Were we about to see Captain America: Thor palette swap edition?
Were we about to see Captain America: Thor palette swap edition?
Keep it up nerds and Marvel’s going to take their ball & go home. Avengers 2: The Age of Ultron trailer leaks early (it was supposed to debut during Agents of SHIELD next week), so of course Marvel pulls it down. But, surprise, surprise, they go all Good Guy Gary and toss up the official version. Thanks Marvel!
Hulkbuster armor looks rad as fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuudge.
– Invincible Iron Man is Still dope as f@$k.
– I’m only buying Uncanny Avengers because up until I have it in my hands, I refuse to believe this is an actual book and that’s its actual cover.
– Archer & Armstrong continues to be an incredibly fun read.
– Guess who’s back? Back again? Joker’s back. Tell Batman. (Remember when Eminiem was a cultural force?)
Take a look at the interlocking covers for what looks like the first two issue’s of the Marvel NOW reboot/re-whatever of The Avengers by Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opena. So who answers this call this go ’round? From what I can tell, it’s Captain (formerly Ms.) Marvel, maybe Cannonball, some mystery dude to the bottom right of Captain America, The Hulk, Wolverine, The Falcon (he sucks, right) The Black Widow, Thor, The Human Torch (?), Iron Man (with some badass new armor) Spider-Man, Hawkeye and Spider-Woman. Time will tell about the series overall but this cover is still cool as hell.
You can expect this on the Blu-ray when it hits later this year but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a peek now.
Look, I agree I might be a bit obsessed with Cyclops’ Phoenix-Force mandated thong, but clearly so is Marvel. Why else would it be so prominent on this cover?
In this issue, Cyclops shows up to K’un Lun ready to wreck shit (preferred) in his quest to bring Hope back home (less preferred). Everyone gives it their Avengers-brand® all, but of course it’s not enough. Look, you would think that in 50 years of defending the Earth from threats ranging from small time crooks to reality-devouring villains, the Avengers would know that individuals who tend to both glow and float are generally a large problem.
Yet you’ve still got Hawkeye out there, ready to bounce a few arrows harmlessly off of Cyclops’ face.
That, of course, goes about as well as could be expected, with Cyke just DOMINATING everyone then afterword throwing some shade the Avengers way. Man, Phoenix Force
Five Two Cyclops is kind of a dick.
You know that bottom panel is just begging for a Kirby-esque “KRAKKA-DOOM!!!” Plus, awesome call back to on of my favorite bits from Fraction & Aja’s Immortal Iron Fist, where they used to put all of the moves employed by Danny & his fellow Immortal Weapons into little captions. Dance of 1000 Monkeys! Shattering Palm Strike! Brooklyn Headbutt! I also really enjoyed seeing Cyclops out of his element for the first time in this series and just dumped on his ass after hovering about, lording it over everyone.
Anyone wanna bet that next issue features Cyclops heading back to Earth after recovering from the ass-kicking Hope gave him, dispatching Emma via first round rear naked choke,absorbing all of the Phoenix Force and then just going bonkers?
Here’s the music video that really inspired Cyclops when it came time to put together his new costume:
I really can’t wait for this event to be over. Then again, that means Marvel NOW! will be kicking off and I’m not exactly sure how thrilled I am for that. Hmm. QUITE THE FIENDISH LITTLE CONUNDRUM, MARVEL. Quite…the conundrum.
A complete rundown of creative teams on the upcoming books (courtesy of Comic Book Resources, click on thumbnails to embiggen. If you’d like to scroll through the pics, gallery style, that’s below the jump)
Uncanny Avengers – Rick Remender and John Cassaday
A+X – an anthology with each issue of the series featuring two team-up stories with a different Avenger & X-Man.
All-New X-Men – Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen.
Indestructible Hulk- Mark Waid and Leinil Yu
Captain America- Rick Remender and John Romita, Jr.
Iron Man – Kieron Gillen and Greg Land
Fantastic Four – Matt Fraction and Mark Bagley
FF – Mike Allred and Matt Fraction
X-Men Legacy – Si Spurrior and Tan Eng Huat
Deadpool -Gerry Dugan, Brian Posehn and Tony Moore.
Avengers – Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opeña
Ok, not really. But seriously, look at this:
You’re telling me that non-healing power enabled Peter Parker was able to survive a straight right hand from an organic steel covered, Juggernaut AND Phoenix powered Colossus? No way. Look, I know this is “comics” but come on. Peter’s head should look like some extra lumpy chili inside that mask! He shouldn’t be able to be swinging from rock outcropping to rock outcropping all nimbly-bimbly! Let’s say he survives that first punch (doubtful); Colossus still goes berserk on him for the majority of the next two pages! In one of the panels he stands on Parker’s back! Colossus weighs 500 lbs when transformed, the Juggernaut, 1,900lbs! Parker’s guts should have shot out of his mouth (or what was left of it) at that point!
Before we get to the non-death of Spider-Man, AvX rolls on. I think the idea to focus on Spider-Man this issue was interesting; though the foreshadowing was pretty heavy-handed in his conversation with Hope. Back to Spider-Man in a minute as elsewhere it looks like the Phoenix
Five Four are starting to fold under the cosmic might of The Phoenix. Emma is starting to crack and after being basically ignored by Cyclops when she asked for help, she flits off and melts the brain of some guy who had just been sitting down to dinner. How does that work? Ding-Dong! “Who is it?” “Uh…some hot naked glowing lady.” “Does she want to come in for dinner?” BRAIN-MELT.
At the infirmary in K’un-L’un, why is everyone still in costume? You’re injured, put some sweat pants on!
Magick & Colossus toss Thor in a volcano that is actually housing an incursion of Limbo onto Earth. I thought Limbo was supposed to be a place of nothing; layaway for the soul until someone comes by and scoops you up. Now it’s all fire-n-brimstone & full of demons? Hmmm. Storm looks on, concerned. But then she’s all “Whatevs” and flies back off to Wakanda where T’Challa is all, “Hey Ororo, guess what?”
Colossus has apparently gone crazy (see last issue of Wolverine & The X-Men), tacking on legs to whales because he thought they’d be happier on land. Turns out, not so much. He asks Magick for help in creating some new whales later on. Piotr, you crazy.
Anyways, the remaining Avengers try a last ditch full-frontal assault on where the Avenger prisoners are being kept; the aforementioned Limbo incursion. They get handled easily by Magick & Colossus, at which point Spider-Man somehow makes everyone retreat, creates a rockslide to seperate the X-Men and the fleeing Avengers, then takes on Magick & big shiny C himself. Which brings us full circle to the magically unkillable Peter Parker. Who not only doesn’t die when facing these two demi-gods, but manages to actually talk them to death. Ok, not legit death, but enough that they knocked each other out (?) and lost their Phoenix powers. And with that we are down to the Phoenix Two. Including super codpiece sporting Cyclops:
“LOOK ON MY CODPIECE YE MIGHTY AND DESPAIR!”
Three more issues of this? Oh, brother.
I knew they changed Bane’s voice. Look, anytime there’s a movie I’m really anticipating, I try to go into a complete blackout about the film. No extended trailers, no sneak peeks, no early reviews, nothing. I want as much of the movie untainted and as new as possible when I see it in the theaters. That being said, The Dark Knight Rises was particularly difficult to avoid; the first trailer for it that I saw was during a commercial break for the 2012 Super Bowl. I managed to avoid everything up until previews started rolling in the theater for The Avengers. Not too bad for ignoring one of the two biggest film events for comic book people this year.
During the Super Bowl commercial, Bane’s voice was unintelligible. I’d heard rumblings that it was bad, but I never thought it would be that bad. You couldn’t understand him! What the hell? Look, I get if you’re wearing a mask your voice will be muffled but you would think that, as a main character of the closing third of a massive & beloved trilogy, you would kind of need to understand his dialogue. Apparently enough people freaked out that they did re-dub the dialogue. So now you can understand him…and his weird ass lilt. Odd choices, Mrs. Hardy & Nolan, odd choices.
IT COMES IN A S.H.I.E.L.D. BRIEFCASE. There’s some sort of Tesseract light up Rubick’s Cube inside! Movie memorabilia that you’ll never look at again! This is a steal at $200, meaning the only way I’m getting this is if I steal it. (ed note: Modern Borefare does not endorse or condone stealing limited edition S.H.I.E.L.D briefcases stuffed with crap.) Though right now it’s 40% off if you pre-order through Amazon. What are you waiting for??