Marvel has released their November 2014 Solicitations and I’m eager to own several of them:
First up Wolverine Epic Collection: Madripoor Nights, collecting WOLVERINE (1988) #1-16, and material from MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS (1988) #1-10 and MARVEL AGE ANNUAL #4, 504 pages, $34.99. While this isn’t my first exposure to Wolverine (the first was Frank Miller’s series), this is where I became 100% hooked on the character. You can think of this collection as a direct sequel to the Wolverine Omnibus, which is in desperate need of a second printing or an Epic Collection, itself. Which in that case would be Volume 0, ’cause this is Volume 1 in the series.
Marvel Masterworks: The Submariner Volume 6 (Variant Volume 215), collecting SUB-MARINER (1968) #39-49 and DAREDEVIL (1964) #77, 280 pages, $75.00. As you may know by listening to the CCL Podcast, Namor is my character to follow in 2014, that is to say that I have gone back and read his appearances in the Atlas Era Masterworks and the Silver Age run in hardcover form. This latest book will be a very nice addition to the bookshelf and I’ll probably read the whole thing with it comes in the mail from DCBS. BTW, This series ran until issue #72, so that means 3 more Masterworks for completion. Namor was next seen in Super-Villain Team-Up with Doctor Doom, which was collected in its own Essential.
Marvel Firsts: The 1980s Vol. 3 TPB is full of great #1s and First Appearances, including Steve Ditko’s Speedball and the often overlooked Havok & Wolverine: Meltdown, which perhaps should have been included in the above Epic Collection. Collecting THE ’NAM #1, COMET MAN #1, FALLEN ANGELS #1, MEPHISTO VS. #1, MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVEL #31, SPELLBOUND (1988) #1, EXCALIBUR SPECIAL EDITION, X-TERMINATORS #1, HAVOK & WOLVERINE: MELTDOWN #1, SHADOWMASTERS #1 — plus material from AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #22; MARVEL AGE ANNUAL #4; and MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS (1988) #10, #17, #25-26, #29 and #38, 480 pages, $39.99.
The Howard The Duck Omnibus, collecting Adventure into Fear #19; Man-Thing #1; Giant-Size Man-Thing #4-5; Howard the Duck #1-33, Annual #1; Marvel Treasury Edition #12; Marvel Team-Up #96, 808 pages, $99.99 is one that I already own but I have to mention it because everyone should own a copy. Funny story: After my son and I saw Guardians Of The Galaxy, Patrick asked about this Omnibus and if he could read it.. Although it does contain some “adult” martial, he’s 14 and I think he can handle it. While skimming it over I could hear him laughing in the next room and so far he’s taken right to it. It now resides next to his bedside.