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Around the Tubes

The weekend has come and gone. We’re still not recovered from San Diego Comic-Con, and Otakon is coming up this weekend! While you start off the week, here’s some news and reviews from around the web you might have missed.

Around the Tubes

The Beat – SDCC ’15: About 60,000 people show up without badges – Always wondered what that number was.

Comics Alliance – Creating Responsibly: Comics Has A Race Problem – A good read.

The Beat – SDCC ’15: 15 panels and the Eisner Awards in Audio – In case you want to check out panels.

GamePolitics – UK High Court Kills ‘personal use’ ripping of copyrighted material – That’s not good.

Toledo News Now – $1,400 in comic books stolen from Sylvania Township store returned – If anyone has info to help catch the folks behind this.

Knoxville News – Dr. Phil Kronk: First comics, then video games? – Is history doomed to repeat itself?

Bleeding Cool – Scamwatch: OctoPDF And The Download Comics That Aren’t – A good warning folks.

 

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Talking Comics – Age of Apocalypse #1

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Talking Comics – Siege #1

Review: Age of Apocalypse #1

AoAThe tie ins to Secret Wars have been a roller coaster of emotions, at least to this reader; some titles have hit the mark, drawing me in and leaving me wanting more.  Others have left me feeling bored and let down, wishing there was more.  And then I heard they were doing an Age of Apocalypse book.  One of my favourite storylines to come out of Marvel, revisited?  After 20 years?  Should I be excited?  Or keep my expectations low so I am not too disappointed?  I went in cautiously, but came out absolutely thrilled with this book!

The story opens in the Savage Land, dubbed ‘Sanctuary’ by the humans and mutants living there in peace, having fled from Baron Apocalypse’s iron rule in this region of Battleworld.  Holocaust, one of Apocalypse’s Horsemen (and his son) has come in search of a young mutant named Douglas Ramsey, also known as Cypher; and to turn this Sanctuary to ash, showing the inhabitants here they cannot escape Apocalypse.  Things go almost too easy for Holocaust, quickly locating and capturing Doug, until resistance is revealed in the form of the X-Men; a group of mutants who have banded together to fight against the genocidal rule of Apocalypse.  Being one of the most powerful mutants, Holocaust does not see them as much resistance…until the combined efforts of the X-Men manage to stop Holocaust, if only momentarily.  They are able to extract Doug and get him to safety…but at the cost of their own lives.

Cypher is taken to New Cairo, the centre of Apocalypse’s kingdom, and is left to Sinister and his Elite Mutant Force for interrogation, trying to find answers as to why Apocalypse is so interested in a mutant who’s talent is understanding languages.  Seeing things from Cypher and his use of his ability, we see these mutants have a hard time working together, but we also find out there are underlying fears and a sense of confusion that Cypher can’t quiet understand.  Sinister then orders his team to take Cypher to the human ghettos and use him to find any leads on Magneto and his X-Men.  We are introduced to sheriff Carol Danvers and Peter Corbeau, who acts as human liaison to the mutant force.  Through their exchange, Cypher comes to a shocking realization of a secret that could drastically change the landscape of Apocalypse’s rule.  As if on cue, there is a sudden burst of energy, an attack on Cyclops on his group…and Magneto makes his presence known…wanting Cypher released to him.

This was a packed first issue, and it felt like I was right back in the story I loved from 20 years ago.  All the returning characters from the original story are depicted exactly as I remember them, and the new ones introduced, as well as this new story, felt like an excellent extension of the story first laid out for us when the Age of Apocalypse first began. Fabian Nicieza does a fantastic job of telling this story, and bringing it to us through the eyes of Cypher.  Instead of us being on the outside looking in, we’re right there in the thick of it with Cypher, getting his thoughts and feelings as things progress before him.  Gerardo Sandoval’s art is beautiful, bringing in the look and feel of the original story, but giving it his own spin, which really adds to feel of this story and the world it is set in.  Even when depicting characters who make a brief appearance (Magneto and Wolverine, for example) Sandoval doesn’t hold back, giving their brief glimpse such life and presence for the panel(s) they are in.

I cannot wait for the second issue of this book!  I was a huge fan of the Age of Apocalypse way back when, and I thank Marvel for reigniting my love of this world and bringing it back in a new and exciting way.  Definitely go out and pick this title up; you will not be disappointed.

