Week of Marvels 30/01/2016

This week: Captain America: Civil War is reportedly testing better than almost any other Marvel movie, we got not one but three X-Men comics, and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers was released!

This week in Marvel Comics:

Lego Iron Man Hulkbuster

This week, TT Games released LEGO Marvel’s Avengers, which converted the Marvel Cinematic Universe into what’s proving to be a well-reviewed console / PC game.  What’s more, there are some really fun cameos from the comics:

Lego Ms Marvel

The Young Adult Library Services Association added to the excitement of the week, too, by recommending a range of graphic novels for teens (twelve Marvel titles, ranging from Ant-Man to Hawkeye, made the list), and publishing a top ten.  Two Marvel titles, Ms. Marvel and Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, made that top ten.

Meanwhile, Marvel hit the headlines for a different reason this week, as Ike Perlmutter – Marvel’s off-beam CEO, often criticised as being a major reason for lack of diversity – made a $1 million donation to a fundraiser for wounded veterans.  The controversy is in the fact that the fundraiser was organised by Donald Trump, deliberately timed to clash with last week’s Republican debate.

Not one X-title, but THREE!

Old Man Logan returns

With Old Man Logan launching this week, as well as the next arc of Extraordinary X-Men kicking off and the ongoing Worst X-Man Ever, X-Men fans can be forgiven for thinking that Christmas came at the end of January rather than at the end of December.  Check out my review on this week’s merry mutant action!

Top of the Week:All-New Inhumans and Daredevil!

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I’m with Danny in recommending this week’s All-New Inhumans.  Meanwhile, Charles Soule continues to prove himself a perfect fit for the ongoing adventures of Daredevil, bringing the Man Without Fear into head-on collision (once again) with the Hand.

The All-New All-Different Marvel Superheroes!

Thor Captain America Kiss

As most had expected, ‘Earth’s Mightiest’ (Most Marketed) Kiss in All-New All-Different Avengers #4 was kind of a letdown – more of a gimmick, made all the more obvious by Mark Waid’s off-beam characterisation of Jane Foster’s Thor.  That said, it’s not without it’s better moments, such as the new Fastball Special:

New Fastball Special

There’s also a beautiful little bit of dialogue in light of last week’s news that Steve Rogers is going to return as Captain America:

Trying to Reach People

It feels more like Waid putting his words in Sam Wilson’s mouth, so might give a sense of what’s going on behind-the-scenes.

In other teen-focused ongoings, Moon-Girl and Devil Dinosaur #3 proved that husband-and-wife team Amy Reeder and Brendon Montclare are having fun creating a whole new type of superhero – no secret identities need apply, not least when Devil Dinosaur has to save Moon-Girl’s classmates from a fire at school!  Over in Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #4, the time-travelling chaos continues, as we meet the Squirrel Girl of the future…

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