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X-Men comics for March 18 2015

March 19, 2015

Oh wow, I actually got these done tonight.

First, All-New X-Men #39, by Brian Bendis and Andrea Sorrentino. Let me start off by saying, once again, that Sorrentino’s art is just amazing. Anyway. The issue starts with Angel yelling at Laura and burning her, and she wakes up screaming, with Scott watching over her. Everyone seems a bit resentful of him for leaving the team. We cut to Thane and J’son arguing, and Thane leaves. Back to Scott and Jean, having a somewhat awkward reunion. They almost kiss, but Beast interrupts, because Beast is a dick. Way to be a cockblock, Beast. Not cool. That is not bro behaviour. Anyway, the group’s come up with a plan. A distress call from the orphanage complicates things, and four teams are formed. This part of the event isn’t great. It doesn’t do much to advance the story. There are some nice character moments, though. But the real reason you’ll want to read this issue if because of Andrea Sorrentino. Seriously, he arts the hell out of this comic. It’s beautiful to look at, with a lot of really cool layouts, and is just . . . man, it’s just such good art.

Storm #9, by Greg Pak and Al Barrionuevo (with Neil Edwards). Storm and Beast are checking out the pipes beneath the school, which seem to have a bit of a leak. Gambit shows up to ask for her help on a job. He tells her about his new job as Master of the Thieves’ Guild, and a problem he’s having with a guy named Nil, a technomancer. Gambit and Storm head to the Temple of Hermes, which supposedly has the greatest treasure a thief could find. Nil’s crew is already there, so Storm and Gambit head on in. Meanwhile, Beast is talking to Marisol, the girl from the first issue. She’s thinking of returning to the school. This is another strictly OK issue. But this series still doesn’t justify its own existence. This is a story that could be told in basically any X-book. And truthfully, it would be just as middling in any book. This just isn’t great writing. It’s not bad writing, but it’s not great. I kinda feel like the dual narrative – Storm and Gambit, Beast and Marisol – hurts this book, especially by trying too hard to tie them together in a meaningful way. Also, the art isn’t great. It’s a bit sloppy. The best thing about this series is the Stephanie Hans covers.

Cyclops #11, by John Layman and Javier Garron. First off, I kinda wish the cover had been more of a direct homage to the classic X-Men #100 cover. Anyway, the issue itself. Scott thinks about how Vileena’s boyfriends always died, and now, he’s about to join them. Malafect decides not to do it, since he needs Scott and Corsair alive for a while. They head to a market planet. The Starjammers are already there, as slaves. And now they’re all together again! Then the Starjammers are led off, while Scott and Corsair wait in another cell. Their shackles are removed remotely, giving them a chance to break free. Of course, Vileena freed them so she could try to kill them. This is good. It was nice seeing the Starjammers again, they’re good characters who deserve to be used aaaaand they’re gone. What does this series have against the Starjammers? Damn. Oh well. There’s not a lot that can actually be said about this issue. It’s adequate, I suppose. Decent writing, decent art, decent everything all around. Nothing particularly special.

Magneto #16, by Cullen Bunn and Gabriel Walta. We start with a flashback to Wolverine letting Magneto know a favour Magneto asked for has been done. This is from the time when Wolverine was leading X-Force. In the present, mutants are flocking to Genosha. Magneto asks Briar why she’s helping him, and naturally, they bone. Because of course they do. That night, some mutants hiding out from Magneto are visited by a guy who clearly plans on killing them. Magneto’s taken to see the body of one of the dead, left in the open as a message. I don’t know why I can’t get into this series. Maybe it’s just too serious, too dark. You need a little humour here and there, otherwise the endless parade of grimness just gets boring. And that’s what’s happened with this series – it’s always grim, and so that mood ceases to be interesting. It doesn’t have to do something goofy and zany or anything like that. But it needs some occasional comic relief. A supporting character with a morbid sense of humour, or a scene with a group of nobodies joking around – here, even the nobodies are serious and grim. Also, I still don’t like Walta’s art. I don’t like it now, I’ve never liked it, I doubt I ever will like it.

Wolverines #11, by Charles Soule and Ariela Kristantina. Fang talks about a time he helped Wolverine get totally wasted. Laura wants to know why, and Fang explains Wolverine sometimes needed a couple days to forget how hard his life was. Fang also mentions to Laura that his race reproduce through cloning, which actually is true. Meanwhile, Deathstrike is asking Ogun if she can kill Shogun. He tells her how to go about helping him take the body over completely. Back to Fang and Laura. Fang specifically mentions getting new abilities, but doesn’t go into detail. It’s a start, at least. He also reveals what his plan was for Laura – trigger scent. Meanwhile, Fantomelle is on another heist, this time stealing Wolverine’s dog tags. She’s been stealing a lot of Wolverine’s stuff. This issue’s not bad. Laura’s a character I like, so that helps enormously. It also does a whole lot less in the way of “Super-Fang” – he doesn’t do anything particularly unusual here. Kristantina’s art is good, though it doesn’t feel up to its usual standard here. It feels a bit rushed, which is a shame. This series is still pretty lame.

