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Marvel Jumping-On Points: February 2019 Edition

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One of the most common questions I get on this site is “where is a good place to start reading Marvel?” Marvel publishes a lot of comics so this is a valid thing to ask. To find the answer, each month How to Love Comics highlights the new series, one-shots, reprints, and trade paperback collections that new readers can jump in and read.

While this month isn’t as big as the previous, there are still heaps of new comics to help you start reading Marvel Comics. These include brand new series for Wolverine, Darth Vader, Ant-Man, and Conan the Barbarian; trade paperback collections for Gwenpool, Black Widow, Blade, and Spider-Man and heaps more.

As part of letting you know about these comics, I have included the solicitation text, information on when these comics and collections are released, creator credits, and additional details.

All of these are available at any good comic book store, Comixology or the Marvel Comics App.

Read on to find out which February releases can help you start reading Marvel Comics.

New Series

Wolverine (2020 series) #1 cover by Adam Kubert.
Wolverine (2020 series) #1 cover by Adam Kubert.

Wolverine #1

Written by Benjamin Percy. Art by Adam Kubert and Viktor Bogdanovic.

What Marvel says:

THE BEST IS BACK!

Wolverine been through a lot. He’s been a loner. He’s been a killer. He’s been a hero. He’s been an Avenger. He’s been to hell and back. Now, as the nation of Krakoa brings together all Mutantkind, he can finally be… happy? With his family all together and safe, Wolverine has everything he ever wanted… and everything to lose. Writer Benjamin Percy (X-FORCE, WOLVERINE: THE LONG NIGHT) and legendary artist Adam Kubert (X-MEN, AVENGERS) bring the best there is to his new home! PLUS: The return of OMEGA RED!

What How to Love Comics says:

Apart from the odd miniseries, and an old man version, Wolverine hasn’t had a proper ongoing series in years. Until now. As part of the second wave of Dawn of X, Wolverine has a proper solo series again.

Long time Wolverine fans will be excited to hear that one of the greatest Wolverine artists of all time, Adam Kubert, is back on the title that made him famous.

Wolverine #1 is available on February 19th.

X-Men/Fantastic Four #1 (of 4) cover by Terry Dodson.
X-Men/Fantastic Four #1 (of 4) cover by Terry Dodson.

X-Men/Fantastic Four #1 (of 4)

Written by Chip Zdarksy. Art by Terry Dodson.

What Marvel says:

THE SEEDS WERE PLANTED IN HOUSE OF X….

THE LINE IN THE SAND!

Every mutant on Earth lives there … except for one. But now it’s time for FRANKLIN RICHARDS to come home.

It’s the X-MEN VS. the FANTASTIC FOUR and nothing will ever be the same.

What How to Love Comics says:

Another comic as part of the second wave of the Dawn of X line. This one collides the X-Men with the larger Marvel Universe. This series will explore how others, especially the Fantastic Four, see the new status quo of the X-Men and what tensions this might cause.

X-Men/Fantastic Four #1 (of 4) is available on February 5th.

Falcon & Winter Soldier #1 (of 5) cover by Dan Mora.
Falcon & Winter Soldier #1 (of 5) cover by Dan Mora.

Falcon & Winter Soldier #1 (of 5)

Written by Derek Landy. Art by Federico Vicentini.

What Marvel says:

An office of dead government agents. A gifted new killer. Two ex-Captain Americas…

When a dramatic attempt on the life of Bucky Barnes reunites him with Sam Wilson, the two old friends are plunged headlong into a race to uncover the new leader of Hydra before a mass casualty event announces the terror group’s resurgence to the world. The clock is ticking…

Derek Landy (BLACK ORDER, SECRET EMPIRE: UPRISING) and Federico Vicentini (ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: MILES MORALES) team up for a pulse-pounding action spectacular!

What How to Love Comics says:

If you’re looking forward to the upcoming Disney+ show then this is the comic you should read to help tide you over.

Falcon & Winter Soldier #1 (of 5) cover by February 26th.

Ant-Man (2020 series) #1 cover by Eduard Petrovich.
Ant-Man (2020 series) #1 cover by Eduard Petrovich.

Ant-Man #1 (of 5)

Written by Zeb Wells. Art by Dylan Burnett.

What Marvel says:

Scott Lang is back and doing better than ever! Er, at least according to him, but his daughter, Stinger, and the anthill he’s living in say otherwise. Desperate to raise his daughter’s opinion of him, Scott takes a job from local beekeepers only to uncover a global conspiracy that could topple the world order! No time to call the Avengers, this sounds like a job for – ANT-MAN?! Join the explosive creative team of Zeb Wells (NOVA) and Dylan Burnett (X-FORCE, COSMIC GHOST RIDER) as they take Ant-Man to all-new heights in this epic adventure!

What How to Love Comics says:

The best Scott Lang Ant-Man stories explore his flaws while being incredibly fun. This new miniseries looks like it ticks both of these boxes and excel at it.

Ant-Man #1 is available on February 5th.

Nebula #1 cover by Jen Bartel.
Nebula #1 cover by Jen Bartel.

Nebula #1 (of 5)

Written by Vita Ayala. Art by Claire Roe.

What Marvel says:

Nebula has grown under the shadows of Thanos and Gamora, but no longer! With her eyes set on a top-secret device, Nebula has big plans for her future—and she’s not about to let anyone get in her way! But her goal may end up costing her more than she’s willing to pay after a showdown with one of the cosmos most feared bounty hunters….Don’t miss out on this cosmically critical series launch from rising stars, Vita Ayala (PRISONER X) and Claire Roe (FEARLESS)!

What How to Love Comics says:

If you’re a fan of Nebula in the MCU then you finally have a solo comic book series that you can read. If it’s successful then perhaps there will be more.

