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Oct 242014
 
Updated
  • Avengers #40 (v1) to add Amalga-Beast.
  • X-Force #61 (v1) to add Spiral, Gamesmaster, Mojo, MaGog, Gog, Quark, Gog (Mojoverse), Longshot, Dazzler, Warpath, Sunspot, Siryn, Shatterstar, Rictor, Boom-Boom, Domino, Caliban and Cable and add X-Force.
  • Fantastic Four Annual #20 to add Cynthia von Doom and add Doombots.
  • X-Force #60 (v1) to add Sunspot, Mimic, Mojo, MaGog, Gog (Mojoverse), Quark, Risque, Doctor Strange, Dazzler, Longshot, Spiral, Warpath, Siryn, Shatterstar, Rictor, Boom-Boom, Domino, Caliban and Cable and add X-Force.
  • Uncanny X-Men #338 (v1) to add Graydon Creed, Ozymandias, Pyro, Quicksilver, Wolverine, Storm, Psylocke, Jean Grey, Joseph (Magneto Clone), J. Jonah Jameson, Iceman, Gambit, Cyclops, Cannonball, Beast and Angel and add X-Men.
  • X-Factor #128 (v1) to add Graydon Creed, Madrox the Multiple Man, Wild Child, Shard, Sabretooth, Polaris, Mystique and Forge and add X-Factor.
  • Uncanny Origins #3 to add Angel, Cyclops, Kathryn Worthington, Warren Worthington Jr., Professor X and Iceman and add X-Men.
  • X-Force #59 (v1) to add MaGog, Gog (Mojoverse), Charlotte Jones, Longshot, Warpath, Sunspot, Siryn, Shatterstar, Rictor, Boom-Boom, Domino, Caliban and Cable and add X-Force and Sentinels.
  • X-Men #58 (v2) to add Bishop, Graydon Creed, Marla Madison, J. Jonah Jameson, Wolverine, Storm, Rogue, Joseph (Magneto Clone), Iceman, Gambit, Havok, Trish Tilby, William Drake and Cannonball and add X-Men.
  • Marvel Mystery Comics #25h to add Python (Golden Age).
  • Fantastic Four #304 (v1) to add Sergius OHoolihan.
  • X-Men vs The Avengers #1 to add Central Intelligence Agency and K.G.B..
  • Iron Man #168 (v1) to update Iron Man, James Rhodes, Vic Martinelli and Mrs. Arbogast and add Stark Industries and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Avengers #230 (v1) to update Tiger Shark, Radioactive Man, Wasp, She-Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Pulsar, Hawkeye, Moonstone, ISAAC and Beetle (Abner Jenkins) and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Dazzler #4 (v1) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Dazzler #3 (v1) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Captain America #186 (v1) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Updated Scarlet Witch
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Oct 232014
 

by Joshua Starnes, CMRO Editor

T.S. Elliot was right, the world really does end with a whimper.

What was too large a feat for even Galactus the Devourer to pull off appears to have been completely achievable by audience apathy with news today that Marvel was canceling the recently relaunched but quickly fading ALL-NEW ULTIMATES as of issue #12.

The series, featuring Miles Morales, Kitty Pryde, and a group of other basically supporting characters from ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN (plus Sue Storm and Tony Stark) launched in the wake of Cataclysm and the demise of the more well-known Ultimates team including Captain America and Thor. The relaunch was part of the post-Cataclysm Hail Mary to restore not so much greatness as adequacy to the troubled Ultimate line which has hobbled along like one of Romero’s zombies (before Marvel co-opted them). And like the poor delusional survivor who thinks that thing trapped in the closet is still her husband and not a fleshing eating monster, Marvel refuses to do the sane thing and shoot its creation in the head, preferring to live under the delusion that somehow things can go back to the way they were.

Thus back at the beginning of the year we got the ULTIMATE FF (canceled in August), ALL-NEW ULTIMATES (done in December) and MILES MORALES: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN which come January will be the only Ultimate title left in the line.  Which raises significant questions like ‘now what?’

While ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN is nowhere near the top of the sales pack for Spider-Man books (at 34,000 copies/month it’s getting outperformed SPIDER-MAN 2099 for heaven’s sake) neither is it near the abysmal 16,000 copies/month ALL-NEW ULTIMATES was pulling down, so it is unlikely to be cancelled.  Will Marvel continue publishing the book by itself without an attendant line of supporting comics with which to create mini-series or crossover opportunities?  Or will it instead migrate Miles over to the regular Marvel universe where he would almost certainly vanish into the quicksand of Peter Parker’s giant supporting cast (just ask the Scarlet Spider).

It’s hard to say. It’s entirely possible that the current Ultimate S-Man could continue as it has with any larger line events happening in the background of the book. On the other hand Miles has been featured prominently adventuring with both the original Spider-Man and now original Jean Grey within the pages of ALL-NEW X-MEN and it has been established characters can cross over from the Ultimate world to Marvel 616 (and that is last time I will ever write that number), so bringing him over to Marvel proper and shutting down the Ultimate universe for good and all.

The Ultimate line was started by ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN, way back in 2000; it’s fitting that it ends with him, too.

