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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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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Astonishing X-Men – Life of X | Comics

When world's most powerful telepaths are attacked by an unforeseen enemy, the X-Men enter astral plane to confront it.

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, August 31, 2016

Spider-Man/Deadpool – Isn't it Bromantic | Comics

The Merc with a Mouth, Deadpool and webbed wonder, Spider-Man are teaming up together as a real dynamic duo in the neighborhood.

When one of his old enemies Morris Bench, better known as Hydro-Man came up with his latest scheme to sink New York City with its own sewage if he is not getting paid a hundred million dollars, Spider-Man decided to stop him while making bathroom jokes.

As he was on his fourth web cartridge, hired mercenary Deadpool showed up to check on him after he rage-quit Avengers Unity Division. Spidey was already having a tough time paring with Wet-Nap and now he's got to deal with Wade as well.

Since he has trouble understanding how society's moral contract work, DP's therapist suggested him a morality app and according to the suggestion it gave, he decided to go "Chaotic Neutral", which means, he will do whatever he thinks best in this situation.

So, he grabbed webhead and teleported to Hell only to get captured by the dreaded Dormammu and his army of Mindless Ones. As hanging upside down, they are caught in Spidey's webbing but Wade then came up with a butt-cracking idea!

He managed to snap his own hip for Spidey to grab his katana and cut them loose and the latter did so skeptically. Almost immediately after getting free, Deadpool gets overwhelmed by a horde of Mindless Ones but the wall-crawler pulled him out and it fixed his hip back.

As more of them try to swarm the duo, Dee Pee unexpectedly pulls out some real brains off his pouches that he got from a morgue and starts slamming them into their heads. Now, it starts turning them into "Mindful Ones". Having brains of the self-entitled millennials, they start rebelling against their master and the two teleports out of Hell in the mean time.

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Spider-Man/Deadpool – Isn't it Bromantic | Comics

Back in New York, they came across Hydro-Man once again and now Deadpool starts throwing poop jokes at him. After getting showered in poop water, Spidey throws Wade at the villain to detonate his incendiary grenades and it went KA-BOOM!

Spider-Man asks why Wade wants to hang out with him all of a sudden and he replies that he wants to be like Spidey. Back at his place, he receives a contract for killing Peter Parker, who is also the employer of his webhead friend and it makes everything complicated.

At Parker Industries, Peter was having a scene regarding the launch of a wrist device Webware 2.0, while Wade sits back at home going through evidence on his target sent by his contractor. Upon seeing them, his wife Shiklah confirms that the targeted individual deserves a seat in Hell but advises her husband to verify it for himself.

Given that he has no way of contacting his role-model, Wade Wilson starts mugging people off the street and Ultimate Spider-Man, Miles Morales had to call Spidey in for help. He came demanding an explanation from Wade but the next thing they know; they are surrounded by dozens of Goblins from "Goblin Nation".

Deadpool could see through the hallucination they were in and came forward to help driving a revamped Spider-Mobile as Dead-Buggy over the building and shot the wrist devices of Spider-Men. Apparently, someone hacked into their Webware and created this illusion and tracking it back, they crash into the one responsible who turned out to be Mysterio.

Both parties leave but Wade sneaks into Parker Industries to find out a group of scientists experimenting on a subject and he kills off every one of them in disgust. Just when he is fully convinced, he calls his employer "Patient Zero" and accepts the contract.

Webhead have a shift in perspective and eventually starts thinking that Wade is not that awful. They even go on a double date with demonic Succubus named Jenny, who is a cousin of Shiklah and Jane Foster, the female Thor! The real fun begins when Deadpool accidentally makes a mess and tries to undo it with a great cost.

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Weird Double Date

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Spider-Man/Deadpool – Isn't it Bromantic

Considering one of them is company mascot and another being extremely popular these days because of his R-rated movie, Marvel Comics had to put together Spider-Man and Deadpool for an inevitable team-up, which ended up being a monthly ongoing series by writer Joe Kelly (Emperor Joker, Justice League Elite) and Scott Aukerman.

Also, artists Ed McGuinness (Amazing X-Men – The Quest For Nightcrawler, Avengers – X-Sanction) and Reilly Brown (Deadpool – Dracula's Gauntlet, Deadpool & The Mercs For Money – Mo' Mercs, Mo' Monkeys) were brought in to pull this off in "Isn't it Bromantic" storyline comprising issues #01-05 and 8 from the brand-new series.

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Bizarreness About Truth

Though these two are an odd duo, who typically doesn't work well together and one of them pissed off another just by being part of a badass team in "Uncanny Avengers – Lost Future", proves that putting them together successfully is a herculean task. Wade Wilson extended a helping hand to Peter Parker during a dirty job that involves them dipping into human filth by Hydro-Man, going to Hell and both of them dying.

Reference from 1994 crossover event "Clone Saga", "One More Day" story arc following the events of Civil War as well as Doctor Strange was mentioned at one point. Entities like Death and Mephisto makes cameo appearance because of their unconventional ties to these two iconic characters, who will return in upcoming arc titled "Side Pieces".
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Monday, February 10, 2014

Avengers – X-Sanction | Comics

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Avengers – X-Sanction | Comics
Cable has survived the effects of the deadly techno-organic virus inside of his body in the aftermath of “Second Coming” and reaches to an apocalyptic future where he learns from his mentor and ally Blaquesmith that, The Avengers will be responsible for the death of his daughter Hope Summers. So, with only 24 hours to live, he returns from the future with a plan to take down The Avengers, one by one. He first kidnapped the Falcon from the battlefield while the team was dealing with the Lethal Legion, which promptly led him to conflict with Captain America who followed Cable to his hideout and the latter managed to capture him after a brief fight. Iron Man notices Cap’s absence and quickly reached to his location only to find him in Magneto's inhibitor chair.

