Marvel Zombies vs Army of Darkness 1

Marvel Zombies Army of Darkness 1

Writer John Layman

Artist Fabiano Neves

Colorist June Chung

Letterer VC’s Randy Gentile

Consultant Robert Kirkman

Cover Dated May 2007

Cover by Arthur Suydam

Happy Halloween, everybody!  I really should have done this last year, still can’t believe I didn’t think of Marvel Zombies has being the comic series that I can spotlight on Halloween.  So this is what we’re doing going forward as I have a few of these issues.

I only own this issue due to the cover, which is an homage to Uncanny X-Men 141.

There is an ad for Spider-Man 3 on the inside front cover.

Ashley J. Williams from Evil Dead and Army of Darkness, played by Bruce Campbell in the films – is teleported to the Marvel Zombie Universe.

What I really like about this comic is that it does directly tie in to the origins of the Marvel Zombies.

Ash sees a fight between Thunderball and Daredevil.  He then goes to the Avengers and they don’t care for his wise cracking ways.

There is a two page Honda car ad, what a waste that must have been!  Element SC, if you are curious.

Sentry comes crashing into the planet.  He has already been infected with the Zombie virus.  I’m not sure which Marvel Zombies miniseries later reveals it is Sentry, but I like how that universe’s origin is in a constant loop.  Sentry is being constantly thrown back in time and they are just reliving these moments in a time loop.

Sentry inflects Warbird, Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Luke Cage.

There is a Playstation and Game Boy Advance Ghost Rider game, I wonder how that is?

Ash tells Spider-Man that the virus that is inflecting his hero friends may be the same type of virus that he has to deal with all of the time.

Captain America, who is Colonel America here – bites Spider-Man.

Issue ends with Ash being dropped to the ground (Spider-Man was carrying him) and is all webbed up at the moment.  Ash lands and looks up to see Zombie Hawkeye, Luke Cage and Warbird.

I don’t own any issues but I can only imagine Ash makes it out of this okay.  I know Zombies Colonel American and Spider-Man make it out as they are actively involved in future Marvel Zombie miniseries.

. . .

For anyone who is interested, Walker Dennis will be a Sock Monkey for his first Halloween.

Sock Monkey Costume 2014

Be safe out there!

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All New X-Men 31

All New X-Men 31

Writer Brian Michael Bendis

Artist Mahmud Asrar

Colorists Marte Gracia and Jason Keith

Letterer VC’s Cory Petit

The All New X-Men go to the Ultimate Universe!

Issue opens in the Ultimate Universe.  Tony Stark is talking to Doctor Cho.  They are looking over the portal that links the Ultimate Universe with the Proper Marvel Universe.  Tony wants to buy the portal now that SHIELD doesn’t exist and it is up for grabs.  Just then, the portal collapses and all of their records are erased.

Over the Canadian Wilderness.  Angel is flying X23 back to the New Xavier School.  Laura asks Warren to be a gentleman and not go around bragging about having sex with her.

New Xavier School.

So this is what the students are up to as the the grown ups go and have Xavier’s Last Will and Testament be read to them.  So I only own this page for the quick appearance Kitty and Illyana make.

All New X-Men 31 Kitty Magik

Which I find disappointing as I really want Kitty to meet her Ultimate counterpart but I’m sure Bendis will do it.  Or at the very least, have the Original Five meet Ultimate Shadowcat.

I keep calling them, the Original Five but really, Cyclops isn’t there so I should just keep referring to them as the All New team or Kitty’s students.  I’ll work on that.

I really do like the use of repeating dialogue so that we know where this all takes place during.  As soon as Angel and X23 land, Bobby wants to know what they have been up to.

Warren gets a quick update and Hank can’t help but comment on how they just accepted and moved on that they were told Xavier was murdered and now they just deal with their day to day routine.

The students don’t know what to do now that the adults are away.  Hank offers that they all go train and study, no one likes that idea.

Jean tries to force Laura into some girl talk.  Laura quickly shuts that down.  The idea of the female clone of Wolverine and a young Jean Grey being friends is a little fun.

Hank is messing around with the new Cerebro system.  Warren wonders if that is a wise idea.  I like how Bendis hasn’t forgotten that he originally wrote that Warren didn’t want to stay in the present.  Now that he has a gal in his life, he’s come around on the idea.

All New X-Men 31 Kitty mentioned

Beast sees one of the lights on Cerebro grow to an attention getting size.  A mutant is in need.  Jean wants to go and investigate.

Kitty is mentioned by Angel.  I wonder if it is telling that he doesn’t call her, Professor Pryde.

The All New team takes off in the X-Jet that the adults didn’t need as Magik teleported them away.

In what is my favorite page of the book, Benjamin / Goldballs / Celeste all witness the X-Jet fly off.  Goldball confesses to wanting to marry Jean Grey.  (Which I don’t get what the attraction is!) Celeste is quick to say that Goldballs has a better chance with Nate Grey.  There is a silent panel which is followed up with Celeste being disappointed that neither of the boys knows who she just referenced but that it is an awesome reference.  And it really is!

All New X-Men 31 Celeste awesome joke

At some school with odd uniforms, we see a graduating class.  A gal in the middle starts having a glowing S appear on her chest.  I wonder if this gal’s hero name will be Slider or something like that.  The S shows her various alternate universes.  We see the House of M timeline, right in the middle of the big fight on Genosha.  So it shows alternate universes as well as various points in history of that alternate universe.

The portals close, right as the All New team shows up.  Jean is the defacto leader, which makes sense.  The gal’s name is Carmen.  Carmen doesn’t believe she is a mutant.  She also doesn’t believe these are the X-Men, as they are kids.

Bobby tries to tell Carmen that she is a mutant, he uses humor to put her at ease but it doesn’t work.

Carmen makes a great observation to how, when a psychic uses their power to calm the person, that’s a form of mind control – which isn’t cool.

Hank has a theory about new mutants and asks Carmen if she is on her period.  X23, Jean and Carmen are all disgusted with Hank.

The police start showing up and Carmen freaks out.  The S energy signature appears again.  Bobby is now surrounded by the Mole Man and the Morloids.

