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Comic Book A Day – Day 27 – New Avengers 29 (2012)

New Avengers 29 review

Dr. Strange uses his mystical Kirby hands!

I really love when writers retcon bits of comic history to bring in new, fresh ideas in a way that doesn’t really change what we already know and love.  Take the concept of Marvel’s Illuminati created by Brian Michael Bendis for his excellent run on the Avengers.

Marvel Illuminati

Photo day at the weirdo school

The Illuminati consisted of Iron Man, Reed Richards, Namor, Black Bolt, Professor X and Dr. Strange.  It was shown that they would meet and decide what course of actions to take based on current and future problems facing the Marvel 616.

They’re the dudes who shot the Hulk into space.

Well after Hulk World, Civil War and now Avengers Vs. X-men, these dudes don’t really like each other that much anymore.


Frying Fish

And that’s the whole point of New Avengers 29.  Captain America is all out of ideas and asks his once again friend Tony Stark to call a meeting of the Illuminati, which Namor, who is now a major enemy is part of.  The entire plan is just to get him to the table to talk, so this whole crazy change the world thing can be put to a stop.

There’s no trap (it’s a trap!), just honest conversation between two old WWII allies.

Most of the comic is spent just seeing how the other members of the Illuminati interact with each other, which is beyond interesting since Professor X trained Cyclops who is leading the Phoenix X-men.

None of the others beside Captain America believe Namor is going to come.  Will he?  I’m not going to tell you, but I liked this issue enough to recommend reading it to find out.

I’m giving New Avengers 29 (2012) 5 out of 6 possible Aarons.

Clam bake!

Aaron Haber


You can see Aaron perform live at his NYC comedy club, The World Comedy Club




Comic Book A Day – Day 5 – Avengers 151 (1976)

Avengers #151

Captain America points to the Beast’s junk yet again.

On a very special episode of The Avengers…That’s basically what this issue is.

Avengers 151

Hey, remember that time where Quicksilver, the fastest dude on earth just sat there while the dude with the mustache slowly unsheathed his sword and kicked our asses?

It’s a second-part look back at the Avengers teams of the past 149 issues and it’s narrated by none other than amazing News Reporter Sam Reuther (who stole all of his talk bubbles from Electro apparently).

So basically we’re kind of told the history of how a bunch of different Avengers teams (including the “Kooky Quartet of Captain America, Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye and Quicksilver) came together and then fell apart.



Thor gives some wacky explanation on why he can no longer be with the team in issue #150 which was basically “I’m a god and you suck.” and then this issue Moondragon, who I guess is also a God-dess basically says the same thing.  Oh and Moondragon also makes Patsy Walker, who was basically like the girl version of Archie for like 20 years until Marvel made her into a “superheroine” by giving her one of Tigra’s old cat suits (I guess she wasn’t always a furry kitten lady), leave the Avengers against her will because she needed to “learn to be a heroine at the side of a Goddess”, which sounds to me like the lesbian version of 50 Shades Of Grey.



The BEST part of this comic, is at the end, where right after the newly re-formed Avengers pose in their smiling fists raised in the air “Avengers Assemble” motif, a giant wooden crate explodes and a mentally challenged Wonder Man (who has been dead for a minute) walks out and says (and I quote) “Uhmm-m!”


First off he looks like Mexican Cyclops in that outfit, second off it’s bad enough (or awesome enough depending on how you view it) that he just says “Ummm”, but they hyphenate the “ummmm” and stretch it into “Uhmmm-m!”!!!

Wonder Man

This is a better look, right? Right? No? Crap!

I’ve spent the last hour trying to figure out how that changes the sound of the non-word “Um” and haven’t come up with anything except it just makes Wonder Man (who we all know is Wonder Woman with a you-know-what) sound extra stupid.

I give Avengers #151 from good old 1976 3 out of 6  Aaron’s because it’s weird, fun and uhmmm-m!  I can’t think of anything else to say!

With great power, comes great utilities bills,

Aaron Haber

Tweets From Henchmen

Tweets From Henchmen  I was with Iron Man when we took down Captain America and now you’re telling me I don’t qualify for health insurance? F U Osborne!

Hammer Agent

You. Suck!!!


Puny God

Wrestling with religious identity.