The GeeksverseWeekly Reviews For 12/05/12

Weekly Reviews For 12/05/12
Published on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by
We check out All-New X-Men #3 and Human Bomb #1.

All-New X-Men #3 ($3.99, Marvel Comics)

All-New X-Men #3, cover by Immonen, Von Grawbadger & Garcia

  • Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
  • Penciler: Stuart Immonen
  • Inker: Wade Von Grawbadger
  • Colorist: Marte Garcia
  • Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
  • Assistant Editor: Jordan D. White
  • Editor: Nick Lowe

I have to wonder if Bendis actually read the “epiloge” to Avengers vs X-Men, the Kieron Gillen written AVX: Consequences. In the 5 issue mini-series it showed Magneto having enough control over his mutant powers to be able to send messages back and forth with Cyclops, who was in prison, by manipulating iron shavings.

Magneto can do that and now only days/weeks later he can’t control his powers? And Cyclops is having issues? Emma Frost is having issues? But Magik is okay?

How can someone that can manipulate iron shavings to spell words over great distances now unable to control a vehicle?

We’re also supposed to believe that the unit escorting Emma Frost as a prisoner would not be prepared to counter the abilities of Cyclops and Magneto? When did SHIELD get that stupid? No super powered guards? You know Cyclops has escaped, you know the relationship between him and Frost. Why weren’t there Avengers guarding or?

And how did Cyclops and Magneto find her in the first place?

The first two issues of this title were decent but this one falls far and fast. Cyclops is overly whiny, he acts like a child. Magneto is not believable in his reactions. The only one that reacts right is Emma, who justifiably wants nothing to do with Scott and Magneto. She’s the smart one.

The whole “unstable powers” feels like it was an afterthought that Bendis threw in there for the hell of it.

At least this issue had art by Immonen, about the only thing that could save it.

2 out of 5

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Human Bomb #1 ($2.99, DC Comics)

Human Bomb #1, cover by Jerry Ordway

  • Writer: Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti
  • Artist: Jerry Ordway
  • Colorist: Hi-Fi
  • Letterer: Taylor Esposito
  • Editor: Harvey Richards

I love the way that Gray and Palmiotti are creating/building the Freedom Fighters in the New 52. I’ve always liked the Freedom Fighters and loved the last series by the writing duo. I was sorry to see it canceled. When they started the Ray mini-series, I hoped it would lead to a new Freedom Fighters series and it looks like it might. But we’re also being treated to the origin and introduction of each team member in mini-series form. I love the idea and have to wonder why more books aren’t created that way?

This issue also shows that the Freedom Fighters aren’t part of the New 52 DCU, they’re possibly their own world like Earth 2. The return of Earth X? S.H.A.D.E. exists in this world, introduced in this issue, and it is not the same S.H.A.D.E. that Frankenstein is part of in the New 52 DCU. For this, I am happy. I love Earth 2 and will love another series that isn’t part of the mess that is the New 52.

As for the Human Bomb, this was a great introduction. Good stuff. I’m not normally a Jerry Ordway fan, but this was some of his better work. Like the introduction of the human bombs and how Taylor’s dream was really showing his abnormality. Interesting stuff. Can’t wait to see who’s behind the human bombs.

And was that Miss America we got a glimpse of?

5 out of 5

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