Ylvis – Stonehenge

Forget about what the fox says, the real question is : Who built Stonehedge.

Ylvis’ Stonehenge, and so many of other other songs are so much better than the song they became known for.

Thanks to YouTuber TVNorge for hosting the video.

Everything I know about Jan Egeland comes from their song about him.

They have so many good songs!

Trucker’s Hitch is a new favorite

Massachusetts, is pretty novel

Just to make sure I include it, What Does the Fox Say -

Which I wanted to include so I could segue to

Saturday Night Live’s Jay Pharaoh and Kerry Washington’s What Does My Girl Say.

My wife really likes the, who dat bitch, line.

Thanks to NBC for hosting the video.

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Uncanny X-Men Volume Three Issue 26

Uncanny X-Men V3 26

Writer Brian Michael Bendis

Artist Kris Anka

Lettering and Produciton VC’s Joe Caramanga

Cover by Chris Bachalo and Tim Townsend

I like this cover very much.

SHIELD Helicarrier.  Floating 1,000 miles south of Newberry, South Carolina.  Maria Hill is watching Matthew Malloy and the crater he left.  Hill shares that Tony Stark had five nightmares that kept him up at night.  Hill only has the one and Malloy is it.  Just a regular guy who woke up with the powers of a god.  She wants the Avengers, but all of the good ones are off planet.  The Fantastic Four are out of the question, for some odd reason.  Hill wants the state to be evacuated.

Uncanny X-Men V3 26 Kitty 1

The Jean Grey School.

Scott comes barging out of the office.  Scott is done with all of this Xavier nonsense.  Wolverine really wants to go on the mission, as it was Xavier’s last wish.  Well, one of his last wishes, as it was implied that there was more to the message.

I like the team of Cyclops, Wolverine and Rachel.  I know there was a theory that Wolverine could have been Rachel’s father from the Days of Future Past storyline, so that fanbase could be pleased that she gets to go on a mission with her two dads.  I’m not one of those people, Cyclops is her father, as she has told us he is and we should be able to trust her own knowledge.  One could say that Jean told her Scott is her father and she just never questioned it but that seems a bit out of character on Jean’s part.

I sort of like Iceman’s joke about Xavier’s last wish was probably – please Scott, don’t kill me.  That’s awfully catty of him.  Scott’s look of such displeasure really seals it too!

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Storm and Wolverine want Cyclops on that plane.  Scott turns to Emma, and she also wants him on the plane.  The faster he is on it, the faster they can go home.

I love that shot of Kurt and Kitty.  Anka really is a terrific artist!  I wonder what the teams are going to do as they stay at the mansion.  With all of the hugs last issue, I would have thought that the two teams would just go back to their respected schools.

Firestar feels bad for Cyclops.  Iceman, like the dick that he is, is surprised by this.

Uncanny X-Men V3 26 Kitty 2

Firestar gets it.  Cyclops wasn’t in full control of his emotions, he had gone Dark Phoenix.  No one gives Jean crap for how her personality that the Phoenix was using, was completely okay with destroying the D’Bari planet when she devoured their sun.

Why does Iceman keep calling him, Scott Summers.  Is there another one?  I mean, one that isn’t in space at the moment.  There is only one Scott within a mile radius.

Kitty probably died a little having to actually talk to Bobby there.

Bobby is really upset that Xavier is dead.  This from the guy who could barely care that he almost killed his actual father in that spectacular Astonishing X-Men Frozen storyline, otherwise known as the Dark Iceman Saga.  People are still suffering the effects of lost limbs and ruined homes from all of the frostbite and snow.

Iceman wants Cyclops to die in battle.  When no one else supports his desires, he just ice slides away like a big ol’ ice baby.

Newberry, South Carolina.  Malloy is trying out his powers.

For some reason, SHIELD has X-Men villain, Exodus’ phone number.  Not only that, but he actually took the call and is now on the Hellicarrier.  Maybe he has a secret plan to take control?  He reaches out and touches Malloy’s mind.  Matty doesn’t care for that and kills Exodus.  He did get to reveal that Malloy is a mutant.  Hill wants the X-Men brought in.

Meanwhile, the Avengers are attacking the New Xavier School students.  Triage doesn’t want to participate in this exercise.  Goldballs is trying his codename as his catchphrase.

Bendis gets to comment on how many X-Fans feel with all of this Avengers vs X-Men nonsense.  How the X-Men are put in the villain role by the virtue of the Avengers being placed in the hero / starring role.

Celeste makes a great joke about how Cyclops hates the Avengers like Wolverine hates showers.

Hijack is 30 years.

Cerebro.  Beast has discovered that Matthew Malloy is above Omega-Level mutant.

Hill shows up to personally retrieve the X-Men, as the issue ends.

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Marvel February 2015 Solicitations

http://www.newsarama.com/22757-marvel-comics-full-february-2015-solicitations.html

DARTH VADER #1 & 2
KIERON GILLEN (w) • SALVADOR LARROCA (a)
The original Dark Lord of the Sith stars in his first ongoing series!
Ever since Darth Vader made his first on-screen appearance, he became the one of the most popular villains to ever haunt an audience’s dreams! Now, follow Vader straight from the ending of A NEW HOPE (and the pages of the new STAR WARS comic book) into his own series, showing the Empire’s war with the Rebel Alliance from the other side! Writer Kieron Gillen (Uncanny X-Men, Journey Into Mystery, Iron Man) and artist Salvador Larroca (Invincible Iron Man, X-Men: No More Humans) bring us a peek behind the mask of evil!
ISSUE #1 – 48 PGS./Rated T …$4.99
ISSUE #2 – 32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

 

Good for Gillen / Larroca getting a piece of the Star Wars action! That’s a pretty good creative team.

 MARVEL UNIVERSE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1 (of 4)
Adapted by Joe Caramagna
• Based on the highly anticipated new series coming to Disney XD in 2015, follow the further adventures of the Guardians of the Galaxy!
• With a galaxy full of danger, only the Guardians stand between us and the destruction of everything!
• Featuring adaptations of the upcoming animated series with a mix of screen grab and brand new stories for everyone to enjoy!
32 PGS./All Ages …$2.99

Guardians of the Galaxy sure are blowing up! I like Caramagna following in Eliopoulos’ footsteps and branching out to doing his own writing.

 GUARDIANS TEAM-UP #1 & 2
BRIAN BENDIS (W) • ISSUE #1 – ART ADAMS (A/C)
ISSUE #2 – TBA (A)
• Launching directly out of Guardians of the Galaxy comes the new ongoing series bringing the Guardians to the Marvel Universe’s grandest stage for an opening arc of out-of-this-world adventures with some of the biggest hitters Marvel has to offer.
• Kicking off with a cosmic threat so massive, it’ll take more than just the Guardians of the Galaxy to stop it! Assembled side by side with the mighty Avengers, prepare for two titanic teams to unite like you’ve never seen before!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
ISSUE #2 – GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and THE AVENGERS!
• Follow part two of this story as the Guardians of the Galaxy slam their way into the world of the Avengers – and only working together as a team will help them save the galaxy!
• Tension runs high when survival is at stake, and when the likes of Gamora, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Rocket are forced to problem solve together, it can mean only one thing is guaranteed – destruction!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Makes sense to take advantage of the Avengers movie coming out and having them be the first team to team-up with the Guardians. So now there are going to be like six Guardians titles, which is insane! Hopefully Kitty Pryde and Lockheed can get an issue or ten.

