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Nova: Kevin Feige Rumored To Ruin Richard Rider

This is something that I was afraid was going to happen, that Kevin Feige is going to ruin Nova, which according to this recent rumor looks to be the case. We all know Kevin Feige is ruining the Marvel characters with his politically correct approach to Phase 4 (can’t have “men” in X-Men), and Feige has …

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COVER SHOOT: The Top Five Comic Covers For 8/28/13

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. American Vampire Anthology #1 – Variant Edition – (Vertigo/DC): This homage to the Godfather is a striking image that is sleek and beautiful in it’s simplicity. Rafael Albuquerque uses an ink wash to create this ode to the past but still manages to convey a high level of detail with such a fickle medium. His level of skill is unmatched and this cover proves it!

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2. The Green Hornet #5 – Variant Edition – (Dynamite): Paolo Rivera gives us a “behind the scenes look” with this sketch cover which will surely draw your eye at the local comic shop! I always appreciate these kinds of covers, ones where we get to see the bare bones of the art in it’s pure, unaltered form. There is something awe-inspiring about seeing the artist concept formulated in high pencil detail prior to color and ink that makes you want to pick up a pencil yourself and give it a whirl! 

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3. Batman/Superman #3 – Variant Edition – (DC): Yes, Jae Lee appears on this list again, but give me one good reason why he shouldn’t! With the stark contrast in color between the background and the central characters — everything pops on this cover! There is so much detail and such a visually appealing layout, that the eye doesn’t know what to take in first. Plus, his rendition of Darkseid is PERFECT!

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4. The Wake – Director’s Cut #1 (Vertigo/DC): Sean Cassidy did an amazing cover when this book was originally released, but this one far surpasses that! The bleached white background offsets the minimal color palette used and helps to accentuate the bold lines of the central image. It is truly enthralling and definitely creepy!

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5. Uncanny Avengers #11 (Marvel): John Cassady creates a cover reminiscent of one of my favorite X-Men covers, Uncanny X-Men #249. Although his layout is completely different, his lack of color and placement of Wolverine as the central sacrifice, brings about the same feeling of dread that I felt all those years ago. The cover is rich in it’s simplicity but even more so it the feeling it conveys to the reader. Very nice work!

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Top Ten Comic Books For February 2013 & Nova Isn’t Listed

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:6018:]]Diamond released their early sales numbers for February 2013 including the top ten sales for comic books and graphic novels, and we see Jeph Loeb’s Nova #1 and all it’s gazillion variants no where in site.

Obviously could be at #11, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed…

DC Comics, Geoff Johns and David Finch’s Justice League #1 takes the top spot, with all its gazillion variants, followed by Uncanny X-Men #1.

DC continues with three more spots with Marvel taking five more.

It will be interesting to see if any of the Marvel NOW! issues make it to the list with their own #17s, as DC has three consistent top sellers with Justice League, Batman and Detective Comics.

For the month, Marvel took both the lead in dollar and unit shares, with sales overall up.

TOP TEN COMIC BOOKS

Justice League #1

Uncanny X-Men #1

Batman #17

Justice League #17

Superior Spider-Man #3

Superior Spider-Man #4

Uncanny X-Men #2

Uncanny Avengers #4

Detective Comics #1

Secret Avengers #1

 

TOP TEN GRAPHIC NOVELS

NEMO: HEART OF ICE HC

BATMAN: THE NIGHT OF THE OWLS HC

ADVENTURE TIME VOLUME 2 TP

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 1: DAYS GONE BYE TP

SAGA VOLUME 1 TP

BATMAN: THE BLACK MIRROR TP

CATWOMAN VOLUME 2: DOLLHOUSE TP

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION/DOCTOR WHO: ASSIMILATION2 VOLUME 2 TP

BATGIRL VOL. 1: THE DARKEST REFLECTION TP

ADVENTURE TIME VOLUME 1 TP

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Justice League Of America Bird Poops All Over Deadpool

Marvel released a new cover for Uncanny X-Men #1 revealing Deadpool getting pooped (for lack of a better word) on by a bunch of different state birds and a couple district birds as well.

