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Preview: Oddly Normal #2

Oddly Normal #2

Story By: Otis Frampton
Cover By: Otis Frampton
Art By: Otis Frampton
Variant Cover By: Rob Guillory
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: AUG140665
Published: October 22, 2014

Oddly Normal’s parents and house may have vanished off the face of the earth, but things go from bad to weird when her dotty Great Aunt arrives on the scene.

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Preview: Wildfire #4

Wildfire #4

Story By: Matt Hawkins
Art By: Linda Sejic
Cover By: Linda Sejic
Variant Cover By: Stjepan Sejic
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: JUL140591
Published: October 22, 2014

THE CONCLUSION OF THE INAUGURAL WILDFIRE ARC! The government is prepared to firebomb Los Angeles to prevent the spread of the genetically altered plants that are growing out of control and destroying the city. How will Dan Miller stop what he’s helped unleash and the government from destroying LA?

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Preview: The Dream Merchant #5 (of 6)

The Dream Merchant #5 (of 6)

Story By: Nathan Edmondson
Art By: Konstantin Novosadov
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: JUL130522
Published: October 22, 2014

Everything that rises must converge. Winslow embraces his dream and is ready to defend the world from what is already here. The tale draws to a close and the scope of Winslow’s dream is larger than anyone could have imagined.

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Review: Avengers & X-Men Axis #3

Axis 3“Are we back here again?” – Scott Summers

déjà vu…the watch word for AXIS #3.

Issue# 3 of AXIS closes out the first arc of the event, bringing the story to an interesting break  and mini conclusion. The first thing that popped out at me about this issue  is the presence of so many connecting threads that go back to pivotal stories in the Marvel U. This comes with a caveat I will explain shortly. Although this has been a  consistent element since the first issue it’s much more prominent in this one. I’m really starting to see that thematically AXIS is not just a story about heroes and villains, it’s also a hub for a great deal of Marvel’s past stories.

Dedicated and eagle eyed readers will catch plot call backs from Doom and Wanda’s confrontation (Avengers: The Children’s Crusade)  as well as Genesis and Deadpool’s reunion (Uncanny X-Force Vol. 2)  as I’ve mentioned before I’m a sucker for continuity, so seeing these elements is not only enjoyable it reflects the author’s attention to detail and care for the characters. That said I do have some reservations. A lot of the plotting and story structure seems rehashed irrespective of this.  The greatest sin that AXIS #3 commits is reinventing the wheel so to speak (pun intended)

Given what Wanda has went through with Dr. Doom, (House of M /The Children’s Crusade) I find it highly suspect that she would risk performing Magic with him ever again. Additionally if a spell from Wanda going awry becomes the an enduring trope once more, I’ll have to let out a justified groan. The poor girl needs a break she’s earned it. The past keeps coming back  story structure wise, I can’t help but feel a sense of ennui. Like Scott said, we are back to familiar territory. The use of villains to save the day was very  much reminiscent of  the superhuman civil war. And the renewed conflict between the Avengers and X-men was very AVX.  That said I don’t want to throw the baby out with bathwater. There are some interesting developments worthy of mention. Evan Sabah Nur’s  inversion is definitely a new wrinkle in his story and builds upon years of foreshadowing. And Havok’s resignation as co-leader of the Avengers Unity Squad was huge.

In an earlier review I questioned Captains America’s choice of Havok as the leader of the team. This seemed to make him the “Uncle Tom” of Mutants in some respect. It appears he has come to his own similar conclusions in this issue and asserts himself in a manner we rarely see from him. The X-Men  in general appear to be headed in a new direction and I’m excited to see what follows next. Witnessing Evan usher in the genesis (apocalypse?) for this new X-era was particularly poignant and foreboding.

Overall the issue was good…good but familiar. I’m excited to see the new landscape that AXIS will carve but right now the story telling feels a bit formulaic. The art was very reflective of the story, and depicted the chaotic nature of the battle quite well.

Story: Rick Remender Art: Leinil Francis Yu
Story: 6 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Preview: Twilight Zone #9

Twilight Zone #9

J. Michael Straczynski (w)
Guiu Vilanova (a)
Francesco Francavilla (c)
FC • 34 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
FANS, ASK YOUR RETAILER FOR THE:
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Ben Chambers is a private investigator at the end of his career, an arc best viewed through the bottom of a whiskey bottle.  He has investigated missing persons, adulterous lovers, embezzling partners…and none of it has ever meant anything.  None of it has ever changed anything.  So Ben looks at his life now and wonders, what was it all for, really?  He resignedly takes on one last case, investigating the unsolved murder of corporate CEO Jason Black’s son, an Iraq veteran killed shortly after an anti-war rally.  Ben expected that his investigation would take him into the past through photos and research and interviews.  What he never expected was that the trip into earlier years would be literal…as he time travels back to the night of the murder, and discovers that he finally has his chance to make a difference, courtesy of The Twilight Zone.

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Preview: Bee and PuppyCat #5

Bee and PuppyCat #5

Imprint: KaBOOM!

Authors: Natasha Allegri, T. Zysk, Chrystin Garland, Flynn Nicholls, Meredith McClaren
Artists: T. Zysk, Chrystin Garland, Flynn Nicholls, Meredith McClaren

Temp work can be tiring! Bee’s just gonna grab a coffee…or three…or 20. Between caffeine addiction, karaoke contests, and costume changes, Bee and PuppyCat have a lot to deal with!

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Preview: Lazarus #12

Lazarus #12

Story By: Greg Rucka
Art By: Michael Lark
Cover By: Owen Freeman
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: AUG140657
Published: October 22, 2014

“CONCLAVE,” Part Two The rulers of the world have gathered in high-security luxury, and now every Family is vying for advantage. Joacquim Morray makes his intentions known to Forever, and Jakob Hock advances his plan to destroy the Carlyle Family once and for all.

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Marvel teases Inhumans: Attilan Rising #1 in Summer 2015

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Preview: Chaos: The Chosen

Chaos: The Chosen One-Shot

Michael Moreci (w)
Ivan Rodriguez, Rod Rodolfo (a)
Tom Raney (c)
FC • 48 pages square bound • $7.99 • Teen+

Spinning out of the events of CHAOS, the Chosen are a group of monster teens who travel the world with one agenda – hunting other monsters! In this double-shot of horror, action, and humor, the Chosen team up with the powerful witch Suspira to take down Epitaph, a force of evil bent on using three co-eds to help him return from the dead. Then, the Chosen travel to an east coast hamlet to do battle against a strange, ancient monster! Two terrifying tales that explore the darkest corners of the Chaos universe!

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Preview: World of Archie Comics Digest #44

WORLD OF ARCHIE COMICS DIGEST #44

Script: Paul Kupperberg
Art: Fernando Ruiz, Jack Morelli
Cover: Jeff Shultz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 10/22
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

The holidays are in full swing at Riverdale High, and Archie is determined to be Veronica’s Secret Santa. When he pulls someone else’s name, he has no choice but to find out who has Veronica so he can switch with them. This leads him on a wild goose chase around school—it turns out a lot of people wish they had picked someone else, and it sets off a chain-reaction of switching names! Will he ever find out who is the mystery person who picked Veronica’s name? Find out in “Secret Santa Secret Swap,” the brand new lead story to this Christmas comics digest!

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