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With Marvel’s Secret Wars event wrapping up soon (hopefully), I thought I’d take some time to look at some of the spin off miniseries published during it. Secret Wars allowed for their stable of writers to really let loose and get to write some fun and interesting parallel universe stories revisiting fan favorite storylines while giving the readers a possible taste of things to come. With the majority of the regular monthly series on hold there was an insane amount of books that came out in the interim to replace them. I’m only going to focus on the four miniseries that I read in completion. For better or for worse here they are:
Marvel’s recently launched All New All Different branding yielded a new Invincible Iron Man series by Brian Michael Bendis considered to be one of the cornerstone titles of the new Marvel U. Prior to this series beginning Bendis had been hinting at a second Iron Man series that would run concurrent to Invincible. My money was on a Mary Jane series since it had been solicited that she was going to become a major player in Iron Man’s world. Well, we recently got our answer along with this gloriously pulpy cover:
The second series is called International Iron Man by one of my favorite creative teams, Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev. You may remember them from Daredevil, or Spider-Woman, possibly even Moon Knight. Tony Stark will be globe trotting and (hopefully) based on that cover doing his best James Bond impression. My only qualms is that while Maleev is a great artist, his timeliness leaves a whole lot to be desired. Late books is one of the things I dislike most about the medium, so lets hope they can keep it together. In the meantime let’s just take a moment to really soak in that cover of issue #1.
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Everyone is excited about the new Star Wars movie. Especially after Lucasfilm dropped their full length trailer and for all intents and purposes it looks pretty damn good. While the world patiently waits another 2 months to see the Force Awakens in theaters Marvel smartly published a 4 issue miniseries called Shattered Empire (Journey To Star Wars: The Force Awakens). This was a comic I was hotly anticipating, a chance to prep myself for Episode 7 and bridge the gap between the original trilogy and the new one. Marvel announced that Greg Rucka, one of my favorite writers would be doing the book and this turned into an absolute must buy for me.
WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD (kind of, but there ain’t much to spoil)
I love Star Wars. I think for most people that goes without saying. I’ve been interested in the Marvel series being published so far but I’ve yet to read any of them. When a Lando miniseries was announced I figured now would be the right time to jump in. Part of Lando’s appeal is that while his personality is similar to Han Solo the movies don’t give us a ton to work with. Why not flesh him out a little bit in a 5 issue miniseries? Attach artist Alex Maleev one of the giants of the modern comics? Yes, please. To me, the only downside was Charles Soule was announced as the writer. Soule is extremely hit or miss but with Marvel’s recent exodus of top writers it seems they are positioning Soule as one their main new architects of the Marvel U, so I better get use to him.
Marvel is still in the midst of the massive company wide crossover Secret Wars. Numerous delays have pushed the ending from October 7th until December along with adding an issue (or more accurately splitting a larger issue into two). Because of this, the new relaunch of Marvel titles with the line wide branding of All New, All Different Marvel has started rolling out prior to the conclusion of the event they spawned out of. Story wise, they were smart enough to position all the new books as happening 8 months after the conclusion of Secret Wars. This allows for new readers to jump on without much of a problem and the season veterans to know there is still some mystery left to figure out how the characters got there. It’s interesting marketing, but delays in this medium drive me crazy and with such a coordinated event it becomes a clusterfuck. Secret Wars spin off series that were launched during the early days of the main title now have significant delays because of not being able to reveal things in their series until they happen in the main event book. I’m not sure how issue #5 of Where Monsters Dwell (the seemingly most tangentially connected spin off book) is relevant to say issue #7 of Secret Wars but I know I’ve had to wait a few months to find out.
All that aside, the first wave of Marvel’s All New, All Different initiative has started to be released and I’m going to take a look at a few those new series. I’m only reviewing the titles I have an interest in so keep in mind you won’t be seeing everything.