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November Wrap Up

Here’s a wrap up of November 2008, in case you missed any of it.  First off, November heralded my return to Your Comic Relief.  Beginning with a discussion of Least I Could Do, a very popular webcomic which is now updating a whopping seven times a week!  There was of course also the weekly lolcat posting, personally I thought this was the best.

There were two big features in November.  The first was my Top 6 list of Marvel titles for to be thankful for this thanksgiving.  Featuring Captain America best marvel title of the year.  Coming in second on the list was Iron Man, who has recently published its last issue of the series.  I am seriously ticked about this, Iron Man was a fantastic publication, and with rubbish like Hulk out there, it’s unbelievable.  By the way, the offer for anyone interested to write a post about the top 6 DC titles is still on the table.  If you are interested, leave a comment or write me an email at yourcomicreliefblog[at]gmail[dot]com.

Also big this past month was my indoctrination into the Green Lantern Corps.  Under the sage advice of many follow comic readers and bloggers, I have now read my first Green Lantern trade, and will be picking up more in the future!

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Comics Shipping for 12/4

Comics are shipping on THURSDAY this week remember.  DO NOT GO on Wednesday, they will not be there.  Instead, check back here at Your Comic Relief!

DARK HORSE


CREEPY ARCHIVES HC VOL 02 $49.95
CRIMINAL MACABRE CELL BLOCK 666 #2 (OF 4) $2.99
HELLBOY WILD HUNT #1 (OF 8) $2.99
KULL #2 (OF 6) $2.99
MAGICMAN ARCHIVES HC VOL 01 $59.95
SOLOMON KANE #3 (OF 5) $2.99

DC COMICS


ARMY @ LOVE THE ART OF WAR #5 (OF 6) $2.99
AUTHORITY #5 $2.99
BATMAN #682 $2.99
BATMAN #682 VAR ED $tbd
CHUCK #6 (OF 6) $2.99
EL DIABLO #4 (OF 6) $2.99
HAUNTED TANK #1 COVER A (OF 5) $2.99
JONAH HEX #38 $2.99
JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #21 $2.99
LOONEY TUNES #169 $2.50
SANDMAN DREAM HUNTERS #2 (OF 4) $2.99
SANDMAN DREAM HUNTERS #2 (OF 4) VAR ED $tbd
SGT ROCK THE LOST BATTALION #2 (OF 6) $2.99
SHOWCASE PRESENTS SUPERGIRL TP VOL 02 $16.99
SPIRIT TP VOL 01 $19.99
SUPERGIRL COSMIC ADVENTURES IN THE 8TH GRADE #1 $2.50
SUPERMAN BATMAN VENGEANCE TP $12.99
SUPERMAN SUPERGIRL MAELSTROM #3 (OF 5) $2.99
TEEN TITANS ON THE CLOCK TP $14.99
TERRA #3 (OF 4) $2.99
TERROR TITANS #3 (OF 6) $2.99
TRINITY #27 $2.99
VIXEN RETURN OF THE LION #3 (OF 5) $2.99

IMAGE


ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN #10 $2.99
BROKEN TRINITY WITCHBLADE BLAKE CVR A (ONE SHOT) $2.99
BROKEN TRINITY WITCHBLADE SPOKES CVR B (ONE SHOT) $2.99
CHARLATAN BALL #5 $2.50
DARKNESS #72 LUCAS CVR A $2.99
DARKNESS #72 SEJIC CVR B $2.99
GODLAND TP VOL 04 AMPLIFIED NOW $14.99
I HATE GALLANT GIRL #2 (OF 3) $3.50
JINGLE BELLE SANTA CLAUS VS FRANKENSTEIN (ONE SHOT $2.99
JINGLE BELLE SANTA CLAUS VS FRANKENSTEIN (ONE SHOT $2.99
MICE TEMPLAR HC VOL 01 THE PROPHECY $29.99
NOBLE CAUSES #38 $3.50
PHONOGRAM TP VOL 01 RUE BRITANNA $14.99
SWORD #13 $2.99
YOUNGBLOOD #6 $2.99
ZERO G #3 (OF 4) $2.99

