I’m generally not big into comics these days but while shopping at Dollar Tree (yes..the store were everything’s a dollar-No,not where they sell the exclusive line of G.I. Joe figures,that would be Dollar General)) for my daughters school snacks,i ran across these comic two packs put out by a company called Cards One.Each pack includes two vintage (not reprints) Marvel,DC,Image etc. comic books and this particular two pack caught my eye.What caught my eye right away was the cover of the first pack,which boasted a who’s who of Marvel heroes and immediately reminded me of the Secret Wars series.Upon closer inspection it turned out to be issue number 3 of the Infinity Gauntlet series.I’ve since unwrapped this baby and given it a quick read and absolutely loved it.Now I want the rest of them.I’ll do a quick write up on this awesome issue once I wrap up my ToyBiz figure countdown.
I’m finally able to post about this awesome guide to everything Avengers!Flipping through the pages,i realized that i’m so out of the loop it isn’t even funny.While the major players are ever present,characters like Hulkling,Machine Man and a slew of other heroes and villains were all new to me.In retrospect,this book is just what the doctor ordered.I’ve got lots of catching up to do.Sorry about the blurriness of some of the photos.I tried to make them all as legible as possible.
I’ve really been wanting an 80’s style Scarlett and Hawk figure and this comic pack allowed me to kill two birds with one stone.I really love the face sculpts on these figures and their uniforms are exact representations of the 80’s vintage line with a little more detail.I wasn’t too thrilled with Scarlett’s weapon as it did not fit snugly in her hands and kept falling out every time i changed her pose,all in all a great figure though. The cool thing about this set is the inclusion of the comic book which is a reprint of the original 80’s comic book issue #1.This is where it all started ladies and gentlemen(as far as the 80’s A.R.A.H. line goes) and those who missed the boat the first time around have a chance to brush up on their Joe origins with this cool reprint!A less than mint copy of an original G.I. Joe #1 will run you anywhere from 10 to 15 bucks and for that price you could have a neat reprint w/alt. cover art and two figures of characters who play major roles in the Joe universe.The set also comes with file cards for both figures and i must say that after buying so many 80’s Joes on-line with warped and wrinkled file cards it was nice to get two crisp and clean-cut ones for a change.I have set for myself somewhat of a side-goal if you will to complete the original Joe team by mixing and matching some of my ROC figs with the 25th Ann. line.I now have Hawk and Scarlett along with my ROC Flash and Snake Eyes figure and will need Stalker,Zap Melendez,Breaker and Rock & Roll to complete the original team.Wish me luck!
“Frontline” Civil War takes place after the events at Stamford in the main Civil War series and focuses mostly on two reporters, Sally Floyd and Ben Urich.Now if you would have told me that the protagonists of a comic book were going to be two reporters,i probably wouldn’t have picked it up,but since this was from the Civil War series i really wanted to check it out .Going into this read i pretty much already knew what to expect and after reading the first few pages i was hooked!The two reporters go around investigating and getting leads a la “Moulder and Scully” and do an excellent job of it.Both reporters are given assignments by there respective bosses but instead go off on there own to further investigate the truth behind the Super-Hero Registration law and the ulterior motives of major players Iron Man and Captain America.
There is a ton of other stuff going on in this book including The New Warriors Speedball dealing with the constant repercussions of the incident at Stamford and even the Atlanteans get into the political mix as well.Definitely give this a read if you haven’t already 😉
This was one series that i had been trying to get my hands on ,searching several different libraries for a copy until finally finding one that carried them.Only problem was that the main Civil War TPB # 1-7 seemed to have been checked out.I was ,however,able to pick up “The Road To Civil War” which covers events that lead up to the initial “Civil War” and “Frontline-Civil War” which book ends this seemingly endless series.In “The Road To Civil War” Iron Man tries to assemble a secret team of heroes that consists of Professor X,Reed Richards,Dr. Strange,Black Bolt,Black Panther and Namor…..”GASP”….in attempts to become world defenders so to speak after a recent battle between two alien races(the Skrull and the Kree)decided to settle their dispute on Earth almost destroying the planet.Later on in the book Iron Man confronts this same circle of heroes with the prospect of a civil war breaking out due to a bill that will be passed by congress that would require every masked super hero or villain to reveal their secret identities to the government as well as register to become part of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s world security force,essentially making them government employees. After Iron Man reveals to the skeptical group of heroes that he is for the new registration law,talks break down putting Tony back at square 1.
There are many different twists and revelations that unfurl as you continue reading this book not to mention the unveiling of Spider-Man’s new costume courtesy of Tony Stark as well as a host of other cliff hangers.I’ll keep it short in order to avoid spoilers for any of you who haven’t gotten a chance to read this yet ,and if you have not given this a read i suggest you do so.
Here’s a 1987 G.I. Joe Marvel comic with Snake Eyes and Scarlett on the cover.Despite the picture of Snake Eyes on the cover,he only makes a few appearances in this book and all of them are of him wearing civi’s and a rubber mask disguise .Not once does he make an appearance wearing his uniform LOL! It was still a pretty good read.
During my latest visit to the library i picked up The New Avengers “BREAKOUT”. I seriously need to catch up to the ever changing world of MARVEL comics plus i was a bit curious about this “new” and unlikely alliance of Captain America,Iron Man,Luke Cage,Spider-Man/Woman and Wolverine.Luke Cage was a character i most wanted to see and learn about , but to my surprise my favorite New Avenger ended up being Spider-Woman(she’s “Michelle Rodriguez” Bad A#%!).This book takes place shortly after The Avengers dis-assembled and starts off rather quickly with Electro breaking out a ton of super villains from the RAFT and the aforementioned heroes are brought together to bring the situation under control.The writing was o.k. but the story seemed a bit rushed.I did like the ending however and it left me wanting to know what happens next.Again i can’t stress enough how cool Spider-Woman is in this book and i think you’ll agree that she steals the show in this “not outstanding” yet “enjoyable” read.