Marvelette Missives

Marvelette Missives – Slugfest

Marvelette Missives – Slugfest

Whether you’re a fan of the tv shows, the movies or the comic books themselves, you know about the decades-long rivalry between Marvel and DC. Yes, they are obviously competitors in the same market, but it’s always been a little bit more than that. The products they sell may be the same on a basic level, but there’s always been a “mine is better than yours” attitude between the companies and the fans of their work. And for the fans who, like me, love finding out about behind the scenes details, there’s a great new book on the history of these two comic book giants.  More

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    Marvelette Missives – Eternity

    Marvelette Missives – Eternity

    The exploration of our known universe and beyond is nothing new for comics. In Marvel and DC, the cosmos is littered with all manner of heroes and villains attempting to take over or save entire galaxies. And now Valiant is stepping into that realm with the new series Eternity. Written by Matt Kindt with art from Trevor Hairsine – the team behind Divinity – this short-run series is expanding the Valiant universe into the cosmos with not only new locales, but also new characters on the level of gods and mythology.  More

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      Marvelette Missives – Jessica Jones: Avenger

      Marvelette Missives – Jessica Jones: Avenger

      It’s been almost a year since we last talked about Jessica Jones. In that post, we looked at the then-new comic book series Jessica Jones (which is still going strong and has some fantastic writing and artwork). But if you’re reading that series or have watched the Netflix shows she’s on, you may be wondering about Jessica’s early days as a hero and her connection to the Avengers. The collection Jessica Jones: Avenger is the book you need.  More

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        Marvelette Missives – Lockjaw

        Marvelette Missives – Lockjaw

        Even if you don’t know much about the Inhumans, one member you are likely already familiar with is Lockjaw. You may not know him by name or what his status or powers are, but if nothing else, you know he’s the giant dog. If that’s the case or if you want a refresher on the best dog in the Marvel universe, the Lockjaw: Dog Days collection is what you need.  More

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          Marvelette Missives – Clue

          Marvelette Missives – Clue

          Was it Professor Plum in the library with the wrench? Or maybe it was Miss Scarlet in the ballroom with the candlestick. Yes, we all recall the characters and scenarios of the classic “who dunnit” board game Clue. And now, continuing a partnership that brought comic book versions of Transformers and My Little Pony, IDW is working with Hasbro to bring the mystery to life once more with a Clue comic book series.  More

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            Marvelette Missives – Daughters of the Dragon

            Marvelette Missives – Daughters of the Dragon

            In the late 70s, a couple of supporting characters from Iron Fist comics, Misty Knight and Colleen Wing, were given a chance to team up as Daughters of the Dragon in an issue of Marvel Team-Up. Though well received, the duo remained supporting characters, carrying over to the Power Man and Iron Fist series. They didn’t manage to get their own story lines (in Marvel Comics Presents) until the 1990s and their own title didn’t come out until 2006.  More

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              Marvelette Missives – Justice League of America (Rebirth)

              Marvelette Missives – Justice League of America (Rebirth)

              When DC decided to do a reboot of their universe with Rebirth, changes were made across the board. One of the interesting twists was the new version of the Justice League of America. Following the Justice League vs. Suicide Squad miniseries, Rebirth brought together the likes of Black Canary, Vixen… even Lobo.  More

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                Marvelette Missives – Generations

                Marvelette Missives – Generations

                Following on the heels of Secret Empire, and a mysterious twist on how that event storyline ended, Marvel has been releasing a series of one-shots dubbed Generations. Beginning in August, this 10-issue anthology series is a collection of team-ups of classic characters with their current versions.  More

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                  Marvelette Missives – My Friend Dahmer

                  Marvelette Missives – My Friend Dahmer

                  Anyone over the age of 30 knows about Jeffrey Dahmer and likely remembers the details of his arrest and trial in the early 90s. Even if you’re younger, you no doubt recognize the name of the man who took the lives of 17 victims. Artist John “Derf” Backderf went to highschool with Dahmer in the 70s and in the graphic novel My Friend Dahmer, he recounts his interactions with him, how much of an outsider he really was and how the toxic family environment he lived in had a hand in creating the monster he was to become.  More

