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X-Men comics of February 15 2017

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Uncanny X-Men #18, by Cullen Bunn, Edgar Salazar, Ed Tadeo and Rain Beredo. In New Attilan, Xorn is ashamed of having used the Sleepers as part of the attack. Shaw goes to talk to him. Xorn regrets that a temple probably won’t provide the same sense of safety it used to for the Inhumans, while Shaw doesn’t give a damn about the Inhumans and just wants mutants to not die. Meanwhile, some Inhumans – including Ren, who was one of the Fearless Defenders a few years ago – are still free, and trying to make a plan to free Medusa. When she finds out the mists are killing mutants, she feels they have a reason to be mad. Thank you, Ren, for being reasonable. Still doesn’t prevent a fight between this handful of Inhumans, and Xorn’s Sleepers. This is a pretty good issue. Bunn’s done very interesting work with Xorn,in an attempt to salvage the character. And he succeeded. He made Xorn a cool character, despite his origin. And Xorn’s inner conflict throughout this issue is done well. It was also cool seeing Ren again. She was apparently in the IvX tie-in from Mercs For Money, but whatever to that book. It’s not surprising that Bunn would have her show up; he did create her, after all. I was a little disappointed she didn’t land anywhere after Fearless Defenders ended, but then, quite a few cool ladies from that book dropped back into limbo. The art in this issue is fine. It’s nothing too special. I do like how Salazar does Ren’s fighting style, though, with the dance feel to it. There’s also this panel:

Uncanny X-Men #18

Very pretty.

So a lot of kudos to Beredo for the colours in that panel, because he really knocked it out of the park. So, yeah, pretty good issue.

Old Man Logan #18, by Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino and Marcelo Maiolo. On the space station, Logan’s looking at Jean, who’s possessed by the Brood. Which is bad. Jean still seems to be struggling, and calls for help. He opens a door, and sees all the X-Men, dead. Their zombies rise up to attack him.

Old Man Logan #18

Sorrentino/Maiolo for a new volume of Marvel Zombies?

Then he’s back in the Wasteland, with Baby Banner in a basket. Then he’s back with Grown-Up Baby Banner, who’s King of the World now. And then Logan’s family ask why he couldn’t save them, and Logan remembers what’s really happening. And fixes it. And we get this gorgeous two-page spread.

Old Man Logan #18

Sorrentino and Maiolo are the frigging best.

This is a cool conclusion to the arc. We get a little less of the time-shifts, now that we know it’s all in his head, but instead, it leads to the Wasteland section changing very quickly, much more dreamlike. Which is really cool. It works really well. There’s some heavy emotional stuff. And, of course, the art. Sorrentino and Maiolo. Goddamn. Stunning work. Lemire is blessed with their presence, because issue after issue, they kill it, with neat layouts, expressive lines and absolutely gorgeous colours.

That’s the X-titles, here’s the rest of what I read.

Ultimates 2 #4, by Al Ewing, Travel Foreman and Dan Brown. Logos is talking to the last Celestials, who survived the cull by the Beyonders. He kills them. Except one, spared by the Never Queen. Yes! Hell yes !I love the Never Queen so much, and Ewing writes her wonderfully. On Galactus’ ship, the Ultimates and the Troubleshooters are having a civil discussion and never mind, Rodstow makes it a fight. And it’s pretty damn cool. Also, turns out that Rodstvow is from a Dystopian Parallel, the opposite of America’s Utopian Parallel. That’s awesome. I hope we get to see them duke it out, because it seems like it’d be one hell of a fight. (Adam fights him in this issue, instead.) This is one hell of an issue, though. Logos is really cool. Very interesting, and very menacing. He’s responsible for quite the cliffhanger in this issue. The Never Queen showing up made me so happy, because she is such a great concept. And while the Allreds will always be the definitive Never Queen artists, Foreman and Brown do her justice. But the bulk of the issue it the Ultimates vs. the Troubleshooters, and it’s a very exciting confrontation. It’s balanced well, with the fight going back and forth. There’s some really good character moments throughout the fight, too. And the art is probably the best this volume’s had yet. Foreman and Brown do excellent work with the fight, and with the cosmic stuff. This series just keeps getting bigger and better and it’s going to be a thrill seeing what happens next.

USAvengers #3, by Al Ewing, Paco Medina, Carlo Berberi, Juan Vlasco, Jesus Aburtov and Andres Mossa. It’s the USAvengers vs. a bunch of killer robots who’ve replaced a bunch of rich people. Toni, Aikku and Sam protect the others, and Doreen comes up with a pretty clever application of Sam’s blast power. And also a hilarious anecdote.

USAVengers #3

Everything Doreen says is amazing.

Roberto dubs this team-up the Blastball Squirrel. Pretty good name, actually. I like it. So then it’s fight time. We also find out the Golden Skull stole the robots and other things from Arcade. Captain Danimerica crashes a half-built casino owned by “Ed Acra,” which should be a front for a Murderworld that the Skull would be hiding people in. And there, they also find Golden Skull. Who I really do love, and who’s a brilliant send-up of Trump, whether intentional or not. Side note: Dani remembers Doreen being her babysitter. Aw! Cute! Great issue. So funny. The issue’s hilarious. There’s also hints of a little bit of tension in the Toni/Aikku relationship, over Toni’s refusal to include lethal weapons in her armour. Which is really interesting. We’ll see where that goes. I’m not expecting it to cause any big problems, but it’s an interesting bit of tension. Speaking of Toni, she shows off a keen tactical mind and snaps out some orders, which is cool to see. This is a team with multiple leaders. Roberto, of course. Sam’s been a leader on a few occasions. Maverick is a General, so he knows how to lead. And Toni apparently has a natural leadership, too. I’m curious if that’s going to cause problems. We’ll see, I guess. I’m sad to see Captain Danimerica leave at the end of the issue. She’s cool. I would kill for a Danimerica mini. Seriously, that would be so cool. The art’s great. Really good job on the fight scenes, and there’s a couple very nice pose panel that really sell an action movie feel, in the best possible way. If you’re not reading this series, you should be, because it’s just so much fun. Just unabashed fun.

