Extremely late, but I am contractually obligated to bring you the penultimate post in my Secret Wars read through. In this installment we’ll turn the clocks back to 2005 and visit a domain based on the mega House of M event.
I’m a fan of the X-Men films, but the first trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse had me concerned. The commercial that aired during the Super Bowl has restored some of that faith. It looks much better than the trailer. You’ve probably seen it by now, but if not, watch it after the break.
No theme to this post, just trying to clue up some odds and ends. After the cut I will take a look at series final issues: Red Skull #3, Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #4-5, Captain Marvel And The Carol Corps #3-4 and Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars #4
Last week, I covered a character that was mostly used by one creator during a comic run for a team book. That was DC’s Faith. It seems only fair to do that again this week for Marvel. Only this time, the creator in question was writing that team for a very, very long time.
This may also just be a retcon gone wrong. This week, we’re looking at Sage.
As a comic geek it is probably a bit surprising that I never read the original Age of Apocalypse when itcame out in 1995-1996. That was a time period where I had started to move away from comics. Partly because of other interests and partly financially, my time and money was getting funneled into girls, university, girls, music, food, transportation, girls and did I mention girls?
To this day I still haven’t read it, but I have read the Secret Wars version of Age Of Apocalypse which I will take a spoilery look at after the break.
The end is near for Secret Wars (well, there is still a month to go), but not for my write ups. Sigh. So much to do. Anyway, last week finally saw the release of Secret Wars #7 Part Two aka Secret Wars #8. I believe that only leaves the following for this long, long event:
Ultimate End #5 – December 16th Secret Wars #9 – January 13th, 2016
After the break I’ll take a look at that penultimate Secret Wars issue as well as play some catch-up with the following books: Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars #3, Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #3, Red Skull #2, Silver Surfer #15 and X-Men ’92 (Infinite) #6
Apocalypse is a great X-Men villain. And I really enjoyed X-Men: First Class and loved X-Men: Days of Future Past. But I’m not sure what to make of this first trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse. Nothing really grabs me about it and I hate the look of Apocalypse. Maybe you’ll feel differently.
That said, I’m sure I’ll be seeing it in the theaters come May 27, 2016.
Marvel has really gotten a lot out of a story line that was surprisingly only two issues of Uncanny X-Men back in 1981. The Chris Claremont/John Byrne classic has spawned numerous spinoffs and tie-ins and of course the best X-Men movie.
(On a side note, the “future” in the original story was 2013. Man I’m old.)
Unfortunately, we also got the Secret Wars tie-in/sequel Years of Future Past. I currently have it ranked as 47th out of 50 in our Secret Wars Power Rankings. Tom would place it last. As might Ryan if he hadn’t stopped reading it in disgust. I’ve already looked at issue 1 and after the break I will finish the series with Years of Future Past #2-#5.
Many of the Secret Wars tie-ins have familiar names like Infinity Gauntlet, Planet Hulk and Civil War. For most of the series with names you have heard of before, reading the original series is not usually required. I found E Is For Extinction to be the opposite of that.
While I guess I cannot really say because I haven’t read the original run by Grant Morrison, I really felt like I was missing something with this series. Not that I couldn’t understand it, but for 4 issues I felt like there was an inside joke that I was missing out on. Tom Kelly has also made some comments about them nailing the tone and feel of the run.
After the cut I’ll take a spoilery look at E Is For Extinction #1 thru #4. For those that have read Morrison’s run, feel free to jump in and let me know what I’m missing, or what would help me understand this series better.
Wonderful artist Mike Mitchell imagines numerous Marvel characters in GIF-like portrait paintings. I like how all of the characters are captured in profile perspective…except for one uncooperative character… Some really talented work here.