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Review: Uncanny Avengers #2

Review: Uncanny Avengers #2

Written by Rick Remender

Art by Daniel Acuña

Something went wrong when the Avengers Unity Squad tried to teleport to Counter-Earth to find Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. Now the entire team is spread out all over Counter-Earth and in dire straights because the High Evolutionary has genocide on his mind. So has Remender’s Uncanny Avengers epic risen from it Axis ashes to reclaim the glory it once had or is it an unfocused mess like the last issue?

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Review: Uncanny Avengers #1

Late last year I made a decision to drop most of the Marvel Comics I was currently reading and not pick up most of the new titles the publisher was launching for the foreseeable future. My problem was a lot of ‘change for change sake’ and a complete lack of adequate follow-through in the aftermath of events. Marvel puts so much effort into their event books, yet, once the event has ended, they usually ignore most of the ‘world-shaking’ things that happened during the event. There’s just no follow-through, and the events come so quickly that there’s almost no time for readers to catch a breath. I really needed to take a breath! So, while I didn’t read Rick Remender’s AXIS event at all, I got the gist of character inversion, as well as the huge reveal revolving around a couple of mutant siblings, and I was truly interested in seeing where Remender went with his AXIS aftermath. Unfortunately, the writer only cemented my overall reasoning for moving away from Marvel books in the first place. While Uncanny Avengers #1 is a strong setup for discovering the mystery revealed at the end of AXIS, there’s some directions this ish goes, and doesn’t go, that leave me overall disappointed.

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Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: January 28th, 2015

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: January 28th, 2015

Preview: Uncanny Avengers #1

Earth’s Mightiest Reforged – Your First Look at
UNCANNY AVENGERS #1!

This January, a new Unity Squad will be formed for a new age. New team. New mission. New threats. Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look at UNCANNY AVENGERS #1, the explosive new ongoing series from blockbuster creators Rick Remender and Daniel Acuña!

UNCANNY AVENGERS #1 (NOV140703)
Written by RICK REMENDER
Art & Cover by DANIEL ACUÑA
Teaser Variant by DANIEL ACUÑA (NOV140706)
Variant Covers by SKOTTIE YOUNG (NOV140708) & GABRIELE DELL’OTTO (NOV140704)
Inhumans 50th Anniversary Variant by LADRÖNN(NOV140705)
Welcome Home Variant by SALVADOR LARROCA (NOV140707)
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Review: Uncanny Avengers #19

Uncanny Avengers 19

UNCANNY AVENGERS #19
RICK REMENDER (WRITER) • DANIEL ACUñA (ARTIST)
VARIANT COVER BY AGUSTIN ALESSIO
• AVENGE THE EARTH Continues!
• Kang’s Chronos Corps arrives on Planet X with a terrible offer!
• The former members of the Uncanny Avengers must reunite to save the Earth!
• Magneto’s all-new X-Force are out for the blood of a Summers!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

I consider myself a big fan of Rick Remender. Not so much his Indy stuff, but I recall reading the one-shot Wolverine: A Dangerous Game and remembering to keep an eye out for Remender’s name appearing on a comic book cover, but his work on Franken-Castle (of all things!) and especially his Uncanny X-Force work cemented him as one of my must-read writers. He’s got a great knack for taking a big concept idea, and making it all about the characters while telling the story. And it’s worked to perfection in the past for Remender, but with so many characters hanging out in this title, he may be losing the handle a bit.

The Good

Uncanny Avengers is telling a truly epic tale, and the scope of Remender’s big concept is amazing to behold. The story told up to this issue did a great job of setting up the scenario and setting up the current status quo, but this issue 19 was more of an honest to goodness “heroes trying to save the day” ish, and it was a refreshing departure. Remender has also set mutant against Avenger in this series in a way that beckons back to Avengers vs. X-Men, and it’s fun to see that event fleshed out for all it has, especially in this sort of style and quality. Remender has set up an amazing team of alternative Chronos Avengers to go along with his already creative Unity Team of Avengers, and the alternative X-Men team is just fun. Acuna’s art is brilliant in spots, but shines with his depictions of these alternate universe characters. I’m just not sure either creator has a firm handle on this epic story.

