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Dog Days:The New York Yankees' Fall from Grace and: Return to Glory,1964-1976
Dog Days:The New York Yankees' Fall from Grace and: Return to Glory,1964-1976
by Philip Bashe
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic examination of the Dark Ages for the Yankees Dynasty, November 1, 2015
When the New York Yankees lost the 1964 World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals, they were disappointed but not quite upset. They were the Yankees, winners of the American League pennant for 15 of the last 20 seasons and World Series champions for 10 of those. There was no doubt they would be back in the winners circle in no time. No one could possibly have forseen that just two years later, the Yankees would be dead last and it would be another decade before they got back to the postseason.

In this terrific book, Bashe examines season by season the "Dark Ages" of Yankees lore as the team that had dominated baseball for so long became a shell of itself. The reasons are varied: Too long coasting on their success, the lack of a decent farm system, not opening up paychecks for top players and, of course, the brutal truth of the Yankees long resistant to bringing in black ballplayers. The result was a lack of talent to take over when the likes of Mantle and others grew too old to continue.

It's amazing reading how Johnny Keane jumped from the World Champions Cardinals to the Yankees only to suffer badly. How Roger Maris, dealt to St. Louis in '66, blossomed far better than he ever did in New York. How the Mets, despite losing years, managed to outdraw the Yankees time and again. CBS being unable to understand how to handle this team and those in charge baffled. Naturally, there was glee from the rest of the American League to see the Yanks brought down low but also some sadness over how they collapsed. It would take the arrival of George Steinbrenner and his millions to get them back on track, ending with the Yankees on the verge of their second rise to power.

The book is well researched, going season by season with an end chapter noting the team's personnel and standings and pointing out how low they had to sink in order to bounce back. For any fan of the Yankees, this is a must-read to see how bad it could get and even today, it stands as a look for fans of other teams to see that, no matter how successful you may be for years on end, all it takes is a few bad moves to turn a dream team into a nightmare.

Iron Man Epic Collection: Stark Wars
Iron Man Epic Collection: Stark Wars
by Bob Layton
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest Iron Man creative team provides one of the best Iron Man stories ever in one fantastic collection, February 14, 2015
After a long run by Denny O’Neill where Tony Stark hit bottom drinking then fought his way back up, “Iron Man” needed some lightening up. Thus, it was the perfect time for the return of David Michelinie and Bob Layton, whose 1970’s run is often considered the best Iron Man ever. The two provided a new amazing era for the Golden Avenger and this collection brings together some of the best IM stories ever. It has Tony settling in Los Angeles, starting up Stark Enterprises and in his silver and red armor as Iron Man. We get the return of the sharp-tongued secretary Mrs. Arbogast and Jim Rhodes still Tony’s loyal partner. That includes when the terrorist group AIM sabotages a space city of Tony’s and both men don armor to a thrilling chase while Tony deals with a close friend betraying him. A great issue has Tony bringing out a special “Deep sea” armor to investigate the “Titanic” for nerve gas and clashing with the Soviets. A longer arc introduces the character of the Ghost whose attacks on Stark coincide with the wicked Spymaster. Then, a clash with the armored figure Force also leads to old foe Justin Hammer attacking with villains like Backlash, Beetle and Blizzard. Tony is well written, happy to be out of his long depression, keeping sober but still loving the high life of businessman, playboy and hero.

This all sets up one of the greatest Iron Man stories ever: “Stark Wars” or as it’s better known, “The Armor Wars.” When Tony discovers that his secret armor technology has been stolen and used by numerous armored villains, he feels responsible and immediately goes about taking care of them, legal channels be damned. A noble crusade but it gets out of hand as aside from villains, he also clashes with SHIELD, Nick Fury, Stingray and even Captain America who think he’s going too far destroying every vestige of the technology to ensure this doesn’t happen again. It’s an amazing story as we see Tony put through a winger big-time, his reputation both as Tony Stark and Iron Man marred as he goes on, so sure he’s doing the right thing no matter what but rocked by its consequences. A powerful bit is him calling Force in the middle of the night to demand “how many did you kill?” feeling guilty afterward but it just fuels his drive. The story gets rougher as Tony’s battles raise the stakes from breaking into the Vault to staging a one-man invasion of Russia to bad results.

