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Comic Book Noise 773: The New 52 Supergirl #3 and #4

Host Derek Coward answers the question “What do you think about power sharing/absorbing/copying characters?” and talks about the third and fourth issues of The New 52 era Supergirl series.

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Alpha Flight: The Early Days

One of my favorite times in comic books revolved around Alpha Flight. After the excellent Imperial Guard battle/team-up, the X-Men returned to Earth and were almost immediately attacked by Weapon Alpha. This was a great issue because it showed the X-Men in their downtime (as short as it was) and I liked the little touches of personality the story gave the characters, especially Wolverine.

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Weapon Alpha puts a hurting on Wolverine, but eventually has to make a strategic retreat when the rest of the X-Men show up. He vows to return and bring the rest of Alpha Flight with him. I was instantly intrigued, but Alpha Flight left my mind as the X-Men immediately went on a string of excellent adventures including a trip to The Savage Land.

On the way back from The Savage Land, they had a layover in Canada when Alpha Flight struck. This is one of my favorite individual issues and one of the best debuts of all time. The cover was beautiful and foreboding at the same time. You could tell this was from the era where covers were used to sell the comic books.

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Unfortunately, the second part of the story has been on my wishlist for the past 30 or so years. I have only read it once. I remember liking it, but I couldn’t tell you what happened in it.

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How cool is the image of Storm vs Snowbird? A woman who was once believed to be a goddess vs an actual goddess. Of course, we didn’t find that out about Snowbird for a long time.

A few years later, there was a peace between the two teams and Marvel looked like they were going to push the team in a big way. In a really cool move, they split the team one month and had half of the team guest star with the X-Men to take on The Wendigo…

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… while the other half of the team made an appearance in Machine Man.

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I thought it was great. Shortly after that, Alpha Flight got their own title, which was great while John Byrne was writing and drawing it. I sort of fell out of love with them around that time, but when I think back to those early days, I smile.

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Marvel Noise Episode 31: What The Puck?

Mighty Avengers 12This week doesn’t go exactly as planned, but we’re still gonna do our best to give you something worthwhile. After the new releases, we hear from Mike Sims and the Mighty Marvel Movie Minute. Jay Scars offers up some good and bad with Nova and Annihilation: Conquest, and Moon Knight, Carlos calls in with a voicemail, and our hostAlpha Flight 5 has another Marvel Tales for you.

Titles mentioned include Hulk vs. Hercules: When Titans Clash, Mighty Avengers, Ms. Marvel, Uncanny X-Men, Wolverine: First Class, X-Force, Alpha Flight, Nova, Annihilation: Conquest, Moon Knight, and Secret Invasion.

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Comics

Avengers Invaders Sketchbook, AR

HULK #3 (and FINCH VARIANT)
COVERS BY: ED MCGUINNESS and DAVID FINCH
WRITER: JEPH LOEB
PENCILS: ED MCGUINNESS
INKS: DEXTER VINES
Not a flashback! Not a dream! Together again for the first time! The battle you NEVER thought you’d see — The Hulk Vs. The Abomination! But…wait, we’ve seen that lots of times! Well… No you HAVE NOT. And it isn’t just because superstars Jeph Loeb & Ed McGuinness are bringing it to you for the first time — it’s because if you’ve been reading the Hulk (yes, we know there’s one or two of you), it CAN’T be possible! But it is — AND IN COLOR — LOTS OF THEM! The pulse-pounding, gamma-spawned action adventure continues in Hulk #3!!!
Rated A…$2.99

HULK VS. HERCULES: WHEN TITANS CLASH #1
COVER BY: MARKO DJURDJEVIC
WRITERS: GREG PAK & FRED VAN LENTE
ART: KHOI PHAM, PAUL NEARY, DENNIS CALERO, ERIC NGUYEN, REILLY BROWN, CARLOS CUEVAS, TERRY PALLOT, and CHRIS SOTOMAYOR
“BAH! HULK NEED BIGGER BOOK! HULK SMASH PUNY BEARD SKIRT MAN!”
Calm down, big fella. You’re going to need your strength when you go up against the Lion of Olympus, the INCREDIBLE HERCULES!
We’re bringing you a BRAND NEW story with THE most SMASHING, CRASHING, BASHING, MASHING and LASHING you’ve EVER witnessed, and THEN we’re giving you some of the greatest HULK and HERC stories from yesteryear!
BRING ON THE FIGHT!
Parental Advisory …$3.99

Iron Man Hulk Sampler, AR
Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four #35, $2.99
Marvel Illustrated Picture Dorian Gray #5 (of 6), $2.99

MIGHTY AVENGERS #12
COVER BY: MARKO DJURDJEVIC
WRITER: BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
PENCILS: ALEX MALEEV
INKS: ALEX MALEEV
SECRET INVASION TIE-IN!
The Eisner-award-winning team of Brian Bendis and Alex Maleev (NEW AVENGERS ILLUMINATI, HALO: UPRISING) reunite to answer the question that has been on every comic fan’s mind for years…WHERE THE HELL HAS NICK FURY BEEN?? Rewinding the clock to Fury’s time in SECRET WAR, follow Fury as he puts together the pieces of his life and starts finding clues to a Secret Invasion that makes him TARGET NUMBER ONE. A major Skrull reveal happens in these pages!
Rated A …$2.99

