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A NEW Phoenix Five Themed Update for Marvel Future Fight

Today, the Phoenix Force emerges from the ashes in Netmarble’s new update for their popular Super Hero mobile game MARVEL Future FightAgents will now be able to suit up with all-new characters, leverage their uniforms to conquer the latest Danger Room dungeon and much more.

MARVEL Future Fight’s Phoenix Five update introduces Kitty Pryde, Rachel Summers, and Kid Omega as they join the battle to save the universe. Phoenix Five-themed uniforms are also now available for Agents to collect.

In addition, today’s update introduces the Danger Room, a brand-new real-time player versus environment (PvE) dungeon where players enjoy 3-on-3 team battles. The goal is to fight in teams and eliminate the final Boss first before the opposing team. Exclusive growth system and character for the Danger Room will be added in the update as well.

Other additions and improvements to MARVEL Future Fight include:

  • Cyclops can be upgraded to Tier-3, with new added ultimate skills.
  • The ‘Realize Potential’ feature can now be unlocked for Kitty Pryde, Rachel Summers, Kid Omega and Cyclops.
  • Improved Alliance Tournament by refraining from tie scores so that winning alliance and MVP are clearly selected.

MARVEL Future Fight celebrated its four-year anniversary with over 100 million players across the world. The game is currently available worldwide in the App Store and Google Play.

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Coming This Summer from Diamond Select Toys: Bruce Lee, Kingdom Hearts 3 and More!

2019 is almost here, and Diamond Select Toys is already gearing up for summer! With six months to go until swimsuit season, Diamond Select Toys is offering pre-orders on a bunch of great items, based on Bruce Lee, DC Comics, Kingdom Hearts, Marvel Comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Read on for details, then pre-order through your local comic shop, or your favorite online retailer!

Bruce Lee Gallery Water PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Be water, my friend! The Bruce Lee line of Gallery PVC dioramas kicks off with this 9-inch scale sculpture of the legend executing one of his trademark forms. Depicting his arms in motion, with a sculptural effect never before seen in the Gallery line, this piece represents the strength and grace of the martial arts legend. Sculpture comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Nelson X. Asencio, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! (Item #DEC182502, SRP: $45.00)

DC Comic Gallery Flash PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The DC Gallery line is picking up speed! This 9-inch scale PVC diorama of the Flash racing across a wave is the latest in the DC Gallery line. Made from high-quality plastic, this detailed sculpture delivers the look of a resin statue at a fraction of the price, and is in scale to all Gallery and Femme Fatales PVC dioramas. Flash Fact: It comes packaged in a full-color window box! Designed by Caesar. Sculpted by Joe Menna. (Item #DEC182503, SRP: $45.00)

DC Comic Gallery Dark Nights Metal Dawnbreaker PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! In brightest day, in blackest night, no goodness shall escape his sight! The next member of the Dark Knights to join the DC Gallery line is the Bruce Wayne of Earth -32, the Dawnbreaker! Possessing a power ring and an all-consuming darkness, the Dawnbreaker floats above a cloud of green energy bats in this highly detailed PVC diorama. Sculpted in a 9-inch scale, the sculpture is in scale to all Gallery and Femme Fatales figures and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar and sculpted by Alterton. (Item #DEC182504, SRP: $45.00)

Legends in 3D Comic Marvel Spider-Gwen ½ Scale Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Ghost Spider strikes! The breakout spider-hero breaks into the Legends in 3 Dimensions line as the newest half-scale resin bust. Measuring approximately 10 inches tall atop a webbed-up pillar base, Spider-Gwen is limited to only 1,000 pieces, and comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Joe Menna! (Item #DEC182510, – SRP: $150.00)


Legends in 3D Video Game Kingdom Hearts 3 Sora 1/2 Scale Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Kingdom Hearts is bigger than ever, and now so is Sora! The hero of the upcoming Kingdom Hearts 3 joins the Legends in 3 Dimensions line as the next half-scale resin bust! Measuring approximately 10 inches tall, Sora is limited to only 1,000 pieces, and comes packaged in a hand-numbered, full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item #DEC182505, SRP: $150.00)

