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PETER DAVID

One of the best writers in this industry, Peter David, needs a little bit of help. Over the Christmas holiday, Peter suffered a stroke and his currently in recovery. He’s not just one of the best writers, but probably the nicest one there is. And if you read those recap pages in X-Factor, you probably feel like he’s a part of your family.

His friends and family have organized the ways you can help, if you’d like to. One of the best ways is to get some of his ebooks–they’re only a couple bucks each and they’re great to read. But head here for more information, and to catch up on how he’s doing.

We’re all cheering for you, Peter. And as always, we can’t wait to read more.

GRADE: LEGEND

Cable and X-Force #1–Review

CABLE AND X-FORCE #1

By: Dennis Hopeless (writer), Salvador Larroca (Art), and Frank D’Armata (colors)

The Story: Cable is back, and the first thing he does is make himself and his teammates fugitives. Way to go, Nate.

The Review: Vibrant art, vibrant writing. That’s the best way to describe Cable and X-Force. There is a lot of dynamic here that Larroca, Hopeless, and D’Armata bring to the comic, but this doesn’t mean that it’s a perfect book. The best comparison is the new Thunderbolts. Both books are about how the team comes together, but the difference is in the execution. This incarnation of X-Force is partly chance and partly planned. Cable  needs Forge and Dr. Nemesis, so he recruits them. But Domino and Hope arrive by other means…and Colossus’s role is not yet defined. This works well. It shows a team becoming something rather than Cable sipping tea in France watching Domino kill mimes (or whatever the hell that scene was in Thunderbolts with Deadpool). There’s a progression and a purpose. The problem is, the first issue doesn’t give us an idea of what that purpose is. We see them all on the run, not able to explain a lot of dead bodies to Havok and the rest of the Uncanny X-Force, and they have matching uniforms. They become a team–but why? This could be just a casualty of “writing for the trade.” But it didn’t leave me anxious for the next issue.Hopeless is good with the individual characters, developing them and letting us get to know them, but the plot is weak.
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X-Men Legacy #1

By: Simon Spurrier (writer), Tan Eng Huat (penciler), Craig Yeung (inker), Jose Villarrubia (colorist)

The Story: David Haller, the son of Charles Xavier (and sometimes called Legion), is trying to get his insanity under control with the help of a foulmouthed monk (the best kind). And oh…he doesn’t know that his dad is dead. Awkwardness engaged!

The Review: I never really cared for the character Legion. He’s always come off as a very convenient plot device and not something that can be considered a real person. And what kind of power is having every power? Isn’t this just a more convenient version of Dial H? So we have this mohawk jagoff with a lame superpower and a convenient back story of being the son of the most powerful mind in the universe (aw for irony because the son is out of his mind) who is only used to futher a plot. And Marvel wants to base an entire series off of this guy? Good luck.

As it turns out, I kind of forgot to remove X-Men Legacy from my subscription list, and you don’t want to be that guy at the comic shop who’s like “Oh, I know you ordered this for me, but…I kind of forgot to cross it off, so…no…” So I picked up the relaunch. Figured I’d read the first issue and see how it went. And hell, I’ve been enjoying Simon Spurrier’s Extinction, so maybe this wouldn’t be absolutely horrible. Then I decided to read Thor: God of Thunder and really, that should have been the last thing I read: How can anything not seem mediocre after that beautiful bastard Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic gave us? But I guess I was just really wanting to not give Legion a chance in hell, because I read it right after. So, I read it.
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Thor: God of Thunder #1

By: Jason Aaron (writer), Esad Ribic (artist), Dean White (Color Artist)

The Story: Thor! In three different eras! With three different weapons! Against one completely bad ass villain. God of Thunder…where have you been?

The Review: I’m not sure where to start. Between Jason Aaron’s writing, Esad Ribic’s art, and Dean White’s colors–all three working in perfect unison–we might have the beginning of the best run on Thor in ages. It’s one of those rare comics that reminds you why you love comics. If you had any doubts on this relaunch, set them aside. God of Thunder should not be tied to the run before it. In fact, for those of you who suffered through Matt Fraction’s Thor and Mighty Thor, Jason Aaron invites you into his mighty welcoming beard. It’s warm here. Join us.
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Avengers Vs X-Men: Consequences #5

By: Kieron Gillen (wrirer), Gabriel Hernandez Walta (art), Jim Charalampidis (Colors)

The Story: Sigh…there’s a Prison break.

