Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Star Wars – Darth Vader – The Burning Seas | Comics

Even after Galactic Empire is established, rebellion is still formed and Sidious sends Lord Vader to restore order.

From his final moments of encounter with his former master Obi-Wan Kenobi as Anakin Skywalker on the surface of fiery planet Mustafar, Darth Vader was reliving the whole event from an all-new point during his meditation.

The Emperor interrupts by calling him over the comms to his throne room to discuss his plans of establishing the supremacy of the Empire among the galaxy. Vader is asked to visit Mon Cala to thoroughly investigate and teach them a lesson for disobedience if necessary.

Darth Sidious believes that there might still be a surviving Jedi who is advising the King of negotiation tactics and wants his apprentice to check on it while he hands over the military operation aspects to Grand Moff, Wilhuff Tarkin.

As he was discussing possible strategies if they had to engage, Imperial ambassador Telvar was unsuccessfully trying to negotiate a trade deal with King Lee-Char of Mon Cala. When he was leaving, Vader arrived shortly in a Zeta-class shuttle along with his Inquisitors and death troopers.

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Star Wars – Darth Vader – The Burning Seas | Comics

Upon being questioned by Admiral Ackbar for their reasons to be here, Vader states to be looking for an enemy of the Empire but Ackbar simply denies any possibility of that only to witness Telvar's shuttle explode. This prompted the invading force and the Dark Lord of Sith to siege Dac City, where Lee-Char is apprehended for interrogation.

Just as their defenses were failing against the Imperial force, two whale-like creatures arose from the bottom of the ocean, creating massive tidal waves that wreck the city.

The Tenth Brother and Ninth Sister of Inquisitors immediately try to shield the wave before Vader joined them but despite their efforts, they all were drowned. Below, he discovers himself under heavy external pressure of water but creates an air bubble around him with Force.

Soon, he is attacked by a squid-like creature that he killed and reached an Imperial submarine. Though the Ninth Sister was able to learn of the whereabouts of the Jedi from Lee-Char, Lord Vader is disappointed at them for failing to kill him.

Meanwhile, the hidden Jedi, Ferren Barr is fascinated about how the Sith has taken control over the galaxy and also reveal his knowledge of Darth Vader actually being former Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker to his loyal bad of acolytes.

Learning of Vader coming to hunt them down, Barr assembles his followers for a quick evacuation but unfortunately crosses paths with the enemy. Tarkin requests assistance from the Sith Lord in capturing King Lee-Char and it would finally led him to a confrontation with Jedi Barr.

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Mon Cala Resistance Crumble

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Star Wars – Darth Vader – The Burning Seas

The new monthly ongoing volume of Star Wars spin-off series Darth Vader delves into a new story arc after "Imperial Machine" and "Legacy's End" concludes. Titled "The Burning Seas", the story is collected in issues #13-18 of the series from Marvel Comics in 2018.

Collaborating from beginning, comic-book writer Charles Soule (Death of Wolverine – The Logan Legacy, Death of Wolverine – The Weapon X Program) and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli (Amazing Spider-Man, Superior Spider-Man) tailored the entire storyline.

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The Jedi Survivor

This is third time in a row that the titular Dark Lord of Sith goes against a lesser known Jedi that possess a threat to the Empire. References to "Clone Wars" and "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" were mentioned during the story.

A subtle but very important nod to Jedi Purge is also played out brilliantly that brought a new and unexpected twist to story development. The bonus one-part story that comes after the actual conflict between Grand Moff Tarkin and Vader himself in a quest to hunt the latter down.
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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Old Man Logan – Scarlet Samurai | Comics

The Hand attacks Logan under the rule of a ruthless leader and he might finally meet his end at the hands of Scarlet Samurai.

When "Incursions of Reality" were swapping timelines, Old Man Logan ended up in a world where his counterpart was no more and he finds himself as a misfit in this world. After taking care of a newly reformed Hulk-Gang back from the Wastelands, he goes back to the streets of Tokyo.

However, trouble followed him when he was just trying to get a beer and got into a fight with a bunch of thugs from Crazy Thunder Clan. They quickly starts beating him up with melee weapons but since he is an old-timer now, could barely handle them.

