Marvel is making the move into classic literature. OK, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but beginning in June, fans will start seeing some of Marvel’s biggest stories on other shelves in their local bookstores. That’s right; Marvel’s going into the prose business.

The world’s most popular super heroes can be found in the pages of Marvel Comics every week, but now their greatest stories are set to conquer the world of prose fiction! Launching in June 2012 with the adaptation of Civil War, Marvel will release its most popular stories of all time as prose novels.

 

Stuart Moore will adapt Civil War to prose format for MarvelIt all begins in Civil War, adapted by author Stuart Moore (Wolverine), with the story that irrevocably altered the Marvel Universe and redefined comic books for an entire generation. In the wake of a tragedy, Capitol Hill proposes the Superhuman Registration Act, requiring all costumed heroes to unmask themselves before the government. Divided, the nation’s greatest champions must each decide how to react — but will you side with Iron Man or Captain America? And just which heroes will pay the ultimate price?

 

“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 Vice President of Sales, Marvel Entertainment. “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. ”

 

Stay tuned to www.marvel.com for news on Civil War and the rest of Marvel’s upcoming prose novels.

I really like the idea of Marvel moving into prose. Though some people may feel that these stories aren’t meant for prose as comics are a visual medium, I disagree. In the hands of the right novelist, any story can be told in prose format. Granted, the writer’s job is a lot harder as they have to weave the imagery with words alone. But I feel that Stuart Moore is an adept enough writer to be able to handle the task.

Though Marvel is beginning with Civil War, I’m excited to see what other storylines they adapt. Maybe Secret Wars or Avengers: Disassembled. I would loved to see X-Tinction Agenda and maybe even a full series based on the Age of Apocalypse that fills in a lot of the gaps readers didn’t get to see. Man, just thinking about the possibilities is getting me even more hyped for this move. I can’t wait for June.