The month of March has brought us many marvel myths. From Moon Knight to Miles Morales, this month has brought us a wide variety of stories to keep us going. With some new starts, a lot of great story progressions and a Marvel Event, we have a lot to choose from. So here’s what you need to know about Marvel Comics’ releases in March.
March gave us a lot of interesting starts to new runs. We see some of our favourite characters take on new and exciting starts, as well as the start of some great miniseries. Here’s a quick look at a few of the March releases.
What if…? Miles Morales
(Cody Ziglar, Paco Medina, Walden Wong, Chris Sotomayor)
The Marvel multiverse is going mad across all of its media; film, TV, and comic book. One of the most highly anticipated comics has been a new look at our (favourite) web-slinging hero, Miles Morales. Only this time there’s less web-slinging and more variation. Issue #1 of What if…? Miles Morales sees Miles take up the mantle of Captain America. While there are still great callbacks to the Miles we know, it’s interesting to see him in a different role, and it’s a great set-up for the miniseries. A highly recommended read that takes us on an exciting new adventure, What If…? Miles Morales is a 5 part miniseries that runs from March to July, and will see Miles in the role of some of our favourite heroes.
(Jed MacKay, Marcelo Ferreira, Don Ho, Roberto Poggi, Javier Tartaglia, Felipe Sobreiro)
Stephen Strange is dead. Really dead. And this time, it looks like there’s no bringing him back. But never fear, for a new Sorcerer Supreme is here to take his place, and it’s… Strange. Clea Strange must take on the role of Earth’s new Sorcerer Supreme, along with her own title as Sorcerer Supreme of The Dark Dimension. Issue #1 of Strange introduces us to life after regaining her memories and losing her true love twice. And if that wasn’t enough, a mysterious attack on a magical realm brings more mystery to this series. An interesting start to a new stage of the Strange story, with particularly beautiful art, this is definitely a good choice if you’re looking to dive into a new storyline.
(Check out the 5 part miniseries The Death of Doctor Strange for the backstory to this run, as well as several tie-in issues.)
(Jason Aaron, Jesus Saiz, Paul Azaceta, Dave, Stewart)
Frank Castle is taking on a new role as the leader of the notorious group of assassins, the Hand. Although there’s a lot of action in the first issue, it still feels a little tame for the Punisher that we know, but there’s an interesting story, and it will keep you hooked. For fans of the Punisher, it’s a good start to a new story, and it’s definitely worth checking out.
(Tim Seeley, Jodi Nishijima, Federico Blee)
Gwen Stacy of Earth-65 is a superhero in a not so super universe. Dealing with her ambitions and personal struggles, she finds herself (or versions of herself) mistakenly scattered across time and space. With no way to get home and a whole host of Gwens on the loose, Gwen Stacy will have to try and fix the threads of time, with some help from Spider-Zero. This is a really fun comic and a great start to a new story. It’s a great read and it ties in nicely with all of the multiverse fun that’s going on in Marvel at the moment. It’s definitely worth checking out!
(Ram V, David Michelinie, Francesco Manna, Dijon Lima, Roberto Poggi, Israel Silva)
We’re celebrating 30 years of Carnage, and we have a truly bloody and gruesome ongoing series that is a perfect fit. Now that Carnage is free from his host’s body and is able to test his strength in new ways, things are getting bloodier and crazier than before. Be warned, this comic is not for the faint-hearted. It’s quick, raw, violent, and just pure carnage!
(Check out Carnage Forever for a collection of fun little stories, one of which ties in nicely with issue #1 of Carnage)
Other new runs that started in March are:
Reckoning War: Trial of the Watcher, X-Men Unlimited: Latitude, Venom: Lethal Protector, Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca, Wolverine: Patch, Immortal X-Men, Captain Carter, Eternals: The Heretic.
Marvel Event: Devil’s Reign
Mayor Wilson Fisk has waged a war on the superheroes of New York City. After outlawing vigilantism because of his anger over memory loss, he takes it upon himself to stop all masked vigilantes in the city. There are a lot of players in this event, and lots of tie-in stories, but March saw the release of the penultimate issue of the main storyline. After many arrests, attacks, and mind games, Fisk’s war is finally coming to an end. An interesting story that puts all characters in a difficult situation, and no one is safe. It’s a good event that’s worth catching up on if you’re looking for something a little different.
