Playing around with superhero conventions— in an adult setting, no less— is a cornerstone of the comic book renaissance. Volume 5 of Powers hits the ground running, and hits it hard. [Massive, spandex-clad spoilers for previous volumes, below.]
Marvel's first family has been through the wringer, lately. They've lost, well, almost everything. Watching them fall apart has been engrossing as hell; which is why it's disconcerting to see things slip back into place for them… with little to no effort. (Spoilers follow.)
So when last we left our heroes, Magneto had shown up with the cavalry… made up entirely of supervillains (plus Deadpool). It's suitably awesome. [Spoilers follow.]
This issue first hit stands last week. Things have been going badly for the Fantastic Four for nearly a year now (in our time). This newest chapter is… well, it's a breather issue. No terribly compelling new developments, but snippets of moves already in play, and hints of what's on the horizon. Join me, won't you?…
The plot took a turn for the worse in New Daredevil's most chilling installment to date… or rather, 'til now. To catch you up, the Purple Man rounded up five offspring by five different mothers, and 'activated' them, for lack of a better word. The pint-sized little prats have inherited Papa's powers… and worse.…
Fasten your seat belts... it's gonna be a bumpy night. Not because of potholes or a bad transmission, mind you. Far from it. I mean because Marvel delivered so much epic grandstanding this week, it needed three different comics to bear the lode.
I've thoroughly enjoyed Dan Slott's run on Amazing Spider-Man. My only complaint about issue seven is that there isn't more of it. Eight of the comic's twenty pages are taken up by Edge of Spider-Verse: Web of Fear. I get what Marvel's doing, promoting a new series. I just don't care.
Welp, events have finally reached their boiling point. Rick Remender's pen has brought us a horrific thing: a nigh-omnipotent Red Skull, now the Red Onslaught. But there is a bright side!
SIXIS AXIS has managed to achieve something almost miraculous… Avengers and X-Men, working together. Mass hysteria!
Issue #25 is a corker. It's dark, bloody, and the morals at play here are… well, muddy. It largely works (outside one or two sticking points I'll get to), both as a chapter in the saga of Uncanny Avengers, and as the last prelude to
SIXIS er, AXIS. [Spoilers follow.]
Jason Aaron has been doing remarkable things with Thor: God of Thunder for just over two years. It was a great title, which did intriguing work on Thor's history, present, and future. The three were woven into one story, and it was a compelling one at that. But that chapter has closed. Following the events of Original…
Well, damn. After last issue's less than stellar performance, the dynamic duo of Rick Remender and Salvador Larroca have delivered the strongest issue in a while. Strap in, it's time for Uncanny Avengers #24. (Spoilers below.)
With Mark Waid and Chris Samnee at the helm, Daredevil has enjoyed more upbeat, dare-I-say cheerful adventures of late. Hell, even his trip to rescue his mother in Wakanda had its lighter moments. Point is, they do dynamite work together… which is good, because things are about to explode. (Spoilers below.)
All-New X-Men has subtly shown us that our chrono-displaced X-Men are at their strongest when they're working as a team. This is true for the comic itself, as well. Unfortunately, after last month's chapter, none of our heroes are together, anymore. They're all over the damn place… even other dimensions. (Spoilers…
In terms of comics, nothing makes my heart leap like a superheroine done right. And nowhere is that illustrated quite as well as in the pages of Ms. Marvel. Kamala Khan's had a few chapters now to get the hang of her powers, and #8 does a grand job of showing her at her finest. Find out why below. (Spoilers follow.)
I am thoroughly enjoying Fantastic Four, of late. This new series has been a long fall for our heroes, and its only been gaining speed. (Spoilers below.)
The Master of Magnetism has fallen on hard times. Magneto #9 has the notorious Auschwitz survivor return to Genosha, which has been converted into something disturbingly familiar. The issue is about as bleak as its surroundings, which you'll see for yourself. (Spoilers below.)
True Believers! I'm thrilled to report that a bevy of excellent comics were released today (most of 'em Marvel), and Amazing Spider-Man #6 was no exception. It's got action, some laughs, and in typical Parker luck, ol' web-head puts out one fire and lights two more. Let's dive right in, shall we? (Spoilers below!)
So, the Avengers have had a bit of a rough time. They saved the world (and mutant-kind) from Kang the Conqueror and a supremely pissed off Celestial. It cost them dearly. Details (and spoilers) below.
Marvel's latest Event Comic has been a cracking mystery, with plenty of action to keep readers riveted. As for chapter 8: the artwork, the story, the action— they're all on par with the series as a whole, which is impressive. The pacing has been tight. So why does it seem... not quite as good? (Spoilers below.)
I've spent a fair bit of time praising the talents of Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, and with good reason. Their work's phenomenal. On top of the storytelling, the characterization, the structure, the pacing, the look of it all... Vaughan also knows how to write for the trade. To wit, the story's 3rd arc wraps up…