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Dec 182014
 

(Note: The previous epsiode in the feed was accidently episode 26.  This is the missing episode 25).  Jon and Lily celebrate their quarter-century mark by first doing a lookback at The Incredible Hulk as part of their MCU Rewatch and then journeying to the concentration camp at Heinemund with Sgt. Fury. Also, they completely forget to notice that they’ve hit the big 25, but ah well.

 

Dec 182014
 

by Etienne Paul, CMRO Contributing Writer

New Avengers

Issue #27

Written by Jonathan Hickman, Art by Szymon Kudranski

Published: January 2015

New Avengers #27

I have recently started thinking of comics in much the same vein as professional wrestling. I will be honest, the later is not something I have watched for well over a decade, but it was a fairly defining part of my teenage life and in a weird way taught me a lot about building towards a climax. Or more precisely, how not to do it. Comics are much the same as the feuds that occur in wrestling where you have an established hero (face) and villain (heel) but often they have only the most tenuous of connections and history. You spend numerous issues (episodes) showing the villain interfering with the hero (bad mouthing his girlfriend) until you get their first fight. Often the hero loses this fight, or the villain fakes a loss so that as the story builds you get a moment of revenge for their loss. Now clearly in comics the villains do not tend to win, whereas the heels in wrestling often do, but that is more to do with the fact that comic villains are intrinsically evil, whereas the heels are merely nasty, but can still be the crowd favourite.

So for everyone still reading and not thinking I have gone mad, where exactly am I going with this? In wrestling all these minor bumps and scuffles take place on the regular TV show, but the big title deciders, the huge revenge cage matches and sledge hammers to the face take place in the pay-per-view events. In much the same way your ordinary Marvel comic contains ordinary character development, a slow build of a story most of which will grow until it explodes in the next big event. Obviously some of the smaller characters will have all their important moments in normal books, but, especially in recent years, the big name characters are killed off, depowered, turn heel or simply leave the known universe in the Event comics (or their spin off). Some massive character changing events are so important that they start a new series especially for it as it spirals out of a story like Original Sin (Thor) or AXIS (Iron Man). What you categorically do not ever do is introduce a world changing, major character defining moment in issue #27 of a long running series which is completely disconnected to the major event of the time.

What you do not ever do, under any circumstances, is do it twice in one issue. This book is akin to the World Heavyweight Championship and the Tag Team Championship both changing on the same day on a 30 minute promo show, or killing Wolverine and aging Captain America during an issue of The Punisher. It is so casual and yet so fantastic all at the same time.

Words do start to escape me when I try to describe this comic without giving it away entirely, one of the major happenings kick off only 5 pages into the book, the other 5 pages from the end. Both of them involve the biggest names in Marvel comics, one explaining so much, the other is just all kinds of awesome. However this is not the end of the reveals in this book. Last year during Infinity we heard all about the ‘Black Priests’ and ‘Ivory Kings,’ the races that would destroy the multiverse; so what does this comic do, it throws us right into the middle of a conflict with them. The villains from last year, the Ex Nihlo, servants of the Builders are now the army with which the Earth is fighting back, then again are they fighting for our earth, all earths or the multiverse in general is not clear.

So lost for the ability to describe much that goes on in this book without spoiling everything that happens, basically I am safe telling you that Thorr and Hyperion take their army into the Black Priest dimension to fight those that can kill with a single word. I would be very remiss if I did not mention how stunning the art is in this book, especially the first half as it fades away a little towards the end. The opening page of the Black Priest is incredibly dramatic as is the flood of Ex Nihlo on the next page. It is hard to see how even those powerful beings can challenge 1000s of magically powered Black Priests; it would take a God or a Master Magician to pull this off, if only they had those…

Dec 182014
 
Updated
  • X-Man #30 to add Elaine Grey, John Grey, Gailyn Bailey, Joey Bailey, X-Man, Cable, Jean Grey (Earth-9575) and Bastion.
  • X-Force #70 (v1) to add Shatterstar, Mirage, Vanisher, Siryn, Sunspot, Gryphon, Rictor, Warpath, Boom-Boom, Domino, Caliban and Cable and add X-Force.
  • Classic X-Men #16 to add Damien McLanahan, Professor X, Lilandra, Vindicator and Maeve Rourke Cassidy and remove Wolverine.
  • Thor #386 (v1) to add Targo and add Gods of Egypt and Danaans and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Incredible Hulk #338 (v1) to add Agent Trump.
  • Wolverine #117 (v2) to add Bastion, Jubilee, Storm, Jean Grey, Cyclops, Cannonball and Wolverine and add X-Men.
  • X-Force #69 (v1) to add Rictor, Boom-Boom, Domino, Caliban, Cable, Shatterstar, Siryn, Sunspot, Ozymandias, Sledge, Gryphon, Vanisher, Risque, Mirage, Warpath and George Washington Bridge and add SHIELD and X-Force.
  • X-Force #66 (v1) to add Sledge.
  • X-Force #67 (v1) to add Gryphon.
  • X-Force #68 (v1) to add Gryphon and Sledge.
  • Cable #47 (v1) to add Bastion, Donald Pierce, George Washington Bridge and Cable and add Hellfire Club.
  • Daredevil #249 (v1) to add Fats (Fatboys), Vanna Herald, Hilda (Legal Aid Hotline) and Marilyn Burbank.
  • X-Force #60 (v1) to add Sledge.
  • Power Man and Iron Fist #80 (v1) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Rom #30 to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Rom #32 to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Defenders #105 (v1) to update Doctor Strange, Beast, Hellstorm and and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Daredevil #183 (v1) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Daredevil #184 (v1) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Marvel Mystery Comics #46e to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Updated Hilda (Legal Aid Hotline)
Added
Dec 172014
 

