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X-Men comics, September 5 2012

September 5, 2012

Not too many comics this week. Let’s get to it.

Let’s start with X-Factor #243, because why wouldn’t we? Written by Peter David, inks by Leonard Kirk. This issue is all about Polaris. She ignores Jamie as she walks past. He decides to talk to Havok, not realizing Layla is in bed, surrounded by roses and candles, wearing nothing but the bed sheet. Havok explains that it’s the anniversary of her parents dying. She asks Longshot about where the candles are and drops the photo of her parents. Longshot reads something when he picks it up, but denies it. She forces Longshot to tell her, then forces Monet to link their minds so she can actually see what Longshot saw. She sees the plane her parents were on being destroyed by a jealous Magneto, and knows it’s wrong and stupid, featuring a lyric from “Turn It On” by Franz Ferdinand. Finally, Monet and Longshot show her what really happened. At 3, she was on the plane her parents were flying, and freaked out about them fighting. She accidentally blew it up. This revelation breaks her mind. It’s a very powerful issue. Lorna’s downright scary, and then the reveal is really sad. As usual, it’s a fantastic issue. This is one of the best books on the stands, and you should be buying it.

Next, I suppose I’ll do First X-Men #2, written by Neal Adams and Christos Gage, with art by Neal Adams. It starts with Logan saving some kid he names Yeti, because he looks like a Yeti. (This might be the 616 version of a character from the original Age of Apocalypse, which is kinda cool.) They go to a federal facility, and find Anthony, the kid who blew up in the previous issue, in a hole. Logan takes to training the three recruits. Then they go recruit Magneto, who declines and fights them. It cuts over to an argument between Fred Duncan and Bolivar Trask. Another guy – no idea yet who – stops them, and reveals a way to control mutants. Some mutant named Virus. This series remains bad. The plotting’s weak, the art is awful. There’s some decent characterization, which I’m guessing was Gage’s contribution.

Age of Apocalypse #7, by David Lapham and Renato Arlem. A human scientist tells Prophet about unrecovered notes Reed Richards made before his death about the Celestials, and also shows progress in cloning Quire’s brain from stem cells Prophet brought him. The team heads to Britain in a sub and meets up with Peter Wisdom, who brings them to Emma Frost, who tells them Sue Storm’s dead, and directs them to Dr. Doom in Latveria. They find some humans in camps, and wonder why they’re not being slaughtered. Harper Simmons goes into a pub to gather information while Prophet looks for Doom. They’re attacked by Sentinels, and saved by a guy in armour. Then they meet Doom. The rest of the group is locked down by Emma Frost – the Queen, who likes to take humans’ minds apart. Graydon Creed visits his father. I still don’t like this series. The art is muddy, and the writing is bland.

Last X-book, Deadpool #60, by Daniel Way and Salva Espin. It starts with a flashback of Wade’s father being told about his son trying to shoot fire from his butt. Then it cuts to adult Deadpool shooting fire from a gas hose held beneath his butt. He’s a witty one, is Daniel Way. He manages to use the flames from the gas hose to knock down Black Box’s helicopter because OK, and accidentally burns himself pretty badly. Black Swan tries to tell Deadpool that he’s a bad guy, which Deadpool tries to deny. It’s then revealed Deadpool had Black Swan erase the knowledge of Deadpool’s lack of a healing factor from Black Box and Black Tom. Black Swan tries to start a partnership with Deadpool, which he refuses. We all continue to not give a damn about this series.

Finally, while not an X-book, I’m going to talk about Avengers Academy #36, by Christos Gage and Andrea Di Vito. Striker’s powers are hurting him, until Hazmat chases off Briggs and Sylvie. Now Striker has horrible face scars. Mettle realizes he can’t get his powers back until his skin’s removed again, so he and Hazmat share one more kiss while her radiation burns his skin off. Coat of Arms is easily holding off Julie, Finesse, Laura, Reptil, and White Tiger. Julie gives Reptil and Tiger a pep talk on taking control of their lives. She attacks Coat with a blow torch, and gets stabbed in the arm, which she takes as a positive, because now, she has a dagger. Tiger and Reptil rush in and grab their amulets in order to commune with them. The power behind the Tiger amulets makes a deal with Ava to give it one day of freedom every month, which she agrees to, and then it demands to know why she wants the power. She finally says it’s because she’s the White Tiger. The tiger agrees. Reptil, meanwhile, speaks to the creator of the amulet, who tells him she’ll give him back the power if he’ll fight for the creatures whose strength he possesses. White Tiger and Laura each cut off two of Coat’s arms, and then she gets triceratops’d by Reptil. They get the Clean Slate cure for Julie and Laura, but when they reach the roof, Jeremy is already firing the missile. It’s a great issue, with a lot happening, and tons of great character moments. Hell, pretty much the whole thing is great character moments. Ken and Jenny sharing one last kiss is particularly touching. I’m so disappointed this series is coming to an end soon.

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