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Allan Heinberg and Olivier Coipel on Uncanny X-Men #526 Backup

Uncanny X-Men #526 – Avengers: Children’s Crusade Tie-in

Young Avengers’ Writer & Super star Artist Bridge the Gap Between X-Men and Young Avengers

Coipel on Uncanny X-Men #526 Backup

Coipel on Uncanny X-Men #526 Backup

Marvel.com: Allan Heinberg and Olivier Coipel play in the x-sandbox! If the fallout from “Second Coming” wasn’t enough to make you buy Uncanny X-Men #526, then how about a bonus story by two of the best talents in the industry? Allan Heinberg may be the busiest man in the world, splitting his time between television (“Grey’s Anatomy”) and comics (Avengers: Children’s Crusade, Young Avengers) but he couldn’t pass up an opportunity to write Cyclops, Magneto and Wolverine.

What does Magneto learn that sends him down a path that the rest of the world would rather he just stay away? And what does it mean to his relationship with the X-Men? Oh, and did we mention that the artist of Marvel’s Siege event was drawing it? Olivier Coipel’s first sequential work since illustrating the Sentry’s death and the new formation of the Avengers is in Uncanny #526. Don’t miss it!

So this looks like the set up for the cliffhanger in the latest issue of Avengers: Children Crusade. I sort of wished that Heinberg did a backup every month the title didn’t ship (Children’s Crusade is bimonthly) to keep the momentum going but I guess that is too much to ask for from him. I really do think Children’s Crusade will suffer from being bi-monthly. I mean seriously, 18 months to tell a 9 part story is all kinds of crazy.

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AVENGERS: THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE #1 Cover

AVENGERS: THE CHILDREN'S CRUSADE #1

AVENGERS: THE CHILDREN'S CRUSADE #1

AVENGERS: THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE #1 (of 9)
Written by ALLAN HEINBERG
Pencils & Cover by JIM CHEUNG
Women of Marvel Variant by JELENA-KEVIC DJURDJEVIC
The Young Avengers return in an epic, bi-monthly Marvel maxi-series by series creators Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung. When Wiccan’s reality-altering powers begin to rival those of the Scarlet Witch, the young hero sets out on a quest to find her that spans the Marvel Universe and pits Wiccan against both the Avengers and the Young Avengers. But will Wiccan’s desire to solve the mystery of his parentage be his salvation or his undoing? This self-contained Marvel maxi-series reintroduces and redefines the Young Avengers and the Scarlet Witch for the Heroic Age and is essential reading for any Avengers fan.

Know Your Heroic Age Avengers: Hawkeye

I am an (Heroic Age) Avenger…Hawkeye

Hawkeye - Heroic Age Avenger

Hawkeye - Heroic Age Avenger

Orphaned at an early age, Clint Barton was sent to a children’s home with his brother Bernard. Running away to join a traveling circus, the pair worked as roustabouts. While a member of the circus, Clint was trained by the original Swordsman and by Trick Shot. Witnessing Iron Man in action, Barton attempted to emulate him by donning a colorful costume and employing his archery skills to fight crime. However, during his first public appearance, Hawkeye was mistaken for a thief by police and found himself actually fighting Iron Man.

Soon, the Black Widow enlisted him as her partner. Although he became romantically involved with her, he was unhappy being a criminal. When he approached the Avengers and told them of his desire to reform, Iron Man sponsored his membership on the team.

Hawkeye was an active member of the Avengers for years, with his archery skills and inventive trick arrows augmenting the superhuman powers of his associates. His carefree and rebellious personality meant that he sometimes argued with Captain America, but their teamwork never faltered when faced by outside threats. For a short time, Barton abandoned his Hawkeye identity, and taking Hank Pym’s growth serum, operated under the name Goliath. He resumed his Hawkeye identity after briefly being the Golden Archer soon after. He has taken several extended leaves of absence from the Avengers, trying to establish a career for himself outside of the group.

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Know Your Heroic Age Avengers: Thor

I am an (Heroic Age) Avenger…Thor

Thor Odinson

Thor - Heroic Age Avengers

Ages ago, Odin, lord of the gods of Asgard, desired a child of both Asgard and Midgard (Earth), and therefore sought out and wooed Gaea, the eldest goddess of the Earth. Gaea gave birth to Thor in a small cave in Norway, and Odin took him to be raised in Asgard by his wife, Frigga.

