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Marvel Unlimited’s December Releases

MarvelUnlimited_LogoMarvel Unlimited, Marvel’s digital comics subscription service, offers members unlimited access to over 19,000 issues of Marvel’s classic and newer titles, delivered digitally through your desktop web browser and the Marvel Unlimited mobile app.

Marvel has revealed some of what’s being released each week for the month of December. Check out the list below of what you can find on the service!

Week of 12/5

A-FORCE #6
ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #9
ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT AVENGERS #10
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #13
CIVIL WAR II #1
CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS #9
DAREDEVIL/PUNISHER: SEVENTH CIRCLE INFINITE COMIC #7
DEADPOOL #13
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #10
MARVEL UNIVERSE AVENGERS ASSEMBLE: CIVIL WAR #4 (FINAL ISSUE!)
MOON KNIGHT #3
OLD MAN LOGAN #7
SPIDER-MAN 2099 #11
SPIDER-WOMAN #8
SPIDER-WOMEN OMEGA #1
THE PUNISHER #2
X-MEN ’92 #4

Week of 12/12

AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. #6
ALL-NEW X-MEN #10
CIVIL WAR II: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1
CIVIL WAR II: GODS OF WAR #1
DAREDEVIL #8
DARTH VADER #21
DEADPOOL & THE MERCS FOR MONEY #5 (FINAL ISSUE!)
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #9
HOWARD THE DUCK #8
MARVEL UNIVERSE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #9
NEW AVENGERS #12
POE DAMERON #3
THUNDERBOLTS #2
VENOM: SPACE KNIGHT #8
VISION #8

Week of 12/19

A YEAR OF MARVELS: JUNE INFINITE COMIC #1
ALL-NEW INHUMANS #8
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #14
BLACK WIDOW #4
CIVIL WAR II #2
CIVIL WAR II: ULYSSES INFINITE COMIC #1
CIVIL WAR II: X-MEN #1
DAREDEVIL/PUNISHER: SEVENTH CIRCLE INFINITE COMIC #8 (FINAL ISSUE!)
DEADPOOL #14
GUARDIANS OF INFINITY #7
HAN SOLO #1
INTERNATIONAL IRON MAN #4
NOVA #8
PATSY WALKER, A.K.A. HELLCAT! #7
SPIDER-GWEN #9
SPIDEY #7
SQUADRON SUPREME #8
STAR WARS #20
THE ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #9
UNCANNY INHUMANS #10
UNCANNY X-MEN #8
VOTE LOKI #1

Week of 12/26

CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON #10
CARNAGE #9
CIVIL WAR II: CHOOSING SIDES #1
DEADPOOL V GAMBIT #1
DOCTOR STRANGE #9
DRAX #8
GUIDEBOOK TO THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE – MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. SEASON ONE
GWENPOOL, THE UNBELIEVABLE #3
MARVEL UNIVERSE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN: CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS #4 (FINAL ISSUE!)
MIGHTY THOR #8
MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #8
MS. MARVEL #8
NIGHTHAWK #2
POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #5
ROCKET RACCOON & GROOT #6
SCARLET WITCH #7
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS ADAPTATION #1
THE TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #7
ULTIMATES #8
UNCANNY AVENGERS #10
WEB WARRIORS #8

Preview: Deadpool: Back in Black #4

Deadpool: Back in Black #4

(W) Cullen Bunn (A/CA) Salva Espin
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Nov 30, 2016
SRP: $3.99

Deadpool’s 1980s adventures in the Venom symbiote continue!

First up – seduced by the semi-criminal wiles of The Black Cat! Then – Kraven’s Second-to-Last Hunt!

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Preview: Black Widow #8

Black Widow #8

(W) Chris Samnee, Mark Waid (A/CA) Chris Samnee
Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 30, 2016
SRP: $3.99

DARK ROOM FIELD TRIP!

Students of the DARK ROOM – the successor of the Red Room – are making their way into the world. One young assassin has her sights set on a VERY high-profile target. There’s no shortage of men prepared to stop her, and BLACK WIDOW will have to fight them all to save her.

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‘Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy – The Telltale Series’ Official Teaser

It’s official! Revealed LIVE on stage at The Game Awards, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series premieres 2017 from Telltale Games.

