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X-Men comics (August 7, 2013)

August 7, 2013

Very few comics this week.

We’ll start with X-Factor #260, by Peter David and Neil Edwards. We start in a bar, with Polaris getting drunk. The bartender tries to cut her off, but she threatens to destroy the place. She throws his pool table through the wall, explains what she’s going through with the Hell On Earth War, and then demands another drink. The bartender agrees. A couple cops come in, guns drawn, and she dares them to try to shoot them. The cops decline. A SWAT team shows up, but some guys asks to be allowed to handle it. It’s Quicksilver, of course. He wants to take her back to Avengers HQ, and tells the bartender he’ll be reimbursed for the damage to his bar. That bit of news makes Lorna entirely too happy. She starts attacking Quicksilver, tries to shoot him with every gun in the area, bad-mouths Wanda for wiping out the mutant population. This is a great issue. It’s very tense throughout. It starts off funny enough, with Lorna saying “decision to pocide” instead of “position to decide.” And then it gets very dark. Lorna’s got some pretty clear resentment towards Quicksilver. And when he’s the voice of reason, you know things are bad. The end of the issue has a very interesting development, likely hinting at PAD’s next project.  Just two more issues left of this series. The next one is Monet. I’ve been enjoying this End of X-Factor arc, so I’m eager to see what happens with her. Oh, and the art’s solid on this issue.

All-New X-Men #15, by Brian Michael Bendis and David Lafuente. First off, it’s a very interesting art style. Very different from Stuart Immonen’s. Cute, though. Anyway, it starts with Rachel coming back to the school after some superheroing, and she’s tired and needs a rest, and she’s not listening to any problems until she has. Which means Storm can’t warn her about Jean. They bump into each other, and then just go separate directions without saying a word. Scott tries to write Jean a letter expressing his feelings. Instead he crumples it up and blasts it. Bobby expresses his confusion over Adult Bobby dating Kitty, because Teen Bobby actually doesn’t like Kitty. Which is odd. Adult Beast is teaching Jean to use her telekinesis on a motorcycle. She takes it apart completely, all at once, but then her concentration is ruined by Scott and Bobby stealing Logan’s jeep. Which is when Logan notices his bike is in pieces on the ground. Beast and Jean agree to fix it, mostly out of fear. As they fix it, Beast thinks about how beautiful she is, and wondered how things would’ve turned out if he’d acted on his attraction all those years ago. Meanwhile, Scott and Bobby find a carnival, and flirt with some girls. Jean confronts Teen Beast, and the wind up kissing. I find that very odd and a little uncomfortable. And then Scott and Bobby stop a runaway car like bosses. I like this issue. All four of them get some interesting moments and development. Scott and Bobby get some phone numbers, Jean and Hank have a tender moment. Jean’s getting a lot more control over her powers – as much as when she was Phoenix, in fact, according to Adult Hank. There’s a lot of funny moments, as well. Including Jean and Rachel evidently deciding to simply not talk about what they found in each other’s heads. Probably a wise choice. Though I am disappointed. I actually had hoped for some interaction between the pair. Rachel seldom got to interact with the normal Jean, even after Jean stopped being utterly freaked out by Rachel’s entire existence. I would’ve liked to have seen Teen jean talk to Rachel. I can understand why she wouldn’t want to. I just wish they had. Oh well. There’s still no real plot to this series, but truthfully, I don’t mind that. I’m a big fan of just watching characters interact, so I’m really enjoying this series. The lack of an overarching story so far isn’t a big deal. And next issue will be a part of Battle of the Atom, so there’ll be plot then. The art, as I said, is a huge difference, but still good. Very expressive. Though I don’t like how he draws Teen Hank. He looks fat rather than muscular. That was about the only thing I really didn’t like about this issue, was how Teen Hank was drawn.

Cable & X-Force #12, plotted by Dennis Hopeless, scripted by Cullen Bunn, and drawn by Salvador Larroca. Colossus is breaking into a bank in Zurich, with 16 hours before a demonic possession of Sweden. Domino shows up and opens the vault, and also mentions Cable being apprehended by the Avengers. They open up a safety deposit box and find a small statue. She’s insulting it, when it comes alive and opens a gateway to Hell. In the future, Female Stryfe is asking Blaquesmith what happens if Hope can’t handle what she sees. What Hope sees is a really bad future. Sentinels everywhere, cyborg-type things, and I’m not sure I approve of the ass-shot Hope gets. Anyway, Fem-Stryfe tells her that as bad as the future looks, it used to be even worse, before Cable started acting on the visions. Domino and Colossus fight demons while discussing their relationship, and Hope and Fem-Stryfe fight off some technarch-infested Hell-beasts. Luckily, Domino and Colossus stopping the demons in the past stops them in the future. Another scene between Domino and Colossus, a scene between Cable and Havok, and then back to the future to find out who Fem-Stryfe is. I won’t spoil it, but . . . I doubt anyone will be surprised by it. It’s obviously supposed to be a big shock, but it’s incredibly obvious, and cliched. Larroca does his usual solid job on art. Bunn’s scripting is good. He’s got a good handle on the characters. He does a very smooth job taking over from Hopeless – it’s not noticeable at all, unless you look at the credits. The plot continues to come along nicely, and we get some more information on exactly what’s going on.

Deadpool Kills Deadpool #2, by Cullen Bunn and Salva Espin. In another reality, a Deadpool is talking to an army of superhumans dressed up like him, saying that one of them is a spy, feeding information to other-dimension Deadpools. They all look at Beard of Beespool, who’s killed by Evil Deadpool (from Way’s awful series that did nothing with the concept). We then cut to the Deadpool Corps, as the Watcher explains the past two Deadpool Kills minis. Basically, Deadpool couldn’t find the people who created his fictional reality, so then decided it must have come from his own mind, and that killing all realities means killing all Deadpools. They reach the amusement park the Corps is hiding out in, and the Watcher explains that he was tasked with watching over all Deadpools, and broke his non-interference oath in order to save them. The Corps has been murdered, and Kidpool gets himself killed pulling a booby-trapped sword out of a Fatpool. Evilpool shows up with Deathlokpool, Wolverpool, Spiralpool, and . . . something. Pandapool jumps in for a rescue. Because why not. Then a big battle, and we find out the Watcher is helping both sides, because he can’t decide which Deadpool he likes more. I’m not digging this series. It’s not as good as the last two. The art is more conventional, the humour less clever. There are too many Deadpools. It’s presumably meant as a parody of Deadpool’s own popularity, but it’s so over-the-top that it’s just irritating. So, yeah. I’m not impressed.

There’s the X-titles. Now a couple non-X.

Avengers AI #2, by Sam Humphries and André Lima Araujo. Dimitrios takes over one of Iron Man’s old armours. The old sentient armour from the ’90s, actually. Sister Joanie is possessing an AIM LMD created in the ’70s to infiltrate youth culture. Vision and Doombot are talking to Alexis, the robotic woman they saved last issue. Vision does a scan and finds she exists on multiple quantum levels. Victor tells Hank he wants to leave, since in the future, he betrays the Avengers. Hank tells him he’s seen a lot of timelines, and not to worry about it. Washington is attacked by a Kilgore Sentinel that was kept very secret. Monica Chang says it needs to be captured intact. SHIELD is disinclined to do so. Doombot attacks the Sentinel, and gets his head blown off and into the Jefferson Memorial. Doombot is not entertained. Vision gets rid of the malicious code in it, but the Washington Monument gets wrecked in the process. Once the Sentinel is aware, it gets destroyed by SHIELD. Then Dimitrios makes his big announcement to the world. This continues to be a solid series. Some very good stuff going on. The plot is cool, the stakes are high, and the characterization is entertaining. Doombot is awesome, and the Vision’s a powerhouse. The scene between Hank and Victor was nice. Hank is oddly relaxed in this series. Much more laid-back than usual. It’s nice to see.

Superior Foes of Spider-Man #2, by Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber. Boomerang is thinking about how the Punisher isn’t the worst part of being a supervillain, the meetings are. And then we go to the Sinister Six Five having a meeting. They argue about the fact that there’s only five of them, with Beetle thinking it’s stupid, and Boomerang saying it gives them an air of mystery. (Speed Demon also says that with Obamacare, going to six employees is tricky.) Then Boomerang decides dealing with lawyers is actually the worst part of being a supervillain, as he goes to see his lawyer, who is hilarious. Then Boomerang busts up a restaurant in order to help the place across the street. Beetle, Shocker and Speed Demon eat dinner while they’re there. Punisher busts in, leading to another hilarious Speed Demon “pew” joke sequence. Boomerang stumbles out drunk and gets ready to be killed. Luckily, it was actually the Chameleon. He wants Boomerang to bring him the Head of Silvio Silvermane. When he meets back up with his gang, he tells them they’re going for it. They’re all in, but something’s up with Shocker. And then we get Boomerang’s parole hearing. This series continues to be hilarious, but there’s a sincerity to it, as well. This is about a guy who’s a total screw-up, the worst kind of loser, and he knows it, but he can’t do anything other than the same crap that keeps getting him in trouble. His lawyer’s a jackass, his friends are just as big a bunch of losers as he is, and he’s got a very dangerous man making serious demands of him. But mostly, this is just funny. Speed Demon steals the show, of course.

Superior Carnage #2, by Kevin Shinick and Stephen Segovia. The Wizard is talking to Klaw about his brilliant plan to duplicate what was done with Agent Venom, to turn Carnage into his own agent. He hands Klaw a picture, which Klaw points out is actually of Black Tarantula. We then meet the fourth member of the team, Dr. Malus. Wizard releases Carnage, and almost gets killed, until Klaw saves him again. Dr. Malus talks to Klaw about the Wizard maybe being completely insane, but the Wizard says he’s fine. Spider-Man is tracking down the Jackal, and thinks about the Wizard. He wonders if the Wizard knows his brain is dying, and whether his current plan is an attempt at securing his legacy, or just a suicide mission. Malus tells the Wizard that Carnage has no mind to control, and the Wizard comes up with another idea. He’s going to transfer the symbiote to Malus. Klaw, meanwhile, tells Malus that he believes himself to be the Wizard’s family. This is a very dark story. Wizard is insane. He’s delusional. And that makes him far more frightening than he’s ever been. Klaw also isn’t entirely sane. I do see one serious problem with the plan Wizard comes up with: Once the symbiote’s been transferred to Malus, that’ll leave only three members of the Frigthful Four. They’ll need to find someone else to bring in. I would advise against any women. That never seems to go well for them.

And finally, Hunger #2, by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Leonard Kirk. It starts with the Silver Surfer thinking about how dead the universe is. Then he sets out to spread word about Galactus. Meanwhile, Rick Jones is talking to a Chitauri admiral about fighting of the Gah Lak Tus swarm. The Watcher shows up to tell Rick that Galactus has arrived. He’s . . . very large. The swarm starts to overwhelm Rick, until the Silver Surfer helps him. Galactus talks to the Surfer, who’s surprised Galactus knows him. The Kree ship starts a chain reaction that’s going to destroy the solar system. Galactus explains himself to the Surfer, then Rick and Surfer retreat before the sun goes supernova. Galactus is unharmed. Considering how unimpressed I was with the Alpha mini, Fialkov’s doing a fantastic job with this one. He does a good job giving a sense that it’s the end of the universe. The scale shows through. Kirk’s art helps a lot. Galactus looks terrifying. Rick looks terrified. And the dialogue is appropriate for all the characters. This is a good series so far.

My favourite comic of the week goes to X-Factor #260. My favourite moment actually goes to Superior Spider-Man #2, for Speed Demon running away, and then returning for his doggie bag. Though Doombot telling off a statue of Thomas Jefferson takes second place.

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2 Comments
  1. Yeah, the “plot twist” for Femstryfe wasn’t a surprise at all. Even so, she’s already much more interesting than the original Stryfe.

    It always scares me when there’s such a small week at the start of a month – it usually means there’s at least one relentless week coming up.

    • Well, let’s see. Next week doesn’t look too bad, at least for me. Same for the week after that. And the week after that. Huh. August looks like it’ll be an oddly light month in general. At least for my part.

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