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Armor Wars Comes to Secret Wars Battle World

Strap In & Suit Up For the WARZONES! of ARMOR WARS #1 This June!

This June, venture to a wondrous techno-utopia, with a dark and sinister secret in ARMOR WARS #1 – a new Secret Wars series! Eisner-award winning writer James Robinson and artist Marcio Takara show you the beauty technology can bring…and the horrors it can unleash!

Welcome to Technopolis, a shining beacon for all Battleworld to see. Full of science and wonder created at the hands of rival genius brothers – Tony Stark and Arno Stark. Yet shadows fall over this armored Utopia. A unique disease forces EVERYONE to wear armor just to live and breathe!

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Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: January 21st, 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: January 21st, 2015

Review: Superior Iron Man #3

Superior Iron Man #3This year I took a huge step away from Marvel Comics, dropping almost all of the publisher’s titles from my pull-list and adding almost none. One title that WAS added to that list, however, was Superior Iron Man, a twisted take on Tony Stark that I just could not bring myself to skip. As I said in my review of ish #1, I simply adore douchebag Iron Man. Issue #3 of Superior not only took everything that’s been established up a notch or two, but I’m certain that the creators read my ish #1 review, because every problem I had with the series in that earlier issue was addressed to perfection. In a title that is all about taking a risk with a dramatic character change, Taylor and Cinar are (finally) taking huge creative risks, and the result is a wildly rewarding payoff for readers. (NOTE: There will be spoilers!) Continue reading Review: Superior Iron Man #3

Review: Superior Iron Man #1

Superior_Iron_Man_1_Cinar_VariantMarvel’s AXIS is in full effect, and the heroes are villainous, the villains are heroic, with topsy-turvy being the staus quo du jour over at the House of Ideas. Although AXIS is still technically going on, we’re already getting a glimpse of some of the fallout in the aftermath of the event, and that’s pretty much where Superior Iron Man picks up. While there’s a bit of out-of-sequence spoilers that pretty much gives away the end of AXIS, I’m a huge fan of douche-bag Iron Man, and Tony is at his dickish best. There will be spoilers, but here’s our preview if you missed it.

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Prediction: Marvel’s Summer 2015 Teasers

Secret Wars 2015There isn’t any more comfortable form of transportation than a hype-train. You know, that fast-moving, rail-bending ramp-up to the next big comic book event? The Big 2 do it all the time, and nothing has been heavier with hype over the past few weeks than Marvel Comics’ series of Summer 2014 teasers. There are all sorts of rumors flying around the Internet, most of them overly imaginative; like a series of redo events, or a line-wide reboot; or underwhelming ‘been-there-done-thats’; like What If? stories; but I haven’t seen anyone apply what we know, put it into a context, and apply previous Marvel promotions to the current trend. It all makes for my own theory about the teasers, and it has nothing to do with an event, and everything to do with Jonathan Hickman, his Secret Wars and his Avengers.

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Marvel Shows Off New Superior Iron Man

Avengers NOW! is bringing a ton of changes to the Marvel U. While your Captains America and Thors may be interesting, changes to Iron Man are just plain old fun, and this one looks to be no different. Here’s the skinny.

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Review: Avengers #29

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

I’ve been a fan of Jonathan Hickman since I first bought The Nightly News, the writer’s 2006 breakout indy title, and I knew I was on to something. Since then I’ve bought just about everything the guy has written, I have yet to be disappointed, and that includes his amazing run on the premiere Avengers titles. Within the pages of those titles, Hickman has been weaving a high science fiction tale of recurring impending doom brought on by universal incursion after universal incursion centered on Earth. In the early issues of his New Avengers run, Hickman brought the Illuminati into this whole incursion scenario by having Captain America use the Infinity Gauntlet to stave off an impending universe, and then using the same weapon to destroy the gauntlet itself, including all the gems save the Time Gem. The rest of the cabal subsequently kicked Cap out of their little club because the other members knew he couldn’t make the hard choice, namely destroy an entire universe and every living thing in it. So, Doc Strange wiped Cap’s memories, and the universe demolishing continued. Marvel’s latest blockbuster event Original Sin, however, presents a great opportunity for some high drama, as Tony Stark’s secrets come back to haunt him. Captain America remembers!

