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X-Men comics for November 19

November 19, 2014

OK, new set of comics.

First, Uncanny X-Men #28, by Brian Bendis and Kris Anka. Scott invites Matthew out to breakfast (Magik knows a good place), and Maria Hill’s a bit freaked out that the guy who’s declared a mutant revolution just left with the most powerful mutant in the world. Beast is in his lab, and Storm visits him. He says he contacted the world powers about Matthew, and no one responded. He feels like Scott was right, that humans are more interested in distancing themselves from mutants than working together to solve mutual problems. Storm tells him about Scott and Matthew, and Beast doesn’t know what to do. Scott and Matthew are out on a butte – far away from civilians – and Scott shares his mind with Matthew. Matthew starts to lose control of his power, and Scott fights to keep him calm. With limited success. This is an intense character-focused issue. It does more to explore Scott’s mindset, and sets him up as a little more extreme than I thought. Magik gets a nice moment with Scott, too. The scene between Beast and Storm is interesting. But mostly, this issue is Scott doing a lot of talking. And it’s very compelling stuff. It feels like Bendis really is moving him to the edge. Anka’s art is good.I like his style. It looks nice, and he does a very good job at setting tones and moods. This is a great issue.

X-Force #12, by Simon Spurrier and Rock-He Kim. Psylocke’s telepathically searching for Hope’s consciousness. She finds her in the surveillance system, which is showing a whole lot of violence. Back outside, Domino’s pissed at Cable for sending her on a mission and then never following up on her. More bad guys come running, and Psylocke starts to lose herself in the violence, until Hope tells her to stop. The main bad guy says he knows all sorts of secrets that could make him useful, but Psylocke finds his mind disgusting, so she slices him in half. And out pops Mojo! He gives a quick exposition dump of why he’s there (his ratings fell so he got kicked out of Mojoworld), and then he starts revealing more secrets, including Meme being Hope. On the team’s way out, they find Nemesis with another Cable clone. More anger! And then – Fantomex! Another awesome issue. So much drama. Psylocke’s narration does end up feeling like a bit much at times. But the comic’s generally fun. Spurrier seems to be trying to build up Hope a bit more, which is nice. Kim’s art is awesome. So damned good. I love this series.

Storm #5, by Greg Pak and Victor Ibanez. Kuva of Breakworld challenges Yukio for leadership, and Yukio chooses Storm as her champion. Storm wants to get Yukio out of there, but Yukio refuses, and says that if Kuva takes over, a lot of people will die. They go out to the Mojave Desert for the fight. The Breakworld champion is huge and has a big warhammer. Storm is unimpressed. She wishes him luck. She also tries to convince him not to fight, but he says he has no choice. So they fight. Storm wins, obviously, because he’s a thug, and she controls the weather. Meh. As I said a couple days ago, this series just isn’t doing much for me. It’s really bland. I’m giving it one more issue. Pak has one more chance to impress me. After that, I stop picking it up. Honestly? I don’t think he can do it. Ibanez does good work, though. The art looks really nice. The fight, short as it is, looks really cool and intense.

Magneto #12, by Cullen Bunn and Roland Boschi. Magneto is happy to be wrecking some Sentinels, and Loki can’t not be sarcastic and devious. He frees Wanda and Strange, and tells them to cast a spell to bring Xavier’s mind to the forefront of the Red Skull. Then Magneto has some memories of Xavier. He remembers Israel, him, Charles and Gabrielle Haller having a pleasant day, with Magneto and Xavier debating as usual. In the present, Magneto has to buy Wanda and Strange time, even though the MGH in his bloodstream is burning up, and his power’s fading. Another flashback, to rescuing Gabrielle from Strucker. After the inversion spell is cast, Magneto and Xavier’s ghost have another talk. An interesting issue, but a lot of it is just showing what happened in Axis #3. I suppose it’s useful for people who’ve been reading Magneto, but not reading Axis. But still, it feels a bit wasteful. The flashbacks were nice. This issue did have less narration, which was a nice break. It made the issue a lot more enjoyable. The art was OK. Not really my style. A bit too sharp.

