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Previous updates to the Marvel Heroes Library site are listed below. For the latest update, visit the Home page.

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.
Former sites were online as early as 1997. More info about those sites here


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!

--PeterS



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.

--RobFJ



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!

--PeterS



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).

--RobFJ



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!

--PeterS



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.

--RobFJ



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!

--PeterS



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.

--RobFJ



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!

--PeterS



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.

--RobFJ



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!

--PeterS



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.

--RobFJ



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!

--PeterS



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.

--RobFJ



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!

--PeterS



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.

--RobFJ



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!

--PeterS



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.

--RobFJ



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!

--PeterS

 



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.

--RobFJ



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!

--PeterS



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.

--RobFJ



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!

--PeterS



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.

--RobFJ



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?

--PeterS



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.

--RobFJ



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!

--PeterS



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.

--RobFJ



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!

--PeterS



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?)

--RobFJ



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!

--PeterS



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.

--RobFJ



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!

--PeterS



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.

--RobFJ



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!

--PeterS



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.

--RobFJ



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!



Replacements

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.

--RobFJ



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!

--PeterS



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.

--RobFJ



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!

--PeterS



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.

--RobFJ



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!

--PeterS



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.

--RobFJ



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!

--PeterS



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.

--RobFJ



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!

--PeterS



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.

--RobFJ



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!

--PeterS



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.

--RobFJ



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!

--PeterS



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).

--RobFJ



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!

--PeterS



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.)

--RobFJ



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 a different sort of undead—a restless skeleton!

Bad news! In THOR #387, it’s “Judgment Day” and the Celestials are back!

--PeterS



An Iron Man sandwich with Guardians/Avengers filling

October 26, 2020

In IRON MAN #2 Tony Stark gets heavily injured by a series of villains, and Patsy Walker suggests he's got a death-wish. Meanwhile we get confirmation that the master villain of this arc is (some version of) the old Avengers and original Guardians Of The Galaxy foe Korvac.

In GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #7 Marvel Boy represents the Utopian Kree at the Galactic Council and winds up accused of killing 2 of the other delegates. And only drunk Rocket Raccoon can save the day.

In AVENGERS (1998) #50-52 the Triune Understanding plotline reaches its climax, Scarlet Witch and Wonder Man are in a prison camp, and the Avengers start a comeback against the Kang Dynasty.

And T Vernon gives us part 2 of Iron Man vs Doc Ock in MARVEL FANFARE (1982) #23 where Shellhead uses the Doctor's adamantium arms against him.

--RobFJ



Nothing New This Time, Just Some Cool Classic Stuff!

October 22, 2020

In THOR #386, it’s stormy weather when Thor meets his Celtic counterpart, Leir, Lord of Lightning!

From their 1982 miniseries, VISION AND THE SCARLET WITCH #1, the adorable couple get into the Halloween spirit!

TOMB OF DRACULA #15 has the King of the Vampires being shot out of the sky! Ouch!

GIANT-SIZE INCREDIBLE HULK #1 gets a new synopsis with comments and a review!

Remember the Defenders? Not those guys on Netflix, no, the original Defenders: Doctor Strange, Hulk, Sub-Mariner, to be joined by many others along the way. Well, we are adding improved synopses and comments sections to the series plus adding full records for missing issues. And we start with MARVEL FEATURE #1-3, the first appearances of the heroic non-team!

--PeterS



Arcs old and new

October 19, 2020

This week's new issue is AVENGERS #37 which ends the Age Of Khonshu arc. Moon Knight with the power of the Phoenix Force switches sides and helps the assembled Avengers defeat the Moon God. But then he frees the Force to find new hosts in next issue's Enter The Phoenix arc.

AVENGERS (1998) #48-49 continues the Kang Dynasty arc. Warbird's team kill the Master Of The World and take over his base. But in space Kang defeats Captain America's attack force, takes over the attacking Sentinels and then kills the population of Washington DC (but not the President).

I gave T Vernon 2 weeks off his reviewing Iron Man vol 3 to let me catch up with the Avengers. But he didn't want to remain idle so he's submitted MARVEL FANFARE (1982) #22, the 1st of a 2-part 'arc' featuring Shellhead vs Dr Octopus.

--RobFJ



Bring on the Bad Guys!

October 15, 2020

Bad guys are at the forefront of several new issues!

The brand-new CAPTAIN AMERICA #24 has a hideous cover because the Red Skull is back!

The brand-new IMMORTAL HULK #38 starts out with the Leader in control of all things Hulk but wait for that ending!

In the fairly new VALKYRIE: JANE FOSTER #10, Jane defeats the Rokkva, the latest mythical Asgardian beast to threaten the Golden Realm!

And the new-ish HAWKEYE: FREEFALL wraps up with issues #5-6, where Clint’s campaign against the Hood pays off!

--PeterS

 



Champions of the quiet war

October 12, 2020

The new CHAMPIONS #1 brings the expanded team back to headline the Outlawed event. But who is informing on them to CRADLE?

IRON MAN (1998) #49 ends Frank Tieri's writing stint with the dialogueless issue for Nuff Said month as Iron Man fights Titanium Man. At least the guest art by Chris Batista gets T Vernon's rating back up.

Then the Kang Dynasty War plot warms up in AVENGERS (1998) #45-47. Warbird heads a team against the Master Of The World which leads her to a romantic encounter with Scarlet Centurion.

--RobFJ



A Brand New Thor and a Few Things More!

October 8, 2020

The brand new THOR #8, wraps up the “Hammerfall” arc with Thor and Iron Man bickering over possession of the mighty Mjolnir!

In IMMORTAL HULK: THE THRESHING PLACE, superstar creators Jeff Lemire and Mike del Mundo give us a different look at Old Greenskin!

FALCON AND WINTER SOLDIER #2 pits Sam and Bucky against a trainload of Hydra killers!

