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4-page preview: Venom #23 – Son of Satan

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Marvel Comics Thursday morning released a four-page preview of Venom #23 written by Cullen Bunn with art by Thony Silas. Venom takes on the Son of Satan. Venom #23 will be in your local comic book store on August 22, 2012.

Your First Look at VENOM #23!

Marvel is proud to present your first look at Venom #23, brought to you by all-new creative team of writer Cullen Bunn and artist Thony Silas! Now that Venom is a card carrying Secret Avenger, Earth’s Mightiest task Venom with bringing in the demonic menace Damion Hellstrom! Except in order to do that, Flash Thompson finds himself face to fist with the Monsters of Evil! But what could they want with Venom? An all-new era of symbiote-super heroics begins in Venom #23, hitting comic shops everywhere, the Marvel Comics app, and Marvel Digital Comic Shop this August.

VENOM #23 (JUN120631)
Written by CULLEN BUNN
Penciled by THONY SILAS
FOC – 7/30/2012, On Sale – 8/22/2012

Thanos is real tough with his little Cosmic Cube!

Marvel Comics Tuesday afternoon released a teaser image for Avengers Assemble #7 written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Mark Bagley. The image shows Thanos in bad-ass form with the Cosmic Cube. Avengers Assemble will be in your local comic book store on September 12th, 2012.

Thanos Brings The Avengers To Their Knees With A…COSMIC CUBE?!

With the Mad Titan, Thanos, out of the reach from Earth’s Mightiest – his quest for power and domination over the Marvel Universe continues in Avengers Assemble #7! But the Avengers won’t go down without a fight, and courtesy of Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley, they’re bringing the Guardians of the Galaxy with them! But can even their combined strength defeat Thanos with a cosmic cube in his possession? Find out in Avengers Assemble #7, hitting comic shops everywhere, the Marvel Comics app, and Marvel Digital Comic Shop this September.

Pencils and Cover by MARK BAGLEY
FOC – 8/20/2012, On Sale – 9/12/2012

Fraction takes on Hawkeye

Marvel Comics Tuesday afternoon released the Adi Granov variant to Hawkeye #1 written by Matt Fraction with art by David Aja. Hawkeye #1 hits your local comic book store on August 1st, 2012.

Adi Granov Covers HAWKEYE #1!

Marvel is proud to present your first look at superstar artist Adi Granov’s variant cover to Hawkeye #1, the start of an all-new ongoing series featuring the breakout star of the hit summer blockbuster! Join self-made hero Hawkeye in a high stakes adventure with the ex-Young Avenger Kate Bishop at his side! Will he be able to prove himself worthy to be called one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes? The red-hot fan favorite team of writer Matt Fraction and artist David Aja reunite to kick off this action packed epic in Hawkeye #1, coming to comic shops everywhere, on the Marvel Comics app, and the Marvel Digital Comics Shop this August.

HAWKEYE #1 (JUN120659)
Pencils & Cover by DAVID AJA
Variant Cover by ADI GRANOV
FOC – 7/9/2012, On Sale – 8/1/2012

AvsX – Just went Highlander on us!

Marvel Comics Monday afternoon released a teaser image for Act 3 of the Avengers vs. X-Men mega event. The image has the tag-line of “There can be only one!” The major problem with this is it is a complete rip-off from the “Highlander” franchise but maybe Disney bought that too! Well, we look forward to more original ideas coming from Marvel in the coming weeks.

Avengers Vs. X-Men – Act 3 Begins: THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE!

This August, the comic book event of the year – Avengers VS. X-Men – reaches critical mass as Earth’s Mightiest make their last stand against the Phoenix Force. But when the Phoenix Force yearns for a single host, who will it choose? There can only be one! Act Three kicks off in Avengers Vs. X-Men #9, hitting comic shops, the Marvel Comics app, and Marvel Digital Comic Shop this August.

Which team will reign supreme? Join the conversation on Twitter with #AvX!

For more on Avengers VS X-Men, please visit http://avx.marvel.com

Written by JASON AARON
Penciled by ADAM KUBERT
FOC – 7/9/2012, On Sale – 8/1/2012

6-page preview: Savage Dragon #180 – The end of the world?