“Ornithology is one of America’s greatest past times,” mentioned Senior Editor Nick Lowe. “With Inauguration day and Spring just around the corner – we could think of no better way than to celebrate our history with a beaked representative from every state including Puerto Rico and then some!”

Of course this is a play on the upcoming 52 variants for Justice League of America #1 that features a different state flag and one for D.C. and Puerto Rico.

(via Bleeding Cool)

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Marvel Announces New Uncanny X-Men By Bendis and Bachalo

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As expected, Marvel has confirmed that a new Uncanny X-Men will be launched by Brian Michael Bendis and artist Chris Bachalo.

The new series is slated for February 2013 and sees Cyclops, Magneto, Magik and Emma Frost attempting to recruit all the new mutants that are appearing as a result of the end of AvX.

“You will discover in the very first issue of All-New X-Men exactly where Scott Summers’ head is at. Of all the X-Men that feel it is their job to further the legacy of Charles Xavier, no one feels it more strongly than Scott Summers,” Bendis told Marvel.com. “Scott Summers himself is not only trying to save these kids but he is trying to train them and get them ready for what he feels is coming mutant revolution These new students represent his only hope for true redemption. And his only hope to make the world the way he really thinks it should be.”

Bendis also offers that this new series will feature a new direction for the Master of Magneticism, Magneto.

“What you are going to see with Magneto is a very specific new chapter in his life. At the last Marvel [creative summit] we were talking about the fact that we often break our heroes but never do much to our villains. We would put the Fantastic Four through the ringer but Doctor Doom is always Doctor Doom. I gave that conversation a lot of thought. What happens in the pages of Uncanny X-Men will establish a very bold, new chapter for Magneto.”

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Reader Upset Over 20 Variant Covers Sends In Major Uncanny Avengers #1 Spoiler

A purported retailer/reader unhappy with Marvel’s decision to have – at last count – 20 variant covers for this week’s Uncanny Avengers #1 in addition to the virtual elimination of the X universe sent in the following.

As we know, Avengers Vs. X-Men #11 featured the death of Charles Xavier at the hands of a Phoenix-empowered Cyclops.

And as we know, Marvel has moved just about their entire comic book line into the Avengers universe.

In addition, at the end of Avengers Vs. X-Men #12, with the “no more Phoenix” came a lot more mutants.

Now we see where it all leads to with Uncanny Avengers #1.

In a rather graphic depiction, the Red Skull is shown with the brain of Professor X in hand.

Apparently, the Red Skull will use the brain of Professor X to wipe out the entire mutant population.

There’s Charles Xavier ooze and a big Red Skull smile.

So quite literally, the Avengers have taken over the X-Men.

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Marvel Cancels 9 Titles Including Fantastic Four, FF, Incredible Hulk, New Mutants and more

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:2184:]]Marvel will be cancelling nine titles as of this coming October as Marvel Now! debuts with Rick Remender and John Cassaday’s Uncanny Avengers #1.

And those nine titles are: Captain America, Fantastic Four, FF, Incredible Hulk, Invincible Iron Man, New Mutants, The Mighty Thor, Uncanny X-Men and X-Men Legacy.

It really comes to no surprise for some of these titles as they will obviously be relaunched.

Jonathan Hickman is off both Fantastic Four and FF as of October and moving on to the Avengers books. I believe it was stated that Matt Fraction is taking on the Marvel Now! Fantastic Four.

Ed Brubaker is leaving Captain America, which will certainly see a reboot.

Incredible Hulk was just relaunched less than a year ago or so with Jason Aaron onboard. Will we see another relaunch sometime in 2013? Probably.

We see DnA’s New Mutants is getting cancelled. With it looking like Marvel Cosmic is getting taken over by Jeph Loeb and Brian Michael Bendis, Marvel Cosmic fans are certainly hoping DnA are involved in some capacity. I know I am.

Fraction was on both Thor and Iron Man, two titles that will most likely be relaunched as well.

And we know Bendis is taking on the All-New X-Men.

Expect to hear more from this week’s San Diego Comic Con.

