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X-Men comics (October 29 2014)

October 31, 2014

So here’s the comics from Wednesday. A couple days late, but meh.

All-New X-Men #33, by Brian Bendis and Mahmud Asrar. Iceman gets tired of fighting Moloids, and creates ice-hulks to create a distraction so he can escape. He’s in a city that’s somewhere really hot. The Mole Man sends a giant monster out after him. Laura and Angel meet up at the Weapon X facility, where Laura backs away from a hug and explains she doesn’t do hugs. Angel talks about seeing a jungle with dinosaurs, and Laura says it was the Savage Land. I love how blase she is about it, too. Anyway, the Weapon X facility is frozen shut, and has been for a while, then James Howlett – Wolverine, Jr, – shows up and after some posturing, brings them inside and explains it’s where mutants were created. Beast wakes up sitting at a table with Victor Van Damme, who wants to know about Beast’s world. Beast tries to escape, in a scene that’s actually really funny due to the lack of dialogue. And Miles Morales brings Jean back to his school to meet Ganke and borrow Ganke’s mom’s car. This is great. There’s lots of fun stuff in it. Iceman starts to develop his power more, and Jean gets plenty of good stuff with Miles near the end of the book. I like that Laura’s still not big on hugging. She’s dating Angel, and still won’t hug him. Bendis does a bit better with her voice. She reads a bit more like herself. Less casual, fewer wasted words. Asrar does a good job on the art. Once again, I think Jean might get the best of it, with some really nice facial expressions. But there’s some good expressions for everyone, and while there’s not too much action, what’s there is done well. Beast’s attempt to escape Doom is the highlight for the action. Good issue.

Wolverine and the X-Men #11, by Jason Latour and lots of artists. Ben Caldwell, Farel Dalrymple, Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez, Vanessa Del Ray and Chris Brunner. We start a few months ago, with Melita finding an old comic about Captain America fighting Nazi Frankenstein, and thinking it’s ridiculous. Then the present, where Melita, in New York, meets with Spider-Man. She sent Peter Parker a message asking for help. She actually meant help with some photos. Apparently, she left the message after getting drunk with Bamfs. Then she tells Spider-Man that Wolverine’s dead. We get a flashback of Spider-Man and Wolverine fighting through Doombots. Wolverine says he’s re-opening the school. We then cut to the present, at Quire’s club, where everyone’s passed out, and he’s watching a movie called “Doop Hard.” I don’t feel like translating the Doop-speak right now, because there’s a lot of it. Quire says no one cares about Wolverine, and that he always whining. Melita yells at him for being ungrateful for Wolverine giving him a home. Quire says that the rest of the world sees a weapons factory. And he’d be right! That is what normal people would see. Why? Because they’re never allowed inside. Because the school hides away in privacy, and the X-Men are only ever seen when it’s time to cause property damage. Then we get the scene between Melita and Storm. Who I think doesn’t know know how not to make an entrance. She talks about how, after she lost her powers, Wolverine took her to Japan, where they fought ninjas, because it’s what you do in Japan. It’s actually kinda funny – Storm is this flurry of motion, while Wolverine just stands there. Still, more mehness. Meh story, and much of the art was meh. Just all sorts of meh. I find it hard to care, especially on account of Wolverine sucking.

Logan Legacy #3, by Kyle Higgins and Jonathan Marks. Some guy wakes up in a shitty Wolverine costume. Sabretooth kills him. he’s in Somalia, on the outskirts of Mogadishu, helping some rebels kill government stooges. One of the rebels, looks like the guy in charge, suggests Sabretooth should be going after stronger prey. The rebels launch an attack, and kill plenty of people. Sabretooth has a recollection of his fights with Wolverine, including the time Wolverine popped his claws right into Sabretooth’s skull. Wolverine says that they may have been the same, but everyone always liked him better, and also taunts Sabretooth for not being the one to kill him, and that he’s nothing without him. A few days later, another attack, but this time there’s a guy with flame powers. Labaraa. This is a good comic. It really highlights what a sick, bloodthirsty bastard Sabretooth is. The art helps with that. It’s a very cool art style. It kinda reminds me of Marco Rudy, though much, much more straightforward. It’s got just a touch of an abstract quality that works well. Not everyone will enjoy this art, I think. It’s not conventional art, which means it’s going to be hit-or-miss. Some will love it, some will hate it. I liked it. The biggest flaw with the issue was that I don’t like Sabretooth.

