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The Wasp Vs. the Whirlwind

…and a bit of Ant-Man too. “Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” debuts on Disney XD this coming Wednesday night at 8:00 PM.

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Avengers Assemble!

Featuring IRON MAN, THOR, CAPTAIN AMERICA and THE HULK! When the planet is threatened by Super Villains, time traveling conquerors, alien invaders, mythical monsters or mad robots bent on the total destruction of humanity, when the forces of evil are so overwhelming that no single hero has the power to save the world, when there is no hope left… the AVENGERS ASSEMBLE! All-new The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes
animated series from Marvel Animation premiering on Disney XD this fall!

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Mighty Avengers Finale

“WWJVDD” – my comic book review of Mighty Avengers #36, the final issue of the series, by writer Dan Slott and artist Khoi Pham, is now online at Avengers Forever.

The Mighty Avengers are gone, it’s Jocasta vs. Hank Pym, it’s three against three billion, Ultron triumphant, and What Would Janet Van Dyne Do? – all this and more – check out my review here:

http://www.avengersforever.org/reviews/default.asp?RID=647

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And thank you, Dan and Khoi, for a great but brief ride.

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Mighty Avengers #34 Review and Chat

“Undone” – my comic book review of Mighty Avengers #34, by Dan Slott and Neil Edwards, is now online at Avengers Forever.

Thor vs. Quicksilver, the Mighty Avengers vs. Loki, the Wasp starts to lose it, everything begins to fall apart, and the deadly Ultron is waiting in the wings – all this and more – check out my review here:

http://www.avengersforever.org/reviews/default.asp?RID=639

Enjoy!

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And don’t forget – Friday evening, March 12th, at 8 PM EST – chat live with other Avengers fans about this issue, this review, New Avengers #62, the Heroic Age, Siege, or anything Avengers-related.

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Mandrake the Magician

Mandrake the Magician is perhaps one of the first of the comic strip superheroes. Created by Lee Falk (who also created the Phantom) in 1934 and based on a real life stage magician of the same name, Mandrake was the template for the comic book magicians that proliferated in the comic books of the 1930s and 40s. Mandrake and his faithful companion Lothar adventured for decades in the comic strips, books, stage and screen. The year 1939 brought the Magician to the silver screen in a twelve-part movie serial from Columbia.

Warren Hull was a veteran of the hero business in the movie serials having also played the Green Hornet and the Spider. His Mandrake unfortunately comes off as the most dull of the three. Al Kikume, who played Lothar, is also no stranger to the heroic serials, having parts in the Captain Marvel and Nyoka ones respectively and later appearing on Superman on television. It’s kind of odd though that Lothar who was probably the first non-stereotyped African-American in comics is portrayed here by a Hawaiian. Their chemistry when it happens is a highlight, but a rare one indeed.

The plot of this serial is an old one and has been quite recycled in the genre. Scientist builds a device to benefit mankind and villain steals it to use as a weapon against the world. In this case, the villain is the Wasp, and in another old serial cliché, we have to guess from episode to episode which of our cast is really the Wasp in disguise. It has some good action and suspense, but suffers in comparison to today’s offerings and even to its contemporaries – Adventures of Captain Marvel being the best of the genre.

Much like the Phantom on Syfy, and Flash Gordon recently before that, Hollywood will soon be raping, um, sorry, I mean ‘re-imagining’ Mandrake for an upcoming production starring Hayden Christensen and Djimon Hounsou, possibly for the big screen. Yep, I’m already cringing. Should make this movie serial seem like gold though.

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Catching Up with the Mighty Avengers

“The Secret Return of Nick Fury” – my comic book review of Mighty Avengers #12, by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev, is also now online at Avengers Forever.

Where has Nick Fury been since the Secret War and what’s he been up to, and why can’t he trust anyone any more? Find out all this and more – and check out my review here:

http://www.avengersforever.org/reviews/default.asp?RID=607

“New Howling Commandos #1” – my comic book review of Mighty Avengers #13, by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev, is also now online at Avengers Forever.

Where are the Avengers? Not a one in sight as Nick Fury gathers a new team to fight the Skrulls’ Secret Invasion in this seeming pilot for a new series – all this and more – check out my review here:

http://www.avengersforever.org/reviews/default.asp?RID=609

“Skrulls, Secrets, and the Sentry” – my comic book review of Mighty Avengers #14, by Brian Michael Bendis and Khoi Pham, is also now online at Avengers Forever.

Young Gun artist Khoi Pham begins his run on Mighty Avengers and rocks the house with this Sentry solo spotlight – all this and more – check out my review here:

http://www.avengersforever.org/reviews/default.asp?RID=610

“Personal Worst” – my comic book review of Mighty Avengers #15, by Brian Michael Bendis and John Romita Jr., is now online as well at Avengers Forever.

Whatever happened to Henry Pym? Trust me, you don’t want to know… another of Pym’s darkest hours at the hands of Bendis – all this and more – check out my review here:

http://www.avengersforever.org/reviews/default.asp?RID=612

“Eulogy for the Wasp” – my comic book review of Mighty Avengers #20, by Brian Michael Bendis and various artists, is now online at Avengers Forever.

After the final battle of the Secret Invasion, the Avengers mourn one of their own – all this and more – check out my review here:

http://www.avengersforever.org/reviews/default.asp?RID=615

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Mighty Avengers #8 Reviewed

“Big Carnage” – my comic book review of the Mighty Avengers #8, by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley, is now online at Avengers Forever.

The Mighty Avengers contend with a ‘Venom bomb’ dropped on New York City… as always, never as good as it sounds, or is it? – check out my review here:

http://www.avengersforever.org/reviews/default.asp?RID=579.

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