When we think about Marvel’s Roster, Spider-Man, the X-Men and Iron Man are some of the first names to come to our mind. They have been the company’s mainstay for decades. They are blockbuster materials but the spotlight has been on them for a long time now and that makes them a bit stale sometimes.If you dig a little deeper into Marvel’s current roster of releases and you’ll find gems which are not as appreciated as they should be. They may not (yet) be the headline-grabbing stars but,of late these have been telling better stories than the usual stock in Marvel repertoire. Which are these?
Hawkeye’s meteoric rise under writer Matt Fraction and artist David Aja’s stewardship is nothing short of phenomenal. They made Hawkeye undergo a transition from being the laughingstock of the Avengers to being the coolest and that’s saying something. The influence of this can be felt by the titles to follow in this list. It also sets standard and example for Marvel thata superhero story doesn’t have to follow cookie-cutter formula (the market is full of lack of originality anyway).
Clint Barton a.k.a. Hawkeye is not a superhero in the true sense of the word. When he’s not involved in mankind and world saving missions with the rest of the avengers, he fights off thugs who are like him, i.e. non super villain. There in, comes the freshness of it all.
Barton resides in a run-down New York apartment with his dog and that’s where much of the actions take place.The actions include no space flights or fate of the world or galaxy. It’s a good old story of a good guy defending his fellow tenants from a tracksuit-wearing Russian gang. As such it is more in the mould of Daredevil only not that dark or grim.
The most fun elements in the comics are from moments when Clint interacts with Kate Bishop. She is ayoung archer who also uses the Hawkeye name. Their repartee is witty, concise and snappy. Their conversations often evokeand remind us of classic comedy films like Philadelphia Storyin moments such as when Kate battles through her mentor’s psychological baggage and self-loathing to get him motivated to do his job.
With only 22 issues, the Fraction/Aja Hawkeye is a quick and essential read for comic books fans. The scale is smaller, the story more personal and succeeds on every level.
Paul Bettanyportrayed the socially awkward android in the Marvel movieswhose name is Vision.Those familiar only with big Marvel superheroes might think that he is new but he has been around for years. He is not widely known due to lack of trying on the character’s part. He has been made a leading man before but none of his standalone could strike a chord with readers. That is until recently.
Ever since writer Tom King has taken over the reins for a new Vision title things have changed for the better. It could’ve or couldn’t have been inspired by anything more than Marvel’s desire to take advantage of the character’s onscreen arrival in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but the end result is nothing just wow! – A superhero unique and completely different from anything else on the market today.
In the on-going series, Vision has taken a wife; rather,to be precise created one. In it,years ago Scarlet Witch (whose on-again/off-again relationship with Vision is well known) gave Vision a sample of her brainwaves. He was essentially told to make a version of her. Complying with her wishes, he created his new android spouse whom he named Virginia.
Together, they fused their brainwaves to create their children, Vin and Viv. Desperate and desiring some semblance of human normalcy, Vision and his family created a new life for themselves. They settled down in suburbs and he started commuting to his Avengers job.The core idea of King’s story is to reverse superhero stories convention of a normal being aspiring and becoming a superhero (Spider-Man, Captain America, et al) by making god-like powerful beings aspire to be something much less than they are.
Other than that Vision grapples a lot of other ideas: the bland and boring complexity of suburban life, crumbling marriages, the nature of love and the definition of humanity, and the horrific lengths people will go to in order to protect their own. I tell you, this isno comic book. It is a stunning HBO hourlong drama in the form ofa comic book.That it stars an Avenger instead of Kevin Spacey is accidental.