SPOILERS AHEAD

The Review: Well, so much for “consequences.”  What were the consequences of Avengers vs X-Men exactly, as defined by this series? We got a lot of Cyclops in prison…which is now a moot point. Hope looking for Cable (he finds her, and leaves).  And…what? The only person to have any real consequences as a result of AvX is the Black Panther, and we only saw him for one panel in issue one. Hell, he didn’t even get any dialogue. Cyclops facing the consequences and changing? That would have been nice. Instead he just wants to be the new Wolverine. Logan has the school? Fine, Scott will be the one to do what is necessary. The bottom line from all of this is that Scott Summers DIDN’T LEARN A !@#$%^& THING!!! Wolverine telling him that he tries to emulate Scott when running the school? Not enough. Tony Stark revealing that he figured out how to use Wanda and Hope to restart the mutant race? Whatever. The little matter of Scott killing them man he saw as a father–NOTHING! It takes someone nearly sociopathic  to be able to go through so much and not change in the slightest. Which are basically the people he aligns himself with: Magneto, Magik, and Danger. So, on one side we have Captain America having this epiphany that he’s treated the mutant race in a hypocritical way (he’d do anything to save humans, or Americans, but ignored the struggles of mutants). And Scott, having kept his species alive long enough to become stable again, goes back to being the same person. Is he so jaded that he can’t acknowledge the miracle that happened for his people to come back from the brink? What happened to being a political prisoner?
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Avengers vs X-Men: Consequences #3 – 4

By: Kieron Gillen (writer), Jim Charalampidis (colors), Andrew Hennessy (inks), Scott Eaton (pencils-3),  Mark Brooks (pencils/inks-4)

The Story: Cyclops is still in prison, the rest of the Extinction team are still at large, the Avengers won and the X-men lost. In case you didn’t get that before. The Avengers–Captain America said in Civil War half a dozen years ago, “won everything–except the argument.”

Issue #3 Review: Stuff happened. Kind of.

Issue #4 Review: Well, there are great things about this miniseries and very frustrating things. One of the most frustrating things is that Gillen is such a talented writer, but the shackles on the story are so strong, it’s sad. The Cyclops here doesn’t even match the one we saw at the end of 2 and 3, or the final issues of Uncanny X-Men (Vol. 2). Gillen’s development of Scott Summers post AvX was not only going well, but swift. It’s only been a month and we’ve seen incredible lengths of pathos in Cyclops–all at Gillen’s hands. Everyone else writing about Cyclops right now just paint him as a dick (or the the Cyclops of the 90’s animated series). Gillen was showing us a different side to the argument. He does this not just through Scott himself, but how he interacts with others. He tells a newly formed student how wonderful Wolverine’s school is, and that as soon as he finishes his sentence, he should go there. He agrees to help Tony Stark (more on him later) with some tests after Tony tells him he knew that Wanda and Hope would reignite the mutant race. Cyclops has been showing humility, fear, wisdom, and yes,  more than a little narcissism, but Gillen was writing him as a character going through a profound change. Keyword: was. Sadly, there is a very abrupt halt to this development, and the heavy handedness of editorial glares on the page. This is especially apparent after a wonderful scene where Wolverine–calmed down since their last encounter–has a heart-to-heart with Scott that could have rebuilt their friendship. After what Wolverine tells him, and the progress Scott has made, it makes absolutely no sense to do what he does.
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The Mighty Thor #22

By: Matt Fraction (writer), Barry Kitson (breakdowns), Will Quintana (Colors)

The Story: Bring forth the Doom Ring! What is the Doom Ring? Seriously, I’ve been googling that all day and all I can find is other reviews for this issue.

The Review: This is the Thor I’ve wanted to see from Fraction since he took over a few years ago. And with his final issue, we finally get a Thor than can be taken seriously. Fraction writes a Thor that demands respect. The mopiness of earlier story arcs is gone. Now we get a thunder god who has had it with being pushed around by his father and constantly being reprimanded for saving the world. He puts himself on trial…which apparently involves tying yourself with glowing ropes to a giant stone circular tablet called the DOOM RING (isn’t a ring supposed to have hole?). Odin speaks against him, telling Asgard that Thor is no good for them. He even brings Enchantress in to belittle his son. On Thor’s side is Freyja (aww, mom!) and Hreidmar (some weird troll thing with glasses. Good chap). Once it gets to Hreidmar and Enchantress, it gets pretty interesting.
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