Marvel's Civil War prose novel will be adapted to GraphicAudio... a Movie in Your Mind!
Source: Press Release
In 2006, the Marvel Universe changed forever with the Civil War crossover event, which pitted hero against hero in an epic showdown that spanned fifteen miniseries and a hundred and ninety-six crossover issues. Civil War not only had lasting ramifications for the ficitonal Marvel Universe, but for the comics industry as a whole, as ignoring characterization and storytelling in favor of pumping out gimmicky, money-grabbing event after gimmicky-money-grabbing event became an annual tradition.
Marvel released a prose novel adaptation of the story last month, allowing fans to experience the mischaracterization of beloved characters all over again, this time without pictures. Marvel hasn't stopped there, though. Now, you can imagine Iron Man acting like a Nazi, Reed Richards creating an evil clone of Thor, and Captain America surrendering to pressure rather than fighting what he believes in with the assistance of GraphicAudio... a Movie in Your Mind.
GrapicAudio isn't your standard audiobook. It has a full cast of voice actors, a cinematic score, and sound effects, all designed to hopefully distract the listener from subbar storytelling and unlikable characters. "'This is final, definitive proof that you can polish a turd,'" said Joe Quesada," lied the Outhouse.
If the audiobook doesn't convince readers that Civil War was a good story, Marvel will keep trying, in an effort to fulfill their longstanding business model of telling the same story over and over again forever literally, instead of just figuratively with rehashed plotlines and lack of any real character progression in their comics. Next up is the Smell-O-Vision version of Civil War, which will delight the noses of readers with the pungent combination of mutant sweat and the blood of children on Wolverine's claws, followed by another audio version produced using tones and pitches that can only be heard by dogs.
Civil War in GraphicAudio will be released in March, 2013, and will be followed by two Ultimates novels and a Spider-Man novel, so get ready to make some tough decisions, Nobel Prize committee.
Marvel will not be held responsible for intelligent readers gouging their eardrums with sporks after listening to a serious debate about civil rights get reduced to an immature tale of fistfights in spandex in full cinematic audio.
Press release below:
MARVEL COMICS New Prose Novel, CIVIL WAR, To Be Published in GraphicAudio®…A Movie in Your Mind® Audio Entertainment
Bethesda, Maryland: Marvel Comics’ new prose novel, CIVIL WAR, will be adapted to GraphicAudio®…A Movie in Your Mind® audio productions. The Cutting Corporation and Marvel Entertainment have entered into a licensing agreement where four of Marvel’s prose novels will be released in the GraphicAudio®…A Movie in Your Mind® unique audiobook format. GraphicAudio® audio productions are six hours on average of action packed audio entertainment with sound effects, cinematic music, narration and a full cast.
CIVIL WAR adapted by Stuart Moore (Wolverine) is a story that altered the Marvel Universe. “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?”
CIVIL WAR, the Prose Novel was released in June 2012 and CIVIL WAR in GraphicAudio® will be released in March of 2013 and initially available at www.graphicaudio.net and www.graphicaudiointernational.net. Two titles featuring The Ultimates and one title featuring a Spider-Man prose novel in GraphicAudio® will follow.
Anji Cornette, Executive Producer at GraphicAudio® says, “We are very excited to be working with Marvel and to have this opportunity to publish CIVIL WAR in our GraphicAudio®…A Movie in Your Mind® audio entertainment format and I know with certainty that our fans are going to be looking forward to the release.”
“CIVIL WAR is one of the most popular and resonant Super Hero stories of all time, full of the action, drama and intrigue that make it so perfect for the GraphicAudio format,” said Ruwan Jayatilleke, Associate Publisher & Senior Vice President, Print, Animation and Digital Media, Marvel Entertainment. “Working with The Cutting Corporation allows us to deliver this epic conflict between the heroes of the Marvel Universe, led by Iron Man and Captain America, in a way fans haven’t ever experienced before!”
About Marvel Entertainment:
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. www.marvel.com
About GraphicAudio®…A Movie in Your Mind®: GraphicAudio®…A Movie in Your Mind® is an imprint of The Cutting Corporation. Since 2004, GraphicAudio® has published approximately 725 titles and 45 different series in their GraphicAudio®…A Movie in Your Mind® audiobook entertainment format. GraphicAudio® has adapted other comic prose novels in GraphicAudio®…A Movie in Your Mind®. Previously, in 1983, The Cutting Corporation worked with Marvel Comics on CLASSIC COMICS: Deluxe Comic Book and Tape through Fisher Price. For more on GraphicAudio®…A Movie in Your Mind® visit: www.graphicaudio.net or www.graphicaudiointernational.com. Join the conversation on www.facebook.com/graphicaudio and www.twitter.com/graphicaudio.