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comics read, 8/13/13 (or thereabouts)

Wolverine and the X-Men #22-25 – Aaron, Bradshaw, Lopez, Perez
I did continue with this after all. Got through the Murder Circus storyline. Please can the baby Hellfire Club go away and never come back. The big event here is that we find Azazel is up to no good. I know basically nothing about Azazel except that he's Nightcrawler's dad. I wonder if this will tie into the rescue-Nightcrawler-from-hell storyline that starts in the new Amazing X-Men book this fall?

The date night issue was forgettable except for Storm getting her mohawk back. Also there's A vs. X business involving the annulment of her marriage to the Black Panther; I suppose eventually I'll have to figure out what the deal was with that.

Then the beginning of a new arc with the students and Wolverine in the Savage Land, which it turns out is at the south pole, instead of in an alternate dimension, as I'd previously assumed. There is a jungle full of dinosaurs at the south pole. Yes.

Idie and Broo are by far my favorites on the student side of things. BROO IS AWAKE. :D And feral. D: Not good at all. And Idie is the only one he doesn't maul on sight! And he's kept on a leash to prevent mauling! And now he's eating dead dinosaurs even though he used to be a vegetarian. MY HEART.

Uncanny X-Men #1 – Bendis, Bachalo
Another new Marvel NOW title. Eh. I had trouble keeping track of all the new people and their powers, especially Tempus, unnamed healer boy, and Magik, whom I've heard of but not seen before.

I've managed to avoid most of the political end of the X-men spectrum; is this how the U.S. government generally deals with mutants? Coming after them with whatever means necessary before they've even done anything (like brand new mutant Fabian)? Sending giant robots after them? Plotting their general downfall? This is pretty heavy stuff. I am not at all sure how I feel about it.

I don't have enough background to appreciate what's going on with Magneto here; I'm still not quite clear on why he's on our side in the first place, much less what's motivating him now (although it appears to be mostly revenge, for phoenix!Scott taking Magneto's powers away?).

Secret Avengers #1 – Spencer, Ross
This is apparently the Clint+Natasha+SHIELD book. Threats to the president! Scary men in turbans! Betrayal by our own in the name of the mission objective! I think I could really like this set of characters, I think. I don't ship Clint/Natasha, but Clint and Natasha as bros is a relationship I can get behind. It looks like Bruce Banner also appears in this book sometimes, yay.

In other things, what is even happening with Natasha's zipper? I am mystified. I am amused by this Nick-Fury-who-used-to-be-Marcus business, which I assume is some jiggery pokery to align the Marvel comics verse with, well, Samuel Jackson.

Thor: God of Thunder #1-4 – Aaron, Ribic
I tried this book out based on recommendations and enjoyed quite a bit more than I was expecting, given how bored I was by the Fraction trade I read. This is very different. Thor comes across as fallible here, hot-headed (as the librarian at the eternal city repeatedly points out), even with a bit of a sense of humor:
THOR: Now if you'll excuse me. There is always someone somewhere in need of smiting with a very large hammer, and Thor is always happy to oblige.

The series also requires basically no prior knowledge; Odin and Loki never appear and are barely mentioned, and I didn't spot any other characters, either, that seemed to be recurring. It follows Thor along three timelines – 9th century, present day, and far future – as he stumbles across dead gods and hunts the monster who kills them. This has about 500% more of a goshwow factor than any other Marvel book I've read, as Thor spends a lot of time traveling through space, visiting other planets and even stranger places. The art accentuates this – it's a painted style, which makes things look more old-fashioned and adds a lot to the sense of scale in some panels.

Basically, if you've been interested in Thor and would like a book with a pretty good sense of wonder, next to no dependence on prior continuity, and a Thor that bears reasonable resemblance to the movie version, you should check this out.

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shapinglight
Aug. 14th, 2013 11:00 am (UTC)
is this how the U.S. government generally deals with mutants? Coming after them with whatever means necessary before they've even done anything (like brand new mutant Fabian)? Sending giant robots after them? Plotting their general downfall? This is pretty heavy stuff. I am not at all sure how I feel about it.

Yes, pretty much. ;) Many of the most famous X-Men stories of the past deal with exactly that kind of thing.

This latest bout of extreme paranoia on the part of society has been caused by the events of Avengers vs X-Men, which ran for the better part of last year. Not a particularly good story, and very divisive even in the X-Men fandom, as it's split the X-Men between those who follow Wolverine (an Uncle Tom, according to some fans) and those who follow Cyclops, now an outcast and wanted terrorist.

As for Magneto, he's actually been an X-man for quite a few years now (the last two or three, for sure). I'm hoping they won't turn him outright evil ever again. Probably a vain hope, but I'm a little more sanguine about it since Marvel brought out a series called Magneto: Testament a few years back, which told his story as a child in war torn Europe (similar, but not quite the same as his childhood as seen in the movies, and actually even more harrowing).

Anyway, X-Man or not, it was a no-brainer that when the split in the X-Men occurred, he would take Cyclops' side. Or has he? I won't spoiler your for later issues. What I'd most like to know currently is why on earth he shaved all his hair off. That hasn't been explained as of issue 10, or so.

Magik is a very interesting character. She's the little sister of the X-Man Colossus (currently to be seen in the pages of Cable and X-Force). Her mutant power is teleportation, but as a child she was kidnapped (I think), by Belasco, the demonic lord of Limbo, and is constantly fighting against the dark urges he imbued in her.

I think that's right anyway. When these stories stretch out over so many years, your memory of them gets hazy.
snickfic
Aug. 17th, 2013 04:15 pm (UTC)
I think perhaps I am less interested in comics about Issues, especially Super Hero Issues, than I am in comics about characters. I don't actually believe most comics writers have anything insightful to say about mutant oppression and how it might work out, or how it could be used as a metaphor for other kinds of oppression. :\

What I'd most like to know currently is why on earth he shaved all his hair off. That hasn't been explained as of issue 10, or so.

HAH. It suddenly occurs to me what an amazing plot twist it would be on SPN if Sam Winchester shaved his hair off and then it wasn't addressed for several episodes. The fans would mutiny. It'd be worse than that time Sam lost his soul between seasons and it took us six episodes to find out why he was acting so weird.

Oh, Illyana! She just showed up briefly in my old Chris Claremont volume, but her superhero name was never used. So now I know. :)
ladymercury_10
Apr. 4th, 2014 08:51 pm (UTC)
I found your Uncanny X-Men tag when I was looking for your Uncanny X-Force tag. I really like the current Uncanny run, but it's pretty heavily tied up with All-New X-Men (which I also like), so some things make more sense if you read them both together.

Mostly Magik is just kind of my favorite though. I have read a lot of weird and/or crappy x-comics just because she was in them.
snickfic
Apr. 5th, 2014 12:40 am (UTC)
That makes sense. I haven't tried any ANXM at all because I'm just not interested in the original five, but maybe I will get to it one of these days. :)
ladymercury_10
Apr. 5th, 2014 12:48 am (UTC)
I got the first issue of ANXM back when Marvel did its #1 issues giveaway and I just could not care about it at all, but I am glad I tried it again--I liked it a lot more once I got past the beginning. Also Kitty Pryde is really great in it.
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