Death of Wolverine: Deadpool and Captain America #1, by Gerry Duggan and Scott Kolins. Steve Rogers is telling Deadpool about Wolverine’s death. They’re cleaning Wolverine’s room at Avengers Mansion. Rogers wants to make sure no one can find any of Wolverine’s DNA to subvert it. Black Widow calls to say that a knife that was recently used on Wolverine has been sold to AIM. She appears for a single panel, and it’s a splash page of her right after she’s been incredibly badass. Steve and Deadpool get on a jet for Moscow, and Deadpool asks why they don’t regrow Wolverine. Steve says it’s because he wants to preserve the natural order. Deadpool thinks it’s because they’d get feral asshole Wolverine. Steve flashes back to his first modern-day encounter with Wolverine, where they fought a giant robot (it was Captain America Annual #8), and Steve said Wolverine would never be an Avenger. Deadpool has a memory of drinking with Wovlerine after learning of Carmelita’s death. Deadpool makes a Star Wars reference, and Steve says he’s finally seen it. He hasn’t watched Avengers 3 yet, though – Clint told him to only watch the even-numbered ones. I do so love geeky references. Anyway, they head into an office building owned by AIM, and Deadpool lets Steve know that he found Eleanor. Also, we learn that Wolverine left Deadpool a couple items. They were burned back at the Mansion. Steve and Deadpool find the knife with Wolverine’s blood, and the two AIM agents studying it let them take it, because you do what the crazy guy with two guns tells you to do. There’s also a pouch joke. One of the pouches apparently has a troll. One which may or may not explode. There are also pictures of Eleanor and Mookie Wilson. And then it’s time for the break-out, which involves setting the building on fire. This is actually a really good issue, much better than the cover would suggest. Duggan gets that Deadpool isn’t a joke. He gets that there’s a lot of tragedy within the character. The issue ends on a particularly powerful note. Of course, there is still some pretty good comedy. But rather than being slapstick, or “lolrandumwutlol!”, the humour is based on what’s going on in the story. Steve actually might get the best lines, in terms of the humour. The art is pretty good. It’s a fairly conventional style, which I think actually works better for Deadpool than weirder art. I haven’t been a fan of the art on Deadpool’s solo title. The art here is much more enjoyable. Good comic.

Axis Revolutions #1. The first story is by Dennis Hopeless and Ken Lashley. Spider-Man comes across a crowd that’s devolved into a riot. He tries to explain to the crowd that Red Skull is making them do it. He comes across some young people trying to beat up a store-owner. Then a younger kid throws a skateboard at the guy’s head. He has a variety of reasons for hating the guy. Spider-Man tries to talk to the kid, but then they almost get hit by a car. The kid thinks it was awesome. It actually kinda was. Then he sees a couple women beating up a catcaller. He also breaks up a fight between a couple guys whose names and histories he inexplicably knows. The JJJ smacks him in the back with a golf club. The kid asks why Spider-Man isn’t being affected by the hate wave, and asks if it’s because the Avengers are all given protection. Spider-Man remembers Aunt May telling him not to hate. It’s a nice story. Pretty sweet. Though Spider-Man taking so long to talk to one kid while the city’s in chaos is a bit weird. At least he multi-tasked, helping people as a teaching moment. The art’s nice, too. I’m not really familiar with Lashley, but he’s got a good style. It looks really nice. Conventional, but no less enjoyable for that. The second story is by Simon Spurrier and Tan Eng Huat. Dr. Strange is angry. He yells at Hoggoth, then at Wong. He wants the crowds outside to shut up because he has a headache. Strange comes up with an idea for blocking out the hate by focusing through someone unaffected. He tries an atheist professor, but the mention of a spell sets the guy off. Then he tries an old, dying woman. She’s set off when she sees Wong. Turns out she’s a raging racist. Three-year-olds, hippies, Buddhists, clowns. No luck. Strange decides to just destroy humanity. Then he realizes Wong was what he was searching for all along – someone who refuses to be driven by hatred. He uses Wong’s essence to create an anti-hate beacon. Which takes the form, obviously, of an adorable kitten. Because of course. What else would it be? Then it turns out Wong hadn’t actually beaten the hatred at all, he just wasn’t very excitable. He did poison everything he’d brought Strange. This is a hilarious story. I hate Huat’s art, but the story is hilarious. Strange is really funny when he’s angry, it seems. The dialogue all through the story is some of the funniest stuff out there. The story starts with him calling Hoggoth an “incorporeal bastard,” a “dungwitted deity,” and hating his “hoarier than thou” crap. And then threatens to make dippy eggs of Wong’s skull. “I’ve chosen not to discorporate you in a screaming ball of tentacled agony.”  These are just some lines from the first two pages. It continues like that for the whole story. It’s great.

