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Marvels and Monsters – Reviewing The Mighty Captain Marvel and Monsters Unleashed

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This week we have two number one issues from Marvel Comics, one spinning out of a major crossover event and the other setting up its own crossover event. The Mighty Captain Marvel #1 chronicles Carol Danvers’ triumphant return to Alpha Flight as America’s greatest hero, and Monsters Unleashed adds a whole slew of new giant monsters to the already existing kaiju pantheon of the Marvel Universe. Check out my reviews after the jump.

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Avengers: Ultron Revolution S03 E22: World War Hulk

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With the Red Hulk turned into a “perfect weapon” by the Leader last episode, the Avengers, without their own Hulk, have to stop the bigger, badder, and hotter Rulk by themselves. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on the latest episode of Avengers: Ultron Revolution – “World War Hulk!”

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – The Comics

ag1While we’re on Election Week break with the Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series, I thought I’d take a peek at the ongoing Marvel comic of the same name. I wrote about S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 about a year ago here, but a lot has happened since then, including this ongoing series. The Agents have become firmly rooted in the Marvel Universe of the comics, and even embroiled in Civil War II. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – the comic series.

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Guardians of the Galaxy S01 E25: “Won’t Get Fooled Again”

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With an episode called “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” I can’t help but wonder how many times Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy animated series has actually fooled us. Seriously this show has had more false endings than Lord of the Rings. I’m not taking bets that this is the last episode, but still, meet me after the jump, for my thoughts on “Won’t Get Fooled Again.”

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MONSTERS UNLEASHED PRELUDE Sets The Stage For Marvel’s Monstrous New Series!

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New York, NY—September 21st, 2016 — Long before Super Heroes patrolled the skies, mammoth monsters roamed the Marvel Universe – leaving wanton destruction in their wake. Now, they have returned! Before their explosive re-emergence in the all new spectacular MONSTERS UNLEASHED #1 – catch up on the rich history of these marvelous monsters with the MONSTERS UNLEASHED PRELUDE TPB coming to comic shops and bookstores everywhere in January! Peel back this brand-new cover from artist Greg Land and you’ll find a treasure trove of iconic stories and first appearances! Titanic tales from the past and present designed to get fans everywhere prepared for MONSTERS UNLEASHED!  Details after the jump…

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Glenn Walker Reviews Civil War II: Choosing Sides #1 and Ultimates #8

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Choosing Sides, the companion title to Civil War II, is out this week, more an anthology loosely linked to the ongoing story than anything else, it treats us to tales of Nick Fury, Night Thrasher, and Damage Control. Also out this week is the newest issue of Ultimates, retelling the start of this crossover event. Check out my reviews after the jump.

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Biff Bam Pop’s It’s All Connected – Just a Kid from Brooklyn: Captain America, American Memories of World War II, and the MCU, Part II

 

Splash page from The Ultimates #1, 2002. Script by Mark Millar, art by Bryan Hitch.

Splash page from The Ultimates #1, 2002. Script by Mark Millar, art by Bryan Hitch.

In the first part of this essay, I briefly sketched the construction of American memories of World War II that began slightly before the war and continue into the 21st century. In many ways the war has become a defining part of American identity, and the dominant, triumphal memory narrative we have created about it serves to elevate American participation in the war almost to the level of the sacred, and certainly to the realm of the simple black and white, good v. evil duality that is much more comforting than any messy and contradictory reality might be. The character of Steve Rogers/Captain America is one of the more perfect cultural artifacts to illustrate this process of memory construction, and the ways in which counter-memories, which challenge the dominant narrative, inevitably influence the national mythology.

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If I Did It – Fantastic Four

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Here at Biff Bam Pop!, we can be pretty critical of the movies, television, and comics we love. I know I’m guilty of it. It’s easy to criticize, but the question is – could I do it better? Now we present the next in our series, If I Did It, where contributors tell how they would do things differently in work they disliked.

Meet me after the jump for the next edition of If I Did It… featuring a film about which many have had their say, including our own Andy Burns right here, and Ray Cornwall and myself on The GAR! Podcast right here. Yep, I’m talking about Fantastic Four

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Guardians of the Galaxy S01 E11: Space Cowboys

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The Guardians of the Galaxy are back with the second half of the first season of their animated series. This time out they drop right into the conflict between two Elders of the Universe – the Collector and the Grandmaster. Meet me after the hyperspace jump for my thoughts on “Space Cowboys.”

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Marvel’s Agent Carter S02 E03: Better Angels

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In the aftermath of our last episode of “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” the presumably late Doctor Jason Wilkes has been blamed (or is that framed?) for the explosion at Isodyne Energy, and evidence has appeared making him out to be a Russian spy. Can Peggy find out what really happened? And what of The Council, Dottie Underwood, and Whitney Frost? Meet me after the Cold War jump for my thoughts on “Better Angels.”

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