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Top O’ The Lot: Marvel Events

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.

I’m sure by now some form of social media has informed you, or if you are like me and just read it the old fashion way, you know the Marvel Universe has come to an end by way of Secret Wars #1 last week. Well this week to honor those we lost in the beginning of this event, we here at Outright Geekery are here to countdown the best events of Marvel! Continue reading Top O’ The Lot: Marvel Events

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Marvel’s ‘Secret Wars’ Primer, Part 1: ‘To Infinity…’

Marvel’s Secret Wars are (almost) finally upon us! It’s been a long and winding road to Battleworld, through Multiversal Incursion after Multiversal Incursion, two different Avengers series, an event or two, and the destruction of the entire Marvel Universe, but we made it. Now, if you have no Earthly idea what any of that means, you are not alone. Jonathan Hickman’s epic sci-fi tale of betrayal, war, destruction, and morality that culminates in Marvel’s 2015 mega-event started way back in 2012 with Avengers #1, quickly became part of Hickman’s other ongoing, New Avengers, swerved right into the Infinity event, and has encompassed nearly 100 single comic book issues.

That’s a whole lot of story to catch up on if you’ve missed out, but this primer series should be all you need to understand exactly what’s lead to Secret Wars, what the event is all about, and even includes a brief tour of Battleworld itself. Even if you have kept up with everything up to this point there still may be some things you can take away from this summary, and I’d love any fact-checking you can provide.

So, let’s start at the beginning.

(SPOILER WARNING: This is a summary of events occurring in Marvel Comics Avengers, New Avengers, Infinity, and other series/books that could potentially damage your reading experience. Consider yourself warned!)


Continue reading Marvel’s ‘Secret Wars’ Primer, Part 1: ‘To Infinity…’

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!

A Week Late and a Few Dollars Short Part 1

Believe me when I say I did this on purpose, I wasn’t being lazy, I wanted to make sure to give everyone time to read this before I gave my full in depth review…OK I’ve been a little lazy as of late but believe me when I say that’s over!!!

Infinity Part 6 of 6

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Writer: Jonathan Hickman

Pencils: Jim Cheung

First off let me say that Infinity has been my favorite Marvel event in oh the last ten years of comics, maybe my favorite event of all time, I’m gonna have to let it steep a little longer before I be that bold. When they said this was the end to Infinity they were so messing with me and I love it. Of course how ironic does the end of Infinity sound, oh Jonathan Hickman how you love to be ahead of the rest of us. Everything comes down to this, The Builders/Engineers defeated, Titan Conquered by Avengers, Earth in Thanos’ grap, Thane secured by Ebony Maw, and we’ve got enough pages for a hell of a showdown!

Haggard, rearing off victories of a war the Avengers were not ready for, they return to reclaim Earth from a tyrant they know all too well. Coordinating with The “New Avengers” *cough Illuminati* not that the others actually know that team exists. The Avengers begin to reassemble to finish out all they set out to accomplish. Thanos proves he is fully ready for them as he gathers his generals to make his stand. Ready to kill his son and finish his legacy.

The fight that ensues was downright beautiful. Everyone just looked like they’d been through hell, which they honestly had been, and hands down how cool and loyal are Thanos’ generals. Jim Cheng’s art delivers exactly what you wanted out of Hickman’s Avengers squaring off against the Generals!!! I loved Thor and Hulk not even really proving to be the heaviest hitters in the fight, that’s how intense this event has been, Thor and the Hulk were exhausted! Hyperion coming through with the kill on Corvus Glave was f#cking fly!

To put the Icing on the Cake, Thane, son of Thanos, Inhuman, must hear Ebony tell him how fickle and unpreventive hope is. The words throught this issue gave me chills as Maw fills Thane with anguish and mistrust in that Avengers would fall and all would be lost for him. That for him to reach his full potential he must leave his life of a healer behind and accept his true legacy, his heritage, son of the tyrant who fell in love with death. Thane then does the unthinkable, right as all seems lost, and defeat is right there in front of the Avengers. Thane reveals his other power, in one hand death, in the other LIVING DEATH, and stops Thanos! I don’t really know what living death means, but it sounds cool, and looks cool!

