Previews: Herc #7, Uncanny X-Men #543, X-Men #18

Lots of previews here! Emma Frost also makes an appearance in the Avengers: The Children’s Crusade #7.

Herc #7

herc 7Written by Fred Van Lente & GREG PAK
Penciled by JUNE BRIGMAN
Covers by Carlo Pagulayan
SPIDER-ISLAND TIE IN!
You loved it when Herc dressed up as Thor, but can you handle the senses-shattering debut of… THE INCREDIBLE SPIDER-HERC?!?! And versus… THE X-MEN??? Though he is the newly self-appointed protector of Brooklyn, when a rash of unusual occurrences begin breaking out in Manhattan, Hercules finds himself “infested” with Spider-Powers of his own. Unfortunately, our web-slinging former demigod soon finds himself under the thrall of the insidious intelligence behind Spider Island and in a duel to the death against fellow champions The X-Men. Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente join up with artist June Brigman to deliver a pulse-pounding, wall-crawling [!!!] adventure with Marvel’s lovable lug, HERC!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

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UNCANNY X-MEN #543

uncanny x-men 543 01Written by KIERON GILLEN
Pencils & Cover by GREG LAND
Marvel Architects Variant also available
Marvel Architects Sketch Variant also available
FEAR ITSELF TIE-IN
No one can stop Colossus! The Juggernaut has become Kuurth, Breaker of Stone, one of the Worthy. Now more powerful than ever, one of the X-Men’s greatest enemies rampages through San Francisco. To stop him, Colossus makes a deal with the demon lord Cytorrak—the being that imbued Juggernaut with his power. Can this deal be one Colossus can back out of at the fight’s end? Prepare for the clash of two unstoppable forces! Part 4 (of 4).
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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X-MEN #18

x-men 18Written by Victor Gischler
Pencils and Cover by Jorge Molina
FF 50th Anniversary Variant by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
Issue #18 Marvel Architect Variant also available
Issue #18 Marvel Architects Sketch Variant also available
GUEST-STARRING THE FF! The X-Men and the FF have gone through a portal in the Bermuda Triangle and are stuck in a strange land complete with Dinosaurs, Mayan Temples and strange snake people! It’s up to Reed Richards and Dr. Nemesis to get our crew back home, which isn’t the problem as they are two of the biggest brains in the Marvel U. The problem is that a portal to our world is exactly what the evil forces of this land want!
32 PGS. (each)/Rated T+ …$3.99 (each)

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Comments

  • Shark

    Is Emma Frost getting nerfed in the power department? 

    • Niklas B

      Due to the Herc appearance (from last week btw)?

      Depends. Obviously the story couldn’t allow her to take him down on the spot, so some excuse as to why not had to be invented. Seems here as if Herc is possessed, which should work out nicely I guess.

      (That Herc issue is available from the Marvel App on iPad as well)

      • Shark

        I haven’t read any comics for awhile (my extended vacation also means being away from any LCS) , and I don’t recall her having any significant tp feats for some time now. I do wonder if she has the strength to take out an Asgardian (Olympian, whatever) when said Asgadian didn’t have a case of hive mind. 

        • Niklas B

          Hm, recent feats. Not much comes to mind. Maybe mentally rewriting the
          memory of a Fury back in the Xenogenesis mini by Ellis and Andrews.

          A few implied feats such as her being one of the few powerful telepaths
          imprisoned in Age of X. Called a powerful telepath by Kruun in the
          recent Breakworld arc, but tripped up by her arrogance.

          Let’s see if she manage to get the better of Wonder Man in the upcoming issue of Children’s Crusade. Or falls short again.

          I guess there should be a few good ones in Gillen’s upcoming run with
          the new “super-team” in the renumbered Uncanny. If not, we can probably
          conclude she has been “nerfed”.

          • Shark

            Yeah, the Fury mindfuck was the last awesome feat I recall her doing (aside from making Quire poop). 

            On a related note, I do find it interesting that telepaths “level up” somehow. I wonder if it’s over time or if they get stronger beating other telepaths ala Highlander. 

            What I just find annoying is how she easily gives up her tp and reverts to diamond form whenever she encounters resistance. I love her diamond form but it just makes writing seem lazier to me.

          • Niklas B

            That seems to be the fate of TP in general and especially in teams (not that I know of any telepaths who are solo heroes).

            If it’s not neutered it’s too much of a plot-device/auto-win, so most successful telepaths have some form of backup (TK, ninja with knife, supergirl powers, diamond-form).

            There’s a reason Stan put Xavier in a wheelchair!

            Occasionally there might a really good showing and I think we’ll have to be satisfied with that.

          • Shark

            True. It’s either she has a second power set or she gets taken out first in a fight (which also happens fairly often).

            I would honestly prefer her to be the type to sit back waiting for a chance to strike while the rest of the team take on the bad guys.