Here's what looks interesting to me from Marvel's November 2008 releases:
MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE INVINCIBLE IRON MAN VOL. 5 HC
Written by ARCHIE GOODWIN
Penciled by GEORGE TUSKA & JOHNNY CRAIG
Cover by GEORGE TUSKA
Step back from the big screen and jump into the tales that made Marvel’s Iron Avenger one of the world’s most-famous super heroes! It’s a new era for comics’ most of sophisticated scientist/socialite, Tony Stark, as Archie Goodwin, E.C. Comics great Johnny Craig and the iron man of IRON MAN illustrators, George Tuska, take you on an amazing set of adventures! Just to warm you up, we’ve got Happy Hogan transformed into the Freak, one of Iron Man’s earliest enemies back to settle a score, a wild adventure into the far-flung future and a good, old-fashioned bash-’em-up with the Crusher teamed with a twisted-metal duel with the buzzsaw blades of the Gladiator. And now, the main course! Iron Man’s oldest and evilest of enemies, the Mandarin, returns and pushes the Golden Gladiator to the breaking point. First, he pits Iron Man against the Incredible Hulk in a battle of the titans that only one will walk away from, and then he tears him down with his discovery that Tony Stark is Iron Man! It’s an all-time Iron Man classic that’s so great that for good measure, we’re also bringing you the carnage of the Controller, a threat so awesome that it brings Iron Man together with Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. to stop it! Collecting IRON MAN #2-13.
272 PGS./All Ages ...$54.99
MARVEL MASTERWORKS: GOLDEN AGE ALL-WINNERS VOL. 3 HC
Written by VARIOUS
Penciled by HARRY SAHLE, JIMMY THOMPSON, CARL PFEUFER, BOB OKSNER, GEORGE KLEIN, AL BELLMAN, VINCE ALASCIA, CHAD GROTHKOPF, DON RICO, AL FAGALY, ALEX SCHOMBURG, MIKE SEKOWSKY, ALLEN SIMON & AL GABRIELE
Cover by ALEX SCHOMBURG
It’s the titanic trio of the Timely Big Three — Captain America, the Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner — combined with Golden Age luminaries the Destroyer and the Whizzer in one all-out amazing series! Defending wartime America from Nazi airships, ape-men and anything and everything else the Axis can throw at them, the Human Torch and Toro burn up the comic page like it’s still 1943. Captain America and Bucky parachute into adventures from mad scientists to buzz-bombing Nazis. Meanwhile, the Destroyer stops at nothing — including a battalion of Hitler impersonators — to stop the Nazi threat. And the Pacific Theatre won’t be left waiting, not with the Sub-Mariner around! He takes it straight to the Emperor himself and comes back to clean up the docks while he’s at it! But before you speed away, don’t miss the Whizzer as he races through maddening mazes and thwarts the plans of kidnapping crooks! It’s comic-book adventure at its purest, so reserve your copy today! Collecting ALL-WINNERS COMICS #9-14.
304 PGS./All Ages ...$59.99
MARVEL MASTERWORKS: DAREDEVIL VOL. 5 HC
Written by STAN LEE & ROY THOMAS
Penciled by GENE COLAN & BARRY WINDSOR-SMITH
Cover by GENE COLAN
The Man Without Fear faces his greatest threats yet in his fantastic fifth MASTERWORKS adventure! Matt Murdock has done battle with Marveldom's most maddening villains — but when he meets the Jester for the very first time, the rules change forever. Framing DD for murder, the Jester sets all of New York on a manhunt for the Man Without Fear! But there's another menace looking to push the stakes even higher: Starr Saxon, the mastermind who discovers DD's secret identity! Then comes the all-time Stan Lee/Gene Colan classic, "Brother, Take My Hand!" — a story that marked the ever-advancing march of super-hero comics into the social issues of the '60s by tackling the tale of a blinded Vietnam vet finding his way Stateside. It's a no-question classic! There's plenty of action, too, as DD jumps inside the ring to rub knuckles with Captain America, teeters over the city with Stilt Man, teams-up with the Black Panther and all the while struggles to rebuild his relationship with the lovely Karen Page. And as if that wasn't enough, we're rounding it out with the Stan and Gene's Not Brand Echh side-splitter, "Scaredevil, Defeated by the Evil Electrifico!" Collecting DAREDEVIL #42-53 and NOT BRAND ECHH #4.
272 PGS/All Ages ...$54.99
MARVEL MASTERWORKS: GOLDEN AGE CAPTAIN AMERICA VOL. 3 HC
Written by JOE SIMON, JACK KIRBY & STAN LEE
Penciled by JOE SIMON, JACK KIRBY, AL AVISON, SYD SHORES, MIKE SEKOWSKY, CHARLES NICHOLAS, JACK ALDERMAN & CHAD GROTHKOPF
Cover by JOE SIMON & JACK KIRBY
Mighty Marvel is bringing you another quartet of 64-page action-adventure greats featuring the one-and-only Captain America! From the personal files of Captain America comes comic-book adventure as only found in the bombastic Golden Age!
Cap and Bucky battle the Black Talon, race through a spy ambush, sort out a mountain man feud, shrink down to fight pygmies, and venture to the wind-swept moors on the trail of the Hound of Cardiff Manor in the stories that put Captain America in the minds and into the back pockets of millions of Americans. Supported by the wartime tales of foreign correspondent "Headline" Hunter, the heroic Hurricane and Father Time, and Stan Lee's cartoon serial the Imp, these stories are pure Golden Age excitement from cover to cover! Collecting CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #9-12.
280 PGS/All Ages ...$59.99
ESSENTIAL MARVEL SAGA VOL. 2 TPB
Written by PETER SANDERSON, STAN LEE, FRANK MILLER, ROY THOMAS & MORE
Penciled by KEITH POLLARD, JACK KIRBY, STEVE DITKO, DON HECK & MORE
Cover by KEITH POLLARD
Nick Fury's first mission with S.H.I.E.L.D.! Kang's first invasion! Doctor Strange's first battle with Dormammu! The Trial of the Gods! The Coming of Galactus! And those are only a few of the earth-shaking adventures from the second installment of the Marvel Universe's most formative years! The origin of the Green Goblin and the death of Baron Zemo! The Inhumans' Great Refuge and the Savage Land! Spider-Man vs. Daredevil, the Avengers vs. the X-Men and six, count 'em, SIX Avengers who started out on the wrong side of the law! Plus: the Juggernaut and the Scorpion! The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, the Frightful Four, the Masters of Evil and so much more! Collecting MARVEL SAGA #13-25.
480 PGS./All Ages ...$16.99
ESSENTIAL HULK VOL. 5 TPB
Written by STEVE ENGLEHART, GERRY CONWAY, ROY THOMAS, TONY ISABELLA, LEN WEIN & CHRIS CLAREMONT
Penciled by HERB TRIMPE, MARIE SEVERIN, SAL BUSCEMA & JOE STATON
Cover by RICH BUCKLER & JOHN ROMITA
The Abomination, the Glob, the Juggernaut, the Rhino, the Wendigo, Xemnu the Titan and more — no enemy's too big and monstrous for the Hulk! But is even the strongest one there is a match for the one who's the best there is...at what he does? Wolverine's first appearance and first fight with the Hulk reprinted here! Plus: triple-gamma action, international intrigue, poetry and the first death of Adam Warlock! Guest-starring the X-Men, the Inhumans and S.H.I.E.L.D.! Collecting INCREDIBLE HULK #171-200 and ANNUAL #5.
616 PGS./All Ages ...$16.99