Get out of the way March, April is here and Marvel Comics is not fooling around with their offerings for the month. Some really interesting stuff here to peruse so please take a gander so we can discuss at the close of this narrative. As usual the larger copy is officially submitted press notes to media along with the images and then I’ll offer up my views about the whole shebang. Let’s go.
Avengers Magazine #1: With AVENGERS 2: AGE OF ULTRON right around the corner, Marvel celebrates the greatest super-team the world has ever known with a FREE magazine-sized extravaganza! Meet the creative legend who helped start it all, Jack Kirby, as we look back at his first year of AVENGERS artistry! Relive the history of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes with a series of probing character profiles! Explore the Avengers’ creative history with “Earth’s Mightiest Interview,” a roundtable with some of the greatest writers in the team’s history, and have your mind blown by a gallery of all-time great Avengers artist John Buscema’s finest work! All this and more — including a countdown of the greatest Avengers stories of all time! Earth’s Mightiest Magazine is distributed free in April! Retailers: Check upcomng Marvel Mailers for details on how to receive your free copies.Also available for order, a keepsake edition of AVENGERS MAGAZINE #1 featuring a cover by JACK KIRBY
Inhumans #0: The industry’s best-selling artist comes to the Inhumans. The prelude to one of Marvel’s biggest launches of 2015 is here! Think you know Black Bolt? Think again, as the men who killed Wolverine show you a side of the Inhuman King you’ve never seen before!
Written by Charles Soule, Art by Steve McNiven
Inhuman Special #1: INHUMAN ERROR CONTINUES! The story linking AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, INHUMAN and ALL-NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA hits a fever pitch as a character who’s been around for more than 75 years returns to threaten the Marvel Universe. You haven’t seen all the effects of the Terrigen Cloud yet and this one is about to destroy New York City!
Written by Jeff Loveness, Art by Ryan Lee
Kanan The Last Padawan #1: Kanan Jarrus–in STAR WARS REBELS, he’s a cocky, sarcastic renegade fighting against the Galactic Empire alongside the rag-tag crew of the Ghost…but years before, at the height of the Clone Wars, he was known as Caleb Dume, Jedi Padawan under the instruction of Jedi Master Depa Billaba. Neither master nor apprentice ever suspected that the Clone Troopers they commanded would turn on them upon the issuing of Order 66—the order to execute all Jedi. How did Caleb Dume survive? How did he learn to survive on his own? And how did he become the man we know as Kanan Jarrus? Writer Greg Weisman (writer/executive producer on STAR WARS REBELS, SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN) and artist Pepe Larraz (DEADPOOL VS. X-FORCE, THOR, INHUMAN) bring us a tale bridging the years between the Clone Wars and Rebels!
Written by Greg Weisman, Art by Pepe Larraz
Avengers: Operation Hydra #1: Before next summer’s blockbuster film, join the Avengers – Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow, and the Hulk– as they set off on an all-new adventure against a secret Hydra splinter cell! Black Widow’s discovered a startling development, but what exactly is Hydra up to? It’ll take teamwork to topple Hydra’s latest plot…but only one Avenger has the skill needed to save the day! PLUS: Reprinting Avengers #16, presenting the story that brought Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch onto the team for the first time!
Written by Will Corona Pilgrim, Art by Andrea Divito
Avengers: Millennium #1: At a secret Hydra installation hidden away in rural Japan, the Avengers discover a time-portal that sends them on an adventure that spans millennia. But what kind of bad guys have a time machine they don’t use to change the past? Bad guys who know they win… The only thing standing between our immutable past and our wasted, ruined future are the Avengers, finally reunited to battle a doomsday weapon thousands of years in the hatching.
Written by Mike Costa, Art by Carmine DiGiandomenico
Avengers: Ultron Forever #1: PART 1 OF 3 – THE START OF A THREE-PART AVENGERS EVENT! 500 years into the future, Ultron has won. Humanity is all but extinct – dead or enslaved by the Ultron Singularity. Now, seven Avengers are brought through time by Doctor Doom to battle the machine god for the fate of the cosmos… or die trying! It begins here – an epic adventure spanning the past and future of the Avengers!
Written by Al Ewing, Art by Alan Davis
New Avengers: Ultron Forever #1: PART 2 OF 3 – The epic Avengers adventure continues! When Thors clash! Vision versus Vision – to the death! The strangest Hulk-out of all! The Loki of the 25th Century! Ultron makes his move – but does Doctor Doom have something even worse up his metal sleeve?
Written by Al Ewing, Art by Alan Davis
Guardians Of The Galaxy/X-Men: Black Vortex #1: THE BLACK VORTEX ENDS HERE! When an entire planet, and potentially the entire galaxy, is caught in the crosshairs of Knife’s cosmically empowered forces, the Guardians and the X-Men face their final test. With billions of lives at stake, our heroes are forced to make the ultimate sacrifice. But in gaining the power to potentially defeat Knife, by submitting to the Black Vortex, could they have given up their humanity forever?
Written by Sam Humphries, Art by Ed McGuinness
Guardians Of The Galaxy: Best Story Ever #1: It’s not every day Peter Quill ends up in jai…wait…never mind this happens a lot. But he DOESN’T always get Rocket stuck there with him. And he DEFINITELY doesn’t always regale the guards with the BEST STORY EVER! Let’s just hope he keeps their attention long enough for the other Guardians to bust him out
Written by Tim Seeley, Art by Jacopo Camagni and Iban Coello
PiercingMetal Thoughts: If you have not been watching “Agents Of SHIELD” then you don’t know much about the Marvel Cinematic Universe doing its best to not so slightly introduce us to the realm of The Inhumans. I’m not going to apologize for that reveal because true fans of the medium will long have been aware of this happening. That said its making complete sense that more emphasis is being placed on The Inhumans mythology in the Marvel Comics Universe and I am so hoping that when the film comes around that Black Bolt is amazing. These two titles for their side of the illustrated fence sound interesting and of course there is heavy weight being placed on The Avengers with their second film coming out in a few short weeks. I am now salivating about that and do not expect to be reachable for a couple of days based on the overall excitement I have about it when it finally comes out on May 1st. I am also psyched about these two GOTG titles since the first pairs them with the X-Men (something that I fear we shall never see in the same universe on the big screen) and the second looks to play off the fun that was found in the film. Please tell me you have seen the “Guardians Of The Galaxy” movie by now because I think I have watched it over a dozen times at this point. Another major event that Marvel Comics is doing is launching their “True Believers” issues this month and this is a series of “must have” comics for your collection that are reprints of classic issues or storylines. They are only $1 apiece and since there is a few of them I will return in a couple of days with a posting that is dedicated to this grouping of issues alone. See you then. Let me know in the comments what piques your own interests in case there are some here that you wish to discuss.
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