It’s the fourth new comic book day of the new year! This post covers Marvel Comics January 24 2024 releases. Missed last week’s releases? Check out last week’s post covering Marvel Comics January 17 2024 new releases.
This week in Marvel Comics: a ROMnibus appears, Straczynski & Gillen’s Thor runs finally reunited, Al Ewing up to something with Magneto, and more!
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 guide within my Crushing Comics Guide to Marvel Comics to find out how to collect each character in full – and, if a guide is linked from this post, that means it is updated through the present day!
Marvel Comics January 24 2024 Collected Editions
Marvel Two-in-One Epic Collection: Two Against Hydra
(2024 paperback, ISBN 978-1302931766 / digital)
See Guide to Fantastic Four or Guide to Thing (eventually). Marvel is slowly-but-surely pressing on with their collections of this Thing team-up title, which included a few more significant stories than its sibling Marvel Team-Up (1972). This volume (and all collections of this material, in general) skips issue #21, which includes a team-up with Doc Savage – Marvel no longer has the rights to reprint it.
ROM: The Original Marvel Years Omnibus Vol. 1
(2024 oversize hardcover, ISBN 978-1302956714 / digital)
See Guide to ROM, Spaceknight. We never thought it could exist, but here it is – the ROMnibus! FYI, there are THREE DM variants of this omnibus cover – Frank Miller X-Men, George Pérez, and Sal Buscema. Marvel will cover this series in a trio of omnibuses, and there’s no guarantee they will print it in any other format (like Epic Collection), so this could be your one chance to finally own a reprinted, remastered collection of this material.
(2024 paperback, ISBN 978-1302952792 / digital)
See Guide to Marvel Universe Events. Marvel has been working through paperback reprints of most of their line-wide events in the past year, likely to serve as complements to the Epic and Modern Era Epic lines. This event isn’t particularly satisfying to read on its own – all three of the Avengers books at the time heavily filled out the action, in particular New Avengers.
Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Menace Revealed Vol. 4
(2024 paperback, ISBN 978-1302953911 / digital)
See Guide to Star Wars Legends – The Old Expanded Universe. This is not only the last Epic of this era (which stretches from pre-prequels through the prequel trilogy), but also potentially the second to last of the Legends Epics! There’s only one major uncollected series remaining – Star Wars: Invasion (2009) #0-16. After that, we’re just down to recollecting old Star Wars comics coverage omnibus format and Epic reprints.
Strange Academy: Year Two
(2024 paperback, ISBN 978-1302953003 / digital)
See Guide to Doctor Strange. This collects the back half of the original 2020 series and its “Finals” mini-series from 2022. Strange Academy had such a massive cast to start that sometimes it could be hard to zero in on the characters, their histories and powers, and how they related to each other. Here at the end the book is hyper-focused on one particular relationship and conflict, which escalates to a pretty epic level by the end. This is a rare in-continuity Marvel book that would work well for a YA crowd, though I’d perhaps call it for 10YO+ due to some themes related to drug use.
Thor by Straczynski & Gillen Omnibus
(2024 oversize hardcover, ISBN 978-1302953010 / digital)
See Guide to Thor, The Odinson. This is a relatively rare release from Marvel in that it specifically expands the content of a prior omnibus release! The Thor by JMS omnibus was a great read that kicked off the modern era of Thor, but it has always been an incomplete work since Gillen dropped in to finish off JMS’s abandoned plot threads before Matt Fraction took the reins. Now this volume completely plugs that gap, butting perfectly up against Thor by Matt Fraction and Loki by Gillen. Plus, it adds Gillen’s excellent Beta Ray Bill material. Strong recommendation from me on this one for Thor fans – it’s the ground level of his modern comics!
X-Men: Hellfire Gala – Fall of X
(2024 paperback, ISBN 978-1302953034 / digital)
See Guide to X-Men – The Age of Krakoa. This is the beginning of the end for Krakao, as the brutal 2023 Hellfire Gala issue kicked off their Fall of X. I’m going to make a very specific recommendation here and say don’t read this comic unless you read either X-Men (2021) or Immortal X-Men (2022) in the wake of Judgment Day (which could optionally include reading Sins of Sinister). I initial read this material without that background and found it cruel and distasteful. Then, I re-read it after catching up and found it to be a edge-of-my-seat thriller. Duggan, Gillen, Ewing, & Spurrier really earned this level of mutant massacre based on 18 months of constant build-up of Krakoa to the highest of highs while it was being undermined by an increasingly centralized group of foes. Do yourself a service and read this book as a climax to those stories, rather than as a bloody standalone. Then, from here, you can continue to any Fall of X comic – they all start from here.
Read on for a summary of all of the Marvel Comics January 24 2024 single issue and digital releases!
Marvel Comics January 24 2024 Physical Comic Releases
Daredevil: Black Armor (2023) #3 – See Guide to Daredevil. D.G. Chichester revisits his mid-90s heyday in this retcon series set in the “Black Armor” period of Daredevil. Proof that nostalgia eventually rolls around for everything!
