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Review: Avengers World #21

Avengers World #21The last stand of A.I.M. … in the Savage Land! Thor and Hyperion unleashed! Can Namor survive The Cabal?

While much of the attention for the epic story leading up to Marvel‘s Secret Wars has been on Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers and New Avengers, for the last six issues, writer Frank Barbiere has transformed Avengers World from an “also” series, into one that not only equals Hickman’s main tale, but surpasses it in many ways. This issue is the apex of the series.

While Hickman gives us the main story of time winding down, Barbiere has focused the story on other aspects overlooked, filling in gaps. First Roberto Dacosta’s purchased of A.I.M. and attempt to save the world has been a lot of the story, but the thing I really liked about this issue is something else.

Barbiere has taken the questionable hero Namor and taken him from someone who will cross the line and do whatever it takes to survive into a broken, fallen hero. Namor was attacked and left for dead some time back and since has been running with Thanos’ Cabal, destroying worlds. Up to this point he came off as a strong leader, but we learn things aren’t what we’ve seen, Namor is broken and has become a sympathetic, broken king. As the issue plays out, it becomes clear what we thought was the story isn’t so much. Pieces of the puzzle are put together weaving a tragic tale. Barbiere has brought sympathy for the villain, and at the same time cast Thanos as an even scarier force.

Helping Barbiere is artist Jeff Dekal on cover and Marco Checchetto on interiors, and Andres Josè Mossa on color, all of whose art is jaw dropping. How they are all not headlining numerous series is a crime. The art for these past few issues have been amazing, and they’re all talents that should be headlining some big titles. Expect to see these name a lot over the next few years.

Avengers World is a series that’s flown under the radar, overshadowed by the higher profile Avengers series. Barbiere and Checchetto have turned it into a top tier series that not only entertains, but adds depth in both the greater world building and characters themselves.

Writer: Frank Barbiere Cover Artist: Jeff Dekal Interior Art: Marco Checchetto
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Build Up Your Variant Collection With Marvel Rocket Raccoon & Groot Variants!

Avengers_38_Chip_Zdarsky_RR&G_VariantThe breakout comic book characters of the year are taking over the covers of your favorite Marvel titles this November! That’s right True Believer, Rocket Raccoon & Groot Variants are coming, featuring some of the best and brightest talents in the industry! Not only will you get to see so many great artists putting their own spin on Rocket & Groot, but 20 of your favorite Marvel comics will feature these one-of-a-kind variants depicting some of the most classic of covers!

  • All-New Captain America #1
  • All-New X-Men #34
  • Amazing Spider-Man #9
  • Amazing X-Men #13
  • Avengers #38
  • Avengers World #15
  • Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier #2
  • Captain America & The Mighty Avengers #1
  • Deadpool #37
  • Guardians 3000 #2
  • Guardians of the Galaxy #21
  • Hulk 8
  • Legendary Star-Lord #5
  • New Avengers #26
  • Rocket Raccoon #5
  • Spider-Verse #1
  • Spider-Woman #1
  • Superior Iron Man #1
  • Thor #2
  • Uncanny X-Men #28

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So, I hear there was this big convention this past weekend…. We’ll continue our coverage over the next few days, while also looking forward to many more to come!

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Bleeding Cool – Galactus Feasts Upon Castle Doom: Touring the Hasbro Marvel Universe Display – The displays are impressive every year.

HNGN – First Superman Comic Could Be Worth Millions in eBay Auction – Nice!

Kotaku – Marvel Crams The Guardians Of The Galaxy Into Every Video Game It Can – The new Deadpool or Wolverine?


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Talking Comics – Aquaman #33

The Herts Advertiser 24 – Avengers World: A.I.M.pire

The Herts Advertiser 24 – Revolutionary War

Talking Comics – Saga #21

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It was new comic day yesterday. Was there anything that got you excited? Was there any comics that stood out?

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CBR – Tim Blake Nelson Reportedly in “Final Negotiations” to Join “Fantastic Four” – Mole Man is an interesting villain.

