X-Men comics of October 12 2016
Old Man Logan #12, by Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino and Marcelo Maiolo. The young boy who leads the Silent Order knows Logan is going to kill him in the future. He doesn’t want Logan to kill him. Logan tells him the future he came from isn’t the one that’ll happen. The kid doesn’t believe him, and slams him back down into the pit he’d been kept in before. Repeatedly. As this happens, Logan flashes back to the future, after he killed the dude, and he tells Maureen he’ll never do it again. This is a pretty good issue. More gorgeous art. Not a lot of story, really. There’s Logan trying to talk the kid down, and the kid trying to kill him. And a couple snarky comments from Deathstrike. So there’s not really a whole lot to the issue. But Sorrentino and Maiolo sure make it pretty. There’s not a lot to say here, really. I do like how scared and desperate the kid is, I suppose. But yeah, this issue’s just kinda dull, to be honest.
Deadpool #20, by Gerry Duggan, Matteo Lolli and Guru-eFX. A woman is standing on the ledge on the theatre, and Deadpool tells her not to jump. He tells her there’s been too much bad stuff there, so she should jump off the Parker Industries building instead. He’s terrible at talking her down, but he does offer to take her to see Hamilton. He gets them seats by knocking out a guy with seats. That is, from what I’ve heard, about the only way to get tickets. She still wants to kill herself, so he asks if her problems can be punched away. He takes her on his rounds as he goes after bad people to beat up. And accidentally hurts a bad guy’s mother. He keeps bringing her around. So, I’ve been really critical of this series. Very, very critical. This issue? I got nothin’. Duggan, ya done good. There have been stories of superheroes finding suicidal people, and talking them down. I’m pretty sure it’s even been done with Deadpool before, though remembering instances off the top of my head is asking too much of my poor brain. But heroes dealing with suicidal individuals are always great. I always love them. Because, small as they seem, it’s about the fate of that one person’s world. And that’s powerful. That is way more powerful than saving the whole world. Saving the world is tough to grasp. But saving one person’s world? That, we can understand. So they’re some of my favourite stories. And Duggan does a great job with it here. He actually does make Deadpool funny. He makes plenty of legitimately funny comments. Not just random wackiness, but funny comments that are related to what’s going on. That comedy does a lot to raise the issue. If I had to nitpick, I suppose the fact that the girl never says what’s wrong could be a problem, though I suspect the point of it was so that readers could project their own problems onto her. Maybe she’s gay. Maybe she has body image issues. Maybe she went through a bad break-up, or her parents are getting divorced, or she feels alone and unwanted, or maybe she just has a brain chemical imbalance. It doesn’t really matter to the narrative. So, yeah, great issue. Highlight of the run.
That’s the X-titles. Here’s the other two comics I picked up today.
Power Man & Iron Fist #9, by David Walker, Flaviano, Sanford Greene and John Rauch. In Ryker’s Prison, there’s a riot going on. It gets somewhat interrupted when Luke comes crashing through the wall. Captain Marvel and Monica Rambeau fly in, and Puck leaps through. Outside, Storm is holding Centurius above the ground, with Deathlok hanging off him. Mockingbird has an energy-absorption gun, which Songbird overloads, which makes energy fly around everywhere, and Songbird deflects it which blows up a part of the prison. Elsewhere, Disco Devil and Cockroach Hamilton have entered Chico’s Bail Bonds, knowing they’re behind Preemptive Strike. There’s a standoff, until some guy teleports away Chico and his guy, and offers Disco and Cockroach jobs. Back to the prison, and more fighting, until a power dampening system gets damaged and powered prisoners break out. Meanwhile, Senor Magico breaks the protective spell on the tablet and beats a demon. And, of course, we get Carol being chewed out for her predictive justice thing. This is a great issue. An unnecessary fight that continually escalates needlessly until it’s a full-blown prison riot and escape. It’s a lot of fun, honestly. There’s some great character interactions: Songbird and Mockingbird stood out for that. Carol is portrayed a lot worse than in most books. A lot less reasonable. She’s very clearly a bad guy here. So that’s mildly disappointing. But other than that, it’s great. It doesn’t really resolve much, though, now that I think about it. It’s possible the Preemptive Strike plot might keep going, since it’s not resolved at all in this issue. We’ll see.
Mosaic #1, by Geoffrey Thorne, Khary Randolph and Emilio Lopez. We open with Morris playing basketball. He’s an arrogant ass. After the game, a high-class party with his pop star girlfriend. At the party, his teammates bitch him out for bad-mouthing them, and he just bad-mouths them some more by pointing out the team sucked before he joined, and they’ve now won five championships in five years. Then the Terrigen cloud passes over him, and he’s cocooned. He’s in for three weeks, in a lab, until he finally comes out, as a weird freaky monster thing. His girlfriend freaks out and knocks him out a window. He falls, and lands in some guy. He is the guy, but also himself. Then he hops to another body, then to another. That last one, he stays in for a while, for something insanely dangerous. This is really cool. I decided to pick up the first issue because it’s a black creative team, and I support diverse creators. I will keep picking this up, because it is great. Morris is an interesting character. He’s arrogant, but he’s not really a bad guy. He expresses a desire to get away from it all. His confusion at what’s going on is really well-done, and it’s nice seeing him starting to figure things out. The premise – someone who hops from body to body, gaining their knowledge, and keeping some of it as he changes bodies – is really neat. I can definitely see that going in fascinating directions, an exploration of identity. It’s where the title comes from: The character will gradually become a mosaic of the people he’s possessed. And, yeah, that’ll be really interesting to see explored. The art is fantastic. Randolph and Lopez are great together. Some of the black-led titles have gotten some criticism for the art – PM&IF and Nighthawk both spring to mind as books where a lot of people hated the art. I don’t think it’ll be a problem for Mosaic. It’s not too unusual an art style, not enough that it should turn people off. It’s got a lot of detail, and the possession has a bit of a tile thing going on that’s interesting. Obviously meant to invoke a mosaic. I’m not completely sold on it yet, but I imagine I’ll like it more as I get used to it. Regardless, yeah, this is a really good debut, and I definitely recommend it.