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dying are a messy affair 0

sunburst hit all the good points already(on the issue page). but i love the art/and the dark visuals suit the tone of this arc. took me awhile to decide that running up to this great conclusion. as a second arc, it felt like maybe the recruits had stumbled into a haunted house..just to drive home that they arent prepared yet. the recipe concerns itself more with the twists though - so rest assured that everything in this issue is a payoff. everyone seems to get a slice of the action too. so they...

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what doth smash? in the aftermath 0

if you were looking for some context beyond a super angry Hulk trying to subjugate the hero populace, this is where its at. a lot of the characters here were featured in the titles linking into the main series. but they seem to share a single time and place this time. maybe theyre all inhabiting the same fallen shadow? the Hulk couldve embodied several different notions for each side character, but its a resounding silence when the dust has settled. to an enormous credit, we dont see anyone grap...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

epic Xover suits up 0

its weird to read this standalone, but not as frustrating as waiting to see the arc concluded. i say that having loved Messiah CompleX though ..and wondering if the x-titles will be able to top this, ever. if this had been my first flip through this issue i might not have enjoyed it at all. theres a lot of threads unraveling, tightening up, and fraying about that it can be difficult for the reader to orient themselves. the members of X-Factor are split between a damning future and in the present...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

a re-loving summer 0

this is a great arc and very obviously Brubaker work. the art gives a realistic tone, that you wont normally find or expect from the X-Men. everybody seems to be in civilian clothes. and if youve seen the cover just once, Scott and Emma even get some 70s wear. there are 2 storylines going on, but the cover here depicts the wierdness happening in the teams now staging area. San Francisco is on a strange trip. even the Dreaming Celestial makes an appearance(last issue). i actually like Scott/Emma ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

go bury your head in the snow 0

slightly suggestive cover, that doesnt really convey enough. buts its well done. both installments are Wolverine stories. the first is completely solo, as he has an existential trip through a healing factored binge..somewhere out in the snow. its really beautifully captured. and it resonates past all the super heroics to concentrate on how human it feels to be a mutant. it helps that he seems kinda stranded, and that all we have to tether us to the story is Wolverines inner monologue. second sto...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

a very special (staircase) episode 0

first up is Rachels coming to terms with Scott and Emma. i can see the appeal of Emma stirring things up, but i dont like the tone or trajectory the relationship has taken in the course of her being around. havent read her solo offerings though, so im biased to a fault. still think she would be a greater addition as someone just outta Scotts grasp. this is about Rachel though, as ive said - and she handles it better than i do..which makes it an ok story. the convo between Havok and Rachel is nic...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

a Beast for 2 seasons 0

the mad scientist cover is only the beginning of the fun.  and for having 2 stories featuring the same character, they really are kinda varied. most issues are a little more varied. but i can think of very few characters id rather see get twice the exposure than Beast. there are times when the only time you see Hank are in his lab treating another team member, before we follow the treated member off to fight again. ive been enjoying the First Class issues that really flesh Hank out, before he se...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

a good wolvie never stays dead 0

 how often do you get a Sam Keith drawn Marvel comic these days? there were Marvel Comics Presents covers and 8pagers(check out the cover to #120!) and a cover here and there. versus all the great creator work he puts out, its great to chalk up some win for Marvel too. notice the cover is a re-imagining of a Bryne classic, also credited as so in the signature. really fun. so theres a Wolverine story, and a great Iceman story. given the rating system here on the site each only have to score a 2....

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if kids werent meant to fly.. 0

if unfamiliar with the Unlimited brand, each issue give a few stories up. i think its typically just 2, but there was a Spider-Man version too that i didnt sample. here we have an Angel story referenced on the cover thats not the best, and a Beast story featuring Kitty Pride. Angel is a great team member and a favorite of mine with X-Force as the more deranged Archangel, but solo stories of his being wealthy and busy with his wealth arent very interesting(or profitable) for me. but he does it al...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

see you there, maybe? 0

im a big sucker for great one-shots. this technically being the annual didnt make a difference either. but despite the featured blurb, T'Challa really isnt in this one. he shows up by the end, but its in a supporting role. we're definitely looking at a Storm dialog story. some great elements include that its future set, and that from that future - we get a few flashbacks, further back than present day even. those weird frogs show up, the Watcher is seen. Stroman really provides some 'expressiona...