It leads to a brutal battle against the foe Firepower and the debut of a fantastic new suit of armor as Tony realizes that, no matter what, Iron Man is needed. Thankfully it’s not too heavy as Michelinie keeps things light with some good humor from Tony and he and Layton do a fun job showing Tony enjoying his playboy life but still willing to do the right thing. The story also shows the bond of Tony and Rhodey, who’s there for his boss no matter what. It’s old-school ‘80’s storytelling (plenty of issues with in-story recapping of events) but it works well. Layton provides crisp clear pencils that sell the settings (everything from outer space to snowy Russia to lavish L.A.) and conflicts (few have ever drawn Iron Man flying in battle better than he has) along with some great detail to the armors and the various guest stars, the story thus refreshingly clean to follow. The final issue by Barry Windsor-Smith provides a nightmarish epilogue to the story of Tony dealing with the aftereffects of his War. In one big go, this volume is the epitome of how Iron Man should be written and why it’s the man inside, flaws and all, who remains one of Marvel’s greatest heroes.

JSA Omnibus Vol. 2 (The Jsa Omnibus)
JSA Omnibus Vol. 2 (The Jsa Omnibus)
by Geoff Johns
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars The second massive volume of the JSA is everything super-hero comics should be., December 26, 2014
This massive volume collects the rest of the original run of JSA by Geoff Johns and David Goyer and how this book rises brilliantly in fantastic super-hero story-telling. The mix of characters and situations is great along with wild twists and pull you along wonderfully. This volume collects several great storylines that shine wonderfully:

*JSA Annual 1: Introducing Artemis who plays a big role in things to come.
*Stories from "JSA Secret Files #2" that presents Roulette.
*Issue 26-28, 30: The JSA have issues with Hawkman wanting Hawkgirl, who doesn't love him back and it builds to Mr. Terrific being made new Chariman. Then, several of the team are kidnapped by the wicked Roulette who forces them to fight each other in a twisted game for pleasure of betting men with a great twist on who Roulette is.
*29: A tie-in with the "Joker's Last Laugh" crossover as Stargirl and Jakeem Thunder face off alone against the "Jokerized" Solomon Grundy
*31: A brief issue of Batman helping the team track a metahuman killer.
*32-37: When Johnny Thunder appears, seemingly cured of his mental illness, he gets Jakeem to give him the Thunderbolt back. However, in a stunning reveal, "Johnny" is really the JSA's old enemy the Ultra-Humanite who uses the Thunderbolt's magic to becomes master of the world. A rag-tag JSA have to fight him and his army of mind-controlled heroes. A terrific achievement of a story, especially the genius touch of how the heroes have to accept the aid of second-generation villain the Icicle with a dark vibe to an already huge story.
*38: A special Father's Day spotlight, mostly on Hourman as he uses a special time travel device to connect to his time-lost father.
*39: A spotlight on Power Girl facing a goofy stalker.
*40: With a madman holding children hostage, Dr. Midnite must perform a deadly operation.
*41-44: An incident at Tyler Chemicals sends Mr. Terrific, Captain Marvel and Hawkgirl on a time-travel trip from facing the original Mr. Terrific and then to ancient Egypt where Vandal Savage is prepared to use an early Metamorpho in his plans and they need aid from a young and honorable Black Adam.
*45: The trial of Kobra allows him to escape and pushes Atom-Smasher to a dangerous new direction.
*46-51: "Princes of Darkness" is a huge epic as Mordu, Obsidian and Eclipso unite to attack the JSA on all fronts, pushing them in harsh new directions and the team must rise up to save Earth.
*52-53: Revealing why the Crimson Avenger wants Wildcat dead and the secret behind Ted Grant's extra lives.
*54: A Thanksgiving meeting between the teams has a paranoid Batman worried about attacks for a fun ending.
*55: At Christmas time, the long-absent Ma Hunkel may finally be able to come in from the cold.
*56-58/Hawkman 23-25: "Black Reign" has Black Adam, Atom-Smasher and their allies seek to "Liberate" Adam's home country and the JSA trying to stop them. A major moment is when a badly wounded Hourman has to switch places with his time-lost father amid some stunning character deaths.
*59: A focus on the time-travelling Degaton who amuses himself watching how each member of the JSA dies in the future while messing with them in the past.
*60-62: A crossover with "Identity Crisis" has the team facing off against the Spirit King and an out of control Spectre.
*63-64: The team must enter a dream realm to rescue the long-missing Sand.
*65-66: The team must save the life of Hourman with a great turn on the character's fate in "Zero Hour."
*67: The investigation into Sue Dibny's death leads to a dark secret uncovered.
*68-72: Degaton launches an attack that massacres Stargirl's family while plotting to change time itself to ensure this age of heroes never comes to be. Rip Hunter organizes some heroes on a trip to 1951 with great touches of meetings of the two versions of Atom, Dr. Mid-Nite and more for a fine showdown.
*73-75: Crossing over with "Day of Vengence," the team must try and stop a brutal fight between Black Adam and an out of control Spectre.