(Via CBR)

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Advanced Review: Uncanny X-Men #15

This week, writer Kieron Gillen brings the many threads of his Mr. Sinister story to the forefront and shocks the X-world with what the Claremont-created villain has to say about modern times.

If you have been following this book even before the AvX event, you will be very pleased with the direction in which Gillen is headed. And it definitely makes Uncanny X-Men the franchise book of this side of the Marvel U.!

Complex stories have always been the norm in X-Men, but Gillen is going out of his way to put his mark on UNX before the Powers That Be come through with … well, with whatever is coming after AvX.

A favorite of mine for his work on Avengers, Daniel Acuna offers the complete package here for art: interesting and imaginative panel layouts, emotional facial expressions and an art that seems to carry and complement Gillen’s script to a “tee.” This team was made for each other, and I would like to see it stay in some form somewhere, please?

Again, great work by everybody in reminding folks that Uncanny X-Men is not just another cog in the scheme of things. 

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Advanced Review: Uncanny X-Men #14

Hope’s role in Avengers vs. X-Men has taken a surprising twist! Now she is on the run for her life but can the time-traveling redhead outrun her own fate? And what is that fate?

Boy, this is one side-story to AvX that is not just lying around there as Keiron Gillen reminds us of why we pick up this franchise book in the first place.

Shades of Chris Claremont!

This tidy, taunt tale of the Merry Mutants and their ongoing skirmish takes threads from Uncanny #3 (2011, of course) and starts spreading the news like NYC on a rainy day.

So what has Mr. Sinister, one of my favorite villains from three of my favorite X-storylines, been up to while all this in-fighting has been going on? Or rather, his sentience? I guess we should not have expected the villains to take a holiday, after all.

See what this classic X-Men enemy has up those musty gray sleeves as Cyke & Crew keep the home fires burning.

This is the type of story that I find Gillen does wonderfully, and the art of Dustin Weaver just carries this tale along with great emotion and fantastic power. You will give it a second read just to glom in all that art. Kudos to Jim Charalampidis on the excellent palette throughout.

Some of these side-stories can be dry as the proverbial Sahara, but this one is full of life and worth the extra coin. Believe me.

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Review: Uncanny X-Men #13

When he was weaving his multi-issue crossover “events,” writer Brian Michael Bendis would use his regular books (re: Avengers, etc.) for side stories, and some of those have already become Avengers classics.

Uncanny X-Men writer Kieron Gillen is in the same boat this week, as the Avengers vs. X-Men saga races across the pages for most Marvel U. books this side story – really an update on the Phoenix’s back story and the progression of the plot involving the robot Unit – plods along here.

While regular readers of the mag may find this a solid tale, as were Bendis’ Avengers side stories, there is an air of fill-in, biding-time and getting back to the “main event,” that being Avengers vs. X-Men.

I was a big fan of Billy Tan’s pencils during his run here with Ed Brubaker and nothing has changed. The art keeps this hodge-podge moving, even though it does take some coaxing to make it through the entirety.

I look to this title more than any other X-book because it has the legacy of being the franchise key player in Marvel’s X-history. This week was certainly not one of its shining hours.

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The “DOC’s” Top Of The Pile for April 25th, 2012

The “DOC’s” Top Of The Pile

By: Chris  “DOC” Bushley

(A weekly quick pick of the five titles that should reside at the top of your pull list. In no particular order!)

 

I do the research, you reap the reward! Before you head out to your favorite shop today, be sure to add these books to your list of goodies. Forget that apple a day nonsense, this “DOC’s” prescription to good health starts with these top five titles of the week!

 

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1. AvX Vs. #1(of 6):  Marvel’s complete and utter slugfest book hits the shelves today! With battles surrounding Iron Man vs. Magneto and the Thing vs. Namor, do I really need to sell you on this book? Okay, then check out my full review here!

2. Supercrooks #2:  Mark Millar continues his Ocean’s Eleven style tale of criminals traveling to Spain to pull the biggest heist ever! Great writing and his patented, “Holy $#*%” moments, will keep you coming back for more! Brutally sadistic! 

3. Uncanny X-Men #11:  Juggy helmeted Colossus versus the Red Hulk? I’m already salivating! You will be too! This is a great book by Kieron Gillen and Greg Land that actually delivers on the promise of furthering the AvX tale along. Read my full review here!

