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Review: Superior Spider-Man #5

When Dan Slott first started his arc of replacing Peter Parker with the consciousness of Doc Ock, fans were enraged! I, for one, welcomed the change but thought Slott didn’t push the envelope enough. Instead it seemed like a watered down tale that amped up Doc Ock’s annoying persona more than anything!

Today, with the release of Superior Spider-Man #5, my hunger for a stronger tale has been satiated, though fans will be even more enraged than they were before! 

The tale itself, Massacre going on a murder spree in downtown Manhattan just to glorify/defamate product placement, seems a little forced and contrived. Slott does however create interesting moments as he continues to build upon the genius that Doc Ock brings into the world of Peter Parker and Spider-Man. Using advanced technologies and what may appear as laziness, but in all actuality is a heightened sense of time management, this “superior” Spider-Man may actually live up to the moniker. Slott has this “new” character conceptualizing things the “old” Peter Parker never would have and it is quite intriguing seeing things through different eyes.

Although Slott creates a solid tale, it is the ending that is going to change how both fans and the entire Marvel U. see Spider-Man from now on! Slott pushes the boundaries of what the persona of Spider-Man would and would not do. “With great power comes great responsibility” is the corner stone of the Spidey mythos, but what if doing the responsible thing sometimes leads to more hurt and death? Are the lives of the innocent worth more than the life of a single murderer? Or, in this case, is the life of a murderer worth trying to save just because he finally shows some form of emotion after being caught? 

It is a tough road that Slott has positioned his character on. One that will see ramifications throughout the rest of the series and throughout the Marvel Universe. It is a tale that I am completely intrigued for, one that has actually made me truly interested in following this character till the bitter end.

Well done Dan Slott, you have turned a cynic into a fan!

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Advanced Review: Superior Spider-Man #3

Dan Slott has been under fire since he unleashed the biggest sacrilege in comics history — killing Peter Parker! As frenzied as fans were over it, they became ravenous after it was revealed the Superior Spider-Man was actually Doc Ock in Peter Parker’s body. Personally, I excepted the change but wished that Slott had not revealed his hand so quickly at the end of the first issue. Peter’s ghost was already back and Superior Spider-Man became a comically unbalanced version of the movie Ghost throughout issue two. I had wished Slott’s vision for this book would have relied more on the “revenge of Doc Ock” aspect, truly letting the villain unleash with his newly acquired powers and destroy the good name of his archnemesis. Well, today, we get a glimpse of that unleashing and my dismay over this book is slowly abating.

I will give no spoilers (sorry Mr. Slott, we all don’t do that) for the ending is something I think you will all enjoy. There is a moment in this tale where we see into Otto’s past, a brutal life that even his biggest foe can empathize with, and it becomes a catalyst for what occurs. The cracks in this faux hero’s facade begin to deepen, not only threatening his secret but the very lives of those who ponder something is amiss with Peter Parker.

This is the first issue of this series that I did not cringe out of the sheer annoyance of the Superior Spider-Man character. There was no hokey dialogue that feigned hilarity, nor was there any overt creepiness over M.J. and the mere thought of bedding her. This issue was pure action from the opening salvo but it wasn’t just a “good ol’ slobber knocker” either. Slott laced his tale with hints of characterization that actually solidified the character as opposed to hindering him, making this reader finally feel truly interested in his further development. 

Ryan Stegman continues to make this Spidey, or any for that matter, a complete treat for the eyes. His darker tone for this book is completely stunning, but it his constant effort to bring new and intriguing visual aspects to the fight sequences that push his art to a higher level. From high flying punches to an emotionally distraught child, Stegman makes the page pop with pure electricity!

Though this might not be your cup of tea, I am slowly coming around to Slott’s overall vision. I can do without “ghost Peter” for awhile, but I get it and it’s worming it’s way in. I must say though, kudos for the creative team for printing both positive and negative reactions to Slott’s tale in the letters column. The negative comments are unabashed slams and it takes guts to publicly print the sheer amount that they have. Color me impressed.

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Review: Uncanny X-Force #1

So, one completely amazing run on Uncanny X-Force has ended, and even though the CBN offices were very disheartened after the announcement of Rick Remender leaving this book to pursue other Uncanny works, we were completely blown away by this debut issue!

