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ISSUE 19
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DEVIL COMICS MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 2013


OCTOBER COMIC CRITIQUES
PAGE PAGE PAGE PAGE 22 23 24 25 IRON MAN #17 X-MEN: botA HC TRANSFORMERS #21 X-O MANOWAR TPB

DEVIL COMICS EDITORIAL COMIC MILESTONES

TOP JANUARY 2014 SOLICITATIONS


PAGE PAGE PAGE PAGE PAGE PAGE 6-7 8-10 11 12 13-14 15 DC COMICS MARVEL COMICS IMAGE COMICS DARK HORSE IDW PUBLISHING VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

FILM REVIEWS
PAGE 26 THOR 2

PRE-ORDERS HIGHLIGHTS
PAGE 27 DC ACTION FIGURES

OCTOBER COMIC CRITIQUES


PAGE PAGE PAGE PAGE PAGE PAGE PAGE 16 17 18 19 20 20 21 BATMAN - ZERO YEAR BATMAN/SUPERMAN THE FLASH: REVERSE GREEN LANTERN: LIGHTS OUT AVENGERS:ENDLESS WARTIME THE TRIAL OF THE PUNISHER HUNGER

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DEVIL COMICS ENTERTAINMENT EDITORIAL Editors Pick


DC Comics Green Arrow #27 The Outsiders War Part 2 Justice League 3000 #2 Second appearance of the new JLA Superman #27 Drawn by Kenneth Rocafort Superboy #27 Jon Lane Kent takes over as Superboy Batman #27 Zero Year continues Detective Comics #27 75th Anniversary issue JLA Volume 4 TPB Grant Morrison and Mark Waid on JLA Marvel Comics Miracleman #1 & 2 reprints of the classic series Superior Spider-Man #25 Superior Venom vs. Spider-Man Origins II #2 Enter Victor Creed AKA Sabretooth She-Hulk by Dan Slott TPB Image Comics Deadly Class #1 Rick Remender brings a murder class Egos #1 Stuart Moore begins a future epic Rat Queens #5 Kurtis J. Wiebe continues his fantasy epic Zero #5 Classified issue by Ales Kot The Walking Dead #119 and #120 All Out War continues IDW Publishing The X-Files: Conspiracy #1 The X-Files: Conspiracy: Ghostbusters #1 Star Trek #29 First appearance of Jane Tiberius Kirk The Illegitimates #2 Valiant Entertainment Eternal Warrior #5 - First Rai Bloodshot and HARD Corps #15 - Drawn by Bart Sears

Welcome to the 19th issue of Devil Comics Magazine where we will be exploring the comics which will be released in the New Year 2014. The New York Comic Con exploded with news from various publishers showing off their plans to attract new readers and entertain their existing customer base. In 2013 DC Comics celebrated the 75th Anniversary of Superman with the Man of Steel film. 2014 is the 75th Anniversary of Batman which begins with an oversized issue of Detective Comics #27. DC Comics is killing off the clone of Superman and replacing him with the future child of Lois and Clark from an alternative universe respectfully named Jon Lane Kent. Marvel Comics is launching their All-New Marvel Now! initiative and stealing shelf space by bombarding the market with must-have titles. However their main attraction is the release of the Miracleman reprints as well as the conclusion of his story with Neil Gaiman. Other publishers announcements include Dark Horse Comics bringing the Engineers from Prometheus into the Aliens universe, Archie Comics begins Farewell, Betty and Veronica, IDW is bringing the ongoing series of Transformers/G.I. Joe, and the Gold Key characters get a fourth chance after Valiant and Dark Horse with Dynamite Entertainment. 2014 is also rich with comic-related films including Transformers: Age of Extinction, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Godzilla. 2014 is an exciting year as digital and creator-owned projects are beginning to take shape. Keep connected on the latest comic news on our Facebook page: Devil Comics Entertainment, Twitter @devilcomics, and our store DevilComics.com. Happy Thanksgiving! Shamim Zia Editor

NOVEMBER COMIC MILESTONES


2000 2001
Writer Mark Waid collaborated with artists Bryan Hitch and Paul Neary on JLA: Heaven's Ladder. Marvel begins its adult imprint MAX with Alias by Brian Michael Bendis. MAX is an imprint of Marvel Comics aimed at an "adults only" audience, launched in 2001 after Marvel broke with the Comics Code Authority and established its own rating system. Max titles are unique among Marvel's output in that they are free to feature explicit content similar to that of an R-rated movie. The MAX imprint is not Marvel's first effort in pushing the boundaries of content in their titles. The company's Epic Comics imprint in the 1980s and early 1990s often featured sexual themes heavily. However, the Max imprint is the first time Marvel has specifically produced comics intended for an older audience. However Stan Lee openly criticized the MAX imprint line saying, "I don't know why they're doing that. I don't think that I would do those kinds of stories."

