X-Men comics of December 14 2016
All-New X-Men #16, by Dennis Hopeless, Mark Bagley, Andrew Hennessy and Nolan Woodard. Goblin Queen is enjoying South Beach, while Hank is angsting about how he could have prevented everything going on, because he spent so much time trying to study the Hell Rift he found. While he tries to figure out how to use magic to close the rifts, the X-Men fight demons, with Idie feeling very much in her element. The Goblin Queen takes a real liking to her. And Hank figures out how to stop the demons, at a personal cost. Honestly, I just love this version of the Goblin Queen. She’s so wonderfully evil, and just having a great time with it. This is a Goblin Queen who’s just enjoying herself, and it’s nice to see. Maddie always deserved happiness, and if destroying South Beach is what makes her happy, well, so be it. Hank’s desperation is some strong stuff, as well, and it does set up some further stuff . . . which will probably be dropped when the book relaunches with a new writer. Sigh. (Same thing happened with the last issue of EXM: Stuff set up, but with IvX being the end of the series, it won’t be followed up on, especially with Illyana being MIA in Resurrxion.) The art, as always, is excellent. Bagley, man. He does action really well. The battle against the demons is intense, especially the way Idie completely embraces fighting demons. It makes sense for her. But yeah, great art. Bagley’s one of the best, and Hennessy and Woodard complement him perfectly.
Inhumans vs. X-Men #1, by Charles Soule, Jeff Lemire, Leinil Yu, Garry Alanguilan and David Curiel. Beast, after visiting Scott’s grave, tells a group of X-Men that he’s failed to cure the Terrigen poisoning, and they’re out of time. There’s been an increase in Terrigen saturation levels around the world, and soon, the Earth will become uninhabitable for mutants. In New Attilan, Medusa speaks to some kids about to go through Terrigenesis, for a nice little pep talk. In Chechnya, Gorgon gets a mutant out of the path of the Cloud. I do like that the Inhumans are very dedicated to protecting mutants. Still, the mutants are preparing for war, and Emma already has a plan set into motion. Beast disagrees with an attack against the Inhumans, but a round of voting is in favour, so the plan is approved. And it’s a rather interesting plan. This issue’s . . . OK. It does make the X-Men look kinda like assholes. On the flip side, I do like just how solid a plan they come up with. Emma’s clever. The debate among the X-Men is also interesting, as Beast lays out the situation, and says they have two weeks to leave, or they die. The reactions are all solid, especially Magneto’s declaration that he won’t let his people be gassed to death. That’s an especially powerful moment, given his past. All that said, as I said, I do feel like the X-Men come across as kinda jerks. Nice art, though. The issue looks good, at least.
Old Man Logan #15, by Jeff Lemire, Filipe Andrade and Jordie Bellaire. Dracula’s bitten Logan, and is wondering whether the healing factor will still stave off the change. Outside, the Howling Commandos aren’t doing well. Logan tries to get through to Jubilee, but it doesn’t work. Dracula boasts of his plan to take over the world. When Logan and the Commandos are chained up in the throne room, Jubilee actually does start to resist Dracula’s will. Luckily, the Commandos have back-up: Orrgo. Which turns the tide and saves the day. So, yeah, that’s arc over. It’s just a quick two-parter where Logan teams up with monsters to fight Dracula. It’s not something that’ll go down as one of the Great Wolverine Stories. But it’s good for what it is. Just a nice, fun interlude. Something kinda silly and goofy, and largely forgettable, but still a nice change of pace. Andrade and Bellaire work well together. I mean, Bellaire works well with anyone, I imagine, because she’s one of the best colour artists in the industry. But she does seem to mesh really well with artists who have sketchier lines, like Andrade. I imagine his lines do pose unique challenges for colour artists, but Bellaire’s amazing. And as divisive as I know Andrade’s art to be, I do really like it. So, yeah, not a bad arc.
That’s the X-stuff, here’s the other comics I picked up.
