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New Mutants: Fall of the New Mutants
New Mutants: Fall of the New Mutants
by Zeb Wells
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.02
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Zeb Wells Finale is Near Perfect; INCORRECT AMAZON DESCRIPTION, September 29, 2011
Amazon.com seems to have incorrectly described this collection. New Mutants: Fall of the New Mutants collects issues 15-21 and is 168 pages long.
This hardcover collects the final two arcs written by Zeb Wells; Fall of the New Mutants and Rise of the New Mutants. In the first, we see a shady militaristic group, the same ones who escaped Limbo early in the series, trying to bring Doc Noc's ultimate plain to fruition. It should be noted that both arcs take place largely in Limbo, and draw from storylines from X-Men: Inferno and X-Infernus. We see a lot of action in this arc, as well as some more "team" moments. Including a kiss between two New Mutants!
The second arc wraps up the first arc, as we see them recovering from the Purgatory debacle. There is a truly tear wrenching moment in the end between Illyana and Peter. Wells leaves New Mutants on a high note. Leonard Kirk's art really works well. Limbo is depicted perfectly. And character expressions covey emotions very well. I would recommend this for New Mutant fans. For newcomers, I suggest New Mutants Vol. 1: Return of Legion.


X-Men: Fallen Angels
X-Men: Fallen Angels
by Jo Duffy
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.26
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars From A Time When Comics Were Fun, September 29, 2011
This review is from: X-Men: Fallen Angels (Hardcover)
There's no overarching plot or dastardly villian. This is just a group of people having fun. Vanisher, Gomi, Ariel, Chance, Sunspot, Siryn, a dupe of Multiple Man,, Boom-Boom, Moon-Boy, Devil Dinosaur (An Actual Dinosaur!), and Warlock. They give X-Factor some trouble, help Sunspot though a tough time, and get kidnapped by the Coconut Grove. You'll see them disband at the end of the mini, which is bittersweet, as this is a great miniseries with servicable at. I had a lot of fun reading this, but I would only recommend it for fans of the "Old School" X-Titles.


Ultimate Comics Captain America
Ultimate Comics Captain America
by Jason Aaron
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $15.49
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Dark Take on A Cultual Icon, September 29, 2011
Jason Aaron's run on Wolverine has redefined our favorite Canuk, and now he's done the same to Ultimate Captain America. This 4 issue miniseries sees Captain America kidnapped by another Captain America, only this one holds none of Cap's values. Created during the Vietnam War, this Captain America is a violent and mentally unstable man. He tries to make Steve see the wrong of America, and God. There's a fair amount of torture, dialogue, and action in this mini. Aaron's made me genuinely question which Captain America I'd like more. We see a lot of cool stuff, from a fights between Captain's to Steve taking on a village of "Super Soldiers". I would recommend this to anybody who wants to try something Post-Ultimatum in the Ultimate Marvel imprint.


Ultimate Comics Avengers vs. New Ultimates
Ultimate Comics Avengers vs. New Ultimates
by Mark Millar
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.99
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing New, But Still A Lot Of Fun, September 29, 2011
Ultimate Comics Avengers vs. New Ultimates collects the entire 6 issue miniseries written by veteran writer Mark Millar with some great art by Leinil Yu. It was published under the Death of Spiderman banner, but he only appears briefly in the series.
This series picks up directly where Ultimate Comics Avengers: Blade vs. the Avengers left off. Thor is busy trying to transport the Triskelion back to New York after it was moved to Iran unexpectedly. The New Ultimates are down Iron Man as Stark goes into brain surgery. A train carrying the next generation of Super Soldiers is derailed and are kidnapped. These events set up the entire series, and Millar does a good job of creating a "Blockbuster." Alas, that's what makes this book good, but not great. Millar seems good at only creating "shocking" and cool moments, but nothing groundbreaking. We see Spider-Man get gravely wounded, the Avengers get Hulked-Out, and an unexpected (And uncharacteristic) betrayal. This creates a very surprising and fun miniseries, but it's not great. The art is good, the best I've seen in the Ultimate Comics imprint so far.
I would recommend this miniseries because it will set up the new Ultimates relaunch (Note that "new" isn't capitalized) and the dissolution of the teams. We've seen Millar do better. The Ultimates was one of the best things I've ever read, period. This isn't close to that quality at all though. It's worth checking out though if you're interested.


Carnage: Family Feud
Carnage: Family Feud
by Zeb Wells
Edition: Hardcover
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Carnage is Back!, September 29, 2011
This review is from: Carnage: Family Feud (Hardcover)
Carnage: Family Feud is a great read. This is my first introduction to the mainstream version, I have read the Ultimate Marvel storyline, and I found it to be quite enjoyable. It starts out with some masked men trying to take an armored vehicle in New York city. They are stopped by a webslinging man inside of it. Only this isn't our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, it's something else. Spiderman arrives on the scene and a battle ensues. The thing yells out one thing, "Mother." It's looking for Carnage. From here we see Spider-Man and Iron Man team up to figure out where this thing is came from... and what it is looking for.
This is best described as an action/thriller story with a tad but of espionage thrown in. Crain's art is dark and gritty, which is absolutely perfect for the story. Zeb Wells dialogue is perfect and he keeps the plot moving. I highly recommend this.
Note: If you buy the hardcover, it is oversized, which really shows off the art.


