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New ‘Doctor Strange’ Comics is a New Direction

The Doctor Is In! DOCTOR STRANGE #1 Is Coming This Fall!

The Sorcerer Supreme returns for his first ongoing series in nearly twenty years!  And he’s making house calls! Today, Marvel is pleased to announce DOCTOR STRANGE #1 – a new ongoing series from blockbuster creators Jason Aaron (Star Wars, Thor) and Chris Bachalo (Uncanny X-Men, Avengers)!  

Prepare for a side of the Marvel Universe you’ve never seen before as the magical, mystical and all things weird lie at every turn. And if it’s bizarre enough, and you don’t know where to turn – call the Doctor. From inside his Sanctum Sanctorum – the strangest place in this or any universe, the Master of the Mystic Arts protects this realm from the supernatural. Continue reading New ‘Doctor Strange’ Comics is a New Direction

Review: Uncanny X-Men #32

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils: Chris Bachalo

After being possessed by the Phoenix Force Cyclops decided to start a Mutant Revolution to atone for what he did as the Phoenix. Cyclops, with his broken powers, gather a hodge podge team of new mutants and started a school of his own. Things have not exactly gone to plan since  This entire title has lead to this point, what will Cyclops do with the Mutant Revolution? What was it all for? Will he really give up his school and students? Where does this title go from here? Did I ask enough questions? The answers are in this issue, and my last question was it worth the wait? Continue reading Review: Uncanny X-Men #32

Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: September 17th, 2014

outright-geekery Logo NewNew Comics Wednesday is upon us again, and some of us here at Outright Geekery are running down the top pick on our comic stacks for this week. What are you looking forward to reading this week? Continue reading Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: September 17th, 2014

Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: September 3rd, 2014

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Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: June 18th, 2014

outright-geekery Logo NewNew Comics Wednesday is upon us again, and some of us here at Outright Geekery are running down the top pick on our comic stacks for this week. What are you looking forward to reading this week?

Jules: The Wicked + The Divine #1

The creative team behind last years Young Avengers are back with an all new indie title. Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie have once again joined forces to deliver a wonderfully honest and illustrious story! Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The team behind critically thermonuclear floor-fillers Young Avengers and PHONOGRAM reunite to start a new ongoing superhero fantasy with a beautiful oversized issue. Welcome to THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, where gods are the ultimate pop stars. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever. This just sounds like its gonna be a cool read and it more than likely will.

The Wicked and the Divine #1

The Wicked + The Divine #1

Story By: Kieron Gillen
Art By: Jamie McKelvie
Colored By: Matt Wilson
Cover By: Jamie McKelvie
Variant Cover By: Bryan Lee O’Malley
Cover Price: $3.50

Digital Price: $2.99
Published: June 18, 2014

Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The team behind critically thermonuclear floor-fillers Young Avengers and PHONOGRAM reunite to start a new ongoing superhero fantasy with a beautiful oversized issue. Welcome to THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, where gods are the ultimate pop stars. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever.

Taylor: Thor: God of Thunder #23

We finally reach the epic conclusion of The Last Days of Midgard, with King Thor and our Thor doing their all to defend earth in parallel stories. With each passing month, this series continues to feature one of the best combinations of a writer and artist perfectly suited to the right character. I’m looking forward to a showstopping end.

Thor God of Thunder 23
Cover by Agustin Alessio
• Thor’s war to save the earth comes to its epic conclusion. In the far future, King Thor makes a dark decision that may save the day, but at what cost?
• And in present-day Broxton, Oklahoma, Thor makes a final stand against the forces of ROXXON, but not even a god can save everyone.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Christian: The New 52 – Futures End #7

The thing I like most about this weekly book from DC Comics is the way it’s slowly weaving multiple threads of mystery into what is lining up to be a very fun story, and doing that while making the expected slow-crawl of a weekly title interesting along the way. Although I’m really ready for this book to give me some meat with those potatoes, I think this is going to be the ish that cements Futures End as a must read story, and it’s on the top of my stack this week.

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Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale JUNE 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The two halves of Firestorm encounter big troubles: some personal, some potentially deadly! And Plastique comes face to face with the DC Universe’s horrifying future! Five years from now, the DC Universe is reeling from a war with another Earth, leaving the world unprepared for an approaching evil that threatens to destroy the future. Can a time-traveling Batman Beyond help a massive cast of the DCU’s finest avert the impending apocalypse? Find out in this new weekly series that will forever alter the direction of The New 52!

Gaumer: Uncanny X-Men #22

Despite two weekly books from DC and Marvel’s Original Sin event in my stack this week, I’m really not that stoked about this week’s offerings. Uncanny X-Men has come to a fun point in its story, as Dazzler of all people is sure to be severely pissed off and out for some vengeance. I’d be upset too if I was kidnapped, drugged into a coma, and milked for mutant growth hormone. Look out, Mystique, things are about to get complicated.

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• The war between the Uncanny X-Men and S.H.I.E.L.D. heats up!
• Can Cyclops and his team track down the source of this new brand of sentinels? And is S.H.I.E.L.D. really behind these attacks?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Those are our picks, what’s on the top of your stack this Wednesday?

