Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Union Jack by Joe Rubinstein

Love this piece by Joe Rubinstein, inks on top of John Byrnes pencils, from Captain America #254.

It's worth checking out issues 253 & 254 of Captain America, written by Roger Stern, and drawn by John Byrne, with inks by Joe Rubinstein. A fantastic piece of storytelling, with fantastic art.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Time Runs Out For Captain Britain in 2015

Spotted this on CBR, a storyline revolving around The Avengers, like a lot of Marvel events at the moment, titled 'Time Runs Out'.

The art is by Agustin Alessio, and will feature on the variant covers of Avengers #35, & New Avengers #24, which features Captain Britain, wearing his (now) traditional 80's uniform. In The Revolutionary War he wore a different version to this one. I really wish Marvel would stop changing his uniform, make your mind up Marvel. There's some major players in the Marvel Universe on these covers, nice to see the good Captain included.

CBR had this to say...
April 2015 will be a dire time for the Marvel Universe -- at least it looks that way based on the upcoming "Avengers" and "New Avengers" storyline "Time Runs Out."

Starting in September, the arc has been said to be the third act of writer Jonathan Hickman's run on the two Avengers titles, which began in fall 2012 as part of the "Marvel NOW!" initiative. "Time Runs Out" starts on the eve of the final "Incursion" event -- with two Earths headed towards the same spot, and only one able to survive.

"In September both 'Avengers' and 'New Avengers' are effectively skipping their storylines ahead eight months," series editor and Marvel senior vice president of publishing Tom Brevoort told CBR News in June. "That means the cast situation of the books and where everybody is in the Marvel Universe will be contiguous with the end of April 2015."

RELATED: "Time Runs Out" on the Avengers' Future

CBR has the exclusive first look of artist Agustin Alessio's variant covers for the first two installments of "Time Runs Out" -- "Avengers" #35 (by Hickman and artist Jim Cheung) and "New Avengers" #24 (by Hickman and artist Mike Deodato). As promised by Brevoort, the covers are consistent with what we know about the Avengers in the near future -- Sam Wilson is Captain America, Thor Odinson is carrying his axe Jarnbjorn, not Mjolnir and Iron Man is in the "Superior" armor -- along with some surprises like Captain Britain, and what appears to be James Rhodes back in his War Machine armor, as opposed to the Iron Patriot guise.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

A History Lesson on Euroforce

A new team, led by the Black Knight recently surfaced in the pages of Avengers World, calling themselves Euroforce. The other members of this team are Tumult, Sliver - a being composed of artificially engineered compounds , Tiger - a veteran soldier with impenetrable skin, Swordswoman - Swordsman's daughter, and Baby Killer -Young kid with the brain of a 60-year old Polish military general .

It turns out that Euroforce has been around a lot longer, they first appeared in the 1996 as a team of heroes in the Marvel Italia. Marvel Italia continued to exist even after the collapse of Marvel UK, producing some Marvel UK related titles such as Wild Angels featuring Dark Angel, and Wild Thing.

The following information I've copied from Comic Vine, who explain it all so much better than I ever could.

Euroforce is the name of an European Team of superhuman, with two incarnation: the original Euroforce, that was created in 1996 by Marvel Italia, the Italian division of Marvel Comics; and the new Euroforce that appeared for the first time in Avengers World n. 8.

The original Euroforce was created by Xavier Marturet and Paco Diaz and lasted a five issues miniserie. The new Euroforce was created by Nick Spencer and Marco Checchetto.

Original Euroforce

The original Euroforce rose from the ashes of other two team: Task Force and Eurolab. Both those team were part of the Euromind: the European division of the S.H.I.E.L.D., under the directorship of former UN Blue Beret Francois Borrillon, answering only to Supreme Headquarters Allied Power Europe (S.H.A.P.E.).

Eurolab was a scientific research team, composed by high technical/scientific specialist, while Task Force was a rapid-reponse combat specialist unit, usually employed to defend/recover/aid the Eurolab.

The members of Eurolab were Key, Danger, Deep Sight, Nuage and Picaro.

The members of Task Force were Dragonfly, Argento, Blue Condor, Iceboy and Tiger.

Investigating a U.F.O. crash site in Malaysia, Task Force discovered mutated corpses wearing the insigna of the french multinational Nadir Inc., and was attacked by three Japanese “super-armored cyborg mercenaries” called Lords of War (Sakuragi, Kaneda and Oda). The Lords of War killed Dragonfly and Blue Condor, and captured Iceboy. Tiger and Argento survived to the ambush and escaped thanks to the newly discovered Argento’s powers.

Eurolab also was investigating on some case of mutate apparition, and when S.H.A.P.E. ordered an halt to investigations on mutate’s origins, the scientific team started to suspect corruption among the S.H.A.P.E. higher ranks.

Hoping to show the evidence of a conspiracy and to rescue Iceboy, Tiger and Argento joined the members of Eurolab and fled from their base in Spain, but fake evidence was created by their enemy for accusing them of several murders of Euromind Agents.

Francois Borrillon saw the ruse but was unable to prove the truth. Trusting his friends and soldiers, he directed them, now joined together the Euroforce, to investigate in the Nadir’s Malaysia HQ, discovering that it was an A.I.M. base.

After the find of Iceboy, even if it was too late for save his life from mutating experiment, the Euroforce fight both A.I.M. agents and the Lords of War, but while escaping from the base, an attack of the Lords of War make their airplane explode, apparently killing the whole team.

Instead, Euroforce survived, but Borrillon infom the S.H.A.P.E. (and indirectly, the A.I.M.) that the team had perished, leaving them free to operate as a covered team to find evidence of their innocence and of the corruption of both Euromind and S.H.A.P.E.

New Euroforce

In 2014, in the City of Dead under Velletri, Italy, a new team called Euroforce appear, ordered by European Government to investigate on strange mystical energy and saving Avengers members Hawkeye, Spider-Woman and Night Mask from angry spirits.

The members of the new Euroforce are Black Knight, Baby Killer, Sliver, Swordswoman and Tumult

The tie between this group and the original Euroforce must yet be discovered, but the Black Knight declare that they are “the new Euroforce”, confirming that they are somewhat their offspring and that the name “Euroforce” have been rehabilitate.

Thanks go to Comic Vine for the great information provided.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Black Knight To Lead Euroforce in Avengers World #10

Nick Spencer

Marco Checchetto

Andres Mossa

VC - Joe Caramagna

Simone Bianchi

Marvel Comics


Wed, July 30th, 2014

What is Euroforce?

• AIM Empire makes its stand.

• In one catastrophic moment, a world erupts in flames.

• The Uprising begins!

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Spitfire and Union Jack Flashback in All New Invaders #7

James Robinson

Marc Laming


Greg Land

Marvel Comics


Wed, July 9th, 2014


• JIM HAMMOND THE ORIGINAL HUMAN TORCH, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., must reveal the tragic ORIGINAL SIN of the INVADERS!

• Did the team make a fatal miscalculation by disobeying orders from on high?

• Will Japanese Super Heroine RADIANCE make them pay the ultimate price?

• A shocking end that sets up an all-new epic!

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Marvel UK Sketches by DaftTom on Tumblr

You should check out on tumblr, he posts a different sketch every day, and you can find a whole host of Marvel UK characters he's drawn. Here's a few of the Marvel UK heroes, and villains...

For even more sketches check out his site...