A fundamentalist Islamic terrorist codenamed The Iron Muslim, the world’s leading for-profit deity ScienTHORlogy, and Captain American Idol, a reality TV star thawed out from the 1940s: Avengefuls Assemble!
This April, Bleeding Cool’s Rich Johnston parodies Marvel’s The Avengers in four one-shots from BOOM! Studios that anticipate the biggest movie release this summer.
No, we’re not talking about Step Up 4…
Each one-shot will be released on one of the four Wednesdays leading up to The Avengers’ big screen release on 4th May.
First to be published, on 11th April, is The Avengefuls (Diamond Previews code: FEB120845) drawn by Joshua Covey, followed the next week on 18th April with The Iron Muslim (FEB120849) drawn by Bryan Turner.
The week after, 25th April, sees the release of Captain American Idol (FEB120847), penciled by Chris Haley, with the final title, ScienTHORlogy (FEB120851), shipping on 2nd May drawn by the great Bronze Age Batman artist Michael Netzer!
The Avengefuls #1: Can The Hoff assemble this rag-tag group together into a team ready to face Earth’s greatest threats? Well, he better, because that’s why we’re making this comic! Written by Rich Johnston (yeah, him again) and drawn by Joshua Covey with a cover by Mark Stafford.
Iron Muslim #1: Trapped in a warzone, Al Stark has an epiphany: “Americans are a superstitious and cowardly lot. I shall become a Muslim!” Al, newly inspired, takes his jihad to New York City, and a showdown with a Freedom Fighter who resembles a certain Caped Crusader… The Iron Muslim is written by Rich Johnston and drawn by Bryan Turner with a cover by Mark Stafford.
(Cue media-hyped outrage from all quarters before anyone’s even seen the book…)
Captain American Idol #1: During World War II, Captain American was America’s #1 entertainer, thrilling audiences stateside and on the front lines — until a Komikaze attack on his show seemingly took him away forever. But now, a TV talent show looking for fresh blood instead finds the Captain’s frozen body. Written by Rich Johnston, drawn by Chris Haley with a cover by Mark Stafford.
ScienTHORlogy #1: Norse (and comic book) legend says Thor is the son of Odin. But what if he was really the spawn of alien overlords who harness volcanoes for ammunition for their intergalactic war and inspire a sci-fi writer to create a church? What if that church was created to deal with the fallout of that war and recruits movie stars to aid their cause? Written by Rich Johnston and drawn by the great Bronze Age talent Michael Netzer (Batman, Marvel Team-Up).
“Rich Johnston takes us on a raucous ride through politics, fanaticism, and the healing power of Hollywood, and no one is spared,” said Ross Richie, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BOOM! Studios. “Expect his typical irreverent personality, along with a big dollop of black humour and some scathing satire. This one’s not for the faint of heart!”
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.