When we last left the Young X-Men, they were confronted by Beast (of our time), and brought to the future in order to maybe change recent events. The big questions are what will happen when the Young X-Men meet their future shelves, and what will Cyclops do when he sees Jean Grey.
With Brian Michael Bendis’ run on the Avengers, Marvel had to pick a worthy successor to take over one of its flagship franchises…and no one is more worthy than Jonathan Hickman. I for one have been on Avengers overload as of late, but still decided to take the plunge.
Avengers Arena doesn’t shy away from the fact that it’s completely lifting its story from books and movies (Battle Royale, Hunger Games) but what sets it apart from those stories is that all the contestants are super powered (for the most part) as these super teens are taken to an island by the villain Arcade and told to fight to the death for 30 days or else everyone will die.
I was a bit worried about All New X-Men when I first heard about it, time traveling Mutants in an already crowded X-Universe didn’t sound like the best idea. However, Brain Michael Bendis is at the helm of this one and although things still aren’t quite clear, he looks to be having these X-Men going in the right direction.
When we last left Deadpool he was face down with half a face, courtesy of Abe Lincoln. Luckily for Pool, he has some unlikely friends and one of them comes to his aid…Ben Franklin?! Have I missed issues? Was there a 90’s Franklin/Deadpool teamup I haven’t heard about? Together Ben Franklin and Deadpool try and stop the reanimated corpses of the former founding fathers and may need some help from a certain Sorcerer Supreme.
Rick Remender promised he was going to change things up with Captain America and he has, this isn’t your father’s Super Solider. Although Remender is taking Captain America in a different direction theme wise, he is still the same character wise. The contrast in setting leads for a fantastic read as we see Cap in more of a sci-fi story as he travels through time itself.
The Sixth Gun tells the story of six pistols with otherworldly powers. One of these guns (the most dangerous) surfaces years later in the hands of an innocent girl. The forces of darkness reawaken and along with them come men long thought dead who have set their sights on retrieving the gun and killing the girl. The only person standing in their way is Drake Sinclair, a mysterious gunfighter.
Being a huge fan of Deadpool and a big fan of Daniel Way’s Deadpool run; I was very exciting going into this series. The big problem when you get a character like Deadpool, is balancing the humor and action. We often get very different approaches and interpretations of the character (Daniel Way and Rick Remender) and that may confuse some readers.
Marvel NOW! kicks off it’s first week with a relaunch for one of the cornerstones of the Marvel Universe, Iron Man. What’s interesting about this series is that we are not seeing the same old Tony Stark (though he is still very much the playboy type he always has been) but we are seeing a Tony that is beginning to question his role in this Universe.
The Final Execution storyline has been going for while now, and with every passing issue the series continues to get more dark and hopeless. We are now behind the 8 ball as Evan (clone of Apocalypse) has been mentally and physically tortured by the New Brotherhood (lead by Daken, son of Wolverine) into becoming what the X-Force feared he would become.
There are Two Hobgoblins in New York City?! This cannot be good for your friendly neighborhood Peter Parker?! Due to a new tech weapon that has sent Spider-Man’s Spider Sense into hyper drive, Peter was helpless as the new Hobgoblin captured him and took him back to Shadowland and the Kingpin. The new Hobgoblin kidnapped Peter and has demanded a ransom (a briefcase Spider-Man snagged a few issues ago) that he has ordered Spider-Man bring to Shadowland.
The Flash is known for his blazing speed and writer Francis Manapu and artist Brian Buccellato are doing a fantastic job of giving a comic that isn’t slow and dull but exciting and fast. Some may complain about the fact that the Flash seems to be fighting a new villain every comic (and sometimes his entire Rogue…see Flash Annual #1) but I for one am really enjoying the entire series.
Havok, Rogue and Scarlet Witch have very big parts in this issue and it appears that Remender has big things planned for them in this series. When the team was first announced, I was a bit skeptical but Remender does a great job at making the reader feel that every member belongs on the team for a reason, expect for one.
I didn’t know what to expect going into this, Snyder hit a homerun with the Court of the Owls storyline so I guess I expected him to stumble out of the gates with “Death of the Family” oh, how wrong I was!