Rocket Raccoon #6

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Rocket Raccoon #6

Written by: Skottie Young 

Art by: Skottie Young 

Cover by: Skottie Young 

Released: December 10, 2014 

Another month, another stellar issue of Rocket Raccoon.  This time we find Rocket being summoned to Knowhere to assist a telepathic Russian dog in helping a giant obsolete war-robot rescue four other retired war-robots who have been abducted and are about to be sold into slavery. That’s the kind of wonderfully insane plots we’ve come to expect from Skottie Young, and though this issue isn’t as irreverently bold and innovative as other issues, it is incredibly fun.

It’s just amazing how Skottie can prepare a story in just about 20 pages and make it intresting and fun. It’s stories like this that stand out the most from all the others. Same goes for the artwork. Skottie Young has a very nice and fluid way of drawing  the characters and the landscape in every one of his issue and that’s why I love his artwork, it’s just phenomenal. 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 #12

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Avengers vs X-Men #12

Written by: Jason Aaron 

Art by: Adamn Kubert 

Released: October 12, 2012 

Avengers vs. X-Men #12 wraps up the event in the only way it really could have, with the two teams united at last and battling a fully Phoenix-powered Cyclops. With what Marvel has been revealing about the nature of its post-AvX catalog, and with the way most events follow familiar formulas, there aren’t necessarily many surprises to be had in this finale issue. But, as they say, the journey matters more than the destination. Jason Aaron manages to bring the story to a close in an epic way, even if some key areas of the script feel lacking.

Aaron provides a novel structure for this over-sized final chapter. Rather than focusing entirely on the battle with Cyclops and the immediate aftermath of last issue’s death, Aaron breaks up his script with flashbacks to three days before the conflict. These segments do what the series as a whole has regularly struggled with in showcasing Hope and Scarlet Witch. Given how the focus of the conflict shifted so suddenly to Xavier in issue #11, Aaron faced an uphill challenge in moving those two back to the forefront of the conflict. These flashbacks are as elegant a method as any of reminding readers why and how this battle rests on their shoulders. The fact that the two show a bit of a clash of personalities in the build-up to the final battle is a nice extra touch. This issue mirrors AvX #0 and allows both heroines to feel more relevant than they often have in recent months.

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Avengers vs X-Men #11

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Avengers vs X-Men #12

Written by: Brian Michael Bendis 

Art by: Olivier Coipel 

Released: September 12, 2012 

There comes a time in almost every tale of heros battling heroes where the two factions put aside their differences to confront a common foe. That point has arrived in Avengers vs. X-Men #11. Pretty much any hero, be they mutant, super-soldier, or Asgardian, can agree that Cyclops is a big jerk. The event has now come down to a battle between the combined Avengers and X-Men on one side and the all-powerful Cyclops and Emma Frost on the other.

Issue #11 focuses on this big fracas and little else. As has been the case for the majority of Act 3, the story has become much more direct and focused. This issue really only offers up three main scenes — Captain America’s attempt to recruit a new player into the fold, the reunification of the X-Men under Charles Xavier, and the massive battle that follows. Even at roughly 30 pages, the story is a bit light and sparse. The advantage, however, is that Brian Bendis steps back and allows the art team to work their magic on a very visceral series of pages.

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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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(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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