In MARVELS EPILOGUE, Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross provide a late coda to their classic epic!

INVADERS NOW #5 wraps up the miniseries with a battle against a Lovecraftian nasty!

--PeterS



To Infinity and beyond

October 5, 2020

In AVENGERS #36 the Avengers begin to re-Assemble with the Starbrand baby to face Khonshu. But then Moon Knight ups the ante by accepting the Phoenix Force. Next issue will end the Age Of Khonshu.

And more Assembling is done in SAVAGE AVENGERS #12 as nearly the whole of the previous cast get together in preparation for facing Khulan Gath. But next issue won't be so successful at resolving this situation.

IRON MAN (1998) #48 does end the Sentient Armour/Sons Of Yinsen/Ultron story, permanently for the 1st 2. But T Vernon still continues his low rating of this section of Iron Man's career.

In THANOSQUEST #1-2 Thanos gets hold of the 6 Soul Gems again and renames them the Infinity Gems, thus beginning a whole line of Infinity stuff that will infest Marvel in the succeeding decades. (To be completely truthful he'd already introduced the Infinity Well in SILVER SURFER (1987) #38.)

--RobFJ



The Marvel That is MARVELS!

October 1, 2020

One of the most impressive events in Marvel’s history was the epic MARVELS miniseries! It showed us the familiar superheroes from the viewpoint of the ordinary citizen, exemplified by Daily Bugle photographer Phil Sheldon! Marvel has been celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of the event with a lot of hoopla including a large number of sequels and follow-ups!

So we at the Marvel Heroes Library reasoned what would a site dedicated to Marvel heroes be without MARVELS? And so, with no fanfare, we have added our little write-ups for this epic event! Enjoy!

--PeterS



Nobody really dies in the Marvel universe

September 28, 2020

With the end of the 2020 and Empyre events I have no new issues to synopsise this week, but I have mentioned the Immortal She-Hulk 1-shot in EMPYRE #6.

T Vernon continues to hold the fort with IRON MAN (1998) #47 where we discover that Ultron (fresh from his rebirth in last week's AVENGERS: THE ULTRON IMPERATIVE) is behind the Sons Of Yinsen and the reborn sentient armour.

And with the end for now of related Avengers issues I've returned to Thanos stuff with SILVER SURFER (1987) #38 where the Mad Titan tricks Surfer into thinking he's killed him.

--RobFJ



A Thoroughly Despicable Man!

September 24, 2020

IMMORTAL HULK #0 is a special issue bringing us all up to date on Brian Banner, Bruce’s nasty abusive father!

VALKYRIE: JANE FOSTER #9: Val/Jane faces zombie Thor!

In THOR #385, we have another classic Thor versus Hulk battle! Written by Stan Lee himself!

In TOMB OF DRACULA #14, “Dracula is Dead!” But as Ichabod Crane once said, “That’s the problem. He was dead to begin with”!

In INVADERS NOW #4, the heroic team has twenty-four hours to discover a cure for a deadly supernatural virus or else their lives will be forfeit!

--PeterS



Everything old is new again

September 21, 2020

IRON MAN #1 kicks off a new series and new scribe Christopher Cantwell takes Tony Stark in a completely new direction as he abandons Stark Unlimited and the VR armour he only just invented at the end of Iron Man 2020 in favour of a version of a late 60's armour.

In IM#41 Stark gave away his company after which he created a new armour. (Hang on, that sounds familiar.) Now T Vernon has written up IRON MAN (1998) #46 where Tony has regained control of the company. But now the Sons Of Yinsen return in league with the sentient IM armour.

AVENGERS: THE ULTRON IMPERATIVE takes place within IM#46. Alkhema returns and creates a robot race, only to discover it's just a scheme pre-programmed in her to recreate her 'husband' Ultron.

--RobFJ



A Nifty Avengers Line-Up!

September 17, 2020

Each of our mostly new offerings spotlights a different Avenger!  

New! CAPTAIN AMERICA #23 shows us Sharon Carter as the new Iron Patriot, taking on that wicked witch Selene! 

New! THOR #7! The God of Thunder loses control of Mjolnir and now anyone can pick it up—except Thor! And there’s a bizarre Easter egg within!

New! IMMORTAL HULK #37 is an especially gruesome issue with the Leader springing his trap!

Almost new! HAWKEYE: FREEFALL #4 sees the amazing archer dealing with way too many fellow heroes—and an awkward LMD—for comfort!

Part of an older event, FEAR ITSELF: BLACK WIDOW, starts with Natasha’s murder and then moves on from there!

--PeterS



The end of Empyre (or maybe not quite)

September 14, 2020

Here are the 2 1-shot epilogues to Empyre:-

In EMPYRE: FALLOUT FANTASTIC FOUR the Cotati are banished, the FF adopt Jo-Venn and N'Kalla, and the Watcher returns from the dead.

Then in EMPYRE: AFTERMATH AVENGERS R'Klll explains how she avoided dying when Galactus ate her planet, and Hulkling and Wiccan get a big wedding bash. But it ends with an ominous prediction of the future.

I've included brief summaries of these and Captain Marvel #21 in EMPYRE #6.

I'm not sure whether the Immortal She-Hulk 1-shot is an official Empyre tie-in, but anyway it's been delayed for 2 weeks.

In IRON MAN (1998) #45 Tony Stark drops the Hogan Potts alias and gets a new fortune and Company. T Vernon does that 1.

I'm spelling TV for IRON MAN ANNUAL 2001 where Iron Man has an adventure in Sarawak in his new SKIN armour. And there's a 2nd story where Ty Stone gets paid back for #37-40.

--RobFJ



New Team-Up! New Thor! Very Strange Team-Up!

September 10, 2020

FALCON AND WINTER SOLDIER #1: The two former Caps team up to face a hot new hitman called “The Natural!” 

With a mighty leap we hurdled over the entire Walt Simonson run, which was already on the site and reached THOR #384! What do we get? A brand new Thor!

