Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Thanos – The God Quarry | Comics

The all-powerful Thanos was slowly dying and guided by his former love Death, his son Thane created an alliance with Champion of the Universe, Nebula and Starfox. It was all a ploy for Thane to bond with the Phoenix Force and upon gaining this near-limitless power; he betrayed his comrades and overthrow Thanos after rendering him mortal. On the ruins of Titan, he is now forced to live scavenging and feed on mugrats. The great destroyer is mugged by two scavengers Biv and Tiv in his weakened state until he was found by Starfox and his allies.

Now possessing the power of a God, Thane is killing everyone and everything on sight in the name of his love for Lady Death. As the son of The Mad Titan becomes a Destroyer of Worlds, Champion of the Universe Tryco Slatterus, Nebula and Starfox seeks out Thanos for his help in finding and stopping Thane before he obliterates the rest of the universe. He reluctantly agrees to help them but asks them to take him to The Cosmic Coven to get his powers back from the Witches of Infinity.

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Thanos – The God Quarry | Comics

Flying through uncharted reaches of space, Nebula's ship came near a black hole, which Thanos claims to be the location they are looking for. Leaving Nebula and Tryco behind, Starfox and his brother enters the black hole that sucks them in and drops them at The God Quarry. The Witches of Infinity welcomes Thanos and his brother to their den and The Mad Titan demands to know the secrets of the coven. As Starfox tries to charm them with his power of manipulation, the sisters render him old and weak.

In response to Thanos seeking to regain his power, the sisters explain that the coven holds the power of all the forgotten gods and the quarry gives or takes that to only people who willingly enter it to face a trial of their soul. Failing of that trial would cause one to stick within the walls of the quarry for eternity. So, The Mad Titan embarks a personal journey into the quarry and it claimed him. While he was stuck in the coven, Thane has been looking for him all over and finds Nebula's ship.

Thanos finds himself in a world where he is one of Earth’s Mightiest Hero and leader of The Avengers but all of these seems odd to him right from the beginning. With a glimpse back at his former life, he remembers who he is and realizes that he has been given a chance of redemption to be good. Sensing this, he slaughters his imaginary allies and breaks free of the coven. Thanos returns in all-new glory to face his Phoenix-empowered son in a final showdown.

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The Cosmic Coven

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Thanos – The God Quarry

"The God Quarry" is the second in line after "Thanos Returns", that ran from issues #07-12 of the second ongoing volume of Thanos monthly series. Comic-book writer Jeff Lemire (Beowulf, Essex County) and artist German Peralta were the ones from the creative team to depict the story as it is. In the previous stoyline, artist Mike Deodato Jr. (New Avengers, Original Sin) served as a penciller but he provided only cover arts for this arc from Marvel Comics. With the upcoming release of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Marvel is re-defining The Mad Titan throughout the series.

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War of The Titans

The storyline features the cameo appearance of The Avengers in a dream sequence where Daredevil, Hercules, Ironheart, Jane Foster's Thor, Kamala Khan as Ms. Marvel, Sam Wilson's Captain America, Spider-Man, Vision and Wasp fights The Abomination. Ultimately, they all perish at the hands of Thanos when he finishes his trial. In the climax of the story, both Thanos and Thane engage in a battle of might that can shake the entire cosmos and will come to conclusion at the Cosmic Coven. Then there is the unnecessary and weird hook-up between Nebula and Tryco when everyone else was busy finding a way to defeat Thane.
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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Batman – The War of Jokes and Riddles | Comics

Following Batman's debut as a vigilante on Gotham City, he successfully decreased the increasing crime rate of the city by putting many super criminals behind bars. During the second year of his crime-fighting, Red Hood One came back and became known as The Joker. He went on a killing spree of comedians who was unable to make him laugh and no one could figure out why. Commissioner Gordon tried to apprehend the madman but more civilian died as well as his own men.

Stuck inside of GCPD, master strategist Riddler had became a means to solve crimes for them. Thinking he has solved the riddle of Joker's massive killings, he decides to escape and he did so by threatening the confronting group of guards of knowing about their loved ones. He finds Joker and suggests that they team up to beat Batman together as the clown has lost the ability to laugh because of always being halted by him. The Joker shot him in the stomach after dismissing the idea and left him for dead.