Silk #17, by Robbie Thompson, Irene Strychalski and Ian Herring. A signal is killing the clones, and has also driven Hector crazy. His body breaks down rapidly. Luckily, it just leaves him a ghost again, and in control of himself. Cindy, Mattie and Hector head up to Jonah’s broadcasting room, hoping to shut the signal down, but it doesn’t work. Jonah also learns that Mattie’s a superhero. And then Spider-Man and Anna Maria show up, and there’s zombie fighting. And I mean, this is a really quick description, because there’s not a whole lot to describe. But it’s an enjoyable issue, just the same. Thompson does the best he can with the Clone Conspiracy tie-in. I’ve never read any of the stuff with the Mattie Franklin Spider-Woman, but Thompson makes her seem pretty neat. So I’ll look forward to getting around to those comics at some point in the distant future. Strychalski and Herring do wonderful work together on the art. I’ll miss Strychalski on this book, though I’ll also be glad to have Ford back. Still, I do hope Marvel gives Strychalski more work, because she’s phenomenal. I love her work, and Herring’s colours mesh perfectly with her lines, so they definitely need to work together again.

Patsy Walker aka Hellcat! #15, by Kate Leth, Brittney Williams and Rachelle Rosenberg. At the building where Patsy has an office, they’re holding a New ValentinesMas Party, for all the holidays Patsy missed in the craziness she’s been dealing with. And then it turns out she’s sick. And her sneezes alter reality. Like this:

Hellcat #15

Best sneeze ever.

She also sneezes up America Chavez and a tiger. A talking tiger. Called Mr. Sniffles. When she was a kid, Patsy had a stuffed tiger called Mr. Sniffles, until her mom threw it away, but Patsy still talked to him in her dreams, and told him about her fears and stresses, which kept making him bigger. Patsy then sneezes Jubilee tiny, and sneezes America Chavez into Canada Chavez.

Hellcat #15

I love it.

This issue’s just delightful. So much fun. Mr. Sniffles. Canada Chavez. Tiny Jubilee. There’s a lot of fun stuff. And it’s so cute and weird and funny. I really do love it. So much. The writing’s funny, the art is adorable, and it’s just so great.

Black Panther World of Wakanda #4, by Roxane Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Alitha Martinez, Roberto Poggi and Rachelle Rosenberg. In the aftermath of Infinity and the defeat of the Black Order, the Dora Milaje are once again serving King T’Challa, much to Aneka’s displeasure. Aneka also feels guilty about not being in Wakanda during the attack, because she was vacationing in New York with Ayo. Zola assigns them to accompany T’Challa as he forms the Ultimates. Later, Zola learns about Folami’s enhancements, and brings her to be examined by a doctor. Later on, a young girl rushes in to tell the Dora Milaje that the chieftain of her village is raping women. Folami, the chieftain’s daughter, doesn’t believe the claims, and she escaped to warn him that the Dora Milaje are conspiring against him. Aneka continues to push Ayo away, and also pushes for the Dora Milaje to do more to protect Wakanda from threats that T’Challa isn’t dealing with, starting with the chieftain. I’ll admit, I’m getting a little tired of Aneka pushing Ayo away. Just accept your love, lady. I also think the reference to the Ultimates was a bit gratuitous, seeing as we don’t actually see any of that. Might have been worthwhile to leave that reference out. But Folami remains really cool. I dig her. I’m guessing she’ll die next issue, which will be a shame. She could have been interesting as an antagonist in future Black Panther stories. Ah, well.

Gamora #3, by Nicole Perlman, Marco Checchetto and Andres Mossa. Gamora’s chained to a rock and about to be sacrificed, but an earthquake distracts everyone enough for her to break free and kick some ass. L’wit is still looking for Gamora, Klaxon is waiting for the Badoon to send an escape craft, and Gamora is hunting L’wit. And . . . yeah, I think I’m dropping this. It’s not that it’s necessarily a bad comic. Just not one worth my money any more. I tried it. I wanted to enjoy it. But I’m just finding it bland. I do like the art. And Perlman has potential as a comic writer. She’s just not really there yet, and I don’t have the money to keep supporting a book that’s simply not at the quality it should be.

Animosity #5, by Marguerite Bennett, Rafael De Latorre, Rob Schwager and Marshall Dillon. We see a couple shrimp discussing the Awakening, and whether species even simpler than they awoke, and whether they’re killers. It’s a really interesting philosophical oh no, never mind, eaten by a whale. The whale who was giving Jesse a ride, specifically. She drops Jesse off with the rest of the survivors of the compound from the last couple issues. The cat and buffalo discuss how various animals are reacting to the Awakening, and again, it’s really interesting stuff, with some really interesting ideas being batted around. A goat tells off Jesse and expresses anti-human prejudices. He’s a jerk. Sweet jacket, though. Then Jesse gets her first period. Another solid issue. This series is such a fascinating exploration of what it means to be human. For good and for ill. We get family and friendship here, and we also get prejudice and anger. The writing is very sharp, swapping between funny, philosophical and emotional. And the art’s great. The whole team’s doing solid work. The animals are expressive without being cartoonish. It’s all in the eyes. This really is a great book that you should be reading.

Pull List for February 15 2017

Follow me on Twitter (@XMenXPert). Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m off tomorrow.

I’ll go to the store for: Animosity #5, by Marguerite Bennett, Rafael De Latorre and Rob Schwager; Black Panther World of Wakanda #4, by Roxane Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Alitha Martinez, Roberto Poggi and Rachelle Rosenberg; Gamora #3, by Nicole Perlman, Marco Checchetto and Andres Mossa; My Little Pony Friends Forever #37, by Jeremy Whitley and Agnes Garbowska; Patsy Walker aka Hellcat! #15, by Kate Leth, Brittney Williams and Rachelle Rosenberg; Silk #17, by Robbie Thompson, Irene Strychalski and Ian Herring; USAvengers #3, by Al Ewing, Paco Medina, Carlo Berberi, Juan Vlasco, Jesus Aburtov and Andres Mossa; Ultimates 2 #4, by Al Ewing, Travel Foreman and Dan Brown.

I’ll also review: Old Man Logan #18, by Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino and Marcelo Maiolo; Uncanny X-Men #18, by Cullen Bunn, Edgar Salazar, Ed Tadeo and Rain Beredo.

So 8 comics I’m picking up, and two other reviews. Whew.

Lots of good stuff! Gamora’s on its last chance with me. If this issue doesn’t genuinely impress me, I’ll be dropping it. World of Wakanda’s had its problems, but I’ve been enjoying it. But the rest are great. Animosity is superb and you should definitely be reading that one, unless you’re particularly sensitive about harm to animals, because this book has quite a bit of that. Hellcat’s always adorable and fun, but this issue has her dealing with being sick, and apparently, her sneezes light glasses on fire and change people’s clothes, so yeah, it’ll be a delight. Silk is still dealing with its Clone Conspiracy tie-in, but it’s even managed to make that enjoyable and a good exploration of Cindy’s PTSD. USAvengers is weird and fun and has such a great cast, and the Golden Skull is a really fun villain. As for Ultimates 2: The preview for this issue has the Never Queen. My favourite of all abstracts. She was created in Slott’s Silver Surfer run, in the first arc, and has shown up now and then in that book, and now, Ewing’s going to have her show up, and I could not be happier about that.

