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X-Men comics of November 28 2018

November 29, 2018

Follow me on Twitter (@XMenXPert). So I get a vacation next week. It’ll be my first actual vacation time in over 4 years, since I finished college. I never got vacation time at Walmart, because I was only part-time. I didn’t get vacation time at my last job, because it only came into effect after a year, which is exactly when I got laid off. So I get an actual week of vacation, where I can sit back, relax, and not have to worry about doing anything. I’m looking forward to it. But for now, comics.

Uncanny X-Men #3, by Matthew Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson, Ed Brisson, Yildiray Cinar, Rachelle Rosenberg, and Joe Caramagna. Dinosaurs are about to run down anti-mutant protesters, Iceman and Bishop save them, and Bishop even gives one of them back his sign. Because he’s nice and because X-Men comics are all about Model Minority Politics bullshit. At least Cinar and Rosenberg put some blood on Laura. Nowhere near enough, I think she should be just covered in dino blood, but it’s better than her popping out of a T-Rex and being completely clean. Back at the school, the kids let Legion in. Jean takes her team to Kansas to help Storm’s team against the army of Madroxes. This takes us to the moment Jean saw in the first issue, and she decides to add her telepathy to Psylocke’s, so they can take the Madroxes out. Legion freaks out when he learns about the Madroxes, to the point of slamming his head on the floor.

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A 2018 mood.

And then there are more twists, though the twist at the end was something that’s actually been hyped for like two months now, so it’s not much of a surprise. So, this issue has plot development. So that’s good to see. Not much character development going on. Again, Armour gets pissy about the X-Men not letting her in on the action. Again, this will only be a character point worth exploring if it leads to these kids getting to be full-fledged X-Men in ongoing titles after this story ends. I feel like this is the writers lampshading the lack of respect the New X-Men get while knowing they’ll still get no respect when the story’s over, because the X-office would rather wallow in nostalgia and focus on all the same characters all the time. Some of my biggest complaints about the current story, I’ll save for later issues, because they’ll be more relevant there. But I will say that I’m seeing well-trod ground being trod again, doing a variation on a story they’ve done multiple variations on, which has become a massive issue with the X-Men franchise. They can’t stop telling stories they’ve already told, and it’s a bigger problem with the X-Men franchise than even Marvel’s other franchises, and it makes it increasingly less satisfying being an X-Men fan. Cool moments, with all the emotional context requiring a lot of prior experience with the franchise. And, of course, still giving plenty of panel space to people hating mutants, while ignoring the very existence of any human who supports human rights, because the franchise is still obsessed with that shit. The art’s fine here. I have no problem with Cinar. It’s mostly clear and easy to follow. Occasionally a bit muddier than I like, but not to the extent of being a turn-off. I suppose my biggest issue with Cinar’s art here is that I prefer when a story has a single artist, which weekly comics make impossible. One of many reasons I oppose weekly comics. Regardless, this series still isn’t impressing me.

Return of Loganverine #3, by Charles Soule, Declan Shalvey, Laura Martin, and Joe Sabino. Jean’s found Logan, so she, Kitty and Storm are having a meeting to decide what to do about it. They figure he’s probably escaped Soteira and is on the run, and hasn’t called for help because:

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She’s not wrong. On either count.

Meanwhile, he and what’s-her-name have found Soteira City, and look for the woman’s son. Kitty, Jean, Storm, Nightcrawler, and, inexplicably, Iceman go to Soteira City to talk to him, but get attacked. (The reason I find it weird that Iceman’s there is because the idea was they’d take some of Logan’s closest friends, and Logan and Iceman were never particularly close. It’s not like they disliked each other, they were friends and all, but never close friends.) Anyway, they get attacked. Persephone, despite her threat to kill some mutants if the X-Men tried to interfere with her, decides not to kill any of the kids she’s captured, and I gotta be honest, I kinda like Persephone. She’s cheerful, and pragmatic. Kinda fun. Also, she’s excited for Wolverine vs. the X-Men. This isn’t bad. It’s not blowing me away, I’d rather see the character development moving along a bit quicker, with more space for the cages in Logan’s head. It was a reasonably interesting premise brought up in the first issue, and I expected it to be a bigger deal. It’s still present, just less than I expected. There’s still no explanation on Logan’s heating claws, and even Persephone is wondering what that’s about. But hey, they want to drag the mystery a little longer, whatever. It’s fine. The overall plot is fine. The character stuff is fine. It’s a perfectly fine Logan story. Which isn’t my jam, but that’s just me. In terms of the art, well, I don’t normally like Shalvey’s style, but it actually clicks for me here. For this particular story. I can’t say why, I’m not sure what it is that makes me like the art here when I haven’t liked it in other comics, but whatever the reason, I think Shalvey was a good choice to tell this story with Soule. Still, it’s a Logan comic, so my interest was always going to be limited.

Dead Man Logan #1, by Ed Brisson, Mike Henderson, Nolan Woodard, and Cory Petit. Some X-Men, which include Glob and Forge, find Logan and Maestro in the snow, and take them back to the mansion. Logan wakes up 11 days later, with Cecilia and Glob present. She tells him he has 12 months to live.

