The GeeksverseMc2 Check List

Mc2 Check List
Published on Sunday, October 7, 2012 by

Marvel Next was a great project that I learned about too late. Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz created  a second generation for the Marvel Universe that allowed the calender to roll forward and heroes retire. This is what happens next when the retcons and reboots aren’t used. This low selling corner of the Marvel Universe has a surprising amount of trade paperbacks and digest sized trades.

I’m a fan of the trades. I don’t quite have them all but thought I needed to keep a check list to ensure that one day I can label a short box as the complete world of Mc2 or Marvel Next.

Trade paperbacks

  • Spider-Girl (reprints Spider-Girl #0–8)
  • Last Hero Standing ( reprints Last Hero Standing #1–5)
  • Last Planet Standing (reprints Last Planet Standing #1–5)
  • Amazing Spider-Girl Vol. 1: Whatever Happened to the Daughter of Spider-Man (reprints Amazing Spider-Girl #0–6)
  • Amazing Spider-Girl Vol. 2: Comes the Carnage! (reprints Amazing Spider-Girl #7–12)
  • Amazing Spider-Girl Vol. 3: Mind Games (Amazing Spider-Girl #13–18)
  • Amazing Spider-Girl Vol. 4: Brand New May (reprints Amazing Spider-Girl #19-24)
  • Amazing Spider-Girl Vol. 5: Maybreak (reprints Amazing Spider-Girl #25-30)
  • Avengers Next: Rebirth (reprints Avengers Next #1–5)
  • Fantastic Five: The Final Doom (reprints Fantastic Five vol. 2 #1–5)
  • American Dream: Beyond Courage (reprints American Dream #1-5)

The smaller pocket sized digests are handy reads. The art and color is reprinted well. One of the only drawbacks is the small print in the reduced size that sometimes bleeds into the spine. The digests were originally packaged to be sold at non-comic book shops on book sellers. These would have been good all ages reads if they had been truly easy to find at K-Marts, Targets, and Wal-Marts. They were available at Books-a-Million.

Digests

  • Spider-Girl Vol. 1: Legacy (reprints Spider-Girl #0–5)
  • Spider-Girl Vol. 2: Like Father Like Daughter (reprints Spider-Girl #6–11)
  • Spider-Girl Vol. 3: Avenging Allies (reprints Spider-Girl #12–16 and Spider-Girl Annual 1999)
  • Spider-Girl Vol. 4: Turning Point (reprints Spider-Girl #17–21 and #½)
  • Spider-Girl Vol. 5: Endgame (reprints Spider-Girl #22–27)
  • Spider-Girl Vol. 6: Too Many Spiders! (reprints Spider-Girl #28–33)
  • Spider-Girl Vol. 7: Betrayed (reprints Spider-Girl #34–38, 51)
  • Spider-Girl Vol. 8: Duty Calls (reprints Spider-Girl #39–44)
  • Spider-Girl Vol. 9: Secret Lives (reprints Spider-Girl #45–50)
  • Spider-Girl Vol. 10: Season of the Serpent (reprints Spider-Girl #52-59)
  • Spider-Girl Vol. 11: Marked for Death (reprints Spider-Girl #60-66)
  • Spider-Girl vol. 12: The Games Villains Play (reprints Spider-Girl #67-72)
  • Spider-Girl Presents A-Next Vol. 1: Second Coming (reprints A-Next #1–6)
  • Spider-Girl Presents Fantastic Five Vol. 1: In Search of Doom (reprints Fantastic Five #1–5)
  • Spider-Girl Presents Juggernaut Jr. Vol. 1: Secrets and Lies (reprints J2 #1–6)
  • Spider-Girl Presents The Buzz and DarkDevil (reprints The Buzz #1–3 and DarkDevil #1–3)
  • Spider-Girl Presents Wild Thing: Crash Course (reprints Wild Thing #0–5)

Unfortunately, not all of these comics have been reprinted. Honestly most of the series has been collected. Used on-line stores have decent prices on these trades and digests used. They have been out for several years. Finding them new is still possible at comic shops that stock all-ages comics heavily.

Instead of running down all of the single issues, I am highlighting the single issues that are uncollected. That’ll help make your collection portable and as compact as possible.

Single issues

  • What If (volume 2) #105 (Marvel Comics, February 1998)
  • Spider-Girl#73–100,
  • A-Next #6–12
  • J2 #6–12
  • Spider-man Magazine (prose story, Marvel Comics, April 2007)
  • Spider-girl: The End One shot (Marvel Comics, September 2010)
  • Captain America Corps #1-5 (Marvel Comics, June 2011)

These late 90s comics may not be the stuff of legends and frequent discussion at your local comic book shop but they were solid comics. Critics panned it for trying to be an artificial return to comics golden age. Super heroes and teen high school drama was a winning formula for Marvel comics and it worked again for Defalco and Frenz and company. They created noble heroes struggling with real life without the overly wrought retconning and reversals. These are comics that should wind up on everyone’s reading list even though they haven’t yet.

But don’t take my word for it. Take this list to your local comic shop and see what they can do for you.

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