So, quick message to my personal troll: Fuck off. I’ve told you repeatedly to fuck off. What part of “fuck off” do you not understand? I’m not interested in debating diversity with you. I’m not interested in being told what I should and shouldn’t like, or being told why I like some things, or being told what aspects of a story I value over others. So stop being an asshole, and stop leaving messages on here. I’m not going to reply to them. I’m just going to keep deleting them. And hey, it takes you a couple minutes to type out each of your poorly-written messages, and it takes me a couple seconds to delete them. You’re wasting way more of your own time than mine. Why don’t you do something productive? Stop bothering people. Stop being an asshole who doesn’t know when to back off. When someone tells you they’re not interested in talking to you, fucking accept that. When someone tells you to leave them alone, leave them alone. Be a decent fucking person, and leave them alone. When you refuse to leave a person alone, you’re just being a troll and an asshole and no one likes assholes. So stop being an asshole, and leave me the fuck alone already.

So I still haven’t gotten back to reviews yet, obviously. What I have been doing, though, is posting my favourite Marvel panels of 2016. You can browse through my Twitter feed if you want to see them. There’s a lot. I’ve still got a fair few books to get through – ANADAvengers, Moon Girl, Ms. Marvel, Hellcat, Captain Marvel, Ultimates, Wolverine, Spider-Man/Deadpool, and oh what fun going through Vision’s panels will be. I’ll save that for second-last, I think. And probably finish with Ms. Marvel, to have some joy restored to my soul. (Maybe I should’ve saved Squirrel Girl for last. Oh well, too late now.) I’m still being followed by Tana Ford and Stephanie Hans. It still blows my mind. Every time Tana Ford likes or retweets one of my tweets, I get a thrill. Because holy shit, professional artist Tana Ford sometimes likes my tweets.

I watched the first episode of Legion last night. And damn, it’s great. So great. Weird, unsettling, disjointed, funny, disturbing, exciting, fascinating, stylish, and just all-around compelling. The performances are all great. There’s a few moments that are particularly creepy, and a death that’s horrifying. And it also does a great job with the mental illness feel of it. It can be hard, at times, to tell what’s real and what’s false. And sometimes, even when you know something’s false, it feels real enough to leave you wondering. Which also leads you to question things you think are real. Also, the Devil With Yellow Eyes. Yeesh. So creepy. Oh, and there’s a couple characters – a black guy and an Asian girl – who just look so cool and stylish and sexy that I immediately fell in love with them. I wanted them to get a spin-off, based entirely on how they were dressed. It was seriously that quick for me to like them. “Damn, these are some dapper bastards, I want to see as much of them as possible.” So, yeah, fantastic show. I highly recommend it. You should absolutely watch it.

Today is Valentine’s Day. So I’m posting songs and comic panels on Twitter. Ones that are appropriate for the day. Not that Valentine’s actually really means anything to me. Even when I had a girlfriend, we never really treated Valentine’s as a big deal. And this will be three single Valentine’s in a row for me, so I really have nothing to celebrate. But I know some people like it. Plus, honestly, it’s a good excuse to post songs and comic panels. So screw it, I do that. It’s fun. And if it happens to bring a little happiness to anyone reading my Twitter feed, awesome.

And that’s it for this week.

X-Men comics of February 8 2017

Follow me on Twitter (@XMenXPert). I got my birthday present from my brother today. Punk Storm bobble-head! Punk Storm Is Best Storm. Tiny feet, though, which is a shame, because she doesn’t really stand up properly. Pop! really kinda sucks for that – the Agent Carter one has the same problem. Like, how the hell do you manage that? The whole point of these things is to have them standing somewhere, but they don’t stand up. It’s stupid. Oh well. Still looks awesome. Punk Storm! Anyway, comics.

All-New Wolverine #17, by Tom Taylor, Djibril Morissette-Phan and Michael Garland. Laura wakes up in one of Tyger Tiger’s safehouses, surrounded by Gabby, Gambit and Warren. They let her know she didn’t kill anyone while under the effects of the trigger scent, and that she actually avoided killing some guys, which suggests she was resisting it. So they have a plan. Jean Grey is going to help her resist the effects of the trigger scent. Gabby brought the cutest bunny in Madripoor as a test, but the first test is Gabby herself. Gabby’s got guts. While Laura tries to kill Gabby, Jean gets into Laura’s head, and finds a memory of her mother reading her Pinocchio. Outside, Angel and Gambit are standing guard, and SHIELD shows up. Another great issue. Taylor’s clearly trying to move Laura past the trigger scent, which is a great idea. She deserves to be free of it. Jean talking with Laura in the memory was really sweet. Jean’s always been a sweetheart and I actually appreciate seeing that side of her. It was nice. And it really makes you feel bad for Laura. The fact that she retreats into her favourite memory whenever the trigger scent is used on her is so sad. She’s scared and horrified by her actions, so she avoids them for a while. Poor girl. The art’s fine. Didn’t blow me away, but it didn’t turn me off. Garland’s colours were great. Really gorgeous colours. There’s a couple panels in particular where Garland just killed it. So, yeah, this arc is still really good, and this is still the best X-title out there right now.

IvX #4, by Charles Soule, Jeff Lemire, Javier Garron and David Curiel. Reader drops off Mosaic on Muir Island, so he can possess Magneto. In Limbo, Medusa comes up with a plan for the trapped Inhumans to get out of their cage. It’s actually a pretty clever plan. On a side note, Flint forgets a word, which I thought was nice. It doesn’t happen often in any stories. People can always remember whatever words they want to use. In real life, of course, we forget words all the time, even words we know and use regularly. So I like when characters in stories forget words. Back on Muir, while the X-Men debate their next move, Mosaic possesses Magneto, gets some info, and gets kicked out. So the X-Men need to find Forge fast, while Colossus holds off the other Inhumans in Limbo, by himself. And much as I dislike spoiling late-issue things, I do need to note that, at the end, the NuHumans learn that the Terrigen Cloud is on the verge of wiping out mutants, which leaves them wondering about the right path of action. And it’s about goddamn time one of the Inhumans asked that. This is shit that should’ve been a key part of the whole event. Hopefully, this leads to some of the NuHumans siding with the X-Men. Because, seriously, frigging murder cloud. The Inhumans are not on the right side of this battle. We’ll see how the next issue goes. They’d damned well better not brush the NuHumans’ doubts off and move along. This needs to be a Big Deal in the story. The issue as a whole is OK. The Limbo side of things is basically just setting up a battle, and it might actually be a fun one. Colossus doesn’t do much here, but he’s still a solid badass in almost every panel he appears in. Lots of good lines from him. Mosaic showing up is cool. I like him. The X-Men don’t really get to do a whole lot here, other than continue to argue about the need to find Forge. Bleh. I really don’t like the art. I just do not like Garron’s art style. Especially his faces. He draws such weird, unpleasant faces. They’re kinda gross. Curiel’s colours are fine. No complaints there. It’s just Garron’s lines I hate.

