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Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: May 14th, 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.

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Jules: All-New Ultimates #2

I really dug on the first issue! Michel Fife has brought the Ultimate Universe it’s sorta own New Warriors! It may not be your parents Ultimates but it certain is a new take on the Ultimates Franchise. A younger step in the next directions something the Ultimate Universe has had the advantage of doing is moving forward with its heroes. Letting characters die and stay dead. This youthful Ultimates is just what the doctor ordered as they take on the Serpent Skull Gang( Ultimate Serpent Society) I’m excited to see what happens next!

All-New Ultiamtes 2

ALL-NEW ULTIMATES #2
MICHEL FIFFE (WRITER) • AMILCAR PINNA (ARTIST)
Cover by DAVID NAKAYAMA
Artist variant by RON WIMBERLY
THE NEXT GENERATION OF ULTIMATES!
• The YOUNG ULTIMATES are put to the test as they try to survive their first mission: going head to head with the city’s most ruthless gang, the SERPENT SKULLS.
• KITTY PRYDE takes the bait and finally joins the team in an effort to push back the unrelenting wave of brutality.
• Jessica Drew takes on the mantle of BLACK WIDOW!!!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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Taylor: Avengers #29

As Original Sin ramps up, it seems that many characters’ past transgressions will come back to haunt them. And for the Avengers, that means we’ll get some pay off to a plot point that’s been simmering for over a year as the Illuminati’s manipulation of Captain America is finally brought to light. This promises to have some high drama, and should make for a good read.

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

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Christian: Batgirl #31

There’s a lot of books I’m looking forward to this week – Futures End #2, Batman Eternal #6, Batman & Frankenstein – but all those books are missing one very important thing: Gail Simone. And she’s bringing Ragdoll back? This makes the top of my stack easy.

Batgirl 31

BATGIRL #31
Written by GAIL SIMONE
Art by FERNANDO PASARIN and JONATHAN GLAPION
Cover by ALEX GARNER
1:25 BATMAN ‘66 variant cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
On sale MAY 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Clandestine meetings, tapped phones, video surveillance – Barbara Gordon is being watched! Who has it in for her, and how can Batgirl investigate without compromising her secret identity?

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Gaumer: Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu #1

It doesn’t feel like that long ago that I would sit back on a Saturday afternoon and enjoy a really bad, but really awesome, old-school Kung-Fu movie. The bad voice-over, the cheesy sound effects, the over-the-top karate action! It was almost too much for my childhood self, and I’m looking for that same sort nostalgia, albeit with an updated feel, from Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu #1. Will it deliver? I’m betting the top spot on my stack this week that it will.

Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #1

DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU #1 (OF 4)
MIKE BENSON (WRITER) • TAN ENG HUAT (ARTIST)
Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
MURDER! MYSTERY! MARTIAL ARTS!
A former lover of Shang-Chi’s is murdered in cold blood while working deep undercover for MI-6. When Shang-Chi travels to England to pay his respects he learns all is not as it seems, and if he’s not careful he may be next to die! Old friends, new enemies, espionage and kung fu collide in this riveting story from Mike Benson and Tan Eng Huat!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$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: 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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Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot: X-Men Comic Crossovers/Events

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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.

Nothing changes the status quo of a comic book franchise quicker than a universe-spanning, all-inclusive mega crossover/event. And no one pulls off an event quite like the X-Men! Big-time action, big-time storytelling, and big-time death are always on the menu when the X-Verse gets its event swerve on, and with so much fodder to choose from, OG takes a three-clawed stab at the best of what Marvel’s X-Events/Crossovers have had to offer. So, take a deep breath, get ready for a trip to an alternate universe, and wait for the body count to rise, with Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot: X-Men Crossovers/Events

Honorable Mention: Schism

X-Men SchismSchism barely gets a mention, not because of what it was, but because of what it birthed. We got an awesome island Utopia created from Asteroid M, a school run by Wolverine, the Phoenix Five, Xavier’s death, and, finally, the All-New X-Men, New Xavier School, and, OMG, everything else! Just like Spidey’s Brand New Day was a struggle to enjoy, but the payoff was worth it, so we have Schism. There’s no way Cyclops beats Wolverine, anyways! I mean, come on! Samurai with healing versus athletic laser beams? I’ll never be convinced otherwise! Next?

