Posts Tagged ‘All-New X-Men’

All-New X-Men #21Another great issue ruined by ‘teenage drama’.

Seriously, can we just make the Jean/Scott ‘angst’ illegal unless you’re going to actually do something with it other than create needless rejected scenes from an 80s movie? Bendis has been pretty bad milking this whole thing. ‘Who will Jean choose?’ ‘Oh, a contender for Scott’s affections!’ It’s borderline sexist on a good day. I know the Scott/Jean relationship is one of those ‘epic comic book romances’ but it’s not the 80s anymore, we’ve all moved on. Quit trying to re-live your boy fantasies and wasting space.

That being said, the rest of the issue is pretty awesome. We get a little history lesson about William Styker and his relationship with A.I.M., then the religious zealots are waylaid by science, and none of it is majorly overdone. These guys are smart enough to realize that killing time travelers from the past can be a majorly bad idea. They are also smart enough to know they need to find someone smarter than them to figure this out. I love it when the bad guy is realistic about their situation.

Unfortunately, that just gave the X-Men time to wake up and escape. But realistically, it’s a better fate than unraveling the space/time continuum… maybe.

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All-New X-Men #20Rule #1 of Comics: Never, ever, EVER, trust the cover.

As much as I’m glad X-23 doesn’t actually kiss Scott, I’m annoyed that she ‘doesn’t do hugs’. X-23 does do hugs, she just doesn’t hug people she’s only known five minutes who took her to a former Weapons X facility. I hope Bendis understands this distinction. X-23 is a great and complicated character who has a really sad backstory, not to mention what just happened in Avengers Arena, but knowing how much Bendis likes to ignore established backstory, I’m sure none of this will come into play.

But at least the whole issue isn’t one long bad teenage drama fest (Jean is jealous that Scott thinks X-23 is hot, hypocrite much? trope much? Bendis unimaginative much?) and we see that Stryker’s son is out for mutant blood. The scary part though is that what he says does make a lot of sense when taken from an angle. All you have to do is dehumanize mutants and he is perfectly legit. This applies to so much else in our world and it is truly the biggest danger the mutants will ever face. Nothing hurts deeper than ideology gone wrong.

The team is taken out, well except for Angel, and considering the rhetoric that was spilled his way in the last issue with him being, well, an Angel, I have a feeling we might actually pull away from the Jean/Scott drama for a bit and focus on one of the other characters for awhile…

One can hope…


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All-New X-Men #19Mutants are analogues, this has always been true.

The X-Men are also no strangers to religious intolerance, it’s the unfortunate reality of human nature. So it’s no real surprise that the X-Men are once again coming up against religious zealots who believe it is god’s will to destroy all mutants. The parallels to modern minorities is obvious here but not overbearing and I will never deny a comic’s attempt at social commentary as long as it’s done well or at least tastefully.

However, all we get here is very little, few comments from Angel, and it’s mostly just an excuse for people to punch each other and chase after X-23. I got nothing against some beat ’em ups too, but I hate it when potential is teased then just ignored.

Otherwise, this feels like a filler episode, just something to get us to the big X-23 reveal…

Somehow I feel this can’t end well…

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All-New X-Men #18As a person, I like Jean Grey, but as character, I despise her.

This issue was going along rather nicely despite the fact that it’s still weird to see Kitty on Scott’s side, but her interactions with Illyana were pretty cool. Then suddenly this issue is all about how much everyone loves Jean Grey. It’s not even a commentary on how good of a person or whatever she is, nope, it’s about a bunch of guys who can apparently only think about why Jean doesn’t love them. To make it work, their thinking is horribly wrong and flawed, a lot of it is why the term ‘friendzoned’ is now offensive. No one can seem to write Jean as her own character, it’s always about her relationships and how everyone is in love with her.

I know, these are teenage boys and they are hormonal like that but do we really need panel after panel of these boys and their unhealthy obsession with Jean? Because that’s what it is, really unhealthy and I’m actually glad that Bendis does try to show how idiotic Hank is being and lets Jean get rightfully upset over how wrong the whole thing is. But at the same time, it all feels trite because he caps it off with a ‘rescue from the Angel’ and now there seems to be another goddamn contender in the ring.

