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X-Men comics for March 4 2015

March 4, 2015

I went out with a friend today. We watched The Kingsmen. I’ll talk about that in my next pull list. But now I have comics.

X-Men #25, by G. Willow Wilson and Roland Boschi. This issue is narrated by Monet. Neat. She’s been killing monsters in order to get a phone signal. She’s able to reach Jubilee, in a new mini-plane (the Hatchling) Beast cooked up. They both agree that they’re probably dealing with some Kree experiment, so Monet tells Jubilee to go bother Medusa. Then Monet accidentally causes a cave-in that buries her. She has a flashback to her mom waking her up and teaching her the fatiha. Her father interrupts and calls it “desert superstition,” but her mother tells her to remember the words. Monet wakes up again, and starts trying to free herself, and telepathically contacts Rachel. Jubilee visits Medusa, and gets dismissed pretty quickly, but she does learn that they might be a bit wrong about their assumptions. This is another solid issue. Wilson makes Monet arrogant, but also vulnerable. The flashback was a really nice touch, a subtle reminder of Monet’s Muslim faith. Jubilee gets to be very fun in her scenes. The twist at the end is pretty cool, and makes me intrigued for the final issue. This has been really good. Boschi’s art is good. Not great, but good. Just kind of a meh style, overall.

Wolverines #9, by Charles Soule and Peter Nguyen. Fang has taken Daken to fight a Frost Giant. Daken refuses. Fang tricks the Frost Giant into attacking Daken. Meanwhile, Shogun and Deathstrike have had sex. He explains to her about Ogun being in his head. Daken wants Fang to call off the Frost Giant, but Fang refuses, and says Daken will have to figure his own way out. In Madripoor, Fantomelle and Culpepper are in the Princess Bar. They’re there to steal Wolverine’s eyepatch. Fantomelle tries to distract the bartender with flirting. She is very, very bad at flirting. It’s actually pretty cute, I’ll admit it. Daken gets pissed off and attacks the Frost Giant, and is about to kill it, but Fang stops him. Fang shows powers here that he’s never shown before. What’s being done with Fang makes absolutely no sense unless it isn’t actually Fang. On the plus side, Fang trolled Daken pretty hard, and since Daken is such an asshole character, that’s always a positive. The Shogun/Deathstrike stuff was OK. The art wasn’t great. This is still a pretty meh series, overall.

Return of the Living Deadpool #2, by Cullen Bunn and Nik Virella. A woman gives a quick rundown of the previous Living Deadpool mini, and the premise of the new one. The woman says they have a plan to kill the Deadpools. Deadpool himself is out watching some train tracks with the teen girl. She’s looking for her parents, who have been grabbed by the Deadpools, and are being taken to a processing station. The train comes by, and they jump on board. And then they fight their way onto it. This is OK. The art’s nice, but as with the previous series, I would’ve liked a few splashes of colour aside from Deadpool himself. I’m guessing the black-and-white is intended as an homage to the original Living Dead movie, but I think it would’ve been really effective to have some colour here and there. The writing is OK. Some OK comedy, some OK drama. Nothing really special. Bunn’s always been a strictly-average writer.

That’s the X-Men comics, here are a few non-X.

Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #4, by Kieron Gille, Marguerite Bennett, Phil Jimenez and Stephanie Hans. Odinson climbs a peak and shouts out for the Disir. Angela and the Guardians are playing poker when Angela hears Odinson’s shout. She repeats the word, which allows the Disir to find her. This leads to a fight, of course. Also, some kinda-flirting between Angela and Gamora, who honestly have one of my favourite friendships in comics. One of the Disir reveals that Angela stole Odin and Freyja’s body. Then she gets beheaded. The Guardians want to know if it’s true, but Angela walks away. Sera goes to talk to her, and we switch to the Bennett/Hans section. This story covers Angela meeting Sera after Sera’s death, and them establishing that Sera is who she claims to be. And we also learn why Angela has kidnapped the baby. It’s an interesting reason. Very, very cool.  This was a good issue in general. The stuff with the Guardians was really fun, and then the fight was great. And the Bennett/Hans sections are always fantastic. Hans is one of the best artists out there. Jimenez does great work, too, but Hans just kills. Gillen managed to get in some bad jokes, including a horribly painful pun. Always fun. Bennett’s writing in her section is still great, too, very mythic, but also nicely personal. This is a good book. I very much enjoy it.

