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

The Latest from Cap and Bucky--and More!

October 17, 2019

First up, there’s the new CAPTAIN AMERICA #15, putting Cap on the trail of a cop killer!

Then, WINTER SOLDIER #5 wraps up Bucky’s latest shot at redemption and it doesn’t go very well!

INVADERS (2019) #4 offers us the “Secret History of the Sub-Mariner!” Cap and Bucky are there too!

There’s a new Hulk in town and it’s the TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #1! Super-genius Amadeus Cho takes on the emerald mantle and it’s a lot of fun!

In THOR #299, the epic tale of Siegfried and Brunnhilda continues! Kill da wabbit!

And DAMAGE CONTROL Vol. 2 #2 finds the company with new management and the Punisher on their tail!




Villains mystic or minor

October 14, 2019

CHAMPIONS #10 wraps up this series as Mephisto drags his son Blackheart back to Hell. And we wait to see whether a promised revival in 2020 comes to pass.

Meanwhile STRIKEFORCE #1 starts a new Avengers spinoff with Blade leading Angela plus a load of ex-Avengers against mystical/vampiric foes the Vridai.

T Vernon's IRON MAN (1998) #6 has Iron Man and Black Widow vs a 1-off villain Tuatara plus a surprise return of minor villain Iron Hand Hauptmann. Shellhead still doesn't know Mandarin's pulling the strings.

Then the Golden Avenger features in AVENGERS (1998) #5-6 where the Avengers battle the Squadron Supreme, as so often being mind-controlled. And the mystery villain behind *this* is previously 1-off Imus Champion.


More Good Old Stuff!

October 10, 2019

There were no new issues for me to add to my part of the site so here are a trio of older comics that we’ve just added!

HULK #16 wraps up the saga of Doc Green, the Omega Hulk, just in time for SECRET WARS!

In THOR #298, Siegfried (who looks an awful lot like Thor) battles a dragon for most of the issue! ‘Nuff Said!

And DAMAGE CONTROL Vol. 2 #1 pits DC, fixer of damage in the Marvel Universe against the Wrecking Crew, whose specialty is creating damage to be fixed! Plus, a guest appearance by Captain America!


Ghost Rider Team-Up

October 7, 2019

There are Ghost Riders galore in AVENGERS #24. Cosmic Ghost Rider fights the Avengers due to a misunderstanding and then they team up against the real villain. I think I've read that somewhere before.

In SECRET WARRIORS (2009) #6 we learn that Nick Fury's lover Val de Fontaine is the latest Madame Hydra. But which side is she really on?
This ends the Agent Of Nothing arc. I already wrote-up #7-10, the God Of Fear, God Of War arc, as a Thunderbolts crossover. When I next get a chance I'll start arc 3 Wake The Beast.

T Vernon's IRON MAN (1998) #5 also completes the 2-issue intro of the 3rd Firebrand, a political activist like his predecessors.


He’s Got the Whole World in His Hand!

October 3, 2019

The cover of the new IMMORTAL HULK #24 shows that he is still the Worldbreaker, as he wraps up his battle with Shadow Base!

In BLACK WIDOW (2019) #3 Natasha’s mission sets her on a collision course with Madame Masque, Taskmaster, Baron Zemo, and Sabretooth!

The latest INVADERS #3 has Namor planning to attack the surface world and no one will believe Captain America’s warnings!

In THOR #297 we have the origin of Siegfried, hero of the German national epic, the Nibelungenlied!

And WHAT IF? Vol. 2 #5 asks “What if Vision had destroyed the Avengers?” and “What if Wonder Man had not died?”!


Spanning Okoye's comics career

September 30, 2019

In IRONHEART #10 our heroine discovers that her supposedly-dead father might be 1 of the villainous Ten Rings gang, in a plot harking back to the original New Warriors run.

Black Panther And The Agents Of Wakanda is a new spinoff from the Avengers, and in its 1st issue they run into the not-so-hero Sentry.

Those 2 issues feature Okoye of the Dora Milaje. The next 2 issues were published in 1998 just before she was invented in that year's Black Panther series.

AVENGERS (1998) #4 sees 39 Avengers pruned down to a manageable team, including newbie ex-New Warriors Firestar and Justice.

Then Iron Man returns to his own series as T Vernon gives us IRON MAN (1998) #4 introducing a new Firebrand and a new girlfriend for Tony Stark.


The Legend of Steve Continues!

September 26, 2019

The new CAPTAIN AMERICA #14 has Steve (not being Cap) discovering that behind the Watchdogs are Sin and Crossbones!

HULK (2014) #15 finally answers the question of who is stronger: Red Hulk or Green Hulk!

In THOR #296 we learn the story of the mortal version of Thor, which has not a happy ending!

And there’s a retelling of a familiar tale in AVENGERS ORIGINS: VISION!




September 23, 2019

In TONY STARK: IRON MAN #16 Ultron does 1 of his usual shticks of kidnapping his 'family', and Iron Man goes through a change in a shock ending which solicits of upcoming issues suggest may be permanent (or as permanent as anything is in comics).

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #9 has a double-punch ending which shows us that the person in the cocoon isn't who we thought it would be and then shows us who it *is*. And it's not the 2nd most likely person on the list either.

T Vernon adds a new synopsis and comments to IRON MAN (1998) #3 which ends the 1st arc of this series without the Golden Avenger finding out Mandarin's behind it all ...

... but he's to busy to think about that because he has to join all the other available past Avengers in AVENGERS (1998) #1-3 when Morgan Le Fay goes medieval on the world. Which ends with Beast wondering what they're going to do with 39 Avengers.


Seeing Double!

September 19, 2019

Each of this week’s additions features a hero fighting a pretender to their role!

In Bucky’s latest miniseries, WINTER SOLDIER #4, he battles RJ’s dad to see who is the real father figure!

HULK (2014) #14 is an issue-length slugging match between Green Hulk and Red Hulk!

One ring to fool them all! THOR #295 has all the Asgardians and some bad giants and a mean old dwarf fighting over a magic ring (no, not that one) to see who will be the ringbearer!

And in BLACK WIDOW #3 from 1999, the old Black Widow, Natasha Romanoff battles the new Black Widow, Yelena Belova, for possession of a ghastly bio-toxin!


Taking the long way home

September 16, 2019

In SAVAGE AVENGERS #5 the Marrow God is killed but Kulan Gath escapes to plan more devilry. And Punisher decides to walk home from the Antarctic lugging 3 coffins! But it's OK because Conan offers to help.

CHAMPIONS #9 is 1 issue away from the termination of the series and Blackheart, son of Mephisto, pits the new members against the original team.

In SECRET WARRIORS (2009) #5 the HCPMC set out to steal SHIELD helicarriers from HAMMER but Hydra interfere.
I'll be doing 2 weeks of 1998 Avengers before I end the Agent Of Nothing arc with SW#6.

Thanks to the stalwart T Vernon for new synopsis and comments added to IRON MAN (1998) #2 which brings back old characters ranging from Mandarin to Countess Stephanie de la Spirosa.


The Beginning of the End of Thor!

September 12, 2019

The biggest deal of the week is KING THOR #1 wherein Jason Aaron teams up once again with Esad Ribic to close out his seven-year run on Thor by wrapping up the story of the Thor of the far future, presiding over the end of the universe! And now for some older goodies!

In HULK (2014) #13, Doc Green (that's Smart Hulk) hires Deadpool to locate Red Hulk; object: mayhem!

THOR #294 gives us the origin of Odin!

And BLACK WIDOW #2 from 1999 pits the old Black Widow, Natasha Romanoff, against the new Black Widow, Yelena Belova, for possession of a ghastly bio-toxin!


Possession is 9/10ths of the law

September 9, 2019

At last I've got my hands on a copy of TONY STARK: IRON MAN #15 where robots protest their rights and Ultron returns again.

And in AVENGERS #23 the Celestial body that is Avengers Mountain is possessed by the Cosmic Ghost Rider.

SECRET WARRIORS (2009) #4 introduces Eden Fesi (who will become Manifold) and the Howling Commandos Private Military Company.

Peter Silvestro already documented the HEROES REBORN: THE RETURN mini-series so we're straight into the new Iron Man series where ...

... T Vernon adds a new synopsis and comments to IRON MAN (1998) #1 as Tony Stark rebuilds his life after Onslaught/Heroes Reborn.


Battle Royale!

September 5, 2019

The new IMMORTAL HULK #23 pits Hulk against his arch-enemy General Fortean as the new Abomination! And Gamma Flight takes on an army!

The latest INVADERS #2 sees the Sub-Mariner planning war against the surface world! Can Captain America talk him out of it? Not this time!

THOR #293 takes the God of Thunder on a magical mystery tour back through his own life and further beyond! With a last-page reveal you wouldn’t believe!

And BLACK WIDOW #1 from 1999 introduces the new Black Widow, Yelena Belova who will be a part of the MCU’s BW solo movie!


Return of the Transformers?

September 2, 2019

In GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #8 we learn why Rocket Raccoon is dying, and he gets a Transformer robot.

In SECRET WARRIORS (2009) #3 Nick Fury has dinner with Val de Fontaine, and Yo-Yo has her arms chopped off (decades before her TV SHIELD version does).

T Vernon's IRON MAN (1996) #12 is part of the Heroes Reunited fight against Galactus which occupies #12 of all 4 of the Heroes Reborn series (Kevin Hollander already gave us the other 3 parts). The whole story arc features Dr Doom repeatedly going back in time to try different ways to defeat the world-devourer.


Various Avengers in Solo Shots!

August 29, 2019

The new CAPTAIN AMERICA #13 begins “The Legend of Steve” as Steve Rogers seeks redemption by battling the nasty Watchdogs!

Equally new THOR #16 wraps up this volume of Thor with a lot of characters, even the froggy Thor is there!

In the new BLACK WIDOW #2, Natasha kicks the butts of various villains, tracking down the source of a gruesome video series!

In HULK (2014 series) #12, Doc Green trails the Gamma Corps to its secret base under Fort Knox!

And the climax of the recent DEFENDERS: THE BEST DEFENSE crossover is (what else?) THE DEFENDERS: THE BEST DEFENSE where the four heroes come together in a space-spanning epic odyssey!



A gratuitous mention of Wolverine

August 26, 2019

Tony Stark Iron Man #15 seems to have not been delivered to the UK this week.

So here instead is IRONHEART #9 where Riri Willaims goes to Wakanda and gets off to a bad start with Princess Shuri.

In SECRET WARRIORS (2009) #2 Baron Strucker gathers a cabal to lead Hydra including 2 different Madame Hydra's, the resurrected Gorgon (Wolverine's foe not the Inhuman), and new beings Hive and Kraken.

Kevin Hollander wrote up most of the Heroes Reborn issues but left out Iron Man (1996) #11-12 (unless we lost them). So T Vernon is going to fill the gap, starting with #11 in which Shellhead and Dr Doom go on a confusing-to-them time-trip through events in the main Marvel timeline which they've forgotten about.


Weird Encounters!

August 22, 2019

A quartet of issues wherein heroes meet some odd and unusual people!

In the new WINTER SOLDIER #3, Bucky faces that oddball villain known as the Spot!

In HULK (2014 series) #11, new Hulk Doc Green is reunited with savage Hulk’s even meaner daughter Lyra!

Once upon a myth, Odin plucked out an eye to gain wisdom—but where is that eye now? The classic THOR #292 shows us that it’s living an independent life on a far planet when Thor comes calling!

And part four of the recent DEFENDERS: THE BEST DEFENSE crossover is SILVER SURFER: THE BEST DEFENSE where Norrin meets a multitude of strange characters on a doomed planet!



Ownership issues

August 19, 2019

In SAVAGE AVENGERS #4 Venom, free of any controlling host, joins the group as a large black dragon to fight Kulan Gath and the Marrow God.

Meanwhile in CHAMPIONS #8 Sam Alexander regains his Nova Helmet and won't give it back to the Nova Corps.

After completing Jonathan Hickman's SHIELD issues I can now move on to his related Secret Warriors series with #1 in which Nick Fury discovers that SHIELD has always been a subsidiary of Hydra.

T Vernon adds comments to Heroes Reborn's IRON MAN (1996) #9-10 which feature a battle with Titanium Man and the revelation that Dr Doom is behind all the bad guys including Hydra.

So does this mean Nick Fury works for Doom?


It’s About Time!

August 15, 2019

In the new CAPTAIN AMERICA #12, Cap is back but not for long as Captain America is dead but Steve Rogers lives!

In the newer IMMORTAL HULK #22, Gamma Flight takes action against Shadow Base but it’s Hulk who will make the difference!

The classic THOR #291 has a free-for-all with the Greek gods battling the Eternals but the main event is Odin versus Thor!

And part three of the recent DEFENDERS: THE BEST DEFENSE crossover is DOCTOR STRANGE: THE BEST DEFENSE where we see a Strange we haven’t seen before--from the distant future!


Whiling away the time

August 12, 2019

In AVENGERS #22 some the team have to fight Ghost Rider's car while others unearth a fossilised Iron Man helmet from 1 Million BC.

In MIGHTY AVENGERS (2007) #18 Nick Fury finishes training the Secret Warriors just in time for Secret Invasion while Maria Hill turns out to be an LMD.

T Vernon has new Comments on IRON MAN (1996) #7-8 as Happy Hogan is killed off and Rebel O'Reilly is brought back from the dead while Doc Samson becomes the Abomination.


Thor, Subby, Hulk!

August 8, 2019

Reports on the newest issues will be delayed. Meanwhile, here is what we have for this week!

THOR #290 sees the God of Thunder becoming a luchador in the world of Mexican wrestling!

And part two of the recent DEFENDERS: THE BEST DEFENSE crossover is NAMOR: THE BEST DEFENSE wherein Subby is tracking down a long-lost tribe of Atlanteans and finds an undersea ruler meaner than he is!

And we’ve added comments and reviews to HULK (2014 series) #7, 8, and 10, part of the epic “Omega Hulk” storyline!


Star-Lord's father gets religion

August 5, 2019

In GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #7 Rocket's dying and Peter's dad is Patriarch of the Universal Church Of Truth.

Going back a few months FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019: AVENGERS previews stuff that hasn't happened yet in Avengers, and has a prologue to Savage Avengers.

Going back even further to Secret Invasion MIGHTY AVENGERS (2007) #13 has the origin of the Secret Warriors.

And way back in Heroes Reborn T Vernon adds his Comments to IRON MAN (1996) #5-6. #6 is part of a crossover with AVENGERS (1996) #6.


A Lot of Unusual Confrontations!

August 1, 2019

In the new INVADERS #1, the assembled team (Captain America, Human Torch, Winter Soldier) turn against their teammate Namor (a/k/a the Sub-Mariner) to stop him from conquering the surface world!

HULK ANNUAL #1 from 2014 pits the Doc Green version of Hulk against his former assistant Patty Wolman who has become a giant plant monster called Vista!

It’s not just a lovers’ spat: THOR #289 sees Lady Sif fighting against her beloved Thor—the catch is that she’s in the body of the Destroyer!

And part one of the recent DEFENDERS: THE BEST DEFENSE crossover is THE IMMORTAL HULK: THE BEST DEFENSE wherein it’s Bruce Banner who is the angry, violent, dangerous one and he is against everyone! Oh, and Hulk is investigating the murder of Doctor Strange!



Amazingly 3/4 of the issues this week are Iron Man comics!

July 29, 2019

... and the other 1 has Howard Stark leaving a journal for his son Tony.

In TONY STARK: IRON MAN #14 Tony offloads some memories to cure his alcoholism, and Spymaster steals them.

SHIELD (2011) #6 is the end of the double series + 1, and Leonid gives Newton the future he expects while everyone else gets to live in a better 1.

T Vernon adds comments to IRON MAN (1996) #3-4 as Iron Man tangles with the Heroes Reborn version of Living Laser.


Natasha and Bucky Together Again?

July 25, 2019

Not really but we have the newest issues for both!

The latest miniseries for Nat begins with BLACK WIDOW (2019) #1 wherein she goes to Madripoor and gets involved in something so heinous that it's a wonder Marvel printed it!

And Bucky returns in WINTER SOLDIER (2018) #2 and picks up a pint-sized version of himself

THOR #288 continues the battle between Thor and the Forgotten One, only this time a Celestial is watching!

And we've added new reviews and comments to HULK (2014 series) #5-6, beginning the epic “Omega Hulk” storyline!


Thievery abounds

July 22, 2019

In CHAMPIONS #7 Sam Alexander goes to the galactic Nova Corps base to steal his Black Nova Helmet back, only to find that someone else has already stolen it and taken it to Earth.

And in SAVAGE AVENGERS #3 Conan offers to give the stolen 3rd Eye Of Agamotto back to Kulan Gath in return for the other heroes' lives, now including Elektra and Punisher.

In SHIELD (2011) #5 the Brotherhood Of The Shield fight Isaac Newton and the Star Child in 3 different futures.

And T Vernon moves on to add comments to the Heroes Reborn IRON MAN (1996) #1-2 where Iron Man witnesses the birth of the Hulk.


Generally Speaking!

July 18, 2019

The new IMMORTAL HULK #21 shows us how Hulk's nemesis General Fortean got to be the way he is!

Remember the Forgotten One? If so, how? He's an all-silver Eternal later known as Gilgamesh for a stint with the Avengers! And in THOR #287 he goes toe-to-toe with the God of Thunder!

In HULK (2014 series) #1-2 we've added new reviews and comments for the “Who Shot Bruce Banner?” storyline!

And in WHAT IF? V.2 29 from 1991 the real Captain America arrives to end the career of the evil Steve Rogers/President of the United States! (This still sounds really familiar?) And check out the all-new Avengers team!


An era fizzles out

July 15, 2019

Top of the report this week goes to a 'celebration' of the end of the long 1st runs of Iron Man and Avengers. But both are just tie-ins to the X-Men's Onslaught event. Which itself was mainly a way to get the Avengers and Fantastic Four into the Heroes Reborn universe.

T Vernon concludes Iron Man with #332 where Teen Tony Stark creates psi-shields while some Avengers fight Sentinels.

Then in their #402 some other Avengers fight Holocaust and Post until Iron Man and co turn up with the psi-shields.

Back in the present:-

Ironheart goes to Dr Strange in her #8 for advice about the Ten Rings.

In AVENGERS #21 the team take a welcome break (mainly in their HQ's jacuzzi) after the War Of The Realms.


War of the Realms Weird Epilogue!

July 11, 2019

To wrap up Marvel's latest Big Event, there's WAR OF THE REALMS OMEGA which sets up new series for Jane Foster, Loki, and the Punisher!

And that's connected to THOR #15 wherein Thor tries to get used to being the new All-Father!

INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #19 crosses into the Inhumanity event, with one of Bruce Banner's sidekicks finding his life turned upside down! And we've added comments and a new review to issue #20!

And in WHAT IF? V.2 28 from 1991 an evil Captain America becomes President of the United States and turns it into a fascist dictatorship! (Wait, why does that sound familiar?)


War Of The Realms ends as Onslaught begins

July 8, 2019

IRONHEART #7 guest stars young Wasp as we meet another member of the Ten Rings. Plus zombies!

AVENGERS #20 focuses on She-Hulk's mental state. Oh, and her fight with Ulik in War Of The Realms.

And in my last visit to WOTR in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #8 Spider-Octopus and the West Coast Avengers meet Captain America's strikeforce in Svartalfheim.

T Vernon has the penultimate issue #331 of Iron Man's 1st series which ties up last issue's team-up with War Machine. And an epilogue leads into the Onslaught event.

AVENGERS (1963) #400-401 have to fit within that issue just before the epilogue. #400 is an anniversary fight with origin-villain Loki and duplicates of early foes. #401 is actually part of Onslaught as the team go after Magneto - or is he?


New Hulk and Some Cool Older Stuff!

July 4, 2019

The new issue is IMMORTAL HULK #20 which continues the horrors with Red Harpy (Betty Banner) and Abomination (Rick Jones) and some military action against them!

Meanwhile, THOR #286 sees the hammer of Thor in the hands of the Deviant warlord Kro! The cover says so!

Like a bull in a china shop, INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #16 shows us Hulk in a Mayan pyramid!

And a curio from a few years ago, AVENGERS: OPERATION HYDRA features the MCU versions of the characters in battle with Hydra who have Chitauri weaponry!


What's Spider-Octopus doing in this site?

