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Review: Marvel Super Heroes Magazine and Contest Winner

Comic books have affected nearly every area of my life.  If you follow the site you know I am a super hero fan.  So when Disney and Marvel offered me a chance to review Marvel Super Hero Magazine I jumped at the chance.  Super hero is my favorite rpg genre and comics are the direct inspiration for lots of my games.

The first thing that caught my eye about issue #1 was the cover featuring the Avengers line-up from the blockbuster movie.  I love pictures of lots of super heroes together and the artwork quality on the cover had me excited to check out the contents.  Especially since there was an inset that let me know there was a Thor comic inside.

There are two pull-out posters, which is the kind of thing that I loved to hang on my wall as a kid.  One poster is Iron Man battling Loki.  The other which is in the center of the magazine is double-sided.   One side is the an excellent horizontal poster titled Avengers Assemble, that has the line-up of Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, Ant Man, Iron Man, War Machine, Scarlet Witch, Black Panther, Hawkeye, and Captain America.  The other side is a vertical poster featuring a much more extensive Avengers line-up with all the members mentioned previously plus other longtime teammates like the Vision, Beast, Ms. Marvel, Quicksilver, and more.  It has insets that include a complete team roster, founding members, Quinjet, and Avengers Mansion profiles, and a cool Avengers Identicard.

The Thor comic inside is a classic tale of how the god of thunder had to prove himself worthy in Odin’s trials for the right to wield Mjolnir again.  We get a good dose of Loki of course trying to muck up things for his brother, plus Odin and the Warriors Three.  If you or your kids are unfamiliar with the story of Dr. Donald Blake/Thor, you will learn about a classic period in Thor’s life.  If you are already familiar with it you will smile as it reminds you of reading the tales of the thunder god when you were younger.

Marvel’s Greatest Battles breaks down the Avengers battles with Loki into several categories and who has the edge in each.  Clip & Collect sheets for Hawkeye and Black Widow that include origins, powers, and rankings on a power grid are also in the magazine.  Captain America gets his respect as well with a double-page layout with all kinds of details about the Sentinel of Liberty.  Lots of puzzles, games, and brain teasers are included as well.  The magazine is suitable for younger children but if you are a fan of comics you will enjoy.

Marvel Super Heroes Magazine retails for $4.99 and you can save 25% off that by signing up for an 8 issue subscription.  With 36 pages of comics fun and games for you and your kids to enjoy, the Marvel Super Heroes Magazine is a good deal.

Thanks to all the participants in the Marvel Super Hero Magazine Giveaway.  The winner has been notified and will receive a one year subscription to the magazine.  It is good to know there are Spider-Man fans in the Great Lakes Area.  Check back soon for our next contest, follow Gaming Tonic of Twitter or Facebook and make sure you don't miss anything.  Until next time, Make Mine Marvel!

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