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Thanos’ Son Thane Returns In New Digital Infinite Comic Series

Last seen in the pages of Hickman’s Infinity event, the son of Thanos, Thane, will be featured in the digital Infinite comic series Thanos: A God Up There Listening, which will be available this Tuesday.

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In the aftermath of the universe shaking INFINITY event, Thane, Son of Thanos will rise. But will it be as a hero, or a villain? Today, Marvel is pleased to announce THANOS: A GOD UP THERE LISTENING, an all-new 6-part Marvel Infinite Comic series launching this Tuesday 07/01! Fan-favorite creator Rob Williams and artists Paco Diaz, Iban Coello and Neil Edwards explore Thane’s journey following the events of INFINITY.

Under the watchful eye of Thanos’ advisor, the Ebony Maw, Thane has travelled the galaxy in search of answers. Is he truly the son of the Mad Titan? And is he destined to follow in his father’s evil footsteps? The lost biography of Thanos’ black deeds has been uncovered. As Thane begins to explore his father’s legacy, he’ll discover not everything is as it seems. Meanwhile in the past, two titans clash as the cosmic war between Thanos and Ego the Living Planet sends shockwaves across the heavens. As the story of their bloody battle in the cold depths of space is revealed, Thane will learn a devastating secret that will haunt him in the present day!
 
Can a man fight his own destiny? The time has come where Thane must choose what man he will become. A hero…or a villain?
 
Designed specifically for mobile devices, Marvel Infinite Comics represent the latest form of comic book storytelling using tablets and smartphones as a new canvas. Set in current continuity, each Marvel Infinite Comic is perfect for new and old readers alike and provides an exciting new reading experience while staying true to the medium’s greatest strengths!
 
Available right at your fingertips, all six issues of Thanos: A God Up There Listening will be available for purchase this Tuesday, 07/01 on the Marvel Comics app (for iPhone®, iPad®, iPod Touch® & AndroidTM devices) and online in the Marvel Digital Comics Shop!
 
Pre-Order THANOS: A GOD UP THERE LISTENING now and get all 6 issues as soon when as soon as they’re released!

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Avengers Thanos Interlocking Variant Covers Revealed

Dustin Weaver did three interlocking Avengers covers for the first three issues of Hickman’s run, and now Marvel has revealed Thanos variant covers for Avengers #25, #26 and #27.

On the Thanos interlocking Weaver variant covers is the Mad Titan himself along with his generals: Corvus Glaive, Black Dwarf, Ebony Maw, Supergiant and Proxima Midnight.

All took part recently in Hickman’s Infinity event.

Avengers #25 hits tomorrow featuring Proxima Midnight.

(via CBR)

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Marvel “Future” Teaser From Jason Latour and Mahmud Asrar: Thane?

Marvel released a new one word teaser with “Future” where we see writer Jason Latour and artist Mahmud Asrar are attached.

It’s quite possible judging by the color scheme that “Future” could be a reference to the son of Thanos from Infinity, Thane.

Some spoilers regarding Thane follow the teaser image.

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Infinity saw the Mad Titan searching the universe for his offspring in an attempt to kill them all off. Thanos comes to Earth searching for his son where a Terrigen mist bomb transforms all the latent Inhumans on the planet to full blown Inhumans with powers. The transformation leads to Thane developing some strange powers where the son of Thanos appears to put his father into suspended animation. Last we saw of Thane, he was hightailing it away from Earth out in space with the Ebony Maw.

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Review: Infinity #6

I don’t like to use the term “textbook” in reviews. Textbook seems to be the epitome of the usual. And believe me, there is nothing usual about Infinity #6, the climactic ending of this fall’s blockbuster space opus.

Like Roy Thomas, Jim Starlin and Keith Giffen before him, Jonathan Hickman has created a superhero science fiction story that will last the test of time and be dubbed one of the classics of Marvel stories. In this era of the “event,” we have seldom seen its like in satisfying episodes, tie-ins and now conclusion.

Everything about Infinity has been good, and especially its ending chapter, issue #6.

The Avengers loom large in this issue, as they should. This has been and was planned to be an Avengers story, although it has become so much more.

Once again, a Marvel writer has brought to life the cosmic denizens of the complex universe created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Even though this was not written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, it was a pleasure to see characters they have handled and others come to life again in this very complex space story. We also witnessed how you can involve Earth in a cosmic stiry without it being “Earth-centric.”

