This week, the network television new season line-ups were revealed, and at the front of ABC’s offerings was the Avengers television spin-off “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” And we have not one, but two sneak peeks!
Every other week, Jason Shayer will highlight an issue or a run of issues pulled from the horde of comic book long boxes that occupy more room in his house than his wife can tolerate. Each of these reviews will delve into what made that issue or run significant as well as discuss the creative personalities behind the work. “Long Box” refers to the lengthy, white cardboard boxes most comics find themselves stored within – bagged, alphabetized and numerically ordered.
Iron Man #149-150 is a great two-part story celebrating Iron Man’s 150th issue. Michelinie and Layton would revist this storyline in a sequel published in 1989 in Iron Man #249-250.
Tony discovers that an executive in his company has sold technology to Latveria, a country on Stark International’s black list. Iron Man intercepts the technology before it gets into Doom’s hands, but all that does in infurate Doom who then dispatches his minions to steal the technology back. They succeed and Tony decides to pay a “diplomatic” visit to Latveria and confronts Doctor Doom as Iron Man.
Their discussion leads to a physical confrontation: “You should not have done that, Errand boy. I was going to make your death a swift one!” But before anything can be resolved, one of Doom’s minons with a grudge, Hauptmann, sends them both back in time.
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By the end of this weekend we’ll probably all have seen the third installment of the Iron Man film series, Iron Man 3. The armored avenger seems to be more popular now than ever before. He wasn’t always this popular though, even to comics fans.
When I was a wee one, I didn’t even know who Iron Man was, beyond the guy in the armor in the Avengers. My very first impression of him, my first comic book with him in it… was a wild one. It was a comic that showed me a whole different side of Iron Man, or at least in the memory of a six year old boy. I’ll be back after the jump with my memories and thoughts on The Incredible Hulk #131 from 1970.
This week’s episode features the return of some of the more intriguing recent additions to the “Doctor Who” mythos. Last seen building reputations as great but mysterious detectives in “The Snowmen,” the Silurian Madame Vastra, her human companion Jenny Flint, and her Sontaran valet Strax return to confront “The Crimson Horror,” but where are The Doctor and Clara? Check out my recap and review, after the jump…
Wow! That was all I could think walking out of Iron Man Three late late last night. This was a phenomenal film, but it was sooo not what I expected. This flick was not what anyone expected. And it will blow everyone away. This is the must-see film of the summer so far. Check out my relatively spoiler-free review after the jump.
Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe officially begins in less than two weeks with Iron Man 3, but the second installment is already in place for a fall release, the second solo adventure of everyone’s favorite thunder god, Thor The Dark World!
Thor returns to Earth to defend both Midgard and Asgard from the forces of Malekith, Kurse, and Loki. The film stars returning cast members Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, and Anthony Hopkins among others, along with former Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston as Malekith the Accursed.
Today is a grim day in the Marvel Comics Universe. Ultron, the Avengers’ most dangerous enemy, has won. The world woke up one morning and found itself conquered, mankind murdered or subjugated, and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes on the run or in hiding.
Now the good guys have a plan to take back the Earth. In Book Three, Luke Cage has journeyed to the center of the beast known as Ultron, only to find his old teammate, the Vision, pulling the strings. Shocker! Age of Ultron Book Four – the story, the review, and the rant, continue after the jump.