Halloween Month: The Invaders #31 Review

A few months ago, I had decided to try and do another theme month and the one that came to my mind was to do Halloween theme and when I was in Durham I found a retro toy stall on the market and I found the first comic to kick off this month as The Invaders meet Frankenstein.

The cover for the issue is rather cool, with Captain America and Namor getting swatted by Frankenstein, who is wearing a blue Nazi uniform. But the thing that I find weird about the cover is that The Human Torch looks to be smaller than either Cap or Namor.

The issue opens with Spitfire cleaning the Invaders mansion in which she knocks over a hatbox and discovers a hat of a Gestapo officer and she then tries it on for then to notice Captain America standing in the doorway. Spitfire is slightly shocked about the sudden appearance of Cap and he says that the hat was a souvenir that The Torch had and Cap regales the tale of how they had gotten the hat. He, Namor and Bucky were travelling to Switzerland, but Spitfire interrupts on what happened with them heading to a neutral country and what had happened to the Torches and Cap continues saying that they had received word that there was possible Nazi activity in the Swiss Alps and the Human Torch and Toro went off to see what happened. But since they had wrapped up the investigation in England, they still didn’t hear anything back from them and they headed to Switzerland to see what had happened.

When they got there, the village where the Torch was near and they find it to be rather deserted but the lights are on in the building, but just as they said that the two of them are swarmed by the villagers with one of them saying, ‘let me drive the stake through their demon hearts’ making me think of the time where Captain America fought against Dracula in Avengers Assembled. Namor comes to their rescue and the villagers note that he is strange looking for his feet and his ears. But Cap tries to calm the villagers by asking if they have never heard of him or Namor, but the villagers then notice that in the moonlight that they recognise who they are. Cap theories that they attacked them since they were unfamiliar and the villagers say that they were attacked by ‘horror beyond all comprehension’.

The villagers inform them on what has happened recently with graves being robbed, two fire demons (which was Human Torch and Toro) that were heading towards Castle Frankenstein, and that a monster had left the castle and had murdered several villagers. The villagers had then decided to mount an assault but when they noticed the jet coming over the town they turned their focus on them. Cap doesn’t seem to believe the part about the monster and tells the towns folk who the demons were and says that they are going to Castle Frankenstein to investigate and tells the villagers to go back to their homes. But the villagers refuse to do so and inform them about Dr Basil Frankenstein and says that he consorts with the Devil, making me think more of the Invaders meet Doom than Frankenstein, and they say they are they only know how to deal with him.

Cap and Bucky reach the Castle and they manage to find an open window and make their way in and discover that the information about Nazi’s being in Switzerland being true and then they get ambushed by a group of Nazis’ from behind a secret wall, confirming more about my theory of it being the Invaders meets Doom.  Cap and Bucky manage to beat up the soldiers but they don’t notice a lumbering officer coming up behind them to reveal Frankenstein. Cap goes to punch Frankenstein but it appears to do nothing, but Frankenstein then starts beating up the two of them and then we see Basil Frankenstein and his assistant Kitty being wheeled in and Cap takes advantage of the distraction. But that comes up rather short since Basil gives the creature a command to attack them and he manages to knock them both out and we see them being bound.

Cap wakes up and finds himself being bound on a table, Bucky chained to a wall and we see that Toro is there as well who is also chained but he has been doused in chemicals that don’t allow him to flame on. Basil and his monster arrive in the room and he commands the creature to remain where he is until the need him and Cap asks him the basic questions on why the Nazi uniform and what happened to the Human Torch. But Basil first decides to inform him on the creature first and says that his ancestor was Victor Frankenstein and says that he created the first monster, and we get an editor’s note that this is in the same continuity as the events of Monster of Frankenstein. He then goes on to say that he started to appreciate more of his family’s heritage and secrets. Then we get more information on Kitty and we find out that she is in fact Japanese. Basil says that she is a surgeon from Japan and she has been acting as his hands for surgery because of a laboratory accident. They then give them the reasoning why they are doing it and it is an experiment to win the war by having an army of Frankenstein’s that would be unstoppable. Then they revealed the reason why Cap is strapped to a table and that is since Basil is paralysed he wants a new body and he decides to place his brain inside of Cap’s body.

When they wheel in Cap’s body to the laboratory, Cap discovers the Human Torch inside a large bubble. Cap tries to talk to Torch, but he can’t hear him and Basil tells him that he can’t hear him or flame on. Basil then says that he has needed Torch all of this time because he needs his ‘Android Energies’ since that this version of the Human Torch is an Android and he plans on improving on the prototype of Frankenstein with Torch’s technology. Back down at the town, the resident notice lights coming from the Castle and they decide to march up to there in a mob, but Namor tells them to stay where they are, but they don’t listen to him, so he decides to use his strengths to get to the Castle before the mob and he discovers what has happened, with Cap being strapped to a table and Torch in a bubble but this time it appears that Torch could be dying.

