Not to be confused with famed Martian general Marvin, whose computers are so complex and naughty… Traditionally, this month has signaled the beginning of the season of military campaigns, and also the time when college basketball generals lead their troops unto the field of battle. For me, working in small-market TV for as long as I did, it’s a month which signals mighty pains in the butt, which explains why this is technically the FEBRUARY edition of RFR. We apologize for the inconvenience… Better to just press on.
Or – “What He Means Is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, Real Wrath-Of-God Type Stuff.”
So, Marvel’s solicitations have been making a great mystery over who or what Norm-O’s “secret weapon” is.Â Last issue, we found that founding Dark Avenger Sentry has once again gone ‘El Bonzo Seco,’ and may have an agenda all his own.Â These two statements are probably related in some way, and since he is ostensibly the most powerful creature in the Marvel Universe, this could be “crossing-the-streams” bad…
With Marvel’s Siege event getting into high gear, Marvel has released details about the plethora of tie-in issues for the event.
In Siege: Captain America, from Christos Gage and Federico Dallocchio, learn more about the role of Bucky Barnes and Steve Rogers in this war and how it will define their relationship! Then, in Siege: Young Avengers, from Sean McKeever and Mahmud A. Asrar, the Young Avengers take center stage as Wiccan and Patriot are pushed to their limits! Siege: Loki, from Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie, goes deep into the mind of Siegeâ€™s most devious major player! Nick Furyâ€™s plans are revealed in Siege: Secret Warriors, from the team of Jonathan Hickman and Alessandro Vitti! Finally, Siege: Spider-Man pits Spider-Man against Venom, courtesy of Brian Reed and Marco Santucci!
Look for interconnecting covers by Marko Djurdjevic spanning the tie-ins.
Or – “Alas, Poor Yorick…”
“…I threw him, Horatio…Â
…into the sun.”
There’s been lot of talk across the Intardwebz in regards to the Siege #3 Deadpool variant deal Marvel is offering in exchange for 50 DC covers, and now that the variant cover has been revealed, I wonder if everyone thinks the deal is a good one or not.
Or – “Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Sentry…”
…but were too afraid he’d throw you into the sun to ask.
IGN is running a story that tells what’s ahead for Marvel’s Avengers titles in 2010.Â The company has decided to cancel all Avengers titles in the wake of the Siege event.
April will see the end of
- Avengers: The Initiative #35
- Dark Avengers #16
- Mighty Avengers #36
- New Avengers #64
If you are concerned, put your money on the square that says a new Avengers titles appears within 12 months.Â We’ll have the full Marvel solicitations tomorrow, that will reveal more.Â Until then, here’s your chance to comment away.
TIME ONCE AGAIN FOR A MAJOR SPOILERS EXCLUSIVE!Â THE MISSING DIALOGUE FROM THIS COVER!
Iron Man: “Steve.”
Captain America: “Tony.”
Iron Man: “So, it’s good to–”
Captain America: “Wait, are we friends again?Â I’m never sure…”
Iron Man: “Um…Â This is after Rebirth?”
Captain America: “I…Â I think so?Â I don’t exactly remember.”
Iron Man: “So, have you rebooted my brain yet?”
Captain America: “Probably, you’re standing up and wearing your ugly movie armor again.”
Iron Man: “So, we’re friends, then.”
Captain America: “So I can ask what was with the whole “I’m the new Nick Fury” thing?”
Iron Man: “I’m a futurist. It was what was necessary.”
Captain America: “Does being a futurist mean acting like Jan Brady?”
Iron Man: “How do you even know that? You were in a glacier!”
Captain America: “MARSHA, MARSHA, MARSHAAAA!”
Thor: “Verily, mayhap we might lower our arms now?
Even though it did sell out at the distributor level, Marvel comics stated it would not be sending Siege #1 back to press for a second printing.Â Instead Siege #1 Directors’ Cut already has a March 2010 release date scheduled, and urges you to wait until then.Â That, or go check your local comic book shop, which may still have copies of the first issue available for purchase at their fine establishment.
Amid all the hubbub of yesterday’s big news, Marvel announced Siege #1, Siege: Embedded #1, and Avengers: The Initiative #31 all sold out at the distributor level.Â Marvel has no plans (at this time) to send Siege: Embedded #1, and Avengers: the Initiative #31 back to press, but expect to see Siege #1: Director’s Cut on shelves in March.
If you are still interested in the Siege: The Cabal, and your comic shop doesn’t have any left, the second printing of the issue will be heading your way on January 6, 2010.Â The issue features Norman Osborn and Doctor Doom slugging it out, while Loki conspires to attack Asgard.Â The variant cover features Michael Lark’s interior artwork on the cover.
As powerful as I, your Robot Overlord am, I have yet to comprehend your silly holidays and mail shipping schedules! The holiday you call Thanks-Giving was two weeks ago – why then, would you delay the comics arriving in stores last week?Â It has thrown off my control of the Matthew and Stephen units and gave them a day of rest, when they should have been doing my bidding!
Iâ€™ll let this incident slip this time meat bags, but you will rue the day you miss your Dueling Review deadline.
Stephen: You kind of sound like Victor Von Doom, you know?
SILENCE COW!Â Now get back to the grind wheel and review Siege: The Cabal #1! Your Robot Overlord Commands It!