2014 X-Book Awards – The Results

http://community.comicbookresources.com/showthread.php?29721-2014-X-Book-Awards-The-Results

Once again, huge thanks and shout outs to poster, WorstBlogEver, for compiling and doing the initial write ups!

FINAL RESULTS:

1/19/2015
Best Onomatopoeia
Honorable Mention: KRAAKOOM! – via Storm
Honorable Mention: KRAACK! – via Tempus
3rd Runner Up: PSINIKT! – via Psylocke
2nd Runner-up: The Final “SNIKT!”- via Wolverine
1st Runner-up: SPPAASSHH! – via Cyclops to Iceman
Winner: BAMF! – Nightcrawler

Best Quote
Honorable Mention: “I think I’m behaving quite well and I’d like one of you to acknowledge it.” -Wolverine
Honorable Mention: “When I was just a girl, I called myself goddess… and I lived in the sky. Sometimes I wonder why I ever left. I’m a mutant with the power to control the weather. Here’s where I belong… every nerve connected with the wind, the clouds, the vapor.” -Storm
3rd Runner Up: “And you disgust me, Hank McCoy.” – The Watcher.
2nd Runner-up: “Dasvidaniya Bitches.” – Magik. from Uncanny X-Men 15, I should reread that
1st Runner-up: “I’m the weapon.” -Teen Cyclops
Winner: “It means Scott Summers was Right!” – Beast

Most Bizarre Moment (Rouge Mort Trophy)
Honorable Mention: Hope’s Cyberspace Sexytime with Fantomex!
Honorable Mention: Ogun possesses Kitty and Tongue-Wrestles Wolverine!
3rd Runner Up: Xavier and Mystique Made a Baby
2nd Runner-up: The Mystery Villain Under the Dome is… Dark Beast? WTF?
1st Runner-up: Dazzler’s Edgy Makeover
Winner: Exodus is working for S.H.I.E.L.D.?

Hey, something I actually voted for made the list!  That was such a gross kiss between Logan and Kitty-operated-Ogun!
Most Shocking Moment
Honorable Mention: Inverted Evan is Apocalypse!
Honorable Mention: Fantomex feeds Cable’s corpse to sharks!
3rd Runner Up: Exodus gets “Worfed”!
2nd Runner-up: Eva Bell’s Future Family!
1st Runner-up: Lensherr Family Retcon!
Winner: Xavier and Mystique were Married!

Funniest Moment
Honorable Mention: Psylocke Censors Marrow
Honorable Mention: Emma Frost’s Psychic Battle with Teen Jean
3rd Runner Up: Forgetmenot, the Phantom House Guest
2nd Runner-up: Beast Frets that “Cyclops was Right!”
1st Runner-up: Danger Hits on Everything
Winner: Emma Frost Reacts to the Xavier/Darkholme Marriage.

So glad I wasn’t the only one who remembered, fondly, for
Best Fight/Battle
Honorable Mention: Polaris, Gambit, & Quicksilver vs. Danger
Honorable Mention: All New X-Factor vs. Sunfire & Longshot
3rd Runner Up: X-Force vs. MI:13
2nd Runner-up: New Charles Xavier School vs. Future Brotherhood- Round Two
1st Runner-up: Magneto & Uncanny Avengers vs. Red Skull, Ahab, & S-Men
Winner: X-Men & Hijack vs. Dark Beast & S.H.I.E.L.D.

Best Death:
Honorable Mention: Red Skull
Honorable Mention: Cable
3rd Runner Up: Amanda Sefton
2nd Runner-up: Dark Beast
1st Runner-up: Exodus
Winner: Wolverine

Did Amanda die?  I thought it was more of an issue that she got banished to a different realm, sort of deal.

1/20/2015
Best Romance/Kiss:
Honorable Mention: Storm & Wolverine
Honorable Mention: Teen Cyclops & Vileena
3rd Runner Up: Fantomex & Dr. Nemesis
2nd Runner Up: Gambit & Polaris
1st Runner-up: X-23 & Teen Angel
Winner: Kitty Pryde & Star-Lord

Another one that I voted for and won!  I’m all about StarKat!

Best Crossover
Honorable Mention: Original Sin
Honorable Mention: Revolutionary War
3rd Runner Up: AXIS
2nd Runner-up: No End in Sight
1st Runner-up: Death of Wolverine
Winner: The Trial of Jean Grey

I still need to buy that one issue of Revolutionary War, once I do, I will have at least one issue of every one of these.  The list is pretty much I would have ordered them.

Low Point of the Year
Dishonorable Mention: X-23 Dialogue by Bendis
Dishonorable Mention: Gladiator’s Case against Teen Jean
3rd Runner Up: Exodus gets Smoked.
2nd Runner-up: Xavier and Mystique Revelations
1st Runner-up: AXIS
Winner: Eisenhardt Family Retcon

Brings up what I’ve said before, that the whole “Magneto is no longer their father” is so weird as there has been stories and stories about how it is true.

High Point of the Year
Honorable Mention: Gambit & Polaris… Will They or Won’t They?
Honorable Mention: Storm’s Got an Awesome Solo
3rd Runner Up: Bromo Superior
2nd Runner-up: Beast admits Cyclops was Right
1st Runner-up: Nightcrawler is Back from the Dead
Winner: Magneto being Brutally Awesome/Awesomely Brutal

Bromo Superior is Hellion’s X-Men – Rockslide, Anole and Broo.

Most Missed Character
Honorable Mention: Karma
Honorable Mention: Blink
3rd Runner Up: Pixie
2nd Runner-up: Multiple Man
1st Runner-up: Warpath
Winner: Dani Moonstar

I do miss Dani, she could work in so many titles!

Best Debut Character
Honorable Mention: Rico
Honorable Mention: Harrison Snow
3rd Runner Up: Creep/Flourish
2nd Runner-up: Briar Raleigh
1st Runner-up: Matthew Malloy
Winner: Forgetmenot

I voted for Rico, as I didn’t really know any other new characters.  Creep is from Storm’s solo and Briar is from Magneto’s.  Matty M is pretty decent.  We still don’t know enough about him.
So so so happy that ForgetMeNot won!  He really is awesome!

Breakthrough Character
Honorable Mention: Danger
Honorable Mention: Hijack
3rd Runner Up: Hellion
2nd Runner-up: Teen Cyclops
1st Runner-up: Magik
Winner: Tempus

Magik keeps being remembered in this.  She won two years ago and came in 1st Runner-up again, two years in a row!  I guess she just isn’t A-List enough to stop qualifying.  So glad that she keeps having great years!

Okay, I’ve started having to type in the answers for these as I caught up with the posts.
1/21/2015
Best Guest Star in an X-Book
Honorable Mention: She-Hulk in Uncanny
Honorable Mention: The Watcher in All New
3rd Runner Up: Alpha Flight in X-MEN
2nd Runner-up: Maria Hill, Uncanny
1st Runner-up: MI-13, in X-Force
Winner: Guardians of the Galaxy, All New

Best Mutant Appearing Outside an X-book
Honorable Mention: Shadowcat in Legendary Star Lord, can’t believe she didn’t win!
Honorable Mention: Namor, in New Avengers
3rd Runner Up: Prodigy in Original Sin
2nd Runner-up: Rogue in Uncanny Avengers
1st Runner-up: Sunspot in Avengers
Winner: Cannonball in Avengers

Least Favorite Villain(s)
Dishonorable Mention: Arkea in X-MEN
Dishonorable Mention: Phoenix Corporation in Wolverine and the X-Men
3rd Runner Up: Dark Beast in Uncanny
2nd Runner-up: The Future! in X-MEN
1st Runner-up: Red Onslaught in AXIS
Winner: Kade Kilgore and his Hellfire Club, Wolverine and the X-Men (four years running!)

