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X-Men comics of June 28 2017

June 28, 2017

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X-Men Blue #6, by Cullen Bunn, Ray-Anthony Height, Ramon Bachs, Marc Deering, Terry Pallot, Irma Kniivila, and Joe Caramagna. 5 of those people were not credited in the solicit, because Marvel are assholes like that. (It’s a problem with all the publishers, actually, at least the ones who use Diamond. They’re all assholes.) But anyway! In Madripoor, Jean is watching fireworks and feeling bored. She wants to get out and have fun. She goes to see if Scott wants to head out, but he’s training with Magneto, and yeah, that probably is his idea of fun. Scott is like that. So then she goes and asks Jimmy, instead, and Hank invites himself along. And at one point, he sings karaoke. But then Jimmy catches a strange but familiar scent and follows it. An MGH sale is interrupted by a group called the Raksha. So then the X-Men have to fight them. The Raksha are kinda cool. A group of mutants protecting Madripoor, and trying to stamp out the nation’s Mutant Growth Hormone market. And trying to honour the legacy of Patch. Which is pretty cool, I’ll admit. Nice to see. Aaaaaaand now they’ll probably be dropped for a while, because Bunn seems to have some kind of ADD with this book and it’s getting a bit tiring. He keeps setting up sub-plots, and he’s got enough of them, it’s time to actually give the book an actual frigging plot now. The art’s fine. I don’t much like the faces. But the action is really good. Very good fight scenes. And nice scenery work, including background characters. Pretty neat designs for the Raksha. This is a good comic, but it’s also one that’s annoying in the larger context, just because it’s setting up another sub-plot, when we already have a whole bunch of them.

Jean Grey #3, by Dennis Hopeless, Victor Ibanez, Al Barrionuevo, Jay David Ramos, Dono Sanchez-Almara, and Travis Lanham. Jean’s in the ocean, being attacked by a giant sea monster, and has to be saved by Namor, who is a sarcastic prick, but also has great abs. As they chase after the monster, she asks for his advice regarding the Phoenix. He tells her she has no chance. Then they find the monster and Namor gets paralyzed by venom in its sting, so Jean grab him and hide. And he’s still snarky. Then she goes into his head to see how he dealt with Phoenix possession. This is another good issue. Namor is at peak snark here, which is always a good time. The guy can’t speak without being condescending. Jean, for her part, mostly ignores it, instead just focusing on the issues. Those issues being the Phoenix, and a giant sea monster. I confess to finding this an odd series. It’s well-made, but it’s an odd comic, going from one guest star to the next, with no sign of that stopping any time soon. Next is Odinson, then Psylocke, then Emma. And then probably someone else. It’s just weird to me. It’s fun seeing her play off others, especially seeing her play off people she wouldn’t normally hang out with. But just the same, I do find it odd. The art’s good. I don’t always like Ibanez’s art, but I have no complaints at all here. Except maybe that we could’ve used more Namor abs. But other than that, the art is pretty much perfect in this issue.

Cable #2, by James Robinson, Carlos Pacheco, Rafael Fonteriz, Jesus Aburtov, Federico Blee, and Cory Petit. Japan, in 1543, Daimyo Amaru is at his summer palace, and is visited by a guy wanting his help. Amaru tells his guards to kill the guy, which doesn’t go well. The dude blows the palace up, then finds some ronin, to offer a trade. Two weeks later, they’ve defeated Cable, and are about to kill him. But he doesn’t die easy. He beats the thugs, gets his arm back, and gets information from the last dude. This is another pretty straightforward issue. Just a showcase of Cable being badass, basically. Which is fine, for what it is. But it doesn’t really give readers a reason to read it. We don’t get much personality from him. We arguably get more personality from the guy he’s chasing, who we only see for a few pages at the start. But we at least see that he’s reasonably intelligent and utterly ruthless. Cable is just a good fighter. At least we don’t get more nonsense of him bringing a gun into close-quarter combat. Still, there’s virtually nothing to say about this series so far. Two issues in, and Cable is still devoid of any actual character. And it’s weird, because Robinson is normally great at giving characters deep, complex personalities. But with Cable? He’s just writing a walking fight scene. And it’s kinda boring. At least the art’s excellent. Pacheco’s a top-notch artist, and the rest of the art team complements his lines excellently. While the writing is bland, the art is top-notch.

