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New She-Hulk, Spider-Man and Wolverine Series Lead Next Week’s Marvel Releases


The MCU’s next star, Spider-Man (Ben Reilly) and Cindy Moon all start new ongoing series, while Wolverine lives (until he also dies) next week.

Heroes from all across the Marvel Universe lead their own, brand new series in the upcoming releases from Marvel Comics.

Leading the charge is She-Hulk, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s next big star and hero — literally. Following the events of The Avengers #50 written by Jason Aaron, Jennifer Walters has returned to a more classic look for the character and is launching a new ongoing comic series before she smashes television screens in She-Hulk on Disney+, where she will be brought to life by actor Tatiana Maslany. Of course, the gamma giant is joined by wall crawlers and X-Men who are kickstarting new adventures next week.


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Ben Reilly has been swinging around as Marvel’s primary web head in the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man since Oct. 2021, but now he is set to star in a new miniseries as well — Ben Reilly: Spider-Man. He’s not the only spider person with a new title though, being that Cindy Moon aka Silk launches a new ongoing book following her five-issue series from 2021. Switching over from web shooters to claws though, Wolverine debuts a new miniseries, X Lives of Wolverine, before simultaneously starring in X Deaths of Wolverine as well, which comes out the following week.


Also arriving from the world of X-Men is a tie-in to the current Daredevil-centric event, Devil’s Reign, which coincides with a new event miniseries, Devil’s Reign: Villains for Hire. In addition, Defenders concludes and the Silver Surfer launches another new series, with the full list of releases found alphabetically below, covers and solicitations included.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #86

  • ZEB WELLS (W) • MICHAEL DOWLING (A)
  • Beyond Board: KELLY THOMPSON, SALADIN AHMED, CODY ZIGLAR, PATRICK GLEASON & ZEB WELLS • Cover by ARTHUR ADAMS
  • Variant Cover by MIGUEL MERCADO • HOMAGE VARIANT COVER BY MIKE MCKONE
  • This is one of those comics that you will remember for years to come.
  • Ben Reilly has been shaken to the core, and you will be too.
  • 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99


AVENGERS #52

  • JASON AARON (W) • JUAN FRIGERI (A) • Cover by JAVIER GARRÓN
  • VARIANT COVER BY LOGAN LUBERA
  • THE ALL-NEW MASTERS OF EVIL ARE HERE!
  • The Death Hunt continues as super-psychopaths the Black Skull and Ghost Goblin invade New York City to slaughter Deathloks and anyone who gets in their way, including Captain America and Captain Marvel. But the bad guys didn’t plan on having to face the world’s most dangerous young Avenger. Believe us — no one’s ever seen anything like the Starbrand unleashed!
  • 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

BEN REILLY: SPIDER-MAN #1 (OF 5)

  • J.M. DEMATTEIS (W) • DAVID BALDEÓN (A) • Cover by STEVE SKROCE
  • Variant Cover by DAN JURGENS
  • Variant Cover by ALEX MALEEV
  • Design Variant Cover by DAN JURGENS
  • Design Sketch Variant Cover by DAN JURGENS
  • VARIANT COVER BY SKOTTIE YOUNG
  • BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT!
  • Iconic Spider-Man scribe J.M. DeMatteis (KRAVEN’S LAST HUNT, SPIDER-MAN: THE LOST YEARS) returns to spin his webs once more within the Spidey mythos, this time joined by explosive artist David Baldeón (WEB WARRIORS, DOMINO)! Together, they’re bringing you unlocked memories in the life of BEN REILLY, A.K.A. SPIDER-MAN!
  • Darkness looms over New York City as murders begin to pile up…but how are they all connected?
  • Do the answers Ben is looking for reside in the haunted halls of the RAVENCROFT INSTITUTE?
  • Find out as we return to the era when Ben Reilly was the one, true SPIDER-MAN!
  • 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99


