Story: Mike Mignola & Christopher Golden
Art: Ben Stenbeck
Colors: Dave Stewart
Letters: Clem Robins
Cover Art: Ben Stenbeck with Dave Stewart
Year of Monsters Variant Cover: Mike Mignola with Dave Stewart
Published by: Dark Horse Comics
Croatia 1917, Baltimore starts off in a fishing town telling of struggling families along the coastline, they’re seemingly stranded as the story brings light to the population. It’s a tough time for all as they easily clash personalities and pride, Cecilja and Drago are quick examples of this friction in the story as they face role reversal with Cecilja being the hunter and Drago cleaning house or more specifically fish of the day.
The group isn’t left to solitude though, hearing a blaze through the sky they’re called to attention and come running like moths to a flame. Unaware of the potential danger of getting to close to the light, sense does come to some in the group and they meet our main character Baltimore or Lord Baltimore to be specific. The land isn’t so simple for those still living in the area, demons and vampires run about freely in the night and monsters lurk around every corner. Unfortunately for the shanty town, Baltimore isn’t there for the minions of the area he wants the bigger game at the top of the vampires. He has a very personal axe to grind and no traps or lower class villains will get in his way to make right on what was done to his family.
The story as a whole is very dark but it reminds me of what we’ve seen in issues of BPRD and Hellboy for pace and development, with only 2 issues to this mini-series there’s a lot to cover but it’ll be a rewarding experience when part 2 arrives on shelves. For those looking to get a quick deviation from their normal comic lists I would recommend giving Baltimore a shot, if vampires aren’t your thing maybe mutant versions that get sliced to bits are!
Writer: Kieron Gillen
Pencils: Billy Tan
Inks: Cam Smith & Craig Yeung
Colors: Guru eFX
Letters: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Artists: Adam Kubert & Morry Hollowell
Published by: Marvel Comics
AVX side stories are a bit of a mixed bag, Uncanny X-Men #13 is straight to the point though, taking place as the battle on the Moon goes down from the Earth perspective. It’s a change of pace and helps elaborate on what on earth is going on up there, we see Magneto, Psylocke, Storm and Nemesis seeking cover after the major throw down hit the team. Unfortunately they’re rattled and worn so any trips to space aren’t really in the cards no matter how much they want to go. We also see a branch with Hope’s team and their pursuit to find a way to help or possibly save her from ill-fate as they confront UNIT as we know that’s not exactly the best idea around.
The issue focuses primarily on the UNIT story, everyone is concerned with saving Hope from the Phoenix or being there to help her as the force merges with her body. Unfortunately as one might have gathered, UNIT has his own plans with the Phoenix Force and anyone getting in the way is looking at a world of hurt or at least memory erasing as he disposes them to make way for his plans. Unfortunately just because he wants peace it doesn’t mean he wont stop at utter decimation to get that accomplished either, with Danger as his carefully hidden pawn it makes matters worse for everyone as constant references bring up Danger as a close ally to the X-Men team.
There’s a lot of side activity throughout Uncanny X-Men #13, unfortunately as things escalate and gets worse in AVX for the main story, it’s getting equally as complex in the background to match up. Personally I wish Magneto would have become one of those boosted by the cosmic energy but you can’t win them all, instead we get a taste of things to come which are interesting but not completely essential.
Story: Jason Aaron, Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction and Jonathan Hickman
Script: Matt Fraction
Pencils: John Romita Jr.
Inks: Scott Hanna
Colors: Laura Martin
Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
Cover Art: Jim Cheung & Justin Ponsor
Variant Cover Art: Ryan Stegman & Marte Gracia
Published by: Marvel Comics
So we’re a bit late to the AVX party on this one but we’ve been following the series so far and wanted to continue at least with some coverage of the latest happenings after that 3 week break that Marvel took.
We’re back on the Moon and Hope is merging with the Phoenix, the Avengers and X-Men are clashing on the moon and it’s about to go down in a bad way. Hope is feeling the limits of this event she’s prepared so hard for and no amount of training and preparation she attempted is providing much help right now. Regardless of this bad situation, everyone is battling out their own personal pursuits on the surface as the apocalypse itself sets in.
Avengers vs X-Men #5 dives into the dilemma that is Hope’s mind, she’s torn on what it is she’s exactly doing anymore, the force is too strong and she has no idea on how to tangle with this cosmic bird trying to overwhelm her. Instead of embracing it like the warrior pictured through all of this lead-in, she’s still the scared girl and now she’s trying to get away.
The issue is one of the strongest yet, we see a bit of everything in the pages of issue 5 including where this whole story goes once the Phoenix Force and Hope have their difficulty in bonding. Many have had an issue with the Avengers beating down every X-Men member they see but that will not be the case anymore, honestly everyone on the Avengers just died a little inside. Balance issues with Red Hulk dominating everything that gets in his way and so on seem flipped for the next arc.
I’ve been hoping for a brighter side to this story for the X-Men side, I don’t know if that’s exactly what happened in this issue. Some fans will of course be cheering because of the cool new attire and powers but at the same time it could very well mean doomsday is just around the corner for Earth yet again with 5 avatars full of stupid amounts of power. I can say I’m really looking forward to seeing where this whole twist goes in issue #6.
Are you a big Burn Notice fan but maybe you’ve missed a bit over the years? Maybe you’re hoping to rekindle all the memories of the show before the whole thing kicks off this week. Either way you’re covered and even current show buffs should appreciate the easy to navigate structure that can help get friends that are new to the show up to speed without ruining all the cool stories that we’ve seen to this point.
Check out the graphic below and be amazed at how fast 5 seasons have blown by with Michael Westen and crew.
Image courtesy of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Burn Notice returns this week with the season premiere of Season 6 on June 14, 2012 on USA.
Sideshow Collectibles has released some teaser images for some of the figures from their 2012 San Diego Comic-Con exclusive Marvel line. Products include a Doctor Doom Legendary 1:2 Scale Figure, a 1:4 scale Hawkeye Premium Format Figure (Comics Version), and a 33″ tall Galactus Maquette.
Just recently Marvel announced a new line of exclusive sneakers from Reebok the Spider-Man themed sneakers The Night Storm HLS which was introduced in 2012 as a reinterpretation of the Night Sky Mid which features Graphlite shank and Hexalite in the heel making the shoe lighter, The Venom sneakers will have a 3D Screen print graphics on the underlys, bright white speed-lacing and outsole and the image of Venom emblazoned on the insole.
Spider-Man who’s arguably the most iconic Marvel character ever will be feature on the Insta Pump Fury which was introduced in 1994 as the perfect running shoe at the time, It incorporated the three proven technologies as well – Graphlite, Hexalite and Pump all within an exoskeleton inflate that eliminates the need for laces, and with the added features of Spider-Man graphic and colorways this shoe should stand out more than the others.
Hopefully these exclusive sneakers will not cost an arm and leg, Parents and collectors should pickup a pair! looking at the screenshots of different graphic variations has me thinking about it..
The Spider-Man themed sneakers which will be available in July for more info go to Marvel.com!