Marvel Comic Gallery Angela PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! She’s no angel! The Asgardian sister of Thor, having defeated her brother in battle, now takes on the Marvel Gallery line of PVC dioramas! Standing on a crystal-sprouting rock formation, Angela prepares to draw her sword and commence what is sure to be another victory. Measuring approximately 10” tall, this PVC sculpture comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Uriel Caton, sculpted by Alejandro Pereira. (Item #DEC182506, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Comic Premier Collection Kitty Pryde Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! One of the premier X-Men joins the Premier Collection! Kitty Pryde, the occasionally immaterial team leader of the X-Men Gold team, phases through a metal panel with her dragon Lockheed on her arm in this approximately 10” statue. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, it comes packaged in a hand-numbered, full-color window box with a certificate of authenticity. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Alejandro Pereira. (Item #DEC182507, SRP: $150.00)

Marvel Movie Gallery Ebony Maw PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Black Order is here! Joining his fellow acolyte of Thanos, Corvus Glaive, the sadistic telekinetic Ebony Maw is the next Marvel Gallery PVC Diorama! Holding up a finger to hush any who would defy the will of Thanos, Ebony Maw stands approximately 10” tall atop a diorama base and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Cortes Studios. (Item #DEC182508, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Netflix Premier Collection Elektra Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! The love of Matt Murdock’s life, she is also his deadliest enemy! A formidable match for the hero Daredevil when she was on the side of good, as the Black Sky she became nearly unbeatable. This approximately 10-inch scale resin statue captures her as she appeared on the Netflix TV series Daredevil and is limited to only 3,000 pieces. She comes packaged in a hand-numbered, full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Cortes Studios. (Item #DEC182509, SRP: $150.00)

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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It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below!

The Beat – David Brothers joins Viz as an Editor – Very interesting move.

Newsarama – Strangers in Paradise Revival Coming Even Earlier Than Anticipated – Hells yes!!!

Newsarama – Kitty Pryde Film In Development With Deadpool Director – Report – Who’s excited?

 

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Comic Attack – Batman and the Signal #1

The Beat – Geis

Review: Iceman #2

In Iceman #2, Bobby survives an awkward Blackbird ride with his ex-girlfriend Kitty Pryde on a mission to save a power/technology altering powered mutant named Zachary from an angry mob outside a big box store. What he doesn’t survive is the presence of fill-in artists Edgar Salazar, Ibraim Roberson, and Ed Tadeo, who pinch hit for Alessandro Vitti after a single issue. Writer Sina Grace gets the highly awkward, yet very personal relationship between Kitty and Iceman along with his lack of seriousness, but is hamstrung by awful art. His jokes and dialogue land, but the art is stiff and forced. However, Rachelle Rosenberg uses varying tones of white to make it look like the angry mob is actually brushing ice and snow off their clothes.

For the second straight issue, Grace shows that he’s not concerned with continuity heavy epics or overarching plots. He tells simple standalone superhero stories that act as a vessel for him to explore coming out as an adult man. The main conflict of Iceman #2 isn’t rescuing Zachary from the suburban equivalent of peasants with pitchforks, but Kitty getting angry at Iceman for not telling her that he came out as gay. Sure, she’s been in space with the Guardians of the Galaxy for some time, but she had to find out from Goldballs.

When they aren’t bickering on the battlefield, Kitty is quite supportive of Iceman and says that he should talk to someone about what he’s going through instead of hiding his feelings beneath dad jokes and ice puns. Her suggestion is his parents, which opens up a whole can of worms about levels of supportiveness for families and their LGBTQ children. Kitty’s advice is sound, but a little contradictory of the first issue where Iceman considers the X-Men to be his family, and he shows an easy rapport in early scenes where he banters with Colossus and Storm while walking down the halls of the Xavier school for his mission. Even though editorial probably wouldn’t condone, Grace also misses an opportunity to explore Kitty Pryde’s bisexuality that has been hinted at by her creator, Chris Claremont, but has yet to be fully shown on the page. This is partially due to Jim Shooter’s homophobic editorial policies during the 1980s when she was introduced.

