Our top Marvel picks for March 2020 is a slight rebranding of our monthly preview series, in which we highlight some of the more noteworthy titles coming from Marvel in the near future. You can check out the last of those previews by clicking these words.
There’s another absolute avalanche of titles coming your way this March from Marvel, as the company continues to flood the comic-book shelves with new titles, new one-shots, and all the regular ongoings. This seems to be a strategy that the company has been using for a long time now, helped by anniversary issues, whether they warrant one or not, and an increase in the activity of speculators that many people say are helping keep the business afloat. Do you want that variant issue from your LCS? Well, it’s a 1 in 100, and that means your shop has to order 100 issues of the latest Captain Wonder Person to get that one issue. Have a look at your shelves and see how many back issues of a title are still sitting there; in my LCS I can still buy every issue of Doomsday Clock, a series that has been around for over years! Anyway, on with my top Marvel picks for March 2020.
New series Strange Academy arrives in March with issue #1 from writer and cover artist favorite Skottie Young and art from Humberto Ramos. Young always has a good idea behind his writing and this supernatural X-Men meets Harry Potter style comic explores Doctor Strange’s new school for magic-powered kids. Oh yeah, there are at least five variants for this book.
Spider-Woman is back in March in a new ongoing by Karla Pacheco. The series finds Jessica Drew not feeling herself and under siege from violent lunatics. There will be at least thirteen, yes thirteen variants, including a stunning contribution from Kaare Andrews.
I’m a sucker for a crime book, and the new Spider-Man 5 issue mini-series from Margaret Stohl looks nice. With dark shadowy art from Juan Ferreyra, this series set in 1939 follows a murder mystery at The Black Cat Club and a globe-trotting Spider-Man through Marvel’s yesteryears.
After the awful Incoming last month, we are seeing some of the fall out in Road To Empyre: The Kree/Skrull War #1 by Robbie Thompson. This is more build-up to the big Marvel event but I have to admit the only reason it caught my eye was due to the cover featuring the original Captain Marvel. This is a one-shot with 40 pages for 5 bucks.
Alex Ross is a legend in the industry, and his new 6-issue series Marvel is an anthology of stories by unique talents framed by work from Ross. Issue #1 has a Spidey story and an Avengers one too. Steve Rude is on the art chores for the Avengers, and nobody captures the silver age feeling like Rude does. With a Nightmare wraparound by Ross. even if the stories are rubbish, it’s great to see Ross drawing anything.
Outlawed is another Marvel one-shot, this time by Eve l Ewing that finds the United States government passing a law that sees the crackdown on teen superheroes after a devastating tragedy takes place. Wait a minute, isn’t that the plot to Civil War? Oh well, here we go again.
I used to love Immortal Hulk, but it has really slowed down and I might be dropping it, however issue #33 is the landmark legacy issue #750 apparently, and this is a 56-page special with eight, yes eight variants. It has a new character The Thoughtful Man appearing, so get to the store before the speculators do or you will be left with cover A.
My award for the weirdest choice of a facsimile issue goes to Marvel this month for a complete reprint, including adverts, etc of Thor issue #229. What happens that makes this issue so special? A new character, death of a cast member, a classic storyline? No, there’s an advert in this issue that has a picture of Wolverine in it, that predates his first appearance in the pages of The Hulk. Yes, you can pay 4 bucks for an advert — sounds like Marvel all over.
That’s my top Marvel picks for March 2020. Thanks for reading.
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Louie Fecou reviews films, tv shows and comics for Ready Steady Cut, HC Movie Reviews and We Have A Hulk. He currently runs his own business in between watching films.