But that’s not all that is happening, it appears that the ‘Android Energy’ is being transferred to Frankenstein and it is changing the monster into a new form giving it a larger design. The villagers storm the castle and Basil tells the guards to butcher them, whilst Namor uproots a power pole and throws it through the skylight of the lab, managing to break the bubble that encases Torch and he manages to flame on and frees Cap. Basil commands Frankenstein to recapture Cap and Torch rescues Bucky and Toro. Torch has an idea that he wants to try out with Toro and it turns out that Frankenstein is afraid of fire, but Torch doesn’t want to hurt the monster, however Namor ignores him and punches him full force in the face and we see sparks flying off the monster after crashing into a machine. But after that punch, Torch notices something about the monster and we see tears on a close-up of the face.

The creature turns his attention away from The Invaders and switches his focus towards Basil and Kitty and he grabs them both. The reasoning about this would be when Namor punched him into a machine, it created a short circuit that disabled the brain implant. He takes the up to the roof of the castle and the creature finally speaks and says that he will return to the grave that spawned him and will take them both with him to the grave, and they jump off the Castle and they manage to land in the town where the villagers discover the bodies. The Invaders discuss what had just happened but the villagers come through and they say that they now must destroy the Castle so that no more monsters can be created, but Torch disagrees with the mob and he manages to absorb the flames of the torches. He then informs them that he is an android and he makes it his mission that he will keep the Castle intact as a monument to Frankenstein since that the creature was the one that stopped Basil from creating more monstrosities. The issue ends with Cap ending the tale saying that Castle Frankenstein is still standing but Spitfire asks why the Torch should defend the Castle and if he has asked him. But Cap just replies by asking if she should ask him.

Overall this issue is just rather strange, but it does have a lot of the tropes that come from the Frankenstein movies. I do hope to try and find more classic stories to review in the future mainly because the next issue of the Invaders sounds interesting that being The Invaders and Thor crossing paths.

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The Amazing Spider-Man: Ends of the Earth #682 & #683 Review

Back in 2012 I started reading Amazing Spider-Man properly read since I went to a college that was near a couple of comic book stores and one of the first stories I enjoyed reading was ends of the Earth since that it looked interesting for the cover. Spidey being bound with Doc Ock’s robotic tentacles and being held across the Earth and when I read the beginning page, I was interested even more for the fact that, Doctor Octopus was dying and that this was going to be his possible magnum opus.

The story begins with Spidey narrating about how it can be difficult to tell the difference between who are the good guy and the bad guy, in which we see Equinox a villain who has the powers of both Human Torch and Iceman all-in-one attacking firefighters and setting a building on fire. Spidey sees what is happening and he intervenes by hurling ‘Spider-Grenades’ whilst flying on a ‘Spider-Glider’. It turns out that the grenades are filled with a retardant gel that manages to encase him in a cocoon of some description. But during the firefighters trying to rescue one of their own, his foot snaps off, but the paramedics manage to arrive and preserve the foot in a box and Spidey helps the paramedics get to the hospital faster. At the hospital, the doctor tells Spidey that they will be able to reattach the foot thanks to the person who created the Cryo-Cubes since that they have been a help storing limbs and organs and he is taken back by this since that it was Peter he who had created the tech and then we see a few panels of the other tech that he has created over the past few issues. But he then brings up some other tech that he has his hands on, that being something to take down the Sinister Six.

In Horizon Labs, it turns out that Mayor Jameson wants to shut down the building with Jonah calling Max Modell a menace saying that he is also keeping tech could control and contain Spider-Man and that he wouldn’t turn it over. However, Hector Baez, who is their legal counsel says that they had destroyed the jammers so that they wouldn’t fall into the wrong hands. Jonah then brings up that the jammers also created a 50ft Spider Creature in Manhattan during the events of Spider-Island, also them creating a time machine that created an alternate future that destroyed New York and that they have a monster working for them, that being Morbius the Living Vampire. Jonah then leaves and Max tells them that the can all go back to work.

At a hidden location underwater, Doc Ock announces to the Sinister Six, this incarnation made up of himself, Sandman, Chameleon, Mysterio, Electro and Rhino, that he is going to start his plan since that it is revealed that the X-Men, Defenders and Fantastic Four are either off world or in a different dimension. Chameleon asks him what about the Avengers and he says that he has studied them and has come up with countermeasures that he plans to use on them. He activates is ‘Octahedral’ and activates his plan, a network of satellites that have created a field around the Earth causing the Sun’s rays to be intensified across North and South America. Doc Ock spouts his reasoning for what he is doing, but MJ and Peter also notice this and Peter seems rather annoyed that even with the tech that he has created that it seems that Ock is a few steps ahead. He tells the world what he is doing, that being using his Octavian Lens can counteract the effects of global warming and thus help preserve the planet. He then says that he is sensing copies of his equations to people around the globe and he only wants to be able to be remembered for one thing, being able to save the Earth.

