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X-Men comics (May 29, 2013)

May 29, 2013

Quick note before I start: I’ve been invited to contribute to growing geek super-blog Beyond the Gamer. I’ve got a couple ideas already, and I’ll do my first post tomorrow. But for today, new comics! Starting with a big one!

X-Men #1, by Brian Wood and Olivier Coipel. I got the Skottie Young variant cover, because, well, look at it.

X-Men #1 Skottie Young

So good!

Anyway. It starts . . . weird. There’s talk of two twins at the beginning of life, a male and a female, with the male having cast the female out, and now she wants revenge. Jubilee’s in an airport with a baby. She’s going home. At the JGS, Mercury punches Bling!, and neither of them want to talk to Storm or Rachel about what’s going on. At Grand Central Station, Jubilee calls the X-Men to let them know she’s coming in, and she’s being followed. Storm, Rogue (borrowing Northstar’s powers) and Kitty track down the train. Kitty’s surprised to see Jubilee has a baby. Psylocke and Rachel are surprised to see John Sublime touch down on the school lawn in a helicopter, and promptly surrender to them. By the way, Psylocke had created a psychic bow and arrow. That’s awesome. Back to the train, where the four ladies are talking. Jubilee says she didn’t steal the baby, he’s an orphan she rescued from either a terrorist attack or meteor. The train suddenly lurches onto the wrong track, forcing Rogue to derail it to save everyone. Then we find out why Sublime wants their help, and who the baby is. This is great. The art, obviously, is excellent. It’s Coipel, of course it’s going to look great. The story being set up is cool. I was never a fan of the Sublime concept, but Wood’s already doing some interesting stuff with him. And he’s giving the characters unique voices and personalities. They’re all different from each other. Kitty’s maybe a little too “hip” and teenager-y (she keeps saying “OMG,” for example), but it’s not a big deal. This first issue kicks things off with a bang, and I’ve no doubt that it’s going to stay a strong title. This series, to me, is a Must-Buy. If you only buy one comic this week, make it X-Men.

Uncanny X-Force #5, written by Sam Humphries, art by Adrian Alphona and Dexter Soy. We start, apparently, in the Dreamscape, where Bishop is killing Revenant monsters. His mind’s being torn apart. Psylocke and Storm are in his mind, looking through his memories for some clue to what happened to him. Some speculated that Bishop’s attempts to kill Hope would be ret-conned as him being mind-controlled. Nope, he was himself when he tried to kill her. I like that Humphries let that be. Anyway, while he was stranded in the 68th century, he died, and then was resurrected. He was trained as a member of The Order. In the real world, Puck is bored. Back in Bishop’s mind, Storm actually destroys a memory of Bishop hunting Hope. Then we see more of him hunting Revenants for the Order, beside a Revenant girl he refused to kill. He’s attacked by a Bear Revenant, and possessed by a Great White Owl, the Queen of the Revenants. This is really good. Storm gets a little more characterization than in the earlier issues, though Puck and Spiral take a bit of a back seat. Bishop seems poised to make a comeback. His future memories are interesting. Good issue. I like this series a lot.

Wolverine and the X-Men #30, by Jason Aaron and Pasqual Ferry. Wolverine and Rachel beat up some guards at the main Hellfire Club in New York, to send a message to the Brats. Who should all be shot in the face and never appear again. Because agh! Stupid, terrible concept! Anyway, Beast is up on the Peak, asking the crazy alien doctor who tried to kill Broo a while back. Dr. Starblood. Starblood says Broo’s a perfectly healthy Brood. Kitty, Storm and Iceman are talking about Idie and Glob leaving (Kitty sitting on air, as a nice touch), and Kitty realizes one of the teachers is a traitor. Quire’s already mind-scanned the traitor, though he naturally doesn’t tell anyone, and he’s more concerned with what Idie was thinking. (Also, he’s wearing an “I Was Right” t-shirt. Cute. Actually, I’ll take this opportunity to mention that the art is better than it normally is on this book. Ferry does a good job.) Quire scans the mind of a Bamf, and sees Azazel. He . . . really doesn’t care about that. He just wants to see what Idie said to Broo. Turns out she wants to find which Hellfire Brat shot Broo, and then kill him. But why stop there, Idie? Kill them all! It won’t even be a sin, because they are just terrible characters! I’m pretty sure each Hellfire Brat you kill makes up for, like, 10 major sins. It’ll get you to the front of the waiting list to get into Heaven. Please, please, just kill every single one of those unbearable little bastards. Anyway, Quire wants to go to the Hellfire Club to help her, a thought which happens to be picked up by Kitty, wearing a localized thought amplifier Beast had lying around. (Quick translation of a Doop comment: “I’ll do my best. But I’ve got a gig in the Village tonight too.”) Anyway, then things keep getting weirder. There’s a whole lot happening right at the end of the issue. Is it good? Well, the people who’ve been enjoying the series are sure to love this issue. I have not generally enjoyed this series, but I will say this is better than usual. Though there’s still not a great deal of deep characterization. The writing is better, but the characters are not.

