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Enter the Age of X-Man. An New Take on Age of Apocalypse?

The Age of X-Man dawns…and the X-Men cannot stop it. After the apocalyptic dissolution of the X-Men comes…AGE OF X-MAN! At first glance, this looks like a flip of Age of Apocalypse which saw a future where Apocalypse had won and out of it came the character Nate Grey, X-Man. Is this the flip where Nate Grey rules?

Starting this February, something big for the X-Men!

AGE OF X-MAN: THE MARVELOUS X-MEN #1 (of 5)
Written by LONNIE NADLER & ZAC THOMPSON
Art by MARCO FAILLA
Cover by PHIL NOTO
On Sale 2/6/19

AGE OF X-MAN: NEXTGEN #1 (of 5)
Written by ED BRISSON
Art by MARCUS TO
Cover by CHRIS BACHALO
On Sale 2/13/19

AGE OF X-MAN: THE AMAZING NIGHTCRAWLER #1 (of 5)
Written by SEANAN MCGUIRE
Art by JUAN FRIGERI
Cover by SHANE DAVIS, MICHELLE DELECKI & FEDERICO BLEE
On Sale 2/20/19

AGE OF X-MAN: THE X-TREMISTS #1 (of 5)
Written by LEAH WILLIAMS
Art by GEORGES JEANTY
Cover by RAHZZAH
On Sale 2/27/19

AGE OF X-MAN: PRISONER X #1 (of 5)
Written by VITA AYALA
Art by GERMAN PERALTA
Cover by PATCH ZIRCHER
On Sale 3/6/19

AGE OF X-MAN: APOCALYPSE AND THE X-TRACTS #1 (of 5)
Written by TIM SEELEY
Art by SALVA ESPIN
Cover by GERARDO SANDOVAL
On Sale 3/13/19

Review: Iceman #1

Iceman is back from writer Sina Grace with new series artist Nathan Stockman and colorist Federico Blee. In the first issue of the new series, Grace and Stockman indulge in a little team-up action (and jog down memory lane for X-Men fans of the late 1980s) as Iceman and Bishop work together to prevent a new mutant massacre of the Morlocks. They have a really quirky dynamic with Bishop playing the serious focused on several possible futures, and Iceman being the one with the bad jokes and clunky Kanye references. However, Grace gives Bobby a little more self-awareness than the previous volume where he was just coming into his own as both a gay man and omega level mutant and trying to balance coming out to his parents and his first real boyfriend. In Iceman #1, he’s still developing as a person, but is a little more self-assured, which makes the book a little more fun.

Speaking of fun, Iceman #1 has some seriously action-packed setpieces courtesy of Nathan Stockman and Federico Blee beginning with a literal cold open where Bobby saves an old lady from a homophobic bad guy in Hell’s Kitchen while trying to meet a cute guy. (Oops, I have to put a dollar in the clunky dad joke jar.) One thing I love about heroes like Spider-Man is the intersection between their personal life, especially romance, and superhero action, and Grace and Stockman really get that dynamic with a gay superhero. It’s also seriously empowering to see a queer superhero kick a homophobic bad dude’s ass by completely encasing him in ice. And as a humorous cherry on top, pulling out an ice “glass” slipper on the dance floor made me laugh and cringe. Northstar really needs to give him dating lessons. This opening sequence really sets the tone for the first issue with Grace and Stockman, who seamlessly transition from fight scene to conversation without losing momentum handling everything from a main villain reveal to a text message conversation between Bobby and Kitty with style and grace.

Iceman #1 shows again why having an actual gay writer on an X-Book makes the X-Men as LGBTQ people more nuanced and powerful. In this case, there is the Morlocks. Sina Grace uses them as a metaphor for LGBTQ folks who don’t want to pass as straight or assimilate into a patriarchal, heteronormative society. That’s totally cool as Bobby begins to understand after a short conversation about why they don’t join the revolving door of the Xavier School. I also like how Grace refers to the Morlocks home as a “safe space” instead of creepy tunnels or whatever like previous writers.

