Ultimate Marvel Handbook #19: (174)

Hello everyone I’m Jim Trabold welcome to the Ultimate Marvel Handbook.

Hey Daron how are you today bud?

I’m pretty good. I’m curious though if anyone reading this column doesn’t know who you are? I just find it interesting that you introduce yourself every week”¦I wonder if you’re trying to reach the same mythic “new” readers that the comic industry is always preaching about”¦

I‘m good. I‘m missing out on SDCC but I‘ll make up for it next year. I still plan on reading the news and all coming from the con though. Can‘t wait for WW Chicago now.

Oh sure, you’re gonna go to Chicago this year, and I can’t make it”¦

Yeah that‘s enough con talk for now lol. Let‘s start.


Drew email cont

13) Why is Iceman an “Omega” mutant? He is (or at least was) a pretty crappy and boring character. I suppose that is just personal opinion though.

An Omega-level mutant, Iceman’s powers have evolved considerably over the years. Originally he had a normal human and an ice-form. In normal human form, he had the strength, agility and durability of a typical athletic male of his size. In his ice-form, his strength and durability was enhanced
According to the laws of thermodynamics, cold is defined as the absence of heat. Therefore, Iceman does not actually emanate cold, but rather absorbs and dispels heat. Since heat is energy, Iceman’s power then becomes a psionic ability to manipulate energy.

Iceman is able to lower his body temperature without harm to himself, reaching minus 105F within a few tenths of a second. He is able to freeze any moisture in the air around him into unusually hard ice to form ice-slides and various projectiles and shields. He is also able to summon moisture from the air and create a flood. He did this against the Juggernaut.

Iceman is immune to sub-zero temperatures and has thermal vision: the ability to detect objects visually by how much heat the objects generate.

Over the years, his mutant physiology has gone through radical changes. First, he was able to fashion an armor of densely packed snow around his human form when lowering his temperature; later, this became armor of solid ice. Eventually, he was actually able to transform his body into organic ice in which his strength and endurance were augmented to enhanced levels, but when he turned his body back to normal, he would be an ordinary human.

For a time, Iceman could no longer revert to a human form as part of a secondary mutation. He was constantly in a translucent organic ice-form. Iceman is also able to reconstitute his ice-form if any part of it is damaged or even if it is completely shattered, without permanent harm to himself. He is able to temporarily add the mass of a body of water to his own to increase his mass, size and physical power. His strength and durability in his ice-form are enhanced beyond normal human levels. He can survive not only as sentient ice but as sentient water and vapor. He has the capacity to manipulate all forms of moisture. He has all of the abilities to generate projectiles, slides and shields that he always has had but they have been augmented greatly. Under the mind control of Emma Frost he was able to deposit his bodily mass into a river and reconstitute his entire mass a great distance away in a matter of minutes.

Writers have implied that Iceman’s lack of personal initiative has prevented him from discovering the deeper facets of his abilities and has led him instead to focus only on what might be the easiest manifestation of his abilities, the creation of ice.

I personally am a big fan of Bobby, and just wish he got some more panel time, especially if they spend some time really developing his character. I’d love to see an Iceman/Angel minseries”¦

14) If I recall correctly, in the Infinity Gauntlet series, Adam Warlock replaced Eternity for a time, correct? So the Infinity Gems when possessed by the same person makes you Eternity? How did the original Eternity return to his former status, if in fact he did?

With possession of all six Infinity Gems, the bearer would have complete omnipotence over the Universe, though not necessarily the omniscience required to effectively wield that power. Only one being, the omnipotent Living Tribunal, has ever been shown as a match for the Gauntlet’s power having twice stopped the gems from working in unison. However, this may have something to do with the manner in which Adam Warlock wielded it.

In the aftermath, the Living Tribunal decides that the Infinity Gauntlet is too powerful an item in the hands of Adam Warlock, who is clearly not of a sound mind and unable to handle the powers granted by the Infinity Gauntlet: he acts irrationally by spelling out “God” with inhabited planets through sheer boredom, and then acts violently against the court of the Living Tribunal, behaving unfit for one in his station. Therefore, the Living Tribunal uses their powers to make the gems unable to function together, preventing anyone from achieving omnipotence by possessing all of the Gems.
The Infinity Gems are once again separated and given to six different bearers, forming the new Infinity Watch

15) Who turned out to be the Scourge? Did there turn out to be group of Scourges. What happened to them?

Scourge of the Underworld

The Scourge of the Underworld first surfaced as an old lady who unexpectedly executed a villain leaving the scene of a crime, and most of the Scourge’s other assassinations were committed under similar disguises. His most infamous appearance was in Captain America #319, in which he killed over a dozen minor supervillains at “the Bar With No Name”

According to the Scourge he was the brother of the Enforcer, a minor villain who had been his first victim. The Scourge making this confession was then executed by another Scourge, and that Scourge was later killed by yet another Scourge. This last Scourge also killed the Soviet agent who had used the identity of the Red Skull in the 1950s. It was revealed in Captain America #350 that the Scourge had been financed by the original Red Skull, who had been believed dead at the time but had actually survived in a body that was cloned from Captain America’s DNA.

It was revealed that the Scourge was an identity used by several people, all of whom were financed by the original Angel, a hero from the Golden Age of Comic Books who had been driven to vigilantism in recent years.

