Review – The Uncanny Avengers (2015) #1 “An imprefect Union”

Writer: Gerry Duggan
Artist: Ryan Stegman
Cover Artist: Ryan Stegman & Richard
Published by: Marvel Comics 

The Uncanny Avengers (2015) #1 takes place after the Avengers vs X-Men, when Captain America decided to formed a team featuring mutants and humans called Avengers Unity Division, this team of Captain Steve Rogers, Rogue, Deadpool (Wade Wilson), Human Torch (Johnny Storm) Synapse (Emily) (First appearance), Doctor Voodoo (Jericho Drumm), Quicksilver (Pietro Maximoff),Spider-Man (Peter Parker) are supposed to show the world that all of mankind can work and live together in peace, with that said coming into this I wasn’t familiar with its first run by Rick Remener so I had no unbiased opinions before reading. One of the few things I found to be head scratching is the implementing of the inhumans into the story, granted this run takes place months after the original teams run post-Secret Wars, Rogers and company are still trying to improve human and mutant relations while also keeping a terrigen mist outbreak from turning the world upside down once again, but the main focus in this issue is the team’s dysfunctional unity. Throughout the entirety of this issue Cap has to deal with jealousy, anger and resentment within the group.The Uncanny Avengers (2015) #1 Pic 2

One of the groups key member Spider – Man quits because of his dislike for Deadpool, stating that he is a distraction and too dangerous for the team, on the other hand rouge also expresses her discomfort with Deadpool also, she admits she’s tired of him and all the limelight he’s been receiving, but Cap tells her that Deadpool’s popularity is bring in funds for the team so she as well as the others have to deal with him for now, For me the most intriguing moment of the issue is when Rouge expresses her true feelings towards the inhuman outbreak, calling it inhuman poison she goes on to tell Cap she doesn’t truly trust Synapse because of her inexperience, we also get a glimpse of Terrigen Mist’s effects on Rouge after takes off her glove when she checks her Terrrigen levels.

With all this drama surrounding this team so early it’s hard to believe that members won’t be replaced, things do get a little better when an outbreak of spores that evolving into insects and animals attack New York City during Quick Sliver and Synapse’s date, this makes the team come together as they try to figure out who is behind the attack. The issue ends when a cop who is evacuating people stumbles upon a new villain by the name of Shredded Man.

Conclusion: Besides the group’s inner turmoil nothing real catches your attention, in fact this seemed more like a 3rd or 4th issue, the lack of appealing members of the team is big downside for me, tag that with a poor plot development make this issue uninteresting for the time being, hopefully in the future that will change.

Links: Preview | Order (Digital)
Release Date: Out Now

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

Marvel News: Marvel Confirms Paul Rudd as Ant-man!

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Big News form Marvel studios, they have recently announced actor Paul Rudd (Anchor Man 2, Our Idiot Brother) will star as Ant-Man in director Edgar Wright’s film which set to hit theaters July 31, 2015!

Its been said both Marvel and Wright had there eye on Rudd form the very beginning, because of his  creative performances.

“We knew early on that we had found the right person in Paul. When he not only agreed to do it but became as enthusiastic as any actor we’d ever met with about doing the work, we knew we’d found the right guy.” – Marvel Studios president Kevin feige

The films plot is still under wraps, hopefully in the near future we will find out more in the upcoming months.

Marvel Collectables: Bruce Banner Collectible Figure

Are you looking to add to your Avengers collection figure set, Well Hot Toys and marvel has release an exclusive Bruce Banner/Hulk figure base on the Avengers movie.

