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X-Men comics of April 10 2019

April 11, 2019

Follow me on Twitter (@XMenXPert). Wow, last Wednesday was rough for me. Got horribly sick. I’m better now, though. To quickly go through the non-X-stuff I read lat week: Marvel Team-Up #1 was really fun, Champions #4 was really good, Captain America #9 was really good, Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #7 was really fun. But now, this week’s comics.

Age of X-Man: Marvelous X-Men #3, by Zac Thompson, Lonnie Nadler, Marco Failla, Matt Milla, and Joe Caramagna. There’s a superstorm making landfall in the Bahamas, which means it’s up to Storm to stop it.

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This is a fantastic splash page.

During the rescue operations, Storm also calls Magneto out for avoiding her. And then he continues to avoid her. When the team gets back home, Apocalypse is in Vancouver, on TV, talking about love. The X-Men keep debating what to do, with X-Man saying it’s important to listen to what’s being said. He’s the dude who created this anti-boning dystopia in the first place, and he’s saying they need to listen to the pro-boning lobby. After more debate, they decide that some of them will publicly take an anti-boning stance. As everyone retreats to do their own things, Nate takes in a nice view.

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True enlightenment was the friends we didn’t bone along the way.

And Storm finally confronts Magneto about his visions of another world from last issue. He wants privacy, so they go up and she creates a lightning storm around them, which even Magneto finds a bit theatrical. I keep saying, Storm is the single most dramatic character in the Marvel Universe. Anyway, she admits to also having visions, in this case of the crap with the Terrigen Mists. Ugh, what a terrible story for her to have flashbacks to. I feel bad for her. And their discussion includes a brilliant line from Magneto.

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That is one hell of a line.

And then there’s a confrontation with Nate that’s really good. This is a great issue. More plot focus, and some really good character focus with Storm and Magneto. There’s a strong theme here of the human need to make bonds. We also get a good justification for why Nate opposes close bonds, as he narrates about seeing ourselves as others see us, instead of being able to see ourselves the way we choose to. Which is a bit more reasonable than just being anti-boning. A couple other characters get little moments, too, but this is mostly about Storm, Magneto, and Nate, and that tight focus helps a lot. Great art, too. Failla’s excellent.

Age of X-Man: Apocalypse and the X-Tracts #2, by Tim Seeley, Salva Espin, Israel Silva, and Travis Lanham. A flashback to Unveil and Apocalypse springing Kitty from prison, and helping him take a boy he turned into his son. She comes out of her memory, and talks to Apocalypse about the menorah. He says it represents faith and community. Over in Kazakhstan, Genesis has heard rumours about something happening near old testing sites, and special security brought in to deal with a threat.

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Nice entrance.

Cut back to Apocalypse and Kitty, who’ve just finished their first gathering in Central Park, the one seen in Marvelous X-Men. Turns out the Evan from that gathering was an illusion. Back to Kazakhstan! And Eye-Boy turns out to be a genuine badass in this reality!

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Trevor the action hero. Didn’t know I needed this.

And at one point, he also winks with, like, 5 eyes at once. Sadly, his badass moment isn’t The hints that Apocalypse isn’t quite as good as he presents himself is cool. The hint of him doing dark shit. Interested in seeing where that goes, and whether Kitty might have to take him down. Another interesting note is Eye-Boy’s animosity towards Genesis, as he sees Evan as only being there to get his dad’s approval, rather than being a True Believer. Trevor’s got a bit of a purist side to him that’s interesting. Every movement has people like that. Every community. So I’m glad to see it represented here, too. Also, the Siberian and his team! I liked them. One dude spat littler dudes out of his mouth and it’s such a weird power that I love. They’re all weird and fun, I wouldn’t mind if they got imported into the main universe, we could use some fresh villains. The issue ends on a pretty intense note, too, gearing up for more intense stuff going forward. I’m not a fan of the art. Silva draws distractingly large mouths. I just don’t enjoy his style. That’s fine, it’s not for me, people who do enjoy his stuff should love it here, as he does do some really cool moments.

X-Force #6, by Ed Brisson, Damian Couceiro, Erick Arciniega, and Cory Petit. Flashback to Ahab, badly injured, ending up in Transia and being taken by Constantin. In the future, Stryfe and his team find Cable’s safe house. Stryfe expresses all sorts of self-doubts, then heads to the past, chasing after Cable, and bolstering Transia in order to build up an army of mutants.

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I’d join him.

He also learns that Rachel’s been detained. Oh cool, so she’s used as a pawn by Stryfe to get at Cable, cool cool, love how much respect Rachel gets as a character. It’s time for a ban on men writing Rachel. Let women write Rachel from now on. They literally could not possibly do a worse job. Anyway, Stryfe tries to build the new recruits into an army, through lies and murder. The issue’s OK. It shows what Stryfe was up to. Reminds us how evil he is. Yippee. Whatever. I don’t care, honestly. Partly, I am just so damn angry at the way Rachel’s being treated. I am furious that rescuing her wasn’t the X-Men’s #1 priority coming out of Extermination, she’s one of them, it is downright insulting to her that the response to her becoming a Hound again pretty much boiled down to a shrug and, “enh, she’ll be fine.” It reflects the X-office itself not particularly giving a shit about the character, or putting even a moment’s thought into the trauma she goes through. What I want is for her to be released from being a Hound, and to then get a solo series, written by a woman, that is all about PTSD and recovering from severe trauma. Mariko Tamaki, or Leah Williams, or Seanan McGuire, or Nnedi Okorafor, or just whatever woman who has a deep love of Rachel Summers and a desire to explore her trauma. That’s the comic I want to read. Not some bullshit where she’s forced to hunt mutants and used as a pawn to capture Cable. That’s bullshit. And at this point, it’s just about the only thing I can actually focus on with this book.