He chopped off the finger of a goon and sliced the hands off another one, to watch them grow back in surprise. At the Yashida Corporation, researcher Touko Kenmochi steals a few vials from work and soon is apprehended by his boss Shin Harada, the new Silver Samurai, who kills him for stealing his formula for a local gang.

Meanwhile, Wolverine reached the den of those hooligans and engaged them in fight when they all jumped over him. He learns about Touko from their leader and finds out what slows down the regeneration.

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Old Man Logan – Scarlet Samurai | Comics

Back at Yashida Corp, Harada senses that hundreds of ninja from The Hand has swarmed his building and he quickly suits up to slice and dice through them. In the midst of the fight, he notices the mutant named Gorgon as their leader calmly standing at one side, silently observing him.

He announces this assault as a hostile takeover on Clan Yashida but the boy initiates a security protocol that reduced the invading ninjas into dust. Using the fight as distraction, a shadowy figure stabs him in the back and is revealed to be Scarlet Samurai.

The Hand takes over the Yashida Corp, forcing researches working on Regenix, which has the enhanced regenerative abilities to regrow limbs. At the funeral of Touko, Logan shows up to meet the wife to ask some questions and she tells him to meet her at Paris Bar.

Upon meeting, he learns the serum is still incomplete but they are interrupted shortly by the arrival of Gorgon and Scarlet Samurai along with their ninja army. The widow is killed and as Logan jumped at his enemy; the Samurai struck him down with Godkiller sword.

Logan detects a familiar scent wrapped in the smell of death and decay while he keeps trashing the undead ninjas of The Hand. When Gorgon asked Scarlet Samurai to remove the helmet, Wolverine is struck in awe to see a former love interest of him. He barely made it out of this mess and Tomi Shishido rebukes her for failing to kill the mark.

A former enemy approaches him to form a very unlikely alliance to hit back at The Hand, because if they are not stopped right now, they will become an unstoppable force using Regenix.

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The Unstoppable Hand

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Old Man Logan – Scarlet Samurai

Following the six-part "Days of Anger" storyline, comes the tale of "Scarlet Samurai" from the second monthly ongoing series of Old Man Logan, collecting issues #31-35. Marvel Comics assigned comic-book writer Ed Brisson (Secret Avengers, Secret Wars – Battleworld) and artist Mike Deodato Jr. (Guardians of Knowhere, Original Sin) to conceive the story in 2017.

One of the covers was done by newcomer artist Mukesh Singh, while Matteo Buffagni and Ibraim Roberson provided additional illustrations for final two issues. The duo of Brisson and Deodato is really cranking things up from his enriched past and still breathes new life to it by adding exciting new twists in it.

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One of the few interesting surprises of "Scarlet Samurai" storyline are the return of a cold-blooded killer, who once taken down Weapon X with minimum efforts (Enemy of the State) and even dealt with the likes of Elektra with ease. Then the sudden comeback of a long-deceased woman from Wolverine's past shook things very hard for everyone.

In his old age, Logan is having a hard time taking on these menacing threats that constantly comes at him but he still managing to come out victorious over the odds. He is going up against another bad-guy up next in "To Kill For" and will be tangled with another more.
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Thanos – Thanos Wins | Comics

Thanos returns to his glory only to reach the end of time to witness his greatest glory and ultimate shame!

On Chitauri Prime, The Mad Titan has set foot in their gladiatorial arena a few hours ago and he almost forgot about the tyrannical Chitauri before that. He conquered their homeworld after decimating anyone who came in his way and crushed the skull of their king under his boot but was very disappointed upon finding no challenge here.

As he sits on the throne while his new army cheers for him, one of them pledges their entire armada for him and asks if he would ask his "God" to stop killing them now, causing him to wonder!

Since the creature appears like Phoneix and cuts through their defenses sooner than he did, they thought it to be his God. At that very moment, blood starts raining heavily from sky as Leviathans were getting slaughtered and Thanos started to smile after a long time, because it strongly stinks of Death.

Soon the mysterious being is revealed to be a cosmic version of Ghost Rider! Although he is all hellfire and brimstone, but neither Johnny Blaze nor Danny Ketch has become Spirit of Vengeance this time and he is from future.

