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Preview: Infamous Iron Man #7

Infamous Iron Man #7

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Alex Maleev
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 26, 2017
SRP: $3.99

The Reed Richards from a dead reality calls himself “The Maker” – and his plans for the world are far more insane than anything Doctor Doom ever attempted. Now Doom, as Iron Man, is the only one who can stop him. Doom is the hero? Richards is the villain? It is a world gone mad!


Review: Jessica Jones #7

STL039933.jpgBrian Michael Bendis gives us another issue of Jessica Jones that reminds us why there should be more female writers, exploring female characters in the Marvel universe.

This issue has us on the hook for a solid five pages before we even get a glimpse of the title character. We are treated to five pages of set up involving Maria Hill because, all brunette, bad ass females are interchangeable. Bendis then goes into his character introduction of Jessica Jones by having two full panels of a fuzzy faced Jessica perusing the aisles of a liquor store.

The liquor store scenes could have been character building except when they’re coupled with the five pages of her saving a woman from her abusive date with the use of violence and then receiving a hug and immediate “friendship” for doing the right thing, you’re reminded that you’ve seen this all before. The next story arc for Jessica Jones spends the almost half of the comic book dealing with other people’s problems not on the one thing that we know is most important to Jessica, her family. Not only, is she relegated to a secondary story line in her own comic book, for the second time, the writer couldn’t even be original. We’ve seen this all before, the heroine looking for an escape, using liquor who saves a girl from abuse is the exact same start for the Elektra solo comic down to having someone else get multiple pages in the opening of the story.

If the unoriginal storytelling of the first half of the comic isn’t bad enough, Jessica is then forced to be subject herself to essentially begging Danny Rand to tell her where Luke and her daughter are and she gets not only mansplained to but, Rand proceeds to take care of her by telling her what she needs. Oh, you’ve lost your child? You should eat! If that cliched and condescending enough to all womankind, Jessica then briefly reunites with Luke and her daughter, which would be awesome if it was in any way rooted in reality. The reunion is all sweet and cheerful which makes little to no sense, because if Luke knew Jessica had no choice, then his BFF Danny would have known and told her but, if he didn’t this sweet reunion without any kind of talk before hand makes no sense. They have a brief conversation that takes up less than three pages and then Jessica, who has her family back and, possibly her good name is back off to the office, getting some rest and a drink, where she encounters a bloody and presumed dead Maria Hill.

Michael Gaydos gives Jessica’s world a dark, hopeless feeling. The panels are filled with harsh lines, deep shadows and the fallen Jessica Jones spots a gruff, hardened almost masculine face, like all of the women in this issue who are strong. There’s a sense of despair in the lines that show the sad state of disrepair that Jessica’s life has fallen into, she looks haggard, zombielike, and lost. In the earlier pages, Gaydos gives her the look of a junkie, her lost child and the return of her family seem to be the only fix that can save her soul.  That would be story accurate except he gives Maria Hill the same masculine and haggard look. It appears that’s just how he draws women. I suppose in a way it’s a step up from sexualizing and filling the pages with a male gaze but, there was so little attention to detail and so much clinging to the monotony that Maria and Jessica are indistinguishable except for their hair color and hairstyle.

The issue uses dark, shadowy tones, which ironically enough complement the downward spiral and aftermath showcased in the story being told. Matt Hollingsworth‘s color choices do their job of making the reader feel just as lost, disorientated and saddened as Jessica. The style isn’t the most sophisticated, it doesn’t feel like a throwback to older comics nor, does it feel new and stylized. The art is simplistic, like the by the numbers cliched storytelling. It’s kind of like the artists gave up the second that they saw the story they would be conveying in pictures.

The story is convoluted, unrealistic, and hackneyed. It is the epitome of what men think women want and are like. Bendis portrays Jones as a one-dimensional, agencyless, manic pixie detective for hire in her own story. There are so many character cameos, Cage, Rand, and Hill, that it feels like Bendis really wanted to write these other comics but, didn’t get hired so he’s cramming them all into the Jessica Jones’ solo outing and forgetting to tell her story in an authentic way.  He actually seems to take more care in the scenes that Rand and Cage are in making sure they’re featured than he does making sure that we know that it’s a Jessica Jones’ comic. Even the artwork is steadier and more detailed for the male characters than it is for Jessica. It’s insulting & derivative and trite and, both the readers and Jessica deserve more.

Story: Brian Michael Bendis Art: Michael Gaydos and Matt Hollingsworth
Story: 5.6 Art: 6.5 Overall: 6 Recommendation: Read

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Marvel Reveals Details on Generations

Once upon a time, a kid from New York City picked up a shield and charged into battle…A prodigal son lifted a sacred hammer and proved himself worthy…And an arrogant genius forged an armor that would harness his true potential. Together, they became some of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and ushered in the age of marvels! Marvel Comics has revealed details on their new series, done in the mighty Marvel manner uniting Marvel’s iconic heroes with their modern-day torchbearers for a fun and fast-paced adventure fans have been waiting for! This August, prepare for Marvel’s Generations!

Generations brings together Miles Morales and Peter Parker, Laura Kinney and Logan, Amadeus Cho and Bruce Banner, plus more, and illuminates the path that all these heroes will take into the future for a thrilling quest unlike anything seen in the Marvel Universe before.