Totally Awesome Hulk #20, by Grek Pak, Robert Gill, Nolan Woodard, and Cory Petit and Joe Sabino. In Santo Marco, a reporter is asking some locals why their stretch of coast is relatively calm since their president’s fall. Then polar bears show up. Jorge handles it, which means a big guy punching a couple polar bears. Because sometimes, comics are just joy. Jorge’s a mutant, and the reporter turns out to be a Weapon X cyborg who kills him. Reverend Stryker is disappointed with the cyborg’s performance. The Weapon X team is still searching for the Weapon X program, with Amadeus and Deathstrike checking out the local Church of Human Potential. They met at a local actual church, run by a woman who didn’t much like them and kicked them out. Good for you, lady. Another solid chapter in the Weapons of Mutant Destruction crossover. With this being Hulk’s title, he naturally gets the bulk of the focus of this issue. Which is fine. Pak writes him well. Highlights his humanity and compassion, primarily, and it’s pretty sweet. He and Deathstrike play off each other surprisingly well. Deathstrike herself is actually just weirdly entertaining here. The Weapon X program remains horrific and evil. The issue starts with polar bears being punched, so really, what’s not to like? The art’s great. Gill and Woodard do great work. They make polar bears being lunched look great. There’s some good expressiveness. Some nicely subtle expressions. This is a good issue in a good crossover.

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

Black Panther #15, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Wilifredo Torres, Adam Gorham, Terry Pallot, Laura Martin, and Joe Sabino. The Midnight Angels are fighting monsters. And Aneka and Ayo flirt while they fight. It’s pretty cute. I love those two. And they do a modified Fastball Special!

Black Panther #15

I love this.

The fight isn’t going well, but T’Challa and Shuri show up to help, and push the Vanyan back through their door. Shuri summons a whole bunch of dead warriors to help, and Zawavari closes the portal. Then he passes out while saying the gods are dead and the Originators have returned. This is great. I’m really enjoying this story. This exploration of what’s happened to the gods of Wakanda. It’s nice seeing Aneka and Ayo again – they’re really fun. And the issue ends with another character being brought forward. Which should be fun. This issue’s a little more action-oriented than the past couple, but it’s good combat, and T’Challa still gets to be cool. And Shuri gets to be awesome. The art’s good. Pretty much in line with the general style of the series, which is nice. The action is drawn well. Good fight choreography. Good Fastball Special. I’m thoroughly enjoying this.

Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur #20, by Brandon Montclare, Natacha Bustos, Tamra Bonvillain, and Joe Caramagna. Moon Girl is on Girl Moon. Girl Moon is lonely. We get her origin, with her splitting off from Ego the Living Planet. Also, her name is Illa. And Lunella figures out that Lunella revolves around Ego, but her face never faces him, which is why she can’t find him. Also, when Lunella sketches on Illa, it tickles her, which is really cute. Meanwhile, on Earth, Lunella has a robot posing as her in class. And it is amazing. Dodgeball! Man, this issue is really something else. This series has always set a high bar, but this is good, even for this series. It’s so much fun. It’s full of moments that are cute and funny. Illa is nice, she’s sweet, but she’s also desperately needy and clingy, and honestly, I do kinda relate to her, just a bit. Lunella gets tired of her pretty quickly, which is understandable. There’s an enjoyable fight against some giant fleas, which lets Devil let loose and have fun. Bustos and Bonvillain continue to be a visual treat, with the comic being adorable. So much of the humour in this issue is visual, and those two absolutely nail it perfectly. This is a stand-out issue of an already-fantastic series, and I love it.

