their partnership, Captain America and the Falcon face racism and government corruption with fists and shields raised! The deadly Secret Empire has infiltrated American society and plans to drive the entire country into war with their madness-inducing Madbomb! And amid battles with mutated men and armies with deadly weapons, has Cap found love? Featuring the threats of Arnim Zola and Agron! Collecting CAPTAIN AMERICA #193-214, CAPTAIN AMERICA ANNUAL #3-4 and CAPTAIN AMERICA'S BICENTENNIAL BATTLES.
This isn't the Jack Kirby that everyone loves. No, this isn't like "Fantastic Four" or any of his 4th World saga. This is more like his work on "Black Panther" -- engaging, entertaining, and deeply weird.
By the time Kirby came onto "Captain America," Steve Englehart just recently had a pretty down-to-Earth and politically-tinged run. Kirby, on the other hand, ran in the other direction, delivering bombastic superheroic action in the Marvel manner, as you demanded it, True Believer! If you want a look at "Captain America" when he was more super-hero than super-spy, this is by far your best bet. As an added bonus, Captain America travels through time, meets the Founding Fathers, and freaks out when he realizes where the American flag really came from in one of the all-time greatest comics panels ever.
BULLSEYE: PERFECT GAME #1 (of 2)
Written by CHARLIE HUSTON
Penciled by SHAWN MARTINBROUGH
Cover by TIM BRADSTREET
There was a year when no one knew where he was. When Bullseye – the world's greatest assassin – simply vanished without a trace. In the glare of the white hot lights, no one noticed the lanky stranger with the rubber arm, throwing heat that could, well, take off a man's head. See, every man needs a challenge, a moment when he faces impossible odds, when he looks deep inside himself and sees what he's really made of. Bullseye's next pitch is one for the history books.
Charlie Huston you should know from Marvel's "Moon Knight" and "Deathlok the Demolisher," two tales that added hard edges, layered dialogue, and clearly unhinged heroes into a big pot and came up with something special. Martinbrough has been in the business for a while, and is fresh off "Luke Cage Noir," a story that put Marvel's blaxploitation in an all-new, but strikingly familiar, setting. When you put these two creators, you're guaranteed something that's very mean, full of strong characterization and acting, and maybe even a little bit funny.
TASKMASTER #3 (of 4)
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Penciled by JEFTE PALO
Cover by FRANCESCO MATTINA
GUEST-STARRING NICK FURY AND STEVE ROGERS, SUPER-SOLDIER!
Fan-favorite anti-hero Taskmaster and his thoroughly involuntary sidekick/love interest Mercedes Merced are on the precipice of unlocking Tasky's secret origin, which is so secret even he doesn't know what it is. The final leg of the journey involves storming a foreboding Bavarian castle ... high in the South American Andes? And if that wasn't bizarre enough, Taskmaster finds goose-stepping Seig-Heiling death in "THE TOWN WHERE EVERYONE IS HITLER". You need to read it to believe it! We guarantee you won't read a stranger tale this year without the benefit of chemical enhancement!
I could talk about how Fred Van Lente is one of Marvel's most consistently solid writers, or how he's carved out a place doing mid-list books that make you care about no-name characters and laugh wildly. I could talk about how Jefte Palo does fantastically violent and visceral action scenes, as his brief stint on "Black Panther" during "Secret Invasion" showed. But honestly, the real selling point of this solicit is the phrase, "The town where everyone is Hitler." Taskmaster versus a bunch of Hitler clones? That's sure to be fantastic.
Written by DAVE LAPHAM
Pencils & Cover by KYLE BAKER
"AS INEZ DOES (A LOVE STORY)"
Almost as famous as Deadpool's capacity to kill is his capacity for love. Yes, underneath all the scar tissue, lies a heart of mush. Enter Dr. Inez, Clinical Psychologist, informing Deadpool of a secret – a secret so big it could destroy the government's top agent's ability to kill and maim: He is 100% certifiable and must be immediately committed! But the Sunshine Rest Home is more than just a place full medicated people – it's a house of horror, and the good Dr. Inez is chest deep in an insidious plot to deprive men of their sanity. Can Deadpool discover these deceptions before therapy and love turn him soft? Can his handler, "Hydra" Bob, save Deadpool in time for him to save the world from those that kill and need killing? And who are Woodman and Stanley?
David Lapham made his name with the intense and genuinely scary series "Stray Bullets." Kyle Baker's a modern master, and his work on books like "The Shadow," "You Are Here," "Plastic Man," "Nat Turner," and "Special Forces" prove that he's a force to be reckoned with, no matter the genre. Together... you have this slightly baffling team-up. I'd expected either or both of these guys to be working on purely creator-owned stuff by this point, but if they want to write about Deadpool? Sure, I'll buy that. Baker is one of the best funnymen in the business (that's "humorist" to you, Captain Highbrow) and Lapham knows how to make absurdity, cruelty, and violence mesh into one whole.
Written by JEFF PARKER
Penciled by GABRIEL HARDMAN & MARK ROBINSON
Cover by ED McGUINNESS
SCORCHED EARTH, PART III: The oceans will boil! Red goes into deeply unfamiliar territory to stop the next contingency, and the best ally for the mission is Namor, King of Atlantis! Take a dangerous doomsday scenario and insert two of the most powerful overbearing egos on Earth and... what could go wrong? MEANWHILE...in the Pacific, A-Bomb finds out where giant monsters go after they've been driven out, and finds...MORE giant monsters!!
