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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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Avengers – The Final Host | Comics

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, August 8, 2017

Uncanny Avengers – Red Skull | Comics

Red Skull returns to torment The Avengers' Unity Squad and Avengers Mansion become a house of horrors.

To promote a cooperative relationship between Avengers, X-Men and Inhumans, Captain America originally formed the Avengers Unity Squad, which is also disbanded by him after his skirmish with Cable while the Red Skull remains at large. The remaining members of team stand back up at their feet to complete their original secret mission.

Skull still has possession of Professor Xavier's telepathic brain, which is why the team wants him neutralized. What the heroes do not know is that he invaded Quicksilver's mind earlier to spring a trap for his teammates. Years ago, when Rogue was a runaway mutant who ran into wrong crowd and fought the X-Men, it was Xavier who vouched for her.

This is one of the reason whys he feels so obligated to recover Charles' remains and then she starts having recurring nightmares of Skull consuming his brain. Nathan examines her to assure her that Johann Shmidt is exploring her psychic defenses. Meanwhile, Skull calls Pietro in to make him go against and decimate his colleagues one by one.

Doctor Voodoo is the first one to be taken and then Human Torch before moving to Synapse. When Rogue makes a call to Wasp, she was fighting a speedster and Cable hears her go down over phone, he sets a trap to slow their attacker but Deadpool got the first hit anyway. Anna Marie managed to catch him but he slipped taking Cable with him.

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Telling Wade to find Gambit and Magneto, she flies to Avengers Mansion seeking the villain and mistakenly attacked Torch seeing an illusion. When Skull reveals himself, his brains are blown out by a headshot from DP but that turned out a dupe too. Wilson was actually getting beaten down by Pietro as he was trying to call other heroes for help.

Rogue sees Xavier in front of her and he goes back to the Mansion tormenting the others. His daughter Sin wants to go after Deadpool though, which he deems unnecessary. Using his new power Shmidt almost made Emily cut her hand, had Jericho trapped into the Swamps of Ogun, showed Janet and Johnny Storm their worst nightmares.

When he decided to move to Cable, Shmidt faced heavy rebellion and Nathan stabs his head only to see him come back and realize his enemy to be too strong. So, he initiates "Lifeboat Protocol" and erased his own consciousness before being corrupted by Skull. Doctor Voodoo, Human Torch, Synapse and Wasp are assembled to attack the city next.

Wade somehow pulls him over to Sanctum Sanctorum looking for Doctor Strange but finds his assistant Wong and Spider-Man joins the party as well. Together, the form a stand against the brainwashed heroes who are wrecking havoc in the city but wanting to take the fight to next level, Wade asks Spidey to throw him to the Mansion and he complies.

He meets Sinthea Shmidt on the hallway and takes her down with a punch, while waiting for Rogue to strike. He almost got the drop on Red Skull and then she suddenly came out of nowhere, pounding him to a living pulp. She takes Wilson downstairs beating the living crap out of his body by keep pummeling and making a bloodier mess.

Though Shmidt is unable to get a read of his mind or control it because of its chaotic nature, he assures that he can prolong the pain Wade is experiencing right now. As Skull enjoys his dessert, DP slowly elaborates his plan to come here and then finally reveals his secret weapon out of a bag that scares the living sunshine out of the villain.

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Diabolic Deathtrap of Skull

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Uncanny Avengers – Red Skull

Marvel Comics brings in writer Gerry Duggan (Arkham Manor, Hawkeye Vs. Deadpool) to plot out the fourth storyline of third monthly ongoing of Uncanny Avengers titled "Red Skull", collecting issues #18-22 from the series in 2017. Following the events during Civil War II, the team was officially disbanded and resumed their original mission.

Penciller Pepe Larraz (Star Wars – Kanan – First Blood, Star Wars – Kanan – The Last Padawan) takes the lead alongside Kevin Libranda and Rodrigo Zayas for doing interior arts. Cover arts for the issues involved were provided by illustrator Steve McNiven (Civil War, Death of Wolverine), who was generous enough to lend a hand for the story.

