This month was pretty slow for comics. The last issue of Secret Invasion was postponed, and I did not pick up Uncanny X-Men because I officially dropped it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited for what’s happening next, but I’ll just wait in trade paperback form to see what Madelyne Pryor does to wreck havoc. Since I only have 6 comics to review, I’ll review early.
Legacy 218/Origins 30: The story continued to be interesting until the last two issues. The villains, Claudine and Sebastian Shaw, are prematurely left out in the final scene with their ultimate agenda cut short. Wolverine is the same as usual while Xavier exhibits some clever mind tricks on the guards and on Claudine and Sebastian. Daken has not left an impression as he is just another stock character rip-off of Wolverine. No personality and really no motivation. The art was great from Mike Deodato. Final scene has wolverine and Dakan forgiving Xavier as they hunt for the man who brainwashed Dakan, Romulus. Yeah, pretty boring. 2/5
Ultimatum 1: The big event has begun for the Ultimate Universe. After reading Ultimate Origins, I wanted to see the first issue of the main event, at least. So what happens? Big catastrophic tidal wave devastates New York City leaving millions dead, including a few heroes. We don’t know which heroes yet, but some are dead. Magneto is the perpetrator as Xavier tells everyone telepathically. The art is good, but the first issue leaves the reader wanting a LOT more in terms of story content. I’ve heard big changes happening but the delays are already coming in. I will be dropping this issue. I might look at it when the trade comes out. 2/5
Civil War- House of M 3: The third chapter is bringing new light to the House of M world. Magneto shows precaution to his resisters as he recruits Sabretooth to kill a bigot, Graydon Creed, while he and Xavier travel to parts of the world for alliances as a world power: Atlantis, Wakanda, the Inhuman’s Blue Moon. Bucky Barnes shows up as an assassin that leaves a lot of questions for next issue. Anticipating to see what’s next. 3/5
Magneto- Testament 3: The story progresses quite nicely as we see the young Max as a teenager. We begin to see his leadership skills and his volatile nature erupt. But the best part is the moment before he is taken to Auschwitz. After retreating to the woods, Nazi soldiers round up his family and kill them like animals. Max is saved because of his emerging powers. The rest of the series will be heart wrenching. 5/5
X-Force 9: It’s the middle issue and nothing exciting, really. Wolfsbane is still moping around and Warpath is fighting off the giant Demon bear with the help of Ghost Rider. What? Wolverine and the rest of the crew have the Vanisher as comic relief while they face off a zillion clones of the Marauders. The narration is from Domino, which is a nice touch because it’s relatable as a new reader. The legacy virus is the prize and next issue will answer that. The art is the best part but I don’t have anymore reason to buy this issue anymore. I will be dropping it next month. 3/5
JSA- Kingdom Come Special- Superman: A pretty good comic that recaps current events with the Society of America while tying with Kingdom Come continuity. Alex Ross writes and draws the special issue that leaves the reader wanting more. His writing is a bit somber as he always focuses on tradition and black and white themes. But he still produces some of his best art. The greatest scene is the flashback of how Superman tells an alternate Lois Lane how his lover died. Great issue! 3/5
Hopefully next month’s issues are better. December as the final issue of Secret Invasion, the penultimate issues of Testament and Civil War: House of M, an issue with Xavier vs. Juggernaut, and the premiere issues of Dark Reign and X-Men Noir.