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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Drawn to Comics: Star Wars

In celebration of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, coming to theaters December 18th, we are featuring PBCLS’ collection of Star Wars comics. Check out our catalog for more titles from our collection.

Star wars. Episode IV, A new hope

Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope
By Thomas, Roy
Illustrator Chaykin, Howard
2015-05 – Marvel Comics

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The original comic adaptation of the greatest space-fantasy film of all is remastered for the modern age Weeks before George Lucas’ first “Star Wars “film hit theatres, Marvel gave fans their first look at Luke Skywalker, boldly asking: “Will he save the galaxy, or destroy it?” You may know the answer, but that doesn’t spoil the fun of seeing “Star Wars: “Episode IV – “A New Hope “like never before…including scenes that never made the silver screen When Princess Leia is taken prisoner, Luke, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2 ride to the rescue and take on Darth Vader in his awesome Death Star.

 

Star Wars, Dawn of the Jedi.

Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi Volume 1 Force Storm
By Ostrander, John
Author Parsons, Dan
Author Duursema, Jan
2012-12 – Dark Horse Books

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Here begins the tale of the dawn of the Jedi, the “Star Wars” of 25,000 years ago–before lightsabers, before hyperspace travel, before the Jedi spread throughout the galaxy, when connections to the Force were new.

On the planet Tython, a group of beings–scientists, philosophers, and warriors–strive to maintain peace and to balance the mystifying power known as the Force. But a stranger is coming, one who will disrupt the balance with his arrival and his own connection to the Force. Everything in their system is about to change… The doors to the galaxy have been opened.

 

Star Wars Darth Vader

Star Wars: Darth Vader, Volume 1: Vader
By Gillen, Kieron
Illustrator Larocca, Salvador
2015-10 – Marvel Comics

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The original Dark Lord of the Sith stars in his first ongoing series Ever since Darth Vader’s first on-screen appearance, he has become one of pop culture’s most popular villains. Now, follow Vader straight from the ending of A NEW HOPE into his own solo adventures – showing the Empire’s war with the Rebel Alliance from the other side But when a Dark Lord needs help, who can he turn to? As Vader pursues a very personal vengeance against the Rebels and investigates the Emperor’s secret machinations, he clashes with weapons scavenger Aphra and deadly Battle Droids, and returns to Geonosis to build an army. But some very powerful people don’t want him to learn the truths he seeks.

 

Star Wars Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison

Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison
By Blackman, Haden
Illustrator Alessio, Agustin
Illustrator Wilkins, Dave
2013-04 – Dark Horse Comics

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A traitorous uprising against the fledgling Galactic Empire leaves Emperor Palpatine close to death. Saving the Emperor–and the Empire–appears to be a lost cause… unless Vader can uncover the secrets of the Jedi Council and locate the mysterious “Ghost Prison.”

 

Boba Fett death, lies, & treachery

Star Wars: Boba Fett: Death, Lies, & Treachery
By Wagner, John
Illustrator Kennedy, Cam
1998-01 – Dark Horse Comics

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Throughout the vast reaches of the galaxy one name is always uttered in hushed tones, a name guaranteed to strike fear into the stoutest heart: Boba Fett. His prices are exorbitant, but if you’re looking for revenge, or if you’re looking for protection, he’ll get the job done.

 

Marvel NOW Thor: God of Thunder

Thor God Butcher

The Marvel NOW relaunch of Thor: God of Thunder debuted in October of 2012. Issues 1-5 are collected in volume 1 The God Butcher. The Asgardian god Thor fully embraces his godliness, reveling and battling alongside the peoples of Earth, until he is confronted with a rare and dangerous concern – someone is killing gods.

The God Butcher cuts back and forth between the three ages of Thor (Past, Present, and Future) to tell the complete story of his connection to the God Butcher. For the most part, I can follow the timey-wimeyness of this story very well. There is one section where Past Thor is fighting the God Butcher and Present Day Thor is confronting his God Butcher and every other panel is the next part of the each story. Other than that little headache, the story flowed very well. It’s amusing to see how Thor eventually grows up and basically becomes his father. You see more of this in volume 2, when all three Thors come together to fight against the God Butcher’s reign of terror. The art is incredible (in the same style as the cover) and the story is well worth the read. It also delves into the variety of gods in the universe and even introduces some future gods of Asgard.

