Legendary Star Lord 5

Legendary Star Lord 5

Writer Sam Humphries

Penciler Paco Medina

Inks Juan Vlasco

Colorist David Curiel

Letterer VC’s Joe Caramanga

The Planet Cor.  Light years from the armpit of the Cosmos.  Quill is in a bar, interviewing a horse shaped alien.  The horse fella is still troubled, two weeks after the situation.  Quill wants information on Mister Knife.  He wants to stop him, and that is a Peter Quill Promise.

The Planet Kymellia III.  Inside the Ghostmare Vaults.

Mister Knife has a team that does his killing for him.  The Slaughter Squad.  Nux Vomico, the Snark.  Delphinia, the Exiled Centaurian.  Misa, the Shi’ar Hunter.  Czar Doon, the Badoon.  Father Diablo, the Priest from Planet X.  Raksor the Skrull.

Two horse guards stand before the vault.  One of the guards says some horse puns or horse related comments.  “Great horse” “In the name of Whitemane” Misa opens her mouth and kills these two with hot fire.  A third horse guard comes out and shifts into Raksor, getting a big introduction.

Quill buys himself and the horse guy another round.

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The next wave of guards are known as, The Kymellian Steel Brigade.  I am ashamed to mention to mention that it wasn’t until I read the word, Kymellian, for the second time that it finally dons on me that this is the alien race that gave Power Pack their powers.

One of the brigade states, Steel your heart and harden your steel, which for some reason, I really like.  I like how it starts and ends with ‘steel’ and how heart and harden sound similar enough.

Quill gets phone call and interrupts the story.  It is our favorite intangible X-Man, Shadowcat!  Kitty is not pleased that it has been two days since their last cancelled date.

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I like how Kitty stands up for herself.  She may not need to be a man’s top priority but she doesn’t want to be more invested in a new relationship than the guy.  If he isn’t going to make time for her, she is out.  Quill sets up another date with her, in two days.

Kitty mocks the “Peter Quill Promise” so now we know it doesn’t have much weight.

Quill explains he was having girl problems but the horse guy doesn’t care.  I wish he was given a name.  The horse guy implies the brigade is the toughest gang in the galaxy, Quill disagrees as he is a member of the toughest gang in the galaxy.

The squad straight kills the brigade.  Now that no horsies are in the way, the squad makes their way to a giant Jupiter like sphere in the room.  Father Diablo extends his shadowy essence and moves the sphere.  The sphere, once moved, reveals The Unseen Chamber.

Quill doesn’t believe the story anymore, and forces Lucien – that’s the horse narrating the story.  Lucien swears an oath that he is telling the truth by lifting his right hand up like we would do before taking the stand.

Back to the story, the squad enters the chamber.  Once there, they see . . .

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The Black Vortex!  The item of the upcoming same titled crossover that starts in February.

They have been instructed to not look directly at it.  Nux, the more idiotic of the group, disregards that suggestion and stars right at it and loses his mind.  Once he touches the glass, he dies.

We are finally introduced to Mister Knife, who doesn’t look as cheesy as the name implies.  We actually saw him on the cover to Legendary Star Lord 3.

Mister Knife instructs them to pack up the Black Vortex.

Quill doesn’t believe Lucien’s story, at all.  Lucien points a gun at Quill.  Quill knew Lucien was really Raksor.  A cloaked figure rams an axe through Raksor’s hand and into a table.  When ‘Lucien’ performed the oath, he should have put his fist over his heart.  Quill dated a Kymellian for two weeks, so he knows the horse race well.

This also explains why Raksor got such a big introduction.

Issue ends with the cloak figure being revealed to be Drax!

Next issue is Date Night with Kitty and the Slaughter Squad!

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My pal, shadowkitty over at the X-Books forum, posted this from Sam Humphries’ Tumblr page

Black Vortex Checklist

What I like most about this is that this isn’t going to be too expensive at all!  Good job, Marvel!

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Excalibur 34

Excalibur 34

Writer Chris Claremont

Artist Ron Wagner

Letterer Michael Heisler

Colorist John Wilcox

He-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed Tom DeFalco

Cover Dated February 1991

Girls’ School From Heck Part Three of Three

Lockheed isn’t in issues 31 and 32.  It only took us two years to review these three issues!  This is Claremont’s final issue of Excalibur.

This issue also concludes Lockheed Month!  How fitting!

Issue opens with Kitty and Huntsman tracking Miss Rutherford to leave town for a bit so that they and several other students can get to the football game.  Rutherford is under the impression that she is going to meet with Courtney Ross and get a giant loan from the bank.  She gets on one train and the other students get on another.

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Mesmero is testing out his control over Excalibur.  I’m surprised Lockheed is there as I wouldn’t think he would be under mind controlled.  Maybe he’s just watching over the team and not understanding what the problem is.  Mesmero is tempted to make it so that Rachel falls in love with Alistaire but chooses not too.  His villain days, he’s trying, to put them behind him.  Alysande shows up, Mezmero can’t mesmerize her.  He wonders why he is able to do it to her twin brother but not her.  Probably due to all of that military training.  Captain Britain punches her unconscious.

On the train.  The young ladies are trying their routine.  Their train passes by the train that is carrying Miss Rutherford.  Kitty tells the gals that she is Shadowcat of Excalibur.  They have the nerve to get mad at her for not telling her.  She is meant to share all of her secrets, while they were being extremely rude to her.  The get to the stadium, they have to share the same locker room the American cheerleaders, who are older and  built like supermodels.

We learn the Fenris twins are the ones trying to employ Mesmero.  But it isn’t Mesmero, it is Meggan and a huge fight breaks out.

At the stadium.  The audience is getting behind the students and their routine, which makes sense as they are the hometown team.

Naturally, the battle take place right next to the stadium.  Kitty sees the Phoenix Effect and knows that Excalibur is back home.  She ditches the routine to help assist her old team.  Captain Britain is the first to see Kitty.  The girls leave the field to help Kitty. Which is odd as what are they going to do to help?

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Meanwhile, Kitty comes across Mesmero.  He promises he isn’t going to take advantage of her, too much – the sicko!  Lockheed gets so angry!

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Lockheed and Kitty are reunited!  Excalibur snaps out of their stance.  Mesmero is trying to get away, as are Fenris but the school girls are there to block their path.

Unfortunately, the American cheerleaders won the competition.  Excalibur is finally reunited after 20 issues!

Courtney Ross brokers a deal that the football players will use Miss Rutherford’s school as a training ground.  So everybody wins!

The Letters Page is filled with letters from – Tim Ellsworth from Canton, OH; Nathan Little from Lafeayette, CO; Tracy Schmick; John Tze-Change Wu aka Briareos Hechatonchires and Christopher Dain Burton.  The Letters Page ends with an announcment of a Kitty Pryde fanzine and fan club.  Jeffrey C. Young, Editor/typist; Robert J. Spassov, President and Marson Fedrick, Vice President.  I would have sent a letter, though I probably would have just sent it to Mr. Spassov.  I wonder how long it lasted.

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With this, our second annual Lockheed Month comes to an end.  Thank you every body for making it a huge success!

April is our next event month, when we celebrate . . . DAREDEVIL!!!

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Star Lord and Kitty Pryde, the series!

