Pull list for October 26 2016; Resurrxion
I’ll go to the store for: All-New All-Different Avengers #15, by Mark Waid, Adam Kubert and Paul Mounts; Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur #12, by Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, Natacha Bustos and Tamra Bonvillain; Ms. Marvel #12, by G. Willow Wilson, Mirka Andolf and Ian Herring; My Little Pony Friends Forever #33, by Christina Rice and Tony Fleecs; New Avengers #17, by Al Ewing, Paco Medina, Juan Vlasco and Jesus Aburtov; Nighthawk #6, by David Walker, Ramon Villalobos and Tamra Bonvillain; Silver Surfer #7, by Dan Slott and the Allreds; Spider-Man/Deadpool #10, by Joe Kelly, Ed McGuinness, Mark Morales and Jason Keith; Ultimates #12, by Al Ewing and Christian Ward; Vision #12, by Tom King, Gabriel Walta and Jordie Bellaire.
I’ll also review: Civil War II #6, by Brian Bendis, David Marquez and Justin Ponsor; Deadpool #21, by Gerry Duggan, Eric Doescher, Matteo Lolli, Bruno Oliveira, Guru-eFX and Nick Filardi; Extraordinary X-Men #15, by Jeff Lemire, Victor Ibanez, Guillermo Mogorron and Jay Ramos.
So that’s 10 goddamn comics I’m picking up, and 3 additional reviews. Son of a bitch. I hate when that happens in weeks when I work on Wednesday.
Lots of good stuff, though. ANAD Avengers will be about Thor’s feelings on CWII, so should be fun. Moon Girl is such a cute book, and this one will have Lunella dealing with Kid Kree’s crush on her. (It also has a gorgeous cover. Reeder is amazing.) Ms. Marvel is always great, and Andolf’s a fantastic guest artist, and I’m excited to see Kamala’s family in Pakistan. New Avengers has been ridiculously fun, and I’m hoping for more Toni/Aikku in this issue. Nighthawk has been great racial commentary and the climax looks like it’ll be very exciting. Silver Surfer is one of the best things Marvel’s putting out, full of fun and whimsy and heart, and it’s just so good you guys. Spider-Man/Deadpool has been a blast, though I do have concerns about Itsy-Bitsy. Ultimates is crazy high-concept genius, and it looks like this final issue will do a lot to set up Ultimates 2. And Vision has been one of the best comics Marvel has ever put out, and I am not ready for the finale. I’m scared. I know I’ll cry. I just know it.
So I should talk about Resurrxion. (Yes, I know it’s supposed to be a capital ‘X’. It amuses me to write it lower-case.) It’s going to be a branding thing, rather than an event. That’s pretty well what I expected. I saw some predicting it would be an event, but I figured it would be a branding, similar to Now, or to Divided We Stand after Messiah Complex. The name is meant to evoke the X-Men rising from death, with mutants no longer on the verge of extinction, and the X-Men once again becoming big heroes. That should be fun. There will be softball, guys! Softball! It’s been too long. I always loved the softball games. They were fun. So I’m very much excited for that to come back. As for the books . . .
Iceman will depend on the creative team. I don’t care about Iceman as a character, so unless it’s one hell of a creative team, I’ll just see about getting a digital code, rather than pick it up myself. As I’ve said before, I do think they should get a gay man as writer. Jean Grey, I’m more open to. Again, it’ll depend somewhat on the creative team, but I love Teen Jean, so as long as the creative team doesn’t suck, I’ll probably be interested. Cable, meh. He’s not a character I have a lot of passion for. We’ll see. Weapon X, meh. We’ll see what that book is. But it’s definitely working at a disadvantage, in terms of my interest. Generation X, I’m almost definitely going to pick up. I would love for it to be a Generation X reunion series, but I get the feeling it’ll actually be about a new generation of young mutants. Still, I love almost all those books – New Mutants, Generation X, New X-Men, Generation Hope, Bendis’ UXM kids. Aaron’s kids are the only ones I haven’t liked. So a book about young mutants is almost certainly going to go on my pull list.