Nebula #1 (of 5) is available by February 12th.

Gwen Stacy #1 cover by Adam Hughes.
Gwen Stacy #1 cover by Adam Hughes.

Gwen Stacy #1 (of 5)

Written by Christos Gage. Art by Todd Nauck.

What Marvel says:

The First of Gwen Stacy’s AMAZING Adventures!

Gwen and Peter may not have met until AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #31, but that doesn’t mean Gwen’s life began on that page. Learn the never-before told origin of Gwen Stacy, top of her class, daughter of the Police Captain and, as her friend Harry Osborn calls her, “The Beauty Queen of Standard High.” But she’s way more that you even know! Gwen’s got a science brain, a nose for trouble and a no-quit attitude that always gets her in trouble. In the early Marvel Universe, that’s a recipe for disaster. Don’t miss Gwen, Captain Stacy, Harry and Norman Osborn, Crimemaster, Wilson Fisk, Jean DeWolff, Yuri Wantanabe and even Spider-Man!

What How to Love Comics says:

This is one of those secret history kinds of stories which explores Gwen Stacy before she was introduced in Spider-Man. In doing so we also get a window into her character like we never have before.

Gwen Stacy #1 (of 5) is available on February 12th.

Conan: Battle for the Serpent Crown #1 (of 5) cover by Mahmud A. Asrar.
Conan: Battle for the Serpent Crown #1 (of 5) cover by Mahmud A. Asrar.

Conan: Battle for the Serpent Crown #1 (of 5)

Written by Saladin Ahmed. Art by Luke Ross.

What Marvel says:

A DEADLY QUEST AND A DARING HEIST… IN THE AGE OF MARVELS!

CONAN wanders the desert, and as he reaches the city, no Stygian temple nor Vendyhan fortress greets him. No, something far stranger: the lights of fabulous Las Vegas! Conan is far from home, and it’s time for him to tread the thrones of the Marvel Universe under his sandaled feet!

The City of Sin is just the beginning for Conan’s solo jaunt by Eisner award-winner Saladin Ahmed (BLACK BOLT, MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN) and Luke Ross (STAR WARS: ALLEGIANCE, SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN), as the barbarian finds himself on a quest for a relic that predates even his Hyborian Age: the Serpent Crown of Atlantis! But will his battle for this crown earn Conan his own kingdom, or doom him to a nefarious trap set forth by MEPHISTO? Featuring a wide array of Marvel heroes and villains, this is an adventure you can’t afford to miss!

What How to Love Comics says:

The first of two Conan jumping-on points in February. Instead of the usual sword and sorcery route we usually see in Conan stories, we get a tale that’s integrated into the Marvel Universe. If Conan participating in a Las Vegas heist sounds up your alley then this is the comic for you.

Conan: Battle for the Serpent Crown #1 (of 5) is available on February 5th.

Dark Agnes #1 cover by Stephanie Hans.
Dark Agnes #1 cover by Stephanie Hans.

Dark Agnes #1 (of 5)

Written by Becky Cloonan. Art by Luca Pizzari.

What Marvel says:

ROBERT E. HOWARD’S SWORDSWOMAN IN HER FIRST SOLO COMIC SERIES!

Forced into an arranged marriage, Agnes de Chastillon took matters into her own violent hands to free herself from the yoke of a life she never wanted. Now, the woman known as DARK AGNES, along with her mercenary partner ETIENNE VILLIERS, make their way through 16th century France as sellswords on their way to join the wars in Italy, where the real money is! But when Etienne is captured by the DUKE OF ALENCON’s forces and set for execution, it’s up to Dark Agnes to save the day! But what evil designs are being enacted on Agnes, and will she doom herself by saving Etienne?

An all-new story following up Robert E. Howard’s tales, the swashbuckling saga of DARK AGNES in Marvel Comics starts here!

What How to Love Comics says:

Most people know Robert E. Howard for his fantasy characters, such as Conan and Soloman Kane, but he also wrote plenty of historical stories too. Dark Agnes was one of the most notable and now she has her very comic for the first time.

If you’re a fan of a swashbuckling adventure with sword fights and a kick-ass protagonist then this is the comic you’ll want to check out this month.

Dark Agnes #1 (of 5) is available from February 5th.

Darth Vader (2020 series) #1 cover by In-Hyuk Lee.
Darth Vader (2020 series) #1 cover by In-Hyuk Lee.

Star Wars: Darth Vader #1

Written by Greg Pak. Art by Raffaele Ienco.

What Marvel says:

“JOIN ME, AND TOGETHER, WE CAN RULE THE GALAXY AS FATHER AND SON!”

THE TRAGEDY OF DARTH VADER CONTINUES!

In the shattering climax of The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader infamously reveals his true relationship to Luke Skywalker and invites his son to rule the galaxy at his side. But Luke refuses — plunging into the abyss beneath Cloud City rather than turn to the Dark Side. We all remember Luke’s utter horror in this life-altering moment. But what about Vader? In this new epic chapter in the Darth Vader saga, the dark lord grapples with Luke’s unthinkable refusal and embarks on a bloody mission of rage-filled revenge against everything and everyone who had a hand in hiding and corrupting his only son. But even as he uncovers the secrets of Luke’s origins, Vader must face shocking new challenges from his own dark past.

Writer Greg Pak and artist Raffaele Ienco unleash Darth Vader on his dark quest of vengeance and discovery this February! With covers by InHyuk Lee!

What How to Love Comics says:

While Marvel has done two other Darth Vader comics in the past, this new one might be the most interesting due to the point in Star Wars history that it is set.

