WHAT UP WORLD!!
HAPPY BELATED FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!! Pretty awesome to get free stuff. This week was a huge week. Was it all worth it....lets find out.
So many books in such a small space so here we go..
FRAGGLE ROCK #1
From Archaia, the company that brought us Mouseguard comes Fraggle Rock!
Everyone who grew up in the 80's, grew up with The Muppets, Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock as icons in their childhood. This first issue of three gives us three cool short stories taking us back to that hidden little place called Fraggle Rock.
First is a story about how Red feels that everyone pays so much attention to Gobo just because his Uncle Traveling Matt is a great explorer and everyone thinks that Gobo is just as brave and cool as Uncle Traveling Matt. The two fraggles get trapped out in the Gorg garden. They both soon come to realize that they're both very brave and competition doesn't have to be so dangerous for them to prove their bravery.
The second story is a funny story about how Junior Gorg drops his watch down the well and it lands in Fraggle Rock, where Red gets the idea to create a game for everyone to play within a certain amount of "tik toks".
The third story is about Red getting bonked on the head and coming up with a bunch of crazy ideas.
It's a short but cool little book bringing back all the memories of being a kid and planting myself in front of the t.v as a kid. What I really find interesting is that Archaia decided to go with the same format of comic that they use for "Mouse Guard".
3 out of 5
FALL OF THE HULKS: RED HULK #4
So we've all wondered what the Intelligencia's main goal of everything they've been trying to accomplish is...Is it world domination? riches? power? No it's actually to make the world a better place by finally disposing of The Hulk and his kind and to use their combined intelligence and resources to make a Utopia, all united under the banner of The Intelligencia.
This is where the Red Hulk really falls into place. His role as a counterpart to Bruce Banner is obvious but what we find out here is his other role as a constant reminder that no matter what, The Hulk will overcome and somehow thwart their plans.
Jeff Parker does a great job of showing this other side to The Red Hulk with his witty remarks towards M.O.D.O.K forcing him to overexert himself and showing him that again no matter what, The Hulk will always find a way to win.
A good issue and great insight into what can and may happen if The Intelligencia get their way.
4 out of 5
MIGHTY AVENGERS #36
Sadly, this is the last issue of Mighty Avengers.
Knee deep in Ultron controlled Jocasta robots, trapped in The Infinite Mansion and cut off from the rest of the world, Pym, Jocasta, Ace and Black Jack fight to survive in this final issue of the series.
Writer Dan Slott goes out with a bang as we come to find out that Hank has been trying to save Janet's body from dissipating with the unwitting help of Jocasta. All the while, Ultron Pym is slowly closing in on the group as they scramble to come up with a last ditch plan to survive.
Jocasta finally gives herself to Ultron as his bride in return for the safety of Hank. My favorite part of the issue was Hank Pym "marrying" Ultron and Jocasta.
With Ultron's mind off the real issue at hand, Hank banishes Ultron and Jocasta off into space where hopefully, Ultron won't come back.
From that point it's straight to Asgard to help the rest of the team as they fight against Osborn and his forces.
I'm really sad to see this series get canceled but all good things come to an end. What does Marvel have in store for earth's mightiest heroes, we'll soon find out.
My wish is that Dan Slott gets put on another Avengers title because he has such a love and passion for these characters. The man is a walking Marvel encyclopedia.
5 out of 5
NEW AVENGERS #64
Another Avengers title that saw it's last issue drop this week. In all honesty, I wish this issue came out the same week as issue four of SIEGE. It basically gives away the ending to the story before we're really supposed to find out. I don't want to spoil anything for anyone so I won't mention what happens.
What I can say is this series shouldn't be getting canceled. They're re-starting the series with a new number one issue of NEW AVENGERS. Why? why doesn't Marvel just continue this series and keep the same numbering? I don't understand this and I'm sure there are plenty of other loyal fans who feel the same. Didn't Marvel just retool Daredevil, The Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man and Captain America all to fit their proper numbering?
