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X-Men comics for July 22 2015

July 22, 2015


Uncanny X-Men #35, by Brian Bendis and Valerio Schiti. In Tempe, Arizona, a teen girl shows up and  summons demons to attack her father, a high school football coach. It’s the girl from waaaay back at the start of Battle of the Atom. The NXS kids show up to kick some ass. While the others fight monsters – Fabio shouts “Goldballs” constantly – Benjamin goes to talk to the girl. He actually seems to be getting through to her, but Goldballs knocks her out. With that situation over with, they go back to the original Hellfire Club to crash. The next day, Fabio finds out a video of him is trending online, and when he calls his mom, she says that people have been calling about him, including The Tonight Show. He becomes a media sensation, and a hugely successful superhero. (The best part might be a cover of a Tiger Beat-type magazine dedicated to superheroes. Also, Dazzler apparently released a new album. Cool!) It’s a good issue. Fun. It gets pretty dark near the end. For a little while, I was convinced that it was actually just a dream Fabio was having, but apparently not. Truth be told, I think I would’ve enjoyed the story more as Fabio having a weird dream. Ah, well. The team fights some big villains – Grey Gargoyle, Mr. Hyde, some others – so I’m going to assume they were being superheroes while the Avengers were busy fighting each other during the whole Time Runs Out timeskip. I also would’ve liked a little more focus on the rest of the team – Fabio kinda dominated the issue to too much of an extreme. Still, it’s definitely a funny issue. Once again, though, the cover and solicit have absolutely nothing to do with what happens in the issue. Bendis is pretty bad for that, actually. Schiti’s art is great. It always is. He’s a solid artist.

E Is For Extinction #2, by Chris Burnham and Ramon Villalobos. The U-Men have released Xorn and instead captured Scott, Emma and Wolverine. Except they haven’t. As Scott, Emma, Wolverine and Xorn walk away from the exploding facility, Wolverine wants to know what happened. They all tell Xorn what’s happening to them. In District X, Beast learns that version of him that passed out on his doorstep is a human. In the Atom Institute, Esme Cuckoo – who’s apparently been sleeping with Magneto, ew, girl, ew – wakes him up to let him know Scott’s going to attack the Institute. Which means it’s fight time. They want Jean Grey, and now that Xorn’s fixed their powers, it’s a real fight. Quentin turns out to be a traitor, helping Scott’s team from the inside. He reads Esme’s mind to find out Magneto’s plans for the Phoenix Egg, then slips away. Magneto confronts him in the egg room, and kills him, but not before Quire bonds with the egg. It starts to hatch, and Magneto hears the Phoenixsong, but Xorn confronts him. And then at the end things get weird. This series remains really good. Burnham is playing with some big concepts, the way Morrison did, keeping the spirit of New X-Men alive. The story is weird and complicated and so damn weird, but there’s also some good humour, and some good action. Villalobos does a competent job mimicking Frank Quitely’s style, though it’s not as good. I think I’ve decided I don’t like Villalobos’ art here. It’s just a bit too rough for my tastes. Nonetheless, it’s a good comic.

Old Man Logan #3, by Brian Bendis and Andrea Sorrentino. Apocalypse is about to kill Logan. He’s stopped by the intervention of the Thor who’d confronted Logan before. While Thor and Apocalypse argue, Logan slips away. No one saw which way he went, because they were all watching the Thor. The Thor gets annoyed and lashes out, and Apocalypse sics his Infinites on her. Logan hides behind a wall to heal, and Tabitha finds him. They talk a bit, until Logan sees the Thor flying away, and he takes his own leave to follow the Thor. He does give Emma a telepathic request to find Tabitha and help her. He attacks the Thor, who fries him and drops him. Then she gets distracted by more stuff in Apocalypse’s domain. Logan wakes up to see Iron Men, in the Armour Wars domain. This continues to be a pretty interesting series. Logan’s getting a nice little tour of Battleworld, and continually getting his ass handed to him by Thors. Especially the one Thor. I wonder if she’ll show up again, actually. As usual, Sorrentino’s art is just so damned good. Gorgeous work. Easily the best-looking book of the week. Easily. He does great layouts, there’s really interesting colour choices by Marcelo Maiolo, there’s power and energy to it all. Amazing work.

