Oh, dear lord. How has it come to this? Everything that could have gone wrong in the finale of Inhumans vs. X-Men goes wrong in the new issue. A violent sect of religious extremists are given all the credit and hailed as heroes. The legitimate good guys are shamed and retreat with their tails between their legs. And even that turdburglar Young Cyclops gets a moment to be even more of a sanctimonious prick.
And on top of all that, no Strong Guy!
I try not to let comic book stories bug me as much any more. I don’t want to come off like the typical Comic Book Guy, getting all heated over these funny books. But man, nothing raises my ire more than Marvel grinding their supremely awesome Cyclops storyline into the mud. For years there, they were telling the most exciting, nuanced and brilliant X-Men story in a long time. Renegade Cyclops was like reading gold.
But Inhumans vs. X-Men is the final indignant boot heel into all that good will. Cyclops is dead, his legacy rotten to the core, and Medusa gets to be the pretty, pretty princess superhero that Marvel wants.
This is madness.
Join me after the jump! Full SPOILERS for Inhumans vs. X-Men #6.
The Inhumans vs. X-Men end game is upon us, and in the penultimate issue, Marvel acknowledges our anti-Cyclops concerns, Young Cyclops gets put in his place and everybody is positioned for maximum character-defining results. The Nuhumans get to be the good guys and Emma Frost is set up to be the fall guy. Seems pretty simple to me.
In my ongoing coverage of Marvel’s wackadoo treatment of the X-Men, I’ve been pretty flabbergasted at the writing. But thankfully, it seems that Marvel has some idea of what they’re doing. And while the upcoming climax has yet to completely redeem the story so far, and while this sucks for poor Emma Frost, Inhumans vs. X-Men #5 still does a couple things right that I thought I’d share.
As for the Strong Guy Watch, this will be the third week in a row without a real update! It seems he has disappeared from the story as quietly as he appeared. Godspeed, Guido.
Join me after the jump for full coverage! And SPOILERS for Inhumans vs. X-Men #5, obviously.
I want to get one thing straight right off the bat: I kid because I love. I love Marvel Comics. I love the X-Men. And from Schism to Secret Wars, I absolutely loved what Marvel was doing with Cyclops. They made him the most fascinating character in their universe, with more shades of gray than a steamy, fan fiction romance novel.
Which is why I’m so disappointed that Marvel is completely futzing up Cyclops’ story in the current Inhumans vs. X-Men crossover. All the nuance and complexity is gone as they forcefully paint Cyclops and the X-Men as monsters — until the new issue this week, which might just prove that Marvel knows what they’re doing after all. And it all hinges on that most interesting of new characters, Mosaic.
For those of you who don’t know, Mosaic is a new Inhuman with the power to jump into your mind and control you like a puppet. He’s also the star of his own brand new ongoing solo series, which is very rare for Marvel these days. They don’t just go around handing ongoing solo comics to brand new characters.
I’ve been reading Mosaic and it’s alright. Personally, I think it’s wasting time on surface level stuff instead of diving into the real drama that’s simmering in the background, but maybe that’s just me. Regardless, Mosaic is a pretty interesting dude, and he plays a pivotal role in this week’s issue of Inhumans vs. X-Men.
How pivotal? Join me after the jump to find out! Also, between all of his appearances in this event, I don’t think the memo is going around about how Mosaic’s body-control powers work.
SPOILERS for Inhumans vs. X-Men #4, as well as the Mosaic ongoing series.
It’s Hail Mary pass time in the world of X-Men fighting Inhumans, people. It seems that Marvel has realized that something went wrong in their plan to vilify Cyclops, so they are going to dig in their heels and just shoot for the moon on this one. Do Cyclops’ actions from Death of X not make any sense in connection with Marvel’s recent portrayal of the character? Well too bad, because he’s totally a terrorist, you guys. For sure!
Don’t believe me? Wait until you see what Young Cyclops has to say in the pages of All-New X-Men this week!
This is a topic I’ve written about a lot before, and I think I’m going to make it an ongoing subject, at least through Inhumans vs. X-Men. It’s just weird to see Marvel twist themselves into knots on this subject! It’s like the right hand and left hand have no idea what the other is doing, but both of them dislike Cyclops!
