Review – Wolverine and the X-Men #15 (AVX)

Writer: Jason Aaron
Pencils: Jorge Molina
Inks: Norman Lee
Colors: Morry Hollowell
Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
Cover art: Stuart Immonen & Marte Gracia
Published by: Marvel Comics

Taking place just after Avengers Vs. X-Men #10 we’re launched into Wolverine and the remaining X-Men gearing up for a war with the remaining Phoenix Force hosts. Scott and Emma are the last two remaining in the battle and their power has grown to intense levels, with Emma losing her grip on control the X-Men are forced to take on a battle they may never return from.

The issue is a social call in many ways and an attempt to cross over the members of the Jean Grey school with the Avengers to show some cross chemistry between them. We see new advancements to strike back at the Phoenix Duo as they reach new levels of power and the Phoenix itself is starting to leak through the cracks breaking their control. Hope steps forward to acknowledge her role in all of this while the Avengers get lost in trying to find solutions excluding her.

It’s a fun deviation from the regular story, although one has to wonder what will come next given we’re looking at so much possible salvation and hope for the group in these dark times. Will there be a happy ending? It seems doubtful but there are some major changes in the issue that support a turn around for the Avengers and X-Men that join them. We see some lost faces come back into the fray such as Xavier who was very much sprinkled in throughout the story until now and even Rachel.

For those following AVX and watching their pockets, this is a worthwhile investment as it brings some nice character building to the story. The only real downfall is how Molina handled the art for the issue, I have to say it’s really confusing to see these strange squished heads for Wolverine, Hope and a few others. The expressions are pretty good for the other mutants, environment and especially between Ice Man and Kitty as she gives the best eye roll I’ve seen in ages. Sometimes experimentation isn’t the best thing to do and it really showed on those few panels.


Marvel Friday Sale – Astonishing series books for 99 cents!

Marvel loves a good sale, today is no exception for the team as they put on intro looks into their astonishing lines on sale for a limited period (until 8pm PST / 11pm EST). Check out Spider-Man & Wolverine, Thor and X-Men and find out how their story arcs began.

The list:

Check out the Marvel Friday Digital Sale for all the details including covers, ratings and descriptions of each book so you know if it’s something you want to jump into.


Marvel Free Focus – August 6, 2012

Free Focus is a weekly installment from Marvel to deliver new samples from around their collections. This spans new comics, older comics and vintage issues as well. The idea being mass exposure to areas people normally wouldn’t take as much interest in.

With that said we have the new list and it’s all a series of recent items from 2011, check it out below.

Available Now
THE PUNISHER (2011) #1
THE PUNISHER (2011) #5
IRON MAN 2.0 (2011) #7.1

Coming Soon
WOLVERINE (2010) #17
X-23 (2010) #13
X-23 (2010) #17 
*Schedule subject to change


Review – Avengers vs X-Men #5 (AVX)

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.


Review – Avengers vs X-Men #4 (AvX)

Writer: Johnathan Hickman
Pencils: John Romita Jr.
Inks: Scott Hanna
Published by: Marvel Comics

As we close in on the end of Act 1 Hope closes in on her goal of trying to harness the Phoenix Force, she’s been busy in her escape and side travels aiming to harness the power for this second generation of mutants across the planet. When we left off everyone was still slugging it out physically and politically after the initial clash went down on Utopia.

Readers get to join the story with Wolverine trying to make his way back to anything familiar, lost in Antarctica after Captain America booted him from the plane he’s struggling in the frozen land. Of course it’s not all so bad as he stumbles upon some supplies and the last person he figured he would run into during this mess, in a moment he goes from lone wolf to hero in a single moment. Unfortunately for Hope, being his savior and friend doesn’t earn you much credit in a conflict this large or with a man who has this much conviction to see you dead for the good of all.

Unfortunately it’s in this we see some issues as a larger story scope, in Wolverine’s side story he was back at the Jean Grey School during the blip in AvX 3, if that all took place somehow during a fraction of a moment I guess it’s possible but a bit unlikely. On top of that we see one of the deep space team members return but it also conflicts with the story we know so far (it’s apparently tied into this weeks Avengers #26). For those following the global arc it’s a bit of a break in the read to see things being shuffled around as they are, it’s not a bad result but it feels odd to see them jumping ahead so much and leaving everything else to fix and catch up.

As a whole Avengers vs X-Men sets the stage for a huge showdown again with a missed calculation by the Avengers, this whole time they’ve been rushing against the clock but it seems they lost track of that clock entirely. As they showdown on the moon for Hope they see it’s far too late and the mutant side is about to get a massive boost to their firepower if the mutant messiah can really tame the beast. For those wondering though, it’ll be a 3 week break this time until we see the next installment leading to the conclusion of Act 1.


Review – Wolverine and the X-Men #10 (AvX)

Writer: Jason Aaron
Pencils: Chris Bachalo
Colors: Chris Bachalo
Inks: Tim Townsend, Jamie Mendoza, Al Vey & Victor Olazaba
Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
Published by: Marvel Comics

The Avengers vs X-Men drama continues on the side again, this time we’re genuinely branching off from the current story into detailed moments, although the current one doesn’t seem to exactly sync up with the close of AvX #3.  We join Wolverine back at the Jean Grey school with the staff and students catching up on the recent battle at Utopia, the questions are running of who is on the right side and where this is all going for the future and it only gets worse when they look to their doorstep. Unexpected guests are always a good spin for a series, unexpected fugitives are another story, especially when you were fighting all of them just a short while ago in a heated group battle. Wolverine heads to the front to sort out the new guests while tensions stir between students and instructors with their guests getting a bit physical. The book isn’t 100% based on the conflict, we see growing struggles with Angel and the students continue forward and everyone trying to figure out who this new personality is.

