Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Review(s) of the Week: Uncanny X-men Vol 3 #1 and Mega Man #22

I really like where the X-men have gone in recent years. This book follows the fugitive X-men team as they attempt to rescue and mentor some of the new mutants who have sprung up in the aftermath of Avengers vs X-men.

The book starts with someone coming to see SHIELD director Maria Hill. He is clearly dangerous although it's not revealed who he is. He's here to give some intel on Cyclops and some possible ways he can be taken down. He tells her his powers are going haywire, that he shouldn't be killed as that would make him a martyr, that instead he needs to be exposed. That the world must see he is a broken man, physically, mentally, and spiritually. We also see this stranger bring video of Cyclops and his crew of Emma, Magneto, Magik, and the rest saving a mutant and taking of some Sentinels. At the end of the issue we see this man is Magneto and he is working against Cyclops.

This was a extremely well written issue. I'm really enjoy where the X-men in general have been going. The art, however, sucked a fat hairy nut sack. I'm sorry but I never could stomach Chris Bachalo's ugly hectic art style. It's like Huberto Ramos minus the heart and charm. Bad as it was I'd still take Greg Land's porn face art over Chris Bachalo any day. Terrible art aside this was a damn good issue and is definitely worth checking out.

Also, and I've mentioned this before, enough with the multiple volumes. People always complain that continuity scares away and confuses new readers, I think a damn good case could be made that multiple number ones and title changes confuse the hell outta new readers. Could you imagine if you were just getting into Captain America for instance trying to make heads or tails of the title changes and multiple volumes he's had? Seriously Marvel enough with the multiple volumes.

Robo love is in the air, which I have to imagine probably has a nasty burnt metal smell like when your car is breaking down. In this issue Mega Man and Roll head to the Arctic to assist Quake Woman and Ice Man with an Arctic Research problem. Quake Woman only recently got her emotions back and is having a difficult time processing them. Roll attempts to set Mega Man and Quake Woman up, but neither are all that interested, meanwhile Ice Man, who's got a giant crush on Roll is desperately trying to impress her to no avail. While all this goes on we cut to Dr Light and Dr Lalinde end up having dinner with Agents Krantz and Stern and have a rather interesting back and forth on the ethics of making artificial intelligence so close to human.

This series has been a great all ages read from the start. It's fun, it's fast paced, and it even manages to ask a few questions. It manages to be accessible to kids without talking down to them, so even a cynical old nerd like myself can enjoy them. If you're not reading this you should be, and this issue is a pretty decent jumping on point.

And while we're on the subject of Mega Man I found this awesome variant cover for Mega Man #25, which is the start of the Sonic/Mega Man crossover.
Dr Wily and Dr Robotnik riding a tandem bike. How can you not love that?

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