Well hello my comic book loving fiends, and once again may I wish you a very Happy New Year. It’s 2019 now and that means a whole bunch of things for the fans of the Pop Culture side of the fence. Not only are there some awesome reads coming out this month but its also the beginning of Marvel’s 80th Anniversary so you can all expect a whole lot more of this type of stuff to be featured. Here are the January offerings from Marvel Comics and as always the copy and images come care of their resources. The closing editorial notes is all me though of course. Here we go.
CONAN THE BARBARIAN #1: BY CROM, THE GREATEST SWORD-AND-SORCERY HERO RETURNS TO MARVEL! From an age undreamed…hither came Conan the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandaled feet…Robert E. Howard’s creation returns to comics, in an epic tale as only MARVEL could bring you! Conan’s travels have brought him to the far reaches of the unkown, from his birthplace in Cimmeria to the kingdom of Aquilonia and all in between. As his fighting prowess allows him to carve his way through life, so too does it attract the forces of death! The all-new ages-spanning saga begins here, by writer Jason Aaron (THE MIGHTY THOR, STAR WARS) and artist Mahmud Asrar (UNCANNY X-MEN, ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT AVENGERS), as Conan’s destiny is forever changed!
JASON AARON (W) • MAHMUD ASRAR (A); Cover by ESAD RIBIC
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1: WHO WILL STAND. The universe is on fire. Hundreds of worlds are at war. Never has there been such hatred and division across the cosmos. And in spite of all this, Thanos of Titan is still dead…or is he? Now, more than ever, the cosmos need the Guardians of the Galaxy…but in the aftermath of the Infinity Wars, who is left to answer the call? Featuring every cosmic super hero in the known universe by the THANOS WINS creative team of Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw!
DONNY CATES (W) • GEOFF SHAW (A); Cover by DAVID MARQUEZ
CAPTAIN MARVEL #1: ALL THE STARS ALIGN AS KELLY THOMPSON AND CARMEN CARNERO TAKE ON MARVEL’S PREMIER FEMALE SUPER HERO! As Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers has spent months in space protecting Earth from alien threats big and small, but now it’s time for Earth’s mightiest hero to come home. New York City has never looked so good. But every re-entry comes with the unexpected, and Carol is about to hit a whole lot of unexpected. It’s a fresh start and an oversized, star-studded welcome home for a hero who’s been punching the glass ceiling since the 1970s — and just in time for the first female-led film from Marvel Studios! The next 50 years of Captain Marvel starts here!
KELLY THOMPSON (W) • CARMEN CARNERO (A); Cover by Amanda Conner & Paul Mounts
BLACK WIDOW #1: …AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH HER. Natasha Romanoff was trained to kill. For years now she’s tried to overcome that programming, to side with the angels…to be a hero. And where’d that get her? Killed. By one of the few true friends she allowed herself to have. Now she’s back from the dead, angry as hell and finding those better angels harder and harder to hear. Jen and Sylvia Soska — the Twisted Twins of horror — join rising artist Flaviano to weave a web of vice, violence and vengeance that will net Natasha the biggest bad men she’s ever faced…or put her back in the ground for good.
JEN & SYLVIA SOSKA (W) • FLAVIANO (A) • Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN
FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #1 & #2: Spider-Man is the worst neighbor EVER! There are always crazy villains and property damage and drama and…and he CATCHES the villains. And he tries to fix the damage and he helps carry your groceries and actually that property damage keeps the rents down. You know what? Spider-Man is the best neighbor ever and this book will give you a closer look at Spider-Man’s (and Peter Parker’s) neighborhood than any book ever. Also, it wouldn’t be a Spider-Man adventure without a threat that could destroy not only Spider-Man, but all his neighbors. Superstar writer TOM TAYLOR (X-MEN RED, ALL-NEW WOLVERINE, Injustice) and rising art star JUANN CABAL (ALL-NEW WOLVERINE, X-23) give you the most local Spider-Man ever!