In the pages of Thunderbolts, a new Scourge appeared; this one assassinated the Thunderbolts members Jolt, Baron Zemo and Techno, as well as several civilians. It was revealed that this Scourge was actually Jack Monroe, alias Bucky and Nomad, who was being mentally controlled by the superhuman-hating government agent Henry Peter Gyrich; Gyrich himself was being manipulated by Baron Strucker. Munroe was defeated and freed from Gyrich’s control by the Thunderbolts and their allies, the Redeemers. He then, apparently, abandoned the Scourge equipment and identity after the battle.

Amazing Spider-Man 276, 278
Avengers 263
Captain America 311, 318-320, 347, 350-351, 358-362, 368, 393-394
Fantastic Four 289
Dragon’s Claws 6
Iron Man 194
Marvel Age Annual 1
Secret Wars II 2
Thing 24, 33
Thor 359
Thunderbolts 49-50
USAgent 1-4
West Coast Avengers 3

16) What is Stan Lee’s position with Marvel now?

Stan Lee became a figurehead and public face for Marvel Comics. He made appearances at comic book conventions around America, lecturing at colleges and participating in panel discussions. He moved to California in 1981 to develop Marvel’s TV and movie properties. He has been an executive producer for, and has made cameo appearances in Marvel film adaptations and other movies.

This year Marvel is celebrating Stan Lee as well. With comics called Stan Lee meets in which he meets some of his creations. Stan is still with Marvel in a new way. He’s the face of the company.

17) Why does the DOL seem to be more of a DC fan than a Marvel fan? He always takes the DC side of every debate.

I‘ll leave that to him.

Well”¦first and foremost, I’m a comics fan. I read a bunch of DC Comics (including Wildstorm and Vertigo) a bunch of Marvel comics (not including and Ultimate, or Max since Supreme Power isn’t there anymore), a bunch of Image comics, a few Dark Horse comics, and a handful of Indy books. So I’m pretty well read. However if I had to say I was a bigger fan of one or the other, I honestly am a bigger fan of DC than Marvel, but that has a lot to do with the fact that Marvel often tosses it’s own continuity aside “to tell better stories” which bugs the hell out of me. At least DC “honors” its continuity while it’s completely rewriting or rehashing it.

With all that said, if I come across as more of a DC enthusiast here, it’s because I’m attempting to sound like the voice of reason in this VERY marvelcentric column, where things often slant WAY too far for no other reason than a lot of readers (and Jim) are just WAY too into Marvel and let their love for the universe sway “rational” thought at times.

However, there was a time in my collecting career when I was a complete Marvel Zombie, and didn’t read a single thing from DC (that was also at a time when DC was pretty much producing nothing but crap”¦but that’s not really the point 🙂

Does that answer your question?

Bill emails

Hey, I was wondering, was there ever a reason given to explain why one day Strom started rocking a mohawk and dressing like Pat Benatar? Thanks.

During Wolverine’s planned wedding; Storm ran into and fought side by side Yukio for the first time. Storm found herself fascinated with the woman and her lifestyle and Yukio’s influence was the final straw that caused a visible change in Ororo. She went punk after that with leather and the Mohawk Uncanny # 172-173

soak1313 posted

since quicksilver is showing up over in x-factor now i was wondering what exactly happened in the son of m series.

Beadle helped answer this but I’m still using it.

Quicksilver has a hard time dealing with being human now and contacts the Inhumans. During this Spider-Man arrives and confronts Pietro. Quicksilver jumps off a roof and possibly breaks his spine. Crystal then teleports in with Lockjaw, to find her ex-husband lying hurt, blaming Spider-Man.

The badly injured Pietro wakes and interrupts Spider-Man’s attempted explanation to tell Crystal that he had jumped off the roof. Crystal teleports him to the Inhumans’ home for medical attention, believing he had become suicidal upon the loss of his powers.

After treatment by an Inhuman healer, Pietro wakes up and is reunited with his daughter Luna. Deciding that he can not stand life as a human, Pietro asks Black Bolt for permission to undergo Terragenesis, exposure to the Inhumans’ power-granting Terrigen Mist. Pietro’s request is denied since he is of human blood, and Terragenesis is reserved only for those of pure Inhuman stock to decrease the chance of a detrimental mutation.

Luna introduces Pietro to a “Communicator,” who tells Pietro much about the process of Terragenesis, leading to him breaking into the sacred Terragen Caves and knocking out a guard so he can go dive into the misty cave waters. Pietro returns to his room thinking that the exposure had no effect, only to be greeted by an older version of himself.

The older Pietro explains that the Mists did give him powers he has time-jumped fourteen days into the future, but the time-travel has a degenerative effect on him, hence his haggard state, and he can only move forward in time and only remain there for short periods before he is pulled back.

Manipulated by his older self, Pietro begins working to take the Terragen Crystals back to Earth and restore the mutant population. He gains Luna’s loyalty, promising to bring her to Earth with him, and learns of Lockjaw’s loyalty to Luna. Eventually, Pietro manages to get a container full of Terragen Crystals to the past, and uses Lockjaw to take him and Luna back to his apartment in New York. Luna instructs Lockjaw not to let Crystal find them before he heads back to the Inhumans. Pietro explains the basis of his plan concerning the Terragen Crystals, and tells Luna he is going to give back her birthright, exposing her to the Mists.

