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X-Men comics of February 13 2019

February 13, 2019

Follow me on Twitter (@XMenXPert). Happy Valentine’s Day tomorrow, if you’ve got anything going on for it. I’m single, and have been for 5 years now, so I am doing nothing for Valentine’s Day, as usual. I’ll just be working. I’m still making my way, slowly, through Punisher season 2. I’m finding it OK, but it’s not really blowing me away. I’ve been loving Star Trek: Discovery season 2, though. And hey, just a few weeks until Captain Marvel comes out. Also, I read Die #3 last night and it messed me up hard. It’s a good damn comic, people. I’m excited for that. But for now, comics.

Age of X-Man: Nextgen #1, by Ed Brisson, Marcus To, Jason Keith, and Clayton Cowles. Glob feeds his pet chickens, Logan, Hope, and Scott. Maxime and Manon insult him, and Manon also asks why she can’t see into Glob’s mind.

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“Interesting in a weird way” is what I shoot for.

Is it weird that I kinda ship them now? Anyway, Armour chases them off, and Glob goes with her to join the others for breakfast, where Shark-Girl tells the others (Anole, Rockslide, and Pixie) about Glob’s fanfic. Which actually seems to be what happened in UXM. Everyone teases him, and once again, Armour sticks up for him. I like this take on Armour as someone who simply does not allow bullying to go on when she’s around. She’s a good egg. Also, looks like Anole and Bling! might have something going on. We get a look at the classes they attend, based on which department they’re assigned – history, medicine, agriculture (at least it’s something she has experience at, compared to when she became a guidance counselor with absolutely no background in it, the school seriously needs to hire some actual goddamn teachers but that’s a rant for the next school book in the normal continuity), and civil management. Also, applause seems to be done through finger snaps like they’re a bunch of goddamn beatniks or something.

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The surest indication this world is a dystopia.

Anyway, there’s talking, Pixie implies that Armour has a crush on Psylocke, and then Blob arrests Bling! for breaking the rules. I might be misinterpreting, but it kinda reads like Bling! and Anole were secretly dating or something.”All love is forbidden” seems to be the main theme of the entire Age of X-Man. But having a gay man and a lesbian fall in love – even if it’s pretty clearly over already – was definitely a choice that would carry a lot of risk of angering people. I’m not convinced it was the right call. It’s something that’ll certainly generate attention, but, well, it implied two queer characters in a straight relationship. I get the point of it. It demonstrates that the concepts of straight and queer don’t exist, because love as a concept is suppressed. But that’s the kind of idea that needs to have queer relationships shown, too, in order to work. Maybe the book will show some queer relationships, too. I would certainly hope so. Having only straight relationships in a story about love being forbidden would be an incredibly awkward and tone-deaf choice to make, especially if one of those straight relationships involves two queer characters. So, hopefully, Brisson includes at least one forbidden queer relationship, too. And like I said, I may have misinterpreted what was going on, they may have been meeting for a different reason. We’ll have to wait and see. That aside, this isn’t bad. Good world-building regarding how the school works, good work setting up the dynamics of the group, and a cliffhanger at the end that hints at some very intriguing stuff. To’s artwork is fantastic. The guy’s so good. I’ve loved him since that New Warriors series a few years back. He’s so good at drawing characters. Expressions and body language. He’s a top-notch artist, he deserves more high-profile books, he’s really got the chops for it. He makes anything better just by being there, this comic included. So it’s an enjoyable read.

Mr. and Mrs. X #8, by Kelly Thompson, Oscar Bazaldua Frank D’Armata, and Joe Sabino. Rogue and Longshot are making out, and Gambit interrupts. Mojo knows that people love a love triangle.

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Every time I sign into Twitter.

Gambit and Longshot fight over Rogue. An extended Longshot/Gambit fight would honestly be so much fun to watch. Anyway, Gambit grabs Rogue and escapes, and they smooch, and she drains him. Mojo spins the wheel again and again, and Rogue and Gambit keep finding some object, and then Rogue kills Gambit. Finally, Spiral steps into the next show, a documentary approach, and we learn what her plan’s been all along. There’s still some fun stuff here, and it leads to some interesting story progression. There’s also some cool discussion about love. About whether love is enough. Next issue looks like it’s going to be a pretty great Rogue issue. This series is really good. I’m loving the exploration of their relationship, and the fun adventures they get into along the way. Really good stuff.

Shatterstar #5, by Tim Seeley, Carlos Villa, Juan Vlasco, Gerardo Sandoval, Carlos Lopez, and Cory Petit. We learn that, before Shatterstar rebelled against Mojo, Mojo had planned on creating a whole bunch of clones of him (combined with Windsong’s genetics, too) to conquer the multiverse. And Grandmaster then reveals his own grand scheme – a fight between a whole bunch of Shatterstars.

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No appreciation for a good monologue.

Meanwhile, Shatterstar’s tenants get tired of being locked up, and break out. All part of Grandmaster’s plan, as he threatens to destroy them if Shatterstar doesn’t serve him. But Shatterstar has a brilliant plan to win the day. (Also, minor spoiler, but his building gets two new residents, Kid Nighthawk and Anesthesia. Anesthesia comes from Sleepwalker’s race, and was in an Ant-Man and the Wasp mini featuring Scott Lang and Hank Pym, during the brief period he went by Wasp. I’ve kinda wanted her to show up again, so it’s cool that she does get to show up here, getting her own little happy ending.) This whole mini was a pleasant surprise. It had so much more heart than I expected. Seeley and Villa also did great work leaning into the whole TV angle, playing it up in very clever ways. Grandmaster made for a compelling foe, adopting Mojo’s TV shtick with more gravitas and drama, more understanding of what makes for good TV, as opposed to Mojo’s lowest common denominator approach. The art was great throughout. I loved the contrast between Villa and Sandoval, for the present and flashacks. This whole mini was an unexpected treat. Definitely recommended to get in trade.