That’s the X-titles, here are the others.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #3, by Ryan North and Erica Henderson. We start with Nancy wanting falafel, but the stand only takes cash, so she goes into a bank to get some falafel money. As a result, she misses seeing Squirrel Girl crash her Iron Man armour. She gets the armour off so she can fight Whiplash. She tries to explain that she needs to beat up Galactus, and even takes out her card about him. Whiplash snaps it. It’s on. After he’s beaten, a squirrel arrive to let Squirrel Girl know about a bank robbery with hostages. Nancy is one of the hostages. And she sasses the robbers something fierce. Squirrel Girl saves the day in her squirrel armour. Armour made of squirrels. Yep. Nancy recognizes Tippy-Toe, by the way. So Squirrel Girl’s secret identity is in jeopardy! And she’s been defending it so well! Anyway, now it’s off to the moon to fight Galactus. All you really need to know about this issue is that Squirrel Girl fights crime in armour made of squirrels. If that doesn’t appeal to you, then what’s wrong with you? It’s awesome. It’s silly and goofy and fun and just great. Henderson’s art has so much personality, and everything is just fun. Read this book.

Silk #2, by Robbie Thompson and Stacey Lee. Silk is going through the sewers, and gets attacked by, uh, a giant robotic squid with a giant skull face. It’s actually pretty cool. Cut back a couple hours, to Silk looking for leads on what happened to her family. She heads down to her old neighbourhood, and gets a little lost in memories. She remembers the day she broke up with her boyfriend, before she went into hiding. She claimed she was going to Oxford. Her memories are interrupted by the giant robot squid, which is, of course, a Hydra robot. That brings us to the present, and she kicks robot squid ass. And when she climbs out of the sewer, she’s immediately recognized by Hector, her old boyfriend. This is another solid issue. Her search for her family is really interesting, and kinda sad. The encounter with her ex was really strong. Luckily, the sadness is broken up by a fight with a robot squid. It’s a very fun fight, and her narration during it is really funny. She’s got a dorky sense of humour. Stacey Lee’s art is still the main draw. It’s a really pretty art style. There’s a definite manga influence to it, which doesn’t hurt it at all. It’s very expressive, and it does a lot to sell how Silk feels at any given time. This is a really good book. Much better than Spider-Gwen. Yeah, I said it.

Guardians Team-Up #3, by Sam Humphries and Mike Mayhew. Ronan is writing an entry about the Black Vortex on Hala. While the Kree army, joined by Captain Marvel, Drax and Nova, fight Gamora, Beast and Angel, Ronan, Storm, Quill and Jean talk to the Supreme Intelligence. Ronan wants to use Vortex, but the Supreme Intelligence refuses. The risk is too great. Back on Spartax, Kitty’s arrived with Beast, Laura, Corsair and Venom at the orphanage, to fight the creature that’s driven Ma and the kids out of it. It’s Gara, the woman we saw in the flashback in the first part of the event. Back on Hala, Peter creates a distraction so Ronan can use the Vortex. Thane returns home to see his followers have all been slaughtered. This isn’t bad, but neither is it great. It actually could’ve used more action. There’s a war over Hala, and we see so little of it. It would’ve been cool to see more of the battling. Instead, we get a couple pages of Thane angsting. Ugh. Who even cares about Thane? I suppose he’ll be the big threat that forces Jean to submit to the Vortex to beat. The art’s very nice, though. It’s really good art. Still, this middle act of Black Vortex is largely dull.

Edit: On a side note, Mighty Avengers and Loki were both very good. Mighty Avengers directly addresses Nextwave, and ends with Monica back in a trenchcoat (and swearing with skulls). Really cool. Meanwhile, Loki has Ms. Marvel cameo. As a corpse. Among a bunch of Avengers corpses sent to attack King Thor in the far future. So yay Kamala! Making it to the big leagues! As a corpse!


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  1. The character work in Wolverines 11 works, and it does explain some of Fang’s motives and exactly what his deal is, but it still does very little to further the main story. Really, how much you enjoy it depends on how much you like X-23. As an X-23 fan I enjoyed this issue. This, and the last two issues, are basically just follow ups to each characters’ Logan Legacy issue. If the Wolverines sales numbers drop on this title from this story arc though, I won’t be the least bit surprised.

    The Magneto series is good, but if you’re not a fan of overly grim titles, then it’s no surprise you’re not enjoying it.

    I would have enjoyed seeing more of the Starjammers also, but I still liked the Cyclops series as a whole.

    I enjoyed both All New X-Men 39 and Guardians Team-Up 3, but in both cases the art really helped. X-Men had some good character development and pieces of story development. Guardians Team-Up brought some good Ronan moments and narration, but yeah … it probably would have benefited from showing some more action when it’s framed as an action issue.

    Every time you talk about the Storm series, it just sounds more and more like a waste of time. I like Storm as a character, but I’m also glad I dropped this series when I did.

  2. Hamburger Time permalink

    Never thought I’d see you happy to see a dead Kamala, Xpert!

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