Secret Wars 2015 Battleworld Starlord Kitty Pryde

http://comicsalliance.com/sam-humphries-star-lord-and-kitty-pryde-secret-wars-exclusive/

Sam Humphries is writing a Secret Wars 2015 tie-in series starring the Star Lord that we know and the Shadowcat of the Age of Apocalypse universe!  So I guess she isn’t dead now, that is great news!  They had a chance to revive her during that last Age of Apocalypse storyline but they didn’t and the series got cancelled.  Coincidence?  I think not!

The cover is by Yasmine Putri and the interior art is by Alti Firmansyah

Alti Firmansyah, with the first issue cover by Yasmine Putri.
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AXIS 4

AXIS 4

Writer Rick Remender

Penciler Leinil Francis Yu

Inkers Gerry Alanguilan and Lienil Francis Yu

Colorist Edgar Delgado

Letterer Chris Eliopoulos

Book Two : Inversion – Chapter One

Kitty made the cast list, so we know we are in for a good time!

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SHIELD Helicarrier Iliad.  Above the Atlantic.  Is it really a good idea to name the Helicarriers, with how often they crash?

FalCap and Hulk are meeting with Fury Jr. and Maria Hill.  Fury Jr. keeps saying things that implies that he’s been doing this for years or decades, instead of the year he really has been doing it.

The Stark Sentinels have been dismantled.  The Red Skull camps have been torn down.  Fury refers to the events of the previous three issues as – World War Hate.

Hill wants the Red Skull handed over to SHIELD, as they have a special containment facility built specially for him.  Which seems like a waste of expenses, as long as it is a SHIELD prison, Red Skull should be able to break out of it within a month.

FalCap is acting way crazier and more confident, just because he has the title of “Captain America” people are treating him differently and it is going to his head.  I know he is under the Inversion spell, so he has that excuse but he was acting like the top boss in the first issue and that was prior to the spell.  Honestly, just because he got a temporary promotion, I don’t get how or why the characters around him are tooting his horn so much.

Hill states that no one has seen Stark in days.

Hulk is a simpleton here, which seems odd as I know in his own title, he is suppose to be a genius, or at least, able to form proper sentences.  FalCap shuts down what he has to say and goes as far as to tell Hulk that he didn’t ask for his opinion.

As FalCap is leaving, he punches Fury Jr. to his silly face.  He calls Scarlet Witch so she can schedule an Avengers meeting but to leave Steve Rogers out of it.

Bushwick, Brooklyn.  A street level villain, the Squid, has a family hostage as outside, the police are not helping matters.  Just then, Carnage breaks through the window and subdues the criminal and his gang, the Tentacles.  Pretty clever.  Carnage leaves a note behind, calling himself Friendly Neighborhood Carnage.  Spider-Man isn’t thrilled to see that note but he is impressed that Carnage didn’t kill anyone nor take their money.

San Francisco, Giants Stadium.  Iron Man appears at a game.  Iron Man offers his Extremis App to those in attendance.  The app turns your inner beauty to your outer beauty, so you don’t have to live with any more imperfections.  He tells them that the app is free and it is already in their phones, so they only have to activate it.  Those who will use it will be more attractive and never age.  Matt Murdock is at the game.  This is essentially setting up the opening issues of Superior Iron Man, guest starring Daredevil.  Pretty cool to have two heroes calling San Francisco, their home.

This section ends with Tony drinking alcohol.

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Jean Grey School for Higher Learning.  Storm is presenting a speech.  Kitty is on the stage, second from the right.  We’ll see a better angle of her on the next page.  She is standing between Rogue and Colossus.  This wouldn’t be a bad roster – Sunspot / Jean Grey / Storm / Havok / Nightcrawler / Rogue / Shadowcat / Colossus.  It would be a pretty old school team but that’s an A-List roster!  I guess it would be Uncanny Avengers plus Excalibur with Storm and Jean thrown in there.

Storm is tired of all of the humans trying to kill them, this latest attempt will be their last.

Oya whispers that she thought Quire defeated Red Skull, as he clearly told her that.

Storm references how the humans created these camps and are responsible for other bad events that have effected mutant kind.  Xavier is gone and Wolverine is dead.  A mutant controlled by a cosmic being killed Xavier and Wolverine foolishly open up a vat of adamantium and allowed it to spill all over himself.  Sure a human pressed the button to start the adamantium pumping into the vat, but Wolverine could have diffused the situation a number of ways.

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Why are Kitty’s hands as if she is being arrested?  Colossus appears to be doing the boy version of that.

Storm is going on about no more mutant on mutant fights.  I guess the Schism is officially over now.  It only took three years.

Not only that, but Storm is talking about out right attacking the humans.

Havok, whose face is messed up (when did that happened as it appears find in issue three) takes the mic.  Xavier’s dream is no longer the X-Men philosophy.

The new philosophy?  Apocalypse’s Survival of the Fittest.  Apocalypse is the new leader of the X-Men!  He stands with Storm, Havok and Cyclops, so this is for real.

FalCap is not happy that the X-Men are forming an army.  At the Avengers meeting is – Wasp, Hulk, Scarlet Witch, Medusa, Luke Cage and Boy Thor.

Wasp doesn’t want to fight the X-Men, she still remembers the time she and Havok were married and had a daughter.  Boy Thor wants a battle and they know the X-Men are coming for Red Skull who may be a shell for Xavier.  Luke Cage also doesn’t want a fight, he wasn’t on Genosha, so he isn’t affected by the Inversion spell.  Medusa was there, so she is glad to be free of Inhumans and feeling responsible for them as their Queen.

To prevent the X-Men getting Red Skull, FalCap suggests they just kill Red Skull.  All but Hulk doesn’t want to go through with it.  Their big plan is to present Red Skull to the X-Men and kill them while they are distracted – which I bet would work.

Jarvis is the only thing standing between the Avengers and Red Skull.  Scarlet Witch hits him with a force spell, knocking him to his feet.  Hulk is concern for Jarvis and helps him back up.  Now the Hulk is blocking the Avengers from the Red Skull.  Cage punches Hulk to the ground and Boy Thor threatens that Hulk will be buried next to Red Skull, which makes Hulk sad.

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The Hulk is Bruce Banner’s Rage and Kluh is Hulk’s rage – which is a thing, apparently.  Kluh is hulK backwards, get it?  Pretty clever.

Kluh wants to fight and kill.  Kluh refers to Hulk as ‘Doc Green’ who is suppose to be a version of Hulk with Bruce’s mind.  Kluh charges out of a wall and into the general public.

Issue ends with the Avengers discovering that Red Skull has escaped.

There is an ad for Superior Iron Man, Tony gone bad.  Just like Superior Spider-Man, it is a whole new branding situation.

Other titles that came out around this time – AXIS Revolutions 2 / AXIS Hobgoblin 2 / AXIS Carnage 2 / Deadpool 37 / All New X-Factor 16 / Magneto 12 / Wolverine and the X-Men 12 / Nova 23 & 24 / Avengers World 15 / Captain America & The Mighty Avengers 1 & 2 / Superior Iron Man 1 & 2 / Loki : Agent of Asgard 8

None of which I bought.  The next issue of AXIS I own is issue seven.

 

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X-Men Animation Special

X-Men Animation Special Back X-Men Animation Special Front

Adapted by  Danny Fingeroth

from the television screenplay by Larry Parr

Art by Marvel Productions

Letterer by Janice Chiang

Cover Dated December 1990

The cool thing about this Treasury Sized comic is that the art is just screen grabs from the Pryde of the X-Men cartoon.  If you don’t have time to watch that episode, you could just flip through this book and relive all of your favorite moments!

Lockheed is on another back cover!  The early 90s was kind to him.