The stories are terrific, the big epics sold wonderfully but it's the smaller touches that win you over. Like how Stargirl gets close to Billy Batson but as he keeps his identity secret, the rest of the team see an adult Captain Marvel with a teenager and aren't happy. Atom-Smasher's journey to a dark fall is shown well as are the seeds for his return to honor. Black Adam is a fantastic character, believing he's doing the right thing no matter the brutal methods he shows and the clashes with the team epic. There are other great bits like Mr. Terrific wrestling with his lack of faith in an afterlife and Doctor Fate facing his own pain of a lost love. The time-travel adventure is beautifully done from bits of Mr. Terrific adjusting to being a black man in 1951 to the meetings of the two generations of the team and facing Degaton. The Hourman plot is also good, fixing a major flaw of "Zero Hour" that makes sense. Overall, this volume is slick and well done to produce a stunning look at a super-hero book done nearly perfect. This is everything DC Comics should be and a must-have volume for anyone who loves old-school comics with a great modern edge.
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Astro City: Victory (Kurt Busiek's Astro City)
Astro City: Victory (Kurt Busiek's Astro City)
by Kurt Busiek
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Astro City's geatest heroine gets the spotlight in a fantastic new voyage to that wonderful superhero world, December 3, 2014
Any trip to Kurt Busiek's wonderful comic book universe is great and this new volume is no exception. The series has always used types for its characters and so it makes sense how this volume focuses on Samaritan, Winged Victory and the Confessor, the obvious analogue for DC's big guns. The plot mainly focuses on Victory when a smear campaign begins, first old foes claiming Victory paid them to fake fights, then women she's helped in her shelters talking of abuse. It's fun how she doesn't react with anger just taking it in stride as she defends herself, aided by lover Samaritan and the Confessor. As she tries to find out who's behind this, we discover the origins of Victory and how it plays into her current state.

As ever, the way this world feels so fresh and exciting is terrific. When the trio go over suspects, you feel like this are enemies around for years even if they're mentioned for the first time and that history is showcased well. The Confessor (last appearing as a teenager in "Confessions") is now more capable, using mystic runes for his work and the genius touch of a system of helpers called the Choirboys. The fights are terrific, from a brief Samaritan/Confessor clash to full scale battles, all done under Brent Anderson's beautiful artwork. But the story is great as you feel for Victory, trying to do her best to defend women but realizing the "old ways" aren't the best and that method may do more harm than good. You just get so into it, the plot almost secondary to the great character building Busiek pulls off.

The other addition is a "Visitor's Guide" made back in 2001 with a short story and pin-ups of various AC characters by a variety of artists. Also, while not huge in detail (Busiek obviously having stories planned), the history of the city is a nice bit as well as maps to show where things are. As always, the great bit of collections are the sketch work by Anderson and Alex Ross showcasing the development of characters and let you enjoy the creative process. Once again, Astro City remains the best superhero comic on the market and this collection is a truly winning one.

