Secret Wars Week 9

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Hail Hydra #1

Ian Rogers (Nomad), son of Arnim Zola was presumed dead after Baron Zemo’s base exploded, but Nomad escaped into the infinite elevator.  Nomad sees a young man being captured by Hydra after spray painting a wall.  Nomad escapes the soldiers but feels guilty about leaving the man and decided to go rescue him.   He frees the man as he is about to be put into an incinerator, he frees all the other prisoners.  The man tells Nomad that there is no safe place, Hydra is everywhere while they are taking the mans head is cut off by a flying shield.  They attacker is a man dressed in Captain America’s uniform but with Hydra colors.

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Inhumans: Attilan Rising #3

Blackagar and Medusa’s forces are fighting in the desert, the voice unheard resistance movement are fighting Medusa’s men in the Quiet Room back in New York.  All of Blackagars forces end up falling to Medusa.   A few of Blackagars men try and escape through the portal back to the Quiet Room but the gate has been closed so they do not know where they are going to exit.

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The Last days of Silver Surfer #13

Dawn is returning to earth but they are taking the long way and visiting some of their favorite places.  When they return to where they first met and saved the Never Queen, she is disappearing and warns them to run because there is no future.  Dawn sees the earth being destroyed and then receives a message from herself to tell the Surfer to look right, he sees a tear in the fabric of reality and they go through.  They are met by to people who tell them that they are space that stands apart from eternity.  They are told about how Doom has created his own world and that some of earths heroes have survived.    One of the people reveals himself to be Glorian and wants The Surfer to make a new reality for the heroes to come back to.  They are revealed to be standing on the face of The Shaper of Worlds.

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Master of Kung Fu #3

The Thirteen Chambers are about to open and the great masters are assembled for their trial by combat.  Shang-Chi arrives to take part, he is allowed despite Rand-K’ai’s protests.  They enter the chamber and Shang-Chi begins to face the other masters.  Beaten and bloodied he finally has to face Rand-K’ai.

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A-Force #2

While traveling to Arcadia the Sub-Mariners discover a portal.  Nico Minoru spends time with the strange woman who fell from the sky, the woman does not speak and the other women of Arcadia are suspicious of her, when confronted she becomes scared and a sentinel appears through a portal.  The star woman helps them fight the sentinel but then another portal appears, She-Hulk travels through and finds herself in a post apocalyptic New York City.

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Future Imperfect #2

Maestro and Thing fight.   Ruby Summers tries to help but gets captured by one of Maestros soldiers.  She escapes and it turns out that the soldier is a woman named Layla Miller, she tells Ruby that there are some people who work for Maestro who would like to see him gone.  In the Meantime Maestro has captured The Thing and wants to try and get him to work with him to overthrow Doom.

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Giant-Size Little AvX #2

This is so much fun.  But I think its a love it or hate it kind of book and I love it.    The little Avengers and X-Men are competing to get the new kids at school to attend a party at each of their clubhouses.  The new kids sit on a hill with popcorn watching the crazy battle below. If you like this then you really should be reading Skottie Young’s I Hate Fairyland series from Image Comics.

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Red Skull #1

Crossbones is instructed by Doom to put together a group to go into the Deadlands and confirm that Red Skull is dead.  Most of the group is killed by Zombies but Magneto is rescued by Red Skull.

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Secret Wars #4

The main event moves along in this next installment.  Doom finds out about the group of heroes that Stephen Strange is meeting with.  When Doom confronts them Stephen scatters the throughout the Battleword.  Doom is furious and kills him.

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Secret Wars Journal #3

Two short stories, the first has Wolverine investigating the murder of Tony Stark and the second follows a psychiatrist working with Hulks.

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Ultimate End #3

The same heroes from two different universes continue to try and co-exist in Manhattan.  Banner tells the story of how he and his counterpart ended up fighting and destroying a prison. The Punishers is taking down heroes and Tony Stark breaks Bruce Banner out of SHIELD’s custody.

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X-Tinction Agenda #2

The Mutants of Genosha stage an attack on X-City to try and bring Triage back to Genosha and hopefully find a cure for the disease that is killing them.

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Years of Future Past #2

The rebel mutants take refuge in an underground safe house.  A sentinel head that they are using for security activates and they are attacked by Doom Sentinels.  Kate takes Christina to go and wake the dragon Lockheed.

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Last days of Black Widow #19

Last days are here and Black Widow is sent on one last mission to make a difference.  I have read the Black Widow series and it’s not really been holding my interest.  I read it because it’s there on the app but it’s not one that I would purchase.

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Last Days of Punisher #19

The last few issues of the Punisher series.  I haven’t been reading the previous 18 issues so I’m not too familiar with the storyline.  I read this and it can be skipped if you are just following the Secret Wars but if you want to see how Frank Castle handles the incursion this is a must.  I’ll be binge reading the entire series before the next season of Daredevil comes onto Netflix.