Hickman focuses on the big but also the small in this issue. There is great character, but also great battle with major ramifications. There are moments for those that have their own magazines, as well as those that have been unique to this saga.

Everyone, everything has its moments. And we have satisfyingly conclusions that can only lead to more and better space-oriented stories, or such is the hope of we Marvel Cosmic fans.

For example, in the last few panels we can see the unrest in the Kree Empire which will lead to a refurbishing of the Invaders super team. Likewise, the Skrulls have a new emperor and Annihilus has a new world. And majorly, the Inhumans …! What is next for these developments?

As a fan of Marvel Cosmic, I’m genuinely going to miss Infinity and the issues of Avengers it has been tied to. While Hickman is scheduled to go on and compose great cosmic wonders in the pages of Avengers, there’s been a certain cohesiveness and sheer joy about Infinity, the Builders and Thanos.

Issue #6 is a genuinely satisfying conclusion which can only lead to better things and more Avengers worlds. I cannot wait to climb aboard that spaceship!

Job well done, Mr. Hickman and associates.

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Review: Avengers #23 (Hickman and Yu)

Tight, tense, human drama, cosmic action.

Avengers #23, an Infinity tie-in, is a textbook example of how to write a gripping space opus. Maybe I should not exactly say “textbook,” because it has been awhile since I have read a complex space yarn taking place in the Marvel Universe. I believe it was called … The Thanos Imperative.

Writer Jonathan Hickman, who warned us early we would be heading to the LCS for back issues if we did not hang on as he spun his long-form sci-fi superhero yarn, called it, and there were many there Wednesday digging through the stacks to see what had gone before, what they had missed.

A lot. Whole pieces of a cosmic jigsaw puzzle, and only one corner is starting to take form as I am sure there is lots of cosmic action to come.

This issue finds the Avengers and their alien allies returning to Earth for one more battle as they set their sites on Thanos. Meanwhile, we have some great character moments in here, with Super Skrull, Gladiator, Ronan, even Annihilus. Whatever you say about the state of today’s Marvel Cosmic, no fault can be found in the Hickman brand and he is certainly universe building. The fact that he can do this and not make it seem Earth-centric is a wonder in and of itself.

Leinil Yu has done a wonderful job with these Avengers issue Infinity tie-ins, and God only knows how beautiful the aliens and space battles have been. As a matter of fact, the art has been supreme through several rotations as Hickman’s saga began spinning in #1 with the intro of Ex-Nihilio and Abyss.

Now do not get me wrong. In this issue, some of the characters came off a bit “posey” and some usual detail was kinda lacking, but colorists Sunny Gho and Paul Mounts keep it cosmic and I really have no major complaints.

So once again, it is the Avengers vs. Thanos as the ultimate Infinity issue beckons. My money is on Earth being … an Avengers World.

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Review: Avengers #22 (Hickman and Yu)

[Editor’s note: Read Infinity #5, on sale this week, before reading Avengers #22.]

It was all about coming home, to a conquered Earth, after the heroes of that planet had given their all to save the universe from a great threat, one world at a time.

It was all about the people, the men and women underneath the masks, be they “gods and men and every creature in between,” and how they felt as they found that their homecoming was turning into yet another battle to save a world: their own.

It was all about allies, made in the heat of war and made during the loss of life. Their lives, beings they did know and entities they did not. The fallen, the survivors, the many and few.

With Avengers #22, an Infinity tie-in, writer Jonathan Hickman does one of his best character studies and most emotional issues of all time. For those who had forgotten such moments during his legendary Fantastic Four run, Hickman reminds us that just because he plots long-term and writes brilliant science fiction stories in the form of episodic comics does not mean the pieces on his chess board are unfeeling wood.

However it has changed NOW, this is Marvel and Marvel characters live and breathe and feel and, in many instances, die. Even in science fiction.

The scene between Cap, Carol and Eden was good, but the follow-up with Manifold and Thor was so much better because of it, giving our God of Thunder a depth he seldom attains.

So too the beginning scene with Sam, Izzy and Bobby. You have to flash back to New Mutants days — if you can. Wow!

