People have been very critical of Marvel Comics (me included). Marvel had become both predictable and lazy more often than usual. Now, Marvel Comics has been in need of some remodeling. A lot of their characters have undergone drastic changes over the last few years. A rich Peter Parker and an older Logan for example. Since Secret Wars ended in 2016, Marvel has done a brilliant job reinventing characters and also giving old characters a twist. This continued after the End of Marvel Civil War 2. It may have only been a few months, but here are five Marvel Comic series that are worth your money monthly.
Writer: Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Casey and April)
Artist: Nico Leon (Iron Man, Spider-Man) and Dalibor Talajic (Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, Foolkiller)
Hulk may only be two issues in as I write this, but it’s already surpassed my expectations and Jennifer Walter hasn’t even turned into the Hulk yet! Jennifer is trying to just be normal, but it’s been a while since she’s actually BEEN normal. Watching her do her best to keep the Hulk in check (she watches cooking shows to keep calm) after her cousin (Bruce Banner The Hulk) was killed by a friend and being put into a coma, is an interesting twist to the character. I’m predicting that news will come out that Jennifer Walters gets cast for a movie or a Netflix role this year. Now would be good time to jump on the Bandwagon.
Writer: Jason Aaron (Wolverine and Thor)
Artist: Olivier Coipel (House of M, Thor)
It’s been a few years since Thor was able to lift his hammer (Fear Itself #8) and he has not been the Thor we’ve known since. In fact, he doesn’t even want to be called Thor. He is now just Odinson. Writer Jason Aaron broke Odinson down to build him back up. There is a new hammer in Old Asgard, but is Odinson worthy of that hammer or will the message Nick Fury whispered to him keep unworthy of this new hammer as well?
Writer: Becky Cloonan (Gotham Academy and Demo)
Artist: Steve Dillon (Punisher, Bullseye’s Greatest Hits) and Matt Horak (Punisher)
Frank Castle has been remade as a Marine of a different and newer American war. This is the same Punisher we have been given by writers like Garth Ennis; no super powered beings. Just the Punisher and his war against evil. Becky Cloonan has given Punisher fans a reason to rest easy. Frank Castle is in great hands with this amazing writer.
INFAMOUS IRON MAN
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis (New Avengers, Ultimate Spider-Man)
Artist: Alex Maleev (Alias, Daredevil)
Victor von Doom is a hero. Let me say that again. Dr. Doom, one of comic books greatest villains is a good guy. After being a god and having ultimate power (Secret Wars) Doom realized that there is more to life than power. Doom is now taking his brand new handsome face and trying his best make up for his past mistakes. New face, new missions, same genius intellect and still a master of the mystic arts. We get to see how great Dr. Doom really is. And, let me tell you, he is damn good.
Writer: Ed Brisson (Sheltered, Oni)
Art: Alec Morgan (Elektra)
Bullseye has always been a fun villain. He’s a smart-aleck, skilled, and so deadly that he can kill you with anything in his hands. We have seen him solo in a few mini series fighting the Punisher and also in his own origin story (Bullseye’s Greatest Hits), but now we get to see him all on his own. Issue one he takes out an ambulance with paper clip. I was sold right then and there.