DEATH OF DOCTOR STRANGE: X-MEN/BLACK KNIGHT #1

  • SI SPURRIER (W) • BOB QUINN (A)
  • Cover by CORY SMITH
  • Variant Cover by MATÍAS BERGARA
  • LONDON’S BURNING! THE BLACK KNIGHTS RIDE AGAIN! All manner of vile extradimensional foes invade Earth following the collapse of Doctor Strange’s magical safeguards for the planet. Dane Whitman, A.K.A. the BLACK KNIGHT, receives a terrible vision from the EBON SIEGE while Jacks, now sharing the burden of the EBONY BLADE with her father, rides off to confront a terrible evil attacking London – the X-MEN?! Krakoa’s greatest heroes have been transformed – but by what?! Jacks, Dane and Faiza Hussain – wielder of the mighty sword EXCALIBUR – must team up to save the X-Men before an even deadlier threat destroys them all!
  • 40 PGS./ONE-SHOT/Rated T+ …$4.99


DEFENDERS #5 (OF 5)

  • AL EWING (W) • JAVIER RODRÍGUEZ (A/C)
  • Variant Cover by MIKE ALLRED
  • Doctor Strange’s ragtag Defenders face their final trial in the Third Cosmos, where the concepts of good and evil are locked in primal, eternal conflict. When the Masked Raider’s identity is finally revealed, will the truth be their salvation…or their undoing?
  • 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

DEVIL’S REIGN: VILLAINS FOR HIRE #1 (OF 3)

  • CLAY McLEOD CHAPMAN (W)
  • MANUEL GARCIA (A) • COVER BY SKAN
  • VARIANT COVER BY GERALD PAREL
  • NEW YORK CITY is on a razor’s edge, and there’s only one force fighting for the rule of law in the chaos: Wilson Fisk’s THUNDERBOLTS!
  • 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

DEVIL’S REIGN: X-MEN #1 (OF 3)

  • Gerry Duggan (W) • PHIL NOTO (A/C) • Variant cover by Scott Williams
  • THE QUEEN’S REIGN!
  • Emma Frost has many skeletons in her closet, but only one of them is currently Mayor of New York City. The truth about the White Queen’s secret past with the Kingpin of Crime comes to light. As Wilson Fisk makes his play, will his old ally Emma Frost stand in his way? Or protect the secrets they share?
  • 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

ETERNALS #9

  • KIERON GILLEN (W) • ESAD RIBIC (A/C)
  • HEACDHOST VARIANT COVER BY TODD NAUCK
  • HEADSHOT SKETCH VARIANT COVER BY JIM CHEUNG
  • It is Eternal indoctrination to eliminate excess deviation. But can our small group of Eternals overcome such programming when living in a city of Deviants? We’re about to find out as, for the first time ever, Eternals fight for Deviantkind.
  • 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

HULK #3

  • DONNY CATES (W) • RYAN OTTLEY (A/C)
  • Variant Cover by TRADD MOORE
  • Classic Homage Variant Cover by DAVID NAKAYAMA
  • Headshot Sketch Variant Cover by JIM CHEUNG
  • “SMASHSTRONAUT” part 3 of 6!
  • There is another Bruce Banner! But where is his Hulk? The answer to that question? Well, it’s a doozy. And it’s about to change our Hulk’s entire course of action! The most insane, action-packed HULK story you’ve ever read gets even MORE epic as Donny Cates and Ryan Ottley take things to a whole other level!
  • 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #34

  • SALADIN AHMED (W) • MICHELE BANDINI (A) • Cover by TAURIN CLARKE
  • VARIANT COVER BY Daniel Acuña
  • BEYOND TIE-IN!
  • MILES and SHIFT need answers…but they must descend into the darkness of the ASSESSOR’S HQ to find them!
  • What untold horrors await the two SPIDER-MEN?!
  • And what do the Assessor’s plans mean for Ben Reilly and the Beyond Corporation?!
  • 32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99


