January Previews 2020 – Marvel Spotlight Books

Previews gives us a glimpse of what’s to come. Here’s the spotlight of new books coming out of January Previews for Marvel.

Marvel has around 234 books in the January Previews. Here’s my small glimpse of the ones I’m looking forward to, in no particular order.

EARTH’S MIGHTIEST VILLAINS! What do the King of Atlantis, the Lord of the Vampires, the deposed duke of Hell, a mysterious Russian assassin and the secret boss of Washington, D.C.’s greatest super-team have in common?

They all really hate the Avengers. And so there came a day, a day unlike any other, when Earth’s mightiest villains found themselves united against a common threat. Rated T+ 

I’m back on board with the Avengers after picking this back up after issue #27.

THE DAWN OF REBELLION! Cable was a grizzled old veteran of the wars to save the future… and he will be again.

But for now, he’s a young mutant living in paradise leading a life of adventure! Nathan Summers, son of two of the most powerful mutants on Krakoa, has a destiny leading the youth of mutantkind in rebellion… so why not start now?

Gerry Duggan (MARAUDERS, DEADPOOL) and Phil Noto (STAR WARS, POE DAMERON) bring us young Cable as we’ve never seen him before! Rated T+ 

I really dig this cover. I just hope the story is good as well.

‘THE LAST AVENGER’ CONCLUSION!

It’s all come down to Captain Marvel versus Vox Supreme! Since discovering her Kree heritage, Carol Danvers has struggled to reconcile her human and her alien sides. Now she must fight for both – or lose everything.

But Earth’s Mightiest Hero has a new plan…will the power of the Avengers be enough to save the world? Rated T+ 

Great story going on in Captain Marvel so this is a must to see how it ends.

VERSUS THE SORCEROR SUPREME! As far as Johnny Blaze is concerned, there’s one man who had the power to pull him outta Hell, but that man chose not to lift so much as a finger for him, and that man’s name is Doctor Stephen Strange!

So now Johnny’s got a can of whupass with ol’ Stevie’s name on it! Rated T+ 

Love me some Ghost Rider, it’s a must pickup.

BAD IS THE NEW GOOD! When Krakoa opened their doors to all mutants and forgave all past crimes, they might have known they’d have to accept some of their worst foes into the fold… but they didn’t plan for what to do with them. Not to worry-Mister Sinister knows what to do with the troublemakers.

Meet his new Hellions: Scalphunter, Wild Child, Empath, Nanny, Orphanmaker, Psylocke…and Havok?! Under Sinister’s direction, they are sure to become productive members of mutant society.

Writer Zeb Wells (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, NEW MUTANTS) and artist Stephen Segovia (WOLVERINE: MANIFEST DESTINY, SUPERIOR CARNAGE) bring you the team you’re going to hate to love! Rated T+ 

Hoping this is a good read so it’s a definite check out.

The Sentinel of the Spaceways rides the cosmic waves as we celebrate the legacy of the House of Ideas with the era-spanning MARVEL TALES!

This anthology series shines a spotlight on fan-favorite characters, features timeless stories and highlights some of our most impressive talent from the past eight decades.

First, the Silver Surfer aids the mighty Thor in conflict with the deadly Durok in a heavyweight team-up from the legendary creative team of Gerry Conway and John Buscema – from THOR (1966) #193! Then, Roy Thomas and Sal Buscema pave the way for the creation of Marvel’s greatest non-team, the Defenders, when they assemble the ‘Titans Three’ in SUB-MARINER (1968) #34-35! Can this trio of powerhouses – the Surfer, Namor and the Hulk – stop squabbling long enough to battle…the Avengers?! Rated T 

I know these are just reprints but I love this cover by Inhyuk Lee.

“THE SUPER SPY STARS IN THE FINAL ADVENTURE BEFORE THE LAUNCH OF MARVEL’S AVENGERS!

