A Marvelously novel approach to comicsWritten by Jim Beard | | email@example.com
Next time someone complains that comic books are nothing but psychologically immature male-fantasy power trips, simply hand them a copy of Marvel Comics’ current catalog. In it, they’ll find series based on the works of novelists such as Stephen King, Orson Scott Card, Laurell K. Hamilton, L. Frank Baum and … Jane Austen?
Yep, you heard right; the vital author has now been titanically translated by the heroic House of Ideas!
And don’t think for one moment that your local comic shop manager is only keen to gobble up the latest “Wolverine.” As a matter of ferocious fact, Monarch Cards & Comics’ very own Ed “King” Katschke picked this week’s release of “Emma” No. 1 to howl at the moon about.
“I’ll admit that I’m not the biggest Jane Austen fan in Toledo,” he said. “But writer Nancy Butler has done an admirable job at adapting these stodgy old classics for a new generation of readers and here she is ably abetted by the charming art of Janet Lee. I still think the books could use a few colorful costumes to liven things up, but if I had to read Jane Austen, this would be the way I’d choose: Classics Illustrated in the Mighty Marvel Manner!”
This is what Katschke had to say about last week’s “Captain America” No. 615: “He’s a difficult character to write due to his traditional image as a patriotic poster boy, but writer Ed Brubaker has done a fantastic job convincing me otherwise. The current storyline is a classic courtroom drama with the current Cap on trial for the awful deeds he committed while brainwashed during the Cold War.
“There’s a super terrorism subplot concerning the new Red Skull and the destruction of the Statue of Liberty, but the real goods come during the climactic courtroom scene and a speech by Captain America that neatly encapsulates everything that makes the good Captain important, and one of our best and brightest superheroes.”