Drawn to Comics May 2016

Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War opens this weekend! Some of us may be lucky enough to see it tonight but, for those of us who have to wait, we can prep and catch up on the history of Civil War via the comics.


Marvel Civil WarCivil War
By Millar, Mark
Illustrator McNiven, Steve
2008-11 – Marvel Comics Group

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A conflict has been brewing from more than a year, threatening to pit friend against friend, brother against brother – and all it will take is a single misstep to cost thousands their lives and ignite the fuse As the war claims its first victims, no one is safe as teams, friendships and families begin to fall apart. Contains materials originally published in magazine form as Civil War #1-7, Marvel Spotlight: Civil war, and Civil War script book.


Marvel Road to Civil War

The Road to Civil War
By Bendis, Brian Michael
Author Straczynski, J. Michael
Illustrator Maleev, Alex
2007-03 – Marvel Comics Group

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Ripped from the pages of New Avengers, the Eisner Award-winning team of Brian Bendis and Alex Maleev present an explosive hidden story of Marvel’s secret past, the secret history of Marvel’s most secret team – how they came together and how they are ripped apart. Plus: Spidey’s got a new lease on life, new powers and a new costume, courtesy of his new best friend Tony Stark. So what could possibly go wrong? With clouds quickly building on the horizon, the bonds that Spider-Man now forges may very well determine his capacity to withstand a coming storm. The Marvel Universe is about to split down the middle, and the line is drawn here! You will be asked: whose side are you on? Collects New Avengers: Illuminati; Amazing Spider-Man #529-531; Fantastic Four #536 & 537.


Marvel Civil War Captain America Iron Man

Civil War: Captain America/Iron Man
By Brubaker, Ed
Author Knauf, Charles
Author Knauf, Daniel
2016-03 – Marvel Comics

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Captain America has fallen into a clash with his government and his friends, and the people close to him are paying the price. Sharon Carter’s life is torn apart as her superiors use her divided loyalties against her. The Winter Soldier comes face-to-face with Cap, but which side will he choose? Then, get inside Tony Stark’s mind, and learn why he feels that only he can lead the charge for superhuman registration In the midst of the war, Captain America and Iron Man meet secretly. COLLECTING: CAPTAIN AMERICA 22-24, WINTER SOLDIER: WINTER KILLS, IRON MAN 13-14, IRON MAN/CAPTAIN AMERICA: CASUALTIES OF WAR, CIVIL WAR: THE CONFESSION.


Marvel Civil War Black Panther

Civil War: Black Panther
By Hudlin, Reginald
Illustrator Eaton, Scot
2016-03 – Marvel Comics

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The Royal Couple, King T’Challa and Queen Ororo, embark on a diplomatic tour that will have them spanning the globe – and beyond! Stops include Latveria (Dr. Doom), the Moon (Black Bolt and the Inhumans), Atlantis (Namor the Sub-Mariner) and the Civil War-ravaged United States, for a meeting with none other than the point man for the U.S. government’s implementation of the Superhuman Registration Act: Tony Stark, T’Challa’s former Avengers teammate. Will the Black Panther and Storm decide to get off the sidelines of the Civil War and get involved? Collects Black Panther #19-25.


Marvel Civil War Punisher War Journal

Civil War: Punisher War Journal
By Fraction, Matt
Illustrator Olivetti, Ariel
2016-04 – Marvel Comics

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The Punisher is back – with a vengeance. And he’s taking no prisoners…literally With Civil War in full-throttle mode, Frank Castle is feeling the heat. His safe houses have been raided and his munitions seized, and he’s square in the crosshairs of a Marvel Universe big gun who always gets his man. Until now, this wasn’t Frank’s war. But when spandex-clad baddies start carrying badges – well, let’s just say that’s something the Punisher can’t abide. Frank Castle doesn’t play well with super heroes, and they don’t play well with him.


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Iron Man 3

Iron Man etc. belong to Marvel and who ever else actually owns the rights (i.e. not PBCLS)

Iron Man etc. belong to Marvel, Disney and who ever else actually owns the rights (i.e. not PBCLS)

Iron Man 3 hit theaters this weekend and has received mixed reviews. Critics LOVE it (and so do I) but some die-hard fans are disappointed by some major changes (no spoilers, I promise). I recommend catching it in 3-D IMAX, if you have the opportunity. The action is thrilling and the plot’s not bad either.

There’s still time to rewatch the first two movies before you enjoy the third. The Avengers movie comes up on the search for “Iron Man” and “Robert Downey Jr.”. Take it as a sign to watch that movie, too – it’s relevant to Iron Man 3. Pick up your copies at your local library branch or place holds on them today so you can have them before the weekend. You won’t regret it*.

*Disclaimer: If you have school finals this month, please study for them before starting your amazing Marvel Movie Marathon. The library encourages the use of study rooms and reference materials as well as reading, in general, and graduating this semester.