Rejoice, Wesley Snipes fans! In TOMB OF DRACULA #13, we get the origin of Blade!

In INVADERS NOW #3, it’s the Invaders against their WW2 enemies the Ubercommandos—in the present day!

Finally, the very odd UNHOLY UNION wherein Hulk and Ghost Rider meet Top Cow’s Witchblade and The Darkness! Why? How? Who knows!

--PeterS




The Empyre War ends but the Kang Dynasty War just takes a breather

September 7, 2020

So Empyre comes to a thunderous conclusion (but there'll be some epilogues next week) in a pair of issues that overlap somewhat.

FANTASTIC FOUR #23 has the substitute FF stopping Dark Harvest from turning the Kree and Skrull forces against each other, but not before they do a bit of it ...

... which has an effect in EMPYRE #6. But then She-Hulk and Black Panther return to life, Mr Fantastic, Thor and BP put paid to Quoi's plant-control, and Tony Stark and the chars from the Kree/Skrull flagship stop the Sun blowing up.

And after having a psychiatric counselling session from a Halfworld Loony in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #6, Nova discovers the new post-Empyre Galactic political situation. Which we'll learn about next week.

And nearly 20 years ago:-

A few Avengers take time out from the Kang Dynasty War to sort out the problem of 2 Henry Pym's in AVENGERS ANNUAL 2001 with help from the Triune Understanding.

And then phase 1 of the War ends in AVENGERS (1998) #44 with Attuma, the Deviants and the Presence defeated.

Iron Man wasn't in those 2 issues, but he too takes time out in IRON MAN (1998) #44 where he finds out who's behind the corporate bombings - Ghost working for MODOK and AIM. T Vernon does the honours again.

--RobFJ



Marvel and Fortnite! Together at Last! And More!

September 3, 2020

The big announcement last week was that Marvel characters would be joining Epic Games new Fortnite Chapter 2 – Season 4—and so here’s Marvel’s introductory tie-in FORTNITE X MARVEL - NEXUS WAR: THOR #1

The final issue before Walt Simonson starts his epic run, THOR #336 sees Thor and Sif splitting up!

In TOMB OF DRACULA #12, Dracula challenges his enemies to find him in his haunted house!

In INVADERS NOW #2, we learn of the WW2 heroic team’s greatest crime: mass murder!

And in another weirder Marvel crossover THE DARKNESS/THE INCREDIBLE HULK, our beloved Green Giant teams up with Top Cow’s sinister denizen of the dark in a subway-bound issue!

--PeterS



1 event ends and another continues

August 31, 2020

It's the end of the 2020 event.

2020 iWOLVERINE #2 is the last of the tie-in issues, and Albert and Elsie Dee fight their way off Madripoor.

And so to the finale IRON MAN 2020 #6 where the Extinction Entity turns out to be a figment of Arno Stark's dying mind and Tony preserves him in a VR where it was true and he saved the world.

Meanwhile Empyre just rumbles on.

I've synopsised EMPYRE: AVENGERS #3 which wraps up the various Avengers' battles. And live Ka-Zar becomes joint spirit of the Savage Land with his wife Shanna.

I've summarised this and other Empyre issues this week in my Comments in EMPYRE #5.

Back before the event horizon T Vernon brings us IRON MAN (1998) #43 where Iron Man fights his way to Avengers Mansion with booby-trapped armour, only to find the bomb's really somewhere else. The art still gets a thumbs-down.

Then he stays with the Avengers for the opening round of the Kang Dynasty War in AVENGERS (1998) #41-43. Kang intends to take over the world for it's own future survival. But the team has to waste their time fighting Deviants, Attuma's Atlanteans and Presence's radioactive minions.

--RobFJ



One Nat, Two Janes, and More!

August 27, 2020

Marvel concludes BLACK WIDOW PRELUDE with issue #2, bringing us all up to date on the MCU heroine in time for her solo film in November!

After a long absence, THOR #335 returned original leading lady and the future Thor/Valkyrie Jane Foster to the comics of 1983 before losing her for another few decades!

Now she’s back again and in her most recent adventure, VALKYRIE: JANE FOSTER #8, Jane joins the Avengers in battling demons in the streets of Manhattan!

TOMB OF DRACULA #11 sees Drac’s vengeance crossed with that of a paralyzed voodoo man!

In INVADERS NOW #1, the Wartime heroes are reunited but it isn’t for a good cause!

--PeterS



2 #35's separated by 30 years

August 24, 2020

The only Empyre issue I've synopsised this week is LORDS OF EMPYRE: SWORDSMAN which shows us how he and his son the Celestial Messiah were turned against meat-life. And it's all the fault of the human Corporation Alchemax.

But I've also summarised this and other Empyre issues this week back in EMPYRE #5.

Also this week I've got AVENGERS #35 where the team fight back against Khonshu and Moon Knight. Including Blade who's back from some time off (probably the Strikeforce series). And Khonshu battles multiple alternate Mephisto's.

In IRON MAN (1998) #42 Tony Stark starts work as menial Hogan Potts. But still finds time to work on a new SKIN armour, and fight Shocker. T Vernon's not impressed with the art.

In SILVER SURFER (1987) #35 Thanos states his intention to kill half the folks in the universe, and tricks Surfer into helping him do a bit. This is the start of the Infinity Gauntlet saga which formed the basis for the plot of the Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame movies.

--RobFJ



Three (Mainly) New Issues and an Old Milestone!

August 20, 2020

The new THOR #6 features the fate of Galactus…and of Thor!

The new CAPTAIN AMERICA #22 sees Cap battle Selene for Sharon Carter’s soul!

In HAWKEYE: FREEFALL #3, new a few months ago, it’s Hawkeye alone against…the women in his life! And he continues to lose!

TOMB OF DRACULA #10! Milestone! In one word: Blade! Add three more words: his first appearance!