by Etienne Paul, CMRO Contributing Writer

Scarlet Spiders

Issue #1

Written by Mike Costa, Art by Paco Diaz

Published: January 2015

Scarlet Spiders #1

If anyone had said to me 6 months ago that I would not only adore Amazing Spider-Man, but also be raving about another 2 Spider series, being complimentary about an anthology title and hoping there is more to come from the other Spider-characters, well frankly I would have said you were mad. Other than Ultimate Spider-Man which reignited my love of comics back in 2000, Spider-Man has always been a long long way down my list of favourite characters, to such an extent that in the build up to Superior Spider-Man I was cheering for Doc Ock.

I really am not sure what it is I dislike about the character, but the films definitely have not helped. They emphasised the most boring part of the character, his disassociation and inability to fit in because he was a nerd, and that made the films painful to watch. Conversely the Spider-Man in comics is a wise cracking, confident, entrepreneurial genius with a host of incredibly hot women chasing after him. This comic focuses around 3 Spider-Clones, Ben Riley who thinks like Peter Parker, Ultimate Black Widow and my favourite, Kaine. While I have had this active dislike of Peter Parker, Kaine had started to change my opinion of all things Spider with his more brutal anti-hero persona and then his recent drift back towards the more heroic.

The first thing that strikes you about this comic is that the cover does not do the art justice. It is ok, its dynamic and it is about the same quality as you get on other comic covers (that aren’t drawn by Mark Brooks…) However when you turn to the interior you get these incredibly detailed characters drawn in immaculate detail with beautifully done directional shading and colouring. This does not do what a lot of comics seem to be trying by making the first few pages the best in the book and then letting it slip as it progresses. I am not sure whether it is intentional to catch people who read the first few pages to see if they want to buy it, or if the artist runs out of time and has to rush the book later on, but either way, it does not happen in this issue.

I will say that my adoration for this art will probably get a bit of flak, while it is drawn absolutely perfectly on every page, each character identical facially and in form to every other panel, I know that some people will moan about the style. Jessica does have a wasp waist, breasts large enough to give her serious back problems and all of them seem to have a little bit of giraffe in them with long slender necks. I view this as an idealised style, rather than an attempt to accurately portray the female figure, but I know it does irk the feminists and those that think comics are sexist. For what my opinion is worth, I think it is glorious in all its intricate detail.

Like Spider-Woman which launched last week, this comic both suffers and benefits from being launched in the middle of the Spider-Verse event. The benefit is the increased readership it will bring to the comic, as well as the guarantee of a decent story, but it suffers from not letting the series grow in its own right. Unlike Spider-Woman this is only a limited series and it will end with the event, and for that I am utterly gutted; it also means that at least one of these characters is likely to die in this comic. There are so many Spiders in all these books and the Inheritors have been set up as unstoppable killing machines. So far they have only picked off peripheral characters, those that were intentionally the ‘red shirts’ of the series, thrown a single line here or there and then hung out to die while the ‘heroes’ of the series can escape. Well in this title there are only three of them, there are no sacrificial spiders in this group so I think one of them is not making it back in one piece.

We just discovered in the main title that the Inheritors, while ridiculously hard to kill, are not completely invincible. The problem is that when you finally do take one down, his clone pops up to replace him. Therefore these three have been sent to one of their homeworlds, to find the place these clone are coming from and stop them. Without revealing the entire story, this book is the first one to introduce alternative characters other than Spiders and it is done to great effect. To be honest, I am surprised they do not catch on faster, after all they have been surrounded by 100s of other Spiders, many of them very different to each other despite their connection; why then do they expect everyone else to be exactly as they knew?

This is probably the most excited I have been about a limited series since Thanos Rising last year, although for completely different reasons. That was intrinsically distinctive and about one of the most talked about villains in Marvel history. I wanted to read that long before I saw it, even if it had been rubbish I knew it would be important. This on the other hand caught me unaware and I had passed over reading it this week until the end of the releases because the cover did not inspire me and other books looked on the surface more interesting. This is simply the best book from the best series in the best event this year and if not for books like this and it was only AXIS going on at the moment, I would have utterly lost faith in Marvel.