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Batman – The War of Jokes and Riddles | Comics

Batman came in slightly late to stop this and chased Joker knowing Riddler will survive the gunshot wound. It was from that moment when Edward Nygma started amassing super-villains to fight by his side against the maniacal clown. Evil that inherited Gotham has parted into two and started ripping each other. Joker tells Carmine Falcone over phone to kill Riddler but when his men failed to do so because of the intervention of Poison Ivy, the clown took out all his men and operation as well before killing his mother Carmen.

A common criminal and former associate of The Joker named Charles Brown is approached by Batman to be a mole in his former boss's gang and set up a meeting. That plan flipped when Riddler figured it out and had him abducted by Clayface to confront about it and he also told this to Batman. The meeting was a mess and Joker sends him to Batman wired with fake explosives while Riddler poisoned his son. With that tragedy becoming a motivation, Charlie eventually become the Kite-Man and thus, a new villain is born.

By then only Catwoman haven't joined any sides and as Gordon approached the villains for a truce, all they wanted was Batman. Deadshot and Deathstroke were sent to kill the Bat but they got busy trying to kill each other with the causality of 62 civilians in five days. Batman finally managed to stop them and got Floyd Lawton hospitalized in a fit of rage. He then plans to do something that even the Riddler never saw coming and the endgame of his decision would made him what he is today.

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Monsters Choosing Sides

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Batman – The War of Jokes and Riddles

Coming from the best-selling creative team of Tom King (Batman – I Am Bane, Batman – I Am Gotham) and Mikel Janín (Justice League Dark, Superman – The Final Days of Superman) from DC Rebirth, "The War of Jokes and Riddles" is an eight-part epic saga from Batman's past in the Prime Earth continuity. It all begin in issue #24 of the third ongoing volume of Batman, where The Dark Knight finally proposes Catwoman to marry him and before she can answer, he decides to let her know of an event that no one else knows about. Writer King took a unique approach in exploring Batman's early years with two of his arch-nemesis on his tail.

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Joker Vs. Riddler

The storyline collects issues #25-32 from the third Batman monthly series from DC Comics and features appearances of the villains including Clayface, Cluemaster, Deadshot, Deathstroke, Firefly, Killer Croc, Kite-Man, Mad Hatter, Man-Bat, Mister Freeze, Mister Zsasz, Penguin, Poison Ivy, Scarecrow, Solomon Grundy, Two-Face and Ventriloquist, aside from the two main antagonists. Even though the story is told in the DC Rebirth era, the events of the book actually took place not long after the infamous "Zero Year". Coincidentally, that is also the rising point of both The Joker and Riddler in the Prime Earth continuity.
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Suicide Squad – Earthlings on Fire | Comics

Amanda Waller pays a visit to Lex Luthor on a government business and before she can start he offers her a small gift that she refuses. Lex reveals that he knows about her unethical secret project involving super-criminals and how she operates it, which surprises Waller. Meanwhile, the Suicide Squad breaks into LexCorp building with a mission to acquire certain object from the vault. As Enchantress teleports Captain Boomerang, Deadshot, Harley Quinn and Rick Flag into the building, Digger Harkness loses an arm.

The witch takes out the security system of the building and they are attacked by security personnel. On top floor, Lex was trying to make Waller honest about her true purpose of coming here and he mentions about her recent encounter with The People and their Annihilation Brigade, which shocks her. At downstairs, the Suicide Squad is attacked by a Bizarro army that wrecks havoc and Luthor now sees what is going on. He quickly changes into his warsuit and engages Task Force X.

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Suicide Squad – Earthlings on Fire | Comics

Both parties agree to cut the crap and as Waller was about to ask for what she came here for, Luthor again hands her the gift; Kryptonite. With that alien meteorite at her disposal Amanda Waller authorizes her men at Belle Reve to operate and insert a Kryptonite Neural Bomb inside the head of General Zod. After sending Boomerang for another solo mission, Waller sends the Suicide Squad to Zimbabwe along with Zod to confront the Annihilation Brigade once again.

