X-Men 207

First off, let’s get that cover gallery out of the way! What cover gallery you ask? Why a recap of all 13 Messiah Complex covers of course! Yes, some (all?) had variants, but except for a few cases I couldn’t find all the variants within the time frame I’ve allotted myself, so one is good enough for now!

This space for rent.

OF COURSE THERE ARE SPOILERS

Soooo…from my forthcoming complaints it may sound like I disliked the series, or the finale, but that would be far from the truth. It was a fun ride, even if it didn’t make sense. I’m going to assume the reader has read this, since I’m not up for a giant recap. Check over at ComiX-Fan if you want that, they’ve been doing weekly recaps as an excuse for an article for the last 12, they should do one for the current issue soon.

Where are we left?

  • Professor X is crippled again, except worse – he’s got a hole in his brain! We know he’s not dead – the solicitations for X-Men Legacy at the end of the ish tell you this. So he’s just royally screwed again. How many times is this now? I think I’ve lost count. Pretty sure it’s at least three. He’s been shot/in a coma at least once before – that was enough to start off a whole crossover (EXecutioner’s Song, one of the last good ones) before, but now it’s just an endnote…or a new beginning! Du na na!
  • Bishop is bad. A lot of X-Men have found redemption over the years, like I’m sure Gambit is about to, but I don’t think there is any coming back from shooting Professor X in the head on accident. Mmm kay. This is really the worst/weakest part of the whole thing. Sure, they made it make sense with a modified version of his future – which I guess makes sense, the future he’s from (and hence his past) could have re-aligned itself to current events, while still allowing him to be born – that might bake sense in some crazy sci-fi logic. But still, it’s annoying. And seeing as how various folks (I think Tom Brevort may be one of them) have been re-iterating lately how much X-Men is about prejudice, I find it interesting that they have just reduced their minority population by what, 25%? But hey, who knows where this is going really. I was never that big on the whole guy-with-guns thing when Cable did it either. I liked the writers that had Bishop intelligently use his powers, but that wasn’t many.
  • I think Bishop is also short an arm now too.
  • Cyclops is a dick again, sort of. I’m guessing this badass-whatever characterization he’s currently running falls out of the Astonishing arc – which still has yet to finish. It does sort of make sense, following that at least. He’s also kind of stupid, because I don’t care how well trained against the X-Men the Marauders are – they are no match for 3 full teams, plus some kids. Instead he decides that the kids can get the job done? Sure, they did, but that was stupid. What about the random X-Factor members, and whoever else is hanging around. The future solicits look like he’s going into super-dick-overdrive. He’s got Wolvy’s team out killing people, THEN he enlists 3 of the x-babiekids to kill people??? MMMMM KAY.
  • Man, Storm did jack shit this crossover, she really should have just sat it out.
  • Actually, lots of people did jack shit. They probably should have just trimmed the teams down more before they started, so it wouldn’t look as haphazard and silly. So many people were AWOL…or maybe just background, when they would have probably had a bigger effect on things.
  • Cable took the baby to the future? OK…sure…whatever. Makes for an interesting new Cable series I guess.
  • Would MaliceSentinel really have monologued over Pixie or just snapped her neck? I vote #2.
  • Is Mystique dead too? Probably not, but that would be amusing. Rogue tried to kill her, I guess. Whatever, that made no sense either. The Mystique-Rogue arc did wrap up Claremont’s Destiny’s Diaries arc though…wow…when was the last time someone ELSE wrapped up one of his in a way that actually kind of made sense in the original context? OK. She’s not dead, she’s on the cover to next month’s Wolverine 62. Be nice to see that title in continuity again, at least for a little while. Not that I buy it anymore. Shelling out $$ for one Wolverine title (Origins) is enough.

OK, all that out of the way, the xover has done what it was intended to do I think – galvanize the audience and set-up the next set up to the new status-quo (post-Uncanny 500). Please, please, please do not restart the numbering after 500. That would be really annoying.

The battle scene felt like it actually needed a whole issue – this should have been a double sizer. Seriously, I’d pay money for an annual that just fleshed out this battle and made it more believable in the sense of how it would actually be with that many players on the field.

OK, so that’s done, what else was this week?

The Order 7

Yes, sadly this series is done on issue 10. 10!? They couldn’t even let it finish a year-arc? Lame! It’s incredibly well written, cohesive, and entertaining – and manages to be so while squarely in the middle of the post-CW Marvel U with a cast of 95% new characters. That’s crazy talk!

So yeah, another great issue here, not much action, but good dialog. I’m not sure the characterization here is square with Namor as of the end of his limited series (which is evidently where it is picking up), but that could just be because this is from an outside perspective, where the limited was clearly from his.

Pick the book up…hey maybe if numbers go up like crazy they won’t cancel it. Or they could do a volume 2 type thing who knows. This series would actually work quite well in a volume format (due to the year-long nature of their powers).

