X-Men or Avenger? Pietro or Peter? Hero or Villain? Evan Peters or Aaron Taylor-Johnson? The story surrounding Quicksilver has quickly become a confusing place. We’re here to help make things a little clearer with a quick intro in…
A comiXology Guide to Quicksilver
Quicksilver made an appearance in the very earliest days of X-Men history alongside his twin sister Wanda Maximoff (aka Scarlet Witch) as members of Magneto’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants in Lee & Kirby’s The X-Men #4. Their membership in the brotherhood is tenuous at best, as it’s not a sense of evil but debt that keeps them under the command of the man that they will one day find out is their father.
Following the events of House of M, in which Quicksilver played a large role and we learn more of the relationship between Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, and their father Magneto we see a world where Quicksilver is now powerless in the mini-event Son of M. Crushed and defeated, his only hope and refuge lies with the Inhumans.
And if you’re one of those people who doesn’t care about the past, you only want the new and fresh and here and now, then you need to check out All-New X-Factor. Peter David, who penned some great Quicksilver in the 90s is back at the helm and he is known for writing the best version of the speedster.
It’s Wednesday and that means only one thing! #NewComicsDay is here and this week brings you Batman #31, Ms. Marvel #4, Chew/Revival, and more! Click here to see all the New Comics on comiXology!
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The moment you’ve all been waiting for: The Weekly Release List for the week of May 26th is here! Looks like you’ve got a great couple days ahead of you! What comics are you most looking forward to?
COWABUNGA! There’s a massive TMNT Sale going on this weekend on comiXology!
Gather round children and I will give you a glimpse into the future! Here are the comics coming out this week on comiXology!
The Joker: One of the most well known, reviled, beloved, and feared miscreants of all time. The host to a seemingly endless number of beloved comics, it may seem an overwhelming task to get started reading comics featuring the Clown Prince of Crime. Well, we’re here to get you started with…
A comiXology Guide to The Joker
The first appearance of the Joker written and drawn by the legendary Bob Kane, Bill Finger, and Jerry Robinson. The Joker was originally meant to be a one-time-use character, but was brought back later by popular demand. This is not the maniacal, theatrical Joker that exists today but grim, noir-ish, figure with a dark sense of humor.
Creators Denny O’Neil and Neil Adams officially crowned The Joker the “Clown Prince of Crime” in his first modern day appearance right here. The perfect antithesis of The Batman – a pale yet colorful madman out to be the last one laughing as the world burns to ash around him – here we meet The Joker the world would come to know and ultimately fear for generations to come. That signature playing card still sends a shiver down the spine.
Arguably the most famous (and controversial) Joker comic ever, the Killing Joke by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland explores the origins of the Joker and unravels a dark and disturbing tale that adds a whole new layer of depth to the relationship between Batman and his greatest foe. While the ending of the comic continues to be a point of contention amongst comic fans, Grant Morrison added some insight into the debate.
The Joker’s twisted campaign of gruesome horror shook the house of Wayne to it’s very foundations in Death of the Family. A literally faceless enemy obsessed with tormenting Batman and those around him no matter the cost. Whose reign of terror was left unfinished rather than played out. As if simply waiting in the shadows to strike at the heart of gotham once more. Here fans got a Joker re-invented for the New 52. Gone is the cheap purple suit and simple sight gags. Replaced with a menacing agent of chaos out for one final face off (see what we did there?) with Batman, where the stakes have never been higher.
Lots of old Captain America and Iron Man, the first part of Zero Year collected, The Walking Dead, and much more on the Weekly Releases List this week! What comics are you looking forward to?
If you’ve spent even a modicum of time on the #comics tag in Tumblr, it’s likely that you have seen brianmichaelbendis show up on your dash once or twice, posting some of the best pages in all of comicdom and laying down some serious knowledge.