Best Villain(s)
Honorable Mention: Gladiator, in All New, motivations were all over the place
Honorable Mention: Raze, in All New
3rd Runner Up: Mystique, in various titles
2nd Runner-up: Red Skull in AXIS
1st Runner-up: SHIELD in Uncanny
Winner: Fantomex in X-Force

Least Favorite Hero
Dishonorable Mention: Quentin Quire
Dishonorable Mention: Cyclops, shouldn’t even be on the list!
3rd Runner Up: Iceman, should be higher!
2nd Runner-up: Havok
1st Runner-up: Scarlet Witch, should be the winner, every year every time
Winner: Beast, but I can understand them switching back and forth

I guess I must not have voted Colossus, I really should have

Best Hero
Honorable Mention: Psylocke
Honorable Mention: Magneto
3rd Runner Up: Cyclops
2nd Runner-up: Nightcrawler
1st Runner-up: Storm
Winner: Magik, so awesome  – I guess she finally broke out!

Kitty never fairs well in this category.  I guess that is why she doesn’t get her own ongoing.

1/22/2015
Least Favorite Cover

Uncanny X-Men Volume Three 27
2nd Runner-up: Uncanny X-Men V3 27
1st Runner-up: Cyclops 1 Land Variant

Uncanny X-Men Volume Three 24
Winner: Uncanny X-Men V3 24

Best Cover

Uncanny X-Men V3 18
Honorable Mention: Uncanny X-Men V3 18
Honorable Mention: Storm V3 5
3rd Runner Up: All New X-Factor 3
2nd Runner-up: Storm V3 1

Uncanny X-Men Volume Three Issue 14
1st Runner-up: Uncanny X-Men V3 14
Winner: Cyclops V3 7

Least Favorite One-Shot
2nd Runner-up: Uncanny X-Men Special 1
1st Runner-up: Uncanny X-Men Annual 1 2014
Winner: X-Men No More Humans

Best One-Shot
Honorable Mention: Uncanny Avengers Annual 1
Honorable Mention: Wolverine V6 Annual 1
3rd Runner Up: Death of Wolverine : Life After Logan
2nd Runner-up: All New X-Men Annual 1
1st Runner-up: X-Men No More Humans
Winner: Uncanny X-Men Annual 1 2014

Least Favorite Miniseries
Honorable Mention: Deadpool v X-Force
Honorable Mention: Original Sin
3rd Runner Up: Inhumanity : The Awakening
2nd Runner-up: All New Doop, I liked it
1st Runner-up: AXIS Revolutions
Winner: AXIS

Best Miniseries
Honorable Mention: All New Doop
Honorable Mention: AXIS
3rd Runner Up: Deadpool v X-Force
2nd Runner-up: Marvel Knights X-Men, I’m glad I’m not the only one who remembered this finished in the early part of last year.
1st Runner-up: Origin II
Winner: Death of Wolverine

1/23/2015
Least Favorite Story from a Single X-Title
Dishonorable Mention: Exogenous from X-MEN
Dishonorable Mention: All Different from All New, the storyline that added X23 to the team
3rd Runner Up: Uncanny X-Men v SHIELD
2nd Runner-up: Avene the Earth from Uncanny Avengers
1st Runner-up: Bloodline from X-MEN
Winner: Tomorrow Never Learns from Wolverine and the X-Men

Best Story from a Single X-Title
Honorable Mention: All in the Family from Amazing, I really dug this done-in-one.  Plus, Kitty hugging Kurt is always great!  Jason Aaron left the title on the highest of notes
Honorable Mention: Quest for Nightcrawler from Amazing
3rd Runner Up: Dirty / Tricks from X-Force
2nd Runner-up: Not Brand X from All New X-Factor
1st Runner-up: Starstruck from Cyclops, I read the first issue – it was okay
Winner: Uncanny X-Men v SHIELD, the accumulation of what Bendis had been sort of working towards for 20 issues.

Least Favorite Ongoing
Dishonorable Mention: A+X, I liked the very few issues that I bought.
Dishonorable Mention: X-MEN
3rd Runner Up: All New X-Men
2nd Runner-up: Wolverine and the X-Men
1st Runner-up: Uncanny Avengers
Winner: Wolverine and the X-Men

The Avengers Hate is sometimes way too much for me but Wolverine and the X-Men not getting much love, I completely get.

Best Ongoing
Honorable Mention: All New X-Men
Honorable Mention: Storm
3rd Runner Up: All New X-Factor
2nd Runner-up: X-Force
1st Runner-up: Magneto
Winner: Uncanny X-Men

Best Artist
Honorable Mention: Todd Nauck, Nightcrawler
Honorable Mention: Ed McGuiness, Amazing X-Men
Honorable Mention: Victor Ibanez, Storm
Honorable Mention: Andrea Sorrentino, Uncanny and All New Annuals
Honorable Mention: Steve McNiven, Death of Wolverine
Honorable Mention: Kris Anka, X-MEN
3rd Runner Up: Russell Dauterman, Cyclops
2nd Runner-up: Clay Mann, X-MEN
1st Runner-up: Chris Bachalo
Winner: Stuart Immonen, for the second year in a row!

Best Writer:
Honorable Mention: James Tynion IV, Amazing X-Men
Honorable Mention: Chris Yost, Amazing X-Men
Honorable Mention: Greg Pak, Storm
Honorable Mention: Chris Claremont, Nightcrawler
Honorable Mention: Brian Michael Bendis, Uncanny and All New
3rd Runner Up: Greg Rucka, Cyclops
2nd Runner-up: Cullen Bunn, Magneto
1st Runner-up: Peter David
Winner: Simon Spurrier, also for the second year in a row!

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All New X-Men 33

All New X-Men 33

Writer Brian Michael Bendis

Artist Mahmud Asrar

Colorist Marte Gracia

Letterer VC’s Cory Petit

I’m keeping this issue for the last page reveal.

Below the Surface World.  Iceman is fighting off Morloids.  He recalls his Battle of the Atom Ice Master future self and creates Ice Hulks and escapes the sewers.  There is an awesome splash page of an homage to Fantastic Four’s first issue, minus four other characters.  I like that before he leaves, Mole Man states that the mutant will tell everyone that they live down there and the first thing Bobby does when he escapes is start telling people about their mole problem.

Canada.  Angel catches up with X23.  She knows she is on the wrong Earth.  Angel explains where he was before, she tells him it was the Savage Land.  He wouldn’t have experienced it properly, until Uncanny X-Men 62.

I like how Angel opens his arms for a hug and X23 just stares at him, wondering what he is trying to accomplish and he has to explain hugging to her.  She doesn’t do that.

James Howlett, the new Wolverine, followed Angel from the Savage Land to the Great White North, somehow.  We get a claw on claw faceoff.  He opens the door to the Weapon X facility.  He explains to her that on this Earth, man created mutants – which is an amazing reveal when it is revealed to people who thought mutants were naturally created.

Victor van Damme is treating Beast to dinner.  He really wants to know about his Earth.  Beast tries to escape but Doombots bring him back.

Brooklyn Visions Academy.  Miles’ friend Ganke, is introduced to Jean Grey.  We get a retread of how teenage boys think about girls and how that can be not a good thing with a female telepath near by.  I like how they have hundreds of words between the guys before Jean even says a single word.

I did not know that Miles was at a boarding school.  If that is what that school is, there are dorms, that’s what I know.  Jean is going to use their shower, which seems weird to me.  They want to borrow Ganke’s mother’s car so that they can get to Westchester.  Jean wants to use this world’s Cerebro.

1407 Graymalkin Lane, Salem Center, Westchester County.  Jean tells Spider-Man that there is a huge difference between the mansion that stands here and the school that exists on her world.  We get another retread of Jean saying how she is lost in time and space.

All New X-Men 33 Ultimate Kitty Pryde

I’m keeping this for the Ultimate Kitty Pryde appearance at the end!  Though with the purple tint to her hair, I’m not sure if that is suppose to be Kitty – but she is sporting a white shirt.  We will have to see if in the next issue, if it is Kitty or Ultimate Armor.  If it is Armor, you wouldn’t have even known I had posted this review as I would have deleted it by then.

