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X-Men comics of January 17 2018

January 18, 2018

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X-Men Gold #20, by Marc Guggenheim, Diego Bernard, JP Mayer, Frank Martin, and Cory Petit. Storm is wandering through a sandstorm on a planet where she can’t control the weather. Which . . . I don’t know. She’s manipulated weather on alien planets before. She’s manipulated weather in space. Back on the spaceship, Ink finds Kurt, impaled on shrapnel, still alive. And Logan wakes Armour up by slapping her, which she doesn’t appreciate. Kitty and Piotr are outside, in the sandstorm, with Piotr dying. Storm gets to be a badass and take out a monster, and honestly, it’s the best moment she’s had in this entire run, because she gets to make a big dramatic declaration when she does it. There’s some talking, a plan is developed to go home, hurrah, whatever. And Kitty agrees to marry Piotr, because what 20-something girl doesn’t want to marry the guy she had a crush on at 13? Christ, I hate cape comics’ inability to get the hell over the past. Kitty had a thing for Piotr over 30 goddamn years ago, so of course they have to get back together and get married. As for the bulk of the issue: So very, very meh. So boring. I feel like Guggenheim rushed through this. Because the X-Men trapped and separated on an alien planet, trying to find their ways to survive and regroup? It’s a neat idea. It could’ve used more space to breathe. But nope, it’s all rushed through to get back to Earth so Kitty can agree to marry Piotr. As always, the characters have all the personality of cardboard. No character developments. No interesting team dynamics. Armour bitches a bit about Logan hitting her, and that’s about the extent of the character conflict. Aside from Kitty and Piotr, none of the characters in this book matter. And even Piotr only matters in terms of his relationship with Kitty. Everyone else? You could swap them with anyone else and it wouldn’t make a damned bit of difference. Guggenheim sucks. Also? He’s sexist. I just think it’s worth remembering. The art’s fine. It deserves better writing than this dreck. It’s competent art that tells the story as well as it’s allowed to, given the limitations of it being just an obnoxiously dull story.

Weapon X #13, by Greg Pak, Yildiray Cinay, Frank D’Armata, and Joe Caramagna. The civilians rescued by the Weapon X team find the dead body of a flying woman, and the villagers explain that they’ve been rescued by superheroes before, but it never solves the problem, and the government needs to be overthrown. Warpath is entirely down for that, and I love him for it.

Weapon X #13

Warpath is all about overthrowing the government.

Deathstrike and Logan don’t think they should do it. Domino’s down for it, as long as they rob the national bank in the process. Domino is a delight in this book. Meanwhile, Sabretooth and Nuke blow shit up. Sabretooth rather likes Nuke. Also, Domino flirting with Warpath is fun. This whole comic’s fun. Hilariously violent, between Sabretooth and Nuke. Honestly, their gleeful violence is really entertaining. Domino’s obsession with robbery has also been a great gag throughout this series, and I’m glad she finally got the chance. Warpath’s immediate willingness to overthrow a country’s government seems about right. An oppressed group fighting the government that’s trying to kill them? Yeah, I figure he’s got reason to back that. It’s a cool moment. The art’s good. Cinay’s a talented artist. He and D’Armata make the hyper-violence really enjoyable to watch. So, yeah, this is a really fun comic.

Generation X #86, by Christina Strain, Amilcar Pinna, Felipe Sobreiro, and Clayton Cowles. Jubilee visits Quentin on Krakoa, telling him to let the school be his family. The conversation comes to a halt when Jubilee gets an alert about the school vanishing. Back at the school, Monet chases the kids, until Chamber distracts her. Husk jumps in to help. The fight starts wrecking the school, with Ben taking a chunk of debris to protect Nate. And guys. GUYS.

Generation X #86

YES. FINALLY.

I’m so happy. These two kids have been killing me. Also, Monet is mean about Paige’s accent and I don’t like that. Don’t be such a jerk, Monet. I mean, I love when Monet’s a jerk, but there are things I don’t want her being a jerk about. Paige’s accent is one of those things. Nate also comes up with a plan, and Roxy gets to be a badass. And there is, of course, a big cliffhanger at the end. And I don’t normally like talking about those. But, I think I actually need to talk about it. I’ll give my thoughts on the issue as a whole, first, then put the big spoiler in another paragraph. Sound good? OK. So this is good, as it always is. Strain is such a great character writer. I know a lot of people disliked this book for not having a greater focus on superheroics, but frankly, I think it made for a more enjoyable and more memorable comic. Instead of teens being superheroes, this book was superheroes being teens, and that made it so much better. Let me be blunt: By and large, the superhero stuff isn’t really what’s remembered about books like this. Look at the original Generation X. They did superhero stuff, but Emplate aside, what battles and villains do people really remember about it? Not many. But the Paige/Jono romance? The dynamic between Emma and Sean? The arguments between Jubilee and Monet? People remember that stuff. That’s the stuff that’s important. And that’s what this book focused on. There actually was still superhero stuff going on. But it served as the backdrop for character development, which is how it should be. Strain has filled this book with character development and interesting dynamics and just great character work in general. It’s genuinely impressive, especially since this is her first major comic writing. I really, really hope Marvel’s got more work lined up for her, because she absolutely deserves it. The art is still not my style. It’s personal taste. I suspect Pinna’s art probably did drive away more potential readers than it brought in, which is a shame. It is expressive, and Sobreiro’s colours are great. I just find Pinna’s faces really weird. Long, with huge mouths. Still, I love this series.

