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Wolverine #11 (1989, September)

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The Gehenna Stone Affair (Part 1 of 6) - Brother's Keeper

This cover just feels weird to me.

The issue starts, for some reason, with a terrible pun. Because I guess PAD just couldn’t stop himself.

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Way to set the tone off the bat.

A couple stupid-looking guys sneak into the San Francisco Museum of Antiquities to steal a fancy stone, but they get surprised by the night guard, who then gets surprised by them having fangs. (Also, the stone falls and shatters, which means it was a fake.) In Madripoor, Logan is implausibly good at darts, until he checks out what’s bothering Archie Corrigan.

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Too cheesy to be cool.

So Archie’s gotten a letter that his brother is going to be declared incompetent, and he’s not sure he wants to stop it. Archie’s family drama is actually pretty entertaining. His dad was rich, but when he died, he only left Archie $32, “one for each year of aggravation.” Which is horrible, but also a pretty epic burn to one’s own son. The rest went to Archie’s brother, to try to “un-flake” him, as Archie puts it. Turns out his brother is obsessed with movies, and he tries to be the characters from the movies. Now, their aunt is trying to get her hands into their dad’s money, and Archie doesn’t really want that to happen. Also during the scene, this joke comes up:

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OK, I’ll admit this made me chuckle.

Archie tries to get Logan to go with him to his brother’s competency hearing. While trying to convince Logan, they stop outside a bar. A guy’s tossed out, so Logan sends him back in. He gets tossed out again, so Logan sends him again, clearly finding it amusing. Jessica’s been following them, and she says she’d like to go with them, and Logan has an interesting way of making the decision: If the guy comes out the door, he stays. Out the window, he goes. Obviously, the guy comes out the window. The whole scene is actually pretty cute.

So they fly to San Fran, and Archie’s brother, Burt, seems perfectly normal. After Archie, Logan and Jessica leave, he takes out a glowing stone that looks like the one from the museum earlier. Suspicious! Jessica goes back to her old San Fran office, and immediately gets a client. Because of course she does. It’s the curator for the museum, telling her about the theft of their precious diamond, and the guard’s story of being attacked by vampires. Jessica’s sceptical, not because she doesn’t believe in vampires, but because she doesn’t think vampires would leave the guard alive.

At Burt’s hearing the next day, Burt is 15 minutes late, to the annoyance of the judge. The aunt declares that Burt is crazy and should be put away, and given what Archie’s said about him, she might not be wrong. At the very least, he should be in therapy and on medication. That he’s not already on medication is a failure on the part of everyone around him. Archie and the aunt yell at each other, the judge yells at them both, and Logan just watches in mild amusement. And then Burt finally arrives, making one hell of an entrance.

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Why isn’t court always like this?

Turns out, Burt thinks he’s Indiana Jones. And he says that the forces of Ba’al want to create a new race of the undead. Archie yells that there are no forces of evil, right before those forces of evil bust in to kill them.

This is . . . interesting? Archie’s family drama is neat. Though, like I said, Burt needs to be on medication. It’s irresponsible of those around him not to do that. That part of the issue actually works for me. But the larger plot, with a diamond, and forces of evil? I know where this arc goes, and as I recall, I found it really weird. Still, focusing on this issue, we mostly just get hints of something bigger, and that’s handled well enough. Vampires actually make for a good enemy group for Wolverine, since he doesn’t have to hold back against them. He can murder them without feeling bad, because they’re vampires. I’m happy for the inclusion of Jessica Drew in the arc, because she’s awesome, and her getting to return to San Francisco, the city that came closest to being home for her, is really nice. I actually wish we’d gotten a little more time spent on that. I get that this is Wolverine’s book, not hers, but I still would’ve enjoyed some panel time spent on her re-connecting with the city. It just would’ve been nice.

The art is still not my style. John Buscema was always great at what he did, but what he did just didn’t appeal to me. No harm in that, the man was a stellar visual storyteller, a writer’s artist. There’s a good, natural flow of the story, expressive characters. The colours are good, too, setting tone effectively from panel to panel. As for PAD’s scripting, well, there’s more of PAD in here than in his first Wolverine issue. He’s got some jokes in there. Not much wordplay, but still quite a few jokes. Most of which land. It’s definitely a departure from Claremont’s run, which had some humour here and there, but was mostly somewhat serious, as a Noir series. This one has less of the Noir elements in it, and a lot of that comes down to PAD’s inclination towards comedy.

As the start of an arc, this issue’s pretty good.

