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Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat Cover

Patsy Walker and Hellcat History

Patsy Walker/Trish/Hellcat (played in the Netflix series by Rachael Taylor) started out in Marvel Comics in Miss America Magazine #2 (Nov. 1944) as a teen humor/teen romance comic, and was popular enough to be published throughout the Golden Age into the Silver Age of Marvel Comics. Patsy became a superhero in Avengers #144 (Feb. 1976) when she became Hellcat. As Patsy Walker, she appeared in Fantastic Four Annual #3 (the wedding of Reed and Sue), which introduced her officially as part of the Marvel Universe canon. As Hellcat, she has been with the Avengers, the Defenders and other groups. She frequently teams up with She-Hulk as well. They also like to go out for drinks on occasion. Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter

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Avengers #1 (2016)

Avengers (2016) #1 New Release in Stores Nov. 2, 2016

The latest Avengers comic book title from Marvel Now! hits the shelves of your Local Comic Shop November 2, 2016 AVENGERS (2016) #1 Published: November 02, 2016 Rating: Rated T+ Writer: Mark Waid Cover Artist: Alex Ross The time has come! Their ranks shattered by Civil War, their spirits weighted down by a toll both personal and spiritual, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes must find the resolve to stand united one final time against their greatest foe! Captain America! Thor! The Vision! The Wasp! Spider-Man! Hercules! When the dust settles, not a one of these valiant heroes will make it to the final page alive! This is KANG WAR ONE!   Avengers #1-Marvel Now!


Avengers Fight HYDRA

Avengers: Age of Ultron Spoiler Free Movie Review

Avengers: Age of Ultron Spoiler Free Movie Review This, the second Avengers movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is as good, if not better, than the original Avengers film that hit in 2012!  There it is…our opinion in one sentence.  Want to know why we feel that way?  Then read on below… Scarlet Witch Hexes Black Widow Why is it better?  Simple: This edition of the Cinematic Avengers adds depth to previously little plumbed characters, introduces new characters effectively, features an easy to hate/easy to love new villain, contains great dialogue, and sets up the coming conflict in the next Captain America movie, ominously sub-titled as “Civil War.” This review will try to explain why the new Avengers movie is great without giving away any major spoilers.  We will soon post a second review full of spoilers if that is your cup of tea. To start with, any successful Avengers movie must continue to feature and add depth to the six main hero characters that came together to stop Loki in their origin story/movie.  Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye all have major roles in this film, with significant dialogue and character development especially for the last three in that list.  Since Mark Ruffalo has taken over the role of Dr. Bruce “Hulk” Banner, our Jade Giant has not enjoyed a solo movie, and neither Black Widow nor Hawkeye have been allowed their own adventures on screen yet.  Perhaps to make up for this, all three of them enjoy significant screen-time and plot twists that add depth to their characters and, in the case of two of them, important aspects of the plot add to their back stories. Mark Ruffalo and Scarlet Johanssen in Avengers: Age of Ultron New characters joined the roster of Marvel Movie super-powered characters in Avengers: Age of Ultron.  We caught a glimpse of “The Twins” in the end credit scene of Captain America: Winter Soldier, but in this movie the super-siblings come into their own.  Pietro Maximoff (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) has super-speed and enhanced reflexes and metabolism.  His sister, Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), has mental powers such as telekinesis, hypnosis, and energy projection.  Both gained these powers as guinea pigs in the experiments of HYDRA scientist Baron Strucker. The third new character is the Vision (Paul Bettany), a synthetic man created by Ultron. Ultron pops up as the latest Marvel movie villain, and, voiced by James Spader, this robotic rogue is a delight to listen to and a creature to fear.  He makes being bad seem almost good.  His dialogue is interesting, as he goes from quoting from Pinocchio one moment, to quoting from the New Testament the next. Ultron The dialogue and banter between characters is on par with the first Avengers movie, which is to say, it is great!  Whether the Avengers are relaxing together or fighting together, or actually fighting each other, the dialogue seems realistic to each situation. The inherent conflict that arises when super-powered and high-tech-armed heroes with disparate philosophies of how to protect the world get together is seen on stark display in this movie (pun intended!)  As we already know, the next movie featuring the Avengers will be Captain America: Civil War, which will feature a violent conflict between heroes led by Captain America on the one side and Iron Man and his super-powered clique on the other. There are many more positives to talk about that make this movie a fun, and important chapter in Marvel’s unfolding cinematic landscape.  Unfortunately, describing all the great pieces of this new Avengers movie would take us into spoiler-land, and that is something we are trying to avoid here. This reviewer is a fan of both the original Marvel comics universe as well as the Marvel movie universe, and is a major fan of this movie.  It is worth going to see.  Again, and again, and again, and…  


Male Thor and Female Thor in Ultron Forever #1

Female Thor Enemies Page Update After Avengers: Ultron Forever #1

The page dealing with the Enemies, Foes, Villains, and Antagonists of the new, Female Thor, has been updated to reflect her involvement in the new Avengers: Ultron Forever comic book by Marvel.  Written by Al Ewing and drawn by Alan Davis, this is a time-travel tale that brings together Avenges from different timelines (including a Mjolnir-wielding version of the male Thor) and this team includes our new, female Thor. Avengers Ultron Forever #1 Attack Doom An interesting point is that, to our knowledge, the new female Thor has not yet been considered or recognized as an actual member of the Avengers in the regular timeline.  Hmm…Mayhap this be a foreshadowing?   Anyway, pop over to our page on female Thor’s Rogues Gallery for the update on who she fights in Avengers: Ultron Forever, and check out our review of that comic book.


