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Jules’ Favorite Comic Events of 2013

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For those unaware this is what I look like, and usually you find me on the Marvel side of things I’ve decided to list my favorite story arcs in the world of comics! Obviously this is completely biased and slanted and just my opinion, it in no way reflects the views of my fellow Outright Geekers.

Honorable Mention: Death of the Family:Death_of_the_Family_Promo

Writer(s): Scott Snyder, Kyle Higgins, John Layman, Scott Lobdell Ann Nocenti, Gail Simone, Peter Tomasi, and James Tynion IV

Batman #13-17, Batgirl #13-16, Batman and Robin #15-16, Catwoman #13-14, Detective Comics #15-16, Nightwing #15-16, Red Hood and the Outlaws 15-16, Suicide Squad #14-15, Teen Titans #15-16

This Story was awesome, for the most part, a butt-load of tie ins really weighed it down, but even if you ignore the extreme out of tie-ins you still get a lack luster ending to this story. Scott SNyder really put in the ground work for everyone else and established a Joker who misses his relationship with Batman and is sick of the Batfamily. So the deranged Joker with his face stapled on begins to bring havoc to the Batfamily. Absolutely solid build in the beggining but falls flat in the end of the story

5. Wrath of First Lantern250px-Green_Lantern_Vol_5_17

Writer(s): Geoff Johns, Tony Bedard, Peter Tomasi, and Peter Milligan

Green Lantern #17-20, Green Lantern Corps #17-20, Green Lantern and the New Guardians #17-20, Red Lanterns #17-20.

The Guardians have lost their mind in trying to wipe out the Green Lantern Corps, in their over exuberance they unleash Volthoom, the First Lantern, and he begins to bring his wrath upon our heroes, I know go figure. This story was really the end of an era, Geoff Johns ten year run ended, Tomasi and Beddard who also ben fellow light bearers through his run where ending their era writing ring-slingers. SO they all go out with a bang, and honestly this event gives you a feel for whatever the whole legacy of each character as the First Lantern explored the pasts and possible lives they could have had. The Last Issue was straight the best part of the entire event. Green Lantern #20 was a tour de force way to end an event, pay off and then some, of course it was 7.99 issue, so it better have been. This honestly was a great event, and a good way for writers to part a series they loved.

4.  Battle of the Atom Battle_of_the_Atom 

Writer(s): Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron, and Brian Wood

X-men Battle of the Atom #1-2, All New X-men 16-17, X-men #5-6, Uncanny X-men #12-13, Wolverine and the X-men #36-37.

Yes that’s right, I liked Battle of the Atom more than Death of the Family, sue me. As far as beginning, middle, and end I liked what this story did more.Three writers who seemlessly push a story chapter by chapter. Honestly I’m a huge X-men fan, and this was a fun X-event, and call me weird but I miss the days when X-men were the fun team to follow. The original 5 X-men have overstayed their welcome and its apparent they need to go back, so apparent a group of X-men from the future come to the present to help send them back. Of course the X-men of the future are actually the Brother Hood of Mutants from the Future, and the real X-men of the Future are pissed. Confused? Of course you are, it’s the X-men, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Quentin Quire as the Phoenix in the Future, yes. And I haven’t even talked about the already divided Present X-men and how they feel about all of this. Of course the end of this event lacked a bit, nut such is the nature of events in on-going continuity comics, was it the best X-event? No. Was it a ton of fun? Hell yes. I loved it, don’t care.

3. Age of Ultron Age-of-ultron-01

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Age of Ultron #1-10

Somebody had to get rid of Ultron, why not let the guy who’s dictated all the big Marvel Events in the last ten years. I honestly didn’t think I was gonna like this event at all, but boy was I surprised! Holy Timey-Wimey Doctor! This event turned the 616 on its @$$. Ultron has conquered Earth in a single day, The X-men and Avengers left in disarray and confused as to what the hell happened? Ultron apparently did it from the future, so using a time portal various heroes go to try and stop him, two heroes; Wolverine and Invisible Woman decided to sneak into the past to stop Hank Pym from ever creating Ultron. All hell breaks loose when they fail to fix things and just flat out make them worse *cough Wolverine*. Why can’t the X-men ever just leave the timeline in tact? Well guess what things get resolved but the timeline doesn’t…Ominous…..Marvel.

