Age of Ultron #8
With the Marvel Universe turned inside out, who will take responsibility for breaking the world? And is there any way to put it back? Wait until you see who is in charge of the new world order and how they got there...! A reality-spanning choice is made this issue that will affect the Marvel Universe for years and years to come. (W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Brandon Peterson (CA) 7th Orange
Avengers Enemy Within #1
THE OPENING SALVO TO THE HOTLY ANTICIPATED
AVENGERS/CAPTAIN MARVEL FOUR PART EVENT! Can't keep a good Captain down! Vicious echoes of the Avengers' past are cropping up all over Manhattan...and a grounded Captain Marvel refuses to be left behind. Who is the sinister figure behind these incursions and what does it have to do with Carol Danvers' mysterious condition? But is this villain real or just a figment of Captain Marvel's increasingly deadly imagination? (W) Kelly Sue DeConnick (A) Scott Hepburn (CA) Joe Quinones
X-O Manowar #13
Part III of the explosive PLANET DEATH mega-event! Aric discovers the Vine he intends conquer aren't the only race on planet Loam, but will these surprise inhabitants offer him refuge or rivalry? Meanwhile, the Vine leaders plan their most devastating attack yet, one that will push the X-O Manowar armor to its limits and beyond. The stakes are raised and the table set for the epic battle from which no one - human or Vine - will emerge unchanged. (W) Robert Venditti (A) Cary Nord (CA) Trevor Hairsine
Membership in the Justice League of America is going to cost Catwoman the rest of her nine lives as Selina comes to grips with the deadly reality of her current imprisonment! (W) Ann Nocenti (A/CA) Rafael Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona
Snow White's life has been shattered in more ways than one. With no one else to turn to, to save her from the ruthless Prince Brandish, who claims to be her only legitimate husband, she has no other choice but to take up arms in her own defense. She received fencing lessons from Prince Charming long ago. Will she remember them well enough now? (W) Bill Willingham (A) Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha (CA) Joao Ruas
Trade Paperback of the Week
Peter Panzerfaust Vol #2 Hooked
All the major players of the Peter Pan mythology come to new life in this action packed second volume, with new allies in Tiger Lily, Big Chief and the Braves. Combining forces with the French Resistance, Peter and the boys lead a deadly game of espionage to locate and free their lost brother, Felix. All that's stopping them is the combined might of the Nazi army led by a cunning and ruthless adversary, Kapitan Haken himself! Collects PETER PANZERFAUST 6-10
Walking Dead #110
Ezekiel vs. Michonne? (W) Robert Kirkman (A/CA) Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn
Thor God of Thunder #8
GODBOMB Part Two of Five Thor in chains. Gorr transcendent. All hope for divinity lost. As the clock ticks down on one very large bomb, as enslaved gods look to the skies for a savior, enter...the Girls of Thunder? (W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Esad Ribic
A strange visitor comes to Gotham City when tragedy delivers the team-up you've been asking for since the start of The New 52! (W) Scott Snyder, James TynionIV (A) Alex Maleev & Various (CA) Greg Capullo
Green Lantern Corps #20
"WRATH OF THE FIRST LANTERN" epilogue! In the aftermath of their battle against the First Lantern and the Guardians, it's up to Guy Gardner, John Stewart and the other survivors to try to put the Corps back together, or decide if there should even BE a Corps anymore. Join Peter Tomasi and Fernando Pasarin for the epic conclusion of their run! (W) Peter J. Tomasi (A) Fernando Pasarin, Scott Hanna (CA) Andy Kubert
Justice League of America #3
A new Secret Society is forming--but which of its members has the power to attack the Justice League from within? (W) Geoff Johns, Matt Kindt (A) David Finch, Scott Clark (CA) David Finch
Neil Gaiman Interworld TP
Award-winning author Neil Gaiman teams up with Emmy Award-winning screenwriter Michael Reaves for an exciting science fiction tale of teenagers saving many universes from evil. One day 14-year-old Joey Harker gets lost in his own town and finds himself in another version, where there's a family and a school almost like his. When an older version of himself tracks Joey down, Joey learns that he's a Walker - one who can travel between dimensions - and that an army of different versions of himself is battling the two evils that want to conquer all the worlds!
