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X-Men comics of February 27 2019

February 27, 2019

Follow me on Twitter (@XMenXPert). Just another week-and-a-half on my current shift, then I won’t have to get up before noon any more. And just a couple weeks until I go see Captain Marvel, too. It looks pretty good. I watched Solo last night. It was distinctly OK. Perhaps the most OK of all Star Wars films. Donald Glover as Lando was the definite highlight. He just exuded charm. Beyond that? Yeah, it was OK. But now, there’s comics to talk about.

Age of X-Man: X-Tremists #1, by Leah Williams, Georges Jeanty, Roberto Poggi, Jim Charalampidis, and Clayton Cowles. The Horny Police! Jubilee and Bobby are making cookies, and Bobby may or may not know what a baking sheet is. Wax paper is not a baking sheet, Bobby. Then Blob lets them and Jean-Paul know there’s a job to do. The team goes to arrest a couple who’ve broken the law by falling in love. There’s some fighting, and some banter, and some intra-team disagreements.

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Very important discussion.

One thing I want to highlight is the use of dehumanizing language, and the way some of the team are uncomfortable with that language. That’s a pretty big problem for real police, treating suspects as less than people, which leads to abuses of power. It’s cool that Williams thought of that and used it as a story element. There’s also a major twist regarding the woman they’re arresting, one that leads to a lot of debate among the team about what to do. There’s plenty of great humour, of course, as this is Leah Williams. Jubilee and Bobby are a fun pairing, and Northstar is delightful. And Blob is amazing. He’s so nice and positive and so different from his normal self. It’s funny. This is the Age of X-Man book I was most looking forward to, and it’s off to a great start. The art’s good. Jeanty’s a good visual storyteller. Perhaps just as important, the whole team looks bangin’. For a book about The Horny Police, it is very important that everyone there look bangin’. This issue does a great job introducing the characters and their personalities, and lays the groundwork for the conflicts each will have throughout the series. I’m gonna love this series. And you should love it, too. Easy recommend, as Leah Williams has established herself as a must-read writer.

X-Force #3, by Ed Brisson, Dylan Bernett, Jesus Aburtov, and Cory Petit. The mutant refugee camp for Transian mutants is under attack by AT-STs. Or, like, does anyone remember G.I. Joe’s Star Brigade toys from the ’90s? There was this “Armour-Bot” toy, a big mech. Anyway, that’s what the Transian Army is using to attack the refugee camp. Meanwhile, Deathlok and the Transian soldier sneaking into a military base run into a complication when the soldier betrays Deathlok. Back at the fight, Warpath’s knocked down, but then, the cavalry!

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She knows how to make an entrance.

Boom-Boom! Woot! Back at the Transian prison, Ahab makes his move to escape. Brutally. This art is great for brutal. Ahab also regrets the missed opportunity to actually work with the Transian General, but he just can’t get behind someone trying to lock him up. There’s also a really nice heart-to-heart between Cable and Cannonball. This series continues to be a lot of fun. I’m not smart enough to pick out the themes, at least not yet, but there’s some really crazy shit going on that’s just fun. And Boom-Boom’s back! She’s made her triumphant entrance into the main cast, and is already her usual wonderful self. The Cannonball/Cable scene was the emotional highlight, I think, and marks the beginning of a turn towards trusting Cable. I really dig the art. It’s a rough, scratchy style, but it’s one that fits the team well. It gives a sense of violence, even to the quiet scenes, and that works for X-Force. This is a good comic.

Marvel Comics Presents #2, with a Wolverine story by Charles Soule, Paulo Siqueira, Oren Junior, Frank D’Armata, and Joe Caramagna. It’s the ’50s, and Logan’s been traveling the US on his bike. Then he gets teleported to China, the Yangtze River Basin, to deal with the return of the Truth, the demon he fought in WW2.

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Yeah, that’s pretty gruesome.

He’s pulled out of the water by the French girl he rescued in WW2. The Truth is returning, and Logan has to protect her while she casts the spell to banish it for another decade. But when the demon appears, she panics and flees. But she comes back. This is a good installment. It feels somehow longer than it is. It’s packed, but doesn’t feel rushed. I liked this more than the first part. There’s a really nice moment where Logan tells the 15-year-old Sylvia not to apologize for being scared, and I really liked that. Logan’s always at his best when helping teen girls, of course, which I think is part of why this part works better than the first part. Removing it from WW2 might help, too, actually. And while we don’t see any of China beyond that pile of dead bodies, it’s nice to see other countries get used, and to have this kind of recognition that, yes, other countries exist and things happen in those countries. Getting away from the perspective that the only things that matter are things that happen in white countries is necessary. Plus, hey! Little bit of historical trivia that might inspire further research, always valuable. As for the art, there are a few panels that feel oddly flat, but for the most part, it’s really good stuff.

That’s the X-comics, here’s some other stuff.

Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur #40, by Brandon Montclare, Natacha Bustos, Tamra Bonvillain, and Travis Lanham. The Origin of Dream Boy! He’s some kid that Nightmare kidnapped. Also, monster fight. And I really like Sleepwalker, he’s cool. I do enjoy this series.

West Coast Avengers #8, by Kelly Thompson, Gag Hyuk Lim, and Joe Caramagna. After a relaxing beach day, the team infiltrates a cult. And Gwenpool gets to demonstrate what a legitimate badass she is. This is such a good comic.

Black Panther #9, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Kevin Walker, Stéphane Paitreau, and Joe Sabino. The rebels attack a target, but T’Challa and Nakia get captured. But things aren’t how they thought. It’s a really interesting story that Coates and his collaborators are telling, with this whole rebellion. Good comic.

Captain America #8, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Adam Kubert, Frank Martin, and Joe Caramagna. Steve Rogers adjusts to a prison run by Von Strucker, Sharon Carter does some verbal sparring with the Kingpin, and I think Coates may have killed Captain Hydra. Which I’m fine with, kill Nazis. Regardless, there’s more great storytelling going on here.






















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  1. Sounds like the X-Men actually had a really good week. Still, I’m pretty sure that I’m going to trade wait on Age of X-Man. I’m already far behind as it is, both on this event and other comics I’ve bought over the last year but still haven’t read yet. But I am starting to slowly catch up at least. It’s easier to catch up when I’m not picking up as much.

    It looks like the only comic we both read is Captain America 8. And I agree, it’s got some great storytelling and some brilliant character moments for both Steve and the villains.

    • Age of X-Man really has all the fun you wanted in UXM.

      And I love that even villains like the Wrecking Crew feel betrayed by Captain America. It says a lot about what he means, in-universe.

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