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X-Men comics of June 17 2015

June 17, 2015

I got my new Heartless Bastards CD in the mail! It’s awesome! I love it. You should check out some of the songs on YouTube, then order the CD. And see them live, when they come near you. Anyway, here’s today’s comics.

Magneto #19, by Cullen Bunn and Paul Davidson. Sentinels are attacking Magneto and Polaris. Magneto smashes one of them with a building, and tells Lorna to catch the falling humans. We do a flashback to Magneto telling the MGH maker to make something stronger. He’s warned that anything stronger will kill him, and he accepts the risks. In the present, Polaris saves the falling people, and they’re thrilled at how powerful Magneto is, with one even saying Magneto’s his god. Another flashback, to Magneto and Briar meeting with Sugar Man. Briar bad-mouths Sugar Man a bit, saying she compiled a list of scientists all better than he is, but Magneto picked him. Magneto says it’s because he needs quick and dirty. After getting Sugar Man’s plans for mobile power amplifiers, Magneto kills him. Which has been done before, so hey, he could still come back, if anyone wants to use him. Which they should, because he’s great. This is another solid issue of the series, for those who’ve enjoyed it so far. Davidson’s art is a bit weird. Faces sometimes look off. There’s less sense of hope in this issue than in the previous. More of the darkness slipping back in. More of the melodramatic monologues. If you’ve enjoyed the series, there’s no reason why you wouldn’t enjoy this issue. I’ve found the series a bit of a chore, at times, so I wasn’t keen on this issue, either.

Old Man Logan #2, by Brian Bendis and Andrea Sorrentino. Logan’s climbed the wall lining his district, and is met by a Thor. She looks like a Korbinite, the race Beta Ray Bill belongs to. She doesn’t have Bill’s horse head, but his race usually doesn’t. He only does because of the genetic engineering done to him. Anyway, she fries Logan. And that’s the series over! On to the next – Oh. Wait, no, there’s more. Logan falls off the wall, and into a forest. Thor follows him down to look for his body, but leaves when she doesn’t find him. Logan drinks from a pond, and has to kill a tiger. Then he’s found by Sabretooth, who prefers to be called Creed, and is a Horseman. Creed is about to attack, but a massive lightning bolt strikes. Storm! And the X-Men. Logan passes out. He wakes up in his head, with Emma there. She has no idea what’s going on in his head. His memories make no sense to her. She lets him wake up, and the X-Men start asking him questions. First up: His name. Iceman suggests Old Man Logan. Cute, Bendis. This is another good issue, though it’s probably a little too slow. Bendis probably could’ve cut some stuff from it and included a little more story. This does answer one question about Battleworld, though: It suggests most inhabitants are unaware of the nature of the zones. They may know different zones exist, but not that there are duplicates of some people. I would assume that the more highly-ranked a person is, the more they know. Anyway, as with the previous issue, the main draw is Sorrentino. Damn, Sorrentino’s work is brilliant. He does great layouts. The splash page of Thor frying Logan is laid out as lightning bolt panels. It’s neat. He does some nice broken layouts during a brief fight scene. He just has a great design sense. Man, I love Sorrentino’s work. I wish he was doing a comic that wasn’t about Wolverine.

Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars #2, by Cullen Bunn and Matteo Lolli. Deadpool’s walking away from the hero HQ, where all the heroes are dead. He’s attacked by the Lizard, angry at him for breaking Wasp’s heart. Deadpool says she seduced and used him. It flashes back a few days, to the X-Men deciding to leave and join Magneto because the other heroes don’t trust them, on account of the original Secret Wars being a shitty series. Deadpool is there, even though he’s not a mutant. Spider-Man beats them up and Deadpool chases him into some sort of shield room, all with images of scenes from the past, and maybe the future. I think it’s a reference to the little shields that came with the Marvel Secret Wars figures that the comic was designed to promote. Spider-Man escapes Deadpool, and Deadpool decides to take a shield, which has shifting images. Xavier sense psychic energies from it. Back in the “present,” Deadpool convinces Lizard he’s trying to save the Wasp. Then it flashes back to when Molecule Man dropped a mountain on the heroes. Deadpool keeps Hulk angry. In the original series, Mr. Fantastic did it. In a recent Spider-Man-focused re-do of the series, Spider-Man did it. This issue is OK. I don’t find it particularly funny. There’s some mildly clever bits, but mostly, it’s pretty weak humour. The art doesn’t do much for me. I just don’t care, to be honest. I can’t be worked up to care about this comic.

