Category Archives: X-Men

Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 9/15/18

In-freaking-sane! That’s the only way to describe this week in comics! Apparently Marvel heard how light things had been the past two weeks, so they released eight comics on my read pile this week! And that’s not even counting the couple of DC Comics this week that I’m reading! Oy vey!

Thankfully, there were a ton of great comics this week, from Runaways to Squirrel Girl to Ms. Marvel to Domino! A real standout is the returned Iceman comic by Sina Grace, but I’m afraid the new issue of Fantastic Four is just a touch better, and Fantastic Four wins Comic Book of the Week!

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Why couldn’t you all let them be happy?

But Iceman was still really good. I’m very excited to have that comic back! Though hopefully Marvel doesn’t drop so many of my favorite comics in the same week anymore.

Comic Reviews: Amazing Spider-Man #5, Catwoman #3, Domino #6, Fantastic Four #2, Iceman #1, Ms. Marvel #34, Runaways #13, Superman #3, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #36 and X-23 #4. 

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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 9/1/18

Welcome to a surprise women’s week in comic book review land! It’s a Fifth Wednesday, so there wasn’t much to choose from this week. But it just so happens that three of my favorite comics came out this week: Ms. Marvel, Runaways and X-23. And it just so happens that all three comics not only star mostly female main casts, but all three are also written by women! That’s pretty darn neat, if I do say so myself!

Rainbow Rowell’s Runaways wins Comic Book of the Week, beating out the grand finale of Power Rangers: Shattered Grid. Sorry to all Power Rangers fans.

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That’s a big responsibility

Meanwhile, for anyone curious, we don’t yet know the fate of the Mimic in the Extermination mini-series. But there’s no way that the universe keeps one of my all-time favorite obscure comic book characters alive now that he’s been dragged out of comic book limbo. His revival from totally obscure to slightly less obscure and totally badass is probably at an end.

Comic Reviews: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers – Shattered Grid #1, Ms. Marvel #33, Runaways #12 and X-23 #3.

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Strong Guy Watch: An Even Bigger Beard!

I have good news and I have bad news. The good news is that Strong Guy isn’t dead. The final issue of New Mutants – Dead Souls came out this week, and Strong Guy is still alive!

The bad news is he spent several years in Hell, so he’s been abnormally aged. But he’s now got a badass long beard.

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Now he’s an ancient karate master

The bad news is also that the issue ends with Strong Guy and most of the New Mutants being taken over by some new evil version of Warlock. I think?

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Resistance is futile

I dunno. It’s a weird place to end a mini-series, since I don’t think the continuation of this story has been announced anywhere. So I’m not entirely sure what happens next.

The good thing is, though, that Strong Guy is still alive. So to speak. That’s mostly what I care about.


So The Mimic is Probably Going to Die Soon

This is my life as a fan of obscure comic book characters. Marvel killed one of my all-time favorite comic book characters earlier this year — Phil Urich — shortly after announcing a Multiple Man comic book, resurrecting another of my all-time favorite comic book characters. This past week or so, there were hints that the one, true Jamie Madrox was coming back from the dead for real…so of course that has to be met with Mimic showing up in the X-Men Extermination mini-series.

This is a preview for issue #2, which comes out this week.

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Obviously, Calvin Rankin isn’t dead in those pages, he’s just subdued and will likely show up later to serve some purpose.

But c’mon, we all know how this ends. You don’t bring the Mimic out of comic book limbo like this if you’re not going to kill him somehow. That’s how comics work, and more importantly, that’s how my luck works.

(For example, this week also features the final issue of the New Mutants mini-series, where we’ll learn the final fate of Strong Guy. Considering he wasn’t part of that big Uncanny X-Men group shot, it’s not looking too good for him either.)

For those who aren’t paying attention, Extermination is the final story featuring the time-displaced teen X-Men. That guy up there shooting Mimic is a younger version of Cable, who has traveled back in time to kill people. He’s already killed adult Cable (a character who definitely won’t stay dead for long) and Bloodstorm, that alternate reality Storm who is a vampire, and who has randomly been a part of the teen X-Men comics for awhile. I dunno.

Suffice to say, however Extermination uses Mimic, I’m pretty much resigned to the fact that he’s probably going to die by the end.

There’s almost no point in getting excited for when my favorite comic book characters show up anymore…It’s far more likely that they’re going to be killed than it is for them to do something awesome. How messed up is that?!


Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 8/25/18

It’s Kelly Thompson Week! This lady is on fire at Marvel right now, and we get two of her books this week, Mr. & Mrs. X and West Coast Avengers! That’s pretty darn awesome! We’ve also got more Superman and Spider-Man comics, but who cares about them?

Comic Book of the Week goes to the first issue of Thompson’s new West Coast Avengers for a really fun team book that doesn’t waste any time — though I had more than a few nitpicky problems.

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Land sharks, and the two Hawkeyes arguing about oceanography, is pure Thompson style!

Fair warning, everybody, I was apparently in fine form writing these reviews this week. Nothing particularly stood out as all that great, while I found so much to nitpick to death, including in some of my favorite comics!

Comic Reviews: Action Comics #1001, Amazing Spider-Man #4, Mr. & Mrs. X #2, The Silencer #8 and West Coast Avengers #1.

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