Over the past year, Disney has set about releasing back stories in comic format for some of their most famous theme park attractions. They began with the MUSEUM OF THE WEIRD featured in the Haunted Mansion, and followed it up with a far better selling and more recognizable, FIGMENT. Figment is basically the mascot of Disney’s EPCOT park, and one of their most endearing mascots to boot. So how does one follow up easily the most recognized character in the series thus far? With one of the most exciting rides in all of Magic Kingdom!
Ultron, one of the most fearsome fearsome foes of the Marvel Universe makes his return THIS WEEK in a brand new graphic novel, chronicling the rise of PLANET ULTRON!
Just in time for the up-coming Avengers sequel, Rage of Ultron is an original graphic novel depicting an original story. This book combines two generations of Avenger teams, and brings them together, depicting an epic struggle to defeat Ultron and save TITAN, home planet of…THANOS?
If you plan to see the upcoming Avengers sequel, and want to learn more about the infamous AI Ultron, this new story is a great place to start.
“It was another glorious victory for the Mighty Avengers. Good triumphed over evil and Ultron was shot into space, never to be seen again. Or so they thought. Now, years later, the homicidal artificial intelligence – so long devoted to ending life on Earth – has a new world to conquer…one with its own horrific legacy. When Titan, birthplace of Thanos, falls, Planet Ultron rises in its place! Thanos’ brother Starfox must seek the aid of his former allies – but the Avengers he finds are radically different from the ones he once knew. Among them is Ultron’s creator Giant-Man – and when Hank Pym confronts his now planet-sized “son,” the responsibilities of fatherhood have never loomed so large.” -Marvel
With the Death Star destroyed and the Empire in shambles, Darth Vader is left in a precarious situation. After his primary space station was destroyed, along with the extensive fleet and military presence aboard the Death Star, what will he do to replace those lost soldiers? While the Empire is not one to mourn, it is one to count its losses and find a way to reform itself and find a way back to the top.
Over the past 2 issues we have seen glimpses of Vader’s hidden agenda as he attempts to re-strengthen his fleet and gain his vengeance against the rebels responsible for the Death Star’s destruction. In issue one, we watched as Darth contracted Boba Fett to find Han Solo’s Millenium Falcon, as well as Luke Skywalker. In issue two, he weeds out dissension in his ranks. Where does Vader go from there? He creates an army of unmistakably loyal soldiers! How? I’ll tell you how, right now!
Marvel has been the centerpiece of much controversy amongst comics fans in recent months. Between their supposed rebooting of the comic universe and the many “revelations” brought forth by recent event comics, some readers tend to wonder if Marvel’s writers have truly gone off the rails. This question is becoming more prevalent as Marvel has announced the upcoming DEATH of Deadpool , their fan-favorite mercenary and goofball. Deadpool has heralded one of the most thought-provoking, deep, and mature titles of recent years, and seeing Gerry Duggan’s run come to a close is definitely a great shame.
However, as we march to Deadpool’s demise, what is Deadpool up to as of late? What trouble is he finding himself in that may lead to his death? Well, the short version…bad shit…the long version? Let me clue you in.
Two series down, and two to go. The Star Wars comics produced by Marvel have been a ROUSING success, in both quality and sales for Marvel these past 2 months. Between the personal tales of the Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Vader, and the continuing tales of the crew of the Millennium Falcon, these two books have offered great stories and insight into these beloved characters.
Marvel continues this trend by delving into the mindset of Princess Leia Organa, and her perceptions and reactions to the events which unfolded in Star Wars Episode IV. In A New Hope, Leia’s home planet of Alderaan was destroyed by the Empire’s Death Star, completely wiped clean from the universe. Losing one’s home planet is OBVIOUSLY more than likely to upset one’s mindset and cause them to break down, but we never saw this in the movie, in fact she remains rather calm even after she sees her planet destroyed. This new title delves into her thoughts and give a back story to how Leia comes to grips with her loss. How does she do it? LETS FIND OUT!
The Spider-verse event has finally come to a close, our heroes have prevailed and now rest in their own respective worlds. The inheritors are vanquished, the multi-verse is safe, and the Spider’s are free to roam across the web of life and destiny. But where does that leave our heroine, Gwen Stacey? What state is her world in after being forced into recruitment by the Spider-army? Apparently, things have not been going very well.
In Gwen Stacey’s Spider themed world, some aspects of the world are quite similar, in that J. Jonah Jameson is the mayor of NYC and a Kingpin rules the criminal underground. Some things, however, allow this world to stand on its own: the Kingpin is not the obese Wilson Fisk, but instead that title is Given to the blind man MATT MURDOCK!
Another interesting twist is that after Police Chief Stacey is relieved of duty and he is replaced by a hard-nose loose cannon cop who doesn’t play by the rules named FRANK CASTLE! What’s more, Castle is a dirty cop who is in the mayor’s pocket, trying to find evidence linking Spider-woman (Gwen Stacey) to a string of crimes. Lets see what Gwen has to deal with in the premiere issue of SPIDER-GWEN!