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X-Men comics (May 1, 2013)

May 1, 2013

This is a light week. Not that I mind that once in a while.

First up, X-Factor #255, by Peter David and Leonard Kirk. Monet and Guido are fighting in Hell, and Guido notices she’s sluggish. He seems concerned for her, but she insists there’s nothing wrong with her. Up above, Jezebel is trying to get through Layla’s force field to get to Tier. Wolfsbane to the rescue! Then the demons stop fighting. Looks like Mephisto’s won the war. He’s also created a home on Earth for any who want to swear allegiance to him, and to laugh at his former enemies. Down below, Guido kills Monet, and freaks out, thinking it’s a trick. Back above, Jezebel tells the others that Mephisto won, and that she’s leaving. Tier asks if he can kill Mephisto. This issue raised the stakes again. It’s a great issue, as expected of X-Factor. The fight between Monet and Guido is excellent, and the fact that you know how it’s going to turn out makes it even more tragic. Guido’s reaction is surprisingly emotional for a guy with no soul. And Tier deciding that he needs to kill Mephisto was a good moment.

All-New X-Men #11, by Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen. Teen Angel leaves with Adult Cyclops, saying he likes their nonsense better. There’s lots of arguing. Jean freaks out and throws everyone away from herself and Angel, then tries to mind-control Angel into staying. A lot of people try to make her stop, and the Cuckoos attack her mind. Wolverine pops his claws. In front of Magneto. Because Wolverine just doesn’t learn. Both Scotts try to tell Emma to get the Cuckoos to stand down, but Emma says Jean needs to learn a lesson. As he leaves, Angel tells Young Scott to take it as a compliment: He’s the only one who kind of likes who Scott grows up to be. Awesome.  Kitty, Logan and Ororo all tell off Adult Beast, rightly so. Out in Seattle, Pepper Potts wants access to the Stark’s main accounts. The Resilient Plant comes under attack from the X-Men. Mystique! Back at the school, Kitty talks to Jean, and tells her she needs to do a better job at controlling herself.  They decide they should go after Mystique. This was great. Jean continued to be scary, but then got put in her place. Bendis continues to make Adult Scott look reasonable, which I really appreciate. Angel leaving should give a very different dynamic to the team (and not just because they dropped the dead weight). I also love Bendis’s Kitty. Because Kitty is awesome. Also, Stuart Immonen’s great.

X-Men Legacy #10, by Simon Spurrier and Paul Davidson. The Cuckoos are annoyed that Blindfold snuck in to use Cerebra. She’s using it to spy on David as he sleeps, and noticed he has Luca’s diary. In his dreams, David talks to the thing bearing his father’s face. David uses the thing’s precognitive abilities to look at the future and see if Luca was right. He sees that he’s going to become a huge monster that destroys the world. Once he’s out, David teleports to San Francisco, to deal with IBSS, the company that put out the book Aarkus was reading last issue. Turns out it’s led by Marcus Glove, a quadruple amputee with a robot arm and a disfigured face, and a genuinely nice guy. His memories show him injured in Inferno, Onslaught, a fight between Cyclops and Master Mold, and San Francisco. And Marcus isn’t hateful or bitter. He’s just realized that mutants are almost certainly going to destroy the world. Oh, and Dark Phoenix burned him a bit. It’s a pretty amazing scene. The guy’s entirely reasonable, and it’s really hard to argue with him. I actually love that his viewpoint is presented in such a reasonable way. I love that Marvel keeps asking the question of whether superpowers are actually beneficial for the world. Legacy is focusing more on the danger mutants pose, but Marvel’s also asked repeatedly over the past few years – since Civil War, especially – if the superhero concept works, and if the world would be better off without them. So Spurrier raising the question of whether maybe the world might be better off without mutants is appreciated. And it’s a good issue in general. I like Davidson’s art, too; more than Huat’s, anyway.

That’s all the X-titles. Now for Now!.

Age of Ultron #7, by Brian Michael Bendis, with art by Brandon Peterson for the sections in the present and Carlos Pacheco for the past. Invisible Woman and Wolverine head back to the Savage Land. Sue’s deeply troubled by what just happened. They return to the present. The Savage Land is now an alien spaceship graveyard. New York has a bunch of Helicarriers above it. Sue and Logan get shot out of the air, and attacked by the Defenders (from the cover). Wasp is apparently Captain Marvel now – OK then. There’s fighting, and it’s cool, and Wolverine gets some pretty good characterization. Most of Sue’s characterization comes early on, before they return to the present. The Defenders seem to be especially concerned with Skrulls, suggesting the Secret Invasion still went forward in this new world. I’m curious exactly how this world got to where it is. Anyway, it’s a fun issue. Very enjoyable.

And, finally, Thanos Rising #2, by Jason Aaron and Simone Bianchi. A teacher is telling his students to dissect a beast, and Thanos leaves, having finished. He even determined that his beast died of a brain aneurysm, suddenly and without suffering – “It was one of the lucky ones.” He meets the girl outside the class, and he takes her to his lab. He’s ready to dissect a cave ape. He doesn’t learn the answers to any of his questions doing it, so the girl tells him he’s looking in the wrong place. So then he captures a young couple out making out. Over dinner, Kronos is telling A’Lars that the two missing youths were murdered. A’Lars is distracted by Eros, and leaves the table. Sui-San tells Thanos she knows what he is. He says she doesn’t, and neither does he. Such an angsty teen thing to say. He asks the girl to run away with him, but she slaps him. He realizes there’s only one place left to look to learn why he’s a monster. This is still good. Aaron does a good job writing Thanos, and his descent into butchery and madness and evil. Bianchi’s art matches the story pretty well. A little muddy, giving it a bit of an otherworldly feel. It’s good.

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  1. I was kind of melancholic reading this week’s X-FACTOR – it’s kind of crazy knowing it’s going to be ending. That being said, it’s had such a long haul, and I’d love to see David on something else – I’ve been loving his A+X stories. ALL-NEW was pretty solid – the pace is so slow that I rarely can come up with much to say about! I continue to enjoy the Kitty characterization and I love what we’re getting with a Jean who knows the weird life she’ll have.

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