Finally free of re-establishing the divided factions of the Avengers since the “Eight Months Later” timeskip, “You Can’t Win: Part 1” gets right down to the ugly business of getting the band back together. Whether they like it or not. [Read more…] about AVENGERS #39 Review: “Mr. Fantastic’s ‘The Art of War’!”
Marvel’s current event series Avengers & X-Men: Axis has been an uneven affair to date and the most recent issue is no exception. In fact, “End The Line” stands as something of a microcosm survey to the point. While wildly ambitious, writer Rick Remender’s story has had a hard time finding its legs overall. Part of this may be due to his script calling for perpetual erosion that may ultimately prove too self-sabotaging. Part of this may be due to the rotating cast of artists that, despite their collective awesomeness, hasn’t yielded a consistent look for the title. Regardless of the mechanics, the finish is often less than satisfying. [Read more…] about AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #7 Review: “New World Retcon!”
Hot on the heels of last week’s comprehensive round-the-horn update-fest, writer Jonathan Hickman’s ongoing Marvel saga returns with yet another issue of New Avengers. Entitled “Triage” and arriving with very little advanced fanfare, this chapter offers a few surprises and is both literally and figuratively what the doctor ordered. [Read more…] about NEW AVENGERS #27 Review: “Pre-Gaming in the Nothing Space of Destroyed Universes!”
“Cages”, the latest New Avengers comic, serves as an integral puzzle piece to writer Jonathan Hickman’s near-literal Marvel epic to end all epics. Not only does it re-establish key characters as the story skips ahead “Eight Months Later” but it also makes several subtle nods toward how the upcoming Secret Wars endgame may ultimately present itself. [Read more…] about NEW AVENGERS #26 Review: Total Drama Wakanda!
Spending time up to now negotiating various crossover events and establishing a Cinematic Universe-friendly status quo, the latest issue of Guardians of the Galaxy finally offers a story capable of being judged by its own merits. Writer Brian Michael Bendis turns up the fun and weird but doesn’t cut ties entirely with the greater Marvel tapestry, effectively utilizing Venom as special guest star and plot device. [Read more…] about “GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #21 Review: In Space, No One Can Hear You Groot!”