Some iffiness aside, Sina Grace definitely understands the character of Iceman and slowly digs into this transitional period in his life while not neglecting Bobby’s sense of humor and fun even at inopportune times. However, this tone isn’t matched in the art by Edgar Salazar, Ibraim Roberson, and Ed Tadeo in what I’m tempted to call a phone-in job. Both Kitty and Iceman have visually interesting powers, and Rachelle Rosenberg even uses stronger colors to show Zachary’s energy tampering abilities. However, with the exception of a cute scene featuring ice golems or where Iceman shoulder checks a town dweller, there is no motion or power to their moves. The Blackbird is taking a dive, but it’s just a suspended object and doesn’t feel like the end of the world. And Iceman and Kitty’s faces remain almost the same with slight ticks for fear and embarrassment. A biggish reveal of Kitty being Iceman’s co-pilots falls flat thanks to the rictus where her face should be. Salazar and Roberson look like they’re going for a 90s vibe with their figure, and there’s nothing wrong with nostalgia, but this doesn’t work with the sleeker uniform designs and Rosenberg’s color schemes. Both the scenes of action and conversation aren’t drawn well so there is no relief from generic faces or stiff poses although Salazar and Roberson are much better gesture artists than facial.

Written by a talented gay writer like Sina Grace, who isn’t afraid to unpack the messiness of Iceman’s coming out and personality while still letting him pose for selfies mid-battle, Iceman should be one of Marvel’s more compelling books. However, with its generic and uninspiring depiction of some of the flashiest (and soapiest) superheroes ever, Iceman pales in comparison to books that have a more distinct visual identity like America, Marvel’s other book with an LGBTQ lead.

Story: Sina Grace Pencils: Edgar Salazar, Ibraim Roberson
Inks: Ed Tadeo, Ibraim Roberson Colors: Rachelle Rosenberg

Story: 8.0 Art: 5.0 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

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Entertainment Earth Spotlight: X-Men Marvel Legends Wave 1 & Deadpool

The X-Men Marvel Legends 6-Inch Action Figures Wave 1 brings your mutant favorites to life in a stunning 6-inch scale action figure form. Each figure includes awesome accessories and amazing detail, plus a build-a-figure piece. Ages 4 and up.Case features 8 individually packaged action figures, including:

A case features 8 individually packaged action figures, including, Wolverine, Deadpool, Rogue, Kitty Pryde, Iceman, Cable, Havok, and Phoenix, plus the build-a-figure Juggernaut!

The figures are hard to find so you can get the entire wave through Entertainment Earth! Or, if you want a specific character, you can do that too!

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Review: Star-Lord And Kitty Pryde #3

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The stories of the Guardians of the Galaxy have not always contained a comedic undertone, nor do they all presently, but the influence of the surprise hit movie from 2014 made it so that comedy is a necessary ingredient for readers, especially those that started reading only because of the movie.  Whether or not this comedic approach is necessary it has nonetheless been present in a few of the spin-offs from the main series, and as it been present in the Secret Wars tie-in to the Guardians stories, in this case the Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde series.  The series has also been one that is very different from what has come before, or at least that was established in the relatively short Star-Lord series, the romantic attraction of Kitty Pryde to Peter Quill.  As has been presented in the series, one of the alternate versions of Peter and Kitty have crossed paths, Peter being lovesick over her death long ago, and the alternate version of her being somewhat too serious to ever consider something like romance.

The fourth and final issue follows the two of them as they attempt to retrieve the object that Kitty is after, a specific artifact deemed important enough by those who follow Doom.  Peter is drawn into helping her because of his love for her, even if that love is not entirely genuine in this case.  They have to overcome the scenario in which they are depicted on the cover, as Gambit has them trapped and ready to kill after they have failed to retrieve the object from him.

The issue plays out as a not-so-serious take on the pre-Secret Wars world.  While there was some comedy in their stories before, it never came off quite as screwball as it does here.  Problems are solved not necessarily by the ingenuity, skills or powers of the two heroes, but rather by plot developments which are set-up to provide a humorous end result.  While it doesn’t hit as hard as it could, it is not really the point either, as the relationship between these two is what has been the special find in the past year.  Where the story is basic and the humor is somewhat lacking, this issue still puts the right focus on the two of these characters together, and the result is satisfactory if not noteworthy.