I wonder why the X-Men are in New York instead of New Mexico where their Utopia is located.  We still have no idea what happened to Utopia but maybe we will now.

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Uncanny X-Cast 164

http://www.uncannyxcast.com/main/2015/1/17/episode-164-its-all-larrys-fault.html

I got a third voicemail on the show!

The set up for it starts at 1:42 (thanks Rob), my voicemail starts at 2:21 and Brian thanks me at 3:25 and the whole discussion ends at 4:25.

11:35, I’m mentioned again – but I’m “that guy” but that’s okay.

I get another reference when Brian closes the show from 1:52:10 – 1:52:34.

Another fun and great show!

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Wolverine and the X-Men Volume Two Issue 11

Wolverine and the X-Men V2 11

Eulogy, Part Two of Two, prepared by Jason Latour

Artists Payting their Respects :

Ben Caldwell
Farel Dalrymple & Rico Renzi
Jason Latour
Robbi Rodriguez & Israel Silva
Vanessa Del Ray & Rico Renzi
Chris Brunner & Rico Renzi
With Special Thanks to Brittany Heiner and Terrence Hoskins

Lettering & Producing VC’s Clayton Cowles

This is the first issue I’ve seen that lists “X-MEN created by STAN LEE and JACK KIRBY” I wonder what brought that on but good for Marvel!

I got this for the Lockheed appearance!  That’s three issues now – seven, ten and this issue.  Someone on the creative team is a fan!

I originally thought that it was either Kitty Pryde or X23 on the cover as Melita never crossed my mind months ago when I first saw the cover.

I’m sure parts of this issue take place before the last issue.

San Francisco, Months Ago.  Melita and Wolverine are spending some time going over a Captain America v Nazi Frankenstein.

New York City, Today.  Melita is standing next to a Doop stand.  Spider-Man shows up and swings away with her.  She wants to hire Peter Parker and Spider-Man informs her that Parker no longer works as a photographer.  Melita hints that Peter and Spider-Man may have a sexual relationship. She calls him, Webster, which is cute.

She can’t make eye contact with Spider-Man but can after telling him that Wolverine is dead.  Spider-Man, after this, must inform the rest of the superhero community.

We get a flashback of Spider-Man and Wolverine fighting Doombots in Castle Doom.

Wolverine and the X-Men V2 11 Lockheed

See Lockheed in the Later panel, on the far right edge of the panel, and in the middle.

I like the idea of, Doop Hard, that is a movie I could get behind.

Melita and Spider-Man talk to Quentin Quire, he plays it cool that Wolverine is dead.  Spider-Man webs his mouth shut.  Shame this isn’t the last issue, as this would have segued into the new series, that replaces this one, Spider-Man and the X-Men.

Now we have caught up with last issue as Storm makes time to speak to Melita.  Though at the end of last issue, she mentions having to speak still to both Quire and Storm, so who knows.  Storm treats us to a flashback of when she lost her powers in the 80s.  So did Wolverine take Storm back to Japan, immediately after they left Japan?  Maybe Storm, in-between Uncanny X-Men 174 / 175, went and brought Wolverine back to the States.

Epilogue.  The Savage Land.  Quire places an indestructible chair with the words, Old Fart Logan, on it.

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Combo Songs : Going To The River

Post 575!

Not really a combo in the traditional since.

I’ve become addicted to :

Ella Henderson’s Ghost

Thanks to YouTuber EllaHVEVO for hosting the video!

On the radio, they will play

Jesse J’s Burnin’ Up feature 2 Chainz

Thanks to JessieJVEVO for hosting the above video.

And they both mention “going to the river” which before I figured out which one I liked, I couldn’t remember which was which.

I really did Henerson’s video, it has this movie aspect to it that I really dig.

What is with Jessie J not wearing flattering outfits in her music videos?  She needs to have a friend on set to make sure she looks good.  Also, she was super annoying when she was a guest host on Dancing with the Stars, like, we get it, you don’t watch the show.

Speaking of Dancing with the Stars, how great would a season that featured – James Van Der Beek, Dean Cain and Fred Savage, on it be?  Thanks to Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23 for putting that thought in my head.

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Marvel Universe is Over

The announcement –

http://www.newsarama.com/23275-marvel-s-secret-wars-live-kick-off.html

The obituary -

http://www.newsarama.com/23277-marvel-universe-1961-2015.html

Come May 2015, with Secret Wars 2015, the Marvel Universe that has existed for 54 years is over.  Or Timely Comics at 76 years.

The Marvel Proper Universe merges with the Ultimate Universe and a slew of other pieces of various alternate universes.  Marvel is about to experience a crisis.

I will be, for sure, buying all eight issues of Secret Wars – those are a lock.  I’ll also be getting whatever comics I can obviously tell are going to have the X-Men in them.

Once this event is over, Marvel is going to be cherry picking which pieces of whatever history they want to use.

I feel like I did with DC’s Flash Point, that my DC Universe lasted from 1986 to 2011, a very decent 25 years.  My Marvel could end up being from 1980 to 2015, 36 years.  But that brings up a great question, if Kitty Pryde is still around and if most of the Marvel Universe is still technically around – which it really could be, but with only five to ten characters that are new, will I still around?

I feel like I may be done with comics and I’ve just been waiting for something like this to happen.  I would continue to review my old comics but if the Marvel Universe really is just going to try to appear like the films or whatever, I feel like this could be the perfect jumping off point.

Plus, if this really is the end of the X-Men, or if they are minimized, that’s not really the Marvel Universe to me.  On the other hand, if the X-Men are limited to only one title – I could easily continue to support that.

They state that they are not going to downsize all of their comic lines – oh how I wish there would only be like the main event and five side titles – but there will be less titles.  Creative teams will remain the same, but will be on various other titles, titles that don’t even exist right now.

Marvel released the April Solicts, but the May one will be intense.  All titles have to end their nonsense before the start of Secret Wars – or maybe they have May to wrap things up, either way – Secret Wars 2015, is going to be a giant deal.

I have to admit that comics are a huge part of my life and occupy a great deal of my mind space.  I am a frequent commenter on two message boards, I go to Newsarama, UncannyXMen.net and Comics Should Be Good, at least once a day but the message boards like once every hour, ideally.  I guess I have eight months to start wind down.

On a slight tangent, did you know it isn’t “whining down” like how a baby whines but “wind down?”  How crazy is that.  Boy, the English language sure is complicated.

Can believe it has come to this?  That Marvel is about to do a not-a-reboot.  They are going to respect everything that came before but now, things will be slightly different.  Which, now that I typed that, is sort of how the Star Trek relaunch worked.  Original Spock remembers what he witnessed in the original timeline, so that old timeline still exist.  Until, you know, Spock dies.

Comics are $3.99 and I bet most of Secret Wars will be $4.99, especially if the second issue is double sized.

How exciting of an issue has this been, huh, everybody!

There has been some news about how some titles will be branded with Secret Wars.  There will be three sub-brands – Last Days, Battleworld and a mysterious third one.

http://www.newsarama.com/23288-last-days-post-secret-wars-new-marvel-universe-titles-revealed.html

http://www.newsarama.com/23301-marvel-reveals-2nd-secret-wars-banner-battleworld.html

http://www.newsarama.com/23317-marvel-reveals-final-secret-wars-title-banner-warzone.html

Last Days deals with our Marvel Universe characters getting their lives in order as the end comes.

Battleworld deals with the inner workings of the new Battleworld that is the sole Earth come Secret Wars 2015.

I will probably edit in the third one once that is announced sometime today.

EDIT at 12:10pm, with the third link – Warzones!  Which deals with revisiting popular events of the past and how they relate to the future now.  These have not been easy to summarize in one sentence.  Warzones! will be self-contained, so I get why Marvel is concern that people might skip over them.  I’ll be buying the ones that deal with the X-Men – which we have seen a few from the teasers.

. . .

For anyone curious, we’ve passed the number of views we got in the six months of 2013 already and it is only the 22nd day of the year!  Thanks ya’ll!  We may have passed it two days ago but I didn’t check.

