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Marvel Announces the ‘Last Days’ of Several Titles

The LAST DAYS Begin This May!

‘Loki: Agent of Asgard’, ‘Magneto’ & ‘Captain America & The Mighty Avengers’ Begin Their LAST DAYS Story Arcs!

The skies fracture. The ground trembles. The end of all they know is coming. Heroes, Gods of Mischief and Masters of Magnetism who have faced annihilation more times than they could count and walked away. Only this time, there is no walking away. Today, Marvel is pleased to present the first issues of three blockbuster LAST DAYS stories, leading in to the highly-anticipated Secret Wars. Beginning in May, be there as your favorite Marvel heroes face their final hours, and the obliteration of the Marvel Universe! Continue reading Marvel Announces the ‘Last Days’ of Several Titles

COVERED: December 24th, 2014

Sometimes you just want to see hot comic book shelf porn. Well, we’ve got you COVERED! Here’s the best comic book covers of the week. Continue reading COVERED: December 24th, 2014

Ultimately the Best Choice

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Now I know what you are thinking, who cares about Ultimate Marvel? Well for one JulesTrue does, and I’m here to let you know it’s pretty frickin awesome if you give it a chance. Once a week I’m gonna hit you with a story arc from the Ultimate Marvel Universe starting from the beginning. I’ll spotlight on whats brilliant, what’s not so brilliant, and what might be a good idea for the 616!

This time I’m diving into the second title to join the Ultimate Universe! The Success of the recently launched Ultimate Spider-Man gave the folks at Marvel a hunch they were onto something. The whole translation of classic characters into the modern age seeing how they would cope in this new digital age was brilliant. So they figured which characters would translate just as well for a whole new generation of readers. Well the answer was easy especially since the success of Fox’s X-Men movie which had created a big buzz around the characters once again. However as we all no there isn’t exactly an easy jumping on point for the Children of the Atom. So Marvel did the next best thing to rebooting the X-Men and created the Ultimate X-Men!. From the  Creative powers of Mark Millar, Adam and Andy Kubert!

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DO YOU KNOW THIS AVENGER?!

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Thats right folks the segment you didn’t even know you missed is back! JulesTrue is back in action folks and I’m here to bring you the goods! As we all know Earth’s Mightiest Heroes has quite the roster, and you may not know everyone who’s filled that roster. Well thankfully I do! From East Coast to West Coast. From Secret to Uncanny. I’ll be bringing them to you every week right here on OUTRIGHT GEEKERY!

I figured since I’m just jumping back in the saddle I’d see if you were paying attention which an Avenger many of you should recognize. An Avenger who just recently made his silver screen debut alongside some X-Men. Son of a very famous villain, a member of a once cooky quartet, and twin of a very wicked witch! This week I have the Silver Speedster himself!

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QUICKSILVER

Pietro Maximoff and his twin sister, Wanda, were born in Wundagore in the nation of Transia. Wundagore a science city where the High Evolutionary held his genetic experiements. Wundagore stood high in the mountains so those the scientist who lived their could experiment away from the outside world. Their mother, Magda, was terrified of their father might find them. After the children were born Madga fled leaving the children with her midwife Bova. Bova was a genetically engineered cow. Magda walked out in to the could snow of the mountains to die, terrified of what her husband would do if he found her and
their children.

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The High Evolutionary decided to step in seeing that Bova could not raise the children and agreed to find foster parents. Django and Marya Maximoff were chosen. A gypsy couple who had wandered through into the mountains having just lost their own twins. As kids Pietro and his sister Wanda travel around a lot. Their foster father Django would steal food constantly to help feed them. At the time Pietro’s powers began to manifest. Just when things seemed to be going well, villagers Django had been stealing from grew angered by his actions and attacked the gypsy camp! Pietro grabbed his sister and used his super speed to get them out of there.

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They would spend the next several years living off the land and trying to control their powers. Pietro had an easier time understanding and controlling his powers than his sister. Wanda had a stroke of bad luck using hexes to control her powers and would occasionally destroy things on accident.  Pretty soon she gained a reputation through the countryside and people believed her to be a witch. Pietro did all he could to protect his sister but soon found himself overwhelmed by the amount of people trying to hurt them. While facing down a mob of angry villagers the leader of the Brotherhood of Mutant, Magneto, saved the twins. Magneto offered them refuge with the Brotherhood, costumed, and named them Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch!

