There won’t be just one low-cost collection this year at Panini comics in a bookstore. This spring, the publisher had, as usual, offered a selection of ten albums for €6.99 approx. Spider Man, to help celebrate its 60th anniversary this year. These operations are a priori great successes in bookstores, and perhaps to compete with the implementation of the format Urban Nomad of the competition, it is therefore another collection at a low price, which will hit the bookstores next October. Her name ? Marvel – The Great Sagas.
Indispensable for those who haven’t discovered them
On the program is a series of ten albums of stories that are generally considered cult by many and are actually for the most part essential Marvel. Apart from the fact that some of these stories have already been published several times, some have even recently received the right to an edition in marvel must have (another collection of classics at an attractive price offered by the publisher) – there is therefore a risk, for seasoned readers, of duplicates occurring. On the other hand, for amateurs, the selection promises very good reading.
We will indeed find in this collection Marvel – The Great Sagasin passing, heroes generally acquired by the general public through film/TV adaptations of the past decade take the following titles, in this order:
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting. Contains the numbers Captain America #8-9 and #11-14 from the 2005 series that forms the cult arc that inspired the film of the same name at marvel studios.
- Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Avengerswith some Brian M. Bendis to write. The album contains the tracks Guardians of the Galaxy #0.1, 1-3 and Guardians of the Galaxy: Avengers of Tomorrow. This is Bendis’ series debut with Star Lord who opposes his father Spartax as Earth becomes the center of attention. Probably the weakest story of the whole thing.
- Thor: Rebirthby JM Straczynski and Olivier Coipel. Contains the numbers Thor #1-6 from the 2007 series, which see Thor return to Earth on Asgard in a post-Marvel universeCivil war. Odinson then tries to bring back Asgard and its people, which is not to everyone’s taste. An album to learn about this racethen there is Coipel drawings, of course.
- Daredevil: The Man Without Fear of Frank Miller and John Romita Jr.. The album captures the five tracks of the self-titled mini-series released in 1993. Already released in Must Have, the story is what it is: an essential one that outlines the origins of daredevil and its universe with the hand of a master. If you still haven’t read it, this is your chance.
- Thanos: Thanos’ Quest of Jim Starlin and Ron Lim. The volume includes the two issues of this miniseries published in 1990, also absolutely cult, which allows you to understand what Thanos comics and resumes his initial quest for the Infinity Stones
- Venom vs. Carnage: A Child is Born of Peter Milligan and Clayton Crain. Contains all four issues of this miniseries released in 2004, where the two hideous symbiotes clash over the fate of their offspring, toxin. Not the most essential, but a marker of its time and of the hyper-digital style fear.
- Spider-Man: One More Day by JM Straczynski and Joe Quesada. Contains numbers Amazing Spider-Man #544-545, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #24 and Sensational Spider-Man #41. A cult saga and still widely criticized today for what it did to the story of Spider Manbut which remains (in our opinion) a masterpiece of pure emotion.
- Deadpool: We have to deal with Private Wilsonof Duane Swierczynski and Jason Pearsonthe album that includes the four tracks of the miniseries Deadpool: Wade Wilson’s Warpublished in 2010. It is quite crazy and very violent, and it illustrates well everything that is possible to do in relation to narrative with a character such as Dead pool. A good introduction to the character.
- Wolverine: Weapon X of Barry Windsor Smith. The album contains the twelve chapters of this story published in Marvel Comics presentswhich traces the origin of wolverinewhen he was only Logan and the subject of experiments from the famous program Weapon X. Again, hard to write something new: it’s a little gem that remains among the most striking in the comics devoted to Wolverine.
- Civil War: Civil Warof Mark Miller and Steven McNiven. We end with this album, which collects the seven tracks of this cult miniseries, not necessarily the best gateway to the universe Marvelbut which brilliantly portrays an ideological, political and ultimately armed conflict between Iron Man, Captain America and their respective allies on the issue of superheroes’ place in society, while the government wants all people in masks to identify themselves. A story that has remained in the annals, and not without reason.
Moreover, the methods of the collection will not change from what is done with the Printemps des Comics: a frieze on the back of the albums to push to complete the collection, and numbering the albums as well. Each of the titles will be offered at €6.99 and the release is scheduled for 19 October 2022. A date to add to your diary for those interested.
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