It all takes place in between the Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, which is an interesting period as it’s one that has been little explored. It’s also an interesting time for the character of Darth Vader as it is when we get to see him change and grow to become the man that will eventually turn on the Emperor.

Star Wars: Darth Vader #1 is available from February 5th.

One-Shots

Looking for a story that’s done in one issue? Check out the below.

Giant Size X-Men: Jean Grey and Emma Frost cover by Russell Dauterman.
Giant Size X-Men: Jean Grey and Emma Frost cover by Russell Dauterman.

Giant Size X-Men: Jean Grey and Emma Frost

Written by Jonathan Hickman. Art by Russell Dauterman.

What Marvel says:

Hickman & Dauterman take on Grey & Frost!

The first of five essential X-tales specially designed to showcase some of Marvel’s best artists! First up, Russell Dauterman, superstar artist of THOR and WAR OF THE REALMS! When Storm is in danger, it’s going to take two of the most powerful telepaths on Earth working together to make things right. Jean Grey and Emma Frost, together again for the good of Krakoa!

What How to Love Comics says:

Jonathan Hickman and Russel Dauterman collaborating on a comic should be enough to convince you to pick this up. Both are superstars in their own right with Hickman being the current architect of the X-Men and Dauterman one of Marvel’s best artists.

Giant Size X-Men: Jean Grey and Emma Frost is available February 26th.

Marvel Voices cover by Ryan Benjamin.
Marvel’s Voices cover by Ryan Benjamin.

Marvel’s Voices

Written by Vita Ayala, Roxane Gay, Brian Stelfreeze, Geoff Thorne, Anthony Piper, Kyle Baker, Evan Narcisse, Method Man, Rob Markman, Chuck Brown, and David F. Walker. Art by Brian Stelfreeze, Anthony Piper, Kyle Baker, Sanford Greene, Damion Scott, Ray-Anthony Height, Alitha E. Martinez, Natacha Bustos, and Luciano Vecchio.

What Marvel says:

THE WORLD OUTSIDE YOUR WINDOW!

Marvel’s acclaimed podcast series focusing on telling the stories of diverse creators and their unique perspectives becomes a one shot of brand new adventures! The X-Men find their place in the world after declaring a new nation! Killmonger strikes! Moon Girl and Devil Dino return! 

What How to Love Comics says:

One-shots like this are a fantastic way to discover new comic book creators. With so many talented artists from different backgrounds involved, you are bound to discover a raft of new writers and artists that will soon be your favourite.

Marvel’s Voice’s is available on February 19th.

Marvel's Avengers: Hulk cover by Stonehouse.
Marvel’s Avengers: Hulk cover by Stonehouse.

Marvel’s Avengers: Hulk

Written by Jim Zub. Art by Ariel Olivetti.

What Marvel says:

HULK STARS IN THE SMASHING PREQUEL TO THE UPCOMING VIDEO GAME, MARVEL’S AVENGERS!

The adventure leading to MARVEL’S AVENGERS rages on, with an all-new story leading directly into the events of the highly anticipated video game!

As the incredible HULK, the monstrous alter ego of scientist BRUCE BANNER, he’s done good for the world. But with the virtually uncontrollable, gigantic green rage monster always bubbling under his skin, Banner has teamed up with an inquisitive scientist in an attempt to regulate the beast once and for all. As their experiments go deeper, a catastrophic event may spell the end for more than just Banner’s curse!

Witness crucial incidents and intrigue in the saga tied to the earthshaking events in the MARVEL’S AVENGERS game next year!

What How to Love Comics says:

if you’re looking forward to the upcoming Avengers video game then you should keep this one-shot on your radar.

Marvel’s Avengers: Hulk is available from February 5th.

Fantastic Four: Gimm Noir cover by Ron Garney.
Fantastic Four: Gimm Noir cover by Ron Garney.

Fantastic Four: Gimm Noir

Written by Gerry Duggan. Art by Ron Garney.

What Marvel says:

Ben Grimm throws on his hat and overcoat to solve a mystery that’s come alive right out of his nightmares.

What is Dr. Strange’s nemesis D’Spayre doing on Yancy Street?

What How to Love Comics says:

A done-in-one story which combines hard-boiled detective work with the far out magic? Yes please!

Fantastic Four: Gimm Noir is available on February 26th.

Other

Not all jumping-on points are brand new series. Check out the below for more great places to start reading Marvel Comics.

Conan the Barbarian #13 cover by E.M Gist.
Conan the Barbarian #13 cover by E.M Gist.

Conan the Barbarian #13

Written by Jim Zub. Art by Roge Antonio.

What Marvel says:

INTO THE CRUCIBLE AS THE MARCH TO KHITAI BEGINS!

Conan has faced many foes since leaving Cimmeria, but the greatest challenge lies ahead! A perfect jumping-on point for new readers as Conan finds himself in a city in the mystical Uttara Kuru, further on the eastern border than the young barbarian has ever traveled. And with the new city comes new dangers! Unfamiliar with the language, Conan inadvertently agrees to be the latest entrant to the Great Crucible. The people of the city support their foreign champion…but what deadly traps does the Crucible hold, and what will Conan sacrifice to overcome his ordeal?

Writer JIM ZUB (SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN, AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME) and artist ROGÊ ANTÔNIO (CONAN 2099, X-MEN RED) lead Conan on an all-new journey, as we begin a new era for CONAN THE BARBARIAN into undiscovered country!

What How to Love Comics says:

A brand-new creative team brings with it a brand-new story for readers to jump-on with!

Jim Zub is a fan-favourite for his fantasy comics which have included Skullkickers, Wayward, and Dungeons & Dragons. Roge Antonio recently drew the Conan one-shot as part of the 2099 event so it will be interesting to see what he can do with a longer run in a more traditional Conan setting.

