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X-Men comics (July 23, 2014)

July 23, 2014

This is a fairly light week, blissfully. So let’s get to it.

First Storm #1, by Greg Pak and Victor Ibanez. I got the Skottie Young variant cover, because really, why wouldn’t you? Storm is flying above a little village that’s about to be hit by a tsunami. Beast says she can’t stop a tsunami, but Storm says she actually can, then thinks that it would just divert the problem, and she’ll require finesse. Instead, she forms some cyclones, which moves the water around the village. A girl laughs, and once the village is saved, runs over and hugs Storm. Some soldiers show up, and say mutants aren’t allowed in Santo Marco. She wants to kick some ass, but Beast talks her down, saying it’ll just make the situation worse. She returns to the school, and talks to a student who’s been nicknamed Creep. She wants to go home, and calls Storm a sell-out. She gets pissed, and in the morning, she’s back in Santo Marco. This is good. Pak writes Storm as being perhaps a touch too casual at times, but the overall personality is great. Confident, regal, and with a definite attitude. The story’s a done-in-one, showcasing both who she is and what she can do, and holy hell does it ever show what she can do. The art is likewise excellent. Very clean, very pretty to look at. This is a good first issue, and I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes from here.

Wolverine and the X-Men #6, by Jason Latour and Mahmud Asrar. Idie and Quire are in the future, and she’s pissed off at him. Evan is in the World, with a bunch of monsters. Back in the future, Future Quire explains that Evan turned Apocalypse, and Idie became his Death. Since killing Evan would’ve made Idie into Apocalypse, Quire trapped him in Cerebra. Blah, whatever, I can’t care about any of this. I can’t. The writing is flat, the art is mediocre, the story is dull. There is absolutely nothing here that is the least bit interesting.

Deadpool #32, written by Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn, art by John Lucas. I apparently missed #31. Huh. Oh well. Ellie and her adoptive father are running from Ultimatum goons, and get on a train. Deadpool, with his ’70s look, shows up to ask the damaged Agent Preston what happened. He heads to the train station, and gets shot. Meanwhile, Dazzler is in danger from a bunch of vampires. Shiklah comes to the rescue. Preston meets up with Adsit, and we find out that Adsit saw Deadpool murder his own parents. This is another serious, dramatic issue, which is something I always appreciate with Deadpool, though it probably still could’ve used a couple more jokes from him. I hate the art, though.

Deadpool vs. X-Force #2, by Duane Swierczynski and Pepe Larraz. Deadpool does a quick recap, before remembering that recap pages don’t exist in 1863. The Civil War soldiers open fire on X-Force, who take cover. Deadpool slips away during the fight, and some steampunk weaponry shows up. Cable pops back to 1777 to tell Cannonball and Boom Boom that the US Army loses the Battle of Germantown. In 1863, he wants Domino and Warpath to hold off both sides as long as they can. And Cable goes after Deadpool. Another fun issue. Duane writes a spot-on Deadpool. He gets the humour, without it being the whole of the character. The story’s a lot of fun. And Larraz’s art is great – ’90s without being terrible. This is a fun mini, a nice change of pace from the increasingly shitty Deadpool minis we’d been getting.

That’s the X-titles. Some other stuff:

Original Sin: Thor & Loki #2, plotted by Jason Aaron and Al Ewing, scripted by Ewing, first five pages drawn by Lee Garbett, the rest by Simone Bianchi. Out in space, the Guardians of the Galaxy are being attacked in warp drive. They fight back, and they hear thunder. Angela senses that the doorway to the Tenth Realm is open, and she can go home. In the Tenth Realm, Thor introduces himself to the Angels. And then they attack him and Loki. While Thor fights, Loki vanishes, and slips into the Queen’s chambers. There’s some interesting stuff. The Queen is a rather cruel, corrupt bitch, which makes her oddly charming. The action is exciting, though I find Bianchi’s style a bit muddy. Ewing’s writing is sharp as ever. It’s good. Not great, but good.

Original Sins #4. First is a story by James Robinson and Alex Maleev. Some broker is telling his friend that he’s going to bring Doom to his knees. He was caught in the Eye-bomb thing, and learned one of Doom’s secrets, and he’s going to use it as blackmail. He heads to the Latverian Embassy, and finds out that all the people he’d entrusted the secret to are now dead. Then he gets to meet Doom. Then we continue the Young Avengers story by Ryan North and Ramon Villanova. Noh asks Kate to join him, Hulkling and Prodigy at the apartment, but Kate’s in San Francisco (with a dog). Then he tries Miss America, but she’s on a date. They just ordered dessert. Teddy chats with Billy, but tells Billy to keep studying. Noh also uses his phone to scan the information being taken out of people’s heads, and finds it’s being encrypted so only Hood can read it, then uploaded to the Internet. He wants to benefit from the knowledge. My favourite part might be the knowledge that Miss America was on a date. I like to think that after dessert, she and the girl went for “dessert.” By which I mean sex. I want to believe that Miss America got laid. And the final story, written by David Abadta and Pablo Dura, art by Erica Henderson, is at a superhero parade, with various people cosplaying superheroes. Including, for some reason, a Howard the Duck costume. Anyway, an Inuit guy in the crowd flashes back to when he was a kid, and accidentally peed on the frozen Captain America. It’s a silly story, but amusing. Overall, this book is OK. Probably not really worth picking up.

Avengers 100th Anniversary Special, by James Stokoe. After a war with the Badoon, the planet is being poisoned and America is in the Negative Zone. The remaining Avengers consist of Dr. Strange (reincarnated in a black man’s body), Beta Ray Bill, and Rogue (with Wolverine’s healing factor). Some Moloids activate some bombs. They’re under the command of Mole Man the Third. I can’t say I enjoyed this. The art was very off-putting, and the writing was too over-the-top.



Edit: Apparently, I totally forgot about All-New Doop #4, by Peter Milligan and David Lafuente. We start in 1957, with Ingmar Bergman creating Doop. Then we cut to the present, where Doop asks Mama Doop what awful secret Raze could use as blackmail. We flashback to his childhood, growing up in the deep Marginalia, a realm filled with creatures born of dreams and imaginings. Doop wanted to see the real world, and Papa Doop got mad at him and left, which led to Mama Doop beating Doop. In the present, she yells at him, and he gets fed up and demands to know again what secret Raze might know. In his memories, he finds a camera, and decides to be a chronicler of life in the Margins, until Jung told him to go to California. There, X-Statix! And then he learns his mother’s secret, which I won’t reveal. But I’ll translate the Doop speak. “Doop!” “But it it. It is.” “Oh my sweet Ingmar.” “It is Bergman.” “Who are you? Who are you?” “Bergman. The great Ingmar Bergman.” “You’re having a laugh.” L-leave me alone.” This continues to be ridiculous fun. Just a great book. Tike and U-Go Girl show up. Wolverine, at one point, tells Tike that maybe it’s time X-Statix made a comeback, and Tike agrees that maybe they will. Please please please yes! So much yes! I would love to see X-Statix make a comeback. That series was so good. Milligan’s clearly lost none of his insane talent. So do it, Marvel! Do it!

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  1. Exploring the possibility of Evan becoming Apocalypse could be interesting, but it sounds as though they’re doing it in the most boring way possible. No wonder Bendis’s X-Men titles are outselling Wolverine and the X-Men.

    Storm 1 is great though. Unless you also read Amazing Spider-Man, that’s probably the only comic we both read this week.

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