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CM Punk tapped to pen Avengers Vs. X-Men hardcover intro

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WWE fans have been wondering all week who CM Punk would choose to fight at the WWE’s next pay-per-view event — his old nemesis John Cena or the as-yet-undefeated (at least under his current gimmick) Ryback. But here’s something else to wonder about: Was he Team Cyclops or Team Captain America?

No doubt we’ll find out in a few short weeks, as Punk drops one of his vintage “pipe bombs” on comics fans. The WWE Champion has been tapped to write the introduction to the Avengers vs. X-Men hardcover, due in stores Nov. 7.

“I worked really hard to get to where I’m at and it’s cool to be afforded opportunities like this. To me, it’s hard work paying off and I’m having a lot of fun right now,” Punk told USA Today’s Brian Truitt.

Based on his tastes in comics — he’s a huge fan of Ed Brubaker’s run on Captain America – my guess is he was cheering for the Avengers. But his tendency to demand “respect” from his fellow WWE superstars where he thinks none exists seems to align with the sentiments of the mutants in the story. The article focuses on his comic book reading history and habits–he’s not a digital guy, saying “I need to hold it in my hands,” and he’s a fan of Larry Hama’s GI Joe, Preacher, PunisherMAX, Hickman’s Fantastic Four and Criminal.

He also teased the possibility of writing something for Marvel, noting they’d kicked around a few ideas. Earlier this year Punk and Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso exchanged some tweets about Punk maybe writing something for them, so maybe if he survives Hell in a Cell in two weeks, he’ll get that chance.



Remember when intros were done by guys like Stephen King, or the people who….you know, actually WORKED on the book?

I am intrigued by Marvel’s embrace of this strain of absurdism and I look forward to seeing how it influences future company behaviour.

Yeah, why didn’t they get someone like Stan Lee to do the intro? He did create both teams…

They just announced Stan is writing something for Spiderman 700. I love Stan but there is nothing wrong with getting a fresh perspective once in a while and unless they can get someone huge who we haven’t heard from in a while (maybe John Bryne?) then what’s the harm in having someone interesting who loves the material do it. Otherwise you get the stuff written by Tim Burton that was clearly not even written by him. I’d rather have it be someone like Punk do it if he’s actually going to sit down read it and write about it then have some one have their publicist do it and insult the fans intelligence thinking we won’t notice the difference.

Skott Tastrophe

October 15, 2012 at 2:12 pm

I would think the logic behind having someone outside the normal scope of comicdom like a CM Punk provide a forward would be to ideally draw in a segment of the population not already entrenched in the ranks of regular comic buyers. Considering Punk has a fairly rabid fanbase among twenty and thirty-somethings who are already into a medium that relies heavily on suspension of disbelief, I would assume Marvel’s banking that he might bring in more of their key demographic of likely comic buyers. Given the WWE’s ratings of late, that might only bring in an extra few hundred thousand people who might even give it a sniff, but given how a few thousand copies affect comic and trade paperback sales, that little bump could mean an extra bump up on the sales chart.

Night Swordsman

October 15, 2012 at 2:41 pm

If Patrick Stewart can write a intro for a volume of Transmetropolitan, then there is no reason why CM Punk can not write a intro for AvX. Nothing wrong with a celebrity intro now and again.

Are they scared that the trade wont sell so they went and got a “celebrity” to endorse it? Marvel isn’t doing that bad in comics sales are they? This makes me NOT want to by the hardcover. I could honestly care less about what CM Punk thought about the book and I’m sure lots of other people will agree. Want his opinion? Catch him at a CON and ask him. This isn’t to say that I dislike the guy or I’m bashing him or Marvel. I just don’t see how his involvement solidifies the impact and “importance” of the book to the rest of the Marvel U. This is the book that reboots-doesn’t-reboot the Marvel Universe right? Why isn’t one of the creators of said universe giving us the intro? Tacky move Marvel. Very Tacky and gimmicky indeed.

@Night Swordsman, Patrick Stewart has been involved w/ the sci fi genre AND he portrayed Professor Charles Xavier in X-Men. It makes sense to have someone like THAT add an intro to a comic. It adds credibility, and a sort (psychological) validation that someone in the mainstream would touch a comic, read it, and give his opinion of it in length in the book itself. CM Punk does none of those things.

I don’t see how this is considered “gimmicky”. There has been a long tradition of having people who have nothing to do with the book write an intro. I also don’t see how anyone thinks that whoever writes a one or two page intro to something is going to affect sales. Personally though I think it’s awesome. I loved AvX and CM Punk is one of my favorite wrestlers. Looking forward to reading his intro and don’t think it’s absurd at all.

P.S. just for reference:
Patrick Stewart / Transmetropolitan, Ben Affleck / Daredevil, Stephen King / Sandman, Jonathan Ross / Ultimates 2, and many more I’m sure.

What’s wrong with a famous comic book fan writing an introduction for a comic book? Its better than have someone who just portrayed a role but not have even picked up a comic book before he read a movie script And i am not referring to Patrick Stewart.

Saying Patrick Stewart makes sense to write a Transmet intro because he played Professor X furthers my point. CM Punk yells “It’s Clobberin’ Time” during his ring intro and he also has his outfits designed by Jill Thompson and is a huge comic book fan. If my train of thought on that doesn’t make sense to you then I’ll conced that you are right and by your logic the intro for AvX should’ve been written by Uma Thurman because she played Poison Ivy once.

“…and by your logic the intro for AvX should’ve been written by Uma Thurman because she played Poison Ivy once.”

Hahahaha! That’s great.

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