TOM TAYLOR (W) • JUANN CABAL (A); CoverS by ANDREW C. ROBINSON
INVADERS #1: THE GREATEST GENERATION OF MARVEL HEROES IS BACK – TO STOP ONE OF THEIR OWN! In commemoration of Marvel’s 80th anniversary and springing from events in the pages of AVENGERS and THE BEST DEFENSE, the Marvel Universe’s first super-team is back! CAPTAIN AMERICA. THE HUMAN TORCH. THE WINTER SOLDIER. NAMOR. They fought in WORLD WAR II together as THE INVADERS. But now NAMOR is the enemy, a global threat more powerful than ever. His deadly plans are as deep and far-reaching as the ocean and REVELATIONS about his past could THREATEN the MARVEL UNIVERSE! It’s up to his old teammates to stop him, but what chance do they have against the man who knows their every move? ”War Ghost” begins here!
CHIP ZDARSKY (W) • CARLOS MAGNO & BUTCH GUICE (A); Cover by BUTCH GUICE
CHAMPIONS #1: THE WORLD STILL NEEDS HEROES – AND THERE ARE HEROES ALL OVER THE WORLD! The Champions have gone global! The team has seen explosive growth under Ms. Marvel’s leadership, with super-powered members ready to answer the call in a dozen different countries. They’re saving people and improving lives across the planet while they inspire the next generation… but something sinister lurks beneath the surface of their expanded mission. It’s a dark secret that could destroy the team and everything they stand for! Jim Zub (AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER, UNCANNY AVENGERS) and Steven Cummings (Wayward, Legends of the Dark Knight) ignite a new era of CHAMPIONS, filled to the brim with action, adventure and drama in the Mighty Marvel Manner!
JIM ZUB (W) • STEVEN CUMMINGS (A) • Cover by Kim Jacinto
MARVEL TALES: FANTASTIC FOUR #1: Explore exciting moments in the Marvel’s First Family history and celebrate Marvel’s 80th Anniversary with the return of MARVEL TALES! This anthology series shines a spotlight on fan-favorite characters, features timeless stories, and highlights some of Marvel’s most impressive talent from the past eight decades. Reprinting the birth of Franklin Richards in Fantastic Four Annual (1963) #6, the first appearance of Namor the Sub-Mariner in Fantastic Four (1961) #4 and a special Invisible Woman story in Fantastic Four #245.
Stan Lee, John Byrne (W) • Jack Kirby, John Byrne (A); Cover by Jen Bartel
MAN WITHOUT FEAR #1-#5 (of 5): Daredevil is gone, but Hell’s Kitchen is still a place of heroes and villains. Foggy Nelson (issue #1), the Defenders (issue #2), the many loves of Matt Murdock (issue #3), the Kingpin (issue #4) and a mysterious Guardian Devil (issue #5) will all learn what it means to live in a world without a Daredevil. And without a Daredevil to protect it, has hell come for his city? Who is The Man Without Fear?!
JED MACKAY (W) • DANILO BEYROUTH (A) • CoverS by KYLE HOTZ
AGE OF X-MAN ALPHA #1: The age of X-Man dawns…and the X-Men cannot stop it.
ZAC THOMPSON & LONNIE NADLER (W) • Ramon Rosanas (A); Cover by PHIL NOTO
CRYPT OF SHADOWS #1: ALL-NEW HORROR STORY! For Marvel’s 80th Anniversary we’ve gone into the vaults to bring back some classic titles from the Marvel of yesteryear…but maybe some vaults should stay closed! Something terrifying has broken free and crawled forth from one of the most terrifying corners of Marvel-dom, the CRYPT OF SHADOWS! Prepare for terror! The shadows are deeper than you think, and horrors lurk within…
AL EWING (W) • GARRY BROWN & MORE (A); COVER BY KYLE HOTZ
JOURNEY INTO UNKNOWN WORLDS #1: ALL-NEW SCI-FI STORY! In celebration of Marvel’s 80th anniversary and the comic books that captivated hearts and minds across generations, join us for two scintillating sci-fi stories – the first an extraterrestrial adventure by Cullen Bunn the likes of which haven’t been seen in this or any other decade, and the second a tale of terror by Clay McLeod Chapman that could take place in your very own back yard! The secrets of the the universe lie waiting to be discovered, True-Believers, on a JOURNEY TO UNKOWN WORLDS!