The Good: The art is just downright gorgeous, Jim Cheung started this event with two guns a blazing, and finished it with smoke coming from the barrel. Hickman did nothing but provide the best of the best, and the monologue Ebony Maw has to Thane throughout this issue is simply brilliant.

The Bad: I’m gonna go ahead and say the only thing bad about this issue was that it ended, and it ended with so many questions unanswered and with more added. Of course its called infinity and with a name like that we should have all seen that coming, an event that left us with no ending only more beginnings.

The VerdictWhy everyone didn’t feel like there was any payoff at the end of this event please remember this is not a miniseries.This is a step in the direction Hickman wants to take the Avengers and honestly I am on board. I loved everything about this, I’m ready for what’s next! Pick every issue up, or wait for the trades, or the omnibus, however you can, read this story!

-JulesTrue

The Geeks of the Square Table Episode 13

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This week we cover a bit of The Walking Dead, Marvel Infinity event, and animation, among other things!

Episode 13

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Opinion: Comic Book Events – It’s Not Them, It’s Us!

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Comic book readers are a fickle bunch. We decry everything from cover prices to character resurrections with a degree of seething anger most times left for late night toe stubbing’s and gridlocked road rage. But we keep coming back for more! And so it is with the ever-present and much disparaged comic book crossover/tie-in/event. Flip through any issue of Previews for the past decade or so and you’ll see it. Walk into any comic book shop on a Wednesday morning and eventually you’ll hear it. It’s come by many names before; names like Civil War, Blackest Night, and Infinite Crisis; and has had other names more recently; like Infinity, Forever Evil, and Zero Year. Like them or not, events get a lot of negative talk from fanboys I’ve spoken with as well as those found across the internet, but there’s very little action backing it up. We love comic book events! At least, that’s what the sales figures show. Comichron.com tracks sales over time and the figures are clear. Comics Sold RiseBooks associated with an event of some kind or another are consistently in the top 5 each and every month, easily hitting the 100,000 copies sold milestone. Additionally, tie-in titles tend to get bumps in their sales the months they are tying-in, and overall comics’ sales drop in months with fewer or no event books. We’re definitely buying these books, but we’re still complaining the entire way. What gives?

The Premise

Let’s get some definitions out of the way first. There’s the Event. This is a new, stand-alone series that usually involves something major happening in a universe. Now, because these events are usually such epic affairs they entice publishers to include Tie-ins to the event. These are planets orbiting the center, so to speak, and may add a bit to the event but are not an integral part of the event itself. Then there is the Crossover, in Infinitywhich there are multiple, existing or new titles that must be read in order to fully enjoy or understand the overall story being told. However, it’s sometimes very difficult to differentiate between these three classes. For example, Marvel’s Infinity event is, by itself, an event book, and there are certainly crossover titles that may be deemed required reading, like Avengers and New Avengers, but there are also tie-ins, like Mighty Avengers. Battle of the Atom was a crossover through-and-through, but still had event style “bookend” chapters. Blackest Night, although solicited as a stand-alone event with a series of tie-ins, surely crossed-over to a great extent when the spotlight Rainbow Warrior Team itself got together within the pages of the, seemingly, tie-in title Green Lantern Corps. Trinity War took the whole thing a step further as that crossover was simply a prelude for an event, Forever Evil,Evil-Is-Relative-Teaser which may or may not include the required reading of the 9 or so title strong crossover story, Blight, and all of that is happening on the heels of Villain’s Month and another new Batman event that also may or may not be crossing-over or tying-in to other DC titles. Whew! The whole thing can be too damned much for a comic book reader, and that’s where all the griping comes in.

Like I said before, we’re a fickle bunch. We want the comics to be good, but even when they’re bad we want to be informed enough to properly bitch about it. Above that, we’re often times completeists who need to get each and every single book slapped with an event moniker, yet get offended when we are forced to buy them all to enjoy the particular story dominating the event, especially when it’s a crapshoot knowing witch books will, indeed, be integral. Above everything else, however, comic book geeks don’t want to be left out in the cold. They are compelled to be abreast of what is going on in the universes as a whole, not because it’s good or bad, but simply because it’s happening. Now, when all of this is coupled together you get a monster of a trend that feeds off of this incredibly fickle spirit of the comic book reader. Publishers market and sell events of all shapes, sizes and types as “universe-changing epics” and, whether they live up to the hype or not, readers will pick them up just to stay up-to-date. Fuel is added to the fire when, despite the event’s quality, the buzz is the same. In fact, a bad event may get a bigger buzz than a good event. Even more confusion is added to the overall picture when the overall quality and the “universe-changing” merits of the event differ so much from one event to the next. Good or bad, the industry is currently being driven by events, with the quality or continuity of the event having absolutely no impact on the popularity of the phenomenon.