MARVEL


AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #579 $2.99
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #579 VILLAIN VAR $2.99
ANITA BLAKE VH LAUGHING CORPSE #3 (OF 5) $3.99
CABLE #9 $2.99
CRIMINAL 2 #7 $3.50
DAREDEVIL BY MILLER JANSON TP VOL 02 $29.99
ENDERS SHADOW BATTLE SCHOOL #1 (OF 5) $3.99
ESSENTIAL WOLVERINE TP VOL 05 $16.99
ETERNALS #6 $2.99
HULK FAMILY GREEN GENES #1 $4.99
IMMORTAL IRON FIST #20 $2.99
INFINITY CRUSADE TP VOL 01 $29.99
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN PREM HC VOL 01 DM ED 1 MOVIE $24.99
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN PREM HC VOL 01 DM ED 2 $24.99
IRON MAN HULK FURY ONE SHOT $3.99
MARVEL ADVENTURES HULK TP VOL 04 DIGEST $8.99
MARVEL SPOTLIGHT SECRET INVASION AFTERMATH $2.99
MARVEL ZOMBIES 3 #3 (OF 4) $3.99
MARVELS EYE OF CAMERA #1 (OF 6) $3.99
MOON KNIGHT SILENT KNIGHT #1 $3.99
NEW AVENGERS #47 SI $2.99
NEW EXILES #15 $2.99
NEW EXILES TP VOL 02 SOUL AWAKENING $15.99
NYX NO WAY HOME #4 (OF 6) $3.99
PUNISHER MAX X-MAS SPECIAL 2008 $3.99
SECRET INVASION #8 (OF 8) SI $3.99
SECRET INVASION #8 (OF 8) YU SKETCH VAR SI $tbd
SECRET INVASION #8 (OF 8) YU VAR SI $tbd
SECRET INVASION FRONT LINE #5 (OF 5) SI $2.99
SHE HULK COSMIC COLLISION $3.99
WEAPON X FIRST CLASS #2 (OF 3) $3.99
WHAT IF HOUSE OF M $3.99
WOLVERINE MANIFEST DESTINY #2 (OF 4) MD $2.99
WOLVERINE POWER PACK #2 (OF 4) $2.99
X-INFERNUS #1 (OF 4) $3.99
X-INFERNUS #1 (OF 4) CAMPBELL VAR $tbd
X-MEN MANIFEST DESTINY #4 (OF 5) MD $3.99
X-MEN NOIR #1 (OF 4) $3.99
X-MEN NOIR #1 (OF 4) CALERO VAR $tbd

OTHER PUBLISHERS


ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #194 $3.69
BETTY #177 $2.25
BOYS #25 $2.99
COMPLETE TERRY & THE PIRATES HC VOL 05 $49.99
DOCTOR WHO FORGOTTEN #4 (C: 1-0-0) $3.99
FROM HELL TP $35
HACK SLASH SERIES #18 SEELEY CVR A $3.50
JACK AND THE BOX GN $12.95
JUGHEAD #192 $2.25
JUNGLE GIRL SEASON 2 #2 $3.50
KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #145 $4.99
LIBERTY COMICS A CBLDF BENEFIT BOOK (NEW PTG) $3.99
MODERN MASTERS SC VOL 19 MIKE PLOOG $14.95
NECRONOMICON #3 (OF 4) $3.99
SIR APROPOS OF NOTHING #2 (OF 5) $3.99
TALES FROM THE CRYPT #9 $3.95
TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED ARRIVAL #5 $3.99
WALT DISNEYS CHRISTMAS PARADE #5 $9.50
WARHAMMER CONDEMNED BY FIRE #3 (OF 5) CVR A $3.99
XENA VS ARMY OF DARKNESS WHAT AGAIN #2 $3.50

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YCR Presents: Thanksgiving Day Top 6 Marvel Titles to be Thankful For

Welcome one and all!  Welcome to the latest issue of Your Comic Relief presents.  This time?  Your top 6 comics to be thankful for this Thanksgiving!  Please take the time to comment and leave me some feedback!  It is much appreciated.

