Category: Marvel

Review: Invincible Iron Man Annual

My thoughts on the Invincible Iron Man Annual.

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Review: X-Campus

My thoughts on the new X-Campus book.

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Revisited: Apocalypse the Twelve

I enjoy going back and reading older comics that ran before I ever got into comics. Considering I’ve only begun keeping up with comics in the past two or three years, I have a ton of material to work from. In these Revisited features, I’m planning on simply jotting down a few thoughts on each story as I read it. I unofficially began this feature last week with my thoughts on Age of Apocalypse, so this week, I’m taking a look at another Apocalypse book: Apocalypse the Twelve.

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Some thoughts on Age of Apocalypse

It has been about fifteen years since the Age of Apocalypse crossover event occurred in the Marvel universe. Sadly, I’m only just getting around to reading this monumental tale. It was quite enjoyable to see many of my favorite mutants (and other Marvel characters) follow a path without Charles Xavier’s direction. It was also neat to see characters like Dark Beast and Blink from this reality, after having read about these characters in more recent X books. After the read-through, I wanted to lay out a few thoughts that occurred to me while reading these books.

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Couple Thoughts on Siege and its Tie-Ins

Now that Siege has ended and the Heroic Age is kicking off, I’ve started reading Siege as whole. I read the main four issues of Siege but I wasn’t really blown away by it. The fact that I’ve never been much a Sentry fan has something to do with my somewhat lack of enjoyment with Siege I’m sure. However, I felt, to give it a fair shake, I decided to try and read all the tie-ins along with the main series.

I’ve made it through more than half the books, and I must admit, I’m enjoying many of the tie-ins quite a bit. Very few of the books actually deal with Sentry at all. He may show up for a panel or two, but that’s about it in a lot of cases. I’ve especially been enjoying New Avengers. While I’ve never really followed many of the Captain America books, I can’t deny the influence that Steve Rogers holds on the Marvel Universe. Seeing how the various heroes react to his return is fantastic. The fact that they’re inspired and hyped up because of his return, in turn gets me excited to see what Cap’s going to do and makes me want to go back and read some more Cap books.

I also really enjoy the Embedded books. I read these tie-ins during Secret Invasion, and while I didn’t mind them, I didn’t know the characters and had no real emotional attachment to them. When Ben Urich’s wife died, the lack of attachment didn’t work well for me. From the three Embedded issues I’ve read from Siege thus far, I’ve certainly enjoyed them far more. The story thus far has been focused on Ben and Will Stern, an old friend Ben happened to run into. I’m not sure if Will’s been in comics before, but it’s enough to know that the two have worked together at some point in the past. That allows these books to focus solely on showing a side of Siege that isn’t seen in most of the other books: the non-powered side. I enjoy watching these guys do everything they can to get the truth out to the public. In order to do that, they’re willing to throw themselves into the middle of a war of super-powered beings despite their distinct lack of any kind of powers. It’s nice to get an “everyman” look at these events every once in a while.

X-Men Forever 23 Review

The Good

This book is the culmination of what Claremont has been building towards since Forever began. The X-Men have finally reached the Consortium’s space satellite and are now fighting to prevent the eradication of mutants.

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A Potentially Astonishing Mess

Astonishing X-Men 1 Review.

The Good

-I must admit, I’ve never heard of Kaare Andrews. While reading this issue, I found myself having some of the same thoughts about the art that I did while reading through Morrison’s New X-Men run. Initially, I wasn’t a fan of Quitely’s art either. I could see some of Andrews’ art growing on me as I see more, but not without some changes (mentioned below).

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Uncanny X-Men 524 Review

I’ve had high hopes for Second Coming from the get go. If these last two issues are any indication of what’s left to come then this will easily become one of my favorite stories in all of comics. This issue wasn’t action heavy, but then again, it really didn’t need to be.

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C2E2 was an amazing experience. It was my first convention and it left me extremely excited to attend another. While there, I learned that numerous vendors attend conventions and sell their wares for awesome prices. I most definitely was not prepared for some of the deals that I saw and that led to a few purchases I may not have made if not for the excitement all around me. Included in these purchases were the three Runaways hardcover trades that encompass the first volume of Runaways. Despite the impulse buy, I definitely do not regret these purchases in the least.

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Secret Avengers Line-Up! Not really a secret anymore!

Let’s just say, I got NONE of them right. Continue reading