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Comic Reviews: Avengers: No Road Home and Amazing Spider-Man!

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Last year’s Avengers: No Surrender was an entertaining, if a little over long, success for Marvel. Naturally, that means the publisher has set up a sequel with Avengers: No Road Home. But unlike Surrender, this event won’t be taking the place of the main Avengers title during it’s run. Instead, it’ll serve as it’s own series that’ll run alongside the current Avengers title (probably because it’s selling better than when No Surrender came out). However, as good as this opening issue is, I’m not quite sure that the combined forces of Mark Waid, Jim Zub, Al Ewing, and Paco Medina are enough to convince readers to buy another Avengers title. Read the rest of this entry

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Comic Reviews: Age of X-Man Alpha and Fight Club 3!

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Not content with just relaunching Uncanny X-Men, Marvel has a new X-Men event coming our way with Age of X-Man Alpha, the new starting point for, you guessed it, the Age of X-Man miniseries that will be hitting in the next few months.Fortunately, this event isn’t following in the footsteps of Age of Apocalypse and taking the place of the X-Men series that Marvel currently produces. Unfortunatley, the Zac Thompson, Lonnie Nadler, and Ramon Rosanas special doesn’t do a whole lot to convince you to keep going with this event beyond the miniseries. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Review: Guardians of the Galaxy and Hardcore!

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Guardians of the Galaxy #1 (Marvel Comics)

Despite becoming household names thanks to their mega-successful movies, The Guardians of the Galaxy still can’t quite make it as a comic series. The Brian Michael Bendis run petered out after a few years, and the relaunch with Gerry Duggan and Aaron Kuder served as more of a tie-in to the Infinity Wars event than it’s own series. So what’s Marvel to do? Create a new team of Guardians with the creatives behind the mega-hit Thanos run, Donny Cates and artist Geoff Shaw. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Review: Uncanny X-Men and Black Widow!

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uncanny_x-men_vol_5_10Uncanny X-Men #10 (Marvel Comics)

After ten weeks, Marvel’s opening storyline for Uncanny X-Men has come to a close. The Ed Brisson, Kelly Thompson, and Matthew Rosenberg crafted story has been packed to the brim with mutants new and old, and the stage is set for the epic showdown with Nate Grey in Uncanny X-Men #10. But it can’t live up to the hype, can it?

Surprisingly, it can. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Young Justice and Captain Marvel!

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dcwyj_01_300-001_hd_5c17f71c826424.06913733Young Justice #1 (DC Comics)

Now that he’s settled into DC Comics, it’s time for Brian Michael Bendis to really shake things up, and for starters, he’s bringing back Young Justice. The title that brought Robin, Superboy, and Impulse together was a big hit back in the day, but the DC universe is very different from the one that birthed that series. But just because it’s different, that doesn’t mean that Bendis and artist Patrick Gleason aren’t going to do their best to bring a new team together that includes the return of Connor Kent, Superboy. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Conan The Barbarian and The Walking Dead!

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Like Star Wars before him, the mighty Conan has made his return to Marvel Comics from Dark Horse. And also like Star Wars, he’s got Jason Aaron writing his new adventures. But that’s where the similarities end, because make no mistake, Conan The Barbarian, featuring art by Mahmud Asrar, is a truly brutal book, and marks a triumphant return to the publisher that made him famous in comics. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Superior Spider-Man and X-Force!

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SUPSM2018001-1345x2000Superior Spider-Man #1 (Marvel Comics)

As promised, Otto Octavius takes center stage once more in a brand new Superior Spider-Man series from Marvel. After laying dormant for a few months, the character made a big return in his own Superior Octopus one-shot and the Spider-Geddon event that played out through the Fall, and now he’s got a brand new ongoing series. As a big fan of the original Superior series, it’s good to have Otto back, and the fact that Christos Gage and Mike Hawthorne are returning to the character after their Superior Octopus special makes the return even sweeter. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Martian Manhunter and Winter Soldier!

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mm_cv01-p_2018Martian Manhunter #1 (DC Comics)

After the critical success of Tom King and Mitch Gerads’ Mister Miracle, it makes sense that DC comics would want to replicate that success with some of their other characters. Stepping up to the plate is Steve Orlando and Riley Rossmo, starting a new twelve part miniseries focusing on J’on J’onzz, the Martian Manhunter. Naturally the comparisons to King and Gerads’ series are going to be rampant, but so far it seems like Martian Manhunter isn’t going to be making anyone forget Mister Miracle anytime soon. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Ironheart #1 and DC Nuclear Winter Special!

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Riri Williams made a pretty big splash a few years ago in the pages of Tony Stark: Iron Man, and now that ol’ Tony is back in the armor, it’s time for her to break out on her own. Ironheart #1, from Eve L Ewing and artists Kevin Libranda and Luciano Vecchio, is a great start for Riri character-wise, but there’s not much to keep you interested when it comes to the plot. Read the rest of this entry

Stan

Stan!Stan Lee is gone.

Even typing those words feels surreal. For many, myself included, it seemed like Stan Lee would be around forever, making Marvel Studios cameos and appearing at cons with a joyful, boundless energy that seemed too much for his age. This was a man who, in his 90’s, was still making multiple appearances a year at many different venues. He’s been a part of my life since I was first aware of comic books, introducing my Pizza Hut X-Men tapes with a joyful exuberance that made him feel like a grandparent from the other side of the glass. He’s had an insurmountable, almost impossible to describe impact on my life, and I’m glad I got the chance to at least tell him so, in my own weird, awkward way. Read the rest of this entry