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Heroes and Villains – Reviewing The Week’s Marvels 2-1-2017

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This week in Heroes and Villains our selection of new Marvel Comics includes two superhero teams, one elder and one younger, a major villain of a completely different universe, Star Wars, and the best and most fun new super-heroine of the year so far. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on Avengers #4, Champions #5, Darth Maul #1, and The Unstoppable Wasp #2!

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What Makes an Avenger? Reviewing the New Avengers and the New Champions

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What makes an Avenger? It has nothing to do really with the heroes themselves, but it has to do with perception. You can say I’m an old man or a traditionalist or just stubborn, but when I think Avengers, I have some very specific heroes in mind, and lately, I’m not getting them in any of the comics out there at the moment calling themselves Avengers.

You could say I’m resistant to change. You could throw the Silver Age example of Cap’s Kooky Quartet at me, and say that I accepted that change without bitching, but that’s not quite true. Captain America and that trio of ex-villains still had to prove themselves in combat against Doctor Doom, Kang, Attuma, and the Masters of Evil, before anyone really believed they were the Avengers.

Here’s the bottom line. When Ultron and an army of Ultroids are incinerating your neighborhood and threatening the human race with extinction, do you want to see the Falcon with Captain America’s shield, a woman dressed like Thor, and Spider-Man, who for years the Daily Bugle has told us was a menace – or do you want Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man? What’s your confidence level?

Meet me after the jump, and we’ll see how the newest heroes to call themselves Avengers, and Champions, are working out, are they worthy?

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Marvel’s new Champions arrive today

As the Marvel Universe continues to deal with the second Civil War, which is still a few months from completion, today sees the release of the first issue detailing a new team of super heroes – the Champions.


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Avengers Assemble S02 E06: Nighthawk

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One of my favorite comics from the 1970s was Defenders, and slapdash teaming of heroes who would never ever make up a decent or harmonious superhero team – it’s initial formation included Doctor Strange, the Hulk, the Sub-Mariner, and the Silver Surfer, just to give you an idea. One of my favorite characters in that series was a later member who became a mainstay of the book – Nighthawk. This week on “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble” he makes his (serious) animated debut. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on “Nighthawk.”

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Titanic Teams – Gone But Not Forgotten Teams of the Marvel Universe

When you think super-teams in the Marvel Comics universe, the Avengers come to mind immediately, followed quickly by the Fantastic Four, the X-Men and half a dozen others. I’m going to delve a little deeper, and take a journey into the forgotten corners of the Marvel Universe. Here’s a look at some of the forgotten teams of the Marvel Universe.

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