Surprise find: Marvel Super Special (seriously)

I’m not sure how it happened.

I walked out of the comic book store today with nearly a dozen superhero comics. Half of them were by Marvel – Secret Avengers, Black Widow, Fantastic Four, Thor (the beginning of the Matt Fraction run). I feel a little dirty.

But I came across an exciting find: Marvel Super Special.

The tag line promises “104 pages of pulse-pounding action that will blow your mind!” And it delivers.

I’m constantly on the lookout for a superhero book offering something different. Titles like  Unstable Molecules, Bizarro Comics and Strange Tales come to mind. I’ve also been on the hunt for a 21st century offspring to the ’80s magazine Epic Illustrated, someplace where comic book talent commit mature story treatments to page. Marvel Super Special is that book.

The series has an interesting legacy. It was primarily a vehicle for comic books adaptations of TV series and movies, and music-related profiles like Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Xanadu (!) and KISS.

This new issue ignores all that and focuses instead on Marvel characters. Among the contributors are Peter Milligan, Jonathan Hickman, Howard Chaykin, Paul Cornell, Jefte Palo, Kody Chamberlin, and more. How about Ted McKeever writing and pencilling a Wolverine story? If that doesn’t grab you, what will?

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