Wolverine and the X-Men MNOW 25The New Marvel is a series that looks at the changes that the mega-comic empire made following the events of Avengers vs. X-Men and the impact that those changes have on the stories of Marvel NOW!  Six issues (or more) into each Marvel NOW! title, we see what our favorite characters are up to and what to keep an eye out for in the future.



He’s the best at what he does: mutant warrior, world-class hunter, and the Earth’s greatest . . .teacher?  Following the splinter from Cyclops’ Utopian faction, Wolverine set up another school, believing in the tenants that Charles Xavier bestowed upon him and his fellow X-Men.  But, in the wake of the world-changing war between the Avengers and his fellow mutants, this man finds himself trying to come to terms with the possible death of one of his students, becoming a leader amongst the X-Men, and trying to keep fanatics from destroying his school.  He’s Wolverine, and these are his X-Men.


 

Invincible 100The hundredth issue of Invincible picks up right where the previous one left off—with our titular hero about to die at the hands of Dinosaurus.  The entire world watches as the battle unfolds.

Spinnerette 1World of Webcomics is a series devoted to exploring the world of online comics and their target audiences, as well as their art styles, storylines, and the general enjoyment that they provide.

 


Spinnerette is a lot more like print comics than webcomics, especially when you factor in the secret identity and superhero situations.  I’m rather picky about my superhero comics, and it takes a lot for me to want to continue to read something, but given that the comic focuses on someone who has Spider-like powers—a favorite of mine—this kept my interest throughout the archives and into the present.  However, unlike most print comics, it pokes fun at things a lot (kind of reminding me of Deadpool) and is more than just a superhero comic; it is a comedy, too.  The comic updates on a M-W-F schedule at spinnyverse.com.

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Spike 5This week saw the wrap up of Dark Horse Comics’ Spike: A Dark Place miniseries focusing on Buffy’s platinum blonde vampire. While the creative team of Victor Gischler (writer), Paul Lee (pencils), Andy Owens (inks), and Cris Peter (Colors) has surprised and entertained me during multiple moments of Spike: A Dark Place, the final and fifth issue of the series felt lackluster and predictable - an unfortunate crash landing following a fairly smooth flight. Let’s hope it reads better in TPB form!

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All New X-Men 1The New Marvel is a series that looks at the changes that the mega-comic empire made following the events of Avengers vs. X-Men and the impact that those changes have on the stories of Marvel NOW!  Six issues (or more) into each Marvel NOW! title, we see what our favorite characters are up to and what to keep an eye out for in the future.



In the wake of what he’s done to the world—and the way mutants are treated—Cyclops has taken up arms against the world in what he thinks is oppression for a legitimate political agenda.  Cast as a criminal by even some of his closest friends, and coming to grips with the fact that he’s pushed mutant kind to the brink of salvation as well as extermination, the one-eyed sharpshooter gathers others around him to teach the world that it can’t put him down in the name of international security.  But, the unexpected happens as he comes face-to-face with the one person he can’t lie to, evade, or dare to disappoint: himself.

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TMNT SOTF 2The Secret History of the Foot Clan. Although some uninitiated to the world of TMNT may think this would be a chronicling of a fetishist hate group, there's a much easier explanation behind this tale. It's simply an origin story for the most notorious clan of ninja to ever exist, interspersed with the events that surround two vitally different groups, both intent on gaining the information this origin story has to offer.

 

Deva Zan            “At that time Existence had succumbed to Ku   Chaos - drowning in anger, sadness and evil.”

            “The very arms of the Milky Way above had been inverted - now dark matter, a vast coiling, black spiral. And it moved with a will, for these numberless antistars were no blind objects, but a legion, advancing to battle strength.”

            “It was then that the guardian deity of light, Lady Mariu, rise up. Under her were twelve generals, given commands at the points of the zodian. In answer to the Dark Corps, they raised an army of light.”

                                                            Yoshitaka Amano
                                                             Deva Zan

 


If the name Yoshitaka Amano isn’t familiar to you, you probably aren’t a fan of his work.   You might not have read Vampire Hunter D . . . or played any of the Final Fantasy series . . . or read Neil Gaiman’s brilliant follow-up to his Sandman series, the Hugo Award-nominated work called The Dream Hunters . . . or even watched Speed Racer while growing up. Yes, that Speed Racer.

 

Borderlands 3This four-issue miniseries has been telling stories from the pasts of the four playable characters from the original Borderlands. The first issue focused on the Soldier, Roland, which I thought was fantastic and is really worth checking out, especially since it's free on Comixology. The second issue was all about the Siren, Lilith, and had some bloody fantastic moments, including a speech I loved, and some lackluster ones, such as her actual “origin.” Now, in Issue #3 we arrive at a story of the hawk-loving Hunter, Mordecai.

 

Buffy 17It seems like a dash of Illyria and a little plot direction was all that Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9 needed! Last week saw the release of part two of Season 9’s "Welcome to the Team" arc which is written by Andrew Chambliss and features the art team of Georges Jeanty (pencils), Dexter Vines (inks), and Michelle Madsen (colors). While not all readers will agree with me, I felt that this issue was a return to form for Buffy: Season 9, and I’m excited that things are finally heating up!

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Star Wars LegacyWelcome to The Previews Party. I hope that you found my previous articles about how to pre-order your comics and the importance of pre-ordering helpful. Now, we're going to get into the meaty goodness of pre-ordering. Today, we'll be looking at January's Previews magazine to see which new books are coming our way. Remember, January's edition covers the new books which will be released in March.

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