July 1, 2019

We've been following Kate Bishop of the West Coast Avengers in War Of The Realms: Journey Into Mystery which ends with #5 where baby Laussa persuades Ares to play for the good guys again.

And now we find out what the rest of the WCA have been doing in WOTR as guests in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #7 where the ex-Dr Octopus leads them into battle against Frost Giants.

Keeping well away from WOTR the Guardians Of The Galaxy spend their #6 throwing the partially-resurrected Thanos down a black hole.

In SHIELD (2011) #4 the gang use Leonardo da Vinci's Human Machine to follow Newton and Star Child into 3 different futures simultaneously.

And in T Vernon's IRON MAN (1968) #330 Teen Iron Man teams up with War Machine to keep Tony Stark's armours out of the grasp of Fujikawa Inc.


The War is Over!

June 27, 2019

WAR OF THE REALMS #6 wraps up with a very satisfying conclusion! Spoiler Alert: the good guys win!

Meanwhile, the tie-in THOR #14 shows us a bit of the final battle from the viewpoint of Viking-era Thor, the callow not-yet-worthy hero!

Last week's new CAPTAIN AMERICA #11 sees Cap teaming up with a bad of villains to escape the Myrmidon, a prison for super-prisoners!

And we've added CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BUCKY #621-623, inadvertently omitted when the series first appeared in 2011 and filling in the gaps in the history of Cap's sidekick!!


It's raining frogs

June 24, 2019

Both new issues this week are War Of The Realms tie-ins.

In TONY STARK: IRON MAN #13 Tony Stark defeats the dragon Sadurang with a magical rain of frogs and a non-magical old grey armour.

In CHAMPIONS #6 the team fight the Disir in Brazil and Ms Marvel is shown how she died in #2.

In a mostly-silent SHIELD (2011) #3 the Celestial Star Child goes on a rampage before following Newton to 2060.

T Vernon's entry this week is IRON MAN (1968) #329 where Fujikawa Inc take over Stark Enterprises and Teen Tony gets into frat-boy trouble.


No Cap But a Countdown!

June 20, 2019

Wasn't able to get my hands on the latest Captain America issue but these should help us over the disappointment:

WAR OF THE REALMS: WAR SCROLLS #3 is part of the countdown to the climax of WAR OF THE REALMS and wraps up “The God Without Fear” and stories featuring She-Hulk and Doctor Doom!

Bucky Barnes is back in WINTER SOLDIER #1, the start of a new series wherein he offers other desperate people a second chance at life!

What could be worse than Hulk on a rampage? INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #15 tells us: Hulk Squared!

In the third installment of the Eternals Saga, THOR #285, the God of Thunder finds himself fighting a huge red mutate!


Picking up where we left off

June 17, 2019

WAR OF THE REALMS: JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #4 continues the adventures of the Babysitters Club as they enter the HenchFest convention for henchman and gang members.

SAVAGE AVENGERS #2 continues the adventures of Conan, Dr Voodoo, Punisher and Wolverine in the Savage Land but adds Kulan Gath as the big bad.

However GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY ANNUAL #1 totally ignores the Guardians and continues from their #1 to follow the adventures of Adam Warlock, Cosmo the Space Dog, Darkhawk and Quasar after they escape from the black hole (plus Nova who wasn't *in* the hole but *has* been in later issues).

But I can at last continue SHIELD (2011) with #2 where Isaac Newton loses control of the Brotherhood in 1960 but escapes to 2060

And T Vernon continues towards the end of the 1st Iron Man series with #328 and Teen Tony Stark defeats Frostbite in a continuation from last issue.


One Gruesome Comic!

June 13, 2019

That's THE IMMORTAL HULK #19, wherein Hulk battles the new Abomination who defeats him in a way no villain has ever done before—and it's utterly ghastly! Oh yeah, the Red Harpy arrives immediately afterward and what she does is even worse! Ick and double ick!

A bit further back is INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #14 in which Hulk's history goes all crazy right back to the original Gamma bomb blast!

If that isn't enough epic excitement for you, THOR #284 fills us in on the history of the Celestials and their visits to Earth—the latest of which is the big worry of the Eternals Saga!

In HAWKEYE #4, Hawkeye and Mockingbird wrap up his first miniseries by getting married!


Malekith takes over this week

June 10, 2019

TONY STARK: IRON MAN #12 is the 1st of a 2-issue prologue to the invasion of Earth in War Of The Realms. Malekith 'hires' a dragon to get our hero out of the way.

WOTR STRIKEFILE: WAR AVENGERS is another WOTR 1-shot in which Captain Marvel defends Earth with her team (mostly not actual Avengers), and Malekith (again) turns the Venom symbiote into his personal weapon.

In WAR MACHINE (1994) #24-25 War Machine ends his series with a fight against SHIELD's Mandroids, but mostly ties up loose ends ...

... just in time to hear the reading of Tony Stark's will in IRON MAN (1968) #327. And Teen Tony starts a fight with Frostbite, who in true Marvel tradition has a connection to the hero. T Vernon is continuing his race towards the end of this series.


The Return of Two Hulk Heroes!

June 6, 2019

Former Hulk creators Peter David and Dale Keown are reunited for THE INCREDIBLE HULK: LAST CALL a one-shot presented for the celebration of Marvel's 80th anniversary!

Next up is WAR OF THE REALMS #5, the penultimate chapter in this year's epic crossover as Thor suffers as he seeks a means of defeating Malekith!

Meanwhile, in WAR OF THE REALMS STRIKEFILE: LAND OF THE GIANTS, added by Rob Johnson, we see Cap's team, including Spider-Man and Wolverine, heading into Jotunheim to rescue Thor (who doesn't really need rescuing)!

If that isn't enough epic excitement for you, THOR #283 from 1979 is the first part of the Eternals Saga, a world and time and space spanning story that would occupy Thor's book for nearly two years! The purpose? To connect the world of Marvel with Jack Kirby's mythic and majestic Eternals!

In HAWKEYE #3, Hawkeye and Mockingbird meet Steve Rogers, Cap himself! And they refuse his help on their mission!


First sign of the new Thanos, same as the old Thanos

June 3, 2019

IRONHEART #6 interrupts its regular plot with the 1st of 2 Champions guest team-ups, this 1 with Miles Morales. Many other series are getting interrupted by War Of The Realms issues, but our heroine isn't playing in that game.

The Guardians Of The Galaxy are also also keeping out of that event. In their #5 they finally find out who dead Thanos has possessed.

But this report isn't a WOTR-free zone. WOTR STRIKEFILE: LAND OF THE GIANTS shows Captain America's team finding Thor. But the Valkyries' horses all die.

Back in 1996 after the Crossing event was over the Avengers immediately went into another short crossover First Sign against a version of the Zodiac gang.
Kevin Hollander synopsised CAPTAIN AMERICA (1968) #449 some years ago.
Peter Silvestro did THOR (1966) #496 a few weeks ago.
Now T Vernon now gives us IRON MAN (1968) #326.
And I complete the sequence with AVENGERS (1963) #396.


A Number of New Issues!

May 30, 2019

The War of the Realms resumes from last time....

THOR #13 is all about Cul Borson, the Serpent, the God of Fear and we see a surprising side of him in the War of the Realms!

Meanwhile, in WAR OF THE REALMS: WAR SCROLLS #2, we see more of the big war from the viewpoints of Daredevil, Dr Strange, Wiccan, Hulkling, and Loki!

And even in THE IMMORTAL HULK #18 wherein the scary Hulk fights an even scarier Abomination, the War is mentioned as a concern!


2 crossover events for the price of 2

May 27, 2019

TONY STARK: IRON MAN #11 wraps up the eScape story in time for a late entry into War Of The Realms next issue. Jocasta and Amanda are quitting Stark Unlimited, and Amanda may be taking Andy Bhang with her. But Dr Shapiro the talking cat shows no sign of leaving.

In AVENGERS #19 Gorilla-Man narrates a tale which spans WOTR#1-3, and reveals him to be a traitor.

WOTR: Journey Into Mystery continues with #3 and lots of dead Marvel Western characters.

Meanwhile back in 1995-96 Shellhead dragged Avengers, Force Works and War Machine into the Crossing event. This was the 2nd big thing I wrote up (after Avengers Forever) for (the predecessors of) this site, before taking control of the Iron Man side of things.

Start with AVENGERS (1963) #390 and follow the links which will take you in sequence through to the end in Force Works #22. (At 2 points the route will split and then rejoin.)

Along the way James Rhodes gets a new alien armour, Force Works gains a new member Moonraker who everyone seems to think was always there, and Wasp gains a new insectile body. But most significantly Tony Stark is revealed to be under the control of the villain Kang, but dies heroically to prevent his scheme from succeeding. And the Avengers bring a teenage version of Tony from the past to take his place.

Even more significantly all of the above will sooner or later be discarded, reversed or proven a lie! And anyway most of the characters will disappear into the Heroes Reborn universe in a few months.


A Temporary Cease-Fire in the Realms!

May 23, 2019

There's a break in the War of the Realms so we add some older goodies:

Hulk goes back to the days of King Arthur in INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #13 and meets the original Black Knight, Sir Percy of Scandia!

In THOR #282 the God of Thunder searches Limbo for his missing Mjolnir and comes face-to-face with Immortus!

And in HAWKEYE (1983) #2, Clint faces that strangest of foes, Silencer, a villain who never talks!


Punisher stages a take-over bid but the Avengers are everywhere

May 20, 2019

I've got 2 new titles this week.

As an Avengers fan I had to check out SAVAGE AVENGERS #1 where a cult lures various warriors, not really Avengers, to the Savage Land - and Conan literally drops in from Avengers: No Road Home.

Then there's the WAR OF THE REALMS STRIKEFORCE: THE DARK ELF REALM 1-shot where Freyja inspires various warriors, all Avengers except Punisher, to invade Svartalfheim with her.

But then Punisher's a Savage Avenger so maybe Freyja's team are *all* Avengers, except Freyja of course.

But Iron Man isn't in either title.

I've given T Vernon a few weeks off from Shellhead's original series while I get us through the Crossing.

But before we get to the Crossing itself Force Works need to catch up with their #13-14 where they team up with the Avengers against some Kree and a rogue Rigellian Recorder. At least Iron Man's in *these* issues.


All-New War and Hulk!

May 16, 2019

Two new comics this week plus a couple of older classics:

First up is WAR OF THE REALMS #4! The latest installment of Marvel's current big event features a lot of violent action as the heroes must hold the Black Bifrost against the forces of Malekith!

THE IMMORTAL HULK #17 features a Bruce Banner who isn't really Bruce Banner turning the tables on a hit man!

In THOR #281 Mjolnir vanishes and Thor must journey to Limbo with the aid of the Space Phantom (remember him?) to recover it!

And for a lesser Avenger, we have issue #1 of Hawkeye's first solo miniseries, aptly named HAWKEYE (1983)! Herein he meets his future partner in adventure and marriage, Mockingbird!


Wars of Realms and Time (and Civility)

May 13, 2019

The Champions join War Of The Realms in their #5, which includes a tender reunion between young Ms Marvel and grown-up Cyclops who now has her young Cyclops' memories.

And in WOTR: JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #2 the guardians of Laussa contend with some Skrulls and the smell from the baby's diaper.

In T Vernon's IRON MAN (1968) #318 Tony Stark and his departing writer wrap things up before the Crossing.

But there's Lots of other stuff before that Event, some of which I dealt with in the past 2 weeks :- War Machine alerting Force Works, including Iron Man, to the resurgence of the Civil War in Slorenia, and then himself getting involved in a Time War.

WAR MACHINE (1994) #16-17 finish off the WWII Time War, returning history to what it was. But in the process James Rhodes loses his WM armour.


Cap a Contender?

May 9, 2019

The new CAPTAIN AMERICA #10 features a cage match between Cap and Baron Strucker!

We're adding THOR #496 out of order to tie in with the First Sign event in IRON MAN and related Avengers issues back in the day (1996 to be precise) over on Rob Johnson's half of the site!

THE INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #12 sees the big green dude in the Old West with a bunch of kids: Kid Colt, Two-Gun Kid, and Rawhide Kid! Plus aliens and dinosaurs!

More Cap? Why not? In CAPTAIN AMERICA: DRUG WAR, he teams up with the New Warriors to battle drug pushers from outer space in a public service comic book!


Many endings and 1 beginning

May 6, 2019

IRONHEART #5 ends the 1st story arc but with a bigger picture still to be filled in.

WEST COAST AVENGERS #10 (hurriedly) ends the whole series.

In GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #4 it looks like the end for Star-Lord (again!). And hints at the end for Rocket Raccoon too.

T Vernon documents the end of the Russian adventure in IRON MAN (1968) #317.

That issue also saw the end of the Brothers-In-Arms story which occupied the flip books in FORCE WORKS #12, WAR MACHINE (1994) #15 and IM#317, all published that month.

The main stories in FW#12 and WM#15 actually logically follow next week's IM#318 but I've written the books up here to complete the above tale. Force Works ends their Slorenian mission. But War Machine actually *starts* a time-travel story.


War is Busting Out All Over!

May 2, 2019

WAR OF THE REALMS #3 sends the heroes all over the world and to various realms to fight off Malekith and his forces, including New York, London, Wakanda, Atlantis, Svartalfheim, and Jotunheim!

Thor a thespian? In THOR #280 the God of Thunder goes to the dimension of the Squadron Supreme to play himself in a movie about the hometown heroes! Do you think a big-budget movie about superheroes with a huge number of characters will make any money?

Hulk is sent on a mission through time and space in THE INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #11 and he meets dinosaurs in the Old West!

And in DAMAGE CONTROL #4, the DC gang recalls a terrible encounter with the X-Men's Danger Room!


It's multiple ID week

April 29, 2019

In TONY STARK: IRON MAN #10 Tony Stark breaks out of the eScape VR but his body's stuck in space in an Iron Man armour with no AI. Note that James Rhodes and a Crimson Dynamo have apps here, and that Black Widow in this issue is really Amanda Armstrong.

AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME #10 ends the series as Vision throws the Marvel Universe at Nyx to defeat her in the House Of Ideas.

There are no Avengers in AVENGERS #18 so it's up to the Squadron Supreme to fight the Frost Giants in the War Of The Realms.

In T Vernon's IRON MAN (1968) #316 Shellhead teams up with another Crimson Dynamo as well as the real Black Widow to try to take down Titanium Man.

James Rhodes as War Machine discovers bad things happening in Slorenia in his #14, and he tells Force Works about it so they head there in their #11. Note that these issues actually belong after IM#318 but I've done them here because there's a lot of stuff to fit in there, and for another reason that will become clear next week.

I'll just mention that the Rhodey version of Iron Man guests in DAMAGE CONTROL v1 #3 over in Peter Silvestro-land.


That Thor Guy's Back and There's Gonna Be Trouble!

April 25, 2019

Having completed write-ups for THE INVADERS, we're now moving on to fill in some older Thor issues! We start with THOR #279 from 1979, with an eye-catching cover and Ulik and Pluto as bad guys!

THE INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #10 teams the Green Man (Hulk) with the Red One (Daredevil) as they go after a stolen super-weapon in the hands of Hydra!

And in DAMAGE CONTROL #3, the DC team adopts silly uniforms and nearly floods Manhattan! Iron Man (Rhodey this time) is the guest hero!


Avengers get in nearly everywhere

April 22, 2019

The not-really-the-Avengers continue to fight Nyx on the sentient planet Euphoria in AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME #9. And then she enters the House Of Ideas, where only Vision is able to follow.

Iron Man and the real Avengers continue to struggle in WAR OF THE REALMS #2 over in Peter Silvestro's half of this website.

I'm contributing a tie-in to that event as more not-Avengers assemble to protect baby Laussa, daughter of Odin, from Sindr, daughter of Surtur, in WAR OF THE REALMS: JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #1.

In S.H.I.E.L.D. (2011) #1 we learn how the Forever Man (Michelangelo) has been orchestrating the events so far. And a handy Appendix helps us remember what those events *were*.

T Vernon does IRON MAN (1968) #315 which starts a Russian adventure with Black Widow (leader of the Avengers at the time) and Titanium Man.


More Wars! More Realms!

April 17, 2019

WAR OF THE REALMS #2 sees the good guys and the bad guys fighting for control of Manhattan!

THOR #12 explains what happens after Loki was eaten in WOTR #1 (you read that right)!

And WAR OF THE REALMS: WAR SCROLLS #1 follows the fighters on the ground: Daredevil, Wolverine, the Warriors Three, Cloak and Dagger, the Punisher, Howard the Duck! Howard the Duck?

More new stuff coming twice a week! Keep watching!


Steve Rogers became an iron patriot before Norman Osborn did

April 15, 2019

In AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME #8 Conan bites a villain's nose. All the Avengers plus the Cimmerian get back together but Nyx now has 2 of the Night Shards and is homing in on the last 1.

In CHAMPIONS #4 Spider-Man quits and Sam Alexander goes off to get his Nova powers back.

FORCE WORKS #9-10 is a side-adventure in Australia with an Aboriginal hero Dreamguard. With backups around the memorial for Wonder Man.

Then Iron Man heads over to IRON MAN (1968) #314 where T Vernon tells us how he and Henry Pym create a bionic exoskeleton to keep Captain America alive. This crosses over with CAPTAIN AMERICA (1968) #438which Peter Silvestro documented a couple of years ago.


The End of the Invaders?!

April 11, 2019

We've added our write-up on INVADERS #41, the final issue of the WW2 hero team's original run! Cap, Subby, Torch and the gang face off against all of their recurring Axis baddies at once! Not to worry, they would be back, both in the comics and on this site but we'll switch gears for a bit and fill in some issues from Thor's majestic run!

And for a real change of pace, INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #9, Hulk teams up with Daredevil on the trail of some nasty munitions dealers!

And an even change-ier change of pace DAMAGE CONTROL #2 shows us what do do when Doctor Doom defaults on a debt! Deflecting dreaded destruction?

More new stuff coming twice a week! Keep watching!


Tony Stark and Peter Quill vie for alcoholic of the week

April 8, 2019

In AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME #7 Nyx accesses the power of the 1st Night Shard and as a parting gift rouses the ghost of his love Bêlit to attack Conan.

In WEST COAST AVENGERS #9 Ramone Watts gives herself a superpower to help rescue her brother and girlfriend from vampires.

In GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #3 1 set of villains is after Thanos' head and another set is after Gamora while our heroes are off to find Rocket Raccoon. (Wait a minute, isn't he in Av:NRH?) And Star-Lord gets drunk.

I'll just mention that some Iron chars are busy in Peter Silvestro-land:- Iron Man is with the rest of the Avengers in WAR OF THE REALMS #1, and Toni Ho (ex-Iron Patriot) is 1 of the Daughters Of Liberty in CAPTAIN AMERICA #9.

T Vernon's entry this week is IRON MAN (1968) #313 where Tony Stark reviews his history of alcoholism at an AA meeting.

Meanwhile War Machine fights a club of armoured thrill-seekers in his #12-13.


The War of the Realms is Finally Here!

April 4, 2019

After a multiple-year build-up, this year's big Marvel crossover event, the WAR OF THE REALMS arrives! Issue #1 gets us off to a flying start with Thor trapped elsewhere when Malekith and his evil forces invade Midgard—in the center of Manhattan, no less!

In THE IMMORTAL HULK #16, Bruce Banner and Doc Samson search for Rick Jones' stolen corpse and the Hulk does not like what he finds!

And then “Captain of Nothing” continues in CAPTAIN AMERICA #9 with Sharon Carter plotting to rescue Cap from an impenetrable prison!

More new stuff coming twice a week! Keep watching!


Who let Conan and Dracula into Avengers-land?

April 1, 2019

IRONHEART #4 is mainly Riri Williams talking and fighting with Midnight's Fire.

AVENGERS #17 is the end of the Vampire Civil War, which Dracula was bound to win because he was leading both sides!

AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME #6 is mainly Scarlet Witch and Conan in the Hyborian Age.

IRON MAN (1968) #312 concludes the Hands Of The Mandarin crossover with an Iron Man/Mandarin slugfest in Hong Kong. T Vernon is our roving reporter.

When the dust settles the heroes return home to have quiet Christmas celebrations in WAR MACHINE (1994) #11 and FORCE WORKS #8.


Heroes Aplenty!