My review of the cartoon is here :

http://shadowandflamewithmagik.com/2013/08/27/fun-with-youtube-pryde-of-the-x-men/

Because we are celebrating Lockheed Month, I’ve included all of the pages Lockheed are in!

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That jerk Magneto attempts to kick Lockheed!  That jerk!

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Toad tries to scare Lockheed but Lockheed just looks on with pity.

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Lockheed tries to stop Magneto via the act of pestering!

I forgot about the section where Cyclops faces off with Emma Frost.

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Look how much boot Lockheed bites of Magneto!  Classic Shadow and Flame double team action!

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Lockheed is still taking bites off of Magneto’s leg!

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Lockheed is just floating about there.

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Look at Kitty picking up and thus, saving Lockheed!  If only this show got a second episode!

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Look how happy Lockheed and Kitty are!

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87th Academy Awards

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/87th_Academy_Awards

Hulu actually has the award show, broken up over three parts, so I will watch this eventually but really, that year with the Writer Boycotts, and the award show was just a few people reading the awards, I would be more than fine with that being the norm.

Also, it is going to take many hours to watch the show at 15 to 30 minute intervals so I wasn’t worried about spoiling the results.

I mostly wanted to see if X-Men Days of Future Past won its Oscar, it didn’t, it went to Interstellar. On my way down to that result, I caught that Michael Keaton didn’t win Leading Male Perfromance, so that is highly disappointing as well. I figured X-Men wasn’t going to win but Keaton not winning stinks.

It reminds me how I’m still mad at the academy giving Sean Penn the Oscar instead of Bill Murray for his performance in Lost in Translation. Bill Murray only has one chance at winning an Oscar and they have since given Penn an additional Oscar. It drives me crazy sometimes when I see Bill Murray being brave in interviews for various other projects.

Glad Birdman won Best Picture, as did its director, Alejandro Inarritu – that should make Alex of www.andsoitbeginsfilms.com blog very happy, I love his film blog so much! Birdman also won for Original Screenplay. It also won Best Cinematography, which from what I heard, makes perfect since with what the ‘trick’ of the film’s direction.

Juilanne Moore is finally an Oscar winner, so that’s terrific! I need to watch, Still Alice.

JK Simmons being an Oscar winner feels like a big win, I have loved that man for years now!

Big Hero 6 won Best Animated Feature, so that’s awesome for Marvel! Now let’s get a Pet Avengers film in the works! Do it Marvel!

The Edward Snowden documentary, citizenfour, won the Best Documentary, so that seems pretty brave.

“Glory” from Selma, winning Best Original Song seems like a consolation prize for the entirely white nominees in all the other categories.   I imagine with NPH hosting the award show, that he would make a joke about that.

. . .

We got through the award show, my wife fell asleep during it.  It was a pretty boring show, outside of NPH, who did make the all white jokes, good for him!

I had forgotten some celebrities died, this year.  Apparently a bunch of people are upset that Joan Rivers wasn’t shown, she was great in Spaceballs but I’m not the biggest fan of her gimmick.

http://oscar.go.com/photos/2015-oscars-in-memoriam/media/846x_In-Memoriam_2015_1-48_Cover

Mickey Rooney / James Garner / Edward “Gilmore Girls” Hermann / Maya Angelou / Richard “Jurassic Park” Attenborough / Robin Williams, who I still can’t believe isn’t alive anymore / Bob Hoskins and Mike Nichols.

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Excalibur : Weird War III

Excalibur Weird War III

Writer Michael Higgins

Pencilers Tom Morgan and Justin Thyme

Inkers Joe Rubinstein and Tom Morgan

Colorists Brad Vancata and Joe Rosas

Letterer Janice Chiang

Cover Dated December 1990

This is one of those large Treasury sized comics.  It doesn’t even fit on most of my bookshelves.  It spends most of its time on its back.

Poor Excalibur, cannot escape going to alternate Earths!  This story, if you are not that familiar with Lightning Force, the Excalibur from a world where the Nazis won WWII and are still in charge.

I like the back issue description –

The powerful Captain Britain, the shape-changing Meggan, the intangible Shadowcat, the swashbuckling Nightcrawler, the mysterious Phoenix, and Lockheed the Dragon . . .
Forged in the fires of their tragic pasts, they have banded together to fight a modern-day crusade against the forces of evil.
An age-old evil has firmly established itself in another dimension.  But now, realities are crossing and the malevolent power-with the help of some well-known mutants-threats to gain a foothold on Earth.

I just like that Lockheed gets a mention.

The issue opens at a concentration camp.  There are new members joining the camps and an old group going into the chambers.  The ones in the chambers are killed and their energy is transformed into psychic energy.  This causes Rachel to lose her mind.  The rest of the team come to see what is the matter.

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When Rachel sees Kitty, she sees the Shadowcat from Lightning Force – from Excalibur 10.

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Alistaire shows up and yells at the team.  This is the first indication that the team woke up not on the right Earth.

We see who is Hitler’s second in command, and it is Charles Xavier!  He is in charge of the camps and killing people to make himself stronger.

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Excalibur heads over to the Nazi headquarters.

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Kitty, naturally, hates having to talk to Nazis.  Captain Britain hates seeing his country being overrun by such filth.

We see that the Red Skull is Hitler’s right hand man.  They are suspicious of what Xavier has been up to.  Xavier is close to making his big move.

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The Nazis are mad as Excalibur is showing their proper respect.  Kitty mistakenly refers to the team as Lightning Force, our first hint at something odd is going on.  Something more odd.  Excalibur tries to fight their way out of the room.  Rachel takes out Kitty, as she wants to try to get the team under control.  She wants them to play along, until they can figure out what is happening.

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Excalibur is sent to see Moira MacTaggert, who we have seen in earlier issues of Excalibur.

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I don’t get why Kitty is so surprised to see Moira, they were told who they were going to see on just the previous page.

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Rachel explains, telepathically, what is happening.  The Nazi Earth and the Proper Marvel Earth are merging.  Which may be the first example of an Incursion that I know of.  At least at Marvel, Incurions seem to be just what Crisis of Infinite Earths were all about but two Earths at a time.

Kitty can’t stand all of this Nazi nonsense and punches Moira.

This is the last page that feature Lockheed, for some reason.

Moira’s Reichsmen show up – Nazi versions of the X-Men – Havok / Rogue / Psylocke / Banshee / Storm.  Captain Britain fights Havok.  Meggan pairs off with Rogue.  Nightcrawler takes out Banshee.  Kitty sadly fights a very scarred Storm.  Rachel goes against Psylocke.  Kitty and Brian both regret fighting these last two as they are believed dead, at this point in time.

Once the fighting is over, Moira explains that she is our Moira but in the Nazi body.  She has a plan but Brian, Meggan, Kurt and Kitty have to dress as their Lightning Force counterparts.

Elsewhere.  Xavier is showing Red Skull around. Funny seeing these two together with out in modern comics, Red Skull has Xavier’s brain in his head.

We see what happened to the Original Five X-Men here.  Cyclops is hung upside down, and his optic blasts are being used as an energy force.  Angel was skinned alive and they figured out his wings were real.  Beast seems to just have been killed for killing sake.  Iceman is brainwashed and is opening up Polaris’ head.  I believe that it is Jean who is in a tank, she is there as she turn down Xavier’s advances.

