Latest News: Amazing Spider-man 1 The Return of Peter Parker

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Latest News: Amazing Spider-man 1 The Return of Peter Parker

Amazing Spider-man 1 2014

Amazing Spider-man 1 2014

You knew it was going to happen eventually. For those of you who have been living under a rock for the last year and a half, Peter Parker died…On December 26th 2012, issue 700 came out to shock the comic world!

Continuing the tradition of no one ever stays dead in the comic book world, Peter Parker will be returning as Spider-man. The short run of Doctor Octopus as Spider-man or as he puts it SUPERIOR Spider-man has come to an end this month with the last issue of 31.

To tell you the truth, I never liked Doc Octopus as Spider-man. He is so serious. I mean, the thing that made me read Spider-man in the first place was Parker`s whimsical banter when he was beating the crap out of villains. Don`t get me wrong, the no nonsense, take no prisoner attitude of Octavius is great but the comic relief quips from Parker makes it more entertaining. I`m not alone on this note either since sales of Superior Spider-man are no where near the amount that Amazing Spider-man had. Many long time fans of Amazing Spider-man have not made the transition to the new Superior Spider-man title.

With apparent order run of 600,000 copies and a million variants covers, Marvel is definitely hoping that fans will embrace Amazing Spider-man once again. Amazing Spider-man 1 will be arriving on April 30th 2014.

 

 

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Comic Review: Avengers Disassembled

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Comic Review: Avengers Disassembled

Avengers Disassembled

Avengers Disassembled

This is the series that started it all. The Marvel Universe as we know it has it’s roots in this ground breaking story. Brian Michael Bendis (Daredevil, Powers) with art by David Finch (Brightest Day, Dark Knight), have weaved a story with lasting consequences that is still felt.

This series ending storyline, at time, caused a huge outcry when it was first released in the monthly comic form. Many long time Avengers fans were outraged that Marvel decided to end their beloved comic series. Scarlet Witch has a nervous breakdown and with her reality altering powers has conjured up an all out attack on the Avengers leaving many casualties in the aftermath. The lasting effects of this series is still felt in the Marvel Universe.

A definite must read for anyone is getting into Marvel Comics. This story is what cemented Brian Michael Bendis as the top dog at Marvel. Dramatic, exciting, and above all, a wild roller coaster ride that you wish would never end and when it does leaves you craving for more! If more is what you want, then I would recommend you rush out to pick up New Avengers Vol 1 (2005).

 

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Comic Review: The Punisher Presents Barracuda

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Comic Review: The Punisher Presents Barracuda

The Punisher Presents Barracuda

The Punisher Presents Barracuda

O yeah the big bad Barracuda is back in Punisher MAX with his own miniseries. Enjoy this Marvel MAX title written by Garth Ennis (Red Team, Crossed) and illustrated by Goran Parlov (Fury MAX, Y The Last Man).

Barracuda is approached by Italian mafia boss, Chris Angelone, with a proposition. He needs Barracuda’s help to take out his competition ,Leopoldo Luna, in a war over cocaine prices but he wants his son who is a hemophiliac (may bleed out due to minor injuries) to kill him. He agrees to help but knowing Barracuda, it may not turn out the way Chris had hoped.

Anyone who has read Barracuda before will really enjoy this mini-series. Full of ridiculously funny humor and over the top violence. They even pay homage to the  TV series, The Soprano’s,  in the first issue and there is also a Christopher Walken type character. A definite must have for your Punisher collection.

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Comic Review: Avengers Vs X-Men

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Comic Review: Avengers Vs X-Men

Avengers VS X-Men

Avengers VS X-Men

The Phoenix Force is returning to earth once again, which starts a conflict between the Avengers and X-Men over what to do. This massive 12 issue event by Marvel has various authors and illustrators throughout its run.

Sam Alexander crash lands on earth and before he goes into a coma he tells the Avengers of the impending arrival of the Phoenix Force on earth. Believing that it will inhabit the body of Hope Summers, Captain American travels to Utopia, the home of the mutants. He asks Cyclops to hand over Hope so the Avengers can protect her but Scott doesn’t agree. He believes she will be the savior of the Mutants. With no choice, Captain America goes to get the Avengers. This leads to an all out battle between the two forces and the fate of the Phoenix Force.

I really enjoyed this series. Full of epic battles, some outcomes are easy to guess while others take you by complete surprise. There are some serious consequences resulting from this that lead up into the current run of Marvel Comics.

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Comic Review: Criminal Volume 1 Coward

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Comic Review: Criminal Volume 1 Coward

Criminal Volume 1 Coward

Criminal Volume 1 Coward

Criminal is like an un-guilty guilty pleasure. I know that I should feel guilty for wanting to see/revel in the life of a criminal but I don’t feel bad about it at all. Icon has brought together two guys, Ed Brubaker (Captain America, Catwoman) and Sean Phillips (The Invisibles, Sleepers), a team-up that is  guaranteed to make an enjoyable story.

Leo is a professional criminal making sure everything is planned down to the last detail. If the heist is starting to go south, you can bet he has a plan to make a quick exit. Now his skills are needed when he runs into two crooked cops. They have a heist that can’t fail and will make them rich. Of course, there is always a chance that things won’t work out as planned.

With Criminal, you feel all the things associated with that word while reading. You feel the desperation and fear of a job gone wrong, the seedy bars and the dark alley’s. Each volume is a self contained story with new characters. Occasionally names and characters will cross over but not in a forceful way. If you’re looking for a comic with a pulp noir feel criminal is it.