Dec 172014
 
Updated
  • Generation X #31 to add Husk, Jubilee, Emma Frost, Banshee, Chamber, M-Twins, M (Monet St. Croix), Skin, Synch, Miguela Tores, Emplate, D.O.A. and Bastion and add Generation X.
  • Classic X-Men #15 to add Professor X, Nightcrawler, Wolverine, Phoenix Force, Lilandra, Storm, Colossus, Banshee, Katherine Summers and Havok and update Jean Grey, Raza, Corsair, Cyclops, Hepzibah and Chod and add Shiar and X-Men.
  • Wolverine #116 (v2) to add Henry Gyrich, Wolverine, Cannonball, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Storm, Bastion and Robert Kelly and add X-Men.
  • Generation X #30 to add Chamber, Banshee, Husk, Jubilee, M-Twins, M (Monet St. Croix), Skin, Synch, Miguela Tores, D.O.A. and Emma Frost and add Generation X.
  • Iron Man Annual #9 to add Babs Bendix, Stratosfire, Douglas Bravner, Jonas Hale and Senator Boynton and add United States Armed Forces.
  • Generation X #29 to add Miguela Tores.
  • X-Force #68 (v1) to add Sunspot, Warpath, Mirage, Dragoness, Forearm, Tempo, Wildside, Bastion, Siryn and Domino and add X-Force and Mutant Liberation Front.
  • X-Men #68 (v2) to add Cecilia Reyes, Iceman, Marrow, Sabra, Charlotte Jones, Bastion, Henry Gyrich and Robert Kelly and add X-Men.
  • Iron Man #222 (v1) to add Force, Brie Daniels and Garrison Quint and update James Rhodes and add Stark Industries.
  • The Punisher #3 (v2) to add Joseph Fryer and add New American Revolution.
  • Incredible Hulk Annual #20d to add Rick Jones.
  • Daredevil #248 (v1) to add Marilyn Burbank, Tyrone Janson, Detective Crockett, Arranger, Hilda (Legal Aid Hotline) and Ross Janson and add New York Police Department.
  • Classic X-Men #14 to add Cyclops, Phoenix Force, Jean Grey, Chod, Raza, Hepzibah, Sikorsky, Waldo, Misty Knight, Professor X and Gladiator and update Lilandra and add Starjammers and Imperial Guard.
  • Iron Man #223 (v1) to add Lieutenant Sikking, Rae LaCoste and Garrison Quint and update James Rhodes and add Los Angeles Police Dept. and Stark Industries.
  • Iron Man #224 (v1) to add Lieutenant Sikking and Captain Warring and update James Rhodes and add Stark Industries and Los Angeles Police Dept..
  • Thor #383 (v1) to add Daillus the Daring and add Gods of Asgard.
  • Thor #384 (v1) to add Chairman, Tyrus the Terrible, Loki (Earth-8710) and Salla Ktor and add Corp (Earth-8710), Rock Trolls (Earth-8710) and Cult of the Hammer (Earth-8710) and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Alpha Flight #53 (v1) to add Breakdown, Guardian, Freakout and Janus and update Pathway and add Derangers.
  • New Mutants #55 (v1) to add Raek.
  • New Mutants #56 (v1) to add Brightwind and update Bird-Brain.
  • Avengers #217 (v1) to add United States Armed Forces and New York Police Department.
  • Thor #385 (v1) to add New York Police Department.
  • Master of Kung Fu #110 to add British Armed Forces.
  • Power Pack #33 (v1) to add New York Police Department.
  • X-Man #1 to update Toad (Earth-295), Sauron (Earth-295), Brute (Earth-295), Sonique (Earth-295), Mastermind (Earth-295), Domino (Earth-295), Shadow King (Earth-295), Forge (Earth-295) and X-Man.
  • Master of Kung Fu #108 to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Master of Kung Fu #109 to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Master of Kung Fu #111 to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Thor Annual #16b to update Salla Ktor.
  • Defenders #104 (v1) to update Daredevil and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Updated Salla Ktor
  • Updated Theron Atlanta
  • Updated Force
  • Updated Rae LaCoste
Added
Dec 172014
 

In their latest outing, Jon and Lily spend some time talking about the various Vankos in Iron Man 2 for their MCU Rewatch. Then Henry Pym and his young companion take a vacation to Greece, where they have to figure out why a giant Cyclops has been terrorizing the people. I’m not saying it’s aliens…. And finally, Dr. Strange gains a nemesis in his second introductory tale.

 

Dec 162014
 

by Joshua Starnes, CMRO Editor

While Warner Bros. slowly ramps up its slate of connected big-budget tentpole films, the television division continues to show the rest of the company how its done, spearheaded by the tireless work of Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns.

With no less than four series currently in production on network television – and three of them bona fide hits – Johns and the folks at DC Comics and Warner Horizon television are refusing to rest on their laurels.

