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Review: X-Men: The Exterminated #1

In the aftermath of Extermination, the X-Men mourn for their fallen brother, Cable. But no one is taking it harder than his adopted daughter, Hope Summers. Will Hope be able to cope with the loss, or will she be led down a dark path that she won’t be able to return from? Only Jean Grey can save Hope from herself! Plus, celebrate the life of Nathan Summers with a story from his past by Chris Claremont!

Cable is dead, sort of, during the events of “Extermination” having been killed by his younger self. And, not surprising, “post event” (the last issue of Extermination hasn’t been released yet) we get an issue mourning the loss of the character. Broken into two stories, X-Men: The Exterminated is an ok follow up but lacks, something. Having read it, I walked away having just spent the 15 minutes of my time and instantly the comic was pretty forgettable. It’s not that it’s bad, it’s just not memorable in any way. There’s no revelation. There’s not even much emotion. It’s just a safe comic that feels like a box checked off more than anything.

The first story follows Hope and Jean Grey as they set off to close down Cables various hideouts. Hope of course has a mission of her own that’s very predictable. The two go back and forth about what Cable meant to Hope and the banter feels like it’s more about Hope’s absence from comics more than her time with Cable. There’s much left on the table such as Hope sort of being Jean Grey’s granddaughter in a way and where Hope has been. Jean shows little emotion in the mourning and Hope comes off a bit cold beyond the anger she shows at Bishop and Deadpool, two characters who have a lot of history with Cable as well. Out of it all, Deadpool is the one who delivers the most emotional bit laying his cards on the table in a way. Writers Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler seem to not shake the tree much in an way and the script is fairly predictable in its end. It’s a story that’s both emotionless and without much point beyond answering the question about what happened to all of Cable’s technology and weapons?

The art by Neil Edwards with color by David Ramos and lettering by Joe Sabino too is forgettable. Again, it’s not bad but much like the story itself nothing stands out. The settings are generic sci-fi. There’s a mention of Cable enjoying cyberpunk but what’s presented doesn’t feel much like that. The environments have the minimal detail at no point emphasizing how much there really is or at least how much could get out and do some damage.

The second story reflects on a bit after Cable, Nathan, is born where his parents head to Alaska for some relaxation. It rewrites some of the comic history but it’s interesting mostly for the return of classic X-Men scribe Chris Claremont. The story itself has its touching moments but again misses any real interest. What’s most fascinating is the perspective of the narrative of the story being told. Nothing said or shown is vital and it all feels like its been included because it deals with baby Cable and fits the first story’s theme of parents and their kids (on a couple of levels).

The art by Ramon Rosanas with color by Nolan Woodard and lettering by Joe Sabino is ok with a throwback quality to it all. The comic feels like it could have fit into the late 80s or early 90s as far as style and would have fit being a backup story then.

The comic as a whole is ok. It never feels like it really honors Cable and by the end you’re left with muttering “that’s it?”. Nothing is vital and again this feels more like a checking of the box than anything else. There isn’t some deep thought about who Cable is or his impact on X history, instead it’s a very surface level experience that lacks any real emotion or depth.

Story: Zac Thompson, Lonnie Nadler, Chris Claremont
Art: Neil Edwards, Ramon Rosanas
Color: Jay David Ramos, Nolan Woodard Lettering: Joe Sabino
Story: 6.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

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Review: X-Men: Gold Vol. 7 God War

Kitty Pryde has left Colossus at the altar and the X-Men are shaken in the aftermath. X-Men: Gold Vol. 7 God War focuses on the days after the wedding and loss from various characters’ perspectives.

X-Men: Gold Vol. 7 God War features issues #31-36 and Annual #1 from Marc Guggenheim, Leah Williams, Monty Nero, Pere Perez, Michele Bandini, Simone Buonfantino, Giovanni valletta, Djibril Morissette-Phan, Alitha E. Martinez, Craig Yeung, Jay David Ramos, Matt Milla, Erick Arciniega, Dono Sanchez-Almara, and Michael Garland.

Get your copy in comic shops today and book stores on December 11! 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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Review: The Black Order #1

The breakout characters from Avengers: Infinity War are getting their own limited series picking up from Avengers: No Surrender.

Written by Derek Landy, with art by Phillip Tan, ink by Marc Deering, Guillermo Ortega, Le Beau Underwood, color by Jay David Ramos, and lettering by VC’ Clayton Cowles, the villains take the spotlight!

