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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Avengers – World Tour | Comics

A new Avengers team is officially formed only to fight against a vengeful Namor and his Defenders of the Deep?

A simple reunion of Captain America, Iron Man and Thor after a long time has turned into a reformation of The Avengers when Asgardian God of Mischief, Loki led an invasion of Dark Celestials on Earth, leading Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, Ghost Rider and She-Hulk to band together in an attempt to save the world.

Upon taking down the Final Host of Dark Celestials, they were given a new headquarters within corpse of Alpha Celestial Progenitor by First Celestial Host. Robbie Reyes gets acquainted with Steve Rogers while Strange was scanning Jen Walters to know more about her recent changes and Odinson was having a hard time finding washroom.

Meanwhile, members of Atlantean army invade a Roxxon Energy Corporation whaling ship only to be shot down immediately and then hung their bodies like trophies. This evidently didn't sit very well with Namor the Sub-Mariner, who came retaliating in full rage shortly afterwards and took them with him back in Atlantis to execute then.

During a personal skirmish between Stingray and Tiger Shark that took them to undersea realm, he approached them to either join him or leave forever. Then an attempt from the former to talk it out caused Namor to lose his cool to savagely beat him down before ordering his sea minions to eat him alive, causing Shark to join his cause.

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Tony Stark invites Col. Carol Danvers to join their newly assembled team that has just voted King T'Challa as its new chairperson. In their first meeting, a call to emergency has taken The Avengers to mid-Atlantic ridge where they fight Atlantean army before meeting and try to convince King Namor to give his prisoners back to them.

He assembled a group called Defenders of the Deep with former criminals and psychopaths to inflict his rage on surface dwellers. They attack peaceful researchers of Hydropolis at south pacific and are faced by The Avengers once again. A battle suddenly escalates among them trying to save civilians and it only gets worse from there.

Soon, a newly reformed Winter Guard arrives to take charge of current situation with Namor and his Defenders. An unlikely alliance was formed between two teams to fight against forces of Atlantis but then got dwindled for silly reasons like ego of two Russian gods, which allowed Namor to retreat the scene with his accomplices.

As things were about to get heated up between Avengers and Winter Guard for letting Defenders of the Deep getaway, Red Widow calls for a withdrawal and led her comrades back to Moscow on order of their superiors. This leaves Earth's mightiest heroes to assemble and help damage control of abandoned research base.

Earlier, Cap had a brief meeting with General Thunderbolt Ross where he made it clear that he and his team don't work for any country. Unwilling to get into political argument, Steve leaves and Ross called in someone known as The Agent. It is revealed to be Agent Phil Coulson, who came along with Squadron Supreme of America.

Elsewhere on far reaches of space, Loki was about to be judged by a group of Celestials when he encounters an alternate reality Wolverine there. Claiming to know what the trickster god was up to and revealing his bonding with Phoenix Force, Logan saves him from his captors and set him free to play his part in upcoming near future.

Also, a flashback to past peeks into origin of first Ghost Rider from prehistoric era when he came to become a spirit of vengeance riding a flaming mammoth and fought a dreaded nemesis before eventually joining Avengers of 1,000,000 BC.

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King Namor Rages

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Following a reassembling of Avengers recently, writer Jason Aaron (Original Sin, Thanos Rising) returns to continue his latest run on the monthly ongoing series through issues # 07-12 in "World Tour" storyline from Marvel Comics in 2019, where latest incarnation of titular hero-team experience conflict and love of their lives.

Aaron collaborated with artists Adam Kubert (Avengers – Avengers World, Avengers – The Last White Event), Ed McGuinness (Avengers – X-Sanction, Superman – Emperor Joker), David Marquez (Defenders – Kingpins of New York, Defenders – Diamonds Are Forever) and Sara Pichelli (Spider-Men, Spider-Men II) for illustration.

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Return of Phil Coulson

A romantic relation between Jennifer Walters and Odinson starts brewing that has their teammates skeptic. Agent Phil Coulson is apparently back from his fateful demise at "Secret Empire" and has reformed Squadron Supreme with Doctor Spectrum, Hyperion, Nighthawk, Power Princess and The Blur to work for General Ross.

Throughout course of current arc, upcoming major crossover event "War of the Realms" is teased multiple times, which is one of the reasons for which Logan has rescued Loki. In an epilogue, founding Avengers' member Wasp visits Transylvania to bail out Blade to join their ranks and to prepare for "War of The Vampires" up next.
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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Venom – Rex | Comics

Lethal Protector Venom and his human host Eddie Brock faces threat of a primeval evil but Miles Morales, Spider-Man stands in their way!

