Input Needed - Are These titles any good?

Hello Comicviners!

I need your help and greatly appreciate any input (spoiler free of course) you can offer. These are both characters I don't have a great deal of familiarity with and I am considering purchasing them in trade.

Loki: Agent of Asgard & The Punisher: Black & White

Thanks mates.

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Avengers #25 Review

Since the review machine is on the fritz, thought I'd post this here.

AVENGERS #25 REVIEW

The Good:

This book plays off some of the happenings in New Avengers in a roundabout way. If you've been following that book then you're familiar with the incursions into other universes and how the Illuminati have been handling them. We get a taste of that here as an alternate group of Avengers is brought to our Earth by AIM. They aren't quite the friendly group of heroes we're accustomed to and there's one moment that got a good chuckle out of me.

There's an air of mystery as the fate of one of the alternate Avengers comes to a tragic conclusion. SHIELD is on site to investigate and our Earth's Avengers are primary suspects in this inter-dimensional murder mystery.

The art is by Salvador Larocca and it is very good. He's got a unique style all his own and he does a good job with this issue. His faces can be a bit funny at times but his work is always solid.

The Bad:

Marvel (and Hickman) are sure getting their mileage out of the AIM organization these days. They seem to be popping up in quite a few of the Avengers books and I hope we get a bit more diversity villain wise down the road. So far they've been pretty compelling antagonists for the Avengers I just don't want to see them overused.

The Score:

Hickman has the Avengers titles rolling these days. It seems like everything is tying together in some way and I can't wait to see how it all plays out. There's a definite link with the New Avengers title here and I'm hoping the the Illuminati's actions are brought to the forefront very soon.

4/5

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Ask the Fury

I am the Jake Fury and I am here to answer all of your pressing questions and give you advice on life!

Ready, set, GO!

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Bring Back Mister X!!!

Seriously, this guy is one of the most interesting villains in recent memory and one of my favorite characters in comics. There are a ton of heroes he'd make a great adversary for. In the past we've seen him clash with Wolverine, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, the Avengers, the Agents of Atlas and others and hold his own. He's at the top of the charts when it comes to fighting skill as he's mastered every fighting style known to man and even created some of his own. His battles with Wolverine were some of the toughest fights the ol' Canucklhead has ever endured. Marvel, BRING BACK MISTER X!

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what character should Grant Morrison write next?

I'm a complete and utter fanboy of Grant Morrison. His recent modern work with the X-Men, Batman and Superman has been some of my all time favorite comic material. I think the guy is a genius and could turn around any struggling character or give life to a relatively unknown one.

Who would you like to see him write next?

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Made the move to North Carolina!

Mrs. Fury and I have relocated to Raleigh, NC from Montgomery, AL! We arrived yesterday after a couple of days driving to see family before we left. I am excited, thrilled, terrified and anxious to see what the future holds for us. We are in the greater Raleigh area if anyone wants to give us a shout out!

Update:

We've been here since Saturday and we like it so far. There's much more to do compared to our old town of Montgomery. The weather has been crap so far but it's expected to get better later in the week.

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New 52 Jor-El/Zor-El Rivalry

Rivalry

ri·val·ryˈrīvəlrē/noun

1.competition for the same objective or for superiority in the same field.

If anyone has been reading the issues pertaining to these brothers on Krypton you may have noticed a pretty intense rivalry between the two. Not having much prior knowledge of them, I am wondering if it was like this pre=Flashpoint? Did they always have this rivalry going or were they much more amicable?

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Would You Buy It? League of Assassins Ongoing Title

Hello friends. It's been quite a while since I've submitted a blog around these parts. I've always been a sucker for the villains in comics. When done well and given the proper motivations they can be every bit as interesting as the heroes they oppose.

One particular group has piqued my interest of late. The DC unit known as the League of Assassins have been a staple of DC Comics for quite some time. Recently debuting in the new 52, they have some familiar faces as well as some new ones. Consisting of Bronze Tiger, Cheshire, Lady Shiva, December Greystone and Rictus they are currently opposing Red Hood & The Outlaws as they attempt to sway Jason Todd to join their ranks.

When this arc is done I don't know what DC has planned for these characters. Will they fade into obscurity and be brought back later or show up sooner to oppose another team of DC heroes?

My question is simple. Over the years we've seen DC give miniseries and even ongoing titles to characters they consider villains. Deathstroke has had his own series and even his own Titans title. Black Adam, Lex Luthor and others have starred in their own miniseries..

Would you buy a League of Assassins comic? What sort of direction would you give them? Who would you want as a creative team? I personally would buy a book with the current group. They have a pretty diverse powerset and could make things miserable for individuals and teams in the new 52.

Thanks for reading.

~Jake Fury

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Batman DCNU Timeline

Bat Timeline DCNU

Batman The Dark Knight #0

This issue details Bruce right after his parents death and roughly up to the point that he leaves Gotham. It focuses on Bruce tracking down Joe Chill up to his early college years.

10 Years Ago

Detective Comics #0

The opening of the issue states this book begins 10 years ago. Bruce's training in the Himalayas is featured here and it also mentions his training and travels to other locations.

The back up story begins seven years ago. It's in this story that we see Bruce's return to Gotham and he is reunited with Alfred.

6 Years Ago

Batman #0

This story begins 6 years ago. Bruce is in the early stages of his crime fighting career and has not donned the cowl yet. His main feud here is with the Red Hood gang and his early outings don't end well. In the issue James Gordon states that Bruce Wayne returned to Gotham 3 months ago. Therefore, he's been training and stockpiling his weapons cache here for nearly a year (9 months of it under the general public's radar). It should also be noted he is NOT operating out of the Batcave here, instead operating out of a Brownstone near Crime Alley.

The back up story takes place 5 years ago. It focuses on Dick, Jason, Tim and Barbara. It sheds more light on Dick Grayson's timeline in becoming Robin. In this back up, he mentions he is performing for Bruce Wayne the following weekend which is when his parents are killed. Also, Tim Drake states he is in middle school

making him roughly 12-14 years old assuming he is between the 6th and 8th school grades. Therefore Bruce becomes Batman between 5 and 6 years ago.

5 Years Ago

Justice League #1

Of course, this is the first encounter between Batman and Green Lantern. He later allies himself with GL, Flash, Cyborg, Wonder Woman, Superman and Aquaman against Darkseid.

Nightwing #0

Five years ago we see Dick Grayson's origin and ascension to becoming the first Robin. His origin is retold here and in his first outing he assists Bruce against Lady Shiva.

4 Years Ago

Batgirl #0

Four years ago, we see Barbara's evolution into Batgirl. During an altercation at the GCPD she dons a makeshift Bat suit and helps apprehend a criminal. She begins her career as Batgirl afterwards and operates under the identity for one year before giving it up to focus on her college studies. It is at this point in time she is shot by the Joker.

Red Hood & The Outlaws #0

The retelling of Jason Todd's story. This obviously takes place after Nightwing's #0 issue.

Teen Titans #0

Tim Drake's origin, it deviates a good deal from his original story. Bruce and Alfred refer to Jason's death as being very recent in this one. An exact time table isn't listed.

18 Months Ago

Batman & Robin #0:

Bruce and Damian meet for the first time. From this date we know that Damian has been Robin for less than 18 months.

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