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X-Men comics of December 12 2018

December 12, 2018

Follow me on Twitter (@XMenXPert). I finished Daredevil season 3. It was good. Interesting take on Bullseye. And it did a good job wrapping the series up, working well as a series finale. Anyway, here’s comics.

Uncanny X-Men #5, by Matthew Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson, Ed Brisson, R.B. Silva, Adriano Di Benedetto, Rachelle Rosenberg, and Chris Eliopoulos. Totally random: I wonder how they decide the order for the names. It’d be neat if they varied it each issue, but there may be a specific reason it’s in the order it’s in. Just curious. Anyway. Apocalypse thinks Kitty’s adorable. I can ship it. Jeez, can you even imagine that? Also, Apocalypse tells X-Man that if he wants to be a god, he needs to destroy centres of worship of other religions. Which X-Man then does. Out in the Gulf of Mexico, Blob and Omega Red turn an oil rig into a crazy jungle. Glob brings Madrox back to the wrecked school, where Legion tries to hug Madrox. Madrox does not appreciate that, which is fair.

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“Yes, I chained you up, but I had the best of intentions.”

Legion uses Cerebro to find X-Man, and the kids are ready to help him save the world. While Storm’s team keeps fighting Magneto and Angel. Also, Lorna’s pissed at her dad and crushes the statue he made of X-Man, and it’s pretty funny. There’s also a fantastic Betsy/Warren moment. It’s a great character bit, of a sort the series has been missing until now. Something that feels like it’ll have real emotional consequences for the people involved. So the series is improving. The plot continues to move along, albeit a bit slowly here, but we get some good character stuff instead. The oil rig scene feels pretty pointless. Nothing much happens there. We do, unfortunately, get another glimpse of anti-mutant protesters. Still, the final chunk of the issue is very strong. The second half, really, from when Glob and Madrox return to the school, through Lorna yelling at her dad and Betsy confronting Warren. The art’s good. Silva’s good for intense stuff. I’m not so fond of him for quieter bits, because I find his style can sometimes be a bit blobby, especially with faces. For intense stuff, it’s less noticeable, so he’s a good choice for this issue. So, yeah, things are improving with this series, we’ll see how the second half goes.

X-Men Red #11, by Tom Taylor, Roge Antonio, Rain Beredo, and Cory Petit. The X-Men, the Avengers, and Atlantis are putting Magneto helmets on all Cassandra’s mentally-controlled hostages. Nova responds by blowing up one of the nuclear reactors on the Helicarrier she controls. So Nezhno ‘ports up and holds the reactor together. Jean confronts Nova while the Avengers and X-Men deal with the Helicarrier. Gambit’s plan is to make it go boom, which the Avengers kinda struggle with, but that’s why the X-Men are the better team, they know the value of batshit insane desperation moves. And Nightcrawler teleports Gabby’s fist right into Nova’s skull, which is another example of the X-Men being crazy. It’s part of an absolutely amazing plan for stopping her. Also, Gabby finally manages to leave Jean speechless.

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She tries.

And, of course, it ends with her giving a speech to the UN. A good finale to the series. This was by far the most optimistic main X-title in a long time. One of the few instances where the X-Men were really trying to change the world, not just save it. Other comics paid occasional lip service to that, but it was never an actual focus, the way it was here. Jean effectively fought hate with compassion. It’s a shame none of the other characters really got the focus they deserved. There was some good stuff with Trinary, and Gentle got great development, and Gabby got some funny lines. Gambit got to be pretty awesome here and there, especially this final issue, with his “save the day with a huge-ass explosion” plan. If the series had continued, I’m sure the rest of the cast would’ve gotten their own stories, too, but as it is, Jean was unequivocally the main character. Which is fine, she did just return from the dead after a fairly long hiatus, so it makes sense for her to be the star of the book. And it was a very enjoyable run. Good art on this final issue. It’s a shame this series is over, especially since I’m pretty sure we all know that it’s not going to be getting replaced with another optimistic title that acknowledges the existence of humans who don’t hate mutants. Sigh.

Weapon X #27,  by Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente, Luca Pizzari, Alberto Alburquerque, Roberto Di Salvo, Ibraim Roberson, Frank D’Armata, and Chris Eliopoulos. Sabretooth intends to kill Stryker and save Graydon. The others are a little worried about what the devil has to say, but Sabretooth points out how much crap they’ve all been through and figures the devil doesn’t get a say. Stryker starts his return to life as they get to the castle, so Sabretooth sends the others back to kill him so he can then kill him again. Mentallo knocks them all out, and Sabretooth has to go save them, sacrificing his vengeance. And things get worse for him. And this is one hell of an end to the series. Very bittersweet. Since it’s the final issue, I may as well do some spoilers: Sabretooth gives up his humanity in order to stop Mentallo from killing the others, and now, he’s alive, but bestial, and without the morality he’d gained in Axis. So he’s basically been reset to his normal state. Next time he shows up, he’s presumably have his intelligence back, but he’ll be evil again. And thus ends the saga of Sabretooth the hero. Also, Graydon Creed is back from the dead. It’ll be interesting to see where that goes. Hopefully, someone will have an interesting take on him. He was, frankly, incredibly dull in the ’90s, before his death. So with any luck, he’ll be more compelling now. It’s a shame this series is over, it was a lot of fun, and this final arc had some really fascinating stuff about vengeance and redemption and sacrifice. Crazy but deep.

