Marvel will restart its presses for May 27th

With some shops reopening, Marvel has announced that it will start shipping once again. Stores should have books by the end of the month.

The business awakens

With the coronavirus pandemic still an issue for many, states and countries have been reluctant to reopen. That’s more than understandable, with the health threat still looming. Over the past few days though, some localities have taken the plunge, and that means a return to business, including comic book shops.

Of course, that also means that those businesses will have distancing, sanitizing policies, and new occupancy restrictions in place. But still, it’s nice to see things at least starting to get back to normal. That however, is something that the comic book biz will not be getting back to.

If you’ve been watching what’s been happening in the industry, then you know that major moves have been going down. Chiefly, I’m talking about DC Comics breaking with long time retail partner Diamond. The publishing giant has chosen a different path, and began offering direct market comics again as of last Tuesday.

Wednesday is for Marvel (& everybody else)

While what hit the shelves was mainly reprinted material, this week will offer all-new books, including some heavy hitters. For DC, Tuesday looks to be new comics day going forward too, which is a return to decades past, when all comics delivered then.

Marvel though, has been mum on when fans could expect its return. But as of today, the wraps have been taken off of its plans. Marvel Comics will return, via Diamond, on Wednesday, May 27th.

The company has made official a staged-relaunch, which sees major titles resuming their runs every week through July. They also point out that stores won’t be open everywhere, and some fans will have to have their books delivered.

Once again though, it’s better than nothing. And hopefully, by the time we get to Marvel’s final staged-week (July 8th), we’ll all be rolling back to a sense of normalcy.

Here’s how the initiative will break things down:

Wednesday, May 27:

  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #43 (FEB200924)
  • AVENGERS #33 (FEB200982)
  • MARAUDERS #10 (FEB200894)
  • STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #1 (FEB201023)
  • VENOM #25 (FEB200939)

Wednesday, June 3:

  • ASTONISHING X-MEN BY JOSS WHEDON & JOHN CASSADAY OMNIBUS HC (OCT191092)
  • GHOST RIDER VOL. 1 TPB (JAN201057)
  • MEPHISTO: [CLASSIC] TPB (JAN201070)
  • SENSATIONAL SHE-HULK BY JOHN BYRNE OMNIBUS HC (OCT191099)
  • SPIDER-MAN & VENOM: DOUBLE TROUBLE GN-TPB (JAN201078)
  • SW DARTH VADER POSTER BOOK (NOV190977)
  • THE AMAZING MARY JANE VOL. 1: DOWN IN FLAMES, UP IN SMOKE TPB (JAN201059)
  • X-MEN VOL. 1 TPB (JAN201051)

Wednesday, June 10:

  • BLACK CAT #11 (FEB200950)
  • DAREDEVIL #20 (FEB201010)
  • DEADPOOL #5 (JAN200984)
  • EXCALIBUR #10 (FEB200891)
  • MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #17 (FEB200810)
  • NEW MUTANTS #10 (FEB200892)

Wednesday, June 17:

  • CONAN: THE BOOK OF THOTH TPB (JAN201065)
  • DAREDEVIL BY CHIP ZDARSKY VOL. 3 TPB (JAN201061)
  • DAWN OF X VOL. 5 TPB (JAN201049)
  • IRON MAN EPIC COLLECTION VOL. 17 TPB (JAN201069)
  • MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE AVENGERS VOL. 20 HC (OCT191105)
  • SILVER SURFER OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC (NEW PRINTING) (OCT191090)
  • STAR WARS: AGE OF REBELLION HC (OCT191126)
  • THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL: BIG SQUIRRELS DON’T CRY GN-TPB (JAN201080)

Wednesday, June 24:

  • 2020 RESCUE #2 (FEB200910)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: MARVELS SNAPSHOTS #1 (FEB200899)
  • EMPYRE #0 AVENGERS (FEB200772)
  • IMMORTAL HULK #34 (FEB200979)
  • IRON MAN 2020 #4 FLUORESCENT (FEB200905)
  • SPIDER-HAM #5 (FEB200998)
  • STAR WARS: BOUNTY HUNTERS #3 (FEB201029)
  • THOR #5 (FEB200961)
  • AMAZING FANTASY OMNIBUS HC (NEW PRINTING) (NOV190945)
  • FANTASTIC FOUR EPIC COLLECTION: NAME IS DOOM TPB (FEB201069)
  • IRON MAN: THE ULTRON AGENDA TPB (JAN201062)
  • MARVEL-VERSE: BLACK WIDOW GN-TPB (JAN201075)
  • MORBIUS THE LIVING VAMPIRE OMNIBUS HC (NOV190952)
  • YONDU TPB (JAN201055)

Wednesday, July 1:

  • DAWN OF X VOL. 6 TPB (JAN201050)
  • EXCALIBUR TPB (JAN201053)
  • INFINITY GAUNTLET MARVEL SELECT HC (DEC190973)
  • MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN VOL. 3 HC (NOV190949)
  • MARVEL’S BLACK WIDOW PRELUDE TPB (JAN201074)
  • TIMELY’S GREATEST: THE GOLDEN AGE SUB-MARINER BY BILL EVERETT – THE POST-WAR YEARS OMNIBUS HC (OCT191094)
  • WHAT IF? CLASSIC: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL. 4 TPB (FEB201068)
  • X-MEN MILESTONES: MESSIAH WAR TPB (FEB201064)
  • YOUNG AVENGERS BY GILLEN & MCKELVIE: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION TPB (FEB201067)

Wednesday, July 8:

  • BLACK PANTHER AND THE AGENTS OF WAKANDA #8 (FEB200985)
  • DR. STRANGE #5 (FEB200965)
  • EMPYRE #0 FANTASTIC FOUR (FEB200776)
  • GHOST RIDER #7 (FEB200994)
  • MARVELS X #4 (FEB200895)
  • STRANGE ACADEMY #2 (FEB200849)
  • X-FORCE #10 (FEB200893)
  • X-MEN: GOD LOVES, MAN KILLS EXTENDED CUT #1 (FEB200885)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN BY NICK SPENCER VOL. 7 TPB (JAN201056)
  • IMMORTAL HULK VOL 2 HC (NOV190959)
  • MARAUDERS VOL. 1 TPB (JAN201052)
  • MARVEL MONOGRAPH: THE ART OF FRANK CHO TPB (JAN201071)
  • MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN POSTER BOOK TPB (JAN201064)
  • MILES MORALES SPIDER-MAN (NEW PRINTING) (DEC190974)
  • SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN: THE ORIGINAL MARVEL YEARS OMNIBUS VOL. 3 HC (NOV190954)
  • STAR WARS LEGENDS EPIC COLLECTION: LEGACY VOL. 3 (JAN201076)

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