Back in New York, Peter motions to MJ that he is going off to deal with Ock and she tells him not to screw it up. He heads back to Horizon Labs and takes out of storage the parts he was working on to take down the Sinister Six but he gets interrupted by Max Modell. He asks what he is doing with the equipment and he says that he is running some tests with it, but Max has an inkling that the tech is for Spidey to deal with the problem that is occurring. Peter tells him that it is and Max wishes him luck with helping Spidey. We then cut over to Peter putting on a new costume but just small panels showing what it looks like. Over at the Avengers Mansion, the Avengers talk over the Ock’s plan with Iron Man saying that the math is right, but there seems to be a rather mix with the rest of the Avengers. But Spider-Man walks in saying that it’s time for them to act and says Avenger’s Assemble, revealing the new costume which seems to resemble armour and it looks amazing, ending part one.

Part two begins as a flashback two weeks prior to the Doc Ock’s plan where he sent out Chameleon, Sandman, Rhino and Electro out to recover countermeasures for the Avengers from different parts of the world. Chameleon gets an old set of Iron Man’s armour, Sandman and Rhino retrieves a prototype device that the Leader had created to use against a Hulk and Electro gets the Fang of Jormungandr to use on Thor. Back in the present, an emergency G8 summit is on with world leaders and some of the worlds smartest people to go over the science behind Doc Ock’s latest invention with even Professor Stephen Hawking saying that the science is sound and if they help him launch more of his satellites it could end the threat of global warming. Former Vice President Gore takes the floor to talk but he is then interrupted by Spider-Man along with Captain America and Thor where he says what they are doing is completely insane since that they forget that Doc Ock is a psychopath that uses giant octopi. Gore asks why they are there and Thor says that he is here representing Asgard in these matters and that Spider-Man is in his council. Spidey continues saying that Ock is a mad scientist and that they are just helping him build his weapon that could be a doomsday device. Gore responds saying that he sees that this is a way to end global warming and sees that there are no other worries that counteract this decision and then Spidey punches him in the face, shocking a few world leaders in the process.

Spidey then reveals that Gore was in fact the Chameleon in disguise and Cap asks how he knew that it was Chameleon and he replies that it was an idea that he borrowed from Daredevil and set up an audio system keyed to recognise his specific heartbeat. Ock then chimes in from his Octahedral where he apologies for his deception, and says that due to Spider-Man’s interference he plans on taking drastic measures, this being using his satellites to teach them all a final lesson. Spidey contacts Iron Man saying that Ock had taken the bait and Iron Man says that he can try and backtrack the signal but the satellites start to change frequency’s and he says that it could be very bad. Horizon Labs starts a teleconference with the summit and they say that they may have some information regarding the energy signature off tech that they had developed for their old Space Station. However, it isn’t known if they had got the rest of the information as all their power goes out with Max thinking that Doc Ock may have set off an EMP and tells them all to go outside. But it turns out that it wasn’t the evil Doc Ock that did this but the evil Mayor Jameson who had cut off all the power to Horizon Labs because he wants to protect New York from scientists, even though New York had been attacked a few hundred times by different villains (plus that time when Jameson got turned into a Spider), and he says that he only care about making New York safe and the rest of the world can fend for itself.

Back at the summit, Iron Man informs Spidey that he has good and bad news, the stealth technology that he is using is revolutionary, but he can’t track where his base is at. To top off on the bad news even more is that the new shield that is in place in the upper atmosphere is having a different effect and he says that it could change everything. The leaders are getting news in about all the new information and it doesn’t look good for Spidey, the Ock chimes in saying that he could have turned up the heat again but this time he decided to give them the carrot instead since that he still wants to have some good come with his name and gives them a 24-hour ultimatum or it’s the stick again and he also asks for the release of the Chameleon. The summit releases Chameleon and Spidey is annoyed at this but this seems that it could also be part of a back-up plan.

An hour later the Sinister Six meet up along the Mediterranean Coast with most of the team in a one of Ock’s robots and Chameleon questions why they are meeting here and Sandman says that they would like to keep their secret base a secret and Mysterio says that he has a kick me sign on his back, and Chameleon realises he has a tracer on his back and the Avengers followed him to the rendezvous. Inside the Quinjet, Widow tells them that they have been spotted and Spidey tells them that the plan is to overwhelm them since that they have the numbers advantage and Red Hulk likes this plan. Sandman tells them that he sees seven of them and but Otto reassures them that they can’t lose since that this is their day, the day the Sinister Six reign supreme and we get an awesome two-page spread of the Avengers descending on the Sinister Six.