G.O.D.S. (2023) #4 – Oh, hell… what guide does this brand new Hickman creation even fit into?! Let’s say “See Guide to Doctor Strange,” since so far Strange has been a co-star in each issue. I know I can be a curmudgeon about Hickman sometimes. And, I love that he’s creating something new here that’s both magical and also cosmic. He’s never been shy about inventing huge new concepts for Marvel that they can profit from across multiple forms of media, whether that’s The Black Order and Incursions or the Age of Krakoa. But… this comic just isn’t good. It’s Hickman trying to write in Ellis mode (think: Planetary or Injection), but Hickman has never been able to deliver withering single issues like Ellis, nor can he create characters as interesting as Ellis (even when he spends a whole issue on it, as in #2). I’ve read all three issues so far, and it’s a lot of talk about the amorphous concepts of science and magic without a lot of substance happening in the present. Also, I absolutely hate the colors by Marte Gracia. He’s adding so many grey and brown undertones to his shading that all the women look like they have beards.
The Immortal Thor (2023) #6 – See Guide to Thor, The Odinson. I am obsessed with this Al Ewing, Martin Coccolo, & Matthew Wilson Thor run so far. First of all: Matt Wilson has been the mastermind of the look and feel of Thor for over a decade now and I still get lost in every panel of his colors. Second, Martin Coccolo is doing such an amazing job of riffing on Alex Ross’s design for Thor that treats his lightning as encompassing shadow rather than reflections. And, finally, Ewing somehow found a new level of Thor’s personality and continuity to mine after Aaron and Cates. A top-of-stack read!
Miguel O’Hara: Spider-Man 2099 (2024) #4 – See Guide to Spider-Man 2099. This weekly future-horror series continues to unfurl.
Power Pack: Into the Storm (2024) #1 – See Guide to Power Pack. Louise Simonson & June Brigman are back for a retcon Power Pack adventure, and as much as I’m always in for more Simonson, more Brigman, and more Power Pack, I have to wonder… who is demanding this? Power Pack still exists as a kid team in the current Marvel continuity and are ripe to tell stories with, and I don’t know how many regular Wednesday Warriors of any age are super eager for a redux of a decidedly for-kids comic from 1984. (That said, of course I will still read it!)
Punisher (2023) #3 – See Guide to Punisher. Someone other than Frank Castle takes up the title of Punisher – a wise move after Jason Aaron mic-dropped on the last Punisher series!
Resurrection of Magneto (2024) #1 – See Guide to Magneto. I am intensely interested in how this Al Ewing Krakoan finale unfolds. With Duggan and Gillen delivering the massive story beats on their paired Rise/Fall series, with Ewing’s book be more personal to Magneto? It feels like this could be a Trojan Horse of some major plot beat for the end of the era.
Spider-Woman (2023) #3 – See Guide to Spider-Woman. I love me some Jessica Drew and writer Steve Foxe just blew me away on Dark X-Men, so I caught up in issues #1-2 while working on this post. Foxe has an admirable gasp on Jess’s history and voice so that this series doesn’t just feel like a throwaway event tie-in to Gang War. However, issue #2 felt seriously decompressed – tons of establishing shots of the interior of a building and hardly any plot. Plus, Arif Prianto’s super-shiny colors on this one really bug me. He spends more time on the reflections on people’s elbows and knees than he does on texture. I don’t want to tell you to not buy a Jessica Drew comic if you’re a fan of hers, but this doesn’t quite match the level of fun and funny of her 2020 series by Carla Pacheco.
Star Wars: Thrawn – Alliances (2024) #1 – See Guide to Star Wars Expanded Universe. This is an adaptation of the Thrawn novel of the same name by Timothy Zahn, co-written by Zahn with Marvel One Adapter to Rule Them All, Jody Houser.
Superior Spider-Man (2023) #3 – See Guide to Spider-Man, Peter Parker (2018 – Present). I haven’t ready this new Slott/Bagley Superior series yet, but I’m simply amused by Marvel’s inability to decide whether Otto ought to be an Octopus or a Spider over the past five years. Given the popularity of Olivia Octavius from Spider-Verse I would think they’d just fully lean into Otto being Superior (or borrow him from another reality where that’s the case).
X-Force (2019) #48 – See Guide to X-Force. Benjamin Percy just cashed in all but one of his big plot chips on the last X-Force arc, finally addressing the mystery of Colossus’s subterfuge and resolving Domino’s lost memories from their early arcs. Now, with Wolverine’s title pivoting to its big Sabretooth War, X-Force is focusing on Henry McCoy’s recent pivot to ends-justify-the-means evil-doing as Beast. I’m one of these readers who thinks this arc fits him perfectly: this is a path that Fraction pulled him away from during the Utopia era, but Bendis set him back down from the start of All-New X-Men. Personally, I find it much more interesting to pull on the threads of a hero’s darkness instead of waving it away. Will we head towards some kind of reset for Beast ahead of the return of X-Men multimedia properties? Or, will he be semi-permanently messed up, as Hank Pym was for most of the 2010s of Avengers?
Marvel Comics January 24 2024 Digital-First Comic Releases
This is a list of projected Marvel Comics January 24 2024 Digital-First releases based on the recent digital release schedule. Actual releases are not confirmed until they show up on the Marvel Unlimited app.
These releases have not been quick to be released in print, though we’ve now see print versions of a few of these series trickle out a year or more after they were released.
- Alligator Loki Infinity Comic (2022) #33 – See Guide to Loki
- Avengers United Infinity Comic (2023) #15 – See Guide to Avengers (2010-Present)
- Marvel’s Voices Infinity Comic Chapter #87 – I promise, I’m working on a solution for tracking these Voices anthologies. Give me a few weeks to cook.
- X-Men Unlimited Infinity Comic (2021) #123 – See Guide to X-Men, The Age of Krakoa