X-Men comics of August 16 2017

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X-Men Blue #9, by Cullen Bunn, Cory Smith, Thony Silas, Matt Milla, Irma Kniivila, and Joe Caramagna. Polaris vs. Havok! She’s in her classic ’60s green costume, which is an OK design, but she’s had much better. Jean’s surprised to see her, having read up on her. (There’s also a joke about Magneto having kids: “Not as many as he used to. It’s complicated.”) It is weird remembering that Jean doesn’t know Lorna. Anyway, Lorna tosses away Jean and Jimmy so she can focus on Alex. He actually brings up her history of mental illness as a taunt, and honestly, taunting Lorna is a bad idea, because she doesn’t lose control, she just gets smirky. We get Jimmy vs. Hellfire Goons (off-panel, with one crying about his spleen, which I’ll admit is never not funny to me, so kudos to Bunn for that gag). I also like, “Aw, crap! He’s got claws!” Because that is absolutely the right reaction to have. Heroes with claws are the ones you always need to run away from. There’s also a nice moment of Danger sassing Marrow and Rahne, though I still hate the idea of Rahne splitting into multiple wolves, and I still think that was a mistake. And that her presence in this story was a mistake, frankly. She shouldn’t be here. And, of course, there’s Jean vs. Emma for Scott’s mind and freedom. So, now that this arc is over: I really, really goddamn hate that Rahne and Firestar were with the bad guy team. They shouldn’t have been there. They absolutely shouldn’t. It’s not where they belong. Firestar working for the White Queen? Not a chance. Rahne has less animosity for Emma, but she’s still not the kind of person who would prop up a government that has some fascist aspects to it (like having political prisoners). Their presence isn’t actually explained, and neither are the secondary mutations for Rahne and Toad. They’re just there. Because Bunn thought they’d be cool. But they’re not cool! At all! They’re stupid ideas. And since they serve no story purpose, they’re also bad writing. Because that’s the thing: Most secondary mutations have actually been done for story purposes. Emma’s was a way to justify her survival on Genosha, and because Morrison couldn’t use Colossus. Beast’s was the result of life-threatening injuries. Those are good justifications, good reasons to include secondary mutations. But taking a once-major character like Rahne, and just totally randomly slapping a secondary mutation on her in a story where she’s just a minor goon? No. That’s stupid. Other than that, Bunn made the best of his mandatory Secret Empire tie-in. I hate the whole idea of New Tian, I hate most of what’s going on, so this arc was never going to actually satisfy me. But Bunn did the best he could. There is still some good stuff. Lorna vs. Alex was really cool. Some of the jokes throughout the arc were pretty funny. Emma trying to turn the teenage Scott into the 20-something version she loved was . . . uncomfortable. And that aspect of it wasn’t really addressed. The psychic battle over Scott has apparently resulted in a psychic bond between Jean and Scott, which I can’t say I’m excited for. Because it feels like that’s to keep the Jean/Scott ship-teasing going. If it’s used as a way to enhance their platonic friendship? Then it’ll actually be pretty great. Because I really love this version of Scott and Jean as friends, and I want that to be the angle that gets pushed. But I really worry that Bunn is doing a Jean/Scott/Jimmy triangle. And that’ll be boring. The art is good. Smith’s a good visual storyteller. He can do some good subtle touches. He does Scott’s optic blasts in a weird way. It kinda looks like energy tendrils coming out of his visor and surrounding him. It’s meant to make his confrontation against the X-Men more dramatic, but it’s tough not to be distracted by how inaccurate it is. It’s not how his power works. Or has ever worked. I will say I appreciate his fashion choice for Emma. Simple, elegant, still sexy. I might have preferred the sexiness be turned up a notch or two, but whatever. It’s basically her Astonishing X-Men outfit, which is a good design. Something more unique would have been better, if only because I think Emma should have an aesthetic rather than a costume. But these are minor complaints. By and large, the art’s good, and tells the story very well. This issue’s mostly pretty good, as far as Secret Empire tie-ins go.

Astonishing X-Men #2, by Charles Soule, Mike Deodato, Frank Martin, and Clayton Cowles. Rogue, Gambit, Beast, Logan, and Fantomex are in the audience of a theatre, watching a play about the X-Men. Shadow King (who has a spider body ew ew ew I hate spiders) and Xavier talk about Farouk’s manipulations of the X-Men. They’re playing a game with the X-Men, and going by the dialogue, they’ve been playing games for a while. Out in the real world, Bishop is concerned about them being out in the open with helicopters circling, which is a fair concern, and kind of a callback to the old days of him complaining about not liking the plans others order. (“I don’t like this” was the closest he had to a catchphrase in the ’90s, and now that I think about it, how did Bishop not have a catchphrase in the ’90s?) Back in the mindscape, Colossus declares his undying love for Kitty, and then they change to Colossus as Gambit and Kitty as Rogue Rogue, and then Colossus as Rogue and Kitty as Gambit, and you know what? Kitty rocks Gambit’s look. The changes are enough to shake Gambit and Rogue’s belief in the reality around them. And that leads to the others breaking free, too, and remembering where they are and what they’re doing. It’s done well, with little inconsistencies giving them feelings of something wrong. And there’s actually a great line from Xavier to Farouk: “Nostalgia, as a tool, has its limits.” I feel like that line encapsulates pretty well what’s wrong with X-Men Gold. I’m sure it wasn’t intended that way, but it’s hard for me not to read that line and apply it to Gold. This is a good issue. Better than the first one. That issue felt a bit rushed, like it needed to get everything set up for the rest of the story. This one has the story actually starting, and it’s able to take more time with it. And that helps immensely. There’s more time to get into the characters’ heads. The play is an interesting idea, and if I’m honest, I wouldn’t at all have minded more of it, just for the cheesiness of it. I suppose we saw what we needed to see, and there was a lot to include in the issue, but still. It was fun. The romance scene was amazing. So over-wrought and cliche and horrible and I loved it. It was also used to comment on the Rogue/Gambit ship by having them outright say that, while there’s still a spark there, their romance is in the past. The Farouk/Xavier game is very interesting. Rogue mentions, at one point, that lots of dead things end up in the astral plane, implying that it’s perhaps a psychic echo of Xavier that Farouk is playing against. The art is Deodato. I don’t like him. Too posed, too static, too Uncanny Valley. I wish the book had another artist, one who can more convincingly sell the story. Spider-Farouk looks gross, though, so I’ll give Deodato credit for that. Still, while I dislike Deodato’s style, the writing is strong, and the story good. Definitely enjoyable. Which is pretty much what I expected.

Generation X #5, by Christina Strain, Alberto Albuquerque, Felipe Sobreiro, and Clayton Cowles. Jubilee is testing Eye-Boy by having him watch a bunch of monitors to follow some chips being passed around among his classmates. Jubilee also has a water bottle with blood in it. Weird as this sounds, I really love his this series has Jubilee drink blood. It makes it part of her casual life, and has fun with it. Anyway, Eye-Boy tries to figure out who has the last chip, and in the process, he sees Chamber and Benjamin completely naked. In the cafeteria, Lin thinks picking apples off trees is murder. She’s kinda intense, honestly. Roxy has lost her ring, and Eye-Boy sees X-rays of everyone in the caf. Except Lin, which presumably means something. It’s the same the rest of the day. He sees through everyone, except her. Also! Quentin makes a Monty Python reference! Specifically, this amazing sketch:

Monty Python was a very odd show. Another panel has Ben and Nathaniel debating horror, which I’m interpreting as them flirting, and you can’t stop me. And Lin calls toes “people roots.” Then a raccoon steals Rockslide’s wallet, so Eye-Boy and Lin chase after it, and learn that the Rat King is the Animal Don of Central Park, forcing all the other animals to steal things for him. This leads to Eye-Boy delivering a stirring Braveheart-style speech (complete with “never take our freedoooom!”) to the animals.

Generation X #5

I’m ready to stab an Englishman!

