All-New Marvel NOW! continues to roll out its second wave with all new books like Ms. Marvel and She-Hulk, more relaunches with Wolverine and Fantastic Four, and an ending to a beloved series that has broken hearts everywhere. February isn’t the time of hearts being stomped on Marvel! Come on!!
WOLVERINE #1 & 2
PAUL CORNELL (W) • RYAN STEGMAN (A/C)
WOLVERINE NO MORE?
After the events of KILLABLE, Wolverine has something to prove. Before he can take on Sabretooth again, he’ll need to build himself back up, get better and stronger than he’s ever been…but it’s not as easy as he thought, and he’ll soon find himself turning to other means of revenge when the normal channels don’t seem to be working fast enough. Can he fight back his demons, or is this the beginning of a Wolverine who’s gone to the dark side?
My thoughts: Wolverine doing what he needs to get done to accomplish his goals, usually no matter the cost, is nothing new for him. But with the Jean Grey School, what does this mean? Is he leaving the school? Is the school closing? What would happen to the rest of the staff and kids? So much is riding on what happens here and I am looking forward to every bit of it.
FANTASTIC FOUR #1
JAMES ROBINSON (W) • LEONARD KIRK (A/C)
“THE FALL OF THE FANTASTIC FOUR” PART 1
The world’s greatest comics magazine begins anew with Marvel’s First Family, the Fantastic Four! But as the brilliant MR. FANTASTIC, the compassionate INVISIBLE WOMAN, the ever lovin’ THING & the hot-headed HUMAN TORCH embark on a strange mission, they aren’t met with new beginnings, but an untimely end! As the family of cosmic explorers head towards their darkest hour, who could possibly be behind their downfall? And how is one of their oldest enemies, the sadistic dragon known as Fing-Fang-Foom involved? Prepare for the fantastic!
My thoughts: Definitely a different way to take on Marvel’s first family, at least for a relaunch of their series. It’s an interesting path to put them on and I admit I am intrigued and want to see how this develops. I will definitely put this on my to-read pile.
MS. MARVEL #1
G. WILLOW WILSON (W)
ADRIAN ALPHONA (A)
Cover by SARA PICHELLI
The legend has returned!
Marvel Comics presents the all-new MS. MARVEL, the ground breaking heroine that has become an international sensation! Kamala Khan is just an ordinary girl from Jersey City–until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the all-new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm, and prepare for an epic tale that will be remembered by generations to come. History in the making is NOW!
My thoughts: I’ve never really read much of Ms. Marvel/Binary/Captain Marvel before. Nothing against the character; she was O.K., just never really made me want to go out and read her series. This time however, a new take on the name with a new hero that’s something different? I am liking the idea. It’s even better that the person writing the character is of the same background/religion so you know what happens in it is of actual proper telling. Good job on this on, Marvel. Hook, line, and sinker.
CHARLES SOULE (W) • JAVIER PULIDO (A)
Cover by KEVIN WADA
JENNIFER WALTERS IS…THE SHE-HULK! A stalwart Avenger, valued member of the FF, savior of the world on more than one occasion, she’s also a killer attorney with a pile of degrees and professional respect. A 7-foot-tall drink of cool, emerald water, she’s tough enough to knock out Galactus with one punch (possibly?) and has a heart bigger than the moon. But juggling cases and kicking bad guy butt is starting to be a little more complicated than she anticipated. With a new practice, a new paralegal and a mounting number of super villains she’s racking up as personal enemies, She Hulk might have bitten off a little more than she can chew…but she just calls that that Tuesday.
My thoughts: She-Hulk once again gets her own ongoing series focusing on just her lawyer side. Just like Ms. Marvel has a writer who has the same and know of her background and religion, the writer for this, Charles Soule, knows of the law and being a lawyer himself too. It’s great when you have people writing about aspects they know themselves. It helps out a lot better. She-Hulk, with all her seriousness as a lawyer and hero, is still a fun character and hopefully that continues in this book.
