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Review: Avengers #29

Avengers 29

AVENGERS #29
Jonathan Hickman (WRITER)
Leinil Francis Yu (ARTIST)
Teaser Variant also available
WHAT DID HE SEE?
40 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99

I’ve been a fan of Jonathan Hickman since I first bought The Nightly News, the writer’s 2006 breakout indy title, and I knew I was on to something. Since then I’ve bought just about everything the guy has written, I have yet to be disappointed, and that includes his amazing run on the premiere Avengers titles. Within the pages of those titles, Hickman has been weaving a high science fiction tale of recurring impending doom brought on by universal incursion after universal incursion centered on Earth. In the early issues of his New Avengers run, Hickman brought the Illuminati into this whole incursion scenario by having Captain America use the Infinity Gauntlet to stave off an impending universe, and then using the same weapon to destroy the gauntlet itself, including all the gems save the Time Gem. The rest of the cabal subsequently kicked Cap out of their little club because the other members knew he couldn’t make the hard choice, namely destroy an entire universe and every living thing in it. So, Doc Strange wiped Cap’s memories, and the universe demolishing continued. Marvel’s latest blockbuster event Original Sin, however, presents a great opportunity for some high drama, as Tony Stark’s secrets come back to haunt him. Captain America remembers!

The Good

I have to admit, I wasn’t expecting much going into this issue. It’s just another tie-in to another Marvel event. So I was pleasantly surprised at how great a book it was. We open with Cap asleep in bed, dreaming of his erased past memories as a member of the Illuminati, the destruction of an entire universe, and the disappearance of the Infinity Gauntlet. This acts as a great way to give readers the whole back-story of Cap’s removal from the Illuminati, as well as a creative method of showing Cap regaining those very difficult memories. His friends, including his best friend, have been lying to him for months, and went as far as erasing the man’s memories. Needless to say, Cap is pissed! He gathers Black Widow and Hawkeye on his way to question Tony face to face, with Thor, Hyperion, and Star Brand meeting up with them later…yeah, Cap brought his biggest guns with him. It really helped communicate just how important this issue is to Cap, and was also a great example of the trust Cap has earned with his allies as they accompany him to confront Iron Man without hesitation. The dialogue between Steve and Tony is spot-on, despite having seen this same brother vs. brother fight so many times before, and Tony’s reveal that Cap’s team of heavy hitters is surrounded by hundreds of suits of armor makes for a terrific fight. While the return of the Time Gem last page reveal came completely out of left field, it wasn’t quite out of place, but the true greatness of this ish was the way Hickman showed the dichotomy between Iron Man and Captain America when it comes to dealing with the universal incursion threat. Leinil Francis Yu is a modern day master, and his artwork was the perfect accompaniment to this gripping tale of betrayal and moral ambiguity.

The Bad

Hickman’s universal incursion story that he’s been spinning within the pages of his Avengers titles was already enormous and complex. With an infinite number of universes, rogue planets from the future, and universe destroying species of all sorts it was already difficult to follow the story sometimes. By the end of this issue #29, however, we’re sent 50 years into the future, presumably due to an exploding Time Gem, adding another layer of WTF? to the entire landscape. I’m all for big stories that take chances with an epic scope, but it may be getting a bit too much. I also had some problems with the whole Tony Stark vs. Steve Rogers morality tale angle that we’ve seen so many times before. It felt way too close to Civil War, Disassembled, and every other time Iron Man and Cap disagreed on how to be a hero.

The Verdict

The Original Sin event has given Marvel the chance to tell some interesting untold stories from Marvel’s past, and, according to the tie-in solicits, that’s the majority of what we’re going to get. The same spider that bit Peter bit someone else, Thor and Loki have a sister, Iron Man and Hulk have some old-school beef, Professor Xavier left a last will and testament, among other things…and we simply had no idea it happened? Yeah, I’m not buying it! But this Avengers #29 tie-in dealt with the whole original sin premise echoing throughout the Marvel Universe in a way that works in current continuity and does so in brilliant fashion. If the rest of the Original Sin tie-in books are half as good as this one it’s going to be a great summer. And Hickman’s entire universal incursion story-line continues to twist and turn with each and every Avengers issue he writes, with a hard left-turn careening off the rails by the last panel of this issue.