Deadpool #37, by Gerry Duggan, Brian Posehn and Mike Hawthorne. On Thanksgiving morning, while everyone’s watching a parade, a couple guys rob a bank. Deadpool stops them. Mostly peacefully. Though he does bash one of them in the mouth with a turkey. At the Prestons, everyone’s gathered, including Shiklah and Ellie’s grandmother, who bashes Deadpool with a mallet. At the table, Preston asks Deadpool to carve the turkey, but he can’t do it. He feels out of place. Later, on the train, Batroc and Trapster are chatting when Deadpool and Shiklah come in. Deadpool says hi. His mind reminds him he promised to kill them, and tells him to do it. He doesn’t. He gets a message from Kim saying the X-Men are acting weird. Deadpool sneaks into the JGS, and says he doesn’t want to give them a drubbing. His own mind starts rooting for the X-Men. I kinda like that he still has a violent side in his head, and I like how annoyed hsi violent side is with his new pacifist style. The story’s pretty fun. I don’t like the art. I’ve never liked the art on this book, and I’m forced to conclude I probably never will.

Weapon X Program #2, by Charles Soule and Salvador Larroca. “Sharp” – aka the clone of Wolverine – has a flashback to flying with Kitty Pryde, then snaps back to the present, where he’s flying with some other girl. Their helicopter comes under attack, and Sharp comes up with an idea. He has speedy girl drop a fire extinguisher on the other ‘copter’s propellers. Sharp lands the ‘copter on a train, then they jump out into some water. The strong guy misses the water, but survives hitting the ground. The team all gets codenames. Sharp, of course. Speed girl is Endo, animal guy is Junk, strong guy is Skel, smart guy is Neuro. Later, they get found and attacked again. Sharp slaughters the guys sent after them. Neuro figures the team has trackers in their bodies, so he takes them out. Meh. Don’t care. Don’t care about Wolverine, and it’s hard to care about any of these characters so far, especially since, let’s face it, at least two are probably going to die, and the rest will just wind up in limbo. These aren’t characters who will matter once this mini ends. The art’s OK. Larroca isn’t one of my favourites. He has a history of tracing, for one thing. But beyond that, he’s just kinda mediocre.

Axis #6, by Rick Remender and the Dodsons. The X-Men have taken Manhattan (in a much less friendly manner than the Muppets did), and Apocalypse says any more forces sent to retake it will be slaughtered. A gene-bomb has been prepared, and Mystique pays a visit. Nightcrawler and Rogue are sent to talk to her. She tries to talk them out of their current path. Doesn’t work. Sabretooth saves her and they escape into the Morlock tunnels. Out in San Francisco, Daredevil shows up at Stark’s place to shut him down. Stark ejects him from the party. In Latveria, Doom apologizes for exploiting his people, and declares the nation a democracy. Wanda shows up to kick his ass. Quicksilver and Magneto rescue him. In Las Vegas, a dickish Thor is gambling, and scaring the casino into letting him keep winning. Loki shows up to stop him. Then Loki has to be rescued by Spider-Man and the remaining sane Avengers. As hard as I’ve been on Remender over the past couple years, I’m forced to admit: This has been a very good event. There’s still the third act, he could blow it there, but at this point, it’s looking promising. This is genuinely good writing. There’s some good inverted character work, some nice comedic bits, an interesting story. It’s all quite good. The Dodsons do a great job on art, as usual. The Dodsons are a great art team. Among the best in the business, I’d say. Terry does great faces. He also does really big boobs, but that’s not important. The important thing is he does a great job on faces, so characters have clear expressions. The art is just really, really pretty. I like them much more than the other standard event artists – guys like Hitch or Acuna.

