Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #2
Ivar, Timewalker #12
One Dollar Debut: Harbinger #1
This has to be my number one. It was so strikingly different from all the other Book of Death covers, which were very dark. Marguerite Sauvage is rapidly becoming my favorite comic book artist. I can’t wait to see here work in the Valiant series Faith next year.
The following 9 Secret Wars titles were added to the app this week.
Super-heroes are going missing or being killed and Peter Parker is trying to pick up the slack in their absence. This is putting pressure on his marriage to MJ. The Avengers call him to help them look into the disappearances. When there is a break out at Ryker’s Island prison Peter rushes home. He is too late Venom is there and has MJ and the baby. Spider-Man and Venom fight and Spider-Man thinks he has killed Venom. While this is happening we see the Avengers fighting a villain calling himself Regent. Regent has absorbed all the X-men’s powers and is now trying to take the Avengers. We then see Peter about 5 years later trying to lead a normal life. Signs in the background show that Regent is running the city.
Writer: Joshua Dysart
Artists: Khari Evans, Lewis LaRosa
Colorist: Ian Hannin
I am having a great time discovering all that is Valiant and getting to know all the characters. For the most part I’m picking up the first tpb volumes of each book with no prior knowledge of the characters and storylines. So far, there haven’t been any disappointments other than knowing that I’ve been missing out on these book for years.
This weeks first volume is Harbinger. At only $9.99 for a collection of five issues it’s a bargain. (To buy them individually it would be almost $20). A young man (Peter Stancheck) with super powers is on the run from the authorities. He is rescued by a organization led by a super-powered man named Toyo Harada. Peter is a very powerful “Harbinger” and struggles with the morality of Harada’s methods and ideals. Once again I don’t want to give away too much about the story, I really enjoyed not knowing what was going to happen, so I keep my reviews pretty brief. Once I picked this book up and started reading I couldn’t put it down, it made me want to rush out and pick up volume 2, but I resisted for now because I have so much more Valiant to read. All the volumes are definitely on my wish list for picking up over the next few months.
This book introduces several key players in the Valiant Universe. Toyo Harada is currently in the Imperium series and Livewire is a member of the Unity team. This book also introduces the character Faith, she’ll be getting her own limited series in January 2016 and is making a few headlines already by being a plus sized female super-hero.
Once again I highly recommend picking up the first volumes of any of the Valiant Books, most are only $9.99.
Next week I’ll be looking at the first volume of Archer and Armstrong.
My comic book collection has been slowly growing over the years and I think the time has come to get rid of some of the old to make way for the new.
Today I’ve been going through one of my long boxes. It contains a bunch of comics that I grabbed in a comic book store sale a few years ago. My dilemma is whether try and sell what I can as lots on Ebay, find a fun craft to do with the ones that are really not worth any thing or try and collect the issues that complete the story arcs that I have. Another thought is to hang on to them until this blog grows a little and then run a few grab bag giveaways.
Here’s some photo’s of some of the stuff I have been going through. This is a fraction of what I have but it’s probably the most interesting of the issues in this particular box.
They’ll probably end up as themed or grab bag giveaways. I’d love to here in the comments if anyone would be interested.
Action Comics #47
All Star Section Eight #6
Batman and Robin Eternal #9
Batman Beyond #7
Batman: Arkham Knight #11
DC Presents: Robin War #1
DC Presents: Titans Hunt #1
Gotham Academy #12
Gotham By Midnight #11
Green Lantern #47
Harley’s Little Black Book #1
Looney Tunes #228
Robin War #1
Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #17
Teen Titans #14
Eight new Secret Wars related titles were added to the Marvel Unlimited App this week.
The Infinity Gauntlet was one of my favorites of the week. Set in a part of Battleworld that has been decimated by huge bugs. A handful of survivors live amongst the ruins. The family introduced in this book consists of a father his two young children and their grandfather. The star of the book is the daughter Anwen. Their mother left them to join the Nova Corps and she resents it. The family is attacked by bugs and Anwen finds an Infinity Gem. The mother finally returns as a Nova Corps member. Throughout the issue there has been a figure watching from the shadows, he is revealed to be Thanos, that’s not really a big spoiler as he is pictured on the cover of the comic. This is one of the best Secret Wars titles that I’ve read so far. The artwork and story are really good and I’m looking forward to more.
I really wasn’t expecting much from this book. M.O.D.O.K. isn’t a character I know much about and I wasn’t sure that he would be worthy of his own book, but this was a lot of fun. It’s bright and colorful and fast paced. The ending made me want to read more.
