There’s a lot of #1 issues this month, which means a lot to look forward to! However, a lot of those are various connected mini-series, so we won’t be looking at every “Hunt for Wolverine” title or every “Infinity Countdown” tie-in. Coincidentally, there’s also plenty of #X00 issues to look at. No matter how you look at it, May is going to be an exciting month.
10. Why Would Anyone Want to be…
A Deadpool choose-your-own-adventure comic. Now that is the best idea since, well, since Squirrel Girl did it. But Al Ewing knows how to appeal to our nerdy natures by including a dice rolling aspect to it, allowing readers to leave their successes and failures up to chance. Quite frankly, it sounds hilarious and insanely amusing, and I will absolutely roll my lucky dice to see what kind of adventures I can control Deadpool through.
You Are Deadpool #1-5 (OF 5)
Written by Al Ewing
Illustrated by Salva Espin and Paco Diaz
Covers by Rahzzah
Variant Covers by Ron Lim and Salva Espin
• DID YOU EVER WANT TO BE DEADPOOL??? Now’s your chance! This weekly series is not JUST the most amazing comic book you’ve ever read… it’s also a role-playing adventure! YOU decide what choices Deadpool makes! YOU keep track of your scores issue by issue! YOU roll dice to combat various foes! Travel through Marvel history as Deadpool to meet Hulk in the swinging ’60s! To smell Man-Thing in the swampy ’70s! To be “seen” by Daredevil in the hard-boiled ’80s! And avoid the many BAD ENDINGS you could fall into…or suffer the consequences!
• 32 PGS. (EACH)/Parental Advisory …$3.99 (EACH)
Wolverine is back, but they’re sure giving us a lot of comics dedicated to characters figuring out he’s back and trying to find him. While all of them look interesting, “Adamantium Agenda” is the most intriguing. A group of Avengers who fought alongside Wolverine uncover a conspiracy and new information about Adamantium, which has typically been brushed off as “It’s next to unbreakable and really sharp, okay?” Not to mention the tease of a “DNA discovery,” which could mean any number of clone or bastard child related twists.
Hunt for Wolverine: Adamantium Agenda #1 (of 4)
Written by Tom Taylor
Illustrated by RB Silva
Cover by Greg Land
Variant Covers by RB Silva and Todd Nauck
• SNIKT! A SOUND THAT ONCE MADE BLOOD RUN COLD, WHICH THE AVENGERS WANT TO ENSURE IS NEVER USED FOR EVIL AGAIN.
• Due to a promise made between heroes, the NEW AVENGERS have reassembled to make sure Logan’s body isn’t misused. IRON MAN, SPIDER-MAN, JESSICA JONES and LUKE CAGE discover a deep-state conspiracy that leads to a shocking DNA discovery and metallurgic miracle in the MARVEL UNIVERSE.
• 32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99
8. Still a Better Death Game Than Sword Art Online
Have I ever mentioned how much I love the supporting cast in “Unbeatable Squirrel Girl?” That’s a rhetorical question, I know I have, and now we get all of them together in an Escape Room situation. I love how the characters bounce off each other, their quirks and humor, and how their strengths can all align and support one another when the chips are down. It sounds like that’s what we’ll be getting from this comic, so as always, “Unbeatable Squirrel Girl” gets a spot on the list.
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #32
Written by Ryan North
Illustrated by Erica Henderson
• Doreen Green (A.K.A. the super hero Squirrel Girl) and her friend Nancy Whitehead (an unrelated civilian) have had a great idea: Let’s get some friends together and play an escape room! Escape rooms are those real-life games where you get locked in a room and have an hour to escape before you die! In the game, I mean. It’s not like if you die in the game you die in real life! Hah hah. They gather KOI BOI, CHIPMUNK HUNK, BRAIN DRAIN and, as a special guest…their good friend KRAVEN THE HUNTER. BUT WHEN THEY ENTER THE ROOM IT TURNS OUT THAT IF YOU DIE IN THE GAME YOU DIE IN REAL LIFE!! TWIST!! It’s everything you crave: friendship, adventure and a room full of death traps that you can only find in SQUIRREL GIRL!
• 32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99
7. May Hosts of Valkyries Sing Thee to Thine Sleep
Though one Thor may be gone, the tale continues on. We get one last tribute to Jane Foster, who has been a Thor defying all expectations, before Odinson gets his hammer again. The War of Realms isn’t over yet, so this one-shot comic will give us a double-dose: a fond farewell to a fine Thor, and the thunderous return of an old favorite.
Most surprisingly, it’s happening long after Thor: Ragnarok, defying expectations that Jane’s time as Thor would end just in time for the movie.
