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.
There’s a war brewing between the superheroes, a division between Iron Man and the Avengers and Captain Marvel and the Ultimates, marked by the deaths of War Machine and She-Hulk. An Inhuman named Ulysses has emerged with the ability to predict the future. Should his powers be used to protect the future or change the future? Battle lines are being drawn, meet me after the jump for my thoughts on Civil War II #2.
We’ve all heard the hype about Marvel Comics next big event, a sequel to the acclaimed mini-series that inspired the biggest movie of the year so far, yeah, I’m talking about Marvel’s Civil War II. It began at the start of this month with a Free Comic Book Day special, and then this past week with a zero issue. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on the prelude to Civil War II.
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
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.
When we last left Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, they had reunited and defeated A.I.M.’s super Super-Adaptoid, only to find the evil scientist cabal had also awakened the Avengers’ deadliest foe, Ultron. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on “The Ultimates,” the latest episode of “Avengers: Ultron Revolution.”
“Marvel’s Avengers Assemble” is back with a third season, but with a new title, a slightly new look, and a new direction. Redubbed “Marvel’s Avengers: Ultron Revolution,” things are a bit different and still much the same. There is a lot to talk about, meet me after the jump for my thoughts on “Adapting to Change.”
The details are coming in on the big Marvel Comics crossover event featuring the Avengers this spring – AVENGERS STANDOFF: ASSAULT ON PLEASANT HILL ALPHA – and it’s a lot bigger and more exciting than we thought. More details and a special sneak preview are after the jump, check it out!
New York, NY—September 14th, 2015 — This October, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are reforged, retooled and recharged for the All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe! But first, kickoff the all-new Avengers line of titles with AVENGERS #0 – featuring new stories setting the stage for six new ongoing series! Someone is watching, carefully studying the movements of the Avengers and those in their orbit. But are they friend, or foe?!
The spring blockbuster film, Avengers: Age of Ultron just came away with $225 million in box office receipts during its opening weekend. With a big box of popcorn in my lap, I thought the flick was great. You can read our spoiler-free review of it right here.
Why final issues?
Well, that’s all ‘cos of this week’s release of Secret Wars #1. Follow me after the jump for the scoop!
Here at Biff Bam Pop! we’re featuring The GAR! Podcast, which is my friend Ray Cornwall and I talking unrehearsed about whatever happens to come to mind. It’s a nerd exploration of a nerd world, usually with more “Breaking Bad” and Prince references than you can shake a stick at.