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Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III #1

The weekend is over. Everyone recovered from Free Comic Book Day? We’re still re-reading our comics and still excited about all of the new comics we need to check out. While we work on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The State – Ohio man donates more than 140,000 comic books worth $2.5M to USC’s library – This is fantastic to see. Some are reporting it’s 180,000 comics!

ICv2 – Kids Graphic Novels in the Book Channel Up 40% in 2018 – This is very good to see.

Newsarama – Major Comic Book/Graphic Novel Distributor Stops Sales To Individual Comic Stores & Bookstores – This is an interesting shift.

The Mary Sue – Uncanny X-Men Writer Matthew Rosenberg Apologizes for “Trans Panic” Storyline

Reviews

Talking Comics – Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III #1
ICv2 –
The White Snake

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DC's Year of the Villain #1

The weekend is almost here and that means Free Comic Book Day! Who’s excited for the best day of the year which takes place this Saturday! What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

The Beat – The Death In Uncanny X-Men #17 Is a Trans Panic Murder, & It’s Not OK – An important read and something to think about the latest issue.

Kotaku – Soldier Arrested After Going AWOL To Watch…Avengers: Endgame – That’s some dedication.

Yahoo Finance – Rakuten OverDrive Now Offers Marvel Digital Graphic Novels to Public Libraries and Schools Worldwide – A smart move to move into as many libraries as possible.

The Mary Sue – Why The CW’s Batwoman Casting Raised Concerns About Jewish Representation – An interesting read.

Reviews

CBR – DC’s Year of the Villain #1
CBR –
DCeased #1
The Beat –
Invasion From Wrestletopia #1

Review: Uncanny X-Men #17

Uncanny X-Men #17

First…the X-Men lose one of their own. Then…the new Black King of the Hellfire Club makes a move.

An X-Man has fallen forcing the team to face their current situation and their real legacy. It also forces a showdown between Cyclops and Wolverine who have had a tense alliance since each has returned.

Writer Matthew Rosenberg delivers an emotional issue with Uncanny X-Men #17. It’s not just an exploration of the current state of the team and reality of what it is to be an X-Man but also has us see the death of Rahne Sinclair. With every scene, every word, Rosenberg is clearly thinking through details and what this issue is saying.

Sinclair’s death is shown through flashbacks as Wolverine attempts to mourn in his own way and as the tension builds you’re unsure of exactly where it’s going but know it’s only going badly. The scene uses transphobic wording to justify the attack against her and her eventual murder and this use has to be on purpose creating another group of individuals whose struggle the X-Men take up through allegory. While absolutely triggering for some, the scene just becomes even more of a gut-punch due to that detail turning from over the top tragedy to something a bit more relevant.

Then there’s the fallout as Cyclops and Wolverine go at it about what has happened. Each has a point of view that’s both right and wrong and the dynamic gets more interesting. The past, the two’s split, is evoked, and it’s something that’s been brewing. There’s also the backdrop that these survivors think all of their friends are dead instead of just in an alternate reality.

The art by Carlos Gómez, color by Guru-eFX, and lettering by Joe Caramagna has a roughness about it that enhances the pain and hurt. There’s a dark cloud about it all that evokes both the sadness and anger. There’s also a simplicity to it all that keeps the focus on the situation and what’s said, a smart decision overall.

The issue is a good one delivering a cathartic release to the tension that’s been building since Rosenberg’s run began. There’s a lot he’s packing in and this issue focuses on the two visions of Wolverine and Cyclops and how each sees the X-Men and its legacy. Then, like solid X-Men writing we get the twist a the end to take us on their next adventure.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg Art: Carlos Gómez
Color: Guru-eFX Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: X-Men: LifeDeath

X-Men: LifeDeath

As someone who has served, I know someone and have been someone who has lost something of themselves. I remember the first time I came home after I joined, my family and friends saw a change and after a few times even more changes. It was not until I saw loss while serving. I saw loss growing up but it was not the same.

Environment and people around you make a difference on how you experience loss. Some of the men and women I served with were not the same. After they suffered a traumatic injury, they felt they lost a part of themselves. This is why I was surprised that within comics this issue had not been really explored until one of comics’ greatest auteurs Chris Claremont sought to do this with one of Marvel’s greatest characters, Storm. In X-Men: LifeDeath, Claremont, along with Barry Windsor-Smith, explores how it is for a superhero once they have lost the powers, which in her case made her godlike.

We find Storm and Forge living together, sometime after she lost her powers by the mistake of Forge, who has become her caretaker, as her loss of powers has sent her on a downward spiral of depression. Meanwhile, we find Rogue living off the grid while still stopping evil mutants before they can do harm. We also find Professor Xavier and Nightcrawler looking for both women, via Cerebro, with no such luck. As Storm returns to Africa, where she goes home to her village, to not only connect with her people, she finds more about herself without her powers than she ever did, with them. We also catch up with Wolverine, as Lady Deathstrike looks to lop off his head during a blizzard. In the final story, we find out exactly how Dazzler became an X-Men in a battle with Malice.

Overall, an excellent set of stories which proves why Claremont is the one true voice when it comes to writing the X-Men. The story by Claremont, is smart, introspective, and action packed. The art by Windsor-Smith feels like a painting. Altogether, a story you soon won’t forget.

Story: Chris Claremont Art: Barry Windsor-Smith
Story: 10 Art: 9.9 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Uncanny X-Men #16

Uncanny X-Men #16

Uncanny X-Men #16 continues to rollercoaster ride writer Matthew Rosenberg has put together. Last issue had teammates cleared of infection with horrifying results (that isn’t addressed here), Cyclops was shot in the head, and some classic team members were captured. Uncanny X-Men #16 rockets along addressing some of that, dropping other bits (hopefully to be addressed later).

