In keeping up with the broadcasts about some upcoming and also very exciting comic book titles, I am here to line out what you can find on the shelves from Marvel Comics in November 2014 in terms of their just launching titles. As I have done in a number of these posts in the past, the descriptions are taken from the provided press copy or the titles official Wiki entry. I’ll present that along with the covers and then line out some personal views on the batch as we close it up. Here we go with November, on your mark, get set…..comic!
All New Captain America: In the series, Sam Wilson takes over the mantle of Captain America from Steve Rogers. Series editor Tom Brevoort said, “While Sam shares many of Steve’s beliefs in a general sense, he’s also a very different person with a very different background. He didn’t grow up in the 1930s, he’s a modern day man in touch with the problems of the 21st Century. For most of his professional life, Sam has worked as a social worker, so he’s seen the worst of urban society up close, and how crime, poverty, lack of social structure and opportunity can affect the community.”
Writer: Rick Remender; Artist: Stuart Immonen
Angela Asgard’s Assassin: Gillen said, “Angela is almost an Asgardian Black Widow, and I mean at all levels. We’re looking at how someone like that would operate in Asgard. The Avengers movie popularized the ‘red in the ledger’ aspect to Black Widow. Angela almost has that as a religion. She is someone who is religiously, kind of like in a D&D Paladin way, obsessed with the concept of debt. The idea of her owing anyone anything or someone owing her something and the debt not being repaid is traumatic to her. That’s kind of the core character thing for her; what she owes people and what they owe her. Of course there’s an especially interesting drive to the story when she owes other people things. That’s kind of the heart of it for me. She’s gone through this really big change that makes her question all of these debts. Makes her ask, ‘What do I owe all these people?'”
Writer: Kieron Gillen & Marguerite Bennett; Artist: Phil Jimenez & Stephanie Hans
Captain America and the Mighty Avengers: The series examines changes the team will face given Sam Wilson’s new role as Captain America. Ewing said, “As I was writing this, it occurred to me that the general public probably see Sam as team leader now, in the field — he’s Captain America, right? So how does that make Monica [Rambeau] feel? Especially since a threat is coming up from behind that only she’s had serious experience with? Can she trust the team to follow her orders in the crunch instead of the man in the stars and stripes?”
Writer: Al Ewing; Artist: Luke Ross
Superior Iron Man: In the series, Iron Man relocates his base of operations to San Francisco and receives a new set of armor. Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso said, “The newly-transformed Superior Iron Man has very ambitious plans for the city that some of its residents embrace, but not all. Like the Superior Spider-Man, Superior Iron Man is a character that’s hard to root for.”
Writer: Tom Taylor; Artist: Yildiray Cinar
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Whew this is surely an interesting batch of new titles for our mighty Marvel heroes and all minds are wondering just how The Falcon is going to do in the role of Captain America. Readers of the title know how Cap’s “Super Soldier” syrum had been nullified and that Steve Rogers is at the ripe old age of around 90. Of course I am sure we will find him back in action in some months in the future but I honestly don’t mind Sam handling the shield since the costume looks great with his wings. The premise sounds interesting too. Angela is a character I only recall from Spawn and that is a different universe entirely. I need to do some digging to find out how this came to pass because I swore that I read somewhere how she would be in the “Guardians Of The Galaxy” film. I liked her in Spawn so am curious to see what she does as an assassin for Asgard. With “Captain America and the Mighty Avengers” I think we shall see a lot of cool interaction as the team grapples with the new man in the suit from the one they have known for so long. Falcon is a capable fighter and hero but is he Cap in their eyes? Only time will tell. I think I am most intrigued by Superior Iron Man as it appears to be a return to a more self absorbed Stark than we have come to know over the years. A brash arrogant sort who not only feels he is better than everyone but makes sure you know that he knows he is better than everyone. With the power of technology that he commands this is going to be a dark title for sure. What about you readers? Which of these new titles interest you the most if any. Let me know in the comments which have been left open for you to do so.
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