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

http://www.newsarama.com/22505-marvel-comics-january-2015-solicitations.html

UNCANNY AVENGERS #1
RICK REMENDER (w) • DANIEL ACUñA (a/C)
COUNTER-EVOLUTIONARY PART 1
• 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.

 

STAR WARS #1
JASON AARON (W) • JOHN CASSADAY (A/C)
THE GREATEST SPACE ADVENTURE OF ALL TIME RETURNS TO MARVEL!
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.

 

ANT-MAN #1
NICK SPENCER (w) • RAMON ROSANAS (a)
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.

 

THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #1
RYAN NORTH (W) • ERICA HENDERSON (A/C)
• 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.  

 

 WOLVERINES #1
CHARLES SOULE (W) • NICK BRADSHAW (A/C)
From the pages of DEATH OF WOLVERINE, THE LOGAN LEGACY and the WEAPON X PROGRAM!
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

 

WOLVERINES #2
RAY FAWKES (W)
NICK BRADSHAW (A/C)
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

 

WOLVERINES #3
CHARLES SOULE (W)
NICK BRADSHAW (A)
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

 

WOLVERINES #4
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.

 

NEW AVENGERS #29
JONATHAN HICKMAN (W) • KEV WALKER (A)
IN 4 MONTHS…TIME RUNS OUT!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

 

AVENGERS #40
JONATHAN HICKMAN (W) • STEFANO CASELLI (A)
IN 4 MONTHS…TIME RUNS OUT!
40 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99

 

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

 

 

MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS #2 (of 2)
WILL CORONA PILGRIM (W) JOE BENNETT (A)
GET READY FOR MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON WITH THIS OFFICIAL
ADAPTATION OF THE FIRST BLOCKBUSTER FILM!
• 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.

 

OPERATION S.I.N. #1 (OF 5)
KATHRYN IMMONEN (W) • RICH ELLIS (A)
• 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.

 

 ANGELA: ASGARD’S ASSASSIN #2
KIERON GILLEN & Marguerite Bennett (W)
PHIL JIMENEZ & STEPHANIE HANS (A)
• 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.

 

SUPERIOR IRON MAN #4
TOM TAYLOR (W) • YILDIRAY ÇINAR (A)
DAREDEVIL ON THE ROCKS!
• 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

 

LEGENDARY STAR-LORD #7 & 8
SAM HUMPHRIES (W)
Issue #7 – FREDDIE WILLIAMS II (A)
ISSUE #8 – Paco Medina (A)
CoverS by PACO MEDINA
ISSUE #7 – WELCOME HOME VARIANT COVER BY TBA
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!

 

INHUMAN #11
CHARLES SOULE (W) • RYAN STEGMAN (A)
Cover by RYAN STEGMAN
WELCOME HOME VARIANT COVER BY TBA
• 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!

 

FANTASTIC FOUR #642
JAMES ROBINSON (W) • LEONARD KIRK (A/C)
THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS
• 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?
• Guest starring JIM HAMMOND, NAMOR, THE NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA and…DOC GREEN?
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.

 

THE PUNISHER #14
NATHAN EDMONDSON (W)
Mitch Gerads (A/C)
HOTEL HELL!
• 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
GERRY DUGGAN (W) • MARK BAGLEY (A/C)
OMEGA HULK + RED HULK = MASS SMASH DESTRUCTION!
• 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

 

ALL-NEW ULTIMATES #12
MICHEL FIFFE (w)
AMILCAR PINNA (a)
Cover by DAVID NAKAYAMA
THE SHOCKING CONCLUSION!
• 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.

 

MILES MORALES: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #9
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (w)
DAVID MARQUEZ (a/C)
MILES MORALES: AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D.?
• ‘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.  

 

DEATH OF WOLVERINE: THE WEAPON X PROGRAM #5 (of 5)
CHARLES SOULE (W) • SALVADOR LARROCA (A/C)
• 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.

 

ALL-NEW X-MEN #37
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (W) • Mahmud Asrar (A)
• 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.

 

ALL-NEW X-FACTOR #19 & 20
PETER DAVID (w)
ISSUE #19 – CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO (a) ISSUE #20 – Alex Garner (A)
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
CHRIS YOST(W) • JORGE FORNES (A)
ISSUE #15 – THE ONCE AND FUTURE JUGGERNAUT 1 of 4
• 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
ISSUE #16 – THE ONCE AND FUTURE JUGGERNAUT 2 of 4
• 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.

 

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY/ALL-NEW X-MEN: THE TRIAL OF JEAN GREY TPB
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Penciled by SARA PICHELLI, STUART IMMONEN & DAVID MARQUEZ
Cover by SARA PICHELLI
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.