Jean on the other hand, is in the Ultimate Universe, and flies (levitates?) to a rooftop and the issue ends with her meeting the Miles Morales Spider-Man.  He recognizes her as a Jean Grey as he met his universe’s version briefly during Cataclysm.

I sort of like the idea of the team being separated in various alternate universes.  I wish Bobby was in a recognizable one, as just being surrounded by the Mole Man and his peeps, tells us nothing.

I’m hoping they can settle Bobby and go get Jean as a team.  Also, that we get Ultimate Shadowcat meeting this team.  That’s all I really want out of this storyline.  Ultimate Shadowcat being told about her Proper Universe version.  If the two could meet, that would be even better!

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Captain Marvel film is coming!

Captain Marvel Film Logo

We are getting a Carol Danvers staring film!  I’m so excited about her getting the ‘Captain Marvel’ title for the film too!

Here is an entire list of the upcoming superhero films for both Marvel and DC


May 1: Avengers: Age of Ultron
July 17: Ant-Man
August 7: Fantastic Four (Fox)


February 12: Deadpool (Fox)
March 25: Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice
May 6: Captain America 3 : Civil War
May 27: X-Men: Apocalypse (Fox)
July 8: Untitled Marvel film
August 5: Suicide Squad
November 4 : Doctor Strange
November 11: Sinister Six (Sony)

March 3: Untitled Wolverine sequel (Fox)
May 5: Guardians of the Galaxy 2
June 23: Wonder Woman
July 14: Fantastic Four 2 (Fox)
July 28: Thor 3 : Ragnarok
November 3: Black Panther
November 17:
Justice League, Part 1
(unspecified date): Untitled Sony female Spider-Man spin-off
(unspecified tentative date): Sony Venom: Carnage Spider-Man spin-off  (rumored to be dead)

May 4 : Avengers : Infinity War Part 1
March 23: The Flash
May 4: Untitled Marvel film
July 6: Captain Marvel (Carol)
July 13: Untitled Fox Mystery Marvel film
July 27: Aquaman
November 2: Inhumans
(unspecified date): Amazing Spider-Man 3

April 5: Shazam
May 3: Avengers : Infinity War Part Two
June 14: Justice League, Part 2 


April 3: Cyborg
June 19: Green Lantern

Marvel Phase Three is going to be amazing!

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All New Ultimates 7

All New Ultimates 7

Writer Michel Fiffe

Artist Giannis Milonogiannes

Color Artist Jordie Bellaire

Letterer VC’s Clayton Cowles

Cover by David Nakayama

How great is that cover?  Kitty should be on all of these!

All New Ultimates Kitty 1

NYC Westside Sewer.  The Ultimates meet Ultimate Vermin!

I like proper Vermin, he’s a little lame but he serves his role fine.  Most people might think of him as a Captain America villain as that is where the legendary JM DeMatteis created him.  I always think of him as a Spider-Man villain.  He was used well in DeMatteis’ amazing Kraven’s Last Hunt.  What I think of first is how DeMatteis used him in his proper Spectacular Spider-Man run, especially in the Child Within storyline.  That whole run is drawn by equally legendary Sal Buscema.  If Marvel ever released an Essential trade of that three year run, I would totally buy that.

I like how Fiffe uses the caption boxes to introduce each character and a fun trivia note.  Reminds me of Fraction’s Uncanny X-Men run.  Black Widow aka Jessica Drew – team leader with proportionate strength of a Spider-Man clone.

Vermin is a tank in the Ultimate Universe.

All New Ultimates 7 Kitty phased

Is Spider-Man this weak, or is the team fighting stronger opponents?  First Crossbones gives him some gruff and now Vermin still stands.  Great layout with how Vermin punches Spider-Man to the face but look at the bottom right side of the panel.  A little hand phasing Spider-Man out of the punch.

All New Ultimates Kitty 2

 How Kitty isn’t the leader is beyond me.  She’s the best.  Kitty Pryde – Phasing / Intangibility powers, hyper-densing, and can even walk on water if she so chooses.

Cloak hits Vermin with a blast of something, it isn’t dark matter.  What is that?

Vermin runs off after taking a full blast from Dagger.  It only fazed him but just barely.

Spider-Man makes a reference to how the team doesn’t wear face masks besides himself.  Bombshell isn’t on this mission, she’s home being sad.

Great use of Dagger being their beacon of light as they go deeper into the sewers.  Cloak believes he’s been hearing Vermin’s howls for a while now.

Midtown South Precinct.  The cops have Scourge in custody.  His name is Charles Delazny, he’s a high school janitor who is super racist.

NYC Westside Sewer.  Kitty believes she stepped into something gross.  I bet she did!  Dagger makes an awesome reference to how wearing an all white uniform really doesn’t work.  Which I’ve been saying that since Ultimate Shadowcat made that her default color and she was living in the desert Utopia.

The team follows Crossbone’s blood trail to a fancy underground palace.

All New Ultimates 7 Kitty Wait What How

They come across that police officer from earlier in the series that had the experimental drug tested on.  Somehow Spider-Man recognizes him, even though he’s green, he has no nose, no hair and one eye.  He must be really good at recognizing groans.

The Ultimates meet Vermin’s master, Agent Crock, who has some type of technology as part of his head.  Black Widow tries the peaceful introduction approach but that doesn’t work.

Kitty phases her hand through Crock’s head (is his name meant to remind us of Killer Croc?)  and in the confusion, Crock strikes Vermin.  For his thanks, Vermin rips off Crock’s hand.  Pretty drastic response!

Black Widow takes down Vermin with Crock’s weapon.

The police officer now has the ability to merge minds or something and we get a data dump of Crock being former SHIELD.  Experiment were done on him and Vermin.  Now they live in the sewer and don’t steal as often as one would think.

I should type, lived, as I’m sure Crock is dead.

East Village, that lady cop makes her way home.  There is a knock on the door and we get the Ultimates and the green officer guy.  One would think one of them would have knocked on the door so that the first thing O’Reilly saw wasn’t her former friend as he slowly decomposes.

