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X-Men comics (May 15, 2013)

May 15, 2013

This is a very light week. May as well get started. I’ll update to add Cable & X-Force once I’ve had a chance to read it.

First, as always, X-Factor #256, by Peter David and Leonard Kirk. Polaris walks up to Mephisto’s castle, and blows a chunk of it up for Monet. He sends Satana to tell the Hell Lords that any who swear allegiance to him will be released. Polaris has an army of demonic Madroxes backing her up. Satana finds the Hell Lords all dead. Tier then slaughters Satana, to the shock of everyone except Longshot, who takes it in stride. Outside, Layla is keeping the original Madrox in a force field bubble, and admits that she has no idea how it all ends. X-Factor finds Mephisto and the fight goes less than well. Shatterstar and Rictor get destroyed, and then Mephisto goes after Rahne. Tier freaks out and reaches him first. But then something very unexpected happens. I won’t spoil it, because you should really be reading this book yourself. Needless to say, it’s a shocker, to be expected from Peter David, who has a knack for doing the unexpected. It’s a great issue. Lots of cool action, plenty of emotional moments, and great characterization through it all. I’m just wondering if this will change anything in the greater Marvel U. Probably not, which is a shame. Ah well.

Wolverine and the X-Men #29, by Jason Aaron and Ramon Perez. Wolverine is thanking everyone for being at the school, admitting that he has no idea what he’s doing, but that he believes in the school. I can’t say I care much for the art on the group shot, but it was nice to see some characters who I figure Aaron may have forgotten even exist. Ernst and No-Girl from Morrison’s New X-Men, Cipher and Graymalkin from Young X-Men. Petty complaint: Face should’ve been next to Karma, not all the way on the other side of the group. Anyway, his speech is interspersed with scenes of Wolverine and Beast trying to find a trace of Dog, including Wolverine admitting that his birthname is James. People start putting things inside a time capsule, with Quire putting a Cyclops Was Right t-shirt and Idie putting her Bible (and then telling Quire to stay out of her life). Then we cut to 25 years in the future, and the JGS of the future, which is thriving. It even has campuses in New Beijing, Sea Francisco, and an Anole Industries prototype colony on the moon. Looks like Kitty and Bobby have a kid with both their powers, and Sasquatch is apparently a teacher. Wolverine finds the capsule, then teleports up to a Sentinel head in orbit where Eye-Boy is watching the world. Wolverine wants in to use the time travel tech to send himself a message. Instead, he sends back the key to Dog’s box, with a thank-you note, at Eye-Boy’s suggestion. It’s an OK issue. The future is kinda neat, I guess. But, as usual, there’s really no characterization, beyond Wolverine himself. Maybe a bit of Beast. And I guess a little bit of future Eye-Boy. Considering the job Aaron’s doing on Thor, writing three different Thors, each unique, and each getting deep characterization, it’s amazing how weak and shallow the characterization is in WatXM. I think maybe Aaron’s just not a good fit for this series. He’s better at darker books. This might be too light for his style.

Gambit #12, written by James Asmus, with pencils by Clay Mann, Dexter Soy and Leonard Kirk. Rogue and Gambit fly a helicopter to a hospital near where the stolen Quinjet was picked up, and see Tombstone get defenestrated. Gambit chases after Tombstone with a jetpack. Rogue lands the helicopter, and Joelle says to move aside so she can chase Tombstone. Tombstone intentionally crashes his car, sending Gambit sprawling. Joelle’s daughter dies, and Joelle stops fighting Rogue, but still wants to chase Tombstone. Gambit kicks the canister out of Tombstone’s hand, and a few drops cause major damage where it lands. Before Tombstone can kill Gambit, Joelle uses the helicopter to send him flying. Into the area with the destructive liquid. Then Joelle tells Gambit that she nearly died in childbirth, before she was offered a chance to live forever, and she took it. And then she uses the last drop in the canister to commit suicide. It’s a good issue. Some fun stuff, and some emotional stuff. And some good art.

Wolverine MAX #7, written by Jason Starr, pencils by Felix Ruiz and Guillermo Mogorron. Logan busts in and asks, Katie, the woman he was escorting, about Franky, saying Franky killed Dog (Logan’s dog). She goes with him to bury Dog, and tells him about Franky. He’s a porn producer, and a drug dealer. While he buries Dog, Franky’s men abduct Katie. He heads to Franky’s place, planning on killing him. This is meh. I don’t really care.

There’s the X-titles. Now a few Now! titles.

We’ll start with Nova #4, by Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness. Nova’s floating near Jupiter after being blasted. Some Chitauri head out to take his helmet, but he’s actually awake, and he fights back quickly and effectively. He busts into one of the ships, and gets attacked by Titus, the tiger-like guy from the stories his dad told. Titus says that Sam’s dad abandoned them. Sam’s dad always said that the other Novas told him to leave, but Titus says that was a lie. Titus decided to make a bargain with the Chitauri, giving them the Recorder his team had captured. Within, they learned the secret to making an Ultimate Nullifier. Titus also killed Sam’s father a week earlier. Sam manages to escape, taking the Nullifier with him. Very nice. This series continues to be solid. The art, of course, is fantastic. McGuinness is an awesome artist, so anything he does is going to look gorgeous. But Loeb’s writing is very good, too. Sam is interesting, and his reactions feel like those of someone who doesn’t really believe what’s going on. He’s treating everything like it’s a game or a movie, and it actually works. He’s a teenager, he figures he’s invincible. Anyway, definitely a good book.