Story: 4 Out of 5
Art: 4.5 Out of 5
Overall: 4.5 Out of 5

Opinion: The Success of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”

Captain-America-The-Winter-Soldier-PosterIt’s the source material! It seems like a pretty basic idea, but so many comic book films in the past have missed the mark. The reason these movies are immediately appealing, have a huge built-in audience, and star characters that most of the civilized world already knows and loves is because of the comic books. Now, I’m not going to go on some fanboy tirade demanding that comic book movies be direct comic book translations, but it’s very difficult not to see an association between the success of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the film’s heavy use of elements taken straight from the pages of Marvel Comics. Warning: This article is spoiler heavy, so if you haven’t seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier yet, what the hell is wrong with you?! Until you remedy that problem, check out our spoiler free-ish review of the film.

Batroc the Leaper and (Just) Batroc

Batroc3In one of the opening scenes of the film, we see Cap taking down some hijackers, with said hijackers being led by a French terrorist named Batroc. If you’ve never read Cap comics in the past, and even if you have, you may have missed this obvious connection to long-time Cap villain Batroc the Leaper. Portrayed by ultimate fighter Georges St-Pierre, Batroc, as he’s known in the film, didn’t make for much of a character despite his amazingly choreographed fight scene with Captain America, which is exactly what Batroc the Leaper did in the comics. Batroc wasn’t anything special, and was actually kind of cheesy (even for the 60’s), but in his first appearance in Tales of Suspense #75 Batroc showed off his unique fighting style to the world, Batroc2and it’s been his one compelling factor ever since. Flipping, spinning, and that french accent when he’s talking smack: they were all there in the comics; they were all there in the movie. And that’s all we wanted and all we needed from Batroc in either. “Leaper” or no “Leaper” Batroc made quite an impression in The Winter Soldier, and did so by keeping to what made him great in the comic book.

Cap’s New Threads

Cap1There’s a great moment in The Winter Soldier when Cap goes back to his original uniform. It’s reminiscent of Game 2 of the 1995 NBA Playoffs when Jordan went back to wearing “23”. Prior to donning the Stars and Stripes again, though, Captain Rogers was seen wearing his new duds, The S.H.I.E.L.D. Blues. But this costume change was in no way original, and The Blues from the film look a whole lot like Cap’s uniform during his stint as Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Yup, that’s Cap2right, Cap had Nick Fury’s job for a little while, and although Steve just couldn’t handle a desk job, the suit making it into the film is just a single, small example of the great use of the source material. With only a few differences to the Star Emblem, these two suits are identical in almost every way. I was never a big fan of this uniform or of Steve being in charge of S.H.I.E.L.D., but it signified a period of examination and introspection for Steve within the pages of the comics that led to a fantastic new and modern approach of telling the whole “Soldier Out of Time” story that is the embodiment of the character overall. This characterization of Captain America was used quite extensively in the story told in the film, and it was all born in the pages of comics.

Cap and Falcon

Cap and FalconCaptain America and Falcon have been a duo in the comics since the 1960’s, and their bromance has continued well into the present day. Falcon was the first to Cap’s side during the Marvel Civil War, an event that split the Marvel U quite the same way S.H.I.E.L.D. was split in the film. The two are synonymous in comics and now, it seems, the two’s relationship is just as cemented in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. The very first Secret Avengers were started by Cap and his best bud Falcon, and, if Captain America 3 continues down the road it’s on, that could very well be the road these two end up walking down. No matter where their paths take them, however, we know these two will be walking the path together. Cap and Falcon go together like the Peanut Butter and la_ca_0102_Captain_AmericaJelly, Steak and Potatoes, Kool-Aid and Sugar; and their relationship was handled in the film with the same sort of care that their comic book relationship has been handled, and it made for a great on-screen duo. I simply cannot wait to see more adventures from Cap and Falcon on the big screen. Their bromance is better than the one between Cap and Black Widow, actually.

Black Widow

Although her coming out party in Ironman 2 was definitely something wonderful to behold, she had to share so much screen time with the rest of the Avengers in Marvel’s The Black WidowAvenger, that we really didn’t get the whole story behind Natasha’s level of badass. That all changed in Captain America: The Winter Soldier because Black Widow was, arguably, the shining star of the entire film. But the character’s badass nature was more than evident in her very first comic book appearance as the character we all know. Black Widow may have first appeared way back in 1964’s Tales of Suspense #52, but her comic book breakout was in Amazing Spider-Man #86 where she was immediately shown as the badass she truly is. In that ish we see Black Widow swinging around NYC, much the same way she swings off that bridge while running from Black Widow BridgeThe Winter Soldier. These scenes are eerily similar, but it’s much more than that. Black Widow has ALWAYS been one of Marvel’s strongest female characters, and she easily stands on her own within those pages. But, up until The Winter Soldier, this aspect of the character hasn’t been completely delivered. Marvel has certainly opened the door for making Black Widow a character that can equally stand alone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Cap Escapes from S.H.I.E.L.D.