However, in the context of the story, the Morlocks’ separatism and non-conformity leads to them being targeted by Mr. Sinister and the Marauders, who think they are hampering upward mutant mobility. At best, they’re the Marvel Universe version of Log Cabin Republicans, and at worse, they’re the “no fats, no femmes” guys on Grindr. To give them a little more real world relevance, Grace even makes the new look Marauders organize via the not so nice parts of the Internet like real hate groups. And Mr. Sinister is kind of a perfect villain for Bobby because he’s all about finding the perfect genetic potential, which Bobby kind of is as an ice golem creating omega level mutant.

Just like its protagonist at times, Iceman #1 is a highly confident start to Sina Grace, Nathan Stockman, and Federico Blee’s new series. It gives Bobby both a personal life as well as integrating him into the X-Men as a team, has well laid out action, and the most groan-worthy of dad jokes plus quirky banter between him and Bishop. As an added bonus, Grace writes the Morlocks with respect and empathy transforming them into badasses, who fight for their home and friends and won’t conform to society’s standards instead of empty cannon fodder like in the original “Mutant Massacre” story.

Story: Sina Grace Art: Nathan Stockman
Colors: Federico Blee Letters: Joe Sabino

Story: 8.8 Art: 8.2 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Asgardians of the Galaxy #1

Out this Wednesday is a new team of Asgardian misfits, Asgardians of the Galaxy!

Asgardians of the Galaxy #1 is by Cullen Bunn, Matteo Lolli, Federico Blee, Cory Petit, Dale Keown, Jason Keith, Humberto Ramos, Edgar Delgado, Cliff Chiang, Skottie Young, Nick Russell, Sarah Brunstad, and Wil Moss.

The issue comes to shelves September 5th. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Preview: Charismagic Vol. 3 #6

CHARISMAGIC VOL 3 #6

Vince Hernandez – Story / Joey Vazquez – Art / Federico Blee, Enricka Eren Argiolini, Omi Remalante Jr., and Valentina Taddeo – Colors / Zen – Lettering

The forces of magic have returned—and this time no magical being is safe!

All bets are off as the Magic Harvester’s plan to eliminate all magical beings– and humans in the process—and start over with a new civilization is set into motion. Only Hank, Sudana and their allies hold a fighting chance to save the world of magic from imminent doom in this epic finale to Charismagic volume three!

Charismagic Vol. 3 #6 is written by Vince Hernandez, with art by Joey Vazquez, colors by Federico Blee, Enricka Eren Argiolini, Omi Remalante Jr., and Valentina Taddeo, and letters by Zen.

CHARISMAGIC VOL 3 #6 is in stores July 11th, 2018!

FC 32 pages $3.99

Preview: Charismagic Vol. 3 #5

CHARISMAGIC VOL 3 #5

Vince Hernandez – Story  / Joey Vazquez – Art / Jesse Heagy, Federico Blee – Colors

The forces of magic have returned—and this time no magical being is safe!

The Magic Harvester watches as his goliaths set out across the globe to destroy whole cities. Meanwhile, Hank utilizes the Druid Kelroy’s abilities to reunite with Sudana, as the group decides to make one final push to rescue the world from the clutches of magic’s most deadly being ever!

CHARISMAGIC VOL 3 #5 is in stores June 6th, 2018!

FC                               32 pages                                  $3.99

Preview: Shrugged Vol. 3 #4

SHRUGGED VOL 3 #4

Frank Mastromauro – Story  / Andre Risso – Art / Valentina Taddeo, Erick Arciniega, and Federico Blee – Colors / Letters by Taylor Esposito

Volume three of Aspen’s hit series’ Shrugged keeps on truckin!

