Welcome back, fellow comic book fans! Here comes the newest installment of your go-to column for what is new and coming in the land of comics. This week we are over-analyzing the quickest Avengers: Endgame teaser trailer we could have asked for. and topping it off with some nice and cute recommendations just in time for Valentine’s Day. So cuddle up with your sweetheart and let’s dive on in.
This past Sunday, the Avengers: Endgame teaser trailer made its debut during the Super Bowl. Thirty seconds later and I was emotionally compromised for the rest of my night. Before we go on, let’s watch it again.
There is so much to unpack, but here we are. The first thing we must truly focus on is the fact that, if nothing else it is made crystal clear, we know Captain America is going to be of one of the larger focuses of Endgame. To anyone following casting news, this comes as no surprise, as Chris Evans has made it clear that this will be his final MCU film (at least for awhile).
Much of Cap’s focus is on him in a veteran’s recovery meeting, possibly mourning Sam, if not the rest of the Avengers. He could also be mourning the loss of his majestic beard, like the rest of us.
Another thing to note is Natasha Romanoff (aka Black Widow) seen going hardcore with her training mode, signalling that this film is finally give her something to do again. No one is more excited for her than me, except for maybe Hawkeye, who is making his shift into Ronin this arc. Finally, the trailer ends with what is left of the gang on Earth, walking off the base to go solve some spooky mysteries, but also to smash Thanos’ big dumb face.
It’s easy to get hyped up — after all, that is what good advertising does. But if Avengers: Endgame does not end up being if not the best MCU film of all time, or at least the best MCU film of the year, I will be equal parts confused, disappointed, and shook.
You know what I like to do on Valentine’s Day when I’m done inhaling the charcuterie plate I crafted from the Aldi on Boulevard? I like to cuddle with my Valentine and read some cute comics, y’all. Trust and believe, I’ve got some for you.
Marvel’s Captain Marvel Prelude by Will Corona Pilgrim, Andrea Di Vito, et. al.
Obviously I couldn’t give you a list in an issue where we go into Avengers MCU discussion without bringing up Captain Marvel at least once. With her film barely a month away, now is the time to catch up on her and her history. I’ll admit that I got into Captain Marvel’s story relatively late, so some of these are brand new to me as well. Luckily for us, this trade paperback includes the cliff’s notes stories all in one handy-dandy package. Bless.
Betty & Veronica #3 by Jamie L. Rotante and Kelly Fitzpatrick
Why yes, I am back again with yet another Betty and Veronica rec of some kind, and I’m still not apologizing for it. B and V are all about that love and friendship while getting into quirky hijinks as they warm my cold, dark heart. Like Valentine’s Day!
The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo and Yuko Uramoto
Oh, oh yes, you read that correctly. The popular book, and now Netflix series, by Marie Kondo about getting your life together has been transformed into a manga. It is adorable, practical, and maybe, just maybe, it will help me break my lipstick-hoarding habits. Who knows!
My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness by Nagata Kabi
This is one that I’ve been curious about for awhile, and have heard nothing but strong recommendations for it. In this manga, Kabi tells an unfiltered, brutally honest autobiographical account of her life as she explores her experiences with depression, gender, and sexual identity.
I hope you now have some fun stories to keep you warm this Valentine’s Day. And if nothing else, just remember one thing: no one, and I mean no one, is having a worse day than Tony Stark.
Until next time!