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Young Avengers #1 Review

Written by on Jan 24, 2013
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Young Avengers #1

Rating: 5/5
Publisher: Marvel
Writer: Kieron Gillen
Pencils: Jamie McKelvie, Mike Norton
Colors: Mathew Wilson
Number of Pages: 21
Price: 3.99
Color: Color
Safety Content Label: T+ TEENS AND UP – Appropriate for most readers 13 and up, parents are advised that they might want to read before or with younger children.

Publisher’s Blurb:
Legacy isn’t a dirty word? but it’s an irrelevant one. It’s not important what their parents did. It matters what they do. Someone has to save the world. Wiccan, Hulkling and Hawkeye unite with Loki, Marvel Boy and Ms. America to do just that!

Reviewer’s Comments:

Kieron Gillen weaves a new web of action, adventure and betrayal in Young Avengers #1. What has easily been one of Marvel Now’s most anticipated titles finally arrives but will it be all we hoped for?

This issue starts off with a bang or actually after a bang(sorry bad joke). The story immediately escalates as Noh-Var and Kate Bishop take on a Skrull hit squad. Back on earth Hulkling is finding the simple life less than ideal and takes up super heroics once again, Much to the chagrin of his partner Wiccan who is about to make a very terrible mistake. Now it’s up to Loki the god of mischief himself to put together a team that can face the threat Wiccan sets in motion but of course if Loki is involved nothing is as it seems.

This issue is quite frankly amazing. Gillen once again delivers us what no other could. The pace of the story and it’s somewhat chaotic setup work perfectly on every level. The art is great and suits the book quite well. There was one small thing that bugged me it seemed like many of the characters faces were stuck in these kind of overly emotive expressions. It just seemed weird for them to constantly look shocked or surprised.
All of that aside I thoroughly enjoyed this issue. I wouldn’t presume to guess what master plan Gillen has in mind for the series but I have no doubt it will be great.




Dark Avengers #185 Review

Written by on Jan 16, 2013
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Dark Avengers #185

Rating: 5/5
Publisher: Marvel
Writer: Jeff Parker
Pencils: Neil Edwards
Number of Pages: 22
Price: 2.99
Color: Color
Safety Content Label: T+ TEENS AND UP – Appropriate for most readers 13 and up, parents are advised that they might want to read before or with younger children.

Publisher’s Blurb:
Skaar, Moonstone & Ragnarok go to war with the deadly Dr. Strange! “The Witch” Dr. June Covington is turned loose in Tony Stark’s Frankensteinian Laboratory. Her first subject? Ragnarok!

Reviewer’s Comments:
Jeff Parker really kicks things in to high gear in this issue and that’s a really good thing. When we last left the splintered team Skaar and Moonstone were at the mercy of Doctor Strange. Meanwhile June Covington the Dark Scarlet Witch has been manipulating Hank Pym into restoring the rest of the team to health. Doctor Strange has put a plan in motion to pit his enemies against each other. Using Moonstone disguised as Captain Marvel to attack the Yancy street territory and it’s leader the thing while simultaneously sending Skaar to attack Iron Man. Elsewhere in Pym’s labs Covington has begun to “improve” the members of the team who are out of commission. Including brain surgery on Thor’s clone Ragnarok and bringing about the return of John Walker as U.S. Agent. Repairing his missing arm and leg but things may not be all that they seem and there may be a hefty price to pay.

There is a lot of action in this issue and a lot of development character wise. We really start to get a feel for the earth the group is stranded on and it is a stark contrast to the regular Marvel universe. It’s not yet clear what happened that caused the schism between all these heroes but it’s obvious it has changed the face of the New York and the planet. So far the Dark Avengers have had little impact but it’s obvious we are building toward a huge conflict.

Things for this series are really starting to look up. I was very apprehensive when the book split from the Thunderbolts but now I’m starting to come around. I’m really hoping that U.S. Agent steps in as team leader and points the group in the right direction or maybe manipulates them whatever works. It’s obvious this world needs heroes, and these villains may just be the right ones for the job.




