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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.

Matthew Rosenberg and Greg Land Take on Astonishing X-Men

 A change is coming to the Astonishing X-Men in the form of a new line-up – and an all-new creative team! Marvel exclusive writer Matthew Rosenberg and superstar artist Greg Land will take over the series starting with issue #13! And they’re taking Beast, Dazzler, Colossus, Havok, and Warpath on a new and exciting adventure in a brand-new X-Men story!

Rosenberg teased that this is a slightly different approach to this X-Men team and the reasons they’re together and their role is one that the X-Men haven’t played in a while.

Astonishing X-Men #13 arrives in comic shops this July 4th!

The Sights and Cosplayers of C2E2 2018

I attended C2E2 on Saturday and Sunday, April 7 and 8, 2018 and was immediately greeted by a plethora of cosplayers, booths from almost every major comic book company, and retailers from comic book shops and dealers to those annoying pop culture mashup T-shirt vendors. There was even Revolution Brewing, which provided some much needed refreshment from the crowded exhibit floor and Artist’s Alley. And yes, C2E2 still has one of the best Artist Alleys in the game and balances its celebrity and comics guests.

When I first attended C2E2 in 2013, I never thought that I’d see podcasters signing autographs next to actors who used to play Superman or the the stars of highly rated NBC primetime shows.

Without further ado, here are some of the sights and cosplayers of C2E2 2018, including some Geeks Out after party shenanigans.

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Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below! While you are waiting for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

The Hollywood Reporter – Stan Lee Needs a Hero: Elder Abuse Claims and a Battle Over the Aging Marvel Creator – This is heartbreaking.

Kotaku – It’s Amazing That Marvel and DC’s Classic X-Men and Teen Titans Crossover Ever Happened – Who remembers this awesomeness?

CBR – Russo Bros. Interested in Secret Wars Once Disney/Fox Deal Goes Through – Which version?

Newsarama – Two Years After DC’s Rebirth, What’s Been Answered? And What Mysteries & Questions Remain? – For those keeping track.

 

Reviews

The Beat – Ghost Stories

Review: X-Men Gold Vol. 0 : Homecoming

It’s Tuesday which means it’s new comic book day at book stores. This week we’ve got the X-Men!

X-Men Gold Vol. 0 : Homecoming collects X-Men (1991) #70-79, X-Men/Dr. Doom Annual 1998, and Material from X-Men Unlimited (1993) #18 by Joe Kelly, Joe Casey, Jorge Gonzales, Bill Rosemann, Carlos Pacheco, Jeff Johnson, German Garcia, Mat Broome, Aaron Lopresti, and Martin Egeland.

Get your copy in comic shops and book stores today. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Preview: X-Men: Blue #24

X-Men: Blue #24

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Jorge Molina
Color: Matt Milla, Jay David Ramos Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover: Jorge Molina
Graphic Designer: Jay Bowen, Anthony Gambino
X-Men Group Editor: Mark Paniccia Editor: Darren Shan Assistant Editor: Chris Robinson
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 28, 2018
SRP: $3.99

CRY HAVOK Part 2
• The X-MEN are missing, but MAGNETO mobilizes against his enemies! His first target: SEBASTIAN SHAW!
• What lengths will MAGNETO go to uncover his enemies’ secrets?
• Meanwhile, JIMMY HUDSON and BLOODSTORM face the MALICE-possessed POLARIS!

People’s History of the Marvel Universe, Week 12: The Mutant Metaphor (Part IV)

Face front, true believers!

In the last entry in this series, I was intending to write about Chris Claremont’s stamp on the mutant metaphor. However, recently I got bitten by a (non-radioactive) different idea and so instead I want to talk about another aspect of the mutant metaphor, a metaphor-within-a-metaphor, one that’s cropped up in many different eras of X-Men history: the comparison of humans and mutants to Neanderthals and Cro-Magnons.

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Til Death Do Us Part! The X-Wedding Of The Century Is Here!

This April, the most exciting X-Men Gold arc yet (issues #26-30) launches with ‘Til Death Do Us Part, culminating in the wedding of Kitty Pryde and Colossus! It’s an event that you won’t want to miss – and neither will any of Marvel’s merry mutants.

For the first time, check out the reveal of Kitty and Peter’s dazzling wedding photo, courtesy of J. Scott Campbell, as well as your first look at the uncanny wedding party for X-Men Gold #30 by Phil Noto – the oversized wedding issue where Kitty and Peter finally say “I do!”

It all starts with X-Men Gold #26, arriving this April at your local comic shops.

X-Men Gold is written by Marc Guggenheim with issue #29 featuring art by Geraldo Borges and cover by Phil Noto, #30 features art by David Marquez, cover by Noto and variant by J. Scott Campbell.