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

Ms. Marvel #15, by G. Willow Wilson, Takeshia Miyazawa and Ian Herring. Kamala goes into class, feeling really nervous, like people are talking about her. They’re actually talking about a classmate, a girl whose boyfriend shared some private texts. The teacher makes clear that shaming people is not OK, and good for that teacher. He’s right. So often, when people have private information leaked, they get shamed for it. Naked photos, especially. But no, that’s not right. That shit is none of our business. Later, at lunch, Mike talks about how she misses Bruno, and the pressure of being perfect or else people will blame it on her having two moms. Nakia relates, saying the same pressure applies to immigrant kids. Kamala listens, and decides to invite Clara, the girl from earlier, to sit with them. And Clara mentions that her phone was hacked. Kamala tries hacking the troll down, and ends up in a trailer at a construction site, where the troll taunts her from a computer screen. As always, a really good issue. As always, some well-done social commentary. This arc is all about privacy and secrets in the age of the Internet, where at any time, some jackass could access all your private data and post it for the world to see. It’s scary stuff. But we also get some commentary on the value of standing together against trolls who want to destroy us.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #17, by Ryan North, Erica Henderson, Chris Schweizer and Rico Renzi. We open on Nancy doing a comic of Cat Thor vs. Dog Hulk. Doreen and Brain Drain convince her to go to a guest lecture with them, about responsibility in engineering. She says machines will kill us all, not due to robot overlords, but accidental deaths from programming error. She illustrates her point with a couple examples. Therac-25, and the Quebec Bridge Collapse. Also, the Iron Ring! Canadian engineers wear a ring made from bits of the Quebec Bridge. That’s really neat! I didn’t know about that! I love how educational this comic is. After the lecture, the woman, Melissa, invites Doreen to for high tea. It turns out Melissa knows Doreen is Squirrel Girl. And she can also talk to animals. She proves it using a chicken named Alfredo, but she can apparently talk to any animals. And she wants to bankroll Doreen’s crime-fighting. With a Flying Squirrel Suit! Flying Squirrel Girl! FLYING! SQUIRREL! GIRL! She fights the Rhino and she’s flying and it’s all delightful. Also, Chef Bear! It’s exactly what it sounds like! And it’s amazing! This is such a great comic. We get some cool science history, we get Flying Squirrel Girl, and we get tons of great comedy. This book is always so great and fun and wonderful. And just so good. It’s the best.

Power Man & Iron Fist #13, by David Walker, Elmo Bondoc and John Rauch. Flashback to last issue, before the attack on Tombstone’s building. Dontrell slipped away, and tried to get Mariah to join him, but she says he’s not enough of a man for her. Then, to the present, and the wake for Piranha Jones. Luke Cage shows up to show his respects, and to tell Cottonmouth he should keep his head down until the business with Tombstone is finished. Carlos Cabrera turns out to have joined up with Alex on the say-so of the cops, but now, he tells them he’s getting out. Alex is moping about the losses Tombstone inflicted on him. The cops pay a visit to Luke and Danny to talk about the whole gang war situation, and pull a Good Cop/Bad Cop routine, which Danny defeats when he says they can call his lawyer if they want to talk. And Alex, on a suggestion from Mariah, goes to talk to Senor Magico. There’s also a fantastic scene where Danny talks about his mental state over the course of the series. It’s such a great scene, because it explains why Danny acted the way he did early on in the book. And confirms that it was just an act. Other than that, it’s a solid issue. Lots of good street politics stuff. The wake was an excellent scene. The art’s good and works well for the book. And the issue ends on one hell of a note. It’s gonna be cool seeing how that goes.

The Wicked + The Divine #26, by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie and Matt Wilson. Baal fights a thing while Laura calls Amaterasu. Ammy takes Persy to meet Baal’s family and save them from the darkness. And I really do love Amaterasu. She’s so cheerful. After some dark monsters are killed, the Pantheon debates what to do. Fight the Great Darkness, study it, or everyone does whatever they want. Awesome issue. As always. With some great action, some good comedy, and the kind of bright, optimistic tone we’ve all come to expect of WicDiv.

Pull List for February 8 2017

Follow me on Twitter (@XMenXPert). I work tomorrow, which is bleh.

I’ll go to the store for: All-New Wolverine #17, by Tom Taylor, Djibril Morissette-Phan and Michael Garland; Ms. Marvel #15, by G. Willow Wilson, Takeshia Miyazawa and Ian Herring; Power Man & Iron Fist #13, by David Walker, Elmo Bondoc and John Rauch; Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #17, by Ryan North, Erica Henderson, Chris Schweizer and Rico Renzi; The Wicked + The Divine #26, by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie and Matt Wilson

I’ll also review: IvX #4, by Charles Soule, Jeff Lemire, Javier Garron and David Curiel.

So that’s 5 comics I’m picking up, and one additional review. Light week.

But a good week! The last issue of Wolverine was what I wanted out of this arc, and we’re getting some cool guest stars in this issue, so yay for that. Ms. Marvel’s just a great book, and an exploration of privacy and secrets in the modern age is a cool idea. PM&IF’s current gang war storyline has been excellent. Squirrel Girl is FLYING SQUIRREL GIRL! The new arc is FLYING SQUIRREL GIRL! And WicDiv is WicDiv.

Still feeling apathetic and unmotivated. It sucks.

My birthday was yesterday. I’m now 32 years old. I feel old.

That’s all I’ve got for this week.

X-Men comics of February 1 2017

Follow me on Twitter (@XMenXPert). Happy Black History Month! I . . . have nothing by black writers today. Damn. Oh well, still some good comics!