Stan Humphries and Ron Graney continue to bring that air of nostalgia, first introduced by Remender, into the book but not only that, there is an excitement that emminates from Garney’s art that is astounding. It reminds me of all those days gone by, where these characters meant something to, not only the reader, but to themselves as well. That feeling of camaraderie without animosity, a connection between them that was deeply rooted in their history as opposed to just the next big crossover. That’s what this new creative team brings more that anything, connections, not just from past storylines but connections to the fans as well.

Now led by Storm, who gets her awesome mohawk back in the pages of Wolverine and the X-Men #24, X-Force is a broken group in need of solace. Psylocke and Storm embark on a mission to meet someone that left Storm a mysterious e-mail and the action ensues from there. I am not going to spoil any of this story if you haven’t got a chance to get your hands on a copy yet, because it deserves your dollars. X fans are going to appreciate all the little nuances and plot threads that are laid out before them, a tale steeped in the footprints of long ago. But, new fans will not be lost at all in this story and can appreciate the well planned tale of Humphries and gawk at the breathtaking lines of Garney! There is literally something in this tale for every fan regardless of their X history prowess!

Storm, Psylocke, Puck, Spiral, Fantomex, Cluster, Wolverine and Bishop all make their presence known in this outstanding debut issue. I won’t divulge on which line in the sand they stand, but you are in for one hell of a ride! Plus, if anyone can read the last page of this book and not think “Ewwww!” there is something wrong with you!

As a bonus, here is the incomparable Skottie Young’s variant cover to this issue. Awesome!

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Review: Superior Spider-Man #1

Dan Slott has garnered more buzz  in the last three issues of his Amazing Spider-Man run than anything in the previous two years on the book. So much so, that fans and celebs, especially Kevin Smith, have taken to all forms of media to talk about the life changing events that occurred to Peter Parker and Doc Ock. While most of the press has been negative, including death threats against Slott, some of us have been intrigued as to how these changes will affect Spidey’s world. Today we find out if Dan Slott’s gamble is worth your hard earned cash!

Slott poses an interesting idea of a highly intelligent villain taking over one of the most beloved characters in all of comicdom. The question has been posed as to whether he will be a hero or a complete menace to those closest to Peter Parker and the general public?

Unfortunately, Slott decides to ride the middle ground on the question almost through the entire issue. There is an almost Jekyll and Hyde scenario at play in the mind of Peter Parker, which ninety percent of the time has the “villain” win over the “hero” trapped in his head. This aspect makes complete sense and is better than a stylized “tug of war” over his actions. But what makes this book falter, is the complete pomposity of the “new” Peter Parker persona. Arrogant, creepy and completely loathsome, this character is an utter diatribe to Spider-Man! And I could live with that, he is Doc Ock underneath after all, but it is the lack of pushing the character over the top that makes it hard to read. If the gloves were off of this character and Slott used it in order to have him do some irreparable damage to the name of Spider-Man, finally destroy the hero that he so desperately wanted to for all these years, it would have made for a better read. Then, when the real Peter Parker eventually returns, there would be a bevy of great stories just waiting for us about the build up of Spider-Man as a hero again.

Instead we received another look at how socially pathetic and obnoxious Doc Ock is via a more chiseled physique!

All the hokey outbursts (“Because I AM PETER FREAKING PARKER!”), snide remarks and eerie, leering looks at M.J. make this a character piece that just annoys readers instead of intrigues us. By the time Slott truly lets Spider-Man show just how inherently “bad” he is, it is abruptly stopped by the “shocking” ending (spoilers). It is one that I wish would have not been revealed so soon in the series, and especially not in issue #1! If you are going to try and build something different – regardless as to what fan reactions may be – then do it! Do not stick a “shock” ending in the first book!  Build to it, let the new status quo permeate the senses for awhile before revealing your hand. Let the “new” tale find it’s footing before giving it an easy out scenario.

Some will despise this book, others may enjoy the “jerk” of a hero that Dan Slott has created. Either way, there will be a buzz and Marvel, regardless of the fans, wins again.

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Review: New Avengers #1

The shuffling of creative teams and the renumbering of almost all of their books, has been very profitable for Marvel. Where once they had been taking a beating by DC in the sales department, now, they have regained the top spots and harnessed a new found energy in the comics community with their Marvel NOW! line of books. There has been an overall sense of nostalgia melded with a new found excitement in these books, so when Marvel announced it’s first “big” Marvel NOW! book of the new year would be New Avengers by Jonathan Hickman, fans sat with anticipation for the new series. Unfortunately, New Avengers is but a shadow of the other Marvel NOW! titles.

