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Hickman & Opena’s ‘Avengers’ #1 Is Big, Cool, and Gorgeous [Spoiler-Free Review]

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Out this week is the first issue of Jonathan Hickman's obviously meticulously planned and apparently very lengthy run on Marvel's Avengers franchise. Avengers #1 -- by Hickman (Fantastic Four/FF, The Manhattan Projects) with a

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New Mike Deodato Art Shows Marvel & Hickman Are 10 Issues Deep on ‘Avengers’

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In what should be very good news for comics retailers and dedicated readers of Jonathan Hickman, Marvel has confirmed that the writer's forthcoming Avengers series -- which doesn't even launch until next month -- already has ten issues in (or at least within arm's reach of) the proverbial can, thus reducing the chance of a shipping or production delay to a very low order of probability. This is an important thing for a book that's meant to ship

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Fraction, Bagley and Allred Rein In ‘Fantastic Four’ and ‘FF’ [Double-Review]

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One way creators try to leave their stamp on company-owned characters is to raise the stakes of a story. "I told the biggest ________ story ever," they want to say as they move on to other work. Of course, raising the stakes in a Fantastic Four book, considering that the original creative team of Jack Kirby and Stan Lee put the heroes in a situation in which Earth was threatened by a planet-eating demigod with a device that could destroy the universe, is a particular challenge. Yet recent creative team

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Mark Waid and Leinil Yu’s ‘Indestructible Hulk’: The Strongest #1 There Is? [Review]

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First issues are a challenge that the superhero comics industry still struggles to get right, which is weird when you consider just how many of these things they put out. It's as if a collective decision was made to misinterpret the old adage, "every issue is somebody's first," to mean that first issues should read like they're any other issues.

Through the experien

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Rick Remender and John Romita Jr. Return Captain America to Pure Superheroics [Review]

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For the past decade or so, it's almost been a necessity for Captain America to serve as a kind of barometer of the national mood. He fought terrorists in the Middle East, searched for weapons of mass destruction, dealt with angry protest groups, quelled election anxieties, and even surrendered and died when a political rift between heroes grew too wide. It's

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Paul Cornell & Alan Davis Team for New ‘Wolverine’ Series in March

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Among the many Marvel Comics characters who are part of the publisher's Marvel NOW relaunch initiative is of course Wolverine. Very arguably Marvel's flagship character, the X-Man also known as Logan appears in see

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Rick Remender Adds Familiar Faces to ‘Uncanny Avengers’ Roster

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On a conference call with comics press today, writer Rick Remender and editor Tom Breevort revealed additions to the Uncanny Avengers team. Starting with issue #5, the team's roster will expand to nine members, with Sunfire,

Link Ink: Thor’s Hammer In ‘Black Ops II,’ Marvel On The Radio And Cooking Like Sanji

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Gaming: Apparently Thor's hammer, Mjolnir, is an easter egg in the newly-released Call of Duty: Black Ops II.

Radio: If you listen to syndicated radio shows like "Fox Sports", "Jim Rome," "Nikki Sixx", "Petros & Money" and "Opie & Anthony," expect to hear Marvel NOW! promos in the immediate future.

Gaming: Telltale Games examines the decisions players made in T

Women At War: Marvel Announces New All-Female ‘Fearless Defenders’ Book

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During the ReEvolution panel at New York Comic-Con, Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso hinted at plans for a couple of new female-led comics, one of which he promised would be a "kick-ass team book." Today Marvel formally unveiled that book; Fearless Defenders, by Cullen Bunn (Sixth Gun) and Will S

Duggan, Posehn & Moore’s Plans for Deadpool: Beating Up Dead Presidents (And Their Pets)

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On sale now from Marvel is Deadpool #1, reintroducing the ultra-violent, unkillable, occasionally fourth-wall-breaking and frequently hilarious "Merc with a Mouth" created by Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza in the early 1990s. The new series comes cou

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