2007

The ideas for "One More Day" began to develop almost two years before its release, at one of Marvel's creative summits for creators and editors. Following One More Day, the Amazing Spider-Man became the sole Spider-Man title which was published three times a month. The explanation for the erase of the marriage was explained in One Moment in Time in 2010.

2008

Secret Invasion comes to an end with its final issue leading to Dark Reign where the villains like Loki and Doctor Doom form a Cabal led by Norman Osborn. Ultimate Comics launches Ultimatum which kills off several key characters including Professor X, Magneto, and Wolverine.

2009 Superman: Secret Origin was another retelling of Superman who


was under the direction of Geoff Johns. The story featured the "definitive" origin of Superman for the modern, Post-Infinite Crisis DC Universe continuity, starting with Clark Kent in his pre-teens as Superboy. The story replaced Mark Waids 2004 Superman: Birthright released one year before Infinite Crisis. The final issue of Captain America: Reborn is released and brings back Steve Rogers following his assassination after Civil War in 2007. FrankenCastle begins following Dark Reign: The List - Punisher where the Frank Castle was targeted by Norman Osborn who sent the Dark Wolverine to dismember and kill the Punisher.

2003

Neil Gaiman premiered Marvel 1602 where the Marvel Universe existed in the 17th Century on Earth-311. The profits of the series went to help fund his Marvels and Miracles LLC company, which is fighting for the rights to Marvelman. NYX a seven issue limited series between 2003 and 2005 written by then Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada introduced X-23, who was the female clone of Wolverine. NYX stands for District X, New York City.

2010

2007

Following Civil War, J. Michael Straczynski and Joe Quesada brought Spider-Man: One More Day told the SpiderMan sacrificing his marriage to save Aunt May. Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Joe Quesada felt dissolving the Peter Parker and Mary Jane marriage and returning Spider-Man to his roots was necessary to preserve the longevity of the character for the next 20 or 30 years.

Batman, Incorporated #1 premiered following Batman's return from the past after Final Crisis where he was stranded in the distant past and believed dead, Bruce Wayne has returned to the present day DC Universe. Marvel Comics Ultimate Universe reaches a milestone with Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #150.

NOVEMBER COMIC MILESTONES


2011 DC Comics continues with the second issues of the New 52. Marvel
Comics brings the aftermath of their Fear Itself with Battle Scars which introduces Marcus Johnson who is secretly Nick Fury, Jr. Jonathan Hickman brings Johnny Storm back from the dead after killing him a year before in Fantastic Four #600. The year was replaced with twelve issues of FF (Future Foundation, First Family) to replace the Fantastic Four title. The X-Men books broke off into Uncanny X-Men #1 and Wolverine and the X-Men following X-Men: Schism.

2012 DC Comics were wrestling with three different events within three
different character franchises. H'El on Earth in Superman, Death of the Family in Batman, and Rise of the Third Army in Green Lantern took much of attention in the DC Universe. Following DC Comics, Marvel premiered with their Marvel NOW! line with free digital copies as most of their line were relaunched with new number ones including Indestructible Hulk, All-New X-Men, and Iron Man. The Ultimate line brought their books together with United We Stand where Captain America is now the President.

2013

DC Comics continues with their mini-events including Batman's Zero Year and Superman's Krypton Returns along side their companywide crossover title Forever Evil. Marvel Comics brings Infinity to a close while beginning Inhumanity. Much like the Mutants which represented the African Americans in the 1960s, the Inhumans brings another layer of diversity representing sexuality. Marvel is also celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the X-Men with a new title called Amazing X-Men which was one of the titles during the 1995 Age of the Apocalypse event. Following the Age of Ultron, the space-time continuum is broken and Galactus is sent to the Ultimate Universe leading to the universe-wide event bringing the Ultimates, Ultimate Spider-Man Miles Morales, and the Ultimate X-Men together in Cataclysm.

