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The Marvel Heroes Library debuted on May 2, 2017. It is the merger of former superhero sites The Hulk Library, The Captain America Library, The Iron Man Library, and The Mighty Thor Library.
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It was a time of giants

July 19, 2021

In IRON MAN #10 the Golden Avenger is stranded on the planet of giant-robot Ultimos where the big hero is Stilt-Man. Maybe?

And in CHAMPIONS #8 the team's infiltration of Roxxon uncovers that their new plan is teen-hero-hunting giant robots called Chaperone Models (not as catchy as Sentinels).

Plus in FF/IRON MAN BIG IN JAPAN #4 T Vernon tells us how the extremely giant (but not robot) Apocalypse Beast achieves it's destiny to be a space-going home for Moloids (and possibly after generations produce Super-Moloid).

WARLOCK & THE INFINITY WATCH #3-4 passes the time before Infinity War with the 1st half of an adventure in which Adam Warlock defends his mentor High Evolutionary against attackers while 2 mystery armoured guys capture Drax, Gamora, Moondragon and Pip. (Nobody's oversize, but in his #15 Warlock was once bigger than the Solar System.)


Thor Versus…Mjolnir?!?

July 15, 2021

Last time Thor fought Don Blake and now in THOR #15 the God of Thunder is facing a very uncooperative and even hostile hammer! This one looks epic!

Some older classics:

In the 1998 one-shot HAWKEYE: EARTH’S MIGHTIEST MARKSMAN, our mighty archer takes on Batroc the Leaper, Oddball, and the ghastly Taskmaster! 

TOMB OF DRACULA #42 sees the final duel to the death between Dracula and mad scientist Doctor Sun!

SAVAGE HULK #6 has Doctor Strange trapped in an alien land dominated by the savage Hulk! You won’t believe what’s really going on!

DEFENDERS #32 promises the secret origin of Nighthawk but also delivers the first appearance of the oddball villain Ruby Thursday! And #33 continues the madcap saga involving people’s (and one animal’s) brains being swapped around! Hold on to your hats!


2 trials and several tribulations

July 12, 2021

AVENGERS #46 starts a new story arc as the Winter Guard take She-Hulk from Avengers Mountain to stand trial for messing up Red Square when she fought Sub-Mariner during the Phoenix arc. Then she gets brainwashed in the Red Room. (It's sure taking a long time for the Avengers to come rescue her!)

T Vernon's FF/Iron Man Big In Japan continues with #3 as the supergiant Apocalypse Beast comes through to Earth and heads towards Monster Island.

I'm returning to the Jim Starlin/Thanos trail for Warlock & The Infinity Watch. In #1 the Living Tribunal and a cosmic court persuade Adam Warlock to give up his Infinity Gauntlet godhood, and in #2 to distribute the the 6 Infinity Gems among his Infinity Watch:- himself, Drax, Gamora, Moondragon, Pip and a mystery other.


End of an Era! And the Clock Winds Down!

July 8, 2021

Author and social critic Ta-Nehisi Coates wraps up his run on CAPTAIN AMERICA (2018) with issue #30, as Cap defeats the Red Skull and can breathe easier—for now!

And the modern classic IMMORTAL HULK #48, counting down to its epic conclusion with issue #50, sees Hulk and Betty try to reconcile—but talk about relationship baggage! 

In DEFENDERS #30, the heroes battle an evil tap dancer! Well, they can’t all be classics! And in #31, the Headmen swipe Nighthawk’s brain! That’s more like it!

In the classic THOR #414, Thor battles Ulik while Eric Masterson faces…his evil ex!

Last, and probably least, John Walker’s latest issue, U.S. AGENT #4, pits him against…I’m not sure!


A whole lotta learning

July 5, 2021

In this week's ETERNALS #5 we learn that Thanos isn't all that he was and he's working for Phastos to destroy the Eternals to save the world. Except I think there's at least 1 more shoe to drop in this story.

T Vernon continues FF/Iron Man Big In Japan with #2 where we learn that the monsters aren't attacking Japan but fleeing from something worse.

AVENGERS/JLA #3-4 conclude the Marvel/DC crossover. We start off in a multiverse with 2 Earths where the Avengers and JLA have always shared a relationship like the Pre-Crisis JLA and JSA. But then they learn that this isn't the real thing and they defeat Krona to restore the true universes, even though some of them know that their fates will be bad there. And in the climax Superman wields Captain America's shield and Thor's hammer! But it's Hawkeye who saves the day, with help from the Barry Allen Flash.


Happy Anniversary, Cap!

July 1, 2021

To celebrate the 80th anniversary of Captain America, Marvel is publishing THE UNITED STATES OF CAPTAIN AMERICA, looking at the wielders of the shield and those inspired by it! Here’s issue #1!

And there’s also a CAPTAIN AMERICA ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE, sort of a Cap Jam wherein multiple artists reinterpret Cap’s earliest appearances!

SAVAGE HULK #5 sees Hulk return to the Crossroads from a famous story arc as Dr. Strange tries to discover what went wrong!

In THOR #413, Hercules fights Ulik while Thor battles…himself?!? Dr. Strange shows up here as well!

And in TOMB OF DRACULA #41, Drac is back for Halloween—from the dead!


Events and team-ups

June 28, 2021

This week's new comic GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #15 is mainly about Nova and Star Lord attending the X-Men's Hellfire Gala party/event. But then back in the main plot the Big Bad everyone's been worried about turns out to be Dr Strange's old arch-enemy Dormammu, leading into The Last Annihilation event.

Back before everything was an Event, T Vernon takes Iron Man into the next phase in his career with FANTASTIC FOUR/IRON MAN: BIG IN JAPAN #1 where the title chars go to Japan and fight giant monsters in a cartoon style.

I nip a bit further back (into Avengers vol 3) for AVENGERS/JLA #1-2 where Marvel's Grandmaster tries to stop DC's Krona's universes-shattering quest by sucking him into 1 of his team vs team games.


The Return of All the Reborn Heroes!

June 24, 2021

HEROES RETURN wraps up HEROES REBORN with a big battle and sets everything right again!

The latest CAPTAIN AMERICA ANNUAL continues the Infinite Destinies mini-event as Cap and Black Widow pursue the owner of the Time Stone!

In THOR #412, the New Warriors take the field for the first time, joining Thor against Juggernaut!

And in TOMB OF DRACULA #40: the vampire hunters finally get their wish: Dracula is dead! But maybe that wasn’t such a great idea…!

DEFENDERS #29 sees Hulk and Yondu competing on the deadliest game show in television history! 


End of an era

June 21, 2021

I've no new issues this week but I've added a comment on the last tie-in to Peter's HEROES REBORN #7.

T Vernon also adds comments to IRON MAN (1998) #88-89 which Julio did earlier. Tony Stark defeats the imposter Iron Man, buries Rumiko, resigns as Secretary Of Defence, rebuilds his company and persuades the world that he's handed over the Iron Man job to someone else.

AVENGERS: FINALE is a capstone to the 1998 Avengers series as the team mourn lost comrades, celebrate the good times and decide to call it a day.

With these issues we bring to an end the era of the 3rd volumes of Iron Man and Avengers.

