Archive for September, 2013

Uncanny Avengers #12For once, Remender is scarily close to correctly characterizing a character… but it’s still full of fails.

Is it just me, or is Wanda sounding a lot like dear old dad here? The whole ‘take all the mutants to Jupiter to live in a mutant-only world’ reminds me of Asteroid M. She also seems to have been convinced that humans and mutants will never get along. This whole situation is very much a Magneto thing and Wanda has, in the past, done some insane things in the name of just making everyone stop fighting…

But here’s the thing. Wanda knows that not all humans are bad, she is friends with some very human Avengers, for good or bad. And the whole “House of M” thing wasn’t exactly her idea. She was in a vulnerable state and her brother gave her the idea. When everyone was coming to kill her, she latched onto the idea and gave it form, even turning herself ‘human’ in House of M to highlight just how much less-than-worth-loathing Wanda had stored up. House of M failed, No More Mutants wasn’t any better, but both times she was just trying to do something, anything, to stop the fighting, and the pain.

So yeah, in some respect you can see her latching onto the Jupiter thing in the same vein… but I think Wanda would have learned from everything that happened during House of M, plus being an Avenger in general, that a) you have to treat the cause of the human/mutant divide, not the symptoms, and b) never, ever, ever trust the bad guy, doesn’t matter what they are saying.

At the moment, Wanda seems to be walking back through the same old loop without any real character advancement. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and over again but expecting different results. That is Wanda right now. And she very much deserves way more than this.

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Review: Deadpool #16

Deadpool #16You would really think these Weapon X types would have learned their lesson. I guess for all the tech/bio smarts they have, they lack common sense.

You don’t put the likes of Deadpool in a cage, he’s going to get out and kill everything that moves. But kudos to Butler for having the balls to face Deadpool dead on. Granted, he did have some aces up his sleeve, but this is Deadpool we’re talking about, he can be unstable at times.

It’s pretty messed up though, about all the super-heroes that were created and their sadistic training. Talk about human rights violations. I want to kick Butler in the face myself. Figures that the one who was injected with Nightcrawler’s DNA is the one with the biggest heart. I really hope he gets to live through this story arc. But then they have back up in the form of Wolverine and Captain America, so they have a definite chance of getting everyone out alive (not that the writer would actually let that happen).

This also means that not only did Wolverine come to help Wade (after telling him off) but so did Cap. They are his friends, and for someone like Wade who does what he does and lives like he lives, that probably means more than any of the characters will ever admit to.

As for Eleanor, is she really Wade’s daughter? As far as I know this is the first we’ve heard of her so anything could happen. Kinda messed up the way they are introducing her, but it has the effect needed. Poor Wade, “she’s too beautiful to be mine”. That boy has some major self-image issues, and he hides them all behind jokes.

Also, kudos for Preston, someone had to kick Deadpool out of his moping.

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Review: X-Men Legacy #17

X-Men Legacy #17Well, that escalated quickly.

It seems that whatever kind of mutant that new-mutant was, combining her powers with David’s is a bad… very bad… thing. And David knew it, or at least that is how it reads to me with his complete lack of surprise when it all happens. So does that mean David went to this place, at this time, and fights Scott knowing full well what was going to happen. Thereby also puting Ruth into the position of having to kill him to save mutantkind. As much as I ship these two, it’s really turning into a very unhealthy relationship.

But anyway… if he seemingly knows what’s going to happen… then why did he go? Why didn’t he just let Scott handle the new mutant and let that be the end of it? Or am I just reading it wrong and it wasn’t until he was caught in the mutant’s power that he realized what was happening? Or maybe David just believes in not mucking with the time stream?

In any case, we know he doesn’t die because Legacy is still running through at least December and hasn’t been cancelled to my knowledge. So Ruth is going to have to kick her brother’s butt and save the day. Should be fun.

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Wolverine and the X-Men #36Battle of the Atom continues, but fails to answer the biggest question of all: Who the hell would let young!Bobby watch a baby?!?

Anyway, this issue had some epic battles Young!Jean, Emma and the Cuckoo’s against old!Jean. Then the X-Men verses X-Men. As cool as it is to see these fights, you can’t help but marvel at the pointlessness of the whole thing. Why does it seem that recently it’s all ‘vs’ story lines, and not Good Guys vs Bad Guys but everyone versus themselves. Everyone is on the same team, they should be able to be reasonable about this, not get into fights at the drop of a hat. Ugh.

Deadpool was pretty awesome though, continues to be smarter than most everyone gives him credit for. But his story was a lie, so what is the truth? When Magik goes into the future with young!Bobby and young!Beast it looks nearly idyllic. Even the Sentinels are polite. But whatever young!Jean saw in old!jean’s head made her change her mind. Was old!Jean being sneaky and giving her false information? Or information from a certain point of view? Or is the idyllic future harboring a horrible secret?