Over the past several weeks, CBS confirmed news which was originally picked up by Bleeding Cool, that ARROW show runner Greg Berlanti was developing a Supergirl show for the network for next season. Nor is that the only Supershow on the way: now that the Man of Steel of thoroughly ensconced on the big screen TV execs are having to look to other portions of his mythos to fill the quota for regular weekly broadcasts.  From an idea very similar to FOX’s successful GOTHAM launch, SyFy is moving forward with KRYPTON, a prequel focusing on Kal-El’s grandfather, Seyg-El, and the events which led to the planets destruction. The show is being developed by MAN OF STEEL screenwriter (and CONSTANTINE executive producer) David S. Goyer and ONCE UPON A TIME showrunner Ian Goldberg.

Meanwhile Johns himself took to twitter today to let fans know that a project near and dear to his heart was finally coming to fruition.

“We shoot the pilot [for TITANS] next year,” Johns tweeted. “Long time coming to get Nightwing to live action!”

Yes, after several years of development hell a small screen version of the Teen Titans is headed for TNT, helmed by Johns and Akiva Goldsman and Marc Haimes, which will focus on Dick Grayson himself in the first ever live action version of Nightwing (unless you count the better than it should be unofficial web series) .

With three more series coming to join the four currently on the air DC looks to double the paltry four mini-series Marvel is managing via Netflix (and not all in the same year, either), proving that for all the hype Marvel doesn’t get everything its own way. Although it should be said not all of them will likely make it – NBC recently announced it was halting production on CONSTANTINE after episode 13, a move which has generated several petitions from fans to try and get the network to save the show.

Dec 162014
 
Updated
  • Classic X-Men #13 to add Eric the Red, Firelord and Cyclops.
  • Uncanny X-Men #348 (v1) to add Deathbird, Moira MacTaggert, Trish Tilby, Psylocke, Beast, Gambit, Joseph (Magneto Clone), Rogue, Angel and Bishop and add X-Men.
  • X-Men Unlimited #16 (v1) to add Banshee, Emma Frost, Bastion and Moira MacTaggert and add Generation X.
  • Iron Man #158 (v1) to update Mrs. Arbogast and Iron Man and add Stark Industries and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Marvel Fanfare #5b (v1) to add Nazi Party and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Fantastic Four #237 (v1) to add New York Police Department and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Marvel Fanfare #5a (v1) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Fantastic Four #239 (v1) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Marvel Team-Up #59 (v1) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Fantastic Four #238b (v1) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • US 1 #5 to update US Archer and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Fantastic Four #238a (v1) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Fantastic Four #236 (v1) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • US 1 #2 to update US Archer and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • US 1 #4 to update US Archer and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • US 1 #3 to update US Archer and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Master of Kung Fu #107 to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • US 1 #1 to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
Added
Dec 152014
 

Weekly Marvel Roundup for 12/08 - 12/14

 

Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1
Written by Sean Ryan
Art by Brandon Peterson and Antonio Fabela

Raistlin:
This week we had a lot of Annuals come out. Annuals are hit or miss for me. Sometimes they can be great, but other times they are a bore to push through. I would have to say this spider-man annual leans towards the second. I know it’s supposed to be a fun little romp, but I found it an utter waste of time. Also, not a fan of the art style of trying to blend real life images into comics. At least that’s what it looked like they were doing at times. Either way, this comic didn’t do it for me.
Story – 5/10
Art – 4/10

Etienne:
I was utterly convinced I was going to agree with Raistlin on this after a quick flick through, and when it comes to the additional stories at the end I completely agree, even if the last one did make me chuckle a bit. However despite the main story being possibly the most stupid concept in history (Parker finds a mobile phone and decides to re-unite it with its owner across the entirety of New York) I couldn’t help but enjoy it. I think if I had read it at a different time or in a different mood then it would have annoyed me, but it caught me at the right frame of mind.
Story – 7/10
Art – 7/10


Guardians of the Galaxy Annual #1
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Frank Cho and Jason Keith

Etienne:
I think this book should have come with the ‘Original Sin’ tag, but even Bendis cannot drag things out that far… Like a lot of annuals this book seems to be completely out of time and sync with everything happening around it and working out how Carol and Venom can be on the team at the same time is going to be difficult. It is a really fun book and bizarrely a story that could and should have been stretched out far further than the single issue it was given. The build up to the reveal felt rushed because of it and there was no payback from what could have been a wonderful arc.
Story – 8/10
Art – 9/10

Raistlin:
Funny that you mention the Original Sin elements, since this WAS original supposed to be an Original Sin tie-in, according to a lot of the early advertisements and solicits. But, apparently keeping Mr. Bendis on schedule is easier said than done, so we get an annual that feels like a tie-in but isn’t. I also agree with your comments about Venom and Marvel. If this wasn’t written by Bendis, I could at least understand that the writer was told they are both currently Guardians but he just didn’t know the details, but Bendis is writing the main Guardians title, so you would think he would remember that this doesn’t really fit with his own continuity within his own title. The story itself is not bad, once you put all those factors aside.
Story – 7/10
Art – 9/10


Spider-Man and the X-Men #1
Written by Elliott Kalan
Art by Marco Failla and Ian Herring

