This week we wish Marvel a Happy Birthday as they turn 1000... That, or they decided to celebrate their 80th anniversary by releasing a book called Marvel Comics #1000 (Various) because everything about numbering conventions always makes sense? Featuring pretty much every character ever created within the Marvel Universe, this is a must for fans of the House of Ideas this week!
However, if this giant extravaganza doesn't blow out your candles, how about one of the other twelve new titles and trades Marvel have out this week: Absolute Carnage: Lethal Protectors #1 continues the saga of the symbiotes; Power Pack: Grow Up #1 (Louise Simonson, Gurihiru, June Brigman) sees the original creators team up with new kid on the block Gurihiru for a special anniversary issue about the Power family; Fantastic Four: Yancy Street #1 (Gerry Duggan, Luciano Vecchio, Greg Smallwood) moves the FF into Ben Grimm's old neighbourhood, and not everyone is happy about it; Spider-Man Velocity #1 (Dennis Hallum, Emilio Laiso) drops us into the world of the every-popular Spidey computer game to give us the backstory on the Velocity suit; Marvel Monsters #1 (Cullen Bunn, Scott Hepburn, Superlog) pits Kid Kaiju against some of the biggest bads from the dungeons of Marvel lore, and Marvel Tales: X-Men #1 (Roy Thomas, Jo Duffy, Chris Claremont,Neal Adams, Kerry Gammill, Jim Lee) brings together three classic mutant stories from superstar creators.
On the annual front we have Deadpool Annual #1 (Dana Schwartz, Reilly Brown) in which the Merc with a Mouth promises to kill a kids bad dreams, and She-Hulk Annual #1 (Alexandra Petri, Andy MacDonald) sees Jennifer Walters taking the rap for one of Bullseye's kills.
If you're looking for the big present, Marvel have still got you covered, with Captain Marvel: Re-Entry (Kelly Thompson, Carmen Nunez Carnero, Annapaola Martello) the first volume of the new series, along with ensemble piece and event tie-in War of the Realms: Journey Into Mystery (Clint McElroy, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Andre Araujo).
If spaceships and star-fighters are more your thing, Marvel still have you covered, with three new Star Wars titles this week; Age of Resistance: Poe Dameron #1 (Tom Taylor, Ramon Rosanas) showcases the greatest fighter in the Rebellion, Age of Resistance: General Hux #1 (Tom Taylor, Leonard Kirk) focuses on Kylo Ren's least-biggest fan, and Vade: Dark Visions (Dennis Hallum, Paolo Villanelli, Brian Level) shows us a different side of the Sith Lord.
DC are giving you plenty of celebrate too, with Batman Superman #1 (Joshua Williamson, David Marquez) seeing the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel team up in a new monthly series continuing on from the Batman Who Laughs mini; Harley & Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica (Paul Dini, Marc Andreyko, Laura Braga, Adriana Melo) is the DC/Archie crossover you didn't know you needed; Superman of Smallville (Art Baltazar, Franco) features a teenaged Clark Kent in the latest DC Zoom all ages book; Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass (Mariko Tamaki, Steve Pugh) is DC Ink's new coming of age story for older teen readers; Injustice: Volume 2 no. 5 (Tom Taylor , Xermanico, Daniel Sampere, Bruno Redondo, Juan Albarran) continues the alternate world series, and we have the hardcover edition of the critically acclaimed Mister Miracle (Tom King, Mitch Gerads) mini-series.
As if there wasn't already enough choice to spoil you rotten, how about a little look at the pile of presents the indie publishers have for you this week - there'll be no crying in the kitchen at this party! Lets start with the already critically acclaimed Tommy Gun Wizards #1 (Christian Ward, Sami Kivelä) which is set in a Prohibition America where it is magic that is banned, not alcohol; Mountainhead #1 (John Lees, Ryan Lee) is the story of an off-grid survivalist and his son headed for disaster; Dr Mirage #1 (Magdalene Visaggio, Nick Robles) is the story of a doctor who used to be able to speak to the dead but has mysteriously lost her powers; and Mall #1 (Michael Moreci, Gary Dauberman, Zak Hartong) is a story of post-apocalyptic America in which civilisation has collapsed but shopping centres have survived.
If magic and mystery is your thing check out Necromancers Map #1 (Andrea Fort, Michael Christopher Heron, Sam Beck); for fans of vampires and their slayers we have Buffy: Chosen Ones #1 (Mairghread Scott, Alexa Sharpe, Celia Lowenthal, Ornella Savarese) giving us tales of the greatest ever slayers; The Traveller #1 (Neil Gibson, Tasos Anastasiades) is a steampunk time travel tale, and La Muerta: Ascension (Mike MacLean, Joel Gomez) is a one shot about magic and murder.
If you want a longer read we have plenty to keep you busy, including Barbarella / Dejah Thoris (Leah Williams, German Garcia), Judge Dredd: Small House (Rob Williams, Henry Flint), Vampire Hunter D vol 28 (Hideyuki Kikuchi, Yoshitaka Amano), Bloodborne: A Song of Crows (Alex Kot, Piotr Kowalski) and OGN Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Last Olympian (Rick Riordan, Robert Venditti, Orpheus Collar, Antoine Dode).
There is also Oberon vol 1 (Ryan Parrott, Milos Slavkovic) in which the King of the Fairies seeks redemption via a human child; Heathen vol 2 (Natasha Alterici) continues the tale of the banished Viking warrior woman Aydis, and Skyward vol3 (Joe Henderson, Lee Garbett) is the thrilling conclusion to the gravity-free story of Willa and her quest to save the world. The Girl In The Bay (J.M. Dematteis, Corin Howell) is a supernatural tale of a girl who nearly drowns, only to find that 50 years have passed since she went underwater; Just Beyond: The Scare School (R. L. Stine, Kelly Matthews, Nichole Matthews) is an original graphic novel from the the King of Goosebumps himself, and our final title this week is the comic book equivalent of the gift that you saved til last because it's the biggest - but without the disappointment of it being a chemistry set from Auntie Mabel - Saga compendium collects all 54 issues (so far) of the sci-fi story about Hazel and her star-crossed parents, a must for any readers waiting for the fan favourite book to come back from hiatus.
There's something this week for everyone, and not a deflated balloon in sight. Check out all the releases below and as ever let us know if you need anything reserved!