And now a look at several Marvel books scheduled to ship in August that caught my eye (full list at Comic Book Resources).
Annihilation #1 (of 6) - The four separate Annihilation mini-series merge into a single crossover book, bringing with them four cosmic players: Silver Surfer, Super Skrull, Ronan and Nova. I've heard some pretty decent things about the individual minis.
Claws #1 (of 3) - A new mini-series from Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, with art by Joseph Michael Linsner, teams up two unlikely comrades: Wolverine and Black Cat. Yes, Logan and Felicia will battle for their lives on an island against a bunch of hunters with big toys (Didn't we just read about a team-up on an island for survival in another Marvel book recently?)
Heroes For Hire #1 - Another debut series from Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, this time with art by Billy Tucci. Heroes For Hire is spun directly out of Civil War, where Misty Knight and Colleen Wing track and apprehend superheroes who refuse to abide by the Superhero Registration Act. They recruit the likes of Shang-Chi, Tarantula, Paladin and Black Cat for the team. Black Cat again? One of those guys has to be a closet furry.
Essential Hulk (volume 4) TP - The fourth volume of the big green guy, collecting issues #143-170 of Incredible Hulk. Wendigo appears for the first time in this collection.
Essential Luke Cage Power Man (volume 2) TP - I guess people were clamouring for more Luke Cage too...
X-Men Fairy Tales #4 (of 4) - This fairy-tale-told-by-way-of-X-Men-characters features the art of none other than Bill Sienkiewicz! This time, we get a story based on a Brothers Grimm tale.
Astonishing X-Men #16 - I just love this cover. Kitty's awesome. Part four of six.
Ultimate Spider-man: Deadpool TP - A great arc of Ultimate Spider-man. Featuring Ultimate Kitty Pryde. Can't go wrong there.
Spider-Woman: Origin HC - Brian Michael Bendis and The Luna Brothers tell the origin of Jessica Drew in this hardcover collecting the awesome five issue mini-series.
Marvel Zombies HC - I kind of want to check this out. Robert Kirkman. Zombies. It sounds fun. But I think I'll wait for the soft cover. I'm not excited enough to shell out $20 for it.
Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. (volume 1): This Is What They Want HC - A lot of hardcovers this month. This is one I would definitely recommend picking up over the others. Warren Ellis' series is just fantastic. Collects issues #1-6.
Book of Lost Souls TP - The talented Colleen Doran beautifully illustrates watered-down Sandman crap from the pen of J. Michael Straczynski. Still worth it for the art...
X-Statix Presents: Dead Girl TP - Collecting the five issue mini-series spun out of Peter Milligan and Mike Allred's fresh (and cancelled) X-Statix series. This is a good read featuring Doctor Strange and one really great character to join the Marvel Universe in recent years - Dead Girl herself.