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Pull List for February 1 2017

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I’ll go to the store for: All-New X-Men #1.MU, by Jeremy Whitley, Carlo Barberi, Ron Lim, Terry Pallot, Walden Wong and Cris Peter; Avengers #4, by Mark Waid, Mike Del Mundo and Marco D’Alfonso; Hawkeye #3, by Kelly Thompson, Leonardo Romero and Jordie Bellaire; Jem Misfits #2, by Kelly Thompson, Jenn St. Onge; My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #50, by Ted Anderson, Andy Price; Unstoppable Wasp #2, by Jeremy Whitley, Elsa Charretier and Matthew Wilson.

I’ll also review: All-New X-Men #18, by Dennis Hopeless, Mark Bagley, Andrew Hennessy and Nolan Woodard; Old Man Logan #17, by Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino and Marcelo Maiolo.

So that’s 6 comics I’m picking up, and two additional reviews. Pretty good week.

Good stuff. The ANXM:MU story should be good. Jeremy Whitley’s fantastic. Avengers has been excellent, especially with Mike Del Mundo on art. So gorgeous. Hawkeye’s hit the ground running, and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. The Jem series has been brilliant, one of the best comics out there, and the first issue of Misfits kept up that high quality. And Wasp got off to a wonderful start, and she’s about to meet Moon Girl so yay.

I read Kim & Kim Vol. 1, by Magdalene Visaggio, Eva Cabrera and Imogen Binnie. My review:

This kicked ass. It’s crazy fun, full of dumb laughs but also lots of heart. The Kims are each fun in their own way, though I’ve gotta give the love to Kim Q. smacking people with a guitar. Kim Q is also trans, which is handled really well, which is unsurprising given writer Magdalene Visaggio is trans. Kim Q’s trans status isn’t something that’s brought up constantly, but it’s casually referenced a few times when she speaks of her past. It’s always great to see trans representation in comics, especially with a badass woman who smacks people with a guitar and who can also be amusingly thick. The plot is fairly straightforward, except for when it’s not. The book has a tendency to just skip over fairly important stuff (LIKE THE RESOLUTION TO THE ENTIRE PLOT!) and have characters just give quick recaps of what happened. This is never frustrating, it’s just another part of the charm of the book. The protagonists aren’t level-headed or sane, so why should the book be? The art matches the writing, bright and colourful and energetic and a bit punk rock, but the art team also delivers hard on the more intimate moments.

This is great fun. Definitely check it out.

I’m predicting big things from Visaggio. I hope so, anyway.

I’ve still been depressed. I really need to get over this. Bleh. I’m hanging out with a friend tomorrow. Maybe that’ll help me feel a bit better.

My schedule for the week: 11:30-6:15 Saturday, 11:30-8 Sunday, 10-4 Monday. I’ll try to post. I want to post. I just haven’t been able to get motivated.

That’s it for this week.

X-Men comics of January 25 2017

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IvX #3, by Jeff Lemire, Charles Soule, Javier Garron, Andres Mossa, Jay David Ramos and Clayton Cowles. Inferno keeps Logan busy while Iso goes to deal with Forge’s Terrigen-sucking device. Inferno actually shows he’s kind of a badass, by impaling himself on Logan’s claws, to keep him in place while Inferno flash-fries him, while Iso uses Forge’s pride to help her figure out how to destroy his machine. Iso’s clever. The rest of the main Inhumans are in Limbo, which Johnny recognizes from a previous visit. But has he ever actually been to Illyana’s Limbo? I don’t know that he has. He’s been to other Limbos, but I’m not sure he’s been to this one. Regardless, the Inhumans make plans. They’ll break out of their cage and find X-Haven and hope the NuHumans get them out. Outside, Iso calls Ms. Marvel to help round up some help to retake New Attilan. This issue is . . . ehhhh. It’s not great. It’s not really what it should be, honestly. Here’s the thing: This is a story about a marginalized group fighting for their very right to life. And yet, that’s not being explored anywhere near as much as it should be. Seriously, that’s a Big Frigging Deal, but the story isn’t really treating it as important. This issue is all about the Inhumans preparing to take the fight back to the people fighting for their frigging existence. There should be deep exploration of the roots of the conflict, but there’s not. There’s really not. Logan tells Inferno they’re fighting for their lives, and it’s just used to set-up a cool moment for an Inhuman. This story just isn’t using the premise in an interesting way. There should be discussions about how far each side should be willing to go, and whether the other side has valid points of their own. There should be Inhumans who side with the mutants because they recognize that giving them a choice between leaving their world or dying is a horrible thing to do. Instead . . . we get pretty much nothing. And it’s stupid, and it’s boring. That’s probably the worst part. The lack of in-depth exploration of the themes behind the story creates a boring story. Look, say what you will about Bendis, when he does an event, he knows what themes he’s exploring, and he explores the hell out of them. His events may have bad pacing, but they’re still smart and he still knows why the stories exist. With IvX, I get the feeling that Lemire and Soule don’t actually know why it exists, beyond having a story where the Inhumans and the X-Men fight each other. And that’s boring and it’s stupid and shallow and just so damn lame. The art’s OK, I guess, though I’m not really a fan of Garron. Nice colours, though, from Mossa and Ramos.

Extraordinary X-Men #18, by Jeff Lemire, Victor Ibanez, Andrea Sorrentino, Jay David Ramos, Marcelo Miaolo and Joe Caramagna. We open with Forge meditating, as he imagines the device in his head to destroy the Terrigen Cloud. He builds it, and Storm comes down to tell him to load it onto the jet. He gets angry at how short she’s being with him, and she yells at him that she’s planning a war. He concedes the point. On the plane, Forge and Logan chat. Forge asks if he was at the Mansion when Logan killed the X-Men. Not cool, Forge. Seriously, dick move. I get that you’re curious, but that’s not something Logan’s going to want to be reminded of. If he brings it up, then you can ask, but don’t just bring it up out of nowhere. Dick move. Logan does agree to talk about it, though, using art by Sorrentino and Maiolo, because damn right. Logan says he heard rumours about a Cheyenne Reservation in South Dakota that held out against the Rhino Gang. Logan and Forge arrive at their destination, and Storm teleports in to talk to Forge. This issue’s pretty nice. It’s a nice little look into what Forge is capable of. I like that he’s a total hardcore badass in Logan’s time, keeping his little patch of home safe from the bad guys. The two scenes with Storm are pretty nice, too. I still think it was a dick move on Forge’s part to bring up Logan killing the X-Men. I mean, come on. Don’t do that. The art . . . I’m not actually a fan of Ibanez’s art. I think he does a lot of strange faces. There’s a panel of Storm that’s just freaky. Always happy for Sorrentino/Maiolo, though.

That’s the X-stuff, here’s what else I read.

