Dexter: The Comic (By The Original Novelist), Bendis Writes Guardians of the Galaxy and Other Marvel October Highlights

By Todd Allen

WOLVERINEMAX001 197x300 Dexter: The Comic (By The Original Novelist), Bendis Writes Guardians of the Galaxy and Other Marvel October HighlightsFine.  You heard about some cancellations.  You heard about Marvel Now.  There’s a few more interesting things in today’s Marvel October solicitations.  For my money, the most significant non-trumpeted news is the debut of the Dexter comic.  Yes, Dexter the serial killer from the long-running Showtime series.  And it’s written by the novelist who created the character.

Dexter #1 (of 5)
Written by JEFF LINDSAY
Penciled and Inked by DALIBOR TALAJIc
Cover BY TBD
Variant Cover by TBA
• Dexter Morgan is not just an above-average forensic blood spatter expert. He’s also Miami’s friendly neighborhood crime-fighting serial killer!
• But Dexter’s “killing” streak gets put on hold, as he find himself trapped in a sticky situation – his high school reunion!
• The Skid Row Slasher, Miami’s newest serial killer, is racking up quite the body count. The rookie is giving good ol’ Dexter a run for his money.
• And Dexter’s problems are only beginning to multiply as his Dark Passenger, Dexter’s inner voice, screams for a little murderous fun to feed the need!
32 PGS./Rated Parental Advisory …$3.99
Copyright © by Jeff Lindsay. All rights reserved.

I was under the impression “Jeff Lindsay” was a pen name, so I’m not sure that copyright is quite accurate, but it’s always interesting seeing someone else’s copyright in the middle of a Marvel solicitation.  At any rate, Marvel did pretty well with Castle graphic novels and they might have a chance to make some impact with this.  Possibly moreso when the collected edition hits, although in the age of eBooks, this has some mainstream digital potential if the price doesn’t cause non-Direct Market consumers to scratch their heads.

There’s plenty of not-necessarily Marvel Now movement in the Avengers titles.  Avengers and New Avengers (4 issues combined in October) are entering an arc called “End Times,” which is likely the last Bendis arc in those books.  I’m sure this will be spelled out in the next couple of days.

Here’s an interesting listing:

AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #8
Brian Michael Bendis (W) • Mark Bagley (A&C)
Bagley and Bendis’ Final Issue!
• The explosive conclusion to the Avengers’ cosmic odyssey!
• Will the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy be able to stop Thanos from his quest to make Earth the throne world of his new empire?
• The explosive fallout of the storyline will change one of the Avengers’ lives forever as a brand-new Marvel initiative spins out of this bombastic series.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Guardians of the Galaxy movie rumors.  Rumors about Bendis writing a Guardians of the Galaxy comic.  Well, it looks like he IS writing the Guardian of the Galaxy, at least in Avengers Assembled and that sure does sound like it matches rumors that Bendis is going to be writing some cosmic material.  I expect this will also be cleared up before Monday.

The “.1″ initiative appears to be alive and well with Ultimate Comics Spider-Man 16.1.  I’m not sure how much attention it will get in the middle of Marvel Now, but it’s there.

I know there are a lot of Bendis haters in the comment sections, but I thourougly enjoyed his Daredevil run, and even though it’s another End Times comics… that’s a really interesting creative team:

Daredevil: End of Days #1 (of 8)
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS & DAVID MACK (W)
KLAUS JANSON & BILL SIENKIEWICZ (A)
Cover BY ALEX MALEEV
variant cover BY DAVID MACK
Collage Variant by PASCAL GARIN
Variant Cover by TBA
• Revealed at last…how it ends for the Man without Fear!
• In the near future, investigative reporter Ben Urich has one last story to write – what was Matt Murdock’s the final secret?
• A story years in the making brought to you by some of the greatest creators in Daredevil history!
40 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Look!  Another Jim Starlin reprint project!

SPACEKNIGHTS #1 (of 3)
Written by JIM STARLIN & CHRIS BATISTA
CHRIS BATISTA (A)
Cover by CHRIS BATISTA
• The planet Galador rebuilds its elite defense force, recruiting a new generation of Spaceknights!
• Can Balin and Tristan, sons of legendary Spaceknight Starshine, live up to the legend of their family name?
• Collecting SPACEKNIGHTS (2000) #1-2.
48 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Here’s another launch I would’ve thought would get a little more build-up, but may be buried under the Marvel Now initiative.  I mean, Wolverine comics used to be big news.

WOLVERINE: MAX #1
JASON STARR (w) • CONNOR WILLUMSON (a)
Cover by JOCK
Variant Cover by TBA
ALL-NEW ONGOING SERIES!
• Your favorite X-Man done the way you wanted to see him – in a no-holds-barred MAX series!
• Written by award-winning crime novelist Jason Starr (PUNISHER MAX, The Chill)
• In modern-day Tokyo, Logan gets pulled into a terrorist’s plot…or was he the target all along?
• A new look at Wolverine’s past!
32 PGS./Explicit Content …$3.99

Comments

  1. I really wish the solicitation was clearer about the DEXTER material, however — since it is Lindsay, I assume that this means that it is following the BOOK continuity, and not the TV show continuity (they are very very different beasts), and that it won’t have, say, likenesses and things like that.