Avengers Ultron Forever #1 Cover

Avengers: Ultron Forever #1 Comic Book Review

  Time Travel. Avengers. Ultron.  Dr. Doom. Hulk Smash…these are the immediate takeaways from the new Marvel Comic book Avengers: Ultron Forever #1 that hit store shelves in April, 2015.  This is an obvious marketing ploy to appease both Avengers comics fans and Avengers movie fans just prior to the release of the new Avengers movie Avengers: Age of Ultron which hits theaters on April 30/May 1. Ok, so we have the movie connection, but is the comic book any good?  In this reviewer’s mind, that question has only one answer:  YES! Avengers Assemble in Ultron Forever #1 What is good about this comic?  Many things, some of which we will mention later in our Spoilers Section.  First, this is an obvious homage to the Kurt Busiek and Carlos Pacheco’s great time-travel/alternate universe opus, Avengers Forever (1998-1999).  In that mini-series, Avengers members from the past, present, and the future (as well as an alternate universe’s timeline), were all gathered together to save reality.  In this new time-traveling Avengers comic book, a group of Avengers is also gathered together by…mild spoiler alert here…   Avengers Ultron Forever Poster Dr. Doom!  Or someone who looks, sounds, and sort of acts like Doom.  The true identity of this Doom is left in the air for now.  Regardless of who this Doom may or may not be, he gathers Avengers with his Time Platform.  We are introduced to a new Captain America from an unknown year in the future (Danielle Cage, daughter of Luke Cage and Jessica Jones), Thor Odinson from a time before he lost Mjolnir, the new, female Thor, the present-day Black Widow and Vision,  Iron Man (when Jim Rhodes, not Tony Stark, wore the Mark 4 Armor), and an early version of the Hulk from before the Avengers formed. Doom explains (after being attacked…and that attack looked cool, especially the two Mjolnirs hurtling toward him), that he gathered them together to combat the “Ultron Singularity” that has taken over the world of the far future. One of the things this review likes to see in comics is when an editorial reference is made to an event/person/thing in a past issue, the editor (in this case, Tom Brevoort), informs the reader.  Here, when the Ultron Singularity is mentioned by Doom, Black Widow confirms that fact, and the reader is informed via the editorial reference box that the Widow knows this from Avengers (vol. 5) #31.  Good Job Tom Brevoort! Avengers Ultron Forever #1 Attack Doom So, with the initial introductions dispensed with, these Avengers agree to follow Doom’s plan to attack the future Ultron and his means of controlling the world.  At this point, the story and action takes on an almost Golden Age or Silver Age (thinking more of the old JSA and JLA books) feel, as the Avengers split into several different groups to attack several different objectives.  This is not a complaint, but this reviewer wonders if the writer, Al Ewing, intentionally invoked the spirit of writers past when he decided to split the team as this was a common plot device in the olden days for superhero team books.  Anyway, being a comic book, predictably, things do not go well for our heroes as…major spoiler alert here… Iron Man (Jim Rhodes) in Armor #4   We see several of our heroes seemingly die (and in the Hulk’s case, that could really screw up the time stream).  One facet of the last part of the book that was particularly enjoyable was the interaction between the three Thors.  Oh, yes, as male Thor and female Thor team up to assault Ultron’s HQ, they are met by Ultron’s Thor (for lack of a better name), who first appeared in the aforementioned Avengers (vol. 5) #31.  Again, the connections between this Avengers: Ultron Forever book and the events of the recent Avengers series written by Jonathan Hickman are done quite well.  Though the bit of foreshadowing Ewing put into the Black Widow’s comments about screwing up the time line if anything happened to Hulk, was a bit obvious. This comic is cool for several reasons: We meet the future female Captain America and her presumed arch-enemy, the Golden Skull. Both of them enjoy their first appearances here, though the baby version of Danielle Cage first appeared in The Pulse #13 (2006), and was seen a lot during the Skrull Secret Invasion. Female Captain America (Danielle Cage) in Avengers-Ultron Forever #1 Time Travel. This is just a great plot device for comic books, and when done well (as Busiek did with Avengers Forever) this thematic device rocks.  The sense from Avengers: Ultron Forever #1is that Al Ewing is doing it right.  Just enough past connections and just enough time travel mystery to keep the drama going Ultron and “his” Avengers. We first saw these future imperfect versions of the Avengers in Avengers (vol. 5) #31, where they kicked regular Avengers butt, and here they are again.  Ultron has always served a very effective recurring Avengers villain. The art by Alan Davis is great. ‘Nuff Said!   Who should read this Avengers book?  Any fan of the Avengers, any fan of comic book time travel stories, and anyone who likes seeing Ultron as a bad guy.  Avengers movie fans who are not really familiar with the comics and the various past versions of the Avengers we find here, may be confused by all the comic book history references…just saying…but they have a great movie to look forward to. We are very much looking forward to the next issue of Avengers: Ultron Forever.