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Guide to Marvel Cosmic, Part 2: The Story

Guide to Marvel Cosmic, Part 2: The Story

By Vince

With the completion of The Thanos Imperative, Marvel brought an end to several years of epic storytelling in their Marvel Cosmic line of comics. Envisioned and given life by Marvel heavyweights like Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Jim Shooter and Jim Starlin, the Marvel Cosmic setting reached its height of popularity in the 70s and 80s. While the characters would continue their grand adventures over the yea... Read More »

Comic of the Week (3/23/11) – New Mutants #23

Comic of the Week (3/23/11) – New Mutants #23

By Vince

New Mutants #23 is the fourth chapter of the “Age of X” miniseries running between this title and X-Men Legacy. Mike Carey has created an alternate (or is it?) reality where the X-Men never existed and humanity has driven mutants to near extinction. The remaining mutants band together behind Magneto to defend themselves. However, cracks are starting to show in Fortress X, and not just ... Read More »

Comic of the Week (3/16/11) – Grab Bag #2

Comic of the Week (3/16/11) – Grab Bag #2

By Vince

It’s another “Grab Bag” week, this time focusing on SIX comics that I recommend for anyone looking for something new to read: Xombi #1 by John Rozum & Frazer Irving, Morning Glories #8 by Nick Spencer & Joe Eisma, 5 Ronin #3 by Peter Milligan & Laurence Campbell, Amazing Spider-Man #656 by Dan Slott & Marcos Martin, Avengers Academy #11 by Christos Gage &... Read More »

Comic of the Week (3/2/11) – 5 Ronin #1

Comic of the Week (3/2/11) – 5 Ronin #1

By Vince

5 Ronin is a miniseries where five of Marvel’s most dangerous heroes (Wolverine, Hulk, Punisher, Psylocke and Deadpool) have been re-imagined as part of an epic samurai story. The first issue focuses on Wolverine, who now wanders the countryside as a ronin, a masterless samurai. What follows is a bloody tale of honor and revenge. Mind you, this is not Weapon X Wolverine transplanted 400 year... Read More »

Comic of the Week (2/23/11) – Fantastic Four #588

Comic of the Week (2/23/11) – Fantastic Four #588

By Vince

If you haven’t read Issue 587 yet, there’s some serious spoilers here. This issue picks up directly where the previous one left off, with one of the Fantastic Four dead. This issue focuses on how the rest of the family deals with the loss, as well as setting the story on the oath to the future. The “Three” storyline opened a lot of doors, and the remainder of the Four are g... Read More »

Comic of the Week (2/16/11) – Avengers Academy #9

Comic of the Week (2/16/11) – Avengers Academy #9

By Vince

Avengers Academy follows the next generation of super heroes (or villains?) under the instruction of Hank Pym and a staff of Avengers All-Stars. In the previous issue, some of the students assaulted villain the Hood, in an attempt to gain revenge for one of their instructors, Tigra. Tigra is not pleased with their actions and kicks them out of the Academy. Meanwhile, student Finesse uses this oppo... Read More »

Comic of the Week (2/9/11) – X-Factor #215

Comic of the Week (2/9/11) – X-Factor #215

By Vince

In this issue of X-Factor, Peter David manages to tell a self-contained, single-issue story, while still advancing the overall plot of the series. X-Factor Investigations is hired to investigate a murder possibly involving vampires. Things quickly become even stranger, and it’s only through a combination of quick thinking and Layla Miller’s ability to “know stuff” that sees... Read More »

Comic of the Week (2/4/11) – Grab Bag #1

Comic of the Week (2/4/11) – Grab Bag #1

By Vince

This week, it was difficult to pick a single comic of the week. Several good comics, but nothing GREAT. So, I’ve selected a “Grab Bag” of three really good ones this week: Invincible Iron Man #500.1 by Matt Fraction and Salvador LaRocca, Secret Six #30 by Gail Simone and Jim Calafiore and Ultimate Thor #4 by Jonathan Hickman and Carlos Pacheco. Read More »

Captain America Issue 611: “The Trial of Captain America, Part 1”

Captain America Issue 611: “The Trial of Captain America, Part 1”

By Vince

During the previous story arc, Baron Zemo, a longtime Captain America villain, revealed to the world that the new Captain America was none other than Bucky Barnes, Steve Rogers’s long-thought-dead sidekick and the former Soviet assassin known as the Winter Soldier. Obviously, the public did not take this news well and a media storm is brewing around Bucky, Steve and the other Avengers. The issue b... Read More »

Chaos War Issue 2 of 5

Chaos War Issue 2 of 5

By Vince

Okay, first of all, what he hell is up with that cover? Every character looks like crap; it’s definitely not something that would entice me to pick this comic up off the shelf. Just… no. I’m actually going to stay on the art, as it’s been an ongoing point of discussion with this series. It’s apparent that Khoi Pham spent more time and effort on the first issue than here. While issue 1 had so... Read More »

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