DC COMICS TOP JANUARY 2014 SOLICITATIONS


DC Comics continues with their all-star villains Forever Evil event in 2014 with Lex Luthor and his Injustice League taking the fight to the Crime Syndicate. Cyborg teams up with Doctor Will Magus who is the creator of the Metal Men as Martian Manhunter and Stargirl hit Gotham City. Meanwhile both Bane and the Talon known as Cobb team up to wage war against the Arkham Asylum inmates as the new dynamic duo. FOREVER EVIL TIE-INS FOREVER EVIL #5 JUSTICE LEAGUE #27 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #11 FOREVER EVIL: A.R.G.U.S. #4 FOREVER EVIL: ARKHAM WAR #4 FOREVER EVIL: ROGUES REBELLION #4 SUICIDE SQUAD #27 Following Krypton Returns, the clone of Superboy is dead as the time-lost son of Superman becomes the new Superboy. Supergirl deals with the new Lobo as Superman deals with the Parasite. SUPERMAN SUPERMAN #27 SUPERGIRL #27 SUPERBOY #27

DC COMICS TOP JANUARY 2014 SOLICITATIONS


The celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Batman begins with a super-sized Detective Comics #27. The story leads into Gothtopia where the Batman Family is happy with their lives in Gotham City. The story arc runs through March which will lead into the Batman: Eternal weekly series. Writer Scott Snyder continues to bring the past of the New 52 Batman to the front with Zero Year. BATMAN BATMAN #27 BATGIRL #27 BIRDS OF PREY #27 NIGHTWING #27 Last years Earth 2 Annual introduced the new Batman and finally the origin and identity is revealed as a new Superman wreaks havoc on Earth 2. The Justice League 3000 deal with new villains called the Locus as Green Arrow continues with his Outsiders War in the present. Earth 2 writer Tom Taylor brings Injustice Year Two which is the sequel to last years Injustice Gods. JUSTIC LEAGUE GREEN ARROW #27 EARTH 2 ANNUAL #2 INJUSTICE YEAR TWO #1

DETECTIVE COMICS #27 BATWING #27 CATWOMAN #27

JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 #2 EARTH 2 #19

MARVEL COMICS TOP JANUARY 2014 SOLICITATIONS


2014 brings the All-New Marvel Now! where new #1 issues are released to promote the event following Infinity. The event kicks off with a Point One issue which serves as a prelude for other titles including Loki, Silver Surfer, Black Widow Invaders, and Avengers World. Marvel also celebrates the New Year with reprinting Miracleman. Marvel also closes out on the Fantastic Four books with final issues. ALL-NEW MARVEL NOW! ALL-NEW MARVEL NOW! POINT ONE #1 INHUMAN #1 ALL-NEW INVADERS #1 BLACK WIDOW #1 & 2 MIRACLEMAN #1 & 2 AVENGERS Jonathan Hickman continues to build the Avengers franchise with Avengers World. AVENGERS WORLD #1 & 2 AVENGERS #25

MARVEL COMICS TOP JANUARY 2014 SOLICITATIONS


SPIDER-MAN The Spider-Man books are preparing for Goblin Nation beginning in Superior Spider-Man. SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #25 & 26 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP #9

ULTIMATE COMICS One of the Ultimates fall during his battle with Galactus. The darkened image shows Spider-Man holding a fallen Thor. Cataclysm ends in February however Brian Michael Bendis did express there will be an Ultimate Spider-Man #200 starring Miles Morales. CATACLYSM: CATACLYSM: CATACLYSM: CATACLYSM: THE ULTIMATES LAST STAND #4 (of 5) ULTIMATES #3 (of 3) ULTIMATE X-MEN #3 (of 3) ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #3 (of 3)