For those scenes, and the brilliant space scenes in between beautifully brought to life by Leinil Yu and Gerry Alanguilan, Hickman has now made Infinity and its Avengers sides not only into THE Marvel Cosmic event of our present time but a very human adventure as well.

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COVER SHOOT: The Top 5 Comic Book Covers For 10/30/13

COVER SHOOT

By: Chris “DOC” Bushley

 

This weekly feature will take a look at THE most visually compelling comic book covers on the market today. Whether they be rare variant editions or just your standard fare, these are the top 5 covers that stand out amidst the bevy of books released each week. They say, “A picture is worth a thousand words”  but these covers are worth more than that! No matter the storylines behind them, these covers compel you to at least check them out, which can be worth exponentially more than just words to the companies that publish them! Enjoy!

 

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1.  Sandman: Overture#1 (DC): Fans have long awaited the return of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed series and today, they not only get their wish but this amazing cover to go with it! Done by the talented J.H. Williams III, this cover is filled with a myriad of vibrant colors surrounding the dark and shadowy central figure, creating  a vortex effect that is stunning. This is a true work of art!

 

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2. Captain America: Living Legend #12 (Marvel):  Adi Granov is known for his visually perfect, photo-realistic covers and this one is top-notch. The faded background lets the eye focus it’s attention solely on the central figure, one that embodies all the facets of a perfect Cap picture. Steel nerves, honor and relentlessness in the face of great odds, fans can feel all of it with this single image. Perfect!

 

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3. Witchblade #170 (Variant Edition) (Image):  Marc Silvestri pays homage to himself with this amazing cover! Returning to his early days as an X-Men artist, Silvestri mirrors his fan favorite cover for Uncanny X-Men #251, with this amazing pencil sketch of Witchblade. You can see every detail in this cover, from subtle fades of shade to bold crisp lines. Sketch covers are where you can see the true talent of an artist and this one exceeds every expectation!

 

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4.  Superior Spider-Man #20 (Variant Edition) (Marvel):  Few artists are more well known for drawing the female form than J. Scott Campbell and this cover further proves the reason why. Bringing back Spidey’s favorite “bad girl” would have been missing something if Campbell hadn’t been involved! A stark white background makes you focus solely on the central figure and Campbell’s fun, stylistic sense of the female form. Plus, Halloween is tomorrow and you always need a Black Cat around for that!

 

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5. Infinity #5 (Variant Edition) (Marvel):  Scottie Young covers have become some of the most coveted things out there in recent years. Baby versions of Marvel characters may seem silly to some, but my daughter and I love these things and try to get as many as we can. Not only cute and amusing, Young is a fantastic artist bringing his “cartoon” style to the front of comics today, letting it be known that ALL styles of art should be used in the medium. Plus, read what Cap is saying on the cover, it sums up all of Marvel Cosmic in one blurb!

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Review: Nova #9 (Wells)

This issue reaches a new low. 

Bad enough that NINO’s parents criminally allow a 14-year-old boy to keep the “magic helmet” and actually use vast powers which he is not in any way trained to use, but in this issue his mother encourages him to engage in kill-or-be-killed combat.  Even Vance Astrovik points this out in the course of the story.  As Vance says, it’s a crime to aid and abet a minor in such an activity. 

Is that the message Marvel and Disney really want to be sending to the pre-pubescent crowd at whom this comic book is aimed?

And, of course, in order to “win” the fight with a vastly superior foe, NINO has to dishonorably break his word and cheat.  Pathetic.  The antagonist repeatedly points out that NINO is an embarrassment to the Nova Corps.  I must agree.  All he does is cheat and blunder his way through every situation.  It seems that Wacker, Loeb, Brevoort, Alonso and Bendis are hell-bent on turning the Nova Corps into the “Keystone Cops” of the universe – a slapstick farce of a para-military organization rather than a force to be reckoned with.  It’s sad, really, how misguided Marvel Editorial has become with their re-boot of cosmic.  And of course, they just double-down with their misguidedness: ignoring fan feedback and arrogantly producing a cover for NINO’s next issue that deliberately mocks and insults the long term true Rich Rider Nova fans.

And what’s with this issue’s cover?  It has absolutely nothing to do with anything that happens in the issue.  All it did was get my hopes up for a few seconds that NINO would see his well-deserved demise.  Sadly, he survives and the interesting antagonist is unfairly punished.

