Showing posts with label Avengers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Avengers. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Avengers – The Final Host | Comics

Steve Rogers, Tony Stark and Thor Odinson are reunited to reform The Avengers and confront The Final Host!

When the First Celestial Host stepped onto Earth, it was opposed by The Avengers of 1,000,000 BC consisting of Agamotto, All-Father Odin, Black Panther, Ghost Rider, Iron Fist, Lady Phoenix and a Hulk-like creature powered by Starbrand. Odin proposes a toast before they all face their doom together but Lady Phoenix proposes to kill whatever it is.

Apparently, these Stone Age Avengers have already put one of them down and now there is a group of Celestials upon them. As the female living weapon asks if there is any hope for survival, Agamotto remains clueless while the others all charge into battle.

Today, Odinson, Steve Rogers and Tony Stark reunite after a long time to celebrate and Steve couldn't help but hinting at reassembling The Avengers, which Tony is against of completely. Thor however agrees to Steve saying, they are destined to do this and then suddenly Tony's new A.I. assistant alerts him of a massive energy fluctuations.

In South Africa, Black Panther is aided by Doctor Strange in a cave investigating the remains of two dead archaeologists. T'Challa believes that these men died of cosmic radiation and he wants Strange's power to identify it, leading the latter to discover the magic of Agamotto himself and following the probes deep beneath the Earth.

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Robbie Reyes is home with his brother Gabe and hasn't been feeling good lately as he is still trying to figure out his Ghost Rider persona. After her last encounter with The Leader, Jennifer Walters is trying her best not to turn into She-Hulk again when a pervert kept annoying her when she was walking alone on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

A huge warp-hole appears near the low-orbit space station of Alpha Flight and Captain Marvel sees a Celestial hand coming out that causes her to sound every global alarm. Steve, Thor and Tony head towards the site and see something huge fall off the sky.

A journey to the center of the Earth takes Black Panther and Doctor Strange to a place full of egg-like object lying dormant. Meanwhile, Robbie was recalling his encounter with Starbrand when suddenly; he sees a swarm of bug-like creatures coming out of ground and turns into Ghost Rider. Strange and T'Challa faces the same horde at the same time.

What came out of the warp-hole and dropped into Hudson River is a fallen Celestial and The Avengers sees Col. Carol Danvers standing beside it. Tony asks her if she had killed it but she says it was already dead when it came and there are at least hundreds more coming. Cap shouts their iconic battle-cry seeing another group of Celestials coming.

Captain America, Iron Man and Thor charges at this group of The Final Host with everything they have. Jen Walters finds herself near the dead Space God but is immediately attacked by a swarm that caused her to turn into She-Hulk and squish the bugs. She and Robbie Reyes bumped into each other and invoke a fight before getting busy with the bugs.

Captain Marvel plans to hurl The Final Host into sun using her omega-level warp grenades and Cap even pulls off a desperate stunt to eradicate this threat but them all are suddenly restrained by the God of Mischief, Loki. He has allied himself with the dark Celestials and after kidnapping Cap, he left The Avengers dealing with the locust horde.

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Battle Against Dark Celestials

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To begin with a freah-start, Marvel Comics hired comic-book writer Jason Aaron (Original Sin, Thanos Rising) in 2018 to set a grand plot which will expand to the past, present and future of The Avengers, which takes place on the eighth ongoing volume of the series from issues #01-06. The arc goes back and forth to connect lose knots to bigger secrets.

He was assisted by artists Ed McGuinness (Avengers – X-Sanction, Superman – Emperor Joker), Paco Medina (New X-Men – Mercury Falling, New X-Men – Nimrod) and Sara Pichelli (Spider-Men, Spider-Men II). McGuinness also provided cover arts for issues involved and David Marquez (Defenders – Kingpins of New York, Defenders – Diamonds Are Forever) worked on a few variants.

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Still After Avengers

Although the Dark Celestials were never a Thanos-level threat to begin with, the heroes were still challenged like never before and the next arc promises to be more action-packed. Odin and his Stone Age Avengers have much starting secrets for the heroes to know. Despite The Eternals all perishing during the story, Marvel will probably revive them in future.

Tony slipping into coma after fighting with Carol Danvers during Civil War II, Cap turning into an agent of Hydra from Secret Empire and events of The Unworthy Thor were all referenced as a callback to all three of them to come together once again. "Jen Walters Must Die" storyline from She-Hulk monthly series hinted to her issues as well.
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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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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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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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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Thanos – The God Quarry | Comics

While Thanos is weakened, his son Thane becomes a greater threat that can only be stopped by The Mad Titan.

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.

They want to find and stop 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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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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