Host Derek Coward returns to talk about the 2011 Marvel event Fear Itself, and gives an update on Marvel’s Avengers Alliance.
Host Derek Coward returns to talk about Marvel’s Avengers Alliance and continues with his thoughts on the latest episode of Gotham before being interrupted.
I have read what I think are all of #1 issues of the newly relaunched Avengers books.
Avengers: I think this will be the one most people will gravitate towards because it has all of the big names like Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Spider-Man and Wolverine. Too bad they are making Wonder Man look like such a dick and the first villain they come across is Kang The Lameass Conqueror (he still makes my top five least favorite characters list).
The Secret Avengers: This is the title that has a lot of critical acclaim but people are talking more about Ed Brubaker than the actual content of the book. I haven’t been much of a Moon Knight fan since his days with the Defenders (actually just the Scorpio storyline that culminated with issue 50), I have never been much of a Valkyrie fan, Beast is my least favorite of the original X-Men and I was a fan of what Abnett and Lanning were doing with Nova in his own title. However, Brubaker writing Black Widow is a HUGE draw.
Avengers Academy: A bunch of new characters along with Hank Pym, Rhodey (who should still be hanging out with The Crew, but oh well) and Tigra. This book should be a trainwreck waiting to happen, but the revelation at the end of the first issue really piqued my interest and I want to see what will happen next.
Avengers Prime: According to David A Price, this is a bi-monthly five issue miniseries. Also known in some circles as tradebait. There is no reason to do anything but wait for the entire story to be finished and collected. There was a great segment where Tony Stark called Steve Rogers on his hypocrisy, but like I said, you can wait to read it in trade.
The New Avengers: I thought I would dislike this one the most. No particular reason, but it just didn’t seem like something I would like. However, I like “getting the team together” type stories. And I really like the make up of the actual team: Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Ms. Marvel, Jessica Jones, Hawkeye, Mockingbird, Wolverine, Spider-Man and The Thing (I think it would be a great scene to have the last three sitting around swapping stories about all of the team ups they have had in the past, but I think that would only appeal to a certain type of reader).
While I liked them all to varying degrees, I would say my favorite two are Avengers Academy and The New Avengers. I think that because I am not the world’s biggest Steve Rogers fan it comes as no surprise that I prefer the two books he is not a part of.
One thing I thought was really interesting was the first stories for each team. The intro/training of Avengers Academy is a pretty obvious thing to start out with, but the established teams are all in different types of story: Avengers/time travel, Secret Avengers/sci fi action, Avengers Prime/fantasy adventure, and The New Avengers/mystical threats.
Now that I have read all five of them, I can safely say that I will probably be picking up the titles in trade going forward.
If you have read one or more of the titles, what do you think of them?
The gang is back after a long hiatus. Mike Myers, Luke Foster and Ryan King talk about Criminal Sinners, Marvel The List books, Deadpool, Shang-Chi, Green Arrow/Black Canary, Booster Gold, I Kill Giants, Hulk Books, Son of Hulk, Skaar, Guardians of the Galaxy, War of Kings, Nova, Scalped, Unknown Soldier, Marvel 2099, Judgment Day and a special Hulk announcement. We discuss top Christmas shows, Monk, The Office, White Collar, Lost, some movie talk and lots of food. Eric Martin, we love you and miss you very much.
New releases (by our host) and Bring ’em Back (by Backwards Dave) are joined by reviews from Equinox (Chris Chavez) and Vernson (Rob)! We also have a voicemail from Carlos and Mr. Chavez chimes in again with thoughts on Secret Invasion!
Sadly, there is no Marvel Tales this week. What, I’m on vacation!
Titles mentioned include Amazing Spider-Girl, Amazing Spider-Man, Criminal, Nova, Punisher, Wolverine, and New Mutants.
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AMAZING SPIDER-GIRL #19
COVER BY: RON FRENZ
WRITER: TOM DEFALCO
PENCILS: RON FRENZ
INKS: SAL BUSCEMA
“There Can Only Be One!” (Part 1 of 1)
At last—the battle you never thought you’d see—Spider-Girl versus Araña! ‘Nuff said!
Rated A …$2.99
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #556
COVER BY: CHRIS BACHALO
WRITER: ZEB WELLS
PENCILS: CHRIS BACHALO
INKS: TIM TOWNSEND
“Sometimes It Snows In April” (Come on it’s a Prince reference from 20 years ago! The day of the massively unhip editor is upon us) continues with Spidey caught in the middle of two ancient threats that are conspiring to take him and the city itself down.
Plus, Carlie trapped at the Police Station with someone after her blood!
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Avengers Fairy Tales #2 (of 4), $2.99
Civil War Chronicles #10, $4.99
COVER BY: SEAN PHILLIPS
WRITER: ED BRUBAKER
PENCILS: SEAN PHILLIPS
It’s the second of three standalone stories, as CRIMINAL’s new expanded format keeps the hits coming!