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Marvel 75th Anniversary Celebration

Marvel 75th Anniversary Celebration

Cover by Paolo Rivera

Kitty Pryde made the cover and way on the top edge of it!  I thought for sure when the logo was going to be added, that she would be covered up on it and I would be a fool to have bought it.  Now it has paid off.

There are several short stories and fake covers and some featurettes.

Ben Urich writes a story about the anniversary of the Fantastic Four coming back from space, the first time.

Cover – Squirrel Girl marrying Rocket Raccoon.

Cover – Captain Baby punching Iron Baby, recreating Civil War

Stan Lee’s very first Marvel work, given life by Bruce Timm.  Then the two page text story is reprinted.

Cover – Licensed Contest of Champions

Cover – Grown Up Power Pack

A Jessica Jones-Cage story, she is helping a lady find the fire fighter who saved her during the original Human Torch’s first appearance.

A featurette on the Golden Heroes

Cover – Portland Avengers

Cover – The Internet’s most requested X-Characters on one team.

There is a Spider-Man story

A featurette on the African Characters

Cover – Groot, the Attorney

We get the colored X-Men Kissing cover –

Marvel 75th Anniversary Celebration X-Men Kissing Color

Amorous X-Mwah 1, I would totally buy it by Bendis, Pichelli and Jason Keith!

Somehow, it being in color, makes it feel even more real.  I would buy this series!  Rogue and Nightcrawler, I am still not cool about that.  Neither am I okay with Northstar cheating on his husband.  Nice to see Doug and Magik kissing.  I’ve made my peace with it and now I want to see it.

Len Wein doing a lost Wolverine story

I really like the ‘In Memorium’ section. I’m not sure if that’s all the ones we have lost over 75 years or just the creative types.  I wanted to highlight these names – Al Williamson (didn’t know he died), Archie Goodwin, Bill Everett, Carmine Infantino, Curt Swan, Dave Cockrum, Dick Ayers, Dick Giordano, Don Heck, Dwayne McDuffie, Gardner F. Fox, Gene Colan, Gil Kane, Jack Kirby, Joe Kubert (I’m surprised his name isn’t bolded), John Buscema, Mark Gruenwald, Michael Turner, Mike Esposita, Mike Wieringo, Nick Cardy, Ross Adru, Sam Rosen, Steve Gerber and Werner Roth.

The last page is a featurette on Marvel reflecting the Real World – World War II, Space Race, Drug Abuse, 9/11 and President Obama.

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Marvel April Solicitations 2015

http://www.newsarama.com/23255-marvel-comics-full-april-2015-solicitations.html

UNCANNY INHUMANS #0
CHARLES SOULE (w) • STEVE MCNIVEN (a/C)
• The industry’s best-selling artist comes to the Inhumans!
• The prelude to one of Marvel’s biggest launches of 2015 is here!
• Think you know Black Bolt? Think again, as the men who killed Wolverine show you a side of the Inhuman King you’ve never seen before!
40 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99

 

            Looks like the Inhumans are getting their own ongoing to celebrate their 50th anniversary. I rather they didn’t get the Uncanny treatment but Marvel seems to be loving the FOX conspiracy theory.    

 

AVENGERS #44
JONATHAN HICKMAN (W) • MIKE DEODATO (A)
FINAL ISSUE!
40 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99

NEW AVENGERS #33
JONATHAN HICKMAN (W) • KEV WALKER (A)
FINAL ISSUE!
40 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99

 

            I sort of like a countdown to Time Running out ACTUALLY ending with the titles’ final issues.

 

SPIDER-WOMAN #6
DENNIS HOPELESS (w) • JAVIER RODRIGUEZ (a/C)
• Someone is kidnapping the loved ones of super villains and because of their connections, no one cares.
• No one except Jessica Drew, Spider-Woman and Ben Urich. They continue their investigation into a problem that’s going to put the whole Marvel Universe in danger!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

 

           I sort of like the idea of the love ones of criminals being taken hostage and the hero community just shrugging their shoulders. Why would they bother after years of having their own love ones’ lives placed in jeopardy?

 

CYCLOPS #12
JOHN LAYMAN (w) • JAVIER GARRON (a)
• If power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely, whaddaya think near-infinite cosmic power granted by the Black Vortex does?
• Jean Grey is about to find out, which spells very bad news for both Jean Grey– and the universe!
• But there’s one man who might be able to stop her, who might be able to save her… except in this case it’s not exactly a man, it’s a 16-year-old space-pirate-in-training and (maybe) the love of Jean Grey’s life… Scott Summers.
• Can Cyclops save the day? Maybe. But we can’t guarantee he’ll survive the experience.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

CAPTAIN MARVEL #14
KELLY SUE DECONNICK (w) • DAVID LOPEZ (a/C)
THE BLACK VORTEX ARRIVES!
• Captain Marvel gets pulled into the cosmic event of the year! But will the power of Vortex be too strong for Earth’s Mightiest Hero?
• Especially when facing off against the cosmically-powered Iceman and Groot!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

LEGENDARY STAR-LORD #11
SAM HUMPHRIES (w) • PACO MEDINA (a/C)
THE PENULTIMATE CHAPTER OF THE BLACK VORTEX
• With an entire planet encapsulated in amber, the Guardians and the X-Men have few options left.
• And when a powerful and ancient entity enters the battlefield, their only choice may be to submit to the Black Vortex.
• But in saving the galaxy from this threat, the purest among them may be lost forever.
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY & X-MEN: THE BLACK VORTEX OMEGA #1
SAM HUMPHRIES (w) • ED MCGUINNESS (a/C)
THE BLACK VORTEX ENDS HERE!
• When an entire planet, and potentially the entire galaxy, is caught in the crosshairs of Knife’s cosmically empowered forces, the Guardians and the X-Men face their final test.
• With billions of lives at stake, our heroes are forced to make the ultimate sacrifice.
• But in gaining the power to potentially defeat Knife, by submitting to the Black Vortex, could they have given up their humanity forever?
40 PGS./One-Shot /Rated T+ …$4.99

 

            Black Vortex is already over, and it doesn’t seem like it lasted all that long in the first place.

 

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #26
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (W) • VALERIO SCHITI (A/C)
• It seems like the Guardians have forgotten something in all the cosmic craziness that’s been going on…
• Oh…that’s right…Peter got elected President of Spartax…wait WHAT?!
• Looks like he’s done a GREAT job escaping his father’s legacy. Guess he can even screw that up…
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

 

            So Quill being the President of Spartax should make his relationship with Kitty a tad interesting. She could make an excellent First Lady.

 

TRUE BELIEVERS
What can you get for a dollar? How about the Marvel Universe? Marvel is proud to present TRUE BELIEVERS – special introductory comics for the low price of only $1 each. Coming this April your window into the biggest stories in Marvel history costs only a buck! Enter the world of Civil War, Age of Apocalypse, Old Man Logan, Planet Hulk, the critically-acclaimed ICON series Powers and many more with the first chapters of these top-selling, critically-acclaimed collections. Just in time for Secret Wars (maybe you’ve heard of it? Secret Wars – the biggest Marvel event ever!), catch up on some of the most celebrated stories in Marvel histories before their appearance in the biggest comic event of 2015!

 TRUE BELIEVERS: INFINITY GAUNTLET #1
Reprinting material from INFINITY GAUNTLET #1.
32 PGS./Rated T …$1.00

TRUE BELIEVERS: MARVEL ZOMBIES #1
Reprinting MARVEL ZOMBIES #1.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$1.00

TRUE BELIEVERS: AGE OF APOCALYPSE #1
Reprinting material from X-MEN ALPHA.
32 PGS./Rated T …$1.00

 

             I’m thinking of committing and getting all of these, as they are only a dollar so DCBS probably is stelling them for like fifty cents. I’ve been wanting to get a copy of X-Men Alpha for a while, so that would be cool to get some pages from it.

