Perched on a pile of skulls, the mighty menacing Thanos is posed to snap and destroy half of the universe! The Marvel villain shines as an oversized PREVIEWS Exclusive Pop! vinyl figure from Funko and Diamond Comic Distributors.
This PREVIEWS Exclusive Pop! Vinyl figure features a metallic finish on Thanos’ armor and a unique skull-pile base that’s sure to make the rest of your collection cower in fear! This super-sized Pop! is 6″ tall and comes in a collector-friendly window box, perfect for display.
For every six PREVIEWS Exclusive Pop! Marvel Heroes Thanos Snap 6″ Deluxe Vinyl Figures ordered through November 18, 2019, comic shops will receive a PREVIEWS Exclusive Guardians of the Galaxy #12 variant. Please check with your comic shop retailer about the availability of this limited variant cover.
The PREVIEWS Exclusive Marvel Heroes Thanos Funko Pop! (MAY198251, SRP $28.99) is expected to be released on December 18, 2019. You can pre-order yours through Entertainment Earth without and with the comic book and your local comic shop.
Writer Kelly Thompson and artist Mattia De Iulis have proven to be the perfect creative team for Jessica Jones. Chosen to take on the character by Jessica Jones’ creator himself, Brian Michael Bendis, Thompson provides a voice to the titular hero that’s been acclaimed by fans and critics alike. And De Iulis’ dynamic art brought readers right into the private investigator mind of Jessica Jones with eye-catching imagery and page layouts. “Blind Spot” was a huge hit in the digital marketplace and now, Marvel Comics will present it in print as a 6-issue limited series starting in January!
JESSICA JONES #1 & #2 (OF 6)
Written by KELLY THOMPSON Art by MATTIA DE IULIUS Cover by VALERIO GIANGIORDANO Variant Covers by MARTIN SIMMONDS BLINDSPOT – Parts 1 & 2
ISSUE #1 –
Jessica Jones was once the costumed super hero known as Jewel. She sucked at it. Now she’s a private investigator at her own firm, Alias Investigations. She sucks less at that. With the Purple Man gone, her relationship with her husband, Luke Cage, and their daughter, Danielle, is better than ever. But her past always comes knocking, and when a woman whose case she fumbled winds up dead on her office floor, Jessica goes from private investigator to prime suspect. Can she find the real killer and clear her name?
The critically acclaimed Marvel Digital Original series by Kelly Thompson and Mattia De Iulis, released for the first time as a print miniseries!
ISSUE #2 –
After being brutally attacked in her office, Jessica turns to Doctor Strange to help her find the target. But he may discover more than Jessica bargained for…
The One:12 Collective Black Bolt is outfitted in an energy-harnessing suit capable of controlling his destructive power. The energy he harnesses can be turned into powerful blasts of concussive force. The antenna on Black Bolt’s head allows him to channel his power inward to increase his strength, stamina, and speed. Complete with 2 head portraits, the King of the Inhumans comes with a devastating sonic scream FX that can be displayed using the included post.
Lockjaw, the loyal protector of the Inhuman Royal Family, features a light-up function that illuminates the antenna on his head. Using Kree technology, the antenna enhances Lockjaw’s teleportation radius.
Exposed to Terrigen mists before birth, Black Bolt obtained a dangerously loud voice that causes massive damage with even a whisper. Reigning in silence, the King of the Inhumans can level cities with a single word due to his sonic powers.
Lockjaw, faithful and fuzzy companion to Black Bolt, gained the ability to teleport across time and space after being exposed to Terrigen mist. With super-canine strength and telekinetic abilities, Lockjaw is an indispensable part of the Inhuman world.
THE ONE:12 COLLECTIVE BLACK BOLT & LOCKJAW SET FEATURES:
One:12 Collective body with over 32 points of articulation
Two (2) head portraits
Hand painted authentic detailing
Approximately 17cm tall
Eight (8) interchangeable hands
One (1) pair of fists (L&R)
One (1) pair of grabbing hands (L&R)
Two (2) pairs of posing hands (L & R)
6 points of articulation
Hand painted authentic detailing
Approximately ??cm tall
Armored mid-calf boots
One (1) sonic scream FX
One (1) sonic scream FX display post
One (1) One:12 Collective display base with logo
One (1) One:12 Collective adjustable display post
Each One:12 Collective Black Bolt & Lockjaw Set figure is packaged in a collector friendly box, designed with collectors in mind. The figure set is available for pre-order through Entertainment Earth, Mezco, and more and retails for $130.
