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Marvel Noise Episode 291

March 21st, 2017 Comments off

Kevin reflects on his trip to the TorontoComicCon, Andrew sees Logan, and Steve catches us up on Karnak 1-6, AvX’s conclusion, Monsters Unleashed, The Clone Conspiracy, and Man-Thing 1 before the gang launch into Thunderbolts 128-131 (a Dark Reign crossover with Deadpool 8-9!) and wind up discussing buying Marvel Comics in today’s marketplace….Enjoy! #MarvelNoise291

Marvel Noise Episode 290

March 6th, 2017 Comments off

Et tu, Yu Ti?: While The Bunker is without power, Andrew & Kevin cover new Elektra, Kingpin, & America Number 1 issues as well as the first 4 parts of the Spider-Gwen/Miles Morales crossover before Steve gets his lights on and joins in for the epic Power Man & Iron Fist 66-75! #MarvelNoise290

Marvel Noise Episode 289

February 19th, 2017 Comments off

Steve hits upon Old Man Logan & The Howling Commandos, the finale of the Squadron Supreme series, the most recent Contest of Champions, and gives a digital Infinite Comics round-up before the joining Andrew & Kevin to serve up Thunderbolts 122-127 (Secret Invasion crossover & then some!)…Enjoy!

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Marvel Noise Episode 282

November 14th, 2016 Comments off

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Steve serves up a publishing history of Doctor Strange, then is joined by Kevin & Andrew to discuss the Doctor Strange movie before ushering in a new era of the Thunderbolts with issues 110-115!

Marvel Noise Episode 273

June 26th, 2016 Comments off

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Steve steps in as host and grades 8 more 1st arcs of All-New, All-Different Marvel titles before being joined by Andrew & Kevin to cover the 1st 16 issues of Luke Cage Hero for Hire and close out with New Thunderbolts 7-12!

Marvel Noise Episode 262

January 24th, 2016 Comments off

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Steve hosts a Secret Wars finale discussion joined by Kevin, Andrew, and Alan(!), then Kevin, Andrew and Phil continue their all-encompassing coverage of #1 issues from all corners of the All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe! Bam! Pow!

Marvel Noise Episode 261

January 10th, 2016 Comments off

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Steve, Andrew, Kevin, and Phil discuss their favorite titles from 2015 and the highs and lows of their love affair with Marvel Legends action figures. Andrew, Kevin, and Phil have a ‘phunny’ time continuing to run down more All-New Marvel #1’s.

Marvel Noise Episode 246

June 14th, 2015 Comments off

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It’s a 3-segment Marvel Noise hat-trick for Steve as he tells Gerry McDade tales from Special Edition NYCC, covers a slew of Secret Wars tie-in first issues with Andrew the LArabbit, then discusses with Kevin Whirlwindx Secret Wars 3, the ‘All-New, All-Different Marvel’ teaser images, and how fathers are portrayed in the Marvel Universe…..Enjoy!

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Marvel Noise Episode 98

November 9th, 2009 Comments off

After a week off we return with a voicemail and Steve gives us a recap of the Albany Comic Con.  We also get to (finally) hear Steve’s Halloween segment.  Plus some talk about War Machine Volume 1: Iron Heart.

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Quick Hit Review: Dark Reign – The List: Avengers

September 11th, 2009 Comments off

I had no interest in Dark Reign’s beginning, yet the tail end of the status quo’s existence is dragging me back to the Marvel Universe full force. Dark Reign – The List: Avengers kicks off a series of eight one-shot/special issues that entail what seems to be Norman Osborn’s full-force (if not final) siege upon the world of Marvel Heroes. As Osborn sees it, it is time to bring some real change to the world and take full control of the way things function – mainly the freedoms of the world’s largest super-powered individuals who constantly threaten his presence at the top.

This book did what all event-focused books should: take existing characters that we all know at the core and study them from another angle while exploring their reactions, attitudes and character under unusual and even extreme circumstances. Bendis does this by simply focusing on two different sides of the Norman Osborn argument: kill him or bring him to justice? The idea creates an interesting divide within the Avengers team, and it also allows reflects upon what makes the characters of Captain America, Spider-man and Clint Barton who they are. Ultimately, this question is what moves the plot of the issue and places a specific character in an interesting position which will surely see farther exploration in the core Avengers book (New Avengers).

The artwork within this issue is also very well produced – the tag team of Djurdjevic, Morales and Gracia work well in their collaboration implanting a tone of desperation and almost futility. Djurdjevic also captures the sequential feel quite nicely, which is shocking for the amount of cover work he produces.

All and all, this was well worth the read and adds to my growing curiosity of the current Marvel Comics landscape. Yet, to place a warning to potential consumers, this book is not oversized for the 3.99 price tag. It may feel heavy when picked off the spinner rack, but don’t let the dual eight-page previews of Dark Reign – The List: Daredevil & Dark Reign – The List: X-Men fool you. But, I will not linger on that complaint – I still bought it holding that knowledge after all. But yes, Dark Reign: The List – Avengers is a nice example of a good event-centric comic book; it packs interesting looks at favorite characters, gorgeous artwork and a cliff-hanger that leaves the reader curious for more.

Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils: Marko Djurdjevic
Inks: Mark Morales
Colors: Marte Gracia