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X-Men comics of May 31 2017

June 1, 2017

Follow me on Twitter (@XMenXPert). Let’s get into the covfefics.

Generation X #2, by Christina Strain, Amilcar Pinna, Felipe Sobreiro (with Jay David Ramos and Chris Sotomayor) and Clayton Cowles. Quire thinks that anyone who says “life’s short” is an idiot, because it means they think slowly. He also fixes up the trashed classroom, though he did put all the furniture on the ceiling. Outside, the Purifiers are attacking, and the X-Men present are fighting back. Kitty orders Jubilee to take her class to the library. Quire joins the fight, and chats with Graymalkin, who doesn’t like him. He then makes the Purifiers start beating themselves up. Jubilee yells at him, so he instead gets the Purifiers to point their guns at each other. Which is . . . pretty intense, honestly. In the library, where the rest of Jubilee’s students are protecting the humans on-campus, one guy’s being a total dick. And then a Purifier busts in. Once it’s all wrapped-up, Jubilee explains to the class that their lessons aren’t going to be in combat, but in real-world practical application. Which I really, really like. Not all mutants are cut out to fight Sentinels. And the whole point of the X-Men is supposed to be about teaching mutants how to co-exist with humans. So actually teaching mutants how to co-exist with humans is a great idea. This is great. This issue’s mostly a Quire spotlight, and it gets into his head in a really interesting way. He’s not the Bad Boy With A Good Heart that Aaron turned him into. He’s a troubled genius with deep-seated emotional issues, lashing out at a world he thinks doesn’t understand him, and constantly pushing the boundaries of what others will accept from him. Taking control over a bunch of Purifiers, and making them point their guns into each other? That’s not rebellious, that’s twisted, and Quire’s at his best when at his worst. We get a few good character moments from other characters, too. The art is still not a style I particularly enjoy. It’s a bit vague for my tastes, a bit blobby. Weird, sometimes gross faces. Also, I seldom notice colouring, but something about the colours on this comic distracts me. So, I’m just not impressed with the art on any level. A shame. But I can deal with it for the great writing.

Cable #1, by James Robinson, Carlos Pacheco, Rafael Fonteriz, Jesus Aburtov and Cory Petit. An Arizona saloon in 1874. Some guys are bragging about how they control the town. Cable saunters in and cleans house. He wants to know where they got their fancy futuristic laser guns. One of them takes him out to where the guy who gave them the guns found something. There’s some sort of big fancy circle burnt into the rock. Like one of the more elaborate crop circles. But in rock. Cable teleport away, and ends up in a field, with a similar circle amid the grass. This time, he’s in Japan, in 1543. He finds a village that’s still burning. Only one woman is still alive, so Cable sets off to avenge the village. This is a pretty good start to the series. This issue, at least, doesn’t assume more than passing familiarity with Cable. He’s a badass and he can time travel, that’s pretty much all that’s explained about him here. I will say that starting off with time travel is actually a good way of handling Cable. I mean, he’s a time traveler. Why wouldn’t you use that as an excuse to bounce around time? We’ve also got a mystery set up, though it’s actually kind of a generic one, so it’s hard to get too invested in it. I’m also disappointed at how little of Cable’s strategic abilities are shown here. He just charges in. At one point, when attacking guys with swords, he charges them with his guns out. Does Cable not know what guns are for? It’s a dumb move, and I think that fight could have been handled a lot better. Hopefully, as the series goes on, we do see that Cable fights smart. Robinson knows how to write tactical fighters, I want that from Cable. The art’s great. Pacheco, guys. He’s fantastic. And a great fit for Cable. Pacheco’s got one of those styles that just feels like it could come from pretty much any period in comics. That works well for a ’90s character like Cable. The inks and colours complement the lines really well, too. But any time you’ve got Pacheco on art, you’ve got a comic worth reading.