It’s a clash of astronomical proportions as the Elysians and Nefarians battle it out for control of Perspecta! Meanwhile, Theo and Thom struggle to save Kiori, but does she really need to be saved…or are they the ones in deep trouble?!?

SHRUGGED VOL 3 #4 is in stores May 30th, 2018!

 FC                               32 pages                                  $3.99

Review: X-Men The Wedding Special #1

Full disclaimer: for a long time, Kitty Pryde was my all time favorite Marvel superhero thanks to her awesomeness in X-Men Evolution and Joss Whedon and John Cassaday’s Astonishing X-Men run, and there is a Marvel Legends figure of her sitting on my bookshelf right now as I write this.

Even though Kelly Thompson, Marika Cresta, and Federico Blee end up almost saving the day with a fun tale of X-Women out on the town with pretty, shiny art to match, X-Men The Wedding Special #1 is a big stinker of a “special issue.” Greg Land’s stiff art style isn’t a good fit for a raucous bachelor party, Chris Claremont can’t rekindle his old magic, and this book doesn’t really have much for long time X-Men fans who might be a little lapsed (Like yours truly.) and definitely not new or casual fans. Why are Kitty and Piotr even getting married? Maybe, the X-Men Gold  hardcore readership will find something to love here.

In the first story, Kitty Pryde’s co-creator/father of the X-Men Chris Claremont returns to Marvel with his Nightcrawler collaborator Todd Nauck and skilled colorist Rachelle Rosenberg.  However, after having Nauck re-draw Kitty’s greatest hits courtesy of John Byrne, Dave Cockrum, John Romita Jr., Alan Davis, and others, he makes the story all about Kitty’s relationships with the dead men in her life, namely, her dad, Wolverine, and some guy from a 1999 time travel miniseries called X-Men True Friends. Claremont is a still verbose prose stylist, Rosenberg is game with the bright colors of the different eras, and Nauck turns in some gorgeous dualistic compositions contrasting the triumphs and trials of Kitty Pryde’s life as an X-Man.

But there isn’t really a coherent story to channel these skills and traits into as Claremont abruptly cuts from Kitty recounting her life story and feelings about being phased through a bullet (Thank you, Joss Whedon.) to randomly talking about Wolverine and the aforementioned guy from a time travel story. Plus I guess I missed the issue of X-Men Gold where she worked as a bartender at the Hellfire Club themed branch of Coyote Ugly as Claremont and Nauck cut to this, and Nightcrawler has some great lines about faith and facing challenges. There are a few good ingredients, a few bad ones, and sadly, the story doesn’t touch on the great female friendships (and possibly romances) that Claremont set up for Kitty with Magik, Storm, and Rachel Summers among others and focused on ghostly men instead. It’s like a great slice of Chicago deep dish (Shoutout to Deerfield, Illinois resident Kitty Pryde.) that’s completely burnt to a crisp too bogged down in a continuity to have any real emotion or even nostalgia.

The second story by X-Men Gold writer Marc Guggenheim, the aforementioned Land and inker Jay Leisten, and colorist Jason Keith tells the story of Colossus’ bachelor party and except for the part where Piotr throws an anti-mutant alien monster around a casino, it’s cliched, heteronormative, and just plain bad. In keeping with his introverted nature and desire to be faithful towards Kitty after decades of breakups, reunions, and the original Secret Wars crossover, Colossus wants a chill night out and not the typical strippers/booze/brawling trifecta of a normal bachelor party. But Nightcrawler, Gambit, Iceman, and the “boyo” overusing new-look Pyro have other ideas for him including Bobby lecturing Piotr on traditional masculinity and making me glad that Sina Grace had almost exclusive creative control over him for a year. The story follows a limp, through line of getting Colossus to “lighten up”, and you have to buy a whole other comic to see how the story ends. It’s pretty terrible except for the huge smile on Nightcrawler’s face as he ushers his squad into Las Vegas and beams that there is a casino run by demons so he doesn’t have to feel weird or different while having a good time for once. Kurt is such a great character that he shines even in subpar stories like the first two in X-Men Wedding Special #1.