But not only that. TV has completed the Golden Avenger's run from Tales Of Suspense through IM vols 1-3 (filling in around the few issues that were already done) and linked up with the post-2005 runs that I and others have completed. So now Shellhead joins Captain America and Hulk in having all their main titles completely documented (Peter's still working on Thor, and the Avengers have a long way to go).

Still it's not over for the unstoppable T. There are still Iron mini-series and 1-shots undealtwith, and he'll start next week on Fantastic Four/Iron Man: Big In Japan.


All the Heroes are Now Reborn…

June 17, 2021

HEROES REBORN #7 ends with the Squadron Supreme finally encountering the mysterious Avengers! Next week: HEROES RETURN!

And held over from that last Big Event, KING IN BLACK: CAPTAIN AMERICA pits Cap, Sam, and Bucky against a mass of Symbiotes!

For some older classics: SAVAGE HULK #4 gives Hulk intense telekinetic powers! Now no one asked for that!

THOR #411! Thor versus Juggernaut for the first time! Plus, the New Warriors are introduced! Plus, a Beta Ray Bill solo adventure!

And TOMB OF DRACULA #39 gives us “The Death of Dracula” but remember, you can’t keep a bad man down!


Heroes reborn, rebuilt and disassembled

June 14, 2021

I've briefly synopsised this week's 2 tie-ins to Heroes Reborn, but split them between Peter's #5&6.

The current Iron Man series returns (prematurely) after the HReb hiatus with #9. But the Golden Avenger's still not around as we get a recap of Korvac's history and the return (again) and rebuilding of the android Human Torch.

We've reached Avengers Disassembled for which the issues revert to legacy numbering AVENGERS #500-503. Scarlet Witch goes insane. Secretary Of Defence Iron Man appears drunk at the UN. Ant-Man and Hawkeye die (temporarily as Marvel usual). Vision is destroyed (again). She-Hulk loses it (again) and is arrested by SHIELD. Wasp and the new Captain Britain are in intensive care. Yellowjacket is staying by Wasp's bedside. Only Captain America and Falcon are left standing as the team lose their UN status.

Then follows Shellhead's Av Disassembled run, The Singularity, which Julio has already synopsised. This week T Vernon adds comments to IRON MAN (1998) #86-87. While Tony Stark is trying to deal with his UN snafu a fake Iron Man kills the Stark Enterprises Board Of Directors and Rumiko Fujikawa.


Loki, Loki, Loki!!!

June 9, 2021

LOKI debuts today on Disney+ so we’ve added VOTE LOKI in its entirety as the God of Mischief runs for President of the United States!

It joins LOKI, AGENT OF ASGARD and LOKI (2019), our anti-hero’s two latest solo series which were already on the site to bring us all up to date on the cool and snarky Loki we’ve all come to love! Three Lokis for the price of one!

Oh yeah, there’s the new HEROES REBORN #6: Power Princess bashes heads and encounters Thor!


Who's got the Stones?

June 7, 2021

It's been a busy week.

The current IRON MAN ANNUAL starts off an 8-part Annuals crossover Infinite Destinies which will feature 8 new (or recently new) chars, 6 of whom are the current bearers of the Infinity Stones. Here Quantum has the Space Stone and he wants to get rid of it. It also begins a crossover backup tale starring Nick Fury Jr.

In SAVAGE AVENGERS #21 Conan fights Ghost Rider (Johnny Blaze) even though they both hate Kulan Gath. And at the end he finds himself back in Hyborian Age Aquilonia (but presumably not for long).

Plus I've added 2 brief tie-in comments to Peter's HEROES REBORN #5.

T Vernon marks time with IRON MAN: THE COMING OF THE MELTER while he waits for me to catch up on Avengers issues. It's a Marvel Cinematic Universe tale pitting the villain against War Machine as well as Iron Man.

This week's old Avengers stuff is Once An Invader spread across AVENGERS (1998) #82-84 and NEW INVADERS #0. US Agent recruits a selection of old Invaders and newer Invaders-related chars to form a new team to replace the Avengers who've 'defected' to the UN.

Next week Avengers Disassembled.


Look Out, It’s Bat-Spider-Man!

June 3, 2021

The new HEROES REBORN #5 features Nighthawk in a fun issue that mashes up Batman and Spider-Man tropes into a thing of its own!

The new IMMORTAL HULK #47 pits Hulk against the Avengers and my money is on the Hulk!

The semi-new U.S. AGENT #3. shows us a new U.S. Agent who may not be an improvement over the original John Walker!

In THOR #410, Thor and Hercules enlist She-Hulk in the battle against Doctor Doom! And there’s another Doctor Doom on the scene!

TOMB OF DRACULA #38! Doctor Sun returns! And talks as much as any Bond villain!


Bounding towards Avengers Disassembled

May 31, 2021

I have no actual new issues this week, but I've added comments on 3 tie-ins to Peter's HEROES REBORN #3-4.

T Vernon finishes off the 2-part fight with the Avengers against an Arsenal robot in IRON MAN (1998) #85.

The Marvel Chronology Project puts a whole lot of Avengers stuff between here and Iron Man's Avengers Disassembled issues.

The Avengers/Thunderbolts mini-series fits here but I'll be doing that in a few months time.

For now I'll contribute AVENGERS (1998) #77-81, the Lionheart Of Avalon story-arc. Captain Britain has retired to rule Otherworld and now chooses Kelsey Leigh as his replacement. There's some confusion as to whether she takes the CB name or Lionheart, which will get sorted out elsewhere. Tony Stark appears throughout without his armour, except for a bit with just a jet-boot.


The First Hulk! And Heroes in Bulk!

May 27, 2021

The new one-shot IMMORTAL HULK: TIME OF MONSTERS shows us there was a prehistoric Hulk and he was terrifying!

The new HEROES REBORN #4 puts its focus on Doctor Spectrum and his endless battle against threats from outer space!

In BLACK WIDOW (2020) #5, Natasha makes her greatest sacrifice: her happiness! Hawkeye and Winter Soldier guest star, along with the White Widow!

THOR #409 pits Thor and Hercules against Doctor Doom!

Our sci-fi epic continues in DEFENDERS #28 as the Defenders and the Guardians of the Galaxy encounter the mysterious Starhawk!


(Nearly) the end

May 24, 2021

New this week is CHAMPIONS #7 where the team infiltrate Roxxon and their new Roxx On social media app.

We're nearing the end of vol 3 of the Avengers and Iron Man with part 1 of the Avengers Disassembled Prologue: Turf War in IRON MAN (1998) #84. T Vernon tells us how Tony Stark's government job has him clashing with his team over an Arsenal robot.

INFINITY GAUNTLET #6 brings us to the end of the mini-series that Peter synopsised years ago, and I've added my usual tie-in comments.
Julio already handled HULK #385 where the Green Giant fits in another tie-in adventure in the middle of the above issue.
In the SILVER SURFER (1987) #60 epilogue the new god Adam Warlock ignores Surfer (and Dr Strange and Thor) so SS goes off on another adventure too.
But then in DR STRANGE, SORCERER SUPREME #36 Gamora and Pip ask for Stephen's help because the Infinity Gems have gone to Adam's head. Until Eternity comes to take Warlock away for a Cosmic Trial.
That's the end of the Infinity Gauntlet event but it leads straight into Jim Starlin's next project Warlock And The Infinity Watch. But that's a story for another time.