Basically, what Bendis has here is an opportunity, he can either show how the objectification of a female by males is a bad thing by correcting these boys behavior towards her, or he can turn this into some kind of ‘wet dream’ fantasy over a character he had a hard on for when he was a teenage boy.

Forgive me if I don’t have a lot of faith right now, especially since this whole series seems to be one bad ‘teenage romance’ trope from the beginning.

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All-New X-Men #17Time Travel! You get to time travel! And you get to time travel! Everyone gets to time travel!

Have I mentioned how much I hate time travel arcs? Jubilee is going by Wolverine now, which is kinda nice, except it will never actually happen because they will never let Logan die. And how does Quire play host to the Phoenix Force if it’s been destroyed? Why can’t it stay dead too? Don’t get me started on the possible parentage of Kymera. UGH!

It is interesting to see that glimpse of the future and just how the one group of X-Men went off their rocker. Dazzler as President? Yeah, I can see it.

But all things considered, this “Event” has been running at a pretty slow pace. If they are giving us this pay off in part 6 of 10… I have a feeling there really isn’t much left for them to do and it will either end anti-climatically or very rushed. And except for whoever leaves/stays, none of this is going to matter in the long run.

What I really wanna know though… where is Rogue and/or Gambit in this future? Yes, I have a one track mind. If they aren’t going to get a direct mention then I’ll just assume they got married and shacked up in an Italian villa… totally plausible.

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All-New X-Men #16This issue marks Chapter 2 of the Battle of the Atom crossover event. And yet again, Bendis retells the story from a different point of view, only this time he does it inside the same issue. While there is nothing inherently wrong with that concept, I just feel that if they are doing an event they should do more in the time they have rather than rehash a lot of it. The whole idea of Jean getting paranoid that they won’t let them read their minds and then asking Beast and Scott to leave could have taken up maybe three pages at most and still gotten the point across.

Regardless, a lot did happen here. We get introduced to the future team, which, annoys me but not so much because of who they are but because, in general, I hate this concept when used inside a medium like comics. It’s just conjecture and ‘whatever is useful for the moment’ because there is no way any of this will be canon in the future. In a year, new writers, new events, etc, will completely invalidate the whole thing. So, yeah, me not liking this is a personal pet peeve and I really shouldn’t hold it against Bendis, but it definitely makes it harder for me to enjoy the story. Like, if Charles has a grandson, presumably that means David and Ruth hook up and that’s a big YAY! since they are one of my OTP’s. But it’s annoying to know that a year from now, that OTP can be totally crushed cause the plot dictates it.  That is the sound of my head hitting the desk.

As for everything else, some good points where made, like Jean going back is pretty much a death sentence for her. It’s a decent set up for much to come, a lot of sub-plots dancing around. Let’s see where this goes, and take most of it with a grain of salt.

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All-New X-Men #15You know what Jean’s true mutant power is? It’s the ability to make everyone fall in love with her.

Seriously, I mean, has there been any straight male character who hasn’t fallen for her at some point? It’s actually really freaking annoying. I can only imagine what it must be like for actual Jean/Scott shippers, hell, even Emma/Scott shippers. I’m kinda glad I don’t care if she gets with Scott, or anyone else for that matter, but if her whole story becomes ‘who will she choose’ kind of thing then I will have to save one of the slaps I’m going to give Remender and slap Bendis.

Bobby is always fun though, the way he’s kinda freaking out about his older self getting it on with Kitty. Then going out to the carnival and being so proud of himself as a mutant despite the fact that he’s heard a lot of bad things about how mutants are treated. It’s nice to see more of that other side, people who like mutants and think they are cool. Though I do wonder how much of it is genuine “mutants are people too” and how much is “mutants are a cool novelty”. I wonder if anyone will be bold enough to really go there on the social commentary…

Oh, and the whole Jean/Rachel thing… it’s kinda stupid but hilarious at the same time. When is someone going to tell Jean that Rachel is her daughter from another timeline? Does Jean already know due to the memories she downloaded? I hope we’ll see…

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