This issue is kiiiiiiinda one of the best things ever? The villain of the issue is a terrible legacy of a lame old villain no one has cared about since the ’80s, and it’s the kind of deep cut I love. And this is the kind of issue I love. A done-in-one exploration of a couple characters, creating a bond between them while having some fun. I love issues like this. Eye-Boy’s a character I’ve never really cared about. He was one of the least-obnoxious kids created in WatXM, but he never clicked with me. I’m still not sure I can say he’s clicked, but I do appreciate him better. He’s given more depth than usual. So is Lin. And the issue is just so damn much fun. So much humour, and it’s all delivered perfectly. Strain and Albuquerque both do great jobs, with Strain’s hilarious dialogue being perfectly matched by Albuquerque’s visuals. For example:

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*whistles appreciatively*

That squirrel is a beautiful touch, and just completes the image. Albuquerque definitely brings a lot to the issue. Sobreiro needs to be praised, too. He has to find colous that convey something about characters who are just amorphous blobs, and he does it really well. So, yeah, this issue is amazing and I love it so much.

Generations Wolverines, by Tom Taylor, Ramon Rosanas, Nolan Woodard, and Cory Petit. In Tokyo, Logan is fighting ninjas, as he does. Unfortunately, there’s just too many this time, and he’s about to die, and is just about ready to resign to his fate, when help appears. The Wolverine. In her bitchin’ leather jacket. God, I love that jacket. Logan is impressed and a little scared by just how lethally effective Laura is.

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Yeah, this is badass.

Together, they slaughter the Hand. That done, they go searching for Akiko, who’s been captured by the Hand. Laura tells Logan little, not wanting to risk disrupting the timeline. She’s very responsible. No wonder she’s not allowed on any of the X-Men teams any more. A Hand dude in a nice suit tells them where to find Akiko, and says the Hand was paid for a kidnapping, not for two Wolverines. And we get a reminder that Laura doesn’t do dresses. The villain of the issue is someone who should have been obvious, and damn if it’s not a hell of a fight between Laura and the villain. As they fall from a plane, for the record, because Laura is like that. And the issue ends, of course, with a heartfelt conversation between Laura and Logan.

Generations Wolverine

How is this line so emotional?

So, this issue? This is frigging great. I mean, holy shit, what a phenomenal week for X-Men comics. There’s honestly not a bad pick in the bunch. The fact that this isn’t automatically the X-issue of the week is a testament to how good the other ones are, because this is stellar. Logan’s narration about Laura is really effective, and an interesting change from the previous Generations issues. The regular format for the Generations comics seems to be the characters from the present narrating their feelings on meeting the characters fro the past. This one reverses it, and lets us see Laura through Logan’s eyes, as he figures out who she is, and sees just how incredible she is. It’s so cool to see, and it leads to such a touching ending, one that pretty much requires that this story be considered in-continuity, so to speak. Like, when I go back and read Laura’s introduction into the X-Men comics, I’m going to be reading it as Logan remembering this encounter, and knowing who Laura will become, and wanting to help her become that person. This story is too good not to have that be the case. Even aside from how sweet it is, the issue’s also full of awesome action. Wolverines vs. Hand. Wolverines vs a classic Wolverine foe. It’s really cool, exciting stuff, with Rosanas choreographic the fighting excellently. I do have one criticism of the art, and it’s that Laura doesn’t look buff enough. That’s just Rosanas’ style – Logan doesn’t have much muscle definition, either – but just the same, Laura should look ripped. Not large, but tight. She looks a bit scrawny here. That minor nitpick aside, Rosanas kills it. Some brutal action, and some brilliantly subtle facial expressions. (And some pretty stylish suits.) Laura and Logan aren’t really showy with their emotions. Anger aside, they tend to keep their emotions hidden behind a mask. And Rosanas knows exactly how to depict that, getting across tons of nuance behind their flat expressions. It’s great work. And, of course, Taylor’s writing does much the same thing. Loads of meaning within a few words. That last scene between Laura and Logan is a real tear-jerker. Such a good comic. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

That’s the X-stuff, here’s what else I got.

Black Panther & the Crew #5, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Butch Guice, Mark Chater, Scott Hanna, Stephen Thompson, Dan Brown, Paul Mounts, and Joe Sabino. In 1969, Ezra was kicked out of his gang of freedom fighters when they started stealing money and acting like criminals. In the present, a couple black kids are caught out after curfew, by Americops. So Manifold teleports the kids away and smashes the Americops. They eventually knock him down, and almost out, but Storm to the rescue. Luke, T’Challa and Misty are with her, but she does all the work, because she’s Storm, and she looks gorgeous in civilian clothes. Then they all go to a diner to talk about what brought him to Harlem. After Gateway died – huh, I forgot that hasn’t been reversed yet – he’d been searching for some place to belong, and he found somewhere in Harlem, and with Ezra. It’s a good issue. It goes into Eden’s power being to run, and how that’s sometimes defined him, and how he learned to take a stand. It justifies him feeling a connection to Harlem, by drawing a direct comparison to the treatment of mutants and the treatment of blacks, which is more effective than it usually is because the writer and character are black and it deals more with the treatment of blacks. I do wish this series was continuing. Now that the team’s come together, it would’ve been cool to see more of them interacting. A shame.

Silver Surfer #13, by Dan Slott, Michael and Laura Allred, and Joe Sabino. The Never-Queen and Nor-Vill talk about what’s about to happen, and goddamn do I ever love the Never-Queen. Brilliant premise, gorgeous design. Anyway, Dawn asks the Surfer if he can take her back in time so she can say goodbye to her dad. They pass through the earlier, amazing time-loop issue (that issue was incredible!) and then past the Big Bang, and into the previous universe. Oops! They meet Galen of Taa, and the Surfer introduces himself as Nor-Vill. Holy crap. And this issue. Oh man. This issue. Not fair, guys. Not fair at all. It made me cry. I’m not going to pretend it didn’t. This series, guuuuuuuys! This series breaks me so hard! This has been so magical. I am not ready for the finale. I wasn’t ready for this one, either, but I’m really not ready for the finale. If you haven’t been reading this series, then I am begging you, read the trades. You owe it to yourself. It’s been one of the best things Marvel’s published in recent years. Maybe one of their best things ever. It is magic, and it is made of 100% pure feels.

USAvengers #9, by Al Ewing, Paco Medina, Juan Vlasco, Alex Arizmendi, Jesus Aburtov, Rachelle Rosenberg, and Joe Caramagna. With Sunspot on his feet, it’s time for the jailbreak. Until the nanite-controlled Red Hulk shows up. Over in Paris, the Hydra occupation goes poorly, as the people fight against them in secret. A Colonel is reporting that they still control Paris and there’s no one to stop them but oh wait, their big fancy mech suits have been stolen. Back in the US, Sunspot burns out the nanites from Red Hulk’s system, so now he has a Hulk. And the resistance in Paris goes well, too. And Toni and Aikku have a nice conversation over comms. And it’s just a great issue, really positive, all about how evil is weaker than it thinks (to paraphrase Toni). This is an issue about winning. And it’s great. And really fun. Sunspot gets to show how good he is at fighting. Squirrel Girl successfully leads the resistance attack. Lots of great stuff goes on in this issue and I do love it.