The issue really revolves around Cyclops’ leadership and direction and if it’s the right one. Cutting deals with Captain America, saying that Xavier’s dream is dead, this is a new Cyclops with a new attitude and it’s not going over well with everyone. So decisions are made by the team as to how it should be lead and it should be interesting. The leadership shake-up already creates some interesting shifts and dynamics and from there the action really takes off.

Magneto and his Brotherhood are back (with some new members) but how is Magneto here and in the Age of X-Man!? That is all explained and it’s the biggest issue with this particular part of the story. There’s so much packed in, things feel like they’re just thrown in there without a lot of explanation. From Magneto we get the return of another character, spoiler she’s on the cover, and a result that’s shocking. Then there’s a revelation at the end of the issue as well that has to be a headfake. So, as more is added to the story there’s still a lot left hanging too.

The art by Salvador Larroca, with color by Guru-eFX and lettering by Joe Caramagna, is solid. The characters look great and battles fun to follow. There’s some classic characters present and Larroca’s style just brings back the nostalgia. There’s also a good use of the panels so that the shocking moments make you really do a double take or have you linger on the page and panel (or both).

The issue could have used some extra length or a weekly release. There’s a lot packed in this issue and not all of it is fleshed out but then again that feels like a tradition of X-Men comics. There’s a moment you just roll with it. This might be it and hopefully Rosenberg slows things down a little because there’s a lot of great ideas packed in to this issue and the last that with a little more focus would make this run really stand out in the long history of X-Men comics.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg Art: Salvador Larroca
Color: Guru-eFX Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.5 Art: 8.15 Overall: 7.65 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Assassin Nation #2 (Image Comics) – The first issue was just some solid uber violence and a lot of fun. How to prevent getting assassinated? By hiring the best assassins to protect you!

Black Badge #9 (BOOM! Studios) – Have you been reading this series which is basically the Scouts as assassins? No? This could be a good issue to start and check out.

Major X #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was divisive but we’d be lying if we didn’t want to see where Rob Liefeld’s latest X-Universe entry was going.

Planet of the Nerds #1 (AHOY Comics) – AHOY always delivers a fun read. This series takes jocks and transports them to modern times where nerds rule! There’s a lot of potential for this one.

Transformers #3 (IDW Publishing) – While not as good as the previous volume, we really want to see the build up to the Civil War and what Cybertron was like before all of that.

Uncanny X-Men #16 (Marvel) – The last issue shook up a lot and at this point we have no idea where this is all going. So good.

War of the Realms #2/War of the Realms: The Punisher #1/War of the Realms: War Scrolls #1 (Marvel) – While we haven’t been too hyped so far for this event, we’re still curious as to where it goes and what the tie-in miniseries bring to the story.

Xena: Warrior Princess #1 (Dynamite) – We’re always excited to see the popular character return to comics.

Preview: Uncanny X-Men #16

Uncanny X-Men #16

(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A/CA) Salvador Larroca
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 17, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Cyclops and the X-Men have set out to save mutantkind…but the Mutant Liberation Front isn’t going to just wait for it to happen! Led by one of the X-Men’s own, the MLF is willing to do whatever it takes to stop mutant oppression…even kill any mutant who stands in their way…

Review: Uncanny X-Men #15

Uncanny X-Men #15

Cyclops and the X-Men have set out to save mutantkind…but the Mutant Liberation Front isn’t going to just wait for it to happen! Led by one of the X-Men’s own, the MLF is willing to do whatever it takes to stop mutant oppression…even kill any mutant who stands in their way…

Writer Matthew Rosenberg continues his take on the X-Men in this issue which is full of shocking twists and turns as Cyclops and the team confront Hope and the MLF.

While we get a tease of Hope’s motivations much is left for later issues. There’s also one hell of a statement by Wolverine concerning the situation. Instead, the focus here is shaking things up further with an injury to a character that will surely shake things up in the future. There’s also a focus on Dark Beast who does some good!? Yeah, multiple characters have their status shaken up with an end that’s shocking and horrific at the same time.

What’s really interesting though is Rosenberg’s focus outside of the X-Universe. Captain America pays a visit and after AvX, this is a pretty big deal as far as a meeting between Cap and Cyclops. While there isn’t an admission of him being wrong, there’s a lot of interesting moments that set up the X-Men’s status for the future in the greater Marvel Universe.

The art by Salvador Larroca, with color by Guru-eFX and lettering by Joe Caramagna, is excellent. There’s some fantastic spreads and really interesting use of panels when things really ramp up. The action is solid, the characters look great, the comic just nails it in the visuals, especially the brutality of some of the moments and injuries sustained.

Rosenberg has been mashing together some of the best of various eras of X-Men to deliver a story that’s action packed and entertaining. He’s putting his stamp on the X-Men status quo and history and brought the series back the excellence of what was.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg Art: Salvador Larroca
Color: Guru-eFX Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Uncanny X-Men #15

Uncanny X-Men #15

(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A/CA) Salvador Larroca
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 03, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Cyclops and the X-Men have set out to save mutantkind…but the Mutant Liberation Front isn’t going to just wait for it to happen! Led by one of the X-Men’s own, the MLF is willing to do whatever it takes to stop mutant oppression…even kill any mutant who stands in their way…

Uncanny X-Men #15
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