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Avengers: Endgame

by Alan Rapp on April 23, 2019

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  • Title: Avengers: Endgame
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Avengers: Endgame movie reviewMore than the culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that began back in 2008 with Iron Man, Avengers: Endgame is the coda to the series that climaxed in the last chapter and now offers an opportunity for one last hurrah, for heroes to take their final bow, and for Marvel to usher out one set of lead characters and set the stage anew.

For my money, the most successful films of the past 11 years have been The Avengers, Avengers: Infinity War, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Excluding Winter Soldier, a great standalone film which cares nothing at all about larger continuity (it basically wrecked Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. after all), both Avengers and Infinity War faced enormous obstacles in pulling together various threads of the MCU into a single story. And both succeeded brilliantly. Avengers: Endgame comes off like their less-successful younger brother. I’m not going to call Endgame the Frank Stallone of the Avengers franchise as it may outshine Avengers: The Age of Ultron, but it’s a messy final chapter that offers plenty of memorable moments while failing to live up to what has come before.

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Black Widow #1

by Alan Rapp on January 24, 2019

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Black Widow #1 comic reviewDespite her recent death (something which lacks the finality it once meant in the Marvel Universe), Black Widow returns in a new series. Black Widow #1 is a bit of a schizophrenic issue that attempts to honor the character’s past while pushing Natasha in a new direction.

The issue opens with a Black Widow and Captain America team-up versus a Captain America impostor and giant robots whose true goal… um, well is to be the ones who get stopped by Captain America and Black Widow, I guess. After a somewhat icy farewell, Natasha heads to Madripoor looking to get lost and find a new purposes as far away from the Avengers as possible.

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Marvel Legends Gear Captain America Shield Prop Replica

The Marvel Legends Gear Captain America Shield Prop Replica is being re-released and can be yours for the low, low price of $100.

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Captain America #1

by Alan Rapp on July 10, 2018

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Captain America #1 comic reviewIf my math is right, this is the eighth relaunch of a Captain America title in the last 10 years. The latest finds a country broken and divided thanks to Hydra’s recent takeover. It’s not spelled out here exactly how Steve Rogers isn’t responsible for being a Hydra agent, etc. (but, as no evidence is presented to the contrary, I’m just going to assume that some Web-Head made another deal with Mephisto). While setting up a new threat in Russia, most of the comic deals with Captain America and the Winter Soldier fighting the tail end of a battle in Washington D.C. by taking down some shitty wannabes idolizing an evil shittier original character.

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Avengers #1

by Alan Rapp on May 8, 2018

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Avengers #1 comic reviewAvengers Reboot! With the release of Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel Comics decides to reboot the Avengers. Again. For like the 19th time. I maybe be exaggerating. The new comics starts off with a flashback to the elder Avengers featuring Odin and characters I don’t care enough to look up in a comic concept I hate with a fiery passion (hey, you know the hero/team/villain you really like, well, let’s strip away everything unique about them ’cause somebody else did it first).

From there we jump to modern times with Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man all sitting around a bar thinking how great it would be to get the old band together. And then Celestials start falling from the sky. Wow, good thing they didn’t wait until next week to get drunk and nostalgic. We also get appearances by Black Panther and Doctor Strange, She-Hulk, Carol Danvers, and… Ghost Rider? WTF is Ghost Rider doing in an Avengers comic?

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