Marvel adds 10 new pictures from The Avengers movie

As if it wasn’t hard enough holding out for that May 4th release, Marvel has 10 new shots of the cast for the movie to tease everyone with. Some decent action shots all around although the stills of Chris Evans still have me really wondering about that Captain America suit. Hopefully it works better in action than it does right now.

Check out the pictures in the gallery below, we’ll add any extras as Marvel releases them.

Link: Marvel News

Review – King Conan #3: The Phoenix On The Sword Part 3 of 4

Writer: Timothy Truman
Artist: Tomas Giorello
Color: Jose Villarrubia
Cover Art: Andrew Robinson

Andrew Robinson

Issue #3 starts with Conan counting his story of that night when he was confronted by the Epemitreus, the saga whose tomb is buried deep in Mount Golamira, a mysterious palace where the priest’s of Mitra sealed him for all eternity. Intrigued that Conan has seen such a place, the young scribe urges him to continue his occurrence of that fateful night. It’s been fifteen hundred years since Epemitreus was seen or heard form, amazed by the presences of the great saga, Conan asks him why has he awakened him out of bed, to which the saga replies “As a pebble cast into a dark lake sends ripples of further shores happenings in the unseen world have broken like waves to disturb my slumber”. He then explains there are evils loose upon his land, dooms that his iron sword alone well not help him defeat.  Unknowing of what type of enemy he’s up against, a brash Conan tells Epemitreus that when he encounters this foe he will cleave its skull to the teeth. The saga tells him that his barbarian fury may shield him when he faces men, but not for this evil, he (The saga) himself will aid him. There are things from the Dark World such as monsters and fiends drawn from the Outer Voids to destroy and devour at the bidding of Lords Of Evil. Epemitreus continues saying” There is a serpent in his house, an adder from Stygia with knowledge of the shadows, who turns out to be Thoth-Amon the evil wizard that now possesses his ring and the power to now bring down Conan and his kingdom…

Final Thoughts: King Conan Part 3 elaborates more the history of  Epemitreus and his past battles with the evil Set and his connection to Thoth-amon, and with Ascalante, Rinaldo making their move to over throw Conan at end of this issue The Phoenix On The Sword Part 3 is another solid issue.

Release Date: March 28, 2012
Links: Pre-Order | Preview




Review – Prototype 2 #4 – The Survivors Part 2

Writer: Dan Jolley
Artist: Chris Staggs
Coloring: Michael Atiyeh
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Chris Staggs with Michael Atiyeh
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

Prototype 2 The Survivors Part 1 left us with an odd taste, jumping into a completely new story and another set of dilemmas to navigate through in the pages of the book. The survival group goes on a fast paced journey from isolation and self-preservation into full action trying to spring themselves loose from the heavily contaminated Red Zone of the city, given some bad luck they end up crashing short of their promised land and wind up in the Yellow Zone.

Part 2 picks up right after this, we see a darker truth to improvements of the Yellow Zone, yes people are alive but they’re still surrounded with mutants and there’s a bad air about the situation as a whole with what Blackwatch is really doing for this entire situation. The group bands together again on a final journey, the escape to the Green Zone where they can break free once again, unfortunately luck in the Prototype Universe is clearly not on their side. The situation feels lighter than ever as they execute on their plan, soaring above the patch of freedom below, soon to be their home thanks to persistence and drive. Well, almost. Fate has a different plan in mind and Conrad didn’t even see it coming, we’re left to wait for the game to come out or possibly this next set of installments to help clear up all these loose ends and get some closure.

The art is a slight improvement for The Survivors Part 2, shape shifting isn’t nearly as common although the fish eyes still tend to pop up with Conrad making for some odd moments. Overall it was a style shift and it has to be accounted for, it’s more an issue that across a series there is some level of continued style expected as well. Design did improve and color delivered the drama with moments like Conrad resigning himself for the good of those who he wished to protect the most. As a whole though it’s getting tough to live with all these cliffhanger sections, we see a sweeping rush of conflict and hope and then complete hole to be filled by the game or another installment.

If you’re following the digital releases be sure to get your issues in pairs or the series will not make much sense, one can only guess what the final arc will bring before the release of the game.

Release date: March 28, 2012


DC Comics preview pages for The Unwritten and The Fury of Firestorm break out

It’s a goodie Monday for everyone, preview pages from DC, freebies from Marvel. At least you can get ahead of the curve on these new releases though. We look at The Unwritten #35.5 and The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men #7 today thanks to DC.

The Unwritten 35.5

The mystery around Grid gets a boost in history in 35.5, the latest recruit to the cabal Tom Taylor takes on the device that maps the flow of reality and fiction and attempts to make sense of it all. People often talk of where their dream job could go, it seems from these panels it might go an entirely different direction from anything he imagined.


The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men 7

Joe Harris makes his creative debut with Ethan Van Sciver on art duty, get ready for a new adventure as this duo takes the helm. Unfortunately the preview isn’t exactly uplifting, there’s a hard time ahead in this arc and we’re about to see it.


Link: DC Comics News

World War Hulk goes into 99 cent mode today only!

Hulk gets around in the Marvel Universe, today you can follow some of those tales with a special 99 cent sale this week for the World War Hulk issues. The catch? You need access through the Marvel Comics App

Available titles:

Get to see Hulk react as he returns from a long exile on a distant planet, his wrath is unable to be calmed and former allies face his rage and determination to see the end to the Earth after such a painful judgement that was executed upon him. It’s going to get ugly and you’ll have to read on to see how this turns out for the Marvel Universe.
If you don’t already have the app, get it on iOS or Android today so you can catch those deals!

Marvel Free Focus for this week (March 26, 2012)

Free Focus returns this week hitting out some items from last week and some fresh goods to keep everyone going. We have the list below for you to enjoy although many of these don’t seem to be following any specific pattern this week. Check out Marvel Comics Unlimited to get these and more.

Some of these issues aren’t out yet, I’ve marked them with an * in the meantime I’ve linked to their profiles so you don’t have to search for them.

HERC (2010) #1
New Avengers (2010) #14
Uncanny X-Men (1963) #541
S.H.I.E.L.D. INFINITY (2011) 
S.H.I.E.L.D. (2011) #1
FF (2011) #5 *
Wolverine: The Best There Is (2010) #7 *
Uncanny X-Force (2010) #6 *
SKAAR: King of the Savage Land (2011) #1 *

Enjoy the reads this week on Marvel!