Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Marvel's August Solicits

Wow. It seems only a week ago that I complained about the lack of cool stuff being released in the month of July. Now Marvel reveals their August books, and I'm going to highlight a couple cool ones.

FANTASTIC FOUR VISIONARIES: WALTER SIMONSON VOL. 2 TPB
Written by WALTER SIMONSON & DANNY FINGEROTH
Penciled by WALTER SIMONSON & REX VALVE
Cover by WALTER SIMONSON
It's the past, it's the future, it's an alternate Earth – when it's down to fighting cyborg dictators and displaced dinosaurs, who has time to figure out where they are?! It's another Simonson odyssey for the Fantastic Four and company, plus personal crises for the Human Torch and Ms. Marvel (Sharon Ventura)! Guest-starring Spider-Man and Rusty Collins of X-Factor/New Mutants fame! Collecting FANTASTIC FOUR #342-346.
120 PGS./All Ages …$14.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-3130-4

Yes. I have definitely complained about this before, and after what seems like five years, they put out the next trade in the Simonson Fantastic Four run. I already own the back issues of this, because I assumed this would never come, but I will be picking this up, if only because it's digitally re-coloured. Or at least it better be.

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VOL. 20: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN AND HIS AMAZING FRIENDS TPB
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Penciled by STUART IMMONEN
Cover by STUART IMMONEN
Things are changing in the young life of Peter Parker: Johnny Storm of the Fantastic Four is now his buddy – and the hot–headed super hero has taken a liking to Peter’s classmate, Liz Allen! But something is horribly wrong with Liz – something that will soon affect the life of every student at Midtown High – including Peter’s ex-girlfriend, Kitty Pryde!
Collecting ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #118-122.
120 PGS./Rated A …$12.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-2961-5

Yay! Another trade in Ultimate Spider-Man. This is something I definitely read in trade format. There's no need to read back issues on this one. It's been frigging months since "Death of A Goblin" rocked my world. Immonen's pencils have been terrific on this title, and I look forward to reading more. I've complained about Bendis a lot, but it's cause I love him, and I know he's capable of excellence, such as on this title.

CLANDESTINE: BLOOD RELATIVE PREMIERE HC
Written by ALAN DAVIS
Penciled by ALAN DAVIS
Cover by ALAN DAVIS
Alan Davis’ freaky family returns! They’ve existed, hidden among mankind for centuries, a mysterious bloodline of superhumans, eternal and apart. And all they’ve desired is to be left alone, to pursue their individual interests in peace. But now, the existence of their hidden clan is threatened with exposure by the activities of one of their youngest siblings, Rory Destine, who aspires to be the costumed crimefighter called the Crimson Crusader! And now that the cat’s been let out of the bag, who or what is going to come calling at the Destine family’s Ravenscroft doorway? Collecting CLANDESTINE #1-5.
120 PGS./Rated T+ …$19.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-2740-6

I've talked about Clandestine before, and I loved it, so I'm super jazzed to read the next adventure in the strangest family of all. Of course, Alan Davis is awesome, so there's no question I'd be picking this up in hardcover version.

The next issue of Fantastic Four by Millar and Hitch comes out as well, which features a nifty cover with Galactus in the background. Yes. That's all I have to say. Yes.

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