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Review: X-Terminators #1

X-Terminators #1

What are friends for? Real friends know you better than you know yourself. They know when you are acting outside of your norm. They can sense when your energy has changed.

They also know what you need before you do sometimes. Of course I am talking about good friends, which are hard to find and as you get older you learn to ascertain those nuances. Good friends will always have your back. In the X-Terminators #1, three of our favorite X-Men start a wild night that goes off the rails quickly.

We open up on Dazzler as she catches her boyfriend cheating on her, which prompts her to call Jubilee and Boom Boom , who  wants to take her out , so she can start to get over him.  They go to o local bar, where they realize they had been drugged by Alex, Dazzler’s now ex-boyfriend, who has decided to kidnap the girls and put them in a crazy death game. The three friends gets separated and put in dangerous games, where each must fight to the death. By the issue’s end, they each survive the first round, and are reunited but they also find out that they are not the only X-Men, who got taken.

Overall, X-Terminators #1 is a pretty screwed up version of The Hangover but with mutants. The story by Williams is pure joy. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, X-Terminators #1 is a story that comic book fans will both enjoy and cringe.  

Story: Leah Williams Art: Carlos Gomez
Color: Bryan Valenza Letterer: Travis Lanham
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy


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Preview: X-Terminators #1 (of 5)

X-Terminators #1 (of 5)

(W) Leah Williams (A) Carlos E. Gomez (CA) Federico Vicentini
PARENTAL ADVISORY
In Shops: Sep 21, 2022
SRP: $4.99

ENTER THE GRINDHOUSE OF X!
When Jubilee and Boom-Boom agree to take Dazzler out for a night on the town to console her after her nasty breakup, they have no idea they’re about to be kidnapped and put into elaborate death traps for their efforts! What are three girls with the power to blow things up to do? Leah Williams and Carlos G mez put the X in eXploitation in this tale of blood, sweat and REVENGE!

X-Terminators #1 (of 5)

Dazzler, Jubilee, Boom-Boom, and Wolverine are the X-Terminators

Four of the fiercest X-Men are about to have a night they’ll never forget! Writer Leah Williams and artist Carlos Gómez will take Dazzler, Jubilee, Boom-Boom, and Wolverine on a chaotic ride through a dark corner of Marvel’s underworld in a new limited series titled X-Terminators. Influenced by grindhouse films, fans can expect plenty of blood, sweat and sweet REVENGE in this refreshing new take on Marvel’s merry mutants!

In typical X-Men fashion, what starts as a wild night out gets even crazier when Jubilee, Boom-Boom, and Dazzler are kidnapped and put into elaborate death traps by a mysterious new army of enemies! What are three fierce mutants with the power to blow things up to do? Expect a hardcore, neon-fueled, down and dirty type of adventure unlike any seen before in X-Men history with all the light blasts, fireworks, time bombs, and brawling you can possibly hope for! 

Be there when Leah Williams and Carlos Gómez put the X in eXploitation this July in X-Terminators #1 featuring a cover by Federico Vicentini!

X-Terminators #1

Marvel Sends Four Comics Back to Print

Four of Marvel’s hottest titles will be getting new printings! These currently sold out hit issues will be hitting stands on October 27. Complete with new covers, these exciting new printings will give fans a chance to dive into some of Marvel’s biggest current stories!

Writers Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing and artist Carlos Magno continue to unravel the true origins of one of Marvel’s most complex villains in Kang the Conqueror #2. A young, rebellious and idealistic Kang finds himself in Ancient Egypt, where an older version of himself is ruling with an iron fist as the pharaoh Rama-Tut. When the Moon Knight draws young Kang into a battle against his future self, tragedy strikes. But will it knock Nathaniel off the course of his destiny or lock him into one path forever?

Kang the Conqueror #2

Writer Jed MacKay and artist Alessandro Cappuccio’s critically acclaimed hit run on one of Marvel’s most fascinating super heroes continues in Moon Knight #3 where Moon Knight faces off against a mysterious new enemy. Moon Knight has taken on Khonshu’s duty as his own. To the people he protects, this is a blessing. To Hunter’s Moon, this is sacrilege. It is no small thing, to betray a god and take on his role. And when the Fist of Khonshu offers shelter to vampires, the ancient enemies of the Moon God? The Moon Knight requires correction, and Hunter’s Moon will bring him back to the right path — whatever it might take. Check out the new cover by Steve McNiven.

