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Preview: Avengers: Mech Strike #3 (of 5)

Avengers: Mech Strike #3 (of 5)

(W) Jed MacKay (A) Carlos Magno (CA) Kei Zama
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 07, 2021
SRP: $3.99

AN AVENGER HAS FALLEN!
But the Avengers have no time to mourn their fallen friend – not when the world is ending. As their enemy’s masterplan unfolds and the planet erupts into chaos, the Avengers stand strong against endless enemies. But only a shocking new ally can help them to turn the tide. For if the Avengers fall…so too does Earth.

Avengers: Mech Strike #3 (of 5)

Preview: Avengers: Mech Strike #2 (of 5)

Avengers: Mech Strike #2 (of 5)

(W) Jed MacKay (A) Carlos Magno (CA) Kei Zama
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 03, 2021
SRP: $3.99

The Biomechanoid menace is growing exponentially, and the only line of defense for the Earth? The Avengers! While the team scrambles to fight Biomechanoids across the globe with the aid of their new mech suits, Iron Man and Black Panther try desperately to uncover the hidden enemy behind this new global crisis. But when they do, they realize that the threat is far greater than they had previously imagined… and the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance.

Avengers: Mech Strike #2 (of 5)

Review: Avengers: Mech Strike #1

Avengers: Mech Strike #1

Remember not long ago when cartoons and movies were around clearly to sell toys? That’s kind of how Avengers: Mech Strike #1 feels, though takes a bit to get there. Giant kaiju, I mean biomechanoids, are threatening the planet and new problems require new solutions. This solution? GIant Avengers mechs piloted by the heroes. Don’t worry they’ve been in the works for a while, also don’t try to think so hard.

Writer Jed MacKay delivers a new spin on the Avengers that feels like it was spun out of a Saturday morning cartoon. It’s Pacific Rim but with biomechanoids instead of Kaiju and one Avenger piloting each Jaeger. But, Avengers: Mech Strike #1 seems to realize all of this, and the general silliness of the concept, and rolls with it. It hopes the readers roll with it too and not think too hard about the situation.

There’s a fun goofiness about Avengers: Mech Strike #1 but it works and works well. MacKay has a good handle on the team though the writing has some small ticks that get irritating as you read them over and over. As the battle wages on characters talk to the team by saying “(fill in character’s name) to Avengers” and when that happens what feels like multiple times on a page and feels rather stilted, it stands out and kills the momentum a bit. But, there’s a solid play between the characters with Spider-Man delivering some humor to everyone else’s rather stiff nature.

The art by Carlos Magno is solid and fun. The action is good and easy to follow as the monster tears apart a neighborhood. The characters look great and everything works together, yes even the mechs look like they fit this world. Magno is helped by Guru-eFX on colors and lettering by Cory Petit. It’s all good but doesn’t quite pop. There aren’t memorable moments visually when there’s an opportunity for a lot, it all feels rather standard, even the ending which should pop.

Avengers: Mech Strike #1 feels like it’s aimed at younger readers who will run out and eventually get the toys tied into the series. It’s a pretty fun comic, though feels a little thin in some ways and you just need to accept the reality. An example is Tony’s mechs match up to the team. Keep in mind the team often changes and these mechs have been worked on for years, so it’s just random that the mechs match the Avengers or there’s a whole bunch more mechs out there for other members.

It’s not a bad comic at all but it also never quite pops the way it could. The story is good. The art is good. It never quite gets to that moment where there’s something really exciting. The comic comes off as an attempt to sell some toys and that’s it.

Story: Jed MacKay Art: Carlos Magno
Color: Guru-eFX Letterer: Cory Pettit
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Avengers: Mech Strike #1 (of 5)

Avengers: Mech Strike #1 (of 5)

(W) Jed MacKay (A) Carlos Magno (CA) Kei Zama
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 03, 2021
SRP: $3.99

EARTH’S MIGHTIEST HEROES!
The Avengers are confronted with an unstoppable new menace, one that is seemingly impervious to their every strength! But the Avengers aren’t so easily beaten, and when new threats arise, powerful new tools must be brought to bear! Join the Avengers as they battle a brand-new enemy…and begin a deadly game of chess with a shadowy mastermind!