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Image Comics Monday night released a six-page preview of Savage Dragon #180 written and illustrated by Erik Larsen. This issue marks the conclusion of the “Alien Invasion” story-line. The world might end on June 27th, 2012 when Savage Dragon #180 hits your local comic book store shelves?

‘ALIEN INVASION,’ the finale! The war comes to its epic conclusion! Death! Destruction! Genocide! Earth’s greatest heroes faces their biggest challenge ever – and the fallout is anything but pretty. Will there be anything left worth living for? The answer will leave you breathless.

Review: Amazing Spider-Man #683 – Spider-Man punches Al Gore!

Amazing Spider-Man #683
Writer: Dan Slott
Art: Stefano Caselli, Frank Martin Jr. [Colors]

[SPOILER ALERT: Reading this review might spoil certain plot points for you, oh noble Chicago Comic Vault reader.]

Close to death, Doctor Octopus has–with the help of the latest incarnation of the Sinister Six–set his final master plan in motion, developing technology that can destroy the ozone layer.  Ock, however, has convinced the world’s leaders and greatest scientific minds that his intentions are altruistic and that he simply wishes to preserve the Earth with an artificial ozone layer.

Spider-Man, who has spent the last several months developing all-new spider armor specifically for taking on the Sinister Six, rallies the Avengers and they travel to an emergency G8 summit in Rome to try to talk some sense into the world at large.  Among those shown debating Octavius’ intentions are Stephen Hawking, Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Al Gore–who Spider-Man punches squarely in the jaw for voicing his support of Doc Ock.

That’s right.  Spider-Man gets a Cap-punching-Hitler moment.

Take that, Global Warming!

Or does he?

As it turns out, “Al Gore” is really just the Chameleon in disguise.  His hand played, Doc Ock is forced to reveal the full potential of his “Octavian Lens”…to stop global warming.

Convinced even more of Doc Ock’s Grinch-like altruistic turn, the world leaders let the Chameleon go–but the Avengers aren’t fooled so easily.  With the aid of a spider tracer, they follow him to a remote beach where he is met by the Sinister Six.

Spider-Man hasn’t been the only one preparing for this battle, though.  Doc Ock has had Electro, Rhino, Sandman, and Chameleon steal StarkTech, the fang of Jörmungandr, and Hulk-busting technology developed by the Leader.  Making quick work of the Avengers (but not without losing Mysterio and Electro), Doc Ock now has Spider-Man right where he wants him.

Overall, this issue continues what is sure to become (until he outdoes himself again) Dan Slott’s magnum opus on Amazing Spider-Man.  Not only is this fun, but the story feels like it has weight to it.  At the heart of this story is a battle of figurative chess between two of the Marvel Universe’s greatest minds.  That it takes place on the world stage instead of just New York adds that much more to this.

Stefano Caselli produces more of the best work of his career here, as well.  When you see Doc Ock in these pages, it’s believable that he’s really dying.  Characters pop off of the pages.  The facial expressions are spot on.  And the detail!

It’s another perfect issue, and a damn good time to be a Spider-Fan.

STORY:  10/10
ART:  10/10 

Review: Amazing Spider-Man #681 – Landing a space station looked easier on TV

Amazing Spider-Man #681
Writers: Dan Slott & Chris Yost
Art: Giuseppe Camuncoli [Pencils], Klaus Janson [Inks], and Frank D’Armata [Colors]

Orbiting Earth in the Horizon Labs Apogee I space station, Spider-Man and the Human Torch have big problems. The space station has been compromised by Octobots, which have turned its crew–with the exception of Col. John Jameson (son of Jonah and former Man-Wolf)–into “space zombies” that Doc Ock can control from the ground.

Oh, and they’re running out of oxygen, making the Human Torch’s powers virtually unusable lest they should all suffocate in the infinite vacuum of space. No big deal, right?

Dan Slott and Chris Yost conclude the “Ends of the Earth” prelude they began last week in Amazing Spider-Man #680 by hitting all the same points that made that issue great.

More of Jonah yelling at people in a blind fury because he’s still reeling over the death of his wife and might now lose his son? Check.

Enough back-and-forth between Spider-Man and Torch to fill the International Space Station? Got it.

Obligatory “…and now, you will die!” super villain speech from Doc Ock? There’s one of those here, too.

