I know you guys remember watching the X-Men animated series, thus I also know that you’ve seen the Apocalypse episodes, where Angel transforms into Archangel and goes crazy? He buys up all of those ancient Egyptian artifacts trying to find Apocalypse’s weak spot and it turns out it’s a weird little thingy behind his neck? Good times, good times…
Anyway! What I’m trying to say is remember how awesome Apocalypse and his Horsemen were? Famine, Pestilence, War, and Death were just so freaking cool, and in the latest run of Uncanny Avengers the Apocalypse Twins have raised a whole new retinue of Horsemen: Banshee, Grim Reaper, Daken, and the Sentry. That’s right, the little blighters have resurrected some seriously powerful beings to do their bidding. Not good. Kinda dickish too, turning Sean into a bad guy…
This week my favorite issue was Uncanny X-Force #34. I had been reading the book on Marvel Unlimited and it was awesome to see everything come to a head. Get out there, read my Unlimited Highlights, and let me know which of the Horsemen is your favorite!
I think Carnage looks good in the red, white, and blue. Don’t you? This week is all about Cletus Kasady in Unlimited Highlights, and if you don’t know much about the fiend, this is a great place to get stated. I personally haven’t read a ton of Spider-Man/Symbiote stuff in a long while but all of these books brought a little something different to the table, expanding on the tragic and horrifying legacy of the crimson killer.
My personal favorite was Carnage’s first appearance in Amazing Spider-Man #361. The way that Peter slowly uncovers more and more of Kasady’s atrocities, starting with his childhood? Man that was creepy. Well what are you waiting for? GET READING!
With all of the craziness of these past two weeks, I totally forgot about Unlimited Highlights last week – we featured the lovely ladies of Brian Wood and Olivier Coipel’s new X-Men #1! I have yet to pick up my copy of the book, I was in Denver at a comics conference Wednesday – ROMOCOCO 2013, but I was happy to read up on the girls and hit you with some of their incredible exploits. We’ve got Kitty Pryde, Storm, Psylocke, Rogue, and Jubilee
My favorite book for this particular Highlights was Uncanny X-Force #8, simply because it turned me on to the series. I had never gotten my hands on the title before but I was more than pleasantly surprised. In this issue Psylocke faces off against the Shadow King as he threatens a heedless populace with atomic annihilation. So much fun. And the Apocalypse/Archangel stuff later in the series is an absolute blast!
Feel like you’re missing out? You are! Head over to Unlimited Highlights and check out all the great comics featured last week!
This week in our uncanny Unlimited Highlights I got to talk about one of my current favorite series hitting newsstands, Daredevil! Post-Shadowlands I wasn’t sure where Matt Murdock was going. He went off and did a little soul searching, kicked some ass, then he decided Hell’s Kitchen was still the place to be. That’s when Waid took over and charted a course for the crimson clad crusader that has remained solid over 25 issues. It doesn’t hurt that he has an absolutely crack team of phenomenal artists backing him up, Chris Samnee, Paolo Rivera, Khoi Pham, killers all.
My favorite issue this week? I mean it’s gotta be Daredevil #1. The artistic use of onomatopoeia in that issue, and really the entire run, is really just beautiful but that was the first I had seen it so I’m definitely giving it the mention. I mean just look at that cover! Ok that’s a tiny image, click the link and you’ll see I swear! Not only that but it sets the stage for this new Matt, one who has decided to be happy, against all odds and in the face of his own brutal history.
If you haven’t gotten out and grabbed up #25 absolutely do. Matt goes up against a new foe with his own set of super senses and kung fu power and is pushed to his limits. And go check out Unlimited Highlights folks, you’ll be glad you did!
What’s the world’s most violent mutant been up to? Oh you know, massacring everything that bleeping moves! I kid, I kid – but not really. Anyway, this week’s highlights star the killer Canadian himself! Marvel’s got this MASSIVE hardcover coming out in June, Wolverine: The Adamantium Collection and to get people hyped we want to give you a small taste of Wolvie’s long and tortuous life.
I gotta say that my favorite issues this week were Wolverine #1 and Wolverine & the X-Men #1. You just can’t beat the sordid tale of love and loss that is Mariko Yashida. And Wolverine as headmaster of the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning? That my friends, that is a recipe for a very delicious disaster! So go, read Unlimited Highlights and let me know what you think!
How much do you know about the Shi’ar’s most awesome fighting force? Oh, next to nothing? THEN GET LEARNED SON! I’ve always been a huge fan of Gladiator, excuse me, Emperor Kallark’s abilities – powers fueled by confidence? Man where can I get me some of that?
And now that Isabel Dare is the first terran member of the Imperial Guard, new Superguardian Smasher no less? I gotta say, I’m very excited for the future. Oh and go pick up Avengers #5 if you want the skinny on that story! Anyway, my favorite book this week has gotta be New X-Men #124. There’s just nothing like the Cassandra Nova storyline. She’s so damn evil and horrible and it’s terrifying.
Unlimited Highlights: Morbius
Check out this guy right here, all smiling as he’s about to suck the life from your veins. That’s right folks, this week’s Unlimited Highlights stars the one and only living vampire, Morbius, formerly known as Dr. Michael Morbius. A failed experiment to cure his rare blood condition transformed the mild mannered PhD into something even more terrifying than your standard health care professional.
This week my favorite issue of the five that were featured, well crap it was a freaking hard tie. We’ve got Marvel Zombies 4 #1 and Punisher (2008) #12 coming in at first place. And if I HAD to pick between the two? Gosh, I’m giving it to Punisher. I’m sure all of those hard core Frank Castle fans wanted to do a little punishing of their own with the introduction of the Frankencastle madness, but honestly, I loved it. I’m not a real big reader of the Punisher, but this little series is an absolute pleasure to read and breathtaking to gander on thanks to the phenomenal work of Tony Moore. I have to hand it to Remender for turning me into a Punisher reader, if only for a few fantastic issues.
And then there’s Marvel Zombies 4 #1. Such a fun book to read if only because we’ve got some of the Marvel U’s most volatile monsters hunting down the disembodied head of zombie Deadpool. Seeing Morbius as a team leader was very cool, simply because I’d only really ever seen him as the tortured scientist figure, a loner through and through. I was also really impressed with Daimon Hellstrom in this issue. I’d never given the Son of Satan much thought but here he kicks some serious butt and comes off as both hilarious and dangerously psychotic at the same time. Kev Walker did a brilliant job with them pencils too!
Anyway, stay tuned for more Marvel pieces, more comics talk, and more fighting game stuffs in the very near future!