Later, Xavier has a meeting with Hitler.  Seeing him in this issue, even though he is missing his right arm, is bald and in a wheelchair – it starts to turn my stomach.  I was ‘okay’ with the story until Hitler actually showed up.  Xavier mocks him, he’s an old man and it is now time for a younger man to lead the party.  Red Skull is not thrilled with the open defiance.

Shortly.  Lightning Force shows up at one of the camps.  Rachel leads them to an abandon room, where she will be staying as people are only expecting a four person team.  I feel so bad for Kitty, not only does she have to wear that cloak but she had to draw a Star of David on her head, which must have really messed with her head.

Another group of people die in the chamber and this causes Rachel a major migraine.  Kurt slaps her, which is also unsettling to see.  It works and it calms her down but I feel like that is still unnecessary.

Lightning Force finds Xavier.  Kitty is disgusted to see him so fully evil.  He hits them with a mental blast and knocks them out.

At the same time.  Red Skull hooks Hitler up to a machine and it starts turning Hitler younger.  It is an extremely painful process, which makes sense.

The Phoenix Force can’t stand this anymore and gives some of its powers to Excalibur and they take down Xavier.  Fortunately, Red Skull was linked to Xavier and so Red Skull dies.  Also super good timing, Hitler is still strapped to the device and can’t get out of it and it reverted to a teenager.  He is then turn into a baby, then a weird glop of something and finally a piece of sperm.

The two Earths are split.  Excalibur wakes up, trying to shake off this adventure.  Alistaire shows up, and they are confident that they are back on the right planet.

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Issue has a special pin-up at the back, so we get to see Lockheed one last time!

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Death of Wolverine : Weapon X Program 3

Death of Wolverine Weapon X Program 3

Writer Charles Soule

Artist & Cover Salvador Larroca

Colorist Frank D’Armata

Letterer VC’s Cory Petit

Still buying this on the assumption (that I’m sure is correct) that Sharp’s second voice in his head is Ogun’s.

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Issue opens Sharp modifying his Star Lord gas mask.

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The mysterious voice says it is an improvement but it isn’t where it needs to be.  When he wears it, the eyes glow red, red like the mask of Ogun.

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Neuro wonders what Sharp looks like under the mask.

Outside Gonzales, Texas.   Headed East on Us-10.  Junk and Skel are bonding as Skel drives the van.  Junk verbally tells Skel his origin.  He was captured while walking on an open street and was experimented on.  We see that he is lying and he was a prisoner.

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Neuro mentions Logan.  We see a computer screen with all of Logan’s aliases.  Weapon X – Experiment 10 – James Howlett – Logan – Wolverine – Patch – Black Dragon – Mutant # 9601 – Emilio Garra – Agent Ten.  I only don’t recognize Black Dragon and Emilio Garra.

With all of this chatter about Logan, Sharp sees a mental flashback of 1938’s Nanking, where he ran into Victor Creed.

Endo interrupts them, as she really wants to go home.  They tell her that they are being followed and if she reaches out, the Weapon X folks will kill whoever she reaches out to.

Junk and Skel.  Skel starts having a seizure.  We get his origin of how he was a professional football player in Detroit, 1993.

There is a page of DCBS congratulating Marvel on 75 years.  Go to http://www.dcbservice.com and save so much money!

Neuro speculates that Skel needs to constantly use his super strength or his body will start breaking down, so he lifts the van back on its wheels and feels better.

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New Orleans, Louisiana.  Sharp finds Sabretooth and they start fighting, naturally.  Neuro attempts to talk to Creed.  Sharp does a decent job of holding his own against Creed.

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Once learning that Creed has a healing factor, Skel can cut loose and wail on him, so he does.

Sharp takes the time to interrogate Creed, revealing the 1938 Nanking connection.  It isn’t Wolverine’s voice in his head as he was a spy in Madripoor at the time.  I’m not sure that Ogun and Sabretooth had a connection prior to this.

The Garden District.  Endo reaches out to her fiancee, and gets his voicemail.

Arcadia.  We see the Weapon X clean up squad, and they have killed so many other escapees and others connected to the escapees.

So far, I’ve read two issues and this is a pretty good miniseries.  Not the missable cash grab I thought it may have been.  Though it is written by Soule, who wrote Death of Wolverine, so it makes sense that this will be quality and be important.

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Excalibur 30

Excalibur 30

Author Dana Moreshead

Illustrators David Ross & Allen Milgrom

Pigmentator Brad Vancata

typographer Brad K Joyce

Esquire Terry Kavanagh

Baron Tom DeFalco

Cover Dated October 1990

Finally, a comic with plenty of Lockheed!

Issue opens with Alysande coming to the lighthouse for her brother’s birthday.  As she is about to open the door, Meggan crashes through the front door.  That would be bad enough but Meggan looks like a vampire.

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Captain Britain and Lockheed are in hot pursuit.  Widget is close behind.

Alistaire starts updating his sister on what happened.  Meggan knocked Rachel down, causing her a concussion.  She also bit Nightcrawler and he threw Kurt into a closet and blocked it off.

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I like Captain Britain and Lockheed hanging out.  Lockheed is following Meggan’s trail.  They catch up to Detective Thomas.

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Dai Thomas tells Captain Britain that a woman had a heart attack due to a giant bat swooping down on her.  This is the fifth sighting of the night.

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Lighthouse.  Alistaire opens his present from Rachel, it is a miniature version of Illyana’s soulsword.

Lockheed has tracked Meggan to a park.

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Meggan attacks Captain Britain!

Lighthouse.  Alistaire calls Doctor Strange.  Wong answers the phone and he and Alistiare have a pretty funny exchange.  Wong tells Doctor Strange about the situation, after confirming it isn’t a prank call, Doctor Strange has agreed to help.

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Poor Brian wants to stop Meggan but he doesn’t want to hurt her, which is super understandable.  But she is a risk to others.

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Brian hits Meggan, she transforms back to her regular form.  It doesn’t calm her, at all.  People start recognizing Captain Britain, how could they not.

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The people who recognize him and are not happy with him!  I love the panel of Lockheed covering his eyes.  Ross / Milgrom draw an amazing Lockheed!  Lockheed tracks Meggan again.

Lighthouse.  Alistaire starts being annoyed about how Doctor Strange is taking to get there.  Doctor Strange shows up with his apprentice, Rintrah, who is a bulky green demon type of fella.  I know him from the first two issues of Doctor Strange’s third volume.  Rintrah clears the debris in front of the closet that is keeping Kurt inside the closet.  Why he hasn’t teleported out, is beyond me.

Alistaire forgot that Kurt’s teeth are always fang like, he mistook them

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Captain Britain calls Lockheed, Lock, like they are friends.  I sort of like it.  Meggan is about to attack a dog but Lockheed flame attacks her and Captain Britain attacks her into Widget’s portal.

Lighthouse.  Rachel is waking up.  There is a racket in the basement.

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The giant dragon from Cross Time Caper is still around, whatever happens to her?

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Doctor Strange freezes everybody.  I lose a little respect for Strange since he likes Brian’s previous costume better than his current one.  Which is clearly the wrong opinion.

I don’t really get the whole solution to the problem but Doctor Strange vanquishes all of the darkness from Meggan.

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Meggan is back!  Doctor Strange is done and leaves.

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The party ends on some laughs.  This was a pretty fun issue.

 

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Marvel May 2015 Solicitations

http://www.newsarama.com/23544-marvel-comics-full-may-2015-solicitations.html

Let’s see how expensive Secret Wars is going to be! I already had to add the first issue to my April DCBS order.

