Spider-Man swings in new seriesWritten by Jim Beard | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Comic book aficionado Jim Collins of JC’s Comic Stop checks in this week with two picks for comic fans, one that continues the adventures of a certain wall-crawling wonder and one that might just have you crawling the walls.
“Avenging Spider-Man No. 1 is the new version of Marvel Team-Up,” Collins said. “Written by Zeb Wells and penciled by Joe Madureira, the first story arc will feature the Red Hulk and the Mole Man’s mindless minions, the Moloids. Hopefully this series proves itself worthy of the original Marvel Team-Up. Madureira has been out of the comic book game for some years now and we’ll see if he still has the fanbase he once had with his 1990s Battle Chasers series. This is the first new ongoing Spider-Man series in over four years.”
The famous Marvel Comics hero celebrates his 50th anniversary next year with this new comic and the first of a new series of feature films. Expect a web-load of shameless Spider-Man merchandising and marketing in the months to come.
On that same score, there’s also another comic hero-turned-movie star with a new project.
“Hellboy: House of the Living Dead is by creator Mike Mignola with art by the legendary Richard Corben,” Collins said. “This original graphic novel was inspired by the Universal Monsters films and the Mexican wrestler films with Santos. It’s Hellboy in 1952 Mexico, dealing with the guilt over killing a brother that was turned into a vampire.
“He’s approached by someone that makes an offer he cannot refuse, as an innocent victim is used to force his compliance. As Hellboy goes into the squared wrestling circle to battle the Frankenstein Monster, things go very wrong. Filled with vampires, werewolves, ghosts and ghouls, this has it all for Hellboy and horror fans and Corben gives it a great Hammer Films feel, too.”
Collins would like to dedicate his picks this week to his friend, GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot, who recently passed away. Smoot was from the Bowling Green area.