Since X-Force #1, we’ve been wondering one thing, who is the man with the Peacock Tattoo? It’s a mystery that has run all of these issues with teases and hints throughout. Now, we finally have our answer in X-Force #37 and it’s rather… underwhelming.
When X-Force debuted with its latest volume, it introduced one of the more intriguing new characters in the X-universe, the Man with the Peacock Tattoo. The leader of XENO, he came across as a nice mix of some of the X-Men’s solid villains of the past. Fueled by hatred of mutants with a mysterious agenda, the character has been a thorn throughout this run, but who is he? Writer Benjamin Percy delivers that answer in X-Force #37 and it’s just ok.
Part of the issue is that the mystery has been set up for so long. There’s little chance that anything delivered would live up to the anticipation of the reveal. Then, there’s the reveal itself. While not bad, and lots of potential, it ties back to continuity so long ago. Unless you’re a diehard fan, it’s a reveal that might not resonate as to its importance. Then there’s the tragic backstory itself which as presented is so twisted and all over, it doesn’t quite land as far as pathos or motivation. It has the building blocks there but just doesn’t stick the landing.
But, the issue does have its moments. The team is the usual dysfunction one would expect and an impatient Deadpool pestering Omega Red almost makes the comic worth it.
The art by Robert Gill is good. The characters all look solid and the detail and page layouts deliver a comic that has hints of horror. With color by Guru-eFX and lettering by Joe Caramagna, the art is intriguing as it hints at what the Man in the Peacock Mask has been up to and working on. Horrors pepper panels and pages begging the reader to dive in and try to guess what has been going on off panel and off page.
X-Force #37 is a piece to the overall story and in that way it’s good. But, on it’s own, it’s just ok delivering a reveal that doesn’t land partially because it’s been dragged out so long. There’s little chance it could have delivered the excitement that’s been built up to this point, a story that works against itself in that way.
Story: Benjamin Percy Art: Robert Gill Color: GURU-eFX Letterer: Joe Caramagna Story: 7.0 Art: 7.8 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read
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Writer Benjamin Percy has proven to be a master at crafting hair-raising sagas for Marvel’s most hardcore anti-heroes. This summer, he’ll bring together his hit runs on Ghost Rider and Wolverine in an explosive new crossover: Ghost Rider/Wolverine: Weapons of Vengeance!
The story will kick off in August’s Ghost Rider/Wolverine: Weapons of Vengeance Alpha where Percy will team up with acclaimed artist Geoff Shaw to reveal Wolverine and Johnny Blaze’s first encounter! Back when Logan was still learning what it meant to be an X-Man and Johnny was still reeling from his demonic transformation, the pair fought side by side against a terrifying supernatural threat. Now in the present, Wolverine is on the run after the shocking events of “Fall of X” while Johnny is following a path of destruction. Their paths will collide again when their past enemy resurfaces deadlier than ever! Do Ghost Rider and Wolverine have what it takes to put them down once more? And what secrets will they uncover when their hunt leads them to an ultra-secret and hellish branch of the infamous Weapon Plus program?! After Ghost Rider/Wolverine: Weapons of Vengeance Alpha, the story will unfold in the pages of Ghost Rider #17 and Wolverine #36 before coming to a fiery end in Ghost Rider/Wolverine: Weapons of Vengeance Omega.
Check out Ryan Stegman’s cover below and see Wolverine and Ghost Rider hit the darkest roads of the Marvel Universe together this summer in Ghost Rider/Wolverine: Weapons of Vengeance!
This last year marked the 50th anniversary of the iconic horror hero Ghost Rider! The character’s milestone year saw the launch of a brand-new ongoing series by writer Benjamin Percy and artist Cory Smith. This hit run has brought Ghost Rider back to his flaming-skulled basics with the return of original Ghost Rider Johnny Blaze as he journeys across the dark roads of the Marvel Universe to confront its monsters and his own demons. Having already crossed paths with Blackheart, Talia Warroad, and new villain Exhaust, the title will continue to highlight the character’s legacy and blaze a bold new future with the return of Danny Ketch!