Reprints

True Believers

Marvel’s True Believers is a line that reprints older issues at the low price of just $1. February sees a selection of reprints that focus on Iron Man’s supporting cast and those who will be involved in Iron Man 2020.

  • Iron Man 2020 – Pepper Potts (Reprinting Tales of Suspense (1959 series) #45)
  • Iron Man 2020 – Arno Stark (Reprinting Machine Man (1984 series) #2)
  • Iron Man 2020 – Albert & Elsie-Dee (Reprinting Wolverine (1988 series) #37)
  • Iron Man 2020 – Jocasta (Reprinting Avengers #162)
  • Iron Man 2020 – War Machine (Reprinting Iron Man #118)

Facsimile Editions

Facsimile Editions are reprints which reproduce comic book issues as they were originally produced. This includes all the advertisements, letters pages, and editorial messages. They’re a fun time capsule and an accessible way to read some of the more pricey comics in the secondary market.

  • Wolverine: Claremont & Miller #1
  • Wolverine: Claremont & Buscema #1

Collected Editions

Are you more of a trade-waiter? Check out below the trade paperback collections, both recent and old school, that you can jump into.

Agents Of Atlas: Pandemonium cover by Jung-Geun Yoon.
Agents Of Atlas: Pandemonium cover by Jung-Geun Yoon.

Agents Of Atlas: Pandemonium

Written by Greg Pak and Jeff Parker. Art by Nico Leon and Carlo Pagulayan.

What Marvel says:

Collects Agents Of Atlas (2019) #1-5.

Asia’s greatest heroes unite! By popular demand, the New Agents of Atlas return as Amadeus Cho, Silk, Shang-Chi, Wave, Jimmy Woo and all your favorites defend the cross-Asian portal city of Pan against the science/magic threat of one of Marvel’s classic villains! It’s timeless action as heroes from multiple lands clash with one another, battle horrific monsters side by side — and hopefully save the world along the way! But who is Isaac Ikeda, the Protector of Pan? And what does Mike Nguyen and the Big Nguyen company have planned for Pan? The newest Giant-Man, Raz Malhotra, joins the fun as the team goes big on action — and romance! But who’s kissing whom? Plus: The original Agents of Atlas — Namora, M-11, Venus, Gorilla-Man, 3-D Man and Marvel Boy — reunite for a top-secret mission!

What How to Love Comics says:

Originally appearing as a miniseries tieing into War of the Realms, the new Agents of Altas are back! This trade paperback sees the next progression in the team’s evolution while at the same time highlighting the original Agents of Altas at the same time.

Agents Of Atlas: Pandemonium is available on February 5th.

Adventures Of The X-Men: Tooth And Claw cover.
Adventures Of The X-Men: Tooth And Claw cover.

Adventures Of The X-Men: Tooth And Claw

Written by Kelly Corvese, Robert Loren Fleming, and Mike Pellowski. Art by Don Heck, Francis Mao, Wayne A. Murray, and Artie Ruiz.

What Marvel says:

Collects material from Spider-Man Magazine (1994) #1-13, Spider-Man Magazine Special (1995) #1-2.

The X-Men were the breakout stars of the 1990s — and, not content with their own titles, they also stole the show with highly animated all-ages adventures in the pages of SPIDER-MAN MAGAZINE! Now these rarely seen tales are collected for the very first time! Join the X-Men’s most iconic lineup — Cyclops, Wolverine, Storm, Jean Grey, Rogue, Gambit, Beast, Jubilee and Professor X — as they confront awesome enemies, including Magneto, Juggernaut, Mystique, Sabretooth, Mojo, the Morlocks and the Sentinels! Plus: A titanic two-part team-up with Spider-Man himself! But why is Cyclops battling Gambit? And can Jubilee survive when she stows away on a Savage Land safari? Plus: Bonus backups featuring Iron Man and the Fantastic Four!

What How to Love Comics says:

Do you have fond memories of the classic X-Men animated series? Then these comics, which used the show as its basis, could be a great way to stroll down memory lane in a brand new way.

Adventures Of The X-Men: Tooth And Claw is available on February 5th.

Ghost-Spider Volume 1: Dog Days Are Over cover by Jorge Molina.
Ghost-Spider Volume 1: Dog Days Are Over cover by Jorge Molina.

Ghost-Spider Volume 1: Dog Days Are Over

Written by Seanan McGuire. Art by Takeshi Miyazawa.

What Marvel says:

Collects Ghost-Spider (2019) #1-5.

Gwen Stacy makes her way to the Marvel Universe! With a cloud of infamy hanging over her head in her home dimension of Earth-65, Gwen now travels to the Prime MU for super hero action…and school! The newest student at ESU is about to get a crash course in multiversity as she splits her time between the world she loves and the world she’s just getting to know! School isn’t all bad, though, as Gwen’s taking classes right down the hall from Peter Parker. But Peter isn’t the only person who may recognize Gwen — and not everyone shares Spider-Man’s noble intentions. How will Gwen handle the return of the Jackal?

What How to Love Comics says:

Since her introduction as part of a prelude to the Spider-Verse event, Spider-Gwen (now going by the name of Ghost-Spider) was a big hit. After a few different series, Marvel has decided to bring her into the Marvel Universe.

If you loved her in Into the Spider-Verse then this is the collection that you’ll want to read.

Ghost-Spider Volume 1: Dog Days Are Over is available on February 5th.

Punisher Epic Collection: Jigsaw Puzzle cover by Joe Jusko.
Punisher Epic Collection: Jigsaw Puzzle cover by Joe Jusko.

