- Posted by Johanna on March 11, 2010 at 8:26 pm
- Category: Shopping Guide
Marvel is teaming up its two biggest properties, those with successful movies, in the new series Astonishing Spider-Man/Wolverine. This is the kind of comic that makes me despair — there’s no reason for these two characters to be together. They don’t have similar motivations or story styles or even surroundings. (Spider-Man is a grumpy urban boy; Wolverine a world-weary globetrotter.) This smacks of “we don’t care about anything internal or story-based; we just care about making more money.” Which, yes, suits Marvel as a company and Disney subsidiary, I guess, but I’m picky enough to not want to read obvious cash-grabs. Even weirder, they’re planning on sending the two characters “to the edges of the Marvel universe”. Space-faring? Really? It’s almost enough of a car-crash-in-the-making for me to be curious about it on that basis, but then I remember they want $4 for a 32-page magazine, and I pass.
Thankfully, then I saw Rescue (MAR10 0478, $3.99), a new special issue by Kelly Sue DeConnick (Sensual Phrase) telling a story about Pepper Potts as Iron Man. That I hope to like, although it would be nice if Marvel bothered to tell us who the artist will be. Comics are both words and pictures, and I try to value both, but it’s difficult when the publisher clearly doesn’t.
Amadeus Cho (formerly of Incredible Hercules) gets his own miniseries? Neat! I like the super-smart kid. (Still miss the dog, though.) I’ll check out Heroic Age: Prince of Power (MAR10 0539, $3.99), although the title makes me giggle. It’s the same writers, which is a good sign Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente, and an artist, Reilly Brown, who’s drawn the character before. Should I be reading anything into the way Marvel is careful to mention that Cho is Korean-American in the solicit copy?
With ever-increasing prices, I appreciate cheap teaser attempts, but the dollar line “Marvel’s Greatest Comics” this month features Alias, Marvel Zombies, Agents of Atlas, and 1602. THESE are what Marvel wants to represent their company? Old series, horror parodies, impenetrable in-jokes?
The cover of the latest Power Pack miniseries, issue #2 of Thor and the Warriors Four, is the funniest thing I’ve seen out from Marvel in a long time. I love the sense of whimsy. I bet there’s nothing like it inside the issue, but it brought me a smile during the long slog through Previews.
I kind of wish I liked Spider-Man or the Avengers or the Hulk or the X-Men, because if I did, I’d have a lot more options from Marvel. On the other hand, I appreciate them making keeping a budget so easily.