Young Avengers Presents #1: Patriot

I miss this series. It looks like this limited will be a nice stopgap though. I can’t quite square where in the world in falls in Cap continuity (maybe right between the last and next issue??), but it seems like it might squeak in. Not much to spoil here, just talking heads, but it’s a good read. Always nice to see the “other” Captain America mentioned too.

What else?

Stuff is picking up in Countdown. I guess it would be too much to ask for SuperTool & Monarch to kill each other, but I’ll request it anyway. I’m curious to see where the Red Robin bit goes.

She-Hulk 25 was pretty good, I just can’t get into the character. I feel horribly sad for that couple Peter David used for dramatic effect in this issue though.

Marvel Zombies 4 continues to march (or slog) onwards. I love Kirkman in general, but I’ve not been a big fan of this series at all so far. I mean, it’s well written and funny, but I just have LESS THAN ZERO desire to see Spider-Man kill his wife and aunt. And eat them. Really, who was asking for that? Foul. That being said, the ending of this issue brings up lots of interesting possibilities.

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12/19/07 – in brief

December 21, 2007

Checkmate 21 – Stuff about France and French people. *yawn* Don’t care.
Countdown 19 – The corpse thing is really getting old. I hope it “goes somewhere”.
Countdown whatever Superwoman-Batwoman – This was marginally interesting. Sure, it was mostly just the same thing as Amazons Attack with more tits (amazingly!), but I wouldn’t mind seeing more of this Elseworld. Possibly because it’s immediately obvious how biased comics are on the gender roles of their main characters. It’s weird, I had a strange inverted moment that I’m sure women/minorities/etc. must experience all the time: I was reading it and I almost thought “Damn, there’s a lot of female super heroes, where are all the dudes?” Luckily I caught myself and enjoyed the mental stretching it put me through.
Countdown Arena 3 – Much less stupid than previous issues, but still stupid, and marred by HORRIBLE art. WTF was up with the WWx3 fight? They all looked like Plastic Bitch drawn by a 7 year old. If you’re going to try and make a fanboygasm comic with the fights, make them DRAWED PRETY PLZ THX. I’m sure it would be interesting if I thought they had a chance of beating the..whatever his name is, but they don’t. We already know that. So what’s the point?
JLA 16 – OK, seriously whatever. I guess it’s leading up to something.
Superman 671 – They’re working hard to find ways around how uninteresting and overpowered Superman is. This time, it’s bugs!

Immortal Iron Fist 11 – I’m really liking the current run here. Very film noir martial arts crazy. I may pick up the trades. This issue just continues the madness with an all-to-brief meeting of the old Heroes for Fire. Question though: IF & Luke are on the same Avengers team, so when the hell is this supposed to take place? I’m guessing right after the Civil War?
Incredible Hulk/Herc 112 – Gotta love Cho. No, not Margaret, Amadeus. I’m glad that Pak managed to use his time at Marvel to bring in a compelling and interesting ethnic character! Here is a non-white character I want to read more about, and I think others will too, who is not just a randomly inserted token. Herc has been on a kind of comeback run lately too, and everything is still looking good. This issue in particular is just setting the groundwork for the new status-quo. The usage of Ares was interesting, although I thought someone off of his current characterization, at least re: The Ares lt. series. But I could be wrong, it’s been a while.
She-Hulk 24 – The new direction is just a jarring shift from the previous that I’m still off-kilter. love Peter David’s stuff normally, but this just isn’t doing it for me lately. Plus, the inclusion of a Skrull so close to the Secret Invasion stuff just seems off. BUT it does make for interesting possibilities involved with yet another “good” skrull helping to fend off their brethren.
Terror Inc. 4 – Don’t ask me why but I’m enjoying this series. It’s a good usage of the MAX line (it is MAX isn’t it? I saw lots of breasts in there, and all kinds of carnage). Not nearly interesting enough for me to buy, but it seems well done, so I hope some do.
The Order 6 – This one is really growing on me, I may pick it up in trades if it makes it into its second year. This issue in particular had some great character bits, although the whole S.H.A.D.O.W. weirdness seems like another random-retro insertion into Marveldom (like Joss Whedon’s S.W.O.R.D.), but I guess that’s how secret agencies work, so no big.
Ultimate X-Men 89 – A very odd way of dealing with the Shadow King. I expect he’ll be back. Don’t get me wrong, I’m enjoying Ult. X-Men now under Kirkman probably more than I have under any other writer, but it’s just not that Ultimate. The Ultimate U has pretty much failed on what I thought was one of it’s original premises – to change and shake things up and bring in new kinds of readers, something I thought would involve swapping more characters around. Genders, ethnicities, allegiances, etc. Sure, they killed Gambit, and Collossus is gay, and Nick Fury is black. But I think that’s it. Oh wait, and Cable is Wolverine and Bishop is old. That’s not near enough though. They had a chance to make real changes and blew it. So what are they doing with what they’ve got? Telling all the same old stories under newer, more modern, “lights”. Interesting? Yes. Revo/Evo-lutionary? No.