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BOOK OF THE WEEK:
NEW AVENGERS ILLUMINATI SPECIAL
Comic Review by: Larry "Bocepheus" Evans
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis,  Artist: Alex Maleev

The book that truly launches Civil War ships this week and it’s a stunner of epic proportions. We begin with the first meeting of what has been dubbed the Illuminati. The members at the start are: Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Charles Xavier, Reed Richards, Black Bolt, Namor and at the beginning Black Panther. Their first gathering is in Wakanda right after the end of the Kree/Skrull War. It was Iron Man who proposed that the men here combine resources and try to avoid such attacks in the future and right away there are problems. Bendis uses Namor to say what needs to be said and if you ever thought he was a pain before here he turns it way up to fifteen. We also see why the Panther isn’t part because he alone is the one to see the future. The first thing the group discuses is the island that made necessary the forming of the new X-Men team before we move to last month when the Hulk was going wild in Vegas. We hear what the carnage total was in his rampage and are posed with a question that adds another layer to the upcoming battle. The events leading up to the Hulk being shot off into space make things even tenser if that is possible (and serves as the action portion of the issue) before the final domino is loaded up prior to the stack collapsing in a spectacular fashion. Tony has with him a copy of the Super Hero Registration Act and in a sequence that chills and fascinates he explains why the heroes should accept it while explaining why he can do the things he does. It is that speech that leads us to uncharted territory and has us waiting for the events of Civil War #1. This book makes you think and some will complain that there isn’t enough action but since this is a primer and not the battle itself read it and understand where it is going. There are sequences here that are drawn by Maleev that occasionally take your breath away (Namor’s reactions, reflections in the Iron Man helmet, the simple words of Doctor Strange when he announces his viewpoint) and add greatly to the story. Expect a sellout so get here early.

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FANTASTIC FOUR #536
Comic Review by: Larry "Bocepheus" Evans
Writer:
J.Michael Straczynski, Artist: Mike McKone

As we see on the cover a certain hammer has reappeared in the Marvel Universe and this marker on the Road to Civil War shows us how it gets there. We start six months before when the hammer is barreling thru space at an incredible rate of speed and for some reason is heading towards a barren part of Oklahoma (which would be the state) while bypassing a plane (hmmm wonder what happens to the passengers?). We jump to the present on the night after the final meeting of the Illuminati and see that Reed is trying to enjoy a sandwich when the elements of the meeting and the falling to Earth cross into his path of ideas. The object has landed and for some reason the area is under attack by a massive amount of Doombots who want what’s inside a research facility. Now Reed and crew don’t know what’s inside but we and a certain armored guy do so we happily follow along to the final page that shows the hammer and the man who is after it, Victor Von Doom. But, you ask wasn’t Doom trapped in Hell? Yep, so we are left with the mystery of how he got out (you can check this week’s news for a hint), why the hammer is there, what happened to the plane the hammer intersected and wonder when Reed is going to tell the rest of the team what he and Tony Stark have decided. There is some great banter between Ben and Johnny here (and Ben’s reaction to going to Oklahoma is priceless) and Doom’s entrance is so typical Doom that this book is going to sell out huge so reserve a copy if you can.

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MARVEL ROUND UP…
Captain America 65th Anniversary Special Edition writer Ed Brubaker brings in Javier Pulido and Marcos Martin (who will draw the Doctor Strange limited series) to tell us a tale about Cap, Bucky, Nick Fury and Dum Dum Dugan as well as tossing us some giant robot action in this hyper-cool issue. Here we see that Bucky was a bit reckless and so when he gets shot the story divides before hooking back together in what you could call a rip-roaring adventure for the ages. The art styles are dissimilar but the blend works well for this extra-sized special….PSI Force #1 Is the final New Universe recap book before Warren Ellis turns it all on its head involves one of the moderately entertaining concepts of the run-the collective hero Psi-Force. The hero was end result of all the minds of a group of teens collected by a rogue government agent who was protecting them for the very people he had worked for. All of the kids had psychic powers but when they were really screwed (and that happened a lot) then their thoughts created an American Indian mega hero that always saved the day. Tony Bedard and Russell Braun show us here where the kids ended up after the New Universe was put out of its misery and we are introduced to the brother of the rogue here but this only serves as a reminder of what the book was so interest should be rather low...Arana may be gone but the Spider-Man/Arana special teams the young heroine with Peter again and gives us a rundown of what has gone on before in case Marvel wants to try the book again. If you were entertained by the title during its run this should give you closure…Books of Doom #5 marks the beginning of his ride to total power and shows us more aspects of one of comics’ more interesting characters. Here he shows cunning and patience before dropping the boom on the man who has run his mother county into the ground…there are a mess of battles inside the pages of Uncanny X-Men #471 that involve everyone and everything. It’s the adrenaline book of the week, kids.

DC ROUND UP…
Warlord #2 features the Bruce Jones/Bart Sears cancellation special continues here with the fight we were left with last issue and further development of the elements introduced last issue. We see Travis’ fiancée begin her search for her missing man, more political intrigue and that symbol seen last issue arrives in a place that makes the residents of the region gasp when they see it around Travis’ neck. The story moves along quite nicely but Sears continues using this heavy ink style that only serves to give the book a muddy look. When He has let go by Marvel and arrived in Florida to work for the initially promising Cross Gen he had modified his style and became the guy who made a great impact with his debut. He needs to go back to that style because this new one is a definite turnoff…somehow the case Batman is involved in during Legends of the Dark Knight #202 has him encountering Law and Order characters Jerry Orbach and Jesse Martin in an arc written by Christos Gage who happens to work on the show …Lucifer marks another step on its extremely slow ride to cancellation
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