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It's Marvel Time - Can't Wait for April....

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DC Comics has been getting a lot of attention on this site lately (mostly because I'm supposed to be the Marvel guy and I've been buried under a pile of personal and work related responsibilities), excuses aside, I'm back now. To be honest, in my absence I've realized I've become fairly apathetic towards the Marvel Universe right now. Maybe that's why some of my motivation to write about Marvel has dissipated.

This column was going to be a Ryan-style exam of the Marvel Universe. I was going to touch on all the events of Civil War and the effects they had on the solo books that Marvel publishes, and I still plan to give an overview, but in analyzing my reluctance to write columns I had an epiphany: I can't FUCKING WAIT for April!

This is a personal opinion, I know that sales are on the up and all the technical babel. I'm telling you that I've grown restless. I miss the time when all the books were telling DIFFERENT stories. I long for the end of Civil War. I want each book to move forward on it's own without having to worry about what's happening in the main crossover book.

We keep hearing (from Quesada, Millar, Bendis) that the end of Civil War is going to change the Marvel landscape. All the rules will be different, everything will be awesome and new. These are all exciting promises but they have a negative effect on my ability to enjoy any other comic except the main Civil War book. Not that the stories aren't compelling, they are, I enjoy them as a reader. All the different aspects of the universe the solo books are examining within the context of the ongoing time line of the main Civil War book are resulting in great issues.

Yet it all seems so pointless when it comes to writing a column about it. It's like examining moments within moments. No matter what happens in the other books right now all that matters are those final Civil War issues. After those are released the Universe can move forward as a whole. It's the most recent solicitations that provide a glimpse at this promising future for blog writers everywhere. There looks to be a TON of new books on the horizon, all of them waiting for the final shots of Civil War to ring out.

Spider-Man

Once the war is over Spidey is dealing with either Mary Jane or Aunt May being shot in the face by a sniper. Seems like he puts on the black costume and goes a little psycho on his villains looking for the killer as seen below:

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #541
Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
Pencils and Cover by RON GARNEY
“Back in Black” Part 3
A sniper’s bullet changes everything in Peter Parker’s life. Clad in his black costume, Spider-Man will stop at nothing to find the man who pulled the trigger and, even more important, the man who gave the kill order. This is Spider-Man at his darkest hour.
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99

Now comes the fun part about beings a comic news reporter/blogger in the current Marvel climate.... Here are the solicitations for the OTHER Marvel Universe books:

BLACK PANTHER #27
Written by REGINALD HUDLIN
Penciled by MANUEL GARCIA
Cover by NIKO HENRICHON
CLASSIFIED INFORMATION!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

FANTASTIC FOUR #545
Written by DWAYNE MCDUFFIE
Penciled by PAUL PELLETIER
Cover by MICHAEL TURNER
CLASSIFIED INFORMATION!
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99

IRON MAN #17
Written by DANIEL KNAUF & CHARLIE KNAUF
Penciled by PATRICK ZIRCHER
Cover by GERALD PAREL
CLASSIFIED INFORMATION!
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99

MS. MARVEL #14
Written by BRIAN REED
Penciled by AARON LOPRESTI
Cover by GREG HORN
CLASSIFIED INFORMATION!
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99

NEW AVENGERS #29
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils and Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
CLASSIFIED INFORMATION!
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99

SHE-HULK #18
Written by DAN SLOTT
Penciled by RICK BURCHETT
Cover by GREG HORN
Planet Without a Hulk: Part 4 of 4
CLASSIFIED INFORMATION!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

OMEGA FLIGHT #1 (of 5)
Written by MICHAEL AVON OEMING
Pencils and Cover by SCOTT KOLINS
From the pages of CIVIL WAR: THE INITIATIVE comes Canada’s newest super hero team! But this is not your father’s FLIGHT. Bold and daring, OMEGA FLIGHT is the best 5-issue series you’ll EVER read.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

That's right kiddies....FUCKING NOTHING! Not a word to go on. Why? Because Civil War ain't finished yet. This awesome, super cool, blow your pants off, fireball blasting, laser shooting, explosion-riffic ending to Civil War hasn't happened. They can't tell us anything. Not a word. The most we get is for Omega Flight, "from a Civil War book we can't talk about, comes a new super hero team we can tell you nothing about. This is new and it's awesome but you have to take our word for it because...well you know...Civil War and all...also starring Spiderman and Wolverine!"

