Inside Pulse » Hope http://insidepulse.com A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 16:00:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse no A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse » Hope http://insidepulse.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://insidepulse.com Marvel NOW! Review: Cable and X-Force #1 by Dennis Hopeless and Salvador Larroca http://insidepulse.com/2012/12/14/marvel-now-review-cable-and-x-force-1-by-dennis-hopeless-and-salvador-larroca/ http://insidepulse.com/2012/12/14/marvel-now-review-cable-and-x-force-1-by-dennis-hopeless-and-salvador-larroca/#comments Fri, 14 Dec 2012 16:00:26 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=320132

Cable and X-Force #1
Publisher: Marvel
Writer: Dennis Hopeless
Art: Salvador Larroca
Colors: Frank D’Armata
Letters: Joe Sabino
Assistant Editor: Jordan D. White
Editor: Nick Lowe

Synopsis

Thunderbolts has a problem. That book came out one week ago and already we have Dennis Hopeless beating Daniel Way at his own game. Similar concept, similar stylishly iconic and guilty pleasure fan-favorite lineup, with all of the flash readers expect and none of the problems that plagued Thunderbolts #1. Cable and X-Force stands on it’s own, I’m just amused at Marvel defeating itself with it’s own titles.

We meet Cable and his newly recruited team as they’re confronted by Havok, Captain America, and the Avengers after laying waste to an unknown facility. The media is on site, and this isn’t the sort of press anyone, let alone mutants like Havok and Cable, really need right now. Of course, Cable tells them to jog on, and his team extracts before the Avengers can do anything about it.
Jumping back in time, we follow Cable as he sets about recruiting a specific team for an unknown purpose. Meanwhile he also grapples with being separated from his daughter, Hope. She also shares his frustrations, feeling abandoned, and sets about looking for him. Both storylines converge as we learn Cable is suffering from headaches, which Hope discovers are much more.

Discussion

I want to make something clear: I cut Thunderbolts #1 some slack last week. It had the potential, but failed to deliver, and knowing how things go these days in the comic book realm, that potential won’t be realized or dissipated until we get another issue or two under our belt, when I can fairly assess it. That’s the danger of telling decompressed stories, and I think that most readers of Marvel, regardless of if your favorite writer is Daniel Way, Brian Michael Bendis, Rick Remender, Jonathan Hickman, Nick Spencer, or others would be hard pressed to deny that decompressed pacing is the way Marvel likes to go.

It’s no secret around the Nexus that the X-Men franchise, and especially any era of X-Force, is “my joint”. When I talk about Cable and X-Force and what went right here, I am not doing it solely because I like anything with mutants or an X. I am not biased because Dennis Hopeless is also writing my other favorite X-Heroine over in Avengers Arena, nor because I think Lovestruck and his other works are great. Or maybe I am, in a way, as far as Lovestruck, Legion of Monsters, or X-Men: Season One (dammit, there’s that X tie again), because what Cable and X-Force comes down to is that Dennis Hopeless is a good writer. Not to say Marvel doesn’t have a house full of them. It’s just that Dennis Hopeless, if only to be judged solely on this week’s offerings of Avengers Arena and Cable and X-Force, knows how to tell a tight story within the confines of a twenty-something page issue and not leaving you feel cheated on content.

And he does it all through the magic of…basic storytelling technique. We’re talking Story 101, here. The beauty of Cable and X-Force is it’s simplicity in execution.

The book opens up with the team formed, in the midst of action, and then the true conflict hits: they are at odds with Havok and the Avengers. Right away, you want more. We learn about Cable’s daughter, Hope, and how they’re estranged. That’s important, because even if you haven’t picked up a comic book until this very issue, if you know nothing about Marvel Now! or the X-Men or Avengers status quo, Hopeless starts laying out the characters: who they are, what they want, and what’s tearing them up inside.

We don’t just discover what drives Cable as he recruits his team. Every team member or supporting character is clearly established with crisp dialogue and a unique voice:

Check out Domino’s conversation with longtime teammate Tabitha “Boom Boom” Smith, which also helps spotlight Domino’s mercenary past and friction with the X-Men (The “yellow tights” slam is great). Really savor the banter with Forge or Doctor Nemesis. Look at Cable and Hope. No shallow action scenes or vague allusions to motive, but in quick two or three page scenes we know everything there is to know about Cable and Hope and the state of their world. We know exactly who everyone is and why they’d be there.

