Hanging with the HiX-Men, Part 8 — Powers of X #4 Review

Hanging with the HiX-Men is a series of reviews of Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men comics, followed by a spotlight of a specific scene and an eventual analysis of each overall arc once it is concluded. It’s what happens when a long-time X-Men fan has his love for the franchise reinvigorated by a beloved writer who has written some of his favourite comics. With that in mind… Welcome to the HiX-Men, hope you survive the experience.

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An Asian Look at… Surge (Noriko Ashida)

Superheroes are all the rage these days. With the emergence of superheroes back into the mainstream, there has been an increasing push for diversity in superhero comics. While there have been non-white superheroes in the past, the quality of them tends to… vary. Asian characters especially are usually largely defined by their ethnicity; in particular their powers and visuals are heavily focused on how Asian they can be.

As an Asian-Australian reader of Chinese and Vietnamese heritage, and an avid consumer of superhero media, I have long felt that Asian representation in superhero media needs improvement. For this reason, I’m going to take a look at different Asian superheroes and judge if they are good representation for Asian people. These characters can be born anywhere and can be of any sex, gender or sexual orientation, but the key point is that they have some Asian heritage. What I discuss can range from the visibility of their heritage to how stereotypical they are, but it will all be through the lens of an Asian reader’s perception of characters meant to make me feel represented to some degree.

To kick things off, I thought I’d look at one of the first Asian characters I encountered when getting into reading comics. That is, the electric blue-haired Japanese mutant known as Surge AKA Noriko Ashida.

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Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #1 Review — Disjointed, Unengaging and Uninteresting

Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils by Jim Lee, Dustin Nguyen, Andrea Sorrentino and Andre Lima Araujo
Inks by Scott Williams, Dustin Nguyen, Andrea Sorrentino and Andre Lima Araujo
Colours by Alex Sinclair, John Kalisz, Dave Stewart and Jordie Bellaire
Letters by Dave Sharpe
Published by DC Comics

Cover price: $4.99 USD

The return of the Legion of Super-Heroes has been a rocky road. After a lacklustre series in the New 52, the team vanished, only making sporadic guest appearances every now and then. DC Rebirth promised the return of the team, who would be given a degree of importance in Geoff Johns’ still ongoing Doomsday Clock miniseries, with promises that the team’s return would be set up in Tom King’s Batman run and even hints at who the writer of their ongoing series would be. Instead, Brian Michael Bendis recently reintroduced the team over in his Superman title and will be writing their ongoing. If Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #1 is any indication, DC would have been better off sticking to whatever their original plan was, because this is a disjointed and boring mess of a comic only held up by its art. Continue reading “Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #1 Review — Disjointed, Unengaging and Uninteresting”

Absolute Carnage: Scream #2 Review — Scattered But Fun

Written by Cullen Bunn
Pencils by Gerardo Sandoval and Alex Arizmendi
Inks by Gerardo Sandoval, Alex Arizmendi and Victor Nava
Colours by Erick Arciniega
Letters by VC’s Cory Petit
Published by Marvel Comics

Cover price: $3.99 USD

With the second month of Absolute Carnage tie-ins having begun, Scream has the distinction of being the first Absolute Carnage tie-in miniseries to get a second issue. The Scream tie-in has the benefit of featuring two somewhat popular characters who are actually tied to the Venom mythos and the first issue was pretty good for what it was. However, despite still being fun, this issue is less interesting, with a relatively generic plot and less interesting dialogue and narration. Continue reading “Absolute Carnage: Scream #2 Review — Scattered But Fun”

Absolute Carnage: Symbiote Spider-Man #1 Review — Engaging and Inconsequential

Written by Peter David
Pencils by Francesco Mobili
Colours by Java Tartaglia and Rain Beredo
Letters by VC’s Travis Lanham
Published by Marvel Comics

Cover price: $4.99 USD

The tie-ins for Absolute Carnage have been a mixed bag, with the usual indicator of quality being how tied to symbiotes the characters actually are. ScreamSeparation Anxiety and Venom have been great reads, while Absolute Carnage vs. Deadpool, Lethal Protectors and Miles Morales have been very weak. With that in mind, Absolute Carnage: Symbiote Spider-Man is a weird case, because while Peter Parker is obviously very much tied to the Venom symbiote, the issue itself does not feature him. It instead tells the story of happened to an unnamed extra from back in the day… a surprisingly good story, but one that seems to in no way matter to Absolute Carnage.

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Hanging with the HiX-Men, Part 7 — House of X #4 Review

Hanging with the HiX-Men is a series of reviews of Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men comics, followed by a spotlight of a specific scene and an eventual analysis of each overall arc once it is concluded. It’s what happens when a longtime X-Men fan has his love for the franchise reinvigorated by a beloved writer who has written some of his favourite comics. With that in mind… Welcome to the HiX-Men, hope you survive the experience.

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Star Pig #1 Review — Refreshingly Bright and Fun

Written by Delilah S. Dawson
Pencils by Francesco Gaston
Colours by Sebastian Cheng
Letters by Shawn Lee
Published by IDW Publishing

Cover price: $3.99 USD

Star Pig is a series I learned about back when I was reading IDW Publishing’s Transformers series, and I marked it down as one I was interested in. While I forgot about it until recently, that’s not a good thing, because it is a fun, lighthearted comic with fun characters that I wish I was experiencing month-to-month as a counterbalance to my otherwise serious monthly reads. It is the quintessential fun space adventure. Continue reading “Star Pig #1 Review — Refreshingly Bright and Fun”