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Review: X-Men: Blue #17

Lost in time, Jean Grey and her team of X-Men must survive long enough to fix what is wrong with the timestream… which isn’t easy with the teens stranded in the not-too-far future. If only there were a similar group of mutant heroes to help them out. Oh, wait! There totally is, the X-Men of 2099!

I generally enjoyed the last issue, the first part of “Cross Time Capers,” but something is off with X-Men: Blue #17 in both story and dialogue. Writer Cullen Bunn has brought back the X-Men of 2099 in an unexpected twist that had me excited as the last issue ended. I remember loving that series back in the day (and the entire 2099 line) though I’m sure if I revisited it I’d be a little let down. So, X-Men 2099, cool. The story that’s presented a bit also cool. There’s something with Alchemex which was taken over the X-Men at some point and honestly I don’t remember much of the original run so it all feels like a new and interesting concept that has me wanting to dare and go back and read the original material. The concepts thrown out there are really neat, but how they’re presented feel a bit choppy with dialogue that is beyond stilted at times.

Bunn has the two teams regroup to asses things and then they’re attacked and there’s a battle with Alchemex but all of it has a flow of an ADD kid who’s missing just enough detail to make things a bit clearer and enjoyable. That isn’t helped by the fact there’s panels of dialogue that feel like they come out of nowhere and just doesn’t fit with what’s going on. The last issue flowed well and this has just way too many bumps on the road to make it as enjoyable and too much thrown out there without enough explanation to really appreciate anything. A dialed back issue with less conflict might have been a better way to go.

The art by R.B. Silva is good but again is missing something compared to last issue. There’s at times too much going on with the scenes too panned out to get a good amount of detail or much emotional oomph from anyone talking or even some of the action.

The issue had so much potential with the re-introduction of X-Men 2099 but things feel squandered and rushed. It’s clearer at the end of the issue that we shouldn’t expect depth instead we’re sort of getting a “this is your life” tour of X moments throughout the decades. That could work as a whole but as individual pieces it misses something until the end is near. Not enough focus creates an issue that’s more nostalgia than anything interesting.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: R.B. Silva
Story: 6.5 Art: 7.4 Overall: 6.75 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

AfterShock Announces It First Anthology Collection, Shock

AfterShock Comics continues to push boundaries by presenting it’s very first anthology collection, Shock, featuring a slew of today’s top writers and artists. Presented in the European Album format (same as the recent Animosity: the Rise hardcover for LCSD), this handsome hardcover features the creative talents of Bill Willingham, Marguerite Bennett, Mike Carey, Jim Starlin, Michael Zulli, Charles Vess, Michael Gaydos, Andy Clarke, Andrew Robinson, Sarah Delaine, Phil Hester, Paul Jenkins, Neil Gaiman, Dalibor Talajic, Travis Moore, Brian Azzarello, Francesco Francavilla, Cullen Bunn, Marc Guggenheim, Frank Tieri, Brian Stelfreeze, and more! Cover art by John Cassaday!

From the multiple Eisner and Harvey Award nominated editor of the classic Negative Burn anthology series.

Shock comes to comic shops March 2018.

Preview: The Damned #6

The Damned #6

(W) Cullen Bunn
(A) Brian Hurtt
(B) Bill Crabtree
(CA) Brian Hurtt with Bill Crabtree
Age Rating: Mature Themes
Genre: Crime/Fantasy
Price: $3.99
Page Count: 32

Eddie has the unfortunate gift of never staying dead. It has come in handy as Eddie walks a tight line between different Prohibition-era mob families, between the demonic and the human, and between our world and the dark afterlife. Yet after years of playing every side in this world of crime and violence, there are those that are determined that Eddie finally stays dead this time around.

Preview: X-Men: Blue #17

X-Men: Blue #17

(W) Cullen Bunn (A) R. B. Silva (CA) Arthur Adams
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 13, 2017
SRP: $3.99

CROSS-TIME CAPERS Part 2
• Lost in time, JEAN GREY and her team of X-MEN must survive long enough to fix what is wrong with the timestream…
• …which isn’t easy with the teens stranded in the not-too-far future. If only there were a similar group of mutant heroes to help them out.
• Oh, wait! There totally is! GUEST-STARRING X-MEN 2099!

Review: X-Men: Blue #16

What do you get you get when you mix five time-displaced teens, a time machine and one fractured timeline?  You get Jean Grey, Scott Summers, Bobby Drake, Hank McCoy, and Warren Worthington III – impromptu time cops!

Now that the crossover with the X-Men: Gold team is done and the battle with Mojo is over, we can return to the Blue team and focus on the issues that matter… time travel craziness and what Magneto is up to!

Writer Cullen Bunn gets right to it as timequake like events are occurring causing individuals to blink out of existence and it has something to do with the displaced X-Men (but the alternate dimension Wolverine and Bloodstorm are ok… and Old Man Logan… and…). This issue is a setup getting us going on the next adventure and it pulls that off really well.

The issue’s pacing and interactions of the characters are key and the issue nails all of that and does it quite well. Scott has a moment with Bloodstorm. Jean has a moment with Hank. Polaris has a cool moment with Angel and James. All of them are good and add to the overall story in some way. They’re generally slice of life type interactions and all of them play into the drama, that when mixed with action, make the X-Men comics great.