Axis Revolutions #2 has two stories. First, by Frank Tieri and Paul Davidson, is about Sabretooth. He’s walking in the rain, and hands a woman a scarf she dropped. Nightcrawler attacks him. This includes a huge kick to the groin. Dirty, Kurt. I don’t care how evil you are, that’s not cool. Anyway, Nightcrawler wants some payback for all the pain Sabretooth caused Wolverine over the years. He teleports off some of Sabretooth’s fingers, then an ear. Then he starts dropping stuff on him – a car, a food cart, a delivery van, a construction vehicle. Then he teleports a sword into Sabretooth’s neck. And a whole bunch more. Sabretooth finally manages to bitch-slap Nightcrawler, but refuses to kill him. It’s a cool story. It shows just how dangerous Nightcrawler is if he goes all-out. Actually, it might not be an accurate presentation of his power – since when can he teleport a delivery van? That seems a little outside his weight range. Oh well. It’s still an awesome fight. Really good art from Davidson. The second story, by Kevin Maurer and David Lafuente, is about Thor. A journalist gets a message from his girlfriend asking him to help get Thor out of her bar. He keeps demanding mead, and nothing will shut him up. The journalist asks him what’s wrong, and Thor talks about his woes. The reporter suggests going to Vegas. Thor calls up his ride – his flying goats – and they head off. They pass a plane that requests permission for another go around, due to a near-miss with Thor. A world with superheroes would be so ridiculous, and I love seeing that stuff. Seriously, I want a whole series about ordinary people dealing with a world full of superheroes. Anyway, it’s an awesome road trip. This story’s really fun. Just lots of hilarious stuff.

That’s the X-titles. Only one non-X.

Spider-Woman #1, by Dennis Hopeless and Greg frigging Land. (Yes, I do need to include the “frigging” every time I say his name, because he’s a hack and I want him to not draw comics any more.) Spider-Woman is leading her team – which includes Silk and Spider-Man Noir – through an alien landscape. The other two are excited, she’s jaded. She says she can be plenty fun, but they’re on a mission, and she thinks that the weirder a place looks, the more likely everyone dies. A couple jerks on hoverboards harass a woman with food, so Silk and Noir kick their asses. Spider-Woman is annoyed. The Twin Inheritors how up, so Spider-Woman grabs Silk and Noir and they teleport out of that world. They go to Earth-90214, and Felicia Hardy’s speakeasy, so Noir can be taken care of by his friends. Spider-Woman yells at Silk, then feels guilty. Spider-Man, Spider-Anya and Spider-Gwen show up. Land you giant frigging hack I hate your work I want you gone dammit Marvel why do you keep giving him work how could anyone like his work how why why whyyyyyy? Yeah, this issue’s full of Land’s bullshit face-recycling bullshit. And I know I just called it bullshit twice, because seriously guys it is just such complete and utter bullshit. Land is awful. Awful awful awful. Hopeless does a good job with the writing, but it’s genuinely hard to even notice it when I’m so distracted by Land’s recycled faces in every single panel that has any part of a face showing. I want this series to bomb horribly, just to prove that Land’s shit doesn’t sell.


From → 2014

  1. It’s kind of harsh to say you hope a series bombs just because of Greg Land when the writer is relatively new and has potential (then again you hated his Avengers Arena/Undercover work and I don’t blame you), but I agree that Greg Land just has to go. I want to read Spider-Woman eventually, but don’t feel like financially supporting Greg Land. Even the preview pages had looks that appeared to be traced directly from porn – how does he get away with this?

    Uncanny X-men is so good. Despite it mostly being a conversation issue, it’s intense. Bendis is doing fascinating stuff with Adult Cyclops.

    I decided today that Storm 5 is my last issue. It’s 5 comics in and the series has no sign of direction, either story wise or character wise. it’s a shame too, because I would love to support a title starring a black woman, and Greg Pak can be a good writer.

    X-Force on the other hand … more people need to pick this work of genius up. It feels like this series is getting better with every issue.

    That’s kind of what I gathered with Magneto – it felt like it was just replaying events from Axis from the title character’s perspective. I’m not even reading Axis yet and I realized that.

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    Y’know, even if Remender drops the ball in Act 3, that’s still an event that’s two-thirds good. Don’t see many of those.

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