Comicscape: Marvel NOW! (Mania.com)

By:Joel Rickenbach
Date: Thursday, November 22, 2012
Source: Mania.com

On this week of Thanksgiving, one comic book publisher is giving us a cornucopia of books to sate our pilgrim appetites. Marvel Comics is now firing on all cylinders with their universe refocusing known as Marvel NOW! Many of their major titles have hit the shelves, with plenty more on the way into the first quarter of 2013. Unlike their rival, DC Comics, Marvel has not completely rebooted their universe to square one, instead they are using their last big event- A vs X, as the focal point of a new era. It’s in the early goings, but so far this idea has paid off far better that DC’s rest button. The promise of DC’s New 52 was to be free from the chains of decades worth of convoluted continuity, however, just over a year in, the New 52 universe already feels confusing and bloated. It’s easy to get the feeling we are getting quantity over quality, were as Marvel NOW! Feels like just the opposite. That’s not to say there aren’t some serious bright spots in the New 52 (Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman comes to mind), but on the whole it feels like they are still feeding the readers what they want, and not challenging them with truly different takes, or unique creative teams. A year in it feels like business as usual. What Marvel NOW! Has, that the New 52 doesn’t, is progress. A page has turned, the status quo has been shaken up, and it doesn’t feel like a gimmick. It feels natural.

In case you’ve been living underground with Mole Man, the Marvel NOW! Set up goes something like this- For the past year the heroes and the mutants of the Marvel universe have been at war. The Phoenix force was returning to earth, and it’s purpose was seen very differently by both sides. Was it total destruction, or a mutant rebirth? Instead of inhabiting it’s assumed host, Hope, the Phoenix force was split when Tony Stark tried to blind it with science. Five mutants became its new hosts- Colossus, Magik, Namor, Emma Frost and Cyclops. With their newfound power they began to shape the world in their own image, which was sometimes destructive, yet other times progressive. Namor may have leveled the nation of Wakanda, but the Phoenix Five did also de-nuke the planet. As the battle raged on members of the Five fell, and the surviving hosts received a share of their power, until only Cyclops was left holding all the cards. Absolute power corrupts absolutely, and Cyclops stood alone against the earth’s heroes. In the battle he killed his mentor, Charles Xavier, and was eventually relieved of the Phoenix force, and taken into custody. This is where our universal shift has occurred. The mutant population, for years numbering only around 200, has re-emerged at an explosive rate. The Avengers have realized they need to be more proactive and inclusive, so they have filled their ranks with a number of mutants to compliment the traditional heroes. Nick Fury Jr. (AKA Marcus Johnson) and Agent Coulson have emerged as our S.H.I.E.L.D. liaisons, which now brings a big piece of the Marvel cinematic universe into our books. Cyclops has been incarcerated and had his powers sapped much like our old friend Magneto had been over the years. And much like Magneto, Cyclops has escaped to forward his new beliefs. Cyclops is essentially the new Magneto, in fact, he even has Magneto himself on his side. The closest equivalent the X-men have to Professor X is, believe it or not, Wolverine, and the idea that we are in a new era that will pit Wolverine and Cyclops against each other like Professor X and Magneto from decades past is an incredibly exciting one. So, with all that said, have the Marvel NOW! Books truly picked up the torch of progress? I say yes, absolutely.

All New X-Men by Brian Michael Bendis, Stuart Immonen and Wade von Grawbadger. In short, this book is brilliant. Not this issue necessarily, but the idea is one of the most interesting takes on the X-men in, well, forever. It’s basically taking one of the most popular X-men tropes, and telling it from the opposite point of view. A hallmark of the X-books has always been some one from a bleak future timeline coming back to warn our current day mutants, or our X-folk finding themselves thrust into that bleak future where they must find their way home, and learn not to repeat whatever mistakes created that terrible future. That formula is truly turned on it’s head here, as this time it’s our current reality that is essentially the bleak future, and our X-men go back to the past to find that idealized original team to help fix our current timeline. Hank McCoy, AKA Beast, is going through another mutation, one he believes he may not survive. All the while Cyclops, Magneto and their new brotherhood are hopping around the globe finding newly emerged mutants to join their cause. As a longtime X-men reader, that last sentence definitely feels topsy turvy, so it’s no wonder Beast decides to take a trip back to the original X-men, and try to convince the young, idealistic Cyclops to come to our present and try to reason with his future self. All this almost sounds like a “What If…”, and that’s what’s so cool about it. Bendis and co. have found a unique way to approach the Marvel NOW! status quo. It feels like true progress, and it feels good. All New X-Men has shot to the top of my must read list.

