Norman Osborn saga goes 99 cents today

Norman Osborn has been quite a busy figure in the Marvel Universe, if you’ve missed out his happenings during Secret Invasion you can catch up on it all today using the Marvel Comics Digital App for Android and iOS.

Comics in the sale:

At 99 cents per issue it’s quite a steal, although I do suggest looking into the companion books for Secret Invasion instead of just reading the main saga as it gets pretty fun. Heroes doubting heroes, a mass infiltration of the Earth by the Skrull Empire in a way never imagined before and in the middle of it the human race and a ton of confused Marvel heroes trying to make sense of it all as the world gets flipped upside down on them.

 

Review – Mass Effect: Invasion Trade Paperback

Story: Mac Walters
Script: John Jackson Miller
Art: Omar Francia
Colors: Michael Atiyeh
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Published By: Dark Horse

This collection contains issues 1 through 4 of the Invasion series and as an added bonus contains a short story from Dark Horse’s digital store. I don’t think it’s necessary to go over each issue contained in the collection, if you haven’t yet check out my reviews of each issue, you can find them right here on this very site! I will however talk about the new addition to the book, the short story Conviction. Conviction tells the story of Lieutenant James Vega, a man who likes using his fists as his primary form of communication. The story takes place “…after the annihilation of a Batarian system by Commander Shepard” where there is clearly tension in the air and everyone is on edge. After a brawl, Lieutenant Vega is called to duty much to his dismay as he learns his new mission is to guard a VERY important prisoner!

This collection is very nice, it allows fans of the comic or those who are new to the series to have it collected in one place in its entirety. Plus, you get the short story which was definitely intriguing and for the first time, in print form. The end of the book contains a short preview of the Mass Effect art book “The Art of the Mass Effect Universe” (check out my review for that as well). Whether you were happy with Mass Effect 3’s ending or not there is no denying that Invasion was a stellar series and is definitely worth a read!

Release Date: April 11th, 2012
Price: $16.99

Mass Effect Invasion reviews: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

Links: Pre-Order | Preview

Overall:★★★★☆ 

Review – Mass Effect: Invasion 4 of 4 – At Death’s Door!

Story: Mac Walters
Script: John Jackson Miller
Art: Omar Francia
Colors: Michael Atiyeh
Cover: Massimo Carnevale
Alternate Cover: Paul Renaud
Published By: Dark Horse

Paul Renaud Cover

In this final installment of Invasion the action is in full force, gearing everyone up for the March release of Mass Effect 3. The issue starts us in the middle of the ongoing battle for Omega and never stops. The Illusive Man’s Colonel Ashe, General Petrovsky and their troops are now falling apart and dying left and right due to the team that has assembled under Aria’s command. General Petrovsky devises a plan that he is sure will work, but he underestimates Aria’s intelligence. Super angry and super determined, Aria refuse to back down and she devises her own plan. After a giant battle, a few history lessons and a lot of lives lost we are left wondering who will ultimately control the coveted Omega. I think it’s safe to say that Aria is a fierce opponent and will stop at nothing to get what she wants!

Like the previous issues of Mass Effect: Invasion, this one is full of massive amounts of action. Even though it is the same length as previous issues, it felt like it ended fast because of how gripping it was. As I was reading it I found myself fully immersed and really didn’t want it to end. This series has been an awesome lead up to the Mass Effect 3 game release and it will be fantastic to continue the story when the game finally comes out. The art, dialog and story are all top-notch and the ending was not exactly like I has expected which was a nice surprise. This series is a must read for Mass Effect fans, so if you haven’t picked it up yet I suggest you do before March.

Massimo Carnevale Cover
Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★½☆ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★½☆ 

Review – Mass Effect: Invasion #3 – Omega Under Seige! Part 3 of 4

Story: Mac Walters
Script: John Jackson Miller
Art: Omar Francia
Cover: Massimo Carnevale
Alternate Cover: Paul Renaud
Published By: Dark Horse

Massimo Carnevale Cover

Omega’s defenses are down, unmanned and vulnerable, it seems that everyone and everything is using this opportunity to gain control of Omega.  Colonel Ashe and his men, at the direction of the Illusive Man, are now hoping to act fast and take over Omega before anyone else has the time to regroup and step in.  Aria is still imprisoned by Oleg and is unable to use any of her powers to escape.  After an important conversation with Oleg, Aria proves that she is not just physically powerfully but also mentally powerful.  She succeeds in planting seeds of doubt in Oleg’s head about the Illusive Man and Oleg’s loyalty to him.  Even though she is imprisoned in such a way that her powers are stifled, she is still a badass and manages to find a way to escape.  As Aria makes her way back to Omega we learn that Colonel Ashe and his crew have pissed everyone on Omega off so bad that they have successfully made all the warring groups come together in unity to destroy the Cerberus crew.  Will they succeed under Aria’s direction or will the Illusive Man come out on top?  We will find out in the next and last issue of this series!