Next issue, Femme Fatales – so like Wood’s X-MEN run, a female dominated team will be fighting a female dominated villain team.

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Years of Future Past

Years of Future Past Art Adams

Drawn by Art Adams!

I’m sort of getting excited about 2015 and Secret Wars!  2015 really is going to be Kitty Pryde’s year!  Get excited!

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Wolverine Volume Six Issue 12

Wolverine Volume 6 Issue 12

Writer Paul Cornell

Pencils & Inks Pete Woods

Colors David Curiel

Letters VC’s Cory Petit

Last Wolverine Story Conclusion

So this is Cornell’s final issue of Wolverine, his second twelfth issue in two years.  This leads into Death of Wolverine, which I’m still only committed to issue three of as it has Kitty and recently been confirmed she is actually in the issue as well.  I suspect that she is on the last page of issue two but I’m hoping Hastings has plenty of copies of each issue of the series as I only got the middle one.

Not sure if I committed on this before but I will make it official.  How odd is it that Cornell, who is the writer who initially took away Wolverine’s healing factor back in Volume Five, and has spent two years leading up to killing Wolverine, to just have that opportunity taken from him?  For Death of Wolverine, Marvel has selected Charles Soule.  Was Cornell’s run not that well received?  I liked the few issues I’ve read but for a moment there, it was practically a Kitty Pryde and Wolverine series.  Which I would totally buy, heck, just leave Wolverine out of it and I will keep buying it.   Just seems completely bizarre to me.

Previously, the gang Wolverine was leading has figured out he has been playing them the entire time.  That hurt his girlfriend, Pinch’s feelings.  She has a daughter who Sabretooth currently has captive.  Also, Sabretooth is in a mall, which is where he utterly defeated Wolverine at the end of the last volume.

Also, at some point between issue five and twelve, Sabretooth’s plan has gone pretty well and now has an orb that has godlike powers.  That’ll be important later.

Sabretooth’s Underground Base, Bushwick, Brooklyn.  Pitch and Lost Boy are trying to make their way to the surface.

Above ground, SHIELD is trying to get through the force field that surrounds the mall.  Wolverine is in there all by himself.  Well, there are civilians in there, plus Sabretooth and his thugs.

A lady SHIELD officer tells Nick Fury Jr. that there are alternate reality duplicates all around.  That’s who makes up the bulk of Sabretooth’s army.  We don’t see any recognizable alternate reality duplicates, so what’s the point of that line?

Wolverine shouts at people that he is both an Avenger and an X-Man, so they should listen to him.  I wonder why he adds, X-Man, once you say, Avenger, people should just listen.

Wolverine’s armor is more yellow and tan now, instead of yellow and black/blue-ish.  So it looks even more like Shocker’s costume.

I like how Sabretooth is standing around in a suit.  It makes a nice visual with Wolverine in his armor and later just a pair of black boxers.

Sabretooth is talking to Pinch’s daughter and he is getting tired of talking to a twelve year old.  He turns his attention to the orb that has all of this power but Sabretooth seems to be wasting it on small stuff.

Annie, is the name of Pinch’s daughter.  She wants a magical pony who sings.  That at least seems like a worthy request of such an orb.

Sabretooth has decided to just kill her when Wolverine shows up.  He’s using his armor’s claws to get pass everyone.

Underground, Lost Boy is fighting his good duplicates (as he’s a bad guy), each one has a different expression tattooed on their chest.  Simple way of showing off that there are multiple version of him.

Wolverine and Sabretooth get to have one of their heart to hearts.  Just talking to him, convinces Sabretooth to put the orb down and fight each other like how they always do.  Wolverine breaks down who Sabretooth’s character really is.  Just a selfish guy who wants to fight.  Wolverine takes off his armor and pops his actual claws.

Meanwhile, outside.  Thor is fighting Nazi Thor.  I wonder if he’s from the same universe that Nazi Excalibur is from?

Pinch and Lost Boy make it to the surface.

Nazi Thor is the only duplicate that matters.

There is a page dedicated to the Wolverine / Sabretooth fight.  I feel like I’ve seen the give and take of this so many times and especially in the past few years (which may always be a true statement).  Wolverine starts having a mental monologue.  His strategy is to just rope a dope and it works.  Seems like he breaks Sabretooth’s neck.  He is about to dunk his head in the water and finish this nonsense but Annie is watching the fight.

The orb gets to speak to Wolverine and it seems very emotional.  Too emotional.  Wolverine picks it up and undoes the duplicates and the dome.  Death, but not wearing a purple cloak, appears (to us, I believe) stating she wished Wolverine gave her Sabretooth but she will have Wolverine soon.  This whole thing has to burn Cornell’s butt!

Wolverine wakes up and Doctor Lady Frankenstein has brought him back to life.  Nick Fury Jr. tells him that Sabretooth is in a SHIELD prison cell.  Which shouldn’t comfort Wolverine at all as Mystique just broke Sabretooth out of a SHIELD prison the last time he was locked in there.

Later, Pinch shows up and is taking herself and her daughter away and out of the evil business.  Lost Boy is going legit as well.

A Week Later.  The reason why I bought the issue.

Thanks to marvelfriendships over at Tumblr for these images!  (Since I’m just using one person’s its easier to cite!)  Except that I did the first image, which is pretty obvious.

Wolverine V6 12 Kitty one week later

Kitty Pryde is at the Jean Grey School.  She’s following up on Logan.  I like that he’s walking around with a cane.  Wolverine wants to apologize to Kitty for drooling all over her like a rabid dog the last time he saw her.  She plays it off as he was just trying to establish his cover identity.  Which is weird as I’m sure Kitty just told Cyclops how rabid Wolverine was, it wasn’t like Cyclops would then tell a third person and eventually that would work itself to Offer.  But Kitty is a nice gal and just leaves it at that.

Wolverine V6 12 Kitty 1

Wolverine V6 12 Kitty 2

Wolverine V6 12 Kitty 3

Wolverine V6 12 Kitty 4

Wolverine V6 12 Kitty 5

For some reason, peeps on Tumblr like to break panels out instead of just having a proper page.  What is that about?

