Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Action Comics – The Oz Effect | Comics

Clark Kent has moved to Metropolis lately but he is been busy ever since dealing with The Godslayer (Men of Steel), the Superman Revenge Squad (The New World) and Mr. Mxyzptlk (Superman Reborn), followed by one of their recent family road-trip (Hopes and Fears). Just like every other day, Superman was busy saving the world and talking to Lois Lane on phone. Then he heard gunshots and screams, which led him to the Caucasus Mountains of Georgia. Saving the locals from gunmen and wolves, he finds computer chip on their neck.

He calls out the mastermind behind this chaos named Machinist and the villain appears but turns out it was a decoy. As he takes him down, everyone else controlled by the chips fell but more of them emerge on all around the globe. A lead he found on the chip took him to Lex Luthor and the latter claims someone stole his work. Luthor dons his Apokalyptian warsuit, and team-up with Superman to head for Kasmir/India border. There, the Machinist took control over Lex for a while to fight against Man of Steel but then he managed to regain control.

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Action Comics – The Oz Effect | Comics

Luthor successfully foiled Machinist's sinister plan with Superman and then begins investigating security footage of his suit. When he was about to discover a potential clue to uncover this mystery, Mister Oz suddenly appears in his lab, deleted footage and then hit him with a blast from his eye before leaving. He then visits a captive Metallo in A.R.G.U.S. to pull his kryptonite heart, killing him and then tells his followers to be ready for the next day.

The following day, Superman gets busy saving a shipment of smallpox vaccine on Metropolis. Lois visits Perry White at Daily Planet with Jon Kent while Steve Lombard tries to impress the boy. Meanwhile, as his plan to spread anarchy around the world progress, Mister Oz reflects on how humanity hasn't evolved yet and remained brutal savages. To keep check on all these affairs, Superman desperately run to prevent prison riot, racial clash, ship wreck on the coast and terrorism worldwide but even he cannot handle all of that at once.

Earlier, Superman delivered smallpox vaccine on Logamga but now there is only death and chaos everywhere. Demonstrating how humanity is a lost cause after pushing them on the edge, Mister Oz comes out of the flames and takes him back to Fortress of Solitude. There, Oz finally reveals his partly-disfigured face to Superman after removing his hood. He claims to be his presumed long-deceased father; Jor-El and is here to take him away from this world.

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The Startling Revelation

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Action Comics – The Oz Effect

"The Oz Effect" is the fifth storyline from the Action Comics monthly ongoing era that started after "DC Rebirth". Collecting issues #985-992 from the comic-book series of DC Comics, the plotline was delivered by writer Dan Jurgens (Metamorpho – Year One, Superman/Doomsday – Hunter/Prey), who was aided by artists Guillem March (Catwoman – Dollhouse, Catwoman – The Game), Ryan Sook (DC Universe Online – Legends, The New 52 – Futures End) and Viktor Bogdanovic (New Super-Man – Coming to America, New Super-Man – Made in China).

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The After Effects

This epic story brought Man of Steel closer to discover the connection with Watchmen and most possibly the person who is responsible for creating The New 52 timeline and tampering reality; Doctor Manhattan. A grand-plot that was being developed behind-the-scene for some time, "The Oz Effect" draws conclusion to a long-running mystery of who Mister Oz really is but sadly, the character lasted for a very limited time after the revelation. Much of where he was all these time before appearing on Prime Earth and how he came here is still remains unanswered.

At one point, Superman discovered Doomsday still captive on Oz's off-world base instead of Phantom Zone in the middle of the fight with Oz. The epilogue of the arc saw a few cameos from fellow Justice League member Batman, Booster Gold and Green Lantern. Even "The Men of Tomorrow" arc from The New 52 era was also referenced for Superman's previous encounter with the villain known as the Machinist. Also, the prophecy of Luthor becoming the incarnation of Darkseid by The Godslayer was teased shortly. The upcoming "Doomsday Clock" limited series crossover will possibly shed more light on the whole scenario.
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Astonishing X-Men – Life of X | Comics

Mutants around the world with psychic abilities are suddenly being attacked and they starts dying but just because most of them secluded themselves from the rest, these deaths gone unnoticed at the very beginning. When it attacked Betsy Braddock AKA Psylocke when she was in London, she sent out a distress psychic call to fellow mutants that reached out to Angel, Bishop, Gambit, Fantomex, Old Man Logan and Rogue who were coincidentally in close range for various different reasons of their own. Betsy's psychic manifestation took shape of a giant butterfly over The Shard building.