Black Panther #10, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Chris Sprouse, Karl Story, Laura Martin and Joe Sabino. Shuri arrives for a pleasant conversation with Aneka. Until Ayo attacks. Shuri tells them that Wakanda can’t stand against both their revolution and Tetu’s invasion. She wants them to decline to help Tetu, and when he’s defeated, they’ll be given a fair hearing. She also notes that T’Challa is the most honorable man she’s ever known. Meanwhile, T’Challa’s in a war meeting, learning that Tetu’s army is only a day or two away. Back with the Midnight Angels, they discuss Shuri’s offer. The old woman advising them notes that they’ve built a nation, which is more difficult to justify attacking than Tetu’s terrorists. T’Challa goes to meet with Changamire, to talk. He wants Changamire to counter Zenzi, as a counter-inspiration. Clever. It’s a strong issue. The conversation between Shuri and the Angels is great. Really tense and really interesting. The conversation between T’Challa and Changamire is great, too, with some nice discussion of politics. This issue also sets up the climax for next issue, which should be pretty awesome. The art is good, too. I prefer Stelfreeze over Sprouse, but Sprouse and Story do good work together, and Martin’s colours remain rich and gorgeous. She’s an absolutely top-notch colour artist. All praise to her.

Hulk #2, by Mariko Tamaki, Nico Leon, Dalibor Talajic, Matt Milla and Cory Petit. Jen is going about her day. She’s dealing with her client’s eviction case, and trying to get back to normal, while also trying not to think about normal, because it’s a reminder that there was something other than normal. She goes to deal with Maise’s landlord, who’s a sexist dick. Then she goes to sit in the park, and kids play at being attacked by the Hulk, and a kid playing Hawkeye “kills” him. And she goes back to her office to try to ward off another panic attack with more cooking videos. Man, this series is so frigging good. If you’re interested in big fights and action sets, this book probably isn’t for you. But if you love great character-driven storytelling that explores trauma and anxiety, you will love this comic. It’s brilliant work. There’s still some humour. Like Jen noting that the sound of a man’s fury always calms her down. But there’s also all this tension, with her PTSD, and her attempts to be normal without thinking about being normal. It’s wonderful stuff, really emotional. And the art does a great job with it all, too. Leon and Milla just kill it. It’s just stellar. It’s nice and bright and colourful and normal when Jen’s feeling good. But then when the tension starts to sink in, it gets intense, and increasingly dark. And the aftermath, once she’s calmed back down, is still dark, but less tense, and more moody. But then Bradley, her super-gay assistant, is in colour, as a friend reaching out. It’s really effective. This is an excellent book. I might even go so far as to compare this to the Vision solo from last year, in terms of being a superhero title that’s more focused on human emotions than on superheroing. This isn’t on the same level as Vision, because what the hell is, but still, if you enjoyed Vision (and you’re insane if you didn’t because that thing was fucking PERFECTION), then you’ll enjoy this, too.

Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur #15, by Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, Natacha Bustos, Tamra Bonvillain and Travis Lanham. Lunella’s in her science class, being attacked by robots. She can’t beat them, so she’s trying to call for help. Devil is over at Coney Island, looking at the amusement park. Heh. Luckily, it’s Ironheart to the rescue. Lunella and Ironheart chase after the retreating robots. And Lunella runs into Dr. Doom! Who quickly vanishes. Then a cool conversation between Lunella and Riri, and Devil comes in carrying a big teddy bear in his mouth and oh man it’s the best thing. This is a really good issue. Riri’s charming. And man, I really love Lunella. She’s the best. And the art is adorable. Bustos and Bovillain really outdid themselves. Every issue is super-cute, but something about this issue was even cuter than usual and I loved it. I really do love this book and if you’re not reading it, you should, because this issue has a big flame-red T-Rex happily carrying a big teddy bear in its mouth.

Ghost Rider #3, by Felipe Smith, Danillo Beyruth, Jesus Aburtov (with Federico Blee, Morry Hollowell and Dono Sanchez Almara) and Joe Caramagna. Robbie goes after Hulk, thinking he’s Mr. Hyde. Which makes a good time for the monster Cho and Laura were chasing to pop up, just as Ghost Rider and Hulk teleport to the Arizona desert. Fight! And it’s a pretty awesome fight. During the fight, Ghost Rider gets an upgrade. Right before he turns it off and turns back to Robbie. They talk through their disagreement, and then go back to Hillrock Heights. Where the monster’s gone and Laura’s eating torta with Mad Dog. Which is hilarious. The monster apparently left as soon as Ghost Rider and Hulk did. This issue also features a brief cameo from Gabby and Jonathan The Unstoppable. Who’s drawn way more like a wolverine than in the actual Wolverine title. Still cute. I think wolverines are cute. Anyway, they track the monster to Las Vegas. And now it has Spider-powers. I wonder who it could have gotten those from. OK. So. More. Frigging. Ghost Rider. This is getting ridiculous. I get that Smith had this New Fantastic Four story he wanted to tell. And it’s a good story. It’s a fun story. But this is the first goddamn arc of a new volume of Ghost Rider. And the title character is getting entirely too little focus, and it’s frustrating. I mean, we do get Ghost Rider vs. Hulk, and it’s a really cool fight. But even that’s as much about the Hulk. And after, he just disappears from the story, aside from a one-page thing where his boss tells him not to ask questions about the new guy. This is such a stupid choice for the first arc. People who read the previous run are picking this up for more Robbie. People who are picking this up because Robbie was on SHIELD are picking it up for Robbie. No one came into this wanting to read about other characters who already have solos and team titles. I just do not get the logic behind making this the opning arc. I really don’t. The only thing I can think of is that they needed to rush it out ahead of an All-New Fantastic Four series, but I feel like, if that comic was coming any time soon, we’d have gotten the announcement by now. So they really could’ve done an actual frigging Ghost Rider story for the opening arc, and saved this for the second arc. But nope, apparently, we needed as little of the entire draw of the book in the opening arc as possible. So frustrating.

Animosity The Rise, by Marguerite Bennett, Juan Doe and Marshall Dillon. For the record, the very first page has a dog ripping a young boy’s throat out. That’s how this one-shot starts. That’s what kind of book Animosity is. Most of the issue is set at a wharf. You’ve got dolphins, a sea lion, foxes, a cat, seagulls and a crane. And they all wake up, and everything goes to shit. The dolphins start killing people, because dolphins are assholes. The crane attacks people. With the foxes, we learn the male has been cheating. Damn. The cat tells his owner it’s not her fault her guy left. And the sea lion rescues a woman who was about to be attacked by a dolphin, but gets her fin ripped off in revenge. The vet from the first issue tries to help her, and the next day, he’s in a detainment centre, and a gorgeous wolf lets him out, and tells him about some of what’s going on. Which is neat, we didn’t know this stuff. Chicago’s been bombed, New Delhi is burning, rats have taken control of Paris, planes are being knocked out of the sky by geese and ducks. Luckily, San Francisco is doing pretty well. The animals are well-organized and there’s been little violence. Still some. 144 000 died, and it’s considered a peaceful transition. Man, I love Animosity. So dark, but so great. Really smart. Doe’s art on this is excellent. He draws some great animals, and some great carnage. I do honestly love how Bennett takes the concept of talking animals and turns it into a horror, and an exploration of humanity, the good and the bad. It’s great, fascinating stuff.

