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X-Men comics of March 27 2019

March 28, 2019

Follow me on Twitter (@XMenXPert). My best friend’s birthday is tomorrow. Or today, I guess, though it’s not a new day until I go to bed. I took her to Red Lobster for dinner tonight, because she wanted to take advantage of LobsterFest. I may as well also take this opportunity to promote her YouTube channel, where I make occasional appearances. Such as this one. Where you can see just how incredibly awkward I am. But enough of that, comics!

Age of X-Man: X-Tremists #2, by Leah Williams, Georges Jeanty, Roberto Poggi, Jim Charalampidis, and Clayton Cowles. After Psylocke comforts a kid with a scraped knee, Blob tells the team their assignment for the day. There’s been a bunch of wildfires, so they’re doing a controlled burn for the X-Men to put out. Jubilee likes burning things. Later, when everyone else has left, Betsy talks to Fred about his attraction towards her, and offers to erase those feelings. He freaks out, and starts calling in sick, and Moneta decides to take over planning duties. To a resounding lack of interest from anyone else. She’s convinced there’s something going on, the others don’t care.

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Williams clearly had too much fun with Moneta.

Moneta and Jubilee go to interrogate Nezumi, and Jubilee’s shocked at the conditions Nezumi’s kept in, and Nezumi shouts at her about complicity. Meanwhile, Betsy visits Fred. There’s a lot going on in this issue, and it’s great. Better than the first issue. The focus is on Blobsy, and the scene where he talks about his feelings for her is really, really good. Really emotional. Sells the Blobsy ship so well. It’s a shame Blob’s going to go back to being a douche when this is over, because Age of X-Man Fred is so good, polite, cultured, an just such a great guy. And that mustache he’s got is top-quality and looks great on him. The other side of the issue is the stuff with Nezumi. In particular, her calling out Jubilee for complicity in what’s being done to her is fantastic. Damning indictment of police, really. Nezumi’s especially disgusted at Jubilee letting another Asian women suffer. And yeah, she makes great points about police being complicit in the abuses perpetrated by other police. While the X-Tremists are the protagonists of this series, they’re not exactly being portrayed as heroes. They’re not necessarily bad people, but they’re not the most responsible authority figures, and there’s no question that’s intentional on Williams’ part. Cops aren’t really there to protect people, they’re there to preserve existing power structures, and that’s definitely central to how this book portrays the X-Tremists. The fact that their mission in this issue is to create a fake emergency for the X-Men to fix in order to show people that the X-Men are doing things is a huge thing. Also, I love Moneta. She’s great.

X-Force #5, by Ed Brisson, Damian Couceiro, Jesus Aburtov, and Cory Petit. So, Warpath’s not dead. Only dying. He’d damned well better not actually die. But yeah, Stryfe and the MLF are fighting X-Force. Seems like it might be a younger version of Stryfe, too, considering he doesn’t recognize the name ‘Cable.’ And we get a flashback to the future. Nathan and his Clan Chosen fighting the New Canaanites, and something weird happens where two of them vanish and a third turns into someone else. Blaquesmith shows up to explain that ripples are changing time.

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Blaquesmith using the “I’m supervising” excuse to avoid work.

They head to a hidden safehouse Cable will have built in the past as an adult, and the system tells them about the O5 being taken out of their own time, and Young Nathan goes back to correct things. Detected by Stryfe. So, the “secret origin” of Kid Cable is not particularly clever or surprising. It basically comes down to him losing everyone, and Blaquesmith sending him back in time. I don’t know, it’s not like there’s anything wrong with the backstory, it’s just not really all that compelling. A lot of it feels like a rehash of Regular Cable’s backstory. But somehow less interesting. It somehow made me care less about Kid Cable. Maybe it’s just me, I’m totally willing to admit it might just be me, but yeah, this issue did absolutely nothing for me. Like, my big take-away is that Warpath’s not dead yet. Beyond that? I just found myself completely uninvested. I think the problem is that we spend no time with Cable’s people before they die, so we have no reason to care about them, and given that was arguably the emotional core of the issue? It’s just not all that impacting. Pretty meh, even for this series.

Mr. and Mrs. X #9, by Kelly Thompson, Oscar Bazaldua, Frank D’Armata, and Joe Sabino. Gambit is pulling a heist. For a very special prize.

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That is so unsettling. Meanwhile, Spiral defends Rogue’s body while Rogue explores her mind to find a way to control her powers. That means going back through her memories of people she’s absorbed. Meanwhile, Gambit joins a rebellion. Rogue realizes her lack of control over her power is tied to fear. She was always afraid, and it kept her from controlling her power. Which is the main focus of this issue. It’s all about Rogue realizing what all her past problems with her powers have had in common. Confronting that fear, realizing it’s something she needs to learn to live with, and to deal with in a healthy way. Really good stuff. The paralyzing effects of fear is something I need to learn to deal with, too, honestly. So, it makes for a very good issue.

Marvel Comics Presents #3, continuing the Logan story by Charles Soule, Paulo Siqueira, Oren Junior, Frank D’Armata, and Joe Caramagna. It’s 1962, Nevada, at a nuclear testing ground, and the demon, the Truth, reappears. Sylvie and Logan beat it back again. Then Sylvie takes Logan to Paris, so they can get to know each other.

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Which of course leads to this.

When I screenshot comics, I give them filenames that make it easy for me to remember what’s in them, even without opening them. I called this one “obviously.” Because it was supremely obvious this was where it was going to go. Though there’s narration implying she didn’t really want to do it, but that it was her duty. Which honestly makes the sex less annoying. I do get tired of the fact that every single woman in the entire Marvel Universe apparently wants to have sex with Logan, so it’s nice when women aren’t all that into him that way. Beyond that, there is a nice moment where Sylvie expresses doubt about how to live a life that’s always under the shadow of horror, and Logan tells her it’s just about grabbing any happiness that comes along. That was what led to the sex. I suspect Sylvie just needed him to knock her up so she could have a daughter to continue the fight against the Truth in a couple decades. Regardless, this isn’t bad. It’s a pretty good installment to the story.

And the non-X-titles I picked up:

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #41, by Brandon Montclare, Natacha Bustos, Tamra Bonvillain, and Travis Lanham. All anyone should need to know about this comic is this panel:

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Dinosaur in a hammock, holding a teddy bear.

Marvel Rising #1, by Nilah Magruder, Roberto Di Salvo, Rachelle Rosenberg, and Clayton Cowles. A college tour leads to a fight against people doing car-jousting, and why is that not a thing we can watch on TV? Also, Morgan Le Fey! I love her. One of my favourite villains. I’m in on this series.

Ironheart #4, by Eve Ewing, Luciano Vecchio, Geoffo, Matt Milla, and Clayton Cowles. Midnight Fire invites Riri to join the Ten Rings. She politely declines.

Black Widow #3, by Jen and Sylvia Soska, Flaviano, Veronica Gandini, and Joe Caramagna. Dark. Tense. Good.

Black Panther #10, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Kev Walker, Java Tartaglia, Stephane Paitreau, and Joe Sabino. Twists!


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  1. Mr. and Mrs. X is consistently entertaining, and occasionally very dramatic as well. Overall a great series, and this week’s entry is no exception.

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