Heroes Reborn Continues!

May 20, 2021

HEROES REBORN #3 puts its focus on Blur (who makes it hard to focus) and his battles with the superfast Silver Witch!

CAPTAIN AMERICA #29: Sin, the Red Skull’s daughter, discovers her superpowers! I’m sure Cap and company are thrilled!

TOMB OF DRACULA #37 introduces two new protagonists: Harold H. Harold and Aurora Rabinowitz! And they bring some humor to the title!

THOR #408! The changing of the guard! Eric Masterson becomes the new human identity of Thor!

In SAVAGE HULK #3, there’s a new She-Hulk in town and her name is…Jean Gray?!?


Doomling and Doom Raccoon

May 17, 2021

This week's newie is GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #14 where Dr Doom joins the Guardians, and he's in the body of Hulkling and then Rocket Raccoon!

(I've also added comments on 2 tie-ins to Peter's HEROES REBORN #2.)

T Vernon doesn't think much of IRON MAN (1998) #83, a 1-off fill-in issue where the Golden Avenger fights yet another Titanium Man.

Back in the Infinity Gauntlet event:-
DR STRANGE, SORCERER SUPREME #35 sees DrS travel with Clea and Scarlet Witch to the Norse Ginnungagap to restore the Eric Masterson Thor from a bag of glass shards.
Then in SILVER SURFER (1987) #59 Surfer isn't happy about allying with Thanos against Nebula who now has the Infinity Gauntlet. So Strange sends them to a mystic realm to settle their differences in a joust. Dr Doom's in this too.


Heroes Reborn!

May 13, 2021

Marvel’s latest big event is HEROES REBORN, set in an alternate world where the Avengers never existed because the Squadron Supreme is doing all the heroic deeds. (or, as my son puts it, “Marvel becomes DC!”) So we have issue #1, setting up the mystery, followed by issue #2 wherein Hyperion has to battle multiple bad guys (including the Hulk!) and face Captain America! And it’s a weekly so we’ll see you next time!

And back to our regularly scheduled heroes:

THOR #407 has Thor entering the Black Galaxy to rescue Hercules and the High Evolutionary and having to defuse the Null Bomb! Don’t you hate days like that?

SAVAGE HULK #2 sees Hulk saving the X-Men from the Abomination! Another epic fight scene!

In DEFENDERS #27, our heroic non-team jumps a thousand years into the future to aid the Guardians of the Galaxy against the bad Badoon conquerors of Earth!


3 Doctors but Tony Stark applies the medicine

May 10, 2021

I'm not doing any new comics this week.

But T Vernon's still on hand to conclude the Deep End story in IRON MAN (1998) #82, which Tony Stark resolves without armour but with milk of magnesia.

I've added tie-in comments to Peter's INFINITY GAUNTLET #5.
And 1 of the tie-ins is DR STRANGE, SORCERER SUPREME #34 where DrS and Dr Druid bring Dr Doom back to life, but 1st they have to face the menace of Doom's good side.


The Sixes Have It on the Sixth!

May 6, 2021

No idea how it happened but all of the new additions to the site have issue numbers ending in 6! And it’s May 6! Because I notice things like that!

In the brand new IMMORTAL HULK #46, bad news for the U-Foes: Hulk is back and bigger than before!

THOR #406: War with Wundagore! With a giant missile! ‘Nuff said!

In TOMB OF DRACULA #36, the Lord of the Undead makes his way to the United States for the first time!

Hercules got his first solo adventure in MARVEL PREMIERE #26 in that magical year of 1975!

In DEFENDERS #26, the visiting Guardians of the Galaxy offer up some future history! And it even has a point, leading into the next epic story arc!


Last minute surprises

May 3, 2021

I've uploaded 2 more new issues this time:-

In SAVAGE AVENGERS #20 Spider-Man fails to stop Conan and Rhino robbing a bank. Then Kulan Gath resurrects the shredded Priest Of Sickles.

In ETERNALS #4 suspicion moves away from Druig conspiring with Thanos. So now he feels it's safe to actually do it.

T Vernon gives us IRON MAN (1998) #81 where Shellhead fights Ishtar and her terrorists until Force turns up and attacks both sides.

The Infinity Gauntlet event continues:-

In SILVER SURFER (1987) #57-58 Thanos gets Surfer out of the way by sending him to a very strange dimension where he has to overcome his demons. The last of which is himself.

Julio did HULK #384 some time ago. In IG#4 Thanos shrank Hulk and sent him back to Earth, but that doesn't stop him from saving Abomination's ex-wife from her husband. And then Dr Strange whisks him away to IG#5.


Marvel Guest Star Week!

April 29, 2021

Every classic issue has an amazing guest star (or four) to liven things up for the heroes!

There’s SAVAGE HULK (2014) #1 which asks the question “can Hulk be cured?” Professor X and the X-Men want to give it a try!

GIANT-SIZE DEFENDERS #5! The non-team joins the original Guardians of the Galaxy for the start of a sci-fi epic!

In TOMB OF DRACULA #35, zombies are on the loose! Who ya gonna call? Brother Voodoo!

In THOR #405, the Thunder God takes time out from battling Annihilus to surprise the Fantastic Four!

And the anthology title MARVEL PREMIERE #26 features a one-shot adventure for the Mighty Hercules!


There's a new Sheriff in town

April 26, 2021

I've got 2 more new issues this week:-

AVENGERS #45 is an epilogue to the King In Black event which makes the vampire base in Chernobyl an official country, but saddles them with Blade as Sheriff. However for the next couple of months Blade will find himself instead in a world without Avengers in the new version of Heroes Reborn.

In CHAMPIONS #6 the team are still illegal, Ironheart isn't happy and Roxxon has redirected its attacks on teen heroes to social media.

T Vernon does IRON MAN (1998) #80 where the Golden Avenger comes face to face with the Goddess Ishtar in Iraq. And her followers shoot metal-eating acid from plastic paintball guns.

In SILVER SURFER (1987) #55-56 Surfer has a vision of what the universe will be like if Thanos isn't defeated in the Infinity Gauntlet event (as we weren't calling things then).


Multiple Mysteries—including the Elf with a Gun!

April 22, 2021

THOR #404 appropriately gives us a 404 error: Asgard not found!

BLACK WIDOW: THE COLDEST WAR: one of Marvel’s Graphic Novels has Nat’s late husband the Red Guardian calling for her! But is he really alive?

In MARVELS: EYE OF THE CAMERA #6, we learn the answer to the biggest Marvels question: what happened to Maggie?!

In TOMB OF DRACULA #34, Dracula crashes the fashion industry! Literally!

DEFENDERS #25 features multiple guest stars: Daredevil, Luke Cage, Yellowjacket, Son of Satan—and the Elf with a Gun!


Where's Iron Man?

April 19, 2021

I've got 2 new issues this week:-

Iron Man's not in his #8. Instead Moondragon takes mental time out from Guarding The Galaxy to boost Hellcat's confidence up to Korvac-busting level via a review of Patsy Walker's life.

Meanwhile back in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #13 she helps part of the new 'official' team defeat a threat to the Kree/Skrull Alliance's Throneworld, while another branch includes 2 body-swapping Quasars. And then Dr Doom shows up.

