For a character that’s been dead since 1973 and outside of some clone shenanigans has never been resurrected, Gwen Stacy sure is popular these days. Probably much to known hater Tom Kelly’s chagrin, Gwen just launched a second title that she is headlining. After the break, a brief history of Gwen and a look (with possible spoilers) at Unbelievable Gwenpool #1.
I think I read all of Marvel’s Spider-Man related books except for Spider-Woman and Silk. Now, before you start rolling your eyes, it’s not because they are women, I do read Spider-Gwen. I’ve just never connected with Jessica Drew and am not a big fan of Cindy Moon.
So one has to wonder why I am reading the Spider-Women crossover event when 2/3 of the characters have no interest to me. I guess the pull of that 1/3 is strong. And I am a sucker for crossovers. I also hate reading a book from a series that is part of a crossover and not read the other parts. After the break, minor spoilers and a look at the book that kicks off the event: Spider-Women Alpha #1. (Does it need the “#1”? Marvel insists, but I think it unnecessary. Anywho…)
Comic Bento apparently wanted me to horn on the storied work of one James “Jimmy” Impossible, who wrote extensively on all things Spider-Verse. I mean, he wrote seven long posts chronicling every inch of Spider-Verse. That was before he went insane trying to do the same with Convergence and the entirety of Secret Wars. See the efforts of his madness with parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7.
Heck, Jimmy covered all the issues in this trade in the third part of his work there. But I’m writing a review, while Jimmy was giving a plot summary/commentary. That’s my excuse and I am sticking to it.
Yup, time for more cartoon talk with Jimmy and Tom.
This time, we’re covering the Batman The Animated Series episodes “What Is Reality?” “I Am The Night,” and “Off Balance”.
This morning I briefly wrote about the death of the Ultimate Comics Spider-Man and this afternoon I stumbled upon this awesome fan made motion comic that covers the storyline from Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #158-160 from 2011. I personally didn’t love the story, but this motion comic is quite awesome. Watch it after the break.
I thought I saw last week that Marvel’s “Dead No More” teaser was in relation to the return of Steve Rogers as Captain America. Which made no sense, so I’m glad that whatever I thought I saw was wrong.
Marvel has released a new teaser that you can see above and it is very clear that we are looking for something in the Spider-Man camp of titles. But who? Some speculation after the cut.
A day after making headlines that there would be a major death in Civil War II that was essentially a marketing ploy, Marvel is proving their point by teasing that someone would soon be brought back from the dead.
So, who could it be? The first one that comes to mind is Wolverine. But with an All-New Wolverine only launched two months ago and Old Man Logan now kicking around the Marvel U, that seems unnecessary. Professor X has a habit of routinely coming back from the dead. As does Jean Grey, though there is a time displaced version of Jean currently around. Possibly Namor, but seems a lot of hype for someone who most might not even realize is dead. There is a lot of speculation online about it possibly being Spider-Man’s Uncle Ben or Original Recipe Gwen Stacy…but does anyone want that?
If you need more fuel for speculation, Marvel’s website has a list of deceased characters, but I don’t know how up to date it is.
This could also be an elaborate headfake. And not as straighforward as it seems. Maybe Deadpool is changing his name to Lifepool. Or StartwritingmysequelPool. Or some other wink and nod situation that Marvel will tease us with for awhile.
Ryan thinks it would be hilarious if whoever they bring back is the one that gets killed in Civil War II.
And these days it takes no time for parodies to appear online. See what I mean after the break.
Well, it took a lot longer and was a much more enjoyable journey than DC’s Convergence, but I think I’m officially burnt out on Secret Wars. I’m still looking forward to reading the last two issues, but with the new regular Marvel universe soldiering on almost as if nothing happened, and those two issues being months late, they are almost an afterthought at this point.
But, like the final days of Convergence I still have a lot of books to cover off in my attempt to read everything. Well, moreso, to blog about everything, the reading part is done. To keep myself interested now I have to make a game of it. I see how many times I can bounce Secret Wars and then try to break that record. No wait, that is a different game.
Click through as I cover, for no reason whatsoever, the fourth issue of the following books: Planet Hulk, Armor Wars, Inferno, Spider-Verse, A-Force, X-Tinction Agenda and Ultimate End.
Be sure to check out our latest Secret Wars Power Rankings, which also features links to the other parts of my read through.
If you’ve read Gabbing Geek for any more than 8 minutes you probably know that I am a big Spider-Man fan. Like, super big. Like, ridiculous levels. So it’s actually somewhat surprising it’s taken me fourteen Secret Wars posts to dedicate one to my favorite hyphen-ed hero.
After the break I’ll look at Spider-Island #1, Spider Verse #2, Spider-Verse #3 and Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #2. (And yes, I’m aware of the irony that Spider-Man barely appears or doesn’t appear at all or is dead in 3/4 of those books.)
Also, if you are like me and haven’t read all of Johnathon Hickman’s Avengers run leading up to Secret Wars, be sure to take Tom’s Road To Secret Wars course at gabbinggeekuniversity.com. The reading materials are online here: Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six and Part Seven.
And that course is a prerequisite to the other parts of this series: Part One, Part Two, Part Three,Part Four, Part Five, Part Six, Part Seven, Part Eight, Part Nine, Part Ten, Part Eleven, Part Twelve, Part Thirteen
It’s no surprise that Ultimate Marvel breakout star Miles Morales would continue web slinging after Secret Wars in the new Marvel Universe. He was one of the few truly original characters to come out of the Ultimate Universe, well, as original as a Spider-Man derivative can be. He has been one of Marvel’s most popular characters, in any universe, since his debut in 2011 following the death of the Ultimate U’s Peter Parker/Spider-Man.
It’s been pretty much confirmed that Miles would be a big part of the post Secret Wars Marvel with his appearance as one of the newest Avengers in the Free Comic Book Day book from Marvel. Over the weekend Marvel confirmed via the Daily News that Miles wouldn’t just be A Spider-Man, but would be THE Spider-Man. The driving force behind all this seems to stem from the fanfare created by cries for Miles to become the next onscreen version of Spider-Man. While that won’t happen anytime soon, those pleas did not fall on deaf ears.
The question now becomes, what of Peter Parker?