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Comic Vine – All-New X-Men #26

CBR – The Amazing Spider-Man #1

Comic Vine – The Amazing Spider-Man #1

Talking Comics – The Amazing Spider-Man #1

Comic Vine – Avengers World #5

Comic Vine – Batman Eternal #4

Comic Vine – Batwoman Annual #1

Comic Vine – Dream Police #1

Comic Vine – The Flash Annual #3

Comic Vine – Forever Evil Aftermath: Batman vs. Bane #1

Comic Vine – Ghostbusters #15

Comic Vine – New Avengers #17

Comic Vine – Origin II #5

Comic Vine – Rai #1

Talking Comics – Rai #1

Comic Vine – Silver Surfer #2

Comic Vine – Star Wars: Rebel Heist #1

Comic Vine – Uncanny Avengers Annual #1

Comic Vine – V-Wars #1

Comic Vine – Vertigo Quarterly: Cyan #1

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It was new comic book day yesterday. What got everyone excited? What did you enjoy reading?

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Greg Pak – Love Rocket Raccoon? Please consider donating to writer Bill Mantlo’s ongoing care! – Please help folks!

Kotaku – Lucasarts’ Star Wars Creations Return For X-Wing Tabletop Game – Very cool!

The Beat – Con Wars: Denver Comic Con co-founder La Greca pens open letter following removal – Sad to see this.

Kotaku – Japan’s Transformers Hotel Room Is More Than Meets the Eye – Well ok then.

CBR – She Has No Head! – “Johnny Come Lately” Has Another Name – Amen.

ICv2 – Caliber Comics Returns – Nice to see the return.

The Mary Sue – Jada Pinkett Smith Joins The Cast Of Fox’s Gotham – Interesting.


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Comic Vine – Avengers World #3

Comic Vine – Batman and Robin #28

Comic Vine – Daredevil #36

Comic Vine – Ghosted #7

Comic Vine – New Warriors #1

Comic Vine – Night of the Living Deadpool #3

Comic Vine – Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #10

Comic Vine – Terminator: Enemy of My Enemy #1

Comic Vine – Uncanny X-Men #17

Amy’s Marathon of Books – War Brothers: The Graphic Novel

Talking Comics – X-Men: Legacy #24

Sell-Outs and New Printing Roundup

Instead of posting all of these as separate stories as they’re released, welcome to the new weekly roundup of the various announcements of sell-outs released during the past week. We break it all down by publisher with when you can expect a new printing and new covers if they’re released.

Dynamite Entertainment

Turok: The Dinosaur Hunter is an incredible success, with the first issue having sold out at Diamond, in advance of being in-stores. Dynamite is providing a second printing shipping in-time to be in stores with issue #2. Both will be released March 5th.


Image Comics

The fourth issue of Chris Dingess‘ and Matthew Roberts’ critically acclaimed Skybound series Manifest Destiny has sold out instantly and will go into its second printing.

manifest destiny 4 second printing cover

Critics and readers alike have jumped aboard The Venture and fallen in love with Kel Symons and Mathew Reynolds‘ adventure series The Mercenary Sea. The first issue sold out instantly and will go into a second printing with a special cover yet to be revealed.

The second issue of Chip Zdarsky and Matt Fraction‘s Sex Criminals has sold out again at the distributor level and will be going into a fourth printing.

sex criminals

Marvel Comics

All-New X-Factor #2‘s second printing is released March 12.


Avengers World #2 returns to shelves March 12.


Old god. New trickster. It’s official – fans can’t get enough Loki, and the newest adventure of the Norse God of Mischief is a hit! Marvel has announced that Loki: Agent of Asgard #1 has sold out and will return to shelves in a second printing March 19th.


Critics, fans, and retailers the world over have spoken – and the Marvel Universe’s newest hero Ms. Marvel is a hit! Ms. Marvel #1 returns March 19th.


Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncoli blast out of the gate with an explosive issue that sets the stage for the biggest Superior Spider-Man story of them all! You don’t want to miss this! Superior Spider-Man #27.NOW swings back into comic shops this March 26th!


Thunderbolts #20.NOW will return to shelves February 26.


Spinning out of the best-selling Captain America series, blockbuster writer Rick Remender and artist Roland Boschi craft a tale of action, adventure, and espionage that hast to be seen to be believed! Winter Soldier: The Bitter March #1 explodes back into comic shops this March 26th!


Wolverine #1 slices, dices, and even shoots its way back into comic shops this March 26th!


Oni Press

Oni Press announced that the entire first printing of Joshua Hale Fialkov and Joe Infurnari’s critically-acclaimed The Bunker #1 has sold out at the distributor level!

A second printing of the creator-owned sci-fi phenomenon—featuring a new cover by Infurnari is expected on March 12th, so fans and retailers that missed it the first time can hop aboard before issue #2 hits stands on March 26th.

the bunker 1 2nd printing

Preview: Shang-Chi Unleashed in Avengers World #3!

Marvel has released a first look at Avengers World #3 – the next blockbuster issue from critically acclaimed creators Jonathan Hickman, Nick Spencer, and Stefano Caselli! Spread thin across the globe, squads of Avengers fight for their lives on multiple deadly fronts. A.I.M. has made their move – and they’ve declared Earth an Avengers World no longer! But not if Shang-Chi has anything to say about it! The Hand has woken the beast of legend. Out of the Earth rises a great dragon – with the city of Madripoor atop its head! Deep in the heart of the city, Shang-Chi faces down The Gorgon – ruthless leader of the shadowy ninja clan. Winner takes control of The Hand – and gets to keep their life!

Variant Cover by AGUSTIN ALESSIO
FOC 1/27/14, ON-SALE 2/19/13


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The weekend is almost here! What’s everyone got on tap? It’s cold here in DC, so that means spending time inside.

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The Mary Sue – Gal Gadot Signs 3-Picture Deal With Warner Bros., Including Wonder Woman Feature? – About what I expected.

The Mary Sue – Here’s Your Update On Brian K. Vaughan’s Y: The Last Man And Runaways Film Projects – I hope this happens.

CBR – Marvel’s “Ant-Man” Steps In For “Man of Steel” Sequel in July 2015 – This should be interesting by the time it totally plays out.


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Comic Vine – All-New Invaders #1

Talking Comics – All-New Invaders #1

CBR – Avengers World #2

Comic Vine – Bad Ass #1

Talking Comics – Batman #27

Comic Vine – Batman and Robin #27

Talking Comics – Deadly Class #1

Comic Vine – Eternal Warrior #5

Comic Vine – FF #16

Talking Comics – George Romero’s Empire of the Dead: Act One #1

CBR – George Romero’s Empire of the Dead: Act One #1

Comic Vine – Green Lantern: New Guardians #27

Comic Vine – Krampus! #2

Comic Vine – X-Men #9

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It was new comic book day yesterday. What’d everyone get?

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The Mary Sure – Cards Against Humanity Has a Doctor Who Expansion Now – Can’t wait to play this and expect a deluge of expansion sets from folks.

Kotaku – Report: Pixar Will Make A Star Wars Movie – Yes please!


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Comic Vine – All-New X-Factor #2

Comic Vine – Avengers World #2

CBR – Batman #27

Comic Vine – Batman #27

Comic Vine – Dead Body Road #2

Comic Vine – Deadly Class #1

Comic Vine – George A. Romero Empire of the Dead #1

Comic Vine – Hacktivist #1

Comic Vine – Harley Quinn #2

Comic Vine – Justice League #27

The Fandom Post – Laddertop Omnibus Vol. #1-2

Comic Vine – Origin II #2

Comic Vine – Pretty Deadly #4

Comic Vine – Samurai Jack #4

Comic Vine – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Utrom Empire #1

Comic Vine – X-O Manowar #21

Comic Vine – Zero #5

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