Hopeless does all this while still propelling his story along. It’s not a series of teases and vagueries, by the issue’s end we know what the looming conflict is and the team is assembled to deal with it.

This is basic stuff. In fact, in most scripts this would be the perfect first act, but unlike other titles, Hopeless makes sure the book also contains all three necessary acts of a story structure before it steers off the cliff. It’s episodic. Wow. Who’d have thought a single issue could be satisfying and riveting and packed with content and not need to rest on the promise of five or eleven more issues to justify it’s existence. This is how you write a comic book. I don’t care what genre, this is how comic books should be written. I think we forget that, given the last decade or so of how Marvel likes to pace things.

But you know what? Forget all that structural dissection and classroom talk. Cable and X-Force just kicks some serious ass. It’s the best sort of comic book, the best sort of X-Men book, where you come for the outlandish characters and the action and walk away with all that and a quality sci-fi soap opera held together by the compelling characters that are so crucial to making the flashy concepts and stellar artwork gel.

And the artwork is stellar. Salvador Larroca is a Spanish artist with an impressive resume, but is probably going to be recognized for his collaboration with Matt Fracion on The Invincible Iron Man. I’ll allow you bonus points if you remember his Uncanny X-Men and X-Treme X-Men work. Or Ultimate Elektra. Anyway, this is the man. The first thing that jumps out at you on the cover is the new look the team sports. Cable and Forge are familiar in a technological mashup, while Dr. Nemesis looks only slightly less badass than his original fedora and coat ensemble. Domino is in black, as ever. I admit the black and orange scheme for the uniforms didn’t grab me at first, but it grew on me. What’s important here is how gorgeous Larroca makes everything look.
The world feels lived in and appropriately gritty. There’s a subtle visual look to Cable and his team, where every scene is strewn with refuse, yet Hope starts out in a pristine environment and gradually descends into clutter as she closes in on her father.

Every character looks like a breathing part of our world, and you want to reach into the panels and hug Hope, or restrain Forge or Havok as they push Cable’s buttons. Every expression and posture sells the world weariness of the characters. You can see the cold, professional nonchalance in Cable and Domino, the resignation in Dr. Nemesis’ stance, and the soldier rearing up inside of the young Hope. It shouldn’t be a surprise, given Larroca’s Iron Man work, but I always find it cool when characters like Forge or Cable actually look like they’re burdened by their machinery, and it’s not just a cosmetic fixture.

Of course, great linework isn’t everything; a colorist can make or break the best of pencillers. Thankfully we have Frank D’Armata working the colors. I don’t know where to begin, because he’s one of the penultimate colorists in the business, and this is certainly something he enjoyed coloring. What stands out the most is the color scheme for each scene, with very subtle and clever use of color temperatures. The palette is muted just right, and it lends the book the same cold and detached visual filter that surely every protagonist in this book uses to view their world.

It’s because of this that I really came around to the orange color scheme for the uniforms; while still cool shade, it helps pop the characters out just enough in scenes to remind us, yes, they’re X-Men characters, and really brings home their unity, even if they’re not wearing a strict uniform. Also, it’s just refreshing and different. We’ve seen the blues and purples and golds and blacks and reds before, orange and steel or black just looks new without being outlandish.

Quite simply, Dennis Hopeless has written one of the best constructed single issues I have read lately. This includes the Marvel Now! launch, this includes the New 52 efforts. It is just one of the most well crafted issues I’ve picked up in recent years, and it puts everything together for new audiences and old audiences in a slick, addictive package. Salvador Larroca and Frank D’Armata are one of the best artist combinations this book could have asked for, the colors and illustrations interlocking Tetris-tight into Hopeless’s vision. I love X-Force in every incarnation, from the beginning. I had a crush on Domino in middle school and never let go. I think Cable and Hope is one of the coolest relationships the X-books have seen in a while.
Strip all that aside, and you still have one of the best books to hit stands in years. If you’ve been looking to return to X-Men but didn’t know where to start, start here. If you’re a new reader who is overwhelmed by all the offerings on shelves, start here. If you’re an aspiring writer looking for something good to study, start here. If you read comics for the art, start here.

Start here.