Uncanny X-Men: Breaking Point
Uncanny X-Men: Breaking Point
by Kieron Gillen
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.84
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The X-Men Take To Space... Again, September 29, 2011
The .1 issue is a one-off anti-terrorist adventure intercut with Magneto's meeting with a public relations expert trying to downplay his own terrorist history. It was very interesting to see how much Magneto has actually changed...and hasn't. The Breaking Point storyline picks up a dangling plot from Whedon's Astonishing X-Men, but it gets a little tiresome. And the conclusion seemed a tad bit abrupt. If you've read Whedon's complete run on Astonishing, you will be immensely satisfied to see the Breakworld saga tied up. The last issue in this collection isa Wolverine and Hope one-shot. This is the best Uncanny has been in awhile, featuring a huge improvement over Uncanny X-Men: Quarantine.


Dark Avengers
Dark Avengers
by Brian Michael Bendis
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $35.83
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Perfect; You Will Love this Series, September 28, 2011
This review is from: Dark Avengers (Hardcover)
Dark Avengers was my first foray into the world of comic books. This deluxe hardcover collects the complete series, excluding the issues than crossed over with the X-Men Utopia arc. They are found here, Utopia (Avengers / X-Men). This hardcover is oversized.
This series is a spin off of Secret Invasion, in which the Skrulls attempted to invade the Earth. Norman Osbourne, formerly the villian known as the Green Goblin, saved the world. He is adored by nearly the entire population of America, and was rewarded with the position of keeping the U.S.A. safe. With the New, Mighty, and regular Avengers teams disassembled, he creates his own team of heroes to keep America safe. Iron Patriot, Miss Marvel, Wolverine, Spiderman, Ares, Sentry, Hawkeye, and Marvel Man. What the world doesn't know is that these aren't the heroes they know, but the villians they hate. Norman, Moonstone, Daken, Venom, Ares, Sentry, Bullseye, and Marr-Vhel. You will see these "reformed villians" battle Morgan Le Fay in Latveria, battle the mysterious Molecule Man, and invade Asguard itself. (Well, that takes place in Siege, I HIGHLY recommend that miniseries as well) All the while, treachery and duplicity will be around every corner. After all, they are villians.
The art done by Mike Deadato is breathetaking. His characters expressions are genuine, the settings he draws are beautiful, and his action scenes are epic. Brian Michael Bendis's writing is excellent. Dialogue is intuitive and intelligent. His pacing is perfect. This is what comic books should all be. This series is absolutely perfect.
Villians will rise and fall in this series, as will heroes. This series is recommended for anybody and everybody. You will appreciate this book.


Deadpool Volume 1
Deadpool Volume 1
by Daniel Way
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $25.68
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deadpool is an Extremely Fun and Enjoyable Read, September 28, 2011
This review is from: Deadpool Volume 1 (Hardcover)
The Merc with a Mouth is back! After the end of Deadpool and Cable, both characters got there own solo series. This oversized, deluxe hardcover collects the first 3 arcs in Deadpool's ongoing series; Secret Invasion, Dark Reign, and Deadpool/Thunderbolts. The last arc is a four issue crossover with the Deadpool and Thunderbolts titles.
Deadpool is an incredibly fun series to read. It has the perfect blend of action, humor, story, and action. (Yes, I did that on purpose) Deadpool is a mutant mercenary for hire, who find himself hired by Nick Fury to steal classified Skrull information. Norman Osbourne attempts to hire Deadpool also, which leads to the astonishingly good third arc. The art is detailed and Deadpool's body language conveys more of what he's thinking than his words do sometimes, which is rare thing to see in a comic. There is a lot of content here; 14 issues, variant covers, sketches, and more.
I would recommend this to anybody, whether they be new to comics or long time fans. You will definitely enjoy this book.
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Generation Hope: The Future's a Four-Lettered Word
Generation Hope: The Future's a Four-Lettered Word
by Kieron Gillen
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.89
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hope Exists in the Form of this Book, September 28, 2011
Generation Hope is a title that spins directly out of Second Coming and Uncanny X-Men. It features Hope and her "Five Lights" as it's central characters. The plot of this collection is the first arc of the series. Hope, her 4 Lights, Wolverine, and Cyclops travel to Tokyo to recruit the fifth and final Light. This final recruit does not wish to join Hope's team though, and goes on a rampage through Tokyo. It's up to them to stop this before this final new mutant is destroyed. The art is perfect for the series. The dialogue is good, as is the action. My only problem was the pacing. I didn't really get into this series until the 3rd issue. I actually found the first two issues to be almost dull. Nevertheless, this series should be tried out by any X-Fan.


Astonishing Thor, Vol. 1, No. 5
Astonishing Thor, Vol. 1, No. 5
by Robert Rodi
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.34
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Astonishingly Bad, September 28, 2011
Marvel's "Astonishing" line is meant to tell self-contained, in-continuity stories. Astonishing Thor is a five issue miniseries with great art by Mike Choi. Astonishing Thor is a retroactive tale about Thor attempting to stop a living planet from annihilating the Earth. Boring and wooden dialogue really bring this book down. Robert Rodi's dialogue seems inspired from 60s Thor comics. The plot is extremely slow. In one of the issues, the first ten or so pages are Thor simply flying through space. The art done by Choi is wonderful, but wrong for this series. He attempts to draw "epic" scenes, but the come off as being empty. Choi is a great artist, but not the right pick for this particular miniseries. Overall, I say don't purchase this if you're a Thor fan. It can easily be skipped over and might bring your respect for Thor down.


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