In IRON MAN (1998) #79 T Vernon starts a new storyline where Tony 'Secretary Of Defence' Stark battles bureaucracy and goes to Iraq, all without ever donning his armour.

Again Peter synopsised INFINITY GAUNTLET #4 a while ago, where Thanos defeats Earth's heroes and Silver Surfer fails to steal the Gauntlet. But now I again add comments on tie-ins.
And I add 1 of those tie-ins DR STRANGE, SORCERER SUPREME #33 where the Mad Titan sends Dr Strange out of the way back to Ancient Egypt to meet Cleopatra again for the 1st time.
Oh, and armoured Iron Man *is* in IG#4.


All Asgard Versus Evil Don Blake!

April 15, 2021

The brand-new THOR #14 pits the armored Thor against his now-wicked longtime alter ego, Don Blake—with all Asgard as witnesses!

Then we have the oddball INCREDIBLE HULK VS VENOM wherein Professor Hulk and the usual demented Venom team up against the Earthquake Master!

In MARVELS: EYE OF THE CAMERA #5, the Marvels are still at it but Phil Sheldon can’t keep up anymore!

TOMB OF DRACULA #33 shows us how Quincy Harker became Dracula’s sworn enemy!

Plus new comments and character listings for DEFENDERS #23-24!


Losers can be winners

April 12, 2021

This week's AVENGERS #44 concludes the Phoenix contest with a surprise result as an earlier loser claims the title.

T Vernon concludes the Best Defence story-arc with IRON MAN (1998) #78 as Tony Stark turns it all around and *does* become Secretary Of Defence in the end.

Back in the Infinity Gauntlet event I've reached #3 where Dr Strange and Adam Warlock gather their forces to oppose Thanos. Peter already synopsised this but I've now added comments on all it's tie-ins.
I'm skipping over Silver Surfer #53 because it just ties up a pre-Starlin plotline involving Kree politics. And even the Surfer in it is a fake.
SLEEPWALKER #7 actually covers the whole of the IG event but it centres around Dr Strange recruiting the hero to help deal with the overflow of Eon into Manhattan.
And Peter has previously dealt with SILVER SURFER (1987) #54 also, where SS takes time out to hang with Rhino.


More Madness for Hulk!

April 8, 2021

The brand-new THE IMMORTAL HULK #45: Green Hulk and Joe Fixit are fighting hellish monsters, Jackie is seeing Gamma ghosts, Doc Samson’s body is missing, the U-Foes face the shock of their lives, and Red Harpy is flying back! Madness as usual!

Starring Marvel’s newest TV sensation, U.S. AGENT #2, sees John Walker face his fiercest foe—his younger sister!

In MARVELS: EYE OF THE CAMERA #4, Phil Sheldon is on the scene for the apocalyptic events of Secret Wars #2!

THOR #403 pits Thor against the new Executioner in a tale so epic, they needed two exclamation points in the title!!

In TOMB OF DRACULA #32, Quincy Harker lures Dracula into his home which is a death trap for vampires!


Suicides and suspicions

April 5, 2021

In the current SAVAGE AVENGERS #19 some X-Men hire Conan's current gang for a suicide mission to rescue the Knullified Cyclops and Storm. And Conan takes the Hellfire Club mansion as payment.

T Vernon does IRON MAN (1998) #77 where Tony Stark's appointment as Secretary Of Defence is rejected by the Senate. But then Sonny Birch commits suicide as his misused Stark tech goes haywire.

I've written up 2 Infinity Gauntlet tie-ins which happen more-or-less between #2 and #3:-
In DR STRANGE, SORCERER SUPREME #32 Silver Dagger stirs up IG-fueled mob suspicion of Strange in a bid to get his eye back.
In SILVER SURFER (1987) #52 Drax blames Firelord for the Thanos-caused disappearance of Mentor and Eros until DrS recruits them both for his army.


Cap Versus Sin, the Red Skull’s Daughter!

April 1, 2021

The brand new CAPTAIN AMERICA #28 shows us the Red Skull’s latest plan for mayhem! And his nasty daughter Sin is back!

In TOMB OF DRACULA #31, Drac plots to take over Britain’s House of Lords!

In MARVELS: EYE OF THE CAMERA #3, Phil Sheldon loses faith in the Marvels when he encounters the Punisher!

Thor is occupied in THOR #402, as two surprisingly formidable foes, Quicksand and Mongoose team up while Hela, Goddess of Death, waits in the wings!

Also, GIANT-SIZE DEFENDERS #4 sees a murder plot against Nighthawk spin out of control! Guest starring the Squadron Sinister!


Career changes and new beginnings

March 29, 2021

In this week's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #12 the Guardians defeat the Gods Of Olympus and are then made an official arm of the Galactic Council.

T Vernon is still adding comments to issues that Julio previously synopsised. In IRON MAN (1998) #75-76 Tony Stark finds that his reputation is a hindrance to him becoming Secretary Of Defence.

And I get back to following the career of Thanos by adding comments to INFINITY GAUNTLET #2 that Peter did. Adam Warlock teams up with Dr Strange, Dr Doom and Silver Surfer to start an army to oppose the Mad Titan, whose anger at Death spurning his love causes a universal wave of destruction that hits Earth.
Meanwhile in QUASAR #27 Quasar assists the birth of Eon's daughter Epoch, and on Earth a ragtag bunch of heroes deal with Eon's immense dead body invading New York.
I should have time to finish all the tie-ins to the Infinity Gauntlet event before tackling the next bunch of old Avengers issues.


A Special Comic with a Special Offer!

March 25, 2021

THING AND SHE-HULK: THE LONG NIGHT is a teaming of two of Marvel’s funniest heroes against Dragon Man, Roxxon, and a horde of vampires! The special offer? Here at the Marvel Heroes Library, we are looking for a writer for She-Hulk so we can expand our coverage! Anyone interested in joining our little project can contact us and we’ll be glad to have you!

Also, GIANT-SIZE DEFENDERS #3 sees the heroic non-team plus Daredevil recruited unwillingly for the next round of the Grandmaster’s endless games!

In TOMB OF DRACULA #30, Dracula himself relates the story of his first meeting with Blade!

Thor goes Viking in THOR #401, embarking on a dangerous voyage without his mighty powers to win a bet with Loki! Spoiler: Loki cheats!

And lastly, in MARVELS: EYE OF THE CAMERA #2, Phil Sheldon has a life-changing encounter with Spider-Man!


Tony Stark, Secretary Of Defence on an alien planet

March 22, 2021

2 new issues this week:-

In IRON MAN #7 Iron Man and friends catch up with Korvac and gang in deep space (and mindspace) but suddenly the Golden Avenger is teleported to an alien planet.

And in CHAMPIONS #5 the team liberate the other teen heroes from Roxxon re-education camps, and the government stops it's heavy-handed approach to Kamala's Law.

Meanwhile back in 2003:-

Hawkeye gets caught between Hulk and She-Hulk in AVENGERS (1998) #74-75, and Jack Of Hearts has a dubiously-glorious death in #76.

Then T Vernon adds comments to IRON MAN (1998) #73-74 that Julio synopsised some years ago, in which Tony Stark succeeds Red Skull as US Secretary Of Defence.


A Brand New Thor and Much Much More!

March 18, 2021

The brand new THOR #13 sees the return of Odin and the rest of the Asgardians to take on supervillain Don Blake!

