Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes S02E08 Quick Review

Thor & Bill: Swingers
Beta Ray Bill's journey is no scuttlebutt.

Here come the hammers!

The Avengers are probably still stunned at last week’s developments. This week, Thor and the Asgardians helm this story. This episode, “The Ballad of Beta Ray Bill,” adapts the origins of the strange alien worthy of wielding Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir. Thor and the alien, Beta Ray Bill, join forces to stop Surtur’s attacking Earth and Asgard. But first, Bill needs a powerful weapon against Surtur so the Asgardians come to Eitri the Dwarf King for help. Both parties hammer out an agreement: Bill gets the uru-made Stormbreaker and Thor must come to Eitri’s aid when the Dwarf calls for the Thunder God’s help. Continue reading “Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes S02E08 Quick Review”

Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes S02E07 Review

Avengers Get-together
Who Do You Trust? Anyone giving me deja vu after watching the movie.

Nick Fury brings the Skrull invasion front and center this week. He and his rogue team alert Tony Stark that one of the Avengers is a Skrull. Their intel leads to Hawkeye being the suspect. Tony returns to the Avengers disillusioned that anyone he has worked with may be a Skrull. Conflict arises after Tony accuses Hawkeye. New Avenger Ms. Marvel tries to bring Clint in for a S.W.O.R.D. investigation. The archer refuses and the Avengers have a brief scuffle amongst themselves. Continue reading “Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes S02E07 Review”

Avengers Academy Volumes 1 & 2 Review

Avengers Academy Volume 1 coverAvengers Academy Volume 2 CoverAvengers Academy is the one the most recent teenage super-teams. A group of six teens who were held under Norman Osborn now start the path to becoming the newest Avengers. On the other hand, some of them wonder whether they’ll tread another path either as villain, de-powered, or just staying alive. The theme of acting ethically is made evident in the instructors being flawed people. They are clearly not the first tier of Avengers emotionally: Hank Pym, who’s dealing with the loss of his wife Janet, Quicksilver, an ally at the moment, Speedball, trying to get over the infamous Stanford incident, and Tigra, a victim of a videotaped assault gone viral and whose child’s biological father was a Skrull carrying Hank Pym’s identity AND his DNA. Continue reading “Avengers Academy Volumes 1 & 2 Review”

Avengers Earth's Mightiest Heroes S02E06 Quick Review

Hulk & Iron Man's projection of Korvac

Korvac! Guardians of the Galaxy! Captain America Skrullifically unavailable! Why is Michael Korvac on Earth? Because he’s a dangerous fugitive. We don’t get to see much in Korvac’s motivations other than he’s a Big Space Villain. Ms. Van Dyne needs to get over Hank. Her next act of “compassion” will lead the Avengers to get sucked into a extra-dimensional vortex within 3 minutes from the start of the next episode.

HOWEVER, the Guardians do a have a raccoon and a living tree in their roster for our not-so-jolly green giant to fight. Anything to keep the kids happy, Hulk?

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Avengers (2012) Movie Review

The Avengers movie logo
How much will THIS movie gross?

It’s a shame that Spider-Man is in Sony’s clutches. The Avengers, directed by Joss Whedon, is a very fun movie. Avengers is a good action-adventure focusing on our heroes forming a united front to protect Earth. Marvel Studio’s bold spectacle is an upper-tier superhero movie. The 3D effects are decent but are not needed to experience this movie. Continue reading “Avengers (2012) Movie Review”

Marvel Masterworks: Avengers Volume 1 Review

Marvel Masterworks: The Avengers Volume 1
Image from Barnes & Noble (bn.com); © Marvel Comics

In the early 1960s, Stan Lee and his creative array of artists shifted the Silver Age into the Marvel Age.  After the success of the Fantastic Four and Spider-Man, the next step in the Marvel Age was to form an all-star super-group. 1963 saw the start of the Avengers. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the King of Comics, ensured that the Avengers remained a lasting team to the comics-reading public. Marvel Masterworks: The Avengers Volume 1 collects Kirby’s run as penciller with Don Heck taking over in issue nine.

Such awesome talents are on display here: the initial team of Iron Man, Thor, Ant-Man/Giant-Man, the Wasp, and the Incredible Hulk. This and some later rosters present in Masterworks are not completely BFFs. It’s well-known comics lore that the Hulk leaves in the 2nd issue but he’s not completely written out. He figures into a few more plots while we get familiar with the stable presence of Captain America and the brave, bold group of Rick Jones & his friends. Issue ten has the Avengers overcoming perceived dissension. Lee eagerly left no detail behind and wrote denser dialogue than many mainstream comics today. These 10 issues are good, well-paced adventures. Continue reading “Marvel Masterworks: Avengers Volume 1 Review”

Avengers Vs. X-Men #2 Review

I am just LOVING this series! So far it has been a no-holds barred fight and it keeps getting better with all of the intimate stories being brought to light within this event. There are so many awesome things happening at once, it is hard to keep my excitement contained! From the very first page of this book, you are glued. No joke. By the third page, it’s time to change your pants. By the last page, it is time to take a nap because everyone knows how sleepy you can get after having such an adrenaline kick! John Romita Jr. was definitely the right guy for this book!

This book takes the fights you have wanted to see happen and gives them a purpose. You have the mutants believing people are trying to prevent them from ever “rising up”, and then you have the Avengers’ side which just wants to put the Phoenix Force in its place without anyone getting harmed. Too bad for them that Cyclops had to think with his heart instead of his mind. Because now EVERYONE is in a world of hurt and no one is going to be left unscathed! I don’t even think anyone will have enough energy to fight the Phoenix Force after this battle is through! Continue reading “Avengers Vs. X-Men #2 Review”