The Black Vortex is the current big event going on in Marvel Comics with the Guardians of the Galaxy and the X-Men teaming up to stop an ancient artifact that is imbued with immeasurable power from destroying billions of lives across the universe. This event will be a three month trek with four books that were released in February, five installments to be released in March with the final four chapters hitting shelves in April.
Here we’re going to examine the first four books while looking at story progression, character depth, and things that look to be shaping up. If you haven’t started reading this event yet, consider this your Cliff’s Notes on The Black Vortex.
There is one question that needs to be asked and that is, “why should we care about this event when Secret Wars is right around the corner?”
The Marvel Universe as we know it will be melded into one single cohesive alignment called Battleworld where continuity could be changed, altered, or remained untouched. While crossover events should deliver some high stakes excitement that augments the overall scope of the universe in some way, shape, or form.
However, sometimes, it’s all about providing a sense of wonderment while seeing your favorite characters in uncommon situations. If you’re a Guardians and or X-Men devotee, seeing them interact is half the fun.
Check out my review of the first four installments of The Black Vortex at Forces of Geek.com
All New X-Men #32 | Writer: Brian Michael Bendis | Artist: Mahmud Asrar | Cover: Sara Pichelli | Publisher: Marvel Comics | Price: $3.99 | From my column at Forces of Geek.com
The displaced X-Men have found themselves displaced even farther forward in time and have landed into the Ultimate Universe.
While Beast, Iceman, and X-23 all have some interesting adventures ahead of them, the heart of the story is Jean Grey’s meeting Miles Morales. Being the writer of Morales’ Spider-Man series gives Bendis a distinct advantage in make this cross over something tangible by giving both characters time to shine as their interaction takes center stage. Continue reading “All New X-Men #32 Guest Starring Miles Morales”→
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #23 | Writer: Brian Michael Bendis | Art: Dave Marquez | Colors: Justin Ponsor | Letters: Cory Petit | Publisher: Marvel Comics |Price: $3.99| From my column @ Forces of Geek.com
The life of Miles Morales has been altered forever. In the last issue. Venom killed his mother and in her final moments, she learned how Miles had been spending his time after school. She was as proud as only a loving mother could be and cautioned him to never tell his mutant-hating father.
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #22 | Writer: Brian Michael Bendis | Art: Sara Pichelli | Colors: Justin Ponsor Publisher: Marvel Comics | Price: $3.99 | From my column at Forces of Geek.com
The thrilling conclusion to “Venom War” brings about a personal tragedy for Miles Morales. These things and Spider-Man go hand-in-hand so it was only a matter of time before our young hero suffered this particular wound.
Age of Ultron #1 | Writer: Brian Michael Bendis | Artist: Bryan Hitch & Paul Neary | Colorist: Paul Mounts |Letters: Cory Petit | Publisher: Marvel Comics | Price: $3.99 | From my column at Forces of Geek.com
Marvel’s newest mega-crossover event is here, and it feels like we just got done with Avengers vs. X-Men. This ten-issue series is the usual dystopian saga where evil has prevailed, all hope is lost, our heroes are holding on by a thread, and it’s all thanks to the technological terror created by Dr. Hank Pym.
Age of Ultron wastes no time getting to the good stuff as we join our regularly scheduled program already in progress. New York City is in ruins, and we know who is at fault, but we don’t know how or why it happened. As of right now, there are a few superheroes left and no villain’s insight. The world as we know it is gone. There is kind of a “Fallen Skies” vibe to the whole thing, which adds a different element to the usual song and dance we’re treated to this time of the year.
If you read Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye, and you should, the grounded version of the character will not be found as it is the arrow shooting badass that takes the lead and is the central figure of the story.
I’m convinced that Ultron is Brian Michael Bendis in disguise. He writes so many ongoing comics a month and gets all the big events as well. Hopefully, the different elements, such as how this issue began, will keep on coming to separate themselves from past crossover events.
Earlier promotional material advertised last October was the kick-off to this event. Good things come to those who wait, and if the rumors regarding a major universal shift change are true, we are in for one hell of a ride!
Spider-Men #5 | Writer: Brian Michael Bendis | Art: Sara Pichelli Colors: Justin Ponsor | Publisher: Marvel Comics | Price: $3.99
The charming tale of when Peter met Miles comes to a close, and guess what? Peter approves of the 13 year old web slinger. Of course, that’s not all that happens in this instant classic team up story.
Mysterio of 616 Earth will remain in the Ultimate Universe for the foreseeable future. Brian Michael Bendis weaves a grand finale that will have a lasting effect on all things Spider-Man.
Sara Pichelli’s work is top notch as always and Justin Ponsor’s coloring is the icing on the cake. The ingenuity of Bendis’ script is to be admired at the subtlety of certain character’s actions that heavily suggest this story is only over in the numerical sense.
If subtlety is not your thing, then the ending is anything but and the possible ramifications of it are endless.
The original Ultimate Comics Spider-Man crew is back together with the first installment of this highly anticipated series. One of the things that drew me to the series is how this creative team would handle the original Peter Parker.
Avengers Vs. X-Men #1 | Writer: Brian Michael Bendis | Art: John Romita & Scott Hanna | Colors: Laura Martin Publisher: Marvel Comics | Price: $3.99
The fantasy matchup that fanboys have been dreaming about has arrived. The Phoenix Force is heading to Earth and Captain America isn’t taking any chances. He wants Hope in custody but Cyclops ain’t havin’ it.