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X-Men comics of August 7 2019

August 7, 2019

Follow me on Twitter (@XMenXPert). I still haven’t picked up Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3. I want to finish Breath of the Wild first, and I’ve been slacking off on that lately. I have been watching the new season of She-Ra. It’s really good, and also I am judging everyone who doesn’t ship Catra and Scorpia. The third episode is basically all about how happy Catra would be if she just got over Adora and really opened up to Scorpia. That said, Catra is kinda toxic for Scorpia. Scorpia’s such a good dumb sweetie and she deserves better. I’m only 5 episodes in, so no one spoil anything for me. Anyway, comics!

House of X #2, by Jonathan Hickman, Pepe Larraz, Marte Gracia, and Clayton Cowles. Moira is a mutant, one who re-lives her life over and over. In one life, feeling mutation is a cancer, she developed a cure for mutation, but then the Brotherhood, led by Mystique and Destiny, killed her.

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In all timelines ever, humans try to wipe out mutants.

Destiny also warns Moira that she’ll only get 10 lives, maybe 11. She also has Pyro burn Moira to death, slowly. The next couple lives ended with Sentinels wiping out mutants, so her seventh life was dedicated to killing the entire Trask bloodline, but Sentinels still came about. Her ninth life, she joined Apocalypse. Her tenth life, she decided to change the rules. So . . . I don’t know. I’m very much wary of this retcon. We’ll see how it goes. But for now, I can’t say I’m a fan. I mean, for one thing, it’s a little irritating that a major human supporting character who supported mutants is revealed as being a mutant herself. What next, we find out Stevie Hunter was secretly a mutant all along? Every human who’s ever opposed murdering mutants turns out to actually be a mutant? Meh. Also, the fact that there’s never a world where things don’t go horribly for mutants. I get that’s why Moira has to keep trying over and over, but just the same, it’s tiring that there is basically never a timeline where coexistence is possible. The pessimism, the fatalism, has gotten boring. This is, of course, a very well-crafted comic. Everyone involved is very good at their craft. There’s nothing to criticize on that front. Though, for all that the issue is about Moira, she gets surprisingly little in the way of characterization. It’s still a plot-driven issue. Which again left me feeling a little cold. Ultimately, I’m left a lot warier of this series than I was after the first issue.

Dead Man Logan #10, by Ed Brisson, Mike Henderson, Nolan Woodard, and Cory Petit. Weapon X, with a horde of Sabretooth clones, is attacking Forge’s compound.

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Sometimes, overkill still isn’t enough.

Sabretooth himself captures Bruce, Jr. And somehow makes it away from Dani Cage. Honestly, Dani should be able to crush Sabretooth. Unbreakable skin, along with superstrength. As she likes to say, she is the shield, even if she’s Captain America in this world. Logan and Dani grab the car to chase after Sabretooth’s truck, while Forge decides there’s too many Sabretooths and the only choice is to blow the compound. With Speedball. And uh, this issue’s not great, truthfully. It feels really, really slow. Because it’s clear, from the start, how it’s going to end. Like, there’s no question Speedball’s going to blow up. And it just takes forever to get to that point. Also, I hate Sabretooth. OK? I hate him. I hate that he’s such a one-note piece of shit asshole character, yet we’re supposed to take him seriously as some big threat. He likes killing, and he’s a misogynist, ooh, how menacing. He’s every mass shooter, he’s every controlling guy who kills his wife or girlfriend, he’s a frigging MRA fantasy, and I don’t give a single wet hot shit about him. So this story being yet another in the endless saga of Logan vs. Creed just frigging bores me. I don’t care. I don’t care about what Creed is up to. I don’t care about the upcoming final battle. I don’t frigging care. I would’ve preferred basically any antagonist over Creed. Honestly, Creed got what he deserved previously, when he went completely feral and got chopped into pieces by Logan, and that was that. It’s the ending he deserved, completely anti-climatic, and it should’ve been left like that, but nope, we have to have Logan vs. Creed, round 1098., and showing how dangerous and menacing he is, and blah blah blah. Fuck Sabretooth.

And the non-X-stuff!

Champions #8, by Jim Zub, Steve Cummings, Marcio Menyz, and Clayton Cowles. I want a Locust solo comic, she is amazing and I love her. Also, Sam is Nova again! Good for him. There’s also a fight against the Freelancers, but sadly, no Cursed Cass. I still want her and Viv to have a hero-villain romance.

Agents of Atlas #1, by Greg Pak, Nico Leon, Federico Blee, and Joe Sabino. Amadeus has a crush on Luna Snow, and some corporation creates portals across all Asian nations. Including Flushing, New York. Also, Raz is there! He’s cool, I like him. Though I am getting a bad feeling that Pak may not be setting up a Silk/Luna ship, which makes me sad. And a back-up by Jeff Parker, Carlo Pagulayan, Jason Paz, Dono Sanchez-Almara, and Joe Sabino. It focuses on the original Agents of Atlas, and has Venus singing Jolene, a song that has become quite the meme lately.

I wanted to get Future Foundation. I like Whitley as a writer. I feel like Marvel’s sorely lacking in trans rep, so I wanted to support Tong. And I like several other characters in the cast. But I cannot stand Robson’s art. I just can’t read his work. His faces look so damn weird to me. Obviously he’s a great artist, he wouldn’t be working at Marvel if he wasn’t, and people who know a lot more about art than I do love him. So I’m glad he’s getting work. But that doesn’t change the fact that his style is a complete and total turn-off for me, something I just cannot get beyond.

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  1. I liked House of X 2. I get your concerns about being more plot focused than character focused (a major problem with his Avengers run), but I’m ok with a miniseries focusing more on plot than character. It also had some really great ideas. I would quickly get concerned if the main series is more focused on plot than character though.

  2. G'kar permalink

    House of x and Power of X have been ok so far. Captain Marvel was great though, the Carol cave was pretty cool. I didn’t’ see the twist at the end coming, Looks like Minerva took a beating there. Maybe she isn’t part of the plot against Carol or maybe this is just another deception on her part.

    • I actually did see the twist at the end. The more it seemed like Minn-Erva was behind Carol’s problems, the more I suspected we’d get a twist going the other way. Also, a Twitter poll indicates Carol’s secret base will be nicknamed the Danver Zone. Because OF COURSE that’s what Carol’s secret HQ should be called.

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