Friday, August 14, 2015

Analysis: Marvel Comics Solicitations for October 2015 [Devil Comics Entertainment]

During the San Diego Comic Con, Marvel Comics Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso stated the TV seasonal model is working for comics where new first issues mark new stories, creative teams, or continuation of previous teams and stories as well as creating a lower barrier of entry for comic fans. The October solicitations for Marvel Comics include first issues with multiple covers to enhance collectability and increase value as the final issue of Secret Wars births a new Marvel Universe.

We have two entry points to the All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe beginning with Marvel Point One which takes place eight months after the events of Secret Wars as well as Avengers #0, which kicks off the Avengers franchise. Jonathan Hickman started his run which grew into a major event Secret Wars a few years later. The format seems to be the same here. 

The Invincible Iron Man title is by Brian Michael Bendis who brought the Avengers titles back to relevance with Avengers Disassembled. The title will explore who are Tony’s biological parents as well as a new purpose going forward following Superior Iron Man.    

In the Spider-Man books, Parker Industries goes global in Amazing Spider-Man while Spider-Man brings Miles Morales into the Marvel Universe. The Amazing Spider-Man title is relaunched for the third time since 2012 after Amazing Spider-Man #700. Both Superior Spider-Man and Amazing Spider-Man were released within the last two years and now we have a new first issue of Amazing. Due to event fatigue it might be best to hold off until Amazing Spider-Man #800 unless writer Dan Slott has an amazing story arc coming up.

Blade #1 introduces Blade’s daughter and Doctor Strange #1 premieres with writer Jason Aaron as the movie arrives in 2016. While titles like Ant-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy return with brand new first issues.

The October Marvel titles are meant to bring new revenue rather than rejuvenation to the titles. The collectability of these titles is with the variant covers particular the action figure variants by John Tyler Christopher. These titles seems to be filler issues between now and when Marvel Studios releases Captain America: Civil War and Marvel Comics launches its next Avengers-related event series following Secret Wars.