“No Surrender” consolidates the Avengers line for an entertaining but slight story

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With the Avengers at the core of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the franchise has gotten a big push in comics over the past decade, spawning multiple titles that expanded the team’s presence in the Marvel Comics line-up. This gradually diluted the brand with too many books taking on the Avengers name and pulling the…

Marvel Boy has a life-altering revelation in this Royals #8 exclusive

The Inhumans are currently a laughing stock after the Inhumans “IMAX movie event” totally bombed with critics and audiences, but the property is experiencing a major creative upswing in comics right now. Saladin Ahmed and Christian Ward’s Black Bolt is an introspective character study of the Inhuman king with stunning…

Black Bolt’s prison break escapes the conventions of superhero storytelling

Each week, Big Issues focuses on a newly released comic book of significance. This week, it’s Black Bolt #3. Written by Saladin Ahmed (Throne Of The Crescent Moon) with art by Christian Ward (ODY-C, The Ultimates), this issue’s creative experimentation intensifies and informs its prison-break story. (This review…

New Avengers #15 stages a New Mutants reunion in this exclusive preview

Al Ewing’s ability to create entertaining crossover tie-ins is astounding. He’s had to write tie-ins for severely disappointing events like Age Of Ultron, Original Sin, AXIS, Avengers: Standoff!, and the current Civil War II, and he always uses these weak foundations to build interesting, exciting stories. Both of his…

Exclusive Marvel preview: New Avengers #6 adds the Avengers of 20XX to the fold

Al Ewing is currently the writer doing the best work with Marvel’s Avengers franchise, penning two books—New Avengers and The Ultimates—that combine bold concepts and diverse casts to offer different takes Marvel’s premier superteam. His current arc of New Avengers features the return of the Avengers of 20XX, which…

Exclusive Marvel preview: The Ultimates offer a solution to the Galactus problem

Al Ewing has been steadily building his profile at Marvel Comics over the last few years with exceptional runs on Mighty Avengers and Loki: Agent Of Asgard, and the publisher has given the writer a big push with the “All-New, All-Different Marvel” relaunch. Of the three books Ewing is currently writing, The Ultimates…

Exclusive Marvel preview: Dale Keown returns to interior artwork on Avengers #34.1

Dale Keown was one of Marvel’s top talents in the ’90s, delivering outstanding artwork on Peter David’s The Incredible Hulk run that showed a skill for both action staging and deeper character work. Since then, interior art from Keown has become a rarity, but he returns to the game with next week’s Avengers #34.1, a…