Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Foraging For Comics: The March Marvel Solicits

Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends.

ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #28
Written by MARK MILLAR
Pencils & Cover by GREG LAND
“PRESIDENT THOR”
As the Fantastic Four find themselves adrift in a world they never imagined—a world where the Ultimates’ Thor commands the free world—they come face-to-face with what may prove to be their greatest threat—Ultimate Super Skrull! But in this strange world—will Super Skrull prove to be friend or foe...? Part 2 (of 3)


"You said world four times." "I like world."

SPIDER-MAN & ARAÑA SPECIAL
Written by TANIA DEL RIO
Penciled by JONBOY MEYERS
Cover by BYRON PENARANDA
It all ends and begins right here! Araña learns what the future of the Wasp/Spider-Clan battle holds, and what it means for her destiny as the Hunter! Sides are chosen, lives are lost and Araña will never be the same!


Awful, awful cover.


BLACK PANTHER #14
Written by REGINALD HUDLIN
Pencils & Cover by SCOT EATON
“Bride of the Panther,” Part 1 (of 5)
Every King needs a Queen -- and that’s exactly what the Black Panther is searching for! Hop on board here, True Believer, as the King of Wakanda embarks on an epic quest to find a wife -- the outcome of which will send reverberations throughout the whole Marvel Universe. You don’t want to miss out on history in the making!


So help me, if T'Challa so much as sets foot in Queens New York, I'll give Hudlin such a pinch!

CAPTAIN AMERICA #16
Written by ED BRUBAKER
Penciled by MIKE PERKINS
Cover by STEVE EPTING
As Crossbones and the Red Skull’s daughter SIN carve a path of chaos and destruction across the U.S.A., Cap and S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent 13 head to the American heartland on a tip, and stumble across much more than they bargained for--like a secret AIM cadre and a lot of secrets! The first of an action-packed two-parter from Ed Brubaker and Mike Perkins.


Bonus if the chick gets electro-powers.

I (HEART) MARVEL: MASKED INTENTIONS
Written by FABIAN NICIEZA
Penciled by PACO MEDINA & MIKE NORTON
Cover by GEZ FRY
FIRST KISS/LAST DATE: 2 terrific tales of lustful teens in spandex... and out! SQUIRREL GIRL has found the boy of her dreams, but will he ever bounce her way? It’s an appropriate question to ask, considering the boy is -- SPEEDBALL! All she wants is a kiss, but he thinks she’s nuts! Meanwhile, it’s almost time for the wedding of JUSTICE and FIRESTAR! But are both of them ready for marriage at such a young age? Or... what if one of them is, and the other... isn’t?


Oh my. Just, oh my.

SHE-HULK #6
Written by DAN SLOTT
Penciled by JUAN BOBILLO
Cover by GREG HORN
“I’m With Cupid”
She-Hulk’s firm is dealing with their first superhuman sexual assault case. Their client? Eros of Titan, the space-faring Avenger called Starfox! And when emotions get over-heated at the office-- expect a love triangle or two to finally come to a head! What will this mean for Pug, She-Hulk, and John Jameson? And who (or what) is Awesome Andy falling for?!


Awesome Andy and romance. I did not need to have those two connected in my brain.

CABLE/DEADPOOL #26
Written by FABIAN NICIEZA
Pencils by LAN MEDINA
Cover by PATRICK ZIRCHER
“BORN AGAIN!” Part 1 (of 2)
This is a prequel to the “BLOOD OF APOCALYPSE” arc running in X-Men #182-186!
Cable sees the signs--omens and portents--characters gathering, moving across the board like chess pieces... can APOCALYPSE be resurrected? Can Cable and Deadpool stop it in time? And most surprising of all... what if one of them doesn’t want it to be stopped?
X-citement! X-Thrills! X-over = higher sales!
Makes Deadpool happy!


And, since X-Men 182 ships in January, this really is a prequel, and not just a mislabeled prelude. Well done, Marvel.

X-FACTOR #5
Written by PETER DAVID
Penciled by DENNIS CALLERO
Cover by RYAN SOOK
An intense tale of a struggle for survival as a terrified, mute, and badly injured Siryn finds herself at the mercy of a demented captor...and her only hope of rescue is in the person of a powerless Rictor!


That kinda kills the suspense in the cliffhanger of issue 1. But, then, issue 1 was supposed to be out a month ago.

X-MEN: DEADLY GENESIS #5 (of 6)
Written by ED BRUBAKER
Penciled by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover by MARC SILVESTRI
It’s the penultimate issue of the most shocking X-Men mini-series of the century! Cyclops has learned the horrible truth of the identity of his captor, just as the X-Men have uncovered the pieces of Professor X’s long-held secret shame. Now they’ll battle through Sentinels and other machinations to meet their new enemy face-to-face, in the one place they hope to find Charles Xavier, assuming he survived the House of M. Also featuring a back up story that details the first time Emma Frost met Professor X.


You heard it here first: Charels Xavier, furry.

INFINITY WAR TPB
Written by JIM STARLIN
Penciled by RON LIM, TOM RANEY, ANGEL MEDINA
& SHAWN MCMANUS
Cover by RON LIM
After Adam Warlock’s return in INFINITY GAUNTLET, his worse half -- the Magus --wasn’t far behind! The struggle for ultimate power over the universe continues when a stockpile of evil twins overwhelm the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, the X-Men, the New Warriors, Alpha Flight and more! Will the universe be saved, destroyed...or both? Collects INFINITY WAR #1-6, MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #108-111 and WARLOCK AND THE INFINITY WATCH #7-10.


I'll take "Books There's No Damn Market For" for $800, Alex.

ESSENTIAL OFFICIAL HANDBOOK OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE - DELUXE EDITION VOL. 1 TPB
Written by MARK GRUENWALD, PETER SANDERSON,
ELIOT R. BROWN & MORE
Penciled by JOHN BYRNE, DAVE COCKRUM, BOB LAYTON,
JOHN ROMITA JR. & MORE
Cover by JOHN BYRNE
The original encyclopedia of adventures: expanded, augmented and updated! Marvel’s continuity kings continued their quest for completeness in these issues of dedicated Deluxeness! Top talent teamed to headline heroes like Captain America, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, Nick Fury, the Hulk and dozens of others! Full lineups of the Avengers, the Defenders, the Fantastic Four and more! Collects the first third of the OFFICIAL HANDBOOK OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE - DELUXE EDITION.

Somewhere, CBR poster DDM just came harder than he ever has in his entire life.

And that's all for this month. Full solicits are here. Happy hunting.

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