To celebrate this highway-melting new era and Ghost Rider’s anniversary, J. Scott Campbell has turned out his newest anniversary variant cover! The latest in the best-selling artist’s line of variant covers celebrating the anniversaries of Marvel’s greatest heroes, this Ghost Rider #11 cover depicts Ghost Rider in all his hellish fury as he revs up his engine to unleash his one-of-a-kind brand of vengeance on the Marvel Universe!
Like Campbell’s previous anniversary covers, fans can also pick up the Ghost Rider #11 Anniversary Variant Cover in retro and virgin editions! Check it out now and stay tuned for more of J. Scott Campbell’s anniversary covers to be revealed in the months ahead!
Writer: Benjamin Percy Art: Juan Jose Ryp Cover: Leinil Francis Yu
All-New, All-Savage Wolverine! Wolverine’s been sold out. Bannister’s been duped. And when the dust settles, there’s something…different about Logan. Wolverine’s saga in the Krakoan era takes a savage turn with a decision – and a betrayal – that changes everything!
Zombies, zombies, everywhere! AWA Studios has announced today the return of the hit series, Year Zero, when Year Zero Vol. 0 launches on October 5. Following the successful two volume series from original writer Benjamin Percy and artists Ramon Rosanas and Juan Jose Ryp, New York Times best-selling horror writer Daniel Kraus and artist and illustrator Goran Sudžuka team up for an origin anthology series that takes readers to the beginning of the beginning of a deadly zombie pandemic that plunged the world into chaos. A crime story, a medical drama, a war story, and a mid-air thriller are all set against the backdrop of the zombie apocalypse.
Before the apocalypse, there was the pandemic. Featuring a diverse cast and a wide range of settings in the Year Zero tradition, this volume takes the chaotic early days of a pandemic, when rumors swirl and denial is in the air, and injects them with the pure horror of the dead coming to life. Headlining AWA’s Halloween Horror Month offerings in October, YEAR ZERO VOL. 0 continues the tradition of biting social commentary that has been a feature of the best zombie fiction since The Night of the Living Dead.
This action-packed prelude to the hit series unveils four globe-spanning tales from the earliest days of the zombie apocalypse when even the wildest rumors couldn’t measure up to the horror to come. A streetwise Russian cop patrols the back alleys of the opportunistic black market that emerges in response to the crisis…a North Korean soldier observes strange happenings on the DMZ…An E.R. nurse in the rural South fights to protect her hospital from threats without and within…And a transgender flight attendant observes disturbing clues as she crisscrosses the globe keeps a wary eye on the passenger in seat 23C.
Marvel’s famous panel Next Big Thing Panel at at San Diego Comic-Con is always filled to the brim with announcements, first looks, and teases about the future of the Marvel Universe! Editor in Chief C.B. Cebulski, Executive Editor Nick Lowe, editors Darren Shan and Lauren Bisom and an incredible lineup of creators including Christopher Cantwell, Jonathan Hickman, Ram V, and Collin Kelly & Jackson Lanzing came together to reveal some of the hottest Marvel titles coming your way in the next few months. Here’s some of the panel’s biggest announcements!
Marvel Comics visionary Jason Aaron will unite his work on Avengers, Avengers Forever, and Avengers of 1,000,000 BC into one incredible epic in Avengers Assemble! Aaron will kick off the saga with superstar artist Bryan Hitch in November’s Avengers Assemble: Alpha one-shot before crossing over between issues of AVENGERS and AVENGERS FOREVER!
From throughout time and the far corners of the Multiverse, the Mightiest Heroes of All the Earths are assembling as never before for a battle beyond all imagining. A war that will take us from the prehistoric beginnings of an Earth under assault by the greatest villains who’ve ever lived to the watchtower that stands at the dark heart of the all and the always, where an army of unprecedented evil now rises. The biggest Avengers saga in Marvel history begins now.
From the fantastical mind of creator Tradd Moore comes a Strange story like you’ve never seen in Doctor Strange: Fall Sunrise! Launching in November, the four-issue limited series sees Doctor Strange awaken alone in a distant world not his own. Lost of purpose and surrounded by danger, the wandering sorcerer must explore this land of blades and mystery to unravel arcane secrets and escape the deadly horrors that lie in wait!