Justice and Speedball are so written out of character as to be essentially un-recognizable.  They’ve both been regressed in age, experience, and maturity to slap-sticky characters on par with NINO, and they just stand around and don’t do much of anything but make a silly comment on occasion.  That’s a shame to completely ignore Vance’s maturation from his time with The Avengers and Robbie’s maturation during his time as Penance with the Dark Avengers

Once again, Marvel Editorial makes a bad call with the direction in which to take these characters.  This is no doubt a telegraphing of the tone and target audience of the upcoming New Warriors series – silly slapstick aimed at the pre-pubescent crowd.

The art and coloring have been the saving graces of past issues of this waste of a series, but even the art and coloring have begun to slip – resembling the cartoonish style from the Ultimate Spiderman cartoon.  And don’t get me started on the misspells and grammatical errors.  I guess Wacker was too busy insulting and denigrating Rich Rider Nova fans on the message boards to actually proof-read this issue.

If you see this train wreck that is NINO on the shelves of your local comic shop – do yourself, your bank account, and Nova fandom a big favor and leave it there.  Vote with your dollars and send a message to Wacker, Brevoort, Bendis, Alonso and Loeb that you don’t like the hack-job they’ve perpetrated against cosmic.

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Review: Avengers #21 (Infinity)

If there is one Infinity tie-in you don’t want to miss it is Avengers #21 as Jonathan Hickman and Leinil Francis Yu provide a spectacular issue that directly affects the main Infinity event. So much goes down in this single issue that it should be titled “Infinity #5!”

Spoilers follow.

Following the events of Infinity #4 with Thor taking out The Builder, the Kree homeworld is now free; however, the Kree Supremor still thinks there is no hope. Ronan will have none of that and uses his hammer smashing the glass unit that houses the Supreme Intelligence! Ronan recruits his fellow Accusers and they take on the Alpehs head on!

Likewise, Captain America and Gladiator see that the odds are against them and have one more card up their sleeve – the Annihilation wave is unleashed! The bugs from the Negative Zone make their way toward The Builders who are unimpressed and turn the swarm against itself – and against Annihilus

We also see remnants of what’s left of Cap’s forces and various worlds as we see Yondu’s people fighting against the Builder’s forces. And we also see what’s left of Galador! Looks like Ikon may have indeed survived!

Gladiator sees that defeat is inevitable and decides to take it standing up rather than lying down. All is not lost, however, as a chance in a billion lies with Captain Universe! Sure it’s a “deus ex machine,” but Captain Universe is awakened and lands the fatal blow to The Builders, but not before The Builders tell the Alephs to destroy everything!

With Infinity #4, things really picked up which continues here and in this week’s New Avengers #11. Hickman actually shows the defeat of The Builders in a tie-in issue! How often does something as big as that happen in a non-event book? Answer: It never does! Infinity has been Marvel’s best event since Annihilation, and it’s no wonder as they share a lot in common. Overall, this has been a great series.

Avengers #21 isn’t perfect, however, as it’s not the best art I’ve seen from Leinil Francis Yu; it looks as if the inks were layed on a little to think for my taste. I also have a small gripe in that the Accusers were able to take on the Alpehs, but the Silver Surfer in his Infinite comic really couldn’t do much against them. Possibly, there are just that many Accusers? Regardless of my nitpicking, the issue still comes through for cosmic fans. Great issue.

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Review: Avengers Assemble #20 (Infinity)

Avengers Assemble #20 an Infinity tie-in? Says so on the cover, but it’s not in the least bit just like a majority of the non-Avengers tie-in issues.

For some odd reason, Marvel chose to go in a different route regarding their Infinity tie-in issues that aren’t Hickman Avengers books. While Hickman’s books provided us with great art and content related to Infinity, the other tie-ins have been pretty much horrible. Marvel missed a big-time oppurtunity to give us some really cool stories featuring the Earth’s heroes taking on Thanos’ army. Instead, we have been getting issues that really have nothing to do with the main event or even the book the story takes place. The latest tie-ins have been more centered around Fraction’s upcoming Inhumans event, and if these are any indication as to how that is going to go – good luck Matt Fraction (and you are going to need it after the disaster called Fear Itself).

