When you mention the name Charlamagne Tha God, most heads in the hip-hop community will think of the controversial voice of Power 105.1’s morning show The Breakfast Club. He’s the one that Birdman tried to press last April, and a tense interview with Beanie Sigel the following October. He may have gotten flack for meeting up with Tomi Lahren in New York, but if there’s one thing Charlamagne does, it’s speak his truth, whether you agree with him or not.
One thing people don’t know about Charlamagne, who also hosts MTV2’s Uncommon Sense is that he’s a huge comic book fan. “Anybody who knows me, knows I’m a Marvel fanatic,” Charlamagne says. “I have Wolverine tatted on my right arm.” He’s dissected superhero films on his podcast The Brilliant Idiots and on social media in the past, and now, he’s dropped his first Marvel Comic, Charlamagne Tha God’s Marvel New Year’s Eve, which he wrote and stars in.
The project, which was written by Charlamagne with art from Nelson Blake II, MAST, and Andres Massa, was done in the similar vein as Method Man’s Ghost Rider Christmas comic from December, but Charlamagne actually got a chance to be in the issue. The story is a simple one: Charlamagne plans a VIP New Year’s Eve bash and invites loads of Marvel superheroes. The maniacal Norman Osbourne, who Spider-Man fans know as the Green Goblin, isn’t on the list, and he isn’t happy about it. The issue is as funny as Charlamagne can be in the Marvel world. Marvel Comics Editor in chief recently broke down how this union first came about.
“When Charlamagne stopped by our offices a few months ago, it became immediately clear he’s a Marvel Zombie through and through. So we got to talking,” Alonso continues, “and it turns out he’s got story to tell in 2017. A story that drops him right into the center of the Marvel Universe, where he will go toe to toe against one of our biggest villains, with a timely assist from some of his handpicked favorite heroes.”
Charlamagne Tha God’s Marvel New Year’s Eve is an example of the worlds of hip-hop and comic books colliding, and is available digitally today.