The Nightmare Week Before Christmas

pileWe all know that December 30th is a comic book skip week. No New Comics. Apart From That Blackest Night #6/Free Origins Of Siege/Avengers Calendar And ID Cards That Shops Have To Hold For A Week.

The presumption was that books intended for that week would peter out through January.

Not at Marvel.

I understand that they are treating next Wednesday almost as a double ship week.

When it comes to monthly comics it won't be quite this big is but it's close. 32 comic books, 8 variants and 5 more second printings on top, that's a lot for one week from Marvel.

But then there are the trades and hardcovers. And boy.

13 hardcovers, including one omnibus with 3 variants on top. In one week. From one publisher. Then another 12 trades.

That's an immense amount. It smacks of an higher-up order at Marvel to get product out of the door before Christmas.

It will provide ample opportunity for last minute Christmas presents. Add to that the likes of Image United #2 and a bunch of Blackest Night tie ins and the shelf stackers are going to have hurting arms…

That Marvel list in full:


X-Men Mutant Massacre , X-Men vs Fantastic Four Premiere (plus variant), X-Men Vs Avengers Premiere (plus variant), X-Force Premiere 3, Scourge Of The Gods Premiere , Runaways: True Believers Premiere , Ms Marvel Premiere Vol 8, Marvel Zombies Return , Marvel Masterworks Nick Fury Vol 2 (plus variant), Incredible Hercules: Incredible Thorcules Premiere, Guardians Of The Galaxy Premiere Vol 3, Daredevil: Bendis Maleev Omnibus Vol 2, Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Premiere Vol 2.


X-Force/Cable: Messiah War, Sub Mariner The Depths, Mini Marvels Ultimate Collection, a new printing of Marvels, Marvel Masterworks: Uncanny X-Men Vol 2 (plus variant), Incredible Hercules: Dark Reign, Fantastic Four: The Master Of Doom, Dark Reign: Sinister Spider-Man, Dark Reign: The Hood, Dark Reign: Skrull Kill Krew, Brian Bendis: 10 Years At Marvel, Agents of Atlas: Dark Reign

Individual issues:

X-Men Legacy 231, X-Men Forever 14, Wolverine: Weapon X 8, Wolverine Origins 43, What If? Astonishing X-Men House Of M 1, Uncanny X-Men 519, New Mutants 8, New Avengers 60, Avengers The Initiative 31, Dark Avengers Ares 3, What If? Spider-Man House Of M 1, Thor 605, The Stand: Soul Survivors 3, Spider-Woman 4, Secret Warriors 11, Punisher 12, Powers 2, Marvel Adventures Spider-Man 58, Iron Man Vs Whiplash 2, Incredible Hercules 139, Halo Blood Line 1, Guardians Of The Galaxy 21, Fantastic Four 574, Fall of The Hulks Gamma 1, Enders Shadow: Command School 4, Enders Game: Command School 4, Doctor Voodoo Origin 1, Dark Tower: The Battle Of Jericho Hill 2,  Criminal: The Sinners 3, Captain America: Who Will Wield The Big Spoilery Shield 1, Black Widow & The Marvel Girls 2, Amazing Spider-Man 616.

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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