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I'm sick of bailing Earth's Mightiest Zeroes out of trouble... 1

AF Reviews: AvengersAvengers/Iron Man: First Sign collects the moribound issues of The Avengers and Iron Man, most of which are all written by Terry Kavanagh, one of the worst people to ever write comics. To the unfamiliar, Terry Kavanagh was an editor at Marvel Comics who for some reason decided he could write. His name is attached to all the worst parts of the worst parts of 90s comics. His name is attached to The Clone Saga, Onslaught and The Crossing. He's the man who wrote the issue of the ...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

I don't have an "evil mutant" fetish. 0

AF Reviews: X-MenX-Corps is a chunky paperback collecting Joe Casey's run on Uncanny X-Men which runs from #394-409 and an annual and is concurrent with the start of Grant Morrison's New X-Men. This trade features the core team of Archangel, Iceman and Nightcrawler with new members Chamber and Stacy X. Other X-Men who make prominent and frequent appearances in this trade include Banshee, M, Multiple Man, and, of course, Wolverine.The run tells a few stories, all of which eventually come to their...

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Your highness, my lord Dracula-- you have WON. 0

AF Reviews: X-MenAgain, don't fret, I simply haven't reviewed Captain Britain and MI:13 #11-12 because I don't have much to say besides "it's good, read it". The Vampire State storyline advances to a whole new level in this issue which sees Dracula's plans commence and... oh, who am I kidding, the title of the review gives it away... Dracula wins!Basically what has happened so far is MI:13 have been fighting off an invasion of Dracula's vampires. They've failed every step of the way. And I mean...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

How many curses do you WANT? 0

AF Reviews: X-MenNo, 8 reviews haven't suddenly vanished, I simply haven't reviewed Captain Britain and MI:13 #2-9. They're good, go read them. That's the review of them. I'm doing #10 because the Vampire State storyline had always struck me as a really good idea for an epic storyline and it begins here. Paul Cornell and Leonard Kirk are still the creative team. Yeah, believe it or not, some creative teams last longer than 3 issues. In fact, other than the addition of Blade and the death of Joh...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

I just keep asking myself: what would a super hero do? Then I roll my eyes and do the right thing anyway. 2

AF Reviews: X-MenOkay okay okay, I admit grouping this in with X-Men is pushing it a bit, but this is kinda on the coat-tails of Excalibur and Captain Britain is purps' twin brother, so I'm counting it as an X-Men book just so I don't have to make a new banner for "AF reviews Other Stuff". Now, I'll start with a fun fact, the creative team of Captain Britain and MI:13, Paul Cornell and Leonard Kirk, were originally meant to take over New Excalibur but instead they relaunched it as this. Presuma...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

I think he's the part of you that lives to prove you're superior to everyone else. 1

AF Reviews: AvengersThe "Aboriginal Hulk saga" by Peter David continues with Bruce Banner reluctantly joining forces with A.I.M. to defeat Exodus and his Darwin Force (Pyro, Unus and Vanisher) so that they can no longer hassle the indigenous tribe he has come to belong to.First off, a lot of what I thought was great about the first part of Terra Incognita isn't here, this reads more like an almost typical comic where the hero joins forces with bad guys to stop badder guys. The Aboriginal elemen...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Not even the Hulk can stand in the way of evolution. 1

AF Reviews: AvengersAfter Peter David wrapped up his illustrious Hulk run in 1995, most people would prefer to ignore everything that followed up until when Greg Pak revitalized the Hulk character with the Planet Hulk and World War Hulk crossovers. That's over 10 years of Hulk material there that's overlooked, and mostly justifiably so. On one hand we have Bruce Jones' dreadful run, John Byrne's pitiful Skrull retcon to Hulk's origins, and an out-right lame stint by Marvel's resident loser Danie...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

One Less than Infinite 0

AF Reviews: AvengersI've said I don't really like What If? issues because more often than not they just plain suck. They usually either go on a tangent too fair removed from the central question or just fail to really explore what they've set out to do or have promised (classic example: there's a what if based on the idea of Spider-Man marrying Black Cat except it sharply turns into a Spider-Man/Silver Sable fanfic instead). With that said there are a few issues of What If? that are genuinely g...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

You mean the exploding boomerang thing? 4

AF Reviews: ThunderboltsLast issue I gave this series a break, I was really legitimately hoping for something good and something I would actually enjoy reading or could even just look forward to every week. Instead I was incredibly annoyed and found the first issue one of the most annoying things I've ever read. I still wanted to give the series a shot, I mean, first issues more often than not disappoint, maybe the second issue will make it all worthwhile.Nope. This issue even more annoying. If ...