Wolverine likes being mortal, he’s never really thought about having to make every day matter before.  Logan wants to just heal, he will get to other things eventually.  Kitty asked him about taking responsibility.  Oh, if only Proper Kitty knew Peter Parker.

Kitty asks about Storm and his relationship, Logan tells her that they will be okay.  They just like to bone and are not an official couple.  I read recently about a fun game called, Canadian Bacon.  Pretty much like six degrees of Kevin Bacon, but with Wolverine and you have to figure out how to get from the first character to Wolverine but only through Wolverine’s romantic or sexual conquests (and each character’s relationships until you get to Wolverine).  The hint is to try to see how Character A is connected to Mystique as she has kissed a lot of fellas out there.

Wolverine V6 12 Kitty 6

Wolverine V6 12 Kitty 7

Kitty informs Logan that he has a lot of friends who wouldn’t mind seeing him on a nice basis.  Shame we can’t get this Kitty in Nightcrawler’s ongoing.  Maybe for his final issue?

Kitty reveals that Logan only ever pretends to want to be alone, he naturally just finds someone else to hang out with.

This story ends with Logan asking Kitty to call him, James.  Which I use to refer to him as only James Howlett (or just James) on the Joe Quesada Message Boards back in they but that use to annoy people.  So I stopped.

. . .

There was also a second story (there is actually three but Kitty isn’t in the third one) that Kitty appears in for one panel of the short story.  Now that Utau the Watcher is dead, this is how we do What If Stories, I suppose.

That Which Didn’t Happened

Writer Paul Cornell

Pencils and Inks Salvador Larroca

Colors Rachelle Rosenberg

Wolverine V6 12 Kitty That Which Didn't Happen Larroca

Larroca got to draw Kitty’s butt, which seems to be a popular thing to do these days as seen in Cyclops’ first issue.

 So the guy who is narrating it is a Vampire, for some reason, and the one page that was dedicated to what if Wolverine accepted the healing factor via aliens back in issue 12 of volume five, gets five total pages here.  It just needs the one I scanned above, in my opinion.

The third story is about the bar from the fifth volume that is friendly to superheroes.  The only remarkable thing about the third story, coupled with the second, that it goes to my theory about how Salvador Larroca’s art really depends on who is coloring it.  A moody colorist can just ruin his art and a bright colorist can make it pop off the page.

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Ultimate Universe The End

Ultimate Universe The End

Looks like the Ultimate Universe is ending in 2015, mostly likely as part of Secret Wars.

That Mark Bagley, he brought us the Ultimate Universe, via Spider-Man and he tried to end it in Cataclysm but now, he may be able to finally put it to bed.

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All New Ultimates 6

All New Ultimates 6

Writer Michel Fiffe

Artist Amilcar Pinna

Color Artist Nolan Woodard

Letterer VC’s Clayton Cowles

Pinna just keeps getting better!

West Side Church.  I really like the use of captions in this issue (and the series) there are a lot of characters and it helps keep everyone straight!

Spider-Man is fighting the Serpent Skull Leader,Crossbones.  He foolishly saves Crossbones life and gets punched in the face, as thanks.

Bombshell is just going around wrecking the place.  She has finally snapped out of Diamondback’s poison and now wants to snap her neck.  Rightfully so, she killed Bombshell’s boyfriend.  Well, ordered his death but that guy was later killed, so next best thing.

Sidewinder moves Diamondback out of the way.  The entire church is starting to crumble around them.

All New Ultimates 6 Kitty Pryde fight

Oh that Ultimate Shadowcat, knows how to be sassy in a middle of a fight!

Black Widow, we learn, is the leader of the Ultimates.  I imagine Kitty is Deputy Leader or something like that.

Cloak and Dagger are fighting side by side against Death Adder.

Those cops, that I’m pretty sure we are suppose to care about, show up.  I just want more team interaction, so anyone who isn’t the team or in the same panel as the team, doesn’t hold my interest.

Scourge, the bloodthirsty vigilante, shows up, he’s ready to deal out justice!  Back when it was popular to guess at who the next character who was going to get the Ultimate treatment will be, I use to say Scourge and Deadpool.  I thought they both could serve the same purpose and this way, they can introduce lesser known characters into the Ultimate Universe, as they kill them off.  At least they made it in!

Scourge kicks a door down and starts killing fools with a minigun out of Fallout 3.  I got the initial impression that he was in a different location than the church.

Bombshell is still pursuing Diamondback.  Serpent Skull members start surrounding Bombshell, which doesn’t seem to be smart with a character who has shown a willingness to end this, permanently, and her power is to blow things up.

Kitty shows up behind her and phases the two of them away from fall debris.  I can’t tell if Kitty knows why Bombshell is freaking out, I believe it is implied but I’m not sure when that conversation would have happened.  I like how Bombshell doesn’t want a speech and Kitty wasn’t going to offer one.

I really like how Pinna has laid out the comic so that for the past two pages and the next several, Scourge owns the bottom panel, and it gets larger as he becomes the focus of the page.

Cloak informs the team that as the fire gets worst, they have less opponents.  Kitty was to be teleported out but Cloak wants to gather everyone first.  Which is smart, he wants to just do one big leap.

Spider-Man and Crossbones have moved their fight outside.  Crossbones gets to punch Spider-Man’s face again, finally shutting him up.

Black Widow is punching thugs with both hands!  We get the first panel to confirm that Scourge is actually in the church at the same time.  I didn’t think it was that big of a church but it must be.

The cops finally come inside as Scourge stabs a dude.  He runs off and sees Crossbones and just straight up stabs him to his chest.  Maybe right below his heart.

Underneath the Westside Church, Crossbones goes into the sewers to get away.  Probably not the best place to go with an open wound.

Spider-Man webs up Scourge.  Not how I would thank a guy who just saved me but I’m not a teenage hero in a half shell.

Bombshell catches up to Diamondback, again, and starts revving up her powers.  She starts bringing the church down around her.

Cloak tries to absorb all of the fire into his dark dimension.

Kitty tries to tell Bombshell that it is over.

