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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 11/21/20

Happy Thanksgiving, American friends! The holiday isn’t until Thursday, but this feels like a good time to say something nice about Thanksgiving. Be safe. Wear your mask. Social distance. Do all that good stuff.

Against my better judgement, Comic Book of the Week goes to X-Force #14, due entirely to lack of competition. None of the other comics I read this week were as fun.

The height of X of Swords

Meanwhile, I skipped the newest issue of Spider-Woman. Not much happened. And I’m still enjoying Spider-Man: Miles Morales. Oh, I know! I got around to watching a Hulu show called Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency and it’s very fun! Highly recommended.

Comic Reviews: Batman #103, Juggernaut #3, X-Force #14, Hellions #6 and Cable #6.

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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 10/10/20

Welcome, everyone, to my second work vacation of the year! Since I didn’t take any time off while working from home during quarantine, I’ve got all my vacation time saved up for the final few months of the year. Not that I plan on doing anything interesting with my time. Reading a bunch of X of Swords comics, apparently.

Comic Book of the Week goes to Batman #100 for a big, exciting Batman adventure. Gotta love some of those.

If only DC would do this to the Joker for real

Meanwhile, holy cow, have you been watching Star Trek: Lower Decks? I know it’s only available on CBS All Access, and only in the U.S., but jeez louise is it good! The season finale is insane! Hopefully they make it available on another service more accessible to the public. Harley Quinn didn’t really take off until it went to HBO Max!

Comic Book Reviews: Batman #100, Far Sector #8, Thor #8, Wolverine #6, X-Force #13 and Marauders #13.

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I think Multiple Man Has a Freaky New Costume

Multiple Man is my all-time favorite comic book character. After a rough couple of years, during which he was unceremoniously killed and replaced by a poorly written duplicate, I’m fairly certain that he’s back among the living on Krakoa with all of the other mutants. Several months in, Jamie Madrox hasn’t actually appeared in any active scenes or had any dialogue in Dawn of X, but we have had at least one flashback appearance…during which a couple dupes were horribly murdered.

I think Multiple Man has made another appearance in the new Wolverine #1…but I don’t have any confirmation other than this dude just looks like Multiple Man…if Multiple Man was given a freaky new costume.

Madrox New Costume Freaky 01

Really? Those eyes?

This character isn’t named and doesn’t speak. He just appears in this single panel.

But here are my clues:

1.) This looks like a Multiple Man costume. It’s new and freaky, to be sure, but dark blue body suit with yellow lines and dotes and a full-head covering are signature to a classic Madrox costume.

2.) There are others. In this scene, this character is looking over some of the Krakoan flowers. And the camera does show other figures doing the same thing…but the camera is too far away to see any details. So either a bunch of different people in dark outfits are looking over flowers, or they’re all the same guy in this costume.

3.) The writer is the same. Benjamin Percy wrote Wolverine #1, and he also wrote X-Force #4, which is the issue where the Madrox dupe was killed that I linked to above. So if Percy used Madrox in X-Force, it stands to reason he might throw in another Madrox cameo in Wolverine.

4.) He’s using a clipboard. The freaky new costume guy is using a clipboard while looking over the flowers. The Multiple Man cameo in X-Force #4 was also using a clipboard to look over stock. Can it then be extrapolated that Benjamin Percy has given Multiple Man the job of looking over Krakoa inventory? I wouldn’t put it past him!

Look, I’m just a guy who likes Multiple Man and wants to see him with a proper appearance in Dawn of X. And if it takes a freaky new costume to make that happen, so be it! I kinda like the costume.

Though it could use a trench coat

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Multiple Man is on Krakoa…and is Instantly Killed!

Welp, I finally got my Madrox sighting in Dawn of X! Jamie Madrox the Multiple Man, my favorite character in all of comics, has made his first appearance as part of the big X-Men relaunch in X-Force #4.

Where he’s promptly killed. And is shown to be wearing his dumb original costume.

Madrox Killed DoX 01

Marvel just loves twisting the knife!

Thankfully, that’s just a duplicate. There’s dialogue in the rest of the issue stating that Jamie Prime is still alive. We don’t get to see him, but I’ll take what I can get. Multiple Man is back!

But seriously, what’s with the old costume? When Multiple Man was leader of X-Factor, with Peter David writing, that comic ran for 100+ issues! When was the last time an X-Men comic ran consistently with the same creator for that long? PAD made that comic work, and Multiple Man is a hugely popular character!

Why the hell would you ignore the past decade of Jamie Madrox character development by putting him back in that old costume? And why keep killing him?!

I’m just not allowed to have nice things. Though this issue also mentions Shortpack, another favorite obscure mutant of mine who didn’t make my list, but is fun to see regardless!

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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 12/14/19

Welcome to another weekend of solid, enjoyable comic book reviews! And it’s another week of my favorites! Like Wonder Twins! And the exciting new Far Sector! Plus Go Go Power Rangers! The three-issue Dawn of X cavalcade continues, but not for me…

Comic Book of the Week goes to the latest issue of Jane Foster: Valkyrie, which assembles possibly the most original superhero team in years!

Doctor Team 01

A superhero team for the ages!

Meanwhile, I’ve dropped Fallen Angels because I just don’t care anymore. I don’t care about the characters, I don’t care about the story, I don’t care about the writing or the art. It’s the first on the Dawn of X chopping block! Though it’s also going to be the first to take a break in a couple of months, with a new Hellions coming out next spring. I’ll have to check that one out!

Comic Reviews: Far Sector #2, Go Go Power Rangers #26, New Mutants #3, Valkyrie #6, Wonder Twins #10 and X-Force #3.

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