All-New X-Men #18, by Dennis Hopeless, Mark Bagley, Andrew Hennessy and Nolan Woodard. The X-Men are attacking Attilan, and Scott is finding himself useless. Adult Iceman saves him from Inferno, and Magneto saves him from Medusa. After, they all go to Muir Isle, where Scott feels everyone is staring at him as a painful reminder of the Adult Scott. Warren talks to him about it, with Scott saying he feels like he’s repeating Adult Scott’s crimes. He worries they’re on the wrong side. No, Scott. You’re not on the wrong side. You’re eliminating something that kills your people. And the cost to the Inhumans is that no more of them get cool powers. That’s it. Anyway, he then gets possessed by mosaic, and he learns something big. This is a good issue. Scott’s self-doubts are interesting. I think he’s being too hard on himself, though it’s not like that’s out of character. I do dislike how we keep seeing questions about the morality of what the X-Men are doing, but we’ve seen jack shit about whether the Inhumans are right to stop them. It’s ridiculous. “Do we have the right to destroy this thing that is murdering us, when no one will actually be harmed by its destruction?” Yeah, you probably do have the right. Meanwhile, on the other side: “We have to save this thing that gives neat powers to a small number of people, even if it means another group of people has to die!” Where the hell are the Inhumans who actually think destroying the murder-gas might be a goddamn worthwhile idea? And it’s not that I expected that in this book, this book isn’t about the Inhumans, but I’m getting fed up with the X-Men being portrayed as morally questionable in this event, while the Inhumans get to be free of any and all guilt or responsibility for mutants dying. Rant aside, this is a good issue. As always, excellent art and solid writing. And a Mosaic cameo! Yay! I like Mosaic.

Old Man Logan #17, by Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino and Marcelo Maiolo. Logan remembers being in his time, at Niagara Falls, looking for Kang, and being attacked by some thugs who threw him off the Falls. And, uh, I just want to remind everyone that Sorrentino and Maiolo are frigging amazing.

Old Man Logan #17

So gorgeous. Special props to Maiolo.

Then he flashes back to the current time, in a space ship. He was dying in space and Puck rescued him. They pick up a distress call from inside the station, which means someone else is still alive. Back to the Wastelands, and inside a cave, he finds a badly-injured Puck, and Alpha Flight dead. And he finds Kang. Then he’s back on the station, killing Brood. Then the Brood disappear, and he’s back in the Wastelands. The twist at the end of the issue is great, and actually has me a lot more invested in the arc. It explains what’s going on very effectively, and raises the stakes considerably. So it’s a great twist. As always, though, the art is why you want to read this. So. Frigging. Gorgeous. Sorrentino still does some cool layouts, and tons of great-looking images, and Maiolo makes them live. Look at that panel of Niagara Falls. Look at those colours! The real world wishes it could have colours like that! Sorrentino and Maiolo very well may be the best line artist/colour artist team in comics. I cannot imagine either of them working with anyone else. They just mesh so damn perfectly, like they’re one person.

All-New X-Men #1.MU, by Jeremy Whitley, Carlo Barberi, Ron Lim, Terry Pallot, Walden Wong and Cris Peter. Laura’s with most of the ANXM team (Scott seems to be absent). She’s there to help a friend, and doesn’t want the others along, so they’re just going to enjoy Mardi Gras. She gets dropped off in the swamp so she can meet up with Gambit, who’s called her for help investigating some murders. And having really fun banter. Laura and Gambit always played off each other really well. Gambit’s at his best when he’s hanging out with Laura, I think. Something about her just brings out the best in him. Back in the city, Idie is awed by St. Louis Cathedral, which makes her feel closer to God. Aww, I like this scene. I really do. I’m agnostic, but Idie’s faith is something I do appreciate seeing, just because it does make her happy. Meanwhile, Bobby gets a flier for an LGBTQIA Annual Mardi Gras Ball. Back in the swamp, Laura is chasing an alligator that took her arm. She gets it back, but then she and Gambit get caught in a net trap, and their captor, Dr. Chimera, begins to monologue to them. But then a monster crashes nearby. It looks like a giant crayfish. It heads for New Orleans, there’s fighting, and Laura comes up with an awesome plan for stopping it. This was great. It’s just fun. Laura and Gambit reuniting was really nice to see. I think I’ve figured out why Laura brings out the best in Gambit: he’s not flirty around her. He’s still charming, but it’s a friendly charm. Gambit has a reputation for being sleazy, because a lot of writers have written him as sleazy (the ’90s cartoon often made him come across that way, too). But that sleaziness disappears when Laura’s around. It makes him much more likable. Whitley’s got a pretty good handle on Laura’s current voice. She’s more Hopeless’ Laura than Taylor’s, but still, she’s good. She’s a lot of fun here, which is still a really weird thing to say about Laura, but she’s become a really fun character lately. The rest of the team is handled really well, too. Whitley does a particularly good job with Idie and Evan. Those two are really good bros. Of course, being people of colour, they’re both being thrown away in Resurrxion. The art’s good throughout the issue. The two different styles match well enough. Facial expressions are good. The monster looks cool. So, yeah, good comic. Definitely worth picking up.

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

Unstoppable Wasp #2, by Jeremy Whitley, Elsa Charretier and Megan Wilson. Nadia’s fallen asleep in her lab, and the phone rings. Not her cell, but the landline, which she’s never seen before. It’s Jarvis calling her, and when she expresses confusion about the landline, it makes him feel old. He’s there to take her to see an immigration lawyer Janet’s arranged, but she wants to start recruiting for GIRL. Also, she’s turned her cell phone into a laser. Jarvis agrees to take her to Washington Heights for her first recruit. There’s a street hockey game! A bunch of girls of colour, who’ve arranged themselves into two teams, the Hawkeyes and the Aranas. Nice. I miss Anya, she needs to be brought back. She’s so cool. Anyway, the Aranas have a robot goalie. Neat. Its arm is broken off by a wicked slapshot by the Hawkeyes captain, Alexis. The robot was built by her little sister, Taina, who is delightful. She’s so snarky and sarcastic and she won’t stop yelling at Alexis and it’s great. I love Taina. (She’s Puerto Rican and disabled and needs crutches to walk.) She and Nadia science-talk about the robot, then Nadia invites Taina to join her. Her presentation brings up Lunella, and Taina asks if Lunella’s already been invited, and Nadia feels stupid for not actually thinking of inviting her yet. Jarvis thinks Lunella’s too young to be doing anything like that, and should be skating, playing with toys, and learning about dinosaurs. When they find Lunella, she’s skating and has toys, and Jarvis starts to make a comment about dinosaurs. It’s some hilarious dramatic irony. Dramatic irony is usually, you know, dramatic, but here, it’s used for pure laughs. Also, we find out Nadia has no interest in boys. I’m guessing this is Whitley just shutting down right now the idea that this will be a romance comic. We’ll have to wait and see if she’s gay or asexual or if she’s just not interested now or what. Whitley’s someone who cares a lot about all kinds of representation, so gay or ace are definitely possibilities. Wouldn’t be the first time he included gay or ace characters in an all-ages comic. Princeless, and especially Raven: Pirate Princess, which is chock full of representation of all sorts. Anyway, this issue’s great. It’s hilarious. There’s so many great jokes all through the issue. But even more important, there’s a lot of heart beneath it all. Nadia is a good-hearted person, so kind and happy and sincere, and it makes for a genuinely lovely read, as well as being a really funny one. Taina gets off to a great start. I mean, she could kinda be considered a “hot-headed Latina” type, but she’s so funny about it, and she’s definitely more than that. Lunella’s written well, too. And the art’s great. Really fun and colourful and cute. Very expressive. This book’s great.

