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Friday, December 08, 2017

The latest Marvel Legends - out now

Thor! Iron Man! Captain America! It's the UK comic that's the closest equivalent to Fantastic of the 1960s. Marvel Legends Vol. 3 #18. On sale now!

76 Action-Packed pages. £3.99!

Who will be in command of S.H.I.E.L.D. now Maria Hill is gone?!! Who is Captain America's latest ally?!! And who knows his secret?!!
Plus, Iron Man vs. Techno Golem and the Bio-Hack Ninjas! Round TWO!
Also, The Asgard/Shi'ar War reaches its conclusion! But there is no peace... only cosmic DEATH! Can Thor save the universe from the phoenix?!!
By Nick Spencer, Jesús Saiz, Brian Michael Bendis, Stefano Caselli, Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman!

Includes material reprinted from Captain America: Steve Rogers #11-12, Invincible Iron Man #5, and Thor #18!


Anonymous said...

ML is hardly the same as Fantastic. Iron "Man" and Thor are women now and Cap is a Nazi.

Lew Stringer said...

The Iron Man (Ironheart) story is quite good actually, and the female Thor is an interesting twist. The Nazi Cap story will be ending in a few months, thankfully. Initially I thought it might work, but 16 issues was too long, and it left a bad taste in the mouth.

SID said...

I just started getting Marvel Legends and am enjoying all three stories.

However, in a rare instance, I'm not sure I agree with you regarding the Secret Empire storyline. I bought the graphic novel and I rather liked it.

Saying that, I did have issue with the behaviour of one of the major players and the ending had its faults though I won't mention any specifics so not to spoil it for anyone who hasn't read it yet.

Anyway, my hope is that any follow-up will justify any shortcomings.

Lew Stringer said...

Secret Empire probably works better as a graphic novel. I found it tiresome spread over several months. Yeah, that ending made little sense and actually contradicted what Marvel had previously said about Cap's situation.

ParryS said...

No letters page - AGAIN!

Why are some modern readers so lazy at filling a letters page? I get letters printed regularly in the CEs (twice in one issue). As do others such as Kevin Barron. But it shouldn't be left to us to fill the letters page.

I guess that's 2017 for us: people are passive. And to think that years ago, many publications (not just comics) talked about having more letters than they can publish; nowadays, they struggle to fill a letters page and often have to print two letters on one page from the same person.

The stories are very good, anyway. Really enjoying Thor, in particular.

Lew Stringer said...

It's a shame, because the letters page is a nice addition. It is difficult to get people to email comments these days though. I think people prefer the more immediate interaction of social media than waiting a couple of months for a reply in a comic.

ParryS said...

I'm a huge fan of letters pages. To me, they are the "gravy" of the comic world. Sure, I am there for the "main meal" of the story, but after reading 3 stories, it is nice to sit back and read what other people have been saying.

Social media may give instant gratification, but anyone with an internet connection can do that. Whilst there are good comments, there are equally comments such as "Yup, I agree" and "Your title sucks!" At least with a letters page, you have to put some thought into it if you want it published.

Reading 3-4 paragraphs from regular Panini letter-writers like Kevin Barron is immensely satisfying; a 140-character tweet or a short "Yup, well said, dude!" isn't as satisfying.

Lew Stringer said...

Back in the 1970s, the letters pages were the lifeblood of fandom, but that's gone now due to the Internet and more regular comics events. I would guess that kids feel it's odd to construct a long missive and have to wait a month or two for a reply (or to even see if it's been published). People expect instant discourse these days. It's a shame, because the letters pages give readers the opportunity to be IN PRINT which used to be a thing to be proud of. One day, the Internet won't exist, and forums, blogs, etc will have vanished forever, but there'll still be old battered print copies of MWOM around in charity shops and back issue boxes.

ParryS said...

That's an important point, Lew.

When I pick up back issues from before I was born, it's fascinating to read the thoughts of readers from the time. And one even spots a famous name or two. Well, prior to them being famous.

I picked up a 90s Hulk comic which featured letters about AIDS (one of the Hulk's friends had AIDS). It was a thought-provoking two pages of letters.

And it's interesting to read what we would now refer to as prophetic letters.

It's a bit like how I have enjoyed reading old movie reviews (I looked at some 1930s issues of SIGHT & SOUND). It's historically useful.

In, say, 2099, it'll be disappointing for someone to pick up a 2017 comic and not be able to find out what we were thinking. Sure, the person will enjoy the content, but letters pages are so underrated.

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