Jem & the Holograms #23, by Kelly Thompson, Meredith McClaren, M. Victoria Robado and Shawn Lee. Fox abandoning the Holograms last issue right before they were set to perform has them scared, but Raya, of the Stingers, steps in to help. Much to the hilarious anger of the Misfits. Luckily, the Misfits have another plan. Said plan involves a giant cake with fireworks. A hundred fireworks. Which gives possibly the greatest panel of the week.

My Little Pony Friends Forever #36, by Christina Rice, Tony Fleecs.

Pull list for January 25 2017

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I’ll go to the store for: Animosity The Rise, by Marguerite Bennett, Juan Doe; Black Panther #10, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze, Karl Story, Laura Martin and Joe Sabino; Ghost Rider #3, by Felipe Smith, Danillo Beyruth and Jesus Aburtov; Hulk #2, by Mariko Tamaki, Nico Leon, Dalibor Talajic, Matt Milla and Cory Petit; Jem & the Holograms #23, by Kelly Thompson, Meredith McClaren; Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur #15, by Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, Natacha Bustos and Tamra Bonvillain; My Little Pony Friends Forever #36, by Christina Rice, Tony Fleecs.

I’ll also review: Extraordinary X-Men #18, by Jeff Lemire, Victor Ibanez, Andrea Sorrentino, Jay David Ramos, Marcelo Miaolo and Joe Caramagna; IvX #3, by Jeff Lemire, Charles Soule, Javier Garron, Andres Mossa, Jay David Ramos and Clayton Cowles.

So 7 comics I’m picking up, and 2 extra reviews. Pretty decent week. Side note, I’m adding letterer credits (when it doesn’t take extra effort to find them), because they deserve credit, too.

Good stuff! Animosity! This is a one-shot special about events following the animals waking. Which means it’s bound to be creepy as shit. Jem is always great, and I do love McClaren’s art so much. Black Panther’s been fascinating, and this issue seems to have quite a bit of Shuri, and she’s been great. Hulk got off to a fantastic start, and I am so excited to see where it goes and the exploration of PTSD. Ghost Rider’s got the wrong choice of opening arc, but it looks like he’ll be fighting Cho, so that should be pretty fun. And Moon Girl is always wonderful. Riri Williams will have a cameo in this issue. I actually don’t know much about her, so it’ll be interesting to see how she’s depicted here.

Deadpool also comes out this week, but Marvel doesn’t want me reading it any more, so I’ll concede to their wishes and ignore Deadpool’s solo from now on.

The April solicits are out. My pull list: All-New Wolverine #19, America #2, Avengers #6, Hawkeye #5,  Unstoppable Wasp #4, Black Panther & the Crew #1, Ghost Rider #6, Mosaic #7, Power Man & Iron Fist #15, Silver Surfer #11, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #19, Ms. Marvel #17, Silk #19, USAvengers #5, Black Panther #13, Gamora #5 (maybe), Hulk #5, Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur #18, Patsy Walker aka Hellcat! #17, Mighty Captain Marvel #4, Ultimates 2 #6. So 21 comics. Whew.

I finished Juliet Takes A Breath, by Gabby Rivera. My review:

This is great. It’s an excellent read. It’s all about a lesbian Latina learning about life, feminism, and pride. Learning to be proud of who she is. It explores a lot of issues related to identity politics. Things like intersectional feminism, gender identification, racial and cultural pride, and all sorts of things like that. We watch Juliet learn about all these complicated things, and we see them made simple. But it also gets into really personal issues. Break-ups, hero worship and the disappointment of learning how flawed your idols can be, struggling with self-confidence. And lots more. The book covers a lot of ground, really, and makes it all compelling. Juliet, as the narrator, has a great voice, easy to relate to while also being very well-defined.

This is a great book. You should definitely read it.

Rivera’s going to be writing America, and I was already excited for it, but now I’m even more confident that it’s going to be great.

So I’m still feeling burned out. I don’t know what it is. Just a rough patch, I guess. Just feeling generally miserable, bored, lonely, unsatisfied and unfulfilled. I need to get out of this damn town. But it’s hard finding the energy to look for a job. I definitely need to do it, though. My friend suggested I take a call centre job in Ottawa. I’d hate to go back to a call centre job, though. It’s soul-crushing shit. But my soul already feels pretty crushed, so I don’t know.

My schedule for the week: 11:45-6:30 Thursday, goddamn 7-3:30 Saturday, 11-7:30 Sunday, 10:45-5:30 Monday, 12-6:15 Tuesday. So Friday’s the only day that might have a post.

And that’s all I’ve got for this week.

X-Men comics of January 18 2017

Follow me on Twitter (@XMenXPert). So, before I start on the reviews, something exciting happened. Last night, I started going through some of my favourite Marvel panels of 2016. Yes, I am very late on it. And it’ll take me forever to get through them. ANYWAY! Tana Ford and Stephanie Hans both ended up following me! Squee! That’s so exciting for me. I’m not worthy of their follows. They’re too good for me. But anyway! Comics!

All-New X-Men #17, by Dennis Hopeless, Mark Bagley, Andrew Hennessy and Nolan Woodard. Bobby and Romeo are on a date, and Bobby’s not paying attention to what’s ahead of him, so his ice slide hits a sign and they wipe out. Bobby heads back into his motel room, feeling stupid for not kissing Romeo, and the rest of the team is waiting to let him know that there’s an event going on so he and Romeo have to be enemies now. While Bobby argues with Hank, we get some flashbacks of the previous dates Bobby and Romeo have been on. First, running up a mountain. Then, laser tag. Then, a water park. These last two flashbacks take place while Bobby is helping with the invasion of New Attilan. If you guessed this was all building up to a Big Damn Smooch, you’re right.

All-New X-Men #17


This is a really good issue. Bobby and Romeo are both cute. Their dates are really sweet, and we do get a sense of them getting closer, and being really into each other. It’s cute. And it’s nice. And it does a good job tying into IvX, by exploring Bobby’s reaction to the whole thing. Spoiler: He doesn’t like it. He calls out Adult Cyclops, which still feels hollow to me, but I think my favourite bit is when he talks about how important the Terrigen Cloud is to the Inhumans. Of course Bobby would think that. Romeo is his first boyfriend, his first massive crush, so of course Bobby would get really deep into Inhuman stuff. Like, if you’re 15, and you’ve got it really hard for a Catholic, you are going to become a frigging expert on Catholicism. So I really like Bobby taking the Inhumans’ side here, even if he’s wrong, because seriously, poison cloud killing off mutants. As always, Bagley, Hennessy and Woodard are perfect together. Excellent art. Bagley is a master of facial expressions and body language. You can always tell exactly what characters are feeling. This is a great comic.

And that’s the only X-title, but here’s what I picked up.