Hawkeye #3, by Kelly Thompson, Leonardo Romero and Jordie Bellaire. Kate gets tackled into the water, and the person who did it turns out to be Detective Rivera, who’s gone undercover with Take Back Control. Rivera tells Kate to stay away from the case. Kate heads back to the office to get dry and changed and talk with Ramone, who’s invited her brother over to help. Her brother is Johnny, the Hot Black Guy. Then Quinn calls, and between the four of them, they figure out where they need to go next, to find the people who’d been stalking Mikka. It’s a pretty bitchin’ house party. She talks to a cute fratty guy, then investigates upstairs. This is a lot of fun. Kate’s great. It was fun seeing her get all dorky when Johnny showed up. I don’t blame her, the guy’s cute. If I was into guys? I would be all over that. So you go, Kate. But not the frat-bro. I mean, he’s cute, but meh, you can do better, Kate. The plot remains really intriguing and exciting, as well. And the art’s great. The targets of things she sees remain great fun. This is just a really fun book.

Avengers #4, by Mark Waid, Mike Del Mundo and Marco D’Alfonso. Kang narrates how awesome he is. His empie, his history. With lots of big double-page spreads by Mike Del Mundo, because sometimes, you just gotta let Del Mundo run wild. It’s a cool issue. The look through Kang’s history is neat. It’s mostly stuff we already knew, but it expands on some of it, and adds some nice emotional connection to it. But mostly? This is just Del Mundo getting to kill it. So many amazing splashes and spreads. The whole issue is just gorgeous. It’s an issue all about the gorgeous, and I’m fine with that.

Jem & the Misfits #2, by Kelly Thompson, Jenn St. Onge and M. Victoria Robado. The other Misfits are moving into Pizzazz’s house for the reality show, and no one’s happy. Stormer needs to talk to Pizzazz in private about her concerns, and we get a flashback, to Stormer’s career in music. Mostly, the people who’ve called her fat. So this issue is about the crap she’s had to put up with, being overweight. But it also shows how close the relationship between Stormer and Pizzazz is, and I really do love it. I love Stormer, and I love how sweet Pizzazz gets with her. It’s really sweet, really touching.

There’s also the Jem & the Holograms Annual, by Kelly Thompson, with a framing sequence drawn by Gisele Lagace and Jason Millett. There’s also short stories for each Hologram. MJ Barros does Kimber, M. Victoria Robado does Aja, Katarzyna Witerscheim does Shana, Savanna Ganucheau does Jem. The Holograms show up to listen to the Starlight Girls play, but the Girls aren’t there. But there is an Exquisite Corpse Holograms fan-comic. It starts with the Kimber story, where Pizzazz is an intergalactic Queen, and the Holograms are pop-punk princess rebels. Pizzazz has banished Stormer for falling in love with Kimber, and Kimber, in a dream, figures out where Stormer is. The art on this story is really good. The explanation of the backstory has characters wearing big, bright, colourful and awesome outfits, but the skin and faces are completely blacked out. The rest of the story is very cartoonish, and it works well. The Holograms come up with a plan for rescuing Stormer, which is when it switches over to the Aja story, where the art is adorable. It’s this really cute Chibi-style art. The Holograms put on weird and cute disguises, then go to the Planet of Jetta-Rox, where Aja will be fighting in gladiator matches. She challenges Jetta, to get the mystery of navigating the planet they need to go through . . . which is when it switches to Shana’s story, with more cool art. They reach the planet and find Stormer and Aja proves that she’s pure of heart and good-intentioned, so suck it, planet. In this story, Shana is psi-sensitive, and she figures out that the ball and chain, Pizzazz stuck on Stormer is also where she put her heart after cutting it out. And that leads to Jem’s story! Which also has great art! They decide the only way to stop Pizzazz is to put on an awesome show. Because, you know, Jem & the Holograms. Of course music is how you save the day.

Pull List for February 1 2017

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I’ll go to the store for: All-New X-Men #1.MU, by Jeremy Whitley, Carlo Barberi, Ron Lim, Terry Pallot, Walden Wong and Cris Peter; Avengers #4, by Mark Waid, Mike Del Mundo and Marco D’Alfonso; Hawkeye #3, by Kelly Thompson, Leonardo Romero and Jordie Bellaire; Jem Misfits #2, by Kelly Thompson, Jenn St. Onge; My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #50, by Ted Anderson, Andy Price; Unstoppable Wasp #2, by Jeremy Whitley, Elsa Charretier and Matthew Wilson.

I’ll also review: All-New X-Men #18, by Dennis Hopeless, Mark Bagley, Andrew Hennessy and Nolan Woodard; Old Man Logan #17, by Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino and Marcelo Maiolo.

So that’s 6 comics I’m picking up, and two additional reviews. Pretty good week.

Good stuff. The ANXM:MU story should be good. Jeremy Whitley’s fantastic. Avengers has been excellent, especially with Mike Del Mundo on art. So gorgeous. Hawkeye’s hit the ground running, and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. The Jem series has been brilliant, one of the best comics out there, and the first issue of Misfits kept up that high quality. And Wasp got off to a wonderful start, and she’s about to meet Moon Girl so yay.