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The 1/6th scale Bruce Banner Collectible Figure specially features:
– Authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner in The Avengers
– Movie-accurate facial expression with detailed wrinkles and skin texture
– Body with over 30 points of articulations
– Approximately 30 cm tall

Eight pieces of interchangeable palms including:
– One pair of fists – One pair of relaxed palms
– One pair of open palms
– One right palm for holding Chitauri scepter
– One left palm for holding glasses

Each piece of head sculpt is specially hand-painted Costume:
– One purple shirt
– One brown blazer
– One pair of brown pants
– One pair of brown shoes

Accessories:
– One Chitauri scepter
– One pair of glasses
– One watch – Figure stand with Bruce Banner nameplate and the movie logo.

For more Marvel.com

Marvel’s Iron man 3 News & Official Trailer


Marvel Studios upcoming picture Iron Man 3, the seventh installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the first major release in the franchise since the Avengers movie crossover is officially set to hit this may, Director Shane Black and Producer Drew Pearce are bringing Warren Ellis “Extremis” story arc in Iron Man 3. For those who aren’t familiar with  the Extremis story it was  first a six-issue comic back in 2005-06 that is regarded as one of the best Iron Man stories written, each of the past films have taken cues form the fan favorite arc. This time around the armored hero will have  to deal with his archenemy The Mandarin, who in this film is a he leader of a terrorist organization.

Iron Man 3 will hit the theaters May 3, 2013, checkout the Theatrical trailer.

CAST

Robert Downey, Jr. – Tony Stark / Iron Man, Gwyneth Paltrow – Virginia “Pepper” Potts”,Don Cheadle – James “Rhodey” Rhodes / War Machine, Guy Pearce – Aldrich Killian, Rebecca Hall – Dr. Maya Hansen, James Badge Dale – Eric Savin, Jon Favreau – Happy Hogan, Ben Kingsley – The Mandarin, Ashley Hamilton – Jack Taggert / Firepower, Wang Xueqi – Chen Lu, Paul Bettany – JARVIS

Review – Uncanny X-Men #18 (AVX)

Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Ron Garney
Colors: Jason Keith & Morry Hollowell
Letters: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Art: Ron Garney & Matt Milla
Published by: Marvel Comics

Heads up, if you haven’t read AVX #11 this is going to be a massive spoiler situation. That said, I warned you guys.

Kate Kiloare of Superhuman P.R. fame stands alone, everything shattered, broken and wrecked. Standing at the highest point of the escalation and doing damage control to the human population to explain the insane situations revolving around the Earth and Utopia she now looks at shattered remains. This really helps setup where this has all been going, promise of a new life, a new world, peace and prosperity and yet all that’s really here is war and hell and a massive floating island that looks majestic.

You can’t spin a positive twist on the Phoenix losing its last restraints and going supernova. Try as one might this is heavy. We see final encounters between the Phoenix Duo and key mutants but given the control imbalance there’s going to be a lot of resistance no matter who talks to them. We also see some fallout with Colossus and Magik, unfortunately for Colossus his desire to protect and save Magik has bitten him in the rear. This whole arc with Cyttorak explodes in his face and she reveals her being condemned in the past was likely one of those moves that shouldn’t have been turned over. Unfortunately with no one around and all eyes on the Phoenix she’s unchecked for now.

The madness continues back to AVX #11 influenced panels and we have a look inside the elegance of chaos, the two Phoenix force combatants locked in their own minds as they slug it out and blast their way through a united front. The tension growing, the frustrations developing and then… it comes.

For those hoping to see a really solid side issue to compliment the ongoing AVX story, Uncanny X-Men 18 is a solid bet. It details the attempts for a resolution, the inner thinking before the final tide changes and how Colossus just got screwed out of his mind. Hat’s off to Gillen and Garney for that intense moment, it was probably one of the biggest punches in the issue.

Release date: September 12, 2012

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

Review – Avengers vs X-Men #11 (AVX)

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

We’re back and I don’t even know where to start, after a 4 week break Marvel comes back with AVX #11 and it’s massive. The force is down to just two hosts and the battle is on to try to tame and control the Phoenix. Unfortunately this is coming toward the end of the series and all the stops have to come out, we have X-Men and Avengers reaching out not just to those hurt but to everyone that ever wanted to protect the planet.