In Genosha, Pietro plans to restore the powers of any mutant left there. He and Luna first encounter Callisto and restore her mutant ability of “super sense”. Pietro and Luna go on to find other mutants that Pietro will “help”. Shortly after, it begins to rain, and each drop feels like a needle piercing Callisto, as her powers have been agumented to a much higher level than before. As Pietro is in the process of restoring other mutant’s powers, Magneto shows up with Callisto in his arms announcing that Pietro has poisoned her. Pietro uses the same tactic he used to steal the gases, creating two time clones and pummelling Magneto into the ground. Pietro, who has been harboring hatred for his father for never acknowledging him, is now fueled by his father killing him during the events of House of M.

Meanwhile, Videmus admits to allowing Pietro to escape with the Terrigen Crystals. He believes that the Inhumans have grown weak and dull with their luxurious, unchallenging lifestyle, and that by losing the Terrigen Mists they will grow strong again through adversity. Black Bolt punishes Videmus by forbidding him to ever make mental contact with another being ever again and forcing him to live in solitary confinement.

Leaving Callisto behind for Pietro and the other mutants to take to a hospital, Magneto takes his leave. At the hospital, Callisto is diagnosed as having taken a DNA altering drug. Hearing of this, Black Bolt turns to the Fantastic Four for help in retrieving the Terragen Crystals. The US government, alarmed at the possibility of a mutant resurgence, is also interested in seizing them. The Inhumans ambush the restored mutants when they arrive at Genosha. During the battle, Pietro tries to slip away with the Terrigen Mists, but is shot by an American special forces unit. Lockjaw comes to the rescue by teleporting Pietro and his daughter away, but they leave the Terrigen Mists behind, which the government agents promptly seize.

During the fight with the Inhumans, Unus the Untouchable loses control of his forcefield and suffocates himself to death, proving that the Terrigen Mists are unhealthy for non-Inhumans. The Inhumans demand the return of the Terrigen Crystals, but the US agents refuse, citing national security concerns. Much to their astonishment, Black Bolt responds by declaring war on the United States, and destroys their choppers.

Pietro, Luna and Lockjaw teleport to Pietro’s California. Pietro informs Luna that he still has enough Terrigen Crystals for him and Luna. He then instructs Lockjaw to take Luna back to Crystal. At the Fantastic Four’s headquarters, Reed informs the Inhumans that the mutants have lost their powers again; the effect was only temporary. Furthermore, he severs ties with the Inhumans because of their declaration of war.

Cory emails

Greetings True Believers, Cory here to make the column rather lengthy this week…..hope all is well…and away we go:

1. Top 10 X-Men:
1- Cyclops
2- Wolverine
3- Storm
4- Professor X
TIE!!! 5- Shadowcat & Beast
6- Colossus
7- Bishop
8- Rogue
9- Jean Grey

Not a bad list. Mine will be up shortly.

2- In your opinions, what were the 5 biggest mistakes & accomplishments Marvel made in the past 10-15 years?

5 biggest mistakes :

1. Spider-Man Clone Saga
2. Can I say hiring Bill Jemas? Please?
3. Hiring Joe Q
4. Heroes Reborn
5. Threw the universe’s continuity into disarray


1. Building a successful movie franchise with the many Marvel characters
2. Ultimate line (although I’m not a big fan it’s a success)
3. Marvel Knights line (in the hayday was a great line)
4. Bringing in bigger writers and artist into the Marvel fold like Ed Brubaker
5. Sales going up and bringing readers back with new ones joining.

Hmmm, let’s see if I can come up with some”¦


1. Letting the Creative teams on the X-Books go to hell (until recently that is).

2. Completely disregarding their continuity to let lazy writers tell story without having to research the world they were writing in.

3. Killing Ben Reily (my preferred Spider-Man) *ducks*

4. The Hulk & Elektra movies.

5. And of course”¦not yet killing Gambit/continuing to let Claremont write even though he should obviously retire.


1. Signing Ed Brubaker to an exclusive contact (what a coup, Ed is easily the hardest working and best writer in the industry at the moment).

2. Finally getting “A” list writers on ALL 3 X-Titles at the same time.

3. Getting out of Bankruptcy

4. Killing Maggot.

5. Killing Gambit (hypothetically speaking)

3- If any, how many former sidekicks in the 616 have adopted their mentor’s role?

Hmm this one is hard. I don’t think Marvel has really done that too much.

Bucky died and came back recently as Winter Soldier. Not as Cap
Jubilee was Wolverine’s but never took over
Rick Jones was a sidekick but never took over anyone’s moniker
Toro never took over for Human Torch
Nomad never took Cap’s place but took Cap’s moniker of Nomad

Yeah, I can’t really think of any Marvel types that have filled the big shoes, but then again Marvel was never AS into sidekicks as DC was/is.

4- What Marvel characters have the most “self-explanatory” heroic codenames? (i.e. Strong Guy)

Invisible Woman
Machine Man
Multiple Man
Silver Surfer
Werewolf by Night

I likely can go on and on here. I’ve named about 15 but there are more. Let‘s get the readers involved too.

5- Is it just me, or have you guys garnered a whole new level of likeability & respect for the character of Speedball??? His new situation reminds me of the plot of Prison Break on Fox…in a way at least.

I’m respecting him more in Civil War then anywhere else. I must admit I was shocked at how they made him so much of a better character with Civil War.

6- On a bad (time of the month) day, who’s crazier : Polaris or Scarlet Witch? lol

Wanda. She‘s able to do more with her powers to.

7- By the way, when did Polaris become bi-polar & crazy like Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction?

Um ok this could be complicated.

Uncanny X-Men #219 starts this whole thing to me. Psychic entity Malice, who had been ordered by Mr. Sinister to posses Polaris.

Now this act was Malice being nuts and evil not her but to me it did help start the path.