November will also see an oversized celebration for the Golden Avenger’s 650th issue in Iron Man #25! It’s Iron Man Day in New York City, but not everyone is ready to celebrate the ongoing legacy of Tony Stark — least of all him. But a sudden crisis will once again test Tony’s heroism and challenge his commitment to the role he has assumed for himself. Must there be an Iron Man? Christopher Cantwell concludes his thought-provoking and powerful run as writer, as illustrated by Angel Unzueta. PLUS! Murewa Ayodele and Dotun Akande tell a tale of Iron Man’s quest to locate Thor amid the frozen wastelands of Niffleheim. Kurt Busiek and Ben Dewey pair up to provide an all-new vintage Iron Man adventure from the distant past featuring Madame Masque and the Radioactive Man! And get a special glimpse of what’s coming up next for the Armored Avenger! Check out the cover by Alex Ross.
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur’s highly-anticipated new solo series will arrive in December! Written by Jordan Ifueko and drawn by Alba Glez, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1will begin a brand-new era for the breakout young hero as the smartest person in the Marvel Universe also takes her place as one of its greatest heroes! The cover for the first issue is by Ken Lashley and the comic comes to shelves in December.
Check out more of what’s coming below!
Avengers and Moon Girl #1Interior Artwork by Diogenese Neves Written by Mohale Mashigo, the first in a three-part trilogy of Moon Girl Team-Up one-shots on Sale August 10
Venom #11Interior Artwork by Bryan Hitch Upcoming Issue of Ram V, Al Ewing, and Bryan Hitch’s Venom Run, on sale September 14
Carnage #5Interior Artwork by Francesca Manna Upcoming Issue of Ram V and Francesco Manna’s Carnage run, on sale August 24
Carnage #6Interior Artwork by Rogê Antônio Upcoming Issue of Ram V and Francesco Manna’s Carnage run, on sale September 21
Love Unlimited: Viv Vision Weekly arc starts in Issue #7, written by Marieke Nijkamp with art by Federico Sabbatini
Ghost Rider #5Interior Artwork by Cory Smith Upcoming Issue of Benjamin Percy and Cory Smith’s Ghost Rider run, on sale August 3
Ghost Rider #8
On sale November 2022 Written by Benjamin Percy Art by Cory Smith Cover by Kael Ngu JOHNNY BLAZE AND TALIA WARROAD — WORKING TOGETHER?! As part of a splinter unit within the F.B.I., they will map out the shadow highways that crisscross the country, uncovering the larger design of an underworld conspiracy!
Ghost Rider: Vengeance Forever #1Interior Artwork by Juan José Ryp Special Ghost Rider anniversary one-shot by Benjamin Percy and Juan José Ryp, on sale August 10
Captain America Sentinel of Liberty #3Interior Art work by Carmen Carnero Upcoming issue of Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing and Carmen Carnero’s Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty run, on sale August 10
Captain America Sentinel of Liberty #6
On Sale November 2022 Written by Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing Art by Carmen Carnero Cover by Carmen Carnero Captain America has misjudged his place in the battle against the elusive Outer Circle…and it’s about to cost him everything. The Century Game has been turned upside down. And when the dust settles, Steve Rogers’ world will never be the same again.
Shang Chi and the Ten Rings #2Interior Artwork by Marcus To Upcoming issue of Gene Luen Yang and Marcus To’s sun of Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings, on sale August 24
Shang Chi and the Ten Rings #5
On Sale November 2022 Written by Gene Luen Yang Art by Marcus To Cover by Dike Ruan THE ORIGIN OF THE TEN RINGS REVEALED! Shang-Chi finally discovers their tragic history…
Upcoming Crossover, Prelude issues begin in November 2022 Written by Zeb Wells Promotional Artwork by Ryan Stegman Variant Cover by Peach Momoko
New Limited Series launching in November 2022 Written by Christopher Cantwell Art by Lan Medina Cover by Taurin Clarke IT’S NOT EASY BEING…GOLD? Norman Osborn’s sins may have been cleansed, but his memories weren’t and he’s done plenty of horrific things to remember. Norman’s worked hard to avoid all things “Goblin” and to stay on the straight and narrow. Consequences in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN pushed him to try super-heroing, and he liked it. But when the media dub him the Gold Goblin, he has to start wondering – can he ever get away from the Goblin inside?
