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@ Sound on Sight- thoughts on the finale of Marvel’s Infinity

There’s this huge battle that’s at the center of this issue, but really so little depends on who is triumphant, whether it’s Thanos, the Hulk, Thor or any of the other Avengers. The real struggle for victory is done through the sly machinations of Maximus, Black Bolt’s brother, and the Ebony Maw as he whispers his half truths into Thane’s ear. The fight between the Avengers and Thanos is actually just a backdrop for these true displays of power and cunning. There’s the power to destroy worlds, and then there is the power to make those worlds dance on your strings. Maximus and Ebony Maw are the true victors in this battle as they both have the most to gain. The Avengers versus Thanos is the distraction they need as everyone is focused on the end of the world rather than the understanding of what it really means to be in control of their situation.

@ Sound on Sight- a look back at Bill Mantlo and Michael Golden’s Micronauts #1-12

As Akira Kurosawa is to Star Wars, George Lucas is to The Micronauts: Bill Mantlo and Michael Golden’s 1979 comic series that was based on a toy line. The story goes that Mantlo saw the toys in a store and somehow convinced Marvel’s Jim Shooter to pursue the license for them. The toys, whose gimmick was that all the parts of the figures and sets were interchangeable, were also pretty free of any backstory. A Japanese import, the Micronaut toys really had no story beyond that there were good guys, there were bad guys, and they fought. That combined with the ability to swap parts were everything they had before Mantlo and Golden got their hands on them. With this blank slate, Bill Mantlo was determined to recreate Star Wars while Golden tweaked the designs of the toys to recast Star Wars as superheroes and supervillains.

Now Playing @ Sound on Sight–a look at Kieron Gillen’s Journey Into Mystery

Much like Grant Morrison killing Batman before one of the Christopher Nolan films came out, Marvel killed Loki before The Avengers movie debuted. Looking at the cinematic Marvel oeuvre, if there’s a character who has taken on a life of his own, it’s Loki. Tom Hiddleston’s performance of the upstart brother of Thor and ungrateful son of Odin has created a small cottage industry for Hiddleston that anyone can watch if they just pay attention to You Tube long enough. So you would think Marvel Comics would be able to capitalize on this by making a comic that starred the movie version of Loki, wouldn’t you? Well, think again. As a consequence of the Marvel event crossover event Siege, Loki was dead (for at least the second or third time in recent memory.) Yet thanks to a deal that Loki had previously made with Hela, the Asgardian goddess of death, he would never actually have a place among the dead and would be somehow immortal because of that. After Siege, Thor writer Matt Fraction resurrected Loki but instead of the equal but opposite number of Thor, the new Loki was a young kid. Reborn with a fairly clean slate, the future of kid Loki look

@ Sound on Sight- review of Young Avengers V1: Style > Substance

When the son of the Scarlet Witch wants to make his boyfriend happy, things like reality and death don’t get in the way. In Young Avengers V1: Style > Substance, Teddy (a.k.a. Hulkling,) a half blooded alien shape changer is struggling through a world without a mother, without a superhero boyfriend at his side and without a team or more exactly a group of friends who are going through the same things that he is. Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie take Allan Heinberg and Jimmy Cheung’s Avengers-wannabe team and kick them out of their young teenage angst and thrust them into the verge of adulthood, where the world is never quite as cool or as altogether as it seems like it should be.

Warren Ellis’s victory lap? A few thoughts on Avengers: Endless Wartime

You can see Warren Ellis’s Authority in almost every big superhero team story that Marvel has produced in the last 10 years or more. Even though Ellis himself has barely been writing superheroes lately, his “voice” is everywhere, echoing through the words of all of these writers. His strong influence still resonates in comics like Hickman’s Avengers, Gillen and McKelvie’s Young Avengers and in movies like Iron Man3. Through The Authority, Ellis defined the modern approach to superhero comics. The problem is that all of those lessons have been absorbed by today’s Marvel writers.