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Soliciting Multiversity: Marvel’s Top 10 for October 2020

By | July 29th, 2020
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Halloween may be a bit different this year, but even if we can’t go to Halloween parties, at least there’s still comics. We’ve got some comics making a triumphant return after a lockdown-related delay, while others are continuing on and getting back to speed, so let’s see what October holds. After all, if we can’t visit a haunted house, at least we can visit the House of Ideas.

10. Have a Fantastic Time

Yes, while the end of “Empyre” will presumably signal a shift in the status quo for the cosmic side of Marvel and the Fantastic Four, this is where we get to see things take off. We have cosmic forces returning from the dead, new uniforms (we’ll see how long those last, of course) and any time Doom makes an appearance is usually enjoyable. So let’s see what’s in store for Marvel’s first family.

Fantastic Four #25
Written by Dan Slott
Illustrated by R.B. Silva
Cover by Mark Brooks
Variant covers by Nick Bradshaw, Alex Ross, Skottie Young, and Artgerm

“There Shall Come a Reckoning”
Do NOT miss it! This issue has it all: New Artist! New villains! New uniforms! And a new, major, permanent status quo change for Marvel’s First Family!
Who is the HELMSMAN? Is he here to save our reality or destroy it? Why is VICTORIOUS in New York—and what will that mean for the HUMAN TORCH? All this and an appearance by DOCTOR DOOM! One of the most important characters in the entire cosmos…returns from the dead! And a major turning point in the history of the FANTASTIC FOUR!
56 PGS./Rated T …$5.99

9. Kindred Spirits?

Spider-Man just hasn’t been getting a break. Right after the events with Sin Eater come to an end, we have a new landmark issue with a new story arc. In fact, “Last Remains” and its related issues will all have .1 issues to go along with them, so there’s going to be plenty of spider-content to enjoy. We’ll see how it kicks off with issue #50 and get the whole spider-family together for the chaos Kindred will bring.

Amazing Spider-Man #50
Written by Nick Spencer
Illustrated by Patrick Gleason
Cover by Patrick Gleason
Variant covers by Inhyuk Lee, Alex Ross, Aaron Kuder, Mark Bagley, Arthur Adams, and Belen Ortega

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN reaches another landmark and we’re celebrating Spider-Style!
Spider-Man just took the beating of his life and we’re just getting started.
Artist Patrick Gleason is back on AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ushering in the saga that is “LAST REMAINS”!
Kindred is stepping out on stage for the first time and Spider-Man is not ready for the havoc that Kindred is going to let loose.
56 PGS./Rated T+ …$5.99

8. So. Many. Swords.

There are a lot of “X of Swords” tie-ins this month. The fact that “Stasis” is part 11 is pretty indicative of that. Each issue’s solicit just includes a few words hinting at what’s ahead, and what clues we have indicate a big story that impacts all of the ongoing X-comics. So we’ll put “X of Swords: Stasis” on the top ten list, but each part of the event should be worth checking out.

X of Swords: Stasis #1
Written by Tini Howard & Jonathan Hickman
Illustrated by Pepe Larraz & Mahmud Asrar
Cover by Pepe Larraz
Variant covers by Pepe Larraz, Coax, Mike Del Mundo, and Olivier Coipel

A ritual. A parliament. A game begins.
40 PGS./ONE-SHOT/Rated T+ …$4.99

7. Hammer Time

The solicit has me curious. What’s going on with Mjolnir? Can anyone hold it and become like Thor, or is there some trick afoot? But beyond all those questions… just look at this cover. I can’t recall the last time I saw a cover quite this entertaining; this issue will be worth picking up just for that alone, but also to see how the story plays out and what Thor or Mjolnir are doing.

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Thor #8
Written by Donny Cates
Illustrated by Aaron Kuder
Cover by Olivier Coipel
Variant covers by Leinil Francis Yu, Nic Klein, and Alex Ross

Everyone gets a hammer! That’s right — come on down to Broxton, Oklahoma, and pick up Mjolnir for yourself! The famed hammer of the Thunder God is free for the taking…no worthiness required???
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

6. Very Daring

Chip Zdarsky’s run on “Daredevil” has been nothing short of fantastic. The character work is engaging, the personal stakes feel high, and the moral lines are very blurry. Now we get to see what comes next, including a return of plenty of classic “Daredevil” characters and, from the look of the cover, a team up with Spider-Man. This is all very promising.

Daredevil #23
Written by Chip Zdarsky
Illustrated by Marco Checchetto
Cover by Marco Checchetto
Variant cover by Alex Ross

Matt Murdock, A.K.A. DAREDEVIL, has been putting his life back together after the monumental first year of Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto’s run – but the criminals of Hell’s Kitchen aren’t inclined to give him any more time to heal.
Criminals aren’t all Matt will have to contend with on the road ahead, as the likes of TYPHOID MARY and BULLSEYE have made their presence known once more.
To say nothing of ELEKTRA, and her designs for The Kitchen, the city and the world…
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

5. For the Emperor!

Kieron Gillen is writing a Warhammer 40k comic. Do I need to say anything else?

I’ve said before that Kieron Gillen is a writer whose work I will read no matter what, he’s just that good. So if you’re at all interested in Warhammer, this will be worth checking out. If you’re not interested in Warhammer but want to see what the big deal is, this will still be worth checking out.