SECRET WARS #1 (OF 8)
JONATHAN HICKMAN (w) • ESAD RIBIC (a)
Cover by ALEX ROSS (FEB150650)
• THE FINAL INCURSION IS HAPPENING!
• THE MARVEL UNIVERSE IS COLLIDING WITH THE ULTIMATE UNIVERSE!
• AND NEITHER WILL SURVIVE!
40 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99
SECRET WARS #2 (OF 8)
JONATHAN HICKMAN (w) • ESAD RIBIC (a)
Cover by ALEX ROSS
• WHEN THE MARVEL UNIVERSE IS GONE, ALL THAT REMAINS IS BATTLEWORLD!
• LEARN THE SECRETS OF THIS BRAVE NEW REALM IN THIS SPECIAL OVERSIZED ISSUE!
56 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99

 

            After months of hype, this is finally happening! With loads of variants too! Some titles are having tie-ins and others are continuing like an entire universe ending storyline isn’t happening.

 

May 2015 Solicts Ultimate End 1
Cover by Mark Bagley

 

ULTIMATE END #1 (OF 5)
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (w) • MARK BAGLEY (a/C)
Variant Cover by DAVID MARQUEZ
ACTION FIGURE VARIANT COVER BY JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
YOUNG VARIANT COVER BY SKOTTIE YOUNG
• MILES MORALES and the rest of the heroes of the ULTIMATE U face final extinction
• As the end of their world becomes inevitable, will the heroes’ heartbreaking sacrifices make any difference?
• The dramatic end of an era begins here!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

 

The storyline in New Avengers, with all of the Incursions – which the Facebook, Avengers Alliance game starting incorporating in Season Two, has finally lead to this. The Proper Marvel Universe and the Ultimate Universe are blending and neither will survive! Here is hoping that Ultimate Shadowcat makes it out alive! Also, Proper Kitty Pryde! Magik and Lockheed would be pretty nice too!

MASTER OF KUNG FU #1 (of 4)
Haden Blackman (w) Dalibor Talajic (a)
KICK-BUTT KUNG-FU ACTION!
• Welcome to the mystical land of K’UN LUN, where the study of martial arts reigns supreme!
• In a world where everyone is well-trained in at least some form of deadly combat, what becomes of a drunken, drop-out failure?
• If anyone speaks out against Emperor Zu, the price is their head! Good thing Shang-Chi’s a man of discretion and…oh, who are we kidding. This is going to get nasty.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

 

So, I’m buying this as there will be X-Men involved, specifically Kitty and Lockheed! Look at these character designs!

 Secret Wars 2015 Shang-Chi Kitty Lockheed

Lockheed being a snake is fun and Kitty being bald is a surprised.

Looks pretty fun! Now that I work at Hastings again, part time, I’m tempted to not order them through DCBS or use my Associate Discount at Hastings. The discount is still like twenty cents more, so I might as well stick with DCBS.

I do wish this series was a $2.99 title, but I don’t think Marvel has those. I just did a quick search of the solicts and they do have $2.99 titles, so is an option for titles that I don’t buy, apparently. I might get an issue of Ms. Marvel, one of these days. I was hoping that some of these Secret Wars 2015 tie-ins would just be one issue or so. The nice thing about ordering through Hastings, is that I only have to buy the issue that I want instead of committing the money to the series at the offset. I suppose it is an easy way to keep my order under $35. Ms. Marvel and the Marvel Cartoon tie in books are $2.99, which I like them trying to make their comics price right for children. Three dollars may still be too much.

Here is the link to the Comic Vine interview with the writer, Haden Blackman.

http://www.comicvine.com/articles/exclusive-haden-blackman-jumps-into-secret-wars-wi/1100-151191/

 

SECRET WARS: BATTLEWORLD #1 (OF 4)
JOSH WILLIAMSON & ED BRISSON (w)
MIKE HENDERSON & SCOTT HEPBURN (a)
Cover by PACO MEDINA
Variant Cover by JAMES STOKOE
ACTION FIGURE VARIANT COVER BY JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
• When the Marvel Universe and the Ultimate Universe collide, there is only…Battleworld!
• Featuring the fights, battles and blow-ups that are just TOO BIG for Secret Wars!
• When a Dr. Strange-possessed Punisher goes on the run, only Spider-Man, Wolverine, Hulk and Ghost Rider can track him down!
• Question: What happens when M.O.D.O.K. recruits every single M.O.D.O.K. ever for his evil schemes? Answer: M.O.D.O.K. M.A.D.N.E.S.S.!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

            See, this would be one of those series that I wouldn’t mind being put on a list for and not have to buy every issue of. Though this issue promises to have the New Fantastic Four, and I’m a huge sucker for any time Marvel gets those four characters back together. I wonder what the Action Figure variant means?

 

SECRET WARS JOURNAL #1 (OF 5)
Prudence Shen & Michael Rosenberg (w)
Ramon Bachs & Luca Pizzari (a)
WITNESS THE STRANGE TALES OF BATTLEWORLD! TWO SCINTILLATING STORIES OF SECRET WARS!
• Is LADY KATE of 1602 the nefarious HAWKEYE BANDIT who robs from the rich and gives to the poor?
• Can an enslaved band of MUTANTS in EGYPTIA overthrow their overlord, KHONSHU?
• Can YOU afford not to read the coolest, hippest, most continuity-important book in all of SECRET WARS??? Because this is TOTALLY THAT BOOK. But don’t tell anyone. It’ll be our little Secret…Wars Journal.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

This is a very fun write up! I wonder which mutants will be featured? I think I will, with these Secret Wars tie ins, that I will have Hastings pull the issues for me and I will buy them as I desire them.

 

DEADPOOL’S SECRET SECRET WARS #1 (OF 4)
CULLEN BUNN (w) • MATTEO LOLLI & JACOPO CAMAGNI (a)
Cover by TONY HARRIS
• NOT A SECRET WARS TIE-IN!
• Well…it is…but not THAT Secret Wars.
• Remember the original Secret Wars from 1984? And remember how Deadpool played a huge important role in it? Wait…you DON’T? Then you need to read this series immediately and be educated! From the team that brought you DEADPOOL KILLUSTRATED comes the most Secretest War of all!
• Plus: a bonus Deadpool Contest of Champions tale!
40 PGS./Parental Advisory …$4.99

Another fun write up! I’ll be getting Hastings to pull this for me as Lockheed may appear! One never knows! He was in the first two issues of Spider-Man & Secret Wars.

May 2015 Solict Inferno
by Javier Garron

May 2015 Solict Inferno Variant
by Adi Granov

INFERNO #1
DENNIS HOPELESS (w) • JAVIER GARRON (a/C)
VARIANT COVER BY ADI GRANOV
• Spinning out of the universe-shattering events of Secret Wars comes a new twist on the X-Men classic that’s a whole hell of a lot hotter than you remember
• 5 years ago a band of demons rose up out of the fiery depths and turned Manhattan into Hell on Earth. The X-Men fought to vanquish the demon horde and… The X-Men failed.
• Welcome back to the Inferno.
• On this the fifth anniversary of Manhattan’s fall, Piotr Rasputin is leading a small band of mutants back into the Inferno. Colossus doesn’t know what they’ll find on the other side of those flames but he knows for certain… They’re not coming back without his sister.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
I like how some of these are not titled, Secret Wars : New Twist on an Old Idea (especially as that is one clunky title!). Hopefully this is only a one shot but I sure do want it!

I haven’t seen Granov since he did those X-Men Second Coming covers.