He soon is attacked by Cable with Stark Technologies from the future timeline and eventually is subdued as the latter has managed to override the defense system in Iron Man’s armor. Next up, the new powerhouse member of The Avengers known as Red Hulk shows up and another fierce battle ensues where Cable managed to take down the powerful Red Hulk. Upon defeating Rulk using the lethal techno-organic virus in his system, Nathan is approached by X-Men's Cyclops and Hope Summers, sent by his mentor. Before he could respond to them Spider-Man and Wolverine arrives to the scene as the last standing Avengers. If not stopped soon, Cable will turn on the rest of The Avengers members one by one and erase their existence from the history.
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The Avengers Chasing Lethal Legion
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Cable Breaks The Avengers

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Avengers – X-Sanction is a four issued limited series written by Jeph Loeb (Daredevil – Yellow, Hulk – Gray) and drawn by his long time penciller ally Ed McGuinness (Guardians of The Galaxy, Hulk – Red Hulk), with artist Joe Quesada (Daredevil – Guardian Devil, Daredevil – Father) and Leinil Francis Yu (New Avengers, Secret Invasion) delivering variant covers. It was published by Marvel Comics in 2012 and was the beginning story which led to the next biggest company wide Avengers Vs. X-Men crossover event. The series picked up materials from the "Second Coming" event and served as a prologue to the mega Avengers/X-Men showdown.
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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Hulk – Red Hulk | Comics

In the aftermath from destructive World War Hulk event occurred previously, a new chapter on Hulk's life has begun as Bruce Banner is now taken to custody and locked into Gamma Base. As some unusual activities are detected on the Canadian wilderness recently, a mysterious figure is detected approaching pretty fast and is attacked by Wendigo, who is viciously killed in battle and a major seismic activity is then detected on ground. What follows next is that, one of Hulk's strongest and most deadly arch-nemesis for years; The Abomination is mysteriously killed.

Everyone is shocked at the brutality of this murder after finding Emil Blonsky's deceased corpse in a village near Russia. Banner's close friend Doc Samson and cousin She-Hulk are sent to investigate the situation along with Maria Hill, General Ross and Iron Man; the new director of S.H.I.E.L.D. There, they faced Russian superhero team Winter Guard on scene during their investigation. Both parties argued and in the heat of the situation, Samson hits Red Guardian, which prompts an instant hostility between She-Hulk and Ursa Major.

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Hulk – Red Hulk | Comics

Seeing everyone else fighting each other, Crimson Dynamo feels cocky and starts shooting at Iron Man but Tony knocked him down with a repulsor blast. Fight escalates and argument arises while Ross decides to be a voice of reason. They apparently found a little girl who survived among the few other villagers and only said a word which means "Red". Ross and Samson head back to Gamma Base finding no other possible explanation for these bizarre happenings, to get an expert opinion from none other than Bruce Banner.

Meanwhile, Banner's long-time ally Rick Jones suddenly wakes up and finds himself on the Alaskan Frontier without a memory of what happened with him. Then the new Helicarrier of S.H.I.E.L.D. is suddenly attacked and destroyed by some unforeseen force, while all classified files on Hulk are also erased by a virus. It grabbed She-Hulk before she could even move and then easily knocked her out cold. This mysterious entity is revealed itself to be a Hulk but only in "Red" and he is headed straight to Gamma Base. Looking for Banner, Rick Jones arrives at Gamma Base only to be confronted by Red-Hulk.

Rick then transforms into a Hulk-like creature as well but his appearance is more resembled to Abomination, calling himself A-Bomb. A clash between him and Red Hulk shook the place to its core and caused Bruce Banner to turn into Hulk as his containment unit tries to force sleep by using gas. Finally, actual green Hulk decides to face "Red" and it's time for some major collateral damage on the face of Earth. Even Uatu the Watcher showed up to witness this fight and got punched on his face by the Red Menace. Also, The Mighty Thor returns to Midgard for stopping the rampage of both Hulks.

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Red Hulk vs A-Bomb

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Renowned comic-book writer Jeph Loeb (Cable, Daredevil – Yellow) and artist Ed McGuinness (Avengers – X-Sanction, Deadpool) are long time collaborator who did some famous work together and teamed up again to create the next level storyline for the green goliath on 2008 and the storyline is published by Marvel Comics during the post World War Hulk event. The storyline titled “Hulk – Red Hulk” ran in the second volume of Hulk from issues #01-06 and introduced a new character named Red Hulk who made his first appearance in the first issue of the story.

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Rolling Thunder

We see the demise of long-time S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Clay Quartermain and heroes of the likes of Ares, Human Torch, Sub-Mariner and The Thing assembled for a final showdown against the Red Hulk. A recently reborn Thor (Thor – Rebirth) has also made a short-appearance to go against the dreadful menace that has been taking every other Joe who could make a muscle. The identity of this new character is still kept under wraps as it looks like Marvel is going to use his incognito status in a few more stories to build around the character.
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