Tales To Astonish

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 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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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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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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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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