Posts Tagged ‘X-Men’

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:

Sherlock - Do Your Research

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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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Marvel Knights: X-Men #2Now this is how you do Rogue.

With so much horrible characterization of Rogue coming out of Remender, it’s great to see that someone over at Marvel still understand what makes Rogue tick, it’s just a shame that this is a mini. Not only is Rogue rough and tumble in her fighting but she is understanding and forgiving of someone who may have done something really bad but is obviously suffering and remorseful because of it. No pettiness here, no sir-ee. (Though, honestly, I think the memory was from the other girl, but we’ll see.)

Wolvie, on the other hand, is kinda off his rocker but that must be the point as Rogue is pointing it out for the audience’s benefit. Kitty just seems to be herself which is also good considering she’s not had the best characterization either under Bendis.

Seriously, can we just give Revel his own comic because he obviously know these characters. I guess not being forced to shoe-horn his story into the greater Marvel Universe has allowed him to not feel the need to just ‘make it work’ and actually present these characters as they should be.

As for the story itself, it’s all pretty mysterious what’s going down. There are some weird drugs made by gun-hoarding isolationists and the Sheriff is in on it… this can’t be good, and I can’t wait for more…

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With so many mutants in this film already, I can only imagine this being a cameo or back ground filler.

via CinemaBlend

X-Men Days Of Future Past To Feature A Young Version Of Toad image
Thanks to the 1973 timeline portion of Bryan Singer’s upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past we already know that we will be getting to see the younger versions of multiple mutants. From the cast of X-Men: First Class we will see the return of James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult as Professor X, Magneto, Mystique and Beast, respectively, but it turns out the list doesn’t end there. Instead, the film will also be introducing a younger version of the villain known as Toad – who played by Ray Park in 2000’s X-Men – and now MTV has revealed that actor who will be playing him.

The site caught up with actor Evan Jonigkeit at a recent red carpet event for the television series Girls, and during their interview he revealed that he will be playing the mutant with the wicked tongue. You can watch him talk about it in the video below:

Toad, whose real name is Mortimer Toynbee, was first introduced in the comics back in 1964 as a servant of Magneto’s in the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. As seen in the first X-Men movie, he is an incredibly adept leaper and has a long, sticky prehensile tongue that he can use to strike his enemies. He also has the ability to produce an adhesive spit, which he used to nearly suffocate Jean Grey:

Given the events at the end of X-Men: First Class, we can probably assume that the 1973 version of Magneto is bringing together his own Brotherhood, and logic dictates that Toad would be one of his earliest followers. This means that the only Magneto henchmen not yet accounted for is Sabretooth, but considering the franchise is still trying to work around the continuity nightmare that is X-Men Origins: Wolverine it’s possible that the character won’t be addressed.

Days of Future Past was scripted by Simon Kinberg and Matthew Vaughn and begins in an apocalyptic future where mutants are hunted by giant robots called Sentinels. In order to try and stop this version of the future from ever coming to pass, the X-Men send Wolverine’s (Hugh Jackman) consciousness back through time to 1973 where he must meet with a young Profession Xavier (McAvoy) and convince him to help stop an event that could changes the world forever. In addition to all the names mentioned above, the expansive ensemble cast also includes Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page, Daniel Cudmore, Adam Canto, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Booboo Stewart, Evan Peters, Josh Helman, and Fan Bing Bing. Look for the film in theaters on May 23rd.

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Review: X-Men #7

X-Men #7So… we’re just going to ignore the fact that Rogue isn’t there anymore?

Okay, so the real story is all about the fact that Lady Deathstrike is back (sorta) and both Karima and Monet are back as well. Some rich girl in Columbia decides to have herself ‘infected’ with Lady Deathstrike’s conscious because, I dunno, because she can? Wood doesn’t really make that clear. Both Ana and LD seem to be interested in more mods and so they want the tech inside of Karima and plan one of the stupidest assaults on the school to date.  Karima and Monet had to be outside jogging or else the plot would have gotten really screwy by the fact LD would have had her butt handed to her even worse than she just did.