Avengers Arena #2 Review

Written by on Jan 8, 2013
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Avengers Arena #2

Rating: 2/5
Publisher Name: Marvel Comics
Publisher’s Site: Marvel.com
Writer: Dennis Hopeless
Pencils: Kev Walker
Number of Pages: 24
Price: 2.99
Color: Color
Safety Content Label: T+ TEENS AND UP – Appropriate for most readers 13 and up, parents are advised that they might want to read before or with younger children.

Publisher’s Blurb:
ANNIHILATION’s Cammi vs. Deathlocket! AVENGER ACADEMY’s Hazmat vs. Deathlocket! But who the heck is Deathlocket? And who dies in this issue?

Reviewer’s Comments:

Thirty seconds have passed since the first issue of Avengers Arena ended. Within two more pages another character will die which will brings the total kills for the series so far up to two. Unfortunately that is the most interesting thing about this issue. AA #2 follows a most unlikely character in the grand scheme of things. One who is new as far as I can tell and is also painfully uninteresting. Her name is Rebecca Ryker aka Deathlocket the daughter of the man who created Deathlock. Rebecca along with the rest of her family was murdered by a rogue reprogrammed Deathlock unit. Of course he father couldn’t allow this to stand. In the end he was only able to bring Becca back but not before SHIELD was able to take him in to custody.

The rest of the book introduces us to the various members of the Braddock Academy. Something like a British version of the Xavier Institute or the Jean Grey School. The Academy is run by Brian Braddock better known as Captain Britain. At this point it’s kind of unclear whether Psylocke has any connection or role there. Does anyone but me find it odd that another school like this exists in the Marvel universe? Having the first mention of it turn up here just feels odd. Some of the new characters we meet have connections to existing heroes. Kid Briton for instance is an alternate universe version of Captain Britain another is Cullen Bloodstone of the Bloodstone monster hunting clan. The rest of the group seem to be of little consequence for the moment.

This issue to be blunt drags on with very little purpose or intent. It’s largely exposition which isn’t necessarily a bad thing but here it takes away from the point of the book. This is supposed to be a free for all not an episode of Dawson’s Creek with super powers. I’m not opposed to building up characters or establishing back stories but a title like this isn’t the place for it. At the very least you shouldn’t devote an entire issue to it. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that Deathlocket will have a large role to play in Avengers Arena. They practically force everything about the poor girl down your throat. If she is important to the story that’s fine but there are better ways of fleshing out a character. They could have revealed her back story over a couple issues instead.

So far Avengers Arena is off to a rocky start. Issue 3 is right around the corner maybe it will get the series back on track.




Comic Book writer Peter David suffers from a stroke

Written by on Dec 30, 2012
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Comic Book writer Peter David suffers from a stroke

Writer of novels and several comic book titles, Peter David tweeted this morning that he has suffered from a stroke. While on vacation in Florida he lost control of the right side of his body. He has reported on his website that he cannot see properly, move his right arm or leg, is currently getting the extent of the damage sorted out and will report as further as details become clarified.

DC Comics artist Ethan Van Sciver also announced the terrible tragedy on his Facebook page, offering fervent wishes of Peter’s full recovery. Kurt Busiek and Ron Marz have also reached out to Peter via Twitter.

The Fanboy Buzz would like to offer our well wishes on Peter David’s recovery. He will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Peter David has contributed substantially to the world of comics. His full comic book bibliography is listed below.