INFINITY GAUNTLET #1
GERRY DUGGAN & DUSTIN WEAVER (w) • DUSTIN WEAVER (a/C)
Think your life is hard? Anwen Bakian’s family lives in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, scrounging for food and avoiding giant bugs intent on eating them. Mom left years ago to join the Nova force and never came back. So it’s just Anwen, her dad, her sister and her grandpa against the huge insects. That is, until she finds a mysterious stone that may or may not hold incredible cosmic power. Don’t miss this incredible new series by DEADPOOL writer Gerry Duggan and EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE writer/artist Dustin Weaver that will set the cosmic table for the Marvel Universe for years to come!
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

 

Is it just me, or is this nothing like Infinity Gauntlet?

OLD MAN LOGAN #1
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (w) • ANDREA SORRENTINO (a/C)
• Enter the Wastelands…a realm where all heroes have been murdered by their arch-enemies, villains who now rule over the land with an iron fist. In the midst of this dystopian chaos, one man may make a difference…a reluctant warrior who was once the greatest mutant of all…a man known as OLD MAN LOGAN.
40 PGS./Rated T …$4.99

Since Kitty is dead in this future timeline, I imagine I’m passing on this.

 

SECRET WARS 2099 #1 (of 5)
PETER DAVID (w) • WILL SLINEY (a)
Cover by Dave Rapoza
• When everything ends, it’s time to go back to the future. Revisit the world of 2099 and see it a whole new light, as characters who have never been seen before make their first appearances – including the AVENGERS 2099. Can the ideal of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes survive in a world where megacorporations rule with an iron fist?
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

I wonder if the characters from Marvel Knights 2099 will make it into this?

 

A-FORCE #1
G. WILLOW WILSON & MARGUERITE BENNETT (w) • JORGE MOLINA (a)
Cover by JIM CHEUNG
• Marvel’s Mightiest Women finally get their own explosive series!
• In a secluded corner of the Battleworld, an island nation is fiercely protected by a team of Avengers the likes of which has only ever been glimpsed before…
• Fighting to protect the small sliver of their world that’s left, the Amazing A-FORCE stands shoulder-to-shoulder, ready to take on the horde!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

 

I like the idea of this, from the three covers they show, Kitty isn’t on any of them, nor is Magik so this will be another series to have Hastings pull for me.  It feels a bit freeing to have the pressure off of having to prepay a comic.

PLANET HULK #1
SAM HUMPHRIES (w) • MARC LAMING (a)
Cover by MICHAEL DEL MUNDO
Variant Cover by MUKESH SINGH
BLANK COVER VARIANT
YOUNG VARIANT COVER BY SKOTTIE YOUNG
• A forbidden zone of wild HULKS
• A battle-worn gladiator named STEVE ROGERS
• A journey that could break the spirit of a world’s greatest freedom fighter.
• PLUS: A back up story by a surprise creative team!
40 PGS./Rated T …$4.99

 

Kitty only showed up in a side issue of Planet Hulk, so this will be a pass for me but I do like Humphries so if you like Hulk, I would recommend this to you.

 

SPIDER-VERSE #1
MIKE COSTA (w) • ANDRE ARUAJO (a)
Cover by NICK BRADSHAW
• Spinning out of the SPIDER-VERSE event, a team of Spiders finds themselves face-to-face with Battleworld! Starring SPIDER-GWEN, SPIDER-MAN NOIR, SPIDER-MAN: INDIA, MAYDAY PARKER, SPIDER-UK and SPIDER-HAM!
40 PGS./Rated T …$4.99

Spider-Man Noir, Mayday Parker and Spider-Ham – all in one book! That would have excited me five years ago!

 AVENGERS WORLD #21
FRANK BARBIERE (W) • MARCO CHECCHETTO (A)
Cover by JEFF DEKAL
• The last stand of A.I.M. … in the Savage Land!
• Thor and Hyperion unleashed!
• Can Namor survive The Cabal?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

I know Magik appears in issue 17, so I’m not sure if she is going to keep appearing in this title.

 

UNCANNY AVENGERS #5
RICK REMENDER (W) • DANIEL ACUñA (A)
Cover by KRIS ANKA
NYC VARIANT COVER BY TBA
• The truth that will shatter the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver.
• War between the Low and High Evolutionary.
• An Avenger has to choose between his friends and a perfect future.
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

There is a Low Evolutionary? There has to be a better name, right? Would you refer to yourself as the Low Kevin or the Lesser Kevin? Do I know any Kevins? Maybe one or two.

SILK #4
ROBBIE THOMPSON (w) • STACEY LEE (a)
Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
• Silk and Johnny Storm’s first date! Nuff’ said?
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

So Marvel made a new female character and in her fourth issue, she is already dating the Human Torch? I guess that keeps the Fantastic Four in our minds. So I guess Marvel really is going to let some titles keep on trucking, eh? I guess all series have eight months to wrap up before the Post Secret Wars 2015 Marvel starts.

 

ANT-MAN #5
NICK SPENCER (w) • RAMON ROSANAS (a)
Cover by MARK BROOKS
NYC VARIANT COVER BY TBA
• The explosive first arc finale! There aren’t actually any explosions – but there IS a big showdown with our poorly lit villain, and plenty of heartbreak to go around.
• Nothing will be the same again! Except you’re still aging. That’s not going anywhere.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Who writes these? That person is getting pretty bold! But still funny!

THOR #8
JASON AARON (w) • RUSSELL DAUTERMAN (a/C)
• The final battle with the Destroyer!
• Guest stars galore!
• A shocking return!
• And oh yeah…Thor’s secret identity revealed at last!!!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Eight issues and we still don’t who Thor really is? Does any Thor really need a secret identity? I heard that it is pretty obvilous that it is Angela. Time will tell, I suppose. Well, we know it will be revealed this issue, so in four months, we will know.

 

HOWARD THE DUCK #3
CHIP ZDARSKY (w)
JOE QUINONES (a/C)
• Howard’s big first case goes off the rails as he’s pulled into investigating a NYC crime spree!
• But this spree features a Very Special Guest Star!
• We’ll only give you one hint: they’re a Marvel Comics character who has “died” before! Hope that narrows it down for you, True Believer!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Could it be Magik or Doug Ramsey? I highly doubt it, it is mostly a joke about how many people have died. I suppose that Kitty has died once too, for maybe a few seconds. In that respect, Magik and Doug died during Secret Wars II. Or was that only Magik?

 

GUARDIANS 3000 #8
DAN ABNETT (W) • Nico Leon (A)
Cover by Gerardo Sandoval
• Stranded on 21st century Earth, the 31st century Guardians finally have a chance to locate the anomaly that is ripping the past, present and future of the Universal Time-stream apart.
• But locating it is one thing…preventing it is something else altogether. Shocking twists and end-of-the-World action!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

            Wait, are the Guardians 3000 going to fix a Universal Time-Stream while at the same time, the entire Marvel Universe is being torn about by a universal time and space stream? So silly

 

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #27
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (W) • VALERIO SCHITI (A/C)
• Guardians no more?
• Following the Black Vortex, the Guardians have come into conflict with one another more and more.
• With rifts forming between them, will their friendship and history be enough to hold the team together?
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

            I wonder if Kitty still has a chance at appearing in this title? What are NYC variants?