(W) Greg Pak (A/CA) Phil Noto Rated T In Shops: Oct 23, 2019 SRP: $3.99
MOMENTS OF TRUTH!
• Who is DAR CHAMPION and how far can LEIA trust him when HAN’S life is on the line on BOSS CARPO’S golden starship? • What shocking lesson will LUKE learn when WARBA finally reveals her true self? • And when faced with his lost past, can THREEPIO seize control of his destiny — and be the hero of his own story? • The lives of thousands of rebels hang in the balance as our heroes grapple with their greatest doubts and challenges!
Every 25 years, Wakanda’s ruler trades places with one of their
subjects to gain perspective on their kingdom. T’Challa’s turn has come, and
while working in a Vibranium refinery, he uncovers a plot to sell the priceless
metal on the black market. All-new action in the Mighty Marvel Manner!
A new dawn has broken for mutantkind, and their current status quo has sent reverberations around the globe! Mutant mastermind Jonathan Hickman has changed the game for Homo Superior and now is ushering in an era of Marvel storytelling the likes of which has never been seen before! So prepare yourself for all-new, all-different X-Men adventures with this launch trailer featuring Editor in-Chief C.B. Cebulski, Senior Editor Jordan D. White, and writer Jonathan Hickman!
The island nation of Krakoa is firmly established, and the X-Men are finally free to truly forge their own path in the world. All mutants are living under one flag – and any of them can be called upon to be an X-Man! With a rotating cast of characters both heroic and villainous, mainstays, fan-favorites, and obscurities alike will all have their chance to shine!
Written by KELLY THOMPSON Art by CHRIS BACHALO Teaser Variant by GREG LAND with Colors by FRANK D’ARMATA
Deadpool’s newest mercenary job has him going after the King of Monsters, who has claimed a new kingdom for his monstrous subjects…on Staten Island! But you know what they say, when you come at the king, you better not miss! The Merc with a Mouth finds himself neck deep in political intrigue, monster law, and a monster hunter out for blood! It’s like The Crown but with even more swords and monsters! Can Deadpool’s smooth charisma and deft diplomacy allow him to keep his head, or will he be royally screwed?
From the “House of Ideas” to the “House of Feige.”
Kevin Feige‘s influence within the Marvel world, and Disney, grows as he’s been named the company’s Chief Creative Officer. All of the company’s key creative executives across film and TV will now report to him.
In this role, Feige will be in charge of the creative direction for Marvel’s storytelling. That includes publishing, film, TV, and animation.
Dan Buckley, President of Marvel Entertainment (the comics and more) will report to Feige when it comes to creative/editorial decisions. When it comes to operations, sales, creative services, games, licensing, and events, Buckley will report to Ike Perlmutter who is Marvel’s Chairman. Joe Quesada is expected to remain as the creative lead for Marvel Entertainment and report to Buckley.
In another change, Marvel Television and Marvel Family Entertainment will move under the Marvel Studios banner which Feige runs. That change isn’t unexpected. During recent announcements at San Diego Comic-Con and D23 the television shows, which one would have expected to be under Marvel TV, showed the Marvel Studios banner. This lead to speculation that live-action storytelling as a whole was falling more under Feige’s control.
Fiege will continue to report to Walt Disney Studios co-chairman and chief creative officer Alan Horn and co-chairman Alan Berman.
It’s been nearly six years since I last picked up a new X-Men comic with any real consistency. The last series I read with any regularity featuring the merry mutants was Jason Aaron‘s Wolverine and the X-Men. Which apparently ended around six years ago. It’s fair to say that I’m a little out of touch with that side of the Marvel Universe (though I have been following both Old Man Loganand Dead Man Logan, but those series didn’t really involve the X-Men as much as a team book would). More than a little, honestly. A lot has happened in the six years I’ve been away, and since I barely pay attention to solicitations I have missed most of it.
But with Johnathan Hickman steering the X-Men in a new direction with both House and Powers Of X, I thought this might be a good time to start reading X-Men comics again.
But how easy is it to jump back in relatively blind after more than half a decade away?
Expect spoilers as I try to make sense of the comic.
I’ve found that the Powers Of X comics have been used to fill in information holes and expand upon points made in earlier issue of House Of X. That’s largely the same here, with Powers Of X #6 expanding upon a certain scene within the finale of the aforementioned comic.
It’s that finale that has been sitting with me for several days, delaying the release of this column as I try and make sense of how the House/Powers Of X event has left me feeling. On the one hand, as a reintroduction to the X-Men after nearly six years, it has definitely set me up for success. It has laid the foundation stones for the plethora of new X-Men books coming out starting this week, and while I have no intention of picking them all up, I’ll certainly read two or three.