Raistlin:
This really feels weird. I’m going to need more than one issue before I can say if this is going to be a good series or not. The one thing they are doing right, from the start, is pulling the focus away from Quire for the time being. But outside of that it’s really hard to say. They are using the “weirdness” of the situation in-story as their way of addressing the big elephant in the room that Spider-Man just doesn’t belong teaching at a mutant school. It worked for this first issue, but I just can’t see him sticking around long term.
Story – 7/10
Art – 8/10

Etienne:
Well they certainly pulled focus from Quire, he isn’t even in the book, despite how he would fit with the group that Spidey gets to teach. Actually for me that is a massive plot hole because he is given that class because before Logan died he had concerns about one of them, but he didn’t know which one. The fact that Quire was going to go nuts and end up leaving the school in the last series would not have been known to Logan, so in fact he could be the one he was worried about. Anyhow, if that is actually the long term plot of the book then, sorry for the accidental spoilers!
Story – 6/10
Art – 7/10


Uncanny X-Men Annual #1
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Andrea Sorrentino and Marcelo Maiolo

Etienne:
What does Emma Frost have to do to get some time in a book? Seriously apart from some little moments in Original Sin she hasn’t been seen since Battle of the Atom. I thought for sure she would be the focus of this annual, but no, that goes to Eva. I am totally torn about this book, firstly the whole ‘leave behind your child’ bit has already been done in Uncanny Avengers, so it is feeling rather old now. Secondly the art is both fantastic and horrible to follow all at once, it’s quite an achievement. I would ask what differentiates this as an ‘Annual’ from the ‘Specials’ we had earlier in the year; this like them is not a standalone book and is going to be continued in All New Annual next time. Definitely not a fan of that.
Story – 7/10
Art – 7/10

Raistlin: 
Well, that was a nice change of pace from what’s been going on in the main title. I’ve been actually lost and wondering when they were finally going to flesh out Eva’s story and explain what the hell was going on with her, and I have no problem with it being a two-parter. And anytime 2099 gets involved, I always seem to have a soft spot for the story. Plus I liked Illyana’s involvement as well. Although I agree the art was all over the place.
Story – 8/10
Art – 6/10


Spider-Verse Team Up #2 (Spider-Verse)
Too Many Spider-Men – Written by Christos Gage with Art by Dave Williams, Dexter Vines and Chris Sotomayor
A Spider in the Dark – Written by Gerry Conway with Art by Steven Sanders and Andrew Crossley

Etienne:
Erm, what the hell just happened to my favourite event comic in years? Seriously the first story in this book has the most bizarre art I have ever seen. There are panels where Miles looks near photo realistic and then others where Spider-Man loks like a flat piece of paper. Weird and awful all at the same time. The second story is much better, but given the lack of space is really undersold. Oh well, every fantastic series has to have a low point, moving on.
Story – 3/10
Art – 1/10

Raistlin:
Um, did you realize that the first story is supposed to be taking place in the universe that the original 1960′s Spider-Man animated cartoon takes place in. That would be why it looked the way it did. This is also why it was sooooo cheesy. This was all done on purpose to try and recapture the feel of the original cartoon. I’m not going to say this was an awesome section of Spider-Verse, but it was not horrible either, and like the newspaper comic world, was great for nostalgia purposes, although it was a bit long, and I agree Gwen should have gotten a little more panel time.
Story – 6/10
Art – 4/10

Editors Note – Make sure you read Amazing Spider-Man 11 BEFORE reading this title, and then you will not have the same confused opinion that Etienne did.


Carnage #3 (AXIS)
Written by Rick Spears
Art by German Peralta and Rain Beredo

Etienne:
And this miniseries ends in both a fantastic way, and a really terrible way as those words I do not want to read are spelt out at the end of the issue ‘follow the rest of Carnages Journey in the Pages of AXIS!’ Nothing good has happened in that series, so they are going to take something that has become wonderful and then utterly wreck it. This is the final part of the ‘hero’s’ journey and it really didn’t end the way I expected, it looks like heroic Carnage might be here to stay?
Story – 9/10
Art – 7/10

Raistlin:
I would love if your last statement becomes a reality. I have really liked what they have done with Carnage with this mini, and he is definitely one of the inversions they got right. Carnage as a character has become a little stale, and this would give them a huge new playground for writers to play in with this character. Well, with AXIS slowly coming to a close this month, we won’t have long to wait to find out.
Story – 8/10
Art – 7/10


Deadpool’s Art of War #3
Written by Peter David
Art by Scott Koblish and Val Staples

Etienne:
How many times are the comics going to use and abuse the Hulk-Loki moment from Avengers? Ok it was funny, it still gets a laugh every time I see the film, but it is getting really old now. I have to be frank, Im not really enjoying this series at all. The old fashioned muddy-coloured art effect is making it really hard to follow, I did not even realise it was She-Hulk for a few pages because I could not tell her skin was green. The last issue might save it with a fantastic reveal and conclusion, but so far, it’s just a massive fight with everyone in the Marvel pantheon and I need a bit more than that.
Story – 5/10
Art – 5/10