The world of comics can be a confusing place, and just like the man himself, we are here to help make it a little clearer for all of you. So if you’ve been looking for some suggestions on what Bendis books to read but have been too afraid to ask, take a look at our
comiXology Guide to Brian Michael Bendis
Arguably, the comic that Bendis is best known for is the reboot of Spider-Man’s universe with 2000’s Ultimate Spider-Man, which not only brought Peter Parker’s origins into the modern age, but also kicked off the now-beloved Ultimate Universe. Bendis, along with veteran artist Mark Bagely, took Spidey’s original 11-page origin story and turned it into a seven issue story arc, and continued on for over 100 more issues to become Marvel’s longest running consistent creative duo on a single title.
Bendis continues to helm the Ultimate Spider-Man series with sarapichelli on art and starring fan-favorite Miles Morales.
Bendis and Michael Avon oeming's long running creator-owned series Powers combines the superhero and police procedural genres, and is now in production at FX to get it's own TV series. Powers pits the wiles of two detectives against a world filled with superhumans. The series went on to become an Eisner award winner and still continues to come out in the ongoing Powers: Bureau.
In 2001, Bendis took up the task of writing Daredevil with Alex Maleev on art. The series would go on to become one of the most lauded and character defining runs in the characters storied history. The Bendis run introduced a new love interest into Matt Murdock’s life and saw the reemergence of Kingpin.
Following up Kurt Busiek’s run, Bendis rebooted the Avenger’s series with Avengers Disassembled, which heavily featured the Scarlet Witch and lead directly into the events of the now-beloved House of M event.
An instant classic! Beast travels through time to bring the original X-Men into the present, imploring past-Cyclops to stop his future self from committing genocide on the mutants. Currently at 27 issues, this series is a regular best-seller and is sure to go down as one of the all-time greatest X-Men series.
As if all that wasn’t enough, this weekend (5/10-5/12), we have a sale on a bunch of great creator-owned comics by Bendis including Brilliant, Scarlet, and Jinx. Make sure not to miss out on the limited-time Bendis Bundle to get 5 Bendis collections for 59% off!
The most exciting 364 row spreadsheet you will look at this week, guaranteed!
A comiXology Guide to The Sinister Six
With Amazing Spider-Man 2 now officially in theaters, we’re already anticipating the chatter to pick up around the next Spidey flick and the Sinister Six!
We know the comic world can be a confusing place, so we’re here once again to set you off on the right path! If you want to get to know the greatest collection of rogues the Marvel Universe has ever seen, these are the stories that will bring you up to speed!
The Sinister Six have quite the strange history as their lineup has changed so many times over the course of history. But all great evil teams need to start somewhere, and when Electro, Sandman, Vulture, Kraven, Mysterio, and Doctor Octopus finally got sick of getting whooped by the web slinger on their own, they teamed up under the guidance of Octavius and formed the first iteration of the Sinister Six in the pages of Amazing Spider Man Annual #1.
Since the Sinister Six are so famous, you may be surprised to know that they essentially disappeared from comics after their first defeat in 1963. They didn’t reemerge until 1990, when Kraven was replaced by Hobgoblin after meeting a ghastly fate in Kraven’s Last Hunt.
After being defeated once again, Electro, Vulture, Mysterio, and Hobgoblin get the band back together, and after tricking a reformed Sandman to rejoin their ranks, go out to seek their revenge on their former leader Doctor Octopus in The Revenge of the Sinister Six!
Jump forward in time to a Marvel Universe where Doc Ock has defeated Peter Parker by switching their bodies thus becoming the Superior Spider-Man, willing to do things your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man would never have dreamed of! Using his unmatched skills of bio-engineering, Octavius takes control of his old Sinister Six teammates and has them do his bidding as The Superior Six.
Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my new favorite iteration of the Sinister Six, found within the pages of the Superior Foes of Spider-Man. This series is the sleeper-hit of the current Marvel catalogue, featuring a Sinister Six that sometimes only includes as few as Four members but is always hilarious and surprising.
(Above art by Andrew Robinson)