 

Feb 2015 Solicts GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY & X-MEN - THE BLACK VORTEX ALPHA 1
By Ed McGuinness

 

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY & X-MEN: THE BLACK VORTEX ALPHA #1
SAM HUMPHRIES (w) • ED McGUINNESS (a)
COVER BY ED MCGUINNESS AND JUSTIN PONSOR
CONNECTING VARIANT COVER A BY ALEXANDER LOZANO
COSMICLY ENHANCED VARIANT BY ANDREA SORRENTINO
THE BLACK VORTEX STARTS HERE!
• The Black Vortex, an ancient artifact imbued with immeasurable power, is now in the hands of Mr. Knife!
• With billions of lives potentially at stake, Peter Quill, the Legendary Star-Lord, is going to have to dust off his thieving gloves.
• But with Knife’s Slaughter Squad protecting him, Peter’s probably going to need some help…
40 PGS./ONE SHOT/Rated T+ …$4.99

I like that cover, it is amazing except for Magik’s appearance on it. McGuinness is better than that to put Magik in that brokeback position. How can she walk after that?
I’m so jazzed for this crossover! I’m glad that there are only four parts this month, as I’ve been super worried about how expensive this crossover is going to get.

I wonder what those variants are all about. I bet I end up putting them on my Wishlist. Shame they don’t release those at this stage OR in a month so that DCBS can reveal it. As those prices, from what I’ve seen, are much better than after they come out.

 

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #24
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (w) • valerio Schiti (a/C)
COVER BY VALERIO SCHITI AND JASON KEITH
COSMICLY ENHANCED VARIANT BY ANDREA SORRENTINO
VARIANT COVER BY PHIL NOTO
• The 2nd chapter of the BLACK VORTEX!
• With the Slaughter Squad hot on their tails, the X-Men and the Guardians of the Galaxy are going to have to find somewhere to stash this loot.
• The odds against them, their only option for gaining the upper hand might lie with the mysterious Black Vortex.
• Will the temptation of the Black Vortex’s unknown power be too much for this band of misfits?
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

So I’m just super committing to Black Vortex, still not sure if its suppose to be two or three months long (here’s hoping for two!). Kitty isn’t on this cover but who knows about the variants.

 

Feb 15 Solict LEGENDARY STAR-LORD 9
by Paco Medina

 

LEGENDARY STAR-LORD #9
SAM HUMPHRIES (w) • PACO MEDINA (a/C)
COSMICLY ENHANCED VARIANT BY ANDREA SORRENTINO
VARIANT COVER BY PHIL NOTO
• The 3rd chapter of the BLACK VORTEX!
• With a schism forming within the assembled heroes, the youngest among them face the temptation of immeasurable power.
• Sometimes those with great power shirk their responsibility to use it for good, though.
• And with Knife and his new business partner looking to take back the Black Vortex, the group may have left themselves defenseless.
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

Now that is how you do a cover! That Medina and colorist Curiel (I believe) are such an incredible team! I like how Kitty has two guns trained on Quill but that isn’t enough, she’s going to kicks to the knees! With this cover and images from AXIS Revolution 3, Marvel is all about giving Kitty guns!

Mr. Knife was a big deal in issue two of this series, that I skipped, and now it seems like I should have at least read it.

 

Feb 15 Solict ALL NEW X-MEN 38
by Andrea Sorrentino and Marcelo Majolo

 

ALL-NEW X-MEN #38
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (w) • Mahmud Asrar (a)
Cover by ANDREA SORRENTINO AND MARCELO MAIOLO
COSMICLY ENHANCED VARIANT BY ANDREA SORRENTINO
VARIANT COVER BY PHIL NOTO
• The 4th chapter of the Black Vortex!
• With some of their members captured by the villainous Mr. Knife, the team must decipher the secrets of the Black Vortex. And quickly!
• But with the galaxy in chaos, they don’t have too many options open to them.
• Maybe there’s an old war-buddy Peter can call to help them out?
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

Is that Kitty on the cover? She typically doesn’t have freckles but neither does Jean. If that isn’t her face (it has to be though, right?) then I’m sure those are her eyes in the tiny panels there. The Uncanny and All New Annuals with Sorrentino are going to be breathtaking from what I’ve seen of the preview pages and this cover.

The final chapter, the fourth, for the month.

 

SPIDER-GWEN #1
JASON LATOUR (W) • ROBBIE RODRIGUEZ (A/C)
SPIDER-GWEN SPINS INTO HER OWN SERIES!
• BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT! The breakout hit of the biggest Spider-Event of the century is taking comic shops by storm this winter with her own new ongoing series – SPIDER-GWEN!
• Gwen Stacy is Spider-Woman, but you knew that already. What you DON’T know is what friends and foes are waiting for her in the aftermath of Spider-Verse!
• From the fan-favorite creative team that brought you Spider-Gwen’s origin story in EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE, Jason Latour and Robbie Rodriguez!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Probably the first honest, Because You Demanded It, in years if not decades!

 

SILK #1
ROBBIE THOMPSON (W) • STACEY LEE (A)
Cindy Moon exploded out of her bunker and into the Marvel Universe when we first learned that she had been bitten by that same radioactive spider in the first arc of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. She then went on to save Peter Parker’s life (more than once!) and traverse the Spider-verse alongside Spider-Woman. Now, as SILK, Cindy is on her own in New York City, searching for her past, defining her own future, and webbing up wrong-doers along the way! Robbie Thompson (writer from TV’s Supernatural) fills this new ongoing series with his unique blend of antics and feels. Featuring stunning covers by Eisner Award winner Dave Johnson and interiors by future superstar Stacey Lee.
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

Pretty cool, how due to Original Sin and its Amazing Spider-Man tie in that I own the first appearance of Silk. She seemed interesting but that’s as far as I’m going with the character. Cool how we are getting two female lead character ongoings. That’s a pretty good sign. Perhaps a Magik or Shadowcat ongoing could be in the words? Maybe?

 

WOLVERINES #5
CHARLES SOULE & RAY FAWKES (W)
JONATHAN MARKS (A)
• The team from Paradise and the Wolverines team up for the Assault on Mr. Sinister and his snowy fortress but what surprises lay in store when they figure out the front door is actually the easiest way in?
• Sinister has more than plans for Logan’s body in his lair…but how are the Amazing X-Men involved in his plans for destruction and perfection?
• Special appearance by Fing Fang Boom!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

WOLVERINES #6
CHARLES SOULE & RAY FAWKES (w)
Jason Masters (A)
• Assault on Mr. Sinister’s fortress – part two!
• Logan’s remains are located – but which team winds up keeping the goods? And for what purpose?
• When Mr. Sinister pleads his cause, it hits home to more than one team member…does this mean a change in allegiance?
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

WOLVERINES #7 & 8
Charles Soule & Ray Fawkes (W)
Issue #7 – Kris Anka (A)
ISSUE #8 – Juan Doe (A)
ISSUE #7 – • Romance is in the air – for both old and new lovers alike, and just in time for Valentine’s Day!
• Mystique’s power play is kicking into full gear as more is revealed about her plans to control her destiny.
• And what happens when she gets one of the very last control words, and with it the power to get everything she ever wanted.
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99
ISSUE #8 – • BETRAYAL! LIES! This is what happens when the Paradise Group and the Wolverines share more than alliances…
• And what happens when an old buddy of Wolverine shows up for a boondoggle weekend – ENTER FANG!
• Lady Deathstrike is finally coming to the conclusion that she doesn’t have to be alone, but will this moment of vulnerability come back to stab her in the back?
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

Hopefully they make a big deal about Ogun getting involved in this series. Also, none of these sound that interesting.

 

SPIDER-MAN 2099 #9
PETER DAVID (W) • WILLIAM SLINEY (A)
Cover by FRANCESCO MATTINA
• Miguel O’Hara returns to the year 2099 to discover that his future is now… imperfect!
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

Clever of Peter David to combine both of his future characters with Hulk Future Imperfect and Spider-Man 2099.

