Marvel Comics is no stranger to translating their graphic novels into regular novel form – the Incredible Hulk tale What Savage Beast by Peter David comes to mind – but starting this June, they are planning to release a steady stream of novelizations of comic book events, starting with Civil War, as adapted by Stuart Moore.
“Releasing our most acclaimed graphic novels as prose fiction not only allows us to reach a different audience with these stories, but also gives us a chance to bring those readers back to the comics that started it all,” said David Gabriel, Senior VP of Sales for Marvel. “Civil War is easily our best-selling graphic novel of the past decade and certainly one of the most influential in recent memory, so it was the perfect launch title for this new line. Not only will you get all the action that Mark Millar and Steve McNiven delivered in comic form but no fan will want to miss the new wrinkles we’ve added in this novel.”
If you're anything like me and find yourself depressed at the fact that, of all things, Civil War is the best-selling book of the decade, you likely have one burning question: will those "new wrinkles" manage to make any of the questionable characterization in Civil War make sense? If you really want to know, you'll have to risk finding out for yourself. There's a chance that maybe the story could be redeemed by a novel's depth of analysis, but explaining why the Punisher would kill two people in a room full of superheroes is going to be a hard sell.
Regardless of how you actually feel about this story, there is no denying how influential it has been, and how it's pretty well shaped all of Marvel's continuity of the last several years. So it makes sense that it would be the first one marked for novelization. If you're a fan, here's another chance to revel in superheroes fighting each other (which you will get again with this summer's Avengers vs. X-Men event). If you're not a fan, maybe this will be able to convert you to Millar's way of thinking when he was churning out these pages from a hospital sickbed, taking breaks to puke his guts out.