“Destiny of X” has begun as a wave of creators continue on what began years ago with the “relaunch” of the X-Men line. Wolverine #20 continues the previous series but provides a jumping on point. And, if you’re here for Wolverine, you might be disappointed. The issue feels more like the series Cable & Deadpool more than anything else as the Merc with the Mouth attempts to find his place in Krakoa.
Written by Benjamin Percy, the issue takes a lighthearted comedic vibe as Deadpool joins the series. The issue focuses a lot on the character as he recounts his attempts to join the Krakoan society and a place among the mutants. It’s full of the fourth wall crushing humor the character is known for and funny enough was the first time I realized Deadpool doesn’t currently have a solo series. I guess that shows how much I really care for the character. This isn’t the “insane” and deadly version we saw during his days on X-Force with Wolverine. This is full on comedy as Deadpool’s kinetic energy is played off the serious and grumpy nature of Wolverine.
For the most part, the team-up works… if you’re into it. I myself never really enjoyed this type of Deadpool and found large doses a turnoff for my reading. But, Percy almost finds the right balance here and brings the two characters together in a way that works. There’s an irritation oozing off of Wolverine that helps to swallow the slapstick nature of what he, and the reader, have to deal with.
The art by Adam Kubert is solid. The comic does a great balance between the serious and comedic elements. The art itself “breaks” the fourth wall of the pages as Deadpool takes us through his recent time and experiences. It plays off of Percy’s dialogue so well keeping a solid visual pace to match the rapid fire dialogue. Frank Martin and Dijjo Lima‘s colors work too as they, like Kubert, must balance the two elements within the issue. There’s a slight brightness in scenes featuring Deadpool’s rants compared to a slightly more dour look to Wolverine’s hunt. The lettering by Cory Petit is great and balances Deadpool’s large amount of dialogue with the visuals. The lettering too breaks a wall in many ways.
Your enjoyment of Wolverine #20 will really rely on what version of Deadpool you like and your preferred dosage. The issue balances things for me though is right up to the line. It also doesn’t quite feel like a “Wolverine issue” as opposed to a “Deadpool issue” or the start of some miniseries. Still, there’s a lot to like and the direction and hints as to what’s to come should be interesting. If nothing else, it’s a good starting point for those looking to dive into the series.
Story: Benjamin Percy Art: Adam Kubert Color: Frank Martin, Dijjo Lima Letterer: Cory Petit Story: 7.5 Art: 8.4 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read
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Marvel Unlimited revealed a special bonus release of X Lives of WolverineandX Deaths of Wolverine is now available in the app! Fans can now read the 10-part event across Wolverine’s history and future yet to come.
In the pair of interlocking series, writer Benjamin Percy and artists Joshua Cassara, Federico Vicentini, and Adam Kubert journey across Wolverine’s history and future to deliver a transformative epic packed with revelations and exciting developments not just for Logan but for all of mutantkind. To prevent a tragedy, Wolverine must travel to various points in time to prevent the death of a key figure in mutant history—Professor Charles Xavier. But that is only the beginning… because for every life, there is a death! Fan-favorite eras, and the unwritten future, are explored anew in this time-shredding saga.
And if readers want even more Wolverine, they can check out the 10-partLife of Wolverine Infinity Comic. In the series, fans can explore the history of Wolverine in chronological order!
In the land of the righteous, the wicked will be put to death!”
This summer, the Marvel Universe will be judged by a power greater than anything they’ve encountered before in A.X.E.: Judgement Day, the latest Marvel Comics crossover event. Written by mastermind creator Kieron Gillen and drawn by the epically talent Valerio Schiti, A.X.E.: Judgement Day will find the Avengers, X-Men, and Eternals embroiled in a deadly conflict. Kicking off after the Eternals boldly attack mutantkind’s new home on Krakoa, this complex saga will pay off various plot threads that have defined these franchises in recent years including mutantkind’s newfound immortality, the Eternals’ discovery of long-hidden truths about their species, and the Avengers intense dealings with the Celestials. The event will have a massive impact on the characters involved and their stories moving forward and fans can get their first hint of the full scope of A.X.E.: Judgement Day right now by learning more about the event’s issues and tie-ins set to debut in July.
