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
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.