In this issue: Spider-Man is blue, The Creature is back, and so is Red Sonja. Zach pays a visit, and Archer and Armstrong ride again!

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NEWS
Daredevil and Fox in talks with Marvel and Disney
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REVIEWS
Stephen
RED SONJA: ATLANTIS RISES #1
32 pages FC • $3.99 • Teen +
Written by LUKE LIEBERMAN
Art by MAX DUNBAR
Cover by LUCIO PARRILLO
Know also O Prince, that Thulsa Doom did not go quietly into the night, his spirit endured, weak and horrible and viscous. Free of all humanity, hungering with a primal desire, all his thoughts were bent on but a single purpose, Thulsa Doom wanted to go Home. Atlantis Ressurrection! When that which sank beneath the waves rises once more, and the Empire of Atlantis remembers its lost glory, can Sonja save the Hyborean nations from slavery and DOOM!

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Rodrigo
It Came From Beneath the Sea… AGAIN #1
In the 1950s, the U.S. Navy encountered and destroyed a gigantic octopus that attacked shipping and wreaked havoc on the west coast of the United States. American forces killed the creature and ended the threat once and for all. Or so they thought. They were wrong. Now, another monster is rising in the warm blue waters surrounding Taru Taru, a speck of land far out in the Pacific. And this time it’s worse than anyone ever imagined.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Matthew
ARCHER AND ARMSTRONG #1
Writer: Fred Van Lente
Artist: Clayton Henry
Publisher: Valiant Entertainment
Cover Price: $3.99
After years of training, Obadiah Archer has been dispatched to the heart of America’s festering modern day Babylon, aka New York City, to root out and kill the infamous Great Satan of his parents’ sect. Unfortunately, dying has never been easy for Archer’s target – the hard-drinking year-old immortal known as Armstrong. Together, this unlikely pair of heroes is about to stumble headfirst into a centuries-old conspiracy that will bring the whole of ancient history crashing down on the modern day Valiant Universe. And that’s going to mean one Hell of a hangover.

Rating: ★★★★½

ZACH
THUN’DA #1
48 pages FC • $3.99 • Teen +
Written by ROBERT PLACE NAPTON
Art by CLIFF RICHARDS
Cover by JAE LEE
Fans, ask your retailer for these variant incentive covers!
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The time is now. A Military helicopter crash lands in a remote valley in Africa. A lone survivor awakens with no memory of who he is or what he was doing there, but he’s wearing a uniform and is a skilled combatant. From the wreckage he learns only his name — ROGER DRUM. As he explores his new surroundings he is confronted by a bizarre lost world of dinosaurs and other strange creatures. Drum must learn to survive in this terrifying new reality while coming to terms with fragments of a past he isn’t sure he wants to remember. As a bonus, this over-sized issue also includes the original first issue with fantastic art by the one-and-only Frank Frazetta at no extra cost!

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Major Spoilers Poll of the Week
As promised, this week, it is the battle between the House Elf and the Gollum.  Need we say more?

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Discussion:
Spider-Man Blue
“It’s about remembering someone so important to me I was going to spend the rest of my life with her.” What Peter Parker didn’t know was that meant Gwen Stacy would only get to spend the rest of her life with him. This is the story of how they fell in love. Or more appropriately, how they almost didn’t fall in love. Welcome to Spider-Man’s life. Bad before good. It’s kind of amazing. So to get the girl of his dreams, he’ll have to run the gauntlet of the Green Goblin, the Rhino, two Vultures and a mysterious man in the shadows controlling it all. Join the Eisner Award-winning team of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale (Superman for All Seasons, Batman: The Long Halloween, DAREDEVIL: YELLOW, HULK: GRAY) in the story about Peter Parker’s first love, Gwen Stacy. Highlighted by the introduction of Mary Jane Watson, it is a critical moment in Spider-Man’s life when everything was just coming together – only to fall apart. Collecting SPIDER-MAN: BLUE #1-6.

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4 Comments

  1. andreas
    August 8, 2012 at 2:10 am — Reply

    I was so sad that Rob was gone – but Zach was GREAT.
    Best thing ever to have those yong cracker-snappers on the show.

  2. August 8, 2012 at 9:30 am — Reply

    One thing I would add to your talk about Daredevil is Marvel/Disney doesn’t have to put Daredevil in there main movie universe. The resent film Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance was under Marvel Knights banner and to my knowledge as no ties to the Avengers. They did this as well with 2008 Punisher film. So, if Marvel wants to make darker film nothing says it has to tie into the Avengers film universe.

    I would also add if Marvel could get the Fantastic 4 back I would love to see Ghost Rider in the Fantastic 4 it would give very different vibe than fox Fantastic 4 films. Which brings up another point is a Silver Surfer move was planed with Straczynski writing the script, but after lackluster block office for FF2. The Silver Surfer movie was called off.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvel_Knights#Movies

    http://www.jmsnews.com/msg.aspx?id=1-17664&query=silver%20surfer

    • Teletran1
      August 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm — Reply

      Marvel Films were credited co-producers for the Marvel Knights Line.

      Marvel Films as a production company and entity does not own the film rights to the Marvel Knights Line.

  3. AllenBT
    August 9, 2012 at 10:35 am — Reply

    Terrific comment/insight by Rodrigo RE: Spider-man Blue’s use of color schemes in the bookends. Peter’s married to MJ, a terrific gal whom he loves. But it isn’t the love of his life…she’s dead…because of him…

    “Snap” non-withstanding, Gwen was only in that situation because of her relationship with Peter. And she died for it. Peter goes on though, with Spider-man and with his life. But he’s paying a price, every day, for it. A heavy one.

    That highlight’s one of the recurring themes of the best Spider-man stories. Not “with great power comes great responsibility”, but “just because sometimes you loose, doesn’t mean you should stop trying.” That’s the core of his heroism. He’s going to pay the price, because there’s no one else who can.

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