Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Best Covers: Marvel Solicitations for July 2011

My favorite covers from the Marvel Comics solicitations for July 2011. Really high level of art this month, and I like the Juggernaut's new look.


DAREDEVIL #1
Written by MARK WAID
Penciled by PAOLO MANUEL RIVERA AND MARCOS MARTIN
Cover by MARCOS MARTIN (I think?)
THIS SUMMER, THE DEVIL IS REBORN. RENEWED. RESSURECTED.
With new enemies, new friends…and that same old “grinnin’ in the face of hell” attitude, The Man Without Fear is back in a double-sized first issue and leading with his face! Mark Waid (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, Irredeemable, RUSE) joins neo-legendary artists Paolo Rivera and Marcos Martin for a new spin on Daredevil that will leave you gasping for air. Having turned his world upside over the past several years, Matt Murdock realizes that justice may not be blind to his past and villains may not be the only ones looking for answers. Bring it on. If Matt Murdock could see what he was doing…he’d be terrified.




SKAAR: KING OF THE SAVAGE LAND #5 (of 5)
Written by ROB WILLIAMS
Penciled by BRIAN CHING
Cover by MICHAEL KOMARCK
The final battle to rule the Savage Land comes to a devastating end! As Skaar and Ka-Zar risk everything to save the planet, the Designer resurrects the alien colossus UMBU THE UNLIVING to ensure that if it can’t have the world, no one can! Who will survive, and who will be crowned the ultimate King of the Savage Land?




VENOM #5
Written by RICK REMENDER
Penciled by TONY MOORE & TOM FOWLER
Cover by TONY MOORE
THE HOTTEST NEW BOOK IN COMICS IS BACK WITH A SPIDER-ISLAND PRELUDE!
Can the new Venom and Peter Parker (The Amazing Spider-Man) put aside their differences to help save a man from himself? Plus Betty Brant, crusading blogger and gal pal to Flash Thompson may be onto the secrets behind the infestation kicking off this summer’s Spider-Blockbuster! Rick Remender (X-FORCE) joins Tony Moore (FRANKEN-CASTLE) and Tom Fowler (I AM AN AVENGER) for the next crucial chapter in the life of Flash Thompson!




AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #665
Written by DAN SLOTT
Penciled by RYAN STEGMAN
Cover by Paolo Rivera
Infested backup by Dan Slott & Giuseppe Cammuncolli
I AM CAPTAIN AMERICA VARIANT BY Michael Lark
“INFESTED” ENDS WITH SPIDEY AT THE “CROSSROADS”
As Spider-Man, he’s a member of the FF and TWO different Avengers teams. As Peter Parker, he works all hours on his dream job at Horizon Labs. That doesn’t leave him with much time for anything or anyone else. This is where he pays the price. In this landmark issue, one of Peter’s greatest sins-- comes back to haunt him. And the life of someone dear to him hangs in the balance. Plus: With New York’s Infestation complete, the run-up to Spider-Island is over. Prepare for hell to break loose.




RED SKULL #1 (of 5)
Written by GREG PAK
Art by MIRKO COLAK
Cover by DAVID AJA
Witness the chilling creation of Marvel’s greatest monster, and liberty’s greatest enemy. As Berlin descends into chaos and ruin, sinister forces are on the rise…and the men who will form the Nazi Party ascend to power. Against this tragic backdrop of history, a boy comes of age…Johann Schmidt. orphan, thug, urchin – Johann has nothing…and how far he would go for power will change the world…Greg Pak, the writer of X-MEN: MAGNETO – TESTAMENT, and breakout Mirko Colak (SECRET WARRIORS) bring to life the twisted birth of the Red Skull.




ALL-WINNERS SQUAD: BAND OF HEROES #2 (of 8)
Written by PAUL JENKINS
Art by CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO
Cover by MICO SUAYAN
The super-powered veterans of World War II are facing a deadly mystery…and it goes all the way back to the top-secret missions they ran behind enemy lines under Captain America’s command! Help in unraveling the mystery will come from a very tricky source – and nothing is what it seems!




DARK TOWER: THE GUNSLINGER – THE BATTLE OF TULL #2 (of 5)
Written by PETER DAVID
Pencils & Cover by MICHAEL LARK
In the desert town called Tull, gunslinger Roland Deschain finally encounters one of the men present at the years-ago death of his first love Susan Delgado. But he may have little time for revenge as his strange quarry, the Man in Black has also come to Tull. He has come to perform wonders—dark and deadly wonders. The first of which is the horrifying resurrection of town drunk Nort through a mystic ritual not meant for human eyes. Why the resurrection of this man and why now is a burning question whose answer could mean certain doom for Roland, last member of the House of Eld.




FEAR ITSELF: THE HOME FRONT #4 (of 7)
Written by CHRISTOS GAGE, PETER MILLIGAN, HOWARD CHAYKIN & KEVIN GREVIOUX
Penciled by MIKE MAYHEW, ELIA BONETTI, HOWARD CHAYKIN & MC WYMAN
Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
FEAR ITSELF TIE-IN
Speedball desperately races across the world, trying to unite pockets of resistance against the Serpent...but as the Serpent's forces strike back, and innocent lives are lost, is he only bringing about his own greatest fear? PLUS: Jimmy Woo’s world unravels as he pieces together a puzzle he didn’t even know he was part of! Is ultimate knowledge worth the price of his sanity? And can the Blue Marvel fight what the Serpent has wrought in the trenches?




THUNDERBOLTS #160
Written by JEFF PARKER
Penciled by DECLAN SHALVEY
Cover by
Jean-S├ębastien Rossbach
FEAR ITSELF TIE-IN
The Raft prison has been destroyed. Hundreds of the most powerful criminals in the world are on the loose. But their threat is nothing compared to that of the one man who
was already unstoppable and now wields godlike power. XXXXX XXXXXX is tearing a path across the United States, obliterating everything before him-- and now the Thunderbolts are going to stand in his way. Can XXXXX XXXXXX's team stop him? Can anything...?!





UNCANNY X-MEN #540 & 541
Written by KIERON GILLEN
Pencils and Covers by GREG LAND
FEAR ITSELF TIE-IN!
The X-Men are used to being feared. When FEAR ITSELF finally reaches the west coast, they're going to become well acquainted with the emotion first hand. The unstoppable power of an old foe renewed is heading their way, and they have all the time in the world to realize how little they can do to stop him. And even more time to think about exactly how he's going to destroy San Francisco and everything it stands for. Parts 1 and 2 (of 4)




JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #625
Written by KIERON GILLEN
Penciled by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover by STEPHANIE HANS
FEAR ITSELF TIE-IN
Loki's search for allies against the Serpent in the depths of the underworld has gone somewhat awry. Paranoia reigns in the pits, as the forces of Mephisto's Hell and Hela's Hel totter on the edge of open war. Thankfully, Loki has a carefully considered, planned and proportionate response: assassination and perhaps a little torture to follow. Can Loki escape the suspicion that we're all flies to this wanton boy?

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