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X-Men comics of December 3 2014

December 4, 2014


All-New X-Factor #17, by Peter David and Carmine Di Giandomenico. Longshot and Sunfire are there at the request of the X-Men, to retrieve the nuclear football. Sunfire attacks, which annoys Danger. Then Warlock smothers him. Longshot has slipped away, but Quicksilver finds him. Then Quicksilver is raised into the air. Luna sees, and is really worried. Because Quicksilver can’t fly, despite what a couple of the people around thought. Sunfire busts out of Warlock, then seriously damages Danger. So now both of the crazy people have gotten though. But Doug has a plan. And a Doug plan is bound to be awesome. Georgia momentarily stops Longshot, and has a new codename. Decay. Actually, D.K. Because initials are cool. Oh, those silly kids today. This is a really fun issue. Lots of exciting action and goofy humour. It’s great.

Weapon X Program #3, by Charles Soule and Salvador Larroca. Sharp is working on his gas mask, and Neuro comes in to talk about the information he’s found. Skel and Junk are up front, driving the truck, and chatting. Junk remembers being in prison when a guy came in and abducted him. In back, Neuro and Sharp are looking at files of Wolverine, and Sharp realizes that Wolverine is in his head. Endo wants to call her family, but Sharp says she can’t. Up front, Junk says he might join the Avengers. We get Skel’s background – he played pro football. He got concussions that screw up his head, and accidentally killed a guy on the field. Skel has a fit that makes him crash the truck. He flips the truck, and the pain goes away. He needs to use his strength, or his enhancements degrade. This is OK. There’s an odd twist near the end, once they find Sabretooth. We’re finally learning more about the characters. They’re somewhat interesting. The art’s OK. All in all, I just feel very meh about this series.

Axis Revolutions #3. The first story, by Ray Fawkes and Pepe Larraz, is about Kitty. She’s robbing a bank. A police sniper takes a shot, but they need a different kind of gun. Kitty does say it’s a nice shot. While firing a couple Uzis. She walks up to the bank vault and puts her hands against it. She phases the door into the floor. Then she shoves back the safety deposit boxes, letting all the money and valuables out. She walks out, and a woman shoots at her, and hits the CEO, who it turns out had been funneling money out of accounts and into anti-mutant groups. Kitty then pays the woman for helping mutants, and tells her to have fun in court. Then she steals a car and makes her escape. Evil Kitty is actually a pretty terrifying concept. Especially when you consider that this was her having fun – she didn’t even bother using her ninja skills. She’s kinda fun here. Larraz’s art is great. He’s a damned fine artist. Her escape is especially entertaining, what with it being capped off with an explosion. You can tell Larraz had fun drawing that part. I can almost picture him cackling maniacally as he drew it. The second story, by Frank Barbiere and Victor Santos, is about Sandman. He saw some villains on TV doing the hero thing, and it gave him an idea. He called up some old friends of his, and he breaks into prison with them. The gang is there to free their old boss, who’s there to kill a guy named Rico, a lame villain with a suit of power armour. Sandman stops the boss from killing the dude. This is a nice story. It’s cool seeing Sandman do the hero thing again, even if he winds up actually doing a really bad job of it. The art’s good, but nothing memorable.

Deadpool #38, by Gerry Duggan, Brian Posehn and Mike Hawthorne. First off, awesome cover by Mark Brooks. A great homage to Uncanny X-Men #210’s cover by JRJr. (I haven’t reached that issue yet in these reviews. But oh man, it’s a big one, and leads into an iconic storyline.) Deadpool and the Koreans are in the Danger Room, in an Old West simulation, being chased by the X-Men. Fight! The train they’re fighting on goes off a cliff, and the simulation changes to a post-apocalyptic city. The X-Men decide to leave the Danger Room, and leave the Koreans inside, with the safeties off. Deadpool blindfolds himself so he can find his way out. He leads them into his own mind, and then back out into the real world, where they steal a car and make their escape. This is a pretty good issue. I liked the hint of fourth-wall-breaking with Deadpool cutting through the “illusion” of reality to go into his own mind. It was an interesting way of doing it. He also has a line about events that’s pretty clever. I’m still not a fan of the art, though. I think I just never will be.

That’s the X-titles. Here are the non-X.

Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #1, by Kieron Gillen, Marguerite Bennett, Phil Jimenez and the incomparable Stephanie Hans. Angela is walking across Limbo, and comes across Un-Town. She wants to know where her friend is, and is prepared to kill a lot of people to find her. Her friend, Sera, turns out to have won a hellhorse in a game of cards. Angela, meanwhile, had kidnapped a baby, and the people she stole it from have followed her. She deals with the half-dozen foes. Sera starts telling the story she always tells of Angela. Bennett/Hans section! Angela found a crashed settler transport ship, and wanted to help a baby she found, but being an Angel, she had to make a deal. She chose to declare that the baby owed her its life. She found parents for the baby, who raised him to understand his debt. Eventually, the boy became king, and captured Sera. Angela wanted the king to free Sera, and the debt would be repaid. The king refused. So Angela killed him. His life was hers, one way or the other. This is an interesting start. It’s perhaps the least Gillen thing I’ve read by Gillen. It’s very light on humour. There’s a little bit, but not much. But it’s definitely an interesting set-up. Jimenez does a solid job on the art. The fight scene is very, very quick.We really only see a few of her motions. Which is kinda the point – she’s a very, very fast warrior. The Bennett/Hans section is better. A really cool look at how the Angel moral system works. And Hans is just such an amazing artist. Just so frigging good. It’s amazing.

Guardians 3000 #3, by Dan Abnett and Gerardo Sandoval. Over a gas giant, Rael Rider is woken up, and told about Geena Drake, and the need to protect her. Rael Rider is a Nova, possibly the last. Geena wakes up on a planetoid, with Charlie-27 and Yondu. They’re attacked by some Stark. Charlie and Yondu recognize the armour as similar to Tony Stark’s. They mention having met him. For the record, I’m pretty sure the Guardians only met Stark after they recruited Nikki. So I still see absolutely no damned reason why Nikki couldn’t have been a part of this book from the very first issue. But whatever. Yondu takes down the Stark opponent. And then they talk to it. This is fairly interesting. I hate Sandoval’s art. Too sharp and pointy. I’m also still not fond of the space-speak stuff. It still feels forced to me. But the actual story’s reasonably interesting, and there’s some characterization. We also get the classic Star-Lord showing up, which is neat.

Hulk #9, by Gerry Duggan and Mark Bagley, has Kitty and Illyana cameo. Hulk goes to see Kitty to get her help removing a tumour from his brain. He figures that since Kitty’s a fellow outlaw, she’s obligated to perform brain surgery on him when asked. Is that how it actually works? Either way, Kitty and Illyana are both a bit overwhelmed at dealing with the Hulk, and that means lots of amusing dialogue from them. I want to mention that Bagley draws Illyana with pants. I appreciate that. The Bachalo hot-pants just look so frigging stupid. I do think Duggan had Kitty and Illyana act a little more overwhelmed than they should’ve been. It’s not like they haven’t seen the Hulk before. Not to mention even crazier stuff – Illyana defeated Dormammu not long ago. And they both have excellent powers for not getting killed by the Hulk. Still, it was a funny scene.

Kitty’s also in Legendary Star-Lord #6, by Sam Humphries and Paco Medina. Peter and Kitty are on a date at an opera. It’s very very awkward. Then he gets attacked, so he sneaks out with Kitty’s hologram. He takes her skating. He’s attacked again. So next up, dinner. Though Kitty can’t eat the food at the restaurant, what with being a hologram. Attack! Garden. And Kitty gets fed up with how weird Peter’s acting. He apologizes, and says she’s always on his mind. Things start to go well again. Then comes another attack. It’s an OK issue. Not great. It gets better near the end. Next issue looks like it’ll have Kitty kicking some ass! This one has her stealing a space jet from Tony Stark, so that’s pretty awesome right there. But now she’s in space. So that should be fun times.


From → 2014

  1. You can kind of tell that Charles Soule likes Sharp more than most of the other Weapon X program characters because of all the mystery behind him. They all have potential as characters, but so far that’s about it – potential. I guess how much you enjoy this series depends on how much you’re looking forward to Wolverines since the whole thing is building up the new characters for that.

    Angela: Asgard’s Assassin is a good start. I’m not sure how long I’ll stick with it, but both of the writers are obviously skilled and they made the character more interesting in one issue than Bendis has in the entirety of her Guardians of the Galaxy appearances. That has to count for something.

    And of course X-Factor remains a good tie-in for Axis, while still standing on its own. By the way, that Kitty Pryde bank robbery story sounds like fun. Seems like Kitty Pryde had a good week.

  2. Louis permalink

    I though legendary starlord 6 was really good not just ok. Kitty and peter where the main focus and the comedy was right on the spot maybe I don’t count because I’m a big star lord fan and star lord dating kitty fan so I like them together but I still think it was more than ok

    • I like the Peter/Kitty relationship. I just felt the first half of the issue was trying a bit too hard to be funny. It fell flat for me. But humour’s very subjective, so what doesn’t work for me is bound to work for someone else.

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