Raistlin:
How the hell did this go from being about Asgard to something where every voice in the marvel kingdom needs to pop up for at least one panel? Asgardians, Trolls, Avengers, Atlanteans, Latveria (Doom AND Red Skull), Fantastic Four and even the Subterraneans with the Mole Man (this guy gets way too many cameos) make an appearance. The jokes are few and far between, or maybe I’m wrong and they just aren’t funny? Either way, between this and Zenpool over in the main title, it’s a sad moment to be a Deadpool fan.
Story – 3/10
Art – 5/10


Thor #3
Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Russell Dauterman and Matthew Wilson

Etienne:
Now we are starting to get some answers, now it starts to make sense. The Frost Giant attack on Roxxon was not some random comic book plot, but because they were seeking the skull of their fallen king, which as it goes is a really good reason for the wanton carnage. Right then, my new favourite book just became the one I hate the most. Seriously did they have to do the whole ‘when I’m away from my hammer I change back’ bit. It’s utterly killed it for me; I hated that concept so much that it ruined my reading of early Thor comics and now in 2014 its back again. I can’t even finish the book I’m so annoyed by it.
Story – 1/10
Art – 9/10

Raistlin:
The hammer drama wasn’t what killed it for me, but instead the artwork was my problem. There were too many panels where I could barely tell what was going on in them. It was like they were trying to cram too much action into a very small panel, so everything is all jumbled up and very hard to make out. This whole issue was just the same fight from the last issue being drawn out into two just to make for a more dramatic last page, which wasn’t even unexpected. Just get to the Thor on Thor fight we all expect and be done with it.
Story – 4/10
Art – 3/10


Logan Legacy #6 (Death of Wolverine)
Written by James Tynion IV
Art by Andy Clarke and Dan Brown

Etienne:
From a series that is in its very nature a bunch of unconnected issues all building to a single point of the most wildly varying quality I am happy that this is one of the ones on a high. The book is simply stunning to look at and despite my being utterly lost with the plot that goes back to 1974 (and thus to before Fantastic Four #1 in Marvel time) I managed to follow all the important parts. As the book ends with the words ‘Back to the Beginning’ we know that finally we are ready to get this story moving forwards, rather than treading water since the first issue.
Story – 9/10
Art – 9/10

Raistlin:
Well, that was interesting. When all the other books in this series have been about each characters overall reflections on Logan and their relationship with him, this finally takes it one step further and gives us something that suggests that there is an actual ongoing story after all. And I’m starting to wonder if this might even connect over to the Weapon X series that is also heading towards a mysterious climax. Also, as Etienne points out the art in this book is just great.
Story – 9/10
Art – 9/10


Rocket Raccoon #6
Written by Skottie Young
Art by Jake Parker and Jean-Francois Beaulieu

Etienne:
I thought Ego died during Original Sin? Or was that another planet with a face? Anyway, Rocket is doing some lice killing for the big floating head, just to help him pay the bills. This book is back to the way it was before that ridiculously unfunny blip last time. I really thought that Skottie not doing the art would be the death of this book, but Jake really has a feel for it and while it is not perfect, it is definitely a really good attempt.
Story – 8/10
Art – 8/10

Raistlin:
Yeah I’m pretty sure they mentioned that it wasn’t Ego in Original Sin, which begs the question, just how many giant floating heads are there in space? and if there is big giant space lice, just what sort of filthy, lice infested parts of space has ego been sticking his head into? Anyways…… this was a decent issue, and went along at a good pace, and it’s always fun seeing Cosmo, so not a bad issue overall.
Story – 8/10
Art – 7/10


AXIS #7 (AXIS)
Written by Rick Remender
Art by Adam Kubert, Edgar Delgado and Jesus Abutov

Raistlin:
Part 1 of the third and final arc of AXIS. This was absolute garbage. This issue was so bad it actually made all the other issue better by comparison. There was a heavy focus on the X-Men side of things (fighting villains turned Avengers), and nothing can make me unsee the horrible story I’m seeing. 80% of this book was Deadpool vs Apocalypse. But it’s not even the same fight as the one going on in Deadpool’s main title, so Deadpool is basically spending this whole event getting his ass handed to him by Apocalypse…… numerous times. Scarlet Witch has a tantrum, and the ‘Evil” Avengers sit at a table. 
Story – 0/10
Art – 7/10 

Etienne:
Actually, I think it is supposed to be the same fight as in the Deadpool ongoing, despite looking nothing like it, in the same way as Magneto manages to leave a fight and come back having gone round the whole collecting a new team in his solo series in only a few hours. It’s like no one wanted editorial control of this series, or more likely, everyone saw what was happening in AXIS and thought would tell their own story anyway so as to try and distance themselves from the main title. Can someone please tell that idiot Apocalypse that simply ripping off Deadpool’s head does absolutely nothing; he’s lived in a jar on many occasions with no ill effects.
Story – 0/10
Art – 5/10



Nightcrawler #9
Written by Chris Claremont
Art by Todd Nauck and Rachelle Rosenberg

