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Marvel

This category is for the main Marvel universe. It will have all the comics I reviewed in the main continuity listed here.  Not included are anything thats outside of the main Marvel Universe such as the “Ultimate”, or “What-If’s” The main marvel universe in world is referred to as Earth-616. Other marvel continuity’s will have there own Parent to keep them separate.


Tales of Suspense #59
Captain America

October 29, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)

The second feature for Tales of Suspense #59 features Captain America in his first silver aged solo adventure. In this issue we have captain america left as the Avenger tending to Avengers mansion while the others are out. Then we have Bull, a criminal ringleader, thinking to take advantage of the situation, seeing the captain as the avengers weakest link. (more…)

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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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Strange Tales #127
Duel with the Dread Dormammu!

October 27, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)

After reviewing the story from Strange Tales #126 that featured Dr. Strange, I  found my self all to eager to read the second part; to bare witness to the conflict between the Doctor and the Dreaded Dormammu.  In fact, in the early pages of this adventure, we learn that this Duel does come with a high cost, win or lose.  We already knew from the last adventure, that if Dr. Strange lost, Dormammu intends to invade earth.  It is in these pages that we learn that if Dormammu looses, that his realm will face great danger from the mindless ones;  Thus putting Dr. Strange in the mental realm of not just a hard, but complex ethical conflict, even before the magical duel begins.

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Strange Tales # 126
The Domain Of the Dread Dormammu

October 24, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)

While yesterday I established that the first tale from Strange Tales #126, left me lacking; today we explore the Realm of Darkness and face off against Dormammu himself with none other than Dr. Strange. This story starts off, with The Ancient One summing Strange just a short time after the events of the last story,  then informing him of Dormammu’s plans, as relayed from a messenger sent by the Dormammu himself.   What we have here, is Doctor Strange needing to take up a quest to another dimention to save earth from a great and powerful threat. (more…)

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Strange Tales # 126
Pawns of The Deadly Due!

October 23, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)

The first story of Strange Tales #126 features The Human Torch and The Thing, but this time with a bit more Fantastic Four support then we are used to.   Of course the Duo are taking on another Duo of Former fantastic Four Villains, The Puppet Master and The Mad Thinker.   In this story the Puppet Master and Mad Thinker team up, and have a plan to take out the Fantastic Four, part by part; first by getting the thing to destroy the human torch.   But then, like all plans, nothing is ever as perfect as it seems.

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Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos #11
The Crackdown of Capt. Flint!

October 22, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)

Howling Commandos go Wah-hoooooIn this issue; Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos find themselves temperately reporting to Capt. Flint, whom is a ‘by the books officer’.  The Captain and his attitudes not only cramp the howlers unique – and individual  style, but also puts them in great danger as they set out on a mission with Capt. Flint overseeing the operation personally.  From the overly shiny helmets to his shiny bars on his shoulders,  the greatest danger to the mission seems to be the officers by the book attitude.  But then, how does this story fair in my – not so by the book – comic book review. (more…)

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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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Strange Tales #125
Mordo Must Not Catch Me

October 15, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)

The tale of Doctor Strange from Strange Tales #125 is one of an epic battle between Dr. Strange and Baron Mordo, his often repeated nemesis. This time Mordo traps The Ancient One first, before attempting to take on Doctor Strange. leaving our hero with the daunting task of fighting Mordo while finding and freeing his Mentor. (more…)

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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…)

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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…)

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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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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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Tales To Astonish #59
Enter: The Hulk

March 17, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)

Having just finished reading Tales To Astonish #59 I find myself asking, who is more the star of this tale,  Giant-Man or Hulk.  You see, up until this Issue, Giant-Man with his side-kick (I almost hate calling wasp a side-kick)  have been the featured hero’s of the series.  As of late often with a Wasp side story  following the main tale,  but as this issue so wonderfully announces, starting with the next issue, the Hulk gets a feature in Tales To Astonish, along side Giant-Man.

You see, the hulk proved to have a popular fan base, after the cancelling of his own title just six issues into it, and in fact, at this point, the Hulk would have been a featured Guest  in as many comic’s as he had in his own title that ended over a year before this issue.   Even not counting Fantastic Four #12 (as it came out before Hulks series was cancelled) , we have Avengers #1 though #3,  Fantastic Four #25 & #26 (likely the biggest Hulk Story so far, and one of the first real cross over events of comics. then Avengers #5 before vanishing for a couple months  to appear in Spider-Man #14.  Why bring all this up? other then to say that Hulk has been all over the place, and in big stories.   Is that each of them (while not his title) he played a central role,  more then that of any antagonist in those  comic book’s;   in fact in character development, he  sometimes has more then the star’s of the book’s themselves. (more…)

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Strange tales # 124
The lady from nowhere

March 14, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)

In this mystic Dr. strange tale, we have a special guest appearance I character not only from history but was also been seen in a previous Marvel comic. In Dr. strange tales so far we have seen him go to Great Plains to help those in need. But this is the first time we have seen him travel through time self to the distant past to help free a trapped soul of the present. The traveling to the past for the mystic dr. strange is not without risk. For if he stays there too long he’ll be trapped in time forever (more…)

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Strange tales #124
The Human Torch and The Thing team up to battle the menace of... Paste-Pot Pete

March 12, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)

The first story in strange tales #124 features the human torch and the thing – starting this issue his permanent partner for this feature – working together the face-off against a newly improved Paste-pot Pete.

In this issue to meet up with a recently freed Paste-pot Pete, whom was given early release for helping the Avengers. With his newfound freedom – in typical super villain fashion – he chooses to pursue vengeance against human torch for his prior defeats.

But what makes him think he can defeat his old rival? That’s simple a newly revised suit and some newly revised paste. (more…)

Categories: Marvel , Strange Tales , Human Torch

Tales of suspense #57
Hawkeye, The Marksman!

March 10, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)

The Iron Man story from tails of suspense # 57 is the first appearance of Hawkeye. You may not know -the now famous Avenger- started out then as an adversary for Iron Man. With motivations rooted in jealousy, and an attitude that’s more selfish and egotistical than selfless, is how Hawkeye debuted.

It’s more than just his character that leads him down the path to face off against Iron Man. But a twist of fate and a chance meeting with the Black widow – and already established Iron Man arch nemesis. She through her beauty and seduction, takes the selfish -and possible hero to be- Hawkeye and leads him to face-off against Iron Man. With Hawkeye having high hopes of earning black widows love, a new character and a now long established connection was born. (more…)

Categories: Marvel , Tales of Suspense , Iron Man

Sgt. Fury and his howling commandos #10
On To Okinawa!

