Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr Welcome to Unsung Marvel Moments, where we bring you the Marvel moments worth talking about! Each week we’ll be highlighting some of the most exciting, emotional, and action-packed scenes in Marvel’s comics that we think deserve your attention. We got you covered on the Marvel moments you don’t want to miss! But beware, spoilers are abound! As has been the trend in recent NCBD’s, Marvel released a slew of new titles this Wednesday. While that’s exciting news, this week in Unsung we’ll be focusing on the second and third issues of a few of those series that Marvel introduced in past weeks. With so much newness, it’s sometimes easy to forget that Marvel is doing some solid work with series that are past their first issue. THOR #2: Welcome to Hel THOR #2 Cover. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment. THOR #2 takes readers to a familiar, but not necessarily pleasant, place: the depths of Hel. We’ve seen Hel and its demons many times before in Thor-related comics. However, THOR #2 gives the after-life a new landscape. Thor and Loki find themselves in Hel after hearing rumors about a recent Sinder uprising that’s led to the deaths of some of the Tribal Chieftains of Niffleheim. In Thor’s search for Sinder, he’s enlisted the help of his dead half-brothers, Tyr and Balder. Thor’s trust in his kin is poorly placed when Tyr betrays him in favor of the once-queen-of-Hel Hela. Secrets and Lies in HUNT FOR WOLVERINE #1 THOR #2 offers a unique and surprisingly humorous take on Hel. From demon railroad engineers singing highway tunes to talking Hel hounds falling in love with dinosaurs, Jason Aaron gives readers a new perspective on Hel. After the fairly serious ending of MIGHTY THOR, I like how Aaron is transforming typically frightening Asgardian places into something a little more fun. Still, Aaron also understands that this series needs a sense of urgency, which THOR #2 definitely has. The War of Realms is closing in on Thor, and you can feel it thanks to the speed of the issue. Aaron is taking us right to the battlefront, but he’s making the ride an enjoyable one. HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: MYSTERY IN MADRIPOOR #2: A City Explored HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: MYSTERY IN MADRIPOOR #2 page 12. Image Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment. After a successful first issue, writer Jim Zub delivers another solid installment in the HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: MYSTERY IN MADRIPOOR miniseries. This second issue sees the all-girl X-Men team separated as the Femme Fatales sink their claws into Storm, Rogue, and, in particular, Psylocke. In HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: MYSTERY IN MADRIPOOR #1, Kitty, Domino, and Jubilee were able to escape their near-capturers. This leaves them as the team’s only saviors. Without any knowledge of the Femme Fatales hideout, Kitty resorts to combing the colorful, crowded streets of Madripoor for answers. THE DEATH OF WOLVERINE: An Honorable Death The creative team working on HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: MYSTERY IN MADRIPOOR knows how to do something few comic creators can do: build a world. The city of Madripoor hasn’t been developed very well in past series. As readers, we know it’s supposedly crime-riddled and a little gross. Yet, few artists or writers have given us a closer look at this mysterious place. HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: MYSTERY IN MADRIPOOR #2 shows us Madripoor’s different districts, Lowtown and Hightown. Thony Silas’ illustrations bring to life both Lowtown’s grimy backstreets and Hightown’s neon-gilded boulevards. Zub’s snappy dialogue brings us right into the middle of the action, whether that’s a casino brawl or a back alley knife fight. The story of MYSTERY IN MADRIPOOR is great and exciting. But, I think the real “Unsung” part of the issue is Madripoor itself. VENOM #3: Introducing the God of Symbiotes VENOM #3 page 4. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment. Writer Donny Cates and artist Ryan Stegman have given Marvel fans one of the best runs of the summer in VENOM, and it’s only the third issue! As its predecessors have, VENOM #3 makes this week’s list because of its many memorable Marvel Moments. Firstly, fan-favorite Miles Morales makes a cameo when he takes on a deranged symbiote that possesses Eddie Brock. In this sequence, we see Miles experience terror and rage. This is due to the fact that he has had a traumatic history with symbiotes. Once Eddie breaks free of the symbiote and reverts to his usual one, the two team up. Now, VENOM #3’s star Marvel moment lies in its conclusion where a new villain is introduced into the fray: Knull, the god of symbiotes. The Golden Guardian Returns in SENTRY #1 This introduction truly changes the game for the series. Cates will surely be exploring the origins of Knull in addition to the overarching history of the symbiotes we have come to know throughout comic book history. Also, Ryan Stegman and colorist Frank Martin do an excellent job in portraying Knull as well as various symbiotes throughout the issue as terrifying characters. VENOM has been a wonderfully gritty series that isn’t afraid to embrace its horror vibes. Of all the panels in this issue though, I particularly love the one depicted above. It parallels the cover of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #316 from 1963 but with a much more terrifying tone. So, if you haven’t read VENOM yet, do yourself a favor and read it. Things are about to get crazy in this series, and you don’t want to miss it!Stay Tuned for Next Week’s Unsung Marvel Moments Fourth of July is upon us, and you know what that means! Marvel is releasing a whole new wave of comics! What better way is there to spend America’s birthday than with a fresh new read? From the highly anticipated to ASTONISHING X-MEN #13 to Donny Cates’ next adventure in COSMIC GHOST RIDER #1, you won’t want to miss a thing. So, be here next week when we have our picks for the next installment of Unsung Marvel Moments!