Thursday, August 11, 2016

Upcoming Marvel Comics collections: Avengers, X-Men, Master of Kung-Fu, Alpha Flight, more

New listings spotted on Amazon.

Avengers: The Complete Celestial Madonna Saga
Follow the fateful saga of the Avenger named Mantis - a tale three decades in the telling! It all begins with the revelations of the Star-Stalker, and soon drags Earth's Mightiest Heroes into a cosmic clash between Captain Marvel and Thanos! But when Kang comes to the present day in search of the Celestial Madonna, Mantis' life is forever altered! In one of the greatest Avengers epics ever told, the besotted Swordsman will go to great lengths to save the woman he loves. Wedding bells will chime, and Mantis will embrace her destiny!

COLLECTING: AVENGERS (1963) 124-125, 129-135; CAPTAIN MARVEL (1968) 33; GIANT-SIZE AVENGERS 2-4; AVENGERS: CELESTIALQUEST 1-8

Captain America Epic Collection: Justice is Served
Cap faces a Scourge on the Marvel Universe! A super villain serial killer is on the loose, marking every death with the enigmatic epitaph: "Justice is served!" As the bodies pile up, can the Living Legend take down this Scourge of the Underworld before there are no more criminals left to fight? And if Scourge wasn't enough, there's Blue Streak, Flag-Smasher and the Slug to contend with! Other heroes can be just as much trouble -like enthusiastic D-Man, savage Wolverine and misguided vigilante Super-Patriot! But the government itself might strike the fi nal blow!

COLLECTING: VOLUME 13: CAPTAIN AMERICA (1968) 318-332, ANNUAL 8; AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) 278; MATERIAL FROM MARVEL FANFARE (1982) 29, 31-32; SCOURGE SUBPLOT PAGES

X-Men Epic Collection: Second Genesis
With the original X-Men captured, Professor X recruits an All-New, All-Different team to take on the mantle of the Uncanny X-Men! Including Wolverine, Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Banshee, Sunfi re, and Warpath, this new international cast redefined super-hero teams forever. The transition won't come easy, though. Wolverine and Cyclops will clash. X-Man will battle X-Man. Death and rebirth will visit the team, and an old nemesis will return. Also featuring the debut of Alpha Flight and the Weapon X program, the fi rst outer space saga with the Starjammers, and rare X-Men adventures. Comic-book titans Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum, and John Byrne guide their new X-Men through it all, raising the series to the peak of white-hot popularity. And it all starts here!

COLLECTING: VOL. 5; GIANT-SIZE X-MEN (1975) 1, X-MEN (1963) 94-110, MARVEL TEAM-UP (1972) 53, 69-70, ANNUAL (1976) 1, IRON FIST (1975) 14-15, MATERIAL FROM FOOM (1973) 10

Excalibur Epic Collection: The Sword is Drawn
A legendary new X-team is born! Meet the United Kingdom's champion, Captain Britain, and his paramour, the metamorphic Meggan! They'll band together with former X-Men Nightcrawler and Kitty Pryde when Gatecrasher and her Technet target Rachel "Phoenix" Summers! Fighting to uphold Xavier's dream, UK style, the five heroes form Excalibur! From their lighthouse base, they'll tackle the ferocious Warwolves, the unstoppable Juggernaut and Mojo mayhem! Things get wild with Arcade, the Crazy Gang and the X-Babies, and really heat up as Excalibur is drawn across the Atlantic to an Inferno raging in New York!

COLLECTING: VOL. 1: CAPTAIN BRITAIN (1976) 1-2; EXCALIBUR (1988) 1-11, SPECIAL EDITION, MOJO MAYHEM; MATERIAL FROM MIGHTY WORLD OF MARVEL 7, 14-15; MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS (1988) 31-38
 

New Mutants Epic Collection: Renewal
Meet the future of the X-Men! Karma. Wolfsbane. Sunspot. Cannonball. Moonstar. They're teenagers, thrown together by the X-gene that makes them diff erent. Follow the adventures of these young mutants from Karma's first meeting with Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four, to their early days at the Xavier School! The New Mutants' on-the-job training begins in earnest with battles against Sentinels, the Silver Samurai, Viper and the Hellfi re Club, and a team-up with Spidey and Cloak & Dagger -all while they'll get a taste of life as X-Men in a disturbing encounter with the Brood!

COLLECTING: VOLUME 1: MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVEL 4, NEW MUTANTS (1983) 1-12, UNCANNY X-MEN (1981) 167, MARVEL TEAMUP ANNUAL 6, MAGIK (1983) 1-4, MATERIAL FROM MARVEL TEAM-UP (1972) 100

Shang-Chi: Master of Kung-Fu Omnibus Vol. 3
Shang-Chi continues to have his deadly hands full with foes like Shockwave, the sinister Agent Syn and the weapons-master Zaran! But will his mastery of kung fu be enough to overcome monstrous menaces and the mindless minions of Mordillo? He thought he'd seen the last of his most bitter enemy -but an unholy resurrection will bring Shang-Chi face to face once again with his fearsome father Fu Manchu! And the family reunion will get even more bitter when Shang's sister Fah Lo Suee renews their sibling rivalry. There'll be gang wars, death cults and mind-blowing martial arts mayhem on land and on sea! Plus: what if the Master of Kung Fu fought on the side of Fu Manchu?

