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X-Men comics of February 27 2019

Follow me on Twitter (@XMenXPert). Just another week-and-a-half on my current shift, then I won’t have to get up before noon any more. And just a couple weeks until I go see Captain Marvel, too. It looks pretty good. I watched Solo last night. It was distinctly OK. Perhaps the most OK of all Star Wars films. Donald Glover as Lando was the definite highlight. He just exuded charm. Beyond that? Yeah, it was OK. But now, there’s comics to talk about.

Age of X-Man: X-Tremists #1, by Leah Williams, Georges Jeanty, Roberto Poggi, Jim Charalampidis, and Clayton Cowles. The Horny Police! Jubilee and Bobby are making cookies, and Bobby may or may not know what a baking sheet is. Wax paper is not a baking sheet, Bobby. Then Blob lets them and Jean-Paul know there’s a job to do. The team goes to arrest a couple who’ve broken the law by falling in love. There’s some fighting, and some banter, and some intra-team disagreements.

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Very important discussion.

One thing I want to highlight is the use of dehumanizing language, and the way some of the team are uncomfortable with that language. That’s a pretty big problem for real police, treating suspects as less than people, which leads to abuses of power. It’s cool that Williams thought of that and used it as a story element. There’s also a major twist regarding the woman they’re arresting, one that leads to a lot of debate among the team about what to do. There’s plenty of great humour, of course, as this is Leah Williams. Jubilee and Bobby are a fun pairing, and Northstar is delightful. And Blob is amazing. He’s so nice and positive and so different from his normal self. It’s funny. This is the Age of X-Man book I was most looking forward to, and it’s off to a great start. The art’s good. Jeanty’s a good visual storyteller. Perhaps just as important, the whole team looks bangin’. For a book about The Horny Police, it is very important that everyone there look bangin’. This issue does a great job introducing the characters and their personalities, and lays the groundwork for the conflicts each will have throughout the series. I’m gonna love this series. And you should love it, too. Easy recommend, as Leah Williams has established herself as a must-read writer.

X-Force #3, by Ed Brisson, Dylan Bernett, Jesus Aburtov, and Cory Petit. The mutant refugee camp for Transian mutants is under attack by AT-STs. Or, like, does anyone remember G.I. Joe’s Star Brigade toys from the ’90s? There was this “Armour-Bot” toy, a big mech. Anyway, that’s what the Transian Army is using to attack the refugee camp. Meanwhile, Deathlok and the Transian soldier sneaking into a military base run into a complication when the soldier betrays Deathlok. Back at the fight, Warpath’s knocked down, but then, the cavalry!

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She knows how to make an entrance.

Boom-Boom! Woot! Back at the Transian prison, Ahab makes his move to escape. Brutally. This art is great for brutal. Ahab also regrets the missed opportunity to actually work with the Transian General, but he just can’t get behind someone trying to lock him up. There’s also a really nice heart-to-heart between Cable and Cannonball. This series continues to be a lot of fun. I’m not smart enough to pick out the themes, at least not yet, but there’s some really crazy shit going on that’s just fun. And Boom-Boom’s back! She’s made her triumphant entrance into the main cast, and is already her usual wonderful self. The Cannonball/Cable scene was the emotional highlight, I think, and marks the beginning of a turn towards trusting Cable. I really dig the art. It’s a rough, scratchy style, but it’s one that fits the team well. It gives a sense of violence, even to the quiet scenes, and that works for X-Force. This is a good comic.

Marvel Comics Presents #2, with a Wolverine story by Charles Soule, Paulo Siqueira, Oren Junior, Frank D’Armata, and Joe Caramagna. It’s the ’50s, and Logan’s been traveling the US on his bike. Then he gets teleported to China, the Yangtze River Basin, to deal with the return of the Truth, the demon he fought in WW2.

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Yeah, that’s pretty gruesome.

He’s pulled out of the water by the French girl he rescued in WW2. The Truth is returning, and Logan has to protect her while she casts the spell to banish it for another decade. But when the demon appears, she panics and flees. But she comes back. This is a good installment. It feels somehow longer than it is. It’s packed, but doesn’t feel rushed. I liked this more than the first part. There’s a really nice moment where Logan tells the 15-year-old Sylvia not to apologize for being scared, and I really liked that. Logan’s always at his best when helping teen girls, of course, which I think is part of why this part works better than the first part. Removing it from WW2 might help, too, actually. And while we don’t see any of China beyond that pile of dead bodies, it’s nice to see other countries get used, and to have this kind of recognition that, yes, other countries exist and things happen in those countries. Getting away from the perspective that the only things that matter are things that happen in white countries is necessary. Plus, hey! Little bit of historical trivia that might inspire further research, always valuable. As for the art, there are a few panels that feel oddly flat, but for the most part, it’s really good stuff.

That’s the X-comics, here’s some other stuff.

Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur #40, by Brandon Montclare, Natacha Bustos, Tamra Bonvillain, and Travis Lanham. The Origin of Dream Boy! He’s some kid that Nightmare kidnapped. Also, monster fight. And I really like Sleepwalker, he’s cool. I do enjoy this series.

West Coast Avengers #8, by Kelly Thompson, Gag Hyuk Lim, and Joe Caramagna. After a relaxing beach day, the team infiltrates a cult. And Gwenpool gets to demonstrate what a legitimate badass she is. This is such a good comic.

Black Panther #9, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Kevin Walker, St├ęphane Paitreau, and Joe Sabino. The rebels attack a target, but T’Challa and Nakia get captured. But things aren’t how they thought. It’s a really interesting story that Coates and his collaborators are telling, with this whole rebellion. Good comic.

Captain America #8, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Adam Kubert, Frank Martin, and Joe Caramagna. Steve Rogers adjusts to a prison run by Von Strucker, Sharon Carter does some verbal sparring with the Kingpin, and I think Coates may have killed Captain Hydra. Which I’m fine with, kill Nazis. Regardless, there’s more great storytelling going on here.






















X-Men comics of February 20 2019

Follow me on Twitter (@XMenXPert). May solicits are out, and it looks like I’ll be picking up 26 comics from Marvel. Damn. As and aside, 19 of them are written by women or POC (and 4 by WOC, and another by an enby POC), which isn’t too bad. Quite a few comics being double-shipped, which I’m not a fan of, but I’ll deal. I’ll also apparently be getting 5 War of the Realms tie-ins. Squirrel Girl, Moon Girl and Champions are all tying in, and they’re already on my pull list. I’ll also get Giant-Man (for Leah Williams) and New Agents of Atlas (for Greg Pak). May will also have Emma Frost showing up in UXM, and honestly, I don’t understand why Marvel hasn’t yet announced a New Hellfire Club ongoing by Leah Williams and Kris Anka, focused on Emma leading a new club that is ruthless in protecting and promoting mutant rights. I’m thinking Emma, Madelyne Pryor, Monet, Mystique, and a couple others. Maybe Lady Deathstrike. Karma would’ve been good, but she’s in UXM. Same with Illyana. I think 6 members would work well, and given the rest of the group I’ve come up with, another woman would probably be best. Regardless, Leah Williams/Kris Anka New Hellfire Club ongoing, it’s a no-brainer, why hasn’t it happened yet. For now, comics!

