Friday, November 15, 2013

SWEET AS: The Best From Marvel Comics' February 2014 Solicitations

When we Kiwis find something we like, we say it's 'Sweet as'. From the final issues of Daredevil and Wolverine and The X-Men, to the 12 new series' replacing them, when I look at the best and new releases from Marvel Comics for February 2014, these make the 'Sweet As' grade:


Being the ultimate fan of Master of Kung-Fu artist Mike Zeck, I first thought this image meant Marvel was finally giving Shang-Chi his own series back. Luckily before I went around kissing everyone in celebration I realised it wasn't to be. Okay, so I was actually three people in by the time I realised, but hey, who's counting?

Marvel says: Shang-Chi vs. The Gorgon - a fight to the death for control of The Hand. 20 straight pages of bone-crushing martial arts action, like you've never seen it before. (W) Jonathan Hickman and Nick Spencer (A) Stefano Caselli.

Cletus Kasady is behind bars and the Carnage symbiote is in quarantine, but it's time to get the band back together! Marvel's deadliest killer returns to form right here. (W) Cullen Bunn (A) Kim Jacinto

Goblin Nation part 1 of 5. The 'Superior Spider-Man' has failed. Under his watch, the Green Goblin took control of New York's underworld. This is all Otto Octavius' fault. Now he must take the Goblin down. The End starts here. (W) Dan Slott (A) Giuseppe Camuncoli

The Fall Of The Fantastic Four Part 1. As the family of cosmic explorers head towards their darkest hour, who could be behind their downfall? And how is one of their oldest enemies, the sadistic dragon known as Fing-Fang-Foom involved? (W) James Robinson (A) Leonard Kirk

Speedball and Justice unite Nova, Sun Girl, Hummingbird and more to stop The High Evolutionary, who has assembled an army to combat the evolution of humanity - Atlantean, Inhuman, clone or other! (W) Christopher Yost (A) Marcus To 

 THE NEWBIES:  (aside from those named above)

Jennifer Walters is She-Hulk! Savior of the world on more than one occasion, she's also a killer attorney. But juggling cases and kicking bad guy butt is starting to be a little more complicated than she anticipated. With a new practice and a mounting number of personal enemies, She Hulk might have bitten off a little more than she can chew... (W) Charles Soule (A) Javier Pulido

Almost every sovereign state sanctions superhumans to protect national interests. And mutantkind has X-Force. In this dirty, no-holds-barred game of superhuman black ops, Cable and his team will spy, torture, and kill to ensure that the mutant race not only has a place in the world...but also a stake in it. (W) Si Spurrier (A) Rock-He Kim

After the events of Killable, Wolverine has to rebuild himself, better and stronger than ever, before he can take on Sabretooth again. Turning to other means of revenge when the normal channels don't work fast enough, can he fight back his demons, or is this a new darker Wolverine? (W) Paul Cornell (A) Ryan Stegman

With a lead on a major source of drugs, weapons, and more, Frank Castle's now in the City of Angels, looking to give the devil his due. Caught between a posse of Punisher predators and targets of his own one-man-war, Frank's manifest destiny may be a shallow grave!

Part 5 of Revolutionary War When a vast army of Mys-Tech Psycho Wraiths come calling on a small Scottish town, it's up to the Supersoldiers to put them down for good! (W) Rob Williams (A) Brent Anderson

The all-new Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan is just an ordinary girl from Jersey City--until she's empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who is she? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? History in the making is NOW! (W) G. Willow Wilson (A) Adrian Alphona

Part 4 of Revolutionary War The return of Death's Head -- one of Marvel UK's biggest hits! Death's Head and Death's Head II team-up for the first time, as Mys-Tech resurfaces with an army... (W) Andy Lanning, Alan Cowsill (A) Nick Roche

Old God - New Trickster! As Asgardia's one-man secret service, he's ready to lie, cheat, steal, bluff and snog his way through the twistiest, turniest and most treacherous missions the All-Mother can throw at him... starting with a heist on Avengers Tower - and the death of Thor! (W) Al Ewing (A) Lee Garbett

1966: With Nick Fury presumed dead, S.H.I.E.L.D. sends agent Ran Shen to collect two Nazi scientists key to defining who wins the Cold War. But the Soviets dispatch their 'Winter Soldier' - the brainwashed also presumed-dead partner of Captain America - with the same agenda! (W) Rick Remender (A) Roland Boschi

The serial killer who targets other serial killers, Dexter returns in an all-new, all-Australian adventure written by his creator Jeff Lindsay. (W) Jeff Lindsay (A) Dalibor Talajic

 What do you think?  For the full list of Marvel's February 2014 solicitations, click the jump.


  1. Superior Carnage is a book Im getting into slowly - the Frightful Four guest-starred in the last five issues and turned me on this Cletus Cassady character. More please.
    I remember Shang-Chi when a certain Paul Gulacy gave his impetus and real muscle integrity in his fighting technique. for me Gulacy is the tops here, and I bought his Catwoman issues ten years back just for his work.
    Been buying this Dexter bok but it isn't good at all - the characters don't resemble any of the actors at all and theres none of the bad language we associate with Deborah. Give that a miss,
    New look Ms Marvel is intriguing but I dislike political correctness so may miss it - for me the only original Ms. M is a certain Ms. Danvers.
    Naturally Im looking forward with bated breath to the new look Fantastic Four!

  2. Thanks Karl! I'm always a fan when Cl;etus gets back into Carnage. Hopefully Eddie will share a similar reunion soon.

    I find it odd people are labelling the new Ms Marvel as 'PC'. It almost gives a feeling if publishers bring in any cultural minority or lifestyle other than Christian hetro caucasians they are doomed to be tarred with this new-age black label called P.C. I personally hate P.C. - it's the biggest crock since crocks were invented, people should organically be tolerant rather than have it forced upon them by do-gooding redtape and self-help books.

    Considering Muslim is the only other religion bigger than Atheism beside Catholic, I think its more than an organic move on Marvel's behalf to create a Muslim character. PC would be if they turned a character suddenly Muslim, but introducing a new one, I think is a pretty decent and long overdue move.

    While Carol will always be Ms. Marvel to me, and Shazam the true Captain, I'm interested to see where this goes.

    Thanks for the comments mate!

  3. I'm with Karl about Ms. Marvel. I must be getting crotchety in my old age, but I'm hating this "bring on new people and call them by our favorite's names" thing. If they want a new character, make a new friking character.
    After looking at the Avengers cover, everything else seems like Kiddie hour doesn't it?

  4. It sure is one serious image that's for sure Random. I hope in all the hustle that's going on around Marvel at the moment, the Marvel UK stuff doesn't get lost in the mist. The covers alone look great!