Iron Man 3 Review [SPOILERS]

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As Iron Man 3‘s the Summer movie season opener, at least we can get over it before the bigger disappointments come. Feeling let down is likely inevitable after last year’s rousing Avengers spectacle. Iron Man 3 punctuates the story of Tony Stark. Once again, Robert Downey, Jr. is Tony Stark. With his smug attitude and need to quip, Iron Man is not the pure-of-heart superhero. Continue reading “Iron Man 3 Review [SPOILERS]”

Marvel Masterworks: Avengers Volume 1 Review

Marvel Masterworks: The Avengers Volume 1
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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”

Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! The Avengers; Season One, Volume One

Leading up to the Avengers movie, we are going to be reviewing some of the current developments of work that deal with our favorite Marvel Super-Team. Today is no different. The first seven episodes of this new cartoon series are amazing. Each episode leads up to the assembling of the Avengers. You get an introduction to every character and even a few surprises in the form of cameos.

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