March 7, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)

Sgt.Fury And His Howling Commandos #10 offers us a twist, instead of continuing the War in the E.T.O  Fury and his team get shipped off to the pacific  to rescue a Prisoner of war  from Okinawa before the island is bombed.  They have less then 72 hours to  get there, free Phil Parker and get out.  But I am sure by now, the outcomes is not so much the surprise and the details is the reason to read. (more…)

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Sgt. Fury and his howling commandos #9
Mission: capture Adolph Hitler!

March 5, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)

To start off my comic book review of Sgt. Fury And His Howling Commandos #9,  I have to start with the cover itself; where we have the commandos surrounded  with Hitler on a pedestal behind them.  The title “Mission: Capture Hitler!” to the right. Lastly the bubble that says it all: “The world knew  that it couldn’t be done! But Fury and his Howlers had to do it…!!” Just from looking at the cover, we know what this issue is about, and what an intense story we are in for. (more…)

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Sgt. Fury And His Howling Commandos #8
The Death Ray of Dr. Zemo!

March 3, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)

You have likely already read my review of Dr. Zemo’s first avenger appearances, but now we get to see him in a World War II setting, facing against the Howling Commandos. This appearance helps to even further join this series to the main marvel universe tales taking place in the other comics. But what business does the howling commandos have with Dr. Zemo? Quite simply, they have to set out to steal a death ray he invented for the Nazi’s.

This issue, also brings with it, the first appearance of Percival “Pinky” Pinkerton, a british solder who is assigned to the commando’s to fill the spot vacated by the death of “Junior” Juniper (that happened in Sgt. Fury And His Howling Commandos #4). (more…)

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Tales to Astonish #58
The Magician and The Maiden

March 20, 2013 | Drew | (1 Comment)

Just like last month, we again have the wasp acting on her own, to be the hero.  this time against the Magician;  a villain that was captured a few months before in Tales To Astonish # 56‘s feature story titled “The Coming Of The Magician!”. that time, the wasp proved to be  a damsel in distress, this time however she shows us how she can fight crime, even without the aid of Ant-Man (whom was written out of this adventure in quite a fitting way) .

Larry Lieber proved once again, that he is quite good at doing both the artwork , and the scrip of his stories, as everything fit together quite nicely.  This tale also fits nicely after the last, with the wasp sporting her new uniform!  Having good art, and good story, what was this tale missing? Very little..  in fact if anything it only had a bit too much,  giving the magician things that seemed much more like real magic then he had in this first tale.  Leaving this tale as a better story then the feature of this issue.

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Tales To Astonish #58
The Coming Of... Colossus

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For tales To astonish’s feature story we have Giant-Man and the The wasp take on Colossus, a giant twice the size of Gaint-Man!  But in this trilling adventure taking place in the made up Bora-Boru Region of Africa, where a group of natives have taken to worshiping the 30 foot tall Colossus, can  Giant man manage to vanquish his foe?   Also In this issue, we have a new method for our hero’s to change their size,  as Hank Pym managed to modify his cybernetic helmet to aid him and thus allow size changes to happen at the speed of thought.   Lastly, the wasp gets a new costume in this issue;   one that Captain America in his all to short appearance takes a liking too.

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Categories: Marvel , Tales To Astonish , Ant-man / Giant-Man

Avengers: Season One

March 19, 2013 | Drew | (No Comments)

While I was not expecting more Season One books, after last years batch, I was pleased when I learned that there would be – at least a few –  more this year.    So I found myself waiting with great anticipation and curiously  as my chance to read Avengers: Season One grew closer.

However with this one, I was not sure what to expect or hope for; the avengers don’t really have a shared Origin as individual’s, but their team most certainly does have one.  But how could and how would one go about retelling, modernizing the classic tale, and give a feeling of the early  Avenger’s. I really had no idea what to expect.

In fact, this one is  much like the Hulk: Season One  and Doctor Strange: Season One.  as opposed to Fantastic Four’s and the X-men’s  season one titles; in that it’s not so much  a retelling of classic stories, or even a filling of the gap’s between those early issues, as it is a new adventure worked into (and likely inspired by)  one or more of the early issues. (more…)

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Journey Into Mystery #108
Loki Prince of Evil!

March 18, 2013 | Drew | (No Comments)

With  Journey Into Mystery #108, featuring The Might Thor in the story titled “Loci Prince Of Evil!”  We have  a story consisting of 3 grand scenes, starting off with Thor saving a young boy via a hammer strike from afar.. and then  Thor / Don Blake working to save the life in the OR of another marvel hero, One Doctor Strange!  Lastly we have Loki facing off against Thor in a scheme that is more direct than what has been attempted in the last 8 issues – where we had Loki working more behind the scenes manipulating other villains.  But is this epic battle, everything it could be and should be? I will get into that down below. (more…)

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X-Men #7
The Return of the Blob

March 8, 2013 | Drew | (No Comments)

X-Men #7 offered us a bit of everything, from character development, so story development as our hero’s move along the  course of their early adventures.  In this tale The original X-men Graduate, and all in only seven issues.  But now, they are left alone – as Professor X leaves them for tasks unknown –  to protect the world under the leadership of Cyclops.  If you think things can’t get any tougher for the young mutants, this issue features the Blob as a new member of the Evil Mutants.

Can the X-men Stop Magneto, Toad, Mastermind, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, and the Blob, all without the help of their beloved Professor Xavier?  Will the blob remain loyal to the brother hood of Evil Mutants?   these questions and more are addressed in X-Men #7, but the issue also does a wonderful job leaving us to wonder: What business called Professor Xavier away? That will just have to be saved for a future story…  (more…)

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Journey Into Mystery #107
When The Gray Gargoyle Strikes

March 7, 2013 | Drew | (1 Comment)

After the two-part team up between Mr. Hyde and The Cobra, we get a new menace for Thor to deal with; and all without the apparent tampering of his brother Loki in the background – that being something that has been more often than not for about the last seven issues. But the new menace – whom has the power to turn anything he touches into stone that he gained during a lab accident – has ambitious goals of immortality and even greater power for himself. In fact he see’s defeating Thor and claiming Thor’s mightily hammer as a means to his goals. No matter how delusional his plan may be the Gray Gargoyle proves to be quite a real threat for the Asgardian God.    But what of the events of the last two issues? what of Jane Foster’s feeling of Don Blake betraying Thor? is continuity addressed or left forgotten? more on that below.  (more…)

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Daredevil #3
Daredevel Battles The Owl, Ominous Overlord Of Crime!