5: Fall of the Mutants

Fall of the MutantsUnlike most crossovers, Fall of the Mutants did not truly tell an intertwining story, rather, it told three different stories, all with an overarching tone of Mutant bigotry. Coming off of the Days of Future Past story arc, and the impending Mutant Registration Act, the entire idea just felt right, made for some very interesting, if not downright weird, storytelling, and saw a few mutants bite the dust in oh so heroic ways. It may not have lived up to the overall hype of the event, but the idea behind the whole thing was pretty interesting, and laid the groundwork for events to follow. And that cover is so very sweet! Nostalgic enough for ya? I can do better!

4: Mutant Massacre

Mutant Massacre“Get off my lawn!” The granddaddy of them all, 1986’s Mutant Massacre ran through X-Men and X-Factor, and also had tie-ins with Daredevil, New Mutants and Power Pack. The huge success in sales set the trend of Marvel’s running X-Events annually! The Marauders and the Hellfire Club show up, Angel is freaking crucified, and hundreds of Morlocks bite the dust! It was epic! The aftermath wasn’t too shabby either as Colossus was left paralyzed for a period, and Nightcrawler went into a coma for at least five minutes. Being the first always gets you something, and although I may hear arguments against that reasoning, Mutant Massacre makes it into the Lot for being the trendsetter. We wouldn’t have this Lot without you!

3: Messiah CompleX

Messiah ComplexSpinning out of the events of a different, TBA X-Event, Messiah CompleX was the first of a three-part series of crossovers/events, namely Messiah War and Second Coming, but that was only the beginning of the greatness. The first new mutant in years is discovered in remote Alaska, Cyclops forms X-Force, and Layla Miller and Jamie Madrox are flung to the future. While this may not sound like much, any X-Fan understands how important it truly was. Hope was that new mutant; Remender’s run of X-Force and his current storyline in Uncanny Avengers start here; and Layla and Jaimie! They simply aren’t Layla and Jaimie without this event. It’s what an X-Event is supposed to do: change it all, set it up, then knock it down! Well, not all events. Some just change the game forever.

2: Age of Apocalypse

Age of ApocalypseThis was the big one for Marvel in the 1990’s. The Age of Apocalypse crossover actually took over the entire Marvel U for a time after Professor X’s son Legion travels back in time to kill Magneto, screws the whole thing up by traveling to the wrong date AND killing Xavier. What a douche? But, whoa, the events that followed! Magneto forms the X-Men, sure, but the super-mutant tyrant Apocalypse sets his plans of world domination into action a bit sooner, and the entire Marvel Universe is changed forever. Well, not really. Age of Apocalypse was later retconned to be the alternate Earth-259, and not the 616 proper, but it’s that, and that alone, that keeps it from the Top spot o’ the Lot. Epic universe-wide changes, cool twists on characters, surprise deaths, AND making the whole thing stick? You need the Top o’ this Lot for that!

1: House of M

House of MTake one part batshit crazy Scarlet Witch, one part good intentioned Quicksilver, two parts brainwashed Professor X, sprinkle in some Bendis, reshape the entire Marvel Universe a couple of times, serve hot with mashed potatoes. Mutant Decimation follows Mutant Utopia; fallout that resonates to this very day; poor, poor Hawkeye; and, hey look, there’s Layla Miller! There’s way too much goodness in this event to cover here, but worth noting is this event marks Bendis’ Decade of Events, and without House of M the events that follow simply don’t work. And what followed? Event, after event, after event; suggesting that the current event crazy trend begins with the X-Men. This only adds to the importance of X-Events as a whole, and really stresses how significant House of M is to Marvel’s X-Verse. All that, and the fact that I simply adore it (hey, it’s slanted and biased for a reason), puts House of M at the very tippy Top o’ the Lot this week.

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