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Submit to Inversion – Your First Look at AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #5!

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This November, the heroes and villains of the Marvel Universe stand on the edge of a knife, and the world faces annihilation in AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #5! Blockbuster writer Rick Remender is joined by chart-topping artist Terry Dodson as Act II: Inversion gives rise to a new world DISORDER! Heroes will be broken, eyes will be opened, and a universe will tilt on its AXIS.

Splintered and alienated, the forces of Avengers and X-Men stand on opposing sides. The Red Skull has been released from his holding cell in Avengers Tower. Someone aided him. Someone who was present on Genosha. But whom? And why are the heroes and villains acting so strangely?

Narrowly escaping with their lives, Spider-Man and Nova are enlisted by Steve Rogers for a daring mission that could determine the fate of us all. The new Sorceress Supreme finally gains her revenge against the benevolent Doctor Doom. The Superior Iron Man battles Daredevil for the fate of an Extremis infected San Francisco. And in the name of survival of the fittest, the X-Men claim their new home. 

Be Superior! Presenting Your New Look at SUPERIOR IRON MAN #1!

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He will make you smarter. He will make you beautiful. He will make you healthy. All this could be yours with the new EXTREMIS 3.0. And the Superior Iron Man is ready to give them to you – for the right price!

Today Marvel is proud to present your first look inside SUPERIOR IRON MAN #1, the brand new ongoing series launching as part of Avengers NOW! The new creative team of critically acclaimed writer Tom Taylor (Earth 2, Injustice: Gods Among Us) and fan-favorite artist Y?ld?ray Ç?nar (Supergirl) make their Marvel debuts for a Tony Stark like you’ve never seen him before!

“This is a Tony we haven’t seen since before that fateful heart injury that turned him into one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes,” says Senior Editor Mark Paniccia. “The smug, over-confident quintessential capitalist is back…and readers are going to get a real kick out of it. Even the most loyal IRON MAN fans will find this a guilty pleasure.”

Spinning directly out of the events of the blockbuster Avengers & X-Men: AXIS, the Tony Stark of old is back! More stylish, more confident, more cunning and more ruthless than ever before. And he’s ready to lead the world into the future – starting with San Francisco! How far would you go for beauty? Power? Immortality? Tony Stark will give it to you, for a terrible cost. Extremis 3.0 has been unleashed upon San Francisco, transforming the City by the Bay into a gleaming metropolis with the “perfect” society.

Only not all is golden this side of the Golden Gate. Daredevil isn’t down with Stark’s new vision of the future, and he’s going to stop at nothing to end this new threat to the city he calls home.

AVENGERS NOW! Brings Epic Stories & Seismic Changes to the Marvel Universe!

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New York. NY—July 18th, 2014 — The most popular characters. The most acclaimed creators. The most ambitious stories. This is the recharged Avengers NOW!.

This Fall, the Marvel Universe heads in an exciting and ambitious new direction as the industry’s top creators and brightest rising stars join the top Super Heroes – Captain America, Thor, Iron Man and more – to deliver the most exciting and energetic comics on the market with can’t miss all-new ongoing series!

Avengers NOW! is the start of a Marvel Universe like you’ve never seen before,” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. “With massive changes coming to some of our biggest characters, Avengers NOW! is ready to kick off a bold new era of the Marvel Universe and will certainly close out 2014 with a bang.”

It all starts this October when Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman bring the thunder in Thor #1. Bereft of his mighty magic hammer Mjölnir, Thor must contend with a new God of Thunder in the Marvel Universe – and she’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen before! Who is this new mysterious leading lady? Not even Odin knows! Prepare for a senses-shattering new beginning as the all-new Thor thunders her way through the Marvel Universe!

Then, Avengers NOW! soars to new heights in All-New Captain America #1! From superstar creators Rick Remender and Stuart Immonen comes the next evolution of the Captain America mythos. Drained of the Super-Soldier Serum, the frail Steve Rogers has handpicked his shield-wielding successor – Sam Wilson, the Falcon! But as the winged warrior assumes his new heroic mantle, he’ll have to contend with a gauntlet of Captain America’s most terrifying foes! Can the new, untested Captain America stand up to his predecessor’s most vile villains? Find out this November in All-New Captain America #1!

It only gets bolder from there as the billionaire playboy unleashes his dark side in Superior Iron Man #1! Rising comic stars Tom Taylor and Yildray Cinar craft an all-new tale of a Tony Stark you’ve never seen before! Releasing the dangerous Extremis technology to the citizens of San Francisco, he’ll transform the City by the Bay into the City of Tomorrow! But at what price? And what does a world look like when it’s consumed by technology? Find out this November in Superior Iron Man #1!