2. Throne of Atlantis JUSTL_Cv15_mod 

Writer: Geoff Johns

Aquaman #14-16, Justice League #15-17

Geoff Johns has done great things with Aquaman since the New 52 reboot. Honestly if you haven’t touched his Aquaman run you are seriously missing out on one of the best revamps to a classic character who’s never deserved all the flack given to him over the years. This event was Aquaman being awesome and being probably the scariest and most capable member of the Justice League. Atlantis has declared war on the Surface World, Orm, brother to Aquaman, King of Atlantis, is in the center of the chaos. The League find themselves out matched and confused as hell as to what to do. Well after some twists and turns King Arthur decides its time to step up to the plate. This event had plenty, it was just awesome, things happen, it wasn’t exactly long, but it was super awesome!!!

1. Infinity Infinity

Writer: Jonathan Hickman

Infinity #1-6, Avengers #18-23, New Avengers #9-12

Of course this was number one. If you’ve read any of my reviews, or seen weekly recs, you know I loved everything about this event. It was absolutely brilliant for me from beginning to end. Every issue provided a new twist in the tale, as the story progressed I found myself confused and maybe a little bit in love. Here’s what I can say for sure, I think is was the best event/story Marvel has had in a decade. I mean it trump whatever you thought the house of ideas had going for it in the last ten years, OurUniverse is being threaten by those who helped to build it, Engineers, Builders of the Universe see Earth as the problem as they make their way they destroy all in the path. The Avengers set out to stop them. While the Avengers are away Thanos comes to play as the Mad Titan comes to Earth with more on his mind then just conquering or gems. Needless to Say this event had it all for me. If your a fan of epic in comics, this was the event to read, still is! Best Event of 2013 for me!

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Review: Battle of the Atom Issue #2

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X-Men: Battle of the Atom Issue 2
Battle of the Atom Chapter 10! (final chapter)
Writer (main story and epilogue 1): Jason Aaron
Artist: (main story and epilogue 1): Esad Ribic w/ Giuseppe Camuncoli
Writer (epilogue 2): Brian Wood
Artist (epilogue 2): Kristopher Anka
Writer (epilogue 3): Jason Aaron
Artist (epilogue 3): Chris Bachalo
Writer (epilogue 4):  Brian Michael Bendis
Artist (epilogue 4): Stuart Immonen
40 PGS.
Rated T+
Cover Price: $3.99

What the hell did I just read?

Battle of the Atom is over, and while it may have been 4 issues longer than it needed to be, and full of redundant brawls and manufactured nostalgia, in its wake it left quite a few intriguing possibilities for future storytelling, and did a fine job of establishing the new status quo for the premier X-titles. Although the event overall was pulled from the jaws of completely irrelevant by the end of it all, the end itself, namely Battle of the Atom #2, actually felt rushed despite the longer than needed event, and was absurdly second-rate.

The Good

The reveals in the book were, again, the most appealing aspect of the book, with S.H.I.E.L.D.’s actions surely impacting the entire X-Universe for, at least, a couple of months to come, and the interactions between the future and past characters, again, being just plain fun. The fights, while quite problematic, were one of the highlights of the book, and the scenes that mirrored the Original X-Men’s very first adventure were nice to see in a book that hung its hat on nostalgia. The book gets back to the roots of the current Schism between Cyclops’ team and Wolverine’s team, and it was a great reminder of what the entire Battle of the Atom event has, unfortunately, forgotten all about. Keeping some of the characters from the future in the present makes for some great possibilities down the road, I only hope Marvel takes advantage of them properly and doesn’t just throw them in something; There’s an agenda with some loose ends still attached that could make for some terrific tales. The aftershocks from the event were wrapped up nicely, albeit cheaply, to give readers an idea of what’s to come in all the titles that made up the event. The art in the main story, while consistent, paled when compared to that of the epilogue stories, which is more of a compliment to those artists than a slight to Ribic and Camuncoli.

The Bad

This book was so full of bad it’s hard to know where to begin. The art in the main story was not only simplistic and not very detailed at all, but the characters just didn’t look like the characters in many instances. Maybe it’s the fact that this event has had so many artists involved, but the differences in this book were noticeably different. The pacing felt awkward too, and the dialogue seemed to go on unusually long considering the circumstances. Hey, what do I know? Maybe S.H.I.E.L.D. just has some really slow missiles, and the guys they have programming their Sentinels were the same guys building the Obamacare Exchange websites, but everything seemed slowed and out of sync. I know this happens in other books all the time, but it was too obvious in this book, and shows a clear lack of creativity. Also, while the inclusion of four (yes, FOUR!) epilogues assured that everyone knows exactly what was going on by the end of the book, it felt like another cheap creative shortcut instead of actually writing a complete and fulfilling story. By the end of the last epilogue I felt like I was reading an advertisement for a series of different comics and not the one I was really reading. From the first panel to the last page, Battle of the Atom Issue #2 felt like a rushed, makeshift bridge over the huge gaps left between a series of event books that never really found a good pace.

