Marvel Launches New Line of Prose Novels with Civil War
Marvel is a household name as one of the two biggest comic book companies in the world, and in recent years they’ve made a name for themselves as creators of quality superhero movies. Well now, Marvel is ready to conquer the world of prose novels, too.
Kicking off in June 2012 with the novel adaption of 2006’s blockbuster event Civil War, Marvel will begin publishing novels of some of the biggest and best events from their comic book universe.
Civil War is one of my all-time favorite comic book events. It’s the only one to date that had me on the edge of my seat for over six months, hanging for every issue like some sort of addict. So I’m excited to get my hands on the novel adaption and see how it translates.
Adapted by Stuart Moore, Civil War tells the tale of a conflict that completely changed the climate of the Marvel Universe for half a decade. When the New Warriors hunt down a group of rogue villains, an unexpected tragedy occurs. As a result, Capitol Hill passes a law that all costumed adventurers must register with the government and reveal their secret identities to the authorities. Needless to say, the superhero community is torn and they split into two camps; pro-registration and anti-registration. Before long, the two camps, led by Iron Man and Captain America respectively, come to blows.
David Gabriel, Senior Vice President of Sales spoke about Marvel Entertainment’s novel initiative:
Releasing our most acclaimed graphic novels as prose fiction not only allows us to reach a different audience with these stories, but also gives us a chance to bring those readers back to the comics that started it all. CIVIL WAR is easily our best-selling graphic novel of the past decade and certainly one of the most influential in recent memory, so it was the perfect launch title for this new line. Not only will you get all the action that Mark Millar and Steve McNiven delivered in comic form but no fan will want to miss the new wrinkles we’ve added in this novel.
I can’t express enough excitement about this novel. As I said, this story by Millar and McNiven is one of my all-time favorites. It was the first story I’ve ever read where heroes battled each other, not because of a manipulating villain or a mind-controlling alien or some other such nonsense. Civil War tells the story of two men who do what they believe to be the right thing, even if it means their friends will turn their backs on them.
Civil War touched almost every corner of the Marvel Universe, so it’s almost guaranteed that your favorite Marvel character will be featured in some way in this story.
Keep an eye out in June 2012 for Civil War: the Novel.