Robert J. Baden, Fanbase Press Contributor

Robert J. Baden, Fanbase Press Contributor

Uncanny Avengers 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.


Bringing together mutants and humans to spearhead a special superhero team, Captain America creates a “unity” team to help prove that mutants are not a threat to the world.  Choosing previous members from both teams, this new group works to help strengthen the binds within the superhero community as well as the planet as a whole, going against Cyclops and his call for revolution against humanity.  Choosing Cyclops’ own brother Havok to lead, Captain America gives his full support to the team and takes a backseat to his normal role as leader.  And, while this isn’t the first time mutant and human superheros have worked together, this is the first time it has been done in such a public fashion.  They’re here, they’re powerhouses, and they’re the Uncanny Avengers.

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LEGO City UndercoverUnlike the previous LEGO games I’ve played (and reviewed), this one is completely the sole property of LEGO without having to do a license agreement with another intellectual property such as Star Wars or Lord of the Rings.  There have been some big changes in the progression of these games over the years, and while the central core is still very much the same, it becomes played in a very drastically different fashion.  And, while I will continue to be frustrated at some aspects of the game, I always have fun playing.

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indestructible-hulk-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.


Cursed by an experiment gone wrong, Robert Bruce Banner has spent years trying to find a way to cure himself from his impairment so as to go back to the way life was before; however, all of his attempts have failed, and he’s been on both sides of the law during his incredible crusade. Now, coming to terms with the fact that he’s never going to be able to go back to how things were, Banner focuses on creating a better future for himself and the people of Earth, as a way of making up for all of the destruction he has caused in his Gamma-irradiated form. Making a deal with S.H.I.E.L.D. to provide his services—both brute force and scientific—he puts together a team of future thinkers to help him achieve his goal of leaving a mark beyond giant, green footprints on a battlefield. He’s brilliant and unwavering, but most of all, he’s The Indestructible Hulk.

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A X 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.


Some are Avengers, some are X-Men, very few are both, but they all believe in a better world for the people they protect—how they execute it is drastically different at times.  Working together in unlikely situations to provide that security is how they learn about one another, how they can function together, and how much they really do detest one another’s abilities in certain circumstances.  Separate, they are just an A and an X, but together, they are A+X.

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Star Wars ScoundrelsProbably the most influential author for me personally within the Star Wars realm is Timothy Zahn, the man whose novels helped to give life to the “Extended Universe” that has made fans all over the world both happy and annoyed with some of the subject choices.  I won’t say that he is the best writer alive, but he certainly is one of the most detailed and enthralling within the fandom of Star Wars.  I’m always excited to read a new work of his when it comes out, so I was giddy when I heard about his latest, Scoundrels, taking a look at some of the seedier goings-on within the galactic underworld.  It stylized itself as being an “Ocean’s 11 type of situation,” and while I agree that it does have a similar feel to a point, there is a lot that differs from Frank Sinatra’s or George Clooney’s portrayal of the thieving mastermind.  I cannot wait to see what else he plans to write . . . just so long as it is good.

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Sabrina OnlineWorld 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 comic has been ongoing for several years—since 1996, in some fashion or another—it is very different from the seemingly normal (if there is such a thing) format of webcomics; the archives are rather bare by comparison to shorter comics.  The design and update schedule is such that there’s only a small handful of comics made each month, giving a very small number per year, whereas other webcomics produce some as many as one per day, seven days a week.  So, while the storyline and characters are captivating, don’t expect to be given immediate satisfaction within the year about certain subjects; this comic requires an investment in patience.  Sabrina Online updates every month with (at least) three comics at sabrina-online.com.

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Deadpool Marvel NOW 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.


Crazy as only a Marvel character can be, Wade Wilson likes to shoot his mouth off, along with his guns, for no seemingly rational reason.  Sometimes considered a hero, other times considered for long stays within a maximum holding facility, this mercenary does whatever it takes to get the job done while making sure he gets his piece of the pie in the process.  Now, hired out by the premier security force in the world, Wilson is tracking down some of the most outrageous villains ever to be seen on a comic panel, but will he be able to take them out?  Of course he will: he’s Deadpool!

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Cable and X-Force 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.


He helped to save the present by raising Hope in the future, against all odds and on the run from his former friends and colleagues.  Now, he’s back, ready to take on the world to help keep the new survival of mutantkind viable, but he can’t do it alone; seeking help from his friends and using the various skills that he’s been known for, Nathan Summers skirts the law to get what he feels he needs for his quest.  No longer considered an X-Man, no longer viewing himself as the father to Hope that she saw in him, he strikes hard and decisively with his team: they are Cable and X-Force.

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You Say It FirstWorld 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.

 

You Say It First is a direct continuation of a previous comic done by Terrance and Isabel Marks, Unlike Minerva, and the two headlining characters are the same in both but with a different type of relationship.  Originally aggravated by one another, Brisbane and Kimberly fall for one another mutually, but have a hard time expressing it (hence the name of the title).  The two end up working at the same company and eventually come to grips with their relationship, but they’re still not sure how they want to pursue it in the wake of all that has happened between the two of them in Unlike Minerva. It is rare to find a comic that directly follows a previous one (I can name only a handful of examples.), and while reading the archives of Unlike Minerva would certainly help to understand the full relationship between the characters and the world they live in, there is enough clues dropped in the current comic to make up for a lack of knowledge.  All in all, this is a romantic comedy/situational comedy webcomic, with some very unusual situations.  You Say It First just finished its run in January, marking it the first (and perhaps only) World of Webcomics subject to end while this was being written; you can catch up at yousayitfirst.com.


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Avengers Arena 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.


Some of the world’s youngest and most irrational superheroes are gathered for a game that only the master villain Arcade can deliver. 16 individuals from such famous groups as the Avengers Academy, the Runaways, and the Braddock Academy are thrust into what appears to be paradise, only to discover that they have to survive to the end against their friends and compatriots. Alliances and rivalries are formed, sides are taken, and a guerrilla-style battle takes place as each member comes face-to-face with their own mortality in the center of the Avengers Arena.

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