One of the best scenes in the film was Cap beating the hell out of an entire elevator of henchmen before leaping to freedom from a dizzying height. It simultaneously showed Encounter2how awesome Cap is in a fight, while giving the audience a real look into the power of a sinister S.H.I.E.L.D. But this isn’t the first time we’ve seen Captain America leap out a window to escape the clutches of S.H.I.E.L.D. Again, we go back to the Marvel Civil War and Cap’s escape from a helicarrier. The similarities are so close that it’s simply impossible for this not be a complete ripoff of the comic book, but that’s the whole damned point.

Cap Undercover

Cap UndercoverAfter leaving S.H.I.E.L.D., Cap finds himself on the run, and in dire need of a disguise. But this isn’t the first time Cap and his pals have had to blend in with the rest of society to hideout from the “authorities”. Again, we go back to Civil War to find another instance where Cap went undercover to make sure he could still fight the Undercovergood fight, and keep from being locked up as a fugitive. This was a really nice touch that was added to the movie, and it immediately made me think of this moment from Civil War. Thankfully, though, Cap never had to kiss Daredevil or Goliath to keep the villains off his trail, but that would have been much bigger news than Spidey taking his mask off. Either way, Cap undercover was something this fanboy really liked seeing, it was the perfect way to balance Steve Roger’s humanity with his super-heroism in the film, and it was completely stolen from the comic books.

The Winter Soldier

Ed Brubaker was the mind behind the madness that was the entire The Winter Soldier story told within the pages of the Captain America comic book. Many of the elements of ALL of the characters portrayed in the film were completely his doing. So this article wouldn’t be complete without at least mentioning Brubaker’s epic creation, and the use of these elements in the film are unmistakable.

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The shield punch is almost a direct copy of the comic panel, and Cap trying to talk some sense into his oldest friend on the deck of the helicarrier was also a pivotal story moment from the film taken from the comic.

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Real-World Relevance

Helicarrier 1There are so many more comparisons that I could make in the context of this article – from crashing helicarriers to Agent 13/Sharon Carter to Baron von Strucker and Hyrda – but there’s one singular comparison to the comic books that makes The Winter Soldier the epitome of the comic book film. Ever since the X-Men were created to subtly discuss the problems with bigotry in America, Marvel Comics has mirrored the real-world. Captain America: The Winter Soldier takes important current events and makes them relevant in a subtle way. In this case, it’s the N.S.A. Spying Scandal as portrayed by the triumvirate of DNA seeking, murderous helicarriers being unleashed. Throughout the history of Marvel Comics, it has been this fine-drawn examination of real-world issues that have made Marvel Comics the compelling pieces of literature that they have always been. They have a level of historical importance, this facet of the comics was displayed perfectly on the screen, and it’s a huge part of the overall success of the film.

Conclusion

Captain America: The Winter Soldier has been received such critical and audience acclaim that it’s arguably the best of the Marvel Movies to date. This fact, however, while certainly due in part to the quality of the acting, effects, and everything else that made up the film, has much more to do with the success that was already established by the comic book source material. This is by no means meant to say that other Marvel movies weren’t strongly influenced by the comics, but the success of The Winter Soldier, coupled with the specific elements taken from the comics, definitely suggests that Marvel has found a Nomadperfect balance with their movie-making recipe. And this can only mean that more great Marvel Comic movies are on the way. While we probably won’t see Steve Rogers donning the Nomad costume anytime soon, I have no doubt that what we will get with the rest of Phase Two and with Phase Three will be nothing short of spectacular.

Top o’ the Lot: Wielders of Mjolnir Other Than Thor

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From time to time Outright Geekery brings you a slanted and biased opinion on some trivially specific topic of geekery. We call it Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot.

“The Grinder”, as Mjolnir is translated, is one of the most recognizable weapons in all of comic fandom and, thanks to the success of those films, in all of popular culture. Yup, Thor’s Hammer, as it’s also known, is without a doubt awesome! Hard-hitting, it returns when you throw it, oh, and it lets you fly! It may be the perfect “tool” for Thor when he needs to kick some Ice Giant arse or save Midgard (because those weak men are so petty!) but the Asgardian Avenger isn’t the only character worthy of carrying a weapon forged by a god with the core of star! So, without further ado, we go to the obvious, keep it in the family, and run into completely crazy on our way to the Top o’ the Lot: Wielders of Mjolnir Other Than Thor.