What did Telltale and Marvel have to say about the project in the official announcement? Read on…

In Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series players will take on multiple roles within the ragtag band of heroes, and take the pilot’s seat in directing their escapades around the universe in five episodes.

The series will also hit retail as a special season pass disc, which will include the first episode in the season, and will grant access to the subsequent four episodes as they become available for download via online updates. They’ll have more specific platform details to announce in the coming year.

And Telltale says there’s more Marvel titles to come!

Marvel and Funko Team Up for New Shorts

Marvel and Funko have collaborated to create the first-ever Funko animated shorts, the first of which, Spellbound, was released today! There are three Marvel Funko animated shorts in total and each one is ninety seconds in length. Featuring some of Marvel’s most popular Super Heroes and Villains, including Spider-Man, Iron Man, Loki, Rocket, Groot, the Collector, Deadpool, and Venom.

Bait N Switch is the second animated short and will premiere on 12/7. Bait N Switch features Rocket breaking into the Collector’s museum to try and set his buddy, Groot, free. Chimichangas, the third animated short, will premiere on 12/14 and features Deadpool facing off against Venom!

Jean Grey Flies Solo This Spring For All-New Series!

Like the Phoenix before her, Jean Grey rises from the ashes this Spring to headline her very first ongoing series! Marvel has officially announced Jean Grey #1 – an all-new series from blockbuster creators Dennis Hopeless and Victor Ibanez with a cover by David Yardin! Be there as the fiery young heroine sets out on her own and prepares for the fight of her life!

A vision. A premonition. A warning. The Phoenix is coming back to Earth. It could be tomorrow, it could be years from now. But it’s on its way. Determined to not succumb to the fate that befell her adult counterpart, Jean will fight the future and forge her own destiny. One problem – she’s not ready. Not even close. So, on a quest to save her own life, she’ll travel across the Marvel Universe, honing her gifts under the tutelage of the greatest heroes and teachers. Even that may not be enough. Can Jean ever hope to escape the Phoenix? Or is the cycle of death and rebirth doomed to repeat itself?

In an interview, Hopeless said:

She needs to level up. She needs to become a prepared Jean Grey by the time the Phoenix arrives. So she puts herself through a lot of things to try to get ready for something she can’t really prepare for. And I think a lot of people can relate to that.

The heat is on this Spring as Jean Grey sets out on a journey that will turn her world upside down. Because if she fails – all is lost.

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Monsters Unleashed Gets a Free Sampler in January. Plus the First 6 Pages!

Monsters Unleashed #1 is set to rampage across your nearest comic shop on January 18th but fans eager to get the inside scoop on Marvel’s next blockbuster epic won’t have to wait that long! Head to your nearest retailer on January 4th to get your hands on the FREE Monsters Unleashed Sampler. An oversized 40-page standalone book, inside you’ll be treated to creator interviews, character designs, previews of the main series plus select tie-in issues and much more! Try out all the monster madness before it hits stores throughout the first few months of 2017!

And to celebrate, Marvel has released a look inside with the first six pages from Monsters Unleashed #1! From superstar creators Cullen Bunn and Steve McNiven comes massive monster mayhem that has to be seen to be believed! The heroes of the Marvel Universe unite as the Avengers, Champions, Guardians of the Galaxy, X-Men, Inhumans and more band together to fight off wave after wave of towering beasts! But do they stand a chance?

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Review: Inhumans vs X-Men #0

inhumans_vs__x_men__0Inhumans vs X-Men issue # 0 sets the stage for the next superhero smackdown. For those feeling an acute onset hero on hero violence fatigue, be patient. The next superhuman bout may deliver where Civil War II faltered. IvX #0 continues in the same vein as Death of X filling the much-needed gaps, to paint a current picture of both the Mutant and Inhuman landscape.  To be honest I definitely had my gripes about the flash-forward and off panel milestone story telling that Marvel had cozied up to. Having the complete picture now gives a coherence that in my opinion makes the story more enjoyable. I really hope Marvel sticks to more linear storytelling in the future.