We’re on the precipice of something amazing.
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AVX Spoilers: Who Is The Most Recent Traitor? http://insidepulse.com/2012/05/16/avx-spoilers-who-is-the-most-recent-traitor/ http://insidepulse.com/2012/05/16/avx-spoilers-who-is-the-most-recent-traitor/#comments Thu, 17 May 2012 00:10:40 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=299863 You really do need backstabbing in this book, right? Last issue we saw Captain America have Wolverine ejected from a moving plane via Giant Man’s foot, and it was a great moment.

 

So I guess it’s weird that this issue the traitor is…Wolverine himself.

Selling Hope’s location to the Avengers immediately, not taking his ejection personal for…well, what can I say, it would be possibly more ridiculous if someone in this book were to actually do something logical. He’s a race traitor who is able to forgive getting kicked out of a jet faster than whatever the hell he’s mad at Cyclops over.
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AVX #1: Who Fires The First Shot? An X-Man Or An Avenger? (Spoilerish News) http://insidepulse.com/2012/04/03/avx-1-who-fires-the-first-shot-an-x-man-or-an-avenger-spoilerish-news/ http://insidepulse.com/2012/04/03/avx-1-who-fires-the-first-shot-an-x-man-or-an-avenger-spoilerish-news/#comments Tue, 03 Apr 2012 04:00:29 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=295054 As many of you know, AVX #1 hits stands officially this Wednesday April 4th or a few hours earlier. However, Marvel Comics shipped the book last week with AVX #0 to allow retailers to host AVX “launch” parties on Tuesday April 3rd to hype Marvel’s mega-event.

Retailers were not to sell any AVX #1’s before the April 3rd evening, despite having the title for a week in advance, with painful sanctions and retribution threatened by Marvel and Diamond, the main supplier of comics in North America.

That said, I was able to pick up AVX #1 last week (by accident I surmise) so read it and sat on the below nuggets until now, the day before comic book day. This afternoon and evening there will be several AVX launch events at retailers near you.

You’ll also probably see more of AVX #1 trickle onto the internet today.

There is a lot in this book, but I’ll let you be the judge of it in its totality when you pick it up this evening or tomorrow.

However, what did catch my interest were a few panels in the book that essentially, in my humble opinion, sets one of the two Marvel teams in this battle as the villains and one as the heroes. That may not be how Marvel sees it, but check out the below 4 select panels, and you decide. I have chosen to post just these 4 panels and not the bridging panels between them or other images from the book.

The 4 panels are pretty self explanatory.

So, who do you think looks like the villain here? See who fires the first shot below and his demeanor.

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I don’t think this is a huge spoiler since many of Marvel’s teaser images showed an aggressive Cyclops, um, “eye beaming” a shielded Captain America. See the image to the right as proof.

Cyclops doesn’t want Captain America to take Hope away and all hell breaks loose.

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Matt Fraction: Hope will have (tough?) love relationship with the X-Men http://insidepulse.com/2010/08/04/matt-fraction-hope-will-have-tough-love-relationship-with-the-x-men/ http://insidepulse.com/2010/08/04/matt-fraction-hope-will-have-tough-love-relationship-with-the-x-men/#comments Wed, 04 Aug 2010 20:00:20 +0000 http://comicsnexus.insidepulse.com/?p=88238 Writer Matt Fraction responds to fan queries at San Diego Comic Con 2010 and reveals the following:

“Is Hope going to be looking for any type of guidance from another Summers family member?” Fraction: “She’s going to have a little bit of a big brother relationship with Scott, but kind of an antagonistic big brother relationship,” adding that Rogue is the character she’ll really be bonding with.

Source: Newsarama

Interesting to see Rogue take on a mentoring role. And Scott going against type.
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10 Thoughts Review On Uncanny X-Men #526 By Matt Fraction And Whilce Portacio http://insidepulse.com/2010/07/29/10-thoughts-review-on-uncanny-x-men-526-by-matt-fraction-and-whilcee-portacio/ http://insidepulse.com/2010/07/29/10-thoughts-review-on-uncanny-x-men-526-by-matt-fraction-and-whilcee-portacio/#comments Thu, 29 Jul 2010 20:13:19 +0000 http://comicsnexus.insidepulse.com/?p=87816 1. It’s been so long since I’ve seen someone freaking out as their body changed to go along with their manifestation that I’d almost forgot it wasn’t a happy process. I hadn’t really thought about how long it had been since we dealt with new mutants….stupid M-Day.

