These are the Marvel Solicitations for January 2002.
I think it is interesting to see how much has changed or not in five years.
DAREDEVIL #41 Cover By Alex Maleev Brian Michael Bendis (w)/Alex Maleev (p & i) Only 25 cents! The movie is coming, and we want retailers to introduce one of the best books published today to a new wave of readers! That's why this issue -- which kicks off the next stunning DD storyline - will only cost a quarter! And best of all, "Lowlife" continues in only two weeks! 32 PGS. WITH ADS/FC/MARVEL PG...$0.25
DAREDEVIL #42 Cover By Alex Maleev Brian Michael Bendis (w)/Alex Maleev (p & i) 2 issues this month! The next shocking story continues here with part 2 of "Lowlife!" 32 PGS. WITH ADS/FC/MARVEL PG...$2.99
So is Daredevil better off under Brubaker and Lark? I did not really follow the Bendis run, but read parts of it. After Brubaker’s opening arc, I’m not sure if Daredevil is better or worse. The sad part is no one has been able to get past Frank Miller’s run on the bbok, because no one is willing to really commit to any change.
ELEKTRA #20 Painted Covers By Greg Horn Greg Rucka (w)/Carlo Pagulayan (p)/Danny Miki (i) The Hand wants their "property" back - but are they up to the task of claiming it? 32 PGS. WITH ADS/FC/MARVEL PG+ ...$2.99
This book is not even published anymore.
ULTIMATE DAREDEVIL & ELEKTRA #4 (OF 4) Cover By Salvador Larroca Greg Rucka (w)/Salvador Larroca (p) The Ultimate look at comics' ultimate couple comes to its ultimate conclusion! When the stakes are raised, what will Elektra choose: the man she loves… or her own brand of justice? 32 PGS. WITH ADS/FC/MARVEL PG...$2.25
Not sure if this is part of the official canon in the Ultimate “U” or not.
PUNISHER #21 Painted Covers by Tim Bradstreet Garth Ennis (w)/Steve Dillon (p & i) In part 2 of "Brotherhood," Frank Castle investigates a huge drug ring - and the cops who are supposed to be stopping them! 32 PGS. WITH ADS/FC/MARVEL PG+..$2.99
Essentially this book was replaced by Ennis doing Punisher under the Max line and has become a top notch run on the Punisher.
CAPTAIN AMERICA #8 Cover By John Cassaday John Ney Rieber (w)/Trevor Hairsine (p)/ Danny Miki (i) The line between hero and ally blurs as Captain America faces someone whose goal is the same as his - but whose methods are very different! "Extremists" continues - with art by the new Marvel Knights' star, Trevor Hairsine (Cla$$war)! 32 PGS. WITH ADS/FC/MARVEL PG...$2.99
Currently a far better book now with Brubaker and Epting. What I read of this run was a little blah and impacted too much by 9/11.
ALIAS #18 & #19 Painted Covers By David Mack Brian Michael Bendis (w)/Michael Gaydos (a) It's 2 issues this month as "Underneath" continues! When Jessica searches for a missing hero, what dark secret will she uncover? 32 PGS. WITH ADS (each)/FC/PARENTAL WARNING…$2.99 (each)
I never got into this book, but the few times I read it I enjoyed the book. I think getting Jessica Jones pregnant and then married off to Luke Cage has marginalized an original character.
SHANG-CHI: MASTER OF KUNG FU #5 (of 6) Cover By Paul Gulacy Doug Moench (w)/Paul Gulacy (p)/ Jimmy Palmiotti (i) 32 PGS. WITH ADS/FC/PARENTAL WARNING $2.99
If they got the rights to do this a couple years back why can’t we get reprints of the original series. The artists who worked on this book were Jim Starlin, Paul Gulacy and Gene Day (plus others). I would love to see this in a series of hard covers.
ULTIMATE WAR #3 (of 4) Cover By Chris Bachalo Mark Millar (w)/Chris Bachalo (p) The two hottest teams in comics collide! The United States military cracks down on the X-Men as the Ultimates are sent to bring them in! 32 PGS. WITH ADS/FC/ALL AGES......$2.25
X-MEN, ULTIMATE #27 & #28 Covers By Adam Kubert Mark Millar (w)/Ray & Ben Lai (p & i) The first chapter in the next big story begins here - with 2 issues this month! The Brotherhood's war on mankind hits overdrive! 32 PGS. WITH ADS (each)/FC/ALL AGES......$2.25 (each)
The Ultimate X-Men line is still flourishing, so I guess that means the book is a success. The Ultimate X-Men never held my attention long enough to be a fan.