Mr. and Mrs. X #6, by Kelly Thompson, David Lopez, Nayoung Kim, and Joe Sabino. Party at Rogue and Gambit’s place! Bobby gets there early, which is his mistake, as it means he has to help with setting up. Never get to a party early. Gambit’s father arrives next, mostly to warn Gambit about an attack. Some thieves, apparently, though Gambit doesn’t know who any of them are. Either way, Rogue gets pissed about it and takes them out. Then it’s time for the party, which has some pretty great conversations. I like this highlight:

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Boysenberry!

That’s honestly one of my all-time favourite comic book moments, so I always love seeing it get referenced. And Belladonna pays Gambit a visit to let him know that the Thieves’ Guild isn’t happy about him marrying Rogue. He’s King of the Guild, and they don’t want her as their queen. There’s also a nice conversation between Rogue and Magneto. So, Thompson takes a fun idea, and uses it to lay some plot seeds and do some really good character work. It’s a great comic. Lopez’s art is a bit off in some bits, especially early on, especially with Bobby. I don’t know what it is, but Bobby looks weird. For the most part, though, the art’s good. I’m not familiar with Kim (who I’m guessing is a woman), but she does a good job with the colours. But the main draw here is definitely the dialogue, and it shines. Thompson is so good at it. There’s loads of charm, some great humour, some truly terrible humour, and some real heart-wrenching bits. The Rogue/Magneto scene does that, in particular. I wouldn’t have minded seeing more of the party, but I suppose it was really of secondary importance, a way to set up a few specific story and character beats. Great comic, as it always is.

X-23 #7, by Mariko Tamaki, Diego Olortegui, Walden Wong, Chris O’Halloran, and Cory Petit. Gabby gets gelato. Laura and Gabby also get called in to help with a murder investigation, three scientists in three weeks. Narration mentions that Kitty’s been working to get law enforcement calling on the X-Men for assistance, which is a nice little detail. Also, Laura has very strong feelings on littering.

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Best PSA.

Laura takes the place of their next suspected victim, and fights the killer. A young woman in a fancy battlesuit. Gabby feels bad for her and relates to her. Tamaki continues to keep this series’ focus on the question of what it means to be a clone. Gabby’s still cute. Good art here. I’m still enjoying this series, but I’m having trouble thinking of exactly what to say about this specific issue. Tamaki’s covering familiar ground here, and I think I would’ve preferred it if she’d moved towards a more original story, but she’s doing a good job with the writing, and the art’s great, so it’s still a good read.

And the non-X-stuff.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #39, by Ryan North, Derek Charm, Rico Renzi, and Travis Lanham. Fish can pee out of their gills. The Skrull who replaced Tony turns out to be pretty cute and I like her and want to trust her, which really proves that the best for shapeshifters to trick me is to take on a cute and sympathetic appearance.

Unstoppable Wasp #3, by Jeremy Whitley, Gurihiru, and Joe Caramagna. Ying is VERY SCARY when she’s mad. Finesse appears! I’ve missed her! She’s a total jerk here, but she always had the capacity to be a jerk, so I’m fine with her embracing it. I’m very curious about the new AIM group that she, Seeker, and a couple other women are a part of. There’s an intriguing plot being woven here. Also, Ying and Shay are very cute.

Champions #27, by Jim Zub, Max Dunbar, Nolan Woodard, and Clayton Cowles. Really sweet stuff, with Riri bringing Sam back to himself, and Viv smooches Riri, who doesn’t seem to feel the same way. Took long enough, but we’re finally getting some delving into Viv’s sexuality. She wasn’t impressed when she smooched Amadeus back in, what was it, the second issue or something? And it’s taken until now to get back to that question. But it’s cool.

Black Panther #7, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Kev Walker, Stephane Paitreau, and Joe Sabino. More interesting plot developments. It’s a good story being told here. Less character-focused than I like, though.

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3 Comments
  1. Sorry for the later reply than usual – it’s been a crazy week.

    Yeah, Uncanny X-Men is definitely on the right track. It’s still not without its flaws, but Uncanny 5 is overall a good comic.

    I liked X-Men Red 11 more than the last few issues, but as a whole, I found it to be a series that started well, but really lingered in the middle and made some very strange choices in the last couple of issues. Overall I found this series ok, with a lot of unrealized potential.

    Mr. and Mrs. X 6 is great. You can tell that this is a passion project for Kelly Thompson, and she really gets its characters.

    X-23 7 is a good start to what could be a fascinating story arc. That said, I have a major complaint, with the line where Gabby says “I’ve killed lots of people too”. That line completely misses the whole point of Gabby’s character – she’s supposed to be innocent. Laura is uncharacteristically judgemental in that same scene as well, but you could argue it’s because she doesn’t know what’s going on with the cyborg that kind of looks like them. I could buy that it’s her frustration taking over her usual empathetic side.

    • Ha, considering my replies to your posts are usually any time from Saturday to Tuesday, I’m not going to fault you for being “late” with your reply to mine.

      X-Men Red would’ve been amazing if it had gotten a 5-year run, I think.

      Gabby has killed people, hasn’t she? She’s still an innocent, but it’s more due to her feelings on killing than to not having killed. Sorta like how Nadia was raised an assassin (though she never directly killed anyone), and knows how to hurt people, but how she handles her past makes her innocent.

      • Gabby’s killed brood aliens and undead hand ninjas, but I’m pretty sure she hasn’t killed anyone. The other sisters were trying to protect her from that, and Laura’s continuing that.

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