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Marvel Joins Amazon Prime Reading

Just a head’s up for anybody who likes to get their money’s worth out of their Amazon Prime subscription, Marvel is now partnered with Amazon to have their comics show up there (as well as some selections in Kindle Unlimited and Comixology Unlimited).  Those are cool if you already pay the extra subscription fee for either service, but even if you don’t, there’s some very good stuff to check out in Prime Reading.  Here’s my favorites:

Star Wars, Volume 1 and Darth Vader, Volume 1:  When Marvel got the license to publish Star Wars comics, they went big.  Assigning some of their best writers and artists (Kieron Gillen, Jason Aaron, Salvador Larroca, John Cassaday, Adi Granov, and others).  These comics both follow on straight out of A New Hope, and they go a long way to re-establishing Darth Vader as the pre-eminent menace in that galaxy far, far away.

Ms. Marvel, Volume 1:  If you haven’t read this yet, there’s no excuse.  Kamala Khan matters more than ever in our current political climate, a daughter of Muslim immigrants who fights crime not because of some great tragedy, but was inspired by other heroism in the world.  And the story is a ton of fun, to boot.  G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona made a great creative team (along with Stephen Wacker and Sana Amanat editing and helping to create the character).

Hawkeye, Volume 1:  I’ve evangelized this series before, so hopefully you’ve already read it, but here’s yet another chance.

There’s also some Iron Fist, Deadpool, the first volume of Alias (Jessica Jones), and a few other solid comics.  If you are already subscribed to Amazon Prime, there’s no reason not to use Prime Reading.

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What’s New on Marvel Unlimited – May 22 to May 28, 2016

Every week, Marvel adds new comics to their Marvel Unlimited service. Sometimes it’s new stuff – most series they publish get issues added about 6 months after they are released in shops – and others it’s older comics. But there’s always something interesting and I will point them out weekly.

Starting thing this week is the new Ms. Marvel #1.  Kamala has everything she ever wanted (mostly).  She’s an awesome superhero, an Avenger even, hanging with the likes of Tony Stark, Miles Morales, and Sam Alexander.  But Kamala learns that once you go public, you’re no longer in control of your image.  And sometimes that shady real estate developer using your face to pave over your neighborhood just might be hiding something more sinister.  G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona, Takeshi Miyazawa, and Ian Herring are your creators.

Next up is Star Wars: Vader Down #1.  If the prequels’ take on Lord Vader depressed you, this should cheer you up.  THIS is the Darth Vader who stomps onto Rebel ships and chokes the life out of anyone in his way.  Just check this out.  Jason Aaron, Mike Deodato and Frank Martin Jr creating based on an overall story arc by Aaron and Kieron Gillen.

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Lastly, you have Spider-Woman #1, starring Jessica Drew…pregnant??  It’s a cliched twist I admit, but it’s handled in a fun way here.  I definitely want to see what’s coming next.  Dennis Hopeless, Javier Rodriguez, Alvaro Lopez.

Other comics of note:

  • Star-Lord #1 – go back and see how young Peter Quill lied, cheated, and stole his way into space.
  • This week’s 90s nostalgia is thanks to a bunch of X-Factor issues getting added.
  • The Astonishing Ant-Man #2 for more Scott Lang adventures
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What’s New on Marvel Unlimited – May 4, 2016

Every week, Marvel adds new comics to their Marvel Unlimited service.  Sometimes it’s new stuff – most series they publish get issues added about 6 months after they are released in shops – and others it’s older comics.  But there’s always something interesting and I will point them out weekly.

First up is Marvel Spotlight #6, which re-tells the origin of Star-Lord.  Peter was first seen in the black and white Marvel Premiere magazine in 1976, but if you missed those (and seriously you probably did) this gets you in with the basics of the Star-Lord’s original origin.  It’s fun to go back and see just how much things changed – so much that Marvel considers these stories to be separate from the mainline universe.

In more recent comics, the first two issues of Doctor Strange’s All-New, All-Different book are now on MU.  I really enjoyed Jason Aaron’s writing on Thor: God of Thunder, and Chris Bachalo (various X-Men titles) can bring the weird.

The last item I’d like to highlight is Hercules #1.  Herc has been a hero in the Marvel U a long time – and in myth and legend much longer.  As he himself would point out, Hercules (one of many names he goes by) was basically the world’s first superhero.  However, he never quite fit into the modern world, his drunken debauchery as legendary as his labors.  Dan Abnett and Luke Ross show us a more mature Herc here, and I’m liking it.  Instead of just assuming his strength and good looks can get him by, he’s grown up.  He’s learning about what the modern world has to offer and is trying to be a more…responsible hero.  And hey, Dan Abnett (half of the team that brought us the Guardians of the Galaxy that inspired the movie) is always a plus.

Other titles of note:

  • Two-Gun Kid #60 – Jack Kirby’s western hero.
  • Men’s Adventures #27-28 – Adventures of the original Human Torch and Toro.
  • Drax #1 – Cullen Bunn and CM Punk write solo adventures for everyone’s favorite Destroyer.