Robert J. Baden

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The 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.

The best of the best, as he is known to be, a lonesome warrior trying to be more than the killer he was trained as. A man who strives to be a leader, a good person, and a team player, who more often than not has to go out on his own and settle things the only way he knows how—with blunt force trauma. A soldier, ninja, samurai, and X-Man, James “Logan” Howlett is the one person, man, and mutant that you don’t want to tick off. If you do, the last thing you’ll scream in your mind is his name: Wolverine.

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I’ve talked in a previous article about how Megatokyo was the first webcomic I read when I started reading them when I was an undergrad slaving away at my homework, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that I wanted to report on this interesting idea that the comic’s creator/artist—Fred Gallagher—has decided to crowdfund.  For those who have read the comic, Fred has often talked about making a game of the characters, but because art is not an always lucrative field—especially for those who decide to do webcomics—this has not been a possibility until now.  I give you the Megatokyo Visual Novel Game, a story told in traditional Japanese game style starring the characters of the most unusual group of American sight-seers around.

The 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.


The most anticipated Marvel Comics event (since the last one) has arrived. Earth’s most dangerous machine, the Avengers’ most cunning and unstoppable enemy, returns to wage a final war against humanity the likes of which only the mutant extinction could be compared to. Heroes from all over battle against this foe, only to discover that they cannot win, cannot turn the tide of battle, and have to find other means to claim victory. The age of humanity is over; now is the Age of Ultron.

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World 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.


While the idea of a webcomic about super-powered beings is not unusual, there are very few in which one of the super-powered beings is a huge comic book geek who runs their own store. With all of the grace and social skills of a flamethrower, Sydney Scoville finds her world turned upside down when she decides to go to the bank to deposit the store’s receipts. Following her on her whirlwind adventure is very entertaining, especially considering she has no idea how she does what she does, making her the perfect person to be recruited for the government. Grrl Power updates every Monday at grrlpowercomic.com.

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Uncanny Xforce  Marvel NOWThe 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.


After the fateful confrontation with Daken, Wolverine decides to dismantle the X-Force team feeling that a kill-team is no longer a good thing to have following the reformed hatred of mutants in the world; however, the new headmistress of the school, Storm, ends up being a part of Psylocke’s reformed ad hoc X-Force team when they seek out the location of a former enemy. Doing their best to minimize collateral damage, and hoping to not become the killers that the previous group turned out to be, this band of muntants isn’t Cable’s team, but they are certainly the Uncanny X-Force.

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Original Daredevil Archives V1While this superhero is good at being “the man without fear,” as well as being masked and in (partial) red, he’s not Matt Murdock and he doesn’t live in New York City.  A pulp classic hero from the 1940s, back when beating up the Axis Powers in comic books was common practice, this Daredevil relishes in sticking it to der Führer and his plans for world domination.  Published at a time when good always triumphed over evil, this collection of comics shows just what the world was thinking back in the 1940s, both good and bad.

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Morbius the Living Vampire 1 Marvel NOWThe 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.


Suffering from a rare blood disease, the Greek scientist spent his life researching ways to keep himself alive without detrimental effects. Believing that he found the answer in vampire bats, the egotistical biochemist began to exhibit characteristics that made him seem to be a creature of the night. A “villain” more out of necessity than any nefarious plot, Michael spent the rest of his life fighting against his darker nature, attempting to cure himself of a new disease, and coming to terms with the fact that many see him as nothing more than Morbius, the Living Vampire.

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*Please note that this article is an opinion-editorial.

 

GI Joe 2As a kid of the '80s, I grew up with several toys and cartoons, but one of the most interesting to me at the time was G.I. Joe—not because of any violent, reactionary equation, but of the simple aspect of a group of remarkable individuals coming together to fight for the side of good in a battle against evil. At the time I had very little interest in comics overall and hardly ever played a video game (aside from failing often at Mario 3), but the Joes were able to pique my interest like no other toy/comic/cartoon could. To this day, I still cannot fully explain (to myself or others) just why I enjoy the Joes, but I’m going to do my best right here, right now, for your entertainment purposes.

Savage Wolverine 1 Marvel NOWThe 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.


Trapped in the most vicious, uncivilized part of the world, Logan teams up with a scientist and a she-devil to figure out why he’s been discarded at Earth’s South Pole. Facing monsters, genetic mutations, and indigenous tribespeople, the man who won’t die has to learn to work well with others to figure out what’s going on, but that won’t be easy for the Savage Wolverine.

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Out ThereWorld 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.


When I first started graduate school in 2008, I had to give up reading webcomics because of how much time I needed to devote to work and studying. At the time, I had just started reading Out There and wasn’t entirely sure what I thought of it, but was willing to give it a chance. Now, years later, I’ve finally been able to go back and catch up on all the webcomics I was reading, and I’ve come to find some things have changed . . . and some things have not. Centered on the life of a nomadic “wild” woman who puts down roots, Out There gives a very practical approach to day-to-day life with every common and realistic encounter, even if some of them seem a bit implausible. Originally updating every day, Out There comes out with a new comic every Wednesday at outthere.keenspot.com.

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