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More Mandarin oranges in Invincible Iron Man #511 – 3 page preview

Marvel Comics released a three page preview of Invincible Iron Man #511 written by Matt Fraction with art by Salvador Larroca.

Invincible Iron Man will be in your local comic book store on December 21, 2012.

The Mandarin Attacks In INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #511!

Tony Stark’s most fearsome foe, the Mandarin, makes his shocking return in your first look at Invincible Iron Man #511! The award winning team of Matt Fraction, Salvador Larroca & Frank D’Armata continue their ongoing opus of the Armored Avenger as they put him through the wringer. Just when you thought the Mandarin was a handful, wait until he teams up with Zeke Stane and a hot off the line, updated Detroit Steel! Does Tony have enough in him to put an end to their plans? Find out in Invincible Iron Man #511! -Marvel Comics

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Top picks: Fear Itself #7.1 @brubaker


Fear Itself 7.1 could just be a filler book or it could be how Ed Brubaker ends one of the greatest chapters in the Marvel universe. Brubaker accomplished a moment in comic book history that no one thought could be accomplished with his resurrection of Bucky Barnes. The Winter Soldier story arc in the Captain America mythos is a must read for comic book fans.

When Brubaker handed over the world of Captain America to Matt Fraction for Fear Itself, it worried me and rightfully so. Fraction killed Bucky! In a very non-epic, blaze of glory way.

Now it’s time for Brubaker to say good-bye to a character he essentially created. How can you not be excited about this book?

Fear Itself #7.1
Written by Ed Brubaker
Art by Butch Guice.

The Marvel Universe holds a wake for Bucky Barnes • Fear Itself forever altered the life of Captain America, see how!
Rated T+

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Defenders #1 – 3 page preview

Marvel Comics released a three page preview of the Defenders #1 late Friday afternoon.

Matt Fraction is the author of the Defenders with pencils by Terry Dodson. Dr. Strange assemble a new team with Iron Fist, Namor, Red She-Hulk and Silver Surfer. There are variant covers by Neal Adams and Stuart Immonen. Issue one will be in your local comic book store December 7th.

Marvel re-launches the Defenders every five years, what will make this series stand out? Are you excited about the Defenders?

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Review: Mighty Thor #7 – Surprise, Odin loses an eye

The Mighty Thor #7 is about the untold story of Odin and his brother Cul. How Cul becomes the Serpent God of Fear and how Odin loses his eye and the coming of the prophecy of the world tree.

This book is well written and there is so great dialogue between Odin and Cul. Pasqual Ferry’s art is top-notch. The coloring by Frank D’Armata really makes Ferry’s art shine.

The problem with this book and with the Mighty Thor series is continuity or quality control. There is a panel that takes place before the dawn of time in this book and it has Juggernaut, Thing and Absorbing-Man as heralds of the God of Fear. How can this be? Before you blow up your brain trying to figure time travel pause for a second. Is it that hard to create new concept characters for six panels. You already have the designs. One of the other heralds looks like Hulk but he/she is a different color and you can’t tell for sure and the same for the others. Even if you left out the Thing’s rocky look and used his body type.

I wouldn’t find this an issue if it was the first time, but I made sure to reread the Mighty Thor series before issue seven and found several continuity problems. Thor would have a beard and then he won’t. Thor would have armor on, then it would be off. I know that sometimes artists draw pages out-of-order but Fraction might need to communicate better with his artists and make sure the details are straight. The problem when a book is for teens plus and that adults catch these things and expect more when your spending your own money.

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Tuesday’s top picks: Mighty Thor #7

Why would I be excited about Mighty Thor after Fear Itself #7, since I wasn’t a fan of Fear Itself from the beginning? Might Thor #7 gives Matt Fraction time to develop and explain a character that wasn’t explained well in Fear Itself. This book might make me like Fear Itself and I really wanted to like Fear Itself. As a reader I want to like everything that I read, I don’t want to see a writer fail. That kind of thinking does no one any good. I want to see Fraction succeed with Thor because Thor is one of my all-time favorite characters. I grew in the Walt Simonson era of Thor, with epic battles, fighting giant monsters. Then the way that J. Michael Straczynski envisioned Thor was brilliant, how gods never die as long as we believe in them. Fraction is trying to do something different and I appreciate it, he just hasn’t found his Thor voice yet. Issue seven of Mighty Thor starts his fourth story arc with the world of Asgard and I wish him the best of luck.

Mighty Thor (2011) #7
Written by Matt Fraction
Art by Pasqual Ferry

The critical Fear Itself prequel that couldn’t be told until now! • Discover the true story behind the Serpent & Odin’s past!

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Tuesday’s top picks: Fear Itself #7

Fear Itself #7
Written by Matt Fraction
Art by Stuart Immonen.

Tony Stark returns from the depths with a last-chance arsenal that will transform the Avengers from Earth’s Mightiest Heroes…into Earth’s Last Hope! • It’s THOR’S DAY– the day that everything ends! • Double sized Finale with a little something extra for keen eyes.• Variant Cover by BILLY TAN (to be revealed after the events in Fear Itself #6)

Rated T+

Is Fear Itself a rip-off of Blackest Night? If you replace the word “hammers” with “rings” and Fear Itself sure looks like Blackest Night. These series has felt rush with no development of story and main characters not acting like themselves. Spider-Man taking off in the middle of the book to just come back was a pain-staking plot line. There are several more but that was the most annoying.

I really thought Fear Itself was going to be Steve Rogers glorious return as Captain America. With America at its darkest hour a hero was going to rise up and save the day. Captain America was going to make sure that we have nothing to fear. That did not happen.

Instead I got a non-heroic death of Bucky and one page of “Are you ready?” and then Steve Rodgers was back. LAME!

With that said, this is the last issue of the book and it is a must read to see what the status quo will be in the Marvel Universe for the next couple of months.
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Fear Itself #1 comes out this Week 4-6-11

Fear Itself #1
Written by Matt Fraction, Stuart Immonen.
DO YOU FEAR…TOMORROW? In this time of global anxiety, of economic turmoil and mass hysteria, Sin, the new Red Skull, has made an awesome discovery…a shameful secret that will rock the foundations of the Marvel Universe! A revelation that will divide father and son, turn friend against friend, and herald the rise of Fear personified. HE IS RETURNING…and the world has nothing to fear but FEAR ITSELF. Matt Fraction and Stuart Immonen bring fans the biggest Marvel the biggest Marvel event since CIVIL WAR! 56 PGS./Rated T+

Superman / Batman #Annual 5
Written by James Robinson, Miguel Angel Sepulveda.
Picking up where March’s JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #55 left off, ‘Reign of Doomsday’ amps up the danger as Supergirl and Batman are trapped aboard the Justice League satellite with Cyborg Superman and Doomsday – and both villians want to tear them limb from limb! A ‘who’s who’ of the DCU shows up to aid in the battle, but there’s something different about Doomsday – something even the Justice League of America might not be prepared for! The story continues in this month’s SUPERBOY #6!

Chew #18
Written by Rob Guillory, John Layman.
Mature Readers
‘FLAMBÉ,’ Part Three USDA Suicide mission! Boobs! Germ warfare! And a very, very special guest star!
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