That’s the X-stuff. I don’t feel like actually reviewing the other Secret Wars stuff. So here’s my last review of the day.

Ms. Marvel #16, by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona. It’s a little over three weeks since Kamal broke up with Kamran, and she’s still hurting. She’s talking about it with a random stranger, while eating hot dogs. It’s basically the cliche of a guy talking to a bartender, but it’s a girl talking to a hot dog vendor. Complete with her demanding another dog, and him cutting her off. And then asking if she’s OK to get home. It’s cute and funny. Then a panicking mob runs past her. Kamala changes into her costume, and uses a rather clever idea to cross the water. She expands the surface area of her feet, so that she’s floating. She credits Da Vinci with the idea. When she reaches Manhattan, she finds out what everyone’s freaking out about – the End of the World. She heads back to the Circle Q to check on Bruno and his brother, who are guarding the place from looters, then she heads home to check on her family. But Kamran is there. He says Aamir’s been taken somewhere safe, in preparation for exposure to the Terrigen Mists. Aamir wasn’t exposed before, because he in the basement of the mosque. Kamala wants to look for Aamir, but she knows she needs to check the school, first, to make sure other people are safe. This issue has exactly what I’ve come to expect from Ms. Marvel – a great mix of comedy, drama and heart. There’s some great humour all through the issue, both in dialogue and art. Alphona, as usual, has a lot of fun, tossing in tons of little visual gags that make a close reading necessary. Things like a pigeon with a viking helmet, a guy with a sign saying “I told you the end was nigh,” or a sheep in the gymnatorium. (The gymnatorium itself makes me laugh, just because it reminds me of my elementary school.) There’s also an amazing panel where Ms. Marvel pauses, mid-step, in utter confusion at something moving past her. But amidst all this humour, there’s the tension of the whole “End of the World” thing, which allows Wilson and Alphona to show the worst and best of human nature. There’s people being dicks about it all, by looting. There’s people panicking. And there’s people coming together to help each other. Which is really nice and sweet. On top of all that, there’s the drama of Kamran abducting Aamir to turn him into an Inhuman, which also touches a bit on Islamic extremism. Kamran expects Aamir to join his group because he thinks Aamir feels marginalized by society for his looks and beliefs. Aamir strikes me as too genuinely good a guy to ever engage in violence, so I don’t think it’s where Wilson’s going to take the story, but it’s still a great little touch. So this is an amazing issue. And next issue is the Marvel Team-Up! Which should be also amazing.

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2 Comments
  1. It did feel kind of weird that Magneto 18 felt more optimistic than the rest of the series despite the world ending, but Magneto 19 slips right back into the dark mood. Personally I’ve enjoyed the Magneto series so far and I enjoyed this one, but yeah, those who don’t like the rest of the series won’t enjoy this one for pretty much the same reason.

    Old Man Logan feels like the point isn’t necessarily to focus on story, at least not yet, but for Logan to explore the different realms and figure out what’s really going on. So far Bendis is doing a good job at that. But like the first issue, Andrea Sorrentino’s art is the real highlight.

    I’m enjoying Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars so far, but I would agree that it’s not the best Deadpool material out there. It’s not even Cullen Bunn’s best Deadpool material – Deadpool Killustrated is much better.

    And of course, I think we both agree that Ms. Marvel 16 is the best comic of the week. Everything about it works, from the frantic pacing, yet still finding room for character development, to the great art. Alphona almost went out of control with the visual Easter Eggs this time round, and that’s a good thing.

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