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Avengers: Secret Wars S04 E02: Avengers No More, Part Two

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With the Avengers shot across dimensions by the Leader’s static expander, the Black Panther must face the new Cabal alone.  Can he get away and gather a team of new Avengers to not only defeat the Cabal, but save the original Avengers?  Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on “Avengers No More, Part Two.”

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The Flash S03 E23: ‘Finish Line’

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Iris West is dead. Or is she? In The Flash, a show that has out-timey-wimey-ed even Doctor Who this season with the time travel twists, anything could be possible. Now the season finale is here, and we’ll find out if Iris is really dead, as Team Flash squares off for possibly the last time with Savitar and Killer Frost, and who knows what might happen? Meet me after the speed and time traveling jump for my review of the more-than-appropriately titled “Finish Line.”

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Relive Days Gone By With “Black Hammer Giant-Sized Annual” On The Wednesday Run

black-hammer-giant-sized-annual-1The comic book annual.

In many ways, the comic book annual is a thing of the past – the last refuge of a special excitement for regular readers of an ongoing comic book series. For the most part, the “Annual” magic died out in the mid-1990’s. That makes for at least two generations of young comic book readers that have never really known the thrill of the double-sized, more experimental, stories that “Annuals” often produced.

Today, the “Annual” has generally been replaced by the one-shot issue, the miniseries, or completely wiped from existence in lieu of publishing multi-part stories within an ongoing comic book, that can be easily collected into trade paperbacks or hardcovers. With market-driven forces changed and thin margins and full workloads, there is no appetite for the back-end work needed to create a separate visual tale within the story of an ongoing series.

But there was a time when comic books were madcap fun – and the “Annual” was a staple and eagerly anticipated part of comic book lore.

One series aims to return to those glory days.

Today sees the release of the thrilling, multi-faceted, multi-part, Black Hammer Giant-Sized Annual!

And all of comic book fandom rejoices!

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Prologue to CW’s “Heroes v Aliens”

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Television crossovers rarely happened in the past, and when they did, it was more in the way of a backdoor pilot or a guest-star role. Things like Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley spring to mind, but there were full-blown crossovers in the past – doctors from St. Elsewhere visited the bar Cheers, and Charlie’s Angels solved a mystery on The Love Boat – but in an age where we have huge extended continuities like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it happens a lot more often. Meet me after the jump and we’ll discuss one of the most ambitious crossovers in recent television history – Heroes v Aliens, Invasion in the Arrowverse!

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Glenn Walker Reviews Civil War II #6

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War Machine is dead. She-Hulk is barely alive after a coma. The Hulk is dead, killed by Hawkeye. And now Spider-Man might kill Captain America? Is this really what we want in a comic book? Are readers that bloodthirsty that we’ve entered the era where Rollerball and Death Race are almost real? Surely it can’t be that bad, or as Civil War II #6 rolls out the week before one of the most insane US Presidential elections in history, is it? Or perhaps there is a more sinister reason behind all this. Meet me after the jump for my admittedly dark pre-Halloween pre-election thoughts on Civil War II #6…

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The Flash S03 E04: “The New Rogues”

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In this episode of The Flash we’re introduced to not just one, but two Rogues from the comics – Mirror Master and the Top. Although there may be some major differences in these villains as they make their way to the small screen. Meet me after the super speed jump for my review of “The New Rogues.”

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Biff Bam Pop’s Alien Invasion – “Invasion!” (The 1989 DC Comic Book Series)

InvasionLook, it’s a love/hate relationship, this thing I have with event comics. And I know I’m not alone. It’s what allows me to sleep at night.

Sleep. You know, that lovely send off into a velvety landscape, while the radio whispers sweet Coast-To-Coast conspiracy nothings in your ear about fires in the sky and the reptilians from the Alpha Draconis star system hidden secretly among us?

Yes, sleep.

Ok. Back to event comics, those incredibly action-packed money suckers that not so slyly entice you into buying a whole host of crossover comic books, titles you’d certainly not read if it wasn’t for the event imprint on the top of the cover! But you just want to see all of your favourite superheroes together.

The event comics naturally promise that worlds will live and that worlds will die and that the state of the comic book universe will never be the same. And they promise it every summer.

In 1989, DC’s event comic went other-worldly.

The aliens aren’t coming, you see. The aliens came.

And within three 80-page issues, the earth’s greatest (DC) superheroes beat them all back!

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Glenn Walker Reviews Spider-Man and Hercules in Civil War II

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There’s no issue of the main Civil War II series this week, but the conflict that crosses the entire Marvel Universe this summer continues, on a small scale, with the heroes Spider-Man and Hercules, among others. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on Civil War II: Amazing Spider-Man #1 and Civil War II: Gods of War #1.

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Glenn Walker Reviews Civil War II #1

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We’ve seen the preludes to war in Civil War II in issue #0 and the Free Comic Book Day special, which I talked about here, but this week the main event begins with Civil War II #1. Writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist David Marquez bring us the next big epic from Marvel Comics, and you’ve got my thoughts on it, after the jump.

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Everything Old Is New Again With DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1 On The Wednesday Run

DC Universe Rebirth #1Nearly five years ago, DC Comics, in one of their annual summer event series, did away with decades of comic book publishing history, continuity and brilliant stories with the unthinkable.

To both the horror and the delight of fandom, the company ended every title they published, starting them up again with brand new #1 issues. Over a span of weeks, fifty-two new titles would be released, an unprecedented move in the industry, designed to start everyone – characters and readers alike – from scratch.

It must be said, for every great new title, there was also a handful that underperformed.

Nearly five years later, in lieu of declining sales and market share, the committee of editors, writers and artists that make up the captaincy of DC Comics, decided something was missing from their line of publications.

Today, we get the big event that will fix it all. Today, we get DC Universe: Rebirth #1.

Follow me after the jump for the whys and wherefores, which I’ll keep spoiler-free!

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