 

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #14 & 15
DAN SLOTT (W) • Issue #14 – OLIVIER COIPEL (A)
Issue #15 – GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI (A)
ISSUE #14 -
• THE CLIMACTIC CONCLUSION TO SPIDER-VERSE!
• The Prophecy is coming to fruition but Superior Spider-Man has something up his sleeve.
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99
ISSUE #15 -
• SPIDER-VERSE EPILOGUE
• See the fallout of Spider-Verse and what it means to Peter Parker and the rest of the Spiders!
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

oh, Spider-Verse feels like its over before it even begun! Come March, I’m going to have to see which issues Ben Reilly and Amazing Spider-Man 500 appeared in.

 

NEW AVENGERS #30
JONATHAN HICKMAN (W) • KEV WALKER (A)
Cover by ALAN DAVIS
VARIANT COVER BY PHIL NOTO
IN 3 MONTHS…TIME RUNS OUT!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

AVENGERS #41
JONATHAN HICKMAN (W) • STEFANO CASELLI (A)
Cover by BRYAN HITCH*
IN 3 MONTHS…TIME RUNS OUT!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

[*note: Anticipating the question beforehand, Marvel Comics has confirmed that this image is in fact the main cover image to Avengers #41].

So Hitch’s cover is just the cover from Ultimates 1 1? Now that we know Time Runs Out is counting down to Secret Wars III (if that’s what we’re calling it, I get the impression they are going to call it Secret Wars 2015) this is somewhat more interesting. Still no real X-Men future news, they apparently take over New York City, which is pretty cool.

 

UNCANNY AVENGERS #2
RICK REMENDER (W) • DANIEL ACUñA (A/C)
VARIANT COVER BY SIMONE BIANCHI
VARIANT COVER BY PHIL NOTO
COUNTER-EVOLUTIONARY PART 2
• Welcome to Counter-Earth, where the future of your species is being developed by crack evolutionists. A better future awaits and is only one evolutionary updated away.
• The New Men rise for what is theirs. They seek the chaos and the speed to create the true Earth, the true evolution.
• Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver discover a terrible truth about their past.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

What additional terrible truths could there be? They were raised by a loving cow lady.

 

 FANTASTIC FOUR #643
JAMES ROBINSON (W) • LEONARD KIRK (A/C)
Spotlight VARIANT Cover by CHRIS SAMNEE
Connecting VARIANT Cover by MICHAEL GOLDEN
THE INTERNET-WRECKING “THE END IS FOUREVER” CONTINUES
• With the Villain’s plans revealed, the invasion of Earth begins with the creatures from the FRANKLINVERSE as well as corrupted versions of the heroes from HEROES REBORN. Will THE FANTASTIC FOUR have enough power to fight them on the streets of NY?
• Meanwhile SUE, NAMOR and JIM HAMMOND resolve into the Franklinverse to combat this threat at it source, but what they find is far more terrifying than they expected.
• Plus the return of SLEEPWALKER.
• And BENTLEY 23’s finest hour.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Hey, 90s hero, Sleepwalker is coming back! That’s pretty cool! Still can’t believe the plan is to not have a monthly FF comic by the time the movie comes out. Unless the last issue is to come out in August, but still, that isn’t the way to promote a film’s release. But that may be the point.

 

S.H.I.E.L.D. #3
MARK WAID (W) • ALAN DAVIS (A)
• DIE HARD in the Sanctum Sanctorum! With Dr. Strange elsewhere, magical terrorists have taken over Strange’s sanctum!
• Agent Coulson must lead a strike team into the mansion before time runs out for New York City, and his only available allies are Spider-Man and one of Strange’s oldest foes!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

As I like anything that starts with “Die Hard in or but with . . . “ though it usually doesn’t play out well.

 

ALL-NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA: FEAR HIM #1-4
DENNIS HOPELESS (W) • SZYMON KUDRANSKI (A)
Covers by SIMONE BIANCHI
ISSUE #1 –
• A hungry villain has returned to feed on the city’s fear.
• It’s up to the All New Captain America and Nomad to curb his appetite… Which might be easier if they weren’t always at each other’s throats.
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99
ISSUE #2 – • All New Captain America searches the sewers for the missing Nomad…
• While the Scarecrow and his army of terror crows do their worst.
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99
ISSUE #3 –
• Cap and Nomad reunited!
There’s not much this dysfunctional duo can’t handle…
• Except, of course, when one of them is having a violent psychotic episode.
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99
ISSUE #4 – • It’s Nomad’s last stand. As the Scarecrow’s terror pheromone has taken Captain America’s mind… But that’s really the least of his worries.
• What does it take to scare a man who grew up in a Dimension of boogie men?
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

With the Avengers film two months after these comics come out, makes sense to try to cash in with as many of their members as possible. It is also nice that Marvel is fully pushing FalCap (Caplon?) with two series and now (yet another) weekly series. People must be buying these.

 

ANGELA: ASGARD’S ASSASSIN #3
KIERON GILLEN & MARGUERITE BENNETT (W)
PHIL JIMENEZ & STEPHANIE HANS (A)
• The Tenth Realm of Heven crashes into… wait, which number is Vanaheim? Well, Vanaheim. We’re going to Vanaheim for adventures, fun and bleak existential horror!
• Does Loki join the pursuit of Angela and her tiny, diaper-wearing charge? Well, we’d have to be really cruel to mention him here if he’s not going to turn up. Loki Lies, not solicits. Solicits are always 100% honest.
• Plus, find out why saying “All good angels go to heaven” would get you stabbed by Angela. She’s a little touchy on the topic of the afterlife.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Angela gets another funny write-up!

MS. MARVEL #12

G. WILLOW WILSON (W) • Takeshi Miyazawa (A)
• Love is in Jersey City as Valentine’s Day arrives!
• Kamala Khan may not be allowed to go to the dance, but Ms. Marvel is!
• Well sort of – by crashing it attempting to capture Asgard’s most annoying trickster!
• Yup, it’s a special Valentine’s Day issue featuring Marvel’s favorite charlatan, Loki!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

Nice that Marvel remembered February has Valentine’s Day and dedicating at least one series’ issue to it. Though with the sliding timescale, one can’t have too many Valentine’s Days.

 

ALL-NEW INVADERS #15
JAMES ROBINSON (W)
STEVE PUGH (A/C)
THE RETURN OF TORO PART TWO
• As the series draws to a close, STEVE ROGERS, JIM HAMMOND and NAMOR consider the INVADERS’ past and future.
• Meanwhile the Neo-Nazi threat that these heroes (including RADIANCE and SAM WILSON CAPTAIN AMERICA) face, now involves both LASH and the Royal Family of the INHUMANS, with both sides after both TORO and IRON CROSS.
• And what of the impending threats from the MARTIANS, the KREE and ETERNALS?
• And the final fate of HAIRBALL THE CAT.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

What is Pet Avenger, Hairball, doing in All New Invaders!?!

 

ELEKTRA #11
HADEN BLACKMAN (W)
MICHAEL DEL MUNDO (A/C)
SERIES FINALE!
• Bullseye.
• Elektra.
• Final round. You ready?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Now this is all you really have to state to get people interested in an issue!

 

UNCANNY X-MEN #32
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (w) • Chris Bachalo (a/C)
• CYCLOPS at a crossroads! Magneto…Matthew Malloy…the Last Will and Testament of Charles Xavier…AXIS…all of these pivotal events have driven this already tempestuous mutant to the edge of disaster.
• Will Scott Summers save himself from ruin or will he make that fateful leap?!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

That is a sweet cover by Bachalo with Cyclops standing amongst all of his former costumed selves. At least we know that Cyclops survives AXIS, that’s a huge relief!

 

 AMAZING X-MEN #17
CHRISTOPHER YOST & CRAIG KYLE (W)
JORGE FORNES (A/C)
THE ONCE AND FUTURE JUGGERNAUT 3 of 4
• Sure, the Juggernaut is bad. But what’s the worst case scenario of possessing that power? You’re about to see.
• “Unstoppable” takes on a whole new meaning as someone finally gets their hands on Cyttorak’s gem.
• The X-Men have fallen. The Juggernaut rises. Bring a change of underwear.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

I imagine, by this point, that Magik won’t be seen.

