Skip to content

X-Men comics for April 11 2018

April 12, 2018

Follow me on Twitter (@XMenXPert). The Simpsons is out-dated and lost its relevance years ago. Here’s comics.

X-Men Red #3, by Tom Taylor, Mahmud Asrar, Ive Svorcina, and Cory Petit. Cassandra Nova pays a visit to the Xavier School. She cracks the sign, because she is petty, she groans at Kitty/Piotr drama and I am 100% with her on that. And she kills a young mutant who can see her, because she’s evil. I am . . . less on board with the murder. Oh, and she gives a drug to another mutant. In India, Sentinel. It blasts Gabby, so Trinary makes it sit down, which is pretty badass. Trinary is surprisingly powerful. She reprogrammed the Sentinel to remove its directive to kill mutants, something Juston Seyfert could never do, before he was killed in a book that was built around killing cool young characters with lots of potential. Anyway, they steal the Sentinel. Trinary then talks about spikes in anti-mutant sentiments, which leads to a scene in Louisiana where a young girl with wings confronts an angry mob, and gets rescued by Gambit. The angry mob is carrying garden torches, in a touch that’s pretty clearly meant to evoke the tiki torches wielded by the alt-right neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, and also makes pretty clear which side Taylor comes down on. He is firmly anti-Nazi. I’m sure the Comicsgate shitholes are frothing at the mouth about that panel. But screw those people. Anyway, wing-girl still gets shot. Which, frankly, she should probably be able to survive. It was a handgun, and while it wasn’t long-range or anything, a gutshot from a handgun isn’t instantly fatal. My understanding is that it’s actually not that difficult to survive that, if you get to a hospital reasonably quickly. Anyway, I generally enjoyed this issue. Trinary’s cool, but I would’ve liked to learn more about her as a person. She shows off her power a lot, but we don’t learn much about her personality. Which is a shame. Still, she reprograms a Sentinel with ease. And also gets a little freaked out at Gabby not being dead. Gabby continues to be the best. Honestly, this issue’s a bit of a let-down from the first two. For all that happens, not a lot happens. Not much character stuff, not much plot development. A bit disappointing. Still, as I said, I mostly enjoy it. Taylor’s still a good writer, the art’s still good, Asrar’s a good visual storyteller. I guess this issue does also bring in Gambit, which . . . yeah, it’s a pretty disappointing issue. (Ha! Gambit burn!)

X-Men Blue #25, by Cullen Bunn, Jorge Molina, Craig Yeung, Matt Milla, and Joe Caramagna. Lorna has mixed feelings about killing an alternate version of Malice, and I suppose that’s reasonable. Killing is rough, even if it’s someone you hate. And it’s not like this version if Malice has the same odds of returning to life as the main Malice does. Then she’s reminded that the Raksha are basically all broken. Meanwhile, in Scotland, Alex continues pitching the future to Magneto, talking about how Mothervine will make mutants the dominant species. Magneto declines to join, and fights Alex, Emma, Miss Sinister, Bastion, and a whole bunch of tiny Sentinels. Emma gives Alex a psychic boost to his power, in order to take down Magneto. Good teamwork, actually. Magneto does slip away, though. And the bad guys launch their plan, so someone needs to stop them. Not bad. I really like the Magneto/Alex scene. It’s well-written, good tension between them, and both presenting their cases well. Obviously, we’re meant to side against Alex, but he still comes across as reasonable, not some frothing power-mad lunatic. He’s not old-school Magneto. Makes for a compelling scene. The fight is really good, too. Magneto is shown as powerful to the point of being overconfident about it, taking the bad guys apart with casual ease. Also, the image of him assembling a metal suit is pretty badass. Alex’s power-boost is cool, though his blasts could’ve looked cooler. But whatever, petty complaint. I still like the fight. The Lorna stuff at the start is fine, too, but I don’t know, it didn’t really resonate with me. The art’s good. Molina’s a talented artist. Except that I noticed kind of a limited set of facial expressions on a lot of characters. I feel like we got more tone and mood conveyed through Milla’s colours than Molina’s lines. I don’t know, might just be me. And I suppose the issue didn’t call for a particularly wide range of expressions. It’s a good-looking style, just felt a bit emotionally flat to me, but maybe I’m just crazy. Regardless, on the whole, this is a good issue.

