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X-Men comics of June 8 2016

June 8, 2016

Follow me on Twitter (@XMenXPert). I got a special treat when I went to my comic shop today: My copy of The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks came in! So I’ll be reading that soon. But for now, comics.

All-New X-Men #10, by Dennis Hopeless, Mark Bagley, Andrew Hennessy and Nolan Woodard. Hank has a knife to his throat. An old man, some kind of mystic, suggests they let him live and take him to Baal. It’s a pretty great scene, actually. We also learn someone tried to slip a cobra into the mystic’s tent to kill him, and he made it a pet. I like the mystic. In the city, En is trying to convince Evan they have to leave on one of the merchant ships, but Evan doesn’t want to leave without Hank. Their conversation is interrupted by the arrival of Erika of Amnisos, the Fury of the Whole Damned Nile, who is delightful right from this introduction. She’s Greek, and the Egyptians don’t like her, so En has to step in to stop a fight. Evan is confused that En seems like such a nice guy. Back to Hank and the Mystic, who’s monologuing about time travel and the stories he’s heard from Rama-Tut. And then for a conversation between Evan and Erika, which is filled with interesting stuff. This is a great issue. Again. Hopeless is doing some fantastic work with Evan. Better than any other writer has done. We see that En was a genuinely good kid, kind and joyful and wanting to have fun and help people. The kind of person Evan tries so hard to be. And yet, we know that En will grow up to be a being of ultimate evil. Which gives Evan real cause to be concerned about his own future, and whether he’s destined to be Apocalypse no matter what he does. And yet, he’s still determined to try for a better fate, for himself and for En. It’s really strong writing. And, of course, the art is excellent. Bagley does a great job with facial expressions, and the backgrounds all look good, and the colours are great. Bagley, Hennessy and Woodard make one hell of an art team, and put out one of the best-looking books Marvel has. This is a very, very good series, easily the best X-Men team title, by a wide margin.

Deadpool & the Mercs For Money #5, by Cullen Bunn, Salva Espin and Guru-eFX. The issue starts with Evil Deadpool (uuuuuuuuuuuuugh) and the Recorder talking, and we get the Recorder’s back story. It came across a phenomenon that caused it to see all of time, which is shown with a bunch of largely random images: A sword-wielding Doom fighting dinosaurs, a Deathlok being sworn in as President, Captain America being killed by a guy that looks like Killraven, Skaar killing Thanos, Wolverine’s skeleton fighting zombies, Magneto wielding the Infinity Gauntlet, and a bunch of Galactuses descending on the Earth. And honestly, the spread is just stupid. These are stupid things. It’s “cool” images that aren’t actually very cool. The Mercs reach the compound of – ugh – “the Kingpin of the Ozarks,” a frigging redneck stereotype, because this book is awful. Then the Crazy Gang attack again. And Evil Deadpool attacks. Blah blah, Deadpool blows up the Destroyer (who wanted to die). This is the least-awful issue of the series. It’s a shame we’re going to get more. Because holy hell, was this mini awful. The jokes were bad, the story was stupid, the characters were poorly-written, many of the villain cameos were idiotic, the art was just not a style I enjoy. All in all, this series sucked and I do not understand how enough people enjoyed it for it to be getting an ongoing. It sucks. It’s stupid. Why did people buy this? Are people really wiling to just buy any piece of shit with Deadpool’s name on it? Ugh. Uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuugh.

That’s the X-titles, but there’s a couple other comics I’ll talk about briefly.

New Avengers #12, by Al Ewing, Paco Medina, Juan Vlasco and Jesus Aburtov. Maria Hill is cynical and doesn’t trust AIM and Roberto. Come on, Hill, Roberto’s always been a good guy! I mean, aside from the whole Reignfire thing, but we don’t talk about that. Plus, the All-New New Avengers team up with everyone else to save the world from the Celestial Destroyer! And it turns out big super-battles are loud. And there’s a really nice moment between Wiccan and Scarlet Witch. I like that Ewing is making use of their weird quasi-familial relationship. And Roberto has hacked Wiccan’s phone to make his ringtone the Magnum, PI theme. Which is amazing. The Magnum running gag in the classic New Mutants is one of my all-time favourites. And Hulkling turns into a centaur! This comic is so much fun. It’s got so many great lines, so many great jokes. And Ewing is also still building a really cool, interesting story, filled with twists and turns, and it’s all just great. And the art here is fantastic. I like Medina’s style. It’s a good style. And Aburtov’s colours are exceptional here.

Vision #8, by Tom King, Gabriel Walta and Jordie Bellaire. It opens with a nice, peaceful, domestic scene. Viv still thinking about that dead boy she had a conversation with in the rain. Vin reading The Merchant of Venice. Virginia playing piano and singing. Vision using his solar beams to met the snow on the sidewalk. And the new dog chasing a ball through the air. And then – Victor Mancha! And we learn the dog is named Sparky. Victor’s going to be staying with them while he does an internship on Capitol Hill. He tells fun stories about Ultron. It’s cute. Virginia continues to be unsettling and sad. And it’s all really nice. Victor spending time with some extended family. His brother, his sister-in-law, his niece and nephew. It’s nice. Which makes it all so sad, because we know inevitable tragedy is coming. This series is so good. I know I say this every time an issue comes out, but it’s true. If you’re not reading this series, you’re wrong. Get on it. It is, without question, one of the best comics Marvel has ever put out. A perfect blend of creepiness, tragedy and humanity. It is the trainwreck you can’t look away from, the one you keep hoping and praying won’t actually happen but you know it’s going to happen and no one can do anything to stop it and you want to cry and then you follow it up with WicDiv because apparently you hate yourself and want to never feel happy again. So, yeah, it’s a great comic.

And hey, The Wicked + The Divine #20. We get some additional backstory on what happened back in #11. It’s really cool. Really good stuff. And it’s nice to see Cassandra again, too. Also, WicDiv has the best profanity. “Fuck me with a fuck-pole.” There’s also some fun geek-discussion at one point. I’m relieved to say this issue was not a horrible choice to follow up Vision with. I wasn’t left wanting to curl up in a ball and weep until I die. It’s a great comic, and there is some sad stuff. But it’s not a tragic issue. Whew.

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One Comment
  1. All-New X-Men 10 is good, but if you don’t like Evan or Beast, I could see it hard to get into. Lots of great characterization though, and Apocalypse as a relatively innocent child is a nice twist that will surely give Evan something to think about. Not sure if you noticed, but Erika kind of looks like Laura. Very different personality of course, even compared to Laura’s characterization in Hopeless’s All-New X-Men, but still. My main complaint about this story arc is that only Beast and Evan are involved – everyone else is still in the present.

    It sounds like Deadpool and the Mercs for Money keeps getting worse, and when it started off bad, that’s not a good thing.

    I peeked at New Avengers 12 and it looked like fun. Didn’t look like the best starting point though.

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