For all those who cry foul over M Day, there are those of us who applaud and appreciate the culling of the mutants. Here comes exhibit A, Xorn.
Xorn first appeared in the New X-Men Annual 2001 as an imprisoned mutant held by the Chinese Government who then sells him to John Sublime. Xorn must wear a skull like mask designed to restrain his energy because he basically has a small sun for a brain. Despondent, Xorn attempts to commit suicide by removing his mask but that would in turn destroy the Earth so he is stopped by the X-Men and Sublime’s U-Men. Cyclops and Emma Frost offer Xorn a home with the X-Men but he disappears. He is later found by Cyclops to be hiding among a group of monks that say that Xorn has healing powers. Xorn even restores Professor X’s ability to walk. Xorn is also one of the very few mutants that Professor X cannot read their minds, since if he tried he would be blinded by the sun beneath the mask.
In time it is discovered that Xorn is actually Magneto who has been thought to be dead since the destruction of Genosha. It turns out that all of the existence of Xorn was actually a ruse. Consider a badly developed and played out version of the Usual Suspects. Even Xavier had not been healed either, just nanbot fusing his spine together. Magneto goes nuts on everyone and levels the X-Mansion and New York City.
But the dual identity takes its toll on Magneto and he begins to feel Xorn manifest himself in his mind. This madness creates an ultra violent Magneto, mutant deaths and the final act of beserker rage by Wolverine in which he decapitates Magneto.
So one must ask, was there ever a Xorn?
Under the label of comics you are not reading but should be, is Deadpool vs Old Man Logan. This is a book that is perfect for Deadpool fans and gives that irreverent jolt that Old Man Logan has been needing for sometime. While Deadpool and Logan have paired before, as teammates and adversaries; it has never been quite like this.
There is an Omega level mutant that has just surfaced and Logan is sent to find and protect. Only there is also a shadow agency searching for her as well. Her powers, which she has yet to control have the capacity to be world ending. Logan is ready though and able to keep her from the shadow agency out to get her. Only he didn’t count on Deadpool.
Deadpool wants to help but Logan wants no part of him. That of course, won’t do so now Deadpool needs to prove to Logan and everyone else that he can take care of the young mutant and protect her. Only it doesn’t quite go that way and now the two mutants must team up to protect her, but is protecting her what they should do at all?
Okay, the artwork is not the greatest and the story is not the greatest, but this is absolutely a great comic for those who just take comics too seriously. Because that is what Deadpool is and what has endeared him to our hearts when if we take a good look at it; there really isn’t anything about Deadpool to like.
Old Man Logan is the perfect foil. All he is missing is a “Get Off My Lawn!!” shirt.
Together they make for a really good comic.
And yes, there is this awesome new mutant too!
“…Have you ever had that feeling…like you’ve been asleep for a really long time? For what seems like a lifetime. And you have crazy dreams. Things you didn’t even know your brain could imagine. But when you finally wake up…the dream isn’t over…”
Three days ago, Kara Zor-El was preparing for her final trials and caring for your infant cousin Kal-El on her home planet of Krypton. Now she is hurtling through space to a planet she knows nothing about with little memory as to what has passed in the last 72 hours. In a matter of minutes she will be under attack from humans and face to face with the infant cousin she left behind in Krypton, only now he is grown into a man older than her.
She learns that Krypton is gone and she is the last daughter of Krypton and that she has powers beyond her imagination. Now she must face an enemy who pretends to be her friend. An enemy who is solely interested in her genetics and her powers and if she can escape him, another threat is on the horizon. A threat from her old home world. A legend, a myth, once known as the Worldkillers.
Last Daughter of Krypton is a terrific story of a young woman who has lost everything, exiled to a strange planet and then finding out that she is completely different from everyone around her. The one person who could help is impossible to believe. What is really creative here in this series is that unlike Superman and the current high school teenager that is in the current Supergirl line is that she doesn’t try to fit in. She doesn’t
This is another NEW 52 storyline that started off so well only to be lost along the way to the reboots of titles instead of working with them to develop character and story.
Ray Garrison is done being Bloodshot and looking forward to the one thing he thought he would never have an opportunity to have. A family. But the past has a way of coming for the things you love and now Ray has to turn back into the thing he was to save his family.
Ray must battle Magic’s estranged family and their hold on her. He must also deal with the fear that they will want his child as well. A family inbred and violent, Ray must face them to free Magic and his child. But while he is gone, the government is figuring out that the nanobots have passed from Ray to his child and they now want the child Bloodshot.
Lemire writes with dark and perverted abandon and in doing so tells a story that is as compelling as it is revolting. This is not the Bloodshot of generations pass. This is a new, dirtier Bloodshot that will leave you wanting much much more!
A terrific comic that will have the reader always looking for more!
AI beings work alongside human beings, more servants than equals but with many of the same perks. Once of which is vacation time. But where do robots go on vacation? To a digital universe where they have families and children and a home of their own. A universe without humans. But this digital world has had another effect on AIs. A desire to make it real. A desire to have their own lives and families and rights.
When AI’s lose their place in the world, they are taken to Magus, a human psychologist who knows how to navigate between the flesh and blood world and into the world where the AI’s live. She helps them cope and learn to adjust back to the reality of the human world. But she has had other talents as well. She was a hunter once. Someone who went into the AI world and forcibly brought them back into the human world to pay for their misdeeds.
Now the government needs her to do it again. There is a rogue AI who has killed a human and may be planning an even more horrifying act. An act of AI terrorism. Can Magus find the AI and bring him in on time, or worse, how does she deal with the conflicting sense that perhaps he has a point.
