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X-Men comics for February 25 2015

February 25, 2015

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All-New X-Men #38, by Brian Bendis and Andrea Sorrentino. Beast is talking about the need to bring understanding to the people who don’t have it, comparing others to cave people. Angel says he’ll do it, while Beast unlocks another level of consciousness and Gamora goes to kill Thanos. While they discuss how far they’re willing to go to bring peace to the universe, they sue the Black Vortex on a primitive alien race. Then they get blasted from above by a spaceship. Ronan the Accuser beats up Gamora and grabs the Vortex. On the moon of Spartax, everyone regroups after almost being killed in the previous chapter. The Slaughter Squad comes back around, and Illyana casts an invisibility spell. Peter calls up his ship to pick them off, and flips the bird to the Slaughter Squad on the way off. I’m so disappointed they blurred it out. Anyway, this issue’s awesome. So damned good. Bendis does a solid job on the writing. The discussion among the powered-up heroes is really interesting to read, and then the normal heroes trying to figure out what to do is also good. But what really elevates this issue is the art. Sorrentino is ridiculously good. The art is gorgeous, and the layouts visually interesting but also easy to follow. Also, he can actually do a pretty good variety of women. Storm looks gorgeous, Kitty looks pretty, Jean looks cute – they don’t all look the same. I like that he makes them pretty easy to distinguish. But mostly, just, holy shit, guys, he is such an amazing artist. I seriously cannot stress that enough.

Amazing X-Men #17, by Chris Yost and Jorge Fornes. There’s fighting going on. Man-Killer gets knocked out of the temple. Nightcrawler is glad to see Cain Marko, until Cain bashes him and Rachel. Northstar reminds Nightcrawler that forgiveness is bad. Iceman wants to know his problem, and Cain says he wants to hear them say they killed his brother. Storm is looking for the gem, and fights a few guys and a demon. Some weirdo in a robe shows up, and starts taunting her, so she just zaps the person with lightning. Crossbones and Firestar are still fighting. He takes her down and tells her to stay down, but she just fries him and says she doesn’t stay down. She asks him to stop before she’s forced to kill him, but then Pixie teleports in with Colossus. Pixie puts Crossbones to sleep. The Mists of Morpheus worked! Hurrah! Cain is still telling Iceman to say that the X-Men killed Xavier. Iceman points out he spent years trying to do that. The argument is interrupted when Rockslide slams through with the big demon. The reveal of who actually finds the Ruby is pretty neat. It’s a classic villain who hasn’t been seen in a long while. Someone I’ve actually thought should be brought back. This is an interesting and unexpected way to do it. The story itself is cool. Lots of fun fighting. Firestar vs. Crossbones was interesting, simply because the only reason it was even a fight was because she was holding back a lot. I’m glad it didn’t end up being a situation where Colossus took Crossbones down with one punch. The fact that Pixie defeated him was nice – for racist rapists, I’d rather women and people of colour be the ones who take them down. So much more interesting than to have the Neo-Nazi continually defeated by the living embodiment of his philosophy. Anyway, Firestar’s cool, and Rockslide’s awesome. He only gets a couple panels, and they’re both awesome. Fornes’ art is good. Very nice-looking. No particular complaints there. This arc has been really good, and it’s looking like it’ll have a pretty great finale.

Spider-Man and the X-Men #3, by Elliott Kalan and Marco Failla. On Mojo TV, it’s time for Late nite with Spider-Man, with Hellion and the X-Kids Band. No-Girl is being kept in line by four mental slaves, who keep burning out. Mojo is bored with the talk show, so decides to liven it up. He releases the villains – the Sinister Sixty-Six. During the fight, the heroes realize they’ve been kidnapped and forced to go on TV. We find out that Eye-Boy was the mole, as he was working for Mojo the whole time. But then it turns out it wasn’t Eye-Boy, it was Chameleon. They come back from commercial, so the holographic villains are brought back. Rockslide thinks it’s like the Danger Room, so Hellion and Ernst do a telekinetic Fastball Special. Ernst says she’s “Wolverining.” I like that term, and I will now use it to refer to someone doing something Wolverine-like. Especially if they’re the ball in a Fastball Special. They find themselves outside, in the Mojoverse, and Spider-Man gets recognized as a celebrity. They’re saved by ’90s Gambit, but Rockslide sees through the disguise – Gambit is Chameleon. Chameleon is disappointed he was discovered so quickly, pointing out how hard it is to do a French accent that poorly. Gambit-bashing amuses me. Also, X-Babies show up! Yay X-Babies! I love the X-Babies. This was OK. Could’ve used more X-Babies, because the X-Babies are awesome. So, so awesome. Anyway, the story was meh, the action was OK, the art was OK. This book is just . . . really, really meh, overall.

