Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Foraging For Comics: The February Marvel Solicits

Love is in the air, and so are comics.


ULTIMATE WOLVERINE VS. HULK #2 (of 6)
Written by DAMON LINDELOF
Pencils & Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
Doctor Bruce Banner. Mass Murderer. Responsible for the death of hundreds in New York City. Now, he wanders the globe in search of inner peace-in an attempt to never again unleash the monster within. Banner travels through Paris, Ireland, India, and finally to the hills of Tibet...where at last he finds Nirvana. And that is precisely when Wolverine shows up. To kill him. Let the games begin. Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof and superstar Leinil Francis Yu continue the fight of a lifetime!


Given the preview art that's been circulating, I'm gonna guess Logan's mission doesn't go so well.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #529
Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
Pencils & Cover by RON GARNEY
Clothes make the man. At least that's what Tony Stark seems to think. Transformed by his experiences during "The Other" saga, Peter Parker stands poised for the next chapter of his life. And to mark the occasion, Tony has got a very special present: a new Spider-Man costume that's certain to raise eyebrows!


That's... an interesting choice of artist.

SPIDER-MAN LOVES MARY JANE #3
Written by SEAN MCKEEVER
Pencils & Cover by TAKESHI MIYAZAWA
"The Hurtful Thing"
Life seems to be going pretty good for Mary Jane, so naturally that means something has to come along and muck things up. This time, she has to contend with her newest girlfriend, Lindsay Leighton, dating her ex-boyfriend, Harry Osborn! Is Harry using Lindsay to get back at MJ, or is something far more sinister at hand?


Please. Lindsay is obviously using Harry to make Superboy jealous.

I (HEART) MARVEL: WEB OF ROMANCE
Written by TOM BELAND
Penciled by CORY WALKER
Cover by GEZ FRY
"IF THIS BE VALENTINE'S DAY"
All the abilities of a spider mean nothing when it comes to finding that perfect gift for your wife. How can everyone's favorite web-slinging Avenger battle the menacing Mandrill AND the destructive Dragon Man while getting the one gift that will make marvelous Mary Jane's heart purr?? HOW???


Spidey & MJ by Mr. True Story Swear to God? I am so there.

MARVEL MILESTONES: DRAGON LORD, SPEEDBALL & THE MAN IN THE SKY
Written by MARV WOLFMAN, STEVE DITKO, TOM DEFALCO, ROGER STERN & STAN LEE
Penciled by STEVE DITKO
Cover by FRANK MILLER
Who - or what - is the Wani? And can Tako Shamara, latest in the line of men trained to combat the creature, stay its wrath? It's a question of honor as the Dragon Lord debuts in MARVEL SPOTLIGHT #5 (March 1980). Plus: A colorful new bouncing, brawling crimebuster bursts forth in in SPEEDBALL #1 (September 1988). Also featuring "The Man in the Sky" from AMAZING ADULT FANTASY #14 (July 1962) - the first Marvel mutant story!?


These are Milestones how, exactly?

RUNAWAYS #13
Written by BRIAN VAUGHAN
Penciled by ADRIAN ALPHONA
Cover by MARCOS MARTIN
When the youngest member of the Runaways is separated from her teammates, Molly Hayes must survive a night alone on the mean streets of Los Angeles! The eleven-year-old mutant girl soon hooks up with a NEW group of runaways, but is their mysterious leader a hero or a villain?


$20 on the twelve-year-old mutant kicking every ass in sight.

SHE-HULK #5
Written by DAN SLOTT
Penciled by JUAN BOBILLO
Cover by GREG HORN
"New Kid in Town"
Hey there, buckaroos! Time to say "Howdy" to the newest member of She-Hulk's law firm, Matthew Hawk, the legendary Two-Gun Kid! He's back in the present and barred from ever returning to his own time. So, can this lawyer from the Wild West find a place for himself in the courts of today?
All that, and She-Hulk's got herself a new client-a former Avenger who's in a world of trouble...