Story: Fabian Nicieza Art: Gerardo Sandoval
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Strange Comic Trends: Carol Danvers Week

cd001 Secret Wars is now in full swing, and with so many crossovers being resurrected it can be hard to keep them straight.  With Battleworld in full swing, there are still new stories coming into the overall mix, with yesterday seeing the release of some new #1s like Spider-Verse, Civil War, Spider-Island, and Age of Apocalypse.  While it should be expected that with so many big name-crossovers being brought back from the past, that there are going to be a lot of recurring characters, it is interesting exactly who is showing up so much.  We expect Captain America, Iron Man, the Hulk and a handful of the X-Men, but we don’t really expect to see so much of Carol Danvers, as she showed up yesterday in a wide variety of titles such as Age of Apocalypse, Civil War and Spider-Island.  She was a big enough player in Civil War when it first came out, but not so in the other two.

cd002Of course there is no reason that we shouldn’t see so much of her.  She has undergone somewhat of a renaissance in recent years, with the change from Miss Marvel to Captain Marvel and having her monthly series relaunched once again.  There is perhaps something a bit deeper going on here though.  It happened first with the Inhumans, how they were almost forgotten by Marvel, and then all of a sudden, they were everywhere it seemed.  If a random hero was going to show up, it was probably going to be an Inhuman.  The reason came from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Without the rights to the X-Men and in an expanding universe of the movies, it became necessary to explain the origins of certain characters, and as Inhumans are close enough in essence to mutants, with similar stories to do with their backgrounds and the prejudice against them, that it became an easy explanation for them.

cd003Perhaps this week might represent the beginning of that process for Carol Danvers and Captain Marvel.  She is scheduled for her own movie in 2018, and that is only two years off, which is daunting enough task for a character that has not yet been introduced on the big screen.  Of course certain other characters have had the ability to pull off their big screen debuts without much of a lead-in, but not surprisingly, the odds are more against a female superhero than a male one like Iron Man.  It might be that Marvel is getting a start on its own hype for the movie, as well as increasing awareness, just as it did with the Inhumans, as Captain Marvel slowly but surely becomes a constant addition to most story lines, whether that be as a human-spider hybrid in Spider-Island, a colonel of Iron Man’s half of America in Civil War, or as a human freedom fighter in Age of Apocalypse.   Whatever her role in these stories, Marvel has decided to increase it, to essentially make her the first in terms of female superheroes, the first to get her own movie and to carry forward the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Review: Age of Apocalypse #1

aoa001Secret Wars has been so noteworthy thus far for its ability to incorporate other crossovers into its stories.  While the quality of these tie-ins has varied wildly, it has nonetheless been somewhat comprehensive in its attempt to give some exposure to all the major crossovers from the past.  It would be nearly impossible therefore to leave Age of Apocalypse off of this list.  Although this story occurred in the pages of X-Men related titles, it was nonetheless one of the bigger crossovers that Marvel has seen, as well as being in part responsible for the upcoming sequel to the X-Men movie franchise. As it was told at the time it featured the introduction of the mutant Apocalypse, a mutant of extreme power who undertook a plan for world domination and very nearly succeeded.  In the original story Charles Xavier is removed from the scene early on, and Magneto takes his place as the mutant championing compromise between mutants and humans, while equally being responsible for trying to stop Apocalypse’s tyrannical and genocidal reign where he attempts to wipe out regular humans from existence.

As opposed to other tie-ins which have attempted to re-imagine or recast some of the major aspects of the stories, this one instead seems to be looking for more of a pure retelling.  Apocalypse’s Horsemen are sent to the Savage Land to track down Cypher, although he is defended by a group of core X-Men.  After he is captured he is taken to Apocalypse, who is revealed to be employing several other mutants, many of whom have joined his side.  Standing against them are still Magneto and his mutants, as well as a group of humans led by Carol Danvers.  Apocalypse grows restless to wipe out his opposition, but it will not necessarily be as easy as he planned.

This first issue most sets the conditions for what will follow, and it does so in a meticulous way.  It is a challenging enough task, condensing a huge story arc into a few issues, but at least a proper job is done at this if if this issue ends up being a bit clunky at times.  There is enough action mixed in with establishing the scenario that it doesn’t become too heavy in the dialogue and concept, but it also seems to be leaving a lot of potential for the following issues.  It bodes well for the tie-in, and while this issue is a bit too conceptual to get through at times, it still excuses it for what is bound to come.

