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Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: May 20th, 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: May 20th, 2015

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Absolute Evil Comes to the WARZONES! Your New Look at SQUADRON SINISTER #1

The Squadron is back! Bigger, better and more evil than ever! This June, the bad guys come out to play! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look at SQUADRON SINISTER #1 – an all-new Secret Wars series from writer Marc Guggenheim (Arrow Executive Producer) and artist Carlos Pacheco (Captain America). Continue reading Absolute Evil Comes to the WARZONES! Your New Look at SQUADRON SINISTER #1

Marvel Shows Off ‘Avengers’ #44 Final Issue Variant

Time Ran Out! Your First Look at the AVENGERS #44 FINAL ISSUE VARIANT!
Your First Look at Jim Cheung’s Variant Cover Available Exclusively Through the Marvel Exchange Program!

                                                                                                                                                       This April, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes face extinction. As Secret Wars and the final incursion looms, our heroes stand shoulder to shoulder for their cataclysmic end. Today, Marvel is pleased to present your look at superstar artist Jim Cheung’s FINAL ISSUE VARIANT to Avengers #44 – the last, epic issue! Continue reading Marvel Shows Off ‘Avengers’ #44 Final Issue Variant

Preview: Fantastic Four #642

The End is FOURever Begins in FANTASTIC FOUR #642!

This January, the countdown begins…and the end of Marvel’s first family is upon us in FANTASTIC FOUR #642 – the first chapter in The End is FOURever! Blockbuster writer James Robinson and artist Leonard Kirk’s epic endgame begins as the Invaders crash headlong into the Fantastic Four and the hunt for Reed Richards and the missing Future Foundation kids takes a dangerous turn! Meanwhile, the mastermind behind the systematic dismantling of the Fantastic Four reveals his ultimate plan. But how does Franklin Richards and his unchecked powers factor in? And why are Jim Hammond, Namor, All-New Captain America and Doc Green hunting the remaining members of the Fantastic Four? Nothing lasts forever. Don’t miss the beginning of the end this January in FANTASTIC FOUR #642! Continue reading Preview: Fantastic Four #642

Preview: AXIS #9

Who Lives? Who Dies? Who Remains Inverted?
Find Out in AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #9!

This December, the Earth-shattering finale to the biggest comic event of the year explodes into comic shops as heroes, villains and more collide in AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #9 – the epic conclusion! Blockbuster writer Rick Remender along with artists Jim Cheung, Terry Dodson and Leinil Yu bring heroes and villains to the brink for the finale of Act III: New World Disorder – and not everyone will make it back! Continue reading Preview: AXIS #9

Review: Avengers #35

Avengers #35AVENGERS #35
JONATHAN HICKMAN (WRITER) • JIM CHEUNG (ARTIST)
TIME RUNS OUT VARIANT ALSO AVAILABLE
Extra-sized issue!
• IN 8 MONTHS…TIME RUNS OUT!
40 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99

Despite my recent exodus from Marvel Comics for the rest of the year (article to follow soon) there’s still a few books I’m sticking with. She-Hulk and Black Widow are on thin ice, but way too good to drop, and Hickman’s Avengers and New Avengers is telling a story completely different than anything being told anywhere else. I’d be silly to drop those Avengers books and miss out on the whole Incursion thing going on. But the turn of events in the latest ish of Avengers honestly made me rethink just how dear these books are to me. Continue reading Review: Avengers #35

Review: Original Sin #0

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+ …4.99

“What we have here is, a failure to communicate.” Which was the way The Watcher was, has been, and, we thought, always would be. Even though he’s been around since the 1960’s, most modern-day readers just don’t know that much about Lee and Kirby’s Watcher, AKA Uatu. So, with a really big event revolving around the murder of the character on the horizon, Marvel decided that readers needed a reintroduction to Uatu. I give you, Original Sin #0.

The Good

Mark Waid is a wonderful writer, who really knows how to tell a good adventure tale, and also apply smooth and informative dialogue across a comic book page without it getting boring. There’s a whole lot of Nova in this ish, and even though I’m in no way a fan of the character, the new teenage Nova works for the “curious kid” concept they went with for this story. The crux of the tale, however, is nothing more than an abridged retelling of the Watcher’s origins, an insight on his powers, and a moment of growth for this new Nova, although seeing the Watcher speak was fun moment. Jim Cheung’s pencils are amazing, with Paco Medina’s backup stuff working well in context. The detail is brilliant, and there’s a two page spread in there that is almost worth the price of the entire book. The setup for the event overall, however, shined on only a single facet of the Watcher knowing the secrets of every single Marvel character; which is the primary focus of the Original Sin event; with Uatu’s backstory retelling being obviously necessary for new readers, but was really nothing new.

The Bad

First off, the art was spot on, and near perfect. But this story wasn’t worth the extra high-priced $4.99 cove price. A well-told Nova story camouflaged as a Watcher event, that turned out to be nothing more than a rehashed modern-day retelling from a 1960’s era Tales of Suspense. What little “new” information we were given was either about Nova, or about a character that is going to be shot dead in the next issue of this series, and the single facet of understanding was already well-established in the minutia of the Marvel-verse. Even as a primer for the event itself this book fails to excite readers for the next ish in any way. While I guess readers may come away from this book feeling closer to the Watcher than they did before reading it which would make his death more emotional, I just can’t see it and I seriously doubt that is the case.

The Verdict

Mark Waid tells a great story in this ish, but it’s about nothing that I didn’t already know or things I simply don’t care about. In the larger picture of this single ish being a start of an event, it also does nothing to get me excited about the event in any way despite attempting to make me have feels for Uatu, and if that ain’t happened in 50 years no single issue, not even a 40 page monster, is going to fix it. An overall disappointment to an event that I am actually looking forward to, although that anticipation is a bit less after reading this book.

Story: 1.5 Out of 5
Art: 4 Out 5
Overall:
2.5 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

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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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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