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Archive for ‘January, 2011’
We have a special double-whammy up today!
For those of you that aren’t familiar with this title, The Astounding Wolf-Man takes place in the same world as Invincible, and revolves around Gary Hampton, a CEO that is attacked by a werewolf. Hampton in then cursed to become the Wolf-Man, but chooses to use his powers for good. Along the way he meets two powerful, super-natural entities; the vampire Zechariah and the werewolf Elder. Both creatures seek to use Hampton to their own end.
This is the last volume of this series, which came to an end after 25 issues. It ties up all the loose ends from the rest of the series, and also leaves it open for more action in other titles in the same universe.
I have three words that sum up the best thing about the end of this book: Werewolf Commando Squad!
If you haven’t read this yet, I’ll try not to give away which member of Marvel’s First Family doesn’t make past this issue.
Anyway, have to say I was really disappointed in this book. I think I’d figured out who was getting ‘the axe’ in this issue, and not to toot my own horn, but I was right. The character’s ‘last stand’ was memorable moment, but because their demise is more along the lines of ‘lost forever’ instead of ‘definitely dead’, I’m going to predict the FF will be back to full strength sometime during the summer of 2012. I hope they don’t, but we all know the only reason superheroes die is so they can bring them back right? Ha ha ha!
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For those of you that haven’t heard of this book, I’ll summarize. An affliction has ravaged the world, and as a result children are being born as strange animal/human hybrids. In this post-apocalyptic world, these children are hunted and sold, presumably for experimentation. Gus is one of these children. After the death of his father, Gus leaves their woodland hide-away and ventures into the world where he meets Jeppard, who promises to take him to the fabled sanctuary called ‘The Perserve’.
This was an good read, and definitely got me hooked. I’ve always been a fan of post-apocalyptic worlds, and I want to see just what will happen to the doe-eyed Gus. Volume 2 is already out and I’ll be picking it up next chance I get.
This week’s edition of The Bookshelf features everyone’s favorite web-slinger: Spider-man! This is part of the ‘Big Time’ storyline, and features the all-new(ish) Hobgoblin, as well as a backup story about Mac Gargan’s return as The Scorpion.
I’m a huge Spidey fan, and this is always one of my favorite reads. I do have a big problem with this story, and that has to do with the latest Hobgoblin. He’s now Phil Urich (you may remember him as the good Green Goblin from about 15 years ago), and while he is a pretty cool villian, I just can’t buy his turn to villainy. He went from being a normal guy to supervillian overnight! With no real reason! It just seemed weird and forced.
I do like that Phil Urich is being shown as a darker version of Peter Parker. He’s getting by peddling exclusive photos of The Hobgoblin in action, and using them to impress his boss and co-workers. The even did the old ‘half face’ thing they do with Spidey (Where half his face is his own and the other half is under the mask)!
Plus it’s got Spider-man’s new ‘Stealth Suit’, which is pretty sweet. Be sure to check it out!
See ya next time!
Anyway, last week I picked up Marvel’s What If? Classic Volume 2. It was an interesting old-school read. Featuring ‘What if someone else became Spider-man?’, ‘What if the world knew Daredevil was blind?’, ‘What if the Avengers were formed in the 1950′s’, ‘What if Jane Foster became Thor?’, and ‘What if Rick Jones became the Hulk?’. All were decent reads, but there was something that caught my eye at the back of issue #7.
The letters page instead featured a list of ideas for fans to vote on. A quick look at the list showed a glimpse into the future of Marvel Comics…
First, the volume featured two such stories. ‘What if the world knew Daredevil was blind?’ is now a reality in the Marvel Universe, as its widely suspected that the blind Matt Murdoch is The Man Without Fear. The second story of note was ‘What if the Avengers were formed in the 1950′s?’. The team sees a group of 50′s heroes uniting to save the world. The team? Jimmy Woo, Gorilla-Man, 3D Man, Venus and the Human Robot (with an appearance from Namora). The menace? The Yellow Claw. Marvel redid this story a few years ago, only it was called ‘Agents of Atlas’ instead…
Now, back to the list of possible what if? stories. What if:
Aunt May died?
General Ross had been hit by Gamma Rays?
Captain America AND Bucky survived WWII?
The world knew Peter Parker was Spider-man?
Spider-man married Mary Jane?
Any of this sound familiar? See ya next time!