I’ll be entering the new X-books at a place that will allow me to enjoy the stories for what they are without trying to piece together various arcs from online snippets and editor’s notes in the comics themselves. I’ll know that the mutants have created their own nation, almost entirely exclusive to mutants. In that regard, it was an unmitigated success.
In that regard.
If you were waiting for the other shoe to drop, here it comes.
House/Powers Of X has shifted the X-Men’s place from a minority group fighting for peaceful coexistence with humanity to an elitist nation who think themselves above humanity. While there may be peaceful coexistence, it won’t be as equals anymore.
There are two prime quotes that exemplify this for me, the first has been included in every version of this column and comes from the final page of the first issue. If you need a reminder, scroll up. The second comes from House Of X #5, immediately after a large number of mutants arrive on Krakoa.
It’s with Apocalypse’s line that “you have finally become what I intended you to be. I couldn’t be more proud.” that I realized the X-Men had embraced the big blue mutant’s mantra of “survival of the fittest” in the most obvious was possible. They created a nation of the “the fittest.”
A nation where no mutant need stay dead (and I still don’t know if the new not-technically-a-clone Wolverine after his death and regrowth (read House #4 and #5 for details) has adamantium in his bones or not. If he does, how did it get put into the new body? That’s actually the least of my questions regarding the resurrection process, if I’m honest, but it’s one I focus on because it’s that kind of nitpicking detail I want. No, my bigger question is why does Professor X only copy mutants? Why not expand to humanity as a whole?
Is it because of the constraints of Cerebro as a whole? Unlikely, seeing as how Forge could overcome those with enough time as he did the initial design in Powers #5. No, instead it’s almost like Xavier doesn’t care as much about humans as he does mutants.
Which is a stunning revelation from a man who preached peaceful coexistence for decades (despite having moments of being a slight creep over the years – just google them). Yes, it’s a bold new direction for the X-Men going forward, but one has to wonder; the X-Men have for decades stood as an allegory for minorities and the down trodden. Is this shift emblematic of those minorities finally going back where they came from, or a shift toward a position of elitism as the mutants embrace the superior in homo superior?
How the X-Men are handled from here on out will be very interesting. At the least, this event has me intrigued enough to pick up X-Men #1 when it hits the shelves this week. Though I’ll be keeping the positional shift firmly in mind as I continue to follow the adventures of the X-Men.
“You see I know how you humans love your symbolism, almost as much as you love you religion. And I wanted you – I needed you – to understand… you have new gods now.”
Magneto, House Of X, #1 p.47. I keep leaving this image and quote in the column because, for me, it’s emblematic of the series as a whole. It’s Hickman, through Magneto, setting the stage for the future of the X-Men.
Marvel provided a FREE copy for review purposes, but I read the comic in print from my LCS.
Marvel has released its special edition of The Pull List, unveiling exclusive information for titles coming to comic shops this January! The episode recapped all the exciting news from New York Comic Con 2019 like Iron Man 2020 and Ravencroft as well as the new launches of Thor, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Star Wars! In addition, The Pull List revealed never-before-seen titles: Hawkeye: Freefall, a brand new solo series by Matthew Rosenberg, and Tarot #1, an all-new adventure featuring the Avengers and Defenders by comic legends Alan Davis and Paul Renaud.
HAWKEYE: FREEFALL #1
Written by MATTHEW ROSENBERG Art by OTTO SCHMIDT Cover by KIM JACINTO
HAWKEYE RETURNS IN A BRAND NEW SERIES!
When a mysterious and ruthless new Ronin starts tearing a destructive path through the city, suspicion immediately falls on Hawkeye, but Clint has more to worry about than who’s wearing his old costume. After a clash with the Hood ends badly, Hawkeye gives himself a new mission that will place him in the crosshairs of one of New York’s most dangerous villains.
Hawkeye’s mission and Ronin’s secret plans will set them on a collision course that only one of them will walk away from.
Written by ALAN DAVIS Art and Cover by PAUL RENAUD
An all-new epic adventure teaming the classic Earth’s Mightiest Heroes with Marvel’s premiere Non-Team by Alan Davis and Paul Renaud!
A strange and impossible lost memory from his days in World War II draws Namor the Sub-Mariner to his one-time compatriot Captain America—but the two heroes and their respective allies find themselves pulled into a labyrinth of pain, destruction and madness courtesy of the Infernal Ichor of Ish’lzog!