In the first follow-up to the classic MARVELS, MARVELS: EYE OF THE CAMERA #1 brings back Phil Sheldon for another incisive look at the world of superheroes!

John Byrne gives us a different take on the Hulk in MARVEL FANFARE #29, with an offbeat Captain America story too!

TOMB OF DRACULA #29 sees Dracula taking vengeance against one of his most faithful servants: Shiela Whittier!

Plus, new comments added to the classic DEFENDERS #21-22 with the advent of the weirdo villain team known as the Headmen!


What happens in Vegas

March 15, 2021

In ETERNALS #3 we catch up with Thena who's living with the Deviants. And climate change is exacerbated by the Eternals' Great Machine going wobbly.

T Vernon concludes Tony Stark's Vegas adventure in IRON MAN (1998) #72.

And Wasp and Yellowjacket are also in Las Vegas on vacation in AVENGERS (1998) #71.

Then Iron Man joins Captain America and Scarlet Witch searching for She-Hulk in #72-73. And Hawkeye's back.


More Hulk and Drac! With Some Widow and Civil War on the Side!

March 11, 2021

The brand new IMMORTAL HULK #44 pits the weakest Hulk against the powerful U-Foes!

BLACK WIDOW (2020) #4: Natasha is a dangerous opponent at the best of times but when the bad guys target her new family? Watch out!

MARVELS SNAPSHOTS: CIVIL WAR shows us what went on behind the scenes of the big hero battles! A battle nearly as heroic: a fight for a conscience!

TOMB OF DRACULA #28! What’s worse than Dracula having the magical Chimera? Doctor Sun having it!

And in the finale of FEAR ITSELF: HULK VS. DRACULA, we see Drac’s last ditch effort to stop the Hulk: the Forgiven!


Running the Gauntlet of Phoenix fighters and alien goo

March 8, 2021

In this week's AVENGERS #43 the combatants are whittled down to 6 in the contest for the Phoenix-prize.

And in this week's T Vernon offering IRON MAN (1998) #71 Iron Man gets yet another new armour which immediately gets infected by alien nano-stuff.

I'm returning (temporarily) to tie-ins to Infinity Gauntlet, to at least finish off #1:-

In QUASAR #26 Thanos gatecrashes Eon's funeral and causes his dead body to invade Earth.

Julio synopsised HULK #383 some time ago, where Rick Jones is among the disappeared and Hulk gets dragged into the IG conflict.

DR STRANGE, SORCERER SUPREME #31 fits between IG#1 and #2 where Strange channels It's A Wonderful Life to restore Silver Surfer's self-confidence.


A Marvelous Milestone for Thor!

March 4, 2021

THOR #400 from 1989: the mighty God of Thunder leads his heroic team against the Serpent God in a battle for Asgard! And a lot of other special goodies!

Meanwhile, FALCON AND WINTER SOLDIER #5 wraps up the latest adventure for this pair just in time for their Disney+ series!

TOMB OF DRACULA #27, Drac gets his hands on a piece of a powerful magic artifact—the Chimera--and his terrible powers increase!

In FEAR ITSELF: HULK VS. DRACULA #2, it’s all of Dracula’s forces against the fear-powered Hulk; those poor bloodsuckers don’t stand a chance!

In DEFENDERS #20, the mystery of the magic harmonica is solved! With the Thing as guest star!



Bishop and Iceman lead a mini X-invasion

March 1, 2021

I saved 2 new issues from last week to fill a void this week:-

In their #4 the Champions take a holiday from being fugitives with Bishop and Iceman and others on the good ship Marauder, but they'll be refreshed and back in the fight next issue.

And Bishop and Iceman also pop up with Callisto in SAVAGE AVENGERS #18 to stop Conan and Deadpool from robbing the abandoned Hellfire Club. Oh, and those symbiote dragons are still around.

AVENGERS (1998) #68-70 concludes the Red Zone story with Dell Rusk exposed as Red Skull and the dangerous disease defeated. But the savage She-Hulk is still missing.

And then T Vernon's back in full synopsis mode with IRON MAN (1998) #70 where Tony Stark goes PI in Las Vegas for the 3-part Vegas Bleeds Neon.


A Booming Cast of Heroes and a Double Dose of Dracula!!

February 25, 2021

THOR #399: the mighty God of Thunder leads his heroic team against the Serpent God in a battle for Asgard!

A Defenders tie-in in MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #7 teams Valkyrie and the Thing against the Executioner!

Obscure anthology series MARVEL DOUBLE SHOT #4 puts a literary spin on Iron Man and Dr. Strange!

In FEAR ITSELF: HULK VS. DRACULA #1, the scary vampire takes on an even scarier Hulk, with all of Eastern Europe at stake! (Oops, don’t say “stake” in front of Dracula!)

And the Vampire Lord returns in his own book, TOMB OF DRACULA #26, on the trail of a powerful magic artifact—the Chimera!


Iron Man's in 6 out of 7 issues this week, but not with his old team the Guardians

February 22, 2021

I'm doing 2 new issues this week.

In IRON MAN #6 the bad guys set off for Galactus' worldship, War Machine joins Iron Man's merry band, and Tony Stark soldiers on with a broken neck!

The Guardians Of The Galaxy totally forget about the possibility that the new improved Star-Lord could defeat Knull, and instead gather all their forces in their #11 to face the vengeful Olympian Gods.

IRON MAN (1998) #67-69 are 3 more issues that Julio has already done, and now T Vernon adds comments. The Manhunt story concludes and it turns out Mandarin wasn't behind things it was his son Temugin. No wait, it was their lackey Po.

Then in AVENGERS (1998) #66-67 Iron Man joins in the Red Zone story arc with Black Panther as Dell Rusk frustrates their efforts to help. Meanwhile the on-site Avengers discover that the US created the bio-weapon, and She-Hulk succumbs to the disease.


A Trio of New Issues Just For You!

February 18, 2021

THOR #12 pits Throg, the froggy version of Thor, against Evil Don Blake! With a guest appearance by Valkyrie Jane Foster!

In CAPTAIN AMERICA #27, Cap is cleared of all charges against him! For what seems like five minutes!

Declan Shalvey brings us IMMORTAL HULK: FLATLINE, where Bruce’s old teacher has one last lesson for him and Hulk!

In earlier classics, GIANT-SIZE DRACULA #5 pits the Lord of the Undead against a megalomaniacal millionaire in the 1930s Swiss Alps!

In HERCULES: PRINCE OF POWER (1984) #4, Herc faces his greatest enemy yet—his insane father Zeus!


Conspiracies everywhere

February 15, 2021

New this week ETERNALS #2. Zuras can't be resurrected and his murderer Thanos roams free. And Sersi starts a conspiracy.

IRON MAN (1998) #65-66 are more issues that Julio did a while ago, but T Vernon adds comments. Terrorists and assassins abound, and maybe Mandarin's behind them all.

Iron Man's not in AVENGERS (1998) #64-65 so I'm getting them out of the way here ahead of IM joining in the following issues. For now Falcon and Henry Gyrich conspire against Secretary Of Defence Dell Rusk, and a deadly mist starts to engulf South Dakota.


New Secret Spy Stuff and Some Classic Goodies!