The Bad

Maybe it’s the full scope of the end of this grand adventure finally coming to its traditional comic book close, but this single ish didn’t have the same feel as the rest of the series, and it was noticeable. Like I said, Remender is bringing this story to a close with this arc, and it’s really showing. While there’s an overall sense of urgency to the story, as there should be, there’s also a sense that the writer is rushing through the rest of this story to its ultimate ending. A slower build to this third act, taking its time in getting Kang’s Team together, and taking its time to get the Unity Squad back together, and showing us more of Planet-X, would be so much better, and is a major disservice to this series as whole. I really want to care more about what’s going on; with Havok’s baby, for example; I’m just not being given the time and pages to do so. Acuna also seems rushed in some of the panels, and I wanted more detail in a lot more places.

The Verdict

This isn’t a bad comic book. On the contrary, it’s quite good, which sort of sucks because it’s just nowhere near as good as the series has been. It may be just a stumbling block on the way to an epic conclusion to an awesome story, but I truly fear for the rest of the arc. And I’m not bashing on Remender. I wouldn’t be hating on this issue so much if the stuff presented thus far wasn’t so compelling. The problem is I wanted more and I didn’t get it.

Story: 2.5 Out of 5
Art: 3 Out of 5
Overall: 3 Out of 5

Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: April 23rd, 2014

outright-geekery profile-largeNew 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.

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Jules: Uncanny Avengers #19

This title has really been the Avengers title of a lifetime. A somewhat sequel to Rick Remender’s Uncanny X-Force, I am absolutely loving this title. With Daniel Acuna back with the art I’m more than happy to pick this one up! The mutants now on their own planet, Earth now lost. How will Havoc fix everything? With the help of Kang the Conqueror and his lost in time misfits! I am beyond stoked to see what’s slotted next for this incredibly Avengers story, this extension of one of the best X-Men sagas. Rick Remender has yet to let me down on this one!

Uncanny Avengers 19

UNCANNY AVENGERS #19
RICK REMENDER (WRITER) • DANIEL ACUñA (ART)
VARIANT COVER BY AGUSTIN ALESSIO
• AVENGE THE EARTH Continues!
• Kang’s Chronos Corps arrives on Planet X with a terrible offer!
• The former members of the Uncanny Avengers must reunite to save the Earth!
• Magneto’s all-new X-Force are out for the blood of a Summers!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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Taylor: Original Sin #0

Another year, another event, and Marvel is kicking off their Original Sin book this week. Events tend to be very hit and miss, but I have a lot of faith in the creative teams here, both in Mark Waid for this prequel issue and Jason Aaron on the main book. And really, Jim Cheung’s art alone should probably make Issue #0 worth a look.

Original Sin 0

ORIGINAL SIN #0
MARK WAID (WRITER) • JIM CHEUNG (ARTIST)
ARTIST VARIANT COVER BY PAOLO RIVERA
IT’S THE PROLOGUE TO THE BIGGEST MARVEL SERIES OF THE SUMMER!
WHO IS THE WATCHER? That’s what Nova is wondering after his latest brush with the moon-dwelling enigma he’s encountered before! But what he discovers will have a profound effect on the young hero, as well as priming the pump for the most cataclysmic event in Marvel history! WHAT DID HE SEE?
40 PGS./ONE SHOT/Rated T+ …3.99

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Christian: Justice League United #0

I’ve been waiting on this one since DC first solicited the book last year, and it’s finally here! Jeff Lemire moves on from Animal Man and throws the character onto a new team…in Canada? New team, new characters, new dynamic, new creative team. This should be fun, and it’s on the top of my stack this weeks.

Justice League United 0

JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED #0
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art and cover by MIKE McKONE
1:50 Variant cover by MIKE McKONE
Blank variant cover available
On sale APRIL 23 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Top comics writer Jeff Lemire teams with superstar artist Mike McKone for the all-new monthly series JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED, starring the new team of powerful heroes Earth calls Justice League Canada!
In the aftermath of FOREVER EVIL, Adam Strange is caught up in an adventure across the far reaches of the cosmos that will unite an unexpected team of heroes including Supergirl, Hawkman, Green Arrow, Stargirl, Martian Manhunter and Animal Man – but if they’re on the team, who exactly is Canadian? Plus: Don’t miss the debut of a new Canadian hero who will have a huge effect on the group!