March 28, 2019

THE INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #8 wraps up the three-issue story teaming Hulk with a young Thor from back in the day! The first two issues of that story arc (#6-7, natch) were written up years ago by our own web hero Julio Molina-Muscara; we've just added relevant reviews and comments!

In INVADERS #40 our heroes go up against the newest superteam, the evil Super-Axis!

And when superheroes and -villains wreck everything, who cleans up the mess? Why, DAMAGE CONTROL, of course! And here we add #1 of their first self-titled miniseries, guest-starring numerous Avengers plus Spider-Man!


Iron folk where art thou?

March 25, 2019

In AVENGERS #16 the Avengers return Ghost Rider from the Dark Side, all without the aid of Iron Man.

In CHAMPIONS #3 the Champions get involved in X-business and an old foe of Nova returns. But Ironheart is not around.

In AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME #5 Scarlet Witch takes a Night Shard to Conan the Barbarian! Neither Iron hero is in this series at all.

S.H.I.E.L.D. INFINITY fills in some blanks in the history of the Brotherhood. But this issue doesn't even have Iron Man's father Howard Stark in it.

So it's a relief to see Tony Stark get his armour back in Hands Of The Mandarin when T Vernon brings us WAR MACHINE (1994) #10.


Brand New Hulk and Thor! And Another Pitch for New Writers!

March 21, 2019

In THE IMMORTAL HULK #15, Hulk and the resurrected Doc Samson find out just who is also back from the dead!

In THOR #11, all of the players are being put into place for the upcoming War of the Realms!

And we're always looking for writers to join us at the Marvel Heroes Library! You read Marvel Comics? You have opinions? Get in touch with us! We have a lot of heroes who need coverage! Fan of the Fantastic Four? It's waiting for a reviewer! Thrilled by the recent Captain Marvel and Black Panther movies (or even Ant-Man)? Contact us! Prefer the cosmic types? Nova, Quasar, and more are waiting! Street level heroes more your style? Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist would be glad to hear from you! If it isn't on the site you can add it! Come on, stake your claim!


Such stuff as dreams are made on

March 18, 2019

In TONY STARK: IRON MAN #9 Motherboard offers Tony Stark his dream existence in VR. But is he still really Tony Stark?

In AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME #4 Nyx gets the 1st Night Shard, but Hulk is now lord of dreams.

S.H.I.E.L.D. (2010) #6 brings the 1st series to a close. Leonid can't bring the warring factions together to save the dream of the Brotherhood of the Shield.

And I didn't dream that T Vernon sent me FORCE WORKS #7 to continue the Hands Of The Mandarin story.


Some Older (Sort-Of) Classics?

March 14, 2019

In THE INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #5, Hulk is sent underwater to save Lemuria from the villainous Attuma! It's easier than you'd think!

In INVADERS #39, the Invaders and the Kid Commandos pull themselves together against Lady Lotus and the U-Man!

And remember the terrible straight-to-video Captain America movie from 1990? Well, in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE MOVIE SPECIAL, Marvel went above and beyond the call of duty to translate it into a readable comic that more-or-less made sense! And if that isn't high praise, I don't know what is!


Turned out nice again

March 11, 2019

In AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME #3 Hawkeye's missing thumb turns out to be a Nightmare, but Scarlet Witch can only see Night Shards.

Meanwhile in WEST COAST AVENGERS #8 the Skrulls turn out to be human vampires.

And in WOLVERINE: INFINITY WATCH #1 Wolverine turns out to have been (sometimes) the future Phoenix version.

Back in S.H.I.E.L.D. (2010) #5 it turns out Nathaniel Richards & co have gone 600,000 years into the future.

And T Vernon turns out to be just the person to handle IRON MAN (1968) #311.


A Heapin' Helpin' of Hulk!

March 7, 2019

A lot of Hulk happenings this week:

In the new IMMORTAL HULK #14, Betty attends her father's third funeral and reconciles with Bruce!

In THE INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #4, Hulk is sent underwater to save Lemuria from the villainous Attuma!

In IDENTITY WARS Part Three, Sorcerer Supreme Bruce Banner faces a menace from Hell—the Infernal Hulk! It's in INCREDIBLE HULKS ANNUAL #1!

And in our only Hulkless addition of the week, INVADERS #38, the Kid Commandos join the Invaders against a new villain, the slinky and sexy Lady Lotus!


Know your enemies

March 4, 2019

The Avengers are running hot at the moment with the main series gone bi-weekly and the weekly No Road Home series. I've chosen 2 of their issues to present this week.

In AVENGERS #15 we learn the identities of the Legion Of The Unliving.

In AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME #2 we learn the identities of Nyx's children who will fight the ragtaggle bunch of ex-Avengers (plus Rocket Raccoon).

And in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #2 we learn who Rocket's pals Groot and Star-Lord will have to fight.

In S.H.I.E.L.D. (2010) #4 Leonardo da Vinci confronts Isaac Newton and rescues the Celestial Star-Child from the Sun. And Leonid frees Nostradamus.

In T Vernon's WAR MACHINE (1994) #9 Rhodey goes Samurai after Mandarin turns off modern technology (locally).


Heroes in Dire Straits!

February 28, 2019

In the new CAPTAIN AMERICA #8, Steve Rogers is falsely charged with murder and locked up with a bunch of deadly criminals!

In THE INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #3, Hulk, Agent of SHIELD again faces the Quintronic Man, a deadly robot that takes five men to operate!

In INVADERS #37, it takes all of the Invaders and the entire Liberty Legion to defeat the Iron Cross!

And in IDENTITY WARS Part Two, Deadpool meets his BFF in the alternate world but he's in for a number of surprises in DEADPOOL ANNUAL #i!


Rocket Raccoon, Avenger!

February 25, 2019

In her #3 Ironheart discovers that her current opponent is Midnight's Fire from the old New Warriors/Night Thrasher series.

The Avengers start a weekly mini-series featuring some ex-Avengers and Rocket Raccoon, an ex-Guardian Of The Galaxy, in AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME #1, by the team that brought you No Surrender.

In CHAMPIONS #2 we learn what actually happened in Dubai last issue. As suspected it was a deal with the devil.

Over in Peter Silvestro-land Tony Stark and Iron Man clash with Bruce Banner and Hulk in 2012's INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #2. And they're all working for SHIELD.

Meanwhile S.H.I.E.L.D. (2010) #3 tells us the secret (Marvel) history of Isaac Newton, head of the Brotherhood of the Shield. And it's not pretty (apart from the artwork).

T Vernon moves on to part 1 of 1994's Hands Of The Mandarin crossover in FORCE WORKS #6. Iron Man and War Machine are prisoners of Mandarin while the rest of Force Works fight his Avatars.


A Fistful of Goodies!

February 21, 2019

Nothing new so we've added reviews of some older classics this time around!

First up, there is THE INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #2, from when Ol' Jade Jaws was an agent of SHIELD! This time Bruce Banner gets in touch with Tony Stark—for purposes of pounding!

In INVADERS #36, Sub-Mariner seems to have met his match in the Nazi hero Iron Cross!

And a few years ago was the Identity Wars special: Spider-Man, Deadpool, and Bruce Banner were pulled into an alternate reality which contained a number of surprises! Part One was in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #38 where in Spidey discovered that his counterpart, the Amazing Spider, was a more powerful, more popular, and more beloved hero than he could hope to be! It's the other differences that cause it all to go sideways on a pair of Peter Parkers!


Let's all have a drink

February 18, 2019

In TONY STARK: IRON MAN #8 Tony Stark's Mother(board) AI takes him back to the Virtual Reality comfort of his simpler early days as Iron Man where he can relax with a drink.

While in AVENGERS #14 he's fighting vampires in Wakanda with Black Panther and seeing a ghost dog walking through a wall. (Maybe he shouldn't have had that drink?)

Over in Peter Silvestro's side of this site Tony gets a cameo in THOR #10 as Odin turns to him as a fellow alcoholic.

In S.H.I.E.L.D. (2010) #2 Nostradamus has a drink and prophesies. Nathaniel Richards and Howard Stark fight Nikola Tesla and a pigeon, and all 4 disappear into the far future.

T Vernon does IRON MAN (1968) #310. Shellhead and War Machine continue their fight caused by something Tony said while suffering from a hangover in his previous issue.


Family Conflicts! And More!

February 14, 2019

In the brand new THOR #10 Thor and Odin have a tiff—that involves extreme violence!

And then there was THE INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #1 wherein Hulk becomes an agent of SHIELD ready to smash the nation's enemies!

In INVADERS #35, the Whizzer takes center stage! And his name was just as silly in the 1940s as it is now!

And the revived TALES OF SUSPENSE (2018) #104 wraps up with Black Widow dismantling the Red Room (not a case of poor interior design but the nasty Soviet program that once controlled her life)!


2 endings followed by 2 beginnings

February 11, 2019

In WEST COAST AVENGERS #7 the team finally escape Madame Masque's trap with help from Kate's ex, Marvel Boy. Kate's current, Fuse, isn't too happy about that.

EXILES #12 is the end of the series as the team lose Iron Lad in noble self-sacrifice. But at least Khan is given a happier ending.

T Vernon is going to be doing the whole of the Hands Of The Mandarin crossover. He's starting this week with WAR MACHINE (1994) #8, the 1st of a 2-part prologue to that featuring a fight between War Machine and Iron Man.

While he's doing all that I shall be looking at the 1st volume of Jonathan Hickman's S.H.I.E.L.D. series beginning of course with #1. We learn the history of the Brotherhood Of The Shield, and Leonardo da Vinci flies into 1956.


A Pair of Hulk Conclusions! And More!

February 7, 2019

The brand new IMMORTAL HULK #13 closes up the “Hulk in Hell” arc with a grim thunderclap!

The older THE INCREDIBLE HULK (2011 series) #15 likewise ends with Hulk and Banner together again and none the happier for it!

In INVADERS #34 it looks like their ally the Mighty Destroyer has tuned rogue!

And the revived TALES OF SUSPENSE (2018) #103 shows us how Black Widow returned from certain death during the Secret Empire!



February 4, 2019

We interrupt the regularly scheduled broadcast in AVENGERS #13 to bring you the origin of Iron Fist 1,000,000 BC who kills the sacred dragon of K'un-Lun. But it recovers of course.

The new Guardians Of The Galaxy series starts off as usual with #1 where a gathering of every cosmic player except the Avengers (but including Cosmo the Space Dog and Howard the Duck) learns that 'dead' Thanos has transferred his consciousness into someone else. Meanwhile the Black Order steal his body to resurrect him.

Back in 1994 in WAR MACHINE (1994) #7 War Machine and Hawkeye fight a revived Soviet Cold Warrior. Rhodey's armour is failing so Clint advises him to ask Tony Stark for help.

And in IRON MAN (1968) #309 Tony reclaims his body and the Iron Man armour from VOR/TEX. But the AI left the body drunk, so it's not a good time for Jim Rhodes to make his call. Thanks to T Vernon for this.


Cap Behind Bars!

January 31, 2019

The brand new CAPTAIN AMERICA #7: Cap is arrested for the murder of Thunderbolt Ross! But he has some surprising new (and already talked about) allies: the Daughters of Liberty!

The older THE INCREDIBLE HULK (2011 series) #14 pits Hulk against—the Vegetable!

In INVADERS #33 Thor meets Hitler! Invaders meet Stalin! And a surprise villain pops up earlier than expected!

And the revived TALES OF SUSPENSE (2018) #102 sees Hawkeye and Winter Soldier learning that Black Widow is still alive—or technically alive again!


Odin, Agent Of Wakanda

January 28, 2019

In AVENGERS #12 we meet more of Black Panther's secret Agents Of Wakanda. Even Odin is working for him!

Tony Stark's mind occupies a robot body in order to oppose VOR/TEX who's in *his* body and Iron Man armour in IRON MAN (1968) #308. T Vernon does the honours as usual.

Round about this time James Rhodes in WAR MACHINE (1994) #5-6 fights a villain who keeps not dying, until he runs out of lives at the end.


Hulk! Thor! Cap! And Bucky Barnes!

January 24, 2019

The brand new IMMORTAL HULK #12 is occupied by the rotten soul of Brian Banner, Bruce's abusive father! Ick!

The older THE INCREDIBLE HULK (2011 series) #13 starts the story arc “United” i.e. Hulk and Banner!

INVADERS #32 introduces a new enemy for the Invaders: Thor! Yes, that Thor! And Josef Stalin is (technically) one of the good guys!

And the revived TALES OF SUSPENSE (2018) #101 sees Hawkeye and Winter Soldier meeting up with the second Black Widow (remember her?)!


Introductions all round

January 21, 2019

INFINITY WARS: INFINTY sets up threads for Wolverine: Infinity Watch and the new Guardians Of The Galaxy series, including introducing a new character to hold the Time Stone.

IRONHEART #2 joins its stablemate Tony Stark: Iron Man in being much-delayed. Now it's here it drops the Ten Rings plotline in favour of a new shifty politician thing. But of course they may turn out to be connected.

Iron Man and Force Works intervene in a Balkan civil war in their #4-5, introducing Black Brigade and Ember on opposite sides.

And then in T Vernon's IRON MAN (1968) #307 Shellhead meets a new AI villain VOR/TEX (who admittedly has been behind the scenes in some previous issues).



January 17, 2019

The latest issue of Cap's comic has been delayed but we're still adding entries for older classics!

Stay Angry” concludes in THE INCREDIBLE HULK (2011 series) #12 with Wolverine and Thing as guest stars!

INVADERS #31 pits the Invaders against a Nazi Frankenstein Monster!

And the revived TALES OF SUSPENSE (2018) starts with issue #100 as Hawkeye and Winter Soldier team up to learn whether Black Widow is still alive!


Champions expanding, Exiles declining

January 14, 2019

The Champions get a new #1 with an expanded team to deal with multiple problems worldwide simultaneously. But what's Mephisto got to do with it?

Meanwhile the Exiles near the end of their run with #11 as Khan and another group of Exiles try to capture them for the rogue Watchers.

War Machine finishes his Imayan mission in WM (1994) #4, but the friend he came to save dies. Force Works fight off the threatened invasion by the alien Scatter in their #3.

And all that happens before Iron Man faces the Controller in IM (1968) ANNUAL #15, brought to us by T Vernon.


Something for Everyone!

January 10, 2019

In the brand-new THOR #9, Roz Solomon becomes an Agent of Wakanda!

A few years earlier in THE INCREDIBLE HULK (2011 series) #11, Hulk visits the City of the Sasquatches!

INVADERS #30 has the Teutonic Knight wreaking havoc in a craft called the Flying Death!

And very odd acquisition receives an entry: CAPTAIN AMERICA ASHCAN EDITION which is a promo for last week's odd acquisition!


Stark companies in trouble in 2 eras

January 7, 2019

The very delayed TONY STARK: IRON MAN #7 has Controller packing Stark Unlimited's eScape VR with rule-breaking players and giving them the same weapons in the real world as they have in the VR. (In 'reality' this would just result in them shooting up their own homes, or wandering around the streets firing at random, walking into things and getting knocked down by vehicles.)

In WEST COAST AVENGERS #6 the team are dumped in a pool of sharks. Except for Kate Bishop who is hit (on) by an ex-boyfriend.

T Vernon concludes Crash & Burn with IRON MAN (1968) #306 where Tony Stark takes time out to totally rebuild the tainted Stark Enterprises.

In the interval he also creates Force Works from the old Avengers West Coast and in their 1st outing (FW#1-2) they lose Wonder Man to ionic disintegration but gain a mysterious alien called Century.

Meanwhile in WAR MACHINE (1994) #1-3 James Rhodes, who isn't going to join any team that has Stark in it, goes to the dictatorship of Imaya to rescue his hero Vincent Cetewayo, with 'help' from Cable and Deathlok. Various people including Tony Stark aren't happy about it.


Hulk Goes to Hell...!

January 3, 2019 issue #11 of THE IMMORTAL HULK and it's a pretty bad day for everyone involved!

A few years earlier in THE INCREDIBLE HULK (2011 series) #10, part three of the “Stay Angry” arc, Hulk goes to space and fights cyborg bears!

INVADERS #29 has the WW2 good guys facing as a team a villain each had been defeated by individually—the Teutonic Knight!

And an odd acquisition receives an entry: CAPTAIN AMERICA COLLECTOR'S PREVIEW from 1995! Find out why there won't be any good Marvel movies anytime soon! And on the brighter side, Joe Simon talks about creating Cap!


It's a wrap (and I don't just mean 2018)

January 1, 2019

INFINITY WARS #6 wraps things up rather too quickly (Hulk creates a black hole!), but also confusingly when I thought more about it.

CHAMPIONS ANNUAL #1 also wraps up this series, with a Snowguard special, just so they can start again with another #1.

From the days when #1 really was the start of a new title, MARVEL PREMIERE #1 turns Him into Adam Warlock about a year before his arch-foe Thanos gets invented.

IRON MAN (1968) #305 from T Vernon doesn't quite wrap up Crash And Burn, that's next issue, but Hulk tells Iron Man to calm down and smell the coffee.


A Lot of Under-Standing!

December 27, 2018

Under” seems to be the theme of this week's additions:

In THE INCREDIBLE HULK #9, part of the “Stay Angry” arc, Hulk is under water battling rogue Atlanteans!

INVADERS #28 sees the heroes in Agent Axis' underground lair fighting the villain with tripolar disorder!

In DOMINATION FACTOR: AVENGERS #4, the Avengers and the FF are under a lot of pressure (as well as under the scary eyes and watchful teeth of Queen Knorda on the cover) to find a way to escape the alternate history created by Loki in this wrap-up to the mini-event!

And I know a lot of you are underwhelmed by that stretch of “theme” but it's hard coming up with clever stuff every week! You don't like it? You offer to write for this site! We'd be happy to hear from you!


Christmas comes early

December 24, 2018

My 2-weekly trip into Liverpool to the comic shop has netted me a bumper bundle of comics to see me through Christmas and the New Year. Here's 2 of them.

In AVENGERS #11 Black Panther holds a meeting, She-Hulk and Thor go on a date and Phil Coulson shoots someone.

CHAMPIONS #27 concludes their Weirdworld adventure and also the series. Except there's an Annual which I'll cover next week. And a new #1 to follow.

Now that I've finished with Siege and the original Avengers West Coast but T Vernon hasn't reached the position where the Force Works and War Machine titles start, I can fill in with the 1st of an occasional series introducing vital elements of the Thanos mythology. This week it's the origin of his nemesis Adam Warlock in FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #67, here known just as Him.

TV himself has got to IRON MAN (1968) #304 which is jam-packed full of guest stars:- Captain America, Hulk, New Warriors and Thunderstrike. And Tony Stark talks about starting the Force Works team.


Cap and Thor and Hulk! Oh My! (And Spidey Too!)

December 20, 2018

In the new CAPTAIN AMERICA #6, the Power Elite frames Cap for murder!

In the equally new THOR #8, the God of Thunder is reunited with his sister Angela in an angelic prison!

And going back a few years to THE INCREDIBLE HULK (2011) #8, Hulk has to stay angry!Why? Because Bruce Banner wants him to!

In DOMINATION FACTOR: FANTASTIC FOUR #4, the FF and the Avengers are trapped in a world they never made—because it was Loki who created this world in which superheroes never existed!

And Spider-Fan Anthony Silvestro has an entry for AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #3 which introduced Spidey's most persistent foe: Doctor Octopus!


A beginning, an end and a middle

December 17, 2018

WEST COAST AVENGERS #5 starts a new story-arc as Madame Masque and some henchpeople trap the team in an abandoned funfair. The only holdovers from the 1st arc are Brigitte the dragon (and maybe Dutch Oven).

I'm filling in the aftermath of Siege with DARK AVENGERS #16 which ends the series with most of the team in jail. Peter Silvestro previously did some other aftermath issues THOR #610, NEW AVENGERS FINALE and AVENGERS: PRIME #1-5.

T Vernon continues the Crash And Burn arc with IRON MAN (1968) #303 which is split between a catch-up chat between Tony Stark and Steve Rogers and Iron Man's fight with the New Warriors, the next heroes who think Stark Enterprises done wrong.


Hulk, Invaders, Avengers and Spidey!

December 13, 2018

THE INCREDIBLE HULK #7 has Hulk cleaning up in the aftermath of his battle with the separate (and evil) Bruce Banner!

