Pull List for March 15 2017
I’ll go to the store for: Black Panther World of Wakanda #5, by Roxane Gay, Alitha Martinez, Roberto Poggi, Rachelle Rosenberg and Joe Sabino; Mirror #6, by Emma Rios and Hwei Lim; Ms. Marvel #16, by G. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyazawa, Ian Herring and Joe Caramagna; Patsy Walker aka Hellcat #16, by Kate Leth, Brittney Williams, Rachelle Rosenberg and Clayton Cowles; USAvengers #4, by Al Ewing, Paco Medina, Juan Vlasco, Jesus Aburtov and Joe Caramagna.
I’ll also review: Uncanny X-Men #19, by Cullen Bunn, Edgar Salazar, Ed Tadeo, Ulises Arreola and Joe Caramagna.
So only 5 comics I’m picking up, and one additional review. This is a light week.
World of Wakanda’s arc ends, and while I’ve mostly enjoyed the story, it has had plenty of weaknesses. It’s not great, and honestly, I would’ve dropped it pretty quickly if it was a white writer, but I do try to support POC creators, and I enjoyed this just enough to keep picking it up. Ms. Marvel’s always great, of course, and the current arc has been really good. Hellcat’s always adorable fun. USAvengers is Red Hulk vs. American Kaiju. So, you know. American Kaiju. Yes. I love it.
I watched X-Men: Apocalypse. I livetweeted it, and you can read the livetweet here. The short version? It’s not a great movie. It’s got a lot of problems. Scott’s characterization feels off. He’s occasionally douchey, and not in the way he should be. Jean Grey’s introduction has her come across as an asshole, when she tells Scott, who’s wearing a blindfold, to watch where he’s going, and then never apologizes. Of course, the movie was really about – SHOCK OF FUCKING SHOCKS! – Xavier, Magneto and Mystique. Because we just haven’t gotten enough of those three yet. Holy shit, Fox, there are other X-Men. Not every movie has to be about those three. I am fed up with those three. I want them to die. Just kill all three of those bastards off so they don’t keep getting all the attention in every single goddamn X-Men movie. This movie also continues the X-Men film tradition of problematic racial representation. There are four named POC characters in this film: Apocalypse, Storm, Psylocke and Jubilee. Jubilee is a nothing character. She’s an extra. (There’s a scene where Scott suggests going to the mall, and Jubilee says nothing. That is a terrible take on Jubilee! Jubilee is all about malls! How do you screw up that badly!) Psylocke is another nothing character. Her personality is basically “uses a sword.” She does use a psychic whip when she’s fighting Beast, and it’s pretty awesome, but just the same, she wasn’t a character. She was barely even a fight scene, if we’re honest. There was no reason to have her there beyond her existing in the comics. They could have replaced her easily. Hell, use Senyaka, the shitty Acolyte who used whips. Storm wasn’t much better. She has virtually no personality at any point, and contributes even less to the big battle than Psylocke does. Her role basically came down to looking good. Which she does! She looks so frigging cool. I love the hair. She’s got a bit of a Mohawk going on and I love it. She’s sexy cool and I approve of that. But holy hell, was she ever pointless in the movie.
And that brings us to the last POC: Apocalypse. The big villain. Three of the four POC in the movie are villains, with one (Storm) being redeemed by witnessing the heroism of the white heroes. (OK, fine, three of the heroes were blue. They couldn’t find any room for a black dude, but three blue people? Absolutely! Diversity!) Apocalypse himself is . . . OK. But not great. They paid lip service to his “survival of the fittest,” but mostly, he was there to be a bad guy who wanted to kill people. So he was another disappointment. Like everything in this movie.
There were some parts I liked. Some really cool bits. Quicksilver evacuating the mansion was cool. It makes no sense if you think about it at all, but it’s a great visual. I liked Mystique’s jacket. It’s a sweet-ass jacket. They didn’t kill a black dude in this one, so that’s gotta count for something, right? (I guess they just couldn’t find the room to include a black dude they could kill off.) There were some pretty cool visuals here and there. But for the most part, it was just a bad movie. There was potential. But Fox has no idea how to make ensemble X-Men movies.
I do have some hopes for New Mutants. It’ll be an ensemble that isn’t about Xavier, Magneto and Mystique. Xavier will presumably still be in it, but I’m hoping, praying, that Magneto and Mystique don’t show up for even a single goddamn second of screentime. If they leave out Magneto and Mystique? It’ll actually be a great movie. I’m looking forward to seeing Dani on screen, at least. She’s one of the best characters Marvel has, so awesome, and it’ll be great seeing a young Native American actress get to play a nuanced and badass hero. Make her the lead. New Mutants will be a great movie, as long as they don’t fuck it up entirely by trying to make it an X-Men film.
Anyway! In the Avengers Academy mobile game, I’ve unlocked Moon Girl, and I’ve unlocked Ms. Marvel wooooot! One thing I have to note about Avengers Academy is that Wasp is so adorable it almost makes me angry.
Anyway, that’s it for this week.