Marvel is teasing a new Ghost Rider coming next year. Uncanny Avengers reveals the identity of Captain Krakoa. Marjane Satrapi is returning to comics. All on Comic Book Club News for November 15, 2023.
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Marvel teases new Ghost Rider.
Uncanny Avengers reveals Captain Krakoa.
Marjane Satrapi is returning to comics.
This is Comic Book Club News for November 15, 2023.
Marvel Teases New Ghost Rider Coming Next Year:
Personally, I would not tease Ghost Rider, seems like a bad idea. But that’s exactly what Marvel is doing with a new image released for next year’s Ghost Rider series.
Though details are slim, we do know the March debuting title is written by Benjamin Percy with art by Danny Kim. We also get the tagline “Who is the new Spirit of Vengeance?” which implies there’s a new Ghost Rider in town. Previous Ghost Riders include Johnny Blaze, Danny Ketch, Alejandra Jones, Robbie Reyes, Michael Badilino, and Kushala. So if it’s not one of them, who will be the new Ghost Rider?
And the bigger question is, will this finally be a Ghost Rider who rides ghosts? Like, piggyback style? More on this as it develops.
Uncanny Avenger Reveals Captain Krakoa’s Identity:
Continuing on the Marvel news train, one of the big mysteries running through the publisher’s titles has been the identity of Captain Krakoa, a villain working for the evil organization Orchis in the X-Men books. And now, thanks to Uncanny Avengers #4, we know who he is. Spoilers past this point.
As many fans already figured out, Captain Krakoa is Hydra Cap, aka the version of Steve Rogers who was raised by the fascist organization Hydra and briefly took over the United States in the controversial Secret Empire storyline.
The direct parallel that writer Gerry Duggan draws in the issue is that Steve Rogers — the real one — was resurrected by mutants back in the crossover Judgement Day, and now fights alongside mutants. Hydra Cap was resurrected by humans and fights alongside them. That way, the stage is set for a final battle of Cap versus Cap in next month’s issue.
Created by Nick Spencer and Daniel Acuña, Hydra Cap was introduced in 2016 and instantly became a hot-button subject. While Spencer was trying to riff off the fascistic elements that pervaded our society then and today, fans took exception to what they saw as a blatant attack against the values Captain America stands for. Which was, you know, the point.
Hydra Cap was killed off at the conclusion of the storyline, but now that he’s back in the Marvel Universe will he be a looming presence going forward? And what will he represent, given that we solved that whole fascist government thing years ago… Right?
Marjane Satrapi Returns With New Comics Anthology:
Marjane Satrapi, who previously said in August that “I will never make comics again,” is back making comics. The Persepolis author will edit, introduce, and contribute to a new anthology titled Woman, Life, Freedom.
As reported by ICv2, the anthology is inspired by the current Iranian revolution, and in particular the murder of student Mahsa Amini, who was arrested in 2022 for not wearing a head-scarf and was beaten by religious police, dying three days later. The title of the anthology comes from the maxim chanted by protestors.
The 280-page paperback is scheduled to hit stores on March 19, 2024, coinciding with Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, and will feature stories by 20 activists, artists, journalists, and academics, including Satrapi and fellow lauded graphic novelist Joann Sfar.
For Comic Book Club News, I’m Alex Zalben. And anytime Ghost Rider wants a piggyback ride, I’m happy to help. I’m not a ghost, but still.
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