March 6, 2013 | Drew | (1 Comment)

with the 3rd issue of Daredevil gets his first – own –  super villain,  the Owl. The Owl is a man of great wealth and power but seeks more as the law uncovers his illegal activities he goes fully underground and develops a plan to lead him to running the underworld.  Can daredevil put a stop to it? or will he end up being an unwilling part of it after being captured with Karen Page.  Further more can he maintain a separation between Daredevil and Matt Murdock in Karen’s mind while helping her escape?   these are all the drama points that the book asks, and then responds to for us as we read this story. but now for one of my own, is it well done, or does it resemble too many other similar stories?  The response to that question as well as thoughts about much more follows in this comic book review.  (more…)

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Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1
The Sinister Six

March 5, 2013 | Drew | (1 Comment)

The Main story  featuring the newly formed Sinister Six made up the first 41 pages of  this now classic Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1.  But what an amazing 41 pages it was, featuring the teaming up, and defeat of Six spider-Man villains,  Fifteen cameo appearances by other marvel Super Hero’s,  and included scenes with no less than six major supporting cast members for spider-man. It’s amazing a story so large could fit in so few pages,  and include so much without being overwhelming.   In fact, it almost felt overwhelming by the end!

But can such an epic story, with so many characters live up to the hype that comes with an annual issue of its day?  or is it just an average story; and a clever marketing campaign for all the other marvel books and hero’s of the day?  Lastly is there room for Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 to be both amazing and great marketing? (more…)

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Amazing Spider-Man #15
Kraven The Hunter

November 8, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

Amazing Spider-Man #15, offered us a lot, the cover alone shows us that  it is the first appearance of Kraven The Hunter, as well as the return of the Chameleon. But this issue offers us a lot more then just what can be derived from the cover.  On the pages in between; we have drama in peter porkers love life, a spider-man faced with dealing with his abilities failing, but possibly most notably the first hint of ‘Mary Jane’ although not named at this point.  But I won’t spend to many more words in introduction, please feel free to read on to see my review of this classic comic book. (more…)

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Fantastic Four #29
It Started On Yancy Street!

October 31, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

I feel that Fantastic Four #29, had one of the greatest, and most iconic covers of its day, if not even in the top covers of all time.  Showing our four heroes seeming nervous as they walk along Yancy Street, with the watcher in the background with the universe speaking all around him.  the colors being left to the foreground and the background, with the mid-ground  Yancy Street itself, being sort of grey, with black lines to show what detail and shadows need to be seen. Speaking of shadows,  our four heroes shadows stretching forward to the reader, and off the page just adds to the flow of the cover.  In fact, I doubt only I feel this cover is great; it was selected for the cover of Fantastic Four, Vol. 3 . But I am not hear to judge a comic book on the cover alone, even a cover as great at this one.

In this issue, we have the Fantastic Four on patrol on Yancy Street; but it turns out that the Red Ghost is behind much of the disruption they currently face, and quickly works to capture our hero’s and bring them to the Moon to finish them off. How can our heroes save themselves from there doomed fate? and what role with the watcher play in all this before it is done?  these are all important questions.

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Strange Tales #123
The Challenge Of Loki

October 29, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

 

For the first time that I recall seeing,  Dr. Strange stole half the cover away from The Human Torch;  to promote his feature, guest starring Thor. In this tale, Loki aims to trick Dr. Strange into helping him defeat Thor, but can such a trick work, or will Dr. Strange realize the truth in time to stop the evil plan?

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Strange Tales #123
The Birth Of The Beetle

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the first story I am reviewing from Strange Tales #123 is “The Birth Of the Beetle” ,  The title given to the human torch feature; but for the first time in a while, equal featuring The Thing! but more than just that, this tale was illustrated by Carl Burgos, whom created the original golden age Human Torch! while this one is not the same character  there is something to be said for him illustrating one of his tales.  but is a classic Illustrated  heroic team ups, and a new foe named the beetle enough to make this comic book worth the read? I hope to address my thoughts on that below in my comic book review. (more…)

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Avengers #7
Their Darkest Hour!

October 26, 2012 | Drew | (2 Comments)

With my comic book review of Avengers #7, it is easy to see that at least the idea of universal continuity was beginning to go full swing.  In this issue, from just the opening pages, we have Iron Man facing consequences for his failure to respond to an avengers call, an event that just happened in  Tales Of Suspense #56.  This fact alone awed me, something so recent coming into play, and being at least slightly significant.  But then there was more, with the Enchantress and the Executioner from  Journey Into Mystery #103 , and a tie in to the last issue of Avengers as well. Before even 2 pages in, this review seemed to be off to a good start, with lots of Marvel Universe goodness potential. But does the story titled “Their Darkest Hour!” Live up more to the title, or to be a great shining light for what the marvel universe can be?  Read on, to see what I think about this and more in my comic book review.  (more…)

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Tales Of Suspense #56 Tales Of The Watcher
The Watcher's Sacrifice!

October 25, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

In this issue, we learn of one thing that the watcher sacrifice’s for his oath and duty, how non interference can extend to love itself.  it is a sad tale, of how he must forsake love; and live with that, but not without its flaws.  In this issue, we see the watcher, “show himself” to the aliens on the distant world.  the purpose, to intervene without doing anything.  this task works, he saves the life of a Queen, and had to not even lift a finger. However, I pose, is this not ‘interfering?’ is there not a flaw in the way the watcher lives out his oath, of watching, more so given he can watch without being seen?    Any of you who have read the Tales of the Watcher feature from  Takes Of Suspense #56, I would love to hear what you think (more…)

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Tales Of Suspense #56 Featuring The Power Of Iron Man
The Uncanny Unicorn

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In this issue, we get to see a side of iron Man’s alter ego Tony stark, that I do not recall seeing yet.  We have seen him as the Rich playboy inventor; but we have as of yet seen him depressed.  This issue starts off with him in a fit of self pity, over having to wear the chest-peace to keep his heart beating, about having to live his life with the two identities caused by the accident.  This leads to an angry  and depressed tony stark, to decide to hang up his suit, retire as Iron man, and lead as much of a normal life as possible, even in the face of the avengers having a need for their golden hero. Fate has a funny way of working on comics though, as the new menace, the Unicorn is seeking out to attack the stark factory, even while Iron Man/ Tony Stark is not around to defend it. (more…)