2. Hope carrying  supplies that probably outweigh her is as in-character as it is hilarious. She was raised by Cable, I’m amazed she isn’t made of pouches. There’s going to have to be a lot of Cable in her, and I think that works. There really isn’t anyone on the X-Men that acts like that, and I mean, given that she’s like Cable but not Cable will definitely help add to her appeal. Even with her time travel origin she’s still less complicated then he was.

3. Why is Tony Stark rich as hell in this book and poor in his own book? Fraction writes BOTH BOOKS! Does being an Avenger immediately make him rich again? And if so, then why does he have none of this in his own book where he’s trying to pull together people to finance a company so he can make back his money?

4. I don’t think anyone is surprised to find out that Hope’s mom is dead, since there was a massacre with the hospital as the epicenter right after Hope was born. Of course, this changes nothing about the encounter with her grandmother which was exceptionally well handled. One thing Hope has been lacking is any sort of true emotional tie to, well, anything not Cable. And even there, she always knew that he wasn’t really her dad, and he didn’t even bother to name her until she was five or six. Just the instant sense of belonging you feel for the girl, it’s deserved.

5. I like how they finally got around to explaining what was wrong with Kitty’s powers, but I want to know how she wound up naked for this issue when she has been in her Astonishing uniform up til now.

6. After seeing a picture of Hope’s mom I need to honestly ask, do all red heads in Marvel that aren’t Mary Jane look JUST LIKE JEAN GREY?!

7. Hope has a touch that helps mutants manifest? Alright, I can live with that. It creates an immediate bond between her and the Five Lights that helps set them all up in Generation Hope. Otherwise you just wind up with a bunch of 17-19 year olds that don’t have any reason to get along.

8. For the most part I was happy with Whilce on art here, and he looked a lot better than he did in his issue before Second Coming. His style has aged very well with the times, and if he’s the new ongoing artist in the rotation parallel from Dodson, cutting Land out, I can totally live with that.

9. The Allan Heinberg and Olivier Coipel back up story was not really essential to Uncanny, but it does help place Children’s Crusade in continuity. I mean, one of my complaints there was that Magneto showed up and I had no idea how that would have happened because he was in Second Coming at the time. Well, this little story infodumps Magneto on the Young Avengers and sends him off to meet his grandkids. Nice, simple, to the point. No problems at all.

10. Rating: 8.5/10 This is our first official numbered issue coming out of Second Coming, and rather then spend the entire time recapping it and rebuilding from it, Fraction pushed us forward into the next stage of things. It’s really the best way to go with this title too, I mean, give us Second Coming wrap up on the fly, we’ve got Five Lights to dive into! Fraction is the man with this, just go go go without time to breathe and without overkilling it.
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San Diego Comic Con: Kieron Gillen Talks X-Men Generation Hope http://insidepulse.com/2010/07/23/san-diego-comic-con-kieron-gillen-talks-x-men-generation-hope/ http://insidepulse.com/2010/07/23/san-diego-comic-con-kieron-gillen-talks-x-men-generation-hope/#comments Fri, 23 Jul 2010 19:17:19 +0000 http://comicsnexus.insidepulse.com/?p=87035 As I reported earlier, Generation Hope is not only a new ongoing series, but will be written by Thor writer Kieron Gillen. CBR caught up with him after the panel, something that with any luck next year will be someone with the Nexus! Well, here’s what Gillen had to say!

“Something strange is going on. Things are not right. The process that caused mutants to develop is slightly out of wack. The ‘machinery’ isn’t making mutants as they should be. When they activate they become both a danger to themselves and a danger to the world. Basically there’s something mysteriously wrong with these mutants and the X-Men are hoping they can stabilise them – and find the method to do that. So the idea that things are all right with the world post-Second Coming is deceptive. New mutants are appearing but things aren’t back to “normal”. The X-Men have fought and some of them died for this mutant messiah but it’s not a case of the sun coming up and everybody living happily ever after. This is a mutated mutation. It isn’t exactly what they’re used to. Generation Hope’ is about making sure that these new mutants that are appearing don’t hurt themselves or others.”

