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Hello. It may not have escaped your notice (or it might have completely escaped your notice) that things have been a bit quiet around here lately. We've had a few work and personal related commitments that have meant that we've fallen a bit behind in keeping up with posts. Sorry for the inconvenience, if it is indeed an inconvenience at all.
Regular service should be resuming shortly, and we also have some exciting plans on the podcast side of things to hopefully tell you about soon, but in the meantime, I thought I'd catch up with what's been going on in comics in the time that we haven't been posting. So here's a list of every comic I've bought (either on Comixology or in print) since our last new post, and a quick comment on what I thought of each them. I make no apology for the lack of intense scrutiny or in-depth analysis contained within, but at least in terms of sheer volume of comics it's decent value for money... right?
Hey! Who's for a bit of a shameless tie-in to the really quite ridiculous barrage of announcements
Marvel have just made about all their upcoming movies? We thought you might be, so settle in as we do the thing we're known to at least four people for doing best: expertly guiding fans of the movies through new and exciting reading choices in the world of the comics themselves.
For each of the just-announced Phase Three films, we've picked a comic we reckon you should read that either (seemingly) ties directly into the film in some way, or is just otherwise relevant in terms of getting a handle on the character(s) involved. They're not necessarily the best comics featuring these characters, they're not necessarily the comics we think the movies will be directly based on, but we reckon they all have some kind of relevance and (more importantly) are all worth a glance.
In anticipation (presumably) of his first big Marvel event, Original Sin, today's Marvel Monday is a Jason Aaron sale (although it sadly misses out most of his recent X-Men work, which is great). As with Slott, there's nothing here that's actively bad, so treat this list as us steering you towards the best stuff rather than warn...
As the ongoing narrative of the Marvel Cinematic Universe rattles on, it's only natural that the number of open questions about future storylines should increase, rather than decrease. Even so, though, it was particularly notable just how many plot and character threads seemed to be left dangling in the wake of Captain America: The Winter Soldier
. Not only did the film set up several possible avenues for the next standalone Cap adventure (a consequence, in part, of cramming just a little too
much into its running time), but it could also have had the subtitle Avengers 1.5
, considering the way in which it changed the direction of the wider MCU story.
Here, then, are what we've identified as the major outstanding plot threads at The Winter Soldier
's close of play - and where we think they might be leading towards. Spoilers aplenty
Recognising that comics can sometimes be a difficult medium to get into and that good stories are sometimes buried where no-one realises, Panel Beats
will be running Buyer's Guide articles to help you navigate a certain era of a series. These guides might be written to tie-in to Comixology sales, movie releases or big comic events, they might be character-focused, story-focused or creator-focused. Either way, once they're written, they'll be useful for readers of any level, and they'll remain as complete and up to date as the day they were written.
To kick the series off, we're looking at Ed Brubaker's Captain America: The Winter Soldier
, arc, which was a major influence on the recently-released Marvel Studios movie of the same name. If you want to read the original Winter Soldier stories, here's how to get started.
Having a favourite superhero used to be so simple.
"So, Mr. Coulson, there seems to be a gap in your employment history. Was this a holiday, of some kind?" "It's a magical place."