Story: Fabian Nicieza  Art: Geraldo Sandoval
Story: 8.3 Art: 8.3 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Read

 

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Archie2015_01-0Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Brett

Top Pick: Princeless: Raven, the Pirate Princess #1 (Action Lab Entertainment) – The excellent series Princeless gets its first spin-off series focused on Raven, the Pirate Princess. The fundamentals are here, this time looking at swashbuckling tales. Raven must seek revenge against her brothers who have stolen her rightful place out from under her.

Archie #1 (Archie Comics) – This is huge! Archie is kicking off a whole new era with Mark Waid and Fiona Staples at the helm. This is one folks will be talking about.

Invader Zim #1 (Oni Press) – Jhonen Vasquez’s creation is back in a new comic. This is one I’ve been waiting for ever since it was announced. It’s kind of hard to not like the cartoon it’s based on, and expect this to be a hit.

Star Wars: Lando #1 (Marvel) – Everyone’s favorite scoundrel is back and in his own mini-series. Marvel has been killing it when its come to their Star Wars comics, and I expect no difference here.

Transference #1 (Black Mask Studios) – This is an interesting time travel series that is a hell of a mind bender in the first issue alone. There’s subtle things throughout the first issue that makes it stand out from the other special teams as time travelers story. A solid first issue.

 

Alex

Top pick: The Fox #4 (Dark Circle Comics) – If you’re not reading The Fox, you’re missing out. Plain and simple, this is one of the best comics on  the rack every month.

Batman #42 (DC Comics) – Although I’m not a big fan (yet) of the Bat-bunny-mech suit, I’ve got more than enough faith to see how Snyder plays this out.

 

Edward

Top Pick: Wonderland #37 (Zenescope) – There has hardly been a misstep in this series since the change of direction under the new creative team.  The series never fails to impress and surprise and that will continue here with a new story.

Archie #1 (Archie Comics) – There is finally a lot of buzz for this publisher, and it comes in the form of a revamped Archie.  No one quite knows what that means yet, but we will know soon.

Bloodstrike #1 (Image Comics) – Rob Liefeld causes a riot any time he works on comics, as he has fans and others who are pretty much the opposite of fans.  This is his best setting though, with nothing to prove and his imagination to fuel him.  How will the new sci-fi series work out for him?

Civil War #1 (Marvel) – One of Marvel’s most contentious crossovers meets the Secret Wars world.  The mix is not an obvious one, but neither have a lot of crossovers that have involved strange mixes thus far.

Gotham Academy #8 (DC Comics) – Olive returns to Gotham’s most interesting school.  A one issue break (plus the break for Convergence) means that she has been gone for a while, and it will be interesting to see what her return means for this series.

 

Elana

Constantine the Hellblazer #2 (DC Comics) – Funny, pretty, creepy, creative and hey everyone— it stars a bisexual character who’s not treated as a joke or fetishized!  More please!

Also props on the diverse creative team behind the comic, which may have something to do with the diversity inside the comic. PS, co-writer Ming Doyle was one of our podcast’s all time best guests. Go listen to her!

Gotham Academy #8 (DC Comics) – This book is one of the most creative things coming from DC. This issue is Olive’s mysterious Mother’s funeral. I’m gonna say it’s all Batman’s fault because he has a terrible track record with people with mental health issues.

Princeless: Raven, the Pirate Princess #1 (Action Lab Entertainment) – The name says it all. Charming, feminist, racially diverse. The number one book for kids of all ages including kids with mortgages. The new art is stronger then ever!

Storm TPB Vol. 2 (Marvel) – Storm’s first solo series was groundbreaking. If you like Storm at all, or just want to see more comics featuring women of color buy this! The story explores her personality, playing her off against some interesting foes and even more interesting friends. And the Gambit team-up is so much fun it’s criminal!

 

Paul

Top Pick: Age of Apocalypse #1 (Marvel) – I collected every issue of Age of Apocalypse when this storyline came out a million years ago.  This, to me, was one of the best X-Men runs ever released.  And I cannot wait to see the AoA region of Battleworld.  I know it won’t be exactly like the original run…but I am so excited to see these versions of the X-Men again.

Civil War #1 (Marvel) – Another storyline given a region in Battleworld, and I’m looking forward to it.  So much happened in the original run of Civil War, so I’m looking forward to reading a story where the war never ended; see what allegiances were formed, which fell apart…and who survives to see it end.

Runaways #2 (Marvel) – I really enjoyed the first issue of this series.  I’ve always enjoyed books focusing on the younger heroes of the MU (New Warriors, Young Avengers, Runaways), and I liked how this tie-in to Secret Wars took  some of my favourite heroes (Cloak and Dagger especially) and took them back to school, literally, to find their way in this new Battleworld.

