Battleworld Inhumans Attilan Rising (Secret Wars)

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Battleworld Inhumans Attilan Rising (Secret Wars)

Written by: Charles Soule 

Art by: John Timms 

Cover by: Dave Johnson 

Released: May 27, 2015 

The non-Inhuman characters in Attilan Rising are handled well. There’s a gangster Ghost Rider who wouldn’t look out of place in a weird, twisted Goodfellas, and the Hulk who serves as the opening threat is handled very well. The Inhumans that we do spend time with are just as great as well, and we find Medusa, Manhattan’s Regent, getting along with Doom in a short but effective exchange. 

The book itself seems to have slipped under the radar in regards to other Secret Wars tie-ins coming out this week but one thing’s for sure is that Inhumans: Attilan Rising is probably one of the best, and serves as a quality new addition to the vast amount of Marvel’s titles on shelves right now. In all I would rate this issue an 8/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling. 

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Old Man Logan #1 (Secret Wars)

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Old Man Logan #1 (Secret Wars) 

Written by: Brian Michael Bendis 

Art by: Andrea Sorrentino 

Cover by: Andrea Sorrentino 

Released: May 27, 2015 

As far as Marvel “what if” tales go, Old Man Logan is one of those books that seemingly can’t be topped. The book’s dystopian future, warped heroes and symbiote dinosaurs made for a Wolverine tale unlike any other, its popularity spurred by the creative team of Mark Millar and Steve McNiven. Seeking to capture said lightning in a bottle yet again, Logan (a Logan, anyway) returns to exact more old-timerly justice, this time in the hands of Brian Michael Bendis and Andrea Sorrentino. The end result isn’t quite as wall-to-wall bananas as the series that preceded it, but it’s nonetheless an exciting and well constructed return.

Though visually quite different, Old Man Logan #1 does an excellent job of immediately capturing the look and feel of the original series. The issue picks up sometime after Logan’s gut bursting run in with the Hulk gang, his past efforts having done little to stem the tide of criminal influence. New factions have quickly moved into the territories left open, using the emblems of heroes and villains long past to mark their claim. In all I would rate this issue an 8.5/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling. 

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Hulk #6

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Hulk #6 

Written by: Gerry Duggan 

Art by: Mark Bagley 

Cover by: Gary Frank 

Released: September 17, 2014 

We’ve got a new persona for the Hulk, and it’s Doc Green. I always love when Hulk gets changed up a bit, as though it doesn’t always work out, it’s always an avenue worth exploring. This change into Doc Green however has been awesome, in a way reminding me of the Grey Hulk from Peter David‘s run. Doc Green does however look to be something entirely different, with the line, “Don’t call me Hulk. That makes me angry…” being very clever play on words.

Gerry Duggan has quickly proven to be the kind of writer that Hulk needs, as though it’s the events of Mark Waid‘s Original Sin: Hulk vs. Iron Man that has turned our green friend into what he is, it’s the way that Duggan runs with this that really captivates me. In addition to the psyche of this new Hulk, the fight between him and A-Bomb and the teaser of who’s next really injected excitement and tension into this already great tale. In all I would rate this issue an 8/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling. 

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Infinity Gauntlet #1 (Secret Wars)

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Infinity Gauntlet #1 (Secret Wars)

Written by: Gerry Duggan 

Art by: Dustin Weaver 

Cover by Dustin Weaver 

Released: May 27, 2015

Gerry Duggan and Dustin Weaver do a great job of establishing this family and their dynamics. Without the baggage of pre-existing heroes and concepts to slow them down, the storytellers make us feel immediately for Anwen’s hardships. Anwen is a teenage girl whose mother left the family behind to try to and prevent the bug invasion from ever happening. It was a selfless move to make, but one that apparently failed, and that makes those left behind powerless against the bugs.

Anwen is a terrific young character who will hopefully get to stay around long past Secret Wars. Her plight is immediately recognizable and sympathetic (even if it does involve giant space bugs), and her attitude is at once endearing and heartbreaking. While her little sister doesn’t get as much to do in this opening chapter, her father and grandfather are also fully-formed human beings. Their relationship and history is made clear through organic-sounding dialogue and arguments. This is a family that you want to root for even as you’re seeing them fall apart. In all I would rate this issue an 8/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling.

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Inferno #1 (Secret Wars)

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Inferno #1 (Secret Wars)

Written by: Dennis Hopeless 

Art by: Javier Garron 

Cover by: Javier Garron 

Released: May 27, 2015 

Veering off from the original story, things didn’t end in quite the same way. The demons actually won and Illyana Rasputin has been a prisoner of theirs for four years. Where Dennis Hopeless brings us in is a group of X-Men, consisting of Colossus, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Boom-Boom, Nightcrawler, Beast, and Psylocke are making their yearly attempt to try to rescue Illyana. There’s something about seeing the X-Men on a more focused mission like this. You can feel there is more at stake and seeing a determined Colossus able to let go against the demons after trying to contain his anger throughout the year. And, as you would hope or expect, there are casualties. If the stakes are indeed higher than normal and this has been going on for four years, it shouldn’t be a walk in the park for them.

