By Jim Beard
Itching to rise above their station and prove they can edit with the best of them, the Marvel assistant editors strut their stuff this April with two massive love letters to some of the Marvel Universe's oft-neglected characters.
MARVEL ASSISTANT-SIZED SPECTACULAR #1 and 2, out April 1 and 29 respectively, aim to set the record straight: there ain't no such thing as a bad character, it just depends on who edits them!
Unconvinced? Let us tease you a bit on this two-issue masterpiece of mayhem with wondrous words from the assistant all-stars themselves!
Written by Brian Patchett with art by Xurxo Penalta
"D-Man joins the army and goes to Iraq," says Alejandro Arbona. "He couldn't be a super hero like Captain America, so he became a soldier instead.
"D-Man is Marvel's consummate lovable loser. He's made a lifetime of mistakes, but he's absolutely earnest and he just wants to be a good guy so badly. The D in D-Man seems like it might stand -
for so many different humiliating things—it's D for Demolition, okay?—and his old school-Daredevil-suit-with-Wolverine-mask combo is like something a six-year-old wears in a faded old photograph, beaming and proud and blissfully unaware of how absurd they look. D-Man is both pathetic and charming."
Written by Jason Aaron with art by Richard Isanove
"When the fancy-pants superheroes descend into his country, American Eagle teaches them a thing or two about real justice," declares Lauren Sankovitch
"Besides being able to take down notorious baddies like Bullseye without breaking a sweat, the Eagle's had a veritable parade of some of the most horrid and offensive costumes in comicdom. Luckily, the costume does not make the man."
Mini Marvels Hawkeye
Everything—and we do mean everything—by Chris Giarrusso
"It's a story about Hawkeye," Nate Cosby plainly states.
"Best thing is that he's Hawkeye. Most embarrassing thing is that I heard he died and got better and had no arrows and got put in those big shoulder-pads like women wore in 80's movies such as 'Working Girl' and 'The Secret of My Success.' But that's not Giarrusso's Hawkeye. Giarrusso's Hawkeye is the good Hawkeye…"
Written by Wyatt Cynac with art by Todd Nauck
"Luke Cage defends Brooklyn from the gentrifying machinations of a corrupt politician," explains Tom Brennan. "Two party system? Meet Luke's two fists. They approved this message.
"This guy's a hero of the people and for the people. Forget Matt Murdock or Peter Parker, Luke was raised in the middle of crime and violence and came out of it a stronger, better person. The guy's been a huge part of all of our major stories of the past few years, and I keep hearing from fans, be it at conventions or online, asking about plans for an ongoing Luke Cage series. Well to those fans, I say pick up this book for some one-on-one time with
Luke Cage, his family, and his world!"
Galacta, Daughter of Galactus
Written by Adam Warren with art by Hector Enrique Sevilla Lujan
"Galactus has a daughter, and her only problems bigger than her daddy complex are her issues with food and eating," reveals Jordan White.
"And the coolest thing about Galacta? Dude—she's Galactus' daughter. She looks awesome, and she's somehow become smitten with our lovely planet, and has decided to protect it. The most embarrassing thing is probably how badly she would love to eat us all. It's sort of like a starving man who has sworn to protect his pet cow. Yeah, he's your friend, but given enough time, you're going to want that steak."
Written by Christopher Yost with art by Joh James and Victor Olazaba
"My story can probably be summed up pretty easily: Nine pages of Elsa Bloodstone wrestling with her father's legacy—figuratively and literally—while kicking monster ass!" sums up Daniel Ketchum.
"It's exactly the kind of story I'd like to tell. It's introspective and meaningful for the character but also action-packed. And what's not to like about Elsa? You gotta love a woman who has a British accent and totes around guns in a guitar case."
And if you act now, True Believers, we'll throw in at no extra cost to you a handy-dandy framing device edited by all six editors, with the Queen of Assistant Editors Lauren Sankovitch riding herd on the entire peanut gallery!
MARVEL ASSISTANT-SIZED SPECTACULAR #1 and 2—the month of April's never had bookends quite like this!
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