 

Mr. H

Top Pick: Batman #42 – Capullo. Snyder. Every issue in this run has been white hot. I have no reason to believe the train will slow down. I don’t even want to buckle in!

Batman/ Superman #22 (DC Comics) – Gordon vs. Kent round 2. Can these two get on the same page so the World can have a Finest again?

Civil War #1 (Marvel Comics) – Where it all went wrong the first time, I’d like to see how they try to correct their mistakes or are they doomed to repeat themselves?

Spider-Man: Renew your Vows #2 (Marvel Comics) – This is the Spider-Man that I have waited for since the return of Norman Osborn wayyy back in the pages of Spider-Man #75. Last issue was very disappointing. I’m hoping Slott gives Peter the reunion with his daughter he deserves. Give him a happy ending for once!

TMNT Color Classics Series 3 #47 (IDW) – Classic Eastman/ Laird in color? Hell yeah. Loving this trip down memory lane!

 

Pharoah

Star Wars: Lando #1 (Marvel) Definitely had my interest piqued when I saw it in Previews for this month’s solicitations. He is probably one of the coolest characters within the Star Wars Expanded Universe, and now he gets his own graphic treatment, the only thing I can say truly, it is about time!!!

1872 #1 (Marvel) I love the exploration of alternate universes with familiar characters, and this is definitely one to watch out for, as they got the Avengers living in the Wild Wild West

Archie #1 (Archie) – When you have the top talents of Mark Waid of Empire fame and Fiona Staples of Saga fame, working on one of comics’ most iconic characters, it is more than worth a look.

Providence #2 (Avatar)Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows, are reviving Lovecraft in the most exciting way possible, as he has made the mythology scary again for all of us. I have not loved a Moore series as much as I loved this one, definitely his best work yet.

Star Trek/Green Lantern #1 (DC Comics/IDW Publishing) – This team up has been creating a huge amount of buzz since it was first announced and as a fan of both franchises, it reminds me of the Batman/Spawn crossover.

Humans & Mutants Will Cower in Fear! A New Look at Age of Apocalypse #1!

His war has been won. En Sabah Nur stands triumphant over the bones of his enemies. None will be left standing in the Warzones! Marvel has released a new look at Age of Apocalypse #1 – as one of the most iconic X-Men stories of all time is reborn on Battleworld! Writer Fabian Nicieza returns to the post-apocalyptic wasteland he helped create, along with critically acclaimed artist Gerardo Sandoval! Apocalypse rules his domain on Battleworld with an iron fist. The few humans left alive have been enslave. The mutant rebellion has been crushed – its survivors scattered. But the terrorist insurgents known as the X-Men will not go quietly into this grim abyss. They will fight. They will end Apocalypse’s reign of terror! Even if it means their very lives! A special mutant named Cypher may hold the key to turning the tide. A weapon to be pointed directly at Apocalypse and fired. Now the hunt is on. Can Magneto and his X-Men rescue Cypher from Cyclops and Havok’s Elite Mutant Force, Dark Beast and his vile experiments, and the new Horsemen of Apocalypse? Or is it far too late for salvation? Find out this July!

AGE OF APOCALYPSE #1 (MAY150692)
Written by FABIAN NICIEZA
Art & Cover by GERARDO SANDOVAL
Variant Covers by ANDY CLARKE (MAY150693)
and SKOTTIE YOUNG (MAY150696)
Gatefold Poster Variant by GERARDO SANDOVAL (MAY150694)
Ant-Sized Variant by MIKE MAYHEW (MAY150695)
FOC – 06/15/15, On-Sale – 07/08/15

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Marvel’s Biggest Heroes Get Tiny For Ant-Sized Variants in June!

Marvel’s biggest names are getting small and shrinking down to size this June for  a series of special variant covers! Marvel has announced 15 Ant-Sized Variant Covers coming to some of June’s newest Marvel titles! Celebrate the highly anticipated release of Marvel’s Ant-Man, in theaters July 17th alongside your favorite characters with these can’t miss covers!

Look for the variants coming to these Marvel titles throughout the month of June:

  • Age of Apocalypse #1
  • Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies #1
  • Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1
  • Armor Wars #1
  • Captain Marvel & the Carol Corps #1
  • Civil War #1
  • Future Imperfect #1
  • Ghost Racers #1
  • Giant-Sized Little Marvel: AvX #1
  • Hail Hydra #1
  • Marvel Zombies #1
  • Siege #1
  • Thors #1
  • X-Men ’92 #1
  • Years of Future Past #1

Run don’t walk, to your local comic shop to get your hands on these covers. There’s sure to be a large demand for these small heroes!

