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Preview: Swashbucklers: The Saga Continues TP

Swashbucklers: The Saga Continues TP

writer: Marc Guggenheim
artist: Andrea Mutti
cover: Butch Guice
FC | 136 pages | $19.99 | Teen+

The last we saw of the crew of the Starshadow in the pages of Bill Mantlo and Butch Guice’s Swords of the Swashbucklers, it seemed that all was lost. Decades later, Raader and her crew return to bring their adventuring to the cosmos once again!

Marc Guggenheim (X-Men Gold, Spider-Man) and Andrea Mutti (Rebels, Port of Earth) team up to continue the epic space adventure.

Swashbucklers: The Saga Continues TP

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.

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Preview: X-Men: Gold #36

X-Men: Gold #36

(W) Marc Guggenheim (A) Pere Perez (CA) Phil Noto
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 19, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• A special look into a day in the life of the headmistress of the Xavier Institute…

Preview: X-Men: Gold #35

X-Men: Gold #35

(W) Marc Guggenheim (A) Michele Bandini (CA) Phil Noto
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 05, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• The X-Men versus the undead!
• Goddess versus god!
• And Storm’s final battle?

Preview: Swashbucklers: The Saga Continues #5

Swashbucklers: The Saga Continues #5

writer: Marc Guggenheim
artist: Andrea Mutti
covers: Butch Guice (A), Andrea Mutti (B)
Butch Guice (RI-B/W), Andrea Mutti (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

Reunited with crewmembers thought lost, Raader makes her final stand on Earth. Old friends and new, brought together in an epic showdown that will affect the galaxy forever!

Preview: X-Men: Gold #34

X-Men: Gold #34

(W) Marc Guggenheim (A) Michele Bandini (CA) Phil Noto
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 22, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• Storm must battle a mysterious figure from her past!
• But with the true nature of Stormcaster revealed, can Storm trust her powers anymore?

Preview: Swashbucklers: The Saga Continues #4

Swashbucklers: The Saga Continues #4

writer: Marc Guggenheim
artist: Andrea Mutti
covers: Butch Guice (A), Andrea Mutti (B)
Butch Guice (RI-B/W), Andrea Mutti (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

The Swashbucklers race against the clock to stop an invading fleet before it destroys a planet close to Raader’s heart—EARTH! Will they be able to save the planet? Will they find old friends who they thought they had lost?!

Review: X-Men: Gold #30

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today for the ultimate union! After a lifetime of will-they-or-won’t-they, new boyfriends and ex-girlfriends, Kitty and Colossus are finally walking down the aisle together…

I remember the wedding of Cyclops and Jean Grey and how much of a big deal that was. There was big news articles and QVC even had segments dedicated (I admit, I bought an autographed copy from it). It created spin-off mini-series and adventures from there. There was a magical element about it. Whether it’s the times or not wanting to repeat everything, Marvel has given us the antithesis to the positive and a comic that’s predictable in many ways.

Written by Marc Guggenheim, X-Men: Gold #30 is a rather down of a comic telegraphing what’s to come with some truly cringe inducing dialogue (thought bubbles really). The issue isn’t too shocking, especially if you’ve been reading up to this point as we’ve seen doubt peppered throughout previous issues in the lead up. But, beyond the rather predictable first twist, it’s the writing that’s bigger issue of this comic. Colossus just spouts off Russian sayings as if to remind us, he’s Russian, a speech pattern we haven’t seen in some time. We’re reminded that Kitty is Jewish with the inclusion of a Rabbi, though disregard for other details of a “Jewish” wedding (and the extent could be the inclusion of a Rabbi). The end result is a soapy mess of a drama that has more in common with daytime soap operas than it does with comics.

It’s not all bad though. How Kitty rejects Peter is actually interesting and feels unique. It’s a nice touch that feels right and the part of the twist that works. The fact the two of them can talk and resolve things so quickly though is an example of what doesn’t work. While yes, it’s a comic and there’s a limited amount of time, to so quickly find resolution with a lack of real emotion is disappointing and just odd.

What X-Men: Gold #30 really lacks is the heart of it all. It feels stiff and done in a room to figure out how to get to the next steps, that being the spin-off series Mr. & Mrs. X. Even with who does get married, there’s just a lack of excitement and caring. It’s all rather eye rolling and in the end the issue and event would have been better served to ignore the fake out and instead just have the wedding that happened. Instead of spending time to set something up and not deliver, it could have been used to explore the relationships, both good and bad, within this family. Drama was added where it wasn’t needed.

The art by David Marquez and colorist Matthew Wilson is decent. While there’s some issues with Peter not looking quite like himself, there’s some great designs of the characters as they get dressed up for the occasion. There’s actually designs and looks I’d love to see in the real world. It looks good.

While the issue has its moments, there’s just an emotional void that’s present and a lack of connecting with emotions that ultimately sink the issue. It’s hard to read and not eye roll to the point of headache. While a marriage is fine, the drama this direction has brought was set up and then quickly deflated to the point of no pay off. We’ve seen an X wedding before and it actually was exciting and felt like an event, this feels like a cheap knock off of the original.

Story: Marc Guggenheim Art: David Marquez
Color: Matthew Wilson Lettering: VC’s Cory Petit
Story: 4.0 Art: 7.75 Overall: 4.0 Recommendation: Pass

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Swashbucklers: The Saga Continues #3

Swashbucklers: The Saga Continues #3

writer: Marc Guggenheim | artist: Andrea Mutti
covers: Butch Guice (A), Andrea Mutti (B)
Butch Guice (RI-B/W), Andrea Mutti (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

The Colonizer Empire was created to fight a threat from beyond the stars, but now that the Colonizers have fallen, ther ancient enemy has resurfaced. And where does Raader and her crew find themselves? The last place they would expect to be: on the bridge of Colonizer ship!

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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