 

CATACLYSM: THE ULTIMATES’ LAST STAND TPB
Written by JOSHUA HALE FIALKOV & BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Penciled by LEONARD KIRK, MARK BAGLEY, DAVID MARQUEZ, ALVARO MARTINEZ, JOHN LUCAS, CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO & JOE QUINONES
Cover by MARK BAGLEY
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.

 

SAVAGE WOLVERINE VOL. 3: WRATH TPB
Written by PHIL JIMENEZ & RICHARD ISANOVE
Penciled by PHIL JIMENEZ & RICHARD ISANOVE
Cover by RICHARD ISANOVE
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.

 

WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN VOL. 2: DEATH OF WOLVERINE TPB
Written by JASON LATOUR
Penciled by ROBBI RODRIGUEZ, JASON LATOUR, JIM RUGG, JAMES HARREN, KRIS ANKA, JORGE JIMENEZ & MORE
Cover by MAHMUD ASRAR
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.

 

ULTIMATE X-MEN ULTIMATE COLLECTION BOOK 5 TPB
Written by BRIAN K. VAUGHAN
Penciled by BRANDON PETERSON, ANDY KUBERT & STUART IMMONEN
Cover by ANDY KUBERT
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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 :

http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/3897270.html

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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Shadowcat Blog

I just Googled, “Shadowcat Blog” and got 22 pages of posts but none are ours.  I get that this is completely my fault as I have opted to use her real name, Kitty Pryde, instead of her superhero name – Shadowcat.  Which is a pretty awesome codename and maybe I can go back and forth with it but I’m so accustomed to just typing Kitty Pryde that it is instinct to do so now.

Kitty started using the codename, Shadowcat, at the end of the legendary miniseries, Kitty Pryde and Wolverine.  The story that introduced us to Ogun, one of Kitty’s greatest enemies.

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I appreciate all of you visitors who are letting me play with the Google Search Engine.  Still annoying that the Google Searches that bring people to this blog are unknown so I can’t tell what is working and not working.  At least the threads that they look at gives me a clue but it would still be nice to know what got people here.

We are currently looking for our tenth visitors from – United Arab Emirates, Belgium and South Africa!

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All New X-Men 30

All New X-Men 30

Writer Brian Michael Bendis

Artis Sara Pichelli

Colorist Marte Gracia

Letterer VC’s Cory Petit

There is no handy editorial note, so let me be the one to tell you – this issue takes place right before Uncanny X-Men Volume Three Issue 24.  I wish I knew that ahead of time, as I read it in opposite order.  Which was fine as it didn’t really matter, it was more like a surprise connection.  I like Bendis embracing his inner-Claremont.  That’s something you can do when you write both main books.

Onto the issue :

The issue opens with the next morning, after Angel and X23 had a wild night together.

Poor X23, can’t get away from covers that have her kissing dudes.  She really isn’t that type of character but at least the kissing was implied in this issue.

Warren has taken her to one of his family estates.  Must be nice!  He flew in, without breakfast.

Angel and her went to a nightclub and some jerks try to start a fight Warren and X23 puts a stop to it.  She gets a little too involved in the fight though.  She rips off a dude’s nipple ring (why he has those, I have no idea – especially if he’s going to start fights and such in bars) and is about to claw a dude when Angel grabs her arm.

I’m pretty sure it is super implied that the two had sex.  Which, besides the time she was a prostitute, (how much does Marvel wish that wasn’t part of her back story now?), I believe her only other romantic relationship was with Hellion.  And I’m pretty sure that those two barely kissed.  It was mostly warm feelings and maybe hugs?  I don’t know, I didn’t read New X-Men that much.

One of the jerks pulled on Laura’s hair.  What man does that?

This has been the first time I enjoyed Angel since the days he dated Psylocke.  I guess that is the secret to the character, he needs to be paired with a much stronger and better female character.

There is a line from X23 that she doesn’t know what Warren sees in her.  Jean is prettier than her, which Angel quickly disregards.  I’m right there with him, between the two, Laura is much prettier and such a better character than Jean.  Jean always benefited from being one of the Original Five and also being the sole lady on the team.

Meanwhile, at the Secret Xavier School.  Emma is trying to train Jean.  Just above them on a hill overlooking them – Hank, Bobby and Irma are watching.  Bobby calls Irma his new best friend, which she likes.  I like seeing the All New team and the Uncanny team getting along.  They live in the same place, so there should be more mixing of the two teams.  Plus, the two teams are predominately teenagers, so it makes sense they will huddle together.

