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Amazing Spider-Man: Worldwide Vol. 1 (Amazing Spider-Man (2015-))
Amazing Spider-Man: Worldwide Vol. 1 (Amazing Spider-Man (2015-))
Price: £3.42

4.0 out of 5 stars International Man of Mystery, 21 July 2016
This was the most interesting and fresh spin on Spider-Man that I can think of and considering there are lots of Spider-types out there doubly surprising.
The obvious ‘Poor man’s Tony Stark’ label is confronted head-on and there is more to this set-up than replacing Stark with parker.
There are some fascinating augmentations of Spidey’s abilities and costume and an exploitation of Peter’s scientific genius previously untapped.
It is an inspired and interesting development but there are a few plot-points I feel go too far, hence the fifth star is held back.
Aunt May being an International jet-setting Charity worker in the thick of a refugee crisis is too much for me who remembers her as a frail homemaker and whilst I can accept peter has climbed to some dizzy heights I fail to see how May manages it.
Also, the Spider-Man-as-bodyguard-for-Peter – whilst almost being the obvious development flies in the face of Spider-Man’s man-of-the-people-Friendly-Neighbourhood raison d’Ítre that he has maintained through his career.
Peter as scientist, Peter as businessman, Peter as millionaire, even Peter as SHIELD agent I can accept but will it not dawn on anyone who equates Spider-Man with Iron Man that the bodyguard ended up revealed to be the employer in disguise..?
I would like the Doc Ock sub-plot reveal to come soon and can’t help but feel this whole set-up may come crashing down around Peter’s head all too soon but until then this is an entertaining – if ‘What- If?- scenario worthy of your interest. Recommended.


Wolverine: Old Man Logan
Wolverine: Old Man Logan
Price: £7.12

5.0 out of 5 stars Old Man Begins..., 14 July 2016
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I am by no means a great fan of Wolverine, he's been overused overpowered and demystified way too much since his early innobvative days.
This is a quality Wolverine product however.
Beautiful art, wonderful pacing and inspired character writing makes this event an experience that actually touches and stays with you.
This is a masterclass in storytelling with continuity easter eggs and surprises dropped in along the way.
This character or a version of him is featuring in main Marvel continuity after Secret Wars rather than the dead younger version and so there may be - like me - readers taking a look at this collection who have passed it by before.
If that's you, whatever reason you are looking at this book - buy it. You need it. You will be glad you did.
Highly recommended.


Extraordinary X-Men Vol. 1: X-Haven (Extraordinary X-Men (2015-))
Extraordinary X-Men Vol. 1: X-Haven (Extraordinary X-Men (2015-))
Price: £3.42

3.0 out of 5 stars Plenty Ordinary - Not Much Extra, 14 July 2016
This was the most interesting of relaunches for the mutant corner of the Marvel Universe in my mind and despite the artwork I gave it a go
I am not a fan of Humberto Ramos whose art – while being a fan-favourite – is too cartoony and extreme for my liking.
The draw here was the characters included in this new teaming.
Storrn (with science-defying hairdo) as leader is used really well, sounds right and has the right attitude to be ‘my’ Storm but I still miss the black costume.
Jean Grey – the living teenage time-displaced one - starts this volume as a central player, being dragged back into the hero business by events and responsibility. She is sassy and yet sympathetic and forms a complicated bond with Old Man Logan.
Old man Logan himself is a breath of fresh air in current Marvel, highlighting how much Wolverine (the original) is missed. This Old Man is from a potential dystopian future and brings much baggage with him but may too quickly devolve to Wolverine-familiar rather than his initially interesting own self.
Rounding out the team are Iceman, Colossus and Magik – all of which are clearly only supporting characters and while featured well are not really developed beyond their broad-strokes seen many times before.
Worst of all is Nightcrawler who bears no resemblance to his swashbuckling funloving self seen since his resurrection. I am all for progression of character but this is like a character being wiped out...again.
The struggle is not new, neither are the antagonists, the revelation of X-Haven no great shakes and while there is great promise here it already feels a tad stale by the close of this collection.


Guardians of the Galaxy: New Guard Vol. 1: Emperor Quill (Guardians of the Galaxy (2015-))
Guardians of the Galaxy: New Guard Vol. 1: Emperor Quill (Guardians of the Galaxy (2015-))
Price: £3.42

3.0 out of 5 stars New Guard - same as the Old Guard., 12 July 2016
There really isn't that much wrong with this series - but it is nowhere near as good as it has the potential to be.
I am not a Brian Bendis fan but his writing here is nowhere near as annoying as on other titles. It's not as good as it could be though.
Bendis writes everyone with almost the same voice and repeats himself constantly.
The 'I am Groot' throwaway is rammed down the reader's throat every issue and was tiresome several volumes ago.
Kitty Pryde works well here but the Thing is wasted - as is Venom, both are simply used as Drax the Destroyer already was being used and occasionally Gammora is too!
Rocket has the glimmer of some personality but bitching and being sarcastic is not enough on which to build a character.
The bad guys are dull, painfully powerful and violent although prone to trying to be funny.
Art is fine and functional and that sums up the book.
It's alright but it's not exactly blazing new ground.


