Freeze Frame 5/1/2015

From New Avengers #33 by Mike Deodato
From New Avengers #33 by Mike Deodato

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Review of Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Three years after their blockbuster film debut, the Avengers reunite for a new outing, Age of Ultron. With Joss Whedon returning as both writer and director, the film rather seamlessly resumes the tone of the first, while also fitting into the ever expanding tapestry of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. While not a perfect film, in some ways it cannot match the sheer thrill of the initial installment, it is a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

The story opens in the snowy forests of Sokovia, Acting on intel relayed to Maria Hill from Phil Coulson (as shown in this week’s episode of Agents on SHIELD), the Avengers have arrived to raid the base of Hydra leader Wolfgang von Strucker. The Avengers and the film leap into immediate action, as a full-out firefight breaks out between the Hydra minions and the Avengers. As the defenses crumble, Strucker’s greatest triumph reveals itself: the Maximoff twins. Whedon does not take long in reveling Wanda and Pietor in action. They make a strong first impression, before spiriting away from the losing battle. Captain America takes Strucker prisoner, while Iron Man recovers Loki’s scepter, though, not before he has his mind jostled by Wanda’s powers. She unleashes a flood of nightmares (including a stunning shot of a re-animated Chitauri vessel), which deeply troubles Stark, leaving more concerned than ever for the safety of the world in general and his teammates in particular.
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The Rough Guide To Secret Wars

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It’s almost summer of 2015 which means Marvel comics will be dropping another event much to the delight of comics shops & corporate shareholders. But this time around feels a little different, this time we are getting something bigger, something different and something that feels like uncharted territory. Starting in May of 2015 and going throughout the summer and beyond, Marvel comics will possibly alter, stop publishing or shake up their entire universe in it’s Secret Wars initiative. Instead of Avengers comics there will be a series of titles upon titles that appear out of continuity. What is going on here? What does this all mean? Is there anything worth reading out of all this? Let’s try an extrapolate what we know below.

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