4 out of 13 found this review helpful.

A dark reign is coming... and we each yet have our part to play in it 1

AF Reviews: ThunderboltsEvery now and again I like to go back and review an older issue, and today I'm reviewing Thunderbolts #127 by Andy Diggle and Roberto de la Torre. Diggle and de la Torre took over as the creative team of Thunderbolts only an issue earlier, following the critically acclaimed run by Warren Ellis, they begin by dismantling the team to set up both a new team and most of the current character's moves over to the Dark Avengers book.This is the second part of "Burning Down the H...

4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Law of odds alone says one of these days, it's gotta happen, right? 5

AF Reviews: ThunderboltsI had high hopes for this. I was hoping it could be an actual Marvel NOW book that I enjoyed. With Thunderbolts utterly ruined, I saw in this the possibility for a replacement. I mean, there's 3 former Thunderbolts right there on the cover (Boomerang, Shocker and Speed Demon) and one pseudo-T-Bolt (Beetle). Hell, Boomerang and Shocker are even still wearing their T-Bolt belt buckles on the cover. I legitimately was hoping to like this. Spoilers: I didn't.The book takes a...

7 out of 8 found this review helpful.

I am your inner star, Erik. 0

AF Reviews: X-MenMagneto's Brotherhood of Mutants falls apart and an unusual team of X-Men emerge ready to fight him at any cost. But Magneto's abuse of drugs to enhance his powers is taking it's toil and he's slipping, becoming wreckless and hearing voices.This one is a story about Beak. Beak is a character Grant Morrison created at the start of his run and for some reason a lot of people hate, despite the fact he's probably one of the most valid X-Men characters of the last decade or so. Beak...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Perhaps that's MY secondary mutation? To always come back. 0

AF Reviews: X-MenAs Magneto develops his plans to wage war on mankind, he continues to encounter problems with holding the attention of the shallow masses below. Elsewhere, Jean Grey and Wolverine are afloat in space, heading straight for the sun with little in the way of oxygen or hope.Magneto's plight for a new world takes a backseat this issue and we instead focus on the ordeal that Jean and Wolverine are in. With impending death fast approaching the two heroes, the two reflect on what has b...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

We build our armies where we can, Toad... we were all losers...once. Remember? 1

AF Reviews: X-MenA day has apparently passed since Magneto revealed himself to Professor X. In that time, Magneto has as much as seized control of New York City and stands atop a skyscraper with his Brotherhood, formerly the Xavier Institute's Special Class, and declaring New York is now New Genosha. With all the X-Men neutralized, it seems as if Magneto may have finally won...Except, despite his boasts and displays of power, the gathered crowds are unimpressed and unconvinced in Magneto. At the...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

X-Men emergency indeed, Charles... the dream is over. 0

AF Reviews: X-MenThe story begins with the aftermath of the Assault on Weapon Plus story; unfortunately Chris Bachalo has left art chores, but Phil Jimenez delivers some great work to go with Grant Morrison's excellent story. A few of the X-Men are scattered with Cyclops and Fantomex in a shuttle crash over the ocean and Wolverine alone in a space station fighting Ultimaton. I actually can't recall much of the story beforehand, with it being years since I read it, so how we got to this exact si...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Who are we to say whether a legend has died or is just a'borning? 1

AF Reviews: AvengersNo Longer Alone is the start of Jim Steranko's seminal and short run on Captain America and this issue sees Rick Jones returning to Captain America's side in the Avengers and taking up the Bucky mantle full-time. We are also introduced to one of Cap's greatest enemies; Madame Hydra.Cap is walking down some generic moody and dark streets as he smokes (yeah, Cap smokes apparently) when suddenly out of nowhere the Hulk smashes through a wall being chased by the Army. Cap tries ...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

I think, therefore I have a chance 1

AF Reviews: X-MenDavid Lapham, Marjorie Liu and Greg Pak bring us the final chapter of X-Termination and the final chapter of the Age of Apocalypse and X-Treme X-Men books. Art chores are handled by Matteo Lolli, David Lopez, Guillermo Mogorron and Raul Valdes. Again very obviously the case of far too many people working on a book.If you've been following this story like I, then you no doubt will have put up with one of the most unimpressive and go-nowhere stories with nothing but inconsistent ...