The Kryptonian despot unleashes his mad rage onto them and inside they find hundreds of meta-humans locked up in an attempt to create an International Suicide Squad by The People. General Zod damaged the containment suit of Tunguska and as he was about to explode, Rick order Enchantress to teleport them all out and grabs Harley at the last moment, saving her. Digger Harkness also carried out Waller's plan of taking out the mole of The People within their ranks as well.

Being hurt in his pride, General Zod decides to remove the Kryptonite Bomb from his brain and eventually does so by using his heat-vision, leaving his skull wide open. He then went on a berserker rampage inside Belle Reve Penitentiary and unleashes an army of Kryptonian wraiths after trapping the prison inside The Black Vault. As he was tearing the place apart and giving Task Force X one of the toughest times of their lives, Cyborg Superman and The Eradicator arrives to recruit him for their Superman Revenge Squad.

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Zod Breaks Free

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Suicide Squad – Earthlings on Fire

"Earthlings on Fire" is the fourth storyline from the Suicide Squad fifth monthly ongoing volume set in the DC Rebirth era of DC Comics. The story collects issues #16-20 from the series written by Rob Williams (Suicide Squad – Burning Down The House, Suicide Squad – Going Sane), assisted by artists Tony Daniel (Deathstroke – New 52, Justice League – New 52), Neil Edwards, Sandu Florea, Stjepan Sejic and Le Beau L. Underwood. Aside from these fine pencillers, Otto Schmidt (Green Arrow – Emerald Outlaw, Green Arrow – Island of Scars) and Whilce Portacio (Spawn, Star Wars) provided a few variant covers for the story arc.

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Devastation and Enslavement

Following the previous events that took place with the members of Task Force X, this plotline has taken things with the Squad a bit up with the involvement of General Zod and tying into "The New World" story from Action Comics series by bringing Cyborg Superman and The Eradicator into the mix. The weird part of the whole storyline seemed like the time when Harley Quinn and Rick Flag got hooked up for no apparent reason. Finally, one of the Squad members is going to bite the dust and another will take the place.
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Defenders – Diamonds Are Forever | Comics

Harlem's very own bulletproof man Luke Cage was coming back home from the market and talking to some schoolgirls of the neighborhood when he is suddenly ambushed with a rocket launcher. Cage quickly jumped off to save the bystanders and then rushed to a nearby building rooftop to chase the assailant but found a few diamond on the ground. He then receives a call and went to hospital to see his wife Jessica Jones, who was also attacked in her Alias Investigations Office and left heavily injured.

Daredevil came following them as someone attacked his alter ego Matt Murdock too in broad daylight and points out that someone has targeted four of them. Before Luke could ask about the fourth victim, Danny Rand, the Iron Fist was also marked. As they were discussing who it could be, Jessica regains consciousness and reveals it was Diamondback, who came at her office to talk to her about the recent raid by Daredevil, Iron Fist and Luke Cage at Club Ultimate. When she asks him to leave, he shot at her and then left some diamonds by her side.

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Defenders – Diamonds Are Forever | Comics

Black Cat goes to meet Diamondback and asks him about his intention, also pointing out his unusual return from being dead. As he explains his plan to take over New York, Hammerhead makes a call to Luke Cage. Cage comes crashing down seeking revenge over Willis Stryker for shooting his wife but the latter came prepared as he incapacitates Luke with toxic dust and left him to die after giving him a severe beating while Black Cat watched in horror.

Jessica meets Daredevil and Iron Fist in a bar as her investigation gave her no lead on Diamondback and Matt proposes that they team up. She rushes to Night Nurse's clinic as soon as she hears Luke's news. With assistance from Blade, Night Nurse Linda Carter saves Luke and Jessica goes straight up to Club Ultimate to confront Diamondback. Matt and Danny join her but the villain surprisingly overpowers them all and ran. The trio gave him a chase only to be gunned down by The Punisher.