Uncanny X-Men #269: Shadow King uses Lorna to fuel negative emotions on the planet.

X-Factor 87: She started seeing Doc Samson about being controlled

Uncanny X-Men #430-431: She finds out Mags is her daddy

Uncanny X-Men #431: Sentinels drive her insane more. Repeatedly declaring the Genoshan people as non-human entities

Uncanny X-Men #425-426: Alex doesn’t marry Lorna because he loves Annie.

That’s the basic run down

8-Where’s War Machine & Shatterstar??? *2 of my favorite characters from the 90’s

War Machine/James Rhodes is head of Sentinel Squad ONE. He was in that series and will be appearing in X-Men: Civil War

Shatterstar rejoined X-Force (had his own limited series) and also recently appeared on X-Men Civil War # 1

9- That hero that Uma Thurman plays in My Super Ex-Girlfriend “G-Girl”….who in Marvel does she remind you of?

Insane wise maybe Wanda. Heck could be Lorna too
Power wise Ms Marvel comes to mind

I don’t think I’ve seen enough of it yet to me able to comment. Maybe after I see the movie”¦

10- Based on past track records & mental stability, since were all men here, if you were a single male character in Marvel, what female heroes would you try to avoid or not even ask out for a date?

Not counting villains

Top 5
1.Scarlet Witch
2. Polaris
3. Aurora
4. Emma Frost
5. Jean Grey

I think our female readers may take umbrage with that “we’re all men” crack.

And I refuse to answer that question on grounds that my girlfriend is looking over my shoulder as I write this and may break up with me for “thinking” about imaginary women”¦

11- Besides Scarlet Witch’s “birth” of her children, what were some other controversial storylines in the Marvel’s history?

Again top 5
1. Clone Saga
2. Heroes Reborn
3. Spider-Man: The Other
4. Decimation
5. Avengers: The Crossing

12- Prior to “Avengers Disassembled”, what was the Scarlet Witch relationship like with those she “killed”? Vision (I know), but Hawkeye & Ant Man (Scott Lang)?

Ant-Man she really didn’t know that well in that fashion. She never had a relationship with him other then as a friend. I think he was just an incidental target. He got in the way.

Remember she did attack others like Cap too. All the Avengers in ways got involved and some got injured as well.

Hawkeye was her good friend. Always was there for her when she needed him but not a romantic way. She and him where friends.

13- Early House of M, Xavier called for a joint meeting of the Avengers and the X-Men to decide Wanda’s fate. While most of the members were against killing her, Wolverine and Emma Frost believed that her mental instability and her extreme powers left her too dangerous to be left alive. Now doesn’t this go against Wolverine’s standard for his affection towards women? (Hot redheaded women; Jean Grey, Mystique, Rose from Origin)?

Wolverine is a born killer. He sees a threat he wants to get rid of it for the most part. Only those he really knows would be ones he would refuse to kill. He really never knew Wanda.

I actually think it would have been more like Logan, to just kill her when no one was looking because he knew it was best for the entire universe.

14- Layla Miller…Is she a real person, created from SW’s imagination, or actually Wanda in some magical way?

Well she’s not Wanda. Wanda is in Wundagore. Layla though might be Wanda’s own creation. A way to stop herself in the end. A way to stop House of M. Even in In X-Factor #8 she refers to herself as Quicksilver’s nemesis. So in reality she could be more then we know. I have a feeling we will learn the truth soon

15- Just Wondering…do any of you guys watch the Venture Brothers on Adult Swim? Along with Dr. Strange’s impact in House of M, etc and his parody on this aforementioned show….I have garnered much more respect for him, have any of you guys or were you already fans of his? Oh, Dr. Orpheus is his name. The necromancer who is based on Doctor Strange and shares his penchant for overly dramatic and elaborate words and phrases.

I’ve never seen the show. Now I’m going to have to check on demand for it. I’m going to have to catch this show. See what you are talking about.

I’ve seen the show briefly, and he’s definitely based on the good Doctor. And yes, I’ve been a huge Dr. Strange fan for a long time, and really wish they’d give him a series again. The man is criminally underused.

16- And if you guys do watch the show, do you all ever notice any of the hidden references to Marvel (also DC comics to a lesser extent)?

The most prominent is the necromancer and major supporting character Dr. Orpheus, who is based on Doctor Strange and shares his penchant for overly dramatic and elaborate words and phrases.

-The character of Baron Ãœnderbheit is patterned after Doctor Doom: Both share a similar origin and both rule a small eastern European nation with an iron fist. The resemblance is so strong that at one point the Monarch actually refers to the Baron as a “dime-store Dr. Doom”.

-A family of four Impossible Industries members have received horrific, inefficient versions of the Fantastic Four’s powers.

-A retired gung-ho soldier called the Action Man is a lesser version of Captain America. The uniforms of the Monarch’s Henchmen closely resemble the original costumes of the X-Men.

-Henchmen 21 has an extensive collection of various toy memorabilia that recall the Hulk, Magneto, and Spider-Man. Among his faux-weaponry are Wolverine’s claws, Captain America’s shield, and Batman’s utility belt — or at least collectible replica props thereof.

-Brock’s former commanding officer was revealed to be a riff on the Nick Fury Marvel style of superspy, even having an office that appeared to be located on a S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier. However, the character model appeared to be based on the late Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, smoking a cigarette in a long holder, aviator glasses, hat, and speaking with Thompson’s distinctive cadence. The old OSI uniforms also closely resemble those of S.H.I.E.L.D..