6. Incredible Hercules

A title that I am quite partial to, as I am a huge fan of Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Norse mythology, Incredible Hercules took over from the Incredible Hulk after World War Hulk ended.  This issue has been faily reliable in terms of quality.  Hercules, accompanied by Amadeus Cho, has set off destroying just about anything in their path, and while much of this has been Cho’s conniving, it has also been Herc’s unpredictability that serves as the catalyst for their antics.  In fact, watching their interactions is one of the many joys this title offers.

5. Uncanny X-Men

Uncanny X-Men had some problems with messiah Complex, it really was just OK.  Not as awesome as it should have been or really as we were promised it would be.  However, the last 6-8 issues of Uncanny have been absolutely fantastic.  Another product of Brubaker’s undeniable, and often simply unbelievable contributions to Marvel.  Now co-authored by Matt Fraction and Ed Brubaker as of issue 502  My favourite part of the last 3 or so issues have been the (re)introductions of each of the characters in each issue, which the authors have taken as an opportunity to make some much appreciated jokes.  Of the jokes, I think the best one has to be calling Wolverine “ubiquitous,” meaning everywhere at once.  I have to assume this is a reference to Wolverine appearing in so many Marvel publications, I remember over the summer there was a week where he was in every single release, and I’m sure that can’t be the only time – just the time I noticed.  Another aspect of this that I have greatly appreciated is the expansion of Pixie as a character; previously a side character in the x-men B-team, but she is now turning into an actual relatable character.  This, mixed with the recent storyline, allows Uncanny X-Men to make the cut into the Your Comic Relief Thanksgiving Top 6.

4. Cable & Deadpool and Deadpool

I have included both titles in this, because in my mind, the star of C&D really was Deadpool, with Cable serving to create meaningful plot devices and serve as a rational figure by which we could appreciate how utterly absurd Deadpool is.  The last several issues of Cable & Deadpool, the “X and Deadpool” run, while we were supposed to believe Cable was dead.  Did anyone raelly think that?  The new Deadpool series features Deadpool still actively ambiguous about his allegiances, and whether this is a function of his dubious (at best) mental compas, or his ever blossoming psychosis, I don’t think even Marvel Knows.

3.  Wolverine Origins

Written by Daniel Way, and illustrated by Steve Dillon, Wolverine Origins has delivered unique story arcs to us all year.  With guest appearances from Deadpool, Captain America, and most recently Daken (Wolverine’s Son).  Probably one of the best arcs of the year in my opinion was the confrontation between Wolverine and Deadpool.  A matchup that people had been waiting for for years; while they did meet up in Cable & Deadpool, it was overhyped and anticlimactic at best.  This time, it went on for several issues, and really delivered.  This title has had the ability to run the gamut of emotional possibilities, from the more serious aspect of the Cap’s storyline to the sheer ridiculousness of Deadpool.  It didn’t stop there however, the story right now of Wolverine and Daken is a reminder to the seriousness of Wolverine’s past, the decisions he has had to make, and stands in stark juxtaposition to the humor of seeing the Wolverine-Deadpool confrontation through the warped mind and eyes of Deadpool.

2. Iron Man

This title has had its ups and downs as of late.  Back when it was Iron Man: Director of Shield, which was before 2008 if I’m not mistaken but bear with me, it was very hit or miss.  There was some subplot of “Iron Man might be Crazy!!!”  Very hit or miss unfortunately.  However, with the most recent story arc of nuclear threat (which as an aside, reminds me of the Ultimate Iron Man II series of 4), Tony Stark has had the opportunity to return to his self-sacrificing…. self.  If you get right down to it, I firmly believe that this is why the Director of Shield thing didn’t work out so well.  he had too much responsibility that he couldn’t afford to do something that everyone else saw as incredibly stupid.  More often than not, his decisions have been incredibly reckless, but he saw that it had to be done, and he was the only one who could do it, such as defusing a nuclear weapon about to go off.  As with Uncanny X-Men, the most recent story arc really makes this much more of a contender than it previously would have been, not to say that before this arc has been bad mind you!  Also, Warmachine is totally badass, and anyone who disagrees has to answer to giant space robot.  They should pay me to love Ironman and the Number One pick this much, am I right?  Now for the number one reason to thank marvel this Thanksgiving!

