Category Archives: Marvel

(New) New Avengers-One Reveal Left

I’m sitting at work on a break waiting for the end of the day so I can head to the local comic book shop for this week’s stuff. I’m also waiting, semi-patiently for the 8th member of the (New) New Avengers to be revealed over at

The line-up so far in case you missed it:

1. Echo ( The old Ronin. I’m not all that excited about this choice)

2. Ronin (Much speculation that this will be Captain America, I’m personally guessing it’s either Hawkeye or Jubilee-Hawk did put his uniform up at the Avengers HQ before he went looking for Wanda in New Avengers #26. Joe Quesada also said that Hawkeye fans would forgive Bendis in an interview late last year.

3 Dr Strange (The most unique pick so far and one that’s going to work well if you ask me)

4. Wolverine (Still one of my favorite superheroes and adds some attitude to the mix)

5. Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew adds some uncertainty to the team with her ties to both S.H.E.I.L.D and Hydra.)

6. Iron Fist (Danny Rand, the man with the $ to replace Tony Starks financial backing)

7. Luke Cage (As the leader? Nice to see him with Iron Fist again)

8. ???

Waiting for number 8 to be revealed anytime now. Most believe it is Spider-Man, some say it’s Hawkeye ( but I think he is already in) others note the lack of power in the group and say it’s Hulk (where have these people been?)

Here is the link to Day 1 reveal in case you want to catch up.

The reaction to the new group so far has had its range of support as expected. Personally, this group seems a bit underpowered as compared to the upcoming Mighty Avengers but I like most of the mix and that this group offers for the most part, a “darker” Avengers team.

I think Spder-Man would be the most obvious pick for number 8, because Bendis has shown that he writes Spidey well. But that wouldn’t really be a surprise…


Looking Forward To This Week

Last week was a really blah week for the comics I enjoy, but this week makes up for it a bit.

Spider-Man: Reign #2Though it’s no Dark Knight, I enjoyed the first issue’s “dark and dirty” portrayal of the Peter Parker that could be. Kaare Andrews admits that he’s not the best artist in the industry. When he pencils, inks, colors, and writes there is a synergy that I enjoy.

Just a note. If you missed issue #1, the reprint ships this week as well( sans glans-sorry for the bad pun!). Spectacular Spiderman #33 and Ultimate Spiderman #104 are due to ship too.

Battlestar Galactica #5- I was a sci-fi fan as a kid before adding comics to the mix. The new Battlestar Galactica on the SCIFI network is a can’t miss show for me. The comic is no different. If you are a fan of the television show, you really should be reading this. It’s relationship driven stories are true to its on air show. Greg Pak, the series writer is awesome.Fantastic Four #542

Fantastic Four #542- J. Michael Straczynski’s run on Fantastic Four has been really great. Though he isn’t writing this issue (Dwayne McDuffie pens 542 and 543), the fact that the team is fractured, spread over the globe, and on multiple sides of the Civil War issue, makes this one I’ve been looking forward to. The cover is Great as well (if only it was a full cover, instead of a Civil War cover.)

She Hulk #15- As posted a few days ago, “Planet Without A Hulk” begins here.

52 #37- No cover available, that means something big has to happen, doesnt it? Also,three cheers to DC for having 36 on-time issues from this mini-series.

BTW, four new one-shot spin-offs were announced for the 52 series this week as well.

My DC title’s are a bit skimpy for the week of the 17th, but next week isn’t looking too bad.

The (New) New Avengers-Bendis Reveals The Team

There has been alot of speculation over the past couple of months on who the New-New Avengers will be beginning in New Avengers #27, shipping February 7th. In case you’re interested, Newsarama has managed to convince, close-lipped until now, Marvel and Brian Bendis to reveal the new team.

Starting this Wednesday a new member is being revealed each day to the fans, with a bit of reasoning why, via Newsarama. Wednesday’s first reveal was Echo (aka Ronin). I’ll admit, yesterday’s reveal came as a surprise to me.

As an Avenger’s fan way back in the 80’s toearly 90’s when they weren’t as popular, I’m looking forward to seeing who today’s member will be.


She Hulk #15-Planet Without A Hulk

She Hulk #15 ships next week and in case you didn’t know, it is the “bridge” story to World War Hulk, Marvel’s big crossover event for 2007.

In Civil War’s aftermath the “Planet Without a Hulk” storyline Jennifer has picked her side (pro-registration) and is working for S.H.I.E.L.D. Her mission? Pretty much to face the villains that her cousin, Hulk normally did. S.H.I.E.L.D and the Illuminati tricked Hulk and sent him into exile awhile back for the “good of the planet” now someone has to take out the trash in his absence.

If you haven’t followed the Hulk’s adventures recently I would HIGHLY recommend it. The “Planet Hulk” storyline that began in Incredible Hulk #88 (88-91 are collected in trade paperback as Incredible Hulk: Planet Hulk Prelude) and is still ongoing. It has been an entertaining run for me.

I haven’t collected She-Hulk before this issue, but I’m going to see if I like the four-part story enough to give it a try. Who says green isn’t sexy!shehulk15.jpeg

Looking Ahead: SIlent War #1

Now that this week’s shipments are out, I find myself anticipating the Silent War mini series due out January 17th. Since I have come back to comic book collecting one of the new artists I have really enjoyedRobin 157 is Frazier Irving. Irving will be doing all of the art for Silent War (pencils, inks, and colors) and X-Men’s David Hine will be the writer.

Irving’s most recent work has been in the pages of DC’s Robin #157 (cover pictured) this month, and Marvel’s Iron Man: The Inevitable mini series in early 2006. He was the artist for DC’s Seven Soldiers: Klarion the Witch-Boy mini series in 2005. His style is very dark and unique. I imagine he will be picked up by one of the big two publishers for exclusive work soon, especially after seeing his work on Robin this month.

Silent War basically picks up on the successful Son of M mini-series and features The Inhumans (Black Bolt, Medusa, Crystal, Karnak etc.) after Black Bolt’s declaration of war on humanity at the close of Son of M. The Fantastic 4(with Reed and Sue still together?) take up the challenge as humanity’s defenders.

Continuity concerns aside, I’m looking forward to it.

Civil War #6 Availability Issues…

It seems the only thing you can be entirely sure about is the lateness and problems Marvel is having getting Civil War out. It seems that there are going to be HUGE availability problems for retailers and fans waiting to see Civil War #6.grumble1.jpg

According to this article West Coast retailers are only receiving about 15% of the comics they need to pass on to the rest of us. Sure the other 85% will likely come next week, but issue 6 was “supposedly” delayed by two-weeks only due to a traditionally slow after-christmas week for comic retailers. It seems to me (as if I didn’t already expect it) someone was pulling our collective chains.

I am not a comic book fan that feels I am entitled to comics on-time-every-time. I believe that by accepting the short delays Marvel will have achieved a consistent look and feel to this important title. I also know unique problems arise on a regular basis for the comic book industry. But failing to notify people via news, a corporate website, or a trusted magazine source is just plain wrong to those who support you. Even if the news is bad, a corporate entity like Marvel or Diamond should own up to problems and inform those they do business with in my opinion.

It only makes good business sense to me, but what do i know?

Namor The Submariner Title In 2007

Namor The Submariner fans (myself included) have something to look forward to in 2007 . Namor 2007 cover

The marketing team over at Marvel released a cover featuring Namor. The only comments made with this release were that Michael Turner was doing covers AND that Namor would have his own title!

They announced that this was one of the spin-offs from the Civil War.

No mention yet on whether this will be a mini-series or a permanant title.