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Marvel Noise Episode 43

Welcome to the ‘no-frills’ edition of Marvel Noise. After the host says “hello”, we get Bring ‘em Back, the Mighty Marvel Movie Minute, a gem from the Comic Book Bunker rises to the surface, Marvel Unbound, and pirated edition of Marvel Tales.

I want to thank everyone for sending in contributions. It’s been a rough and tough summer and Dave, Mike, Adam, Steve, Pat, Carlos, and Chris have been great friends and the show would not be the same without ‘em.

Providing the universe isn’t plotting against me, next week should be somewhat of a ‘normal’ show, if there ever was one.

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Preview: X-Factor #34

X-Factor and She-Hulk Take on the Skrulls in “He Loves You!”

Longshot has returned — but he’s a Skrull! Join Jamie Madrox and the rest of X-Factor as they get caught up in the chaos of Secret Invasion in X-Factor #34! After last issue’s Skrull revelation, Darwin, the Evolving Boy, X-Factor and She-Hulk must battle their greatest threat yet! With fan favorite and Award-winning writer, Peter David (She-Hulk, Dark Tower: The Long Road Home), She-Hulk and Jazinda, daughter of the infamous Super Skrull, are going to lend a helping hand! Legendary X-artist Larry Stroman delivers stunning interiors as X-Factor and She-Hulk learn to put their differences aside and combine their forces! The sold-out “He Loves You” storyline concludes right here, but don’t miss out on your chance to discover where it all began in X-Factor #33 Second Printing Variant and She-Hulk #31 Second Printing Variant.

Michael Colber of ComicsBulletin.com had this to say about X-Factor, “There is more than enough reason to hang around because Peter & Co. consistently deliver a book that is engaging, entertaining and masterfully crafted.”

Bryan Joel of IGN.com raves, “If you haven’t tried what’s arguably the best X-book on the stands, you probably aren’t going to get a better opportunity than this.”

Marvel urges retailers to check their orders on X-Factor, She-Hulk and all Secret Invasion tie-ins as they continue to sell out quickly at Diamond and fans continue to ask, “Who Do You Trust?”

Will X-Factor and She-Hulk be able to work together without any altercations? And what does a certain Skrull have planned for the team? Find out the answers to these questions and more in this Secret Invasion tie-in… X-Factor #34!

He Loves You Part 3
X-FACTOR #34 (JUN082364)
Written by PETER DAVID
Penciled by LARRY STROMAN
Cover by BOO COOK
Rated T+ …$2.99
FOC—7/31/08, On-Sale—8/20/08

He Loves You Part 1
X-FACTOR #33 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (MAY088372)
Written by PETER DAVID
Penciled by LARRY STROMAN
Cover by LARRY STROMAN
Rated T+ …$2.99
FOC—8/14/08, On-Sale—9/3/08

He Loves You Part 2
SHE-HULK #31 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (MAY088371)
Written by PETER DAVID
Art by VINCENZO CUCCA
Cover by VINCENZO CUCCA
Rated T+ …$2.99
FOC—8/14/08, On-Sale—9/3/08

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Preview: Ghost Rider #26

Danny Ketch Returns with a Vengeance!

Hell hath no fury like the Spirit of Vengeance, Ghost Rider! After Johnny Blaze squared off with the merciless Deacon last issue, a familiar face is about to return from Ghost Rider’s past in Ghost Rider #26! This is one high octane, supernatural issue you’re not going to want to miss, True Believers! Prepare for a double dose of the ghostly as Danny Ketch puts the pedal to the metal and furiously rides on again…but why is he opposing Johnny Blaze? Join red-hot writer, Jason Aaron (Wolverine, Scalped) as Danny Ketch makes his triumphant return to the Marvel U! With mind blowing interiors from rising artist Tan Eng Huat (Silver Surfer: In Thy Name), Danny has some surprises up his sleeve… and this is just the beginning!

Ghost Rider is finally a book worth reading again…What Aaron does well is paint Blaze as a total badass… Aaron’s knack for gritty characters and gritty situations shine through,” proclaimed Jesse Schedeen of IGN.com.

“Aaron writes this book with fearless swagger and his chin out,” raves Paul Brian McCoy of ComicsBulletin.com. “The man can freaking write. His Blaze and Ghost Rider have definite anger issues and are driven like never before. I just can’t get over the energy here.”

