These just arrived in the mail. I’ll be adding them to my reading list and posting more about them as I do. I’ll likely start with the Wolverine book.
Here is a post I was working on when I was purchasing these books from Amazon. My question has been answered about these prose books; they are truly novels and not graphic novels.
Up top on the menu of this blog, I have posted a page that details Marvel Novels, written in prose, and their chronological order. My plan was to find or write a DC Comics timeline also, but I haven’t done that yet.
Most of these Marvel novels take place in the mid-to-late 1990s. That is to say, they were written during those years. And then in 2005, or thereabouts, we find some new novels with Wolverine and Spiderman, and a couple of Avengers stories. Until recently, there aren’t any released works after 2008.
It is surprising to me, with the popularity of Marvel on the big screen these days, that there aren’t more of these prose novels being released. 2008 was 5 years ago, and in the last 5 years we’ve had 3 hit Ironman movies, Captain America, Thor and The Avengers. Yet the prose authors remain silent. Sure, we have many new comics and graphic novels hitting the market, and those are fine I suppose, but I am more of a real novel fan myself. In my opinion, the big screen movies provide more of a “real life” to the superheroes than comic books do. In the same regard, I believe prose novels to be more “adult” and real-life than graphic novels As a HUGE fan of these movies, I would certainly like to see more novels hitting the shelves.
Here are the latest works of writing that I have been able to find. I’m still searching for a true timeline.
Recently, it appears that Marvel themselves are releasing prose compilations of story lines already told in the comicbook world. And that is fine with me, I would rather read these storylines in prose writing. A good example is my review of The Death and Life of Superman.
The newer works, which I have only seen online, are listed below. I can’t really tell if these are real prose novels or maybe a graphic/prose hybrid. They are stamped “Marvel” on the front, instead of being release by Bantam or Berkley or someone. But looking at the page counts, I think they are probably true prose (as they are labeled). I’ve ordered a couple so when they arrive, I’ll know for sure.
K.R.A.D. has a good list of the complete novel world, up until 2007 because he lists one book as (coming in 2008) so this page on his site hasn’t been updated in a while. But it is still a good reference.