X-MEN, UNCANNY #417 & #418 Covers By Kia Asamiya Chuck Austen (w)/Kia Asamiya (p) 2 issues of UNCANNY X-MEN -- both illustrated by international superstar Kia Asamiya - kick off a new story! The X-Men face off against a new breed of mutants bent on destroying humanity in "Dominant Species"! 32 PGS. WITH ADS (each)/FC/MARVEL PG......$2.25 (each)
Wow – the almost hated Chuck Austen. The book has to be better today, but not by much.
X-MEN, NEW #136 Cover By Frank Quitely Grant Morrison (w)/Frank Quitely (p) "Riot At Xavier's" rages on! What happens when the students take over the school? The eternal showdown of youth vs. experience explodes at Xavier's Institute! Who lives? Who dies? Who betrays whom? Find out in the story that will rock the X-Men once again! 32 PGS. WITH ADS/FC/MARVEL PG......$2.25
This was a great run. Grant Morrison hit a home run with his take of the X-Men. It’s a shame the book is no longer as good as it was, Morrison’s run has already been almost totally undone.
HULK/WOLVERINE: 6 HOURS #1 & #2 (of 4) Cover By Simon Bisley Bruce Jones (w)/Scott Kolins (p) Two of comics' hottest characters unite - courtesy of Bruce Jones (INCREDIBLE HULK) and Scott Kolins (Flash)! The green goliath and the feral mutant only have six hours to rescue a woman and a boy from two desperate drug dealers… but will they be able to control their infamous tempers to get the job done? 32 PGS. WITH ADS/FC/MARVEL PG $2.99
Marvel just never let’s go of some themes. I think we are still waiting for the end of the Ultimate Hulk/Wolverine battle.
X-MEN, X-TREME #20 Cover By Salvador Larroca Chris Claremont (w)/Salvador Larroca & Liquid! (a) A new six-part story begins - as Salvador Larroca returns! 32 PGS. WITH ADS/FC/MARVEL PG......$2.99
I never liked this book when I read it for a few issues. It felt like a team book, not an X-Men book.
X-MEN, UNLIMITED #41 Cover By Chris Bachalo Jamie Delano & Mike Allred (w)/ Neil Googe & Nick Derington (p) First, Jamie Delano (Hellblazer) and Neil Googe (Bazooka Jules) introduce the mutant known as MC Mystik! Then, Mike Allred and Nick Derington retell of The Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night"… starring the X-Statix! 48 PGS. WITH ADS/FC/MARVEL PG......$3.50
X-books all over the place. I think the proliferation is less today, then it was then as New Avengers is a big seller, so they have been trying to expand that franchise a little more.
X-STATIX #7 Cover By Mike Allred Peter Milligan (w)/Mike Allred(p & i) 32 PGS. WITH ADS/FC/MARVEL PG......$2.25
When I read this book I enjoyed it, but this was the quirkiest X-book ever and really had to be considered out of continuity.
EXILES #21 Cover By Georges Jeanty Judd Winick (w)/J. Calafiore (p)/Jon Holdredge (i) Part 2 of the story that will change the Exiles forever! 32 PGS. WITH ADS/FC/MARVEL PG......$2.25
Never got into this book and I think it has been recently cancelled.
WOLVERINE #185 Cover By Essad Ribic Frank Tieri(w)/Sean Chen(p) It all hits the fan as the latest story concludes! 32 PGS. WITH ADS/FC/MARVEL PG......$2.25
We are now on issue #50 and the re-launch and a year into the sister book Wolverine Origins (up for worse book of the year this year).
WEAPON X #5 Cover By Georges Jeanty Frank Tieri (w)/Georges Jeanty (p)/Dexter Vines (i) Standalone issue! What is the secret behind the Director's evil plans? 32 PGS. WITH ADS/FC/MARVEL PG......$2.25
AGENT X #7 Cover By Brian Stelfreeze Gail Simone (w)/Alvin Lee & UDON (a) A standalone story about… women's underwear? 32 PGS. WITH ADS/FC/MARVEL PG......$2.25
SOLDIER X #7 Painted Cover By Igor Kordey Darko Macan (w)/Simon Coleby (p) A self-contained story! 32 PGS. WITH ADS/FC/MARVEL PG......$2.25
MEKANIX #4 (of 6) Cover By Celia Calle Chris Claremont (w)/Juan Bobillo (p)/Marcelo Sosa (i) 32 PGS. WITH ADS/FC/MARVEL PG $2.99
No idea what this was.