Raistlin:
This issue, we continue on the forward momentum of the last issue, dealing with a possessed team of X-Men that Nightcrawler has to survive. Of course, Claremont manages to squeeze in some unneeded flashbacks to remind us of his heydays (again) but for the most part, this Shadow King battle has brought some much needed life into this pointless series.
Story – 7/10
Art – 9/10

Etienne:
Squeeze in some flashbacks? It’s almost half the comic done in flashbacks and I don’t actually recognise some of the characters in the flashbacks because I am not 100% familiar with the X-men in the 80s, it’s before my time really (unlike the old-guy above). The thing is that this book feels utterly bizarre because it might as well just be an AXIS title as the ‘Shadow King’s’ influence just makes them into insane gibbering bad guys, which is just like they act after being inverted. 20 years ago this book would have been a classic, right now, it feels dated, but looks modern and it’s not massively fun to read either. 
Story – 5/10
Art – 8/10


The Punisher #13
Written by Nathan Edmondson
Art by Moritat and Veronica Gandini

Etienne:
Welcome to issue 13 of the Punisher, you know that book about Frank Castle which has absolutely no Frank in it. There are two things to say about this issue; 1 the art is really nice. 2 I was bored out of my mind, I simply was utterly uninterested from page one to the end.
Story – 2/10
Art – 8/10

Raistlin:
Talk about a loooong set-up issue. Etienne is right; this entire issue never shows Frank in one single panel. This whole story is building up the background of the Howling Commando team that has kidnapped his family trying to force him into their trap. They story is fine for what it is, but the real question is why am I supposed to care? I have absolutely no idea why we just wasted a whole issue building up characters that Frank is going to kick the crap out of, and do things worse than killing them, since they went after his family. Again, not a horrible comic just seems like a pointless one.
Story – 5/10
Art – 8/10


X-Force #13
Written by Simon Spurrier
Art by Tan Eng Haut, Kevin Sharpe, Craig Yeung, Norman lee and Jose Villarrubia

Raistlin:
I am guessing that Etienne is going to be lost on this one, or at the least probably not like it. Personally, I thought this was great. Well, at least the story, the art was slightly above horrible. This whole team of mutants is about 10 steps past totally insane at this point. And it just keeps getting worse for them. We should really just start calling them X-Psychos. Apparently Fantomex is on a killing spree to prove, um, I think that’s it, just to prove….. Cable and Marrow have taken on torture as a hobby (in Marrow’s case it includes self-inflicted) and Dr. Nemesis won’t share his jBiscotti with a tied-up Mojo….. Not to mention Hope’s conversation with Nobody. just another day at the X-camp that none of the main teams want to talk about. 
Story – 8/10
Art – 2/10

Etienne:
Actually, this one made sense, it moved the plot forward which had been in danger of stalling and while still being convoluted it answered at least as many questions as it asked. I think my main issue with this series is the one I have with many books like this – leave the toys the way you found them. I got so annoyed with Uncanny Avengers because it broke all the characters to such an extent that you knew it was going to have to reset, otherwise all their other appearances in other titles would not work. In much the same way what this is doing to Cable, Hope and especially Psylocke will have to be undone, the first two because they are massively important characters, if a bit peripheral currently, and the last one because a ‘sane’ version of her appears in 3 other titles.
Story – 7/10
Art – 7/10


Amazing X-Men #14 (AXIS)
Written by Chris Yost
Art by Carlo Barberi, Iban Coello, Walden Wong and Rachelle Rosenberg

Raistlin:
Well, better late than never. This is the only title that has managed to do justice to any of the Inverted X-Men characters. Nightcrawler has come across as very one dimensional since he was inverted, and along with most of the X-Men we have seen in titles like Deadpool and Wolverine and the X-Men, they all act like insane bloodthirsty “evil” characters. They are all being portrayed so over the top it’s impossible to do anything but cringe at them. That is not the case in Amazing. Here we have a much more character focused story between inverted mother and son. Together, they work really well, playing off each other in reversed roles. That’s twice this week Mystique has gotten center stage and pulled it off nicely. 
Story – 9/10
Art – 9/10

Etienne:
I really do think that this title should have been ‘Nightcrawler’ and the Claremont one should have never happened. As it is we currently have two books where he is centre stage both coming out the same week and both feeling like without the other they would have more impact. I hate inverted Kurt, but I am really enjoying inverted Mystique, so if we can lose the former, but keep the latter then I will be extremely happy.
Story – 8/10
Art – 9/10


Avengers World #16 (AXIS)
Written by Nick Spencer and Frank Barbiere
Art by Maco Checchetto, Ramon Rosanas and Andres Mossa

Etienne:
Ok the art in this book is just really annoying, it goes from being merely average to absolutely outstanding, back to average and ends with bleh. Over all it is really good, but if it had been like some of the close ups and splash pages throughout then it would have been an 11/10. I have to say I thought this series was on the block to be cancelled, but seeing as it is getting some of the best of AXIS, backdoor launching Ant Man and is kicking off Time Runs out in two months time, well it seems like this book just entered centre stage.
Story – 8/10
Art – 7-10/10