 

TRUE BELIEVERS: CIVIL WAR #1
Reprinting material from CIVIL WAR #1.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$1.00

TRUE BELIEVERS: PLANET HULK #1
Reprinting INCREDIBLE HULK (2000) #92.
32 PGS./Rated T …$1.00

 

             I probably wouldn’t get this one as Kitty was only involved in a flashback panel of the Brood’s history. But maybe I still will.

 

TRUE BELIEVERS: HOUSE OF M #1
Reprinting HOUSE OF M #1.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$1.00

TRUE BELIEVERS: OLD MAN LOGAN #1
Reprinting WOLVERINE (2003) #66.
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$1.00

TRUE BELIEVERS: ARMOR WARS #1
Reprinting material from IRON MAN (1968) #225.
32 PGS./Rated T …$1.00

 

            Here’s another one that I probably won’t get, as Kitty has nothing to do with Armor Wars, at all.

 

TRUE BELIEVERS: MILES MORALES #1
Reprinting ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN (2011) #1.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$1.00

 

            Here’s hoping the All New Ultimates appear in this.  

 

TRUE BELIEVERS: AGE OF ULTRON #1
Reprinting AGE OF ULTRON #1.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$1.00

 

             Ten of these, wow, that’s a commitment to a concept! So I count only one I won’t be getting, that’s pretty decent.

 

HOWARD THE DUCK #2
CHIP ZDARSKY (W) • JOE QUINONES (A)
• Howard’s first big case has taken him across the universe and landed him in the clutches of THE COLLECTOR! • But he’s not alone as the very popular ROCKET RACOON is a prisoner as well! Have you ever seen a comic book sequel to a post-credits scene in a movie?
• Well, you will now! Join comics legend STAN LEE in reading this issue (I’m assuming he’ll read it. Hi Stan!)!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

 

            The Guardians are everywhere this month! I like the idea of Rocket and Howard teaming up. I also like Howard having a Team-Up title, though I’m sure that isn’t what this is.

 

 THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #4
RYAN NORTH (W) • ERICA HENDERSON (A/C)
• The final showdown between Galactus and Squirrel Girl is here!
• It’s the Power Cosmic versus the Power Chestnut: WHO WILL WIN?
• Also, Squirrel Girl is late for class. So there’s TWO disasters coming!!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

 

            Squirrel Girl has to keep her winning streak alive, right?

 

FANTASTIC FOUR #645
JAMES ROBINSON (W) • LEONARD KIRK (A/C) and MANY MORE!!!
THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL FANTASTIC FOUR STORY CONCLUDES IN AN EXTRA-SIZED SPECIAL!
• Will the Fantastic Four defeat The Quiet Man and the corrupted forces of the Heroes Reborn universe?
• Will the Johnny get his powers back? Will Reed and Sue be a family again?
• Will this be the end or will this be 4ever?!
68 PGS./Rated T …$5.99

                  Is this the final issue? I imagine they will relaunch soon around the movie’s premiere or when it is on BluRay.

BUCKY BARNES: THE WINTER SOLDIER #7
ALES KOT (W)
MARCO RUDY & LANGDON FOSS (A)
“IMAGINE PEACE”
• Who sent Crossbones to kill Bucky Barnes? Who benefits from erasing their steps the most?
• There is a planet that is a gun and that gun is now aimed at Mer-z-Bow.
• Two hundred years in the future, Bucky Barnes helped establish peace. Now you will find out how.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

 

            So we watched Winter Solider over the weekend and my wife wanted to know what the differences between Winter Soldier comic and the film and what is he up to these days. I told her that it was Russia that brainwashed him, he had a relationship with Black Widow, he was Captain America for a time and now, is the new Watcher. She lost some interest along the way. Oh Bucky, is your series good? I feel bad for people who might be buying the BluRay, wanting more Winter Soldier and seeing this.

 

UNCANNY X-MEN #34
Brian Michael Bendis (w) • CHRIS BACHALO (a)
Cover by KRIS ANKA
• Mystique returns to the pages of UNCANNY X-MEN—and she’s out for vengeance!
• Will Magik’s soulsword be enough to halt the shapeshifter’s wrath?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

 

            If only Magik was on the cover instead of Emma, as it seems to be Magik’s issue. Should be pretty great.

 

ALL-NEW X-MEN #40 & 41
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (w) • MAHMUD ASRAR (a)
• Who are the Utopians? And what secret do they hold that pertains to the future of mutantkind?
• The All-New X-Men may regret finding out!
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

 

           So people think that the Utopians are either some random forgotten X-character or maybe the Ultimate X-Men now in the Proper Marvel Universe. I hope they can reveal who they are, or tease who they are not, by the middle of next month, but I’m buying All New X-Men routinely, so I guess it doesn’t really matter.

 

AMAZING X-MEN #19
CHRIS YOST (w)
JORGE FORNES (a/C)
• Has the Juggernaut returned?
• Is this the last stand of Colossus?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

 

            How awesome would it be if Colossus is killed?

 

WOLVERINES #13
Charles Soule & Ray Fawkes (w)
Jason Masters (a)
THIS IS IT! THE MOMENT YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR!
• Make sure to pick up this issue for the DEBUT of a very special guest.
• Also, special appearances by some of your favorite Marvel Universe heroes (and even some villains).
• But what will the Paradise and Wolverines team think of the return?
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

 

WOLVERINES #14
Charles Soule & Ray Fawkes (w)
Kris Anka (a)
COVER BY Guillem March
• It’s no secret that Mystique has been planning something…something that involves the precise location and involvement of each fly caught in her web.
• As the final pieces fall into place for her, though, what happens when she loses two of her essential pawns?
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

 

WOLVERINES #15
Charles Soule & Ray Fawkes (w)
Juan Doe (a)
• Daken is tracking down the monster who stole his healing factor – SIPHON – through the mountains of Japan, and in this tracking starts to come into his own.
• Incapacitated, but not alone, he encounters the Ghost Samurai!
• Will X-23 help Daken’s new mission? Or impede it?
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

 

WOLVERINES #16
Charles Soule & Ray Fawkes (w)
Ario Anindito (a)
• Mr. Sinister was robbed of his prize – the adamantium-covered body of Wolverine – when the X-Men stole it from his Finlandian fortress. But they left something behind…another piece of the puzzle, something else that was taken from our team…
• The REVENGE of Mr. Sinister starts here – and who better to initiate it than…the Paradise team?!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

 

            Seems like one of these issues, the X-Men discover exactly how Wolverine died, so that’s one question done. Shogun isn’t on any of these covers or in the write-up so I may skip these. I was going to write this at the end but I’m going to be working at Hastings again, and with the discount, I’ll only be paying maybe twenty cents more than DCBS, so I might as well just buy this series like that. I’ll put myself on the pull list and no longer have any problems with this title. I’ll go back to my plan of buying the Shogun covers / solicits and worry about the rest as they come out, that should save some money.

             To me, it seems like only issue 16 is worthy getting, unless you are a Mystique fan. Which makes sense, keep each month’s worth of titles as a spotlight on one particular character, treat them like a loose miniseries.

 

DEADPOOL NUMBER 250! (A.K.A. issue #45)
GERRY DUGGAN, BRIAN POSEHN, BEN ACKER, BEN BLACKER, NICK GIOVANETTI, PAUL SCHEER, JASON MANTZOUKAS, MIKE DRUCKER, & MORE (w)
MIKE HAWTHORNE, SCOTT KOBLISH, & MORE (a)
FINAL ISSUE!
That’s right—if you add together all the Deadpool series (creatively) issue 45 is the big 250th issue of Deadpool! What better way to celebrate than to end the series? In our over-sized main story, ULTIMATUM comes at Deadpool for revenge, so he has no choice but to take them on—ALL OF THEM. Then, in an Infinity Gauntlet crossover, what would Deadpool do if he got the six gems from Thanos? Plus: a slew of stories showcasing Deadpool’s closest friends and allies by special guest writers! Also, SPOILER: Deadpool dies at the end of the issue.
96 PGS./Parental Advisory …$9.99

 

            This is a pretty interesting write up, I will have to pay attention to see if Kitty is one of Deadpool’s allies. Besides Black Vortex, I’m not sure if she’s in any of these other comics.