SPIDER-MAN, ULTIMATE #34 & #35 Covers by Mark Bagley Brian Michael Bendis (w)/Mark Bagley (p)/Art Thibert (i) It's double the ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN this month… and that means it's also double the Ultimate Venom! What was the secret that Peter Parker's father was working on? And what happens when Peter tampers with this dark experiment? Find out - and get ready for Spider-Man as you've never seen him before! 32 PGS. WITH ADS (each)/FC/ALL AGES......$2.25 (each)
Still going strong and the best Spider-Man book on the racks. Of course the other books suck, so it don’t take much.
SPIDER-MAN, AMAZING #49 Cover By John Romita Jr. J. Michael Straczynski (w)/ John Romita Jr. (p)/Scott Hanna (i) 32 PGS. WITH ADS/FC/MARVEL PG......$2.25
This title is now back to its original numbering and still written by JMS. This book has been floundering for years and is still a lost book.
SPIDER-MAN, PETER PARKER #52 Cover By Francisco Herrera Zeb Wells (w)/Francisco Herrera (p)/ Wayne Faucher (i) The conclusion to another crazy one by writer Zeb Wells! 32 PGS. WITH ADS/FC/MARVEL PG......$2.25
Never got this book and it may have been replaced with a differently titled book today.
SPIDER-MAN'S TANGLED WEB #22 Cover By Alberto Dose Brian Walsh (w)/Alberto Dose (p) What happens to criminals caught in Spider-Man's web? Find out in "The System!" 32 PGS. WITH ADS/FC/MARVEL PG......$2.99
SPIDER-GIRL #55 & #56 Covers By Pat Olliffe Tom DeFalco (w)/Pat Olliffe (p)/Al Williamson (i) It's two issues of everyone's favorite female fighter! 32 PGS. WITH ADS (each)/FC/ALL AGES......$2.25 (each)
SPIDER-MAN: LEGEND OF THE SPIDER CLAN #4 (of 5) A MARVEL MANGAVERSE STORY Cover By Kaare Andrews Kaare Andrews (w)/Skott Young (p) 32 PGS. WITH ADS/FC/MARVEL PG.....$2.25
No idea what this was. The Spider-Man frachise in in dire need of help. Five years ago and today it is still just a bunch of stories. No real direction.
MARVILLE #5: ORIGINVILLE Cover A By Greg Horn Cover B by M.D. Bright Bill Jemas (w)/M.D. Bright (p)/ Paul Neary (i) Here it is, the origin of Wolverine… the version that Joe Quesada wouldn't let Jemas tell! Plus: In honor of ORIGINVILLE, M.D. Bright delivers a variant "Wolverine-themed" cover! 32 PGS. WITH ADS (each)/FC/MARVEL PG $2.25 (each)
Ha, ha, ha – I remember this crap. This was really a stupid gimmick book that tied into a couple other gimmick books. At least the covers were not exploitative (not at all).
CAPTAIN MARVEL #5 Cover By J.G. Jones Peter David (w)/ChrisCross (p)/Chris Sotomayor (color) 32 PGS. WITH ADS/FC/MARVEL PG....$2.25
Cancelled, but an interesting series.
ULTIMATE ADVENTURES #4 Cover By Kaare Andrews Ron Zimmerman (W)/Duncan Fegredo (p & i) The Ultimates recruit Hawk-Owl & Zippy! (Note: This is a resolicitation. All previous orders are canceled.) 32 PGS. WITH ADS/FC/MARVEL PG $2.25
TRUTH #3 (of 6) Cover By Kyle Baker Robert Morales (w)/Kyle Baker (a) In the tradition of ORIGIN, Marvel reveals the shocking secret history of Captain America! 32 PGS. WITH ADS/FC/CARDSTOCK COVER/MARVEL PG.....$3.50
Retro-con, that I believe was a mistake, but has been embraced as canon.
INCREDIBLE HULK #49 Cover By Kaare Andrews Bruce Jones (w)/Stuart Immonen (p)/Scott Koblish (i) The latest story comes to a shocking conclusion! 32 PGS. WITH ADS/FC/MARVEL PG...$2.25
Hulk is still going on, not sure if the book is better or not. I guess it is a yes as I stopped reading it under Bruce Jones.