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Humans & Mutants Alike Will Tremble Before the Warzones! of Age of Apocalypse #1!

His war has been won. En Sabah Nur stands triumphant over the bones of his enemies. None will be left alive! This July, return to one of the most iconic X-Men stories of all time in Age of Apocalypse #1 – a new Secret Wars series! Be there when writer Fabian Nicieza returns to the post-apocalyptic wasteland he helped create, as brought to life by artist Gerardo Sandoval!

Apocalypse rules his domain on Battleworld with an iron fist. The few humans left alive have been enslaved. The mutant rebellion has been crushed – it’s survivors, scattered. But the terrorist insurgents known as the X-Men will not go quietly into this grim future. They will fight! They will end Apocalypse’s reign of terror! Even if it means their very lives!

In an interview with Marvel.com, Nicieza said:

This Age of Apocalypse, taking place on Battleworld, is a story about the choices heroes have to make after they’ve already lost. What are the X-Men about if a dream of coexistence between humans and mutants has become a lost cause?

But the fight is not yet over. A very special mutant named Cypher may hold the key to turning the tide. A weapon to be pointed directly at Apocalypse and fired. Now, the hunt is on as Magneto and his X-Men attempt to rescue Cypher from the clutches of Cyclops & Havok’s Elite Mutant Force, Dark Beast and his vile experiments, and the new Horsemen of Apocalypse!

But even if they win, have they already lost? Find out as one of the most iconic X-Men stories ever is reborn on Battleworld!

AGE OF APOCALYPSE #1
Written by FABIAN NICIEZA
Art & Cover by GERARDO SANDOVAL
On Sale in JULY!

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Marvel Gets You Ready With $1 True Believers

What can you get for a dollar? How about the Marvel Universe? Marvel has revealed the covers for the upcoming True Believers – a new line of comics debuting exclusively in comic shops this April. Printing the first chapter of popular series for the suggested retail price of $1 – TRUE BELIEVERS is the perfect way for readers interested in trying out some of Marvel’s most popular titles in history without breaking the bank.

Just in time for 2015’s Secret Wars, catch up on some of the most celebrated stories in Marvel history before their appearance in the biggest comic event of 2015! Enter the world of Civil War, Age of Apocalypse, Old Man Logan, Planet Hulk, the critically-acclaimed ICON series Powers and many more with the first chapters of these top-selling collections – each for the suggested retail price of $1!

Your window into the biggest stories in Marvel history costs a buck!

TRUE BELIEVERS: INFINITY GAUNTLET #1 (FEB150760)
Reprinting material from INFINITY GAUNTLET #1.
32 PGS./Rated T …$1.00 MSRP

 

TRUE BELIEVERS: MARVEL ZOMBIES #1 (FEB150761)
Reprinting MARVEL ZOMBIES #1.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$1.00 MSRP

 

TRUE BELIEVERS: AGE OF APOCALYPSE #1 (FEB150762)
Reprinting material from X-MEN ALPHA.
32 PGS./Rated T …$1.00 MSRP

 

TRUE BELIEVERS: CIVIL WAR #1 (FEB150767)
Reprinting material from CIVIL WAR #1.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$1.00 MSRP

 

TRUE BELIEVERS: PLANET HULK #1 (FEB150764)

Reprinting INCREDIBLE HULK (2000) #92.

32 PGS./Rated T …$1.00 MSRP

 

TRUE BELIEVERS: HOUSE OF M #1 (FEB150765)
Reprinting HOUSE OF M #1.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$1.00 MSRP

 

TRUE BELIEVERS: OLD MAN LOGAN #1 (FEB150766)
Reprinting WOLVERINE (2003) #66.
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$1.00 MSRP

 

TRUE BELIEVERS: ARMOR WARS #1 (FEB150763)
Reprinting material from IRON MAN (1968) #225.
32 PGS./Rated T …$1.00 MSRP

 

TRUE BELIEVERS: MILES MORALES #1 (FEB150768)
Reprinting ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN (2011) #1.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$1.00 MSRP

 

TRUE BELIEVERS: AGE OF ULTRON #1 (FEB150769)
Reprinting AGE OF ULTRON #1.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$1.00 MSRP

 

POWERS FIRSTS #1 (FEB150770)
Reprinting POWERS #1.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$1.00 MSRP

Marvel teases Age of Apocalypse #1 in Summer 2015

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