Punisher Epic Collection: Jigsaw Puzzle

Written by Mike Barron, Chuck Dixon, Chris Henderson, and Gregory Wright. Art by Neil Hansen, Mike Harris, Hugh Haynes, John Hebert, Tom Morgan, Bill Reinhold, Jack Slamn, Tod Smith, and Mark Texeira.

What Marvel says:

Collects Punisher (1987) #35-48, Punisher Annual (1988) #4, Punisher: No Escape (1990) #1, Punisher: The Prize (1990) #1.

When Jigsaw strikes, the Punisher must pick up the pieces! Frank Castle’s disfigured archfoe returns — and this time, he’s allied with the Reverend Sammy Smith! The preacher has history with Frank — but he’s turned away from God in favor of something more diabolical. And he’s out to heal America his way — whether the nation wants it or not! Then, the Punisher takes on arms dealers, drug traffickers and the mob — and goes undercover as a cab driver on the hunt for a killer! And Frank Castle signs up for a brand-new war! Plus, the hired gun Paladin and the former Captain America, USAgent, target the Punisher! And Frank joins the hunt for one of the most prized weapons in the Marvel Universe!

What How to Love Comics says:

This Epic Collection collects a massive amount of material from the early 90s when the Punisher was at the height of his popularity.

Expect a lot of big guns and big action as Frank Castle takes on arms-dealers, drug-traffickers, and organised crime.

Punisher Epic Collection: Jigsaw Puzzle is available from February 5th.

Sword Master Volume 1: War of the Ancients cover by Gunji.
Sword Master Volume 1: War of the Ancients cover by Gunji.

Sword Master Volume 1: War of the Ancients

Written by Shuizhu and Greg Pak. Art by Gunji.

What Marvel says:

Collects material from Sword Master (2019) #1-6.

Mounting threats and mysterious origins! You saw him tear through Fire Goblins in WAR OF THE REALMS with his magic sword! Now learn the origin of Lin Lie — A.K.A. Sword Master, Marvel’s newest Chinese super hero — in the English-language debut of his original series! Haunted by dreams of demons, Lin Lie hunts for his missing archaeologist father, battles a threat from beyond — and awakens his black blade for the first time! But will the weapon prove more bloodthirsty than the demons he fights? Threats mount across the eras as Sword Master faces a mysterious warrior woman in our time — and the horrifying Chiyou, god of war, in the far past! But his greatest foe of all may be the sorcerer Baron Mordo! And when Mordo hits the scene, can Doctor Strange be far behind?

What How to Love Comics says:

Sword Master is a character that was made as a collaboration between Marvel Comics and NetEase for the Chinese Market. As a result, these comics tell a superhero story from a very different perspective than we usually see.

Sword Master Volume 1: War of the Ancients is available on February 5th.

Aero Volume 1: Before The Storm cover by Keng.
Aero Volume 1: Before The Storm cover by Keng.

Aero Volume 1: Before The Storm

Written by Zhou Liefen and Greg Pak. Art by Keng.

What Marvel says:

Collects material from Aero (2019) #1-6.

Take flight with one of the New Agents of Atlas! It’s the English-language debut of the first appearance of Aero, the soaring super hero from China! When she’s not fighting monsters with her wind powers, Aero is Shanghai-based architect Lei Ling, who sometimes just wants to have dinner with her boyfriend in peace. But when that boyfriend springs a surprise, Ling discovers that civilian life might be every bit as perilous as her costumed career! Aero confronts the mysterious Madame Huang, faces the horror of Keystone and unlocks the first mystery of the Jade Monolith — but who is controlling the Crystal Warriors…and why? And just what is Lei’s boyfriend’s problem with Aero, anyway?

What How to Love Comics says:

If Sword Master appealed to you then I would say that Aero would also be worth checking out.

Aero Volume 1: Before The Storm is available on February 12th.

Age Of Conan: Valeria cover by Jay Anacleto.
Age Of Conan: Valeria cover by Jay Anacleto.

Age Of Conan: Valeria

Written by Meredith Finch. Art by Aneke.

What Marvel says:

Collects Age Of Conan: Valeria #1-5.

She seeks truth — and revenge! Journey into the Hyborian Age with the hero from the classic Conan tale “Red Nails” in a story set before that fan-favorite tale! Before Robert E. Howard’s Valeria became a pirate and mercenary — before she crossed paths with Conan and the Red Brotherhood — Valeria was a young woman from Aquilonia seeking justice for a crime gone unpunished. But as she makes her way in the cruel Hyborian world, proving herself against those who doubt her abilities, she will find more than she bargained for in her thirst for vengeance! Valeria’s deadly fighting skills will be put to the test, and her trust will be shaken, as she hunts her brother’s killer — and comes into her own as a force to be reckoned with!

What How to Love Comics says:

A swashbuckling adventure in the Hyborian Age. If Dark Agnes was something that appealed to you but you wanted something that was linked to Conan then check out this collection.

Age Of Conan: Valeria is available on February 12th.

Black Widow Epic Collection: Beware The Black Widow cover by Bill Everett
Black Widow Epic Collection: Beware The Black Widow cover by Bill Everett

Black Widow Epic Collection: Beware The Black Widow

Written by Gerry Conway, Gary Friedrich, Mini Gold, Stan Lee, Don Rico, Roy Thomas. Art by John Buscema, Gene Colan, and John Romita Sr.

What Marvel says:

Collects Tales of Suspense (1959) #52-53, 57, 60, 64; Avengers (1963) #29-30, 36-37, 43-44; Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #86; Amazing Adventures (1970) #1-8; Daredevil (1964) #81 and material from Avengers (1963) #16, 32-33, 38-39, 41-42, 45-47, 57, 63-64, 76.

