Infinity Gauntlet #1 (Secret Wars)

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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Avengers World #21

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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Secret Wars #2

Secret Wars #2

Written by: Jonathen Hickman 

Art by: Esad Ribic 

Cover by: Alex Ross 

Released: May 14, 2014 

Basically, Secret Wars #2 offers the grand tour of Battleworld as seen through the eyes of one of its newest defenders. Jonathan Hickman kicks off this chapter by introducing readers to the Thors, a legion of thunder gods who enforce the laws of Battleworld and swear fealty to its creator. As a veteran Thor shows his new recruit the ropes, Hickman is able to shine a light on the physical makeup of Battleworld, its political structure, and how all of these new elements fit together.

This approach immediately pays off. Hickman has a lot of world-building to do in this issue. By making this new Thor a stand-in for the reader, Hickman is able to power through a lot of exposition and setup without any of it feeling stilted or unnatural. Compared to the first issue, which threatened to buckle under the weight of so many characters, Secret Wars #2 is a surprisingly clean and simple gateway into this new world. Hickman clearly lays out the rules, the rivalries, and the notion that Doom reigns over all. The result is a book epic in scope and tone. There are many familiar Marvel trappings at play, but often subverted and blended with a distinct fantasy tone.

In many ways, Secret Wars is beginning to read like Marvel’s take on Game of Thrones. There are warring houses all jockeying for the king’s favor. There are conspiracies within and without the castle. There’s even a massive wall where the riffraff of the kingdom are sent to defend the rest of the world from the monstrosities that lay on the other side. It’s a wonder Marvel didn’t play up these similarities more in the marketing of Secret Wars. These Game of Thrones comparisons do a better job of selling the book and giving an idea of what it’s actually about than vague statements like “The Marvel Universe is ending.” There’s simply something enthralling to the idea of Mister Sinister and Captain Britain dueling for the fate of their respective baronies as everyone from Apocalypse to Khonshu looks on. It’s a vibrant world Hickman has built, and suddenly it’s clear why there are so many darned tie-ins for this event. There’s a scope and a breadth to Battleworld that this series, for all its grandeur, can only hint at. 

In all I would rate this issue a 9/10 that’s all for this issue stay tuned for all reviewes based on secret wars and as always keep on marveling. 

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Infinity Gauntlet #3

Infinity Gauntlet #3 

Written by: Jim Starlin 

Art by: George Perez 

Released: september 10, 1991 

 Preparation for war. The Earths mightiest heroes assemble to take on the mad God thanos. Can Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, and the others defeat someone who controls reality itself? This issue was pretty good. In all I would rate it a 7.5/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling. 

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Infinity Gauntlet #2

Infinity Gauntlet #2

Written by: Jim Starllin

Art by: George Perez

Released: August 10, 1991

This issue goes from bad to worse Thanos has killed half the universe with just a simple thought and yes including half of the heroes as well. As the remaining heroes deal with the chaos that has ensued, will the return of Adam Warlock be the universes only hope of deafting the mad Titan known as Thanos? 

This issue was pretty good. In all I would rate this issue a 7.5/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on

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Infinity Gauntlet #4

Infinity Guantlet #4

Written by: Jim Starlin 

Art by: Ron Lin, George Perez 

Released: October 10, 1991

Earth’s heroes have descended upon Thanos is a attempt to defeat his maniacal plots. They are simply no match for Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet. Mephisto points out that Adam Warlock and Silver Surfer are not engaging in the battle.

Thanos realizes, with the manipulation of Mephisto, that he cannot impress Death with the full abilities of the gauntlet. He must show courage in the face of his enemies. He turns off all the gems power except the Power Gem to even the playing field. He still has limitless power just no cosmic awareness.

Even in the limited state he has placed himself in Earth’s heroes are no match for him but have a better chance. The might of Hulk and Drax are still not enough. Under Captain America’s leadership they seem to have some hope.

The Surfer is growing impatient. Warlock has not yet revealed his plans for the Surfer, so that Thanos cannot steal those plans from his mind.

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Infinity Guantlet #1

Infinity Guantlet #1

Written by: Jum Starlin 

Art by: Georfe Perez 

Released: July 10, 1991

the first issue succeeds as the bare bones of the original “Infinity Gauntlet” plot are there: Thanos has the Gauntlet, half the population of Earth has disappeared, and the remaining superheroes need to figure out what happened and find a way to bring everyone back. The cast is streamlined down with the more iconic and well-known heroes taking center stage, while key figures in the original story like Adam Warlock, Mephisto, Dr. Strange, and the Silver Surfer are absent.

 Even the heroes that remain are a different cast with memorable “Gauntlet” heroes like Captain America and Thor absent (so, no recreation of Cap standing up to Thanos, I suppose, but that’s probably for the best). In all I would rate this issue a 8/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep your n marveling. 

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Thanos vs Hulk #4

Thanos vs Hulk #4

Written by: Jim Starlin 

Art by: Jim Starlin 

Cover by: Jim Starlin 

Released: March 25, 2015 

The four part event comes to an end. Hulk fights Annihilus but she is way too powerful for the hulk so Pip the Troll comes to the rescue and saves the hulk. They teleport to Earth and that’s pretty much the whole issue. This issue was by far the worst one at of all four of them. In reality the whole mini event was not that good. For a title that says Thanos vs Hulk there isn’t much of that going on except that Hulk fights off other villians and the fights arnt even that great or interesting. This issue lacked dioluge and art work. The art work was ok but it could of been better. In all I would rate this issue a 6/10 and for the whole mini event I would rate it a 6.5/10 I really don’t recommend it if your a hulk fan your better of reading indestructible Hulk or the Incredible Hulk. That’s all for this issue and mini event and as always keep on marveling!

Thanos vs Hulk #3

Thanos vs Hulk #3

Written by: Jim Starlin

Art by: Jim Statlin

Cover by: Jim Starlin 

Released: febuary 11, 2015 

Annihilus has gained the power of Hulk making him bigger and stronger. Pip the Troll manages to let Hulk escape and now Blastaar and Hulk are fighting all over the place. hulk wins but now he faces a bigger threat, he has to fight Annihihulk! This issue was pretty good. The only thing I don’t like about this series is that it’s called Thanos vs Hulk and he has only faught Thanos once and that was inside Hulks head but other than that it was really good. The artwork in every fighting scene is amazing. With this being said I would rate this book a 8/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling!

Infinity #6

infinity #6

Written by: Jonathen Hickman 

Art by: Jim Cheung 

Cover by: Adam Kubert 

Released: November 27, 2013 

With the builders out of the picture Jonathen can devote the whole issue about battling for earth. This issue is full of memorable moments such as when Thor and Thanos go face to face against eachother. The funny thing is that not even the avengers defeat Thanos but Thanos’ own son stops his madness. This showed us that Thane is more powerful than Thanos could get dream of. This book was a solid good and amazing end the the Infinity series. My favriot part is when the avengers show up to fight Thanos!

like I said before this issue is just packed with memorable moments.  Jim Cheung returns to bookend the series, with a bit of assistance from Dustin Weaver. This arrangement works well enough, as Weaver’s style falls the closest in line with Cheung’s of the entire Infinity art crew. This issue isn’t quite as striking as the first was, mainly because there are several inkers tackling Cheung’s pencils to varying levels of success and clarity. Still, Cheung and Weaver expertly capture all the spectacle and physical of this grand finale. I would rate this book a 10/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling!