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review 2017-07-03 14:03
I continue to love this series for how dark it gets
Spider-Gwen (2015-) #21 - Jason Latour,Robbi Rodriguez

Spider-Gwen is never afraid of shying away from darkness, from the creepy versions of Matt Murdock, Wolverine, and Kitty Pryde, to how S.H.I.E.L.D is run, to the situations it puts Gwen in: she has to compromise herself for the safety of others often enough that I wonder how she keeps it together, sometimes.   She makes deals with Murdock, who is the de-facto Kingpin for now, to save her father.   She almost sells her soul again for Harry Osborne, but instead runs away with him, only to be cornered by Logan and Kitty once again.   (And I thought Murdock was the creepiest, but nope, these two have him beat.)

 

Maybe it's just fun because I know there are alternate versions of them running around, versions that I like, who would be appalled by this.   And while it's never fully divulged how these characters became this way - the focus is Gwen after all - it's easy to piece together some of it from the universe they live in.   Without Xavier, under the not-so-gentle hand of this S.H.I.E.L.D, yeah, Logan could become totally soulless.   Even just without Xavier, he could be trained to be the monster he's become here.   

 

Murdock could have been persuaded by Fisk that this was best for him without any other guidance.   Lack of support, lack of role models after his father's death, could have twisted him around, too.    And even in 616, it's made clear that he idolized his father, who used his fists to make a living as a boxer, and would resort to fighting at school when he'd hit his limit.   (His father told him not to, and Matt got punished for it, but had the tendency, possibly just through watching his father in the ring.)   If someone decided to tease that into a purely sadistic tendency...

 

Frank Castle is dark even with his family alive, and to be honest, he's the one who I'd most like to see again, just to see why he still turned out to be a psychopathic vigilante.   But he's not in this.   

 

Regardless, that's part of the charm for this series for me, and it's used to full advantage with Murdock, Wolvie, and Kitty, and even with Harry who's becoming The Lizard once again.   Perhaps Gwen's guidance - telling him he can't steal when his literal reptilian is only focused on survival.   It's wrong, and more than that, it could show their hand to those tracking them, she points out.   His answer?   More for me. 

 

Still, it would be fascinating if I was proven right: if Gwen can reform someone with such a guiding hand, it might mean that all the people who are broken and creepy and dark are so because they didn't have that in this universe.   (Or maybe they're just utter bastards here.  Who knows at this point?   Either way, it's fun speculating and I'm enjoying reading this series.)

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review 2017-06-26 23:06
I liked this better
Weapon X (2017-) #1 - Greg Pak,Greg Land

I've read criticisms that this was fairly typical.   Fair enough.   I liked this because there's a lot of metal being put in humans.  

 

There's also a hatred of mutant kind rising, and this kind of prejudice is old school X-Men.  It's what they've been fighting against from the beginning: blind hate and fear.  I really like the way this was combined with a new type of weapon to fight them, so I was more interested in this storyline.   It wasn't original or spectacular enough to rate five stars, but it read better than most of the X-titles.  I'll most likely look into reading more of this series. 

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review 2017-06-26 23:03
Decent
Cable (2017-) #1 - James Robinson,Carlos Pacheco,Dale Keown

It's not horrible, but it's not spectacular.   In general, the new X-Titles are overpromising and underdelivering in my eyes.   

 

The art is slick on this and it could potentially be interesting - but this first issue doesn't make me want to invest in the series.  There's not enough of a setup for a larger story, not enough tension, not enough that's, quite frankly, interesting to me.   Adding to my disinterest is the fact that this issue is almost solely about Cable.   Even solo series can be helped along by supporting characters, but there are none here. 

 

We'll see if I ever pick up more of this series.  I do like Cable, particularly since he's started hanging out with Deadpool.   He was never a favorite, but I hated him when he first came on scene, and ended up liking him more, and then, bam, Deadpool and Cable. 

 

I was hoping this would be good, but I'm not that into it.

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review 2017-06-25 01:12
Another average offering
X-Men: Gold (2017-) #1 - Marc Guggenheim,Ardian Syaf

Maybe I'm just not into the X-Men, or maybe I'm disillusioned by Marvel's statements - about diversity in particular, by Marvel's Secret Empire stunt, or whatever.   This also didn't do it for me, and I miss the old team, the old favorites, and this didn't rise about that. 

 

Also, so bizarre to see the political art stripped out, even if I was sideyeing it when I'd heard about it. 

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review 2017-06-25 01:10
Average
X-Men: Blue (2017-) #1 - Cullen Bunn,Jorge Molina,Matteo Buffagni,Arthur Adams

It's just that there are, what, seven X-Men titles, all competing for my money, time and energy.   And I don't particularly like Jean Grey, especially not when she's the leader of the X-Men, and most of my favorite characters aren't these actual characters. 

 

This is average.   Some of the fight scenes, and the complexities of young Scott Summers, are interesting, and I'm eager to see where this is going with them answering to Magneto now, but overall? 

 

I didn't like this enough.   There wasn't enough of the complexities of time travel.   And I didn't like the character interaction as much as I did in Generation X.   Not sure if, or when, I"ll continue.

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