1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

nothing covert about killmongering 0

 im not up on the entire history of Black Panther/Wakanda, but an old enemy comes calling at the gates. the issue itself is somewhat familiar territory for me though, as an issue that doesnt necessitate the main character being around all that much. we get a strong view into the nation of Wakanda with some key players. word gets to T'challa about things are running with him Fantastic Four'ing it up. but it might be too late. when a foe comes knocking, its bad enough when they strike fear in the ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

wig party 0

why do i think thats the ThunderCats logo on the cover? love how reposed the title is though. this is the conclusion folks! battles are won, with tables turned and blackmail machines destroyed! everything came together in a pretty sound fashion, and the conflicts were trimmed down in a swift manner. Torch only had a few panels, perhaps cause he and Ben didnt have time for their back-and-forth jabs at each other. although Storm was separated from the others, she manages to back their plays as onl...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

space wolf is down for the count 0

wasnt sure how to judge this issue. the actions great, but Storm sets out in her own b-plot that seems to shoehorn some side characters in. the characters feel a little forced, but they do deliver a lot of backstory and the serious rumblings of much needed resolutions for the arc and world itself. its easy to let a good storytelling device slide, cause the show must go on - but the way the characters depict themselves is all tongue and no cheek. almost thought i wasnt reading the panels seriousl...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

jolly green mob tactics 0

 its ok if you missed the first chapter, so did i. but i have the added benefit of picking up 'The New' Fantastic Four featuring this lineup. the titles didnt especially intertwine though. theres also the handy summary page to start things off. i jumped on board for this cover alone(not afraid to admit it). this story arrived well before the Secret Invasion crossover, and thankfully after the zombie arc. nothing against the zombies - i just like them terrorizing their alternate earth where t...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Mt Dew Commercial, ..no really! 0

so the cover is overtly awesome, and sure to pull in the kids with their skateboards. but other than that? this story is about being wrangled around by espionage outfits. probably has some parallels with curfews and not being allowed to hang out with boys..as per all young women with super powers. Scorpion is an unofficial Jack Bauer. also its kinda like Alias. its an overseas romp, and the good guys are stepping on each others feet. theres action, but it feels stilted - and the dialogs alotta '...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

internal politics **SPOILERS** 0

Araña doesnt suit up at all. which bugged me by the end of the issue, (since it took me awhile to notice). but she manages to stand up to the plate. the plate involves the career path of the brooding stalker shes had hanging around for a few issues. thankfully hes a MIB type of stalker - meaning stalking is his career path. she even drops by his office so they both have witnesses present in case the budding proto-romance goes south. theres a tough as nail commissioner there to bench the brooding...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

nano-powered breakfast 0

missed this series when it came out, but have to recommend the trade based on the opening issue. i found a really cinematic opening that introduced the characters pretty efficiently. it mightve been a bit of a roll call treatment, or kinda like a conga line meet-and-greet. but the panels are tempered with hefty doses of action to lesson any fatigue. the main character has her own story too, which unfolds at a pace thats comparable to the readers, with a fun cliffhanger to close things out. if i ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

love the wrap around/whats the wasp doing there? 0

 i love that the story elements here were held off till later. in the mini-series the mayhem was off and running, and each panel did its part to fill us in and piece together the how the universe was affected(infected). with this one-shot, we the readers, get to take a step back and see the beginnings - in all their untimely flavor. for the most part, and in respecting the groundwork first revealed in the minis (and to come later in the timeline), ..there are no revelations of missed opportu...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

probably being generous 0

wasnt a great ending, but its true to form. as with the (marvel)zombie mini's ive read, the stakes arent upped again and again. but everything is a potential game changer - and all changes seem to be as swift as the last series. im anxious to finally pick up the next 2 minis / hoping they cover more ground than the sequel does. its fun..but its flavored with an urgency to be on shelves. continuing the new franchise doesnt make it a spectacular read though. although its kinda nimble with what ele...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

dont like the kids? buy it for Caselli artwork! 0

i hadnt kept up with the Runaways, and the Young Avengers was a title id wished id stuck with after the first arc - so i really wanted the team-up to work well (despite kinda deciding that it wouldnt before picking this up). but it did! as the first issue, they havent quite teamed up by the end - barely interacted really, but you know they should understand each other. instead of playing up any parallels as a driving reason the mash the kids together, a sidelined team scout possible allies out (...