Way back before it made its bank on the back of franchises like the Fantastic Four or Spider-Man, Marvel made monster comics. You can get a look at several of those comics here for some background. Jeff Parker, hot off the late, lamented "Atlas," is bringing some of that flavor to "Hulk." Hulk himself is a monster character, isn't he? Regardless, Parker + Gabriel Hardman + Monsters = a Marvel classic in the making.
ASTONISHING SPIDER-MAN & WOLVERINE #4 (of 6)
Written by JASON AARON
Pencils & Cover by ADAM KUBERT
Who is the major Marvel villain throwing Spider-Man and Wolverine through time? FIND OUT HERE! The adventure through time takes a strange turn as Wolverine finds himself face to face with a young pre-"With Great Power" revelation Peter Parker and Spider-Man finds himself in the wilds of Canada face-to-face with a savage young James Howlett! And as if that weren't enough, we also get the lowdown on The Czar and Big Murder. Jason Aaron (WOLVERINE, PUNISHERMAX) and Adam Kubert (HULK, X-MEN) bring the chickens home to roost, only they're Robotic Were-Chickens with razor-wattles and lasers mounted on their combs.
Spider-Man and Wolverine are pretty much the perfect comics duo. They hate each other's guts, have a certain measure of mutual respect, and are surprisingly well-matched in team-ups. Spider-Man's fast and agile, while Wolverine is capable of taking tons of punishment. Spider-Man is careful, but Wolverine just wades in with his claws a-swinging. Spider-Man is annoying and talkative, while Wolverine is just pissed off all the time. Is there a better formula for comedy?
ULTIMATE COMICS THOR #2 (of 4)
Written by Jonathan Hickman
Pencils & Cover by Carlos Pacheco
As Asgard celebrates victory, rumblings of Ragnorok near. What shocking revelation will the All-Father unveil to his chosen son? And what does Baron Zemo have in store for the gods? Jonathan Hickman (SHIELD) and Carlos Pacheco (Ultimate Avengers) rock out another thrilling tale of Thor's thunderous debut!
This is definitely the front-runner for the best of the "Hey, we have a 'Thor' movie coming out! Let's pump out some miniseries so we can have trades in bookstores" push Marvel's gearing up for right now. Jonathan Hickman is an intricate plotter who isn't afraid of having a little fun with his ideas, and Carlos Pacheco draws some pretty classic super hero art. To phrase this another way... it's Thor fighting Nazis. They should've made a movie out of it and called it "Glourious Basterd."
ASTONISHING THOR #1 (of 5)
Written by ROB RODI
Penciled by MIKE CHOI
Cover by ESAD RIBIC
Foilogram Variant by TBD
"Waves are but water, wind but air. And though lightning be fire... IT MUST ANSWER THUNDER'S CALL." The God of Thunder finds himself battling a mysterious surge of natural catastrophes- hurricanes, tidal waves, earthquakes. At first, the Son of Odin suspects Zephyr, immortal mistress of the winds, but soon he finds that the climactic upheaval must be attributed to a much larger force... EGO, THE LIVING PLANET! From ROBERT RODI and MIKE CHOI! Spinning out of the destruction of Asgard, ASTONISHING THOR is an out-of-this-world adventure-where the entire universe hangs in the balance!
This is probably the next best bet for your pre-movie Thor fix. Rob Rodi and Esad Ribic created the fantastic "Loki" miniseries from a few years back, which cast the trickster in the role of, if not hero, at least protagonist. This series looks to be probing the depths of Thor's range in Marvel comics. Thor's always been this kind of odd mix of mythological drama and sci-fi cosmic action, and this solicit wraps them both up into one big story.
Written by PAUL TOBIN
Penciled by CLAYTON HENRY
Cover by BARRY KITSON
Variant Cover by JAE LEE
Women of Marvel Variant by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC
Spinning from the GRIM HUNT in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN!
Not every fight can get resolved by punching someone in the face...but Spider-Girl's gonna punch somebody anyway, just to make sure. Follow the swinging adventures of Anya Corazon, the Splendiferous Spider-Girl, as she balances the daily grind of teenage life with the bumps and bruises brought by banging 'bows with bad guys! Guest-starring the FANTASTIC FOUR and a villain that our hero could NEVER, EVER, EVER defeat. Paul Tobin (SPIDER-MAN, SUPER HEROES) and Clayton Henry (UNCANNY X-MEN) present an all-new hero for an all-new era!
If at first you don't succeed... Paul Tobin and Clayton Henry are offering up a revival of two properties here, in a way. The new Spider-Girl is the heroine formerly known as Araña. She's taking on a new name in the aftermath of the "Grim Hunt" story in "Amazing Spider-Man," and sliding Mayday Parker, the Spider-Girl of the '90s and '00s, into limbo while she does it. Tobin, like Van Lente, is one of Marvel's best secret weapons, while Clayton Henry does expressive and cartoony art. So, in a way, this is the third modern try at a "Spider-Girl" series, and undoubtedly bolstered by taking place in the main Marvel universe, rather than an alternate future.
PUNISHER: IN THE BLOOD #1 (of 5)
Written by Rick Remender
Penciled by Roland Boschi
Cover by FRANCESCO MATTINA
Frank Castle is back. Back for revenge. Back in New York. Back to cleaning its streets. Back together, healed and strong, his mission resumed as he partakes in the sweet wet work, and notches up one of the highest body counts in Punisher history. Cyber sensei Henry Russo is back, keeping Frank proficient with an eye in the sky. Others are back as well – two of Frank's most sadistic enemies united in a new vindictive plot: Enter the Jigsaw Bothers!
Good news, everyone! Frankencastle is dead, and Frank Castle can finally get back to having super-realistic stories in the core Marvel universe!