MARVEL COMICS TOP JANUARY 2014 SOLICITATIONS


X-MEN Peter David returns with a new X-Factor title. Creed appears in Origins II. Following the events of Battle of the Atom, the X-Men face the Guardians of the Galaxy in the Trial of Jean Grey. Two books featuring X-Force comes together promising that only one X-Force will survive the encounter as Stryfe returns. ALL-NEW X-FACTOR #1 & 2 ORIGIN II #2 (OF 5) ALL-NEW X-MEN #22.NOW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #11.NOW UNCANNY X-FORCE #16 & 17 CABLE AND X-FORCE #18 & 19

IMAGE COMICS TOP JANUARY 2014 SOLICITATIONS


New Series Rick Remender brings murder to school in Deadly Class #1 Stuart Moore brings a future fantasy epic in EGOs #1

Continuing Series Bruce Jones continues with Krampus! #2 Kurtis Wiebe continues with Rat Queens #5 All Out War continues in The Walking Dead #119 and #120 A classified issue in Zero #5

DARK HORSE COMICS TOP JANUARY 2014 SOLICITATIONS


LIMITED SERIES Zack Whedon writes the follow-up to Firefly film in Serenity: Leaves on the Wind Terminator Salvation: The Final Battle #2 Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows #2 Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi Force War #3 Star Wars: Legacy #11 New Story Arcs 2014 begins with a new story arc in Star Wars #13 One Shots The Star Wars #0 explores the background to the original script

IDW PUBLISHING TOP JANUARY 2014 SOLICITATIONS


G.I. JOE G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero closes in on issue #200 while G.I. Joe #12 offers insight into the secret history of Cobra and the Cobra Commanders. G.I. Joe: Special Missions #11 concludes the Destro Must Die arc. TRANSFORMERS The Transformers books continues with the Dark Cybertron story arc with Necrotitan threatening Cybertron and Megatron faces Galvatron in More Than Meets the Eye #25 and Robots in Disguise #25.

STAR TREK Star Trek: Khan #4 reaches penultimate issue where the Eugenics Wars are over and Section 31 begins. The first appearance of Jane Tiberius Kirk begins in Star Trek #29.

IDW PUBLISHING TOP JANUARY 2014 SOLICITATIONS


X-FILES The X-Files franchise is building up by crossing over with other properties including Ghostbusters, Ninja Turtles, and Transformers beginning with The X-Files: Conspiracy #1 and The X-Files: Conspiracy: Ghostbusters #1. The mysterious Mr. X returns in The X-Files: Season 10 #8.

The second issue of six-part limited series Illegitimates is released.

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT TOP JANUARY 2014 SOLICITATIONS


New Story Arcs Eternal Warrior #5 takes us to the future of the Valiant Universe and defines new heroes in 4001 AD. Harbinger #20 begins with the introduction of Ax into the Valiant Universe Bloodshot and the H.A.R.D. Corps #15 brings artist Bart Sears into the fold Continuing Series Unity #3 Livewire wears the X-O armor as Aric is defeated in XO Manowar #21 Concluding Arcs The Sect Civil War concludes in Archer & Armstrong #17 Collections Eternal Warrior Vol. 1: Sword Of The Wild TPB Bloodshot Vol. 4: H.A.R.D. Corps TPB Shadowman Vol. 3: Deadside Blues TPB

DC COMICS OCTOBER CRITIQUES

BATMAN: ZERO YEAR SECRET CITY HARDCOVER Clayface poses as Bruce Wayne and robs a bank to lure Batman out. We are also introduced to the Batman Beyond costume designed by Lucius Fox. Batman traps Clayface and heads home. During Zero Year, Bruce Wayne deals with the Red Hood Gang after returning to Gotham. Uncle Philip Kane persuades Bruce to join him at Wayne Enterprises however after he refuses, Edward Nygma suggests killing him instead. Bruce Wayne disguises himself as Mr. Cobblepot to retrieve stolen Wayne Tech. Nygma reveals to Bruce that his Uncle Philip is giving arms to the Red Hood Gang so they wont take the bigger one. Upon returning to his apartment the Red Hood Gang blows it up with Bruce Wayne inside. Philip Kane confronts Nygma on the death of his nephew while Bruce recuperates at Wayne Manor. Both Nygma and Bruce are slowly being transformed into the Riddler and Batman. Bruce reveals to the media the Red Hood Gang is using ACE Chemical to create a nerve toxin. The Batman stops the Red Hood Gang at the cost of Philip Kane. Red Hood One falls into one of the chemical vats..which leads us to believe he will evolve into the Joker. This hardcover collects Batman (2011) #19-24 RECOMMENDED 4 OUT OF 5