There’s also a back-up feature, by Bunn, Mike Perkins, Andy Troy, and Caramagna. It’s about the remaining O5 and Venom, with Scott angsting about Jean being dead. Danger flies into a meteor storm that tears holes in her, and then the four find themselves in their original costumes at the mansion. Hank realizes Danger’s created an artificial environment for them to feel comfortable in as they die. Jean is there, too, which makes Scott not want to leave the simulation. It’s a kinda-sad story. But it’s still a pretty meh story, and I’m not a fan of Perkins’ art, which is a bit blobby for my tastes.

Old Man Logan #38, by Ed Brisson, Dalibor Talajic, Carlos Lopez, and Cory Petit. Bullseye takes the drive Kingpin wants back, and Sarah tells him he should help her take Fisk down, so Bullseye can run the city. As if Bullseye’s ever cared about being in charge. Do your homework, lady, the guy’s just out for laughs, which he gets by killing people. Logan tries to sneak away from the crowd gathered outside the grocery store where he fought Bullseye, but he gets spotted, and I’ll give credit to the dude in the crowd who shouts at him to go back to Canada. THAT guy did his homework. Anyway, he gets back to the apartment and gets in a car chase with Bullseye, and beats him up. He even threatens to kill Bullseye, who just points out that never works. Then he goes to Kingpin to learn what’s on the drive, and it is exactly what I expected. It is precisely what I predicted it to be, if you remember what my prediction was. So this is the least surprising twist ever. The confrontation between Logan and Kingpin is fairly cool. Good tension. Kingpin’s calmness and confidence is always cool. It’s where his true threat lies. Not in a physical fight, but using his influence to defeat his enemies. It’s cool. The art does a good job of carrying the store. It carries a lot of the tension. So not a surprising end to the arc, but handled well.

Domino #1, by Gail Simone, David Baldeon, Jesus Aburtov, and Clayton Cowles. Domino gets a pug as a birthday present. The dog is all white, has a black spot over its left eye. Just like Domino. Then, flashback to how the day started, with her and Outlaw, aka Crazy Inez, on a job. They’re there to investigate timber piracy. Mafia-infiltrated timber piracy. And it turns out the job was a trap and she has to fight a monster. And almost gets run over by logging machinery, until her luck makes her trip and get mud in her cleavage, because Domino’s pretty sure her own power kinda hates her. Also, Inez pulls a Fastball Special with her. The monster turns out to be a mutant named Greywing, who complains that Domino and Inez look gorgeous and have cool powers, while he involuntarily turns into a monster. Fair gripe, but there’s no need to take it out on Domino and Inez. And Domino’s other partner on the job turns out to be Diamondback, who Domino thinks is a snob. And then Domino gets a surprise birthday party, which means loads of X-Men. And Dazzler sings. But all the happiness makes Domino remember her past, and that makes her feel like shit. Inez and Diamondback are actually really good in this issue. They’re sweet. And they’re really good friends to Domino. This is a good issue. Lots of fun, until an intense ending. Simone gives Domino a voice that balances all the different interpretations of her, which isn’t easy, because she’s a character who’s had a lot of wildly different interpretations. Simone strikes a good middle ground, making her fun, but with a deep darkness, as well. Baldeon’s art is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. It’s very cartoonis, very exaggerated. Good for facial expressions, but definitely not for everyone. I’m . . . uncertain. I’m undecided on how I feel about his art. I can’t decide if I like it or not. Some panels, I really like. Some panels, I really don’t. The colour is good throughout. It’s a good start to the story, worth checking out.