This issue is very good, I enjoyed it a lot more than the last issue.  There is more action and the dialog moves along at a better pace.  The dialog and story progression also helps to make many of the characters, like Oleg and Ashe, deeper and more interesting.  The art, as always, is great; however, a little more facial detail might bring the emotions that the characters are feeling to life just a bit more.  This issue is definitely recommended but if you are new to the series, do yourself a favor and start with #1, jumping into the series in the middle would be impossible to follow!

Paul Renaud Cover

Release Date: December 21st, 2011

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

Mass Effect: Invasion #2 “Nobody &!#%$ With Aria” Part 2 of 4

Massimo Carnevale Cover

Story: Mac Walters
Script: John Jackson Miller
Art: Omar Francia
Colors: Michael Atiyeh
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover: Massimo Carnevale
Alternate Cover: Paul Renaud
Published By: Dark Horse

Continuing from Invasion #1 Aria is still attempting to hold off the incoming enemies and shows no signs of backing down. She commands with an iron fist and proves time and time again that weakness and fear will not be tolerated. Her harshness works for her because those under her command live terrified of her. Even though fear is a prominent feeling of her followers there is a definite feeling of respect there too. It seems clear that they trust and believe that defending Omega is her priority, since it is theirs also, the relationship works.

Even though she is a stay, fight and die if you must type, her stay and fight attitude doesn’t have the impact that she had hoped for (she’s losing the battle) so we see Aria finally have to put her faith in another person. As they try to regroup and figure out how to win what appears as a losing battle they are continually hit with a barrage of unforeseen circumstances. After a particularly tough fight we see exactly why Aria is as feared as she is! However, celebration over a mini battle win is short-lived, many are vying for control of Omega and the demise of Aria, the issue ends with Aria’s fate in limbo. I do think it’s safe to say though that Aria will not be taken down easily.

Paul Renaud Cover

This issue was good. I enjoyed #1 more, it felt more action packed as opposed to this one which seemed slower. That is not to say that it was not enjoyable, it was, but there was some filler in the middle. The end however was very good and alone has me waiting for #3 so I can find out what’s going to happen. The art is very good, I especially LOVE the cover. I would definitely recommend this issue, although I do hope that #3 has more action and progresses the story faster!

Release Date: November 16th, 2011

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

Review – Mass Effect: Invasion Part 1 of 4

Story: Marc Walters
Script: John Jackson Miller
Art: Omar Francia
Colors: Michael Atiyeh
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Massimo Carnevale
25th Anniversary Cover: Paul Renaud
NYCC Exclusive Cover: Ben Huen
Published By: Dark Horse

Massimo Carnevale Cover

Mass Effect fans rejoice, while you may have months until Mass Effect 3 is released, you now have a little something to tide you over in the mean time.  Mass Effect: Invasion has been highly anticipated and the wait is finally over.  The comic has a decisive Mass Effect feel to it,  nothing has been lost in the translation.  The art is very good, as is the dialog, however, the dialog at time times can be just a little confusing, mainly because there is just so much going on.  This is an excellent introduction into a limited series.  The entire comic from start to finish is a fun, fast paced adventure full of anticipation.  There are some slow points but for the most part it is non-stop action.

Invasion follows Aria T’loak, who is very much a dictator type, and her mission to defend Omega from an invasion of nasties who are threatening all her and her people have fought for.  We learn of Reaper technology and what that exactly entails.  We see those who will be working against her and those she has to make allies.  Aria’s people believe in her but often times it seems that they do so more out of fear than loyalty.  Either way they have her back and refuse to go down without a fight.  In the end we see a character who is planning a coup against Aria and her mission.  Mass Effect: Invasion ends in such a way that leaves the reader wanting more.

This comic is recommended whether you are a Mass Effect groupie or someone who has never heard of it before today and just likes sci-fi. It’s a strong, good, enjoyable read!

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