As well as the main storyline, we have a lot of tie in issues. March saw the release of:
Devil’s Reign: Spider-Man #1, Devil’s Reign: X-Men #2, Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #3, Devil’s Reign: Moon Knight #1, Devil’s Reign Superior Four #3, Devil’s Reign: X-Men #3, and Devil’s Reign: Villains for Hire #3.
If you’re looking for the full story, check out other comics that tie in with Devil’s Reign:
Devil’s Reign: Winter Soldier, Moon Knight (vol. 9) issue #8, and Spider-Woman (vol. 7) issues #18-19.
Collections and Special Miniseries
Demon Days: Blood Feud
The final instalment of the Demon Days Saga by Peach Momoko has arrived, and it is as visually beautiful as it is deeply interesting, and a sweet, beautiful end to this miniseries. The story is beautifully captured and expressed stunningly, and I highly recommend checking out the whole miniseries. While this is the end of this run, there is a promise that Peach Momoko will be back in the future, so we’re all excited for that.
Women of Marvel
(Presto Chhibber, Ann Maulina, Rachelle Rosenberg, Mirka Andolfo, Sumeyye Kesgin, Brittany Peer, Eleanor’s Carlini, Jordie Bellaire, Zoe Thorogood, Claire Roe, Jen Bartel Charlie Jane Anders, Emma Kubert, Elisabetta D’amico, Gilda Marchisio, Marguerite Sauvage, Rhianna Pritchett, Ruth Redmond)
A celebration of some of our favourite Marvel women, by our favourite Marvel women. This is a collection of short one-shot stories that showcase just how amazing these women are. Personal favourites are “comb Foot” featuring the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and Black Widow, and “Showing Up” with Jessica Jones. This is a fun little collection that has great stories, beautiful artwork, and each story has its own unique charm. A highly recommended collection that covers a variety of themes and topics in an entertaining demonstration of the women of Marvel!
Hulk: Grand Design – Monster
(Jim Rigg, Mike O’sullivan)
A collection of the Hulk’s greatest moments and a trip down memory lane. A great introduction to a classic character, this special collect some of the defining moments from the Green Goliath’s run. With a great collection of stories and a fantastic style, this is a good introduction to the character for those who want to know more, or a great way to look back on the Hulk’s heroic history.
Captain Marvel #37
(Kelly Thompson, Julius Otha, Ruth Redmond)
The longest Captain Marvel run, and a great story. As the events of previous issues have come to an end, this would be a great place to start if you don’t want to read a full run. With beautiful art, great humour, and a new mystery to solve, this is a fun comic to read, and would be great for anyone who wants to get involved in the story of Earth’s Mightiest Hero!
Ms. Marvel: Beyond the Limit #4
(Samira Ahmed, Andres Genolet, Triona Farrell)
In the penultimate issue of a 5-part miniseries, Kamala Khan finds herself in a tricky spot. This is a beautiful story with fantastic art that is a really good read. With this being a miniseries, this would be a great place to start if you’re new to Ms. Marvel and want to get to know her before her TV show arrives on Disney+ on 8th June this year.
Moon Knight #9
(Jed Mackay, Alessandra Cappuccio, Rachelle Rosenberg)
It’s no secret that Moon Knight is currently everyone’s favourite. And if you’re as in love with the show as we are, then you should definitely pick up some of the comics. While Moon Knight has a long history and many volumes for you to pick from, volume 9 would be a good start if you’re interested in picking up a series that’s not too far into it. It’s a fantastic story, with beautiful art and a great run for this character.
(Karla Pacheco, Pete Perez, Frank D’Armata)
The end of this series of Spider-Woman, and the end of a fantastic story. This is a great storyline that’s had a lot going on over the last 2 years, and it’s absolutely worth reading through the whole arch if you’re a fan, or looking into finding out more about Jessica Drew. An action-packed run with great humour, it all culminates here in a perfect ending for the character.
(Rainbow Rowell, Roge Antonio, Rico Renzi)
While the story is still in its early days, it’s a great introduction to the character for those people who want to find out more about She-Hulk before her TV show later this year. The first two issues are just an introduction to Jennifer Walters, who she is, and some set-up to the story. The artwork is beautiful, and it has a great style. It’s definitely worth checking out if you want to find out more about the character.
With March bringing us a whole host of new starts, miniseries, and specials, the next few months are going to be exciting. With more Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, and the finale of Devil’s Reign coming, as well as some specials and one-shots, we can’t wait to see what the next few months brings us!