If you’ve been enjoying Kelly Sue DeConnick’s run on Captain Marvel, get ready for what’s coming next. In Captain Marvel#15, Carol Danvers’ solo adventures will tie into Marvel’s next huge cosmic event, involving Jonathan Hickman’s Infinity miniseries.
After the successful start of Jawiin’s weekly review adventure last week, he returns to us this week to review all of the Marvel comics for May 8, 2013 because the internet universe asked for it.
The news has already been flying around the comic world that Angela, the long-time adversary/love interest of Spawn, would be reincarnated in the Marvel Universe. Her creator, the legendary Neil Gaiman, was awarded ownership of the character after a lengthy legal dispute with co-creator and artist Todd McFarlane. Now, fans have only one question on their minds; how will Angela fit into the well-established Marvel Universe as she makes her debut in Age of Ultron #9?
Young Avengers was probably the Marvel NOW! book I was most excited for. Gillen has only recently finished his run on Journey Into Mystery, the Young Avengers themselves were in dire need of a fresh voice after a series of lackluster event tie-ins and the surprisingly sloppy Avengers: The Children’s Crusade, and adding Kid Loki and Noh-Varr to an already fantastic cast seemed like a great idea. But while I enjoyed the first three issues of the series (almost every issue has had at least one genuinely fantastic scene; Gillen is the master of capital-M Moments), there was something that was always missing. Young Avengers#4 brings the full cast together for the first time, and the chemistry is clear: This is the best issue of the fledgling series, and the one that convinces me this is a book to watch.
During the X-Men panel at C2E2 this past weekend, Marvel announced X-Men: Battle of the Atom,an epic crossover event tied to the four ongoing X-Men titles. The crossover will revolve around the future X-Men and their intent on sending the original X-Men back to the past.
In a lot of ways, Iron Man was kind of a B-lister even 10 years ago. Sure, he was on the Avengers regularly, but at that point, basically everyone was on the Avengers. Until the mid-2000s, the only major storyline he really had outside of the Avengers franchise was Demon in a Bottle, a melodramatic but largely excellent story that defined the character for years to come. The dual success of his movie – particularly Robert Downey Jr.’s incredibly charismatic performance as Tony – and Civil War, a story that put him at odds with Captain America and gave him a lot of intensely emotional material, has made him one of Marvel’s most marketable heroes.
Angela’s appearance in the Marvel Universe is imminent - with Age of Ultron #10 - now it’s time to dive into just how she is going to fit into the Marvel Universe in the first place? That’s where Brian Michael Bendis says not to worry, she’ll fit in perfectly. It’s been pointed out that Angela hasn’t been in that many comics, which means there’s a lot of wiggle room as to what to do with her.
I think it’s safe to say that Deadpool has become a favorite title in the Marvel NOW! lineup. The first story arc—in which our anti-hero dukes it out with the reanimated corpses of our nation’s presidents—gained so much popularity that Marvel facilitated a reissue to meet retailer’s demand. Now that Deadpool is moving on to his next adventure, writers Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan are aiming to take the “Merc with a Mouth” to a darker place, and taking S.H.E.I.L.D. agent Emily Preston along for the ride.
Recently Amazon listings have been showing hints towards Epic collections, which made certain fans wonder what Marvel’s plans were. In a recent interview with Collected Editions, Marvel’s Senior VP of Sales, David Gabriel, confirmed the Epic Collections line at Marvel Comics.
Uncanny Avengers #5 sparked a major dispute last week. The moment in question is a scene depicting Havok, leader of the Avengers Unity Squad, holding a press conference with the media about the world’s view of individuals born with superhuman abilities. In his address, he rejects the word “mutant” –a term long-accepted and widely used in the Marvel Universe—for its negative connotation and divisiveness, and claims that “We are defined by our choices, not the makeup of our genes.”
Little is known about the actual aftermath of Age of Ultron, but we get our first hints of what’s to come with the July’s launch of Avengers A.I., an ongoing series written by Sam Humphries and drawn by Andre Lima Araujo. The series spins out of Age of Ultron, dealing with one after effect of Ultron’s reign, new A.I.’s (artificial intelligence) forming and creating their own A.I.’s without any help from human hands. With their power growing, a new team is formed from Vision, Hank Pym, Ultron’s son Victor Mancha (from Runaways), a Doombot captured by the Avengers during “Civil War”, a new character named Alexis, and S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Monica Chang.
In the aftermath of the strong launch of Nova into Marvel NOW!, Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuiness are leaving the series and a new team is on the way. Starting with Nova #6 in July, Zeb Wells and Paco Medina take over the series.
Though it’s been rumored for nearly six months, fans of the Jonathan Hickman’s current run on Avengers recently learned something that will make a small group of comic fans very excited – and will hopefully intrigue a much larger group. The New Universe is back.
After nearly two decades without his own solo series, Morbius the Living Vampire has been revived with his own Marvel NOW! title by Joe Keatinge and Ricard Elson. Morbius has frequently made guest appearances in several other comics, including The Amazing Spider-Man. But according to Keatinge, Morbius’s history played just one part in his approach to the character.
If ever there was a moment that anyone could be genuinely surprised in comics, this is one of those moments. The New York Times reports that Neil Gaiman is returning to Marvel Comics within the “Age of Ultron”, and bringing Angela with him. Yes, The Angela that Gaiman created initially for Spawn is now coming to the Marvel Universe.