Uncanny X-Men #12, by Matthew Rosenberg, Salvador Larroca, Rachelle Rosenberg, and Joe Caramagna. Logan’s patching up Scott, and Scott’s angsting about how he killed Xavier’s dream.

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Stop trying to convince us Cyclops was wrong, we all know he was right.

Logan has a plan to rescue some mutants, but the plan goes sideways very quickly. They still get into the base they’re breaking into, and find the Warlock’d New Mutants hooked up inside Sentinels. So, Strong Guy, Dani, Karma, some Multiple Men, Rahne, and Illyana. The Jamies aren’t Warlock’d, while Rahne and Illyana are mostly fighting off the infection. They also rescue Havok. Strong Guy dies during the rescue. Shame. He’ll be back, though. He’s a white male X-Man created earlier than 1990. Of course he’ll be back. Blindfold and Loa are gone forever, because they were created later than 1990, but Strong Guy’s going to be just fine. Anyway, this is OK. It feels really short, and weirdly light on content. It feels like a team-building issue, which is what it is, but even at that, I don’t know, it felt somehow lacking. Still, the team is assembled now. So we’ll get to see how they interact going forward. I think my biggest problem is that, so far, there’s still nothing new. I know, it’s early in Rosenberg’s run, maybe he’ll surprise us, but . . . well, it’s kicking off with the most over-used plot in the X-Men franchise, it’s got mutant-hating government agents, it’s got “shocking deaths,” it’s got nothing legitimately new, beyond having an unconventional team. And yeah, I like most of the team, but I’d like them a lot more if they weren’t having to deal with the same tired mutant genocide bullshit that they always have to deal with anyway. I want to see Karma having to deal with the consequences of her actions in Dead Souls, but how much of that will we really get to see when the book’s also got the whole “things have never been worse for mutants, again,” thing going on? So yeah, it’s not that this issue’s bad, it’s that I don’t give a shit until it starts to do something genuinely different from what every fucking X-Men writer has already done.

Age of X-Man: Amazing Nightcrawler #1, by Seanan McGuire, Juan Frigeri, Dono Sanchez-Almara, and Travis Lanham. Kurt and Meggan fight a bunch of criminal mutants to stop them spreading a virus. Of course, it’s all just for a movie or TV show or whatever. Acting! Once the scene is done, Celeste tells Kurt to get ready for a dinner that night. Kurt feels a bit down, so he calls Jean to let her know he won’t be home for dinner. When he gets to the party, he shows what a sweet guy he is.

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Rescuing a distressed damsel, as he does.

She’s sad she didn’t get into his party, so he invites her in, because that’s just the kind of guy Kurt is, and it’s why people love him. The party also has people disgusted at Irma and Celeste being sisters. And after the party, Kurt and Meggan smooch. Law-breakers! This is really good. Sets up the characters and their relationships, and sets up what will be the conflict of the series. Kurt is a really nice guy here, and I always like seeing Kurt just being sweet. Beyond that, there’s a little bit of promoting the idea of theatre people being more tolerant, with Amara jumping to the defence of the Cuckoos, and with Meggan arguing that theatre people are supposed to be the strange ones. I also love that Kylun is used, McGuire showing her love of Excalibur there. Of course, the Kurt/Meggan romance is showing her Excalibur love, too, but it’s always cool when Kylun pops up. Also, Amara just walking around with flames coming out of her hair is really, really cool and I like it.

Return of Loganverine #5, by Charles Soule, Steve McNiven, Jay Leisten, Laura Martin, and Joe Sabino. Logan’s taken to a space station to meet Persephone, where she’s assembled a community of great minds with a wide variety of skills, including scientists, musicians, even a couple chefs. She reveals she brought him back to life as her agent, and had him kill for her. She offers him a new life, a new beginning, and he politely declines.

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She tries to gas him to death, and he claws his way through a window into the void of space. Great plan. Once he gets back inside, he finds some scientists, and learns Persephone’s plan is basically to kill everyone on the planet and then resurrect them as drones the smart people can use to build a perfect world. Logan gets one of the scientists to destroy the satellites that would amplify the death beams, and then heads off to stop Persephone from firing death beams from the station itself. He slices his way through guys while his various identities tell him to let them out. Honestly not sure what the point of the caged identities was, it didn’t get used much throughout the story, feels like wasted potential. Anyway, he lets out all his identities except the evil one, then wrecks the station so it falls out of orbit.

And there’s also Wolverine: Infinity Watch #1, but . . . siiigh. I’m tired. I’m tired of Logan being goddamn everywhere. He just came back. And he’s in, like, 80 frigging books a month again. And I’m tired. He’s in UXM. The mini detailing his return just finished. He’s got that mini based on a podcast. He’s in Hulkverines. And now this shit, too? I just don’t think I have the energy for this. Some stupid goddamn mini thrown together to make sense of the absolutely nonsense approach Marvel took to his return? Because all his little cameos were pretty clearly written before Marvel had actually decided how he’s return. Same with his cameo in that comic about the assembling of the Infinity Stones. Marvel wanted to hype Logan’s return, but hadn’t actually settled on how to explain his return. So now we get this fucking comic, Marvel’s desperate attempt to have some poor creative team find a way to make sense of Marvel’s own screw-up. So I just do not have the energy for this. Not tonight. I just cannot do this frigging comic tonight.

And non-X-stuff . . . well, I wasn’t able to get to the store today. So I wasn’t able to get any of it, aside from the Jessica Jones digital comic. Which is good. Emma Frost is in it, and is delightful.

















X-Men comics of February 13 2019

Follow me on Twitter (@XMenXPert). Happy Valentine’s Day tomorrow, if you’ve got anything going on for it. I’m single, and have been for 5 years now, so I am doing nothing for Valentine’s Day, as usual. I’ll just be working. I’m still making my way, slowly, through Punisher season 2. I’m finding it OK, but it’s not really blowing me away. I’ve been loving Star Trek: Discovery season 2, though. And hey, just a few weeks until Captain Marvel comes out. Also, I read Die #3 last night and it messed me up hard. It’s a good damn comic, people. I’m excited for that. But for now, comics.

Age of X-Man: Nextgen #1, by Ed Brisson, Marcus To, Jason Keith, and Clayton Cowles. Glob feeds his pet chickens, Logan, Hope, and Scott. Maxime and Manon insult him, and Manon also asks why she can’t see into Glob’s mind.

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“Interesting in a weird way” is what I shoot for.