Young mutants with new and potentially dangerous abilities? I’m game! I can’t wait to see what these new kids are like!
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Spoiler Warnings: What Is Hope Going To Do Next In Uncanny X-Men: The Heroic Age #1 By Matt Fraction And Jamie McKelvie? http://insidepulse.com/2010/07/16/spoiler-warnings-what-is-hope-going-to-do-next-in-uncanny-x-men-the-heroic-age-1-by-matt-fraction-and-jamie-mckelvie/ http://insidepulse.com/2010/07/16/spoiler-warnings-what-is-hope-going-to-do-next-in-uncanny-x-men-the-heroic-age-1-by-matt-fraction-and-jamie-mckelvie/#comments Fri, 16 Jul 2010 21:24:37 +0000 http://comicsnexus.insidepulse.com/?p=86617 What starts as Hope having her first ever doctor’s visit, with Reed Richards being the doctor, turns into her deciding that she needs to track down her roots. While it’s easy to forget given everything that’s happened in her short run, Hope’s debut was as a baby during a massacre in Alaska, and the question of who her parents are has never really been brought up.

So now it appears that Hope is off to Alaska to find out just who her parents really are. Partially for peace of mind, and partially so that Reed knows her families medical history.
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10 Thoughts Review on the Heroic Age Uncanny X-Men #1 by Matt Fraction http://insidepulse.com/2010/07/16/10-thoughts-review-on-the-heroic-age-uncanny-x-men-1-by-matt-fraction/ http://insidepulse.com/2010/07/16/10-thoughts-review-on-the-heroic-age-uncanny-x-men-1-by-matt-fraction/#comments Fri, 16 Jul 2010 14:00:57 +0000 http://comicsnexus.insidepulse.com/?p=86533 1. Cyclops and Beast’s argument continue the theme of Cyclops being concerned over his actions and how they are not at all accepted. This issue is as much about him coming to terms with that and setting up how he, Hope, and Beast can move forward.

2. To unwind, Cyclops goes to the Savage Land and messes up some dinosaurs before meeting Steve Rogers, who is impressed by him, thanks him, and insists he gets a medal to honor him saving the world from Bastion’s post-apocalyptic madness. These scenes are great in that they really parallel Rogers and Cyclops as leaders… both trained for years to do the right thing in the end, no matter the cost, but with Cyclops questioning himself and Rogers sure of himself.

3. Beast goes to the zoo to meet Abigail Brand, his girlfriend who runs SWORD, which is essentially SHIELD in space. He runs into the Runaways Molly Hayes, upsets her by being cynical, then has to re-assess, as he upset her, and decides to live every day to the fullest. This seems like the point he goes to join SWORD, but the new, happier outlook could also lead him to Steve Rogers side in Secret Avengers

4. SWORD, by Kieron Gillen, was absolutely great, but no one read it. Runaways was pretty bad and bled readers after a great start by Brian K. Vaughan was never capitalized on by other writers who sent them through time and other nonsense too far from the core concept. Well, how about a Gillen Runaways to get him something that sells that he can also play with on his own?

5. Hope is, meanwhile, being examined by Reed Richards because, well, when you can have someone examined by Reed Richards you do. The only real concern with her health is genetics, since she doesn’t know her parents.

6. Hope meets another of the most powerful mutants ever, Franklin Richards, and they talk while she’s being examined. Franklin’s utter acceptance of her strange situation is perfectly fitting for Reed Richards kid and all the weirdness he’s dealt with, as is his urging that she’ll come to realize the people around her love her and have a family again. It’s sweet and delivered from the perfect point-of-view character. What a wonderful scene.

7. Whilce Portacio’s art is blocky and doesn’t convey emotion well, as well as the manner in which Cyclops is taking out dinosuars is often unclear. Contrasted, Steve Sanders more cartoony style absolutely nails the dynamics of motion and emotion for Beast and Molly. Jaime McKelvie seems to sometimes be struggling with having to draw static scenes, but besides that comes off as the best of both worlds.

8. Cyclops sheer joy at being accepted as a hero again, welcomed back into their fraternity, is tone perfect. All of his sacrifices were worth it. He saved Hope, there are new mutants, and he can go back to being a hero.