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Dissection of Skull

The hunt for Nazi super-villain Red Skull continues for Avengers Unity Squad but with their recent encounter with The Hand during and a reformed Ultron, many of them are fractured. Still they decide to carry out their search but the villain himself unexpectedly strikes at them after being prepared for a while from under their nose.

Professor X and his early day X-Men team as well as of the Fantastic Four team members showed up only in an illusion sequence of Rogue and Johnny Storm respectively. A classic Avenger makes a spectacular return by the end of the story in a most unexpected way that will shock everyone and leave cue for the next arc "Stars and Garters".
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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Champions – Change The World | Comics

In New Jersey, at Khan Family residence, Kamala Khan was having breakfast with her family and was thinking about prior events that took place three days ago while her father Yusuf Khan asks her why is she not out much lately.

She recalls her last mission with The Avengers at Queens, when she was busy balancing a derailed train as Giant Girl in the middle of a fight against Wrecking Crew. She managed to save hundreds of passengers of that train while Sam Wilson and Jane Foster smites Thunderball and Piledriver of the gang down as Captain America and Thor.

As her teammates wrapped things up after taking down the bad guys, she asks them about their agenda on battle damage nearby and how their fight is constantly disrupting civilian lives. Vision agrees with her and points out how people are angry at them because of their recent internal skirmish.

They needs to earn that trust back. Her argument on the topic with Captain America has proved his points invalid to her as Ms. Marvel leaves the team while Jane Foster's Thor shockingly watched an Avenger quit again. Being bored sitting in home, she called her friends Miles Morales and Sam Alexander to meet her.

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Champions – Change The World | Comics

At George Washington Bridge, when Miles and Sam showed up as Spider-Man and Nova, they thought Ms. Marvel was about to request them to re-join The Avengers but she reveals that she already quit. Kamala explains to them that they should be forming a team who actually cares about super-heroics and can make an actual difference.

Miles suggests enlisting extraordinary young hero Amadeus Cho AKA Totally Awesome Hulk to their team. Cho was inside a Kentucky hills coal mine at that time for a rescue mission, where Ms. Marvel, Nova and Spidey showed up to lend their hands.

With some coordinated plan, there four successfully rescued the miners trapped inside and Cho then vouched for his gaming partner Viv Vision to be included as well. Riding in Cho's Meat Wagon, they all reached at Vision's house and Amadeus explains to the three ex-Avengers how they need to tap into worldwide events to get involved.

He suggested making Viv as their personal trouble-alert because of her built in Wi-Fi multiprocessors. To demonstrate her ability of filtering urgent problems from web, Viv picked up footage of captive girls in a cargo seeking help.

They all quickly rushed to the source of that video transmission to confront a demented clown called Pagliacci with his crews to stop them from deporting those captive girls. After they successfully foiled his attempt of human trafficking, Kamala announces themselves on behalf of her friends as The Champions by handing Pagliacci over to authorities.

However, while they celebrate their first victory and there is more to come, there is one more member to add to their ranks who is none other than a time displaced young X-Men leader Cyclops.

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Heroes of Tomorrow

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Plotted by veteran writer Mark Waid (Spider-Man – Clone Saga, Spider-Man – House of M) and illustrated by artist Humberto Ramos (Crimson, Revelations), "Change The World" is the first story arc of second monthly ongoing volume of Champions comic-book series, collecting issues #01-05 from Marvel Comics.

Part of 2016's Marvel NOW! event, this ongoing series is a re-launch of former incarnation of the super-hero team of same name, previously formed by Angel, Black Widow, Ghost Rider, Hercules and IcemanMarvel was aiming at a soft-toned series formed with ambitious young heroes of next generations and Champions was their solution.

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Unknown Threats and Beyond

The new roster of team Champions includes a young Cyclops, Giant Girl, Nova, Miles Morales as Spider-ManTotally Awesome Hulk and Viv Vision, who embarks on a couple of mission that delivers some strong messages for their young audience. Set in aftermath of Civil War II, this story also features cameo appearance of Gwenpool, Joaquin Torres' Falcon, Redwing, Riri Wiliams, Nadia Pym's Wasp, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur.