COLLECTING: MASTER OF KUNG FU (1974) 71-101; WHAT IF (1977) 16

Daredevil by Mark Waid Omnibus Vol. 1
The devil is reborn - and his adventures will leave you gasping for air! The Man Without Fear will visit his unique blend of blind justice on Klaw, the Megacrime cartel and the Mole Man, while the hotly contested battle to secure the Omega Drive will require Daredevil to team up with Spider-Man and not one, but two Punishers! But, as size-changing scientist Hank Pym enters Matt Murdock's head to destroy robots implanted by Doctor Doom, will saving Daredevil's brain cost him his mind? Ghosts from the past will haunt DD, while Matt faces a life-or-death drama of his own. With new enemies, new friends and a "grinnin' in the face of hell" attitude, Mark Waid delivers an Eisner Award-winning DAREDEVIL run like no other!

COLLECTING: DAREDEVIL (2011) 1-27, 10.1; AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 677; AVENGING SPIDER-MAN 6; THE PUNISHER (2011) 10
  
Captain America & The Falcon: Secret Empire
Captain America...criminal?! The Secret Empire was rarely more secretive or empirical than in this classic arc that sets Cap against a conspiracy out to frame and replace him in the American mind! And pay close attention to the man behind the curtain (or mask, as the case may be)! Corruption and cover-ups conclude with Cap quitting the Avengers, paving the way for his days as Nomad! With Nick Fury, the Black Panther and Banshee! Guest-starring the X-Men (back before it was cool) and featuring an early retelling of Cap's origin!

COLLECTING: CAPTAIN AMERICA & THE FALCON 169-176

Daredevil Epic Collection: Brother, Take My Hand
Matt Murdock has done battle with Marvel's most maddening villains, but when the Jester enters the fray, the rules change forever. Framing DD for murder, he sets all of New York against the Man Without Fear. The stakes get even higher when Starr Saxon discovers DD's secret identity! Daredevil also faces off against two of Marvel's greatest heroes, Captain America and the Black Panther -all the while struggling to rebuild his relationship with the lovely Karen Page. Then comes the Death's Head, a villain with deep connections to those closest to Daredevil. It's a classic battle that pushes Matt Murdock to reveal his identity to Karen -will it bring them closer together, or force them apart?

COLLECTING: VOL. 3; DAREDEVIL (1964) 42-63

 Alpha Flight by John Byrne Omnibus
 Legendary writer/artist John Byrne steers one of his greatest creations to glory! Exploding from the pages of the X-Men, Canada's premier super-team Alpha Flight takes the Marvel Universe by storm before starring in their own Byrne-helmed series! Guardian, Shaman, Snowbird, Sasquatch, Aurora, Northstar, Puck and Marrina fi ght to protect Canada from injustice and evil - including the Master of the World, maniacal alchemist Diablo, and the terrifying Great Beasts! But they'll face their darkest defeat at the hands of rival Omega Flight. An Alphan will fall...but can the team fight on?

COLLECTING: X-MEN (1963) 109, 120-121, 139-140; INCREDIBLE HULK ANNUAL 8; MACHINE MAN (1978) 18; MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE (1974) 83-84; INCREDIBLE HULK (1968) 272, 313; ALPHA FLIGHT (1983) 1-29; X-MEN AND ALPHA FLIGHT (1985) 1-2; X-MEN/ALPHA FLIGHT (1998) 1-2; MATERIAL FROM MARVEL TEAM-UP ANNUAL 7

Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Newspaper Strips Vol. 1
Classic tales of Star Wars, from the funny pages to your bookshelves! Beginning in 1979, fans got a daily dose of a galaxy far, far away in their newspapers - now, with this volume, you can savor those stories without the 24-hour wait! C-3PO chronicles the adventures of the Rebel heroes! Luke takes his chances on a gambler's world! A sojourn on Tatooine is anything but peaceful! Princess Leia is put to work as an Imperial servant! Han Solo makes another Kessel Run! Han and Chewie get more than they bargained for on a job! And Boba Fett makes his print debut!

COLLECTING: CLASSIC STAR WARS: THE EARLY ADVENTURES 1-9, CLASSIC STAR WARS: HAN SOLO AT STARS' END 1-3, CLASSIC STAR WARS 1-3, MATERIAL FROM CLASSIC STAR WARS 4

Iron Man Epic Collection: By Force of Arms
Tony Stark is back as the Invincible Iron Man! Stan Lee and Gene Colan's complete run - a host of iconic Iron Man adventures, including one of Marvel's fi rst crossovers - is proudly presented in this Epic Collection. Brought before the United States Senate to divulge the secrets of Stark Enterprises, the stakes have never been higher for Tony Stark. But survival in the halls of government means risking the life of his friend Happy Hogan. Then, the Mandarin will test Iron Man's mettle; executive privilege will do nothing to save Tony from Whiplash and the Titanium Man; and the ideologues at A.I.M. take us to the debut of Iron Man's very own solo series!

COLLECTING: Vol. 2; Tales of Suspense (1959) 73-99; Iron Man & Sub-Mariner (1968) 1; Iron Man (1968) 1; material from Not Brand Echh (1967) 2

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