Former Russian spy Natasha Romanoff has joined SHIELD, but when a spectre from her past resurfaces, where do her loyalties really lie? And what is the source of her deadly feud with the villainous TASKMASTER? Solve the mystery in this adventure leading up to the upcoming MARVEL’S AVENGERS video game as we explore a key episode from the dramatic saga of the woman called BLACK WIDOW! Rated T+ 

Thirty years ago, Alex Ross had a vision of a new series showing the Marvel heroes in a way they’d never been seen before. The first realization of that idea became the blockbuster MARVELS – but today Alex finally brings about his original vision: An anthology of stories by unique, exceptional talents, many of whom are doing Marvel characters for the very first time.

Over this showcase series you’ll see work by such artists as Adam Hughes, Bill Sienkiewicz, Dan Brereton and more, linked together by an overarching story by Alex and Steve Darnall. This inaugural issue kicks it all off with superstar artists Frank Espinosa (Rocketo, Looney Tunes) telling an unusual Spider-Man story and Steve Rude (Nexus), teaming up with Kurt Busiek (Marvels, Avengers) for an Avengers story, framed by Alex and Steve Darnall (Uncle Sam, Marvels) presenting a tale of the dread dreamland Nightmare, and his threat to the entire Marvel Universe…and possibly beyond. A once-in-a-lifetime assemblage of talent – you won’t want to miss a single page! Rated T 

“CAPTAIN AMERICA BATTLES BATROC IN THIS NEW PREQUEL TO THE UPCOMING VIDEO GAME, MARVEL’S AVENGERS!

Since World War II, Steve Rogers has fought for the side of good as CAPTAIN AMERICA! As one of his last friends from the war is laid to rest, Cap must contend with the mysterious robbery of a high-tech weapons company. But what is BATROC THE LEAPER planning, and how will this technology change the FUTURE of the AVENGERS?

The journey to MARVEL’S AVENGERS continues with a mystery and an adventure that sets the groundwork for an inciting incident in the upcoming video game! Rated T+ 

For years, Michael Morbius has looked in the mirror and seen a monster. Thanks to his recent tampering with his own genes, that horror has become a reality.

Can his immortal bloodlust finally be satiated – and at what cost? Rated T+ 

Been trying to get into Morbius. With the upcoming movie, perfect time to jump in with some reading.

Marooned on an unknown planet, Nebula has been stripped of her memories!

Struggling to find out where she is, what hope does Nebula have of finding herself?

And more importantly, will Nebula be able to recover her wits before her infamous reputation puts her in someone else’s crosshairs? Rated T+

I’m a huge Nebula fan from Endgame so I’m hoping this new series does her justice as a main character.

EXPLODING FROM THE PAGES OF INCOMING! In the wake of a devastating tragedy, the United States passes a law that will shake the Marvel Universe to its core.

The world has had enough of teen heroes. The crackdown has begun. And the lives of Marvel’s next generation will never be the same again.

EVE L. EWING and KIM JACINTO launch a new era in this game-changing event one-shot that will send shockwaves across the Marvel Universe! You won’t want to miss this one! Rated T 

Sounds interesting, could be a cool read with potential of new characters.

MURDER AND MYSTERY IN THE MIGHTY MARVEL MANNER! DATELINE, 1939!

As the specter of war looms on the horizon, SPIDER-MAN: NOIR fights the good fight at home, stopping the injustices of a more friendly-neighborhood variety.

But after a dame is murdered at The Black Cat nightclub and all clues point overseas, Spidey will have no choice but to board the next flight to Europe and kick off a globetrotting adventure through yesteryear of the Marvel Universe! Rated T+ 

We need more Spider-Man Noir! Nuff said.

“NEVER BETRAY A BOUNTY HUNTER – ESPECIALLY IF IT’S BOBA FETT! Years ago, VALANCE and fellow bounty hunters BOSSK and BOBA FETT took on a mission that went sideways in a bad way after Valance’s mentor, NAKANO LASH, violently betrayed them.

Valance’s team barely escaped with their lives. He never thought he’d face his old mentor ever again…until Lash finally resurfaces under mysterious circumstances. Every bounty hunter in the galaxy wants a piece and Valance is hell-bent on getting to the prize first. He has score to settle-but so does Boba Fett!

