An ambitious month, as Marvel builds up to, not one, not two, but THREE big summer events.
ULTIMATE X-MEN #69
Written by ROBERT KIRKMAN
Pencils & Cover by BEN OLIVER
"PHOENIX?" Part 1 (of 3)
Hot artist Ben Oliver (Vigilante) joins the terrific Robert Kirkman for a new 3-issue arc! The mysterious mutant called Magician is plunged into the world of the X-Men, adjusting quickly and making new friends fast. But there is something deeply sinister about the newcomer. Something only young Kitty Pryde notices. Let's hope she hasn't noticed too late. Meanwhile, is Jean Grey really the cosmic entity called Phoenix? And if so...what can be done about it...?
“Magician?” Maybe he can fight Wiccan.
FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #7
Written by PETER DAVID
Penciled by ROGER CRUZ
Cover by MICHAEL WIERINGO
Round 2 of 2: Ladies and Gentlemen! Tonight's main event! Welcome to the biggest fight night in the history of wrestling! A grudge match between the two biggest brawlers to ever enter the ring! In this corner, weighing in at 245 lbs, from parts unknown, that Dastardly Destroyer, the gold-plated Devil of Disaster-your world champion, El Dorado! And in this corner, his challenger, weighing in at 167 lbs, from Queens, New York, that web-slinging, wall-crawling wonder, the one, the only, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man! Folks, this epic encounter promises to be one for the ages! I want a no-holds barred, no disqualification, anything goes smack-down: biting, kicking, eye-pokes, and groin hits are not only allowed, they're suggested! At stake is not only Spider-Man's life, but the very soul of Round One's adversary, El Muerto! Now let's get ready to RUMBLE!
Odds on a Super-Friends joke: even.
BLACK PANTHER #15
Written by REGINALD HUDLIN
Penciled by SCOT EATON
Cover by LEINIL YU
"BRIDE OF THE PANTHER"
Countdown to the wedding of the decade! Every King needs a Queen -- and that's exactly what the Black Panther is searching for! In this issue, T'Challa's search takes him to Kenya, in search of Storm. Will his first love be his future? Don't believe everything you read in the Daily Bugle! 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 as T'Challa and Storm march closer and closer to the aisle! Part 2 (of 5).
Ease up, fellas. You’re milking it so hard, the teats are about to fall off.
Written by ED BRUBAKER
Penciled by MICHAEL LARK
Cover by TOMMY LEE EDWARDS
We've all seen Daredevil pushed too far, seen what happens when he pushes back, and we know it always ends in tears. Now, with the death of Foggy Nelson plaguing his every waking moment, Matt, blaming himself, runs wild in Rykers, determined to find out who put his best friend at the end of a knife. This is Daredevil as you've never seen him before, unplugged from his own sense of right and wrong, alone in the cold walls of the system he's spent his life defending, and the only thing on his mind is vengeance! From award-winning creators Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark.
Does doing this as the first arc count as premature ejaculation?
MOON KNIGHT #1
Written by CHARLIE HUSTON
Pencils & Cover by DAVID FINCH
"THE BOTTOM" Part 1 (of 6)
The Fist of Khonshu is back and badder than ever, courtesy of acclaimed novelist Charlie Huston (Caught Stealing, Six Bad Things) and red-hot, fan-favorite artist David Finch (NEW AVENGERS). Marc Specter used to talk to God. His god anyway. Khonshu -- God of the Moon, God of Vengeance -- saved Spector's life, brought him to glory, made him a hero. Made him Moon Knight. But what Khonshu gives, he also takes away. And once he takes, he takes for good. Spector learned this the hard way, spiraling into madness, depression and worse. But he also remembers. Remembers what it felt like to jump off the top of a six-story tenement, cloak spread behind him. Remembers the feel of cartilage and bone exploding beneath his fists. Remembers the fun stuff. Now Specter wants back in the game. Will Khonshu hear his prayer?
If I ever write or edit for Marvel, I vow never to overhypedly return any of the poorly-conceived rookies of my youth. Scout’s Honor.
AMAZING FANTASY #20
Written by SIMON FURMAN & JOE LANSDALE
Penciled by JAMES RAIZ & BYRON PENARANDA
Cover by LUCIO PARILLO
It's the final chapter of UNNATURAL SELECTION and Varina Goddard has taken the mantle of A.I.M.'s Scientist Supreme, with a diabolical plan to bring the organization back to its full blown glory as a techno-terrorist cult. With an alien berserker machine on her side, can G.E.I.S.T. agent Ray Hidalgo survive in time to stop world destruction? And what is the cosmic secret behind Death's Head's mysterious power source? PLUS, an extra 8-page bonus new adventure starring Steamrider, previewing June's Western Month!