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cyborgs dont feel the pain of gamma rage 0

im a little cold on the rest of the arc / picked up this issue randomly. even with the conclusion(ary) paying off  of plots that cant survive the trip back to the main MU - cant imagine where the Hulk was supposed to fit in. ruling the 'down under continent' implies as big a legend as the giant green smashing machine deserves. but im wishing it felt more integral to the alternate universe line of titles. maybe its a payoff that isnt over complicated? mostly a knock down, drag out fight for the H...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Immortal Arsenal 0

there's a lot of prior setup for these characters in the pages of The Immortal Iron Fist, but this is an excellent place to start. of the 5 stories, Fat Cobra / Dog Brother #1 / and Tiger's Beautiful Daughter are full tilt origin pieces. Bride of Nine Spiders has some backstory too, while Prince of Orphans takes on history itself. the only reservation i have recommending it has to do with these being stand alone stories - for a mini series that works itself out through oneshots really. all main ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

flashback brought to tempo 0

didnt expect to own this until the trade edition, but it worked as an extended preview i guess. i picked up issue #5 of X-Men Manifest Destiny, and under the cover was this issue instead. i got a replacement copy too of course. think it was on the house, but i cant remember. to the point, i dont know the entire scope of the mini-series. but the issues seem stand alone, and range across the time line. if there are more meetings between Spidey and the X-Men, they probably arent as well noted as th...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

a brutal start, nearly finished. 0

 this volumes a great judge of character. i know i definitely want the next 2 volumes, if only to recall some mid-90s nostalgia. i had to take some advice of angry shoppers on how inappropriate the 1st vol was with establishing the AoA universe. if i recall it was populated with mini series, not so crucial to the core storyline. but in this volume, ive found all the #1 issues that launches me into a dark and sinister world where Prof X died prematurely. this was a big deal to me back when it lan...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

i want some irony points 0

Iceman finally makes it to SanFran, to have a finally(not lethal) confrontation. the final chapters nearly all talk, with some violent spices of non-verbal melee. truthfully they talk it out then too. then a parting of ways actually leaves Bobby to confidently assess  what hes gained from the experience. maybe his lifes been saved twice? the next strip features amazing art over anything else. and the story is a quick romp the fascist house calls the x-men allow themselves to make. who woulda tho...

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Mystique Must Be Kidding!! 0

another great turn in Iceman's chronically volatile get-togethers with a certain anybody. every installment has read as pivotal so far, and this ones not so off the mark. i feel a endearment in the banter at this point though, which is more animated than before. really matches the art style though. and the twists are kinda gleeful - so its an even trade. i can probably spell the second story out as Mercury lamenting her power set - instead of trying in vain for a heart to heart with Laura. X-23...

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Ramos Plays His Hand 0

Humberto fields the cover and a story thats not dissimilar to the content featured on said cover. its the best story outta the issue, but Iceman's road trip and Graymalkin's confession are very solid in their own rights. Iceman stops running / or maybe he wasnt left for dead again. he's come along way from looking like a snowman. he doesnt have to wear a belt anymore either. theres some collateral damage, of course - since he's on the premiere team of mutants. for those of you who dont know much...

0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

i hate the 'mixed bag' analogy ... 0

im not able to clearly respond to the 3rd story, but thats all this issue is missing. the continued epic of Iceman and his next run in with shape-changery danger is making the 8page format look amazing. i was along for all 12 issues of the latest Marvel Comics Presents - and that title had troubles here and there. i dont know if its the art or writing, maybe both.. but it feels like im reading a day-in-the-life style. i could easily say thats a Spider-Man device, but Parker only made it famous h...

0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Is This A Road Trip? 0

this isnt a bad start to this anthology series, if you excuse that the issue is labeled part 1 of 4 (properly billed later in parts of 5). all covers are Ramos masterpieces, each giving some hint of whats under the surface. i dont like the title font.. kinda seems like it was whipped up quickly and argued over when it came to spacing/placement. bright side is it gives alotta room for the cover art to breathe. 3 different strips for each issue means theres a really varied perspective in writing a...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

nothing to die over 0

kidding aside, and with the exception of featuring less NXM than the title probably should - i gotta love this issue for a number of reasons. Art, of course. Ramos builds the clutter of a stage play into a violent storm of...um - fighting! alotta plot threads tangle into a battle that we all knew was coming. and a few threads are dismembered before this (last) issue of NXM closes. the only downside is that theres too much safely-tucked-away moments with Rogues coma-onlookers. the final page is a...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