This next book is very different from everything else out this week. From the artwork to the actual story, this one is darker and grittier than anything else we’ve seen so far from Secret Wars and it’s tie-in’s. At first glance I thought the art style was going to a distraction from the story but once I was a few pages in it all made sense. The use of color and tone really helps the story. There are some pages that rely entirely on the art as there is no text at all and it works really well.
A region of the Battleworld that is from the future. The same world as the Spider-Man 2099 series portrayed. This time though we get to see the Avengers of the future. In this issue we are introduced to future versions of Captain America, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Hercules. The Avengers work for a corporation called Alchemax, the future Vision predicts danger from The Defenders. It’s going to be really fun to see this future story play out.
Another Secret Wars title that I wasn’t sure about. I have to confess that before this I had never heard of the Phantom Eagle character and having looked around on the internet for information it wasn’t really surprising. Karl Kaufman is a somewhat obscure character that debuted in Marvel Comics in 1968. Not much has been seen of him since so he may seem an odd choice for a book where he is the star. That’s the beauty of the Secret Wars event. The creators at Marvel have been given the opportunity to experiment which characters and stories and no necessarily affect the rest of the Marvel Universe. Where Monster’s dwell is set in a region of Battleworld that look at lot like the WW1 era on earth. The major difference being that there are dinosaurs here. The book was a lot of fun, tons of humor and looks like going forward it isn’t going to take itself too seriously. It all seems very removed from the other Battleworld books but maybe things will tie in a little in future issues.
This was probably my least favorite of the week. I wanted to like it, I love the X-Men, the story seemed intriguing and the artwork looked good but the dialog just didn’t seem to flow. The humor felt a little forced and unnecessary. I may go back and read the original Inferno event on the app. Maybe then I will have a greater appreciation for what this book offers.
I love the Inhumans so this was one I was eager to read. The action starts out in Greenland (the land of the Hulks) a resistance group called the Voice Unheard is trying to deliver a serum that can cure the Hulks. Thor’s arrive and capture a member of the Voice Unheard (a ghost rider called G-man), he is delivered to Medusa who is instructed by Doom to find out what the group is planning. G-man dies during interrogation they do find out the name of a place called The Quiet Room. Medusa sends Auran to The Quiet Room to get information. The Quiet room is a bar in Grand Central Station, when Auran arrives she is greeted by a man who introduces himself as Blackagar and is expecting her. I wasn’t disappointed, this was as good as I hoped it would be. Great artwork, once again and truly compelling story telling. The ending was unexpected and left me wanting more.
This book comprises of two short stories from different parts of the Battleworld. The issue we seem some of King James’ England and Egyptia. Lady Kate of Bishop is a Robin Hood style bandit being hunted by Sheriff Punisher and in Egyptia and group of mutants are planning to overthrow a god. The first tale is a lot of fun and the Kate of Bishop character is going to be featured in the Secret Wars title Siege. The second story is a lot darker featuring werewolves and mutants being riped apart, the ending was bold and a little unexpected. If this is what the Journal series is going to be then it’s something to look forward to.
Expected on the app next week
This weeks post is about Valiant’s longest running book, X-O Manowar. Issue #42 was released last week so there is a lot of catching up to do. I purchased the first volume, this weekend and am glad I did. I recommend that anyone who is interested in Valiant comics and in particular X-O Manowar read this before jumping into the latest issue. A new arc begins in a few weeks time and I feel much better about buying in now that I know his origin story.
I didn’t know anything about this character before I picked up the first volume other than he has a special suit of armor. I don’t want to spoil too much about his origin story in case people want to read it for themselves but it’s pretty epic. It all begins in ancient Rome and then moves to another planet and then back to present day earth. X-O Manowar (Aric of Dacia) is a man out of time and that’s what makes his story so compelling. He’s like Captain America without the moral high ground. I’ve never been a huge fan of Captain America, I like my heroes to have a bit more of an edge, like Tony Stark, Wolverine or Batman, they do the right thing but not always the right way. In this regard X-O Manowar really works for me.
The book is a fast paced, page turner with stunning artwork. It was very satisfying to be able to read the first four issues together, they really do tell a great origin story, X-O Manowar is something unique in comics and I can’t wait to read more.
This week Valiant releases an issue that gives a back story to Manowar’s nemesis, Commander Trill. He plays heavily in the origin story so I’ll definitely be picking that up this week.