Marvel Week in Review – 7th October 2015

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Each week I try to do as many detailed reviews as I can of the comics that I read, however time is not always in my favour. For that reason I am going to do a short overview of the releases.

I will split the release list into two sections, because there are certain series I will just give up on – they can’t all be gold.

Reviewed

  • 1602 – Witch Hunter Angela #4

This was one of the titles in the Secret Wars side stories that I was not expecting to enjoy but really did, I seem to have a like for anything that reimagined mainstream characters in different themes – this one is fantasy/historic – I think this was the last book in the run and was a good wrap up

  • All-New, All-Different Point One #1
  • Avengers #0

Skip these they are completely pointless, simply enhanced marketing for other comics.

Comic Comments: Marvel Point One / Avengers #0

  • Contest of Champions #1

Considering this comic series is basically a spin-off from a mobile game, I did not go in with massively high expectations for it. However was actually pleasantly surprised by it and think as a #1 issue it shows potential for the series.

Comic Comments: Contest of Champions #1

  • Doctor Strange #1

Another very good #1 issue that helps fill in new readers on who Doctor Strange is and what to expect out of this series. As always the art is great, very different from what you see in other Avengers solo titles. Looks like the first main arch could be interesting as well so lets see how it goes.

Comic Comments: Doctor Strange #1

  • Groot #5

Wrapping up the mini-arch for his solo title, Groot is finally reunited with Rocket and the rest of his companions and proves in the process that despite being a big softy at heart – when needed his is more than capable of opening a can of whoop-ass on those deserving of it. A solid end that leads in well to the upcoming Rocket Racoon & Groot series.

  • Invincible Iron Man #1

It is a shame that Marvel had to rush out the new run on all the Secret Wars story had wrapped up. As much as they promised there would be no spoilers, there were always bound to be some – but the one in this is potentially a doozy.

That aside this is a solid start to the new run on Iron Man that manages to very quickly throw a few balls into the air that the writers will be able to play with ongoing without seeming overly ham-fisted about it. I am intrigued to see which one it runs with first.

  • Old Man Logan #5

An incredible wrap up of the Old Man Logan series for Secret Wars, his journey through battle world comes to an end with the premonition from Emma Frost, that a battle against doom is coming and that Logan will be on the front lines. What happens after the fight? Well it seems that he will be one of the few to come out of Secret Wars with knowledge of what happened.

  • Secret Wars #6

Kinda annoying that even after all the delays in Secret Wars, this entry in the story felt a bit like filler. All of it was really just filling in some gaps in the story, piecing together all the elements that are going to be needed to finally take on Doom. The Characters from the original universes are building rebel armies, Thanos is off reminding The Thing what he has forgotten & Black Panther and Namor find some powerful tools.

  • Siege #4

The Battle at the Shield comes to head as Thanos shows up and demands to be incarcerated, but why would he do such a thing? Turns out this book is the more detailed and interesting version of events from Secret Wars #6. The battle obviously does not end well, but this book was well written and full of interesting sub-plots, so this was a good ending for it

  • Spider-Island #5

The last battle of the Spider-Island Secret wars series. Flash, Parker & the other Avengers they have freed from the Spider Queen’s control by giving secondary mutations are taking a beating, there is only one option – Venom must make a choice, not Flash but the Symbiote can potentially save the day – but will it. A good end to this story, and a good story overall.

  • The Amazing Spider-Man #1

Things are certainly looking up for Parker in recent years. Sure Doctor Octopus may have taken over his body for a few years, but as a result he now has Parker Industries – and it seems that is now rivalling Stark Enterprises in scale. However Parker is still Parker and as such is more interested in using the ‘Power’ of his company to help others.

Like Invincible Iron-Man this does a good job of throwing a bunch of potential plots into the air, while not really making it obvious as to which they are going to be following first. I think this could be a good one to follow as long as it doesn’t play too heavily on the poor-man’s Tony Stark joke.

  • What If Infinity – Inhumans #1
  • What If Infinity – Thanos #1

I guess if you really liked the Infinity Story Arch, these ‘What If’ stories are interesting – but if like me you aren’t that fussed they’re kinda pointless and worth skipping (more…)

Comic Comments: Contest of Champions #1

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Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Paco Medina

Issue (Status): #1 (Ongoing)

Previous Comic Knowledge Required: All you really need to know about Contest of Champions is that, a) it is primarily based on a mobile phone game and, b) that it is set on what appears to be the remnants of Battleworld from Secret Wars.

Basic Synopsis: The Contest of Champions has started and the Collector has his summoner. It’s up to the Maestro, an evil future version of the Hulk, to select the greatest and strongest team of heroes from across the Marvel multiverse to battle against the team of an unknown competitor.

My Thoughts: Considering this comic series is basically a spin-off from a mobile game, I did not go in with massively high expectations for it.

The Collector has once again but called into some form of bet that involves having a ‘Summoner’ putting together a team of heroes, to take on the team created by the other person’s Summoner.  The other party is not explained in this issue, but I’m sure it won’t be long before it is.

The issue starts with the one of the Maestro’s team being collected and what is interesting about this for me is that it starts with a character I know nothing about, The Outlaw, who is apparently a british version of the Punisher last seen in the 90’s. Considering they have the marvel Multiverse it would have been too simple to kick off with one of the well-known names.

Once collected hes is thrown into a fight against someone much more familiar, Venom, however a version of Venom that is still a bad guy and in his universe managed to kill Peter Parker. Overpowered, it is a pretty good job backup soon shows up in the form of Gamora, while she keeps Venom busy Outlaw has to help another member of his team, a version of Iron Man.

He is having his ass handed to him by another character that I have not seen in some time, Joe-Fixit, a personality of the Grey Hulk that worked for the Mob. I always loved that character so it was a shame to see him beaten, and I hope that is not the last we will see of him. However they really have run with the idea of all the multiverse to select from as the combatant is Devil Dinosaur & MoonBoy – but from a Universe where they are part of Hydra.

After a short fight the team is declared the winner, and that is when they are introduced finally to the Collector & Maestro, as well as Stick (the guy who trained DareDevil) and Guillotine (a newly created character).

The rest of the issue is given over to giving some backstory to Guillotine, as well as a side story about the fact that someone has noticed that some people have gone missing and is investigating that fact.

Recommendation: I am going to actually say this could be worth following based on this issue.