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

Exiles #1, by Saladin Ahmed, Javier Rodriguez, Alvaro Lopez, Jordie Bellaire, and Joe Caramagna. Some fairly overwrought monologuing from the Unseen, Nick Fury. I think my problem is actually the lettering, here. It’s a bit too fancy, gets hard to read sometimes. Anyway, he says something is destroying universes. Didn’t we just do that 3 years ago? More interesting, Blink visits the Bahamas, and her family. A version of her family, really, since this Blink is from another reality. But aw, she has a family! Good for her! Then the Tallus summons her to the moon so Nick can tell her she has to save the multiverse, and with that, it’s a time-hopping she goes! First up, a post-apocalypse where the last Inhumans have taken refuge in Jersey City, under the protection of Khan. She uses her giant hand as a lie detector. Neat trick. Then her world gets eaten and she becomes the last survivor when the Tallus takes her and Blink out. Then a bright fancy future for Iron Lad. Not the Iron Lad from Young Avengers. This is an alternate version. Because he’s Kang, and nothing can ever be simple with Kang. The reveal of who the Time Eater is is pretty cool. This is a good start to the series. I’ve missed Blink, so much. She’s great here. I look forward to spending time getting to know Khan and the others, too. Valkyrie and Wolvie join next issue, I think, and that’ll be exciting. I’m not a fan of Rodriguez’s art. Personal taste. Can’t really explain why I don’t like it, but I don’t. Still, I’m on board with this series.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #31, by Ryan North, Erica Henderson, Rico Renzi, and Travis Lanham. This is Henderson’s last issue and I’m so sad! This issue opens with the gang fighting EpicCrimeZ, a criminal who livestreams his crimes, to make money from committing crimes. It’s a plan, you have to admit that. And then he hits Doreen and Nancy with a weapon that puts them in Hypertime. Which is neat. It lets them replace Bullseye’s guns with bananas, which is hilarious, but also, he can still use those as deadly projectiles, so. Anyway, the issue is just Doreen and Nancy saving lives while working on a time machine over the course of decades that pass in a single weekend, and it’s just. It’s so good. So wonderful. Doreen and Nancy are so good together. The best of all best friends. Their relationship has really been the heart of this series. So seeing them literally spend their entire lives together, and how strong their love for each other is all through that time, it’s so nice. (Also, I’ll be honest, I genuinely can’t tell if North and Henderson intended for them to come across as a couple, but they really came across as a couple, just the body language in a lot of the panels. I’m, like, 80% sure that it was intentional, that we’re supposed to read Doreen and Nancy as being in love, but it’s possible it’s just meant to be the kind of close friendship that looks like love.) I’m going to miss Henderson so much on this book. She had such an influence on the character of the series. She brought so much charm and energy and fun and love. I’m crushed that she’s off the book, but I have nothing but good wishes for her on whatever her next project is.

Champions #19, by Jim Zub, Sean Izaakse, Marcio Menyz, and Clayton Cowles. Nunavut! An Inuit girl checks out a strange new secret installation. She finds some colourful lady in a ball. The next morning, in New York, Nova chases the Fly and the Scorpion (the girl version). And then Spider-Miles catches them. They get a call from Ms. Marvel and go to see the new Champions HQ, which is a pretty cool jet. Nadia’s room has a G.I.R.L. poster, which is a nice touch, I miss her solo. She even name-drops them in a briefing! I really hope they show up, they were cool. I want to see how Shay and Ying are doing as a couple. Sadly, Viv has a conversation with Riri where she mentions disengaging her emotions, so that bullshit from Waid’s run is still carrying over. Ugh. Uuuuuuuugh. I loved Viv as an awkward teen girl in the Vision solo. As an emotionless teen? Boring. Still misses the core of her character. Ugh. Though her conversation with Riri is actually nice. I look forward to seeing their friendship develop. This is a pretty good start to the new run. We’ll see how it goes. The Waid run has left me really wary, still. Zub seems to have a better voice on some of the characters, but it’s early. I do like his Viv more than Waid’s, overall, but I’d still prefer her as someone who embraces her emotions. The Vision series left her in a spot where she embraced emotion, and then Waid shit all over that for the sake of having the Cold Unfeeling Android, and Zub has her specifically state her emotions are disabled, but she still acts more cheerful than she did in Waid’s run. Ms. Marvel doesn’t get much page time. Nadia is cute and happy, which is important. I like Zub’s take on Riri, too. She expresses concern about working on a team, and wonders if she belongs. I still want Riri to get a solo written by a black woman, by the by. I like Izaakse’s art far more than I ever liked Ramos’. It’s still got a little bit of a cartoonish vibe, but not as extreme as Ramos. Or actually, not as sharp. Ramos’ art style always felt pointy to me. Izaakse has a bit more natural a line style. His lines aren’t as heavy, and they flow better. But he does a phenomenal job at expressions and body language. Actually, special mention of Viv’s body language. At a couple different parts, she’s just randomly floating upside-down. Because if you can float, why wouldn’t you be upside-down? It’s a cute touch. And yeah, I just generally like the art style. Still, as I said, I’m worried about Champions, so we’ll have to wait and see how it goes.

