REVIEW: Young Avengers #12

With only one possible misstep in its entire run, Young Avengers has been an incredible ride. The end is in site and the battle with Mother commences. Most of this book however is the calm, before the storm. The knowing that the end is upon these characters runs through the minds of reader and Avenger alike. For anybody jumping on hoping to know what the hell is going on is probably going to throw you for one hell of a loop as all the threats from the past year come hurtling down towards a singularity known only as the Demiurge.

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REVIEW: Uncanny Avengers #13

With the return of Daniel Acuna, Uncanny Avengers #13 is back to being a visually stunning and very talky book. Most of the comic consists of the Avengers Unity Squad, the Apocalypse Twins, or Horsemen of Death waxing eloquently about the role of mutants in the world. Rick Remender gives each side a clear motivation in their conflict.

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REVIEW: Uncanny Avengers #12

Uncanny Avengers #12 is just another chapter in Rick Remender’s vast Apocalypse epic, but it is quite a good chapter. Although little happens in the way of moving the ongoing plot forward, Remender provides insights into what motivates both the villains and the heroes of Uncanny Avengers. He does an excellent job exploring the psyches of two of the female members of the Avengers Unity Squad: Wasp and Scarlet Witch. Salvador Larroca doesn’t do anything flashy with the art, but his figures are impeccable and he captures the dynamic nature of the fight scenes between the Uncanny Avengers and the Apocalypse Twins’ goons and Horsemen. The only weakness of this issue is that the plot is incredibly slow and makes Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers look like a thriller novel.

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REVIEW: Morbius: The Living Vampire #9

After only nine short months, the bittersweet end to Michael Morbius’ adventures in Brownsville has arrived. Was Joe Keatinge able to bring his tale of Marvel’s living vampire to a satisfactory conclusion?

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Review: Ultimate Comics: Ultimates #30

In comparison to Ultimates #1, Ultimate Comics Ultimates #30 is a pale shadow in both its art and writing. Gone are Bryan Hitch’s wide screen panels and detailed splash pages. In its place are cluttered panels that try to rush the story along in time for the “Cataclysm” event. Ultimates #30 has some epic moments, a few humorous bits of dialogue, and wraps up the story arc well, but it definitely isn’t a great issue of Ultimates.

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REVIEW: Thanos Rising #5

THANOS RISING succeeds wonderfully despite itself. We’ve seen so many attempts to justify the actions of madmen in the modern age of superhero comics – to humanize outlandish and inhuman villains – that we’re justifiably prepared to write off a prequel story to Marvel’s personification of evil.

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REVIEW: Gambit #16

Who is Gambit’s friend Fence? How did they meet? And what secrets is he hiding? To save those dear to him, Gambit must attempt the impossible – and he’ll need all of his thieving skills to succeed! The past is gone but not forgotten in this explosive penultimate issue!

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