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X-Men comics, January 30 2013

January 30, 2013

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

First up, X-Men Legacy #5, by Simon Spurrier and Jorge Molina. David keeps calling his mother and hanging up on her. He uses two of the personalities in his head to teleport a bunch of Dire Wraiths to the school, then astrally projects himself to the school while all the telepaths are busy. He visits the unconscious Blindfold in the infirmary, and goes inside her head. We learn all about her life. She had a resentful older brother who spiralled into crime and hatred, and eventually grabbed a chainsaw with the intention of killing Ruth, and instead killed his mother. Ruth went to live with an aunt, and learned her gifts – telepathy, telekinesis, and of course, seeing the future. She went to see her brother’s execution, and saw his spirit rise out of his body and attack her, taking away her telepathy and telekinesis, and breaking her mind, resulting in her unusual speech patterns. Legion almost reaches Ruth, deep in her own psyche, but gets dragged out. Then we get some pretty major revelations. This is very good. It’s almost all exposition, but it’s interesting, and it’s balanced a bit with occasional panels of the X-Men fighting Dire Wraiths. The twist is interesting, and done well. We finally learn who the eyeballs belonged to, and it’s pretty cool. I haven’t been a big fan of this series, but it’s moving in a good direction.

X-Treme X-Men #9, by Grek Pak and Paco Diaz. They’re in a medieval world now. Dazzler wakes up after being stabbed through the chest in the previous issue. Those of us who remember New Excalibur knew a little thing like dying doesn’t keep her down. Dazzler goes down to an ongoing fight to help out, and to stop Kurt from killing anyone. Dazzler ends the fight by blinding the enemies. And, uh, burning them. Alternate Dazzler is impressed. Howlett and Hercules are sent undercover, with flirtiness between them. The Dazzlers and Cyclops, meanwhile, walk up to the front door and blow their way in. Fighty-fighty time. Big fight, dramatic sacrifice, all very cool. With a very, very interesting final panel. This is another book that got off to what I felt was a rocky start, but which has improved a lot. The characterization’s improving, and Dazzler’s coming across a bit better. The art’s solid, too. I’ll always miss Exiles, but this is on its way to being a worthy successor. Wait, what’s that? This series is ending soon? Son of a. . . .

That’s actually all the X-Men comics this week. A handful of Now! titles, though. First, Superior Spider-Man #2, by Dan Slott and Ryan Stegman. Let’s just get this out of the way: There’s no sex. That’s a good thing. Anyway, Peter’s spirit is annoyed that Jonah’s finally showing him respect, but it’s not really him. MJ and Carlie are having coffee, and MJ mentions she thinks she’s getting back together with Peter, though she seems less than excited about it. Ock meets with her, and Peter yells about how no one can see through him. Ock gets annoyed at having to interrupt the date to chase a fire truck. Otto decides to get the Living Brain to help him build a Spider-Bot, which he orders to build 800 more, in order to patrol the city so he can have a lunch with MJ. Even Peter admits it’s pretty clever. Otto takes MJ on some dates while Peter rages. A planetarium (with the yawn-and-stretch), dancing, and skating. All Otto gets each time is a peck on the cheek, and Peter’s sure MJ knows Otto’s not Peter. The fourth attempt is a night at MJ’s club, and he takes her web-swinging. He drops her off at her apartment, where Carlie’s been staying since she got shot. Carlie is definitely suspicious of Spider-Ock. MJ’s attacked at her bar by a bunch of little midget Vultures. Spider-Ock saves her, and then decides he can’t be with her. Good. That was my biggest concern with this book. With that out of the way, I can enjoy it for what it is. And it really is enjoyable. Peter’s hilarious, for one thing. The characterization’s solid in general. Otto’s very interesting, both in his desire to do better, and in his inability to stop thinking like a mad genius. There’s a lot of good stuff here. This is worth picking up.

