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X-Men comics of July 6 2016

July 6, 2016

Follow me on Twitter (@XMenXPert). I have a date tomorrow. It probably won’t go great. Oh well. Here’s comics.

Civil War II: X-Men #2, by Cullen Bunn, Andrea Broccardo and Jesus Aburtov. In Raleigh, North Carolina, the Brood are attacking. Captain marvel and the X-Men show up to stop them. And OK, yay, Carol fighting Brood beside the X-Men again, so much yes. Sadly, that doesn’t get commented on. A little “just like old times” from Logan would’ve been nice. Regardless, Carol is annoyed that Storm told Magneto about Ulysses, and worries about Magneto making a play for him. In the Savage Land, Psylocke scans Kurt’s mind to determine he’s telling the truth about being there on his own. Kurt expresses sadness that there’s so little trust between mutants these days. I’m sorry, Kurt, “these days”? You’re talking to Magneto. A supervillain you’ve fought pretty regularly. Are you forgetting the Morlocks? Sinister and his Marauders? Have you forgotten that basically the entire history of mutants is them fighting each other? Anyway, Kurt expresses misgivings about Ulysses, about how accurate his predictions are, about what happens if he’s compromised by any of the dozens of telepaths running around, about what happens if he predicts that an innocent child will grow up to be a major threat. All valid concerns. The key line: “God does not trade in uncertainty.” Magneto’s concern is more paranoid: That the Inhumans could coerce him into making accusations against mutants to turn the world even further against them. He sends Fantomex to check out Attilan, wher ehe runs into Gambit, doing the same thing, on behalf of Storm. Their fight is actually pretty fun. This issue’s pretty good. There’s some interesting discussion of Ulysses’ power, though the same discussions are happening in multiple books. But Kurt does lay the concerns out really well. Also, Magneto gets to be paranoid. He just assumes the Inhumans want to get rid of mutants, and that certainty is driving his decisions. Which is not too different from what the heroes are debating with Ulysses, really. The Gambit/Fantomex fight is a lot of fun, as I said. The art’s nice. It’s a bit softer than I think I’d generally prefer in this comic, but the fight scene is actually really well-done. I do find it funny that the Brood, who used to be a legitimate arc-long villain group, are basically here to be cannon fodder the X-Men can fight while Carol talks to Storm. They’ve fallen pretty far since the first time Carol encountered them. Still, on the whole, this is a pretty good comic.

Deadpool v Gambit #2, by Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, Danilo Beyruth and Cris Peter. Deadpool and Gambit meet up and debate whether they should trust each other, then meet with Chalmers, the guy who’d previously double-crossed them. Also, Deadpool admires Gambit’s ass. Chalmers tells them how much money they’ll get, and says they’ll need to go incognito. When Gambit notes Deadpool’s ugliness, Deadpool pulls out his image inducer from the Joe Kelly run. He specifically cites the Joe Kelly run. Which is the kind of fourth-wall-breaking that Kelly would do in his run. So I’m fine with this. Anyway, they briefly consider doing the job naked, but Chalmers has to be a spoilsport. The job is in New Orleans, where they’re going to try to heist the Dragon’s Tongue, a priceless relic. They need to get fingerprints from some dude, which they accomplish by partying with him. This leads to a fight against a bunch of crappy supervillains. This is pretty OK. It’s fun. The humour mostly lands. A few jokes fall flat here and there, but for the most part, it actually is funny. The art’s decent enough. Doesn’t do much for me. But this is legitimately a good comic, with both Deadpool and Gambit coming across well, and playing off each other well. I’m actually shocked. I’ll admit, I expected this mini to be awful, but so far, it’s actually good. Imagine that.

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One Comment
  1. To be fair about the brood, they really don’t change their strategy very often, while the X-Men and Captain Marvel have fought them time and time again. Why would they stand a chance at this point? But yeah, X-Men: Civil War II is so far better than any of the ongoing X-Men team books, which gives me faith that Cullen Bunn could handle a team book if he had a better main artist than Greg Land.

    I’ve heard good things about Deadpool vs. Gambit as well. Maybe I’ll need to pick it up since I like both characters when they’re written well.

    Also, after a long time of near absence, Gambit’s in two issues this week and has a whole bunch of trades coming out soon. His fans are probably thanking Marvel right about now.

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