Ultimates 2 #100, by Al Ewing, Travel Foreman, Filipe Andrade, Marco Lorenzana, Scott Hanna, Dan Brown, Matt Yackey, and Joe Sabino. Reality is collapsing as the First Firmament tries to obliterate it all, and it’s up to the Ultimates to save the day. So it’s Ultimates vs. Ultimate Ultimates. Ultimate Hulk is some sort of absurd Alpha Male type. And Blue marvel fricking one-shots him. One punch. One. Punch. It’s a hell of a punch. Captain America and Iron Man fight, but Wasp and Giant-Man hold back, as they remember that they died. And then Captain Marvel punches Giant Man in his giant face, and America talks down Captain America, much to Iron Man’s relief. And Monica absorbs all energy around the Maker, freezing him completely. Some nice demonstrations of their powers. And the day is saved in a neat way. You might be wondering where T’Challa is in all this. All I’ll say is that a a giant tiger god mauls the personification of law. And, uh, shit gets weird. This is one hell of a finale. I like it. It’s big and crazy and epic and cool, with some gorgeous art. It’s a fitting end for the series. It also does do some justice to the original Ultimates, giving them a better fate than the Ultimate Universe itself gave them, which is a really nice touch on Ewing’s part. It’s a rejection of the cynicism of the Ultimate Universe, letting these heroes be heroes. So, yeah, good series.

Luke Cage #4, by David Walker, Nelson Blake II, Marcio Menyz, and Joe Sabino. Recently, Dr. Noah Burstein was locked in a cell to fix his mistakes, and then he learned Luke was in town, and got help getting out. Luke’s full of doubts, about Noah and himself. And they argue about it, until the gang whose leader Burstein experimented on show up. It’s a good issue. But this is one of the weakest series I’m still picking up, so I can’t really get excited about it, especially after reading so many amazing comics.

Pull List for August 16 2017; Nazi Punks Fuck Off

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I’ll go to the store for: Bitch Planet Triple Feature #3, by various; Black Panther & the Crew #5, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Butch Guice, Mark Chater, Scott Hanna, Stephen Thompson, Dan Brown, Paul Mounts, and Joe Sabino; Generation X #5, by Christina Strain, Alberto Albuquerque, Felipe Sobeiro, and Clayton Cowles; Generations Wolverines, by Tom Taylor, Ramon Rosanas, Nolan Woodard, and Cory Petit; Luke Cage #4, by David Walker, Nelson Blake; Silver Surfer #13, by Dan Slott, Michael and Laura Allred, and Joe Sabino; USAvengers #9, by Al Ewing, Paco Medina, Juan Vlasco, Alex Arizmendi, Jesus Aburtov, Rachelle Rosenberg, and Joe Caramagna; Ultimates 2 #100, by Al Ewing, Travel Foreman, Filipe Andrade, Marco Lorenzana, Scott Hanna, Dan Brown, Matt Yackey, and Joe Sabino.

I’ll also review: Astonishing X-Men #2, by Charles Soule, Mike Deodato, Frank Martin, and Clayton Cowles; Totally Awesome Hulk #22, by Greg Pak, Robert Gill, Nolan Woodard, and Cory Petit; X-Men Blue #9, by Cullen Bunn, Cory Smith.

So that’s 8 comics I’m picking up, and 3 additional reviews. Jeez. Kind of a lot.

Reasons for excitement: More Bitch Planet stories! I love the snarky commentary of the Bitch Planet setting. There’s a real fire there. The Crew’s been great, an interesting story with some fantastic character explorations. Generation X has been a lot of fun and my only problem has been the art, so having a guest penciller will make it even more enjoyable. Luke Cage has been a great Luke series, with an interesting plot, and I’m still pleased with myself for predicting the twist at the end of #3 so I’m curious to see where it goes from there. USAvengers has definitely been the best of the Secret Empire tie-ins, mostly because it continues to maintain its own identity as a fun comic. And we’re gonna have some Sunspot action! Nice! Ultimates is one of Marvel’s smartest titles, doing a great job with all the cosmic stuff,though I do hope for more action from the Ultimates themselves here. And Silver Surfer is one of the most wonderful comics ever and it’s almost done and I don’t know if I’m emotionally prepared for the final issue coming up soon.

Working last Saturday threw me off really bad and it sucks. Hopefully, I can readjust this weekend, and actually do something. I’m a couple episodes behind on My Little Pony, I need to catch up.

I don’t really have anything going on in my life that’s worth talking about. I could say that Nazis, KKK and white supremacists suck? Because they do. Fuck those people. All those jackasses in Charlottesville? The people waving Confederate and even Nazi flags? Fuck all of them. Every single goddamn last one of them is a shitstain deserving nothing more than scorn and shame. The fact that Trump didn’t immediately and specifically condemn them speaks volumes about him, too. He did call them out yesterday, but that was only after days of immense criticism of his weak-ass comments on the weekend. His “on many sides” comment was blatant pandering to the white supremacist fuckwads who make up a sizable portion of his base. And of course, people acted shocked – shocked! – that these people were even out there, and wondered where they came from. But they’ve always been there, it’s just that they feel emboldened by Trump being in the White House. And why wouldn’t they be? He’s cut funding from the FBI task force that investigates white supremacist groups, and made it clear that they are simply not a priority for the federal government. He’s got Neo-Nazis in his administration, he’s preached a message of hate and bigotry and divisiveness, so no shit white supremacists feel confident marching in broad daylight.

But they shouldn’t feel confident doing that. They should be scared shitless to let anyone know what their views are. They should keep those opinions locked away, never airing them to anyone, out of fear of swift and immediate reprisal. Their views are heinous, and they are dangerous, and they cannot be tolerated. Punch these fucking Nazis. Always Punch Nazis. Every time they show their faces, punch them back down, until they don’t dare show their faces. It works in Germany. It works in France. It worked in punk in the ’70s and ’80s. So I applaud everyone who punches Nazis. I encourage more people to punch Nazis. Beat those Nazi fucks, because theirs is an inherently violent ideology, and peaceful debate does not actually do anything. They are not interested in a reasoned debate. Facts and logic and appeals to better nature don’t work on them, because that is not what they’re interested in. They’re interested in oppressing people from other groups. Talking doesn’t help here. The only thing that works is actively silencing them.