1. Captain America

Captain America has been Ed Brubaker’s work this year, and damn does he do good work.  In my opinion, this has been THE title to read this year.  Every issue has just been stellar.  I’m not even sure to begin, and am a little ashamed that this paragraph is so much shorter than the others, but honestly, it’s just all good.  It is always the first comic I read whenever I get it home, bar none.  Bucky is shaping up to be a fantastic new Cap, ant the interplay between Faustis and the Red Skull has been fantastic, with plots within plots.  Agent 13 and Falcon have been well developed, but really, the best part has been how in each issue a little more of the Skull’s plot has been revealed to us.

Well, that’s that.  Those of you that know me may have noticed something.  Where’s Thor? Thor this year has been rather lackluster this year, and much to my chagrin (I’m trying to use that word more often, as I always have to look it up).  And this makes Thor sad:

While there have been some cool Thor tie ins, the Secret Invasion was entertaining if nothing else, the bit that happened about Egypt was pretty cool too, and was a cool insight into how the Marvel universe allows for seperate sets of deities, especially if you read the Incredible Hercules as well, issues like 114-117 or something like that.  But I decided to limit myself to regular titles, and not consider limited series such as Logan by Marvel Knights (which is beyond fantastic by the way), or the numerous Thor extra releases recently.  Once again, let me know what you think of my list, and, if any comic bloggers who are big DC fans would like to do a DC version, I would be honored to publish it, and of course link to it.  Just in the spirit of fairness, I would like to have a DC version, but in the spirit of honesty I don’t know much about DC.  That’s it for YCR Presents, have a happy thanksgiving!

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Comics Shipping for 3/12/08

DARK HORSE COMICS

Abe Sapien the Drowning #2 (of 5)
BPRD #3 (of 5)
Evil Dead #3 (of 4)
Goon #22
Serenity Better Days #1 (of 3)
Star Wars: Legacy #21
Star Wars: Rebellion #12

 

 

DC COMICS

Bat Lash #4 (of 6)
Batman Confidential #14
Batman Strikes #43
Booster Gold #7
Countdown to Final Crisis #7
Countdown to Mystery #6 (of 8)
DMZ #29
GEN 13 #18
Gotham Underground #6 (of 9)
Green Arrow Black Canary #6
Green Lantern Corps #22
JLA Classified #54
Legion of Super Heroes in the 31st Century #12
Salvation Run #5 (of 7)
Scalped #15
Simon Dark #6
Suicide Squad Raise the Flag #7 (of 8)
Superman #647
Superman Confidential #13
Tiny Titans #2
Un-Men #8
Wonder Woman #18

 

 

IMAGE COMICS

Astounding Wolf-Man #5
Cemetery Blues #2
Gutsville #3 (of 6)
Madman Atomic Comics #7
Screamland #1 (of 5)
Walking Dead #47

 

 

MARVEL COMICS

Amazing Spider-Girl #18
Amazing Spider-Man #553
Annihilation Conquest #5 (of 6)
Avengers Fairy Tales #1 (of 4)
Avengers: The Initiative #10
Civil War Chronicles #9
Dead of Night Featuring Man Thing #2 (of 4)
Fantastic Four #555
Iron Man, Enter the Mandarin #6 (of 6)
Last Defenders #1 (of 6)
Marvel Adventures: Hulk #9
Marvel Comics Presents #7
Mighty Avengers #10
New Exiles #3
Nova #11
Punisher #55
Thunderbolts #119
Wolverine #63
X-Factor #29