9. Cyclops and Hope’s relationship is developing wonderfully, with him having a chance to raise what is essentially his granddaughter and then saying the wrong thing constantly. I love, absolutely adore the development of him throwing away the medal from the President as symbolic of tossing away expectations foisted upon him. He just wanted to be a hero again, because that’s all he was ever raised to be. He wants Hope to have more. There are expectations on her, sure, but he wants her to face less pressure than he himself does. Of course, this could backfire in throwing her into Magneto’s hands, but still, it’s perfect set up for future stories as Hope looks for her family, another team searches out the five lights, and we have character driven subplots for Cyclops and Hope.

10. Rating: 7.5/10: Every bit as good as Second Coming, except that while the Beast stuff was good, I’m not entirely sure it needed to take place, and some of Portacio’s art is below par. Still, Fraction is writing the best X-Men since Grant Morrison left and this is must read.
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10 Thoughts Review on X-Men Second Coming #2 by Mike Carey, Matt Fraction, Zeb Wells, Kyle and Yost http://insidepulse.com/2010/07/15/10-thoughts-review-on-x-men-second-coming-2-by-mike-carey-matt-fraction-zeb-wells-kyle-and-yost/ http://insidepulse.com/2010/07/15/10-thoughts-review-on-x-men-second-coming-2-by-mike-carey-matt-fraction-zeb-wells-kyle-and-yost/#comments Thu, 15 Jul 2010 19:44:48 +0000 http://comicsnexus.insidepulse.com/?p=86531 1. In four mini-stories, each told by a different creative team, we get the fallout for the massive Second Coming event, which ended when Hope manifested the Phoenix to destroy Bastion, but not before her adoptive father, Cable died.

2. Zeb Wells gets the actual wrap up to the battle, with Hope seeming like she’s the savior, then collapsing with her father’s arm. This is a great way to show that Hope is the savior while maintaining her humanity.

3. The scene, still by Wells, (I’ll note when we change writers), with all of the mutants being helped with their injuries by Beast and Dr. Nemesis is excellent and full of tiny character moments, but the best is Hellion fearing Magneto, along with the budding relationship between Hope and Magnus.

4. Chapter 2 is Mike Carey at Cable’s funeral. Cyclops being upset is absolutely well-handled. He’s even repressed in his grief, shown wonderfully by Esad Ribic’s art, even though he does break down.

5. Hope’s discussion of the tenets of Cable’s life are absolutely pitch perfect for the characters of both and fitting for their relationship. They’re so good, here are the blessings for which a soldier prays:

1) To fight for things that matter — things that are real.
2) To find comrades who he loves and trusts to fight alongside him.
3) And to die on his feet.

6. And after, Carey shows himself a master of tone as he switches from this sad, humanizing moment to the other young mutants viewing her as more a symbol than a person, saying she represents them all. It’s jarring and fits perfectly.

7. Rogue really did almost cost the team everything by letting Hope fight, so Cyclops taking her off the active roster is absolutely on point. She deserves it, even if we can sympathize.

8. Storm and Wolverine’s big talk about X-Force by Kyle and Yost really doesn’t work wonderfully well, despite the well constructed, in character dialogue. Has Storm really been away so long that she forgot that Wolverine kills?

9. The X-Force formation stuff worked well for me. X-23 really shouldn’t be used as a killing machine, Cyclops really should be trying to rise above it, and Wolverine really should know better.

10. The X-Force team, however, leaves a lot to be desired. Wolverine, of course, leads and makes perfect sense. He’s also got a relationship with Fantomex that makes him fit in. Archangel’s dark side means he belongs. Deadpool should, however, have no interest in hanging around, and I’m not sure what Psylocke is doing there- she’s in the body of an assassin, not an assassin herself and feels added on just to have a female.

11. Chapter 4 is Matt Fraction taking us to where Uncanny X-Men are going. Namor as a representative soldier of the new X-Men and Beast of the old dream superhero team are great contrasts.

12. Cyclops actually reaching out throughout the issue, vulnerable and determining the quality of the decisions that brought him here is an excellent progression of the character path that Grant Morrison put him on in X-Men so many years ago.

13. The Phoenix, likely Jean Grey, talking to Emma, presenting a threat to her and Scott, is subtle and beautifully done. Not to be lost in this is that Emma isn’t the only one staring at the giant flaming bird.

14. So, the five lights are the new mutants that Hope has brought about. Validation for Cyclops was needed and now he has it.