Western Month? I am intrigued.
MARVEL TEAM-UP #19
Written by ROBERT KIRKMAN
Penciled by CORY WALKER
Cover by PHIL HESTER
It's WOLVERINE and CABLE versus THE RINGMASTER in a story that could ONLY be called "1991!" This very special issue is a lead-in to next month's story-arc "FREEDOM RING."
I… kinda want to see what Cory Walker’s Cable looks like.
Written by DAN SLOTT
Penciled by WILL ROUND
Cover by GREG HORN
BEAUS & EROS
As the case against STARFOX comes to a close, romantic entanglements come to a head. So, will it be heartbreak or happily-ever-after for Pug and She-Hulk? All this and an all-new superhuman law case that asks, "Is a secret identity grounds for divorce?" Pull out the hankies, Gamma-Fans, 'cause this one's got plenty of kisses and kicks to go around.
They really need to get someone besides Greg Horn to do these covers.
Written by FABIAN NICIEZA
Pencils by DALE ROSS
Cover by TOM GRUMMETT
Zemo and Songbird? When did that happen? A new base, a new mission statement, and a new outlook face the no-longer-new Thunderbolts!
ASTONISHING X-MEN #14
Written by JOSS WHEDON
Pencils & Cover by JOHN CASSADAY
From peculiar to just plain bizarre, Emma Frost's erratic behavior has the X-Men spinning in a non-stop downward spiral. Will an unlikely union be the final straw?
Zemo and Songbird… Wolverine and Emma… what, is this “Stunningly Bad Romantic Decisions” Month?
WOLVERINE: ORIGINS #1
Written by DANIEL WAY
Penciled by STEVE DILLON
Cover by JOE QUESADA
Variant Cover MICHAEL TURNER
Premiering a new ongoing series that picks up where House of M #8 and "Origins and Endings" (WOLVERINE #36-40) left off! Armed with the one thing that could kill him, as well as key clues to his very existence, Logan embarks on the first leg of a long and bloody quest for vengeance against those who once enslaved him. No longer feeling the need to play it quiet, Logan's first strike elicits a Condition Critical response from the U.S. government. With no other choice, they drop their bomb - and you won't believe who it is! When Logan hits D.C., someone's going to be waiting for him. [Whatever you do, don't turn to the last page of this issue until you've read the whole issue -- you'll regret it if you do.]
I am still baffled as to why this isn’t taking place in the regular title.
DEFENDERS: INDEFENSIBLE PREMIERE HC
Written by KEITH GIFFEN & J.M. DEMATTEIS
Pencils & Cover by KEVIN MAGUIRE
Wong possessed by Nightmare! Dormammu and Umar in unholy alliance! The Hulk and the Sub-Mariner at each other's throats! The Silver Surfer...uh...surfing. Can Doctor Strange reunite the Defenders and save "Reality As We Know It?" Only the Ancient One knows for sure! Collects DEFENDERS #1-5.
This costs $5 more than the original issues…
SPIDER-MAN: THE OTHER HC
Written by PETER DAVID, REGINALD HUDLIN &
J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
Penciled by PAT LEE, MIKE WIERINGO & MIKE DEODATO
Cover by JOE QUESADA
This deluxe hardcover collects the startling super story that turned the wall-crawler's world upside down, uniting the creative talents behind all three Spider-Man titles! Haunted by unsettling dreams. Disturbed by a growing sense of dread. Convinced that people are out to get him. Spidey faces his biggest threat yet - a foe so insidious that he can't hope to handle it alone. With friends like Reed Richards, Stephen Strange and Hank Pym, he won't have to. But can even the world's greatest minds change the course of fate? And if they could, would they dare? Having finally accepted his fate, Peter Parker decides to put the red and blue tights in the closet and spend some quality time with Aunt May and MJ. But Morlun's got other plans - and this time, there's no Ezekiel to help the web-slinger. Sit down for this one, True Believer - you've never seen a fight quite like this, as Peter faces the one foe he's never defeated! Beaten to the edge of death, hovering in a place short of heaven or hell, Spidey is about to embark on a journey unlike anything he's ever experienced. If he's going to have any hope to thwart Morlun's obscene mission, then he's got two choices: Evolve or die...! Collects AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #525-528, FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #1-4 & MARVEL KNIGHTS SPIDER-MAN #19-22.
This, on the other hand, costs $6 less. So if you waited for both, you’re ahead a buck.
And no Young Avengers yet again. Way to blow all the good buzz from the best launch you’ve had in years, guys.
That’s all this month. Full solicits are here. Happy hunting.