Comic Books

  • Action Comics Weekly #608-620 (Green Lantern serial; #615, 619-620 plot with Richard Howell)
  • The Adventures of Jell-O Man and Wobbly #1 (“The Outer Space Case” story; uncredited work with Shana David)
  • The Amazing Spider-Man #266-267, 278, 289, 525 (#278 script only with Jo Duffy)
  • The Amory Wars: In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 #1-12 (with Claudio Sanchez)
  • Angel Spotlight: Illyria
  • Angel Yearbook (“OMG Unicorns!” story)
  • Aquaman (1994) #1-2, 0, 3-46, Annual #1-4 (#42 plot w/Jim Calafiore, 44 w/Bill Mumy; Annual #3:”Tusk ’til Dawn” story)
  • Aquaman: Time and Tide #1-4
  • The Atlantis Chronicles #1-7 (fictional interview in #6 published uncut in Comic Shop News #152)
  • Avengers: Season One (exclusive to Wal-Mart Avengers blu-ray set until March 2013)
  • Babylon 5: In Valen’s Name #2-3 (script only; story by J. Michael Straczynski)
  • Before the Fantastic Four: Reed Richards #1-3
  • Blasters Special #1
  • Breaking into Comics the Marvel Way! #2 (“Green Dreams” story)
  • Captain America Goes to War Against Drugs
  • Captain Marvel (1999) #0-13, 15-35
  • Captain Marvel (2002) #1-25
  • Classics Illustrated #21: Cyrano de Bergerac (adaptation)
  • Creepy 1993 Fearbook (framing sequence; script only)
  • Creepy: The Limited Series #1-4 (some segments with Richard Howell)
  • Dark Horse Extra #15-18, 27-28 (SpyBoy comic strips)
  • Dark Horse Presents Annual 2000 (Bombshell story)
  • The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born #1-7 (adaptation, script only)
  • The Dark Tower: The Long Road Home #1-5 (script only)
  • The Dark Tower: Treachery #1-6 (script only)
  • The Dark Tower: The Fall of Gilead #1-6 (script only)
  • The Dark Tower: The Battle of Jericho Hill #1-5 (script only)
  • The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger – The Journey Begins #1-5 (script only)
  • The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger – The Little Sisters of Eluria #1-5 (adaptation; script only)
  • The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger – The Battle of Tull #1-5 (script only)
  • The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger – The Way Station #1-5 (script only)
  • The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger – The Man in Black #1-5 (script only)
  • DC Comics Presents: Justice League of America #1 (script only; story by Harlan Ellison)
  • Deadbeats #1, 3 (Soulsearchers and Company preview stories; with Richard Howell)
  • Disney Adventures (July 1991; digest magazine) (Rocketeer story)
  • Disney Epic Mickey: Tales of Wasteland #1-6 (digital comics, in Epic Mickey app for Apple iOS devices)
  • Disney Epic Mickey: The Graphic Novel (digital comic, in Epic Mickey app for Apple iOS devices)
  • Disney’s The Little Mermaid Limited Series #1-4
  • Doom 2099 #17 (script only)
  • Dreadstar (1982) #41-64
  • Dreadstar (1994) #1-6
  • Fallen Angel (DC) #1-20
  • Fallen Angel (IDW) #1-33
  • Fallen Angel Reborn #1-4
  • Fallen Angel: Return of the Son #1-4
  • Fantastic Four #320 (plot only, with Steve Englehart)
  • Fractured Fables (“Little Mermaid” story)
  • Free Comic Book Day: Soulsearchers and Company
  • Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1, 4-23, Annual #1
  • Ghostbusters Holiday Special: What in Samhain Just Happened? (with uncredited Kathleen David)
  • Giant-Size Hulk #1
  • The Gift: A First Publishing Holiday Special (Dreadstar story)
  • Halo: Helljumper #1-5
  • Harlan Ellison’s Dream Corridor #4-5 (“Catman” adaptation)
  • The Haunted #1-4
  • The Haunted: Gray Matters #1
  • Heroes Reborn: The Return #1-4
  • Hulk: Broken Worlds #1 (“Post Mortem” story)
  • Hulk: Destruction #1-4
  • Hulk: Future Imperfect #1-2
  • Hulk/Pitt
  • Hulk vs. Fin Fang Foom
  • IDW: 10 Year Anniversary Comic Book (Fallen Angel story; within IDW: The First Decade HC set)
  • The Impossible Man Summer Vacation Spectacular #1 (“Dizzyworld” story)
  • The Incredible Hulk (1962) #328, 331-359, 361-388, 390-454, -1, 455-467, Annual #16-20
  • The Incredible Hulk (1999) #77-87
  • Incredible Hulk: Hercules Unleashed #1
  • Incredible Hulk Versus Venom #1
  • Incredible Hulk: The End #1
  • Iron Man: I am Iron Man! #1-2 (movie adaptation)
  • John Carter: World of Mars #1-4
  • Justice #15-32 (#15 script only)
  • Justice League Task Force #7-8
  • Kolchak Tales: Black & White & Read All Over (“Stoned” story)
  • The Last Avengers Story #1-2
  • Legends of the DC Universe 80-Page Giant #1 (Spectre story; with Bill Mumy)
  • Lost in Space Annual #2 (with Bill Mumy)
  • Madrox #1-5
  • Mark Hazzard: Merc #1-4
  • Marvel 1602: Fantastick Four #1-5
  • Marvel Adventures Hulk #13-16
  • Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #17-20, 29-32
  • Marvel Comics Presents #26, 45, 85-92 (#26, 45: Hulk stories; 85-92: Wolverine serial)
