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Staying on Target, Part II

For Those Who Came In Late: Last time, we began our coverage of Marvel Comics’ resident archer and malcontent, Hawkeye the Marksman. As we saw then, Hawkeye got his start as a misunderstood supervillain, repeatedly finding himself in conflict with Iron Man thanks to Hawkeye’s romantic fixation on the Soviet femme fatale the Black Widow. […]

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Staying on Target

I have a tendency, it must be admitted, to root for the little guy when it comes to comic-book characters. Sure, your Supermans and Wolverines and Incredible Hulks are cool, but I always tend to identify more with the “regular joes” of the superhero community, the ones who get by on their wits and nerve, […]

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Caged Heat, Part II

Last time, we took a look at the beginnings of Luke Cage’s origin and superhero career. Let us continue… In Luke Cage’s second issue, he met up with his eventual love interest for the series, Dr. Claire Temple, who just happened (ah, love those comic-book coincidences) to be sharing a neighborhood clinic with none other […]

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Marvel Firsts: Avengers #1

Okay, so obviously there have been many AVENGERS #1s. I think somewhere between twenty and twenty-five this year, give or take. This time, though, we’re dialing back to the Silver Age for a look at the genuine article… the very first time that Marvel heroes united against a common threat and decided to call themselves […]

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The Number-One Number One

So there’s a lot of first-issues hitting the market these days. And I mean a lot. Let’s take a look at just the ones I took home with me last week alone, and see what rises to the top. (There was one more number-one I would definitely have picked up, by the way, Bendis’ new […]

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A Single Android Tear

Raise your hand if you’re excited to see Paul Bettany as Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron. I’m hoping all of your hands are raised. Though I’m looking forward to the simple and happy fact that there’s another Avengers movie on the horizon, I have feelings (FEELINGS, even) when it comes to Bettany. He’s a […]

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A Tale of Three Thors

Thor has done more for modern comics than I think anyone gives it credit for. I’m talking the first movie – the one I also very often see folks negatively (and unfairly, I think) comparing to other Marvel Cinematic Universe flicks. I’ve seen more people say that Thor has opened up the world of comics […]

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This Ain’t Your Disney Avengers

This ain’t your Disney Avengers. Avengers: Ultron Forever #1 combines members of the Avengers from various time periods and in their different incarnations. United by a very unlikely ally, they must end Ultron’s rule in a future that cannot be while also maintaining the delicate balance of time. Naturally, Ultron is not their only foe. […]

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An Entirely New Kind of Iron Man

Tony Stark has never been the idealized, larger-than-life hero like some of his Avengers counterparts. He’s a “billionaire, playboy, philanthropist” who, prior to donning the suit and becoming a hero as Iron Man, was a reckless, thoughtless… well, billionaire, playboy, etc etc. Even once he became a superhero, he had to reckon with his past […]

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Earth’s Mightiest Heroes: Even More Assembling

Previously: In the first two parts of our examination of THE AVENGERS, we explored the origin and roster of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, and took a stroll through their decades-long history. This week, we’ll explore the glory that new (and not-so-new) blood brought to the book in the late ‘90s, and explore some of THE AVENGERS’ […]

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A Study in Scarlet

We talk a lot here about comics. We talk about the stories and the interior art chores and the characterization. We talk about “key” issues and first appearances. We talk “line-ups” and “team-ups.” But we all know what really gives us the biggest charge from comic collecting. What reaches into the depths of our brains […]

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Welcoming the Future, Treasuring the Past.