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PREVIEW: Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex Alpha #1

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PREVIEW: Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex Alpha #1

Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. What would you give up in your quest for power? What if it cost you your very soul? This February, those questions and more will be answered in Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex Alpha #1, the first chapter in an epic, out of this world crossover through Guardians of the Galaxy, All-New X-Men, Legendary Star-Lord, Cyclops, Captain Marvel, Nova and Guardians Team-Up! From superstar creators Sam Humphries, Ed McGuinness and Kris Anka comes the opening salvo in an epic cosmic war!

The Black Vortex – an ancient and powerful artifact has been uncovered in the far reaches of the cosmos. With the power to grant its user untold, it is coveted by some of the most nefarious forces in the galaxy. Thane and the villainous Mr. Knife plan to use its power to unleash terror upon the galaxy, and only a small band of heroes stand in their way.

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Comic Issues #207 – Secret Convergence

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Comic Issues #207 – Secret Convergence

Spring is on the horizon, along with it birds, bees, hollow chocolate eggs with sugary heaven inside, and the beginning of both DC and Marvel’s big world changing event.  On the 30 year anniversary of Crisis on Infinite Earths DC is releasing Convergence, while Marvel dusts off their old favorite Secret Wars.  Stripped down to their bare bones, both events appear to be eerily similar, like Volcano and Dante’s Peak, but really they’re more like Armageddon and Deep Impact.  Here to explain the differences and help prepare you for the oncoming storm, your podcasting heroes Anthony and Elizabeth breakdown how these two major stories could effect the future line ups of both comic book stables.

Together they also fawn over the snowy landscape of Rocket Raccoon #7 and examine the life of Damian Wayne after his death, in Batman & Robin #38.   No matter what dimension you’re from or what timeline you’ve been plucked out of this podcast is for YOU!

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THE WORLD IS COMING TO AN END!!

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THE WORLD IS COMING TO AN END!!

Comic book fans flipped their lids Tuesday as Marvel announced THE END OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE! during their press conference.  Though usually this kind of talk is just hype for Marvel, this time around their next event, Secret Wars, appears to be some next level bonkers stuff.  Beginning in May with Secret Wars #1 the original Marvel 616 universe will be no more along with every variant Marvel Universe including the Ultimate Universe, Age of Apocalypse, Marvel Zombies,  etc.  Each will be combined into a new larger and interconnected world for the length of the event that’ll be known as BATTLEWORLD!

“Once we hit Secret Wars #1, there is no Marvel Universe, Ultimate Universe, or any other. It’s all Battleworld.”
-Tom Brevoort, Marvel’s Senior Vice-President of Publishing and Executive Editor

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Comic Issues #206 – The Podcasters’ Podcast

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Comic Issues #206 – The Podcasters’ Podcast

It’s Comic Issues, so of course we’re going to talk about comics. But this week we also wanted to give a nod towards some of the podcasts we’ve tried out lately.

We talked about Battlecast, where your favorite geek icons battle it out with a few beers thrown in, and mentioned TransMissions, Radio Free Cybertron, and Twincast (all Transformers podcasts, heavy on the toy knowledge.) Andre at Black Nerd Comedy also gets a nod, because he’s hilarious and awesome. Monster Island Resort is great for the horror-philes, and Midlife Crisis Task Force is fun and they need to come back from hiatus. Plus we mentioned the Nerdist and how we’d fight for their honor even if they’re clearly doing just fine on their own.

After that we get to the comics, and break down Marvel’s triumphant return to Star Wars. Then we talk Gotham by Midnight, Batman and Robin #37, and the one-shot Robin Rises, and try to answer the question: is Robin flying, or just falling really awkwardly?

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PREVIEW: Uncanny Avengers #1

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PREVIEW: Uncanny Avengers #1

THIS WEEK, a new Unity Squad will be formed for a new age. New team. New mission. New threats. Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look at UNCANNY AVENGERS #1, the explosive new ongoing series from blockbuster creators Rick Remender and Daniel Acuña!

The tragedy at the end of Avengers & X-Men: AXIS has left the Uncanny Avengers vulnerable. The Avengers Unity Squad as we know it has been decimated – and someone is taking advantage of it! Biding his time, one of the Avengers oldest foes has returned. Why now? And what does it have to do with the reborn Avengers Unity Squad?

What is Counter-Earth? What secrets does it hold? An unlikely alliance of Avengers & X-Men will form, seeking answers. Only what they find will in all likelihood destroy the lives of two of its own members. To brave Counter-Earth, the new Uncanny Avengers – Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Vision, Captain America, Rogue, Brother Voodoo and a now-heroic Sabretooth must stand together, or perish alone.