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Preview: X-Men: Blue #24

X-Men: Blue #24

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Jorge Molina
Color: Matt Milla, Jay David Ramos Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover: Jorge Molina
Graphic Designer: Jay Bowen, Anthony Gambino
X-Men Group Editor: Mark Paniccia Editor: Darren Shan Assistant Editor: Chris Robinson
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 28, 2018
SRP: $3.99

CRY HAVOK Part 2
• The X-MEN are missing, but MAGNETO mobilizes against his enemies! His first target: SEBASTIAN SHAW!
• What lengths will MAGNETO go to uncover his enemies’ secrets?
• Meanwhile, JIMMY HUDSON and BLOODSTORM face the MALICE-possessed POLARIS!

Review: X-Men Blue #23

626719__SX1280_QL80_TTD_With the X-Men lost in space, Emma Frost, Havok, Bastion and Miss Sinister hatch their devious plans!  Is there a worse time for their most dangerous enemies to strike?  And wouldn’t it make matters much, much worse if Polaris once again fell victim to the body-stealing Malice?

The X-Men are off in space, in what I think is a very boring story involving Venom and symbiotes. With them gone, Magneto isn’t just sitting around waiting for his charges to return. X-Men #23 has Emma Frost has teamed up with Bastion, Miss Sinister, and Havok to create some sort of technology or biological means for mutants to be granted a secondary mutation. It’s a revelation that has me wondering if I missed something in past issues.

Writer Cullen Bunn brings us a comic that really had me feeling like I missed something and just drops the reader smack into the middle of the grand villainous plan. Maybe I’m just used to some build up, or at least some hints in previous issues that something is cooking, but here we are. It just felt like a lot of information to take in, crammed into a few panels, and really should have been laid out over a few issues.

And I was very excited to see Polaris becoming more visible in this book, as she is one of my favorite characters, but it doesn’t take Bunn long to have me rolling my eyes and ends this issue with something that happens way too easily. I don’t want to say what and ruin it but any long time X-Men fans will probably feel as let down as I was by the turn of events. I just don’t appreciate how weak it makes the character look and how easily things turn.

On a positive, I enjoyed the art done by Jorge Molina with colors by Matt Milla and Jay David Ramos. The characters look good, there’s movement and expression on their faces. I can’t say anything bad about it. It’s just solid art that unfortunately doesn’t save this issue from the story.

Overall, as you probably have guessed, I was not overly impressed with this issue. This new story feels rushed and crammed into a few panels, and a lot of players are thrown into this pretty quickly. The art is nice to look at, but it doesn’t really do much to alleviate the feeling of my head spinning after taking everything in. I’m all for a good story and lining up some great villains, but I prefer a build up and not just dumping everything out in a few pages and saying “here you go! process…”  Here’s hoping things slow down a bit next issue.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Jorge Molina
Color: Matt Milla, Jay David Ramos Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover: Jorge Molina Variant: Clayton Crain
Story: 5.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Pass

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Preview: X-Men: Blue #23

X-Men: Blue #23

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Jorge Molina
Color: Matt Milla, Jay David Ramos Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover: Jorge Millina Variant: Clayton Crain
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 14, 2018
SRP: $3.99

CRY HAVOK Part 1
• With the X-MEN lost in space, EMMA FROST, HAVOK, BASTION and MISS SINISTER hatch their devious plans!
• Is there a worse time for their most dangerous enemies to strike?
• And wouldn’t it make matters much, much worse if POLARIS once again fell victim to the body-stealing MALICE?

Review: Jean Grey #1

STL043696.jpgIf you’re keeping up with the other happenings in the vast, somewhat convoluted, and complex X-Men universe then you know all about the time jumping, still very much alive, younger, Phoenixless (for now) Jean Grey who is now roaming free with some other time jumping younger self X-Men in the present. If you’re not aware, I’ve pretty much caught you up on the back story behind this latest upgrade/reboot of canon infallible characters and we can continue to go into what works and what doesn’t in this new “reboot” of the classic Jean Grey.

In this debut issue, Dennis Hopeless gives us a look into how the time jacked Jean Grey is dealing with her new life, knowing of her past life that hasn’t happened, and trying to figure out where she belongs. Hopeless does something that most male writers don’t do, he tries to create a real inner dialogue for Jean and give her not only autonomy but complexity. Even her missteps while trying to thwart some super powered bad guys comes off as authentic and real for the character in the situation. There’s also a sense of agency and wonder infused into her thoughts and words. You are aware that she has no idea how to handle any of the things that she’s been thrust into but at no point does Hopeless make her appear weak or lacking.