Avengers: Mech Strike #1 (of 5)

Avengers Mech Strike #1 Gets a Trailer

Announced in November, Marvel has released a trailer for Avengers Mech Strike #1.

A brand-new enemy has emerged in the Marvel Universe and even Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are no match against it. But the Avengers aren’t so easily beaten, and when new threats arise, powerful new tools must be brought to bear! Suiting up in high-tech individualized armor, the Avengers stand ready for one of their greatest battles yet in the extraordinary new comic series, Avengers Mech Strike!

Written by Jed MacKay with art by Carlos MagnoAvengers Mech Strike will kick off a bold new age of action-packed Avengers battles that will send shockwaves throughout the comic book industry and beyond! Uniting against an unstoppable enemy, Avengers Mech Strike #1 is just the beginning of this epic story that will unfold throughout next year!

The first issue features a cover by Kei Zama.

Marvel and Harlequin Deliver 6 New Digital Comics For You on comiXology

There’s six new digital comics available now on comiXology from Marvel and Harlequin. Revisit some classic stories or enjoy some romance manga now. Check them out now or the individual issues below.

Avengers: Above And Beyond

Written by Kurt Busiek, Steve Englehart, Roger Stern, Roy Thomas
Art by Ian Churchill, Alan Davis, Steve Epting, Tom Grummett, Klaus Janson, John Paul Leon, Jorge Lucas, John McCrea, Pat Olliffe, Ivan Reis, Paul Smith, Jim Starlin
Cover by Alan Davis
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Collects Avengers (1998) #36-40, #56 and Annual 2001; and Avengers: The Ultron Imperative.

The Avengers learn what too much of a bad thing can be when they face a city of robots and a village of Hulks! And in other international news, Blood Wraith has a BIG problem with Ultron’s extermination of Slorenia! Meanwhile, Silverclaw shines and Triathlon triumphs in Kurt Busiek’s penultimate Avengers saga! Featuring the villainy of Ultron, Diablo and Kang the Conqueror.

Avengers: Above And Beyond

Captain Universe: Universal Heroes

Written by Jay Faerber, Craig Kyle, Jeff Parker, Christopher Yost
Art by Carlos Magno, Francis Portela, James Raiz, Paulo Siqueira
Cover by Daniel Acuna
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Collects Captain Universe: Daredevil, Increcible Hulk, Invisible Woman, Silver Surfer, X-23 and material from Amazing Fantasy (2005) #13-14.

Captain Universe is known as the name for the recipient of the mysterious Uni-Power, a special kind of energy that endows an individual with superhuman powers during a time of crisis. How it has determined its hosts in the past remains a mystery. Now, the unraveling of one of the greatest enigmas in the universe begins as the Uni-Power must possess a handful of Marvel heroes-Hulk, Daredevil, X-23, Invisible Woman and Silver Surfer-to save itself form an enemy hell bent on its destruction!

Captain Universe: Universal Heroes

Last Hero Standing

Written by Tom DeFalco
Art by Pat Olliffe
Cover by Mark Bagley
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Collects Last Hero Standing #1-5.

The great heroes of the Marvel Universe are vanishing without a trace! What has happened to Spider-Man, the Thing, the Scarlet Witch, Captain America and the rest of the MU’s heavy hitters? Spider-Girl, the Fantastic Five and A-Next must join forces with today’s superstars to uncover the answer – and the trail leads to a major Avengers villain! Does the presence of the Watcher signify the end of this age of heroes?

Last Hero Standing

Last Planet Standing

Written by Tom DeFalco
Art by Pat Olliffe
Cover by Pat Olliffe
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Collects Last Planet Standing #1-5.