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Gaumer: Guardians of the Galaxy #14

The Trial of Jean Grey is over, and good riddance, I say. I like my X-Men and I like my Guardians, but they are not peanut butter and chocolate, and they should not be combined. We get a double-sized anniversary of something or other ish, but the real pull is Captain Marvel and Venom (Yes! Venom!) are joining the team. Knowing Marvel, they’ll be last page reveals, but I’m still excited.

Guardians of the Galaxy 14

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #14
Brian Michael Bendis (WRITER) • Nick Bradshaw (ARTIST)
100th issue ANIVERSARY CELEBRATION!
• 45 years in the making! It’s finally here!!! The 100th issue of Guardians of the Galaxy! (Okay it’s actually the 101st, but we had an X-Men crossover to get through! Sheesh!)
• It’s an all-star celebration of the most popular super team of 2014 as cosmic captain Brian Michael Bendis welcomes Nick Bradshaw (WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN) to the team!
• As the GOTG gets ready for new members VENOM and CAPTAIN MARVEL, there are unexpected dangers that promise to tear the team to its core.
• Plus in this special double sized anniversary issue…two special back up stories by former GOTG writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning!
48 PGS./Rated T …4.99

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Jesse: 7th Sword #1

It’s not often I look forward to an IDW issue one but this one caught my eye in a preview sometime ago. The story of a mercenary Samurai taking out robots for the sake of village in the dessert? Science Fiction Samurai are just some of my favorite kind. Written by a newcomer John Ruffalo a former screen writer, with the talented Nelson Blake II, an artist I’ve known to bounce around the top cow titles! It may not look like the most gripping book but I’m a sucker for Sci-Fi Samurai fighting the good fight! I’m gonna give it a try at at least.

7th Sword

7th Sword #1|
John Raffo (writer) • Nelson Blake II (artist) • Andrew C. Robinson (colorist)
Daniel Cray—a samurai mercenary—stumbles upon the legendary city of ZenZion, a mysterious desert outpost under siege from a vicious warlord. The peace-loving citizenry beg Cray to defend them… forcing Cray to reluctantly draw his deadly “Malathane” sword one last time to battle a relentless army of robots and their savage masters. Science Fiction meets Samurai in an epic new adventure from John Raffo (Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story).

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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

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Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: March 26, 2014

outright-geekery profile-largeNew Comics Wednesday is upon us again, and some of us here at Outright Geekery are running down our top pick on comic stacks for this week.

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Jules: Silver Surfer #1

While Dan Slott may be a terrible person he still has always had the ability to tell a good story with silly concepts. This doesn’t sound like it’s gonna be a silly title actually! Surfer traveling through space exploring moral dilemmas with a young woman. Honestly if Mike Allred is doing the art I will pick it up. I was a huge Madman/Atomics fan so believe me when I say I’ll buy anything the man draws. That all being said I’ve always been drawn to the Silver Surfer, goofy name aside he’s one of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s most interesting creations and totally underused/misused. I’m not say this gonna be the most gripping title but I think it’s gonna be a lot of fun.

Silver Surfer

SILVER SURFER #1
Written by DAN SLOTT
Art by MICHAEL ALLRED
VARIANT COVER BY FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA
ANIMAL VARIANT BY CHRIS SAMNEE
YOUNG VARIANT BY SKOTTIE YOUNG
“NEW DAWN”
The universe is big. Bigger than you could ever imagine. And the SILVER SURFER, the lone sentinel of the skyways, is about to discover that the best way to see it… is with someone else.
Meet the Earth Girl who’s challenged the Surfer to go beyond the boundaries of the known Marvel U– into the strange, the new, and the utterly fantastic!
Anywhere and Everywhere… Hang On! THE SILVER SURFER
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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Gaumer: Uncanny Avengers #18

Everything has been leading up to this! Planet X! The ride through this alternate-timeline mapped out by not-quite-superstar-writer Rick Remender has been nothing short of brilliant, and I simply cannot wait to see what happens next. The Apocalypse Twins’ plans seemed to have come off without much of a hitch, and I’m anxious to see what everyone who survived the mayhem has been up to, as well as how Kang is going to fix this mess! Surely, he’s not going to leave ALL those Avengers dead is he? IS HE?!