  • The Marvel Fumetti Book (“The Phone Call” story; uncredited)
  • Marvel Holiday Special 1993, 1994 (1993: Doc Samson story; 1994: Hulk story)
  • Marvel Knights Spider-Man #19
  • Marvel Mangaverse: Punisher #1
  • Marvel Monsters: Where Monsters Dwell (“The Return of Monstrollo” story)
  • Marvel Romance Redux: I Should Have Been a Blonde (“Patsy Loves Satan” story)
  • Marvel Romance Redux: Love is a Four-Letter Word (“They Said I Was… Insane!” story)
  • The Marvel Saga #22
  • Marvel Super-Heroes Fall Special 1991 (a.k.a. Marvel Super-Heroes Vol. 2 #7; Cloak & Dagger story)
  • Marvel Versus D.C. #2, D.C. Versus Marvel #4
  • Marvel Zombies Destroy! #3-5
  • Marvels Comics: Captain America #1 (writing as Rick Jones)
  • Nation X: X-Factor #1
  • Negative Burn #16 (“Gotta Go” story)
  • The New Mutants Annual #6 (“Tribute the Second” story)
  • Nexus #63, 72 (back-up stories)
  • The Phantom (1988) #1-4
  • Phantom of Fear City #2 (Soulsearchers and Company preview story; with Richard Howell)
  • Prime vs. The Incredible Hulk #0 (plot assist only)
  • Psi-Force #24 (back-up story)
  • The Punisher Annual #5
  • The Punisher Summer Special #1 (“Crossed Purposes” story)
  • Red Sonja (2005) #2 (“Winds of Doom” back-up story, with Luke Lieberman)
  • Red Sonja vs. Thulsa Doom #1-4 (with Luke Lieberman)
  • Reveal #1 (SpyBoy story)
  • The Rocketeer: The Official Movie Adaptation (movie adaptation)
  • Rocketeer Adventures 2 #1 (“The Ducketeer” story)
  • Roger Rabbit #11
  • Sachs & Violens #1-4
  • The Savage Hulk (“Courtroom Sequence” story)
  • The Scream #1-4
  • Secret Files: President Luthor #1 (“The Great Debate” story)
  • Secret Origins #32 (script only)
  • The Sensational She-Hulk #12
  • She-Hulk (2005) #22-38
  • She-Hulk: Cosmic Collision
  • She-Hulk: Sensational #1 (“The She-Hulk Story That’s a Riff on Christmas Carol” story)
  • Showcase ’94 #7 (Penguin story)
  • Showcase ’96 #8 (Supergirl story)
  • Sir Apropos of Nothing #1-5
  • Soulsearchers and Company #1-82 (with Richard Howell, #43 script only)
  • The Spectacular Spider-Man #103, 105-110, 112-113, 115-119, 121-123, 128-129, 134-136
  • The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #5-6 (#105-106, 117 script only)
  • Spider-Man/Gen13
  • Spider-Man Special Edition #1
  • Spider-Man 2099 #1-20, 22-44, Annual #1
  • Spider-Man 2099 Meets Spider-Man
  • Spike: Old Times
  • Spike vs. Dracula #1-5
  • SpyBoy #1-12, 14-17
  • SpyBoy: The M.A.N.G.A. Affair #13.1-13.3
  • SpyBoy: Motorola Special #1-5
  • SpyBoy/Young Justice #1-3
  • SpyBoy Special #1 (script available in the book Panel Two)
  • SpyBoy: Final Exam #1-4
  • Starman (1988) #35 (script only)
  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (movie adaptation)
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (movie adaptation)
  • Star Trek (1984) #48-55, Annual #3
  • Star Trek (1989) #1-15, 19 (#13-15 with Bill Mumy)
  • Trek (1989) Annual #1-2, Special #1 (Annual #1 with George Takei; Special #1: “Blaise of Glory” story)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Modala Imperative #1-4
  • Star Trek: New Frontier: Double Time
  • Star Trek: New Frontier: Turnaround #1-5
  • Star Wars Tales #1 (“Skippy the Jedi Droid” story)
  • Supergirl (1996) #1-12, 14-80, 1000000 (#7 with Gary Frank)
  • Supergirl Plus #1
  • Tales to Astonish V3#1
  • Tangent Comics/Wonder Woman #1
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) #1-7 (#1-4: TV adapt.; outlines and script & art pages for unpublished issues #8-1 in Out of the Shadows TPB)
  • Tron: Original Movie Adaptation #1-2 (movie adaptation)
  • Untold Tales of the New Universe: Justice
  • Vandala II #1
  • Walt Disney’s Sebastian #1-2
  • Web of Spider-Man #7, 12-13, 40-44, 49, Annual #6
  • The Wedding of Popeye and Olive #1
  • What If General Ross Had Become the Hulk?
  • What If? Spider-Man: The Other
  • What The–?! #3-4, 9 (#3:”Bat-man;” #4:”Titans” & “Lone Wolvie;” #9:”Logan’s Clause”)
  • Wolverine (1988) #9, 11-16, 24, 44
  • Wolverine: First Class #13-21
  • Wolverine: Global Jeopardy #1 (with Richard Howell)
  • Wolverine: Rahne of Terra
  • Wonder Man (2006) #1-5
  • World Hulk Hulk Prologue: World Breaker
  • Writer’s Block 2006 (untitled story, with David Miller)
  • X-Factor (1986) #55, 70-89, Annual #5-8 (Annuals #5-6: “Tribute” stories; Annual #7: back-up stories)
  • X-Factor (2005) #1-50, 200-current (250)
  • X-Factor: The Quick and the Dead
  • X-Factor Special: Layla Miller
  • X-Men: Curse of the Mutants – X-Men vs. Vampires #1 (“Rue Blood” story)
  • Young Justice #1-7, 9-21, 23-55, 1000000
  • Young Justice 80-Page Giant #1 (framing sequence)
  • Young Justice Secret Files #1 (“Lost Pages;” “Tour of the Justice Cave;” and character profiles)
  • Young Justice: Sins of Youth #1-2