Written By: Daniel
Free Comic Book Day, or FCBD is not only an event in the entire comic world it should be a national holiday…Just my humble opinion. This is the day when all of the different publishers tempt you with tasty treats, giving you a peek into some of the best stories they have to offer. When it first started no one knew what to make of it or how long it would last and now in its 12th year it has become in institution everywhere. A day like Christmas in many ways, without having to wait to unwrap your gift and has grown into a way for your local shop to strut its stuff just as much as the publishers. Each year growing with more titles to chose from and the experience given by your local shop, it can be a bit overwhelming, what do I chose, what will I like, what are my choices. Well here at Girls of Geek 12 we want to make it as easy as possible so here are some of the things you may want to look for come Saturday morning. The thing to remember is not all shops may have the same books or limited quantities for certain titles and my only allow you a few choices in how many you can take. We do recommend that you show up early so you have a full spread to choose from (like a salad bar) and with our help maybe narrow down what you’re really after.
Best example and most asked question; I have kids and I want them to read good and age appropriate things. For that we have this to offer:
Marble Season – An excerpt from the great Gilbert Hernandez's new semiautobiographical graphic novel. When your kids are done with it, read it for yourself.
Mr. Puzzle – Chris Eliopoulos' stretchable, bendable superhero.
Molly Danger – Jamal Igle's all-ages book about a brave and resourceful ten-year-old superhero. Great for girls, boys and parents and non-parents who're looking for a fun, light book amid the current glut of grim, depressing spandex fare.
Top Shelf Kids Club – The usual suspects show up in this sampler for younger kids – Owly! Johnny Boo! Korgi! Pirate Penguin vs. Ninja Chicken! But in this case, the usual suspects are some of the very best kids' comics out there. So: Win.
Scratch 9 – Superhero cat who can summon each of his nine lives to fight eee-vil. (Ben 10? Scratch 9? See what they did there?)
Rated Free For Everyone – Sampler comic from Oni Press featuring a story from Chris Schweizer's historical tales of the Crogan clan, and an introduction to Mermin, the mer-boy.
Mouse Guard/Rust Flip Book – Archaia's collection includes original short stories from Mouse Guard (a great book), an upcoming Jim Henson's Labyrinth graphic novel, and an adventure of Jet Jones the rocket-boy.
World of Archie – The continuing adventures of America's favorite sweater-vested, tic-tac-toe-headed ginger.
Dragon Ball and Rurouni Kenshen Restoration – The Viz Comics sampler looks to be the only manga represented on FCBD, which makes precisely no sense, but these two series are hugely popular in Japan, having spawned anime series, films, video games, etc. Don't know if these specific stories make for particularly good jumping-on points, but at the very least you and your kids might get a sense of what all the fuss is about.
Finding Gossamyr – A special FCBD story that rounds out the world of the popular fantasy web series, in which a math prodigy is transported to a world where mathematics are magic.
Action Time Buddies – A web series that parodies Adventure Time, My Little Pony and many, many more.
It's An Ugly Doll Comic And Other Stuff – It's got, like, Pokemon in it.
Kaboom! Summer Blast – Grab-bag collection of such beloved properties as Adventure Time (which, let's just note, is a very, very good comic in its own right), Regular Show, Peanuts, Garfield, Ice Age, etc.
Sponge Bob Freestyle Funnies – Nickolodeon's wildly popular show now in fun color filled pages.
Pippi Longstocking Color Special – Fairly crude reprints/translations of Swedish Pippi comics first published in the 1950s.
Bongo Free For All Comics – Dependably great Simpsons/Futurama comics.
The Tick – All new stories of the greatest superhero to ever boast an eating utensil battle cry.
Sesame Street and Strawberry Shortcake – Together at last!
The Smurfs – Belgium has given the world two things: Thick crunchy delicious waffles, and this happy bunch of blue dancers.
