Hey everybody! This last week I read all of Uncanny X-Force, Deadpool, Wolverine and the X-Men: Alpha and Omega, Wolverine and the X-Men, X-Club, Powers, Atomic Robo, Conan the Barbarian, Resurrection Man, Swamp Thing, Animal Man, and Superman Action Comics.
#1 Pick of the Week: Uncanny X-Force Issues 1-21: This comic series was a recommendation from the ANTiFanboys. The reason that this book made it to my number one pick, besides the fact that itâ€™s making all of the other Marvel books I am reading better, is itâ€™s an amazing story. The ensemble cast of X-Force is Wolverine, Angel, Psylocke, Fantomex, and Deadpool. I was first introduced to the character of Fantomex in Grant Morrisonâ€™s New X-Men, his power consists of being able to create illusions, having three different brains, awesome physical abilities, and a relationship with a symbiotic spaceship named E.V.A. Angel, Warren Worthington, has wings but also is trying to defeat his alter ego Archangel who was created by Apocalypse. Psylocke is a telepath who is working with Angel to help him control Archangel, and she and him are also in a relationship. Both Wolverine and Deadpool have high healing factors which make them impossible to kill. If you havenâ€™t picked up these books I highly recommend them. The X-Force led by Wolverine are covert, and dealing with missions that no one knows about. The missions in the first trades deal mostly with the return of Apocalypse. Although the books are full of nonstop action, there is plenty of heart to go along with the beautiful art. The relationships between the teammates are full of high emotions and a real trust that allows them to get missions done. Itâ€™s a well built team and I cannot recommend this book enough.
Wolverine and the X-Men: I was not crazy about this series when I first read it, but after reading issues 3-5 I have changed my opinion. When I was reading it the first time, I think that I was taking the book a little too seriously. Reading the book now, I find it fun and also heartfelt. The scene in which Beast takes his students through the mutant body is funny and a cool concept. Thereâ€™s also the Uncanny X-Force references as the Apocalypse clone known as Genesis is placed in Wolverineâ€™s school in hopes that growing up as a student along with other kids will help push him down a path of good. Itâ€™s a fun book that also mixes in the sadness as well, which as youâ€™re growing up is always the case; one moment life can be light-hearted and then the next it can be excruciatingly sad. The Deathlok scene in Issue 04 is funny while he talks about the future that all the kids will probably have, and then the scene takes a serious tone when Genesis asks him â€œWho am I?â€.
Wolverine and the X-Men: Alpha and Omega Issue #2: I liked the first issue of this series and I feel the same way about the second. The character of Quentin Quire has to keep himself awake while he holds Wolverine in an alternate reality. Throughout the comic Quentin begins to get more and more tired as he struggles to stay awake. The first thing he does is tell a girl named Roxy, in order to impress her, that heâ€™s created a fully loaded fantasy world in his head. Roxy admits sheâ€™s not impressed due to the fact that he is a telepath and that sheâ€™s unimpressed that heâ€™s simply using his mutant gifts the way they should be used. I like the comic a lot and anytime that Wolverine gets to fight a bunch of ninjas is always great.
Deadpool: Wayâ€™s Deadpool Issue #50 â€œDead Part Oneâ€ actually integrated the Uncanny X-Force universe into itâ€™s story. If I hadnâ€™t just gotten done reading Uncanny X-Force I would have been confused about the premise of this Deadpool story. Since the beginning of the series, Deadpool has been searching for a way to die. When his evil doppelganger is made normal and then killed, Deadpool goes on a search for the serum that takes away his healing factor. Deadpool deduces that someone tried to actually kill him and wound up killing his doppelganger instead. He decides that he needs to flush out who was trying to kill him in order to learn how to find the serum. In doing this he deducts that he needs to play a game of chess with the people in his life, the X-Force, as well as old friends. The way that Deadpool plays chess however, is that everyone involved with his game are all pawns. This is such a fun book and the fact that the Uncanny X-Force universe just became involved with this story line makes the comic way better.
X-Club Issue 1-3: Another X-Men book? Why, yes. The X-Club written by Simon Spurrier stars Dr. Nemesis, Kavita Rao, Madison Jeffries, and Danger. It doesnâ€™t really matter if you are familiar with these characters or not because it becomes pretty apparent which characters are able to do what. The basis of the story follows the scientists of the X-Men of Utopia. The book has a lighthearted feel and great comedic timing. One of the funnier moments in the book is where a starfish that has been genetically mutated lands on Dr. Nemesisâ€™s head and reveals his inner thoughts. For this very reason the book needs to be read.