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                    Marvelette Missives – The Secret Service

                    Marvelette Missives – The Secret Service

                    With the news in early August that Netflix has purchased comic book company Millarworld (publisher of Kick-Ass, Wanted, Jupiter’s Legacy and more) and with Kingsman: The Golden Circle in theaters, it seems a good time to have a post about The Secret Service, on which the Kingsman: The Secret Service movie is based. If you are familiar with Mark Millar’s work at all, whether in the comics or on the big screen, you know the potential levels of violence and general craziness to expect. But in most cases the plot is interesting and engaging, and the stories are well-written. The Secret Service is one of those cases.  More

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                      Marvelette Missives – Happy 100, Mr. Kirby

                      Marvelette Missives – Happy 100, Mr. Kirby

                      Last month would have marked the 100th birthday of comic book icon Jack Kirby. For those not as familiar with the history of comics, Kirby was not only an artist, writer and editor, but he created some of the most well-known characters and styles that are still seen in comics today. His first, and biggest, character creation (working with artist Joe Simon) was in 1940: Captain America. Over his career he wrote, drew and/or created dozens of heroes and worked for Marvel and DC, as well as doing freelance work. He was a large part of what Stan Lee dubbed “the Marvel method” of creating comics in a particular style.  More

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                        Marvelette Missives – Secret Empire

                        Marvelette Missives – Secret Empire

                        The big two comic book companies love their events and the most recent from Marvel, Secret Empire, just came to an end. The 10-issue storyline followed Captain America’s allegiance to HYDRA, his reign as supreme global ruler, the “heroes” who sided with him and those who opposed his rule and fought back. In the end, as with all events, there was a resolution but not without some changes to the Marvel universe.  More

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                          Marvelette Missives – The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

                          Marvelette Missives – The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

                          At Comic-Con International in July, it was announced that the fourth (and final) volume of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen had been completed, though no release date has been set. Written by Alan Moore, with art by Kevin O’Neill, the series began in 1999 as a sort of Victorian Justice League, but with a pronounced literary bent. There are many references (and inside jokes) to Victorian fiction, as well as a lot of steampunk elements.  More

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                            Marvelette Missives – Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye

                            Marvelette Missives – Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye

                            The first thing to catch your attention about Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye is, obviously, the title. And yes, it’s a factual statement about the main character. But if you pick up the comic you’ll soon find out there’s a lot more to it than an enhanced human character.  More

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                              Marvelette Missives – Lady Mechanika

                              Marvelette Missives – Lady Mechanika

                              If you’re into steampunk at all, you will have heard of the Lady Mechanika series. And if you’re new to the genre and want a comic book series full of adventure (and fantastic artwork), then you need to give it a read.  More

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                                Marvelette Missives – The Defenders

                                Marvelette Missives – The Defenders

                                In June, as a prelude to the series hitting Netflix in August, The Defenders premiered featuring Daredevil, Luke Cage Jessica Jones and Iron Fist. Written by Brian Michael Bendis, it’s a good introduction to these characters coming together in the street level version of the Avengers. Well, sort of.  More

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                                  Marvelette Missives – Rocket

                                  Marvelette Missives – Rocket

                                  In May, a new comic series launched featuring everyone’s favorite furry member of Guardians of the Galaxy. Yes, Rocket Raccoon (though he’s not really a raccoon) finally has his own monthly, aptly titled Rocket. It gives readers a look at Rocket’s not so innocent life.  More

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                                    Marvelette Missives – Super Sikh

                                    Marvelette Missives – Super Sikh

                                    Diversity and representation are important considerations these days, even in comics. But it’s not just the big publishers that are trying to be more inclusive with different genders, races and orientations of characters. Independent and creator owned publications are jumping in, often with characters and storylines larger companies shy away from. One of those would be the turban-wearing, Elvis-loving, secret agent of Super SikhMore

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