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Preview Star Wars #7

The Secret History of Ben Kenobi Revealed in STAR WARS #7!

This July, experience a very special issue of the blockbuster Star Wars series as special guest artist Simone Bianchi (Thanos Rising, Astonishing X-Men) joins chart-topping writer Jason Aaron for a look back into the past with STAR WARS #7! Luke Skywalker has uncovered the journals of his departed mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi. Now, experience Kenobi’s harrowing accounts of days long gone by! It is a time when injustice reigned on Tattooine. As villainous scum runs rampant over the blistering sands, only a Jedi Master stands any hope of liberating the planet from the grasp of gangs, thieves and thugs. But would Ben risk everything to do what was right? Even if it meant revealing himself to those searching for his whereabouts? Find out this July as Aaron & Bianchi bring you STAR WARS #7! Continue reading Preview Star Wars #7

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Preview: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #16.1

SPIRAL Begins Here – Your First Look at
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN#16.1!
Spider-Man Legend Gerry Conway Returns For
All-New Spider-Man Story!

Peter Parker may be back from Spider-Verse, but his troubles are far from over! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look inside AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #16.1, the first chapter of SPIRAL! One of the most celebrated Spider-Man writers of all-time, Gerry Conway returns to the webhead alongside blockbuster artist Carlo Barberi for an all-new tale of crime and corruption in the dark corners of the Marvel Universe. That’s right, the man who brought you some of the most shocking and iconic Spidey stories in history returns for a new story that’s sure to be no exception! Continue reading Preview: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #16.1

Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: July 9th, 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. What are you looking forward to reading this week?


Jules: Death Vigil #1

STJEPAN SEJIC! Easily one of my favorite artist of Witchblade is back with a brand new miniseries on Image! Gifted? Join the Death Vigil in their ongoing war against the ever-growing power of the Primordial Enemy! The only catch is you have to die first. Become a corporeal immortal Death Knight and obtain reality-altering weaponry in the never-ending battle between good and evil. I’m intrigued and ready to pick it up are you?

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DEATH VIGIL #1 (of 8)
story / art / cover: STJEPAN SEJIC
JULY 9 / 48 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99
Forty pages of story and art in this contemporary fantasy adventure series written and painted by STJEPAN SEJIC. Gifted? Join the Death Vigil in their ongoing war against the ever-growing power of the Primordial Enemy! The only catch is you have to die first. Become a corporeal immortal Death Knight and obtain reality-altering weaponry in the never-ending battle between good and evil.


Taylor: Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm #1 (or Original Sins 5.1 or whatever)

As an unabashed fan of Thor, I’ve got a keen interest in this story, which aims to introduce a fairly major change to the status quo. Introducing Angela as Thor’s sister could be either a great or a terrible idea, and this initial story will go a long way in determining which. In any event, I have a great deal of trust in Jason Aaron, and Al Ewing has been solid on the Loki book, so it’ll be interesting to see how this collaboration works out.

Original Sin 5.1

THOR & LOKI: THE TENTH REALM #1 (of 5)
Writers: Jason Aaron/Al Ewing
Artist: Simone Bianchi

• Thanks to the events of ORIGINAL SIN, the deepest secret of the Nine Realms is revealed… a Tenth Realm!

• Thor and Loki embark on a quest to discover this strange new world — and the sister Thor never knew he had… Angela!

• But can Loki be trusted? And will brother and sister murder each other before the truth comes out?


Christian: Detective Comics #33

With Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato on this title I knew the art was going to be amazing, but it’s truly surprising that the Icarus story-arc in the current run of Detective Comics is just a wonderful Batman story. With all the Bat-family showing up in Batman Eternal, and Batman proper being a tale of old, I’m really happy that there’s still a Batman book that just stars Batman in a fun adventure.

Detective Comics 33

DETECTIVE COMICS #33
Written by FRANCIS MANAPUL and BRIAN BUCCELLATO
Art and cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
BATMAN 75 variant cover
1:25 variant cover by TONY MOORE
On sale JULY 2 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
In “Icarus” part four, Batman must contend with a gang war between The Squid and the Kings of the Sun before it consumes all of Gotham City! But can even the World’s Greatest Detective defuse a blood feud that’s about to go nuclear?