Victor Ibanez delivers some very nice art to look at. Jean’s face is soft, youthful, uncertain and full of detail. The panels were all a cross between traditional 80’s comics and some nice pop art. The panels that Jean appears in vacillate between making her sharp and in focus when she’s in control and living her life or winning a battle, to having her appear jagged and small when she feels out of control or is losing. It’s these small details that pull you into this comic book. Ibanez’s style in this issue adds tension, creates longing, and in some panels hope which serves the story well and pulls the reader into Jean’s world. Jay David Ramos‘ color palette adds an extra layer to the story, it’s not too bold but, it’s not muted either. Ramos uses colors that you can easily associate with Jean’s mood and actions, the colors just are which work well in the context of the story of a young girl trying to make sense of things. The panels tell the same story as Hopeless’ words, the story of a girl making her own way and add a visual dimension to the story that makes it easy to relate to her situation.

Hopeless’ writing makes Jean feel like a real person and in some ways, gives her more autonomy than her previous versions had. She seems real, not guided by the men around her. She never feels like a damsel in distress, even when she’s fighting the bad guys on her own and, she never stops trying to figure it all out, in her own way on her own terms. Hopeless allows Jean to make mistakes and grow as a person, a mutant, a member of the team and, as a young woman, and even with the suspense of the ominous ending of this premier issue leaving the hairs on the back of my neck standing up, I feel like Jean is in good hands and I look forward to seeing with this arc and this version of Jean goes.

Story: Dennis Hopeless Art: Victor Ibanez and Jay David Ramos
Story: 8.7 Art: 8.6 Overall: 8.6 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: The Unworthy Thor #5

We finally get the answer to what did Fury whispered to Odinson. I will say first off, it felt very anticlimactic, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad. Like a lot of comic book moments, this felt very hyped and dragged out, but when we got to the payoff, I was scratching my head.

I won’t spoil The Unworthy Thor #5 for people who have not read it, but let’s just say it wasn’t the big moment I thought we would get, especially with an awesome writer like Jason Aaron. This could pay off down the road, so I will wait and see before I rush to judgment on that, but I just wanted more.

The Unworthy Thor #5 brings this miniseries of Odinson to a close, but it is far from the end of his story. There is a lot of setup in this issue for what seems like things that will happen down the road with Thanos, Hela, Death, that other hammer, and even The Collector. Things don’t wrap up neatly, but that is okay, because sometimes they shouldn’t. However, I still felt like I was left wanting so much more. Whether that be another issue or two, or a jaw-dropping conclusion.

Even with my slight disappointment with the ending of this series, I still enjoyed this book. It was fun to have Odinson back, while also not casting Jane out (though who knows what will happen down the road). From drinking mead to trying to rescue his home world from The Collector, to fighting talking dogs, to The Black Order, Thanos, and hanging with the best horse in the galaxy, Beta Ray Bill, I enjoyed the journey. The Mighty Thor is one of my favorite Marvel books each month, so I hope to see Odinson show up and continue his adventure next to Jane very soon.

The art by Olivier Coipel, Kim Jacinto, and Pascale Alixe has a fantasy feel to it that fits the world and lore very well. Even as we travel across space the book never loses that feeling. You truly get the feeling that this book is for Gods beating each other up, and the art depicts that in a very biblical way. The colors by Mat Lopes and Jay David Ramos bring everything to life with bright yet muted tones. It adds to the art to make a very unique and interesting style. Everything has a soft, almost dream-like feel to it.

I may not be satisfied with what was whispered to Odinson, but I did enjoy this issue. The whisper is still something that makes sense to the overall story, and still works quite well. Sometimes my expectations can be so high, that I can feel let down, but I would still recommend this comic to any fan of Odinson, Jane, someone who read Original Sin, or anyone looking for fun god fights. I mean, Beta Ray Bill is in this book, and that should be reason enough to buy it. So I will say in conclusion, that this book is worthy of a purchase. I will see myself out!

Story: Jason Aaron Art: Olivier Coipel, Kim Jacinto and Pascale Alixe
Color: Mat Lopes & Jay David Ramos
Story: 7.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

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Marvel Weekly Graphic Novel Review: Carnage USA, Death of X, and X-Factor

It’s Wednesday which means new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. We’ve got three volumes from Marvel covering some of their newer releases.

Carnage U.S.A. collecting issues #1-5 by Zeb Wells and Clayton Crain.

Death of X collecting issues #1-4 by Jeff Lemire, Charles Soule, Aaron Kuder, Javier Garron, Jay Leisten, Cam Smith, Scott Hanna, Morry Hollowell, Jay David Ramos, Jason Keith, Wil Quintana, Matt Milla, and Andrew Crossley.

