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Ranking the All New All Different Marvel: 30 – 21

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Uncanny Inhumans

Charles Soule & Steve McNiven
I was really surprised that I liked this book as much as I did. Having Kang (a favorite of mine) as the villain also makes it feel more like an Avengers book than the other Avengers I’ve read in this relaunch. Time-hopping madness with some heroics and inter-team drama made this pretty fun. Will definitely read more. – BC

Great mix of classic Inhumans, new ones (nuHumans?), and interesting supporting characters like Beast and Torch. Looking forward to more, and happy to see McNiven lend his talents to the flagship title for this newly placed cornerstone of the ANAD Marvel Universe. – MMDG

First collection: Uncanny Inhumans, Vol. 1: Time Crush (April)

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International Iron Man

Brian Michael Bendis & Alex Maleev
I’ll pretty much give anything Bendis does a fair shake, and even though this first issue is objectively mediocre, I enjoyed it. Alex Maleev’s art lends itself to Tony’s dark, mysterious past; I do, however, prefer Iron Man to have more color, more emphasis on boisterous mechanical designs, and an air of levity. This feels more like a Daredevil book, or even Hawkguy, and while I applaud Bendis for doing something more thoughtful with an action hero, it’s not something I really need. In the opening panel, one of the few action pieces in the whole book, a clever henchman jokes that perhaps the disabled Iron Man is “contemplating the life decisions that led him to this moment,” so I know Bendis knows that I know that he’s covering familiar ground, and his awareness makes me think he’s going to do his best to throw some curves and tell a good story. BMB is a master of dialogue and cinematic storytelling, and while I think he effectively builds an intriguing past and a compelling relationship between Tony and Cassandra, I would rather see Iron Man fighting Doom or organizing Avengers. I will keep reading this book, but maybe not recommend it as strongly as Spider-Man. – RF

First collection: International Iron Man, Vol. 1. (November)

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All New All Different Marvel – Week 24

We’ve been at this for almost half a year, True Believers. When do we stop calling this the All New All Different Marvel universe? After all, the “Marvel NOW!” and “All New” half-ass attempts at relaunching titles and building readership both started petering out around this point. Can we just call this the Marvel Universe now and move on with it?

Or maybe just pump the brakes a minute, friends. Because it looks like we need one more Iron Man series. And one more series written by Brian Michael Bendis. And one more promise to “discover new things about the Marvel Universe” we never knew existed! And, what the hell. Alex Maleev and Paul Mounts? Count me in.

This week’s premiere, International Iron Man, puts Tony Stark on a quest to discover who his real parents are, and it begins with a flashback to his Cambridge days; a wealthy, beautiful woman; and Hydra goons gunning folks down in the street. Here we go.

Also new this week: Spider-Woman finally has her baaybee! The latest Apocalypse storyline (might there be a movie coming?) begins in the pages of Lemire’s Extraordinary! Power Man and Iron Fist bust some fiddle-faddling heads!

New Titles:
International Iron Man #1

Continuing and related titles
All New Inhumans #5
All New X-Men #6
Astonishing Ant-Man #6
Captain Marvel #3
Deadpool and the Mercs for Money #2 (of 5)
Extraordinary X-Men #8
Power Man and Iron Fist #2
Scarlet Witch #4
Spider-Woman #5
Squadron Supreme #5
Star-Lord #5
Starbrand and Nightmask #4
Uncanny Inhumans #6
Web Warriors #5
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All New All Different Marvel – Week 23

It hasn’t come as a surprise to any Marvel readers, new or old, that much of this All New All Different relaunch has been informed and influenced by the greater Marvel media incarnations of its properties. Contest of Champions supports their mobile video game. The latest volume of Avengers features a run-in with the Chitauri. Every other comic has Deadpool. So if you’re at all curious as to why a minor B-list character like Mockingbird is getting her first solo series, then you clearly haven’t been watching ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Palicki as Mockingbird in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Palicki as Mockingbird in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

In the 80’s, Bobbi Morse might have been Clint Barton’s better half, but she was significantly less well known. And let’s face it – hardly anyone even knew who Hawkeye was. Worse yet, she was a founding member of the West Coast Avengers. So she was a supporting cast member for a minor league offshoot of the super-team that already played second fiddle to the X-Men. But in 2016, a live-action Mockingbird is a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent on the hit network series, and she’s portrayed by the made-for-superhero-flicks Adrianne Palicki. Hell yes she’s getting a comic.

IMG_0587This new Mockingbird is written by bestselling novelist Chelsea Cain, with art by newcomer Kate Niemczyk and colorist Rachelle Rosenberg. Kudos to Marvel for publishing another book by a female creative team, and congratulations to Cain, Niemczyk, and all involved for kicking off this series with one of the best superhero psychoanalysis sessions since Peter David’s X-Factor. Cain, in the afterword, admits that this first issue doesn’t make “any sense at all.” But, after multiple visits to the S.H.I.E.L.D. medical clinic, and a heavy sprinkling of puzzle pieces designed to set up an intriguing first arc, I have to agree with another Cain sentiment: many things that don’t make any sense at all are still awesome.

New Titles:
Mockingbird #1

Continuing and related titles
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #3
All New Wolverine #6
Amazing Spider-Man #9
Black Knight #5
Dr. Strange #6
Guardians of the Galaxy #6
Howard the Duck #5
The Mighty Thor #5
Ms. Marvel #5
Red Wolf #4
Rocket Raccoon and Groot #3
Spider-Gwen #6
Spider-Man 2099 #8
Spider-Man/Deadpool #3
Uncanny Avengers #7
Vision #5
Weirdworld #4
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