30 Years of WrestleMania
30 Years of WrestleMania
by Brian Shields
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.66
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have look at how the biggest show of the wrestilng world has evolved over time., October 19, 2014
If you enjoyed the recent terrific "WWE 50" book, this is a must-have companion. While a few flaws here and there, it's a terrific examination of how WrestleMania became part of modern culture from the risk Vince McMahon took with the first card to the most recent. It's wonderfully done, inserting great comments from those involved (not all positive either as Bret Hart expresses how upset he was to let Hulk Hogan end Mania IX with the WWF title) and how the show evolved. A nice bit is on the WWE Hall of Fame, a year-by-year look at who joins and spotlights on certain folks.

Some touches are great like when they discuss WrestleMania VI with a side tribute to the late Ultimate Warrior. An interesting bit is on WrestleMania XX, the shot of Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero celebrating together and noting how "future events would alter the perception of this moment" but still letting it stand as it was at the time. A fun bit is a look at the Undertaker's Streak and then a two-page spread of the various reactions (good and bad) when Brock Lesnar broke it. Another nice bit is Sgt. Slaughter on how he left WWE before the first Mania and how it hurt that Mania VII had to be moved to a smaller arena when less than expected ticket sales were made. A lot of stuff is frank like HHH and Randy Orton on how their Mania XXV main event was doomed having to follow Undertaker/Shawn Michaels and Roddy Piper on dying half his body black for Mania VI. There's talk on why Hogan-Flair at Mania VIII never happened and more side bits like Mr. T and others. All in a wonderful slick package that highlights what makes this the showcase for wrestling. For any fan of WWE, a must-have to pay tribute to that wonderful show that's still the highlight for any wrestling fan's year.

Daredevil Epic Collection: Fall From Grace (Daredevil & Elektra)
Daredevil Epic Collection: Fall From Grace (Daredevil & Elektra)
by Gregory Wright
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fair but hardly classic tale of a dark time for the Man Without Fear, October 10, 2014
The early '90's were marked by comic companies going wild doing "life-changing events" for their characters. Daredevil was not immune as, for his 30th anniversary, Marvel created this storyline meant to alter the Man Without Fear which sadly has not held up very well.

It begins with a virus that can alter both mind and body which quickly becomes sought by the Snakeroot, an offshoot of the Hand as well as the demonic Hellspawn. Daredevil is soon in the fray with his decision to upgrade to his now infamous armored outfit to take them on. Muddling matters more are appearances by Venom and Morbius that distract rather than push the story as well as a subplot (echoing future events) were a greedy reporter outs Matt Murdock as Daredevil in the papers. It all builds to Matt's reunion with long-thought dead love Elektra for a big showdown.

Scott McDaniel has proven himself a good artist but this story isn't his best, his work far too wild and not the clear-cut action needed. Worse, however, is the writing as D.G. Chichester indulges far too much in overwrought narration as well as rough dialogue to make the story more confusing than it should be. The armored outfit doesn't look as good on DD, despite some action and the big push where he fakes his own death doesn't have the weight it should either. It's good to have Elektra back but her characterization here seems off, more maudlin than usual while pining for Matt and the subplot of Karen Page tempted by her porn past is poor too. We also have another multi-part story with Captain America as he and DD take on Hydra but it's not as fun as could be.

There are extras of foreword/afterword of the original collection of the main story and additional artwork plus a text from "Marvel Age" on this new direction. But while it was made a huge deal at the time, the fact is that it's a mostly forgettable story now as Daredevil would return to status quo in the end and thus more an example of what was wrong with Marvel in the early '90's than what was right.

The Death of WCW: 10th Anniversary Edition of the Bestselling Classic — Revised and Expanded
The Death of WCW: 10th Anniversary Edition of the Bestselling Classic — Revised and Expanded
by R. D. Reynolds
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.39
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic update of an already great history of the most epic collapse in wrestling history, October 7, 2014
I was a bit wary as the first book was such a fine read but this updated version is more than worth the price. Yes, it's mostly the same but great additions of new quotes and looks at how a company that seemed on top of the world came completely apart in so short a time. It's still astonishing to read of all the horrible decisions, bad booking and more that ruined WCW and how its legacy has been more about the bad than the good.

