So I've heard that Marvel is supposed to release 24 new volumes from their Essentials series in 2006. They've already officially announced the volumes for January (Avengers vol. 5, Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, and Godzilla) and February (Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man vol. 2, and Moon Knight). I've also seen/heard rumors that two more Handbooks, X-Men, Wolverine, Tales of the Zombie and Nova are going to be released next year as well. But, even if these rumors turn out to be true, that's only 11 volumes in 2006, meaning (if my math is right) that there are 13 unannounced volumes on the way. So my question is what does everyone think they'll be?
1. Another volume of Spider-Man: I think they come out with one of these just about every year.
2. New Mutants: They've started getting into X-Men spin-offs with X-Factor, and I believe New Mutants actually preceded that.
3. Fantastic Four: I think this would finish off Jack Kirby's work on the series.
4. Thor: This would be a cool book with all Lee/Kirby stories, including some classics like the first Mangog story. Plus, Thor's supposed to return to the MU in 2006, so there'd be some publishing synergy there.
5. Nick Fury: Not sure if they'd do the Howlers or SHIELD, but both are some of the few 60's series yet to be Essential-ized.
6. Namor, the Sub-Mariner: As far as I know, the only other 60's Marvel Superhero series not available in Essential format.
7. Champions: This seems like the kind of book that would never get re-printed in a standard TPB, but has enough of a following to justify an Essential.
8. Man-Thing: The horror books seem to do pretty well for Marvel, and this is one of the few (only?) first-string horror books they haven't Essential-ized yet.
9. Marvel Team-Up: The first one did well enough for Marvel to print an Essential Marvel-Two-In-One, so a second volume wouldn't surprise me, especially since it heavily features Spider-Man.
10. Marvel Monsters: This one might depend on how well the collected edition of the recent Monster one-shots sells, but it's pseudo-horror, and horror sells well as Essentials.
11-13. Hulk, Daredevil and Iron Man. Just because they'll keep coming out with Essentials of long-running series, and I can't think of any more likely series to be Essential-ized.
What does everyone else think?
-je54, loves his Essentials