As tensions run high and the secrets of Counter-Earth are laid bare, will this new Unity Squad’s first mission be their last? The answers lie in the explosive debut of UNCANNY AVENGERS #1, coming to comic shops and digital devices THIS WEEK!

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PREVIEW: Powers #1

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PREVIEW: Powers #1

THIS WEEK, hot off the heels of the highly anticipated debut of the Powers TV series comes POWERS #1 – the recharged and reborn ongoing series from Marvel’s creator owned ICON imprint. A perfect jumping on point for fans old and new, Eisner Award-winning Powers creators Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming are back with a double-sized debut issue for regular price! Now is your chance to jump on board the hit series in time for its television debut!

Hardened homicide detectives Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim are back, investigating the crimes and solving the murders involving superpowered criminals. If a superhero falls dead from the sky, they’re there. If a super villain winds up dead in the gutter, they’re the first on the scene. But having barely survived the most harrowing case of their careers, Walker and Pilgrim are faced with the toughest decision they’ve ever had to face. The discovery of a power no one has ever seen before will lead Walker and Pilgrim down a new path.

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PREVIEW: Star Wars #1

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PREVIEW: Star Wars #1

Lucasfilm Ltd. and Marvel Entertainment are extremely proud to present your new look at the highly anticipated STAR WARS #1the blockbuster new ongoing series welcoming Star Wars™ back home to the House of Ideas! The all-star creative team of Jason Aaron (Thor, Original Sin), artist John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men) and colorist Laura Martin bring a galaxy far, far away to life like never before as the adventures of the Rebel Alliance continue following the events of Star Wars: A New Hope!

“Every story is about the characters, and we’ll focus on all the old favorites,” writer Jason Aaron tells Marvel.com “There will be big moments for everyone, from Han to R2-D2. But a major part of the narrative will be driven by Luke Skywalker and his journey of discovery, a journey that will decide the fate of the entire galaxy.”

Taking place immediately after the destruction of the first Death Star, join Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, R2-D2 and C-3PO as the Rebel Alliance attempts to liberate the galaxy from Darth Vader and the tyranny of the Empire! Created in close partnership with Lucasfilm, this new ongoing comic series will exist as part of the canon for the Star Wars Universe!

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PREVIEW: Anti-Bullying One-Shot

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PREVIEW: Anti-Bullying One-Shot

Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are out to make bullying a thing of the past with AVENGERS: NO MORE BULLYING #1, an all-new one shot featuring some of the best and brightest talents in the comic industry as they stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves.

This specially priced $1.99, 40 page one-shot contains three brand-new stories from top tier talents. Featuring fan-favorite Gerry Duggan (Deadpool, Nova, Hulk), rising star Sean Ryan (Uncanny X-Men/Nova/Iron Man: No End In Sight), Jeff Loveness, and Jody Houser making her Marvel writing debut, along with blockbuster artists Carlo Barberi (Thunderbolts), Tana Ford (New Warriors) Marcio Takara (Captain Marvel), and Gustavo Duarte.

From the streets of New York to the furthest corners of the cosmos, the heroes of the Marvel Universe are no strangers to bullying and the damage it can cause. Heck, half the time, bullying is why Marvel’s greatest super heroes chose to fight  evil in the first place! Now, Marvel’s diverse roster of super heroes are ready to stand up and help those who cannot help themselves. The Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Amazing Spider-Man are out to put a stop to bullies everywhere with these three bombastic, can’t miss stories!

Face front readers, as the Marvel Universe’s greatest heroes are ready to take on a real world problem more troublesome than any super villain. The best and brightest talent assemble this January for AVENGERS: NO MORE BULLYING #1!

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PREVIEW: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1

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PREVIEW: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1

The Marvel Universe’s newest series has everyone going nuts! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your new look at THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #1, the all-new ongoing series from Eisner Award-winning writer Ryan North (Original Sins, Adventure Time) and rising-star artist Erica Henderson!

What do Dr. Doom, Deadpool and Thanos have in common? Squirrel Girl has beaten them all! True story. She may not be the world’s most popular super hero. Most people don’t even know she exists. But she loves being Squirrel Girl, helping people, and saving the world (even though most people don’t know it)! But now, she faces an enemy more terrifying than any she’s ever faced before – college!

Prepare for misadventures in higher education as Squirrel girl and her best friend/sidekick Tippy-Toe venture across the Marvel Universe for brand new adventures that will see these two square off against some of the baddest baddies around!

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