The final story in X-Men Wedding Special #1 is a fun, cute, grownup version of the “X-Men go to the mall” plotline as Storm, Rogue, Jean Grey, Psylocke, and others take Kitty to karaoke, which is actually “stripperoke”. However, there are both male and female strippers at the club, which Kitty is cool with. And it’s also this issue’s only nod at the bisexual subtext surrounding her since the late 1980s. In a similar way to Piotr, Kitty is introverted and more than a little Type A so the cocktail of strippers and karaoke is pretty lethal for her, and she spends most of the issue hoping for a fight.

Kitty does end up doing hand to hand combat with Callisto, who I think had a crush on Colossus, in the 1980s, and her resolves shows how much she has grown in 38 years from the X-Men’s kid sister to their leader. It also shows that artist (and star in waiting) Marika Cresta has a knack for fight sequences as well as conversation, beautiful faces, and high fashion. The bright filters used by Federico Blee and soft lighting definitely give this issue a very laidback field even if Kitty is freaking out a little bit about her wedding. The Kitty/Callisto derails the story a little bit, but Thompson and Cresta easily counterbalance with great moments like Storm rocking the karaoke stage, and Rogue and Kitty having a true heart to heart that reminded me of a more mature version of their bond in X-Men Evolution.

X-Men Wedding Special definitely lessened my faith in the marriage between Kitty and Colossus as well as heterosexual, monogamous marriage as an institution in general. Okay, maybe not completely, but the Marc Guggenheim and Greg Land story is a great example of how bachelor parties are dated and played out. However, Marika Cresta is a real find as an artist in the final story and should definitely be the main artist on one of the big X or Marvel books.

Story: Chris Claremont, Marc Guggenheim, Kelly Thompson
Art: Todd Nauck, Greg Land with Jay Leisten, Marika Cresta
Colors: Rachelle Rosenberg, Jason Keith, Federico Blee Letters: Clayton Cowles

Story: 5.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 5.0 Recommendation: Pass

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Review: She-Hulk Vol. 3: Jen Walters Must Die

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got Jen Walters aka She-Hulk!

She-Hulk Vol. 3: Jen Walters Must Die collects issues #159-163 by Mariko Tamaki, Jahnoy Lindsay, Diego Olortegui, Federico Blee, and Chris Sotomayor.

Get your copy in comic shops today and in book stores May 15. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Preview: X-Men: Blue #26

X-Men: Blue #26

Story: Cullen Bunn
Art: R. B. Silva
Ink: Adriano Di Benedetto
Color: Rain Beredo
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Art: Mike Choi, Federico Blee
Graphic Designers: Jay Bowen, Anthony Gambino
Group Editor: Jordan D. White
Editor: Darren Shan
Assistant Editor: Chris Robinson
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 25, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Cry Havok Part 4
• Project: Mothervine has been unleashed, and new mutants are emerging all over the world!
• Even though these new mutants cannot control their powers, MISS SINISTER can!
• A new team of X-MEN stand against the WHITE QUEEN, HAVOK, BASTION and MISS SINISTER!

Preview: Avengers #687

Avengers #687

Story: Mark Waid, Al Ewing, Jim Zub
Art: Paco Medina
Ink: Juan Vlasco
Color: Jesus Aburtov, Federico Blee
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover: Mark Brooks
Variant Covers: Chris Sprouse, Karl Story & Marcio Menyz, Jamal Campbell
Graphic Design: Carlos Lao
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Assistant Editor: Alanna Smith
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 04, 2018
SRP: $3.99

THE AVENGERS WEEKLY EPIC CONTINUES!
NO SURRENDER Part 13
The Avengers confront the traitor in their midst – but as the Earth begins to fall apart around them, their greatest enemy may be their best chance at survival.

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