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comics read: X-Men, X-Force

X-Men #13 - Wood, Mann/Briones
I don't even what this book is trying to be now. It now literally has two separate storylines going on. Front half is big plot stuff related to the team; right now is that Shogo's father has come looking for him and is terrifying. Also there's some discussion between Ororo and Betsy about Ororo forming an official team, which, you'd think they'd get that addressed sometime before issue #13, but whatever.

Meanwhile, the back half of the book has Santos, Anole, Hellion, and Broo breaking into a Danger Room program to train themselves so they can convince school staff to let them go on missions together. There's a medieval horde involved. Oh, also, this half is arted by artist number 6 on this book, Phil Briones, last seen by me doing not-very-exciting work on Uncanny X-Force.

Just. What. I've never seen (in all my ancient comic book wisdom) a book casually split itself into two like this. It's so weird. And it's not like I dislike the X-kids; this is the generation that I've spent the most time with and really enjoy. Just. What.

X-Force - Spurrier, Kim
I would not be reading this book if I didn't already have a subscription, woe is me, except now it's suddenly decided to make me care. This issue finally brings the book into focus. It suggests how this team formed in the first place, which is huge. We find out the key to Psylocke's beginning characterization for the book, we're given Fantomex's primary motivation as well, AND given me hope for, if not canon Psylocke/Cluster/Fantomex, at least enough canon support for me to build something on. Because yes, we also have it confirmed that Fantomex has not reabsorbed all his selves, that Cluster is still out there somewhere, and that Betsy still cares at least a little. And that makes me very, very happy.

It's still ugly. However, those Jorge Molina issues are coming soooon, and I am now actively excited for them.

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Apr. 26th, 2014 04:10 pm (UTC)
Huh, that's weird. Like, it's not two storylines going back and forth, they literally stuck one in the front of the book and the other at the end?
Apr. 26th, 2014 04:43 pm (UTC)
Yep. Halfway through the first story stops, with a "To be continued..." and on the next page we pick up the other completely unrelated story.
Apr. 26th, 2014 05:17 pm (UTC)
Wow, that really is weird. I've only ever seen that happen in comics that have, like, a shorter backup story at the end.
Apr. 26th, 2014 05:18 pm (UTC)
Well, and they're ongoing! It's not like we get a cute one-off at the end. We have two separate ongoing stories.
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