 

AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS HC
Written by RICK REMENDER
Penciled by ADAM KUBERT, LEINIL FRANCIS YU, TERRY DODSON & JIM CHEUNG
Cover by JIM CHEUNG
The Red Onslaught is broadcasting waves of telepathic hate across the globe — and Marvel’s greatest heroes have turned on their moral axis! What will the Avengers and X-Men find in the Red Skull’s bleak “re-education camps”? What is Tony Stark’s dark secret? And with the heroes “inverted” to evil, who will stand against them? How about an army of villains?! Magneto betrays his alliance, a founding Avenger quits, and the Scarlet Witch is forced to join Dr. Doom! And who are Kluh and the Sorceress Supreme? As the Axis of Evil strikes down the heroes, the all-new Astonishing Avengers battle the Uncanny X-Men! Witness an X-Man’s horrifying fate — and an Avenger’s appalling choice! Who will live or die? Who will remain inverted? The shocking climax will crack the Marvel Universe to its core! Collecting AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #1-9.
240 PGS./Rated T+ …$49.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-9095-0
Trim size: oversized

Wow, this didn’t take long to be published! Just one month later. Seems like you pay just a little bit more for the hardcover treatment than if you bought the issues individually.

 

AVENGERS: QUICKSILVER TPB
Written by TOM PEYER, JOE EDKIN & JOHN OSTRANDER
Penciled by CASEY JONES, ROB HAYNES, DEREC AUCOIN, IVAN REIS, PASQUAL FERRY & CHRIS RENAUD
Cover by GEORGE PÉREZ
In the wake of Onslaught, the Avenger called Quicksilver forges a new path! When Wundagore Mountain falls to Exodus and his fanatical Acolytes, the High Evolutionary puts the mercurial mutant in charge of the evolved beasts known as the Knights of Wundagore. Now, the newly honored “Sir Pietro” leads these animals-turned-New Men out into an unfamiliar world, and straight into an encounter with Thundra and Arkon! But when the heroes return — and Quicksilver is reunited with his sister, the Scarlet Witch; his ex-wife, Crystal; and the other Avengers and Inhumans — it all races to a chaotic climax and a Siege of Wundagore. Pietro joins the Heroes for Hire in final battle with Exodus, his Acolyte, and the resurgent High Evolutionary! Collecting QUICKSILVER #1-13, HEROES FOR HIRE (1997) #15-16 and HEROES FOR HIRE/QUICKSILVER ANNUAL ’98.
440 PGS./Rated T …$34.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-9293-0

Now this, I can recommend. I’ve stated before (not sure on this blog) that I truly feel that 1997 was a banner year for Marvel. They bounced back from Bankruptcy like champions and almost all of those titles from 1997 are worth seeking out!

1997 – Heroes Return (Avengers, Captain America, Iron Man and Thor) Deadpool, Thunderbolts, Fantastic Four, Alpha Flight, Gambit (even!), Heroes for Hire, New Mutants : Truth or Dare, Marvel Team-Up, Quicksilver, Man-Thing, Ka-Zar, Maverick, The Minus One event (stories that take place before their issue ones), Kitty Pryde : Agent of SHIELD, Code of Honor, Analagm titles and Spider-Man : Hobgoblin Lives, with the true Hobgoblin being revealed.

 

UNCANNY AVENGERS OMNIBUS HC
Written by RICK REMENDER with GERRY DUGGAN
Penciled by JOHN CASSADAY, OLIVIER COIPEL, DANIEL ACUNA, ADAM KUBERT, SALVADOR LARROCA, STEVE MCNIVEN, PAUL RENAUD & SANFORD GREENE
Cover by JOHN CASSADAY
In the wake of Professor X’s death, Captain America creates a new Avengers unit comprised of Avengers and X-Men — humans and mutants working together. But the Red Skull has plans to destroy all mutants — and when he exhumes Xavier’s telepathic brain, he just might be able to do it! Can the new squad triumph over the Skull’s bizarre S-Men? Meanwhile, the Apocalypse Twins arrive with shocking plans for the future! The new Four Horsemen of Death are unleashed, and Avengers begin to die. But with the fate of the world literally in the balance, what happens if the heroes fail? Years in the future, Kang the Conqueror’s Chronos Corps arrive on Planet X — but can the shattered remains of the team salvage the past? Rick Remender’s epic saga is collected in one volume! Collecting UNCANNY AVENGERS #1-25, #8AU and ANNUAL #1.
672 PGS./Rated T+ …$99.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-9394-4
Trim size: oversized

Pretty cool to have all Uncanny Avengers issues in one place.

 

GIANT-SIZE X-MEN 40TH ANNIVERSARY HC
Written by LEN WEIN, CHRIS CLAREMONT, JOSS WHEDON, CHRIS YOST, ED BRUBAKER, ROY THOMAS & KURT BUSIEK
Penciled by DAVE COCKRUM, JOHN BOLTON, NEAL ADAMS, RICK LEONARDI, TREVOR HAIRSINE, MARK TEXEIRA, PETE WOODS, RICH BUCKLER, RODNEY RAMOS, PAT OLLIFFE & JORGE MOLINA
Cover by ALEX ROSS
Celebrate the birthday of the book that made a Giant-Size impact on comics! Revisit the fateful day that Professor X gathered an all-new, all-different, multinational mix of mutants — as Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Banshee, Sunfire, Thunderbird and some guy named Wolverine unite with Cyclops in the rescue tale that ushered in four decades of uncanny adventures! See how the original team reacted to the newly expanded roster! Learn the tragic histories of Colossus and Wolverine! Ask yourself “What If?” they all died or never even met! And savor the explosive epic that revealed the group’s true deadly genesis and the ill-fated existence of a previous team! Collecting GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #1 and #3-4, CLASSIC X-MEN #1, X-MEN ORIGINS: COLOSSUS #1, X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE #1, X-MEN: DEADLY GENESIS #1-6, WHAT IF? (1989) #9 and #23, and material from X-MEN GOLD #1.
440 PGS./Rated T+ …$39.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-9777-5
Trim size: oversized

Hey, Kitty Pryde (and Emma) turn 35 in 2014 and Illyana Rasputin turns 40 in 2015! That’s good to know. Nice to include Deadly Genesis, it makes sense.

 

MIRACLEMAN BOOK 3: OLYMPUS PREMIERE HC ADAMS COVER
Written by THE ORIGINAL WRITER, GRANT MORRISON & PETER MILLIGAN
Penciled by JOHN TOTLEBEN, JOE QUESADA & MIKE ALLRED
Covers by ARTHUR ADAMS & JIM CHEUNG
The first era of the critically acclaimed MIRACLEMAN saga reaches its climax! As the alien Qys close in, a hidden survivor of Project Zarathustra is revealed! Mankind’s fate hangs in the balance before a tribunal of the Warpsmiths, while Johnny Bates’ torment sets the stage for the horrific return of Kid Miracleman. Pushing the concept of the super hero to its logical conclusion, OLYMPUS presents a vision of a utopia as shocking as it compelling in one of the most challenging works of super-hero fiction, finally back in print after more than 20 years. Plus: In a pair of all-new tales, Joe Quesada illustrates Grant Morrison’s lost Miracleman story, a disturbing confrontation prior to the Battle of London — and Peter Milligan and Mike Allred reunite for a new Miracleman classic! Collecting MIRACLEMAN (2014) #11-16 and ALL-NEW MIRACLEMAN ANNUAL #1.
328 PGS./Mature …$39.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-5466-2
Trim size: standard

This trade, when I was buying all 100 Greatest Trades that Wizard made, cost me $90 (which is insane now) but that was way back in 2002 – so I had money to burn then but who knew that in 13 years, Marvel would own the rights to Miracle Man and now this story will be in print again. $40 is quite the deal! It was number 14 on the list, between Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing and Wolfman / Perez’s New Teen Titans : Judas Contract.

