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X-Men comic of September 11 2019

September 11, 2019

Follow me on Twitter (@XMenXPert). So, as of last night, I am officially on anti-depressants. We’ll see if they help. I’ve also read the first volume of the Sailor Moon manga, having picked it up on a whim. And wow, Usagi is bi. I mean, I knew she was, from watching the anime (the Japanese version, with English subtitles, rather than the English dub), but wow. Her reaction on meeting Rei is basically, “She can step on me and I would thank her.” I know from the anime that eventually becomes, “I still want her to step on me, but I’m not going to thank her for it.” Anyway, let’s get to today’s comic.

Powers of X #2, by Jonathan Hickman, R.B. Silva, Marte Gracia, and Clayton Cowles. Mr. Sinister!

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Guard Sinister’s pretty great.

Xavier and Magneto are there to make a deal with Sinister. This is also apparently the origin of Sinister’s cape. I’m not even kidding. He sees Magneto’s cape and declares he needs a cape of his own. Anyway, Sinister’s been building a library of DNA, and Xavier suggests he make it a library of mutant DNA. Sinister refuses, until another Sinister, with mutant DNA and the classic cape, executes him and takes over. I love the modern take on Sinister. This is very much playing off Gillen’s take, though honestly, I don’t think it’s actually as entertaining as Gillen’s version. We then get a couple pages of Sinister Secrets and Secrets Revealed. We’ll see what’s up with those, though it turns out that the mutant gene in Sinister belonged to John Proudstar. Closer to the present, a few months before the start of this series, Xavier took Cypher to Krakoa, to introduce the two. Also, Cypher already had a transmode arm at that point. There’s some revelations about Krakoa, which may or may not end up being relevant. And there’s more stuff in the far future. And there’s still little to make me really care. Again, this series is all about the plot. It’s about the Big Ideas. And that’s fine, but it’s not what I enjoy reading. I read for the characters. And here, even when we get scenes that spend a lot of time with one or two characters, it’s not about those characters. The Cypher scene isn’t about Cypher, it’s about Cypher being able to understand Krakoa. The scene is still mostly exposition. We’re two-thirds of the way through, and we’re still getting mounds of exposition, and the characters still mostly don’t really matter much. Cypher matters only inasmuch as he can act as a tool of exposition for Krakoa’s new backstory. I still cannot bring myself to care about this story.

And the non-X-stuff

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #48, by Ryan North, Derek Charm, Rico Renzi, and Travis Lanham. Melissa Morbeck is very very clever. She pretty much makes Tony Stark her bitch in this issue. Also, yeah, things are getting tense, though there’s obviously still some solid humour.

Ironheart #10, by Eve Ewing, Luciano Vecchio, Geoffo, Matt Milla, and Clayton Cowles. Silhouette uses the term “Shuriri,” and I am so happy she did. Also, big twist that’s foreshadowed early in the issue. This is a very good series. Ewing and Vecchio are nailing it.

Gwenpool Strikes Back #2, by Leah Williams, David Baldeon, Jesus Aburtov, and Joe Caramagna. Gwen is confirmed as bi. Leah Williams confirmed it on Twitter a couple months ago, but this issue also confirms it. She wants to seduce either Reed or Sue, and Deadpool raises the option of her being a bisexual unicorn to spice up their marriage, and she only rejects it because she knows Marvel would never let it happen. Gwenpool and Deadpool also both make it clear they have no sexual interest in each other. He’s too old for her, she’s too young for him. Gwen goes so far as to kink-shame any future writers who try to hook them up. Anyway, this comic continues to be wild.

Captain Marvel #10, by Kelly Thompson, Carmen Carnero, Tamra Bonvillain, Clayton Cowles. Star is, indeed, a villain. Who could’ve seen that coming, huh? Aside from everyone. Still, it was done well. Carol also gets a moment demonstrating that she is an absolute hardcore badass.

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  1. G'kar permalink

    I liked this issue of Power of X better than the last one. Turns out I was right about Ripley being Star. It seems like Minerva was trying to lay a guilt trip on Carol when she said that she wouldn’t admit to being Kree, or I could be reading too much into it to what she said.

  2. G'kar permalink

    Not sure what you mean by not an Unjustified one. It not like Carol’s unwilling to help, sure she doesn’t trust Minn-Erva, but to be fair Carol doesn’t have reason to trust her and plenty of reasons not to.

    • Carol hiding her heritage at a time when the group she belongs to are facing serious problems is something that Minn-Erva’s justified in resenting.

  3. All caught up with House/Powers of X now. This week’s issue was kind of confusing. The previous issue had some good action, but otherwise this series is very story heavy, and it’s still not clear where that story is heading. I’m going to finish this mini, but at this point I doubt I’ll be picking up Hickman’s ongoing. Not when there are several other titles that look like they’ll be better.

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