Power Pack #1 review

Power Pack are back! Katie, Jack, Julie and Alex are together for the first time in years in a five-issue mini-series tying in to the Outlawed event. As best as I can tell, that’s Civil War for Marvel’s younger set, and while I couldn’t resist grabbing a new Power Pack book, my lack of enthusiasm […]

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Fantastic Four #25 review

Since at least Jim Shooter’s tenure as Editor-in-chief in the Seventies, Marvel Comics has been built on the illusion of change. A shocking romance here, a change of identity there, the destruction of the Savage Land, No More Mutants… pretty much everything gets reversed, but it’s often fun while it lasts. There’s one corner of […]

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Iron Man #1 review

That’s ‘Iron Man’. No ‘Invincible’, ‘International’ or ‘Infamous’. Really, Iron Man needs an adjective. On the basic of this issue, I suggest ‘The Understated Iron Man’… The cover promises a big slugfest with his greatest foes, but inside, all we get are two pages of Terrax the Tamer that may as well be marked ‘obligatory […]

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Fantastic 4: Antithesis #1 review

‘A new story from a classic era’ is how Marvel describes this four-issue mini-series and based on the first instalment, this could prove a classic itself. So far as meeting the criteria of the quote goes, ‘new’ it most certainly is, and as for ‘classic era’, that’s fair – the costumes and presence of toddler […]

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Marvels Snapshots: Sub-Mariner #1

The Big One is over and the heroes of World War Two have come home. But they’ve paid the price for victory, cop Betty Dean’s brothers among them. After a spat with Lloyd over his drinking, Betty takes her friend Namor, the Sub-Mariner, to Palisades Park. He’s just back from Europe and she’s determined to […]

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Fantastic Four: Grimm Noir #1

Ben Grimm is having nightmares. Seated by a rear window, new wife Alicia Masters has something else on her mind. As the bad dreams continue, Alicia brings her sculpting skills to bear on Ben’s fears. And the hero decides to bring in a specialist. I hadn’t heard this one-off was coming, but when I saw […]

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X-Men #1 review

Cyclops. Storm. Nightcrawler. Wolverine. Colossus. Children of the atom, students of Charles Xavier. MUTANTS – feared and hated by the world they have sworn to protect. They are the strangest heroes of all. So ran the legend that opened Marvel’s Uncanny X-Men back in the glory days of Claremont, Cockrum and Byrne. It’s time to […]

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Avengers: Loki Unleashed #1 review

AVENGERS ASSEMBLE!  Is there a more famous battle cry in comics? When I’m reading an Avengers issue, I’m always waiting for that point when a member rallies their colleague to tackle the threat du jour. Often it comes in a big splash panel, always it’s a cathartic, impressive moment. And so we come to this […]

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Future Foundation #1 review

In an ideal world Marvel would wave a magic wand and the Power Pack kids would be de-aged and reunited to star in a new comic. We’re not getting that but Future Foundation does give us a couple of them, now Julie Power, aka Lightspeed, has joined brother Alex as joint head of Reed Richards’ […]

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House of X #2 review

Wow. Things just got very interesting in the latest X-Men revamp. Last week’s Powers of X #1 featured a page Marvel have been calling ‘the most important scene in the history of the X-Men’. Big words, but you know what? Writer Jonathan Hickman really has given us a massive game-changer. While not the full ‘everything […]

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