Gaumer: All-New X-Men #29

It’s a light week for me, but there are still plenty of gems in my stack. Despite great potential in Original Sin #5.1 and amazing art in Detective Comics #33, I’m most looking forward to the siege of the New Xavier School continue in All-New X-Men. Bendis is teetering on the brink of a cliff of time-traveling tropes, and whether he makes it across or falls off the edge, it’s going to be interesting.

All-New X-Men 29

ALL-NEW X-MEN #29
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (WRITER)
STUART IMMONEN (ARTIST)
Issue #29 – GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY ARTIST VARIANT ALSO AVAILABLE
• Past, present and future collide as the Future Brotherhood exacts their final judgment on the All-New X-Men.
• Plus, Angel takes control!
32 PGS. Rated T …$3.99


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

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Re-Review: New Avengers #15

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New Avengers #15

Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Simone Bianchi

Disagreements are big part of geekdom. Which Enterprise Captain was the best? Who is the best Doctor? Marvel vs. DC? Batman vs. Superman? These disagreements are almost as important as the things disagreed on. Since Outright Geekery is all about adhering to the awesome, arrogance of arguing an attitude, when we see something we disagree with we should, nay, are obligated to speak up in outrage. This is a Re-Review!

Last week we got a review for New Avengers #15 from Outright Geekery’s resident Marvel Zombie, and it seemed to me that the House of Ideas undead purification may have glazed his eyes and twisted his senses a bit. There may have been a few redeeming moments in Jonathan Hickman and Simone Bianchi’s next chapter in an ongoing science experiment, but not nearly enough to save the book from being quite forgettable.

The Good

Hickman has spun a tale of the infinite multiverse that has allowed for some truly fun looks into alternate versions of characters. This issue open on one of those alternate Illuminati talking about Reed Richard’s miracle machine. You know, the one that first allowed Reed to enter a pocket universe in Hickman’s Fantastic Four run, and then was used by the Illuminati to watch other universes like Cinemax? Well, it can now look into the past of these other universes, like Cinemax on DVR. The science was explained very nicely, and that aspect of the title overall has been great, but, alas, is the only redeeming element of this issue.

The Bad

Where to begin? Bianchi’s art may not be my cup o’ tea, but it’s not just taste that ruins this artwork. Some panels seem rushed, while others are full of finer details, and, although I completely understand how artists can draw Beast differently from book to book, Bianchi draws the Beast, and many of the other characters, differently from panel to panel in this ish. The inconsistency is terrible. Hickman’s writing is good, and he’s definitely building on an epic landscape that is sure to be great once the bigger picture is made more apparent, but New Avengers #15 trudges through a mire of boring that leaves the reader wanting. Half of the issue is spent explaining how a piece of science works, with Reed and Beast teaching Tony (which is only believable due to this being an alternate universe, but feels equally worthless to the 616 version of the Illuminati we actually care about), then the issue goes into using that newly discovered science to give readers some background on the character Black Swan, which only reinforces that she’s a total bitch, something readers pretty much already knew, and the issue ends with the reveal that Terrax has been giving Black Swan advice, which, again, we already pretty much knew, with that “advice” being to do absolutely nothing instead of taking any action at all. I get that Black Swan did stuff in other universes, I get that she was maybe planning on doing something in the 616 universe, but this issue did nothing to make that entire aspect of the character more attractive as a bigger part of the epic Hickman is telling, and does more to ruin this single issue of a comic.

The Verdict

I get what this issue is; it’s a filler issue that’s building to something more; and that’s quite fine and good, if I was going to read New Avengers in trade. But I’m not, I’m reading them in single issues, and I want every issue to be good on its own, not just fertilizer on a garden that will bloom in the future. I have no doubt that what was being presented in this issue will be important down the road, and that will lead to an entertaining experience then, but this won’t be one of the issues in this epoch that will be looked at as entertaining all on its own.

