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X-Men comics, October 31 2012

October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween. Another round of finales this week, and a beginning. Let’s get to it.

First up, X-Men Legacy #245, by Christos Gage and David Baldeon. The warden of a prison calls Rogue about a supervillain riot in his prison. The Fantastic Four and Avengers are unavailable, and everyone at the JGS is on a field trip except Rogue and Mimic. So it’s up to them to stop the riot. Mimic talks to Rogue about figuring out who he is, and whether he should leave the school. Rogue puts off the conversation until after the riot. She realizes that the villains won’t let her get close enough to absorb their powers, so she goes to another wing, delivers a speech about being a better person, and Equinox, Armadillo and Man-Bull all agree to let her borrow their powers. She threatens to return if anyone touches those three. She puts down the rioters, and then tells Mimic to do what he needs to do, and that the process of self-realization never ends. Gage’s run on Legacy has been mediocre in general, and this issue likewise isn’t great. Too much of Rogue sermonizing. It just doesn’t work the way Gage wanted it to. I love Gage as a writer, but frankly, I’m kinda glad he’s off this book. I’d actually like to see him on WatXM, instead, or any book with a focus on teenagers. He seems to handle them better than adults, somehow. Next month, Legacy relaunches with Simon Spurrier writing, and Legion as the protagonist. We’ll see how that goes.

Next, New Mutants #50, written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, with art by Felix Ruiz and Klebs. First off, I hate the art. It’s hard on the eyes, occasionally hard to follow, and just generally unpleasant. The writing in this issue’s pretty good, though. It starts on the edge of Kree space, where a Technarch is being attacked by its siredam. Then it cuts to Earth, where the New Mutants are throwing a party. Doug is still brooding about his alternate future self, Sam and Dani talk about being friends, the Disir show up, Amara tells Mephisto to beat it and kisses Bobby, Logan tells Dani the New Mutants should keep doing what they’re doing (which they should – not to get on a rant, but the New Mutants and X-Factor are actually trying to live out the dream of coexistence between mutants and humans, while Logan is repeating Xavier’s mistake of keeping mutants hidden in a mansion behind a big wall, isolated from the humans they’re supposed to be trying to coexist with). Warlock gets abducted by the Technarch from the beginning, who’s being controlled by its siredam. The New Mutants show up with the other superheroes from the party, and Doug erases the siredam’s code. Then they all get back to the party. It’s a middling finale. I’m not convinced it needed the fight, though it was following up on a couple things from DnA’s time in the cosmic line. All in all, a meh issue that capped off what I thought was a pretty good run. Come to think of it, do DnA have anything lined up in Now!? I don’t think they do, do they?

Wolverine and the X-Men #19, by Jason Aaron and Nick Bradshaw. Swarm attacks and gets beat up by the lawn and the Bamfs, while Kitty conducts job interviews for new teachers. Blade offers to teach the students how to fight vampires. Deathlok points out vampire attacks are statistically common, but Kitty says no. Some of the staff and students are involved in S.W.O.R.D.-sponsored relief for some aliens displaced by the Phoenix Force destroying planets. Idie talks about how suffering and death are everywhere. Iceman tries to tell her that the school is about showing there’s always a chance to save the world, and she says they’re doing a terrible job. Beast is trying to restore Broo’s brain activity, but is having no luck. He asks Reed Richards, Tony Stark and Peter Parker for help, but they can’t do much. Wolverine has Rachel scanning the minds of everyone in Westchester County to find Broo’s attacker, which she’s uncomfortable with. Wolverine’s hunting on his own. Back at the school, Hellstrom is rejected. Sasquatch and Puck get turned down while lame Canadian jokes are made. L0ngshot is turned down to head their theatre department. Dr. Nemesis can’t believe Wolverine is actually running a school, and asks how liberal their policy is on shooting children in the face with hypodermic needles. Dr. Nemesis is always good for an easy laugh. The guy’s awesome. Husk is still a little crazy, and tells Toad she’s leaving, but she’ll be back for him once she finds her own place. Matt Murdock helps Warren regain control of his company. He replaces his board of directors with the students from his AP Economics class. Two new students are in the art history class being taught by Warbird. Next to be rejected by Kitty are Gorilla Man, Ghost Rider, Deadpool (who doesn’t even get to say his full name before being rejected), Werewolf By Night (Gym Teacher By Day), Firestar (Hey! You can’t turn down Firestar, she’s awesome!), Deadpool again, a normal human teacher who wonders if anyone there is qualified to be teaching students, Chamber (who points out he already works there), and Deadpool again. The Hellfire Brats are out camping, using tech to hide. They left a trail to lead Wolverine to a bunch of open graves with tombstones reading the names of his students – admittedly, pretty cool, even if the Brats are still stupid characters. More rejections. Deadpool (who won’t leave), Fat Cobra, Longshot (still naming shows he did in Mojoworld), and Spider-Man (who had to see the school for himself, and is taking pictures). Finally, Storm is hired. The issue ends with some sort of weird freak circus on their way to Salem Centre, led by a guy who talks about ending the legacy of Frankenstein. It’s an OK issue, overall. As usual, the characterization is flat. There’s a few good jokes, particularly with Nemesis and Spider-Man. I still don’t particularly enjoy this series, though. The characterization just isn’t there.

