Marvel does yaoi?


From the Marvel catalog — cover image tragically not available:

MARVEL BROMANCE #1

If This Be Bromance–! Marvel’s greatest buddies take the spotlight in this one-of-a-kind collection, and it’s male bonding like you’ve never seen — as Cable and Deadpool swap stories, Wonder Man and the Beast share a plane ride, Spidey and the Human Torch battle back-to-back, Wolverine makes a bet with Nightcrawler, Black Panther and Everett Ross lay their feelings on the line…and the Warriors Three set sail for fun! Plus: Captain America and the Falcon, Iron Man and Jim Rhodes, and more! Be here as Marvel says, “I love you, man!” Collecting MARVEL TEAM-UP #121, CAPTAIN AMERICA #126, AVENGERS TWO: WONDER MAN & THE BEAST #1, POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #79, CLASSIC X-MEN #4, MARVEL SPOTLIGHT #30, CABLE & DEADPOOL #19, IRON MAN #216, BLACK PANTHER #25, TALES OF SUSPENSE #78 and MARVEL FANFARE #15. Rated A …$24.99 ISBN: 978-0-7851-4186-0

Thanks to Kate F. for the link!

Comments

  1. Kurt Busiek says:

    It’s not the actual cover, but I like their mockup:

    http://westfieldcomics.com/wow/art/large/JUN090651.jpg

    kdb

  2. Scott says:

    This shit makes me want to vomit! At least it reprints older stories which were better than the new crap they churn out…How about Marvel spending more time in actually making new books that are decent enough to warrant the higher cover price???

  3. Please also check out the special animated mockup:

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v119/AStarbuck/fist_bump_4eva.gif

    both created by Nelson Ribeiro

  4. Alexa says:

    Does this mean that all the times fangirls have said “You know, if you really wanted female readers…” has started to get through?

  5. Mr. Busiek,
    On behalf of myself and Spring Hoteling (book designer) allow me to say the following:

    Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

    To everyone else,
    Here’s a link to the animation I did for this book:
    http://nelsonribeiro.deviantart.com/art/Marvel-Bromance-124760815

  6. Michael Scheu says:

    The joys of stigmatizing male friendship.

  7. Blackeye says:

    Is it April 1st? This whole thing seems like a big joke. From the “trendy, hip” phrase bromance, to the bad cover design, to the so called cover artist wetting himself and self promoting his fanart, this is just bad, bad, bad. Please tell me this isn’t real. It certainly can’t be professional, right?

  8. Who is the target audience for this book? How will this audience be informed about it?

    Who benefits?

    Follow the money…

    (Sorry, I slipped in to conspiracy theory mode for a second.)

  9. WOW, Blackeye, you must be really jealous that your art does not make it on the cover of Marvel books.

    I think this is awesome! What a great idea, love the fist bump!

  10. Steven R. Stahl says:

    Illustrated buddy stories are still buddy stories.

    SRS

  11. brassai says:

    Omigod. They’re not including the Marvel Two-In-One story where the Thing and the Sandman let it all hang out over beers at a neighborhood bar? That was the greatest Marvel bromance story of all!!! I get choked up just thinking about it!

  12. We need to bring back the ultimate bromance comic, “Quantum & Woody.”

  13. Kate Fitzsimons says:

    I do wonder who the intended target audience is.

  14. It would be easy to say that this was intended for a Gay audience, but then there would be homosexuality involved. The next possible candidate for an intended audience would be the Generation Y demographic where the term orginates from. This is the generation where popularity is everything…and I mean, everything. But do comic book readers from Generation Y have any bromances? Probably not, since bromance is more of a jock thing related to bonding through contact sports. If there are jocks who read comics, they aren’t enough of them to warrent a trade aimed at them. There’s also evidence that suggests that bromances began with Generation X with things like “Guys Night Out”. Who else could this collection be aimed at? Women? Women are a more disirable demographic for businesses nowadays since they tend to be better educated and more likely to be into be into comic books if they are. This Bromance collection doesn’t include any manga reprints or is it homoerotic enough to get the interest of women…

  15. virusq says:

    Girls. Judging by the response in my circle of comic reading women, the intended audience is girls. I approve.

  16. Steven R. Stahl says:

    People might not realize how weak some of the issues are going to be as stories. It’s not a “Best of” collection. In series such as POWER MAN & IRON FIST, and IRON MAN when Jim Rhodes was a regular, Marvel could have taken nearly any issue and still been consistent with the “buddy story” theme.

    SRS

  17. I am so thoroughly amused right now. Oh, man.

  18. I agree with Sue. Don’t be an asshat, it’s just a picture. I hate the word ‘bromance’, and if you go to Urban Dictionary, you’ll see it doesn’t even describe a romantic relationship. But I love yaoi :D

  19. xNARAx says:

    I like yaoi! realy…but i know the line!
    so i hope its just like it says ‘buddy story’ thing…

    if not i think marvel made my belove childhood die…

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