The Verdict

Skip this book! Just skip the whole damn Battle of the Atom event, for that matter. Anything this event has impacted in other X-Books will surely be covered on the recap page of the next issue, and that wasn’t very much at all. Sure, we got some team changes that may be fun, and some new future mutants added to the fray even though new mutants have been popping up all over the present anyways. Overall we got a whole lot of manufactured nostalgia that played off of the past we all know, the present we all understand and a future that they simply created out of thin air. It’s that part; the “thin air future”; that ruins the whole event for me. If they would have just kept playing to those points of nostalgia that made All-New X-Men a fun book, Battle of the Atom would have been a whole lot better. Too many meaningless, redundant brawls, an overuse of manufactured nostalgia, and just a blatant overload of unneeded comic book pages takes too much away from an otherwise well-meaning attempt to tell a model mutant tale incorporating classic X-Men elements. Maybe it was a case of “too many cooks, not enough kitchen”, but Battle of the Atom was certainly a case of “too many good ideas, not enough follow-through”.

Review: Wolverine & the X-Men Issue #37

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WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN #37
Writer: JASON AARON
Artist: GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI
X-MEN: BATTLE OF THE ATOM, PART 9!
32 PGS
Rated T+
Cover Price: $3.99

X-Men Battle of the Atom has reached its penultimate chapter in Wolverine & the X-Men #37, and the event is absolutely nothing we haven’t seen before from the X-Men. There have been some pretty interesting reveals about a certain future universe, but there are already so many of these alternate universes that the whole thing just seems kind of unimportant. So, in order to fill 10 issues worth of a 6 chapter (max) story, Battle of the Atom has been crammed with repeated, over-the-top fights between various mutant teams, which wouldn’t be a terrible thing if one fight didn’t simply lead to the next. Not only is Wolverine & the X-Men #37 bursting with this overabundance of “I saw that last issue” brawls, but it tries to take advantage of the only appealing aspect of the event in a way that ultimately falls flat.

The Good

The reveals about the relationships between future and present X-Men are really fun, and this issue touches on some of the best. Quentin Quire’s brief encounter with his younger self, Wolverine’s son Raze and his unique powers were spotlighted briefly, and Iceman (again) are highlights of these longtime X-Fan morsels of nostalgic goodness. There’s some fun interaction between Wolverine and Cyclops reminding readers of the current state of affairs of the mutants of the present. The plot is adequately moved along by Jason Aaron, but it is by no means an example of his best showing, and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli is consistently straightforward, while being more spectacle than story.

The Bad

While the reveals are interesting and kind of fun, they just don’t feel meaningful whatsoever. So what if Quentin Quire is the Phoenix in some alternate future/universe? It doesn’t mean anything if it doesn’t stick, and nothing in this event feels like it is going to stick. The impact of Wolverine & the X-Men #37 doesn’t feel like it will have any lasting, or even temporary, impact on Wolverine & the X-Men as a title overall. And it’s a real letdown. The interaction between Cyclops and Wolverine is fun, but it’s nothing we haven’t seen in every interaction those two have had for the last 3 years of X-comics. Although the plot is adequately moved along to its end, it’s the same plot from the last three X-books in this series: fight to get to location A, fight to get out of location A, get to location B, repeat. S.H.I.E.L.D. showing up was the only thing close to a surprise in an otherwise predictable book, but even then the helicarrier only acted as another weapon for the Brotherhood to use against mutant-kind. The story may be trying to retell X-stories of old in new ways with time-traveling elements, but it falls flat on the delivery in unimaginative ways. While the art actually shines in some of the battle scenes, those scenes depict the most obvious matchups; the three Icemans fighting, or the three Beasts fighting, for example; and did nothing to help tell the story, and unfortunately helped ruin an otherwise decent aspect of the issue by ramming the entire appeal of “time-traveling mutants” further down the readers’ throats. A necessary course of action as this, regrettably, is the single only appeal of the entire Battle of the Atom event.

The Verdict

The only reason to pick up Wolverine & the X-Men #37 is to get a bit more (and it’s a very small bit) of information about these future versions of the X-Men and Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. The issue barely adds anything to the overall event (everyone is pretty much in the same exact fix they were in at the end of the last chapter) and adds absolutely nothing to the Wolverine & the X-Men story overall. There may be something from Battle of the Atom that sticks longer than a few issues into the series’ various titles, including Wolverine and the X-Men, but my bet would be, and history shows, that there’s little chance of that happening. This issue is definitely worth skipping altogether.

