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My Comics Reading List For June 2022

 

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In ‘Thanos’ (2018) #17, Silver Surfer (The Fallen One) falls into a trap set by Thanos before facing future Thanos. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

IN READING GUIDES, LISTS, REVIEWS

This is My Comics Reading List for June 2022. For anyone just jumping onto comics, we are recommending the following single issue comics as jumping on points into regular subscriptions or continuations. You will not regret it!

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1. THE THING (2021-) #3 (OF 6) (MARVEL)

SYNOPSIS

WALTER MOSLEY’S FORAY INTO THE MARVEL UNIVERSE CONTINUES! It’s time for the greatest rematch in the cosmos as Ben Grimm collides with his old sparring partner the Champion of the Universe once more! But this time, it’s no prizefight! The stakes are life or death – not just for the Thing, but also his newfound friends and maybe the world itself! A pugilistic parade of paragon perfection.



2. HOUSE OF X #6 (OF 6) SARA PICHELLI APOCALYPSE FLOWER VARIANT (MARVEL)

SYNOPSIS

Cover by Sara Pichelli. THE INEVITABLE FUTURE. The revolutionary tale of Mutantkind’s rise comes to a conclusion that will lay the groundwork of the X-Men’s stories for years to come! Superstar writer Jonathan Hickman (AVENGERS, FANTASTIC FOUR, SECRET WARS) and Marvel Young Gun artist Pepe Larraz (EXTERMINATION, AVENGERS) wrap the series that changes everything!



3. JUSTICE LEAGUE INCARNATE (2021-) #4 (DC)

SYNOPSIS

THIS ISSUE…A HERO DIES! Doctor Multiverse discovers there is a threat greater than Darkseid! Is the Justice League Incarnate’s only option to work with the Lord of Apokolips? Meanwhile, on Earth-7, Orion and Aquawoman lead the rest of the team to gain control of the Oblivion Engine! But by the time this issue is over…a member of Justice League Incarnate meets their end!



4.  BATMAN/SUPERMAN: WORLD’S FINEST (2022-) #1 (DC)

SYNOPSIS

The Dark Knight. The Man of Steel. They are the two finest superheroes that the world has ever known…and they’re together again in an epic new series from the legendary talents of Mark Waid and Dan Mora! In the not-too-distant past, Superman’s powers are super-charged from a devastating chemical attack by the villain Metallo…and the only ally that the ultra-powerful Man of Tomorrow can turn to in this turbulent hour is Gotham’s own dark vengeance: the Batman. A nearly fatal burst of power drives Bruce Wayne to his own extreme measures to help his friend…enlisting none other than the Doom Patrol for aid. It’s the world’s greatest superheroes from the world’s greatest comic book talent in an epic comic book experience that kicks off the next big events in the DCU. Get ready, it’s time to soar.



 

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5. IMMORTAL HULK (2018-2021) #49 (MARVEL)

SYNOPSIS

This is the gate into the city of suffering. To the hurt that never ends. This gate is for the lost. The gate is a thing of divine power – a thing of forever. But even for the strongest one there is, it bears the warning: ABANDON HOPE, ALL YE WHO ENTER HERE.



6. ONE-STAR SQUADRON (2021-) #3 (DC)

SYNOPSIS

Things just keep getting worse for Red Tornado as he’s called in to face his most ferocious foe yet…the Board! This group of money-hungry investors are willing to do just about anything to turn a profit, and that could mean the end of Heroz4U. Now, as the company’s stock plummets, our hero questions why he got into the lifesaving business in the first place. When the time comes, will there be anyone left to save him?



7. MONKEY PRINCE (2022-) #1 (MONKEY PRINCE (2021-)) (DC)

SYNOPSIS

Introducing the newest hero in the DCU, the great sage, equal to the heavens, better than his predecessor the legendary Monkey King, even better than the Justice League-and definitely the Teen Titans-(actually, all the heroes combined), everyone put your hands together for…the Monkey Prince! Marcus Sun moves around a lot because his adoptive parents are freelance henchpeople, so this month he finds himself as the new kid at Gotham City High School, where a mysterious man with pig features asks Marcus to walk through a water curtain to reveal himself as who Marcus really is…someone who has adventured through The Journey to the West, can transform into 72 different formations, can clone himself using his hairs, and is called…the Monkey Prince!