Soon, Logan and Rogue arrives in Blackbird with the latter decides to fly to Betsy for aiding her. As she reaches near, Psylocke's psychic blades starts attacking as a defense mechanism and when they came back around, Angel comes following to save Rogue by shielding her with his wings. Logan tries to divert rest of the blades towards him from Gambit, Fantomex and the crowd of London. When Bishop arrives too, Rogue asks him to get rid of the energy she's about to absorb from Psylocke which has infected her. With some effort, they managed to do that and apparently saved the day for that moment.

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Astonishing X-Men – Life of X | Comics

Original X-Men member Beast also arrives on the spot to everyone's surprise as he has received the distress psychic call too. Psylocke reveals that the powerful mutant Amahl Farouk is back as the Shadow King once again and he want all of them, so that he can crawl back to real-world and infect it's populace with his poison. She suggests that they travel to the Astral Plane to fight Shadow King and make sure that he never steps into our world. Otherwise, he will strike at psychics like Emma Frost, Jean Grey, Quentin Quire and Stepford Cuckoos next to make them his mind-slaves.

Logan voluntarily agrees to go inside since he already spent many years in his own timeline to fight the menacing Shadow King. The rest of them followed him as Angel stays behind to aid Betsy just in case and to make sure his Archangel persona stays in check. Bishop wanted to better the odds if one of their friends wakes up as Farouk's pawn by staying with Betsy and Warren. Just as they entered the Astral Plane, Shadow King senses their presence almost immediately and prepares himself as well as a special prisoner of his for a game with the lives of these X-Men.

Inside, they discover themselves as audience in a theater for a play about their lives but Logan realizes that something weird is going on and he ended up killing a zombie-version of Jean Grey, which triggered other characters present to attack the X-Men. During their fight, Logan deduces that Hank McCoy among them is actually one of their old enemies, the mutant shape-shifter Mystique just by observing her movements. They all willingly enter three psychic doors presented to them when they realized that someone aside from Farouk is on Astral Plane is secretly helping them.

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Psychic Horror Show

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Astonishing X-Men – Life of X

The fourth monthly ongoing volume of Astonishing X-Men is launched and it begins with the six-part long "Life of X" storyline from Marvel Comics in 2018, which collected issues #01-06 of the series. To pen out this one, comic-book writer Charles Soule (Civil War II, Death of Wolverine) was hired and he received assistance from artists Carlos Pacheco (Fantastic Four, Inhumans), Ed McGuinness (Deadpool, Guardians of The Galaxy), Jim Cheung (Avengers – The Children's Crusade, New Avengers – Illuminati), Mike Del Mundo (Elektra – Bloodlines, Elektra – Reverence) and Mike Deodato Jr. (New Avengers, Secret Avengers), who helped with cover art and illustrations.

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Web of Shadow King

"Life of X" reassembles many of the former X-Men members as well as outcasts like Fantomex and Mystique, both of whom either worked with the team or any of the team members previously on occasion. Plus, this one brings one of the oldest villains Shadow King that these mutant superheroes have faced many times on their earlier days and a long-deceased character back again. Even though the ending of the story is portrayed like a conclusion, for some weird reasons, it still feels like a mild cliffhanger though.
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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Old Man Logan – Days of Anger | Comics

In his own timeline, Old Man Logan had a pretty messed up life more than any of his other counterparts. He killed off all the X-Men at X-Mansion under the illusion created by Mysterio during the night of the super-villain uprising. Long after, he settled with a family of his own but the hillbilly Hulk Gang of an elderly Bruce Banner took that away from him too, causing him to unsheathe his claws once again against Pappy Banner and killing The Hulk for good (Wolverine – Old Man Logan). Then "Secret Wars" broke in and he ended up in the Wastelands of the Battleworld.