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BATMAN/SUPERMAN VOLUME 1 HARDCOVER Someone is murdering Wayne Enterprise employees which draws the attention of Clark Kent to Gotham. After a short battle between Superman and Batman, Superman is teleported to Earth 2 where he meets that worlds Batman. Meanwhile Batman is teleported to Earth 2 where he finds his wife Catwoman. The counterparts finally meet one another to find out what happened and how their versions were teleported to Earth 2. Both Bruce and Clark of Earth 2 have been friends for over 25 years and Clarks parents are still alive to guide him. The Supermen meet Lois and Wonder Woman however Lois was taken over by a God Kaiyo who warns them that Lord Darkseid will arrive to their worlds. The only way to save themselves is to seize a weapon which will be able to defeat him. The World's Finest of both worlds battle it out for the weapon to save their worlds. The weapon is destroyed the Kaiyo tells them that Earth 2 will not be ready for Darkseid however the New 52 heroes will survive. Kaiyo erases their memories before arriving on the New 52 Earth. The first issue has artwork divided between Jae Lee and Ben Oliver while the third issue is shared by Yildiray Cinar (Legion of Superheroes). The Superman and Batman books have been abundant and following them has been a hassle unless they are celebrated by upcoming events including Krypton Returns and Zero Year. Overall the inconsistent artwork really destroyed the story with the premiere story arc. This hardcover collects Batman/Superman #14 Batman/Superman #3.1 NEEDS IMPROVEMENT 3 OUT OF 5

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THE FLASH VOLUME 4: REVERSE HARDCOVER Someone is killing off people who were tapped with the Speed Force and the Flash suspects its Kid Flash. He discovers the Kid Flash is not from the present and not the killer. The Reverse-Flash kills another victim with only Iris Allen and Barry Allen left. The Reverse-Flash heads to Dr. Elias lab to steal the Speed Force he is storing however the Flash arrives. The identity of the Speed Force killer is revealed to be Iris brother Daniel West. The Flash #23.1 Grodd is freed from the Speed Force and Keystone City becomes Grodd City. The Flash #23.2 The Reverse-Flash wants to move time back to murder his own father. The Flash #23.3 The Rogues refuse to submit to the Crime Syndicate. This hardcover collects The Flash #20-24 The Flash #23.1-23.3 RECOMMENDED 4 OUT OF 5

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GREEN LANTERN: LIGHTS OUT HARDCOVER Relic is an anomaly from the old universe which existed of Lightsmiths who exhausted their reservoir and extinguished from existence. Relic is the survivor from the previous universe. The Lightsmiths extinguished life from the previous universe and now the Lanterns are doing the same. Its up to Relic to stop them by beginning with the destruction of the Blue Lanterns. Relic arrives on Oa and demands the Green Lanterns to surrender or he will take their planet by force. Relic collects the spectrum from the Central Battery then destroys it. Without the Central Battery Oa is unstable and ready to explode. Hal and John Stewart order to get the wounded off of Oa. The Citadel of the Guardians was an escape rocket that took the wounded from Oa. Hal escorts the remaining Green Lanterns off of Oa while John Stewart distracts Relic. The Green Lanterns escape as Oa is destroyed. After the destruction of Oa, the Entities merge with Kyle Rayner however the Green Lantern Corps want to head to Ysmault to unite with the Red Lanterns to stop Relic. The Green Lanterns want to stop Rayner however he sends them on a fast ride to Ysmault. Rayner is missing the Parallax and the Butcher however restores balance within himself with the help of the New Guardians. Rayner reveals to the New Guardians that he needs to help Relic as the Entities intended them to do. Meanwhile John Stewart takes his Green Lanterns to speak with the Indigo Tribe. This hardcover collects Green Lantern (2011) #24 Green Lantern Corps (2011) #24 Green Lantern: New Guardians (2011) #24 Red Lanterns (2011) #24 Green Lantern Annual (2011) #2 RECOMMENDED 4 OUT OF 5

