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The Immortal Hulk #50 Captures Immortal Moments in Variant Covers

The end of one of the most critically-acclaimed comic runs in recent history arrives next month with Immortal Hulk #50, a special giant-sized issue that will present the epic conclusion to years of buildup, mystery, and Gamma-powered additions to the Hulk mythology. To celebrate the end of this groundbreaking journey, some of the industry’s top artists have delivered outstanding ‘Immortal Moments’ variant covers that depict some of the highlights of the last 49 issues.

These eight covers will allow readers to relive the following breathtaking moments from throughout this incredible saga:

  • Ron Lim and Israel Silva immortalizes Hulk’s discovery of the gamma-irradiated father of Del Frye from IMMORTAL HULK #2
  • Ed McGuinness and Laura Martin immortalizes the brutal brawl between the red Absorbing Man and Hulk from IMMORTAL HULK #9
  • Gary Frank and Brad Anderson immortalizes the climactic moment of the “Hulk in Hell” arc where Devil Hulk lets Bruce know he’ll always protect him from IMMORTAL HULK #13
  • Carlos Pacheco, Rafael Fonteriz, and Marcio Menyz immortalizes the debut of the Rick Jones/Abomination hybrid from IMMORTAL HULK #17
  • Creees Lee and Jesus Aburtov immortalizes Hulk’s initial confrontation with Betty’s new manifestation of her Red Harpy persona from IMMORTAL HULK #19
  • Sanford Greene immortalizes the glimpse of Hulk’s potential future as the Breaker of Worlds from IMMORTAL HULK #25.
  • InHyuk Lee immortalizes Hulk squaring off against his Roxxon-backed replacement, Xemnu, from IMMORTAL HULK #31
  • Jen Bartel immortalizes the reveal of the Devil Hulk’s true look from IMMORTAL HULK #38

Check out all eight now and be there for the end to this historic run when Immortal Hulk #50 hits stands on October 13!

Marvel Celebrates 750 issues of Avengers with a Giant-Sized Epic

This November, Marvel presents the 750th issue of Avengers, and it promises to be one for the ages! Continuing Jason Aaron’s Marvel Universe-shaping run, Avengers #750 will be a 96-page milestone issue consisting of multiple game changing stories by an all-star lineup of artists including Carlos Pacheco, Aaron Kuder, Ed McGuinness, and Javier Garrón. The giant-sized epic will be packed with revelations and jaw dropping moments, including the introduction of THE MULTIVERSAL MASTERS OF EVIL, the deadly new group of villains fans met in this year’s Free Comic Book Day: Avengers/Hulk #1!

Throughout this supersize extravaganza, fans will also witness the shocking conclusion of “World War She-Hulk”, finally learn the true purpose of the prehistoric Avengers, uncover the shocking secret of the Iron Inquisitor, watch the Avengers recruit some surprising new members, and follow the Ghost Rider on a quest for vengeance across the Multiverse that will spark an all-new era in Avengers history!

In addition, best-selling author Christopher Ruocchio, known for his award winning The Sun-Eater series, makes his Marvel Comics debut alongside superstar artist Steve McNiven in a bonus story starring Thor.

Be there when the startling future of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes kicks off in Avengers #750 this November!

Review: Heroes Return #1

Heroes Return #1

Heroes Reborn has been a bumpy ride of a story. A world where no Avengers have existed and the Squadron Supreme takes the role is interesting. How the series was executed and the specifics were a bit lacking though. The story feels like there’s chunks missing in the narrative that would make the story flow a bit better. Heroes Return #1 wraps things up as the Avengers battle the Squadron Supreme and Coulson decides to get in on the fight himself. It’s a slugfest with the addition of a thin layer of story.

Written by Jason Aaron, Heroes Return #1 wraps things us and gets us back to our regularly scheduled program. It feels like the “thank god” moment where the mistake of an arc ends and we the reader know we can move on to more interesting things. The issue has the Avengers battling the Squadron Supreme and there are individual moments that stand out. Seeing the two teams battle has its interesting aspects as we see how they match up and who does what. How the Avengers handle things is the details that keeps things somewhat engaging. But, the issue, and event, just leaves so many questions out there that aren’t even touched it’s frustrating. Maybe there’s something I missed reading?

Where Aaron’s work really stands out is the Squadron Supreme itself. These are heroes we love to hate and the interaction between Hyperion and Nighthawk is actually engaging. There’s a slight sadness as they both know the world isn’t right but “it’s their world” so they fight and fight hard.