Mighty Thor: At the Gates of Valhalla
Written by Jason Aaron
Illustrated by Ramon Perez and Jen Bartel
Cover by Nick Derington
Variant Cover by Ron Garney
• THE LAST GOODBYE!
• “The Death of the Mighty Thor” has come and gone. But Jane Foster’s power to inspire lives on — even in the far future! Don’t miss the tribute to Jason Aaron’s epic tale of Thor and the mighty hammer Mjolnir, drawn by rising star Jen Bartel!
• And with or without a Thor, the War of Realms continues. As Malekith’s power grows, the realms will fall — and who is left to stop him? Eisner Award–winning artist Ramón Pérez kicks off the next stage of Jason Aaron’s ongoing saga.
• 40 PGS./ONE SHOT/Rated T …$4.99
6. Spider vs Goblin, Round… I’ve lost count
80 pages of action and conflict as the never-ending conflict of Peter Parker versus Norman Osborn (and occasionally other members of the Osborn line) comes to its latest epic conclusion. It’s bringing in an all-star team of artists and promises a lengthy tale, one that Slott has spent much time setting up slowly, over the course of several arcs. Yes, it’s pricier than your average comic, but it’s far lengthier too, and will certainly be one for the Spider-fans to enjoy.
Amazing Spider-Man #800
Written by Dan Slott
Illustrated by Stuart Immonen, Humberto Ramos, Giuseppe Camuncoli, and Jim Cheung
Cover by Alex Ross
Variant Covers by Gabriele Dell’otto, Humberto Ramos, and other TBA artists
• Dan Slott and Stuart Immomen are joined by many of the artists who made the last 10 years of Spider-Man so Amazing!
• The biggest Peter Parker/Norman Osborn story of all time unfolds over one 80-page story, a scope unmatched in comics!
• Who lives?! Who dies?! And what scars will Spider-Man bear from here on out?!
• 100 PGS./Rated T …$9.99
5. Take a Bow
As much as I like to rag on Brian Michael Bendis for his style of dialogue, the man still knows how to write compelling stories. This is his last hurrah for Marvel Comics, before making his way over to DC, and it promises to be one to remember. It’s an extra-length comic with multiple artists, and the end to the “Iron Man” arc he’s been building up to for quite a while now. So while we can look forward to what Bendis brings to DC, there’s still one final Marvel adventure for him to finish.
Invincible Iron Man #600
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Illustrated by Stefano Caselli, Alex Maleev, and more
Covers by Chris Sprouse, Alex Ross, John Romita Jr., and more
• BRIAN BENDIS ENDS HIS MARVEL TENURE WITH THIS VERY SPECIAL OVERSIZED ANNIVERSARY ISSUE!
• Tony Stark is back, but in what form? At least five huge surprises await new and old fans alike. Industry legend Brian Michael Bendis drops his final Marvel Comic to end an era, and he’s going out big! This super-sized anniversary extravaganza features artistic contributions from a bevy of Bendis’ collaborators from over the years, including Jim Cheung, David Marquez, Mike Deodato Jr., Mark Bagley, Leinil Francis Yu, Daniel Acuña and a few other surprises! All this and a huge new villain arises! And the futures of Tony, Riri Williams and Victor Von Doom are all revealed!
• 56 PGS./Rated T+ …$5.99
Can we just take a moment to appreciate this solicit? Michelangelo as a shadowy puppet master, Leonardo Da Vinci and Isaac Newton at each other’s throats, and Galileo versus Galactus! Nothing about that last sentence didn’t sound amazing. I don’t know about you, but I want to find out what this dark secret about Nostradamus is, and see how Galileo can take on the devourer of worlds.Continued below
And I suppose it connects to S.H.I.E.L.D. as well, but that’s secondary compared to the rest of this. Yes, it is a collection of the 2011 S.H.I.E.L.D. series, but for those of us who didn’t have the chance to enjoy it then, what better chance than now?
S.H.I.E.L.D. by Hickman & Weaver: The Rebirth #1
Written by Jonathan Hickman
Illustrated by Dustin Weaver
Cover by Gerald Parel
• Delve deeper into the hidden past of S.H.I.E.L.D. — along with some of history’s greatest minds! Michelangelo has been pulling the strings for years, and is now becoming the prime mover. Can he keep Leonardo Da Vinci and Isaac Newton from killing each other and destroying the Brotherhood of the Shield? The battle for the Immortal City comes to a climactic conclusion! Leonid makes his choice between two fathers! Michelangelo and Nikola Tesla kick their plan into high gear! Galileo takes on Galactus — long before the Fantastic Four did! The truth behind Nostrodamus stands revealed! And Howard Stark lays the foundation for the espionage organization you know and love! Catch up on Jonathan Hickman and Dustin Weaver’s secretive S.H.I.E.L.D. saga — before the eagerly anticipated finale!
