Thursday, October 21, 2021

Andy Richardson:

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From the first appearances of the enchanting Black Cat to a newly-formed Excalibur, post-“House of M,” columnist Andy Richardson covers everything you need to be a true Marvel Zombie.


Spider-Man vs. The Black Cat

The Black Cat is hot – in more ways than one – in the Marvel Universe. But since a relatively lengthy period of time elapsed between her introduction and larger popularity, many fans are probably unfamiliar with some of her initial appearances.

This collection presents her first several appearances in the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man. First, she was the mysterious cat burglar whose abilities and beauty intrigued the web-slinger, and then she was the young woman obsessed with Spider-Man himself. Their relationship seemed destined to end badly, but it is said that cats have nine lives…

All issues are presented in full-color, with creators including Marv Wolfman, Roger Stern, David Michelinie, and Keith Pollard, among others. The trade paperback is a nice introduction to an entertaining character.






New Excalibur

The post-“House of M” Marvel Universe is a brave new world for its mutant population, not to mention a scary one. With 80 percent or more of the world’s mutants stripped of their powers, those still empowered individuals find their responsibility even greater — and their struggle even more difficult.

Captain Britain finds circumstance and opportunity right to form a brand new superhero team, from the ashes of the former Excalibur… and with a lot of familiar faces. New team members include Talia Wagner (Nightcrawler’s daughter from an alternate dimension), secret service agent Pete Wisdom, and even a very old friend: Dazzler.

Fresh and entertaining, this book promises to be different from X-Men spin-off books, if for no other reason than its unique and underutilized cast. The mutant team is written by Chris Claremont and drawn by Michael Ryan.




Andy Richardson is a freelance writer and editor who has been reading and writing about comics for far longer than he can believe at this point. Andy can be reached via e-mail at Please use “ComicBase” as your subject line.

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