Is it weird that I kinda ship them now? Anyway, Armour chases them off, and Glob goes with her to join the others for breakfast, where Shark-Girl tells the others (Anole, Rockslide, and Pixie) about Glob’s fanfic. Which actually seems to be what happened in UXM. Everyone teases him, and once again, Armour sticks up for him. I like this take on Armour as someone who simply does not allow bullying to go on when she’s around. She’s a good egg. Also, looks like Anole and Bling! might have something going on. We get a look at the classes they attend, based on which department they’re assigned – history, medicine, agriculture (at least it’s something she has experience at, compared to when she became a guidance counselor with absolutely no background in it, the school seriously needs to hire some actual goddamn teachers but that’s a rant for the next school book in the normal continuity), and civil management. Also, applause seems to be done through finger snaps like they’re a bunch of goddamn beatniks or something.

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The surest indication this world is a dystopia.

Anyway, there’s talking, Pixie implies that Armour has a crush on Psylocke, and then Blob arrests Bling! for breaking the rules. I might be misinterpreting, but it kinda reads like Bling! and Anole were secretly dating or something.”All love is forbidden” seems to be the main theme of the entire Age of X-Man. But having a gay man and a lesbian fall in love – even if it’s pretty clearly over already – was definitely a choice that would carry a lot of risk of angering people. I’m not convinced it was the right call. It’s something that’ll certainly generate attention, but, well, it implied two queer characters in a straight relationship. I get the point of it. It demonstrates that the concepts of straight and queer don’t exist, because love as a concept is suppressed. But that’s the kind of idea that needs to have queer relationships shown, too, in order to work. Maybe the book will show some queer relationships, too. I would certainly hope so. Having only straight relationships in a story about love being forbidden would be an incredibly awkward and tone-deaf choice to make, especially if one of those straight relationships involves two queer characters. So, hopefully, Brisson includes at least one forbidden queer relationship, too. And like I said, I may have misinterpreted what was going on, they may have been meeting for a different reason. We’ll have to wait and see. That aside, this isn’t bad. Good world-building regarding how the school works, good work setting up the dynamics of the group, and a cliffhanger at the end that hints at some very intriguing stuff. To’s artwork is fantastic. The guy’s so good. I’ve loved him since that New Warriors series a few years back. He’s so good at drawing characters. Expressions and body language. He’s a top-notch artist, he deserves more high-profile books, he’s really got the chops for it. He makes anything better just by being there, this comic included. So it’s an enjoyable read.

Mr. and Mrs. X #8, by Kelly Thompson, Oscar Bazaldua Frank D’Armata, and Joe Sabino. Rogue and Longshot are making out, and Gambit interrupts. Mojo knows that people love a love triangle.

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Every time I sign into Twitter.

Gambit and Longshot fight over Rogue. An extended Longshot/Gambit fight would honestly be so much fun to watch. Anyway, Gambit grabs Rogue and escapes, and they smooch, and she drains him. Mojo spins the wheel again and again, and Rogue and Gambit keep finding some object, and then Rogue kills Gambit. Finally, Spiral steps into the next show, a documentary approach, and we learn what her plan’s been all along. There’s still some fun stuff here, and it leads to some interesting story progression. There’s also some cool discussion about love. About whether love is enough. Next issue looks like it’s going to be a pretty great Rogue issue. This series is really good. I’m loving the exploration of their relationship, and the fun adventures they get into along the way. Really good stuff.

Shatterstar #5, by Tim Seeley, Carlos Villa, Juan Vlasco, Gerardo Sandoval, Carlos Lopez, and Cory Petit. We learn that, before Shatterstar rebelled against Mojo, Mojo had planned on creating a whole bunch of clones of him (combined with Windsong’s genetics, too) to conquer the multiverse. And Grandmaster then reveals his own grand scheme – a fight between a whole bunch of Shatterstars.

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No appreciation for a good monologue.

Meanwhile, Shatterstar’s tenants get tired of being locked up, and break out. All part of Grandmaster’s plan, as he threatens to destroy them if Shatterstar doesn’t serve him. But Shatterstar has a brilliant plan to win the day. (Also, minor spoiler, but his building gets two new residents, Kid Nighthawk and Anesthesia. Anesthesia comes from Sleepwalker’s race, and was in an Ant-Man and the Wasp mini featuring Scott Lang and Hank Pym, during the brief period he went by Wasp. I’ve kinda wanted her to show up again, so it’s cool that she does get to show up here, getting her own little happy ending.) This whole mini was a pleasant surprise. It had so much more heart than I expected. Seeley and Villa also did great work leaning into the whole TV angle, playing it up in very clever ways. Grandmaster made for a compelling foe, adopting Mojo’s TV shtick with more gravitas and drama, more understanding of what makes for good TV, as opposed to Mojo’s lowest common denominator approach. The art was great throughout. I loved the contrast between Villa and Sandoval, for the present and flashacks. This whole mini was an unexpected treat. Definitely recommended to get in trade.

Dead Man Logan #4, by Ed Brisson, Mike Henderson, Nolan Woodard, and Cory Petit. Logan’s floating naked in a tube. Glob is worried for him, Jubilee’s confident he’ll be OK, but Cecilia tells her he’s dying. I do like Jubilee’s confidence in Logan’s ability to bounce back. It’s a consistent trait in her. Meanwhile, Clint gets a visit from Mysterio.

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Given the life he leads, it’s honestly an easy mistake.

Minor complaint! Clint has Lucky at his Bed-Stuy apartment. But Lucky has been living with Kate in LA for a while now. Oh well. Mysterio’s gone to Clint for help, to stay safe from Miss Sinister, Sin, Crossbones, and Hydra. Mysterio just wants out of the game. Aww, poor guy. Meanwhile, Miss Sinister blasts Crossbones through a wall. Good for her, Crossbones is a neo-Nazi asshole, he needs to get his ass handed to him way more often. Sin’s a neo-Nazi asshole, too, but Brisson gives her this weirdly light attitude that’s kinda charming. Back at the school, Jubilee tries to cheer Logan up, but he’s in no mood for it. And then Cecilia tells him he has an estimated 12 months to live, halved every time he takes Regenix. This issue also has some really good bits with Mysterio insulting Clint. Honestly, Clint being seen as a bit of a joke in-universe delights me. The way everyone always puts him down is really fun. And Mysterio tries to find a disguise that Logan will trust, and keeps going through dead X-Men, for a great gag. Another good issue. Clint and Mysterio play off each other so well. So do Sin and Miss Sinister. Miss Sinister gets so many “this was a terrible, terrible idea” expressions with Sin around, and I find it funny. The art’s good, too. This is a solid series so far.

And for non-Marvel.