Who has Danny Ketch brought to the party? Who is that yielding the hellfire shotgun? What will happen when Johnny Blaze confronts his long lost brother? Find out the answers to these questions and more as hell is about to be unleashed in Ghost Rider #26!

GHOST RIDER #26 (JUN082329)
GHOST RIDER #26 MONKEY VARIANT (JUN082330)
Written by JASON AARON
Art by TAN ENG HUAT
Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
Ape Variant by NIC KLEIN
Parental Advisory …$2.99
FOC—7/31/08, On-Sale—8/20/08

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Review: Ms. Marvel #29

I haven’t really been following this title, and now I’m very, very sorry. I also haven’t been following every tie-in with this event, but I’ve been following some of them and this is one of the few issues that has been entirely in the present. This is what I’ve been looking for in the narrative. Battles against overwhelming odds, chase scenes, and a surprise on the last page to get you ready for the next issue. What more can you ask for?

Brian Reed tells the tale of what happens to Ms. Marvel as one of the only heroes fighting the Skrulls in New York. I don’t know where all the other heroes in the Marvel U are, but I can tell you where the Skrulls are. Well, actually I can’t because they seem to be popping up everywhere, but there are a boatload of them in this issue and Mr. Reed makes it clear that they don’t like Ms. Marvel, or her resistance to their invasion, very much.

Doing a fine job on art, we’ve got Adriana Melo on pencils, Mariah Benes on inks, and Paulo Siqueira on pages 11 – 16. They convey the scale of the invasion and the overwhelming forces the heroes face beautifully. Now, I generally try to keep my reviews on the positive side but I have to interject here that while the art is well done, it doesn’t really do anything for me. These are professional comic book artists who have achieved mastery of their art form, so I don’t want to take away from that, but I didn’t feel that this was the best this book could have or should have looked. That said, the story does move along well and is one of the best tie-ins I’ve read so far.

Recommended for anyone following Secret Invasion.

COVER: GREG HORN
WRITER: BRIAN REED
PENCILS: ADRIANA MELO and PAULO SIQUEIRA
INKS: MARIAH BENES and PAULO SIQUEIRA
COLORS: CHRIS SOTOMAYOR
LETERS: DAVE SHARPE
EDITOR: STEPHEN WACKER
Rated T+ …$2.99

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Review: Fantastic Four: True Story #1

When Reed Richards can no longer find solace in the theatrical version of “Josie and the Pussycats”, you know something very serious must be going on! But when the whole world seems to lose it’s love for fiction, some villian must definitely be behind it! Now it’s up to the Fantastic Four, with the help of their old friend Willie Lumpkin, to get to the bottom of the problem. Get ready to take a journey through classic literature with the Fantastic Four as your guides in this all new four part miniseries!

Writer Paul Cornell (Captain Britain and MI:13, Wisdom, TV’s Dr. Who) and artist Horacio Domingues seem to have something really special going on with this series. This book was just a really fun, off the wall experience from start to finish. This is probably unlike any other Fantastic Four book you’ve read before! The story literally finds the FF using their imaginations to get to the bottom of the worlds sudden missing love for fiction. Along the way, the team encounters classic characters throughout literature including Dante (not the one from Clerks) and the Dashwood sisters from Sense and Sensibility. You really feel that Cornell has a great love for the classics with this story. Horacio Domingues’ art is just a blast to look at! His playful style is really a wonderful fit for this book. Just wait till you get a look at the Fictocraft! I would love to see what he could do with Spider-Man. This was just an all around great read that I truly had a blast with and can’t recommend enough!


COVER BY: NIKO HENRICHON

WRITER: PAUL CORNELL

PENCILS: HORACIO DOMINGUES
INKS: HORACIO DOMINGUES
COLORED BY: HORACIO DOMINGUES

LETTERER: DAVE LANPHEAR
EDITOR: TOM BREVOORT
Rated A …$2.99

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Review: Black Panther #39

The Skrulls think an invasion of Wakanda will be a walk in the park. But King T’Challa, the Black Panther, and the citizens of Wakanda have other plans! It’s non-stop Secret Invasion excitement as the Skrulls bring the fight to Wakanda’s front door! Black Panther #39 features the new creative team of writer Jason Aaron and artist Jefte Palo. Story wise, I thought this issue was a really good read. I loved the back and forth between the Skrull battleship and the Wakandan command center leading up to a final confrontation at the gates of Wakanda. I really appreciated the insight we get into the motivation of the Skrull Commander leading the Wakandan invasion. For me, it really helped make the battle feel more than just another Skrull attack. You knew the Skrull leading this mission was fighting for a purpose and I felt that really added to the story. Really great writing on Jason Aaron’s part. The art from Jefte Palo was kinda hit or miss for me. There were a couple of splash pages that I thought looked really good, especially some of the battle scenes. But than there were other spots that just didn’t really do anything for me. Overall, this was a really good issue and an excellent tie-in to the Secret Invasion event. There were some really well done battle sequences and the story was well written. This book is definitely worth picking up!