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I actually really like Logan’s readiness to die.

Poor Glob, though, he doesn’t want Logan to go. Poor kid. Logan goes to the Bar With No Name to get info on where Mysterio is, and beats up a bunch of villains (who all give different answers on Mysterio’s current status quo, which is amusing). Interestingly, Miss Sinister is there, too. After Logan leaves, she murders Tarantula, after getting Mysterio’s location from his mind. Meanwhile, Hawkeye finds Logan to tell him where Mysterio is, and also get insulted.

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Trashing Clint will never go out of style.

Turns out Mysterio – specifically, Quentin Beck – is in a mental hospital, and doesn’t want to leave, even when Miss Sinister comes to him. And then she mentions that Logan’s coming to kill him. And she has plans for him. Good start to the maxi-series. Going back to the start, in a sense, with Logan once again searching for Mysterio to prevent what happened in his own world. A bit of full circle going on, which is handled well. Meanwhile, Forge is also up to something. I’m curious how this series will go. Tired as I am of Logan in general, it’s good getting this series, seeing Old Man Logan get a proper sendoff. Hopefully, he doesn’t get brought back in 5 years. This series is leading to his death, let him die, let him stay dead. The art works. As with Shalvey on Return, Henderson’s not generally my taste, but his work fits this series well. It’s got a rough, raw quality, and a certain gritty Western sensibility that fits Old Man Logan as a character. Hard to think of an artist who’s actually better-suited to this comic.

Weapon Hex #2, by Bens Acker and Blacker, Gerardo Sandoval, Victor Nava, Israel Silva, and Joe Caramagna. Weapon Hex has learned of her sister, Speed Weasel, and they hit it off pretty quickly. But they’ve still gotta deal with Hellhound. Who kills Bavel, the vampire cow, and then chops up Weapon Hex, and then grabs Speed Weasel.

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Master of Sick Burns.

Laura pretty awesomely reassembles herself. It’s so awesome. And then it’s more fighting as Wyndham tries to summon Mephichton. And things get crazier and crazier. Is this a particularly great comic? No, not really. Is it a ridiculously fun comic? Yes, absolutely. Laura reassembling herself, and healing from being reduced to ash, is awesome. And since we’ll never see Weapon Hex again, we can just enjoy how silly and fun it all is. It’s good stuff.

And the non-X-comics.

Ironheart #1, by Eve Ewing, Kevin Libranda, Luciano Vecchio, Matt Milla, and Clayton Cowles. It’s phenomenal. Ewing proves that she deserves this book. She absolutely nails it. Excellent character exploration, clever humour, top-notch techno-babble, an expertly-crafted fight sequence, interesting story hooks being dropped, and respect for Deep Space 9! This is so good. There’s a scene near the end where Riri and Xavier, her neighbour in Chicago, talk on the phone for over an hour, about a whole bunch of topics, and it’s just such a great little bit of teen-ness. Clash is handled well as a villain, not really a threat to Ironheart, but presenting some challenges for her to overcome by out-thinking him. And the last page cliffhanger is really neat. The art’s excellent, too. Really good superhero comic art. It can sometimes be a bit of a risk, getting a prose writer to do a comic. It doesn’t always work out – Rivera ended up disappointing me on America, for example, both in not capturing the character’s voice properly and in not quite getting the hang of the medium – but Ewing is an example of how it can pay off. Her poetry writing is probably actually more relevant than her fiction writing, but yeah, this is just top-notch superhero comic work. I highly recommend this.

Black Panther #6, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jen Bartel, Triona Farrell, and Joe Sabino. Jen Bartel art! It’s gorgeous. The story is all about Emperor N’Jadaka confronting Bast, showing his history, and making him a greater threat than ever. It’s a good comic. With Jen Bartel art! Speaking of Jen Bartel, actually, I ordered a couple prints from her shop. I mentioned last week that I loved the new She-Ra series, right? (So good!) Bartel did a print of Catra in a tux, and another of Scorpia in a fancy black dress (both from the Princess Prom episode), and I bought both. Because I’m a sucker. But they’re both awesome. And Catra in a tux is such A Look. Anyway, it’s a treat getting her on this issue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Comments
  1. Of the comics you mentioned here that I also read (Uncanny and Weapon Hex), Weapon Hex is arguably the better of the two. It feels like this could have been a 4-issue mini if they wanted it to be, to have more room for character drama. At the same time, it doesn’t feel rushed, it’s fun, and this issue is full of awesome moments.

    I thought that Uncanny X-men 3 is better than the first two, because we’re getting answers. i enjoyed it, but I do agree that it’s not without problems.

    • I definitely would’ve enjoyed another two issues of Weapon Hex.

      UXM moved the plot forward, but it’s moving that plot into House of M. An alternate reality where mutants are accepted (because that is the ONLY way Marvel will allow even the tiniest shred of acceptance for mutants).

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