Some of My Friends Read Comics 172 – Age of Apocalypse: The Astonishing X-Men + Korvac Saga #1 (Thor Annual #6)

It’s time to dive into our first Age of Apocalypse miniseries with the Astonishing X-Men! We meet Blink, Morph, a Sabretooth that acts a lot like Wolverine, a Rogue that’s married to Magneto, and Apocalypse’s first horseman.

We also start our long read of the Korvac Saga with a little bit of backstory from Thor Annual #6 where we jump into the 30th century and meet the original Guardians of the Galaxy. You’ll probably recognize Yondu, he’s there. And the villains have a cute blob you might like too.

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Next Time: Batman – Dark Victory #0-6

Some of My Friends Read Comics 171 – Captain America: Red Menace, Vol. 1 + The Life & Times of Scrooge McDuck #12 (Finale)

It’s been quite a while since we caught up with Ed Brubaker’s run on Captain America. Last time around we discovered that the Winter Soldier is Bucky. And this week we read the next part of that run in Captain America #15-17 and then the Captain America 65th Anniversary Special. There’s a big cool robot in it.

And then it’s finally time for the last chapter of The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck where Huey, Dewey, and Louie finally get to meet their great uncle!

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Next Time: We return to the Age of Apocalypse with Astonishing X-Men (1995) #1-4

Some of My Friends Read Comics 170 – Hulk: Future Imperfect by Peter David & George Perez + The Life & Times of Scrooge McDuck #11

We haven’t read nearly enough Hulk for this show, so we thought we’d read Future Imperfect by Peter David and George Perez. The Hulk has to stop an evil old version of himself from ruining the future. In just 2 issues, The Maestro manages to make a strong name for himself as a serious villain.

Afterwards, we continue The Life & Times of Scrooge McDuck with part 11 in which Scrooge unfortunately also establishes himself as a serious villain.

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Next Time: Captain America by Ed Brubaker Pt. 3: Red Menace Pt. 1 (Captain America (2004) #15-17, Captain America 65th Anniversary Special)  

Some of My Friends Read Comics 168 – Edge of Spider-Verse + The Life & Times of Scrooge McDuck #9

It’s raining Spider-Mans!!!

For today’s episode we read Edge of Spider-Verse, a collection of 5 different Spider-Character introductions that led directly into Spider-Verse itself.

We’ve got Noir, Spider-Gwen, a monstrous Peter Parker, a little girl named Peni Parker, and a guy named Aaron Aikman from Tokyo or maybe Dallas. One of these things was not like the other.

And then we continue The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck #9, in which our Scrooge is now finally rich!

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Next Time: We start the Age of Apocalypse with Legion Quest (Uncanny X-Men 320 & 321, X-Men 40 & 41) + X-Men: Alpha #1.

Some of My Friends Read Comics 167 – Hawkeye by Matt Fraction & David Aja + The Life & Times of Scrooge McDuck #8

Hawkeye is one of those poor characters who also seems to be the butt of jokes for his lack of powers. The Matt Fraction & David Aja series from 2012 is widely regarded as one of Hawkeye’s best, so we thought we’d see what it had to offer.

But wait… Clint Barton and Kate Bishop are BOTH Hawkeye around this time. Is that okay? (It’s fine.)

There’s a bonus Young Avengers story in this volume too, which we read before jumping over to The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck #8, which gave us a taste of that classic DUCK RAGE.

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Next Time: Edge of Spider-Verse

Some of My Friends Read Comics 166 – The Eternals (2006) by Neil Gaiman & John Romita, Jr. + The Life & Times of Scrooge McDuck #7

What is an Eternal?

They got a whole movie but we have no idea. We decided the Neil Gaiman & John Romita, Jr. 6-issue miniseries from 2006 would be a decent place to start. Apparently it was so good they gave it a 7th issue! Wow, good job Eternals.

And of course, we continued our read of The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck with issue #7.

The number 7 is all over this episode. Numerology nerds take note.

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Next Time – Hawkeye: My Life as a Weapon by Matt Fraction & David Aja (Hawkeye (2012) #1-5 + Young Avengers Presents #6)

Some of My Friends Read Comics 165 – The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Vol. 2 + The Life & Times of Scrooge McDuck #6

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is back after a massive hiatus! What???? Is this real life? Yes, it’s really happening. We read the first 5 issues forever ago and now it’s time to finally read issues #6-8.

At the time of this posting, a 9th issue has also been published.

For real.

Like for real for real.

We’re also officially halfway through The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, with issue 6 to round out his full rogues gallery.

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Next Time: The Eternals (2006) by Neil Gaiman & John Romita, Jr.

Some of My Friends Read Comics 164 – Swamp Thing by Alan Moore, Vol. 2 + The Life & Times of Scrooge McDuck #5

Swamp Thing made someone’s heart sing!!! He’s in love! It’s so sweet!

But we have to go through some really creepy horror stuff first like BUGS. Eww, gross.

In Alan Moore’s 2nd volume of Swamp Thing (issues #28-34 & Annual #2), he gave us a little bit of everything, including a fun little trip to hell.

And then we kept reading The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck with Chapter 5. Spoiler alert: Scrooge dies.

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Next Time: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #6-8

Some of My Friends Read Comics 163 – Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #7-12 + The Life & Times of Scrooge McDuck #4

This Jimmy Olsen story has too many characters we’ve never heard of, but now that we’ve read the back half of Matt Fraction and Steve Lieber’s 12-issue Eisner winning maxiseries, we kind of love them all.

We also continued reading through The Life & Times of Scrooge McDuck with Chapter 4!

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Next Time: We return to Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing (first time since Episode 45 back in January 2017) with Saga of the Swamp Thing #28-34 + Annual #2.

Some of My Friends Read Comics 162 – Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen (2019) #1-6 + The Life & Times of Scrooge McDuck #3

Jimmy Olsen?!??! It’s easy to forget that Superman’s Pal used to have his own long-running series filled with adventures, but now he’s back and winning Eisner Awards thanks to Matt Fraction and Steve Lieber!

We read the first half of the 2019 maxi-series which is all about the murder of Jimmy Olsen’s fake body double.

Then we continued The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck with Chapter 3!

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Next Time: We finish up Jimmy Olsen with issues #7-12!