Star Wars/Captain Midnight/Airbender – Darth Vader and Boba Fett hangin' out, also a story of Captain Midnight, and a tale from Avatar:
NFL Rush Zone: Season of the Guardians – This is a comic based on an animated series that premiered in 2010.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: New Animated Adventures – A comic book based on an animated series which is an update of an animated series that was based on a comic book.
Sonic The Hedgehog – A comic based on a video game.
Disney Fairies – A comic based on a series of DVDs.
Grimm – A comic based on a television show which might be a little grim/dark/gory for little kids.
Now don’t worry not all of the books coming out on Saturday are just for kids, and in fact there are plenty of your superhero books you need to check out.
Infinity – A preview of Marvel's big summer superhero event.
Superman Special Edition – Includes a preview of an upcoming Superman comic, and a reprint of a December 2006 story which reintroduced the character of General Zod into DC continuity. Kneel before ZOD!!!!!
DC Nation Super Sampler – Stories introducing two new animated series, Beware the Batman and the return of Teen Titans, Go!
Hulk and the Agents of SMASH/Avengers Assemble – Two stories from comics based on two Marvel animated series.
Absolution: The Beginning – Reprinting the first two issues of the Christos Gage/Daniel Gete "superheroes gone bad" series, which began in 2009.
Stan Lee's Chakra The Invincible – Set in Mumbai, this new series follows a young technological prodigy who develops a mech-suit capable of unlocking his mystical chakras.
The Red Ten – A spandex-clad take on Agatha Christie's "Ten Little Indians.”
I do know a lot of people that are tired of the spandex and just love Scifi and Horror and just a good old fashion story that keeps them engaged the entire time…That’s good to know, and there is something for that person as well.
Atomic Robo and Friends – This is your best bet on Free Comic Book Day. Ask for it if you don't see it. It's great.
2000 AD Sampler – Several comics from Britain's long-running science-fiction anthology comic, including a new Judge Dredd tale. But if that doesn't fill you with enough Dredd....
Judge Dredd Classics -- ... you can always pick up this sampler of old-school JD comics.
Valiant 2013 -- Excerpts from Valiant's current line of science-fiction comics.
Aphrodite IX – In a post-apocalyptic world, there be dragons, what else do you need to know.
Endangered Weapon B and the Tentacles of Doom – So is steampunk considered science fiction nowadays? I can never keep up, anyway; dirigibles, a grizzly bear in a mech suit, the lost Library of Alexandia, squid-thingies-that-are-probably-aliens, and a whole lot more.
The Steam Engines of Oz – Preview of an upcoming series set 100 years after Dorothy offs the Wicked Witch of the West. Also previews several titles in Arcana's new steampunk line of comics.No
Kellerman/L'Amour Sampler – Two excerpts from upcoming comics adaptations – an Alex Delaware thriller by Joe Kellerman, and a "Louis L'Amour" Western yarn that's actually a new story.
The Walking Dead – You've seen the show now find out where it all comes from.
Mass Effect/Killjoys/RIPD – If you go by the cover, this looks like just another adaptation of a video game, but it also includes two other stories, Killjoys and RIPD, both of which, but especially RIPD, are about a police force that enforces supernatural law.
Damsels – A Fables-ish take which examines the life of fairy tale characters (in this case, The Little Mermaid) outside the tales we know.
FUBAR – Sampler-pack of "American History Z" stories about the American Experience ... and zombies, including an incident at Valley Forge.
Ramayan Reloaded Preview – A series of short stories providing background information on the various characters and settings featured in the series Ramayan 3392AD, which serves up a clever post-apocalyptic take on the events and characters of great Hindu epic, The Ramayana.
The Strangers – Here's how writer Chris Roberson describes this new series: "Swinging sixties supernatural super spies."
Worlds of Aspen 2013 – Here's what we know: The preview on the FCBD site is just a series of pin-ups. It may be all we need to know.
Bleeding Cool Magazine – An online gossip/news (but mostly gossip) comics site has published a guide to collecting comics.
Overstreet Comic Book Marketplace – Overstreet's guide is a staple of FCBD, and offers a dispassionate series of tips for the beginning collector.