And in SECRET AVENGERS #21, the heroes find a basement full of monsters!

--PeterS

 



3 deaths in an Empyre (to the tune of '3 Goons in a fountain')

August 17, 2020

I've written up 2 Empyre issues this week.

EMPYRE: AVENGERS #2 continues its 3 story arcs but also has Black Panther preparing to go defend Wakanda (from Empyre #3 onwards). It reveals that Plantman is unsurprisingly 1 of the Cotati's allies. But it concentrates mainly on the Savage Land battle which ends with Ka-Zar being killed.

And in EMPYRE #5 Panther does defend his homeland but gets killed for his pains. And the already dead She-Hulk tries to add Thing to the list. Meanwhile there are 2 Hulklings facing off against each other.

Non-Empyre GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #5 is left over from last week. It wraps up the Guardians vs Guardians and Moondragon vs Moondragon tale neatly. The 2 GOTGs will probably merge together, and the 2 MDs already have.

T Vernon's IRON MAN (1998) #41 bridges the Ty Stone arc and the upcoming Hogan Potts story, as Tony Stark discards his name, his Company and his fortune.

And SILVER SURFER (1987) #34 features the return of Thanos from more than a (real time) decade of death as an agent of Death, as Jim Starlin picks up where he left off.

--RobFJ



More Hulkbusting!

August 13, 2020

The new IMMORTAL HULK #36 is a nearly all fight issue in the aftermath of Hulk’s latest disaster!

In THOR #334 from 1983, the God of Thunder leads a quest to return Jane Foster to the land of the living! Does he succeed? Ask Natalie Portman!

In TOMB OF DRACULA #9, the Count seeks a peaceful rest in a small village [spoiler alert: he doesn’t get any]!

In HULK (2008 series) #30, Rulk and Hulk team up in a bizarre way only the Impossible Man could comprehend! Meet…the Compound Hulk!

And FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2010 teams Iron Man and Nova against the Red Ghost and his Super-Apes! Plus, Hulk, Cap, and Ms. Marvel!

--PeterS



Many ways of ending

August 10, 2020

I've got 3 more Empyre issues for you, but I'll begin with something else.

STRIKEFORCE #9 is the end of the series and wraps up the Vridai story arc with a cage match on Monster Island.

LORDS OF EMPYRE: CELESTIAL MESSIAH has Mantis and her son Quoi reviewing their history while she tries to persuade him not to kill all humans. In the end she fails.

In FANTASTIC FOUR #22 the Richards siblings lose 1 of their young alien charges to the Dark Harvest while the other nearly dies from being stabbed by Wolverine. But at the end daddy Reed still thinks they're doing well.

All these 3 happen some time before EMPYRE #4 where She-Hulk turns out to be dead with her corpse animated by a Cotati, and at the end Billy and Teddy turn out to be married.

From T Vernon IRON MAN (1998) #40 ends the Ty Stone plot inside a VR environment (2 decades before Tony Stark invents eScape).

And AV: CELESTIAL QUEST #7-8 ends the limited series with the revelation that Death and Thanos had a kid (sort of), who they have to destroy for the sake of the Universe. And Quoi's still a nice guy in his last app 2 decades before Empyre.

--RobFJ



At Last, Captain America Returns!

August 6, 2020

After a months-long hiatus, CAPTAIN AMERICA #21 resumes the series with an attempt to recover the stolen soul of Sharon Carter!

HAWKEYE: FREEFALL #2 pits Spider-Man against Ronin but what does all this have to do with Clint Barton?

THOR #333 sees a spectacular battle: Thor versus Dracula over the fate of Sif!

And in his own comic, TOMB OF DRACULA #8, Drac gains the power to raise an undead army from their graves!

In HULK (2008 series) #29, brings Green (i.e. regular) Hulk to tag team with Red Hulk against some monsters!

--PeterS



Captain America Returns!

August 6, 2020

After a months-long hiatus, CAPTAIN AMERICA #21 resumes the series with an attempt to recover the stolen soul of Sharon Carter!

HAWKEYE: FREEFALL #2 pits Spider-Man against Ronin but what does all this have to do with Clint Barton?

THOR #333 sees a spectacular battle: Thor versus Dracula!

And in his own comic, TOMB OF DRACULA #8, Drac gains the power to raise an undead army from their graves!

In HULK (2008 series) #29, brings Green (i.e. regular) Hulk to tag team with Red Hulk against some monsters!

--PeterS



1 small step for the 2020 event, but a giant leap for Empyre

August 3, 2020

It seems like the end of the 2020 event when Tony Stark becomes the new improved Iron Man and defeats his brother Arno in IRON MAN 2020 #5. But then the big bad menace from space turns up.

Empyre has several issues this week but I'm only synopsizing 2 of them.

In EMPYRE #3 the Cotati need Wakandan Vibranium for their Galactic conquest. And it turns out 1 of the prime movers of this story is the not-actually-dead Skrull Empress R'klll. But in the EMPYRE: SAVAGE AVENGERS 1-shot Conan and Venom stop at least 1 Cotati warship/tree making it to Wakanda.

T Vernon does IRON MAN (1998) #39 and we at last find out that Tony Stark's real enemy is his friend Ty Stone.

Meanwhile in AV: CELESTIAL QUEST #5-6 at last 1 Avenger encounters Thanos. But with Death and Eternity to contend with, who needs him?

--RobFJ



The Usual Suspects!

July 30, 2020

Nothing new for my side of the site this week so we’ll be filling in the old familiar faces!

In HULK (2008 series) #28, Red Hulk is dropped on Monster Island which sounds like the perfect place for him to be!

TOMB OF DRACULA #7 sees Dracula unleash his greatest weapon on his enemies: an army of children!

Drac also makes a guest appearance in THOR #332, having his eye on Sif’s neck!