Simply put, this story has everything that made the classic books classic without feeling too self-referential and, as I mentioned last week, that’s really kind of been par for the course with the Slott run of Amazing Spider-Man.  The Human Torch team-up is timely, given that the first person a guy’s probably gonna go on an adventure with when he comes “back from the dead” is his best friend, and the idea-so-crazy-it-could-only-work-in-a-comic-book resolution is fun.

What I question more than that is how Torch could “flame on” while carrying Spider-Man and John Jameson without burning them, or why people would be preparing for a manned mission to Mars in a world where the Fantastic Four regularly go to other galaxies. Is Reed Richards really that bad about sharing his toys with others?

All jokes aside, I’m really excited to see where Slott goes with “Ends of the Earth,” which starts next issue. Ever since Marla Jameson was killed on Spider-Man’s watch, Spidey has had this whole “No one dies!” schtick, and how that carries over to Doc Ock’s current condition will be interesting to see play out.

If only we could get an interview with the guy so he could tell us himself…

STORY: 9.5/10
ART: 9.5/10

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Preview page of Avengers Vs. X-Men #0 Frank Cho

Marvel Comics Friday released a page from Avengers Vs. X-Men #0 with inked art by Frank Cho. This page doesn’t show much, but it does bring us one more page to the “shit hitting the fan,” when AVX is in full throttle. Hope is at the center of the “shit storm” when the Phoenix returns to Earth and Captain America and Cyclops are at opposite sides of the battle. Avengers Vs. X-Men #0 will be in your local comic book store on March 28th, 2012.

Art & Cover by FRANK CHO
ON SALE – 3/28/12

ON SALE – 4/3/12

5-page preview: Hellraiser Masterpieces #8

Boom! Studios released a five-page preview of Hellraiser Masterpieces #8 written by D.G. Chichester, Dwayne McDuffie and Ron Wolfe with art by Mike McMahon and Derek Yaniger. Hellraiser Masterpieces #8 will be in your local comic book store on February 15th, 2012.

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Written by D.G. Chichester, Dwayne McDuffie and Ron Wolfe
Drawn by Mike McMahon and Derek Yaniger
SC, 32pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
COVER: John Van Fleet

Preview Pack: Covers + First 5 pages
It’s Hell on Earth! D.G. Chichester and Dwayne McDuffie come together once again with art by Mike McMahon in the next Devil’s Brigade chapter, “Commitment,” followed by Ron Wolfe and Derek Yaniger’s “Command Performance.” Explore the depths of Clive Barker’s twisted creations in these terrifying tales!

Is Captain Marvel back? Avengers VS. X-Men covers

Marvel Unveils New AVENGERS VS. X-MEN Covers!

The war to save the Marvel Universe in continues this May as the Avengers go head to head against the X-Men while the all-powerful Phoenix Force hurdles towards Earth!

You’ve heard It’s Coming—and this April The War Is Here in Avengers VS X-Men! All your favorite super heroes enter—and only one team will emerge victorious!

Which team will reign supreme? Join the conversation on Twitter with #AvX!

For more on Avengers VS X-Men, please visit http://avx.marvel.com


Written by JASON AARON
Pencils & Cover by CHRIS BACHALO

Written by ED BRUBAKER
Pencils by JOHN ROMITA JR.
Variant Cover by SARA PICHELLI

Review: Venom #13 – These four are more fearsome than fantastic

Venom #13
Writer: Rick Remender
Art: Tony Moore and Val Staples [Color]

Still in Vegas after being blackmailed and going A.W.O.L. to steal an item (which turned out to be the Toxin symbiote) for Jack O’Lantern and Crime Master, Flash Thompson has fallen back into his alcoholism to cope and pushing Betty Brant as far away as possible.  After all, the closer she, or anyone else, is to him, the more danger they’re in as a result of the aforementioned villains knowing who he is.

Flash’s bender won’t last long, though.  The Red Hulk, on orders from Captain America, has arrived to collect him.  Unfortunately for both of them, there’s evil–for real–afoot in Vegas thanks to a certain black-hearted entity who wants to bring Hell to Earth.

Blackheart, the son of the devil Mephisto, is masquerading as a casino owner and is intent on tricking the new Ghost Rider, Alejandra, into completing the final step of his plan.  Meanwhile, X-23 has her own issues with Blackheart, who she only believes to be a casino owner who purchased a vial of her blood on the black market.