Javier Garron does a good job capturing the despair of the transformed Manhattan. While I didn’t really care for the design of the demon N’astirh, he and the others look as they were originally designed. In all I would rate this issue an 8/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling. 

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Silk #3 

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Silk #3

Written by: Robbie Thompson 

Art by: Stacey Lee

Cover by: Dave Johnson 

Released: May 13, 2015

What a roller coaster ride Cindy Moon’s been on for the last three issues. Between breaking out on her own, trying to forge a life and find her family’s whereabouts, there’s barely been time to breathe and take in the sights of New York! Or find out exactly why Moon’s powers seem to be on the fritz. But thanks to some friendly-neighborhood Spider-Snooping, she’s now in the hands of the Marvel Universe’s foremost authority on all things superpowered. And basically all things in general. But Reed Richards’ diagnosis proves unexpected and unexpectedly real. Robbie Thompson gives the feeling of writing from real experience with a topic that’s sensitive without being too touchy: 

anxiety. Portrayed about as accurately as things like depression or gunfights in popular culture, Thompson begins a slow journey through Cindy’s mental process of deciding whether or not she’s got anxiety despite the fact that she doesn’t perceive herself as “an anxious person.” Oh and there’s a date with the ever-dreamy Johnny Storm in the mix as well. Thompson keeps the dialog light and witty, but weaves in plenty of serious undertones that can easily be dealt with later, and of course leaves on an eyebrow raising moment that’s sure to have some dire consequences. 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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Ultima End (Secret Wars) #1

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Ultimate End (Secret Wars) #1

Written by: Brian Michael Bendis 

Art by: Mark Bagley 

Cover by: Mark Bagley 

Released: May 20, 2015 

The story picks up in Manhattan. Both Manhattans. Simultaneously. You see, the Manhattans of both the Marvel and Ultimate Marvel universes now exist in the same location. There are two Baxter Buildings for instance

Much of this issue deals with the heroes of the two universes convening to discuss this predicament. How did this happen and where do they go from here? The first issue of Ultimate End is a talky issue, but at this point, would anyone expect anything less from a Bendis-written Ultimate story?

The dialogue is sharp in the writer’s traditional manner. He is so good at setting a scene and giving a sense of world through the way his characters interact. Impressively, most characters sound different from their alternate-reality double. Ultimate Tony Stark is cockier and brasher than 616-Tony Stark. That sort of differentiation holds true for most characters, save a couple lines from Spider-Man that sound like they were ripped from the mouth of his teenage counterpart. In all I would rate this issue an 8/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling. 

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Avengers World #21

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Avengers World #21 

Written by: Frank J. Barbiere

Art by: Marco Checchetto

Cover by: Jeff Dekal 

Released: May 20, 2014 

The focus on Odinson was an interesting choice because ever since losing his hammer he has been quite all over the place. All over the place as in it is hard to get a read on where he is at emotionally. Sometimes he seems okay, other times distant as we see in this issue. Though for Avengers World which is closer to present, it is easier to take this Odinson as the actual state he is in. One that is important to explore because for those who read all of Hickman’s run of Avengers, Odinson and Hyperion are both dead. Both going down in a glorious battle that Odinson could only have been motivated for through the progress of this issue which addresses his loss of motivation. It was the perfect way to put Odinson in the right mindset he needed to be in while also swiftly closing out the subplot surrounding Roberto finalizing his takeover of A.I.M.

Namor’s story continues to be one that you sympathize with. You sympathize with what he has to deal with knowing the Cabal are out of control, and there is nothing he can do against such powerhouses. Though that is not to say you forget that Namor put himself in this position. Nonetheless this is a change in the story leaning towards redemption, and that is what you want to see from Namor when we reach our end. At this point it is easy to tell how much Barbiere has favored writing Namor and it shows as this is the most genuine we have seen of his character since first starting this crusade with the Cabal across the Multiverse. We’ve gotten little by little of how things have been going wrong, and that difference between his reaction and those like Namor means everything. Just the way Blackswan mocks Namor is where you draw that line in the sand between what is right and what is just senseless violence. In all I would rate this issue a 7.2/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling. 

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Howard the Duck #3

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Howard the Duck #3

Written by: Chip Zdarsky 

Art by: Joe Quinones 

Cover by: Jason Latour 

Released: May 13, 2015 

Chip Zdarsky’s brash, “it-shouldn’t-be-funny-but-it-is” sense of humor shines in the script and the various situations presented in this issue. Last issue, we were left with a weirdly funny cliffhanger; a character that we never thought we’d see committing a crime sticking up Howard. This issue continues immediately after and develops into something more ridiculous involving a lot more senior citizens.

The jokes come flying at you every page, yet it doesn’t become overbearing… sometimes. There’s a ridiculous story here that’s enjoyable, yet at times it feels as if it’s there only to service the punchline. It’s a little disappointing because Howard and his friends (She-Hulk is the best friend anyone could ever have) have had great development, but it takes a bit of a back seat a little too early in this run, but overall it doesn’t bring the issue down.
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