In Dark Phoenix, the X-Men face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own, Jean Grey. During a rescue mission in space, Jean is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain. With Jean spiraling out of control, and hurting the ones she loves most, she begins to unravel the very fabric that holds the X-Men together. Now, with this family falling apart, they must find a way to unite — not only to save Jean’s soul, but to save our very planet from aliens who wish to weaponize this force and rule the galaxy.
At Toy Fair, Hasbro revealed some “retro” X-Men 6″ figures. In the set are Dazzler, Silver Samurai, Wolverine, and Cyclops rocking his X-Factor uniform (a nice throwback to his classic X-Men figure release).
This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Super Heroes Saving Regular People
I recently picked up the X-Men graphic novel With Great Power that also features (you guessed it) Spider-Man, and collects X-Men #7-11 (the 2011 volume). Within the first dozen or so pages were three really short mini-stories, perhaps a page or two each, in which three member of the X-Men intervene in some comparatively simple situations where they save a person falling from a bridge, stop a robbery and solve a hostage situation. Angel, Colossus and Wolverine are shown individually as the prevent the negative results of the aforementioned situations, and I honestly enjoyed the opening pages far more than the rest of the story.
I think that’s because I love watching heroes that may not often be in street level situations react to them. Superman stopping a bank robbery isn’t shown as much in comics as the occurrences of Spider-Man doing the same; heroes that are frequently seen stopping world ending threats aren’t often seen stopping the corner store from being robbed. So when these moments happen in comics, I get stupidly excited (it’s also why I’m drawn toward heroes that don’t tend to be overly powerful, either).
Characters who are often seen as, or are, gods (Superman, Thor or the Hulk) being seen helping, or having an impact upon the common man often serves as a reminder of why the world sees them as heroes. Sure, Thor can go and save one of the other realms, but the postmen and women doing their regular jobs will never know about it. So it’s those rare moments that we get when we see a hero stepping out of their regularly scheduled programming to stop a robbery that are what I wanted to highlight today in a truncated column.
Saving the world, galaxy or universe stories are great, but sometimes I want to be reminded of the fact the Superman could casually save my life as I plummet to my impending doom as a result of the cable snapping when I wash a skyscraper’s windows. I want to think that Colossus will stop a taxi because someone’s ankle is caught in a drain. In short, I want to be reminded that superheroes will actually save regular people in between stopping Darksied and Apocalypse.
That’s why I think these stories are Underrated.
Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.
Fight to restore balance to the Battlerealm or team up with Minister Sinister to pursue mayhem as Havok officially makes his way to Kabam’s Marvel Contest of Champions.
Alexander Summers aka Havok, is the younger brother of Scott Summers. Much like his brother Havok has the ability to project blasts of plasma energy, though his blasts are released as concentric waves of energy, and Havok must use significant effort to focus them into directed blasts. Havok can be overwhelmed by his power which can make him nearly as dangerous to his friends as his enemies, and leads him to wear a specialized containment suit.
The Champion’s spotlight is here if you’d like to know about this character’s abilities and stats.
Marvel Collector Corps is back! The bimonthly premium box service is from Funko and Marvel featuring all sorts of mysterious goodies inside. This month’s theme is “X-Men” celebrating 55 years of Charles Xavier’s band of mutant misfits.
We show off what you get inside this new box. You can order the next one now which has the theme of “Captain Marvel” and will be out in March.
This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, we’ll receive a percentage of the sale. Graphic Policy does purchase items from this site. Making purchases through these links helps support the site
Marvel provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, we’ll receive a percentage of the sale. Graphic Policy does purchase items from this site. Making purchases through these links helps support the site
It all ends here!!! The original five X-Men have taken the fight back to Ahab…but at what cost? Who lives? Who dies? The X-Men will never be the same again.
This is it, the end to the latest X epic as Ahab continues to press his fight against the X-Men. Things look desperate as members are turned into Hounds. And, lets face it, there’s a lot to wrap here. For years now, the original X-Men have been stuck in modern times and that has left so many questions out there. Do they get back? How? Do they remember? That’s all answered here.
Writer Ed Brisson not only wraps up so huge plot questions with this event but also sets up what’s to come for years. Extermination #5 really shakes things up delivering an excellent action packed story. And, it’s ending is satisfying. While much of it is predictable, it still wraps up what is a mess for continuity nicely.
The issue hits the right beats delivering so much so nicely in an issue that packs a solid punch. There’s death. There’s time travel. There’s so much that makes the X-Men the X-Men. And Brisson makes sure to deliver numerous small moments that matter (if the Iceman talking to Iceman doesn’t touch you a little…).
Pepe Larraz with color by Marte Gracia and lettering by Joe Sabino deliver on the art. This issue has a lot packed in with a hell of a lot of characters and the art team is focused on what to emphasize. The detail is where it needs to be and small details add so much. And the moments that need pop have exactly that. The art gives you that hell yeah punch.
This event delivers in wrapping up years of plot lines, and messy time travel plot lines at that. It also sets up some twists with one saying holy crap and one not expected to be in this issue, but expected due to solicitations. X events have been hit and miss for years but this is one that delivers in every way and that includes this final issue.
Story: Ed Brisson Art: Pepe Larraz Color: Marte Gracia Letterer: Joe Sabino Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy
Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
(W) Ed Brisson, Kelly Thompson, Matthew Rosenberg (A) Yildiray Cinar (CA) Elizabeth Torque Rated T+ In Shops: Dec 19, 2018 SRP: $3.99
X-MEN DISASSEMBLED CONTINUES! Just when things didn’t look like they could get worse… The ride of the Four Horsemen of Salvation? The coming of X-Man? And…a return to the AGE OF APOCALYPSE? The weekly epic that threatens to leave the X-Men in tatters rolls on toward its explosive conclusion!