The battle from that point reaches critical mass in a hurry, Scott and Emma are on the verge of insanity as the Phoenix force penetrates their minds and drives their darkest wishes to the surface, tempting fate and the future of the world with every moment. It’s not a good time for visitors when stuff like that goes down and yet Xavier manages to call him out for a chat, unfortunately by chat he meant WWIII for the fate of the universe.

It’s an interesting issue, I love the Avengers speech in the first few pages because it feels like a moment where they’ve come to face reality beyond this is for America or humans or whatever. It’s all or nothing and nothing is looking pretty buffed out right about now, they need all the power and hands they can get on this ship and it’s not going to be an easy ride at all. The Avengers are assembled and the X-Men are finally back as a squad again and they’ve put this lucid dream of a world Utopia to rest in favor of living to see tomorrow.

Xavier is charged beyond belief and so are the others, it’s a showdown that will change everything in their world and as we all know, sacrifices have to be made when the Phoenix is around. The only question is, will they be able to live with what happens if this all manages to cool off, given the extremes I really don’t see this just being a slap on the wrist and a hug to make it all better. Expect serious mental trauma when the story closes up soon.

Release date: September 12, 2012

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

Review – Avengers vs X-Men #9 (AVX)

Story: Jason Aaron, Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction and Jonathan Hickman
Script: Jason Aaron
Pencils: Adam Kubert
Inks: John Dell
Colors: Laura Martin w/ Larry Molinar
Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
Cover Art: Jim Cheung, Mark Morales & Justin Ponsor
Variant Covers: Adam Kubert & Justin Ponsor | Ryan Stegman & Matt Wilson
Published by: Marvel Comics

The Phoenix Four have been on a heck of a ride, yes… four. Namor lost himself in his attack on Wakanda and with that he lost the Phoenix Force which distributed itself to the others. Issue 9 leaves us looking forward though, to the continued battles of the Avengers against the growing instability of the Phoenix avatars. We join one such Avenger waking up in a bloody, beaten and blurry state trying to remember where he was, what’s going on and what he’s going to do. Unfortunately all of that is irrelevant because his opponents carry the Phoenix Force.

For those hoping to see a happier chapter come to the Avengers I can’t promise you very much. There are some moments of hope and small victories but they fail to outweigh the damage still being dealt by the X-Men. Our star really does come from the cover image though, Spider-Man has his time to genuinely shine as only he can and we see some heavy tension as he does what he feels only he can accomplish. The whole unknown of the Way of the Spider is still a bit of a mystery, from the sound of things, Parker has rattled off everything he can think of to her for inspiration but it’s not enough.

The issue wraps with just as much fire as it started with and we see the Phoenix Power channel down to just a select two. It’s a tense moment and Hope realizes even if she’s not ready to throw down, it’s far too late to be concerned about that as her own time has run out. The fight is about to get even uglier as X-Men and mutants distance themselves from this group and the Phoenix Two seem to be at polar opposites for control of their powers.

Release Date: August 1, 2012

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

Review – Avengers #28 (AVX)

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils: Walter Simonson
Inks: Scott Hanna
Colors: Jason Keith
Letters: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover Art: Walt Simonson & Paul Mounts
Published by: Marvel Comics

The Avengers haven’t had it easy since the Phoenix Force arrived, getting cut off at every corner as they attempt to defy the X-Men. In fact they’ve been on the run each time they appear as they’re being flushed out of each home they have. This issue focuses on a counter-attack plan though, one which dives into the realm of the forbidden and unspeakable, something Red Hulk is all too familiar with from his darker past.

Issue 28 for The Avengers jumps into this solo story with full force, we see a bit of the thinking behind the Red Hulk and the dilemma he faces as part of this war, he has no personal stake in it and the Avengers as a whole aren’t thrilled about his participation but his power and size make him an alluring ally to have. It’s not exactly the selling point anyone wants to hear about themselves though and it drives him to constantly double think during this return to his dark past.