Drawn to Comics #1

Iron Heart 
Iron HeartBy Pak, Greg

Illustrator Manco, Leonardo
2009-11 – Marvel Comics


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 Rhodey versus Ares! Man versus Immortal! War Machine versus God of War! With the life of one of his oldest friends in the balance, Marvel’s one man army must face the only warrior who can outdo his thirst for battle! Be there as armor meets axe, James Rhodes makes enemies in the highest places, and Dark Reign falls! Collects War Machine #1-5, plus Dark Reign story.



Ultimates Volume 1: Super-Human Tpb 
Ultimates Volume 1: Super-Human TpbBy Millar, Mark

Illustrator Hitch, Brian
Illustrator Currie, Andrew
2002-09 – Marvel Comics


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This fourth collection in the Ultimates line newly re-imagines incarnations of the Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, and other Marvel Comics heroes. When Nick Fury, head of an elite espionage agency, hears about several bizarre characters and misfits, he puts together a small but lethal army known as the Ultimates, created to protect mankind from rising threats. Full color.


The Avengers, Volume 1 
The Avengers, Volume 1By Lee, Stan

Illustrator Kirby, Jack
Illustrator Heck, Don
2009-05 – Marvel Comics


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 In 1963, the adventures of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes burst onto the scene as Marvel Comics revolutionized the comic-adventure art form with “The Avengers.” The members of this ever-changing super-team include Iron Man, the Mighty Thor, the Incredible Hulk, and Captain America. This special volume collects “The Avengers,” #1-10.



Civil War: A Marvel Comics Event 
Civil War: A Marvel Comics EventBy Millar, Mark

Illustrator McNiven, Steve
Illustrator Vines, Dexter
2007-04 – Marvel Comics


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In this crossover tale that stars Spider-Man, the New Avengers, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men, the landscape of the Marvel Universe is changing, and it’s time to choose a side. A conflict has been brewing for more than a year, threatening to pit friend against friend and brother against brother.



Iron Man: Extremis Tpb 
Iron Man: Extremis TpbBy Ellis, Warren

Illustrator Granov, Adi
2007-02 – Marvel Comics


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 It’s the beginning of a new era for Iron Man as renowned scribe Warren Ellis joins forces with artist Adi Granov to redefine the armored Avenger’s world for the 21st century – a landscape of terrifying new technologies that threaten to overwhelm fragile mankind! What is Extremis, who has unleashed it, and what does its emergence portend for the world? Collects Iron Man #1-6.



The Many Armors of Iron Man 
The Many Armors of Iron ManBy Thomas, Roy

Author Michelinie, David
Author Layton, Bob
2008-03 – Marvel Comics


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 Constantly revamping and improving his suits of armor through the years to meet new adversaries and environmental conditions, Tony Stark is a modern man of science and technology, yet also an Old World man of integrity and discipline. Now, journey into the past and relive comicdom’s greatest invention, Iron Man’s armors: the Space Armor, the Stealth Armor, the Deep Sea Armor, and more! Collecting Iron Man #47, #142-144, #152-153, #200 and #218.



Invincible Iron Man, Volume 1: The Five Nightmares 
Invincible Iron Man, Volume 1: The Five NightmaresBy Fraction, Matt

Illustrator Larroca, Salvador
2008-12 – Marvel Comics


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  Tony Stark – Iron Man, billionaire industrialist, and director of S.H.I.E.L.D. – faces the most overwhelming challenge of his life. Ezekiel Stane, the son of Tony’s late business rival and archenemy Obadiah, has set his sights, his genius, and his considerable fortune on the task of destroying Tony Stark and Iron Man. What’s worse, he’s got Iron Man tech, and he’s every bit Iron Man’s equal and opposite – except younger, faster, smarter, and immeasurably evil! Rising-star writer Matt Fraction (Immortal Iron Fist) and superstar artist Salvador Larroca (Uncanny X-Men) join forces to repulsor-ray your comic books to a cinder! Collects Invincible Iron Man #1-6.



Enter the Mandarin 
Enter the MandarinBy Casey, Joe

Illustrator Canete, Eric
2008-05 – Marvel Comics


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 Warming up for the movie event of 2008 – find out exactly how Iron Man’s deadliest nemesis came to be. A tale from the early days of the Marvel Universe, this mini-series contains secrets never-before-revealed of the first-ever meeting between the Golden Avenger and the global terrorist known only as the Mandarin! What really happened during that first encounter? Even if you’ve read the original comics, you only know HALF of the story! Collects Iron Man: Mandarin #1-6.



Iron Man Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. 
Iron Man Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.By Knauf, Daniel

Author Knauf, Charlie
Illustrator De La Torre, Roberto
2007-08 – Marvel Comics


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  Tony Stark, director of S.H.I.E.L.D. It’s day one of a new role for Tony as he takes up the mantle of the missing Nick Fury to lead S.H.I.E.L.D. into the 21st century! But what does this mean for the future of Iron Man? Collects Iron Man #15-18.