The cops decide that they will not pursue the teen heroes.  They make it seem like they are doing the Ultimates a favor.  The team starts running across rooftops.

Spider-Man finally dons on him that it was Diamondback who is responsible for Poey’s death.  Such a weird name of a character.  Who is he, Garfield?

Issue ends with Kitty hugging Bombshell, she tells her that Poey knew Laura loved him, even if she never got to say it.

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Marvel January 2015 Solicitations

• From the ashes of AXIS an all-new, all different Avengers assemble!
• The tragedy at the end of AXIS has left the Uncanny Avengers vulnerable, and someone is taking advantage of it.
• One of the Avengers oldest foes returns with a terrible secret that will, all hyperbole aside, shatter the lives of two members of the squad.
• What is Counter-Earth? What terrible secrets does it house?
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99


           I like most of the cast – Vision, Sabretooth (dressed as Wolverine), Brother Voodoo, FalCap, Wanda, Rogue and Quicksilver. Seems like Polaris could have been on this team.


Luke Skywalker and the ragtag band of rebels fighting against the Galactic Empire are fresh off their biggest victory yet—the destruction of the massive battle station known as the Death Star. But the Empire’s not toppled yet! Join Luke along with Princess Leia, smugglers Han Solo and Chewbacca, droids C-3PO and R2-D2 and the rest of the Rebel Alliance as they strike out for freedom against the evil forces of Darth Vader and his master, the Emperor. Written by Jason Aaron (Original Sin, Thor: God of Thunder) and with art by John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men, Uncanny Avengers), this is the Star Wars saga as only Marvel Comics could make it!
48 PGS./Rated T …$4.99


            Wow, Disney isn’t wasting much time with this relaunch with the film coming out next year.


Cover by Mark Brooks
• Scott Lang has never exactly been the world’s best super hero. Heck, most people don’t even think he’s been the best ANT-MAN — and the last guy invented Ultron and joined the Masters of Evil, so that’s saying something.
• But when the SUPERIOR IRON MAN calls with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Scott’s going to get a chance to turn it all around and be the hero he’s always dreamed of being.
• Sure he’s been to prison! Sure he’s been through a messy divorce! Sure he’s been, um… dead. But this time is different! This time nothing is gonna stop the astonishing ANT-MAN!
40 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99

            What’s with these “Welcome Home” Variants? Another movie tie-in ongoing.


• Wolverine, Deadpool, Doctor Doom, Thanos: There’s one hero that’s beaten them all—and now she’s got her own ongoing series! (Not that she’s bragging.)
• That’s right, you asked for it, you got it, it’s SQUIRREL GIRL! (She’s also starting college this semester.)
• It’s the start of a brand-new series of adventures starring the nuttiest and most upbeat super hero in the world!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99


            It states that we asked for, and I did several years ago but now I feel like I’ve moved on.  


Wolverine may be dead…but what will happen to his mortal remains, encased in something as rare and powerful as Adamantium? The battle for control of this valuable artifact has begun! But why does it matter so much… and why is a war brewing in Logan’s name? Death is on the books for a dozen heroes and villains, and Mystique is playing chess with them all, including X-23, Sabretooth, Daken, Lady Deathstrike and more! Murder, mutilation, betrayal and trauma…none will be spared!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99


Sinister strikes! As Daken lies crippled and fading, and Shogun sees death looming for himself and his entire Weapon X crew, only Wolverine’s legacy–X-23, Sabretooth, Mystique and Lady Deathstrike–can save them all. But none of them can be trusted!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99


When there’s an impossible heist to be carried out, only one person in the world can do the job: introducing Fantomelle, the world’s most unstoppable thief, engineered to perfection! But will she be destroyed before the Wolverines can recruit her?
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99


RAY FAWKES (W) andy Clarke (A/C)
Everyone’s blood is on the line in a desperate battle to defend Fantomelle from a nightmarish monster–and even if the Wolverines can save her, they’re going to have to figure out a way to keep her around! The linchpin of their plan has a mind of her own, and that’s a real problem…
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99


            The ‘and more’ makes me wonder if Ogun’s new body will be in this. I believe this is suppose to be a weekly series. Let’s see how long that lasts. I do like Nick Bradshaw.


32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99


40 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99


            Still no real X-Men presence in any of these issues.



• Iron Man! Thor! Captain America! Black Widow! Hawkeye! The Hulk! They’re all here…and so is Loki!
• When the trickster god makes a play for the mighty Tesseract, it’ll take a historic assemblage of heroes to save the day…that is, if they don’t kill each other first!
• Witness the Battle for Manhattan via the powerful pencils of Joe Bennett!
32 PGS./Rated T …$2.99


This comic still confuses me. So the trade is going to $6 or it will most likely just be thrown into the back of another trade.


• Tying into the explosive events of ORIGINAL SIN, see an untold story from the origins of the Marvel Universe!
• After an alien energy source is discovered in Russia in the early 1950’s, it’s up to Peggy Carter and Howard Stark to find out what happened.
• But a newly-risen terrorist group going by the name Hydra also happens to be on the hunt for their own nefarious purposes!
• It’s only when a mysterious operative going by the name of Woodrow McCord enters the picture to aid Peggy and Howard that they realize just how far some people are willing to go to keep the Earth safe!
• Megawatt writer Kathryn Immonen (JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY) is joined by rising star artist Rich Ellis (SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN) to tell an all-new tale featuring AGENT CARTER!
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99


        I like Kathryn Immonen and I will be watching Agent Carter when it comes to ABC but I have no interest in the comic. Too bad it doesn’t have Carter’s name in the title. Operation SIN looks like Original Sin, so the Agent Carter would have broken that up.


KIERON GILLEN & Marguerite Bennett (W)
• What on Earth has made runaway Angela return to grimy old Earth?
• Is it fighting? It’s probably fighting. It’s usually fighting. You know what she’s like.
• (Spoilers: It’s not fighting. More spoilers: it does involve fighting, but she honestly wasn’t planning it, no, really, honest.)
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99


            That’s a fun solict. Just because the character doesn’t lend itself to comedy, doesn’t mean the brief write-up can’t be fun.