 ALL-NEW ULTIMATES VOL. 2: NO GODS, NO MASTERS TPB
Written by MICHAEL FIFFE
Penciled by GIANNIS MILONOGIANNIS & AMILCAR PINNA
Cover by DAVID NAKAYAMA
It’s the deadliest battle of the super street war! Spider-Man, Black Widow, Kitty Pryde and Cloak & Dagger can barely hold back Vermin and Agent Crock, so how will they fare against the Femme Fatales and the supremacist Watchdogs? And as Bengal joins the police, will Scourge escape from prison and continue his killing spree of costumed crusaders? The all-new Ultimates’ ultimate nemesis finally strikes, and the team is picked off one by one. Can even Bombshell and the mercenary group Terror Inc. help protect them against Ecstasy, the new queen of crime? As Taskmaster attacks and Crossbones returns, can the Ultimates save the city from catastrophe yet again — and save themselves in the process? With monsters, mayhem and super-powered fisticuffs, it’s the life-changing conclusion for the rawest, grittiest new team on the block. Collecting ALL-NEW ULTIMATES #7-12.
136 PGS./Rated T+ …$17.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-5428-0

It took until this solict to make me realize that All New Ultimates must be officially over. I wonder if Shadowcat will be in Miles Morales’ book? That is one less book for me, so now one chapter of Black Vortex will be replacing that slot.

 

SUPER-VILLAINS UNITE: THE COMPLETE SUPER-VILLAIN TEAM-UP TPB
Written by ROY THOMAS, TONY ISABELLA, JIM SHOOTER, BILL MANTLO, STEVE ENGLEHART, GERRY CONWAY & PETER B. GILLIS
Penciled by JOHN BUSCEMA, MIKE SEKOWSKY, GEORGE EVANS, SAL BUSCEMA, HERB TRIMPE, KEITH GIFFEN, GEORGE PEREZ, JIM SHOOTER, BOB HALL, CARMINE INFANTINO & ARVELL JONES
Cover by RON WILSON
The Lord of Latveria and Atlantis’ Avenging Son forge the Marvel Universe’s most volatile alliance! But when the Sub-Mariner regrets his decision, he finds it’s not that easy to walk away from a pact with Doom. Can anything get him out of this torturous team-up? Maybe the Fantastic Four — but probably not the Avengers, who’ve been enslaved by Attuma! And while Dr. Doom has his gauntlets full keeping Namor in line, the Red Skull sets his sights on Latveria! When Captain America sides with Doom, you know you’re in trouble. But both Doom and the Skull plan to enslave the Earth — and the only ones standing in their way are Magneto and the Champions! Introducing the Shroud and featuring the villainy of the Hate-Monger! Collecting GIANT-SIZE SUPER-VILLAIN TEAM-UP #1-2, SUPER-VILLAIN TEAM-UP #1-14 and #16-17, AVENGERS (1963) #154-156, and CHAMPIONS #16.
464 PGS./Rated T …$34.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-9406-4

I wonder if ROM showed up in one of these issues, or Godzilla, and that’s why they skipped an issue. Pretty cool that this is coming out.  I was just commenting the other day about if Marvel was so willing to buy Miracle Man, they should just buy ROM, it can’t be that expensive.

 

RUNAWAYS: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL. 3 TPB
Written by ZEB WELLS, BRIAN K. VAUGHAN, JOSS WHEDON & CHRIS YOST
Penciled by STEFANO CASELLI, MIKE NORTON, ADRIAN ALPHONA, MICHAEL RYAN & TAKESHI MIYAZAWA
Cover by HUMBERTO RAMOS
As the superhuman Civil War threatens to crush the Runaways, the Young Avengers offer assistance — but how can the Runaways trust that they’re on the same side? As the Runaways make hard decisions about their future, they confront a horrific enemy who threatens to tear the team apart! Then, the Skrulls launch their Secret Invasion — and the Runaways and Young Avengers both have a Skrull on their team. Coincidence? With Xavin having betrayed his teammates, and Hulkling out of commission, can the Runaways and Young Avengers survive? And in the aftermath, visionary creator Joss Whedon sends the team running in a whole new direction — first to the East Coast, then a century into the past! Collecting CIVIL WAR: YOUNG AVENGERS AND RUNAWAYS #1-4, RUNAWAYS (2005) #19-30, RUNAWAYS SAGA and SECRET INVASION: RUNAWAYS/YOUNG AVENGERS #1-3.
528 PGS./Rated T+ …$39.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-8917-6

I was rereading Whedon’s Astonishing X-Men run not too recently and I was trying to remember if he actually wrote any Runaways or was he just scheduled to do so. I know the sales were not that good. His issues must be the 19 – 30.

 So here is my Buy List -

Guardians of the Galaxy / X-Men : Black Vortex 1 $5
Guardians of the Galaxy 24                                         $4
Legendary Star Lord 9                                                  $4
All New X-Men 38                                                          $4
Uncanny X-Men 32                                                        $4

Five titles for $25, that isn’t too bad.

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Nova Volume Five Issue 18

Nova V5 18

Writer Gerry Duggan

Penciler David Baldeon

Inker Terry Pallot

Colorist David Curiel

Letterer Comicraft’s Albert Deschesne

I can’t believe there has been five Nova comic series!  I was a big fan of the Erik Larsen 1999 series.

I really do like Duggan has a writer.  If I had gotten this when it first came out, I may have gotten the next issue.  This is world’s above that underwhelming Nova Special.

The Previously page actually gave me the information that I wanted from the Special.  Sam Alexander, the current and last Nova, is a old of  veteran Nova.  He is friends with Uatu, the Watcher.  Utau told Sam that his father is alive.

Onto the issue.

Nova’s mother and younger know he is Nova.  They made a shrine to the fallen Novas.

Nova heads out into space.  His mother gives advice to stay away from space girls.  He tells her, he met one space girl and she told him she hates him.  His mother tells him that means the girl has a crush on him.  I should really get the first trade, or this Original Sin trade, as I like his mother.  She keeps it real.

Nova flies by the Moon, he notices something is off.  He lands and starts making jokes.  Which is awesomely paced, but knowing Original Sin like I do, we know it is going to end with a shock.

His response to his friend’s death, murder, is dead on for a young hero / teenager.  He panics and starts flying all over the place.  He calms down and heads to New York City.

We get to the reason why I bought this, for the Magik appearance!

Nova V5 18 Magik

See her in the upper left corner of the page?  Doesn’t take much to get me to buy a comic.

Duggan should write a Marvel Universe title and Baldeon should draw that too!

I love the Spider-Man and Daredevil interaction.  Spider-Man’s music library was changed to Elton John and Classical music.  Oh that makes perfect sense that is the music Doctor Octopus would listen to. Daredevil is officially living in San Francisco.

Nova punches a Mindless One on top of The Thing.  Thing tells Nova that the one responsible party is on the roof.  He gets up there and I really like how Thor just speaks to him like a peer.  I know this Nova showed up around the end of AvX, so they may know each other, but still.

We see Exterminatrix.  She opens fire, and the heroes scatter.

Nova punches another Mindless One onto Thing.  Thing hates Nova, which is funny.  Ben is wearing the new (and already reverted back to blue) red theme costume.  Which would make this the only comic I own with any of the Fantastic Four in their new uniform.

Captain America, Daredevil and Thor take down Exterminatrix.  Nova regrets not playing a role in the takedown.

The Orb brings out one of Uatu’s eyes and the Truth Bomb goes off.  Placing this at the end of Original Sin 2.

Nova sees his father killing another Nova Corp member, as a third one watched on.  Actually, the human male is only a friend of Mr. Alexander, Adomox, the green alien fellow, is a friend of his.

