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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 4/17/21

We’ve got a hefty week of comics this week! I read a whole ton of books and enjoyed them all, for the most part. Some better than others, as is usually the case. Children of the Atom continues to be OK, Mighty Morphin is great as always, and Far Sector comes one step closer to the end!

Comic Book of the Week goes to Power Pack #5 for a delightful wrap-up to their short mini-series. Ryan North and Nico Leon had a lot of fun with this one, and that always makes me happy.

Breaking bad

Meanwhile, I decided to kick off my owning a Nintendo Switch with some Super Mario Odyssey! Such a fun game. I think this is the first time in my life I have ever owned a Nintendo console and the corresponding Mario game. I was always a Game Boy man for the longest time. Feels good to Mario.

Comic Reviews: Children of the Atom #2, Far Sector #11, Iron Man #8, Mighty Morphin #6, Power Pack #5, Thor #14 and Wonder Woman #771.

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The New X-Men Team Stands Revealed!

I love the idea of an X-Men election. I love all the little ways the Krakoa-era is changing things up for mutants and the X-Men. And the idea that they would have the citizens of Krakoa vote on the roster for the official team of X-Men is a great idea!

And today, Marvel revealed that lineup!

The team looks fine. Nothing too crazy or exciting…but maybe that’s just me. We’ve got Cyclops and Jean Grey, with Rogue, Polaris, Sunfire, Synch and Wolverine. Seems a pretty solid lineup. Polaris won the reader poll, so that’s cool. Sunfire is a pretty unique choice. I hope to see great things from him. And Synch and Wolverine are obviously building from that very interesting story Jonathan Hickman has been running with, when they took on the Children of the Vault.

Unfortunately, Hickman won’t be writing the new ongoing X-Men series starring this roster. Gerry Duggan will be writing. And while I’ve liked what work of his I’ve read, I think his Marauders has gotten a bit lost in the weeds recently. But I’m going to remain positive.

Still, Strong Guy would have looked great on this team.

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Polaris Wins the X-Men Vote!

Turns out, Polaris is far more popular than I had any idea! And it turns out that Marvel was going to reveal the winner of the X-Men vote today!

I didn’t expect to get an answer until the Hellfire Gala itself. But huzzah for these fun little comics. Zeb Wells wrote the strip, with art by David Massini and Rachelle Cheri.

Polaris and the new squad will be part of an X-Men comic written by Gerry Duggan this summer, with art by Pepe Larrazz. I was hoping Jonathan Hickman would be writing the comic, but I’m sure Duggan will be fine.

Congrats to Polaris and her apparently many fans.

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A Bunch More Good X-Men Also Did Not Get Picked

This week, Marvel has been rolling out more and more of these short strips about the X-Men characters who did not get voted on for membership in the new X-Men roster. I was mostly disappointed that Strong Guy did not make the cut. But there’s also Marrow and Armor.

And Tempo and Boom Boom.

And Sunspot and Cannonball.

C’mon, voting public! Nobody voted for Marrow, Armor, Boom Boom or Tempo? Those all would have been exciting choices for a the flagship X-Men team! We could have had some real shakeups!

Instead, the only remaining candidates are Polaris, who is already starring in X-Factor, and Banshee, who I would be fine with. I’ve always liked Banshee, and he’s been dead for a good long while. Having him back on an X-Men team would be pretty fun.

We’ll find out the winner at the Hellfire Gala in June!

Zeb Wells wrote all of these shorts, with colors by Rachelle Cheri and art by Emilio Laiso on the first one, Nico Leon on the second one and Diego Olortegui on the last one. These were all super fun! And, again, highlight the need for an X-Men anthology book that explores these minor characters on Krakoa. I think that would be fun!

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Strong Guy is Not Going to be in the X-Men, You Cowards

Strong Guy has lost the vote for membership in the X-Men. That’s garbage. It was audience choice! We voted! And you people failed him! How incredibly disappointing. Marvel let us know with this fun mini-comic ahead of the Hellfire Gala.

At least the mini-comic is funny. And it features both Strong Guy and Multiple Man! That’s a major plus in my book. Still, what a disappointment. I should probably be upset with myself most of all. I didn’t do enough campaigning and glad-handing.

Also, did Jumbo Carnation not come up with one of those gorgeous outfits for Strong Guy? Or Is that sleeveless tuxedo what Jumbo came up with? Double also, they’re using Multiple Man as a waiter but didn’t get him any sort of party outfit at all? Just his classic uniform? This is the Hellfire Gala, people!

This great little mini-comic is by Zeb Wells, Mike Henderson and Rachelle Cheri.

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