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Tales To Astonish #57
A Voice In The Dark

October 24, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

This tale, is not like the other wasp extras, instead of Janet Van Dyne telling a tale to some sick or orphaned kids, she is instead on her way from one of these tales to a date with Hank Pym.  But as the wasp soon finds out, the tasks of being a super-hero often show up anytime, even when you’re in a hurry.  But can she find a way to stop the thief on her own? will she be late for her date?  we find out in “A Voice In The Dark” the second story in Tales To Astonish #57. But now onto my fairly short review for a short bonus feature. (more…)

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Tales To Astonish #57
On The Trail of The Amazing Spider-Man

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It seems in my last several classic comic book reviews, we have seen a lot of Hero Vs. Hero action.  from Spider-Man and the Hulk  to X-Men Vs Fantastic Four, and now Giant-Man and the Wasp face off against Spider-Man.  Every time, we see this kind of action, their are challenges  and concerns that must be addressed, even more so as a reviewer. Is it original? are both sides true to there characters? or do we just have some group of hero’s fighting another for the sake of sales and marketing?  The last few, I feel have been good, this one, I feel starts off weak; but I will get to that in my review below, first a short summary.

In this issue, Egghead tricks the ants into relaying a false message to giant-man.  one that states that Spider-Man is out to attack Giant-man! can our hero’s clear up this conflict before it’s too late? (more…)

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Fantastic Four #28
We Have To Fight The X-Men!

October 23, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

While we have had Iceman and The Human Torch team up before in  Strange Tales #120, the comic book I review today is the first time the two teams come face to face.  That’s right, in Fantastic Four #28, we have the X-Men as special guest stars, and if the cover is not enough of a hint, the story title “We Have To Fight The X-Men!” should be, the two teams are going to face off in good old comic book combat.  But the cover can also tell us more; as the two teams are not alone, this issue also features the return of The Puppet Master, The mad Thinker, and The Awesome Android.

But can two teams make this issue of Fantastic Four even better?  Or is this hero Vs. Hero action growing stale; after all we have seen it before, from the Thing, to the Avengers, even Spider-Man  has tangled with the Fantastic Four. (more…)

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Amazing Spider-Man #14
The Grotesque Adventure Of The Green Goblin

October 22, 2012 | Drew | (1 Comment)

without even knowing the eventual importance of the Green Goblin -at that time- one could still tell this issue was a big one; not because of the return of the enforcers but for guest-starring The Incredible Hulk.  In recent times,  the hulk has been all over the place from the Avengers, to a massive two-part battle in Fantastic Four; but it is here that Spider-Man first crosses his path.  Then, as we have the advantage of looking back from 50 years after this issue was published; the green goblin would also become a key character in times to come.  But none of these facts guarantee that Amazing Spider-Man #14 was any good, so feel free to read on to see what I thought of it, or pick it up yourself and give it a good read though. (more…)

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Strange Tales #122
The World Beyond

October 18, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

In this Dr. Strange tale Nightmare is back, and seeking vengeance on Dr. Strange.  In fact, it is likely the ruler of the world of nightmares has waited some time to extract his vengeance.  Until now however, Dr. Strange has not let his guard down, making it a possibility.  But in this story, as an exhausted Dr. Strange drifts off to sleep, Nightmare gains the chance he has waited for, to imprison Strange without his magic or powers.  But without wasting more words, let’s get on to my comic book review. (more…)

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Strange Tales #122
3 Against The Torch

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As I sit down to review  the Human Torch feature from strange tales #122, titled “3 Against The Torch” I think back to the last volume where we seen those three. (despite the fact that it is printed as Fantastic Four #22, it was really Fantastic Four #23. )  This tale, right from the start does a tribute to, and a good job of summarizing the prior adventure.  But then we are off and running with the plan of Dr. Dooms Henchmen in stopping the Fantastic Four, Starting with the Human Torch. (more…)

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Avengers #6
Masters Of Evil!

October 17, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

Just from the first moment you look at the cover, you can get a good idea what to expect, the Avengers facing off against a team of super-villains; the Masters Of Evil.  Lead by an unknown and new menace “Zemo”, leading a cast of antagonist that each of our hero’s has faced in a solo adventure.  we have  Radioactive Man,  The Black Knight, and The Melter back and together for the first time, to stop there former opponents new team.

But will this team of Super-villains stand a better chance united then they each did on there own? and what is Zemo’s motivation?  lets just say he is being put in via retroactive continuity, as a historic Captain America opponent. (more…)

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X-Men #6
Sub-Mariner! Joins The Evil Mutants

September 19, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

This comic book review is of the story titled “Sub-Mariner! Joins The Evil Mutants”  from X-Men #6 with a cover date of in July 1964.  While the X-Men have been seen in other titles, this is the first guest star from the marvel universe at large to appear in the X-Men’s own title, as we witness Namor joining the evil mutants.

the question one has to ask in reading this story is if it is well thought out with the existing continuity for Namor, or just  a silver age comics ploy to sell people upon a young title? In this case, (even if it was a ploy) the story and continuity where clearly in the minds of Stan lee and Jack Kirby, as you will see below. (more…)

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Doctor Strange: Season One

September 18, 2012 | Drew | (1 Comment)

This comic book review is for Doctor Strange: Season One; and  with it I plan to uphold the same level of expectations i did for the other season one titles I reviewed.  If you would like to know more about my methods or my view points on season one as a whole,  you can check out my review of Fantastic Four: Season one, as I covered those in my introduction there.

But, I feel in some ways Doctor Strange is unique, among the classic marvel hero’s.  Instead of smashing and beating up enemies, he usually obtained victory with wits, and a bit of magic.  Limited most by his own imagination; he could easily achieve his goal with minimum direct confrontation.  so as opposed to when I reviewed the Hulk story and expected to see him smash, In Dr. Strange I hoped to see him think.  I hope to see the same elements that I feel drew in college age readers for his classic (even if Trippe and out there) Tales.  (more…)

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Journey Into Mystery #106
The Thunder God Strikes Back!