 

KING-SIZE KIRBY SLIPCASE HC
Written by JACK KIRBY, MARTIN BURNSTEIN, JOE SIMON & STAN LEE
Penciled by JACK KIRBY Cover by JACK KIRBY Hail to the King! Celebrate Jack “King” Kirby’s incredible contribution to Marvel’s history in this decades-spanning, Adamantium-sized collection! Westerns, romance, war, horror, sci-fi, humor and super heroes — Jack Kirby was a master of it all! From Captain America socking Hitler to Devil Dinosaur and the Eternals’ far-out adventures, savor Kirby’s work on his legendary creations including the Hulk, Thor, Avengers, X-Men, Fantastic Four and Inhumans! Collecting material from RED RAVEN COMICS #1; MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS #13; CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #1 and #7; TALES TO ASTONISH (1959) #5; RAWHIDE KID (1955) #17; AMAZING ADVENTURES (1961) #1, STRANGE TALES (1951) #89, #94 and #114; TEEN-AGE ROMANCE #84; FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #1, #48-51, #57-60 and ANNUAL #5; INCREDIBLE HULK (1962) #3; TWO-GUN KID #60; LOVE ROMANCES #103; AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #8; SGT. FURY #6 and #13; AVENGERS (1963) #4; TALES OF SUSPENSE #59; X-MEN (1963) #9; THOR (1966) #134-136 and #155-157; NOT BRAND ECHH #1; AMAZING ADVENTURES (1970) #1-2; MARVEL TREASURY SPECIAL: CAPTAIN AMERICA’S BICENTENNIAL BATTLES; CAPTAIN AMERICA (1968) #200; ETERNALS (1976) #7; DEVIL DINOSAUR #1; and WHAT IF? (1977) #11.
816 PGS./Rated T …$200.00
ISBN: 978-0-7851-9795-9
Oversized slipcase edition (11-1/2 x 15-1/2)

 

            Man, settle one long extensive lawsuit and now Marvel is Pro-Kirby all of a sudden. I do like seeing Stan Lee & Jack Kirby has creators of the X-Men, that always seemed exclusive of DC to do but I’m all for the creators having their names stamped on the characters they created.

FIGMENT HC
Written by JIM ZUB
Penciled by FILIPE ANDRADE
Cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
The next great Disney adventure is here — starring one of Disney’s most popular characters! Dive into a steampunk fantasy story revealing the origin of the inventor known as Dreamfinder, and learn how one little spark of inspiration created a purple dragon called Figment! Our daring duo explore the realms of imagination, finding friends and foes alike — while back on Earth, a clockwork army assembles under the command of the frightening force known only as the Singular! And when Clockwork Control invades London while the intrepid explorers are trapped within the Nightmare Nation, the only obstacles standing between the Singular and total domination are Dreamfinder, Figment and their newfound friends! Acclaimed and uniquely talented creators Jim Zub (Skullkickers) and Filipe Andrade (CAPTAIN MARVEL) give a Marvel spin to Epcot’s mind-bending attraction, Journey into Imagination! Collecting FIGMENT #1-5.
136 PGS./All Ages …$24.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-9099-8
Trim size: oversized
Re-solicitation – previous orders have been cancelled. Place orders using new item code on the DCD order form.
Elements based on Figment © Disney

 

            Maybe now, after this has been re-solicited, that Lockheed can show up in more titles.

 

SPIDER-VERSE HC
Written by DAN SLOTT, CHRISTOS GAGE, MICHAEL COSTA, DENNIS HOPELESS & PETER DAVID with SKOTTIE YOUNG, ROBBIE THOMPSON, KATIE COOK, KATHRYN IMMONEN, JED MCKAY, ROGER STERN, GERRY CONWAY, TOM DEFALCO & MORE
Penciled by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI, OLIVIER COIPEL, DAVE WILLIAMS, PACO DIAZ, GREG LAND & WILL SLINEY with HUMBERTO RAMOS, ADAM KUBERT, MIGUEL SEPULVEDA, JAKE PARKER, DENNIS MEDRI, KATIE COOK, MARK BROOKS, DAVID LAFUENTE, SHELDON VELLA, BOB MCLEOD, PAUL SMITH, RON FRENZ & MORE
Cover by OLIVIER COIPEL
When the evil Inheritors begin exterminating spider-characters throughout the multiverse, every single Spider-Man ever is needed to save the day! An interdimensional spider-army gathers to fight Morlun and his deadly family, but none of them is safe as the Prophecy comes to fruition! What will this brutal war for survival mean for Peter Parker and the rest of the spiders? Starring the Superior Spider-Man, the Ultimate Universe’s Miles Morales and Jessica Drew, Spider-Man 2099, Spider-Woman, Silk, Kaine, Scarlet Spider, MC2’s Spider-Girl, Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Man 1602, Spider-Ham, Spider-Monkey, Lady Spider, Spider-Punk, Spider-UK, a spider-powered Gwen Stacy…and hundreds more, from the beloved to the obscure! Collecting AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (2014) #7-15, SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #32-33, SPIDER-VERSE #1-2, SPIDER-VERSE TEAM-UP #1-3, SCARLET SPIDERS #1-3, SPIDER-WOMAN (2014) #1-4, SPIDER-MAN 2099 (2014) #6-8 and material from FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2014 (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY) #1.
624 PGS./Rated T …$75
ISBN: 978-0-7851-9035-6
Trim size: oversized

 

            I do like the idea of all of this being in one place. As far as I know, there doesn’t seem to be too much fallout from this but I still am curious about it. Most likely, I’ll end up forgetting about it. Maybe I can get it for the store and see how much the discount is.

 

AVENGERS: VISION AND THE SCARLET WITCH TPB
Written by STEVE ENGLEHART & BILL MANTLO
Penciled by DON HECK & RICK LEONARDI
Cover by GIL KANE
The unlikely romance between the Vision and the Scarlet Witch was one of the Avengers’ most famous storylines. Now, witness what happens when the two heroes finally get hitched and settle down in the suburbs! If you think they’re going to live the quiet life, think again! See how a match made in heaven led to a wedding in Limbo, and how a Halloween horror proves that there’s still magic in their marriage! Plus: A golden age mystery with ties to the Witch’s past is solved! The Vision bonds with his brothers in all but blood — but who is the Scarlet Witch’s father? Marvel’s oddest couple shows that home is where the heroes are! Guest-starring the Avengers and the Inhumans vs. Dormammu, the Grim Reaper and more! Collecting GIANT-SIZE AVENGERS #4 and VISION AND THE SCARLET WITCH (1982) #1-4.
128 PGS./Rated T …$19.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-9741-6

 

            This was such a good limited series! Curious about them releasing this now that Magneto is no longer Scarlet Witch’s father but I guess they want to cash in on her appearance in Avengers 2.

 

 

AVENGERS WEST COAST: VISION QUEST TPB
Written by JOHN BYRNE
Penciled by JOHN BYRNE
Cover by JOHN BYRNE
It’s battles, betrayals and the bizarre as only Byrne could bring you! Watch as one of comicdom’s most recognizable talents remakes the West Coast Avengers, starting with the capture and dismantling of the Vision! As secrets about the synthezoid come to light, the Whackos are determined to get their teammate back, safe and sound — but what happens when the Vision they recover isn’t the Vision they remember? And most important, how will this shocking change affect the Vision and the Scarlet Witch’s marriage…and family? Plus: Ancient secrets of humanity revealed! The Scarlet Witch’s first step into the descent that disassembled the Avengers! The debut of the Great Lakes Avengers! And featuring the triumphant return of one of Marvel’s hottest golden age greats: the original Human Torch! Collecting WEST COAST AVENGERS (1985) #42-47 and AVENGERS WEST COAST #48-50.
216 PGS./Rated T …$24.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-9740-

 

            This also doesn’t do Wanda any favors, her initially going crazy. The road to mutant genocide starts here! is how I would have billed it.

