Welcome back, our comic-crazed compatriots! This week in the Marvel U, the (kinda) epic crossover event Avengers vs. X-Men is speeding toward conclusion. Last week we celebrated 50 years of Thor. This week it’s 50 years of Great Power and Great Responsibility, so we’ll be picking up some Spidey before we take a jump out of mainstream Marvel continuity to take another look at the Merc with a Mouth’s quest to kill everyone, and finally to step into Stephen King’s Marvelous Midworld.
It took awhile for this event to really heat up, but Avengers VS X-Men #10 has a lot of promise. Cyclops is in K’un L’un and Hope’s training is far from complete. The Earth’s Mightiest heroes, and Earth itself’s only chance of salvation may be the reality warping Scarlett Witch…but after all that’s happened, can she be trusted?
Marvel is marking the 50TH Anniversary of our favorite friendly neighborhood Spider-Man with Avenging Spider-Man #11. And if this summer’s reboot left you wanting to see more Spidey vs. Lizard (or wanting to get into a Spidey story that doesn’t take forever to get anywhere…), you’ll want to pick up Amazing Spider-Man #691 along with us. Can the Lizard be stopped and Curt Connors be saved?
The Merc with a Mouth’s newest title has a killer premise, but the execution of the executions has….well, lacked punch. We’re hoping with Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe #3 ‘s battle against the X-Men we’ll get to see a bit more of the fights we want to see, and some more clever kills, that the first two issues seemed to skip over more than not.
Lastly this week we will be grabbing DARK TOWER: THE GUNSLINGER – THE MAN IN BLACK #3. Every Marvel entry into Stephen King’s classic time-travelling and dimension-jumping epic Dark Tower saga has been marvelous. Newcomers to the tale and long time readers alike are sure to be dazzled by this comic adaptation.
Uncanny X-Force #29, The latest story running through Uncanny X-Force is grim. For those reading it, that’s probably an understatement, actually. Key characters are biting the dust left and right, yet we can’t turn away (what does that say about us?). In fact, Uncanny X-Force has once again reached the level of brilliance we saw during The Dark Angel Saga. And that’s saying a lot. If you want some epic super hero action, this is it.
The return of the Black Hand continues in Green Lantern #12. Judging from what we saw in Blackest Night and the last few issues of Green Lantern, Black Hand is one twisted S.O.B. It seems like Geoff Johns really has a fun time writing the character. And with Doug Mahnke’s art to supplement, you know this latest story arc is going to be twisted.
Before Watchmen: Rorschach # 1, Finally! So far we’ve had our fair share of the Minutemen, Silk Spectre, Nite Owl and Ozymandias, but Rorschach and Doctor Manhattan have been left off the playing field. That is until this week. Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermajo’s Rorschach #1 finally sees the light of day and judging from the preview art we’ve seen in months past, this series is shaping up to be something awesome.