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Jumbo Carnation is Everything I Love About X-Men Comics

Jumbo Carnation is alive again! This is a great day for X-Men comics and mutants in general. And it’s a good representation of everything I want to see in Dawn of X and X-Men comics. The four-armed mutant made a proper return as Emma Frost’s personal fashion designer on Krakoa in this week’s issue of Marauders.

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There’s this thing called style

For those of you who don’t know, Jumbo Carnation debuted at the start of Grant Morrison’s run on New X-Men back in the day, as part of Morrison’s whole revitalization agenda. Morrison did a lot of things for the X-Men, but my personal favorite was making mutants normal. Morrison created Mutant Town, a whole district of New York City where ordinary and average mutants lived and worked.

And among its residents was this four-armed mutant fashion designer, who designed clothes specifically for the weird bodies of mutants.

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Some fashion maven. He’s wearing the same outfit he had on when he died nearly 20 years ago.

Then he died from a drug overdose in the exact same pages where he first appeared, and his death kicked off a whole storyline for the X-Men. But I never forgot Jumbo Carnation — how could I, with a name like that.

I’ll admit, I wasn’t a big fan of Morrison’s X-Men comics right away. But over time I matured and understood it all better. And one thing I have come to truly love about X-Men comics — and possibly Dawn of X going forward — is that mutants don’t have to be superheroes. The whole point of mutants is that they’re people. They are ordinary people. It’s just that Professor X and Magneto and whoever else decided to recruit some and put them into costumes to fight crime and/or each other.

But when the mutants as minority metaphor really gets going, especially when Morrison was the writer, the best look for the species is to see them as normal people.

A mutant doesn’t have to be a superhero. A mutant can be a fashion designer.

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A mutant can be anything they want to be

So I am rather thrilled that Dawn of X has seen fit to reach into that one weird, random appearance back in the day and bring back Jumbo Carnation to the land of the living. The world needs mutant fashion designers now more than ever.

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First Look at the Marvel TV Shows!

Last night’s Super Bowl brought with it the prerequisite bunch of nifty commercials. But I’m mostly interested in the new movie trailers and TV spots, and last night was a real treat! Because Marvel delivered the first look at their upcoming live action TV shows on Disney+! Finally, something else to watch to justify the Disney+ subscription!

Behold, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision and Loki!

Man, those look great! They look like real movies. I am getting quite excited for what Marvel Studios has in store for us! And Falcon and WandaVision are coming before the end of the year, so that’s super sweet!

Meanwhile, we also got a quick new TV spot for the Black Widow movie, which comes out in May.

All we’re missing is the trailer for The Eternals, but that doesn’t come out until November and Marvel doesn’t like to overload their trailer allotment.

But still, at least the Super Bowl was good for something this year!

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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 2/1/20

Man, what a stinker of a week. Last week was amazing, with some of my favorite comics! But this week is a bit of a let down, I’m afraid. New issues of X-Men, New Mutants and Blackstars failed to impressed.

Comic Book of the Week goes to Thor #2 for a pretty cool issue, though I had some personal nitpicks against it. Simply put, Galactus is cooler than Thor, in my opinion.

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Devourer

Meanwhile, the new issue of Go Go Power Rangers is a stand alone that, honestly, didn’t really say much about the ongoing series or the characters. Seemed like a bit of filler. It told an OK story of Rita Repulsa, but not one that really fleshed her out in any way or added to the overall narrative. But we did get the introduction of Goldar’s warrior brother, Silverback. I immediately want more about the two of them together!

Comic Reviews: Green Lantern: Blackstars #3, New Mutants #6, Scream: Curse of Carnage #3, Thor #2 and X-Men #5.

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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 1/25/20

Oh man, what a great week for comics! Some of my current favorites came out this week, including phenomenal new issues of Far Sector and Wonder Twins! Those are probably my two favorite DC comics right now.

Comic Book of the Week goes to Mighty Moprhin Power Rangers #47 for a great issue that features a moment of real poignancy.

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Poor Goldar

Meanwhile, BOOM! Studios has decided to cancel Go Go Power Rangers. This is a damn shame, because it’s a great comic. But after the shakeup a couple issues ago, both Go Go and Mighty Morphin are a bit redundant, so this move makes sense.

Comic Reviews: Batman #87, Far Sector #3, Marauders #6, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #47 and Wonder Twins #11. 

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The U.S. Agent is Proud to Be an American!

A leaked picture of the U.S. Agent costume from the upcoming The Falcon and the Winter Soldier TV show has hit the internet and I approve! Sometimes live action superhero costumes can be tricky, but the Marvel Studios people know what they’re doing and they’ve done it again with U.S. Agent!

This was our first look at the costume, some concept art released a couple of months ago.

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This is just a preview

I wanted to hold the actual picture for after the jump, just because some people might not want to be spoiled. I don’t mind costume spoilers, because sometimes you can tell whether or not a property is going to be good based on the costume. As soon as we all saw Halle Berry’s Catwoman costume we know that movie was going to be hot garbage.

But Wyatt Russell as U.S. Agent looks awesome! Join me after the jump to check out the picture.

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