 

 

OTHER PUBLISHERS

Archie & Friends #117
Archie Digest #242
Badger Saves the World #3 (of 5)
Comic Book Comics #1
Doctor Who #2
Foundation #3 (of 5)
G.I. Joe: America’s Elite #33
Grima Fairy Tales #24
Locke & Key #2
Lone Ranger and Tonto #1
Ninja High School #158
Palooka Ville #19
Sonic the Hedgehog #186
Warhammer 40k: Blood and Thunder #4 (of 4)

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The Incredible Hercules, formerly known as the Incredible Hulk, #114

            Hercules continues in his own title, not the first time he has had his own comic, he appeared in his own right for the first time in 1982, in a series that ran for a total of four issues, and again in 1984, again for a stunning four issues.  The last time, we, as the collective comic book community saw the son of Zues (this one at least), was in 2005, after a fairly lengthy hiatus, he appeared in an unprecedented five part mini-series, entitled ‘The New Labors.’  If you don’t understand the title, go buy a book on Greek mythology, I’m not just being annoying about it, you’ll get more out of these comics if you do.  Given this somewhat lackluster series for Herc, I found it fitting to do a write up on his latest series that looks like it COULD reach a grand six episodes.

 

Lead-up to the Story

            Written by Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente, and penciled by Paul Neary, this has been an issue I’ve been excited to see in my box each month so far.  Partially because of my love for Greek myth, as well as math, which manifests itself in the form of Amadeus Cho.  I have declared my somewhat controversial adoration of Cho in the past, and I understand that he can be an unloved feature in the Marvel universe.  Bully to all of you I say, I like him, and his coyote.  In the previous issues, we have seen Cho become steadily darker and more bent on revenging his idol, the Hulk.  Hercules has also started questioning Cho’s decisions with increased regularity, although he has been forced to go along with him, generally to avoid capture by his Ares, the god of war.

 

Plot Synopsys

            The story begins with another mythological reference, but don’t worry, its explained in a few pages.  In short, Herc is kicking major SHIELD ass, and thinks he is being denied magical horses.  Most Greek myth was created while people were drunk, true story.  While this is entertaining, the more important parts off the issue have to do with Amadeus Cho, and with Ares.  While attempting to take over a SHIELD helicarrier, Cho is thwarted by Black Widow, but his pup is caught underneath him in his fall, and we’re left in the dark about the fate of his coyote, although, on the last page of the comic, we see requests for names for it, so I’m fairly sure we won’t be seeing the of it, and it’ll have a name, so I won’t have to keep on coming up with novel pronouns for the animal.  Wonder Man figures out that Ares is trying to use both him and SHIELD to take down his rival Hercules, and we should wait in eager anticipation to see how this plays out.  Wonder Man vs Ares anyone?

 

Art Critique

            Paul Neary does a good job of giving the action a sense of action and movement in almost every panel.  Also, he really tried to give Hercules a crazed expression during his hydra blood induced state, but it doesn’t seem to work all too well all of the time.  Drawing can be like writing, similar to how an author does not want to use the same adjective all the time, an artist will not want to use the same expression to depict a certain emotion, however, this results in Herc just having near perfectly circular, round, red eyes.   Also, sometimes Amadeus Cho looks either pudgy, not so much because he has an animal in his jacket, but more so in his face.  Overall however, I must say I am pleased with the artwork as it is provided.  Also, I wonder if Neary himself did the oldschool arts featured in the middle of the book, also, oldschool Ares reminds me of Mr. T.  Mention should be made of the cover art, provided by Arthur Adams, Herc’s arms have extra muscle mass, and this isn’t usually something that bugs me, when I draw I tend to add extra as well, but this is kind of ridiculous. 

 

Is it Worth Buying?

            If you have an interest in Greek mythology, I would say absolutely.  Also, it looks like this story arc with Herc vs Ares, and with Cho attempting to mess up SHIELD may prove important to the overall Marvel storyline, especially with Tony Stark having so many problems in his storyline.  So overall, it is well written, and entertaining to read, definitely earning its spot on my pull list.