The Good

I have to admit, I wasn’t expecting much going into this issue. It’s just another tie-in to another Marvel event. So I was pleasantly surprised at how great a book it was. We open with Cap asleep in bed, dreaming of his erased past memories as a member of the Illuminati, the destruction of an entire universe, and the disappearance of the Infinity Gauntlet. This acts as a great way to give readers the whole back-story of Cap’s removal from the Illuminati, as well as a creative method of showing Cap regaining those very difficult memories. His friends, including his best friend, have been lying to him for months, and went as far as erasing the man’s memories. Needless to say, Cap is pissed! He gathers Black Widow and Hawkeye on his way to question Tony face to face, with Thor, Hyperion, and Star Brand meeting up with them later…yeah, Cap brought his biggest guns with him. It really helped communicate just how important this issue is to Cap, and was also a great example of the trust Cap has earned with his allies as they accompany him to confront Iron Man without hesitation. The dialogue between Steve and Tony is spot-on, despite having seen this same brother vs. brother fight so many times before, and Tony’s reveal that Cap’s team of heavy hitters is surrounded by hundreds of suits of armor makes for a terrific fight. While the return of the Time Gem last page reveal came completely out of left field, it wasn’t quite out of place, but the true greatness of this ish was the way Hickman showed the dichotomy between Iron Man and Captain America when it comes to dealing with the universal incursion threat. Leinil Francis Yu is a modern day master, and his artwork was the perfect accompaniment to this gripping tale of betrayal and moral ambiguity.

The Bad

Hickman’s universal incursion story that he’s been spinning within the pages of his Avengers titles was already enormous and complex. With an infinite number of universes, rogue planets from the future, and universe destroying species of all sorts it was already difficult to follow the story sometimes. By the end of this issue #29, however, we’re sent 50 years into the future, presumably due to an exploding Time Gem, adding another layer of WTF? to the entire landscape. I’m all for big stories that take chances with an epic scope, but it may be getting a bit too much. I also had some problems with the whole Tony Stark vs. Steve Rogers morality tale angle that we’ve seen so many times before. It felt way too close to Civil War, Disassembled, and every other time Iron Man and Cap disagreed on how to be a hero.

The Verdict

The Original Sin event has given Marvel the chance to tell some interesting untold stories from Marvel’s past, and, according to the tie-in solicits, that’s the majority of what we’re going to get. The same spider that bit Peter bit someone else, Thor and Loki have a sister, Iron Man and Hulk have some old-school beef, Professor Xavier left a last will and testament, among other things…and we simply had no idea it happened? Yeah, I’m not buying it! But this Avengers #29 tie-in dealt with the whole original sin premise echoing throughout the Marvel Universe in a way that works in current continuity and does so in brilliant fashion. If the rest of the Original Sin tie-in books are half as good as this one it’s going to be a great summer. And Hickman’s entire universal incursion story-line continues to twist and turn with each and every Avengers issue he writes, with a hard left-turn careening off the rails by the last panel of this issue.

Story: 4 Out of 5
Art: 4.5 Out of 5
Overall: 4.5 Out of 5

Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot: Comic Book Bureaucrats

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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.

Power, esteem, respect, a cushy office and power! There’s nothing quite like a government job for security, authority and maybe doing some good in the world. Perks? Those aren’t perks; those are the tools of the trade, just like manipulation, charisma and outright dictatorship! Elected, appointed, stolen. It doesn’t really matter. The agenda? Usually it’s purely for personal gain, dressed in the guise of freedom, equality and safety. Either way, these are the Kings and Knights on the Chess Board of life who just love making the Pawns do their bidding. Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely, and we absolutely power our way through a Top o’ the Lot featuring a who’s-who of bureaucratic blatherskites blustering blatantly buggy banter. We tell you one and one makes three because I’m. The. Cult. Of. Per. Son. Al. Ity. in Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot: Comic Book Bureaucrats.

