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Catching Up on Reviews, Part 13 — New & Secret Avengers

New Avengers #9 (Marvel) – I’m a big fan of Brian Michael Bendis’s writing and it’s good in this issue although the historical “Avengers” tale going on here throws me a bit. I don’t fully get it. I’m not a huge fan of either Mike Deodata or HOward Chaykin’s art here, although none of it is bad. The shocking ending to the issue is well-done.

Story: 8.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 8

New Avengers #10 (Marvel) – I’m still not sure the Avengers 1959 story works very well and the main story is weaker than usual. This is the worst issue of the series to date, although that isn’t to say it’s a bad comic, just not as good as the rest.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5

New Avengers #11 (Marvel) – More of the same here keeps the series in a holding pattern. The image of a superhero riding a whale is a bit jarring, in a bad way.

Story: 8 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.75

New Avengers #12 (Marvel) – The writing gets a bit better in this issue, but the art, if anything, is worse.

Story: 8.5 Art: 7 Overall: 7.75

New Avengers #13 (Marvel) – This issue gets the series back to its higher quality level, with a focus on revenge for the attack on Mockingbird and some interesting foreshadowing about what might be coming down the road.

Story: 9 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75

New Avengers #14 (Marvel) – This Fear Itself tie-in is one of the best of the entire event. The focus is on the return of Mockingbird and it’s very well done, to the point of being one of her best appearances ever. It’s very much a Bendis comic book, in the best sense of that concept.

Story: 9.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 9.25

New Avengers #15 (Marvel) – Bendis does his best to write a good Fear Itself story featuring Squirrel Girl, but, in the end, it’s still a story featuring Squirrel Girl.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8 Overall: 8.25

New Avengers #16 (Marvel) – Bringing Daredevil fully into the Avengers fold through a well-told Fear Itself story is a good idea.

Story: 9 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75

New Avengers Annual #1 (Marvel) – This may be the most interesting thing ever done with the character of Wonder Man. Bendis takes a character that had long been a one-note thing and makes him one of the most interesting adversaries the Avengers have seen in a while. On top of that, he surrounds him with a cast of b-level characters that are all brought into the story in a great way. This is action-packed and looks great thanks to Gabriele Dell’otto

Story: 9.75 Art: 9.75 Overall: 9.75

Secret Avengers #10 (Marvel) – Ed Brubaker tells a very action-oriented tale that gives a lot of time to Shang-Chi and shows that Steve Rogers is a master tactician.

Story: 9 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75

Secret Avengers #11 (Marvel) – I’m not sure I like the revival of the John Steele character in modern times, but if it’s going to be done, this is about as good as it’s going to get.

Story: 9 Art: 8 Overall: 8.5

Secret Avengers #12 (Marvel) – This series is consistently high quality and even when the premise is one that doesn’t grab me, it’s very well-executed. The art is starting to decline a bit, but I’m sure that’s temporary.

Story: 9 Art: 7.5 Overall: 8.25

Secret Avengers #12.1 (Marvel) – This point one issue offers a lot of philosophical ideas related to the Avengers, the Secret Avengers, government informants, how to react to dangerous situations and more. It may be a bit heavy for a jump-on point, but it is a good issue for those who already have some knowledge of the Avengers.

Story: 9 Art: 8 Overall: 8.5

Secret Avengers #13 (Marvel) – There are a few cheesy moments here, but this is really a tale of right and wrong, civil rights and the multiple approaches that can be taken to change the world.

Story: 9.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 9.25

Secret Avengers #14 (Marvel) – Nick Spencer uses this Fear Itself tie-in to explore what it means to be a soldier and a warrior and writes one of the more compelling elements of the entire crossover.

Story: 9.5 Art: 9 Overall: 9.25

Secret Avengers #15 (Marvel) – Secret Avengers seems to be the designated place in the Fear Itself event to discuss philosophical issues — this time it is with the responsibility of the media when it comes to dealing with big issues and people’s lives.

Story: 9 Art: 8 Overall: 8.5

Secret Avengers #16 (Marvel) – Finally breaking free from Fear Itself, Warren Ellis comes on board to write a fun, action-packed tale that fits into the Heroic Age concept very well.

Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5

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Around the Tubes – We’re Back!

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There’s so much news to catch up on while I was on my San Diego Comic-Con side journey.  Below you’ll find a lot of articles, some recent, some old, but throughout the day there’ll be posts of trailers and other news that deserve some more focus.  Enjoy!

Around the Blogs:

Salon – The politics of Captain America – An interesting article that’s worth the read.