ETHAN SACKS (OLD MAN HAWKEYE and GALAXY’S EDGE) and PAOLO VILLANELLI (VADER: DARK VISIONS and JEDI FALLEN ORDER – DARK TEMPLE) are teaming up to bring you the bounty hunter adventure you’ve been waiting for this March! Rated T 

Started watching Mandalorian on Disney+ so I’m all about the Bounty Hunters right now.

“BOUNTY HUNTERS DRAW FIRST BLOOD! • Cyborg bounty hunter VALANCE will stop at nothing to find his old mentor, NAKANO LASH, after her stinging betrayal years earlier.

But other bounty hunters have taken the job after a vicious crime lord put out the hit. Everyone’s got a reason to go after the traitorous Nautolan.

BOSSK, BOBA FETT and a slew of new killers are hot on Lash’s trail. Can Valance get to her first? And what could have possibly made Lash break her word and betray her fellow hunters? The truth could shake the foundations of the criminal underworld in the galaxy! Rated T 

THE FACE OF THE QUEEN!

In the wake of the shocking revelations of The Empire Strikes Back, DARTH VADER continues his quest for revenge against everyone who hid his son Luke from him.

But when his search takes him deep into his past, he uncovers a hauntingly familiar face that will challenge everything he knows. Rated T 

I’m a long time Darth Vader fan so I pick up all issues, it’s just a must. The Inhyuk Lee cover isn’t too shabby either..

A SORCERER SCHOOL FOR THE MARVEL UNIVERSE!

The Marvel Universe has mysteriously changed in such an alarming way that Doctor Strange has done what he’s avoided for decades; he’s opened a school for young sorcerers. Young people from around the world with aptitude in magic have been brought together in New Orleans to study the Mystic Arts under Strange, Brother Voodoo, the Ancient One, the Scarlet Witch, Magik, Hellstrom and ALL your favorite Marvel magicians.

But with all the new magical threats, is it too late?! Rated T 

This is potential I think, if the story is good.

THOR’S GREATEST ENEMY – AND THE UNIVERSE’S ONLY SAVIOR – REVEALED!

The Black Winter is coming – the end of the entire vast universe – and only one entity can stop it.

The only one who has survived it before, Galactus the World-Eater, has come to Midgard…in search of a herald for the end of everything. Rated T+ 

Gotta see where this story is going after reading the first issue.

THE WAR WITHIN! VENOM ISLAND CONTINUES!

Cletus Kasady may be gone, but CARNAGE is another story – and its evil has infected Venom and the entire ISLAND OF BONES.

As every living thing on the island hunts him, Eddie Brock may have no choice but to burn it – and everything he holds dear – to the ground… Rated T+ 

I love this cover. Reminds me of the Carnage and Venom covers from ASM in the late 300 issues.

HICKMAN & OLIVER MASTER MAGNETISM!

Jonathan Hickman continues his one-shots showcasing some of Marvel’s best artists!

This time, he teams with Ben Oliver (ULTIMATE X-MEN, THUNDERBOLTS) to bring a tale of Krakoan Ambassador and Master of Magnetism, Magneto! Krakoa may be only for mutants, but mutants still need to deal with the human world around them. Magneto has a plan for that. Rated T+ 

Love me some Magneto. We need more Magneto stories and another solo series please.

3 thoughts on “January Previews 2020 – Marvel Spotlight Books”

  1. Venom 24 should remind you of ASM #258…as it is an homage to it.

    Strange Academy #1 looks like a bunch of adolescent first appearances…but I’m not familiar with Dr. Strange and the sorcerer the MU so I’m not sure. Wondering who the flame head is….dormamu’s som?

      1. It’s he issue that Spidey learns the costume is alive….and may not have he best intentions which is eluded to in he cover art (Peter struggling between the two, being pulled in two different directions). Some have tried pushing it as the first venom….so it’s a key book in the Black costume/venom saga, and the cover art, although unbeknownst at the time, tells you this….hard to pass by it flipping through long boxes or surveying wall books without taking notice (if you’re into the Venom mythos).

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