  • Sexy Thor Girl Cosplay

    Written by on Dec 25, 2012
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    Sexy Thor Girl Cosplay

    Sexy Thor Girl Cosplay




    The Vanity of the Wasp

    Written by on Dec 25, 2012
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    During a war that may well determine the fate of the entire cosmos and revived from the brink of death, Janet is worried about her make up. Now that’s good story telling!

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    Secret Wars #8




    Iron Man loves roller skating

    Written by on Dec 23, 2012
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    Who knew Iron Man and Inspector Gadget had the same costume designers?

    Go-go Iron Skates!

    Iron Man and Captain Marvel (Photon) checking for damage in Secret Wars #3

    Iron Man and Captain Marvel (Photon) checking for damage in Secret Wars #3

     




    Tony Stark Public Service Announcement Comic Book eCard

    Written by on Dec 21, 2012
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    Tony Stark Public Service Announcement Comic Book eCard

    Tony Stark Public Service Announcement Comic Book eCard




    Hercules Drinking Advice Comic Book eCard

    Written by on Dec 21, 2012
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    Hercules Drinking Advice Comic Book eCard

    Hercules Drinking Advice Comic Book eCard




    Hercules “Pull my finger” Comic Book eCard

    Written by on Dec 21, 2012
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    Hercules "Pull my finger" Comic Book eCard

    Hercules “Pull my finger” Comic Book eCard






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