Vs. Hero

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

October 24, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

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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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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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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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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