Story: Sam Humphries Art: Alti Firmansyah 
Story: 8.1  Art: 8.1  Overall: 8.1 Recommendation: Read

Game Review: Legendary Secret Wars Vol. 1

secretwarsLegendary Secret Wars Vol. 1 is the fifth expansion of the Marvel Legendary base game, but also only the second big box expansion.  Thus far Marvel Legendary has been extremely streamlined, as every expansion has mostly built on the group of characters in the game while also expanding slowly but strategically on the base rules.  Inevitably though, anything which is Marvel is going to be compared to DC, and so the comparison to the DC Comics Deck Building Game is going to be discussed as well, and for the first time it would seem as though Upper Deck is taking on Cryptozoic with this new release.  What DC Comics Deck Building lacks in a concise gameplay experience, it makes up for in variety.  It already features a head-to-head option, as well as a wider variety of characters to play with, both as the main character and as cards to be acquired.  Due to the framework of the game, Legendary has always been a bit behind in this regard.  Not counting the Villains expansion, this represents the 60th playable character in the series, and even at that, three of those have now been a version of Wolverine.

There are some new rules for this game, some which work and some which don’t.  Potentially the most interesting was the Sidekicks group of cards, which could have been thematically different, just with the specialists in Legendary Encounters: Aliens, but they come off as identical versions of themselves.  More interesting is the ability to “purchase” Ultimate heroes by defeating them in combat.  Among others this includes the first time that Wasp is a playable character in the franchise, though evidently not directly as we might have hoped.  There are a couple of other interesting rules changes, including multiclass cards and the ability to bribe your enemies instead of attacking them directly, but the biggest change overall is that of the head-to-head option.  This is aided in part by the Ambition deck of cards, but evidently this does not work thematically as much as it should.  In this case one player can play as a mastermind and recruit heroes (by corrupting them).  This comes off as a bit disingenuous for the series which has tried at all times to keep the game experience as close as possible to the comics experience (as opposed to DC) and seems to be there only so players can have a true player-vs-player experience.  While this version of the game does come off as a bit weird, it ends up working pretty well when following the suggested rules for integrating both the Heroes and the Villains game.  This is also noteworthy as the cards are not only compatible with both games, but also help to incorporate them together.

The new cards are mostly impressive additions to the mix, though it is evident that Upper Deck is still holding back some of the bigger characters so that there will be interest in future expansions.  The biggest names that fans are going to be interested in are Kitty Pryde, Captain Marvel and Black Panther, although there are probably others happy to see Thanos, Doctor Strange, Black Bolt, Lady Thor and Namor.  The remainder of the playable heroes is a bit of a mixed bag, featuring another Wolverine, another Spider-Man, another Iron Man, and a few others to tie into the Secret Wars story line from Marvel.  Other noteworthy cards are new groups of henchmen, which have been notably absent since the first expansion, and a new bystander card, the banker, with an interesting mechanic.

This expansion also represents a move away from what fans might have though was going to be a closer tie-in to the movies, as last year’s Guardians of the Galaxy coincided closely enough with the movie.  For those that were hoping to see Ant-Man and Wasp show up any time, they will be disappointed.  At the very least though, Upper Deck seems to have a long terms plan for this series, and while there might be a bit of disappointment among fans for the releases here, it would seem likely that they plan something to coincide with next year’s Captain America movie, which could include Ant-Man, Wasp, Scarlet Witch, Vision and Falcon among others.  As well at some point a Secret Wars vol. 2 of the game is presumably coming, which could also help to fill in some gaps.  In the meantime, fans will have to be happy with this expansion, which contains a bit of what they wanted, but also a bit more which they did not.  It is not a disappointment, as the cards themselves are well conceived for the game experience, but they appeal more to the true gamers, not those who are are also comic fans.  It thus ends up being a solid expansion gamewise, but leaving a bit more to be desired thematically.

Score: 8.0  

Catching Up on Reviews, Part 7 — Uncanny X-Force and X-Men

Uncanny X-Force #5 (Marvel) – Esad Ribic’s art, while good, is a step down from what had been appearing in X-Force’s earlier issues. Rick Remender’s writing is fine, but I don’t really care for the Deathloks or this particular storyline.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Uncanny X-Force #5.1 (Marvel) – Rafael Albuquerque’s art has its moments, but I’m not a huge fan. It is good to see the return of characters like Gateway, Lady Deathstrike and the Reavers, though, which make this an entertaining issue.