INVADERS #27 sees the introduction of teen heroes Golden Girl and Human Top!

In DOMINATION FACTOR: AVENGERS #3 Cap and Thor do all the heavy lifting—so heavy, in fact, that the God of Thunder doesn't survive!

And Anthony Silvestro (my son) has written up AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2 with the first appearances of the Vulture and the Terrible Tinkerer!


A beginning, an ending and a continuation

December 10, 2018

There's a new series begun with IRONHEART #1 which establishes Riri Williams at MIT. This issue's villain Clash is probably only there to introduce the Ten Rings as a background menace.

Peter Silvestro previously did SIEGE #4, the end of the mini-series. Now I've added the only issue in the Siege Event that I think relates to that, INITIATIVE #35 which is also the end of its series and ties up various subplots.

And T Vernon continues the Crash And Burn arc in IRON MAN (1968) #302 as it's Venom's turn to attack Stark Enterprises and Iron Man.


I Don't Like Where This is Going!

December 6, 2018

Newly released IMMORTAL HULK #10 has a lot of gruesome body horror and everyone ends up in Hell! No thanks, I think I'll just stay home and read!

INVADERS #26 sees the return of Agent Axis, oddball Wartime villain who is the combined personalities of a German agent, an Italian agent, and a Japanese agent! Wonder if he has a lot of trouble deciding on what to have for dinner or what to watch on TV!

In DOMINATION FACTOR: FANTASTIC FOUR #3 the good news is that each of the FF is successful in their quest for the slices of the Golden Apple! The bad news is that everything turns weird as they return to a New York quite unlike the one they left!

And new contributor Anthony Silvestro (my son) adds the classic milestone issue AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1! It's the historic Spidey meets the Fantastic Four plus the first appearances of John Jameson, Chameleon, and the beloved J. Jonah Jameson!


Wrapping up the presents

December 3, 2018

WEST COAST AVENGERS #4 wraps up the opening BRODOK and the giant female monsters arc. But will the team be in trouble for using the name West Coast Avengers without permission? Well Clint-Hawkeye *was* a founding member so that should be alright then.

And EXILES #10 wraps up the Arabian Nights adventure. But not-so-dead Khan has a whole 'nother team of Exiles who aren't pleased to see Blink's lot.

And now that I've wrapped up the old West Coast Avengers I can do the other half of the tie-ins to Siege #3. Here are the SIEGE: YOUNG AVENGERS 1-shot plus THUNDERBOLTS #143 and MIGHTY AVENGERS (2007) #36 to wrap up their crossover and these series' involvement in the Event. Between them they show us what's happening to all the Young Avengers. I'll also mention the SIEGE: CAPTAIN AMERICA 1-shot and THOR #609 which Peter Silvestro did earlier.

T Vernon provides IRON MAN (1968) #301 which doesn't wrap anything up but instead begins a 6-parter in which various superfolk are convinced Stark Enterprises is crooked.


More Cool Stuff!

November 29, 2018

We've added an entry for INCREDIBLE HULK (2001) #6 where Hulk faces off with the separated Bruce Banner and they tussle over a Gamma Bomb!

In INVADERS #25 the Invaders take on the Egyptian national hero Scarlet Scarab who is more powerful than all of them, plus the Nazis!

We've also written up DOMINATION FACTOR: AVENGERS #2 which guest stars Hawkeye, Goliath, Wasp, Black Panther, a whole lot of X-Men, and Nick Fury, not to mention Bucky Barnes!


The old must give way to the new

November 26, 2018

TONY STARK: IRON MAN #6 starts a new story-arc as Tony Stark releases his eScape virtual reality interface to the general public. Things immediately start to go wrong, and that's before the Controller sticks his oar in.

We've reached INFINITY WARS #5 and Loki's 'Cosmic Avengers' defeat Gamora and become new owners of the Infinity Stones. Except Loki tricks them (who'd a thunk it) and uses the Stones to get into the Quarry Of Creation, which was his plan all along.

In IRON MAN (1968) #300 T Vernon tells us about the new modular armour that weakened Stark can actually occupy, rather than running his old Iron Man remotely. But many other characters wearing even earlier Iron Man armours have to sacrifice themselves before he can enter the fray against Ultimo.

Then Tony takes the new armour to AWC#102 to help preside over the end of the series and the team. But then he makes them an offer they can't refuse.

Next week I can go back to finishing off Siege before I have to pick up War Machine, plus West Coast Avengers under a new name as Force Works.


Many Familiar Faces This Time Around!

November 22, 2018

The return of a famous villain in IMMORTAL HULK #9 as Hulk faces a new and improved Absorbing Man! Guest appearance by Iron Man!

The Dreaded Deadline Doom struck in INVADERS #24, leaving it to reprint a Golden Age adventure of Sub-Mariner and Human Torch!

The obscure crossover event from 1999 continues with DOMINATION FACTOR: FANTASTIC FOUR #2 as the FF go back in time and face the Frightful Four, the Inhumans, Sub-Mariner (him again?), and Doctor Strange!


In a packed comic tonight ...

November 19, 2018

... the Avengers mix it up with Sub-Mariner's Defenders Of The Deep and the Russian Winter Guard, with the Squadron Supreme Of America waiting in the wings. Plus Odin gets drunk, Phoenix-Wolverine helps Loki escape from the Celestials, and Wasp finds Blade in Dracula's castle. This is because AVENGERS #10 is also the giant-size 700th edition.

Meanwhile in Weirdworld in CHAMPIONS #26 the team mostly reassemble, lose the battle of the Grove Of The Man-Things but prepare to defend the home of the Crystal Warriors.

I'm following War Machine though AVENGERS WEST COAST #99-100 as that team get caught between Satannish and Mephisto, and Mockingbird dies. But it's alright she's only a Skrull. But not so good for Hawkeye as he won't find that out until Secret Invasion (and before then he'll have been dead too).

Peter Silvestro already wrote up AWC#101 as part of the Bloodties crossover. If you want to read the whole thing you can start at AVENGERS (1963) #368 and follow the links.

Then Rhodey moves on to IRON MAN (1968) #299, T Vernon's next issue. But he's still not forgiven Tony Stark for not really dying.


Love and Pain and a Whole Lot of Other Things!

November 15, 2018

Brand new CAPTAIN AMERICA #5 continues the Cap vs. Taskmaster battle and a surprise reveal at the end!

The latest from the God of Thunder, THOR #7, is a tale of young Thor in love with Erika the Red, Viking warrior!

INCREDIBLE HULK (2011 series) #5 has Hulk trying to turn Bruce Banner's monsters against their creator!

Part 2 of the obscure crossover event from 1999: DOMINATION FACTOR: AVENGERS #1 (trust us, it's part 2), now sees the Avengers mixed up with the Golden Apple and Doctor Strange and a giant wooden viking, this time in the Hudson River!


Count the armoured heroes and villains

November 12, 2018

INFINITY WARPS: IRON HAMMER #2 concludes Iron Hammer's origin as he regains his memory, defeats Malekith with the help of the Warrior Machines Three and chooses to remain mortal.

In AVENGERS WEST COAST #98 Scarlet Witch takes over as leader of the team. Then they join Iron Man, various reserve members and a 1-off hero Raptor in AWC ANNUAL #8 to stop Ultron and Alkhema from causing volcanic winter. And the team including War Machine returns to #98 to start an arc against Satannish and a new Lethal Legion including Coldsteel and Zyklon.

Meanwhile Shellhead nips back to IRON MAN (1968) #298, brought to us as usual by T Vernon, to fight a new villain Earth Mover and an old villain Ultimo.


The Sum of His Parts!

November 8, 2018

The newly released IMMORTAL HULK #8 starts with the recently dissected Hulk having to pull himself together if he would get back at his enemies!

INVADERS #23: A new villain: the Scarlet Scarab! Scar Scar is the embodiment of Egyptian national stereotypes rather than British or German for a change!

And we've added the info for issue #1 of an obscure crossover event from 1999: DOMINATION FACTOR, featuring the Fantastic Four and the Avengers! There's this Golden Apple and Doctor Strange and a giant wooden viking in the East River and the FF is on the scene!


Straight from the heart of Siege

November 5, 2018

TONY STARK: IRON MAN #5 was out (late) this week and features Arno Stark with no sign of Tony/Iron Man. It suggests that Arno may become an enemy of his brother, or at least an aggressive business rival.

In WEST COAST AVENGERS #3 giant Tigra is joined by other giant female monsters, and Kate-Hawkeye gets turned into the Kate-Hawk.

I'm covering issues connected to Siege #3 this week. As usual INITIATIVE #34 shows the Siege #3 events, the heart of the mini-series, from a different POV plus following the Avengers Resistance attack on Camp HAMMER. THUNDERBOLTS #142 continues their fight with the Mighty Avengers over the Spear Of Odin. And the SIEGE: SECRET WARRIORS 1-shot has Nick Fury in Asgard, and Phobos seeking revenge for the death of his dad Ares. Peter Silvestro synopsised SIEGE #3 a long time ago, and also gave us NEW AVENGERS #63-64, THOR #608 and the SIEGE: LOKI 1-shot.

There are more Siege #3 tie-ins but they'll have to wait until I've covered the last issues of Avengers West Coast.

T Vernon has IRON MAN (1968) ANNUAL #14 where Shellhead faces 1-off villain the Face-Thief with the help of the Masters Of Silence. And Tony's ex-girlfriend Meredith McCall replaces a Master who dies.


No Theme This Time, Just More Cool Stuff Added!

November 1, 2018

INCREDIBLE HULK (2011 series) #4: Part One of “Hulk vs. Banner” on the island of 1000 Hulks!

INVADERS #22: The true (totally retconned) origin of the Human Torch's sidekick Toro!

CAPTAIN AMERICA: RETURN OF THE ASTHMA MONSTER: A free giveaway comic sequel to a free giveaway comic!


Happy birthday Tony Stark

October 29, 2018

In EXILES #9 the team find themselves in a merge of the 3 most famous stories from the Arabian Nights. And the big bad turns out to be Caliph Doom.

Peter Silvestro documented SIEGE #2 some years ago. Now I've added INITIATIVE #33 which runs parallel to that adding extra detail plus the adventures of the Avengers Resistance in Camp HAMMER.

And T Vernon does IRON MAN (1968) #297 where Iron Man finishes off MODAM and Omega Red in time for his surprise birthday party, with lots of old faces.


Good Old Stuff—Or Is That Odd Stuff?

October 25, 2018

The odd INCREDIBLE HULK (2011 series) #3 wrapped up Jason Aaron's first Hulk arc “Asunder” wherein Hulk and Bruce Banner are separated and it's Bruce who is the bad guy!

And INVADERS #21 from further back in the day has Cap and the gang wreaking havoc in Berlin as a whiny cowardly Hitler tries to flee! Odd?

And we've added an entry for a rather strange product: CAPTAIN AMERICA #34—DIRECTOR'S CUT! See what odd stuff Marvel has offered to the faithful!


Those pesky Asgardians get (nearly) everywhere

October 22, 2018

INFINITY WARS #4 mainly follows the adventures of Loki as he recruits allies in Warp World by forcibly de-merging them. Wolverine-Phoenix and King Thor pop in from the future (as seen in the excellent recent issues of THOR documented on this site by Peter S) to offer a bit of help.

Current Thor is in AVENGERS #9 which hosts a conflict with Sub-Mariner who declares the seas off-limits to humans. And Stingray is killed (yeah, but for how long).

In between covering tie-ins to Siege #1 and #2 I'm dealing with a crossover beginning in THUNDERBOLTS #141 and MIGHTY AVENGERS (2007) #35. These issues span Siege #1-3. The TBolts are after the Spear Of Odin in Asgard and the ex-Mighty Avengers are out to stop them. Actually MAv#35 is more concerned with Wasp (Hank Pym) fighting off an invasion of the Infinite Avengers Mansion by Ultron.

T Vernon does IRON MAN (1968) #296 as Shellhead gets caught between MODAM and Omega Red on AIM Island. No Asgardians in sight.


The Last Doom of Midgard?

October 18, 2018

The brand new THOR #6! Whoa! Truly apocalyptic in all of its parts! All-Father Thor and Logan-Phoenix versus the most powerful Doom there has ever been! And the last page reveal is a shocker!

INCREDIBLE HULKS #635 wraps up “Heart of the Monster” and Greg Pak's classic run!

And IINVADERS #20 introduces the new Union Jack, British hero of WW2!


3 events, 2 of them infinite and all involving gods

October 15, 2018

The Infinity Wars event continues with INFINITY WARPS: IRON HAMMER #1, the 1st of the 2-part tale of the merged Iron Man and Thor. I've included brief descriptions of other recent tie-ins.

In CHAMPIONS #25 the team seek the missing Sam Alexander and Wasp and find themselves as changed characters in Weirdworld.

Coincidentally both the above issues feature characters kept working at forges by magic collar shackles.

I'll also mention the 2nd part of Hulk's fight against Iron Man and the Avengers in Peter Silvestro's IMMORTAL HULK #7.

Back in Dark Reign I've now entered Siege event proper. Some years ago Peter wrote up the 4-issue mini-series itself and some of the tie-ins. Luckily he left some that fit in my IM/Av area of interest. In particular Avengers: Initiative #32-35 parallels the main series issue by issue, and I'll use those to comment on the event as a whole. This week INITIATIVE #32 matches up with SIEGE #1 as Norman Osborn leads his forces against the Asgardians. In this section of Siege Peter also did NEW AVENGERS #61-62 and THOR #607.

T Vernon has reached IRON MAN (1968) #295 which concludes Shellhead's interactions with Technovore and the Goddess in the Infinity Crusade event.


Big Battle Week!

October 11, 2018

First up, CAPTAIN AMERICA #4 has Cap versus Taskmaster—and a scarier Taskmaster than ever!

Then the new IMMORTAL HULK #7 has the Avengers versus Hulk—and a scarier Hulk than ever!

And going back a few years—to a '70s comic set in the '40s—INVADERS #19! The guys are all prisoners of Hitler—and he's not as scary as the real life dictator and mass murderer! Thanks goodness for small favors!


Love is in the air, especially for Hawkeye's

October 8, 2018

In TONY STARK: IRON MAN #4 everyone in Stark Unlimited falls in love except Bethany Cabe. But their perfect matches all turn to be robots apart from Tony Stark's rekindled romance with Wasp/Janet Van Dyne.

WEST COAST AVENGERS #2 continues the menace of giant-sized Tigra and the 'help' of BRODOK, Bio-Robotic Organism Designed Overwhelmingly for Kissing, who has a thing for Hawkeye (Kate Bishop).

In T Vernon's IRON MAN (1968) #294 Goddess tries to recruit Iron Man for her Infinity Crusade but he prefers to battle Technovore. Both plotlines will continue in the next issue.

Meanwhile the old West Coast Avengers star in AVENGERS WEST COAST #96-97. Living Lightning, Scarlet Witch and US Agent *do* heed the lure of Goddess, and Spider-Woman goes to join the opposition. So the remaining War Machine, Hawkeye (Clint Barton) and his love Mockingbird are left to fight Quantum, Wundarr and the Power Platoon.

(Infinity Crusade is an Infinity event we *haven't* yet documented on this site.)


The Living Legend!

October 4, 2018

In 1995 it seemed like a good idea to Marvel to issue a tribute to one of their greatest heroes! And thus was born CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE LEGEND now indexed and reviewed on this very site!

Plus some wartime action with INVADERS #18! The return of authentic Golden Age hero, the Destroyer! And Cap teams up with him to battle the no-good Nazis!

And THE INCREDIBLE HULKS #634 by Greg Pak has Hulk facing Fin Fang Foom and ending the world as we know it!


New guy(s) on the block

October 1, 2018

A warm welcome to Anthony Silvestro who's adding Spider-Man to our regular coverage.

And CHAMPIONS #24 features 1 of the Spider-Men, Miles Morales, in a story about a High School massacre.

EXILES #8 has the team put on trial by rogue Watchers, but it's probably really a setup for the new additions to their lineup.

This week we *knock* on Siege's front door with SIEGE: CABAL and DARK AVENGERS #15. They tell the same story from different points of view as Dr Doom violently resigns from Norman Osborn's Cabal. This tale has a connection to the beginning of SIEGE: LOKI (which Peter Silvestro synopsised some years ago) and to the end of AVENGERS: INITIATIVE #31 (which I covered at the beginning of this year).

In IRON MAN (1968) #293, written up as usual by T Vernon, Iron Man faces 1 of his perennial baddies the Controller.


A New Kid on the Block (Times Two)!

September 27, 2018

AMAZING FANTASY #15? Why that's...the first appearance of Spider-Man! And it's also Spidey's first appearance as a regular section of the Marvel Heroes Library! It also marks the debut of our newest contributor to the site: Anthony Silvestro, Spider-Man expert! And yes, he's my son! Make him welcome!

The newest CAPTAIN AMERICA ANNUAL features a wartime adventure wherein Cap and Bucky rescue some concentration camp refugees!

INVADERS #17 introduces the female super-Nazi Warrior Woman!

And THE INCREDIBLE HULKS #633 by Greg Pak has Hulk slinking off to the Dark Dimension to become the love slave of the sorceress Umar!


Loki always laughs twice

September 24, 2018

It was supposed to be Iron Man #3 this week but it's been postponed for 2 weeks. Meanwhile ...

In INFINITY WARS #3 Gamora uses the Infinity Stones get rid of any opposition by putting the whole universe inside Soul World with characters merged in pairs (eg Captain America and Dr Strange as the Soldier Supreme). Loki does the Br'er Rabbit trick to get her to send him there unmerged, and then laughs because now he's free to organise the resistance.

In AVENGERS #8 we see the team's new HQ inside the dead Celestial Progenitor. A flashback shows how the grateful Celestials set it up for them, but also how laughing Loki claims to have arranged the whole Final Host affair to get these Avengers together.

I'll just mention that Iron Man and the Avengers guest in IMMORTAL HULK #6 over in Peter's half of this site.

Dark Reign reaches the front door of Siege. DARK AVENGERS #13-14 claim to be Siege issues but they are really a flashback to earlier where Sentry reacts badly to being shot by his wife in #9, and Void goes all Biblical.

Then for real we have the digital comic SIEGE PROLOGUE where Norman Osborn and Loki discuss invading Asgard (without any laughing).

T Vernon's IRON MAN (1968) #292 tidies away several opponents and destroys Tony Stark's house.


Some Mighty Marvel Mischief!

September 20, 2018

THE IMMORTAL HULK #6 shows what happens when the government wants the Hulk badly enough: call in the Avengers!

In the far, far future, namely THOR #5, All-Father Thor fights to the finish with Wolverine/Phoenix and the universe trembles! And check out the last-page reveal!

In INVADERS #16, Cap and the gang have to rescue an American comic book artist from the clutches of Adolf Hitler himself!

And then there's THE X-MEN VS. THE AVENGERS #4, conclusion of the mini-series! Magneto goes on trial for crimes against humanity! You won't believe what happens—Magneto sure doesn't!


New(old) team(member)s

September 17, 2018

Hunt For Wolverine concludes with HFW: DEAD ENDS introducing the new villainess Persephone behind it all, and setting things up for the Return Of Wolverine limited series.

Exiles continues with #7 with some deaths, a possible new (old) member and the attack of the Watchers (oooh, scary!).

And there's a new (old) team on the block in WEST COAST AVENGERS #1 featuring both Hawkeye's, Ms America, Gwenpool, Kid Omega and a guy called Fuse against land sharks and a very big Tigra.

THUNDERBOLTS #138-140 has that team vs the Agents Of Atlas, and brings Dark Reign to the brink of Siege.

T Vernon does IRON MAN (1968) #291. I jumped the gun (or the shark) last week. It's *this* issue that Rhodey quits as Iron Man, and Tony Stark *gives* him the War Machine armour. So just imagine that I uploaded AWC#93-95 *this* week where he joins the *old* WCA, and Stark continues his generosity by giving the team 2 replacement quinjets.


Action Packed Updates!

September 13, 2018

THE INCREDIBLE HULKS #632 features a brutal slugging match between the Hulk and the alien warlord Arm'Chedon!

In INVADERS #15, Cap and company race to save King George VI (you know, the king with the speech) from a sneaky assassination plot!