MS. MARVEL #26
COVER BY: GREG HORN
WRITER: BRIAN REED
PENCILS: ADRIANA MELO
INKS: MARIAH BENES
Out–gunned and on the run! With S.H.I.E.L.D. convinced she’s a Skrull impostor, Ms. Marvel must fight for her identity and her life against her very own Lightning Strike Force! But when the Strike Force has a Ms. Marvel of their own, even Carol can’t be sure she’s Carol anymore! SECRET INVASION: The Infiltration continues here from Brian Reed (Captain Marvel) and Adriana Melo (Witchblade).
Rated T+ …$2.99

New Exiles #5, $2.99
Power Pack Day One #2 (of 4), $2.99
Powers #29
Secret Invasion #1 (of 8)(Blank Cover Convention Variant Edition), $3.99
She-Hulk 2 #28, $2.99

THOR #8
COVER BY: MARKO DJURDJEVIC
WRITER: J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
PENCILS: MARKO DJURDJEVIC
INKS: DANNY MIKI and CRIMELAB STUDIOS
The God of Thunder keeps sizzling off the stands! Part two of a two-part arc by writer J. Michael Straczynski (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN) with sumptuous art by DAREDEVIL cover artist Marko Djurdjevic sees the mighty Thor ruling over a newly glorious Asgard and all its people! But what danger has risen on the horizon of its American heartland surroundings? And how will Thor equip himself to face it??
Rated T+ …$2.99

Ultimate Fantastic Four #53, $2.99
Ultimate Spider-Man #121, $2.99

UNCANNY X-MEN #497
COVER BY: MICHAEL CHOI
WRITER: ED BRUBAKER
PENCILS and INKS: MICHAEL CHOI
“DIVIDED WE STAND”
In the wake of Messiah CompleX, there are no X-Men…Something strange is going on in San Francisco and Archangel gets pulled into the middle of it. Can Cyclops and Emma Frost save him and get out alive? And Wolverine, Colossus and Nightcrawler’s road trip takes a turn for the dangerous.
Rated T+ …$2.99

WOLVERINE: FIRST CLASS #2
COVER BY: LEONARD KIRK
WRITER: FRED VAN LENTE
ART: ANDREA DI VITO
The good news: Kitty’s managed to figure out Wolverine’s birthday and has arranged a surprise candlelight dinner with the love of his life, Mariko Yashida, as his present. The bad news: The reason Wolverine never tells anybody about his birthday is that every year on that date Sabretooth shows up to dice him into cutlets. And Kitty has put Mariko within Sabretooth’s grasp!
All Ages …$2.99

X-FORCE #3 (and BLOODY VARIANT)
COVER BY: CLAYTON CRAIN
WRITERS: CHRISTOPHER YOST & CRAIG KYLE
PENCILS, INKS, and COLORS: CLAYTON CRAIN
ANGELS AND DEMONS
As X-Force searches for their missing teammate, Wolfsbane strikes—and she’s not taking any prisoners! But the Purifiers have more than an ace up their sleeve— they’ve got the deck stacked. And when Wolverine, X-23, and Warpath learn the truth behind Risman’s nefarious plan…no one is safe. And no one is guaranteed to get out alive. Part 3 (of 6)
Parental Advisory …$2.99

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS #11
COVER BY: CARLO PAGULAYAN
WRITER: JEFF PARKER
ART: NICK DRAGOTTA and COLLEEN COOVER
Whew, that all-Cyclops issue was a little heavy, huh? Let’s pick things up with a story that makes the X-Men-go-into-the-Professor’s-Head issue look tame. Because our five exceptional students are about to meet the enigmatic MYSTERIO.
Rated A …$2.99

Young Avengers Presents #4 (of 6), $2.99

Collections

AVENGERS: KREE/SKRULL WAR TPB (New Printing)
COVER BY: NEAL ADAMS & TOM PALMER
WRITER: ROY THOMAS
PENCILS: NEAL ADAMS, SAL BUSCEMA, and JOHN BUSCEMA
Back-to-press and fully restored by popular demand!
Caught in the crossfire, Earth has become the staging ground for a conflict of star-spanning proportions! For those eternal intergalactic enemies, the merciless Kree and the shape-changing Skrulls, have gone to war, and our planet is situated on the front lines! Can Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the Avengers, bring about an end to the fighting before humanity becomes a casualty of war? And what good are even a dozen super-powered champions against the vast military machines of two of the great empires of the cosmos? The key to victory lies with the expatriate Kree Captain Mar-Vell and his human host, honorary Avenger Rick Jones! Featuring the trend-setting artwork of Neal Adams, the KREE/SKRULL WAR is universally acknowledged as one of the finest and most important sagas in the Marvel canon.
Rated A …$24.99

