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X-Men comics (October 23, 2013)

October 23, 2013

This is my third post today. That’s weird for me. Oh well. Comics! This is posted late because I went to supper with my friend.

First up, Wolverine and the X-Men #37, by Jason Aaron and Giuseppe Camuncoli. Xorn Jean sucks Adult Scott into the astral plane, and he insists she’s not his Jean. When he wakes up, the Brotherhood is gone. Scott starts giving orders to lock down the school and find the Brotherhood, but Wolverine stops him and gives the orders himself. The Future X-Men start to explain who they are. Kitty asks if they can trust the future X-Men. Magik says she brought them there. Kitty points out no one trusts her. Anyway, Quentin also starts to explain that the Teen X-Men can’t be sent back to their own time yet. We then cut to the Future Brotherhood saying it’s time for Plan B, while the Teen X-Men sit in the back trying to figure out what’s going on. The Brotherhood takes them to Cape Citadel. Where they first fought Magneto. Back to the start. Maria Hill is less than pleased to hear about. Bendis really loves pissing her off, and I love seeing her pissed off. Back at the school Teen Quentin is wearing a “Magneto Was Left” t-shirt, because Quentin’s t-shirts are the best part about this series. The Present and Future X-Men teleport to Cape Citadel for the fight. Future Quentin frees the Teen X-Men, and we get a nice, big clusterfuck of a fight. In the midst of it all, Illyana lets Future Colossus know he grows up to be awesome. The good guys win, and then SHIELD shows up, where Hill continues to be gloriously sarcastic as she wonders when Wolverine became the reasonable one. And then Xorn Jean does something very, very nasty. This is pretty good. I don’t like the art very much, but it’s not too bad. This is a fight issue, so the minimal characterization doesn’t bother me. There’s some nice tension between Adult Scott’s team and Wolverine’s team. This wasn’t bad at all. Next week, this X-over comes to an end.

Savage Wolverine #10, by Jock. Wolverine and the kid are wandering through the wilderness, and a ship comes by looking for them. They bust in and steal the ship. A guy on the ship grabs the kid and flees in an escape launch after activating the ship’s self-destruct. Wolverine rides the blast to reach the escape shuttle. And then the shuttle crashes. Not a lot really happens. This is still a story I can’t really recommend. Wait for Jock to leave it.

Uncanny Avengers #13, by Rick Remender and Daniel Acuna. Alex is fighting Banshee. Banshee beats him up, but Wasp flies into his mouth and destroys his vocal cords. Then Alex, Wasp and Cap enter the building they were looking for, and see the Twins’ ship. Thor saves the planet the Sentry smashed him into. On the Twins’ ship, they’re having a meal with Wanda and Simon. Elsewhere, Daken’s beating on Wolverine. He lets Wolverine know that Sabretooth filmed Wolverine killing Daken. The Twins add that the tape found its way to the Red Skull. Wasp sneaks into the Twins’ ship, and is confronted by Sentry. Alex and Cap are also fighting their way through. Wanda lets Simon know she’s going to betray the Twins, and then they bow-chicka-wow-wow. And then Rogue and Sunfire finds Wolverine and he dies. Well, I guess that’s the end of Wovlerine then. Right? I mean, surely he’s dead now. They’re not going to just ignore it all the other books, go on normally, and retcon his death at the end of this story. Right? WHatever. I don’t like Remender’s writing. Acuna’s art’s good, but not quite my style.

And now for Infinity stuff.

First, Infinity: Heist #2, by Frank Tieri and Al Barrionuevo. Blizzard wakes up in an underground hospital, and he’s given a mirror that lets him see his skin’s turned very very white. It turns out he’s an Inhuman, so the mist activated his powers. He’s a bit freaked out about it all, and drops out of the heist. Whirlwind tries to talk him into sticking with it, by talking about how sick he is of being a loser, but Blizzard declines. Spymaster isn’t willing to let him out, though. This is really good. This is about friendships between supervillains, and those stories are almost always really, really interesting. Seeing the camaraderie, the genuine feelings they have for each other – it’s nice. It makes them sympathetic. Even relatable. And it’s great. Just a really nice story. With some good tension, too.

Infinity: The Hunt #3, by Matt Kindt and Steven Sanders. The students from the various schools are tring to figure out what to do. The kids from the Pan-Asian School crash next to the kids from the Wakanda School. The bunch who was at the Avengers Academy steal an old Quinjet, and head for Atlantis, where the Latverian kids have already arrived. They’re under attack from the aliens leaving Atlantis. The Wakanda and Pan-Asian kids agree to go to Atlantis. The bunch from the Academy arrive, and Finesse gets to be awesome. All the schools are gathered above Atlantis, and they fight the aliens.  And don’t do well. This is a bit of an improvement over the last two issues. I’m still not a fan of Sanders’ art, and Kindt’s still not a great writer. But it feels like he’s just starting to get the hang of this series. Of course, there’s only one issue left. Maybe his Inhumanity book will be better.

Nova #9, by Zeb Wells and Paco Medina. Sam, Robbie and Vance get back to Sam’s house, and he finds his mom tied up next to Kaldera. She challenges him to unarmed combat – she doesn’t use her weapons, he doesn’t use his helmet. Obviously, she beats the crap out of him. So he cheats and has Vance send him the helmet so he can blow her away and free his mom. Kaldera teleports to her ship, bringing Sam with her. He ends up knocking her out. This was kinda fun. Kaldera didn’t go quite the way I expected her to. I do think she was probably beaten a little too easily, even if it required Sam to cheat. There’s some weird humour in the book, and some good art. It’s not bad at all.

