Monday’s Mutant is Birdy

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Birdy is a telepath and sidekick to Sabretooth. She used what she referred to as the Glow to enter his mind and separate his memories so that he could be more man than animal. Under the influence of the Glow, Sabretooth was able to control his aggression and murderous intent. Together they formed their own supervillian team and hired themselves out as assassins and would also wreak havoc on the X-Men.

In addition to telepathy, Birdy also operated a number of firearms. The most of them seemed to be twice her size. Though they teamed together, their alliance was never an easy one and Birdy was constantly in fear that one day Sabretooth would turn on her.

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When it became apparent someone was out to kill Sabretooth, Birdy accompanied him on the hunt. They tracked down Mystique and found out from her that the person trying to kill Sabretooth was actually his own son; Graydon Creed. Birdy confronts Graydon and dies, stabbed to death.

 

Lady Mechanika: La Dama de la Muerte by Joe Benitez

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Lady Mechanika: La Dama de la Muerte by Joe Benetiz proves beyond a doubt that this is Benetiz’s character and he has a firm handle on developing Lady Mechanika into one of the few Steampunk characters that will transcend into the mainstream. Whether that be in comic form only or in all literature.

Reeling from the death of her closest friend and confidante, Lady Mechanika leaves England for a small town in Mexico where she can hide away and find solace. She needs time to grieve and deal with the guilt she feels. She finds that she has arrived just in time for a festival and though she would like to stay alone in her room, she is enticed by the family she is staying with to take part in the celebration for the Dia de los Muertos. The festival for the dead. It seems just the thing to ease her pain.

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But the festival turns into a time of horror as a young bleeding boy wanders into the town. He is the lone survivor of the Jinetes del Infierno, the mythical Hell Riders. They are on their way to take thier payment from the village. They cannot be opposed but Lady Mechanika cannot sit back and allow them to pillage the small town. But can even she stand against these supernatural creatures?

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One of the more put together and well plotted stories so far from Benitez and crew. Lady Mechanika flows seamlessly into Mexican culture and takes the helm as the Lady of Death during the time of Day of the Dead. Benitez has actually humanized her more than ever for this book, allowing her humanity to outshine her mechanical attributes for this tale.

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The villains are well constructed and evil beyond reproach. The horror they do to the weaker townspeople is repugnant and even more so as we learned their past and their secrets. This is an old west kind of comic, with the lone hero protecting the village from the oncoming marauders. Benitez has adapted this tale well into his comic and Mechanika is terrific.

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Another well written and beautifully drawn series.

X-O Manowar: Soldier

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X-O Manowar (2017) Volume 1: Soldier by Matt Kindt is another example of what makes Valiant one of the better comic book publishing houses around today. There is such a commitment to the integrity of the character and the story; it is unyielding to the trends of the marketplace. That may have hurt them from time to time, but overall it has resulted in some of the best comic book stories you may have never read.

Aric of Dacia was born under the rule of the Roman Empire and was taught the art of war from an early age. It was during this time he was abducted by an alien race and forced into slavery. He escaped from bondage with the aid of a weapon of immense power. The X-O Manowar armor. With the armor he returned to modern day Earth.

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But that was long ago and Aric has tired of war and battle. He has left Earth and the begun a new life as a farmer on a faraway world. With the armor put aside he believes he has found peace. But war once again finds him and he is taken into slavery to fight for a new and tyrannical regime. The peace Aric has sought eludes him and once again he takes up the armor and once again he becomes a weapon of power. They thought they could control him and make him battle for them but they were terribly wrong. Aric was a weapon, but now he is the embodiment of war.

Created in 1992 by Jim Shooter, X-O Manowar is a character that is far to intricate for the larger publishing houses to carry and is one of those brilliant and detailed characters that can only come from an independent publisher.

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Soldier is a good starting point for new readers to get to know Aric and with such strong writing and classic artwork, one they will not only follow but hunt down back issue tales!

A really good comic!

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Old Man Logan #25 – Days of Anger

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The original tale of Old Man Logan, written by Mark Millar, first came to light in June of 2008. It told the story of Wolverine, now turned pacifist, living out his remaining days farming with his wife and children. He has vowed to never release his claws again or to cause anybody harm. Haunted by his actions during the takeover of the world by the supervillains. But farming is a rough life and Logan is finding it tough to make ends meet and soon enough the rent is due on his farm. Due to Bruce Banner and his descendants. The Hulk Gang. He takes one final mission, with his old friend Hawkeye and they set out on a quest across the wasteland that was once America. When he returns, with enough money to pay the rent due, he finds his family horrifically slaughtered. The blood on the hands of the Hulk Gang. This drives Logan to finally unleash the Wolverine and what follows is perhaps one of the greatest Hulk vs Wolverine battles ever to hit the comic book page.

Now to the current rash of Old Man Logan books. After the confusing dimension hopping of Marvel’s latest Secret War, Old Man Logan finds himself awake in the current time, the X-Men still alive and a young female Wolverine having taken his mantle. That is fine with Logan, it is a new opportunity for Logan to put right what he lost in the Wastelands. Another chance at a family.

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But in Old Man Logan we find out that Logan is not the only thing to make the leap across dimensions and to his horror, he finds that the Hulk family from his time and his desolate world, have followed. Now Logan knows what he must do. For the Hulks, they are hiding until they become strong enough to take on the world. They know they are hunted, having just seen Bruce Banner of this time murdered by the Avenger known as Hawkeye. But for some of them, the opportunity to exact vengeance on their nemesis is too much to let go.

Now the battle will begin. Now are the Days of Anger.

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Wow, really freaking wow. This is one of those books that most comic book fans will miss. But for those of us who recognize the genius of Millar’s Old Man Logan, we recognize this as the first in what is hopefully a series of books that will bring this character back.

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Then add to the Hulk Gang. A gang of vicious rampaging Hulks.

Yeah, get ready for a bloody damn war!