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    The Best Marvel Sidekicks

    Sidekicks are an integral part of comic books, serving alongside superheroes as they save the day time and time again. These characters have become icons in their own right. But they often lack the recognition that their hero counterparts get. So, it’s time to give these characters the credit they deserve.

    Last week, we brought you a rundown of the best sidekicks in the DC Universe. This week it’s time to highlight comic giant Marvel’s best sidekicks.

    HYDRA Bob

    HYDRA Bob

    Bob is a fan favorite character. He appears in the Marvel Universe as Deadpool’s sometimes sidekick. Deadpool’s feelings toward Bob vacillate depending on the specific series. Bob’s contribution to Deadpool’s well-being (well, whatever passes for well-being for Deadpool) can’t be ignored. Bob defected from HYDRA when Deadpool broke into the organization’s headquarters in order to save Agent X. Bob supplied the Merc with valuable insight into HYDRA’s inner workings. Since then, HYDRA Bob has been present for many of the antihero’s greatest antics–getting a nod in the 2016 movie.

    Dum Dum Dugan

    Dum Dum Dugan
    Dum Dum Dugan

    A member of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Howling Commandos, Dum Dum Dugan is best known as Nick Fury’s sidekick. And he has a great deal of page time in his own right. But he got his start helping Fury out after he saved the S.H.I.E.L.D. leader from Nazi’s in World War 2. Fury relies so much on Dugan he had his personality uploaded into an android (a “life model decoy”) to keep him going after the original Dugan was killed in a mission in the 50’s.

    Bucky Barnes

    Bucky Barnes
    Bucky Barnes

    Some might argue that Bucky doesn’t really count as a sidekick because he’s now a hero in his own right. But we disagree. Bucky got his start as a member of Captain America’s team. He even joined Rogers on his first mission against Red Skull. During World War 2, Bucky was a constant companion of the good Captain. Like many other Marvel sidekicks, Bucky was soon molded into a hero in his own right. He first took a long detour as the villain version of the Winter Soldier. Then eventually took over the Captain America mantel. Currently a hero, the Winter Soldier would never have become the crime fighter he is had it not been for Roger’s tutelage.



    We could make a strong argument that all of the X-Men are Charles Xavier’s sidekicks, but we’ll save that for another time. Instead, let’s highlight one of the best hero sidekick relationships in the long history of the X-Men franchise–Wolverine and Jubilee. Jubilee was first inducted into the X-Men after saving Wolverine from Reavers. After that, she joins the man on several missions, illustrating first hand how useful she is by saving Wolverine time and time again. Their relationship immediately takes on a father/daughter dynamic. Jubilee is constantly prodding at the older X-Men member and Wolverine doing everything he can to protect her.

    Jim Rhodes

    Jim Rhodes
    Jim Rhodes

    Jim Rhodes has evolved from his sidekick beginning, becoming a superhero in his own right. For decades, Rhodes (Rhodey to Tony Stark) has piloted a version of the Iron Man suit known as War Machine. A former military commander and pilot, he met Tony Stark when his plane was shot down over enemy territory. After they successfully teamed up to escape, Rhodes and Stark forged a lasting friendship that developed into partnership. Stark trusted Rhodes to back him up in any crises. Rhodes even took over the Iron Man mantle when Stark was unable to safely fill the roll, However, the suit hadn’t been properly calibrated to Rhodes’s brain.

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    Marvel’s Asian American Superheroes Assemble

    Amadeus Cho is a gifted young super-genius. He is easily able to identify variables and quantum possibilities in any given situation. Cho is regarded by Reed Richards as being the seventh most intelligent person on Earth. He’s also young, cocky, and reckless.

    Totally Awesome Hulk #15
    Totally Awesome Hulk #15

    Following the events of the Secret Wars, Bruce Banner absorbed a lethal amount of radiation. Cho was able to use nanites to remove The Hulk from Bruce Banner. He then absorbed The Hulk into his own body, becoming Totally Awesome Hulk.