September 13, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

Today, I follow-up and review the second part of a cliff hanger that was started in Journey Into Mystery #105. In that issue, Mr. Hyde and The Cobra teamed up to stop Thor, and by all appearances succeed, by separating him from his hammer.  How can Thor stop the two opponents as Dr. Don Blake?  We just have to read this tale to find out. Without further words, let’s get to my comic book review of the story titled “The Thunder God Strikes Back!”

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Journey Into Mystery #105
The Cobra and Mr. Hyde

September 7, 2012 | Drew | (1 Comment)

This comic book review is of the story titled “The Cobra and Mr. Hyde”; and serves as the first part of a two-part story that is started in Journey Into Mystery #105.  in this epic tale, we have two former Thor villain, whom each almost stopped the god of thunder, teaming up to do what they could not do on their own.

but in addition to that team up, we continue to have Thor struggling with his love for Jane foster, and quite willing to hang up his hammer to be with the woman he loves.  but does this story of action and heart have what it takes to be great.

 

 

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Tales Of Suspense #55
The Sun-Stealer!

September 5, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

after our recent stories showing us some of the history of the watcher, we get a tale that shows the watcher in a more modern light, as he is visited on the moon by an alien space craft.  the craft that is set on a go alto steal our earths sun.  but the watcher is forbidden from interfering, only able to watch.  But in this tale, we learn that this may even have its own shades of gray.   (more…)

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Tales Of Suspense #54:Tales Of The Watcher
Hands Off!

August 29, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

Worry not watcher fan’s, I did not forget the tales of the watcher story when i read Tales Of Suspense last week, here is my comic book review of the one from Tales Of Suspense #54 titled “Hands Off!

After last months tale where we learn the origin of the watcher, this month we get another tale evolving the character; where he further learns the importance of his vow.   How sometimes not stopping a seeming horrible thing, can lead to something good?  I do understand that this is to give us background for the watcher, someone whom would become one of the most iconic cosmic beings in the marvel universe. it is just ironic that it comes with such a grim message about doing what we think is best.  but without wasting more words, i would like you to read this short story, and tell me what you think about this classic tale.

 

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Tales Of Suspense #55
A Special Bonus Featurette
All About Iron Man

August 27, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

This is not a comic book review in the normal way, as I see these few pages in Tales Of Suspense as a bonus section designed to give us more information and background on Iron Man and his supporting cast then  a comic story.  In fact, there is no story in this extra bit, but what follows is there:

  • a visual description on how Iron Man suit’s up.
  • A diagram of the key features of the Iron Man costume.
  • an explanation as to the limits of his powers.
  • a reason for why he keeps from getting serious with any of the woman who are after him.
  • Why Happy never smiles.
  • a Pepper Potts Pin up, with loads of information!

These few pages, is something I would suggest any fan of the early iron man stories glance over!  it was a lot of fun.

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Tales Of Suspense #55
No One Escapes The Mandarin

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I could not wait, after reading Tales Of Suspense #54, I had to follow up with part II right away.  Today’s comic book review is of The Iron man feature titled “No One Escapes The Mandarin” from Tales Of Suspense #55.  but how can they follow up the last issue? how can Iron Man escape let alone save the day?   When we last left him, the prospect o even surviving was quite grim.

Then what about Happy and Pepper, how are they managing back home?  This issue’s feature story addresses all of that before it is over. (more…)

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Tales Of Suspense #54
The Mandarin's Revenge

August 24, 2012 | Drew | (1 Comment)

For this comic book review I read the Iron Man feature from Tales Of Suspense #54. this story was titled “The Mandarin’s Revenge” and serves at the first part of a two-part story.

In this tale, Tony Stark goes to Vietnam to investigate the cause of some of his missiles malfunctioning, only after some careful thinking does he concluded that the Mandarin must be responsible and sets out to find a way to stop him.  But does part one of this epic battle live up to all my hopes? (more…)

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Hulk:Season One

August 21, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

When it came to opening Hulk: Season One and reading it for the first time, i was unsure what to think or expect. like many of our hero’s the Hulk has evolved over the years, given both a deeper background, and understanding then what was possible in the early issues.

What I hoped to get what a good taste of that depth from over the years, but I knew it would come with a cost; the real question would be, if that cost would be worth it.

if you like you can go back and read the start of my review for Fantastic Four: Season One to get an understanding of how I decided to go about reviewing these volumes, or you can just dive right in, and see what I think. (more…)

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Amazing Spider-Man #13
The Menace of... Mysterio!

August 20, 2012 | Drew | (1 Comment)

This Comic Book review is for Amazing Spider-Man #13,  and the story titled “The Menace of… Mysterio!“.  But it is a story that starts out, with a bit of an identity crisis, as news breaks of spider-man’s crime spree, even Peter Parker has doubts on spider-man’s innocence. but how can a doubtful superhero sleep at night? you will just have to read this comic to find out, and read my review about why you should. this comic has everything including a Psychiatrist! (more…)

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Fantastic Four #27
The Search For Sub-Mariner!

August 17, 2012 | Drew | (2 Comments)

For this comic book review I am reading Fantastic Four #27, and a story titled “The Search For Sub-Mariner!“, Yes, you have guessed right, the Sub-Mariner is back in Fantastic Four, for the first time since Fantastic Four Annual #1.  Although Namor did have an appearance in Avengers #3 and #4.

But in this issue as you can see by the cover we also have a guest hero: Doctor Strange, in his first appearance out side of strange tales.  But what role will he have in this fantastic tale? and is this a Classic or a wash? you will have to look below into my comic book review.  (more…)

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Strange Tales #121
Witchcraft In The Wax Museum

August 15, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

For this comic book review, i have read the Dr. Strange feature from Strange Tales #121 titled “Witchcraft In The Wax Museum“.  In this tale we see Doctor strange given a nine page feature to face off once again against the evil Baron Mordo, but in this battle the fate of Doctor strange’s life seems to be at stake, as he has but 24 hours to find and reclaim his own body for to die.  (more…)

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Strange Tales #121
Prisoner Of The Plantman

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The first tale from Strange Tales that I am going to review is “Prisoner Of the PlantMan!” The Human Torch feature of that issue. This tale is a follow-up to Strange Tales #113 where we first seen plant-man, but never fear, the first page gives a good recap for those whom have not been reading all along.  so without much  more of an introduction, let’s get on with the comic book review: (more…)

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Sgt. Fury And His Howling Commandos #7
The Court-Martial Of Sergeant Fury

August 13, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

With most of the comic book  I review the action takes place between the good guys and the bad guys, and is  fought with action, but this story is different. as Nick Fury defends his very life in the court room.  While there is some classic comic book action taking place in the pages of Sgt. Fury And His Howling Commandos #7  the heart of the story is in the courtroom drama of  “The Court-Martial Of Sergeant Fury”. 