February 11, 2021

A new series for John Walker begins in U.S. AGENT (2020) #1, pitting the former Captain America against an army of…pizza delivery guys?!

Natasha is planning a wedding in BLACK WIDOW (2020) #3 but a band of bad guys are already on the scene!

MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #6 is a Defenders tie-in! Dr. Strange joins the Thing in a caper that involves a magic harmonica and a giant rat!

In THOR #398, the forces of Seth the Serpent God lay waste to Asgard while Thor is trapped in the Black Pyramid!

HERCULES: PRINCE OF POWER (1984) #3 has our Dashing Demigod trying to rescue Captain Mar-Vell’s Nega-Bands from the wrists of a master criminal!

Wait…a magic harmonica?


A bit of a Thor-fest this week

February 8, 2021

This week's new issue is AVENGERS #42. More fight club matches, and the Phoenix tells Thor she's his mother! (Sounds like the end of a soap opera episode. EastEnders fans will know which 1 I have in mind.)

The oldies this week are a combined effort for the Standoff crossover.
Peter has done THOR (1998) #58, T Vernon covers IRON MAN (1998) #64 and I round it off with AVENGERS (1998) #63.
Thor comes to the aid of his believers in Slokovia. The US sends Iron Man to defuse the international incident which could start WWIII. Captain America tries to calm them both down. And Dr Doom wins.


The Weakest One There Is!

February 4, 2021

The new IMMORTAL HULK #43 shows Hulk at the weakest he’s ever been, so the arrival of the U-Foes is definitely bad news!

In THOR (1998) #58, the world is on the brink of war and Thor is pitted against Iron Man in part one of a crossover that will appear on the Iron Man half of the site soon!

HERCULES: PRINCE OF POWER (1984) #2 has Herc protecting his newfound Skrull friend Skyppi from the vengeance of Red Wolf!

GIANT-SIZE DRACULA #4, it’s Dracula against a giant bloodthirsty heart!

Reviews and comments added to DEFENDERS #17-19 wherein Luke Cage joins the non-team against the Wrecking Crew!


Team-ups and/or statues

February 1, 2021

In SAVAGE AVENGERS #17 Conan teams up with Deadpool to fight Knull's symbiote dragons. And he gets an offer of assistance from another Klyntar symbiote.

Julio did IRON MAN (1998) #62-63 years ago but T Vernon adds comments now to the 2-part Christmas story with terrorists. And Iron Man gets help from a statue of an angel.

In his #50 Silver Surfer has to fight a statue of Thanos. And we learn about a secret regret from Norrin Radd's past.
(I'm not doing #51 because it only features Galactus and his Herald Nova who remembers a past meeting with SS.)
Then the long build-up ends as we get to the multi-team-up Infinity Gauntlet. Peter already documented this series, but I'm adding some comments on tie-ins to #1.


Another Basket of Goodies!

January 28, 2021

The recent FALCON & WINTER SOLDIER #4! All of the good guys and the bad guys are getting into place for next issue’s climactic battle!

TOMB OF DRACULA #25 introduces the vampire private eye called Hannibal King!

GIANT-SIZE DEFENDERS #2 sees the heroic non-team bringing in the Son of Satan as a consultant for a special problem: demons!

In HERCULES: PRINCE OF POWER (1984) #1, Herc takes time out from war—to attend a fashion show? That’s our Herc!

In THOR #397, the God of Thunder visits the Dimension of Death! Looks like COVID isn’t keeping everyone home!


This time it's Avengers in every paragraph

January 25, 2021

New this week AVENGERS #41 has various fights in the contest to see who will be the next Phoenix. But the Phoenix Force makes it plain that it wants Black Panther to win the honour, even if he doesn't.

Now I'll tidy up some Young Avengers loose ends:-
Here's DARK REIGN: YOUNG AVENGERS #1 which introduces their foes for this mini-series, the Young Masters Of Evil. I already did #2-5.
I've also already done their next comic, the SIEGE: YOUNG AVENGERS 1-shot.
It just remains for me to complete the Children's Crusade event with the CHILDREN'S CRUSADE: YOUNG AVENGERS 1-shot, which has the future YA tricking Iron Lad into going back in time to do his part in the CC series.
This ends the titles featuring the original YA. But later I'll do YA Vol 2 with some old and new members.

T Vernon's IRON MAN (1998) #61 ends the 3-part Arthurian tale with an explanation for how the Sword gets in the Stone and how Iron Man's helmet was found in an archaeological dig with a skull in it. (Hasn't he recently had a similar situation in #22 of the current Avengers series?)


Bring on the Bad Guys!

January 21, 2021

Nothing new this week so it’s all classic older stuff with some pretty cool villains!

First up, THOR #396 plunges us into Seth the Serpent God’s war on Asgard!

In HAWKEYE (1994) #4, Earth’s Mightiest Marksman is the quarry of a pack of monster werewolves!

In GIANT-SIZE DRACULA #3, we meet an immortal blind woman who has a 400-year vendetta against Dracula!

A+X #2! Black Widow and Rogue against the Sentinels! Iron Man and Kitty Pryde versus the Brood! 

Plus new comments and character lists added to DEFENDERS #15-16, guest-starring Professor X and Magneto! Neat-o!


Eternally Young

January 18, 2021

There are no new issues to report on this week so I'm throwing in ETERNALS #1 from last week, where the permanently teenage Sprite is back. If I need a justification for including it here it's got Iron Man and Thanos in it.

But I'm putting off more old Thanos stuff to return to documenting Young Avengers titles with the complete 3-issue SECRET INVASION: RUNAWAYS/YOUNG AVENGERS mini-series.

However T Vernon offers a modicum of continuity with part 2 of the 3-part Arthurian adventure in IRON MAN (1998) #60.


Hulk Without Hulk!

January 14, 2021

The brand-new IMMORTAL HULK #42 features heroes, villains, and subplots galore! The only thing missing is the Hulk!

The newish BLACK WIDOW (2020) #2: you can take the girl out of the action but you can’t take the action out of the girl, as Natasha beats up a gang of lowlifes!

THOR #395 introduces a new villain/hero team: the Earth Force!

In TOMB OF DRACULA #24, Dracula stalks a stripper!

In HAWKEYE (1994) #3, War Machine shows up to help Clint against the Secret Empire!


Dr Doom is banned this week

January 11, 2021

IRON MAN #5 ends what they're calling the 1st Act (ie TP collection) of the Books Of Korvac as the villain and his gang head off into space leaving Iron Man and *his* ragtag gang supposedly dead or dying.

But in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #10 Star-Lord comes back from the dead and kills 1 of Knull's dragons.

Nobody dies or is resurrected in AVENGERS (1998) #61-62. But Jack Of Hearts learns that his illness is getting worse. The Avengers get a newish lineup and a new status as UN Ambassadors. And Ant-Man loses custody of his daughter.

Then Shellhead heads back to Arthurian times (for the 3rd time) in IRON MAN (1998) #59 from T Vernon.

And Dr Doom is nowhere to be seen this week, not even to accompany Iron Man on his time trip as he did the 1st 2 times.


Thors Beware!

January 7, 2021

The brand-new THOR #11 sees the newly-evil Don Blake pursue his quest to kill all the Thors! Jane Foster and a certain amphibious hero guest star!

