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Marvel’s Biggest Heroes Get Tiny For Ant-Sized Variants in June!

Marvel’s biggest names are getting small and shrinking down to size this June for  a series of special variant covers! Marvel has announced 15 Ant-Sized Variant Covers coming to some of June’s newest Marvel titles! Celebrate the highly anticipated release of Marvel’s Ant-Man, in theaters July 17th alongside your favorite characters with these can’t miss covers!

Look for the variants coming to these Marvel titles throughout the month of June:

  • Age of Apocalypse #1
  • Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies #1
  • Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1
  • Armor Wars #1
  • Captain Marvel & the Carol Corps #1
  • Civil War #1
  • Future Imperfect #1
  • Ghost Racers #1
  • Giant-Sized Little Marvel: AvX #1
  • Hail Hydra #1
  • Marvel Zombies #1
  • Siege #1
  • Thors #1
  • X-Men ’92 #1
  • Years of Future Past #1

Run don’t walk, to your local comic shop to get your hands on these covers. There’s sure to be a large demand for these small heroes!

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Whose Side Are You On? Civil War #1 Returns to the Warzones! This July!

The war never ended. This July, the battle rages on as this deadly conflict escalates to new heights in Civil War #1 – a new Secret Wars series this July! Blockbuster creators Charles Soule and Leinil Yu weave a new tale of hero vs. hero – and a nation divided.

In an interview with Marvel.com, Soule said:

The primary word I would use to describe this story is “big.” It takes the premise of the original – a superhero-focused internal battle – and expands it out to deliver the promise of the title. In this new story, the Civil Wars has been going on for a long time, and it involves all of use – the entire country – not just the superheroes. Without a doubt this is the biggest thing I’ve ever done as far as story-scale. Lord of the Rings-style battles, almost every character you saw in the original Civil War plus more…I feel terrible for poor Leinil Yu for having to draw all this stuff…(no I don’t, it will be totally worth it.)

What is the top-secret Project Bellcurve and does it hold the key to ending the war in one swift stroke? What damning data could undo President Stark’s administration from within? And worst of all – what unseen enemies seek to exploit the Superhuman Civil War for their own gains? Find out one of the biggest stories in Marvel history is reborn on Battleworld! Whose side are you on?

Art & Cover by LEINIL YU
On Sale in JULY!


Marvel Gets You Ready With $1 True Believers

What can you get for a dollar? How about the Marvel Universe? Marvel has revealed the covers for the upcoming True Believers – a new line of comics debuting exclusively in comic shops this April. Printing the first chapter of popular series for the suggested retail price of $1 – TRUE BELIEVERS is the perfect way for readers interested in trying out some of Marvel’s most popular titles in history without breaking the bank.

Just in time for 2015’s Secret Wars, catch up on some of the most celebrated stories in Marvel history before their appearance in the biggest comic event of 2015! Enter the world of Civil War, Age of Apocalypse, Old Man Logan, Planet Hulk, the critically-acclaimed ICON series Powers and many more with the first chapters of these top-selling collections – each for the suggested retail price of $1!

Your window into the biggest stories in Marvel history costs a buck!

Reprinting material from INFINITY GAUNTLET #1.
32 PGS./Rated T …$1.00 MSRP


Reprinting MARVEL ZOMBIES #1.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$1.00 MSRP


Reprinting material from X-MEN ALPHA.
32 PGS./Rated T …$1.00 MSRP


Reprinting material from CIVIL WAR #1.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$1.00 MSRP



Reprinting INCREDIBLE HULK (2000) #92.

32 PGS./Rated T …$1.00 MSRP


Reprinting HOUSE OF M #1.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$1.00 MSRP


Reprinting WOLVERINE (2003) #66.
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$1.00 MSRP


Reprinting material from IRON MAN (1968) #225.
32 PGS./Rated T …$1.00 MSRP


Reprinting ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN (2011) #1.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$1.00 MSRP


Reprinting AGE OF ULTRON #1.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$1.00 MSRP


Reprinting POWERS #1.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$1.00 MSRP

Marvel Teases Civil War #1 in Summer 2015


Marvel’s Tales to Astonish Trailer

At SXSW Marvel announced a new original video documentary series, with the first episode focusing on Civil War!

Civil War Gets an Audiobook

Marvel Comics’ took their popular Civil War event story and adapted it into a prose novel. Now, that prose novel is being adapted again into an audiobook.  The Cutting Corporation and Marvel Entertainment have entered into a licensing agreement where four of Marvel’s prose novels will be released in the GraphicAudio®…A Movie in Your Mind® unique audiobook format.  GraphicAudio® audio productions are six hours on average of action packed audio entertainment with sound effects, cinematic music, narration and a full cast. Civil War was adapted by Stuart Moore and shook up the Marvel Universe.