Again I want to reiterate that I'm not speaking for comics FANS I'm speaking for fellow bloggers. As a fan I love the secrecy. I'm stoked for Omega Flight and New Avengers and Captain America and all my favorite books to be moving at their own paces dealing with the fallout of Civil War. Eventually they'll finish with fallout and we'll even get some of the stories the creators want to tell not tied into any major crossover. And then....

Hulk returns.

As for the other things going on in Marvel in April.....let's stick with Marvel proper for now. My new favorite book is PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL. Matt Fraction's Punisher book is the perfect example of why I can't wait for Civil War to end. Here's a book that came out of Civil War that once it's finished shaking off the Civil War afterbirth it can begin to grow on it's own. Fraction is insane and once he gets going on his own no longer tethered to the rules and timeline of Civil War Marvel...well...see for yourself.

PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL #6
Written by MATT FRACTION
Pencils and Cover by ARIEL OLIVETTI
“Goin’ Out West” PART 1
With the echoes of last issue’s tragic ending still rattling in his head, Frank Castle finds himself tied to a fencepost with barbed wire, watching what may be his last sunrise. Somewhere along the U.S./Mexico border a super-militia bent on igniting a race war has been killing scores of innocent people. By the time the last shot is fired and the last body falls, you’ll have met the modern incarnation of the HATEMONGER and seen an all-new look for the Punisher.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

YEEEEE_HAW! HATEMONGER!

Brubaker has to get credit....both Captain America and Daredevil managed to keep their stoires ongoing without being tied to Civil War. Captain America must have been harder for Bru to pull off because Cap IS the star of Civil War, yet Bru managed to keep it moving with only four actual Civil War tie-in issues.

Meanwhile over on Daredevil, Bru had to take that man out of jail and then out of the country in order to keep Murdock out of Civil War but as you can see below Brubaker's ready to bring the Devil home

DAREDEVIL #96
Written by ED BRUBAKER
Penciled by MICHAEL LARK
Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
The second part of the hard-hitting new arc "To the Devil, His Due" is here, and Brubaker and Lark are just getting warmed up! As Daredevil fights to find the source of new and violent trouble in Hell's Kitchen, Matt Murdock struggles to piece his life back together. But when a woman from his past enters the picture, it could all go flying off the rails.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

Plus.....April sees the debut of Joss Whedon's

RUNAWAYS #25
Written by JOSS WHEDON
Penciled by MICHAEL RYAN
Cover by JO CHEN
The kids start running in a different direction. Superstar JOSS WHEDON (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, ASTONISHING X-MEN) and rising star MICHAEL RYAN (NEW EXCALIBUR, NEW X-MEN) take the Runaways to the Big Apple. While there, they make surprising allies and even more surprising enemies. This is the cannot-miss book of 2007!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

All in all it seems that as we head into the summer things will FINALLY be getting back on track in the Marvel Universe. In the meantime....I'm going to be back in my local comics shop. I'm going to be biding my time and bringing you some reviews on classic material, indie books and more.

Don't forget, if you have thoughts or feelings on this subject or any, please write them in the comments below. You can also tell me how much better Ryan is at this than I am and call me a hack, but I must warn you...I have thin skin and will cry like crack baby going through withdraw.

Wowzaa's sounds like Marvel's got a lot of great stuff on the horizon! I can't wait to read it all!

-- Posted by: Dan Didio at February 1, 2007 2:57 PM

While it's hard to dispute Ryan's genius, you're no slouch. Good to have you up and rolling.

-- Posted by: ryan at February 2, 2007 1:33 AM

Dan Didio?!?!

-- Posted by: Shawn D at February 2, 2007 8:35 AM

I am thinking it's not actually Didio. Unless he really Googles himself. Whis I would do, too, if I were Dan Didio. But I don't see him being really excited about Marvel's output.

-- Posted by: ryan at February 2, 2007 12:23 PM