Atomic Robo Issue #5 of 5 â€˜The Ghost of Station Xâ€™: Atomic Robo by Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener is one of those books that not many people have heard about, but this book is fantastic. I have been reading Atomic Robo for a while now and itâ€™s also one of those comics that is always available on Free Comic Book Day for those who havenâ€™t heard of it. What makes the comic book even more delightful is reading the banter between Clevinger and Wegener via Twitter. The two are more than happy to talk about Robo with anybody and really do reach out to the fans of their book. That being said, Atomic Roboâ€™s latest issue has Robo, a Nikola Tesla creation, finding out what force is trying to kill him. This leads Robo to Japan. Within the confines of a basement, Robo meets an artificial intelligence named Alan. There is an in depth conversation that happens between the two of them that begins to establish a dynamic that the views on humanity that Alan have and the morals that Robo has been taught, are both tested. Itâ€™s the end of Volume 6 so I donâ€™t want to give too much away, but I have never walked away dissatisfied by this book.
Powers #8: I am really glad that Powers is back and that I recently took the time to read the entire run of Bendis and Oemingâ€™s comic. Christian Walker and his fairly new partner Enki Sunrise are investigating the death of a godlike hero. Walkerâ€™s old partner Deena Pilgrim who is now in the FBI has come on board to help move along the investigation. I am a big fan of Deena Pilgrim who is a great female character, and the dynamic between her and Walkerâ€™s more quiet demeanor is the heart of the comic. The book has been on hiatus for a long time and this issue starts right where the book left off. Iâ€™m not a fan of Walkerâ€™s new partner and I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that Deena and Walkerâ€™s partnership is the soul of the book. This issue was a good return because it mainly gets the reader back into remembering the relationship and design of the comic. Iâ€™ve been assured that we wonâ€™t have to wait two years for another issue.
Conan The Barbarian Issue #1: I picked up Conan the Barbarian Issue #1 because itâ€™s written by Brian Wood, but the art is done by Becky Cloonan and I always like to support women in comics. I follow her on twitter and decided to give the book a shot. Disappointingly there really isnâ€™t anything new in the Conan book. I am assuming because this is a first issue the story needs to move fast, but because of this there is very little development towards a character I donâ€™t know anything about. He seems like a punk who makes friends easily with a smarmy attitude. Iâ€™ll pick up the second issue to give it another try, but the book didnâ€™t really win me over.
Resurrection Man Issue #6: When Mitch Shelley dies, he comes back, â€œresurrectedâ€ with a different super power. In this issue Mitch is locked up in Arkham Asylum. Heâ€™s locked up in Arkham because he was found terribly injured and ranting and raving that he needs to die. He announces to them that his power is that once he dies he comes back to life with a new power. The doctors of Arkham clearly think that heâ€™s suicidal so they try and keep him sedated. He picks fights with powerful villains in hopes that one will snap and kill him. Eventually during a prison riot, he gets his neck snapped, and comes back to life with super strength. He uses his new power to help Jim Gordon and the Gotham PD to stop the prison riot. An upset security guard shoots him in the head causing him to die again. The only thing about the book so far is itâ€™s a little offbeat, but I am confidant that the plot will find solid ground.
Animal Man Issue #6: I really like this book. I like that it was a book that played with a different formula when it first came out and now this run of Animal Man is doing the same thing. The opening of this issue shows a movie that stars Buddy Baker in a film called â€˜Tightsâ€™ which is being watched by Buddyâ€™s son, Cliff. The film shows a man who loses his family because of his days of being a semi-superhero. His son at a young age idolized him, but now that heâ€™s growing up he doesnâ€™t feel the same way. It eventually leads to the fictionalized Buddy Baker taking on a small crime that ends with him in the hospital. I think this is the way that Cliff views his father because itâ€™s the easiest way that he can try and understand what’s happening with his father and their situation with the rot. He doesnâ€™t see his father as being the kind of man who can deal with the dangerous things that are coming alive around them.
Swamp Thing Issue #6: Alec Holland is having a bad night. It appears as though the rot is going to win over the green which includes turning Alecâ€™s girl Abby into a big flesh like monster made out of decomposing parts. When Alec realizes he has made a big mistake in not changing into Swamp Thing sooner, he gets a chainsaw in the back and the green is unable to help him. This is one of five books that I am reading out of the new 52 and I think that itâ€™s one of the books that not many people are reading but should be. Itâ€™s following the lines on which the New 52 should be doing which is rebooting a character and placing him in a new and interesting story. Itâ€™s a horror book that is actually pretty scary.
Superman Action Comics Issue #6: To be perfectly honest while I was reviewing these other books, I completely forgot that I read this one. I am finding Morrisonâ€™s Action Comics to be a bit boring. I think that I might have done this book a disservice by reading All Star Superman recently which was also written by Grant Morrison and a much better Superman story. In retaliation in finding this Superman boring, I recently read Mark Millarâ€™s Superman Red Son which I will talk about next time.
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