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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Marvel February 2015 Solicitations: Spider-verse Ends, Darth Vader Begins, and the Rage of Ultron


It's that time of the month again!  Marvel has officially released its solicits for what we can expect from the House of Ideas in February of 2015.  Not a ton of surprises this go around, but definitely a lot of interesting new stories going on!

Below you can find my picks for the 10 most note-worthy of those February solicits in no particular order.  Be sure to check out Newsarama for the full solicitations.

1. S.H.I.E.L.D. Meets Doctor Strange - What a coincidence!  The comic bringing Marvel Cinematic U characters to the comics is featuring a character about to get his own movie!  All kidding aside, if Mark Waid is writing, I'm there.  This story also sounds awesome.

S.H.I.E.L.D. #3
MARK WAID (W) 
ALAN DAVIS (A)
Cover by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO

• DIE HARD in the Sanctum Sanctorum! With Dr. Strange elsewhere, magical terrorists have taken over Strange’s sanctum!
• Agent Coulson must lead a strike team into the mansion before time runs out for New York City, and his only available allies are Spider-Man and one of Strange’s oldest foes!

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99




2. Spider-verse Ends - It will take a few months, but the huge Spider-man event Spider-verse will come to a close in February.  The event promises to have aftershocks that will affect Amazing Spider-man and other characters/books.  Superior Spider-man playing a key role in the climax definitely piques my interest.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #14
DAN SLOTT (W) 
OLIVIER COIPEL (A)
Cover by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI

• THE CLIMACTIC CONCLUSION TO SPIDER-VERSE!
• The Prophecy is coming to fruition but Superior Spider-Man has something up his sleeve.

32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99






3. A Sith Lord Gets His Own Marvel Series - January sees the launch of the highly anticipated Star Wars by Jason Aaron.  February will continue the huge IP's return to Marvel with the beginning of a Darth Vader on-going.  Gillen and Larroca are an interesting team, Vader is a popular character, and Jabba the Hutt making an appearance in the debut issue should all point towards this book being a big hit.

DARTH VADER #1 
KIERON GILLEN (w) 
SALVADOR LARROCA (a)
Cover by ADI GRANOV

The original Dark Lord of the Sith stars in his first ongoing series!
Ever since Darth Vader made his first on-screen appearance, he became the one of the most popular villains to ever haunt an audience’s dreams! Now, follow Vader straight from the ending of A NEW HOPE (and the pages of the new STAR WARS comic book) into his own series, showing the Empire’s war with the Rebel Alliance from the other side! Writer Kieron Gillen (Uncanny X-Men, Journey Into Mystery, Iron Man) and artist Salvador Larroca (Invincible Iron Man, X-Men: No More Humans) bring us a peek behind the mask of evil!

48 PGS./Rated T …$4.99


4. Guardians Gets Yet Another Crossover - Remember The Trial of Jean Grey?  Okay, I may not remember much of the story, but I remember all the wasted money.  Bendis has decided it's time to let Guardians of the Galaxy and All-New X-men crossover again...and Star Lord, Nova, and more are coming along.  I'm sure some fans will love this, but I'll just wait for trade.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY & X-MEN: THE BLACK VORTEX ALPHA #1
SAM HUMPHRIES (w) 
ED McGUINNESS (a)

THE BLACK VORTEX STARTS HERE!
• The Black Vortex, an ancient artifact imbued with immeasurable power, is now in the hands of Mr. Knife!
• With billions of lives potentially at stake, Peter Quill, the Legendary Star-Lord, is going to have to dust off his thieving gloves.
• But with Knife’s Slaughter Squad protecting him, Peter’s probably going to need some help…

40 PGS./ONE SHOT/Rated T+ …$4.99


5. Spider-Gwen Also Gets an On-Going - Fan demand is an interesting thing in comics.  Many times it is ignored, but, more often than not, fan demand is a powerful tool in this industry.  I have to say, though, that this is the first time in recent memory I've seen fan demand create a NEW series instead of save one.  Fans are getting what they wanted with Spider-Gwen and I just may have to see what all the fuss is about.

SPIDER-GWEN #1
JASON LATOUR (W) 
ROBBIE RODRIGUEZ (A/C)

SPIDER-GWEN SPINS INTO HER OWN SERIES!
• BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT! The breakout hit of the biggest Spider-Event of the century is taking comic shops by storm this winter with her own new ongoing series – SPIDER-GWEN!
• Gwen Stacy is Spider-Woman, but you knew that already. What you DON’T know is what friends and foes are waiting for her in the aftermath of Spider-Verse!
• From the fan-favorite creative team that brought you Spider-Gwen’s origin story in EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE, Jason Latour and Robbie Rodriguez!

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99


6. Avengers Re-Uses an Old Cover - There's not much really known about where Hickman's run on Avengers is headed aside from Secret Wars, but this solicit is too odd to ignore.  According to Marvel, this is not a mistake...February's issue of Avengers will use the cover for Mark Millar's The Ultimates #1 from 2002.  No explanation given.  Let the speculation begin!

AVENGERS #41
JONATHAN HICKMAN (W) 
STEFANO CASELLI (A)

IN 3 MONTHS…TIME RUNS OUT!