• DAREDEVIL discovers the secret to TONY’S success!
• How far will Tony go to stop MATT MURDOCK from revealing this shocking secret to the world?
• As Tony’s actions become even more questionable, who will conspire to take him down, leading up to the battle you thought you’d never see?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99


            It dawns on me that I wonder if the Daredevil guest spot is to tie in with May’s Avengers 2 and Netflix’s Daredevil series, both coming out in the same month. That must be what it is.


Legendary Starlord 7 Jan 15 Solict
Cover by Paco Media


ISSUE #8 – Paco Medina (A)
Issue #7 – • Peter comes face to face with Mr. Knife! And you won’t believe who’s behind that snazzy mask.
• And all this craziness seems to have put a little strain on Peter and Kitty’s relationship.
• You know what’ll fix that right up? SPACE DATE! Or rather…SPACE PRISON BREAK! Peter Quill, what a catch.
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99
Issue #8 – • Couples fight. We all know they do. Especially when one half of the couple is Peter Quill.
• You know what we find often helps a rough patch? Space mischief and scoundreling! That’s a word, right?
• Of course, it can also distract you from the whole…guarding the galaxy thing. Relationships, am I right?
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99


            So excited about this comic! I’m sort of okay with the double shipping as I really want to see more StarKat!


• Reader and Iso are back and in horrible danger!
• The throne of Attilan is empty!
• Who will rise?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99


        Inhumans are 50 years old this year, how crazy is that! I just read that Flash is turning 75. Amazing how fast time flies!


• THE INVADERS meet the FANTASTIC FOUR as the hunt for REED RICHARDS and the missing kids of the FUTURE FOUNDATION continues.
• Meanwhile the mastermind behind everything unveils his ultimate plan.
• But how does FRANKLIN RICHARDS factor in?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99


        Still can’t believe they are cancelling Fantastic Four with no word of a relaunch. I give it two months before we get the new number one.


Mitch Gerads (A/C)
• The Howling Commandos have Frank Castle’s only remaining family sequestered in a swanky Los Angeles hotel.
• As L.A. erupts in chaos, Frank brings the fight, and most of L.A.’s gangs, to them.
• That hotel is about to get a lot less swanky.
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99


            This brings up an interesting idea of how Frank Castle probably has other family members out there in the world, like cousins and such. I remember a story dealing with Bruce Wayne’s Irish family members.


HULK #10
• MATT MURDOCK VERSUS DOC GREEN in an oral argument.
• RED HULK VERSUS DOC GREEN in the opposite of the first disagreement.
• Something bad happens at the BEEHIVE. (Hint: see above)
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99


            Shoot, I was hoping Kitty was going to be in multiple issues of this series. I guess we are only getting issue nine. I wonder what Volume of Hulk is this? I’ll have to look that up by the time issue nine comes out.


All New Ultimates 12 Jan 2015 Solict
Cover by David Nakayama


• The climactic, life changing conclusion for the rawest, grittiest new team on the block. Their fate hangs in the balance!
• Can THE ULTIMATES save the city from catastrophe yet again and survive the process?
• Monsters, mayhem, and super powered fisticuffs! If this isn’t the MARVEL COMIC TO END ALL MARVEL COMICS, we don’t know what is!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99


            I really like the Where’s Waldo homage cover! It doesn’t state it is the final issue, so that’s something.


• ‘Nuff said!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99


         I like how now Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man matches the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon, with both Spider-Mans being agents of SHIELD. Pretty clever.  


• After Sharp and his fellow Weapon X teammates uncover startling new secrets regarding the organization that created them, additional experiments of the Program make an unexpected entrance!
• It all leads to the debut of this month’s all-new Marvel weekly comic, WOLVERINES!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99


            I see the mask of Ogun on the cover to this, so I wonder if I’m going to have to go back and back some of these other issues. Turns out my quest to own all of the appearances of Ogun is about to backfire on me!


UNCANNY X-MEN #30 & 31
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (W) • Chris Bachalo (A)
Issue #30 – In the fallout from AXIS, the Uncanny X-Men return to the Xavier school to lick their battle wounds. But for some, the events that transpired may have left a deeper wound than anyone realizes. Wounds heal, but sometimes the scars become too much to bear, and the ruby glasses come off.
Issue #31 – As the fallout from AXIS continues, the Uncanny X-Men seem to be searching for an identity. Viewed as terrorists by some…as revolutionaries by others…as teachers by their students. If odd ones at that. But some don’t see the grey. For those whose world is black and white, the wrongs will add up…and they will see RED.
32 PGS. (EACH)/Rated T+ …$3.99 (EACH)


            Finally, an issue that deals with AXIS’ fallout! Silver Surfer does as well but not any of the issues that had tie-ins prior to the event. I guess the X-Men Schism is still active after AXIS.


• You know your friends from growing up? The ones you went to high school with, and are to-this-day some of the people who know you best?
• Well, imagine there are only five kids in your high school, and you’re all hated and feared by the world around you.
• Sometimes, it’s nice to take a step back and realize that what you’ve been told is your “team” is really something much better—your best friends.
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99


            As issue of friendship? That makes sense right after a big crossover. I like down time issues.


Issue #20 – FINAL ISSUE
ISSUE #19 – • It was supposed to be a straightforward mission for the team: go into a foreign country at war with its neighbor, discover the tunnels that the enemy had created and get rid of them.
• Unfortunately things have gone extremely wrong and now a vengeful Egyptian goddess has been set free, and the first people she’s targeting are X-Factor.
ISSUE #20 – • At last – the revelation behind the secret of Harrison Snow. Guest starring: Spider-Man 2099.
• Final issue!
32 PGS.(EACH)/Rated T+ …$3.99 (EACH)


            All New X-Factor comes to an end. I like how PAD has worked Spider-Man 2099 into the final issue.