Oct 232014
 
Updated
  • Journey into Mystery #503 (v1) to add Loki, Red Norvell, Odin, Balder, Sif, Enchantress and Hoder and add Ice Giants and Gods of Asgard.
  • Iron Man #2 (v2) to add Hulk, Betty Ross (Heroes Reborn), Jasper Sitwell (Heroes Reborn), Pepper Potts (Heroes Reborn) and Iron Man.
  • Iron Man #1 (v2) to add Pepper Potts (Heroes Reborn), Iron Man, Hulk, Betty Ross (Heroes Reborn), Happy Hogan (Heroes Reborn), Doc Samson (Heroes Reborn), She-Hulk (Heroes Reborn), Madame Hydra (Heroes Reborn) and Jasper Sitwell (Heroes Reborn).
  • Magneto #1 (v1) to add Exodus, Scanner, Frenzy, Harlan Kleinstock, Sven Kleinstock, Cortez, Simon Trask, Amelia Voght, Rogue and Joseph (Magneto Clone) and add Acolytes.
  • X-Men 95 #1a to add Simon Trask.
  • X-Men Unlimited #11 (v1) to add Simon Trask.
  • Fantastic Four #229 (v1) to add Ebon Seeker and Firefrost and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Fantastic Four #230 (v1) to add Ebon Seeker and Firefrost and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Journey into Mystery #504 (v1) to add Hermod, Frigga, Sif, Balder, Loki, Fandral, Volstagg, Marcus Stone, Ulik, Geirrodur and Enchantress and add Ice Giants, Rock Trolls and Gods of Asgard.
  • Generation X #21 to add Miguela Tores, Mondo (Clone), M-Twins, Husk, Emma Frost, Chamber, Banshee, M (Monet St. Croix), Howard the Duck, Leech, Synch, Skin, Beast and Jubilee and add Generation X.
  • Captain America Comics #8e to add Speedy Scriggles (Golden Age).
  • Fantastic Four #231 (v1) to add Stygorr and add New York Police Department and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Iron Man #165 (v1) to add Rook (Barnabas Kinloch) and update Pawn, Vic Martinelli, James Rhodes, Mrs. Arbogast and Iron Man and add Chessmen and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Savage Action #12 to update Samuel Daly and add Daily Bugle and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Captain America #258 (v1) to update Super Patriot and add New York Police Department and New York City Fire Department and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Iron Man #167 (v1) to update Vic Martinelli, Iron Man, Mrs. Arbogast, James Rhodes, Indries Moomji, Knight (Raleigh Halward), Rook (Sebastian Towers), Bishop (Orrick Rallison), Pawn, and add Stark Industries and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Savage Action #8 to update Samuel Daly and add Daily Bugle and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Savage Action #15 to update Samuel Daly and add Daily Bugle and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Savage Action #14 to update Samuel Daly and add Daily Bugle and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Iron Man #166 (v1) to update Vic Martinelli, James Rhodes, Mrs. Arbogast and Iron Man and add Stark Industries and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Uncanny X-Men #229 (v1) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Savage Action #6 to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Savage Action #13 to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Iron Man #163 (v1) to update Iron Man, Pawn, Knight (Fletcher Heggs), Bishop (Alban Emond), Rook (Barnabas Kinloch), James Rhodes, .
  • Iron Man #164 (v1) to update Iron Man, Mrs. Arbogast, James Rhodes, Vic Martinelli, Pawn, Knight (Fletcher Heggs), Bishop (Alban Emond) and Rook (Barnabas Kinloch).
  • Avengers #229 (v1) to update Captain America, Pulsar, Thor, Hawkeye, She-Hulk, Beetle (Abner Jenkins), Radioactive Man, Moonstone, Tiger Shark, Egghead and Wasp and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Doctor Strange #47 (v2) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Avengers #228 (v1) to update She-Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Beetle (Abner Jenkins), Shocker, Tiger Shark, Egghead, Moonstone, Radioactive Man, Pulsar, Hawkeye and Wasp and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
Added
Oct 232014
 
Updated
  • Elektra #1 (v1) to add Wolverine, Bullseye, Konrad Weiss, MacKinley Stewart, King Lau, Nina McCabe, Stick and Elektra.
  • Elektra #2 (v1) to add Elektra, Stick, Nina McCabe and Bullseye.
  • Avengers #208 (v1) to add Berserker (Avengers Foe), Rachel Palmer and Shadow Lord and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Silver Surfer #11 (v3) to add Nenora and remove Contemplator (Skrull) and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Strange Tales #14a (v2) to add Michael Bowen and Francis Delgado and update Energizer, Lightspeed, Mass Master and Alex Power and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Avengers #207 (v1) to add Shadow Lord, Rachel Palmer and Berserker (Avengers Foe).
  • Marvel Fanfare #3 (v2) to add Ghost Rider (Daniel Ketch), Scarlet Spider and Wendigo (Michael Fleet).
  • Iron Man #163 (v1) to add Stark Industries and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Iron Man #165 (v1) to add Stark Industries.
  • Marvel Two-in-One #77 to update Dum Dum Dugan, Dino Manelli, Isadore Cohen, Robert Ralston, Gabriel Jones, Samuel Sawyer, Nick Fury and Thing and add United States Armed Forces and Nazi Party and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Iron Man #164 (v1) to add Stark Industries and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Solo Avengers #6b to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Solo Avengers #6a to update Sandman and Silver Sable and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • The Spectacular Spider-Man #138 (v1) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Thor #391 (v1) to update Balder, Thor, Fandral, Hogun and Volstagg and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Strange Tales #14b (v2) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Master of Kung Fu #101 to update Leiko Wu, Clive Reston and Shang-Chi and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Master of Kung Fu #99 to update Leiko Wu, Denis Smith and Shang-Chi and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Master of Kung Fu #100 to update Leiko Wu, Denis Smith, Clive Reston and Shang-Chi and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Marvel Two-in-One #76 to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Incredible Hulk Annual #7 to update Teresa Sue Bottoms.
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Oct 212014
 