4. American Vampire #26:  Scott Snyder continues to push the envelope with this award winning series each and every month! A new storyline begins here about racial tension in 1950’s Alabama. Not to mention a detective that isn’t what he seems tracking down The Nocturnes, the band Travis listened to as he hunted Skinner Sweet!

5. The New Deadwardians #2:  Dan Abnett’s tale of divided social status between zombies and vampires in an alternate Victorian England, continues here. Who could have killed a vampire without using any of the known ways to do so, and why cut off his aristocratic hand? Chief Inspector George Suttle plans to find out! This is a great book! 

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Review: Uncanny X-Men #11

All you need to do is look at this cover to be completely enthralled with what is to come! Juggernaut Colossus versus Red Hulk! Who isn’t itching to see how this one ends up?

You will not be disappointed with the tale Kieron Gillen and Greg Land lay before you! Taking place directly prior, during and after the events of The Avenger vs. The X-Men #1, we get to finally see a less zealous version of Cyclops. In AvX, he has been portrayed as some kind of religious nut that can’t see how dangerous his decisions are. Here, in a book written by an actual X-Men scribe, we see a leader that has to make a tough decision even though it will cause a rift between his “family” and the world’s mightiest. We also are privy to the internal thoughts of Namor, Hope and Colossus as they embark onto the battle field and will forever be changed in the process. Gillen has a great grasp on the “voice” of these individual characters, making the reader reconnect with them on a more personal level than they have in a long time. It is the perfect juxtaposition with all the chaos surrounding Utopia!

As good as the writing is, it is Greg Land’s rendering of the battle of the behemoths, that will make you not want to put this book down! An underwater barrage of giant fists awaits, and let me tell you — it is a war! Greg Land always amazes me with the skill in which he renders the female form, it is beautiful and eye catching, but today — it is all about breaking things! He creates a brutal symphony of destruction that will cause any fan to pause and take notice of how well it is done! One warrior lies at the bottom of the ocean as the other seethes in rage — absolutely amazing!

Finally, we see a book with the AvX banner tag that actually delivers something new to the story! Kudos to Kieron Gillen and Greg Land for helping this tale progress instead of completely living in the past like all the other books have! Plus, the ending is something that will set all of mutantkind on a collision course with the world that hates and fears them. If the Phoenix Force doesn’t destroy the earth, the ramifications from this ending just might!

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The “DOC’s” Top Of The Pile for April 11th, 2012

The “DOC’s” Top Of The Pile

By: Chris “DOC” Bushley

(A weekly quick pick of the five titles that should reside at the top of your pull list. In no particular order!)

 

I do the research, you reap the reward! Before you head out to your favorite shop today, be sure to add these books to your list of goodies. Forget that apple a day nonsense, this “DOC’s” prescription to good health starts with these top five titles of the week!

 

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1360:]]1.  Secret Service #1:  Mark Millar’s second new series of the year launches today! If that’s not enough to get you to your Local Comic Shop, legendary artist Dave Gibbons is on art chores! Plus, Mark Hamill dies! Yeah, I thought that would get you moving!

2.  Suicide Squad #8:  A new story arch begins here, and after the cataclysmic ending to the “Hunt For Harley Quinn” storyline — the team is rattled! Adam Glass creates one hell of a book every month and it’s a perfect time to hop on the runaway train!

3. Green Lantern #8:  The Indigo Tribe may be the keepers of compassion, but they sure have a strange way of showing it! Sinestro and Hal are tortured because they will not embrace the empathy bestowed upon them. And what exactly does Abin Sur have to do with all of this? Only Geoff Johns knows for sure!

4. Uncanny X-Men #10:  Unit has escaped his prison on Peak, S.W.O.R.D.’s intergalactic jail, and he wants to bring peace to the universe. Too bad he likes to see how things work internally so he can understand them better — especially earthlings! The Avengers guest star to help take down all the baddies Unit released, right before they draw a line against the X-Men themselves!  

