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X-Men comics of June 19 2019

June 20, 2019

Follow me on Twitter (@XMenXPert). I saw a bunny two nights in a row while walking home, so I’ve been pretty excited about that. I’ve also watched the first episode of Jessica Jones s3. I enjoyed it. It’s still going to take a while to get through the whole series. But it’s late, so let’s get to comics.

Uncanny X-Men #20, by Matthew Rosenberg, Salvador Larroca, Guru-eFX, and Joe Caramagna. It opens with some kid having an allergic reaction to the mutant vaccine. The kind of reaction that includes vomiting blood. Oh great, justifying anti-vaxxer paranoia. (That’s a joke. But seriously, screw anti-vaxxers.) Meanwhile, the Nasty Boys are dead. You know what? Let’s go on a huge digression. I liked the Nasty Boys. I grew up on the ’90s cartoon, where they were Sinister’s minions instead of the Marauders. But they were cool. They were fun characters, with some weird powers. I think they deserve to get used as legitimate characters. They deserve better than to be YET A-GODDAMN-NOTHER set of mutants to be unceremoniously killed off by Rosenberg because it’s the only idea he has. And it turns out they were killed by – OF ALL FUCKING PEOPLE – the Upstarts. The goddamn Upstarts. You know who the Upstarts are? They were a group of mutant villains in the ’90s who were in a competition to kill other mutants for points as part of some kind of game, for a prize that was never actually explained, because it was one of those idiotic ’90s plots that was never planned out in the slightest, where no one involved in creating the story had any idea where it was actually going, because marketing said that mysterious plots were popular. The group here consists of Shinobi Shaw, Sienna Blaze (who I actually liked), Fitzroy (who SUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCKS), and Cortez (who’s only interesting as a wild card vying for control of a villain group). Blaze seems to have very tight control of her powers now, which actually makes her less interesting. Her power being ridiculously destructive, and her being pretty much completely indifferent to the damage, was charming. Now? Rosenberg just makes her, and the Upstarts as a whole, so damn generic. Shinobi gives some spiel about mutants failing to survive humanity, and keeping some pawns away from the Hellfire Club, then he kills himself, because, again, Rosenberg has no other ideas for this entire run. It also turns out that Dark Beast has found a way to render the mutant vaccine obsolete. And Logan confronts Emma.

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He’s not wrong.

Also, I want to know who was the asshole who thought giving Marrow her Pretty design was a good idea. Who’s the asshole who misunderstands her character and her history to such an extent that they thought, hey, let’s go with her worst design. Mystique vs. Kwannon is a pretty cool fight, though. I dug it. And good use of headgames from Mystique to get the drop on Kwannon. And hey, it turns out that Dark Beast’s anti-vaccine has put 5 kids into comas. Shocking! And Illyana kills Dark Beast. Because sure, why the fuck not, let’s just kill more and more and more and more characters. Kill the entire fucking franchise, it’s clearly what Rosenberg wants to do. Just murder every character. Christ, how does this series continue to be so frustrating and annoying? I just don’t understand what the point of this series is? It’s just non-stop misery and murder. You need some fucking hope spots once in a goddamn while, but Rosenberg just keeps laying on the misery and murder. Not to mention continually misusing so many characters. Yeah, mostly characters that don’t have big fanbases, characters who get little use anyway, but they still deserve better than the pointless bullshit Rosenberg pulls with them. Holy shit, this series cannot end soon enough. At this point, I don’t even give a shit what Hickman does, it cannot be worse than this. It has to be better, just by default, because this series is rock-fucking-bottom.

Age of X-Man: NextGen #5, by Ed Brisson, Lucas Werneck, Jason Keith, and Clayton Cowles. Anole’s blown up the library, which automatically makes me dislike him. How dare he bomb a library. They are important safe spaces and community centres. The X-Tremists show up to arrest the kids, but they escape. They head to BC, where Glob’s pretty sure the Life Seed is supposed to be. Instead, they get captured by the X-Men, and sent to the Danger Room prison. Aw, poor kids. This was a pretty good finale to a pretty good mini. The most middling of the Age of X-Man minis. Not great, not bad, just adequate. Some pretty good stuff in it, but it didn’t have anything to elevate it to the greatness of X-Tremists or Prisoner X. It clearly focused on the theme of platonic, friendship love, as opposed to romantic love or familial love. But it didn’t quite feel like it pulled the theme off. It was OK, but not as good as it could have been.

Age of X-Man: Amazing Nightcrawler #5, by Seanan McGuire, Juan Frigeri, Dono Sanchez-Almara, and Travis Lanham. Kurt vs. the entertainment industry, basically. He grabs TJ and Celeste and then goes back for Meggan, who’s still in Mystique’s form, being attacked by all the movie people we saw in this mini. Then Kurt, Meggan, and Celeste all have a deep conversation, where Celeste talks about how the Cuckoos have taken major risks to keep wiping Kurt and Meggan’s memories themselves, rather than the X-Tremists doing it. Because they want to keep their family together, and that includes Kurt and Meggan and the others at the studio. And a really sad sacrifice has to be made.

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Ow, my heart.

Really good finale to a really good mini. I’d rank it third of the Age of X-Man minis, though not a distant third. McGuire is really good. So much emotion and pathos. I like that the Cuckoos aren’t actually enemies. The enemy is the system they all live in that prohibits love, and the Cuckoos are just doing their best to protect the people they care about, even if they have to do some bad shit to do that. Also, when this reality ceases to exist, Tenia Jean will also cease to exist, and that’s frigging tragic.

And, since I couldn’t get to the comic shop today, I can’t talk about any of the other comics that came out.

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One Comment
  1. Uncanny X-Men sounds like it might actually be the worst issue yet, and that’s saying something based on what I’ve heard.
    If Dark Beast was the only death in this series, it woulnd’t be a bad one. He’s felt increasingly irrelevant over the years. But at this point it’s just another death in a series completely overloaded with pointless death scenes – some even off panel. Also Fitzroy? You’re seriously bringing him back? He was maybe an OK villain for Bishop to chase around when he first arrived, but there’s a reason most people ignore him.

    I only just picked up my comics today, and haven’t found the time to read them yet. The joys of living in a town where the nearest comic store is 50km away.

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