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:
I am truly fascinated by the original pulp vigilante The Shadow for my money he was the best of those creations from that era. He’s left quite a legacy in his wake with legions of imitators. I was excited when Dynamite picked up the license for the character (amongst many, many other old school pulp characters) and began a new series with him back in 2012. I picked up the trade for Vol. 1 The Fire of Creation as soon as it was released without reading the 6 collected issues prior. The author of course was Garth Ennis whom I didn’t particularly have great success with his Fury miniseries but I was willing to give this a shot.
I’m fascinated by Nick Fury. I love the idea of the grizzled war veteran super spy. Alas, things have certainly changed in Marvel’s landscape….don’t even get me started on Nick Fury Jr. Trying to find something I could sink my teeth into I came across the 2001/2002 miniseries Fury by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. I have heard good things about Ennis’ Preacher series as well as his grim and ultra violent take on the Punisher through the Marvel Knights imprint and later Marvel’s Max line. The idea is that the Punisher’s age hasn’t been retconned to keep up with new young readers and Frank Castle is a warped Vietnam vet. The Fury miniseries generally takes a similar approach.
Today’s featured bromance is far from perfect, but I ask you to look upon your own relationships…are any of them without flaw? Can you truly say that you and your college buddy have a healthier relationship than this ex-minister and his friend the alcoholic Irish vampire?
Jesse Custer and Pronsias Cassidy
Spoilers to follow, but if you really ought to read Preacher anyway.
When Jesse Custer was violently possessed mid-sermon by Genesis (the offspring of a demon and an angel), he is rescued by his ex-girlfriend Tulip and her new acquaintance Cassidy. The two become fast friends, adventuring across the United States meeting all sorts of characters, and it starts to become apparent that Cassidy has led a long an disastrous life. Everyone they met with whom Cassidy has had a previous interaction is either dead or close to it. Still, when Cassidy fell into the hands of The Grail, a fanatical shadow organization dedicated to preserving Christ’s bloodline, Jesse came to his rescue. That’s a mighty cool thing to do for a fellow you’ve just met. Likewise, Cassidy had actually allowed himself to be kidnapped to let Jesse escape, and endure horrible torture to protect Jesse and Tulip. The guy was trying, all right? Sure, he was a piss-poor human being but he had actual friends again and he wasn’t going to let things fall apart this time.