The Press Release:
Acclaimed artist Joe Jusko’s iconic Marvel Masterpieces trading card illustrations are cemented into the hearts of every Marvel fan who grew up in the 90s, and now readers can treasure them all over again in a brand-new collection of variant covers!
Jusko’s beautiful depictions of your favorite Marvel characters will grace the covers of your favorite titles throughout the month of October. Masterfully capturing the power of the Avengers, the horror of Spider-Man’s rogues gallery, and the allure of the X-Men, Jusko’s painted artwork has mesmerized fans for decades and ushered in the trading card boom of the 90s. Now, the MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER series will give fans a chance to own a piece of Marvel Comics history in an exciting new way! Continue reading Marvel Reveals Joe Jusko “Marvel Masterpieces” Variant Covers for October→
The folks at Marvel have just revealed a host of variant covers for their X-Men family of titles. Take a look at the full press release down below along with provided images. I will close with some additional notes at the end.
The Press Release:
Forty years ago, the legendary creative team of Chris Claremont and John Byrne set a new standard for comic book stories with the Dark Phoenix Saga. Both heartbreaking and thrilling, the story found Jean Grey corrupted by the limitless power she yields as Phoenix. Beginning in UNCANNY X-MEN #128 and escalating until its dramatic conclusion in UNCANNY X-MEN #137, readers at the time were awestruck as Jean Grey went from heart of the X-Men to their most formidable villain. The saga was an instant classic and cemented the X-Men as one of Marvel Comics’ most successful franchises.
Since then, the Dark Phoenix Saga has been revisited in various stories, adapted to both television and film, and is considered a masterpiece of the comic book medium. Now, as Dawn of X launches and the X-Men venture into an exciting new era, the franchise will be honoring the past with Dark Phoenix 40th Anniversary Variant covers! From Jean Grey’s psychic battle with Emma Frost to the X-Men’s fateful clash with the Shi’ar Imperial Guard on the moon, each cover will see a pivotal moment in the event brought to new life by today’s top artists.
Hello October and the promise of some cooler weather. While this will be my first solicitations post for the month, we are officially only days away from the mega-media event known as New York Comic Con and in case you didn’t see me mentioning this already, PiercingMetal is once again attending as a member of the Press to bring you some sights and scenes and a world of coolness. In the interest of time I am not going to say much more and just share the debuts and special edition happenings from the Marvel Comics side of the fence for the month. The DC solicits will follow and as always, all copy comes from their press provisions as well as any images in this post. Let’s go.
X-MEN #1: DAWN OF X! The X-Men find themselves in a whole new world of possibility… and things have never been better! Jonathan Hickman (HOUSE OF X, POWERS OF X, SECRET WARS) and superstar artist Leinil Yu (NEW AVENGERS, CAPTAIN AMERICA) reveal the saga of Cyclops and his hand-picked squad of mutant powerhouses!
JONATHAN HICKMAN (W) • LEINIL FRANCIS YU (A/C)
EXCALIBUR #1: A NEW DAWN IS FORGED! The Otherworld is rocked by war! It is a new era for mutantkind as a new Captain Britain holds the amulet, fighting for the Kingdom of Avalon with her Excalibur at her side – Rogue, Gambit, Rictor, Jubilee…and Apocalypse.
TINI HOWARD (W) • MARCUS TO (A) • Cover by MAHMUD ASRAR
MARAUDERS #1: THE X-MEN SAIL AT DAWN! Even in this glorious new dawn, Mutantkind faces hardships and oppression from their human counterparts. Led by Captain Kate Pryde and funded by Emma Frost and the Hellfire Trading Company, Marauders Storm, Pyro, Bishop and Iceman sail the seas of the world to protect those hated and feared!
AMAZING FANTASY #15 FACSIMILE EDITION: The landmark, industry-changing issue that introduced the Amazing Spider-Man! When high school wallflower Peter Parker is bitten by a radioactive spider, his life is transformed — first for the better, then for the worse! With his new array of arachnid abilities — including speed, strength, agility and, thanks to his scientific know-how, spinning webs — Peter seeks fame as the costumed celebrity called Spider-Man! But his cavalier attitude soon comes back to haunt him, and shatter the lives of his beloved Uncle Ben and Aunt May! Peter Parker is about to learn a powerful lesson, one that has never been taught better than by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko: With great power there must also come great responsibility! It’s one of the all-time great Marvel comic books, boldly re-presented in its original form, ads and all! Reprinting AMAZING FANTASY (1962) #15.
