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Heroes and Villains: Reviewing The Week’s Marvels 4-19-2017

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This week in Heroes and Villains our selection of new Marvel Comics include a new espionage series, a Hulk in space, and the opening salvos of Marvel’s next big event. Meet me after the jump for my reviews of Nick Fury #1, The Totally Awesome Hulk #18, Captain America: Steve Rogers #16, and Secret Empire #0… be warned, there be spoilers…

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Civil War II Prequels and Side Stories

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Civil War II is not just happening in the core title this summer and autumn (and possibly into winter!), but also throughout the Marvel Comics line. There have been a ton of comics connected to it and talking about it, or at least pretending to. Meet me after the jump and I’ll be discussing Civil War II comics featuring Ulysses, Karnak, Doctor Doom, Nick Fury, and the Totally Awesome Hulk, among others.

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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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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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Sneak Peek at Ultimate Spider-Man Vs. The Sinister Six – Agent Web

This Sunday, June 26, MARVEL’S ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VS. THE SINISTER SIX returns with an all-new episode airing at – 9:00am/8:00c on Disney X-D. Tune in for the new episode “Agent Web” where Spidey and the Inhuman, Triton, band together to save Nick Fury!  Check out the sneak peek after the jump.

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S03 E16: Paradise Lost

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Now that the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. know that Grant Ward is back, or at least something that looks like Grant Ward, they scramble to learn more about this new threat. But even as the good guys dig for answers, the creature called Hive is giving answers to the bad guys… and it scares even them… Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on “Paradise Lost.”

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Battle Lines Are Drawn in CIVIL WAR II: CHOOSING SIDES #1!

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Marvel Comics has been promoting the biggest comics event of the summer a lot lately, like voting in a national election, it’s time to make your stand and make your voice heard. Choose your side – Iron Man or Captain Marvel? Protect the Future or Change the Future? It’s time to choose! Meet me after the jump for details!

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S03 E11: Bouncing Back

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The longer “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is away, the more excited I am for its return. What is that old adage about the heart growing fonder? When we last left our heroes, they had been reunited, scored a major blow against Hydra, and made it home from the distant planet Maveth. Unfortunately the ancient Inhuman god they were trying to stop also made its way to Earth as well… in the form of ex-Agent Grant Ward… Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on “Bouncing Back.”

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Biff Bam Pop’s It’s All Connected: Dropping The S.H.I.E.L.D. Reveals Questions

Warning: The following article contains justifications, backronyms, and head-canon. Reader discretion is advised.

CoulsonThe moment when the scales fell from my eyes was about midway in the first Iron Man (2008) film. Tony Stark has escaped his captors, the Ten Rings, and has returned home. Pepper Potts is approached by a well groomed civil servant type who’d like a few words with Tony Stark.

But here’s the thing. He introduced himself as Phil Coulson, agent of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division. That was an ingenious acronym in a storytelling sense. By 2008 the word “homeland” had been abused so much that it would make anyone’s brain shut down. Okay, I picked it up, but for the majority of viewers it wouldn’t have meant anything.  

Coulson leads a strike force against Obadiah Stane (that doesn’t turn out so well), and eventually he asks Pepper to just call them S.H.I.E.L.D. Then we get the post-credits sequence. Spoiler: Nick Fury shows up.

Follow me after the jump where we’ll take a closer look at S.H.I.E.L.D. through its ever-changing state in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

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Feel & Celebrate The FURY: S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary #1 On The Wednesday Run

FURYI woke up this morning wanting to celebrate the day.

I threw on Attack and Release by The Black Keys, made a cup of coffee, sat down by my computer and, bopping my head to Strange Times, I started writing about S.H.I.E.L.D.

Did you know that the somewhat governmental espionage organization is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year?

That’s right. For the past month, Marvel Comics has been publishing one-off stories featuring characters intertwined with the organization as a means of lighting the candles and serving the cake to fans and revelers everywhere.

Today, it’s FURY: S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary #1. Meet me after the jump for some birthday cake!

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