5 out of 5
Another reason why I wish SIEGE #4 came out this week along with these books, These tie-ins this week all give a small piece to the larger puzzle that is the end of the story.
Balder and the rest of his Asgardian brethren rally to get back into the fight and bring back order to the chaos that is now their former home Asgard.
Loki comes clean in an attempt to try and save some form of face by revealing to Balder that he's been the one pulling Norman Osborn's strings and no matter what even if it's for profit or pleasure he is the God of mischief and what he does is the nature of the beast. Loki is then exiled and then....read the issue, I'm not going to ruin it.
Big things are in store for Thor and company.
5 OUT OF 5
Another last issue of sorts, Thunderbolts is being reworked next issue when Luke Cage comes in and takes over the T-Bolts.
I enjoyed this issue because it tied into Mighty Avengers. It was cool to see the Thunderbolts side and the Avengers as well. As far as SIEGE goes, well this issue like the other two that tied into SIEGE, really wasn't anything special. It was a way to deconstruct the current T-Bolts lineup and construct the next story arc. Everyone except Paladin and Ant-Man make it out alive and escape out into the world. I hope Marvel doesn't forget about Ant-Man and he makes it onto an Avengers team. All in all this issue was alright for the most part but just like the other two before it, it wasn't what it could have or should have been.
3 out of 5
Ultimate Avengers 2 #1
Nick Fury and his black-ops Avengers need a Captain America for the team and they found that man in none other than Frank Castle aka The Punisher.
cool idea but seriously, come on giving him the stupid "Captain Punisher" costume is stupid. I'm sure Mark Millar has some great ideas for it as far as it giving Frank some power but still. It's the Punisher, what makes him cool is he's an average guy, not some jacked up super hero.
That aside, the issue was pretty good, fairly gorey and has potential to turn out to be an awesome story.
4 out of 5
All I'm going to say is I told you so. If you go back and re-read my reviews, you'll see I said I had a feeling this someone wasn't going to make it. This issue was awesome. Everything about it was cool. I really like how all of the writers are now digging into the story and going for the gut. Hope is such an awesome character and the way Kyle and Yost are writing her as a child in a soldier's body is phenominal. The fight between Bastion, Hope, Rogue and Nightcrawler was tremendous. I can't wait to see what happens next. If you disagree then something is wrong with you.
5 out of 5
The first Marvel comic to adorn the new "Heroic Age" banner. The issue has been built up since issue number one. Matt Fraction has done an awesome job of writing Tony Stark like no one else. In my opinion this has been one of the best Iron Man runs ever.
Back from the dead and dealing with the fact that he's lost a big chunk of memory because the last time Tony uploaded his brain was so long ago, he doesn't remember anything about Civil War and beyond. Stark's empire is gone and Pepper Potts is the sole shareholder in Stark Industries.
Tony finally decides that instead of dealing in war, he's going to deal in technology and helping people in their everyday lives. He decides to give up the secret to Repulsor Tech.
This is a drastic change for the character because ever since Civil War, Stark has played a big role in providing military weapons and technology.
And the big one, we get a new suit, which is...AMAZING!!
Great issue and a great jumping on point for new Iron Man fans.
5 out of 5
SIEGE: SECRET WARRIORS #1
Another strange story dealing with SIEGE. Alex aka Phobos the god of fear is Ares son. He watches on television as his father is ripped in half by The Sentry. He then decides to use Nick Fury's secret White House base to sneak in and tell the President that what Norman Osborn did better not happen ever again or he'll be back to take care of the President. It was a good issue, don't get my wrong but at the same time I think they could've done something a lot better with Alex reacting to his father's death. Ares was a really big part in the kids life and I would've liked to see him attempt to go toe to toe with The Sentry.
not bad but nothing great.
3 out of 5
and that's all for me folks!