I read Kim & Kim Vol. 1, by Magdalene Visaggio, Eva Cabrera and Imogen Binnie. My review:

This kicked ass. It’s crazy fun, full of dumb laughs but also lots of heart. The Kims are each fun in their own way, though I’ve gotta give the love to Kim Q. smacking people with a guitar. Kim Q is also trans, which is handled really well, which is unsurprising given writer Magdalene Visaggio is trans. Kim Q’s trans status isn’t something that’s brought up constantly, but it’s casually referenced a few times when she speaks of her past. It’s always great to see trans representation in comics, especially with a badass woman who smacks people with a guitar and who can also be amusingly thick. The plot is fairly straightforward, except for when it’s not. The book has a tendency to just skip over fairly important stuff (LIKE THE RESOLUTION TO THE ENTIRE PLOT!) and have characters just give quick recaps of what happened. This is never frustrating, it’s just another part of the charm of the book. The protagonists aren’t level-headed or sane, so why should the book be? The art matches the writing, bright and colourful and energetic and a bit punk rock, but the art team also delivers hard on the more intimate moments.

This is great fun. Definitely check it out.

I’m predicting big things from Visaggio. I hope so, anyway.

I’ve still been depressed. I really need to get over this. Bleh. I’m hanging out with a friend tomorrow. Maybe that’ll help me feel a bit better.

My schedule for the week: 11:30-6:15 Saturday, 11:30-8 Sunday, 10-4 Monday. I’ll try to post. I want to post. I just haven’t been able to get motivated.

That’s it for this week.

X-Men comics of January 25 2017

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IvX #3, by Jeff Lemire, Charles Soule, Javier Garron, Andres Mossa, Jay David Ramos and Clayton Cowles. Inferno keeps Logan busy while Iso goes to deal with Forge’s Terrigen-sucking device. Inferno actually shows he’s kind of a badass, by impaling himself on Logan’s claws, to keep him in place while Inferno flash-fries him, while Iso uses Forge’s pride to help her figure out how to destroy his machine. Iso’s clever. The rest of the main Inhumans are in Limbo, which Johnny recognizes from a previous visit. But has he ever actually been to Illyana’s Limbo? I don’t know that he has. He’s been to other Limbos, but I’m not sure he’s been to this one. Regardless, the Inhumans make plans. They’ll break out of their cage and find X-Haven and hope the NuHumans get them out. Outside, Iso calls Ms. Marvel to help round up some help to retake New Attilan. This issue is . . . ehhhh. It’s not great. It’s not really what it should be, honestly. Here’s the thing: This is a story about a marginalized group fighting for their very right to life. And yet, that’s not being explored anywhere near as much as it should be. Seriously, that’s a Big Frigging Deal, but the story isn’t really treating it as important. This issue is all about the Inhumans preparing to take the fight back to the people fighting for their frigging existence. There should be deep exploration of the roots of the conflict, but there’s not. There’s really not. Logan tells Inferno they’re fighting for their lives, and it’s just used to set-up a cool moment for an Inhuman. This story just isn’t using the premise in an interesting way. There should be discussions about how far each side should be willing to go, and whether the other side has valid points of their own. There should be Inhumans who side with the mutants because they recognize that giving them a choice between leaving their world or dying is a horrible thing to do. Instead . . . we get pretty much nothing. And it’s stupid, and it’s boring. That’s probably the worst part. The lack of in-depth exploration of the themes behind the story creates a boring story. Look, say what you will about Bendis, when he does an event, he knows what themes he’s exploring, and he explores the hell out of them. His events may have bad pacing, but they’re still smart and he still knows why the stories exist. With IvX, I get the feeling that Lemire and Soule don’t actually know why it exists, beyond having a story where the Inhumans and the X-Men fight each other. And that’s boring and it’s stupid and shallow and just so damn lame. The art’s OK, I guess, though I’m not really a fan of Garron. Nice colours, though, from Mossa and Ramos.

Extraordinary X-Men #18, by Jeff Lemire, Victor Ibanez, Andrea Sorrentino, Jay David Ramos, Marcelo Miaolo and Joe Caramagna. We open with Forge meditating, as he imagines the device in his head to destroy the Terrigen Cloud. He builds it, and Storm comes down to tell him to load it onto the jet. He gets angry at how short she’s being with him, and she yells at him that she’s planning a war. He concedes the point. On the plane, Forge and Logan chat. Forge asks if he was at the Mansion when Logan killed the X-Men. Not cool, Forge. Seriously, dick move. I get that you’re curious, but that’s not something Logan’s going to want to be reminded of. If he brings it up, then you can ask, but don’t just bring it up out of nowhere. Dick move. Logan does agree to talk about it, though, using art by Sorrentino and Maiolo, because damn right. Logan says he heard rumours about a Cheyenne Reservation in South Dakota that held out against the Rhino Gang. Logan and Forge arrive at their destination, and Storm teleports in to talk to Forge. This issue’s pretty nice. It’s a nice little look into what Forge is capable of. I like that he’s a total hardcore badass in Logan’s time, keeping his little patch of home safe from the bad guys. The two scenes with Storm are pretty nice, too. I still think it was a dick move on Forge’s part to bring up Logan killing the X-Men. I mean, come on. Don’t do that. The art . . . I’m not actually a fan of Ibanez’s art. I think he does a lot of strange faces. There’s a panel of Storm that’s just freaky. Always happy for Sorrentino/Maiolo, though.

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

Black Panther #10, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Chris Sprouse, Karl Story, Laura Martin and Joe Sabino. Shuri arrives for a pleasant conversation with Aneka. Until Ayo attacks. Shuri tells them that Wakanda can’t stand against both their revolution and Tetu’s invasion. She wants them to decline to help Tetu, and when he’s defeated, they’ll be given a fair hearing. She also notes that T’Challa is the most honorable man she’s ever known. Meanwhile, T’Challa’s in a war meeting, learning that Tetu’s army is only a day or two away. Back with the Midnight Angels, they discuss Shuri’s offer. The old woman advising them notes that they’ve built a nation, which is more difficult to justify attacking than Tetu’s terrorists. T’Challa goes to meet with Changamire, to talk. He wants Changamire to counter Zenzi, as a counter-inspiration. Clever. It’s a strong issue. The conversation between Shuri and the Angels is great. Really tense and really interesting. The conversation between T’Challa and Changamire is great, too, with some nice discussion of politics. This issue also sets up the climax for next issue, which should be pretty awesome. The art is good, too. I prefer Stelfreeze over Sprouse, but Sprouse and Story do good work together, and Martin’s colours remain rich and gorgeous. She’s an absolutely top-notch colour artist. All praise to her.

