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Around the Tubes

inhumans_vs__x_men__2-5It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d you get? What’d you enjoy? Sound off in the comments below!

While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

CBR – Fox’s X-Men Drama Reportedly Nearing Pilot Order – If Legion does well, expect this to happen quickly.

ICv2 – Funko Prepping for Possible IPO or Sale – Interesting…

Publishers Weekly – Scribd Ends Comics Subscription ServiceWe called it two years ago.

The Beat – Retailing update: the danger of pull lists, “Team Comics My Ass” and best seller lists – An interesting read.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

The Beat – Guardians of the Galaxy #16

Newsarama – Inhumans vs. X-Men #2

Unboxing: Marvel Collector Corps December 2016 “X-Men”

We open up to show off Funko and Marvel‘s latest Marvel Collector Corps box. The bimonthly premium box service features a theme of “X-Men,” celebrating Marvel’s popular mutants!

We go over the contents including a variant comic, some figures, and hat! Valued at over a $50 the box is perfect for fans of Marvel Comics.

You can sign up for the next one here!

Review: Extraordinary X-Men #17

extraordinary-x-men-17Extraordinary X-Men Issue #17 is a good example of how a tie-in to an event should be handled. This issue navigated all the gravitas of the X-Men’s impending war with the Inhumans, while taking a down to earth, outsider’s view of the situation. It’s a very refreshing vantage point to take an assessment of the status quo. The issue overall was very emotional, and a much-needed change of pace for this team of X-Men.The Extraordinary X-Men have definitely been served their share of crazy, so it’s very impressive that this issue is successful at moving the meta-plot forward by slowing things down a bit.  At the end of this

The Extraordinary X-Men have definitely been served their share of crazy, so it’s very impressive that this issue is successful at moving the meta-plot forward by slowing things down a bit. At the end of this issue this team of X-Men is wholly galvanized and convinced of their need to fight. All of this without a single punch thrown, or laser beam blasted…. Ok just one emotional lightening strike by Storm but I’ll touch on that in a bit. This issue took me back to the tie-ins from Wolverine and the X-Men during AvX, which reserved some space to explore the moral quandary of the overarching conflict. There isn’t always space to do that in the main title issues, so it was refreshing to see this explored here again to great effect.

What I find interesting and didn’t really notice before recently is how much the X-Men and Inhumans have had a role reversal of sorts. Not too long ago Earth’s atmosphere was poisonous to the Inhumans prompting them to take New Attilan to the Blue Area of the Moon. The X-Men and the entirety of Earth’s mutant population are in a similar predicament here, faced with two bleak options. Destroy the Terrigen cloud or leave the planet. The urgency strikes home for the X-Men once more when a Mutant girl named Maya dies in the X-Men’s care. The majority of the story is told from the perspective of her sister, who has to forcefully interrupt the X-Men to draw their attention.  The moment bears a lot of emotional impact as Maya, a young mutant who has idolized Storm, succumbs to the M-pox disease right after meeting her hero. This is a significant moment for Storm who since the beginning of this series has shown a rare lack of confidence in her leadership, pondering whether she was helping or endangering the mutantkind with her team’s approach to the current crisis. Throughout all the whirlwind drama and threats faced in the past 16 issues we see Storm’s uncertainty come to an end in this issue,  and symbolically it occurs after the dying mutant girl Maya chooses the nickname “Lucid” after Storm’s honorary induction of her into the X-Men. It was a beautiful moment and almost made me tear up. Writing and moments like this have been very rare, it was just beautiful to read.

Another positive with this issue is how neutral it is in its narrative. In many comics or narratives, we’re inclined to view the primary characters as tacit protagonists who are immediately afforded moral superiority. In this issue the exclusivity and prejudice within the X-Men themselves is confronted, As Maya’s sister notes how busy and perhaps standoffish the X-Men are to less pressing (or perhaps forgotten) concerns, she interestingly identifies Jean Grey as the top of the social ladder. There is even a very poignant discussion on what it means to be “hero” between Storm and Old Logan. This seemed to be a direct answer to Brett’s remarks that the X-Men didn’t seem heroic in his review of Inhuman’s vs X-Men #1. It was a moment of candid reflection, and despite the clear moral ambiguity of the X-Men’s dilemma it was very refreshing to see it addressed so honestly. I tend to pay more attention and invest emotionally more in characters when they are written (and read) critically in this way without bias.

Extraordinary X-Men #17 as well as the previous issue do a great job of framing the moral and practical reasoning for why this faction is jumping into the fight against the Inhumans, it was a heartfelt issue that took a tone and style that is quite rare. The art somehow felt very personal as well, There were some shots of Maya that were reminiscent of Frank Quietly’s art which I enjoyed and some vignette’s of Storm’s life that had a very tributary feel to it. Extraordinary X-Men #17 a must read for anyone wanting to take a quick glimpse into the X-Men’s side of the upcoming war from a moral standpoint.

Final Thoughts

Admittedly I am pro-mutant / pro X-men in this conflict however I can’t help but be fair and note that Inhumans may have some moral high ground in this conflict when faced with pollution in years passed they didn’t go to war with humanity over it, they simply left. I’ll be disappointed if this fact does not come up in any future issues of IvX X-Men or Inhumans.

Spoiler: The Inhuman’s were given multiple visions of the future(s) at the conclusion of Civil War #8. Precognition being a tricky yet powerful tool, this makes me wonder if the Inhumans won’t be as taken by surprise by the Mutant offensive as we are led to believe.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Eric Koda, Tom Palmer, Morry Hollowell
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy!

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Legion Gets a New Poster

FX has released a new poster for their upcoming television show Legion. The new poster focuses on David Haller’s psychic powers.

Legion premieres February 8.