15. Rating: 8/10 – This is a great comic, mixing contrasts, emotional moments and various degrees of fallout from the major event. Second Coming is the best X-Crossover since Age of Apocalpyse.

Stay tuned tomorrow morning for a 10-Thoughts Review on The Heroic Age Uncanny X-Men with still more fallout from Second Coming and the fate of Hope! For another review on this book, click here.
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REVIEW: X-Men: Second Coming #2 http://insidepulse.com/2010/07/14/review-x-men-second-coming-2/ http://insidepulse.com/2010/07/14/review-x-men-second-coming-2/#comments Wed, 14 Jul 2010 23:07:25 +0000 http://comicsnexus.insidepulse.com/?p=86418

The way this book is set up, with four chapters by different creative teams, each leading off into the book written by the respective writer, this isn’t the easiest book to review. For as much as everything links together, these aren’t four interconnected stories, so rather then go with the traditional review style, or even a ten thoughts, I’m going to do the brief thoughts that I did a few weeks ago for Death of Dracula, as that seemed to work pretty well for a book I was having a hard time writing a traditional review for.

Chapter One:

Written by Zeb Wells

Art by Ibraim Roberson

  • Wells was the perfect choice to write the opening piece with Hope coming off of her power rush to mourn her father, she felt like a child in a way that hasn’t been captured too well from issue to issue, and the visual of her crying with his arm was powerful.
  • Colossus getting his arm back in place? Ouch. The entire medical bay scene had the same basic oomph across the board with the visuals of Warren’s damaged wings, and Karma’s new leg. Not to mention Hellion’s new handless status quo.
  • The art stands up pretty well, and if this is the guy who does New Mutants regularly, then I could definitely stick around for more.
  • Can Hellion join the team please? I miss him!

Chapter Two:

Written by Mike Carey

Art by Esad Ribic

  • Aside fro one moment of me groaning at the art, Esad Ribic does a great job with is pages here. He kind of resembles some of the Daredevil artists we’ve seen in the past, and I say that in the best way.
  • Cable’s funeral is handled very well, though I would like to see some more of Scott’s reaction in the future, as he did lose his only son. Hope speaking of her father was touching and made this chapter.
  • Great to see Prodigy get speaking lines that stay in character, it’s been ages since he did anything.
  • The attempted explanation of Hope’s powers worked for me, as I’m really just glad that she’s not the standard TK/TP that everyone was expecting.
  • If anybody can explain to me when Rogue pissed in Cyclops’s coffee, then please, tell me. Because the Scott and Rogue encounter was one of my favorite parts up until I couldn’t tell what his issue was.

Chapter Three:

Written by Craig Kyle and Chris Yost

Art by Greg Land

  • Storm talking to a drunk and depressed Wolverine was a needed moment, as the mourning of Nightcrawler going forward should not be brushed over quickly. He was a cornerstone of the franchise, and more importantly going forward, he was Wolverine’s best friend. As important as his death is for the X-Men, it should be more important for Logan.
  • I don’t care at all what Storm thinks about X-Force.
  • Greg Land’s version of X-23 is identical in almost everyway to his version of Psylocke. I honestly could not tell X-23 was X-23 until her name was said.
  • I approve of X-23’s new status quo going forward, especially since she’s getting her own book.
  • X-Force going forward is going to be cool, but I’m more interested in what’s next for Kyle and Yost.

Chapter Four:

Written by Matt Fraction

Art by Terry Dodson

  • It’s weird to see Beast and Namor arguing about their respective current positions with the X-Men, and it’s really weird that Namor is the one that’s still there at the end of it.
  • The bonfire scene was beautifully drawn by Terry Dodson, and he remains one of the best things about Uncanny X-Men.
  • The lead in to the next Uncanny arc was well done, and I’m interested to see what’s coming next.
  • If anything, the worst part about this chapter was how unbelievably short it was.

As a hole, this book was like four stories leading in to four other books, which is hardly the worst way to end an event like Second Coming. The setup could easily have blown up in their faces by feeling horribly disjointed or even pointless, but the book does a good job at keeping things flowing and furthering all of the stories without feeling dull. Obviously not the kind of project that could be done too often, but in this instance it was effective. I want to know what happens next in every book in the X-Men line.

Overall?

8/10
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