This week in Heroes and Villains our selection of new Marvel Comics includes some very precise distinctions of heroes and villains, folks who cross that line between the two. Meet me after the jump for my reviews of Captain America: Steve Rogers #12, Infamous Iron Man #5, Scarlet Witch #15, Thunderbolts #10, and Avengers #4.1… and beware, spoilers abound…
Folks who know me know that Kang the Conqueror is my favorite Avengers villain. They also know I believe that he is their ultimate archenemy, not Ultron, not the Masters of Evil, not Zodiac, and certainly not Thanos or the Squadron Supreme, but Kang. Here in the twelfth episode of the third season, he finally makes his Avengers Assemble debut. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on “The Conqueror.”
Marvel Comics’ Second Civil War continues this week with at least two comics, but is Marvel really all in on this event, or has it spread itself too thin with other current and upcoming events? Nevertheless, my reviews resume this week with Uncanny Inhumans #11 and Captain Marvel #6, as the side stories continue to shine more than the main series itself. Check them out, after the jump.
When most folks these days think of X-Factor, they think of that failed Simon Cowell talent show that ran for three seasons on Fox. I think of the short-lived teaming of the original X-Men that first encountered the mutant Apocalypse. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on X-Factor: Countdown to X-Men: Apocalypse.
The Guardians of the Galaxy didn’t always have a monopoly on Marvel space adventures. Old school Avengers fans know that space is where Earth’s mightiest heroes work best. From the Kree-Skrull War to Infinity and beyond, you don’t mess with the Avengers Assembled. Now Thanos is back, and our heroes are taking the battle to him, so meet me after the jump for my thoughts on “New Frontier.”
Sometimes bigger is better. And sometimes it’s really, really better. That’s the idea behind the massive, oversized collection Marvel has been releasing the last few years. Roughly the height of of IDW’s Artist Edition collections and the width of a slightly smaller Marvel Omnibus, we’ve seen Wolverine: The Adamantium Collection, X-Men: The Adamantium Collection and Marvels: The Platinum Edition Collection. I’m the proud owner of that last one, it being the fourth time I purchased the seminal Kurt Busiek/Alex Ross story (after a softcover version, a signed hardcover, and then the 10th anniversary reissue). This is literally a tome, expensive yet well worth the money.
The latest large-sizedc collection to hit well-inforced store shelves is Avengers: The Vibranium Collection, itself perfectly timed to coincide with the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Read the rest of this entry
Marvel Comics released an original graphic novel this week, Avengers: Rage of Ultron, written by Rick Remender and illustrated by Jerome Opena, with Pepe Larraz, and additional inks by Mark Morales. Supposedly in continuity the story pits the Avengers of today and yesterday against the threat of Ultron, ending with mind-boggling circumstances and an insubstantial cliffhanger. The title nails it – rage, which is what I felt while reading it. Be prepared for spoilers, and meet me after the time jump for my angry thoughts about Rage of Ultron.
For the month of February, we’ve been doing something special here at Biff Bam Pop! Each week our writers and correspondents will be compiling lists of their favorite things. As the resident Avengers guy here, I thought I’d let you all know what I think are my favorite Avengers stories, closing out this special month here at Biff Bam Pop!, after the jump.
For the month of February, we’ll be doing something special here at Biff Bam Pop! Each week our writers and correspondents will be compiling lists of their favorite things. Today, I’ll be talking about my favorite reboots. A reboot is when creators take what has come before, and trash it in favor of a whole new continuity. It’s pushing the restart button, it’s erasing the blackboard, it’s the ultimate do-over, and unfortunately, it happens a lot in pop culture. Meet me after the jump for my favorite reboots.
Marvel Comics’ ten-issue maxi-series Age of Ultron is over by a few weeks. The massive time travel epic that had the Avengers’ greatest enemy finally winning has come and gone – but what has really changed? And will there really be any change? You can read my thoughts after the jump.