The art by Ed McGuinness works for the issue. It’s mostly a long fight and the characters look good with designs and layouts that are interesting and help bring a pop sense about it all. With ink by Mark Morales and color by Matthew Wilson it looks nice. But, there’s not a lot that really stands out as memorable. The most being the slight moments where McGuinness delivers winks and nods to the Squadron Supreme’s DC analogs.

The most interesting thing about Heroes Return #1 is where it leaves everything. There’s some specifics with the Squadron Supreme that will potentially have a big impact going forward. There’s things with Mephisto especially that will be huge. But, overall, it’s an event that feels more like its point is to get us to that finale as opposed to really telling a solid story. As a whole, it’s an event whose concept wasn’t bad, it just didn’t know how to really execute it.

Story: Jason Aaron Art: Ed McGuinness
Ink: Mark Morales Color: Matthew Wilson
Story: 6.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Heroes Return #1

Heroes Return #1

(W) Jason Aaron (A) Ed McGuinness (CA) Leinil Francis Yu
56 PGS./ONE-SHOT/Rated T+
In Shops: Jun 23, 2021
SRP: $5.99

An epic, oversize slugfest between the Squadron Supreme and an otherworldly group of Avengers for the final fate of the whacked-out world of HEROES REBORN.

Heroes Return #1

Review: Heroes Reborn #7

Heroes Reborn #7

Heroes Reborn has been an interesting event. It’s one that has shown its potential. But, that potential has never really been reached. The narrative has taken on a different delivery with a series of one-shots and a main series that’s been split. Half of the main event comic has focused on the members of the Squadron Supreme while the second half has dipped its toes into the bigger story of a world changed. This “final” issue continues that pattern. Heroes Reborn #7 has the Squadron Supreme attempting to figure out who the Avengers are while the second gives a better idea as to who is behind everything.

Delivering an event in a style that’s almost like an anthology is absolutely something different and new. But, it also has felt like not enough. Writer Jason Aaron has juggled his two tasks and done with what he could. The comic has had to build this world with a rich past and current present while also addressing the mystery before us. The mystery aspect has felt like it’s gotten shortchanged as the series has done its best “What if Marvel did DC?”. That riff on DC has been interesting and entertaining with numerous winks and nods. But, there’s something that doesn’t completely click about it all. It’s not really DC as more Earth-3 DC as the Squadron Supreme builds up a pile of bodies and we learn more of their thirst for war and destruction.

With the main event, you’d think this issue would wrap things up. Nope, it’s extended even further with the upcoming Heroes Return. That makes this seven-issue series feel even shorter in its goals. It’s the opening chapter in what will likely be dragged out further than it needs to. The issue for Heroes Reborn interestingly doesn’t seem to be the content or concept but its execution and packaging.

The art by Aaron Kuder and Ed McGuinness is solid. The comic looks great as each brings their styles to the issue. It looks great and that’s not a problem at all. Mark Morales ads his inks to McGuinness’ pencils with Dean White and Matthew Wilson handling color with Cory Petit on lettering. Everyone looks fantastic, the locations are interesting and the moments between characters flows nicely. The issue never pops though. There’s moments that should have been memorable but it never hits the reader. It could be due to the shortened storytelling pages but the imagery never stands out as epic and memorable.

Heroes Reborn #7 like the issue before both works and doesn’t. There’s some great ideas and concepts but it never quite clicks and flows. Everything feels too short and like it’s missing that moment that really hits you. The fact that it ends as just one chapter doesn’t help matters. This is another Marvel event that doesn’t hit the mark.

Story: Jason Aaron Art: Aaron Kuder, Ed McGuinness
Ink: Mark Morales Color: Dean White, Matthew Wilson Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Heroes Reborn #7 (of 7)

Heroes Reborn #7 (of 7)

(W) Jason Aaron (A) Aaron Kuder, Ed McGuinness (CA) Leinil Francis Yu
40 PGS./Rated T+
In Shops: Jun 16, 2021
SRP: $4.99

Together they ended the Kree/Skrull war, defeated Dr. Doom in his Secret War and even endured their own civil war between Hyperion and Nighthawk, but now the Squadron Supreme of America faces their greatest challenge yet: a mysterious new group of troublemakers called the Avengers.

Heroes Reborn #7 (of 7)

Preview: Heroes Reborn #6 (of 7)

Heroes Reborn #6 (of 7)

(W) Jason Aaron (A) Erica D’Urso, Ed McGuinness (CA) Leinil Francis Yu
40 PGS./Rated T+
In Shops: Jun 09, 2021
SRP: $4.99

Over the eons, the fabled daughter of Utopia Isle known as Power Princess has defeated the All-Gog, Gorr the God Butcher and the King in Black, but now she must venture into the ruins of Asgard, where something unexplained is stirring in the graveyard of the gods.

