Again and again, Marvel sinks its teeth into our wallets, churning out “Earth Shattering”, “Mind Blowing”, or even “Status-Quo Shaking” event books (That was a small bit of sarcasm). This time around, we might actually be in for a story that feels planned out, doesn’t have an obvious conclusion, and won’t drag itself out for 6 extra months. If you are looking to prepare yourself for Secret Empire, I recommend reading Steve Rogers: Captain America 2016 as it’s the bare essentials you’ll need to start off this event. You could also look at my reviews of Issue 1 and Issue 4 if you don’t want to read the last 16 issues of the Captain America. I’ll avoid spoilers for this issue, as I’ve seen a few people posting major ones online i just want to talk about the story in a broader sense rather than just showing you what happens. But be prepared for me to talk about some events during the StandOff event and the Captain America Series’.
Who won’t Deadpool go toe-to-toe with? Last year we had a hilarious caper full of thievery in Gambit V Deadpool, whose first issue I reviewed. Now we have Deadpool taking on the king of mafia-targeted carnage himself, The Punisher, in a 5 issue mini series. If you’ve read the Gambit V Deadpool books, you’ll have some idea of what to expect, both heroes at odds and an element of foul play at hand. With that said, I enjoyed this first issue and it’ll be a good book to have while we endure through the Secret Empire summer event.
This past weekend on Comixology, they offered the first issue of the new series America, centered around America Chavez, aka Miss America, for free. I decided why not pick it up, it’s free. Before reading it, I knew next to nothing about America Chavez. I only knew that she can throw inter-dimensional punches and her powers manifest in star flourishes, as seen in The Ultimates and The Ultimates 2 series by Al Ewing. What I didn’t expect was how unique and special this story has the potential to be.
The Inhumans and X-Men have finally finished their fighting and it’s hard to say if there was a winning side or even a winner who could have had the moral high ground. Maybe that was the point, a grand gesture in excising the status quo. Either way, we’re off to a new beginning with some of our favourite X-men coming back together to do what heroes should do, make the world a better place. Even if that world doesn’t want them. I’ll keep the spoilers to a minimum for this issue as I usually do but be warned I will talk about small plot points through my review of the base story of this issue and IvX. Continue reading “To Me, My X-Fans: X-Men Gold #1 Review”
Wow, it’s been quite a long time since I’ve graced the internet with my words of not-so-much wisdom about comic books. We’ve gone through another Civil War, the Inhumans and X-Men were on the verge of wiping each other out, Spider-Man’s clones have come and gone, and here we are still waiting for Captain America’s master plan to come to fruition. Since it’s been literal months since I’ve shared my thoughts each week on one select book, I want to catch everyone up on some of what I’ve been reading, my thoughts on a few of the event books, and how I want to continue writing about comics. Continue reading “It’s Been a Long Time. Let’s Catch Up!”
Time for a slew of #1’s under the new Marvel NOW! 2.0 lineup with everyone skipping past the end of the delayed Civil War II; which by the writing of this, still isn’t over. I’ve read a few great new #1’s with Unworthy Thor and Thanos being my favourite, but now the one I’ve been waiting for is finally here, Venom #1. After Venom’s brief tenure as an Agent of the Cosmos, Flash and Venom found themselves on Earth dealing with their Civil War II Tie-in and helping their lost pupil Mania. I’m ecstatic that we’ve made it through Venom: Space Knight and into a new era for the recently redeemed symbiote; as you can read on my previous review of Venom: Space Knight #9, I didn’t much care for that series as a whole but finally we’re in new and nearly familiar territory.
We’ve now passed the precipice of Civil War II, we have all the post civil war storylines starting to reveal themselves and tiptoe around the fact that the last issue of Civil War or it’s tie-ins have yet to be released. This issue paints a very clear picture of what happened at the end of the Civil War II books without actually saying it aloud. I won’t be going into the thick of it, but when the event started you could see where it was going and your suspicions are most likely right. With that being said, I still want to read the last issue of Civil War II just for the closure, just to know where everything shakes out and what I can be expecting for the new Marvel NOW! 2016 fall stories. I really should stop talking about Civil War II so much, which is another reason why I want it to be over, so I can stop prefacing my reviews with it. For this issue, as always, I’ll be avoiding spoilers as deftly as possible because it isn’t fair to the creators or to the readers. I’ll also avoid them because I want a Doctor Doom focused book to sell so I can continue reading this new chapter in Doom’s tragic and redeeming life. Continue reading “A History of Doom: Infamous Iron Man #1”