4 out of 6 found this review helpful.

This is it, guys. They're going to eat the world. 2

AF Reviews: X-MenMarvel's under-promoted and pretty much ignored X-Termination crossover has it's penultimate part this week written by David Lapham, Marjorie Liu and Greg Pak and drawn by Renato Arlem, Matteo Buffagni, Carlos Cuevas, Klebs deMoura and Raul Valdes. Yes, that's a lot of people together for such a below average fare.Jean Grey is now the heir to Apocalypse (or rather the heir to the heir of Apocalypse) and she's slowing losing her humanity and she starts to show signs of basically...

5 out of 6 found this review helpful.

And what little guts you do have... just don't taste sweet enough for me... 1

AF Reviews: X-MenThe X-Men go in search of Sabretooth in hopes of stopping his murderous rampage in The Whispers Scream by Fabian Nicieza and Mike McKone. Can the X-Men help Sabretooth stop his bloodlust or is he a lost cause?Sabretooth is going on a killing spree following the discovery of his son and the death of his only "friend" Birdy. When the Marvel's merry mutants get wind of it (Beast, Bishop, Gambit, Maverick, Professor X, Rogue, and Silver Samurai) they head out to put an end to Sabret...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Sabretooth will never get past a combined battle team of hungry bankers! 0

AF Reviews: X-MenWe wrap up the Death Hunt story arc by Larry Hama and Mark Texeira with Sabretooth confronting his son Graydon Creed (aka Tribune aka Horror Show from Age of Apocalypse).Another fairly straight forward affair. Sabretooth and his random sidekick Birdy attack Graydon's headquarters. Ninjas are there. Bankers with guns too. Everything up until the last few pages is a fairly ordinary affair. Then Sabretooth and Graydon properly come face-to-face and we dwelve into Graydon's past a ...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Can I prevail upon you all to call a truce until after dessert? 1

AF Reviews: X-MenCity of Light, City of Night by Larry Hama and Mark Texeira has Sabretooth learn of his past romance with Mystique and the existence of their son. Also a completely unnecessary and annoying Wolverine guest appearance.First off, I need to point out one or two pages appeared to be missing from my copy and as such I actually missed most of the Sabretooth and Wolverine fight. I don't know if I should be thankful for that or not. But, it stands that I technically haven't read the who...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Did I make you feel bad? Well, good! That's what I was trying to do! 1

AF Reviews: X-MenSabretooth's 2nd issue (again by Hama and Texeira) continues on with our story as Sabretooth heads to Paris and begins a game of cat-and-mouse with Mystique in A Kiss Before Dying.Sabretooth tracks down his sidekick, Birdy, and after a silly car chase (it was the 90s), the duo head abroad. Sabretooth tracks down Mystique but the best of the blue ladies isn't going down without a fight. We naturally have a chase around all the iconic locations of Paris (nay, the Eiffel tower) an...

4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Like takin' what ya want and gettin' what ya fear... 0

AF Reviews: X-MenThe idea of a book starring the purely loathsome and fairly one-dimensional X-Men villain Sabretooth probably seems like a disaster in the waiting. Daniel Way certainly proved it a decade later. But back in the 90s, Marvel went through a pretty cool routine of publishing insane amounts of ongoings and limited series starring some of the least likely headlining characters. The fact that the Sabretooth series ranks up there as one of the more sensible choices speaks volumes about ...

4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

A Celestial-powered monster is about to usher in a billion more just like him to eat the Universe 0

AF Reviews: X-MenMarvel's X-Termination crossover continues as David Lapham, Marjorie Liu and Greg Pak deliver the 4th chapter in the Cosmic X-Men crossover with art by Guillermo Mogorron and Raul Valdes.This issue continues on from last issue and... well, that's really all it does. Not a great deal happens here. Jean Grey and Nightcrawler get the Apocalypse seed back from Dark Beast like it's no thing and the teams are still unable to beat the Exterminator things. The issue mostly stars Dazzle...

