Hello Marvel Zombies!
All I gotta say is that in the past week MARVEL HAS BEEN KILLING IT! Seriously, this week has been insane with what the company has in store for us for the next five years… now that’s some serious planning! I’ll always be a DC Fanboy at heart, but man! They’ve got all sorts of awesome in store for us and I can hardly contain my excitement…and it includes Ultron, Black Panther, Stephen Strange, the Infinity War and more, so let’s get started!!!
All the craziness started a week ago when Robert Downey Jr revealed that he was in for another Marvel movie, but rather than another solo Iron Man movie he’s starring in Captain America 3, which has officially been titled Captain America: Civil War! Marvel’s Kevin Feige was quoted saying that the film will have a “global superhuman registration with a specific inciting incident.” It’s too early to say what exactly will happen with this movie, but Civil War was huge for Marvel in the comic world because it brought on the death of Captain America and set the stage for Bucky to take over in the role. Who knows what the MCU has in store, but Chris Evans has signed up for 6 movies and this one will make 5 for him (his cameo in Thor didn’t count,) so who knows! Maybe film will reflect art and Evans’ Cap will die only to be brought back again in a future film?
Today’s cover of the day is brought to you by pulp artist extraordinare, Francesco Francavilla. It’s from near the end of the David Liss written Black Panther run where he was watching over Hell’s Kitchen while Daredevil got a grip on himself post Shadowland. It’s a gorgeous composition that really evokes 70’s cinema. I love that Black Panther doesn’t appear at all, highlighting only the major villains of this storyline. Speaking of which, Lady Bullseye is looking an awful lot like Liv Tyler…
Unfortunately, Francavilla isn’t the interior artist for this issue (for that you’ll have to go back earlier in the run) but with a cover this good, I don’t care.
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I’m not caught up on my Daredevil. It’s very high on my “to do list”, starting with the Bendis run. I do know that after Shadowland Mr. Matt Murdock goes cuckoo bananas and leaves his post at Hell’s Kitchen. He has elected the Black Panther to take up his position. Black Panther is better known as T’Challa, King of the African country Wakanda. Recently he was involved in a battle with Doctor Doom resulting in a loss of Wakanda’s valuable resources and leaving T’Challa physically, mentally and spiritually broken. He decided to give up his mantle in Wakanda and find himself. That’s just prologue stuff, even if you aren’t familiar with any of that you can still jump into this and not be lost. This comic actually took over the numbering for the regular ongoing Daredevil title.
Artist and writer Francesco Francavilla is no stranger to the pulp genre having done cover art for some of the most prominent and recognizable pulp creations of all time. We’re talking Zorro, Green Hornet, The Shadow, Lone Ranger and The Spider. Not to mention he’s currently writing and drawing his own pulp flavored comic, The Black Beetle. As one of comic’s leading artist of the genre we thought it would only be appropriate to showcase some of his masterful cover art in today’s edition of the Pulp Corner.