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Thanos – Thanos Wins | Comics

The Rider asks Thanos to come along but he refuses to oblige and tells Mephisto to come and meet if he wants to. He is confused and explains that killing son of Titan will mess up timeline only to get punched on face. Before making another move, he is wrapped in chains by GR, which are made off the bones of Cyttorak.

The pawn of Hell also possess a fragment of Time Stone and teleports them both using it. Million years into future, he delivered an imprisoned Thanos to his master, Final King, who is an older version of The Mad Titan.

There are mightiest beings in existence that are superior to everyone else and there are heroes who protect the entire universe from major threats. However, deep down inside them all are afraid of one single thing, to see Thanos win! Unfortunately, it finally happened and sitting on the skull of Galactus, he tells to his younger self how the entire universe was doomed the moment he was born.

One by one, he took down every heroes of Earth with precise planning when they slowly grew old and when a group of Celestials came to judge, he vanquished them all with a thunderous scream of Inhuman King, Black Bolt.

Angry over dragging him through time and still in disbelief, Thanos knocks his older self but decides to align with him moments later, when he finally proves him to be the real deal. He brought his younger counterpart to this timeline for his help in killing The Fallen One, a former herald of Galactus and after killing every living thing in the known universe, he is the only one left to deliver to Death.

Despite once being a terror for everyone, the Final King seeking his help to kill a rogue herald doesn't seem plausible to Thanos.

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The Final King Reigns

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The second monthly ongoing volume of Thanos have already shaken things up by revealing him dying in "Thanos Returns" and then restored to his old form in "The God Quarry" storyline. Now, Marvel Comics brings writer Donny Cates (Doctor Strange – Damnation, Doctor Strange – God of Magic) and Geoff Shaw (Buzzkill, God Country) to cook up the third plotline featuring another mad conquest of the Titan in 2018, which collects issues #13-18 and Annual issue #01.

Al Ewing, Christopher Hastings, Katie Cook, Kieron Gillen (Angela – Asgard's Assassin, Beta Ray Bill – Godhunter) and Ryan North joined as guest-storyteller, while Frazer Irving and Katie Cook joined to provide illustration aid.

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Twin Titans Clash

Following the past two stories, Thanos faced his son Thane and then allied with his brother Starfox and estranged daughter Nebula to defeat him before finally restoring his godhood. This very arc briefly explores how he continuously threatened reality over time during the events of Infinity Gauntlet, Infinity War, Infinity Crusade, Annihilation Wars and Infinity.

While invading Earth for the final time, he was opposed by Captain America, Doctor Strange, Hulk, Iron Man, Luke Cage, Mister Fantastic, Spider-Man, Spider-Woman, The Sentry, Vision and X-23, all of which fell before him. Cates brilliantly took a spin on the origin of Cosmic Ghost Rider and how he turned into Black Right Hand of the Final King.
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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Avengers – No Surrender | Comics

Earth's Mightiest Heroes are about to witness an end because of a cosmic game of two Elders of the Universe.

Miguel Santos was playing poker with a bunch of car stealers until his cover is blown and he revealed himself as Lightning before arresting them. Suddenly, a strange red light shines over Earth and reports of natural catastrophes started coming from all over the globe.

Beast updates everyone about the situation, Avengers' member Falcon became busy saving people on street, Doctor Strange and Miles Morales feels the anomaly, Kamala Khan AKA Ms. Marvel watches it coming and Vision tries to call to Alpha Flight with no avail.

Hank McCoy notices all the satellites are gone and points out that the planet is moved as T'Challa contacts world leaders. Back in New York, Hercules and The Mighty Thor has joined Sam Wilson to help. Jarvis and Nadia Van Dyne also caught up into this mess but the former is severely injured saving a boy.

Synapse and Doctor Voodoo of Avengers Unity Squad goes to crowd-control in San Diego while Human Torch, Rogue, Scarlet Witch and Wasp try to deal with a massive tidal wave. Meanwhile in space, Captain Marvel shockingly stares into the void where Earth and Moon once used to be.

Hawkeye and Red Wolf were at New Mexico, U.S.Avengers tackles a volcano eruption at Mount Vesuvius. Squirrel Girl sees a shooting star-like object that crashing onto Colosseum of Rome, to turn into a black pyramid.