“Oh, but free speech!” Fuck that. There are ideas that don’t deserve to be permitted. If someone’s waving a Nazi flag? Fuck their free speech. They’re hateful, anti-American assholes, they’ve given up any expectation to be treated as anything other than fucking Nazis. And Confederate statues? Tear them down. All of them. They’re monuments to slavery. That’s all they are. The Civil War was about slavery, the Confederacy was fighting to preserve slavery, there are documents from that time where people in the Confederacy specifically cited slavery as one of the main things they were fighting for, the idea that the war was about anything else is absolute bullshit being tossed out by racist assholes who want to pretend they’re not defending racism. So tear those statues down. If the government won’t do it, then a truck and some chains will do the job, and the racist assholes who bitch about it can shut the fuck up and stay the hell out of polite discourse because they’re racist assholes and don’t deserve to have their racism dignified with a polite response.

So, yeah, fuck Nazis, KKK, white supremacists, Trump, and Trump supporters. Every Trump supporter is an asshole, too. Every single one. Trump’s policies are harmful to basically every group of people other than the wealthy, and these stupid bastards still support him, because he tells them it’s OK to hate. That it’s OK to hate black people, and Latinx people, and Muslims, and queer people (especially trans people), and anyone who’s different from them. They support Trump because he makes them feel like their bigotry is acceptable, so every last one of Trump’s supporters can fuck right off.

All right, I guess that’s enough for this week.

X-Factor #44 (1989, September)

Follow me on Twitter (@XMenXPert). Nazis, the KKK, and assorted other white supremacists are awful and need to shut the hell up. But today, by Simonson, Smith, Milgrom, Vincent, and Rosen, “Judgment War Part 2: Another World!”

Another World

Another world where everyone just happens to be white.

Scott’s where we left him, about to be stepped on. He decides to turn his beams on the ground, instead. Beast is fleeing with the Rejects, explaining that he and his friends came from “far away,” and don’t know anything about what’s going on. A cool big cyclops woman explains about the war between the Chosen and the Rejects, and about the Space Gods. She also figures Beast was hit by a telepathic whammy during the battle. Which works for him, since it lets him get away with knowing nothing. We do see that the Rejects aren’t very technologically advanced, especially compared to the Chosen.

Which is a good time to check on Archangel, who is a prisoner of the Chosen. The dude who captured him, Rask, is talking to The Most Perfect, some weak-looking old dude. And hey, I’m gonna go on a tangent here. So, I made the comment above that X-Factor landed on another planet that’s full of white people. And, you know, normally, that would kinda bother me. The population can look like anything, and they go with white people? But this arc is about how the Chosen feel like they’re better than the Rejects. And given white supremacy’s current return to the spotlight, the fact that the KKK and Neo-Nazis and other white supremacist scumbags actually feel emboldened to take their bullshit out into the streets in broad daylight . . . yeah, this arc feels more timely right now. The fact that The Most Perfect actually looks bad ties into that, too, as the people who preach about white supremacy are never the best examples of it. (A point that’s been made many, many times.) Anyway, the point is that people who talk about white supremacy are assholes and every single one of them deserves to be punched.

Back to the comic! Archangel breaks free of the plastic block he’s in, but Rask blasts him unconscious. Seera is impressed by Archangel, and disgusted by Rask. She talks to her robot assistant, ZZ-105, about him. She also learns of another stranger, being examined in a lab. Bobby, of course. Seera checks it out, and bickers with Lev, the fire-lady who beat Bobby.

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Lev can turn to fire, but Seera delivers the harsher burn.

Bobby wakes up, with no memories of who he is, so he’s left in Lev’s care until they can figure out where he came from. The scientist also mentions “creating” Seera, which is a clue about Chosen society.

Back to Scott, who blasts free of the hole he made for himself to avoid being stepped on. He’s clever. He’s also been found by another dude, a telepath, who leads him off. Back to Seera, who’s looking at vats where babies are created. She’s uncomfortable with the process, and thinks maybe the Reject method is better, though the sci-bot she’s talking to is disgusted by the idea, and threatens to report her for wrong-thinking, while she threatens to report it as needing repair. Its response is, um, interesting?

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“By way of apology, here’s a bunch of drugs.”

I can get behind a society that uses drugs as a form of apology. ZZ-105 is actually offended, though, which likewise amuses me.

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“Step off! My drugs are way better!”

Is it maybe just a robot thing? Can we make it a robot thing here on Earth? Give all the robots drugs that they give out to people when appropriate? That seems like an idea that couldn’t possibly go wrong. Anyway, a guy comes by with Christopher, and Seera asks him to hand the baby over, bribing him with more drugs.

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What is with all these drugs?!

Also, I’m pretty sure that’s absolutely not how you’re supposed to handle a baby. She also telepathically wipes the guy’s memory of the whole situation. Back at the Reject camp, Beast tells Zharkah about his friends, and Zharkah is pretty sure Jean is their captive, but she doesn’t tell him that. She suspects they may be Beginagains.In space, Ship is still in the possession of a Celestial. But back to Scott, who’s been brought to a secret camp of the Beginagains. They want peace between the Chosen and Rejects. Cooperation. They’re like this planet’s version of the X-Men, but mostly pacifists. Not all of them are pacifists, and the leader’s own son seems to think a more aggressive path is needed, though he’s still a nice, pleasant fellow. I actually like that. It would’ve been easy to make him an angry jerk, but he’s not, he simply think pacifism won’t change things. Truth: He’s probably right. The simple reality is that progress is rarely made without violence. The Civil Rights Movement required riots. Gay rights required riots. Non-violence works only if the threat of violence is still there in the background.

But back to the story! The Beginagains have a prophecy about “saviours from the stars,” but the Space Gods don’t seem to care about them. They’ve also learned the Space Gods have visited four times before, making this the Fifth Host. And if they don’t like how the people have developed, they’ll kill everyone. Dun-dun-duuuun!