Nova wakes from the secret, laying next to Iron Man.  Iron Man recognizes daddy issues but can’t help with them.  Nova takes off his he, he never wants to wear it again.  Grear placement so it resembles Amazing Spider-Man 50, the first one, with Spider-Man No More.  Iron Man is in the Peter position and Nova is where the trashcan should be.

Such a good issue!

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5 Seconds Of Summer – Amnesia

So I drive about the town on my way to work, back and forth at lunch and when I go home.  This town has three radio stations that are all essentially Top 40 / songs of the 90s/80s.

There are songs that if I hear it once in the morning, and not again for the rest of the day, I feel cheated.  Especially with how many songs I don’t care for these days.  So when I hear one that I like, I really want to just keep hearing it.

One of my current addictions is -

5 Seconds of Summer’s Amnesia.

Thanks to YouTuber 5SOSVEVO for hosting the video

I didn’t realize they were a boy band until I went home and say the video for the first time.  That’s a little embarrassing.

Anyone know what Vevo is?  I just take it for granted as the official music video provider on YouTube.

After looking it up, that is essentially what it is.

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Wolverine and the X-Men Volume Two Issue 9

Wolverine and the X-Men V2 9

Writer Jason Latour

Artist Jorge Fornes

Color Artist Israel Silva

Letterer VC’s Clayton Cowles

No Future? Conclusion

Cover Artists Mahmud Asrar & Marte Gracia

I wish Marvel, when they get these alternative artists, they would let them do the covers as well.  I like Asrar and Gracia on All New but if I see Asrar’s cover and open the comic itself – its pretty disappointing to see not clean artwork.  Plus, I’m sure Fornes would have liked to do his own cover.

I was so torn on buying this issue.  My pal, a0040pc, over at the X-Books subforum of Comic Book Resources – he lives in Europe, so he gets his comics before I do.  He’s great about updating the Kitty Pryde Appreciation thread with Kitty’s appearances – which I super appreciate. He described this issue and how there is a costume party.  I thought he meant that a lady wore Kitty’s classic blue Excalibur costume.

My wife wanted McDonald’s for dinner, so Walker Dennis and I went to Hastings.  I found this issue that the staff had on hold for me.  I went through it three times before taking the below picture with my phone.

Wolverine and the X-Men V2 9 Kitty mine

I saw a Spider-Man and a Captain America costume, trailored for women.  I thought maybe that is what he saw.  I had saw the aove white outfit, and how it definitely looked Kitty Pryde-esque but I didn’t recognize it as a Kitty Pryde costume.  It is like a white version of her green Ariel costume.

This had me torn as it clearly isn’t a Kitty Pryde appearance.  If someone had named her in the issue, I wouldn’t have hesitated either.  Also, buying it just for her outfit, and that alone, it wasn’t like that would opened up me having to research previous examples.  It sets a precedent of having to buy future costume appearances but how often does that happened?  Just once in 35 years (close to it!).

Then my other pal, Slicknickshady, posted a clearer imagine :

Wolverine and the X-Men V2 9 Kitty sns

He sort of does what I do with Kitty but with Nightcrawler.  He would have bought the issue if it was a Nightcrawler costume, so that convinced me to buy it.  Essentially the argument boiled down to – it doesn’t cost that much, just buy it.  So I did.

I had also gotten advice from the Uncanny X-Cast Facebook group, I think I didn’t explain it fully or I had hinted at buying it already or something but they also said to just buy it.

It took some thinking and consideration but here it is now, in my collection.

The rest of the issue isn’t bad.  I own the first part and the third part with no interest in the middle part.

Apparently, prior to this, Quire inherited billions of dollars, bought the Phoenix Corporation and saw how he dies in the future.

Issue opens with Tony Stark getting kicked out of a bar.  He confirms that Quire is the White King of the Hellfire Club. This further confirms how easy it would have been for Wolverine to get a spare Iron Man helmet.

Wolverine dons a Magneto helmet, so he can crash Quire’s costume party.

Fun gag with Maggot or someone dresses as him shows up.

Mystique beats up Wolverine, taking the helmet with her.

Quire tells Wolverine how much he failed as a mentor.

That is pretty much it.

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Characters That Can Phase

Besides our lovely, Ms. Kitty “Shadowcat” Pryde, these characters can phase as well!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Fictional_characters_who_can_turn_intangible

Imperial Guard member, Astra

Heroes, er, not quite hero – DL Hawkins

DC’s Martian Manhunter

Thunderbolt member, Moonstone

DC’s Phantom Girl, who I was tempted to try to collect all of her appearances, but the Legion continuity is all over the place for my taste.  I can barely keep up with Cameron Chase.  and by keep up, I mean, nowhere close to owning 15 percent of her appearances.

The Host with the Most, Space Ghost.  As well as almost all ghosts.

Avengers member, Vision

Spider-Man villian, Will o’ the Wisp – which is just fun to type

Plus various other characters that I don’t recognize in that link but these were the ones that I would have been able to rattle off besides that last guy.

What I like about DL Hawkins, is that we finally get to see what a villain would do with the ability to phase.  Pretty much what you would expect but still, nice to see.

I prefer phasing over intangibility.

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All New Ultimates 8

All New Ultimates 8

Writer Michel Fiffe

Artist Giannis Milonogiannis

Color Artist Jordie Bellaire

Letterer VC’s Clayton Cowles

Manhattan, Undisclosed Location.  Issue opens with a voice directing four new villians.  But not the ones from the cover, as those are four ladies and two of them on the first page are dudes.  They are – Knockout, Whiplash, Bloodlust and Mindblast – boy girl boy girl.

The voice wants them to keep the death toll down as well as to definitely keep the Ultimates alive.  The squad will do their best.

All New Ultimates 8 Kitty 1

Jessica Drew’s Apartment.  Chelsea, New York City.

Dagger opens the bathroom door and catches Spider-Man as he enters through the window.  Odd how he is the

I really like how Jessica’s costume top works as a cool shirt.  Her shorter hair makes her look even more like Peter, which I get but I’m not sure if I like.

The lack of faces is off setting.

The picture I provided has Dagger and Black Widow’s description boxes in their correct placement but my comic has them swapped which threw me off at first.  I couldn’t figure out who the red head was suppose to be in the chair, as there is no shirt design seen in that panel.

Spider-Man apologizes for getting there early but it seems like everyone else was just there already.  Turns out, everyone is living with Jessica except for Spider-Man and Bombshell.

That bottom panel threw me off at first.  I couldn’t figure out why the panel was faded, I thought it was a coloring error but we are being fancy and have moved the ‘camera’ to just outside the window.  Artsy!

Spider-Man makes a poor taste of a comment about how Jessica has a great view of New Jersey, RIP.  Jessica calls him on it and he starts to say that isn’t how he meant it.  But really, what type of ‘great view’ of a destroyed city, could there be?

Jessica and Spider-Man must be having some under the surface tension as their other exchange seems odd too.  He doesn’t believe he’s been up this far into Chelsea and she tells him he hasn’t.  How does she know what or where he’s been?  Seems off to me.

All New Ultimates 8 Kitty 2

I like how Spider-Man goes down the list of everything they have accomplished in seven issues.  That’s a fun way to show all of those people who may complain that not much happened in the comic that, yes, a lot has happened.

Dagger is already not wanting to live with Jessica.  She wants some privacy.  Cloak tries to resay it a tad nicer and Dagger doesn’t appriciate that.  I totally get where Cloak is coming from though, one has to treat the host / or whomever is doing you the favor with a certain level of politeness.

Kitty is also ready to move out but her comment about how she feels she has overstayed her welcome seems to hurt Jessica.  It does seem like the harsher way to say what she meant.  I’m starting to realize that these teens may be not the nicest people to each other.  Maybe that is what happens when coworkers start living together, if that scenario even happens.  It seems unlikely or at least, like a sitcom.