AvX Consequences #4, by Kieron Gillen and Mark Brooks. First off, I was right, Cyclops was communicating with Magneto in the previous issue. Anyway, it starts with Iron Man visiting Scott. He says he tried to understand the Phoenix Force, Scott said he tried to blow it up, Tony defends himself that it was only in the beginning. He wants to do some tests on Scott to understand the Phoenix Force, and says that in the end, with Hope and the distorter, he knew it would lead to more mutants. Up in SWORD headquarters, Brand contacts Magneto, and we learn that she’s been feeding him information to help him evade capture. Turns out her human half is mutant, and she believes the world needs people like him to do whatever it takes to make the world safe for mutants. Hope is exploring the water under Utopia, and talks to Namor. She yells at him a bit for destroying Wakanda. Namor says he’d never felt small before, and dislikes it. Storm visits Colossus, who’s something of a broken man, and decides she can’t turn him in, because he’s another victim. Magneto has a brief conversation with her, as well. In the prison, Scott’s fellow mutant is getting an X tattoo, and tells Scott he should get one, too. Scott thinks maybe he should’ve. He’s led off for another scan with Tony, and the other mutant is attacked by the thugs from last issue. Scott manages to take down one of them before the guard activates the pain collar. Logan later pays Scott a visit, and tells him the mutant didn’t make it. Logan also tells Scott that he always Scott a role model of how to be a better man, and still asks himself sometimes, “What would Scott Summers do?” After Logan leaves, Scott sprinkles the dust out again, telling Magneto to bust him out. Danger and Magik are both with Magneto. This was a very good issue. Some good work with the other characters, and more good work with Scott. The bit with Brand was really cool. She’s a cool character, and I liked her explaining why she supported Scott’s Extinction team. Almost a shame to see it end with the next issue.

And, finally, a beginning. A+X #1 is like the AvX VS. mini, but with team-ups. The first story, by Dan Slott and Ron Garney, has Captain America teaming with Cable in 1943. Cap and Bucky get briefed on one of Hitler’s scientists, Atticus Trask, burying sleeper robots. One of the robots looks exactly like a Sentinel. Atticus talks about Instagram, so he’s apparently from the future. Cable shows up to kill him. The Sentinel is activated to attack Cable, but Captain America blocks the shot with his shield. Bucky drops a charge in the Sentinel’s mouth to blow it up, and before Atticus can jump, he’s whacked in the face with a shield. Cable leaves, and Bucky remarks on how much damage he could do with his own metal arm. The second story, by Jeph Loeb and Dale Keown, has Wolverine teaming with the Hulk. They’re in the Avengers Tower kitchen when Maestro and a future version of Logan pop in. They fight. Hulk knocks the old versions out of the Tower, and a time platform grabs them. In the future, Red Hulk says that Red Hulk needs to die. Um. It’s a weird story, but pretty decent. In all honesty, the biggest problem with it is simple space constraints. Had Loeb been given a full issue to do this story, it actually probably would’ve been pretty good. As it is, it just ended up feeling really random. Which is unfortunate, but not really Loeb’s fault, except inasmuch as he tried to be too ambitious without enough space to pull it off. Still, between this and the Nova short in the Point One a couple weeks ago, Loeb actually seems to be getting . . . good. Crazy.

And before I go, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Captain Marvel #6, by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios. It’s awesome. The time-travel arc comes to a satisfying close, DeConnick continues to write great characters, and Rios continues to draw beautifully. Dexter Soy is back next issue, leaving me with mixed feelings. Soy does some of the most gorgeous art I’ve ever seen in a comic, but I’m also a huge fan of Rios’s style. Well, maybe I’ll get lucky and they’ll trade back-and-forth on art duties every few issues. Best of both worlds.

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One Comment
  1. I agree that the fight in New Mutants 50 felt pointless, and fairly out of place. The finale for a series should focus on its own characters rather than referencing a cosmic event that the characters weren’t involved with. It’s still a decent issue, but it would have been better if it focused primarily on the New Mutants.

    I liked X-Men Legacy 275 better than you did, but I still agree that Christos Gage seems to write teenagers better than adults. Rogue’s speach in the prison hall didn’t feel all that inspiring, but the dynamic between Rogue and Mimic was interesting enough to hold the issue together.

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