Honorable Mention: Rogue

RogueThere’s lots of places I could take this list. Superman and Wonder Woman have held Mjolnir, and there’s the Ultimate Universe, and all the What If? comics. A person could go mad! So, I kept my list to the Marvel 616 proper…for the most part. I couldn’t let this first one go.

In a 1994 one-shot What If? comic aptly named What If Rogue Possessed the Power of Thor?, Rogue possessed the power of Thor. During the X-Men’s first battle with the Avengers Rogue puts it to Thor a bit too hard, takes all of his power, and is overtaken by the experience. She kills most of the Avengers and goes on one hell of a warpath, Mjolnir in tow. She eventually snaps out of it and comes to terms with her new power, but it’s just one of a ton of crazy examples of wielders of that hammer. Conan the Barbarian, Storm, even Deadpool were options, but, as weird as some of the choices were, the picks on this Lot seemed a lot more important.

5. Air Walker, Awesome Android, Pretty Much Any Humanized Robot

Mjolnir seems to have a soft spot in its bright golden sun of a heart for sentient robots, Air-Walkerbecause those droids with feelings have lifted the hammer quite often. Zarko, the Tomorrow Man, an evil scientist from the future, created a mining robot that lifted Mjolnir way back in 1962’s Journey Into Mystery. Air-Walker, the Nova Corps member formerly known as Gabriel Lan turned Herald to Galactus turned humanized android picked up the hammer in Thor #305 March 1981. Even the Mad Thinker’s Awesome Android was able to pick it up way back in Fantastic Four #15 June 1963. Kirby and Lee had a thing for robots, and lumping them all together into one spot on this Lot may be cheating, but the premise intrigues me, and I’d love to see it used more in today’s books. The next spot lumps a bunch of characters together, as well, but it makes a bit more sense.

4. Buri, Bor, and Odin

Among other Asgardians I’m sure I forgot to mention, Thor’s dad, his grandpa, and his great-grandpa are all able to pick up the hammer. And why shouldn’t they be able to? Heir to the thrown of BorAsgard and all. Everyone has seen Odin pick up and handle the weapon, but Buri, Thor’s great-grandfather in one version, and one of the forgers of the hammer in another, are worthy, and Thor’s grandfather Bor was resurrected by Loki in Thor #600 showing Thor exactly what IS possible (see image). Yes, this one may be cheating too, but it IS slanted and biased. This list is just a bit more slanted than usual. It gets a bit more straight and narrow from here on out.

3. Thunderstrike

Eric Masterson was once just one of Thor’s vessels on Earth, acting as his alter ego for almost 20 issues, and then taking on the role of Thor himself for another 20 or so, before Thunderstrikebeing spun-off into his own character Thunderstrike, which was spun-off into a 24-issue comic called Thunderstrike in 1993. Thor was always going through stuff and loaning the mantle out to worthy folks to help out while the god was off doing whatever it is he does whilst away. Classic Thor! Yes, I know, Thunderstrike actually has his own enchanted uru metal hammer that shared the hero’s name, but he held Mjolnir, wielded it well, and it was fun to see him pop up in the Infinity Gauntlet and the Infinity War events. The next spot on the Lot is just plain old fun!

2. Captain America

Not that long ago in Thor #390 in 1988 Thor found himself a bit torn between Captain America and Captain AmericaIronman (his two best Avenger buds) who were having a bit of a falling out, and was confused when Cap showed up for a visit. If he hangs out with Steve, Tony may get mad! Oh, what’s a god to do?! Luckily, a bunch of badguys showed up and took his mind off his problems, and sometime during the fight Cap picks up Thor’s Hammer. That’s about it. Thor sees his buddy as a worthy ally, despite what that dick Tony Stark says about him, and they make up, hug, and do whatever people did back in the 60’s for fun. LSD? It’s an event that has yet to be repeated to my knowledge, and for decades we’ve had to wait and see if Captain America will ever wield the weapon again. We can hope for the impossible, but the Top spot on this Lot is obvious.