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Quicksilver then spent the next period of his life as a member of the the Brotherhood of Mutants.  Quicksilver felt he had an obligation to serve Magneto for saving him and his sister, even if he disagreed with some of Magneto’s ideas. Quicksilver soon become a constant frontrunner in the Brotherhood’s campaigns against humanity utilizing his superspeed to finish jobs quickly! Famously aided the Brotherhood in their early battles against the Orignal X-Men!

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After Magneto was defeated at the hands of the mysterious alien The Stranger, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch quit the Brotherhood of Mutants. The twins for a time sough refuge in Transia once again. When they heard Captain America was seeking recruits for a new Avengers team, Quicksilver convinced his sister that they should join the team. Quicksilver saw salvation for what they had down with the Brotherhood in working for the Avengers. Cap accepted Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch into the Avengers. Alongside Hawkeye the four of them became known as the “Kooky Quartet”.

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Now we could end it here since Quicksilver would pretty much remain an Avenger off and on for the rest of his hero career, well his on X-Factor now but really he still works for the Avengers. However I can’t skip a vital part of the story that happens shortly after he marries Crystal of the Inhumans. Thats right Quicksilver married Crystal not Johnny Storm( The Human Torch, but you knew that). After the birth of his daughter Luna, Quicksilver learns his real father in none other that the Master of Magnetism himself. The man who saved them that fateful day and named him Quicksilver! Thats right Magneto is Quicksilver’s father! BAM! Bet you didn’t see that coming. Far more shocking then Luke and Vader!

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Quicksilver Joined the Avengers in Vol 1 #16!
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Mutant of the Moment: Magneto

Magneto1Mutant Name: Magneto

Real Name: Max Eisenhardt

Notable Aliases: Magnus, Erik Magnus Lehnsherr, The Master of Magnetism

First Appearance: X-Men #1 (1963)

Background: Magneto has been everything from Mutant Activist, to terrorist, to Mutant Savior, and just about everything in-between. As leader of the Brotherhood of Mutants, Magneto led the fight for Mutant Rights the only way he knew how. Driven by his past experiences as a Nazi prisoner during WWII, Magneto knew that humans would never accept their kind, and that violent force was the only answer to violent force. This drive continues to push Magneto in the present, as The Master of Magnetism has become a one-man X-Force.

Why He Matter Right Now: As seen in the pages of Magneto by writer Cullen Bunn and artist Gabriel Hernandez Walta, Magneto has once again taken it upon himself to eliminate possible threats to the Mutant race before those threats take action. In just the last few months Magneto has been responsible for the destruction of a secret Sentinel factory, the freeing of a busload of kidnapped mutant teenagers, and the deaths of several dozen mutants-hating religious zealots known as the Purifiers. A loner at heart, reports that Magneto has recently found aid in his conquest only adds to the questions surrounding this long-time villain, turned hero, turned Mutant terrorist.

Review: Magneto #4

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MAGNETO #3
CULLEN BUNN (WRITER) • GABRIEL HERNANDEZ WALTA (ARTIST)
Cover by DECLAN SHALVEY
“PROFILE OF A SUPREMACIST”
• In the most brutal issue yet of this new noir/horror series, Magneto ruthlessly dismantles the latest threat to mutantkind…
• …and we gain a greater understanding of why his mission is so important to him.
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

When this book debuted a couple of months ago I was really on the fence about picking it up. For one thing, I’m not a big fan of X-Men solo books. The X-Men are a team, and that’s where they thrive. I’m also not a huge fan of Cullen Bunn, although it’s really nothing I can put my finger on. On the other hand, coming off the heels of Avengers vs. X-Men and the early event of Bendis’ Uncanny X-Men, Magneto waffled back to his original villain stature and had some pretty intriguing potential. Thankfully, this slow-burn of a character introspective has been entertaining and different than anything else Marvel is currently putting out.

The Good

For all intents and purposes, Magneto has become a one-man X-Force of the Marvel Universe; a wetworks assassin dealing with threats to mutantkind before those threats act. And it’s been brutally fun and violently disturbing. Bunn has been building a story in the first 3 issues that shows where Magneto is mentally through present-day carnage and past moments of the Master of Magnetism’s life, and issue 4 keeps with that trend. We find Magneto investigating a busload of mutant children, leading him to a Purifier camp, and subsequently killing everyone there, with this plot-line being told next to Magneto traveling to a secluded hideout where he’s kept a record of names of mutants killed by the dangers he seeks to end. It’s been a violent, revenge-filled look into the current state of one of Marvel’s most recognizable and favorite mutants, and it’s quite different from anything else Marvel is currently publishing. Fernandez does great work on the art for the tone of this book, and his noir style is a good addition to the title. It’s a dark, gritty, violent, and disturbing look at Magneto in his newish Punisher persona. But it’s been wash, rinse, repeat for 4 issues now.

