Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde is a middle of the pack Secret Wars tie-in. Currently ranked 22nd in our Power Rankings, it is not a bad read, but doesn’t do much to stand out. What does make this series a bit unique is that the Star-Lord featured here is the actual, genuine, 100% original Star-Lord from the 616 Marvel Universe. Outside of the main series, very few of the life raft survivors have appeared anywhere, let alone had their own series. I’ll take a spoiler-y look at this series after the cut.
The Secret Wars version of Infinity Gauntlet has pretty much nothing to do with the original series from 1991. It has Thanos and Infinity Stones and multiple Infinity Gauntlets, but that is where the similarities end. Not that that is a bad thing, just a public service message that you don’t need to read the original to read this. (Though you should, as it is a classic.)
The Secret Wars version of Infinity Gauntlet also has pretty much nothing to do with Secret Wars. I know Ryan, in particular, really dug the disconnected, What If?-ness of most of the tie-ins, but as a sucker for chronology, they really bugged me. Why couldn’t this series tie into the main book? Thanos is one of the key characters there…this book takes place South of The Shield…where Thanos is banished to at one point, etc.
Ah well, I need to let it go. That said, this is a great stand alone little mini-series. I previously looked at issues #1 and #2, so after the cut I will finish my look at this series with Infinity Gauntlet #3, Infinity Gauntlet #4 and Infinity Gauntlet #5.
I was recently writing up my walk through for Secret Wars #6 and when I reached the end I flipped the page to see a preview of the cover for issue #7. I had seen it before. But as it sat there before my eyes, the longer I looked at it, the cooler I realized it was. “Is that the Lou Ferrigno Hulk? Forbush Man?? Goose Rider???” What was going on with this cover?
It seems the Marvel multiverse is back and they are not happy with one Victor Von Doom. After the cut, check out the full cover and our best guesses at who’s who. We’ve identified must, but there are a couple we need your help with. So get your Marvel dukes shined up and have a look…
I’ve never cared much about the Inhumans. And I’m willing to bet if Marvel had the movie and tv rights to the X-Men, we wouldn’t be seeing the massive Inhumans push from them that we are seeing today. High profile comic launches, essentially the entire season two and looks like season three storylines of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and a major motion picture in 2019 (which seems way too far off and they should be capatilizing on what they are setting up with AoS now, but anyway…), everything is coming up Inhumans.
After the cut I’ll look at the first four issues of Inhumans series from this beast of an event called Secret Wars. It’s another of those series I had little interest in, but turned out to be quite good. (Currently holding the number ten spot on our Secret Wars Power Rankings.)
Much like my trip through DC’s Convergence, I’ve fallen woefully behind schedule. At the very least I am caught up on reading everything. Writing about them is another story. I’ve also been pretty busy with our latest pet project: The Secret Wars Power Rankings.
After the break I’ll take a look at Infinity Gauntlet #2, Weirdworld #1, Weirdworld #2, Red Skull #1, Ultimate End #3 and very briefly touch on Giant Size Little Marvel AVX #1, Giant Size Little Marvel AVX #2 and Giant Size Little Marvel AVX #3.
This week the podcast came out a day early, but I got a new Kindle Fire and don’t know yet how to download the show before going to work to listen during my lunch break. And no, downloading at work isn’t an option. Because reasons. There are some, but I won’t go into them. Anyway, here’s the podcast reaction.
I don’t really have anything else to add to the discussion of The Martian. It’s a great book, and I gave a SPOILER-FREE review for it elsewhere. Like right here.
Instead, let’s talk about how to make a good villain.
We’ve heard the stories of Marvel contracts requiring multiple appearances but this is the first time we’ve had confirmation that Chris Pratt is signed up to more than just the Guardians sequel. In the GQ interview with Pratt, he confirmed that
“…I’m tied to doing three more, or five more,Guardians of the Galaxy or whatever it is, you know, two more Guardians plus another couple…”
Hmmm…two more Guardians of the Galaxy movies, plus another couple films (Infinity War? Something else?)? Or maybe he just has some mad #jennymath skills and he’s only doing one more Guardians movie. We’ll find out.
Chris Pratt is sexy as hell as Star-Lord, and you know who is giving him a run for his money? Cosplayer Chris Jones, because just LOOK at his Star-Lord! Beautiful! Photo credit goes to Lee Faircloth & Chris Parkes.
I wrote last week in my unofficial “comic book character who died and sometimes got better” weekly column about Drax the Destoryer. I mentioned that Drax died in a place called “the Cancerverse” but didn’t go into great detail on what that was.
You know what? That storyline provides some good fodder for one of the few deaths Marvel Comics just will not reverse: Mar-vell, Kree captain and champion of the living and the original opponent to all things Thanos.