And then there’s X-Men Blue and X-Men Gold. Really going for ’90s nostalgia with those names, but I’m not going to complain. Indications are the books will be more optimistic. So there’s very good odds I’ll pick them up. As always, we’ll see who the creative teams are. I would guess Lemire on one of them, and Bunn on the other. In which case . . . I don’t know, man. (And one of them will probably have Greg frigging Land, in which case I’m not spending my money on it.) I’m not keen on Lemire’s writing on EXM, but if it’s a more optimistic book, then maybe? Same with Bunn. I enjoyed Fearless Defenders more than I’ve enjoyed UXM. I really, really hope at least one of the books has a female writer. Preferably a woman of colour. The X-Men franchise needs to do better when it comes to diverse creators. Marvel as a whole needs to do better, but I look at the X-Men franchise as being especially in need of diverse voices, given its themes.
Regardless, I am overall happy with the announced line-up, though disappointed at the lack of further details, and especially disappointed about not knowing who will be involved. I hope Marvel doesn’t tease that out too long, before letting us know who the creative teams will be.
So I finished some books I should talk about. The Fettered Flame, by E.D.E. Bell. My review:
This was really good. The first book was a solid introduction to the setting(s), the characters and the conflicts. With all the set-up out of the way, this book gets to delve deeper into everything, to build on the foundations, and to escalate everything. It does this very well, taking intriguing ideas and making them more compelling. The characters are well-developed. And there sure are a lot of them. There’s over a dozen viewpoint characters, though some get less focus than others. It’s interesting seeing which characters get a shift in focus from the first book. A couple characters who were major parts of the first book end up moving a little more into the background here, while lesser characters from the first get more attention.
In my review of the first book, I warned that there was some vegan elements, and for readers to be careful. I’m sorry to say that it’s a lot more prominent here, as Bell forces her pro-vegetable agenda down our throats. Gross. (I’m joking around, of course.) Also much more prominent, though, is the LGBT content. The first book had a little bit of LGBT content, mostly restricted to the dragon world (though there was a human lesbian couple in the first book, and they continue into this one). This one has a lot more, and a lot more of it in the human world, with a couple of the major human characters being revealed as gay. There’s even a transgender dragon. So it’s nice to see more of that.
The most frustrating thing about this book is that it ended. I’m very much invested in what’s going on, and now I have to wait for the next book.
I’ll have to keep my eyes open for the Kickstarter of the final book. I read Victoria, Jr. #2, Little Prometheus, by Manny Trembley.
So this was wonderful. It’s a cute little story about a human girl with a Frankenstein Monster family, and her quest to find the Flame of the Gods to let them feel what it’s like to be alive. Along the way, she makes friends. She’s a good person, irrepressibly happy and positive and optimistic. She’s so full of love and joy and it’s charming. The art is adorable, bright and sweet, and downright gorgeous. This is a really good-looking comic, and worth reading for the art alone, even aside from the great writing. This is a fantastic all-ages comic that I would highly recommend, whether you have kids or not. But especially if you have kids. They’ll love it.
And I finally, finally, got around to The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up the Marvel Universe, by Ryan North and Erica Henderson.
So this was a delight. It was a Squirrel Girl graphic novel! All the humour, heart and education you’d expect of Squirrel Girl, but more! The plot was goofy, and aware of its own goofiness, but embraced the goofiness with sincerity. It helps that Squirrel Girl’s clone isn’t evil. She’s a good person. She’s just unwilling to compromise. She’s more extreme than Doreen, but she’s not truly evil. She is very clever, though, as she takes down various heroes and villains in very clever and creative ways. The book is hilarious, with jokes on almost every page. The comedy does make the more dramatic moments land harder, as well, so bonus. The book is very positive, making a case for cooperation and understanding and talking things through. It’s also got lots of fun facts in it. There’s some basic Computer Science ideas, and there’s little bits of trivia scattered throughout. The art is cute and fun, as well.
This was great. I loved it. You should read it.
I loved this comic. We need more Squirrel Girl graphic novels. We are getting a Squirrel Girl novel. That should be great. I’ll read it.
My Little Pony’s 6th season has ended. The finale was great. I’m sad to see the season end, since it means a wait for Season 7 to begin. But I’m very excited for Season 7.
My schedule for the week: 3:15-9:45 tomorrow, 10:30-7 Sunday, 3-8:30 Monday, 10:30-5:15 Tuesday. So posts Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Though Thursday is a “maybe,” because I’m hoping to hang out with a friend.
And that’s it for this week.