Ms. Marvel #38, by a bunch of people. Starts with G. Willow Wilson and Nico Leon, then Devin Grayson and Takeshi Miyazawa, Eve Ewing and Joey Vasquez, Ewing and Kevin Libranda, and ends with Saladin Ahmed and Minkyu Jung and Juan Vlasco. Ian Herring and Clayton Cowles throughout, of course. It’s really fun. Kamala’s feeling grumpy about real life, and she and her friends get sucked through a dimensional vortex. And have to go through a video game quest. And it’s really weird and fun and a nice little send-off for this volume. I’m really gonna miss Wilson on this title. I’m sure Ahmed will do a good job, but it’s really not gonna be the same. I do like how these final two issues were really all about the amazing supporting cast, because they’re a major part of what made this series so special. I would legitimately read a spin-off focused solely on the supporting cast. I love them. So, yeah, very sad to see this end.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #41, by Ryan North, Naomi Franquiz, Rico Renzi, and Travis Lanham. Ms. Quizzler! Squirrel Girl has to rescue Peter Parker and Nancy from Ms. Quizzler, by answering trivia questions. Also, Nancy figures out that Peter Parker is Spider-Man, though at the time this issue takes place, he was separated from Spider-Man. Also, Thor and She-Hulk are being quizzed. It’s a good, cute, fun issue.

Captain Marvel #2, by Kelly Thompson, Carmen Carnero, Tamra Bonvillain, and Clayton Cowles. Nuclear Man is gross, Roosevelt Island is full of women hiding from him, and Thompson and Carnero are telling one hell of a story here. I mean, this is a story that’s literally about women fighting back against toxic masculinity. That’s pretty great. There’s a lot of Thompson’s trademark charm and humour, and some nice Carol/Jess scenes, and just a lot of good stuff going on.

Ironheart #3, by Eve Ewing, Geoffo, Luciano Vecchio, Matt Milla, and Clayton Cowles. Midnight’s Fire! That loser. There’s also more of Riri’s PTSD, which is still cool to see. I’m really enjoying how Ewing and Vecchio are integrating Riri’s PTSD so heavily. Makes for a different read from other superhero comics, which always keeps things interesting.

Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #5, by Seanan McGuire, Takeshi Miyazawa, Ian Herring, and Clayton Cowles. There is definite Gwen/MJ teasing and I refuse to believe it’s not intentional. I don’t think it’s serious, I don’t think McGuire has any intention of having them hook up, but she is definitely letting readers see it. Beyond that, this is McGuire and Miyazawa finally getting a chance to actually tell their Spider-Gwen story. They had to start with a Spider-Geddon tie-in (which I haven’t read yet, I’ll read it when it comes on Unlimited), but now, they’re in her world, they’re able to get into her life. It’s really good. She’s in a weird headspace, and she’s got some anxiety issues to work through, and it’s really interesting stuff.

X-Men comics of February 6 2019

Follow me on Twitter (@XMenXPert). Whew, this was a long day. It’s my birthday. I’m now 34 years old. I am not even in the vicinity of being in a place I want to be. But I’m now in counseling, and that should help. (My first session tomorrow.) So, hopefully, when I turn 35, I’ll be on a path to somewhere good. But the reason this was a long day is because I went to see my mom, and on the drive back, the roads were bad, there was freezing rain, and my friend’s car has terrible windshield wipers. It meant she had to drive really slow, so it was a loooong drive. But I made it! And now, comics!

Uncanny X-Men #11, by Matthew Rosenberg, Salvador Larroca, Rachelle Rosenberg, and Joe Caramagna. The issue starts with a simple truth.


Then tell a new goddamn story!

OK, I’m already pissed off. Acknowledging that the X-Men tell the same damn story over, and over, and over, does nothing to change the fact that this is that same frigging story AGAIN. Tell a new story. Tell a story that isn’t about every single human wanting to personally murder the entirety of mutantkind. Tell a story where mutants are doing pretty OK. Tell that story. GIVE US THAT FUCKING STORY, X-OFFICE. Don’t just lampshade the fact that you’re obsessed with doom’n’gloom to the point of the franchise being downright miserable to read. Cleverly referencing your own lack of creativity is not actually clever, it is infuriating.

But anyway, Scott gets hit on by a redhead in a coffee shop, then he steps outside to help Blindfold, who’s being harassed by some anti-mutant jerks. She tells him they’re all dead, everything’s changed forever, and not to do what he’s thinking of doing. He visits Ben Urich for help finding the X-Men, but Urich says they’re all dead. A drunken Scott gets visited by Madrox. Then he visits Callisto, and it seems the Morlocks are having issues.

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The “dog ate my homework” of the Marvel Universe.

Chamber is also with the Morlocks, and he chews Scott out for making the X-Men look bad. Yeah yeah, Cyclops was wrong, keep telling yourselves that anyone will actually believe that, X-office. Anyway, Madrox tells Scott where Blindfold is.

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Gotta love how respectful the X-office is of the New X-Men kids.

Yeah, Blindfold committed suicide. Scott then visits a rally by an anti-mutant woman running for Senate. Some brief chaos erupts when Scott calls her out, until Captain America breaks it up. And then Scott calls him out, too, for not doing jackshit to help the mutant cause. He’s not wrong. Things seem to be worse than ever for mutants – for the millionth goddamn time – and Captain America’s done nothing. It’s hard to be mad at Cap, though; no, I’m madder at the X-office. Scott then calls for any remaining mutants to meet him in Westchester, and he’s instead met by a whole bunch of anti-mutant dudes. And Logan joins to help him. Yippee. So. This is a well-made comic. But it’s a well-made comic that isn’t doing anything even the least bit new. There is nothing here I haven’t read. Mutants worse off than ever? That is the most common status quo they’ve had for the past nearly 15 years. M-Day until AvX was 7 years, then 4 years later, there was the Terrigen poisoning, which lasted another couple years, and less than two years after that ended, here we are. Blindfold is killed off for shock value, because it’s not like we haven’t seen former students killed for shock value. I’ll have more thoughts on that in a it. And it ends with Scott and Logan reunited, again. Hurrah, The dialogue’s good. The art’s good. The whole thing is handled competently. But holy shit, am I ever tired of every single thing in this entire story.

There are two back-ups. First, by Rosenberg, John McCrea, and Mike Spicer. Logan comes across Kid Cable, who tells Logan to look out for Scott. He goes to get answers from Layla. Hey, nice to see her again, still alive, living with Madrox. Now leave her alone. Don’t you frigging dare kill her off. She sends him to the sewers to talk to Blindfold, and runs into Velocidad. Hey, that guy. He’s old now. Which is reasonable. The way his power works guaranteed he wasn’t going to have a long life. Logan then finds Blindfold doing well for herself, in order to hide better. At the rally Scott attended, Logan meets Black Widow and Winter Soldier, and he calls them out for not doing more to protect mutants. Meh, whatever, I don’t give a damn about Logan. Having a bunch of people tell him cryptic shit isn’t exciting.