Red Hulk goes after the robot whilst the rest go after the remaining members. Hawkeye shoots a net arrow at Mysterio but it looks like, to him, that it didn’t work as it dissolves into what looks like candy. Hawkeye seems shocked at this but Spidey reassures him that it worked since that his helmet can filter out Mysterio’s tricks. Electro manages to take out the Quinjet possibly even taking out Widow. He manages to knock down Hawkeye and Spider-Woman, but when he tries to mow through Spidey, it fails and Electro goes out of his electric form and reminds Electro that he has brought a God with him and Thor manages to absorb him into his hammer and casts him out somewhere. Thor says that Electro will no longer bother Midgard but Rhino comes up behind him and stabs him with the tooth from the Midgard Serpent. Iron Man says that he’ll help Thor after he has dealt with Ock, however Ock has his own tricks by being able to shut down his suit with the help of future Starktech. Cap and Sandman fight it out with Cap trying to convince him on returning to the Avengers, but he isn’t paying attention to his request and takes him out with sand. He then throws a cryo-cube at Cap freezing him in ice. Red Hulk then gets taken out with a blast from an Alpha/Gamma Disruptor which can shut down the brain activity of Gamma-irradiated creatures. Spidey is the last Avenger standing, but not for long as he tries to use Ock’s tech against him but Ock has upgraded himself shocking Spidey into defeat and the Sinister Six standing triumphant ending part two.

I have really liked this story and I will be back at a later date to continue the story.

Shadowland: Review

When I started reading comic books, it could have been either Amazing or Superior Spider-Man, where I was introduced to Kingpin’s fortress the Shadowland and there was something that I always wanted to know. Where did this building come from? From what I knew going into this was that this was set after the events of Siege and that HAMMER and the Dark Avengers were being replaced back with SHIELD and the Avengers reforming.

We begin the story in Japan where members of The Hand, a mystical ninja thieving assassins group that has had run ins previously with the Avengers and the X-Men. But here they are talking about Matt Murdock and how their plans are coming into motion. We also get a bit of backstory as well for new readers and the reason why Daredevil is leading them, with the Hand coming to him to lead them and he decides to try and use them for good. But that then changed when his old rival, Bullseye, destroyed a city block killing over 100 people and since then Daredevil and the Hand have started to push the limits to keep the peace.

We then cut over to a prisoner transport where Bullseye is being transported to the Raft and Bullseye starts planning his escape. He manages to distract the guards with telling a tale about The Sentry but then he starts foaming at the mouth and the guards try to save him but this appears to be a ploy and he manages to grab the defibrillator off one of the guards and zaps them in the face. He lands the transport on top of a building and we see Shadowland with Moon Knight, Spider-Man, Punisher and Kingpin looking out at the building from different parts of New York and Kingpin remarks: I think we’re ready to begin.

In Avengers Tower, Thor starts talking about Shadowland and says that no good will come of this. Luke Cage and Danny Rand start talking about Daredevil, commenting on how he seems to become judge, jury and possibly even executioner. Iron Man and Captain America join the conversation with Cap saying that with the changes that have been happening that it is creating a power vacuum and Iron Man saying that even though Shadowland looks ominous that Hell’s Kitchen does have somebody looking after them. Luke then says that this seems to be rather crazy that he has a crazy ninja death cult also watching them and Danny remind them that this isn’t the old Matt anymore and he brings up something rather nervous about what he has heard at the soup kitchens. Apparently, people in Hell’s Kitchen have been disappearing so Iron Man and Cap give them the go ahead to talk to Matt to get some sense into him. Luke asks them if he says no and Cap replies saying that it would be unwise.

Bullseye manages to get his costume on and starts killing the Hand outside of Shadowland and he calls out Daredevil for a fight and we see Daredevil’s new costume, an all-black version of his old costume with possibly a newly designed DD on his chest. Bullseye calls him out on putting Shadowland here saying that he is over-compensating. But Daredevil calls it a monument for all that he had failed to save, but Bullseye just simply ignores that and the two, with Daredevil backed by the Hand, start fighting, with Bullseye running off. Luke and Danny notice what is happening and go to give Daredevil a hand, but he stops them and asks them if they will swear allegiance to the Hand where they reply no and he tells them to stay out of his way. Bullseye manages to hold off the Hand rather well but he starts to get his arse kicked once Daredevil shows up and he manages to dislocate one of Bullseye’s arms. Daredevil also notes that Bullseye is deadly with bit hams so he then dislocated his other arm, but things seem to be looking even more grim as Daredevil picks up one of Bullseye’s scythes. Luke and Danny see where this is going and they try to intervein, but it was too late. Daredevil stabs Bullseye, killing him ending the first issue.

Issue two begins with Moon Knight narrating about Shadowland and what Daredevil has done since he set up his new residence. He also talks about how criminals have moved out and headed to other places, but the ones that the hand had took, nobody knows what has happened to them, so he swallows a balloon and smashes the cab that he drives to alert the Hand who take him to their jail. Meanwhile with Luke and Danny they are openly talking about Daredevil and what they should be doing about him since that he did kill Bullseye, with Danny saying that it could be taken as self-defence but Luke says that it is murder plain and simple. They keep talking about what they should do and a fight breaks out and one of them tries to stab Luke but the knife just snaps and Kingpin walks in and the room clears out. They ask him why he is there and Kingpin replies that he wants to take down Daredevil.