1. Beta Ray Bill

He was the first non-Norse to carry the weapon, and Walt Simonson’s 1983 monster turned hero creation isn’t only a fan favorite, he’s just plain old badass! Simonson wanted to go in a different direction with the entire idea of Thor; something new and weird; and Beta Ray Billthat’s exactly what readers got with the alien turned Asgardian. In his very first appearance, Thor is dispatched by S.H.I.E.L.D. to intercept an incoming alien spacecraft. The spaceship turns out to be sentient (I hate it when that happens), sees Thor as a threat, and releases Beta Ray Bill from suspended animation to protect it. And then there’s the fight! And what it fight it was, as Thor loses Mjolnir, Bill grabs it, and Odin forces them both to fight for the reward of being the wielder of the weapon. Bill eventually concedes and Odin gives him his very own hammer, Stormbreaker, with the alien going on to protect Earth and Asgard on several occasions. Yeah, it’s the obvious choice, but it’s certainly the best one, putting Beta Ray Bill at the Top o’ this week’s Lot.

See a mistake? Disagree with the choices? Tell us what you think about this installment of Top o’ Lot, join in the discussion and share your opinion.

A Big Old Thanks to the Competition

Last Thursday night members of the Outright Geekery Crew set off on an adventure none of us had ever before undertaken. An adventure fraught with suspense, wit, cunning, and a little bit of danger. For last evening, we played Avengers Trivia!

Avengers Trivia PosterTo celebrate the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, comic book and pop culture website Four Letter Nerd and local comic book shop Comic Collector Live – The Store hosted a game of Marvel Movie Trivia at the local Brixx Pizza. Now, I could use this article to brag about how the Outright Geekery Team dominated all the rounds, including the Expert Comic Book Trivia Round, but we here at OG are in no way sore winners. And anyways, we would have felt like winners even if we hadn’t gotten a single question correct.

“Competition.” It’s a word that often brings a sense of negativity along with it. “Dog eat dog”, “win at all costs” sorts of feelings. But, 4LNin more ways than one, it’s competition that made this night of trivia so much fun, win or lose. As many long-time readers of Outright Geekery know, we ourselves are a comic book and pop culture website that happens to have an affiliation with a local comic book shop, just like Four Letter Nerd. Despite these similarities and the competitiveness that one may think would accompany such a scenario, our hosts weren’t only gracious and welcoming, but seemed legitimately excited for us to be there. While this wasn’t really a surprise to me at all since I’ve known some of the guys at 4LN for awhile now, it’s something I felt was worth sharing, especially in a world that seems too cutthroat too often.

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The other aspect of “competition” at 4LN’s Avenger’s Trivia was the other teams that played with us, and our hats go off to some really passionate and knowledgeable Marvel Movie fans. A special thanks to the teams Young Justice (great players) and Nick Fury’s Bowling Commandos (not a typo, and an awesome name). It was a great atmosphere, a whole lot of fun, and the competition was fierce and made for one hell of a game. The local Brixx Pizza wasn’t too shabby either, and if you live in or around the Nashville, TN area check them out in Hendersonville at the Streets of Indian Lake. Great people, great pizza.

“Competition” casts a negative light far too often in our society. It doesn’t have to mean going for the jugular, kill or be killed, or any of the other barbaric terms that are so needlessly applied to something that is far better and more worthwhile. It’s about belonging, and getting together with people. Total strangers sharing a passion that has the uncanny ability of creating new friends, and that’s exactly how the Outright Geekery Crew felt leaving that game Thursday Night. We’d made a whole lot more friends!

Again, we’d like to thank 4LN, CCL – The Store, Brixx Pizza and everyone that came out and made it a great night!

Ant-Man May Rule 2015, but 2014 Belongs to Antboy!

Antboy Movie ImageNews recently dropped that Marvel’s Ant-Man movie will be moving its release date up by two weeks in lieu of DC moving back the release date of its upcoming Superman/Batman project, and no one really batted an eye. Consensus resounded that a delay in the Superman/Batman flick will lead to a higher quality motion picture, while Ant-Man’s release moving up even a couple of weeks made excited fanboys even that much more crazed. So there’s 2015 and there’s 2016, but where does that leave 2014 for the comic book movie, huh? Yeah we’re getting X-Men, Captain America and Spider-Man sequels, and there’s that Guardians of the Galaxy epic scheduled for release this year, and all of those flicks will build off an existing foundation in some form or another, and all will do so in epic fashion, but there’s a little foreign superhero movie coming out in 2014 that I recently heard about, and it looks to be a welcome breath of fresh air, and a uniquely quaint and charming addition to a movie genre filled with established properties enjoying blockbuster budgets and supercomputer level special effects. Geeks, I give you 2014’s Antboy.

12-year-old Pelle is bitten by an ant and develops superpowers. Aided by comic book nerd Wilhelm, Pelle creates a secret identity as superhero Antboy. When a super villain The Flea enters the scene, Antboy must step up to the challenge.