As Multiverse was restored, he found himself in a reality that isn't messed up like the one he knew yet. Here he found himself among his friends that aren't still butchered by his hands and got a new chance at life. Today, Logan goes to Fat Joe's Diner like he usually does once in a while to take a break from work. Sooner as he entered there, he smelled something fishy and realized soon that he has walked straight into a trap set by a few remaining members of former Hulk Gang of now-deceased Pappy Banner.

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Old Man Logan – Days of Anger | Comics

Although he clearly remembers sparing none other than Bruce Banner Jr. and Billy-Bob, apparently there are a couple more of them and they started to rain down on Logan without wasting a single moment. Back at this old routine, he mercilessly takes down all of them but Billy-Bob still got away to warn his folks. He landed on an abandoned Department H facility in Canada and reported back to their current leader, who turns out to be an elder Bruce Banner from a future alternate reality known as The Maestro (Future Imperfect).

To compromise the cover of their existence, Maestro berates and beats Billy-Bob before being stopped by Cambria. Maestro and the remaining Hulk Gang members rushed out of the place and took over another after killing all the occupant humans. Even though the facility was left clean, Logan traced it back and upon reaching there, he deduced that the Hulks are up to something that involves nuclear weaponries. So, he hit the road once again in search for them and called his old friend Puck of the Alpha Flight to look up.

Knowing how dangerous Logan really is, Maestro sends a few Hulks with Billy-Bob to find him and gun him down as soon as they do. They found him on his way on road and smoked him down with all they had. Logan discovers himself shackled with chains when he regained consciousness and got gunned down once again. Now, not only he has to survive the gun-toting Hulk Gang, he needs to find out their plans with those nuclear weapons and need someone to help; probably his former ally Hawkeye.

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Together Once Again

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Taking place on the second monthly ongoing series of Old Man Logan, "Days of Anger" is a six-part storyline that came out in 2017. It collects issues #25-30 from same series by Marvel Comics, who hired writer Ed Brisson (Secret Avengers, Secret Wars – Battleworld) for plotting out this entire arc along with fan-favorite artist Mike Deodato Jr. (Guardians of Knowhere, Original Sin), who also provided cover arts for all involving issues. Special guest appearance was made by Alpha Flight member Puck and long-time Avenger member Hawkeye to advance further with the plot.

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Logan Vs. The Hulk Gang!

Brisson actually plays with classic idea of a "Hulk Vs. Wolverine" showdown here in "Days of Anger", which always wins an audience over. Only this time, both Hulk and Wolverine of Prime Marvel Universe is dead. So, he worked his plan out by picking two alternate versions of these popular characters from two different realities and bringing them on same place, at the same time but for different reasons to face each other. All of it played out really well and it really worked out pretty nicely. We eventually got an epic battle between the feral mutant and the green raging monster.
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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Mighty Thor – The War Thor | Comics

Representing the Congress of Worlds; Senator Milkmane, Senator Roz Solomon and Volstagg travels to the land of Dwarves, Nidavellir to check on Light Elf refugees left behind. Volstagg was slightly disappointed seeing no welcoming feast but he quickly realizes how the refugee kids have been starving for a while and invites them to share his food with. As they were all discussing about what should be done in the aftermath of war, suddenly they are hit with a fiery blast with the sound of the infernal horn and then some more.

Meanwhile, Jane Foster pays Odinson a visit on old Asgard to finally talk about issues of her secretly being The Mighty Thor and now wielding his Mjolnir for all this time. All of these bother him because they used to be lovers once and Odinson suspects she did it to get back at him, whereas she wanted to tell him about how the cancer in her body is slowly killing her. As they speak about themselves, mighty Mjolnir falls from the sky and Jane immediately senses that there is trouble in Nidavellir.