pre X-Force mini, really 0

the issue looks fantastic, and Laura/X-23 is featured alot in the company of X-Force-before-title. but as a chapter in a really fun crossover, the circumstance from last issue is nearly resolved. only 2 pages feature any of the other kids - mostly recap to boot. as i said though, everything looks great. its nearly pure action and bloodshed. Wolfsbanes featured alot (looking especially feral). i have a soft spot for former New Mutants when dealing with a second or third gen title of the same orig...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

great chapter, slighted sendoff 0

i think there might be 10 pages total, featuring the half-pint variations of the once numerous X-Men. but 3 chapters have p[assed int eh crossover before they even get to make their own moves. i wont delve into the bonus content, spanning different times and places - but i will say that the kids act fast enough to leave their mark (in 11 pages). they find out which baddies their being protected from, shirk authority figures - and very personally the Prof himself. so Nori recruits whoevers willin...

0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

theyve come a long way home 0

part 2 of 2, and the art remains the same. theres a few things to straighten out before the crossover next issue - but given that these are the "Children of X-Men" , theres a few miscommunications that tend to take place too. its no spoiler that they score some more uniform style (both classically inspired, and newly customized). theres some inklings of what might be in store for everyone during the crossover, but nothing that gives them warning... SPOILER WARNING: Click here to reveal hidden c...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

homage cover houses a down home narrative 0

This 2-parter kinda finds its roots in the very begining of the title, when Academy X was still in the logo. (technically, a New Mutants mini was the very beginning) the pace is still quite swift, but the interactions are all homegrown in the hallways of the mansion/compound/academy. the senior faculty gauges trauma and counsels the students individually - all of which prides itself on character moments. none of which puts them in peril for the 20th straight issue. theres also a running thread a...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

end of an arc / comeback in progress 0

im pretty sure this leads into X-Infernus - but theres no mention of it here (negative a half star).. otherwise a great issue, and a very trim conclusion. 2 students not pulled into Limbo, have finally made it into the fray and chalk up some haevy hits right away. also to the rescue, is Darkchild. not undue any credit is Pixie, who provided the new portal with a little training in dark arts. so everyones in the same place since the arc began. now they just need to make it back to the real world....

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

do sentinels go to hell? 0

best chapter in the arc so far, as a lot happens and the various settings/characters lace together really nicely. last issue felt a little shunted in places - which mighta been appropriate with so many students hobbled so far. but the pacing seems to be in line with more escalated circumstances. the kids are starting to fight back, a stake the lives on saving each other. the tides are about to turn and helps on the way. it should really give everyone hope about the finally, except that this titl...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

bizzaro vacationeers beware 0

second after a student was dispatched last issue, those left break free to a) try and make contact with the material world, b) try to save the life thats lost, and c) take the one responsible head on. the kids that managed to escape the mayhem at Belasco's castle - are in dire need of better help. in being introduced to Darkchild, they easily grasp why Belasco himself wont tolerate her. back at whats left of the mansion a rescue team tries to mount as a vicious brawl takes place below(?)..the ch...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

new ways to die 0

as a compliment previous issues backstory and setup, Part 1 starts off with a 6 page/7 minutes prior flashback. we get a sense of where on the grounds (and tucked away in the mansion) everyone are situated before being interrupted..erm, or abducted. with everyone shackled and disposed to interrogation in Limbo, we thankfully catch up to a band of students that escaped those clutches - only to be on the outskirts of certain doom. theres some great displays(Skottie Young) of power sets, we dont of...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

i prelude you too 0

this is a steadily played opening for a very technical arc. this issue is a almost a soft landing from arcs previous, with the kids sitting around telling stories. and although i loved seeing them in this context too.. cause they are frickin kids, it mighta turned boring fast ; if not for a re-introduced to some back story (without any retconning that i detect) for Magik. theres a great interplay between the artists and story lines, given that we jump back and forth to grade the reactions of the...

1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

an incendiary finale of sorts 0

a special seems like a throwback in the comics medium. i didnt know where or if this would be collected anytime soon, so i picked it up without expecting an actual resolution to the romantic involvement. i liked the source material, which always brake the action/arguments up in a solid manner. the issue of allegiance(s) really play off each other nicely. the conclusion even comes off gruff and no nonsense. anyone who's reading the series currently know how it shook out, but without saying much.....

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.