Poor WONDER MAN; he’s nobody’s favorite Avenger but this double-sized one-shot from 1986 would have made a perfect ongoing series for him! He got a series a few years later but I think this one was better!

And then there’s MARVEL’S BLACK WIDOW PRELUDE #1, designed to prepare moviegoers for the release of Natasha’s solo film, postponed until November due to the coronavirus!

--PeterS



Emyprically-speaking it's another big week

July 27, 2020

I'm doing 3 Empyre issues this week:-

LORDS OF EMPYRE: EMPEROR HULKLING tells us more about Hulkling's rise to Emperorhood before the event began.

In EMPYRE #2 we learn the the full scope of the Quoi's betrayal. But the Avengers and Fantastic Four escape. And then in EMPYRE: AVENGERS #1 the Avengers try to control the war on Earth until Man-Thing joins the Cotati.

STRIKEFORCE #8 is left over from last week. It has nothing to do with the Empyre event, and in fact the whole series is a coda to the War Of The Realms event. PS Angela fights her mother.

In 2001 T Vernon continues the Ty Stone story in IRON MAN (1998) #38.

Meanwhile in AV: CELESTIAL QUEST #3-4 the battle between Avengers and not-quite-Thanos over the nicer version of Quoi still hasn't actually begun. But Death keeps hovering around.

--RobFJ



Another Set of Cool Stuff!

July 23, 2020

VALKYRIE JANE FOSTER #7: backed by a team of medical heroes, Jane battles a lot of bodily fluids to save the life of Death!

TOMB OF DRACULA #6, the cast crosses paths with the Moorlands Monster!

In THOR #331, Thor meets his match—in a mad Medieval knight?!?

In HULK (2008 series) #27, it’s Namor’s turn to deliver a beatdown on Rulk!

A+X #9 from 2013 teams Captain America and Wolverine to save Dr. Strange’s bacon! Strange bacon? Makes for an unbalanced breakfast!

--PeterS



Celestial Messiah, good or evil?

July 20, 2020

The 2020 event continues its slow wind down with 2020 iWOLVERINE #2 where Albert the android Wolverine goes seeking Elsie-Dee.

But the Empyre event kicks into gear in EMPYRE #1 revealing we've been cheering for the wrong side because it's the Celestial Messiah and the Cotati who are the threat, and they send assassins after the Kree/Skrull kids in FANTASTIC FOUR #21.

In GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #4 the 2 Guardians teams clash over a giant Galactus helmet. This isn't part of Empyre but it does mention the Kree/Skrull Alliance and the Galactic economic crisis.

But AVENGERS #34 totally ignores Empyre as Moon Knight and Khonshu take over the world to defend it against what sounds like a multiversal council of Mephistos.

Back in 2001 T Vernon's IRON MAN (1998) #37 starts a 4-part story featuring Tony Stark's rivalry with Tiberius Stone.

Meanwhile some other Avengers including Thor go to the aid of Mantis and her son the Celestial Messiah in AV: CELESTIAL QUEST #1-2.

--RobFJ



Today’s Special: Added Heapin’ Helpin’s of Hulk and Thor!

July 16, 2020

First up is the new IMMORTAL HULK #35! Something crazy is going on: Hulk is a hero! But this can’t last! And it doesn’t!

GENERATIONS: BANNER HULK AND THE TOTALLY AWESOME HULK was one of a series of similar one-shots from 2017 where the newer replacement hero handed the mantle back to the original star!

In THOR #330, Thor meets a natural enemy in a knight crusading against infidels!

And Thor shows up in HULK (2008 series) #26 to beat the stuffings out of Red Hulk! Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy!

And no Hulk or Thor in TOMB OF DRACULA #5, just Dracula traveling back in time to take revenge upon his killer Professor van Helsing!

--PeterS



Anger issues

July 13, 2020

2 new issues this week:-

EMPYRE: FANTASTIC FOUR #0 has the FF on a galactic road trip where they pick up 2 angry kids, a Kree and a Skrull, who will presumably play a part in the Empyre event.

BLACK PANTHER AND THE AGENTS OF WAKANDA #8 ends the series (possibly only for the duration of Empyre) by helping Fin Fang Foom get his anger (and guilt and selfishness) back.

And from 2001:-

In AVENGERS (1998) #38-40 the team fight Diablo and a Greek town full of raging Hulks.

Then T Vernon is back with IRON MAN (1998) #36 where Shellhead is angry with Nick Fury about being tricked into battling an undersea monster created by Hydra.

--RobFJ



Exit Black Widow, Enter Hawkeye!

July 9, 2020

We wrap up WEB OF BLACK WIDOW #5 with Natasha discovering who has been messing with her mind and why!

But then Clint Barton has his next limited series: HAWKEYE: FREEFALL #1! Clint declares war on the supernaturally powered gangster, the Hood!

And Red Hulk shows up in HULK (2008 series) #25, the first issue of his solo series! Here he is recruited to smash the enemy conspiracy known as Scorched Earth! Plus, Iron Man!

In THOR #329, Thor and Sif face a hapless giant in Chicago with vengeance on his mind!

TOMB OF DRACULA #4 reveals the sinister secret of the Black Mirror!

--PeterS



The Empyre approaches

July 6, 2020

OK, here's last week's EMPYRE: AVENGERS #0 in which the Celestial Messiah calls the Avengers to the Blue Area of the Moon to repel an approaching alliance of Kree and Skrulls. Cue lots of history, with a fight against a Kree Sentry/Skrull mutant hybrid to keep us interested.

Back in the past we've reached 2001 (and we have a space station but it doesn't look like Kubrick's).

In AVENGERS (1998) #36-37 the Avengers are split between fighting Lord Templar and Pagan in Manhattan and Bloodwraith in Slorenia. And 1 Henry Pym takes the place of another.

I gave T Vernon a week off from his Iron Man vol 3 duties while I got some Av issues under my belt before his #36.