Second, by Rosenberg, Juanan Ramirez, and Rachelle Rosenberg. Loa’s dead. Aaaaaand here’s where I go on another rant. So. This issue kills off both Blindfold and Loa. Two 2000s female student characters. What it means is that, unless the story is going to end in a way that retcons everything, there are pretty good odds these characters are just dead. Blindfold might get to come back. Loa? She’s gone. She’s dead forever, and she will never be brought back. Because characters created later than around 1990? They don’t get to be resurrected. Synch’s been dead for 18 years now. Skin’s been dead almost as long. All the New X-Men kids who died on M-Day? Still dead. The ones killed in the bus attack a couple issues later? Still dead. Characters like Scott and Logan have guaranteed resurrections, they’ll never stay dead, they’ll always come back and get to be the most important X-Men again, with anyone who’d been prominent while they were gone being pushed back to the sides. (Think Kitty or Jean or Storm will be leading the X-Men after Age of X-Man? I think we all know who’s going to be the leader.) So killing off two in one issue? Yeah,the X-office clearly has a lot of respect for those characters. Anyway, blah blah, she sees she has no future and is going to die so she decides to kill herself instead. Real cheerful stuff. I’m fine with doing a story about suicide, although a content warning probably would’ve been a useful thing to include. Mostly, as I said above, I just hate the way the X-office kills off young mutants with plenty of potential, and then never resurrects them, because they’d rather engage in nostalgia-wank with old characters who’ve already been explored in extreme depth. So what-frigging-ever to this entire issue, which gives us nothing the least bit new, and kills off characters who won’t get to be resurrected.

Age of X-Man: Marvelous X-Men #1, by Zac Thompson, Lonnie Nadler, Marco Failla, Matt Milla, and Joe Caramagna. Nate blah blah blahs as the X-Men engage in mundane activities, most of them using their powers. Storm washes clothes using a miniature rainstorm. Magneto prepares food with magnetism. Laura tightens a screw with her claw, and OK NOPE. Nope, can’t let this pass. This would not work. Her claw cuts through steel with ease. It should completely strip the screw the first time she turns her wrist. No, I’m sorry, I cannot accept adamantium claws as screwdrivers. But fine, there’s more story after this, so I GUESS I’ll move on. The team gets called together to deal with wildfires on the west coast. As some of the team rescue babies in birthing pods, Laura gets a flash of her sister. Yadda yadda, more rescue stuff, here’s the only important thing this issue:

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I think we all insist Fungus stick around.

Later, Laura talks to Nate about Gabby, and Nate just erases her memories of Gabby, again. This issue is . . . let’s go with unfortunate. This is mostly a set-up issue. The thing is, we already had a set-up issue. It leaves this one feeling a little redundant. The setting’s already established. So are the characters. So why do we need another issue establishing the setting and the characters? We do get some tension with Laura starting to remember Gabby, and X-Man doing a mind-wipe, and I’m hoping that’s going to be a central conflict in this series. But I’m honestly not entirely sure what the point of this particular series will be. This is only the first issue, but I’m already worrying about the possibility that this series might end up feeling a bit disjointed. We’ll see. The art’s nice. Failla and Milla make the perfect world look reasonably pretty. Milla’s pastels give the whole thing a dreamy quality, which fits really well. I think what I’d love is for flashes of memory to have more vibrant colours, to contrast better. Beyond that, this issue just feels superfluous.

X-23 #9, by Mariko Tamaki, Diego Olortegui, Walden Wong, JP Mayer, Scott Hanna, Chris O’Halloran, and Cory Petit. Gabby is trying to bond with the mute cyborg clone, while Laura doesn’t trust it. Beast has found the clone was made with corrupted DNA, so it doesn’t have a healing factor. He also found a signal being sent to it, and Laura goes out to trace it. Her enhanced senses pick up something very important about the place she goes.

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Valuable insights.

Back at the school, Gabby’s lost the cyborg. Also, X-Cow cameo! Turns out she’s a D&D fan! And Laura wrecks a whole lot of robots. It’s awesome. Gabby’s continued attempts to connect with the cyborg are really sweet. I love Gabby’s sweetness. Laura’s scepticism is sensible. And her fight with the robots is awesome. Great layout. So I like this issue. I’m worried there’ll be some horrible twist that’s going to be heartbreaking, though. I think Gabby’s going to be hurt, emotionally. Honestly, it’s probably time for her relentless optimism to face a serious pushback, so she can overcome it and all that. But it’ll still be hard to see. If I’m right about it heading that way. Anyway, still enjoying this series.

Wolverine: The Long Night #2, by Benjamin Percy, Marcio Takara, Matt Milla, and Joe Caramagna. More investigative work, as the Feds check out Logan’s shack.

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Logan smells “groiny,” it’s canon.

The investigation of the shack is interrupted by the Strawberry Kids, a bunch of kid hooligans. Hooligans! Feral kids who use slingshots to fire sharpened pocket change. The poor deputy takes a coin to the forehead. One of the Feds, the nice guy, bribes one of the kids with candy, and the kid says Logan saved him after he fell off a ledge. Logan’s a hero! I guess. I don’t like kids, so I would’ve been fine with letting the brat fall. OK, I’m kidding, I don’t want kids to die. The Feds also find a letter Logan wrote but didn’t get a chance to mail, talking about Weapon X being after him. He killed a killer, which got him on Weapon X’s profile, so he ran to Alaska, leaving his girlfriend, Maureen, behind. The Feds also listen to a radio blast from that cult they heard about in the first issue. I continue to enjoy the investigation. I’m glad the focus is on the investigators, rather than Logan himself, as these people make much more interesting protagonists. Still, this issue had me less invested than the first. Not sure why. Didn’t quite click with me the same way. It’s still good, just not quite as strong as the first issue.

And the only non-X-Men Marvel comic is Champions #2, by Jim Zub, Steven Cummings, Marcio Menyz, and Clayton Cowles. Ms. Marvel and Viv died on the mission in the first issue. Luckily, Mephisto was feeling generous and gave Miles and Amadeus a freebie, which will definitely not result in any problems for them. Good issue.

X-Men comics of January 30 2019

Follow me on Twitter (@XMenXPert). Man, the weather’s been awful lately. So cold, I hate it. My birthday’s next week. Luckily, it’s on my day off, so I’ll barely even need to put on pants, except to get my comics. Speaking of pants, let’s get into this week’s comics.

Age of X-Man: Alpha, by Zac Thompson, Lonnie Nadler, Ramon Rosanas, Triona Farrell, and Clayton Cowles. The world is perfect and mutants are accepted and there’s a weird ’50s vibe going on that seems wildly out of place for a world created by Nate Grey. Anyway, a team of X-Men that includes Nate checks out a weird phenomenon where a chunk of a town is completely frozen in time, because of some young girl who’s just discovered her power.

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This is an entirely believable reaction to almost being crushed.

Anyway, Nate takes the girl to the Summers Institute, and we learn a bit more about this world. To start with, love is forbidden, so children come from hatcheries. And uh, why is Nate Grey’s perfect world one where love is forbidden? I mean, I know he’s had some rough luck in that department, but it still seems weird that he’d think it needs to be outright forbidden. Anyway, in this world, Scott is dead, Hope and the Lights sacrificed themselves, and Sunfire goes nowhere without his mask.

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The mask might actually work with a nicer suit.