The new additions include new side notes like "Lessons not learned" such as how Rey Mysterio was forced to unmask on the idea he'd be more "marketable" as a side note talks about the massive sales of Rey masks in WWE. There's a nice list of the breakdown of the NWO groups and how that weakened the entire concept and some good new lines on some infamous angles like Goldberg losing to Nash and more. A somber note has the authors acknowledging how hard it is to read their old words on Chris Benoit but felt the need to present the history as it was. These help build up the looks at everything, including the Invasion that buried WCW further.

The new foreword is notable talking of how little seems to be learned from WCW's failure, not just from WWE but TNA, which actually hired the very people responsible for that company's fall. Indeed, the last chapter seems to be a preview of "the Death of TNA," ten pages of (only some of) the idiotic moves that company has made. If you didn't read the first version, this is a great history lesson and even those who enjoyed the first can get this one too for more insight and the passage of time to frame things. After all, if wrestling proves anything, it's the old mantra of "those who don't remember the past are doomed to repeat it" and WCW's stunning fall showcases that truth big time.

Masks Volume 1
Masks Volume 1
by Chris Roberson
Edition: Paperback
Price: $16.61
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pulp fiction gets a fantastic dream team project that's a must read for fans of great crossovers., September 13, 2014
This review is from: Masks Volume 1 (Paperback)
Alex Ross' love for pulp fiction is well known and under this Dynamite series, he is able to indulge in it wonderfully. Based on a classic pulp saga of the Spider, the first issue, illustrated by Ross himself, sets things up: It's 1938 and New York City has just elected the "Justice Party" into power with hopes of sweeping reform. Within days, the Party has put criminals into armored police uniforms to march the streets, control press into propaganda, demand people pay immediate "taxes" and rounding up dissidents to camps. As one character openly says "when justice is outlawed...then the just must become outlaws."

Soon, a force of resistance grows from various masked vigilantes. The Green Hornet and Kato are in town hunting a mob boss and run into the Shadow, who pushes the idea of "the justice above law" as they are joined by the Spider. A chance encounter leads to the Green Lama and Miss Fury working together as the super-strong Black Terror also gets involved. Blinded while helping prisoners escape, former District Attorney Tony Quinn discovers he can see in darkness and becomes the Black Bat. Finally, inspired by stories of his family, a young immigrant takes up the mantle of the legendary Zorro.

Some may complain of this crowding in too many characters but there are great touches like Kato admiring the Shadow's abilities while Miss Fury and Green Lama have a nice partnership. The way Quinn discovers his abilities is good as is how the new Zorro comes to be a hero. The action is great, rendered wonderfully by artist Dennis Calero for a gritty pulp feel, plenty of shadows and moods to help things along (such as the POV of the Bat in darkness) and fantastic action scenes. Chris Roberson's script is great, handling the melodramatic declarations with the character mixes of the Shadow and others. Also a help is the identity of the man behind the Party, the classic case of "every villain is the hero of his own story." The end may be a bit abrupt but it still works and closes a terrific crossover. Thrown in are great extras of sketch work (The Phantom was originally planned to be in this but couldn't be worked in) and variety covers by great artists to help the fun. Overall, a must-read for any fan of the pulp era to enjoy a dream team of these heroes at their best.

Guardians of the Galaxy by Jim Valentino Volume 2
Guardians of the Galaxy by Jim Valentino Volume 2
by Jim Valentino
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars The second volume of the '90's reboot mixes great story-telling and twists to show a fantastic view of a future Marvel Universe, July 29, 2014
In the second volume of this ‘90’s revival, writer/artist Jim Valentino takes the Guardians to some terrific new heights. It starts with a story of the Guardians recovering from events of the first book, Youndu struck by a warrior’s fever. Then, a three-part tale where, in this timeline, Earth’s mutants left the planet before a massive war, eventually settling on a new world. While the mutants’ numbers whittled, they kept their power, the current reign marked by Rancor, a vicious descendant of Wolverine. The Guardians are believed to be the “Overmen,” those named by prophecy to end the mutants’ reign and go to battle with the advent of a new Phoenix. They also meet Replica, a teenager shape-shifter who stows aboard their ship.