Inside Shadowland, Tarantula is talking with Daredevil and he asks Tarantula what he wants. He replies saying that wallowing in guilt isn’t necessary but Daredevil responds saying that he doesn’t feel anything. Tarantula asks him if he needs anything and he replies that he needs reinforcements since that the Hand are pretty much just cannon fodder. Tarantula questions this decision since that with HAMMER out of the picture there shouldn’t be that much of a need, but Daredevil plans on expanding the area of control. He tells him to put a call out to all costumed heroes that they are invited to join the Hand saying that if they are not with us that they are against them.

In Midtown, Lady Bullseye gives Kingpin an ancient scroll that lets him summon the Zugaikotsu warrior to be under his command who is apparently the most ancient enemy of the Hand and is also to be feared. Kingpin recites the text from the scroll and Lady Bullseye says that nothing happened but he tells her to listen to what is approaching them and the window that they are standing inform of shatters. The Zugaikotsu asks why he has been summoned where Kingpin tries to get a masterpiece speech out, but he cuts him off and he says that he wants vengeance.

Back at the Shadowland White Tiger is waiting warning that this place is a no-go for civilians, however it is revealed that Luke, Danny, Shang Chi, Missy Knight and Colleen Wing are wanting an audience with Daredevil. Daredevil thinks that they have reconsidered but Danny reveals that it was a ruse just to try and talk some sense into him. But he isn’t having any of it, but Missy pretty much goes off on him, Colleen tries to calm the situation down. Daredevil also brings up that his ninjas are under a no kill order where Missy brings up that he had killed Bullseye where he responds that he is a mad dog that needed to be put down. Colleen then says that he has forgotten all about the justice that he had when he was a lawyer but he retorts back saying that justice is what they make it. Daredevil starts getting sick of their lectures and brings up all the negative things that have happened in the past few months/ years with Green Goblin being put in head of National Security and making Bullseye as an Avenger. But then Spider-Man appears out of a window in Shadowland where he tells him that a black costume always ends rather badly.

In a different part of Shadowland, Moon Knight finds himself imprisoned where he finds some NYPD Swat members. He regurgitates the balloon that he swallowed in issue one and it turns out that he smuggled in a lock pick and he manages to get out of his cell to gather intel. But this gets cut rather short when he starts to hear something coming underground. One of the prisoners says that it sounds like a dinosaur but Moon Knight says that it is something that is much more worse, and we see that the Zugaikotsu is in fact the Ghost Rider, who starts wreaking havoc. Back up top one of the Hand tells Daredevil that they have been breached and Daredevil thinks that this is a plot that was set out by Luke and co, but Danny tries to put some sense through him, but he isn’t having it and he has the Hand attacking them and to take them dead or alive, ending the second issue.

Issue three opens, with Moon Knight and Ghost Rider fighting off the prison of the Shadowland and Knight asks Rider what he is doing here since that his plan had now went out of the window. Rider says that he is being played by somebody and he is going to find out who is behind it. Rider drives off and the prisoners are set free, but Moon Knight stays there and decides to suit up. Back up top, Daredevil lifts his no kill ban and we see the Hand battling the heroes. Danny and Shang Chi keep trying to talk sense into Daredevil and Danny tries to punch Daredevil but he manages jumped up high and tries to smack them down but they manage to get out of the way. They continue sparing and Daredevil manages to take down Shang with a cross armbar. He then goes to try and take down Danny but Spider-Man manages to knock him back into his throne and tries to web him but he manages to get out of the way where Daredevil introduces a new member to his roster, Typhoid Mary who uses her abilities to burn Spider-Man. With the team at their lowest point and Daredevil giving the order to take their heads, The Punisher appears and manages to give the heroes a chance to escape.

During the escape, the heroes find that the streets are now full of people out on the streets looting and fighting leading Danny to believe that the dark powers that are in the Shadowland are corrupting the surrounding area. Back with Kingpin, Lady Bullseye brings up more about the scroll as well as the fact that the Ghost Rider doesn’t like to be used by people and he will be heading for him. But that is all a part of Kingpin’s plan since that even if the Rider comes after him he is protected because of the scroll and he plans to get the Hand’s magic off the Rider.

Inside Shadowland, Daredevil finds out that Ghost Rider was in their prisons where they find out that all the prisoners had escaped and Daredevil believes that it was all a ruse to free the prisoners. Mary then brings up that they ran away from the fight but he then brings up that they will regroup and come after him. Tarantula brings up the negatives that bring up since that they were here to protect the people of Hell’s Kitchen and they seem to be going up against the Avengers. Daredevil then says that they need more fighters and Daredevil tells Mary to bring a shovel with them as they plan of finding a new champion, meanwhile Moon Knight watches them from the rafters. In a graveyard somewhere, the Hand dig up Bullseye’s corpse and they plan on using it for something, but that’s not all that happens. Elektra is back and she is now aligned herself with Daredevil.

