Why I Welcome Hickman’s Take on the X-Men

Jonathan Hickman will be taking on the X-Men in July with two miniseries: House of X and Powers of X. There is rampant speculation on what these two series will entail, in no small part due to the ominous tone of the House of X promotional image and the mish-mash, different character designs present on the Powers of X image. But whatever they are, it’s clear that Marvel are putting their eggs into the HiX-Men basket.

This comes hot off the heels of Marvel’s relatively recent relaunch of Uncanny X-Men that came in the form of “X-Men Disassembled”, a story that I dissected due to how much I loathed it. That storyline led into the currently ongoing Age of X-Man event, which is better than “X-Men Disassembled” based on the few issues of it I read. Then Marvel streamlined the creative team of Uncanny X-Men to Matthew Rosenberg and Salvador Larocca, in a run that’s largely been a rehash of the 2000s with some superficial 90s nostalgia for good measure.

So all of that seems like it’s not going to be too relevant in a few months as Hickman does what Hickman does and reinvents the X-Men. Marvel are even promoting it as a shakeup on the level of Giant-Size X-Men or New X-Men, which is certainly a brave comparison to welcome. And… I am okay with this. Really. Hickman is just what the X-Men need, and read on below so I can explain why. Continue reading “Why I Welcome Hickman’s Take on the X-Men”

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Picking at the Pieces of “X-Men Disassembled”

Yeah, I’m not done with this story. Guys… I have things to do. I need to take a government exam to be able to even enrol in some teaching units for my master’s. I haven’t finished Red Dead Redemption 2 yet. I need to finish Bodyguard and The Protector because I told a friend I would. I’m trying to finish The Name of the WindAncillary Justice and The Night Circus. There’s things I can be doing, is what I’m saying. And yet, I keep coming back to this. Because it keeps calling me back.

“X-Men Disassembled” was meant to be the big X-Men relaunch of 2018. Kicking off a new series of the flagship title, Uncanny X-Men, when finally the X-Men team books would be consolidated into one title… and what we got was a weekly series that couldn’t even justify its own existence without spoiling its own ending — on the day of the first issue’s release, Marvel announced the Age of X-Man event; that name told everyone all they needed to know about it — an alternate world where the story would be told through numerous miniseries, with X-Man (Nate Grey) playing a key part. Well… okay then, so what’s the point of reading this story? There didn’t seem to be one.

The three writers — Ed Brisson, Kelly Thompson and Matthew Rosenberg — clearly knew where they were headed with this story, but the way they got there was one of the most badly executed stories I’ve ever seen. See, we knew where it was headed. Clearly. So they needed to give us other reasons to read, while also setting up the status quo for after “X-Men Disassembled” ends — the return of Cyclops and Wolverine. Well, let’s have a look at this series and see what they came up with, shall we? Let’s see what the different plot threads amounted to and how this story went out. Continue reading “Picking at the Pieces of “X-Men Disassembled””

Best New Comic Series of 2018

Here’s a list that I actually really enjoy doing. Unlike the top issues, it’s not hard to recall — I can remember a good series much easier than a good issue. With this list, the series is judged as a whole, not by one single standout issue. At the same time, it’s a very positive list, unlike me lambasting the worst of the year. The main condition is that the series needs to have started in 2018 and had at least an arc or so; meaning anything with less than that by the time 2019 came around isn’t allowed on the list. I will make note of those newer series, however, since, quality is quality and should be praised. So without further delay (yes, this list is fairly late), here are my best new comic series of 2018. Continue reading “Best New Comic Series of 2018”

Worst Comics of 2018

I wasn’t going to do this. I like to celebrate the good in comics, not lampoon the bad. Comic readers already have an image of being overly negative and I don’t want to be that guy. But… some of the comics this year truly did it for me. They managed to take my goodwill and optimism and grind it into the dirt. Yes, some of these series may recover, or may even have already. But that doesn’t take away from how terrible these particular comics are. With that in mind, here are the worst comics of 2018. Continue reading “Worst Comics of 2018”

Best Comic Issues of 2018

2018 was an uneven year in terms of comics. A lot of series that were good took a nosedive, while others that were terrible managed to crawl their way to readability and sometimes even quality. But sometimes, there’s an outlier. Sometimes a single issue manages to say more than a series, or manages to elevate itself above the others. This is about those, the issues that stand as the best of the year. Continue reading “Best Comic Issues of 2018”

My Top 10 Best Venom Stories

The Venom movie starring Tom Hardy has just hit theatres has been in theatres for a while. Plus, Donny Cates’ Venom series has recently finished its first arc and loves to dip into the symbiotes’ mythos. With that in mind, now is a good time to look back on past Venom comics and get some sweet, sweet clicks.

I’ve always been fond of Venom, but before 2018, my experience was largely with adaptions and the series launched by Rick Remender starring Flash Thompson. But after getting really into Donny Cates’ current run, I dug into a lot of Venom’s past appearances and comics, and I think I’ve sufficiently got a grasp of the character. So without further adieu, here are my personal favourite Venom stories. Continue reading “My Top 10 Best Venom Stories”

Biggest Comic Letdowns of 2017

To me, there are two types of “bad” comic: something that is just badly crafted in terms of story/art or something that’s disappointing. To me, the latter is worse. You can usually see a bad comic coming a mile away, but a comic that has everything needed to be good and fails anyway, that will always hurt more. 2017 has been a solid year for comics, but there have been some disappointment. Some of these were set up in 2016, while others were a bit newer to the poop party. Regardless, they let me down in a big way, and I need to make a list, dammit! So in ascending order, here are my top comic letdowns of 2017.

Also, the reason this list is super late is because I wasn’t going to do it. It just got too far into 2018… then I saw ProJared (and others) make 2017 lists still and decided to just make this super succinct. So I’m doing this quick and dirty, because I just need to get these off my chest. Continue reading “Biggest Comic Letdowns of 2017”