Dead Man Logan #4, by Ed Brisson, Mike Henderson, Nolan Woodard, and Cory Petit. Logan’s floating naked in a tube. Glob is worried for him, Jubilee’s confident he’ll be OK, but Cecilia tells her he’s dying. I do like Jubilee’s confidence in Logan’s ability to bounce back. It’s a consistent trait in her. Meanwhile, Clint gets a visit from Mysterio.

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Given the life he leads, it’s honestly an easy mistake.

Minor complaint! Clint has Lucky at his Bed-Stuy apartment. But Lucky has been living with Kate in LA for a while now. Oh well. Mysterio’s gone to Clint for help, to stay safe from Miss Sinister, Sin, Crossbones, and Hydra. Mysterio just wants out of the game. Aww, poor guy. Meanwhile, Miss Sinister blasts Crossbones through a wall. Good for her, Crossbones is a neo-Nazi asshole, he needs to get his ass handed to him way more often. Sin’s a neo-Nazi asshole, too, but Brisson gives her this weirdly light attitude that’s kinda charming. Back at the school, Jubilee tries to cheer Logan up, but he’s in no mood for it. And then Cecilia tells him he has an estimated 12 months to live, halved every time he takes Regenix. This issue also has some really good bits with Mysterio insulting Clint. Honestly, Clint being seen as a bit of a joke in-universe delights me. The way everyone always puts him down is really fun. And Mysterio tries to find a disguise that Logan will trust, and keeps going through dead X-Men, for a great gag. Another good issue. Clint and Mysterio play off each other so well. So do Sin and Miss Sinister. Miss Sinister gets so many “this was a terrible, terrible idea” expressions with Sin around, and I find it funny. The art’s good, too. This is a solid series so far.

And for non-Marvel.

Ms. Marvel #38, by a bunch of people. Starts with G. Willow Wilson and Nico Leon, then Devin Grayson and Takeshi Miyazawa, Eve Ewing and Joey Vasquez, Ewing and Kevin Libranda, and ends with Saladin Ahmed and Minkyu Jung and Juan Vlasco. Ian Herring and Clayton Cowles throughout, of course. It’s really fun. Kamala’s feeling grumpy about real life, and she and her friends get sucked through a dimensional vortex. And have to go through a video game quest. And it’s really weird and fun and a nice little send-off for this volume. I’m really gonna miss Wilson on this title. I’m sure Ahmed will do a good job, but it’s really not gonna be the same. I do like how these final two issues were really all about the amazing supporting cast, because they’re a major part of what made this series so special. I would legitimately read a spin-off focused solely on the supporting cast. I love them. So, yeah, very sad to see this end.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #41, by Ryan North, Naomi Franquiz, Rico Renzi, and Travis Lanham. Ms. Quizzler! Squirrel Girl has to rescue Peter Parker and Nancy from Ms. Quizzler, by answering trivia questions. Also, Nancy figures out that Peter Parker is Spider-Man, though at the time this issue takes place, he was separated from Spider-Man. Also, Thor and She-Hulk are being quizzed. It’s a good, cute, fun issue.

Captain Marvel #2, by Kelly Thompson, Carmen Carnero, Tamra Bonvillain, and Clayton Cowles. Nuclear Man is gross, Roosevelt Island is full of women hiding from him, and Thompson and Carnero are telling one hell of a story here. I mean, this is a story that’s literally about women fighting back against toxic masculinity. That’s pretty great. There’s a lot of Thompson’s trademark charm and humour, and some nice Carol/Jess scenes, and just a lot of good stuff going on.

Ironheart #3, by Eve Ewing, Geoffo, Luciano Vecchio, Matt Milla, and Clayton Cowles. Midnight’s Fire! That loser. There’s also more of Riri’s PTSD, which is still cool to see. I’m really enjoying how Ewing and Vecchio are integrating Riri’s PTSD so heavily. Makes for a different read from other superhero comics, which always keeps things interesting.

Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #5, by Seanan McGuire, Takeshi Miyazawa, Ian Herring, and Clayton Cowles. There is definite Gwen/MJ teasing and I refuse to believe it’s not intentional. I don’t think it’s serious, I don’t think McGuire has any intention of having them hook up, but she is definitely letting readers see it. Beyond that, this is McGuire and Miyazawa finally getting a chance to actually tell their Spider-Gwen story. They had to start with a Spider-Geddon tie-in (which I haven’t read yet, I’ll read it when it comes on Unlimited), but now, they’re in her world, they’re able to get into her life. It’s really good. She’s in a weird headspace, and she’s got some anxiety issues to work through, and it’s really interesting stuff.


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  1. G'kar permalink

    Captain Marvel # 2 was great and fun read, plus Carol and Jess together is always awesome. I also enjoyed Age of X-Man: Nextgen #1, it might just be me but Glob attacking Armour with fire to show her the truth reminds of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

  2. Kelly Thompson is managing to do something I didn’t know anyone could do in Mr. and Mrs. X. She’s making me enjoy reading a Mojo story.

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