And then there's THE X-MEN VS. THE AVENGERS #3! Herein the Avengers and the Soviet Super-Soldiers are after the X-Men, trying to capture Magneto and bring him to justice!


Swamped by Avengers

September 10, 2018

I've got a double-bill of the latest Avengers this week.

#6 ends the Final Host story with 1 of those 'combine all our powers' gambits. And the Celestials are resurrected (but I think the Eternals are still dead).

#7 tells the origin of of the 1 million BC Ghost Rider.

It's all change in IRON MAN (1968) #290 which T Vernon documents. Angry Jim Rhodes quits as Iron Man but takes the armour to become War Machine. Tony Stark is alive but still paralysed - he creates a new remote-operated Iron Man armour. And battlebots attack, to be continued next issue.

Rhodey goes straight to join the West Coast Avengers in AVENGERS WEST COAST #93-95. Darkhawk joins as well, temporarily, and they all go off to fight Dr Demonicus and the Pacific Overlords again.


Cap and Black Panther! Hulk and You-Wouldn't Believe Who!

September 6, 2018

It's true: in the new CAPTAIN AMERICA #3, Cap teams up with T'Challa to do battle with an army of Nukes (not atomic weapons but the super-soldier with a flag on his face)! And Okoye joins them for the fun!

Then in THE IMMORTAL HULK #5, there's a massive brawl between Hulk and Sasquatch but you won't believe who is really behind the Canadian hero's sudden turn to the dark side! Check out our write-up!

INVADERS #14 introduces even more WW2-era heroes including Spirit of '76, who would play a significant role in the history of Captain America!

And then there's THE X-MEN VS. THE AVENGERS #2! The Avengers, the X-Men, and the Soviet Super-Soldiers all want Magneto and are willing to fight for him—but what does Magneto himself have in mind?


Version control

September 3, 2018

In EXILES #6 the team go in search of earlier Exiles members and find instead a Wild West version of the Brotherhood Of Evil Mutants.

DARK AVENGERS ANNUAL #1 really stars Noh-Varr. Marvel Boy/Captain Marvel becomes a new version of himself as Earth's Protector. The Dark Avengers are only guest stars in their own comic.

T Vernon's IRON MAN (1968) #289 features the Jim Rhodes version of Iron Man's fight with Living Laser. But then Tony Stark turns up not dead and will want his super-job back.


More Exciting Stuff!

August 30, 2018

In THE INCREDIBLE HULKS #631, Hulk meets Bi-Beast, Wendigo, and...Barack Obama?!?

Then in INVADERS #13 the Golem comes to the Warsaw Ghetto!

And then there's THE X-MEN VS. THE AVENGERS #1! Wait, you say, don't you mean AVENGERS VS X-MEN? (Go ahead, say it, we'll wait). No, not the big crossover event of 2012 but a little-known limited series from 1987, featuring the two hero teams, plus the Soviet Super-Soldiers and it's all over the newly reformed (or is he?) Magneto!


What happens next?

August 27, 2018

HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: ADAMANTIUM AGENDA #4 ends the series with a revelation that may or may not be resolved in Hunt for Wolverine: Dead Ends.

In CHAMPIONS #23 the team fight Man-Thing and some of them get sucked with him through a portal to elsewhere - a cliffhanger that won't be dealt with until #25.

T Vernon is here again with IRON MAN (1968) #288 which turns the Atom Smasher fight into a 3-way with Firepower. Then an epilogue brings in Living Laser to kickstart the next storyline.

But before that epilogue the temporary Iron Man pops in to AVENGERS WEST COAST #89 to offer to join the team, and is turned down. They should have accepted because they're about to face Ultron.


A Trio of Older Treats!

August 23, 2018

In THE INCREDIBLE HULKS #630, the Fountain of Youth is turned into a wishing well and you know how crazy wishes are in this sort of tale! Add the Hulk and company and things go mad!

INVADERS #12 introduces the newest Invader: Spitfire who moves a high speeds, leaving a trail of flame behind her

And the Living Legend takes on an odd enemy in CAPTAIN AMERICA MEETS THE ASTHMA MONSTER, a doctor's office giveaway with some major star power!


Taking the Turing test

August 20, 2018

In TONY STARK: IRON MAN #3 Tony is never Iron Man but lots of other people virtually *are*. The AIs Jocasta and Machine Man break up, and Andy Bhang gets together with Amanda Armstrong (for jam and burgers). Tony thinks he may be an AI in an artificial body.

In INFINITY WARS #2 Gamora defeats the Infinity Watch and the Avengers, gets all the Infinity Stones, opens Soul World and merges with her stranded fragment. So what's next?

I've upgraded the comments to IRON MAN (2008) #23-24 and the RESCUE 1-shot. Tony is now back from his Dark Reign brain-death, rebooted from a pre-Civil War I backup (the reason he thinks he's an AI above).

In T Vernon's IRON MAN (1968) #287 the not-yet War Machine faces a new Atom Smasher and Rhodey gets together with Rae LaCoste. Tony Stark's still in cryogenic suspension. No-one's an AI.


A Celebrated Guest Star!

August 16, 2018

The brand new THOR (2018) #4 wraps up the “Thor in Hel” arc and features Thanos as a guest star!

THE INCREDIBLE HULKS #628-629 concludes the James Bond parody in an un-Bondian (un-Bondish?) way: Hulk fighting a giant monster in the Coliseum!

And then there's INVADERS #11 which introduces a villain called the Blue Bullet who is never seen again—and oh yeah, there's the origin of the newest Invader: Spitfire!


It's Jim Rhodes week - or -The dead and the not-so-dead

August 13, 2018

PUNISHER #228 brings Punisher's adventures in the War Machine armour to an end. He stops Hydra's plan and fends off Iron Man's attack but surrenders the armour when James Rhodes, returned from the dead, asks nicely. He's captured but it only lasts 16 minutes.

I've upgraded more Comments in IRON MAN (2008) #20-22, the 1st half of Stark: Disassembled where brain-dead Tony's friends, including Jim Rhodes, gather to put him back together.

In T Vernon's IRON MAN (1968) #286 the West Coast Avengers want to know who's in the black & white Iron Man armour now that Tony Stark is (supposedly) dead. (It's Rhodey in what will become the War Machine armour.) And Kathy Dare commits suicide - and she really *stays* dead.


Some Odd Blasts From the Past!

August 9, 2018

One of the biggest sensations from the 1960s was James Bond Secret Agent 007! When Ian Fleming's superspy hit the world's movie screen in the person of Sean Connery, the planet went crazy for spy stuff, including TV series like THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., kid shows including COOL McCOOL and LANCELOT LINK, SECRET CHIMP (starring monkeys of course) and movie spoofs like OUR MAN FLINT and the Matt Helm series—it even extended to episodes of THE FLINTSTONES and GILLIGAN'S ISLAND! And even the Beatles jumped (briefly) on the bandwagon with their film HELP! And even though the Bond series continues to the present day with Daniel Craig as Blonde James Bond, the phenomenon is distinctly a thing of the past! So that's why THE INCREDIBLE HULKS #626-627 is so odd: it's a sharp Bond parody from 2011 with our hero as “Banner, Bruce Banner” and harking back to the 60s mindset, reminding me that other people miss the 60s too!

And then there's INVADERS #10, a comic book from the 1970s reprinting a comic from the 1940s for a double blast from the past! Captain America faces Hitler's henchman known as the Reaper!


Deaths, requiems and comas

August 6, 2018

Infinity Wars begins with a double-whammy.

In INFINITY WARS PRIME Requiem kills Thanos.

And in INFINITY WARS #1 it looks like she kills Star-Lord.

Meanwhile Loki meets a heroic version of himself, putting the lie to his complaint that he's always painted as the villain. And the meeting of Dr Strange's Infinity Watch turns into a brawl.

I've upgraded the Comments in IRON MAN (2008) #18&19 which bring the 12-issue World's Most Wanted story to a conclusion with Tony Stark in a coma, (Yes, it was done before Civil War II repeated the idea.) I've also added IRON MAN: REQUIEM which is mainly reprints of Iron Man's origin and 1st meeting with Jim Rhodes, but the framing story takes place within #18.

T Vernon does IRON MAN (1968) #285. In this issue everyone thinks Tony's dead but he's really in a coma, sorry cryogenic suspension. Rhodey fights his 1st battle as Iron Man in the will-be War Machine armour.


The Latest Cap and Hulk Issues!

August 2, 2018

In the new CAPTAIN AMERICA #2, good ol' Cap is trying to come to terms with a nation he represents in spite of their distrust of him!

And in IMMORTAL HULK #4, Jackie McGee calls on Bruce Banner's old college roomie for help—and he just has to be Walter “Sasquatch” Langkowski!

And to round out the week here's INVADERS #8-9 completing the Invaders versus Baron Blood arc and introducing us to Union Jack, Britain's WWI fighting hero, who may not survive for long against a Nazi vampire!


It's catch-up week again, and the multiverse was restored again while I wasn't looking

July 30, 2018

Hunt for Wolverine: Adamantium Agenda continues with #3 as the team invade Mr Sinister's DNA store. But the most significant thing may be that in the past Iron Man had a secret he didn't want Wolverine to reveal.

The Golden Avenger (but not at the moment) is also in the last page of PUNISHER #227 as Baron Zemo tries to free the Hydra Captain America (from the pages of Secret Empire).

Ironheart gets a new armour in CHAMPIONS #22. And Amadeus Cho has changed from Hulk to Brawn. And Man-Thing turns up in the last few pages.

EXILES #5 concludes the Time-Eater story arc, restoring the multiverse to existence (again). Khan and a Nick Fury die.

I've resumed Dark Reign with the 2nd half of the long 'World's Most Wanted' story arc in the 2008 Invincible Iron Man series which I synopsised back in 2012. But I've just updated the Comments for #14-17.

And T Vernon announces the death of Tony Stark in IRON MAN (1968) #284.


A Savage Land for a Savage Hulk!

July 26, 2018

Here's a rarity: a complete story arc added in one solid chunk: “Planet Savage!” It took place in THE INCREDIBLE HULKS #623-625 in 2011! Herein, Hulk and his Warbound visit the Savage Land, meeting Ka-Zar and the usual prehistoric occupants! But this time it's much, much darker! Why? In one word: bugs! Giant bugs! Nasty icky giant bugs! Check out our write-up—but not while eating!

And if you wrote for Marvel Heroes Library, you could do rare and amazing things like this too! Don't be shy, contact us!


From the domestic to the cosmic and everywhere in between

July 23, 2018

In TONY STARK: IRON MAN #2 Friday gets a body, Jocasta gets a lover and Rhodey ditches the War Machine armour in favour of a giant kids' toy.

In more 'serious' mode in AVENGERS #5 we learn the true history of the world and Tony Stark ditches his Iron Man armour in favour of an even-gianter cosmic replacement.

Meanwhile in INFINITY COUNTDOWN #5 concludes as various characters manoeuvre and Dr Strange convenes a new Infinity Watch in time for Infinity Wars. Henry Pym is killed, for whatever value that word has in the Marvel Universe. Plus there are Darkhawk tie-ins.

Our relentless march through Shellhead's 1st series has reached the 'Assault On Armour City' Annuals crossover. DARKHAWK ANNUAL #1 and AVENGERS WEST COAST ANNUAL #7. T Vernon supplied the conclusion in IRON MAN ANNUAL #13.


More Thor Plus Hulk in Bulk!

July 19, 2018

The War of the Realms continues in THOR #3 as various heroes celebrate a wedding you won't believe! And there's a last page reveal that should knock readers' socks off!

IMMORTAL HULK #3 is a more somber affair, showing a tragic Hulk “incident” from multiple points of view and wondering where the truth lies!

And there are a lot more Hulks in HULK (2008) #24, wrapping up the WORLD WAR HULKS event! Hulks in Green and Red! She-Hulks in Green and Red! And a blue guy named A-Bomb!

And we can't leave out Captain America! There's INVADERS #7, wherein Cap and the gang face the Nazi vampire Baron Blood in his comic book debut!

Is there anything you want to see on the Marvel Heroes Library! Just let us know! Maybe you could even contribute it! We look forward to your contributions!


What's worse, losing a hand or losing an election?

July 16, 2018

I'm catching up with a couple of current issues.

Iron Man is in HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: ADAMANTIUM AGENDA #2 which continues the story as the other Wolverine, Laura Kinney, joins in to chop Mr Sinister's hand off.

Rachna Koul and Iron Doom leave Human Torch and Thing stranded on a devastated Earth in MARVEL 2-IN-ONE #7. And they've just killed that Earth's Dr Strange.

Back in the day Tony Stark concludes his brief War Machine run in IRON MAN (1968) #283 against the forces of Justin Hammer. T Vernon has written that up as usual.

Then Shellhead gets involved in Infinity War, but only in #1. The rest of the time he's replaced by an evil doppelganger courtesy of Adam Warlock's evil side, the Magus. And Thanos can't keep his nose out of it. Peter Silvestro documented this event back in 2010.

But the Armoured Avenger's back in his regular red&gold for AVENGERS WEST COAST #84-86 as Deathweb and their masters try to influence a Presidential election.


Some Cap and Hulk Odds and Ends!

July 12, 2018

The big question: If you have a box full of odds and ends and you put your hand in and take one out, is it an odd or an end? I can't answer that but here are some quirky tie-ins for a pair of our favorite heroes!

A quirky little event called WORLD WAR HULKS resulted in a number of superheroes and villains exposed to gamma radiation and hulking out! HULKED-OUT HEROES, despite its title (and its cover), focused entirely on Deadpool who becomes Hulkpool and wants to go back in time to kill...Deadpool! He wasn't the most rational of anti-heroes to begin with; getting Hulked doesn't fix the problem!

There's also the time during WW2 when Captain America and the other Invaders turned Nazi! It started in INVADERS #5 and MARVEL PREMIERE #29, added to the site last week now we conclude the story with INVADERS #6 and MARVEL PREMIERE #30! Enjoy!

There's always more stuff to come on the Marvel Heroes Library! And you can join our little venture, just get in touch with us and we'll get you started!


4 out of 5 issues continue from last week's summary

July 9, 2018

In AVENGERS #4 we find out a bit more about Celestials history. And the Eternals commit suicide.

INFINITY COUNTDOWN: CHAMPIONS #2 rounds off the 2-parter with both Ironheart and Nova losing their armour.

EXILES #4 is the only 1 not continuing from last week. But the story-arc still continues and the team discover that the Time-Eater is Kang with the power of multiple Galacti from alternate timelines.

I continue the 2007 Mighty Avengers with #34 which is a single-issue story which finishes off the Loki-as-Scarlet Witch subplot.

T Vernon continues the original Iron Man run as usual with #282 where Tony Stark's War Machine armour sees action for the 1st time.


Cap and Hulk and Cap AS Hulk!

July 5, 2018

The brand new CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 debuts naturally on July 4th! Cap is back but his nation has changed, broken by the Hydra takeover; can Captain America truly fight for America?

And then there's IMMORTAL HULK #2, continuing the Hulk horror theme as Bruce investigates a series of weird deaths in a small town so that Hulk can take vengeance!

But the real weird thing is WORLD WAR HULKS: CAPTAIN AMERICA VS WOLVERINE, a tie-in to an earlier mini-event wherein a number of heroes are exposed to Gamma radiation! Here, it's (Bucky) Cap and Wolverine Hulked-out who it turns out have a grudge against one another and duke it out here and in flashback!

There's also the time during WW2 when Captain America and the other Invaders turned Nazi! It happened in INVADERS #5 and only Bucky was left to try to solve the problem! His solution? A new set of heroes! That would be the Liberty Legion, formed and fighting in MARVEL PREMIERE #29, the first two issues in a four-part crossover adventure!

There's always more stuff to come on the Marvel Heroes Library! And you can join our little venture, just get in touch with us and we'll get you started!


It's Champions month ...

July 2, 2018

... if that month is June 13 to July 12. The 2-issue Infinity Countdown: Champions means that the team have a comic out in 4 out of the 5 Wednesdays in that period. In #1 they go after Warbringer of the Chitauri and end up trying to stop him killing his own people. Oh, and Thanos is in there too.

AVENGERS #3 brings all the will-be Avengers together, except Loki takes Captain America to see the ancestor of them all.

In PUNISHER #226 the unstoppable Frank Castle in the War Machine armour almost gets stopped by Hydra, and he suffers the indignity of being rescued by Hawkeye (and some friends).

During Dark Reign the Mighty Avengers fight the Dark Avengers in MIGHTY AVENGERS (2007) #32-33, and Norman Osborn gets hold of a Cosmic Cube until Hank Pym tricks him out of it. But Loki ensures Norman is seen by the public as the hero.

T Vernon is on hand with IRON MAN (1968) #281, and we are introduced to what will be known as the War Machine armour.


More Thor and As You've Never Seen Him Before!

June 28, 2018

The brand new THOR 2 continues the tale of the Thunder God's journey through Hel as he picks up some familiar travelers in the Realm of the Dead!

And Thor as you've never seen him before: Hulked-Out! It was in WORLD WAR HULKS: SPIDER-MAN VS THOR that the God of Thunder and the Walloping Wall-Crawler were endowed with the powers of the Hulk, which made them less than friendly to one another! Get the details of this oddest of team-ups!

Pop quiz: When did Captain America, Sub-Mariner, and the Human Torch first team up as the Invaders? 1941, right? Well, no, it wasn't until GIANT-SIZE INVADERS in 1975! That's when Rascally Roy Thomas first proposed the team-up and when they first appeared in the comics! It's only that the stories were set during World War II that fooled everybody into thinking they had been around during the Golden Age of Comics! And now that we've added all of Cap's appearances in his main titles, we'll be putting these oft-overlooked classics in the Marvel Heroes Library!


All 3 main current Iron persons have issues this week

June 25, 2018

TONY STARK: IRON MAN (1968) #1 starts a new Stark company and has Iron Man fighting Fin Fang Foom.

Ironheart is in CHAMPIONS #21 where the team fight Alpha Flight until they team up and the villain runs away.

And Iron Doom takes over MARVEL 2-IN-ONE ANNUAL #1 for a meeting with the multiversal Council of Reeds.

Back in the past Norman Osborn/Iron Patriot stars in the last 2 of the Dark Reign: The List 1-shots. In the WOLVERINE issue he sends HAMMER to take over The World. And in the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN issue Peter Parker gets evidence to bring Norman down.

Further back in the past T Vernon returns from his enforced rest for IRON MAN (1968) #280, a filler issue where Shellhead is taken to the future to meet an alien race (from the old Guardians Of The Galaxy series) who worship him.


The Last of Cap—in More Ways Than One!

June 21, 2018

CAPTAIN AMERICA #704 wraps up the Mark Waid filler series, getting us ready for the new Cap comic coming (appropriately) on the 4th of July!

But that isn't the only way Cap is coming to an end! We've also added CAPTAIN AMERICA (1998 series) #37 and 38, which means...the Marvel Heroes Library now has entries for all of Cap's main titles from 1964-the present day! That's nearly 700 issues (trust us, we counted) to get caught up on what Cap has been doing since he was defrosted back at the beginning of Marvel history!

And, since a one-shot is almost as good as a final issue, we have CAP AND THOR! AVENGERS, a tie-in to the then-upcoming Thor and Cap movies in 2011! Pretty odd going there with Hydra, monsters, and the evil Malekith as guest stars!

There's always more stuff to come on the Marvel Heroes Library! And you can join our little venture, just get in touch with us and we'll get you started!


The 26th Anniversary of Operation: Galactic Storm

June 18, 2018

In PUNISHER #225 the Punisher War Machine fights off a bunch of superheroes led by Captain Marvel and reveals the next stage of his plan - to go after Hydra to redeem himself for working for them during Secret Empire.

Despite the cover Rocket Raccoon and Galactus don't meet in INFINITY COUNTDOWN #4. But Big G and Silver Surfer are brought back to their original partnership.

In the original Iron Man series it's time for the Galactic Storm event. But Peter Silvestro already did the whole of that including IRON MAN (1968) #278-279 and AVENGERS WEST COAST #80-82. Just start at CAPTAIN AMERICA (1968) #398 and follow the links. PS also did the post-conflict debriefing in CA#401. I now add AVWC#83 as another addendum which explains what the West Coast Reserves were doing while the main guys were off in space.


A New Thor Series Begins!