In previous arcs of Criminal we’ve met the man who killed him, and we met his only surviving son… now meet TEEG LAWLESS, thief, murderer, and all around bad mother-#@$%er. Fresh from two tours in Vietnam, Teeg arrives home in 1972 carrying the baggage of war, a drug habit, and an unpaid debt to a local mob boss that’s now long overdue. *“Before the Living End”* tells how he goes about finding a way out of his problems and back into the life of crime.
And on top of this longer-than-usual length main story, CRIMINAL now features an *expanded* back-pages section, as well – with articles by Brubaker and other top crime writers, from novelists to screenwriters to comic writers. These noir articles have become a popular piece of the CRIMINAL package, and are something that can only be found in the comics, not in any collections.
So don’t miss out on this second *standalone* issue of the most acclaimed crime comic on the stands!
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FANTASTIC FOUR #556
COVER BY: BRYAN HITCH
WRITER: MARK MILLAR
PENCILS: BRYAN HITCH
INKS: PAUL NEARY
That’s the problem with Utopias—they’re all-too-often built on a foundation of human tears. When an organism designed to abolish war is set into motion, and it decides that the only way to accomplish its objective is to eliminate anyone who could possibly pick up a weapon, there’s only one foursome to turn to if humanity is going to survive!
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COVER BY: ALEX MALEEV
WRITER: DAN ABNETT & ANDY LANNING
PENCILS: PAUL PELLETIER
INKS: RICK MAGYAR
The New Mutant Warlock returns in an issue that propels Nova back into ANNIHILATION: CONQUEST! Still threatened by his deadly Phalanx virus, Richard Rider finally reaches Kvch, the never-before-seen Technarchy homeworld. But are the “parents” of the Phalanx still there – and can Nova even reach them? And are you ready for the comeback of the former New Mutant know as Warlock? Join writers Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning and new ongoing penciler Paul Pelletier (FANTASTIC FOUR) for another chapter of the saga that has Wizard saying “If you’re a fan of out-there sci-fi with a superhero twinge, you should strap yourself in for a ride with the Human Rocket’s series.”
Rated T+ …$2.99
COVER BY: TIM BRADSTREET
WRITER: GARTH ENNIS
PENCILS: GORAN PARLOV
“VALLEY FORGE, VALLEY FORGE,” PART 2
Garth Ennis concludes his seminal run on PUNSHER — in style.
Eight men who know exactly who Frank Castle is…and how to fight him. Eight men who know that, no matter what they throw at him, he won’t fire back. The Punisher has faced many threats in his day, but never one like this. A Special Forces Squad has been tasked to bring him down, by all means necessary, and his only hope for survival might be crossing a line he swore he’d never cross.
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Twelve #3 (of 12)(2nd Printing Chris Weston Variant Cover), $2.99
COVER BY: RON GARNEY
WRITER: JASON AARON
PENCILS: RON GARNEY
“GET MYSTIQUE” Part 3
Spinning out of the decade’s biggest X-Men event, Wolverine embarks on a personal mission to hunt down MYSTIQUE. But what do you do when the person you’re chasing, the person you’re dying to kill, chooses to hide behind an army of American soldiers? That’s the question Logan is asking himself, and the answer will be explosive. Plus, Wolvie pulls a bank heist in 1920s Kansas City, but all does not go according to plan.
Parental Advisory …$2.99
FALLEN SON: THE DEATH OF CAPTAIN AMERICA TPB
COVER BY: JOHN CASSADAY
WRITER: JEPH LOEB
PENCILS: JOHN CASSADAY, DAVID FINCH, ED MCGUINNESS, JOHN ROMITA JR. and LEINIL FRANCIS YU
Where were you when Captain America died? Perhaps you were listening to the radio or reading the morning paper. Maybe you were surfing the web or on the phone with a friend. You were probably shocked, most likely thinking, “How could they? How could this happen to Cap?” And for a moment, you perhaps thought about all the ways the super soldier meant something to you. Something very real, very abiding. FALLEN SON: DEATH OF CAPTAIN AMERICA follows the reaction of the legendary heroes’ best friends and closest comrades as they struggle to work through the emotions stirred by the loss of their ally, and the stages of grief that make them confront the part they may have played in that loss. Wolverine. The Avengers. Hawkeye. Spider-Man. Iron Man. All have their own sense of loss, their own levels of grieving. This is their story. This is Cap’s story. This is our story. The story of a Fallen Son and the world he helped make a better place. Collecting FALLEN SON: WOLVERINE, FALLEN SON: AVENGERS, FALLEN SON: CAPTAIN AMERICA, FALLEN SON: SPIDER-MAN and FALLEN SON: IRON MAN.