It’s only natural that all four heroes should converge when the shit hits the fan later in the issue.

Overall, this issue moves at a nice pace.  Rick Remender does a great job of establishing why X-23 and Ghost Rider are in Vegas, as well as giving readers a quick background on who they are.  The student-mentor conflict between Alejandra and former Ghost Rider Johnny Blaze is also very well-executed, as are the Venom/Red Hulk fight panels.

The only thing that kind of made me scratch my head here were the “symbiote warriors”–symbiote-outfitted clones of X-23.  While the idea is very much in line with my inner 8-year-old’s dreams of a Wolverine-bonds-with-the-Venom-symbiote scenario, it all just feels very ’90s now.

Regardless, there’s a certain level of camp there to be appreciated.  Tony Moore and Val Staples capture this with realistic-yet-pulpy art that matches the over-the-top nature of a story like this.

With five more parts coming in the next five weeks, this story has potential to be a fun ride.

STORY: 7.5/10
ART: 8.5/10 

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Who will die in Avengers vs. X-Men? Cyclops….

Who will die in Avengers vs. X-Men? Is this Cyclops’ swan song? Will Marvel Comics make an epic book out of a hype machine only intended to sell more books? If Marvel does whack someone, who do you think it will be?

Vote below for which Avenger and X-Man you think will die!

The Phoenix Force is headed towards Earth and Captain America is determined to prevent the destruction of the whole world by stopping it. But when word gets to the X-Men that the Phoenix is returning, Cyclops will do anything he can to save it…including going up against Earth’s Mightiest! But who is right? Will mutantkind be saved or will the world be annihilated?

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Iron Fist goes Phoenix style on New Avengers #25

Marvel Comics released the cover of New Avengers #25 Wednesday afternoon, with Iron Fist ready to give the beat-down on the cover.

New Avengers #25, written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Mike Deodato. If Iron Fist gets the Phoenix force that would even out the two sides of Avengers vs. X-Men.

Marvel Unveils The Cover to NEW AVENGERS #25 – An Avengers Vs. X-Men Tie-in!

As the Phoenix Force continues its crash course towards Earth during the blockbuster comic event of the year, Avengers Vs. X-Men, Iron Fist learns that he has a shocking connection to the all-powerful embodiment of rebirth and destruction! But what does that mean for his team? Find out in New Avengers #25 from the blockbuster creative team of Brian Michael Bendis & Mike Deodato, available in comic shops worldwide and on the Marvel Comics app this April!

Which team will reign supreme? Join the conversation on Twitter with #AvX!

For more on Avengers VS X-Men, please visit http://avx.marvel.com

Art & Cover by MIKE DEODATO

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Captain America #6 – 4 page preview w/ Alan Davis

Marvel Comics released a four page preview of Captain America #6 with art work by Alan Davis on Wednesday afternoon.

Captain America #6 is scheduled to be in your local comic book store on December 7, 2012.

Cut off one of its heads, and two more take its place! An all-new Hydra has risen and they have their sights set on the Sentinel of Liberty in your first look at Captain America #6! Critically acclaimed writer Ed Brubaker is joined by legendary artist Alan Davis for an important new chapter in the life of Steve Rogers. Throughout Fear Itself, Rogers has been harboring a dark secret and its one that may leave the leader of Earth’s Mightiest….powerless. Can Cap and his closest allies take on the revitalized Hydra and stop them before it’s too late? Find out in Captain America #6! – Marvel Comics

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Incredible Hulk #3 – 3 page preview

Marvel Comics release a 3 page preview of Incredible Hulk #3 written by Jason Aaron, with art by Mark Silvestri.

This book will be in your local comic book store on December 7, 2012.

I’m not sure how I feel about the Hulk’s beard. It will be funny if this is an issue where Hulk shaves.

This December, experience the explosive finale to Jason Aaron & Marc Silvestri’s first arc of Incredible Hulk as Marvel is pleased to present your first look at Incredible Hulk #3! It’s all come down to this – Banner’s genetically altered, gamma irradiated beasts vs. the Jade Giant. Three monsters enter, and only one side can emerge victorious. With a powerhouse army at Banner’s disposal, Hulk must seek out Amanda Von Doom for help! But in doing so – his destiny will be forever changed. No fan can miss out on the Earth shattering conclusion of Asunder in Incredible Hulk #3! – Marvel Comics

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Carnage U.S.A. #1 – 3 page preview

Marvel Comics released a three page preview of Carnage U.S.A. #1 Tuesday morning.

