There’s something really odd going on in the Marvel Collections catalog from Hachette that Bleeding Cool has snuck online. I’m not talking about the fact that it lists Marvel collections from May through August of next year, giving you a sneak of what to expect in the next few months of solicits or anything (Although, yes, that), but there’s something strange specifically in the listings for the Season One books.
Announced as original graphic novels – despite Marvel’s continued insistence that the OGN format doesn’t work financially for them – and apparently having some additional revenue source that no-one wants to talk about despite mentioning it in public repeatedly, the Season One books have been subject to all manner of speculation since their announcement… and this Hachette catalog is only going to add to that. According to the catalog, Spider-Man: Season One “collects Spider-Man: Season One 1-5, Avenging Spider-Man 1″. Same with Ant-Man: Season One, which apparently collects Ant-Man: Season One #1-5 (as well as Avengers Academy #1), and Hulk: Season One, which has Hulk: Season One #1-5 along with the most recent Incredible Hulk #1.
So is this a mistake, or are these books going to be serialized before being released? And if so, where? We’ve already seen Daredevil: Season One, Fantastic Four: Season One, Spider-Man: Season One and X-Men: Season One show up in the regular Marvel solicits with no mention of any minis… Should we be waiting for the announcement of the minis as digital first releases any time now, perhaps?
(Also strange: The new Marvel superhero kids-line mentioned yesterday is in this catalog, with the preview art shown for the Avengers title being material that has already seen print in the Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes mini earlier this year. Is it a reformatted reprint?)