Danny, Jessica and Matt wakes up at Night Nurse's clinic beside Luke Cake, who is surprised hearing Frank Castle has shot at them. While Daredevil and Luke cage goes to apprehend Castle, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist decide to take on Diamondback. However, he tossed Jessica with her car and then broke Danny's back after blocking one of his chi-Punch with ease. The mean street of New York now gets even meaner with their entire rampage.

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Taming The Thunder

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Marvel's The Defenders
television series was one of the hottest buzz in 2017 and to catch up with the show, Marvel Comics decided to bring back Defenders monthly ongoing series back in publication. Also, the series followed the TV line-up for the heroes by putting Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist together to reform the band. The plot was conceived by writer Brian Michael Bendis (Avengers Disassembled, House of M) and artist David Marquez (Civil War II, Invincible Iron Man – Reboot) assisted him in envisioning the entire story with his sensational artwork.

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The Punisher Strikes!

They brought back one of the oldest villain from Luke Cage's life who was dead for a long time and then just to make things a bit more interesting, Marvel dropped The Punisher in the story. Looks like Willis Stryker himself was quite a handful for the four of the Defenders of New York with his enhanced strength. Also, there was a small cameo of Elektra, who is marking her return once again. When this is all set and done, a certain Merc with a Mouth is called in by private eye Jessica Jones to lend a hand or two.
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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Cable – Conquest | Comics

The time-travelling mutant Cable goes back to Arizona territory of the 1874 and walks into a bar. The sooner he entered he is confronted by four locals with future-tech guns after he tossed one of them out and soon took care of the rest. Since all of them were well aware of Cable's coming, he interrogates one of them to find out what the person was after that he is chasing through time stream. The guy took him to a time marker burned into the rocks which led him to feudal Japan.

Arriving near a village, Cable finds it entirely on fire and everyone in it murdered except for a woman and her son. Tracking the attackers from the village, he came across a group of Rōnin who engaged him in a high-tech sword fight and even sliced his bionic arm off. In a flashback, the man Cable has been chasing after approaches lord Daimyo Amaru Hideyoshi for his aid but left the place in flames when he was insulted and rejected before he met those Rōnins in a group.

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Cable – Conquest | Comics

Using his telekinetic powers, not only did he defeat the entire squad of Rōnin single-handedly, he took his severed arm back too. He forced the last Rōnin to show him the time marker and this time, he jumped back to the year 1121 at the Yucatán Coast of Mayan Civilization. Upon arriving, he is immediately attacked by some locals with bird-like high-tech wings and Cable saves a priest named Kagan from them. After he defeated the attackers, Kagan takes him to his temple.

He reveals that the man known as Conquest came to his city looking for an ancient relic which belonged to the Time Sword, which was created by The Eternals and was destroyed by The Inhumans during the Eternals/Inhumans War. Then the broken pieces were scattered throughout various point of history by its power. Conquest wants to assemble the shattered pieces to re-forge the Time Sword so that he can pierce through time and change history as he sees fit.

After fighting a couple of dozens of corrupted locals, Cable managed to get to the time marker and travel back to Conquest's current location in 1908's Russia. Looks like Conquest have already managed to collect three pieces and needs the remaining two to make it whole again before Cable can finally stop him and save the future from becoming a mess.

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One Step Forward

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Cable – Conquest

Following the aftermath of the "Inhumans Vs. X-Men" crossover event, Marvel Comics has decided to re-launch a few of the monthly ongoing title once again as part of the "ResurrXion" event. So, comic-book writer James Robinson (Age of Ultron Vs. Marvel Zombies, Armor Wars – Warzones!) and artist Carlos Pacheco (Bishop, Fantastic Four) was brought in to conceive the plot for the first story-arc "Conquest" for the third monthly volume of Cable. Artist Dale Keown (Darkness/Hulk, Hulk/Pitt) was also roped in to provide cover art for the issues involved.

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Behold, Conquest!