The Promise

I’m not completely demonizing events, tie-ins and crossovers. There have been some great stories told in the pages of a lot of events that I wouldn’t want to trade. But there is a fascinating dichotomy found within the entire scope of the trend, and I’m honestly not sure there is a way to stop the ball from rolling at this point. Readers won’t want to miss out long enough to persuade publishers to change their methods, and as long as publishers are raking in the event cash they aren’t likely to move away from the style. All we can really do as readers is sit back and hope that the publishers do more good than bad. That’s not much consolation, MemeI know, but readers have to realize that as much as they enjoy griping about comic events, that griping isn’t translating into lower sales for events overall. So really, it’s not the publishers we should be blaming, it’s ourselves. By all accounts and according to sales figures, they’re giving their base exactly what they are asking for, even though that base seems to be asking for the exact opposite. So, it’s not really them, it’s us, but there’s nothing we can really do to change things, because, deep down, we don’t actually want to change.

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Issue #8

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #8
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Francesco Francavilla
INFINITY TIE-IN!
32 Pages
Rated: T
Price: $3.99

Since its return eight months or so ago Bendis’ Guardians has been a shot in the arm for Marvel Comics’ galactic offerings. Despite the overarching story having been put on the back burner because of the epic scale of Marvel’s current ongoing event Infinity, everything up until now feels like it could, in fact, have been part of Infinity from the event’s inception, but it’s unclear. This uncertainty, however, takes nothing away from the outright bash GoG is every time it hits the shelves.

The Good

Issue #8 sees our ragtag group of intergalactic adventurers neck deep in Thanos’ blockade of Earth, which doesn’t sit very well with Earthling and Guardians leader Peter Quill AKA Star-Lord. What happens next is a pages long series of dialogue among the members of the Guardians that excellently depicts the complex nature of their relationships with the subtlety that very few writers besides Brian Michael Bendis could pull off. It’s rare to see the dynamic of an entire team laid out and made apparent for readers in so few pages, and, despite being a long-time reader of the Guardians, it was a brilliant way to paint a picture for new readers who may be grabbing the book just because of the Infinity moniker across its top. The fight at The Peak, S.W.O.R.D.’s orbital HQ, was exciting and felt a lot like the typical space rescue mission seen over and over again in everything from Star Wars to Battlestar Gallactica, but was oh so nice to see in the pages of a comic. A character not seen, well, since the last issue of GoG makes for a bit of confusion, but was quite predictable and didn’t reduce the quality of the rest of the issue. Francavilla’s art is brilliant to behold, and his use of color puts the characters in low-lit space ships without seeming cheap or forced, adding a great balance to book.

The Bad

I’m not sure this issue will make a lot of sense to some readers. Anyone who has been reading only Infinity is going to miss out on many of the particulars of one of the most meaningful character interactions in the book, while anyone reading only Guardians of the Galaxy may have no clue as to what the hell Thanos is doing on Earth, making that entire plot-point all but irrelevant to the reader. The issue doesn’t do a lot to keep current readers holding on, but it makes the book very appealing for anyone jumping on through Infinity. The character reveal at the end was almost too predictable for Guardians readers, but newbies may find it more confusing than anything else. Although the art was amazing it felt uncharacteristically rushed in many places.

The Verdict

If you are enjoying Infinity and have been pondering the idea of adding Guardians to your monthly pull-list you may want to give issue 8 a shot. It’s got enough Infinity to stay interesting and does a great job of explaining the gist to new readers. This ish is by no means required reading for Infinity, and actually does very little to push the overall story forward, but acts as a good doorway for any would-be new readers. Fans of the Guardians themselves may want to skip issue 8 altogether. It’s more of a primer than anything that matters, and long-time fans may be bored with simply more of the same. But for readers with no knowledge of either the team or the event GoG issue 8 just doesn’t have a hook large enough to win them over. This is one of those tie-in issues that ties-in in hopes of attracting fans of the event who aren’t reading the title, and it works quite well in that capacity. Any other capacity, however, is left lacking.