4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

We must be in possession of the stronger hand... 0

AF Reviews: X-MenMarvel's X-Termination story arc continues with it's fourth part featured in Age of Apocalypse #14 which is also the final issue of the Age of Apocalypse series. Written by David Lapham, Marjorie Liu and Greg Pak and drawn by Andre Araujo and Renato Arlem, the issue sees the heroes continue to fight against extra-dimensional energy-consuming beings that threaten the multiverse.Here's exactly why these cross-title crossovers suck: this is barely even an issue of Age of Apocalypse...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Invasion of the Dark Lava Men 1

AF Reviews: ThunderboltsThe enjoyment continues to be lacking in the fifth or sixth part of Dark Avengers. I can't even remember what part we're on now because every issue has been basically the same thing: exposition towards a dark alternate universe with the promise that next issue the Dark AvengersThunderbolts are going to go into action.There's just absolute no headway being made with this at all, and it's more aggravating knowing the book is cancelled in 2 issues time because this is litera...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

There's something about being an Avenger... 0

AF Reviews: AvengersVengeance is Ours by Stan Lee and Don Heck stars the Avengers as they induct Swordsman as a new member into the team and are targeted by Iron Man's enemy the Mandarin.In the traditional Silver Age style, the cliffhanger of the last issue of Avengers is quickly resolved with the Avengers freeing Captain America quickly and Swordsman escaping from them. As the Avengers bicker amongst themselves about who should lead the team, Swordsman is abducted by the Mandarin and attempts t...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Sometimes the flames of glory can rise from the ashes of defeat 0

AF Reviews: AvengersThe Coming of the Swordsman by Stan Lee and Don Heck is a slice of Silver Age Avengers which features the very first appearance of the Avengers very own Swordsman.Our story begins with Swordsman deciding that if he gets an Avengers I.D. card, then there will be no limits to what he is able to do. He decides to impress the Avengers and show off how amazing he is by breaking into their mansion and beating Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. I imagine Stan Lee probably forgot that he...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Better than in a museum like dinosaurs 0

AF Reviews: X-MenDeadeye takes the lead in Salvation by David Lapham and Renato Arlem as the lady Penance arrives - but will she be an ally or an enemy to the X-Terminated? Can Prophet be trusted? And has The Overlord met his match?Zora Risman (aka Deadeye) is at work when suddenly the mutant M shows up in public proclaiming salvation for all and dubbing herself Penance. Zora is not the only one who pays attention to Penance's display and both Overlord and Prophet also are intrigued by the sudde...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

I am the apex and the orb... 0

AF Reviews: X-MenDavid Lapham and Davide Gianfelice's The Kid with Kaleidoscope Eyes sees the X-Terminated take a backseat and instead shines the spotlight on Jean Grey and Quentin Quire in a stand-alone story.Quentin Quire has started a gang of psychic and telepathic people he has gained control over (among them Mesmero, Moondragon and Persuasion) and Prophet decides that Quire could be a powerful ally so he and Jean go to meet him. Quire is nuts, Jean tries to help him cope with his psychic po...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Little men find their own destruction... 1

AF Reviews: X-MenThe Resurrection Agenda, written by David Lapham and pencilled by Robert De La Torre, continues on from last issue with the X-Terminated attacking one of Henry McCoy's labs where he and Sugar Man are reviving some of the most powerful dead mutants to serve the Overlord (aka Weapon Omega). The X-Terminated might have a trick of their own up their sleeve in the form of the Hulk.Straight forward enough plot in this issue. While the X-Terminated battle away against Beast, Sugar Man,...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

I have heard you are the last sight of many a mutant... 0

AF Reviews: X-MenBack from the Dead by David Lapham and Roberto De La Torre continues Age of Apocalypse as the X-Terminated try to stop Beast and Sugar Man reviving the dead X-Men to serve The Overlord.The X-Terminated go into action to stop the mad scientists from reviving some of the most powerful mutants. Fiend continues to sabotage the lab in secret as Prophet makes a deal with Sebastian Shaw and Horror Show gets drunk. Meanwhile, Goodnight tracks down Bruce Banner to help them in their caus...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