Ultimates 2 #3, by Al Ewing, Travel Foreman and Dan Brown. It opens with Lt. Col. Tensen delivering a speech to a bunch of recruits who want to be Justice Warriors. One of the recruits makes fun of the whole thing. So Tensen knocks the guy on his ass, while still being very philosophical. I like this Tensen. I should note that, in the new universe, Tensen was a warrior named Justice, hence the name, but I’m pretty sure Ewing was also being intentional with the similarity to Social Justice Warrior. Philip Vogt comes to meet with Tensen, to talk about a recon and monitoring group. Tensen mentions the First Eternity Battalion, and dammit, now I want that mini. That sounds awesome. We then cut to the present, where Vogt is meeting with some of the Troubleshooters, including Tensen. And then – Cosmic! Galactus, Order, Chaos, and a dead Living Tribunal. Fight! Order and Chaos have realized they’re no longer constrained by the laws of the old Multiverse, and Galactus wants to stop them from taking over the new one. Tensen takes his team of Troubleshooters into Adam’s base, and they learn that Adam and Monica aren’t on Earth. And they recently met Anti-Man. The Cosmic Battle goes in an interesting direction. I absolutely love Ewing’s Take on Order and Chaos. They’re so fascinating. And Chaos is just a lot of fun. This continues to be a damned good series. I’m really enjoying what Ewing’s doing with the new universe characters, these new takes on them, fitting them into the Marvel Universe in really clever, subtle ways. It’s neat. The Cosmic stuff is fascinating, too, and what I find really interesting about it is the fact that he sees no need for a human perspective on it. Galactus, Order and Chaos argue and fight, and we don’t get all this through the eyes of the Silver Surfer or Quasar or Captain America or whatever. It’s gods fighting amongst themselves, and Ewing knows that doesn’t need a smaller character to be interesting, or even relatable. He writes the gods as characters in their own rights. So, yeah, I think it’s cool. Also, still great art. Foreman actually does an especially good job with the Troubleshooter stuff. The Tense stuff at the beginning. I’m still on the fence about the bigger stuff, with its CGI vibe, but when it comes to doing characters? Foreman’s excellent. Marvel should really be doing more to promote this as a Must-Read book. (On a side note: Starlin turned Adam Warlock into the Living Tribunal. And Ewing has now just straight-up murdered the Tribunal. I’m sure we’re all eagerly anticipating Starlin’s Infinity Correction to demonstrate how this was a mistake and Adam’s totally fine and alive and awesome and the only one awesomer than Adam Warlock is Thanos.)

USAvengers #2, by Al Ewing, Paco Medina, Juan Vlasco and Jesus Aburtov. Speaking of Must-Reads. We open with Thanos having killed all Earth’s heroes. Turns out, this is Captain Danimerica’s back-story. Look, I have a theme with Captain America nicknames, OK? Samerica, Steverica, now Danimerica. Huh, I just realized I should use Stevemerica. Anyway! Danimerica is Danielle Cage, the daughter of Luke and Jessica. Luckily, the Black Widow managed to form a team to take Thanos down. Hulkling, Black Knight, Excalibur and Guillotine all stabbed him with their magic swords. That’s . . . pretty awesome, actually. Thanos’ attack was what Captain Marvel stopped, so clearly, she made the right call with Ulysses, in that case, and Tony was an asshole for getting all pissy about it. Screw Tony. Also! Dani mentions multi-versal adventures and team-ups with a dozen versions of herself! That sounds amazing! Dammit, Ewing, why do you keep teasing awesome stories I want to read? Anyway, she’s come back in time, chasing the Golden Skull. He’s been hitting some targets, but they’re not sure what his real goal is. But Roberto guesses where they can learn more: A conference of rich people in Miami. So the team goes down, looking fiiiiiine.

USAvengers #2


This really is a magical panel. And I love how Medina captures each character. ‘Berto, Toni and Maverick all look comfortable, because they know the value of looking good. Sam and Aikku look more awkward, because they’re both pretty down-to-earth people. And Doreen? Doreen’s rocking the tux because she knows she looks good. This issue is as good as the previous one. Dani’s cool. I like her backstory. It’s really neat stuff and hints at a ton of stories I want to read. (Most notably, it hints at an Eternity War. This isn’t the first time it’s been referenced. It’s definitely something Ewing wants to build up to. With any luck, it’ll be an actual event, somewhere down the line.) The Golden Skull is a thinly-veiled shot at Trump, which is great. I mean, Ewing created the character years ago. But him being Golden Skull? Perfect. There’s also this description:

USAvengers #2

Subtlety is overrated.

So, yeah, Ewing’s turned the Golden Skull into a commentary on Trump. And it’s fun. I love the art. Medina does make Dani a little slimmer than other artists have. I prefer Ripped Dani, myself. Medina makes her more conventionally feminine, and it’s disappointing. But it’s still gorgeous art. Medina, Vlasco and Aburtov are top-notch at what they do. It’s nice to look at, and it conveys humour really well, when appropriate. Also, look at the team in their sweet-ass tuxes.

Mighty Captain Marvel #1, by Margaret Stohl, Ramon Rosanas and Michael Garland. Captain Marvel is fighting Hero Man, and they start to kiss. Turns out it’s a TV show, produced by Wacker Studios. Jessica Drew is delighted. Carol, less so, but it keeps Alpha Flight funded. Also, there’s a chair set aside for DeConnick. Aw, what a nice shout-out. It’s like they’re leaving an open invitation for her to come back any time. While Carol argues with the director, she gets a call from POTUS. Her ringtone, by the way, is, “Tell him, boy, bye.” Anyway, he lets her know there’s been an attack on an alien refugee camp. Army Rangers have taken hostages, including a little Kree girl. Carol goes to beat some ass and rescue the kid. So, uh, guys? This was really good. This was better than I expected. And I expected it to be good. This is really good. There’s a lot of humour, which has become something of a trademark for Captain Marvel, at this point. I will always love Jess taking joy in Carol’s suffering. I’m so glad Jess is still around. Brand and Puck are still great, too, and Wendy is still very sweet. As for Carol, she’s what she should be. Snarky, commanding, confident, self-questioning, frustrated at limitations placed on her, driven to help anyone she can. Very nuanced and complicated, basically. She makes a Star Wars joke, so there’s that. So Carol’s great. And Stohl’s building a very interesting story, very quickly. We’ve got the alien refugees fleeing the Chitauri, who are on a path for Earth (which also connects to events in Captain Stevemerica’s title), and we’ve got bounty hunters going after targets within the camps. An intriguing mystery, that. And we’ve got the Cap’n Marvel TV show, and I’m not gonna lie, I would love an entire issue of Carol, Jess, and a couple other characters doing an MST3K-style commentary on an episode. Make it an annual. Oh my god I want that annual so bad now. The art is also better than I’d expected. I wasn’t on board with Rosanas. But he did a solid job here. It’s very superheroic, but he also nails the comic beats, which isn’t a surprise, given his last project was Ant-Man. But it’s really good work. And Garland’s colours are solid. I’ll be honest, I still would’ve preferred an all-female creative team on this book, but I feel more confident now that Rosanas and Garland will deliver great work. And yeah, assuming Stohl stays on this book, I’ve got a feeling it’s gonna be a great run.