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X-Men First Class Dice Masters in June 2017

2037170_first_classA new set for Dice Masters has appeared on WizKids‘ solicits page. June sees a brand new Marvel set, Marvel Dice Masters: X-Men First Class. The set is just listed as a gravity feed plus the bonus cards that go with it. That’s the second set focused on the X-Men, the first being Marvel Dice Masters: Uncanny X-Men. Recently Marvel Dice Masters: Deadpool was released which featured X characters.

2017 sees the continuation of primarily gravity feed releases which consists of foil packs that feature 2 cards and 2 dice. 2017 has solicited two starter sets, one team pack, one box set, and 3 gravity feeds in the first six months.

So far for 2017 we will see Marvel Dice Masters: Iron Man and War Machine Starter set in February, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dice Masters: Heroes in a Half Shell Box Set in February, DC Comics Dice Masters: Batman gravity feed in February, Marvel Dice Masters: Defenders Team Pack in March, Marvel Dice Masters: Guardians of the Galaxy in February, DC Comics Dice Masters: Superman and Wonder Woman Starter set in May.

The X-Men Blue and Gold Teams and Creators are Revealed

With Marvel‘s next big X-Men event Inhumans vs. X-Men kicking off this week, we’re already looking ahead to what comes after. About a month ago the comic publisher began to release teasers for ResurrXion which hinted as to what’s to come next. Two of those teasers were for X-Men: Blue and X-Men: Gold which went for the nostalgia of long time fans. In the 90s the X teams were split into two squads, Blue and Gold, before being merged back together.

While we knew about the return of the split, we didn’t know who would be involved creatively or what the roster of each team would consist of (though each teaser makes that part clear in retrospect).

X-Men: Gold will be written by Marc Guggenheim with art by Ardian Syaf and consist of Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Old Man Logan, Rachel Grey, and Kitty Pryde who will be the new team leader.

This new series will take the team back to its roots in many ways with a new iteration returning to the focus on racism and anti-mutant hysteria… oh yeah, there’s also a new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. With Pryde as the leader it’s a more positive outlook and the team getting back to being heroes. That means no more Guardians of the Galaxy for Kitty Pryde and also Storm stepping aside and passing the baton. Rachel Grey also gets a makeover and a new codename of Prestige.

X-Men: Blue will be written by Cullen Bunn with art by Jorge Molina with the time-trapped Cyclops, Iceman, Beast, Angel, Jean Grey as the leader, and Magneto as a mentor. That last part sets some interesting things up because it was Magneto that the team first battled so many years ago and they really only know him as that having missed that character’s evolution over the years.

The two teams will also operate out of the same headquarters, but it’s unknown if it’s the current HQ located in Limbo.

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The two series launch April 2017 and will ship twice a month.

The X-Men Come to Munchkin

Steve Jackson Games and USAopoly have teamed-up for a brand new edition of Munchkin featuring the X-Men!

From the announcement:

It’s the game every mutant has been waiting for! Join the X-Men on a thrilling adventure to defend mankind from renegade mutants. MUNCHKIN: X-Men Edition combines Marvel’s beloved collection of X-Men comics with the role-playing fun of Munchkin. Players take on the role of students attending Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters and team up with Professor X, Wolverine, and more super-charged mutants to take down the likes of Sabretooth, Juggernaut, and the almighty Magneto. The game will include 128 Door and Treasure cards, four player Role cards, four level trackers, game rules, and a custom die.

The game will be out March 2017. The company also publishes Munchkin: Marvel Edition and its two expansions, Munchkin Marvel 2: Mystic Mayhem and Munchkin Marvel 3: Cosmic Chaos and also has Munchkin Zombies: The Walking Dead. There are also Munchkin comics published by BOOM! Studios.

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Marvel Collector Corps: X-Men Teaser!

Funko‘s X-Men trailer is here! Who do you think will be in the box? Sign up today for the next Marvel Collector Corps. now!

Pop! Marvel: X-Men – Logan, Dorbz, and Keychain in December and January

He’s the best at what he does, but what he does isn’t very nice!

The adamantium-filled, self-healing superhero Wolverine is getting an all-new Funko treatment!

Collect Wolverine and his retractable claws as Pop!s, Dorbz, and a Pocket Pop! Keychain!

Be sure to look for exclusive figures! Collect the Logan tank top Pop! and Dorbz only at Hot Topic, and Weapon X Wolverine Pop! only at Target!

Pop! Marvel: X-Men – Logan

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Dorbz: X-Men – Logan

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Pocket Pop! Keychain: Wolverine

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Review: Extraordinary X-Men #15

extraordinary_x_men__15-1The latest issue of Extraordinary X-Men has us moving between worlds as Storm and Magik try and get back the soul sword from a possessed Sabina while Nightcrawler and Co. try and save an Apocalypse possessed Colossus. The ladies manage to gain the trust and assistance of the Mystics who aid Storm and Magik in their trip to Limbo to save it. Colossus seems to be unmoved by his former friends in his current state which might spell trouble for the X-Men.

The artwork by Victor Ibanez is clean and detailed. Each panel aids in keeping the story fresh, interesting and a real page turner. This issue reads more like a TV show than a comic and the story seems to jump off of the page.

The writing by Jeff Lemire is solid. There is nothing cliched or wasted in any of the bubbles. This issue seems to push the story forward and keep the readers interested enough to wait anxiously for the next and final issue in this arc.

Overall I found this issue a real page turner. It was strong, cohesive and effective in pushing the story along. With the X-Men being such an old series it’s kind of refreshing to read new stories. It’s a nice addition to the universe without being contrived or appearing like a trick to keep readers interested. It’s a solid issue in an interesting arc.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Victor Ibanez
Story: 8.7 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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