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AVENGERS: ENDLESS WARTIME HARDCOVER In the present resistance fighters shoot down a drone as Captain America recognizes the markings on the drone. In 1944 Captain America fighting against weapons that are now used in the present. In the past Thor slayed the Nidhogg which lived below the World Tree however escaped to Midgard. It is later revealed the drone was the Nidhoggs children from long ago. After 50 pages of dialogue the story begins where the first few pages began. Overall this is a very wordy book where out of no where Thor tells us the story of Nidhogg. The art is amazing as always by Mike McKone however the story could have been written better. NEEDS IMPROVEMENT 3 OUT OF 5

PUNISHER: TRIAL OF THE PUNISHER TPB Frank Castle arrives at a police station with a body of a dead district attorney. As the trial begins the prosecution brings in their witness Matt Murdock. The first issue was drawn by Leinil Yu while the second was Mico Suayan. This two issue special costing a whopping $8 bucks could have been spent elsewhere with better plotting. WASTED TALENTS 2 OUT OF 5

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HUNGER HARDCOVER Following of Age of Ultron, Galactus arrives in the Ultimate Universe leading the limited series Hunger originally solicited as Age of Ultron #10 U.C (Universal Constant). Rick Jones is teleported to the heart of the Kree/Shi-tauri war in space as the Gah Lak Tus swarm arrives. He feels the various realities collapsing on himself as Galactus arrives and the swarm changes to confront him. The Gah Lak Tus swarm merges with him and serves Galactus as their new herald. Captain Marvel joins both Silver Surfer and Rick Jones. Captain Marvel reveals his people the Kree build the Gah Lak Tus swarm to rid the Kree enemies. After saving Rick Jones from Galactus, Captain Marvel falls and dies on Hala as Rick Jones pilots the bomb to destroy Galactus. Rick Jones as the new Captain Marvel teleports several Kree ships away from Galactus. Captain Marvel takes care of the Gah Lak Tus swam and is sent to another dimension while Galactus exhausted after the battle heads to earth. The issue leads to the Ultimate Universe event Cataclysm. This hardcover collects Hunger #1-4 RECOMMENDED 4 OUT OF 5

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IRON MAN #17 This issue is the conclusion of the Secret Origin of Tony Stark which started in Iron Man #6. Nearly a year later it is revealed that the secret of Tony Stark and his origins told over the course of the story was not his. A robot by the name of 451 genetically engineered Tony Stark to preserve Earth however it was Arno Stark who was genetically engineered. Tony Stark was adopted and used as a decoy. The overall storyline was crap as it took Tony Stark into the depths of space and brought him back to Earth. The revelation that Arno Stark currently exists and will one day inherit the mantle of Iron Man 2020 is the big payoff however it took 10 issues previously to tell the whole story. This issue is the only one whole picking up while the rest of the story preceding this issue falls short. RECOMMENDED 4 OUT OF 5

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X-MEN: BATTLE OF THE ATOM PREMIERE HARDCOVER The 10-part series begins with both the All-New X-Men and Uncanny X-Men teaming up to defeat the mutant-hunting Sentinels. The younger Cyclops is shot while the older Cyclops disappears. The younger Cyclops is revived and the older Cyclops reappears. The X-Men at the Jean Grey School decide its time to send the younger original X-Men back just as the XMen from 50 years from now appears. However Jean Grey cannot read their minds so she causes a distraction and runs with the Blackbird with Cyclops. The grandson of Xavier was blocking their thoughts and Xorn is revealed to be a future Jean Grey. Cyclops and Jean Grey run to the Uncanny X-Men for help. Magik goes into the future as Wolverine and the X-Men arrive. A psychic battle between Xorn and Emma Frost with her students including the young Jean Grey occurs. Cyclops discovers Xorn is really the young Jean Grey who stayed in the present. Now Xorn wants to send her younger self back where she belongs. Magik returns from the future and takes the younger Hank McCoy and Iceman into the future. The young Jean Grey defeats Xorn and sees her future and decides to go back. Magik, McCoy, and Iceman travel to a completely different future with a different set of X-Men. In the future Alison Blaire becomes the first mutant U.S. President who is later assassinated. Magik returns with the real X-Men from the future and questions linger on who are the other mutants claiming to be X-Men including: Xorn, Ice Hulk, an older Kitty Pryde, the grandson of Xavier, and Deadpool. This hardcover collects X-Men: Battle of the Atom #1-2 All-New X-Men #16-17 X-Men #5-6 Uncanny X-Men #12-13 Wolverine & the X-Men #36-37 RECOMMENDED 4 OUT OF 5 The future X-Men attempt to retrieve both young Iceman and Beast however discover they already went to the future. The ruse is over and Wolverine is stabbed by his son from the future whose mother is Mystique. SERIES HIGHLIGHTS - Sentinel-X reveals himself to be Shogo the son of Jubilee - The future X-Men attempt to send the original X-Men back home - The original X-Men cannot be sent back due to the Time Paradox - The future X-Men are really the Brotherhood which attempt Plan B - The Brotherhood lures the X-Men into a trap with SHIELD on the offensive