Jonathan Hickman gives us a good book that warrants attention but it pales in comparison with all the other Marvel NOW! releases of the past year. Hickman delves into a tale that is heavily formulated around the concept of the sacrifices the present must make in order to preserve it’s future. A feeling that hits home in such a trying economic and political climate that we see ourselves in currently. It shows how one man must put aside his own personal feelings and reservations about others in order to find a way to save everything else he holds dear. It is an enlightening segue into a broader story awaiting us on the horizon, but it is merely not enough to captivate you with with a sense of awe we were all expecting.

Not that this story is bad in any way, it is unfortunately — mediocre. And mediocrity is not a word synonymous with Jonathan Hickman. The suspense, shock, drama and overall fascination that we are usually treated to in a Hickman tale, is just not there in this issue. There is no emotional pull for the reader to feel vested in the tale, and even with the inclusion of the Illuminati as it’s sales driver, it still falls short as a “must read” book.

With issue two looming just two weeks away, I can only hope that the story can overcome it’s lackluster debut issue any bring a tale that can excite and tantalize the readers as much as the rest of the Marvel NOW! books have. With Hickman at the reigns, I have no doubt that this series can become something worthy of your four dollars! 

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Cable and X-Force Marvel NOW! Trailer Now Online

Marvel released a trailer for the new Cable and X-Force that is part of their Marvel NOW! initiative.

The series comes to us from Dennis Hopeless and Salvador Larroca.

Issue #1 & 2 are already out with #3 hitting in January.

CABLE AND X-FORCE #1 & 2
DENNIS HOPELESS (W) • SALVADOR LARROCA (A/C)
Variant cover by JOE QUESADA
Variant Sketch Cover by Joe Quesada
Variant Character Sketch Cover by Salvador Larroca
Variant cover by Mike Deodato
Blank cover variant also available
Variant Cover (#2) by TBA
Cable is back! NOW! with a new X-Force at his side, he must tackle the threats that nobody else can know about. But just who are Cable’s new recruits, and why is his team public enemy number one? Caught red-handed at the scene of a terrorist attack on a major American corporation whose CEO has expressed anti-mutant views, the X-Force is the run, with none other than the Uncanny Avengers in hot pursuit.
32 PGS. (EACH)/Parental Advisory …$3.99 (EACH)

CABLE AND THE X-FORCE #3
DENNIS HOPELESS (W) • SALVADOR LARROCA (A/C)
Artist Variant COVER by GABRIEL DEL’OTTO
• Where has Colossus been to post-AVX and what is wrong with his powers?
• Why are Cable and his team attacking a civilian company?
• These mysteries and more are revealed!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

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Review: Avengers Arena #1

Let’s not pull any punches about this book. This series is Marvel’s answer to all the tween hype given to The Hunger Games, and the much more brutal, Battle Royale. They even mention – as a rather funny quote from Arcade – that the inspiration for the entire event came from “a couple kids’ books!” Mimicry is NOT always the highest compliment, but in the case of Avengers Arena, it’s not truly mimicry either. This book is much more than copying the motions of another tale, it has a heart all its own, and for me, is Marvel’s best book of the week!

Yes, this is a tale of teenage, and one not so teenage, heroes thrown together in a battle to the death. It has been done before and most certainly will be done again, but it is the tale that lies beneath the broader strokes that compels you to push through this tale of brutality to it’s destructive finale. It is the connections that are made, the loves threatened and the ravings of a girl who never truly enjoyed living until her own life was at stake, that draws you emotionally into the tale. Dennis Hopeless has crafted something that far exceeds the parameters this style of story was based on, and has given us a deeply compelling look into the hearts and minds of some exceptional characters that never truly got the chance to shine on their own. Ironically, this tale will also be the final chance we get to see of these characters, at least we got to know them better in their final days!

Not only does Dennis Hopeless give us an emotionally charged, action packed tale of mortality, but he also gives us a different look at one of the oldest X-Men villains. Arcade has taken center stage as the “big bad” in this series, but most fans will not recognize him in his fresh incarnation. He has become a veritable “god” in this tale, one who is near omnipotent in power and cunning and is not afraid to get his hands dirty. He has evolved far beyond the sneering, freckle faced heckler that let his mechanical murder machines do all the work. Hopeless has built him up as a truly terrifying rogue that not only demands respect but obedience as well, pushing him to the top of the list of most intriguing characters to watch. It is the character of Arcade that brings a sense of intrigue to a tale rife with action, diversifying it even more so than the emotional duress we receive from our “heroes.” It is these factors that lift this tale above the mere some of it’s parts, making it a wondrous read from cover to cover.

