The rings of the Mandarin are searching for new hosts, and it’s causing Tony Stark a whole lot of problems in Iron Man #23.NOW, the new jumping on point for Marvel’s Iron Avenger. Written by Kieron Gillen and featuring art by Luke Ross, this issue serves as a pretty good launching point for new readers, even if it does stumble a few times. Read the rest of this entry
General Zod’s plans come to fruition in the latest issue of Superman/Wonder Woman, a comic book that’s way better than it should be. Written by Charles Soule and drawn by Tony S. Daniel, Superman/Wonder Woman continues the ongoing story that introduces Zod and Faora into the New 52, and while it’s not entirely the best introduction to the series, it’s still a hell of a lot of fun.
Picking up from last issue’s knock down drag out fight, Wonder Woman and Superman travel to MT. Olympus in hopes of getting some new firepower from Hephaestus, Wonder Woman’s brother. (SPOILER: Wonder Woman is Zeus’ daughter now). After receiving some pretty bitchin’ power armor, the two track down Zod and Faora, hoping to stop them from creating a portal into the Phantom Zone, which would release the monstrous Doomsday. Read the rest of this entry
“The Trial of Jean Grey” starts in All-New X-Men #22.NOW, and I gotta say, this opening issue is pretty fantastic. The fantastic Stuart Immonen is back on art, and writer Brian Michael Bendis’ script is an excellent starting point for not only the new storyline, but for new readers as well. The big events of the past 21 issues are quickly recapped in the typical opening “previously in…” Marvel page, and at no point is anything referenced that would cause a new reader to go “wait, I’m confused”. I may hate seeing a giant “#1” on an issue that also has the actual issue number on it, but if it gets people to check this out, I’m okay with it.
The Dark Knight turns 75 this year, and DC Comics has really put out all the stops to celebrate the occasion. Boasting talent with names like Greg Hurwitz, Peter J. Thomasi, Neal Adams, Sean Murphy, Francesco Francavilla, Scott Snyder, and more, this mega sized anniversary issue is packed to the brim with content. Like any special anniversary issue, not all of the stories in it are great. So, here’s a breakdown of the seven different stories contained in this issue, along with a handy dandy grade. Read the rest of this entry
“Inhumanity” finally hits the New Avengers, but not in the way that you think. Cleverly playing with our expectations, New Avengers #13.INH (that’s to let you know it ties into “Inhumanity”, in case you couldn’t tell from the cover) switches gears and shows us a parallel Earth with it’s own Illuminati, and its own spin on the Inhuman gas that was released during Infinity. Writer Jonathan Hickman continues to build on the events that have been occurring during his entire New Avengers run, but the art by Simone Bianchi definitely hurts this issue. Read the rest of this entry
When I first heard of the announcement of Origin II, I have to admit, my first reaction was “why”? Now that I’ve read it, I still feel that way, but do like the story within the shiny new Acetate cover. Read the rest of this entry
After last month’s #0 issue, Harley has a new lease on life, and more importantly, the artist for her ongoing series. That artist is Chad Hardin, who’s penciling the script by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner. Harley Quinn #1 is nothing like the previous issue. There’s no fourth wall breaking humor or jabs at the creative team. That doesn’t mean that it’s not fun though. Ms. Quinn’s first solo ongoing in the New 52 is full of surprises, and the characterization of Harley is particularly strong. Read the rest of this entry
Hot off the heels of Infinity comes the NEXT big Marvel event, Inhumanity. However, unlike the previous universe-wide crossover, the latest Marvel super heroes extravaganza doesn’t have a six-issue series to tell the main story. Instead, we have this one shot by Matt Fraction and Olivier Coipel to set up the event, which will then be carried over into various miniseries and tie-in issues of books like New Avengers and Uncanny X-Men.
Inhumanity essentially serves as a way to give new and lapsed readers background on the Inhumans, the race of super-powered beings that have long remained hidden from the rest of the Marvel Universe. Following Black Bolt’s destruction of their home, Attilan, the fallout of the explosion released the Terrigen Mists, the vapor that gives the Inhumans their powers. Unknown to anyone else in the world, that mist has found the Inhumans who have secretly been living among humans and given them superpowers. The entire story of Inhumanity has the Avengers finding the Inhuman known as Karnak, and him telling them the entire story behind the fall of Attilan (the Avengers missed this because they were off-world during Infinity). Read the rest of this entry
Last week, in my review of Avengers #23, I mentioned my concern with the finale of Infinity not having enough time to properly showcase the battle between the Avengers and Thanos. Thankfully, I was proven wrong. The final issue of Infinity is a break-neck battle for the fate of Earth that surprisingly teases very little things to come in its final pages. Unlike Age of Ultron, which had ads for the follow-up series every few pages, Infinity has a very clear and set ending that gives us a single tease for the upcoming series Inhumanity.
Much like with last week’s issue of Avengers, Writer Jonathan Hickman tones down a lot of his “Hickman-speak” for this finale, and instead focuses entirely on the battle with Thanos and his army in Wakanda. The seemingly separate plot threads between Avengers and New Avengers come together in a great way, and there are a lot of fantastic battles here in this issue. However, it’s Hickman’s great characterization of Thanos that stands out. His response when the Avengers arrive to help Hulk is awesome, and right on point with how the mad Titan typically responds to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Even the use of Thanos’ son Thane is handled well, which is surprising considering how little time he’s in the story. Read the rest of this entry
The X-Men of the past change allegiances in All-New X-Men #18. With “Battle of the Atom” behind them, the Brian Michael Bendis/Stuart Immonen issue sets up the new status quo for the original five X-Men, who have now followed their Professor Kitty Pryde to Cyclops’ team of renegade X-Men.
Like many of the pre-“Atom” issues, not a whole lot happens in this issue plot wise. The only major event that happens is the original X-Men getting new costumes. Yep, that’s it. While that would be a major strike against this book any other month, the fact that this is coming on the heels of a major X-Men crossover gives it a pass. The young X-Men have been through a lot since their arrival in the present day Marvel universe, and if this issue didn’t devote some time to them reacting to their new surroundings the issue would feel rushed. Credit goes to writer Brian Michael Bendis for crafting some entertaining scenes with all of these characters. The scenes with Bobby Drake trying to come to grips with the fact that he may become either an ice hulk or an ice wizard in the future are the best, and the ongoing love triangle between Beast, Jean Grey, and Cyclops is actually more entertaining than it sounds. Read the rest of this entry