Comic Book Review – Daredevil 1

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Context
It’s the beginning of a bold new chapter for Daredevil…again.

Story

Ok so let’s address the obvious ridiculousness of having a new number one issue for a series that had a new number one issue a couple of years back. Then let’s consider how the new number one has the same art style and writer from the last number one issue. And finally let’s contemplate how this number one is just a continuation of the same storyline from the last relaunch. Do we all have that out of our systems yet? Good – ‘cause who cares?

Mark Waid’s writing comes from a place of love for the character and their place in their particular universe. His work on Wally West is the finest example of character development I have ever read in comics. I have thoroughly enjoyed his run on Daredevil and this issue is no exception. Matt Murdock’s path is not as clear as Wally’s. He does not have the burden of living in his legendary predecessor’s shadow, nothing so obvious. To me, Matt is looking to define his role in the world and perhaps even find a little happiness – something traditionally absent from a Daredevil title.

Waid manages to preserve the noir elements that work for Daredevil without keeping Matt Murdock in a depressed and neurotic state. I have a hard time connecting with a character that seemingly loves to wallow in the darkness. I understand how a character can lose everything and spiral into the depths of depression but it is much easier to connect to a character that knows the dangers of that path and struggles to come back into the light.

The only real change here is that Hornhead has moved to new digs in San Francisco. Being from Northern California, I can tell you that a roof swinging hero will have some serious issues getting around in this city. These aren’t the concrete and steel caverns of New York. True to form, Waid knows this and we see our character trying to overcome the new challenges that his environment is presenting.

Art
Chris Samnee is a member of a new comic book art movement if you will. This art is decidedly retro in nature with its influences in the works of Steve Ditko and Sal Buscema. This new “school” includes such artists as Gabriel Hardman, Paolo Rivera and Marcos Martin. Even with the strong retro feel – the art never looks dated and each of these illustrators bring their individual, contemporary elements to their visuals.

Samnee’s style is clean and his line work is sleek. Gone are the scratchy inks and moody textures long associated with this title. His figures can exist both in a dark noir setting and in the light of day. The best visual addition to this title is the way in which DD’s heightened senses are depicted. I think this is something that will stay with the visual look for the title for years to come. Samnee’s work is a perfect match for path Waid has envisioned for Murdock.

The book’s color palate includes muted blues and an odd combination of Daredevil’s red and the pinks and fucias for his radar sense. These colors combine to create a world that is dark yet colorful at the same time. It is almost as if our own eyes were affected by that fateful barrel of chemicals – our own vision turned down ever so slightly as we watch the world of our blind hero.

What to look for
This is one of the best titles Marvel is producing today – purposeful, thoughtful writing combined with amazing, retro-styled art with a fresh and contemporary feel.

What might put you off

This is not your latest comic event slugfest. If that is more your speed you should look elsewhere.

Recommendation
This has been on my pull list since the first number one issue. I recommend it for anyone who is starting to feel a little lost in today’s comics continuity. No scratch that…everyone should be reading this.

Credits

Title Daredevil
Issue Number 1
Publisher Marvel
Release Date 3/19/2014
Writer Mark Waid
Artist Chris Samnee
Colorist Javier Rodriguez
Letterer Joe Caramanga
Editor Ellie Pyle

Reviewed by Geoff Jolliff

The Devil Comes to San Francisco This March in DAREDEVIL #1!

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This March, the Eisner Award winning creative team returns for the next chapter in the saga of Matt Murdock, as the Man Without Fear rushes headlong into All-New Marvel NOW! Marvel is proud to present your first look at DAREDEVIL #1 – from the blockbuster creative team of Mark Waid & Chris Samnee!

Gifted with an imperceptible radar sense, blind lawyer Matt Murdock patrols the streets with a Billy club and a passion for justice. Only this time – it’s a brand new city, with even more dangerous foes. Join Matt Murdock as he journeys from the dark streets of Hell’s Kitchen to the sun-drenched boulevards of San Francisco.

“With a new status quo that demanded an ALL-NEW MARVEL NOW! launch,” says Editor Ellie Pyle, “this is a perfect time to jump on to DAREDEVIL.”

“With the Eisner-Award winning creative team and the kick-butt San Francisco setting (and did we mention the Netflix series starting next year?) you’re crazy not to give DAREDEVIL #1 a try!”