    Is this an “official” DEXTER book? (There are… five novels out so far?)

    -B

  2. kevinjames says:

    Bon appetit. The public will feast. Enjoy you’re relaunch, your increased site traffic and you’re Marvel movies

  3. Kevin, your grammar is atrocious.

    The Guardians of the Galaxy have been appearing in Avengers Assemble for around two months, Todd. This isn’t a new development.

  4. Jonathan says:

    Connor Willumsen finally getting the chance to do some serialized work is the biggest news out of this batch for me.

    Met him at MOCCA a few years ago and knew he was bound for big things. The guy is supremely talented

  5. Saber Tooth Tiger Mike says:

    Ron wrote “The Guardians of the Galaxy have been appearing in Avengers Assemble for around two months, Todd. This isn’t a new development.” It’s not a new development but it does support the fact the feeling that Marvel’s comics are just storyboards for future films on paper.

    Heidi wrote “I know there are a lot of Bendis haters in the comment sections, but I thourougly enjoyed his Daredevil run, and even though it’s another End Times comics… that’s a really interesting creative team”

    Most of the people complaining about the quality of Bendis’ writing are not complaining about his stint on Daredevil, Powers, Alias, or Ulimate Spider-Man . On those books,Bendis was clearly in his comfort-zone. His work on Avengers is outside his comfort-zone because, acording to his haters, it highlighted his weaknesses.

  6. Brian says:

    [pedantic] It’s Avengers Assemble, not Avengers Assembled. [/pedantic] :-D

    Avengers #33 will be the 600th issue of Avengers (counting New Avengers Vol 1). What are the odds that it will be renumbered in November before relaunched in December?

  7. It’s so interesting to see Guardians of the Galaxy get all this attention, especially when for years, Joe Quesada said he didn’t like cosmic books. Even when they did that first Annihiliation (cosmic) event years back, it was considered a risk.

  8. Brian Hibbs: I’m 90% certain that the initial announcement mentioned this is going to be based on the books. But you’re right–the solicitation should be clear on this, it’s possibly the most important thing it has to tell us.

    And didn’t the Bendis on Guardians of the Galaxy rumors get STARTED because the team was appearing in Assemble? (I agree with Tiger Mike. Bendis on crime/noir books I’ve pretty much always liked. Him on X-Men or Guardians? I worry about the characters I like.)

  9. “Even when they did that first Annihiliation (cosmic) event years back, it was considered a risk.”

    To be fair, it WAS a risk–they didn’t know if it would sell. The Annihilation events gave cosmic enough attention that it gathered an audience that was very loyal but never really grew.

    Now that (mostly) DnA have proven cosmic has great stories and characters, Marvel is relaunching it to hopefully increase that audience with the attention and the fresh start.

    Personally, I’d much rather have DnA Guardians than Bendis Guardians, but sales-wise… I’d be surprised if Bendis doesn’t multiply the sales on launch.

  10. Jeff Lindsay may be a pen name, but you’re allowed to copyright works under a pseudonym.

    There are six Dexter novels to date.

  11. Joe Lawler says:

    “Brian Hibbs: I’m 90% certain that the initial announcement mentioned this is going to be based on the books. But you’re right–the solicitation should be clear on this, it’s possibly the most important thing it has to tell us.”

    They did mention it was book-based in the initial announcement, but my guess is they’re being coy now to try to draw in some tv fans.

  12. I know I’m gonna get kicked for saying this, but alas… when you have Bill Sienkiewicz, you don’t NEED Klaus Janson on inks.

  13. Nathan, it’s my understanding that Sienkiewicz and Janson are each handling full duties on their own unique pages, not working together on the same ones.

  14. Synsidar says:

    His work on Avengers is outside his comfort-zone because, acording to his haters, it highlighted his weaknesses.

    His weaknesses are so obvious in superhero stories because, as with writers generally, someone should write about what he knows. In Bendis’s case, that’s crime fiction. When superheroes are forced into roles in a crime fiction plot, they don’t fit well, and the writer’s preferences are too evident. For much of NEW AVENGERS Vol. 1, the stars were the Hood, the Wrecking Crew, and the other crooks. The Avengers were the co-stars.

    Another big weakness is scientific literacy. The illiteracy wrecked SECRET INVASION and various Avengers storylines, and is damaging AvX. There’s probably a connection between being scientifically literate and thinking logically. With superhero stories, a literate writer might wonder what the various uses of a power are, what the logical extensions of the power are, and how the power can be countered. A scientifically illiterate writer will view the power as just a special effect.

    In AvX, there are signs that the Phoenix Five are possessed–the new costumes, the altered word balloons–and signs that the heroes are just on power trips–their dialogue, the in-character personalities. But if they’re possessed, what does the Phoenix Force gain from their behavior? Absolutely nothing. Making the world better has nothing to do with evolution per se. They’re just wasting the Phoenix Force’s energy. But if they’re not possessed–they’re just using the Phoenix Force as a power source–the beginning of the story makes no sense.

    When a sci-fi story lacks internal logic, it’s a mess.

    SRS

  15. Johnny Memeonic says:

    ^what he said.

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