This Week in Comic Book History for June 19, 2013 is another short but sweet edition focusing on The Thing with one series that ran a long time, and one that sadly got cut short. A favorite of many comic fans out there, even eclipsing The Fantastic Four itself, The Thing is a beloved part of the Marvel Universe. Ben Grimm has been a staple of Marvel life either as a normal guy, or the ever lovin’ blue eyed Thing. Which is why I wanted to make a special focus for these as they’re both just another wonderful part of comic book history.
Savage Wolverine is probably one of the better ideas for a Wolverine book I’ve seen in awhile, it has little worry for continuity and just features stories about Wolverine on different, sometimes unique adventures. Zeb Wells is taking the direction many Wolverine stories eventually go; Wolverine and ninjas. Originally, Zeb Wells with artist Joe Madureira were going to have this story take place in Avenging Spider-Man, but now it is appearing here in Savage Wolverine. Take note of this before reading, yes this takes place before Superior Spider-Man, which is why you see Peter Parker Spider-Man in play rather than Superior Spidey. That’s really the only thing you need to deal with here and really this is a classic example of an action comic. This is a popcorn comic book at its best and you know what, this is delicious popcorn.
While promoting White House Down on The Tonight Show, Jay Leno asked Jamie Foxx about the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man 2 film in which Foxx stars as the villain Electro. They discussed a few things – which included the Jheri-curl comb over hairstyle that Foxx’s character wears before his villainous transformation. They then went on to Foxx’s look as Electro and Foxx gave fans a little sample of how the character will sound.
In This Week in Comic Book History for June 12, 2013, it’s a shorter one than normal because the two events that I’m choosing to focus on this week are big in their own rights. From 1972, the launch of Luke Cage into the Marvel Universe, to the start of the G.I. Joe comic in 1982. While a shorter version of This Week in Comic Book History than normal, the events focused on here are well worth it.
This September, Matt Kindt and Steven Sanders will team up for a new Marvel miniseries called Infinity: The Hunt. The miniseries will bring back Marvel’s classic “Contest of Champions” concept in which the superheroes are players in a massive fight to the death.
Whenever a trademark pops up from any company, there’s a good chance that they’re going to be doing something with said trademark fairly soon. Marvel Comics has just registered trademarks for Tales to Astonish and Tales of Suspense, both series starting out as science fiction anthologies, until Astonish became The Incredible Hulk with #102 and Suspense became Captain America with #100. At this point that’s all we know, that Marvel has trademarked two new titles from their past. Though, as has already been speculated, Marvel must have plans to use these either now or later. As they’ve brought back Journey into Mystery, the time sounds about right to bring back Tales to Astonish and Tales of Suspense, but in what capacity are they returning?
The 25th of this month brings the arrival of the merc-with-the mouth’s video game and I’m very stoked about that. But that’s not all that fans have coming their way. In true Deadpool fashion, July marks the arrival of the rest of Deadpool’s family at Comic-Con International in beautiful San Diego. While there, attendees will have the chance to purchase the Deadpool Corps, wrapped in a taco-truck package at the Hasbro booth.
The “Mighty” has been teased by Marvel over the past few days – mentioning that it spins out of Infinity and showing hints towards characters of the “Mighty” – and now Marvel has revealed the secret. Mighty Avengers #1 will be written by Al Ewing and drawn by Greg Land and springs out of the Infinity event this September. The series begins as the main Avengers team goes into space to deal with the Builders and Luke Cage forms a team to deal with Thanos, his generals, and his armies attacking Earth while the core Avengers team is away.
I’ll let you in on a little secret, until relatively recently I assumed that giving away a digital comic code was equivalent to recording the Superbowl without express written consent. Thankfully, a friend took me aside and explained that giving your one use only code to a friend or acquaintance was a growing barter system among comic fans on Twitter that’s (so far) quietly allowed by Marvel. Aiming to take advantage of this permission by way of lack of acknowledgment, Andy Kirby has launched Comic Codes.
Readers have been eagerly awaiting the debut of Brian Wood’s relaunched X-Men series with an all-female roster. Yesterday X-Men #1 released to critical acclaim (check out our own Wesley Messer’s glowing review of it here.) In a recent interview, Marvel Editor Jeanine Schaefer spoke about how the new X-Men title was born, how each X-Men character is uniquely represented, and how she was ready to deal with negative reactions and criticism.
Guardians of the Galaxy is starting to sport a genuinely unique cast, especially in light of this recent casting announcement; Glenn Close is set to play the head of the Nova Corps.
The anticipation for Brian Wood’s X-Men #1 has been high since the announcement of the comic. The first factor being that it’s an all female X-Team; Rogue, Jubilee, Storm, Kitty Pryde, Psylocke, and Rachel Summers/Grey make up the new group. Now they’re not what you’d call an officially formed team, call them a group that happens to be at the Jean Grey school and they’re brought together that way. A group with a job to do, and done in a style that is reminiscent of just how elite a group this really is. Brian Wood and Olivier Coipel open up a brave new world of X-possibilities and usher in a future that from this first issue looks like a bright one.
To close out the month of May for This Week in Comic Book History, we dive into the story that broke the Bat, Knightfall.
Savage Wolverine #6 begins not just a new arc for the comic written by Zeb Wells, but also Joe Madureira doing another run at comic. There are also lots of ninjas. Originally meant to be in Avenging Spider-Man, the arc involves Elektra on a mission for Wilson Fisk (aka The Kingpin) after she discovers Bullseye’s body is missing, and he has information she needs. She turns to the only person she knows will help her no questions asked; Wolverine. Did I forget to mention there are ninjas? Oh so many ninjas.
This Week in Comic Book History for the week of May 21, 2013 starts off the X-event called “Revolution” that was all over the X-Men books back in May, 2000.