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Planet Hulk #2

Steve Rogers is in Greenland with a dinosaur looking for Bucky, he is helped by a Hulk.

Secret Wars Week 7

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Wow!! 17 new Secret Wars titles were added to the Marvel Unlimited app this week.  That’s a lot of comics to read but great value for money.  If fact, buying them individually would have been around the same price as the annual subscription cost of the app.

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Armor Wars #2

I’m trying really hard to like this but I just can’t get into it.  The story pits Tony Stark against his brother Arno, in a region where armor has to be worn to survive.  The story features a murder investigation and corporate espionage.  I’m interested to see where the story goes and I really hope there are going to be some twists and turns in the tale before it ends.

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Runaways #1

This one I liked.  Great characters who play well off each other.  The tension builds as the kids try and make it to their final exam.  Love the twist at the end.  Valeria makes a great villain.

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Secret Wars Week 5

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Eight new Secret Wars related titles were added to the Marvel Unlimited App this week.

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The Infinity Gauntlet #1

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.

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M.O.D.O.K. Assassin #1

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.

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Old Man Logan #1

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.

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Secret Wars 2099 #1

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.

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Where Monsters Dwell #1

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.

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Inferno #1

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.

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Inhumans: Attila Rising #1

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.

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Secret Wars: Journal #1

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

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New Marvel Comics This Week 11/18/15

Ms. Marvel #1

Spider-Woman #1

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Star-Lord #1

Uncanny Avengers Annual #1

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Star Wars: Vader Down #1

Secret Wars, Too #1

Might Thor Wraparound Gatefold #1

Black Knight #1

Uncanny Inhumans #2

The Astonishing Ant-Man #2

Deadpool #2

Dark Tower: The Drawing of Three – Lady of Shadows #3

Captain America: Sam Wilson #3

New Avengers #3

Kanan #8

Star Wars #12

Marvel Universe Avengers Assemble Season Two #13

Ultimate Spider-Man Infinite Digital Comic #24

Secret Wars – Week One

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Secret Wars #1 Marvel Comics

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Marvel’s major comic book event has started to show up on the Marvel Unlimited app this week.  I’ve been reading the main book but have been waiting on the app for most of the other issues that surround the event.  Most people’s budget and storage space just couldn’t support reading everything that is associated with Secret Wars as it encompasses virtually every non Star Wars Marvel title that has been released since May 2015 and that’s close to 200 issues and $800.   So for this event the $69 per year for the app is a really good deal.

This week Secret Wars #1 showed up on the app.

If you haven’t been reading Avengers and New Avengers (all issue are on the app) then there is a little back story that you may need to know before diving into Secret Wars.  If you are able I would recommend reading the “Time Runs Out” issues of both series.  Avengers #35 – #44 and New Avengers #24 – #33.  The storyline in these issues involves universes colliding, “incursions” and the Avengers working to find a way to stop it.  Everything they try fails and it comes down to the final two universes.  Secret Wars #1 begins with the collision of the Marvel 616 Universe and the Ultimate 1610 Marvel Universe and both are destroyed.  The aftermath of the destruction combines pieces of both universes and creates the “Battleworld”

The first issue of Secret Wars may not be the best place for new readers to jump into the Marvel Universe.  This is more like the conclusion of things for those who have been reading the comics for years.  New readers may want to be heading to their local comic book stores over the next few weeks to pick up the #1 issues that are coming out now that the Secret Wars event is winding down.

The Prelude to Secret Wars is available to buy from Amazon or your local comic book store now.

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Secret Wars Prelude

Coming to the app next week.

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New Marvel Comics This Week 10/28/15

A couple of #1’s and a couple of guide books.  I might take a look at the Secret Wars handbook.  Anything that can make all the multiverse events simpler for the more casual Marvel reader would be great.

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Angela: Queen of Hel #1

Captain America: Sam Wilson #2

Chewbacca #2

Deadpool vs Thanos #4

Guidebook Marvel Cinematic Universe: Iron Man

House of M #4

Howling Commandos of SHIELD #1

Kanan – The Last Padawan #7

New Avengers #2

Secret Wars Official Handbook of Marvel Multiverse #1

Spider-Man #2

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1

What if Infinity: Dark Reign #1

Where Monsters Dwell #5

New Marvel Comics This Week 10/13/15

It’s mostly #1’s from Marvel this week.  Everything is starting over after Secret Wars so it’s a great opportunity to get started on reading some new titles and know that you aren’t jumping in mid story.

A-Force #5

Extraordinary X-Men #1

Guardians of the Galaxy #1

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Spider-Gwen #1

Spider-Man 2099 #1

Uncanny Avengers #1

Captain America: Sam Wilson #1

New Avengers #1

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Marvel Super Hero Spectacular #1

Figment 2 #2

Captain America White #3

Deadpool Vs. Thanos #3

Marvel Zombies #4

A-Force #5

Civil War #5

Marvel Universe Avengers Assemble Season 2 #12

Ms. Marvel #19