Story: 9 Art: 7.5 Overall: 8.25

Uncanny X-Force #6 (Marvel) – While the idea of all of the Marvel heroes being turned into time-traveling Deathloks is interesting, it’s problematic, though, to think that after all of the enemies that these heroes have collectively defeated, they’d somehow fall this way. Not buying it.

Story: 7.5 Art: 8 Overall: 7.75

Uncanny X-Force #7 (Marvel) – The Deathlok storyline finally concludes, which it couldn’t have done soon enough. While the creators of this series are good and they do good work, this is not the best use of the series, I think.

Story: 7.25 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.5

Uncanny X-Force #8 (Marvel) – This is a transitional issue from the subpar Deathlok storyline to what looks much more promising with the Dark Angel storyline. The final page of this issue is chilling.

Story: 8 Art: 7 Overall: 7.5

Uncanny X-Force #9 (Marvel) – Two issues into his run and I’m not sure what to think of Billy Tan’s art. There is definitely some good stylistic and structural stuff being done here, but I’m not sure about the faces and details.

Story: 8.25 Art: 7.75 Overall: 8

Uncanny X-Force #10 (Marvel) – The Dark Angel storyline is really starting to hit its stride in this issue and Bill Tan’s art seems to be improving. Overall, a good issue, on the verge of being great.

Story: 9 Art: 8 Overall: 8.5

Uncanny X-Force #11 (Marvel) – Mark Brooks provides the best art this series has had in a while and Remender’s storytelling is at its peak in this issue. The Age of Apocalypse was one of the better storylines to come out of the 1990s and it’s good to see it revived here.

Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5

Uncanny X-Men #533 (Marvel) – Greg Land’s art continues to mostly impress while I can’t say I like the character of Lode. I do like the idea of the drug that gives people mutant powers, although it seems like DC already did this with Lex Luthor a few years ago, so the idea isn’t that original.

Story: 8 Art: 9 Overall: 8.5

Uncanny X-Men #534 (Marvel) – The parts of this issue that feature Paul Renaud’s art are noticeably not as good as Land’s stuff. The Quarantine storyline ends on a high note, though, with Cyclops once again shown to be one of the smartest and toughest characters in Marvel. I really like where Matt Fraction and Kieron Gillon are taking him.

Story: 9.75 Art: 9.25 Overall: 9.5

Uncanny X-Men #534.1 (Marvel) – Great concept for this issue, what do you do to convince the world that Magneto has changed his ways and isn’t the evil bastard he used to be. Hire a PR firm, of course…

Story: 9 Art: 8 Overall: 8.5

Uncanny X-Men #535 (Marvel) – Terry Dodson’s art isn’t perfect, but it is distinctive enough that I like it a lot. This issue ties back into the Breakworld story from Astonishing, and I’m not sure I’m a huge fan of that.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Uncanny X-Men #536 (Marvel) – More Dodson and more Breakworld means more of the same quality work as the previous issue, but this issue’s somewhat expected twist is still entertaining.

Story: 9 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75

Uncanny X-Men #537 (Marvel) – Dodson’s art seems a little weaker in this issue and the Breakworld stuff is starting to drag on, right up until the last panel, which is an amazingly good shocker.

Story: 9.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.75

Uncanny X-Men #538 (Marvel) – It’s good to finally see the conclusion of the Breakworld saga, both this particular one and the original one, restoring Kitty to her natural state. A number of the recent X-storylines are ones that I don’t particularly like, even though they are very well-executed.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Uncanny X-Men #539 (Marvel) – Really one of the worst issues of Uncanny in a while, which isn’t to say it’s terrible, just that it isn’t that great, either. That may be because there is a whole lot of Hope in this issue and nobody has really figured out much of a personality or point to her character now that she’s an adult.

Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7

Uncanny X-Men #540 (Marvel) – Greg Land is back, which is awesome. Fear Itself is crossing over, which is pretty good. This issue doesn’t have much action, but it has politics and Juggernaut and character growth and all that. Very good issue for regular readers and X-Men fans.

Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9

Uncanny X-Men Annual #3 (Marvel) – If Nick Bradshaw didn’t have to draw people, his art in this issue would be amazing. There are lots of people here, though, so it’s problematic at best. The story fits the recent Marvel trend of frequently matching up teams against someone else’s villains — in this case Blastaar — and I’m not sure that it works very well.

Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7

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