Well, now we know why the cowgirl cover.

EXILES #77
Written by TONY BEDARD
Pencils & Cover by JIM CALAFIORE
"WORLD TOUR: SQUADRON SUPREME" Part 1 (of 2)!
What's that? You thought the Exiles World Tour was going to slow down? What are you, an insane person!? It's off to the Squadron Supreme universe for some major butt-kicking! It's not too late to jump on the sleeper event of the year!

Sweetness. Spidey 2099 in da house!

CABLE/DEADPOOL #25
Written by FABIAN NICIEZA
Pencils & Cover by PATRICK ZIRCHER
"LIVING LEGENDS"
Our greed for knowledge recreated his telepathy. Our quest to confine him recreated his telekinesis. He has forged a paradise haven that threatens to destabilize countless governments and religions. One man wants to find out what Cable's intentions are before it's too late. Captain America guest stars in a special 25th issue story that debuts the new Cable... or is that the old Messiah?


Fabes gets a hug and a kiss from me if Deadpool kicks Cap in the batch again.

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE/DRACULA #1 (of 4)
Written by FRANK TIERI
Penciled by CLAYTON HENRY
Cover by JAE LEE
One is a villain that has been plaguing civilization since the time of the Pharaohs. The other is the deadliest vampire to ever walk the earth. It's the battle to end all battles as Apocalypse confronts Dracula! Enemies since the Crusades, they've met again in 19th century London. It's four issues of Victorian mayhem, and it starts here!


Uh... huh.

SECRET WAR HC
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils & Cover by GABRIELLE DELL'OTTO
Starring Wolverine, Spider-Man, Daredevil, Captain America, Black Widow, Luke Cage and more! Brian Michael Bendis, the most popular and acclaimed writer in comics, reveals the darkest chapter in Marvel Universe history! When Nick Fury discovers a disturbing connection between many of Marvel's deadliest villains, he assembles a ragtag team of the MU's most misunderstood heroes for a secret mission to do what the U.S. government could never allow - eventually leading to a super-powered blowout between a who's who of NYC heroes and mutants! Featuring the American debut of the stunning, fully painted work of Italian artist Gabrielle Dell'otto. Collects SECRET WAR #1-5 and SECRET WAR: FROM THE FILES OF NICK FURY.


And no one cares.

ESSENTIAL MOON KNIGHT VOL. 1 TPB
Written by DOUG MOENCH, BILL MANTLO, STEVEN GRANT & FRANK MILLER
Penciled by DON PERLIN, MIKE ZECK, JIM MOONEY, JIM CRAIG, PABLO MARCUS, GENE COLAN, KEITH POLLARD, BILL SIENKIEWICZ, HERB TRIMPE & MIKE ESPOSITO
Cover by BILL SIENKIEWICZ
Debuting as both enemy and ally of the Werewolf by Night, Moon Knight's three personalities equaled one eerie adventure after another by Moench, Miller and more! Earning enemies like the brutal Bushman and the macabre Morpheus early in his career, Moon Knight also teamed up with Spider-Man, the Thing, and others against well-known and forgotten villains alike! Spun by Cyclone! Caught by Crossfire! Plus: an early fight with the Purple Man alongside Luke Cage! Featuring Topaz from WITCHES and the original White Tiger! Includes black-and-white stories not reprinted in more than two decades! Collects WEREWOLF BY NIGHT #32-33, MARVEL SPOTLIGHT #28-29, PETER PARKER, SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #22-23, MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #52, HULK MAGAZINE #11-15, 17-18 & 20, MARVEL PREVIEW #21, MOON KNIGHT #1-12 and MARVEL TEAM-UP ANNUAL #4.
528 PGS./RATED T+ ...$16.99

Never in my life did I expect to see "Essential" and "Moon Knight" in the same sentence without being bridged by "not."

That's all this month. Full solicits are here. Happy hunting.

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