Our top Marvel picks for October 2020 is our monthly preview series, in which we highlight some of the more noteworthy titles coming from Marvel in the near future. It has been on hiatus for obvious reasons (the last one was for September).
The comic book industry post-COVID-19 lockdown continues to struggle forward in the hope of maintaining what appears to be a diminishing fanbase. Perhaps the bigger companies have realized that the future of the print-based publication is in jeopardy, so we may be witnessing the death throes of the medium in its current form. With more emphasis on YA graphic novels and product branding, we may see comic book shops shifting focus onto other products, just to keep the lights on, and when you look at the current run of regular books being published, it’s easy to see why. However, there are a few gems still out there, so let’s have a look at October’s offerings from Marvel Comics.
The X of Swords event picks up steam in October with the release of X of Swords Stasis #1, which is part 11 of the saga and a slew of crossovers including Wolverine #6, X-Force #13, Marauders #13, Hellions #5, New Mutants #13, Cable #5, Excalibur #13 and X-Men #13.
Meanwhile, Spider-Man by Nick Spencer reaches it’s 50th issue and celebrates with a new arc entitled “Last Remains”. It features new villain Kindred and a whole lot of variant covers. By issue #51 Doctor Strange has joined Spidey in the fight against Kindred.
Speaking of landmark issues, Spider-Woman reaches issue #5, yeah I know, but it is really issue #100 of the legacy title and Marvel will take every opportunity to print multiple variants, increase the page count, and charge you an extra buck. If you are enjoying the run go grab it.
Remember J J Abrams and his kid wrote a Spider-Man mini-series? No me neither, but it’s finally reached it’s 5th and final issue out in October with Ben and his dad cornered and fight………. sorry, nodded off there.
Fantastic Four hits issue #25, again, and we are promised a new era for the team. New artist, new villains, and new costumes, and Marvel hoping speculators will grab a pile of copies.
Neal Adams and Mark Waid have teamed up for a special mini-series featuring the FF, taking a more stripped back approach with the series Antithesis. Issue #3 of 4 is out in October, and if you long for a more contained retro superhero book, this might fill the void.
Marvel Zombies Resurrection concludes with issues #3 and #4 with the world overrun by zombies and Spider-Man on the front line, fighting back.
Werewolf by Night gets a new mini-series with 4 issues from Taboo and Benjamin Jackendoff.
Immortal Hulk issues #38 and #39 are available with more stunning cover art from Alex Ross. The Hulk seems to be having an existential crisis as Devil Hulk emerges.
More Venom news in October as one-shot Web of Venom Empyres End #1 hits the stands. Knull’s domain begins here by Clay McCleod Chapman and over in Venom #29 Knull Is…. The King In Black. You heard it here first true believers.
The Champions get another mini-series, 5 issues, by Eve L Ewing, Skottie Young’s Strange Academy continues to delight with issue #5 and Eisner nominated Daredevil hits #23.
That’s the bulk of October publications from Marvel, hope you find something to enjoy.
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.