This is a weird but fun issue. So many drugs! We actually learn about Chosen and Reject culture. The Chosen are perfectionists who create babies in test tubes, while the Rejects prefer the natural approach. The issue focuses primarily on Seera, and her questioning of whether the Chosen approach is really right. ZZ-105 told her all sorts of stories when she was young, and it’s led to her growing up to be someone who asks questions. So good on her for that. She is still pretty naive, though, as when she takes the baby and decides she wants to raise it herself. Still, her heart’s in the right place, and she is easy to like, simply because she’s able, despite her privilege (maybe because of her privilege), to look beyond what her society tells her. That means she’s even willing to admire someone she thinks is a Reject, though of course, the fact that Archangel’s still pretty sexy despite the blue skin probably doesn’t hurt with that. Her arc in this issue is definitely about white people learning not to be awful to marginalized communities.

The art’s good. It’s Paul Smith. No complaints. He’s a great visual storyteller, very dynamic and with good expressions and body language. You can tell what characters feel even without dialogue. The moment where Seera catches the tossed baby (and what kind of person tosses a baby?!) was especially strong for that, as Simonson leaves it entirely in Smith’s hands to show her reaction, and he nails it. Simonson and Smith work well together. I might have preferred a slightly more abstract artist, given the arc’s weird premise, but Paul Smith is such a strong artist that he does kinda define the arc. This would have been a different story with a different artist.

So I like this issue. And now I could really go for some drugs. Anyone got a friendly robot handy?

X-Men comics of August 9 2017

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All-New Wolverine #23, by Tom Taylor, Leonard Kirk, Erick Arciniega, Michael Garland, and Cory Petit. Laura is ready to kill every Brood on the alien planet she’s on in order to get to Gabby, but Drax drags her away from the fight, and to the outpost, which is apparently commanded by Fang, of the Imperial Guard. Neat. Turns out it’s a medical centre, kept on an isolated moon in case of disease outbreaks. They were attacked by the Brood, and the scientists tried to use a virus against them, but it just made the Brood angrier, and led to some of their own people being infected. So they tried to send them for help, and only one got through. And that led to Laura coming to the centre, and now Laura plans to rescue Gabby, and Gabby is expecting Laura to come for her. They do have to wait until nightfall, but holy crap is Laura ever good at what she does. She’s more dangerous than Logan was. Sneakier, more ruthless, smarter. And then there’s one hell of a cliffhanger. This issue’s good. Fang’s re-appearance is neat, and he does reference the events of Wolverines, which, meh, I thought that arc was kind of a mistake. But continuity is always nice, I suppose. He doesn’t add a whole lot here, but it does explain why that alien girl was looking for Laura. Fang knew how good a person Laura is, and that she would come to help. The Guardians of the Galaxy are written well. The story remains interesting, and is a solid Wolverine vs. the Brood story. The art’s good. Honestly, if you’re not reading this series yet, you’re missing out.

Jean Grey #5, by Dennis Hopeless, Anthony Piper, Jay David Ramos, and Travis Lanham. In Japan, Psylocke is trying to teach Jean to meditate, but Jean is bad at meditating. She can’t turn her mind off. I know how she feels. Silence frustrates me. Plan B is a metal club in Philedelphia. That results in her knocking away some moshers, and getting cheered by the crowd. Plan C is a cavern full of irradiated, murderous mole-monsters. Jean actually manages to create a couple of psychic stab-picks, but almost gets bitten by one of the vampire Moloids. So Plan D! Madripoor! To fight an army of Hand ninjas! Jean seems worried, but honestly, the Hand are never a threat to superheroes. So Jean sneaks in, and starts generating psychic weapons to kill the Hand ninjas with. A big club, a big-ass axe. Claws. And more! This is a really fun issue. Hopeless clearly loves writing Psylocke. Her dry wit is perfect. She’s cool and weirdly jaded, with all the crazy places she brings Jean being pretty much just ways that Psylocke relaxes. She mentions that the metal band’s newest album is too soft, in the middle of a mosh pit. The cavern is one of those things that’s too ridiculous not to love. Mindless, irradiated Moloid vampires, because comics. And Psylocke seems to know that it’s weird, and yet, she just doesn’t care, and it’s fun. She actually does an admirable job as mentor to Jean, teaching her how to tap into her fight-or-flight – especially her fight – to generate weapons. I do like the choices of weapons Jean makes, too. A big-ass mace! Jean is plenty of fun, too, complaining about the situations Psylocke puts her in. Though I do like in the club, when the crowd cheers her, she just kinda goes with it. It’s a cute moment. There was also this panel, which is an eternal mood:

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Same.

Piper’s art is great. His style’s got a nice energy to it. He captures Jean’s various moods throughout the issue really well. The fights are really entertaining. Good colours by Ramos. This remains a top-notch title, and honestly, this is probably my favourite issue so far. Psylocke is just too well-written here.

Generations Phoenix and Jean Grey, by Cullen Bunn, R.B. Silva, Adriano Di Benedetto, Rain Beredo, and Travis Lanham. Jean finds herself on a nice beach, and “hears” people thinking about how much she looks like another woman there. A redhead reading a book. It’s Phoenix! Jean’s on the verge of a freak-out, but gets distracted when a cute guy chats Phoenix up. Phoenix sends the guy off, then tells Jean to come out. Jean starts asking all sorts of questions about the Phoenix Force, and Phoenix suggests they go get food, because she knows how to handle weird stuff. She says she’s felt lost since the X-Men died, because this is during the period where the Phoenix, believing it was Jean, believed the X-Men were dead. So the redheads go clubbing! Jean keeps seeing herself in Phoenix, and is frightened by that. And they go on a quick space journey. How’s that go? Well:

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Pretty good, clearly.

So this comic is . . . OK. The basic premise is interesting enough – Jean meeting her slightly older self who’s not really her because retcons – and there are some interesting elements to how it plays out. But the pacing felt a bit off to me, some things felt too rushed. In particular, I think I would have enjoyed seeing more of them interacting on Earth. Maybe one more page that showed Phoenix enjoying the meeting and Jean really getting to know what her adult self was like. Her narration does highlight how much she relates to herself. But I wish we could have seen more of it. Jean, of all the O5, is the only one whose adult self was dead in the present. The only one who didn’t really get a chance to interact with herself, to actually meet the person she grows up to be. And I feel like Bunn kinda passes over that too quickly, to get to Jean interacting with the Phoenix. We also get a lot of Jean wondering if she should tell Phoenix about what happens, to try to change the future. Which leads to the Watcher showing up for a weird ending that doesn’t quite work. Still, for the most part, the issue’s good. And the art’s good. Silva’s not one of my favourite artists, but I don’t mind him, for the most part. His faces sometimes get blobby, but that’s not a big problem here. Mostly, they’re clear. And nice colours. So, nitpicks aside, this is a perfectly fine Generations issue.

