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Steve, Kevin, and Andrew cover the newly solicited collected editions of classic material that caught their eyes, then take a somewhat critical look back at 2016 before getting into some recent reads and a plethora of new number 1 issues! Brought to you by Doc Samson and the Terrigen Cloud #MarvelNoise284
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New York, NY—December 20th, 2011—The world’s most popular super heroes can be found in the pages of Marvel Comics every week, but now their greatest stories are set to conquer the world of prose fiction! Launching in June 2012 with the adaptation of CIVIL WAR, Marvel will release its most popular stories of all time as prose novels.
It all begins in CIVIL WAR, adapted by author Stuart Moore (Wolverine), with the story that irrevocably altered the Marvel Universe and redefined comic books for an entire generation. In the wake of a tragedy, Capitol Hill proposes the Superhuman Registration Act, requiring all costumed heroes to unmask themselves before the government. Divided, the nation’s greatest champions must each decide how to react — but will you side with Iron Man or Captain America? And just which heroes will pay the ultimate price?
“Releasing our most acclaimed graphic novels as prose fiction not only allows us to reach a different audience with these stories, but also gives us a chance to bring those readers back to the comics that started it all,” said David Gabriel, Senior Vice President of Sales, Marvel Entertainment. “CIVIL WAR is easily our best-selling graphic novel of the past decade and certainly one of the most influential in recent memory, so it was the perfect launch title for this new line. Not only will you get all the action that Mark Millar and Steve McNiven delivered in comic form but no fan will want to miss the new wrinkles we’ve added in this novel.”
Stay tuned to www.marvel.com for news on CIVIL WAR and the rest of Marvel’s upcoming prose novels.
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Freshly Defrosted, The Twelve’s Journey Continues
After being frozen for decades by the Nazis, the heroic Mystery Men of the World War II era are back in action! Acclaimed writer J. Michael Straczynski and artist Chris Weston, bring this team back in The Twelve #2 (of 12) with a fantastic cover by superstar Kaare Andrews. With Captain Wonder at the helm, the team is faced with living in a world where everyone they knew and loved are no longer around, as they wake up to a new world! After surrendering their secret identities and registering with the Initiative, the American government tries to ease these heroes back into a world where the definition of heroism may have changed.
Kevin Powers, of ComicsBulletin.com, says, “The Twelve is most certainly J. Michael Straczynski at his finest. It’s sophisticated yet fun, sad yet extraordinary, mysterious and brilliant and has the potential to sail out of the park.”
Their secret identities exposed, the Twelve must adapt to a more dangerous world—one in which some of them do not have super powers! Will these heroes be accepted in the post-Civil War world? Are their days as heroes numbered? These questions and more are answered in The Twelve #2 (of 12)!
THE TWELVE #2 (of 12) (DEC072215)
Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
Penciled by CHRIS WESTON
Cover by KAARE ANDREWS
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Well, this was a pleasant surprise. I did not know what to expect and I really enjoyed this first issue a lot.
We’re introduced to the characters during ‘their’ time – 1945 – and are shown why we haven’t heard from them in over 50 years. The issue also ends with quite the cliffhanger (which might also lead to comparisons to Watchmen). While some of the names our heroes use may be underwhelming, I found myself attached to them and hoped for the best after the first act in this issue.
And as if being a Nazi isn’t evil enough, we see one of the villains help himself to copping a feel. While not an unspeakable act, it’s still something you look down on. Especially considering the circumstances.
I’m looking forward to the next issue. While JMS doesn’t always ‘wow’ me (see Fantastic Four), I am interested in seeing where we go from here and how this story unfolds (see Thor). The art, while off in some spots, moved things along nicely. Weston and Leach make a pretty good team. There were a few instances where the art took me back to The Invaders and made me feel like I was looking at a book from the 80s.
Writer: J. Michael Straczynski
Pencils: Chris Weston
Inks: Garry Leach
Colors: Chris Chuckry
Letters: Jimmy Betancourt
Editor: Tom Breevort