By Todd Allen
The December solicitations for Marvel are out, and while you’ve read a lot of the Marvel Now announcements, there’s still a few things you might now know about. Cancellations (pending relaunches), a new series of Point One issues and let us not forget a whole bunch of double-shipping titles…
This isn’t quite the level of exposure Wolverine gets, but it appears Venom is showing up in 3 different titles in December. His own, Secret Avengers and Thunderbolts.
- Captain America and… (was Captain America and Bucky, then it turned into a series of team-ups. The final issue is called Captain America and Black Widow)
- Uncanny X-Force
- Amazing Spider-Man
There will almost certainly be a relaunched #1 issue of Wolverine and Spider-Man in January. X-Force is apparently splitting into a couple books. As for an extra Captain America title… that’s unclear.
Jim Starlin on parade:
- CAPTAIN MARVEL: THE DEATH OF CAPTAIN MARVEL TPB (NEW PRINTING)
- MARVEL UNIVERSE: THE END TPB (NEW PRINTING)
- SPACEKNIGHTS #3 (of 3)
It sounds like Starlin and Marvel are working things out and his old Marvel work continues to be reprinted.
From the “sounds like a movie tie-in, but it’s not” department:
- GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: TOMORROW’S AVENGERS VOL. 1 TPB
That would be the original (as in, from the future) Guardians of the Galaxy, starting from the one-off in Marvel Super Heroes through Marvel Presents. That’s basically the whole Gerber run plus related bookends. Of course, the Guardians of the Galaxy film looks like it’s about the Annihilation *.* version of the group. Then again, I’m not going to complain that they’re reprinting this run. Perhaps we’ll see the Jim Valentino version he was working on before leaving for Image?
Actually is a movie tie-in:
- MARVEL’S IRON MAN 2 ADAPTATION #2 (of 2)
(I won’t spoil the ending for you.)
Titles shipping more than once in December:
- THUNDERBOLTS #1 & 2
- AVENGERS #1 & 2
- CABLE AND X-FORCE #1 & 2
- AVENGERS ARENA #1 & 2
- ALL-NEW X-MEN #3 & 4
- IRON MAN #3 & 4
- HAWKEYE #5 & 6
- AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #699, 699.1 & 700
- AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #15 & 15.1
- SCARLET SPIDER #12 & 12.1
- ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #18.1 & 19
- X-FACTOR #248 & 249
- X-TREME X-MEN #7.1 & 8
- $2.99: 32 issues
- $3.99: 31 issues
- $7.99 : 1 issue (Spidey #700)
Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.