Avengers vs X-Men #10

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Avengers vs X-Men #10

Written by: Ed Brubaker 

Art by: Adam Kubert 

Released: August 15, 2012 

With all but two of the Phoenix Five out of the picture, issue #10 narrows its focus down considerably. Cyclops’ one-man assault on K’un-Lun is the primary focus, while Emma’s descent into Phoenix-induced madness and Xavier’s attempts to undermine his former pupils are briefly touched upon. It’s a shame these latter two plot points aren’t explored more heavily, as they’re far more interesting than Cyclops’ rampage. Emma in particular is the most fascinating of the Phoenix Five in terms of how her possession is affecting her. I wish the series would provide her with a little more screen time. In all I would rate this issue a 7.5/10 that’s all for today and as always keep on marveling!

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Avengers vs X-Men #9

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Avengers vs X-Men #9

written by: Jason Aaron 

Art by: Adam Kubert 

Released: August 1, 2012 

As the cover suggests, Aaron also shifts to Spider-Man as the sort of “man on the ground” figure for this issue. That role has regularly bounced between characters like Wolverine, Black Panther, and Beast throughout the series, but Spider-Man is used more effectively and more heavily in that capacity than anyone. The script highlights the drama of Spider-Man’s situation by opening in the midst of a battle and then shifting back several hours. 

We get to see Spidey settle uncomfortably into his Uncle Ben-style mentor role with Hope and then prove why he’s the greatest hero in the Marvel Universe as he confronts two insurmountable foes. Suffice it to say, this issue makes Spidey’s infamous brawls with Morlun look like mere sparring matches. In all I would rate this issue a 8/10 that’s all for today and as always keep on marveling!

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Avengers vs X-Men #8

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Avengers vs X-Men #8

Written by: Brian Micheal Bendis 

Art by: Adam Kubert 

Released: July 18, 2012 

Avengers vs. X-Men wraps up Act 2 with issue #8 this week. The previous chapter set up an epic conflict between Namor’s forces and the people of Wakanda. That battle rages across these pages. However, if you’re expecting much more in the way of plot progression or answered questions, this issue may disappoint. Issue #8 doesn’t provide the definitive cap to its respective act that issue #5 did.

The most immediately noticeable quality about AvX #8 is that Oliver Coipel is missing in action. While the original plan was to feature one penciler per act of the event, somewhere along the line it was decided to bring Adam Kubert aboard an issue early. And while losing Coipel is disappointing, at least Kubert is a worthy replacement. 

His pencils capture all the chaotic energy and destruction of the battle for Wakanda. The scale is bigger than any clash in the series so far, with waves toppling buildings and a dozen Avengers doing their best to pound Namor into a pulp. But perhaps the most visually striking sequence comes near the end, as Xavier returns to the forefront of the conflict again. Kubert and his collaborators blend traditionally inked art with a more stylized, rough approach that creates a nice blend. In terms of visuals, this issue more than holds its own with any of the previous chapters. But as Kubert isn’t one of the speedier artists in the industry, the question is whether this level of detail and scope can remain consistent for another four issues. In all I would rate this issue a 8/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling!

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Avengers vs X-Men #7

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Avengers vs X-Men #7

Written by: Matt Fraction 

Art by: Olivier Coipel 

Released: July 4, 2012 

 This issue does a lot right, as well. Fraction does a fine job of capturing the growing tension on the Avengers side. The interaction between Black Panther and Tony Stark stands out particularly. These two have never had the warmest of relationships to start with, but here Tony’s latent death wish becomes a major source of friction for them both. With Wolverine continuing to fade into the background in Act 2, it’s really Panther of all characters that is stepping us as the neutral party and moderate voice of reason. Marvel has also been promising a major game-changer with this issue. While I’m not sure I would describe the final pages as “game-changing,” Fraction does deliver an impressive escalation in the conflict that promises a very memorable issue in #8. In all I would rate this issue a 7.5/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling!

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Avengers vs X-Men #6

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Avengers vs X-Men #6

Written by: Jonathen Hickman 

Art by: Olivier Coipel 

Released: June 20, 2012 

All told, this issue does what a first issue should: it excites you for what’s to come.  Hickman teases the reader by introducing some cool little plot elements.  Are the Phoenix’s Five’s need to do good part of something needed to create that threatens to overwhelm them (they can never do enough)?  What’s with Iron Fist’s relationship to the Phoenix and his out of nowhere defense against its powers?  Why are the Phoenix Five so rebuffed by the Scarlet Witch?  All are compelling plot elements that I can’t wait to see addressed.  Moreover, it empowers and showcases two beloved characters: Iron Fist and Scarlet Witch.

If there’s one downside to the book, it’s that the last page would’ve been much more effective had Marvel’s solicitations not already used Scott’s words as a marketing tool, but that’s comics.

 Against all odds, AvX #6 gives us plenty to be excited about.  If you’ve been unhappy with AvX thus far, give this issue a chance; Marvel promised that this was the start of “Act 2″ and that last month really changed the game, and they’ve delivered.  This is a very different book from what we’ve been getting for the past five issues. In all I would rate this issue a 8/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on maveling!