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The Mighty Thor – The War Thor | Comics

Senator Milkmane instantly perished on hit of the first blast but Roz Solomon survived and somehow Volstagg finds himself unscathed among a few surviving refugee Light Elf kids, whom he took under his protection. The entire land of Dwarves gets on fire and Stonefoot informs Solomon that this fire of Muspelheim will consume all it touches before they could even find a shelter. Warrior Volstagg was guarding the kids to safety, when suddenly a Muspelheim Firefly rider lands in front of him with its Maggot Bombs.

Before it could hear Volstagg pleading to spare the kids, the rider exploded the bombs in the name of their queen. Solomon and the Dwarves came looking for them but only found a traumatized Volstagg, because he was saved from the fire of Muspelheim as the Fire Goblin blood covered him at the time of the blast. In shock and awe, he wanders to the old Asgard as f something was calling him. There, he found the Mjolnir from Ultimate Universe, which transformed him into The War Thor upon lifting it up.

He charged into the waves of Fire Goblins on the burning mountains of Nidavellir and vanquished them all with his thunder. Amora, The Enchantress and King Ulik of the Dark Council attacks The War Thor only to quickly realize their mistakes before escaping. Back in Asgardia, Jane transformed into The Mighty Thor against the wishes of Odinson, suspecting urgency of the matter. As Sindr, Queen of Cinders stirs her sinister plan with Loki and Malekith the Accursed, War Thor and The Mighty Thor goes on a brawl that will shake all ten realms.

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A Fistful of Brimstone

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The arc of "The War Thor" takes place following Malekith's recent war on the second monthly ongoing volume of The Mighty Thor from Marvel Comics on 2018, collecting issues #20-23 of the series and includes an issue from "Generations" crossover event. The storyline was created by writer Jason Aaron (Original Sin, Thanos Rising) with aid from artist Mahmud Asrar (All-New X-Men – The Ultimate Adventure, Wolverine and the X-Men – Tomorrow Never Learns), Russell Dauterman (The Mighty Thor – Lords of Midgard, The Mighty Thor – Thunder In Her Veins) and Valerio Schiti (Guardians of the Galaxy – Emperor Quill, Guardians of the Galaxy – Wanted).

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War of Thors

Events that took place during "The Unworthy Thor", when Odinson tried to stop Thanos and The Collector from getting their hands on the Mjolnir of Ultimate Thor are also referenced in the story. Plus, there is a great team-up between the Thor, who was worshiped by the Vikings and The Mighty Thor, the goddess of thunder as the powerhouse duo takes on the eternal mutant Apocalypse in ancient Egypt. Plus, we got a brand-new villain in Sindr, the daughter of Surtur, who is up to ushering another "Ragnarok" and perhaps this time it will be the end of realms.
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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 a ploy for Thane to bond with Phoenix Force and upon gaining this near-limitless power; he betrayed his comrades firsthand and then overthrow Thanos after rendering him mortal. On ruins of Titan, he is now forced to live scavenging and feed on mugrats. This great destroyer is even mugged by two lowlife scavengers Biv and Tiv in his weakened state until he was found by Starfox and his allies.

Now literally possessing the power of a God, Thane is killing everyone and everything on sight in the name of his love for Lady Death. As son of The Mad Titan becomes a new 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 rest of the universe with his power. He reluctantly agrees to help them but asks them to take him to The Cosmic Coven first to get his powers back from 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 right 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 secrets of the coven so that he can regain his powers back. As Starfox tries to charm them with his power of persuasion, the sisters render him old and weak for this foolish attempt.

In response to Thanos seeking to regain his power, Infinity Witches explain to him that this coven holds power of all 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 these walls of the quarry for rest of eternity. So, The Mad Titan willingly embarks a personal journey into quarry and soon it claimed him. While he was stuck in coven, Thane has been looking for him all over and finds Nebula's ship.

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

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The Cosmic Coven

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"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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