 

 

THOR VOL. 1: THE GODDESS OF THUNDER PREMIERE HC
Written by JASON AARON
Penciled by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN & JORGE MOLINA
Cover by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN
Mjolnir lies on the moon, unable to be lifted! Something dark has befallen the God of Thunder, leaving him unworthy for the first time ever! But when Frost Giants invade Earth, the hammer will be lifted — and a mysterious woman will be transformed into an all-new version of the mighty Thor! Who is this new Goddess of Thunder? Not even Odin knows, but she may be Earth’s only hope against the Frost Giants! Get ready for a Thor like you’ve never seen before, as this all-new heroine takes Midgard by storm! Plus: The Odinson clearly doesn’t like that someone else is holding his hammer — it’s Thor vs. Thor! And Odin, desperate to see Mjolnir returned, will call on some very dangerous, very unexpected allies. It’s a bold new chapter in the storied history of Thor! Collecting THOR (2014) #1-5.
136 PGS./Rated T+ …$24.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-9238-1
Trim size: standard

 

            I thought Marvel was going out of their way to make sure Lady Thor was not an appropriate name for this new Thor. Calling her, Goddess of Thunder, implies otherwise.

 

SECRET WARS PRELUDE TPB
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN, JIM SHOOTER & BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Penciled by STEVE EPTING, MIKE ZECK, RYAN STEGMAN, SARA PICHELLI & ESAD RIBIC
Cover by DALE KEOWN
Follow the path to 2015’s event to end all events, Secret Wars — an epic more than 30 years in the making! From the senses-staggering climax of 1984’s original SECRET WARS saga, to the origin of Miles Morales, the new Ultimate Spider-Man, it’s all been leading up to this. And Marvel’s master planner, Jonathan Hickman, has long been planting seeds for the story only he could write. The Ultimates face an enemy more powerful than the gods — and Reed Richards is its leader! Doctor Doom faces threats from a universe he created! And the Illuminati reunite to face the reality-destroying threat of the Incursions! War is coming — be ready! Collecting NEW AVENGERS (2013) #1-3, MARVEL SUPER HEROES SECRET WARS #10-12, FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #611, ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN (2011) #1 and ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #4.
240 PGS./Rated T+ …$34.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-9399-9

 

So if you buy this, you will be set for Secret Wars III or 2015? It really seems like they are just going with, Secret Wars, but that is pretty silly. But Marvel has always gone out of their way to call it “Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars” but really, who calls it that? I guess I’m going to go with Secret Wars 2015 and hope for the best.

 

 

AXIS: REVOLUTIONS TPB
Written by DENNIS HOPELESS, SIMON SPURRIER, FRANK TIERI, KEVIN MAURER, RAY FAWKES, FRANK BARBIERE, JOHN BARBER & HOWARD CHAYKIN
Penciled by KEN LASHLEY, TAN ENG HUAT, PAUL DAVIDSON & HOWARD CHAYKIN
Cover by KEN LASHLEY
It’s a compendious collection of companion stories, spinning directly out of Marvel’s newest blockbuster event, AXIS! As the Red Skull broadcasts hate across the globe, can the Avengers and X-Men quell the madness? Or will they be swept up in it? New world disorder is the name of the game as the Skull’s havoc touches every mind on the planet — and the heroes’ cure proves worse than the disease! Heroes go bad! Villains go good! And Thor goes…on a bender? Now, shock follows shock as Dr. Strange struggles against his hate, She-Hulk breaks the law, Sandman reaches out to help a friend in prison, Kitty Pryde robs a bank, and Nightcrawler decides to avenge the death of Wolverine…by hunting down Sabretooth! Experience the inverted world of the Marvel Universe like never before! Collecting AXIS: REVOLUTIONS #1-4.
96 PGS./Rated T+ …$12.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-9768-3

 

            Issue three is the only one you need, so just buy that one. It is the only issue I’ve heard anyone even discuss.

 

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE TPB
Written by DAVID HINE, FABRICE SAPOLSKY, JASON LATOUR, DUSTIN WEAVER, CLAY MCLEOD CHAPMAN & GERARD WAY
Penciled by RICHARD ISANOVE, ROBBI RODRIGUEZ, DUSTIN WEAVER, ELIA BONNETTI & JAKE WYATT
Cover by ROBBI RODRIGUEZ
Peer over the edge of the Spider-Verse, at five different realities — and five daringly different spiders! Spider-Man Noir returns, as the Peter Parker of the 1930s finds himself up against Mysterio and knee-deep in the biggest Spider-Man event of all! What is the secret of Dr. Aaron Aikman, the Spider-Man? Who are the villainous Red Eye and Naahmurah, and can Aaron live through Morlun’s arrival? In a universe where the story you know becomes as horrific as possible, a radioactive spider bites a high-school nerd who is already something of a monster. Then, what or who is the incredible SP//dr? And finally, the breakout character of Spider-Verse makes her exciting debut — in a world where the radioactive spider bit Gwen Stacy! Collecting EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #1-5.
112 PGS./Rated T+ …$15.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-9728-7

 

            I guess if this was included in the Spider-Verse trade, it would be closer to $100 but that is disappointing one can’t get all of the stories in one hardcover.

 

ORIGINAL SIN TPB
Written by ED BRUBAKER, MARK WAID & JASON AARON
Penciled by JAVIER PULIDO, JIM CHEUNG & MIKE DEODATO JR.
Cover by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO
Who killed the Watcher? Uatu, the mysterious space-god who observes mankind from the moon…is dead. Thus begins the greatest murder mystery in Marvel history! As Nick Fury leads Marvel’s heroes in an investigation, other forces marshal and other questions arise. Who is the Unseen? What was stolen from the Watcher’s lair? Why is Black Panther gathering a secret team of his own — including Emma Frost, the Punisher and Doctor Strange? Fury’s cosmic manhunt leads to the far corners of the universe, but just when the Avengers think they’ve cornered their murderer…everything explodes, unleashing the Marvel Universe’s greatest secrets and rocking the heroes to their core! What did the Watcher see? Who pulled the trigger? What was the Original Sin? Find out here! Collecting ORIGINAL SIN #0-8 and material from POINT ONE.
240 PGS./Parental Advisory …$34.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-5491-4

 

            I would pass on this, unless you are a Winter Soldier fan. Issues 2 and 3 are all you need.

 

X-FORCE VOL. 3: ENDS/MEANS TPB
Written by SIMON SPURRIER
Penciled by TAN ENG HUAT & ROCK-HE KIM
Cover by ROCK-HE KIM
Fantomex’s compulsion to be The Best has caused him to turn on his former teammates! Can a squad of killers hope to escape science’s perfect living weapon? Fantomex begins a murderous rampage, taking out each and every one of the world’s secret intelligence agencies, working his way closer to X-Force. Knowing the confrontation is inevitable, Cable and his team ready themselves for the fight of their lives. And as X-Force learns the true identity of the villain they have been pursuing for months, Cable hatches one last scheme — and the fate of Hope Summers is revealed! In the final showdown with Fantomex, X-Force will give everything they have to defeat their power-mad teammate-turned-adversary. And in the end, not everyone will emerge unscathed! Collecting X-FORCE (2014) #11-15.
112 PGS./Parental Advisory …$16.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-9391-3

 

   I would have thrown in issue ten so that you can get all of the ForgetMeNot issues in one place.