Captain America is frozen in his position when he was observing the situation at Washington, D.C., as well as Black Panther, The Champions, Spider-Man, Vision, Wasp and X-Men. All active and reserve members of Avengers are called to assemble. When they all arrive at Avengers Mansion, they are greeted by a woman named Voyager, who claims to be a founding member of Avengers.

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Avengers – No Surrender | Comics

Surprisingly, almost every member of the team recalls her being there from the very beginning. When asked whether or not she want to lead, she pointed out to Citizen V, Falcon and Rogue as more suitable leaders.

In Egypt, deceased members of ThanosBlack Order and new Lethal Legion arrive out of nowhere and try to kill each other but voices from sky tells them to follow rules and not to engage until they find certain Pyramoids. In the mean time, Cull Obsidian showed up at Avengers Mansion and blew it up.

Although Quicksilver sensed it only moments before happening, even his powers weren't enough to save all but thankfully, Voyager managed to teleport everyone to safety. Apparently, En Dwi Gast or better known as Grandmaster was behind these chaos and he planned it with a fellow Elder of the Universe in his Cosmic Game Room.

Eons ago, En Dwi had tricked him into losing his mantle and banished from existence to become the Grandmaster but now he has returned as Challenger to reclaim his title.

Rogue assembles a team of heavy hitters like Cannonball, Hercules, Lightning and Thor on news of catastrophes over Rome with help from Voyager, leaving an enraged Pietro behind. She returns to teleport Sam's team to Peru, while Jericho and Wanda remained reserved to check on the ones in stasis.

Instead of listening what his sister had to say, Pietro rushed to help Rogue's team and Wanda was trying to break the stasis of Vision. She actually succeeds but doing so had also frozen her brother in battlefield in a crucial time.

Both Black Order and Lethal Legion were fighting into two separate teams, which the Avengers have run into. In the middle of these, Black Dwarf managed to secure a Pyramoid with help from Black Swan and vanished screaming.

Seeing that, everyone thought Dwarf have been disintegrated and Santos decided to rush to their friends to warn them about touching it but like always, Johnny Storm couldn't stay out of trouble and touched it. Another one those were grabbed by Red Wolf in an attempt to find Johnny.

After this new development Grandmaster and Challenger advances towards their next move and the latter reveals he has an ace in the hole in reserve. If you are wondering who that may be, wait until a certain thought--dead Green Goliath returns to smash all Avengers!

When the last Pyramoid is placed inside a hospital where Edwin Jarvis was being treated, Voyager reached to take it and he then reveals her true nature. In a final showdown, Enigma, Lightning, Red Hulk, Wonder Man and Vision will fall before a force of pure rage.

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Legion of Chaos and Order

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After the fall of "Secret Empire" crossover event, Marvel Comics hired comic-book writers Al Ewing (U.S.Avengers – American Intelligence Mechanics, U.S.Avengers – Cannonball Run), Jim Zub and Mark Waid (Age of Apocalypse, Avengers Vs. X-Men) to come up with a long-running storyline that brings together the team of Avengers, Occupy Avengers, Uncanny Avengers and U.S.Avengers fighting for one cause.

This arc ran through Avengers monthly ongoing series collecting issues #675-690, illustrated by Joe Bennett (Rann-Thanagar War, Teen Titans), Kim Jacinto, Paco Medina (New X-Men – Mercury Falling, New X-Men – Nimrod) and Pepe Larraz (Uncanny Avengers – Red Skull, Uncanny Avengers – The Man Who Fell To Earth).

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The Mysterious Voyager

Artist Mark Brooks (Cable & Deadpool – If Looks Could Kill, Star Wars – Han Solo) provided cover arts for the books included in the story. Following the destruction and restoration of Multiverse at the hands of Mister Fantastic during Secret Wars, the former Grandmaster gets a chance to enter this reality and started a rematch.

What En Dwi started years earlier as Contest of Champions with earthbound superheroes and villains has come to a new route and the stakes are higher than ever now. Return of many fan-favorite heroes into the fray really made the entire plot exciting and interesting. The epilogue also teases of the upcoming story arc, which is also cosmic-themed and titled "The Final Host".
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