In the wake of a tragedy, Capitol Hill proposes the Superhuman Registration Act, requiring all costumed heroes to unmask themselves before the government. Divided, the nation’s greatest champions must each decide how to react — but will you side with Iron Man or Captain America? And just which heroes will pay the ultimate price?”

Civil War, the Prose Novel was released in June 2012 and Civil War in GraphicAudio® will be released in March of 2013 and initially available at www.graphicaudio.net and www.graphicaudiointernational.net.  Two titles featuring The Ultimates and one title featuring a Spider-Man prose novel in GraphicAudio® will follow.


Civil War Launches Marvel’s New Line Of Prose Novels

Official Press Release

CIVIL WAR Launches Marvel’s New Line Of Prose Novels

New York, NY—December 20th, 2011—The world’s most popular super heroes can be found in the pages of Marvel Comics every week, but now their greatest stories are set to conquer the world of prose fiction! Launching in June 2012 with the adaptation of CIVIL WAR, Marvel will release its most popular stories of all time as prose novels.

It all begins in CIVIL WAR, adapted by author Stuart Moore (Wolverine), with the story that irrevocably altered the Marvel Universe and redefined comic books for an entire generation. In the wake of a tragedy, Capitol Hill proposes the Superhuman Registration Act, requiring all costumed heroes to unmask themselves before the government. Divided, the nation’s greatest champions must each decide how to react — but will you side with Iron Man or Captain America? And just which heroes will pay the ultimate price?

“Releasing our most acclaimed graphic novels as prose fiction not only allows us to reach a different audience with these stories, but also gives us a chance to bring those readers back to the comics that started it all,” said David Gabriel, Senior Vice President of Sales, Marvel Entertainment. “CIVIL WAR is easily our best-selling graphic novel of the past decade and certainly one of the most influential in recent memory, so it was the perfect launch title for this new line. Not only will you get all the action that Mark Millar and Steve McNiven delivered in comic form but  no fan will want to miss the new wrinkles we’ve added in this novel. ”

Stay tuned to www.marvel.com for news on CIVIL WAR and the rest of Marvel’s upcoming prose novels.

Friday Five — Top 5 Major Marvel Events

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So every Friday, I want to do a Top 5 list with some kind of connection. These are my opinions based solely on the comics I’ve actually read. I obviously can’t rank those works I haven’t read, but if there’s something that should be on my list that isn’t, let me know and I’ll check it out and will add it if I think it should be on the list. The idea isn’t just to give my opinion, but to open up discussion, so if you agree or disagree, let me know in comments…

This time around, I’m going to do my Top 5 Major Marvel Events…

Realm of Kings/The Thanos Imperative Honorable mention, Realm of Kings-The Thanos Imperative: This series isn’t over yet, but it has already become one of my favorites, as I described it elsewhere today: A recent battle between the Inhuman Blackbolt and the mad human mutant leader of the alien Shi’ar empire (and Cyclops’s brother) ripped a hole in the universe while killing both. That hole, called the Fault, opened a doorway to the Cancerverse, a universe ruled by the Lovecraftian “many-angled ones” where “life won out” and nothing dies (but is still quite undead-esque) and the inhabitants of that universe (including the Avengers-dopplegangers “The Revengers”) want to come to the Marvel universe to take power. The only thing that can stop them is Thanos, this universe’s avatar of death and pretty much most evil being, so the entire army of the Marvel cosmic heroes teams up with Thanos to save the day. All that with snappy dialog and funny characters, including a talking Russian telepathic dog and Rocket Raccoon, who is just what his name implies. Yeah, that’s awesome. If it ends well, it might move up the list.

Secret Invasion 5. Secret Invasion: I know some people don’t like this one as well and I think the ending is a bit anticlimactic, but the sense of paranoia and fear of conspiracy that permeated this series to me was so well done that I’d have to rate it this high. The Skrulls coming in on top of the string of events (Civil War, World War Hulk, Decimation, House of M, Avengers Disassembled, Secret War) that the Marvel Universe had just gone through, to me, was a perfect choice and it was very well-written.

Days of Future Past 4. Days of Future Past: This story was one of the key tales in terms of launching the Marvel multiverse and it set in motion a string of events and characters that would impact Marvel comics for years to come. I’m a sucker for dystopian post-apocalyptic stories and the X-Men, so a story that combines the two is just great. It would be higher on the list if it weren’t just two issues long.