There is the tall and short of it, I know…So much to take in, but I do know that if you don’t go to Time Warp in Boulder (to see me and the GOG team) because you may not live in the state your local comic shop will be happy to answer any further questions you may have or point out what you’re looking for. Good luck out there and see you on Saturday!
Thanos Rising #2
THE RISE OF MARVEL'S GREATEST EVIL CONTINUES BY TWO OF THE MOST ACCLAIMED CREATORS IN COMICS!! Continuing the jaw-dropping origin of the mad Titan who will soon change the face of the Galaxy! Death follows young Thanos as his inner darkness grows. (W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Simone Bianchi
Superior Spider-Man #9
IT ENDS HERE! "SUPERIOR NO MORE!" The hottest comic in comics comes to a turning point that will get you angrier than you were after Spidey #700! The time has come to see who will live, who will die, and who will emerge as the one, true Superior Spider-Man! (W) Dan Slott (A) Ryan Stegman (CA) Marcos Martin
Age of Ultron #7
In an attempt to defeat Ultron two Marvel Heroes take it upon themselves to create an all-new Marvel Universe. But is the one they have created better or worse than the one they left behind? The event of the year just got INSANE!! W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Brandon Peterson, Carlos Pacheco (CA) Brandon Peterson
The Ice King takes the throne as the true king of Atlantis-but who will be the first to kneel before him? W) Geoff Johns (A/CA) Paul Pelletier, Sean Parsons
Indestructible Hulk #7
"GODS AND MONSTER" CONTINUES!!! FEATURING THOR! Hulk and Thor--together versus the Frost Giants! But what's wrong with Thor--and why doesn't he recognize Hulk? And Bruce Banner lands a bombshell surprise on his assistants! (W) Mark Waid (A/CA) Walter Simonson
Trade Paperback of the Week
Superman Earth One TP
Forget everything you know about The Man of Steel and brace yourself for a staggering new take on the world's most popular Super Hero. What would happen if the origin of The Man of Tomorrow were introduced today for the very first time? Return to Smallville and experience the journey of Earth's favorite adopted son as he grows from boy to Superman like you've never seen before! (W) J. Michael Straczynski (A/CA) Shane Davis, Sandra Hope
Guardians of the Galaxy #2
While London deals with the brutal Badoon invasion, the fate of the Guardians of the Galaxy may have been decided millions of miles away. (W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Steve McNiven, Sara Pichelli (CA) Steve McNiven
New Avengers #5
“BLACK SWAN" Learn the history of the enigmatic Black Swan. What answers can she provide the Illuminati? And watch as the New Avengers do the unthinkable! (W) Jonathan Hickman (A) Steve Epting (CA) Jock
East of West #2
"SONS OF PROPHECY" Following the high crimes in the debut issue of EAST OF WEST, the fallout spreads across the broken nations of America. Forces align to stave off the apocalypse, while equally powerful ones do everything they can to bring it to pass. One of the most exciting new books of the year, this is EAST OF WEST, a brand new, ongoing, monthly comic from the award-winning team of Marvel's FF, JONATHAN HICKMAN and NICK DRAGOTTA.
Jupiter’s Legacy #1
The comic-book event of 2013 finally arrives as superstar creators MARK MILLER and FRANK QUIETLY give us the superhero epic that all future comics will be measured by. The world's greatest heroes have grown old and their legacy is a poisonous one to the children who will never live up to their remarkable parents. (W) Mark Millar (A/CA) Frank Quitely
Injustice Gods Among Us #4
All-new digital adventures in print for the first time! Based on the DC fighting game from NetherRealm Studios, creators of Mortal Kombat! Superman discovers that not every nation on Earth is willing to fall in line with the new world order! A team of the world's most powerful Super Heroes unites to confront an old ally. (W) Tom Taylor (A/CA) Mike S. Miller
Trade Paperback of the Week
X-men Longshot New printing TP
Meet Longshot. He's a man without a past who possesses an uncanny lucky streak...and he's on an existential quest through the Marvel Universe. But as Longshot deals with the quirkier aspects of American society, he must learn the secrets behind his enigmatic identity and accept his destiny as a hero. Along the way, he meets a crazed militiaman, demons from his mysterious otherworldly home, a daring stuntwoman named Ricochet Rita, ramheaded Quark, and Marvel heroes Spider-Man, She-Hulk, and Dr. Strange. As Longshot digs deeper, he rediscovers more about himself - and must come to terms with his past along the way. Because only Longshot and his friends can stop the media-addled Mojo from taking over Earth and remaking it in his own warped image. Collecting LONGSHOT #1-6.