DAREDEVIL: HELL TO PAY VOL. 2 TPB
COVER BY: MARKO DJURDJEVIC
WRITER: ED BRUBAKER
PENCILS: MICHAEL LARK
Things couldn’t be going worse for Matt Murdock. Everything he thought he’d gotten back teeters on the edge of a precipice, ready to shatter all around him, as he fights a battle on both fronts of his life – in the courtroom and on the rooftops of Hell’s Kitchen! Collecting DAREDEVIL #100-105.
Rated T+ …$15.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-2815-1

DEADPOOL CLASSIC VOL. 1 TPB
COVER BY: ROB LIEFELD
WRITERS: FABIAN NICIEZA,ROB LIEFELD, MARK WAID, and JOE KELLY
PENCILS: ROB LIEFELD, JOE MADUREIRA, IAN CHURCHILL, LEE WEEKS, KEN LASHLEY, and ED MCGUINNESS
He’s the Merc with a Mouth, the Assassin with Elan, the Wryest Wisecracker of the Weapon X Program, now in a collection of his earliest sagas! Deadpool, with sidekick Weasel in tow, sets out on a quest for romance, money and mayhem – not necessarily in that order – only to learn he’s being hunted by an enemy he killed years before! As if that isn’t enough, the Juggernaut crashes into the action, and it’s the unstoppable vs. the un-shut-up-able! But all may not be lost if the sultry Siryn can inject a little sanity into the proceedings! Will Deadpool be steered toward a better life by his new heartthrob, or stay the chaotic course he’s set for himself? The answer is Yes! Guest-starring the New Mutants, Banshee, Sasquatch and more! Collecting NEW MUTANTS #98, DEADPOOL: THE CIRCLE CHASE #1-4, DEADPOOL (1994) #1-4 and DEADPOOL (1997) #1.
Rated A …$29.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-3124-3

DEADPOOL VS. THE MARVEL UNIVERSE TPB
COVER BY: SKOTTIE YOUNG
WRITERS: FABIAN NICIEZA and REILLY BROWN
PENCILS: REILLY BROWN
With his best pal gone, Deadpool continues his trek through time and space, spreading friendship and mercenary whoop-&*$ throughout the cosmos. Featuring titanic team-ups with Wolverine, Captain America, Dr. Strange, Brother Voodoo, Ka-Zar and the Fantastic…Eight?! And in the unforgettable series finale, the dreaded Venom Symbiote has multiplied, and made some new friends of the prehistoric variety, giving the Merc with a Mouth his final opportunity to prove himself the ultimate hero – or the ultimate villain! Guest-starring Spider-Man! The Fantastic Four! The Mighty Avengers! And of course, those lovable goons from Agency X! Collecting CABLE & DEADPOOL #43-50.
Rated T+ …$24.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-2524-2

THE INVINCIBLE IRON MAN OMNIBUS VOL. 1 (and MOVIE and GRANOV VARIANTS)
COVERS BY: JACK KIRBY and ADI GRANOV (and IRON MAN MOVIE IMAGE)
WRITERS: STAN LEE, LARRY LIEBER, ROY THOMAS, ROBERT BERNSTEIN, DON RICO, and AL HARTLEY
PENCILS: DON HECK, GENE COLAN, JACK KIRBY, and STEVE DITKO
As the Marvel Age of Comics exploded on the pop-culture scene, super hero after super hero that redefined the genre leaped forth from the imagination of the Marvel Bullpen. Adventurers and innovators, scientists and high-school bookworms, they were amazing men and women with all the failings and foibles of you and me. And there are none that touch both that adventurer ideal and human reality as Tony Stark, the Invincible Iron Man. A jet-setter, playboy, and brilliant scientist, Tony is cut down to Earth when a battlefield explosion rips into his heart. Only by creating the amazing Iron Man armor can he stay alive! Packed with the debonair and debutantes, Cold War monsters and sultry super-spies, the Iron Man Omnibus presents the stories of one of comics’ most intriguing characters from the very beginning! Featuring the first appearances of such classic Marvel characters as the Mandarin, the Black Widow, Hawkeye, the Crimson Dynamo and the Titanium Man in lushly-illustrated stories by “Dazzling” Don Heck, Gene “The Dean” Colan and scripted by no less than Stan “The Man” Lee himself, this is the go-to volume for the Iron Man fan. Including every page, every pinup, and every letters column. Not to mention unused covers, critical essays, and bonuses galore! Collecting TALES OF SUSPENSE #39-83 & TALES TO ASTONISH #82.
All Ages …$99.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-2900-4

X-MEN: EMPEROR VULCAN TPB
COVER BY: BILLY TAN
WRITER: CHRISTOPHER YOST
PENCILS: PACO DIAZ
It’s brother versus brother and the outcome could decide the fate of billions. UNCANNY X-MEN: RISE AND FALL OF THE SHI’AR EMPIRE continues here! Vulcan is the Shi’Ar Emperor and Havok is leading the rebellious Starjammers. But who is really right and who is really wrong? Collecting X-MEN: EMPEROR VULCAN #1-5.
Rated T+ …$13.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-2551-8

Iron Man Hulk Sampler, AR
Marvel Previews #57 May 2008, AR

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