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The Fifth Color | Forward Into the Past with Marvel Solicitations for Nov. ’10

This is All You'll Ever Read Again

The summer is ending, and we’re not so bad off, are we? There’s a cosmic war, Spider-Man’s re-reinventing himself again, there’s an event book with an oncoming slew of tie-in titles, but it all doesn’t feel like the years of yore. There’s no pressure to keep up with any of this; instead of seeing a Broadway production, we’ve got tickets off Broadway, so it’s a little experimental, a lot less expensive and not the main stage. But, in a way, just as important.

This is indeed the week we look at the future and what Marvel has in store for us, but it’s nice to know that from where we are now, the holidays look to be rather pleasant. There’s no great drop to be looking at as the year ends, just more changes and more stories and for some reason, that’s a lot less pressure.

Unless you’re a Thor fan, then you’ve got eight titles to sort through. Yeesh.

Let’s take a look at November and see what’s ahead for the House of Ideas, shall we?

Okay, it looks like November’s theme is gods and monsters, as the really big events deal in Vampires, Demons and Gods. Vampires are still on the loose in both the Ultimate universe and the Adjectiveless X-Men title, and both present the final steps in their master plans; ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS 3 #4 (of 6) has an incredible amount of numbers in the title as well as a letter: Vampire X! From the solicitation: “With Cap bitten, the super-soldier is turning into a super-vampire and the stakes are even higher. Blade finally reveals Vampire X’s true intentions, but can the heroes stop this mysterious enemy- – or are they one bite closer to an eternity of immortal behavior?” Love him or hate him, Mark Millar does big wide-screen action like no one else in comics today, so I’m pretty sure that he can escape the current ‘vampire tropes’ haunting our pop culture to bring you something worthy of his previous Ultimates series.

Over in 616, the Vampires also have turned a hero to their side, but they go one further and dare to think they’ve turned a villain too. From the solicitation for X-MEN #5: “The Vampire Nation’s army is unleashed on Utopia, with vampire Wolverine leading the charge – and, boy, does he have a bone to pick with Cyclops! Meanwhile, the newly resurrected Dracula is nowhere to be found. So why is Cyclops smiling?” Because he thinks Dracula’s going to be the wildcard that gives him enough breathing room to turn the tide of battle. Or maybe because Wolverine’s healing factor has gotten so ridiculous of late, he’s only pretending to be a vampire so that he’ll be the one to turn the tide. Either way, the entry-level X-Men book keeps rolling along. Compare and contrast the two books at your leisure in November.

Shadowland will be infuriating everyone by ending the DAREDEVIL title with issue #512. “Hell’s Kitchen lies in ruins, and it is up to the people of New York to start anew and begin rebuilding. In this last chapter of his story, will Matt Murdock at last find final redemption for the events of SHADOWLAND?” Personally, I hope not. There’s only so many ‘the hero’s gone crazy, but in the end we forgive him and get back to normal’ stories one can read and really, the cycle should end. Give Daredevil that happy ending he should have had at the end of Born Again. Sure, he won’t be walking down the streets of Hell’s Kitchen with Karen Page, but can we at least get him a Hawaiian vacation? Two tickets to a day spa?

In both the God and Monster categories is THOR #617, as an unspeakable evil crawls its way down Norse mythology: “THE WORLD EATERS continue their rampage down the World Tree on an unstoppable blitz to Asgard. The magnificient residents of the nine worlds flee their rampage… coming to Asgard for protection. Can the Fallen City protect the exiles of seven worlds from an unimaginable evil?” I’ll admit it right now: I’m going to be a mark for Matt Fraction’s Thor so consider my reviews anything but reasonable. so, while this pulse-pounding issue is will most certainly cure cancer and bring peace across the globe, what I want to look at is something up in the credits: the “Tron Variant” cover with artist TBA. Now yes, we’ve got a longboatload of Thor books this month and it’s Deadpoolian in the depth and breadth, but why are they putting out all these books? The movie buzz. So that leaked trailer that made the rounds on the Internets for a half an hour? Go get your Tron in theaters on December 17th to see it on the big screen.

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So we have Thor, the God of Thunder this month, plus the demi-god of the ’90s: Thunderstrike. Holy crap, they’re bringing Thunderstrike back. Holy crap, they’re giving Tom DeFalco another book besides Spider-Girl! From the solicitation: “Has the time finally come for someone else to follow Eric’s journey and take on the mantle of Thunderstrike? Join us as the Marvel Universe welcomes back the everyman Avenger, THUNDERSTRIKE!” Now, while debatable (I’d say it was Hawkeye), the idea of the everyman Avenger is fantastic in a world filled to the brim with Avengers and Avengers accessories. Earth’s Mightiest Heroes should have a rookie/schlub/guy-with-a-bow so that those who have fantstic powers seem more fantastic without losing the reader’s perspective. While Thunderstrike isn’t my first choice, Tom DeFalco is definitely my first choice to bring some old school Avengers stories back into the reader’s spotlight with THUNDERSTRIKE #1.

Now mind you, there’s God and Monsters all over November (Bill Willingham on a Warriors Three title, the end of the Thanos Imperative, your Chaos War, etc.), but there’s also the 150th issue of Ultimate Spider-Man (feel old with me and celebrate the 10th year anniversary of Ultimate Comics imprint!), a brand-new and somewhat all different Spider-Girl title, Kelly Sue DeConnick on an Osborn mini-series, and most important: the return of DOCTOR BONG! Despite the lack of a major event wrap up or senses-shattering finale, the holiday season maybe just as exciting (if not more) than past years. Maybe we don’t need major crossovers and universe changing moments to put out a ton of books that will hopefully find an audience. And that, my dear reader, is the brightest day we could have.

Go and feast your eyes on the House of Thor and friends here with the big list of Marvel’s November 2010 solicitations and make not eof what you’re marking your calenders for in the comments. Excelsior!



Reginald VelJohnson

August 20, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Joe Quesada saved Daredevil and in doing so saved Marvel Comics. And then 12 years later pays back the loyal fans with a patsy writer, a stupid-ass ‘event’ storyline and a canceled title. Joey Q. wins the award for longest pause before punchline.

Daredevil leading the hand was a good enough indication that the narrative had been pushed to breaking point. A lil rest will do hornhead some good and allow another character some space for development for a bit. Incredible Hercules and War Machine weapon of S.H.I.E.L.D are great examples of that experiment in recent time by Marvel. 12 years of constantly puttin matt murdock throught hell has to end sometime right? BTW a sitcom reference and Marvel haterousing mis-speak, hmmmmm…………Kirkman?

Top 5 Marvel series for november:
1. Avengers (plus New, Secret, Academy, Prime and Children’s Crusade titles)
2. Shadowland*
3. Thunderbolts
4. Chaos War*
5. Thanos Imperative

*tie-ins included

More shit from Marvel–as usual–as this company continues its long, slow descent into oblivion.

“And that, my dear reader, is the brightest day we could have.”

Ohhh burn! :D

But actually true. Marvel’s Heroic Age DOES sound like they are saying “We’re going back to bombastic stories starring REAL heroes!” as opposed to DC’s second lame attempt at bait-and-switch the readers about going back to nicer times (the first was Infinite Crisis) in less than a decade. Screw them.

No mention of She-Hulks. :( Though I agree with Reginald VelJohnson on Daredevil and I hate too what they have done to the book. I dropped it when the crap started. Chaos War is getting a bit interesting with dead heroes coming back (hopefully some to stay). No thank you and mark millar and vampires and his crappy ultimate crap vengers. I can only hope the new Thunderstrike is eric back from the dead or his kid or I won’t even bother with it.

I predict even with the lame ‘No More Mutants’ thing and even though there should only logically be about 20 mutants left in the world, that even with the Vampires showing up X-Men will still be Marvel’s best book and maybe even have a #1 seller. That includes the Uncanny and X-Force books. Even thought they’ve tried to make New Avengers the new X-Men by copying everything from the books they’ve managed to make the books readable and the New Avengers are largely unreadable to me. They spent years
changing things around and screwing with the Avengers characters, now everything is Brightest Day..

oh wait, that’s someone else.

You know what I mean, Civil War was horrible and insulting it was so bad, so why should I care about Steve Rogers… um, guy. Whomever he’s supposed to be. I read him (or whomever he was supposed to be) in Civil War and wanted to cry it was so bad.’ So, that’s Steven now?’ I thought. If that’s Steve then, who is Steve now.

Go on, Bendis, Millar, and QUesada. You ruined your most popular character and people at the local shop are really getting sick of 10 Deadpool books a month. You offered readers material that you couldn’t live up to and just glossed over details. You deserve this. We don’t.

Man, you people make little to no sense at all. It’s like I’m reading things thrice run through Google translators.

“You offered readers material that you couldn’t live up to and just glossed over details. You deserve this. We don’t.”

You deserve to grow up, find yourself a hobby that doesn’t involve any story whatsoever, collect coins or something, then maybe you’ll be happy.

hahah DrunkJack that was priceless…

Comic fans bitch on the internet, thats what we do.

My bet? Give it a year, two tops, and Bendis will write a mega crossover again changing everything.

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