From the latest set of Marvels, we have MARVELS SNAPSHOTS: CAPTAIN AMERICA, wherein Cap discovers the world doesn’t always need heroes!

FALCON & WINTER SOLDIER #3 sends our heroes against Hydra—and things get very strange!

In HAWKEYE (1994) #2, the Mighty Marksman meets the Wolf-Man and they become partners!

GIANT-SIZE DRACULA #2 pits the Lord of the Vampires against a Lovecraftian nasty!


Dr Doom rules this week

January 4, 2021

In AVENGERS #40 the Phoenix Force kidnaps a load of super-characters to the Savage Land to fight for the right to be the next Phoenix. And 1 of them is Howard The Duck! But the 1st bout is Captain America vs Dr Doom.

KING IN BLACK: IRON MAN/DR DOOM obviously has Doom as well as Iron Man in it as they both fight a Knullified Santa Claus.

I gave T Vernon a week off again from writing up IM vol 3 while I fitted in some Avengers vol 3 stuff. But the Indefatigable One supplied another issue of Marvel Fanfare featuring Shellhead, again by Roger McKenzie and Ken Steacy. And the villain in #44 is also Dr Doom.

AVENGERS (1998) #58-60 concludes the World Trust story, freeing the In-Betweener from the clutches of a Scorpio and the Brotherhood Of The Ankh, and incidentally returning the world's capitals to their places. And would you believe it, Dr Doom sneaks in a small part in #59.


It’s AMAZING FANTASY #15! No, Not That One!

January 1, 2021

The famous one is already covered on the site! This is the other AMAZING FANTASY #15 from 2002, introducing a lot of characters that Marvel hopes you will like, like Amadeus Cho, the future Totally Awesome Hulk and…uh…other people!

And we pick up Clint Barton’s second miniseries with HAWKEYE (1994) #1, where the heroic archer discovers nefarious doings in the Canadian Rockies!

The knockout THOR #394 uses the pretext of a Thor movie to show the God of Thunder from multiple angles and he’s still a hero!

In TOMB OF DRACULA #23, it’s Drac versus a haunted house!

All new comments added to DEFENDERS #12-14 from the 70s!

And here’s hoping 2021 is better than 2020!


December 28, 2020

Making it a bit of a habit I've saved SAVAGE AVENGERS #16 from last week again. Magik gets the Eye Of Agamotto from Sadurang with jaw jaw rather than war war.

In IRON MAN (1998) #58 Tony Stark finally sees the end of Tiberius Stone (but he'll just go and bother Spider-Man instead). T Vernon does the honours.

Iron Man then pops over to AVENGERS (1998) #56 to face the Avengers' accountants in Kurt Busiek's final issue. Geoff Johns takes over for a long run in #57, which is the beginning of the new World Trust story arc.


Hulk Has a Black Christmas! And Some Giant-Size Extras!

December 24, 2020

A tie-in to the current Big Event, KING IN BLACK: THE IMMORTAL HULK gives the childlike original Hulk a nice little holiday—once the Symbiotes are out of the way!

In the first of Marvel’s 1970s extra-large issues, GIANT-SIZE DRACULA #1 introduces Lilith, Dracula’s nasty daughter!

In another oversized comic, GIANT-SIZE DEFENDERS #1 introduces the new character Valkyrie to the famous guys—Dr. Strange, Hulk, and Subby! As if we needed an intro!

A lot of action in THOR #393! Thor versus Quicksand! Hogun versus Daredevil!

And SECRET AVENGERS #25 gives us apocalyptic madness against a multitude of robots!

Plus, have a happy whatever holiday you observe this time of year!


Stark's preoccupation with women allows Galactus to sneak in 2 mentions

December 21, 2020

New this week, IRON MAN #4 stars Tony Stark and Patsy Walker not being Iron Man and Hellcat. But they start to recruit some below-the-radar allies as Korvac plans to invade Galactus' homebase.

T Vernon does IRON MAN (1998) #57 in which we discover that Tony's erotic dream about Pepper Potts is really part of another mind-manipulation plot by Tiberius Stone. But Rumiko Fujikawa in a falling elevator *isn't* imaginary.

In SILVER SURFER (1987) #48-49 Thanos annoys Galactus by deleting from reality the planet he was about to eat, and then creates a monster to delay Surfer bringing his warning to Earth.


Two New Hulks and an Extra Thing!

December 17, 2020

New today: IMMORTAL HULK #41 gives us another Hulk-Thing matchup—but this one is different: it also has them discussing the Bible!

Also new today: It’s Red Hulk’s turn to shine in CAPTAIN AMERICA #26 as Cap and the team take on all the bad guys!

THOR #392 adds new villainess Quicksand a/k/a What if Sandman were a hot babe?

TOMB OF DRACULA #22 pits the vampire king against Gorna, Lord of the Living Lightning!

SECRET AVENGERS #24 presents us with an enormous number of characters and their affiliations! All the better to occupy the rest of this series!


2 interludes, a triangle and a meeting

December 14, 2020

In AVENGERS #39 we break off the current action for another Avengers 1M BC origin, this time of Lady Phoenix.

And in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #9 we go to the Land Beyond The Sun to learn what happened to Star-Lord after he 'died'.

Back in the here and not so long ago, in T Vernon's IRON MAN (1998) #56 Tony Stark gets back control of Stark Enterprises. But Iron Man's super-heroics are just a distraction from the love triangle in his head involving Rumiko and Pepper.

My Thanos-trail continues in SILVER SURFER (1987) #46-47 where Surfer and Drax meet Adam Warlock and friends in Soul World.


Black Widow as We’ve Never Seen Her Before!

December 10, 2020

The new ongoing BLACK WIDOW (2020) #1! Kelly Thompson and Elena Casagrande! Natasha is out of the spy business and happy for the first time in her life! What’s going on?

In TOMB OF DRACULA #21, Drac faces the mad scientist Doctor Sun and his pet vampire!

In SECRET AVENGERS #23, Ant-Man dies and Venom joins the team! Double yikes!

In THOR #391, it’s Thor and Spidey versus…the Mongoose! Trust us, he’s bad!

Plus new comments for the classic DEFENDERS #5-6 from 1973!


Iron Man goes public

December 7, 2020

This time SAVAGE AVENGERS #15 has Black Widow, Daimon Helstrom, Elektra, Punisher and Wolverine wading through Shuma-Gorath avatars and Sickle Priest cultists to close down Kulan Gath's (only?) drug factory.

And the Champions are still on the run in their #3 while other teen heroines (no males are featured) are being 're-educated'. But help arrives from Krakoa.

T Vernon is here with IRON MAN (1998) #55 which wraps up the initial storyline of Mandarin's son and heir Temugin. And Iron Man reveals his identity to the world.

I've turned my attention back to the history of Thanos with SILVER SURFER (1987) #44-45 wherein the Mad Titan seemingly kills the title hero and Drax, and then takes over the comic to 'team up' with Mephisto.


New Thor Issue? Don Blake’s the Bad Guy? Bring It On!

December 3, 2020

The brand-new THOR #10 has the newly insane Don Blake tearing a bloody swath through Asgard!

Another recent addition is the complete EMPYRE: CAPTAIN AMERICA #1-3! Tie-in to the big event showcases Cap leading American forces against the Cotati invaders!