July will see the release of both A.X.E.: Judgement Day #1 and A.X.E.: Judgement Day #2 and Gillen and Schiti’s emotional opening issues promise to define the summer. Both issues feature covers by Mark Brooks! The X-Men claim they’re the planets’ new gods. The Eternals know that position is already filled. The Avengers are about to realize exactly how many secrets their so-called friends have kept from them. Years of tension lead to a volcanic eruption as two worlds burn. Who has leaked the X-Men’s secrets to their latest foes? Why is Tony Stark abducting an old friend? And who stands in judgment over the whole world? As the world shakes, an unlikely group of heroes and less-than-heroes gather to find a peaceful solution. Sadly, the best laid plans of man, mutant and Eternal oft go awry…
Gillen will also team up with artist Guiu Vilanova to explore the root of the Eternals’ fury against mutantkind and the schism it’s causing in their society in a three-issue limited series beginning in July titled A.X.E.: Death to the Mutants. Esad Ribíc provides the cover to the debut issue. The mutants are Deviants. Eternals are coded to correct excess deviation. The mutants are eternal, Mars colonizers, ever-spreading. Eternals know what they should do. Our heroes don’t want to, but can they resist the murderous designs coded into their body as surely as any Sentinel? And if they can’t, can anyone survive the coming judgment?
In addition, A.X.E.: Judgement Day will spin off into the following titles throughout July:
Immortal X-Men #5 will see Gillen and artist Michele Bandini spotlighting one of mutantkind’s most fervent warriors—EXODUS. Bennet du Paris was born in the 12th century. Exodus marched forth with a sword in his hand and a shield in his heart to protect what he believes. It’s now the 21st century. What’s changed? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. And the Eternals who dared attack Krakoa are going to discover what that means. With a cover by Giuseppe Camuncoli.
Deadpool joins and Kraven’s mutant hunt begins in Benjamin Percy and Robert Gill’s X-Force #30. X-Force has taken some lumps, but a new era begins as old-school X-Forcer Wade Wilson makes his grand return! Well, grand for him, necessary for the team, as X-Force needs all the help it can get in the fallout from the Hellfire Gala and the revelations of A.X.E.: JUDGMENT DAY! Find out why Kraven the Hunter is involved in the start of a landmark storyline titled “The Hunt for X.” Joshua Cassara provides the main cover with a variant by Carlos Magno.
Who are the true inheritors of the Earth? The X-Men and Eternals fight over the answer to that question in X-Men #13 by Gerry Duggan and C.F. Villa. The mutants are the next stage of evolution. Evolution depends on a mutation of genes – the genes of the offspring deviating from their progenitors. Some would call the X-gene EXCESS deviation. Those people are gonna need to be taken down a few pegs. With a cover by Martin Coccolo.
And Arakko sees war yet again in X-Men Red #5 by Al Ewing and Stefano Caselli. No one who is not an Omega-level mutant has ever taken one of the nine seats of the Great Ring. Together, they are the greatest power Arakko has ever known – and it’s nine against one. So, if the nine are losing…what does that say about the one? Judgment Day has come to the Red Planet – and it’s Arakko’s greatest test since X OF SWORDS! Featuring a cover by Russell Dauterman!
Prepare to enter the Destiny of X, the radical next era for your favorite X-Men titles! Ushering in the second age of Krakoa, Destiny of X will see the emergence of new enemies, the formation of new X-Teams, and bold paths for your favorite characters. It all kicks off later this month and right now, fans can peek ahead to discover what’s to come this June in their most anticipated X-Men ongoing series!