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Comics Shipping for 1/9/07

DARK HORSE COMICS
BPRD 1946 #1
Evil Dead #1 (of 4)
Goon #20
Star Wars Legacy #1/2 one shot

DC COMICS
52 Aftermath: The Four Horsemen #6 (of 6)
Bat Lash #2 (of 6)
Batman Strikes #41
Cartoon Network Action Pack #21
Countdown to Final Crisis #16
Exterminator #25
Friday the 13th: Bad Land #1 (of 2)
Gen 13 #16
Green Arrow Black Canary #4
Green Lantern Corps #20
Infinity Inc #5
JLA Classified #50
Nightwing #40
Salvation Run #3 (of 7)
Scalped #13
Simon Dark #4
Suicide Squad: Raise the Flag #5 (of 8)
Spirit #12
Superman #672
Teen Titans: The Lost Annual
Un-Men #6
Wonder Girl #5 (of 6)

IMAGE
Infinite Horizon #2 (of 6)
Youngblood #1

MARVEL COMICS
Amazing Spider-man #546 – Brand New Day
Civil War Chronicles #7
Ghost Rider #19
Avengers: House of M #3 (of 5)
Hulk #1
Marvel Adventures: Hulk #7
Nova #10
Onslaught Reborn #5 (of 5)
Punisher War Journal #15
Twelve #1 (of 12)
Wolverine #61
X-Factor #27

OTHER PUBLISHERS
Archie #581
Army of Darkness from Ashes #5
Boys #14
Doctor Who Classics #2
Fall of Cthulhu #9
Foundation #1 (of 5)
Jason & the Argonauts: Kingdom of Hades #1 (of 4)
Mercenaries #2
North Wind #1 (of 4)
Ramayan 3392 AD Reloaded #3
Sheena #4
Tales of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #41
Transformers: Beast Wars: The Ascending #4
Transformers: Best of UK: Dinobots #5

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Rapid Fire Reviews: Gamma Corps, New Avengers, Incredible Herc, and Avengers: The Initiative

World War Hulk – Gamma Corps #4 of 4

The gamma corps is a group of five individuals who believe their lives to have been decimated by the Hulk. They have had their bodies augmented by hulk DNA. The members are Grey, who is essentially a grey, smaller and less berserk version of the hulk, Mess, who has had parts of her skin grafted with skin samples grown from gamma DNA, Mister Gideon, a former pastor who has some titanium hands, Griffin, who’s just crazy, and he flies, and Prodigy, who was a child born autistic, but then was taken into the gamma corps program and is now a super genius with limited telepathic powers. The issues of this mini have been rather entertaining, without standing out as being amazing; this final one however, is pretty good. Nothing amazing in and of itself, however, it shows a character change in the Hulk that we’ve been seeing over the past few months in World War Hulk. While the Hulk always had depth in his character, much of this came from the dichotomy between Bruce Banner and the Hulk, not from the Hulk himself. Now we see the Hulk are more than just a smashing machine, but he’s calm, and calculating, this has been represented well from the artists as well, not only Carlos Ferreira who has done Gamma Corps, but from everyone else who has been drawing in the WWH series. There is a brain behind this new Hulk, and it shows in how he disarms the Gamma Corps with little more than words, even manipulating the leader, Grey, through a deeper understanding of his own psyche. Overall, the series has been worth it, and is worth buying, if you have been following World War Hulk at all.