Unfortunately his plan doesn’t exactly go along magically, instead things go south in a hurry once he reaches his point of action. In a sense all the concerns he had about the Avengers and their treatment of him still played out in this scenario though, sure he’s not a giant beast punching through but he’s still just a tool. Normally I’d feel happy to leave it there when talking about Red Hulk but I do feel a bit of pity on him for all of about 3 seconds and then it’s back to distaste for him again.

Avengers 28 delivers a respectable side story that manages to function within the single issue instead of dragging things on for ages, anyone following AVX will appreciate the issue isn’t tied to another 30 issues in some magical side arc. The art and story deliver a solid experience that leaves the reader satisfied by the final pages.

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

Review – Avengers vs X-Men #8 (AVX)

Story: Jason Aaron, Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction and Jonathan Hickman
Script: Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils: Adam Kubert
Inks: John Dell
Colors: Laura Martin, Larry Molikar
Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
Cover: Jim Cheung, Justin Ponsor
Variant Cover Art: Jerdme Opena, Justin Ponsor
Published by: Marvel Comics

We left the story off with a raged out Namor headed for vengeance in Wakanda, the Avengers were hiding out in the city hoping to figure out a solution to prepare Hope to help battle the Phoenix Five and the Phoenix Force itself. Unfortunately where things go in issue 8, well it’ll raise the urgency and also send the Avengers running for cover in the process, Namor isn’t the coolest head in the Phoenix Five and we get a dose of that in this issue.

Given the constant run-in events with Scarlet Witch it was a given there would be a breaking point for tolerance on why they didn’t try to take her out with a greater strike. Namor with his temper issues was the first to reach that fallout point and after getting a tip he waged full-scale war with some of his army from Atlantis on Wakanda against the Avengers in a pure rage for their defiance to this new order in the world. The act itself is huge but the battle is even larger, leaving the Avengers beaten and doubtful and making huge power balance shifts for the Phoenix Five.

Major changes do hit this issue, we see a Phoenix avatar step back and we see something long coming for Red Hulk as well, as I’ve stressed before I honestly felt he was completely boosted above reason in power and this brings the story back down to earth a bit.

With this arc drawing to a close soon one has to wonder what else they’ll pull out of the box for this series, Hope is clearly training to tackle the Phoenix Force, there are new developments about the power distribution among those chosen and we see a new factor from the mutants come into play. To top it all off we haven’t even seen all the side story elements play out yet either. Bendis and crew better have some really good twists up their sleeve to keep this whole thing running until the final act.

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

Review – Uncanny X-Men #15 (AVX)

Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Daniel Acuna
Letters: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover: Daniel Acuna
Published by: Marvel Comics

As the Phoenix Force purges the world of war and darkness, there are many inevitable battles including the one against Sinister. The X-Men are concerned about what interference might be made from the man now that Hope is in the open and the Phoenix Force has arrived. Instead of letting things brew much further they gather and set forth against the darkness ahead using their full combined power.

The issue itself seems to drop in between 6 and 7 where Hope has been taken but they haven’t waged full war against Scarlet Witch just yet and tried to pursue her. Knowing the Avengers aren’t a direct threat they focus their power on the numerous other issues in their to-do list for this revival of the planet and new beginning. This isn’t the only focus of the story though, we see that even the might of a Phoenix Force X-Man isn’t enough to shake the foundation of other higher powers still, the harsh reality is a hard slap but it doesn’t deter them from their original goal.

Uncanny X-Men #15 delivers an interesting twist to this ongoing conflict, at this rate they’ll not only purge the world of war but of all the villains as well. It’s incredibly hard to imagine what rests ahead at this rate, all we know right now is that all hell is about to break loose with Sinister to keep him from ruining this tranquility they’ve established across the planet.

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