THOR #58 Cover By Alan Davis Dan Jurgens (w)/Alan Davis (p)/Robin Riggs (i) Part 1 of "Standoff" - the three-parter penciled by Alan Davis! It's Thor vs. Iron Man vs. Captain America - as Dr. Doom pulls the strings! 32 PGS. WITH ADS/FC/MARVEL PG....$2.25
Probably coming back real soon.
IRON MAN #64 Cover By Alan Davis Mike Grell (w)/Alan Davis (p)/Mark Farmer (i) Part 2 of "Standoff" - the three-parter penciled by Alan Davis! It's Thor vs. Iron Man vs. Captain America - as Dr. Doom pulls the strings! 32 PGS. WITH ADS/FC/MARVEL PG...$2.25
Totally mixed up with Civil War.
AVENGERS #63 Cover By Alan Davis Geoff Johns (w)/Alan Davis (p)/Mark Farmer (i) Part 3 of "Standoff" - the three-parter penciled by Alan Davis! It's Thor vs. Iron Man vs. Captain America - as Dr. Doom pulls the strings! 32 PGS. WITH ADS/FC/MARVEL PG...$2.25
I think New Avengers suck, but the sales figures say I’m wrong.
FANTASTIC FOUR #65 Cover By Mike Wieringo Mark Waid (w)/Mark Buckingham (p & i) "Small Stuff/Big Stuff" kicks off here! 32 PGS. WITH ADS/FC/MARVEL PG....$2.25
Can anyone make this book good again?
FANTASTIC FOUR: UNSTABLE MOLECULES #1 (of 4) Cover By Craig Thompson James Sturm (w)/Guy Davis & Bob Sikoryak (p & i) The recently unearthed story of the real people who inspired the creation of Fantastic Four! Author James Sturm (creator of Time Magazine's pick for Graphic Novel of the Year, The Golem's Mighty Swing) and artist Guy Davis (DEADLINE) excavate the past to bring you the shocking saga of the real-life inspiration of the FF! 32 PGS. WITH ADS/FC/MARVEL PG....$2.99
I hear this was a great mini-series.
BLACK PANTHER #53 Cover By Andy Kubert Christopher Priest (w)/Jorge Lucas (p & i) The new direction continues as a new Panther prowls the streets of New York City in "Black & White" part 3! 32 PGS. WITH ADS/FC/MARVEL PG...$2.50
Wish I had read Priest run, but I’m avoiding the new run as it is like a totally different Black Panther.
PARADISE X: RAGNAROK #1 (of 2) Painted Cover By Alex Ross Alex Ross & Jim Krueger (w)/Tom Yeates (p) What if Thor and the Asgardian gods fell? Find out in this special two-parter set in the Earth X alternate future! 32 PGS. WITH ADS/FC/MARVEL PG ..$2.99
Just a little mini-series, no idea if it was good or not.
MARVEL DOUBLE-SHOT #3 (of 4) Painted Cover By Joe Jusko Jai Nitz & Sean McKeever (w)/ Gurihiru Studios & Darwyn Cooke (p) First Mr. Fantastic stretches into the spotlight… then it's Ant-Man drawn by Darwyn Cooke! 32 PGS. WITH ADS/FC/MARVEL PG.....$2.99
I like to see this book for Cooke’s artwork.
KILLRAVEN #4 (of 6) Cover By Alan Davis Alan Davis (w & p)/Mark Farmer (i) Continuing the all-new sci-fi thriller by the great Alan Davis! 32 PGS. WITH ADS/FC/MARVEL PG.....$2.99
I loved Killraven and this series was true to the series.
EDEN'S TRAIL #3 (of 6) Cover By Steve Uy Steve Uy & Chuck Austen (w)/Steve Uy (a) Continuing the anime-inspired adventure of sci-fi action delivered in the widescreen MarvelScope format! 32 PGS. WITH ADS/FC/MARVEL PG.....$2.99
Sounds really bad.
Marvel currently has co-branded with Dabel Brothers, added the Icon line of books, Ghost Rider series is back, another X-Book is in the mix (Astonishing), Heroes for Hire is an ongoing, some fun fifth week events have been done exploring monster tales, westerns, etc. and Civil War is almost over with multiple repercussions going on.
Overall I think Marvel is more diverse and has much better material then it did five years ago. A real improvement in my view.