CAP’N M’RKA BY Jason “The Real’ McKoy
I never really liked Captain America, never really liked the Avengers for that matter. I was more of an X-Men kinda kid. It wasn’t until Marvel’s Civil War that I was like “Holy shit! Captain America is kinda badass.” I also like the love/hate relationship that he and Iron Man have developed in Marvel NOW! Funny how in my older, wiser age, I’m digging the Avengers more than the X-men and Captain America has become my favorite Marvel character… Next to Squirrel Girl of course.
Can’t pick your favorite Avenger? Just be ALL the Avengers
Pretty sure I’ve felt like this man looks.
Pretty sure this is the best costume of 2012.
I’m about to become really popular. I can feel it.
DEADPOOL #1 from Marvel NOW! Exclusive Preview Pics.
Have a gander at the first 4 pages, and get a guest appearance from The Mighty Thor.
… Because I love you.
I’ll take Deadpool, Red Hulk, Elektra, Venom and Punisher for the win Alex.
Iron Man #1 cover by Greg Land. Part of Marvel NOW!, launching in November 2012.
We interviewed Iron Man writer Kieron Gillen about writing Tony Stark. Here’s an excerpt from the full interview:
Marvel.com: You talk about Tony exploring how the universe ticks; it sounds like it will be pretty grand in scale.
Kieron Gillen: It will be. Grand scale is an interesting way of describing it. I want to put Tony in situations he’s not used to being in without compromising the essential Tony Stark-ness of it all.
Marvel.com: Does the ‘Tony Stark-ness’ of it all involve women?
Kieron Gillen: Oh hell yeah. It’s actually a key part of my second theme. I’m going to explore Tony and his relationship with women. I’m interested in Tony’s selection of women in everything, from his mom, to Pepper, to the random people he’s sleeping with and everything that relates to them. He’s a complicated guy and he does bad things occasionally without thinking. Well, not [without] thinking exactly but he’s not always thinking about the right thing. He’s not the distracted genius but he always has something else going on.
Matt Fraction did a brilliant take on the corporate figure and his run is a defining arc, so I’m staying away from it. Tony is still a scientist and will still be working on the armor but it’s all about him going out into the world and the whole grail-knight comparison. All the traditional corporate motifs are there but they’re not the primary drive of the book. Tony will be in the armor a lot, he’ll be going out into the world.
The first five issues will be single stories that will share [both] a defining motif and a plot but it will be Iron Man facing new instances of technology and each is basically a new villain. Each issue will illuminate something about Tony and they’re all very different. Issue two is a lot like the Bruce Lee Kung-Fu Island story; it’s like a joust, it’s all about the knight imagery, essentially going to a tournament. Issue three is like a ninja story, Tony Stark trying to be a full-on stealth master, issue four is a horror story and issue five is something a little more romantic and scientific but I’m going to keep that one under wraps.
I really want to mix it up with single issue stories because I think that quite a few people are feeling the same way. Single issues are an exciting place to go and anyone can jump on with any of the first five issues, not just issue #1. [In] each of those issues I introduce Iron Man; I say something meaningful about a character that you may know already and I want it to be accessible and to pop. That’s the thing with Greg Land: his photorealistic style really pops and it’s a glamorous book in that way.
As more and more about Marvel NOW! comes out I am less and less scared about it.
FRESH FITTED FRIDAYS
Tokidoki x NewEra Spidey Web
Tokidoki’s collaborations with Marvel Comics have been marvelous to say the least. This is no exception. Tokidoki’s signature cutesy style Spidey swinging across the front of a charcoal crown front panel, the rest of the crown and the bill in black. The under-bill has a dope b/w screen print comic strip for that extra nerdy accent.
I saw The Avengers over the weekend and boy did I like it. I almost peed myself from glee (and too much Coke Zero). It reminded me that I have a bunch of Tony Stark T-shirts left over from when we dropped them circa the first Iron Man movie. I dug through the “warehouse” and found some. Get them while the last at a super special price in Adult and Kid sizes.
Nacho Picasso - MARVEL
“Smoking reading, comic books…” If this ain’t the good life well then life just ain’t worth living that much. This dude and Adam Warrock should get together on a track and share some nerd love.