Review: Uncanny X-Men Issue #13

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UNCANNY X-MEN #13
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (W) • CHRISTOPHER BACHALO (A)
Cover by ED MCGUINNESS
X-MEN: BATTLE OF THE ATOM, PART 8!
32 Pages
Rated T+
Cover Price $3.99

While the Avengers and just about every other Marvel character deal with the epic breadth of the events of Infinity, its almost incredible for me to say that the time-traveling/multiple X-Teams/alternative universe storyline presently unfolding within the pages of Marvel’s other current event, Battle of the Atom, is pretty basic. The Original X-Men from the past, as seen in the pages of All-New X-Men, time-travel to the present day and take up residence at the Jean Grey School, as seen in the pages of Wolverine and the X-Men, who are then visited by future X-Men warning of future mutant suffering should the Original X-Men remain in the present, while Uncanny X-Men’s resident time-traveler Magik discovered a different team of X-Men in a future unlike the horrors described by the other future X-Team who, by the way, is actually a future version of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, with an agenda all their own. So, with five different X-Teams; two from the future, one from the past, and two from the present; and enough time-travel to make the Doctor double-take, Uncanny X-Men issue 13, chapter 8 of the overall event, hoped to be chockfull of exciting exhibition with exceedingly exaggerated X-gene experiencing extras, but it was much more flash than bang.

The Good

There were some great reveals on this chapter of BotA, and a couple of really fun and rewarding moments for X-fans. The reveal of Wiccan as the future Sorcerer Supreme and Quentin Quire’s antics as the future vessel for the Phoenix Force just feels natural for these characters in terms of their current standings in the overall X-Universe. Seeing a future Colossus fighting besides his little sister Illyana made for a warm and fuzzy feeling that’s been missing since the siblings have been on the outs (to say the very least) post-Avengers vs. X-Men. While these small morsels of recent nostalgia kept me reading, Chris Bachalo’s art, and just as striking panel placement and overall design is simply wonderful. Although this isn’t Bachalo’s best offering he does an amazing job of setting the pace and tone in each of the several concurrently running scenes. I’ll admit, it’s probably a combination of the writer and artist that leads to this great flow, but Bendis does some things in this issue I simply didn’t care for, and this chapter of Battle of the Atom wasn’t really essential.

The Bad

It’s almost an epidemic problem. Comic book events just take way too many individual issues to do their thing. BotA is not immune to this disease. Firstly, the book crosses over into four different X-Titles, but it really only needs three to get the job done. The Adjective-less X-Men tie-ins were not even close to necessary except in the places they forced the story or revealed tiny tidbit of random X-revelations, and seemed more like an easy way to get the title’s sales numbers up for a month or two. Despite there already being way too many pages of comic to tell this story in a way that doesn’t depend on gimmicky revelations of an alternative future created by an alternate timeline, and despite Uncanny X-Men supposedly being the flagship X-Book, this chapter of Battle of the Atom is ultimately dependent on those gimmicks. Sure it’s cool to see the new Phoenix do his thing and the Rasputin family’s reconciliation, but it still feels gimmicky, and reveals like Illyana’s presumed future suicide and the deaths of both Molly Hayes and future Xavier seemed cheap and forced; over-the-top for the sake of being over-the-top. All this would be okay if it wasn’t for the overall slow process of the main plot, which has been quite interesting. There’s so much going on, but nothing is happening. The ultimate end of the issue is more of the same, as “time itself” seems to want to keep the Original X-Men from being sent back to their own time. It’s typical Bendis, however, and I hope I’m not eventually pushed away from X-Books the way I was Avenger’s titles some years ago…but I’m worried.

The Verdict

If you’re already reading Battle of the Atom you should probably go pick this up. If you’re only reading Uncanny X-Men, congratulations, you can save yourself a few bucks by skipping it for a few issues while the event finishes. Yeah, Marvel claims there will be fallout of BotA in the various books making up the thing but that’s just marketing mumbo-jumbo, and trends tell the opposite to be the case most often. This book and the event overall are full of tiny morsels of rewarding minutia for the current diehard X-fan, and there’s a decent story in there somewhere in those panels, but there’s nothing here that feels like it is going to stick in any significant way. We may get a book starring these future X-Men at some point, adding some importance to this title, but it certainly wouldn’t be necessary to enjoy (yet another) alternative version of some future X-Team. The event isn’t over yet, I know, but this issue of Battle of the Atom was nothing but filler; stuffing for, what is seemingly, a turkey of an event in the making.