Dennis Hopeless and the amazingly talented Kev Walker have crafted a book that may be misconstrued as a mere money grab by Marvel -a blank check to capture the tween readership – and I truly hope it does bring them in. This is the book that will get new readership talking about how amazing comics can be regardless of movie tie-ins and big budget marketing. This is the book that will draw readers in with an idea they all ready know and will blow them away with how rich and emotionally charged the comics genre is.

This is the book that all fans, new or old, should be reading. Don’t let the concept fool you, you will be underestimating how great this book really is!

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Watch The Avengers Marvel NOW Trailer (Hickman & Opena)

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:4451:]]Tomorrow sees the launch of Avengers #1 by Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opena.

By all ministrations it’s one superb cosmic comic, according to Byron’s advanced review.

Marvel has released a new trailer to promote the book, which you can find below.

The Avengers #1 is in stores Wednesday, December 5, 2012.

AVENGERS #1 (SEP120526
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN 
Art by JEROME OPENA 
Colors by DEAN WHITE 
Cover by DUSTIN WEAVER 
ON SALE DECEMBER 5!

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Advanced Review: All-New X-Men #2

The world has been torn asunder after the Phoenix Force merged with Scott Summers. Cities are destroyed, mutant hate is at its peak and the man whose dream brought all the X-Men together — lies dead at the hands of his first student. Things couldn’t be worse for the mutant race, especially since there are new mutants manifesting powers every day and a revolution has begun! All looks bleak, but for one specific X-Man, it is even worse. Dr. Henry McCoy is dying from another genetic mutation, but before he dies he will try to correct the present by visiting the past!

Brian Michael Bendis has crafted a thoroughly engaging tale, rife with nostalgia, that any X fan will not only appreciate — but hold most dear. It is a tale of desperation and longing for a time when things didn’t seem so complex. A tale of time travel and fantasy that feels so natural and well executed that the mere thought of time/space conundrums — is not given a second thought at all! It is so far fetched that it completely makes sense, not becoming an overall burden to the reader or the story.

It is quirky and fun and devastatingly real, bringing a microscope down on all the things that have gone awry over the years and the loss of faith in Xavier’s dream. This tale is as fresh and exciting as the fundamentals the original five X-Men had the first time they suited up. A juxtaposition of a far too dark present and a vibrant, albeit slightly naive, past. The characterization of the “little X-Men” is pitch perfect! Bendis has found their true essence and has treated it reverently, giving no qualms in his ability to scribe the “Merry Mutants” in this fans eyes! 

All X fans will be clamoring for this new series, it is the shot of adrenaline the X books have been so desperately in need of! Bendis fan or not, this book will sway you towards being an X fan all over again!

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New Marvel NOW! Teaser: “Fearless”

It’s the first day of November and it looks like we will be getting another batch of Marvel NOW! teasers.

The first features the words “Fearless,” and is from the creative team of Cullen Bunn and Will Sliney.

Bunn previously worked on the Fear Itself: The Fearless tie-in, but we doubt it has anything to do with that.

Bunn also worked on Venom, maybe that?

(Via Newsarama)

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Advanced Review: Marvel Now!: Point One #1

The future of Marvel comics is bestowed upon us in Marvel Now! Point One. This is not the full scope, but rather, glimpses of some of the biggest and brightest new creations for 2013! A bevy of Marvel top talent has put their best foot forward to lay the foundation for the future, but, is it really worth the six dollar price tag?

Point One is an amalgam of intriguing tales and notable flops. Ranging from new characters like Miss America, revamping fan favorites such as Nova and even returning characters that have not been seen in a very long time — Forge! This book will leave fans in a “love/hate” scenario. Regardless of whom your favorite characters are, it is the quality of the tales that separate the good from the bad — not the character.

I do not pretend to know Marvel Cosmic — I am the “street” guy in the CBN offices. The last time I read a Nova tale, he was running with the New Warriors! But I enjoyed this slight glimpse into the “new” Nova. It was intriguing, referencing Rich Rider and his exploits a few times, and yet somehow winning me over with the “kid.” I cannot tell you if new or old fans will enjoy it, I can only tell you that I did!

But, the best story is that of Peter Quill. A jarring piece that grabbed me instantly! Not knowing a thing about Starlord, Bendis‘ tale made me want to! Fast paced, it’s placement in the book was perfectly balanced to excite the reader into the rest of the book. Unfortunately, the rest of the tales paled in comparison.

