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Anthony’s Marvel picks for July 2013

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #25Here’s what’s of interest coming out from Marvel for July 2013. Full solicitations are available here.


  • Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #25, $4

Trade paperbacks



I admit my reading of Marvel’s slacked off lately; thus the lack of “picks.” This includes keeping up with Miles Morales’ book. I’ve been attempting to wait for the trade paperback versions of “Ultimate Comics Spider-Man” in an attempt to save money (by borrowing them from the public library). There’s also that Barnes and Noble doesn’t carry much of Marvel’s output digitally. However, seeing how glacial trade paperbacks are being released (and again, not easily finding non-Comixology digital Marvel material) isn’t going so well so far.

Marvel’s solicitations seem to be honest, in spite of their current sequel/prequel/mega-crossover-laden nature. (Such as the one for “Thanos Rising” #4: “Thanos kills a lot of people.”)

In anticipation of the eventual “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie, Marvel seems bent on pushing the characters as much as possible lately, presumably to make them familiar to comics fans by the time the movie’s out.

Minorities in cartoons: Nick Fury (Ultimate Marvel)

Nick FuryThis week’s entry, just in time for the upcoming “Avengers” movie, is Nick Fury. That is, the Ultimate Marvel universe version of Nick Fury, not the long-running Marvel character in mainstream continuity.

This version of Nick Fury was introduced in “Ultimate Marvel Team-Up” #5 in 2001, and was created by Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Allred. Based on the mainstream Nick Fury, the main changes for the Ultimate version include being African-American and having a personality based on actor Samuel L. Jackson’s “tough guy” film persona (supposedly with Mr. Jackson’s permission). Otherwise, Ultimate Nick has some similarities to the “regular” Nick—an eye patch, being long-lived, and being the head of S.H.I.E.L.D., the top US government espionage organization/military law enforcement agency in the Marvel Universe.

The most popular treatment of Ultimate Nick’s been in non-comics media; there, he’s become the default version of Nick Fury used across movies and animated television series. At this point, the Ultimate Nick is probably the version most familiar to the general non-comic-reading public. Of course, having Samuel L. Jackson play Fury in the various recent Marvel movies (including “Captain America: The First Avenger” and the upcoming “Avengers” movie) doesn’t hurt. Besides the movies, Nick’s also appeared in several recent Marvel TV cartoons, including “The Super Hero Squad Show,” “Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes,” and “Ultimate Spider-Man.”

Nick Fury’s longevity (having served in World War II) is due to having received (as an unwilling test subject) a version of Captain America’s famed Super Soldier Serum. This gave him peak human strength and endurance, along with greatly slowing his aging and thus lengthening his lifespan. (In the regular Marvel Universe, Nick Fury had taken something called the “Infinity Formula,” which conferred similar longevity/health benefits.)


Anthony’s picks for Marvel for May 2012

Amazing Spider-Man #686Here’s what’s of interest from Marvel for May 2012. Full solicitations may be found here.

Comics I’ll be buying

  • Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #10, on sale May 2, $4
  • Amazing Spider-Man: Ends of the Earth #1, on sale May 16, $4
  • Amazing Spider-Man #685, on sale May 2, $4
  • Amazing Spider-Man #686, on sale May 23, $4

Comics I might buy

  • Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man #2,  on sale May 23, $3
  • Amazing Spider-Man Annual #39, on sale May 30, $4


A lot of Spidey on the list, I know!

This month wraps up the “End of the Earth” Spider-Man storyline, with Spidey (and others) trying to stop Dr. Octopus’ plan to take over the world. Looks like it’ll be less bank-breaking (confined to the main Spider-Man title) versus “Avengers vs. X-Men,” plus it involves Doc Ock (who I always liked as a Spider-Man villain).

Ultimate Spidey sees Miles Morales take on the “Ultimate” version of the Prowler, while “Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man” sees Peter take on Mole Man and Electro. Yeah, that latter title is awkward; maybe they should’ve kept the “Marvel Adventures” name for the kids’ line.