8. IRON MAN #1 (MARVEL)

SYNOPSIS

Cover by CAFU. BIG IRON! Tony Stark is looking to restart his engine. He decides he’s going back to basics, putting away his high-tech toys and high-profile image so he can get his hands dirty again. It’s time to dig into the guts of real machines, put on some old-fashioned metal and fly. But can he really lay that Stark-sized ego down? Life isn’t that simple, something that old friends and frustrating foes are quick to point out. If you strip down a billionaire to his bolts, does he run solid or just overheat? Tony’s going to find out once a threat to the entire universe rears its head from the past. As he suits up again, Tony remains sure of one thing: he’s still IRON MAN down to his flesh and blood core




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My Comics Reading List For May 2022

 

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In ‘Thanos’ (2018) #17, Silver Surfer (The Fallen One) falls into a trap set by Thanos before facing future Thanos. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

IN READING GUIDES, LISTS, REVIEWS

This is My Comics Reading List for May 2022. For anyone just jumping onto comics, we are recommending the following single issue comics as jumping on points into regular subscriptions or continuations. You will not regret it!

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1. THE THING (2022) #2 (MARVEL)

SYNOPSIS

WALTER MOSLEY’S FORAY INTO THE MARVEL UNIVERSE CONTINUES! From the stage at Radio City Music Hall to a secret underground conclave situated deep beneath Central Park, bashful Benjamin J. Grimm fights and fights and fights to rescue his newfound love, Amaryllis, from the seemingly unstoppable Brusque! But there’s more going on than meets the eye, and the Thing’s epic journey continues to take larger and larger steps, from the gritty urban setting of Yancy Street to the far-flung reaches of the cosmos!



2. HOUSE OF X (2019) #5 (MARVEL)

SYNOPSIS

Cover by Pepe Larraz. Xavier’s dream turns deadly for some of his students as they fight back against the humans’ plan to eliminate them



3. JUSTICE LEAGUE INCARNATE (2021) #2 (DC)

SYNOPSIS

As Darkseid’s quest leaves a bloody trail across the MultiversE, the Justice League Incarnate ventures to the dark world of horror known as Earth-13. They must enlist the aid of Super-Demon and his League of Shadows against not only Darkseid but also the evil power couple of Asmodel and the Sheeda Queen! While on Earth-11, the Batwoman Who Laughs begins her schemes.



4.  NIGHTWING (2021) #80 (DC)

SYNOPSIS

Dick Grayson’s always had a big heart. From protecting those persecuted by bullies in his youth, to combating evil alongside Batman as Robin, to pledging his newly inherited wealth to enriching Blüdhaven as Nightwing-his kindness and generosity have always guided his life. But now a new villain stalks the back alleys of Blüdhaven, removing the hearts of the city’s most vulnerable. Who is this terrifying new menace named Heartless, and will he be able to resist plucking out the biggest heart in all of Blüdhaven? Read this (literally) heart-wrenching issue to find out!



 

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5. IMMORTAL HULK (2021) #48 (MARVEL)

SYNOPSIS

COUNTDOWN TO THE END…Questioning himself after his recent confrontations, the Hulk turns to the one person who always understood him – only too well. It’s time for truths to be told. But will it be Betty Banner who tells them… …or will the Hulk face the gaze of the RED HARPY?



6. ONE-STAR SQUADRON (2022) #2 (DC)

SYNOPSIS

Meet Minute Man, the greatest hero probably never heard of! It’s not easy being Red (Tornado)! As the boss, he’s got everyone relying on him for their next paycheck. Enter Minute Man, a 1990s has-been superhero looking for 15 more minutes of fame…or at least a way to pay for Miraclo pills. Without them, he’s a super-zero and he’s willing to do anything for one more chance at power. How far will he go? Meet Metropolis Comic Con’s newest special guest!



7. TEEN TITANS ACADEMY (2021) #7 (DC)

SYNOPSIS

Gorilla Grodd vs. Gorilla Gregg! A fun, light outing to upstate New York for the students of Titans Academy becomes a nightmare when an entire town turns on them. But as Gorilla City expat Gorilla Gregg fights to save his friends, the young primate discovers, the threat leads him to his own uncle-Gorilla Grodd.



8. MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN (2021) #31 (MARVEL)

SYNOPSIS

It’s a date night for Spider-Man, and no one informed Taskmaster that three’s a crowd. Why does the greatest mercenary in history have Miles in his sights? Can Tiana Toomes, A.K.A. Starling, do anything to keep her new beaux alive?




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My Comics Reading List For April 2022

 

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In ‘Thanos’ (2018) #17, Silver Surfer (The Fallen One) falls into a trap set by Thanos before facing future Thanos. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

IN READING GUIDES, LISTS, REVIEWS

This is My Comics Reading List for April 2022. For anyone just jumping onto comics, we are recommending the following single issue comics as jumping on points into regular subscriptions. You will not regret it!

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1. THE THING (2022) #1 (MARVEL)

SYNOPSIS

THE NEXT BIG THING Begins Here! Renowned storyteller Walter Mosley brings his signature style to a sweeping saga of Yancy Street’s favorite son that will range from the urban sprawl of the back alleys of Manhattan to the farthest reaches of the cosmos itself! A lonely evening and a chance encounter (or is it?) sends Ben Grimm embarking on a sojourn that will have him encountering – and battling – figures both old and new. Featuring guest appearances from figures drawn from throughout the Marvel Universe as well as precision artwork by Tom Reilly, THE NEXT BIG THING will remind audiences why the Thing is one of the most popular and beloved characters in the history of comics! 



2. HOUSE OF X (2019) #4 (MARVEL)

SYNOPSIS

HOUSE OF X #4 (OF 6) MARVEL COMICS (W) Jonathan Hickman (A/CA) Pepe Larraz Xavier’s dream turns deadly for some of his students as they fight back against the humans’ plan to eliminate them. Superstar writer Jonathan Hickman (FANTASTIC FOUR, AVENGERS, SECRET WARS) continues his reshaping of the X-Universe alongside Young Gun artist Pepe Larraz (EXTERMINATION, AVENGERS). The Future of the X-Men begins here! Rated T+



3. JUSTICE LEAGUE INCARNATE (2021) #1 (DC)

SYNOPSIS

After the shocking ending of Infinite Frontier, Justice League Incarnate defends the Multiverse from Darkseid across infinite Earths! Following a devastating defeat at the hands of the one true Darkseid, the Superman of Earth-23 leads a team of superheroes from myriad worlds that includes Flashpoint Batman, China’s Flash from Earth-0, Captain Carrot from Earth-26, and the brand new superhero DR. MULTIVERSE from Earth-8 in a last ditch effort to stop the end of every possible universe as we know it! Written by Joshua Williamson and Dennis Culver with first-issue art by Brandon Peterson and Andrei Berssan and a rotating cast of artists exploring the many different worlds of the DC Multiverse, this can’t-miss series is the next thrilling chapter in the Infinite Frontier saga!



4.  NIGHTWING (2021) #79 (DC)

SYNOPSIS

Dick Grayson has inherited Alfred’s fortune, a puppy, and a whole lot of questions. Who is Mayor Zucco, and what is her relation to the man who murdered Dick’s parents? What sinister plans does Blockbuster have for Blüdhaven? What kind of dog food is best for a three-legged puppy? To answer these questions, Dick’s going to need a little help from his friends-past and present.



 

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5. IMMORTAL HULK (2021) #47 (MARVEL)

SYNOPSIS

Last time, it was just business – and they destroyed a town and left the Immortal Hulk in pieces. Now they’re in the middle of New York City, fighting a very different kind of Hulk… …and the AVENGERS are taking it personally.



6. ONE-STAR SQUADRON (2021) #1 (DC)

SYNOPSIS

Who you gonna call? One-Star Squadron! Meet DC’s superhero team where heroism meets capitalism. This ragtag group of heroes led by Red Tornado is here to provide service with a smile. All you must do is send a request via their on-demand hero app and they’ll answer any call. Whether it’s a children’s birthday party or an alien invasion, no job is too small or too big! Brought to you by Eisner nominee Mark Russell (The Flintstones, Wonder Twins, Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles) and Eisner winner Steve Lieber (Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen), you’ll want to invest early in this one-of-a-kind miniseries that promises a story filled with heart, heroism, and humor.