Writing: 3 Out of 5
Art: 2 Out of 5
Overall: 2.5 Out of 5

Review: New Avengers #15

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New Avengers #15

Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Simone Bianchi

We continue where we last left the Illumaniti, looking through Mr. Fantastic’s bridge. Watching as other versions of them fall to the incursions that try to take their Earth from them. They begin to speculate that the gate is like a telescope when refined. That some of the alternate worlds are further from them. Like a star they have perished long before they laid eyes on them. That its these long since perished worlds are the ones they can learn from. Even more to the point that they can observe just how the Black Swan plays into all of this… What they fine is far worse than they could imagine.

The Good
While Simone Bianchi is not everyone’s cup of tea, I def would say on this title, its for me. Its very much a work of art in this issue. What more praise can a give Jonathan Hickman, other than this issue was absolutely brilliant. The twist at the end left my head spinning and called for me to reread the last couple of issues. It was there in front of me the entire time! Man I could not believe I didn’t see that. Yes I’m purposefully not spoiling it because you need to read this issue, and maybe take a look at the last few from after Infinity. There was a little goodie there the entire time.

The Bad
Gaumer really should have done this review because I’m surre he has a long list of things he found wrong with this issue. What I will say you have to be on your game on this issue. Its one of those if the last few aren’t super fresh in your head its a little confusing. Some readers may not appreciate it, I totally understand. Like I said reread if you have to, its awesome. Like I said before not everyone likes Simone Bianchi’s art and there are a few week panels which I will point out. It seemed rushed or lazy on details. It bothered me more the second time I read it.

The Verdict
This was an awesome rap up to this little arc on preparing us for just what Hickman is gonna throw at the Avengers. The stage is set for whats gonna be all sort of chaos and far worse than what Infinity brought for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. I have to say this has been for me the best title coming out of Marvel for the past year. i know you might not all agree with me on that, but its just plain DOPE!

It gets 4 Black Swans out of 5

Review: New Avengers #13

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New Avengers #13

Writer: Jonathan Hickman

Penciler: Simone Bianchi

Coming off the heels of what was in my opinion one of the best Marvel Events of all time. Last week we got Avengers aftermath issue, this week we got the New Avengers, *cough Illuminati* as the begin to understand just what the hell Black Swan was talking about in the last issue. Meanwhile on Earth-20229, a very epic alternate New Avengers, Pcough Illuminati* are dealing with an incursion far beyond anything they had faced, a group more powerful then the Builders/Engineers! As these New Avengers deal with their incursion, our New Avengers figure out a way to see all the incursions across the multiverse to better understand and handle just what is coming their way.

The Good

This issue was a good filler in what’s to come, all while not skimping out too much on the action. Jonathan Hickman really provides a night and day scenario between his two Avengers titles with a cookout after Infinity in Avengers, and the New Avengers planning on how they can better prep and understand just what something wicked this way comes. Simone Bianchi’s art was just gorgeous and fit brilliantly into what’s going on in the title. I loved that SPOILER ALERT….Jonathan Hickman brings back Mr. Fantastic’s bridge from his FF run, just perfecting timing on that.

The Bad

All being said and done, it was  hard to follow up Infinity so quickly and this issue really felt like Hickman getting his footing again as he pushes to bigger and better things. While I really like the next big villain he has for his Avengers I almost feel like it was too soon to display them in this issue having just had a cameo appearance in the end of the last issue. Also, and I know this is nit picking, why the hell was Beast catlike again, like hey he went through that change in All-New and everyone has been good about maintaining that consistently but was Simone Bianchi, like naw, I like cat-Beast? Whatever.

The Verdict

This issue was a great setup on what Hickman wants to do with his Avengers books, Infinity really was only the beginning as to where he will take these titles. Simone Biachi coming in and providing beautiful art, I really enjoyed all the character work, except for his Cat-Beast again? Overall just my kinda issue, Hickman being my kinda writer! I loved it I really did. If you haven’t touched Hickman’s run you’re truly missing out on probably the greatest Avengers run of all time. No joke. Its pure brilliance, and its honestly only begun. A must buy, put it in your hold box, grab the trades, if you’ve ever enjoyed the Avengers, Hickman has provided.