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The Wednesday Club’s Comic Picks: Road to Knowhere

The Wednesday Club’s Comic Picks: Road to Knowhere

This week’s episode of The Wednesday Club went into the far reaches of space for a look at the Marvel Cosmic characters and stories. Hosts Matt Key, Taliesin Jaffe, and Amy Dallen tackled the strange and complicated universe that takes Marvel’s heroes and villains off Earth and into the stars.

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“[Marvel Cosmic] is not a company, it’s not a storyline, it’s a broad set of characters and story settings,” said Amy.

The Marvel Cosmic stories are basically any stories that don’t take place on Earth, explained Matt. “If you’re a big fan of the [Guardians of the Galaxy] movies and you love them, that’s Marvel Cosmic,” he said. “The Marvel Cosmic stuff is weird, which is why I love it so much. It’s weird, anything can happen.”

Thanos Quest

Thanos Quest

Thanos Quest is a two-part prequel to the events of The Infinity Gauntlet, explaining how Thanos obtained the Infinity Gems. Thanos comes from a race of Eternals, and he falls in love with Death after she resurrects him. He decides to gather the Gems to earn her favor. Along the way he encounters other cosmic beings like the Gardener and the Collector, and takes the stones forcefully from them.

Thanos Quest is one of my favorite Marvel stories of all time,” Matt said. “This basically becomes the operating manual for the Marvel Cosmic universe from 1990 onward.”

(Marvel Comics, Jim Starlin and Ron Lim)

The Infinity Gauntlet

This six-issue limited series was released in 1991 and became an instant classic. Thanos has his hands on the Infinity Gauntlet, a vessel for the six Infinity Gems, which gives him the ability to control time, space, power, reality, the mind, and the soul. It will take all of Marvel’s superheroes, along with their new ally Adam Warlock, to save the universe.

“I feel like it’s necessary Marvel reading,” said Matt.

(Marvel Comics, Jim Stalin, Ron Lim, and George Perez)

Annihilation (Marvel Comics)

Annihilation

This cosmic crossover event in the mid-2000s brought Annihilus from the Negative Zone to wage war on the Marvel universe. The Nova Corps is decimated, and it’s up to Nova and Drax the Destroyer to help save the galaxy.

“It’s such a good introduction to the Nova Corps,” Taliesin said. “It’s the first iteration of our modern Guardians.”

“It’s great storytelling,” said Matt. He also recommends the follow-up series Annihilation: Conquest.

(Marvel Comics, Keith Giffen, Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Mitch Breitweiser, Scott Kolins, Ariel Olivetti, Kev Walker)

Guardians of the Galaxy by Abnett & Lanning

This collection of the 2008 Guardians of the Galaxy 12-issue series features a team familiar to fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Drax the Destroyer, Groot, Gamora, Adam Warlock, Mantis, Quasar, and Cosmo the space dog make up the team in this memorable run.

Matt describes it as one of his favorite comic book runs ever.

(Marvel Comics, Andy Lanning, Dan Abnett, Brad Walker, Paul Pelletier, Wes Craig, and Carlos Magno)

Silver Surfer #11

Silver Surfer #11 is unlike any other comic published in recent years. The Silver Surfer and his Doctor Who-like companion are trapped in a time loop, illustrated in a moebius strip that requires the reader to turn the book to get the whole story.

“You keep having to rotate the book and follow the paths in the circular story,” said Amy. “It’s one of my favorite things from the past couple of years.”

 (Marvel Comics, Dan Slott and Mike Allred)

The hosts also mentioned a few other books worth checking out if you enjoy Marvel in space, such as Warlock, The Death of Captain Marvel, Guardians of the Galaxy by Brian Michael Bendis, and The Thanos Imperative.


Hang out on the Geek & Sundry Twitch channel every Wednesday afternoon to catch the next amazing episode of The Wednesday Club.

What’s your favorite cosmic comic from Marvel? Tell us in the comments.

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