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X-Men comics (July 10 2013)

July 10, 2013

My computer’s making a weird rattling noise. I should get that checked out. But for today, new comics.

Uncanny X-Men #8, by Brian Michael Bendis and Chris Bachalo. Scott and Emma drop Fabio off at his home in San Francisco. He apologizes for letting them down, and they tell him he hasn’t, as long as he uses his powers to make the world a better place, and is proud of who he is, no matter what. They return to the secret school, and there’s a bit of discussion about Fabio’s leaving and the fact that they all need more training. We then cut to David, the guy from last issue who could apparently control his ex’s car. He’s sure he’s a mutant, and he’s trying to figure out how his powers work, while she’s a little freaked out about it. He turns the cars on and off, and makes them honk. A couple cops come and pull their guns on him and try to arrest him. Magik and the Cuckoos show up to save the day. Magik tells Celeste not to torture the cops. Celeste liked Magik better when she was demonic. They recruit David. Scott and Magneto have a talk, with Magneto saying he wouldn’t betray Scott, but that he also doesn’t forgive him for Scott’s actions as Phoenix. But Magneto also has more faith in Scott than in his own children. Scott actually just wanted Magneto’s help in retraining his power. David’s healed, though Christoper – the healer – is apparently freaked out by blood. David’s welcomed to the X-Men. We finish up with Fabio’s return home. Another great issue. I like how Bendis is focusing on the persecution of mutants. He’s dealing with the allegory. He’s probably the only writer right now who is focusing on that side, actually, so it’s nice. The characterization continues to be solid, particularly the scene between Scott and Magneto. Magik also seems to be changing a bit, growing a little more sane, a little less horrifying. There’s also a brief argument between two of the Cuckoos that kinda steals the show. I’m still not crazy about Bachalo’s art. I still think he leaves way too much white space. Regardless, I love this book.

Astonishing X-Men #64, by Marjorie Liu and Gabriel Hernandez Walta. First off, I don’t care for Walta’s art. Anyway, the team’s fighting Iceman while he rages a bit. Kitty sees a glow in his chest. She goes to check it out, but it throws her out his body. Wolverine goes to talk to Dark Beast, and gets confirmation that Dark Beast stuck a fragment of Apocalypse Seed into Bobby. Bobby goes to visit his dad, and talks about how he’s a part of all the snow, ice and water in the world. Then he asks why his father was never proud of him. His father tells him off a bit, so Bobby freezes his heart. Mystique talks to one of Iceman’s clones, who says Bobby’s soul is dying. Bobby finds them, and Mystique says she wants to join him, to rule over those left alive. Iceman attacks the X-Men, and also beats Thor. It’s OK. I continue to find this series as a whole to be middling. I kinda want this arc to end. I don’t much care about Bobby, and even Evil Bobby has as much personality as your average accountant. Truthfully, I’d like more focus on Karma soon. She’s one of the most underused characters out there. Doesn’t look like we’ll be getting that soon, though.

Wolverine #6, by Paul Cornell and Mirco Pierfederici. The SHIELD agents save Wolverine from drowning. He kicks the asses of some more agents, while talking to the whatever-it-is that’s controlling them. They say they don’t control him because his pain makes him such a work of art. He and the remaining uncontrolled SHIELD agent escape to the Microverse, where they meet the aliens face to face. Turns out the gun was actually one of their spaceships. They’re weird creepy aliens who were bred in the Body Banks. They started looking a other dimensions, and found they could control people. Wolverine starts fighting them, and the SHIELD agent gets the ship they’re on into normal space. Wolverine knocks out Fury, Jr, and the day is saved. Maybe. This is OK. Still not crazy about this series. I like Paul Cornell as a writer, but somehow, he’s just not doing it for me here. Something feels off. Probably just me. It’s good, just . . . off, somehow.

That’s the X-titles. And all the Now! titles this week are past #5, so I shouldn’t review them. Oh well, I’ve got time.