Guess who’s back for a Marvel Review

That’s right fellow True Believers JulesTrue here with a full review of what I thought was best of Marvel this week. Normally I throw a few at you with some basics, but no this time I have two indepth review to go hand in hand!

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INFINITY PART FIVE OF SIX.

Writer: Jonathan Hickman

Artist: Jerome Opena, Dustin Weaver

Price: 3.99

The tides have turned and the builders begin to lose as worlds fight back under the Avengers Banner. Cap’s call to arms again inspires whole worlds that what was a seemingly lost cause a reason to stand intstead of kneal to those who would call themselves masters. Just when all seems to be right, Cap is given the new “The Earth has fallen”. We slide back again to Ebony Maw as he presents himself to Thane, the new revealed son of Thanos, as he comes to grips with his loss as a healer and new found powers of death( Hickman’s beautiful poetic irony that the Thanos who is love with death would spawn a bring of death). And as if there wasn’t enough going on the Illumaniti now find Wakanda in ruins and Thanos forces at their base in Necropolis.

The Good: This issue is finally the first step in what the wake of Infinity will look like. The event leading to this issue was grim but this is the ray of light we have been waitng for to be shown. Thane finally becomes a character, as does the Maw, though both still remain shrouded we get glipses of whats to become of them. The Avengers finally get breath as to what the hell Thanos has been doing on Earth. The Illumanti really get back involved with whats going on. This issue is deep on the Sci-Fi, as has this entire event. The Art is intensely smashing Dustin Weaver and Jerome Opena graciously bob and weave throughout the issue and its just beautifully done.

The Not so Good: Its another stepping stone sort of issue. The build to what happens next. For some this issue may not be enough action.

Writing: 9/10

Art: 9/10    

Plot: 8/10

Final Verdict: BUY IT!

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Avengers #22  

Writer:Jonathan Hickman

Artist: Leinil Fracnis Yu

Price: 3.99                                                                                                                            

Cannonball and Smasher?! Who saw that coming, not even Sunspot. Who is extra bummed they’re hooking up, just kidding. Leaving off where Infinity 5 had started us, The Galatic Fleet now at Cap’s command begin to make their move against Thanos having beaten the Builders. This issue builds hard on what’s the Avengers next move in protecting earth. The next step in the plan? Attack on Titan. Sorry I couldn’t help myself. Thats right, mess with Earth and Cap will mess with your homeplanet, BOOM. White Dwarf gets to redeem himself as he leads what forces Thanos has in space against the Avengers. And the scene that steals the show. Captain America and Captain Marvel discuss fate and faith or the lack there of with the young Eden. The Captains make it very apparent there is only the here and now and what they make of it, while Thor shares his thoughts with Eden that he too belives in fate and that they were made it live for these moments and this is what they have waited to do their entire lives. Yes this is the Marvel event for Marvel readers through and through. It has everything, Space, Spaceknights, Avengers, The Whole expaned universe, and its not over yet! The issue ends just when you think its about to start.

The Good: You get a lot of answers in this issue. You see that the Builder fight really is over and what the Avengers plan to do about whats going on Earth. You also get to see whats been going on with some of those awesome characters you forgot were on this ridiculously big team. Lenil Francis Yu was born to draw eyes, and this issue his faces say so much more than the dialogue.

The Not So Good: Like Infinity 5, this issue is a major stepping stone on what is gonna happen next, so unless you’ve read every issue of this event you might feel like this book lacked in action.

Writing: 10/10

Art: 8/10

Plot: 9/10

Final Verdict: BUY IT!                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thats all for now my fellow Marvel Faithful, more to come from me on books this week. See ya next time -JulesTrue

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.

That’s all for now folks, Check out Weekly Rec on YouTube, and get a more well rounded set of review, meaning not just Marvel. Thank ya for your spare time and change- JulesTrue

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