Avengers vs. X-men #12 (of 12)
Huh… no one died. Well, sort of. Chuck X bought it back in issue eleven, but comic books like to top off a climax with some major character’s death. Something to really top everything off before you’re ready for that cigarette and forced cuddles that keep you from just falling asleep. There was a major change in the affairs of mutants, but I’m surprised that no one besides Charles had to die for it. If anything, the comic surprised me a good deal. I was expecting the conclusion to be as inconsistent as the rest of the series. But with Dark Phoenix Cyclops being the only story thread really left, this issue was able to focus wholeheartedly and bring us a satisfying end. The predictability of the end was sort of a mixed bag, and left me a little stunned as a whole. Not everything turned out as I expected it to, but still left enough natural conclusion to feel that the ending wasn’t too off base.
AvX isn’t the end all and be all of comic books, but a certain amount of applause must be given to Marvel for pulling this off. The story had its peaks and valleys, and could have probably have been condensed into seven or eight issues. But the ending actually feels complete without any lame copouts or reset buttons pushed. Something in the Marvel Universe actually changed, and I was just surprised the industry still had the balls for that kind of thing. Let’s just hope they can hold on to that scrotum shack and don’t collapse to market demand to just reverse everything they changed.
Hope true believers.
Every month Diamond Comic Distributors puts out a fat book detailing just about everything comic book related that is coming out a few months from now. It’s like a crystal ball made out of paper. Granted the publishers have been known to make last minute delays in many things previewed in this book, but it is still a helpful guide to keep updated on the ever changing comic book world. Here are some key printings that I noticed and wanted to share with my fellow Basement nerds.
Okay, writer Daniel Way got tossed from “Deadpool,” but he got moved to “Thunderbolts.” Personally I think he’s perfect for the villain squad. I really haven’t followed any of the past series, but I’m thinking I’ll give this one a shot.
I wept when I heard writer Jonathan Hickman was ending his run on “Fantastic Four,” but let out a loud gasp when I saw he was taking over the re-launched “Avengers.” It is going to be epic.
Cable and X-force #1
Further down the article you’ll see the final issue of “Uncanny X-force” listed. It’s being replaced with “Cable and X-force.” I’m on the fence about it, but it looks promising.
Avengers Arena #1
They’re doing a version of the Japanese movie “Battle Royale,” but with third rate Avengers characters. That pretty much sums up the whole affair.
Amazing Spider-man #700 (Last Issue)
You’ve got to be kidding me. No one really believes this will be the last issue of ASM. They’re just going to reboot the whole thing again. Writer Dan Slott’s run has been a very encompassing one, but it had to end sooner or later. But I doubt Marvel would ever truly end their flagship series.
Uncanny X-force #35 (Final Issue)
Aaarrrrggghhhhh!!! …That’s all I have to say about that.
Wolverine #317 (Final Issue)
I just dumped Wolverine literally as this issue of Previews was coming out. Ten bucks says they’re just going to reboot it.
Throne of Atlantis
It’s a crossover with Justice League and Aquaman. Geoff Johns was already writing both and it might actually be interesting to see what goes on here. Or maybe not.
Transformers Spotlight: Orion Pax
The spotlight side stories make a return with Orion Pax. That’s the original name of Optimus Prime for you non-Transformers losers out there.
Mara #1 (of 6)
This comic from Image caught my eye and I have to say that it seems interesting. Inventive writer Brian Wood, combined with the incredible artwork of Ming Doyle, shows off an impressive comic with deep narrative and relevant themes. I might wait for the trade paperback, but something worth checking out.
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