Marvel Team-Up #6 – Review and Spoilers

This Ms. Marvel/Captain Marvel mini-series comes to an end this week with our two heroes facing off a possibly demented and certainly delusional Walter S Lawson, the hapless scientist whose identity Mar-Vell took all those many moons ago. (Well, everyone did think he was dead, to be fair.) With a Kree Starforce team on its way to Earth to investigate, things look set to get… unpleasant. Let’s find out how things go down… Continue reading Marvel Team-Up #6 – Review and Spoilers

The Invaders #9 Review

The world has got a Namor-sized problem. The Sub-Mariner possesses the Serpent Crown, is growing increasingly irrational and violent, and has also developed a chemical weapon that can change surface dwellers into water-breathers. Namor has problems too, though. His dead friend Tommy Machan keeps on appearing to him as a mental projection, and his influence seems to be putting further strain on Namor’s already fractured psyche rather than bringing the stability he clearly needs. There’s a lot at stake this issue. Let’s see how things pan out… Continue reading The Invaders #9 Review

The Punisher #15 Review

Last month’s issue ended with the big reveal of an impromptu street-level superteam led by Frank Castle and assembled without his knowledge by Black Widow. That ending was a nice symmetrical counterpoint to issue 13’s cliffhanger ending which revealed that Baron Zemo had resurrected his Thunderbolts team in order to track (and take) down The Punisher. It would not be unreasonable, then, to expect this issue to feature some super-powered fisticuffs. Let’s find out, eh? Continue reading The Punisher #15 Review

Champions #9 – Review and Spoilers

RiRi ‘Ironheart’ Williams showed up at the beginning of last issue wanting a chat with Viv Vision. By the time the issue ended, Viv had been knocked out and RiRi was standing over the body, gloating like the proverbial cat who had finally been given a saucer of cream all to herself. “What the hell?” would be a perfectly rational response to that particular turn of events. Let’s find out exactly what’s going on… Continue reading Champions #9 – Review and Spoilers

Silver Surfer (1968) #2 In-Depth Retro Review and Analysis

Silver Surfer 2 cover

Written by: Stan Lee

Art by: John Buscema and Joe Sinnott

Letters by: Sam Rosen

(Colours uncredited)

Available on Marvel Unlimited

The Silver Surfer is one of Marvel’s most iconic characters. Introduced in 1966 in Fantastic Four 48, it wasn’t long before he got his own Marvel series, and it’s not difficult to see why. Having agreed to a lifetime of service as Galactus’ herald in exchange for the continued existence and safety of his homeworld, two years after his first appearance Norrin Radd finds himself confined to Earth – his punishment for helping the Fantastic Four save the Earth from Galactus’ all-consuming hunger. The character of the Surfer is, then, one of Marvel’s ‘bigger’ characters. An alien who nevertheless embodies very human notions of nobility and self-sacrifice, he is an isolated and misunderstood figure, and his background is drenched in tragedy and pathos. While it’s true that other Marvel characters had similar issues at the time (Spider-Man, the Sub-Mariner and, especially, the Hulk all spring to mind), I’d argue that it’s the Silver Surfer who represents the pinnacle of what you might call Marvel’s melodramatic tragic style. While I’m very conscious that I might be talking complete rubbish (and a lot of it!), I hope you’ll allow me to explain what I mean, as we take a deep dive into the over-sized second issue of the character’s first solo series.

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Marvel Team-Up #5 Review and Spoilers

Carol and Kamala have been tracking down a gang of thieves who have been stealing Kree technology from various Damage Control warehouses up and down the east coast. At the end of last issue, they finally confronted the gang only to find out that its leader is none other than Mar-Vell the long-presumed dead Kree supersoldier whose name Carol now bears. Or is he? Let’s find out… Continue reading Marvel Team-Up #5 Review and Spoilers

Marvel Monsters #1 Review and Spoilers

arvel has a grand tradition of monsters and last year’s Monsters Unleashed book charted the adventures of Kid Kaijo (Kei Kawade) as he came to grips with his power to conjure monsters just by drawing them. This book is very much a follow-up to those issues. It shows us Kei investigating a brand new wave of monster sightings. Let’s see how he gets on… Continue reading Marvel Monsters #1 Review and Spoilers

Savage Sword of Conan #8 Review and Spoilers

Conan’s done what Conan often does – got himself into a mess. Having signed on as a bodyguard for an overweight and heavily indebted merchant in the city of Shadizar, he now finds himself having to take his erstwhile employer’s place in a high-stakes card game after the merchant drops dead, apparently poisoned. Does he even know how to play? You know, there’s only one way to find out… Continue reading Savage Sword of Conan #8 Review and Spoilers

Conan The Barbarian: Exodus #1 Review and Spoilers

Writer and artist Esad Ribic’s decision to rely solely on image and layout to tell most of his story forces the reader to dwell longer on the visuals of the story and he is a good enough storyteller to make it worth your while to do so. Allow me to explain… Continue reading Conan The Barbarian: Exodus #1 Review and Spoilers

Champions #8 Review and Spoilers

Sam Alexander’s in a spot of bother. Having taken Kaldera, a Black Order assassin, to a Nova outpost to retrieve his Nova helmet (a decision that produced a depressingly predictable amount of bloodshed and mayhem), he’s found out that the helmet’s already been stolen and taken back to Earth. Oh, the irony! This issue has “big, messy confrontation” written all over it, doesn’t it? Let’s see what’s going on… Continue reading Champions #8 Review and Spoilers

Age of Conan: Belit #5 Review And Spoilers

To be fair, Tini Howard’s Belit is a strong, engaging character and Niemcyk’s art (although not really my favorite style) has grown on me and both do a decent job of telling their chosen story. The fact it’s not really the story I wanted is just one of life’s little annoyances, isn’t it? Let’s see how it ends… Continue reading Age of Conan: Belit #5 Review And Spoilers

Punisher Annual #1 Review

Written by: Karla Pacheco Art by: Andy Gorham and Andy Owens, and Szymon Kudranski Colours by: Matt Milla, and Erick Arciniega Letters by: VC’s Cory Petit Annuals are funny things. Being one-off issues, they represent an opportunity for experimentation and the kind of off-the-wall storytelling that doesn’t always present itself in regular monthly titles. Marvel has deliberately embraced that opportunity this summer with a number … Continue reading Punisher Annual #1 Review

Champions #7 Review

Written by: Jim Zub

Art by: Steven Cummings

Colours by: Marcio Menyz

Letters by: VC’s Clayton Cowles

So, lots has been happening to our team of super-youngsters lately. With Kamala having doubts about her fitness to lead the team, and Sam (Nova) Alexander taking off with former Black Order assassin Kaldera in an effort to retrieve his stolen helmet, the team is currently experiencing… well, about the right amount of angst, self-doubt, heartache and (not so mild) peril you might expect from a team comprised of teenagers. It’s a heady brew and no mistake. Let’s imbibe…

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