Al Ewing provides a rather bland story about one of the new Inhumans who happens to be able to maniplulate size. Enter Wasp, Wonder Man and Scarlet Witch as we learn some mumbo jumbo about this and that – that no one really cares about. The story in itself is dull and boring, and I found myself at times not even reading the dialogue as it just wasn’t interesting. Likewise, the art wasn’t the best either as I found the artist using the same drawings over and over (possibly he was on a tight deadline, I don’t know). 

Overall, this is just another issue that says it’s Infinity – but it’s not – that can be skipped in its entirety.

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Review: New Avengers #11 (Infinity)

New Avengers #11 happens to be another great Infinity tie-in and is a must read following the unbelievable events that went down in Avengers #21. Unlike the other Infinity tie-in issues, Hickman’s Avengers books provide actual story, great art and content. It seems more fans have just been picking up Avengers as a result of a purported slow start early on in Hickman’s New Avengers run, but at least the Infinity issues are something you don’t want to miss – make no mistake about that.

Coupled with Hickman’s strong writing is the art of Mike Deodato, which is just stellar. Deodato always comes through with his photorealistic approach that is perfect for a cosmic Avengers story such as Infinity. Deodato provides a mix of panels at various angles that come off as pure awesomeness. Frank Martin’s colors are just as great and don’t come off as overly gritty, but just enough color and brightness to be able to tell this is a space-based story. 

Following Infinity #4, the overall story is moving rather fast as we approach the conclusion next month. That could perhaps be a bad thing as obviously with Infinity being such a good story you don’t want it to end, but on the other hand it makes each issue pay off even more so. A complaint I have is regarding Doctor Strange in that his possession really didn’t affect any of the Avengers or really himself, as in this issue it was conveniently fixed (same can be said for what took place in Avengers #21). Again, that’s not such a bad thing, but there seemed to be a lot of build up regarding Doctor Strange, but we ended up with not much to show for it other than the Avengers not discovering the son of Thanos (but, Thanos hasn’t either – so??). I suppose it’s ironic I’m complaining about Hickman’s issues being too fast when I complained his initial Avengers issues were so slow. So there is that.

We also get some development with Thanos as he discovers Terrax and Black Swan making a rather interesting comment along the way. The New Avengers also encounter some of The Builders who inform them them that in order to save a world they must destroy one. Hey, they are the Illuminati, right?

New Avengers #11 is another great Infinity issue and is recommended.

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Read Avengers #21 Before New Avengers #11 (Infinity)

If you are heading to the local comic shop today and pick up the Infinity tie-ins, Avengers #21 and New Avengers #11, you might want to read them in that order as events in New Avengers #11 sort of spoil what happens in Avengers #21.

So first read Avengers #21.

And then New Avengers #11.

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Review: Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #4 (Infinity)

I think we have a winner here, folks, as Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #4 succeeds in giving us an issue that ties into Infinity, progresses the Superior Spider-Man storyline, and for a bonus, promotes the Matt Fraction Inhumanity upcoming event.

The issue sees the Superior Spider-Man attempt to take down a newly-powered Inhuman who can wipe out electricity. Robert Rodi nails the Superior Spider-Man completely as the dialogue is spot on. Likewise, the art team of Del Mundo and D’Alfonso is perfect. On one hand the art is gritty to match the ruthlessness of Superior Spider-Man, but on the other it is at times opposite of that, which matches the powers of the new Spidey foe.

With NYC losing power and an alien invasion looming overheard, Supes Spidey has to take this new foe out rather quickly. He can’t rely on overpowering Fulmina, so in typical Doc Ock fashion must outwit her and succeeds rather brilliantly in that. What’s nice about the issue is that Rodi just didn’t end the issue there, but built it up to Fulmina taking on Thanos‘ second wave, giving us the fate of the new foe (or hero!). Well done.

With Amazing Spider-Man 2 right around the corner, we also see hints of Peter Parker returning. Rodi leaves a few breadcrumbs for those Parker fans, as well as gives a peek inside Superior Spider-Man’s head giving us a look at Ock!

The issue was nicely put together, a smooth read, and didn’t feel in the least bit forced. The transition between the Superior Spider-Man, Infinity and Inhumanity plots transitioned perfectly. While not a must buy for the Infinity event, Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #4 is one I would recommend.

This is a creative team you want to keep your eye on.