AMAZING X-MEN #15 & 16
• We’ve all heard the phrase “those are big shoes to fill.”
• That’s especially true when those are the massive boots of the unstoppable Juggernaut.
• So when the Gem of Cyttorak reappears, the X-Men must ask themselves: Who’s going to wear those boots?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
• Attempting to create a new Juggernaut, the Gem of Cyttorak is calling out.
• And none hears the call more than those who have previously housed the power of Cyttorak, Cain Marko and Colossus.
• But they aren’t the only ones out to find the Gem. Can the X-Men uncover its location before it’s too late? And can Colossus resist the temptation of the power of Cyttorak?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99


            I’m tracking this as I suspect we’ll get a few flashback panels with Magik from Colossus’ time as the Juggernaut.


Space and time collide! The arrival of the original X-Men in the present sent shockwaves through the Marvel Universe, but we’ve only seen the effects on Earth — until now! When an alien race discovers that Jean Grey — once (or perhaps future) host of the destructive Phoenix Force — is back on Earth, they decide to hold her accountable for the genocide committed by Dark Phoenix! Now, it’s up to the spacefaring Guardians of the Galaxy to help the All-New X-Men save Jean from twisted intergalactic justice. A surprise ally from one character’s past arrives to help, but will that be enough against the most powerful army in the universe? Don’t miss the first encounter between two of Marvel’s biggest franchises! Collecting GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2013) #11-13 and ALL-NEW X-MEN #22-24.
144 PGS./Rated T …$19.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-6609-2


           If you want to see the beginnings of Marvel’s hottest new couple – Kitty Pryde and Peter Quill / Shadowcat and Starlord, this is the trade for you! There is also some business regarding Jean Grey. That section is okay.


The dreaded Galactus has arrived in the Ultimate Universe! With a whole dimension of new planets for him to devour, the Ultimate heroes must stop Galactus from destroying their entire universe! Unstoppable and insatiable, he decimates the Chitauri, the Kree — and then heads for Earth. As Rick Jones and Vision make desperate last-ditch attempts to deter Galactus, the Ultimates face the Devourer head-on! And while Nick Fury plots, Reed Richards fights for redemption, M.O.D.O.K. prepares for the end, and the X-Men deal with a lethal secret weapon, Miles Morales heads to Galactus’ birthplace — the Marvel Universe — hoping for clues to save his world! Is this the Ultimate heroes’ last stand? Collecting HUNGER #1-4, CATACLYSM #0.1, CATACLYSM: THE ULTIMATES’ LAST STAND #1-5, CATACLYSM: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #1-3, CATACLYSM: ULTIMATE X-MEN #1-3, CATACLYSM: ULTIMATES #1-3 and SURVIVE!
432 PGS./Rated T+ …$39.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-8920-6


            If you want to see Ultimate Kitty Pryde grow to Galactus size and then punch Galactus in his stupid purple hat wearing face, this is the trade for you! I can only vouch for Ultimate X-Men’s first issue and Survive. I guess Ultimate Captain America did die, as he hasn’t shown up anywhere in the year. Though I still believe he jumped out of the plane in time.


Two savage tales by industry superstars! First, Wolverine encounters a brutal killer on an African safari — one that will take him halfway across the world, back to his old stomping grounds of Madripoor. But all is not as he left it. And as Wolverine tends to family business, he makes a shocking discovery! Guest-starring Kitty Pryde! Then, during the 1930s, Logan was a bootlegger — until he found himself the accidental caretaker of a group of orphans whose family was targeted by the mob. Now, Logan must choose between the anonymous life he meticulously built or stepping into the spotlight again to defend the innocent. Corrupt cops, a cross-country chase and a mysterious conspiracy stand against him — and as a vicious dust storms bears down, Logan learns the brutal secret of Grand Rapids! Collecting SAVAGE WOLVERINE #12-17.
136 PGS./Parental Advisory …$19.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-8964-0


I thought issues 12 and 13 were good, they have Kitty in them, but the other four issues might not make this worth $20.


Melita Garner returns — and she’s got something on Logan that throws the entire school into uproar. But little does Melita know she’s also drawn the attention of the Red Right Hand! Meanwhile, Logan and Storm go on a long-overdue date — but when the headmasters are away, villains come out to play! And when Quentin Quire celebrates his birthday, party crasher Wolverine gets more than he bargained for — but how does Quentin’s return mark the beginning of AXIS, and big changes for the Jean Grey School? Then, in the aftermath of tragedy, the school must mourn Wolverine’s death. As Wolverine’s will is read and a reporter digs further into his century-long past, new truths will be uncovered as the X-Men retell their favorite personal adventures and Wolverine stories, bidding farewell to a legend. Collecting WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN (2014) #7-12.
136 PGS./Rated T+ …$17.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-8993-0


            Right now, I own issues 7, 9 and 10, the art is all over the place and I find myself having a hard time enjoying it but that’s just me.


The X-Men struggle to deal with the death of one of their own — but before even a moment of silence can pass, the mysterious Mr. Sinister arrives, intent on giving the X-Men a lot more to mourn! Then, Gambit returns — but what does he want? The Fenris twins threaten to expose the Ragin’ Cajun’s past sins unless he obeys them. But with Rogue on the other side, to whom will Remy finally lend his loyalty? And what decision does Rogue make that will affect her budding relationship with Iceman? The X-Men soon discover that mutants are being hunted for sport on the island of Krakoa — but can they pull off the rescue of without becoming part of the game, or will malevolent media mogul Mojo make “stars” of them all? Collecting ULTIMATE X-MEN (2001) #46-57.
312 PGS./Rated T …$34.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-9292-3


            I liked the Brian K. Vaughan era of Ultimate X-Men,s o I would recommend this. The price tag makes me believe that it collections two trades worth of stories so that seems reasonable.

 . . .

So January 2015 is going to be way inexpensive for me! Which is nice as with Black Vortex on the horizon, and it lasting maybe two or three extra months, February, March and April are going to be expensive!


So my titles are –


Legendary Star Lord 7 & 8                        $8
Death of Wolverine : Weapon X Program 5            $4
All New X-Men 30 & 31                                    $8
All New Ultimates 12                                 $4


So that’s $24! That’s pretty sweet! Now that I know DCBS offers recently released back issues, I’m going to try to take advantage of those extra discounted titles. I know I need Logan Legacy 1 already.