Old Man Logan #27, by Ed Brisson, Mike Deodato, Frank Martin, and Cory Petit. A flashback shows Logan and Old Blind Clint sitting in Logan’s farm, waiting for whoever’s been poaching his pigs. In the present, Logan wakes up, chained to a big rock. The Hulk Gang shoots him up with a bunch of big guns to put him back under. In Maestro’s compound, he’s in his weak human form in order to work on the stolen bombs. One of the female Hulks, Cambria, isn’t keen on the idea. That night, Logan wakes up, with the Hulk Gang mostly asleep, and tricks the one who’s awake into breaking the rock he’s chained to, so he can go back to fighting them. This issue’s pretty much more of the same. If you’ve enjoyed the previous issues in this arc, you’ll enjoy this one. The flashback at the start feels a bit pointless. Like it was there for the sake of being there, because this book is obligated to have flashbacks to Logan’s time. I’m sure it’ll be relevant to the next issue, but even so, I have to wonder if it might have been better to leave it out of this one, because the scene we get doesn’t really seem to add anything of value. We’ll see, I suppose. I’m not a fan of the Hulk Gang – even in the original Old Man Logan story, I thought they were lame – and their continuing lack of a threat to Logan actually makes them even less interesting. He steamrolls them the same as he would pretty much anyone else. And they have virtually no personality. The art is Mike Deodato. Plenty of people like him. I don’t. I find it stiff, emotionless, and vaguely creepy, in an Uncanny Valley kind of way. Martin’s colours are well-suited to the line art, though, so kudos for that. But still, this is not an arc I’m enjoying.

That’s the X-titles, here’s what else I picked up.

Ms. Marvel #21, by G. Willow Wilson, Marco Failla, Ian Herring, and Joe Caramagna. Discord has Aamir as a hostage, so Ms. Marvel surrenders, but then Aamir and the other Inhumans rounded up by KIND refuse to let her surrender, by fighting back themselves. So, fight! Which ends up spilling into the local masjid that Kamala attends. Sheikh Abdullah, who is obligated to offer them refuge as oppressed persons. Sheikh Abdullah’s a good dude. During the scuffle, he gets hurt, and Ms. Marvel gets hurt while worrying about him, and ends up in the wudu room, being attacked by Discord. And she finally finds out who he is. It’s exactly who I expected. He actually seems pretty scared once the helmet comes off. And we get a really emotional conversation between Kamala and him, as he explains what led to him becoming Discord, all the isolation he felt from everyone else. He talks about the fact that everyone told him how easy he had it, and how everything still felt hard for him. He is really sympathetic. It’s easy to feel for him, to understand where he’s coming from and to recognize his feelings as valid. He bares his soul, and it’s really good. I get the feeling it’s Wilson trying to humanize the cishet white guys who complain about how tough it is being a cishet white guy. She removes all the stupidity from their arguments, and gets to the core of their feelings, the sense of alienation many of them feel in a world that is becoming less easy for them. All debates about our feelings aside, Wilson does do a great job exploring Discord’s feelings. There’s also plenty of good political commentary throughout the issue, with the marginalized Inhumans refusing to give up, and continuity to Resist. Aamir talks about how he felt like, being a traditional and conservative person, he feels like the people who should accept him continue to hate him. It’s certainly not a coincidence that the Muslim Sheikh is the one who provides refuge to the oppressed. And Ms. Marvel makes a comment about defending the few from the evils of the collective many, which is, again, pretty clearly a comment on current events. The art’s really good. He’s actually a good fit for the way this series has changed over time. When the book started, it was fun and fairly light, with lots of visual gags. Now, while Failla’s style isn’t too different from Alphona’s, it is more restrained, more serious, without the gags. It works well, and is very good. And Ian Herring is still on colours. May he stay on this book forever, because his colours have done a lot to define this comic’s look. This series is still great.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #23, by Ryan North, Erica Henderson, Rico Renzi, and Travis Lanham. The systems that maintain the Savage Land are failing, and it seems to be a software problem, hence all the computer engineers brought in to help. Which means one thing: programming montage! After a little while, Doreen and Nancy see what the other teams are doing. The Latverians are building a Doombot to solve the problem, which actually isn’t all that bad an idea, maybe. Also, Doreen continues to play matchmaker between Nancy and Stefan. Including the three going out to dinner, with Doreen then excusing herself to go to the washroom so Nancy and Stefan can talk. And after the dinner, Doreen and Nancy have a great and heartfelt conversation about Nancy’s feelings about Stefan, and Nancy’s feelings about feelings. And it’s so good. They are such great friends and I love them both because they love each other so much. I love this comic. Nancy and Stefan are cute together. I’m excited for Nancy to get an opportunity to explore romantic relationships, and I kinda hope this is something that continues for a while. Maybe she and Stefan could maintain a long-distance relationship, once this arc ends. She and Doreen have the teleporter in their closet, after all. So it could work. And I’m just really curious to see where this relationship goes. I love this series.

Hulk #9, by Mariko Tamaki, Julian Lopez, Francesco Gaston, Matt Milla, and Cory Petit. A couple of kids are complaining about superhero drama, and get freaked out by the monsterized Oliver. Jen and Bradley visit Oliver, to help with the search for Oli. Jen tells Brad and Warren to look for Oli, and Warren asks Brad about Jen being the Hulk. Jen calls Patsy, who’s at the drug house Oli busted up earlier, and they have a nice conversation. And then Hulk pays a visit to Ray and Steve, for a friendly conversation. Good issue. I really like the Bradley/Warren conversation, with Warren wondering how Jen copes with her monster, and how Oli might be dealing with his. I really feel bad for those two. I want things to work out for them, because they both seem so nice, and so in love, and they deserve a happy ending to all this. Ray and Steve can go to hell. Especially Steve. What a douche. I want him to get punched in his douchebro face. I’m also glad the Jen/Patsy friendship is continuing. Jen still seems uncomfortable with her monster, but is willing to call on it to help others, because that’s who she is, and it’s nice. I also really like the art. This arc is definitely more of a conventional superhero arc than the first one, but Tamaki’s doing a good job with it, and she is still getting into some pretty heavy territory. So I’m still digging it.

And I didn’t have time to get to WicDiv #30, but it’s safe to assume it’s amazing and you should definitely be reading that series.