Age of Ultron #6
The heroes take the fight to Ultron...with a near-broken Captain America taking the lead! Meanwhile, Wolverine takes it upon himself to make one of the most controversial decisions in the history of Marvel comics...and you'll never believe who goes along with him! (W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Brandon Peterson, Carlos Pacheco (CA) Brandon Peterson
Doctor Who Prisoners of Time #4
Our yearlong celebration of Doctor Who's 50th anniversary continues! Put on your scarves and munch on some jelly babies, as the fan-favorite Fourth Doctor takes the spotlight in this issue of a 12-part epic adventure featuring all 11 incarnations of the Doctor! (W) David Tipton, Scott Tipton (A) Gary Erskine (CA) Francesco Francavilla
Daredevil End of Days #7
The mystery of Daredevil's final days leads Ben Urich through a gauntlet of the Man Without Fear's enemies! The trail brings Ben to The Church of The Hand... and a confrontation with Daredevil?! The penultimate chapter of Daredevil's final tale is here - and some of his greatest creators are here to tell it! (W) Brian Michael Bendis, David Mack (A) Klaus Janson, Bill Sienkiewicz (CA) Alex Maleev
Savage Wolverine #4
Enter: MAN-THING! The Savage Land holds many secrets, among them what could be the key to resurrection...but at what cost? (W/A/CA) Frank Cho
Justice League #19
Who is the one person dangerous enough to use Kryptonite against Superman? (W) Geoff Johns (A) Ivan Reis & Various (CA) Ivan Reis, Joe Prado
Trade Paperback of the Week
In a future overrun by out-of-control machines and monsters, a handful of human survivors try to fight their way back to a normal life. But what is normal in a world where both monsters and machines need human blood? And which are the real bad guys? Find out in this horrific new story by 30 Days of Night co-creator Steve Niles and menton3, the demented artist behind Monocyte! (W) Steve Niles (A/CA) Menton3
Written By: Daniel
Prince Robot IV makes his move. Prince Robot IV makes his move. (W) Brian K. Vaughan (A/CA) Fiona Staples
Walking dead 109
Maggie and Sophia pick up the pieces and continue their lives at the hilltop. (W) Robert Kirkman (A/CA) Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn
Age of Ultron #5
The super hero survivors of the Ultron devastation follow a trail to the Savage Land in the hopes of finding a way to survive or turn the tide of the Ultron apocalypse. But with half the Marvel heroes dead, what chance do any of the survivors have? The choice that will forever change the course of Marvel history...! (W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Bryan Hitch
Thor God of Thunder #7
GODBOMB Part One of Five Somewhere at the end of the time, all the gods of the universe are enslaved, working to build a machine that will forever change the face of creation. What is...the Godbomb? And what can Thor, the last free god in all the cosmos, do to stop it? (W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Esad Ribic
HUNTING SEASON, PART 2! Wolverine has to track down a boy on a rampage before he does the unthinkable! (W) Paul Cornell (A/CA) Alan Davis
Trade Paperback of the Week
Uncanny X-Force Final Execution TP Vol 6> The end of X-Force? The secret mutant hit squad has fallen to its lowest point. Its members have sacrificed much, and two have left the team. It's a terrible time for a new, deadlier-than-ever Brotherhood of Evil Mutants to strike at X-Force's heart. This is a Brotherhood like none before. Each member, each attack, has been designed specifically to hurt X-Force in the worst way possible - by a mastermind who knows all of X-Force's weaknesses. Collecting UNCANNY X-FORCE (2010) #25-29.
