Buying off the comic book rack – March 13, 2013

Steve Anderson from Third Eye Comics again delivers the goods for this week:

AGE OF ULTRON #2 — THE SMASH HIT  CONTINUES

Marvel is ON FIRE this year. Now, they continue to turn up the heat, with their first big crossover since the MARVEL NOW began, and folks: we are loving it.

AGE OF ULTRON #1 totally started things off with a bang, and we feel this may even rival AVENGERS VS. X-MEN in terms of sheer quality, and impact on the MARVEL UNIVERSE.

In the future, rag-tag gatherings of Marvel’s heroes survive on the run from Ultron’s all-seeing, all-knowing, and all-KILLING armies.

Tying back into the present day Marvel Universe, as heroes from the future try to delve into the past to prevent the horror of ULTRON; AGE OF ULTRON presents one of the most fascinating, and compelling looks at the MARVEL UNIVERSE we’ve seen yet.

WOLVERINE BECOMES A PART OF MARVEL NOW

The best there is at what he does relaunches his flagship title at #1, and is thrown directly into a mystery that Wolverine hasn’t even begun to sniff out yet.

When Wolverine finds himself the bargaining chip in a hostage situation, he must make a decision to save a little boy that will follow him forever..literally! How can a berserker fight what he can’t see? And, how far will he go to assert his humanity in the face of the UNKNOWN?

DOCTOR WHO TV writer PAUL CORNELL, and comics legend, ALAN DAVIS, unite to deliver what may be the freshest take on WOLVERINE we’ve seen in ages!

STAR WARS #3 — The DARK HORSE series continues!

Brian Wood, writer of THE MASSIVE, DMZ, and much more, continues to deliver one of the most kick-a$$ takes on the STAR WARS Universe that we’ve ever read.

Taking place immediately after A NEW HOPE, with the destruction of the DEATH STAR, this series fills in the gap between EPISODE IV and EPISODE V.

Princess Leia’s secret squadron of stealth X-Wings put together to help expose a  spy within the Rebel ranks may put her at odds with Luke Skywalker at a time when they need solidarity more than ever — especially when the spy has alerted the Empire to Han Solo’s latest venture.

Who was the traitor who led the Empire to Hoth in EMPIRE STRIKES BACK? How did Solo get taken by Fett? Just how far will Leia go to strike at the Empire?

 UNCANNY X-MEN #3 — MAGNETO TAKES CENTER-STAGE

We’re totally pumped to see the third issue of UNCANNY arriving.

This series focuses on the adventures of CYCLOPS, who continues to take his very hard-line approach to protecting and defending the future of Mutantkind.

With a mentality and perspective more in line with Magneto’s past than Charles Xavier’s, Cyclops works alongside Emma Frost, Magick, and others to take his revolution on the road and gather up more mutants for the cause.

Meanwhile, Magneto has seen some pretty major changes himself… can he prove he’s still the Master of Magnetism?

Incredible storytelling, incredible artwork, this is one of the best MARVEL NOW titles on the stands.

THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #6 REVEALS THE ORIGIN OF THE GOD BUTCHER!

THOR: GOD OF THUNDER has been one of the best MARVEL NOW titles of the launch, without a doubt. This incredible new series delivers the best combination of killer storytelling, and jaw-dropping artwork on the stands today, and totally makes THOR interesting and accessible, even for non-THOR fans.

After five issues of the GOD BUTCHER Saga, where we saw THOR fighting a being who’s sole mission was to slaughter gods from all pantheons throughout time and space, we now take a break for a special one-issue spotlight on the origins of Gorr.. and the truth behind his bloody quest to butcher the gods!

I gotta tell ya outside of a select few runs, like Simonson’s and Straczynski’s, I’ve never been a massive THOR fan.. but, Jason Aaron is crafting the kind of incredible comic storytelling that is hard to resist, and THOR is currently one of my favorite MARVEL titles.

AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #18 pits the new SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN against THOR!

Avenging Spider-Man has quickly become a must-read, since it changed directions and began the ‘Superior Spider-Man meets..’ title. Seriously, the writing by SCARLET SPIDER scribe CHRIS YOST is on point, and the artwork by Marco Checchetto is REALLY good.

The book is a really fun read, and we love how it compliments SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN perfectly, as we get to see Otto in his new persona encountering memorable Marvel icons for the very first time.

This week’s AVENGING #18 features Superior Spidey coming face to face with THOR… and, of course, the return of the classic Spidey foe, ELECTRO. Can the two set aside their differences.. and their egos.. to save the world?

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