And Julio continues updating some older issues with HULK #211, resurrecting old chars Mongu and Maha Yogi.

--RobFJ



Europe’s Open But We Never Closed!

July 2, 2020

Always adding more stuff to the Marvel Heroes Library!

The wrap-up to this limited series, INVADERS (2019) #12, sees Atlantis planning to flood the world! But which side is Namor on?

In THOR #328, Sif and Thor battle the world’s meanest 80s videogame!

TOMB OF DRACULA #3 introduces its second major hero, Rachel van Helsing!

In HERCULES: PRINCE OF POWER #4, Herc meets Galactus! ‘Nuff said!

And Webmaster Julio brings us INCREDIBLE HULK #208 with a classic cover by Marie Severin!

--PeterS



It's 2020 week (and Maximum Security)

June 29, 2020

There are 3 new print comics of interest this week but I'm saving the Empyre event issue for next week. For now I'm getting on with the 2020 event.

In IRON MAN 2020 #4 we learn that Tony Stark's body has survived and his mind is safe in the 13th Floor, and he's finally convinced he's the real Tony. Plus Dr Shapiro the cat is the mole in Baintronics and Friday is 'alive' as the Ghost In The Machine. And Jocasta gets freed from Arno's Obedience OS. Also it turns out he turned Sunset Bain into an AI yonks ago. It's a busy issue!

The 2020 Rescue series ends with #2 as Pepper Potts completes the mission to get DNA from Tony's biological parents so his body can be fixed in IM2020#5.

I did the previous issues of those 2 series back on 16th March.

The rest are tie-ins to the 2000 Maximum Security event.

In T Vernon's IRON MAN (1998) #35 Shellhead and the Fantastic Four battle the Ego-Spawn that threatens to consume the Earth.

Peter Silvestro has done THOR (1998) #30 which introduces Beta Ray Bill into the MaxSec mix (but probably more importantly into the ongoing Thor series). It also provides a link for the 'cosmic' Avengers team between the Av:Infinity event and ...

... AVENGERS (1998) #35 where they try to get the Intergalactic Council to stop what's happening to Earth. And we get full confirmation that the Ruul are really the Kree and the Supreme Intelligence is behind it all.

--RobFJ



New Stuff is Returning!

June 25, 2020

As the worldwide pandemic is slowing down (mostly), Marvel is inching back to releasing new comics online! And so we have…

The new THOR #5 at last pits the God of Thunder against the Black Winter!

THE IMMORTAL HULK #34 reintroduces us to the Leader, back and with a bigger head than ever!

TOMB OF DRACULA #2 has Dracula greeting his newly discovered relative Frank with a death trap! Some families are like that!

In HERCULES: PRINCE OF POWER #3, Herc investigates who is stealing planets!

In THOR Vol. 2 #30, out of place in the usual additions but it comes with the MAXIMUM SECURITY tie-ins Rob Johnson is adding on his half of the site!

--PeterS



Ironheart avoids being sent to Maximum Security

June 22, 2020

This week brought me a new digital comic 2020 IRONHEART #2. The AI-bashing bad guy is discredited, and Riri Williams and the NATALIE AI cease their illegal Outlawed superheroing. Or do they?

Next week back in 2000 it will be time for the Maximum Security event. This week I'm preparing for it.

Peter Silvestro (who wrote up the original MAXIMUM SECURITY mini-series a while ago) has now added the MAXSEC: DANGEROUS PLANET intro where Ego the Living Planet goes on a rampage, which precedes the Ego-related epilogue of ....

.... IRON MAN (1998) #34 which T Vernon contributes. (It will actually turn out next issue that the villain for this issue and last was also 1 of the alien criminals dumped on Earth in MaxSec.)

And some Reserve Avengers go cosmic in AVENGERS: INFINITY #1-4 against the ultra-powerful Beyonders, sorry Infinites, before they will also get dragged into MaxSec.

--RobFJ



Dracula Lives!

June 18, 2020

By popular demand, TOMB OF DRACULA is the next series to be added in toto to the Marvel Heroes Library—even though the central character isn’t a hero! Issue #1 was previously added to the site but it now comes with a detailed review and comments—being a personal favorite of yours truly!

In VALKYRIE: JANE FOSTER #6, Val and Dr. Strange assemble a team of medical superheroes to save the life of Death!

MAXIMUM SECURITY: DANGEROUS PLANET, prelude to an earlier sci-fi epic, is herein added as a tie-in with some issues Rob Johnson is adding on his half of the site! Here ya go, Rob!

In THOR #327, the Thunder God must stop the Midgard Serpent from crushing Earth!

In HERCULES: PRINCE OF POWER #2, Herc engages in a space chariot race and rescues a lovely hostage from pirates, because of course he does!

--PeterS



A long time ago, before lockdown ...

June 15, 2020

There are no new issues, digital or print, relevant to the report this week.

So I'll just go back to 2000 to finish off the Nefaria Protocols crossover in AVENGERS (1998) #33, THUNDERBOLTS (1997) #44 and AV#34. Madame Masque joins forces with the 2 teams to defeat her father Count Nefaria. Her bio-duplicate Masque dies heroically, and Atlas and Wonder Man take the big risk too.

Then the Golden Avenger turns to IRON MAN (1998) #33 where T Vernon tells us about a villain selling a drug that gives you temporary-superpowers. This story arc will lead in to the Maximum Security event.

And I'll just mention that Julio has written up the Hulk story in SHADOWS & LIGHT #3, as a side-effect of an investigation into Big Green's chronology.

--RobFJ



A Merry MHL Milestone!

June 11, 2020

Herein, we add TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #23, the final issue of Amadeus Cho’s solo series! And the amazing accomplishment herein? Hulk joins Captain America in having every issue of his main series on the Marvel Heroes Library, from the 60s to the present! And wait till you see what comes next! You’ll have to as I’m not going to say yet!