The young Thor grew up alongside his step-brother Loki, who was always jealous of Thor, the favored son. Thor excelled in power and popularity, and on his eighth birthday, Odin had the hammer Mjolnir created, enchanting it with powerful magic. He decreed that Mjolnir would be presented to Thor when he had been proven a worthy warrior, and Thor spent the next several years training and performing heroic deeds. Indeed, eight years later, Odin gave the hammer to Thor, declaring him to be the greatest warrior in Asgard.

Thor traveled to Earth for the first time in the Ninth Century A.D., in response to his worship among the Vikings. Thor reveled in his worship, leading many in battle and extolling the way of the warrior. Years later, a set of Vikings killed innocent inhabitants of a Christian monastery in Thor’s name. In shock and disillusion, Thor cut himself off from his worshippers and returned to Asgard. The Asgardian religion would never be as fervent, eventually dying out completely over the centuries.

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Know Your Heroic Age Avengers: Captain America

I am an (Heroic Age) Avenger…Captain America

Captain America

Captain America - Heroic Age Avengers

As a young boy, James Buchanan Barnes lost his father (a soldier during WWII), and was adopted by Camp Lehigh as their mascot, and given the nickname “Bucky”. It was here that he learned the identity of Captain America. He underwent rigorous training and was assigned to be Cap’s sidekick, accompanying him on many adventures, and the two often worked with the original Invaders. However, on a final mission against Baron Zemo, Bucky and Cap hopped on an experimental drone plane in an attempt to disarm a bomb. The bomb detonated, dropping Cap in the North Atlantic, where he would later be found and thawed out by the Avengers. American forces never found Bucky’s body, and he was presumed dead. Unbeknownst to the Americans, he was found and revived by Russian General Vasily Karpov.
When Bucky awoke, he had no memory of his identity, which gave Karpov an opportunity to reprogram Bucky as a Soviet assassin called the Winter Soldier. He was sent all across the globe, committing political assassinations with huge effects on the Cold War. However, his memory implantation caused mental instability, and he was kept in stasis between missions to prevent rebellion.

Recently, the Winter Soldier killed the Red Skull, and stole his Cosmic Cube for Karpov’s successor, former General Aleksander Lukin. In order to mess with Cap’s mind, Lukin also commanded the Winter Soldier to kill Jack Monroe and launch a major terrorist attack on the city of Philadelphia, fueling the Cosmic Cube’s power in the process. However, when the Winter Soldier kidnapped S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Sharon Carter, she told Captain America upon her rescue that she believed her captor to be Bucky. Later, Nick Fury confirmed to Cap that the Winter Soldier was indeed his former partner.

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Dark Avengers #10 Spoilers

Classic Marvel Super Villain is Back

Dark Avengers #10

Dark Avengers #10

Major fucking spoilers for Dark Avengers #10:
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Spider-Woman Motion Comic on Hulu

Spider-Woman: Agent of SWORD on Hulu.com

Spider-Woman: Agent of SWORD on Hulu.com

So Marvel has decided (probably because sales were so low) to put Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev motion comic, Spider-Woman: Agent of SWORD on Hulu.com. I’m a little annoyed because not even a month ago (I checked my download date) I bought the first issue on ITunes for $1. So I’m a little pissed that something I just paid for is not only free but easily available to everyone within the United States (sorry miserable third world-like countries like the UK and Australia) .

Watch Spider-Woman: Agent of Sword on Hulu.com

Marvel Comics The Siege: Avengers Re-Assemble

The Siege: Avengers Re-Assemble

The Siege: Avengers Assemble

The Siege: Avengers Assemble

Siege, which kicks off in January, is a new four issue “Marvel event” that will bring an end to Norman Osborn’s Dark Reign. It’s a “seismic shift in the Avengers books” akin to that of Avengers Disassembled, said Bendis. Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America will come back together, uniting for the first time in a few years.

December will see a prologue issue called Siege: The Cabal, which is drawn by Michael Lark. The four-issue mini that follows starting in January will be drawn by Olivier Coipel. Bendis made a point of noting the four issue length, saying it’ll be “boom boom boom” with action from start to finish.

Marvel’s only official statement is “Stay tuned for news from the Diamond Retailer Summit next week.” We’ll have full coverage from the Summit and more details for you then.

Marvel Comics: The Siege Trailer