The Scarlet Witch // artwork by Stephen Segovia (2012)

The Scarlet Witch // artwork by Stephen Segovia (2012)

Catwoman // artwork by Gianluca Mattia (2014)

D-List X-Men // artwork by Lee Gatlin (2014)
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D-List X-Men // artwork by Lee Gatlin (2014)

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All New Avengers // artwork by Stuart Immonen, Yildiray Cinar, Russel Dauterman and Sara Pichelli (2014)

Well, Marvel’s big event of this year (Axis) hasn’t come out yet but we already know the outcome will be a brand new team of Avengers as Steve Rogers and the classic Thor will lose their mantles and will pass them on to new bearers. Sam Wilson the longtime hero “The Falcon” will don the red, white and blue costume while sporting the classic wings of his former namesake along the shield. A “familiar face” in the Thor lore will be worth it of the mantle of Thor as hinted by Jason Aaron. And Tony Stark will go the “Superior” route becoming more of a bastard while donning a new all-white suit or armor in a new location (He will move to San Francisco). The Avengers will also get an extreme makeover paring down the “army” feel of the roster to a more manageable team including (l to r, top to bottom): Medusa, The Scarlet Witch, Superior Iron Man, Dr. Strange, Ant-Man, The Winter Soldier, Angela, Thor, Captain America, Hellstrom and Deathlok.

Another shocking move by Marvel to keep readers hooked I guess. Since I’ve reading the publisher for years I’m accustomed to these "bold changes" that tend to last very little (specially when you got a big movie featuring the original characters coming up next year). And while I think this could make for a really good story a la Superior Spider-Man I will not hold my breath for it since It feels very rushed, a move done to avoid a bullet released by the recent Kirby State lawsuit heading to the supreme court. Also, am I the only one who thinks that  making one of your most popular characters wear an all-white garment and call himself “Superior” it’s a little politically incorrect? 

Spider-Man T-Shirt // desingn by Aplentee (2014)
Limited edition Spiderman inspired t-shirt SpiderWeb by RicoMambo available at Aplentee.com for £11/€13/$15 for a limited time.

Spider-Man T-Shirt // desingn by Aplentee (2014)

Limited edition Spiderman inspired t-shirt SpiderWeb by RicoMambo available at Aplentee.com for £11/€13/$15 for a limited time.

So I Read Today… Batman: Venom (1991)

If there’s one Bat-book you can enjoy without worrying about the long arm of continuity it’s Batman: Legends Of The Dark Knight which was an anthology book that rarely crossed over with any other batbooks in his day. A team of creators were given a certain amount of issues to tell a particular story they wanted to tell with the Dark Knight. A lot of them comes from Batman’s early days at the job. “Venom” which was told in issues #16 to #20 by Deniss O’Neal, Trevor Von Eeden and Jose Luis Garcia Lopez works really well as a prelude to “The Knightfall Saga” since much of the defining elements comes from this arc.

The Story begins when Batman fails to save a little girl named Sissy Porter from drowning in a sewer after being kidnapped. Although Batman did the job to find her, he failed because he wasn’t strong enough to pull her out of the cave she was buried while water slowly poured in. When he goes to the family to break the news, he finds a very unaffected Dr. Randolph Porter explaining how he wouldn’t give up his life’s work in design drugs meant to improve stamina and strength. Not even for his daughter. After almost 96 hours without sleep or rest Batman goes after the men who pulled the kidnapping and gets his ass handed to him, so he receives a little help from the good doctor.

After taking a pill of Venom a day for three months, Batman loses the edge to act as a detective and relies more on brute force and enforcement. Intimidating and punishing criminals well before they even do anything. He stops wearing the costume, he behaves aggressively towards Alfred who goes as far as resign from service after seeing Bruce become more and more of a monster while losing sight of his mission and true purpose. It’s only when his supplier cuts his dose and makes him face a very though choice  that Batman will realize how far he’s gone in his addiction and like any junkie who faces a moment of clarity he chooses to do what he must to make himself sane again: he locks himself up for nearly six months in the batcave until his body goes in remission and cleans the drug out of him. When he finally comes out of the cave, It’s payback time and he’ll go as far as Santa Prisca to find the man who wronged him and stop his mad purposes for the Venom of his making.

This is one great tale where we get to see a very humane Batman deal with a problem anyone could have when it’s dealt with pressure to give his best and no matter how hard he tries he’s unable to. I highly recommend it! 

Marvel’s Art Jam // by Marvel Comics (2014)
Featuring: Iron Man (by Skottie Young), Wasp (by Frank Cho), Hulk (by Ed McGuinness), Captain America (by Ron Garney), Thor (by Michael Golden) & Daredevil (by Jim Cheung)

Marvel’s Art Jam // by Marvel Comics (2014)

Featuring: Iron Man (by Skottie Young), Wasp (by Frank Cho), Hulk (by Ed McGuinness), Captain America (by Ron Garney), Thor (by Michael Golden) & Daredevil (by Jim Cheung)

Darth Vader // artwork by Shelton Bryant (2014)

Darth Vader // artwork by Shelton Bryant (2014)

Batman #497: Classic & Modern // artwork by Jim Aparo and Michael Lee Graham (2014)

Bane breaks Batman’s back a classic moment reworked with a DKR twist for the modern audiences.

Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman // promotional by WBTV (1979)

Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman // promotional by WBTV (1979)