    During the Civil War II event, Cho saved Bruce Banner from a bar fight. After the rescue, Cho revealed to Bruce that he was completely Gamma free. Amadeus gets some needed counsel from Banner on how to balance his human emotions with his monster rage.

    The Big Apple Showdown Starts Here

    Totally Awesome Hulk #15 opens a new story arc. Kamala Khan (Miss Marvel), Cindy Moon (Silk), Shang-chi, S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Jimmy Woo and Jake Oh all make appearances in this Asian-American team-up.

    Writer Greg Pak uses this issue to form relationships between heroes that clearly have as many differences as similarities. Common ground is established with the light-hearted debunking of Asian stereotypes.

    Cho gets one of the best lines of the book with “Ohmagod! Asian Superheroes? What are they doing here? Is there a Kaiju attack? Where are the ninjas? Where’s The Mandarin?”

    Mahmud Asrar demonstrates why he’s one of the best in the business. The story is bookended with conflict, but the scenes that really shine are the quiet moments. The reactions of each character when the group is enjoying Kalbi at a Korean BBQ are priceless. Also worth noting is the actual fight between three superheroes over who will pick up the check.


    Totally Awesome Hulk #15, Marvel Comics, Released January 25, 2017, Written by Greg Pak, Art by Mahmud Asrar, Colors by Nolan Woodward, Letters by VC’s Cory Petit, $3.99

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    Forget Superheroes, You Need an Angel

    No Angel #1 review

    Siblings Eric and Adrianne Palicki writers of No Angel

    War, death, family, and angels. This is the center of the exciting new title, No Angel, by writer Eric Palicki (Guardians of Infinity) and writer/actress Adrianne Palicki (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., GI Joe: Retaliation).

    The creative pairing is a perfect fit for an original series featuring a strong female protagonist. Eric’s comics experience and Adrianne’s knack for getting inside a character’s head make for a compelling first outing.

    The story opens as the former soldier turned FBI agent, Hannah Gregory, returns to her sleepy hometown of Tucker’s Mill, Wisconsin. Her father and brother were murdered with no suspects to hold accountable. Hannah’s childhood friend and local police officer, Sean Flynn, helps her as much as he can on tracking down clues.

    When a mysterious woman tells Hannah that she may know why her family was murdered, the story gets going. Her path is filled with revelations of biblical proportion.

    No Angel comics at TFAW.comAdrianne and Eric craft a story set seemingly in the real world. Subtly introducing themes of the supernatural in a way that makes the reader question how much of this is actually happening. As this first issue unfolds, themes of homecoming and reconnecting with one’s roots emerge. Hannah is dealing with very sensitive issues related to her past.

    Hannah’s likeness is made to resemble Adrianne Palicki and this does a lot to make the story feel more personal. Newcomer penciler, Ari Syahrazed, hits the ground running, particularly in combat scenes. His style accents a gritty tone for the book that makes crime scenes and war flashbacks haunting.

    The coloring by Jean-Paul Csuka not only captures the feel of Fall, but the transition between present day and flashbacks is easy to follow just based off the color palate swaps. The art team is easily an integral part of the storytelling of this book.

    If you’re looking for a book that blends the crime genre with the supernatural, No Angel is a great pick.


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    New Comic Book Day — Reviews for New Suicide Squad #18, Agents of SHIELD #3 & More

    This week had some really strong new releases, and we wanted to highlight a few quality issues from this week’s new releases that could get lost in the shuffle. Check out our other New Comic Book Day blog articles so see our thoughts on other books. Be sure to comment or share our post on Facebook or Twitter if you like our articles!

    SPOILER ALERT — We try to keep from posting spoilers, but one may sneak through to our reviews now and again. Read with caution, true believers.

New Suicide Squad comics at TFAW.com New Suicide Squad #18
    By: Tim Seeley, Juan Ferreyra

    Twist and Turns Ladies and Gentlemen! If you want them, the newest issue of New Suicide Squad has them. Harley delivers a whimsical yet informational recap of a seemingly pointless story. However, stick with it, it leads somewhere exciting.