Pull List for August 9 2017

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I’ll go to the store for: All-New Wolverine #23, by Tom Taylor, Leonard Kirk, Erick Arciniega, Michael Garland, and Cory Petit; Hulk #9, by Mariko Tamaki, Julian Lopez, Francesco Gaston, Matt Milla, and Cory Petit; Ms. Marvel #21, by G. Willow Wilson, Marco Failla, Ian Herring, and Joe Caramagna; My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #57, by Thom Zahler and Tony Fleecs; Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #23, by Ryan North, Erica Henderson, Rico Renzi, and Travis Lanham; The Wicked + The Divine #30, by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson, and Clayton Cowles

I’ll also review: Generations Phoenix and Jean Grey, by Cullen Bunn, R.B. Silva, Adriano Di Benedetto, Rain Beredo, and Traavis Lanham; Jean Grey #5, by Dennis Hopeless, Anthony Piper, Jay David Ramos, and Travis Lanham; Old Man Logan #27, by Ed Brisson, Mike Deodato, Frank Martin, and Cory Petit.

So that’s 6 comics I’m picking up, and 3 additional reviews. Medium week.

Reasons for excitement: Wolverine’s been a great comic, and Wolverine vs. the Brood was always entertaining with Logan, and I can’t imagine how it couldn’t be even better with Laura doing the slicing. Hulk’s got very strong emotional beats, and I’m really feeling for Oliver and Warren, I want things to turn out OK for them. People who make cakes deserve good things. Ms. Marvel is Ms. Marvel, and I’m loving the political commentary of the current arc. Squirrel Girl is Squirrel Girl and is Squirrel Girl in the Savage Land and doing programming to save dinosaurs. They’re saving dinosaurs! And WicDiv is always fantastic, too.

So I’ve been trying to organize my comics. And I’ve discovered that I’m missing a bunch. Just random issues here and there that I know I read, but which aren’t there. Which is frustrating. I guess all I can do is make a list of what I’m missing, and try to find them at the next local comic event. Not so much for my own collection, but for whenever I finally get around to trying to sell them. Incomplete collections of runs would be a tougher sell. But man, organizing comics is boring and lame. I’ve got each individual box organized – just 7 of them, which is not many at all, really – so now I have to organize between the boxes. So, for example, my Squirrel Girl collection is split between two boxes. I need to get them in one box. I doubt I’ll bother with that for a while, though. I’m already bored with sorting them. I do have three boxes of old comics that are in too-poor condition to be able to sell, so I’ll need to throw those out.

It hit me yesterday just how far I’ve come with my reviews. How many comics I’ve reviewed. I’ve got 600 reviews. (604, actually.) That’s a lot. Even if it has taken me 5 years to get this far. And I’ve only got, let me see here . . . 47 goddamn issues left in 1989? Holy crap!

So I’ve finished my first week on the floor at my current job. It’s OK. I’m already at the jaded “it’s a job” phase. It’s actually not that complicated, for the most part. And I seem to be doing well. On Thursday – my fourth day of taking calls – I already had a buddy-jacker sitting in, listening to my calls. I guess the 7 years of experience at another call centre really helped me with this one.

I guess that’s all I’ve got for this week.

New Mutants #79 (1989, September)

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Asgard

This actually seems like typical Boom-Boom to me.

The Mutants are in Asgard, with the possessed Dani flying free. She tells them to stay out of her business and throws some fire at Rahne. Hela has no idea how Dani got to Asgard, and is annoyed, because she wanted Dani to kill heroes to swell her army’s ranks. But then someone had to go and spoil her plans. So rude. Back to the Mutants, Dani’s leaving, and Rahne says Dani’s still fighting for control, and forced her body to spare them. Boom-Boom complains a little, but Bobby’s glad to be back in Asgard, where the sun makes him stronger than usual. He demonstrates by twirling a boulder on his finger, then tossing it away, where it falls into a hidden hole full of dwarves. A fight breaks out, and Boom-Boom freaks out a little.

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Selfriend, yes!

The dwarves mention Eitri, and Sam tells the Mutants to stop fighting, and for the dwarves to let Eitri know they’re there. Hela watches all this, and tells one of her possessed Valkyries to take care of the Mutants. The Mutants are taken to a cell, and left wondering what’ll happen. And Boom-Boom gets a pretty great rant.

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Aw, man, poor Boom-Boom.

You really feel bad for her. She normally presents this detached exterior, so when her real feelings actually emerge like this, it’s really powerful. And there’s a real sense of her just being overwhelmed by everything that’s been happening to her, one thing after another. And for all she tries to hide it, she does feel things very strongly. Rictor mentions to Sam the time she saved him, when he was ready to die rather than be controlled by the Right, and how it was a turning point for him. And that Boom-Boom isn’t as tough as she thinks. Warlock’s having a bit of an emotional breakdown, too, but Rahne tells him Sam has a plan.

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Rahne’s great.

Bobby cheers up, too, and tries juggling, but doesn’t do well. Warlock says it was a game on his planet, which . . . OK, that’s kinda weird. The Technarchy are into juggling? Really? That’s just such a weird idea to come up with, given what the Technarchy are like. The idea that they’d even have games is weird to me. Regardless, he juggles well, with everyone adding items to the mix. Then Boom-Boom decides to join the fun.

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Her two modes are yelling and bomb.

Everyone momentarily freaks out, and I don’t get that. They should know by now that Boom-Boom’s impetuous, but she’s not an idiot. She knows not to hurt people with her bombs. Sam starts to apologize, but Eitri gets there and lets them out of their cell. Over dinner, Eitri tells the Mutants the Valkyries have changed. Then the Valkyries drop by for a visit.

I actually like this issue. This arc ends up being a bit odd, but there’s plenty to like about this particular issue. Rahne shows the depths of her optimism, believing Dani can be saved, and believing in Sam’s plan. She’s really grown a lot from the early days, and it’s so good to see. Boom-Boom’s breakdown is definitely the highlight of the issue, though. She hates Asgard. Hates it so much. She hates dwarves. She hates magic. She hates prison cells. She hates everything and it’s very relatable.

Blevins’ art doesn’t feel like it quite works as well here as it did in his earlier issues. It’s the same quality, more or less, it just doesn’t quite match the tone of the story quite the same. I still like it, I just think another artist would’ve been a better fit for this arc. Or at least this issue. There is still very strong work with facial expressions and body language. Blevins was always a pro at that stuff.

So I mostly enjoy this issue.

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