In Harlem, the heroes regroup and they are talking about how this new Daredevil is a lot different to the old one that they knew. Spidey asks if that this could be an imposter, I think that this could also have to do with Secret Invasion where the Skrull Invasion took over the world posing as heroes and villains. Punisher then brings up the negativity that ben coming off and Colleen saying that it has gotten worse. But Punisher then brings up something more worrying for the team and that is that he plans on killing Daredevil. Master Izo then appears through a window, saying that it may be too late and that it is his fault on what happened since that he was the one that sent Daredevil to the Hand. He then informs them about what the Hands plan is for Daredevil and that is they were going to use him as a vessel for the Beast of the Hand. The page ends with Daredevil, Typhoid Mary and Electra carrying the corpse of Bullseye with the interpretation of the Beast of the Hand.

Issue four opens with the Hand and Electra are in an access tunnel and Electra kills the Hand members there, leading to reveal that she was placed as a mole and brings in the heroes who are now joined by Wolverine, but Missy and Colleen have left. Electra questions why he is here and he replies that he has had his own run in with the Hand and they start planning on what to do.  Back with Kingpin he is overseeing the destruction that is happening around Hell’s Kitchen and he says that this is a transition period between the old and the new. Lady Bullseye is getting impatient about not getting to kill anyone but Kingpin tells her to wait.

Inside Shadowland, the heroes are devising a plan to get to Daredevil and Wolverine asks if there is anyone that they should be worried about and Elektra beings up that they have Bullseye. Luke asks if he is still alive since that he and Danny saw Daredevil stab him. But Elektra says that they have different plans for him and that they were going to use him as the vessel for the Beast of the Hand. Spidey’s spider-sense goes off and Izo says that it is the will of the Beast. Elektra then explains more about the Beast and it influence saying that it is one the one that is creating the negativity around Hell’s Kitchen and Izo says that the evil will soon envelop the world. Punisher asks why they just don’t shoot him and Elektra says that if it was that simple she would have already killed him. Danny asks if Matt is still in there and Izo says that he could be still in their but the influence of the Beast has him trapped in a living nightmare.

The Hand starts the ritual to resurrect Bullseye, but as it starts the caster gets killed with a scythe, thrown by Elektra. Daredevil calls her a traitor and has the Hand attack them, but this is also a diversion as Punisher throws a stun grenade to have Wolverine get up close and stabs Daredevil through the chest with his claws. But Daredevil with his superhuman strength manages to pull out Wolverine’s claws and then throws him into a column. Punisher starts shooting at Daredevil but he manages to dodge the bullets. Typhoid Mary uses her abilities to destroy the gun, but Spider-Man manages to stop her from using her powers when he webs up her head and ties her to the rafters. Daredevil manages to grab Spidey with his billy club and the two of them get into a fist fight and Spidey manages to get the upper hand and gives the heroes a chance to free Daredevil from the influence of the Beast. Elektra tries to get through to him by reminding him that they were taught by Stick to resist the Beast but he forgot to. Daredevil then says that there is no Murdock and he manages to throw them all off and says that there is only the Beast, ending issue four.

Issue five opens with the NYPD trying to protect themselves from the rioters from Hell’s Kitchen. But we then cut over to the mayor of New York, J Jonah Jameson, where he is being informed about what is happening in Hell’s Kitchen and that it is spreading through Manhattan and he asks where the Avengers are during these events. Outside Shadowland Foggy Nelson is trying to climb up the fortress but falls off but is saved by the Ghost Rider.

Daredevil stands triumphant over the heroes and he plans on killing them, but he is interrupted by the arrival of the Ghost Rider and the two of them get into a fight, where Daredevil manages to get the upper hand. The Rider tries use one of his abilities but it appears to be ineffective and Daredevil manages to drain the hell-fire from Ghost Rider. White Tiger drags in Foggy and she wants to kill him in front of Daredevil. Daredevil tells her to hold off and that he wants to kill Foggy himself. Foggy tries to get through to Matt which appears to be working and Elektra tells Danny to charge up his chi to deliver an attack. White Tiger tries to warn Daredevil what is happening but Izo manages to knock her out and says that after this is done, he has questions on what happened to Black Tarantula, since that he hasn’t been seen since Daredevil came up with digging up Bullseyes corpse.

With his guard down Danny manages to punch Daredevil, but Daredevil says that a chi punch wouldn’t be enough to stop him. But Danny brings up this point and that the chi wasn’t meant to kill or damage him, but it was meant to heal him and Daredevil starts convulsing from the healing attack and he asks Elektra to kill him.