While Antboy has been out overseas since last year, the U.S. release date, set for April 16th, puts Antboy head to head against Heaven is Real, the G-Rated adaptation of Colton Burpos near-death experience, promising some great competition between the two children’s movies. As long as there’s a wide release, my bet is Antboy beats out its fellow fantasy competition, but the best money is that Captain America: The Winter Soldier, out just two weeks earlier on April 4th and having no real competition at the box office until April 17th sees the release of the sci-fi/action/drama Transcendence starring Johnny Depp as a mad scientist, still leads at the box office and beats out Antboy. But, if you’ve already caught Cap’s second outing by the time Antboy hits the States, and if you can find it playing in a theater near you, Antboy promises something new, original, and uniquely different from anything else in the superhero movie genre in 2014, and has quickly moved up my list of must-see movies this year.

Marvelous Wednesday for Marvel

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Coming from a week off Jonathan Hickman’s Infinity hits hard this week Part Four of Six was by most accounts EXTREMELY EPIC. The Combo of Dustin Weaver’s beautiful pages with Jerome Opena’s is a symphony of wonderful art to press on this incredible story. As the cover suggest Thor makes his presence known to the builders in a way I was not even kinda prepared for. The good Captain plan begins to unfold for all to see, and the answer to who would win Between Thanos and Blackbolt (which I don’t agree with but how can I argue when its here in cannon for all to see), oh just for kicks THANOS’ son revealed! Quite frankly there is so much more…The Art is top notch, the writing is Prime, This Is A BUY TWICE….

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Moving into the next big event between Marvel pages is the ever continuing cluster that is Battle of the Atom, Chapter 7. I have to say I’ve been very impressed how from title to title this event has flowed so well, you’d have no idea three different writers were at the helm of this event. This week its Wood with plain old X-men, and it kicks all the @$$. Very pleased with how his pretty much All Female team takes to the event. Me also being a product of the 90’s I’m always happy to see Jubilee, even if she’s still a vampire(seriously that’s still a thing? Aren’t the X-men convoluted enough?) Well we see yet another twist that was sorta hinted at in the last chapter, except NO ONE SAW THAT NEW CHARACTER COMING. I don’t care if you saw that cover in previews with Him in it, you didn’t see that reveal coming. Don’t know what I’m talking about…READ IT! David Lopez of course provide the kinda visuals you want in an X-book, Its mos def(not the rapper) a Buy in the Singles

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Now if you’re not reading this title you are missing out on one of the best action packed, mindf#(<*ng titles to come out of Marvel in some years. I know what you’re thinking, Captain America, man out of time, Great American Hero, Punched Hitler in the face(seriously cover of issue one, the original issue one, google it) yes the man is all that, but this title takes a look at Cap that hadn’t been really taken. What were his parents like, what would he be like if he was a dad, does he linger on the past too much, is he really acclimating to the present, all of these questions and you get to see Cap Beat some serious @$$. This Issue is pure setup, Cap is struggling after Dimension Z, hangs out with Falcon(so glad he’s relevant again, yeah I think he’s awesome wanna fight about it?). The cover tells no lies and I won’t either when I say you see Pacheco draw Nuke doing some messed up stuff. Rick Remender easily one of my favorite writers out there right now, pick this up in the Singles!!!!

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Well I started with Thor I’m going out on Thor! This book is unbelievably episodic! Jason Aaron has taken Thor and made him exactly what you remember him as before movies, cartoons, and all that hoodoo. The title says it all, its about THOR GOD OF THUNDER, and ironically just in time for the next movie, Malekith the Accursed has made his way of becoming the main villain of this title. Now not gonna lie, Malekith being one of my favorite Thor villains of all time(Yes way over Loki, I know you think that actor is cute but read some books, he’s not that lovable far more vile) but I’m gonna be honest Gorr The God Butcher(Yes he killed whole Pantheons through out the Universe) is a serious hard act to follow. But With Ron Garney’s art, a rag tag team of warriors of the Nine Realms(Thor is the only one from Asgard! I’m excited about that, I’m sorry there’s a lot more to lore and mythology than just the Gods and Warriors of Asgard). Jason Aaron has seriously provided a Thor title for Thor Fans. Loved it, Buy it in the singles!!!

Thats all from the Marvel side of things this week folks, JulesTrue here saying I’ll see you next time, Be sure to catch me ramble on about all things Marvel on Weekly Recs on YouTube, and more to come on here!

-julestrue