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Warning: this article contains spoilers for War of the Realms #1, Immortal Hulk #16 and Uncanny X-Men #15!
Marvel’s War of the Realms Has a Violent Debut
It wouldn’t be a major Marvel crossover without a major death or two to kick things off. War of the Realms #1 claimed two victims right out of the gate. Odin is assassinated in the early pages of this issue, and the book closes with Loki apparently sacrificing himself and being eaten by his Frost Giant father, Laufey. We have doubts as to whether that second death should be taken at face value, but it’s clear this event will have major ramifications for the Thor franchise regardless.
Hulk’s Personality Change
Hulk’s personality and intelligence level tend to evolve with each new creative team, and Immortal Hulk has been no exception. This horror-favored series has given us a Hulk who’s mean and brutal yet more verbose and cunning than most incarnations. Like any good monster, he also only comes out at night.
That limitation came back to haunt him in Immortal Hulk #16, as Hulk and Doc Samson are lured into a trap and Hulk is forcibly transformed back into Bruce Banner through the use of solar lamps. The villain Bushwhacker then kills Samson (who only recently returned to life) and shoots Banner in the gut. However, “Banner” soon reveals he’s playing possum, as Hulk’s old Joe Fixit personality is now in control. We don’t fancy Bushwhacker’s odds of survival in issue #17.
The DC Universe App Is Getting a Huge Content Boost
One of the main selling points of the DC Universe app is that it offers access to thousands of classic comics in addition to the TV and movie selection. However, DCU’s comic selection has been scattershot at best, hardly rivaling the comprehensive library offered in Marvel’s Digital Comics Unlimited service. That’s finally changing, however. DC revealed at WonderCon that thousands more comics will be added in April, effectively making every digital comic older than 12 months available to read.
Cyclops Gets Literal
You’d think after being driven mad by the Phoenix Force, murdering his mentor, becoming an international fugitive and then dying from toxic Terrigen exposure, Cyclops would be due a break. But the tragedies just keep coming as Cyclops and Wolverine struggle to protect the dwindling mutant race from an endless lineup of enemies. This issue pits the duo against Hope Summers, who winds up shooting her “grandfather” in the head. When Cyclops wakes up, Dark Beast has some bad news. Cyclops lost an eye thanks to his gunshot wound. Not only is he literally a one-eyed man now, Scott Summers has become a little more like his Age of Apocalypse self.
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