In case our 2016 Top 10 wasn’t enough for you we’re also doing a couple of round up articles for releases that are on the cards for 2017 that we’ve got our eye on, first up Marvel, and here’s our top 5 for new releases!
America – Gabby Rivera & Joe Quinones
Juliet Takes A Breath author Gabby Rivera is taking on the writing duties for America, with Howard The Duck artist Joe Quinones on art and Marguerite Sauvage lending a hand for covers. Between Rivera & Quinones it’s sure to be a promising read building on the previous work of Joe Casey and Kieron Gillen in establishing the character since her introduction in 2011. Especially considering Rivera’s promise to expand upon America’s powers and explore how she’s going to learn to control and develop them.
Monsters Unleashed! – Cullen Bunn, Adam Kubert, Greg Land, Salvador Larroca, Steve McNiven & Leinil Yu
Now I’m sure – much like myself – you’re a fan of Cullen Bunn due to Fearless Defenders, (although I’m sure there are some who favoured Deadpool, Harrow County, The Sixth Gun…maybe Moon Knight?) Anyway I’m getting off point, Bunn has worked on plenty of titles, some his own and a fair few for Marvel, with that said it’s easy to have pretty high hopes for his upcoming monster laden series. Basically hordes of monsters are invading the earth and Marvel’s top heroes need to unite to combat the threat – y’know the Avengers, X-Men, everyone who’s available by the looks of things.
But if that isn’t enough for you there’s also an all-star list of artists on board for the project with Adam Kubert (Wolverine, The Incredible Hulk), Greg Land (Uncanny X-Men, Nightwing), Salvador Larroca (Avengers: The Initiative, Darth Vader), Steve McNiven (New Avengers, Old Man Logan), and Leinil Yu (Avengers, New Avengers, Secret Invasion)
Man-Thing – R.L. Stine & German Peralta
Let’s be honest if you announce the R.L. Stine is going to be writing a Marvel title it’s the kind of thing that’s going to intrigue a fair few people. Comic book readers or not it’s fair to say Stine introduced horror to an entire generation with his Goosebumps titles…giving us nightmares about cameras that cause you to disappear, and garden gnomes…terrifying, terrifying garden gnomes. Among others…
It’s sure to be interesting to see what he can bring to the somewhat underutilised character of Man-Thing. It’s also worth mentioning that he’s being backed up by Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. artist German Peralta, which has the potential to be a great mix.
Generation X – Christina Strain & Amilcar Pinna
This new incarnation of Generation X is billed as focusing on a new band of “misfit mutants” – give me a second to deal with the irony of being a misfit among the X-Men.
They’re training at the newly reopened Xavier Institute of original Generation X member Jubilation Lee. Now as the cover below shows, there’s some fan favourites among the new Gen-X including Quentin Quire and Bling, which should be more than enough to pique the interest of X-Men fans old and new.
Writing duties have gone to Christina Strain who’s perhaps best known for being a colourist for titles such as Runaways and author of The Fox Sister with M.O.D.O.K. and All-New Ultimates artist Amilcar Pinna taking on art duties. With a strong cast of popular characters and a new team working on the title it seems like there’s tons of potential here.
Iceman – Sina Grace & Alessandro Vitti
Well Iceman is a pretty cool character, and as one of the original five X-Men isn’t it about damn time he got his own series? There’s been a lot of character development for Bobby Drake over the years, between his great story-arch with Mystique exploring the true potential of his powers and Brian Michael Bendis’ great use of two different versions of Drake in recent years it’s easy to see the potential for a solo series.
Sina Grave is writing the title who’s previously worked on All-New X-Men and The Li’l Depressed Boy (albeit as an artists) and Alessandro Vitti of Secret Warriors and Avengers Arena, it’s another book that looks like it’s filled with potential.
Which Marvel titles are you looking forward to this year? Leave us a comment below