Hawkeye #1, by Kelly Thompson, Leonardo Romero and Jordie Bellaire. Kate’s set herself up as an unlicensed PI in Venice Beach. She’s trailing some surfer, when she spots a bank robbery in progress. She heads back to her office/home, and meets Ramone, a pretty awesome girl who asks her to move her car, and who mocks her for her paper sign. Then Kate starts getting clients! Most of them want Hawkguy. One wants an optometrist. Finally, a young woman – a college student – comes in looking for help. She’s been getting harassed online by some guy, and she’s scared and wants it to stop. Kate agrees to help. This is a good debut. It’s really funny. There’s a very strong focus on comedy. Of course, there’s also the scene where the girl, Mikka, goes to Kate about her harassment. It’s a really strong scene, and very much a commentary on what it’s like to be a woman online. Something Kelly Thompson obviously has strong feelings about, being a woman online. There’s no doubt in my mind she’s received tons of harassment over the years. She used to write for CBR, talking primarily on issues of women in comics. Yeah, she definitely got harassed. So it’s cool to see that come up as a plot here. And it adds a real emotional weight to the issue, even with all the jokes. Romero and Bellaire are great. Romero does sick abs, excellent action, and strong facial expressions. Kate taking out the bank robbers was great, with the action flowing well. I also want to note that the art has a fun way of highlighting the things Kate focuses on. Little circles, like archery targets, with captions noting what they are (these include things like “hot abs,” or calling a palm tree “nature’s ladder”). It’s clever. So, yeah, this is great, and I definitely think you should pick up Hawkeye.
Mosaic #3, by Geoffrey Thorne, Khary Randolph, Thony Silas and Emilio Lopez. Kenny is being interrogated by the Brand Security people, but he has nothing to tell them, because he has no idea what’s going on. Meanwhile, Morris wants to know why the hell Fife is in his apartment. Fife, apparently, retained some of Morris’ memories from their merging. Though he’s forgotten most of it. He’s about to leave, but Morris’ girlfriend, Tia, shows up with her assistant, who quickly attacks Fife while Tia has a breakdown. Man, poor girl. Morris takes over the assistant, and learns something new and very disturbing. Something that makes three people look a whole lot worse. I really like this issue. We learn something new about his power (he can’t possess the same person twice), he uses it in a new way (hopping from body to body in quick succession), and he learns something about his girlfriend. (A couple things, really.) The art’s really good, too. I really like the art on this book. Very flashy and stylish and cool. So, solid issue.
Power Man & Iron Fist #11, by David Walker, Sanford Greene and Lee Loughridge. Danny talks to one of the ex-convicts they’ve been helping with the Preemptive Strike stuff. Luke goes to see Disco Devil. Meanwhile, Black Cat is planning a heist, with Piranha Jones and Cornell. Cornell thinks Black Cat is playing them for fools, and he’s out. So now we get three scenes running alongside each other: Danny and Gadget, working on the Agnitus program; Gamecock, going to Alex Wilder for work; Luke and Disco Devil, investigating the place Disco and Cockroach checked out before. Another strong issue. Lots of plot threads moving along, slowly coming together, and it makes things very interesting. Alex is very good as a villain, taking over Harlem with style. The art’s cool. I like it, at least. Feels right for the book. Walker, Greene and Loughridge have a really good chemistry on the page.
Silk #15, by Robbie Thompson, Irene Strychalski, Ian Herring and Irma Kniivila. Silk fights Mattie Franklin, a formerly dead Spider-Woman. Spectro gets trapped in a room with Dr. Octopus. Back in New York, her dad and brother talk about her. Her dad still wants to cure Cindy of her spider-powers. Silk and Mattie eventually stop fighting and start talking. Spectro gets captured. And back in New York, Lola and Rafferty investigate New U on their own. Another solid issue. I really like Strychalski’s art. She’s someone to watch out for, definitely. If there’s justice, she’ll go far. It’s a very soft style, very pretty, and very expressive. It always helps having Ian Herring on colours, of course, but even aside from that, it’s just a really nice art style. I do hope Marvel keeps her around, because I like her a lot. As for the story, it’s fine. It’s good. The confrontation between Silk and Mattie, both physical and verbal, is done really well. They both get a sense of the other being good, though Silk also thinks Mattie is a zombie. Which is amusing. So, yeah, enjoyable.
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #15, by Ryan North, Erica Henderson, Michael Cho, Zac Gorman and Rico Renzi. Mew! She knocks a box of tissues (Soft for Thor noses!) on Nancy’s head. Nancy and Doreen go out to deal with Taskmaster, leaving Mew home alone to get up to mischief. She falls asleep, and dreams in comic form, with art by Zac Gorman. When the fight crashes through the wall, Mew leaves and goes wandering down to Central Park. And makes friends with a dog over pizza. It’s probably not Pizza Dog, though. Or maybe it is? I don’t know. Either way, they help to take down Taskmaster. It’s a great issue. Taskmaster steps in the litterbox. The whole thing is wonderful. It’s Mew having an adventure. It’s a story where a cat and a dog get involved in a super-battle. What’s not to love about that? Nothing, that’s that. It’s the best.