To do otherwise would be heresy.

Warhammer 40,000: Marneus Calgar #1
Written by Kieron Gillen
Illustrated by Jacen Burrows
Cover by Jacen Burrows
Variant cover by Games Workshop

In the grim darkness of the far future there is only war…
The saga of WARHAMMER 40,000 comes to Marvel Comics!
MARNEUS CALGAR, the legendary Chapter Master of the Ultramarines, leads his elite Space Marines against humanity’s greatest threats in a galaxy engulfed in endless war.
Kieron Gillen (UNCANNY X-MEN, JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY, The Wicked + The Divine) spearheads the initiative with this introductory miniseries, illustrated by Jacen Burrows (PUNISHER: SOVIET, MOON KNIGHT, Crossed)–and we’re just getting started!
Now, witness Marneus Calgar’s never-before-told origin story, from his beginnings on Nova Thulium, to his campaigns in the Black Crusades, and to the unfolding mystery of the BLACK ALTAR, as a deadly threat from his past reemerges to threaten the present of the Ultramar system.
This all-new tale is essential reading for 40K aficionados, as well as the perfect primer to the world of WARHAMMER 40,000 for those new to the universe. See the Ultramarines in glorious combat, the strife between the worlds of the Imperium, and witness the larger than life characters who preside over it all! This is but the first foray into the larger darkness that is to come from Warhammer and Marvel Comics.
Be prepared.
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$4.99

4. Snapshots Not Taken By Peter Parker

We’ve got another comic about Spider-Man, but this time it’s a Snapshots comic. And I don’t mean snapshots like the pictures of Spider-Man J. Jonah Jameson used to demand, I mean another comic focusing on the heroes of the Marvel universe from the perspective of non-powered people. “Marvels Snapshots” have been engaging looks at the world of heroes from various points in Marvel’s history, and now it’s Spider-Man’s turn. Perhaps most interestingly: it’s from a criminal’s perspective. How will this impact our view of Spider-Man? I can’t wait to find out.

Spider-Man: Marvels Snapshots #1
Written by Howard Chaykin with Kurt Busiek
Illustrated by Howard Chaykin
Cover by Alex Ross
Variant covers by Howard Chaykin and Larry Lieber

Let’s say you’re a lowlife criminal in Manhattan, just trying to get by in a world that’s recently gotten full of spider-men, daredevils, power men and more, and you just want to make a decent illegal living. Plenty of henchman work available, if you don’t mind ending up in traction. And oh yeah, there’s a brewing super villain gang war building. What do you do? Keep your head low or go for the big win? Superstar storyteller Howard Chaykin (American Flagg, Wolverine) takes you through Marvel’s mean streets. Just watch out for Spider-Man, Cloak & Dagger and more.
40 PGS./One–Shot/Rated T+ …$4.99
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3. The Devil (Hulk) You Know

Have I ever mentioned how good “The Immortal Hulk” is? Because they are fantastic. We’ve been seeing plenty of different Hulk personalities at play, but Devil Hulk is perhaps the most dangerous of them all. And he’s mad. The dark, often times horror-filled Hulk comic just keeps getting better, as we’ll surely see in this issue.

Immortal Hulk #38
Written by Al Ewing
Illustrated by Joe Bennett
Cover by Alex Ross
Variant covers by Joe Bennet and Mike Del Mundo

He’s been chained. He’s been suppressed. He doesn’t even know if he’s real.
But something is reaching through the Green Door. It wants to hurt Bruce Banner. And when you hurt Banner…
…the DEVIL HULK takes it personally.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

2. What’s New in the Galaxy?

Going back to the cosmic side of Marvel for a moment, let’s return to the Guardians of the Galaxy. Once more, we see the impact “Empyre” has on it, and we get to reunite with Marvel Boy, Noh-Varr. Whether this is a standalone issue or he’ll become a more permanent addition to the Guardians we can’t say yet, but a murder mystery in space sounds like a good time.

Guardians of the Galaxy #7
Written by Al Ewing
Illustrated by Marcio Takara
Cover by Rafael Albuquerque

The new age of space is here!
In the wake of EMPYRE, the political map of the galaxy has been redrawn – which means it’s time for a nice, peaceful diplomatic conference.
As the new ambassador for the Utopian Kree, MARVEL BOY made a solemn promise to be on his best behavior…
…so how come his fellow diplomats are being murdered one by one – and it looks like he’s the killer?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

1. I Attack the Moon!

Is it just me, or has “The Avengers” been taking the top spot in these lists a lot lately? If they have, there’s a good reason for it: Jason Aaron’s run on the comic is enjoyable, engaging, clever, and exciting. The Age of Konshu arc puts the team in dire straits against Moon Knight’s god, creating no small amount of trouble for Moon Knight as well. It all comes to a close here, and I look forward to seeing how the story arc ends.

Avengers #37
Written by Jason Aaron
Illustrated by Javier Garrón
Cover by Matteo Scalera
Variant covers by Javier Rodríguez and Alex Ross

The ragtag Avengers take the fight to the power mad Khonshu, deep in the heart of New Thebes City. But which side will Moon Knight choose? And is Earth doomed either way?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Check out the full solicitations over at CBR.com.

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