We then get something rather cool and that we get to see inside of Matt’s mind to when he was a kid and he is scared, but a voice says to him, ‘Don’t come crying to me’ and it is revealed to be his mother, who turns out to be a nun. But when he calls her mom, she doesn’t want to be called that since that she never wanted him and left him and his father, who was an alcoholic as his penance. He then sees a vision of his father who is pretty much a dick towards him. But just as he seems to be going further down into misery a vision of Elektra appears and tells him that this is the beasts doing and that he can free himself, but he is scared. She tells him to be a man and hands him a sword and Daredevil stabs himself through the chest, killing himself and the beast in the process.

Foggy asks Matt to hold on and Danny says that he can still feel a glimmer of life in him but Elektra tells them to let him go. We then see that the evil energy that was emanating from the Shadowland has now stopped. Spidey frees Wolverine from the debris and Danny tells them that the riots have stopped but tells them that the fires are still burning and that they need to go out and help them. But Foggy then notices something missing and that is that Matt’s body is missing, but we then see Elektra with Daredevils mask.

Later that night, Kingpin’s helicopter lands in the Shadowland where Mary asks why he is here and he brings up that he was once asked to lead the Hand and he has decided to take up the offer but Mary says that she is leading them but he just laughs it off saying that she has always been working for Kingpin and he says three words, which turns out to be a trigger phase that unlocks her secret fourth personality. We then see more members of the Hand are swarming the fortress, now dressed in black and Kingpin basks in his victory.

The final two pages are good as we see Matt Murdock entering a church where a Priest is shocked about him being there as he is about to close for the night and he asks him to hear his sins. The Priest tells him that he will since that he doesn’t think that he will be around tomorrow and he asks him when his last confession was and Matt tells him that it has been too long, ending the series.

So, this was one of the first of a few graphic novels that I picked up when I started reading comics and I think that this is a rather intriguing story. But when I got into finding about more of the story there were more issues that went with the story, that weren’t apart of the graphic novel since that they were apart of other ongoing series. I do wish that they were apart since that it does feel like that there are gaps since the last that we see of Moon Knight in this is him watching over Daredevil and co discussing on increasing their number, then Black Tarantula disappearing plus the Avengers only in the book for two or three pages. It did feel that this was an incomplete story, but it still was interesting.

What Happened to Marvel’s Animated Universe?

One of the things that I have liked about Marvel currently outside of its cinematic universe has been their television series like Avenger’s Assemble, EMH and Ultimate Spider-Man, but there is something that I think for the past few years that has been missing. How come there isn’t that much of an animated universe.

There have been a few films out since Marvel Animation opened their doors in 2008 where they have brought out 8 films, however the last film came out in 2011. I think that this is something that could be easily rectified since that the animation that they have put in for the TV series is amazing and that for a feature film it would be good to see.

I think that using the animation that they have at hand could be a good way that they could tell stories from the different series such as notable stories such as Civil War, Secret Invasion or Siege since that seeing it from the source material would be a lot different from what the Cinematic Universe could be coming up with since that they usually just use the story from the comics more as a guideline than an actual story.

But things seem that they could be on the for animated films, however this won’t be coming from Marvel Animation, but from Sony Animation with their animation take for Spider-Man that is still currently in pre-production and currently what is known is this. The film is set to come out next December. Miles Morales is going to be the Spider-Man instead of being Peter Parker and that Shameik Moor would be voicing Miles as well as Levi Schreiber, former Sabertooth, would be voicing a villain.

Hopefully people will go and see this and if it makes a good enough profit and gets good reviews we may see some animated films from Marvel more often.

Where is the Final Infinity Stone

I recently saw Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 this weekend and there was one thing that I was rather curious about and that has to deal with what is going to be coming up and that is The Infinity War. We already know of five of the Infinity Stones thanks to the past films and we also know the alternate names as well. We have the Tesseract (Space), Chitauri Sceptre (Mind), Aether (Reality), Orb (Power) and the Eye of Agamotto (Time) but we still have one that is currently unaccounted for and that being the Soul Stone.

Before seeing Guardians, I already had a thought on where we are going to be seeing this and that was at the beginning of Infinity War with that being the first Stone that we see Thanos taking from somewhere in Kree space that could have lead Captain Marvel in pursuit. But with the many post-credit endings for Guardians may have punctured that theory since that one of them revealed that Ayesha had created a new being called Adam and it is lead to be Adam Warlock who is the bearer of the Soul Stone.  

But unfortunately, I think that the after the events of GOTG Vol 2 I think that they are going to be following the Adam storyline there since that I think that Infinity War is going to focus around Thanos gathering the few Infinity Gems that are on Earth, with Vision possibly getting killed in the process since that he holds the Mind Gem.

But Adam could come into action during the events of the sequel, since that according to a possible leak accidently by Zoe Saldana during an interview, that it is going to be called Infinite Gauntlet. On the plus side, Adam was a part of the comic series and there could be some discussion that could make Adam appear then instead of later on in the series. This would also make more sense as well since Infinity War was going to be made into two films being filmed back-to-back, that is now no longer the case and this could mean that we are going to be getting a possible different story for that film.