X-23 #11, by Mariko Tamaki, Diego Olortegui, Walden Wong, Chris O’Halloran, and Cory Petit. Laura and Gabby break into a lab, though Gabby’s bored and a little petulant the whole time. As they fight through security guards, Gabby picks up a scent and wants to investigate, but Laura says they need to leave. Gabby chooses to investigate. A bunch of trucks get away, leaving only a scent that smelled like Laura and Gabby. When they get home, they have a huge fight, with Laura angry at Gabby for ignoring her orders, and Gabby angry that Laura never asks what she wants. Laura decided on the no-more-clones thing without asking Gabby. It’s a big fight.

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It’s honestly heartbreaking. Laura and Gabby love each other so much, but Laura doesn’t really know how to communicate. Gabby has a fair complaint – they’re a team, but Laura treats Gabby like a sidekick. Expects her to follow her orders without question. But you feel for Laura, because she just doesn’t know what she’s doing, much as she tries. So seeing them so at odds is hard to see, but at the same time, it’s probably necessary. I’m actually hoping we get to see Gabby appearing somewhere without Laura. Not just in Prisoner X, but in the regular universe. Gabby deserves a chance to be out from her sister’s shadow a bit. So as hard as this issue is, I have hopes for what it might set up after this series ends with the next issue.

Dead Man Logan #6, by Ed Brisson, Mike Henderson, Nolan Woodard, and Cory Petit. Logan apologizes to Captain America for almost killing him, though Cap disagrees that Logan would’ve killed him. Which I actually laughed at. Then he heads up to Vancouver to say goodbye to Mariko. I’m still angry that she was brought back as a badass fighter. Totally missed the entire point of her character. Though at least she says she doesn’t want to fight.

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Holy shit, Brisson’s voice for Mariko is terrible. He’s not writing Mariko. He’s writing a generic Strong Female Character. Like, I would struggle to think of an instance where a character sounded less like themself. Brisson’s Mariko is genuinely one of the worst takes I have ever seen on any character, and it’s a reminder that too many writers have no idea what it actually means to write a strong female character. Anyway, Logan asks her to keep an eye on this time’s Maureen, make sure she gets a chance at the kind of life Logan’s Maureen didn’t get. Then he goes to a bar to talk to himself. There’s a narration box where he says he feels like he was keeping Regular Logan’s seat warm, and I’ll be honest, that’s a big part of why Regular Logan’s return means so little. His seat never had a chance to cool down. The conversation between the Logans is good, though, especially the moment where Old Logan really accepts that his family’s dead, and never coming back. It’s a very sad moment.

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Play some sad music.

Also, they get into a bar brawl. Because they’re kinda obligated to. And then it’s goodbyes and it’s very emotional. This issue’s a really good wrap-up of Old Man Logan’s time in the present. Some really emotional moments. Great sense of finality, at least for this phase of the story. There’s still the second half of the maxi, now that he’s back in his time. While I don’t particularly care about Regular Logan, the conversation between the two is done really well. No fighting or arguing or pointless garbage. They’ve both lived weird lives, so they accept the situation, and just talk. So, yeah, good issue all around.

And the non-X-stuff.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #43, by Ryan North, Derek Charm, Rico Renzi, and Travis Lanham. War of the Realms tie-in! Loki sends Squirrel Girl to Canada to fight Frost Giants. And she gets an amazing new winter costume.

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Unstoppable Wasp #6, by Jeremy Whitley, Alti Firmansyah, Espen Grundentjern, and Joe Caramagna. Nadia asks Taina’s forgiveness, Ying meets Shay’s mom, Priya is a plant psychic. This comic is sweet and cute and has some really sad bits but also some really heartwarming bits, and it’s all great.

Captain Marvel #4, by Kelly Thompson, Carmen Carnero, Tamra Bonvillain, and Clayton Cowles. Carol vs. Rogue! Neither of them want to fight, but Rogue is being mind-controlled. She also has her expanded absorbing powers, letting her drain Carol from a distance. Seems like that’s something that she’s keeping. Bit of a spoiler for Mr. and Mrs. X, which is kinda unfortunate.

And I haven’t read it, but Gomi and Bill the Lobster made a cameo in Avengers: No Road Home. To which I say hell yeah about time. And they’re recognized as heavy-hitters, showing up working with Blue Marvel, America Chavez, Toni Ho, Wasp (Nadia), and Living Lightning. That’s a hell of a team. I would read that team’s ongoing.


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  1. The dramatic side of X-23 11 is really well done. Also, while I’m not one of them, I know that a lot of X-23 fans were starting to get sick of Gabby. Separating them at least for a little while is probably for the best for both characters.

    Age of X-Man sounds like it continues to be better than it had any right to be.

    • Yeah, letting Laura do her own thing again for a bit is probably a good thing for her fans. You can have Laura in one book, Gabby in another, and have them reunite at some point, and then just kinda drift in and out of each other’s lives, sometimes working together, sometimes working apart.

      • It’s arguably the best way for Gabby to grow as a character as well.

      • That was pretty much my thinking. I’d love to see Vita Ayala get an X-Men ongoing that includes Gabby and Bishop, and whoever else Ayala wants to use.

  2. G'kar permalink

    Well, things with Rogue didn’t go how I thought they would. I enjoyed Captain Marvel # 4 but I’m not sure how I feel about the choice Carol made near the end.

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