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X-Men Blue #2

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Oh my goodness. Yes! I KNEW I’d really enjoy this new X-Men book. I just knew it. And even early on, it’s delivering.

Issue #2 finds Jean Grey having convinced the team to work with Magneto so that mutants may live among the humans in peace. It sounds crazy of course. But he let her read his mind and she believes that he is telling the truth.

But there are some sinister things going on here. Whatever is going on with Beast, I’m not sure I like it. But what is hinted at with Magneto at the end of the story – spoilers incoming – involves the original X-Men heading back to their original time. Ooh, I’m excited.

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X-Men: Blue #1

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I have to admit I’ve been looking forward to this one. There’s a handful of Resurrexion comics that I’m interested in, and this was one of the top of that small list. What can I say? I love Marvel’s rather obvious attempts at nostalgia. I loved Marc Waid’s “.1” Avengers issues; I loved X-Men ’92. So this seemed like a no-brainer for me.

I was mostly not disappointed. This definitely is a throwback, focusing on the original (time-displaced five), and with a 90’s X-Men (animated series) vibe to it. The story was… just kind of there for now. But I think more than anything it’s the Who’s Who that’s going to probably make this one fun. I mean Juggernaut? Yeah! What a fun fight scene, here.

The art felt a bit inconsistent from page to page, though. Like, Jean seemed to look like different Jeans throughout the book. And I doubt that was intentional.

The ending of the main story was… intriguing. And then we got a sort of bonus story about a clawed dude like Wolverine; but not Wolverine. I think Bunn is definitely throwing a lot at us readers – but it’s fun, so no complaints.

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X-Men Prime #1

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I’m kind of annoyed – I wasn’t paying attention at the comic shop and accidentally grabbed the “Venomized” variant cover version instead of the nice cover you see above. Oh well.

X-Men Prime #1 starts the whole Resurrexion event at Marvel, which is basically a major explosion of X-Men titles. I’m all for that. This issue was a decent setup. We got to see Kitty Pryde return; we got to see a time-displaced version of the original X-Men including Jean Grey; we got to see Magik stick around after the events of IvX and the end of The Extraordinary X-Men series. And maybe even better – we finally get to see the school return to Earth.

I’m sure the complaints will be that not much happens in this issue. And that’s true. It felt a lot like those Issue #0’s that Marvel will put out for big events. But… I’m optimistic about what’s to follow in the coming months.

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Extraordinary X-Men #16

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Man, I was getting so bored with all the Sapna stuff and limbo and everything. But I have to admit, this was a cool issue that tied up a lot of that stuff. And it (mostly) ended in a pretty definitive way which would maybe allude to the fact that upcoming issues should probably just be Inhumans Vs. X-Men tie-ins.

The art in this series has been consistent. And there was some very nice moments here – Magik finally confronting the possessed Sapna; Nightcrawler taking on Apocalypse.

So now I’m kind of torn. I was thinking I’d just read the Annual and then call it quits on this series for now, but I don’t know. Maybe I will stick with it after all. Maybe.

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Inhumans Vs. X-Men #2

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The second issue of IVX continues the really great, really epic event. The X-Men have started an attack on the Inhumans and are whisking them away to limbo thanks to the likes of Magik and Nightcrawler.

As an added bit of awesome this issue highlights “All-New” Laura in the role of Wolverine, which I really like. I think she’s a pretty great version of the character to feature in these new books. But also, we’ve still got Old Man Logan here as well. Very cool to have them both in the same story with all the other X-Men.

There weren’t quite as many “OH SHIT!” moments as in issue #1, but the fight against Medusa and Beast was particularly cool, along with the chase scene that I alluded to above involving Laura/X-23/All-New Wolverine. This is really good stuff. Definitely my favorite X-book happening right now.

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Extraordinary X-Men #15

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Alright, to be honest I’m starting to feel a bit of fatigue setting in with Extraordinary X-Men. I’ve read every issue leading up to this one and it’s starting to wear on me a bit I think. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not hating it. But ugh… this jumping from dimension-to-dimension thing, everything that’s happening with Sapna… I’m ready for all that to be tied up and over already.

The next issue (along with the Annual #1, which I already own) complete the third TPB collection, so I know I’ll at least finish those up. But maybe I’ll be ready for a break from Extraordinary – especially with all the new Resurrexion stuff that’ll be coming out this year. I’ll have plenty of X-books to choose from and I really don’t want to burn myself out.

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X-Men ’92 #10

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It’s over. Reading issue #10 of X-Men ’92 was totally bittersweet. It was a nice long issue. One that tied up a lot of loose ends, and had a crazy epic ending. While I had been feeling before like maybe this series was cut down too soon, I now wonder if it wasn’t written this way from the start. They couldn’t have possibly planned to continue it from here, could they?

If I’m being honest, I far preferred the story in the first five issues than in the “Lilapalooza” story in the second half. Mostly because it’s been a bit of a mess that felt sort of aimless. And maybe that’s why it had to come to an end. Maybe there was just a feeling of not being sure where to take the story next.

But the bummer is that the final issue brought a lot of charm. And a lot of heart. Most anything I could say about the plot would spoil things. If you haven’t been reading this comic all along, I’m not going to suggest you have to read the final five issues. But if you have been following along, then you should be pretty pleased with the finale.

 

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Extraordinary X-Men #14

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Extraordinary X-Men is sometimes great, but always good. It’s why I’ve continued to read for fourteen issues now. And why I continue to keep up as best I can. And even if it’s not my favorite X-series, I will be bummed to see it end as it (presumably) will with the Resurrexion even that Marvel will unroll next year.

Issue #14 was… alright. I mean, there’s a lot going on. You’ve got Storm and Magik (I love Magik) chasing Sapna through other dimensions; Iceman and Nighcrawler battling a possessed Colossus; Logan and Jean Grey (I love Jean Grey) having a tender moment back at X-Haven… the whole issue is a good example of how varied and complex this series has gotten. But still, compared to some of the other issues it just felt alright to me.

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Inhumans vs X-Men #1

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I’ve been very excited about IvX #1 and it was well worth the wait. This is one of the most solid and well-written X-Men issues I’ve read this year. And I’ve read a lot of X-Men this year! The story is a progression of stuff that’s been going on in other X-books. I’ve been reading Extraordinary X-Men all year for instance. And I had read the issue #0 of IvX as well.

The basic premise is that there’s a Terrigen gas cloud that will turn humans that come into contact with it Inhumans (that’s good for Inhumans) but kills any mutants that come into contact with it (that’s bad for mutants).  What makes this setup so interesting is that it creates two camps that are sort of forced together. For instance you’ve got clashing personalities like Magneto or Emma Frost up against the likes of Beast or Logan. Heck, even seeing Storm’s motivations are interesting here.

Everything about this issue is great. I don’t even mind that it cost a couple of extra bucks compared to most Marvel issues seeing as how it has a gorgeous heavy glossy cover. The writing is fantastic, as is the art. And there was actually a lot of stuff going on here. Moments like Emma Frost seducing Black Bolt, or Jean Grey taking on Karnak. This is the kind of comic issue that I could see myself wanting to re-read again soon.