Wolverines #8, by Ray Fawkes and Juan Doe. Fang wants to know who killed Wolverine, so he can kill that person. He beats them all one-on-one, so they go after him as a group. He beats them that way, too. Then Daken tells him to either kill them or leave them alone, and Fang reveals that he meets up with Wolverine every year to have some fun. While he talks about that, Daken sneaks up and stabs him in the head. That doesn’t work, either. Flashback to Wolverine and Fang drunk. Laura talks to Fang, and says none of them killed him, and that they all understand Fang’s grief. This is . . . weird. Fang is pretty awesome. There is a weird reveal about Fang’s race, the Lupak, that doesn’t really make that much sense given previous stories. Actually, the fact that they have such trouble with him is weird, considering he’s normally defeated pretty easily whenever he shows up. It’s a fun story, just one that basically ignores most established canon about Fang. He doesn’t even look much like Fang, frankly. Ah, well. I do like the idea of Fang and Wolverine being drinking buddies who go on ridiculous adventures every year. It’s cute. I’m not keen on the art. It’s a bit weird, to me. o, this issue was definitely a mixed bag to me, and it seems to be kicking off an arc that’s going to be flat-out bizarre.

That’s the X-titles, here’s a few other comics.

Spider-Gwen #1, by Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez. I ended up picking this up after all. I got the Skottie Young variant, naturally. Some teenagers – including Hobie Brown – are spraying graffiti on an anti-Spider-Woman sign, and officer Grimm starts climbing up after them, but then the Vulture shows up, with a couple vultures. He flies off with Grimm. Spider-Gwen, meanwhile, is annoyed at how little appreciation she gets. She beats up the Bodega Bandit while looking at her phone, because he is the worst arch-nemesis ever. She gets a call from her father, which she rejects. He’s in the hospital with the critically-injured Grimm, and is worried about her. He tells Foggy Nelson that facial recognition software has identified Adrian Toomes as the guy who attacked Grimm, but then Foggy says he’s been relieved of command of the Special Forces Task Force. In prison, Aleksei is being “interrogated,” which means he’s being beaten up, by Captain Frank Castle. Gwen takes a stolen cash register back to a bodega, and the owner is kind of a dick. A TV is talking about the Mary Janes, who have become a hit thanks to the attack at their show. Gwen goes to see how the Mary Janes are doing. Apparently, they’re having problems finding a new drummer. This was . . . OK. It’s definitely very cool and hip and all that. Honestly? It might be too cool and hip for me. I was never a cool guy. I was always a loser, a dork. So I don’t think I can actually connect to this series the way I should. I’m just not cool enough to enjoy this. Ms. Marvel is so great because she’s such a complete dork. Spider-Gwen? She’s not a dork. She’s got some major problems in her life. She’s clearly feeling underappreciated, and feeling like she’s got something to prove. But frankly, most of the problems she’s having seem to stem from sheer vanity and ego. The art is slick and stylish and cool. So is the writing. So it’s a good book. But it’s definitely not for me, I think.

SHIELD #3, by Mark Waid and Alan Davis. Some guys have assaulted Strange’s house, and one of them opens a book to take a look. Spider-Man is riding on Lola’s hood while Coulson yells at him not to scratch the paint. They arrive at Strange’s house, but SHIELD can’t get in. SHIELD has brought in Pavel Plotkin Rasputin, a random old villain who once shot Dr. Strange and tried to rob his house. After that, he actually retired from villainy and started a family – his son once captured Cloak while trying to summon a demon. Plotkin, Coulson and Spider-Man get into the house, but the doors close before the other agents can get in. The three are attacked by guns that fire spells, but they’re weak ones, so Plotkin can break them. The three move through the house, fighting bad guys. Outside, an agent starts transforming into a monster. This was fun. It was cool seeing such a random, Z-list character as Plotkin – I do wonder why he was in SHIELD custody, though. Last time he was seen, he was a family man who’d sworn off crime. I think he sold insurance or something. Presumably, Waid hadn’t read that Cloak and Dagger story, and just read the old one where he almost killed Strange. Anyway, he was pretty fun here. A bit condescending towards the “mundanes” who can’t understand what they’re dealing with, while also regularly being overwhelmed by it all. Spider-Man’s always a fun guest star. Coulson was shown outside his element, with no real idea what’s going on. Davis always does a solid art job, and this is no exception. This actually feels different from his usual style. It doesn’t feel like an Alan Davis comic, somehow. It’s not that it’s bad. It just doesn’t quite look like his usual work.

The Wicked + The Divine #8 was awesome. Just so much gorgeous work on the art. I loved the lay-out, with the “1-2-3-4” panels. And Laura being brought into Dionysus’ party was ridiculously trippy and awesome. There’s also tons of character moments that were really cool. It’s just a fantastic issue, and you should totally be buying this series.

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3 Comments
  1. For the most part, All New X-Men 38 is very good. People who criticize Bendis of always writing slow should read more of his issues like this, because a lot happened in today’s issue.The best part is that Marvel just announced that Sorrentino made an exclusivity agreement with them so I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of his art.

    I don’t normally swear online, but holy fucking shit that cliffhanger in Amazing X-Men 17 – talk about the worst case scenario. Really good stuff though.

    Yeah, Wolverines 8 is fun, but really weird and not necessarily good. I haven’t read anything with Fang before, but my 2 minutes of research basically confirmed that they retconned him a bit. I can buy them being friends who hang out once a year, but still.

    Yeah, Spider-Gwen is really good, but no matter how brilliant something is, not everyone will like it.

  2. G'kar permalink

    Well, Spider Gwen was great, and x men 38 was awful I only picked up because it tie in to the black vortex and now I wish hadn’t. Also why did Carol seem against getting help from her fellow avengers since a there are few of them that could be helpful. Anyway I’m just glad in couple months she’ll be going back to earth.

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