by Etienne Paul, CMRO Contributing Writer

Grimm Fairy Tales: Age of Darkness Volume 3

Written by Joe Brusha, Patrick Shand & Ralph Tedesco, Art by Noah Salonga, Andrea Meloni & Vincenzo Riccardi

Published: October 2014

Grimm Fairy Tales: Age of Darkness Vol 3I have to start this with my usual admission of bias; I am a gigantic fan of this comic series so it is hard for me to not come across as a massive fanboy. However this will definitely be a more balanced review than some others.The Age of Darkness is Zenescope’s answer to the comic staple of the ‘Event’ comic, or crossover. It had done them on a smaller scale before with series such as the Dream Eater Saga, but that was not on this level. This was a game changer as it took the entire world they had created by the throat and shook it half to death.

If I had a complaint with this book it would be that it is hardly one cohesive unit. This takes three of the ‘one shots’ from the series and bundles them into one volume. I can understand why they did it this way, these would not have fitted easily with the main ongoing story, but it understandably does not feel like a single story. To be honest, this is simply 3 comics from the same event, reprinted with some gallery pictures to pad it out.

However each of these comics are world changing moments for their respective branch of the universe. Be you a fan of Godstorm, Wonderland or Oz then they are must reads, the worlds you love will not be the same again after this. I am one of those people who likes stability in the comics I read, I like to be sold ‘olds’ rather than ‘news’ but even I can see that eventually this leads to stagnation. So when they do change it up, I prefer the ones that alter one element, but leave the rest to acclimatise to that change than the ones that gut everything we know leaving behind an unrecognisable husk. Well here we definitely got both. 

Some of these events are more dramatic than others and the one thing the book does is order them by level of impact. Godstorm’s reveal is powerful, but relatively underwhelming, more of a character moment than a game changer. Wonderland’s stirs up the recently peaceful ‘family life’ between the Liddles in a way that only time will show. But it is Oz that steals the show with an ending that tears the heart out of everything that has gone before.

The antagonist who links the books together is the Dark Queen, who to my knowledge was created for this event. Her influence is indirect, she comes in dreams or her presence is felt through the strong arm of others, which in some ways makes her all the more imposing than if she dirtied her hands on person. She is a brilliant character, a nemesis for all the Realms and someone whose presence can be felt everywhere. 

This is a very difficult book to summarise; even though the issues themselves are longer than a standard comic, this is still feels like one of the shortest collections Zenescope’s have brought out, at least in terms of comic content. However the company is very fair with their pricing and I would expect that to be represented in the final version. It is however a very missable book; if you are buying the main Grimm’s Fairy Tales comic there is nothing here you need to know and with only Wonderland being an ongoing series this might be one that many choose not to pick up. It would be a shame because there are a lot of good tales in this collection, but it is its nature as a ‘collection’ rather than a continuous story that lets it down.

Oct 212014
 

by Joshua Starnes, CMRO Editor

Following last week’s giant superhero universe sized gauntlet cast down by Warner Bros. in the comic book cinematic universes, more detail has begun to slip out concerning the WB’s plans for a DCU which now seem to have been going through different layers of negotiation since BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE was announced.

“I was asked to play it. You know, you audition and stuff like that, but the fact is you’ve just got to keep it quiet,” future AQUAMAN Jason Momoa told ComicBook.com, confirming that he will appear first in JUSTICE LEAGUE PART ONE before taking the lead in his own film. “I know the Justice League will come first. That’s really what we’re going to focus on. I’m not sure if [AQUAMAN] will be [set] prior to Justice League or post. I don’t know too much about it. It will probably be where he came from. It will probably be his whole origin story I would think.”

Current rumor suggests he will be joined there by Ray Fisher playing Cyborg and Ezra Miller as The Flash, plus likely a recast Green Lantern.

While BVS:DOJ is filming now for its Spring 2016 release, the studio is also planning to release SUICIDE SQUAD that summer which will require the film to start shooting by February 2015 at the latest in order to make its release. Not surprisingly it is also the non-JUSTICE LEAGUE film furthest along in development with FURY writer-director David Ayers (nominated for an Academy Award in 2001 for the script to TRAINING DAY) signing on to helm the ensemble.  Taking a look at the way Marvel successfully shepherded GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY to the big screen, WB appears to be doing the same for SUICIDE SQUAD while also realizing that they’ve not built their brand as successfully as Marvel and making up for the difference the old-fashioned way: movie stars!  Various reports have singled out Ryan Gosling, Tom Hardy, Will Smith and Margot Robbie as being approached for the film, though no details have come out as to the characters they’ve been approached for. The comic’s lineup has shifted frequently since it was brought back to prominence in the 1980s, with only Amanda Waller and Deadshot appearing in every iteration, though Captain Boomerang and Bronze Tiger have also been regular members.