CULLEN BUNN & Clay MCLEOD CHAPMAN (W) • FRANCESCO MANNA & MORE (A); Cover by Cover by MIKE McKONE
WAR IS HELL #1: ALL-NEW WAR STORY! In honor of Marvel’s 80th Anniversary and history with War Comics comes a brand new edition of WAR IS HELL with two fascinating and soul-crushing tales of War. “In the Mood” by Howard Chaykin takes you to the skies as the Luftwaffe and RAF battle over the English Channel for a battle tale of bitter irony and “War Glammer” by Phillip Kennedy Johnson brings you back to Earth in modern day Afghanistan with a story that will chill you to the bone.
HOWARD CHAYKIN & PHILLIP KENNEDY JOHNSON (W) • HOWARD CHAYKIN & MORE (A); COVER BY DAN PANOSIAN
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: MARVEL PRESENTS #3 FACSIMILE EDITION: The beginning of the most star-spanning series of them all! Yondu, Vance Astro, Charlie-27 and Martinex battled the invading Badoon to reclaim Earth in 3015 – and won! But now, the original Guardians of the Galaxy find themselves struggling to reintegrate back into society. When all hope seems lost, Starhawk returns to re-form the team for an all-new mission! Revisit the issue that gave the Guardians their first regular series, re-presented in its intergalactic original form, ads and all!
Steve Gerber (W) Al Milgrom (A/C)
SILVER SURFER #14 FACSIMILE EDITION: It’s the wall-crawler versus the sky-rider in a case of accidental hostility when Spider-Man erroneously snags the Silver Surfer’s board with his webbing! Norrin Radd mistakes this as an attack, and Peter clocks the Surfer as an intergalactic threat. Who will come out victorious? Revisit the interstellar issue pitting the surfer against the spider, re-presented in its original form, ads and all!
Stan Lee (W) John Buscema (A/C)
MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #1: THE CLASSIC MARVEL SERIES RETURNS FOR MARVEL’S 80th ANNIVERSARY! Three titanic tales celebrating the first decade of Marvel stories! First — an all-new tale of the man they call the Wolverine begins in the 1940s! Then comes Captain America, the first Avenger of World War II still fighting for freedom today! And finally, the untold tale of Namor and the atom bomb!
CHARLES SOULE, ANN NOCENTI, GREG PAK (W) • PAULO SIQUEIRA, TOMM COKER & MORE (A); COVER BY ARTHUR ADAMS & FEDERICO BLEE
UNCANNY X-MEN ANNUAL #1: Cyclops!
ED BRISSON (W) • CARLOS GOMEZ (A) Cover by SALVADOR LAROCCA
WEB OF VENOM: UNLEASHED #1: From the illustrator of the blockbuster series of the summer comes the next epic installment in the WEB OF VENOM — a journey from the symbiote’s perspective through Eddie’s old haunts in San Francisco. It might not like what it finds…
RYAN STEGMAN (W) • Kyle Hotz (A); Cover by RYAN STEGMAN
MARVEL TALES: VENOM #1: Re-discover the notoriety of Spider-Man’s most fearsome foes and celebrate Marvel’s 80th Anniversary with the return of MARVEL TALES! This anthology series shines a spotlight on fan-favorite characters, features timeless stories, and highlights some of Marvel’s most impressive talent from the past eight decades. Reprinting Venom’s return in Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #316, the first appearance of Carnage in Amazing Spider-Man #361 and an action-packed Black Cat story in Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #119.
