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Luke Cage is Still a New Avenger?

Yes, Mr Cage is a Thunderbolt and Avenger.

Luke Cage - New Avengers

Luke Cage - New Avengers

SO after much bitching and moaning about Luke Cage getting demoted to leader of the Thunderbolts, it looks like he’ll be doing double duty as a leader or at least member of the Heroic Age New Avengers. I like this.

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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Siege #2 Preview

Marvel Comics – Siege #2

The blockbuster Marvel event of the year goes full-blown carnage and madness as the biggest and most brutal battle in Marvel’s history brings together heroes from all sides. Lines have been drawn, and an unlikely hero will save one Avenger, but they can’t save them all. The Siege has begun and it claims its first victim as AN AVENGER WILL DIE!!

Marvel Comics Siege #3

SIEGE #3 (of 4)

SIEGE #3 (of 4)

SIEGE #3 (of 4)
Pencils & Cover by OLIVIER COIPEL
Variant Cover by JOE QUESADA
Sketch Variant Cover by JOE QUESADA

In the halls of Asgard and on the streets of small town America the entire Universe is gripped in a the greatest battle ever seen: SIEGE!!

Lives have been lost! Lines have been drawn! And the
battle for Asgard is in full force. The moment for
revelations and life-changing moves is here, and for some, this will be the last choice they ever make in this world. What happens next is so epic, so historic, that it changes the entire dynamic of the Marvel Universe. You’re gonna want to be there for this one… trust us.

Thor Battles the Dark Avengers in Siege

Dark Avengers Vs Thor

Thor Takes on the Dark Avengers in SIEGE

I love this images even though I’m confused as to why Ares is blacked out (unfinished?). Anyway Simone Bianchi keeps proving to me I underestimated his art when I first saw it. Regardless Siege has my full attention (something Blackest Night and Nerchosa have both lost) and I’m looking forward to the Avenger related titles in 2010. Bendis has promised major changes and after his work on House of M, Civil War (with Millar), Secret Invasion, and Dark Reign I actually believe him.

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 Promo Trailer

Marvel Comics: The Siege

The Siege - Jim Cheung

The Siege - Jim Cheung

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Clint Barton is in custody and that leaves not only Barton’s life in severe jeopardy but all the New Avengers are at serious risk. So the ladies of the Avengers band together to do what they have to do in a double-sized blockbuster Avengers story with a startling new chapter in the life of Jessica Jones. Brought to you by Brian Michael Bendis and artist extraordinaire Mike Mayhew.