John Byrne’s Iconic X-Men Run To Receive Artifact Edition Treatment in July

One of the most requested Artist’s Edition-style books is finally on its way – John Byrne’s X-Men Artifact EditionJohn Byrne, thought by many to be the quintessential X-Men artist, began his legendary run on the title with issue #108 in 1977. Already a major hit in the Marvel Universe, Byrne, along with his co-creators Chris Claremont and Terry Austin, brought the    X-Men to the highest levels of popularity. To this day their run on the X-Men is one of the most fondly remembered series’ ever published by Marvel Comics.

Now IDW Publishing is proud to present John Byrne’s X-Men Artifact Edition, a gorgeous 12” x 17” Artist’s Edition style book featuring more than 100 pages of Byrne’s X-Men work, each and every one scanned from the rare and valuable original art. The only way you could have a better look at these originals would be if you were sitting next to Byrne as he was drawing them!

IDW’s Artist’s Editions have been praised for their beauty and meticulous attention to detail, they have won five prestigious Eisner Awards to date. John Byrne’s X-Men Artifact Edition will arrive in July.

Review: Iceman #11

ICEMAN #11 1Sina Grace ends his run on Iceman with a strong standalone story where Bobby overcomes his neuroses, freakouts about his past and possibly leading his own X-Men team, and a trigger happy team-up buddy in Rictor to help his parents’ neighbor, Mr. Poklemba, come to terms with being a mutant. Robert Gill and Rachelle Rosenberg handle the art duties for the main story while Grace does his first Marvel interiors with flashbacks of Bobby’s life as a young boy and X-Man as he comes to terms with being both a mutant and gay. Grace looks at how religion can (Catholicism in Bobby’s case.) influence one’s coming out as queer in a negative way and provides a fuller look at

Even if Iceman #11 deals with some heavy subject matter, like a priest repudiating young Bobby Drake’s status as a mutant and his parents discussing if they did something wrong with him to be one, Grace and Gill don’t abandon the comedy and dad jokes. After a one page cold open of Bobby’s ideal life, they cut to an extremely awkward pho “date” featuring him and Rictor where they talk about their exes way too much Also, lunch dates are the unsexiest of all dates.

One of my qualms with Iceman as a series has been Bobby’s  lack of interactions with other queer superhero  in a non-hostile way (*cough* Daken), and Grace and Gill remedy this in Iceman #11. Bobby and Rictor banter about how Iceman’s neurotic jokes might be a little bit of a turn-off and then they get to go on a mission together and talk the mutantphobic, telekinetic mutant Mr. Poklemba off the ledge. Rictor sees this team-up as a straight-up neutralizing a violent mutant adventure of the week while it’s more personal for Bobby. Either way, Rosenberg’s scarlet palette coming from a house is never a good sign.

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Sina Grace, Robert Gill, and Rachelle Rosenberg hit the right sweet spot between action spectacle and character introspection in Iceman #11. There’s a sort of silly scene where Rictor is getting tired of Bobby musing over how to reach out to Mr. Poklemba and is about to just knock the new mutant out, and Gill draws a montage of Bobby offering him an ice flower and wearing an ice helmet and wielding an ice sword until he finally ices down, introduces himself as Bobby and Madeline’s kid, and generally interacts with Poklemba on a human level.

Mr. Poklemba is pretty terrible with a house that is the opposite of clean, press clippings about all the bad things the X-Men have done, and has a religious hatred towards mutants, but Bobby doesn’t attack him and tries to help him through a heart to heart conversation. These scenes exhibit his growth as a character, and why he would make a great X-Men team leader because he chooses empathy over brute force and uses his abilities to defuse situations and not ramp them up. For example,  because he has the ability to manipulate the temperature of water molecules, he tells Mr. Poklemba to lower his body temperature so that the rage fueling his ability subsides. He is calm and a helping hand (And has a great ass, I had to.) in the middle of a storm and helps Poklemba  realize that maybe being a mutant isn’t as bad as he thought. Just because you have powers doesn’t mean you have to be a superhero or terrorist.

Iceman #11 has insightful flashbacks where Sina Grace shows his skill as an artist and riffs off the style of Jack Kirby, (possibly) Steve Ditko for the sad young Bobby at home scenes, Jim Lee, and even Stuart Immonen plus a plot featuring a one two-punch of cool ice/earthquake powers and human empathy. The series as a whole has been up and down, but Grace, Robert Gill, and Rachelle Rosenberg end it on a positive note with Bobby starting to realize his potential as both an X-Man and a single, gay man.

Story: Sina Grace Art: Robert Gill, Sina Grace Cover: Kevin Wada
Color: Rachelle Rosenberg Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Graphic Designers: Jay Bowen, Anthony Gambino
Group Editor: Mark Paniccia Editor: Chris Robinson Consulting Editor: Darren Shan
Story: 8.2 Art: 8.6 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

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