Operation SIN #3, by Kathryn Immonen and Rich Ellis. I actually forgot to pick up the physical copy today. Made me sad. So I went digital for this one. Howard manages to drive their truck off a cliff and into a lake. There’s some bickering between them all, but they keep walking, and reach their destination. A big, empty field. The boy, Mikhail, says they have to wait for daybreak. Elsewhere, some people are being herded into a big warehouse. Anton Vanko is among them. One guy falls, and a guard shoots him. A woman brings Anton inside, then her eyes flash green, and a door with the Hydra logo closes. Daybreak comes, and the heroes see a crystalline spaceship appear. Howard thinks he can put the sphere he picked up earlier into the ship, but the hole is too high up, so Woodrow forces Mikhail to turn into a bear. Then Woodrow climbs on Mikhail’s shoulders to put in the sphere. And the woman from earlier gets a green glow again and knows the ship’s been found. This is definitely interesting. It’s an intriguing story, with some nice twists. But there’s also solid character writing. Good humour, and some touches of drama. Ellis’ art is very good. He’s a talented artist.

All-New Hawkeye #1, Jeff Lemire and Ramon Perez. The first issue of the new Hawkeye series is coming out before the last issue of the previous Hawkeye series. Somehow, that feels totally appropriate to how Fraction’s written Hawkeye. Fraction’s Hawkeye, after all, was a complete screw-up. Anyway, this issue starts with Clint and Barney as kids in Iowa. They’re trying to catch frogs. In the present, Clint and Kate are running. They’re on a mission for SHIELD, busting up a Hydra base. Things aren’t going well, and they try to escape. Clint makes it outside, but then the doors close, locking Kate inside. In the flashback, Clint and Barney get back to the foster home, and Barney gets yelled at for the grass not being cut. Then he starts getting beaten. Back in the present, Kate finds what Hill sent them in to find. This is really good. Like, really, really good. The segments in the past are done in watercolour, and it looks very pretty, and there’s a real sense of nostalgia tinged with sadness to them. The modern sections are more of an indie art style, but it works well with the wit you’d expect in a Clint and Kate team-up. As an aside, Clint and Kate both get to be shown as extremely competent at what they do. Fraction’s run generally presented them as misfits who are just trying to do their best – not really conventional superheroes, but deeply endearing. This book makes them more superheroic, which is a nice switch-up. Of course, they still have a great chemistry together.

Guardians Team-Up #1, by Brian Bendis and Art Adams. The Guardians’ ship is going down. They’re under attack by someone. The ships pass by Avengers Tower, interrupting Hawkeye’s lunch. Rocket saves the ship by cloaking. Then the enemy ship disappears. And then the Guardians’ ship crashes, and the Avengers show up. The meeting is . . . odd. Come to think of it, the Guardians haven’t actually met the current Avengers line-up. They met the movie Avengers, but not the bulk of the current comic line-up. Weird. Anyway, Spider-Woman is annoyed at the presence of a talking raccoon, so decides to call it a day, but the alien ship shows up again and opens fire. Hawkeye fires off three arrows. Gamora seems to be the only one who thinks it’ll work. It works, of course. Black Widow realizes he’s going to gloat about it for months. I can’t say I’m terribly impressed by this. Honestly, it’s not even that there’s necessarily anything wrong with it, except that it just feels so damned shameless. This is a lot like Bendis’ GotG, which means it’s not particularly strong. There’s plenty of banter, some of which actually is pretty funny, but there’s no real point to it beyond “hey look it’s the guys from the movies!” The Chitauri are the bad guys. Nebula is their leader. Because of course she is. I’ll be genuinely surprised if she isn’t working for Ronan. It’s annoying. Also, I hate Adams’ art. It’s an unpleasant style. Cartoonish in a bad way. This sucks, and I really can’t recommend it at all.

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  1. Angela: Asgard’s Assassin is probably my favourite comic of the week. Absolutely everything about it works.

    All New Hawkeye 1 isn’t far behind; it’s just a fun comic with some great banter, creative art and brilliant flashbacks that add some drama. How they blended the present day action scene and the flashbacks together in the last few pages is simply genius.

    X-Men 25 does a great job with exploring Monet and the story stuff works too. I feel that Jubilee’s portion still feels pointless in the grand scheme of the story, but that could still change in issue 26.

    I’m kind of with you for Wolverines 9 – I never liked Daken so by default, a character study of him won’t excite me. Fang does make some great points though. The Deathstrike/Shogun scene works well enough, but I don’t care much about Deathstrike either. Fantomelle’s scene saved this issue for me.

    By the sound of it, I’m glad I didn’t pick up Guardians Team-Up 1.

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