So almost the entire lineup of the All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe has been revealed and there are, of course, some things that stayed the same and some things that were radically different. But not every book was there — after all, Marvel did say it would be releasing 55-60 new books. So what books should they include?
Here are my suggestions:
Agent Carter by Kathryn Immonen and Rich Ellis
Immonen wrote and Ellis drew the awesome mini-series Operation: S.I.N. featuring Peggy Carter and Howard Stark in the 1950s and she should definitely be able to expand that into a continuing series. Especially since Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is getting their own tie-in book and Agent Carter’s showrunners are writing a book, too, this only makes sense.
Peggy Carter is a great character that has been getting much more publicity with Hayley Atwell’s portrayal and this is a perfect time to introduce a book that explores the history of the Marvel universe, those dusty corners that nearly no one visits anymore.
The Unbelievable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North and Erica Henderson
I can’t be the only one who took a look at that list of new titles and thought, “But where is Squirrel Girl?” Sure, she’s in one of the new Avengers teams, but there’s no solo book yet.
This needs to be rectified. North and Henderson’s Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is a goddamn delight and continues to be a delight in introducing new funny concepts and characters (including Chipmunk Hunk and Koi Boi - yes KOI BOI).
Plus, I need more Nancy and Mew. MORE I SAY.
The Deadly Black Widow by Greg Rucka and Vanesa R. Del Rey
Yes, we need another Black Widow book. Nathan Edmondson’s book was good (and Phil Noto’s artwork was amazing), but I always liked Greg Rucka’s stories better. Rucka knows exactly how to write a female secret agent assassin (see: Queen & Country and Lazarus).
Vanesa R. Del Ray, on the other hand, is a new artist who is amazing. Just look at her Tumblr. And here’s a page from a book she did for Boom! called Hit with a distinctly Black Widow-ish female character.
So yes, please.
Elsa Bloodstone by Si Spurrier and Phil Noto
Look, I just want a snarky, British female monster hunter who goes around drinking tea and toting shotguns, alright?
Si Spurrier is an excellent writer who is known for his runs on X-Men: Legacy and X-Force and now he is writing Elsa during Secret Wars for Marvel Zombies and he is killing it.
And Phil Noto draws really good, okay? Like, photorealistic good. In fact, here is an image of Elsa Bloodstone done by Phil Noto.
Seriously, Marvel, get on this. It would be awesome.
Misty Knight, P.I. by Kate Leth and Emma Rios
I don’t think Misty Knight has ever had her own solo book, has she? Well, that should change. Because she is friggin’ awesome.
She is an ex-cop who was injured and had her arm amputated...so she replaced it with a cybernetic arm and then went out and opened a detective agency. She’s been a member of the Daughters of the Dragon with Colleen Wing, Heroes for Hire, and the Fearless Defenders.
Kate Leth has been doing awesome work with Bravest Warriors and Edward Scissorhands and Emma Rios is so good, you should just pick up a copy of Pretty Deadly right now.
The Sensational She-Hulk, Esq. by Charles Soule and Javier Pulido
What, I can dream, can’t I?