Thirteen Thoughts About Fourteen Comics – New Avengers, Secret Avengers, Hit Girl, Avengers, Animal Man, Swamp Thing, Earth 2, Snapshot, All New X-Men, Superior Spider-Man, Hellboy, Youngblood, Epic Kill and Mudman

Thirteen Thoughts About Fourteen Comics – New Avengers, Secret Avengers, Hit Girl, Avengers, Animal Man, Swamp Thing, Earth 2, Snapshot, All New X-Men,  Superior Spider-Man, Hellboy, Youngblood, Epic Kill and Mudman

New Avengers #3 is full of lots of important Marvel Universe moments that will no doubt have implications for stories across the next year. But it also has a rare Doctor Strange moment using his earlier skill as an actual medical doctor…

Thirteen Thoughts About Fourteen Comics – New Avengers, Secret Avengers, Hit Girl, Avengers, Animal Man, Swamp Thing, Earth 2, Snapshot, All New X-Men,  Superior Spider-Man, Hellboy, Youngblood, Epic Kill and Mudman

The final issue of this iteration of Secret Avengers shows odd Buddy Scalera's tricks as a rougher, more fluid, John Romita Jr…

Thirteen Thoughts About Fourteen Comics – New Avengers, Secret Avengers, Hit Girl, Avengers, Animal Man, Swamp Thing, Earth 2, Snapshot, All New X-Men,  Superior Spider-Man, Hellboy, Youngblood, Epic Kill and Mudman

In Avengers, Tony Stark does what Bleeding Cool has been doing these last few weeks and works out the alien language code, and name Adam as "Blackveil". Now I have a "V" to add to my collection. Hang on though…. I though his given name was Adam.

Thirteen Thoughts About Fourteen Comics – New Avengers, Secret Avengers, Hit Girl, Avengers, Animal Man, Swamp Thing, Earth 2, Snapshot, All New X-Men,  Superior Spider-Man, Hellboy, Youngblood, Epic Kill and Mudman

And, so, this is how Nicolas Cage will appear in the Kick Ass 2 movie, apparently. As a Hit Girl hallucination, giving her the inspiration and drive to do the impossible. Maybe she's just read too much Preacher.

Thirteen Thoughts About Fourteen Comics – New Avengers, Secret Avengers, Hit Girl, Avengers, Animal Man, Swamp Thing, Earth 2, Snapshot, All New X-Men,  Superior Spider-Man, Hellboy, Youngblood, Epic Kill and Mudman

As both Animal Man..

Thirteen Thoughts About Fourteen Comics – New Avengers, Secret Avengers, Hit Girl, Avengers, Animal Man, Swamp Thing, Earth 2, Snapshot, All New X-Men,  Superior Spider-Man, Hellboy, Youngblood, Epic Kill and Mudman

…and Swamp Thing come to the end of Rotworld (still not finished though, despite the "Finale" cover lines, Swamp Thing takes to the skies again. I do hope he keeps the wings once the Big Red (or Green) Reset Button is pressed.

Thirteen Thoughts About Fourteen Comics – New Avengers, Secret Avengers, Hit Girl, Avengers, Animal Man, Swamp Thing, Earth 2, Snapshot, All New X-Men,  Superior Spider-Man, Hellboy, Youngblood, Epic Kill and Mudman

We get a new member of the Justice Society in Earth 2… or is it a new Black King?

Thirteen Thoughts About Fourteen Comics – New Avengers, Secret Avengers, Hit Girl, Avengers, Animal Man, Swamp Thing, Earth 2, Snapshot, All New X-Men,  Superior Spider-Man, Hellboy, Youngblood, Epic Kill and Mudman

Yes, as some have noted, this is a rather out of date observation about comic book stores, as they now get advance shipping. But then Snapshot is actually a reprint and was originally published in Judge Dredd Magazine..

Thirteen Thoughts About Fourteen Comics – New Avengers, Secret Avengers, Hit Girl, Avengers, Animal Man, Swamp Thing, Earth 2, Snapshot, All New X-Men,  Superior Spider-Man, Hellboy, Youngblood, Epic Kill and Mudman

Seriously, this is probably the worst disguise in comic books ever. All New X-Men is, however, one of the best superhero comics right now. If you can get past this.

Thirteen Thoughts About Fourteen Comics – New Avengers, Secret Avengers, Hit Girl, Avengers, Animal Man, Swamp Thing, Earth 2, Snapshot, All New X-Men,  Superior Spider-Man, Hellboy, Youngblood, Epic Kill and Mudman

Looks like Doctor Octopus was getting bashed around a lot, well before he met Spider-Man…

Thirteen Thoughts About Fourteen Comics – New Avengers, Secret Avengers, Hit Girl, Avengers, Animal Man, Swamp Thing, Earth 2, Snapshot, All New X-Men,  Superior Spider-Man, Hellboy, Youngblood, Epic Kill and Mudman

And Hellboy has his own daddy issues to deal with.

Thirteen Thoughts About Fourteen Comics – New Avengers, Secret Avengers, Hit Girl, Avengers, Animal Man, Swamp Thing, Earth 2, Snapshot, All New X-Men,  Superior Spider-Man, Hellboy, Youngblood, Epic Kill and Mudman

Yup, that look's like Bleeding Cool's Dr Manolis Vamvounis on writing duties, all right, on Youngblood.

Thirteen Thoughts About Fourteen Comics – New Avengers, Secret Avengers, Hit Girl, Avengers, Animal Man, Swamp Thing, Earth 2, Snapshot, All New X-Men,  Superior Spider-Man, Hellboy, Youngblood, Epic Kill and Mudman

While Epic Kill, already famed for its over the top moments gives a completely unbelievable survival from a fall from an aeroplane… until the next one a few pages later.

Thirteen Thoughts About Fourteen Comics – New Avengers, Secret Avengers, Hit Girl, Avengers, Animal Man, Swamp Thing, Earth 2, Snapshot, All New X-Men,  Superior Spider-Man, Hellboy, Youngblood, Epic Kill and Mudman

And in Mud Man, Paul Grist yet again shows us why he is the king of page layout and storytelling in comic books (now that Dave Sim has switched careers to a full time scanner operator). Some of the most interesting, innovative and downright addictive comic book work, in a much ignored comic from Image. Why not pick it up today?

Thirteen Thoughts About Fourteen Comics – New Avengers, Secret Avengers, Hit Girl, Avengers, Animal Man, Swamp Thing, Earth 2, Snapshot, All New X-Men,  Superior Spider-Man, Hellboy, Youngblood, Epic Kill and Mudman

Comics courtesy of Orbital Comics, London.

Thirteen Thoughts About Fourteen Comics – New Avengers, Secret Avengers, Hit Girl, Avengers, Animal Man, Swamp Thing, Earth 2, Snapshot, All New X-Men,  Superior Spider-Man, Hellboy, Youngblood, Epic Kill and Mudman

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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