Eddie Brock is being haunted by recurring nightmares, visions of a past that he doesn't know off but somehow he realizes that it has something to do with his other. He sees a band of Norse warriors desperately tries to fight against a demonic force that comes to them in form of black tendrils and devours them all bursting through the doors.

He wakes up in the middle of the night in shock to find his Venom symbiote trying to hide in a corner. Turns out it was his other who had the nightmare and he then takes a handful of anti-psychosis pills to shut them down so he can think for a moment. With the pills starting to take effect, it gets furious and threatens Eddie to kill him in his sleep.

He never saw it react so violently, which is making him worried and then hearing to a police scanner, they quickly heads out to pursue a case on Jack O'Lantern that he has been working for months. However, rather than jumping in and break some bones, Brock just takes pictures that he can sell but the villain tries to escape by shooting a cop.

The symbiote takes over and ambushes to a fleeing Jack and the guy behind the pumpkin helmet is scared to death to see him. As it starts to gouge his eyes, cops come shooting from behind and the suit responds by turning into the monster from Eddie's nightmare, sporting a crimson spiral on forehead speaking an ancient alien language.

The suit loses control and attempts to attack the policemen but hit by an explosive bullet. Even though the shooter came looking for Flash Thompson, he takes Eddie and leaves. Gaining his senses back, Eddie realizes he is restrained in a dark room with a blast furnace in it and his captor knows well enough how to keep a symbiote at bay.

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The man named Rex Strickland asks him if he knows anything about Project Rebirth 2.0 but Eddie only knows that the original program has created Captain America and a few years ago, the government restarted it to weaponize the Venom symbiote.

He believes that they wanted to create a new supersoldier program but Rex corrects him saying he is not the first but the latest. During Vietnam War, Strickland and his comrades were part of a Sym-Soldier Program. He got out and become an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. but his friends were permanently bonded and now he needs help to rescue them.

After the collapse of S.H.I.E.L.D., those four are being transported to be executed and to get some answers, Brock goes to rescue them. Ramming down one of the trucks, Venom sees four of them coming out with red spirals on forehead, speaking that same alien language and impales him when he lunges at them as his other leaves him.

Though it came back soon to heal him back and they both see their symbiotes leave while the hosts turn into corpses. His suit translates the ancient alien language to him as "God is coming" and then a massive dragon-like being is awaken from the ground. Seeing the creature go on a city-wide rampage after that, Eddie quickly rushes to the spot.

What he never expected was Spider-Man, Miles Morales sneaking up on him and Venom goes berserk on him by turning as one of those monsters from his dreams. Eddie somehow breaks through and Miles unloads a "Venom Blast" to free him from the corruption. The boy lost his parents to a symbiote and Brock assures him that it was not him.

Seeing the oncoming threat approaching to the city, they prepare for the final battle and Eddie plans on using Miles' Venom Blasts on the dragon. Their plan worked and the dragon falls. From inside it, a pale figure comes out grabbing the head of an unconscious Spidey and Venom goes full berserk on him when he crushes a patrol helicopter.

However, the entity blasts the symbiote off him and took it with him after introducing himself to Eddie Brock as Knull, God of the Symbiotes. He shows Brock the events of how he existed from before the beginning of universe, forged the first symbiote to slay a Celestial, before being cast away and coming back as a God to take away his suit.

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Miles Comes Knocking

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Considering both writer Donny Cates (Doctor Strange – Damnation, Thanos – Thanos Wins) and artist Ryan Stegman (Inhuman – Genesis, Uncanny Avengers – Lost Future) are two of the hottest comic-book creators right now, Marvel Comics have picked them up for a Venom storyline like never before and they came up with "Rex" in 2018.

Collecting the first six issues from the fourth ongoing volume of Venom monthly series, "Rex" chronicles the history of Klyntar symbiote that started 1000 years ago out of the darkness of cosmos, its encounter with The Mighty Thor during Viking Age (Thor – God of Thunder) and introduces a powerful ancient God-like entity, Knull, Lord of the Abyss.

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Ancient Symbiote God

With The Avengers busy dealing with dead Celestials falling from sky (The Final Host) and the X-Men is nowhere to be found, Venom teams-up with Spider-Man, Miles Morales to face-off against a dragon-like symbiote collective called Grendel. Eddie has fought cancer, Carnage, Toxin and Anti-Venom but never faced anything like these new foes.

After facing Knull, the wicked web-slinger got some new power upgrades that'd come in handy in future. Also, involvement of S.H.I.E.L.D. in a Sym-Soldier Program from long ago is revealed. The plot twist at the end was somewhat unpredictable and seemingly leaves Eddie Brock without a purpose but he will be back in the upcoming arc.
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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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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). Also, 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, 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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