Hulk #2, by Mariko Tamaki, Nico Leon, Dalibor Talajic, Matt Milla and Cory Petit. Jen is going about her day. She’s dealing with her client’s eviction case, and trying to get back to normal, while also trying not to think about normal, because it’s a reminder that there was something other than normal. She goes to deal with Maise’s landlord, who’s a sexist dick. Then she goes to sit in the park, and kids play at being attacked by the Hulk, and a kid playing Hawkeye “kills” him. And she goes back to her office to try to ward off another panic attack with more cooking videos. Man, this series is so frigging good. If you’re interested in big fights and action sets, this book probably isn’t for you. But if you love great character-driven storytelling that explores trauma and anxiety, you will love this comic. It’s brilliant work. There’s still some humour. Like Jen noting that the sound of a man’s fury always calms her down. But there’s also all this tension, with her PTSD, and her attempts to be normal without thinking about being normal. It’s wonderful stuff, really emotional. And the art does a great job with it all, too. Leon and Milla just kill it. It’s just stellar. It’s nice and bright and colourful and normal when Jen’s feeling good. But then when the tension starts to sink in, it gets intense, and increasingly dark. And the aftermath, once she’s calmed back down, is still dark, but less tense, and more moody. But then Bradley, her super-gay assistant, is in colour, as a friend reaching out. It’s really effective. This is an excellent book. I might even go so far as to compare this to the Vision solo from last year, in terms of being a superhero title that’s more focused on human emotions than on superheroing. This isn’t on the same level as Vision, because what the hell is, but still, if you enjoyed Vision (and you’re insane if you didn’t because that thing was fucking PERFECTION), then you’ll enjoy this, too.

Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur #15, by Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, Natacha Bustos, Tamra Bonvillain and Travis Lanham. Lunella’s in her science class, being attacked by robots. She can’t beat them, so she’s trying to call for help. Devil is over at Coney Island, looking at the amusement park. Heh. Luckily, it’s Ironheart to the rescue. Lunella and Ironheart chase after the retreating robots. And Lunella runs into Dr. Doom! Who quickly vanishes. Then a cool conversation between Lunella and Riri, and Devil comes in carrying a big teddy bear in his mouth and oh man it’s the best thing. This is a really good issue. Riri’s charming. And man, I really love Lunella. She’s the best. And the art is adorable. Bustos and Bovillain really outdid themselves. Every issue is super-cute, but something about this issue was even cuter than usual and I loved it. I really do love this book and if you’re not reading it, you should, because this issue has a big flame-red T-Rex happily carrying a big teddy bear in its mouth.

Ghost Rider #3, by Felipe Smith, Danillo Beyruth, Jesus Aburtov (with Federico Blee, Morry Hollowell and Dono Sanchez Almara) and Joe Caramagna. Robbie goes after Hulk, thinking he’s Mr. Hyde. Which makes a good time for the monster Cho and Laura were chasing to pop up, just as Ghost Rider and Hulk teleport to the Arizona desert. Fight! And it’s a pretty awesome fight. During the fight, Ghost Rider gets an upgrade. Right before he turns it off and turns back to Robbie. They talk through their disagreement, and then go back to Hillrock Heights. Where the monster’s gone and Laura’s eating torta with Mad Dog. Which is hilarious. The monster apparently left as soon as Ghost Rider and Hulk did. This issue also features a brief cameo from Gabby and Jonathan The Unstoppable. Who’s drawn way more like a wolverine than in the actual Wolverine title. Still cute. I think wolverines are cute. Anyway, they track the monster to Las Vegas. And now it has Spider-powers. I wonder who it could have gotten those from. OK. So. More. Frigging. Ghost Rider. This is getting ridiculous. I get that Smith had this New Fantastic Four story he wanted to tell. And it’s a good story. It’s a fun story. But this is the first goddamn arc of a new volume of Ghost Rider. And the title character is getting entirely too little focus, and it’s frustrating. I mean, we do get Ghost Rider vs. Hulk, and it’s a really cool fight. But even that’s as much about the Hulk. And after, he just disappears from the story, aside from a one-page thing where his boss tells him not to ask questions about the new guy. This is such a stupid choice for the first arc. People who read the previous run are picking this up for more Robbie. People who are picking this up because Robbie was on SHIELD are picking it up for Robbie. No one came into this wanting to read about other characters who already have solos and team titles. I just do not get the logic behind making this the opning arc. I really don’t. The only thing I can think of is that they needed to rush it out ahead of an All-New Fantastic Four series, but I feel like, if that comic was coming any time soon, we’d have gotten the announcement by now. So they really could’ve done an actual frigging Ghost Rider story for the opening arc, and saved this for the second arc. But nope, apparently, we needed as little of the entire draw of the book in the opening arc as possible. So frustrating.

Animosity The Rise, by Marguerite Bennett, Juan Doe and Marshall Dillon. For the record, the very first page has a dog ripping a young boy’s throat out. That’s how this one-shot starts. That’s what kind of book Animosity is. Most of the issue is set at a wharf. You’ve got dolphins, a sea lion, foxes, a cat, seagulls and a crane. And they all wake up, and everything goes to shit. The dolphins start killing people, because dolphins are assholes. The crane attacks people. With the foxes, we learn the male has been cheating. Damn. The cat tells his owner it’s not her fault her guy left. And the sea lion rescues a woman who was about to be attacked by a dolphin, but gets her fin ripped off in revenge. The vet from the first issue tries to help her, and the next day, he’s in a detainment centre, and a gorgeous wolf lets him out, and tells him about some of what’s going on. Which is neat, we didn’t know this stuff. Chicago’s been bombed, New Delhi is burning, rats have taken control of Paris, planes are being knocked out of the sky by geese and ducks. Luckily, San Francisco is doing pretty well. The animals are well-organized and there’s been little violence. Still some. 144 000 died, and it’s considered a peaceful transition. Man, I love Animosity. So dark, but so great. Really smart. Doe’s art on this is excellent. He draws some great animals, and some great carnage. I do honestly love how Bennett takes the concept of talking animals and turns it into a horror, and an exploration of humanity, the good and the bad. It’s great, fascinating stuff.

Jem & the Holograms #23, by Kelly Thompson, Meredith McClaren, M. Victoria Robado and Shawn Lee. Fox abandoning the Holograms last issue right before they were set to perform has them scared, but Raya, of the Stingers, steps in to help. Much to the hilarious anger of the Misfits. Luckily, the Misfits have another plan. Said plan involves a giant cake with fireworks. A hundred fireworks. Which gives possibly the greatest panel of the week.

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