This however leaves just one question to be responded to in this review,  and that is can this style of drama be done justice in the comic book medium of its time or is it a case of a dire crime worse than that of which our hero is faced? (more…)

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Sgt. Fury And His Howling Commandos #6
The Fangs Of The Desert Fox!

August 9, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

Today as I sit down to write my comic book review of Howling Commandos #6, the story titled “The Fangs Of The Desert Fox!” I am left with more to think about then just the artwork, and story, but the not to subtle deeper meaning that was the real heart of this story, one that I think is more important than the story itself,  in particularly for 1964; but I will get to that soon.  (more…)

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Sgt. Fury And His Howling Commandos #5
At The Mercy Of Baron Strucker

July 24, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

This comic book review is of Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commando’s  #5, where we have the howling commando’s first issue after the lost of Junior Juniper, something I seen as a major turning point for the series and comic books in general. But how does that all play into the ongoing story of our commandos?  and can this volume live up to the high expectation’s that was set by the last issue? (more…)

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Ant-Man:Season One

July 17, 2012 | Drew | (2 Comments)

I was filled with excitement as I opened Ant-Man Season One for the first time.  Ironic considering that until I stared doing this site, he was not even in the list of my favorite hero’s  but his early stories and his character has seemed to grow on me; So much so that a modern In-Continuity retelling I thought would be just the kind of thing for me to love, and to bring new people into contact with the not so well-known hero.

Also so far, my feeling of the Season One stories has been  of how well they have been done.  But this one, is different; even as I sit down to do my comic book  review of it, it leaves me divided.  I did love the art and story, but I also feel it fell short of the goals of the season one titles. (more…)

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Tales To Astonish #56 – The Wonderful Wasp Tells A Tale
Beware The Bog Beast!

July 13, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

This may be one of the best “The Wonderful  Wasp Tells A Tale” I have read! it would leave me excited for more but at last, more was not to come.  As Next month, the second feature would star the wasp, but not be a wonderful Tale.

This is a tale, of a lovely woman, and sister to a powerful ruler, and this is the story of the “Lazy Lout” that loves her. But just as important, this is the story of the obstetrical the king puts on winning the right to marry his sister; by putting her on an island with the Bog beast who adores her more than anything, and offering her hand in marriage as the prize for the man who free’s her.

But can Lorenzo, the love of her life succeed where all others fail? can he stop the beast that the strong man, and the combat expert failed? of course he can.. but you will have to read to see how,  or at least Take Janet Van Dyne for dinner.

 

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Tales To Astonish #55 – The Wonderful Wasp Tells A Tale
The Gypsy's Secret

July 11, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

a tale of great desire, and the ability to turn led into gold, how can such a story go wrong?  In fact, it can go wrong in many ways, but I am pleased to say, “The Gypsy’s Secret” did not go wrong at all. (more…)

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Tales To Astonish #54 – The Wonderful Wasp Tells A Tale
Conquest

July 8, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

in this issue we have another one of the stories in the series of “The Wonderful Wasp Tells A Tale” this one titled “Conquest“.  in this tale we see a ruler driven to conquest to earn the admiration of his people, and just what that leads too for him.

like the other stories in this series it is quite interesting and entertaining,  this one in particular i felt was quite well drawn,  and left me wondering both how it would end, and what the moral would end up being.

That is the key of all these short tales, there is something about life, or society that I feel they have to say; this one about war and conquest. but if you have gotten your hand on this wonderful tale, i would love to hear what you think about it.

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Tales To Astonish #56
The Coming Of The Magician!

July 6, 2012 | Drew | (1 Comment)

In this issue, just as the cover promises, we see Giant-Man using his power to his advantage, and then just as the last tale foretold, we get the hint of a looming proposal from hank Pym to Janet van Dyne.   But will this story be as magical as we hope, or just a bunch of tricks?

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Tales To Astonish #55
On The Trail Of The Human Top!

July 4, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

In tales To astonish #55 we have Hank Pym as both Giant-Man and Ant-man using his skills along with the assistance of Janet Van Dyne to stop the Human Top for the second time. The first time was in Tales To Astonish #50 and #51.  But what does their second encounter have in store for us?  and what of the words on the cover “How can the Human Top be beaten when he too can grow as big as Giant-man??” but then, the real question I have going in to read it, is this issue a Giant Tease or Giant Success. (more…)

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Tales To Astonish #54
No Place To Hide

July 2, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

This comic book review is for the Giant-man & Wasp story featured in Tales To Astonish #54, titled “No Place To Hide”. This tale features our hero’s after they are asked by the US Government to investigate a governmental change in the small nation of Santo Rico, and its new leader “El Toro!”

But is “no Place To Hide” worth the read?  does El Toro prove to be a worthy threat? and what is meant by the title, “No Place to Hide!”. these are all good questions as you begin to read my review, or flip though the story yourself.

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Daredevil #2
The Evil Menace Of Electro!

June 4, 2012 | Drew | (2 Comments)

The Thing, and the Fantastic Four appearing in the second issue of Daredevil? not an all surprising fact, as they also sent Spider-Man off to a good start in his first issue.  but is their appearance in this issue more of the same as it was then, or is it creative?

Also talking about spider-man, in this issue we see Daredevil face off against Electro, who’s first and only appearance so far was Amazing Spider-Man #9. an issue I personally liked  a lot, but can his success in that issue carry over to this title?

without many further words let’s get to my comic book review of “The Evil Menace of Electro!” from Daredevil #2, written by Stan Lee and with art by Joe Orlando. (more…)

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Tales Of Suspense #53
The Way It Began...

May 18, 2012 | Drew | (1 Comment)

It is surprising to me, that the watchers races origin, on how they became the watcher’s  would be put here, in his “Tales of the Watcher” section. Up until now they been mostly stories much like the other non superhero tales that used to feature these magazines, but in this issue, we get a look into the origin of a character and race that would be come a cornerstone in the marvel universe.