Anthony’s picks for Marvel for November 2011

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #4Here’s what’s of interest for me from Marvel for November 2011:

Comics I’ll be buying

  • Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #20, on sale Nov. 23, $3
  • Marvel Adventures Super Heroes #20, on sale Nov. 16, $3

Comics I might buy

  • Shame Itself #1, on sale Nov. 2, $4
  • Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #4, on sale Nov. 9, $4


For some bizarre reason, not only has Marvel waited quite awhile to release what’s coming out for November, but they’ve also divided what’s coming out among several websites, none of them having a complete list nor listing any Marvel Adventures titles. Thus, I’m not sure if or when any of the Marvel Adventures line of books are coming out, what they’re about, or even if they canceled the line. Still, I thought I’d post this now (before leaving for Boston for a week); if and when any information changes, I’ll update this post. Update (10/21/11): Info on the Marvel Adventures books added; dates and issue numbers from Comixology’s site!

Ultimate Comics Spidey is on the list, though under “maybe,” contingent on what the first three issues will be like. (As I’ve noted previously, the Ultimate line traditionally hasn’t inspired much interest from me.) As everyone online (including rabid racist “fans”) know, the new Spidey, Miles Morales, debuts soon in the newly-revamped title. Issues #1 and #2 are at comic shops on Sept. 14 and 21 respectively, per Marvel’s website; issue #3 will be out in October.

“Shame Itself” is a humor comic, presumably parodying recent Marvel storyline “Fear Itself” (and other Marvel aspects).

New Ultimate Marvel Spider-Man revealed to be biracial teen

Miles Morales

No spoilers warning, since this story’s already all over every other website by now…

Since its debut in 2000, I admit I haven’t paid a ton of attention to Marvel’s Ultimate line of books. Ultimate Marvel is an alternate universe (to the mainstream Marvel one) that’s meant to be easier to get into, with less history/continuity than the usual Marvel stuff. However, what stories (or story summaries) I’d seen felt too much like regular current superhero books to me, i.e. “grim and gritty”-fied versions of regular Marvel characters (see: the Ultimate version of Captain America… Cap as if he were written for the Fox News crowd/”grim and gritty” superhero fans), the usual crossovers, etc. Thus, I’ve not given Marvel’s own “Earth-2″ any more attention than mainstream Marvel… until now, that is.

Bleeding Cool (along with other media) have reported that the new Ultimate version of Spider-Man will be a biracial teenager named Miles Morales (his mother’s Latino, while his father’s African-American). Ultimate’s version of Peter Parker was killed off in a much-hyped recent storyline; until now, Peter’s replacement as Spidey was also hyped up with some secrecy. While this could’ve waited until my weekly “minorities in comics and animation” post, I thought it seemed important enough to remark on it now.

This marks a notable shift in thinking by one of the big two comic companies: an ongoing series about Marvel’s top superhero being a non-White character. Yes, it’s in an alternate universe, but so is the African-American Nick Fury, another Ultimate line creation. Ultimate-Fury’s also the most successful Ultimate character so far in terms of non-comics media. Every non-comic version of Fury in the past decade or so (including “The Super Hero Squad Show,” “Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes,” and the modern Marvel movies) has used the African-American version, not the standard Marvel Universe version. Of course, alt-Nick being played in the movies by Samuel L. Jackson doesn’t hurt.

While I doubt I’ll be showing any love toward Ultimate-Cap anytime soon, I would be interested in reading about Mr. Morales, assuming he’s treated in a respectful or interesting manner, and not as “grim and gritty Spidey”/subject to being killed off in short order to bring Ultimate-Peter back. (For fans who want to read about a non-mainstream-continuity Peter Parker, there’s still the well-done and entertaining Marvel Adventures Spider-Man comic, which I recommend…).

Meanwhile, online comic venues have exploded with chatter about this development, though unfortunately some of it’s rather hate-filled and racist, as Bleeding Cool also summarizes. Thought about *not* linking to it, but I figured it’s important to see the worst side of so-called “fans”… even the “exception” praising the move posted at the bottom of the page comes off as somewhat snide (“race-baiting liberals”?).