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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 – New Avengers End, Dawn of Heroic Age

Witness the Marvel Universe triumph over its greatest challenges ever as the HEROIC AGE ignites! Still lurking in the shadows are forces of evil and cosmic-level threats, but a new spirit of hope, courage, and the selflessness at the heart of heroism will rise up. The most extraordinary tales ever will be told in this Heroic Age of the Marvel Universe. The Age of Heroes is upon us!

After five years, it seems the New Avengers is coming to a close. I’m actually happy that it is – I loved the comic the whole way through and nearly have every issue but since Civil War, it hasn’t felt like the Avengers. Much in the same sense that the Justice League doesn’t feel like the League without Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. It just didn’t feel important or big enough. To me, the Avengers will always be Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor. Now that the Avengers books are being updated and streamlined (hopefully) I hope that the X-Universe gets the same make over. Utopia and all these mutant just hanging out on an island is dull and I miss having an actual cast of characters I see every month. Not random comments from everyone while Cyclops, Emma Frost, and Wolverine do all the work.

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.

John Cassady Does Classic Avengers

Can John Cassady just draw everything from now on?

Captain America Rebirth #4 (John Cassady)

Captain America Rebirth #4
The Story: Steve Rogers, the original Captain America – trapped in time! Bucky and Sharon Carter – in the hands of the enemy! As Dr. Doom and the Red Skull make a terrifying pact that could destroy what Captain America means forever! Ed Brubaker and Bryan Hitch bring you the penultimate issue of Marvel’s event of the year! 32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

Marvel Comics Event: The Siege

The Siege #1 Variant Cover

SIEGE #1 Variant Cover

The good folks over at Marvel.com has released the variant cover for their newest event, Siege.
From what I can tell it’s Captain American and Iron Man suiting up. I wonder why Thor didn’t make it into this beautiful rendered image by Simone Bianchi?
I’m really looking forward to this because it will not only shut up the classic Avenger fans it will also generate more interest around Thor and Asgard on Earth.

Frank Cho: New Ultimates Sketches

New Ultimates - Enchantress

New Ultimates - Enchantress

New Ultimates - Captain America, Zarda, & Valkyrie

New Ultimates - Captain America, Zarda, & Valkyrie

For full color previews and more information on Frank Cho and Jeff Loeb’s New Ultimates – Marvel Comics: New Ultimates

The New Ultimates: Marvel Comics

New Marvel Comics Title: The New Ultimates

Details on Jeff Loeb’s and Frank Cho’s The New Ultimates:

“New Ultimates are now the ONLY superhero team left in the Ultimate Universe. There are no X-Men. The Fantastic Four have disbanded. Even Mark’s Ultimate Avengers aren’t really a group per se as much as a team that’s been assembled for a top secret cover ops mission.”

Marvel Comics: The Siege Promo Trailer

Marvel Comics: The Siege

The Siege - Jim Cheung

The Siege - Jim Cheung

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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

Avengers In Galactic Storm

Created in 1995 by Data East, Avengers in Galactic Storm is a 3D rendered Marvel Comics fighter based on the Avengers event, Operation Galactic Storm. Like many other fighters, Avengers in Galactic Storm (AGS for short) is a mash buttons as fast as you can to defeat the beat – however what sets this game apart is its early inclusion on the “helpers”. Helper are characters that appear on the screen to perform a special attack and than return to nothingness once the attack is complete. If this sounds familiar it is the same tactic that Capcom used it is wildly popular Marvel Vs Capcom series. Like the MVC series, this game also features an ominous boss character that is stationary – Supremor.

I can’t say much about the game play other than it looks generic – jumping, punching, super combos. One thing I am happy to see is this is the first Marvel that includes Thor as a character (as well as the considerably lamer Thunderstrike).

Want to play this game? Download Avengers in Galactic Storm – You’ll need  MAME to play it.