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X-Men comics for February 11 2015

February 11, 2015

My local shop didn’t have Princeless, so I guess I’ll just wait for the trade. And probably borrow that from the library. But for today, here are other comics!

All-New X-Men #36, by Brian Bendis and Mahmud Asrar. Doom’s beat everyone up, and he plans to dissect Miles to figure out what Norman found out about genetics. Jean attacks him telepathically, but Doom’s too powerful as a Sorcerer and Scientist. But Jean was only keeping him distracted while she woke up the others. Doom teleports away, so Beast takes advantage of it to blow up Doom’s castle. Elsewhere, Logan and Thing are fighting, as Carmen, the portal girl watches. She starts teleporting around some more. The two teams of X-Men find her, and try to help her to find their own world. This was a fun issue. I’m not sure why the cover has the two teams of X-Men fighting each other, since they got along just fine. But there was lots of fun interactions between them. I liked the Jeans. They have a fun chemistry together. A couple of the other worlds we got brief glimpses of looked pretty cool. Asrar’s art style is good. And I don’t normally comment on the colours in comics, but I think Marte Gracia deserves a lot of praise. He chooses a lot of really nice colours, mixing dark and bright in interesting ways, and it makes the art pop that much more.

X-Men #24, by G. Willow Wilson, Roland Boschi and Javi Fernandez. Psylocke, Monet and Rachel are descending into the giant cave, and get attacked by a bunch of weird creatures. Psylocke gets hurt, and creates a telekinetic shield around the three of them, which Rachel supports. Then the trio fight over to an opening across the room. They fall down another hole, and come across another giant monster. Back at the school, Beast is examining Krakoa’s vomit, and says there’s interstellar hydrogen mixed in. Jubilee gets a hunch and starts out for Utah. Storm is climbing for the surface, and keeps talking to Wolverine as she does, to keep from going crazy. This is very, very good. Psylocke narrates this issue, and she’s got a good voice. She’s genre savvy, in a lot of ways. She’s not the psycho killer from Spurrier’s X-Force, since this is a very different type of book. She’s a lot more reflective here, though not necessarily more cautious, because she even admits she’s overconfident. The other characters are well-written, too. We get some exploration of Storm’s feelings towards death, and her fear that Wolverine isn’t still with her. It’s a very sad scene, actually, very poignant. It’s all really good. The art’s decent. Most of it is in darkness, and it actually looks really cool. There’s just enough light to keep things kinda creepy. There’s not a lot of work on expressions, but whatever. I’m enjoying this.

X-Force #15, by Simon Spurrier and Rock-He Kim. Hope is watching Cable die a lot, and says it’s kinda lost its novelty. She thinks about how much power she has, and how she’s using it to think about how to fix Fantomex. She doesn’t think she’s cut out for the grimdark superhero thing. She can’t find a cure, and she’s also annoyed at how the world works, with Us vs. Them. Fantomex prepares to attack Hope, but Cable – the original, with only a few minutes of life left – cuts him with the Psimitar. While Cable and Fantomex fight, Hope comes up with a plan, using the brokenness of her team. She hits Fantomex with all their emotional problems, which he, with his programmed sense of perfection, can’t deal with, so he does a full purge of his system. That also burns out the new powers. This is an interesting finale. I’m not entirely satisfied with how Fantomex was beaten. It didn’t quite feel like it fit the themes Spurrier had been using. He was beaten through the imperfections of the team, which I guess does sorta fit. And it was a clever way of making him purge himself so he would be vulnerable. The conversation between Hope and Cable at the end does express a rejection of the Us vs. Them mentality, which is good. I would’ve liked more from the rest of the team, though. Hope is the only one who really does anything, which is kind of a shame. The art doesn’t feel up to par, either. KIm did much better work earlier in the series. It feels rushed here. Actually, it almost looks like a blend of Kim and Huat. So this was probably the most disappointing issue of the whole series. Still pretty good, though. And I’m definitely sad to see this series end.

