X-Men comics of October 19 2016
All-New X-Men #14, by Dennis Hopeless, Mark Bagley, Andrew Hennessy and Nolan Woodard. It starts with this:
Anyway, he’s laid up and everyone’s busy so he’s settling in for an evening of video games. Hank comes out of his lab for energy drinks, and has some weird little monster in his lab jacket pocket. Scott realizes Hank is hiding something, and he wants to know what. He sends a drone through the air vents, but Hank smashes it. Scott tries instead to get into the lab through an escape hatch beneath their RV, but that goes . . . not well. Next, he tries faking an emergency that he needs Hank’s help for. Scott finally gives up, but then a big tentacle smashes through the window. He then proves himself terrible at one-liners.
And then he shows the educational value of video games.
This is a really fun issue. It’s a fun Scott issue, which may sound like an odd thing to say, but Scott can totally be fun. As this issue shows. It shows his OCD-ness, his tactical mind, and, uh, how bored he is with a broken leg. It’s a lot of fun. Bagley’s art remains excellent, and he draws the monster really well, and the video game visuals are clever. All in all? Really good issue.
Death of X #2, by Charles Soule, Jeff Lemire, Aaron Kuder, Jay Leisten, Jay David Ramos and Morry Hollowell. Storm tells Medusa that the Terrigen Mists are now poison to mutants. Medusa pledges to do whatever she can to help. By the way, can I just say Kuder does one hell of a mohawk?
One of the Terrigen clouds is heading for Madrid, so Medusa sends Crystal there to evacuate anyone X-gene positive, while Storm takes a team to help. Then Scott, via Emma, sends a telepathic message to everyone on Earth telling them about the mutant poisoning. He implies it’s also lethal to humans. He’s trying to incite fear and hatred. Aw, man, that’s lame. In Madrid, people start rioting. Crystal makes an effort, with Iso, to keep the cloud from actually passing over Madrid, and Storm shows up to help, and honestly, it’s pretty frigging badass for all three of them. On Muir, a bunch of mutants have gathered. Colossus, Guido, Rahne, Rockslide, Sunfire, Warpath. Another I can’t quite make out. They’re making burial cairns. This issue does have some really interesting Scott/Emma stuff. It’s nice seeing Emma again. It’s been too long. There is an element of Comedy of Errors with the plot, with Scott and his side repeatedly misconstruing things the Inhumans are doing, as proof of the Inhumans hating and attacking mutants. There’s a scene near the end that definitely makes Scott’s position look more reasonable, even if it is based on a misunderstanding. His speech about the Inhumans trying to kill everyone is something I’m not sold on. It feels like he went too far. On the other hand, he’s just seen a bunch of dead mutants, and he’s dying, himself, so he’s not thinking very clearly. Storm is a Boss here. It’s shocking, actually, given how weak Lemire’s written her in EXM. It’s nice to see her come across as strong. The art is fine. It gets a bit vague at times. Faces get too vague. But for the most part, it’s fine. This is still a pretty OK issue.
X-Men ’92 #8, by Chad Bowers, Chris Sims, Alti Firmansyah and Matt Milla. In Gize, Apocalypse returns from a trip to Limbo, saying the demons won’t help them. He’s accompanied by Exodus and Bastion, and is informed by Mystique that the X-Men were sent off-planet. Apocalypse says they need the X-Men to beat mutantkind’s greatest foe. At Lilapalooza, loser mutants are fighting X-Factor. On the other world, Storm and Brand meet with Gladiator and the Imperial Guard to get them off the X-Brood’s backs. And then a fight. And it’s all very meh and I don’t care. Whatever. It’s written better than usual, largely because it’s just a big brawl with no real opportunity for ripping off other stories, though, hey! Coming up is The Twelve! Back to ripping off other stories!
That’s the X-titles. Here’s other stuff.
Black Panther #7, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Chris Sprouse, Karl Story and Laura Martin. T’Challa’s being held by Stane, who, in classic supervillain fashion, does a supervillain rant. T’Challa figures he’s gotten enough out of Stane, so he calls in the Crew – Storm, Luke, Misty, Manifold. Fight! Storm makes a callback to X-Men #122, when Misty and Luke found her in Harlem. Woot! Nice callback! Fenris is there, and they attack Storm, with another callback, to UXM #194 and 197. Hell yes for deep cut callbacks! (The Vanisher is there, too.) And T’Challa prepares to kick Stane’s ass, with both hands tied behind his back. Meanwhile, Changamire meets with Tetu, and we see Shuri with Mother in the Djalia. This issue is great. It’s exceptional. There’s some fun action early on, with T’Challa’s Crew against Stane’s people. Which leads to one of the best moments of the issue: “Seriously? With both hands literally tied behind your back?” But even better is the continuing story of Shuri in the Djalia. She’s learning the wisdom of her ancestors, and it’s making for a fascinating story, even for a futurist like myself. The whole mythical aspect is fascinating, and makes Wakanda as a whole feel so much deeper and more complex. I love it. Sprouse’s art is good, though I’ll admit, I miss Stelfreeze on this book. Martin’s colours remain gorgeous, especially in the Djalia portion. This is a series you really should be reading.
