Tuesday, 18 May 2010

And the Winner Is...

Well, the Poll ended last Knight. Er... night. With 34% of the vote our first Issue-by-Issue series for summary will be:

Knights of Pendragon.

That, by the way, is Garey Erskine's cover for the upcoming Panini trade collection of Knights of Pendragon. For more information on that, from the man himself, and a few process sketches of how the cover got there you might want to take a look over HERE.

I'm actually very happy that this title won. In terms of significance to Marvel UK as a whole Knights of Pendragon represented a huge step towards the imprint years. It proved to Marvel US, and to comic readers around the world, that there really was plenty of British talent working at Marvel UK who deserved to be seen on a larger stage.

It also happens to be a pretty bloody good book, so i look forward to covering it. I shall get cracking on my first summary, and will try to have this one out within the next week, now that the house move chaos has died down and I'm a bit more settled.

In other news, following on from last week's appearance in Deadpool Team-Up this week is yet another CAP WEDNESDAY - as the team make that much hyped appearance in Age of Heroes #1...

I know what the unlettered pages seemed to suggest. But let's not get too carried away. Will Brian become an Avenger?

Well, I honestly don't dare to get my hopes up at this point.

However, Comic Book Resources have a lettered preview for one of the other stories in this anthology book HERE, which bears the Variant 'Heroic Age' Cover for this issue (Art by Mike Perkins). And it's pretty clear that only one guy is appearing on that cover...

And the solicit does say:

Eisner-winner & fan-favorite KURT BUSIEK RETURNS TO MARVEL! THE HEROIC AGE IS HERE! The Heroes are restored to their rightful place in this new era, and the world is safer for them. They defeated Osborn & his Siege on Asgard, now they have one last foe to face: the Mayor of New York -- J. Jonah Jameson!

Also, MI13 come to the US, but one of them isn't leaving--they are defecting to the AVENGERS?!

Plus Dr. Voodoo's Sorcerer Supreme duties infringe on “date night” and how much trouble can Spider-Man get into in one day? The answer: A LOT!

Just sayin'...

In other Marvel UK related news, it has also been revealed in Marvel's August solicits that Marvel UK's First Lady, Lady Jacqueline Falsworth, will be getting a Spitfire one-shot.

And it's Paul Cornell writing it.

Here's the solicit:



The British Invasion hits New York! While her MI13 compatriots make nice with the Yankee super sorts, Lady Jacqueline Falsworth is on the hunt for an old acquaintance...with bloody consequences for the Big Apple. With bad boy Blade at her side, the immortal speedstress must conquer her past in order to save her future!
32 PGS./One-Shot/Rated T+ ...$3.99

So i guess this was what Paul Cornell meant when he said Spitfire and Blade were going to be busy elsewhere during Age of Heroes #1...?

Anyway, that's it for now. Hopefully the schedule should be getting back to normal very soon, so keep on checking back, or checking the Twitter feed.

Speak soon


1 comment:

  1. Yay! I look forward to your KOP coverage. I just got through reading all 18 issues of the original run (having bought them, er, some years ago from my local comic shop of choice) and it stunned me. A really thoughtful, imaginative tale about Arthurian Lore, Balance, Humanity and the environment. Its a very slow read by today's standards, and even when the band came together (not 'till issue 12 or so!), there's not a jot of spandex in sight. It also suprised me that this title was doing as well as it was - there's barely any mention of it anywhere in any Marvel titles of the era (UK or US), so for it to be going seemingly from strength to strength was amazing, considering the 'failure' of Dragon's Claws and Death's Head a year or so previous. In many ways, its a shame the title was overhauled as part of the Genesis '92 relaunch, with Paul Neary considering the title 'outdated' in its current form (er, despite being quite topical and thought provoking). This was probably the kind of mature story telling was probably what Alan Moore envisioned encouraging in the medium when he penned Watchmen, rather than the hoard of grim 'n' gritty vigilantes that popped up in his wake. I'd be interested to see if you can unearth any tidbits about Marvel UK at that time, as they were doing a lot of more experimental and almost Vertigo-like stuff, with Night Raven, Strip, Genghis Grimtoad and Death's Head: The Body In Question.