Oct 212014
 

by Joshua Starnes, CMRO Editor

Ever since BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE was announced under a cued reading of the much imitated collision of the two titans in Frank Miller’s THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS way back at Comic Con 2013 (seems like a lifetime ago, doesn’t it?) it has been well known that the book would in some way be a touch stone for not just the feel but likely much of the plot of BVS:DOJ, a knowledge which was backed up by the snippet of the film shown during Comic Con 2014.

[A fact which surprises no one who has followed director Zack Snyder’s career which includes both the incredibly direct adaptation of Frank Miller’s 300 and of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons WATCHMEN].

It seems the film, due for release in March 2016, will likely hew even closer to DARK KNIGHT RETURNS than previously thought as word has come down from the set in Michigan that Robin will be making some sort of appearance in the film and it will be DARK KNIGHT RETURNS Robin, a/k/a Carrie Kelley, likely to be played by actress Jena Malone.

Despite NDA’s with massive attached fines being signed by everyone involved with the production, more than a few extras have apparently broken ranks to report to Michigan local news about various scenes they have been part of, including a current one set during a meeting between Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) and Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) at Luthor’s mansion which does indeed include Malone as both Kelley and Robin.

Malone has been rumored to be part of the production for some time though with no part announced. She previously worked with Snyder in his 2011 film SUCKER PUNCH. She can currently be seen in THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PT. 1.

Oct 212014
 
Moved
Updated
  • Avengers #1 (v2) to add Captain America, Vision, Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, Henry Pym, Sellars (Heroes Reborn), Agatha Harkness (Heroes Reborn), Hellcat (Heroes Reborn), Henry Gyrich (Heroes Reborn), Serpent King (Heroes Reborn), Wasp, Swordsman (Heroes Reborn), Thor (Heroes Reborn), Loki (Heroes Reborn), Ultron (Heroes Reborn) and Enchantress (Heroes Reborn) and add Avengers (Heroes Reborn).
  • Captain America #2 (v2) to add Serpent King (Heroes Reborn), John Barnes (Heroes Reborn), Captain America, Falcon, Bucky (Heroes Reborn), Red Skull (Heroes Reborn), Master Man (Heroes Reborn) and Hauptman (Heroes Reborn) and add World Party.
  • Amazing Spider-Man #417 (v1) to add Delilah, Scarlet Spider, Spider-Man, John Jameson, Joe Robertson, Mary Jane Watson, Anna Watson, Judas Traveller, Boone, Chakra, Medea, Mr. Nacht, Gaunt and Jacob Conover.
  • Excalibur #103 (v1) to add Captain Britain, Colossus, Meggan, Nightcrawler, Pete Wisdom, Kitty Pryde and Belasco and add Excalibur.
  • Daredevil #358 (v1) to add Mysterio, Jarvis, Rosalind Sharpe, Daredevil, Foggy Nelson, Karen Page and Elizabeth Allen.
  • Power Pack #37 (v1) to add James Power and Margaret Power and update Alex Power, Lightspeed, Mass Master and Energizer and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Doctor Strange #46a (v2) to add Tiberius Exeter, Xennus, Thaleia and Sibylla and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Captain America #1 (v2) to add Captain America, Bucky (Heroes Reborn), John Barnes (Heroes Reborn), Red Skull (Heroes Reborn), Master Man (Heroes Reborn), Hauptman (Heroes Reborn), Serpent King (Heroes Reborn), Dum Dum Dugan (Heroes Reborn) and Sharon Carter (Heroes Reborn) and add World Party.
  • Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #3 to update Lance Bannon, Spider-Man and J. Jonah Jameson and add Daily Bugle and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Iron Man #162 (v1) to update Iron Man, Vic Martinelli and Mrs. Arbogast and add Stark Industries and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Avengers #207 (v1) to add United States Armed Forces and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Marvel Two-in-One #75 to update Blastaar and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • New Mutants #63 (v1) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Marvel Team-Up #18 (v1) to update issue synopsis.
  • Doctor Strange #46b (v2) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • The Punisher #8 (v2) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Ghost Rider #56 (v2) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Ghost Rider #55 (v2) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Ghost Rider #54 (v2) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #57 (v1) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Marvel Team-Up #19 (v1) to add issue synopsis.
  • Marvel Team-Up #20 (v1) to add issue synopsis.
  • All-Winners Comics #8e (v1) to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Gargoyle #2 (v1) to add issue blurb.
  • Amazing Spider-Man #219 (v1) to update creator listings and to update general comic information (story title, page count, etc).
  • Daredevil #214 (v1) to update creator listings.
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Oct 202014
 

Weekly Marvel Roundup for 10/12 - 10/18

 

Disclaimer: It is impossible to review certain titles this week without revealing minor spoilers; we will try to limit things as much as possible. For the record, apologies to anyone who is reading this who was unaware that Wolverine was dying this week, it is in about 10 of the book titles so it is hard to not include it.