Young Avengers #7, by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie. It starts with some Skrulls admiring a sweet-ass spacecar they’d managed to build. Gotta say – it’s pretty sweet. Then the Young Avengers show up and Kate launches a harpoon into the back of the car as it flies away, dragging them along with it. Billy teleports the car back into the garage, and the Skrulls are taken down with darts that turn off their shapeshifting. Then they turn out not to be Skrulls, but Skifflefuffles. The team decides to call the Skiffledfuffles parents to get them grounded, and then get pancakes. Then we get a credits page laid out like a diner menu, because YA has the best credits pages. Then we also get a Twitter-feed type thing saying what the team’s been up to. Loki’s been training Wiccan, the team fought weird things on a beach, Skrulls crashed Teddy’s birthday, Kate fought a bunch of girls at a finishing school, Billy and Teddy kissed on the moon, they took in a Dazzler concert on the dark side of the moon, and they spoiled a Skrull raid on an AIM facility. Also, much smooching. In the present, Teddy’s still worried about the possibility of Billy having warped reality to make Teddy love him. Anyway, when they head to a diner on Earth for breakfast, they meet Prodigy, who’s already ordered for them. Then we get a neat pair of pages shaped like Prodigy’s head as he explains how he found them. Then he gives them the bad news about Tommy. They go to the warehouse, and Loki finds a trail, but says it’ll take a while to follow it. Luckily, Miss America has some very odd abilities. And then things get weird. This continues to be one of the best books out there. Tons of hilarious humour, mixed with some really good character drama, and more than a little mystery. We continue the trend of having at least one really clever and unique layout per issue.  I was worried it would take a while for Prodigy to join the team, but luckily, he’s already there. Also, the recap of what the team’s been doing for the past three months was awesome. Dazzler on the moon. I love it. Everyone’s clearly having a blast with the book, and it makes it that much easier to enjoy. Also, Gillen’s responses to letters are always good. This time, he tells one person she made him think of her as a Game of Thrones character. Who would be tragically and randomly killed in the third book. And who would have tons of fan art of her kissing everyone. And then he guesses he’s probably made her feel weird. Anyway, buy this book.

Fearless Defenders #6, by Cullen Bunn and Will Sliney. First off, Mark Brooks continues to do fantastic covers. Valkyrie recaps her history as a Doom Maiden as she slaughters them. When they’re all down, she wants more. She kicks the asses of the heroines. Hippolyta and She-Hulk manage to hurt her, but even they’re taken out pretty easily. And still Val wants more. She walks away. Annabelle grabs Val’s sword and follows. She tries to talk Val down. She succeeds – but only after Val kills her. Very sad. Especially because that leaves Karma as the only lesbian in an ongoing Marvel series (depending on how Psylocke’s relationship with Cluster develops in UXF – and I really hope that continues).

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    So Scott and Erik don’t literally beat each other up? That’s good. I don’t know why, but I’ve been paranoid they’ll snap Erik back to villainy recently. I guess because while people have complained about “resets” recently, I’ve tolerated them because most of them have been for BAD stories. By contrast, there have been a ton of good stories where Erik’s a good guy, so resetting him would just feel like going back to the “most popular version” for the heck of it. Does that make sense?

    • Yeah, Bendis seems set on keeping Magneto as . . . well, not a hero. Not really an anti-hero, either. Maybe an anti-villain. Regardless, he’s not making Magneto back into a villain. I imagine in a couple more years, Magneto probably will become a villain again, just because status quo. But for now, he’s fine. And, there’s no actual fight. There’s barely even an argument, actually.

  2. I have yet to read YA 7, but I did just read issue 6 a few days ago. It was nice to see Prodigy again, and Gillen did a good job at exploring how the end of Utopia would have affected him. Even though it doesn’t have the kind of storytelling I usually enjoy, YA may be growing on me.

    I’m kind of with you on Iceman as a character, although its more the fault of his writers than Iceman himself. It seems as though nobody wants to do anything with his character development these days – just use him as comic relief and the occasional showing of power. It’s nice that Marjorie Liu tried to do something different, but she doesn’t have all that much to work with. Still, he’s better here than anything he’s done in WATXM.

  3. I saw that Cecilia Reyes has appeared in Astonishing. Is she given much spotlight. I love this character but have not had the funds to get all the books I want. She would be a big selling point.

    And I loved this new issue of Uncanny. Bendis is really doing some solid work there.

    • Cecilia hasn’t really done much in AXM. She showed up a bit in Liu’s first arc, and a couple times since. But she hasn’t had much spotlight yet.

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