Marvel released their solicitations for comics shipping in January. Aside from the huge conclusion to Annihilation starring Nova and the penultimate conclusion to the latest Power Pack mini-series, not a big month. Oddly, info on Civil War and Loners is missing, although shipping info is included for Civil War: Front Line #10 (on-sale January 4) and Civil War #7 (on-sale January 17).
ANNIHILATION #6 (of 6)
Written by KEITH GIFFEN
Penciled by ANDREA DI VITO
Cover by GABRIELE DELL’OTTO
Nova and Annihilus face off in a fight to the finish with the fates of two, count ‘em, two, universes at stake. You think that’s bad? Wait until you see what happens when Galactus decides to go to war. All this and Quasar! Need we add that after this issue, Marvel’s cosmic landscape will never be the same?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99
SPIDER-MAN AND POWER PACK #3 (of 4)
Written by MARC SUMERAK
Pencils and Cover by GURIHIRU
New York City isn’t just the center of the Marvel Universe; it’s also the center of the fashion universe. And when those high-energy worlds collide, an old foe stands ready to tear Spider-Man and Power Pack apart at the seams. It’s a terrifying tale sure to get your fashion sense tingling!
32 PGS./All Ages …$2.99
Possibly Katie Power in…
AVENGERS NEXT #5 (of 5)
Written by TOM DEFALCO
Penciled by RON LIM
Cover by MIKE WIERINGO
As the Earth is slowly mutated into New Asgard, Thunderstrike returns and the Avengers face the terrible vengeance of Sylene, the daughter of Loki, who is determined to make up for the mistake her father made when he accidentally caused the origin of the original Avengers.
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99
Reprints of appearances by Justice, Firestar and others
AVENGERS ASSEMBLE VOL. 4 HC
Written by KURT BUSIEK
Penciled by JERRY ORDWAY, STEVE EPTING, ALAN DAVIS, NORM BREYFOGLE, IAN CHURCHILL & JOHN ROMITA JR.
Cover by ALAN DAVIS
The Avengers embark on international adventure against a nation-sized knight and a city of Hulks! Then, it’s off to small-town Centerville to face Salem’s Seven and the Sons of the Serpent! Plus: A major Marvel crossover! Avengers in space, and inquiries answered by the man who knows Earth’s Mightiest Heroes best! Collecting AVENGERS #35-40 and ANNUAL 2000-2001, AVENGERS: THE ULTRON IMPERATIVE, and MAXIMUM SECURITY #1-3 and DANGEROUS PLANET.
416 PGS./Rated T+ …$34.99
Trim size: oversized
Aegis‘s brief appearance is reprinted in…
X-FACTOR: LIFE AND DEATH MATTERS PREMIERE HC
Written by PETER DAVID
Penciled by ARIEL OLIVETTI, DENNIS CALERO, RENATO ARLEM & ROY ALLAN MARTINEZ
Cover by RYAN SOOK
Jamie Madrox comes face-to-face with the thing that terrifies him the most: having to make a decision. The divisiveness of Civil War has spread to his own team: Half of them want to cooperate with the government; the other half wants to take a stand against it. It’s Jamie’s choice that may well decide whether X-Factor stays together or cracks apart. And matters aren’t being helped by Quicksilver, who offers Rictor the opportunity to get his powers back — but at what price? Plus: They’ve been a thorn in X-Factor’s side since the beginning, and now things are coming to a head. X-Factor’s newest assignment causes them to again cross paths with their arch rivals, Singularity Investigations. The result is revelations that strike to the very core of who and what Jamie Madrox is. Collecting X-FACTOR #7-12.
144 PGS./Rated T+ …$19 .99
Reprints of the last League of Losers (with Darkhawk, Dagger and Speedball) appearance…
MARVEL TEAM-UP VOL. 4: FREEDOM RING TPB
Written by ROBERT KIRKMAN
Penciled by PACO MEDINA & ANDY KUHN
Cover by PHIL HESTER
An all-new hero is introduced into the Marvel Universe, but is the world ready for Freedom Ring? And what does all this have to do with a reality-altering ring crafted from broken shards of the cosmic cube? Featuring Wolverine, Cable, Captain America, Spider-Man and more! Collecting MARVEL TEAM-UP #19-25.
168 PGS./Rated A …$17.99
Repints of Power Pack appearances…
ESSENTIAL X-FACTOR VOL. 2 TPB
Written by LOUISE SIMONSON, WALTER SIMONSON, JO DUFFY & TOM DEFALCO
Penciled by WALTER SIMONSON, JUNE BRIGMAN, STEVE LIGHTLE, TERRY SHOEMAKER, SAL BUSCEMA & TOM GRINDBERG
Cover by WALTER SIMONSON
Iceman gets too frozen, the Beast gets too bestial and the Angel gets a REALLY sharp new set of wings as the original X-Men face mutant-haters and hate-filled mutants who agree on one thing: They want X-Factor dead! Apocalypse first gathers his horrendous Horsemen, and Caliban makes the transition from tracker to Hellhound! Infectia, Orphan-Maker and the Alliance of Evil! Plus: For fans of the current X-Factor, witness Quicksilver’s earlier descent into dementia and the first appearance of Rictor! Featuring Thor, Freedom Force and more! Collecting X-FACTOR #17-35 and ANNUAL #2, and THOR #378.
512 PGS./Rated A …$16.99
Reprint of cameo of alternate reality Speedball…
DEFENDERS: INDEFENSIBLE TPB
Written by KEITH GIFFEN & J.M. DEMATTEIS
Penciled by KEVIN MAGUIRE
Cover by KEVIN MAGUIRE
Wong possessed by Nightmare! Dormammu and Umar in unholy alliance! The Hulk and the Sub-Mariner at each other’s throats! The Silver Surfer…uh…surfing. Can Doctor Strange reunite the Defenders and save “Reality As We Know It?” Only the Ancient One knows for sure! Collecting DEFENDERS #1-5.
120 PGS./Rated T+ …$13.99