Patsy Walker aka Hellcat! #11, by Kate Leth, Brittney Williams and Rachelle Rosenberg. It opens with a flashback a couple weeks ago, and four bad girls breaking into a Soho loft. They graffiti the place up. Turns out it was some musician jackass who wrote an insulting song about one of the girls. Black Cat saw them in action, and offers them a job. In the present, Patsy and Jubilee are giving Bailey some self-defence lessons. Ian is still not interested in superheroing. Black Cat and her Black Cats are watching Patsy, and apparently, even though they were friends in a mini, Black Cat didn’t know Patsy is Hellcat. Which doesn’t make sense. I guess Leth’s just ignoring that mini? Oh well. Anyway, this issue’s cute and fun but still has some really good heartfelt moments. It’s wonderful. The art is so adorable. There’s also another Hamilton reference, apparently, as Ian is singing something from Disc 2. Which is apparently sad? I don’t know. But Hamilton was goddamn everywhere not long ago, so if you obsessed over it like everyone else did, then maybe that’ll get your attention here?
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #13, by Ryan North, Erica Henderson and Rico Renzi. Doreen, her mom and her Nancy are rescued by squirrels, and Doreen takes her mom and Nancy away, and they learn Enigmo has taken over North America. Meanwhile, Brain Drain kidnaps Ant-Man to help him help Squirrel Girl. And he also steals the prototype jet left in Scott’s protection. Scott is not happy about either of these things, and wants to go back home. As they canoe off the island, Doreen and Scott talk about talking to animals. Scott says he doesn’t talk to ants, he just mind-controls them, which isn’t true! He’s asking the ants to help! And they agree. Also, Nancy tells us all about ant supercolonies. This is so great. It’s the bizarre fun I expect of this series and it’s just great. It keeps me laughing and smiling. Poor Scott, having to deal with all these positive people. The whole thing is goofy and I love it.
Mockingbird #8, by Chelsea Cain, Kate Niemczyk and Rachelle Rosenberg. The final issue! Which is sad. Anyway, Lincoln Slade, the Phantom Rider, is trying to win Bobbi back by pointing out what a dick Hawkeye is for killing Banner after he made such a big deal out of Bobbi letting Lincoln die. Bobbi gets her nerd friends to help her with him. Paul, of Paul and Storm, is actually useful. Others . . . less so. The Rider decides to summon Ghost Pirates to help him. They turn out to be progressive feminists and decline to help him. And . . . OK. So. Spoiler time! I don’t normally spoil things that occur late enough in an issue, but this is a big one. Back in West Coast Avengers, Phantom Rider used mind-control drugs to make Bobbi love him. Here, Cain basically tosses that out.
This is, to be blunt, a Big Frigging Deal. That story was a major part of Mockingbird’s history. The story where she was raped, and Clint broke up with her as a result. It was a big thing. This is Cain deciding, nope, to hell with that, Bobbi wasn’t raped and Clint’s not that big an ass. She gave Bobbi back her agency in one of her biggest stories, which is hugely noteworthy. This is a comedic series, and the jokes generally get the bulk of the attention. But I think this deserves to be the story about this issue, because it really is major. In a good way. It’s a positive change and I support it. But it’s definitely a big deal. Anyway, after this moment, we get mercorgis. See what those of you who didn’t buy this series are costing us? This series has been a delight. Weird and funny and smart and gorgeous and just great. I’m going to miss it a lot. Damn you people for not buying it.
A-Force #10, by Kelly Thompson, Paulo Siqueira, Joe Bennett and Rachelle Rosenberg. Also the final issue. Sad. Anyway, the people in town are all bug-monsters now. Singularity teleports away with Dazzler and Medusa. In the mine, Carol is in the process of turning into a bug when the other three pop in. Dazzler transforms, and infects Medusa. Alice says the only way to save everyone is to kill her. Nico turns her back to human, instead, but it doesn’t affect the others. Alice insists she needs to die. That does work. This is a sad issue. A good one. And now the series is over. Which is a shame, it’s been a lot of fun. The characters all mesh well together, with lots of arguing and hugging. I really hope Singularity, in particular, gets picked up somewhere else. She’s too wonderful and adorable to languish in limbo.
Silk #13, by Robbie Thompson, Tana Ford and Ian Herring. Cindy, her friends, and her mother are fighting a skeleton army to reach a floating castle and save her father. David the dragon, with Lola and Rafferty riding him, gets shot down. Poor David. Silk and her mom take out the Ash King, which also takes out his knights, leaving the way to the castle open, to rescue her dad. Then the return to Earth, Bobbi gives the Moon family an apartment with bidets. This was a good issue. It is kinda weird, though. For the entire run of Silk up to now, the search for her family has been the overarching plot. And now, she’s found them. They’re reunited. It’s so weird to have that resolved. I’m curious where the book will go from here. Wherever it goes, I hope Lola and Rafferty remain prominent supporting characters, because they’re great.
I also got the Squirrel Girl graphic novel, but I’ll read it tomorrow, instead. No time, tonight.