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Astonishing X-Men #14 cover by Greg Land and Frank D'Armata

Astonishing X-Men #14 Review: Emotionally and Visually Disconnected

Beast has somehow revived Banshee, and the returned Sean Cassady saves Havok and Beast from the Reaver attack. Warpath also arrives to lend aid, as Kitty Pryde sent him to keep an eye on Alex Summers. After dispatching the Reavers, Alex decides to build upon this makeshift team. Hank leads him to Colossus, who is […]

Astonishing X-Men #13 cover by Greg Land and Frank D'Armata

Astonishing X-Men #13 Review: What if All the X-Men Hated One Another?

Havok is trying to get back into the hero business, and he has started with a giant monster attacking New York. He defeats it, but it falls onto a building. The Avengers arrive to inform Alex that they intended to pacify it peacefully as per an agreement with the Mole Man. Iron Man isn’t happy […]

Avengers #3 cover by Ed McGuinness, Mark Morales, and Justin Ponsor

Avengers #3 Review: Good, but Slightly Less Good

Ghost Rider and She-Hulk have slain the swarm of giant bugs while, elsewhere, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Thor, and Iron Man are at the mercy of Loki and the Final Host. Loki intends to use the teleporter grenades Carol acquired, but Steve uses his shield to disrupt Loki’s plans, teleporting Steve, Loki, and the Final […]

Avengers #2 cover by Ed McGuinness,Mark Morales, and David Curiel

The Avengers #2 Review: The Avengers Have Truly Assembled

The Final Celestial Host approaches Earth as Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and Captain Marvel ride out to meet them. Doctor Strange and Black Panther fight the insect monsters beneath the Earth. Jen Walters struggles to keep her other side under control. Ghost Rider is also being attacked by the insect monsters and has no […]

X-Men Wedding Special #1 cover by J. Scott Campbell

X-Men Wedding Special #1 Review: A Middling Prenup

As the wedding of Kitty Pryde and Colossus approaches, we are given three stories to whet our nuptial appetite. We first find Kitty Pryde reflecting on her life and the tragedies and victories along the way. After that, we join Piotr Rasputin’s Las Vegas bachelor party joined by Nightcrawler, Gambit, Iceman, and the new Pyro. […]

Marvel Legacy

Marvel Legacy #1 Review: Almost Perfect Refresh For The Marvel Universe…Almost

Marvel Legacy #1 from Marvel Comics, written by Jason Aaron and featuring art by Esad Ribic, Steve McNiven, Chris Samnee, Russell Dauterman, Alex Maleev, Ed McGuiness, Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger, Pepe Larraz, Jim Cheung, Daniel Acuna, Greg Land, Jay Leisten, Mike Deodato Jr., David Marquez and Matthew Wilson (damn, that’s a lotta dudes), is […]

Marvel Legacy

Marvel Legacy #1 Review: A Lackluster Tease For Upcoming Titles

So, here we are at last. The long-awaited Marvel Legacy #1 is out. I’m going to go ahead and throw a spoiler warning here. Much of this comic has already been spoiled by numerous sources, but the plot itself was even hinted at in the marketing. I mean, the name Marvel Legacy doesn’t indicate any […]

A Beautiful Garbage Fire – Secret Empire #1 Review

Should I start with a caveat? I don’t know, it feels like maybe I should say? Okay, I’m just gonna say it. I have not cared for Nick Spencer‘s HydraCap plot. Not because it is bad structurally, or even necessarily badly written – technically, Spencer has pulled off the reveal and build of this long […]

A Good But Tame Start: Weapon X #1 Review

Continuing the ResurrXion X-Men relaunch, we have Weapon X from Greg Pak, Greg Land, Jay Leisten and Frank D’Armata. I’m generally not overall a fan of the darker, ‘team of killers’ X-books, but there have been some exceptions. I feel this may be one of them. Pak’s characterisations are fun and interesting, and the dialogue […]

The Past Is Prologue: X-Men Gold #1 Review

Last week may have been the primer, but this week the ResurrXion truly begins. ResurrXion is definitely an apt title, given this issues preoccupation about old being new again, and not to mention what seems to be several literal character resurrections in the issue (possibly). But as the series writer Marc Guggenheim has promised for […]