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Age of Ultron #10

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Age of Ultron #9

Written by: Brian Michael Bendis 

Art by: Brandon Peterson

Released: June 19, 2013 

Most of issue #10 unfolds in the past as we see Heroic Age-era Hank Pym responding to the dire warning sent by his past self about Ultron. This early sequence sets a nice tone for the issue. It almost plays out like an X-Files episode — looming shadows, mysterious persons shoving packages under the door, etc. This all contributes to the mounting tension as the final showdown with Ultron draws closer. It helps that frequent Brian Michael Bendis collaborator Alex Maleev is on hand to render these pages. His pencils strike a far different mood than anything we’ve seen from the series previously. This issue was meh not a great ending to the series could of been worse but it also could of been better. In all I would rate this issue a 7.5/10 that’s all for this issue and As always keep on marveling!

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Age of Ultron #9

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Age of Ultron #9

Written by: Brian Michael Bendis 

Art by: Carlos Pacheco, Brandon Peterson

Released: June 5, 2013 

This  issue does pick up significantly once Wolverine ditches the hellish world he created and heads back to clean up his mess. As the cover suggests, Wolverine is forced to confront his own self from several hours ago and prevent him from killing Pym. Luckily, unlike the cover image, the two versions of the character are given separate costumes so as to make the interaction less confusing. What ensues is a tense showdown where one Wolverine fights to save Pym’s life and both struggle to convince the Avenger that Ultron is bad news.

Luckily, Invisible Woman joins in the fracas, and those disappointed that she allowed Pym to be killed in issue #6 will be pleased to see a certain amount of redemption now the the crime has been undone. One thing this script excels at from start to finish is reflecting the full horror of Ultron’s reign in how both Sue and Logan are portrayed. Part of me wishes that Bendis had played up the humor inherent to two time-traveling Wolverines a little, but in the end that approach probably would have felt out of place. Back to the Future this isn’t. This issue had great artwork and I’m glad we focus more on the main topic and not the alternate time line. In all I would rate this issue a 8/10 that’s all for this issue and As always keep on marveling!

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Deadpool kills Deadpool#1

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Deadpool kills Deadpool #1

Written by: Cullen Bun 

Art by: Salvador Espin 

Cover by: Michael Del Mundo 

Released: July 3, 2013 

If you’re a Deadpool fan your going to want to read this mini series and this first issue. This issue starts off with this Deadpool from an alternative universe killing Headpool by putting him in a microwave. We later then see  the Deadpool corps arrive to come and get the Deadpool (From earth 616) while he’s fighting some huge machine just as the team arrive Deadpool starts asking them why they are here but they are in a hury and have no time for questions. We also see two new member of the team which we are not introduced to yet. The Deadpool that killed Headpool arrives as well and starts to attack the team. The Deadpool that killed Deadpool also kills Dogpool and one of the new members of the Deadpool corps. The Deadpool from earth 616 manages to to kill him. The Deadpool corps jump into their spaceship and LadyPool tells Deadpool that there is a war going on.

This issue was really good and a strong start of to the mini series. I was a bit sad that Headpool and Deadpool were killed off so fast but maybe they didn’t die who knows? The artwork is just nice and neat with every stroke. I recommend this issue to any Deadpool fan and let’s not forget this is just the beginning to the mini series. In all I would rate this issue a 9/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling!

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(AVX) Avengers Academy #32

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avengers Academy #32

Written by: Christos Gage 

Art by: Timothy Green ll

Released: June 20, 2012 

The squabble over the Sentinel quickly spirals out of control once Emma Frost shows up on campus to deliver her Sentinel-melting treatment to Juston’s pal. If you’ve ever wondered how The Iron Giant might play out within the Marvel Universe, this issue will make you happy (Gage even acknowledges this comparison within the script). Far more interesting than the physical confrontation with Emma is the meditation on friendship and artificial life. It’s pleasing to see Juston finally come into his own as a member of the book’s cast.

While I was happy to see Timothy Green come on board for this art, the actual art quality is fairly disappointing. Green generally offers a surreal, almost European approach in his Marvel work, but this issue sees him struggle with a more traditional superhero style. Characters often seem overly stiff and posed, while the facial work consists mainly of grimaces and gritted teeth. It’s too bad more of the energetic, manic style seen in Green’s recent Rocket Raccoon/Groot stories couldn’t have appeared in this book. In all I would rate this issue a 7/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling!

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(AVX) Uncanny X-Men #14

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Uncanny X-Men #14

Written by: Kieron Gillen 

Art by: Dustin Weaver 

Released: June 20, 2012 

Kieron Gillen gets mad props for truly making his mark on Mister Sinister. I’d go crazy if he had him make speeches about Apocalypse or talked about whipping out his science kit to do some gene splicing again. No, Gillen sees him for what he truly is — a narcissist — and applies that to the mad scientist aspect of his character to pleasing effect. By the end of the issue, Gillen has neatly set up the battle to come, but there is a sense that he could have given us a more satisfying start to Sinister’s actual conflict with the X-Men instead of ending it with him literally sitting down to wait.

Dustin Weaver’s pencils are sound, but it’s Jim Charalampidis’s faded color palette that sets the excellent Victorian-era look for the book. An issue featuring the brightly colored battles of the X-Men might not have worked as well in this style, but the open countryside and sprawling Sinister London have a painterly look to them that show the influences of Sinister’s mindset on his new world. Melded with this dated look are sparse instances of glowing futuristic technology which all work well, save for the the journalist’s coat. It looks like he stole it off the set of Tron: Legacy. In all I would rate this issue a 7/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling. 

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