Heroes Reborn #6 (of 7)

Preview: Heroes Reborn #5 (of 7)

Heroes Reborn #5 (of 7)

(W) Jason Aaron (A) Ed McGuinness, R. M. Guera (CA) Leinil Francis Yu
40 PGS./Rated T+
In Shops: Jun 02, 2021
SRP: $4.99

When there’s a riot at the Ravencroft Asylum, Nighthawk must descend alone into a realm of madness, surrounded by the most deranged members of his notorious rogues’ gallery, including his archenemy, the maniacal Goblin.

Heroes Reborn #5 (of 7)

Preview: Heroes Reborn #4 (of 7)

Heroes Reborn #4 (of 7)

(W) Jason Aaron (A) James Stokoe, Ed McGuinness (CA) Leinil Francis Yu
Rated T+
In Shops: May 26, 2021
SRP: $4.99

With the cosmic might of his Power Prism, Doctor Spectrum has become the most feared lawman in the heavens. But now the dark forces of deep space have sent the galaxy’s most notorious bounty hunter to end Spectrum once and for all. That’s right, here comes Rocket Raccoon! Plus: In a backup tale, the all-new Starbrand finds herself alone in a strange new universe.

Heroes Reborn #4 (of 7)

Review: Heroes Reborn #3

Heroes Reborn #3

Continuing the rather interesting split issue format of the series, Heroes Reborn #3 is the strongest issue of the main event so far. The Marvel Universe has changed. The Avengers were never formed at the Squadron Supreme has stepped into their place. The only one who remembers the world that was is Blade who’s on a mission to find out what’s going on and fix everything. Heroes Reborn #3 begins to eliminate some of the possibilities for what’s going on while also putting the focus on Blur, the speedster member of the Squadron Supreme.

Race Through the Dread Dimension” dives into Blur. And as a standalone story, it does a hell of a job in doing everything it needs to do. Impressively, we get hints as to an origin. We also get a solid idea as to who Blur is as a person and character. The answer is, an absolute ass. Writer Jason Aaron continues to use Marvel’s creations as an examination of classic DC characters, in this case, the Flash with some others thrown in. Stanley Stewart is the classic DC speedster mixed with the arrogance of Johnny Storm. He’s a character you want to punch.

The story does an excellent job of running through who Blur is as he watches television, plays on his phone, laments he’s “too fast” to do certain things, and brags about his dating. This is an arrogant person granted massive abilities and can’t sit still. Like his introduction, the story focuses on Silver Witch as she steals his soul and he attempts to get it back while racing through the Dark Dimension.

The story works far better than previous chapters as it focuses on Blur. The story feels less like a game of “see what’s different” as opposed to focusing on Blur. We get a good sense of who he is with a minimal amount of “guest stars”. There also seems to be a real focus on giving us a twisted take on The Flash. Gorilla City is replaced by Grizzly City as an example. On its own, it’s a very enjoyable story and great introduction to the character.

Federico Vicentini provides the art which does an excellent job of capturing the motion, and lack of it. With Matt Milla on art, the look of the comic is great as it attempts to mimic what really works with The Flash. It’s solid visuals to go along with a strong narrative.

The Silent Inferno“, also written by Aaron, is the real focus on the main story. Blade is organizing his team to try to fix the world. He and Captain America recruit a new member that’s unexpected. The move eliminates one of the possible causes for what’s going on and also answers some questions in how they’ll deal with the Squadron Supreme’s heavy hitters. With art by Ed McGuinness, ink by Mark Morales, and color by Matthew Wilson, the story is an interesting chapter but feels too short. What stands out is the chapter’s ability at intrigue. I was sucked in as I wanted to see where it was going, who was the focus, and what was being said. It’s a solid entry in the greater story. But, overall, it emphasizes the issues with the event, it feels like it’s being dragged out and not focused enough on the main story.

Heroes Reborn #3 is the best release so far in the event. But, like the previous issue, at times it feels like a tie-in than the main story. But, what’s presented is really good, so there’s good and bad with the release. Overall, the event is a bit frustrating in how it’s presented and the pacing but we are at least getting some solid moments within all of the distraction.

Story: Jason Aaron Art: Federico Vicentini, Ed McGuinness
Color: Matt Milla, Matthew Wilson Ink: Mark Morales
Story: 8.35 Art: 8.35 Overall: 8.35 Recommendation: Buy

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