Deadpool’s Art of War #1
Written by Peter David
Art by Scott Koblish and Val Staples

Etienne:
I love the fact that the premise of this book is Deadpool time travelling to kill Sun Tzu Wu, but we don’t know how, or even why really; the best part is it really does not matter at all. Parts of this book had me in absolute hysterics, anyone who does not find the ‘Aye’ ‘I’ joke funny is either dead or a Vulcan. This is fun from start to finish, even if the art style is not what I have been used to from a Deadpool book, but I love where this is going and I want his helmet!
Story – 9/10
Art – 5/10

Raistlin:
Funny, I actually thought the art was great, and fight the tone perfectly. With the story, I was worried the whole book was going to be some Deadpool Kung Fu book (and I’ve stated before I’m not a Kung Fu fan) but I was pleasantly surprised with the big change in direction this went. It is always nice to see when a writer that doesn’t normally write a character like Deadpool can get in there and still do a story that fits with the current writer’s characterization of the character.
Story – 8/10
Art – 8/10



Death of Wolverine: Logan’s Legacy #1 (Death of Wolverine)
Written by Charles Soule
Art by Oliver Nome, John Kalisz

Raistlin:
Another solid Issue for the Week, and after issue #4 of Death, this just hasn’t let up in quality. So just because the 2 main players are out of the picture at this point, it doesn’t mean the rest of this story is going to just get left hanging in the wind. All of Wolverine’s “best” playmates have been “invited” to the party. It’s going to really be interesting to see this group of characters interacting and trying to get along. The only thing I didn’t like was the jumpiness and all the flashes of what’s about to happen, just tell us the story, don’t try so hard to sell the rest of the series.
Story – 8/10
Art – 8/10

Etienne:
Spoiler note, you should definitely read this after the Death of Wolverine because we would not want to ruin the story by telling everyone that Wolverine had…. yea, never mind. This is just one long advert for the rest of the series with constant text boxes showing us to ‘see issue #2’ and ‘see issue #4.’ For me that is simply an indication not to bother buying those books, we already know what happens to them, ill just pick up issue #6 and find out where this is going thanks very much. 
Story – 5/10
Art – 5/10



Original Sin Annual #1 (Original Sin)
Written by Jason Latour
Art by Enis Cisic and Chris Chucky

Etienne:
I was not expecting this book, but frankly I am really glad for it. It answers lot of questions about Fury and that time period between the wars and ‘modern day.’ It is interesting, but the weakest part is really the last couple of pages. I might be dim, but I did not understand them. The rest of the book is fantastic and shows us that the Earth has not been alone all these years and that the ‘Man on the Wall’ has been protecting us for decades before there were any Avengers. It is almost like they are starting a new series about this…
Story – 9/10
Art – 6/10

Raistlin:
Not expecting this book? Isn’t that an understatement? How ’bout, when has there ever been an Annual for a big multi-title Event?? In fact, there was even an Original Sin #0, so basically they really wanted to make this a 10 issue limited series instead of 8 but someone in marketing must have had a pie chart or something that made all of this make sense. Well, anyways, after all my bitching, I have to kind of agree that this was actually a pretty good escape from Incursions, Giant Dragons, people from the past/future that won’t go home, schisms, and all the other craziness going on……..
Story – 8/10
Art – 5/10



Avengers & X-Men: AXIS #2 (AXIS)
Written by Rick Remender
Art by Adam Kubert, Aura Martin & Matt Milla

Raistlin:
Wow, what a difference an issue makes. This was so much better than the first issue. Regardless of my issues with #1 everyone is now at the party and this issue we get more character focus. It definitely works to bring this book around and start actually telling us a story. There is a lot of focus on Tony, and how much he has really screwed up once again, which I thought was done well. And I liked all the little groupings that formed throughout the battle. Even the end cliff-hanger was great, especially knowing that the build-up for it gets fleshed out in this week’s Magneto. The panel layouts have improved too, but sadly the art is still the one thing that needs work.
Story -8/10 
Art – 6/10

Etienne:
Yes, what a difference an issue makes, it just shows you how much more contrived you can make a comic. Seriously first we have heroes appearing perfectly synchronised from across the world and now we have the damn villains doing the same. This is following the same pattern as Remender’s Uncanny series where he shows everyone disappearing or being maimed only to pull a switch and have everyone come back. It is such a waste, kill one character and it’s a shock and even if later on you bring that person back, it still had impact, but if you just go round zapping everyone, the lead characters from 10 other books, what you have is a complete switch off. I am so unimpressed by this series that it would be hard to lower my expectations for next week any further.
Story – 1/10
Art – 5/10



Storm #4 (Death of Wolverine)
Written by Greg Pak
Art by Victor Ibanez, Roland Paris, Ruth Redmond

Raistlin:
They can’t all be good I guess, but like I didn’t see this coming. This series hasn’t really found its footing yet and this weird tie-in story is not helping matters. I guess I should be glad it wasn’t Storm crying for 20 pages. But I don’t even know what the hell this is. What the hell was Yukio thinking? She might as well have brought Steve Rogers with her; it would have gotten the same reaction. Oh and the art work is definitely note helping…. 
Story – 4/10
Art – 5/10

