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Strange Tales #125
The Sub-Mariner Must Be Stopped

October 14, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)

In Strange Tales #125 we have the Human Torch and the Thing, being there usual rough housing selves; before learning about the approach  of the Namor the sub-mariner on the shores of New York.   Eager to prove themselves, and impress some reporters whom had just left, they decide to take on the powerful advisory without the aid of the remaining two members of the Fanatic Four.    How well do these two heroes fare against Namor?  and what are the consequences of there actions. I suggest you read the issue, then read on to see just what I thought of this volume.  (more…)

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Tales to astonish #61
Captured At Last!

October 10, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)

The Tale featuring the Hulk from Tales To Astonish #61 titled “Captured At Last!” takes place as a directly continuation (although taking place some weeks later)  of the story from issue 60.  In this ongoing epic, we have Bruce Banner working hard to develop a means to track down the enemy controlled robot he created in the prior  issue,  with plans to bring about his end.   At the same time,  Major Glenn Talbot arrives taking on the post of head of security.  Although his main mission is to prove that there is something up, or some risk to Banner, as reported by General Ross.  Thus, building upon both the prior story, and developing the world around our hero at the same time. (more…)

Categories: Marvel , Tales To Astonish , ToA The Hulk

Tales To Astonish #60
The Incredible Hulk

October 9, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)

With Tales to Astonish #60, the Hulk returns to the forefront, being given his own feature again for the first time since his own title was canceled with Incredible Hulk #6. This issues cover date being a year and a half after that fateful event. But to look back to just his last feature title, would not to the Hulk justice. In all after Incredible Hulk #6 we have had 10 appearances including the following key stories:

  • Avengers #1
  • Fantastic Four #25 and Fantastic Four #26

Then even just the prior tales To astonish we had Giant-Man vs. The Hulk, a good way to welcome him to the tile. But now that we are here, we have to ask how does his first solo story rank up? (more…)

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Tales to astonish #60
The Beast of Berlin

October 8, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)

The tale for Giant-Man and the wasp (although just barely) for Tales To Astonish#60 is a communist fighting adventure titled  “The Beast Of Berlin”.  In this tale,  Giant-man goes off alone (after telling her for the first time about how his wife died) to Communist controlled Berlin to rescue a friend captured by the communist as well as deal with the threat of a powerful weapon that he leaned about from the same friend. (more…)

Categories: Marvel , Tales To Astonish , Ant-man / Giant-Man
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Tales Of Suspense #58 – Tales Of The Watcher
The Watcher Must Die!

April 10, 2014 | Drew | (2 Comments)

For the last of the series  ‘Tales of the Watcher’ backup stories in Tales Of Suspense we have a five page story titled ‘The Watcher Must Die’ . In this story, we witness an armada led by warlord Wrogg confront the watcher on a remote asteroid.  Believing that the watcher can not be as powerful as legends suggest,  he lands and approaches… what happens next? well, you will have to read to find out if the watcher lives on, or if this tale foretells the death of the watcher!  I won’t be spoiling the fun short for you.

What I will say, is it is five pages of the tension being built, leading to an interesting conclusion, with an original but since reused ending.

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Tales Of Suspense #58
Iron Man In Mortal Combat With Captain America!

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In this Iron Man feature, One month before Captain America becomes the regular co-feature of Tales Of Suspense we have the two Heros face-off against each other in a battle of hero’s true to the comic book style of the time. In this issue, the Chameleon convinces Iron Man, that Captain America is the Chameleon. Sending Iron Man off to face the real Captain America. Sound confusing? well, take a gander over the issue and it will all make sense.  (more…)

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Tales Of Suspense #57 Tales Of The Watcher
The Watcher's Power

April 3, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)

While I feel with most of the super-hero stories  Marvel was at least trying to be a little careful with minting some continuity,  with there other stories (such as ones like the Tales Of the Watcher series) I feel they where less careful then even they should have been.   For in this issue, a group of space pirates set there sights on  an alien world,  only to be stopped by the watcher, whom they knew was ‘around’ but assumed would not be allowed to interfere.  One would say this would be interference in it’s self,  but he has a clever resin for why it is not.   (more…)

Categories: Marvel , Tales of Suspense , Tales Of The Watcher

Journey Into Mystery #109
The Mighty Thor
When Magneto Strikes!

April 1, 2014 | Drew | (2 Comments)
“When Magneto Strikes!” from the Mighty Thor Feature in  Journey Into Mystery #109 is one of those tales that has mostly been forgotten by the passage of time.   It also brings with it, a new and different approach to ‘cross over’. You see, right from the cover, we know this tale will feature Thor Vs. Magneto, as well as include The Brotherhood: Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Mastermind, And Toad.   But what we don’t know, is how its not just about including a guest villain from another book, but the hero’s as well.
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Daredevil #4
Killgrave, The unbelievable purple man!

March 28, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)

In sitting down to write my comic book review of  Daredevil #4 and the story titled “Killgrave, The unbelievable purple man!” I find myself thinking, that this tale may be one of the better mind control stories I have seen so far.   While the starting crime of him robbing the bank, seems a bit weak, where the tail goes from there, seems fitting.   In this tale, we have Killgrave (The Purple Man), whom has the power to control the minds and wills of anyone whom he is near.  however -as fate would have it- Daredevil finds that his blindness has made him immune to The Purple Man’s Powers.   The the critical nature of the mission becomes even more so as Killgrave takes an interest in Karen, and uses his power to change her allegiance to serving him. (more…)

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Amazing Spider-man #16
Dual with daredevil

March 26, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)
When reading, I’m and preparing to write  my comic book review of the amazing Spider-man#16 I found myself asking one key question: “despite what the title of the book says, is this a Spider-man story or a daredevil story?” The two hero’s seemed to share the pages of this story fairly evenly as well as bring to it there key supporting cast. Why was this book written this way? I suspect to draw attention to daredevil and is fairly new title to many fans Spider-man.   Daredevil #1 attempted this same feet by including spider-man on the cover,  and issue #2 even featured a previous Spider-Man Villain as well as including the Fantastic Four.
So while I love the shared universe that marvel brings, the motives of a story also come into consideration, in so much as if they overwhelm the story and in someway make it feel contrived or less good. Thus the root question I end up aways asking myself. (more…)
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