Civil War 3. Civil War: Certainly the best examination of politics that the Marvel universe has ever done, this one was a direct commentary on the issues raised by the war on terror and the actions of the George W. Bush administration. Some people complained that they didn’t like the way some characters reacted to the situation and thought it was inconsistent with the characters’ past behavior, but I disagree, I think the characters were all quite well-written in the scenario. It would be higher on the list but, like most other recent Marvel cross-overs, it’s too big and involves way too many mini-series and one-shots.

Secret Wars 2. Secret Wars: It wasn’t the first of the company-wide crossovers, Contest of Champions beat it to the punch, but Secret Wars really set the tone for how crossovers would work in comics. It is to comic crossovers what movies like Jaws and Star Wars are to blockbuster movies. It had a great storyline that was well-plotted and it had no shortage of shocking moments and real changes to characters that re-wrote the Marvel universe at the time. It had some weaknesses, as the writers didn’t quite figure out how to fully develop so many characters and a number of the characterizations were false (such as the Wasp and the X-Men), but overall, it is still the gold standard for Marvel (although DC would almost immediately eclipse it with Crisis on Infinite Earths, which was bigger and better).

The Dark Phoenix Saga 1. The Dark Phoenix Saga: This is the story that made me a comic book devotee for life. It was played out over time and developed slowly, but surely, and the whole story was developed more like a novel than your run-of-the-mill comic book plot. The greatest group of characters in comics at the time (and the most diverse) was put through the most difficult and gut-wrenching story that centered around the very nature of power itself, betrayal, love, sacrifice, and cosmos-spanning action. All of the elements you would like of a great comic story are here — great plot, great characters, great dialog, great art and a story that stays with you long after you are done reading it. And it stands up well, it has just as much impact now as it did in the 1970s-80s. This is what made the X-Men a phenomenon and was part of one of the greatest comic book runs ever, the run on the Uncanny X-Men written by Chris Claremont and drawn by Dave Cockrum and John Byrne.

Choice Quotes

Captain America: Reborn #1

Vision – But that is how Captain America died… and America lost it’s symbol of hope…

Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia

It’s appropriate this comic was released around the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.  The X-Men have always been an allegory of race relations and now tells the oppression of those with “different” sexual orientations.

Simon Trask – And all we need to do to make sure it never happens again is to gently and humanely legislate when and how mutants are allowed to breed.


Franklin Richards – Why do people hate mutants mom?  Does that mean they hate me?


Newsreporter – They’re not out as super heroes or super villains or super-anything.  They’re out in the streets tonight because a million people showed up in their hometown demanding laws be passed that forbids them to have babies.

Secret Six #11

Mr. Smyth – What do all the Great Wonders of the ancient world have in common?  The Pyramids, the Great Wall… the Godly architecture that still makes the human heart sing even after untold centuries!

Savage – They were all built by slaves, Mr. Smyth.  That is the curse they all share.

Mr. Smyth – Yes.  The mind knows that.  But the heart… the heart knows better.  Tourists flock to see these grand gestures every day, people in faroff lands hear them call.  And the cost is what, the lives and toil of a few scattered souls?  For works that last an eternity and inspire awe and greatness in all who see them?  Most of the world lives and dies for nothing and no one.  Those “slaves,” they died for all.

Thor #602

Lord Balder – I have never understood how war can be civil.  If Asgardians turned brother against brother, the results would be most uncivil… and would destroy the legacy that is my obligation to protect.

Unknown Soldier #9

Cell leader – But you fight children… people call me a bad man and even I do not kill children.  You must reimagine how you will fight your war, our war.  Will you continue to kill countless children?  Or take out a single celebrity?  One bullet can move a moutain.  It is only a question of where that bullet is aimed.

Captain America Enters the Modern Age

This blog is dedicated to the political relevancy of comic books. Captain America #1From their humble beginnings comic books had a tinge of political allegory reflecting on social class and acting as a refuge for writers that couldn’t find work due to their ethnicity. The political relevancy continued with Senate hearings in the 1950’s discussed here, and eventually entered the modern age of issue advocacy focusing on such issues as civil rights, AIDs, civil liberties, and the War on Terror.

Marvel comic’s Captain America is an icon of the discussion of politics in the comic book medium. Created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, Captain America debuted in December 1940, a year before Pearl Harbor advocating the United States’ entry into World War II. The first issue (image above) depicts the hero punching out Hitler in a clear signal of it’s creators encouragement and hope for the United States to enter the war raging on European shores. Joe Simon even said,

The opponents to the war were all quite well organized. We wanted to have our say too.