Avengers: The Enemy Within #1, by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Scott Hepburn. This is the start of a crossover between Captain Marvel and Avengers Assemble, both excellent books being written by DeConnick. Carol is putting up missing posters of “Grandma Rose,” the sweet old lady who kept calling her Captain America, while thinking about her lesion and the hallucinations she’s about to start having. Spider-Woman’s trying to cheer her up, but Carol’s not in the mood. It’s an amazing scene. We don’t often really get to see superheroes just interacting. DeConnick writes them with humour, compassion, anger – as people reacting to difficult circumstances. We get a brief scene of Yon-Rogg going into Carol’s apartment, looking for something. Then we cut to Carol and Jessica finding the Grapplers. Lady wrestlers turned supervillains. Jessica gets one of the best quips ever: “The last time you gals were a going concern, we were all into pouches and asymmetrical haircuts!” Awesome. Unfortunately, Poundcakes’ footstomps are affecting Carol’s lesion, forcing her to fly to avoid it. Poundcakes then tells her Rose is in Central Park. Carol uses her airbike to get there, and meets Thor, who’s agreed to help out. They find a couple dinosaurs. Rose is inside, and so is a scrap of paper with Carol’s address. She rushes home, meeting Jessica there, but no one’s inside. She scares the hell out of Chewie, though. Then she finds some souvenirs she’d collected. A snowglobe with a pair of dinosaurs. A mugshot of Deathbird. Grappler dolls. And an envelope she kept a scrap of the Psyche-Magnitron in. This is a great comic. DeConnick is a fantastic writer, who infuses characters with humanity. The story’s full of drama and humour in equal measures, with even Thor cracking wise before bringing the hammer down. And the friendship between Carol and Jessica is a real highlight. I definitely recommend reading this. You should be picking up Captain Marvel and Avengers Assemble, too. Especially Captain Marvel – we need to prove that Marvel’s female characters can hold a series.

Age of Ultron #8, by BrianMichael Bendis and Brandon Peterson. Tony Stark is viewing the memories of Wolverine and Sue, and is amazed at it. Xavier and Emma – fully covered yet still oozing sex appeal – confirm that the memories are true. Tony’s concerned about Morgana le Fey. Interesting. Tony goes to interrogate Wolverine, and says he lost half his body in a Latveria-Asgard war, torn in half trying to keep Morgana from conquering North America in addition to Europe. Very interesting. And very cool. Morgana’s always a neat villain. Anyway, turns out the Avengers broke up not long after Wolverine killed Pym, and then magic beat technology, and Asgard abandoned Earth. The Defenders decide to go talk to Susan and Wolverine. They bust into Sue’s cell, but she’s not there. Then the door closes. Then Morgana shows up, riding a dragon, with an army of horn-headed Doombots. Yep, this reality’s awesome. The fight’s pretty fun. And I just love this alternate reality. It’s so interesting. The writing’s solid. Still not a lot of characterization for Sue, but she does get to show how badass she is by breaking out of restraints. Wolverine also gets little, but it’s pretty deep when he does get it. Stark is the star of this issue, and he’s very interesting. He’s clearly not happy with his world. I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up being the one who sends Wolverine back to stop himself from killing Pym.

 

Edit: I’ve now had a chance to read Cable & X-Force #8, by Dennis Hopeless and Salvador Larroca. Brand captures Colossus and Cable while the crazy alien criminal blows up some SWORD ships. Brand tells the two about Kliktok the Cruel, a criminal wanted in 12 different star systems, with 40 different planets wanting to execute him. His strategy was to attack planets at war, while the soldiers were off-planet, and massacring the population, destroying everything they care about, and eating them. Cable shows Brand what would’ve happened if Kilktok hadn’t been released: Aliens were going to attack the Earth, killing millions in an attempt to kill Kliktok. She agrees to help Cable rescue his team. Forge has the ship sending out a signal so other races can find it. Kliktok is talking to Domino, wondering why she isn’t afraid. She says fearlessness is her power. Then a hidden bomb blows up the engine, stranding the ship while a whole lot of ships approach it. Colossus is launched through Kliktok’s ship (“Spaceball Special”), and then promptly tosses the alien out while apologizing to Domino, who thanks him for the save but says she’s not a damsel in distress. It’s a good issue. It was nice learning what the point of the Raft attack was. Domino’s great. So cool and collected. And Kliktok was awesomely evil. We didn’t get to see the Forge and Nemesis buddy team, sadly, or Boom Boom.

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One Comment
  1. I can understand why Boom Boom didn’t have much to do in this issue. Hopefully she’s on Cable’s team to stay though.

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