Iron Man by Kieron Gillen and Greg Land. It’s always been interesting that the general public’s entry character to the Marvel universe has been Iron Man, thanks to a pitch perfect film. We are definitely feeling the cinematic shockwaves more than ever with this new Iron Man #1. The story revolves around the Extremis tech getting hijacked by AIM, and then sold to the highest bidders. It’s an appropriate framing for what is expected of a Tony Stark tale these days- Future tech, industrial espionage and a kick ass new Iron Man armor design. I don’t mean to keep harping on the films, but this issue feels like an attempt to capture the vibe and flow of the cinematic Iron Man, and it’s s successful one. Tony is a larger than life personality, but has a very deep commitment to his life’s work, and dodges past and current sins with snark. Greg Land is the perfect artist for the job, his very realistic renderings bring the level of detail needed to keep that through line between celluloid and four color pages. By the end of the first issue, the Extremis tech has fallen into the hands of four unknown players, hopefully this leads to some new and exciting foes for the newly black and gold shell head.

Thor, God of Thunder by Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic. Now this was a surprise. You read my enthusiasm for All New X-men’s unique take on a old formula, well Thor, God of Thunder feels like a fresh take on the character that has been absent for ages. Aaron truly embraces the fact that Thor is a legitimate god. In the opening scene we see him enjoying his time reveling with the Icelandic people of 803 A.D.. It’s a time when a god like Thor can truly connect with those that worship him (and their women). He’s only given pause when the head of a fellow god washes up on shore, but even that is a fleeting worry as drink and merriment are calling. Shift to present day, we see a young girl on the alien planet of Indigarr praying to the god of thunder for rain. Her planet is on the verge of starvation, and she has heard Thor is one of the most giving god’s in the cosmos. Her prayers are answered as Thunder and lighting strike, bringing a downpour, and the hammer-wielding deity himself. Now this is a novel idea- Thor answering prayers, no matter from whom, or how far away. Religious beliefs aside, the concept that prayer is truly a direct connection to the gods is a fascinating one. Even more interesting is this planet Thor visits is devoid of its own gods. There are tales of a city made of crystal, and mythological figures, but they are as dry and faded as the soil. Before he departs, Thor decides to investigate. In the heavens he find a dilapidated kingdom, evidence the gods once did watch over Indigarr. Thor spends time reading their lore before he discovers a door wrapped in chains. Smashing the shackles with the mighty Mjolnir, he discovers the horrific inside. All the gods from the stories he just read are strung up, or lying on slabs, rotting. Some are gigantic figureheads, once rife with power, now lifeless with a final look of terror chiseled on their faces. Thor knows of only one entity capable of killing gods, the same one responsible for the decapitated deity in Iceland so many centuries ago. The book ends millennia in the future. A one-armed Thor, looking much like his father Odin, is sitting on an empty throne, preparing for one final battle. I have no idea how this will all come to pass, but I have incredibly excited to see where it goes.

This is only a small sampling of what Marvel is offering, but as you can see- there are some truly exciting ideas at play. This is how you approach a new era- not by getting comfortable, but by taking the opportunity to try something new. Here’s hoping they keep it up. Marvel is providing a veritable feast for us readers, have any of you filled your plates?

Happy Thanksgiving readers!

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Joel Rickenbach is a curator of cult cinema at the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, PA, and can be heard every week talking film, TV and other geekery on the You’ve got GEEK podcast. Follow him on Twitter and hilarity will no doubt ensue.



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