Cloak and Dagger may be getting into small fights a lot from how Jessica feels comfortable enough to mutter that what they are doing is super awkward.  There is a realness about this comic that I’m starting to pick up on.

Spider-Man tries to bring the meeting back to why he called it.  Which really, did he call it or did he just go to where everyone was already at and told them to expect him at a certain time?

Kitty jokes that he is going to announce that he is leaving the team.  He finds her hilarious.  I like this Kitty, letting herself have some fun.

All New Ultimates 8 Kitty 3

Spider-Man mentions the deal J. Jonah Jameson offered both himself and Jessica Drew after they saved his life.  This must have happened in Spider-Man’s title.  It was before Cataclysm, as he states.

Spider-Man assumes that Jonah meant financially, he will do something for him.  Last I knew, and this is prior to Ultimatum, the Bugle was transitioning from being a newspaper to a digital news site as they were losing money hand over fist.

That will have to be an awkward situation to now bring up.  Hey Mr. Jameson, remember that thing you mention a while ago about maybe helping up us.  We were thinking that yes, we would like you to build us a new headquarters.  Thanks!  Oh, I was just going to give you some free press and a dedicated section of the newspaper.  oh, sad face

Dagger is worried about having to answer to Jameson, as if he would all of a sudden start having them fight his battles against rival news websites.  Though I suppose if I started financially backing a superhero team, I would probably start feeling pretty confident and start making all types of enemies or just annoying people with all of the stuff I would push over.

Kitty is pretty much worried that she will have to do press junkets.  She has avoided them as she saved the flipping world from Galactus, so I get why she would not want to be forced into that role.  How long is too long to tell her side of that story?  If not in the first few weeks, she would have to wait until the anniversary of it. People would be confused why she wants to talk about it at the nine month mark.

Jessica likes the idea of talking about as a team first, then speaking with Jameson.  I worry that they are going to have some high expectations then be highly disappointed by what Jameson’s actual intentions were.  Who even knows how sincere he was.  Like Jessica says, it was during a crash and everyone was fighting for their lives.  People say things in heated situations all the time and want to go back on, once everything has settled.

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Dagger is mad as she had to live in a filthy abandon (are there pristine abandon ones?) churches when they could have been living in a nicely built complex.

Dagger wants that new building now!

Kitty is noticing that Cloak and Dagger may be spending too much time together.  Which I also get that, as that is how my wife and I met, we worked together.  Which was great but when I was about to get another job elsewhere, those last few weeks were getting a tad angsty, for whatever reason.

Sounds like Bombshell hasn’t been keeping in touch with the team.  She is still dealing with the death of Poey, her boyfriend.

Calvary Cemetery, Queens.  Bombshell is at Poey’s gravesite with some old friends.  Poor Lana missed the funeral. Apparently, it was a nice one.  Poey Ponsor, what a name!

Chelsea.  The team is still listing off demands.  Dagger wants health and dental insurance. Cloak wants maximum security clearance.  Kitty wants a fighter jet.

There is a huge explosion, Spider-Man quickly identifies it as coming from Hell’s Kitchen.  Which I thought all of Chelsea was Hell’s Kitchen but maybe it is just a small part of it.

We learn two things. First, those four villains are all women, so I am a jerk. Second, they are called, Femme Fatales.  The two teams fight.

I like how Kitty isn’t impressed with anyone who can explode a car.  Anyone can do it.

The Ultimates eventually tie everyone up.  They make a joke impression of the police thanking them.

Just then, the Future Foundation show up.  Their members are – Machine Man, Falcon, Iron Man and the Invisible Woman.  Nice that, with their title cancelled, they can show up here.  The Ultimates, minus Kitty (for some reason), appeared in their last issue, so they are repaying the favor.

Iron Man seems surprised that the Ultimates are even there.  They are not sanctioned with the police.  It is implied, or it may be my understanding, that all the Ultimates have to do is fill out some paperwork and the police will be okay with them.  Maybe that is something Jameson can work out.

We get Cloak and Dagger on a rooftop.  Dagger breaks up with Cloak.  She wants them both to stay on the team, Cloak recognizes that will be awkward.  It definitely will be!

Issue ends with someone who looks like Taskmaster watching the team.  From his monitors, it appears he knows a lot about Spider-Man, Black Widow, Cloak and Kitty.  Bombshell and Dagger are a mystery to him.

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Kitty Pryde turns 35 years old!

http://marvel.com/news/comics/23624/wish_kitty_pryde_and_emma_frost_a_happy_35th_birthday_before_they_come_to_blows

Marvel.com celebrated Kitty Pryde (and to a lesser extent, Emma Frost) turning 35 years old on November 7, 2014.  Which I should remember to celebrate that here in the future.

Such a good article, written by Brett White.

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Marvel 75th Anniversary Magazine

Marvel 75th Anniversary Magazine

Head Writer John Rhett Thomas

Feature Writers Robert Greenberger, Jess Harrold, Michael Kronenberg, Dugan Trodglen & Tim Stevens

Cover by Greg Land

Thanks to DCBS for sending this to me with my order of All New Ultimates 8, and for free!  I was initially dismissive of this as I had read there was no X-Men coverage in it.  But then I actually read it and there is this awesome feature of the Top 75 Marvel Stories that Marvel.com put together based off of votes.

http://marvel.com/news/comics/23034/find_out_the_75_greatest_marvel_comics_of_all-time

Here are the ones that involved Kitty Pryde, with the complete list following that, plus some of the ones that I have owned or read :