To while away the hours until the BLACK WIDOW solo film arrives in November, WEB OF BLACK WIDOW #4 pits Natasha against her enemy the new Headmistress!

In THOR #326 from 1982, Thor meets the Egyptian national hero Scarlet Scarab to deal with the matter of archaeological theft!

In HERCULES: PRINCE OF POWER #1, the ever-exciting Greek demigod sets out on a wild journey across the stars in his first miniseries!

And our Web Wizard Julio Molina-Muscara has added FANTASTIC FOUR #93, pitting Thing against all comers in an alien arena!

--PeterS



2 ends and a long beginning

June 8, 2020

Marvel have announced a 2nd tranche of digital-only issues, and this week that gave me 2020 FORCE WORKS #3 which is the end of the mini-series. MODOK joins himself to Ultimo to become UltiMODOK, but our team bury him in a fissure created by Quake.

T Vernon finishes off the Sons Of Yinsen/Wong-Chu story in IRON MAN ANNUAL 2000, and Professor Yinsen is revealed to now be a brain in a jar.

Then Shellhead attends an Avengers/Thunderbolts crossover which will be called the Nefaria Protocols. It starts slowly in AVENGERS (1998) #31, THUNDERBOLTS (1997) #42, AV#32 and TB#43 where the teams follow separate tracks with the occasional char wandering between them. (The Avengers, including She-Hulk, take time out after #31 to pop over to HULK ANNUAL 2000 which Julio synopsised some years ago,)

And Julio has popped up again with FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #93 as the FF rescue Thing from a Skrull slave arena.

--RobFJ



And the Hits Keep Coming!

June 4, 2020

Another set of classic comics to fill in the week! And get in touch with us if you’d like to join our comic book project!

VALKYRIE: JANE FOSTER #5 has Jane and Dr Strange versus a whole spate of bad guys including Mephisto!

TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #22 concludes “Weapons of Mutant Destruction” by pitting Hulk and the gang against…Weapon H!

In THOR #325 from 1982, the God of Thunder does dire deviltry dealing with Darkoth the Death-Demon!

DAMAGE CONTROL V.3 #4 presents more cosmic beings in one place than any other comic—all to deal with the problem of Edifice Rex!

And our Web Wizard Julio Molina-Muscara has added CHAMBER OF DARKNESS #2 where we encounter the Red Death!

And Julio’s not done: he also adds reviews to the classic INCREDIBLE HULK #182, #185, #188, and #189!

--PeterS



And now the 1st flower blooms

June 1, 2020

I've got a real new printed comic to report on this week, but I'm actually working from a digital version because my comic shop's not open yet.

In AVENGERS #33 Moon Knight steals the powers of Iron Fist, Dr Strange and Ghost Rider plus Mjolnir from Thor. He and his god Khonshu are going to need them to face Mephisto.

The 2006 CIVIL WAR: YOUNG AVENGERS/RUNAWAYS mini-series pits the 2 teams against each other and then against a mind-controlled Noh-Varr the Kree Marvel Boy.

This will be the end of my Young Avengers and Thanos mythos issues for a while as for the next few weeks I'll be adding lots of Avengers issues to go alongside T Vernon's Iron Man run.

This week TV does IRON MAN (1998) #32 which features the return of Iron Man's very 1st villain Wong-Chu.

And webmaster Julio has thrown in a 1-issue story from CAPTAIN MARVEL (1968) #19.

--RobFJ



Even More Quarantine Goodies!

May 28, 2020

We may be here for a while so we’re adding more stuff each week! And get in touch with us if you’d like to join our comic book project!

First up is LOKI (2019) #5 where Loki’s oddball solo series comes to a close with a guest appearance by Wolverine!

WEAPON X #6 continues “Weapons of Mutant Destruction” with Amadeus Hulk and the team assaulting the Weapon X stronghold!

In THOR #324 from 1982, the God of Thunder battles Graviton! Try to guess what his power is! Hint: it isn’t making gravy!

DAMAGE CONTROL V.3 #3 presents: Damage Control: the Movie!

And our Web Wizard Julio Molina-Muscara has added AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #79, part of the first appearance of the Prowler!

--PeterS



The 1st green shoot of recovery

May 25, 2020

Marvel have released a few new issues digitally, and this week there was 1 of interest to us. 2020 IRONHEART #1 is the 1st of 2 issues which is part of the 2020 event and also the Outlawed event. Teen Riri Williams is reluctant to illegally become Ironheart to go after 1 of Arno Stark's employees who is stirring up AI prejudice to further his career. So her AI NATALIE takes the armour to do the job instead.

In YOUNG AVENGERS (2005) #9-10 the YA including the new Vision are drawn out of 'retirement' when Super-Skrull kidnaps Hulkling and they gain a new recruit Speed.
I already did the rest of the series #11-12 which confirm Hulkling is the son of the Kree Captain Marvel and the Skrull Princess Anelle (and yes, this is a distant precursor to the delayed Empyre event), and also reveal that Wiccan and Speed are reincarnations of the 'sons' of Scarlet Witch and the original Vision.

T Vernon's IRON MAN (1998) #31 starts a new story introducing the Sons Of Yinsen (co-creator of the original Iron Man armour), and Tony Stark has to don a fairly old armour because his latest one's buried on a desert island.

I am inching towards the return of Thanos with SILVER SURFER (1987) #7 which brings back the 6 Soul Gems. The recently-revealed Elders Of The Universe want to use them to kill Galactus and end the universe so they can take his place in the next 1.

--RobFJ



More Quarantine Goodies!

May 21, 2020

The recent INVADERS (2019) #11, has Cap and Subby hashing out their differences while stranded on a desert island! Should have brought some records!

TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #21 continues “Weapons of Mutant Destruction” with Amadeus opposing his allies’ plans to slaughter their enemies!

In THOR #323 from 1982, the young God of Thunder faces Fear and Desire!

