Back in April 2015, I lined out a new initiative that Marvel Comics had put out for the masses that went under the banner “True Believers”. These titles focused on previously published comics that bore some relation to the at the time upcoming “Secret Wars” mega-event that we have been enjoying all summer. The great thing about this was that these comics were all $1 apiece and since there were almost a dozen of them it made for a perfect gift for any young reader in your household. Heck it was even good for yourself if you felt like having a newer “reading copy” at your disposal. This second round proves to be equally if not more exciting and I’ll let the press from Marvel themselves do the talking but I will offer up some insight to each one of the titles if possible and at the close. Let’s get started.
The Women of Marvel are taking over in September! That’s right, Marvel’s blockbuster female-led titles are returning to comic shops this month for ten new TRUE BELIEVERS titles. Specially priced at $1, these can’t miss introductory issues provide the perfect window into some of Marvel’s critically acclaimed female-led titles! From the high stakes espionage action of Black Widow to the out of this world adventure of Princess Leia. From the larger than life Ms. Marvel to the irresistible charm of Spider-Gwen – these fan-favorite premiere issues offer perfect entry points into the Marvel Universe. Hang on tight and see what you’ve been missing with these exciting TRUE BELIEVERS titles coming to comic shops in September!
True Believers: Black Widow #1: I only leafed through this original first issue at the comic shop but its a solid one and with the popularity of Black Widow thanks to the Avengers and Captain America films then this is one you will want to relive as a “True Believer” edition. By Nathan Edmondson, Phil Noto; Collecting “Black Widow” (2014) #1.
True Believers: Captain Marvel #1: Captain Marvel is coming to the big screen in the next couple of years and that is going to make getting in on the ground floor with this character all the more important for those fans of the films and the comic book page. By Kelly Sue DeConnick and David Lopez. Collecting “Captain Marvel” (2014) #1.
True Believers: Ms. Marvel #1: This version of Ms. Marvel I didn’t read but it’s apparently good if one can trust some online reviews. The mantle goes to a younger girl and one of Arabic descent so the struggle to be heroic and respectful to her upbringing is going to be a task for sure. By G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona. Collecting “Ms. Marvel” (2014) #1.
True Believers: Princess Leia #1: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is opening in a few short months now so who doesn’t want to see Princess Leia fighting for Rebel freedom across the galaxy in her youth once more. Opinions about this title have been nothing but positive and that is great considering how many Star Wars titles Marvel is releasing now that Disney owns the property. By Mark Waid and Terry Dodson. Collecting “Princess Leia” #1.
True Believers: She-Hulk #1: I’ve been a fan of She-Hulk for some time since her very first appearance and until the later years when John Byrne did her title but I did not read the 2014 run at all. I’ll be using this edition to see if I want to invest in a trade paperback of some kind and get a whole lot of story for an accomodating price. By Charles Soule and Javier Pulido. Collecting “She-Hulk” (2014) #1.
True Believers: Silk #1: “Silk” is one of the newer characters in the Spider-Verse and so far my biggest exposure to her was with some Cosplayers at recent conventions. It’s a dramatic outfit for sure and one that offers yet another interesting take on heroism so I will be catching up to her activities with this titles reprint. By Robbie Thompson and Stacey Lee. Collecting “Silk” #1.
True Believers: Spider-Gwen #1: Speaking of catching up, in a world where Gwen Stacy gets bitten by the spider and Parker does not, the roles are reversed in this clear fan favorite. I saw lines about a city block long waiting to meet its creators at the Special Edition NYC a few months ago so I will be snagging this issue to see what the fuss has been about for the past few months. By Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez. Collecting “Spider-Gwen” #1.
True Believers: Spider-Woman #1: Loved Spider-Woman since her first appearance in Marvel Spotlight so many, many, many moons ago and I might even still have that issue somewhere come to think of it. Similar to the She-Hulk scenario I outlined, I did not read her 2014 title. I get the chance to do that now with this reprint of issue #5 of that title. Yes the True Believers edition is a number 1. By Dennis Hopeless and Javier Rodriguez. Collecting “Spider-Woman” (2014) #5.
True Believers: Thor #1: Thor as a woman? It’s an outrage I remember some of my friends saying but I was curious to see where it would go and well, you will have to read this reprint to see that story. It makes me wonder if we shall see a female Thor in the films at some point as well. One never knows does one. By Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman. Collecting “Thor” (2014) #1.
True Believers: Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1: Totally out of the loop on Squirrel Girl even though I swear I remember hearing about her a bunch of years ago. Part of me thinks “Great Lakes Avengers” but I will need to check that out. Okay I am back and yes, that is it. This title is very cartoony in style and looks like a lot of fun. Now I can examine it for a buck. Never a bad thing. By Ryan North and Erica Henderson. Collecting “Unbeatable Squirrel Girl” #1.
PiercingMetal Thoughts: What a wonderful list that is and what an amazing way to get the little ladies in your life into the comic book medium. Of course these titles don’t have to only be for the girls since there is even something for the lads in these issues as well. All of these issues are 32 pages and rated “T” for “Teen”. With comics that are a dollar apiece you can even spring for a protective sleeve and backing board for all of them without making a dent in your weeks comic purchasing fund. If you’ve ever wanted to spur a younger reader in your family into the comics, this is the perfect way to do it and with a bunch of titles that cross numerous different areas of storytelling. I can think of about ten friends with little ones who should be snagging these and as I think of it I have some family member presents to assemble and think this will be a great help. What do you readers think of this second go round for Marvels “True Believers” issues? Do you want to see them keep on doing this? I know I do. What titles would you like to see them offer up for a buck in the third go round if they decide to do one? I am super interested in learning your thoughts and if enough of you send in some good suggestions, I will send this over to there offices 🙂 That’s all for now, I will be back in a few days with the September new first issue releases that fall outside of this special branding.
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