Even though Cable is an honorary member of the X-Men, very often his own responsibility of watching over time stream puts him into solo missions. The storyline "Conquest" collects issues #01-05 from the third monthly series of Cable and with that, Askani'son returns to action once again. The story introduces a new time-travelling rival for him named Conquest, who had no prior history of tangling with him or any of the other Marvel characters though. The motives of the villain are somewhat similar to Kang the Conqueror but only to a much smaller scale.
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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Superman – Black Dawn | Comics

The Kent family has been living in Hamilton County for some time as Superman slowly adjusts to this new world. With his wife Lois Lane and boy Jon Kent, Clark is living the simple life he used to lead on Smallville. Jon is getting along fine with Kathy Branden, granddaughter of their neighbor Cobb. At night, Batman and Robin pay a secret visit to Kent Farm to talk to Clark about something important about his son as Superboy secretly watches but all are caught and brought inside the house for some apple pie by Lois.

When asked by Clark, Bruce revealed that as a full healthy human-Kryptonian hybrid Jon have the capacity to surpass the great power of his father and by now, he should have had been at full power, whereas Jon can barely fly. So, Batman suspects something is holding the boy back and asks if they notice anything suspicions around. When everyone went to sleep, he decides to Cobb's Dairy and sneaks into their farm to collect some fresh milk sample from the cow Bessie but suddenly, he is attacked by black liquid that captures him.

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Superman – Black Dawn | Comics

The next morning, Cobb and Kathy arrives to deliver Bessie's fresh milk for Jon and Damian Wayne is introduced to them as Garth. As he departs, Cobb pats on Krypto's head and it appears that he has some psychic influence on the dog. Later, Batman is nowhere to be found which even surprises Damian. Robin, Superboy and Superman go on a patrol over Hamilton County to locate Bruce but are interrupted by a giant squid creature they fought before in the arctic (Son of Superman).

With much less effort, the trio handled the situation but it was Jon's brash actions that saved lives in the end. Superman heads to Deadman's Swamp after sending the boys home. Damian and Jon were bickering while they were returning and as it started to become a fight, Kathy intervenes by chocking him up in the air with her telekinesis. She even managed to redirect Jon's heat-vision. Meanwhile, Superman discovers Batman, Frankenstein, Robin, The Bride and many others stuck in some containment underground.

Back home, Lois was getting worried upon having no words from her husband or son and go out investigate. She is confronted by fellow townspeople Candice, Doc Brooks, Mayor Goodman, Mr. Martinez and Officer Haggart at her house and makes a break for it in the Batmobile using the Hellbat Gauntlet. She was eventually stopped by Cobb Branden and Superman quickly rushed to the spot hearing her cry. Cobb is soon taken care of and Clark flies off with Lois.

She points out that lately, Hamilton County has become a target for various monstrosities and as he tries to help the people, Lois is severely injured in this chaos. Elsewhere, Jon is being forced to watch his friends and family in peril and sheds tears for them but then his mysterious captor came out of shadows and revealed himself as Manchester Black, one of Superman's old enemies. Black is here to reform Jon and show the Man of Steel that Jon will save the day, not Clark.

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Manchester Black Returns!

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Superman – Black Dawn

"Black Dawn" marks the fourth Superman storyline of DC Rebirth era following "Multiplicity" and "Trials of the Super Son" from DC Comics. The story takes place on the fourth ongoing volume of Superman in 2017, collecting issues #20-26 and plotted out by writers Patrick Gleason (Brightest Day, Sinestro Corps War) and Peter Tomasi (Batman – Arkham Knight, Black Adam – The Dark Age). Artist Doug Mahnke (Final Crisis, Justice League Elite) was brought on board to do the illustrations for the arc alongside Patrick Gleason, who also wrote several issues for the plot.

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Introducing Superboy Black

Even though it was a plot set on solo Superman comic series, the primary focus of the plot revolves around Clark's son Jon Kent, the new Superboy. There is even a scene where Clark lectures Jon about the consequences of the choices he made much like the way actor Kevin Costner's character Jonathan Kent does to a young Clark Kent in 2013's Man of Steel film. In pre-Flashpoint reality, Manchester Black used to hang out with his super-team The Elite but this Prime Earth version is aided by the group of Super-Elite. The story will be going onward followed by "Hopes and Fears" storyline as the series advances.
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