 

X-MEN/AVENGERS: ONSLAUGHT OMNIBUS HC
Written by JEPH LOEB, SCOTT LOBDELL, TERRY KAVANAGH, MARK WAID, LARRY HAMA, TOM DEFALCO, PETER DAVID, HOWARD MACKIE, JOHN OSTRANDER & WILLIAM MESSNER-LOEBS
Penciled by IAN CHURCHILL, BERNARD CHANG, PASQUAL FERRY, JOE MADUREIRA, ADAM POLLINA, ANTHONY CASTRILLO, STEVE SKROCE, VAL SEMEIKS, ANDY KUBERT, STEVE EPTING, MIKE S. MILLER, ADAM KUBERT, JOE BENNETT, RANDY GREEN, MIKE DEODATO JR., CARLOS PACHECO, ANGEL MEDINA, JEFF MATSUDA, STEFANO RAFFAELE, MARK BAGLEY, JOHN ROMITA JR., JOSH HOOD & TOM LYLE
Covers by ADAM KUBERT
Onslaught is here! The fury of Magneto plus the psionic might of Charles Xavier equals very bad news for the Marvel Universe! Now, discover how this mental monster came to be — and the full extent of the havoc he wreaked on the X-Men, the Avengers and pretty much everybody else! As the truth slowly dawns about the nature of the evil they face, how much are Marvel’s greatest heroes prepared to sacrifice to save the world? Collecting CABLE (1993) #32-36; UNCANNY X-MEN (1981) #333-337; X-FORCE (1991) #55 and #57-58; X-MAN #15-19; X-MEN (1991) #53-57 and ANNUAL ’96; X-MEN UNLIMITED (1993) #11; ONSLAUGHT: X-MEN, MARVEL UNIVERSE and EPILOGUE; AVENGERS (1963) #401-402; FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #415; INCREDIBLE HULK (1968) #444-445; WOLVERINE (1988) #104-105; X-FACTOR (1986) #125-126; AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #415; GREEN GOBLIN #12; SPIDER-MAN (1990) #72; IRON MAN (1968) #332; PUNISHER (1995) #11; THOR (1966) #502; X-MEN: ROAD TO ONSLAUGHT; and material from EXCALIBUR (1988) #100 and FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #416.
1296 PGS./Rated T …$125.00
ISBN: 978-0-7851-9262-6
Trim size: oversized

 

oh how 90s Marvel should have gone with X-Men / Avengers : Onslaught, as the official name.

 

CIVIL WAR: MS. MARVEL TPB
Written by BRIAN REED
Penciled by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE, MIKE WIERINGO & GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI
Cover by DAVID MACK
As Marvel’s Civil War tears apart the super-hero community, Carol Danvers must choose between enforcing the new Super Hero Registration Act…or facing prison. Aided by Iron Man, Wonder Man and the teenage hero Araña, Carol battles former allies to enforce a law she may not agree with. But to do what she thinks is right, will she tear apart a family? Plus: Carol’s past comes back to haunt her! She and the X-Men’s Rogue must put aside their differences when a second Carol Danvers appears, seeking revenge on Rogue! And what happens when a boy with the power to make his dreams reality reads Carol’s autobiography? It’s action and drama as Carol Danvers confronts the chaos of Civil War — and the deadly skeletons of her past! Collecting MS. MARVEL (2006) #6-10 and MS. MARVEL SPECIAL #1.
136 PGS./Rated T+ …$19.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-9813-0

 

   This seems like odd timing. One would think they would wait until her film is coming out, or some sort of anniversary of Civil War do print it.

  . . .

Here is what I’m looking at :
Black Vortex related

Cyclops 12            $4
Captain Marvel 14            $4
Legendary Star Lord 11            $4
Guardians of the Galaxy / X-Men : Black Vortex Omega            $5

True Believers, 9 out of 10            $9
Uncanny X-Men 34            $4
All New X-Men 40 & 41            $8

Which makes my total = $34, which should be knocked down considerably

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Storm Volume Three Issue 2

Storm V3 2

Writer Greg Pak

Artist Victor Ibanez

Colorist Ruth Redmond

Letterer VC’s Cory Petit

Can you believe they gave Storm an ongoing before Kitty?  I know, I was surprised as well.  I bought this issue for the Kitty reference.

New York City.  Meatpacking District.  Storm and Wolverine are on an actual date, which I like seeing.  In her first issue, she nearly took over Santo Marco.  I like the reference to how Storm spent most of her life solo in a foreign country.

Storm is displaying a hint of her incredible 80s attitude.

The two of them start dancing and the bartender quickly shuts that down, they don’t have a cabaret license.  Storm makes it rain.  They had to stop anyways as Wolverine is off on a secret mission.  Wolverine kisses her and is about to leave when she wants some more Canadian sugar and kisses him.

Storm is looking for something to do and she comes across a missing child poster.

Cairo.  Years Ago.  We get images of Storm being a pick pocket.

Lower East Side.  Storm speaks with Ms. Columbari, who knows the missing gal, Angie.  Apparently she had a jerk of a n ex-boyfriend who lives in New Jersey, so the police don’t want to bother with a different state.

Westchester New York.  Jean Grey School for Higher Learning.  Beast is at the school and runs a trace on Angie’s cellphone.  Her name is Angie Williams.  She has a new cellphone.  Storm can now track the new phone.  If Storm is interested, Beast made it possible for her to track three more missing teenagers.

Thee teenagers are all underground.  Storm hates being in close quarters, still.  A guy coming out of the subway, sees Storm, and wonders if it is Comicon time already.  His lady tells him to stop starring.

Storm recalls the first time she was in these Morlock Tunnels.  Almost on cue, Callisto comes out, ready to attack.  Storm’s ready and sends out an electric shock.  Unfortunately, Callisto’s new bo staff absorbs lightning.

Storm V3 2 Kitty mention

Storm thinks to herself about the first time she met Callisto.  How Callisto kidnapped both Angel and Kitty.  Which isn’t entirely true.  Yeah, she kidnapped Angel but Kitty was a whole other thing.  Kitty went ahead to investigate and one of the Morlocks made her sick and Caliban found her and tried to heal her back to full health.  All of this happened in the awesomely drawn by Paul Smith and Bob Wiacek Uncanny X-Men 169 and 170.  That Morlock was Plague.

Callisto seems to be acting like they haven’t seen each other since those two issues.

While the two are fighting, Storm gets attacked from behind by some new Morlocks.  They all run off and try to hide behind a thick door.  Storm uses wind to blow it down.  She didn’t even need two huffs.

One of the new Morlocks is Angie.  The room is nicely decorated.

The lost teenagers let Storm know what is up.  They just needed a safe place to stay.  Callisto isn’t the leader of a new group of Morlocks, she is just providing a nice place to stay for a while.

Storm is shame faced and tries to help clean up her mess.  After recharging all of the batteries, she makes arrangements for Nightcrawler to arrive tomorrow with a water purification system.

Once out of the tunnels, Storm calls Beast.  Beast confirms that what the teenagers have to go back to, are horrible situations, so they are better off in the deep sewers.

Beast has taken the time to find Angie’s ex-boyfriend and he is a horrible human being.  He sells weed, cheats on his taxes and poisoned his upstairs neighbor’s dog.  That final one is what irritates me.  Beast forward to the police, all types of evidence from the ex-boyfriend’s own e-mail account.  So the police arrest him.

Issue ends with Storm and Wolverine hanging out again.

Not a bad done-in-one issue.

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IGN’s Every X-Man Ever

IGN has made a 11:25 minutes long video covering every X-Man ever!

The 1980s starts at 2:45 and starts with Kitty Pryde AND Lockheed!  So awesome!  Those two go from 2:45 to 3:00, it moves pretty fast.

They are going in order, so they respect issue numbers more than they do retcons like Deadly Genesis – which I prefer.  Who show up at 7:10

Magik is there at 8:30 for 2009 (July via New Mutants being a splintered team).

ForgetMeNot made the list at 10:21!  So incredible!

Before him, M is the last X-Man to join as of January 2014 in X-MEN V3 7, as ForgetMeNot is a retcon himself.  Pretty impressive amount of characters from five in September 1963 to today.  Then from 1963 to January 2013, the Original Five joined again in All New X-Men!

The video is narrated by Fran Mirabella III and I like how they have a string of the characters running during the credits.

Excalibur is mentioned at the 4:40 mark.

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