Kree/Skrull War 
Kree/Skrull WarBy Thomas, Roy

Illustrator Buscema, Sal
Illustrator Adams, Neal
2008-05 – Marvel Comics


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Back-to-press and fully restored by popular demand! Caught in the crossfire, Earth has become the staging ground for a conflict of star-spanning proportions! For those eternal intergalactic enemies, the merciless Kree and the shape-changing Skrulls, have gone to war, and our planet is situated on the front lines! Can Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the Avengers, bring about an end to the fighting before humanity becomes a casualty of war? And what good are even a dozen super-powered champions against the vast military machines of two of the great empires of the cosmos? The key to victory lies with the expatriate Kree Captain Mar-Vell and his human host, honorary Avenger Rick Jones! Featuring the trend-setting artwork of Neal Adams, the Kree/Skrull War is universally acknowledged as one of the finest and most important sagas in the Marvel canon.




JLA/AvengersBy Busiek, Kurt

Illustrator Perez, George
2008-11 – DC Comics


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 Collected in a gorgeous two-volume, oversized, slipcased hardcover is perhaps the most eagerly anticipated and memorable crossover of all time as the Justice League of America unites with The Avengers. Superman, Batman, and the other members of the JLA join forces with Captain America, Iron Man, and the many other Avengers to fight a threat so immense it threatens two entire dimensions. 1-40120-207-1$75.00 / DC Comics



Black Widow: Deadly Origin Premiere Hc 
Black Widow: Deadly Origin Premiere HcBy Cornell, Paul

Illustrator Raney, Tom
Illustrator Leon, John Paul
2010-03 – Marvel Comics


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Before she steals the world’s heart in Iron Man II, get caught in the wicked web of Marvel’s sexiest and deadliest super-spy! She’s been everything from a Russian espionage agent to a Champion to an Avenger… now a skeleton from Natalia Romanova’s past is reaching out for those she’s loved and lost, and the Black Widow has many victims to choose from! From the frozen streets of Moscow to the upper stratosphere, writer Paul Cornell (Captain Britain and MI13) and artists Tom Raney (Dark Reign: Hawkeye) and John Paul Leon (The Winter Men) deliver a globe-hopping, bone-breaking, high-tech thriller that reveals how Natalia’s shadowy past threatens all she now holds dear. Guest-starring the Winter Soldier and Wolverine! Collects Black Widow: Deadly Origin #1-4.



5 Things You Don’t Know About Iron Man

1. He loves his Twinkies.
Blame Iron Man and every other comic book character for Comic Book Guy’s girth. Starting in the 1970s, Hostess launched a series of ads featuring superheroes (and villains) shilling for their popular pastries. Invariably the snacks were used to thwart crime, like this panel pulled from Iron Man in A Dull Pain where he goes up against Monotony Man. See more Hostess Ads lovinging collected by Tomorrow’s Heroes.

2. He sounds like Animal House’s Dean Wormer.
Iron Man made his first animated appearance in 1966’s “The Marvel Super Heroes” cartoon series. Voiced by future Animal House antagonist John Vernon (who also did Sub-Mariner), Iron Man appeared on the Wednesday episodes of the five nights a week show. Being extremely low budget, this series was created by photocopying art from comic books and then adding small amounts of animation.

3. He’s heavy, too.
Wolverine’s adamantium-laced skeleton puts him around the 300-lb mark, making him a lightweight compared to a 425-lb fully suited Iron Man. Of course, the question is which suit? Iron Man’s suits have more powers than Superman and cover more emergency situations than Batman’s utility belt. He has Hydro Armor, Arctic Armor, Outer Atmospheric Armor and two types of Hulkbuster Armor just to name a few. And that doesn’t even count weird stuff like the Extremis Armor.

4. He’s richer than Batman.
Every year Forbes Magazine releases their Fictional 15, a list of the richest non-existing people. Bruce Wayne comes in at #7 with a paltry $6.5 billion – peanuts compared to Tony Stark (#4) at $8.8 billion. Forbes was especially impressed with Tony Stark’s handling of Congress noting that “shares of Stark Industries stock up over 20%” after Stark refused to turn over the Iron Man technology. Of course he has a way to go before taking the #1 spot from Twilight’s Carlisle Cullen, who’s sitting on $34.1 billion.

5. He’s a zombie.
If you jump over to Iron Man’s Marvel Universe Character Bio, you’ll see that he’s categorized under “People who used to be dead but aren’t anymore.” Yes, everyone in the Marvel Universe could fit into that category, but Stark earns this repeatedly through faked deaths, paralysis, comas, brain death and more. Thankfully his medical team includes Dr. Strange and Thor. Of course, Iron Man is also a full-fledged Marvel Zombie, if you’re looking for more traditional undead.

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