Avengers #4, by Jonathan Hickman and Adam Kubert. SHIELD is quarantining areas hit by Ex Nihilo’s bio-weapons. Carol and the Widow think there may have been another bomb, and plan on taking their team to investigate as soon as they find it. Hyperion does some calculations and determines it landed in the Savage Land. He seems unimpressed by binary computers. We also get some of Hyperion’s backstory. Down in the Savage Land, Thor offers Hyperion some liquor to cool off.

Avengers #4

“Surtur’s sweaty orbs” makes me giggle.

Some AIM goons are already there, doing research and extracting stuff to inject into an intern. The conversation between the AIM agents was actually really funny, I thought. When the intern dies, one of the agents says the kid at over $200 000 in student loans. “Better off dead, then.” We learn AIM pulled Hyperion into the current universe, after the world he’d helped make a paradise was destroyed. Some weird little kids come out of one of the cocoons, and Hyperion smiles and thinks of them as his children. This was good. It was a character-focused issue, specifically on Hyperion. This doesn’t seem to be a version of Hyperion we’ve seen before, but he’s very interesting. Hickman’s great at subtle characterization, and that shows through in this issue. Kubert’s an excellent choice of artist, as he can also do subtle characterization through expressions. Hopefully, we get a lot more issues like this.

Journey Into Mystery #648, by Kathryn Immonen and Valerio Schiti. First off, I just want to say that the recap page was bizarrely entertaining. Then the opening page, which is apparently narrated by a pair of crows to a wolf, is also really funny. Sif then goes totally insane on the giant robot monster. Again, really funny. Then she’s attacked by three guys, and kicks their asses. Turns out they’re Berzerkers. Back at the Well of the Teacher, Aerndis climbs out of the pit and looks for her head. Heimdall gives it to her, and gets into an argument about Sif and other stuff. Things are weird, and it looks like Heimdall may have chosen poorly in sending Sif where he did. Back to Sif, she’s learning about the Berzerkers. A hundred of them were sent to that realm to fight monsters, so none of the monsters would infect the tales of Asgard. Three are left. Sif is excited, and leads them to fight the fiercest creature in that world. Which turns out to be some really weird, freaky black inky-water spider-type thing. And then things get weird. This series is a blast. Sif is hilariously violent, and the larger story being crafted is really cool. The art suits the story, going from light and fun to dark and moody depending on what works best for the moment. This is definitely worth reading.

Dark Avengers #186, written by Jeff Parker, art mostly by Mirco Pierfederci, except for the final two pages by Edwards & Pallott. Grimm is attacking the Iron Zone, and Richards shows up asking him to stop. We get a hilarious dream sequence for Barney – seriously, one of the funniest moments ever – and then slaps mini-Ai Apaec when he wakes up. June explains to Walker that his new limbs are organic, not robotic, and tells Ai Apaec she doesn’t know enough about Pym Particles to regrow him. Richards is trying to convince Grimm that their world is being manipulated by some outside force, but Grimm just stomps on his face. Moonstone shows up as Captain Marvel and fights Skaar, and apologizes for not being able to help it. Then Namor shows up with Susan. And things get even more insane. And the Dark Avengers have less than a day to figure out what to do. This series continues to be great, no surprise there. It’s a cool, dark and twisted version of the normal Marvel Earth. There’s a lot of badass moments, and a lot of clever lines. Rumour has it this series will be ending soon. That’s a shame. It’s a great book, and deserves to keep going.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Hawkeye #7, written by Matt Fraction, art by Steve Lieber and Jesse Hamm. It’s about New York being hit by a hurricane, and the proceeds of the issue go to Hurricane Sandy relief. And it is, naturally, a great comic.


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  1. I figure you’ll appreciate this initiative:
    Among the comics reprinted in this collection, which are the best ones, in your opinion?

    • Jeez. 16 pounds? Wow.

      The Claremont/Miller was really good. And Windsor-Smith’s Weapon X was great. Nothing against the other runs in there (aside from WatXM, of course), but those were the best, I thought. And probably some of the single issues, too.

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