There’s definitely some things to question and aren’t explained like the revelation of who Magneto was talking to and how Mojo has set up a television network without anyone pushing back (not even the FCC!?) but they don’t completely derail the comic and will most likely be answered down the road.

The art by Thony Silas is solid. I haven’t thought this series has had the best art up to this point but there’s something here that works and works really well. There’s a good mix of dynamic sequences and poses along with more subdued moments and each are rendered in a solid way. The characters look good, the designs click, it all just looks good.

The series has had a lot of sidequests and distractions but this issue feels like it’s finally finding its way and allowing it to do its own thing. I know there’s another crossover coming down the road with Venom which seems to be the biggest issue of the series but when it’s allowed to focus on what makes it unique, it stands out from the pack. And, that last page. As a fan of a certain group that’s revealed, I can’t wait to see where it all goes from here.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Thony Silas Cover: Arthur Adams
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Dark Ark #3

Something vile is lurking just beneath the surface of the fathomless floodwaters. As the rivalry between the various factions of monsters heats up on Shrae’s Ark, an evil from below rises to threaten every human life on board the vessel.

Writer Cullen Bunn has been building to this moment in a series which spans genres. The first two issues feel like a crime story/murder mystery, just set in Biblical times and on an Ark (not THAT Ark, the other one). This issue though flips that a bit as the murder is revealed and all hell breaks loose.

Dark Ark #3 is curious in that a lot is packed into one issue and what could have played out for another instead happens quickly bringing on new threats. You can get a sense of what has been coming from the previous issue but this feels like a pretty big pivot from the first two. None of that is bad though as the series evolves in some entertaining ways and still has me intrigued as to where it’s all going.

Bunn brings a tension to it all as accusations fly and interrogations are had. While I had suspicions as to who the murder is, it plays out well as Shrae attempts to figure it out and dispense justice, an odd concept considering the boat’s inhabitants. The issue builds though until the eventual reveal and explosion where all hell breaks loose.

Juan Doe‘s art continues to be fantastic and it feels like the art has gotten stronger with each issue. Each monster is unique with lots of personality that makes individuals from the group stand out. The style has grown on me a lot since the first issue and here it’s used to build the tension until the reveal and what happens after.

This issue was… unexpected. I fully expected the murder mystery to play out longer until the eventual confrontation but that wouldn’t be for another issue or two. Instead, things shift in many ways and it has me excited to see what happens next.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Juan Doe
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

AfterShock provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Monsters Unleashed #8

Monsters Unleashed #8

(W) Cullen Bunn (A) Andrea Broccardo (CA) R. B. Silva
Rated T
In Shops: Nov 22, 2017
SRP: $3.99

AND LO, THERE CAME A POISON Part 2
• KID KAIJU has no idea what he’s capable of and now he’s accidentally summoned a POISON FIN FANG FOOM from another dimension.
• How can Kid Kaiju be a hero if he can’t control his powers?
• Continuing from the bombastic pages of VENOMVERSE, this issue will impact Kid Kaiju, his monsters and the Marvel Universe in ways you will never see coming.

Preview: X-Men: Gold #15

X-Men: Gold #15

(W) Cullen Bunn (A) Diego Bernard (CA) Dan Mora
Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 08, 2017
SRP: $3.99

MOJO WORLDWIDE Part 5
• Lights! Camera! Action!
• MOJO continues his takeover of MANHATTAN, broadcasting every battle and tragic loss as KITTY PRYDE and her X-Men struggle to overcome obstacle after obstacle…
• …until it becomes clear that the only option left is to take the fight to MOJOWORLD.

Review: Dark Ark #2

As the floodwaters rise, Shrae’s ark full of fiendish beasts continues on its seemingly endless voyage. But below deck, the matriarch of the naga clan has been viciously slain, and the monstrous voyagers are quick to point clawed fingers to blame each other for the murder. As tensions rise among the monsters, Shrae’s very human family is at risk of becoming victims themselves.

With the first issue of writer Cullen Bunn‘s Dark Ark, I had no idea what to expect, but the series presented a twisted version of Noah’s Ark. A second ark exists, but this one filled with a dark sorcerer and monsters. What’s really intriguing is that with that great concept, Bunn is delivering a series that’s part murder mystery and part political jockeying. And those things together make for an entertaining read.

Dark Ark #2 is the chaos following the murder in the first issue. Who did it? That’s the big question and the monsters are pissed and fighting with each other to figure that out. They’re not happy with the situation and where they are and to some extent blame Shrae about that. Confrontations, finger pointing, lots of fighting, and threats abound and we’re left with a better sense of the factions and politics of the monsters. Throw in this story of the humans on board and things get even more interesting.

I like Juan Doe’s art better in this second issue than the first. It feels a bit cleaner and easier to figure out what’s going on but it keeps the dark tones that help create the chaotic and ominous setting Bunn has created.

Dark Ark has not only impressed me but its exceeded my expectations creating a Biblical horror series that’s also a whodunnit. A great combination that has me sucked in waiting to see what’s next and who the killer is.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Juan Doe Letters: Ryane Hill
Story: 8.35 Art: 8.65 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Review

AfterShock provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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