 

May 2015 Solict Guardians Team-Up 5 Lockheed Pet AvengersBy Humberto Ramos

 

GUARDIANS TEAM-UP #5
ANDY LANNING & ANDY SCHMIDT (W)
GUSTAVO DUARTE (A)
Cover by HUMBERTO RAMOS
• The universe’s most powerful cabal of villainy has formed right under the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’ noses–and they never noticed! This group of fowl (get it!) villains, is the Pets of Evil Masters!
• And they’re after world domination! Rocket must team-up with The Pet Avengers (much to his dismay) to face down the foes that no one else can (or will bother with) in this Earth-Shattering adventure that can only be told in the Mighty Marvel Manner!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
            oh man, the Pet Avengers are coming back! Also, they have arch enemies in Pets of Evil Masters, which I can’t even think of Evil Pets outside of Red Ghost and his three super-apes. I can see Rocket not liking to be considered a ‘pet.’

 

LEGENDARY STAR-LORD #12
SAM HUMPHRIES (W) • PACO MEDINA (A/C)
• So, yeah…things have definitely be interesting for Peter lately.
• After that whole deal with the Black Vortex, he could definitely use some rest.
• But when you’re the Legendary Star-Lord, and you’ve got bloodthirsty aliens on your tail, each nap could potentially be your last…
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

            Should I be concern that Kitty isn’t mention in the write up nor seen on the cover?

 

ROCKET RACCOON #11
SKOTTIE YOUNG (W) • Jake Parker (A)
Cover by Skottie Young
• Does the book of Half-World actually exist? Or was it all just one big HOAX?
• And finally, is Rocket really alone in the world?
• You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll wish you were a raccoon! (I mean a gun-wielding, smack-talking tough
guy who happens to be covered in fur!)
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

I wouldn’t have mind if Guardians Team-Up was a two part crossover with this title, that could have been pretty awesome.


NOVA #31

GERRY DUGGAN (W) • DAVID BALDEON (A)
Cover by ORPHANS CHEEPS
• The world is under threat and it’s up to Sam Alexander, A.K.A. Nova, and his friends Beta Ray Bill, Doc Green, the Guardians of the Galaxy and Cosmo to save the planet.
• You won’t believe the end of this issue!
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

 

            Again, they are going to save the world while the world is also under threat of Secret Wars 2015? I really thought that the stories leading up to Secret Wars 2015 were going to be smaller more personal stories, I guess those are coming.

 

HULK #16
GERRY DUGGAN (W) • MARK BAGLEY (A/C)
HULK–SIZED GRAND FINALE TO “THE OMEGA HULK” EPIC!!!
• The HULK confrontation you’ve been waiting for: DOC GREEN VS JEN WALTERS
• What is Doc Green’s startling confession???
• And…the return of BETTY ROSS?!?
• PLUS: the reveal of LYRA THE SAVAGE SHE-HULK’S fate!
40 PGS./Rated T …$4.99

16 issues does make for an epic! Could Kitty return in this finale? I doubt it.

 

May 2015 Solicts Uncanny X-Men 600
By Kris Anka

May Solicts Uncanny X-Men 600 variantBy Chris Bachalo

 UNCANNY X-MEN #600
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (w)
CHRIS BACHALO, STUART IMMONEN, MAHMUD ASRAR, KRIS ANKA and FRAZER IRVING (a)
Cover by CHRIS BACHALO
ACTION FIGURE VARIANT COVER A BY JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
ACTION FIGURE VARIANT COVER B BY JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
ACTION FIGURE VARIANT COVER C BY JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
VARIANT COVER BY KRIS ANKA
VARIANT COVER BY PAUL SMITH
VARIANT COVER BY OLIVIER COIPEL
VARIANT COVER BY ED MCGUINNESS
VARIANT COVER BY ARTHUR ADAMS
VARIANT COVER BY LEINIL YU
VARIANT COVER BY RICK LEONARDI
• The final explosive issue in Brian Michael Bendis’ epic X-Men saga!
• Scott Summers – savior or destroyer? Questions will be answered!
• The Jean Grey School, the New Xavier School – it’s all going to change.
• The X-Men are at a crossroads. And not everyone will make it through in one piece.
• Featuring 40 pages of a host of popular X-Men creators!
56 PGS./Rated T+ …$5.99

Now that is how you celebrate a 600th issue! Look at all of those variants! I’m going to miss Bendis’ time on the titles. Here is hoping that there is an X-Men title after Secret Wars 2015.

I’m really hoping the Paul Smith variant has Kitty and Lockheed, it would have to, right?

I’m hoping Kitty on the cover means she makes it out of Black Vortex okay.  Not like covers mean anything – except that I will buy a cover with Kitty on it rather than if she wasn’t on it.

UNCANNY X-MEN #35
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

Oops, I’m sure that Newsarama (and Marvel) meant to place this issue before issue 600 but that’s how these things work out.

I like that Magik for sure has a role in the issue.

WOLVERINES #17-20
CHARLES SOULE & RAY FAWKES (w)
Issue #17 – Juan Cabal (a
Issue #18 – JONATHAN MARKS (a)
Issue #19 – Ariela Kristantina (a)
Issue #20 – Juan Doe(a)
Issue #17-19 covers by Juan Doe
Issue #20 cover by Zach Howard
Issue #17 – Revenge of Mr. Sinister! See what heroes remain after Mr. Sinister’s had his way with them, and who managed to stay alive (or which parts of them!).
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99
Issue #18 – Depowered? What is the aftermath of the battle with Mr. Sinister, and has Mystique been betting on the results? The final pieces of the puzzle fall into place.
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99
Issue #19 – Mystique’s endgame is now in final swing – everything is exactly how she planned in this penultimate issue!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99
Issue #20 – Mystique’s full plan is revealed – and she’s not just aiming to bring back her long lost love, Destiny…but an old friend…and where does this leave the Wolverines?!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

I’ve already made myself a pull list at Hastings with this series so I’m no longer fritting about it. Shogun wasn’t on the cover that they shown and he isn’t refered to in any of the write ups so I’m not prebuying any of these. Though I’m certain he will appear in at least one of them.

 

I guess there is no issues of All New X-Men, so the Utopians story is the last.

 

ULTIMATE MARVEL OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, BILL JEMAS & MARK MILLAR
Penciled by MARK BAGLEY, ADAM KUBERT, ANDY KUBERT & BRYAN HITCH
Cover by VARIOUS
Witness the birth of a new world, in which the heroes you know are reinvented for the modern era! The bite of a genetically engineered spider gives Peter Parker great power, but a harsh lesson will teach him responsibility. To prevent war, Charles Xavier recruits his X-Men — but Magneto’s Brotherhood reaches Wolverine first. Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Giant-Man, Wasp and the Hulk — these are not the Avengers. They’re Nick Fury’s Ultimates. Young genius Reed Richards’ efforts to reach the N-Zone will forever change the lives of his fantastic friends. In a single volume, watch the Ultimate Universe — which helped make superstars of its architects, Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Millar — take shape through the opening acts of its core titles. Collecting ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN (2000) #1-7, ULTIMATE X-MEN (2001) #1-6, ULTIMATES (2002) #1-6 and ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #1-6.
768 PGS./Parental Advisory …$99.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-9750-8
Trim size: oversized

I like the idea of the opening arcs for initial four Ultimate titles being collected, that is pretty handy. Once again, one hundred dollars is way too much!

