Relaunches, rebirths and retellings are real bummer in comics, yes I totally agree. Just a corporate cash grab and in my opinion Marvel hasn’t been all too MARVELous for a few years now because of it. Every time they tried a new retooling of their core ongoing titles and characters it seemed they just kept slipping further and further down into the dark mud hole of mediocrity. But so far it seems like they’re finally getting it tuned up right. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this is as good as DC’s “Rebirth” a couple of years ago and it seems like so far the severe hand cramps from keeping my fingers in said position are paying off!
Deadpool #1 by Skottie Young, Scott Hepburn and Nic Klein Released 6-6-18
Deadpool is back as a petty gun for hire. After he gets his rear handed to him from a job gone sour, he feels like he wants more out of life. ‘Pool wants a grand adventure, something that will get him noticed and he may get his wish when the Avengers are notified by the Guardians of The Galaxy that something big and bad is headed for earth and ol’ Wade may be the only one to hold the key to stopping it! Deadpool is back in top form and crazier than ever!
Doctor Strange #1 by Mark Waid and Jesus Saiz Released 6-6-18
The good Dr. Stephen Strange seems to have lost his mojo! After the events of Damnation, Last Days of Magic and Secret Empire Earth’s magical forces just went kaput and Strange is now essentially just a mere mortal! After hitting rock bottom, Stephen consults Tony Stark who gives him the bright idea of searching the cosmos for something to bring back Earth’s magic mojo in a Stark Starship. But Dr Strange finds himself in a bind after he crash lands on a hostile alien planet who have absolutely no idea what “magic” even is!
Immortal Hulk #1 by Al Ewing and Joe Bennett Released 6-6-18
Bruce Banner is back and he’s meaner and greener than ever! A nervous guy tries to rob a gas station for a gang initiation but gets scared and ends up plugging everyone in the place including Banner and a 12 year old girl. As you might guess this doesn’t sit well with the big green guy! Hulk wants revenge! Hulk finds the gunman and his gang and ends up tearing through them all like sheets of soggy paper. But the cops are hot on his trail and they already suspect Banner!
Tony Stark: Iron Man #1 by Dan Slott and Valerio Schiti Released 6-20-18
Tony Stark acts arrogant. Tony Stark acts heroic. Tony Stark acts charming AF! What else is new? Nothing at all but it’s good to have him back, suited up and ready to fire those hand repulsors at a moments notice. Which he does when Fin Fang Foom attacks NYC! Tony Stark reveals the 20 story tall Fin Fang Foom Buster Armor Iron Man, which kinda looks like Voltron and we’re also introduced to a teeny tiny Nano Iron Man! This is a super fun story that also starts setting up the big picture in a big way!
Avengers #1 by Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness Released 5-2-18
Thor, Tony Stark and Steve Rogers sit around sappily sipping suds and reminiscing about the days of the Avengers when they were all members. You can almost hear Bruce Springsteen’s “Glory Days” playing on the juke box behind them. But before they can start feeling too nostalgic, a whole new level of big bad comes knocking on Earth’s door! Are Earth’s Mightiest trio up for the challenge? Find out in one of the coolest Avengers line ups I’ve seen in a long time!
Black Panther #1 by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Daniel Acuna Released 5-23-18
Things are getting mighty peculiar in this book. Apparently there was a band of Wakindian intergalactic explorers that ended up forming a tyrannical empire, ruling much of the cosmos with an iron (vibranium?) hand (or paw?) No matter, anyway the only one that may be able to stop them is king T’Challa himself of course! But T’Challa has no recollection of who he really is or what he’s even doing there. This is one nutty ride and I’m strapped in for more!
Thor #1 by Jason Aaron and Christian Ward Released 6-13-18
Odinson is trying to pick up the pieces of a seriously shattered Asgard. One of Odinson’s quests is to go collect the magical items Asgard once housed but are now scattered across the 9 Realms thanks to Mangog. On his journey he’s forced to battle Juggernaut and Namor in order to retrieve these relics. But also if you remember Jane Foster launched Mangog into the Sun using mighty Mjolnir so now Thor is hammerless! Along the way he tries out some new hammers, some work great and some hilariously not so much!
Marvel Comics so far is on a winning streak with their latest comic book regeneration that not only include the books I talked about above but also contains Venom #1 (released May 9th), Sentry #1 (released June 27th), Captain America #1 (available July 4th) Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Available sometime in July), Life of Captain Marvel #1 (available July 4th), The Punisher #1 (available August 1st) AND my favorite that I can hardly contain myself over is Fantastic Four #1 (available sometime in August). Judging by the creative teams all of these titles boast, Marvel is sure to continue their parade of good reads. Now is a prefect jumping on point if you want to get neck deep into the Marvel Comics Universe and the waters haven’t felt this enticing in quite some time.