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EDITOR’s UPDATE: It looks like time hasn’t run out on our heroes just yet! Although listed as a release today on their website, Marvel is actually releasing Avengers #44 on Wednesday, April 29. Our multiverse and your local comic book shop have a few days of life left to them- enjoy all they offer today!
Wow! Are we here already?
Issue number forty-four of Marvel Comics’ flagship title, Avengers, and it’s the last issue of the series!
For just over three years, writer Jonathan Hickman has been regaling readers with his Marvel Universe-spanning, epically heroic, science fiction tale – and it’s all coming to an end right before this year’s sure-fire-blockbuster, Avengers: Age of Ultron, comes out in theatres!
What gives? Well, in comic book land, every ending is but a new beginning, isn’t it?
Let’s first take a closer look at the must-read end, shall we? Follow me after the jump for more on Avengers #44!
The older I get, the less interested I am in the comic book industry’s various BIG-SUMMER-BLOCKBUSTER comic book series’. These titles are all marketed as “game changers” where some important character will inevitably die. But changing the game loses its meaning when it’s done every year. And dead characters come back to life all the time.
It’s an unwavering eventuality.
Still, I find that even when I’m not all that interested in a series like the one I’m about to recommend, there’s a bit of a sweet tooth in the back of my head that says “you need to feed me some summer blockbuster action!”
Well, sweet tooth, feed on the action and intrigue within the pages of Convergence #1!
Why? Because on May 1st, one of this year’s most eagerly anticipated summer movies drops into our cinema-going laps.
That’s right! Your favourite Marvel Comics superheroes return for another big-budget adventure in Avengers: Age of Ultron!
But who, exactly, is this Ultron character – a comic book villain that most people around the globe would probably mistake for the main protagonist in the 1999 animated sci-fi flick, The Iron Giant? No worries. This month, Marvel has got you covered. You’ll know exactly who Ultron is – and the threat he poses to mankind everywhere with Avengers: Ultron Forever #1.
Follow me after the jump for the menacing scoop!
No. Marvel Comics has been mining that theoretical science in the form of monthly stories for a long time, too. Now, I’m not generally a fan of superhero comic book tales that fall outside of their more mainstream and well-recognized world, but there are occasions where a different take can really shed some new light on a well-known character.
And as we all know, with great power, comes great responsibility.
So what happens when Gwen Stacy is the one bitten by the radioactive spider?
Follow me after the jump for the rundown on Spider-Gwen #1!
Has there ever been a more nefarious quote from a more nefarious villain?
Like we all knew would happen, 2015 is quickly becoming the year of Star Wars. Disney’s purchase of LucasFilm a few years ago is ramping up events in anticipation of a new film at the end of this year and with Marvel, the “House of Ideas”, under the Mouse’s umbrella, Star Wars is finding itself on comic book store shelves everywhere.
Even with Star Wars being around for nearly four decades (holey moley!), follow me after the jump for a new first for the franchise!
That’s what it’s being called, the upcoming summer changes to the comic book line that DC Comics is publishing, as well as the way they will go about creating them. And while that statement may turn out to be true, and while it’s great for comic book readers to get excited over the announcement, the truth is that readers have heard it all before.
One thing is for certain: The bold New52 initiative that DC Comics started almost four years ago, has gotten old and tired.
The only question that remains is: will the stories be any better with the upcoming comic book products?
There are so many great comic book compilations available this holiday season, you’re sure to find something of interest for a friend or loved one (or yourself). The only thing you have going against you right now is time.
Still, it’s not too late to grab something and wrap it up before the holidays!
Here then, is the second installment of our great comic book compilation list. You can find the first one, published yesterday, right here. Of course, we have other comic recommendations for the holiday season here and here as well as more pricey picks here and here.
Follow me after the jump for some fantastic suggestions!
Over the last few weeks, our 2014 Gift Guide has detailed a number of comic book related ideas that you should consider wrapping up for that special pop-culture comic book fan in your life. You can check out two of those lists here and here.
Now, those selections are a little on the pricier side of things, but there are a number of fantastic – and affordable – comic book related compilations that you could lovingly give this holiday season.
Follow me after the jump, and I’ll run through eight different titles, in multiple collections, that everyone needs to reading!
Look, the DC Universe is a complex thing.
Despite the attempts of creative and quite brilliant writers, artists and editors to simplify a readers’ understanding of the various realities, superheroes and super villains that make up the history (and our enjoyment) of the DC Comics company, it’ll just have to remain convoluted. And mysterious. And fun. Blame the Flash of Two Worlds.
Understand: no amount of reboots or re-numberings can change that.
Still, today sees the seemingly incomprehensible DC Multiverse look more beautiful, more organized and more appealing than ever before.
Join me after the jump for Multiversity #1!
This whole Marvel NOW! initiative (Marvel Comics’ sort of re-boot and re-fresh answer to DC’s New 52 of a few years ago) has had some interesting results. Issues of Uncanny Avengers, Daredevil and Electra have been provocative. As has the design of the covers which aim to have each Marvel NOW! comic visually jump off the store shelves.
One of the more interesting launches has been Moon Knight, which, six-months later, wraps up its story.
Follow me after the jump for more info on that!