Moon Knight #3 2nd Printing

Witness the final chapter of Stephen Strange in Death of Doctor Strange #1 by writer Jed MacKay and artist Lee Garbett. He defends our planet from the supernatural and interdimensional threats no other hero is equipped to handle. But what happens when he unexpectedly dies? Who will step in to protect Earth and keep the mystical evils at bay? And most importantly…who killed Stephen Strange?! From the looks of the new second printing cover, this mystery is just beginning…

Death of Doctor Strange #1 2nd printing

And tensions were raised in X-Men: The Trial of Magneto #2 by writer Leah Williams and artist Lucas Werneck. When the Avengers come to Krakoa to retrieve the body of their fallen teammate, the Scarlet Witch, an epic fight between Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and Magneto. And with a shocking final page, this mutant murder mystery just got a whole lot more complicated! The second printing features a cover by Valerio Schiti.

X-Men: The Trial of Magneto #2 2nd printing

Review: X-Men: Trial of Magneto #2

X-Men: Trial of Magneto #2

I was a bit mixed on X-Men: Trial of Magneto #2. The issue was full of emotion and action but it played it’s hand a bit too much making it clear that the death of the Scarlet Witch wasn’t as clear cut as the “shocking” reveal. In a country where almost everyone has mutant powers, why would it be? The second issue continues to reveal its hand a bit too much with another issue full of conflict that makes it clear there’s some heavy manipulation going on.

Written by Leah Williams, X-Men: Trial of Magneto #2 has some really solid moments. It lays out and makes clear that Krakoa and the mutant nation aren’t “heroes”, they’re doing some downright evil. It’s been an interesting theme since this new direction for the X-Men began as they took their nationalist stance. Williams opens up the issue with a debate as to what to do about Magneto. In a nation where the truth could potentially be pulled out of someone’s mind against their will, what are the ethics surrounding that. Xavier and Hope debate the topic with the use of the word “torture” thrown about. Xavier, as he has since the relaunch, shows some ethical issues regarding the issue continuing the dark path the character began a long time ago. It’s the most interesting aspect of the comic which spends far too little time exploring the ethical dilemma.

Most of the time is spent with the Avengers who have traveled to Krakoa to retrieve the body of their murdered teammate. This again throws the X-Men in a weird spot as talk of state secrets are thrown about during the tour of the island. Again, unethical directions are debated as to what to do to protect those secrets and how far the X-Men should go to protect them. It’s an interesting contrast to that opening and again we see some glimpses of the political direction the X-Men have gone since their relaunch. But, all of that is put to the side as a battle breaks out, one that has a classic feel to it all. But, that battles tips the hat too much that there’s greater forces at work here.

A lot of the characters feel a bit… “off”. Magneto feels like a caricature of this classic self. Iron Man also feels like an extreme caricature of himself. Captain America is almost too stiff in his dealings with the X-Men. It’s all a bit choppy in some ways that makes the reader tilt their head in confusion.

The art by Lucas Werneck is good. There’s some really good action and some scenes look great. With color by Edgar Delagado and lettering by Clayton Cowles, the comic looks good. Where it hits bumps are some of the close-ups of the characters where they don’t quite look like heroes and then some visuals far away feel a bit more comedic than anything. For such a “serious” tour there’s an odd aspect to the visuals at times.

While I’m not completely sold on X-Men: Trial of Magneto #2, the issue has some intriguing moments. This feels like a miniseries where the whole will be stronger than the individual parts. There’s some odd characterizations that might be explained by the mystery going on but we’ll have to wait and see. Overall, it’s a story that needs to be told and some truths that need to be said and shown.

Story: Leah Williams Art: Lucas Werneck
Color: Edgar Delgado Letterer: Clayton Cowles Design: Tom Muller
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

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