A colossal collaboration of today’s greatest creators, Marvel’s Generations continues the evolution of the Marvel Universe as the new class of heroes stand shoulder to shoulder with those who have trail blazed their legacy.

Running August to September, this 10-issue maxi-series put to the test in this universe-wide team-up that will shed light on the most pressing questions about the future of the Marvel Universe, and the fate of everyone’s favorite heroes.

Generations: The Best starring Wolverine and All-New Wolverine
Written by Tom Taylor
Art by Ramon Rosanas


Generations: The Americas starring Steve Rogers: Captain America and Sam Wilson: Captain America
Written by Nick Spencer
Art by Paul Renaud


Generations: The Bravest starring Captain Mar-Vell and Captain Marvel
Written by Margie Stohl
Art by Brent Schoonover


Generations: The Thunder starring The Mighty Thor and The Unworthy Thor
Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Mahmud Asrar


Generations: The Strongest starring Bruce Banner and Amadeus Cho, the Totally Awesome Hulk
Written by Greg Pak


Generations: The Archers starring Hawkeyes, Clint Barton and Kate Bishop
Written by Kelly Thompson


Generations: The Iron starring Iron Man and Ironheart
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Marco Rudy


Generations: The Marvels starring Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel
Written by G. Willow Wilson


Generations: The Spiders starring Peter Parker: Spider-Man and Miles Morales: Spider-Man
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Ramon Perez


Generations: The Phoenix starring The Phoenix and Jean Grey
Written by Cullen Bunn

Preview: Invincible Iron Man #6

Invincible Iron Man #6

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Stefano Caselli
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 19, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Riri’s adventures go very viral. Everyone wants a piece of the newest Iron Man…Ironheart. But not everyone is thrilled with how she is representing herself to the public. All this, a new potential boyfriend AND the latest new addition to the Iron Man rogues’ gallery!

Preview: Guardians of the Galaxy #19

Guardians of the Galaxy #19

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Valerio Schiti, Various (CA) Arthur Adams
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 12, 2017
SRP: $4.99

Brian Michael Bendis’ last issue!

It’s all built to this! GROUNDED comes to a conclusion with this double-sized blockbuster as Brian Michael Bendis wraps up his epic run on GUARDIANS! With the team stuck on Earth and scattered to the winds, could the only thing to bring them together truly be…THANOS? Featuring art by series artist Valerio Schiti and special guest artists to celebrate the end of an era!

Preview: Spider-Man #15

Spider-Man #15

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Szymon Kudranski (CA) Patrick Brown
Rated T
In Shops: Apr 05, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Coming out of the crossover with SPIDER-GWEN, Miles’ life is turned upside down. Rio Morales, Miles’s mother, is faced with a world she doesn’t know or understand. WHAT WILL SHE DO NOW?!

Marvel Weekly Graphic Novel Review: Captain America, The Mighty Avengers, & Guardians of the Galaxy

It’s Wednesday which means new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. We’ve got four new volumes from Marvel featuring Captain America, The Mighty Avengers, and Guardians of the Galaxy

Captain America: Justice is Served featuring Captain America #318-322 & Annual #8, Amazing Spider-Man #278, and material from Marvel Fanfare #29 & #31-32 and more!

The Mighty Avengers by Brian Michael Bendis the Complete Collection collects issues #1-20 by Brian Michael Bendis, Frank Cho, Mark Bagley, Marko Djurdjevic, Alex Maleev, Khoi Pham, John Romita Jr., Stefano Caselli, and more.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Road to Annihilation Vol. 2 featuring Sensational She-Hulk #44-46, Thanos (2003) #7-12, Marvel Monsters: Monsters on the Prowl and Nick Fury’s Howling Commandos #1-6 and #1 Director’s Cut.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Prelude featuring Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Prelude #1-2, Giant-Size  Avengers #4, Guardians of the Galaxy (1990) #1, and Guardians Team-Up #12 by Will Corona Pilgrim, Chris Allen, Andrea Mutti, Scott Hanna, Roberto Poggi, and Andres Mossa.

Find out about the trade and whether you should grab yourself a copy. You can find both in comic stores April 5 and bookstores April 18.

Get your copies now. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Captain America: Justice is Served
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

The Mighty Avengers

Guardians of the Galaxy: Road to Annihilation Vol. 2
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Prelude
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW




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Preview: Jessica Jones #7

Jessica Jones #7

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Michael Gaydos (CA) David Mack
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Apr 05, 2017
SRP: $3.99

The most dangerous book on the stands digs even deeper into the new mysteries of the Marvel Universe. Has Jessica Jones uncovered a secret too hot for even her? Can she put the pieces of her life back together before it is too late?

Preview: Infamous Iron Man #6

Infamous Iron Man #6

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Alex Maleev
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 29, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Doom comes face-to-face with two of his most mortal enemies. Faces he never thought he would ever see again. This is a big turning point issue for Infamous Iron Man. His reputation is on the line. Can Victor keep on the redemptive path even in the face of total adversity? Will he even want to?

Preview: Invincible Iron Man #5

Invincible Iron Man #5

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Stefano Caselli
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 22, 2017
SRP: $3.99

The world now knows about Riri Williams and what she can do. So other heroes come to court her for their super-teams and villains come looking for revenge on Iron Man. Welcome to the Marvel Universe, Riri Williams! (Oh, and Deadpool.)

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