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Comic Review: Marvel Comics Civil War

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Comic Review: Marvel Comics Civil War

Marvel Comics Civil War TP Cover

Marvel Comics Civil War TP Cover

Civil War is a 7 part issue mini series featuring writing by Mark Millar (Wolverine, Ultimates, JLA) and artwork by Steve McNiven (CrossGen’s Mystic, Marvel Knights 4, Wolverine).

Following the events of House of M and Decimation, the US Government unanimously agreed to enact Superheroes Registration Act after the New Warriors filming a reality show end up causing an explosion created by Nitro which ended up blowing a neighbourhood killing 612 people including children.

The Superheroes Registration Act requires all heroes that are superpowered or non-superpowered to register with the US Government thereby also requiring them to reveal their identities as well.   Failure to do so will result in the person being deemed a criminal.

The Act causes a huge rift between all the heroes in Marvel Universe with those who are opposed to the Act lead by Captain America and those who are for the Act lead by Iron Man.

The story is well written with lots of twists and turns as you would expect from Mark Millar. Steve McNiven’s artwork is great. A must read for those who are just getting into Marvel Comics as it sets up many of the major events in the Marvel Universe in the last 8 years!

Civil War is available in 7 single issues, tradepaperback and hardcover

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Comic Review: Wolverine Goes To Hell

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Comic Review: Wolverine Goes To Hell

Wolverine Goes To Hell

Wolverine Goes To Hell

Has his past transgressions  finally caught up with Logan or are there devilish forces at work. A Marvel story written by Jason Aaron (Scalped, Punisher MAX) and illustrated Renato Guedes (Constantine, OMAC), has someone finally done the impossible and killed Wolverine.

Wolverine is falling into the pits of hell and he’s not exactly sure how this happened. Landing firmly on the ground he is greeted by the king of hell. His only goal is to break Wolverine’s will, which he starts by sending his demons to fight him. Wolverine quickly finds out that even though he can’t die, he can’t heal either. While in hell, his body still survives upon the earth under the control of demon’s. It may be a long time before we see the real Wolverine again.

Great concept, sending him to hell but, the story starts quite abruptly. You need to go with the story for awhile before you get an idea of how this all came together. Really enjoyed the demon’s and guy running hell, you never really get a sense of who he is. Give it a try and find out what happens to Wolverine.

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Comic Review: Fury MAX My War Gone By Volume 1

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Comic Review: Fury MAX My War Gone By Volume 1

Fury MAX My War Gone By Volume 1

Fury MAX My War Gone By Volume 1

A series of tales throughout the decades of war and secret operations that Nick Fury has been involved in. A Marvel MAX series written by Garth Ennis (Preacher, Hitman) and illustrated by Goran Parlov.

Sitting in a room with a drink and cigar in one hand and microphone in the other, Fury begins to record the things he has done for his country. Starting in Vietnam 1954 he tales the tale of trying to keep the country in the hands of the French. A bloody battle that ultimately does not work in their favor. The second tale is that of Cuba in 1961 during the bay of pigs. Not only did he have a hand in training the soldiers, he also tried to assassinate Castro. A life of constant war is the only thing Colonel Nick Fury has known.

As with all MAX series, it’s full of violence, sex and bad language, it’s about time Nick Fury was done on this imprint. His life lends itself to that of horror and destruction. Goran’s artwork really shows the truth and brutality of war and the actions Nick is, at times, forced to take.A really amazing series that just wrapped up with issue 13 , it’s absolutely worth your time and money.

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Latest News: Peter Parker as Spider-man returns!

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Peter Parker as Spider-man returns!

Apparently, the trend of no character stays dead in the comic book world still holds true! Exactly one year after the apparent death of Peter Parker at the hands of Doc Ock, he will be returning on December 2013 in Amazing Spider-man #700.1!  For those of you who didn’t see this coming, you must be one of people who believe that the Easter Bunny is real and that politicians always keep their promises!  If you’re one of these people, I got a nice shiny wooden nickel for you.  How Peter Parker will come back to the Marvel Universe or if he really had left in the first place is yet to be seen but I’m hoping it’s not another one of those trans-dimensional or time warping things again! Anyhow, issue 700.1 will be arriving on December 4th, 2013.

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Comic Review: The Incredible Hulk Volume 1

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Comic Review: The Incredible Hulk Volume 1

The Incredible Hulk Volume 1

The Incredible Hulk Volume 1

Bruce Banner and the Hulk square off with The Island of Doctor Moreau type monster’s. This last Hulk series before Marvel Now reboot is written by Jason Aaron (Wolverine Weapon X, Ghost Rider) and illustrated by Marc Silvestri (The Darkness, Cyber Force) for the first 3 and Whilce Portacio (Wetworks, Alpha Flight) for the last 4.

The Hulk, sick of Bruce Banner, finds away to separate them into their own bodies. Leaving Banner, Hulk goes to live inside the earth with a race of mole people. Eventually his peace is disrupted by a government agency needing his help. It’s Banner, he is living on a deserted island trying to create Hulk creatures. Reluctantly the Hulk accepts and set’s about to bring Banner down.

This is a great series, hulk fan or not, the Doctor Moreau animals are frigin awesome. Both of the illustrators do a great job of bringing forth the craziness of what Banner is doing and the animal/monsters. If you enjoyed this volume check out the next one, story line gets even better.

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