The Bad

How much of a good thing is too much? Four issues. While I understand the slow build Bunn is cooking in this book, 4 issues of the same thing is getting a bit tiring. Although it’s still intriguing reading, the title has yet to establish an overarching direction for the title despite an exploration of Magneto’s current state, which has easily been communicated to the audience by now. Magneto #4 was a fantastic book, but I don’t want to read it yet again in issue #5.

The Verdict

This new take on Magneto as a Punisher-style vigilante has been a refreshingly fun and different sort of comic book, and issue #4 was just as enjoyable as the beginning of this series. While the slow-build is getting a bit old, and things will have to change for ish #5 to not be my last, it takes nothing away from issue #4 of Magneto being a terrific comic book. The pace, the tone, the direction, the art style, and characterizations are all spot-on, and this new and terrifying menace of a Magneto is just really fun to see.

Story: 4 Out 5
Art: 4 Out 5
Overall: 4 Out 5

Review: Uncanny X-Men #16

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UNCANNY X-MEN #16
Writer: BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Artist: CHRIS BACHALO
32 PGS.
Rated T+
$3.99

Where’s Magneto? It’s a a pretty pertinent question for Cyclops’ team of Uncanny X-Men since…well, as Cyclops put it, “He’s never been gone this long before.” Well, Mr. Summers, good old Magneto is getting his own, long-overdue, solo title, and, as always, that requires a bit of a setup, and what better place to do that than in Magneto’s last book, Uncanny X-Men? And where better to begin an exploration of Magneto’s All-New status quo than taking a brief glimpse into Magneto’s old status quo? And the best part of it is, Magneto’s agenda, despite his recent history, has never really changed.

The Good

Brian Michael Bendis does a great job of utilizing several of the elements he’s been building on for 15 issues. While readers already knew Dazzler’s secret, and Mystique’s secret, is was nice to see those secrets come out in some important fashion. This ish also let readers in on exactly what Mystique had up her sleeve with the whole buying of Madripoor deal, and her reveal to Magneto about her “New Mutant Nation” came off as an estranged child seeking prideful approval from an often disappointed father figure. The entire scene was very rewarding for readers, and did a great job of setting up Magneto’s solo title by establishing one very simple fact about Magneto: He’s not yet given up on his dream of a world dominated by mutants. After his character became bogged down in the whole of the events of Marvel’s X-Verse, including everything from Schism, Avengers vs. X-Men, and since, it’s nice to see that Magneto is still the idealistic anti-villain we fell in love with in the first place. As always, Chris Bachalo is as on point with the art as any creator in the industry. When his unique pencils aren’t the highlight of a page, his style ends up stealing the show.

The Bad

Yes, the name “Uncanny X-Men” may appear on the title of this comic, and although that team of mutants DOES appear briefly in the ish, this it NOT an X-Men book; it’s a Magneto book. While I usually wouldn’t gripe about that fact simply because Magneto is one of my favs, it’s more than bit bittersweet. With Magneto getting his own solo title, coupled with the tone of his absence from the New Xavier School, it probably means he won’t be appearing in Uncanny X-Men for the foreseeable future, which is terrible. Magneto getting his own title is definitely positive, especially considering the quality of this issue, however, with Cullen Bunn on writing duties for the Magneto solo book, I’m certain the quality and style presented in this issue of Uncanny X-Men will not translate. I am not saying that Cullen Bunn is a bad writer, but he is in no way on par with Bendis in quality or style, and this single Magneto-centric issue in no way signifies how good the Magneto book will be. This wouldn’t be a problem had Marvel not suggested otherwise in a last panel solicit for the new title.

The Verdict

Despite this ish of Uncanny X-Men having next to nothing to do with the Uncanny X-Men, and despite it coming off as an inaccurate precursor to something completely different, issue #16 was pretty good. I was entertained throughout by both the story and the art, and, while the ending left me eye-rolling due to the obvious marketing ploys, it’s what a good comic book is supposed to be. If you’ve been reading Uncanny X-Men this ish isn’t going to do much for you, but if you’ve been contemplating giving the new Magneto title a go you should go get this. I’m sure Bendis is going to use Dazzler’s secret, Mystique’s secret, and Madripoor a lot more in this run, and Magneto’s current standing in Marvel’s X-Verse needed a quick refresher prior to the release of that new book. All in all this issue did everything you want a comic book to do, did everything Marvel wanted this comic book to do, and offers a great opportunity for X-Fans to get into a title starring one of the most-beloved mutants of all time. Go pick it up.