COVER: JASON PEARSON
WRITER: JASON AARON
ARTIST: JEFTE PALO
COLORIST: LEE LOUGHRIDGE
LETTERER: VC’S CORY PETIT
EDITOR: AXEL ALONSO
Rated T+ …$2.99

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Review: True Believers #1

The heroes of the Marvel Universe better look out! There’s a new team in town, and their not completely into the whole hero scene. In fact, if your a hero in the Marvel U., you better make sure all those dirty little secrets you don’t want the public to know are well guarded or you may end of like… You’ll just have to check out True Believers #1 to find out!

Written by Cary Bates (Flash, Star Brand, Superman) and illustrated by Paul Gulacy (Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu, Six From Sirius, Batman, Catwoman) issue one introduces us to the True Believers, a team of four computer hacking superheroes who use their powers and abilities to run a popular tabloid style blog that covers the slimier side of the Marvel Universe as well as the latest superhero gossip and dirt. The team’s leader, Mavis Trent who goes by the name Payback, also doubles as an adviser for S.H.I.E.L.D. I really, really dug the hell out of this first issue! The story is told from the view point of Mavis, who I found to be a really fun character to read. Bates’ dialog is very believable and has a great flow about it. This is the first time I have read any of Bates’ work, and so far I am thoroughly impressed. The story was very entertaining, and the cliff hanger at the end really leaves you wondering: did this really happen?

The art from Paul Gulacy is absolutely phenomenal! Once again, Gulacy is an artist I am not familiar with, but I thought the stuff he did in this issue was outstanding. Each panel was incredibly detailed and he draws some absolutely stunning women! I am really curious to see where this book goes. Based on the end of this issue, I’m wondering what kind of dirt we will be getting on some of our other favorite heroes? Definitely give this book a try, I can’t recommend it enough!

COVER BY: PAUL GULACY
WRITER:
CARY BATES
PENCILS:
PAUL GULACY
INKS: PAUL GULACY
COLORS:
RAIN BEREDO

LETTERS: ARTMONKEY’S DAVE LANPHEAR
EDITOR: MOLLY LAZER & BILL ROSEMANN
Rated T+ …$2.99

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Marvel Noise Episode 42

Going to San Diego? I’m not… But Phenomenal Pat Loika will be there! And he’s also here! In not one, but TWO segments. First, he offers up this week’s new releases and later, he returns to give us the rundown on what Marvel has planned for the convention this week! In between we hear from evaD (Bring ‘em Back), Steve Raker (from his Comics Bunker), and Chris “Equinox” Chavez and Mike Sims both sharing some thoughts on recent reads. And our host pops up once or twice.

Comics mentioned include Immortal Iron Fist, Daredevil, Uncanny X-Men, X-Men: Legacy, She-Hulk, Wolverine: First Class, X-Factor, and Universal War One.

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Marvel items on sale, 7.23.08