For me, the worst tale was the story of Forge and Cable. It was as misshapen as Forge’s leg, giving nothing for the reader to grab onto and feel invested in. I know these are just glimpses, teasers about the future, but, nothing here created excitement for said future. It was a ramble in order to show the mental duress of Forge, but it didn’t resonate well at all.

Nick Spencer’s wrap around tale of Nick Fury and a man proclaiming to be from the future, gave the perfect amount of direction to the overall book. A balance between the zany and profound, Spencer keeps it all in a well wound story that ends open-ended. The perfect stepping stone for the future of Marvel, one that is beginning to look brighter everyday.

But six dollars? Keep out all the advertisements and I would be happy to pay three!

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NYCC 2012: Batch Of Marvel Comics Cover Art; Fantastic Four, more

Marvel revealed the following batch of cover art for their upcoming issues of Marvel NOW!

Included are issues of Fantastic Four, Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk and Superior Spider-Man, with a different person under the Spidey mask than Peter Parker, I believe.

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Marvel Announces Brainwashed Secret Avengers: Iron Patriot Joins The Team

I think I have heard everything NOW!

Get it?

The latest Avengers book to be announced by Marvel is a relaunched Secret Avengers book from Nick Spencer and Luke Ross.

The team will be made up of Nick Fury Jr., Agent Coulson, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Mockingbird, Taskmaster, Hulk and the Iron Patriot with the Winter Soldier as well.

The hook of the book is that the members don’t know that they are part of the team as they have been implanted with suggestions that will get triggered by S.H.I.E.L.D., who wanted their own team of Avengers.

I was actually under the impression that S.H.I.E.L.D. already had a team of Avengers — led by Captain America, or any of the other half dozen or more, I suppose.

I think Marvel is now (again!) bordering on the ridiculous level with the amount of influence the movies have with their comics.

The Iron Patriot’s identity hasn’t even been revealed, as it would most likely spoil Iron Man 3. In addition, judging from the poor attempt of a cover, it’s the Avengers from the movie.

And I thought Hulk already joined S.H.I.E.L.D. in Waid’s book?

Come on guys. You had a great concept when Secret Avengers was initially launched: a team of B-listers led by Captain America to go on secret missions that normal Avengers couldn’t; however, you chose to just make it another Cap book, and audiences left in droves.

How about some diversity to the line?

(via EW)

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Advanced Review: Uncanny Avengers #1

Welcome to the most pre-ordered book of all time! The “Revolution” has begun and Marvel Now! is officially underway! 

Fan favorites, Rick Remender and John Cassady, have laid the groundwork for the future of the Marvel U. with a book that changes the status quo! Former heroes are behind bars, a classic X villain re-emerges with more than a little angst and a mass murderer gives a eulogy! Cyclops’ Extinction team is on the run and the mutant race is more hated than ever! Wait, how is this different? Because “big blue,” Captain America, has a plan to introduce the world to how heroic the X -Men have been over the years.

Everything tastes better when Cap’s got your back!

But seriously, Remender brings a voice to these characters – X-Men especially – that is just not found in their regular books. He brings a depth to them, a richness seldom found and it makes the debut issue of this series that much better. This book will sell no matter what, but it is the pitch perfect characterization by Remender that will keep the fans returning. From Xavier’s eulogy to the completely off-the-wall ending, you will be enthralled by every page. If this is the type of tales we can expect from the rest of the Marvel Now! books, we are in for a resurgence of the Marvel books of old!

Smart and intriguing with just a hint of Remender’s patented craziness — this one’s a solid read that will leave fans wanting more!

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Will Joe Quesada Mention Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy On Jimmy Kimmel?

Joe Quesada is set to appear on the Jimmel Kimmel Show to talk about the new Marvel NOW! 

We can’t help but wonder if JQ will talk about Jeph Loeb’s Nova as well as Brian Michael BendisGuardians of the Galaxy.

Now that’s a sentence I never thought I would EVER write.

Movies do that, you know?

So, do you think Quesada which mention how much he hates space and cosmic books?

Or how much he loves them?

Tune in Tuesday at 12 pm ET on ABC.

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Star-Lord Guardians of the Galaxy – Bendis & McNiven Marvel NOW! Teaser Revealed

Marvel released a new teaser for their upcoming Point One issue that hits in October.

We see Star-Lord on the cover from the creative team of Brian Michael Bendis and Steve McNiven.

Could we be seeing a standalone Star-Lord title? Or is Bendis and McNiven on a new Guardians of the Galaxy?