7. TEEN TITANS ACADEMY (2021) #6 (DC)

SYNOPSIS

When an entire town in upstate New York turns on the students of Teen Titans Academy, while the adult Titans are on a mission, Gorilla Greg, Chupacabra, and the other new students find themselves fighting for their lives against a chaotic mob. But is there something driving the town’s madness more than just intolerance?



8. MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN (2021) #30 (MARVEL)

SYNOPSIS

HAPPY 10th ANNIVERSARY, MILES MORALES! This is it, ten years as Spider-Man and his future has never looked brighter. A who’s who of Miles Morales Spider-Creators has been webbed together to make this the best Anniversary Special of all time! MMSM TEAM-SUPREME Saladin Ahmed and Carmen Carnero show off Miles’ new suit (designed by Chase Conley) and kick off his eleventh year (AND BIGGEST ONE YET)! And the creative minds behind the Miles movies PHIL LORD, CHRISTOPHER MILLER and two-time Oscar nominee KEMP POWERS celebrate Miles’ birthday in style with Miles Co-Creator SARA PICHELLI! And that’s not even all the candles we’re putting on Miles’ cake! Don’t miss this Anniversary Special!




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Super Power: 5 Feats That Show The Thing Can Bust A Planet

 

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THE THING’S ROCK-LIKE SKIN CAN WITHSTAND IMMENSE PRESSURES

.In 'Fantastic Four' (1981) #235, The Thing carries a bomb from the surface of Ego the living planet to its brain, enduring immense heat and pressure.
In Fantastic Four (1981) #235, The Thing carries a bomb from the surface of Ego the living planet to its brain, enduring immense heat and pressure. Marvel Comics.

During the Silver Age, the Fantastic Four first appeared. In Fantastic Four (1961) #1, we learn of the superhero team’s origin story. During the Cold War, a team of astronauts are involved in the Space Race. In order to beat the Communists, Reed Richards, Susan Storm, Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm sneak aboard a rocket. Previously, Ben had warned the team about the need to shield against cosmic rays. Unfortunately, the rocket is bombarded by cosmic rays in space.

In the issue, they acquire super powers and become… the Fantastic Four. Notably, scientist Reed Richards develops the ability to stretch his skin. For her part, Invisible Girl is able to generate force fields and turn invisible. Johnny Storm becomes the Human Torch. And Ben Grimm develops a tough rock-like skin that grants him super strength.

In fact, The Thing’s rock-like skin is highly durable and can withstand injury, impact, pressures and extreme heat. In Fantastic Four (1981) #235, The Thing carries a bomb from the surface of Ego the living planet to its brain, enduring immense heat and pressure. Moreover, Thing is most known for his tremendous super strength.

Let’s list five feats that show Thing may have Planetary-Level of Super Strength.

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WHY THING CAN BUST A PLANET

5. STOPPING AN ALIEN CRAFT FROM TAKING OFF FROM EARTH

In 4 (2004) #7, Ben uses his great strength to prevent an alien ship from taking off.
In 4 (2004) #7, Ben uses his great strength to prevent an alien ship from taking off. Marvel Comics.

Critically, the Fantastic Four are the premiere Marvel superhero team. At CBR.com, Evan Hopkins lists At The Four-Front: 15 Fantastic Four Teams Way Better Than The Original. In some sense, what makes them work is their blend of advanced science and adventure.

In 4 (2004) #7, the FF showcase why they have the perfect team-work. To begin, Mister Fantastic and a team of filmmakers are aboard an alien ship. When the aliens prepare for departure, Mister Fantastic begins to predict his team’s next moves.

In fact, he knows Ben will use his great strength to prevent the ship from taking off. However, he also knows the limits of Thing’s super power. In fact, Ben will fail. Next, the second teammate is Sue Storm who will help Ben succeed. Indeed, Reed’s predictions turn out correct.

And considering the amount of thrust for the alien ship to take-off, Thing’s feat is potentially Planetary-Level. According to NASA, rockets require a thrust of 5.3 million pounds to reach escape velocity. Since this is an alien ship, the energy demands are likely higher.