X-Factor Epic Collection: Genesis & Apocalypse collecting Avengers #263, Fantastic Four #286, X-Factor #1-9 & Annual #1, Iron Man Annual #8, Amazing Spider-Man #282, and material from Classic X-Men #8 & #43.

Find out what each trade has in store and whether you should grab yourself a copy. You can find all three in comic stores March 1 and bookstores March 14.

Get your copies now. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Carnage U.S.A.
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Death of X
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

X-Factor Epic Collection: Genesis & Apocalypse
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

 

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Review: Death of X #2

death-of-x-2It’s going down in issue #2 of the 4 part Death of X. If you’re coming in late to the party the short version of what you’ve missed is this: The Inhumans and The X-Men are getting ready to throw down in a clash of the titans style battle royale! On the surface it makes little to no sense but, if you stick with it, it might just be the shake up that the multiverse needs. It starts of post-Secret Wars and happens before IvX. The guiding force for this mini arc is all about what sets off the battle and where are Cyclops and Frost are.

Death of X #2 starts off on the Inhumans base. Storm and a small team of X-men are there to figure out what the Inhumans know about the terrigen cloud that has the power to kill or sicken most of the mutants with the X-Gene. Storm being overly honest tells the Inhumans about their reservations and uncertainty about what the Inhumans knew and didn’t. After being assured that the Inhumans aren’t behind the terrigen cloud Storm and her team head off to Madrid to warn others and evacuate the mutants. Medusa is offended by the assumption that her and her team had anything to do with any of this and feels conflicted over the allegation.

Medusa is concerned over the repercussions of the mutants thinking that the terrigen cloud was an attack, especially the powerful ones and, although they want peace she is prepared to fight and win a war. Cyclops goes on the offensive and sends a mental message to all citizens of Earth alerting them that the terrigen that the Inhumans put into earths atmosphere kills mutants and it doesn’t just help the Inhumans to survive on our planet. He calls for an all out rejection of the Inhumans and offers the X-mens protection to the people of earth.

Meanwhile in Madrid Gorgon and Flint are sent down by Crystal to calm the mass panic that Scott’s telepathic missive has created. Cylcops message has eaten up the time that the Inhumans had to evacuate the mutants to keep them safe and with very little time gorgon and Flint have no choice but to go to plan B and attempt to move the cloud. Storm shows up to help them in their efforts since their powers alone are not strong enough to move the cloud.

Back on Muir Island Colossus shows up to console his sister. She fears that the Inhumans won’t ever completely destroy the terrigen since they need it to fuel their powers and that its existence could end all of the X-men. They know a peace is needed with the Inhumans but, with everything that Scott and Emma have done, they’re not sure a peace is possible. Scott and Emma have assembled a mutant army.

The X-Men and Inhuman mash-up in Madrid is headed for disaster as the Inhumans plan to put everyone in Madrid, mutants included to sleep to squash the chaos and panic, a plan that will certainly add more stress to Inhuman and mutant relations. Not hearing back from Storm causes Scott to assume her and her team are dead and he decides their best course of action is to go after the Inhumans with everything they’ve got. Unfortunately for us fans, we have to wait a bit to see how this shakes out but, I have high hopes for the battle to come.

Charles Soule and Jeff Lemire tell a gripping story and the writing draws the reader in to a a leak world with what I’m sure will have a sad ending no matter who wins and how things shake out. The characters are well written and their motivations are clear and base level real. The survival instinct is strong within this issue and so far, within the stor arc itself. We find a faction of the X-men acting counter to their usual actions and more inline with the human reaction to mutants when they first stepped on the scene. The way that Charles and Jeff handle all of this is sure to cause some discomfort among fans but, it’ll also make way for more detailed and in depth story lines that dig up some very real emotions to surface.

Aaron Kuder ‘s art work works well with the grimness of the story and Morry Hollowell and Jay David Ramos ‘s coloring makes the story feel more like a mini live action drama adding a much needed level to the story. The art feels just as much a part of the story as the writing. The rich color palette and strong bright tweak of color when mutant (or Inhuman) powers are activated is a brilliant touch.

Overall this was a page turner and well worth a read. it is more than just a place holder or an expository link in the overall story line chain, it is a full fledged stand alone part of the universe and it has earned its place in the timeline as a great and gripping story with a lot of action, complex characters and motives and beautiful art.

Story : Charles Soule and Jeff Lemire Art: Aaron Kuder
Colorists: Morry Hollowell and Jay David Ramos

Story 9.3 Art: 8.9 Overall: 9.4 Recommendation: Buy

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