Patsy Walker aka Hellcat! #14, by Kate Leth, Brittney Williams and Rachelle Rosenberg. Patsy, Ian and Zoe are back at the apartment, and Ian and Zoe have a lot of tension. Zoe’s trying to sleep on the couch, but can’t sleep, and Ian’s not sleeping, so they talk. Zoe tries to get him into bed, but he refuses, and tells her she never accepted him, she abandoned him when he needed someone, and as soon as the whole thing with Black Cat is over, he wants her out of his life. Go, Ian. She was toxic, so cut her out. She looks crushed, which is actually a really nice touch, but Ian is 100% in the right here. In the morning, Jubilee shows up with coffee and pastries. She says she’s heard word that Black Cat was going after the super-people on the temp agency rolodex. Black Cat leads her gang in a bank robbery. When Patsy and the remaining gang check it out, Zoe notes that getting the claws off Black Cat will break the spell, and Patsy comes up with a plan. As always, this book is fun and adorable and wonderful. It was nice seeing Ian put his past with Zoe away. And his concern for Tom through the issue was really sweet. Obviously, we all root for Ian and Tom. They are the best couple. Hellcat’s great. Read it.

Black Panther World of Wakanda #3, by Roaxane Gay, Alitha Martinez, Roberto Poggi and Rachelle Rosenberg. Mistress Zola delivers a speech to the Dora Milaje about their decision to cut ties with T’Challa. Folami questions the decision. Aneka and Ayo request a leave of absence, with Aneka making the mistake of saying they’re friends. They’re more than that, and Ayo hates Aneka trying to hide it. Especially when Zola has made it clear all along that she knows what’s going on between them. Folami goes to Shuri and Ramonda, who are discussing T’Challa’s secrets. Folami says some of the Dora Milaje plan to betray Shuri. Ooh, Folami, you liar. Shuri doesn’t buy it for a second, and trusts the Dora Milaje implicitly. Luckily, someone else overheard, and tells Folami to get in contact with a guy named Aoko. In the airport, Aneka says she needs more time to adjust to what they are. In Central Park, they declare their love for each other. Aww. I like this issue. It doesn’t jump around in time, the way the previous issues did, so it’s a little more focused. It goes deeper into the relationship between Aneka and Ayo. And we also get more developments with Folami, who’s a really interesting character. I’ve been wanting to see more of her. I’m really looking forward to seeing where her subplot goes. But mostly, this issue’s all about the romance, and it’s sweet. You can’t help but root for these two crazy kids. The art’s nice. Not great, but nice. Faces are sometimes weird-looking, but there’s also some really pretty, romantic panels. Rosenberg’s colours are obviously on point. She’s amazing. I think Martinez’s style just isn’t for me, though. Still, while this may not be a classic comic, I’m enjoying the story.

Gamora #2, by Nicole Perlman, Marco Checchetto and Andres Mossa. Gamora is approaching the planet Ubliex, which is on the edge of a singularity. She’s also being chased by Badoon fighters. She uses the singularity’s accretion disk to kill the Badoon, but gets caught herself. On the planet, the Badoon Princess is being mugged. She’s mouthy. I like her. She completes her delivery of some drug to Klaxon, the guy the Badoon have hired to capture her. Gamora’s ship crashes, and L’Wit goes to check it out, and meets Gamora. So this issue feels like a step up, but it’s still not great. It’s trying very hard to be clever, and it feels a little cliched. L’Wit being a spunky drug runner rather than a pampered princess feels like it’s meant to be a surprising twist, but it’s not at all surprising. I do find myself liking her, but honestly, that’s more down to my own tastes than any real value in the character. She is bland and generic. “Spunky crime girl with a heart of gold!” It’s a really common idea, and Perlman doesn’t really bring a unique spin on it. The ansgt of the first issue is absent here, as Gamora is a mix of snark and murder. So that’s more enjoyable. I like the art, but once again, I take issue with L’Wit. Her design, once again, is really bland and generic. She’s a Cute Alien Girl, who looks mostly human, but with a slightly weird forehead. Bleh. I think it would’ve been far more interesting to make her look like a Badoon. Give her a very reptilian look. If anyone decides they don’t want to read the comic because one of the women isn’t hot? To hell with ’em. Give us alien chicks who look like aliens! It’s way more interesting than alien women all looking conventionally attractive by modern North American standards of beauty. That’s boring. We live in a time where people proudly jerk it to cartoon animals. I think we can deal with a weird-looking alien girl in our comics.

Mosaic #4, by Geoffrey Thorne, Khary Randolph, Thony Silas and Emilio Lopez. A Brand guy calls his boss on her vacation to let her know about the Morris situation. Morris, meanwhile, is in Spider-Man’s mind, and not having an easy time of it. Spider-Man thinks a lot of science thoughts. Awesomely, we also get snippets of panels from classic Spider-Man comics, using the actual art from the comics. Morris uses Peter’s brains to figure himself out. Then he’s attacked by Peter, defending against psychic intrusion. And Morris learns a lot more about what he does. He also disagrees with Uncle Ben’s Power and Responsibility line, and has a fairly interesting perspective of his own. Very selfish. He feels that special people rise to the top. If you’ve got a gift, you use it to go for as much as you can, as fast as you can. Morris isn’t a superhero. This series continues to be very intriguing. This issue has some space I feel is wasted, but it’s got a really good premise. Spider-Man is one of the biggest heroes, and a major part of that is his philosophy of responsibility. While I actually have issues of my own with the mantra, there is definitely value to it. Which is what makes this issue so valuable. Because it’s arguably the biggest superhero philosophy, it’s worth seeing Morris’ response to it, and seeing what his own philosophy is. It says so much about him. It shows what kind of person he is, and his outright contempt of the mantra displays his arrogance and his selfishness, and his utter faith in his own father, which is touching. The art is great, too. The psychic battle is fantastic, and really lets the team play around. So, yeah, great issue, and the series continues to develop really well.

Pull list for January 18 2017

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I’ll go to the store for: Black Panther World of Wakanda #3, by Roaxane Gay, Alitha Martinez, Roberto Poggi and Rachelle Rosenberg; Gamora #2, by Nicole Perlman, Marco Checchetto and Andres Mossa; Mighty Captain Marvel #1, by Margaret Stohl, Ramon Rosanas and Michael Garland; Mosaic #4, by Geoffrey Thorne, Khary Randolph, Thony Silas and Emilio Lopez; Patsy Walker aka Hellcat! #14, by Kate Leth, Brittney Williams and Rachelle Rosenberg; USAvengers #2, by Al Ewing, Paco Medina, Juan Vlasco and Jesus Aburtov; Ultimates 2 #3, by Al Ewing, Travel Foreman and Dan Brown.

I’ll also review: All-New X-Men #17, by Dennis Hopeless, Mark Bagley, Andrew Hennessy and Nolan Woodard.

