Journey Into Mystery #631

During Fear Itself, not only was Journey Into Mystery directly tied to the main events but it also had some of the best writing and art out of anything I read.  Natrually, when Fear Itself ended, I decided to continue getting the book especially since the things they’ve done with Loki recently is really cool. [Spoilers]

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New Avengers #18

New Avengers #17 left me wondering who they would choose this time around for Norman Osborn’s Dark Avengers.  I mean, they did such an awesome job before with Mac Gargan/Venom as Spider-Man and Daken as Wolverine.  Everyone seemed to fit really well and I found it funny that Osborn would try to take on the roles of both Captain America AND Iron Man.  The great thing about this comic is that it’s all build up to who these new Dark Avengers will be and in a couple places (especially the last page) it mirrors the first issue of Dark Avengers from last time around.  If you care to be surprised about who is who then read no further because honestly there is little else to talk about for this book. [Spoilers]

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X-Men #20

Schism left each X-Men title with a choice of joining either Wolverine or Cyclops.  X-Men (no adjective needed) chose Cyclops and not only that but it changed focus as well.  Prior to issue 20 X-Men had been a little more cartoony and focused primarily on their interactions with other Marvel heroes such as Spider-Man.  Now it’s about the team in charge of security of Utopia.  The cast has switched to be mainly Psylocke, Jubilee, Warpath, Colossus, and Domino.  This first arc also features Storm prominantly.  I found this a welcome change as I was actually pretty close to dropping the title after the last arc. [Spoilers]

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Uncanny X-Men #1

Having been pleased by Wolverine and the X-Men and the changes it brought, of course I was also looking forward to the relaunch of Uncanny X-Men.  I admit I was a little less excited over this one as it didn’t seem that it was going to be much different than the previous Uncanny X-Men title other than it would be missing the characters that went with Wolverine.  Well if I knew what was in store, I would have been a lot more excited. [Spoilers]

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1 out of every 2 comics sold in October was a DC comic book

Good to know there was not an immediate drop in sales.

p.s. The Bear messed up his back real bad and this has caused a delay in reviews sorry to any who care about his opinion, god knows we don’t.

Spider Island

Because Fear Itself and Schism weren’t enough for events this summer, we also get Spider Island.  Thankfully this is another case of the tie-ins not really being imporant.  The one exception to this is Venom which thankfully, I read already.  If you read Venom and Amazing Spider-Man you’ll get main story (although the tie-ins I did read were quite humerous). [Spoilers]

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Incredible Hulk #1

With the end of the series being called the Increbible Hulks (plural), Marvel decided to go back to #1 and return to just the single Hulk.  I felt this would be a good point to jump onto the series and it turned out to be true since this story shoots right out of the end of Fear Itself.  [Spoilers]

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Wolverine and the X-Men #1

When I first heard about about Wolverine and the X-Men, I thought “what a terrible title.  They only picked that because they’ll sell more books having Wolverine’s name on it.”  Well, I still think that but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying the book.  Just like the cartoon, you have to look past that title and enjoy the story itself.  

The cover is quite terrible.  The main reason i say this is I hate the way Chris Bachalo draws Wolverine like he’s some kind of troll.  Other than that, the layout on these Regenesis comics is pretty good but that hardly makes up for Wolverine looking like he has a square head.  That’s all I’m going to complain about on that because what makes a comic worth reading is certainly what’s inside the damn thing.[Spoilers]

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New Avengers #16.1 and #17

Marvel .1 was a good idea that, for the most part, Marvel has misused and utterly failed on so far.  Most of the time, rather than being a good jumping on point for new readers (which was supposed to be the whole purpose.) they often put them in the middle of an arc already in progress and in some cases are utterly pointless (Pun not intended but I’ll gladly take credit for it).  Lately, it seems they might finally be getting the idea.  The New Avengers 16.1 occurs after the events of Fear Itself and does actually set the stage for the foreseeable future in the series. [Spoilers]

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9 Things You Need To Know About The Marvel Universe

1: There is no S.H.I.E.L.D..  During the Dark Reign event, Norman Osborn created a new orginazation called H.A.M.M.E.R. and shut S.H.I.E.L.D. down. Though Osborn was removed from power at the end of the event, S.H.I.E.L.D. remains gone.

2: There are a lot of Hulks.  Aside from the green giant himself, we have Skaar the son of Hulk (first introduced during World War Hulk), the She-Hulk (Hulk’s cousin Jennifer Walters), the savage She-Hulk (Hulk’s daughter from an alternate future), Red Hulk (General Thunderbolt Ross), and Red She-Hulk (Betty Ross).

3: Iron Man’s armor is a part of him.  It’s stored in his bones and tied to his central nervous system allowing him to call it forth at will.

4: Asgard is on Earth.  At some point Asgard was destroyed during Ragnarok and rebuilt on Earth near the town of Broxton, Oklahoma.  It is destroyed yet again while Norman Osborn is in charge of H.A.M.M.E.R. but the Asgardians remain there.

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