And some history: One day, everyone became a mutant, and the world was briefly chaotic, with a city even being teleported into the ocean. It’s annoying that, consistently, the only way for mutants not to be oppressed is for them to be the only race. So stupid. Also, Bishop and Jean have a thing in this timeline. I’m actually OK with that idea. I have no complaints about that ship. I mean, why not? Go for it. Better than Jean and Logan. Kurt’s an actor, which is a good job for him. Bishop gets arrested by the X-Tremists, for being in his third relationship. X-Tremists is easily the Age of X-Man book I’m most interested in. Leah Williams is phenomenal, and she’s been saying a lot of very interesting things about it on Twitter. So I’m excited to see what she does. I hope she gets an ongoing X-title after Age of X-Man, she deserves it. With Bishop arrested, everyone completely forgets about him, and Laura takes his place on the team. So, this issue’s all about setting up the world and the minis. It is exactly what was done with Age of Apocalypse, back in the ’90s. This is actually a pretty common X-over approach, though. An Alpha issue setting the story up, 3-6 tie-ins to tell the story, and an Omega issue to wrap it up. They do it a lot. AoA was, I believe, the first X-over to use the Alpha and Omega issues, but by no means the last. It’s actually a set-up I kinda like. It does get more irritating when you need to read all the minis to follow what’s going on, but I get the impression they’ll all be optional here. I’ll be reading all of them, but the ones I’ll be physically collecting will be X-Tremists, Amazing Nightcrawler, Prisoner X, and I’ve decided to get Nextgen, to show my support for having a book showcasing the younger characters. So, four out of 6. And three are solely because of who’s writing them. Leah Williams, Seanan McGuire, and Vita Ayala, respectively. All of them are great, and all of them deserve higher-profile X-titles. I’d love to see all three get ongoings. I guess we’ll have to wait and see if the X-office is willing to let multiple women have ongoing titles at the same time. Anyway, this issue. It’s fine. It sets up the world effectively. Hints at great horrors in the past, keeps a sense of menace pervading. It does what it needs to do, and there are some pretty good character moments. As for the art . . . I’m just not that into Rosanas’ art style. It’s entirely personal taste. If you like his work, you’ll like it here. He keeps his usual level of quality. And it’s not like I hate his art or anything. It just doesn’t turn me on the way it does for so many other people. Anyway, this was a good issue. It’s a shame that UXM suuuuuucked so much to get here, but this event is off to a good start.

X-Force #2, by Ed Brisson, Dylan Burnett, Jesus Aburtov, and Cory Petit. X-Force frees some mutants in Transia who are being taken to prison camps. They employ great amounts of violence.

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This is pretty awesome.

Cannonball tries to tell them not to kill, but literally everyone else on the team are pretty much OK with killing. Cable, Domino, Warpath, Shatterstar, and Deathlok. They’re all soldiers, they’re all used to war, they’re all used to killing. Also, it turns out the Transians are working with Ahab, who’s trying to find a cure for mutation. Jeez, he couldn’t find any of the cures that have already been created? Also, the Transian general who killed the president has a mutant son. He thinks mutants infected his son, despite Ahab telling him it doesn’t work that way. Elsewhere, Cable and Shatterstar have a nice heart-to-heart, and throat-to-blade, and gun-to-heart. Shatterstar really doesn’t like Kid Cable. I’m enjoying this comic. I like the art. It’s got a roughness to it that fits the tone of the book well. Really enhances the violence. The story is good, with loads of tension. I am disappointed at the lack of Boom-Boom. The first issue made it seem like she’d be a part of the team, but she’s not even included on the cast page, so I’m wondering if she’ll actually appear again in future issues. Saaad. Still, there’s great tension among the cast, ones that I’m sure will continue to escalate, and there’s tension among the villains, too, which is good. Brisson’s doing some fine work here.

Dead Man Logan #3, by Ed Brisson, Mike Henderson, Nolan Woodard, and Cory Petit. Logan is attacking the Avengers, thinking they’re the Sinister Six, and an innocent civilian is Mysterio. Sin is very entertained by the fight. I like Brisson’s take on Sin. She’s got a sense of fun that Red Skull never had. Iron Man has trouble with Logan, and gets a pretty great rescue.

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Best line of the issue.

Back at the school, Glob sees an Internet article about the ongoing fight, and brings it to the attention of Jubilee and Cecilia Reyes. Good choices. Jubilee was Logan’s best partner, after all. And hey, it’s nice to see Jubilee get to be the adult that kids run to when disaster strikes. She’s a teacher, after all, so she’s as good a choice as Kitty. She figures out that it’s probably Mysterio toying with him. Back at the fight, She-Hulk continues to get great lines.

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“Puny Canadian.” Heh.

Sin and Miss Sinister also have a conversation, which is not what it seems. I also really like how the issue ends. I hate to spoil something so late in the issue, but, well, Jubilee tells Captain America to back off, because Jubilee does not care about Captain America. The X-Men as a whole don’t particularly care about him, actually. Jubilee and Cecilia being unimpressed is especially on-brand, I think. Anyway, this is mostly an issue-long fight, but there’s some very interesting plot developments, too. Very curious to see what happens with Mysterio. This is maybe the most interesting the character’s been. I like the art. I’m not always a fan of Hawthorne’s style, but I think it does work very well on this book. There’s good stuff being done here. Way better than Return of Loganverine. That one’s a mess, but this one’s solid.

And the non-X-stuff.

Ms. Marvel #37, by G. Willow Wilson, Nico Leon, Ian Herring, and Joe Caramagna. Kamala and Gabe are babysitting. They’re not great at it. Then, shenanigans. Water pipes burst due to aging infrastructure, and we see all sorts of members of Ms. Marvel’s supporting cast, and it’s all really great and wonderful. As the penultimate issue of the Wilson’s run, it’s a great little look at what made the book so special. I love it. It’s fun and cute and focused on the human story rather than superheroics. I’m really going to miss Wilson, Leon and Herring on this series. They’ve done such good stuff.

Unstoppable Wasp #4, by Jeremy Whitley, Gurihiru, and Joe Caramagna. Nadia is not OK. She has a manic episode. It is legitimately unnerving. This is a really good issue. I remember a lot of people complained about the first volume being too light, Nadia having no flaws. Well. This issue should satisfy them, given it is extremely dark. Because Whitley put a lot of work into making Nadia’s manic episode authentic. I’d say it starts innocently enough, but nope, it starts off unsettling, and then gets worse. It’s treated as a very serious problem, as she bounces from one thing to another, not sleeping, becoming increasingly irrational. It’s great stuff.

West Coast Avengers #7, by Kelly Thompson, Daniele Di Nicuolo, Triona Farrell, and Joe Caramagna. Noh-Varr is very hot. The West Coast Avengers chase off the West Coast Masters of Evil, and Gwenpool gets a pet land shark named Jeff. He’s very cute. The cutest boy. This is a good, fun comic. I’m really enjoying it.

