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More A+X. Not actually spoilery, but cut for length. Again, the shtick is two Avengers, two X-men, half an issue per pairing.

A+X #10 - Black Widow+Phantomex has art by Kris Anka, and is therefore gorgeous, but the story was pretty blah, I felt. Possibly this was just because I wasn't familiar with Phantomex (other than, "that dude with the neato costume I always pick out in scans")? Eh. There's a bit with a bear that's fun.

The second story was Scarlet Witch+Domino, and man, I hated this art. It's all round and cartoony, but not in a charming way. Scarlet Witch, in particular, looks like a poor woobie!girl character in a Saturday morning cartoon, and I don't know the Scarlet Witch well, but I know that's not right. Also I hated the coloring - all these rich saturated pinks and teals and neon greens. Also I had trouble following the action or figuring out what I was even looking at, and the plot all lead up to a dumb punch line anyway. Author/artist Adam Warren: remind me to avoid ever reading/looking at anything by him ever again.

A+X #08 - Kitty + Spider-Woman, by Duggan and Larroca. Eh. I didn't hate this. I enjoyed the art for the most part, although I could have done without Spider-Woman's boobs-and-butt shot on the cover. In general, though, the action was easy to follow and I found the composition attractive. I had a harder time with the plot - this was one of those where knowing stuff in advance about The Absorbing Man, Hydra, and the dudes in the yellow hazmat suits whose names I didn't catch would have helped a lot. Will probably read again, though.

Hawkeye+Deadpool for the second one, and if the two of them teaming up to fight submarine pirates is your thing, then probably you will like this. I kinda don't care about Clint except when Fraction's writing him in Hawkeye and don't care for what I've seen of Deadpool, either, so this didn't have much chance with me.

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I started reading Wolverine & the X-Men on an anon recommendation that promised mutant academy hijinks and headmaster!Logan wearing clunky sweaters with shoulder pads. I would never have guessed that that was what it was about. I mean, just look at these covers; do those say "day-to-day mutant school activities" to you? (Insert "Marvel is dumb about marketing" rant here.)

But lo! It is indeed largely adorable. I'm reading this for the humor more than anything, and there is a fair bit of that. I found the first issue particularly delightful.

I skipped most of the Avengers vs. X-Men stuff (which, that seriously went on for eight months last year? How did anyone stand it?). I also could do with more female characters in the main rotation; out of fourteen characters pictured in the front, usually ~five are women, which makes me sad, because there are girl students in the background - Bling and Blindfold come to mind. Really, does anyone need another panel with Kid Gladiator ever again? No. No, they do not.

I could also do without the kid villains of the Hellfire Club. They're one-dimensional and annoying. (To be fair, I have consistently found villains to be the weakest story elements in the superhero comics I've read so far. There was a Fantastic Four collection in which all FF's biggest villains had a powwow, and I just, I could not. They were all so silly. I guess if my heroes get to wear silly costumes and still have characterization, my villains ought to able to as well, but I usually can't tell that there's any characterization there beyond Has Evil, Will Travel.)

One of the things that this series does help with is put names to faces that I see in, for example, Wood's new X-Men. So there's Glob Herman and Evan/Genesis/Kid Apocalypse and Quentin Quire and Doop. (Evan is clearly tragic; Doop is not as funny as the comic wants him to be, but I enjoyed his guest issue well enough. Quentin Quire can go jump in a bog.)

Also, Idie! I happen to have read the Hope Summers-centric volume where Idie is first introduced, so I was pleased to see her again. However, I am actually really ticked about her treatment in this book. So, Idie has some trauma because when her mutant gene first activated, she accidentally killed some people - most/all of whom were trying to kill her. Also she comes from a deeply religious upbringing, which exacerbates her horror at what she's become and what she's done.

If this were a dude - especially a white dude - then this would be a tragic story. See: Evan, who gets all the tragic character beats even though he hasn't done anything yet.

But Idie's a cute little African girl, so her trauma, guilt, and deep-seated identity issues are PLAYED FOR LAUGHS. When the local school authorities come to inspect the Jean Grey School, Idie's hope that the school will prevent her from killing anyone again and the inspector's alarmed response are just one more thing in a string of things ruining Logan's day. And it goes on from there. Idie's sole characteristics in the title thus far are an unlikely friendship with another student (Broo, a ridiculously adorable Alien lookalike with glasses) and her humorously emotionally disassociated conviction of her own monstrousness. Because we all know how hilarious that is.

Still, I am enjoying this title, and I've got another four issues before I run out on Marvel Unlimited. So.

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shapinglight
Aug. 2nd, 2013 11:34 am (UTC)
I really dislike Wolverine and the X-Men. It just doesn't speak to me at all.

snickfic
Aug. 2nd, 2013 02:28 pm (UTC)
I'd have said that I didn't need any more high school adventures - it's the biggest reason I give for avoiding Teen Wolf - but OTOH, if a character is just now in high school, they aren't likely to have nearly as many years of backstory to catch up on, which is a relief. So I've been liking them in the Marvel verse for that reason.
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