    This issue is rich with character development and the team sets us up for a whole new (possibly disastrous) plot. We also get to catch up with Amanda Waller and get a reminder that she is NOT TO BE TOYED WITH!

    Tim Seeley delivers yet again with an issue that contains great dialogue for all and is fantastically displayed in the artwork by Juan Ferreya. [Sean W. at Milwaukie TFAW]

    Amazing Spider-Man #9
    By: Dan Slott, Matteo Buffagni

    Amazing Spider-Man #9 From owning the biggest company with top notch technology to being known as the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, Peter Parker has it all! Er, well almost… Unfortunately, all of Parker’s successes have led to villains tracking his every move. In the previous issues, we are introduced to the terrorist group, Zodiac. They steal Peter’s latest technology to hack into S.H.I.E.L.D.’s security system to find a super rare artifact. What are they going to do with this artifact? World domination of course!

    This issue kicks off a new story arc in which Nick Fury and Spider-Man team up to find Zodiac’s leader, Scorpio. If you really liked Superior Spider-Man, I am positive you will love this storyline. I mean after all, the same team that brought you Superior Spider-Man is doing this series! [Darcey M. at Universal TFAW]

New Suicide Squad comics at TFAW.com Batman/TMNT #4
    By: James Tynion IV, Freddie Williams II, Jeremy Colwell

    The Turtles are trying to get home, but they’re up to their shells in trouble. With the help of Batman and an old friend, it looks like they may finally have some luck on their side.

    We are now four issues deep into the awesome Batman/TMNT crossover and James Tynion IV’s story is still as intriguing as ever. Freddie E Williams II and Jeremy Colwell are a fantastic pairing on art–I especially enjoy the decision to give the turtles different styled face masks.

    As the story continues it gets more and more clear that each turtle shares traits with Batman. With Raphael being Batman’s darker boding personality. Donatello, his tech side. Leonardo, the martial artist, and Michelandelo….uh…maybe not all.

    If you haven’t caught this from the beginning, go back and start. With DC/IDW doing second & third printings of the series you know it has to be good. [Martin M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

Green Lantern #50 comic book review at TFAW.com Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #3
    By: Marc Guggenheim, German Peralta

    Picking up from an excellent cliffhanger from the previous issue, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #3 jumps immediately into the action and keeps a solid pace, despite having to dump a lot of exposition on the readers who might not be caught up on Marvel’s Avengers Standoff crossover. Character sum up what’s been happening so far without too much stilted or forced dialogue. The chase for Whisperer is the best part of the book and (Spoiler warning if you haven’t read the first two parts of Standoff) Rick Jones uses things that don’t seem unrealistic for a character with his history to have access.

    Peralta’s art is clear and dynamic, and Guggenheim fills the script with nods to both the current events of the Marvel Universe but nice bits of history as well. He’s been a part of a great team on the DC TV side as creator of Arrow and Flash and now doing and excellent adaption of Marvel’s most well-known network show. This one is highly recommended. [Dustin M. at Universal TFAW]

    X-Files Deviations (one-shot)
    By: Amy Chu, Elena Casagrande

    The X-Files Deviations is a wonderful parallel for fans of the first episode. In this new story, wrier Amy Chu recreates what started it all with one major twist — Dana Scully is partnered with Samantha Mulder. Samantha’s brother Fox was the one who went missing all those years ago and now the two must work together to find the truth that is out there.

    The story moves along at a good pace and Casagrande’s style matches the tone of the story. For most fans, the relationship between Mulder and Scully is probably the most iconic thing about the show, but without it could the series thrive? This issue has me thinking yes. It’s a must read for any X-Files fan. Don’t forget about the other IDW Deviations one-shot issues starring the Ghostbusters, TMNT, Transformers & G.I. Joe. I’m really looking forward to those now that I’ve read this issue. [Travis S. at TFAW.com]

    What did you think of these books? What should we review next week? Let us know below!

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