Squadron Supreme Vol. 1: By Any Means Necessary!
Squadron Supreme Vol. 1: By Any Means Necessary!
by James Robinson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Squadron Survives, 9 July 2016
I liked James Robinson on his 'All-New Invaders' project and this feels in a similar vein.
Bridging the Secret Wars event this team is uniquely made up of sole-survivors of other reality earths making this a new Squadron but with goals predating that event.
Chiefly among those goals is bringing Namor to justice after his ruthlessness as part of the pre-Secret Wars Illuminati.
Namor willingly pushed the button that destroyed other worlds where most of 'our' heroes refused.
These Squadron members are survivors from those kind of worlds and they will now do anything they need to make the one surviving Earth survive.
The permanent way Namor is dispatched is dramatic but I refuse to accept that story is over and after a shocking act of treachery and a membership shuffle the Squadron appears to be the kind of group Namor would have fitted in quite well!
Fine enough art and the gorgeous covers this is a strong first volume of what I hope will be a long running series.
Robinson can play the long game in his plotting and I welcome the opportunity to see where he is going to take these characters.
Recommended


Spider-Man 2099 Vol. 1: Smack to the Future by Peter David (May 10,2016)
Spider-Man 2099 Vol. 1: Smack to the Future by Peter David (May 10,2016)
by Peter David
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Spidey-Smack, 9 July 2016
Described as both volume 1 and volume 3 this is the after-Secret Wars Spider-Man 2099 first volume (got that?) and while it still is engaging, it's losing focus and getting disjointed.
The main character Miguel is the only reason for picking this title up and while you would imagine 'yet-another-Spider-Man' would be dull he actually manages to keep the reader interested and rooting for him through the pages.
I am not sure he needs to be a Spider-Man hero though, his future-tech-suit could take many motifs and while Peter Parker does guest-star in the support cast, the Spider is not an essential element.
What this is all about is the mixture of 'man-out-of-time' and the ability to flip between future and present to contrast and reflect on victories having earth-changing effects or not.
Miguel's girlfriend appears to meet a fate we know is not the end and while there are a lot of sub-plots building, annoyingly - none are resolved.
Co-starring is a future female Captain America and her backstory or at least current story would have been nice to be explained as I feel like I'm missing a depth of understanding to her and her time-displaced relationship with Miguel.
The new costume is unnecessary and makes this title feel transient. It deserves to remain and is an interesting aside to general Spidey stuff but I would like to feel a bit more involved and informed at this early stage for the title.


All-New All-Different Avengers Volume 1: The Magnificent Seven
All-New All-Different Avengers Volume 1: The Magnificent Seven
by Mark Waid
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.79

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not My Avenegrs, 24 Jun. 2016
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This is not a great era for the Avengers.
The team and the title needed to ‘go small’ after the grandeur of the Hickman days and the Secret Wars soft revamp and as a return to ‘traditional’ superheroics this is successful enough.
With Sam-Falcon-Wilson as Captain America, Jane Foster as Thor and even Miles Morales as Spider-Man alongside new Nova and new Ms Marvel there is only Iron Man and the Vision remaining from previous Avenger line-ups – making this feel like a ‘Reserve Avenegrs’ title.
It is not bad but it’s like a cross between early Avengers and New Warriors stuff.
The emotionless Vision being used by the big-bad who is just as unoriginal here as other incarnations does nothing to make this feel like a brave new era.
There is nothing awful here but ...I guess they’re just – “Not My Avengers”


SpiderMan: The Real Clone Saga (Spider-Man (Marvel))
SpiderMan: The Real Clone Saga (Spider-Man (Marvel))
by Howard Mackie
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars More a What If? than a Director's Cut., 22 Jun. 2016
This is not nearly as bad as it has been painted.
The actual Clone Saga was a memorable debacle that got way out of hand and became ridiculously convoluted. Condensing the suposedly-intended storyline into a mini-series of six issues works well as a kind of Companion piece to the massive original collections and as such this is worthy of attention.
It is simplistic, it is linear, it is basic and it is not great drama but it clearly had to be all those things. I am not convinced that this was how the saga was originally designed to read as those creators working on this worked at the time on the stories that did progress.
This is more an example of how the Saga could have been than how it should have been and viewed in that light it’s a goos solid piece of entertainment.
Take another look.


All-New Inhumans Vol. 1: Global Outreach (All-New Inhumans (2015-))
All-New Inhumans Vol. 1: Global Outreach (All-New Inhumans (2015-))
Price: £10.81

4.0 out of 5 stars Much More than Repackaged Mutants, 21 Jun. 2016
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I cannot be alone in thinking that with the Marvel Editorial sea-change that has decreed all things Mutant are now Inhuman that this book was going to feel like X-Men-lite and painfully familiar or by-the-numbers.
I am very pleased to announce it is neither.
This is a new view of the Inhumans, chiefly Crystal and Gorgon, heralding in NuHumans who are learning their powers and place in the World against a diplomatic / political tapestry of intelligence and intrigue.
It’s good solid artwork and well paced adventure with character and mysteries threaded through promising much more than the obvious ‘gather to me my mutants’ we were probably expecting.
Gorgon’s treatment is more multi-layered than his predicament promised and the new-look new-attitude Crystal is a revelation!
There is a wonderous link in this volume to an ancient Avengers issue which I would have loved to have seen reprinted as a back-up and withhold a fifth star only for that omission.
If you are considering avoiding this series, believing it to be well-worn territory – look again.
Recommended.


Doctor Strange: Strange Tales (Strange Tales (1987-1988))
Doctor Strange: Strange Tales (Strange Tales (1987-1988))
Price: £6.71

5.0 out of 5 stars Tales Told Strangely, 14 Jun. 2016
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Curiously enough these tales were originally from when Dr. Strange had lost his own book and shared one with 'Cloak and Dagger' - whose adventures are NOT included here - other than a clever crossover chapter.
These are some of the deepest most immersive continuing linked stories that Strange has ever appeared in and link closely to the preceding volume 'Don't Pay The Ferryman' but will stand alone.
This is Strange at his darkest and whilst the eye-patch fits the mood it annoys the purist in me.
Intelligent writing, deep and dark themes with a large supporting cast and appropriate artwork this is a fascinating volume highlighting the broad possibilities Strange represents and is worthy of your investment.
Recommeded


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