Here are highlights from Marvel Comics' offerings for next January. Click the links to order discounted books from Amazon.
MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE INHUMANS VOL. 2 HC
Written by DOUG MOENCH & SCOTT EDELMAN
Penciled by GEORGE PEREZ, GIL KANE, KEITH POLLARD & AL MILGROM
Cover by GIL KANE
Because one trip to Attilan and the world of the uncanny Inhumans just wasn’t enough, the Marvel Masterworks present the amazing Lee/Kirby creations in their very first self-titled series! Come along and join Black Bolt, Medusa, Triton, Gorgon, Karnak and loveable Lockjaw, as they struggle in battle against both Kree and Skrull in The War of the Three Galaxies! It all begins when Blastaar bursts into the Inhumans’ Himalayan refuge to activate an ancient menace designed to devour the entire Inhuman race. That Kree monster is just the first salvo in a war that will lead the Royal Family to the stars and into battle side by side with Captain Marvel. And if cosmos-spanning war isn’t enough to keep Black Bolt and company busy, the insane Maximus can always be relied upon to wreak havoc – and then only to whet the appetite for the coming of the Incredible Hulk! Illustrated by the king of detail-packed penciling George Perez, master of amazing anatomy Gil Kane, and 1970s up-and-comer Keith Pollard, with scripts by the fan-favorite writer that crafted many of the era’s greatest epics, Doug Moench, it’s a singular saga that’s collected here for the very first time! Collecting THE INHUMANS #1-12, CAPTAIN MARVEL #52-53 and the rare Inhumans tales from WHAT IF...? #29-30 & THOR ANNUAL #12.
MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE FANTASTIC FOUR VOL. 3 TPB
Written by STAN LEE
Penciled by JACK KIRBY
Covers by JACK KIRBY & DEAN WHITE
Prepare yourself for another dose of the World’s Greatest Comic Magazine, courtesy of the world’s greatest comic collaborative team! Lee and Kirby set the standard for out-of-this-world imaginative adventure and launched the Marvel Universe with the Fantastic Four. Now, with all the Marvel U.’s super hero players in place, it’s time for the FF to run the gauntlet. The Thing throws down with the Hulk in a battle so huge it takes the combined might of the FF and the Avengers to stop it; the Sub-Mariner makes a play for Sue Storm; the FF tangle with the X-Men; Nick Fury drops by in the story that set the table for “Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.”; and even Dr. Strange makes an ever so astral appearance! Oh, and there’s villains, too! The Mole Man makes his first return since FF #1; Dr. Doom threatens the FF once more, and if he’s not evil enough for you, just wait ’til you see the surprise identity of the Hate-Monger! Just for fun, you’ll also get the Mad Thinker and his Awesome Android, the Puppet Master, the Red Ghost, the outer space Infant Terrible, and the villain fans love to hate—Diablo! Collecting THE FANTASTIC FOUR #21-30.
THE INVINCIBLE IRON MAN OMNIBUS VOL. 2 HC
Written by STAN LEE & ARCHIE GOODWIN
Penciled by GENE COLAN, GEORGE TUSKA & JOHNNY CRAIG
Covers by SALVADOR LARROCA & GENE COLAN
Experience the original adventures of the sensational blockbuster of the silver screen—the Invincible Iron Man! To the world, Tony Stark is a playboy scientist leading the jet set life – the envy of every man and the object of every woman’s desire. But what they don’t know is this debonair arms developer is secretly the Armored Avenger, Iron Man! That secret may not last for long when the U.S. Senate forces Stark to divulge the secrets of Stark Enterprises. It’s not just political intrigue, though. There’s a host of villains and action galore including classic battles with the Mandarin, the Incredible Hulk, the Crimson Dynamo, the Titanium Man and A.I.M. – not to mention the first appearance of the sultry Madame Masque and, soon-to-be star of Iron Man 2, the villainous Whiplash! Written by Stan “The Man” Lee and Iron Man heir apparent Archie Goodwin, with art by the master of the pencil, Gene “The Dean” Colan; the iron man of Iron Man artists, George Tuska; and E.C. Comics great Johnny Craig, these tales are the crème de la crème of Iron Man adventures. Collected in the oversize Omnibus format – including every story, every letters page and a host of extras – The Invincible Iron Man Omnibus is a must have for every Marvel Comics aficionado! Collecting TALES OF SUSPENSE #84-99, IRON MAN & SUB-MARINER #1 & IRON MAN #1-25
EXCALIBUR VISIONARIES: ALAN DAVIS VOL. 2 TPB
Written by ALAN DAVIS & SCOTT LOBDELL
Penciled by ALAN DAVIS, DOUGIE BRAITHWAITE, WILL SIMPSON, JAMES FRY, JOE MADUREIRA, SAM KIETH, STEVE LIGHTLE, RON LIM, BRIAN STELFREEZE, DWAYNE TURNER, JAE LEE, MALCOLM JONES & RICK LEONARDI
Cover by ALAN DAVIS
Secrets of the Phoenix Force! Dinosaur subplots resolved! Captain Britain and Spider-Man vs. a pack of human dogs! These and other astonishments await as co-creator Alan Davis takes Excalibur into space and down the rabbit hole! Plus: a battle with the X-Men across time and a team-up with the X-Men against Trolls! Collecting EXCALIBUR (1988) #51-58 and EXCALIBUR: XX CROSSING ONE-SHOT.
ESSENTIAL AVENGERS VOL. 7 TPB
Written by STEVE ENGLEHART, TONY ISABELLA, SCOTT EDELMAN, GERRY CONWAY, JIM SHOOTER, BILL MANTLO & STAN LEE
Penciled by GEORGE PÉREZ, DON HECK, KEITH POLLARD, JOE SINNOTT, JOHN BUSCEMA, SAL BUSCEMA, PABLO MARCOS, GEORGE TUSKA, SAL TRAPANI & JACK KIRBY
Cover by GIL KANE
What do a Golden Age hero, a Western hero and a romance heroine have in common? They all join the Avengers during one of the team's busier eras, presented here! Worlds, centuries and genres clash as the Avengers battle Kang in the past and the Serpent Crown on the Earth next door! Then, when civil war grips both Atlantis and Latveria, which side must the Avengers take? If it's up to Doctor Doom, it'll be the evil they know, not the evil they don't! Plus: Graviton, the Grim Reaper, voodoo, mad science and more! Featuring the Champions, the Squadron Supreme and the Circus of Crime! Collecting AVENGERS (1963) #141-163, ANNUAL #6 and SUPER-VILLAIN TEAM-UP #9.