Thursday, October 21, 2021

Andy Richardson:

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Captain Universe teams up with the Hulk, Daredevil, and X-23 in these linked one-shot specials.




Captain Universe was first introduced back in 1979 around a fairly compelling concept: Anyone can be a hero if their need is great enough. Ordinary people — and some heroes — bonded with a mysterious energy f0rce known as the uni-power to do good things. In this issue, the first part of a 5-part miniseries, the uni-power tracks down the Hulk (and Bruce Banner) because it needs some assistance of its own. Although it believes the brain of Banner can save the day, before long it’s the brawn of the Hulk which becomes critical to its very survival.

This title kicks off an adventure featuring four other Marvel heroes and some pretty shady villains. Jay Faerber and Carlos Magno help resurrect a pretty intriguing idea.









Picking up where Captain Universe/Hulk left off, this title finds the uni-power continuing its search for answers by bonding with Daredevil. The Man Without Fear’s alter ego, Matt Murdock, is defending a man who may be have some answers regarding the mystery of the power itself. But what happens when it bonds with a man who already possesses enhanced senses and powers? And will those new powers be an aid or an obstacle with assassins from A.I.M. popping up on every corner, and the forces of S.H.I.E.L.D. getting involved?

This issue, the second part of a 5-part miniseries which returns Captain Universe to pantheon of Marvel heroes, is written by Jay Faerber and drawn by Juan Santacruz.










A young woman with many of Wolverine’s powers — including razor-sharp claws coming out of the backs of her hands — is dangerous enough, but when bonded with the uni-power, she’s even more deadly. When partnered up with the all-new Scorpion (a powerful young woman in her own right), perhaps the resurrected Captain Universe will find the answers it seeks. Scorpion, though, might have her own agenda; her employers certainly do.

This title is the third part of a 5-part series featuring Captain Universe, “the hero that could be you,” which featured the Hulk and Daredevil in earlier crossovers. Jay Faerber writes the entire series, while Francis Portella draws this chapter.

Andy Richardson is a freelance writer and editor who has been reading and writing about comics for far longer than he can believe at this point. Andy can be reached via e-mail at Please use “ComicBase” as your subject line.

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