Welcome to the third post in my trial run of a return to new release posts! This post covers Marvel Comics February 15 2023 releases.
This list includes every comic and digital comic out from Marvel this week, plus collected editions in omnibus, hardcover, paperback, and digest-sized formats. For each new release, I’ll point you to the right Crushing Comics guide.
Marvel Comics February 15 2023 Collected Editions
The Amazing Spider-Man by Zeb Wells Vol. 3: Hobgoblin (2023 paperback, ISBN 978-1302933135 / digital)
See Guide to Spider-Man, Peter Parker (2018 – Present Day). This volume includes Spider-Man’s brief intersection with last year’s A.X.E.: Judgment Day event.
Captain America by Nick Spencer Omnibus Vol. 1 (2023 oversize hardcover, ISBN / digital)
See Guide to Captain America or Guide to Falcon. While much of this run is the dour run-up to the joyless Secret Empire event, it also includes a lot of Sam Wilson being incredibly competent as Captain America, which is a decent read. However, I just don’t think this run is significant enough to warrant a spot on an omnibus shelf – especially not two books of it.
Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty Vol. 1: Revolution (2023 paperback, ISBN 978-1302931438 / digital)
See Guide to Captain America. The first collection of this Kelly, Lanzing, & Carnero run, which I am absolutely dying to dig into! I’m working my way up to it as fast as I can!
Daredevil & Elektra Vol. 1: The Red Fist Saga (2023 paperback, ISBN 978-1302926113 / digital)
See Guide to Daredevil or Guide to Elektra. This is the first collection of the Daredevil & Elektra co-starring run of Daredevil from Chip Zdarsky & Marco Checchetto that directly follows Devil’s Reign and Elektra’s stint as “Woman With Fear.” There are another two volumes already solicited to follow, and the entire prior Zdarsky run is covered in oversize hardcover – so there’s every reason to jump in (unless you are awaiting an inevitable omnibus in a few years).
Daredevil Epic Collection: The Man Without Fear (2016 paperback, ISBN 978-0785195481 / 2023 paperback, ISBN 978-1302950361 / digital)
See Guide to Daredevil. A reprint of the first in Daredevil’s 21-book Epic Collection line covering his 1964 series in full. Right now we have every volume except 7-12, most of which have been collected in other formats (including Miller’s entire run).
Doctor Strange Epic Collection Volume 11: Nightmare on Bleecker Street (2023 paperback, ISBN 978-1302951054 / digital)
See Guide to Doctor Strange. I’ve just given this guide a major shake-up to bring it up to date on collections, although I still have a lot of work to do on guest appearances and formatting. I was surprised to see how aggressive Marvel has gotten with Epic Collections of his 1988 series, since they’ve also been covering it in omnibus volumes at the same time. I would’ve guessed that they’d want to pump out some classic Stern material to coincide with last years Multiverse of Madness film, but I suppose the Masterworks line is still not too far ahead of that point.
Edge of Spider-Verse (2023 paperback, ISBN 978-1302947170 / digital TBA)
See Guide to Spider-Man, Peter Parker (2018 – Present Day). This is the prologue to Dan Slott’s Spider-Verse redux that played out in Spider-Man (2022).
Genis-Vell: Captain Marvel (2023 paperback, ISBN 978-1302946722 / digital)
See Guide to Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers or Guide to Captain Marvel, Genis-Vell (eventually) for the return of the son of Captain Mar-Vell
Hulk: Planet Hulk Omnibus (2017 hardcover, ISBN 978-1302907693 / 2023 hardcover, ISBN 978-1302949686 / digital)
See Guide to Hulk, Bruce Banner for this 2023 straight reprint of the 2017 omnibus.
Iron Man, Books of Korvac IV: Source Control (20xx paperback, ISBN 978-1302932701 / digital)
See Guide to Iron Man. I was absolutely obsessed with the first three volumes of this epic Christopher Cantwell Iron Man series, though I haven’t yet read the contents of this final book.
Marvel Knights: Make the World Go Away (2023 paperback, ISBN 978-1302949709 / digital)
See Guide to Daredevil. I’m a little puzzled about this one, as this book collecting the six-issue Marvel Knights anniversary series by Matt Rosenberg & Donny Cates was already issued in trade with the same contents in 2019… and neither collection puts Daredevil in the title, which would help it sell better! It primarily stars Daredevil and fits in just prior to his Zdarsky series.