IRON MAN 2020 #1
Written by DAN SLOTT & CHRISTOS GAGE Art and Cover by PETE WOODS
In IRON MAN 2020, the future has arrived, and Artificial Intelligences present a clear and present danger to humanity and must be brought to heel! As the Robot Rebellion battles for the establishment of robot rights, someone new will don the Iron Man suit: Arno Stark, the long-lost brother of Tony Stark.
But Arno Stark won’t be alone: War Machine, Rescue, Ironheart will all have roles to play in the new series. The Robot Rebellion will also feature some familiar robots from the Marvel Universe including Machine Man AKA Aaron Stack, Jocasta, the Vision, Albert (the robotic Wolverine character), Elsie-Dee, Machinesmith, Nick Fury LMDs, Death’s Head, the Mad Thinker and his Awesome Android, Quasimodo, H.E.R.B.I.E., the Dreadnaughts, Brynocki, Alkhema, and M-11.
Written by FRANK TIERI Art by ANGEL UNZUETA Cover by KYLE HOTZ
After the hellish horrors of ABSOLUTE CARNAGE, the Ravencroft Institute has received a much-needed facelift and is open for business with a new staff, including JOHN JAMESON, looking to atone for the part he played in ABSOLUTE CARNAGE. But will Ravencroft return the mentally unstable villains of the Marvel Universe to upstanding citizens and give John the redemption he’s looking for, or will they fall prey to the hospital’s seemingly sinister nature?
RUINS OF RAVENCROFT: CARNAGE #1
Written by FRANK TIERI Art by GUIU VILLANOVA Cover by GERARDO SANDOVAL
In the aftermath of ABSOLUTE CARNAGE, the Marvel Universe still needs a place to treat and rehabilitate the criminally insane, and efforts to reconstruct RAVENCROFT are well underway. But Ravencroft is no ordinary facility, and untold secrets may yet be waiting to be unearthed in the destruction Carnage left after his attack on the facility.
RUINS OF RAVENCROFT: SABRETOOTH #1
Written by FRANK TIERI Art by GUILLERMO SANNA Cover by GERARDO SANDOVAL
The history of the Ravencroft Institute for the Criminally Insane has been shrouded in mystery for years. NO LONGER! In the wake of ABSOLUTE CARNAGE, the facility’s past has started to unravel, and in doing so has revealed hidden chapters in the lives of some of the Marvel Universe’s most recognizable heroes and villains!
RUINS OF RAVENCROFT: DRACULA #1
Written by FRANK TIERI Art by STEFANO LANDINI Cover by GERARDO SANDOVAL
To the men and women of the Marvel Universe, Ravencroft Institute for the Criminally Insane appeared to be a hospital devoted to the rehabilitation of society’s most violent offenders. But appearances can be deceptive, and—as Captain America learned the hard way—some secrets have teeth.
Written by DONNY CATES Art by NIC KLEIN Cover by OLIVIER COIPEL
The prince is now a king. All Asgard lies before Thor, the God of Thunder. And after many months of war, the Ten Realms are finally at peace. But the skies above the Realm Eternal are never clear for long… The Black Winter is coming. And the God of the Storm will be powerless before it.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1
Written by AL EWING Art and Cover by JUANN CABAL
Once, the Guardians of the Galaxy were a team of misfits. Now they’re a family, and they’ve earned their peace. But the universe is not a peaceful place — and it’s only getting worse. The Great Empires are in turmoil. The rule of law is dead. And amidst the chaos, the Gods of Olympus have returned — harbingers of a new age of war, reborn to burn their mark on the stars themselves. Someone has to guard the galaxy — but who will accept the mission? And will they survive it?
STAR WARS #1
Written by CHARLES SOULE Art by JESÚS SAIZ Cover by R.B. SILVA
In the wake of The Empire Strikes Back, it is a dark time for the heroes of the Rebellion. The Rebel fleet…scattered following a disastrous defeat at the Battle of Hoth. Han Solo…lost to the bounty hunter, Boba Fett, after being frozen in carbonite. And after being lured into a trap on Cloud City and bested in a vicious lightsaber duel against the evil Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker…learned the horrible truth about his noble Jedi lineage.
Now, after narrowly escaping the Dark Lord’s clutches, wounded and reeling from the revelation, Luke joins Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, Chewbacca, and the droids C-3PO and R2-D2 to fight their way back to the Rebel Alliance. But what Leia, Luke, and their ragtag band of freedom fighters don’t realize…is that they have only traded one Imperial trap for another! Enter the cunning and vengeful Imperial Commander Zahra, at the helm of the Tarkin’s Will!
The greatest space adventure of all time continues this January!