Old Man Logan #24, by Jeff Lemire, Eric Nguyen, Andres Mossa and Cory Petit. Logan wakes up, in bed with his wife, and then goes to have breakfast with his kids. He’s happy to be with his family again, and decides not to question or doubt it. In the present, Asmodeus is still trying to sell Logan’s services, but the X-Men – well, Iceman and Jean – show up and take down all the bad guys present. I should mention that Iceman has ice claws. Which is pretty cute. And you know he said “snikt” when he made them, too. Asmodeus can’t release Logan from the spell, because he’s lost contact with Logan’s consciousness. Back in the future, the Hulk Clan shows up for payment day. Logan tries to kill them . . . but he can’t pop his claws. He can’t change his past. And . . . meh. I don’t like this arc. The whole thing felt pointless. It’s written well enough, but it doesn’t really say anything that the series hasn’t said already. I guess it ends with him accepting his past, but even then, I never really got the impression that he’d been rejecting it in the first place. This issue was definitely the highlight of the arc, being so bittersweet, with his family there and all. But the last two or three issues now feel even more like filler. All the previous time jumps could’ve been cut out entirely, and the story would’ve been stronger for it. Make it shorter, tighter, and more to the point. So, yeah, great finish to a mediocre arc. Nice art, too. Nguyen and Mossa do great work, especially in the future. The Wasteland never looked so bright.

That’s the X-stuff, here’s what else I got.

Hulk #6, by Mariko Tamaki, Nico Leon, Matt Milla and Cory Petit. We open a long time ago, with Jen, as She-Hulk, telling Bruce he works too hard. It’s a really nice scene that shows the deep affection between the two. Man, they really were great together.  They were cousins, but at their best, they were so much more than that. In the present, Jen loses control and Hulks out. And wow, Leon and Milla do one hell of a Hulk. This is the Savage She-Hulk, turned up to 11. She has ridges on her back. She’s a monster. It’s awesome. So now it’s monster vs. monster. The apartment monster seems to use fear as a weapon. So it’s trying to scare the Hulk. A Hulk that comes out when Jen’s scared. So . . . it’s a pretty interesting fight. Another great issue. Tamaki lets the art do a lot of the heavy lifting here, and it works really well. It’s dark and intense and scary and angry. Jen’s new Hulk form is amazing. It’s one of the scariest takes on a Hulk I’ve ever seen. A lot of that comes from the angles chosen, and the way her eyes glow green makes it even better. We don’t really get any clear shots of her, which just heightens the scariness of the Hulk. Tamaki’s writing is great, too, though. It’s very emotional and strong. But there is also some humour, early on, and a good happy beat to end the issue on. This is such a great series, and if you’re not reading it, you should be.

Occupy Avengers #7, by David Walker, Gabriel Walta, Jordie Bellaire and Clayton Cowles. We open about a week ago, with Team Hawkeye getting their van. Which is also a Tardis. It’s vantastic. He even sings a song about it. After a few days, though, it breaks down. So that brings us up to the present, where the van is trying to interface with Wheels Wolinski, and I’m still amazed that he’s actually in a comic with Avengers in the title. Meanwhile, a Super-Skrull wants all the Skrulls in Dungston to come out so they can die. The team has trouble fighting against the Skrulls, until Wheels finishing linking with the van. And then it’s a van fight! Van fight! This is a really good conclusion to the arc. Wheels is really good here. He snarks to the van, and makes a terrible van joke. We get into his head, and his history of underestimating himself, and his realization that he’s better than he thought of himself. And he also uses a van-mech to punch a Super-Skrull. I really can’t emphasize enough that there’s a van that turns into a mech.

There’s also Insexts #11. Read it. Read this series. So good.

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One Comment
  1. Generation X 2 is fun. Quentin Quire seems like even more of a jerk than usual so far in this series, but it’s by no means out of character. He’s balanced out with more likeable characters, and there are some great conflicts within the group. I don’t think this is anything special yet (and I agree with you on the art being kind of ok), but there is so much potential.

    Cable 1 is a great introduction to Nathan Summers’s new series. A simple story with a lot of potential for twists and reveals. I do hope that after this opening arc, we’ll get some supporting characters though – Cable comics really do work best when there’s a supporting cast to give more emotional range and to play off Cable’s serious attitude.

    Hulk 6 is fantastic. Not much to add to what you said.

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