Cyclops #10, by John Layman and Javier Garron. Corsair and Scott have escaped the pirates, and Corsair has a plan for getting off-world, but Scott feels terrible. Back on the ship, the pirate captain’s angry that Corsair escaped, and gets angry again when he learns the Starjammers are alive. The first mate who let Corsair escape says that Scott is Corsair’s son. The cute girl overhears, and feels really hurt and angry and betrayed. Scott and Corsair are attacked by a bunch of 8-legged lions. Scott uses his optic blasts to keep them back, and then herds them towards the Shi’ar landing compound. They leave the planet, but Scott decides he has to go back to help the pirates. Pretty good issue. Another instance of Scott being a hero. Some good action. Nice art. This isn’t a great series, but it’s pretty good.

Nightcrawler #11, by Chris Claremont and Todd Nauck. Nightcrawler and Bess are on their way to attack Voge, while Nightcrawler thinks about being torn between Amanda and Bess. Rico and Ziggy are in a slave prison filled with mutant kids from around the omniverse. Fun thought: Because of the Incursions in Hickman’s titles, a lot of these kids might be the last survivors of their entire realities! Anyway, we get a glimpse of what the two kids might be when they grow up. The answer: Older. And X-Men, apparently. Ziggy frees herself and Rico, and they start brawling with the pirates. Voge gets annoyed at the Crimson Pirates letting them escape, and has them shot and put up for auction, while the Warwolves are sent on the hunt. Rico and Ziggy are still on the run, and are almost caught, but then Nightcrawler and Bess find them. I’m not really into this issue. It’s too much. The action is fun, but man, Claremont’s writing style really doesn’t hold up. It’s way too on-the-nose, for one thing. He’s got all the subtlety of a brick. But more than that, it’s just really cheesy. This isn’t helped by the art, actually. As the issue progresses, around the borders of the page, we get a growing number of heads of alien children. It’s obviously meant to show how much attention the fighting is getting, and how the kids watching are hopeful. But it’s also really frigging cheesy and stupid. It doesn’t work at all, and actually winds up detracting from it all. The art itself is fine. Nauck’s style is slick and good, and a good fit for Claremont, giving it the throwback feel. If this came out in the ’80s, it probably would be a classic Nightcrawler story. But because it’s coming out now, it just feels weak.

Wolverines #6, by Ray Fawkes and Jason Masters. Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus and Firestar have shown up, and are demanding that Sinister back off and let them take Wolverine’s body. Big fight time! And Fantomelle comes up with a plan for stealing Wolverine’s body out of the middle of all of it. Neuro makes a deal with Sinister, agreeing to give them the Wolverines team in exchange for Sinister curing the Paradise team. Neuro uses Deathstrike’s control word and set her against the X-Men, but Laura, Sabretooth and Mystique all deafen themselves so they can’t be controlled. Neuro doesn’t understand why the control words won’t work on them, and has to have it explained to him, and he’s overwhelmed by everything going on, and can’t figure out his next move. Sinister agrees to let the X-Men take Wolverine, but he’s already gone, and Fantomelle’s on her way out. This is fairly interesting. Fantomelle is fun and charming here. There’s some cool fighting. The contempt that Shogun has for Neuro is good. The art’s pretty good. Storm gets to be pretty badass. It’s good.

Now for the non-X-Men.

