This week’s list of comic is shorter by far( at least on the Marvel side). Most weeks I like more but I’m kinda, sorta glad I don’t have as much to read and review. I’ve had a lot going on at work and it’s just nice to relax a little while reading my comics for the week. I have 5 books to read this week, three are X-men related, one is the first of a new series, and one is about the god of thunder. Without further adieu, lets get started:
1. The first book I read this week was Amazing X-men #016. For the most part I really liked this comic book. With one exception: I think the demon guarding the Gem of Cyttorak looks kind of stupid. To give a brief synopsis of what has happened so far: Colossus woke up from a dream where he has a vision that the Gem of Cyttorak is back on earth and is beckoning him to find it. Colossus has been previously inhabited by the gem. He wants to go after the gem but because of previous erratic behavior, Storm won’t let him go. Instead, the rest of the team goes to take care of the gem. When they arrive at the place in Colossus’ vision, the X-men find a demon is guarding the gem.
This issue is largely focused on two battles Rockslide vs the Demon and the rest of the X-men vs. the rest of the villains that have come to claim the gem. There is a third, not as prevalent storyline with Colossus trying to find a way to the gem. I think the only thing that is lacking in this book is the art. In most of the book the art is fine. However, this is not the strongest issue for consistent art. I’m not sure why but the demon in the book seems poorly drawn.
This book is part 2 of 4 part storyline. What I found is that, many times, the middle story of a mini storyline shies away from the story to focus on an epic battle between good and evil. There is no difference here. For those of us that have never read anything about the gem of Cyttorak, knowing more about the gem and why everyone is after it, would be nice. I’m giving this comic book a grade of B. While I liked it, I didn’t love it.
2. It would be really easy to ruin everything that happened in Uncanny X-men #30 with this review. A lot happens! Most of it not very good. For those of you that need a recap: When Charles Xavier died, he left a will. In it he revealed two pretty big bombshells. One: He married Mystique in order to save the Mutant population and two: When he was younger he met a Mutant so powerful that Charles was forced to suppress that Mutant’s power with psychic blocks.
On top of that, Xavier has refused to divulge the rest of his Will until the current X-men have determined that Matthew Malloy’s powers are still repressed. Cyclops gets in front of the problem by adding to it. Instead of repressing his powers, Cyclops tries to recruit Matthew, whose powers are still out of control. Magneto tries to stop Cyclops. Matthew’s powers go out of control but not before Maria Hill and S.H.I.E.L.D. attack. In addition, Eva Bell has gone into the past to convince Xavier of the past to lend assistance
This issue is the aftermath of that attack and, boy, it’s pretty intense. No one is safe.
The writing in this book is very good. The revelations in this book will have huge ramifications for the X-universe. The art is mostly good. I have never been a huge fan of how the artist draws Beast. Other than that, the art in this book was really good. I especially liked the scenes where Xavier reads Eva Bell’s mind.
3. Wolverines is not an easy book to describe, but I’ll give it a shot. Wolverine was encased in Adamantium while infiltrating an revamp of the X-23 program in a place ironically referred to as Paradise. Paradise was destroyed, but before it was, 5 prisoners who had been augmented to have bigger than life powers escaped. In their DNA was encoded a sort of time bomb that could destroy them.
In order to defuse the time bomb they kidnap 5 Mutants that were enemies of Wolverine that also have healing factors. In their adventures they find another survivor from Paradise who has been genetically engineered to be the perfect thief named Fantomelle. The Paradise survivors and Wolverines plan to break into Mr. Sinister’s lair to retrieve Wolverine’s body.
Issue 4 is a bit hard to review because most of the issue I thought one thing was happening most of the issue and it turned out to be something else entirely. I don’t mind a fake out from time to time but there are moments when authors of these comic books try to be so clever with the intention of showing off. Charles Soule is one of just a few of my favorite writers in the comic book universe but there are times when I think he knows it. He sometimes comes across the hot girl who knows she’s hot….a little too confident. But still, this is turning out to be an interesting series. I’m looking forward to what comes next. Grade: B
4. There is a new band of Uncanny Avengers that has risen. Hence a new comic book Uncanny Avengers #001. To catch you up the best way is to just read one of the first panels after the introduction. The Avengers Unity squad is no more, Steve Rogers has lost his serum and now Falcon is the new Captain, there is a new Thor,Havok has gone mad and kidnapped his wife and Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver have found out that Magneto is not their dad. Oh, and Sabretooth is acting like hero out of remorse over his actions.
There are new team members this time around. Doctor Voodoo and Sabretooth along with Vision have joined the team. Their first mission: to find Rogue who has gone, well umm, Rogue. She has ended up on Counter Earth with the High Evolutionary to find out more about who her father is.
This book is the introduction to a new story so the majority of this story is without action. It does a good job introducing new characters and the beginning of a new story.
Part of the difficulty with the book is that it is supposed to take place after the AXIS event. AXIS was not a great event so I’m not as emotionally invested in this book.
The writing was not bad, it just needs a better separation so that it can be its own book. Grade: B
5. Thor 004 adds a layer to the story that we hadn’t seen before. We thought we knew who the new Goddess was but this book shatters that idea.
We see a fight between Thorette and Odinson for control of Mjolinar. The battle ends in a way that is somewhat expected but nonetheless cool
I have never been a big fan of Roxxon but the new twists and turns could make it an interesting storyline. Grade: B. The art was inconsistent but it was a fun read