Review – Avengers vs X-Men #7 (AVX)

Story: Jason Aaron, Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction and Jonathan Hickman
Script: Matt Fraction
Pencils: Oliver Coipel
Inks: Mark Morales
Colors: Laura Martin
Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
Cover Art: Jim Cheung & Justin Ponsor
Variant Cover Art: Sara Pichelli & Justin Ponsor
Published by: Marvel Comics

Scarlet Witch enters the field and the Phoenix Force powered X-Men are brought to a shift in focus in their battle to put down the Avengers. Those thought to be untouchable were suddenly shocked to find her hex powers were able to deflect them and also injure them. The mission is clear now, get Hope back and contain the Scarlet Witch so they can continue the seizure and closure of the Avengers projects and team.

The issue progresses like a whirlwind, both sides locked in tension to try to establish an upper hand, unfortunately for the Avengers they only have one tool on hand and limited resources to counter the Phoenix Force power. It’s an ugly battle and we see one major ally to the Avengers get BBQ’d during the assault that sends everyone into a massive motivational pitfall. This isn’t to say the Avengers are outclassed but they have done so much over so little time to really bring about no mercy at all from this revolution.

Overall the authors and artists deliver an emotional issue in AVX #7, is Wanda really ready for what Stark and company plan to ask of her in this battle? From the current standing it seems like she’s really out of her element and acting simply on desperation to do something during this turbulence. Expect this story to actually cross over to last weeks issue of New Avengers #28 as well, actually to that entire back story around the Iron Fist and also that little thing of ALL OUT WAR. Because someone is very angry on the Phoenix side and it’s going to get ugly in issue #8.

Story:★★★★½ 
Art:★★★★★ 
Dialog:★★★★½ 
Overall:★★★★½ 

Marvel Free Focus returns with more free issues (5/7/12)

Captain Britain, Daredevil and Captain America arrive on tap this week for Marvel fans looking to catch a few freebies, unfortunately we’re winding down from our previous months of high volume releases but that will only small bump in the road as next week takes things up to 4 releases.

  • Coming soon*
    • ASTONISHING TALES (2009) #6
    • VENGEANCE (2011) #5
    • RED SKULL (2011) #5
    • CLOAK & DAGGER (2011) #3

If we see any other releases from next week show up early we’ll get on it, enjoy the sales and the freebies to help carry you until next week.

Preview pages for The Shade #7 arrive from DC

Today DC has a treat for fans of The Shade, not only do we have some issue #7 preview pages we also have a sample of the variant cover as well.

The Inquisitor plans to unleash hell on Earth and the plan is coming full circle, with the acolytes committing suicide already the dark days are coming. The Shade only has La Sangre and Montpellier by his side to stop this plot and save the lives of those already taken by The Inquisitor, the only catch is once they see his identity they’ll need to dig up one more item to put him down.

DC managed to grab a few words with the creative team on the issue as well.

“I’m excited for issue #7 to come out for a lot of reasons,” series writer James Robinson told THE SOURCE. “It wraps up the Barcelona arc with Javier Pulido, a story that I’ve loved working on, and which I’m really gratified to see readers have enjoyed along with the introduction of the vampire super-heroine La Sangre. Here in this final issue we finally learn the Inquisitor’s grand scheme and see the Shade using his powers to the Nth degree, both important pieces of what will eventually combine into the overall grand story line of all 12 issues. I’m also happy that the issue serves to both set up issue #8’s ‘Times Past’ story with art by Jill Thompson as well as having a cliffhanger ending that leads us into the ‘London arc’ beginning in issue #9 with art by Frazer Irving. This is a labor of love for me, so a big thank you to all the readers who’ve supported this book.”

The Shade #7 goes on sale tomorrow so you won’t have to wait very long to get your hands on it, in the meantime check out the gallery below for images on the comic.

Link: DC Comics Blog

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

Review – Angel & Faith #7 Daddy Issues Part Two

Script: Christos Gage
Art: Rebekah Isaacs
Colors: Dan Jackson
Cover: Steve Morris
Alternate Cover: Rebekah Isaacs with Dan Jackson
Executive Producer: Joss Whedon
Published By: Dark Horse

Rebekah Isaacs Cover

With the nutty and always entertaining Drusilla (Mother Superior) back in London, we begin this issue with a mini flashback showcasing some of the evil Angelus did to Dru which would eventually cause her to become who she is today. Even though we are told nothing new in the flashback, I always love to see them because they do a really good job reminding us of what Angel used to be. This flashback also has another familiar face in it as an added bonus! Back to present day, where Angel and Dru are getting…reacquainted? More to the point, a changed Dru is getting into Angel’s head (which only seems fair considering their past) while Angel tries to figure out how and why this has happened. Dru explains that she has decided to take a page out of Angel’s book and start “helping the helpless”, but of course, she is doing this in only the way Drusilla would.

We also see that Faith has a surprise of her own. Her father has come to town and has hopes of reconnecting with his estranged daughter. However, Faith is none too happy about this and essentially blows him off. Despite the fact that Angel’s hands are full with the wackiness that is Drusilla, he persuades Faith to give her dad a chance (again) but will this be the relationship that she hopes for?

This issue is excellent from start to finish. Anything involving Drusilla is always entertaining. The new Dru is very different from any Dru we have ever seen in the past. Faith’s Dad’s storyline also looks like it’s going to be a very interesting one and it will be great to see where it will go and how Faith will deal with the many potential outcomes. The art is fabulous as always, Rebekah Isaacs captures Dru perfectly. With both Angel and Faith dealing with demons (both figuratively and literally) from their past, this could be a really amazing story arc!

Steve Morris Cover

Release Date: February 29th, 2012

Story:★★★★½ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