Honorable Mention: Dr. DoomDr. Doom

I wasn’t sure if iron-fisted dictatorship qualifies as bureaucracy, but I don’t care. Latveria is a Utopia under Doom’s benevolent rule…benevolent, that is, as long as you agree with whatever Doom says. Now that’s streamlined efficiency any bureaucrat could appreciate. There are no lines at the Doomstadt DMVs. Hey, just sayin’. Doom squeezes in just because he IS the red tape, and the epitome of what every other bureaucrat in the Lot believes themselves to be. Well, all but one.

5: Mitchell Hundred

MitchellHundred1Ex Machina wasn’t your typical comic book offering, and the most appealing parts of the title weren’t the super-heroics (although they were quite fun!), it was the political intrigue. Mayor Hundred wanted to do some real good for his city without hiding behind a mask, and the political ploys and tricks he used made for a great piece of graphic literature. Mayor Mitchell Hundred is a hell of a politician, which is the only thing that gets him into the Lot at all, but, deep down, he’s a really good man, which makes me like him way too much to call him out as a stereotypical bureaucrat. There’s other NYC mayors for that.

4: J. Jonah Jameson

Like Peter Parker didn’t have it bad enough time working at his paying gig snapping pics for Triple J, things elevated to a whole new level when Spidey’s JJJ2biggest critic became New York City’s top dog. The Anti-Spider Squad was soon created and everyone’s favorite friendly neighborhood web-slinger had one more pain in the ass to add to the monthly butt-kickings. The tides may be turning a bit as Spidey’s Superior counterpart has been putting Mayor Jameson in his place, but there’s no telling what Ultimate end Jonah will have to his political career (pun intended), because two Spidey’s swinging around NYC may be more than one mayor can handle.

3: Tony Stark, Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.

IronmanFor a few brief months, between the events of Marvel’s Civil War and their Secret Invasion, Tony Stark was put in charge of the world’s most advanced and intrusive international espionage and action organization. And, man, was he a dick about the whole thing! It was Ironman’s way or the highway as Tony established teams of Avengers in all 50 States in the failed Initiative, opened a school to train young heroes that still exists to supply fodder for Avenger’s Arena’s Murder World, and transferred government funds to his own corporation in the form of no-bid contracts. But I’m sure a solid gold Heli-Carrier was a necessary expenditure. Proof that a good businessman doesn’t always make for a good politician (are you listening, Trump?), Stark did such a terrible job that he was replaced by…wait for it…Norman Osbourne! Tony may have been a mislead ideologue in his own right, but he’s got nothing on the next red-taper in the Lot. A good bureaucrat knows how to rile up a crowd and gain support, and nothing riles up the base like some good old-fashioned fear.Gold Hellicarrier

2: Senator Robert Kelly

“I stand in the shadow of a man who said a house divided against itself cannot stand. I stand in the shadow of a man for whom the preservation of the union — and the ideals and hopes and freedoms for which it stands — was worth any price, even his own life. Now, as then, this land we love faces a clear and present danger, to its liberty and its future. For Abraham Lincoln, the challenge was slavery. For us, on this cusp of the 21st century, it is mutants!”

SenatorKelly1Yeah, Kelly said that! He turned the inherently racial issue of slavery into a call to action for injustice against a different race! It wasn’t only a brilliant piece of storytelling thanks to legends Chris Claremont and John Byrne, but it stands as an identifying example of real-world social conflict. Looking back it seems a bit cheap taking the stereotypical fear-mongering political bureaucrat to a factor of asshole, but Senator Kelly worked as both the villain and the hapless patsy; just like a good bureaucrat. I wouldn’t mind seeing a return of this sort of political story in the current X-Titles, but Senator Kelly’s way with words back in the day give him the second spot in the Top o’ this Lot. While Kelly ran for the job of top U.S. bureaucrat, the character in the Top spot o’ the Lot made the Oval Office his bitch!

1: President Lex Luthor

President LuthorFirst he all but destroys Gotham City, and then runs on a platform that decries the current administration’s handling of Gotham City’s destruction! If that’s not the work of the most brilliant bureaucrat I have more. Luthor pulls a Kryptonite asteroid toward the Earth, blames Superman for it, and most of the planet believes him, including a team of heroes that he sends to kill Batman and Superman! He allowed alien invasions to occur just to sell more LexCorp weapons. He only served three years, but, oh, they were a grand few, and if it wasn’t for those pesky Tights and Capes who knows how great America could have been? Anyone currently reading DC’s Forever Evil cannot argue that Lex was right!