Written by STAN LEE; Penciled by STEVE DITKO; Cover by JACK KIRBY
INCREDIBLE HULK #1 FACSIMILE EDITION: Meet the Incredible Hulk — for the first time! Re-experience the landmark issue that introduced the strangest being of all: Is he man or monster…or is he both? When puny scientist Bruce Banner’s gamma bomb experiment is interrupted by young Rick Jones, Banner charges onto the test site to rescue the reckless teen — and ends up caught in the blast! When the sun falls, a hulking new form rises — with gray skin, not green! A weakling no longer, the world is his — for he is the Hulk! But who, or what, is the Gargoyle? What are his plans for this newly-minted monster? And will it be the Hulk, or Bruce Banner, who triumphs over this Iron Curtain evil? It’s one of the all-time great Marvel comic books, boldly re-presented in its original form, ads and all! Reprinting INCREDIBLE HULK (1962) #1.
Written by STAN LEE; Penciled by JACK KIRBY; Cover by JACK KIRBY
ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: THE IMMORTAL HULK #1: Before his untimely death, Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross was the Red Hulk and, for a time, bonded to the Venom symbiote alongside Alejandra Jones and Laura Kinney. Now, Ross’ corpse has been unearthed, though why and by whom remain shrouded in mystery. With the gamma material in Ross’ body possibly in nefarious hands, that’s just what Bruce Banner intends to find out – one way or another! One-Shot.
AL EWING (W) • FILIPE ANDRADE (A) • Cover by KYLE HOTZ
THE AMAZING MARY JANE #1: SPINNING RIGHT OUT OF THE PAGES OF AMAZING SPIDER-MAN! “YOU JUST HIT THE JACKPOT!” ALL-NEW ONGOING SERIES! The web-head’s favorite redhead (and yours!) is taking a chance on her dreams. But if you’ve read ASM #25, you’ll know MYSTERIO is behind Mary Jane’s big shot, and someone worse is behind him! What’s real and what’s illusion, what’s illusion and what’s Hollywood phoniness? This fall, Leah Williams (AGE OF X-MEN: EXTREMISTS; GIANT MAN) and Carlos Gomez (UNCANNY X-MEN ANNUAL, Red Sonja) bring you all this intrigue plus more action, glamor, grit, and – we’ll say it – sass than anyone’s previously dared fit! Face it: you don’t wanna miss this!
LEAH WILLIAMS (W) • CARLOS GOMEZ (A) • Cover by HUMBERTO RAMOS
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: FULL CIRCLE #1: A summons from SHIELD leads Peter Parker into a globe-spanning adventure that will test him as never before, one in which the future of all mankind lies in his gloved, webbed hands! Who is the mysterious prisoner in the steel box who keeps propelling the wall-crawler onward? Nick Spencer and an all-star team of Marvel’s biggest writers and artists take up the challenge to create the wildest, maddest, most unconventional AMAZING SPIDER-MAN story of all! Guest-starring Nick Fury, Wolverine and Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham! ONE-SHOT.
NICK SPENCER, JONATHAN HICKMAN, GERRY DUGGAN, AL EWING, CHIP ZDARSKY,
KELLY THOMPSON & JASON AARON (W); CHRIS BACHALO, CHRIS SPROUSE, GREG SMALLWOOD, MICHAEL ALLRED, RACHAEL STOTT, VALERIO SCHITI, CAMERON STEWART & MARK BAGLEY (A) • Cover by ROD REIS
SPIDER-VERSE #1 (OF 6): Miles Morales finally feels like he GETS this Spider-Man stuff… and then falls through a portal! But isn’t the WEB OF LIFE & DESTINY destroyed? Maybe not, True Believer. But who spun this new web? Regardless, Miles finds himself at the center of a multiversal adventure that will feature a who’s who of creators and characters as the series spins forward! And with a main cover by INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE character designer WENDELL DALIT!!! And each issue features #SPIDERSONAS from some of the biggest Spidey fans and comic creators both!