June 14, 2018

And the old Thor Odinson is back as the God of Thunder, minus an arm and minus Mjolnir in the new THOR #1! Jason Aaron is still on board, joined now by Mike Del Mundo as is King Thor in a back-up tale with the most unbelievable final page in a very long time! Check out our synopsis and review!

Back a few years there was a small-scale event called FALL OF THE HULKS which had a cadre of villains trying to do some sinister bad guy stuff to the collective Hulk-related characters! One of the tie-in series stood out in the midst of the others: SAVAGE SHE-HULKS #1-3! This one brought Lyra, the Savage She-Hulk from the future, Jen Walters the beloved She-Hulk from the present, and the bad guy Red She-Hulk (not yet revealed to be Betty Ross) together and it was a delight! The complete mini-series now added to the Marvel Heroes Library!

There's always more stuff to come on the Marvel Heroes Library! And you can join our little venture, just get in touch with us and we'll get you started!


2 Galacti (or 3, depends how you count them)

June 11, 2018

MARVEL 2-IN-ONE #6 brings the story of Doomlactus to a universe-changing conclusion.

INFINITY COUNTDOWN #3 is split between the Guardians of the Galaxy saving the Power Stone and Adam Warlock fighting Ultron for the Soul Gem.

Both issues feature Silver Surfer and at the end a Lifebringer Galactus. But from different alternate universes.

I've given T Vernon 2 weeks off while I insert some Avengers West Coast stuff into Iron Man's chronology. #76-79 is a story arc called Infamous Monsters of Hollywood with the team and Dr Strange vs Satannish and his minions Night Shift.


An All-New Immortal Hulk!

June 7, 2018

Two brand new comics hit the stores this week and we have written them both up just for you!

First up we have THE IMMORTAL HULK #1 and it's a shocker! Writer Al Ewing's new take on the Hulk takes us into new territory, with a more horrific edge and a darker outlook! Check it out!

And heading toward the end of the Marvel Legacy filler series, CAPTAIN AMERICA #703 continues the futuristic tale of Cap's ultimate legacy with his descendant Jack Rogers facing the revived Red Skull!

Then, CARNAGE USA #5 concludes with a battle between the two symbiotes, the ghastly Carnage and the new VenomFlash Thompson

There's always more stuff to come on the Marvel Heroes Library! And you can join our little venture, just get in touch with us and we'll get you started!


You can't tell the bad guys from the good ones

June 4, 2018

In CHAMPIONS #20 the Master of the World claims to be a bad guy doing good, so what does that make Alpha Flight? And who knows which side the Champions will take.

And in PUNISHER #224 Carol Danvers leads a group of superheroes on a mission to take back her dead lover's War Machine armour from bad good guy Frank Castle.

And in INFINITY COUNTDOWN #2 Nova Richard Rider discovers bad Raptor Talonar is his ex-Nova good brother Robbie. And Adam Warlock goes looking for his evil side Magus and finds Ultron instead who recently ejected his used-to-be-good part Henry Pym.

T Vernon's IRON MAN (1968) ANNUAL #12 is part 4 of Annuals crossover Subterranean Wars in which Iron Man's old enemy Kala asks him to help *her* lover general bad guy Mole Man.

And then Subterranean Wars concludes in AVENGERS WEST COAST ANNUAL #6 where Shellhead recruits the AWC to rescue the other Avengers and help several underground bad guys against the even badder Deviants.

And going even further back in time Webmaster Julio has just added the classic TOMB OF DRACULA #1 where the main character is the bad guy. Gene Colan's already on board as artist (as Adam Austin). The 1st 6 issues have a variety of scripters but the aptly-named Marv Wolfman will take over in #7 to complete the iconic duo.


You can't tell the bad guys from the good ones

June 4, 2018

In CHAMPIONS #20 the Master of the World claims to be a bad guy doing good, so what does that make Alpha Flight then.

And in PUNISHER #224 Carol Danvers leads a group of superheroes on a mission to take back her dead lover's War Machine armour from bad good guy Frank Castle.

And in INFINITY COUNTDOWN #2 Nova Richard Rider discovers bad Raptor Talonar is his ex-Nova good brother Robbie. And Adam Warlock goes looking for his evil side Magus and finds Ultron instead who recently ejected his used-to-be-good part Henry Pym.

T Vernon's IRON MAN (1968) ANNUAL #12 is part 4 of Annuals crossover Subterranean Wars in which Iron Man's old enemy Kala asks him to help *her* lover general bad guy Mole Man.

And then Subterranean Wars concludes in AVENGERS WEST COAST ANNUAL #6 where Shellhead recruits the AWC to rescue the other Avengers and help several underground bad guys against the even badder Deviants.

And going even further back in time Webmaster Julio has just added the classic TOMB OF DRACULA #1 where the main character is the bad guy. Gene Colan's already on board as artist (as Adam Austin). The 1st 6 issues have a variety of scripters but the aptly-named Marv Wolfman will take over in #7 to complete the iconic duo.


Some Cool Older Stuff!

May 31, 2018

While we're all eagerly awaiting this year's number #1 issues, we've got some cool older stuff to add to the Marvel Heroes Library!

First up we have CAPTAIN AMERICA ANNUAL 2001! Herein, Cap gets to meet President George W. Bush and he learns some eye-opening secrets about his (Cap's) WW2 service!

Then, CARNAGE USA #4 continues the saga of Spider-Man's battle against the ghastly symbiote Carnage in the American heartland—with the new Venom (Flash Thompson) on hand as well!

Finally we have MARVEL PREMIERE #49, the Falcon's first solo adventure in this 70s try-out title, pitting him against the sinister Silencer! And Cap is the guest star!


Bye-bye to Bendis and Byrne

May 28, 2018

The Search For Tony Stark wraps up in IRON MAN #600, and Brian Michael Bendis leaves lots of plot threads for new writer Dan Slott to ignore if he wants to.

And the returned Iron Man is already in action in AVENGERS #2 as we discover that Loki is allied with the Final Host.

Was INFINITY COUNTDOWN #1 really just the next issue of the cancelled Guardians Of The Galaxy mag?

Another writer leaving a series was John Byrne in IRON MAN (1968) #277, but he wrapped everything up. T Vernon does the honours as usual.

After that Shellhead visited AVENGERS WEST COAST #75 for a day out in a theme park. And then he got caught up in the INFINITY GAUNTLET limited series, the inspiration for the Infinity War film(s). Peter Silvestro synopsised this some years ago.


Hulk Settles Down!

May 24, 2018

The final issue in the current series, THE INCREDIBLE HULK #717, has Amadeus Cho struggling against the Dark Hulk within and winning—for now!

A special one-shot THE MIGHTY THOR: AT THE GATES OF VALHALLA ties together the old series and the new, reintroducing the Goddesses of Thunder and bringing us up to speed on the War of the Realms!

And CAPTAIN AMERICA ANNUAL 2000 gives us the origin of Protocide, Cap's dark counterpart from the early days of the Super-Soldier program, as we wonder why no writer has ever brought him back, not even Ed Brubaker who revived a number of past Cap characters!

Meanwhile, CARNAGE USA #3 continues the saga of Spider-Man's battle against the ghastly symbiote Carnage in the American heartland—with Captain America become a monster!


Overrun by Wolverine's and Captain America's

May 21, 2018

Iron Man's not yet finished his return-from-coma Legacy series and he's in another new series this week - HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: ADAMANTIUM AGENDA #1. I don't know about the other HFW mini-series but at least Logan's *in* this 1, albeit in a flashback to before he was dead.

In EXILES #3 the team keep running through alternate realities just ahead of the Time-Eater. This issue features Peggy Carter as Captain America. Plus of course Li'l Wolvie.

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2018: AVENGERS & CAPTAIN AMERICA has an immediate prequel to last week's Av#1. The Cap story is a trailer for the forthcoming CA#1.

I continue playing catchup with INFINITY COUNTDOWN PRIME which brings all the Infinity Stones onto the board and introduces all the players. And Wolverine *is* in this.

I also continue Dark Reign: The List with the PUNISHER issue as he gets hacked to pieces prior to his FrankenCastle run. And Julio already documented the next issue which brings Bruce Banner closer to becoming HULK again.

And in T Vernon's IRON MAN (1968) #276 is Black Widow friend or foe?


Cap's Return on the Horizon?

May 17, 2018

The brand new CAPTAIN AMERICA #702 takes us a century into the future where Cap's legacy has changed the world! But with the surprise return of another familiar character, could Cap himself be popping up next time?

CARNAGE USA #2 has several Avengers falling prey to the ghastly symbiote in the American heartland, leaving Spider-Man on his own against the monster!

And the quirkiest addition to the site this time is FALL OF THE HULKS: RED HULK #4, the final issue of a minor tie-in to a forgotten minor event! But it completes the set that was really bugging me!


A variety of team-ups

May 14, 2018

AVENGERS #1 jumps the gun on the new Captain America, Iron Man and Thor series by having them team-up as the core of what will be the new Avengers roster. But 1st they've got to defeat the Final Host of Celestials whose 1st act is to kill all the other Celestials.

I'm going to continue the Infinity Countdown stuff that Julio Molina-Muscara started with IC: ADAM WARLOCK. But 1st I present GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #150 which led into that issue and laid out some of the plotlines for the IC series.

Dark Reign: The List continues with DRTL: SECRET WARRIORS where Norman Osborn reluctantly teams-up with Nick Fury to investigate the threat of Leviathan. Fury gets help from Ares there, and in SECRET WARRIORS #10 we see the other side of their deal as Ares' son Alex gets accepted as a god.

T Vernon's IRON MAN (1968) #275 finishes off the Dragon Seed saga as Mandarin teams-up with the 2 Iron Men to see off the alien dragons. And Mandarin's career seems to be over because he loses his Ring hands. (But you know he'll be back eventually.)


Hulk's Days are Numbered!!

May 10, 2018

Just out this week, THE INCREDIBLE HULK #716 is leading toward Amadeus Cho's being freed of the curse of the Hulk.

In CAPTAIN AMERICA Vol 3 #35, Cap squares off against his nemesis and opposite number Protocide!

And in the sequel to CARNAGE, CARNAGE USA #1 has several Avengers joining Spider-Man in tracking down the ghastly symbiote in the American heartland!


It's the end of an Avengers era (era's are very short these days)

May 7, 2018

In EXILES #2 the team gains the Valkyrie from the Thor: Ragnarok movie (sort of) and Wolvie from the X-Babies. They're really casting the net wide!

AVENGERS #690 is an epilogue to the No Surrender epic in which the cast members go their separate ways, villains included.

This will be my last mention for Iron Man's involvement in the 1st Carnage series as #5 is the last issue. Peter Silvestro saw it through to the end.

I've reached the Dark Reign: The List 1-shots in my slog through that era. Peter gets another mention because he's already done DRTL: AVENGERS and its immediate sequel NEW AVENGERS ANNUAL #3. So I now contribute DRTL: DAREDEVIL (DD accepts control of the Hand and starts a war with Norman Osborn) and DRTL: X-MEN (Norman sends Namor's ex-wife (not quite what you think) against him and the X-Men).

And in T Vernon's IRON MAN (1968) #274 it's Mandarin vs a load of alien dragons with 2 Iron Men caught in the middle.


Cap's Cool Legacy!

May 3, 2018

CAPTAIN AMERICA #701 takes us in an unexpected direction: the far future! It's a world where Cap's ideals have made the world a utopia—but (there's always a “but” in something like this) historian Jackson Rogers (descendant of you-know-who) uncovers a treasonous conspiracy!

And we're adding some missing Hulk-related issues to the site! First up, there's WORLD WAR HULKS #1, kicking off the mini-epic of that title, showcasing some of the event's players including Red She-Hulk, A-Bomb, and (gasp!) Hulkpool!

CARNAGE #5 concludes Spider-Man's and Iron Man's hideous adventure with the sinister symbiote!

And AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR now has a synopsis and review on the site! Have you seen it yet? Go see it again!


Cap's Cool Legacy!

May 3, 2018

CAPTAIN AMERICA #701 takes us in an unexpected direction: the far future! It's a world where Cap's ideals have made the world a utopia—but (there's always a “but” in something like this) historian Jackson Rogers (descendant of you-know-who) uncovers a sinister conspiracy!

And we're adding some missing Hulk-related issues to the site! First up, there's WORLD WAR HULKS #1, kicking off the mini-epic of that title, showcasing some of the event's players including Red She-Hulk, A-Bomb, and (gasp!) Hulkpool!

CARNAGE #5 concludes Spider-Man's and Iron Man's hideous !

And THE AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR now has a synopsis and review on the site! Have you seen it yet? Go see it again!


Thor No More?

April 26, 2018

The landmark THE MIGHTY THOR #706 shows us the end of Jane Foster's embodiment of Thor, though the end isn't as sad as we thought it would be! No, the really sad bit is the end of Russell Dauterman's run as Thor artist—he is the one who will be missed!

CAPTAIN AMERICA (vol. 3) #34 is all about the cash! No wait—it's Cache, a nasty (and argumentative) AI who will cause no end of trouble for Cap and Falcon!

CARNAGE #4 continues Spider-Man's and Iron Man's battle with the gruesome symbiote!!

And (SPOILERS ALERT) we have the synopsis of AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR which comes out in the USA this weekend so go see it!


Quicksilver out, Iron Lad in and the 1st death of Thanos

April 23, 2018

PUNISHER #223 concludes the War Machine arc but Frank Castle will keep the armour for another 5 issues.

In AVENGERS #688 Quicksilver unfreezes the other Avengers by going faster than ever but as a result disappears (into the Speed Force?).

The new kid on the block EXILES #1 introduces a variant version of Iron Lad vs a zombie head of Galactus. And Iron Man keeps on guesting in Peter Silvestro's CARNAGE #3. Tony Stark is back in the armour in T Vernon's IRON MAN (1968) #272 as the Dragon Seed Saga starts (John Byrne's been building up to this since #259).

WARLOCK #15 adds another piece to the early Thanos jigsaw. There are 6 Soul Gems like Warlock's and Thanos means to get them all. The series ended there but Jim Starlin finished the story off in AVENGERS ANNUAL #7 and MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE AN#2, which featured the deaths of both Thanos and Warlock. I wrote those 2 up some years ago. They'll both be resurrected over a decade later. But in between dead Thanos will reappear in Starlin's THE DEATH OF CAPTAIN MARVEL GN, already done for us by Peter Silvestro.

There's 1 more minor part of Thanos' 1st life to be found in a backup tale in LOGAN'S RUN #6. And now we have it all.


A New Hulk and More!

April 19, 2018

INCREDIBLE HULK #715 sees Dark Hulk and Amadeus Cho fighting for control of the big green body and Hulk fights dirty!

CAPTAIN AMERICA (vol. 3) #33 has Cap and Falcon infiltrating a tech company and facing a deadly AI!

CARNAGE #3 continues Spider-Man's and Iron Man's battle with the grisly symbiote!!

AVENGERS: SHARDS OF INFINITY tries to trick us into thinking it's connected to the upcoming INFINITY WAR but it isn't! Instead, a small team of Avengers—Cap, Black Panther, Black Widow, and Falcon—take on yet another fanatical group bent on world domination—but this time the baddies have bits of the Cosmic Cube!


I've got 3 new issues to champion this week ...

April 16, 2018

... appropriately the 1st is CHAMPIONS #19 in which Ironheart starts to bond with her new posse and they investigate something in Northeast Canada.

No Surrender continues in AVENGERS #687 with our Iron representative Toni Ho. Everybody gets ready for the last lap and Quicksilver races ahead on a quest to unfreeze all the other supercharacters.

Lastly I've restarted Marvel 2-In-One with #5 because Iron Doom hasn't actually left the comic. And now they're up against an alternate Dr Doom merged with Galactus.

I'll mention that Iron Man (remember him - Tony Stark) continues to guest in Peter Silvestro's CARNAGE #2.

On a more regular note T Vernon chimes in with IRON MAN (1968) #271 where Iron Man (James Rhodes) faces Fin Fang Foom. And we get a glimpse of Mandarin's aide Chen Hsu's hidden agenda.

My archaeological dig for early Thanos apps brings me to the 2nd phase of his 1st life (after the Cosmic Cube saga) in WARLOCK #9-11. He helps Adam Warlock end the menace of his future self Magus (with the aid of Gamora and Pip the Troll), but only because he has his own plans for Adam's Soul Gem.


Triple Threat!

April 12, 2018

Three of our favorite heroes have cool stuff now added to the Marvel Heroes Library!

The only new comic added this time is CAPTAIN AMERICA #700, a milestone issue wrapping up the tale of Cap in a near future dystopia, bringing him back in time to have his comic rolled back to #1 like everybody is doing these days!

And then we present HULK FAMILY: GREEEN GENES, a nice one-shot showcasing all of the Hulk's relatives, including a cousin (Shulkie), a son (Skaar), a daughter (Lyra), and another possible daughter (Scorpion)! And Joe Fixit comes back!

And Iron Man and Spider-Man team up again in CARNAGE #2! Because that icky symbiote isn't done yet!

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The search for Iron Man succeeds?

April 9, 2018

Ironheart and others take a back seat in CHAMPIONS #18 where Cyclops leaves the team and human Viv Vision merges with synthezoid Viv 2.0.

In AVENGERS #686 Hulk wins the final Pyramoid for Challenger but then asserts his independence by smashing it. So Challenger takes out his rage on Grandmaster. Ex-Iron Patriot Toni Ho is still in there.

The real Iron Man actually shows up this week in CARNAGE #1 from the Heroic Age. Peter Silvestro uploaded this.

T Vernon does IRON MAN (1968) #270. In China while Tony Stark consults a doctor Rhodey subs as Iron Man but finds he's facing Mandarin.

The early Thanos Cosmic Cube saga had a long side arc in Daredevil with Moondragon. I've decided to contribute #105&107 as the most relevant issues.


A Marvelous Mixed Bag!

April 5, 2018

Three semi-classic tales have now been added to the Marvel Heroes Library!

First up is CAPTAIN AMERICA (vol. 3) #31 wrapping up the tale of Cap versus Count Nefaria in the Savage Land and yes, Ka-Zar and his crew are here as well!

Hulk without Hulk? Is that like GARFIELD WITHOUT GARFIELD (if you don't know what this is, look it up, it's a hoot)? Well, in INCREDIBLE HULK (vol. 3) #112, the series was transitioning to feature Hercules so we close out the Hulk's third series without him!

And then there's CARNAGE #1! Spider-Man's most gruesome enemy is back and Spidey needs the help of Iron Man to stop him! Icky fun!

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Hulk vies with Thanos for guest-mentions in this report

April 2, 2018

IRON MAN #598 continues to follow the adventures of Ironheart and Iron Doom. Doom gets beaten up by Hood's gang and has to teleport out of his armour to the safety of Amara Perera's apartment. Ironheart and her MIT gang are led on a wild goose chase by Stark-programmed Friday until Tony's voice tells them to stop looking for him.

In AVENGERS #685 Iron Hulk probably ends his 2-issue career as green Hulk drains all the gamma energy out of Gen'l Maverick. And Hulk makes short work of the other Avengers who try to stop him getting to Voyager and the 5th Pyramoid.

T Vernon has reached IRON MAN (1968) #269, the 1st of 3 issues building up to Mandarin's Dragon Seed Saga. Black Widow starts another slow-burning plotline while Tony Stark is invited to China for help with his neurological problem.

I'll mention in passing that Julio has written up HULK ANNUAL #8 where Hulk meets (ie fights) Alpha Flight's Sasquatch in Canada.

And continuing filling-in early Thanos issues I've added CAPTAIN MARVEL #25-26 which begin Jim Starlin's Thanos/Cosmic Cube saga. #27-33 are already on the database, plus crossover AVENGERS #125 and tie-in MARVEL FEATURE #12.


Always make sure your origin is up-to-date

March 26, 2018

In PUNISHER #222 War Machine Punisher takes on the whole Chernayan army plus some armoured SHIELD Agents. Then Gen'l Petrov launches a nuke. What's left for the conclusion next issue?

Mild by comparison, in AVENGERS #684 a few Avengers just tackle the Hulk. And Voyager turns out to be not who she said she was. Plus the intro of Iron Hulk.

Following last week's origin of Thanos' ancestors in CAPTAIN MARVEL #29, WHAT IF? #24-25 updates it to the currently-accepted version.

And the update of Iron Man's origin concludes in T Vernon's IRON MAN (1968) #268, implicating Mandarin.


