From Secret Empire To Marvel Legacy – Secret Warriors #7, Guardians #12, Iron Man #593, Hulk #709, Champions #13, Luke Cage #166, Monsters Unleashed #7, Venom #156, Cable #150, Spider-Gwen #25 And Thor #700

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Today, in Marvel Comics titles, characters are still struggling with the events of Secret Empire – and the legacy it brings with it.

Secret Warriors #7 by Matthew Rosenberg, Juanan Ramirez and John Rauch has Deadpool living up to his Secret Empire legacy at the hands of Quake, for killing a certain Phil Coulson….

While he tries to find his own penance in All-New Guardians Of The Galaxy #12 by Gerry Duggan and Rod Reis– or at least an escape hatch.

But while Deadpool finds no joy, Scott Lang – who was Hydra’s secret agent within the Marvel heroes resistance, has similar reasons for getting off planet, as everyone seems to hate him. The other Guardians can relate – most of them.

And so he’s in with the Guardians. The Secret Empire closure of SHIELD has seen the Marvel super-prison Ryker’s Island empty out in Invincible Iron Man #593 by Brian Bendis, Stefano Caselli, Alex Maleev and Marte Gracia, putting lots of the Iron Man rogue gallery back on the street…

Venom #156 by Mike Costa, Mark Bagley, John Dell, Scott Hanna and Dono Sanchez-Almara sees Eddie Brock’s new tabloid reporting skills provide Fact Channel with new content – and a new anchor.

But as ever some people just don’t like change. So, for them. X-Men Gold bring back a certain look…

But hang on, with the rolling Marvel timeline, the X-Men weren’t active like this – or at all – in the nineties, as everything must now have taken place in the twenty-first century from the Fantastic Four’s space flight, up. It’s a strange thought but it means that the Marvel Universe is now all set after 9/11.  Oh and talking of the Fantastic Four…

Bendis is keeping the spirit alive in Invincible Iron Man, More evidence that he’ll be the one to revive the team? But as for the nineties spirit, Longshot is getting even more of that over in Cable #150 by Ed Brisson, Jon Malin and Jesus Aburtov

Is that Cable’s bike or is it Bloodwulf’s? Don’t pick it apart too much, Longshot, as Monsters Unleashed #7 by Cullen Bunn, Andrea Broccardo and Chris Sotomayor is in danger of doing…

While Spider-Gwen #25 by Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez, and Rico Renzi can only wait a page…

 

before repeating themselves…

Call it a recognition of very recent legacy. And talking of 9/11, Champions #13 by Mark Waid, Humberto Ramos, Victor Olazaba and Edgar Delgado goes somewhere I don’t think any superhero comic has been since, the One World Trade Center now under threat…

Too soon? And from high above the sky scrapers, to down below far from anything above two stories… Luke Cage is engaging in his journey across the USA in Luke Cage #166 by David F Walker, Guillermo Sanna and Marcio Menyz. Has much changed?

Not that much it seems. It’s not just the nineties that are with us, but the fifties diner seem everpresent. Which Thor #700 by Jason Aaron, Walt Simonson, Matthew Wilson, Russell Dauterman, Daniel Acuna, James Harren, Dave Stewart, Becky Cloonan, Das Pastoras, Chris Burnham, Ive Svorcina, Andrew MacLean, Jill Thompson, Mike Del Mundo and Olivier Coipel, takes in all comers and reminds us of one plot twist from the eighties with Thompson’s art…

Man, you should have seen all the hateful tweets and YouTube videos over Marvel’s decision to turn Thor into a frog back then. And while Thor shows lip service to a certain film with a hammerless, shawn Thor Odinson, today’s Incredible Hulk #709 by Greg Pak, Greg Land, Jay Leisten and Frank D’Armata is a little more on the nose.

There are other aspects that both titles tap into for the Thor Ragnarok movie though. And after embargoes are up tomorrow I’ll be able to talk about them as well!

 

(Last Updated October 18, 2017 8:28 am )