Occupy Avengers #8, by David Walker, Jorge Coelho, Martin Morazzo, Mat Lopes, and Clayton Cowles. Frank and Silas Fireheart have been acting as vigilantes in the Hydra-run America, by giving people food. They’re good folks. Hydra’s been taking food from farmers, giving them no money, and giving them little food back. Because, contrary to what Spencer seems to think, fascist states are actually really frigging bad at running things efficiently and fairly. I haven’t been reading Secret Empire’s main book, but I’ve read about it, and from what I’ve read, Nick Spencer seems to buy into the “they make the trains run on time” myth. The thing is? They frigging don’t. So farmers starving? That’s actually a waaaaaaaaaay more accurate depiction of what happens in fascist states than anything Spencer’s apparently included. Anyway, Hydra’s taking food from people, and the Pccupy team – minus Hawkeye, who’s leading the rebellion, of course – attack. With Tilda now wearing Nighthawk’s costume, after he was shot dead by Hydra. He was killed for being black, pretty much. He wasn’t even in costume when it happened. Tilda’s pissed, and she’s planning on destroying Hydra. And not by putting them in jail. She plans on killing. And she rallies a group of frightened farmers to back her. Meanwhile, in the Mount, Clint feels uncomfortable about banging Black Widow in a supply closet, with everything going on. Come on, Clint, the best time to have sex is when things are going to hell. Then he calls the others to give them a plan for building the fight against Hydra. Good issue. Good look at how the smaller people are resisting Hydra. The people who don’t get to be in events. It’s cool to see. Tilda is still awesome. I love her righteous anger here. Her desire to see Hydra crushed. Also, cool that she’s taking up the Nighthawk mantle, to honour her fallen friend. It’ll be a shame to see this series end, because I’ve enjoyed it. I think that might leave Walker with just Luke Cage, at Marvel. He deserves more books than that.

Mighty Captain Marvel #6, by Margaret Stohl, Michele Bandini, Erick Arciniega, and Joe Caramagna. Alpha Flight, and Carol’s allies, have taken a beating, and so has the station, and despair’s setting in. Carol blames herself for letting Captain Nazi trick her. Another Chitauri wave comes in, and gets fought off. Carol asks the Guardians to try to find some intergalactic allies, and she and Brand wonder if Wendy might be able to help, since she’s on Earth. The recruits wonder what they can do to help. Hopper feels terrible about not telling a girl (hopefully Wendy) how he feels about her. So just a lot of moping, really. Hopper can’t figure out a way to get a signal through the shield to Wendy. The cadets have an idea, but obviously, they don’t tell anyone, and instead try to do it themselves, because kids are stupid like that. This issue is actually really good. Better than usual. I don’t know if Stohl is getting the hang of comics, or if it’s just an unusually good issue. But I really like this. It’s a good character-driven issue. Lots of quiet moments to explore Carol and a few other characters. It makes for a strong issue. An enjoyable read. Good art, too. It’s clear and expressive, and pleasant on the eyes. I’d be fine with Bandini as the new permanent artist. I like his style much more than Rosanas’. And the colours are gorgeous. Arciniega’s not someone I’m familiar with, I think he’s new to Marvel, but I’m already very impressed. He does phenomenal work. Bandini/Arciniega make for a great art team, and I look forward to seeing more of this pairing, I hope.

Jem & the Holograms Infinite #1, by Kelly Thompson, Stacey Lee, Jen Hickman, Sarah Stern, and Shawn Lee. The Holograms and the Misfits are still at war, because there needs to be some sense of order to the world. Rio thinks the Holograms should come clean about Jem being an illusion, the Holograms think it would end their career. While the Holograms and Misfits argue and get ready to fight, Kimber and Stormer say hi. After the argument, Techrat approaches the Holograms for help saving the world. It’s a fun comic. It’s a shame Lee only did the line art for the first half of the issue, because she is so amazing and I wanted more of her. Jen Hickman’s great, too. It’s not like she’s a consolation prize or something. I just always want more Stacey Lee. If you haven’t read any of the Jem comics, then first why haven’t you read that series yet it is amazing, but second, you should be fine jumping into this. And then go back and read the rest of the series. Because it’s amazing.

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2 Comments
  1. Jean Grey’s interactions with Namor are great. He’s condescending, but you can tell behind his light insults that he does care. In some ways, Jean Grey feels like a miniseries so far. that’s not necessarily a bad thing, and these guest stars make sense for the story, but still. Good series either way.

    X-Men Blue 3 is mostly good, but yeah, it’s setting up another sub-plot. That’s almost a new subplot for every issue so far. Still much better than X-Men Gold though.

    I hope the story in the Cable series gets going soon, because so far it’s a chase scene through time with very little context.

  2. G'kar permalink

    Mighty Captain Marvel # 6 is probably my favorite book this week, I will note that the colorist made a mistake with Quasar (Avril Kincaid) hair making it white instead of brown. IF I didn’t know better I would have thought it was Phyla Vell laying in that bed instead. Anyway it was just a minor thing I noticed no big deal.

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