Our top Marvel picks for April 2020 is 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.
Empyre issue #1 and #2 lands here, six issues from Al Ewing and company with no doubt a vast array of variant covers that has the Kree and the Skrulls uniting to wage war on Earth. Expect an onslaught of tie-ins, including zero issues with The Avengers and The FF, plus mini-series’ that tie in such as Empyre: Spider-Man, three issues, Empyre: Avengers, three issues, and a handbook, yes a handbook, that has 48 pages by various creatives so you have at least a small chance of following what is happening. The handbook will set you back $5. Hold me back.
Missing the Walking Dead comic? Don’t worry, Marvel Zombies is back with a 4-issue series by Phillip Kennedy Johnson. The corpse of Galactus reaches Earth, cue outbreak of zombies.
Black Widow gets a new title, a one-shot and a facsimile and Taskmaster gets a mini-series — must be a movie coming out. There is also a whole pile of True Believer titles featuring Natasha and Taskmaster. A great way to own these comics very cheaply.
Ed Brisson gets a new Punisher series with five issues of Frank vs The Barracuda that fans might like to pick up. Werewolf by Night gets a 4-issue run and there’s an Alex Ross written series, Marvels X, that might be worth a look.
I am lost by the sea of X titles out there and I feel the franchise is overloading to the point of consumer disregard. This month has Children of the Atom #1, X-Factor #1, Hellions #2, Cable #2, X-Men/Fantastic Four #4, Deadpool #6, Wolverine #3, Giant-Size Nightcrawler #1, Excalibur #10, New Mutants #10, X Force #10 and Marauders #10. Good luck with all that.
Ironman 2020 is trundling on with issue #4 of 6 plus all the tie-ins on another Marvel event that is buried under the weight of everything else. Titles include 2020 Rescue #2 of 2, and Ironheart #1 of 2.
Old people like me will remember The Sin Eater from a classic Spidey storyline in 1977, well he’s rebooted for “Sins Rising”, a prelude one-shot that Nick Spencer has dragged back into continuity no doubt for an upcoming epic confrontation. Spider-Man #43 also promises an event that should not be missed, as Peter’s life is changed forever. Speculators alert? I’m pretty sure this will all lead to a Summer Spidey event with Sin Eater.
Amazing Mary Jane continues this fun and satirical run. I think more people should be reading this by Leah Williams and Carlos Gomez.
Jeff Lemire is writing a one-shot Immortal Hulk titled “The Threshing Place”. It’s a 40-page epic with Hulk trying to save a missing child.
I’m still enjoying Daredevil by Chip Zdarsky and issue #20 looks set to be a doozy, true believers.
How To Read Comics the Marvel Way is a 32-page guide written by Christopher Hastings that is a “all-purpose guide to reading comics and understanding how they work”. If you buy this, you may be reading the wrong article on this site.
These were our top Marvel picks for April 2020. Back into the lifeboats, the shelves are flooded.
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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.