Angel Revelations #3 $3.99
Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Guilty Pleasures Vol 2 HC Book Market Edition $19.99
Astonishing X-Men Vol 3 #25 Incentive Lee Bermejo Variant Cover – [PI]
Avengers Invaders #1 Directors Cut $3.99
Avengers The Initiative #15 (Secret Invasion Tie-In) $2.99
Black Panther Vol 4 #38 $2.99
Daredevil Vol 2 #109 $2.99
Halo Uprising Must Have $5.99
Immortal Iron Fist #17 Incentive David Aja Variant Cover – [PI]
Immortal Iron Fist #17 Incentive Dragon Logo Variant Cover – [PI]
Immortal Iron Fist #17 Regular Travel Foreman Cover $2.99
Incredible Hercules #118 2nd Ptg Sandoval Variant Cover (Secret Invasion Tie-In) $2.99
Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four #38 $2.99
Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four Vol 9 New Yorks Finest TP Digest $7.99
Marvel Masterworks Golden Age Captain America Vol 2 HC Regular Dust Jacket $59.99
Marvel Masterworks Golden Age Captain America Vol 2 HC Variant Dust Jacket $59.99
Marvel Adventures Super Heroes #1 $2.99
Marvel Comics Presents Vol 2 #11 $3.99
Mini Marvels Vol 1 Rock Paper Scissors TP Digest $9.99
New Avengers #43 (Secret Invasion Tie-In) $2.99
New Warriors Vol 4 #14 (Secret Invasion Tie-In) $2.99
She-Hulk 2 #31 (Secret Invasion Tie-In) $2.99
Skrulls One-Shot (Secret Invasion Tie-In) $4.99
Thunderbolts #122 (Secret Invasion Tie-In) $2.99
Ultimate X-Men #96 $2.99
Uncanny X-Men #500 Incentive Michael Turner Variant Color Cover – [PI]
Uncanny X-Men #500 Incentive Michael Turner Variant Sketch Cover – [PI]
Uncanny X-Men #500 Incentive Terry Dodson Variant Color Cover – [PI]
Uncanny X-Men #500 Incentive Terry Dodson Variant Sketch Cover – [PI]
Uncanny X-Men #500 Regular Alex Ross Cover $3.99
Uncanny X-Men #500 Regular Greg Land Cover $3.99
Uncanny X-Men 500 Issues Posterbook $6.99
Wolverine First Class #5 $2.99
Wolverine Vol 3 #66 2nd Ptg Steve McNiven Variant Cover $2.99
X-Men Endangered Species TP $19.99
X-Men Kitty Pryde And Wolverine HC Premiere Edition Book Market Cover $19.99
X-Men Kitty Pryde And Wolverine HC Premiere Edition Direct Market Cover $19.99
X-Men Legacy #214 $2.99

Product Updates:

  • Immortal Iron Fist #17 (MAY082277D, $2.99) will have art by Russ Heath in addition to Travel Foreman.
  • Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four #38 (MAY082286D, $2.99) will have art by Graham Nolan, not Ronan Cliquet.
  • Ultimate X-Men #96 (MAY082257D, $2.99) will have art by Brandon Peterson and Clay Mann, not Mark Brooks.
  • X-Men Legacy #214 (MAY082326D, $2.99) will have art by Ken Lashley in addition to Scot Eaton.

Review: She-Hulk #31

When She-Hulk and bounty hunting partner/Skrull Jazinda land in Detroit tracking down a premonition Jazinda has regarding the highly revered Skrull Talisman, the pair find themselves crossing paths with private mutant investigators X-Factor who believe the duo are after some friends of theirs. But are these “friends” really who they say they are? Get ready as the Secret Invasion infiltrates the She-Hulk’s world in She-Hulk #31!

She-Hulk #31 continues the story that began in X-Factor #33 and ties into the current Secret Invasion event. Since Peter David is writing both books, the story in this issue fits in seamlessly with the one in X-Factor. David does a good job of mixing humor and action and keeping the story moving forward. Having not been a reader of either X-Factor or She-Hulk, I found the story was easy to jump into and I was able to pick up enough information from the characters that I didn’t feel I needed to read all of the She-Hulk back issues to know what was going on. The Secret Invasion parts of the story feel as if they could potentially be a big part of the event, but seem almost a little too big for She-Hulk and X-Factor. Then again, Peter David might just be setting up something that is going to play out in one of the bigger Invasion books. Either way, I’m definitely enjoying the story and I’m looking forward to the next issue of X-Factor to see how this pans out.

I thought the art from the team of penciler Vincenzo Cucca and inker Vincenzo Acunza was pretty solid. I wouldn’t call it spectacular, but I felt it fit the story well. I thought each of the characters were well drawn and that there were some pretty good action scenes. However, at times I felt that some of the panels may have been a little lacking in detail. There was nothing that was just blaring out at me, but there were just a few places here and there I thought the artist could have added a little more detail to the surroundings.

In all, I really had a good time with this book. The story was fun and has me looking forward to what happens next. If your enjoying the Secret Invasion event, and haven’t picked this book up before, definitely give it a shot. I think you will be glad you did!

COVER: MIKE DEODATO & RAIN BEREDO
WRITER: PETER DAVID
PENCILER: VINCENZO CUCCA
INKER: VINCENZO ACUNZA
COLORIST: BARBARA CIARDO
LETTERER: DAVE SHARPE
EDITOR: BILL ROSEMANN
Rated T+ …$2.99

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