Panini Comics UK have revealed the covers, release dates and details of their new Collector’s Editions, replacing titles that were put on hiatus because of store closures caused by pandemic lockdown restrictions, which impacted sales.
As the UK steps gingerly out of those restrictions, the publisher is gearing up for action on the news stands across the country, to the delight of fans.
Here’s an outline of four new titles, supplied direct from Panini.
First out of the traps will be Amazing Spider-Man, launching on Thursday 25th March, priced at only £2.99, a 48 page title published every four weeks.
Running two stories every issue, this title will continue with Nick Spencer’s run, on the “Hunted” story arc.
Next is Marvel Universe X-Men, launching on Thursday 15th April, price £7.99 for 112 pages every four weeks – the same pagination as a five-chapter graphic novel.
This title will usher in Jonathan Hickman’s incredible “Dawn of X” story arcs, kicking off with House of X and Powers of X.
“We’ll run through all the supercool tie-ins (Marauders, Hellions etc),” Panini editor Simon Frith told downthetubes, “and generally present the stories in the intended reading order, as we arrive at X of Swords and beyond.”
Batman – Guardian of the Night launches on the Thursday 6th May, this title replacing the cruelly-curtailed Batman: Tales of the Dark Knight reprint, which was perhaps the most high profile victim of publishing delays – a launch no-one expected to be torpedoed by a Pandemic back in March last year. Only one issue with that title got to the UK news stand.
Like the Spider-Man title, Batman – Guardian of the Night will cost £2.99 for 48 pages, on sale every four weeks.
This new title publishing DC’s Dark Knight stories launches with with James Tynion’s Batman run and ably backed-up by Brian Michael Bendis’ Batman Universe.
Marvel Essentials launches on Thursday 27th May, price £7.99 for 112 pages, on sale every four weeks.
Featuring Dan Slott and Al Ewing’s epic Avengers/Fantastic Four Empyre storyline, and Donny Cates’ Venom story arcs, this is the title where the big events and crossovers will feature (unless it’s X-Men).
There will also be the odd surprise from the editors, too, given the wealth of great material coming from Marvel right now.
All of the new Panini titles will be available from supermarkets and newsagents, or from Panini’s online store.
Do note that the £2.99 titles – which are great value and, we think, worth making a trip to your newsagent for, are unavailable on subscription. Panini tell us they’re only able to offer subscriptions on the £7.99 Marvel Universe Editions.
There’s been some initial gasps of shock at the price point of the new Marvel Essentials and X-Men collections, but it should be noted that the 112 page count is a step up from Panini’s previous offerings, delivering five US comics in one – which is still cheaper than buying five imported US comics.
Before the launch of these four titles, look out for the Marvel Select Falcon & Winter Soldier Bookazine out in shops from Thursday 11th March, price £9.99, more information in a later news item.
downthetubes is also delighted to reveal Panini are putting together an Alan Moore and Alan Davis Captain Britain Omnibus for release in October, in hardcover – with as yet unspecified extras… that sounds great!