This is a really good story and a very fresh take on Magnus the Robot Fighter of the past. This new female Magus understands the angst and pain of the AIs and sees them as far more than the shell of servitude that they represent. But her thinking is far different than others and the concept that the robots could feel any emotion is beyond the realization of the rest of her world. Magnus knows this vacation world very well, having lived there herself for a time. A human girl trapped in the world of artificial intelligence.
At what point is an artificial intelligence its own sentient being? Science Fiction writers have wrestled with this concept for ages. Asimov and Clarke. Blade Runner to Terminator. Robots becoming beings. When does human rights become, universal right?
A terrifically written comic. This one should not be missed!
Batman: Detective Comics, Vol.4: Deus Ex Machina by James Tynion IV continues the theme in this series of telling tales that don’t directly involve the Batman. In the prior tales they were the story of Batwoman and Red Robin and more recently Orphan. In Deus Ex Machina Tynion brings forth two very under used and under appreciated characters in the Batman and DC Universe at large/
Azrael and Zantana.
The death of Tim Drake has devastated the Batman team. With the Spoiler angry and petulant the team is left with little recourse to face the upcoming threats. But one comes from a place they are not ready for. The avenging angel is back only this time it is not, Jean Paul Valley. Azrael is called back into action to face another with his same power. But can he do it alone and is the Bat team in any shape to deal with this in the face of Drake’s death.
Batman must call on an old friend and one time romantic interest to help the team. Zantana. But what will Zantana’s magic and Azrael’s mysticism unlock. What secret will they reveal?
There has always been something of a sibling rivalry between Detective Comics and the Batman comics and now, with two different writers at the helm, the books seem to be going in a completely different direction from one another. The competition for readers may have ramped up but the stories are vastly different. With the new team created by Batman in Detective Comics, the supporting cast has actually taken a far greater role and that has come with mixed reviews.
I however find it refreshing. I enjoyed the Orphan aka Batgirl aka Cassamdra Cain and I also loved the Batwoman aka Kate Kane storyline. But with the Catwoman and Batman storyline in the Batman comics, the Detective Comics line may be being overlooked and that is too bad. With Batman taking a backseat, we are seeing these characters take a stage, with good writing and really good stories, and being worthy of being headliners.
Jean Paul Valley has been dealt a rather harsh hand in the Batman universe after he took the mantle and responsibility of being the Batman when Bane broke Bruce Wayne’s back. He was quickly cast into the role of a bad guy. An overly violent vigilante in the Batman costume that Tim the wienie ass Drake had issues with. Of course we all thought the Cowl should have gone to Dick Grayson but for the moment Jean Paul was cast into the role and it was an unfair trial. But if we were honest about it, the team of Jean Paul as Batman and Damian as Robin would have kicked some serious ass in Gotham.
Then there is Zatanna . Is she really a hero in the DC Universe to be taken seriously or is she a poor man’s version of Marvel’s Dr. Strange. For my part I never gave her much thought. To my knowledge DC certainly didn’t invest much in the character for me to look into her. But in this storyline we see a character that is very much like Talia Ah Ghul without the blood lust. Just how powerful is she? And if she is capable of what this tale offers, DC you are seriously missing the boat here.
Then there is the Spoiler and for my view, at this point, the best thing she did was die.
Detective Comics is a very good read but if you were going to kill Tim Drake, who at this point is the fifth most likable Robin, seriously do the the math; keep him dead longer that two storylines.
Batman Annual #2 by Tom King is a fabulous read. What it does best is that it brings to bear the humanity behind the mask. Whether it be a bat or a cat. The problem with Annuals is that they far too often are not part of continuity of the storyline and Batman Annual #2 by Tom King stays true to that. But for those following Batman, the romance between Catwoman and Batman has taken center stage as has their impending wedding. King has handled this masterfully. From the introduction to Lois Lane and Superman, to the visit to Talia Ah Ghul, the mother of his son. King has infused this event with all the emotion and fear that accompanies any relationship that becomes serious enough to turn to marriage.
Batman Annual #2 takes us from the first date to the final day and the death of Bruce Wayne. Not by some evil villain, but illness in his old age that finally takes him. It is a story told with tenderness as Selina watches the man she loved, the Batman begin to waste away. You begin to see that it was an incredible love that held them together.
This is not your typical Batman story, there is no Joker and no Riddler and no great threat to Gotham city. It is just the Bat and the Cat. Just Bruce and Selina.
King tells this tale very well and for those who love the Batman, it is one not to be missed.
Jimmy’s Bastards by Garth Ennis is the kind of tongue in cheek, warped vision of cultural icons that Ennis is a master at perverting. Its funny, violent and with just a touch of social consciousness that will make you smirk at every James Bond movie you ever watched.
Jimmy Regent is Britain’s super-spy. Even though modern times may have cast a sardonic eye upon Jimmy’s misogynistic ways, Jimmy was immune to the critique. He had a license to kill and charm that no woman seemed able to resist. But with a new partner, who seemed bent on resisting Jimmy, there seemed to be a change in the air.
With London under attack, Jimmy must save the day. But what he finds at the root of the intrigue is his own irresponsibility, come home to roost.
There are two words that make up all the reason you need to read this comic. Garth. Ennis. If the popularity of the comic and then TV show; Preacher, have not hooked you yet then obviously you cannot recognize genius when it stares back at you. Garth Ennis is the Abyss, stare into it and let him stare back.
Jimmy’s Bastards is for every guy out there whose girl was dumb enough to love Bond. See! See! See what a pathetic ass he really is! Not that this ever helped. But here Jimmy Regent is, getting his comeuppance! Because really, British Super spies do not use condoms!
Jimmy’s Bastards is fun, ridiculous and just more than a little bit of pure genius. Don’t miss it!