Deadpool and the Mercs For Money is doing an IvX tie-in, but since Marvel’s decided to be assholes and end their free digital copies program, and I’m not paying to read that shitty series, I won’t be reading that issue.

So that’s 7 comics I’m picking up, and one additional review. Jeez. Lots to pick up.

But lots of good stuff! WoW hasn’t been the best-written story, it has definite problems, but I’m still enjoying it, and I think the relationship between Aneka and Ayo has been written really well. Gamora got off to a bit of a weak start, but I’m willing to give it some time to grow. We’ll see if Perlman improves. Captain Marvel #0 showed a lot of promise, and I am interested in seeing what Stohl does with the book. Assuming she sticks around longer than the first arc. Mosaic’s been cool. Again, it has some rough edges to work out, but it’s intriguing, and it’s got a ton of potential. Hellcat is always wonderful. Fun and heartfelt. I love it. USAvengers was always going to have my money, but the Helivolcano in the first issue reassured me that this series will be totally amazeballs. And Ultimates 2 is continuing to be awesome with big cosmic ideas. So it’s a good week.

So, as I mentioned, Marvel’s ended their program where you get a free digital copy of the comics you buy. This is bullshit. It is such bullshit. So, here’s some quick history. When they first implemented the program, it was on select books, which they charged an extra dollar for. Eventually, they raised the price across the line, but also included the digital copies. Which cost them nothing. They were not losing money by including the digital copies. I suspect it made them money – after all, it allowed people to try a series for free, and if they liked it, they might start buying it. That happened to me with All-New Wolverine and Vision. I doubt I’m alone in that.

I imagine Marvel’s thinking here is that people trading digital codes was resulting in lower sales. So by taking the code away, now the people will just pay for the books. But they won’t. I guarantee they won’t. No one who was reading Captain Samerica via digital code is going to switch to paying for it. It may result in some of the people who were buying the book physically to switch entirely to digital, which does make Marvel more money, but screws over the retailers. This change is going to hurt retailers, have no doubt about that.

Meanwhile, digital copies will still cost as much as physical copies, even though they cost less to produce. Which is stupid. Digital should be cheaper. But nope, Marvel are greedy assholes. It’s getting harder and harder, all the time, to support them. It really is. It’s like Marvel wants to turn readers away. Bunch of assholes.

Oh, also? Making Civil War II one of the comics included in the new “you’ll take what we give you and you’ll fucking like it” digital code program? What. The. Fuck. Everyone who gave half a shit about that book has already read it, you shit-gargling cock-wranglers. No one benefits from this. No one. Not one single person will be excited at getting a free digital copy of CWII. The people who wanted to read it already bought it. Know how I know? Because it was Marvel’s top-selling comic. By a large margin. So CWII being one of the issues included is a big “fuck you” to everyone. Because the people who bought that event get no added benefit, and the people who didn’t buy it didn’t want to buy it, and this is Marvel trying to push it on them. Either way, no one’s getting any added benefit from this. If they have to change the program to be them telling people what they’re going to read, then at least use it to push under-appreciated books. Instead of including Amazing Spider-Man – which they will absolutely do – include Silk. Instead of Invincible Iron Man, go with Moon Girl. But no, it’s pretty easy to predict what Marvel’s approach will be. They’re going to use the digital code program to push the books that already get the best sales, because they’re fucking idiots.

I backed Undercities, an anthology of queer stories in an urban fantasy setting, by queer and POC creators. Support diverse creators!

I’ve been reading Juliet Takes A Breath, by Gabby Rivera. I’m reading it in anticipation of Rivera launching America. My expectations for America have gone up. It’s a great book. Definitely worth reading.

I’ve been in a funk for the past month. No real will to do anything. Which is why I didn’t post anything this past week. Just couldn’t get myself motivated to do it. Just feeling generally burnt out, I guess. I could use some kind of recharge. Something to pick me up. I don’t know, maybe I should watch some Ghibli movies again. But I don’t want to watch Ghibli movies by myself. Bleh, being single sucks so much.

My schedule for the week: 3:15-10 Friday, 12-6:45 Saturday, 11:45-6:30 Sunday, 11:15-6 Monday. So I’ll try to do posts Thursday and Tuesday.

And that’s it for this week.

X-Men comics of January 11 2017

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Uncanny X-Men #17, by Cullen Bunn, Ken Lashley and Nolan Woodard. Sabretooth and Rachel are in Limbo, looking for some Inhumans who’ve gone missing. One’s been killed by demons. Rachel’s having a hard time tracking them telepathically, and Sabretooth tries to reassure her, but she tells him not to touch her. I don’t blame her. He may be a “good guy” now, but he has a long history as a psycho killer. One who particularly enjoyed killing women. Sabretooth finds himself almost appreciating Limbo – before he was turned good, it would’ve been his kind of place, dark and dangerous. He eventually finds Monet, about to feed on the last two missing Inhumans. She’s, um, not herself. She’s pretty crazy. But also pretty great. Monet does villainy very well, I have to say. Which isn’t surprising, because her mutant power is basically “be perfect,” so of course that would also apply to being perfect at being a villain. When Sabretooth tells her to stop, she attacks him, and says he doesn’t have what it takes to stop her. Which is true. Because one of her powers is invulnerability. Turns out, by feeding on him so often, she’s picked up his claws and healing factor, while his own abilities have been dulled. So he’s fighting “a faster, tougher, more vicious version of” himself. Ha, that was always the point behind him and Wolverine fighting. And throughout this scene, Monet twice mentions Madrox. Aww, she misses her friend. She’s still in mourning about his death. That’s sad, but also really nice. But this issue is mostly about Sabretooth, and his struggles to be a hero while his instincts want him to be a killer. It’s fairly interesting. Probably the most interesting Sabretooth has ever been as a character, though that’s not a high bar to clear, as he’s seldom been particularly interesting. Lashley and Woodard do a great job on the art. Monet looks sexy-scary, and it’s really cool. I wish Lashley had been on this book from the start, and Land was never involved with it. Alas.

All-New Wolverine #16, by Tom Taylor, Nik Virella and Michael Garland. Kimura tells Laura that she’s a weapon, and her first target is Tyger Tiger. On the ship with the slave kids, Roughhouse refuses to let them be sold, and throws a pirate overboard for suggesting it. Roughhouse is a cool guy. Gabby tells the kids Roughhouse will protect them, but that she can’t go with them, and she has a plan. Back in Madripoor, Kimura continues to explain the situation. Tyger apparently wants to make Madripoor legitimate, which is actually kinda cool and fits her history. I like that. Kimura’s people managed to hurt Tyger, and had one of her personal physicians inject the trigger scent into her blood. And if Laura doesn’t do what she wants, then her aunt and cousin will be killed. She then puts Laura into a combination sensory deprivation tank/iron maiden, where Laura will be aware of nothing but pain. Harsh. A week later, her tank is thrown into Tyger’s skyscraper. And man, I love Tyger. She’s awesome. Very cool under pressure. This is a great issue. Excellent work. It’s what I’ve been wanting to see from this story. It’s darker and more intense. There’s still some humour, especially in Gabby’s scenes, but it’s toned way down compared to normal. But even more important, it’s a lot more focused than the previous two issues, both of which felt a bit meandering. This issue’s a lot tighter. Kimura is done well. She’s an intimidating character. So cruel and vindictive. It works really well. And I like that, when Laura talks back to her, she doesn’t get angry. She finds it amusing. Again, it sells how dangerous she is. The art is really good. I like Virella’s style. I will admit she might not have been the optimal choice for this arc. I think I would’ve liked art that’s just a bit darker. Though that may come down to colours. Garland continues to use fairly bright colours, and I’m not sure it’s the best match for the story. Still, it’s a good-looking comic. This arc is definitely getting into great territory.