Given the past issues it was a shock to see Wolverine and the X-Men #10 taking such a unique detour compared to past installments in this AvX side story, it actually brings unique development that adds to the X-Men storyline and their reinforcements. While Wolverine felt those who joined his school would be there exclusively to his decisions and command he’s met with a hard reality that when it comes to mutants and the X-Men, everyone will follow their own personal beliefs just as they always have. We get a huge teaser in this issue of how the forces will expand and we also see a return of the Death Commandos from the Shi’ar and their clear agenda of destruction no matter who gets in the way. It’s a great lead in for the wider picture building up and helps break it away from just the direct dispute of Cap, Iron Man and Cyclops butting heads.


Review – Avengers vs X-Men #3

Writers: Jason Aaron, Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction and Jonathan Hickman
Script: Ed Brubaker
Pencils: John Romita Jr.
Inks: Scott Hanna
Colors: Laura Martin
Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
Cover Art: Jim Cheung & Laura Martin
Variant Cover: Sara Pichelli and Justin Ponsor
Published by: Marvel Comics

There are some moments when you get a good idea, there are others where you need to factor in if you’re going up against the Phoenix Force or not. Unfortunately for Wolverine he didn’t really think his latest venture through when launching at Hope with his claws out the last time we left off. Avengers vs X-Men #3 kicks off as Wolverine regenerates his body with Spider-Man tasked with the unlucky duty of watching the process. It’s a sound example of why it’s good to give deeper consideration before just going head-on.

The Avengers have struck at Utopia, the word has gone out to the world and now Cap and Iron Man are under fire for their project gone awry. The world is watching, Hope is running loose, the Phoenix Force is charging toward Earth and Logan has his suspicions about the whole aftermath. Given all the filler last week it was hard to say what to expect this time but it seems to be rolling along without a hitch, fans of the series will see some huge leaps in this third issue of the book moving everyone closer to the bigger picture now that Hope is on the run and everyone on Earth and on other worlds are moving into pursuit.

The cliffhanger is a concentrated one, Captain America is desperate for a win here and he needs to know his team is all on the same page. Unfortunately Logan has proven he has his own agendas when he tried to take out hope so now we see a split within the ranks for this battle. It should be interesting to see how this chase pans out and where Logan ends up during this conflict, is he protecting, capturing our killing Hope in all of this?


Review – Wolverine and the X-Men #9 (AvX)

Writer: Jason Aaron
Pencils: Chris Bachalo
Colors: Chris Bachalo
Inks: Tim Townsend, Jamie Mendoza, Al Vey
Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
Published by: Marvel Comics

The Phoenix Force is coming and everyone is gearing up, for Wolverine this means sucking up the past and doing his best to stop the damage he saw before from ever coming up again. As the story kicks off, Wolverine is happily recovering with Beast after their injuries over the past issues, unfortunately it’s all cancelled out as a signal comes in that Beast hoped to never hear from again. When it hits they move into action and prepare themselves and the headmasters of the school for their darkest hours to come.

The issue itself is an improvement on the back story we’ve seen lately, it goes into the timeline of AvX instead of weeks or months before the whole thing boiled down. Captain America is recruiting people to join his force to approach the X-Men to take Hope away and Wolverine and Beast are called into action by Cap. It’s still prequel material but it moves fast enough that by the end of the issue we’re into present day AvX storyline and it doesnt’ feel like a rush job at all, in fact it gives heavy insight into how the Phoenix Force impacts all the of new mutant generation as well.

The Phoenix is a mysterious power but what ties does it have to all of these new mutants, why are they reacting so strongly to the energy even so far away? There’s a lot of questions opening up in these side stories and Wolverine and the X-Men #9 has some of the most interesting bits so far, even going so far as to introduce an old acquaintance to the fold in the form of the Shi’ar who is quite familiar with the X-Men. It’s all on the line now and readers will just have to wait until the next installments roll out to see how this first impact in space goes down for Beast, Thor and others in the Secret Avengers.

Wolverine #310 Cover

Jeph Loeb and Simone Bianchi reunite for Sabretooth Reborn!

Marvel is cranking out important news for C2E2 this weekend, one of many announcements surrounds Sabretooth the lifetime nemesis who has plagued Wolverine for a lifetime. Loeb and Bianchi are back to spin their story from “Evolution” in Wolverine #310 and bring life back to one of the most classic villains Logan has known.

Check out the two covers below for a look at the upcoming saga.


Marvel Comics app weekly update arrives (4/11/12)

With recent changes hitting the Marvel Digital Store it’s likely they’ll have to adjust these announcements to reflect the super store they’ve created. Until then these are the new releases to the comics app on Android and iOS. Get your fill of Avengers books and classics from Thor.

Digital Comics On-Sale This Week:

CARNAGE USA (2011) #5
DEADPOOL (2008) #53
FANTASTIC FOUR (1997) #605
MIGHTY THOR (2011) #12.1
NEW AVENGERS (2010) #24
NEW AVENGERS (2004) #61
NEW AVENGERS (2004) #62
NEW AVENGERS (2004) #63
NEW AVENGERS (2004) #64
NEW WARRIORS (1990) #1
NEW WARRIORS (1990) #2
NEW WARRIORS (1990) #3
NEW WARRIORS (1990) #4
NEW WARRIORS (1990) #5
NEW WARRIORS (1990) #6
THOR (1966) #411
THOR (1966) #412
UNCANNY X-MEN (2011) #10
WOLVERINE (2010) #304

Digital Collections On-Sale This Week:


Link: Marvel News

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