Written By: Daniel
Thanos Rising #1
What comes after "Marvel NOW!"? Whatever it is, it starts HERE. The vile face left movie audiences in shock after last summer's Marvel Studios' "The Avengers" movie, but who is this eerily disturbing villain? Thanos rises as the unrivaled rogue of wretchedness in this gripping tale of tragedy, deceit and destiny. Where did this demi-god of death and destruction come from and...more importantly what does he want? The answers come from the incredible creative team of Jason Aaron (Wolverine, X-Men Origins) and Simone Bianchi (Wolverine, Astonishing X-Men) as they take you on journey that will not only change the course of one boy's life...but will soon change the very nature of the Marvel Universe. (W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Simone Bianchi
Locke & Key Omega #4
Chapter Four - Human Sacrifices: The bottomless pit of the Drowning Cave threatens to become a mass grave, as Dodge springs a fatal trap on the senior class of Lovecraft Academy. Hope is as fragile as a candle-flame wavering in the night... and as easy to extinguish. (W) Joe Hill (A/CA) Gabriel Rodriguez
Age of Ultron #4
The impossible has happened! The Earth has been taken by Ultron...what few super hero survivors there are try desperately to stay alive. And it is Luke Cage who discovers the secret behind Ultron's victory over all of mankind. A secret that will have fans of Marvel comics arguing for years to come! (W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Bryan Hitch
Superior Spider-Man #7
"Troubled Mind" Part 1 An Avenger no more? With the public at large realizing this is no longer a "Friendly Neighborhood" Spider-Man, and in light of his actions in recent events, will the Avengers kick Spidey off the team? Plus the return of Cardiac! And a new development for a Spider-Man who hasn't been seen for some time. And by time, we mean centuries. The lead up to the Spider-Event of the Summer STARTS HERE! (W) Dan Slott (A/CA) Humberto Ramos
Green Lantern #19
Which one hero has the power to bring down all the Lantern Corps? (W) Geoff Johns (A) Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy (CA) Gary Frank
Trade Paperback of the Week
Superman Secret Identity: New printing TP
Set in the real world, SECRET IDENTITY stars a young man named Clark Kent. All he wants is to be a writer, but his daily life is filled with the taunts of his peers, comparing him to the Clark Kent with superpowers-until the day he discovers he really can fly... A new edition collecting the 4-issue miniseries! (W) Kurt Busiek (A/CA) Stuart Immonen
Written by: John Edward Betancourt
My love of comics is in no way as great as my love of film and television. But don't get me wrong, I do love comics. In fact, between a heavy dose of Star Trek and Star Wars during my youth, there was one man who I looked up to outside of my father and that man was Superman.
His story had always left me in awe, and the comics were a great way to enjoy his adventures while I was waiting for the next Christopher Reeve movie to hit the big screen. Yet while I read comics on a regular basis, I don't often re-read them if you know what I mean. Usually I get through the story and then move on to the next one, doesn't mean I didn't like it, it simply means that particular one didn't quite stand out enough for me to want to visit it over and over. But of the many stories out there about the Man of Steel, there is one that I read often; Superman: Peace on Earth.
The plot for this particular story is simple. Superman decides that it is high time he take on a greater challenge in the world, feeding the hungry. The beauty in this, is that we go with him on that journey and it is one of the few times in a comic book that we are given an accurate look of what the world might look like if Superman were a real being.
There is still starvation abound, awful dictators and the indifferent. It's terrifying in a way, since we often look to Superman in comic form as the answer to so much. I won't say much more on his journey in this comic, because it has to be experienced. With incredible top notch art from Alex Ross, and a story by Paul Dini; Superman: Peace on Earth is one of the finest stories in Kal-El's long history and one that will stay with you long after you've put it down.
In fact I often find myself re-reading this comic over any other comic in my collection, because of the beautiful message that it carries. It reminds us of the value of human life, and that to make the world a better place we have to be better people, and to find that in a comic book is nothing short of spectacular.
