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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Thor #8

Thor #8

Written by: Asin Aaron 

Art by: Russell Dauterman 

Cover by: Russell Dauterman 

Released: May 13, 2015 

This is the last issue of the series before Secret Wars takes over and Thors replaces Thor. Presumably, that makes this a series finale, though Jason Aron’s afterword makes it clear that this is only the start of his big story. Aaron certainly cooked up a fitting challenge to close out the book, as Thor, the Odinson, and practically every A-List heroine in the Marvel Universe untie to battle the Destroyer. It’s enough to wonder if the seeds of A-Force are being planted here. At times the arrangement is a little on the nose in how the other characters react to Thor and acknowledge the fact that she’s becoming the standard bearer for the new Marvel, but it works all the same. What’s important is that this issue elevates Thor beyond her own personal crusade and cements her role in the greater Marvel Universe.

The Destroyer battle certainly carries an epic, cinematic weight thanks to Russell Dauterman’s pencils. Dauterman has grown to fit this series very well over the past few months. His characters have a sense of grace and clear emotional range, and his pages capture that unique blend of high fantasy, sci-fi weirdness and bloody action that defines Thor. In all I would rate this issue a 8.2/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling. 

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New Avengers Ultron Forever #1

New Avengers Ultron Forever #1

Written by: Al Ewing 

Art by: Alan Davis

Cover by: Alan Davis 

Released: April 29, 2015

Doom has assembled the strongest Avengers from different moments in time to fight Ultron, but he also has his own team of Avengers, complicating their task. The team from the past consists of The Hulk (yes!), Thor (ultra yes!) and Iron Man (Rhodey, not Tony). The team from the present includes Black Widow and The Vision, and finally we have the team from the future, Thor and Captain America (Danielle Cage).

The mixture of past, present and future works very well, although sometimes it may be a little hard to follow. I especially enjoyed the inclusion of Doom and seeing his reactions to the events, (and that ending, wow.) Ultron is a very interesting character and I love reading more about him, especially seeing how he’s represented in this series. He seems quite different to the new Avengers film (which you need to go see if you haven’t yet) and the contrast is quite intriguing. I love the combination of his power and uncaring personality, and even though he’s not the most likeable character, it just makes the story better as you want to see if he will be defeated by the Avengers. 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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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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Avengers: Operation Hydra #1

Avengers: Operation Hydra #1

Written by: Will Corona Pilgrim 

Art by: Andrea DiVito 

Cover by: Michael Ryan 

Released: April 22, 2015 

This issue was just spectacular. In this issue we have the avengers team up Ince again to defeat a commen for. Yes you guessed it Hydra. Black Wido followed some hydra agents and found out that they have been making weapons from the chatari aliens. Hawkeye on the other hand is struggling to come up with a reason to why he should be part of the avengers, after all he doesn’t have powers like the rest of them. In the end he he does find out the reason. 

This issue was put together very well. I loved this issue a lot and the artwork is just phenomenal, I really digged it. In this issue we also se a deferent costum for hawkeye I actually liked it, I didn’t mind it at all. What I really liked about this issue is that we get to see some commen conflicts that the heroes face and when I say “commen” I mean problems that a regular civilian would have I thought that was pretty neat. In all I would rate this issue a 8.5/10 that’s all for this issue  and as always keep on marveling. 

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Operation S.I.N #7

Operation S.I.N #7

Written by: Jason Aaron 

Art by: Mike Deodato Jr. 

Cover by: Julian Totino Tedesco

Released: August 13, 2014 

By now you’re probably aware of some of the changes we’ve seen with Nick Fury. He’s often been a man of mystery but, until now, we had no idea just how secretive he’s been. Despite what we now know, the other heroes are still in the dark over what he’s been up to. This leads to a pretty great fight between the Avengers and Fury…in space. Nick Fury may be “old” now but he still puts up a heckuva fight. What does this mean for the other heroes that were secretly working for Fury? And before you dismiss this fight as your typical hero vs. hero skirmish, there is one hero that will be majorly affected by this battle. 

We also get some flashbacks to the moment that the Watcher was killed. Is this the moment we get all the answers? We do get some but there’s still a lot left to be told in the next and final issue. You can’t help but wonder what else Jason Aaron has up his sleeve.

This issue was good but it feels like this series is not getting better but not getting worse. The artwork was good as always. In all I would rate this issue a 8/10 that’s all for this issue and as always kee on marveling. 

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(AVX)Secret Avengers #27

Secret Avengers #27

Written by: Rick Remender 

Art by: Renato Guedes 

Released: May 23, 2012 

The return of Captain Marvel may be the most controversial aspect of this arc, but it’s also the most enjoyable. Remender has a really interesting take on Mar-Vell’s voice and how he perceives his surroundings via cosmic awareness. There’s also the fact that the character is suffering from some degree of brainwashing. It’s questionable how long this return will last, and thanks to Remender’s deft handling of the character, there’s no reason to fear his legacy being tarnished. That said, Mar-Vell’s sudden romantic fling with Ms. Marvel is a little strange, even if it is the result of mind-control. It seems in poor taste to involve Ms. Marvel in anything of the sort given her history with such matters. The art was good but in some shots the faces looked really wired especially Thors and Visions face. In all I would rate this book a 7.5/10 that’s all for today as as always keep on marveling!

Avengers vs X-Men #4

Avengers vs X-Men #4

Written by: Jonathen Hichman 

Art by: John Romita Jr. 

Released: May 16, 2012

The war between the Avengers and X-Men goes global as the two teams split into various squads in order to track down Hope. This portion of the storyline feels almost entirely superfluous, as the scenes of the teams investigating the Savage Land, Tabula Rasa, etc. are reduced to a brief clip show. Once again, whole chunks of the plot are being broken away from AvX and shoved into tie-in books. It’s enough to wonder why Hope’s cloaking device was even worked into the series if it was going to have so little impact on the main book. Once again, if it’s action or extended battle scenes you crave, you’ll have to turn to books like AvX: VS or Uncanny X-Men for that.

The nice thing about Avengers vs. X-Men is that, even if individual issues prove frustrating, there’s always the hope that the next incoming writer will be able to turn the book around. That hope bears fruit in issue #4. Though it doesn’t necessarily address the core storytelling flaws of the series, Avengers vs. X-Men #4 is still a marked improvement over the last few chapters. Jonathan Hickman makes his AvX debut on this installment, and his distinctive voice helps elevate the material. The art work is not the best I’ve seen but it’s fairly good. I would rate this book a 8/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling!

(AVX) Secret Avengers #26

 Secret Avengers #26

Written by: Rick Remender 

Art by: Renato Guedes 

Released: April 25, 2012

A truly epic showdown occurs in these pages as Thor attacks the Phoenix with Mjolnir, but Remender’s quick-moving writing style that refuses to pause in awe of spectacular events downplays the whole ordeal. This is not a horrible thing because it leaves more time for character interactions, but that fanboy part of me wanted to hear more about how a thunder god fights a cosmic force of death and rebirth. I may never find out the details, but for now I stop asking questions and thank Remender for sticking to his guns instead of delivering a “fight book” in space. This issue was good the art was meh sometimes it was good sometimes it wasn’t. I would rate this issue a 7.7/10 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!