Thunderbolts #17, by Charles Soule and Jefte Palo. First off, ugh, Palo’s art is awful. So painful on the eyes. Anyway, Red Hulk and Leader are trying to figure out what to do about Mercy. Meanwhile, Punisher, Venom and Elektra start mursering a whole lot of criminals. Also meanwhile, Deadpool gets dropped off at his favourite pizza place by a carriage. There’s a weird casualness about the city around Deadpool. Red Hulk manages to find an iPhone Leader can use to reboot his brain, and Leader comes to just as the Terrigen Mist settles on the city. Leader comes up with a plan for distracting Mercy from destroying the city: Attack a mother ship and make the aliens on it wish for death. And the other three are still killing criminals. The writing is really good. Lots of weird humour amidst the crazy things going on. The dialogue is often fairly clipped. And it’s just a lot of fun.

Secret Avengers #10, by Ed Brisson and David Ross. We start with a woman coming out of a cocoon and blowing up. A SHIELD agent tells Hill about it, and it being one of their own agents, Sarah Garza. Sarah’s freaking out about the whole thing, thinking she’s going to be fired and that she’ll have to pay for the damages and she hasn’t even paid off her student loan. Basically, Sarah’s pretty cute. Anyway, Hill tells her they need to send her into combat, even though she’s a tech with no experience using her new powers. Iron Patriot – James Rhodes – is called in to bring the girl to where Fury, Jr. and Coulson are fighting for their survival in Brooklyn. She goes into battle wearing some Stark tech that channels her energy, and kinda enjoys it. She tries coming up with a superhero name. After the fight, Coulson suggests the Invigilator. Then all the Iron Patriot drones deactivate and fall, including the one Rhodey’s in. Sarah’s armour also falls off. Then tentacles grab everyone. I’m not proud of where my mind went first. I like this issue, I have to say. The art’s good. But Sarah . . . Sarah’s a gem. She’s adorkable. You just want to pat her on the head and ask someone if you can keep her. She’s going to be a lot of fun, I can tell. So yeah, she’s great. I’m looking forward to seeing where her story goes next issue. I’ll be a little disappointed when she disappears to never be seen again.

Superior Carnage #4, by Kevin Shinick and Stephen Segovia. Spider-Ock confronts the Sinister Four, who still only have three members. Carnage kills the two minions with Spider-Ock, and then the fight starts. It doesn’t go well for Spider-Ock, but he eventually gets the Wizard out of the building and webs him up. He jumps up to a higher point, and starts reading Spider-Ock’s mind, and recognizes Otto. Spider-Ock drops him, and the Wizard chalks up the thoughts to his own dementia. Unfortunately, he also loses control of Carnage, who kills the Spider Patrol minions, then goes after Spider-Ock. Klaw jumps in, and Carnage winds up stabbing him from behind with some Vibranium, which makes Klaw explode. This is cool. Very dark and moody, still. Lots of violence. Minimal gore, but still lots of violence, well-drawn by Segovia. Shinick does a good job with Spider-Ock’s voice, and with Carnage’s. And Wizard becomes downright sympathetic here. It’s a good comic.

And while it’s not a Marvel title, I want to talk about Pretty Deadly #1, by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios. The only other non-Marvel series I’ve been buying is the pair of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic comics, and that’s because I love the show, like many a 28-year-old man. But this book. This book. I had to get this book. I love Kelly Sue DeConnick’s writing. She’s probably my third favourite current writer, behind only Peter David and Kieron Gillen, and being behind those two almost doesn’t count. And Emma Rios. Oh man, that art. She is my absolute favourite comic book artist. Ever. Ahead of Sienkewicz. Ahead of Byrne. Immonen, Lopez, Schiti, anyone else you want to name. Emma Rios is my hands-down favourite. So this book was an absolute must for me. With that creative team, I had no choice but to pick it up.

It was the first book I read. I’d been looking forward to this so much, that I was nervous about actually opening it. When I finally did . . . wow. It’s so good. So good. The art is gorgeous. If you don’t like Rios’ pencils, you’re just wrong. Her art is stunning. Jordie Bellaire did the colour, and I loved her colours during Kathryn Immonen’s run on JiM. She’s the only colourist I can actually name. And her colours here enhance Rios’ pencils. The art has an ethereal, otherworldly quality. And it’s gorgeous.

And then DeConnick’s writing is fantastic. There’s an extended sequence of a girl singing a song, and it’s beautiful. I could hear the song in my head. It’s haunting, and ethereal, and otherworldly, and beautiful.

And then there’s a two-page letter at the back, written by DeConnick. It’s her going back to different moments in her life that were related to her fear of falling, and her writing career. She writes it in a style that’s intimate, and beautiful, and captivating. Reading that letter, I was totally enthralled. This book is so good that even the writer’s letter at the end is enthralling. The letter even gave some insight into her Captain Marvel run.

You have to buy Pretty Deadly. You owe it to yourself to read this beautiful, amazing story. And it deserves to do well. DeConnick and Rios deserve to be huge. So please. Please. Buy Pretty Deadly.


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  1. Yeah, I also doubt that Wolverine’s death will stick. Especially since neither of his solo titles have been cancelled, nor has his team book appearances slowed down in the slightest. At this point, the only thing keeping me from dropping Uncanny Avengers is that it’s supposed to be Marvel’s flagship title. Even with that, most other books have been completely ignoring its storyline.

    And Pretty Deadly 1 is among the best comics I’ve read this year. It somehow combines a western, a fairy tale, mythology about Death and a mystery. I’ve never been hooked on a completely new franchise after only one issue before. It’s the kind of comic you can’t rush through though, or you’ll find it hard to follow.

  2. Hamburger Time permalink

    I doubt any deaths will stick, honestly. With the amount of them Remender seems to be teasing, I highly doubt even HE has the clout to drop the hatchet on this many B+-to-A-list characters in one sitting.

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