Captain America #7, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Adam Kubert, Frank Martin, and Joe Caramagna. Selene pays a visit to Baron Strucker, who is running a private prison. A Nazi running a private prison? This is as unsubtle as it gets. I like it. Captain America turns himself in, and Sharon Carter gets a team. It’s a pretty good issue.

Exiles #12, by Saladin Ahmed, Javier Rodriguez, Alvaro Lopez, Muntsa Vicente, and Joe Caramagna. The Exiles vs. the Watchers, with some really cool layouts by Rodriguez. So, this volume of Exiles is over. It was . . . not a great run, honestly. There were some great bits – Juggernautilus, and some really cool layouts here and there – but on the whole? Yeah, kinda meh. Not even bad, really, just . . . meh. It’s the only word that fits.

X-Men comics of January 23 2019

Follow me on Twitter (@XMenXPert). It’s worth noting that Trump’s ban on trans people serving in the military is part of a larger conservative push to ban trans people from existing in public. It has nothing to do with cost, it has nothing to do with unit cohesion, it has everything to do with a contempt for trans people and a desire to make their lives more difficult in every way they can get away with. And they’ll keep pushing, and keep pushing, and keep pushing, until they can just make being trans illegal. Anyway, here’s comics. It’s a very light week.

Uncanny X-Men Annual, by Ed Brisson, Carlos Gomez, Guru-eFX, and Joe Caramagna. This is the return of Cyclops. Who I still think should’ve stayed dead longer. I love Scott, he’s one of my favourite characters. He should’ve stayed dead longer. Let us really get to miss him. Especially with Teen Scott running around the whole time Adult Scott was dead, we still had a Scott. The same problem happened with Logan; we couldn’t miss him, because he was still around. Anyway, a few weeks ago, he blasted his way out of his grave. Then we flashback to a few years ago, with some faded-looking art to make it look like an older comic. Honestly, it doesn’t quite work. It looks too much like a modern comic trying to look old. You know what would’ve made it work better? Going back to an old-school 4-colour style. Anywho, he felt something draw him to Cambridge, where he fought a giant robot.

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Oh, Scott, you tried.

He takes out the crazy dude controlling the robot, a professor who was fired for being kinda crazy. I kinda miss that motivation. All sorts of villains used to be out for revenge because people thought they were nuts. That their response is to start wrecking stuff and trying to kill people basically proves the other people right. And honestly, it’s still a totally believable motivation. Anyway, one of the people Scott saves thanks him and says he and his wife are expecting their first kid, and tells him to look him up if he ever needs the favour repaid. So a couple years ago, Kid Cable paid Paul a visit. He brought the Phoenix Cage that the Avengers tried to use to contain the Phoenix Force in AvX. It’s broken, but Kid Cable thinks Paul can fix it within two years. That brings us to the aftermath of IvX, and Scott’s death. Paul is watching with Kid Cable, and says that he knew Scott had gone off the deep end (he didn’t!) but that he’s always hoped Scott would return to his senses. They implant a small device inside Scott. And then to the Return of Jean Grey, when the Phoenix temporarily restored Scott to life as a last bid to control Jean. The device was able to use the Phoenix’s power to restore Scott after the Force let him die. And now he’s alive again. Cable then lets the crazy professor, just released from prison, know where Paul lives, forcing Scott to choose between helping the X-Men against X-Man and saving Paul. After, he stands on a each with Cable, and says that he was wrong in AvX. Meh. So, here’s the thing: Marvel really wants readers to believe Cyclops was wrong. But “Cyclops Was Right” became a meme for a reason – namely, that damned near every time Scott has a disagreement with someone, he’s a lot more right than the other person is. He’s always the easier person to agree with, the easier position to support. And every time Marvel has someone talk about how Scott went over the edge, and how wrong he was, readers look at the things he actually did and said and go, “Uh, really?” And Marvel just doesn’t learn. They think having Scott say he was wrong will convince anyone of anything, and it won’t, it’ll just have readers roll their eyes. Meanwhile, if Scott just said that he made the best decisions he could make, but that times call for a different approach, people would believe that. But ultimately, I think the goal is to just reset Scott back to how he was 20 years ago. It’s an attempt to reject character progress in the name of an old status quo more familiar to the people telling the current stories. Which is so damned boring. It’s the biggest complaint I have with the X-Men as a franchise, is their inability to move beyond the way things used to be, so they constantly re-tell stories that have already been re-told a bunch of times. Age of X-Man is House of M is Age of Apocalypse is Days of Future Past. It’s just so much recycling, and that also applies to the characters, which is why Guggenheim tried to get Kitty and Piotr married. Let’s be real, I guarantee there is real discussion in the X-office about how to get Scott and Jean back together. That is definitely happening. The writer who ends up making that happen goes on my shit list. Anyway, in terms of the overall story, it’s fine. It provides a perfectly reasonable way in which to bring Scott back. And, as a nice relief, it shows a human who’s totally fine with mutants. It might be cool if Paul became a recurring character, as the X-Men have been severely lacking in human supporting characters for years now, though I’m sure he will never be seen again. Except maybe to have him killed off as a mutie-lover to show how despicable some anti-mutant group is. The art’s good. It’s nothing spectacular, but there are some cool panels here and there, and the storytelling is smooth. No complaints there. And no complaints about the story as a whole, really. I’m just disappointed at how soon Scott was brought back, and about Marvel’s insistence that we’re supposed to think Scott spent the past few years as a villain.

That’s the only X-title. I picked up two other comics.

Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur #39, by Brandon Montclare, Natacha Bustos, Tamra Bonvillain, and Travis Lanham. Moon Girl continues dealing with Bad Dream, as nightmares seep into the real world, and she ends up in her underwear at school. Also, Sleepwalker cameo, for all the ’90s kids out there.

Shuri #4, by Nnedi Okorafor, Leonardo Romero, Jordie Bellaire, and Joe Sabino. It’s . . . OK. I’m a little disappointed. Okorafor is better than this. I know she is, because I’ve read better comics from her. LaGuardia’s been good, though it’s only at issue two. This series, so far, isn’t really bad, it’s just not as good as Okorafor’s capable of.

X-Men comics of January 16 2019

Follow me on Twitter (@XMenXPert). Yesterday, I had an initial consultation for counseling. It took about 15 minutes. It was very weird and awkward and uncomfortable. I am just not good at talking about my feelings and stuff. So it’s really hard for me. Still, it’ll hopefully be good for me. I have a full appointment on February 7. The day after my birthday, coincidentally. So yeah, hopefully, this’ll be good for me. Oh, I also finished Runaways season 2. Vaughn is my favourite character. I love him. But for now, comics.

Uncanny X-Men #10, by Matthew Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson, Ed Brisson, Pere Perez, Rachelle Rosenberg, and Joe Caramagna. More fighting. Cannonball almost dies, which pisses Paige off. Yay for Paige getting lines. Jean gets most of the telepaths to focus on X-Man/Legion, while Psylocke tries to stop Storm, who’s kicking more ass than all the other Horsemen combined. As a side note, I firmly believe that Ororo and Betsy have a friends-with-benefits thing. Anyway, Ororo’s freed, and is not in a great mood.