I’m also still a bit annoyed that so far this all-female team is getting nothing but female baddies to fight against…

And I have no idea what to make of the Jubilee and Roxy sub-plot at the moment, will have to see where that one goes.

But lastly, even though I haven’t gotten to the Uncanny Avengers issue I know that Rogue gets skewered and is apparently ‘dead’, so I guess at the moment they are just ignoring her absence post-Battle of the Atom until ‘all is made clear’ once Shock-Jock-Remender gets done with his plot arc.

Sometimes it’s the little things that really annoy me.

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Marvel Knights: X-Men #1The Marvel Knights imprint is the TV-14 of comics. They aren’t quite deserving of a mature rating, but they aren’t really for kids either.

That doesn’t necessarily make this a better comic, this one just happens to be a better comic.

Getting away from the politics and insanity that is the standard Earth-616 universe, Marvel Knights takes Logan, Kitty and Rogue to a small country town which has some serious issues. Namely, mutant kids are getting hunted down and killed. Obviously it’s a job for the X-Men.

The story is pretty straight forward but not over-simplified. The fact that it’s removed from everything else allows it to exist just as it is. It’s almost like a filler issue only five issues worth of filler that doesn’t have to set anything up. This makes it a nice soft read with a mystery at its heart that isn’t going to be some lame excuse for another cross over event or some such. It’s really just a good read, I don’t know how many ways I can say that.

I can only hope it can keep up with this and give us a nice little story. Seeing as it doesn’t have a lot of baggage dragging it down, it looks promising.

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Little is officially known about the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, which was announced two weeks ago, but thanks to director Bryan Singer we now have an idea of who is behind the scenes for the sequel. Singer tweeted about a “Late night X-Men Apocalypse story session” last night and the photo included not only Singer and X-Men: Days of Future Past screenwriter Simon Kinberg, but also X2: X-Men United screenwriters Mike Dougherty and Dan Harris! This marks the first time since “X2” that Dougherty and Harris have worked on an X-Men film. Though it remains to be seen who will officially pen the screenplay for the sequel, it’s certainly exciting to see former franchise writers return to the series.

In addition, Singer added “It’s snowing in Egypt!” to his tweet, which might seem unrelated but Egypt was in fact the birth place of Apocalypse/En Sabah Nur’s in the original source material.

Created by Louise and Walter Simonson, Apocalypse made his debut in X-Factor #6. The character’s most popular storyline, “The Age of Apocalypse,” ran in the X-Men books beginning in 1995. Set in a parallel reality formed by interference to the timeline, “The Age of Apocalypse” saw Professor Charles Xavier murdered before he could form the X-Men. Instead, a very different take on the team began with Magneto leading them through a post-apocalyptic America ruled by mutants.

X-men: Apocalypse will hit the big screen May 27, 2016, while X-Men: Days of Future Past will debut May 23, 2014.

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Battle of the Atom #2So basically this whole crossover was just an excuse to get Kitty and the original five to go to Scott’s side, cause that’s all I got out of this final issue.

You get all this lead up, a big ass battle, then old!Jean goes and vaporizes herself and yay, story’s over, some people died, but all’s good, everyone is going back to their corners and don’t mind Kitty throwing a temper tantrum.

There is very little solid character development and the whole thing seems rushed even though they had  something like ten issues to work on this. Everything is literally thrown together with a bunch of cut/paste epilogues. You might want to blame the fact that with a cross over event you have several different writers and some the nuances can be lost. But in the end, this was one of the worst wastes of time in a long while. Even AvX had better characterizations and an better overall plot.

One good thing I can say about BotA #2 is there is one page that is pretty much solid. It’s the page where Jean bitching out Scott and Wolvie for basically being the reason why everything sucks right now. Because, yeah, their stories are at the center of why the X-Men Universe can’t have nice things. They are both jerks with unhealthy obsessions over a woman and who need to be slapped and forcibly retired imho. And the saddest part is that neither of them can see it.

And apparently neither can the writers.

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