We’ve haven’t seen hide nor hair of Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev’s creator-owned inner-city revolutionary comic Scarlet since 2013, but Bendis has always promised that they will return to the series, and now that promise is finally coming true. This May sees the return of Scarlet for three more issues over the course of six weeks which will round out the second arc, beginning with Scarlet #8 on May 4th.
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At a Marvel panel at C2E2 this past weekend, editor Tom Brevoort was asked about the possibility of female-led books, specifically Kate Bishop or Jessica Jones. His response was to say, "Once [Brian Michael Bendis has] got Civil War II off his back, it’s not impossible that we’d say lets do a Jessica book. ... Definitely something we want to do, that’s more certain than the Kate Bishop book."
We're less than a week away from the return of Netflix's Daredevil series, and this time, The Punisher and Elektra are coming along for the ride. To celebrate this, Comixology has a fortnight long sale on some of the best Daredevil, Punisher and Elektra stories in recent memory so you can catch up on the comics before the new series begins.
The sale includes the first volumes of classic Daredevil runs, including Frank Miller and Klaus Janson's legendary character defining work with the character from the eighties. Also by Miller and David Mazzucchelli is the seminal Daredevil: Born Again which was a major influence on the first season of the television series.
Being Spider-Man can be great for self-esteem, but it's not always best for your academic performance. This Wednesday's Spider-Man #1 finds Miles Morales, the younger of Marvel's two Spider-Men, learning that lesson the hard way. He hasn't done his homework due to Spider-business, and now he has to escape from the classroom to be Spider-Man again, even though his teacher is already angry at him.
Marvel's most important Spider-Man, Miles Morales, returns to his own title on February 3 in Spider-Man #1, by the character's co-creators Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli.
Miles is bound to have a lot to adjust to, now that he's living in a whole different universe and serving as an active member of the Avengers. The unlettered preview doesn't give much away, but it does reveal one important thing: Miles Morales still has parents and a best friend. However Secret Wars ends, at least we know that MIles doesn't arrive in the 616 as a lonely refugee.
If you know that a crime is going to happen, how far should you go to prevent it? That's the question at the heart of Marvel's first 2016 crossover event, according to a piece in Sunday's New York Daily News reporting on a recent Marvel writing summit for Civil War II. A sequel to the 2007 event Civil War, which inspired this spring's big Captain America movie, the new series from Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez will see Iron Man go up against Captain Marvel in a battle of ideologies and punching, rather than pitting Stark against previous Civil War opponent (and movie rival) Captain America.
The Angoulême Grand Prix is a prestigious lifetime achievement award for comic book creators; this week, the Festival d’ Angoulême announced the 30 nominees for 2016, the Grand Prix’s 43rd year, and already several have withdrawn their names from consideration. The reason? Of the thirty nominees, not one was a woman.
Former Iron Man and occasional Iron Patriot James "Rhodey" Rhodes returns as War Machine in Invincible Iron Man #6. Artist Mike Deodato joins series writer Brian Michael Bendis for this second Invincible Iron Man storyline, The War Machines, which finds Tony Stark investigating corruption within his own company, with the always loyal War Machine by his side.
Marvel promises that this story will also reveal "the first big clues" that will lead to Civil War II later this year.
Bobby Drake, aka Iceman, became comics' biggest gay superhero last week — again, but also for the first time, because nothing is ever simple in superhero comics. In a scene by Brian Michael Bendis and Mahmud Asrar in the pages of Uncanny X-Men #600, the older of two Bobby Drakes (from two different points in time) acknowledged his gayness to the other, younger Bobby. The younger Bobby had previously come out in a very similar scene in All-New X-Men #40 back in April, also by Bendis and Asrar. (Both scenes involved an unsolicited confrontation, an intrusive Jean Grey, and an acknowledgement of teammate Angel's good looks.)
While I have a few problems with how all of this was executed, from Jean's willingness to violate people's privacy to Marvel's willingness to taunt readers with an inexplicable six month delay between the two coming out scenes, I think that how Bobby came out matters much less than the fact that he came out at all. It's an especially welcome step forward coming less than a week after Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso fumbled the coming out of another Marvel character.
Marvel has revealed a slate of new titles at a retailer summit in London ahead of this weekend's MCM Comic Con, including the long-touted second Iron Man book from Brian Michael Bendis, International Iron Man, which sees him reunited with his former Daredevil collaborator Alex Maleev.
Marvel also announced a new Punisher series from Becky Cloonan and Steve Dillon; a Nighthawk series from David F. Walker, with no artist named; and a Hyperion series from Chuck Wendig and Nik Virella, plus a digital first five-issue mini series, X-Men: The Worst X-Men Ever, from Max Bemis and Michael Walsh, which is not about Maggott and is therefore misleadingly named.