Relevance is often something that big companies have a hard time maintaining. Keeping a “finger on the pulse” of pop culture and current events proves difficult when planning large scale, long term projects. This definitely applies to the realm of comic books, and Marvel may have made the rare misstep, if social media is to
Before I get started, I have to do the rare spoiler warning, because some of you might not have read X-Force #1 and/or know about what happened there.
I didn't expect to be doing another one of these so soon after covering The Last Avengers Story, but Spider-Man: Life Story started showing up on Marvel Unlimited and I really enjoyed the first couple of issues. I've had the crazy idea to have characters to age in real time. It's apparently not that crazy of an idea, because we've gotten a view of the Marvel Universe if characters aged in real time. It's all centered around Peter Parker.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy recently did an interview with Rolling Stone and said something that a lot of comic fans can take issue with. Regarding the future of the franchise, Kennedy said, "There’s no source material. We don’t have comic books. We don’t have 800-page novels." She added, "We don’t have anything other than passionate storytellers who get together and talk about what the next iteration might be." Well, here's four comics they could use.
With Marvel Studios releasing a little bit of footage for the upcoming What If? series on Disney+, I wanted to draw attention to the original series that started it all. Well, there were "imaginary stories" from DC Comics in the Silver Age, but this was the first time that Marvel crafted a series around the concept of alternate earths. We highlighted a cover gallery some time back, but this time I thought we'd go a little more in depth on why these stories matter. Essentially, these are mini-reviews of old comics. I'll acknowledge that, but feel like most of these individual issues may not get a proper review.
Before I talk about the Red Queen, I need to say one thing first. I'm not going to do this as a standard review of Marauders #2. It's not that it's a bad issue, because it's not. Everything in the issue pales beyond the reveal of the Red Queen on the last page. That being said, there are definitely going to be spoilers.
New Mutants was one of two new titles debuting this week in the Dawn of X. It was actually the one that I was looking forward to the most. Like a lot of people, I have a fondness for the original New Mutants. While X-Force pleasantly surprised me, New Mutants gave me what I wanted. Did it give me more?
Wow. X-Force #1 really set out to make an impact this week. Let's take a look at this comic, one of two Dawn of X titles to arrive in shops this week.
I didn't know if I wanted to review Excalibur #1 or not. It's not that I thought it was bad. It really doesn't seem much like an X-book. Of course, then I realized that at its best, the original Excalibur didn't seem like one, either. I gave it a second read through.
It's been a while since we explored the Multiverse. It's been so long, I had to look up and see if there was a format to this column that's not really a column. Of course, there's not a format, so let's just get started.
Before I review Marauders #1, I don't know if we're going to be reviewing every first issue of this latest X-Men relaunch, but it seems like we probably should. Nevertheless, I personally have been looking forward to this issue. I like Kitty Pryde, as I'm certain other people here at Needless Essentials Online. Also, I'm intrigued at what exactly Emma Frost's plan is with this new mutant nation.
It’s the Dawn of X. Now we can see how this new direction for Marvel’s mutants evolves. I really liked the twelve issues that led into this line-wide relaunch of the mutant titles. Is this momentum going to hold, especially with the flagship title written by Jonathan Hickman? Oh, yeah, there may be some spoilers.