Uncanny X-Men #3: A Preponderance of Pouches.

Ah, the life of a Subscriber. 2 Days ago, I received Uncanny X-Men #2 in the mail. Today, #3. Nevertheless.

Today we indulge in a study of..pouches. Let’s begin.

Genuine 1940 Leather. One does not question Cap's need for pouches.

Genuine 1940 Leather. One does not question Cap’s need for pouches.

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Clint Barton is a man of many facets. And many pouches. Secret Avengers use Dark Pouches.

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Cyclops, aka Slim Pouch-body, uses his pouches for spare Ruby Quartz Lenses, Snapshots of Jean Grey, tampons, etc.

Magneto: Master of Pouches.

And Magneto’s Pouches? Spare Change, obviously.

Avengers #6 and 1986. What Do they Have in Common? ~SPOILERS~

Dude…The Marvel Now! Avengers title has been good from the start. The first arc wrapped up nicely but with sinister little eggs laid for future hatching. Issue #5 gave us the origin of Earth’s first Smasher, and that was fine. I figured on more of the same when I saw Captain Universe on the cover of #6…and for the most part that’s what I got, apart from the rather….odd squabbling between Spiderman, Cannonball and Sunspot.

And then ol’ Captain Universe drops a FREAKIN’ RETRO BOMB, reprogramming Tony Stark‘s workstation to correctly translate “Blackveil’s” name.

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Nightmask. The White Event. The New Universe. Remember the Summer of 1986? Nightmask, D.P. 7, Star Brand, Psi Force…did I leave any out? Probably, because I write this crap from memory. It’s the New Universe! This doesn’t seem to be some one-off re-hash circa 2006. This is pretty mainstream stuff! Super neato.

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1986 Ad for the New Universe, scanned from the back cover of Thor #371

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Scan from the cover of Nightmask #1, 1986

So this is a New White Event? Apparently. Nightmask is reborn from Ex Nihilo‘s Adam…I don’t know how that works at all (Builder’s Machine Code notwithstanding), but it’s cool. It’s really cool! Bring it on, Mr. Hickman!!

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The New White Event, apparently heading for Earth in Avengers #7!

Guardians of the Galaxy 0.1: Worth the Wait! ~SPOILERS~

Sure, you read it on February 13th, but my copy just came in today’s mail. Ah…Guardians of the Galaxy 0.1: The complete tale of Star Lord’s origin  is the topic the premiere issue and it’s a tale superbly told by Brian Bendis. Steve McNiven’s pencils are likewise top drawer.

We’re taken back 30 years to witness the interplanetary bop-fest that squired our hero, Peter Quill. We’re shown how a young Star Lord-to-be dealt with bullies pickin’ on little girls. Oh yeah.

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We learn why he’s got such a chip on his shoulder about his father. I don’t know if we can really blame J’son for crimes committed by the Badoon, but Peter definitely has some issues with the death of his mother Meredith.

Ouchies!

Ouchies!

In the final pages, we learn that Peter has been telling the story of his Guardianship to Tony Stark, who left Earth at the end of Iron Man #5 in the ugliest armor ever to seek his space-fortune. If you read Avengers Assemble as well, then you knew this was coming way back in AA # 8 .

From Avengers Assemble! Issue 8

From Avengers Assemble! Issue 8

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Guardians of the Galaxy has restored some of my faith in Marvel that Iron Man #6 took away. So, in closing I’ll take a line from the Golden Avenger himself regarding Guardians of the Galaxy: “I’m all in.”

What’s in the Bargain Box? War Machine: Weapon of S.H.I.E.L.D.

As I stared longingly at all of the current issues that are on store shelves now but for me, a subscriber, lie in some distant unknown future when I’ll find them in my mailbox, my attention turned to the bargain box of clearance TPBs. Intriguing! Fun to sift through! Never know what you’ll find.

Today’s gem is War Machine: Weapon of S.H.I.E.L.D, collecting Iron Man, Director of S.H.I.E.L.D issues 33-35 and a sweet reprinting of Iron Man 144, recounting Tony Stark’s first meeting with James “Rhodey” Rhodes. The Iron Man is down hard, infected with a Skrull Virus that takes out not only the man himself, but Stark Tech in total. I’m loving the look of this just from the cover and first couple of pages. That I scored it for 5 bucks in the bargain box is even sweeter.  Since the subscription gods did not smile upon me today (OH! Guardians of the Galaxy #1, when will I meet you?), this snappy looking title goes to the top of the pile. Happy Friday!

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