Magneto #8 Review! “To What Lengths”

Magneto #8 Review! “To What Lengths”

This week gives us the final story in this arc of MAGNETO before this book starts to directly tie into the upcoming AXIS event. Another superb outing by Cullen Bunn, each issue in this series has been building up to what happens, and what is bound to happen, in this comic series. (more…)

Gambit Reading Order Part 4: Late 90′s and Early 2000′s

Gambit Reading Order Part 4: Late 90′s and Early 2000′s

The late 90′s were difficult times to be writing the X-Men.  In Wizard #90, Steve Seagle gave vent to his frustrations:

PreviouslyGambit after the Age of Apocalypse!

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Old-School X-Men with Lincoln Crisler: Uncanny X-Men #197

Old-School X-Men with Lincoln Crisler: Uncanny X-Men #197

Last week’s installment gave us an issue from Claremont’s classic run that pretty much flipped the X-Men’s typical moral stance on its backside, with Rachel calling for the quick demise of a mutant-hating human and Magneto of all people coming down on the side of peace. This week’s issue, featuring Arcade, is much more black-and-white. Arcade, bless his heart, doesn’t leave much room for moral gray areas. By this time, his character has been around for most of a decade and has tangled with the X-Men a few times in the past, making for some pretty memorable stories from the early Eighties. He’s more or less a blend of the Joker and the Riddler, and his stories usually involve a theme park with deathtraps, which makes for fun reading, even if he never, ever beats the heroes he traps, which doesn’t do much to set him up as a serious threat. (more…)

Marvel NOW: Iron Man Vol 1 “Believe” Review and Walkthrough

Marvel NOW: Iron Man Vol 1 “Believe” Review and Walkthrough

Marvel events of the modern era have a tendency to beat the living daylights out of the decade’s surprise comic book movie savior, Iron Man. Civil War positions ol’ shellhead against his best friend and fellow Avenger, Captain America, Secret Invasion corrupted everything from Stark industries to Tony Stark’s own biology, Dark Reign completely unmade the man, and Fear Itself got so dire we saw the return of a certain demon in a bottle. By contrast, Avengers vs. X-Men, the Marvel event that leads into Marvel NOW! was a walk in the park. Tony spends most of his time tinkering on devices to solve the situation, and although he only succeeds to varying degrees, it’s a comparatively peaceful conclusion to a 60+ issue, four year run on the character from Matt Fraction and Salvador Larocca. (more…)

Inhuman #3 Review! Yes, this book is still coming out

Inhuman #3 Review! Yes, this book is still coming out

A book plagued by creative team changes and artist delays is finally getting into a groove. After Infinity, Marvel made a big push for Inhumanity and this Inhuman book coming out of that. Sadly with Matt Fraction dropping off the book late in the game, Inhuman was doomed to lose its traction. Even though Marvel did its best by sticking the first issue in the back of Amazing Spider-Man #1, I’m still afraid that this book may have lost more steam than it should have. (more…)

Original Sin #7 Review! Setting up story arcs and not much more

Original Sin #7 Review! Setting up story arcs and not much more

The second to last issue of Marvel’s big summer crossover Original Sin has arrived. My only problem is that all it did was make me wish it was the last. Not because I hate the book or anything, but I just want some answers after three issues of questions. I guess Marvel did their job in making me want the answers though. Sadly the ride to get there hasn’t been as enjoyable as I expected after the first few issues. I just hope that this last issue has an interesting ending as well as setting up future stories. (more…)

Amazing Spider-Man #5 Review! The Black Cat’s Revenge

Amazing Spider-Man #5 Review! The Black Cat’s Revenge

This issue was a doozy! In a very frenzied, familiar way, Amazing Spider-Man #5 follows Peter as the recent events in his life are all building to a bunch of bad luck, due in a rather large part to his once friend, now enemy, The Black Cat. Also, spiraling out of the events of the current Marvel event, Original Sin, this book has a little bit of everything thrown into the mix. (more…)

Captain America #23 Review! A Glimpse of Hope From the Darkness

Captain America #23 Review! A Glimpse of Hope From the Darkness

Rick Remender’s run on Captain America has been an interesting, but sometimes frustrating read since it began. The first arc, a ten issue story that put Steve Rogers into a hellish plane called Dimension Z, was fantastic from start to finish. Making Rogers an adoptive father while at the same time trying to survive in a hostile environment that is continuously under attack by Arnim Zola’s mutant army made for a fun read. However, the rather depressing ending was only the beginning of what would become a running theme in this run, making Steve Roger’s life absolute hell. During the second and third arcs, things continued to get worse and worse for Steve as his reputation takes a big hit, he is blamed for harming America’s standing with the rest of world, and his faith in S.H.I.E.L.D. is all but shattered. (more…)

Wolverine #11 Review! One Month to Die – Death of Wolverine Imminent

Wolverine #11 Review! One Month to Die – Death of Wolverine Imminent

This issue is the true beginning of the end for Wolverine. With only one issue left in the series, and then the ‘Death of Wolverine’ mini-series to follow right on its heels, things are starting to really get final for the feral mutant.  (more…)