Posts Tagged ‘X-Men’

Review: X-Men #11

X-Men #11This series just keeps stalling out.

Not only is this issue a bit dull in the ‘we have to set things up’ kind of way, which can be forgivable, but there is simply nothing unique or interesting or clever about it. Wood is dragging up the B-List dead female characters, surprise surprise the lady who started it all is having second thoughts because she’s a spoiled rich girl in over her head, and Sublime drops some cryptic thing about Shogo because of course he has to.  None of this is particularly bad, but it’s not particularly good either.

What is going on?

Is Wood this bad of a writer or is he simply afraid to push things since he’s got the only female team book at the moment? Or worse, he actually thinks this is progressive stuff?

All I want to do is shake my head and I’m left in an existential quandary. I want to stop reading the title because it’s boring and is a bit too close to the sexist borderline… but I don’t want to stop reading it because then Marvel might think that ‘oh, no one wants women lead books’ instead of the truth ‘no one wants to read boring books regardless of the characters’. I guess at the moment it’s a wait and see what Wood is setting up for… Maddie coming back can actually be pretty epic if played right, I’m just not holding my breath.

And I agree with Rachel, I’m hoping we get Rogue back too.

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Marvel Knights: X-Men #4And pretty much everything goes to pot.

This is exactly what people are afraid of when they worry about what happens when mutants are left unchecked and untrained. This is touched on in the regular comics but here it takes on a very visceral form as Wolverine has apparently been under a suggestion spell, the girl had been used and abused by her Uncle, and Darla gets drunk and just doesn’t care anymore. The town is going to go up in a very big blaze of non-glory and it didn’t take much to do it.

Rogue and Wolverine get to use their history against east other. It’s a study in just how messed up these two are. Wolverine’s history is bloody, and Rogue’s mutation has to incur emotional issues that the regular comics can’t really touch without raising their ratings. It’s not quite as in depth as I would have loved to seen but the fact that Revel even goes there is pretty darn cool.

Being the second to last issue in a limited run, we get a lot of reveals and set up to the climax. At this point, I’m not sure how it’s going to end. Probably not with rainbows and kittens, that’s for sure.

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Review: X-Men #10

X-Men #10Well, that escalated quickly.

This issue is just bursting with sudden turns in the story line, and most of them don’t make any sense. Why didn’t Enchantress take out Monet properly? Why did they end up in the desert when they obviously had a lot better options (it had to take time to get there so why did they go there in the first place)? Why are the kids fighting when that goes against almost everything that school was founded on? And what moment did John and Rachael have cause I apparently missed it.

A hodgepodge of events ripple throughout this issue, everything from little side missions to Lady Deathstrike realizing that maybe she shouldn’t have activated the being intent on destroying the world. It’s a mess, that’s the only way to really describe what is going on in this issue.

And yet again, Wood is dragging up more female villains off the D-List (Dead-List) to go up against our group of females.

And this title was so promising in the beginning…

 

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Marvel Knights: X-Men #3Why is this a five part series? I would love to see this as an ongoing title in its own universe.

The X-Men are getting assaulted by their memories and it’s doing something to Logan who is suffering from all the signs of a major PTSD meltdown. This leads Rogue to take him on head to head when he wants to kill the unfortunate mutant who is causing all the problems. Rogue won’t let him punish the girl for something she has no control over.

This is Rogue! Not that crap Remender gave us.

The story itself is turning into a pretty straight forward mild-horror without a lot of twists or turns, and in a way, that’s perfect. There is only five issues, there isn’t a lot Revel can do without muddying up the panels and making it seem super ridiculous that so many things conveniently happen at once. Instead the pace stays quick and we get a lot of character driven moments.

Basically… how a comic should be.

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Review: X-Men #9

X-Men #9Monet doesn’t really understand physics or the concept of ‘collateral damage’ does she?

Seriously, she just blows into that building thinking that she’ll take out Arkea that way? Yeah, no. All she did was make a hole in a building which spread debris everywhere and caused untold structural damage. Surprise, surprise, it did jack all to Arkea other than let her know that she might want to make her exit.