Etienne:
I am sorry, what on earth just happened in this comic? I have not seen most of the other characters in this comic for years, some never. This is not something that has been referenced for a long time and there is no explanation and no build up. Wolverine is dead, boo hoo, sob, whimper, electromagnetic storm across the planet. Next moment, crime syndicate meeting, people throwing themselves off balconies and Storm defending them. I did not like this book before, but now…
Story – 2/10
Art – 6/10



Edge of Spider-Verse #5 (Spider-Verse)
Written by Gerard Way
Art by Jake Wyatt and Ian Herring

Etienne:
Like the books before it in the series this has a very different feel to all of them being a vaguely manga-esque punk feel as a Sp//dr is inducted, only a child, on the death of her father. It goes through the standard pattern of an origin story before the end where she is recruited by the other spiders. Hilariously so, one of them is Spider Pig which is both stupid and entertaining at the same time. This is not the best of the series, but these five books have gone a long way to building up Spider-Verse for me.
Story – 7/10
Art – 6/10

Raistlin:
Um, is this Spider-Manga?? what are we calling this one, cause I don’t even know how to say Sp//dr. Never been a fan of Manga so this is a bit out of my element on this one. Yeah this is just a really weird concept to mix together so just like last issue, I’m gonna just be glad we are grabbing the character and moving on past their weirdo part of the multiverse. And Etienne, shame on you, his name is Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham….. calling him Spider Pig is completely missing the word play…….. he did have his own title for a while…….. 
Story – 6/10
Art – 7/10



Spider-Man 2099 #5 (Edge of Spider-Verse)
Written by Peter David
Art by Rick Leonardi, Livesay and Antonio Faebela

Etienne:
I think we may be suffering from too much Spider Verse, it is getting far too samey for my liking. None of it threatens the ‘real’ Marvel universe; they are all in alternate realties. No matter, this is specific to Spider Man 2099 and unlike in the other books this is replicas of him that are being hunted and killed, not of Peter Parker. I know that the Spider ‘mythos’ has a lot of background and has existed for a long time, but it really is a silly character to have this sort of mystical concept behind them.
Story – 7/10
Art – 8/10

Raistlin:
First off, what just happen to the decent art we’ve been getting on this title, it just took a step down for me in this one. As to too much Spider-Verse, I just think it’s starting to get a little confusing. So as Etienne puts out now we have multiple Miguel’s alongside multiple Peters being hunted, so does that mean there are a bunch of Miles’ out there being hunted too?? And now we have one Miguel referring to the current Spider-Man 2099 that got trapped in 2014 as the 616 Miguel?? So does that mean this is a completely different Spider-Man 2099 then the one from the original series even though Peter David is using that history on this character….. does that mean 2099 is now part of 616??? Should my head really hurt this much reading Spider-Man???? 

Story – 7/10
Art – 5/10



Hulk #7
Written by Gerry Duggan
Art by Mark Bagley, Drew Hennessy, & Jason Keith

Raistlin:
This story, too, has really grown on me. I might not like Doc Green as a character or as any version of Hulk but I will say this is a hell of a lot more interesting than Indestructible Hulk was. This round Hulk is taking down Skaar, Son of Hulk in the Savage Land, it is a really good fight. But I think what really sold this issue is the ending, just like the ending of last issue. Doc Green might be taking out all the low level, unpopular Hulks right now, but the Red Hulk’s are up and I don’t think they are gonna be anywhere near as easy for him to deal with…… and the art in this book is just absolutely gorgeous!
Story – 8/10
Art – 10/10

Etienne:
Dear me do I hate this series with an absolute passion. Doc Green is about the most unlikable and unpleasant character in the Marvel Universe right now and I include the Red Skull and Thanos in that assessment. His self-righteous crusade to rid the world of Gamma powered people is both crazy and so self centred it is unreal. Like Raistlin said so far it has been the less popular characters, but now they are moving onto the Red Hulks I really hope that one of them shuts his mouth permanently because I like them far more than him.
Story – 3/10
Art – 7/10



Loki: Agent of Asgard #7 (AXIS)
Written by Al Ewing
Art by Jorge Coelho, Lee Loughridge

Raistlin:
Yet another great AXIS tie-in, although I need to decipher that for a second. The cover says March to AXIS, and when you start it, you feel like it is behind the main story. But this one actually spans a lot of time, and by the end of it, it has caught up with both AXIS #2 and Magneto #11, so I would still read this after AXIS #2. Doom and Valeria work really well in this issue, and Loki is great as always, well at least once he actually gets to do something. I’m really enjoying how these tie-ins are going for once, and think they are bringing a lot of great side stories to the table.
Story – 8/10
Art – 7/10 

Etienne:
Sorry, would Doom really need an introduction as to who Magneto was? Other than that bit of silliness the rest of this issue was really good. It is a shame that AXIS is not as good as its tie-in books and for that I can only blame the writer. While I did not have an issue with the designation of this as part of the ‘March to AXIS’ you do need to have read quite a few other books to get this; New Avengers 24, AXIS 1, Magneto 10, Fantastic Four Annual – that is quite a lot of random comics for this to make sense.
Story – 8/10
Art – 6/10 