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Uncanny X-Men Volume Three Issue 24

Uncanny X-Men Volume Three 24

Writer Brian Michael Bendis

Artist Kris Anka

Lettering and Production VC’s Joe Caramanga

Jean Grey’s School for Gifted Youngsters.  Iceman is depressed.  I’m sure with the Jean Grey School, that it is all new materials.  None of the old Xavier Mansions are present in ant of the new structures.

She-Hulk wants to know about Cyclops.  Beast comes off, even more whiny about his hatred for Cyclops.

Firestar and Nightcrawler enter the office.  I like the flirtation between Kurt and Jennifer.

Wolverine reveals that he doesn’t own the school, he gave the rights back to Xavier.  Storm now worries that Cyclops owns the school.  As if he would just shut it down once he got the lease.

She-Hulk pretends she didn’t know that Cyclops played a slight role in Xavier’s death.  How could she not?  Its the worst kept secret within the Avengers and SHIELD community.

I do enjoy Rachel standing up for her father, that he was possessed by the Phoenix at the time.  Good for you Rachel AND Bendis!  Good job!

At this point, Beast reveals that he always knew where Cyclops was, he just didn’t care to know.  As once he knew, surely events would conspire that will force Beast to see his former friend.

Beast reveals that they are at the Weapon X facility where Logan got his adamantium skeleton.  Wolverine gives Scott props for the move, it is the last pace he would look.

So the away team is – Storm, Wolverine, Beast and Iceman.

Newberry, South Carolina.  So this new mutant that we never seen, is clearly what Xavier’s will is about.  Just a matter of time before it is confirmed.  We see that nothing around the man is left standing, there is a giant grater and then the rest of the still standing city.

Maria Hill uses an electronic means of communication to speak with him.  She just assumes he is a mutant, even though the possibility of being one of those new Inhumans is out there.  Probably because he wasn’t hatched out of an egg?

The guy’s name is, Matthew Malloy.  Which I just like the alliterative name.

A squad of SHIELD agents show up to wrangle him in and he loses his mind again and explodes.  So add another four people to the list that he has killed.

New Xavier School.

With the incoming X-Jet, both the All New and Uncanny teams are waiting outside.  Jean and Emma exchange a few words and Hank gives us a classic, oh my stars and garters.

We see the back of both Kitty and Magik’s head.  What is it they say about good character design, you should be ale to tell who they are from just a silhouette?  Check!

I am curious who else is officially on the list for Xavier’s will reading.  We know Cyclops but is Kitty?  She ought to be!

We get Dazzler in her new uniform, completely skipping out on the whole reaction of the rest of the team to her new drastic look.  I don’t care for it.  Hopefully the rumored Anka Kitty revised uniform is a step beyond Dazzler’s new look.  Does she have to cut up a new uniform every time an old one gets … more shredded?

They go wake up Cyclops and he sleeps in a ruby quartz sleeping mask.  A little cute.

Iceman tries a joke about if Cyclops ironically put himself in a jail or was it only subconsciously.  Not a good joke as it was a research facility and not a jail.  Beast just goes with it as he is a fool.  He also calls Cyclops, Slim, which also falls flat.  These two don’t know how to do insults when they are actually facing the person.

Cool seeing the entire team together!  I like how Magik has her sword drawn.  Cyclops would like to pass on this little adventure.  He doesn’t want anything that Xavier would inherit him with.

Magik confirms that She-Hulk is, in fact, at the Xavier School and bored out of her mind.  Does Magik not like games on phones?  She can’t be anti-fun, can she?  I mean, of course, she can be but maybe it is due to her having no phone.  Do the X-Men have phones?  I know Wolverine does from Amazing X-Men 8.

Beast offers to give the others a lift.  Which Cyclops turns down, which is smart as that would have been an awkward conversation.  So they are in Northern Canada and have to go to Northern New York.  That has to take at least thirty minutes for the Jean Grey School folks.

Magik can do that in just a second.

I didn’t even see that Wolverine wasn’t outside of the plane.  He stayed inside like a scary cat.

So the Staffers leave.  I wonder if Cyclops is thinking of getting a new base.  It has to be not in America, is the old Outback base still not in use?  Cyclops and none of his teams have any connection to it but I’m sure it would be one of the first places the Staffers check.

The students and All New team want to go.  Only Scott, Emma, Kitty and Illyana will go.  I can see two of them having their names on the will reading list.

Scott is worried that he was gifted the Jean Grey School, he doesn’t want it nor want to do anything with it.

Kitty and Illyana have a fun exchange!  I like how heavy the comic tries to be and how light the characters make it.

Fun gag abot how Hijack thinks it may be a trap.  Celeste offers that if it is, they will have to repopulate the mutant race – thus, they should get started soon.  Goldballs gets scared at the possibility, which is odd but funny.

 Uncanny X-Men V3 24 Xavier married Mystique

So the will reading begins.  I like how She-Hulk just announces that Xavier is married to Raven Darkholme.  Thus, he is Nightcrawler’s step father now.  Also, She-Hulk doesn’t register the name right away.  The gathered heroes do.

Emma’s smile and instant laughter makes the scene that must better.

Nightcrawler’s face is pretty classic too!  I wish we got a moment of Kitty talking to Kurt, that would have been nice.  Maybe next issue?

So that explains that Xavier Jr. wasn’t born out of wedlock, so that’s also a first for Mystique!

Issue ends with Xavier revealing that his darkest secret is that a lame mutant with exploding powers is out there in the world.  It would have to be a lame secret as we pretty much know all of the lousy things Xavier has done.

Did Anka try to make Xavier look like Patrick Stewart, or am I reading into that?

Not much of a cliffhanger, as this was done in Ultimate X-Men once and Wolverine just gave the new teenage mutant a beer and killed him. Pretty easy solution and it should just be repeated here.

Bendis already did that back in 2004, with his second storyline in Ultimate X-Men, issue 41.  It only has Wolverine and the kid in it.  It is New Mutants, Part Two.

This website has the story for the most part :

I won’t be reviewing that issue, ever, as it doesn’t have Kitty Pryde so I don’t own it.

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