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Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot: Avengers Without Superpowers

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.

It can’t be easy. With names like Thor, Hulk and The Scarlet Witch sharing bunk space in the Mansion or Tower, having absolutely no superpowers at all has to be a bitch. Getting stuck as third base coach at the annual X-Men/Avengers softball game is bad enough without super-powered tolerance to alcohol meaning there’s NEVER a beer left in the fridge. While the Avenger’s roster makes for a who’s who of flying, shield hurdling, hammer tossing super-folk, OG sifts through to the trivial, and gets to the goods in this week’s Top o’ the Lot: Avengers Without Superpowers.

Honorable Mention: Stingray

StingrayStingray’s story is your basic affair. Genius oceanographer designs and wears underwater battlesuit to study and protect the ocean. Dr. Walter Newell had a whole slew of Silver Age adventures with everyone from Namor to Hulk, but didn’t really come to the attention of the Avengers until Stingray’s ocean headquarters, Hydro-Base (catchy, I know) became a convenient place for the Avengers to have some water adventures. Reserve status and an opportune HQ aside, Stingray barely makes the Lot just for being a bit different, and the pickings were slim. But don’t feel sorry for him…

5. Swordsmanswordsman

It may have been an on-again/off-again relationship, but Jacques Duquesne, Swordsman, made for some early Avengers comics intrigue back in the day. Was he on the Mandarin’s side? Was he on the Avengers’ side? Was he on his own side? It was kind of all three, but the Avengers finally won Swordsman over. Personally, I think it was the ladies that finally persuaded him. They don’t call him “Swordsman” for nothing. A really big sword and no superpowers to speak of put Swordsman into of the Top o’ the Lot, but just the tip.

4. James “Rhodey” Rhodes/ War Machine

war_machine1Rhodey wasn’t just Tony Stark’s go-to guy for covering a shift as Ironman after an all-night binger, James Rhodes paved his own way when he donned the War Machine armor and joined the West Coast branch of the Avengers. Although the Ironman flicks have made him a household name, and he’s even getting a brand new comic series come early 2014, I’ll always remember Rhodey as the Ironman nobody wanted. Who’d a thought he’d end up being as cool as War Machine ended being? Not this guy, but the new Iron Patriot overcompensates for something, and ends up smack dab in the Top o’ the Lot.

3. Mockingbird

mockingbirdBarbara Morse gets left out of the discussion far too often, but Mockingbird was one half of the romantic duo that made the West Coast Avengers a thing. Maybe her better half got more of the attention, but the Hawkeye/Mockingbird relationship was one of the first real relationships I remember getting in on back in the day. Yeah, I know she got some Super-Soldier Serum treatment along the way, but the Lot is slanted and biased for a reason, and Mockingbird gets the center spot in the Top.

2. Hawkeye

hawkeyeHe may be the quintessential Marvel hero without powers, but not on my list. Despite my own feelings, it’s an easy argument to make for Clint Barton to be at the Top. Does it matter that he wears purple? No. Does it matter that his choice of weapon is ancient? Nuh-uh. Does it matter that he’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer? Well, yeah, it does on this list anyways, but the mass appeal of Hawkeye just cannot be denied! Pick your version: The Avengers movie, Ultimate Universe, regular 616. The guy is just plain old cool no matter your preference. The guy never misses, except this time, when he misses the top spot in the Top o’ the Lot.

1. Iron Man

IronmanIron Man isn’t just the most recognized Avengers, and the richest, and the one with the coolest toys, but he’s got the entire package. Genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist; even if you take all that stuff away, Tony Stark is a deep, troubled and intriguing character. He’s been the outcast drunkard, the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and everything in between. There’s nothing he hasn’t done, and nothing he can do if he just had a day or two to work it out. While it pales in comparison to Batman’s 15 minutes to solve any problem (yeah, you knew Batman was going to show up in a Lot about heroes without powers) it’s still enough to put Iron Man at the very Top o’ the Lot of Avengers without powers.

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