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Tales of suspense #59
The Black Knight

October 28, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)

As I sit down to write a comic book review of the story titled “The Black Knight” featuring Iron man, published in Tales Of Suspense #59, I find that this story (despite a later cover month) would clearly fit before the events of Avengers #9. That small fact out-of-the-way (and the impact on the avengers title is only one panel that would be less understood) I can get on to my synopsis, and review.

Tony Stark becomes Ill as he enters his officein this issue, after seeing the avengers off to a charity benefit, Iron Man stays behind to keep watch over the city. At the same time The Black Knight bust out of jail, and decided to get revenge on the avengers – starting with the one he knows how to find, Iron Man.   This assault starts before our hero can make it back to the factory.  In fact as, tony is walking in, the factory under sedge by the black knight, we also witness Tony Stark suffering from a power attack, causing him to have to retreat to his office, while scaring Pepper and Happy.

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Fantastic Four #31
The Mad Menace Of The Macabre Mole Man!

October 20, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)

Having just read, and as I sit down to write my comic book review Fantastic Four #31, I find that I let the action, and all the promises made fly though my head.  First and foremost, this tale signals the return of the Mole Man last seen in Fantastic Four #22. Then as if that is not enough, the cover offers the promise of a s surprise character seen only briefly, but who’s identity would shock us.   Then, on the opening page, we get yet another guarantee; the Fantastic Four will stand against the Avengers in this issue as well!

But then all stories have a beginning,   this one starts out with an unexpected earthquake in New York. From there we have the Fantastic Four, less sue storm going out to investigate, and learning of a missing city block. Sue on the other hand, got distracted by something she spotted in a newspaper as the earthquake happened.  Instead of joining the team, she is off to police headquarters for unexplained reasons.   it is not that many pages further in that Mole man captures Sue, and threatens the Fantastic Four against interference. Beyond that, he is going to hold them accountable for the actions of all, leaving them to stop the avengers whom are about the set out on an investigation of their own.Fantastic Four Vs Avengers

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Avengers #9
The Coming Of The... Wonder Man!

October 17, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)

For this comic book review I read  Avengers #9, the story in this volume is titled  “The Coming Of the … Wonder Man!”.  In this tale we have Baron Zemo, The Enchantress, and The Executioner returning from their banishment that occured  in Avengers #7. Like most typical villains, their mind is single focused n gaining revenge, seeking to thort and destroy the avengers whom wronged them. To do this, they seek out another wronged -in a way- by the avengers. In this case Simon Williams is found, and turned into Wonder Man by the genius of Zemo. Wonder Man with a wondrous array of powers, the strength, speed, and skill to rival the avengers – kept in check by Zemo only by the need to continuously retrieve  an antidote for the method that caused his super-powers or otherwise die – is then sent to infiltrate the avengers, to help Zemo destroy them from within.    (more…)

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Amazing Spider-Man #17
The Return Of The Green Goblin!

October 16, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)

TIn amazing Spider-Man #17 we have the tale titled “The Return Of the Green Goblin!”. This  feature offers a lot of pieces, that all add to the larger tapestry of the issue as well as the ongoing adventures of Spider-Man.  From the blunder early in the issue, where spider-man interfere with the filming of a Movie,( a theme that in some ways brings us back to the green goblins last appearance, and also reminds us of other stories) Serves as a starting ground for discrediting Spider-Man.

Though all this  Peter Parkers greatest school yard enemy Flash Thompson proves -quite ironically-  to be Spider-Mans most loyal fan, and thus pushes for the start of a Fan club.  In creating this, Flash with the help of Liz, whom has her own motives sets up a further meeting of the club at a well of club, and prom ices in the newspaper spider-mans arrival.   Just the kind of opportunity Green Goblin has been looking for.

So, the club draws out Spider-Man hoping to fix his reputation,  Green Goblin hoping to defeat Spider-Man,  Johnny Storm (The Human Torch) with his date Doris Evans show up to see the hero, J Jonah Jameson hoping to find something to use against Spider-Man, And  if that’s not enough, there is a whole club full of full of fans as well.

But that is not even half of the adventure and thrill in the issue…

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

April 10, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)

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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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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Avengers #8
Kang, The Conqueror!

March 24, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)

 

This issue is a fitting follow-up to Fantastic Four Annual #8, as in this issue we find out that we indeed know who Kang is, and that we have seen him -although briefly- in that issue.    You see Kang, The Conqueror the time traveler the Avengers are facing off in this issue, by his own admissions is the same man as Rama-Tut!  In his telling of the story, and events,  what occurred in Fantastic Four Annual #2 was a part of his recent Past.   Having traveled back to the future –in fact further into the future then whence he came.

I find myself glad, in this telling; all references and suggestions of him and Doctor Doom being one and the same removed.  Be it he came to his senses or Stan Lee decided to drop that plot idea, I know not.  But at least for now – Kang gets to be his own man.

But the big question we have to ask ourselves is how can the Avengers stop Kang with weapons from 2,000 years in the future?  Even Kang thinks it impossible, and even the Avengers need a little help from Rick Jones and the Teen Brigade.  But if you want to know just how they succeed, I would suggest you read this classic Avengers story. (more…)

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Fantastic Four Annual #2

March 21, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)

While Fantastic Four annual #2 was divided into two stories in the issue; they go together so well that reviewing them separately would do the volume injustice. The first story titled “the fantastic origin of Doctor Doom!” Deals with Dr. Doom’s backstory, as we have never seen it before this issue. It is in these pages that we are first exposed to his nation Latveria, as well as get a true look  at exactly what makes Dr. doom the villain that he is.

The second-story’s title is “the final victory of Dr. Doom”  and it is a fitting follow-up to the opening tale. Although it is not without its criticisms that are discussed in more depth below.
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Fantastic Four #30
The Dreaded Diablo

March 19, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)
Fantastic Four #30 Cover

With the Fantastic 30th issue of Fantastic Four, we had them facing off against Diablo. This mysterious and imprisoned foe is both released and captured by the Fantastic Four in this issue. Although his release may be the result of some ‘magical’ trickery on behalf of Diablo.

As the story progresses and is told over an unknown number of weeks -Months?- our heroic team is pressed with the ongoing dilemma keeping them from acting.  What dilemma is that you ask, why none other then the mysterious Diablo has done nothing to break the law. (more…)

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