If it’s wrong to be as excited about the prospect of Stuart Moore’s prose version of Civil War as I am, then I don’t want to be right. Prose adaptations of comics have long fascinated me, if only for their seeming lack of reason to exist (Are there really that many people out there thinking “I wish I could read Kingdom Come, but I far prefer my Superman stories to be in prose as I cannot stand comic books”?). I’ve long been tempted by Greg Cox’ Final Crisis adaptation (He also wrote prose versions of Infinite Crisis, 52 and Countdown to Final Crisis), if only to see just how he manages to build something resembling a coherent prose narrative out of a series that seemed as much an attempt to break traditional comic narrative storytelling as anything else, for example, and I’ll happily admit to believing that Greg Rucka’s Batman: No Man’s Land is far, far more enjoyable to me than the never-ending comic book version of the story.
I could be wrong – And, if I am, I have no doubt that you’ll let me know in the comments – but Civil War might be the first time that a Marvel storyline has been adapted into prose, as far as I can remember. There have been plenty of Marvel superhero prose releases before (Who can forget Star Trek: The Next Generation/X-Men: Planet X?), but they were all original storylines, I think. Moving the “real” Marvel U storylines into prose is a smart idea, though, making today’s comic continuity more easily accessible for newcomers (“Read the prose book” is much easier for newcomers looking to catch up on their backstory than “Read the several hardcover collections, or maybe the twenty-odd paperback collections, some of which are out of print,” after all) while also franchising the characters into a whole new medium for movie fans looking for more from the Avengers characters. Moore revealed on Twitter that he’s also going to be editing future prose adaptations for Marvel, so I hope the line is a success. I really like Moore, and hope this is a hit for him.