What’s the defining Ultron story of the last 15 years? It’s a deceptively tricky question to answer, especially when you realize Kurt Busiek and George Perez’s “Ultron Unlimited” (from Avengers #19 to #22) was 16 years ago. Rage of Ultron attempts to fill the void, but can this Marvel OGN do one of the Avengers greatest villains (in)justice? [Read more…] about Rage of Ultron Review!: Does ‘The Killing Joke’ For Ultron Live Up To The Hype?
Following a series of increasingly intense issues, Jonathan Hickman’s latest somehow elevates the phrase “we’re boned” to an unparalleled height. Framed largely as a sequence of flashbacks, “Beyonders” is an unrelenting twenty page tale of woe. Latter-day Illuminati members Yellowjacket and Captain Britain take the lead, in turn conveying to the Avengers that the ongoing Multiversal collapse is a terminal problem on the most macro of levels. In short, confirming that even if the heroes somehow triumph, there’s no going back. As in: there will be nothing to go back to. Their ticket is punched, one-way and irreversibly. [Read more…] about NEW AVENGERS #30 Review: “Marvel Horror Story”
The latest issue of the recently re-branded Captain America and the Mighty Avengers is one part epilogue and two parts subplot set-up. It’s like one of those classic X-Men “down” issues, except with a severe lack of backyard softball. For a title re-launched during the “good is bad” shenanigans of Marvel’s fall event, Avengers & X-Men: Axis, this issue tackles the theme of public persona damage control in a pretty straightforward fashion. However, for all its addressing, punctuation is at a minimum as the pages just loll by as a largely uninspired twenty-page segue. [Read more…] about CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THE MIGHTY AVENGERS #4 Review: “Operation: Hot Mess- The Aftermath!”
Spoilers abound in this latest portion of Jonathan Hickman’s ramp-up to Secret Wars. Well, it’s not so much spoilers– plural- as it is a single one that informs all of the action within this oversized issue. For those following since Hickman assumed control of the Avengers franchise back in late 2012, there is tremendous payoff regarding one of the major backbeats of the Illuminati-centric New Avengers portion of his story. Like, “Holy-insert-expletive-of your-choice, I can’t believe that actually happened!” amounts. [Read more…] about AVENGERS #40 Review: “A Song of Fish and Cats!”
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’!”