The Weekly Round-Up #473 With X-Force #1, Die! Die! Die! #6 & Uncanny X-Men #7!

Happy New Year everyone!  I hope 2019 is a good one for you.

Best Comic of the Week:

X-Force #1 – I think that Ed Brisson has come across the right recipe for this book.  Domino, Cannonball, Shatterstar, Warpath, and Boom Boom (when she gets up on time) are trying to track down Kid Cable, from the Extermination series, while he is working with Deathlok to infiltrate the military of the nation of Transia, which is using futuristic weapons against mutants.  Brisson lays in some complexity, giving us a military coup that can be pinned on the mutants. There is a lot of story potential coming out of this, so I hope this series sticks around for a while. Dylan Burnett’s art has some serious indie feel to it, but that works with this book. I am, at the moment, much more excited about this title than any other X-Book on the market right now (I’m looking at you, Uncanny).

Quick Takes:

Die! Die! Die! #6 – We finally learn the story behind the fourth brother in the family of assassins, and like everything else in this book, it’s both a little twisted and kind of funny.  Robert Kirkman and Scott Gimple are writing a very funny and shocking comic, while Chris Burnham is just having so much fun drawing this thing that each issue makes me smile. This book does not get anywhere near the amount of attention it deserves.  It’s a pretty unique title.

Uncanny X-Men #7 – So the kids and Nate Grey have been trapped in the Age of Apocalypse for a few months now, since the end of the last issue, and they are not very united in their plans.  One faction wants desperately to get home, while the others are willing to do anything to keep Nate from getting back to their reality and destroying it. It’s a focused issue, but I’m still a little turned off by this whole project.

Comics I Would Have Bought if Comics Weren’t So Expensive:

Fantastic Four #5

Superior Spider-Man #1

Bargain Comics:

Avengers #9-11 – This book is really growing on me, as the Avengers team starts to come together as a unit, and as T’Challa begins to work on connecting this squad to other superheroes around the globe.  I like when writers look at the big picture with a book like this – it doesn’t make sense that a squad this powerful would just hang out in a mansion and only deal with issues in NYC. Jason Aaron is building subplots for characters that don’t have their own series right now, and is also working on a large-scale story involving the American (Trump?) government, increased tensions with Russia, and a new (actually, we don’t know who they are yet) Squadron Supreme.  I have some problems with this book though, namely the way that Namor is being portrayed as yet again being at war with the surface world. This flies in the face of his recent appearances in X-Men Red (where he even directed his soldiers to support the Avengers in the fight against Cassandra Nova). I’m very aware of Namor at the moment (check out my recent retro-review columns) and don’t like this kind of easy, villainous portrayal of him.  I also wonder how this will work with his recent Best Defense appearance and the upcoming Invaders series.  Anyway, I’m at the point of wanting to commit to this book, but the upcoming War of the Realms crossover is putting me off – I don’t want to get so invested in the story that I then have to invest in another massive event book.

Cover #1 – As I continue to check out the first issues of the new Jinxworld series, I have to admit that I’m impressed with this one, that has Brian Michael Bendis partnering with his old friend David Mack.  It’s a story about a comics artist who is either getting recruited or stalked by a CIA analyst. Mack’s artistic approach, a mix of painted pages when the artist is working and drawing most other times, works great, and Bendis feels reenergized.  I think I need to get caught up on this one.

United States Vs. Murder Inc. #1 – I liked the first series that Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming told in this world, United States of Murder Inc., and was annoyed when the promised annual never materialized.  Now they are returning to these characters, starting by showing us Jagger’s childhood, and showing how she became the only female mob hitman in the country. This is a good way to get back into this story, but it lacks the excitement that came with the original run.

The Week in Graphic Novels:

Retcon: Reversed Engineered – Matt Nixon and Toby Cypress fill this comic with some pretty crazy ideas, but I’m not sure that they manage to completely pull things off.  There is an alien spaceship that is about to turn the entire Earth into fuel, there’s a guy who has possessed the demon that’s tried to possess him, and some magic types who have on multiple occasions travelled through time to try to head off disaster, unsuccessfully.  I think I was half-way through the book before I really felt like I had an understanding of what was going on, and even then, Cypress’s chaotic art at times made the story hard to follow. This is a book that might have benefitted from a little more space and some story-shaping.