Inhumans vs. X-Men #2, by Charles Soule, Jeff Lemire, Leinil Francis Yu, Gerry Alanguilan and David Curiel. New Attilan prepares for the approach of the X-Men. Medusa actually mentions she doesn’t think the X-Men will attack civilians, since they’re heroes. I find that a nice touch. She sends Iso and Inferno to gather all the Inhumans who aren’t in the city, to prepare for a counter-attack if New Attilan falls. Good plan. She also puts on one hell of a battle-costume. She puts a bunch of blades in her hair. That’s awesome. I’m no fan of monarchs, but damn, Medusa is badass. And then the X-Men reach the city and it’s a lot of fighting. Storm actually orders everyone not to harm civilians, because she’s still a hero. Another nice touch. Magneto and Cerebra are actually rounding up Inhuman civilians to keep them safe. Good work, Magneto. Way to not be awful, for now. I want to mention that, during the battle, Johnny takes on Sabretooth and burns him. Yay. Yet somehow, Sabretooth, a guy whose offensive capabilities consist of scratching things, manages to take out a flying man made of fire. I find that so stupid. Especially when it would have made more sense for Storm to take him out. Anyway, this was an OK issue. Half of it is Medusa preparing for the battle, the other half is the battle itself. I like the first half more. The battle is fine and all, but it’s not particularly exciting. Medusa vs. Teen Beast was pretty great. The thing is, this issue was necessary, but it’s not all that interesting. I’m also not a big fan of the art. I find Yu’s style to be muddy. I don’t like it. So, this issue gets a shrug from me.

Deadpool #24, by Gerry Duggan, Matteo Lolli, Christian Dalla Vecchia and Guru eFX. Deadpool rushes in with the cure to the virus killing Preston’s family, and realizes that Madcap spoofed Preston’s phone to get Deadpool to go and infect them. Deadpool tracks the phone, and he and Preston go to the abandoned factory he’s hiding in – as part of Hydra Bob – and deal with him. This is actually a pretty OK end to the arc . . . except it’s not actually over. Madcap escapes, so he’s still out there to be dealt with. Ugh. The whole thing should have been wrapped up here. It hasn’t been interesting. Also, once again, this issue is lacking in Deadpool making jokes. That’s been the biggest problem with this run. Even serious Deadpool should be making a lot of jokes. But Duggan writes him as largely subdued, and it’s just not right. I also still dislike the art. I have nothing new to say about that.

That’s the X-titles, here’s what else I read.

Ms. Marvel #14, by G. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyazawa and Ian Herring. It starts with Kamala saying how great MMOs are, as a place where you can escape reality and be a legendary hero, and how none of the daily crap matters. Her guild beats a boss and she gets a really rare sword as loot, yay for her. But when she’s logging off, one of her guildmates reveals he knows where she lives. Which is weird and creepy. She spends the evening trying to track the guy, and confronts him in Manhattan. And it turns out his account was hacked. She’s freaked out, and then she gets attacked by a car. This is a solid issue. Really good stuff. It gets into just how freaky the modern world is. Because I kinda is. I mean, the world we live in is amazing and wonderful. But it’s also pretty freaky. Online stalking, hacking cars, and all sorts of other crazy stuff. It’s scary to think about. So it’s interesting seeing Ms. Marvel exploring that, especially since it’s an issue young people need to be especially mindful of. The art’s great. Miyazawa! And Herring’s one of the best colour artists out there. They do good work together. So, yeah, another great issue.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #16, by Ryan North, Will Murray, Erica Henderson and Rico Renzi. This issue marks the 25th Anniversary of Squirrel Girl! Since she was created by Steve Ditko for a silly little Iron Man story. And now look at her. She’s come a long way. Anyway, this issue details how she became Squirrel Girl. Her parents met at a Meet Cute Singles Mixer. They fell in love and had a baby, Doreen. Then we see her fifth birthday party, where she leaped into a tree. Then her tenth birthday, in a new town, where none of the kids like her, so no one went to her party. Aw, poor Doreen was so sad. Also, she had a stuffed Fin Fang Foom. Cute. On the plus side, she learns that she can speak to squirrels. She meets Monkey Joe, who tells her she’s going to be a hero. Aw. Then, 5 years later again, and Doreen’s reading Nancy Drew so she can learn how to solve mysteries. This section is co-written by Will Murray, Doreen’s co-creator. Aw! Something crashes outside her treehouse. It turns out to be Bruce Banner. He’s being chased by the Abomination. Doreen helps the temporarily-blind Hulk beat him. This marks the second time she’s helped a superhero beat a villain. And then we skip another 5 years, to today, and her 20th birthday party. Aw. Also, the letters page has the URL for a fan-made stop-motion Squirrel Girl video:

So this is a great issue. Interestingly, it’s actually not the laugh-a-page norm of the book. It’s a lot more sentimental, and it’s really nice. I mean, obviously there’s still a lot of jokes. But it’s less a focus than usual. And I actually appreciate that. This issue is all about her childhood, so I like that it’s more sentimental. Doreen’s been adorable all her life, but I think my favourite section was when she was 10. And she felt lonely and hated and felt like a freak. You just want to give her a hug and tell her it’ll be OK, and that she’s going to be amazing and an inspiration. I love this series.

Power Man & Iron Fist #12, by David Walker, Sanford Greene and Lee Loughridge. We start a few months ago, with Alex Wilder meeting a crooked ex-cop and asking him to test out the Agnitus. Then, a week ago, to Luke and Danny questioning the cop. Then five days ago, they met with Tombstone, who wants them to stop Alex Wilder, and stop a war in Harlem that could cause a lot of collateral damage. Four days ago, Alex learns the Agnitus is completely useless now, but he has another plan: Violence. Two days ago, Black Cat is still manipulating Piranha Jones into continuing to go after Tombstone. Then, the day that Piranha Jones attacks Tombstone’s stronghold. And Wilder’s men also going in. And then Luke and Danny getting in the middle of it all. And Tombstone has a plan for all of it. This is excellent. Fantastic work, as the gang war picks up in a huge way. Walker’s building a fantastic story here. I really like the art. Greene and Loughridge work well together, and the style is very fitting for the book. This is such a great series, and I’d definitely recommend you check it out if you haven’t yet.

