Marvel Comics has been upping their Annual count this year, in a couple of places running Annuals for characters who don't actually have a series on which an Annual could be based, such as Spider-Man and Silver Surfer.
They have become useful for Marvel for bringing in new talent, testing out creators on established characters without interrupting the narrative flow of that series and, basically, giving a glimpse at the future of Marvel Comics.
But how do you collect annuals when they may not entirely relate with the series they are running alongside? Or if there is no series at all anymore? Why, you collect them together. And so, in January, Marvel will publish Marvel Universe: Time and Again collecting Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1, Captain America Annual #1, Daredevil Annual #1, Silver Surfer Annual #1, Spider-Man Annual #1, X-Men Gold Annual #2, and Journey Into Mystery: The Birth of Krakoa #1.
What mysteries await buried deep within the multitude of the Marvel Universe? During an advance scouting mission in World War II, Captain America and Bucky come across an old farmhouse where a group of concentration camp escapees are fending off recapture. Years ago, Spider-Man came back from an alien world with a fantastic new costume – a living alien symbiote looking to bond with him permanently! Anxious to find a world worthy enough to sate the mighty hunger of GALACTUS, Norrin Radd's early explorations as the Devourer's new Herald bear no fruit. When a Secret Invasion of Skrulls turns Manhattan upside down, Miles Morales must choose: do his great powers come with great responsibility? When Detective Misty Knight places the newest super-suit on the block, Daredevil, at the scene of a crime, sparks will fly – and not the good kind. What secrets has Kitty Pryde been keeping from her summer at Camp Maplebrook? And as World War II draws to a close, Sergeant Fury and his Howling Commandos face a mission unlike any other they've ever tackled!