I think that we might get reference of for the gem in Infinity War with Thanos, Thor or maybe a Star Lord talking more in-depth about the Infinity Gems and how that that when they are all placed together they can be used by one wielder and that we could see the final Stone being shown in a post-credit scene.

Edge of Spider-Verse #3 Review

Continuing off from a blog I did a few months ago we head back into the Edge of Spider-Verse and heading into the universe where Aaron Aikman is our Spider-Man.

The issue opens with the backstory of Aaron and how he became Spider-Man and in this universe, he is a molecular biologist who also branches into bioengineering and molecular chemistry and in secrecy he experimented on himself by cloning a Spider’s genes into his own genes and became Spider-Man. A cool part of this story of this story is that they give a backstory to his suit but also his villains, including one called Redeye. But the introduction to the main story opens with the introduction to Spider-Man’s latest villain called Naamurah.

Aaron is in his lab late at night working on a new batch of webbing to make it stronger the next time that he faces off against her. We are then introduced to the other main character of the issue Doctor Kaori Ikegami who is Aaron’s boss and we get a text dump about her. But the most important that we get is that it turns out that seven years ago her daughter, Hannah, was hit by a car and that she has been for the past ten years and during that time Aaron was supportive to her that they are to believe to be in a relationship. But then one day Kaori changed and she moved her daughter to a separate facility.

Aaron then spent time to devote to his time to find out who Naamurah is and he came up with a cunning plan to stop the nightmare but that gets put on hold for a bit when he gets a knock at the door where Kaori appears. And then she kisses him. She asks him to run away with her but he turns her down saying that he had to catch a redeye but she then changes her mood and then goes off on him saying that he doesn’t care about Hannah. He retorts saying that she didn’t want him to be involved with her daughter and then asks her if she is dead and Kaori flees his apartment. On the street, he thinks to himself that Spider-Man is going to attack tonight.

We then get a two-page spread of Spider-Man, mid-flight, and runs for a search to find where Naamurah and manages to save the victim. But during saving Naamurah manages to get the drop on him but she gets wrapped up in webbing. But when he finds out that the person that he has caught isn’t actually another person called Daarroh, and it turns out that Spider-Man knows who the person and that’s being a victim of Naamurah. Spider-Man then takes Daarroh to the research facility that he works at and it is revealed that the suit that he was something that seemed to be keeping the patient alive. Aaron asks if they still have the robotic suit and the doctor there says that they do as the police are picking it up in the morning. But since their expert in robotics is unavailable but it turns out that he is more help since that a part of the robot suit that was taken off the patient was a bio-engineered neural interface that Aaron had designed, to help Hannah.

 

In a workshop, Spider-Man confronts Kaori on where Hannah is where she replies that she isn’t there and that she is gone. She asks Aaron, not Spider-Man, to not hurt her for what she has done, but he interrupts her asking her about the neural interface, who Naamurah is and where Hannah is.  So, she then tells him the truth and that is she was successful with getting her daughter out of the coma but then something bad starts to happen. She starts to hallucinate that she can see somebody and that she ended up turning into Naamurah. She then tells him that she was forced to build more of suits for people and that she had turned them all into walking machines.

Spider-Man runs out of the room to try and do something and starts narrating to himself that this was his fault and that he is the only one that can save the world from this invasion. But as Spider-Man gets to the end of the corridor he is interrupted by Morlun, and it is led that he killed him and that his world is to be overrun by the walking machines created by Naamurah.

Overall this is a really good story that was made for this one shot, it gave a back story to character introducing his villains rather well.

Did Xavier Create Onslaught Pre-Logan?

When I saw Logan, there was something that made me rather curious about the film and that was the backstory on why Logan had taken Xavier away and had him hidden. All we knew from the film that there was an incident that happened on the east coast and that in Xavier’s confession recalling something that happened at Westchester before he killed by X-24.

onslaughtMy thoughts later about this got me thinking, could Xavier have accidently created Onslaught. There could be some truths to it since that we don’t know what before this film besides Mutants been born less and less. I think that there could have been some sort of fight that may have happened at the X-Mansion where Magneto (possibly brainwashed) lead an attack and he may have killed or injured somebody close to Xavier and then flipped out on him causing him to then start creating the Onslaught entity.

Then after this event happens strange things may have started happening to Xavier, maybe mood swings, losing his temper so forth and nobody picking up on what had happened until it was too late. Onslaught makes his play and starts taking out the X-Men and only being taken down by having Jean Grey or another strong psychic mutant to shut down Xavier’s mind and that a way to help supress this from happening again was Xavier was to medicate him.

This then leads to me where I think that is why Logan thought it was important to make sure that he was taking his medication as well as when his psychic powers got out of hand that he was medicated so that Onslaught wouldn’t manifest and cause more casualties like what happened in Westchester.

It’s just a crazy thought that I had and I don’t know if anyone else has the same thoughts about this.