Throughout the years though this character was a man out his time with his main opponents consisting of remnants of the Nazi’s of World War II. Flash forward through the years and Marvel’s numerous failures to modernize the character. A man out of time, representing the American ideals couldn’t fit in such a gray modern world, or could he?

Captain America Fight TerrorEnter writer Ed Brubaker, who’s run on the series is clearly not just one of the best for the character but can be heralded as one of the best runs of all time. Brubaker’s ability has been to write a character in a post 9/11 world, where terrorism exists and intrigue is everywhere, all on top of a backdrop of politics and social commentary. His vision, in it’s 38th issue this month, weaves a modern day fable reflecting on Al Qaeda’s looming threat, the housing crisis, corporate intrigue, a Presidential election, and the death of an icon. In the interview “The Man Who Killed Captain America” found in Marvel’s Captain America Omnibus, Ed Brubaker is quoted as saying,

I really wanted to ground the book in the real world. Of course, it’s not gonna be Al Qaeda, it’s gonna be Hydra of AIM…”

But, the best way to show the brilliant tale Brubaker has weaved is to lay out the complicated plot of his in process epic. SPOILERS AHEAD

The Red Skull is in control of an object called the Cosmic Cube which can grant it’s owner the power to do anything. Aleksander Lukin, a Russian hardliner wants the Cube to expand his corporation Kronos and make a play for the United States. Lukin gives the order to assassinate the Red Skull and the Cosmic Cube falls into his hands. Now, a deranged person could just wish the world to be what they want but the cube is weak and it’s abilities limited. Lukin instead lures some of the top corporate executives to the Kronos’ headquarters and using the Cube’s power forces them to sign over their companies and become subsidiaries of Kronos (issue #12).

Marvel’s Civil War occurs forcing super heroes to register with the government and leading them to split into two camps on either side of the issue eventually leading to the tragic assassination of Captain America (issue #25). In the comic Captain America defends his position and his leading the resistance to government registration,

Sharon Carter: …And the rule of law is what this country is founded on.

Captain America: No…it was founded on breaking the law. Because the law was wrong.

SC: That’s semantics Steve, you know what I mean…

CA: It’s not semantics, Sharon. It’s the heart of the issue. The Registration Act is another step toward Government control. And, while I love my country, I don’t trust many politicians. Not when they’re having their strings pulled by corporate donors. And not when they’re willing to trade freedom for security.

SC: Now you’re going to quote Ben Franklin at me? Give me a break.

CP: How about Thomas Paine? “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must undergo the fatigue of supporting it.”

Captain America surrenders when he notices the destruction of this battle between heroes and on his way to trial is assassinated on the footsteps of the courthouse. This act was a moment that gained national attention, such as this article from CNN.

Ed Brubaker on the moment,

(I) instinctively thought Captain America is such an icon and the way American icons are killed is that they get assassinated. They don’t die the way they’re supposed to die; they die tragically. That was what I was going for – making sure it played like an American tragedy.

As reported by the Associated Press, one of Captain America’s creators Joe Simon had this to say,

It’s a hell of a time for him to go. We really need him now.

In the modern age of comics no event has directly reflected the state of the world as Brubaker’s iconic political statement of the death of liberty on the steps of that courthouse. But, his brilliant writing proved a comic book series could continue, even without it’s main character.

Lukin’s plan was continuing. His move was to control the United States by destabilizing it and entering the Presidential election with his own backed candidate. Kronos Corporation did it’s part by driving the people to the streets. In issue #34, which came out in January of 2008, a mortgage crisis rocked the Marvel world as much as it has our own real one. In a part of the story playing right out of the headlines of MSNBC, Captain America #38Kronos Corporation foreclosed some homes due in part of a sub-prime lending scandal putting the economy in crisis (ed – who says comics are just for kids?). People took to the streets to protest where a security force owned by Kronos (aka Blackwater) was hired by the Government to keep the peace. We also learn that Lukin has at least one politician in his pocket, Senator Gordon Wright.

The third act of Brubaker’s epic is in it’s infant stages as all of this instability has led to Senator Wright forming the Third Wing party and running for President of the United States.

As you can see by the summary, comics have come a long way over the years. They sport a reality too close to home mixed in with the traditional escapism and fantasy. They reflect our current events, and pose philosophical questions and problems for ourselves to answer. In Brubaker’s epic a new man bears the uniform, shield and name of Captain America, in the comics, and the real world there has never been a greater time when we’ve needed him than now.

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