Marvel Masterworks: The Invincible Iron Man Vol. 16
See Guide to Iron Man. This book pushes the Iron Man Masterworks collection into 1983!
Star Wars – Bounty Hunters Vol. 5: The Raid on the Vermillion (2023 paperback, ISBN 978-0785194798 / digital)
See Guide to Star Wars Expanded Universe Comics. This is one of the current Star Wars ongoing series set in the period directly following Empire Strikes Back.
X-Men: Hellfire Gala – Immortal (2023 paperback, ISBN 978-1302952099 / digital)
See Guide t0 X-Men – The Age of Krakoa. This second annual Hellfire Gala merits a much less fancy and much slimmer release compared to the special oversize hardcover gold edition from 2021’s event. It collects the Hellfire Gala one-shot, the mirth-filled Tini Howard follow-up to the prior gala from Secret X-Men (2022) #1, and a number of digital shorts.
Read on for a rundown of Marvel Comics February 15 2023 single-issue releases, including a link to their accompanying guide pages on Crushing Comics.
Marvel Comics February 15 2023 Physical Comic Releases
In 2022 I took a year’s break from new Marvel Comics, which I also did back in 2016 after Secret Wars. That means this is one of the only two times since 2010 where I don’t have an informed opinion on any current Marvel issues! However, I’ve been slowly catching up starting this week so I can offer you plenty of opinions on these comics sometime very soon! For, now all I can do is speculate and point you towards the right comic book guide.
Avengers Forever (2021) #14 – See Guide to Avengers Flagships (2010 – Present Day). I finally broke ground on this run this week, and I can’t remember the last comic I hated this much. But, it’s an alternate reality adventure with a grim take on a young hero written by Jason Aaron. It’s like the weaponized version of everything I dislike in Marvel Comics. I’m curious to keep reading to see how it escalates into Aaron’s Multiversal Masters of Evil endgame for his 5-year run on the franchise.
Avengers: End Times – Marvel Tales #1 – I’m surprised by the Wasp-less branding of this single issue reprint comic collecting Avengers (2010) #31-34, since that story is all about Janet van Dyne! These issues are covered by the Guide to Avengers Flagships (2010 – Present Day).
Captain Marvel (2019) #46 – See Guide to Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers. I’m still several arcs behind on this title, but I think we can safely say I am obsessed with Kelly Thompson’s comic writing (both in general and on this title in specific).
Fantastic Four (2023) #4 – See Guide to Fantastic Four. I am so over-the-moon excited to read Ryan North’s take on Marvel’s First Family that I might simply give up on catching up on the remainder of Dan Slott’s run so I can simply get to reading this one!
Hulk (2021) #12 – See Guide to Hulk, Bruce Banner. I wasn’t wild about the first arc of this title, but I run hot and cold on Cates. While I’d typically think a big writer starting to step away from their run is a bummer, I’m curious to see how artist Ryan Ottley brings this one home.
The Invincible Iron Man (2022) #3 – See Guide to Iron Man. I haven’t yet had a single whiff of this Gerry Duggan Iron Man title. I used to be a major Duggan booster based on his runs on Deadpool and Guardians of the Galaxy, but he really wore me out over the span of his time on X-Men. I’m excited to read him doing something other than X-Books again, though it will be hard to top Cantwell’s Iron Man run for me.
Marauders (2022) #11 – See Guide t0 X-Men – The Age of Krakoa for this Steve Orlando run on Marauders. I can’t say this one is at the top of my catch-up list based on reading every single one of Orlando’s comics from the past seven years. He was decent on Wonder Woman, but generally puts me to sleep on everything else. (Seriously, if I start reading a Steve Orlando comic I fall asleep. Doesn’t matter the time of day.)
Marvel’s Voices: Wakanda Forever (2023) #1 – See Guide to Black Panther, although there is not yet a collection announcement for this anthology issue. (I’m still debating a full “Voices” guide.)