JED MACKAY (W) • JUAN FRIGERI with ARTHUR ADAMS, STUART IMMONEN,
STACEY LEE & MORE! (A) • Cover by WENDELL DALIT
MARVEL ZOMBIES: RESPAWN #1: THE HORROR SMASH-HIT LIVES AGAIN! When Galactus’ corpse appears at the edge of Earth’s solar system, the Avengers, X-Men and Fantastic Four investigate. Too late, they discover that Galactus’ body is now the vessel of an interstellar terror, which one-by-one transforms Earth’s Mightiest Heroes into the universe’s most terrifying predators! As our heroes try to escape the superpowered, cannibalistic aberrations that were once their friends and family, will any survive? And even if they do, can they hope to protect Earth from the infestation that has already claimed half of the known universe? Don’t miss the FIRST ISSUE of this terrifying new vision of the classic Marvel tale! ONE-SHOT
PHILLIP KENNEDY JOHNSON (W) • LEONARD KIRK (A) • Cover by INHYUK LEE
RED GOBLIN: RED DEATH #1: DEAD IS THE NEW RED! In order to finally destroy Spider-Man once and for all Norman Osborn joined himself with the Carnage symbiote, becoming the Red Goblin! Here, at last, is the Red Goblin’s reign of madness and mayhem! So grab your greatest goblin gear and rend your raiments red, for the Red Goblin rides again! ONE-SHOT.
PAT GLEASON, ROB FEE, AND SEAN RYAN (W) • PETE WOODS (A); Cover by PHILIP TAN
GHOST RIDER #1: ALL HELLS BREAK LOOSE! The Brothers Ghost Rider are back! Johnny Blaze ain’t just the king of Hell—he’s the warden too. He’s the first line of defense between the demonic hordes trying to escape the joint and the lords of other hells making a play for his throne and all the power that comes with it – including a certain evil queen from his past! Meanwhile, Danny Ketch never wanted to be a Ghost Rider. Now that his brother’s in charge downstairs, Ketch must take on the duty of Earth’s Spirit of Vengeance full-time—no matter how much he’d rather be doing anything else… Superstar creative team ED BRISSON (EXTERMINATION) and AARON KUDER (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY) redefine the Marvel Universe’s supernatural underbelly for a brutal new era! PLUS: the first installment of the Caretaker Chronicles! Forget everything you thought you knew!
ED BRISSON (W) • AARON KUDER (A/C)
MARVEL TALES: GHOST RIDER #1: Johnny Blaze, the flaming-skulled Ghost Rider, roars into action as we celebrate the 80th anniversary of the House of Ideas with the era-spanning MARVEL TALES! This anthology series shines a spotlight on fan-favorite characters, features timeless stories and highlights some of our most impressive talent from the past eight decades. First, legendary scribe Roger Stern explores the curse of Johnny Blaze — and the adrenaline-fueled origin of Ghost Rider — in GHOST RIDER (1973) #68! Next, Spider-Man has one of his most hair-raising team-ups of all, joining Ghost Rider in action against the eye-watering villain called the Orb, in MARVEL TEAM-UP (1972) #15! Then, ask yourself “What if Ghost Rider were separated from Johnny Blaze?” in a thought-provoking tale from the classic alternate reality series, WHAT IF? (1977) #28! Let’s ride!
ROGER STERN, LEN WEIN & MICHAEL FLEISHER (W); BOB BUDIANSKY, ROSS ANDRU & TOM SUTTON (A) • Cover by IN-HYUK LEE
FANTASTIC FOUR: GRAND DESIGN #1 (OF 2): Because you demanded it! The bestselling GRAND DESIGN franchise continues with Marvel’s First Family! Brought to you by critically-acclaimed cartoonist TOM SCIOLI (GODLAND, TRANSFORMERS VS. GI JOE) in the sole-authorship tradition made famous by ED PISKOR’S X-MEN: GRAND DESIGN trilogy! Join the Watcher and witness how it all began… Plus appearances by your faves: Doctor Doom! Black Panther! Namor! Galactus! Mole Man! The Inhumans!