Gerry Duggan and Pepe Larraz present the grand climax to the Krakoan X-Men’s first year inX-Men #12! On the eve of the Hellfire Gala, threats have closed in on the X-Men from all sides. The secret machinations of Doctor Stasis, the terror of Gameworld, even the threat of the X-Men’s own secrets getting out…it’s all led to this!
Kieron Gillen teams up with artist Michele Bandini for a Hellfire Gala story ripe with drama, revelations, and betrayal from a shocking uninvited guest in Immortal X-Men#3! Emma Frost will do anything to protect the children, including the metaphorical child that is the Hellfire Gala. Last year’s was a fantastic success. She would not like it if someone ruined the second. She would not like it at all… The events of this year’s HELLFIRE GALA will lead directly into Gillen and Valerio Schiti’s A.X.E.: JUDGMENT DAY, the next Marvel Comics crossover epic launching this summer. Stay tuned next week for more HELLFIRE GALA announcements. Featuring a cover by Mark Brooks!
In Benjamin Percy and Robert Gill’s X-Force #29, X-Force make their last stand AGAINST KRAKOA, THE ISLAND THAT KILLS LIKE A MAN! As Cerebrax captures and turns the mutants’ powers against them, it sets its sights on the biggest mutant of all — Krakoa itself! A fight this big is going to take all the power X-Force can muster…and the true Omega to live up to his potential! With a cover by Joshua Cassara.
Wolverine runs out of allies to trust in Benjamin Percy and Adam Kubert’s Wolverine #22. Wolverine is trapped in an adamantium prison, and it’s probably Deadpool’s fault. But the betrayal of Maverick stings worst of all! Just what is so valuable in that briefcase that it pits mutant against mutant…against C.I.A.?
Mutantkind’s great Otherworld quest is in jeopardy in Tini Howard and Bob Quinn’s Knights of X #3. Gambit and his team gain a momentary victory over the Furies in Crooked Market, but as the group is hit by another wave of attacks by Merlyn’s army, Rachel Summers’ connection with Captain Britain is severed before she can call in reinforcements. In Sevalith, the Captain and her team face off against blood thirsty vampires as they seek out a lethal potential ally. Their quest required ten knights to begin, but no one said anything about the end. A knight dies here – and the hateful quest goes on. With a cover by Yanick Paquette.
Meet the FIRST GENERATION OF MUTANTKIND in Steve Orlando and Eleonora Carlini’s Marauders #4. The Marauders have gotten some jailbreak mixed into their heist! Pryde and her crew might’ve convinced Xandra to confront the Shi’ar’s crimes against mutantkind together, but the fanatical Kin Crimson are ready to defend those secrets to the death. What hidden truths and horrors does the Shi’ar Chronicle hold? Deep in a pandimensional prison lies the answer – but will it unite two societies in progress, or destroy them both? Check out the cover by Kael Ngu.
Al Ewing teams up with Juann Cabal, Andrés Genolet, and more for a harsh lesson about the Martian way of death in X-Men Red #4! Recent revelations threaten to profoundly alter the Destiny of X – and Arakko isn’t immune from the fallout! With the clock ticking down to interstellar war, Storm faces a Galactic Illuminati… Magneto attends a meeting of his own that might decide both their fates…and Roberta Da Costa ponders a recent return from the grave alongside the strangest guest star of all! With a cover by Russell Dauterman.
Nightcrawler’s squad faces a divine threat in Si Spurrier and Jan Bazaldua’s Legion of X #3. An Arakkii fugitive god is lurking somewhere in the shadows of Krakoa, and Weaponless Zsen must track them down or face destruction at the hands of the terrifying Ora Serrata. After hitting a number of dead ends, Zsen and Nightcrawler turn to the astral plane for answers. Meanwhile, Pixie lures the Skinjacker out of hiding with the help of Juggernaut and…Dr. Strange?! Dike Ruan‘s cover is below.
Fall into the looking glass in Vita Ayala and Rod Reis’ New Mutants #27. With her Soulsword shattered, Magik spirals into unfamiliar territory as she confronts her legacy in Limbo – dragging Mirage and Wolfsbane down with her! And while Magik faces the demons of her past, present, and future…Madelyne Pryor inches closer to the throne. Leinil Francis Yu provides the cover.