Collecting the origins of the Black Widow for the very first time! From her debut as a Russian spy in TALES OF SUSPENSE, Natasha Romanoff was instantly one of Marvel’s most iconic characters. This amazing collection takes you through her early days with Hawkeye, into her first adventures with the Avengers – and on to her first solo series! Thrill to a captivating and complex saga as the Black Widow evolves from villain to hero — and defines herself as one of comics’ greatest characters. Boasting stories and art by a who’s who of Silver Age greats, this Epic Collection is ground zero for every Black Widow fan!

What How to Love Comics says:

With a Black Widow movie not too far away, Marvel is ramping up the Black Widow collections. This one is massive, with approximately 400 pages of content. It covers all of her early appearances as a villain and throughout we get to see her transition into a hero and eventually joining the Avengers.

Black Widow Epic Collection: Beware The Black Widow cover by Bill Everett is available on February 12th.

Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection: The Secret Of The Petrified Tablet cover by John Romita Sr.
Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection: The Secret Of The Petrified Tablet cover by John Romita Sr.

Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection: Secret of Petrified Tablet

Written by Stan Lee. Art by John Buscema, Larry Lieber, and John Romita Sr.

What Marvel says:

Collects Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #68-85 and material from Amazing Spider-Man Annual (1964) #5, 6.

Two of the fiercest crime lords in New York City are on a quest to decipher an ancient petrified tablet — whose secrets promise great power! It’s an indisputable classic by two of Marvel’s greatest creators, Stan Lee and John Romita Sr. — and that’s not all they have in store! J. Jonah Jameson has the Daily Bugle working overtime to brand Spider-Man as public enemy number one, the Prowler hits the scene, the Black Widow debuts her sultry new spy gear — and the origin of Peter’s parents is revealed! Plus: The Kingpin comes back for more, and this time it’s a family affair! Also featuring Gwen Stacy and the gang -whose heads are really going to turn when an ill Peter Parker strolls into a party in his Spider-Man costume!

What How to Love Comics says:

A big collection of Spider-Man stories from the late 60s – early 70s. Highlights in this include the first appearance of The Prowler, the introduction to Black Widow’s classic costume, the return of The Kingpin, a confrontation with Quicksilver, a treasure hunt, and much more.

Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection: Secret of Petrified Tablet is available February 12th.

Dawn Of X Volume 1 cover.
Dawn Of X Volume 1 cover.

Dawn Of X Volume 1

Written by Jonathan Hickman, Ed Brisson, Gerry Duggan, Bryan Hill, Tini Howard, and Benjamin Percy. Art by Joshua Cassara, Szymon Kudranski, Matteo Lolli, Rod Reis, Marcus To, and Leinil Francis Yu.

What Marvel says:

Collects X-Men (2019) #1, X-Force (2019) #1, Marauders (2019) #1, Excalibur (2019) #1, Fallen Angels (2019) #1, New Mutants (2019) #1.

Get in on the ground floor of the Dawn of X! Jonathan Hickman rewrites all the rules and reinvents the X-Men universe for a new and exciting era! Hickman himself helms the adventures of a powerhouse team of X-MEN in a world of fresh possibilities — and co-writes the reunited NEW MUTANTS on a cosmic quest to find their missing friend! And more of the industry’s best and brightest talents take on uncanny X-squads! X-FORCE — the CIA of the mutant world, one half intelligence, the other half special ops! Captain Kate Pryde and her MARAUDERS of the high seas! A new Captain Britain leads EXCALIBUR — made up of Rogue, Gambit, Rictor, Jubilee…and Apocalypse! But who are the FALLEN ANGELS?

What How to Love Comics says:

This collects the debut issues of each comic in the first wave of X-Men’s Dawn of X relaunch. This is a great way to sample each of the comics that are involved and to read everything X-Men. Marvel is dedicated to this format with at least 6 volumes of this announced so far.

Dawn Of X Volume 1 is available from February 12th.

History Of The Marvel Universe cover by Steve McNiven.
History Of The Marvel Universe cover by Steve McNiven.

History Of The Marvel Universe

Written by Mark Waid. Art by Javier Rodriguez.

What Marvel says:

Collects History Of The Marvel Universe #1-6.

It’s the greatest tale ever told — and you’ve never seen it like this! Writer Mark Waid and artist Javier Rodríguez weave together a sprawling, interconnected web of stories into one seamless narrative that takes you from the dawn of the Marvel Universe all the way to its end! Far more than a collection of moments you may already know, this is a new tale featuring previously unknown secrets and shocking revelations, connecting dozens of threads from Marvel’s past and present! From the Big Bang to the twilight of existence, this sweeping saga covers every significant Marvel event, providing fresh looks at characters of all eras!

What How to Love Comics says:

Come for the history lesson of the Marvel Universe and stay for Javier Rodriguez’s stunning artwork. This edition is collected in the Treasury Edition size so you can see all the art up close.

History Of The Marvel Universe is available from February 12th.

Star Wars: Target Vader cover Nic Klein.
Star Wars: Target Vader cover Nic Klein.

Star Wars: Target Vader

Written by Robbie Thompson. Art by Marc Laming and Stefano Landini.

What Marvel says:

Collects Star Wars: Target Vader #1-6.

Darth Vader vs. bounty hunters! The Dark Lord of the Sith is on the hunt for a mysterious criminal syndicate operating outside of the Empire’s rule. But little does he know that he too is being targeted — by a group of the galaxy’s deadliest bounty hunters, hired by the syndicate to take out Vader once and for all! Led by fallen Imperial Officer Beilert Valance, this ragtag group of assassins will stop at nothing to score the biggest bounty of their lives. Valance and Dengar seek the perfect weapon to kill the Sith Lord — and they’ll need it when Vader turns the tables and corners them! But what happens when both the hunters and the hunted uncover the dark secrets behind the criminal syndicate known only as the Hidden Hand?

What How to Love Comics says:

This comic about bounty hunters and the seedy underbelly of the Star Wars galaxy will appeal to fans of The Mandalorian.

Star Wars: Target Vader is available from February 12th.

Death’s Head: Freelance Peacekeeping Agent cover by Bryan Hitch.

Death’s Head: Freelance Peacekeeping Agent

Written by Simon Furman, Ferg Handley, and Walt Simonson. Art by John Higgins, Bryan Hitch, John Ross, Geoff Senior, Liam Sharp, Walt Simonson, Lee Simonson, Lee Sullivan, and Simon Williams.

What Marvel says:

Collects Dragon’s Claws (1988) #5; Death’s Head (1988) #1-7, 9-10; Death’s Head: The Body in Question (1990); Fantastic Four (1961) #338; Sensational She-Hulk (1989) #24; What If? (1989) #54; material from Marvel Heroes (2008) #33 and Marvel Comics Presents (1988) #76.

Meet one of Marvel UK’s biggest stars — the robot for hire known as Death’s Head! Just don’t call him a bounty hunter, yes? Join the android assassin in this pulse-pounding collection of his original adventures, from distant dimensions to the far future. Death’s Head has his sights locked on an array of enemies — and will encounter familiar faces, including the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, She-Hulk and Arno Stark, the ruthless Iron Man of the future! But are you ready for Death’s Head’s mind-bending origin? For that matter, is he?! Buy this book and stay healthy, yes?

What How to Love Comics says:

This is a collection of the earliest Death’s Head stories which were originally made for Marvel UK. Expect plenty of weird science fiction comics in the British tradition which would appeal to fans of 2000 AD.

Death’s Head: Freelance Peacekeeping Agent is available on February 19th.

Gwenpool Strikes Back cover by Terry Dodson.
Gwenpool Strikes Back cover by Terry Dodson.

Gwenpool Strikes Back

Written by Leah Williams. Art by David Baldeon.

What Marvel says:

Collects Gwenpool Strikes Back #1-5.

Everyone’s favorite comics fan turned comics character is back! Fresh from her stint as a West Coast Avenger, Gwen Poole is desperate not to disappear into comic book limbo, so she’s determined to make an impact on the Marvel Universe! First up: unmask Spider-Man! Then, home-wreck the Fantastic Four! And while she’s at it, why not defeat the Immortal Hulk and lift Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir! But as Gwen’s mad rampage continues, will we — and she — finally learn the truth about her origins? Is this Gwenpool’s greatest retcon yet? Either way, Gwen knows she needs to go big — or go home! Buckle up, strap in and get ready! This is officially the greatest sequel with “Strikes Back” in the title that’s ever been made!

What How to Love Comics says:

You might think that Deadpool is meta but he’s got nothing on Gwenpool! This miniseries sees Gwenpool return for more bizarre meta-adventures throughout the Marvel Universe.

Gwenpool Strikes Back is available from February 19th.

Marvel's Spider-Man: Velocity cover by Skan.
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Velocity cover by Skan.

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Velocity

Written by Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum. Art by Emilo Laiso.

What Marvel says:

Collects Marvel’s Spider-Man: Velocity #1-5.

A new story continuing the saga of the web-slinger from the smash-hit video game! How and why did Peter Parker build the armored Velocity Suit seen in Marvel’s Spider-Man? Find out here! After the shocking events that turned his life upside down, Spider-Man continues to balance his colliding worlds as he attempts to protect New York City against super villains like Swarm — while reporter Mary Jane Watson delves deep into an investigation with legendary Daily Bugle journalist Ben Urich! As unexplainable occurrences bedevil the city, our heroes come face-to-face with…a poltergeist?! But will teaming up to solve the mystery strengthen Peter and MJ’s relationship — or doom it? Plus: The secrets of the fan-favorite suit are revealed!

What How to Love Comics says:

If you enjoy the Spider-Man PlayStation 4 game then check out Marvel’s Spider-Man: Velocity if you want more stories set in that world.

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Velocity is available from February 19th.

Taskmaster: Anything You Can Do… cover by George Perez.

Taskmaster: Anything You Can Do…

Written by Cary Burkett, Kurt Busiek, Mike Carlin, D.G Chichester, Tom DeFalco, Dan Jurgens, Joe Kelly, Bob Layton, and David Michelinie. Art by Mark Bagley, Jerry Bigham, Stuart Immonen, Dan Jurgens, Greg Larocque, Todd McFarlane, Ed McGuinness, George Perez, Lee Weeks, and Ron Wilson.

What Marvel says:

Collects Avengers (1963) #195-196, 223; Marvel Team-Up (1972) #103, 146; Thing (1983) 26; Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #308; Iron Man (1968) #254; Daredevil (1964) #292-293; Deadpool (1997) #2; Hawkeye: Earth’s Mightiest Marksman (1998) #1; Avengers (1998) #26; Captain America (1998) #44; material from Captain America Annual (1971) #11.

He’s the skull-faced villain who can copy any action he sees — whether it’s Spider-Man’s agility, Daredevil’s fighting moves or Captain America’s skills with a shield! That makes Taskmaster more than a match for anyone — even the Avengers! And to make matters worse, Taskmaster runs a training school for villainous henchmen! With the sweetest moves around and an army of thugs eager for extra credit, watch as Taskmaster clashes with a who’s who of the Marvel Universe — including Spidey, Cap, Daredevil, Iron Man, Falcon, Hawkeye, Ant-Man, the Thing and Deadpool! Can any of them take him to task?

What How to Love Comics says:

2020 is set to be Taskmaster’s year. He’s going to be in the Black Widow movie as well as in the upcoming Avengers video game. If you’re curious about this unique villain then this chunky release has his earliest appearances and sees him take on a lot of different heroes.

Taskmaster: Anything You Can Do is available on February 19th.

Tales Through Marvel Universe cover by Arthur Adams.
Tales Through Marvel Universe cover by Arthur Adams.

Tales Through Marvel Universe

Written by Andrew Aydin, Ed Brisson, Chris Claremont, James Monroe Iglehart, Daniel Kibblesmith, David Lapham, Maria Lapham, Emily Ryan Lerner, Ann Nocenti, Ryan North, Greg Pak, Benjamin Percy, D.C Peirson, Ethan Sacks, Tim Seeley, Mark Waid, and Leah Williams. Art by Daniel Acuna, Reilly Brown, Marco Castiello, Tomm Coker, Juan E. Ferreyra, Juan Frigeri, Ray-Anthony Height, Greg Land, David Lapham, Djibril Morissette-Phan, Pere Perez, Rod Reis, Luke Ross, Guillermo Sanna, Michael Shelfer, and Alessandro Vitti.

What Marvel says:

Collects material from Marvel Comics Presents (2018) #1-9.

Take a tour through the decades with Marvel tales past and present! In the 1940s, learn the untold tale of Namor and the atom bomb! In the 1950s, Reed Richards and Victor Von Doom enter the space race! In the 1960s, Captain America takes a stand for civil rights! In the 1970s, Spider-Man experiences the new age of blockbuster cinema! In the 1980s, Nightcrawler witnesses the fall of the Berlin Wall! In the 1990s, Deadpool enters the collectible market! In the 2000s, Iron Man faces a financial crisis! In the 2010s, Spider-Woman struggles with disinformation! Plus: Gorilla-Man swings into action, Moon Knight prowls the streets, former Ghost Rider Danny Ketch gets a new status quo and more! Also featuring Venom, Korean hero White Fox and Winter Soldier!

What How to Love Comics says:

This comic was made to celebrate Marvel’s 80th anniversary and did so with stories set in each of the decades that the publisher has been around for. There’s plenty of quality creators throughout and a spotlight on an array of characters.

Tales Through The Marvel Universe is available from February 19th.

Blade By Marc Guggenheim The Complete Collection

Written by Marc Guggenheim. Art by Howard Chaykin, Gene Colan, and Dave Wilkins.

What Marvel says:

Collects Blade (2006) #1-12 And Wolverine Vs. Blade Special #1.

The Daywalker returns to his never-ending hunt for vampires! Explore Blade’s mysterious past — and sink your teeth into his present — in stories featuring Spider-Man, Dracula, Doctor Doom and…Santa Claus?! As civil war rocks the Marvel Universe, Blade’s blades clash with Wolverine’s claws — but why does Logan seem so familiar? Then, because you demanded it: Hannibal King returns, and fangs are sure to fly in a mismatched, buddy-cop-style team-up! Blade heads to England seeking answers — but when all he finds is trouble, somebody’s gonna pay! Guest-starring Union Jack! Plus: Not a hoax! Not an imaginary story! The death of Blade! And when Logan returns for a special rematch years in the making, there will be blood!

What How to Love Comics says:

It might come to a surprise to many but even though he had three movies, Marvel has never been that great with having a Blade comic on the stands. This trade paperback collects the full series of Marc Guggenheim’s run on the character in the mid-2000s which also happens to be the closest representation to the movie that readers have seen. If you’re looking to read Blade then this is the best collection to pick up.

Blade by Marc Guggenheim: The Complete Collection is available from February 26th.

Future Foundation

Written by Jeremy Whitley. Art by Paco Diaz, Miralti Firmansyah, and Will Robson.

What Marvel says:

Collects Future Foundation (2019) #1-5, material from Fantastic Four (2018) #12.

From the pages of FANTASTIC FOUR, it’s the next generation of Imaginauts! When the Richards family was called back to Earth to be the FF again, they left behind the Future Foundation — a think tank of the most brilliant young minds in the universe — with one mission: to find the pieces of their friend the Molecule Man and rebuild him. But that’s proving harder than imagined as this crew of young geniuses, Atlanteans, mutants, Moloids and androids have run into every problem in the Multiverse. Now, with the leadership of Alex and Julie Power, and a little extra firepower from Guest Professor Yondu Udonta, the team will undergo their most dangerous mission yet: a prison break! Brace yourself for a heart-pounding journey across time and space!

What How to Love Comics says:

If you’re looking for a fun comic in the spirit of the Fantastic Four then Future Foundation is what you should be reading.

Future Foundation is available from February 26th.

Strikeforce Volume 1 cover Mike Deodato Jr.
Strikeforce Volume 1 cover Mike Deodato Jr.

Strikeforce Volume 1

Written by Tini Howard. Art by German Peralta.

What Marvel says:

Collects Strikeforce (2019) #1-5.

No compromise — no mercy! A new threat is secretly taking over the planet — and the more people who know about it, the more powerful it becomes. Blade can’t bring the Avengers in on this — not just for their own safety but also for the safety of everyone on Earth. So he must recruit a team of heroes accustomed to darkness — a Strikeforce! Angela, Spider-Woman, Wiccan, the Winter Soldier, Monica Rambeau and Daimon Hellstrom join the Daywalker to fight the fights no other Marvel team can take on! But something is very wrong with Daimon — and the only one who can help is his devilish sister, Satana! The crew storm Castle Doom — where secrets, and swords, will fly! But who is tinkering with the boundaries between life and death, between human and machine — and why?!

What How to Love Comics says:

If you are looking for a team that has a bit more grit then Strikeforce is the one you’ve been looking for.

Strikeforce Volume 1 is available from February 26th.

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