-Brock Samson may be based on Eddie Brock, the man who would later become Venom. Similarities both characters share include the name Brock, burly physiques, and blonde “mullet” hair cuts.

-In several episodes, the boys are shown to wear superhero pajamas, with Dean’s being modelled after Spider-Man, and Hank’s resembling Aquaman’s costume.

HAHAHA ok now I definitely have to watch this show. Damn how the hell did I miss this show so far. It sounds funny as hell.

17- Many comic book characters can be seen as walking dues ex machinas. Lifeguard, from the X-Men, is widely considered by her detractors to be the ultimate deus ex. Her mutant ability is to manifest any necessary ability to save lives, which makes her a quick fix for the writers if any characters are stuck in a tight spot. What other characters could be considered Deus Ex Machinas?

Super Adaptoid

Would be 3 that come in mind. Sage also comes to mind but I could be wrong on the definition.

No, I’d say Sage is definitely perfect for that list”¦ not so sure about Taskmaster though”¦

18- I know that in DC, Batman(rumored), Atom, Starman, Booster Gold & Mr. Terrific are atheists, besides Wolverine & Hulk who else in Marvel is also confirmed or considered as the same?

Wolverine and Hulk actually do have faith in religion in their own manors. Hulk would be Bruce’s religion Catholic and Wolverine was for a while but now is Buddhist.

As for confirmed atheist:
Iron Man
Ms. Marvel
Pete Wisdom

19- In issue six of the 10-yr anniversary of the AOA, did Gambit die (Daron smiling lol) or just disappear inside Cloak’s darkness?

He was absorbed into the darkness by Cloak likely unless in AOA he killed. Cloak can kill but he doesn’t normally but AOA is different so it’s possible Gambit is dead

If only we could get that to carry over”¦

20- In 1995-96, the way that Magneto killed Apocalypse in X-Men Omega, couldn’t he kill him the same way in 616? Though due to characters value/ worth this won’t happen, but is it possible? And what exactly was Rogue’s powers in AOA???

It’s possible Magneto could. Why he would do it is beyond me but he does have the ability to do it.

Rogue had the same powers plus Magneto’s powers, full control of her own and I believe she had Wanda’s

Pretty long trying to help ya guys out a lil bit, even though I lost my original sheet of all the stuff I wanted to ask you…so this works also. Have fun and see you guys in 7!!!

Cory out!

Well you asked a ton and I answered them all. You came to our rescue anytime, Cory, thanks.

Top ten

top ten X-Men
1. Wolverine
2. Deadpool
3. Rogue
4. Silver Fox
5. Psylocke
6. Colossus
7. Nightcrawler
8. Mystique
9. Beast
10. Rachel Summers

Next week: Top 10 Avengers

It’s that time again everyone. This weeks top 5 Marvel books of the week.

1. Civil War # 3: The battle lines are drawn as the conflict between the Super Hero Registration Initiative and the Underground Resistance fighters explodes in a live fire fight as the future of the Marvel Universe is decided! But before the dust settles, a familiar figure will emerge from a strike of lightning to change the odds–and the sides! Witness teams and families torn apart as the Civil War touches all and the momentous events of last issue changes the world as our heroes understand it!

2. Cable & Deadpool # 30: With CIVIL WAR tearing the Marvel Universe apart, only one man can sew it back together… DEADPOOL?! Well, who else would make the perfect mercenary Hero-Hunter? In an effort to do his part, Deadpool crosses paths with the GREAT LAKES AVENGERS, and slices and dices his way to DAREDEVIL—THE MAN WITHOUT FEAR!
What happens when the Merc with a Mouth faces the Sightless Scarlet Sentry? And where does CABLE stand in all this? Where he always does… pretending he’s above the fray. Then why is he having a secret meeting with CAPTAIN AMERICA…?

3. Civil War: X-Men # 1: Enough is enough! The tension between the X-Men, the 198, and the O*N*E has finally reached a breaking point. As the Marvel Universe is ripped apart by the Civil War, the X-Men also find themselves crumbling from the inside out. Will they fold-up and admit defeat, or will the X-Men finally start to fight back? Find out here!

4. Uncanny X-Men # 476: “THE RISE AND FALL OF THE SHI’AR EMPIRE” Part 2!
A brand new era for the Uncanny X-Men begins here! Fresh off X-MEN: DEADLY GENESIS, Ed Brubaker takes the helm of Marvel’s mighty mutants. Billy Tan joins Ed for a story that won’t just affect earth, but will rock the foundations of the entire galaxy! Vulcan is out for revenge and has his sites set on the Shi’Ar Empire! Get ready for the ride of your life! A perfect starting point for any new reader!

5. Eternals # 2: Curry’s dreams of strange gods and monsters mean? And what does the mysterious man with the strange eyes want with him? New York Times Bestselling author NEIL GAIMAN (Anansi Boys, MARVEL:1602, Sandman) and superstar John Romita Jr. (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, WOLVERINE) bring you a tale that will change the Eternals and the Marvel Universe forever!

The Civil War update!

