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X-Men comics of August 8 2018

August 9, 2018

Follow me on Twitter (@XMenXPert). So Cloak & Dagger’s first season is over. It’s a really good show. It’s not afraid to get political and make some Statements, which is cool. There were fantastic performances from the whole cast. Lots to love about the show. If you haven’t watched it, it’s definitely worth it. Anyway, comics!

X-Men Blue #33, by Cullen Bunn, Marcus To, Matt Milla, and Joe Caramagna. Magneto ends up 19 years in the future, and the world kinda sucks. It’s an X-Men future, of course it’s awful. As he wanders through New York, he comes across some Reavers. As he does, he obviously continues his inner commentary, because nothing stops his monologues.

X-Men Blue #33

X-Men and Time in a mutually-abusive relationship? Sounds about right.

Anyway, he draws metal around him to create his uniform, and then turns the Reavers to scrap, because cyborgs fighting a guy who controls metal is as uneven as it gets. Then a young mutant who looks a lot like Nightcrawler (alt-future Nocturne?!) brings him to where a bunch of other mutants are hiding, by a statue erected in his honour. Apparently, he stopped a Reaver Virus, by killing a whole lot of people. This is good. Magneto is confronted with a future he knows he’s responsible for, and he feels bad about it, but he’s also still Magneto which means he’s still pretty arrogant about it. And philosophical, of course. It’s interesting to see Magneto confronted with a Bad Future, I suppose, but just the same . . . ugh, another Bad Future X-Men story. At least this one wasn’t the result of humans hunting mutants, that’s different. Except apparently the Reavers still hunted mutants for sport. Well, whatever, I’m still a bite tired of Bad Futures, even if this one has some different twists from normal Bad Futures. The art’s great. To and Milla both do great work. There’s a great moodiness to the art, conveying really well how bad this future is. And when Magneto makes his armour, he looks appropriately impressive. So the comic looks great, and it’s well-written, it’s just a premise that bores me, unfortunately.

Domino #5, by Gail Simone, Michael Shelfer, David Baldeon, Jesus Aburtov, and Clayton Cowles. Domino and Shang-Chi are surrounded by a bunch of Shang’s old foes. Meanwhile, Diamondback and Outlaw are at the mercy of Topaz and Desmond. Luckily, Diamondback makes a boom. Topaz is hurt, which pisses Desmond off. Back to Domino! At Shang-Chi’s insistence, she’s trying to truly connect with her power in a way she’s never been able to. And it works. But she still has a lot of people to fight. So we get Desmond telling Diamondback and Outlaw his story, while Domino fights a bunch of kung-fu dudes with dumb gimmicks. He talks about how Dr. Rossini hated mutants, without realizing his daughter, Topaz, was a mutant. They had crap lives. Outlaw tries to tell Desmond they can be free now, not caught up in hate. And it turns out Desmond believed Rossini’s talk of mutants being monsters. Desmond and Topaz escape, and Domino gets an absolutely amazing sequence showing how ridiculous great her power is:

Domino #5

Also some great narration.

Seriously, the mace whacking that guy in the face is beautiful. Speaking of beautiful: I love Shefer’s art. He’s great. I like him more than Baldeon. (Baldeon did the layouts for the issue, Shelfer did the art.) The faces aren’t as weird-looking. He does good facial expressions, he does great action. Tone and mood are set really well, with the two different sections having very distinct moods. The craziness of Domino’s nightclub fight, and the dark tension of Diamondback and Outlaw dealing with Desmond and Topaz (and Desmond’s sad backstory). The writing is great, too. Domino is so funny and charming, while Demond is sympathetic, albeit still an ass. Shang-Chi is wonderful, so calm and wise. The issue’s at once fun and tense, and just great.

Old Man Logan #45, by Ed Brisson, Juan Ferreyra, and Cory Petit. Bullseye drives a cop car through a mall, Vendetta tags the car with a tracer, andshe, Logan, and Shotgun steal a car to give chase. Glob is still trying to get info at the school Bullet’s kid was kidnapped from, but he’s having trouble because he’s a visible mutant. Logan talks to Vendetta about how hunting bad guys is an endless job. They hunt Bullseye down and actually beat him. But there is, of course, still the matter of Bullet’s kid. And . . . eh, this whole arc is going to depend on how much you like Bullseye. I generally find him obnoxious. The comic works really hard to paint him as a legitimate threat, and it does this by having him kill tons of people while keeping at least one step ahead of the people chasing him. The thing is, almost none of the killing he does feels like it really matters. There’s dead bodies around him, and the book doesn’t treat them as people we should care about. All the terrible things he does have this weird “oh what a bad boy” vibe to them. Like we’re meant to find it entertaining. And I don’t. I don’t find Bullseye’s antics entertaining. I find them horrible. And the way the story keeps glossing over Bullseye’s atrocities bugs me. It’s harder for me to enjoy the story, because it treats his victims as meaningless. They don’t matter to the larger narrative at all. They’re just there to show Bullseye’s crazy. The art’s great, though. Ferreyra does solid work. He does a good car chase sequence, and a cool moment of a car crashing and flipping.