Daredevil #9
Written by Mark Waid
Art by Chris Samnee, Mathew Wilson

Raistlin:
I was not looking forward to this after last month’s “Children of the Corn” set up, but instead I was pleasantly surprised. This was much better written then I expected and went in a much better, deeper direction that worked out great. I’m not the biggest fan of the art but it seems to work for Daredevil so I can deal with it. The end page was a good cliff-hanger, too.
Story – 7/10
Art – 6/10

Etienne:
I have no idea what is going on in this book, sure I understand where they are trying to go with it, but I do not think the premise is working. The children of the corn idea was interesting, but they are too physical to be scary, the originals did not need to push people over the barrier, they would do it by themselves. I am interested to see where this is going, but I am not excited about this book, unlike its Original sin tie in which was fantastic.
Story – 5/10
Art – 5/10



Ms. Marvel #9 
Written by G.Willow Wilson
Art by Adrian Alphona, Ian Herring

Raistlin:
It wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t great either. What I did like, and scored this issue points was it finally gave us some hard core connectivity with the Inhuman stuff, and it seems this is actually way behind everything else. In fact the doctor that died last issue in Inhuman is perfectly fine here and New Attilian seems to have never suffered any hostile takeover. I still think Lockjaw’s moments are the best in the book, and I am glad he seems to be sticking around for a while.
Story – 5/10
Art – 4/10

Etienne:
As Raistlin said this is way out of line with the rest of the events in Inhumanity, which is ironic considering how far behind that series had been all year long. I am still not a massive fan of this series, but at least they are putting some definition to her powers rather than being a bit of everything all the time. This series is at its best when she is just a young girl trying to do right, but getting it all wrong. This is the best issue so far of this series and I hope it continues along these lines.
Story – 6/10
Art – 8/10



Wolverine and the X-Men #10 (Death of Wolverine)
Written by Jason Latour
Art by – Every sod they could find

Etienne:
A Simpsons episode years ago ended with a song – ‘Sorry for the clip show, have no fears we have stories for years.’ Well it seems that is the case here, this is all flashbacks and memories about Wolverine and I could have just about stomached that if not for the fact that they will end up doing it all over again next issue as well. By the time they stop doing ‘odes to Logan’ he will be back from the dead at this rate!
Story – 2/10
Art – every page is different – 1-8/10

Raistlin:
Wait, didn’t we just do this last week in Nightcrawler? And at least it looked good doing it, compared to this that goes through about a half a dozen shades of awful to horrible. And why of all the cliffhangers to leave us on, do we get Storm. We already are dealing with her whole take on this in the title called, hhhmm, let me see…… it was right here…. oh yeah, STORM……. these tie-ins feel like they are an afterthought thrown together when they realized sales on the mini were so high and are now trying to cash in on that interest…… 
Story – 0/10
Art – 0/10



Fantastic Four #11
Written by James Robinson
Art by Leonard Kirk, Karl Kesel and Jesus Aburtov

Etienne:
This series is growing on me. I hate the premise, I despise the fact that they used the weirdest build up to get to this point, but now they are here this works really well. How do you challenge the man who is only bested by the Hulk? You bring him down to everyone else’s level; or the Human Torch, you stop him flaming; how about the smartest man on earth? I love where this is going and I want to see how this plays into ‘Time Runs Out’ and the bad-ass Sue Storm that wears the black costume rather than red.
Story – 8/10
Art – 8/10

Raistlin:
The Things bathroom brawl and the ending half of the book with some friends finally starting to try to put the pieces together on what is really going on with the FF seems to have sent this story in the right direction right when it needed it. I feel the title alone shouldn’t get all the credit since Sue and Reed seem to be major players in Time Runs Out, and I think this has helped to renew interest in knowing how this leads to that. The artwork also had a hand and really made this one shine.
Story – 8/10
Art -9/10



Magneto #11 (AXIS)
Written by Cullen Bunn
Art by Gabriel Hernandez Walta, Jordie Bellaire

Raistlin:
Damn, this was a great tie in to AXIS. So in AXIS #2 Magneto takes off from the battle, and let’s leave it at that. Well, this is what he was doing, and it is just some great character moments for him. Bunn has taken his involvement in AXIS very seriously and made it his own, making it actually strengthen an already great run he’s been having on this title. The art is solid through most of the issue but I felt it stumbled a little in the recreations of the scenes from AXIS at the beginning. A must read for anyone reading AXIS.
Story – 8/10
Art – 7/10

Etienne:
This book was fantastic, the problem is it completely does not work with AXIS #2, and there is no way any of this can happen in the same time frame. They have a fight in AXIS, Magneto takes off. The Heroes get beaten up a bit and then come back out to fight again. In exactly that time period Magneto has gone half way around the world to collect a new team? Seriously? Without tying into the main comic this works fine, but continuity wise this is completely broken.
Story – 8/10 (stand alone) 2/10 (as a tie in)
Art – 6/10



Avengers World #14
Written by Nick Spencer
Art by Marco Checchetto, Andres Mossa

Raistlin:
It seems like every comic I’m picking up this week is just really good, especially on such a big week. Avengers World has finally brought all its ongoing stories to a close, and even though it was “good” guys save the day all around, the issue had a really good feel to it, and with all the craziness Marvel is about to dish out, it really felt like the one last time we are gonna see them like this, and it played the heart strings just right. Oh and this comic looked fantastic!
Story – 8/10
Art – 9/10