NEW WARRIORS #1
CHRISTOPHER YOST (W) MARCUS TO (A)
cover by RAMON PEREZ
WARRIORS REBORN! Adventurers SPEEDBALL and JUSTICE have come together with a group of young heroes including NOVA, SUN GIRL, and HUMMINGBIRD (and even a couple of new faces) to stop the latest threat to the Marvel Universe—the Atlanteans, Inhumans, clones and hundreds of other so-called “superior” beings are living among the humans of the Marvel Universe, but not everyone is pleased about it. THE HIGH EVOLUTIONARY has raised an army to combat the evolution of humanity – and the New Warriors are locked in his sights!
My thoughts: Waaaariiioooors! Come out and plaaaaa-i-aaaaay! Come on, I know I wasn’t the only one who had that come to mind. The New Warriors are back (and looking younger than ever) and already taking a tough first villain with The High Evolutionary. He’s no joke. The cover shown here gives the feeling that it’ll be a more light-hearted type of series or at least something akin to Nova’s solo book. Either way, it should be quite an interesting ride to have this team back again.
AVENGERS WORLD #3
JONATHAN HICKMAN & NICK SPENCER (W)
STEFANO CASELLI (A)
Cover by RAGS MORALES
• Shang-Chi vs. The Gorgon– a fight to the death for control of The Hand.
• 20 straight pages of bone-crushing martial arts action, like you’ve never seen it before.
My thoughts: In this new Avengers series, this issue already seems like it’ll be the best. Shang-Chi fighting for control over The Hand? Okay, that sounds awesome. But wait… when did Gorgon take control over them? And if Shang-Chi becomes the new leader, what could that mean for the Avengers? Will they have some kind of sub-group back-up or something? Also, “20 straight pages of bone-crushing martial arts action”? Give me. Give me now.
GERRY DUGGAN & SEAN RYAN (W)
DAVID YARDIN & GORAN PARLOV (A)
Cover by GORAN PARLOV
• SPIDER-MAN + PSYLOCKE= a heart-breaking story from their past!
• Part 5 of the CAPTAIN AMERICA + CYCLOPS story by Gerry Duggan (DEADPOOL) and David Yardin (X-FACTOR)
My thoughts: The Captain America and Cyclops team-up story with the Skrulls comes to its almost conclusion, but the real interesting story in this issue is the Spider-Man/Psylocke team-up! This isn’t Doc Ock Spider-Man, it’s good ol’ Peter Parker in the classic suit.The story takes place years before, explaining why it’s Pete and not Ocky. Man, I miss Peter….
UNCANNY AVENGERS #17
RICK REMENDER (W) • STEVE MCNIVEN (A/C)
The conclusion of Ragnarök Now!
• The Avengers Assemble! But are they too late?
• The Twins’ revenge on Kang is complete, but at what cost?
• Planet X is born!
My thoughts: The Avengers calvary shows up. Check. The Twin’s fulfill what they wanted. We all knew that was happening one way or the other. Planet X… wait… Planet X? PLANET X?! Could this be in any way tied to Morrison’s Planet X someway, somehow? Could this mean what I think it means? February seems like it’s so long away….
WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN #41 & 42
JASON AARON (W) • NICK BRADSHAW & PEPE LARRAZ (A)
Cover by NICK BRADSHAW
SCHOOL’S OUT FOREVER! FINAL ISSUES!
• It’s the end of the year for the Jean Grey school – but where do our graduates go from here? And who will have survived the experience?!
• Jason Aaron, Pepe Larraz & Nick Bradshaw bring the story of the Jean Grey school to a close!
My thoughts: Say it ain’t so, Joe… err Jason! This is of most saddening and heartbreaking news. The best X-Men book and everyone’s favorite comes to an end. Sure, some of these characters can still be read over in Amazing X-Men, but what of the kids? What of the stories that were to revolve around the school? Having Nick Bradshaw as the main artist (albeit rotating with others) has been one of the best things about this series and I’ll definitely miss him drawing my favorite team of strange heroes. It’s a tearful good-bye, but one I hope isn’t for too long (hint, hint: relaunch this Marvel! You’ve done it to everything else!).