 

 MARVEL FIRSTS: THE 1990S OMNIBUS HC
Written by HOWARD MACKIE, GREGORY WRIGHT, FABIAN NICIEZA, PETER DAVID, DAN ABNETT, DG CHICHESTER, CHRISTIAN COOPER, TOM DEFALCO, JOHN OSTRANDER, JORGE GONZALES, TOM PEYER & MORE
Penciled by JAVIER SALTARES, JACKSON GUICE, MARK BAGLEY, ANGEL MEDINA, STEVEN BUTLER, RICHARD CASE, RON GARNEY, ART THIBERT, RON FRENZ, GABRIEL GECKO, TOM TENNEY, SCOTT MCDANIEL, PASQUAL FERRY, JIM CHEUNG & MORE
Cover by VARIOUS
Revisit comics’ most divisive decade with a giant-sized compendium of daring debuts! All your favorites are here: Deadpool! Nomad! X-Force! Scarlet Spider! Quicksilver! ClanDestine! Venom! Nightwatch! Gambit! Vengeance! Spider-Man 2099! The Thunderbolts! Plus: Ghost Rider and Deathlok, reinvented for the ’90s! Guns! Swords! Leather! Clones! Pouches! Don’t dis the ’90s, they’re totally dope! Collecting GHOST RIDER (1990) #1, DEATHLOK (1990) #1, NEW WARRIORS (1990) #1, FOOLKILLER (1990) #1, DARKHAWK #1, SLEEPWALKER #1, X-FORCE (1991) #1, X-FACTOR (1986) #71, WARLOCK AND THE INFINITY WATCH #2, DEATH’S HEAD II (1992A) #1, SILVER SABLE AND THE WILD PACK #1, TERROR INC. (1992) #1, NIGHT THRASHER: FOUR CONTROL #1, DARKHOLD: PAGES FROM THE BOOK OF SINS #1, NIGHTSTALKERS #1, SPIDER-MAN 2099 (1992) #1, VENOM: LETHAL PROTECTOR #1, CABLE (1993) #1, DEADPOOL: THE CIRCLE CHASE #1, THUNDERSTRIKE (1993) #1, GAMBIT (1993) #1, WAR MACHINE (1994) #1, BLACKWULF #1, FORCE WORKS #1, BLADE THE VAMPIRE-HUNTER (1994) #1, GENERATION X SAN DIEGO PREVIEW, FANTASTIC FORCE (1994) #1, WEB OF SPIDER-MAN (1985) #118, BISHOP #1, X-MAN #1, ELEKTRA: ROOT OF EVIL #1, GREEN GOBLIN #1, CAPTAIN MARVEL (1995) #1, HEROES FOR HIRE (1997) #1, MAVERICK #1, QUICKSILVER #1, SPIDER-GIRL (1998) #1, SLINGERS #0, SPIDER-WOMAN (1999) #1, DEATHLOK (1999) #1 and WARLOCK (1999) #1; and material from CAPTAIN AMERICA ANNUAL #9, WEB OF SPIDER-MAN (1985) #100, MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS (1988) #147 and #158, and TALES OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE.
1288 PGS./Rated T …$125
ISBN: 978-0-7851-9816-1
Trim size: oversized

            I really like the concept of these trades, but seeing how the 80s one doesn’t continue after the second volume, I believe, how are people suppose to continue the fun? It isn’t like there is a slew of Essentials that are coming.

 

Web of Spider-Man 118 is Ben Reilly as the Scarlet Spider’s first appearance. I’m a huge fan of most of these 1999 series – Green Goblin, Captain Marvel (Jen-is), Heroes for Hire, Quicksilver, Slingers, Spider-Girl, Warlock. Suprrised Alpha Flight didn’t make the cut nor Thunderbolts.

 

This is what, the fifth time they have reprinted Spider-Man 2099 1 in two years?

 

There is an Ant-Man movie coming as nearly every story that ever saw Ant-Man spotlighted in, is seeing print. Well, not really.

 

ALL-NEW X-MEN VOL. 7: THE UTOPIANS PREMIERE HC
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Penciled by MAHMUD ASRAR
Cover by MAHMUD ASRAR
The time-tossed All-New X-Men are more than teammates, more than best friends — they have become a close-knit family. But the mysterious Black Vortex may sunder their family ties permanently! As the young mutants venture back into space to deal with a galaxy in chaos, they must decipher the Vortex’s secrets — and fast, because the villainous Mr. Knife has kidnapped some of their team! Beast and Kitty travel to Spartax to study the Vortex Book as Storm formulates a plan to break into Mr. Knife’s fortress. But will the Vortex’s cosmic power transform the young mutants into something unrecognizable? Meanwhile, back on Earth, the Utopians hold a secret that will change the future of mutantkind — but who are the Utopians? The All-New X-Men may regret finding out! Collecting ALL-NEW X-MEN #37-41.
136 PGS./Rated T …$24.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-9240-4
Trim size: standard

I thought, reading the title of the trade, that the solict was going to spoil who the Utopians are. I’m surprised they are printing the Black Vortex tie-in issues in this trade, as Marvel typically doesn’t do that, those issues appear in the proper Black Vortex trade – once that comes out. Though, I’m all for it as those who only collect All New X-Men, in trade, don’t want a hole in their series. Those people exist, right?

X-MEN: THE HUNT FOR PROFESSOR X TPB
Written by STEVE SEAGLE, JOE KELLY, TODD DEZAGO & BRIAN K. VAUGHAN
Penciled by CHRIS BACHALO, STEVE SKROCE, LEINIL FRANCIS YU, BRANDON PETERSON, ADAM KUBERT, MIKE WIERINGO & PATRICK GLEASON
Cover by CARLOS PACHECO
Missing for months, Professor X seemingly returns — and debuts an newer, even more different team of X-Men! But when this new group kidnaps Shadowcat, something seems off to the real X-Men. The truth will spark a globetrotting hunt for Charles Xavier, leading to a showdown with the re-formed — but far from reformed — Brotherhood of Evil Mutants…and revealing the menace of Cerebro! But for the Children of the Atom to survive, must Professor X die? Plus: Gambit’s back! But so is the Juggernaut! Meanwhile, Colossus has a ghostly Christmas, Kitty Pryde and Marrow play cat and mouse with the terrorist Flag-Smasher, and the X-Men find themselves trapped in a land of epic fantasy! Collecting UNCANNY X-MEN (1981) #360-365, X-MEN (1991) #80-84 and #1/2, and X-MEN UNLIMITED (1993) #22.
368 PGS./Rated T …$39.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-9720-1

 

Oh man, the storyline that got me buying Uncanny and X-MEN again! When I refer to the X-Men 35th Anniversary era, it begins here. So weird that this is being collected. The title doesn’t imply we can expect more of this era to see print. I hope so, as that would be great on the shelf. Forty dollars though, still pretty pricey but 14 issues is $2.86, so that does seem like a deal if you didn’t want to buy the back issues.

. . .

So my math for the month of May is –

Secret Wars 2 – $5
Ultimate End 1 – $4
Inferno 1 – $4
Guardians Team Up 5 – $4
Legendary Star Lord 12 – $4
Uncanny X-Men 600 – $6
Uncanny X-Men 35 – $4
Really had Uncanny X-Men 600 isn’t ten dollars like I thought it may have been. I reckon it isn’t going to be 600 pages like how Bendis joked about.

So the rough total is – $31 so that isn’t too bad.

Add that to my Hastings list of –

BattleWorld (buying one issue, for sure)
Master of Kung Fu (that I’m buying at least one issue of)
Journal
Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars
A-Force

Could get pretty expensive, but only eight dollars at one time, isn’t too bad.

 

 

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