IDW PUBLISHING OCTOBER CRITIQUES


TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE #21 Both Shockwave and Jhaixus are working together to bring the prophecy of Dark Cybertron into fruition. Soundwave spies on Shockwave on behalf of Megatron and seize his creation for the Decepticon cause. The issue is a slow burn towards the Dark Cybertron storyline. This issue neither adds anything to the upcoming storyline and feels like a filler. NEEDS IMPROVEMENT 3 OUT OF 5

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT OCTOBER CRITIQUES


X-O MANOWAR VOLUME 4: HOMECOMING TRADE PAPERBACK Following the events of Planet Death, Aric arrives back on Earth reunited with his people the Visigoths. Now after claiming an Eastern European country as his new home, Aric encounters Gilad the Eternal Warrior ready to stop him and put him down. Meanwhile America offers Aric asylum however he refuses. The Russians have captured some of his people to get intel before launching their attacks. Aric is distracted by a submarine missile as the Russians attack his people. The Visigoths fight back using weapons from the Vine ship. The Russians are defeated however Harada is planning on bringing a team together to deal with Aric and the X-O armor leading into next month's Unity. This trade paperback X-O Manowar #15-18 RECOMMENDED 4 OUT OF 5

FILM REVIEWS
SPOILERS AHEAD The Dark World begins with the introduction of Malekith the leader of the Dark Elves. Malekith wanted to use a weapon called the Aether to return the universe back to its original state of darkness. (Similar to what Nekron wanted to do in DC Comics Blackest Night) However Malekith is ultimately defeated by Odins father Bor and the Aether in buried. In the present, Jane Foster accidently discovers the dimension where the Aether is buried and is consumed by it. She returns to the present where Thor is waiting. Thor takes Jane back to Asgard to remove the Aether from her. Malekith comes to Asgard and lays waste by trying to take the Aether however manages to kill Thor and Lokis mother before escaping. Thor and Loki unite to take on Malekith who extracts the Aether from Jane and embeds it into himself. Loki is killed however secretly disguises himself as an Asgard soldier and replaces Odin as the Lord of Asgard. Ultimately Thor defeats Malekith over London and returns back to Asgard. The film has a cameo of Chris Evans as Captain America, a post-credit scene concerning the Collector leading to next years Guardians of the Galaxy, and a final scene where Thor and Jane Foster are reunited. The Dark World will lead into another film where Thor discovers Loki took over Asgard pretending to be his father and what has happened to Odin. The story of Thor: The Dark World was good however it felt like half the story was told as it leads into other Marvel films including the Avengers taking on Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet in Avengers 3. RECOMMENDED 4 OUT OF 5

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DC COMICS SUPER-VILLAINS: BIZARRO ACTION FIGURE FROM THE PAGES OF FOREVER EVIL! The Crime Syndicate's molecular-manipulating madman, Deathstorm, and Superman's infamous backwards-speaking bad guy, Bizarro, are the latest figures taking over your shelves. EACH SOLD SEPARATELY BIZARRO 6.75" RM 90 On Sale April 2014

DC COMICS DESIGNER ACTION FIGURES SERIES 1: BY GREG CAPULLO BATMAN AND TALON ON SALE APRIL 2014 BATMAN 6.75" TALON 6.75" Based on the designs from the best-selling artist of BATMAN, Greg Capullo, comes the first wave in an all-new Designer Series from DC Collectibles. RM 90

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