Join me after the jump for all the ridiculous details. Also! Update on Strong Guy Watch!
I am a big fan of the X-Men character Strong Guy, and I’ve noticed something kind of cool and quiet happening with him in the ongoing Inhumans vs. X-Men saga. I don’t think it’s been remarked upon anywhere else, so I thought I’d take a moment and just point it out, for any other fans.
Basically, a quiet little Strong Guy story is taking place in the background of Inhumans vs. X-Men, and it feels kinda meaningful.
Strong Guy is Guido Carosella, a mutant whose power is to absorb any impact to make himself stronger and more muscular. He’s a bit of a comedian — hence a name like ‘Strong Guy’ — and he’s got that very iconic look. He’s big and bulgy, because of his powers, and he likes to wear weird little glasses and have a single shock of white hair. The guy is a card.
He’s also never been a particularly prominent mutant. Strong Guy has never been a member of the X-Men, and mostly hangs out in the margins on teams like X-Factor. He’s not an important or noteworthy character by any means, is what I’m trying to say. It works for him.
Quite recently, at the start of the whole conflict between mutants and Inhumans, Jamie Madrox the Multiple Man was killed by the Terrigen Mist in the first issue of Death of X.
Madrox is Strong Guy’s best friend.
Strong Guy hasn’t been in any comics for several years now, especially not in any X-Men comics. But in the second issue of Death of X, when the X-Men hold a funeral for Madrox, someone at the X-Office at Marvel Comics remembered to have Strong Guy show up to pay his respects.
Makes sense. Of course Strong Guy would be there. But he doesn’t get any lines. Nobody talks to him or even mentions that he’s there. It’s just a nice little background detail.
Flash forward to the new Big Event series, Inhumans vs. X-Men. Because of the dangers of the Terrigen Mist, the X-Men are in a big superhero brawl with the Inhumans. At the end of the first issue of Inhumans vs. X-Men, there’s a big splash page of X-Men launching a massive, head-on attack against the Inhumans.
And who should appear in the background of this big splash page? Strong Guy.
Unfortunately, he doesn’t get a scene in the follow up fight. And again, nobody mentions that he’s there. Maybe he’ll show up again somewhere else in the event. I don’t know.
But all that aside, I’m rather touched at what must have happened here behind the scenes in continuity. Think about it. Strong Guy isn’t a member of the X-Men, and he definitely isn’t part of any of the X-teams that have come together against the Inhumans. He’s just not active in comics right now.
So when his best friend died, someone in the X-Men had the forethought to reach out to Guido to let him know the tragic news. Guido then made the trip to Muir Island so he could help bury his friend and grieve with others.
Then eight months pass, during which Strong Guy does not use his visit to Muir Island to join any of the X-Teams. Have we seen him show up in any of the X-books in the past year? I haven’t been following them too closely. Does anybody know if he showed up in the background or anything?
Either way, at some point somebody must have reached out to Guido again to let him know that the X-Men were going after the Inhumans. Maybe they wanted his strength to help out. Who knows. But at some point, Guido decided that he wanted in on the attack. And the X-Men let him come along. Maybe he wanted revenge against the Inhumans or some kind of justice.
Just think about what this means for the character. And nobody is telling that story, at least not directly. It’s all being told in random background sightings.
Marvel isn’t paying much attention to Multiple Man’s death. HIs name gets dropped whenever the X-Men mention that he was killed by M-Pox, but his death is not a major part of the story. He was clearly picked as cannon fodder to make M-Pox seem more severe. It happens all the time in comics. Anybody could have been chosen, and Marvel just happened to go with this random, popular and unused character.
But rather than let it go completely unremarked upon, someone somewhere is telling this story about Multiple Man’s best friend and his grieving process. I don’t know if it’s an editor, an artist or the writers of Inhumans vs. X-Men themselves.
Somewhere, between the lines of the big Inhumans vs. X-Men conflict, is the story of a man who lost his best friend, and who now wants a chance to stick it to the people who caused his death. I just think it’s a neat detail.
I’ll let you know if he does anything else during the crossover. Consider me on Strong Guy Watch.