Comic Novels

I’ve been reading less comics and more novels these days, but occasionally the two meet in a harmonious manner. Comics scribes such as Greg Rucka and Peter David are also prolific novel writers, for example. However, lately I’ve noticed three examples.

This week I picked up The Girl With All The Gifts, as I’ve seen it mentioned on a few websites, and also in the spotlight from some of my local bookstores. I was intrigued by the author’s name – M.R. Carey, and after reading the author blurb I realised that this was actually Mike Carey, the British comics writer of such series as Hellblazer, and X-Men.

The Girl With All The Gifts

Writer Alex Irvine has also written for both media with an impressive list of characters and franchises to his name, including Transformers, Batman, Pacific Rim, Iron Man, as well as comics for Marvel such as Daredevil Noir, and the Marvel Ultimate Alliance online game. I saw his name attached to the prose adaptation of the classic X-Men: Days of Future Past storyline from the comics in a recent Previews catalogue, so I ordered it. I’m aware of the original comics storyline from 1980, and the upcoming film, so I thought I’d take this chance to delve a bit deeper into this much-loved tale when the novel is released in May.

Days of Future Past Novel

Finally, Dark Horse recently released Alabaster: Pale Horse, an anthology of short stories by Caitlin R. Kiernan. The book is actually a re-release, with a new introduction by the author, (and startling illustrations by  Ted Naifeh), but is a great entry in to the fantasy world of her character Alabaster. Dark Horse also have the Alabaster: Wolves Trade Paperback collecting the five issue mini-series focused on the same albino character Dancy Flammarion and her dealings with the supernatural, as well as the upcoming collection Alabaster: Grimmer Tales, with both feature interior art from Steve Lieber.

Alabaster Pale Horse novel

Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer

Marvel Studios’ potential new franchise launcher opens in August. Not much has been revealed about it, but now we have the first trailer. Ramping up the fun and irreverence, this film based on the not exactly well-known comic series, and directed by James Gunn (Super, Slither) looks pretty great.

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team — the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits — Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Peter discovers the true power of the orb and the menace is poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand — with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

Rival moviemakers 20th Century Fox also launched 17 new mid-shot character pics from May’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, but let’s be honest, you want to watch that trailer again, don’t you?

Wolverine & The X-Men #42 Preview

February 26 sees the release of the final ish of Wolvie & The X-Men from Marvel. Below you’ll find the official synopsis, plus some wordless preview pages. The cover is a tribute to probably the most copied comic cover of all time – Uncanny X-Men #141 from 1980, which was the first part of the Days of Future Past storyline.

School is Out! Your First Look at WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN #42!

This February, close out the school year in style with a Graduation Day to remember in WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN #42! They’ve fought monsters, aliens, the Hellfire Club, and even their own school building – but now, the inaugural class of the Jean Grey School prepares to leave their hallowed halls behind. That is, if they survive that long! Fan favorite writer Jason Aaron ends his critically acclaimed run with one last bombastic issue – and he’s bringing some friends! Wolverine & The X-Men artists past and present return to school for one last tearful goodbye, including Chris Bachalo, Nick Bradshaw, Ramón Pérez, Pepe Larraz and Steve Sanders. And if that’s not enough Shawn Crystal (DEADPOOL) and Nuno Alves (MARVEL FAIRY TALES) join in on the fun! Plus, a surprise taste of the new volume of Wolverine & The X-Men #1 from new series writer Jason Latour that will have you begging for more! Where do the graduates go from here? Who stays? Who goes? And who survives? Find out this February as Jason Aaron brings his blockbuster series to a close inWOLVERINE & THE X-MEN #42!

WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN #42 (DEC130749)

Written by JASON AARON

Art by NICK BRADSHAW, PEPE LARRAZ, RAMON PEREZ,
STEVE SANDERS, CHRIS BACHALO, NUNO ALVES,

SHAWN CRYSTAL, & JASON LATOUR

Cover by NICK BRADSHAW

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New Looks for Doctor Who and The X-Men

The internet is all about two things today, it would seem. That’d be Peter Capaldi’s finally unveiled look for his incarnation of Doctor Who, which looks pretty great. I must say. This is how the BBC see it:

Sporting a dark blue Crombie coat with red lining, dark blue trousers, a white shirt as well as black Dr. Marten shoes, the look was created by Doctor Who costume designer Howard Burden.

Commenting on his costume, Peter Capaldi said: “He’s woven the future from the cloth of the past. Simple, stark, and back to basics. No frills, no scarf, no messing, just 100 per cent Rebel Time Lord.”