And now, the big spoiler-y bit. Skip this paragraph if you don’t want a big spoiler. Seriously, it’s a pretty big deal, so if you want to read it for yourself, then skip ahead now. If you’re still reading this, I assume you’re OK with being spoiled, or have already read the issue. OK? OK. So. Jubilee’s not a vampire any more, and seems to have her sparklies back. Obviously, a lot of people are happy about this. A lot of people never liked Vampilee in the first place. I’m . . . less enthused. I grew up on Jubilee, I’ve always loved her, and I liked her power. I thought it was a cool, fun power. And her becoming a vampire did make me roll my eyes a bit, partly because that whole storyline was pretty badly-written, but also because it felt like a desperate attempt to cash in on the vampire craze. So I didn’t much care for it. But you know what I like even less? Yeah, I’m sure you know where I’m going with this. I don’t like regression. I don’t like the constant need to return characters to an older status quo. It feels cheap, and honestly, it feels lazy. Like the only thing anyone can think to do with characters is to repeat what’s already been done with them. I’m even more disappointed because Strain had done such interesting stuff with Jubilee as a vampire. And I would’ve preferred to see more writers doing interesting things with it than to see it reverted so writers can just go back to writing Jubilee as her ’90s self of or something. (I love ’90s Jubilee. Love her. She was the best. I don’t want her written that way again. But I’m worried that the next writer to use her will do that. Let’s just hope Guggenheim doesn’t get his hands on her. He’d probably get rid of Shogo, too.) Still, it’s done now, and even though I think it closes off some potential story options without opening any new ones, we’ll see what happens going forward.

All-New Wolverine #29, by Tom Taylor, Juann Cabal, Nolan Woodard, and Cory Petit. Logan, Sabreooth, and Deathstrike are all apparently dead, having been shot in the head with Muramasa bullets. Muramasa himself collects pieces of the souls of Laura, Gabby, and Daken, to forge an armour for her. And Laura has the best aunt.

All-New Wolverine #29

Best aunt.

Gabby has decided she doesn’t much like pain. A few days later, it’s fight time. The Hand accompanies some of the Orphans of X. Gabby accidentally gets the ashes of a Hand ninja on her tongue, and worries it’ll turn her into an undead ninja, and that seems like a silly concern, but this is the Marvel Universe, so who the hell even knows. And then Laura gets to show off her sweet-ass armour.

All-New Wolverine #29

Shiny!

Also, Daken comes up with a pretty awesome plan, though “awesome” in this case means “pretty damn crazy.” This is great. Laura has the best family. I love them. I even like Daken, in this series, with his willingness to do anything for Laura. Elsewhere, he’s an ass. Here, he’s an ass who cares. Which makes sense to me. He’s a sociopath, but he sees himself in Laura, so it makes him care about her, even though he doesn’t care about anyone else. Laura’s armour is great, and I’d be totally fine with it becoming a recurring thing. I doubt it will, but I’d be happy if it did. This issue does end up being a little more serious. Even Gabby gets tones down compared to normal. Of course, it’s still not particularly dark. There’s still plenty of fun stuff, but it has less humour than usual. Which is fine, it works well for the issue. There’s still a lot to like. The Orphans of X remain pretty interesting. And the art’s great. Very good-looking comic.

There’s also America #11, by Gabby Rivera, Stacey Lee, Flaviano, Jordan Gibson, Chris O’Halloran, and Travis Lanham. And uuuuuunnnnngggghhh, Stacey Lee! So good! The writing is as weak as usual. America herself still sounds wrong. But that Stacey Lee artwork! Worth the cost of the comic. Lee is amazing.

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3 Comments
  1. X-Men Gold best belongs in the forgotten pile of pointless X-Men titles, along with Chuck Austin’s Uncanny X-Men run, Extraordinary X-Men (which is likely more editoria’s fault than Jeff Lemire’s considering he usually writes fun material) and that time Wolverine became a weird beast-like creature.

    How Jubilee is handled from here really is up to her next writer, but I know a lot of Jubilee fans are really happy about that twist at the end. As a whole, Generation X remains a great series with unfortunately mediocre art.

    All-New Wolverine 29 is great. Daken coming up with a plan that puts himself at risk instead of others, showing some actual character growth. Considering the situation, it makes sense that Gabby is toned down here, and she still gets a couple great moments. And the art is great throughout the comic. I didn’t notice as many Easter Eggs this time round, but that’s not really a problem.

  2. So what you’re saying is by this point evreyone should just dig out their old Chris Claremont books and save themselves a few pennies while we wait for a new head of the x-family to come on board? As someone who hasn’t bought a Marvel book in a while is there anything worth grabbing at the moment? ‘Cos right now I’m just sat here waiting for Exiles to come out.

    • Oh, Marvel has TONS worth reading. Ms. Marvel, Squirrel Girl, Moon Girl, All-New Wolverine, Black Bolt, Black Panther, Astonishing X-Men, whatever Kelly Thompson writes next. Loads of quality comics.

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