Saturday, August 31, 2013

Comic Book Moments of the Week for 08/28/2013


A hot holiday weekend for those of us in North America, but let's all take the time to cool down with a frosty keg of Moments of the Week! An extra sized helping of issues this week as the New Avengers confronts Thanos' minions, Trinity War ends only to jump into the next event, Captain America can't catch a break, and a miniature Hellboy arrives. Lots more, so hit the jump to see what's what.


Avengers Arena #14




Cullen's history, explained through the magic of flashback. Looks like Ulysses let him grow up a few years before tossing him to the monsters like he did Elsa. Meanwhile, the story finally arrives to the first pages of issue #1, when X-23 was in a trigger scent rage and attacking Hazmat. Turns out Arcade has sprayed the whole area with the scent:
 




Batman Inc. Special #1



Bat-Cow averts a cowtastrophe.



Batman/Superman #3


In this alternate universe, Bruce and Clark meet as kids, and become best friends for over twenty years. Meanwhile the government was hoarding a special super powered crystal in case Superman went evil, and we find out what Kaiyo has been trying to do:


Seeing how this takes place in the past, it probably doesn't bode well for this other world when it comes to Darkseid.



Captain America #10



Rick Remender just doesn't like keeping people alive, does he? Cap escapes but then turns back into Dimension Z but seconds on Earth meant years, and we see no sign of Sharon. But this is comics, so no body, no death (and even with a body, death isn't certain). Meanwhile, and epilogue:


Ian seems to live out his life cleaning up Zola's mess, since he's probably dead by now with the time-dilation stuff.



Flash #23

Iris develops speedforce powers, but why? Why?



That's why. Daniel West was seen in Flash #0 being arrested and trying to make a break from the police station, only for Barry to stop him. Looks like there's the motivation...



Itty Bitty Hellboy #1



Just like Tiny Titans or Superman Family Adventures, the kid-friendly take on Hellboy and company is fun for everyone. Even Roger shows up to just sit in the bushes.



Justice League #23



Cyborg's robot self removes from its host, creating a new enemy AI called Grid. And then The Butler appears to activate Pandora's Box, a device that only he could open because it came from his world, the birthplace of evil....


Aquaman there was also from Earth-3, but seemed to die as he was the first to make his way through the portal (more likely Ultraman killed him or someone else stabbed him in the back). Atom is actually Atomica, an enemy who leaped through a portal five years earlier with The Butler and infiltrated the Justice League. So now we have Forever Evil coming our way with a slew of villain issues next month.



New Avengers #9



Looks like Wakanda should have never declared war, huh? I wish they showed T'Challa's fight against Black Dwarf (Black Panther.....Black Dwarf.....no way....) but the rest of the issue shows the other members of the Cull Obsidian fighting other members of the Illuminati.



Scarlet Spider #21



Turns out that cellular degeneration was just brought on by being poisoned. I think this is the third hunt between Kraven and Kaine?



Thor: God of Thunder #12

A nice "day in the life of Thor" issue, but that's not all:



Thor and Jane go chill on the Moon and talk some more. I get the good vibes the story tries to convey here, but this is always where it gets tricky when it comes to the Marvel Universe trying to stay too close to the real world. Would mutants with healing powers not count as earth medicine?



Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #20

Ambulon will live on as some wicked cool particle guns then.



From what I have been able to look up there are two ways cybertronians are made: forged or cold constructed. The former means unique, like a custom made car, while the latter means being made from common parts. Let me know if this is correct.



Ultimate Spider-Man #26

Turns out Molly's mom was a Roxxon experiment on creating humans with powers and fifteen years ago she escaped with her daughter still in her womb:


Ultimate Taskmaster seems like a cross between Punisher and Casey Jones from TMNT, that's believable.



Uncanny Avengers #11

A mutant rapture, what will Wanda choose? Meanwhile, the Sentry still seems as crazy as ever:




Dun dun dun......



Uncanny X-Men #11

Fabio uses his incredibly weird power for good, and along with Magneto the sentinel is destroyed:





Young Avengers #9

That's not the last we'll see of Leah, I'm sure. The group turns back to help Hulkling and Prodigy, and bring some friends to meet Mother:


In the end the two are rescued and the group returns to their Earth but Speed is still lost out there. Meanwhile, Teddy tells Billy he needs some time to clear his head, so the two are on a break.


This won't end well.


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9 comments:

maybetoby said...

Farewell Batman Incorporated, you will be missed :(

The "other world" in Batman/Superman is Earth 2, and we already saw how the invasion played out in Earth 2 #1.

Love how the Outsider is the villain in Trinity War. The character of the Outsider was originally conceived as an evil alter ego for Alfred way back in Detective Comics #356 (1966). So it's fitting that he's the butler to Owlman in the New 52. Also explains how he got into the Batcave to steal the kryptonite.

"Forged" Transformers are those whose sparks were grown naturally from the metal of Cybertron or one of its moons, while Transformers "constructed cold" were created using energy from another's spark. This process, in turn, is revealed to be another name for spark splicing, a population-enhancement program introduced by Nova Prime, mentioned in More than Meets the Eye #11. Tyrest views the "constructed cold" Cybertronians as an abomination and is seeking to wipe them out with his killswitch. If you got questions about Transformers, I got answers :)

Is the bad guy and the end of Uncanny X-Men supposed to be someone recognizable?

Mark Reilly said...

Uncanny's Big Bad is supposedly an existing villain that's part of Bendis' latest Master Plan™. So he either left clues to the villain's identity in a long-ago Daredevil comic, or on the coffee shop napkin from when he got the idea last Tuesday.

maybetoby said...

Yeah, apparently he was on the teaser cover of New Avengers #1 (vol. 1) way back when.

http://www.newsarama.com/18806-uncanny-x-men-s-surprise-return-villain-part-of-bendis-s-master-plan.html

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