The Stark return as the team faces off against them to save Firelord. Then a two-parter introduces the Ghost Rider of the 30th century with the debut of the sinister Universal Church of Truth. The team soon travel to meet the Church and the Protégé, a boy who can take on any powers. This leads to conflict with the criminal team Force and Malevolence, the daughter of Mephisto, who wants the Protégé’s power (in a great bit, we see how Mephisto has been manipulating things since the very first issue). Several clashes take place with Replica’s secret nature revealed, Yondu losing a hand and a huge turn for Starhawk and Aleta that leaves the Guardians rocked hard with Martinex taking a break from the team to try and find a way to better help the galaxy.

Regrouping, the team return to Earth only to find the planet ravaged by a combination of a super-addictive television signal and gang wars with one gang “inspired” by Vance’s history docs to become the Punishers. Hooking up with old ally Tarin and her own gang, the Guardians are rocked as Vance is badly wounded and gain help from the mischevious Talon, who stands right out with his fun humor, feline appearance, cool claws and more to become an instant favorite for the book’s fans. It leads to a great final battle as Vance is transformed into Major Victory to take down the Punishers and their surprising allies.

Valentino is really getting into the book here, showing the good and bad of characters, presented in an old-school style but still great artwork and drive. Nikki is a feisty gal with humor but a dark side of bias too while Starhawk’s actions are downright horrific. You feel for Martinex when he sees the after-effects of the Guardian’s actions on a planet and Yondu faces a darker edge with a new weaponized hand. The Ghost Rider cameo may be a bit much but fits the story well as does the conflict with the Church who may not be the bad guys they seem. There’s touches that push the edge such as when a mutant is killed and the reaction of another makes it clear the two were gay lovers, something you didn’t see in Marvel comics of the time. The Homecoming story arc is great of the Guardians’ pasts, Vance facing up to himself, a surprising old Marvel character popping up and Talon, a character Valentino admits loving from his creation who fits in great. The “World of Mutants” arc puts a spin on classic X-Men mythos as Valentino continues to find fun ways to mix Marvel history into this new future. The first volume was good but this is where the series became so popular and a great showcase for how to do a retro title right.

Avengers: The Legacy of Thanos
Avengers: The Legacy of Thanos
by Roger Stern
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Finally bringing together all of Roger Stern's Avengers run, the team engage in a great cosmic battle to show their best, July 1, 2014
With this collection, pretty much all of Roger Stern’s fantastic “Avengers” run is now out in trade paperback for fans to enjoy. This pick up from the “Absolute Vision” arcs as the Vision and Scarlet Witch leave the team, Hercules rejoins and Wasp becomes chairwoman again. The team face problems with the government threatening to revoke their standing after the Vision’s actions but ignore it to face off against the monstrous Terminus in an attack that ravages the Savage Land. Then, a crossover with Stern’s own “Amazing Spider-Man” as after Spidey’s great fight with Firelord, Hercules forces his cosmic ally to make up for the damage he caused. During this, a subplot has had Captain Marvel in space, dragged into a job by a team of mercenaries led by Thanos’ granddaughter, Nebula. The Avengers go to help her and soon discover that, after the destruction of their home world by Galactus, the Skrulls are in civil war and have to pick a side to help them out. This leads into a fun two-part crossover with the Fantastic Four annuals, both drawn by John Byrne that link up wonderfully well. The big finale has a conflict with Nebula that also involves the arrival of the Beyonder for some “Secret War II” crossover.

Aided by John Buscema’s terrific art, Stern does wonders with the team. Starfox has to face his dark side with the revelation of his relation to Thanos as he tangles with Nebula and the battle with Terminus is a harrowing affair with the destruction (for a time) of the Savage Land. The Skrull section is fun, notably when they meet up with some Skrulls who have based their planet on 1940’s Earth, their leader a dead ringer for Humphrey Bogart in “Casablanca.” The crossover with the FF is terrific work by Byrne, each annual using the same art for some sections and it makes wonderful sense read back to back. And you get the conflicts with the government as the Avengers have to face the problems of doing their job properly. While the Beyonder bits are an intrusion, it works for a good finale that reminds you why Stern’s run is still so popular as one of the best ever and the Avengers at their finest.
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