Uncany Avengers 18

Uncanny Avengers #18.NOW!
Written by RICK REMENDER
Art by DANIEL ACUÑA
VARIANT COVER BY IN-HYUK LEE
DEADPOOL VARIANT BY ROB GUILLORY
ANIMAL VARIANT BY KATIE COOK
CAPTAIN AMERICA VARIANT ALSO AVAILABLE
“AVENGE THE EARTH” Part One
Welcome to Planet X, the new mutant homeworld, where everything is great—presuming that you possess the mutant gene! Janet Van Dyne, the Wasp, is the last human being alive, relentlessly pursued by Magneto and his All-New X-Force and their “No More Humans” campaign, and protected by her husband, Havok! Witness the fate of the Uncanny Avengers–who survived the Apocalypse Twins’ plot, and how?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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Taylor: Amazing X-Men #5

Jason Aaron’s and Ed McGuinness’ romp through the afterlife reaches its conclusion this week, bringing an end to their first story arch. This story has been a ton of fun so far, and I’m anxious to see if they end it on a high note. Also, we’ve been going through Nightcrawler withdrawals for quite a while now, and this book has our fix.

Amazing X-Men 5

AMAZING X-MEN #5
Written by JASON AARON
Art by ED MCGUINNESS
• Nightcrawler and his pirate band of X-Men take on Azazel and his hellish hordes!
• One of the X-Men must make the ultimate sacrifice!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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Christian: Batman: The Dark Knight #29

Three words: The Freakin’ Man-Bat! Three more words: Ethan van Sciver! Put them together and that’s 6 awesome words! This arc has been fun so far, and if the end lives up to the rest of the story this is going to be a great one. A new creative jumps on this book next issue, so look for some greatness from Hurwitz in wrapping this whole thing up.

Batman TDK 29

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #29
Written by GREGG HURWITZ
Art and cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER
On sale MARCH 26 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T • FINAL ISSUE
The savagery of Man-Bat reaches a horrifying peak this final issue of the series!

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Bonus Picks

Avengers #27

I feel like I’ve waited an eon since last months issue. The All-New Avengers origin is coming, the fight with the New Adaptoids is going doing! Hickman promises a science war in the solicitation! I’m beyond stoked on the next issue in this incredibly wonderful run on Avengers

Avengers 27

AVENGERS #27
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by SALVADOR LARROCA
Cover by MIKE DEODATO

“ADAPT OR DIE”
• The secret behind the All-New Avengers revealed!
• The science war overtakes the world(s).
• All the answers to the questions you wished remained hidden.
• The collision of Avengers and New Avengers is imminent.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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New Avengers #16

That’s right one week later we get the immediate next step in what Jonathan Hickman is doing with my favorite Marvel title right now! Namor and Panther to make amends finally realizing just what lies ahead and the war now seemingly trivial! Can the Illumaniti really stop what has systematically destroyed other members of the multiverse, or are they just in over there heads like many of the alternate versions of them we’ve seen prior issues?! Unlike some of my counterparts I’m looking very forward to Hickman’s immediate response to the last issue.

New Avengers 16

NEW AVENGERS #16.NOW
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by Rags Morales
Cover by Mike Deodato
VARIANT COVER by Rags Morales
“THE NIGHT BEFORE THE WORLD ENDED”
No more bloodshed. To save their nations, the proud Black Panther and the arrogant Namor have sued for peace. As members of the Illuminati, the secret organization made up of the Marvel Universe’s most powerful heroes, they must work together to stop the extinction of the entire universe! But are their amends too little too late? There’s no turning back for the Illuminati after this issue – and they’ll pay the price for their sins.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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

Comix City Too!This post brought to you by Comix City Too! in Madison Tennessee, Outright Geekery’s local comic shop of choice. Check out everything coming out this week in stores here, and be sure to get out to your local comic shop.