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The Review Crew – 8/14/2014






All New X-Men #30


Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Sara Pichelli
Reviewer: Lee Gordon

The one thing about the All New X-Men is that you get to do all new things, although I wonder when the All New X-Men will become old and Marvel will start over with the All New, New X-Men #1.

All New X-Men is a playground. It gives today’s artists and creators a chance to play with the characters they grew up with. The original cast was brought forward in time allowing Scott to travel with his father, Jean to see how powerful she could be without the Phoenix force, and Bobby to use the same jokes on new people.

Issue 30 cheats a little by relying on the artwork for almost four full pages with no dialog. It reminds me a little of G.I. Joe #21, but not as good. I liked the idea of X-23 being happy with someone and at first it looked like it would be Scott, which felt natural, but it’s with Warren, as the cover dictates, and it feels forced.

Jean begins training with the White Queen. This is just wrong. I still consider her to be from the Hellfire Club, the image of her presiding over Kitty Pride telling the New Mutants that they will forever be hers from the last page of New Mutants #15 will forever be etched on my psyche.

Jean Grey seems a lot smarter, while Emma is still a bit… Emma, and that is only the first half. If you like Guardians of the Galaxy, you get a taste of that here. If you like crossovers, the last page works, and if you like a pacer issue between the Brotherhood and whatever comes next, this is it. All in all, a decent issue, but I am looking for something better, something maybe a little more old, than new.

3 stars out of 5


X #16


Writer: Duane Swierczynski
Artist: Eric Nguyen
Reviewer: Ray Willis

At this point in time X has finally met a foe that’s literally out of league to fight after trying to get back in the fight. Mr. Winter who has came to discuss things with Carmine is one tough guy and whatever X has isn’t working against this guy. This issue is brutal with a very one sided fight that X has seen scene since the last arc. At the mercy of Winters he was prepared since he installed a device in the lock that spit sulfuric acid. Even after having acid in his face Winters shrugged it off after a few seconds. Winters is a monster taking everything that X throws at him such as breaking a knife at the blade with his bare hands, taking acid in the face, Winters smashed through a brick wall like Juggernaut. This man is near unstoppable. The dialogue is really good and art is very gritty and goes really well together. I did have some trouble deciphering who was taken out in a gunfight and how was Winters able to heal from a acid splash from X after a few panels. Also the art gets a bit rough in some panels. Overall this was a good issue with an intense fight taking place with the odds not in X’s favor with some minor gripes. Also someone gets kicked through a wall but you’ll have to read to see who.

4 out 5


Starlight #5

Writer: Mark Millar
Artist: Goran Parlov
Reviewer: Oz Longworth Jr or the Droid Nobody Was Looking For

You know, I was at the comic shop picking up the new releases for the week, I saw issue #5 of Starlight on the shelves and it occurred to me. Mark Millar is actually remaining on schedule with a book. And a really good book, too. It’s sort of a momentous occasion. Of course, the reason you’ve all gathered here on my page isn’t to hear me dump on the Infinite Iffy-ness of Mark Millar. It’s to hear the latest word on Starlight and the latest word is: This Book is Good.

This issue features a brief flashback from Duke McQueen’s sidekick, “Space Boy,” depicting the events on Tantalus that led to him recruiting the retired galactic swashbuckler. Not too long afterwards, the shit proceeds to hit the fan as the evil Kingfisher orders a massive assault on the rebels. The action beats here are exciting but not quite as brutal as we’ve come to expect from standard Millar. I mean, McQueen just persists in being a badass. The end of the book is the sort of thing that leaves with a downright childish ear to ear grin. We also get to spend a little more time with Kingfisher and he comes across as sort of a one dimensional Big Bad. But the fact that this is sort of a send up of old space serials means that kinda makes sense. I mean, let’s be honest. Ming the Merciless wasn’t exactly a villain of true depth like Ozymandias or Kanye West. Goran Parlov’s artwork is still strong but it still feels claustrophobic for a book that mainly takes place in an alien locale. Still, that’s a minor complaint in the grand scheme. This book is still dope and if you’re still not buying it….well, I don’t feel comfortable drinking after you anymore.

Bottom Line: This book is still strong in its simple straightforward nature. This was definitely one of Millar’s more fun outings.


4.5 out of 5

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Armand is a husband, father, and life long comics fan. A devoted fan of Batman and the Valiant Universe he loves writing for PCU, when he's not running his mouth on the PCU podcast. You can follow him on Twitter @armandmhill
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