• Collecting S.H.I.E.L.D. (2011) #1-4.
• 96 PGS./Rated T+ …$5.99
3. D for Despicable
Yet another farewell issue! Gerry Duggan’s run on “Deadpool” has been nothing short of fantastic. It’s filled with all the humor and wanton violence one would expect, but also emotional struggle and an exploration of what it means to be Deadpool; all the ups and downs, the rises and falls, they’ve all made for one heck of a ride, and this last issue is bound to close it all out the way only Gerry Duggan can. Bring on some of the best artists to have worked on the series, and it’ll be well worth the $5.99 price tag.
Of course, there’ll be more Deadpool in due time, but Duggan’s run is one to be remembered.
Despicable Deadpool #300
Written by Gerry Duggan
Illustrated by Matteo Lolli, Mike Hawthorne, and Scott Koblish
Cover by Mike Hawthorne
Variant Covers by Scott Koblish, Tony Moore, and Rob Liefeld
• Every bad decision, every betrayal, every fart joke — they’ve all come back to haunt Deadpool. He’s gone from criminal to outcast to celebrity and back to criminal, and as Captain America leads the biggest heroes of the Marvel Universe to take him down, Wade is forced to be his most despicable self ONE LAST TIME…
• For over five years and more than a hundred issues Gerry Duggan has been putting words into the Mouth of the Merc with same…but all that ends in this TRIPLE-sized issue with art by longtime Deadpool collaborators Scott Koblish, Matteo Lolli and Mike Hawthorne! It’s one last love letter to the character we love to hurt. Sorry, Wade! This one’s gonna sting.
• 72 PGS./Parental Advisory …$5.99
2. Wakanda Forever… in Space!
One of the most intriguing and confusing moments in “Marvel Legacy” was the introduction of the Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda. From a highly-advanced African country to an intergalactic space empire is quite a leap, but it certainly caught my attention. Now, with the success of the movie hot on everyone’s minds (and a well-deserved success, too), Ta-Nehisi Coates is ready to take the comic in a new direction – a cosmic direction. This should be quite interesting.
Black Panther #1
Written by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Illustrated by Daniel Acuña
Cover by Daniel Acuña
Variant Covers by In-Hyuk Lee, Yasmine Putri, Artgerm, Jack Kirby, Olivier Coipel, and Pepe Larraz
• A bold new direction for the Black Panther! For years, T’Challa has fought off invaders from his homeland, protecting Wakanda from everything from meddling governments to long-lost gods. Now, he will discover that Wakanda is much bigger than he ever dreamed…
• Across the vast Multiverse lies an empire founded in T’Challa’s name. Readers caught a glimpse of it in MARVEL LEGACY #1. Now find out the truth behind the Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda!
• Ta-Nehisi Coates welcomes aboard fan-favorite artist Daniel Acuña for a Black Panther story unlike any other!
• 40 PGS./Rated T …$4.99
1. Assembling Again
That’s right, it’s time for yet another new Avengers team! This time it’s got the big three of Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, and Thor Odinson back together, plus a nice assortment of other characters from throughout the Marvel universe, including my personal favorite Ghost Rider. (The fact that we share a first name is only part of the reason.) As much as I like Sam, Riri, and Jane, we all knew it was only a matter of time until those three returned to their prominent positions, and this is a good way to do it.
Of course, Jason Aaron is an amazing writer, and I would read the nutritional information on a candy bar if he’s the one who wrote it. This is also going to tie into the Prehistoric Avengers, as seen in “Marvel Legacy,” so there’s plenty to love about this new “Avengers” run.
Written by Jason Aaron
Illustrated by Ed McGuinness
Cover by Ed McGuinness
Variant Covers by Esad Ribic, Greg Land, Aaron Kuder, and Ed McGuinness
• A NEW ERA DAWNS FOR EARTH’S MIGHTIEST HEROES – courtesy of JASON AARON and ED McGUINNESS!
• Thor Odinson. Steve Rogers. Tony Stark. The Big Three of the Avengers are reunited at last! And just in time to save the world from total annihilation at the hands of their most powerful enemies yet: the 2000-foot-tall space gods known as Celestials. Behold the coming of the Final Host.
• Who will answer the call to assemble for a wild new era of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes? Hint: one of them has a flaming skull for a head. And what strange, world-shaking connection exists between the Final Host and Odin’s ancient band of Prehistoric Avengers?
• 40 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99
Check out the full solicitations over at CBR.com.