Emma tries to get Jean mad enough to attack her.  Jean doesn’t take the bait.  Then Emma does the mess up / cruel thing, and gives Jean Emma’s memories of how she won Scott from Jean.  It is pretty intense!  Jean shouts that it is also highly inappropriate – which it totally is!

Though I’m with Cyclops, if you have a shot with Emma, forget Jean.  Though I would say, get a proper divorce first and end the relationship, cheating is never cool!

I can read Pichilli’s take on famous X-events all day!

I like how red Jean’s hair is.  It really pops on the page.

Jean turns into her full purple body form.  Emma turns diamond.  Fun that they both have secondary forms.

Phoebe takes this opportunity to use her telekinesis, that I didn’t know the Cuckoos had, and dumps a bowl of Apple Jacks on Bobby’s head.

Jean creates an illusion of her as an adult and straddles Emma, which is odd.  Jean isn’t thrilled that her legacy is for shit.  She is mad, all the time.

By this point, all of the students are outside watching the Emma and Jean fight.  Hank and Bobby get the bright idea that they should probably get Professor K.

Thanks to my pal Kaiolino for the first picture :

All New X-Men 30 StarKat Kaiolino

I knew better than this but I totally read this double page spread wrong.  I went traditional route and read the first six and moved down to the second row instead of across the page divide.  I mean, it is a Bendis comic after all, I know better than to do it.  I even sat there and debated (for like a mill-second) if I should just go across or move down.  Usually the next word balloon gives a hint but read the two, it could go either way.

We don’t get a good look at Kitty’s uniform but did Pichelli give her a slight redesign?  It seems like more black space in the middle of her suit.  Which makes it seem wider or something, I don’t know, maybe I’m desperate for her to get a costume design that any change seems like a vast improvement.  It makes her seem older, which I like.

I really like StarKat as a couple.  Even their merged name seems pretty cool.  Oh how I wish we could get these two in a film.  Maybe Ellen Page and Chris Pratt could do a comedy together one day?  That could happen!

I like the constant reminder that Kitty hates space.  She was stuck in a bullet for months, all by herself.  One doesn’t get over that easily.

I also like the idea of people making fun of Kitty for dating a hologram.  That feels like what would really happen.

I like that they are taking it slow, they sort of have to with their unique circumstance.

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Hank and Bobby interrupt my favorite scene of the issue, and for some time, tell her that Emma and Jean are close to murdering each other.

Bobby makes a joke about Kitty breaking up with his older self to date a hologram.  That Bobby better watch his mouth!

I sort of love this issue!  So many great and funny moments!

Kitty asking Illyana what is happening, Illyana shushes her, Kitty whispers her question.  That is awesome.

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Magik tells Kitty that the two telepaths are having a psychic battle.  Celeste isn’t able to get into it.

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I wonder what the two of them have in common?  Probably similarities between young and old Cyclops.

I adore how funny and dry witted Magik is.  I wonder how often she brings up Limbo and her lousy childhood.

There is something about Kitty’s costume here, I really like it.  She looks like a woman there.

All New X-Men 30 final page

Issue ends setting up Uncanny X-Men Volume Three Issue 24, with a lot of the same dialogue for that extra continuity.

Poor Cyclops, missed out on all of this.

Next issue, All New X-Men go to the Ultimate Universe.  The covers I’ve seen have only shown the kids.  I really want Ultimate Shadowcat to meet Kitty Pryde (and hopefully, Lockheed!).

I suspect that Miles Morales is coming back to the Proper Marvel Universe just so he can attend the Spider-Verse crossover that is coming.  That is my theory.

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X-Men Kissing Gag Cover

X-Men Kissing Cover

By Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli

I was going to wait to figure out if this was a variant cover or not but it will be used in the Marvel 75th Anniversary special, for sure.

The highlight is Magik and Doug kissing in the bottom right corner.

The other couples are :

Scott and Emma

Rogue and everyone believes, Nightcrawler – which is up there with Kurt and Amanda

Sunspot and Magma

Mystique and Xavier

Wolverine and Storm

Angel and Psylocke

Beast and Abigail Brand

Iceman on Iceman love

Cannonball and Dani Moonstar

Layla Miller and Jamie Madrox

Deadpool on Deadpool love

Daken and the married Northstar, Northstar no!!!  You are married!

I couldn’t tell if it was Magik and Teen Cyclops but it is the Sevin uniform so that’s definitely Doug.  Either boy, Illyana would break them and ruin them for women everywhere.