David Micheline, Peter David (W); Todd McFarlane, Mark Bagley, Richard Buckler (A); Cover by Jen Bartel
STAR WARS: AGE OF REPUBLIC SPECIAL #1: HE GREATEST HEROES OF THE REPUBLIC, THE DEADLIEST VILLAINS – AND EVERYONE IN BETWEEN! Four creative teams! Four stories featuring your favorite Star Wars characters! The baddest Jedi in the galaxy has a score to settle — MACE WINDU returns in an action-packed adventure from OLD MAN HAWKEYE’S Ethan Sacks! You can run, but can you hide from the twin lightsabers of Sith assassin ASAJJ VENTRESS? Feel her fury in a tale expertly woven by veteran STAR WARS comic scribe Jody Houser (THRAWN, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS). And is JAR JAR BINKS’ role in the Star Wars story over? NOT BY A LONG SHOT! Because Chip Zdarsky (PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN and MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE) has a rancor bone to pick with the galaxy’s most notorious Gungan. You can take the clone out of the war but you can never take the war out of the clone — CAPTAIN REX dusts off his blaster and enters the fray in a story by X-MEN: GOLD author Marc Guggenheim.
ETHAN SACKS, JODY HOUSER, MARC GUGGENHEIM & CHIP ZDARSKY (W); Carlos Gomez, Paolo Villanelli, Caspar Wijngaard and more! (A); Cover by ROD REIS
STAR WARS: AGE OF REPUBLIC – OBI-WAN KENOBI #1: THE EARLY DAYS OF OBI-WAN KENOBI, JEDI KNIGHT! Following the wishes of his master, OBI-WAN has taken on ANAKIN SKYWALKER as an apprentice. Will his mission alongside his young Padawan bring them closer together, or sow the seeds that will drive them apart? And who else is after the ancient holocron that they seek?
JODY HOUSER (W) • CORY SMITH (A) • Cover by PAOLO RIVERA
STAR WARS: AGE OF REPUBLIC — JANGO FETT #1: THE MOST FEARED BOUNTY HUNTER IN THE GALAXY! JANGO FETT’S reputation precedes him as joins a crew for what seems like a simple job. Wait, is that a KID with him?! Will his fellow bounty hunters be foolish enough to betray Jango and his son, BOBA FETT?
JODY HOUSER (W) • LUKE ROSS (A) • Cover by PAOLO RIVERA
WOLVERINE: THE LONG NIGHT ADAPTATION #1 (of 5): Following a string of mysterious deaths in Burns, Alaska, Special Agents Sally Pierce and Tad Marshall arrive to investigate. They soon find there’s more going on than meets the eye…Marvel’s hit scripted podcast, “Wolverine: The Dark Night,” comes to life on the page! Chilling twists and turns, brought to you by the original author of the podcast, Benjamin Percy, and the art talents of Marcio Takara!
BENJAMIN PERCY (W) • MARCIO TAKARA (A); Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
UNCANNY X-MEN 3D #1: Relive comics history in the making as Wolverine’s hidden past with Captain America and the Black Widow is revealed – re-presenting the landmark UNCANNY X-MEN #268 like you’ve never seen it before – in senses-shattering 3D, courtesy of superstar creators Chris Claremont and Jim Lee! Polybagged with a pair of 3D glasses!
CHRIS CLAREMONT (W) • JIM LEE (A); COVER BY JIM LEE
MARVEL SUPER HERO ADVENTURES: SPIDER-MAN – ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE #1: It’s a SPIDER-TACULAR adventure when Spider-Man is visited by his fellow web-slingers! What wall-crawling, web-swinging trouble will Peter Parker get into when he’s joined by Anya Corazon, Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen? Only one way to find out!
SHOLLY FISCH AND TBA (W) • TBA (A); Cover by JACOB CHABOT
“CONAN THE BARBARIAN” True Believers (linked to in our closing)
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Jeepers! With so many brand-new issues hitting the racks this month I’m going to have to be leafing through some of them first to ensure that I want to add to my collection. Let’s not forget that there is also going to be a new round of “True Believers” one dollar issues that are all “Conan The Barbarian” themed. Those were discussed last month on THIS POST in case you missed it. I know you’re going to want a set of those because there are some awesome reprints being revisited. Alright, I should go because there is already a pile of things to do and I think that we are off to a proper start. What issues are you readers most interested in? Chime in down below in the comments as I’d love to here from you. Stay tuned for more of this stuff from Marvel Comics and of course the DC Comics solicitations for the month as well. Until next time.
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