Lastly, here’s SAVAGE HULK (1996) #1 wherein Hulk is being sued by a multitude of people who have been collateral damage in the big green guy’s exploits! This one gets wild!


The Avengers are Marvels

November 30, 2020

As I did last week I've saved something from that week to fill the reporting void that is this week. AVENGERS: MARVELS SNAPSHOTS is part of a bunch of issues showing the Marvel Universe from the POV of normal humans, as Kurt Busiek's original MARVELS series did. This issue is built around Red Ronin's rampage in AVENGERS #197-199.

YOUNG AVENGERS PRESENTS #5-6 finishes the series by reconciling Stature with her family, and the new Hawkeye getting the blessing of the old Hawkeye.

T Vernon gives us IRON MAN (1998) #54 which connects Temugin to the Sleeping Dragon drug to Ayisha. And they and Iron Man will all collide next issue.


Avengers! Offbeat, Secret, and Otherwise!

November 26, 2020

One of the most unusual Avengers was Tigra, the Were-Woman! So here we’ve added her origin, GIANT-SIZE CREATURES #1, opposite Werewolf By Night!

Then in SECRET AVENGERS #22, we get a new team lineup and a lot of new bad guys! Plus a guest appearance from the Queen! The real one!

THOR #390. returns from outer space to join the Avengers against the forces of Seth the Serpent-God! And Captain America lifts Mjolnir for the first time!

In TOMB OF DRACULA #20, we find the origin of vampire hunter Rachel van Helsing!

And here we’re cleaning up older issues of some titles, so DEFENDERS #3-4 have new comments added to the entries!


Incidental villains (and 2 dragons, sort of)

November 23, 2020

I saved SAVAGE AVENGERS #14 from last week to do here. Conan and Magik recruit Black Knight and Juggernaut to help them against Sadurang the Asgardian dragon. But not before BK disrupts a Ku Klux Klan meeting.

YOUNG AVENGERS PRESENTS #3-4 has Speed and Wiccan trying to find their 'mother' Scarlet Witch, and Vision chatting up Stature. The incidental villains here are Master Pandemonium and AIM.

And T Vernon's IRON MAN (1998) #53 introduces Mandarin's son Temugin who's inherited the 10 Rings. While Iron Man deals with the purveyors of a new drug called Sleeping Dragon.


What’s New? Cap and Hulk! Hulk and Cap!

November 19, 2020

The new CAPTAIN AMERICA #25 is out and we finally have the good guys (Cap and company) taking the battle to the bad guys (Red Skull and his crew)!

In the new IMMORTAL HULK #40, Henry Peter Gyrich is back and Joe Fixit is out to get him!

The classic THOR #389! Can Thor outsmart the Celestials? Well, no—and that’s a good thing!

In TOMB OF DRACULA #19, Rachel van Helsing is “Snowbound in Hell” with Count Dracula!

A+X #12! Cap and Jubilee versus Nazi vampires! Beast and Wonder Man get drunk!


2 eras of Iron Man and 2 kinds of young Avengers

November 16, 2020

I've got 2 new issues for you this week.

In Iron Man #3 we have a montage of the Golden Avenger beating up old baddies to indicate time passing, and then Fuller Teilhard/Korvac reveals his dastardly plan.

In CHAMPIONS #2 we visit detained teen heroes in a re-education camp, and then the 3 main Champions get Ironheart into trouble. And Viv Vision's on a road trip.

My trawl through the Young Avengers titles has reached YA Presents. Peter Silvestro has already done #1 featuring Captain America knock-off Patriot, so here's #2 where Hulkling meets his father Captain Marvel. Or does he?

T Vernon's Iron Man (1998) #52 concludes last issue's murder mystery, a very different kind of tale for Shellhead.


A Monstrous Crossover! And an Item from the Good Old Days!

November 12, 2020

It’s Dracula versus Werewolf by Night in a scary-good crossover in TOMB OF DRACULA #18 and WEREWOLF BY NIGHT #15! Watch the fur fly as the pair goes batty!

And for you Golden Age fans, ALL-WINNERS COMICS #1 from 1941 brings together a bunch of Timely’s Big Names: Cap and Bucky! Human Torch and Toro! Sub-Mariner! And more!

From their 1982 miniseries, VISION AND THE SCARLET WITCH #4 deal with the thorny issue of Wanda’s and Pietro’s parentage! Here’s it is revealed for the first of many times that Magneto was their father!

Lastly but not leastly, there’s THOR #388 where the God of Thunder boldly goes where no one has gone before: inside the head of a Celestial!


Epilogues and murder mysteries

November 9, 2020

AVENGERS #38 is as much an epilogue to Age Of Khonshu as it is an opener for Enter The Phoenix. And even more it's a resurrection for Mephisto.

But GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #8 is definitely the 2nd half of an Aftermath for Empyre. And detective Rocket has all the suspects together in a (locked) room while he deduces the identity of the murderer.

AVENGERS (1998) #55 is definitely an epilogue to the Kang Dynasty War, tying up loose ends as Kurt Busiek winds down towards his final issue next time.

I'll just mention that the JLA/Avengers and the Order mini-series plus the 1st arc in the Iron Man: Legacy series occur between the issues above and below. Hopefully we'll get round to writing them up some time.

Then in T Vernon's Iron Man (1998) #51 Mike Grell's 2nd issue starts a 2-part murder mystery (which Tony Stark will solve without Rocket's aid next time).


Back in Blake? Something Old Has Been Added!

November 5, 2020

The new THOR #9 brings back Thor’s longtime alter ego Dr. Don Blake but this time he’s mad!

From their 1982 miniseries, VISION AND THE SCARLET WITCH #3 has the happy couple caught in the midst of an awkward family triangle: Vision, Wonder Man, and Grim Reaper!

TOMB OF DRACULA #17 sees the Lord of the Undead wandering into a spy story aboard a train!

A quirky tie-in to DEATH OF WOLVERINE has DEADPOOL AND CAPTAIN AMERICA (actually the elderly de-powered Steve Rogers) teaming up to prevent Logan from being cloned! And it’s just as serious as anything else featuring ‘Pool!

And in our quest to improve our coverage of the DEFENDERS, here we have all-new comments for issues 1 and 2 of their original series!


Another and another and another

November 2, 2020

In this week's SAVAGE AVENGERS #13 Dr Strange takes most of the guest stars from previous issues to the Moon to plan another assault on Kulan Gath.

AVENGERS (1998) #53-54 finishes off the Kang Dynasty War as Kang crashes to Earth. His son Marcus rescues him but is rewarded by being executed for treason. After all the Conqueror can always clone another 1.

T Vernon returns to Iron Man (1998) for #50 with a new writer and artist and another new armour. (Although he's already been wearing it in the Avengers issues above.)


Black in Black Against a Magical Maggia!

October 29, 2020

The new one-shot BLACK WIDOW: WIDOW’S STING pits Natasha against the organized crime syndicate known as the Maggia and now they have magic on their side!

The new IMMORTAL HULK #39 outdoes itself in creating weird and creepy stuff going on in the Hulkscape!

From their 1982 miniseries, VISION AND THE SCARLET WITCH #2, Vizh and Wanda help her dad Whizzer in a custody battle for his son, the incredibly dangerous Nuklo!

TOMB OF DRACULA #16 pits the Vampire King against