Etienne:
Moving on from the fact that the Dragon is too small for a city to be on its head (or as it appears in one frame it is only a temple) the rest of this book is quite stunning. This is definitely a triumph of art over story, but in the end the concept was not too bad. This is probably the best looking book all year and the art has been consistently good throughout, I think the only problem was the fragmented nature of the story made it hard to follow. The last page of this book would make a fine poster on anyone’s wall, lets see if I can get that as my PC desktop…
Story – 6/10
Art – 10/10



The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #16
Written by Nick Spencer
Art by Steve Lieber and Rachelle Rosenberg

Etienne:
I have to say I love the ending on this book. It has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride to get to this point with some really wacky storylines, but over all this has been pretty great. Marvel could do with a few more ‘villain team ups’ along these lines, or steal an idea from DC of Suicide Squad, but better.
Story – 8/10
Art – 6/10

Raistlin:
HUH?!?! What was that supposed to be??? How was that supposed to connect to anything else??? I’m completely lost and don’t even think I want to figure it out, I’m just gonna move along. I think there might be one more issue after this but i won’t be surprised if it does nothing in the way of closure that I am expecting. 
Story – 1/10
Art – 3/10



New Avengers #25 (Time Runs Out)
Written by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Kev Walker, Frank Martin & David Curiel

Raistlin:
Man, the more we are filled in on what’s going on the juicier this story keeps getting. First though, what the hell is with all the beards? A lot of beards in 8 months….. who decides these things? “Beards, they all gotta have beards!!!” This issue finally focuses on some of the main members of the Illuminati and Captain Britain enters the picture, with probably one of the most jaw dropping statements in the whole book. We get to see what was happening with the Illuminati on the other side of the stuff that took place last month in both Avengers/New Avengers, and it was very helpful and is starting to connect a few dots here and there. This slow build we got going towards Time Runs Out is really working for me and I can’t wait to read more.
Story – 8/10
Art – 8/10

Etienne:
I’m with Raistlin on this one, is a beard a requirement of life in the near future? 8 Months is probably enough time to get mine grown and bushy enough to fit in, I wonder if there is something about being a Hulk that prevents you from growing one? I am not certain what was so stunning about Captain Britain’s appearance, but I will admit to my chagrin how little I know about Marvel UK. This issue was frankly amazing and I am loving where this will be in 8 months time, I just really wish we could have swapped AXIS for this.
Story – 9/10
Art – 9/10



Uncanny X-Men #27
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Chris Bachalo, Tim Townsend, Mark Irwin, Jamie Mendoza, Victor Olazara , Al Vey, Jose Villarrubia and Rain Beredo

Etienne:
Before I start on the comic itself, I utterly love that cover, it is brilliant and so evocative of Scott’s current condition. This is the best art of the entire series; there is obviously something about Bachalo being inked by different people that gives this book a different feeling to previous issues. We have the world ending event of a mutant so powerful that no one can touch him and powers so off the scale that every hero in the world could not even get close to him. But perhaps there is another way to deal with it?
Story – 9/10
Art – 9/10

Raistlin:
See what you described as the mutant is I think my biggest issue with this. So, what does he actually do?? He’s super powerful, an endgame mutant, but even endgame mutants like Legion, Proteus, Vulcan, Scarlet Witch, Jean Grey have definition to their powers, so what does he actually do? And don’t try to make excuses that he is just soooo powerful, his powers are unexplainable, cause that’s just weak writing, when we have tons of other characters throughout the whole Marvel Universe that have powers beyond gods and we still have an idea of what they can do. Also we seemed to have completely forgotten why they went out looking for this mutant in the first place, namely someone’s Will we were in the middle of. I am so over the Schism and waiting for them to officially end it but this issue ended, headed in exactly the wrong direction.
Story – 5/10
Art – 6/10


Issue of the Week:
It would be hard under normal circumstances for this to not be the most important issue of the week, but that does not necessarily mean it was done well. Fortunately, Charles Soule does not disappoint.



Death of Wolverine #4 (Death of Wolverine)
Written by Charles Soule
Art by Steve McNiven, Jay Leisten and Justin Ponsor

Etienne:
The most interesting thing about this book is not the aforementioned Death, but the other character that dies in this book. We all know that in some form Logan will be back, I give it 18 months, but seeing some of the solicits for next summer I think I need to lower my sights a bit. However this completely closes that chapter for Wolverine, probably forever. Weapon X is done, he know all its secrets and perhaps that will be the defining concept of this series, not that Wolverine died, but that one of his most character changing life events has finally ended.
Story – 10/10
Art – 9/10

Raistlin:
This book was pure gold, and I gotta disagree with you a little that the Death was not just interesting; in fact I thought it was the most satisfying death scene any true Wolverine fan could hope for. There was just the right level of emotion throughout. To paraphrase from Soule himself, Wolverine didn’t die saving the world, he died alone, saving lives…. and it didn’t matter that no one knew what he had done because we, the readers, knew……. it was Wolverine at his very best……. the Wolverine I fell in love with as a teenager reading comics in the 80s…… we’re going to miss you , bub….. 
Story – 10/10
Art – 10/10