TOM SCIOLI (W) • TOM SCIOLI (A/C)
DOCTOR DOOM #1: THE CRACK OF DOOM! From Christopher Cantwell (HALT AND CATCH FIRE, SHE COULD FLY) comes a new monthly ongoing series…Victor Von Doom – scientist, sorcerer, disfigured face, twisted soul – has been spending much of his time warning against a trillion-dollar global effort to create the first “artificial” black hole. Wrestling with visions of an entirely different life…a better future…DOCTOR DOOM finds himself at a crossroads. (what is he questioning?) A catastrophic act of terrorism kills thousands, and the prime suspect is… DOOM? Victor will have to push his unexplained thoughts aside and focus on remaining alive as the title of “Most Wanted Man” is thrust upon him….Left with no homeland, no armies, no allies, indeed, nothing at all, will the reign of Doctor Doom come to an abrupt halt?
CHRISTOPHER CANTWELL (W) • SALVADOR LARROCA (A); Cover by ACO
BIZARRE ADVENTURES #1: PREPARE FOR THE BIZARRE! To celebrate Marvel’s 80th we’re resurrecting one of its wildest creations, BIZARRE ADVENTURES! Within these pages you will see Shang-Chi take on a martial arts master, Ulysses Bloodstone battle a master of the dark arts, Dracula meet his match, and the Marvel debut of Achewood’s Chris Onstad! These adventures will be thrilling, exciting and most definitely BIZARRE! One-Shot.
JED MACKAY, CHRIS ONSTAD, BECKY CLOONAN & SEBASTIAN GIRNER (W)
FRANCESCO MANNA, CHRIS MOONEYHAM & BECKY CLOONAN (A); COVER by CARLOS PACHECO
FUTURE FIGHT FIRSTS: WHITE FOX #1: THE SUPER SPY FROM THE MARVEL FUTURE FIGHT MOBILE GAME STARS IN HER OWN ONE-SHOT! Ami Han is WHITE FOX: a spy, a superhero, and the last of the kumiho, a mystical race of shapeshifters. But who was she before she became White Fox? And what happened to the rest of the kumiho? Also featuring MARVEL’S FUTURE AVENGERS in an all-new story! ONE-SHOT.
ALYSSA WONG (W) • Kevin Libranda & More (A) • Cover by INHYUK LEE
FUTURE FIGHT FIRSTS: LUNA SNOW #1: THE K-POP CRIME-FIGHTER FROM THE MARVEL FUTURE FIGHT MOBILE GAME STARS IN HER OWN ONE-SHOT! As a South Korean pop sensation, Seol Hee melt her fans’ hearts…and now as Luna Snow she has the power to freeze her enemies! How does Luna juggle being an international pop star with battling evil as a Super Hero? How did she gain her powers and what does Stark Industries have to do with it? Also featuring MARVEL’S FUTURE AVENGERS in an all-new story! ONE-SHOT
ALYSSA WONG (W) • Gang Hyuk Lim & More (A) • Cover by INHYUK LEE
FUTURE FIGHT FIRSTS: CRESCENT AND IO #1: THE ALL-NEW DUO FROM THE MARVEL FUTURE FIGHT MOBILE GAME STAR IN THEIR OWN ONE-SHOT! How did Dan Bi, a young girl from South Korea, first bring an ancient mystical bear spirit into the modern world? How did this unlikely duo become the evil-smashing team known as Crescent and Io? Also featuring MARVEL’S FUTURE AVENGERS in an all-new story! ONE-SHOT.
ALYSSA WONG (W) • JON LAM & MORE (A) • Cover by INHYUK LEE
CONTAGION #1-#5 (OF 5): A NEW EVIL BEYOND UNDERSTANDING COMES TO THE MARVEL UNIVERSE! A seemingly unstoppable force has invaded the Marvel Universe, and it’s going to take every hero the streets of New York has to stop it! A strange substance is taking over heroes and citizens alike, draining them of their life force, stealing their knowledge and abilities, and neither science nor magic can stop it! Where did it come from? Can anything destroy it? And who will fall to its awful, overwhelming power?
