by Tom Ryan, Team Annapolis
This Summer, the next phase of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe begins in a BIG WAY, so your pals here at Third Eye have put together our line-up of the graphic novels you have to read to get ready for the upcoming flicks!
If you’re excited for the next Avengers movie, you have got to check out the Age of Ultron TPB before we see this awesome android on the big screen!
When all the heroes have been defeated and Ultron rules the earth with a robot army, Captain America has to lead a ragtag group of Avengers against him, without using any technology. When everything is on the line, they’re willing to do anything and Wolverine takes it to the extreme!
This is one of the most badass takes we’ve seen on Ultron in a long time and definitely one we’ll see influence his portrayal.
And if you need more Ultron awesomeness, keep your eyes on our newsletter for the upcoming original graphic novel, Rage of Ultron by Rick Remender (AXIS, Uncanny X-Force) and Jerome Opena (Fear Agent, Uncanny X-Force). It’s sure to be mind-blowing!
Current Ant-Man Scott Lang, who is confirmed to be in the upcoming movie, spent most of the last decade being dead but he did play an important role in FF by Matt Fraction (Sex Criminals, Invincible Iron Man, ODY-C).
This book follows a team handpicked by the Fantastic Four to act as their replacements during a mission to space. Now Ant-Man has to lead the new FF, as well as the kids of the Future Foundation!
We get to see another side of Ant-Man as he grows into a father figure for them even as he is still mourning the loss of his daughter, , Cassie. With beautiful art by Mike Allred (Silver Surfer, MadMan), this book is a stunning reminder of what makes Ant-Man so cool!
Also, keep in mind, the upcoming ANT-MAN ongoing series from Nick Spencer, promises to deliver one of Marvel’s biggest hits of 2015. You know how Rocket Raccoon took everyone by surprise last Summer with how huge it was upon release, and how critically well received it was?
Folks: ANT-MAN will be doing the same!
This one is going to be HUGE! Cap 3 is a direct adaption of one of the biggest and best Marvel events in the last decade. Civil War by Mark Millar (Kick Ass) is an epic story that pits heroes against heroes!
When teen team New Warriors mishandle a villain while filming their reality TV show, they become responsible for leveling an entire small town in Midwest America. This causes the government to enact a Superhero Registration Act that pretty much requires anyone with powers to register their secret identity and work for SHIELD.
When Captain America and Iron Man disagree about the morality of the Act, it becomes an all out witch hunt as Iron Man becomes director of SHIELD and tracks down all the unregistered heroes , who have been gathering with Captain America underground!
I’m telling you this book is packed with fantastic art by Steve McNiven (OLD MAN LOGAN, NEMESIS) and some seriously good twists. There are a also lot of defining moments for characters that happen in Civil War, including Spider-Man and Captain America. And seeing as how it’s his movie, we suspect we’ll also see some influence from another great Cap graphic novel Death of Captain America by Ed Brubaker (Winter Soldier).
We’re all eagerly waiting to see how they portray the Sorcerer Supreme in the Marvel Movieverse and here at Third Eye, we’ve got the perfect Doctor Strange graphic novels for you to get to know him first.
Hands down, the best standalone story you can read is Doctor Strange: The Oath by Brain K. Vaughan (Saga). In it, Strange’s longtime servant and friend, Wong, is diagnosed with cancer and the Doctor vows to do everything in his power to find a cure! But not everyone out there wants him to succeed.
Not only does The Oath set the bar for modern Doctor Strange stories but it also features Night Nurse, the secret source of medical attention for all of New York’s street level heroes, who is rumored to be seen in upcoming Marvel Netflix shows.
Want to see how a walking tree and a talking raccoon first became Guardians of the Galaxy? Check out the complete collection by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning!
We all know by now how awesome the Guardians of the Galaxy are but it was these guys who first remade the characters into the modern misfits we fell in love with.
This book sees Star Lord, after the events of Annihilation, bring his team together for the first time as the Guardians of the Galaxy to protect it from threats like the Universal Church of Truth!
Plus, this now classic run features several other Guardians we’re hoping to see in the upcoming sequel, such as Quasar, Cosmo, Starhawk, and Warlock. If you loved the movie, you have GOT to check out this defining run on the Guardians of the Galaxy!
And with the second complete collection available now you won’t have to wait to see how the Guardians deal with the War of Kings!
