The GeeksverseWeekly Reviews For 10/31/12

Weekly Reviews For 10/31/12
Published on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 by

The last week in October, Halloween, and we look at A+X #1, the end of the New Mutants (again)

A+X #1 ($3.99, Marvel Comics)

A+X #1, variant cover by Ed McGuiness

  • Writer: Dan Slott & Jeph Loeb
  • Penciler: Ron Garney & Dale Keown
  • Inker: Danny Miki, Cam Smith, Mark Morales
  • Colorist: Wil Quintana, Frank D’Armata
  • Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles & Comicraft’s Albert Deschesne
  • Assistant Editor: Jordan D. White
  • Editors: Nick Lowe

This is similar to the AvX: Versus series that ran concurrent with AvX. In that series it showed the close-up battles between an Avenger and an X-Man and had these annoying little “AvX Facts”. The idea of A+X is the same but instead has the Avenger and the X-Man teaming up, and none of those annoying little facts. The intro text on the front page makes a point of saying these are just fun stories and not meant to fall specifically into continuity anywhere.

That kind of irks me. I’m a big continuity guy and I think it’s a bit of a let down that these aren’t attached to specific points in the characters history. It could lead to future stories.

Captain America running into Cable during World War II? Great idea, except Cable was never hunting down fugitives that jumped into the past. The idea is sound but this little story, which is a good read, is definately out of continuity. I do appreciate that Slott references the changes with Bucky that Ed Brubaker set up and the mention of the robot arm was funny.

The second story could be in continuity and set up a future storyline. The script isn’t strong by Loeb and Hulk alternates between the standard “Hulk smash” model and a more intelligent one. Was kind of hard and it’s been awhile since Hulk would be hanging out in Avengers mansion. The idea behind the story though, that could be an interesting future tale.

The idea behind this mini-series is good but I just don’t like stories like this that exist out of continuity.

3 out of 5

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New Mutants #50 ($2.99, Marvel Comics)

New Mutants #50, cover by John Tyler Christopher

  • Writer: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
  • Penciler: Feliz Ruiz & Klebs
  • Colorist: Val Staples w/ Jesus Arbuto
  • Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
  • Assistant Editor: Jon Moisan
  • Editors: Bill Rosemann

And another New Mutants series comes to an end. Which is a shame because I really enjoyed the series. I picked it up on the tail end of Zeb Wells run and all through DnAs. The problem with the New Mutants is that they aren’t “new” and they work better together as a team, but it ends up being a team without a direction. The post-Schism mission of dealing with the X-Men’s loose ends finally gave the now-adult members a purpose.

The title started out as the latest class of mutants in training at the Xavier school, but they’ve grown beyond that and have become teachers and heroes of their own. So that left the New Mutants in a kind of void, and they’ve been there a long time. X-Force worked for awhile, taking the members and graduating them so to speak. But this is how fans like them, as they are portrayed in New Mutants.

This last issue does a decent job of wrapping things up. It does a great job of looking back over DnA’s run and their storylines. Seeing the characters pop in and out is fun. Seeing how DnA resolves everything in one book is very nice. But sadly the end leaves the characters in limbo again.

We know that Cannonball and Sunspot join the Avengers. We know that Karma is part of the Jean Grey School (and appearing in Astonishing X-Men) but what about all the rest? Logan tells Dani that her team does good in dealing with the loose ends, but where and when will that happen?

This is bittersweet for fans of the characters because they become loose ends themselves after this.

4 out of 5

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Lot 13 #1 ($2.99, DC Comics/Vertigo)

Lot 13 #1, cover by Glenn Fabry

  • Writer: Steve Niles
  • Art: Glenn Fabry
  • Colored: Adam Brown
  • Letterer: Saida Tomofonte
  • Associate Editor: Kristy Quinn
  • Editor: Ben Abernathy

Steve Niles writes a lot of comic books and most of them are classified as horror. He’s the go-to name for horror comics, with Tim Seeley probably in second place. For me Niles has been hit or miss. I like the majority of his ideas, but most of the time feel the execution of those ideas falls flat.

Lot 13 has decent execution but the idea isn’t laid out well. The first issue is a lot of set-up with very few moments of horror. Is this particular family being hunted or the location? It looks like the family itself, because a couple of the moments occur before they even get to the location.

The family is well developed. Niles writes some great bits and interaction between the family members. We can tell there’s a solid family bond between all of them, even when fighting. It’s refreshing in a way. A lot of books would try for some dysfunction to add to the story, but Niles avoids that. Rightly so I feel.

The parts shown so far, makes me think this would have worked better as a movie then a comic book. The suddenness of the blood and guts disappeared doesn’t carry as well on the comic page as it would on tv or film.

There was a little that bothered me about the otherwise strong story and that was how quickly the odd stuff gets glossed over. Seeing a picture of another family on a phone that won’t shut off? Not mentioned? Blood and guts that disappear from the grill of the car and it’s okay to just go check out an apartment building in the middle of no where and not mention the disappeared blood? The story is strong except for that part.

I have never been a big fan of Fabry’s art but this is the best I’ve seen of it. The things I don’t like about his work, the exaggerated and fat faces, are few and far between. The majority of the art is very good.

3 out of 5 (would have been stronger except I felt it dropped the ball with the two scenes mentioned above)

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