Savage Wolverine #, by Frank Cho. Amadeus tries to prevent a fight between Hulk and Wolverine. Then a monkey attacks Hulk, and that fight damages the building. It eventually collapses, letting out Chtulu. Sorry, “the Dark Walker.” But it’s Cthulu. Shanna suggests using the bomb on it, and Hulk grabs it and jumps over. Cthulu slaps him away. As the Hulk falls, the bomb goes off, destroying his clothes. Then he lands in a whale’s mouth. Even Amadeus thinks it was pretty awesome and funny. Cthulu leaves, going into space. He goes to a weird . . . thing, and talks to his Master Visher-Rakk. This was a very sudden finale. It felt rushed and a bit arbitrary. There was still some fun stuff, but it wasn’t nearly as good as the first four issues. Kind of a shame that this is what Frank Cho is ending with. Next issue will be Zeb Wells and Joe Madureira, and that should be good.

Gambit #13, by James Asmus and Amilcar Pinna. Gambit’s trying to rob one of Tony Stark’s penthouses. He needs to get pieces to fix up Fence, and Stark’s got the best pieces. His break-in doesn’t go unnoticed, as Pepper (“Ms. Potts is what supervillains calls me when they come looking for Tony.”) is notified about it, and she forwards it to someone else. Gambit gets into a secret room with Iron Man armours, and Rhodey shows up. Gambit tries to escape in an armour, but Rhodey easily knocks him down. There’s some quick verbal sparring, then Gambit makes his getaway, powering the suit with his own energy. Rhodey chases him, trying to talk him into standing down, but Gambit just keeps flying for Fence’s place. Finally, once they get there, Rhodey calls in some help for Fence while Gambit apologizes for what he’s put Fence through. This is good. Fun. It takes the normal superhero-misunderstanding-fight, and plays with it a bit. It’s a good comic. Not great, but good.

That’s all the X-titles.

Morbius: The Living Vampire #5, by Joe Keatinge and Richard Elson. Rochelle is meeting a Jersey Mob boss who wants to control Brownsville. The boss is shot, provoking a fight and preventing the Mob from keeping peace in Brownsville. Morbius busts in and kills the Mob guys, then tells Rochelle he’s there to stop a war. We cut back to the night before, where Becky told him a war’s coming, and he’s all the people of Brownsville have got to protect them. Back to the present, the people of Brownsville are standing up for themselves, and changing who’s in charge. While Morbius hurts everyone, the people patch them up and keep them alive. Then the Rose talks to him, saying Morbius works for him now, and that in 8 weeks, Morbius is going to take the fall for something bad happening so the Rose can take over. He’s also holding Morbius’s mother as a hostage. This is good. I enjoy this series. I won’t be reviewing it any more, but it’s definitely worth reading. Good art, good writing, good story. It’s just really good all around. A few cliches here and there, but nothing that drags the book down.

I also want to mention Dark Avengers #190, the final issue. I enjoyed what Jeff Parker did with the Dark Avengers, and with the Thunderbolts before that. (I also liked what he did with Red Hulk, and what he’s currently doing with Red She-Hulk. I just like Jeff Parker in general.) It was an interesting run, and I’m sad to see it end. I’m also looking forward to seeing what happens next with a lot of these characters.

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  1. Hamburger Time permalink

    You like that Bishop flipping his shit was left in? Huh. While I do sometimes think that NOW swept a few too many of Marvel’s past mistakes under the rug rather than simply learning from them, I’d have been okay if that one was retconned.

    • I like when characters make mistakes, and have to live with them. Bishop was doing what he felt he had to, no matter how much he hated it. Now, he has to deal with the consequences of what he tried to do. (Maybe. Storm did fry a memory she saw of him trying to kill Hope. I don’t know how much she removed.) I like that Humphries isn’t going the, “Oh, hey, it wasn’t him, he’s not responsible for his actions!” route. That’s a cop-out.

      • I’m also glad they didn’t pull a “it wasn’t him,” but I hope that Storm erasing that memory isn’t the last we see of it. I want to see more about it from Bishop’s point of view. Obviously I’m not advocating killing newborns, but I get where Bishop was coming from. It would be very hard living with the knowledge that the death of one innocent would save countless lives. Bishop didn’t really do anything out of character. The first time he showed up he tried to kill Gambit for something he hadn’t done yet. Hell, Wolverine would have done the same thing.

  2. I felt that today’s Wolverine and the X-Men was a fairly good representation of what the series is as a whole. The parts that focused on either Kid Omega or Idie were good, as have been most issues that focus on one or two characters. The smaller scenes weren’t nearly as good however, and some of them just felt pointless or underdeveloped, just like most of the minor characters have been throughout the entire series.

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