(for the Super-Human Registration)
Agent Hill Civil War # 1)
Arachne (Daily Bugle Civil War special)
Aunt May (Amazing Spider-Man #532)
Bantam (Civil War: Frontline #3)
Ben Urich (Civil War: Front Line #1)
Big Bertha (Cable & Deadpool #30)
Bishop (Civil War: X-Men #1)
Black Widow (Civil War #3)
Colleen Wing (Daughters of the Dragon # 3)
Dallas Riordan (Thunderbolts #104)
Doc Samson (Civil War # 2)
Doorman (Cable & Deadpool #30)
Dum-Dum Dugan (New Avengers #21)
Eric Marshall (Civil War: Frontline #1)
Flatman (Cable & Deadpool #30)
General Lazer (Civil War: X-Men #1)
Happy Hogan (Civil War #2)
Henry Peter Gyrich (Thunderbolts #104)
Hindsight Lad (She-Hulk # 8)
Human Torch (Amazing Spider-Man #532)
Invisible Woman (Amazing Spider-Man #532)
Iron Man (New Avengers: The Illuminati)
J. Jonah Jameson (Civil War: Front Line #1)
Mary Jane Watson (Amazing Spider-Man #532)
Micromax (Civil War: X-Men #1)
Mister Fantastic (New Avengers: The Illuminati)
Mister Immortal (Cable & Deadpool #30)
Ms Marvel (Civil War # 1)
Nighthawk (Civil War # 1)
Rictor (X-Factor #8)
Sabra (Civil War: X-Men #1)
Sentinels (Civil War: X-Men #1)
Sentry (Civil War: Frontline #1)
She-Hulk (She-Hulk # 8)
S.H.I.E.L.D. (Civil War # 1)
Spider-Man (Amazing Spider-Man # 530)
Sprite (Eternals # 1)
Squirrel Girl (Cable & Deadpool #30)
Thing (Civil War # 1)
Thor (Civil War #3)
Tigra (Civil War # 2)
Tippy Toe (Cable & Deadpool #30)
Titanium Man (Amazing Spider-Man #529)
Val Cooper (Civil War: X-Men #1)
War Machine (Civil War: X-Men #1)
Wasp (Civil War # 1)
Wonder Man (Civil War #2)
Yellowjacket (Civil War # 1)

Hero Hunters (with Iron Man’s group)
Asp (Thunderbolts # 105)
Atlas (Thunderbolts #104)
Baron Zemo (Thunderbolts #104)
Batroc (Thunderbolts # 105)
Blacklash (Thunderbolts # 105)
Beetles (Thunderbolts # 105)
Blizzard (Thunderbolts #104)
Bushmaster (Thunderbolts # 105)
Deadpool (Cable & Deadpool #30)
Doctor Octopus (Thunderbolts # 105)
Eel (Thunderbolts # 105)
Ironclad (Thunderbolts # 105)
Fixer (Thunderbolts #104)
Joystick (Thunderbolts #104)
Killer Shrike (Thunderbolts # 105)
King Cobra (Thunderbolts # 105)
Mach IV (Thunderbolts #104)
Mongoose (Thunderbolts # 105)
Ox (Thunderbolts # 105)
Porcupine (Thunderbolts # 105)
Pretty Persuasions (Thunderbolts # 105)
Quicksand (Thunderbolts # 105)
Radioactive Man (Thunderbolts #104)
Rattler (Thunderbolts # 105)
Smuggler (Thunderbolts #104)
‘Snake’ Marston (Thunderbolts # 105)
Songbird (Thunderbolts #104)
Swordsman (Thunderbolts # 104)
Tatterdemalion (Thunderbolts # 105)
Unicorn (Thunderbolts # 105)
Vapor (Thunderbolts # 105)
Vector (Thunderbolts # 105)
Vermin (Thunderbolts # 105)
Whiplash (Thunderbolts # 105)
Whirlwind (Thunderbolts # 105)
X-Ray (Thunderbolts # 105)

(against Super-Human Registration)
Aegis (X-Factor #9)
Archangel (Civil War: X-Men #1)
Battle Star (Civil War: Frontline #3)
Beast (Civil War: X-Men #1)
Black Bolt (New Avengers: The Illuminati)
Black Panther (New Avengers: The Illuminati)
Cable (Civil War # 2)
Caliban (Civil War: X-Men #1)
Captain America (Civil War # 1)
Cloak (Civil War # 2)
Collective Man (Civil War: X-Men #1)
Dagger (Civil War # 2)
Daredevil (Civil War # 1)
Debrii (She-Hulk #8)
Doctor Strange (New Avengers: The Illuminati)
Domino (Civil War: X-Men #1)
Emma Frost (Civil War: X-Men #1)
Erg (Civil War: X-Men #1)
Falcon (Civil War # 1)
Firestar (She-Hulk #8)
Goliath (Bill Foster) (Civil War # 1)
Hawkeye II (Kate Bishop) (Civil War # 2)
Hercules (Civil War # 2)
Hulk (New Avengers: The Illuminati)
Hulkling (Civil War # 2)
Iceman (Civil War: X-Men #1)
Jamie Madrox (X-Factor #9)
Jane Foster (Civil War # 2)
Jennifer Walters (She-Hulk # 8)
John Jameson – She-Hulk #8
Justice (She-Hulk #8)
Layla Miller (X-Factor #9)
Lockheed (Civil War: X-Men #1)
Luke Cage (Civil War # 2)
M (X-Factor #9)
Namor (New Avengers: The Illuminati)
Nick Fury (Civil War # 2)
Night Nurse (Civil War # 2)
Outlaw (Civil War: X-Men #1)
Patriot (Civil War # 1)
Prodigy (Civil War: Frontline #2)
Quicksilver (Thunderbolts #104)
Rage (She-Hulk #8)
Rictor (X-Factor #9)
Sally Floyd (Civil War: Front Line #1)
Shadowcat (Civil War: X-Men #1)
Shatterstar (Civil War: X-Men #1)
She-Hulk (as Jennifer Walters) (She-Hulk #8)
Silverclaw (Fantastic Four #538)
Siryn (X-Factor #8)
Slapstick (She-Hulk #8)
Solo (Civil War: Frontline #3)
Speed (Civil War #2)
Speedball (Civil War #1)
Spider-Woman (Thunderbolts #104)
Stature (Civil War # 2)
Stingray (Thunderbolts #104)
Strong Guy (X-Factor #9)
Thunderclap (Civil War: Frontline #3)
Timeslip (She-Hulk #8)
Typeface (Civil War: Frontline #3)
Ultra Girl (She-Hulk # 8)
Vision (Civil War # 2)
Wiccan (Civil War #2)
Wolfsbane (X-Factor #8)
Wolverine (Civil War # 1)
Wong (Civil War # 3)
Yancy Street Gang (Fantastic Four #538)