5. Lobster Johnson: The Burning Hand #4 (of 5):  It’s up to the Lobster’s crew to take down evil incarnate — The Black Flame! But how can a few mere mortals survive against such a diabolical creature? Find out in this pulp style horror story that will astound you!

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Kieron Gillen Returns To S.W.O.R.D. Through Uncanny X-Men

uncanny x-men #9 preview Raise your hand if you loved S.W.O.R.D.!

Too bad Tom Brevoort didn’t.

When Kieron Gillen first appeared on the scene at Marvel Comics he began with a five issue run on S.W.O.R.D, a rather fun space-based book that saw Agent Brand lead Earth’s defense against aliens onboard a space station.

Marvel didn’t bother promoting it, or even explaining to retailers what is was about, and it was quickly shelved.

But now in the pages of Uncanny X-Men, Kieron Gillen will be re-visting his original storyline as UNIT makes his presence felt once again!

“There’s a catastrophic failure aboard the Peak’s brig and all its prisoners are dropped,” reveals Gillen to Marvel.com. “The main villain of the arc is actually UNIT, who I introduced in [the S.W.O.R.D. series] as a cross between CP-30 and Hannibal Lector.”

The resulting failure will see the X-Men team up with — The Avengers! Yes, the Assemblers will fight along side the Muties one last time before Avengers Vs. X-Men hits in April.

“It’s showing everyone involved as the greatest super heroes on Earth. It’s about showing how we hope they’ll never fight. It’s about showing why they’re going to.”

This all takes place beginning in Uncanny X-Men #9, with artist Carlos Pacheco, for a two issue arc debuting in stores April 11th.

Look for it!

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Review: Uncanny X-Men #7

Since joining Cosmic Book News, I have, on and off, been a reviewer of the Avengers line of Marvel Comics. But, unless you have been under a rock, you know that in April our Assembling Heroes will be battling those merry mutants from Utopia, the Uncanny X-Men.

So, for the first time since the beginning of my 10-year hiatus from comics in 1995 (caused by too many, too expensive X-books), I have jumped back into the gene pool and tried to pick up the threads of the newly relaunched Uncanny X-Men, Issue #7.

I am glad to say I like what I see!

Kieron Gillen is a fine storyteller, and I really dig the mix of powerful (wow, Mags AND Subby?) mutants on this no-nonsense team. Obviously, things have changed vis-à-vis Cyclops and his philosophies (thus the split with Team Wolverine and the reestablishment of the school by Logan).

What I really liked about this issue – and granted, here comes me from the 1990s right into the middle of a 21st century storyline – was not only did it have a cosmic air (I assume the “celestial energies” were indeed energies from THE Celestials?) but some damn fine writing and theories utilizing evolution and the rules or non-rules society(ies) should have about the phenomenon. Shades of the concept X-Men was founded on!

It was kinda fun to see the “Bad Apex” actually improve its metallic armament so that Magneto could not affect its weapons. And the melding of the “Good Apex”/”Unwife” with Danger (whom I had to Google since it was my first intro to the character) was simply wild. What a great concept, dating back to New Mutants Doug and Warlock.

Nice to see some of the “All-New, All-Different” mainstays (Storm, Colossus) are still in the main book. Also nice to have Emma Frost and Magik along. (Cannot wait to see them in action.)

Of course, a good story is nothing without good art, and the team of Greg Land and Jay Leisten did this adventure proud! The alien culture appeared Kirby-awesome, the necessary talking heads were never boring because of the shadowing and great facial expressions, and the action was off the chart – even though Unwife got more attention than Team Cyclops.

So here is to my return to the Uncanny X-Men. And all you faithful readers with no hiatus? I think you will enjoy this mag too!

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Avengers Vs. X-Men: Juggernaut Colossus and Red Hulk Butt Heads in Uncanny X-Men #11

Here is the latest cover to be released by Marvel for their Avengers Vs. X-Men upcoming mega event.

Uncanny X-Men #11 features what the world has been waiting for!

The Juggernaut Colossus taking on the Red Hulk!

Which side do you choose?!

And will ol‘ Green Skin make an appearance to clean up what’s left!?

AvX smashes its way into local comic shops this April!

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