Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Marvel in September (offically): Although they were leaked yesterday, Marvel's official solicitations for September are up now, with cover images. Some of the highlights:

* J. Michael Straczynski's long-promised Strange project finally debuts under the Marvel Knights banner. Isn't there some artistic rule of thumb for covers stating the character's back shouldn't be turned to the reader? Anyway, the solicitation doesn't list Strange as a miniseries, so perhaps Marvel is hedging its bets. If it performs well, maybe co-writer Samm Barnes will be turned loose on an ongoing?
* Although the world doesn't need another sexy female spy series, I'm actually looking forward to Richard K. Morgan and Bill Sienkiewicz's Black Widow.
* Five Marvel Knights 2099 one-shots seem a bit ... unnecessary.
* Peter David's Madrox series debuts with a cover by David Lloyd that's a marked improvement over Marvel's typical pin-ups (actually, it reminds me of something you'd see for DC/WildStorm's Sleeper).
* What's this? NYX #6?
* It's the attack of the X-Men solo series continue as Gambit, Jubilee and Nightcrawler debut.
* Uh, Warlock #1? (Adam Warlock, not the weird character from the old New Mutants series.)

Otto's Coffee Shop has an interesting look at the solicitations, noting average prices, the number of titles in each line, and the series that weren't solicited: Thanos is absent, but that comes as no surprise. Venom is also gone, but it had been hemorrhaging readers for the past year. The big mystery is Iron Fist which only launched in March. Has it been canceled already?