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Newsarama has an interview with Paul Tobin announcing a new addition to the Marvel Adventures line of all ages comics, entitled Marvel Adventures: Super Heroes. Tobin describes it as such:

The title is set up to revolve in four issue arcs, with not only the creative teams but also the featured characters themselves changing out. It’ll give us a chance to showcase characters that don’t have their own book, or team-ups of characters that do. Beyond that, Super Heroes largely holds to the same "rules" as the rest of the line, so we're looking at one-issue storylines with an emphasis on fun and action.

Tobin will be writing the first arc, featuring Spider-Man, Iron Man and the Hulk in stories that revolve around the Hulk entering Orthus and Cerberus into a dog show, extreme sports in space, a Kang the Conqueror plot involving potato chips, and Klaw becoming a country singer. As if it couldn't get even more insanely brilliant, Tobin dropped some hints, and some preview art (above) about an upcoming Marvel project with his wife, the crazy talented Colleen Coover.

Can I just take a minute to express my love for the Marvel Adventures line and all of Marvel's all ages comics? They rock so much. I don't read everything from Marvel Adventures, but it's worth noting that they are so good I can actually read one of those comics even if it features Iron Man. As a matter of fact, I would even consider reading Marvel Adventures: Iron Man.

What makes these comics so great that I would recommend them to children and adults alike? Well, for starters, they're just really good, imaginative superhero comics that aren't bogged down by years of continuity, and are free of the rather depressing characterizations that have plagued the main Marvel Universe for quite a while now. These superheroes are actually acting like heroes. It's a novel concept, but I think it's one people can get behind. It's also really nice to be able to pick up a comic and not have to worry if you will be able to understand what is going on.

Furthermore, these comics know how to bring the crazy. The plots for the first four issues that Tobin describes in the interview are pretty typical of the high concept, high energy vibe they have going on in the Marvel Adventures line. They may seem kind of hokey, but you would be surprised at how witty and action packed they can be too. I've picked up a few of them in those little digests they collect them in with the full intention of passing them on to my nephew after I read them myself. I'm a little ashamed to admit that I've been unwilling to part with a couple of them.

What I am saying here is that, if you are looking to have a good time, while you're reading comics, the all ages comics are th way to go. In addition to the Marvel Adventures line, Marvel also has X-Men: First Class (my personal favorite comic book right now) and Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane, which is available in trade and will eventually be returning with new issues. As for the Paul Tobin's project with Colleen Coover, if it is half as adorable as the little back up stories she does with Jeff Parker in X-Men: First Class, I may just die from cute.

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Comments (3)

Jack:

Is Iron Man really that bad nowadays? I haven't read comics in a two years, but I know that it had gotten a lot better that it used to be. Maybe ten years ago (I think back when Busiek was writing it), it was intolerable. If he couldn't write hikself out of something, then TECHNOLOGY would save the day. Long, incomprehensible explanations of how Tony tuned his repulsors to the frequency of zzzzzzzzzz... I'M AWAKE! THE ANSWER IS TWELVE!

Anyway, my point is, it could be worse.

Apparently the Iron Man comic is fairly decent, and there's another one coming out that's being written by one of the best writers right now, Matt Fraction. I just don't read comic books about evil, fascist dickwads. It's a personal preference.

Jack:

I misspelled "himself".

He wasn't always an evil fascist. I remember the good old days when he was just a drunk. Is FCUI against the law? Fighting Crime Under the Influence? It was either that or Wearing a Robot Suit and Fighting a Guy with a Lot of Rings Under the Influence.