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Review: Uncanny X-Men #20

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Brian Michael Bendis (WRITER) • Chris Bachalo (ARTIST)
Artist Variant by Adi Granov
• Cyclops and his revolutionary X-Men take on SHIELD!
• They get closer to finding those at SHIELD responsible for the Sentinels that nearly killed them, but find themselves in even greater danger!
32 PGS.
Rated T+

Since Brian Michael Bendis left his long run on the Avengers and took over writing duties on Uncanny X-Men, his presence has certainly been felt on the book. He’s taken an edgier, Dark Avengers sort of approach with this team, and it really works in the context of the whole mutant fallout between Cyclops and Wolverine. Cyclops and his team being portrayed as a group of terrorists has opened up a lot of opportunities for interesting interactions, new mutant introductions, and tactics no X-Team has the nerve to use in the past. While this all makes for a pretty fun single comic book issue, Bendis’ overall story just isn’t going anywhere, and it’s starting to become a problem.

The Good

Bachalo’s art, first and foremost, is spectacular. He just gets everything about these characters, and he especially shines with his work on colors with background washes doing an amazing job of setting the mood. Bendis, as always, shines on his character representations and interactions, and there’s some great stuff in here. Cyclops using his psychic hive mind students to get over on Maria Hill in more ways than one in a singularly creative piece of writing was brilliant to behold, Mystique’s shenanigans in Madripoor and her doppelganger stylings ad some great intrigue to the whole thing, and Cyclops and Beast having a showdown on the grounds of the Jean Grey School were all just so well done and so greatly entertaining that it made this book a highly enjoyable read. The fact remains that the book hasn’t really gone anywhere, and I’m getting tired of going in circles.

The Bad

Bendis has his own special style of writing, and it definitely involves a lot of the same stuff, presented in a different way, over and over again. We saw it throughout his run on New Avengers, and we’re beginning to see that here in Uncanny X-Men. Oh there’s certainly stuff going on, but it’s the same stuff that’s been going on for the last few issues or so. I’m thoroughly enjoying seeing Mystique do her thing, S.H.I.E.L.D. hunt Cyclops and his gang, the drama of expelled students, and even the constant interaction between two teams of mutants who claim to utterly detest each other, but it’s pretty much the only damned thing that has happened, and I want to see a payoff to the story that isn’t just more of the same.

The Verdict

I’m sincerely torn. Although Bendis has given us a really entertaining comic in this Uncanny X-Men run, I’m ready for it to move on with the story it is telling. I’ve had enough build-up, and, like a game of Jenga that goes on too long, if a story builds too much it can topple. So, I’m going to base my score on those feelings, hope beyond hope that the story gets to where it’s going really soon, but continue to judge Bendis exactly how he comes.

Story: 3.0 Out of 5
Art: 4 Out 5
Overall: 3.5 Out of 5

Review: Uncanny X-Men Issue #14

Uncanny X-Men 14

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

The aftermath of Battle of the Atom is upon us and the event’s repercussions are being felt throughout Marvel’s X-Title, but I guess someone forgot tell Bendis that. Uncanny X-Men issue 14 had absolutely nothing to do with the event it just tied-in to for the last two issues, and it looks like, yet again, an event will have no impact on the titles that made it up. Oh well, I digress. But there were bigger problems with this issue than not addressing current events. This book doesn’t even address the promises made in its own solicit! Despite those failings, this issue was a fun look at the New Xavier School’s unique training methods.

The Good

The story begins with Cyclops’ team of young mutants in the middle of an X-Men training session, chugging through the mud and rain. The primary focus, however, is on Benjamin Deeds, college student and new mutant who has the seemingly useless power of morphing into someone he is in close proximity to. Just as Cyclops ponders kicking the hopeless X-wannabe out of the team, Professor Frost takes the young student on an unconventional field trip to Atlantic City in an attempt to reveal the youngsters hidden talents. Without spoiling the ish, Emma is quite successful with her lessons, but the entire process does a great job of showing readers just how different the teaching tactics of the New Xavier School’s staff are from its Wolverine Headmastered counterpart, which was truly fun to see. The art is beautiful and unmistakeably Chris Bachalo and all his stylized wonder. There are some unique character changes that come with a morph like the new Morph, and it’s pulled off brilliantly.

The Bad

Besides there being nothing going on in this ish that had anything to do with the latest tie-in event story that encompassed all of the X-Universe for a month or two, there was a huge problem with this book’s solicit. I was promised two things:

• The effects of X-MEN: BATTLE OF THE ATOM are felt!

• Magneto goes off on personal mission that sets him at odds with much of the X-Men and Marvel Universe.

Not only was there no Battle of the Atom effects whatsoever, there was literally a single panel showing Magneto, and it was at a distance. Maybe there will be a flashback to this, but why must they lie to me to sell the book? This was a good freaking book! Hey, if there was an announcement made and I missed it, pass it along, but there’s just no reason to solicit something to me that simply isn’t there. Besides the misleading market line, there just isn’t any other bad.

The Verdict

Buy this issue, but be on the lookout for preview pitches full of lies and deceit! There’s just no excuse for that sort of thing, and if you want to boycott just for that reason, I wouldn’t blame you…but you shouldn’t. Even if you haven’t picked up Uncanny in a while this is a good point to get onboard. There’s fun dialogue, amazing art and a great introspective into the teaching methods of the New Xavier School, without requiring much recent required reading to be enjoyable. Next month we may get some Magneto drama, but issue 14 of Uncanny X-Men is fun in its own way.

Review: Uncanny X-Men Issue #13

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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.


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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