Bleeding Cool – Ghost Projekt To Be Syfy TV Mini Series – We owe a review of the series, but I was a bit mixed on it.  It’ll be interesting to see what a tv series will be like.

Human Events – Captain America: ‘Nazi Basher’ Now, Why Not ‘Commie Smasher’ Next? – A very interesting article, but Cap in the movies wakes up in modern time, there’s no communists, so makes this difficult.

The Advertiser – N.Y. superhero tour geared to geeks among us – This could be cool.

ICv2 – SyFy Options ‘The Sixth Gun’ – A comic book series that’s grown on me, it’ll be interesting to see how it turns out.

ICv2 – ‘Mockingbird’ Added to Marvel TV Roster – Is TV the new “movie” for comic books?

The New American – When Marvel Comics was Anti-Communist – See how stories flow around conservative blogs?

The Comics Journal – How Censorship Won: The Final Victory of the Comics Code – Some great history here.

Geekweek – Top Cow’s THE DARKNESS Headed To The Big Screen – There’s going to be a few Top Cow comics coming to the big screen.

ArtsBeat – Being Gay in Riverdale: Creator of ‘Archie’ Character Gives the Backstory – A article well worth the read.

Con Coverage:

Comicvine – SDCC 2011: Marvel Next Best Thing

Comicvine – SDCC 2011: Marvel: Year of the X-Men Panel Live Blog

Bleeding Cool – Court Papers Served On Shocker Toys At Their Own San Diego Comic Con Panel

Bleeding Cool – Rhys Ifans, The Lizard In The Amazing Spider-Man, Arrested At San Diego Comic Con And Cited For Misdemeanor Battery

Bleeding Cool – Boom! Panel Busts At San Diego Comic Con <- One of the funniest panels I’ve been to in a long time.

Comics Alliance – Marvel TV: ‘Hulk,’ ‘Alias’ and ‘Cloak and Dagger’ Comics To Be Adapted for Television with ABC

CBR – SDCC ’11 | A roundup of Saturday’s announcements

The Mary Sue – Images of Spidey Villain Revealed at SDCC, Look Like a Batman Villain (and Rhys Ifans Was Not Arrested)

CBS News – Comic-Con 2011 closes after 4 days of pop-culture fun

Bleeding Cool – Trending Topics Special: Who Won San Diego? The Top 50 Stories Of San Diego Comic Con

MTV Geek – SDCC 2011: The Legendary Comics Panel Recap

MTV Geek – SDCC 2011: Take A Look At DC’s Designs For The New 52!

Comicvine – The Biggest News from DC Comics at Comic-Con 2011

Comicvine – The Biggest News from Marvel Comics at Comic-Con 2011

Graphic Novel Reporter – Eisner Award Winners for 2011
Around the Tubes Review
Comicsgirl – Ivy

Preview – Your First Look At HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD #1

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Marvel is proud to present your first look at Hawkeye & Mockingbird #1, from the fan-favorite New Avengers: The Reunion creative team of Jim McCann and David Lopez. Hawkeye, the world’s greatest marksman is back—and reunited with the world’s most dangerous super-spy, Mockingbird—as two of the most popular Avengers launch an all-new ongoing series in the Heroic Age!




Written by JIM MCCANN

Penciled by DAVID LOPEZ



Women of Marvel Variant Cover by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC

Rated T+ …$3.99

FOC—5/13/10, On-Sale—6/3/10

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Get A Sneak-Peak At Hawkeye & Mockingbird On MDCU!

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Get A Sneak-Peak At Hawkeye & Mockingbird On MDCU!

This month, get an inside look at the upcoming Hawkeye & Mockingbird ongoing series Jim McCann and David Lopez (the fan favorite team behind New Avengers: The Reunion) with the Hawkeye & Mockingbird Sketchbook on Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited! Recently reunited, Hawkeye & Mockingbird are out to deliver justice, couples style! After putting together a new WCA and setting out to take down all who threaten the freedom and the wellbeing of the innocent, Hawkeye & Mockingbird encounter Clint Barton’s arch-nemesis! If that wasn’t enough, the Phantom Rider is back and has the duo in her sights!

Packed to the brim with never-before-seen artwork and commentary from the creators, this sketchbook offers fans a taste of what’s to come before Hawkeye & Mockingbird #1 hits stores in June!




Written by JIM MCCANN

Penciled by DAVID LOPEZ



Women Of Marvel Variant by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC

Rated T+ …$3.99

FOC – 5/13/10,   ON SALE – 6/03/10

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