Magneto #20, by Cullen Bunn and Paul Davidson. In the present, Magneto is still trying to destroy the Ultimate Earth. In the past, he confronts Briar. She explains she was rich and bored, until her path crossed his. She studied him, and found she actually agreed with him, but also knew that he couldn’t stop himself from hurting innocent civilians. So she aimed him at threats. He demands to know the truth, and starts hurting her. She says that’s him at his best, and pain makes them feel alive. In the present, Lorna tells Magneto his plan isn’t working, and to stop fighting so he can have a few minutes of peace. He tells her she knows better. The Marauders launch some power amplifiers. In the past, Briar meets her SHIELD contact. In the present, a Helicarrier shows up to help Magneto with the Ultimate Sentinels. This is a pretty decent issue. Not too much of the melodramatic narration that always bothered me. A little more insight into Briar’s motives. Turns out she wasn’t planning on betraying him. I figured that was her goal. Huh. Still, overall, the issue doesn’t do much for me. Either Bunn’s writing or Davidson’s art. It’s just not all that compelling.

That’s the X-stuff, but there’s a couple other comics to mention.

Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde #1, by Sam Humphries and Alti Firmansyah. Peter Quill is working as the singer at The Quiet Room. He’s singing “Part of Your World.” He’s singing Ariel’s song from The Little Mermaid. As a job. He’s also got Werewolf By Night on bass, Strong Guy on drums, and Lorna on guitar. At least, I think that’s the band. It looks like them. This Quill is the 616 one, from the Liferaft. He saw Everything Die. He got separated from the others, so now he sings Disney songs, since Battleworld doesn’t have any. Somehow. I would think if anything could survive The End of All That Is, it would be Mickey Mouse. Anyway, Quill goes by the name of Steve Rogers, to stay out of sight. Drax tells Quill he should hook up with some of the ladies who fawn over him, but Quill declines. Obviously, still pining for Kitty. Inside, Kitty Pryde arrives to meet with Gambit. She works for Valeria’s Foundation, and he has an anomaly for her. It’s hair. She confirms the hair is an anomaly, and she hands over knives made from Longshot’s bones. Quill goes back on stage to start singing a song dedicated to Kitty, and sees her in the audience. It’s a great comic. Quill brings a nice mix of humour and pathos. Kitty is great. By the way, I have to say that Firmansyah gave her a gorgeous dress. Seriously, amazing. It’s got a space design, dark blue and covered in little stars, and it just looks amazing. She does a fantastic job in general with the art. The club looks classy, the white suits on Quill and his band are stylin’, Drax the bouncer with a full head of hair is great, and there’s some really amusing cartoony bits, especially with Gambit. She’s got a very good, stylish, expressive style. I’m really impressed. I hope to see more Marvel work from her. As for Humphries, he continues to do really good work, too. Quill singing Disney songs is a hilarious concept. He has a lot of fun with the story, but also provides some nice drama. Good comic.

Future Imperfect #3, by Peter David and Greg Land. I’ll stick to the stuff with Layla or Ruby. Layla leads Ruby, Janis and some dude to the Maestro’s city, and goes over the plan for getting in. Later on, Layla talks to some other anti-Maestro people with the Maestro’s own forces. She lets the resistance in, and they go down to the cellblock to find Ross, but he’s not there. Ruby blasts some soldiers who show up. Layla calls a monster to help out, and then she leads the resistance towards the Maestro. The writing is solid. The art is Greg Land, which means the book is ultimately unreadable. Seriously, Land is such an awful, awful, awful, awful artist, and it drags PAD’s writing down so much, because PAD is a writer who excels at dialogue, which means he needs an artist who can pull off a wide range of expressions, and Land’s idea of “a wide range of expressions” is to use exactly the same face for 8 different expressions. Greg Land sucks and I want Marvel to fire him so he can go suck at DC instead.

Also, Loki: Agent of Asgard #16. Freyja puts on sunglasses while saying “Let us ride.” I love

From → 2015

  1. Fabio being the main character of Uncanny X-Men 35 didn’t bother me, mostly because of the teenagers in Bendis’s Uncanny run, besides Tempest, he’s the most popular. He’s probably developed the most out of the bunch too. Either way, it’s a fun issue, but I’m sure some will be annoyed by the misleading cover.

    Old Man Logan 3’s biggest problem is that it’s kind of the same as issue 2. Sure, Logan is starting to figure out what’s going on, and for those who aren’t reading much of Secret Wars’ tie-ins it’s a fun little tour of Battleworld, but this mini-series will feel old fast if the next issue doesn’t mix things up. I fully agree about Sorrentino’s art though – it’s the real reason to read this comic.

    Magneto 20 feels like it should have come out before Secret Wars 1, more so than any of the other “last days” comics that I’ve read. It’s entirely reliant on Earth’s imminent destruction, and we all know it’s going to happen anyway. Ms. Marvel at least does something different with the “last days”, giving a fast-paced story that shows how much Ms. Marvel has grown since the start of her series and giving us the team-up we’ve all been waiting for.

    I put Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde on my maybe list, but decided not to pick it up because I’d rather just stick to Star-Lord’s relationship with 616 Kitty Pryde. That said, it did look like a fun comic when I glanced through it.

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