4. GOING TOE TO TOE WITH NAMOR

 In Uncanny X-Men (2012) #2, Namor and Thing brawled. Marvel Comics.

Really, Thing deserves more respect in the Marvel Universe. In Uncanny X-Men (2012) #2, Namor and Thing brawled. To this end, the Avengers and X-Men were in search of Hope Summers at Tabula Rasa. Accidentally, the two teams bumped onto each other on the island. After dispatching Luke Cage, King Namor went toe to toe with Thing.

Really, Thing has faced quality opponents. In the past, Namor has fought Hercules who has fought Hulk who has fought… Thing. Indeed, get the idea? And considering the competition, we are talking about at least Planetary-Level.

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3. THING HAS BOXED AGAINST CHAMPION CRACKING HIS RIBS

In 'Marvel-Two-In-One Annual' (1982) #7, Thing boxes with Champion for the fate of Earth.
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Amazingly, Thing starred in a classic fate of the world story. In Marvel-Two-In-One Annual (1982) #7, Champion makes his first appearance in Marvel continuity. Indeed, Champion has come to Earth for destruction. As an Elder of the Universe, he hosts a boxing competition for the fate of the world.

At CBR.com, Brian Cronin lists the rules of the competition in A Cosmic Being Slowly Realizes That He’ll Never Truly Defeat the Thing. As a result, multiple heroes are disqualified. Only Sasquatch, Colossus, Wonder Man and Thing represent Earth.

Among them, only Thing manages to make a stand. In fact, he lasts against Champion till the third round. During the match, Thing breaks Champion’s ribs. At the end, Champion is victorious in the third round. However, impressed by Thing’s spirit, he decides not to destroy Earth.

And considering Champion once destroyed a planet by jumping several feet in the air and stomping it. Definitely, a feat of Planetary-Level Super Strength.

2. THING TRANSPORTED A BOMB ALONG EGO THE LIVING PLANET TO ITS BRAIN

In 'Fantastic Four' (1981) #235, The Thing carries a bomb from the surface of Ego the living planet to its brain, enduring immense heat and pressure.
In Fantastic Four (1981) #235, The Thing carries a bomb from the surface of Ego the living planet to its brain, enduring immense heat and pressure. Marvel Comics.

Perhaps, one of Thing’s most popular feat. In fact, both a feat of super strength and durability. In Fantastic Four (1981) #235, The Thing carries a bomb from the surface of Ego the living planet to its brain. So doing, Thing endures immense heat and pressure.

And considering Ego is a cosmic being who has tangled with Galactus and Silver Surfer. Since Thing had to climb the planet’s anatomy, this is definitely a Planetary-Level feat.

1. THING WITHSTOOD, PUSHED BACK AND CRUSHED THE HYDRAULO-PRESS.

 In 'Fantastic Four' (1969) #92, Ben withstood, pushed back and crushed the Hydraulo-Press.
In Fantastic Four (1969) #92, Ben withstood, pushed back and crushed the Hydraulo-Press. Marvel Comics.

Definitely, Thing’s number one feat. In Fantastic Four (1969) #92, the Skrulls used the Hydraulo-Press against Thing. Powerfully, the weapon could bench press a planet. Dangerously, the Skrulls pressed the weapon down on Thing. Incredibly, Ben withstood, pushed back and crushed it.

And considering the force involved, Thing had to bench press a planet. Definitely, a feat requiring more than 5.972 × 1024 kg, the mass of the Earth.


LINKS

Fantastic Four Vol 1 235 in Marvel Database.
Fantastic Four Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
At The Four-Front: 15 Fantastic Four Teams Way Better Than The Original in CBR.com.
4 Vol 1 7 in Marvel Database.
Space Shuttle Propulsion Trivia in NASA.
Uncanny X-Men Vol 2 12 in Marvel Database.
Marvel Two-In-One Annual Vol 1 7 in Marvel Database.
A Cosmic Being Slowly Realizes That He’ll Never Truly Defeat the Thing in CBR.com.
Fantastic Four Vol 1 92 in Marvel Database.
Hydraulo-Press in Marvel Database.