At last! The long awaited sequel to last year’s surprise hit, the sold-out Last Hero Standing, which Ray Tate of Silver Bullet Comics called “a comic book mini-series that’s worth buying!” For centuries beyond reckoning, Galactus has consumed entire worlds to satiate his never-ending quest for sustenance, but now he has a new plan – one that may threaten the very existence of the entire Universe! Featuring Thor, the Warriors Three, the Avengers, Spider-Girl, the Fantastic Five and the Shi’ar Imperial Guard!

Last Planet Standing

Mega Morphs

Written by Sean McKeever
Art by Lou Kang
Cover by Lou Kang
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Collects Mega Morphs #1-4.

Some dangers are too big for even the Marvel Super Heroes; that’s when they activate Tony Stark’s newest inventions: the Mega Morphs! Super-powerful, high-tech transforming robots piloted by the unlikely team of NEW AVENGERS’ Spider-Man, Captain America and Wolverine — along with Ghost Rider and the Hulk?! Join fan-favorite writer Sean McKeever and superstar-on-the-rise Lou Kang for furious fighting featuring Marvel’s heaviest heroes in giant-robot action!

Mega Morphs

The Tycoon’s Marriage Bid/The Fifth Day of Christmas

Written by Betty Neels, Patricia Thayer
Art by Kuremi Hazama
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When Ellie’s delivery truck crashes, she is surprised that a handsome businessman offers to help her out. Normally, she is happy to reject any man’s advances, choosing to focus on developing her family’s wine brand instead. But something about this man enchants her. After he helps her, she expects to never see him again. That is, until he shows up later on her property, offering to buy out her family’s precious vineyard!

The Tycoon's Marriage Bid/The Fifth Day of Christmas

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The Avengers Armor Up in Avengers Mech Strike

A brand-new enemy has emerged in the Marvel Universe and even Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are no match against it. But the Avengers aren’t so easily beaten, and when new threats arise, powerful new tools must be brought to bear! Suiting up in high-tech individualized armor, the Avengers stand ready for one of their greatest battles yet in the extraordinary new comic series, Avengers Mech Strike!

Written by Jed MacKay with art by Carlos Magno, Avengers Mech Strike will kick off a bold new age of action-packed Avengers battles that will send shockwaves throughout the comic book industry and beyond! Uniting against an unstoppable enemy, Avengers Mech Strike #1 is just the beginning of this epic story that will unfold throughout next year!

Behold your first glimpse at these instantly iconic new suits on Kei Zama’s cover below and stay alert for news about the Avengers Mech Strike program, featuring comics, digital content, and more exciting products to be announced in the coming weeks and months!

Avengers Mech Strike

Preview: Empyre: Avengers #2 (of 3)

Empyre: Avengers #2 (of 3)

(W) Jim Zub (A) Carlos Magno (CA) Paul Renaud
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 12, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Earth’s Mightiest Heroes fight an intergalactic foe on three fronts! In New York, a villain from the past has been super charged with alien energy. In Mexico, old hatreds turn allies into enemies. And in the Savage Land, the soul of the jungle has been stolen and Shanna the She-Devil’s life hangs in the balance. It’s mystery, magic and mayhem, in the Mighty Marvel Manner!

Empyre: Avengers #2 (of 3)

Preview: Empyre: Avengers #1 (of 3)

Empyre: Avengers #1 (of 3)

(W) Jim Zub (A) Carlos Magno (CA) Steve McNiven
Rated T
In Shops: Jul 22, 2020
SRP: $3.99

With the threat from the stars now reaching Earth, Captain America sends out the call for heroes to meet its advance across the globe! But in the far-off Antarctic Savage Land, Ka-Zar and the Agents of Wakanda have located an enemy offensive that could change the course of the conflict! Which Avengers will answer the call to this remote area and will they be able to cope with the strangeness they find there?

Empyre: Avengers #1 (of 3)
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