Partial List

75. The Death of Spider-Man – (Ultimate Spider-Man) Poor Kitty lost her ex-boyfriend and we lost a truly wonderful hero. 
73. New Mutants #98
- Deadpool’s first appearance, I owned this at some point. 
72. Marvel Two-in-One Annual #7
- Kitty appears as Colossus joins the tournament. 
71. Fantastic Four #262
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70. Daredevil: The Man Without Fear
- Most of the Wizard Top 100 Trades are reflected on this list (which makes total sense). 
69. Avengers (1963) #4
- Captain America’s revival and entry into the Silver Age!
68. Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21
- I wonder how many people voted for this just as an ‘f u’ to Marvel.  The Wedding of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson.  It didn’t really happen, now. 
67. X-Factor #87
- The Doc Samson issue that made people start liking Quicksilver
66. Thor #362
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64. The Punisher : Welcome Back, Frank
- The series that brought Punisher back to life and made him awesome again. 
63. New Mutants by Chris Claremont
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57. Amazing Spider-Man #129
- First Appearance of The Punisher! 
56. Alpha Flight (1983) #12
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54. Wolverine by Chris Claremont & Frank Miller
- The first story to actually have Kitty in it, all be it, the final issue and only for one page.  That counts. 
50. Avengers (1963) #57
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48. Giant-Size X-Men #1
- First Appearance of Illyana Rasputin!  Also Nightcrawler, and some others! 
45. Astonishing X-Men by Joss Whedon & John Cassaday
- A grand opus that stars Kitty Pryde! 
44. Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #36
- The 9-11 story by JMS and JRJR.  At one point, I owned three of these! 
43. Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #50
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40. Fantastic Four #285
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37. Thunderbolts (1997) #1
- Kurt Busiek and Mark Bagley, yes please!  Their entire run was amazing but I know how hard this issue was to find for so many as no one knew how popular it was going to be.  I mean, I did but I’m a true fan. 
35. Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #31-33
- Google Amazing Spider-Man 33 and see that awesome six page sequence Dikto did of Spider-Man lifting that debris off of him.  Spider-Man, as a legend, begins here! 
34. Avengers: Ultron Unlimited
- I am a complete mark for Busiek / Perez and their Avengers run but this is the true gem of the run.  If the movie could be at least a quarter as good as this, that would do Ultron justice on the big screen. 
33. Avengers vs. X-Men
- Put Magik in the big leagues and she hasn’t left yet! 
32. X-Men:  Fatal Attractions
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31. Thor #337
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30. Incredible Hulk #181
- I’m lucky enough to own this, along with 180 and 182. 
28. Spider-Man: Blue –
A great Leob / Sale miniseries.  Too bad these two haven’t done a X-Men one. 
27. Spider-Man: Maximum Carnage
- I’m on record as saying that this is one of the best Spider-Man stories.  Glad it made the list, and so high! 
26. House of M
- Kitty was part of the Astonishing team, so she got to play a role in this.  Once in the HoM timeline, she’s a teacher.  This also set up Magik coming back! 
25. The Death of Captain Marvel
- Kitty shows up along with the rest of the X-Men.  She’s sad in it. 
23. Fantastic Four: The Galactus Trilogy
- Gave us both Silver Surfer and Galactus.  Also the first mutli-issue story, for Marvel, I believe. 
22. X-Men: Age of Apocalypse
- Generation Next is the true gem in this.  AoA Shadowcat is pure awesomeness!  Seeing a young Illyana is nice too.  
21. X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills –
A story so great that they based X2 off of it!  Kitty gets some spectacular lines in it!  Also a teenage Illyana, but pre-Magik named, is in there as well. 
19. Daredevil #181
- Death of Elektra
18. Avengers: Under Siege
- One of the truly great 80s Avengers stories, ripe for a movie adaption!
17. The Kid Who Collected Spider-Man
- Not even a full length issue story.  A nice little story with a great ending. 
15. Hulk (1962) #1
- First Appearance
14. Fantastic Four (1961) #1
- First Appearance
13. Captain America Comics #1
- First Appearance
12. Avengers (1963) #1
- First Appearance as a Team
11. Secret Wars –
Lockheed’s first appearance on the list! 
10. AMAZING FANTASY #15
- First Appearance of Spider-Man
7. The Infinity Gauntlet
- Kitty shows up for a panel in one of the earlier issues
6. X-Men: Days of Future Past
- This actually has its own movie now with the title and all!  Nothing like it, grant it but this comic gave us Future Kate Pryde and Rachel Summers’ first appearance. 
5. X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga
- Kitty’s first appearance along with Emma’s!  Plus some stuff in space happens.  I’m a much bigger fan of the first half than the second half.  Also, the highest X-Men story. 
4. Daredevil:  Born Again
- Frank Miller on full cynders and a story that has sort of ruined Daredevil, ever since. 
3. Spider-Man: Kraven’s Last Hunt
- Such a great story by legendary JM DeMatteis. 
1. Spider-Man: The Death of Gwen Stacy
- I grow more meh over this as the years go by.  Probably due to how often we have seen Gwen since this story.  Plus, Norman Osborn wasn’t really killed.  Plus plus, Norman killed Gwen because she birthed his twins and abandoned them in England and just went back to Peter like nothing ever happened.  Sins Past has essentially tarnished this story for all time.  Clone Saga didn’t help either.  Either of them.

Full List – Without my comments (copied from the Marvel.com website)

75. THE DEATH OF SPIDER-MAN
74. NEXTWAVE: AGENTS OF H.A.T.E.
73. NEW MUTANTS #98
72. MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE ANNUAL #7
71. FANTASTIC FOUR #262
70. DAREDEVIL: THE MAN WITHOUT FEAR
69. AVENGERS (1963) #4
68. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #21
67. X-FACTOR #87
66. THOR #362
65. SPIDER-MAN: THE CLONE SAGA
64. THE PUNISHER: WELCOME BACK, FRANK
63. NEW MUTANTS BY CHRIS CLAREMONT
62. MARVEL COMICS #1
61. SILVER SURFER: PARABLE
60. MARVEL ZOMBIES
59. IRON MAN: ARMOR WARS
58. AVENGERS: THE KANG DYNASTY
57. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #129
56. ALPHA FLIGHT (1983) #12
55. WORLD WAR HULK
54. WOLVERINE BY CHRIS CLAREMONT & FRANK MILLER
53. AVENGERS DISASSEMBLED
52. THOR: GOD OF THUNDER BY JASON AARON & ESAD RIBIC
51. DEADPOOL KILLS
50. AVENGERS (1963) #57
49. HAWKEYE BY MATT FRACTION & DAVID AJA
48. GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #1
47. AVENGERS: THE KORVAC SAGA
46. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700
45. ASTONISHING X-MEN BY JOSS WHEDON & JOHN CASSADAY
44. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1999) #36
43. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #50
42. THE ULTIMATES #1
41. PLANET HULK
40. FANTASTIC FOUR #285
39. CAPTAIN AMERICA (2004) #25
38. AVENGERS: THE KREE/SKRULL WAR
37. THUNDERBOLTS (1997) #1
36. NICK FURY: AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. BY STERANKO
35. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #31-33
34. AVENGERS: ULTRON UNLIMITED
33. AVENGERS VS. X-MEN
32. X-MEN: FATAL ATTRACTIONS
31. THOR #337
30. INCREDIBLE HULK #181
29. IRON MAN: EXTREMIS
28. SPIDER-MAN: BLUE
27. SPIDER-MAN: MAXIMUM CARNAGE
26. HOUSE OF M
25. THE DEATH OF CAPTAIN MARVEL
24. WARLOCK BY JIM STARLIN
23. FANTASTIC FOUR: THE GALACTUS TRILOGY
22. X-MEN: AGE OF APOCALYPSE
21. X-MEN: GOD LOVES, MAN KILLS
20. SECRET INVASION
19. DAREDEVIL #181
18. AVENGERS: UNDER SIEGE
17. THE KID WHO COLLECTED SPIDER-MAN
16. ANNIHILATION
15. HULK (1962) #1
14. FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #1
13. CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #1
12. AVENGERS (1963) #1
11. SECRET WARS
10. AMAZING FANTASY #15
9. CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
8. MARVELS #1
7. THE INFINITY GAUNTLET
6. X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
5. X-MEN: THE DARK PHOENIX SAGA
4. DAREDEVIL: BORN AGAIN
3. SPIDER-MAN: KRAVEN’S LAST HUNT
2. CIVIL WAR
1. SPIDER-MAN: THE DEATH OF GWEN STACY

So in November, there is suppose to be an Omnibus that collects all of these but how is that even possible!?!   Some of these are six part stories.  Others, like the Clone Saga are . . . I’m not even sure how many comics, at least 50 if not 75 comics.  They included the entire run of Whedon / Cassaday on Astonishing X-Men, that right there is 25 issues and one of those is giant sized!  Age of Apocalypse is also on the list and that’s maybe five or six trades right now!

75 individual comics at 20 pages each is 1500 pages.  They are going to need to make maybe three to five volumes to contain all of this.

I like how, in the magazine, they list which trades you find find most of these stories in as well as which issue numbers the stories originally appeared in.  That’s a nice extra step they took.

There are other features such as :

The Birth of Timely Comics

Interview with Stan Lee

Interview with Walt Simonson

Event Horizon, a timeline of events in the Marvel Universe, ie, crossovers. The cool thing to note is how special events were at first.  Then, around 2006, events were happening every quarter.

These are the ones that Kitty has been a part of :

1984 – Secret Wars

1985 – Secret Wars II

1989 – Inferno

1991 – Infinity Gauntlet

1995 – Age of Apocalypse

1996 – Onslaught

2004 / 2005 – Secret War

2005 – House of M

2012 – Avengers vs X-Men

2013 – Age of Ultron

2013 – Infinity

2014 – Original Sin

There are additional features :

The current Young Guns

A Toy Section

Digital Comics

The Films

Pretty good magazine, at 96 pages, it is very generous to give it away for free.

Another thing I like about the Magazine is that most of the right sided pages are just various companies saying, Congrats.  Makes it seem like a nice environment the comic business is.

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