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Wolverine and the X-Men Volume Two Issue 7

Wolverine and the X-Men V2 7

Writer Jason Latour

Artists Massimiano Veltri, Marc Deering and David Messina

Color Artists Israel Silva and Brett Smith

Letterer VC’s Clayton Cowles

No Future?  Part One

I got this issue for the very first page!

Wolverine and the X-Men V2 7 Lockheed

Wolverine’s ex-girlfriend, Melita, is working on a book of Wolverine’s life.  Look who she has done research on.  Lockheed!

There is a fun editorial note stating this issue / storyline, takes place before Wolverine 1.  So this issue takes place a year ago. That’s pretty bold.

Thanks to my pal, jarrod, for the heads up that Lockheed was in this issue!

Every Wednesday, I pull up the Marvel Database and keep checking that week’s worth of X-Titles until the cast list appears.  It is a great website, and it is completely free.  The first update, didn’t list Lockheed but once jarrod told me about it, it was up on the website.  Not sure what to do about that, just wait until Friday to check?  I feel like I shouldn’t have to check on an issue twice.  I do feel like this is the second time this has happened to me.  The other time was an Original Sin issue.  I have to come up with a new approach.

Ideally, I would become so known for my love for Kitty Pryde, Lockheed and Magik that people give me a head’s up and I find out that way.  The few times that has happened, it feels pretty great to be thought of and people are looking out for me.  I always appreciate that.

Anyway, back to the issue.

After reading the first issue of Daredevil that tied into Original Sin, and really liking it, I wanted to read more Daredevil.  Casting news of the Netflix show, also keeps my interest up, as well.

Dardevil is in this issue and he is one of the better parts.  The non-Melita / Dardevil sections didn’t do much for me.

Daredevil delivers a Cease and Desist order to Melita.

Meanwhile, at the Jean Grey School.  Iceman is trying to assure Armor after the Battle of the Atom storyline.  Which I like that being used to give us an easy reference.

Armor is upset as she didn’t see or hear of a future version of herself.  Which is an awesome observation by Latour, how do these newer characters deal with all of this time travel and potential?  Do they just accept that they themselves replaced a group of characters and with the exception of one or maybe two, will be replaced by another group of characters. The ones that do come b, usually do so, dead.

Wolverine is dealing with not having his healing factor.  Which one would think that he would find Elixir and have him near by at all times.

Broo enters one of Storm’s classes.  Most of the student body are blowing off classes, as they know the future sucks and nothing they do matters.  I believe that is what has them down.

Later.  Melita confronts Matt Murdock.  Both of them live in San Francisco, at this time.  She knows he is Daredevil, but most do.

Wolverine and Daredevil, along with Doop – are fighting demon ninjas from Hell.  Wolverine, being Murdock’s client, doesn’t want his life story being told.

Jean Grey School Kitchen.  Fantomex is getting drunk and Storm tries to talk to him about Wolverine.

Issue ends with Wolverine asking Storm to dinner.

Reading the recap page, I didn’t think I needed it earlier.  Apparently, Idie went to the future and killed her friend, Quentin Quire’s future self.

I will have to pay attention to this title, to see if any more of Melita’s resesrch makes buying an issue an option.

Seems like this storyline is trying to show Wolverine (as he will soon be dead) but also deal with the previous six issues’ worth of stories.  Maybe the first six also take place prior to Wolverine 1?  Perhaps?

It really doesn’t matter to me.

I wonder if Latour’s script called for Lockheed or did the artist have freedom to draw whatever.  I’m not familiar with the three artists, so I am not sure which did the first page.

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Cover – Uncanny X-Men 168 / Nightcrawler Volume Two Issue 5

Uncanny X-Men 168 Nightcrawler V2 5

168 – Paul Smith

5 – Jamie McKelvie and Matthew Wilson

Such great covers!

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Fun With YouTube : ItsSuperEffective

Post 475!!!

While doing a search for “Kitty Pryde” on YouTube, I found this video by ItsSuperEffective!

History of Kitty Pryde -

It was buried within all of these videos the rapper who use to go by Kitty Pryde made.  Shame that we can’t take those off or raise the comic book character’s profile to make her videos come first.  That’s just me.

He knows his stuff and I’ve only seen one other video :

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It sort of is like the idea I had for a YouTube show, if I even knew the first thing about what type of video process is best for the channel.  Who knows, maybe one day I’ll throw my hat in the ring.

He hints in the Kitty History video that he is working on a Battle of the Atom video, once he has that uploaded, I will update this post.

The guy’s name is Faust.

Here is the link to all of his videos -

http://www.youtube.com/user/SprEffective/videos

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