Human Torch (Civil War # 1)

Firestar (Civil War: Frontline #2)

Grim Reaper (Civil War #2)
Prodigy (Civil War: Frontline #2)
Speedball (Civil War: Frontline #2)
Trapster (Civil War #2)
Vulture (Civil War #2)

Casualties (dead):
Abrams (Wolverine #43)
Bantam (Civil War: Frontline #3)
Cobalt Man (Civil War #1)
Coldheart (Civil War #1)
Crusader (Wolverine #42)
John Fernandez (Civil War: Frontline #1)
Gamma 1 (Wolverine #42)
Microbe (Civil War #1)
Namorita (Civil War #1)
Night Thrasher (Civil War #1)
Speedfreek (Civil War #1)

Issues and synopsis so far:

Amazing Spider-Man #529-531: After receiving a new costume from Tony Stark he goes to Washington with the man to speak to Congress about a Superhuman Registration act. Tony Stark as Iron Man pays Titanium Man to combat Spider-Man. Spidey agrees to stick with Tony no matter what.

Fantastic Four #536-537: Thor’s hammer returned to Earth crashing into Oklahoma and then put under U.S. Army protection. Six months later Doctor Doom, who had escaped from Hell during the hammers return, tried to claim the hammer for himself but was unable to lift it. After this, a man wearing a backpack with the initials “D.B.” is seen boarding a bus for Oklahoma.

New Avengers: The Illuminati: Iron Man was handed a copy of the Super-human Registration Act. He told the rest of the group about it. Reed Richards went along with Iron Man, but Namor, Dr. Strange and Black Bolt all disagreed and left. With most of the members gone, it implied that the team was over, with Mr. Fantastic telling Iron Man that it “was fun while it lasted” before leaving.

Civil War # 1: The New Warriors, filming a reality television show, and a cadre of villains in Stamford, Connecticut. The battle goes wrong for the heroes, resulting in villain Nitro creating an explosion that takes out a local school, the surrounding neighborhood, and all but one of the Warriors. This event catalyzes a government movement to register all super-powered beings as living weapons of mass destruction. The event has also turned the public opinion against the superheroes as many of them are blamed for the incident. Due to this, many superheroes Johnny Storm has been attacked by the public. Meanwhile, S.H.I.E.L.D. tries to recruit Captain America to become part of the team that will force superheroes to register. Captain America refuses and after being attacked by S.H.I.E.L.D., goes underground. Iron Man, Yellowjacket and Mister Fantastic will deal with Cap somehow.

Wolverine 42: Wolverine learns of the events of Stamford, Connecticut and goes to help out. He also wants to personally deal with the true villain behind it Nitro. He also seems against the act.

She-Hulk # 8: She-Hulk is split. Jennifer is against the act while She-Hulk seems for it as she defends the remaining New Warriors. This brings back quite a few old New Warriors and explains who’s side they are on. John Jameson also talks to Captain America who’s gone underground

Amazing Spider-Man #532: We see the events through Spider-Man’s eyes here in this story and of course Peter talks to his family about the ramifications of outing himself or joining Tony. In the end he is wearing his original costume about to speak to the public.

Civil War: Front Line# 1: Iron Man shows his support for the Superhuman Registration Act by revealing his identity as Tony Stark in a press conference. Speedball is revealed to be alive after the Stamford Disaster, his kinetic powers having knocked him 500 miles away. He is promptly arrested by S.H.I.E.L.D., and is powerless as a result of the strain. Spider-Man meets with Sally Floyd making the proposal for her to investigate the Pro-Registration faction on Iron Man’s behalf.

Civil War # 2: We start seeing sides formed. As Iron Man leads a group of heroes against a super villain. Elsewhere we learn Captain America is underground and he’s building an army of his own. The Young Avengers get involved by fighting crime without registering. They are about to be taken captive till Captain America and Falcon save their butts. Reed and Sue seem more at odds as we see the biggest event in Marvel history so far. A Times Square press conference Spider-Man tells the world that “My name is Peter Parker and I’ve been Spider-Man since I was 15 years old. Any questions?”

Thunderbolts # 104: The Thunderbolts battle Quicksand as the press conference in Civil War # 2 takes place. We see their reaction. Baron Zemo and a few others are invited to meet with Iron Man and his crew. The Thunderbolts are asked to recruit villains to help capture the heroes who do not register. Zemo accepts and we find out Zemo has already been building quite an army of villains already.