Zeb Wells is the writer with Clayton Crain on art for the book. Carnage is scheduled to be in your local comic book store on December 7, 2012.

Prepare for a whole new brand of terror as the critically acclaimed creative team of Zeb Wells and Clayton Crain let Cletus Kasady loose on America’s heartland in Carnage U.S.A. #1! Leaving a wake of bloodshed, no one is safe from Carnage’s lunacy – even the Avengers! Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man and more of Earth’s Mightiest must go on a brutal hunt to capture Cletus Kasady before the American heartland falls under his mass-murdering spell. Buckle in for the most mind-blowing cross-country tour fans have ever taken in Carnage U.S.A. #1, this December! – Marvel Comics

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Why you should watch Green Lantern Extended Edition

I’ll start by saying that I know this is a flawed film , however I am going to recommend that you check out this Extended version of Green Lantern, if only to see a stronger version of Hal Jordan on-screen . There is only an extra  ten minutes cut into the film but those ten minutes go great lengths to improve the story between our three main earth characters (Hal Jordan , Carol Ferris and Hector Hammond).  I’m primarily going to focus on the new content.

This movie starts out the same way but instead of fast forwarding 6 months later after Parallax is freed we go back to the past to visit Hal Jordan as a child the night before his fathers big test flight. The next morning Hal skips school to see his dad pilot his ship for Ferris Air. It is here that we first meet Hal’s friends Carol and Hector. This scene helps solidify that these characters had known each other and creates more weight to Hector’s story later in the film. Next we are shown the iconic scene of Hal’s father crashing into the air strip . While parts of this are later shown in flashback form during Hals spin out , the extended sequence makes it easier to except that Hal would be driven to follow in his fathers footsteps as a Pilot.

Following this sequence we have a better exchange between Hal and his nephew where Hal draws a contrast between his Nephew pitching a perfect game for his little league team , and Hal flying . In this moment they both have their eyes closed and Hal explains to his nephew that the amazing feeling he felt as pitcher is how he feels every time he is in a plane. While Hal’s eyes are closed we see a tiny orb of green light come through the window and hit Hal selecting him as Abin Surs’ replacement which is a far better moment than just seeing Hal take off after leaving his Nephews Birthday party.

The one other added scene I noticed was a longer exchange between Carol and Hal while they are dancing in the bar. All of these scenes help breathe more life  into the characters . The fact that this movie didn’t do as well as Warner Brothers or DC expected is largely due to the poor Editing and lack of direction from  Martin Campbell. The actors themselves are all great in their respective roles and I like Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan. He obviously cares for the character as well as the fans of the character. However the writing is probably the biggest problem in this movie. Having four writers credited in the film shows there were too many cooks in the kitchen. Further more you would think Geoff Johns would have more input on the direction the story took since he was on set during filming . I have a feeling he was more in awe that something he loved was getting made that he didn’t stop to make sure his baby was in the best of hands.

One of the best sequences of the movie. The Oath being delivered in all of its glory.

I will also say that I think this movie actually is better after multiple viewings . Sure its flawed but it is fun and instead of beating it up for what it didn’t do right I will enjoy it for the things it did do well. I love the special effects, the costumes, aliens , and the action sequences. I wish that there was more OA as does everyone else but after watching the special features it was nice to see the art department taking so  much time and care with each aspect of the film. I got that they spent so much time and money on pre – visuals that there were many deleted scenes which are on the disc that didn’t make it into the film due to budget constraints. Again the blame falls on Director Martin Campbell who has already excluded himself from the next film.

So yes I am telling you to give the film another go. I know you will enjoy the extended edition far better than what we saw in theaters . The special features and Deleted scenes are also great for fans of the film and the character. There is a great exchange between Sinestro and Hal in the Oan graveyard which seems to have been cut due to unfinished special effects.

While I’ll admit that the film isn’t as good as fans of the character and series deserve ,  this fan is not ashamed to admit enjoying the hell out of  it either.

Mike DeVivo

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