If you’re as pumped as we are for the next Thor movie, you’ve got to see what he’s been up to in Thor God of Thunder by Jason Aaron (Southern Bastards, Scalped). While not specifically about Ragnorak we can tell you it is the most badass Thor we’ve seen in a long time!
After discovering an entire pantheon of slain gods on an alien planet, Thor is pitted against Gorr the Godbutcher. Unlike any foe the God of Thunder has ever fought, Gorr is definitely one of the scariest and most original villains we’ve ever seen!
If you’ve never read Thor before, this is the perfect place to start because this story is packed with awesome 100% good guy vs. bad guy action as Thor must defend himself in the past, present and future. And with beautiful artwork by Esad Ribic (Uncanny X-Force), you won’t want to put this book down as each version of Thor looks more and more majestic.
7. BLACK PANTHER (READ: NEW AVENGERS: EVERYTHING DIES)
In case you haven’t heard, Black Panther has been sneaking around with his old friends, the Illuminati again and they’re facing a problem not even the Infinity Gauntlet can solve!
This story is a great entry to the Marvel Universe for anyone as Jonathan Hickman (Fantastic Four, Manhattan Projects) uses it to weave an intricate story that stretches into Infinity and the upcoming event, Time Runs Out.
Plus, a couple other characters featured on this list, Dr. Strange and Black Bolt, are also members of the Illuminati and have plenty of their own awesome moments as well! In New Avengers, Reed Richards discovers that universes are colliding and not only destroying millions of lives each time, but also threatening to undo the fabric of reality as these incursions spiral out of control faster and faster.
As they quickly run out of options, the Illuminati must decide what they are willing to do save their world, and how far they’ll go to keep it secret! With the weight of a ravaged Wakanda weighing on his shoulders post-AvX, T’Challa in particular is willing to do anything to save his people, even work alongside the one who razed his country – Namor.
THIS IS THANOS! The Infinity Gauntlet is everything the Mad Titan is known for and this classic tale by original creator JIM STARLIN and comics legend GEORGE PEREZ is where it all began.
After finally assembling all of the Infinity Gems, Thanos is still rejected by his Mistress Death and in tribute uses his godlike abilities to destroy half of all life in the universe. With a snap of his fingers. Seriously, this is why Thanos is scary!
Just about every hero left on Earth and in space comes to together to take on Thanos but Adam Warlock isn’t sure they can win, even with the help of a few cosmic entities.
I’m telling you guys, this one is so serious I’m not surprised they’re going to make it into two movies! And if you want to know how Thanos got his hands on all the Infinity Gems in the first place, check out Silver Surfer: Rebirth of Thanos, I’d be willing to bet we’ll see some inspiration from there as well!
Anyone who’s read Captain Marvel in the last couple years knows she’s the type of bad-ass to give even Wonder Woman a run for her money! Carol Danvers has gone through many trials, and many names, in her long time as an Avenger, but now she’s Captain Marvel and this time she’s taking the fight to space!
When Iron Man comes to her looking for an Avengers presence in space, Captain Marvel (and her cat) join the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Higher Further Faster Stronger is absolutely the best place to jump on, even if you’re brand new to Captain Marvel.
Writer Kelly Sue Deconnick (Pretty Deadly) does an amazing job bringing the character to life and since no one knows her better, we’re sure to see a lot of her work with Carol translate to the big screen.
The Inhumans have gotten a lot of attention lately thanks to the events of Infinity and Inhumanity (not to mention Charles Soule has been killing it on Inhuman, am I right?) but before all that happened they was just a secret race living in their floating city of Attlian being ruled quietly by the Royal Family.
And if you want to see just what that looks like, you need Inhumans by Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee.
This is a beautiful standalone story that sees Attilan temporarily on Earth facing trouble from outside and in! Not only do you get a quintessential view of each member of the Royal Family (Black Bolt, Medusa, Karnak, Gorgon, Maximus the Mad) but it is done a way that is perfect for new readers by following a group of young Inhumans who are new to Royal Guard and quickly get involved in the danger.
Hands down, this book is stunning and there is just nowhere better to turn for a modern introduction to what the Inhumans are all about
So, you need these awesome graphic novels on your shelf? We always keep these in stock & available at all Third Eye locations, so make sure to stop in & grab a few!