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MARVEL ADVENTURES HULK VOL. 2: DEFENDERS DIGEST
COVER BY: JUAN SANTACRUZ
WRITER: PAUL BENJAMIN
PENCILS: DAVID NAKAYAMA and STEVE SCOTT
The Green Goliath continues to smash his way through his own Marvel Adventures title! See how brilliant scientist Bruce Banner was cursed to transform into the rampaging Hulk! Dr. Strange, the Silver Surfer and Namor all arrive on the scene, concluding in an all-new Defenders team-up adventure! Most important, thrill to the Hulk smashing everything in sight! Collecting MARVEL ADVENTURES HULK #5-8.
All Ages …$7.99
MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN VOL. 9: FIERCEST FOES
COVER BY: DAVID NAKAYAMA
WRITER: FRED VAN LENTE
PENCILS: CORY HAMSCHER
The all-new, all-ages, all-action fun continues! It’s wall-to-wall mayhem in the Mighty Marvel Manner with four original tales of everybody’s favorite teenage wall-crawler! Featuring Doctor Octopus, the Green Goblin and Venom! Plus: Will Harry Osborn succumb to his family’s evil legacy and don the guise of the Goblin? Collecting MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN #33-36.
All Ages …$7.99
NEW MUTANTS CLASSIC VOL. 3 TPB
COVER BY: BILL SIENKIEWICZ
WRITER: CHRIS CLAREMONT
PENCILS: BILL SIENKIEWICZ and BOB MCLEOD
The New Mutants face a demon menace and befriend an alien misfit! A rock concert pulls them into the orbit of a multi-galaxy music star, then the team, with Cloak and Dagger, is drawn into a deadly exchange program…of super-powers! Plus: Hellfire Club intrigue and early steps on the path of reformation by Magneto! Action, romance, family reunions and a fairy tale! Anything else? Oh, right, guest-starring the X-Men! Collecting NEW MUTANTS #18-25 and ANNUAL #1.
Rated A …$24.99
WHAT IF?: CIVIL WAR TPB
COVER BY: MARKO DJURDJEVIC
WRITERS: DAVID HINE, ED BRUBAKER, KEVIN GREVIOUX, CHRISTOS GAGE, GREG PAK, CHRISTOPHER YOST, JEFF PARKER, and PAUL TOBIN
PENCILS: MARKO DJURDJEVIC, GUSTAVO, HARVEY TOLIBAO, JUAN SANTACRUZ, LARRY STROMAN, CLAYTON HENRY, FRED HEMBECK, LEONARD KIRK, and RAFAEL SANDOVAL
Marvel once again poses the question, “What If…?” What if Annihilus had not been defeated in the outskirts of our galaxy, and instead had brought his devastating alien armada to Earth? What if Iron Man had lost the Civil War? What If Captain America led all the heroes against the Superhuman Registration Act and Henry Gyrich became head of S.H.I.E.L.D. to take them down? What if the Hulk had landed on a peaceful planet, as the Marvel heroes had intended when they exiled him into space? Or Banner had landed on Sakaar instead of the Hulk? Or the Hulk’s warrior bride, Caiera the Oldstrong, had come to Earth seeking vengeance instead of her husband? What if Vulcan had become Phoenix? And finally, what if Spider-Man and Wolverine became the most efficient two-man killing team in the world? Collecting WHAT IF? ANNIHILATION, CIVIL WAR, PLANET HULK, X-MEN and SPIDER-MAN VS. WOLVERINE.
Rated A …$ 16.99
WOLVERINE: THE DEATH OF WOLVERINE PREMIERE
COVER BY: HOWARD CHAYKIN
WRITER: MARC GUGGENHEIM and JASON AARON
PENCILS: HOWARD CHAYKIN
Following up on plot threads left over from CIVIL WAR: WOLVERINE, this new story promises to take Marvel’s feral mutant to the limit – and beyond! With Wolverine reduced to a brain-dead vegetable, you’d think that was the end of Wolverine’s adventures – but it’s actually just the beginning of Wolverine’s greatest challenge yet. Guest-starring Iron Man and Dr. Strange! Plus: Wendell Rayfield is a recently divorced, down-on-his-luck ex-cop who’s looking down the business end of a 40 with no hope for the future and with demons from his past still haunting him at every turn. All he has going for him is his new job. A job that involves a very large machine gun, a hole in the ground, a certain hirsute mutant and several thousand bullets. We all know what damage Wolverine can do with his claws, but how dangerous can he really be when all he’s able to do is talk? Wendell Rayfield is about to find out. Collecting WOLVERINE #56-61.
Parental Advisory …$19.99
New releases! Pick of the Week! SkrullWatch! Criminal! Nova! The Order! Punisher War Journal! Wolverine: Origins!
It’s not a long episode, but it’s filled with information. And the ramblings of a medicated host.
Enjoy this, the fourth episode of Marvel Noise.