Finally, it’s starting to get pretty interesting. Let’s hope we get more of this mystery and less in-fighting.

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via Deadline

Constantine #1EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros. TV and DC Comics are on a roll this development season with a third high-profile project. Constantine, a drama based on the characters in DC Comics’ John Constantine stories, has sold to NBC with penalty. It is written/executive produced by The Mentalist executive producer Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer, the go-to writer for Warner Bros.’ feature DC adaptations. Constantine centers on John Constantine, an enigmatic and irreverent con man-turned-reluctant supernatural detective who is thrust into the role of defending us against dark forces from beyond.

John Constantine, who first appeared in 1985 as a recurring character in the horror series The Saga Of The Swamp Thing, was created by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette and Jamie Delano. He was portrayed by Keanu Reeves in the 2005 feature Constantine and is rumored to be featured in the Justice League Dark feature Warner Bros. has in the works with Guillermo del Toro.

Constantine joins Warner Bros. TV/DC’s The Flash at the CW, a spinoff from hit Arrow, and a Gotham City/Commissioner Gordon drama at Fox, which has a series commitment.  WME-repped Goyer has co-written The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins, Man Of Steel and the upcoming Batman vs. Superman. On TV, he is the creator/executive producer of Starz’s Da Vinci’s Demons. WME-repped Cerone is the creator/executive producer of Canadian drama Motive, which aired on ABC this summer and is awaiting a second-season renewal.

The thing is, they tried a similar show in 1998 called Brimstone, it wasn’t the greatest, but it wasn’t bad either, only lasted a season. But with Constantine being based of a comic book character, and it’s a different age/generation in the major demographic now, this could have a better chance at working as long as it’s written well. Though it’s possible non-comic book people could just see it as an attempt to piggy back on recent hits like GRIMM, Once Upon a Time, and Sleepy Hollow.  It really depends on how they play it.

The most notable in all this is that NBC, which is Universal, picked up the show. The Gotham City show is going to FOX which is, of course, FOX. And The Flash is staying with Warner Brother on the CW along with Arrow. DC, which is owned by Warner Brothers, is being very free with their tv licensing of the DC characters. The only two network channels left to have a DC property is CBS and ABC. ABC has SHIELD and is owned by Disney, so I’d bet even money we’ll never see a DC show there, but there is nothing stopping CBS except they are the #1 network so they probably don’t care if they have one or not.

All these shows coming out of the woodwork, but yet still no Wonder Woman.

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Now On Air:

1X01 – Sentinel
Air Date: 9/27/2013
The X-Men must decide what to do about Sentinel and just how far are they willing to cross the line into Brotherhood territory.
Rated TV14 for violence.

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Review: Gambit #17

Gambit #17With this issue, Gambit’s latest Solo comes to an end… so why didn’t Asmus end it?

I seriously sat for twenty minutes just staring at the comic thinking there should be another page… and there wasn’t. Which wouldn’t have been so bad if there had been some concrete evidence of where Gambit would be next. Uncanny Avengers is out, maybe Wolverine and the X-Men but that doesn’t seem as likely either, and that ending… it definitely shuts down on the options.

But let’s ignore the ending for a moment and look at the two big things, the first off being Remy and his dad. While it was nice that they kinda had that father/son moment, I can’t help thinking that Jean-Luc is playing Remy because, well, that’s what Jean-Luc does. He took Remy in, yes, because he thought he could use him. It’s always been about what’s best for either Jean-Luc or the Guild. And Remy’s almost casual use of the L-word here? It’s nice, it’s what you want to see from Remy as it heals a fractured relationship, but it doesn’t feel like it would really happen.

Conversely, Remy’s moment with Rogue was pretty spot on. The uncertainty in Rogue is palatable. She wants to tell him to just come with her, but she can’t, both because it’s a choice Remy has to make, but mostly because she’s also very much unsure about herself still. Yes, she did say that he’s not completely trustworthy because he’s a thief at heart, but it’s the truth, they both know it, and ultimately Rogue doesn’t care… she trusts him regardless.

As for Gambit himself, he seems to have accepted the fact that he’s a thief, through and through, and not meant to be the hero. I’m not sure I agree with that assessment of himself, but it’s legit for him to think it. He’s always had that self-worth complex going way back forever ago. I had kinda hoped he would get character development out of that trait in his solo but, well, we can’t always get what we want.

Now we come back to the ending that isn’t really an ending. Gambit is running the Guild and sorta still at the school. This is awesome in and of itself, but as a reader, where does it leave Gambit title wise? I want to read more about Gambit in general at the very least, but there is no real indication that we’ll be seeing him again any time soon. It’s incredibly frustrating. It’s really the ending of a TV show which has been cancelled after all the episodes have been filmed. And we all know that is probably the worst feeling, okay, second worst feeling in the world.

Well, at least he won’t be going to Uncanny Avengers… Remender can keep his grubby mits off him.

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