DAMAGE CONTROL V.3 #2 reveals the amazing fact that the Incredible Hulk is a baseball fan! And a Star Trek fan!

--PeterS



Filling in with the High Evolutionary

May 18, 2020

We may be getting a few new Marvel comics soon but in the meantime I'll continue with more old ones.

1st I'll fill in a gap in the 5-issue 2015 Uncanny Avengers mini-series where Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver went to Counter-Earth to find the High (and Low) Evolutionary to get another version of who their parents were. Previously I wrote the series up for the Captain America Library as was, but #3 didn't have Cap (Sam Wilson) in it. So here it is now.

The YOUNG AVENGERS SPECIAL fits into their 2005 series between #8 and #9, as they tell Jessica Jones what they were each doing before they formed the team.

T Vernon takes his usual slot here as IRON MAN (1998) #30 ends the Mask In The Iron Man story arc with the sentient armour going out a hero.

I'm giving 1980's MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #63 a place in my Thanos mythos sequence, although it's a bit of an outlier. High Evolutionary (again) goes chasing after the stolen Counter-Earth (not the same one), as Sphinxor of Pegasus explains some strange parts of the history of deceased Adam Warlock. And we get the 1st mention of the Beyonders, who much later will destroy the multiverse in the lead-up to Secret Wars III.

--RobFJ



Another Potpourri of Comics Goodies!

May 14, 2020

There’s WEB OF BLACK WIDOW #3 wherein Natasha and Yelena Belova team up against a common enemy: a third Black Widow!

In THOR #322 from 1982, the God of Thunder finds himself having to cover up Odin’s sex scandal!

Our favorite fixer-uppers return in DAMAGE CONTROL V.3 #1, with guest appearances by Spider-Man, Hulk, and the New Warriors!

Weapons of Mutant Destruction” continues in WEAPON X #5, featuring a lot of cyborg destruction, too!

--PeterS



A fresh batch plus some I prepared earlier

May 11, 2020

YOUNG AVENGERS (2005) #5-6 completes the origin story. Young Kang (Iron Lad) kills old Kang (The Conqueror) but then returns to the future to become him. The rest of the team are forbidden to continue superheroing, but naaah!

I already covered #7-8 where it turns out that Patriot's powers come from the Mutant Growth Hormone drug, and they all quit again.

T Vernon's IRON MAN (1998) #29 has the crazy sentient Iron Man armour jealous of Tony Stark's girlfriend Rumiko and his other armours.

CAPTAIN MARVEL (1968) #45 and MARVEL TEAM-UP (1972) #55 tell us that there are actually 6 Soul Gems like Adam Warlock's and introduce us to 3 of them. The 2nd issue also débuts the Gardener who will later be revealed as 1 of the Elders Of The Universe.

I've already done AVENGERS (1963) ANNUAL #7 & MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE (1974) ANNUAL #2 where Thanos gathers all 6 Gems together, and he and Warlock both die.

--RobFJ



Myths, Mutants, and the Monkey King!

May 7, 2020

In THOR #321 from 1982, Thor faces a single villain who goes by three names and can turn the animal people against the God of Thunder! Ain’t  mythology wonderful!

In TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #20, Amadeus joins Old Man Logan, Domino, Deathstryke, Sabretooth, and Warpath in a cyborg hunt to uncover the dark conspiracy against them!

And we wrap up AVENGERS: EARTH’S MIGHTIEST HEROES II with issue #8, wherein Vision takes on the Super-Adaptoid to prove…something, I’m not sure!

For an odd entry, there’s FEAR ITSELF: THE MONKEY KING wherein a new character was poised to take Marvel by storm: a martial artist with the powers of an ancient Chinese god! Didn’t work out, though, so here’s his debut, included in a major crossover event!

--PeterS



Version control

May 4, 2020

YOUNG AVENGERS (2005) #3-4 continue the origin story as Iron Lad explains about recruiting teens from Vision's list of potential Avengers and Kang turns up to retrieve his younger version.

T Vernon does IRON MAN (1998) #28 where the sentient version of Tony Stark's armour takes over and kills their opponent Whiplash (with no Marvel bring-back).

STRANGE TALES #180-181 has Matriarch's minions trying to convert Adam Warlock to the Universal Church Of Truth, until he finally faces Magus (a future version of himself) himself.

I've already documented WARLOCK (1972) #9-11 where Thanos joins the fight against Magus, and #15 which ends the run with a status check on Starlin's ensemble cast Adam, Thanos, Gamora, Pip and Drax the Destroyer. (#12-14 were not relevant to the Thanos mythos).

--RobFJ



Strange Visitors!

April 30, 2020

VALKYRIE: JANE FOSTER #4 guest stars Dr. Strange as three of his earliest enemies suddenly return!

In THOR #320 from 1982, Don Blake has his hands (and office) full of visiting mythical creatures!

WEAPONS OF MUTANT DESTRUCTION: ALPHA reveals a sinister conspiracy to eradicate all mutants! An out-of-place Totally Awesome Hulk joins Old Man Logan, Domino, Deathstryke, Sabretooth, and Warpath in shutting it down!

Lastly, there’s AVENGERS: EARTH’S MIGHTIEST HEROES II #7 in which Black Panther faces the unwelcome arrival of African assassin Death Tiger!

--PeterS



The triple-layered past

April 27, 2020

Now that I've finished Secret Warriors I'm turning my attention to another favourite of mine, the original Young Avengers run from 2005. In #1-2 the boy who will be Kang time-travels from the 30th Century and forms the team to help him avoid his villainous future.

Stalwart T Vernon continues his Iron Man (1998) run with #27 where Tony Stark lives through an illusion that his life falls apart.

And I've returned to an old thread of filling in issues relevant to the Thanos mythos. This time it's Jim Starlin's take on Adam Warlock in STRANGE TALES #178-179, which introduce us to long-running elements