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Preview: X-Men: Gold #26

X-Men: Gold #26

(W) Marc Guggenheim (A) Michele Bandini, David Marquez (CA) Phil Noto
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 18, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• It all begins here! But WHO is tying the knot? And can I bring a plus-one?
• Also: The X-MEN in their final confrontation with an old foe, a fight that ends up costing RACHEL everything.
• Plus… The evil alliance you never expected.

Review: X-Men: Gold #14

Brood and Dark Phoenix and Mojo – Oh my! The Mojoverse continues its bizarre invasion of Manhattan! With reality-warping resources at the tips of his gross fingers, Mojo may finally have the upper hand against our beloved mutants…

X-Men: Gold #14 is the third part of “Mojo Worldwide” which celebrates Marvel Legacy by taking us through the “X” history through a series of short segments and scenes as Mojo attempts to challenge them and get ratings.

Written by Marc Guggenheim, the comic feels a little like classic Mojo stories but taking the characters through so many eras of X-Men, the story choice feels odd in that it doesn’t have time to establish each team to new readers and we already saw the different “X” era in Secret Wars in 2015. It feels like we have a retread in story not even two years later. The comic itself is entertaining and there’s a lot packed in as Guggenheim has to balance so many different characters.

The art by Marc Laming is good though doesn’t quite blow me away. There’s some solid looking moments but overall the art doesn’t quite blow me away. It’s good, not great. There’s moments that feel like Laming is doing his best to mimic the stories he’s covering but the original art usually stands out and this falls short due to that.

While “Mojo Worldwide” is decent, it doesn’t blow me away. There’s lots of untapped potential in a story about a bloviating egomaniac crazy about ratings. The story just hasn’t quite gotten there and feels like it won’t commit and go all the way. Even the stunt of killing one character in the storyline feels empty as we’re not given any opportunity to connect up to the point.

While I was enjoy X-Men: Gold #14, Marvel Legacy and the previous event has veered a little and taken some of the shine off. It’s not bad but it’s also not quite exciting enough that it’s one of the first things I run to read like I used to for X comics. Hopefully after this we’ll get a focus on the characters which usually makes the series the strongest. Right now, it feels a bit empty, like Mojo’s shows. All flash, little heart.

Story: Marc Guggenheim Art: Marc Laming Cover Art: Dan Mora
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: All-New, All-Different Marvel Point One #1

all new all different marvel point one coverIn the aftermath of Secret Wars, it’s an All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe, and this is your one-stop entry point to the changes and mysteries that have developed during the eight months that have passed! Featuring new stories of Daredevil, Carnage, CLASSFIED, CLASSIFIED, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Contest of Champions!

All-New, All-Different Marvel Point One #1 is an interesting comic in that it gives us a bit of a preview of some of the series we can expect as part of the All-New, All-Different relaunch, but also does a really good job explaining what their new series Contest of Champions is all about!

Some of the previous Marvel Point ones have been hit and missed, and with Secret Wars being many months from being wrapped up, what the new Marvel universe would be like is a pretty big mystery. This issue though uses some smart storytelling to give us an idea of how at least some of the new Marvel U fits together, and also a good taste as to what these new series will be like.

At the heart of the comic is the new series Contest of Champions which has the Maestro battling a opponents using villains and heroes to see who will control the remnants of Doom’s world he created in Secret Wars. We know that in the new Marvel U a multiverse exists, there’s multiple versions of characters, and that something survives the latest event with some individuals stuck in this world. It’s interesting and the concept takes a series that was low on my radar and immediately boosts it up a bunch of spots. The comic feels like a video game where you select your characters to battle. The ones shown so far are… intriguing.

While Maestro looks for his team to battle, we get a glimpse of the various new series launching over the next few months, in rather short stories that do more than enough to wet our appetites as to the look and feel of the series. That’s the good and the bad of it all. The stories are teases, a first chapter, so nothing is really a full complete story. That’s why I can’t quite recommend this as a buy, but it’s very entertaining, and a solid pick-up for someone interested in seeing what the new Marvel U might be like and get a look at six of the 60+ new series coming out.

I don’t want to spoil all the stories within (the teaser text did say classified, so I’m not ruining it), but of the ones mentioned above, Carnage sounds very intriguing with the character running around America doing his usual serial killer thing and an interesting character charged with stopping him. From the small preview, it feels much more like Silence of the Lambs than a superhero comic. Very interesting.

Daredevil too is interesting, featuring a new character who should get a lot of folks talking. There’s some terminology that made me cringe, but I trust writer Charles Soule’s real world experience to know what folks would actually use (illegal vs undocumented).

And there’s the return of REDACTED!

Overall, the comic got me much more enthused about the series within. There’s a nice mix of look and tone within the comic, and it seems to do the job it’s intended to do, get someone interested in what’s coming. Overall, if you’re interested in getting an idea of what to expect for the six series within, or the Marvel U as a whole, this is one you’ll want to pick up when you’re at the comic shop this week.

Story: Marc Guggenheim, Al Ewing, Skottie Young, Charles Soule
Art: German Peralta, Mike Perkins, Filipe Andrade, Ron Garney, Stefano Caselli, Paco Medina
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review