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Review: Fearless Defenders #10 (Infinity)

Fearless Defenders #10 fits into the category along with Captain Miss Marvel, Avengers Assemble, Nova and Thunderbolts as being tie-ins to Infinity that aren’t worth the paper they are printed on. 

This particular issue follows a new female character who happens to get transformed via the Terrigen Mists. There is a skirmish on the streets amongst a bunch of scantily clad Marvel female characters with a couple panels added in of Thanos‘ henchmen attempting to wipe out the new Inhuman cocoons. Well, one of the groups of females wants to harvest the cocoons and one wants to save them leading to a battle between the two, which leads to a “coming out” of the new female character joining the Fearless Defenders.

Marvel has major problems getting their female characters right in a majority of their titles, let alone where a female is to be the main focus, and that trend continues here. The issue is filled with cheesy dialogue and eye-rolling moments coupled with cartoonish-looking art. The page with Ren doing her dance routine says it all. Gimme a break.

Fearless Defenders #10 in no way progresses the Infinity storyline; if anything, it’s more associated with the upcoming event by Matt Fraction with Inhumanity. Similar to Infinity #4, it’s almost as if Marvel needs to get on with something else ASAP and leave the events of Infinity behind.

Fearless Defenders #10 isn’t even an issue I would recommend to those completists looking to have collected every issue of Infinity.

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Review: Infinity #4 (Marvel)

Another grand cosmic tale from Hickman, Opena and Weaver as the Avengers are faced with the decision to surrender in the face of impending annihilation! Infinity #4 is a fast-moving game-changer that sees Thor and his mighty Mjolnir bring down the thunder! 

The issue contains a lot of new elements that progress the story – so much so that I felt as I had missed an issue. The battle between Thanos and Black Bolt led to the unleashing of the Terrigen Mist bomb (a page out of DnA’s War of Kings?) upon the Earth, which leads directly into Matt Fraction’s next event Inhumanity and new ongoing series, Inhuman. This also led to the reveal of Thanos‘ son, Thane. Shame on Marvel for revealing Thane early in the form of video game promo art (really, Marvel??!) as it took a lot away from this part of the issue if you happened to read the spoilers. As of now, Thanos is on Earth having just destroyed Black Bolt, and I can’t wait to see what happens when (if?) the Builders arrive and they come upon the Mad Titan (and son?!).

The other half of Infinity #4 centered on Hala with Captain America’s apparent plan to negotiate a surrender. The Builder on Hala expected one of them to kneel before him, but once that Avenger became known the reader had to know the Assembler wouldn’t bow for long. It’s Thor! Captain America chose Thor to surrender before the Builder. In an epic fashion, Thor is asked to disarm himself of Mjolnir and throws it into the sky! Into space! Through a star! And then calls for Mjolnir’s return, with the Builder’s abdomen happening to be in its path! Spectacular! In taking out the Builder, Captain America has set everyone up for extermination, but the First Avenger has also freed Hala and united everyone!

Infinity #4 is a great cosmic Avengers issue! There hasn’t been anything near this quality of an Avengers tale in quite sometime. Hats off to the creative team for putting together such an epic event.

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Review: Infinity The Hunt #2

A marked improvement compared to the first issue, Infinity: The Hunt #2 at least provides some entertainment related to the main event. Matt Kindt and Steve Sanders are back for another issue giving us the various schools of the Marvel U. as they are under attack by the forces of Thanos. This issue is probably the most action-packed of all the Infinity tie-ins to date as someone actually dies in a most bloody fashion!

The issue starts much the same way as the first by introducing members of the young cast. While the first issue was completely necessary and should have been combined with this one, Infinity #2 does a fine job of progressing the story Kindt wants to tell, and that is the students of the Marvel U. working together against Thanos‘ minions, notably uniting Doctor Doom’s Latverian school with Avengers Academy. The good news is we at least get two more issues of that as Infinity: The Hunt is a four issue limited series.

Steve Sanders art is going to be hit or miss. It’s not my cup of tea, but does provide enough value for the story. I’m not big on Sanders’ up-close facial drawings, but shots at a distance or panels with multiple characters come off as well done, not to mention the flying body parts are a nice added touch.

Infinity: The Hunt #2 is by no means a must buy; the $3.99 price tag is an awful lot, but if you are a fan of the Avengers Academy kids or looking for more of the Infinity storyline you will probably want to pick this one up.

