Reviews of trade paperbacks of comic books (mostly Marvel), along with a few other semi-relevant comments / reviews.

15 February 2011

Marvel May 2011 solicitations (collected editions)

Will be picking up:

  • Spider-Girl, v. 1: Family Values: I’m just interested enough at the early reviews / hype to look at a repurposed, no-powers female hero that’s supposed to be “realistic.” Also to see if something can be salvaged from Araña. ($14.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-4694-0)

Might pick up eventually:

  • Captain Britain, v. 1: Birth of a Legend (hardcover): This is an odd choice, unless there’s some push behind Chris Claremont or Captain Britain this month that I’m unaware of. Still, it should be interesting — Claremont work from around the time he started writing X-Men (although to be fair, it’s around the time he was writing Iron Fist). ($39.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-5728-1)
  • Mystique by Brian K. Vaughan Ultimate Collection: Good value for the money, and Vaughan usually doesn’t let me down. Although “Ultimate Collection” may be laying it on a bit thick.

Might pick up if the price is right:

  • Rocket Raccoon: Guardian of the Keystone Quadrant (hardcover): Always nice to see Bill Mantlo stuff being collected, but his attempt to take a Beatles pun and make it into a viable character doesn’t appeal much to me. ($24.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-5527-0)
  • Young Marvelman Classic, v. 1 (hardcover): Let me be frank: I’m only picking this one up if the price falls to a few dollars. I don’t have any interest in Young Marvelman, although the sheer oddity of Marvel reprinting the adventures of a character invented to complete the rip off of another character who a court found was a copyright infringement makes me both confused and happy. ($34.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-5504-1)

Already got one (earlier collection or original comics):

  • Amazing Spider-Man by David Michelinie & Todd McFarlane Omnibus (hardcover) ($99.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-5729-8)
  • Emma Frost Ultimate Collection: Good news for those who dislike the digest size that the series was originally reprinted in. ($34.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-5510-2)
  • New X-Men by Grant Morrison Book 1 ($14.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-5503-4)
  • Powers, v. 1: Who Killed Retro Girl? (hardcover): Hasn’t this already come out in hardcover? I would have sworn … and Bendis swears in this one as well. ($24.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-5671-0)
  • Spider-Man: Hobgoblin Lives: Not one I would have thought would get reprinted — a miniseries that promised to resolve all and only ended up raising more questions (and received a lukewarm response) and three issues from a time when the Spider-Man books were winding down, waiting for Howard Mackie to be their savior. ($19.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-5512-6)
  • X-Men: Age of Apocalypse Prelude ($29.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-5508-9)
  • X-Men: Fallen Angels (hardcover): You’re scraping the bottom of the X-barrel when your reprint program decides to turn to Fallen Angels. Not that it was unenjoyable — it had its moments — but it’s a third-tier ancillary miniseries from the X-books’ boom time. Also: should technically be New Mutants: Fallen Angels or even X-Force or X-Factor; I don’t think any of the Fallen Angels have ever been X-Men. ($29.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-5530-0)
  • X-Men: X-Tinction Agenda (hardcover): It took this long to get X-Tinction Agenda into hardback? That’s absurd. Not sure it’s worth $50 for thirteen issues, though. ($49.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-5531-7)


  • Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Venus, v. 1 (hardcover) ($59.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-5018-3)
  • Marvel Masterworks: Daredevil, v. 2 ($24.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-5050-3)
  • Marvel Masterworks: Daredevil, v. 6 (hardcover) ($54.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-5020-6)

The Rest:

  • 5 Ronin (hardcover): Wolverine, Psylocke, Punisher, Hulk, and Deadpool as 17th century Japanese ronin. I completely missed this series when it came out, and that’s probably for the best. ($19.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-5632-1).
  • Avengers: We Are the Avengers: And I am bored. ($16.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-5154-8)
  • Captain America & The Korvac Saga ($14.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-5160-9)
  • Captain America: Allies & Enemies ($16.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-5502-7)
  • Captain America: Man out of Time (hardcover) ($19.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-5128-9)
  • Captain America: Official Index to the Marvel Universe ($24.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-5097-8)
  • Chaos War: Incredible Hulks ($19.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-5157-9)
  • Chaos War: X-Men ($15.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-5315-3)
  • Deadpool Corps, v. 2: You Say You Want a Revolution (hardcover) ($19.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-4826-5)
  • Deadpool Max: Nutjob (hardcover) ($24.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-4850-0)
  • Deadpool Team-Up, v. 3: BFFs (hardcover) ($19.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-5139-5)
  • Deadpool: Wade Wilson’s War: Four collections for Deadpool? That’s almost as many as Captain America and Thor are each getting. And Deadpool isn’t getting a movie (yet). ($14.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-4713-8)
  • Death of Dracula: Reprinting one issue that set up that X-Men vs. vampires thing, plus seven issues from
  • Tomb of Dracula tacked on at the end. Yes, that seems right. ($19.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-5616-1)
  • Invincible Iron Man, v. 7: My Monsters (hardcover) ($19.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-4836-4)
  • Iron Man: War of the Iron Men ($16.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-4730-5)
  • Marvel Adventures Thor/Spider-Man Digest ($9.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-5651-2)
  • The Marvels Project: Birth of the Super Heroes ($29.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-4061-0)
  • Mighty Avengers: Dark Reign (hardcover) ($44.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-5669-7)
  • Namor, the First Mutant, v. 2: Namor Goes to Hell ($19.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-5176-0)
  • Origins of Marvel Comics ($24.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-5615-4)
  • Philip K. Dick’s Electric Ant: Electric! Dick! ($19.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-4043-6)
  • Punisher: In the Blood ($16.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-5181-4)
  • Punishermax: Bullseye (hardcover) ($24.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-4755-8)
  • Spider-Man: Matters of Life and Death (hardcover): Alistair Smythe, the Marvel Comics sensation whose return everyone had been clamoring for! ($24.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-5102-9)
  • Spider-Man: The Extremist ($15.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-5670-3)
  • Super Hero Squad: A Squad for All Seasons ($14.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-5217-0)
  • Taskmaster: Unthinkable ($14.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-5260-6)
  • Thor: Lord of Asgard (New Printing) ($19.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-5087-9)
  • Thor: The Trials of Loki (hardcover) ($19.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-5165-4)
  • Thor: The World Eaters (hardcover) ($24.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-4838-8)
  • Thor: Wolves of the North ($12.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-5614-7)
  • Thunderstrike: Youth in Revolt ($14.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-5271-2)
  • Trouble by Mark Millar (hardcover): This was roundly lambasted when it came out, and I’m sure time has not helped matters. Sexually promiscuous Aunt May is no one’s idea of a good time, no matter how good she might have looked at the time. ($19.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-5086-2)
  • Ultimate Comics Captain America (hardcover) ($19.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-5194-4)
  • Ultimate Comics Doomsday (hardcover): Followed by Ultimates Comics Bane? ($39.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-4776-3)
  • Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, v. 2: Chameleons ($19.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-4100-6)
  • Ultimate War (hardcover) ($19.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-5737-3)
  • X-Men: First Class — Class Portraits ($14.99, ISBN: 978-0-7851-5559-1)

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