-Gaumer

Marvel Steamrolls Another Week of Goodness

Well folks its that time again and I’m here to unpack my bag of adjectives and once again let my fellow Marvel Faithful what’s good, oh and its so good this week. Sorry for being Late with the Reviews!

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Oh you knew it was coming, New Avengers #11 was a serious tour de force of holy s#*% can they do that? Well just when I thought I knew where this event was taking me Hickman throws yet another wrench into the cogs. I mean seriously, this issue was bad@$$! Not only did I get the incursion at the end of the last issue, I get…SPOLIER ALERT… Other Universe Builders, ExNihli, Thanos in Necropolis, Wakanda getting owned, and the “Illuminati” made to look like they don’t have a handle on anything. Ah, can we just be thankfull for how wonderful Mike Deodato’s art is in this book, because its seriously beautiful. You may have thought you knew where Infinity was going… You were wrond, DEAD WRONG, its going in a direction that scares and excites me, this is def an event for Marvel readers. It was most certainly a buy in the singles!

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This title has been flat out nothing short of brilliance. I know what you’re thinking, another Hawkeye book, how many times are they gonna try this? Well the answer is no more, because they got this one right. Hawkeye #13 fills you in on the Hawkguy side of everything has been happening in the book. We finally get to make some progress as to what the hell is Clint gonna do. Matt Fraction and David Aja deliver a book you want in your hands, because believe me its not the same digitally. It has a classic comic feel, with the honest character telling that Fraction usually brings to the table. Hawkeye bumming around getting into nothing but trouble, along side Kate Bishop( Young Avengers Hawkeye), Pizza Dog( A dog he finds at the beginning of this run), and as of an issue ago, Barney Barton (Trickshot, oh if you forgot he’s Hawkeye’s brother). Seriously pick this book up. This issue was a sort of catch up issue which gives you time to pick up the singles/trades!

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This ain’t your parents Guardians of the Galaxy, um actually this barely mine. Brian Michael Bendis has turn this title into something completely different, and I am thoroughly enjoying it. Guardians of the Galaxy issue #7 brings a lot to the table on where they are gonna go with this book. Angela’s new origin to the Marvel is a nice touch to see the places they wanna take her in this book. The banter is top notch Bendis at his best, seriously IronMan and StarLord going at it with 80’s references had me on the floor. Sara Pichelli’s art is seriously too pretty for this title! Change everyone’s costume around, add Iron Man, Angela( You know that angel lady from Spawn who killed all the hellspawns? You know the one you had a poster of that Greg Capullo drew, yeah that one), and a timey whimey moment where Star Lord experiences the ripple effect from Age Of Ultron, and yeah Bendis has def made it his book.  I can’t wait to see what they do! This issue was a good filler between plots, nothing extravagant a wait for the trade kinda issue.

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Oh you knew it was coming. RAZE. Who I assume is Wolverine and Mystique’s kid, or maybe a Sinister experiment, or maybe just mystique’s kid. Being a X-men fan you come to just deal with every possibility and nine times out of ten its whatever you didn’t think of. THIS EVENT IS THE ONE FOR X-READERS!!!! Uncanny X-men #13 you will find the not so Future X-men clashing with the Future X-men with the help of the Current X-men/Scott’s X-men and if you’re following this I’m impressed because I’m lost. SO much betrayal, and you though Game of Thrones was convoluted, Battle of the Atom so much more. With simply brilliant art by the ever talent Chris Bachalo. Everything at once and I love everything about it. I’m gonna say this event has been the most amazing X-Event in years, I will say it has been the most fun in years. As a long time X-reader I know how the series tends to take itself a bit too seriously sometimes, and this is one of those you can sit back and laugh a little about. Plus its just done right, Three writers and it flows like nobody’s business, this was hands down a buy in the singles!

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I started with Infinity, and this week I get to end with Infinity. Holy s#!% this was a turn me on my side slap me and call me Gunther issue. This is the dawn of victories and losses. The battle between the Builders and the Avengers continues to heat up as we now see the Accusers and Kree army have left the Kree to join up with Thor. This issue is easily one of the most tense issues of the series. I was biting my fingernails the entire time, and I hate doing that! Lenil Fracis Yu’s art is easily one of the best things about being a Marvel reader right now, he could seriously do covers for the rest of his life and I would go broke buying them all. Jonathan Hickman continues his rollercoaster and is going through some serious loops and maybe has shown us a card in his hand that scares the living crap out of me. We shall wait to find out…Buy it in the singles seriously.

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