X-Men comics of April 19 2017
Follow me on Twitter (@XMenXPert). Captain Marvel’s co-directors have been announced! The line-up for the New Warriors show has been announced! A Cloak & Dagger trailer was released! Holy shit this is a busy day for Marvel fans. There’s also some comics.
No X-Men comics this week. Boo. So here’s other stuff, instead.
Ms. Marvel #17, by G. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyazawa, Ian Herring and Joe Caramagna. Zoe gets to school, and people make fun of her leaked love letters to Nakia. And there’s only one solution for that: Group hug! Started by Nakia, because she’s a sweetheart. With Zoe feeling a bit cheered up, Kamala implements her plan. She brings in the other people from her guild. So now they know they game with a superhero. She explains the Doc.X virus to them. She tells them they need to make the Internet nice. They go on Battlecraft and start spreading niceness. Ms. Marvel herself tries to lure the virus away from people, and runs right into a parade, because it’s funnier that way. It’s a really good issue. All about the triumph of kindness and compassion over anger and hate. The power of just being nice, and the belief that, ultimately, people try to be good. Which is something I believe, myself. Yes, there are assholes who like hurting people, who take pleasure in the suffering of others. We all have that impulse. We all enjoy videos of people getting hurt. Show me a clip of a guy getting a football to the groin, and I’ll laugh. But we also try to be good. We donate money, we send each other messages of support, we amplify the voices of the marginalized. It’s easy to feel like the world is a terrible place full of terrible people, but I think it is important to remember that things are always getting better, that people are always getting better. Trans rights weren’t even on the radars of most people just 20 years ago, now it’s a huge deal. Yes, there’s still a lot of hate, and yes, the Internet can often feel toxic. But there’s also immense amounts of love. An endless supply of love and support. And that’s what this comic tries to get across. And it’s a good message, and one that encourages readers to push past hate, to push past negativity, and to just be good to others. Hug a friend who’s feeling down. Do something nice for someone you don’t know. Try to make the world a nicer place to be. So I really love the message of this issue. Also, great art, as always. Miyazawa and Herring are a great team. The book always looks nice. The cartoonishness is really effective. This is just such a wonderful series.
Silk #19, by Robbie Thompson, Tana Ford, Ian Herring and Travis Lanham. Cindy confronts her father about him going to a woman named Fang, who promised to help him cure Cindy, but actually just wants to steal her powers. Fang is a member of the Spider Society and worked for Ezekiel, the guy who put Cindy in the bunker way back when. Fang wants to lead the Spider Society. While Cindy keeps Fang busy, Hector slips into her lab and shuts down her electronics. Cindy beats Fang and her father decides he’s happy for her to be Silk. Aw. Then it’s just some wrap-up. Cindy at supper with her family. A phone conversation with Peter, to echo one from the first issue. Lola and Rafferty’s wedding (yay!), and a promise to keep seeing her therapist, and good on Cindy for that, because mental health is important. This is, alas, the final issue of Silk. It’s actually had a pretty good run, but I still want more. It has been, in my opinion, the best of the Spider-titles over the past few years. Spider-Woman would be the other contender, of course, but I give the nod to Silk, which was more dramatic, and also had a dragon named David Wilcox. Plus, it’s one of the rare superhero titles that actually addresses the issue of mental health. Fiction in general almost never does that. The fact that this comic made it a recurring story element is a huge deal. This issue does feel rushed. It’s very much an “oh crap we need to wrap this up” finale. Still very well-done. Silk vs. Fang is an exciting fight. Silk making use of Hector was good to see. The last scenes, showing Cindy’s family and friends, were sweet. I do wish we’d seen more of the wedding, but I always enjoy weddings in comics. And obviously, it’s always good, in fiction, to see a same-sex couple get a happy ending. And Cindy gets a happy ending, so good for her. I hope it doesn’t take too long for her to show up again somewhere. She’s a good character. I’m also hoping it doesn’t take too long for Tana Ford to get more work. She’s a good artist, especially given she only taught herself to draw not even 10 years ago. It’s an expressive style. A bit blobby, and I certainly wouldn’t blame anyone for not liking her art. But I like it. And much as I want Duck! Vol. 3 to be finished, I’d rather see Ford get more work that pays her bills, you know? Anyway. If you haven’t read Silk, I’d definitely recommend picking up the trades, now that the series is over.
USAvengers #5, by Al Ewing, Paco Diaz, Jesus Aburtov and Joe Caramagna. Roberto meets with Steve, and it’s tense and creepy as Steve praises ‘Berto’s work with AIM while also coming across as really smug and condescending. Then we get Aikku talking to Toni about all the guns and armour Toni keeps building. She’s worried Toni’s become obsessed. It reminds her of when Toni worked hard to get Aikku out of the Pod armour, and she wonders who Toni’s trying to rescue now. And Toni’s not sure. In some underground lair, Maverick’s Red Hulk form wears off, and Arthur Nagan, Gorilla-Man, a guy with a human head on a gorilla body which makes him one of the all-time great ridiculous villains, is about to kill him, but Squirrel Girl rescues him. Sam’s out in space, on a Shi’ar colony planet, with his wife and son. Yay! Josh Guthrie shows up! He has some kind of blasting field of his own, apparently stronger than Sam’s. Sam’s feeling a bit miserable with the commute to see them. He’s on Earth 5 days a week, so he only gets his weekends to spend with Izzy and Josh, but he doesn’t actually want to leave Earth. This is a great issue. Ewing always knows how to use current events in comics to tell his own stories. He does an excellent job of it here, using Nazi-Cap very well. He starts off kinda smarmy, too nice and friendly, and gets more serious as the conversation continues throughout the issue, trying to throw Roberto off his game. The other scenes are all excellent. Aikku and Toni highlighted Toni as a workaholic, and Aikku as very sensible but also still pretty cute. Sam and Izzy was sweet, they do make a nice couple, and if Sam does leave the book to stay with Izzy in space, I’d actually be totally fine with that. It’d be a shame to not have him in a book any more, but knowing he’s off with his wife, raising their kid, would make it a lot easier to bear. Maverick’s irritation at the time limit on his Red Hulk form was nice, and I’d actually love to see more Maverick/Squirrel Girl team-ups, because they play off each other well. Plus, Gorilla-Man! I do love that guy. He’s such a stupid concept, which just makes him amazing. And the art’s great. I love Diaz’s style.
Mirror #7, by Emma Rios and Hwei Lim. As always, gorgeous. As always, tough to follow. But so pretty.