Civil War Frontline # 2: Peter Parker is asked about his relationship to Norman Osborn, AKA The Green Goblin. Parker responds that Osborn deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison for what he did to Gwen Stacy. When shown a tape of the conference by S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives, Osborn becomes enraged. Spider-Man’s secret identity results in a media frenzy as Daily Bugle is swarmed by press. Sally Floyd meets with Firestar in a bar. Firestar explains her fears regarding the registration act’s effect on her life as a college student and any career outside of being a superhero. Claiming she can no longer afford to be Firestar, she quits, dropping her mask in the street. A protesting Prodigy is confronted by Iron Man. The ensuing battle takes place in full view of awed crowds and ends with a mass of black helicopters carrying the unconscious Prodigy. Speedball is beaten and transferred to maximum security prison.

Amazing Spider-Man # 533: “My name is Peter Parker and I’ve been Spider-Man since I was 15 years old.”, thus exposing himself to the attention of the main public, ranging from extreme enthusiasm to anger, and straining his relationship with J.J. Jameson, who felt betrayed by Peter. Currently, Tony Stark has forcibly drafted Spider-Man in a task-force to hunt the rebel heroes and bring them to justice – severely upsetting Peter as he felt blindsided by such a decision, perhaps most agitated about the possibility of having to confront Captain America.

Amazing Spider-Man # 533: “My name is Peter Parker and I’ve been Spider-Man since I was 15 years old.”, thus exposing himself to the attention of the main public, ranging from extreme enthusiasm to anger, and straining his relationship with J.J. Jameson, who felt betrayed by Peter. Currently, Tony Stark has forcibly drafted Spider-Man in a task-force to hunt the rebel heroes and bring them to justice – severely upsetting Peter as he felt blindsided by such a decision, perhaps most agitated about the possibility of having to confront Captain America.

Fantastic Four # 538: The Thing, Mr. Fantastic, and Invisible Woman are told by a doctor about Johnny’s condition. He is in a coma and should not be surrounded by negative energy until he wakes up. Sue and Reed argue about the registration act then go their seperate ways as Ben takes the first shift of watch. Yancy Street, Superheroes duke it out and civilians are protesting against the act. Ms. Marvel battles Silverclaw and Ben arrives and continues walking past after Ms. Marvel asks for his help. Ben talks to the people of Yancy Street and says that he’s not sure which side he is on. Puppet Master and The Thinker conspire to take out the heroes that are being carted off to prison before peace can be negotiated. DB picks up Thor’s hammer.

New Avengers # 21: Cap is attacked by S.H.I.E.D. agents and is able to defeat him, but finds that Agent Dugan, his friend, was sent to take him down. Cap wakes up to find Falcon there and is relieved to find out that he did not sign the Registration Act. Cap and Falcon go to Hank Pym, but find out that he is supporting Iron Man. When they try to leave Pym changes size and attempts to hold them until S.H.I.E.L.D. arrives. Cap breaks Pym’s nose and he and Falcon escape.

Wolverine # 43: Wolvie tracked down the truck that carried Nitro out of Connecticut, all the way to the bar. Wolverine heads out to track Nitro down and notices Iron Man flying in the area, Wolverine jumps him, and the two argue over the best way to deal with Nitro. Wolverine decides to go along with Tony’s team to track down Nitro aboard a S.H.I.E.L.D. ship. Nitro explodes, burning up the ship, all the soldiers and dissolving the skin and organs off of Wolverine, down to his skeleton. Wolverine finds Nitro later after healing

X-Factor # 8: X-Factor is warned about Quicksilver. Siryn argues with Monet about the logic of the Act, and Rictor asks about the X-Men’s position, with Siryn questioning X-Men leader Cyclops’ strange behavior around Layla. A Madrox dupe shows up to recruit X-Factor for SHIELD. X-Factor learns the truth of Decimation and House of M off Spidey thanks to Siryn. Quicksilver shows up at X-Factor later as the issue ends

Civil War Frontline # 3: Sally Floyd meets up with a group of anti-act heroes/villains that have gone into hiding. Ben Urich meets with Reed Richards. We see a fight between Bantam and Thunderclap which ends with Bantam’s death. She-Hulk becomes Speedballs lawyer offering to help him.

Thunderbolts # 105: The Thunderbolts start capturing super villains to gather for their new army of Hero Hunting Thunderbolts. As this happens the pro act is creating a storage facility for the heroes. Zemo convinces more and more villains to join his group. Which also is preparing to face the Grandmaster. Zemo of course also offers to help Captain America and his group as well.

Next week: Civil War 3, Cable & Deadpool, Civil War: X-Men and X-Factor reviews.

There’s another edition of the Marvel Handbook for everyone. So Daron what did you think?

I think it’s 5AM and I should be sleeping instead of typing this, but here I am. Wait. What did you ask?

I think more emails would help out but I think we are still doing quite well. Either way I‘m looking forward to next week.

I’m looking forward to a nap”¦

Alrighty I’ll let you finish us off this week bud.


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5. Keep those emails coming and make sure to label them Marvel Handbook. The more emails the better. That’s it from my end. Reporting from my corner of the Marvel Universe I’m Jim Trabold. Have a great week and see you at the comic shop.

Before we go I thought I’d request some reader feeback. Our good buddy Manolis has designed us some secondary logos. Which I’m going to include below. I’m curious which logos you all would prefer us to run through the column. Let us know if you prefer the ones we’re currently using/have been using since we went Ultimate, if you like the new ones (which are really just the same one with 2 different sizings, or a mix of the 2? I.E. the top logo and the email dividers.

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