The Strongest Avenger!

March 22, 2018

THOR: RAGNAROK taught us that both Hulk and Thor consider themselves the strongest Avenger! So who is correct? I'm not going to take sides which could be dangerous! Instead each of those heroes has a brand new issue here on the Marvel Heroes Library—even though it's not Banner Hulk and Thor Odinson!

THE INCREDIBLE HULK #714 sees Amadeus Cho returning to Earth from Planet Hulk! But there are worrisome factors at hand, namely, the cover says World War Hulk II!

And sadly THE MIGHTY THOR #705 records the last days of Thor (Jane Foster) as she faces the destructive Mangog and it will cost her her life.

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Thanos and Warlock stage a takeover

March 19, 2018

Ironheart is among the Champions For A Day in their #17 while Viv Vision is stalked by Viv 2.0.

Time out from the big battles in AVENGERS #683 as Jarvis recovers to tell us that Voyager is a fake.

Site-Supremo Julio starts the march towards the comics' Infinity War with INFINITY COUNTDOWN: ADAM WARLOCK.

The TBolts/Warriors crossover concludes with THUNDERBOLTS #136 and SECRET WARRIORS (2009) #9.

T Vernon has the 1st of a 2-part retiming of Iron Man's origin in IRON MAN (1968) #267.

Julio also contributes HULK #177 which picked up the threads from the cancelled Warlock series (which later returned to host the 2nd Thanos War).

And I add a missing chapter from the 1st Thanos War with CAPTAIN MARVEL #29 which includes an origin for the Titanians.


A Classic Marvel Moment!

March 15, 2018

A major milestone in Marvel history now has a page in the Marvel Heroes Library! It's AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #100, where Pete ponders whether to remain Spidey or not! And he receives a big shock in the end! This was written up by our Web Wizard Julio Molina-Muscara!

And a little more recently (and less momentous), we have CAPTAIN AMERICA (1998 series) #28: Cap goes to the Savage Land—and it's more savage than usual with marauding dinosaur-men and a missing Sharon Carter! And Cap ends up with an unexpected ally!

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Halfway through 2 things and at the end of another

March 12, 2018

No Surrender has reached its midpoint now we've had AVENGERS #682 . The Avengers claim a 2nd point for the 'obstacles'. But there's a 5th point to play for. And Jarvis seems to know something.

THUNDERBOLTS #135 and SECRET WARRIORS (2009) #8 are the middle pair in the TBolts/Warriors crossover. And Nick Fury turns out to be an LMD with Ares' son inside.

And T Vernon brings us the end of Armour Wars II in IRON MAN (1968) #266. As he says it's a bit of an anticlimax.


Red, White, Green, and Orange!

March 8, 2018

This week we have CAPTAIN AMERICA #699 still in a post-apocalyptic America where Cap is leading a revolt against the wicked king, aided by none other than the Hulk and the Thing!

And to go back a few years, we also have CAPTAIN AMERICA (1998 series) #26-27 where our star-spangled hero joins the Falcon and Nick Fury to take down the hideous Hate-Monger!

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6 multi-parters in 5 issues

March 5, 2018

IRON MAN #597 is part 5 of the 8-part Search For Tony Stark that will end with #600. But this issue has no Tony/Iron Man and is really about Ironheart and Iron Doom.

AVENGERS #681 is part 7 of the 16-part No Surrender. We get origins for Captain Glory and Vector. The Lethal Legion win their 1st point. Hawkeye and Red Wolf join the fight. And Hulk inches closer to his cover-app in #684.

SECRET WARRIORS (2009) #7 is part 1 of 4 for God Of Fear, God Of War. THUNDERBOLTS #134 is part 2 of 4 of Widowmaker. But they are also the opening salvoes in a 6-part SW/TB crossover. Norman Osborn hatches a plan to kill 3 birds (Black Widow, Nick Fury and Songbird) with 1 stone.

T Vernon's IRON MAN (1968) #265 is part 8 of the 9-part Armour Wars II, and Shellhead finally comes face-to-face with the guy who's been controlling his armour.


In Iron news this week:-

February 26, 2018

In PUNISHER #221 Punisher brings the War Machine armour back to life and goes on the offensive to flush Gen'l Petrov out.

AVENGERS #680 begins round 2 of the Grandmaster and Challenger's game. And the original Wasp is revived to replace the 'dead' Human Torch.

The Dark Reign issues this week are NEW AVENGERS (2005) #59-60. The Avengers draft in a lot of help to get Luke Cage out of Norman Osborn's clutches, only to find his body has been booby-trapped.

T Vernon does IRON MAN (1968) #264. This is part 7 of a 9-issue story arc. (In the days before Trade Paperback collections told us that 6 issues was the perfect length for for a story.)


Three Hot New Issues!

February 22, 2018

THE INCREDIBLE HULK #713 wraps up the “Return to Planet Hulk,” pitting our Gamma-irradiated hero against the Warlord himself, with the fate of their world in the balance! Will it be saved—or will the Worldbreaker break it?

Then in THE MIGHTY THOR #704, Jane Foster faces the decision that will end her life: if she becomes the Mighty Thor again, changing back to Jane will surely kill her! So it's her life versus Asgardia's! What would you do?

And then there's CAPTAIN AMERICA #698 wherein the Living Legend emerges from the ice a second time to face a post-apocalyptic America where he is the only one who can lead a successful revolt!

And to go back a few years, we also have CAPTAIN AMERICA (1998 series) #25 where our star-spangled hero joins the Falcon and Nick Fury to take down the hideous Hate-Monger!

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Here's the next issue of everything we did last week!

February 19, 2018

MARVEL 2-IN-ONE #3:- Iron Doom is still trying to find the Multisect while Thing and Torch are persuaded to take someone else with them when they use it to go universe-hopping.

AVENGERS #679:- No Iron Patriot again but I think Bruce Banner/Hulk shows up for the last page.

NEW AVENGERS (2005) #58:- Only 1 Dark Reign issue this week. The New and Dark Avengers actually fight each other, I think for the 1st time.

IRON MAN (1968) #263:- T Vernon tells us how Living Laser returns for a rematch but Dr Pym and Wonder Man pop in to help Iron Man.


Things continue, especially old Marvel monsters

February 12, 2018

Victor Von Doom as Iron Man continues his guest slot in MARVEL 2-IN-ONE #2 as he competes with Thing and Human Torch to find the device Mr Fantastic left on Monster Island - but it isn't there. But Googam son of Goom is.

Toni Ho/Iron Patriot is only behind the scenes in AVENGERS #678, the continuation of No Surrender, which means it doesn't really belong in the Iron Man Library. But that doesn't mean as much as it used to.

Dark Reign continues with NEW AVENGERS (2005) #56-57 where Jonas Harrow takes down the team to convince Norman Osborn to let him replace Hood as leader of the villain gang. But Mockingbird rescues them. And elsewhere Loki gives Hood the power of the Norn Stones.

T Vernon continues the original Iron Man series with #262 where Tony Stark finds a way to bypass Kearson DeWitt's control of his body. And Mandarin chats with Fin Fang Foom.


All this and Fin Fang Foom!

February 5, 2018

IRON MAN #596 brings us closer to the return of Tony Stark as Riri Williams seems to give up being Ironheart and others find where Tony's been struggling to recover from his coma.

AVENGERS #677 confirms that Grandmaster's behind the current plot, which this time is a Contest of Villains rather than a Contest of Champions.

In the Dark Reign issues AVENGERS: INITIATIVE #29,31 Penance gets his sanity back and Norman Osborn gives Taskmaster an offer he can't refuse.

T Vernon is here with IRON MAN (1968) #261. DeWitt and the Marrs twins have shut down Iron Man's body. And Mandarin meets Fin Fang Foom.


Hulk Versus Thor!

February 1, 2018

Just out, THE INCREDIBLE HULK #712 pits the Jolly Green Giant against the unworthy God of Thunder as we “Return to Planet Hulk!

And back in the old days, there's CAPTAIN AMERICA ANNUAL 1999 where Cap faces an old enemy with a new look and new mission, Flag-Smasher!

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Vamping until Tony Stark is ready

January 29, 2018

CHAMPIONS #16 makes it onto this list by having 1 page of Ironheart. They're having a membership drive but I don't think she'll join until #19.

AVENGERS #676 sneaks in by having Toni Ho billed as Iron Patriot. But all the Avengers get blown up at the end so who knows who'll be in the rest of the issues.

DARK AVENGERS #10-12 has the 1st Iron Patriot Norman Osborn and his crew getting outclassed by Molecule Man until Sentry realises he has the same power.

In the times of those comics Tony Stark is missing.

At least Tony's in CAPTAIN AMERICA (1998) #22 brought to us by Peter Silvestro, as the vibranium problem is solved and Cap gets his proper shield back.

And finally the real Iron Man is in T Vernon's IRON MAN (1968) #260 where he's beaten by Living Laser because the behind-the-scenes villains are remotely messing with his body.


4 Iron Ages

January 22, 2018

In PUNISHER #220 Punisher/War Machine continues his 1-man war on the Chenayan dictatorship, this time busting open detainment camps and fighting rogue SHIELD Agents.

Nearly all the current Avengers, including Iron Patriot Toni Ho, get assembled in AVENGERS #675 by a mystery woman when the Earth gets transported elsewhere.

We're back in 2009 in Dark Reign after 2 months of Avengers West Coast issues. I'm starting out easy with a single issue DARK AVENGERS #9. It's mainly Ares discovering his son is 1 of Nick Fury's Secret Warriors - and not being happy about it. Iron Patriot Norman Osborn is as usual my excuse to include this.

From 1999 Peter Silvestro contributes CAPTAIN AMERICA (1998) #21 within which Tony Stark explains that when Cap's shield was destroyed and rebuilt way back in Secret Wars I it gained a flaw in its vibranium which has now infected all the vibranium in the world causing bits to start to explode. When the mound in Wakanda goes it'll be bye-bye Earth.

T Vernon continues 1990's Armour Wars II in IRON MAN (1968) #259. It wasn't really the ghost of Titanium Man it was Living Laser in disguise. But there are 2 bigger villains manoeuvring in the background.


Introductions all round

January 21, 2018

INFINITY WARS: INFINTY sets up threads for Wolverine: Infinity Watch and the new Guardians Of The Galaxy series, including introducing a new character to hold the Time Stone.

IRONHEART #2 joins its stablemate Tony Stark: Iron Man in being much-delayed. Now it's here it drops the Ten Rings plotline in favour of a new shifty politician thing. But of course they may turn out to be connected.

Iron Man and Force Works intervene in a Balkan civil war in their #4-5, introducing Black Brigade and Ember on opposite sides.

And then in T Vernon's IRON MAN (1968) #307 Shellhead meets a new AI villain VOR/TEX (who admittedly has been behind the scenes in some previous issues).


Thor's Days Are Numbered!

January 18, 2018

Just out, THE MIGHTY THOR #703 shows us that while Thor may be mighty, Jane Foster is not, as the poignant tale of Thor's last days winds down!

And the new Marvel Legacy CAPTAIN AMERICA #697 pits Cap against the ever-popular Spidey foe Kraven the Hunter!

Meanwhile, heading back to 1999 CAPTAIN AMERICA (1998 series) #21 shows us the time when Cap's shield threatened the entire world with destruction! Not to mention the spectacular cover!

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Let's go back to the 90's

January 15, 2018

I have no new issue for you this week.

But in the early 90's Iron Man was involved in the end of the Pacific Overlords story in AVENGERS WEST COAST #72-74 and the rise of a new island nation Demonica.

Shellhead was very busy around this time. Among his apps between the Overlords and his own next issue the Marvel Chronology Project has IRON MAN: LEGACY OF DOOM #1-4 which T Vernon did a few months ago.

And now he gives us IRON MAN (1968) #258 which kicks off Armour Wars II with the ghost of Titanium Man - maybe.


I come back from my Xmas semi-layoff to find the old Iron Man Library site's gone!

January 8, 2018

Here's IRON MAN #595, better late than never. They're stretching this story out until #600, and it shows here. A large chunk of the issue is a delusion of the man who may be Tony Stark. Other subplots continue.

Stark cameos with shocking news he uncovered while investigating Cap's old shield (I think) in CAPTAIN AMERICA (1998) #20 brought to us by Peter Silvestro.

T Vernon has IRON MAN (1968) #257, another fill-in before next week when we'll get to Armour Wars II. The 1-off villain is Samurai Steel who shoots down North Korean missiles. Where is he when we need him now?! (Except for the invading bit.)

But before then Iron Man joins the Avengers West Coast for a long storyline called The Pacific Overlords. The 1st half is here in AWC #69-71. Dr Demonicus (previously best known for his involvement with Godzilla) heads a string of new villains (plus Sunfire). The AWC have help from a Spider-Woman (plus Sub-Mariner).


A Happy New Year to all our readers (yes, we do have more than 1)

January 1, 2018

The latest issue of Iron Man is out but I didn't go into the city this week so I don't yet have it.

I have to content myself with giving you PUNISHER #219 where Frank Castle as War Machine defends a farmer against Chernayan soldiers.

I also haven't written up any old issues again for this week.

But T Vernon saves the day again with IRON MAN (1968) #256. It's another 1-issue story but this 1 wraps up a subplot from some issues back about the Stark space station.

I've space again this week to mention things outside my Iron domain. CHAMPIONS #15 wraps up the Worlds Collide crossover with Avengers by bringing Viv Vision back to this world.

And Peter Silvestro ends the Red Skull/Korvac story in CAPTAIN AMERICA (1998) #19 where Sharon Carter doesn't react well to Cap telling her he loves her.


A Merry Christmas to our reader

December 25, 2017

The new Iron issue this week is MARVEL 2-IN-ONE #1, the 1st of 2 guesting Iron Doom. And the starring duo Human Torch and Thing start off on a quest to find the rest of the Fantastic Four and their family.

I've taken time off for Christmas so there are no old issues from me this time.

But nothing stops T Vernon from bringing you IRON MAN (1968) #255 - another single-issue tale where Iron Man and a new Crimson Dynamo swap minds.

Outside of the Iron spotlight I've done UNCANNY AVENGERS #30 where Captain America pops in for the last issue of his old team.

And Peter Silvestro has been busy this week. As well as continuing the 1998 Cap series with #18, with added Korvac, he's covered the new HULK #711 where Hulk meets Thor Odinson as gladiators and the new THOR #702 where Jane-Thor doesn't die yet.


Iron Man gets busy in the past as the currently IM-less Avengers clan gear up for their weekly event

December 18, 2017

US AVENGERS #12 has those wacky Skrulls imitating Earth movies/TV series again. It's the team's last issue and everything gets wrapped up before they get sucked into the Avengers weekly series.

Back in his original run Iron Man appeared in lots of stuff between his #253 and #254 including:-

The Terminus Factor event in 5 Annuals (Captain America An#9, IM An#11, Thor An#15, Avengers West Coast An#5 and Avengers An#19). Peter Silvestro wrote these up some years ago, and our hero is in all of them. Go to CA An#9 and follow the links.

AVENGERS WEST COAST #63 puts a final spotlight on the android Human Torch as he fights a new villain Living Lightning.

I've skipped #64-65 because Shellhead's not in them. #64 is a fill-in issue. #65 has a backup tale which writes HT out of the series, while the main part is an intro to the next storyline ...

... The Reaper And The Robot in #66-68 featuring a zombie Grim Reaper, and Ultron-13 infecting and infected by humanity.

Then T Vernon brings the Armoured Avenger back to IM(1968)#254 where a new Spymaster impersonates Santa Claus.

There's still no Iron person involved in the Avengers/Champions crossover but I've also contributed AVENGERS #674 where Viv Vision sacrifices her life to save 2 Earths.


2 Dooms for the price of 1

December 11, 2017

Title:- 2 Dooms for the price of 1 GWENPOOL #23 ends her fight with 2 Victor Von Dooms, the current Iron Man version and the old villainous Dr Doom (sort-of).

Peter Silvestro continues a Cap/Red Skull battle by Mark Waid and Andy Kubert in CAPTAIN AMERICA (1998) #16, where Tony Stark is still fiddling with Cap's broken shield.

In AVENGERS WEST COAST #60-62 Roy and Dann Thomas close down both of John Byrne's Scarlet Witch subplots with Magneto and Immortus. Next issue they can start on their own plots.

Then Shellhead moves back to his own series as T Vernon recounts IRON MAN (1968) #253, a fill-in issue by Danny Fingeroth. It's the 1st in a series of 1-off issues by different writers until John Byrne (him again) takes over for Armor Wars II.


Who let Punisher in here?

December 4, 2017

The surprise addition this week is the Marvel Legacy Punisher series starting with #218. Frank Castle earns a place in the Iron-sphere by wearing the War Machine armour, as Nick Fury Jr sends him after a military dictator.

Peter Silvestro continues to fill in a gap in the 1998 Captain America series with #15 which is the start of a new Red Skull epic, but also has a cameo from Iron Man with the broken pieces of Cap's shield.

I've given T Vernon the week off because there's a lot of Avengers West Coast issues to fit in between Iron Man #252 and #253.
#56-57 are the end of John Byrne's run and feature the team trying to pry an evil Scarlet Witch from the clutches of Magneto.
In fill-in issue #58 they get diverted from their task to deal with the effects of a man-made earthquake in Los Angeles.
I haven't done the 2nd fill-in #59 because it takes place in 1 of the alternate timelines that are being deleted by Immortus.
In next week's issues Roy&Dann Thomas will combine and resolve the Immortus/Magneto/Scarlet Witch plots.

Outside the Iron-sphere the current Avengers/Champions crossover continues in CHAMPIONS #14 where they learn that the High Evolutionary intends to destroy both Earth and Counter-Earth.


The Hulk! Better Late Than Never!

November 30, 2017

We've just added the details for THE INCREDIBLE HULK #709, first issue under the Marvel Legacy banner (no relation) and it's a doozy. Part one of Return to Planet Hulk sees the Hulk's return—but it's not the same old Hulk! This time it's Amadeus Cho as the green giant—will he have the ability to conquer this world as his predecessor once did? Or will he go down to defeat?

We've also got CAPTAIN AMERICA (1988 series) #15! The Red Skull, Cosmic Cube, America a fascist dictatorship, bad stuff foreseen on the Capitol steps, and Captain America responsible for it all? Why does all this seem familiar? Oh right, it's SECRET EMPIRE, about 2 decades early! See how this plot was handled in a previous century!


You can't keep good villains down

November 27, 2017

In the 2nd new Legacy issue INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #594 Ironheart and friends fight the Stark Industries board, and Iron Doom fights a lot of supervillains (including Chemistro and Wrecker in significant roles) that he arrested lately. But nobody does anything about finding Tony Stark.

And in the 2nd part of his Acts Of Vengeance tie-in IRON MAN (1968) #252 T Vernon tells us how Iron Man fought Chemistro (after fighting Wrecker last issue).

Then Shellhead moves over to AVENGERS WEST COAST #53-54 to fight more random AoV battles against the U-Foes and Mole-Man. But at least #55 is more significant as it's the wrap-up of the whole Event with lots of Avengers defeating Loki, the man behind it all. But he'll return immediately in the Thor series.

And in other news Peter Silvestro has documented the Red Skull's escape from his Cosmic Cube prison in CAPTAIN AMERICA (1998) #14.


The end of Utopia is the beginning

November 20, 2017

This week I give you US AVENGERS #11. I'm continuing with the last 2 issues of this series even though Toni Ho is no longer Iron Patriot. The team are off to rescue MIA member Cannonball from Archie Andrews (who to us British was a ventriloquist's dummy).

In Dark Reign the Utopia crossover ends with DARK AVENGERS/UNCANNY X-MEN: EXODUS. At last an actual fight between the 2 teams. Dani Moonstar has become Valkyrie again to defeat Ares. And Emma Frost persuades Sentry to quit the battle. After that the X-Men can't lose, and they live happily ever after on Utopia island.

T Vernon takes Iron Man into the Acts Of Vengeance event with IRON MAN (1968) #251. Shellhead only just survives the Wrecker but then Chemistro joins in.

In other news AVENGERS #673 continues the crossover with Champions as High Evolutionary explains some of what's going on.


Unbelievably ...