You once asked me how I feel about humanity's demise... 0

AF Reviews: X-MenTo Kill Mutantkind by David Lapham and Roberto De La Torre is the second issue of Age of Apocalypse and features the X-Terminated battling against Prelate Summers and elsewhere Jean Grey tries to contribute to the battle against mutantkind.Picking up from where we left off last issue, the X-Terminated and Harper Simmons are confronted by Prelate Summers in an abandoned lab (previously used by Henry McCoy) and a battle ensues. Despite the humans actually overpowering Summers, Dea...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

I was built for the fight, not the victory... 0

AF Reviews: X-MenDavid Lapham and Roberto De La Torre's X is the first issue of the new Age of Apocalypse series which stars a group of human freedom fighters known as the X-Terminated as they battle to overthrow The Overlord's rule over the world.This first issue plants a lot of seeds for what's going on in the Age of Apocalypse, but the primary plot here is the X-Terminated setting out to save a human called Harper Simmons. Simmons, apparently a resident of the mainstream reality who has becom...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Who did you kill and why wasn't I invited... 0

AF Reviews: X-MenPLEASE NOTE: This review is only for certain material from this comic book, the star rating given reflects opinion on the specified story or stories and not the issue as a whole.The Myth of Man by David Lapham and Roberto De La Torre is a short teaser for the Age of Apocalypse title which introduces us to Prophet and gives us a glimpse of the other members of the X-Terminated.Despite limited interest in modern comics, Age of Apocalypse has always been one of the few titles that ...

5 out of 6 found this review helpful.

atypical lazy Bendis double page splash pages 5

AF Reviews: AvengersWe kick off the greatest and most important thing to happen to comics ever since Avengers vs. X-Men, with Age of Ultron #1 by Brian Michael Bendis and Bryan Hitch.Do you remember like over a year ago when we got a teaser for Age of Ultron in one of those Marvel Point One one-shots? If you read that already, then congratulations, you've read Age of Ultron #1. Well, actually, you read Age of Ultron #1 with even less horrible characterization and use of Hawkeye. 80% of this stor...

2 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Black Galaxy Vengeance 0

AF Reviews: Acts of VengeanceRemember when Hercules ran off to battle Ulik and Thor got distracted by learning that Loki was behind Acts of Vengeance? Here is the long awaited resolution to the Hercules and Ulik story by Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz.This is not very good at all. Instead of having Hercules overcoming his confidence issues following his battle with the High Evolutionary, DeFalco instead decides to spend the entire issue bigging up Marcus Stone. He's an NYPD cop who doesn't back down ...

4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Bloodstone Vengeance 0

AF Reviews: Acts of VengeanceThe Skeleton Crew continue on their hunt for the buried alive Red Skull as Captain America and Diamondback are invited to Skullhouse in House Calls by Mark Gruenwald and Ron Lim.Crossbones and friends recruit a psychic to locate the Red Skull and find him half dead. Believing his time is up, the dying Red Skull requests to see Captain America one last time. Captain America and Diamondback venture to the Red Skull's house to find the bed-ridden villain is reinvigorate...

2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

American Vengeance 0

AF Reviews: Acts of VengeanceCrossbones and Red Skull's henchmen (aka the Skeleton Crew) launch an attack on the Hellfire Club in an attempt to liberate their master who they mistakenly believe Magneto is holding prisoner there. As the villains battle the Black Queen and her soldiers, Captain America and Diamondback find themselves caught in the middle. And what of the Red Skull's fate? The Skeleton Crew is written by Mark Gruenwald and pencilled by Ron Lim and Mark Bagley.This is just a very go...

4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Year of the Vengeance 0

AF Reviews: Acts of VengeanceRemember when Magneto kicked the Red Skull's ass and then buried him alive? Well, in the aftermath of Acts of Vengeance, both Captain America and Crossbones are on a hunt for the missing Red Skull in Red Twilight by Mark Gruenwald and Ron Lim.Yep, last time we left Captain America was when the Red Skull was beaten and thrown into a dark hole by the revenge-seeking Magneto and it seems so long ago. But despite all the tie-ins to Acts of Vengeance I've read since then ...

4 out of 5 found this review helpful.