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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Punisher Noir

WWI vet Frank Castelione lost his wife to cancer, has a son who’s fallen in with hoodlums, and owns a store mobster Dutch Schultz wants to “protect.” This is the setup for Punisher Noir, a four-issue series alternating between 1918, 1928 and 1935. At the center of it is a skull-masked vigilante who’s declared war on Schultz.

It’s easy to take The Punisher model and plug him into different settings (the Wild West, for example) and he’s a natural fit for Marvel’s Noir imprint – so much so that I was worried this would merely be a rehash. But Frank Tieri shakes things up, giving the reader something other than a conventional Punisher story.

As a longtime Punisher fan, it’s interesting to see how Garth Ennis’s Punisher has become definitive. Tieri pulls from Ennis’s Marvel Knights and Max runs, but his versions of characters like Detective Soap and Barracuda don’t feel forced into the Noir setting.

Marvelous Women

Last year Marvel acknowledged their female readership with three titles highlighting talented female writers and artists and showcasing their roster of superheroines.

Girl Comics may have a cringe-inducing name, but the content is solid. It’s an anthology similar to Strange Tales, written and illustrated by women in comics. The result is a bit unfocused, but there are some tales including Valerie D’Orazio and Nikki Cook ‘s take on the Punisher, a fun Wolverine and Jubilee story from Marjorie Liu and Sara Pichelli, and Kitty Pryde’s 21st birthday by Carla Speed McNeil and Ronda Pattison. Pages are also dedicated to important women in Marvel’s history giving the work added depth.

Heralds is a standalone story written by Kathryn Immonen which starts with Cyclops setting up a girl’s night out for Emma Frost. The banter between her and She-Hulk, Agent Abigail Brand, Hellcat, Valkyrie, and Monica Rambeau is terrific (and can Patsy Walker: Hellcat get a series already?) and feels more like what Girl Comics should have been. In addition to fun dialogue, there’s some great action involving Johnny Storm’s ex-girlfriend and former herald of Galactus, Frankie Raye – but it’s a little continuity-heavy so feel free to lean on Wikipedia to bone up on who she is: Nova (Frankie Raye).

Marvel Her-Oes is the lightest of the three, with teenaged Janet van Dyne (The Wasp) struggling to fit in even before an accident at her father’s lab gives her superpowers. Little does she know that her best friend Jennifer Walters is hiding a big green secret of her own. A confrontation with Namora puts superpowers in the forefront, but also attracts unwanted attention from outside forces.