November 13, 2017

... this week's new Iron issue is GWENPOOL #22. Gwen Poole is a comics geek who's fallen into the Marvel Universe. Using her comics knowledge and the ability to step out of the panels, she's carving a place for herself. Now she goes after Victor Von Doom to prove herself worthy to be in the Avengers. But she doesn't know he's changed his spots and become Iron Doom.

Working backwards through time we come to UNCANNY X-MEN #514 and DARK AVENGERS #8 as the Utopia crossover continues. Cyclops prepares his masterplan and then we see the 2 main elements:- The raising of a sunken Asteroid M to be mutants' new homeland Utopia, and the rescue of Norman Osborn's mutant prisoners from Alcatraz. Plus the Dark X-Men break up.

Peter Silvestro provides IRON MAN & CAPTAIN AMERICA ANNUAL '98 as Steve Rogers and Tony Stark have a clash of ideologies while fighting AIM but come to respect each other's POV. (As Peter suggests, a pre-echo of Civil War I.)

And furthest back of all (in chronological content but not publication date) T Vernon finishes Iron Man: Legacy Of Doom with #4 as Iron Man and Dr Doom team up to save Earth from an extra-dimensional monster composed of eyeballs (that Doom had previously angered).


Continuing where we left off

November 6, 2017

Just old Iron Man-related stuff again.

The Utopia crossover continues in UNCANNY X-MEN #513 where Emma Frost meets her new Dark X-Men and adds Sub-Mariner to the ranks, and DARK AVENGERS #7 where they go on their 1st mission.

And T Vernon continues Iron Man: Legacy of Doom with #3 where Shellhead fights Dr Doom who has the sword Excalibur in order to win the sword's mystic scabbard.

But in the general arena I've continued the Worlds Collide crossover in CHAMPIONS #13 as the Avengers and Champions stop several large buildings vibrating to pieces, only to discover that the whole world is vibrating to somewhere else.


3 armoured warriors from the past

October 30, 2017

Just 2 old issues of Iron interest this week.

In DARK AVENGERS/UNCANNY X-MEN: UTOPIA Norman Osborn takes advantage of conflict between X-Men and anti-mutant protesters to declare martial law in San Francisco and as Iron Patriot bring in his Dark Avengers.

T Vernon does IRON MAN: LEGACY OF DOOM #2. Iron Man breaks out of Hell but Dr Doom gets Morgana Le Fey to mystically fuse Excalibur into his armour.

But elsewhere I've added the new Avengers Legacy title AVENGERS #672, the start of the crossover with Champions, and NEW AVENGERS (2005) #55, slightly connected to the Utopia story.


What's all this about legacy?

October 23, 2017

Our Marvel Legacy series begins with INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #593. The previous Invincible and Infamous titles live on in this 1 with artists Stefano Caselli and Alex Maleev handling the pages for their own characters. I wonder how long that can last? Will Ironheart and Iron Doom never meet? Meanwhile Tony Stark's body has gone and someone is putting on his armour.

T Vernon has just finished IM#249-250 which was the 2nd story in what has become known as the Camelot Trilogy. The 1st tale was in #149-150. Unfortunately the original Iron Man series never reached #349-350, but much later the IM: Legacy of Doom miniseries provided the 3rd leg. It's set back in this period of Tony Stark's life, so TV has decided to write it up now. Here's #1.

While T is doing that I'll be reporting on the Dark Avengers/X-Men: Utopia crossover event. Starting with DARK X-MEN: THE BEGINNING #1-3 - the miniseries which shows Norman Osborn recruiting his Dark X-Men. But it doesn't involve the word 'legacy'.


Back to the future

October 16, 2017

I've no new titles to report on this week, so it's back to the past.

In AVENGERS: INITIATIVE #28 Norman Osborn's grip on the Initiative starts to slip as the Nevada Heavy Hitters team quit, helped by Tigra's Avengers Resistance.

And T Vernon does IRON MAN (1968) #250 where Iron Man and Dr Doom have been taken to the future by Merlin to aid reincarnated King Arthur against an older Doom and an evil future Iron Man descendant of Tony Stark.


Everybody's leaving (except Sam Wilson)

October 9, 2017

The US Avengers start to break up in their #10. Sunspot resigns, Gen'l Maverick can't be Red Hulk anymore, Toni Ho's giving up being Iron Patriot, the Government want to deport Enigma, and nobody believes Squirrel Girl could really have done all the things in her comics. But at least Smasher turns up to say Cannonball's still alive.

In the historical section we finish off Atlantis Attacks. I've added comments to Seahammer's THOR ANNUAL #14 where Thor and Dr Strange kick the demon Set out of our dimension. And then everybody gangs together in FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #22 to free the 7 Brides from Ghaur and Llyra, who also disappear.

Then Iron Man goes back to his own series in IRON MAN (1968) #249 to battle Dr Doom over a pair of mysterious artefacts, which ends with them transported to another time as they'll discover next issue. T Vernon's on the case.

In this new site it's easier for me to mention that I've also contributed AVENGERS #11 to the Captain America and Thor sections. Jane-Thor stops Sam-Cap, who's now gone back to being Sam-Falcon, from resigning as leader of the now homeless team.


Triple whammy

October 2, 2017

This week we have synopses for issues from 3 different Iron Man series (but only 1 of them starring Tony Stark).

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #11 does at least feature Tony in flashbacks as Riri Williams and Mary Jane Watson reveal that they each actually met Stark well before their official introductions. And then AI Friday takes us into the Legacy era when she discovers comatose Tony is missing.

INFAMOUS IRON MAN #12 ignores Stark completely as it concludes the pre-Secret Empire storyline of Iron Doom and Mephisto. But it sows a couple of seeds to grow during Legacy.

These are both the last issues of their series before the Legacy Invincible Iron Man title starts with #593.

And Peter Silvestro brings us MARVEL LEGACY itself. The main line is a story spanning the past million years involving a Celestial, Asgardians, an Infinity Stone, the Avengers 1,000,000 BC and the return of Wolverine (and maybe of Franklin and Valeria Richards). But there are also pages hinting at the upcoming stories in the Legacy titles, including the search for the missing Tony Stark. And Ironheart gets to play Avenger with Sam-Cap and Jane-Thor.

The original Shellhead is of course in T Vernon's IRON MAN (1968) #248 where paralysed Tony Stark walks again ...

... just in time to take part in 2 of the Atlantis Attacks annuals. AVENGERS ANNUAL #18 has a shedload of Avengers fighting Atlanteans invading the US. And AVENGERS WEST COAST ANNUAL #4 has a cut-down group trying to rescue the 7 Brides of Set and stop that demon manifesting on Earth.


Team-ups great and small

September 25, 2017

It's another of those weeks where I have no new comics to report on. (Invincible Iron Man #11 came out but I didn't go to Liverpool this week.)

Meanwhile Dark Reign ambles on with MIGHTY AVENGERS #30-31 where we find loads of Avengers from different teams assembling to fight the Unspoken who wants to turn humanity into Alpha Primitives. (But Norman Osborn won't let the Dark Avengers play.)

T Vernon and IRON MAN (1968) #247 give us Iron Man and Gray Hulk separately caught up in the war between Madame Masque & the Maggia and AIM & Hydra.

They then team up to continue the fight in HULK (1968) #361 which Julio Molina-Muscara briefly synopsised a long time ago.


The once and future Tony Stark

September 18, 2017

In GENERATIONS: IRON MAN & IRONHEART Ironheart gets sent to the future not the past, and meets Tony Stark Sorcerer Supreme not Iron Man.

Peter Silvestro *really* concludes Secret Empire with SE: OMEGA as good Captain America visits bad Cap in prison and we get some clues about upcoming developments.

As SE is wrapped up I've completed and reorganised my tie-in comments in SE#0-8. (SE#9&10 don't have any tie-in issues.)

In Dark Reign's AVENGERS: INITIATIVE #26 we meet some of Norman Osborn's new Initiative teams, and the Avengers Resistance go into action.

And in IRON MAN (1968) #246 T Vernon brings us the start of a 3 (or 4) part arc featuring a war between AIM, Hydra and the Maggia.


Atlanteans keep attacking

September 11, 2017

It's a quiet week in Iron-land now Secret Empire is over, so I've only got old issues to give you.

In Dark Reign's DARK AVENGERS #5-6 Norman Osborn gives a TV interview, Marvel Boy quits after he discovers that his teammates aren't the good guys, and Sub-Mariner quits the Cabal when Sentry/Void kills some Atlantean terrorists who have invaded Los Angeles.

Even further back T Vernon synopses IRON MAN (1968) ANNUAL #10, the 2nd part of the Atlantis Attacks crossover event. Iron Man and Namor team-up against Attuma's Atlantean invaders in Panama, and Subby appears to get killed.


Everything comes in 2's

September 4, 2017

Peter Silvestro concludes Secret Empire with SE#10 as good Captain America fights bad Cap and Kobik puts nearly everything right. Except it seems that Black Widow and Rick Jones are still dead.

INFAMOUS IRON MAN #11 reveals that Mephisto is behind the return of Doom's mother, and his motives aren't good.

In T Vernon's IRON MAN (1968) #245 we get the return of Madame Masque - or do we because another Madame Masque is found dead?

And then Mephisto is in AVENGERS WEST COAST #50-52 as well as it turns out that Scarlet Witch's 2 children were really just fragments of the demon. Oh, and Iron Man returns to the team.


Replacements galore

August 28, 2017

The wider view from the Iron throne.

Peter Silvestro is here again with SECRET EMPIRE #9. The good guys continue to win, including deconstructing the Hydra Avengers. Kobik seems to have the good Steve Rogers ready to bring him back. But his replacement Hydra-Cap gains a god-like power.

US AVENGERS #9 is an SE tie-in where the split team also win their fights against Hydra. But is Tony Ho going to change from Iron Patriot to another super-id?

Dark Reign's NEW AVENGERS (2005) #51-54 has Brother Voodoo replacing Dr Strange as Sorcerer Supreme. Oh, and the team fight demon-Hood and Madame Masque. Only #54 has Norman Osborn/Iron Patriot in, but in the new system my report isn't so directly connected to the Iron family.

There's yet another replacement Iron Man, but it doesn't take long for crippled Tony Stark to get back in the armour in IRON MAN (1968) #244, brought to us as usual by T Vernon.


The Queen abdicates

August 21, 2017

In Iron news this week:-

In INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #10 Ironheart resigns as Queen of Latveria but not before making everything OK.

I've added more comments on Secret Empire tie-ins in SE #1,2,8.

In MIGHTY AVENGERS (2007) #24 the team go on a world tour of super-problem outbreaks, much to the annoyance of Norman Osborn.

And in IRON MAN (1968) #243 T Vernon shows us the effects of Tony Stark getting shot.


Hydra's on the ropes. Yay! Tony gets shot. Boo!

August 14, 2017

I haven't got any new issues for this week but Peter Silvestro comes to the rescue with 2 from Secret Empire.

In CAPTAIN AMERICA #25 Steve-Cap's Hydra successfully attack Wakanda and the mutants in New Tian. But Sam-Cap and the Stark AI get a new fragment of the Cosmic Cube.

Then there's SE #8. Suddenly everything starts going right. The Darkforce Dome and the Planetary Shield are destroyed and the Chitauri invasion is repulsed.

And both issues reveal that Bucky Barnes is alive and working with Sub-Mariner.

The Dark Reign saga continues with THUNDERBOLTS #133 as Norman Osborn recruits a new Scourge, Songbird flies back into action and we learn that Black Widow is working for Nick Fury.

Further back in the past T Vernon's IRON MAN (1968) #242 has Mandarin fighting in a new suit of armour. And obsessive Kathy Dare shoots Tony Stark.


This week's guests, the Pretenders

August 7, 2017

In INFAMOUS IRON MAN #10 Iron Doom has a nice chat with his dead mother. And then things go wrong because she may not be who she claims to be.

THUNDERBOLTS #130-131 is part of a Dark Reign crossover with Deadpool, who thinks Norman Osborn owes him for enabling him to be the hero of Secret Invasion. Plus Taskmaster pretends to be another DP, and DP himself has a crush on Black Widow.

Peter Silvestro has completed filling in the missing synopses for the long initial Captain America series. I reckon T Vernon has 1/4 left to do for the Iron Man series. This week he reaches IRON MAN (1968) #241. Mandarin's back again, but this time he's disguised as a businessman named Zhang Tong who's delegated the ring-using to a set of underlings.


Secret Empire is like buses - if 1 is delayed then 2 come in quick succession

July 31, 2017

View from the Iron throne:-

Peter Silvestro moves quickly to SECRET EMPIRE #7. Spider-Man (Miles Morales) doesn't quite kill Captain America (Steve Rogers) as predicted by Ulysses' vision. And Black Widow dies in the attempt. Deaths like this just tell me that the Cosmic Cube will resurrect everybody in the end, or even make the whole thing to not have happened.

I've added more comments on tie-ins to SE#1, #3 and #7 itself.

In US AVENGERS #8 Iron Patriot has to get sneaky to save Citizen V/Sunspot's life.

Ironheart guest stars in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #2. But so does Peter Parker's sister!

THUNDERBOLTS #128-129 introduces us to the new Dark Reign Thunderbolts as Norman Osborn launches a scam to convince the President that he's no longer Green Goblin.

T Vernon marches on to IRON MAN (1968) #240 where Iron Man defeats Ghost with the untrustworthy help of Blacklash, Blizzard and Boomerang.


Cap vs Iron Man Round N (I've lost count)

July 24, 2017

News from the Iron camp.

So now Peter Silvestro *can* give us SECRET EMPIRE #6. Hydra and Hulk demolish the Underground HQ, ending in yet another clash between Captain America and Iron Man (the AI version this time).

The 3 weeks of tie-ins I can describe this time all fit within SE#0-5.

Meanwhile (in publishing terms) in INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #9 Ironheart defeats Lucia Von Bardas and becomes Queen of Latveria.

Back in Dark Reign I finish updating the Comments to War Machine vol 2 with #11-12. In the final arc Norman Osborn has James Rhodes prosecuted for war crimes but in the end Rhodey is free with a cloned body in place of his cyborg 1.

And T Vernon takes us back to IRON MAN (1968) #239. Why does Shellhead agree to oppose the Ghost for his old enemy Justin Hammer?


What, no Secret Empire?

July 17, 2017

No new issues this week, partly because Secret Empire #6 has been delayed until next week, but also because I didn't get to Liverpool this week. We'll have to make do with 2 issues from the past.

Dark Reign continues with AVENGERS: INITIATIVE #25. Norman Osborn tries to get heroes to serve in his Initiative with mixed success - including triggering the formation of the Avengers Resistance.

T Vernon presents IRON MAN (1968) #238 where Iron Man fights Rhino while several subplots bubble underneath.


2 Iron Patriots but only 1 Iron Man

July 10, 2017

US AVENGERS #7 is a Secret Empire tie-in where Iron Patriot and Red Hulk are captured by Hydra in the battle for Washington, and Enigma and Squirrel Girl teleport to Paris where they join the French Resistance, er ... Champions of Europe.

I've updated comments on WAR MACHINE (2009) #6-10, the Homeland arc where Rhodey and some fellow ex-West Coast Avengers face Ultimo and a different Iron Patriot (Norman Osborn).

And T Vernon takes us back to simpler times in IRON MAN (1968) #237 where Iron Man has to fight an evolving alien on a space station.


3 Iron Man titles this time but he's only in the oldest 1

July 3, 2017

Peter Silvestro has delivered SECRET EMPIRE #5 in which AI Tony Stark's Underground team give up and return with only 2 fragments of the Cosmic Cube. Mockingbird betrays them and Hydra comes for them with a secret weapon - Bruce Banner.

I've added yet more comments on tie-ins to the SE issues so far.

My 2-weekly journey to Liverpool has this week netted me both current Iron-issues.

In INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #8 Ironheart is sent by Sharon Carter of SHIELD to confront Lucia Von Bardas in Latveria.

And in INFAMOUS IRON MAN #9 she captures Dr Doom in Latveria and brings him back to Carter. And these 2 stories have nothing to do with each other.

For Dark Reign I've just done updated comments again, this time in WAR MACHINE (2009) #1-5 where James Rhodes and his team contend with the Ultimo virus.

T Vernon's IRON MAN (1968) #236 concludes the Grey Gargoyle story and all the petrified women are restored to health.


Tony Stark a rebel in 2 eras

June 26, 2017

The Secret Empire bandwagon keeps trundling on as Peter Silvestro brings us SE: UNDERGROUND. Following on from SE#4 the Tony Stark AI's team leave Ultron in the Arctic to gain another Cosmic Cube fragment in the Savage Land (in the Antarctic).

My contribution to Dark Reign this week is just some updated comments for IRON MAN (2008) #8-13 as Shellhead goes on the run from Norman Osborn's forces.

And T Vernon's IRON MAN (1968) #235 is the opening of a 2-parter featuring Grey Gargoyle turning terrified women into stone statues. This was published as slasher movies were passing their high point.


Teams and team-ups

June 19, 2017

Peter Silvestro gives us 2 Secret Empire goodies this week:-

In SE#4 both sides have sent teams after Cosmic Cube fragments. Ultron/Hank Pym kidnaps them and tells them off, then gives his fragment to the Resistance out of sympathy for the underdogs.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON #23 tells us how Sam helped AI Iron Man's team get where they were going, and got carried along with them.

I've added tie-in comments to all SE issues.

Resolutely still before SE (but only until next issue) AVENGERS (2016) #8 has new pal Iron Doom called in to help them against Avenger X.

In Dark Reign MIGHTY AVENGERS (2007) #21-23 has what looks like Scarlet Witch recruit a new team of Avengers to save the world from Chthon.

And back in simpler times T Vernon tells us how IRON MAN (1968) #234 Shellhead teamed up with Spider-Man for a romp with Radioactive Man.


Stuck in the past again

June 12, 2017

We've just got 3 layers of past Iron Man-ical history to report on this week.

In 2009's Dark Reign it's *maniacal* history as Iron Patriot confronts the Young Avengers in DR:YA#4-5.

In the 1990's Peter Silvestro tells us how Tony Stark creates an armour to support Captain America's weakened body in CA (1968) #438.

And T Vernon takes us back to the 80's where IM (1968) #233 introduces us to Kathy Dare who will be a deadly new girlfriend for Tony.


Twists and turns

June 5, 2017

Peter Silvestro follows the latest Event in SECRET EMPIRE #3. Ironheart is part of Black Widow's young team. But this issue follows many other strands including showing us Sam Wilson smuggling people out of Hydra's USA.

PS also gives us SE: UPRISING where Widow's team are out to assassinate Steve Rogers. So of course Amadeus Cho and Nadia Pym infiltrate Hydra's youth choir.

I've added details of tie-ins to SE#0,2,3.

Probably before SE, Ironheart is also in INFAMOUS IRON MAN #8 where she chats with Iron Doom, as Ben Grimm chats with Reed Richards (not knowing he's really the evil Maker). And at the end Tony Stark turns up possibly as a future Sorcerer Supreme.

In Dark Reign FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2009: AVENGERS tells us how the New Avengers have to team up with the Dark Avengers to face Thor's enemy Ymir who's got hold of Odin's Twilight Sword.

T Vernon has the postscript to Armour Wars in IM (1968) #232 (pencilled by Barry Windsor-Smith) as Tony Stark wrestles with guilt, not for what he did during AW but for what the villains had done with his technology.


2 Iron Men, 2 Iron Patriots, 1 Iron Doom

May 29, 2017

AVENGERS (2016) #7 ignores Secret Empire and tells us how Iron Dr Doom recruits the Avengers because he needs young Nadia Pym to infiltrate a girls' training camp to uncover occult goings-on. But also to check her out to see if she's a mad scientist he'll have to put down.

US AVENGERS #6 is set during SE#0 where Hydra assassinate Sunspot and set Red Hulk against the rest of the team. Iron Patriot (Toni Ho) is in there.

I'm continuing my wander through Dark Reign using appearances of Iron Patriot (Norman Osborn) to justify including them in this Library. This week it's DR: YOUNG AVENGERS #2-3 where the team try to deal with a rival group using their name. Osborn isn't exactly behind these imposters, but he plans to capitalize on their actions.

T Vernon does IM (1968) #231 where Tony Stark 'kills off' the old Iron Man in the Silver Centurion suit, who'd been doing all those naughty things in Armour Wars, and introduces a 'new' IM back in red & gold. Are we fooled?