Thursday, June 26, 2008

Review - New Avengers #42 (Marvel)

The best Secret Invasion title so far

The story of how Jessica Drew, a double agent for SHIELD and HYDRA, and a reinstated Avenger as Spider-Woman, got replaced by the Skrull Empress Veranke. To go into too much detail would post too many spoilers, but let me say that this story never challenges the Marvel continuity, its full of talking but never boring, the action, when it happens, tends to be of the inter-personal variety and does not suffer one bit for that.The art is fantastic, the ending is amazing and it is about 10 times better than the main title it ties into. Above all else, the Avengers titles that tie-in to the main 'Secret Invasion' book are mandatory if you want to get more out of the story than a few big fights. I look forward to these Avengers titles more than any other at the moment. The best Marvel is offering at the minute, and its of a very high standard.

Review - intricate, makes sense, thrilling, great art, a fantastic, mysterious climax - the best this week. 9.5 out of 10.

Review - Mighty Avengers #15 (Marvel)

Those Avengers titles keep proving to be the best books out there at the moment

Hank Pym, ex-Yellowjacket, Ant-Man and Goliath, was, at some point, replaced by a Skrull as part of their Earth Invasion plan. This issues gives you the backstory on those events. We see how the volatile, destructive relationship between Hank and Janet Pym (aka Wasp) leads to him falling under the influence of a female Skrull disguised as a beautiful British student. From there on in, we see Hank embrace the Skrull mission with shocking ease - and the final panel is a disturbing 'here, my dear' moment as Hank and Janet are briefly reunited.

Review - these titles (Mighty & New Avengers) lift Secret Invasion from the average to the sublime. You have to read this. 8.5 out of 10.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Listening for the Letterbox, June 25th, 2008

A regular feature where I look ahead to what I have on order from the releases of the week. This is obviously not a definitive release schedule - for that, try Diamond for the list of next weeks releases and this weeks releases (updated every monday).

Wow - in some amazing piece of planning, it's Avengers week.....

Mighty Avengers #15
New Avengers #42
Avengers Initiative #14 (all Marvel)

In Mighty Avengers;

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO-----? Rewinding the clock to Avengers Dissassembled we reveal how one of the main players in SECRET INVASION was replaced by a Skrull and what the fallout has been. A major SECRET INVASION chapter is here! Oh, but you want to know exactly who we're talking about right? Spoilers, dude!

In New Avengers;

THE EMPIRE part 3. For 42 issues readers of New Avengers have wondered, who caused the breakout in New Avengers #1 and why? And how was this the real start of the SECRET INVASION? Find out right here!! Special guest artist Jim Cheung returns to these pages for this shocking story.

In Avengere Initiative;

"We Have Met the Enemy and He Is Us!"
During the INFILTRATION, a Skrull at the heart of the Camp Hammond said these words: "It won't be long until we have a Skrull in every state! "Now that Skrull stands revealed and the fate of The Initiative, the United States, and Planet Earth hang in the balance. Plus: Former Avenger, Delroy Garret, assumes the mantle and arsenal of Earth's greatest Skrull-Hunter, THE 3-D MAN. He's here to chew bubblegum and kick some Skrull-@$$. And he's all out of bubblegum.

Uncanny X-Men #499 (Marvel)

The one before the big 500, as 'Divided We Stand' reaches its conclusion, with Wolverine and co in Russia, and Cyclops and Emma Frost are still psychedelicalised (is that a word?)

Daredevil #108

Part 2 of 'Cruel and Unusual', as a reeling Matt Murdock is fighting a losing battle defending a man who is on Death Row and has every intention of keeping his execution date. Ed Brubaker continues his excellent Daredevil run.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Listening for the Letterbox, June 11th 2008

A regular feature where I look ahead to what I have on order from the releases of the week. This is obviously not a definitive release schedule - for that, try Diamond for the list of next weeks releases and this weeks releases (updated every monday).

As usual, I will put the titles in reverse order of anticipation (ie the bottom of the pile being the most anticipated;

Young Liars #4 (Vertigo)

The kerazy life of Sadie Hopkins and those pulled into her happy/insane malevolent/innocent orbit continues - hope this issue picks up a bit as last time it felt a bit laboured.

Captain Britain & MI 13 #2 (Marvel)le

Really liked the debut issue, a nice take on the worldwide trauma of the 'secret invasion'. I think I am going to like the follow up, as we find out if Brian Braddock (aka Captain Britain) had made the supreme sacrifice....oh, and maybe a look at Captain Midlands? (I like to know who represents me in my constituency).

Red Mass For Mars (Image)

Brought to us by the man behind the excellent Transhuman & Pax Romana, Johnathan Hickman, with art by new Image artist Ryan Bodenheim. The solicitation goes like this;

"In a world that has survived every catastrophe imaginable, a new threat from the beyond stars looks to be the end of all humanity. "A Red Mass For Mars" tells the story of the last days of Earth and the one man who could have saved us all - but didn't!"

Sounds super-intriguing, lets hope this post-apocalyptic tale lives up to Hickmans other work. The pick of the bunch this time round, with a review, no doubt.

Although I am only on the trades (and around issue 21 as it stands) I am way off the landmark 50th issue of Invincible (Image Comics), but its been a long time coming, so gets the mention. The cover, if you have even a passing knowledge of the series, is terrificly exciting;

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