Occupy Avengers #3, by David Walker, Carlos Pacheco, Rafael Fonteriz, Sonia Oback and Wil Quintana. Nighthawk is beating the shit out of Clint, over something Clint did in a previous encounter. We don’t actually find out what. Meanwhile, Tilda and Wolf watch the fight, and Tilda flirts with Wolf. She wants to have sex with him on the fire escape, a place she’s never done it before. I really like Tilda. Anyway, Wolf breaks up the fight, and Clint says they need Tilda’s help. They need her to examine a robotic head of Ronald Reagan that they found. And it’s too old to be as advanced as it is. They also found an element called Epidurium, key in making the skin for LMDs. So it’s a team-up to find out what’s going on! Yay! This is great. Walker’s Nighthawk series was fantastic stuff, really smart and intense, but Tilda was always a ball of pure sunshine there, and she continues to be a delight here. Seriously, Walker’s Tilda is one of my favourite characters. I love her. If she becomes a permanent member of this book’s cast, I will be so happy, because she’s just the best. She spends basically the whole issue flirting with Wolf, and it’s so fun. Nighthawk’s great, too, with his hatred of Clint, and Clint is really fun. The plot here is interesting. Not a social justice thing, from what I can see, but not everything in this book has to be. Fun LMD stuff can be good, too. The art’s great. It’s a great art team. Pacheco’s a top talent, Fonteriz’s inks complement him well, and Oback’s a top-notch colour artist. So great work from all of them. This is a really good issue.

Silk #16, by Robbie Thompson, Irene Strychalski, Ian Herring and Irma Kniivila. Cindy sees how happy JJJ is at being with his family again, and it makes her feel worse about running away from her own family. He has to go with Marla for her check-up, so Mattie Franklin takes over the tour, and knows Cindy is “Silkworm.” She also says that if Jonah cares about her, there’s something to care about. And she admits there’s something about New U that makes her uncomfortable. Cindy and Mattie are becoming friends? Mattie says some of the clones have glitches, and those ones disappear, and she finds it weird. She takes Cindy to “Haven,” a peaceful little village beneath New U’s California lab, and brings her meet with Hector, alive again. This eventually leads to smooching. And then bad stuff happens. Another excellent issue. I like that Mattie is as suspicious as Cindy. I’ve never actually read any of the Mattie Franklin stuff – someday! – but she seems like a cool character, and it’s cool that she’s got suspicions about New U. It’s an interesting twist, to have a clone who’s not on-board with the Jackal’s activities. Thompson also continues to do stellar work with Cindy, and her ongoing struggles with mental health. Her anger. Her anxiety. I love that about this book. The art is gorgeous. Strychalski’s line art is so pretty. So soft and expressive and really nice to look at. And the colour is perfect. Silk was dragged into the Clone Conspiracy crossover, but Thompson, Strychalski, Herring and Kniivila are making it work, and making it worth it. I really think this book deserves a lot more attention than it gets. This is the best Spider-title on the stands. Hands down. Yes, better than Spider-Woman.

Spider-Man/Deadpool #13, by Joe Kelly, Ed McGuinness, Mark Morales, John Dell and Jason Keith. It opens with a merged Spider-Pool. But it turns out to be something the actual Deadpool is looking at, while the actual Spider-Man is still resting and recovering from the explosion. They’re in a pocket dimension, which Deadpool proves by opening a zipper and poking out through Eternity’s pocket. That’s . . . an odd joke. They’re actually in Weirdworld. Which means Morgan Le Fay! And her bitchin’ dragon! And now I’m remembering how much I miss the Humphries/Del Mundo Weirdworld. That book was so good. So gorgeous. Weirdworld just doesn’t look right drawn by someone else. Spider-Man takes her out with some tech in his costume that apparently neural shocks her when she touches him. That’s . . . disappointing. Things continue to be crazy in Weirdworld while Deadpool and Spider-Man talk about Itsy-Bitsy, with Spider-Man ready to kill her, and Deadpool wondering what’s happened to Spidey. This book remains fun. Spider-Man being dark is interesting to see, and this issue actually provides a good explanation for why he’s changed so much. Meanwhile, Kelly still writes the best Deadpool ever, with constant jokes mixed in with really emotional stuff. And the art is really good. So I really enjoy this book.

Pull list for January 11 2017

Follow me on Twitter (@XMenXPert). I’m off tomorrow, yay.

I’ll go to the store for: All-New Wolverine #16, by Tom Taylor, Nik Virella and Michael Garland; Ms. Marvel #14, by G. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyazawa and Ian Herring; Occupy Avengers #3, by David Walker, Carlos Pacheco, Rafae Fonteriz, Sonia Oback and Wil Quintana; Power Man & Iron Fist #12, by David Walker, Sanford Greene and Lee Loughridge; Silk #16, by Robbie Thomas, Irene Strychalski, Ian Herring and Irma Kniivila; Spider-Man/Deadpool #13, by Joe Kelly, Ed McGuinness, Mark Morales, John Dell and Jason Keith; Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #16, by Ryan North, Erica Henderson and Rico Renzi.

I’ll also review: Deadpool #24, by Gerry Duggan, Matteo Lolli, Christian Dalla Vecchia and Guru eFX; Inhumans vs. X-Men #2, by Charles Soule, Jeff Lemire, Leinil Francis Yu; Uncanny X-Men #17, by Cullen Bunn, Ken Lashley and Nolan Woodard.

So that’s 7 comics I’m picking up, and three additional reviews. Pretty heavy week.

Good week, though. Wolverine looks like it’ll be getting dark, with Laura in Kimura’s hands. Ms. Marvel is Ms. Marvel. Occupy Avengers will have Nighthawk and, even better Tilda. Walker writes the best Tilda ever. PM&IF has more of the cool gang war plot, which has been really good. Silk is a deeply underappreciated series, and Strychalski’s art for this Clone Conspiracy tie-in arc has been gorgeous. Spider-Man/Deadpool is a lot of fun, at least under Kelly/McGuinness, and this issue has fourth-wall breaking, so that’s fun. And Squirrel Girl is celebrating 25 years! Yay!

I have nothing at all to actually report this week. I’m still needing to get back into a habit of doing shit.

So, I might be watching Rogue One right now. The only show time for it this week is 5 in the evening. If this paragraph is in this post, that means I decided to go tonight. If it’s not here, then I’m going tomorrow or Thursday. Of course, if this paragraph isn’t here, you can’t read it, so it makes no sense to type it out. Making sense is overrated.

The jacket my mom ordered me for Christmas came in last night. It’s not quite the right fit for me, and it’s also not really the kind of jacket I wanted. It’s a light jacket, I wanted something a bit heavier, for when the weather hits that point where it’s too cool for a t-shirt but not cold enough for a winter jacket. As it turns out, though, the jacket fits my brother pretty much perfectly, and looks really good on him. So he’s going to give my mom the money for it, and she’ll order me something else.

My schedule for the week: 11-5 Friday . . . aaaaaand I somehow managed not to not write down next week’s schedule. Oops! Dammit.

Well, this is a short post.

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