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Review: Avengers #20 (Infinity)

With the epic strength of and even a tip of the hat to Annihilation, the modern space opus of Jonathan Hickman continues its galactic excellence in Avengers #20 as the outrage of OUR Ex Nihilio at destruction rather than creativity by one of his fellows leads to a gathering of the golden gardeners.
 
This is done so seamlessly and folded so well into the main storyline, the reader forgets how long it has been since these seeds have been sewn, so to speak.
 
Cap and the Galactic Council is always interesting if for no other reason than the makeup of this body. Kid Annihilus is very entertaining as is Gladiator now that he is Shiar majestor, as by DnA.
 
Every panel from artist Leinil Yu screams modern classic of cosmic proportions, Earth included or not.
 
This, friends, is Marvel Cosmic at its best NOW. And even NINO Nova will not ruin that for me.
 
Thanks to writer Hickman for making me hang on patiently and wait for his long form payoffs. It has been worth it, IMHO.
 
Infinity is cool.
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Possible Infinity Son Of Thanos Identity (Spoiler)

Marvel revealed a batch of new images for the Avengers Alliance social media game where a new never-before-seen character is revealed.

Possible spoilers follow.

If you have been reading the Infinity event you know Thanos comes to Earth in search of his son who is hiding amongst the Inhumans.

Well, check out the following image of Thane!

The character is part of a new unlockable that also features Black Bolt, Thanos and his lieutenants from Infinity, but Thane is new.

So who is Thane? Thanos’ son?! Thanks for the spoiler, Marvel!

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Review: Captain Ms. Marvel #16 (Infinity)

This issue had everything going for it: Ms. Marvel is using her Binary powers to kick some butt; however, The Builder’s forces overwhelm her, and the Avengers are taken captive. She comes up with a plan to get back at the Builders at the cost of their own lives, tells Hawkeye to stuff it and remarks he has no powers in space (why is he even out there? loved it!). Spider-Woman is then introduced and the issue completely falls apart. To add to that if you read Infinity #3 you know how Avengers Assemble #16 is going to go (even ends the same) which makes this for  – another – waste of an issue.

So far, except for the Hickman written Avengers and New Avengers Infinity tie-ins, the related Infinity books have been complete disasters.

I’m guessing Kelly Sue DeConnick and Jen Van Meter’s had their hands tied because of what Hickman was doing with Infinity. Avengers Assemble #16 has some great build up, but then ends with the events seen in Infinity #3, but with added Ms. Marvel/Spider-Woman cattiness. Opportunity was lost as Marvel could have gone the way of having Carol make the save. Instead of the characters coming over from Infinity #3, Ms. Marvel and crew could have saved themselves and then showed face in the Infinity event. 

The art was good; it had a gritty and bright feel, which is what we want from any space-based book. No complaints there.

There are only one or two issues left of Ms. Marvel before it looks as if the character gets another reboot. I sure wish some other characters received as much attention as this one.

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Review: Thunderbolts #15 (Infinity)

If you are looking for a little comic relief in between issues of Infinity #3 and New Avengers #10, Thunderbolts #15 might be the issue for you.

The major problem with the issue is the same as with Thunderbolts #14, and that is it’s not an Infinity tie-in, but another Marvel cash grab in an attempt to boost sales through an event gimmick. While this issue wasn’t as lacking in Infinity content as TBolts #14 — which had none — three-fourths of #15 is spent with the characters bickering amongst themselves, which I don’t find that entertaining. The Thunderbolts don’t even get into the thick of things this issue, which means readers will have to cough up almost ten bucks to get the Infinity action they first purchased the book for when Thunderbolts #16 becomes available. Ridiculous.

The art is the type where fans are going to love it or hate it. Now Soule’s dialogue isn’t bad as he has a good grasp on the characters, which Palo’s art is perfect for, as Thunderbolts isn’t a serious attempt on much of anything; actually, it reads more as if it’s a parody. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but when the main Infinity event issues and related Avengers tie-ins are filled with a dark and gritty storyline with realistic art, reading Thunderbolts is quite the shock. Again, that is what Marvel may be looking for with the series, but it’s not what I am.

Wait for the next issue if you really want the Infinity tie-in.

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