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Comic Reviews: Dark Days: The Casting and Spider-Men II!

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0qj7k1c13cqyDark Days: The Casting #1 (DC Comics)

Dark Days: The Forge brought up a whole lot of questions for the upcoming Metal event from DC. From showing a new back-story for Hawkman, to revealing that Batman has one of the “tuning forks” the Monitor used to try and reconcile the multiple universes in Crisis on the Infinite Earths, The Forge had a lot of crazy reveals, but not a lot of context for them. With The Casting, it falls on Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, and their trio of artists (Jim Lee, John Romita Jr, and Andy Kubert) to maybe, just maybe start making some connections to the upcoming Metal event. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Review: Amazing Spider-Man and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

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Amazing_Spider-Man_Vol_4_29_Textless.jpgAmazing Spider-Man #29 (Marvel Comics)

Not even The Amazing Spider-Man is free from the grasp of Marvel’s Secret Empire event. Unlike most event tie-ins though, Amazing Spider-Man #29 feels like a natural continuation of the stories Dan Slott has been building up in his run that just happens to dovetail nicely into the latest Marvel mega event. In fact, with this issue being the return of Doctor Octopus, I was looking forward more to this storyline than any other aspect of Secret Empire. Luckily writers Dan Slott and Christos Gage, with artist Stuart Immonen, do not disappoint in the slightest. Read the rest of this entry

A Legacy We Don’t Need

MarvelLegacy_001_BrooksVariant-720x668After much hype and anticipation, Marvel has finally announced their plans for “Marvel Legacy”, the next relaunch that THIS TIME is going to count. Many had suspected that Marvel would copy DC’s Rebirth initiative in hopes that it would be just as successful for them.

Well, they didn’t. In fact, it seems like Marvel didn’t even get the gist of what made DC’s relaunch such a success.  Whereas that company took a good hard look at what went wrong with the New 52 and “DCYou” and fixed it, Marvel seems to just be trucking along, business as usual. And it’s going to cause them to fall on their face. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Cable and Saga!

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Cable_1_Cover-195x300Cable #1 (Marvel Comics)

From leader of X-Force, to raising the last hope for mutants, to even being an Avenger, Nathan Summers has gone through a lot of changes since he first hit the scene back in the 80’s. But that doesn’t mean he’s not immune to the “RessurXion” mini launch that Marvel is putting all of their X-Men titles through. While Cable has never been a character I’ve actively collected and read, the latest series from James Robinson and Carlos Pacheco looks to be changing that. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Star Wars: Screaming Citadel and Action Comics!

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Star_Wars_The_Screaming_Citadel_1.pngStar Wars: Screaming Citadel #1 (Marvel Comics)

Almost a year after the end of the first Marvel Star Wars crossover, it’s now time for the next one. But instead of crossing over with Darth Vader, the main Star Wars title is crossing over with Doctor Aphra for “The Screaming Citadel”. As the first major event since Vader Down, there’s a lot of speculation over this story, but Keiron Gillen and Marco Checchetto are able to craft a cool little story that’s an interesting addition to the Star Wars mythos. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Secret Empire and Bane Conquest!

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HT-secret-empire1-cf-170209_2_8x13_992.jpgSecret Empire #1 (of 9) (Marvel Comics)

To say that Marvel’s Secret Empire has been controversial would be the understatement of the year. Fans have been voicing their displeasure over the “Hydra Cap” storyline for a year now, so much so that Marvel had to issue a special press release that asked them to hold judgment until they read the new event to completion (and that SPOILER ALERT Captain America will be back to normal by the time it’s over). Now the storyline that Nick Spencer has been building to since last year’s Steve Rogers Captain America is here. With Cap’s “true allegiance” now in the open, the battle begins for the soul of Marvel’s greatest hero. But removed from all the hype and headlines, how does Secret Empire stack up as the latest in the long line of Marvel events? Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Scarlet Spider and The Flash!

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BenReillyScarletSpider1-cover2Ben Reilly Scarlet Spider #1 (Marvel Comics)

This isn’t the first time that Marvel has tried to restart the Scarlet Spider, but it is the first time they’ve done it with Ben Reilly, the original character to don the blue hoodie. With writer Peter David and artist Mark Bagley on the book, Marvel is banking on the 90’s nostalgia pretty hard, but this series is so tied to the events of Clone Conspiracy that it may be hard for new readers to jump on board with the title. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: X-Men Blue and Justice League of America!

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X-Men_Blue_1_CoverX-Men Blue #1 (Marvel Comics)

Last week was the first issue of X-Men Gold. The week before that was X-Men Prime. So naturally, this week we’re taking a look at X-Men Blue, the other flagship X-Men title in the new RessurXion publishing event at Marvel. While X-Men Gold had the focus on classic X-Men members like Kitty Pryde, Colossus, and Nightcrawler, Blue is focusing on the younger, time-displaced original X-Men, who are now under the tutelage of Magneto. This twist is what initially had me interested in this series, and after reading the book, it’s clear to see that this will be the driving force behind Cullen Bunn and Jorge Molina’s new series. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: X-Men Gold and Batman!

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indexX-Men Gold #1 (Marvel Comics)

At long last, the X-Men have returned to their rightful place as a premiere Marvel team. Our first look at the new “ResurrXion” direction of the X-Men was glimpsed in the X-Men Prime special last week, but now we’ve got the official start of X-Men Gold, the team that features long time favorites like Colossus, Nightcrawler, Storm, Kitty Pryde, and Old Man Logan. Gold is being set up as the flagship book for the X-Men going forward, and writer Marc Guggenheim and artist Ardian Syaf definitely have a clear vision for the mutants going forward, one that’s more in the super hero mode than recent takes on the characters. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: X-Men Prime and Jughead: The Hunger!

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x-menprime_coverX-Men Prime #1 (Marvel Comics)

Now that the dust has settled on IvX, it’s time for Marvel to start revving up for the next installment of the X-Men franchise, RessurXion. Of course, this means it’s time for a special one-shot issue that will set the stage for the upcoming X-Men books coming your way next month. Featuring the creative teams behind almost every major title in the RessurXion event, X-Men Prime serves as the perfect book to get you back into the world of Marvel’s Merry Mutants, but if you’re looking for any jaw-dropping revelations, you’ll be disappointed. Read the rest of this entry