Jimmy Attempts To Read All Of Secret Wars 54 (House Of M Edition)

house_of_m_1_w_text

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.

Remember the tie-in series to the original House of M where Peter Parker was a famous actor and businessman, believed by the world to be a mutant and happily married to Gwen Stacy?  Yeah, go read that instead.  But if you insist, after the break I’ll look at House of M: Battleworld Edition.
Continue reading Jimmy Attempts To Read All Of Secret Wars 54 (House Of M Edition)

Advertisements

Slightly Misplaced Comic Book Hero Case Files #53: Strong Guy

"Why lift weights when you can bend them?"
“Why lift weights when you can bend them?”

One of the mainstays of the superhero team is that someone is the member with superhuman strength.  There may be more than one, but there is always at least one member of the team that is the team’s muscle, usually physically larger than the rest, and the one sent in when the team just needs someone pounded into dust.

That’s actually how today’s entry got his superhero name.

Continue reading Slightly Misplaced Comic Book Hero Case Files #53: Strong Guy

Jimmy Attempts To Read All Of Secret Wars Part Seventeen (Last Days Edition)

captain-america-and-the-mighty-avengers-9

Marvel’s Last Days branded Secret Wars tie-ins are supposed to give us the stories surrounding “What will our heroes do with their final hours before it all ends?”  Unfortunately, most of these books have very little to do with Secret Wars.  While some deal with the final incursion and its affect on people across the globe, most just deal with wrapping up storylines from each solo title.

After the break I’ll look at Captain America and the Mighty Avengers #9, Punisher #19, Punisher #20, Ms. Marvel #16, Magneto #19, Magneto #20 and Black Widow #19 and their wildly varying degrees of tying into the main event.

Also, if you are like me and haven’t read all of Johnathon Hickman’s Avengers run leading up to Secret Wars, be sure to take Tom’s Road To Secret Wars course at gabbinggeekuniversity.com.  The reading materials are online here: Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,7.

And that course is a prerequisite to the other parts of this series: 1, 2, 34, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 1415, 16

Continue reading Jimmy Attempts To Read All Of Secret Wars Part Seventeen (Last Days Edition)

Jimmy Attempts To Read All Of Secret Wars Part Two

secret_wars_2

I’m back baby!  With a completely dated look at all things Secret Wars.  In this part we’ll examine Secret Wars #2, and two “Last Days” issues: Captain America And The Mighty Avengers #8 and Magneto #18.

Also, if you are like me and haven’t read all of Johnathon Hickman’s Avengers run leading up to Secret Wars, be sure to take Tom’s Road To Secret Wars course at gabbinggeekuniversity.com.  The reading materials are online here: Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six and Part Seven.

And that course is a prerequisite to the other parts of this series: Part One

Continue reading Jimmy Attempts To Read All Of Secret Wars Part Two

He’s Back! Do You Really Care How? The Death And Rebirth of Colossus

I think he forgot a parachute here.
I think he forgot a parachute here.

Most big comics crossovers and story lines generally promise a death.  Most of the time, the death is someone nobody really cares about.  The death could be someone who rejoined the group after a sufficiently long absence, or some minor character, or someone no one really got around to liking anyway.  Sometimes readers can even eliminate a few contenders by looking to see which characters have solo books that aren’t being canceled anytime soon.  And sometimes the death is something even readers know won’t last very long, since the story itself seems to have set up a return somewhere along the line.

Then, occasionally, there’s a death that seems to come out of nowhere to a character people largely love, and in a way that just seems really cheap, with no clear path to return the character to the land of the living.  One such death would be when Colossus was killed off in the pages of Uncanny X-Men.

Continue reading He’s Back! Do You Really Care How? The Death And Rebirth of Colossus