Written By: Daniel
Since Marvels re-launch or so cleverly titled, “Marvel Now” Marvel has been killing it with new directions for characters and giving some characters a much needed story lift. There have been, over the years, a rut almost of storytelling and ideas that I had found myself just holding on for the sake of my runs and hopping that it will get better, and it finally did.
The Marvel Now has had some very fresh takes and directions for their titles, some I have been ecstatic about and can’t wait till the next issue. Thor, Indestructible Hulk, and Avengers have been my recommendations to everyone that has come into the shop. I have been on the bubble about the Superior Spider-Man just because I hate the idea and fear how it will all be resolved but I can’t deny that the writing and art have been superior in every way. My own personal bias may be getting in the way but I have a soft spot for Spidey (see earlier posts). I was a little concerned about the Avengers however, so many different teams it was starting to feel like the X-Books with The Avengers, Secret Avengers, Uncanny Avengers, Young Avengers and New Avengers. Confusing? Easy to get lost in the wave of who is on what team and how the stories (if they do) overlap in any way. Out of the bombardment I have found one that far exceeded my pessimistic view and left me wanting more. New Avengers proved to be a once a year moment for me, when I found myself surprised by the potential of how great this story/idea truly is. In fact it should be called Superior Avengers, it feels like an Avenger book but doesn’t all at the same time. It has all the right characters for it to be an Avengers book with the addition of a few who are not and I don’t find it the least bit distracting from the story or what is going on in the book; and thank god no Wolverine the frequent flyer miles he must have at this point would be ridiculous.
So what sets this so far apart from the other Avenger books? Well It’s a moment of dire need (like always) with the story starting in Wakanda picking up right after A vs. X and the city still rebuilding from the damage caused by Namor . The Black Panther is checking up on a group about to complete a quest involving a sacred rite of passage; The Minds of tomorrow, future leaders. Of course just as they finish all hell breaks loose and visitors from another Earth, a future Earth drop in for a visit. Out of these events Black Panther has no other choice but to call in the Illuminati comprised of Ironman, Mr. Fantastic, Doctor Strange, Black Bolt, Captain America, and Namor. Professor Xavier was also a member of the Illuminati but if you remember he didn’t fair all that well in the A vs. X story line. How his replacement is picked is obvious but really well done as it opens the story up and leaves you with a lot more questions and eager for some explanations. There are some flash backs to fill in the moments we may have missed and just the whole purpose of the Illuminati and need for the group, then set to solving the problem at hand. Earths from parallel dimensions are colliding into one another and are unraveling the very fabric of space time. Something has happened on another Earth to set this into motion, what it is we can only guess at the moment. What we do know is a few Earths have already fallen victim to the cataclysmic event and if not for the Black Panther our Earth would be among them.
Now comes the planning and how do we stop it, fix it, or keep it from happing and so, out come the infinity gems. This was a holy crap moment for me as my heads starts to fill with all the other story lines of how this could have happened. Each member of the Illuminati in possession of a gem and that can only lead to more questions (like when the hell did that happen) along with the forming of the Infinity Gauntlet which, by the way, shouldn’t even work (way too many stories to explain just trust me). Now at this point Hickman is just showing off with his skill as a writer and his ability to set such a fantastic stage for a story. The moment at the end of issue three was another holy crap moment that I had to read again just to make sure I got it right the first time, there are so many twists and turns and you even feel the friction between Namor and Black Panther for the slaughter of the Panthers people, but even that is so well done you can’t wait to see it resolved.
Issue four came out last week and I found I was holding my breath the entire issue, the story already gripping enough but accompanied with the art of Steve Epting is a powerful combo. If I could I would turn this into a TV show, and how the story unfolds almost feels like one. Now we get to see the eater of world, Galaktus and a Terrax handle the impending problem. If you wait for the trade paperback on this you’re only hurting yourself. These issues are must haves and are still on the shelf, and if you do wait for the trade, after reading it you’re just going to want the issues that much more. Out of this story, I know later it will cross into Guardians of the Galaxy since Ironman is on the team….But that is a story of another time.