MOON KNIGHT #7

  • JED MACKAY (W) • FEDERICO SABBATINI (A) • COVER BY CORY SMITH
  • VARIANT COVER BY RAHZZAH
  • How do you fight someone that no one knows? Moon Knight is out for blood and hits the streets armed only with a name, but he soon finds out that in the twilight half-world of NYC super villainy, sometimes the streets hit back. And while he’s fighting his way through the super-crime underworld, he’d better watch his back…
  • 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

PHOENIX SONG: ECHO #4 (OF 5)

  • REBECCA ROANHORSE (W)
  • LUCA MARESCA & KYLE CHARLES (A)
  • Cover by CORY SMITH
  • Variant Cover by ASHLEY WITTER
  • NO. MORE. PHOENIX!
  • The Adversary has Echo in his trickster’s talons! The Phoenix might have been powerful enough to take him down — but the Phoenix is gone. Maya Lopez fights like hell for a life she never wanted in the penultimate chapter of Rebecca Roanhorse’s fire-starting series!
  • 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

SHE-HULK #1

  • RAINBOW ROWELL (W) • ROGÊ ANTÔNIO (A)
  • COVER A BY JEN BARTEL
  • COVER B BY ADAM HUGHES
  • VARIANT COVER BY STANLEY “ARTGERM” LAU
  • VIRGIN VARIANT COVER BY STANLEY “ARTGERM” LAU
  • VARIANT COVER BY SKOTTIE YOUNG
  • STORMBREAKERS VARIANT COVER BY TBA
  • DEADPOOL 30TH VARIANT COVER BY ROB LIEFELD
  • The best character ever is back in her own series and about to glam up the whole Marvel Universe! Jennifer Walters, A.K.A. the Sensational She-Hulk, is no longer savage and needs to put her life back together. She’s got a career to rebuild, friends to reconnect with (and maybe represent in a court of law) and enemies to…well, she may not want to connect with them, but they are DEFINITELY going to connect with her. And the last page of this first issue is going to send Jen down a road she’s never traveled and that will shake up her life and possibly the whole Marvel Universe.
  • 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99


SILK #1

  • EMILY KIM (W) • TAKESHI MIYAZAWA (A) • Cover by INHYUK LEE
  • Variant Cover by AUDREY MOK • Variant Cover by DAVI GO
  • Variant Cover by R1c0
  • SILK IS BACK!
  • Cindy Moon returns as the web-spinning Spider-Hero SILK in an all-new, all-star series! As Silk gains popularity in the public eye, Cindy is questioning her place in the world. But existentialism will have to wait when a powerful new villain is turned loose! In a race against the clock, Silk discovers the dangers of ancient Korean magic – and social media. Don’t miss the comics debut of stunning storyteller EMILY KIM and the return of legendary comic artist TAKESHI MIYAZAWA!
  • 32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

SILVER SURFER REBIRTH #1 (OF 5)

  • RON MARZ (W) • RON LIM (A/c)
  • Variant cover by PEACH MOMOKO
  • Variant cover by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI
  • Variant cover by DAN JURGENS
  • Wraparound variant COVER by Claudio Castellini
  • VARIANT COVER BY ALEX MALEEV
  • HEADSHOT SKETCH VARIANT COVER BY JIM CHEUNG
  • They’re back!
  • No, we don’t mean the guys on the cover… We’re talking about legendary creators Ron Marz and Ron Lim returning to tell a story set during their fan-favorite run of SILVER SURFER! Someone has stolen the Reality Gem, an object that allows the user to fulfill any wish no matter the consequences! But whoever has taken it is doing things like bringing back the dead hero Captain Mar-Vell. It’s up to Silver Surfer to team up with the least likely of allies, Thanos, to find the Gem and restore reality to its proper form!
  • 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99


STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #18

  • ALYSSA WONG (W) • MINKYU JUNG (A)
  • COVER BY SARA PICHELLI
  • Lucasfilm 50th Anniversary
  • Variant Cover by CHRIS SPROUSE
  • Variant Cover by BABS TARR
  • “CONJURATIONS”
  • With STRANGE RITUAL MURDERS on the rise, DOCTOR APHRA and SANA STARROS’ hunt for HOWLING ARTIFACTS is growing dire!
  • Their leads keep turning up dead, and they’re running out of time!
  • They’ll have to delve deep into the secrets of an ANCIENT TECH CULT if they plan to catch the killer!
  • 32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

STAR WARS: THE HIGH REPUBLIC #13

  • CAVAN SCOTT (W) • ARIO ANINDITO (A) • Cover by PHIL NOTO
  • Variant Cover by ARIO ANINDITO
  • Variant Cover by KHOI PHAM
  • THE BATTLE FOR NO-SPACE!
  • Since MARCHION RO attacked the Republic Fair on VALO, everything has been leading to this moment. Now it’s THE JEDI’s turn to strike the heart of THE NIHIL.
  • AVAR KRISS VS. LOURNA DEE. JEDI VS. NIHIL. JEDI VS. JEDI.
  • A line is about to be crossed!
  • 32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99
  • Star Wars © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All rights reserved. Used under authorization. Text and illustrations for Star Wars are © 2021 Lucasfilm Ltd.


STRANGE ACADEMY #15

  • SKOTTIE YOUNG (W) • HUMBERTO RAMOS (A/C)
  • CHARACTER SPOTLIGHT VARIANT COVER BY ARTHUR ADAMS
  • YOUR WISH…IS GRANTED!
  • It’s a very special day at Strange Academy: BATTLE CLASS with Magik and Wong!
  • But not every student is competing at the same level, and CALVIN has a trick up his sleeve thanks to his new mysterious friend, GASLAMP!
  • Meanwhile, a student is missing, and EMILY BRIGHT won’t rest until they’re found.
  • 32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

VENOM #4

  • RAM V (W) • BRYAN HITCH (A/C) • VARIANT COVER BY JONBOY MEYERS
  • HOMAGE VARIANT COVER BY DAVID YARDIN
  • The villainous LIFE FOUNDATION is back — and they have DYLAN BROCK DEAD IN THEIR SIGHTS!
  • Led once again by the insidious Carlton Drake, the symbiote-hunting organization has larger ambitions than ever before, and with ARTHUR KRANE in the palm of their hand, they finally have the political leverage to make them a reality.
  • 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

X LIVES OF WOLVERINE #1 (OF 5)

  • BENJAMIN PERCY (W) • JOSHUA CASSARA (A) • Cover by ADAM KUBERT
  • Variant Cover by PEACH MOMOKO • Variant Cover by RON LIM
  • Variant Cover by JORGE MOLINA • LIVES OF WOLVERINE Variant Cover by ED MCGUINNESS
  • Homage Variant Cover by WILL SLINEY
  • Animation Style Variant Cover by TODD NAUCK
  • Stormbreakers Variant Cover by JOSHUA CASSARA
  • Trading Card Variant Cover by MARK BAGLEY
  • Hidden Gem Variant Cover by Arthur Adams
  • Connecting Collage Variant Cover by MR GARCIN
  • THE BIGGEST WOLVERINE STORY OF ALL TIME BEGINS HERE!
  • WEEK 1 – Logan. James Howlett. Weapon X. The mutant best known as WOLVERINE has lived many lives under many identities and in many places, but never before has the fate of the future been so entwined with the past! Fan-favorite eras of Wolverine’s saga are explored anew, along with never-before-seen episodes as Logan must travel to various points in time to prevent the death of a key figure in mutant history. But these LIVES are only one side of the story…
  • Be here for the start of the time-shredding saga across all of Wolverine’s history and future yet to come!
  • 48 PGS./Parental Advisory …$5.99


All of these issues go on sale Jan. 19 from Marvel Comics.

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Source: Marvel Comics

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