In the short space of five pages we would come to know the watcher, like we never have before, and just why he can’t interfere.  To their credit and my surprise it was a compelling story at that.

So if you wan’t to know the watcher origin, you will have to read it for yourself, and i strongly suggest you do.   but I for one would love to here what you think, about this story or the watcher?  and do you feel that in a way “we” the readers are the inbodyment of what the watcher should stand for?

 

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Tales Of Suspense #53 Featuring The Power Of Iron Man
The Black Widow Strikes Again!

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Tales Of Suspense #53 is the second appearance of the Black Widow, and coming just one issue after her first, making this story a true follow-up to the events of Tales Of Suspense #52.  This issue, however focuses in more on her character as the central antagonist, then the last one did, but does that alone make it worth reading? Check out my review to find out what I think of “The Black Widow Strikes Again!” from Tales Of Suspense #53.  (more…)

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Tales Of Suspense #52
The Failure!

May 17, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

For this review I read the Tales of the Watcher story from Tales Of Suspense #52, this story is titled “The Failure!” and it is set in earths future, about 300 years. after all war is abolished and peace rains on earth. But then goes on to show that the focus of men, has become business. Almost everyone’s goal is riches and wealth, everyone but Kenn, whom is different.

Kenn  is that worlds ‘failure’ as he is more interested in poetry and nature, and being good to his fellow-man then he is in profit and business, and fortunately for him, he has found the one other human a woman whom can love him for it.

The story however gets interesting when aliens show up on earth, demanding to take him, and we get to watch and see if he is as much a failure as everyone else see’s him to be.  I won’t spoil the ending, but I will quote the watchers last words.

Can any of us ever really know who is a  failure, and who is not?  certanly, not I… Even though I have observed the universe for ages! For I am merely The Watcher!

Great words of wisdom for a comic book if you ask me.

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Strange Tales #120
The House Of Shadows!

May 16, 2012 | Drew | (1 Comment)

The second tale from Strange Tales #120 i am going to review is “The House Of Shadows!” featuring Dr. Strange master of the mystic arts.  this comic book story according to its title page is “A tale of eerie enchantment told in the marvel manner!” but can it live up to this and the recent tales of Dr. Strange? (more…)

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Strange Tales #120
The Torch meets The Iceman!

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This review is for the human torch feature in Strange Tales #120, where we have him side by side with the Iceman for the first time. But two questions come to mind right away:  what brings the two hero’s together? and can they get along any better than The torch and spider-man?

In fact, the human torch has ever been much of one for sharing the spot light with anyone, even his own team,  in particularly in Strange Tales.  leading me further to wonder how this comic book story would play out. (more…)

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Amazing Spider-Man #12
Unmasked By Dr. Octopus!

May 14, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

For this comic book review I read Amazing Spider-Man #12, and the story contained within is titled “Unmasked By Dr. Octopus!”  along with the promise on the cover that  it is “not a dream!! not an imaginary Tale!”  but as I flip open the comic and I look at the cover, I could not help but wonder, how our authors hoped to deal with such a defining moment; not only how this would play out in this volume, but how they would make sure its effect has at least some lasting effect. (more…)

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X-Men #5
Trapped: One X-Man!

May 11, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

This comic book tale is of the story titled “Trapped: One X-Man!” the feature of X-men #5 from 1964. In this tale we have the second encounter between our hero’s and Magneto’s evil mutants, and to top it off, after the events of last issue left Professor Xavier powerless the X-men must deal with this alone.  To make matters worse, Magneto and his evil mutants manage to capture The Angel, and the X-men must rescue him from Asteroid M.

Is this the making of a good tale? and will this have ongoing repercussions?  Or will this story fail to live up to all our hopes for it. Continue on to see what I think in my review of X-men#5.  (more…)

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Spider-Man:Season One

May 9, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

Just as I reviewed Fantastic Four: Season One, and X-Men: Season One, I now review Spider-Man: Season One. This one featuring without a doubt one of marvel’s most famous hero’s Spider-Man, as much a classic and great back in the 60’s as he is now.  But just like the other Marvel books in the Season One event, we have his earliest tales being told again with a modern perspective.  all while trying to maintain a connection to the original continuity, to serve as a starting point for new fan’s and yet to offer something for long running fans as well.  The question’s I must ask myself in writing this review is how well it lived up to those goals, as well as how well it entertained me.

Then we have to consider that this is far from the first retelling of his early days, Just to name the ones that pop into mind right away for spider-man would be, Ultimate Spider-Man, that started in 2000,  then in 2002 we had The first of 3 films featuring spider-man Staring Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker.  then this year we have a new movie set to debut and start from the beginning once again.  and i barely scratched the surface of spider-man origin retelling’s so in this case, one must keep in mind what makes this one special and different? But I will get to that, later at the end of my review. (more…)

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Avengers #5
The Invasion of the Lava Men!

May 7, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

Now has come the time for me to review Avengers #5,  where we have the first issue of avengers with Captain America as a full member, and  even after the epic battle with the hulk in Fantastic Four, we have  him returning for this tale,  titled  “The Invasion Of The lava Men!”

That is right, for those who remember, this is a follow up of not only the recent avengers stories in Fantastic Four and Avengers #4 & #3, but also Journey Into Mystery #97.  And in this tale, we don’t have just one Lava man, but a whole army, and a weapon like none other, the living rock!

 

 

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Journey Into Mystery With The Mighty Thor #104
Giants Walk The Earth!

May 4, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

For this comic book review I read Journey Into Mystery #104, and the tale titled “Giants Walk The Earth!” and while the title makes it sound like it might be one of the many monster stories that predated the marvel superhero’s this one is a Tale featuring Thor, Odin, Loki and more.

In fact, this tale seems to be continued right where the last left off, and with Loki still scheming his ongoing plan to get vengeance on Thor, although in this volume we seem to see a second motive show up for the first time, one of ruling Asgard.  But can the Evil Loki succeed in this, or will Thor be able to stop his step-brother again?

 

 

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Tales Of Suspense #52
The Crimson Dynamo Strikes Again!

May 2, 2012 | Drew | (1 Comment)

Can the cover be right, can the hero gone good, the crimson Dynamo turn against  Iron Man, and what of this new menace, the black widow?  all these questions are addressed in  Tales Of Suspense #52, the comic book that I read for this comic book review. But before I even start writing all the reasons you should read this issue, I would strongly suggest that you read  Tales Of suspense #46 before starting this incredible follow-up, even if this issue does do a good job recapping those events early on. (more…)

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Journey Into Mystery #103
The Enchantress And The Executioner!