Overall I found the characterization in IvX #0 quite strong. Hank McCoy the elder, has been slowly transforming with a bent towards unabashed arrogance as of late. I was just thinking the other day how much similar he has become too his Dark Beast counterpart from the age of apocalypse reality. There’s a flashback to his early lab work with the Inhuman ISO, and his flippant remarks about the current situation and his faith in science to solve it all came off as very blindsided. For all his genius Hank doesn’t seem to appreciate that through science he has created some unsolvable problems as well (i.e. the temporal displacement of the original five X-Men). This is very much the same Beast who we saw depart from the X-Men in the Uncanny #600 issue. (link to  Unapologetic, stubborn, arrogant, and kind of an asshole. I’m very proud of Charles Soule for continuing on this characterization thread.

Emma Frost also enjoys a well-deserved spotlight.  In my review of an earlier Inhuman title I wrote how Medusa’s character really got to grow and flourish in the absence of Blackbolt post-Infinity. In this respect, Emma serves as a mirror to Medusa throughout the issue. I have always marveled how desperation has fueled Emma and made her operate at her best.  With Cyclops’ untimely demise she’s returned to that same Emma Frost we saw during the Dark Reign/ Pre-Utopia era. Devious, ambitious, and conniving. We see Emma tapping into her Hellfire roots on behalf of mutantkind in a pure way this issue and I couldn’t help but think how good it was to have the White Queen back! And its very symbolic that we have three queens (ex-Wakandan, Inhuman, and Hellfire) interlocked in such an interesting drama, with their own signature approach to statecraft. I love it!

With that said IvX excels at framing the oncoming conflict in evolutionary and political terms. We learn in this issue that the pre-emptive strike lead by Cyclops’ faction of X-Men neutralized half of the Terrigen cloud encircling the globe. This is quite a big deal as it shows mutants to be a force to be reckoned with deterrent wise. I’m reminded here of the Inhumans war against the Shi’ar in the War of Kings volume when it was speculated that Terrigenesis had a somewhat prescient element giving the Inhumans exactly what they need when they need it. Both the Inhumans and the X-Men are equal in this regard and this should make for and interesting conflict. It’s becoming ever more clear that there will be multiple perspectives on this conflict depending on the vantage it is viewed from. Given the reveals we have been given in Death of X Magneto remarks that the Inhuman missions upon the RIV are a protective military measure masked as a humanitarian mission. This threw me for a loop because I would have never considered this on my own. Naturally, Magneto has the eyes and the experience to make this interpretation. Given what we  have seen overall his assessment has merit. This outlook is also significant given some of the early story arc’s of the All-New Inhumans, which dealt directly with themes of a humanitarianism, genocide, geopolitical gesture and espionage. Beast overhears Medusa ‘s planning asserting that whatever the outcome of the current détente, the Inhuman’s must be prepared to win. I believe this was Beast’s come to Jesus moment arrogance/optimism wise. To see these themes revisited and interwoven in such an organic way for this upcoming conflict organically was such a treat.

The art was vivid and had a serious tone similar to the work of Lenil-Yu, the facial expressions were also very expressive. A small touch that I always appreciate when I come across it as it always makes me more attentive and invested in the characters.

Admittedly I rolled my eyes at the prospect of another superhero conflict, but I must say I am now hooked and eagerly awaiting the next volume if the plotting and themes are as smart and organic as IvX #0 suggests then I think we’re in for a fun ride. Doubly so considering the Ressurexion event that is on the horizon.

Story: Charles Soule Art: Kenneth Rocafort
Story: 10 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy!

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Thunderbolts #7

Thunderbolts #7

(W) Jim Zub (A) Sean Izaakse (CA) Kris Anka
Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 30, 2016
SRP: $3.99

“CAUGHT RED-HANDED” STARTS NOW!

Operate in the shadows long enough, someone is going to shine a light on you. Bucky didn’t think that person would be his best friend, Steve Rogers. Captured and separated from his team, Bucky is on his own. Where do his loyalties lie? Steve wants to know. Only Steve has secrets of his own. Plus, an original Thunderbolt returns! How will Songbird react to the reunion of her former team?

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Preview: Ms. Marvel #13

Ms. Marvel #13

(W) G. Willow Wilson (A) Mirka Adolpha (CA) Joélle Jones
Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 30, 2016
SRP: $3.99

It’s a new chapter for Kamala Khan! But it’s lonely out there for a super hero when Ms. Marvel’s loved ones no longer have her back. Why is Kamala Khan on her own? Plus it’s election time baby! Kamala gets out the vote!

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