A lot of groundwork was laid out to re-start this team and unlike their early predecessor, these young heroes are showing exceptional promise to shine and prosper before Marvel decides to cancel the series in foreseeable future.
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Uncanny Avengers – Civil War II | Comics

Deadpool risks his status on team. Cable and Steve Rogers face off. The Unity Squad goes against The Hand and a resurrected fallen hero.

An Inhuman precog who predicts the future has the superhero community divided and when he sees that the Hulk is going to kill all Avengers, Bruce Banner is confronted by Avengers Unity Division, Inhumans, S.H.I.E.L.D., Ultimates and X-Men. In an unprecedented event, Hawkeye took it upon himself to shot Banner with an arrow in the head.

Although Deadpool was poking fun at him when they took him to custody, he was surprised to see Clint making such a call. So, he takes on a secret mission to rescue Clint Barton from prison putting his Avengers status on risk. After having a meet up with Kate Bishop and making some arrangement, he breaks into The Cellar to get Barton out.

Taking down a few guards on duty, Wade finds him and though Clint thought he is here to gloat, DP hands him over some cash and a new passport to get a new life on somewhere else. He refuses to run and thanks Deadpool for his efforts anyway.

Captain America is called in to New Attilan by Queen Medusa as the precog Ulysses is having another vision about a member of his Unity Squad. He actually sees Cable waging a war in future and is currently with a bad company. This forces Steve Rogers to confront Nate with law enforcement but he claims to head for a pre-planned vacation.

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Uncanny Avengers – Civil War II | Comics

He meets Rogue in the plane and they are on a quest to find the cure for the poisoning caused by Terrigen Mist. They are accompanied by Sebastian Shaw, former Black King of Hellfire Club and Brotherhood of Evil Mutants member Toad. Wade goes to see Synapse to check on Quicksilver, who broke his leg fighting Ultron earlier.

While some of the closed friends showed up to pay respects to Dr. Banner at his funeral, Doctor Voodoo's brother Daniel Drumm makes a deal with The Hand. Cap asks DeePee about Nate or if he knows anything about what he is up to but he doesn't know a thing. Rogers is worried about his Unity Squad coming under fire for its mutant members.

Meanwhile, Cable and his gang of mutants raids U.S. Army Medical Research Institute to steal their research on Terrigen Mist. He decides to send data to Beast to find a cure for M-Pox but his A.I. Belle suggests that they do it anonymously. They find Deadpool waiting for them in the airfield but got busted to Cap at the last moment anyway.

He knocks off Toad and moves to a fistfight with Shaw before getting back at Cable until Rogue intervenes and breaks the fight. Nate leaves with the research and Rogers disbands Unity Squad for good, firing the mutants and rebukes Wade Wilson for being a disgrace. Rogue tries to argue about that but he simply won't listen to them anymore.

Doctor Voodoo is visited by his thought to be deceased brother Daniel at the Bar With No Doors, who is resurrected by The Hand in exchange for the location of Banner's body. Jericho promptly warns DP and Rogue, who called in Human Torch, Quicksilver, Synapse and Wasp to go to Japan and stop the evil ninja cult from resurrecting Banner.

Voodoo takes the team to Tokyo where they meet Elektra and they smoked one of their nests to invite a whole herd of undead ninjas for a city-wide brawl. With Natchios on their side, they quickly reaches to the place where they kept Bruce but by the time they reached it was too late and like a devastating earthquake, an undead Hulk arrives!

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A Breaking Point

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came up with major crossover event Civil War II in 2016 as a sequel to its 2007 predecessor Civil War. Uncanny Avengers series regular writer Gerry Duggan (Arkham Manor, Hawkeye Vs. Deadpool) was roped in to create a tie-in story for the event and depict how it affected the members of the roster as well as their friends.

Artists Pepe Larraz (Fear Itself – The Home Front, New Avengers – Luke Cage) and Ryan Stegman (Scarlet Spider, Wolverine) were in charge of penciller duty. Collecting issues #13-17 of the third ongoing volume of the series, the story begins from the point where Hawkeye shot Banner dead and become an outcast among his team.