ED BRISSON (W) • ROGE ANTONIO, STEPHEN SEGOVIA, MACK CHATER,
DAMIAN COUCIERO, & ADAM GORHAM (A); Covers by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
SAVAGE AVENGERS ANNUAL #1: A barbarian walks into a brothel and thus begins another adventure in the life of Conan of Cimmeria. Human traffickers finally meet an immovable human. Black Widow is drawn into the intrigue by following the trail of bodies left by Kulan Gath’s henchman, and a last prayer from one of the trafficked women summons an unexpected angel, the Son Of Satan himself, Daimon Hellstrom. It’s the Marvel team-up you didn’t know you needed until now. Pre-order Savage Avengers Annual # 1 or go to hell.
GERRY DUGGAN (W) • RON GARNEY (A) • Cover MIKE DEODATO
DOCTOR STRANGE ANNUAL #1: The Sanctum Sanctorum holds all of the bizarre and dark relics that Doctor Strange has accumulated on his journey as the Sorcerer Supreme. But when one of those relics awakens and begins wreaking havoc in the halls, will Doctor Strange be able to wrangle back control…or will his Sanctum be transformed into his own personal hell? Find out in this epic Annual from Tini Howard (THANOS), Pornsak Pitchetshote (INFIDEL), and more!
Tini Howard & Pornsak PICHETSHOTE (W); Andy MacDonald & Lalit Kumar Sharma (A) • COVER BY Ariel Olivetti
JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER – ALLEGIANCE #1-#4
ETHAN SACKS (W) • LUKE ROSS (A); CONNECTING Covers by MARCO CHECCETTO
BEFORE THE EXCITING EVENTS OF STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER! Hounded by the FIRST ORDER across the galaxy, the RESISTANCE is in dire need of ships, weapons and recruits to make a final stand against KYLO REN’S forces. Desperation drives a delegation led by GENERAL LEIA ORGANA and REY to entreat the Rebel veteran’s one-time allies, THE MON CALAMARI, to join the fight — but decades after Imperial occupation enslaved their planet, there are those willing to stop at nothing to prevent another war from bloodying the waters of Mon Cala. A system away, POE DAMERON and FINN have their own mission: to hunt down a weapons cache on the remote moon of Avedot, unaware that they are being hunted by the most notorious criminal gang in the galaxy.
TRUE BELIEVERS: “X-MEN” – This month finds “The X-Men” as the focus of the one dollar “True Believers” line of comic books and I’ve already lined out the titles and their provided images on THIS POST. Be sure to add these to your pull list as well.
PiercingMetal Thoughts: As you can see there is a lot to add to your pull list and you might need to request a little overtime to cover them all or cut back on those Starbuck’s coffees a few times a week to cover the higher comic book bill. You can tell me what titles appealed to you the most and which are you looking forward to more than the others down in the comments section below like always. So as I mentioned earlier, I AM going to the New York Comic Con so you might want to peruse any stories about the convention by clicking HERE and making sure that you are Following our OFFICIAL INSTAGRAM since I plan on loading that account up like usual with this convention. See you again soon with the DC Comics posting, until then…..see you soon.
The Press Release:
80 YEARS FROM NOW IS…2099! THE MARVEL UNIVERSE HEADS TO THE FUTURE IN NEW 2099 VARIANTS. The Marvel Universe is revisiting everyone’s favorite dystopian future this November, and we’re gearing up with these stunning 2099 variants!
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #34: 2099 VARIANT by PASQUAL FERRY
We are at t-minus two weeks until the 2019 New York Comic Con so you might want to start your planning for that massive media event by making some lists and keeping your badge in an easy to find place before you deploy to the Javits Center. As expected, the comic book industry content is ramped up quite a bit as this event draws closer and this notice is to treat you to some variant covers that will be hitting the racks this December. Take a look.
The Press Release:
In anticipation of “VENOM ISLAND” arriving in December, set your sights on these variant covers featuring the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and Captain Marvel battling their way through the symbiote-infested island.