That’s the X-titles. And one non-X.

Deathlok #1, by Nathan Edmondson and Mike Perkins. Hayes has his prosthetic leg checked out at home. He lost it in battle, and now he’s part of Medics Without Borders. Really? Really? You couldn’t just have him be a part of Doctors Without Borders? You had to do a fake name version? Come on. What’s wrong with having him be a part of Doctors Without Borders? Bleh. Cut to a week later, where Deathlok is in Switzwerland, doing fighting. He’s attacking a train. He kills some people and grabs a file, then starts the cover-up. As soon he exfiltrates, his memory is wiped. He’s back home, and his teenage daughter is a teenage daughter. On the Helicarrier, Maria Hill assigns an agent to track down Deathlok. She’s given a folder that has information on Michael Collins, the ’90s Deathlok. Hayes flies down to Venezuela, for another mission, taking out some rebels. This was an OK start. We see plenty of Deathlok. Less of Hayes, which is a bit disappointing, as I’m generally more interested in characters than action. This issue’s very action-heavy, so people who like that sort of thing should enjoy this. Deathlok doesn’t actually have any problems with the fights, so they’re massacres. There is also some intrigue set up. Still, I can’t say I’m terribly impressed with this. Edmondson’s been doing much better work on Punisher and especially on Black Widow, which is a great book. Perkins’ art is very good. Once again, it’s conventional art, but well-done. It looks good. This is an OK comic, but not a great one. Not yet. I do hope Michael Collins shows up in the series.

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  1. Sounds like I might have to read the Captain America/Deadpool DOW issue – it actually sounds pretty good.

    I considered picking up Deathlok 1, but since I plan to read at least the first 4 issues of Wolverines, I’d rather not try too many new titles in case I’d later have to drop them due to budget constraints. That and I’m not all that interested in Deathlok, I decided not to. Hearing how it’s not nearly as good as Black Widow, I’m glad I didn’t pick it up.

    Logan Legacy 3 is a good exploration of why Sabertooth made a good Wolverine villain, but also further shows that he most certainly does not deserve to be a hero. He can be fun when he’s being a dick to Wolverine, but I don’t want to see a mass murderer fighting alongside the Uncanny Avengers. Hopefully it’s temporary at best before they replace him with a much more deserving X-Men character, like Polaris since X-Factor is ending. That and seeing all three of Magneto’s kids on one team could bring about some interesting drama as already shown in X-Factor.

    And of course, All New X-Men remains strong as usual. The character focus on Jean is great, and it’s nice that he’s finally doing something with Iceman. I was initially worried when I heard Bendis was taking on the X-Men, but he’s been doing such a good job so far. That and one has to admit that he’s a master at popularizing characters and franchises. Seeing X-23 in the currently highest selling X-Book makes me happy, as does his improving handling of her voice.

  2. That Doctor Strange tale sounds awesome. I may have to track down that issue if my LCS still has a copy.

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