The New Avengers #37

New Avengers is a series that has been causing quite a stir recently. As the issue that looks to be leading up to the coming Skrull War, it’s polarizing much of the comic book community. I have heard many people say on various forums, that they intend on dropping this series, especially after #37. However, I’ve been enjoying it, it has been going at a good pace, it has some of my favourite characters, and the interaction between Spider-man and Iron Fist during the fights is downright hilarious. The unmasking of the Hood in this issue was interesting, to say the least, but regardless we need to see how it’ll play itself out, perhaps it could even branch into Dr. Strange getting his own title again, I know many people who would be happy about that. As many of you know, I love reading and watching the fights in comic books, and this issue is almost entirely one giant fight, using Dr. Strange’s powers to make it seem as if the new crime syndicate lead by the Hood was entirely surrounded. Speaking of the Hood, he is turning into a fantastic villain; he’s cunning, ruthless, determined, and charismatic. Frankly, I thought this issue was pretty outstanding, and Brian Michael Bendis is doing an exceptional job, one thing I would really like to see though, would be a crossover between Daredevil and New Avengers, because both of their stories are currently revolving around the Hood, yeah, I know I said I was dropping DD, but I’m a sucker for Murdock, and DD is one of my favourite characters, so we’ll see if I actually stick to my guns on this one. The host of characters that Bendis is employing on the villains side is very interesting, and the cast of New Avengers is just astounding, Cage, Strange, Wolverine, Spider-man, Iron Fist, Ronin, all in the same issue, it’s like a Marvel close combat dream team.

The Incredible Hulk #112 – The Incredible Herc

In the aftermath (read aftersmash) of World War Hulk, we find boy genius Amadeus Cho teaming up with Greek demi-god Heracles. Such a combination of brains and brawn is pretty formidable. The issue opens shortly after where #111 left off, with SHIELD attempting to arrest the renegades. The plot and story is pretty good, and bringing in Ares is neat, up until the last page which is kinda cliché. But all in all it goes over well, even if you are of the opinion that no Hulk in a Hulk issue is a waste of time, and I can understand that opinion, but look at how Captain America has been going, we haven’t had a Cap in that issue in almost 10 months, and it is one of the ones I look forward to over any other. There are quite a few reasons I enjoy this beyond the story and art, both of which are very good, it references Greek mythology pretty accurately, and it has Amadeus Cho in it, and that means there’s lots of math going on. Personally, I think math looks pretty when it’s drawn out like this, and the way Amadeus uses it to do all kinds of crazy stuff is just fascinating. I also spend an inordinate amount of time figuring out how the equations have been derived, as they are generally derivations of basic formulae. The cover art, while not usually something I mention, is pretty interesting, in that the artists pay homage to other artists and comic covers by basing their art on theirs. You could call this lazy, but I think it’s interesting. Greg Pak and Fred van Lente have done an outstanding job writing this issue, and it looks set to do nothing but improve. I would highly recommend this issue, and indeed the series to anyone with even a passing interest.

Avengers: The Initiative #7

This issue is a pretty big one as well, we find out loads of things, such as who’s in the scarlet spiders, what happened to MVP, and what the hell is Dr. Baron von Blitzschlag up to? This issue even brings up more questions about One More Day, because Peter Parker essentially has his name cleared as Spider-man in this issue, however, it should be conceded that OMD was more about Aunt May than anything else. In this issue, the Scarlet Spiders are sent after a stolen briefcase that contains plans for a weapon of mass destruction, and during the chase, Peter Parker gets wicked ticked that people are masquerading around as him, in the costume Tony Stark promised was “unique.” Fairly early on in the issue, we do see that Scarlet Spiders do not seem to be mechanical, as I had previously thought them to be, but are indeed manned by people, and you discover who at the end of the issue, but it’s a huge revelation for anyone reading the series, and you should be. There’s some humor, such as when J.J. Jameson says “God, I hate clones,” I think we all hated the clone saga. And Warmachine is about to flip out with people trying to run his initiative base. All in all, this issue of Avengers: The Initiative is packed with stuff, but somehow, the author Dan Slott keeps everything going at a good pace, and at no point does it seem scatterbrained, and it’s a credit to his skill. The art, as written by Stefano Caseli is exactly what I would call ‘comic book art’ and feels exactly how it should. If you have been reading this series, there is no reason to stop now, and if you haven’t, I’d say it’s probably a good idea to start.

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