Guardians of the Galaxy #24, by Brian Bendis and Valerio Schiti. Gamora’s been transformed by the Black Vortex, making the Most Dangerous Woman In the Galaxy into something more. The Slaughter Lords attack her. The X-Men and Guardians teleport away. And then they debate what to do with the Vortex. Storm, Kitty and Drax are all in favour of destroying it. Kitty brings up the Phoenix Force, which annoys Rocket, who ends up coming off as a bit of a hipster about it. Kitty and Quill get into an argument that doesn’t look good for their relationship, but it’s interrupted when Adult Beast uses the Vortex. J’son is annoyed at Peter stealing the Vortex, and Black Maw tells Thane to kill J’son. Back on the moon, Beast sees how to fix everything. Laura’s had quite enough, and she charges the Vortex, but Beast stops her with some sort of electric blast. This is pretty interesting. Bendis is good at writing arguments, so he does good work here. There’s a lot of tension. The Thane scene is also really cool. Better than what Hickman did with him in Infinity, certainly. This is a pretty OK second part. Still, I’m looking forward to a little more action soon. Schiti’s art is great. He’s a top-notch artist. Love it.

Spider-Woman #4, by Dennis Hopless and Greg Land. Loomworld Jessica is enjoying being a pirate queen, until she steps onto the deck and finds Silk, Spider-Gwen, Anya and Spider-Woman. Side note: Spider-Gwen doesn’t like Silk. She really is trying to become everyone’s new favourite character. Jess is there to show Jess what’s happening to Loomworld now that the Inheritors are defeated. (Oh, uh, Amazing Spider-Man spoilers, I guess? Turns out the Spiders won. Shock, I know. The good news is Anya survived! Yay!) Jess wants Jess to do something to help the people of Loomworld, but Jess is only interested in helping herself, and has no interest in fighting. Jess tells her she wants her to lead, which Jess decides is actually OK. As the Spider-ladies go into battle, Gwen complains about how, in Silk and Anya’s world, she was “fridged off a bridge.” After the fighting, Jess becomes the new ruler of Loomworld, since people love her. Three days later, Jess and Carol – both in costume with jackets – are getting coffee and joking around. They go to Avengers Tower, where Beast and Vision are arguing about science, and Spider-Woman goes to talk to Steve Rogers. Before she gets a chance to say what she wanted to say, a monster bursts into the room, holding Beast and Vision, who are clearly not the best at science. While Jess, Carol and Steve fight the monster, Jess tries to talk to Steve. The writing here is pretty good. But agh Greg Land why why does he keep getting work why can’t he stop being such a total hack I hate his art I hate it and I want him to never draw again because he is just the frigging worst!

I also want to mention Captain Marvel #12, where Carol gets a pretty sick burn from her own computer. KSD writes very clever dialogue.

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  1. i agree that the art in X-Force 15 isn’t as good as usual, but I thought the writing was still great. I also kind of like the idea of Hope leading a less extreme X-Force team without Cable – hopefully we’ll get to see that sometime soon.

    Guardians of the Galaxy 24 brings a talking issue earlier than one would expect, but it’s necessary to get everyone’s opinion of the Black Vortex established before too long, so it’s good on that front.

    All New X-men 26 is good, Wolverines 6 is fun in a somewhat insane way, Captain Marvel is good like always, and while I didn’t like Cyclops as much as usual, it’s still good.

  2. G'kar permalink

    BS. Bendis doens’t write Thane better then HIckman, and everyone in that Issue of GOTG basicly had the same voice. I still say marvel needs to get Carol away form Bendis.

    • I’d say Bendis does a better job with Thane than Hickman did, because I’d say Hickman didn’t do jack shit with Thane. For Hickman, Thane was a plot point. Bendis is following a plan laid out with Humphries and the other current cosmic writers, and it’s a lot better than what Hickman did.

      I also disagree with everyone having the same voice in GotG. And I don’t think Carol needs to be taken away from Bendis, because he’s not doing anything that’s going to hurt her character.

      • G'kar permalink

        Well no surprise you disagree, Carol needs to be away from Bendis because she deserves better then to be in the book that the author is half assing it and doesn’t care about any of the characters. On different note I do I agree that Spider woman was pretty good so was Captain Marvel. Speaking of Jess I’m hoping that she gets to make an apperance in Carol’s Movie in 2018. *sighs* A movie that was push back four months because Spider man.

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