Mary Jane & Black Cat (2022) #3 – See Guide to Black Cat. Where does Jed MacKay find the time in his day to write all this dang comics? I don’t know how we got to the point where this Canadian TV writer has become the most-definitive Black Cat writer of all time, but he just gets Felicia. This series is nominally a part of the “Dark Web” mini-event between Spider-Man and X-Men, but really it’s just more MacKay Black Cat goodness and we’re not going to look that Canadian gift horse in the mouth. (Major goof by Marvel in rushing out the MacKay omnibus without this series, though.)
Monica Rambeau: Photon (2022) #3 – See Guide to Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers … for now. I love Monica Rambeau, and now that she’s racking up more appearances it won’t be long until she has a guide to call her own.
Murderworld: Moon Knight (2023) #1 – See Guide to Moon Knight. This is one of a series of Murderworld one-shots. Jim Zub is one of those few comic authors who pleases me every single time I read an issue by him. We share a certain aesthetic of how comic books ought to be, but that doesn’t mean he can’t surprise me! Zub will be helming the new Conan comics from Titan Books, which I’m not overly excited to read, so I’m happy to see him still bouncing around the Marvel Universe.
Nightcrawlers (2023) #1 – See Guide t0 X-Men – The Age of Krakoa. Part of the Sins of Sinister alternate reality event.
Spider-Man (2022) #5 – See Guide to Spider-Man, Peter Parker (2018 – Present Day). This is the Dan Slott and Mark Bagley ongoing series, which really ought to be called “Spider-Man: Spider-Verse.”
Spider-Man: The Lost Hunt #4 – See Guide to Spider-Man, Peter Parker (2018 – Present Day) for this retcon Kraven series.
Star Wars (2020) #31 – See Guide to Star Wars Expanded Universe Comics. Charles Soule continues his run following Empire Strikes Back in a galaxy far, far away.
Star Wars: Bounty Hunters (2020) #31 – See Guide to Star Wars Expanded Universe Comics for this ongoing post-Empire Strikes Back series.
Wasp (2023) #2 – See Guide to Wasp – Janet van Dyne. Even though I’m behind on everything Marvel, I actually took the time to catch up on this Al Ewing series with artist Kasia Nie and colorist KJ Díaz this week! Aside from some wrong footnotes (check CK next time, editors!), this issue continues a fun mystery for Jan that also touches on tons of her continuity as well as Nadia’s. I think Ewing actually has a much better handle of Nadia’s voice than Jan, but the fact that this series references so much of her history makes up for the inbalance.
Wolverine (2020) #30 – See Guide to Wolverine – Logan. The final issue in the Vol. 5 collection
X-Men (2021) #19 – See Guide t0 X-Men – The Age of Krakoa. There’s something amusing to me about Gerry Duggan still writing the ostensible X-Men flagship book while Kieron Gillen and Al Ewing are also both writing books with X-Men in the title. But, the whole point is that Duggan is writing the big bouncy superhero book while Gillen & Ewing write the insider stuff that X-fans adore.
X-Treme X-Men (2022) #3 – See Guide to X-Treme X-Men. This is a brand new Chris Claremont and Salvador Larroca series, but it’s set around the time of the original 2001 series (which just got its first omnibus volume, finally).
Marvel Comics February 15 2023 Digital-First Comic Releases
These releases are exclusively available on the Marvel Unlimited app – you cannot access them from a web browser even if you have a subscription! They also haven’t been quick to be released in print – I’ve only noticed one series hit print format so far: X-Men Unlimited.
- Alligator Loki Infinity Comic (2022) #19 – See Guide to Loki
- Avengers Unlimited Infinity Comic (2022) #33 – See Guide to Avengers (2010 – present).
- Love Unlimited Infinity Comic (2022) #37 – I haven’t decided where this should be placed yet! (Any thoughts?)
- Marvel’s Voices Infinity Comic (2022) #40 – There have been enough “Voices” books in the past few years that I’m considering giving them their own guide page.
- Spider-Verse Unlimited Infinity Comic (2022) #37 – See Guide to Spider-Man, Peter Parker (2018 – present)
- Who Is… M.O.D.O.K. Infinity Comic (2022) #1 – Sorry, folks – there’s no MODOK guide planned for 2023!
- X-Men Unlimited Infinity Comic (2021) #74 – See Guide t0 X-Men – The Age of Krakoa
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