Old Man Logan #45

Brutal-looking.

On the whole? This arc is very skippable, I’d say.

Hunt For Guyverine: Adamantium Agenda #4, by Tom Taylor, R.B. Silva, Adriano di Benedetto, Guru-eFX, and Joe Sabino. Another flashback to the New Avengers days, and Logan telling the others to make sure Stark honours his wish of his body being taken care of. He notes he’s 80% sure they can trust him. In the present, the team’s come across one of Sinister’s bases, where he’s stored the DNA of everyone on the planet. Spider-Man admires the search function. He is a geek.

Hunt For Wolverine: Adamantium Agenda #4

Never underestimate the appeal of a well-done spreadsheet.

The team finds all the scientists and guards are all dead. They briefly fight Sinister, and then they have to make a choice whether to destroy the genetic database Sinister’s acquired. Also, there’s a couple reveals, one a personal thing for Laura, the other more general to the X-Men. Honestly? This mini still feels completely pointless. The reveal about Laura doesn’t really mean much. It’s nice for her, but changes nothing. The other reveal, well, we’ll see how it goes. But the story as a whole? Nothing was accomplished. It tied into the whole Hunt For Logan thing only very, very slightly. And it lacks the fun of Mystery In Madripoor or Claws of A Killer. Sinister gets a very poor showing, which is disappointing, since Sinister is awesome. The art is fine, Silva gets a bit blobby for my taste at times, but it’s mostly great. Taylor writes the characters well. It’s just that the whole story feels utterly meaningless.

That’s the X-stuff. I also picked up:

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #35, by Ryan North, Derek Charm, Rico Renzi, and Travis Lanham. Squirrel Girl, Kraven, and friends, vs. Spider-Man, for the fate of Kraven. The fight is really mostly done through philosophical debate, because this is Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. It is a good comic.

Champions #23, by Jim Zub, Kevin Libranda, Francesco Manna, Marcio Menyz, and Clayton Cowles. Snowguard vs. Man-Thing! And it looks like Amka prefers rage to fear. The Champions fight Man-Thing, the Master of the World still has plans that involve the team, and Viv has an adventure in her mind. And we get the set-up for the upcoming Champions In Weirdworld arc, which looks like it’ll be great. This is really good. Zub finally gets Viv restoring her emotions. There’s also more of Sam feeling useless without his powers. And there’s other great stuff.

Quicksilver: No Surrender #4, by Saladin Ahmed, Eric Nguyen Rico Renzi, and Clayton Cowles. Quicksilver shows Mr. Dibbles the sights!

Quicksilver #4

This should be the entire issue.

He also fights more of his coloured duplicates, and learns more about them, thanks to Wanda’s occasional visits. And he changes his clothes. It’s a good issue. Ahmed’s doing a good character examination here, getting into Pietro’s anger, and his difficulty accepting responsibility. Good art, too. I’m enjoying this series.

Exiles #6, by Saladin Ahmed, Rod Reis, and Joe Caramagna. Reis’ art is gorgeous. The first bit of this issue is the team relaxing in the Bahamas, and it looks beautiful. Then they go searching for Blink’s old team, and end up in the Wild West. Or a Wild West, I suppose. And, uh, Valkyrie’s the best.

Exiles #7

The. Best.

And then there’s an Old West version of the Brotherhood. Also, I don’t want to spoil the last-page surprise, but eeeee. So cool.

Nancy Drew #3, by Kelly Thompson, Jenn St.-Onge, Triona Farrell, and Ariana Maher. It’s great!

I also got my copy of X-Men Grand Design: Second Genesis, though I haven’t read it yet. And I got a copy of Alpha Flight #1! It was $10, so I figured, screw it, I may as well own a copy of Alpha Flight #1. The guy threw in #2, as well.

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One Comment
  1. Yeah, Hunt For Wolverine: Adamantium Agenda isn’t a bad miniseries, but it’s ultimately pointless. The reveal that the bomb is Stark Tech isn’t surprising in the least, nor does it mean much. The traitor reveal feels the kind of plot that’s been done to death in comics in general. The Laura reveal sparked quite the debate on the comicbookresources forums though, so I’ll give it that. But yeah, somewhat enjoyable yet mostly pointless miniseries where the heroes beat Mr. Sinister too easily.

    Domino sounds like it’s really good.

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