Out This Week: THREE TPB and IRON MAN 24
A little late for this, as I was off in the belly of the Dragon Marvel. However…
The collection of the THREE series by Ryan Kelly, Jordie Bellaire, Clayton Cowles and myself. Plus historical excellence by Professor Stephen Hodkinson. Three helot slaves on the run from 300 of the greatest warriors the world have ever known. The edition includes the conversation between Stephen and myself, a new set of annotations, concept art, process pages and similar things. It’s a beautiful single volume, and it’s one of the things I’m proudest of having been able to do. I also suspect it may make a nice gift. Go gets, or at least have a flick. As well as your local comic or mail-order retailer, you’ll be able to get it at Amazon and all the usual suspects shortly. And obv you can get it digitally.
I’ll be doing a post about it later, but I’m also doing a signing for it and UBER Vol 1 at the London Forbidden Planet on Friday.
Out Today: Iron Man 23 and YOUNG AVENGERS: MIC-DROP AT THE EDGE OF TIME AND SPACE
While the title of the Third YA trade certainly takes top billing here, tradition dictates single issues go first…
A new arc RINGS OF THE MANDARIN is basically Iron Man vs Malekith the Accursed, with the Mandarins Rings flying around in the mix. It’s basically black-ops culture clash stuff, and me throwing Tony into areas he’s particularly uncomfortable with. Also, brings Dark Angel over from Revolutionary War. If you like my stuff playing around in the Thor corners of Marvel, I suspect you’d like this.
Yes, I can’t quite believe we went with that Title. Still, it’s very much our Mic-drop, ending Young Avengers v2 on our own terms and having a bunch of fun with friends along the way. With the three trades out, basically I can just… relax. There we go. Take all three trades, stick them together on the shelf and toast goodbye to 2013. Love to everyone. It was a time.
Iron Man 22 Out
Yes, late in the day for this, but if shops are still open where you are, you can buy IRON MAN 22 today, which is the conclusion of IRON METROPOLITAN. Fights! Denouements! Surprise Villains! New Armour! Stuff! And if shops aren’t open where you are, you can go tomorrow and/or buy it digitally.
Out Today: IRON MAN ANNUAL #1 and THE COMPLETE JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY Vol 1.
Two things out today. One is the latest episode, the other the first half of probably the best thing I’ve ever written for Marvel.
The Annual is thirty pages of comics which basically spins off a bunch of stuff from FATAL FRONTIER back into my Iron Man book. Just fun to get a chance to write SHOCKWORKER, really. Also, a straight ahead honest romance story.
Journey Into Mystery was my fantasy novel in the Marvel Universe. 31 or so issues long. this collects the first half.
You’ll like this one.
Out Today: Iron Man 21
One comic of mine drops this week, which is the penultimate issue of IRON METROPOLITAN. Herein we set the stage for epic conflict, do a little pop-science-journo-writing and generally have fun.
Also not by me, but relevant to those who followed my stuff, Al and Lee’s LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD launches. Give it a look. I think you’ll like it. (Digital here)
Oh – while we’re plugging comments, I did a quick rant about why you should take advantage of LUCIFER being on sale for 99c an issue.
krymsinviking said: Hey can you set me straight on something? The soon to be released Iron Man Annual is supposed to be the conclusion of Fatal Frontier right? So Fatal Frontier is required reading for the Annual? But where exactly do I read Fatal Frontier at?
Not a conclusion, but more a coda? An epilogue? A bridge?
FATAL FRONTIER was the digital only INFINITE COMIC that Al Ewing and myself co-wrote. You can buy it all here. Al absolutely did amazing things with this - he really deserves the vast majority of the credit.
The IRON MAN ANNUAL basically does a handful of things…
i) Briefly introduces the status-quo coming out of FATAL FRONTIER to people who are only reading the paper IRON MAN book. As in, they’ll know the core of what happened on the moon.
ii) Shows what happens next with some of the elements of FATAL FROTIER - as in, ones which I’m bringing over into my IRON MAN issues and will be important going on.
Basically, it should be entertaining whether or not you’ve read the FATAL FRONTIER books. That was always my aim. If you know who Urdanik is, you’ll like his story. If you don’t, it’ll work as an introduction to the robot.
(There’s also a story that isn’t FATAL FRONTIER related too - a Pepper/Marc romance story, which was fun to do.)
Comics Out: ORIGIN II #2 and IRON MAN INHUMANITY
There appears to be some shipping mishaps at the moment, which means that some of my books haven’t reached the UK. And, oddly, one book is on Comixology that doesn’t appear to be out on either. Let’s do it in turn.
This one’s out everywhere. After the prologue last issue, this follows the civilization as it comes to Logan. Some of my fave villains, new characters and all manner of stuff.
This hasn’t shipped to the UK yet, but is available in the US and digitally. It’s basically a single-issue that deals with how the INHUMANITY event impacts Iron Man. For those who are considering skipping it for that reason, I wouldn’t, as it’s designed as an episode in the larger story. Lots of exciting RING POLITICS. Admire artists wrestle with me asking them to show magical rings emoting herein.
And somewhat oddly, UBER 9 appears to be up on Comixology even though it’s not available on any shop. If you’re a digital buyer, you can get it here. I won’t give it a cover, as I’ll give a proper plug when it drops physically.
Hope you enjoy ‘em.
Writer Notes: Iron Man 19
Comics Out: Young Avengers #13 and Iron Man #19
The second part of the climactic “Young Avengers.” It really is pretty much all climax. Jamie and his art army did magnificent and beautiful things, charting the fall of the dominoes.
Iron Man 19 is the second part of IRON METROPOLITAN, with Tony taking his first cheery steps towards building his city. Includes cheerful distraction from emotional issues, Pepper meeting Arno, Marc proving useful, columnists being naughty and Mandarin Ring chaos.
Actually, while we’re talking Iron Man, associated press have just announced the next arc – RINGS OF THE MANDARIN. I’ll write more down the line, but basically “Malkeith the Accursed versus Iron Man.”
Writer Notes: Iron Man 18
First issue of a new arc, and the second year on the book. In Young Avengers terms, the first 17 issues were the first season. This is the start of the next. As such, it places certain demands on it.