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99









7. CM Punk Comes to Marvel - Wrestling fans unite! CM Punk is the latest celebrity author to be recruited to Marvel.  The wrestler will begin his comic writing career with one of the hottest books on the shelves: Jason Aaron's Thor.  I'm more excited for Guillory's art and the stories by Aaron and Stevenson, but this looks like it could be an impressive annual!

THOR ANNUAL #1
JASON AARON, CM PUNK, NOELLE STEVENSON (W)
ROB GUILLORY, MARGUERITE SAUVAGE (A)

• Three stories featuring three Thors!
• Wrestling superstar CM Punk and Rob Guillory (Chew) on Young Thor’s idea for how to prove himself worthy of Mjolnir: a drinking competition!
• Noelle Stevenson (Lumberjanes) and Marguerite Sauvage tell a tale of the new Thor!
• And Jason Aaron on the Girls of Thunder’s quest to find the perfect birthday present for their grandfather, King Thor! How about a new Garden of Eden?

40 PGS./ONE SHOT/Rated T+ …$4.99


8. Silver Surfer versus Galactus (Again?) - We here at GeekRex are big fans of Dan Slott and Michael Allred's Doctor Who-esque run on Silver Surfer.  It looks like the Surfer's past with Galactus, which he has mostly kept hidden from his companion, Dawn Greenwood, will come to the forefront in February.  I guess this makes Galactus...The Master?

SILVER SURFER #10
DAN SLOTT (W) 
MIKE ALLRED (A/C)

• The climax to THE Silver Surfer/Galactus Story for the 21st Century!
• Witness the soul of the Silver Surfer laid bare in a cosmic clash unlike any you have ever seen!
• A tale of hope and heroes-- of triumph and tragedy-- as only can be told in one of the Mightiest Marvel Comics of them all!
• If you weren’t a true believer before SILVER SURFER #10, you WILL BE AFTER!

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99


9. Marvel Re-Prints Old Star Wars Comics - We actually reported on this story back during San Diego Comic Con, but now we have confirmation that a second omnibus of Marvel's original Star Wars comic from 1977 will continue to be reprinted in omnibus form.  This collection includes all the issues dealing with the events and aftermath of Empire Strikes Back.  A must own for all fans.

STAR WARS: THE ORIGINAL MARVEL YEARS OMNIBUS VOL. 2 HC DAY COVER
Written by ARCHIE GOODWIN, WALLY LOMBEGO, LARRY HAMA, MIKE W. BARR, DAVID MICHELINIE, CHRIS CLAREMONT, LOUISE SIMONSON, WALTER SIMONSON, JO DUFFY & MORE
Penciled by CARMINE INFANTINO, WALTER SIMONSON, AL WILLIAMSON, JOE BROZOWSKI, RON FRENZ, GENE DAY, KERRY GAMMILL & LUKE MCDONNELL

The very first STAR WARS comic-book series continues! After the events of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, loveable rogue Han Solo is lost, frozen in carbonite. But as the search for Solo begins, Imperial Forces and other troubles keep getting in the way. Princess Leia clashes with Darth Vader! Luke Skywalker goes on trial for treason! C-3PO and R2-D2 face danger on a droid moon! Lando Calrissian finds Cloud City deserted! If the Crimson Forever doesn’t get the rebels, maybe the new Imperial super-weapon will! And a new member joins the gang, with a crush on a certain handsome Jedi! Meanwhile, the discovery of a gold statue of Han reveals a hidden story from his and Chewbacca’s past. And who are the Hoojibs? It’s Star Wars in the Mighty Marvel Manner! Collecting STAR WARS (1977) #45-78 and ANNUAL #2.

848 PGS./Rated T …$125.00


10. Ultron is Filled with Rage - I'm sure we all know Avengers: Age of Ultron will be released in May of 2015.  Marvel wants to make sure you have something Ultron-related to purchase beforehand that isn't their own Age of Ultron.  Enter this original graphic novel by Marvel favorite Rick Remender.  This story sounds about as crazy as anything else Remender has done...and a lot better than that other Ultron story Marvel recently did.

AVENGERS: RAGE OF ULTRON OGN-HC
Written by RICK REMENDER
Penciled by JEROME OPEÑA

It was another glorious victory for the Mighty Avengers. Good triumphed over evil and Ultron was shot into space, never to be seen again. Or so they thought. Now, years later, the homicidal artificial intelligence — so long devoted to ending life on Earth — has found a new world to conquer…one with its own horrific legacy. When Titan, birthplace of Thanos, falls, Planet Ultron rises in its place! Thanos’ brother Starfox must seek the aid of his former allies — but the Avengers he finds are radically different from the ones he once knew. Among them is Ultron’s creator Giant-Man — and when Hank Pym confronts his now planet-sized “son,” the responsibilities of fatherhood have never loomed so large. Rick Remender (UNCANNY AVENGERS) and Jerome Opeña (AVENGERS) unleash the full robotic rage of Ultron on Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!

120 PGS./Rated T+ …$24.99

What are you looking forward to from Marvel this February?  Let us know in the comments!

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