And does Star-Lord look a bit young or is it me? Hmmm…maybe it’s a rehash of his origin.

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Kid Nova Fights Diamondhead By Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness

Cosmic Book News knew 2 years ago or so that Jeph Loeb was to take over Marvel Cosmic.

And now, Marvel released the following new Marvel NOW! Point One teaser announcing Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness on a Kid Nova story.

This is the third Kid Nova story of the year, I believe, and the forth since Loeb introduced him in the first Point One.

Kid Nova also appears in the last issue of Avengers vs. X-Men #12, after waking from a coma that has seen Kid Nova down and out since AvX began.

I suppose it’s technically not “official” that there will be a new ongoing featuring Kid Nova after this, but it seems as much.

Oh, on the cover we see Kid Nova fighting classic Nova villain, Diamondhead.

Getting beat up.

Sacrilege, I tell ya.

(Image via Buzz Feed)

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Captain America’s Long Hair Explained: It’s Cosmic!

About a week ago Marvel released the cover to the new Marvel NOW! Captain America which featured Steve Rogers sporting Thor-length hair.

That isn’t the Cap most are used to, and we know if his superiors caught a glimpse, Captain America would get an Article 15 faster than he can shake a stick at.

Marvel released the full December solicit for Captain America #2 where we see the reason for Captain America’s long hair is that Cap gets stuck in another dimension — Dimension Z!

Dimension Z is said to be a dimension with no atomic energy technology. They have previously attempted to steal Earth’s scientists – including Hank Pym – to develop their own. However, Earth’s mightiest heroes have put a stop to the inhabitants of Dimension Z, including the Living Eraser, numerous times.

We take it Captain America must have left his combat knife at home.

 

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CAPTAIN AMERICA #2
RICK REMENDER (W) • JOHN ROMITA JR (A/C)
Variant cover by TBA
Dimension Z continues!
• “Remember their faces, their families. Remember what they love. Learn how to turn it against them. “
• Arnim Zola’s ambitions leave Captain America stranded in the upside-down territory known as Dimension Z.
• Steve has saved the life of Zola’s son, but can he keep him alive?
• Who are the barbarians of Phrox and what are their intentions for Steve and his new ward?
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

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Amazing Spider-Man Ends In December; Wolverine and Captain America, Too

This is not really that much of a surprise with the coming Marvel NOW! relaunch.

As of this December, Marvel will be ending the Amazing Spider-Man with issue #700.

No further information is given about an Amazing Spider-Man relaunch, but a previous Marvel NOW! teaser featuring “Superior” – with more info forthcoming at the NYCC – was revealed last week.

In addition to Amazing Spider-Man, Wolverine and Captain America and Black Widow are getting canceled as well.

There is already the standalone “Captain America” Marvel NOW! book, so as Robot 6 notes, Marvel may be just trimming the line down to one.

Most likely a new Wolverine will be announced as well.

 

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DAN SLOTT (w) • HUMBERTO RAMOS (a)
Plus stories by JM DeMatteis & Giuseppe Camuncoli and Jen Van Meter & Stephanie Buscema
Cover by MR. GARCIN
Steve Ditko (Unused Amazing Fantasy 15 Art) Variant Cover
ASM 50TH ANNIVERSARY VARIANT – Marcos Martin
Martin Variant
WRAPAROUND VARIANT – Humberto Ramos
COIPEL VARIANT
QUESADA VARIANT
LAST ISSUE!
All New! 104 PGS./Rated T+ …$7.99

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WOLVERINE #317
CULLEN BUNN (W) • PAUL PELLETIER (A)
Cover by MIKE DEL MUNDO
Variant cover by Adi Granov
FINAL ISSUE!
• In order to save the Dreaming Maiden, Wolverine must face nightmares while asleep and while awake!
• But is the Dreaming Maiden too dangerous to be saved?
• And what will be the fate of the mysterious Covenant?
32 PGS./Parental Advisory…$3.99

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CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BLACK WIDOW #640
CULLEN BUNN (W)
FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA (a/c)
• FINALE ISSUE! GET READY TO HAVE YOUR FACES PUNCHED CLEAN OFF!
• Captain America and Black Widow lead the multiverse’s finest in a final assault on Venemma Multiversal!
• Black Widow vs. Black Widow…to the death!
• Forget 11…on a scale of 1 to AWESOME this eye-popping, senses-snapping, jaw-dropping final issue goes to 12!
32 PGS./Rated T …$2.99

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