And sometimes I have to wonder why the Mutants are so surprised regular people don’t like them? Randomly breaking buildings doesn’t help. I know they are trying to stop the big bad but, again, not the brightest plan of attack. Is Monet always like this? And why didn’t one of the half dozen people talking to her think to themselves ‘yeah, that’s not gonna work’.

This is the first title I’ve read by Wood and going in I had heard a lot of good things, that he wrote female characters really well and is critically acclaimed… so this title really confuses me.

He dredges up D-List villains for them to fight, manufactures a romance with the only male character that is just bad as those pushed on the only female character in the reverse, and has no concept of basic spacial awareness (remember the train incident in the beginning with Rogue?).

I’m starting to worry…

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Review: X-Men #8

X-Men #8Yeah, I don’t buy this.

Typhoid Mary manages to break into the Jean Grey school, steal something, then only gets found on the way out and is so far ahead that if Betsy wasn’t a telepath she would have made it? No, no effing way. There are too many people not to have some roaming the halls or errant powers to account for, the danger room is part of everything so the instant she was found she could have been gobbled up, and not to mention the lawn is alive.

This goes way past my ability to suspend disbelief.

The rest of this is typical villain escapades… and we pick up two new female villains so that they can start a sisterhood. I can’t be the only person annoyed that an all female team is only fighting female villains, some of which are being brought up from the dusty corners of semi-obscurity… seems like it’s defeating the purpose in there.

As for the whole thing between Roxy and Mercury… I have only one thing to say that:

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I’ll save my indepth thoughts on this till we see the whole thing, but here is a lot of interesting comments from CinemaBlend. Though, why are we seeing Iceman and Magneto together, I thought them rescuing Rogue together got cut?

Via CinemaBlend

Director Bryan Singer has revealed on Twitter that there are some very big promotional plans in store for the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past coming next week, and he has begun teasing those plans with the Instagram video you see above, featuring a surprising amount of new footage that wasn’t seen in the trailer that was unveiled a few months back.

The tease features quite a few interesting quick shots, so let’s take a much closer, in-depth look at them, shall we?

I can’t seem to embed the video so here it the link.

Quicksilver X-Men: Days of Future Past

The first shot that I picked up on is this one of Evan Peters as Quicksilver shattering some glass in super slow motion. He also seems to be disguised in a police officer’s uniform, which is just a tad strange.

Wolverine X-Men: Days of Future Past

Next up we have Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) wrapped up in some kind of metal and sinking to the bottom of a body of water. Looking at the way he is bound, I would guess that Magneto is somehow involved here, but I can’t be sure if it’s the older version played by Sir Ian McKellen or the young version played by Michael Fassbender.

Blink Warpath and Sunspot X-Men: Days of Future Past

This third screengrab shows off three mutants who will be making their first appearance in the X-Men franchise. Up front is Booboo Stewart as James Proudstar/Warpath, to the left is Fan Bingbing as Clarice Ferguson/Blink, and on the right is Adan Canto as Roberto da Costa/Sunspot.

Mystique and Magneto X-Men: Days of Future Past

Our fourth shot seems to be an intimate meeting between Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) and young Magneto (Michael Fassbender). At the end of Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class the two of them became very close and Mystique even left her closest friend, Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), to be with him. It will be interesting to see how their relationship has developed since, given that their timeline in Days of Future Pasttakes place 11 years after the events in that film.

Mystique X-Men: Days of Future Past

Here we have Mystique all by herself incognito in her “human” disguise. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the character in her pretty sundress and hat, as we got this behind-the-scenes photo a few months ago, but we’re still curious what she’s up to.

Iceman and Magneto X-Men: Days of Future Past

Lastly we jump back to the “future” timeline where we see two of Singer’s original franchise players: Shawn Ashmore as Iceman and McKellen as Magneto. With the exception of a few scenes in X2: X-Men United, these two characters have classically been portrayed on opposing sides – X-men vs. the Brotherhood of Mutants – but it would seem that facing an apocalyptic future has convinced them to work together.

We’re not 100% sure what exactly this is a tease for, but be sure to check back on Monday January 27th for even more X-Men: Days of Future Past awesomness.

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