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She’ll separate them with her bare hands, at this point.

I swear, no one is more dramatic than Storm. Dr. Doom could take lessons from her.

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Even a god can have an “oh shit” moment.

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Divine justice.

Damn, Storm is awesome. When can we get this Storm on the big screen? “Over-the-top” is basically her starting point, and she only goes up from there, and it’s glorious. This lets the telepaths split them, and Jean and Nate have another heart-to-heart. It doesn’t go well. And OH MY FUCKING GOD the last page says laws are passed to prevent mutant children, holy shit, HOLY FUCKING SHIT, X-office, again? FUCKING AGAIN?! Christ, can you people literally think of no story other than “attempted mutant genocide?” Is that really the only story you can think to tell about mutants? For fuck’s sake, DO. BETTER. I am so tired of this plot. So, so, so goddamn tired. We can’t get away from it. It’s just this constant, never-ending drumbeat of attempts to wipe out mutants, and I am tired of it. We’ve read this story. So many times. And yet, the X-office just refuses to stop going back to that same tired-ass well. And, as usual, there’s absolutely no counter-point presented here. Last issue had mention of pro-mutant protesters, but nothing about that here. We’ll see if Rosenberg bothers to acknowledge the existence of humans who don’t want every single mutant on the planet to be murdered, now that he’s going to be the sole writer going forward. Can’t say I’m optimistic, because the X-office has given me absolutely zero reason to be. Ugh. That aside, this issue was OK. Lots of spectacle, really fun if you just turn your brain off. The Jean/Nate scene was good, though again, it leaves me wondering exactly what the theme of this story is supposed to be, or if there even is one. Nate talks a lot about how he needs to use his power to do something before he dies, to do something good, but he’s the antagonist of the event, so . . . it’s wrong to want to use your power to do good? Is it a message against using your power to force people to adopt your idea of what is good? That’s all I can think. Another weird thing: When Betsy freed Warren from Nate’s control, Warren was pissed at her, ranting about how he lost the only peace he’s known and blah blah. This issue, everyone else freed from Nate’s control is simply angry at having been under his control in the first place. Sooo . . . why was Warren’s reaction so different? Like I said, thinking about this story will just keep exposing more and more problems with it. The art is stellar, though, which makes for some good entertainment if you just look at the pretty pictures. As I said about the last issue: Style over substance, spectacle over storytelling.

Return of Loganverine #4, by Charles Soule, Declan Shalvey, Laura Martin, and Joe Sabino. Logan wakes up in a hospital, having apparently passed out after fighting off the X-Men. It also turns out his hotclaws draw energy from his ability to heal. The hotclaws are still stupid, and kinda keep getting dumber. Also, Ana’s been reunited with her son. Logan’s a little suspicious. And then Ana gets really nihilistic.

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“Ma’am, this is McDonald’s.” Haha, memes!

That’s pretty cynical. Not wrong, but cynical. Then she shoots her son. And says he’s not really her son, and that his name isn’t even Perren, it’s just a name she likes. Fair enough. Then a Soteiro dude shoots Logan with a big-ass spike that opens into shackles clinging to the wall. And it turns out Ana is Persephone, with the mutant ability to bring the dead back to life. Everyone on the island is dead, kept alive through her power. Persephone thinks death is pretty great. I kinda dig Persephone. She’s cool. This series? Meh. So meh. Logan is boring in it. The whole thing with the cages in Logan’s head has been wasted in this series. It set up this somewhat-interesting idea of Logan spending the series interacting with old versions of himself, maybe each one filling in a few more of the blanks of his past, and then . . . nope. Not even a little. Makes me wonder why they even bothered with the idea, if they weren’t going to make real use of it. This is a rather lackluster return for Logan, frankly. His death was a great story, really well-told with real emotional weight to it. This? This is bland and largely forgettable.

Marvel Comics Presents #1, I’ll only talk about the Logan story, by Charles Soule, Paulo Siqueira, Oren Junior, Frank D’Armata, and Joe Caramagna. It’s WW2, and a French sorceress is being forced by some Nazis to summon a demon. A squadron of Canadian soldiers try to rescue her, but she gets distracted and the demon is let loose. Logan fights it while Marie, the sorceress, works a spell to banish it. But it’s only temporary, and it’ll return after a decade. This story is OK. It suffers from the same problem that a lot of the old MCP stories did – being split into 8-page installments makes them feel a little more disjointed. It makes for an odd reading experience, a little too quick. And even reading it completed tends to be odd with these stories, as they’re kinda designed with these 8-page sections in mind. Still, it’s not bad. It’s not the most original plot, it’s a pretty standard demon-summoning story, but it’s off to a reasonably good start.

And the non-X-stuff.

Jessica Jones: Purple Daughter #1, by Kelly Thompson, Mattia De Iulis, and Cory Petit. Jessica nearly drowns Kara Killgrave, the Purple Girl. Yay for her! I’ve missed her, she’s great. She and Jessica get along pretty well. They bond a little over hating the Purple Man. Also, the Purple Children show up, from . . . I wanna say the Waid/Samnee Daredevil run? Might have been a different run, I don’t know, I’m too lazy to look. Anyway, this is really good. Jessica is investigating why her daughter turned purple, and it’s really emotionally intense, though still lots of funny bits. It’s a great comic.

Ironheart #2, by Eve Ewing, Luciano Vecchio, Geoffo, Matt Milla, and Clayton Cowles. We find out about a girl from Riri’s past, who looked out for her in high school (when Riri was, like, 8), who’s gone missing. And also, Riri still has PTSD from the drive-by that killed her step-dad and friend. It’s another good issue. Intriguing stuff being set up, some more exploration of Riri’s backstory and what made her the person she is, and the PTSD is a nice touch. I’m really enjoying this.

Black Widow #1, by Jen and Sylvia Soska, Flaviano, Veronica Gandini, and Joe Caramagna. The Soska Sisters are horror filmmakers, which I’m not really into. They’re also Canadian, which I am into. And according to the solicits for this series, Tyger Tiger’s going to be a big part of the first arc, which I am totally into. So I decided to give this book a try. It’s good. The first half has her team up with Captain America to save New Year’s Eve (and there’s a lot of stuff about people still distrusting Cap over Secret Empire), the second half has her head to Madripoor. She puts on an eyepatch, which is amazing. I mean, she rocks it, but you know she’s just screwing with Logan. She’s trolling, she has to be. Anyway, this series looks like it’s going to be dark and messed-up and awesome. I get the impression they want to really delve into how depraved Madripoor is in a way that Logan’s own comics never could. Look, I’ll be up-front: her targets are child molesters. So, yeah, THIS SHIT IS DARK. And it’s off to a great start.

Black Panther #8, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Kev Walker, Stephane Paitreau, and Joe Sabino. T’Challa is not good at following orders, but he is pretty good at being an inspiration.


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