Raistlin:
Doom needs his own title. Everywhere he shows up lately he’s just awesome. I like inverted Doom for the time being, especially since we know it doesn’t last based on what is happening in Time Runs Out. So for right now, we get to experience a well written, inverted Doom and it really works for the story. There was some great action from characters we don’t get to see that often, and Scarlet Witch seems to fit the role of overpowered crazy person quite well. Just like her dad in his youth. 
Story – 9/10
Art – 8/10


X-Men #22
Written by Marc Guggenheim
Art by Harvey Tolibao, Dexter Soy, Norman Lee and Paul Mounts

Raistlin:
Oh, finally this story-arc is over and we can move on to the next catastrophe the ladies must muddle their way through. Begone SuperBroodSkrulls (or BroodSuperSkrulls or whatever the hell you were supposed to be). I have no idea where they could be headed next, but anything has got to be better then what we just went through. This issue pretty much wraps things up in the most expected way. Storm lives, the ladies kick everyone’s ass, and Rachel gets to show an idiot what real emotional pain feels like. Somebody get those girls some hot baths to soak in.
Story – 5/10
Art – 5/10

Etienne:
Someone please tell Jubilee that you do NOT put a defibrillator paddle over someone’s liver! Although frankly it would have been easier for her if the paddles were not the size of the Guttenberg bible or if Storms bust was not large enough to be compared to a mountain range. The story is about the biggest pile of ‘Meh’ imaginable and the two artists simply fight each other, rather than working alongside. But some of the characters look utterly gorgeous; it is just a shame that the backgrounds and aliens look more like a pavement pizza. 
Story – 4/10
Art – 7/10


Avengers #39 (Time Runs Out…)
Written by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Mike Deodato and Frank Martin

Raistlin:
Yet another awesome issue from Hickman as we continue to build towards Time Runs Out. We get some great action from both Doc Green and Captain Britain, and I must say, Captain Britain has been a perfect addition to the Illuminati side of things. None of the characters on the S.H.I.E.L.D. side of things are any of my favorites so watching them take a pounding is actually quite enjoyable. The ending was great, and I think I see another Steve-temper-tantrum brewing on the horizon. 
Story – 8/10
Art – 8/10

Etienne:
This book has been right up there as my favourite series post Original Sin/Uncanny Avengers splitting the world into two time streams. Month after month either this or New Avengers have been outstanding and if you look back one or other has often taken our vote for book of the week. This one is no different and is outstanding from start to finish with the Illuminati side showing why having all the genius’ on one team vs one lead by Captain America is really going to be an unfair battle. In fact the worst thing about this book is that it came out at the same time as Amazing Spider-Man 11, no matter how good this was, nothing was going to top that.
Story – 9/10
Art – 9/10



Book of the Week:
Despite both of us reading this near the beginning of the list, from the moment we read it there was no way that anything was going to beat it this week.


Amazing Spider-Man #11 (Spider-Verse)
Written by Dan Slott
Art by Oliver Coipel, Grawbadger, Livesay, Olazava, Morales and Ponsor

Raistlin:
This Event can do no wrong, and manages to do everything right. There is a LOT going on in this issue, and first up, we have the much awaited standoff between Parker and Otto. This could have been dragged out a little longer, but with all the ground they needed to cover in this issue, I feel it was handled well for the moment, but I doubt this matter is completely over. We get a lot of dialogue detail from Parker after this which solidly connects the dots to all the tie-ins going on at the moment, something MANY Event writers should take notes on. Then we get a brief moment with Karn (the guy with the diving helmet) and then we finally get to meet Solus! Morlun’s father! Holy crap! Now this is what all the Events of Marvel NOW have been lacking, a really well done, super powerful, kick-ass villain. Solus seems to be all that and more! Again, this Event just keeps getting better and better.
Story – 10/10
Art – 9/10

Etienne:
What he said. But x10. With bells on. I’ve been left genuinely speechless by this book, which is awkward because in a few hours I have to write a 1000 word full length review on it and I am struggling to manage a paragraph right now. Do you think that ‘The Best Event Ever’ written 250 times counts as a review?
Story 10/10
Art – 10/10

Dec 152014
 
Updated
  • Spider-Woman #42 (v1) to update Sabrina Morrel and add San Francisco Police Department and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Spider-Woman #44 (v1) to update Sabrina Morrel and add San Francisco Police Department and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Iron Man #157 (v1) to update Iron Man and add Stark Industries and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Spider-Woman #43 (v1) to update Sabrina Morrel and add San Francisco Police Department and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Amazing Spider-Man #228 (v1) to update Gloria Grant, Joe Robertson, J. Jonah Jameson and Spider-Man and add Daily Bugle and New York Police Department and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Defenders #103 (v1) to update Daredevil and Clea and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Defenders #102 (v1) to update Clea.
  • Ghost Rider #67 (v2) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Moon Knight #32b (v1) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Moon Knight #31b (v1) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Moon Knight #32a (v1) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Moon Knight #31a (v1) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
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