April 30, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

this comic book review focuses on the Thor story titled “The Enchantress And The Executioner!” from Journey Into Mystery #103.  In this title, Loki continuing to pull the strings of an angered Odin, convinces his step father to send the Enchantress an irresistible immortal to win the heart of Thor.  But will the god of thunder fall in love with the Enchantress, or can the mortal Jane Foster hold his attention over a goddess? (more…)

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Amazing Spider-Man #11
Turning Point

April 17, 2012 | Drew | (1 Comment)

for this comic book review, I read Amazing Spider-Man #11, and the tale within titled “Turning Point”  and featuring the return of Dr. Octopus!  but nothing I told you so far is more exciting then  what the large block of text on the cover says.  The big point of the issue, is Spider-Man or perhaps his alter ego Peter Parker deciding to share his secret identity with someone, but who? you will have to read this classic issue to see.

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Daredevil #1
The Origin Of Daredevil

April 16, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

This comic book review is of Daredevil #1,  who’s cover uses the fantastic Four, and Spider-Man to say how great this comic book will be. But does this classic first issue and Origin story meet my expectation’s. ones that Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four both helped to set, or was marvel blinded by their ego’s with the self promotion on this classic cover?  (more…)

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Fantastic Four #26
The Avengers Take Over!

April 13, 2012 | Drew | (1 Comment)

After starting the fateful encounter of The Hulk Vs. The Thing last issue, I had to naturally read part two right away, moving on to see the melee become less about a one on one battle between the two titans and more of a team effort. But not just for the Fantastic Four Vs. The Hulk, but the Avengers as well.  As the one would be Hero proves near impossible to defeat?

But while the conflict goes on, Rick Jones; whom in his own way is at the heart of the conflict, and perhaps partly responsible engages in his own plan to reason with the hulk and to try to bring the conflict to an end another way. So Can the Fantastic Four and the Avengers stop the Hulk? or will they be left at a stand still?  Can Rick Jones communicate and get though the angered and rage filled hulk? and how will this epic end, and will we as fan’s be satisfied, read my review to see what I think of the now classic Fantastic Four #26. (more…)

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Fantastic Four #25
The Hulk Vs. The Thing

April 12, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

For this comic book review, I sit down to read and review what the cover calls “A Marvel Super-Spectacular!” and “the battle of the century!” But what can it be?  well the cover tells us to, and as any long time marvel fan would know, the other words could not be a lie, to quote the cover yet again “This is the big One! The Incredible Hulk Versus The Thing!”  you may be thinking to yourself, they have met, and faced each other before, and that is true in Fantastic Four #12 but it was not quite like this. As those whom have also been reading the avengers would be able to tell you, the hulk is a bit more out of control as of late.

But is this battle of legacy, and one that has in one form or another repeated itself across marvels history be truly spectacular at this time? check out my review and you will see what I think! Now for a review, in not quite the order you may expect.  (more…)

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Strange Tales #119
Doctor Strange Dares To Go... Beyond The Purple Veil!

April 11, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

This comic book review is of The Doctor Strange tale from Strange Tales #119,  In this tale he goes beyond the Purple veil, and risks his own life to save the lives of two human’s whom only got in danger by daring to rob him.   But can Doctor Strange defeat what he finds, and is it worth his time to save two petty criminals? (more…)

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Strange Tales #119
The Torch Goes Wild!

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This comic book review is for the Human Torch Story from Strange Tales #119, Titled “The Torch Goes Wild!”.  But is this tale, featuring the unheard of Rabble Rouser good, or just Strange?

To summarize the tale, we have the Rabble Rouser, whom gets the city to turn against the torch, and if that’s not enough, it seems like everything in Johnny Storms personal life has been going wrong, making him not himself.   But what is really at work, and at play behind the scenes here? you will have to read it to find out. (more…)

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Fantastic Four #24
The Infant Terrible!

April 10, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

From the moment I picked up Fantastic Four #24 to read it for my comic book review, I did not know what to expect. From just seeing the words “the Infant Terrible” right below the title, with the arrow that inform’s me that I never read a tale or seen a creature like this.   and then below, the picture of the strange creature, and the Fantastic Four, small by comparison engaged in futile combat while the whole universe seems to be in the creatures hands.

But is this tale as classic as the cover says? or would the word Terrible be better to describe it?  I knew this was one I would have to read before I even had a hint in my mind of what to expect. (more…)

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Strange Tales #118
The Possessed!

April 9, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

In today’s review I cover the Dr. Strange story from Strange Tales #118. This tale is the first to offer a new foe seen Dr. Strange’s second story. But does this new story, and twist make for a good read? or does the tale of “the Possessed” not have the magic we would hope for? read on to see.  (more…)

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Strange Tales #118
The Man Who Became The Torch

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Again, we are presented with another tale of the Wizard; whom has failed to impress me thus far.  But will this time, be any different for the evil mastermind? Or  is this one menace whom should be never seen again?  (more…)

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X-Men: Season One

April 6, 2012 | Drew | (1 Comment)

For today, I sit down to read the second volume released in marvel’s Season One event. This time going to a personal favorite of mine, the X-Men.  My plan is to use the same format and qualities I used for the Fantastic Four Season One story in reviewing X-Men Season One. So if you would like to know more about my methods please feel free to check out the introduction review of that volume.

What I will restate for people who may not be familiar with the season one goals, is that these are designed to be in continuity retelling that will make sence to a modern audience and to take into account the personalities that would have developed for the characters along the way.

this means that they are not identical, the same, or even for some equivalent to the original early tales, but to be an easy way to get into the series, and have a basic understanding of the early tales and origins. (more…)

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X-Men #4
The Brotherhood Of Evil Mutants!

April 5, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

We have heard them mentioned and hinted at all along now; the Evil Mutants.  Just like they are some kind of mysterious and yet unseen threat as a group, but in this issue, right from the cover, we are promised them, with the words “At Last!! The X-Men come face-to-face with “The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants””.  THen to top it off, right at the center of the 5 evil mutants on the cover is one we have seen before, Magneto from X-Men #1.

But is this threat, bout to be everything that has been hinted at? or will this issue  fall short of all our hopes for the Evil Mutants, read on to see what I think. (more…)

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