Sunday, January 18, 2015

Avengerous Tales 1.6 - Avengers #11-#12

To read Avengerous Tales 1.5, go here!

Once again, it’s backstory time!  See all this extra reading I do, just to flesh out these reviews?  That’s how much I love you.  And comic books.  But mostly you.

Okay, so leading up to Tales of Suspense #61, Iron Man’s heart condition took a bit of a nosedive (that’s why you don’t smoke, idiot), so he had to wear the entire armor all the time instead of just the chest plate.  Obviously Tony Stark couldn’t be seen wandering around in Iron Man’s armor, so Stark just kind of disappeared with no good explanation, leaving Iron Man as the prime suspect in his disappearance.  It all came to a head in Tales of Suspense #61, in which Tony stumbled on the idea of being sick and bedridden as an excuse for his absence.  Unfortunately, the Mandarin had to go and complicate things by destroying Tony’s house with a giant energy beam from space, making the world think everyone’s favorite playboy engineer is dead.  Iron Man runs off to find the source of the beam.

Which brings us to today’s tale.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Avengerous Tales 1.5 - Avengers #9-#10

To read Avengerous Tales 1.4, go here!

No supplementary material necessary for these issues, so we can dive right in!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Spitballing - Green Lantern


Ever since Green Lantern came out in 2011, I've heard conflicting reports about the film's quality.  No one thinks it's actually GOOD, mind you, but there are some people who think it's halfway decent and not nearly so bad as many others suggest.  Upon finally watching the film for myself, I'd say it's somewhere between those two opinions, but leaning more towards the "it stinks" side.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Iron Man #313

I mentioned in an earlier post that I was planning on reviewing a Batman comic for Christmas this year.  Unfortunately, the comic I had in mind wasn’t quite as holiday-themed as I thought, so you get Iron Man instead.  Whatever, they’re both emotionally stunted playboys with dead parents and too much time on their hands.  I’m sure nobody’ll notice the difference.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Avengerous Tales 1.4 - Avengers #7-#8

To read Avengers Tales 1.3, go here!
Hey all!  Yet again, I’m going to provide you with some backstory before we start the official review so that everything will make more sense.

In Tales of Suspense #56, Tony had a bit of a midlife crisis and decided to quit being Iron Man and start having fun with his life instead.  (For what it’s worth, ‘having fun’ largely consisted of being a jerk to his friends.)  The other Avengers tried to call Iron Man to go after a new villain called the Unicorn (I’ll give you a second to stop laughing), but Tony told them that Iron Man was on “vacation” and therefore unavailable.  If you’re wondering why the other Avengers couldn’t just go after the Unicorn themselves, well… um… I don’t know, Bonanza was on?

Long story short, the Unicorn attacks Stark Industries, thus forcing Iron Man back from “vacation” and snapping Tony out of his very brief “I do what I want” phase.

Also of importance is Journey into Mystery #103.  All you need to know is that the Enchantress and the Executioner (in their very first appearance) tried to banish Thor’s love interest, Jane Foster, to limbo, and in Avengers #7, Odin exiles them to Midgard as punishment.  Not punishment for attacking Jane, mind you—Odin hates her and was totally on board with that part—but for attacking Thor.  Uh, I’m sorry, but why is Loki considered Thor’s arch-nemesis and not Odin?

Friday, November 21, 2014

Avengerous Tales 1.3 - Avengers #5-#6

To read Avengerous Tales 1.2, go here!

Hey there, everyone, and welcome to the third post in my new Avengerous Tales review series.  Before we begin, I think these issues need a wee bit of introduction. 

If you’ll recall the end of the last review, Banner’s confidante Rick Jones worried that the Hulk would be upset about his running off to be Captain America’s Replacement Bucky.  In Fantastic Four #25, which is an Avengers crossover along with Fantastic Four #26, we find out that ‘upset’ is an understatement, and even as the Avengers fly to New Mexico to try to track the Hulk down, the Hulk bounds off to New York to kick the Avengers’ butts for treating him so badly.  Dontcha hate it when you go all the way out to see someone and it turns out they’re not home?  That’s what you get for not calling ahead.

In FF #25-#26, in which the Hulk is referred to as “Bob Banner” for no discernable reason*, the Hulk and the Thing spar a little before the Avengers finally show up to try to take responsibility for their ex-member.  In the resulting fight, Hulk of course gets away again, but not before thoroughly trashing Tony Stark’s (one day to be Avengers’) mansion.  And that’s where Avengers #5 picks up.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Avengerous Tales 1.2 - Avengers #3-#4

To read Avengerous Tales 1.1, click here!
Ya gotta love the font on these old covers.  It makes The Avengers look like the title to a sitcom starring Marlo Thomas, not a superhero comic.