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No Rest For The Weary

Whatever dreams Steve Rogers had during the time when he assembled human, mutant and even Inhuman heroes to encourage peace and unity following Avengers/X-Men War, is now officially ended when his mutant teammates went outside of law and caught working with known criminals like Sebastian Shaw and Toad.

Early encounter of Avengers Unity Squad with Ultron/Hank Pym hybrid in "The Man Who Fell to Earth" and upcoming adventure in "Red Skull" storyline is perfectly bridged up in the plot before the team is officially disbanded. The Thing of the Fantastic Four and the former herald of Galactus, Silver Surfer showed up in cameo appearance.
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Civil War II | Comics

Because of Black Bolt detonating a Terrigen Bomb during the time Thanos came to invade New Attilan looking for his son (Infinity), a new generation of Inhumans called NuHumans is introduced to the world. Among them was Ulysses Cain, a NuHuman with near-accurate precognitive abilities, who prophesied of an upcoming dystopian future. This came in handy when The Avengers successfully stopped an invasion of a Celestial Destructor in Earth, with help from A-Force, Inhumans, The Ultimates and X-Men.

Doctor Strange and the combined effort of the magic wielders were able to send the Celestial back to its own dimension. As the heroes learned about Ulysses at the celebratory party of their victory, Captain Marvel wanted to recruit him to The Ultimates, whereas Iron Man argues over the logic of trying to stop something before it even takes place. However, in an attempt to apprehend Thanos according to Ulysses' visions, Carol Danvers and her team ambushed The Mad Titan, resulting in the death of War Machine and She-Hulk ended up in coma.

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Civil War II | Comics

An infuriated Tony Stark then kidnaps Ulysses from New Attilan to further study the true nature of his powers, leading Tony into conflict with Medusa, Crystal and Karnak of The Inhumans. When Black Panther deduced that Karnak is about to destroy the Stark Tower in retaliation, the combined force of The Avengers, S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Ultimates rushed to the spot to stop him. As Tony runs tests on him, Ulysses projected another vision regarding The Hulk, as he will go into a rampage and kill The Avengers.

Carol approaches a de-powered Bruce Banner in his secret base to come out and cooperate but Hawkeye shoots him dead with an arrow after Beast confirms of Banner is experimenting to regain his powers. Tony show to Captain America, Captain Marvel and Medusa that Ulysses' visions are actually probabilities of possible future, not absolute truth and he revealed it to the world. Carol still refuses to stop using Ulysses' visions to stop possible world-ending threats.

However, things got a bit escalated when she arrested a citizen named Alison Green, believed to be an agent of Hydra based on a prediction Ulysses made but was unable to prove her of any guilt. When Tony got her out of custody, Carol attempts to arrest Tony Stark and he brought over the team of All-New X-Men and The Avengers to confront her. Then Alpha Flight and Guardians of the Galaxy joins Carol against Tony and then Ulysses has a vision of Miles Morales killing Steve Rogers.

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Conflict of Heroes

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A sequel to 2006's blockbuster comic-book event Civil War by Mark Miller (Kick-Ass, Reborn) and Steve McNiven (Death of Wolverine, Wolverine – Old Man Logan), Marvel Comics have writer Brian Michael Bendis (Age of Ultron, Avengers Disassembled) and artist David Marquez (Defenders – Diamonds Are Forever, Invincible Iron Man – Reboot) to construct Civil War II, which is a nine issue limited series in the core. Various other tie-in stories and limited series were produced at the time of this event that covered the impact of the clash on the life of other characters related to the story.

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Hero Against Hero

Where the previous conflict centers around Captain America and Iron Man parted ways on moral standpoint of a government decision, this time Tony Stark stands ground for something that he believes against the current Captain Marvel; Carol Danvers. Their disagreement turned into a clash when Tony's best friend James Rhodes died in the line of duty and he believed Carol was the one responsible for Rhodey being killed in the first place. Not only the event spawned many tie-in limited series and opening for new potential storylines, it also came in par to 2016's superhero movie Captain America – Civil War from Marvel Studios.
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