Falcon #7, by Rodney Barnes, Joshua Cassara, Rachelle Rosenberg, and Joe Caramagna. Falcon vs. Vampires! Fun reminder: Nightwing is a vampire. Pretty sure he’s still a vampire. Did that get retconned, or is Redwing still a vampire? Also, Misty teams up with Blade to kill other vampires. He asks her on a date. He has poor timing, but to be fair, he doesn’t spend much time not killing vampires. But this is another solid issue. A shame this series is ending. Maybe if all the people who’d bitched that Sam should have been pushed as Falcon instead of as Captain America had actually tried the book, maybe this book would’ve done better. But I think we all know those people didn’t give a shit about Sam, they just wanted their old white guy back.

From → 2018

3 Comments
  1. So, if you (or anyone) had asked me in advance what I wanted out of a Domino book, I’d have gone with 1) a meaningful look at her luck powers and what she thinks about their impact on her life; 2) callbacks to Project Armageddon and her unpleasant early years; 3) girlfriends, because the X-Women are strengthened by their collective sorority that Domino has never felt like a part of and that’s just sad; and 4) gratuitous near-nakedness because I am pathetic.

    Domino #1 went 4-for-4, so it’s a very good book. And I’m very much in the ‘love’ category w/r/t David Baldéon’s work. Some of it’s a little rushed but I adore the spiky energy behind it all, the expressive faces, and the thought he puts into some really little moments. Point of reference: the panel on page 3, I think, where Domino raises one hand to her face-patch after Outlaw mentions it. At first, I didn’t get why she looked so suddenly glum, but when you take into account her behaviour at the party, it makes sense – she doesn’t like people pointing it out because it’s like a mark of shame for her.

    Picked up Exiles #1 too. S’pretty good. Not as immediately impressive as Ahmed’s other stuff, perhaps just because it’s more flighty in nature, excluding the Unseen’s purple-ass narration, but I dig it. Blink is immediately lovable, and Khan is such a fascinating twist on Ms. Marvel. I do hope that Rodriguez gets to stretch his talents a bit further in future issues, though. His work on Spider-Woman was never less than excellent, largely because of how frequently he found ways to mess around with page and panel layout. Here he feels a bit too reined in.

    And…actually that’s pretty much all I picked up this week.

  2. G'kar permalink

    X men red was pretty good though it was the only x men title I picked up this week. Since you brought them up I’m just going to say I don’t care what the merry band of retards known as “comicsgate” like or don’t like.

  3. I would agree that X-Men Red 3 isn’t as good as the first two, but I wouldn’t go so far as to say I was disappointed.

    I glanced at Domino 1, and it looks like it could be a fun comic. Never been a huge fan of the character though. Enough to enjoy her in team books, but not enough to follow a solo book.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

sgoldbookblog

Lawyer by day, reader by night

X-Men: The Animated Series

Celebrating the series with behind-the-scenes content never seen before!

Katie Beluga

in the deep blue sea

Jay Edidin

(or a competent imposter)

Kevin Reviews Uncanny X-Men

Kevin O'Leary Reviews Every Issue of Uncanny X-Men from the 1960s to the Present

Henchman-4-Hire

Geeky News, Reviews and Rants from a Working Class Super-Villain

Blue Towel Productions

Films, Audios, and Stories for Fun

healed1337

I'm just an all-round nerd who is passionate about storytelling, keeping fit and entertaining others. Let me share these passions with you.

%d bloggers like this: