Recently I read the run of the AvX comics, which I highly recommend. The entire event occurs over a multitude of different comic runs, but it is a pretty big story that involves the rise of the Phoenix. The whole story is pretty interesting and it is neat to see how a larger event can ripple out into separate storylines and affect them.
This story event happens after the House of M storyline, where Scarlet Witch reduced the mutant population from millions to hundreds. The Westchester school is still trying to train the mutants, and then the other group with Magneto and Cyclops is trying to figure out how to restore the mutant population. Then the power of the Phoenix begins to rise and the mutant Hope seems to be the intended vessel. The conflict arises due to the fact that the mutants want to use Hope to harness the power of the Phoenix, and the Avengers are worried because the Phoenix tends to be a force of destruction that cannot be harnessed. Continue reading →
Posted in Catching Up, Comics
Tagged Avengers, Avengers vs. X-Men, AvX, crossover event, Cyclops, Hope Summers, House of M, Marvel, Mutants, Phoenix, Recommendations, Review, X-Men
Happy Tax Day in the US! I figure that makes it a good day to talk about somebody with money problems, right?
Spider-Man! On one hand, it’s exciting that Marvel worked out a deal with Sony to be able to include him in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. On the other hand, there are so many characters already in Captain America: Civil War that I don’t know that too many people’s opinions went from “not-seeing” to “seeing” this movie just because of Spider-Man…
However, in terms of the comic storyline of Civil War, having Spider-Man appear gives them a lot of storytelling ground to walk. In the comics, Spider-Man switched sides and it made some sense… will they pull off the same thing in the movie? Let’s talk that through, and then end in a prediction poll!
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Posted in Comics, Meta, Movies, Polls
Tagged Captain America, Civil War, Gwen Stacy, House of M, Iron Man, Marvel, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Polls, secret identities, Spider-Man, Superheroes, Tony Stark
Alternate Title: Who is this Brian Michael Bendis?
How do you do a reboot without doing a reboot? Time Travel. Brought to you by Marvel Now! and Brian Michael Bendis!
I have been exploring a lot of comics lately, and have been doing reviews here on the blog. Comics like Avengers, Uncanny Avengers, New Avengers, All New X-Men, Uncanny X-Men… and I keep running into one name. One creator.
Brian Michael Bendis.
When I saw his name randomly scroll past during the credits of the movie The Avengers, as a consultant, I knew I had to write a post a bit about him. And this made the most sense in terms of Marvel’s current marketing campaign, Marvel Now! So, note I have not necessarily done any research here, this is just my observations. Continue reading →
Posted in Comics, Meta
Tagged Age of Ultron, All New X-Men, Avengers, Avengers: Infinity, Brian Michael Bendis, DC, House of M, Infinity Gauntlet, Infinity Gems, Jonathan Hickman, Marvel, Marvel Infinity, Marvel Now!, New 52, New Avengers, New Avengers Illuminati, Recommendations, Review, Rick Remender, The Heroic Age, Ultimate X-Men, Uncanny Avengers, Uncanny X-Force, Uncanny X-Men, X-Men, X-Men: Battle of the Atom
Logan. James Logan. James Howlett. Weapon X.
As far as Marvel heroes go, few hold our imagination as much as Wolverine does. Why? It’s a good question.
We like the mystery of him – the unknown past. Except, they’re finally working on revealing and telling that story in the comics. When, during House of M, Scarlet Witch gave all the heroes what they wanted (so they wouldn’t fight back), she gave Wolverine his memories. So there goes the mystery.
He can’t really die, it seems, so even in the most ridiculous situations, we’re pretty sure he’s making it out alive. So while we know he’ll always be around, there’s a bit less suspense when he’s around. Although, this also means Wolverine tends to get into the most ridiculous – and therefore interesting – situations. And after all, the same can be said of Deadpool, and his popularity is growing.
What is he really? Hero? Anti-hero? Barely contained villain? Let’s explore! Continue reading →
Posted in Character Studies, Comics, Good and Evil, Movies
Tagged Age of Apocalypse, Alignments, Apocalypse, Avengers, Charles Xavier, Cyclops, Deadpool, Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, House of M, James Howlett, Jubilee, Logan, Marvel, Rogue, Sabertooth, Scarlet Witch, Shadowcat, The Wolverine, Uncanny X-Force, Weapon X, Wolverine, Wolverine and the X-Men, Wolverine: First Class, X-1, X-2, X-3, X-Men, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Xavier's Dream