Peter Capaldi Doctor WhoAlso, from my fave film magazine, Empire comes 25 variant covers (!) featuring the characters, both old and new, of the May 23 releasing X-Men: Days of Future Past film, directed by Bryan Singer. The covers are okay if bland, and of course, Wolverine is all veiny and shirtless.

I mean, I get the post apocalyptic feel of the movie’s setting, but all the dark colours are just boring. Fan Bingbing as Blink looks pretty good though. You can see all the covers right here, including Colossus, Warpath, Bishop, Sunspot, Kitty Pryde, a young William Stryker and two versions of the mutant hunting robot Sentinels.

Blink X-Men Days of Future Past Cover

All-New X-Men #9 Preview

 

 

 

Man, Stuart Immonen is a great artist. It makes me happy that Marvel send their previews text-free. Below is a look at the March issue of this series that has the time-travelling original X-Men teaming up with their modern day counterparts.

Marvel NOW! – ALL-NEW X-MEN #9 First Look!

Marvel is pleased to present your first look at All-New X-Men #9, from the critically acclaimed creative team of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Stuart Immonen! Hot on the heels of the Uncanny X-Men facing Sentinels in their first issue, the All-New X-Men find themselves face-to-face with Sentinels for the very first time. Something is boiling under the surface of the Marvel Universe! Also, Mystique continues to make some big moves that will have huge circumstances for the X-Men.

As part of Marvel NOW!All-New X-Men  joins a number of titles that will take the Marvel Universe in an exciting all-new direction, as the industry’s top creators join the top Super Heroes to deliver all-new ongoing series, great for new and lapsed readers alike!

Each issue of All-New X-Men includes a code for a free digital copy on the Marvel Comics app (for iPhone®, iPad®, iPad Touch® & Android devices). Each issue of All-New X-Men features special augmented reality content available exclusive through theMarvel AR app – including cover recaps, behind the scenes features and more that add value to your reading experience at no additional cost.

An all-new direction! All-new threats! All-new consequences! This is All-New X-Men #9!

ALL-NEW X-MEN #9 (JAN130676)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art & Cover by STUART IMMONEN

FOC – 02/25/13 On-Sale – 03/20/13

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New X-Men #8 Preview

The premise of the original X-Men meeting their very different modern equivalents is a great premise for a new series, although I’ve only read the first issue. Here is a text-free preview of next month’s issue of All New X-Men.

The Avengers Meet Original Five X-Men In ALL NEW X-MEN #8!

Marvel is pleased to present your first look at All New X-Men #8, from the blockbuster creative team of Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez! Angel, plucked from the past, finally meets his future self and the two end up fighting Madame Hydra and a Hydra cadre. This doesn’t go unnoticed by Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! How will the Avengers react to the time-swept X-Men?

Each issue of All-New X-Men includes a code for a free digital copy on the Marvel Comics app (for iPhone®, iPad®, iPad Touch® & Android devices) and in the Marvel Digital Comics Shop. Additionally, each issue of All-New X-Men features special augmented reality content available exclusive through the Marvel AR app – including cover recaps, behind the scenes features and more that add value to your reading experience at no additional cost.

So what are you waiting for? Head on out and reserve a copy of All-New X-Men #8 today!

 

For more on Marvel NOW!, please visit now.marvel.com and join the conversation on Twitter using #MarvelNOW.

ALL-NEW X-MEN #8 (JAN130674)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art by DAVID MARQUEZ

Cover by STUART IMMONEN

FOC – 2/11/13, ON SALE – 3/6/13

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New Mutants #34 Preview

I remember Blink from the epic alternate universe saga Age of Apocalypse from Marvel in the ’90s. Blink proved so popular she came to the regular Marvel Universe as part of the Exiles series. Now she’s back, as this text-free preview from November’s New Mutants shows.

BLINK RETURNS IN X-MEN REGENESIS!

The fan-demanded return of BLINK  drags Dani Moonstar and her team of New Mutants right into the heart of X-Men Regenesis! Beginning in New Mutants #34, from the critically acclaimed writing team of Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning and artist David Lopez, Cyclops gives the New Mutants no time to rest as he sends them on a wild goose chase across the Marvel Universe. What has Blink done to require immediate extraction and is she to blame? Sinister things are afoot this November, in New Mutants #34!

NEW MUTANTS #34 (SEP110609)

Written by DAN ABNETT & ANDY LANNING

Pencils by  DAVID LOPEZ
Cover by JORGE MOLINA

FOC – 10/31/11, ON SALE – 11/23/11

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