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The Avengers vol. 1: Avengers World

Avengers World volume 1

Jonathan Hickman – known for epic storylines, as in, he doesn’t write his stories for the trade book, he writes for the omnibus collection – has created a mind-blowing story line in Marvel NOW Avengers: Avengers World.

As someone who doesn’t read a lot of Marvel stories, it’s nice to begin with a fresh look at the universe. This book does not require you to have read the last 50 years of Marvel. The main crew is not introduced in detail (by now we’re all pretty familiar with the iconic characters: Cap, Stark, Thor, and The Hulk) because the story is really much bigger than these characters. It’s about the whole universe. Continue reading

Spider-Man’s Greatest Adventures

As The Amazing Spider-Man 2 swings into theaters this weekend, I thought I would take this opportunity to suggest some classic adventures featuring everyone’s favorite neighborhood wall crawler.  The following titles, and many more, can be found in the Palm Beach County Library System.

Ultimate Spider-Man; Ultimate Collection, Vol. 1

In the early 2000s, Marvel Comics released a series of comics under the Ultimate banner.  These titles were meant to reintroduce and reimagine many classic characters.  Arguably the best of the bunch was Ultimate Spider-Man.  The series puts Peter Parker back in high school, and in modern times.  The origin may be the same, but Brian Michael Bendis does an amazing job taking well-known characters and making them fresh and exciting.  This collection compiles the first 13 issues of the series.

 

The Amazing Spider-Man: Coming Home

J. Michael Straczynski, of Babylon 5 fame, constructs one of the most daring and innovative Spidey tales of all time.  In this volume, Peter meets a mysterious, and mystic, stranger named Ezekiel who reveals that perhaps Spider-Man isn’t as unique as he has always thought.  This beautifully written and illustrated book sheds new light on Spider-Man’s past, and was an instant classic upon publication.

 

Spider-Man: Death of the Stacys

These collected stories, originally published in the early 70s, showcase what made Spider-Man—and Marvel—so groundbreaking.  The events of Death of the Stacys have shaped and impacted Spider-Man’s universe to this day.  A must read for any Spidey fan, new or old.

 

Spider-Man: Kraven’s Last Hunt

Another classic Spider-Man tale, Kraven’s Last Hunt features one of Spidey’s most dangerous foes: Kraven the Hunter.  Kraven has hunted and killed every type of dangerous animal there is, except for Spider-Man.  In one of Spider-Man’s darkest tales, Kraven is determined to kill and replace the web-slinger.

 

Spider-Man: Birth of Venom

The mid to late 80s saw a huge development for Spider-Man as he was introduced to the black symbiote suit, and eventually one of his greatest threats: Venom.  This collection tells the origins of Spider-Man’s Black Suit, as well as the instantly and insanely popular Venom.  Over the years, Venom’s origins have been altered, but this is still a must read for Spidey fans.

 

Ultimate Spider-Man: Death of Spider-Man

Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley reunite to tell one of the most shocking and daring Spider-Man tales ever.  Set in the Ultimate Marvel Universe, the story deals with the death of Peter Parker, how the city mourns, and the eventual arrival of a new Spider-Man.  This story breaks ground in many ways, and is a staple on many top ten lists.

 

Spider-Man: Blue (Available through InterLibrary Loan)

The renowned and award winning duo of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale craft a heart-felt and retrospective story unlike any other.  Spider-Man: Blue revolves around Peter Parker recounting the early days of his relationship with Gwen Stacy.  Loeb and Sale explore one of the elements that make Spider-Man such a unique character: his heart.  This beautifully illustrated love story captures all of the appeal of Spider-Man, and is personally one of my favorite graphic novels.

Belle Glade Branch, Saturday, March 30th

The Belle Glade Branch is hosting a Movie Matinee this Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.  They will show “The Amazing Spider-man” (Columbia Pictures, 2012) (136 min) (PG-13).

Brush up on your Spidey backstory before the movie.